Stuff

I was thinking about starting a WoW blog – “The most uninteresting blog of all time”, where I would list stuff I did every day.
For today it would look a little like this:

  • Levelled Pandaren Monk from mid-65 to start of 67 in Nagrand and Blade’s Edge – gotta love that 1h EXP buff
  • Ran Headless Horseman for the second time on my Alliance Rogue for the Sword and got it
  • Was publicly looking forward to maybe finally raid with my Alliance Guild in the next expansion due to Flex Raid (I usually log in once per expansion, say hi, level to the cap in a short time, vanish, come back to level up professions, vanish until next expansion) – was told to go to the Timeless Isle to grab some gear
  • I actually went to the Timeless Isle to get some gear, but was missing a few pieces, so got the Horde Druid over there as well to collect more leather gear

That’s when you get to sit out on a Raid day and your guild doesn’t kill Garrosh again…

WoW looks, revisited

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Rogue in Tier 5

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Warrior in Tier 1

Looking back at my last post in 2010, just before the long hiatus, nothing much has changed. Besides Transmogrification – a thing I really love. Especially as I’ve held on to all my old gear for years in anticipation of such a feature 🙂
The real impact is that I could avoid race-changing my Blood Elves, I’m quite happy with a female BE Paladin in (nearly) full Tier 2 and the male BE Priest in Tier 5 doesn’t look too bad either.
So here are a few screenshots and description of what I’ve been sporting for quite a while now, I’m not changing much really.
Priest in Tier 5
Priest in Tier 5

Paladin in Tier 2
Paladin in Tier 2

Rogue: Belt is from MoP, the rest is Tier 5, Daggers unchanged.
Warrior: Mostly Tier 5, Axe is unchanged, Rich Purple Silk Shirt fits excellently.
Hunter: Tier 1 mostly, replaced the Helm with Lightning Crown and the pants with Leggings of Twisted Vines. And Zod’s Repeating Longbow of course, best bow ever.
Paladin: Full Tier 2, missing the Helm and a Draconic Avenger that conveniently dropped while doing BWL for the Tier pieces.
Priest: Tier 5, not much more to say.
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Hunter in Tier 1

Gaming plans for 2013

So, having just vented that I don’t enjoy WoW as much as i used to, what’s next?
For now I’m not cancelling my sub, just lowering play time. I’ve patched LotRO again this week and made 2 levels on my Hobbit Bard, now level 22. It’s a little weird, as usual, especially as I use a different keyboard for now, but quite fun. Need to read some guide again, though. (Yes, I’m that kind of person. Too lazy to try out all the stuff myself, too incompetent to just figure it out quickly and too competitive to not bother.)
There’s one title I’ve been anticipating a lot for a while now, WildStar, and one that I’m at least looking forward to, although not being sold entirely yet, Starbound.
And I plan on keep on ignoring these titles in the near future despite having them installed: Runes of Magic, SW:TOR and DDO.
Besides that I’m still searching for the one Roguelike I love (haven’t found it yet) and maybe I’ll finish my own game in a few years. We’ll see.

Tales of my inactivity are greatly exaggerated

Oh, it has been a while. *dusts off blog*
Mostly because I havent’t been enjoying WoW as much as I used to.
My 90s right now are Rogue, Warrior, Shaman, Hunter, Priest, Paladin and Rogue, with a Warlock at 89 and a Druid at 87. I don’t do Pet Battles, Achievement Hunting is stalling, but apparently levelling is ok again since the 5.3 XP boost. Oh, and levelling a Shadow Priest sucks donkey balls, dito instances and Disc is kind of ok, but was more fun at 80. =( Then again I’m having a blast as Affliction, I think I’ve last enjoyed my Warlock as much in TBC.
The big question this expansion will be if the 85 Mage and DK will make it to max level and whether I can be bothered to gear up any alts besides a few. I really hate LFR for being such pointless facerolling, for now my plans are to have 1-2 alts for flex raids when they hit and to really, really, really ignore the other max level chars instead of wasting time. Good old pick up alt raids on Aggramar were awesome, LFR is not.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

When I read this post on Hunter pets, I started my reply with a huge summary about wow races, in my usual way of telling people what I think, no matter if they want to listen.
Then I did a quick cut and paste and present this post instead. So Jaedia’s dislike of female Orcs is to blame. Purely.

