The weeks with raising a pixel kitten

I completely forgot I was writing a post with the things I’d done before launch and just randomly found this in latest drafts. I might as well finish it, right? Next one will be all about BfA.

Death knight

I got her the class mount! The questline was evil, again, and I liked it. I don’t like dragon mounts that much but that’s alright, she’s using Invincible and that’s basically a DK mount too.

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Leveling

I got some work done on my alts before they all got abandoned for months. Don’t worry, my babies, your time will come again. Eventually.

Hunter is enjoying Pandaria and “saving” the White Pawn (he didn’t really need it) and doing dungeons.

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Druid did a few dungeons with Laytis and their friend! I was healing and it went well at first but then it went a bit.. poop. Not sure if it was my fault but it was bad. I’ll read up on 8.0 changes and it will hopefully be better next time.

Mage

More Loremaster! I finished Feralas Quests and the last remaining storyline for The Empire of Zul’Drak. I was also halfway into Terror of Terokkar so I got that one and with Into the Nether (which took half a day) finished Loremaster of Outland!

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The first tip about doing Loremaster is not let Outland be your last one and I definitely see why. The storylines are not bad but it takes so long!

When I was doing Winterspring Quests, I found the quest to raise your own mount. I knew about it for a long time but it was one the things I kept putting off. What I didn’t know about was that there is a reputation which comes with it, Wintersaber Trainers! That was a lovely surprise. I love me some more reputations 🙂

You need to do 20 daily quests and I’m about half way there so they’re still a little cub but I’m feeding them, teaching them to hunt and play and we’re having a great time together.

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I doubt that I will remember to do the daily now that I’m in BfA but that’s okay, it’s not going anywhere. The cub might have a very long childhood.

I really like that working on Loremaster makes me do all these things I haven’t got around to and explore parts of the world I’ve barely seen before.

I also took advantage of the reputation buff from the Darkmoon Faire and finished Timbermaw Hold rep and got The Diplomat achievement and “the Diplomat” title.

The Faire has a new toy, Hot Buttered Popcorn!

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I occasionally do stuff there to have enough tokens for new stuff so I was able to buy it immediately. And now I should get more and replenish my supply.

 

I hope everyone is having fun in BfA! I sure am 🙂

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My top 3 moments in Legion

Lovely ladies Z and Cinder are doing a blog challenge and anyone can join! Topic of week 36 is “Farewell to Legion”, this is part 1 – “What were your top 3 moments in Legion?”. You can find other people’s posts on their website.

I’m cheating a little and only one of these is actually a single moment but I didn’t want to limit the other two things to one specific moment because there’s been too many.

Becoming “The Unstoppable Force”

I did a lot of PvP in Legion. A LOT of PvP. I originally got into it for the prestige mounts but then I found out about “The Unstoppable Force” title and I fell in love. I had to have it.

I was mostly doing the PvP world quests and only occasionally battlegrounds (mostly the brawls) so I had to take several breaks because doing the same world quests every day can get boring very quickly. When I was trying hard, I could get one prestige level every two weeks but they were not fun two weeks.

But it was worth it. So worth it. It took me about 15 months (will all those breaks) but I got to prestige 18 and earned my title.

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The prestige system was so well done. I loved it. And it felt great to work for something so long and then finally getting it. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it but I did. My stubbornness won over my laziness and that doesn’t happen often..

All the moments in death knight class campaign

And of course THAT moment when we did THAT thing. If you’ve done it, you probably know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t done it, I recommend you do, even if you know what happens there, because hearing about it or seeing a video doesn’t make it justice.

As much as I loved my mage class campaign (and paladin and shaman too of course), the one for death knight left me speechless. I had all the feels, including all the evil feels. Especially all the evil feels.

There have been evil things in WoW that I didn’t want to do but had no other choice (looking at you, Desolace, and more recently, Sylvanas) but this felt right. It’s what death knights do.

Every time Aluneth whispered to me

Arcane mage artifact weapon was Aluneth, Greatstaff of the Magna and he ocassionally whispered creepy things. Still does, actually.

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My favourite skin is the PvP one. Very appropriate for smashing Horde’s faces.

English is not my first language and it’s harder for me to understand what someone is saying unless I hear them very clearly so I play with voice volume way up. If someone starts talking when I don’t expect it, it gives me a heart attack. Aluneth has great voice acting by Matt Mercer and if you know Matt’s other roles or ever saw him DMing an evil character, you know how creepy that man can be..

The full list of his whispers is here and my favourite is the one he sometimes says during casting Conjure Refreshment“The very powers of the ancient titans are at your command, and you choose to create… tasty treats?”

Yes, Aluneth, I’m an Archmage and I’m using my magic to make pastries. I love pastries.

He also says a lot for Spellsteal and Greater Invisibility which I use mainly in PvP so it was nice when he was cheering me during battlegrounds. Even though it was creepy.

“A very tactical move, my child. You are learning.”

Is it worth it?

