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Something Something PATCH DAY

Pre-Script: I still get a lot of traffic from the Noobkin to Boomkin days, so if you play a moonkin and you’re out looking for info for Patch 6.0 & WoD, here are a couple of resources to get you headed in the right direction: Icy-Veins Balance Druid Guide 6.0, Wrath Calcs, and Moonfarespam: The Moonkin Guide. Good luck out there! 

Good morning, men and women of Azeroth. How goes it on this fine patch day? I don’t know about you all, but I looked at my launcher, saw that realms will be back up at 11AM Pacific, and laughed. Sure they will, Blizz; sure they will.

What I Did

Yesterday was a flurry of people trying to get things accomplished. Waiting until the last minute is never a good idea, and there were so many people working to get that last Garrosh kill or Challenge Modes or Brawler’s Guild–Trade Chat on my alt’s server (Sargeras Alliance side) was twice as active as normal, and that’s saying something.

So what have I done this expansion?

  • Clearing Heroic Siege (uh, duh). The guild I was in until a few months ago had never cleared a Heroic tier while it was still relevant content, and it took going 10-man, but we got it done.
  • Challenge Modes. Three of my characters are sporting their CM sets. Granted, one of them I am not really responsible for, but the other two were completely legit, if not necessarily ideal (moonkin in CM…hahahaha, suckas).
  • Brawler’s Guild. I can’t lie, I think Brawler’s Guild is a lot of fun, and I’m still glad I bought the invitation even when it was expensive. I look forward to Season 2, as well!

There were a lot more things: the legendary quest chain, reputations, dailies, the Timeless Isle, farming. Think back to those first few months when we were making daily groups to go out and slaughter mogu for the Golden Lotus, back when DMF trinkets and the inscription off-hands were still a major ordeal and everyone needed a scribe to make them.

Remember those first moments in Jade Forest? The first time we saw Valley of the Four Winds? Opening the Vale if you progressed through the quests? What about stepping into Mogu’shan Vaults and encountering the Quillen and Feng?

For all of the things people didn’t like about Mists of Pandaria, there were a lot of things to like, and I did.

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What I Didn’t Do

Ah, yes; I had my own things I waited too long to try to accomplish, and I failed to get them complete. A little disappointing, but it’s my own fault for waiting and for not trying a little harder, so I certainly can’t get mad about it.

  • Proving Grounds. I waited until the past 2 weeks to get serious about PG, and it was too late for me. I went for damage on my mage (since moonkin wasn’t happening), but never made it past wave 20. Ah well, there’s always next time.
  • Brawler’s Guild Achievements. You know, it really pays to look at the entirety of an achievement before you start working on it. Then, maybe, you’ll realize that there’s a card you need that only comes out of the Darkmoon Faire before the day the DMF goes away for the last time. Collect Your Deck & Rabble Rabble Rabble remain unfinished for this season.

Overall, though, I did most of what I wanted to do before the patch, and I can’t complain about where things stand.

What I’m Going to Do

What’s the plan for today (assuming that servers come up sometime before 10pm my time)?

  • Prep my main. First things first. I have a few gem changes to make and a talent point or two to change. That’s priority one.
  • THE TOYBOX. Oh my gosh, I can’t WAIT. The bag space I’m going to get back from this is going to be amazing, and I am genuinely excited.
  • Void Storage. See previous.
  • Blasted Lands Quests. Because hello, your very own mini Ironstar is pretty important, yes?
  • UBRS. Just because we can!
  • Mythic. See previous. :-P

What about you? What did you get done; not get done? What’s the very first thing you’re going to do when you log in today?

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Entitlement, Feats of Strength, & the Removal of In-Game Rewards

This is a lengthier discussion on something I posted on Twitter.

For some who read this, this is going to sound a little bit cold and maybe a touch heartless: you aren’t entitled to every achievement and mount in the game.

As 6.0 draws closer and closer, there’s a small cacophony going on in a few segments of the WoW community. I’ve seen it on the official forums, Twitter, and let me assure you, I’ve seen it a lot in-game. Trade chat, whispers, ignores–you name it, I’ve experienced it.

