Art!

My main toon, Micromantica the Frost Mage, has got a portrait today!

No questions it will be hanging on my wall tomorrow.

Micromantica by Donya, BattleTag Olvar#2463

This stunning portrait was done in shockingly short time, took the artist Donya only 3 evenings and the grasp of character was so perfect that I didn’t even have to ask for any major or even minor corrections.

You could contact the artist through her social network profile at vk.com or through BattleTag Olvar#2463.

Copyright disclaimer: please note that author should be mentioned when using the picture and that it is my character Micromantica with the exact current transmogrification and face tunings for February, 5 2016, not some random frost mage.

It’s Been a While…

I’ve looked at my recent blog posts and noticed that last one was on January 18. It may seem I’m not playing much lately, but it’s not true.

Nothing new is really happening in WoW, but I’m having my agenda, and here it is.

1. Argent Tournament – dailies! It’s an amusing and friendly atmosphere, my hearthstone is bound there, and I’m on my way to getting their mounts, toys and achievements. I’m Exalted with 4 Alliance factions, but there’s more daily farming to do to get all the mounts, so it’s gonna be a while. Not to mention the Horde part.

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2. Tol Barad! I’m happily doing dailies, and what I need is their dragon. I already have the toy and a horse.

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3. As planned, I’m busy with Pandaria Archaeology. I have got most of the achievements, but now it’s simply pain in the ass. While previously you gained profit with each and every artifact you got, now you just wasting your tries in vain waiting for the needed item to proc. Still I’m doing it till the end, no questions.

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4. Spent few evenings watching movies at a nearby laptop and farming dinosaur bones. It was a mere grindfest, and I’m glad it’s over now. Still I loved the island, it’s a nice hermitage point and a very cosy one too.

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What are you busy with before Legion?..

Spending Your 100 Boost

Last week I’ve pre-ordered Legion, and ever since there was an annoying 100 boost plaque shining near my character list. Isn’t it a great opportunity to raise your alt to the current content? Well, yes, but I have all the 11 slots filled already and with 100 level alts.

Still, Legion brings us the long-awaited 12th slot in character list, and also there will be some drastic changes in classes.

So my plan is: when Legion comes, there will be a try of a Demon Hunter in the 12th slot (at least their starting chain), then I guess I will remove it and go for the most anticipated spec in previews:

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They really sound very promising. I’ve never played Combat Rogues before, and from what I hear now in class previews they will be complete and utter swashbucklers/privateers, pistol shots, and everything.

Besides I’ve scrolled through all the class/race combinations yesterday in case I wanted to try anything else (and with Legion changes in mind as well). No, there will be no priests, and other classes are explored to the extent I want them to be explored.

So my 100 boost yesterday was well spent on the brand new alt – Human Combat Rogue named Hedersen.

And what would be my impressions. Of course having your first minutes with a new class and right into a multiple mob fight is frustrating. But when first hour passed, I think I got the grasp.

The question is: how do they plan making it even more brawling? Combat rogue already feels like a furious, very fast swashbuckler, and even better than fury warriors to some extent. Now I don’t know which I like best of the two!

When you boost your character to level 100, here are your perks to start:

  1. Free Garrison Tier 3 with level 1 Barracks, Herb Garden, Mine and 1 Profession building – it was Leatherworks for a rogue by default.
  2. Full set of 640 gear so you are able to rush into Blackrock Foundry and Tanaan, but you still have to work your way into Hellfire Citadel.
  3. Most of Draenor map opened, but there are blank spots in every zone to be discovered.
  4. The first quest you get is acquiring a shipwright and go building a wharf followed by Tanaan campaign.

And so, I’m learning to play a Combat Rogue now.

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The Year of the Legion Begins

New Year holidays grant us the biggest day-off sequence in Russia, making it 10 days in whole. So there was not much gaming for me at New Year holidays, as me & my wife obviously use this opportunity to leave the city and travel. This time I took a trip to visit my friends and relatives in two different towns, and was back to my laptop and WoW only at January 8.

On login I’ve charged my toons after mounts again, and lo and behold:

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I was visiting Kael’Thas for over a year with my main, and in December I have decided to charge all my toons for farming the mounts – you know, more tries, more chances.

Ironically I killed Kael’Thas 3 times in this first day after vacation and on the 4th go it was my main who got Ashes of Al’ar. Random, mighty random…

Now I feel pretty serious about going to Karazhan, Lich King and Yogg Saron with all my toons to see if they also have any good loot for mount collection.

