The weeks with critters and shining in Arathi Basin

I was going through my achievements for something easy to do and finished Hail to the Chef! It only took Critter Gitter and Dinner Impossible and my bank alt even had all the required mats. Piece of cake. A real cake, not the Delicious Chocolate Cake, that one’s a lie.

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Fear me and my critter army!

Darkmoon Faire was up and I went into Arathi Basin for Dinner Impossible with the reputation buff on and got the last hundreds of rep I needed for exalted with The League of Arathor and Knight of Arathor. That only took my whole WoW life.. To be fair, I haven’t been doing battlegrounds the whole time (I’ve barely done any this year) but these reputations still take a lot of time. But it feels great when you finish them 🙂 I should start doing Alterac Valley to eventually get The Justicar because that will take another few years.

I’ve been doing the legendary pet battles in Tanaan Jungle for pets from Fel-Touched Pet Supplies and the drop rate is very low so this might take a while. I got Zangar Spore and Nightmare Bell and I hope to get the rest soon because these pet battles are not very fun. I even checked the auction house but the pets are too expensive to justify it. At least for now. On the bright side, they drop Pet Charms and Fel-Touched Battle-Training Stone and those are always handy. I started hoarding them in preparation for BAzeroth but then I found out I didn’t have the pets you can buy with them so I’m now getting those. I’m also killing the world bosses in Tanaan Jungle when I’m there and they already gave me two mounts!

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I know, Tundra Icehoof. I don’t like it here either.

I’ve done The Celestial Tournament enough times to get all the pets and Celestial Family. With all the great guides for the battles, the hardest part of this whole thing is getting and leveling the required pets. I’ll have to go back there twice more for An Awfully Big Adventure but then I’ll be done with the place for good. It’s almost a shame, I like the place. It can be frustrating and it took forever but it’s great content.

I was also working on An Awfully Big Adventure this week and it was easier than I expected. I still haven’t got used to the fact that my pet collection is quite big now so I’m barely ever missing the required pets. Devs said that there will be new collection achievements for mounts and pets in BAzeroth. The highest current achiev for pets is 600 and I had only 650 so I went and got 50 more in three days and there are still some I can acquire quite easily. With the launch date for BAzeroth announced, I really need to go through my to-do list and figure out what I want to work on now.

Arathi Blizzard was up this week, it’s the PvP Brawl when Arathi Basin is snowy and you can’t see anything and my mage looks very magical with Arcane Power and Prismatic Barrier. I love arcane!

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Favourite reference in WoW

Lovely ladies Z and Cinder are doing a blog challenge and anyone can join! Topic of week 34 is “What is your favourite pop culture reference or easter egg in the game?” You can find other people’s posts on their website.

There are many awesome references and easter eggs in WoW but my favourite is SI:7 (SI stands for Stormwind Intelligence). The name is a reference to The British Secret Intelligence Service, also called MI:6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6). And they’re so fun!

I love when they send me on a mission and I get to do spy shenanigans like sneaking around, gathering intelligence and using code names (e.g. “the White Pawn” for Anduin). Preferably with Master Mathias Shaw. That man makes me feel things. *clears throat* Anyway..

Meeting them is like meeting Harrison Jones (hey, also a great reference!), I immediately know I’m going to enjoy whatever comes next. And even though I don’t love the faction conflict, I always get immersed into the story when SI:7 are involved. If Blizz came to me and offered me any position in their company I’d want, I’d choose to be one of the people who write SI:7 stories and quests. That must be so much fun!

If you want to read more about SI:7 and their activities, Wowpedia has a good article about them and this amazing art of Varian and SI:7 infiltrating Ironforge from “The Shattering” novel.

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For Stormwind and the Alliance!

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The weeks with pandas, spirits and a ghost wolf

More pet battles! I’ve been really enjoying them lately 🙂 I spent about a week doing Beasts of Fable Book dailies which drop cute pandas and got them all. I’m also doing the dailies for pandaren spirits and I’m only missing the fire one.

