Levels, M+, stuff

The penultimate week was wild, I didn’t originally plan t0 chain run M+ again but we were online and so I tagged along and managed to have 8 or 9 done until Friday night, and then I even healed a +10 Gambit on my Shammy, on time. Was super happy with my 21xx rating. So I even could have upgraded everything to 272 if I had had enough Valor, but I’m still working on that. Also the 2500 rating for the mount doesn’t seem to be unobtainable anymore – I’m not sure if +15 for everything on Necrotic and Tyrannical is enough, but we’ll see. Right now I have 2 at +16, 2 at +15, 1 each at +14,+12,+11 and 3 missing completely on time and I’m already so unexpectedly far above 2000.

Then my Gnome Rogue managed to have some drop luck and trade in some Sandworn stones for items, then on to the Catalyst and I have a 4-set bonus of 239/246/246/259 (total iLevel 241). And then I started ZM on the Retri Paladin and she’s at iLvl 232 already and I only have 1 sub-229 item left to replace.

On my Horde server I have only 2 toons left to get to 60, 3 levels on the DH and 7 levels on the Shadow Priest, then I’m set with all classes on both factions – and I started some work on the 2 missing Allied Races for the Heritage armor again as well – 4 more levels for the Nightborne Shadow Priest.

The only thing I’m absolutely not doing is acquiring gear for any single toon besides the ones on my main Alliance server right now. On my old Alliance server they’re all 170 -205 (so nothing from 9.1/Korthia) and on my Horde server they’re 129-186, so all but one or two are just like they dinged 60, and that is completely fine. Still feels a little weird having 25 chars at Level 60 now, and 2 more planned.

And then this last week I blasted through the levels on my Pandaren Alliance Hunter – I got to 42 on Friday and then, despite being outside and enjoying the good weather and running some M+ in the evening, I got her to 57 on Saturday and then (because I couldn’t sleep anymore and got up at like 7) I dinged 60 at 9 in the morning and sent her a set of 226 Anima items – so iLevel 218 already (missing neck and one ring). She dinged 60 just shy of 17h /played. This is nuts.

And then finally, after again going outside for lunch and hanging out in a park I pushed my Highmountain Tauren to 50 in MoP Chromie Time and grabbed my Heritage Armor. Only Nightborne left now!

But yeah, overall it’s a little silly how fast leveling goes, I’m at *checks notes* 26 chars at Level 60 now, 2 more at 5x dinging “soon” and then 5-6 at 45-50 I don’t plan on moving through Shadowlands right now, and I still have one Level 50 boost left!

My only gripe right now is how expensive transmog is, so I guess I’ll be waiting for the next Trial of Style for all those “meh, ignore them for now” alts with very bad leveling gear/early 60s gear. It’s just not worth it 🙁

An atypical WoW week

This week in WoW has been a little weird. The weekly was “Do 4 Mythic Dungeons for a 265 item” – and because my iLvl was decidedly below 265 that sounded like something to be tackled. (This may sound weird to people who do M+ all the time, I know).

So the guild was doing some runs and as luck would have it we had 10 people for 2 groups, so we ran 3 – that may have been Friday. So I needed only one more, which we also did, and then they roped me in for more. I was pretty surprised to time a +14 Streets of Wonder despite me never having been there and the healer having done it once when it came out. And then nearly timed a +15 So’leah’s Gambit… Then today I was just missing a little bit of rating so we did my +15 Necrotic Wake and timed it… followed by a +16 Halls of Atonement which we didn’t time, but still easily cleared. Finally a +11 Theater that was just getting one healer alt a key at all and me my 8th key of the week. So yeah, no comparison to the +15 Plaguefall last week.

It’s kind of a shame how good the loot is. I got a Necklace yesterday and a Chest today, so that was my 4-set Tier bonus. And then there are some gloves I could still upgrade and replace my 252 Tier gloves with, and I got new helm.. Not all drops were mine, for example the necklace was a hand-me down and a huge upgrade over my 252 raid one. So yeah, gearing in raids is kinda dead – not only normal, even Heroic.

Goodbye, Eorzea!

So I just cancelled my FFXIV sub before it would auto-renew next week.
It’s been 8 months and I had a blast (also 2 months longer than in 2019, when I first tried it). I started and finished Shadowbringers, I waited for the expansion to drop, I unsubbed WoW and kept FFXIV as my main MMO for some months, I played through an entire 6.0 patch cycle of Endwalker, I brought every crafter and gatherer to max-level, I raided Savage and killed 2 of 4 bosses (ok, that one’s not so much an achievement I guess). Also all the Tribal rep I started with the earnest goal of finishing them.

In the end I have 4 tanks at 90, healers at 90, 90, 87, and 74, 3 ranged dps at 90, and one melee (+ SMN at 87). I lost steam before finishing those 2, but it’s ok.