And that would be the first of my goals before Legion. So, here’s my current to-do list for 2016:

  1. Mount farming – primary goals now are Karazhan, Icecrown Citadel and Ulduar.
  2. Argent Tournament – I’ve finally put my nose in the affair, and it became one more moderately exciting routine. Although the amount of crusader currency required for all their toys and mounts looks a bit scary.
  3. Tol Barad – I need to collect 165+200 daily tokens to get both of their mounts, now sitting at 135 or so.
  4. Some loose ends in Pandaria considering questing and exploration.
  5. Weekly runs to Molten Core with my main – I need like 15 weeks to make Hydraxian Waterlords Exalted, and it also happened that I’m now sitting on 3/4 items required for the epic weapon Thunderfury. That I’m gonna do!
  6. Archaeology 40-minute sessions get me 10 to 15 items towards achievements, and it’s a nice relaxation activity.

So, how was your holidays and is there anything for you to do in WoW until Legion?

One More Year in WoW

New Year is at hand, so it’s time to remember some checkpoints and highlights of 2015 year in World of Warcraft. I suggest we do it in chronological order.

January

Highmaul – I have finished my first Highmaul in January for my main, and this raid was current for me until May. It made all the ends of Nagrand meet together, and I liked it in general.

The first drawback was hiding Cho’Gall beyond mythic difficulty – so you could never learn about his death, and he was an important character in both timelines. We could think he’s alive & scheming somewhere in Draenor, and I waited for him to reappear. The second drawback is that all the ogres should have been funny characters, it should have been a stand-up comedy raid with exceptions like Tectus and Brakenspore. What we got is a bunch of gloomy butchers and arcane maniacs. 

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In January I had 4 level 100 toons, and the other 6 finished Talador and landed at 97. So they had more leveling to do and Garrison Tier 3 to build.

February

We got this strange patch without content, but my Blood Elf Ilmari finally got himself a new pretty face.

Also I had a fun run with S.E.L.F.I.E. camera for the exploration achievement, it was really cool to visit all those places again – and with purpose.

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One more thing: my Horde Warrior discovered the DPS Gladiator “spec” to switch from Fury, which was the coolest thing ever. Sword-and-board was never available for DPS in WoW before.

March

Leveling Alliance toons I fell completely in love with Yrel, and it could only mean one thing: I need a Draenei girl for a toon.

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As I had one slot left, here came my 11th toon – Frost Death Knight Draenei called Melaris. It was my 5th attempt to start a DK, and I finally could and liked to play a Death Knight. One of the easiest and most loveable classes and toons for me now.

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Suck it, bloody leveling up! I’m in Draenor!

March was devoted to leveling her 55 to 100 and also gearing up all my toons to shove them into raiding.

April 

April came with Blackrock Foundry for me. I liked this Nintendo-style raid very much, and it was current till late June. Despite one and the same colors throughout the wings (metal and melted metal), you never got bored or tired of it. The reason is very diverse and cool bosses, and although all of them were no-names except Blackhand and Gruul, you quickly grew to recognize them all, and never mix up Tho’gar with Kromog.

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I have also discovered one more fun for me, and it was MOGGING! The reason is that I liked all the leveling and raid sets before, so I didn’t think about transmogrification. But I hated Draenor raid sets so much that it required some drastic measures. Tons of gold were spent in April at AH, and all my toons are being mogged ever since – at least until Legion.

May 

It was the time of heavy grinding HM and BRF for the epic ring items. I said before that it was stupid of me to collect gear and then decide to grind epic rings, not simultaneously. It seems that it was twice the grinding time for my alts. It means that I was puking from both raids and hating them by Tanaan time, although they don’t deserve it.

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In May it was my first race change in WoW ever. Undead warrior had this weird animation – doing flip jumps throughout the fight. She’s wearing a plate armor, a heavy sword and a heavy shield, and she’s flipping. I grew tired of this and she was finally dead, Undead female Rottenshield becoming Tauren male Gottenbar. I never regret of the choice.

June

June was Tanaan launch for us, and as I was waiting for LFR wings I didn’t rush to the raids but rather went to explore and do achievements in the new questing zone.

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The new zone had a very cool introduction but quickly it became a grind race with a free gear better than a raid gear (stupid idea ever!). It’s a weird and unpleasant place, and it will never be the place to visit again after we’re done with Draenor. I can’t even recall any nice area there. Maybe it’s the harbor.

July

July was devoted to Tanaan and Shipyard. We needed all the requirements for the flights, and also complete the ship missions for the Epic Ring. Shipyard got stupid and annoying very fast, although stalking rares for equipment was nice. Eventually it became one more mission table in the Garrison, and I don’t even go there.

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Highlight of July was Gnomification of my toons. Backston the Human girl and Chitsuro the Pandaren girl became Bons the Gnome Fury Warrior and Paitsu the Gnome Windwalker Monk, making it 4 Gnomes in my toon list along with warlock Microfury and mage Micromantica. I never regret of the choice, the melee gnome vibe is excellent.

