Death of Draenor: Rumble and Silence

As of my latest plan – I follow it and there’s really nothing new to report.

Micromantica blasted this Chapter III achievement today’s morning – and I leave these following Garona quests as a sweetest piece of cherry pie for the evening. Sadly it’s the only piece of lore left.

Foundry

Others are not doing professions or anything at all. What I do is carefully cleaning away Highmaul cooldowns for Abrogator Stones (currently 37 to 83 out of 125 among my 10 alts). Waiting for raids, I only have desire to clean up Garrison missions and upgrading followers stuff. Having learnt that building a wharf will require Garrison resources, I focus on collecting them as well and not wasting in vain.

Life played a bad joke for Blizzard. They told us that Garrison will play an important role in our Draenor campaign. I don’t think they meant that it will mean THIS much. People are actually sitting there. There’s no actual need to do ANYTHING outside Garrison. Well you could go grind, but you know what grind means.

I hate the thing when the only way to raise reputation is merely killing mobs. I hate the thing when you have only your daily  achievements to do – those blues like go for 10th time to Magnarok and kick goren eggs. Damn isn’t it fun?

SILENCE! (c) Ko’ragh

At Pandaria, I had some things to do even before Draenor launch, even for my main. Now I have my Garrison.

Two greatest forces of Azeroth and their greatest heroes – are sitting inside Lunarfall and Frostwall villages. They are stuffing their bellys with fried talbuk flanks and drink beer all day long. For the Horde, it’s too cold to go outside. For the Alliance, even the beauty of nearby Draenic villages is not enough to overcome laziness. Local slaves bring you everything. They do your professions, they feed you, they bring you stuff from world and raids, they tie your shoes and clean your teeth. The heroes are just lazily trying on clothes the slaves bring them. 645? Meh. Goes to vendor. Next time bring me smth. of worth, you Ner’zhul’s ex.

Despite that you occasionally hear rumbling from Highmaul top floors or clanging from inside Blackrock Foundry, Draenor is silent now.

All evil forces are defeated. Botani are reduced to small garden playgrounds and are busy with goren and magnaron. Arakkoa’s Skyreach went shutdown. Iron Horde camps were raised to the ground along with mounted patrols. Demon presence in Shattrath was exterminated. Clefthoofs and talbuk are peacefully walking in Nagrand and no one cares for their skins or flesh. Fish schools are multiplying – there’s no one to catch them. Winds are howling through Draenor slopes and valleys and they bring no sound.

Draenor grows peaceful, wild and dead.

Lack of Content: Curing Weariness

Let’s face it: with my recent activities I have reached the point when I didn’t want even to login WoW for a while.

  • Professions: I have learned all recipes and even so for Melaris, my recently capped Death Knight
  • Questing: I’ve done everything Draenor could offer
  • Garrison Building and Reputation achievements: requires some severe grinding – not an option.
  • Raids: with all my toons at Blackrock Foundry, previous weeks I found myself frantically raiding all the same LFR cooldowns, few in a row for different toons – with lowest gear drop. That’s the thing that sucked all the blood and desire from my veins, like the most effective vampire. 

That was my big mistake.

There is no movement forward! When you run one and the same paths for zillionth time, and you even kill one and the same mob trash and bosses even few times a day, you expect some loot to drop. You should be granted for your efforts. When you have only crappy rune droppings instead of gear… And you literally don’t have anything else to do in game – well.

That’s it. Having my toons  between 645 and 655 ilvl, I take a step back. 

I found this carrot for me: it’s the epic ring quest.

Those stones and runes drop from EVERY boss, they’re random amount (it’s exciting), and they give you this feeling of moving forward, receiving some award for running raids.

That means my toons stepping back into ogre lands and into Highmaul for magic stones. And that means only Micromantica kicking Blackrock Foundry now (2/3 seals).

The trick is: you change your focus from wanting gear – and not getting it – to small but constant progress to the epic ring goal.

So, now gear drop DOESN’T matter this much. Frustration to be damped.

Progress: Channelling

I think I’ve discovered myself a new funny thing to do: Transmogrification.

Last week, I’ve completed the Firebat set for my hunter Salash:

Salash Mog

This week, with my Gladiator Warrior getting her few (ugly) items from LFRs, I polished Rottenshield’s looks.

I think it always starts with shoulders. You get one, and they look so badass that you just build up the set from top to heels.

This time was no exception. I got herself greenish shoulder plates from Salvage Yard and I thought how cool will it be to make her a real ROTTEN warrior who hails right away from Undercity’s sewers and meat labs.

So, the chosen theme was: ACID SEWER GREENS.

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The shoulders obviously remind of the past before The Third War, when Rottenshield was still Human. They were obviously forged by blacksmiths of Lordaeron, but got rusty and green in the sewers of Undercity.

All the green plates, which she also dug out of Undercity’s armory, needed some extra element. And it’s brown leather straps and bandages all over the body and legs. They hold my Undead together, add this not-so-shiny bright feeling and also the vibe of mummified undead. Epic!

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Well, it was a bit more complex with weapon and shield. The sword must have obviously be moderately long, with a long handle and of course knight-straight, not curved or monstrous. It wasn’t very hard to find one of the many knightly blades. I also enchanted it now with venomous green glow (unlike white/blue glow at screenshot).

The shield just had to be big enough and green. So the only option that I found has this troll jungle vibe. But it fits my Undead nevertheless, going well with leather bandage elements:

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Except mogging, there are few things to boast.