I try to be optimistic. Even when I don’t like what’s happening in WoW, I try to trust Blizzard that they know what they’re doing. That they have a plan and this will all make sense eventually and we’ll appreciate all that’s happened even if we didn’t like it at the time.

We’re in pre-patch, we’re only seeing a beginning of a much larger story. I know this and I’ve been telling myself this nonstop since I saw Teldrassil burn on my Alliance character and had to participate in that on my Hordie.

But I’m still upset. It sucked. And my home in Azeroth is Stormwind so I don’t even have that very deep connection to Darnassus and Teldrassil which a lot of players have. There’s so much sadness and anger and so many people are feeling bad about the game.

I understand breaking a few eggs to make an omelette/great story. Blizz is definitely not the only one to do that, I recently rewatched Avengers: Infinity War and they smashed many eggs along with my heart to pieces and left us hanging for a year until the next part comes out. I understand this. But I don’t know if it’s worth it. And I won’t know until I see the whole expansion.

I originally didn’t want to make a post about Burning of Teldrassil because I don’t have anything nice to say but I want to do this. I want to publish a post about my feelings to remember the bad times we’re having now. And I will come back to it eventually to say if it was worth it or not.

I try to be optimistic and trust Blizzard. Always. But they made it damn hard with this pre-patch.

So I really hope it will be worth it.

What am I most looking forward to about Battle for Azeroth?

Lovely ladies Z and Cinder are doing a blog challenge and anyone can join! Topic of week 36 is “Farewell to Legion”, this is part 2 – “What are you most looking forward to about Battle for Azeroth?”. Part 1 is coming eventually. You can find other people’s posts on their website.

New zones and quests

It’s always great to explore new places, meet new people, make new friends, catch new pets and see new stories. Not just the big over-arching story of the expansion but the little ones. The farmer whose crops are getting destroyed by their neighbour’s boar, the chef needing some animal parts to feed their friends, the kid who got lost and needs help finding their parents. Those are my favourite and they’re sometimes even more interesting than the big ones, at least for me. There are definitely some memorable big story moments but a few years from now, I will remember Illidan punching a hole through space to get us to Argus with the same love as escorting a snappy grandma in Highmountain.

Character progression

Not just my mage’s progression but my favourite lore characters’ progression as well. Mainly Jaina and Anduin but also the usual suspects like my crush and future husband Khadgar. I always love me some Khadgar stuff. He doesn’t need to be important, he just needs to be there so I can look at him.

We are getting Jaina again and in her home this time. I can’t wait to see what is going on with her. Fingers crossed Blizz writes her well!

Now that Anduin is a king, I want to see how he is going to rule. I used to be worried that Blizz was going to turn him into a stereotypically masculine man with a huge sword but the BfA cinematic gave me a bit of hope. As long as he throws the sword away on his own, I don’t need to interfere. But the moment he forgets he’s a priest and tries to be paladin or some sh*t, I swear I’m climbing on my desk, through my laptop to Azeroth, taking his sword away from him, finding him a proper healing staff and hitting him on his head with it until he realises we need peace.

Hips

Kul’Tiran women have hips and curves and they look like me!

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I could write at length why body diversity in games or any other media is important but a lot of people have done that already so look it up if you need to.

These models are amazing. I hope we get the option for our human characters too but if we don’t, I’m race changing so fast all the fat on my body will jiggle.

Last minute activities

I expect to be busy with new content from today so I wanted to finish some things. I got carried a bit and ended up doing a few zones in Kalimdor which wasn’t the plan so.. oops? I still had fun though!

We can now get reputation with Gelkis Clan Centaur and Magram Clan Centaur and it’s very easy, you just need to do their storyline in Desolace. The story is just awful, you unite the clans by mercilessly killing their leaders. I’m sure there was some other way to do that. It made me angry. But I did it and got my reps and achievement for 80 Exalted Reputations!

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I can’t get to 100 without the PvP ones so my current goal is 90 and 100 will come eventually in a few patches/years.

I was only missing a few quests for Loremaster there so I finished it and got Desolace Quests. I also did Tanaris Quests to get some rep with the Steamwheedle Cartel. I was enjoying questing so I continued with Un’Goro Crater QuestsSilithus Quests and Felwood Quests.

I had a lot of fun on my mage so now I’m reconsidering maining death knight in BAzeroth. I got nostalgic about leveling her and all the things we’ve done together and I don’t think I can leave her behind. As much as death knight is convenient to play, do I really want to prioritise that over my mage, my first love and one of the reasons I started playing WoW? And after seeing the Warbringers: Jaina video and it’s pulling me even closer to my mage. Why would I main death knight in an expansion that finally gives us Jaina back? So current plan is to main mage and you can start placing bets on how many times I’ll change my mind before 8.1 comes. I say four.

Death knight

Spoilery pictures from death knight class campaign are coming so beware.

I feel like everyone and their mother and grandmother already talked about the death knight class campaign because it’s amazing so I’ll just share a few screenshots.

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My favourite skin for the swords. They look awesome.