This outburst is related to the fact that there are many things that will be unobtainable after 6.0/Warlords. The two that spring to mind most quickly are the legendary cloak and the Normal & Heroic Garrosh achievements and their accompanying titles/mount. While the reasons stated for the request are often different, the statement itself is always the same: “Don’t remove them, I should be able to acquire them once they are no longer content.”

Let’s just stop right there for a second and talk about a good word: achievement.

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Don’t judge me.

Of course, most of us who play WoW relate that word to the blingy bling that pops up when we do something cool (or sometimes ridiculous, stupid, tedious, and seriously-what-were-you-THINKING-with-this-one-Blizzard).

a·chieve·ment
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noun
  1. 1.
    a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill.
    “to reach this stage is a great achievement”

That is a stellar, 10-point word.

When I raid and we down bosses, it’s an achievement, an accomplishment. It is a thing we have done successfully with effort and skill. We put time and energy and practice and skill into raiding and we are rewarded for our efforts with gear, achievements, titles, and mounts.

But everyone has different interests and skills in WoW, and while they often cross over (and some people are just boss at everything, P.S., I both love you and despise you), usually each player will have a focus–a thing that they like to do and are good at doing.

Though there are MANY examples of this, the most obvious to mention in relation to raiding is PvP. Some people are amazing at PvP. When they build up their rank and their points, when they win arena after arena or rated battleground after rated battleground, they also experience achievement. They also receive rewards of gear, achievements, titles, and mounts.

You know what? I will never see those high-level PvP rewards. I don’t love PvP the way I love to raid. What little skill I have is focused on PvE, and that leaves PvP mostly out of reach for me. And you know what? That’s okay. I don’t expect to receive the rewards PvPers do. That’s their skill, and I am impressed. More power to them!

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In the same way, there are those who will never see the Heroic raiding achievements, mounts, and titles. They’ll never have the highest level of raiding gear. And that should be okay, too.

Whatever you do in this game, whatever you’re skilled at, you have something available that allows you to say, “HEY, HERE I AM, THIS IS WHAT I’M GOOD AT!” PvE, PvP, pet battles/collections, reputation, professions, quests, leveling, even gold-making. I’ll never have the high-level PvP rewards, I’ll never have the best archaeology rewards (my eyes are bleeding just thinking about it), and I’ll definitely never see any awesome pet battle achievements.

But I have Heroic Siege under my belt. I have the titles and the mounts and the gear. It’s what I’m almost good at, it’s where I get my rewards.

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I guess here’s where my issue with those who are making an uproar over the removal of these achievements: if you aren’t a raider and you haven’t put the time and effort into raiding, why do you feel entitled to the rewards of that section of the game?

It’s okay to be a little envious or a little disappointed that you’re not going to get something you want, but instead of dwelling on it, enjoy what you do well. Enjoy the aspect of the game you like. Put all of your effort and time into that thing and become the BEST at that thing. Get all of the rewards for that thing. I won’t expect to get the rewards from the thing you’re amazing at. Please don’t get angry about not getting the rewards from the thing I’m good at.

Addendum: When this comes up in Trade chat, the next message is usually, “But you sell Heroic Garrosh for gold, doesn’t that ruin the special-ness?” Well, I’d say that the people who spend their time, effort, and energy making butt-tons (yes, that’s an official measurement) of gold are allowed to spend that gold how they wish–gold-making IS their skill, and their reward for their effort is being able to buy whatever they want most, be it an insanely expensive pet, mount, PvP rating, or PvE achievements. 

Seriously, though, 800k gold for a Spectral Tiger? I’ll pass!

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Let It Ride: And That’s How He Lost His Shirt

As I’ve mentioned before, the end of an expansion tends to lead to shenanigans–the boredom is real, and when the primary things that keep you logging in are raids and friends, there’s a lot of downtime.

In the downtime, we come up with things to do, like gambling. It turns out that there are quite a few of us in <Check Please> who are addictive personality types, willing to risk (for some of us) literally every gold we have on the chance of a big win against our guildies.

