The weeks with being distracted by Classic

This post doesn’t include anything from 8.2.5 so you don’t need to be worried about spoilers if you still haven’t played through it. Or 8.3 because it took me so long to write this that we now have info about that too. I’m so behind.. But I’m already working on a post about 8.2.5 stuff!

I’m still playing retail but it’s mostly raiding, doing mythic+ dungeons and occasionally old achievements.

I was going to do more WoD achievements but you need a specific daily to do some of them and it wasn’t up so I got grumpy and went to Pandaria instead. Pandaria is always lovely, right?

For some reason, I hadn’t finished the whole Operation: Shieldwall Campaign, I was missing last few quests (it was gated behind rep and I’d probably forgotten to come back after becoming exalted) so I took tiny Anduin for more adventures and after hanging out with the Monkey King, he ended up under a bell and almost died.

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Yeah.. Fun times.. So lovely..

After that, I got to my garrison to sort out my buildings for the remaining achivements. Completionist’s life is hard, y’all..

Raiding is much more lovely, we cleared The Eternal Palace! Za’qul was a weird fight. I don’t really know what was happening, there were different realms and I was supposed to be in specific ones at specific times and I was very confused and at one point I ended up all alone with no one else in sight (oops) but we fortunately killed it. Let’s hope we won’t have to do this fight too many times.  You know it’s bad when conversation like this happens (and that’s the person who was telling me the mechanics):

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Azshara was just busy and I kept dying to too many stacks but we defeated her in the end. It was great 🙂 We’re now going to try heroic or reclearing normal if we don’t have enough people.

Mythic+ dungeons are going well and we even got our first +10 in time! It was Freehold and we’re making good progress on other dungeons too. I unfortunately lost my 8th place in arcane mages on Argent Dawn and I’m 10th now. A dwarf called “Mysticbeard” and a human “Xrw” got ahead of me and I don’t mind the dwarf, they have amazing name so they’re forgiven, but I hope to beat Xrw. I’m not that far from them. Not that it matters to me that much, it started as a joke and I’m not a competitive person anyway but I might as well do it for the lolz 🙂

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Classic Adventures #2: Procrastination and Hogger!

Second part of my Classic series is here! It’s mostly screenshots again. I’m taking so many screenshots! And without the twitter integration, I can’t share them straight out of the game so now I’ll just dump them all on you.     

I played more Classic and even though I wanted to only play with rested XP, I cheated a bit because I was having a lot of fun.

I also made a Horde alt that I could play when my Alliance main is gathering rested XP but I still want to get some Classic fun. I was at the character creation screen for a bit and decided to go with… *drum roll* I’ll give you a screenshot to guess.

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Undead! I don’t even know why. I made her, ran outside, took a proper look at her and realised that I couldn’t play Undead. The way she ran was weird and she just wasn’t nice to look at (being.. you know.. a corpse) so I deleted her after about 30 seconds. So that was a silly and very short life of.. whatever her name was. I already forgot.

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After that nonsense, I actually thought about what I wanted to play and went with a much better choice.

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Tauren shaman. She’s beautiful, I think shaman could be fun and the starting location was gorgeous. Look at this!

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And this!

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After appreciating the scenery for a few minutes, I got her through first quests, started her rites, killed some plainstriders and went back to my Alliance mage for now.

While I was in Stormwind, I thought I’d learn fishing and try that. There was a bit of a problem though..

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Apprentice Fishing costs 1 silver. After buying my spells, I didn’t have 1 silver. And I didn’t even buy all the spells I could, I’m following a Wowhead guide for AoE build so I’m only getting spells for that. As an arcane mage on retail, it makes me sad that I won’t be using Arcane Missiles even though I knew I’d be mostly frost. I just love my arcane mage on retail too much.

I eventually had enough money to train fishing and I found out fifth thing I didn’t know about Classic. If your skill is not high enough, you don’t fish out anything. The fish either gets away or nothing ever bites into your.. fishing.. pole.. string.. thingy (I know nothing about fishing even IRL and in my own language, sorry).