I also did The Longest Day achievement. Some of the tamers you need to defeat are low level so I guess I was supposed to have this done a long time ago. Oops.

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This kid wasn’t too happy when I brought full 25 level pet team to defeat her 5 level pets. Sorry, kid, I need my achievement.

I was leveling Shanniy and I was surprised how much I was enjoying enhancement. My previous experience with melee classes was only retribution paladin and this feels so much different! My main problem with pally is that I’m constanly behind, trying to keep up with the tank but that’s not an issue on my shaman thanks to ghost wolf (woof!). The animations are also prettier imho. AoE is a bit of a struggle but I’m learning. And I didn’t need to have optimal DPS on level 53. I didn’t have the courage to compare my DPS in a dungeon but no one shouted at me so I was either doing well or the heirlooms were keeping my suboptimal rotation tolerable. I did the whole of Redridge Mountains because I remembered that the storyline was cool.

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I didn’t remember how stupid was the end though. Oh well, I had fun most of the time. I did a lot of dungeons too and they don’t go as quickly as they used to but it’s still a good way to level (with Netflix or Youtube to keep you entertained). She hit level 60 last night so I boosted her to 110 and now people in her class hall want her to do some stuff and I don’t know how to play her and I haven’t got her all the artifact weapons so I have a lot of content to do.

I got another prestige level and Going On Seventeen. I can’t wait to get 18 and be done with PvP for now. The grind has been worth it but damn, I need to do something else for a change. I have a new prestigious pony, the forest one. Also very pretty.

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And the devs say that the prestige rewards are not going away in BAzeroth so I will probably get all the ponies eventually!

Building my own achievement

Lovely ladies Z and Cinder are doing a blog challenge and anyone can join! Topic of week 33 is “Build your own achievement”. You can find other people’s posts on their website.

I have a love-hate relationship with achievements. I love getting them but some of them were just awful (looking at you, Children’s Week!). I’ve had ideas for really wacky and challenging achievements but I want to keep it easy and fun.

With the end of Legion, the factions are in conflict again and I’m not too excited about that. I trust Blizz that BAzeroth will be an awesome expansion and I will enjoy it but I would choose a different approach to factions going from Legion. I loved working with Horde mages in my class halls and with my achievement, I want to show my appreciation for Horde races.

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You get “Peace on Azeroth” by emoting /bow, /bravo, /cheer, /comfort, /curtsey, /glad, /highfive, /kneel, /praise, /salute, /thank, /wave or /yay to every race of opposite faction. I’ve excluded emotes like /hug, /pat, /kiss and /blow because the idea of a random Hordie coming to me and hugging me or kissing me is slightly disturbing. Let’s respect everyone’s personal space but let’s show some love to everyone. We will need it in the trying times that are coming in BAzeroth.

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The weeks with defeating all the Argus pets

Family Fighter! F*cking finally! This took ages and a lot of that time was spent screaming at my screen in frustration. You need to defeat all the “corrupted pets of Argus” with teams made out of pets of the same family. All the corrupted pets and all the families. That’s 18 pets and 10 families so 18*10 which equals a f*ck ton of pet battles.  There are strategies on the internet so I didn’t have to do the hardest part (shout-out to Wowhead and Xu-Fu’s Pet Battle Strategies!) but I didn’t have all the required pets so I had to buy/trap them and level them and it was a lot of work. And I’m so damn proud of myself for completing it. I love when I finish a big project.

I felt so good about my pet battling skills that I went back to Pandaria to finish some old quests and achievements I had tried last year and quickly abandoned. Pandaren Spirit Tamer is incredibly easy now that I have the required pets and I added Beasts of Fable Book I-III dailies to my rotation to get all the pandas.