Last night, in a series of rolls that started while we waited for people to log in after the server crashed and carried on in the Shrine a good hour after raid, there were big winners and uh, well, big losers. A particular gnome warlock walked away with at least 400k more than he started with, a few of us were up by a decent amount, and then there were these two lovely gamblers:

Romfax & Blunders

 

Both of them lost at least 100k each (probably closer to 200k). Ouch! If you see a shirtless, practically pantless night elf begging in the Shrine, please have compassion. I’ve thrown gold away on some stupid stuff, but if I lose all my gold in a roll, that will officially be the stupidest. Thankfully, I ended last night ahead by 25k!

What have you lost gold on that made you/facepalm in retrospect, and how are you handling the end-of-expansion boredom?

 

Before the question comes up, gambling in-game is not against the ToS, but advertising or publicly running a game is–as we only do this privately within our raid group, it’s in the clear–except for all that gold we’re losing. 

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Why I Still Log On Every Day

If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a buzz coming from Mr. and Mrs. WoW this week: a community project aimed at combating the negativity that tends to spawn at the end of an expansion by taking a look at the things that we still love about the game. We each pay $15 a month to log in–but what do we do once we’re there? For those of us who have stayed subscribed in pre-Warlords Warcraft, why do we log in?

Friends

Hands down, this is the number one reason I log on at any time other than raid time. I said it on Twitter jokingly but it’s not untrue: most of the time these days, WoW is an extremely interactive chat program. Real ID, guild chat, the best private channel in the entire game (sorry, I don’t mean to put down anyone else’s, but ours is the best, okay?), and sometimes Mumble–there’s almost always someone around to talk to.My Perch

There’s a reason my blog and Twitter have a billion screenshots of this spot. Most days, if you’re on Durotan or Ysera, you can find me on my perch or The Stoop, and if I’m not AFK, you can bet I’m sitting there talking to someone. I’m not going to get sappy, but I am going to say that I do care about the friends with whom I play WoW. They’re genuinely awesome people, and if I unsubbed and couldn’t chat anymore, I’d be bummed. 

Raids

I’ve said this a million times already in the past few years, and it hasn’t changed: I play to raid. Killing dragons with a bunch of people that I usually don’t hate is a good time. Most of the time. Except when I’ve got 5 fps for almost an entire raid night because I forgot to close background programs on my crap computer. 

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Okay, even then, I still enjoy raiding. If they took raids out of WoW, I’d stop playing. Maybe I’d go be bad at League of Legends some more. I hear Hello Kitty Island Adventure is a pretty good time…

The Carrot

Blizzard, as a company, is exceptionally good at carrots. I am not naive; I get that it’s intentional and it keeps us playing the game–and it totally works.

Right now, there are two carrots that I’m aiming for every week, though they look an awful lot like mounts:

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For weeks, I solo-cleared ICC 25 & Heroic Lich King; I got tired of that and stuck a lockout on my rogue to use instead. There’s a moment when I loot his corpse (again) where there’s hope it’s going to be there–of course, all that’s on it are tokens and axes (again), but I’ll keep doing it until I get it.

Thankfully, flying to Karazhan is more time consuming than actually killing the Huntsman, but he disappoints me every week, too. Jerk. Keep your Warhorse, what do I care.

Those are my three main reasons for playing–what are yours?  Don’t forget to take a look at Mr. and Mrs. WoW’s series of posts and all of the bloggers who have contributed to the community project!

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Mists of Pandaria Compilation Album

It’s time again for the compilation album I make for my guild. While not all of it will make sense, I think there’s enough cross over in the boss mechanics from Siege that you guys can appreciate some of this!

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And a bonus album!

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: My Mists of Pandaria Characters

Despite the expansion being possibly 6 months away, the feeling that we are coming to the close of Mists of Pandaria lingers. When MoP was announced, I was not quiet about how un-interesting I thought it sounded–until I played the beta. It swept me off my feet and hasn’t stopped. 

I wanted, then, to take a look at my characters as we round out the last few months of Pandaria and prepare for our next great adventure: 

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The last time I did a summary of my characters like this was way back in 2010–hard to believe how far they’ve come (and my, how they’ve grown!) in 4 years. 

My little team is poised and ready to jump into Warlords with both feet!

 

 

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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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