My Casual Player’s Pride

As you probably know, I’m a casual player. It means that I always played on easy modes in all games since Famicom consoles and I don’t have time or desire to participate in pre-arranged parties and challenge! So, my end-game content (that is: LFR Raids) is interesting to me only in 3 aspects:

  1. Dressing up my chars in cool pre-arranged sets of gear. That’s collector’s attitude – I need all 5 items that go together to look cool :=)
  2. Learning the storylines – being a lore-addict, I totally need to know what Garrosh did in his secret fortress and how it all ended.
  3. And – learning the boss fight mechanics. What to do, and what not. It’s very satisfying when you exactly know what’s happening in the raid encounter, and if you wipe, you totally know that it was not your fault at all.

Yesterday’s raiding for Zindari and Rottenshield has been very, very tricky. It seems that most of the raid didn’t know any tactics at all (including one of the tanks), and only one guy managed to ask about what to do BEFORE the encounters. Explanations didn’t help much as half of the raid seemed not to read chat. With least patient players gone, I stayed with the rest of the raid (first 2 quarters of SoO) till the end and discovered 2 things:

1. I felt that I could be a cool leader. I HATE performing leadership duties, but I appeared to stay calm in the most severe moments and managed to type small guides during all the encounters. When I started doing that, the silly mistakes vanished and we pushed through. Of course I cannot advise a tank or a healer, cause I’ve never acted like one, but well, it’s many dps who needed to be guided.

2. I was VERY surprised after guys were linking dps stats after the fights. I’ve never thought of myself as of a perfect or even a good dps – not for any of my 10 chars. But well, you can’t argue the stats: guys came and went, overgeared or leveling, and after each of the encounters I was in top 5 – top 8 in the dps list! And none of my characters has ilvl higher than 530. Now I know that I’m doing everything alright, managing my cooldowns and rotations and everything.

I think I discovered something new about myself. I’m still a casual player, but a GOOD ONE. Yay! ^_^

Tuning More Faces – Final Leg (Gnome Warlock)

The last character that wasn’t good enough for me was my Gnome Warlock – Microfury.

Still, her new face was very sinister and solemn. It didn’t feel like “Microfury” with each login:

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So, I spent half an hour at barbershop again.

Here go the changes:

1. Face – I chose the turqoise-eyed model. It reminds me of Vasiliy Fet, the guy with extremely light blue eyes from Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain” TV series.

2. Haircut – no bare neck ones, cause what you see when running is big gnome ears. So – a big pony-tail to add the devil-may-care spirit.

3. Hair color – light blue to fit the face.

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Nailed it!

So – 5/5 for every of my toons now.

Things Before WoD And Night Elven Face

19 days are left – guys, it’s less than 3 weeks! So let’s review my small progress again.

1. Rottenshield hit Exalted with Celestials on Saturday, and ta-dam! Royal Satchel recipe is hers now. 3 bags at once (2 for herself, 1 for Salash), and 7 more to go. I will finish it nevertheless after silk cooldown will be off when Draenor starts. Btw, getting you from Neutral to Exalted took me like 1,5 weeks only. So it’s never late if you want some reputation, even now.

2. I’m madly grinding all the Tillers’ reputations for all of my chars until Best Friends. I’m doing very good, but there are some nuances. First, most of the Tillers have extra much-reputation quests – like chasing a sheep for Chee Chee, helping with brewing for Ella, finding jewels for Tina, killing vermin for Sho. But some of them don’t, and the most difficult guys here are Old Hillpaw and Fish Fellreed. So second: you must feed them. It’s easy with Jogu, Gina, Fung, Haohan and Ella (easily obtainable 5 ingredient items for starter-recipes daily), but foods for others require at least 550 cooking skill in each path and a pair of must-grind ingredients (of course, if you don’t want to waste a couple of thousands at AH). So waiting for raids I’m normally making some severe runs around the land, grinds and fishing.