Mountacular! I was stuck at 249 mounts for so long! But now I have my own Felfire Hawk:

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I got the previous achievement for 200 mounts on 23rd September 2017 so it took less time that I expected but getting another 50 mounts for Lady of the Reins is going to be a challenge. I need to expand my circle of disappointment and get back to the mounts I abandoned for various reasons (the maze for Lucid Nightmare, Ashran rep, ..). And I haven’t even started farming mounts on Argus! So much to do! So many pretty ponies and other creatures to get!

The 250th mount was Lightforged Felcrusher which you get for unlocking Lightforged Draenei. I thought you needed to roll the character to get the mounts but you get them as quest rewards for the final scenario in the questchains. I started with the Void Elves but the void chicken didn’t count for some reason, then I did the Lightforged Draenei and the felcrusher did count. It was weird.

I really liked the quests to unlock the Alliance allied races. Alleria and Turalyon are very interesting characters and I had quite an adventure with both of them. I’m not going to write about it now to avoid spoiling it for others but I’m going to say I enjoyed it very much.

I hit another prestige level and You Are Sixteen. The end of this grind is near(ish).

I finished making Sky Golem. I never realised how weird it looks when it’s flying. Is this how Iron Man feels?

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I helped tiny Nomi make so many meals that he grew up and I got the Now I Am the Master achievement, which is really ironic now because we know how much he sucks at cooking. But his adult version gave me the last Legion recipe so we’re square now.

I bought Lost Mail on the auction house and did the Postmaster’s questline. It was so fun! I always enjoy when questgivers want me to do mundane tasks like deliver mail to an adventurer or carry a bag full of rocks around Dalaran. They’re much more interesting to me than saving Azeroth from world-ending threats. Sorting the mail was a struggle. I’ve spent almost no time on Kalimdor and I’m not very knowledgeable about the rest of the world(s) either. I managed to do Post Haste but the challenging version is indeed challenging. I couldn’t do it. My best result was 22. I’ll go back there eventually. And here’s my new little buddy!

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I then sold the Lost Mail on the auction house for the same amount of gold I originally bought it so yay for free fun!

The weeks with new and newly discovered alts

I wanted to play through the pandaren starting area for the first time so I created this lovely panda, Shanniy:

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I made her a shaman not really thinking about why and then I realised I might have unconsciously copied Cinder‘s character after watching her stream on the weekend (and by the way, Cinder streams! here! watch her!) so that was a bit weird.. But I have a shaman now 🙂 And she’s a lot of fun to play so I’ll level her to 60 and then boost her.

After leaving the beautiful panda starting zone, I took her to Duskwood. It was my first time doing the full zone and it was so scary! That place is full of creepy stuff and stories. After killing all the dead stuff there, she went to solve a murder mystery to Westfall. I like that zone. Bad creepy stuff are happening there too but at least there’s sunlight. Shanniy’s now level 44 and next zone is going to be Redridge Mountains. If I remember the story correctly from the first time I was there, it will be fun.

I also discovered a gnome hunter I created and abandoned at some point. She was 48 so I did a few dungeons and massacred a lot of beasts to level her skinning and leatherworking. She’s now 60 and she’ll need to skin some more beasts in Eastern Kingdoms before moving on but I like the idea of eventually having all professions leveled up so it’ll be worth it.

I did some more stuff in Halfhill and unlocked child Nomi. I’m teaching him my cool tricks while his adult version keeps burning all my food in Dalaran. I’m not salty about that. Not at all. Really. Not. Salty. You. Little. Piece. Of. Guano!

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He went from a creepy kid to an annoying adult. What a story progression..

I timewalked Ulduar! It was nice to see (at least some of) the mechanics and I didn’t suck too much. Except for the General Vezax fight where your mana doesn’t restore unless you stand in bad stuff that’s killing you. On the first pull, I was playing arcane as usual. It was a disaster. I ended up going to him and hitting him with my staff because it was the only way I could do any damage without making our healers panic. It was so stupid. I, Archmage, brave adventurer and heroine of Azeroth, wielder of Alu’neth, Greatstaff of the Magna, am hitting a boss with my staff like it is a mere stick. I switched to fire after that but it didn’t help much. What a failure. I really suffered as my pathetic magic betrayed me, Sindragosa would be proud. And I died on this boss with all the arms and lasers.

