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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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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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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My Favourite Mount(s)

Lovely ladies Z and Cinder are doing a blog challenge and anyone can join! Topic of week 31 is “What’s your favourite mount?”. You can find other people’s posts on their website.

I love mounts. I’ve done annoying rep grinds, weird achievements, many circles of disappointment, a year of Argent Tournament dailies and I learnt to PvP just to get mounts. Worth it!

I hope no one actually expects me to choose just one because that’s not possible. I can do top 4 (in no particular order): Ultramarine Qiraji Battle tank, Archmage’s Prismatic Disc, Leywoven Flying Carpet and Prestigious Ivory Courser. No, wait, I forgot about Invincible! Top 5 then. And an honorable mention.

Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank

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This was the hardest mount to get. It’s from Tol’vir archeology and I spent a lot of time and money to get it. But look at it! It’s awesome!

Archmage’s Prismatic Disc

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I enjoyed the class specific content in Legion very much and this pretty mount was the cherry on the expansion cake. I even managed to put together a transmog I actually like a lot with doesn’t happen very often because I’m not very good at transmoging. And the colours fit into Dalaran so well!

Leywoven Flying Carpet

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I love all the flying carpets so when I first saw this one, I knew I had to get it. It’s a great souvenir to always remind me of the gorgeous place that is Suramar City. And if I ever make a Nightborne, this will be her main flying mount.

Prestigious Ivory Courser

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I killed so much Horde for the prestige rewards! This mount is my favourite out of the Prestigious ones. So elegant and fierce!

Invincible

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Does this really need an explanation? 🙂

Honorable mention

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My tauren druid’s travel form. I’m enjoying playing druid much more than I expected and big part of it that I’m so pretty in all my forms. I can’t wait to be a bat!

 

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My bucket list for 2018

Lovely ladies Z and Cinder are doing a blog challenge and anyone can join! Second challenge of week 29 is “2018 Bucket List”. You can find other people’s posts on their website.

The bucket list for 2017 was much easier to write because we didn’t have an expansion coming that year so all of this may change based on when BfA comes out.

In 2017, I spent a lot of time in old content catching up on reps, achievements, mounts and pets and I finished most of the things I wanted to, at least on my main. From now on, I am going to do old content while leveling alt/alts.

Instead, I want to do the more challenging pet battles, like The Celestial Tournament and the pet battle dungeons. I made a list of pets I’ll need for the Tournament and I’m slowly leveling them up. I’d never done a research about pet battles before. It’s exciting 🙂

Things I want to do in Legion:

  • PvP prestige level 18 for “The Unstoppable Force” title (I might not get there before BfA but I’m still hoping and killing all the Horde!)
  • level my troll druid Tannyi and work on Loremaster in the process

Things I want to do in Legion and/or BfA if I have the time:

  • Mount farming
    • Karazhan – Fiery Warhorse
    • The Eye – Ashes of Al’ar
    • Firelands – Pureblood Fire Hawk
    • Isle of Thunder – Thundering Cobalt Cloud Serpent
    • Isle of Giants – Cobalt Primordial Direhorn
    • Kun-Lai Summit – Heavenly Onyx Cloud Serpent
    • Valley of the Four Winds – Son of Galleon
    • Throne of the Four Winds – Drake of the South Wind
  • get all the pets from The Celestial Tournament and the pet battle dungeons

 

It’s not actually a long list but I imagine I will be busy with BfA. And I might have to take a break from WoW because it looks I won’t have any money to spare this year. But we’ll see.

And I am going to turn this into a page where I will track my progress as I did for 2017. Crossing things off a list is still an amazing thing to do 🙂

Happy 2018, everyone!

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2017 in pictures

Lovely ladies Z and Cinder are doing a blog challenge and anyone can join! Second challenge of week 29 is “2017 in pictures”. You can find other people’s posts on their website.

I went through my blog posts for each month and chose the screenshots I felt most strongly about. It’s mostly PvP stuff and mounts. No surprise there 🙂

January

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I reached Prestige level 1, level 50 and got a quest that sent me to the Stormwind Keep. There were leaders of Alliance and other important lore characters and Anduin had a lovely speech about me and everyone cheered for me and it was very heartwarming. It was such a great little event. I loved it.

February

Jade Pandaren Kite String for We’re Going to Need More Saddles! I worked so hard to get all the mounts I could in 2017 and these achievements felt so good!

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March

Arcanist’s Manasaber Suramar for finishing Suramar questline. Suramar was such a big part of Legion and I enjoyed it very much. Parts of it were frustrating as hell but it was a great storytelling.

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April

I love micro-holidays. They’re such a great random content. And March of the Tadpoles was my favourite. Look at these cuties!

