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Why I’m Glad I Dropped 10k Gold on the Black Market Auction House

brawlolcatIt all has to do with the Brawler’s Guild.

I’ve had my eye on these invitations since they first appeared on the BMAH, but they were far too rich for my blood with auctions ending upwards of 50k. However, as Madam Goya continued posting the auctions and more and more people got their hands on invitations, prices quickly came down. Last night I grabbed one at just under 10k. I didn’t think I’d win it, and at first I had a bit of buyer’s remorse. Would it be worth it?

The answer is unquestionably, unmistakably: yes.

I fought through Rank 1 last night and Rank 2 this morning, and it has been the most fun I’ve had in game outside of raiding in a long time. Quick introduction, in case you’ve never seen the Brawler’s Guild, and then I’ll tell you the reasons I love it.

What is the Brawler’s Guild, Exactly?

Walk through a small door in the Deeprun Tram (Alliance–not sure where you Horde folks go) and down a quick ramp, and you find yourself in a bar with a huge pit in the middle. Inside this pit, bosses spawn, and competitors take them on one-on-one. If it’s your first night in the guild, here’s how you get in on the action:

  1. Talk to a Brawler Bouncer. They’ll have a chat option to join the fight.
  2. Wait in a (for me) short queue. Watch other competitors from your realm and sometimes others while you wait.
  3. When it’s almost your turn, you will get an ingame announcement proclaiming “You are next in line!” Get ready!
  4. When the current fight ends, you will be ported down and take on the first Rank 1 boss. There are 4 bosses per rank.
  5. Kill the boss or die trying! If you kill the boss, you get a Brawler’s Purse with some gold and a gray item worth some gold, as well. You then queue again to move onto the second boss. If you die, you can queue to try again until you get it.

The bosses get progressively harder and go from Rank 1 to Rank 8. There are boss mechanics and enrage timers, so you will need to be on your toes!

Why I Love It

The Challenge. Prior to this, my most favorite thing I’d done in-game was the staff quest from Firelands, in particular, the part I had to solo in the Nexus. After a raid, the second thing I love most is a solo challenge that really tests my skill. How well do I know my class? How good am I at handling mechanics when there’s no safety net? This is that kind of challenge, and it’s exciting!

The People. I might just be lucky, but the people I’ve run into so far in the Brawler’s Guild have all been incredible. I was scared the first fight, worried that someone would call me a noob or yell insults at me if I did something stupid, but that was directly the opposite of what actually happened. Instead, people cheered me on, buffed me, joined groups with me so we could buff each other, rezzed me, and whispered me to encourage me and give me tips. I hope this experience continues, because it has been extremely rewarding so far.

The Experience. The whole setup is just fun. It’s fast-paced, you can watch other competitors, you feel like you’re progressing through the levels, you’re testing your skill–it feels exactly like what they described: a Fight Club for adventurers looking to test their mettle.

That is why I love the Brawler’s Guild. If you can get an invite grab one and step into the pit. You won’t be sorry!

I’ll be posting the December Challenge later this week, by the way! 

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Battlechicken Vlog #2: Let Me Make a Macro

Battlechicken Vlog #2! I told Navi earlier this week that I wasn’t sure I’d ever find something as awesome to vlog about as Navispam. I still haven’t, but you get this anyway!

I like to make made-up albums for my guild with song titles specific to our raid and members. I’ll show you the cover of the “album” from which this song comes, but the songs themselves are guild-related and will stay on our forums.

However, “Let Me Make a Macro” has been stewing in my head for a few months. Our raid leader/GM Boomslang says this phrase at least once every new fight. I felt like it needed to be written, so I wrote it. And that’s what vlog numero dos is: “Let Me Make a Macro.”

If it gets someone to smile tonight, I’m good with that. :-D

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Navispammed!

Subtitled: I got on video because Navi is that cool.

Edit to Add: Navi’s post about her visit! 

Navi’s blog: The Daily Frostwolf

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Capture Caption #2

Realms being down (boo!) seems like a good opportunity for round 2 (yay!).

Here’s a reminder of Sunday’s picture:

And here are the captions!

1. Worgen bear camouflage: be the carpet. (Wade)

2. Bear make-out session! (@dondelorox)

3. Bear is looking for the last dropped easter egg. The draw of chocolate is more powerful than the fear of dead bear carpet. (Andrew)

4. “Where’s the money, Lebowski?”
“It’s down there somewhere, let me have another look.” (Jalindrine)

5. He’s obviously wondering where the rest of the other bear went…..poor thing. (Cassierose)

6. I don’t need Threat Plates to tell me I have aggro! (Ultraking)

Which one is your favorite? You can tell me in the comments below! While you’re there, give me a caption for this week’s screenshot (or send me a mention @battlechicken on Twitter):

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Capture Caption

Even among the handful of WoW players with whom I exchange screenshots, there are plenty that are funny, awkward, or interesting. I thought it might be fun to do a weekly write-your-own caption post. I’ll provide the screenshot (or you can send me a screenshot by email) and you provide the caption, either through a Twitter mention (@battlechicken) with the tag #capcaption or by commenting below. I’ll post all of the captions I receive!

Don’t worry, if no one’s interested I’ll phase it out quickly and replace it with a fancy dancing bear!

Speaking of bears, the first screenshot is courtesy my husband and his worgen druid, Lycanthropy:

Can someone please tell me what the heck is going on here?!

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Chicken of Her Word: A Worthy Opponent

My beta initiations continued after my solid performance during my dance with Garrosh. I contacted the suggesters of my second initiation, @wowcynwise and @Ralod, and we set up an RP duel in Goldshire on our own server of Durotan between Cynwise and myself.

We agreed to the following terms:

1. Role play only.

2. Equip only 1 dress of our choice, 1 Mastercraft Kalu’ak Fishing Pole, 1 Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat, and 1 pair of Sandals of Summer.

3. All class abilities acceptable.

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