Summer is coming and I don’t want to raid in two games, and I like raiding in WoW, whereas here it was nice while it was a novel thing, but it’s not for me – so I’m glad I could step down without leaving the static hanging.

Raiding Sepulcher – week 7 and 8

Sunday of week 7 saw us first killing the 4 middle bosses for some last chance at missing Tier set pieces (Pantheon, Lihuvim, Halondrus, Anduin), then we reset and killed Guardian for the skip and on Tuesday we planned to do the last three and that worked after a few wipes on Jailer.

Sunday of week 8 was Guardian again, then the skip, then Anduin, Lords, Rygelon and then a few wipes on Jailer because the composition was weird and we were only 13 I think. Tuesday went better, Jailer on the first try, then Guardian and a first kill of Dausegne on the third try, then 5 wipes on Pantheon.

So I guess we’re only doing Heroic now and only go back to normal if we have 2/3 attendance with the wrong roles present again.

WoW stuff

Somehow this week was bad. Didn’t sleep well, wasn’t enthusiastic about anything, not a lot of progress.

I guess the biggest downer was opening the Great Vault chest on Wednesday after work and, surprise, no Head or Chest piece so I could complete my 4-set Tier bonus. Got some nice 278 Boots but they’re a 114 DPS upgrade according to the sim. I already ranted on Twitter how not fun gearing is if a jump from 252-non BiS to 278 (max iLvl)-non-BiS is a mathematical 1% increase in DPS, especially if your class simply doesn’t seem to click with you this raid tier.

See tomorrow’s raid post for details.

What was a little more positive that I’ve been running some old raid instances for transmogs again for the last three weeks and last night I actually managed to get the belt for the Warlock Corruptor’s set, the last missing piece! Still trying for the Rogue Deathmantle T5 chest from KT in The Eye on 2 Rogues per week… And a Plate belt from Morchok in Dragon Soul, and one Paladin item from Trilliax in Nighthold…

Corruptor Raiment, my favourite Warlock set

GW2 progression

Today I caught another Hero Point train, sadly I was too late to get the HoT intro done, guess I should come prepared for next weekend, as those only seem to happen on the weekend. They’re advertising them as EU/NA so maybe I couldn’t actually join the NA ones?

Anyway, the Guardian now has all HPs for the full Dragonhunter spec, the Mesmer has full Chronomancer and Mirage (never tried that one) and the Warrior has Berserker unlocked. So I guess I’ll try the Necro next, as I’m not really interested in completing Spellbreaker or Firebrand at the moment, and not even entertaining Thief or Ranger.

I ground out enough Winterberries this week that I could buy an Ascended Trinket, so that’s only Backpack and one Trinket missing for a full set. Guess I should continue with the PoF story now as I am supposed to get a Backpack there.

Been focusing a little on WoW this week, but GW2 is still fun every time I log in. I really love that there’s no rush. In WoW I’d be saying “if I grind out my gear slowly it might be moot in 3 months”. Well, I actually am kinda grinding out gear in ZM, but whatever 😛

WoW: Dragonflight and other expansions

Curiously for all the time I’ve been playing WoW (10-13 years since 2005) and all the time I’ve been writing here (since 2009) I’ve never actually written a post about a WoW expansion announcement. I did it for other games.

Sure, sometimes there are mentions of the upcoming expansion, but always when it’s already in the Alpha, or Beta, or in prep for the launch – but never when it was announced. Looking at my RSS feeds, it’s all over the place and quite a few people seem cautiously optimistic or even more positive, that’s good.

As I wrote in a comment on Belghast’s blog… I don’t even remember when (or if) I was ever hyped up for an expansion. My (maybe realistic) guess is that I was excited for TBC (as the game was still new to me at < 2 years and it was the first expansion) and WotLK (because I want to say TBC+WotLK were my peak of WoW enthusiasm). Cata and MoP I’m not so sure anymore and then I stopped. WoD was meh in prospect and meh in hindsight and I only played one month. Legion seemed ok but I still vanished after around 3 months. Not sure how I would count BfA,I wasn’t expecting it I think, I wasn’t really hyped, but I ended up a playing a lot, it was a bad time at work and then the pandemic hit. I was absolutely looking forwards to Shadowlands, but not because of what was announced, just that it would be a new expansion and I could level up and raid at the start.

I think I enjoyed most of the expansions in their own way, but only after I had actually played them. I know I’m easily excited about things on a small scale, but usually not one to eagerly anticipate anything that will launch in the future. To me it wouldn’t matter if they announced ANY info on a new expansion just a month before. I guess I would actually prefer that because then I could decide short-term if I would invest my time in a few weeks in the future. Maybe I’m just overall bad with long-time planning.