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May

PvP brawls. They’re basically PvP on LSD. I enjoyed most of them. And they’re completely optional so I didn’t have to do the ones I didn’t enjoy. Gravity Lapse in Eye of the Storm is great fun. Baa!

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June

Class mounts! My flying purple disk! They were hit or miss overall but I love my disk and the paladin ponnies are very pretty too.

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Also, this happened:

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Stuff of nightmares..

July

Invisible pony!

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August

I have spent a ridiculous amount of time (and gold) for this mount, Ultramarine Qiraji Battle Tank. Worth every copper and every minute. And it didn’t make me hate archeology which is surprising.

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September

My achievements lined up perfectly. Violet Proto-Drake for What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been was my 200th mount. It felt incredible.

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October

I finally got the paragon reputation mount I wanted since I first saw it. As a tailor, I had all the carpets so I needed this. And I got it. No more Withered Army Training scenario. Ever!

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November

We got the next expansion announcement on Blizzcon and my immediate reaction was to make a Hordie to see the story from both sides. I boosted an undead mage with the boost I got with Legion but I never played her much and with the leveling changes we’ll get in 7.3.5, I can’t wait to level again. I wanted a druid and I chose a troll because it felt like the best fit. So this is Tanniy.

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December

I’ve been working on secondary professions lately and getting recipes I was missing so I beat up a ghost for a soup recipe. I love going back to MoP.

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Return to my Bucket List

Lovely ladies Z and Cinder are doing a blog challenge and anyone can join! First challenge of week 29 is “Return to your Bucket List”. You can find other people’s posts on their website.

My plan for 2017 post wasn’t part of Z and Cinder blog challenge yet but I still did it. I thought this would be painful because I felt I’d been slacking but I actually did a lot of things from my list! Let’s take a look, shall we?

Keep doing PvP for the prestige levels.

I’m at prestige level 10 so I’d say that’s pretty awesome! It’s definitely higher than I expected. And I’m still climbing up.

Doing world events for What a Strange, Long Trip It’s Been.

Done! It was a lot of work but I did it.

Keep up my mount farming, run ICC, Karazhan and The Eye every week. I only need to kill one boss in Karazhan and the Eye so it doesn’t take a lot of time but it’s tedious and I get lazy. But I really want those mounts so I’m going to farm them and if I don’t get at least one of them in 2017, I’m going to be sad and angry.

I got one! I have Invincible now and I’m farming Karazhan, the Eye and I added the MoP world bosses, Throne of the Four Winds and Firelands.

After we get flying in 7.2, I want to finish the Legion exploration achievements.

And we have our first fail. I finished the ones on the Broken Isles but I haven’t touched the ones on Argus. I’ll wait until it gets easier in next expansions because not being able to fly makes it frustrating. And there’s so need to get frustrated if I can wait and do it later when everything dies as soon as they see me.

I want to continue doing MoP archeology (I’m almost done!) and finish Loremaster of Outland and Loremaster of Northrend.

I did almost nothing in Outland and Northrend but I did all the archeology achievements. Not just the MoP ones, all of them!

I need to finish Outland soon but I will quest in Northrend with my troll druid after the leveling changes in 7.3.5 so I don’t need to do it on my main.

If I’m done with all this before 2018, I’m going to do Loremaster of Kalimdor to finish Loremaster. And I also want to do pet battles. I’ve done a few but there’s so many achievements! I wasn’t very good at them so I’ll need to do a lot of research first. But that probably will be my plan for 2018.

Kalimdor didn’t happen either but it will also happen after 7.3.5.

I did a lot of pet battling achievements but I’m missing the hard ones. I still need to do a lot of research and I haven’t found the time yet.

I played a lot of WoW in 2016 and I want to do other things in my free time too. I got into Assassin’s Creed games recently and I want to get back into reading. I used to read a lot and I miss it. I made a list of books I want to read (or re-read) in 2017 and it’s long, including Dark Tower series, Harry Potter series and The Lord of the Rings. WTB more free time.

I got into DnD which takes a lot of my time so I didn’t do much reading. I read first three Dark Tower books and got stuck in the fourth because I know the next chapter is sad and I don’t want to be sad. I might just skip it. Or not come back to it at all because the whole series is sad. But awesome.

I finished the first Assassin’s Creed game (well, my flatmate finished it for me, I wasn’t able to do the last fights because of the wonky controls), started Assassin’s Creed II, got frustrated with the less wonky but still very wonky controls and started Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate which is much better.

All things considered, I think I did well. I didn’t finish all the things I wanted back when I wrote the list but I still had fun and kept myself busy. As far as WoW goes, 2017 has been a great year. Let’s hope 2018 is even better!

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