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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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!

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!

The weeks with pet battling and new mounts

More PvP! I got Fourteen for the Team and I’m half way into prestige level 15. The Unrelenting title describes my relationship with PvP in Legion really well. I will get to level 18 for the title even if it kills me! At least I hope I will..

I got through the Celestial Tournament for the second and the third time and got Master of the Masters. All the strategies worked so it was nice and easy. It gave me courage for the pet battle dungeons and I completed both! Pet Battle Challenge: Wailing Caverns was nerve-racking but I managed to finish it and after that, Pet Battle Challenge: Deadmines was actually fun. Poor Deadmines never catch a break. It’s the third time we had to go there and kick some bad people/pets. I’ll need to do all these things weekly to get all the rewards but it’s great knowing I can beat them. Bring it on, you tiny cute petsies!

I’ve been working on Family Fighter achievement and this is my progress after about a month:

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It was so many battles and I’m not even close to having half of it done. And these pets are on Argus and always up. I have no idea how people actually do Family Familiar. /bow to all of you who have that achievement.

I went through Stormheim with my undead mage and my crush on Sylvanas is getting bigger and bigger. I just love her. And Genn is so mean! I’m not switching to Horde but I’m looking forward to playing both sides after I finish leveling my troll druid. I was already told off for playing Horde but don’t worry, I still bleed blue 🙂 I just want to see the story from both sides. For now. Never say never to Horde and our their Banshee queen. And look at me! I’m so pretty!

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I spent some time (and a lot of money) making engineering mounts I didn’t have so now I own this sweet bike

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and this rocket.

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I also started working on Sky Golem but one of the reagents have a daily cooldown so I’ll have it in 28 days. Or more than that because I’ll probably forget about it most days.

I’ve been doing Darkmoon Faire for the mount. I didn’t have a lot of tickets when I started saving them but I finally got to 1000. It’s so pretty!

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I now have 249 mounts and it’s driving me up the wall! So close! I need to go through my list of mounts I don’t have. I might find something I could get soon. But I hope I’ll tell you about getting my 250th mount in another one of these posts.

ICYMI: I created a list of podcasts I listen to. I’ll try to keep it updated and I might add other non-gaming podcasts I enjoy. There’s a lot of them.

The weeks with having fun in 7.3.5

I managed to write this post on time! Go me!

The leveling changes in 7.3.5 are the best thing that’s happened to WoW since Legion launched. It’s just amazing! I started with my troll druid in Azshara, I’m level 24 and I still have quests there and I don’t have to worry about then going green or grey. The mobs hit hard but not too much. I’m feral for questing and resto in dungeons. Shadowfang Keep was stupid hard but I think they tweaked it. I only do dungeons to finish the quests in them and then go back to leveling in Azshara because I’m working on Loremaster. I will finish much less zones than I anticipated because the leveling is still quite fast but it doesn’t matter, I want to level more characters eventually. Maybe one of the cool allied races we’re getting later.

I did the whole Antorus on LFR with the lovely Laytis. Argus fight is really good and fun. And I saw the cinematic in all its glory in game. The last scene still hurts.

The quests in Silithus after killing Argus were interesting. It also reminded me that I never leveled my Horde mage to 110 in Legion (and I don’t want to because I already saw all the mage stuff) so I probably won’t have a max level Horde toon ready for BfA. But we’ll see when it comes out. I’m hoping for some announcements soon.

I got to prestige level 13 and I’m close to 14. I’m getting more and more worried I won’t make it to 18 for the title in time but that might be just paranoia. I hate when content goes away, especially without any info if/how/when it will be available again.

I finally leveled all the pets I needed for the Celestial Tournament and I went in there. And it took about two minutes until I got into trouble. The strategy for Taran Zhu from the Wowhead guide didn’t work so I had to experiment a bit. I eventually found one that worked really well and I beat it! I bought the Chi-Chi pet and I’m already looking forward to doing it again next week.

I started farming the world bosses in Tanaan Jungle for the mounts they drop (or don’t drop so far) and I finished Tiny Terrors of Tanaan. The fights also drop satchels that can have a pet in them so I think I need to add those to my list of pets I want to get. And by the way, I made a list! My 2018 bucket list. Let’s see how that goes, shall we?

The weeks with all the dailies, reputations and achievements

I’ve been feeling a bit meh about blogging lately but I hope it will go away and I’ll go back to writing regularly soon. Until then, I’m afraid you only get long, chaotic posts about some of the stuff I do in game. So here we go:

I’ve been doing all the dailies for all the reputations and all the mounts.

After hundreds of dailies in Argent Tournament, I now have all the mounts and all the toys! It took me over a year and it was worth it but damn, it sucked! No wonder I got 5000 Daily Quests Completed. There are also pets and a paladin mount but I’m not getting them anytime soon, if ever.

I’m doing PvP WQs and slowly getting the prestige levels. I get about one level per month so  I wonder if I’ll get “the Unstoppable Force” title for reaching prestige level 18. I’d love to have it! I’m currently at 9 so I still have a lot of work to do and given my (relatively) slow progress, I might not have the time if the next expac comes out soon. (I assume the rewards will go away. They might not.)

I’m not doing all emissary quests anymore, only for the paragon reputation rewards I don’t have yet, so Wardens, Armies of Legionfall, Army of the Light, Court of Fandoris and Kirin Tor.

I finished a number of reputations: Argussian Reach, Klaxxi, Kirin Tor Offensive, August Celestials, CHolden Lotus, Keepers of Time and got 70 Exalted Reputations, Pandaren Ambassador and The Burning Crusader. I’m slowly running out of the easy ones and now I’m doing Netherwing which is not fun. I can clearly see that Burning Crusade did not age well when I’m doing BC content at the same time as MoP content. But there’s a mount so I have to do it.

I got lucky in a garrison invasion and Smoky Direwolf dropped! It’s nice to finally get a reward after doing them for a few weeks now.

Wrath timewalking was last week and I finally had enough badges for the pretty pony! I now have all the purchasable mounts and some of the toys so I need to do some more timewalking. But it’s still the expansions I never played so I like it 🙂

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BlizzCon happened which led to 2 things: my new horde toon and doing random fishing achievements while watching the panels. I now have Outland AnglerNorthrend AnglerThe ScavengerThe Lurker AboveThe LimnologistThe Oceanographer and Tanniy, a troll druid.

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Whatever happens in Battle for Azeroth, I need to see it from both sides of the story. I haven’t done much with her, only the first few quests and now I’m waiting for 7.3.5 and the world scaling. I can’t wait to level her without constanly leaving a zone because the quests don’t give XP anymore. And I’ve never done Kalimdor zones properly so Tanniy and I are going to have have a lot of fun 🙂

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I’m a cat for now but I think I’ll be queuing for dungeons as a healer if it’s not too complicated.

Speaking of druids, I loved the Moonkin Festival so much! It was the cutest thing ever and “naptime instructor” is my new life goal.

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Do you think someone’s hiring? I have many years of experience and true passion for napping and sleeping.

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