Anyway, I noticed that ny taste of wow races has changed so much over the years:

2005:
  • Awesome: Human female, Orc male, Dwarf male
  • OK: Tauren male, Gnome female, NE female
  • Ugly: The rest, especially Undead
  • No,no,no,no: Dwarf female, NE male
2009/2010:
  • Awesome: Orcs, Troll male, Human+NE female, Gnomes
  • OK: The rest
  • No,no,no,no: BE male, NE male
I think a big part is that I didn’t want to play just Orcs over the years – if it was even possible, due to class restrictions, and nowadays I’m ok with nearly all the toons I ever started.
So the only “pending race changes” for me are
Priest: BE male to… whatever
Paladin: BE female to… Tauren

Which leaves me with these choices, for now:

  • Orc Rogue, male: hell yeah, screw the 90% lookalike Undead Rogues with their weird animations
  • Tauren Druid, male: Not much to choose from
  • Troll Warrior, male: I love the animations, plus it’s a rare combo – win.
  • Orc Shaman, female: Apart from all the horrible hairstyles, very nice.
  • Undead Mage, male: While I dislike Undead in general, male Priests and Mages are ok. With a dress *snicker*
  • Human Rogue, female: I chose Human for the shortened rep grinds and nice racials, plus the looks are ok. Now I’m a bit jealous of Gnomes, they’re nice. And extra sneaky.
  • Blood Elf Paladin, female: See above, can’t wait to be a cow lady. Sick of Blood Elves.
  • Orc Hunter, male: Nothing to say here, Orcs make really cool Hunters – male or female. Next best bet is Troll male and NE female. Oh, and Dwarves.
  • Blood Elf Warlock, female: A toon I rolled at the very start of TBC to “have a look at the new race and starting zone”. I find Warlock the best fit for a Blood Elf, and although I’m sick of the general abundance of them, I’m happy with my Warlock.
  • Blood Elf Priest, male: Not happy with the model, I dread the decision a bit. Not really sure which race I’d pick if I changed it.
  • Undead Death Knight, male: Most DKs are Blood Elves or Orcs it seems, and I already had a Troll plate wearer, so Undead it was. Quite happy with the choice.

Edit: What the hell, WordPress. Would you please stop eating my formatting? Wall of Massive Text without paragraphs sucks…
Edit2: Appaerently you won’t. WYSIF – What You See Is Fail…

Whiny Post Day: Living in the past

Today is Whiny Post Day and here’s my confession: I’m attached to the past.
I got reminded by this easily when I read The Login Screen by the Gnome Tank for Life, I’m always partly living in the past, having fond memories of.. stuff. Yes, basically everything.
While I’m mostly quick at adapting gameplay changes, I’m an avid collector of old T1 and T2 gear – it looks just so much more awesome, and especially distinct.
I’m not a RP person in WoW, but I’m desperately waiting for some “style” feature so I can look like I’m wearing T1 (Nightslayer) while having the stats of my T9/T10 shinies. Disable it in Battlegrounds and Arenas, I don’t care.
I want a config option to select my login screen of choice, I’d be using the vanilla one still.
I know there’s lots of ingame stuff that changed and much of it is really for the better, but these small cosmetic changes that wouldn’t affect any other player (unless you’d have an aversion to soup bowl or banana shoulders…) – I WANT.
Thanks, that is all.