I still want to level this profession eventually but it will be harder than I expected. There will probably be much more of this in my future:

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I still wasn’t brave enough to go to the Fargodeep Mine so I procrastinated with different quests, for example with this lazy kid..

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.. or the Romeo and Juliet storyline.

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I killed some murlocs which was awesome because murlocs are such a typical WoW thing, it made me feel very legit that I was killing murlocs in Classic WoW like one of those cool, veteran kids.

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I think they ate a Stormwind soldier or a guard or something so my excitement was slightly inappropriate but murlocs! Murlocs are awesome!

I explored Elwynn Forest from the ground and from height..

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.. failed at picking flowers (that’s sixth thing I didn’t know about Classic – you can fail at picking a flower)..

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..and pulled too many things and had to swiftly advance in the opposite direction. I still haven’t got used to the distance from which I can accidentally pull a mob.

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After all those shenanigans and getting a few more levels, I finally stopped procrastinating and ventured into the mine. I had to kill a named mob, get candles and dust from the kobolds and also ” Scout through the Fargodeep Mine”. After several long minutes of running around the mine, being chomped by the kobolds and trying to find the place that would give me the credit for that part, I opened my questlog and found out that I had already got the credit. And I didn’t notice. Because it didn’t flash at me like in retail. And I apparently need things to flash at me. Because sometimes, I’m a bit dumb.

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The Fargodeep Mine (Complete)

So that was a lesson in how to play Classic WoW. Stop expecting things to flash at you. They will not and you will spend ten minutes in an evil, scary mine even though you could’ve left after about two minutes. Not my brightest moment.. Let’s move on..

It got me to level 10 so I chose my first talent and my Frostbolt is now improved and takes less time to cast.

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After that, I had all quests in Goldshire completed so I moved west to another typical and legendary Classic/Vanilla WoW thing. Hogger. I’d been seeing “LFG Hogger” in general chat since level 1 and I couldn’t wait to do this quest. I was looking forward to this since Classic was announced. And it’s such a silly thing, it’s just one quest but I had all the feels while I was doing it. And I was also feeling a bit silly that I was giggling like a child while killing a pixel gnoll in a video game but it was still awesome.
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When I came there, there was another mage already killing him and kiting like a pro so I invited them in a group and we killed him together. Well, they did most of the work because they were level 13 and I was only 10 but Hogger still got a few of my fireballs right into his furry face.

You can’t see his corpse very well but he’s there! And he’s dead!

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I stole his paw and brought it to Goldshire. That’s what you get for messing with people of the Alliance!

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I went to celebrate to Stormwind and saw someone on a mount for the first time. You couldn’t miss them, they were bragging right in front of Stormwind. Good for you, buddy.

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I bought new spells and still had some silver left so I trained more tailoring recipes and made myself a new chest piece. I wondered how much I would miss transmog but so far, I’m good. I would like to give her dress but I can deal with this. At least it’s not ugly.

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After that, I ran to the auction house to hopefully sell a green two-handed sword I got and it was time for another break.

 

level 10, /played 4 hours, 38 minutes

Classic Adventures #1: Setting up

I’m starting a series of posts about my Classic journey. I don’t think I’ll play Classic regularly so this series might be even more random that the rest of this blog and that’s saying something.. There might be more screenshots that usually because everything is so new (and also so ugly because of the old graphics)! I’m so excited!

Classic is here! I am going to wait until the initial hype calms down a bit before I get into it properly but I got an hour in there already. If you want to avoid queues, I recommend random insomnia and getting up at six in the morning on a Saturday. Actually, I don’t recommend that, insomnia sucks. But my human mage Anniy got a first few levels! Five or six, I think. I don’t actually know how many because I’m not at my computer while I’m writing this and I didn’t realise Classic WoW didn’t have Armory where I was going to check. That’s a lesson for next time and also my first thing I didn’t know about Classic. I expect that there’s going to be many more of those. (By the way, when I point something out, I don’t mean it as a criticism. I understand that Classic doesn’t have many quality of life improvements that retail has and it’s alright. I’ll fix the unbearable things with addons and accept the rest. I’m simply pointing out differences and things that surprised me.)