3. The ghostly aim of dressing up my chars in Siege of Orgrimmar once again became… not unreachable. I spent only 2 hours yesterday for Chitsuro – 3 quarters of SoO LFRs (even not every boss done), and she got SEVEN 528 slot-unrepeatable items! Two of them are from monk’s collectible tier, btw.

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I don’t wear helmets, but a ninja cloth over my snout? Yes! And it’s also weird how a Windwalker got a dress. I guess it’s not very cool to perform roundhouse kicks now. Well.

Tuning More Faces

For Mayluna’s face, my Night Elf druid, I wasn’t very happy – 4/5 at my scale, and she has to be perfect as all others. So I did some tuning, chose her the pre-arranged previous face, and the trick not to make her silly-looking was to add playful pony-tails, change hair-color and change the corpsepaint. Voila – I totally love her now. 5/5, and one of the most beautiful girls among my chars:

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P.S. And still: there’s an option that I make Microfury with the one and only face I truly like about gnome females now. So she and Micromantica will be twins then :=) Considering that their names are alike, could be cool. And that will totally be an end to my remodelling journey.

Tuning More Faces – 2

Could you name most important aspect of the game? Is it raids? Quests? Battlegrounds? Professions? Pet battles?

Actually all these things are just salt and pepper to the most important aspect of the game – YOUR CHARACTER. That’s what you’re really busy with, earning achievements and gear for him or her. And no surprise that you must totally love it.

The point is: your toon model couldn’t be “acceptable”, or you won’t even want to login with it or do anything for them. And on the contrary, when you love your characters, you are more willing to spend your time in WoW, and all achievements suddenly become more valuable. Feel the difference:

  • I got raid leather shoulders for Zindari, my dear troll rogue! Now she looks even more gorgeous! – and:
  • That punk who irritates me with each step she walks got her shoulders. This piece of armor won’t do with her face that I don’t like much… actually nothing goes well with this face. And why is that?

So you should really make them look perfect, 5 points from 5. And I managed to do that:

Rottenshield

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Salash

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I changed her long pony-tail to loose long hair and changed a face again. Now not so bloodlust, very attentive and clever eyes which track the prey in the wilds. Btw, a wolf model stayed the same :=(

Microfury

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I switched back to this evil face. To attenuate the vicious snout, I left her haircut moderate and changed the color of her hair from wild pink into a calm light-blue/greyish (doesn’t look like it should be at screenshot because of Dalaran lights). Now her heavy eyes are the only bright spot on the face. And well, she doesn’t seem so sinister now. Love it!

Backston

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That was the most heavy trip. And she eventually was changed from always-been-brunette to ash blonde, which made the rest small tunnings like face and haircut choice very easy. 5/5 without doubts for Disney princess (and previously it was 2 points)!

Take My Advice!

To conclude blabbering about new Draenor character models – don’t take an “acceptable” toon face as a final result, do devote your time, gold, and eventually you will find the right combination. You’ll be surprised to experience a warm smile on your face when thinking about your toons when not in the game. Totally worth it!

Tuning More Faces

After the first days when all the excitement and embarassment about new models calmed a little, I reviewed some of the new looks again.

Microfury

Yes, she will keep her new looks that I chose from her. She’s still a bit grim, but it will do with a warlock. See, even children approve it and want to hug her!

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Zindari

The trick was actually to select the right haircut. All her history she was running with a green mohawk and braids:

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But now I remembered the beauty from Zangarmarsh troll camp, and made her haircut like this:

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That’s MUCH better. Only the white color that was at an original troll girl suits more for a caster. Since she’s a Rogue, she had to be more sneaking. So – grayed:

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Now that’s a girl you want to ask out on a date!

The only drawback is that her ponytail funnily bumps up and down when running. But I guess I could live with that.

Rottenshield

The renewed sinister looks were changed in to a beautiful, but bony face:

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She felt so awkward, so disproportional and tall. So I had to do some changes. First, it’s the face (not so long). I saw a cool girl at Thunder Bluff with exactly the face I wanted and went to Barbershop to get the same. And second, it’s the haircut which must not add to the overall height but be more calm and cover the neck too – to make all the figure more balanced, less stretched. Aaaaand a bit of rotting festers to make face not so awkwardly smooth. Strange enough, but these festers made her way more interesting and more cute – maybe because they act like warpaint or extra shadows:

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That did the trick. Another girl to be asked out :=)

Backston

I’m still not happy with her outlooks, so she’ll be reviewed again in a while.

