Posts Tagged ‘random’

Sundering Along: Alas, Azeroth, I hardly Knew Thee


So long Azeroth, and thanks for all the fish.

After 112 runs (and 14 deaths… one of which was intentional, oh BRD key), I’m level 60.

I will now ominously hover over Hellfire in victory.  (Adorable undead laugh here.)

If there is anything I can say about leveling via instancing, it is that the levels go by absurdly fast.

The early 40s were a blur.  Each Mara Purple was a 10-15 minute exercise in learning how to avoid being gouged.  (As a warrior, use Shield Block at the start of the satyr pulls.  Try to get a revenge off on a satyr, if they’re both up when SB wears off.  Alternating that and Concussion Blow gives the best chance to avoid a dps-killing gouge.)

The late 40s were over in the blink of an eye.  I barely had the time to finish the quest to summon Hakkar in ST.  (Highly recommended – the fight is a fun addition.  There aren’t many event-fights in WoW anymore, and this is a cool bit of variety.)  Alas, I saw none of the cool drops from the 40s.  No Sang’thraze.  No Jang’thraze.  And so no nifty sword of swirling skull-doom.  No dragon sword.  No strange dagger of limited use.

The 50s, I’ve loved.  I immediately took my engineering to 375, for the helm and trinket.  (Nothing else comes close for tanking.)  Added bonus:  I’m now miniature.

Blackrock Depths is a wonderful instance.  It has enough variety (and enough options for bosses) that I never quite got bored with it.  My second group (at level 51) was able to clear not only Prison, but continue on to clear the entire instance.  Most fun I’ve had in the spire for ages.

And the quests.  Oh the quests.  I’d forgotten how many fun quest chains there are for BRD.  There is nothing quite like rescuing the princess, only to be told that by doing so, you’ve ensured that the dwarves will be reunited under a (probably) evil and crazed ruler.  Or at least the mom is likely nutters.  (Sidenote:  possible Cata fight?)

If you’re planning on doing the the BRD quest chains, grab them once its possible that BRD-Prison can be the random – they each involve multiple trips, and often killing NPCs that are off the beaten path.

My next goal – Scholomance has two quests I adore:  The Lich, Ras Frostwhisper and Dawn’s Gambit.  I highly recommend both chains, even if they send you across the globe.  But have impressive visuals, and the response of players who didn’t even know what you were doing is possible – nothing short of golden.   Oh, and I’d love a classic Onyxia key.  (Warlord’s Command is done, contemplating getting Seal of Ascension to tempt groups into UBRS…)

Apparently, LFD has other plans, and I’m to do Ramparts immediately upon hitting 61 (where I now am, after turning in quests).  Ok, I can live with that.

I have to confess, though… I’m sad to leave the Old World behind.

There are so many instances I never got the chance to explore (DM, Scholo, Strat, UBRS…).  There are too many instance-based quest chains I’m leaving undone (Tier 0.5, how awesome you would be… or even Tier 0).  It is a real shame that almost all of the level 60 content is completely ignored, whether leveling via dungeons or via questing.

Maybe next time, I suppose.

Next up (for real):  time to hit 62, for a better Engineering helm, and a completely ridiculous shield from Sporeggar – Honored (I have an old stockpile of rep items for them, apparently).


Getting to Know Ya


I’m an old-timer. I’ve been playing since March 2005, my first character was a druid that I leveled as resto, in caster form, killing creatures by hitting things with a mace. Yup, things are that different. I still remember timing corehound spawns, and spec’ing for innervate, just so I could use it on the priest. (Ewwwww!). I also remember rolling a rogue alt, simply because the grind to 60 was faster than killing anything as a healer.

Through it all, I’ve played with the same group of friends. And (at least since the beginning of TBC), we’ve settled into the same guild.

I have 4 level 80 characters, with a range of gear levels.

5493 – cat / bear druid
5149 – blood tank / blood dps DK
4280 – MM / BM hunter
3886 – ret / prot pally

A few of my favorite things:

I love making leveling a challenge, and so I have a number of special-purpose alts. A hunter with 1 defense rating, a character I’m leveling with 0 deaths (on a pvp server, 6th(?) time must be a charm), a druid I xp-cap and use to tank low-level instances…

I love data. I collect data on everything. Not to min-max, just to play with charts and graphs. Oh yeah, I’m a geek.

I love lore. I make backstories for my characters – and I’m not on an RP server. Example. Once upon a time, my main was a gnome alchemist tinkering in Stonetalon Mountains.  He mixed an elune stone with a Winterfall Firewater potion, just to see what happened. The explosion landed him in Stonebull Lake, with amnesia and 100% more cowform. His name comes from the scream the villagers heard as he landed in the lake. The incident has left him with some odd personality quirks, including finding the Orb of Deception oddly comforting.

Oh, and I love tanking pugs.

Whats in this blog?

Descriptions of random ideas / projects in WoW.

Data-driven examinations of popular WoW myths.

Whatever else comes to my increasingly random mind.

Hopefully that excites someone out there in the interwebbed pipe-system thingy.  Or at least I can keep this stuff organized… my brains get scrambled with all this stuff hopping around – it is worse than keeping track of my cat druid’s dps rotations.