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But I didn’t suck anywhere else, I swear! Almost anywhere else. There’s a reason why I don’t raid, okay?

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Yep. Lasers. Lasers hurt. Avoid those.

I got prestige level 15! I only want to grind to level 18 so I’m getting closer. I still need to kill a lot of Horde but it’s nice to see the levels go up.

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I was going to honor a bunch of elders to get the Lunar Lantern pet but I got lazy and bought it on AH. I’m bad. But I have the pet now so yay!

I pre-purchased BAzeroth (that’s how I’m calling Battle for Azeroth, I heard that on Girls Gone WoW podcast and I really like it so I’m borrowing it). I will do the quests to unlock the Alliance allied races next week and probably make them just to see their character creation options and get the mounts. That should get me to Mountacular!

Allied races

Lovely ladies Z and Cinder are doing a blog challenge and anyone can join! Topic of week 32 is “Allied races”. You can find other people’s posts on their website.

I haven’t pre-purchased BfA yet but I have some thoughts!

I’m a WoD baby and until recently, I didn’t play alts much. I still have things to do on my mage and not a lot of time to play WoW. I have draenei paladin (originally from WoD boost to 90), undead mage (originally from Legion boost to 100) (see the pattern here?) and a couple of (mostly abandoned) low level alts but I don’t play them much. So I feel like I don’t need new races. I’m still happy we’re getting them because there are quests to unlock them (I love quests!) and I know others have been playing much longer than me and might already have all the other races (or at least the ones they like). And having more choices is always nice! Let’s look at what we’re getting:

Void Elves, Highmountain Tauren – I’m not that much into elves and taurens.

Nightborne – Again, elves are meh. They have cool tattoos but you won’t be able to see them unless the character is wearing armorkini and I don’t want to do that. I like the idea of Nightborne mage but I already have two other mages. Maybe I could play a warlock, they’re basically evil mages, right?

Lightforged Draenei – From what I’ve seen, they look awesome. And I’ve been getting more into lore and the whole Light-Void-Alleria-naaru-universe thingy is very interesting. I can imagine rolling one for lore/RP reasons one day, probably a priest.

Dark Iron Dwarves – I like how dwarves went from “I have a funny accent and I’m drunk!” look to “Shut yer mouth or I cut ye..” look. I might play one if I ever want to feel dangerous and metal (I know undead are supposed to be the metal race in WoW but these look more metal to me). I think warrior would fit them but their playable classes haven’t been announced yet so we’ll see.

Zandalari Trolls – I’ve been leveling a troll druid and I love her so I think I’ll get a Zandalari troll eventually. I’m really looking forward to BfA and experiencing their story.

 

And what other races would I like to play?

Tuskarr – The lovely walrus people from Northrend. I imagine they are like pandaren – peaceful, cute and bouncy but when you mess with them, they will hit you! We’ll probably get another Lich King expansion eventually so they could join us because they’d be tired of all the Lich King mess that keeps happening near their home.

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Mechagnome – Also ideal for a Lich King expansion. And they’d be perfect: they share models with gnomes, they already have a faction leader (Mimiron) and they are closely tied to the Titans which could lead to some very interesting stories. And they’re robots. I love robots.

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Harpies – I know, I know! They are loud, obnoxious and evil. But we live in a patriarchy and sometimes, I want to play as a nasty woman who shouts at men and claws their eyes out, okay? Is that fair and helpful? No! Do I want to kill all men? No! I don’t want to kill anyone, actually. But damn, do I love harpies! They’re in multiple parts of Azeroth so it wouldn’t be hard to find some way to tie them into the story. I doubt we’ll ever get them but hey, I can dream and blog about my silly ideas, right? 🙂

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