So, three long paragraphs and nothing about the actual expansions? As Preach put it so nicely, “there’s nothing I hate about it”, which is always a good first smoke test. I’m not a fan of ranged classes in general, so the Evokers are nothing I am specifically looking forward to. If it’s ingame I will try it out and level one, simple as that. Then I will tell if I liked it. The professions revamp sounds nice, the question is whether they will pull it off. Talent trees? Dunno, I’ve always been a “use optimal cookie cutter for raid” person and for alts I’m just questing with I mostly use a “good” spec and adjust single talents to my liking, usually anything with travel speed (or sometimes survivability) over damage. The dragon-riding looks fun and I hope there won’t be any weird borrowed power, that’s about it. My optimistic prediction for a launch would be Christmas 2022, but maybe February 2023, not later. (Shadowlands Alpha begun early April and it launched in that year.)

Also those big reveal presentations are not for me. I started to watch it and had to switch it off after a bit and just looked at the MMO-Champ updates because it was just so scripted and cringe worthy.

Endwalker and Patch 6.1

The big patch we’ve all been waiting for! Or wait, did I?

  • MSQ – done, it was ok
  • Tataru’s Grand Endeavor – not sure I finished it, a little confused here
  • Alliance Raid – Unlocked it, haven’t run it yet
  • Ultimate Raid – no interest
  • New Dungeon – ran it once as part of the MSQ, was kinda nice
  • New Trial – not done yet, not really keen on it
  • Housing lottery – probably good, but I’m not interested in a house
  • PvP – not interested
  • Trusts – not interested
  • MSQ Duty Roulette changed – not sure, I had used it a lot but it was boring
  • Adventurer Plates – nice, but not a gamechanger

And some stuff was pushed to 6.15 it seems:

  • New Beast Tribe – Might start these, I hope they’re for XP and not crafting
  • Custom Deliveries – meh, too late, already got all crafters to 90

So overall there are some nice things but also many things I wouldn’t even be interested in if I was still in full hype mode.

Oh, and I still haven’t done the Alliance Raid, but I kinda want to get it done before I maybe unsub at the end of the month – ah well, one more week I guess.

Spring cleaning

As I wrote a while ago I’m in the process of leveling all my Horde toons to 60, 7 are done now, one is at 56, and 4 are missing. I wanted to start the Mage today (one of the 50s) to get the ball rolling on catching some daily random dungeons.

The problem was just that his gear was so shit that I couldn’t even queue for a random Shadowlands dungeon, and the XP rewards (and probably wait time) of the BfA ones weren’t worth it. Easy fix – go to the AH and buy a few pieces. The thing is just that Aggramar is a really low-pop server, close to being dead. Every piece of Level 50 cloth gear was 2-3k gold. For something I’d replace in an hour or three. So what I did instead was log all of 8 toons I had leveled and cleaned out their bags and banks and finally all that gear they accumulated while leveling. And lo and behold, there were actually just enough pieces to get him to iLvl 81 or something and I could queue. Then also checked the other toons, but both the Priest and the Demon Hunter were actually at 80 or 81 and for the Druid I just had to find a weapon. Still really annoying. I leveled these to 120 (now 50) the normal way in one of the earlier patches, so not even 8.0 – it must have been 8.1. And their gear level is too low to queue for a 9.0 dungeon. I’ve done so many of them now and the chance is actually 50/50 that you will have 60s running their friends through or raid-geared toons that just blast through normal. You can actually 3 man them, because often enough someone dies, doesn’t get a rez, and they just continue. Like today in Mists of Tirna Scythe where the 60 tank just pulled half the instance, people died in the unavoidable AoE, I wasn’t quick enough and didn’t get the quest done. Thanks, asshats. It’s been a while since I added people to the ignore list (in hopes to not get matched up again) but today was the day.

Anyway, I also sold a metric ton of old food and I’m thinking of cleaning out my banks now. I’ve been happy to fund my last 2 months of WoW with WoW tokens and if I can get rid of the stuff in the banks on the faction/server where I’ve not played in earnest in a while doing that – all the better.

Raiding Sepulcher – week 5 and 6

Week 5 had us clear the first 8 on Sunday, then 2 more on Tuesday and then a few bad tries on the Jailer.

This week we cleared from Anduin up to the Jailer and wiped there 5 times on Sunday – no great try but some good ones.
Last night we did some weird skipping and did the Tier bosses, Pantheon, Lihuvim, and Halondrus. Then we used another id, killed Guardian, reset, used the teleport to the Jailer and killed him. Then we oneshot Guardian on Heroic.

I have honestly track of the raid id shenanigans and I suppose we’re mostly going Heroic soon, just need another Anduin kill for the skip.

It has been a little slow (we cleared Sanctum in week 4, after extending), but it’s a fun tier. Just the age old “my damage sucks”, although I got my Tier legs today, so I have a 2 piece set bonus now.

Jailer defeated