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After race-changing my main on retail a few months ago, I missed playing a human a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love and adore my Kul Tiran, she’s the best ever, but I’m glad I have this character now. I’m getting cute amounts of reputation like 82 that look random. I didn’t realise how much I missed that until I saw it on my screen and almost melted.

I started by installing Classic Codex addon that shows quest objectives on the map. I’m playing Classic to see the stories and looking for quest objectives isn’t fun for me. I’ll still read the quest text (that’s the whole point of playing Classic for me) and explore so I don’t feel like I’m missing on anything good.

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I did the first few quests during one of the stress tests so kobolds, wolves and evil Defias bandana people weren’t surprising to me.

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I was slightly creeped out by the mage trainer though. I did/will challenge the gods and other forces in the future version of this story but I’m just a teeny tiny mage now who doesn’t really know what she’s doing. I’m not prepared to challenge anyone yet!

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Third thing I didn’t know about Classic is that spells you will be able to learn at higher levels are not in your spellbook. I wanted to know when I’d be able to make my own food and drink and forgot to check at the trainer so I still don’t know that. I’ll either have to pay more attention while playing or look up more things on the internet. Or just be patient and wait.

I skipped the quest that wanted me to go into a mine to see if I’ll get away with postponing it. Mines are scary. After that, I ran to Goldshire.

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I met this cute and very ugly sheep. I love all the ugly animals!

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I picked up quests there but I was getting near Stormwind and I wanted to explore it so I decided to quickly grab the Goldshire flight point and run to Stormwind and that was how I learnt second thing I didn’t know about Classic. Goldshire doesn’t have a flight point.

I didn’t get too far into exploration of Stormwind because I was getting surprised by all the changes. Look at this Auction House! It looks much more like a shady place than as a respectable business.

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And the bank! I love the absolutely useless ropes for queues. I couldn’t resist going through them before accessing my bank.

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I haven’t decided on my second profession but my first is tailoring. I went to the trainer, learnt it and with it the fourth thing I didn’t know about Classic. No Professions tab. It’s just sitting there with all my random things.

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I’d heard a lot about the Stormwind park and it is indeed a beautiful place so I decided to log off there.

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Next time, I’ll explore the rest of Stormwind, see if there are quests I could do and maybe take the tram to Ironforge and explore that city too.

I  want to keep track of my progress so I’m going to finish these posts with my level (if I remember to write down what level I actually am) and my /played.

level 5 (I think), /played: 1 hours, 3 minutes

Getting to Know Me!

Lovely ladies Z and Cinder are doing a blog challenge and anyone can join! Topic of week 40 is “Getting to know you”, You can find other people’s posts on their websiteDuring my break, I missed a few blog challenges (including making 2019 bucket list and it’s now August, oops) but I can still do this one! It’s almost a year old but I’ve had it half-finished for months so I might as well finish it, right?

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1. How do you drink your tea?

Either green tea or English Breakfast with milk and sugar. I recently bought hazelnut milk and found out that it’s a great combo with black tea so I imagine that will be happening a lot.

2. Favourite dessert?

I didn’t find English translation but “makovec” in my language. It’s made from flour, milk and poppy seeds. It’s delicious and so easy that I can do it myself!

3. Favourite season and why?

Autumn. It’s too cold in winter and too hot in summer and we haven’t had a spring for years so autumn it is. It’s a very cosy season and the nature is at its most beautiful.

4. What cheers you up?

Cute animal videos/gifs (like this lovely account The Golden Ratio that has daily snaps from a household with six golden retrievers) and music. I recently got back into metal music after many, many years so now I’m rediscovering bands I listened to before (like Amaranthe – have an awesome song) and also discovering new ones (like Dynazty – have another awesome song and yes, that’s the same singer in both of those bands, Nils Molin, I might have a crush on him). I even stepped way out of my comfort zone and went to Dynazty’s concert which was absolutely amazing and well worth the massive amount of anxiety the whole thing gave me. Even thinking about it cheers me up because I proved to myself that I can do these things even if they scare me.

