TIME FOR THE MEAT GRINDER!

Or not.

Mythic Butcher

5/7 Mythic, Ko’ragh’s next! :-D

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The Way of the Road

So there was Christmas, and that was cool. I got a new video card and I can’t even handle how much different the game looks. Family all got exactly what they wanted, and now they’re all going back to work and school, which is what I wanted.

Oh, and then there was raiding, and we got Mythic Brackenspore & Tectus down:

Mythic Brackenspore

Mythic Tectus

Pets & Friends

Also this past month, our guild held a holiday event with open invitations to those who wanted the opportunity to buy the pet reward from the Guild Challenge Mode Gold achievement. We had a bunch of people hop in for their pet, and they have all been extremely kind and grateful–it’s been a pleasure to share it.

Not a bad way to go into the year, hm? Happy New Year, and hope all of your raids and missions are successful! :-)

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Check Please vs. Mythic Twin Ogron

Thanks for putting this together, Brighten!

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Warlords So Far: Raaaaaaaaaaaaiding!

Regardless of the level of progression, the focus for most raiding guilds the past few weeks has been solidly centered on Highmaul. First, Normal and Heroic difficulties, then Mythic & LFR. I’ve seen a lot of guilds on my own server as well as several groups using the Premade finder venture into Normal & Heroic, downing some bosses and farming trash for epics. LFR is a little on the easy side, but I suppose a year of complaining about idiots in Siege of Orgrimmar LFR would lead to that.

As for my guild, we’ve cleared Normal and Heroic, picking up realm first Heroic clear & Mythic Kargath along the way, and are working on Twin Ogron in Mythic. Accompanying screenshots, of course:

Imperator

Kargath

I dig the raid so far, but that could be relief from being out of Siege of Orgrimmar! The encounters are fun (at least for now), and it feels great to be raiding something new.

What about you? What difficulties have you ventured into? What have you found there?

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Warlords So Far: The Little Things

PEPEEven the commander needs to sleepFeels like homeImma StatueGet it, it's a fish hat. For fishing. Burn Baby Burn

Amber & Livster, the Ladies

Chirp ChirpAnd here we watch as the majestic moonkin takes flight...

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Warlords So Far: Leveling & Gearing

It’s only been 5 days since Warlords of Draenor released, but with all of the craziness, it feels like I’ve been doing this for longer. Server issues/crashes/bugs/insanity/sleeplessness aside, I’ve enjoyed the expansion so far–how about you?

Leveling

WoWScrnShot_111514_221613Around 4pm on Thursday, the game just quit for me. I got stuck in every way possible, from the flying-in-mid-air-over-the-garrison to the 90% loading screen. At 9:30, I just gave up.

The next day was better, only 2 hours of 90%-loading-bar time, and I ended up hitting 100 at 3am Saturday morning.

Quests/Story. Holy crap, guys. I did the full story line in every zone, and I was not disappointed. SMV was a little distracting with its million side quests and Garrison activities, Gorgrond was on the shortish side, but Talador–favorite leveling zone by far. That cinematic at the end was amazing; I’ve watched it three times since level capping.

Spires of Arak was nifty, but Nagrand got kind of grindy for me. Could have had something to do with being 2am and being on the edge of delusion and desperation to hit 100. The Throne of the Elements quests, though; and the final story quest with the cinematic were the perfect way to level cap.

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Killing CrapMost of it was a joke, honestly; I went in with almost full Mythic Warforged and Starfalled a lot. I was teamed up with two mages for SMV and a monk for Talador. Might be another reason Nagrand felt grindy–it was the first time I had to work for some of those kills.

Treasures/Rares/ObjectivesI didn’t go hunting for these most of the time. If they popped up on the map (TomTom/Handynotes ftw), I’d go grab them, but otherwise I just stuck to my quests. I also didn’t touch dungeons until 100, as most of the dungeons don’t have quests and the XP you get from completing them doesn’t compare to what you get from doing pretty much anything else.

Gearing

AaaaamberFor anyone who’s into raiding, hitting the level cap is like opening up an entirely new game, and it’s all about gearing. I have to say, I’ve been pretty lucky so far. I’m at 631 equipped ilvl, a good start for sure, even if I did just transmog over the new items. What? They didn’t match!

Heroics. I’ve mostly been doing heroics with guildies and friends, but I’ve pugged a few. With guildies, it’s usually easy peasy. With PuGs, there’s often a wipe or two along the way, but I’ve not yet failed to complete a dungeon I started due to a bad group. Of course, as one of my friends pointed out, as more players get to 100 and venture into heroics, PuGs will become more hit-or-miss because it will be drawing from a much larger cross-section of players than it currently is.

Running with guildies is better anyway, duh.

Missions/ProfessionsThe only item I can currently make is the leather engineering helm, but I’m waiting. A guildy pointed out a couple of days ago that with Molten Core dropping 640 helms, using my mats to make the helm might be a waste.

As for mission gear? I haven’t seen much yet. Most of my missions provide XP, gold, or garrison resources, and I’m perfectly okay with that.

AH/BMAHKeep an eye on your AH. Yeah, the prices are probably pretty high at the moment, but take note of the seller and send them a message. You’ll occasionally find someone willing to barter. That’s how I got my 100k 665 ilvl neck for 50k. Thanks again, friend.

BMAH’s so hit or miss and usually way beyond my price range. But if you’re swimming in gold, you never know what you can get there. Just ask my GM; he’s the big guy who stands on buildings.

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#TLBCFarewellPandaria

Last week I started a giveaway thanks to Ask Mr. Robot: one-month free premium access to AMR. I asked you guys to show me your favorite place in Pandaria and tag it with #tlbcfarewell Pandaria. Here are the winners!

From Katherinn(e) [@wowinthedetails]:

From Syrco Owl [@Syrcorax]:

From Stormie [@Summerstormsz]:

From Anna [@NotAnna]:

Congrats and thanks for sharing your favorite places with us! I’ll be sending you all a DM with your AMR key today!

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AskMrRobot Giveaway!

AMR

Hey, guys!

In celebration of Blizzcon, Warlords of Draenor, and all things World of Warcraft, AskMrRobot has given me a few free Premium codes to give away. If you’ve been curious about those extra AMR features but aren’t sure about subscribing, now’s the chance to check it out for free!

We’re going to bid a fond (or not so fond, for some!) farewell to Mists of Pandaria as we move into the new old Outland.

To enter my giveaway, follow me on Twitter (@battlechicken) or Tumblr (battlechicken.tumblr.com), post a screenshot of your favorite place in Mists of Pandaria, and tag it with #tlbcfarewellpandaria.

In 1 week, I’ll choose a few of the submitted screenshots at random and contact you with the information.

Farewell, Pandaria–bring on Blizzcon & Warlords of Draenor!

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