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!

The Week with Cursed Sausages

I’m writing an update for this blog! I’m like a real blogger again! Go me!

Our healer was at a wedding instead of doing mythics+ last week so we had to find our own fun. We did enough island expeditions for the weekly quest and I got a mission for Azerite power which I was already capped on so that wasn’t useful but I also got some Seafarer’s Dubloons and a pretty transmog piece so in the end, it wasn’t that bad 🙂

We also did a bit of PvP which was new with this group but not terrible. We started with Warsong Gulch and people were actually doing mechanics and playing well so I could often just damage and slow people and all that and I got a lot of honor! Then we did Alteral Valley and even though we won, it was very long and I still don’t understand that battleground so it was less fun but it had its moments.

I was cleaning up my bank and found some cursed meat so I made some cursed sausages and I got cursed. I really should’ve seen this one coming..

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In raiding news, we killed the first boss in Crucible of Storms in only six tries! It was so amazing! During our first five tries, we barely got under 50% but in the next attempt, things somehow clicked and we managed to finish the fight! I’d heard scary things about this raid so it was very encouraging to see that it was possible to do. Hopefully things go well tonight and we’ll either finish the raid or at least make some good progress on the second boss. We have time until the next raid so I’m not worried.

The date for 8.2 was announced today and it’s coming next week! Hype! There’s so much awesome stuff in the patch and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. New zones with new quests! Flying! New pets and mounts to collect! Flying! Two more reputations which will get me to 100 exalted reputations and I’ll get Pureheart Courser! Flying! You get the idea.

I wanted to finish Loremaster before 8.2 but I’m not sure if I’ll have the time. I’m only missing a few parts of Icecrown but it’s a big zone with long quest chains and they’re interesting and fun so I don’t want to rush them. I don’t think I need to do anything to prepare for 8.2 but I’m sure I’ll think of something. Planning.. Not my strong suit..

Warning! Rant incoming. Feel free to stop reading here if you don’t want to read my grumpy complains and see you at another blogpost!

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I was stuck at 297 mounts for weeks and it was starting to bother me so I looked up what easy-to-get mounts are coming in 8.2 and I was a bit angry when I found out that they added reputation mounts that cost 90k gold each. I try to pay for my subscription with gold if I can and if the cost of these doesn’t change, I’ll never get them. I can’t justify buying 2 mounts when I could get a month of playing for the same price.

Expensive mounts had been discouraging me from mount collecting for the whole BfA and this killed off the last of my motivation. These are reputation mounts, I already worked to get them and while I understand why some expensive mounts exist, this seems excessive. I had about 110k gold so I decided to use it to get to Lord of the Reins and then never spent too much money on mounts again. I bought a few profession mounts and starting now, I will only farm drops, do achievements and make the rest of profession mounts myself.  I used to enjoy mount collecting very much (which is how I got to 300 mounts in the first place) but I don’t like how much new mounts cost these days. Fortunately, there’s still a lot of old mounts I can work on.

And a few hours after this, I got a mount from Darkshore which was a nice band-aid for my grumpiness 🙂

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Battle for Azeroth and all the things!

Alright, let’s try this blogging thing again. I might not be able to keep to a schedule but I can make an attempt, right?

The last time I wrote any kind of week(s) in WoW update was.. *goes back to check* August 2018. Oops.

So.. Battle for Azeroth started! Yay! I went in first with my Alliance human mage as always (well, this is my second expansion so “always” actually means “once before” but you know what I mean..). Before BfA pre-patch, I was considering switching to my death knight but I couldn’t abandon my mage and I’m glad I didn’t. Looking at it now, it would’ve been a mistake.

Leveling was amazing. Drustvar was the best zone ever for my dark, witch-lore-loving Slavic soul. I loved hanging out with Flynn and Taelia in Tiragarde Sound (and Taelia has a huge potential as a character so I really hope they do something with her). Stormsong Valley was slightly creepy and had way too many random farms in need of saving but overall, I had fun there too.

I absolutely loved The Pride of Kul Tiras storyline with saving Jaina. One of the main reasons why I was looking forward to Kul Tiras was the potential for more Jaina stories and it delivered. I was in tears. (And not for the first or last time in BfA.)

(The war campaign happened and I don’t enjoy the faction conflict so let’s just move along and not talk about it, shall we?)

In November, I joined Girls Gone WoW discord and started raiding (if you don’t know GGW, it’s a lovely podcast with lovely Raven and lovely E-J and lovely guests and you should listen to it). I hadn’t done much raiding before so it was.. interesting but apparently, I am (usually) not a terrible raider! I sometimes stand in sh*t or forget about mechanics or miss some raid instructions because when more people talk at once, I can’t understand anyone (especially in English which is not my first language) but it’s working (and it’s “only” normal so it’s more forgiving than the higher difficulties).  We cleared Uldir, Battle of Dazar’alor and this week, we killed the first tentacle thingy in Crucible of Storms! Go us!