This is where I cry

Tried to do some random instances on my lowbie Hunter on Argent Dawn-EU.
First try, Deadmines.
Everything up and down, but not too bad.
Warlock dies and doesn’t respond for some minutes, gets kicked.
Replacement Rogue comes in.
No one pays attention to patrols, it still works.
Just as we want to go down to the Smelting area, Tank needs a Relog.
Paladin Healer and Rogue proceed to run into mobs and die.
Rogue can’t find entrance, waits for res.
Paladin Healer can’t see his corpse.
15 mins pass (where I surf the web) and no Tank in sight.
This is where I leave.
Second try, Deadmines.
(Other) Hunter is semi-afk while having lunch, has growl on, spams chat then goes offline.
Rogue needs on Cloth SpellPower-Gloves, wins and equips them. (He has two Heirloom weapons, shouldn’t be THAT much of a noob.)
Shaman is infuriated, stops healing until he gets the gloves.
Tank isn’t bothered and continues to pull.
This is where I leave.

No news is good news? Why yes…

Long time no update, then again not much happened.
My Mage hit 80 at some point in time recently, got 2T9 today. Otherwise just running a few daily randoms and trying to gear up my Alliance Rogue. Not really much play time in general, busy with uni stuff.
My Mage has been Frost for 80 levels, with a 2h Fire intermezzo at about level 29.
Here’s a shoutout to krizzlybear, who has a nice Frost Mage Raiding Cheat Sheet available.
Sadly this got online about 48h after I finishes my research. Bah, slacker. No seriously, go read it. It’s very good. Apart from the one comment that calls the Arcane rotation less complicated than Frost. I can’t think of anything simpler than casting Frostbolt and watching out for one proc.

Patch 3.3 Rogue Starting 80 Gear

So, you got an alt Rogue that needs some gear and you’re neither in the mood for detailed research nor striving for absolute perfection? Then this post may be for me you. (Yes, usually I’m not going for “good enough”, but my main is a 80 Rogue, so spare me some slack on my alt 80 Rogue.)
Not going to bother with rep rewards and blues, although they might be slightly better, sometimes they’re not as easy accessible due to rep grinds. This might be reworked.

Chest	Marwyn	HoR H Choking Hauberk
	Captain	HoR N Blackened Geist Ribs
Feet	Captain	HoR H Blighted Leather Footpads
	Sjonnir	HoS H Boots of the Whirling Mist
Hands	Marwyn	HoR N Carpal Tunnelers
	Paletr	ToC N Gloves of the Argent Fanatic
	Ymiron	UP H
Head	Devour	FoS H Frayed Scoundrel's Cap
	TBK	ToC H
Legs	Tyrann	PoS H Fleshwerk Leggings
	Eadric	ToC N Leggings of Brazen Trespass
	Gal'da	Gun H
Should	Falric 	HoR H Spaulders of Black Betrayal
	Bronja	FoS N Bewildering Shoulderpads
	TBK	ToC N Gored Hide Legguards
Wrist	Ick	PoS H Chewed Leather Wristguards
		ToC H
	Wyrmre	Exalted
	Loken	HoL H
		Ocu N
Waist	Forgem	PoS N Flayer's Black Belt
Back	Devour	FoS N Accursed Crawling Cape
Neck	Forgem	PoS H Barbed Ymirheim Choker
Finger	Tyrann	PoS H Band of Stained Souls
	Forgem	PoS N Ring of Carnelian and Bone
	TBK	ToC N
Trinket Devour	FoS H Needle-Encrusted Scorpion
	Confess	ToC N Banner of Victory
MH	Bronja	FoS H Axe Nighttime
	Captain	HoR N Dagger Chilled Heart of the Glacier
	Captain	HoR H Mace Black Icicle
	Eadric	ToC H Mace Aledar's Battlestar
	Falric	HoR N Sword Ghoulslicer
	Devour	FoS H Dagger Blood Weeper
	TBK	ToC H Dagger
	Devour	FoS N Dagger Heartshiver
OH	Falric  HoR N Axe Tank Falric's Wrist-Chopper
	Bronja	FoS N Mace Tank Lucky Old Sun
	Captain HoR H Sword Liar's Tongue
	Ick	PoS N Dagger Krick's Beetle Stabber
Ranged	Captain HoR H Bow Crypt Fiend Slayer
	Bronja	FoS H Thr Papa's Brand New Knife

Yes, there’s two tank weapons in there. Don’t you dare roll need over a tank, even off-spec.
But before sharding, take em and toss your party 20g. Same goes for ranged weapons.