August

August was devoted to Hellfire citadel, with Archimode revealed in the end of the month. I liked the encounters, but the atmosphere of the raid is depressing.

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So it was only an Epic Ring grind, and I was glad when it was finished in October.

September

Autumn finally gave us flights, and I hope they will never again have this idea of removing them at all.

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I’m good with doing some achievements to get this access, but at level cap it’s absolutely a must reward – to avoid all the mobs you’ve already killed in dozens and get a panoramic view of the scenery.

October

Epic rings were completed for all of my toons, and I was glad to replay the story episodes again and again. It was a fun ride.

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Alliance Gnomification in July meant I also have something to do with my Horde toons. So there was Goblification – transforming my Orc Huntress Salash into Goblin Huntress Lizgun and Troll Rogue Zindari into Goblin Rogue Hexen.

November

While completed Epic Rings left me with  nothing to do, November was devoted to repgrind and achievements of the old content.

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I’ve finished all the reputations for TBC and WotLK, did dozens of raid, scenario and quest achievements. By now, it’s mostly Cataclysm raids and Pandaria raids left uncovered.

December 

The end of the year is a mount farming month. I braced myself and hurled all my toons to 11 weekly attempts for mounts. Got myself both blue dragons from Malygos and Onyxia’s one, but there’s more mounts to go.

Speaking of mount drop, it was a disasterous luck at all the holidays. Despite the daily severe grind with all the toons, I never got Brewfest’s ram, Hallow’s End horse or Winter Veil’s minion of Grumpus. It’s the main dissappointment of the year.

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I have almost forgotten, but news of removing Gladiator “spec” in Legion made my Tauren Gottenbar switch to proper Protection spec and try TANKING! It was my first ever tanking at raids, and I liked that, being confident now about having a tanking toon in Legion.

This is my last post in 2015, and I wish you a Happy New Year!
Let’s brace ourselves and wait for Legion!

Winter Veil: Quest Fail

It was a very stupid and unnecessary fail of Blizzard introducing new Winter Veil questing in Garrison.

For the new quests you go to Frostfire Ridge – it is fair, because Hallow’s End happened near Alliance Garrisons – and perform your usual routine of kill this and click that. The reward might be some Xmas decorations for your Garrison, but of course the first days will be dedicated for the more important stuff: a new toy and a present with a chance to get a mount.

You must complete ALL four quests in a day to get your reward, otherwise you just miss a whole daily try of poking your luck and RNG.

Mark you, three of them quests were done top notch. You come, you kill, you leave. It’s a cool respawn rate of the new boss, its henchmen and Draenei kid cages – maybe even too fast (my monk Paitsu even died today due to fighting the always-spawning grumplings). But something went wrong when they put What Horrible Presents in game.

The issue is: you have to hurl a quest item – a bomb – at the ugly toys. With 5 or 6 batches where these presents spawn, the respawn time was like 1 to 4 minutes.

Imagine the hell at the questing ground yesterday.

Everyone who spared their 2-3 minutes to do all the other objectives, sat in this questing ground for minutes and even hours, trying to be the first to blow up the rarely spawned items. Bomb cast isn’t instant, so even if you were stalking the spawn point, one random stray player could do his boom and get your credit. There was a hundred of players trying to do that quest. What’s worse, there were people from other servers, because they tried to find not-so-crowded one. I spotted all the possible languages Blizzard supports in Europe.

People even joined groups to make it easier.

That’s when I quit and I told myself: no mount is worth farming for hours over one daily quest. There will be a hotfix, and if there will be not, well, I’m not doing this quest, resulting in fewer currency points.

Today’s morning, hotfix was out and everything works like it should work. But a day of trying to get this mount was wasted for good. Couldn’t it be foreseen before launch? Ugh.

One more thought about this Garrison holiday trivia: I really hope that this mount’s drop rate is high enough. Otherwise everyone will be farming it till the end and never get their Garrison decorated for holidays :)

 

Artifact Calculator And My Concerns

Legion Artifact Claculator @ Wowhead

While you can sneak peak at the artifacts and jump happily about how cool you will be, ask yourself one simple question:

What will happen when the artifacts will have to be replaced by green weapons after Legion?

Clicking and adding the abilities in the calculator, I have noticed that the artifacts obviously touch multiple aspects of your gameplay, they are not about sheer numbers and spell power.

What I see is that Blizzard now happily constructs themselves a hell of a job to compensate everything they are now so happily forging into the “legendary weapons”TM.

IMHO the development team must start the “artifacts-have-to-be-replaced” brainstorm immediately after Legion is released.