I’m also doing mythic+ dungeons with some of the people from there and we got Keystone Conqueror for clearing a mythic+ 10 in time! It was hard work but it was also very rewarding. When the mythic+ dungeons were first introduced, I knew I would like them if I had a stable group to progress with and it actually happened for me!

I love the GGW community. It’s basically the first time I have (friends!) people to play with in WoW and those chill raids and mythic+ runs are making BfA even more enjoyable 🙂

My human mage became a Kul Tiran! My mage has hips! I love my mage’s hips. Those are some good hips. I wrote my human mage a little farewell and she’s now a beautiful Kul Tiran (with hips!). Look at her!

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Isn’t she gorgeous? I love her so much!

I’ve also been doing some old content because I’m getting slightly bored in 8.1.5 but I still gave a few things to do, for example the Loremaster! I feel like a terrible slacker for not having that already but I’m almost there. I did Dragonblight and for the first time in my WoW life, I saw the Wrathgate cinematic in-game. I’d seen it outside the game of course, it’s legendary, but it was even better with the build-up (especially knowing it was going to happen!) and the aftermath.

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It was beautiful. And scary and sad. It gave me all the feels.

The last remaining zone for Loremaster is Icecrown so I’m now working on that. And then I’ll be done with Loremaster and will need to find some new fun until 8.2 hits. I could start doing the circle of disappointment again and smack some bosses until they give me their mounts. Or work on all those garrison achievements. Or finally try Wintergrasp.

Yeah.. I’m not getting bored anytime soon.

 

 

 

Race Changing My Main

(I know I haven’t written anything in months, I don’t feel like blogging these days but I’m alive and enjoying BAzeroth!)

I’ve been asking for bigger body shapes in WoW since I started playing so when we first heard we’d get Kul Tirans as a playable race, I knew I’d race change as soon as I could. I want those hips.

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I didn’t expect to get emotional about it in the way I did. I’m excited to play a Kul Tiran but I feel like I’m losing my character in a way. And she’s actually a human so the change is not even that big! And it wasn’t until I read Cinder’s great post where she says goodbye to her Pandaren that I realised I needed to do something to give my proper farewell to my character too. So on my last evening with her, I remembered all the things we accomplished together, all the fun we had and took her around the worlds to take our last screenshots.

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This is where it all started. Anniy the human mage was my first character. I knew quite a lot about the game before I started playing but there was still plenty noobness and mistakes and general sucking at the game. To be fair, I still suck at the game sometimes but I’ve learnt a lot with Anniy.

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Falling off cliffs and mountains happens a lot. Even with Slow Fall, I die often. /facepalm

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The first pony I loved! It’s the basic one for 1 gold but it started my obsession with mount farming…

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… which led to ponies like this one.

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We made it to 288 mounts which is a solid number!

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We did a ton of achievements too, like What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. It was definitely long but worth it.

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We did so much older content together! To be fair, I started playing in WoD so most of the game was “older content” but we still had a lot of fun with it.

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We built a garrison and then got a bit bored in it. But at least we had enough time for achievements and older content!

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I haven’t finished Loremaster and I’m a bit sad about it. It would’ve been a great last thing to do but I ran out of time because I’m still busy with BAzeroth (which is great!). At least the new version of Anniy will experience Wrath too.

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The reputation bonus helped us get 98 exalted reputations which is awesome! I’m currently missing only the ones in Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch. I don’t enjoy PvP much and they take a very long time to get so f.ck those. I am very happy I got everything else before race changing. I will miss the bonus but I got A LOT from it.

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Other accomplishment I’m proud of was that nine months long PvP grind in Legion for the pretty ponies and “the Unstoppable Force” title. That was so rewarding.

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We got all Archeology achievements and most of the rares.

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We made a lot of clothes and engineering goggles and even picked some herbs on Kul Tiras and Zandalar.

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We had a farm and grew vegetables.

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We mostly avoided Goldshire because we’re on Argent Dawn EU and strange things can happen there..

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We reformed The Tirisgarde and became Archmage.

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We made a headcanon and we’re dating Anduin in it because why wouldn’t we?

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We danced,

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we flew on our beloved disk,

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we laughed,

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and enjoyed being a mage.

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Seriously, how cool is this spell animation?!

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We even raided with Team Easily Amoosed from Girls Gone WoW discord! That’s so much fun!

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And now our story ends here, in Boralus. In a few hours, Anniy is going to be reborn with hips and a thick waist and I am going to love her even more.

So let’s have new adventures and make new memories! Now with hips!

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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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.”