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Haven’t we been here before?

I made my death knight only a few weeks before so doing the class campaign so soon after the starting area was just the best. We came again, just older, more experienced, more.. evil.

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Such a pretty mount!

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Just a bit of dead humour here.

 

With all this done, I’m ready to go into War of the Thorns. I’m so nervous and excited and I can’t wait to see what happens but I also don’t want to see it because bad things are going to happen and I have all the feels!

The months with all the alts

I’m back! My break was longer than I expected but I’m finally here and ready to be a functional blogger again 🙂

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I was going to finish ALL the things before BAzeroth pre-patch and I finished some and completely abandoned the rest (looking at you, mage tower and Field Medic, you were not worth the trouble).

I finished Brawler’s Guild reputation for the mount and managed to do most of the achievements. The rest was also not worth the trouble.

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I finally got the fiery pony from original Karazhan!

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It makes me want to level a warlock because the pony doesn’t fit my mage or any other character I currently have.

Other random things I got her were An Awfully Big Adventure and Friends on the Farm. I was going to go back to the Argent Tournament and start doing the dailies to buy the pets but then I decided to buy them all on the auction house. So worth the gold.

I’ve noticed that now that I play alts, I spend less time doing things on my mage that I don’t enjoy so much. Because of this, I missed out on some Legacy achievements but I think it’s worth it. Grinding is no longer for me. I wonder how long that will last..

Shaman

Enhancement shaman was so much fun! It took some time to learn how to play her properly after the boost to 110 but I was good enough to kill stuff. I boosted her in resto spec and got her enhancement and elemental artifact weapons.

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I feel like a proper shaman now that I have Doomhammer. It’s also a very pretty weapon!

She has alchemy and herbalism so I did the quests to get recipes. On my mage, I did the class hall campaign and the professions quests while leveling so it was all sort of smushed together and I find that it’s much more enjoyable to focus on only one quest chain and not start anything else until I’m done with it.

The class hall campaign was very good. I recently started reading the World of Warcraft: Chronicles and elements and elemental lords are one of the first things it talk about so it was great going into it knowing their history.

I had to do Broken Shore campaign for the mount and that content is just dull and some of the quests are bad. I was lucky to find a group for Sentinax but killing three rares and 100 demons is not fun. But it was worth it, the mount is beautiful.

Rogue and Hunter 

My outlaw rogue and beast mastery hunter (both adorable gnomes) are mostly doing dungeons and ocassional quests and they’re also working on their professions. Hunter has skinning and leatherworking, rogue has tailoring and enchanting. I can’t wait to get my hands on all the 8.0 profession changes!

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Hanniy and Bitey are heading to an unknown land to search for the White Pawn

Death Knight

So many people were praising death knight class hall campaign, I figured I might as well make one of my own and see if I like the playstyle.

The starting zone was amazing and evil!

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She’s now level 108 and I hope to finish her soon. She has heirlooms and invasions give a lot of XP, it’s so easy to level with them.

I still haven’t done the class hall campaign, I’m saving that for 110 but I’m doing profession quests (she has mining and blacksmithing) and I really like those.

 

After being mage in a pretty dress for so long, I didn’t expect to enjoy playing as a plate wearer with two huge swords but for some reason, I really do. And not only because mobs barely hurt me and I have a self heal in my rotation but it just feels cool (no temperature pun intended). It makes me feel strong.

I’m thinking about making her my main for BAzeroth. It feels so weird to even consider it, I’ve always been a mage. I’ve been playing mage since WoD so it hasn’t been long but I never expected to main another class. It feels like a cheesy romantic story. “I never expected to fall in love with someone else. I’m sorry, baby, it’s not you, it’s me!” 😀 And it actually isn’t mage’s fault, I just enjoy death knight playstyle more. All those years ago, I made a mage because I liked their lore, there also were a lot of great mages in lore, the spells looked awesome and even in different stories and media, I just liked magic and witches.

Now I’m definitely gravitating more to hitting people over their heads with huge weapons. I wonder if it says something about me. I used to be all high class and cultured, now I just want to be evil and slap a bitch. Anyway.. *clears throat* death knights are awesome.

 

I should be able to post regularly again so see you next time! 🙂

Too Much Adulting to Blog

Hello everyone!

I haven’t published anything for some time now (I’m not even going to look how long it’s been..) because there is a lot of stuff happening IRL.

I was trying to resolve my living situation because I have to leave the place where I live now soon. Right now, it finally looks like I will have a place to live (I won’t have to crush on anyone’s couch, yay!).

I’m playing WoW a little but this whole thing sucks all my energy so this poor blog needs to wait until I get settled and everything calms down a bit. It shouldn’t take more than another month. I’m mostly leveling my army of alts. By the way, I have army of alts now. It’s a long story..

Anyway, this was rambly so have a puppy and a kitten as an apology:

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Photo from http://www.weldrickanimalhospital.com/inexpensive-affordable-puppy-kitten-vaccination/

See you (hopefully) soon!

Ann