I now have an electronic keyboard at home and I started playing again and also singing and that makes me happy. After years of not training, I’m a bit rusty but it’s going well so far. I also randomly decided to learn knitting. I have some supplies my maternal unit gave me years ago in an effort to get me into it (“You’re a woman! You should know at least something useful!”) which unsurprisingly didn’t lead to anything other than a serious case of eye rolls but with the amount of DnD streams I’m watching these days, I need something to do with my hands so I gave knitting a try. I’m still terrible at it but I’m seeing progress and I’m enjoying it!

Also DnD streams. For example High Rollers Lightfall: The Descent where adventurers go to hell and battle demons and zombie dragons and try to get their friend’s soul back. It might not sound very cheerful but it’s actually a great story and a lot of fun!

5. Dogs or cats?

Both. Dogs are easier to snuggle though so they’re slightly better.

6. What’s your dream holiday?

Backpacking Europe. The whole continent.

7. How many kids do you want?

I want a bunny or a cat. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll get a pet because my apartment is tiny and I need to consider if they would be happy there.

8. Favourite weather?

Cloudy, about 21°C (69.8°F) with occasional rain.

9. What would your last meal be?

Vegeburgers, onion rings and apple juice.

11. If you were ghost, who or where would you haunt?

I would go back to my university and give stressed students ghostly hugs because studying is hard.

12. What is your family ancestry?

As white as you can be. Mostly Slavic with a bit of German (from the part of 20th century when you didn’t really want your family members to be German because there was a change they would turn out to be Nazis.. We don’t talk about my great-grandfather a lot..).

13. What scares you?

I have anxiety so everything. Making phone calls is scary. And I can’t watch horror movies because then I can’t sleep and I’m scared of zombies who definitely exist and want to eat me in my sleep.

14. What are you most grateful for?

The fact that my parental units had enough money to pay for my education and help me get a mortgage for my apartment.

15. Dream job?

Anything that pays well and doesn’t require me to work with other people. Maybe writing if I was good at it (and actually put any effort in it).

16. Do you believe in aliens?

Yes! They’re out there!

17. Favourite (e-)sport?

I like watching figure skating and Mythic Dungeon International.

18. How do you relax after a long day?

Video games, music, snuggling my teddy bear. Also food.

19. If you could meet one historical figure, who would you choose and why?

Toyen. They were a surrealist artist, possibly bi/pansexual and transgender/non-conforming and I want to go back in time and give them a hug (with their permisson, of course) and tell them their art is amazing and they’re valid.

20. If you had to be a teacher, what subject would you teach?

Either English language or European history. I was considering becoming a teacher and almost went to study it, I would teach Czech and English language and literature but fortunately, I changed my mind. I don’t think I would be a good teacher. I’m much happier being a librarian.

21. Describe your perfect day.

Breakfast in bed (either waffles or scrambled eggs), nice long bath, then WoW, reading a book, playing/watching Dungeons&Dragons, eating good food and then going to bed early and falling asleep to the sound of rain.

22. Describe yourself in one sentence.

I’m a person who has issues with fitting things into one sentence.

24. What superpower would you choose?

Teleportation. The world is too big and traveling is too expensive and bad for the environment.

25. Favourite animal.

Dogs, cats, dragons, bunnies, hamsters, unicorns.

26. Biggest accomplishment?

Getting my bachelor’s degree. That was f*cking hard and took way too long.

27. Show us your face!

A few people decided to share their pictures and the only usable picture of me I found was this. I guess I was feeling cute on a train a few years ago? Not sure what was happening there but here you go! It me! Hi!

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Anniy the Esteemed

My return to blogging is going as badly as expected but I wrote this post so yay for me! Baby steps. 

After the grind to get flying, I needed a little break from Nazjatar and Mechagon so I took a few days off and played The Sims 4, became an astronaut, built a rocket, went to space and met aliens (in The Sims, not IRL, unfortunately) and after that, it was time to grind to exalted in those zones. I missed my human reputation bonus a bit (my Kul Tiran’s hips are still worth it though!), I didn’t realise how spoiled I was by that but after a few weeks, I got both to max which also meant the achievement for 100 exalted reputations and the pretty Pureheart Courser pony!