So, my points for final results: 

  • Micromantica: 10/5 (!)
  • Microfury: 4/5
  • Backston: 2,5/5
  • Mayluna: 4/5
  • Salash: 4/5
  • Zindari: 5/5
  • Rottenshield: 5/5

Take A Carrot From A Donkey?

I must admit that I like all this Epic Cloak thing in the end of all.

No! I’m still not doing it for any of my chars, but here’s the point: it’s a carrot that attracts many people into LFRs and lets me find the groups for raiding.

I suppose if the Epic Cloak thing would have been dismissed with latest patch, it would be very, very, very hard to queue up succesfully and find a group. Yes, people still want to dress up in SoO, but I suppose it would be way harder.

Let’s see an example: before patch, Valor points did matter. So I could find a group for dungeon or scenario in no time. Now – it’s almost impossible, because Valor-carrot is gone, and no one wants to do dungeons and scenarios anymore.

Rottenshield queued up and successfully found and did 2 raids yesterday. At the same time she queued up for dungeons (because she needs bonus reputation with Celestials). You know what? 2 hours of waiting, and NO dungeon group was found,

So bless the carrots :) they prove useful even if you don’t need them yourself.

Things Before WoD: Updated-2

One more glance at my Things Before WoD to-do-list, and here’s what we see.

1. Professions.

  • All my chars now maxed their main professions up to 600.
  • All my chars now are Zen Masters in First Aid and their respective Cooking Ways.
  • Most of them have completed their realistic goals to craft what has to be crafted.
  • No point to charge Chitsuro with crafting 553 legs and belt for herself and Mayluna: with daily cooldowns, there will be no time – and when Draenor hits the ground, also there will be no use cause quest rewards will be better.
  • Still a question if Backston will learn to craft all glyphs. While she doesn’t miss a day to learn a new glyph, the whole glyph list at official website doesn’t match with her actually learned ones, and now the whole glyph system was changed. But she’s trying.
  • New goal for Rottenshield: Royal Satchels for all hordies. It’s at least 10+ bags (two for every of them), but two stop signs here: Exalted with August Celestials to get a recipe (she was grinding it, so 4-5 days) and cooldown on Imperial Silk. She has mats for 3 bags already, and hopefully when Silk cooldown will be off with WoD, she’ll do it in a blink of an eye. So recipe is the main goal now – and collecting enough mats through Farm too.

2. Tillers Reputation

  • I need my farms to be fully equipped with a rich domestic life, an orange tree from Sho, a mailbox from Gina, a furniture from Tina. And a drunkard in my pond of course. Summer houses! I think I manage to be Best Friends with all of them – and for all of my chars. It’s actually very fun, requires doing calm dailies while waiting for raids, and cooking LOTS of food. Tip: when I fly throughout farmlands for quests, I also look at the ground for dark soil blobs to dig out extra small 900 rep thingies. I’ll be missing the farm I think.

3. Complete Throne of Thunder and Siege of Orgrimmar LFRs for everyone. 

  • Just to put a tick.

4. Dressing Up In Siege of Orgrimmar Gear

  • First I wanted to try and dress my latest 4 toons in the gear that at least has an impact on my looks: that is, weapons, chest, gloves, leggins, shoulders and boots (the latest – from pre-arranged cool sets). Now let’s be realistic: it won’t work. There’s 3-4 weeks left, and chances to be cool and lucky are not very high. I ran all quarters of SoO with Mayluna yesterday, and she got 2 staves, a ring and a necklace. Sheer luck, even while she used Warforged Seals for every significant boss. But I will try nevertheless.

5. Completing quest chains from Iron tide for everyone.

  • Did for 1 hordie, 1 ally. Both identical and dull. But I’m a perfectionist *sigh*