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I realised that 100 reps is quite a lot considering I hadn’t played WoW for that long. I did some math and found out I’d been playing for 50 months, so that’s 2 reps a month. It made me question my life a bit but I shared it with a friend and she made a very good point about other people spending a lot of time on things like drugs and straight prides and making mean comments on the internet so I decided that getting pixel people to like my pixel character in a video game is actually an acceptable way of spending my time.

It was my main WoW goal for a while so I need to find a new thing to work on. I still don’t have a big goal but I’m keeping busy with other things I want to accomplish. Now that I have flying, I did all the “Adventures of” and “Treasures of” in both Kul Tiras and Zandalar and a few other Exploration achievements. Flying all around those zones and enjoying the view was amazing. I love flying.

I looked into old achievements and realised garrison stables had mounts to raise and I hadn’t finished those quests. It took a few days of simple dailies and now I have six new mounts!

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I really should go through old achievements properly to see if I’m missing something with good rewards I would really enjoy. I’m continuing with garrison buildings in the meantime.

I did a bit of leveling on my hunter and she’s now lvl 120. I got her Hati and benthic gear and she’s now working on her professions, skinning and leatherworking. I also made a Kul Tiran druid and healed a few dungeons. I still don’t know if I’ll stick to it, healing scares me and I’ve never been good at it but maybe with a bit of practise, I could get into it. We’ll see. I can always go boomkin and just pew pew stuff.

I fished up enough fish to make 50 Bountiful Captain’s Feasts for the “Catering for Combat” achievement and I still don’t have the Great Sea Ray which makes me a bit salty (sea pun not intended). I guess I’ll fish some more. To be fair, I would keep fishing anyway because we’re still using those feasts in raids but I want the mount. RNG deities, get on it!

I’m raiding with Team Easily Amoosed and doing mythic+ with the Moosketeers as usual and both is going well! We’re clearing The Eternal Palace one new boss a week and we’re starting to get mythic 8+ in time.

I also went on a deep dive on raider.io which is a site that tracks mythic+ progress and found out that I was 10th arcane mage on my realm (8th when I’m writing this, 6th on Alliance). It doesn’t actually say anything because not many people play arcane and I’m doing these dungeons with a team so it’s not just my accomplishment and the numbers are very different when I look at my rankings worldwide as a mage or a dps. But 10th or 8th on my realm was a good ego boost. Let’s not pick it apart too much and just enjoy it, shall we? 🙂 I’m awesome!

And last but not least, after months of using a wand, I finally got a good staff so I could transmog it to Aluneth (Legion arcane mage artifact)! I have my creepy friend back! He’s once again complaying when I’m out of mana, making mana buns for my friends and getting them a portal instead of letting them walk. I missed my creepy friend.

The grind to flying

Disclaimer: this post contains some grumpy rumblings about Nazjatar. If you want to skip that, start reading this post at “Mechagon!”.

I wanted to get flying as soon as possible and I knew it would be a grind but damn, that was one hell of s grind! It took 12 days which is a great time but they were mostly not very fun 12 days, unfortunately, because of Nazjatar.

Nazjatar is a beautiful zone which I can now appreciate while I am flying and not dying every twenty minutes.

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The first week was rough. Fortunately, it was only one week and by then, devs had listened to our feedback and fixed a lot of things I was struggling with. Also my bodyguard got leveled and he has solid abilities. I feel like he pulls mobs sometimes but overall, he’s helpful. It’s slightly annoying that his quests don’t give reputation but there’s an essence I’ll eventually get and it looks useful to me so it’s at least something.

This whole experience once again proved to me that hyped up, lore-important zones (Nazjatar, Argus, ..) are much better in my imagination than as actual zones in the game. Especially if they put reputation grind needed for flying on there and make them intentionally hard. I find it impossible to feel excited about all that lore while I’m dying all the time and just want my flying, ffs.. It’s partly my fault for not being able to enjoy the game as devs make it but I’m also a squishy mage and after finishing mythics+11 in time, having solid gear and feeling confident, I hated being so weak.

Mechagon!

I knew I would like this zone but I love this zone! It looks amazing, there are funny, quirky gnomes, solid quests, interesting mechanics and a lot of fun things to do. And a mechanical kitten that can get be painted to a different colour!

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I already had time for fun achievements like this one:

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You fish up rare fish on Mechagon, get special goggles and then go around the world getting more rare fish from bubbles.

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It’s a fun distraction from the daily grind and I love when current content takes me to older zones.

Raiding and mythic cheeses

We had finished Crucible of Storms before the patch dropped and the new raid wasn’t opened yet so we went back to Hellfire Citadel and did Glory of the Hellfire Raider for green puppies! And I played with the corgi toy again.

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We also did a few mythic dungeons for achievements and some of those are a bit tricky and/or hard so I expect that to take a few more weeks in the future, probably between seasons again. This week, we’ll either do the Mechagon dungeon or start doing mythic+ dungeons now that season 3 started. We have a goal to get +10 in time in all of them and after seeing the changes, I am now less confident I’ll do it but we’ll see. I have a great group so even if it won’t happen, I’ll have fun in the meantime 🙂

New art

The lovely Sirius who did the original art for my human mage on this blog updated it to Kul Tiran and I love it! She’s so amazing!

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The week I mastered lore and was on a podcast

On Wednesday, my laptop decided to almost die. I’d been having issues with it for a few weeks and I think it ran out of patience. I tried to scan and repair but it didn’t work and it even completely froze during that so I reinstalled Windows and hoped it would help. So far, it looks like it did so fingers crossed.

The Team Easily Amoosed (my raid team) finished Crucible of Storms so we’re going to do some older raids for achievements until the new raid is opened. All the cheese!

I thought I didn’t need to back up anything because all my stuff is in cloud these days anyway but after I installed WoW back, I realised I had no idea what addons I was using. Oops. I’m still getting them back with the method of “This looks strange and hard to do. Did I have an addon for it?” and then looking up addons for it until I remember the name. It’s a good thing I have an excellent memory! (I don’t. My memory is terrible. I’m not recognising any of these addon names. Send help.)

I was missing about half of Icecrown for Loremaster so I prioritised it before everything else and fortunately finished it before the new patch!

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The amount of times the Lich King popped up to threaten me and to tell me to go get him in his Citadel was ridiculous. I thought the rest of Northrend was bad but Icecrown has him in every other quest. I understand that they wanted to get me all hyped up for the raid and to make me want to kill him even more but I was just rolling my eyes instead. And I didn’t have time to go kill him so the poor guy is still waiting for me.

It was the last week of season 2 so The Moosketeers (the team I’m running mythic+ dungeons with) assembled to try and raise our score and hopefully get a good Atal’Dazar key because we only had lower scores on it. We fortunately got it for our last run and finished it in time so this is how I’m ending the season:

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I only started doing mythic+ dungeons seriously about 7 months ago and I was very scared to even set foot in them, especially with people I knew, but I’ve had a lot of fun and seeing us get better and progress was amazing. My goal for the next season is to have 10 in all dungeons. It doesn’t feel doable saying it but looking at my results from season 2, I should be able to do it. I still can’t believe I’m doing these dungeons.

I’ll probably write a post about both my raiding team and mythic+ dungeon team (both from the lovely community around Girls Gone WoW podcast) later but for now, please bear with me if you have no idea who I’m talking about and how I got to them.

I was also on their podcast. That was a first. It was also scary and incredibly anxiety-inducing but I have anxiety so everything is scary and incredibly anxiety-inducing.. But I enjoyed it 🙂 Our whole team was there so less attention on me helped a lot and we had a lovely (and educational) chat about mythic+ dungeons. We also made fun of our healer and the Moose (our hunter’s pet) as we always do. It was almost as random as our runs but E-J managed to keep us in line. You can check it out here. I’m the nervous person whose first language is obviously not English. You can’t miss me.

Patch 8.2 is coming out today and I can’t wait to finally get my hands on it! New zones to explore! New quests to do! New reputations to grind for flying! New shinies, pets and mounts! All the things!