  1. Melaris has finished Loremaster main quest chains for Draenor and grinds Highmaul for gear and dailies for Apexis (the Ring).
  2. Everyone else is gearing up in Blackrock Foundry – successfully.
  3. Micromantica completed the Dragon Soul raid for the first time!!! Was epic piece of lore. I loved it.
  4. I’m rounding up many Garrison building achievements. I did achievements and upgraded Lumber Mill Lv3, Gnomish/Goblin Engineering shack Lv3, now working on Stables and Fishing.
  5. My second ever time in Firelands raid, Ragnaros dropped me this:

FireHawk

I guess it’s pretty cool, cause raiding mounts are normally rare and desired by everyone. I’m not a maniac of collecting mounts, but I was happy to add this to my collection.

Transmog: Need A Light?

I’ve already boasted everywhere, but not in my blog. That I’m gonna fix now!

I didn’t really appreciate gear transmogrification for a long time, I was just gearing up and happy with my current armor. I liked how it transformed from simpletons of first levels to bright caleidoscope of Burning Crusade to grim and brutal Northrend to scorched Cataclysm to curly Pandarian armor and weapons.

What made me mogging is when I found a really cool piece – for example, a kilt-skirt for Schlitzchen the Shaman or Mayluna the Druid. Armored underpants or cool swords of course also went to the bank slots.

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I didn’t use these pants but I KNEW I must keep them xD 

Before Draenor, I used mogging only in few cases, mostly for weapons. I was never a mogging set-chaser. Normally some slots were transmogged into some of the items I already had and kept.

And so, now we got Draenor. And Draenor became infamous with presenting the ugliest armor sets in whole WoW. Seriously, be it questing items, dungeon items or raid items, it’s rarely when I want to wield a weapon or put the armor pieces on.

Thanks to Salvage Yard, I began to try some old clothes on, and soon I discovered that I rather prefer to sit at an Auction and dig through possible items to wear than wear any of Draenor stuff.

And that finally led me to collecting my first intentional mogging set:

SATANIC FIREBAT OF DUROTAR

Salash Mog

Shoulder: Brittle Flamereaver Pauldrons. It has this stalker’s vibe, it has 4 engraved hordish faces, 2 burning. First I got them from Salvage Yard, and these shoulders required many red and flaming stuff from AH.

Chest: Double Link Tunic. I chose a black one although I tried many reddish ones, but they were pinkish rather than flaming. I needed the torso to be calm rathere than bright and eccentric.

Belt: Heavy Scorpid Belt. It’s also black, because I wanted to reduce the flames a bit in the middle. Not a clown here xD

Gloves: Battleforge Gauntlets – Legs: Blood Knight Greaves – Feet: Blood Knight Boots. These 3 go well together and actually make me a Firebat. These boot-tops and glove-tops are purely hunter’s vibe, I like them very much.

Gun: Taoren, The Soul Burner. I never could imagine that I would somewhen wear this Sha-touched too-bright weapon, but I kept it in the bank. You just don’t throw away stuff like this. And wow, I found the use for it! It fitted perfectly.

RESULT

I think Salash now will be very noticeable among fellow LFRs. She’s all stylish and flaming-bright, with much aristocratic black in her gear. There’s also a decent amount of sexiness: I suppose, there’s not that much body exposed to call her a slut – or you know, sometimes you put on armor underpants and bra and then your toon freezes at Frostwall Garrison or Icecrown xD. And at the same time she’s not packed in armor like a canned sprat, revealing she’s a woman :=) It’s a nice result.

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Salash Mog1

 I’m definitely gonna repeat the mogging experiment with other toons.

Blood For The Blood God!

I’ve added a Blood Spec for my newly-100 Death Knight yesterday and I think I will try to tank with Melaris. Maybe I love it.

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Here’s my plan: without annoying anyone, I will try and do Proving Grounds first. Then I try Heroic Dungeons and then maybe raids.

Tanking Troubles

1) I think you must position yourself correctly and kite bosses properly. That’s tricky, but I think I can learn to do that. It’s practice, nothing else.

2) I think you must survive the deadly strikes properly – that I could manage as I learn my new abilities.

3) I think you must keep aggro on yourself, and that must be the worst trouble. When I tanked in 15-30 lv dungeons, I sucked at keeping aggro on myself, so people just ripped it off from me and I didn’t know how to get it back! My only ability was on CD, so.

4) Oh, and there’s gear. Need to collect a new set now, heh.

Well, we’ll see after proving grounds if it fits me.

Highmaul: Why So Serious?

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Chitsuro is ready to fight Kargath!

There is an amusing fact. While World of Warcraft is all about epicness, there are some situations when you just put all this epic stuff aside and should just let the fun be.

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Yes. (c) Spaceballs

One of the best examples is Stormstout Brewery. Every single mob and boss you come across there makes you smile if not laugh – and in different ways. You come across silly wild party-goers, or fluffy cute bunnies and a big spewing one, or drunk pandaren who claim the alementals to be theirs, or a nutty professor in the very end. They all are amusing to deal with, in conversation and encounter.

Now that’s what Blizzard needed to do with the whole Highmaul raid!

Ogres: A Towering Stand-Up Act

Despite being savage, cruel, cunning and dumb brutes, ogres have always delivered the best comedy episodes in whole franchise. I think that is why you were always happy to deal with them, ever since Hillsbrad or Duskwood or even dating back to old strategy games in 90s.

Now that they got themselves a whole ogre-themed raid, I might say I’ve expected something very cool – in a comedy way.

Mostly this idea was failed. 

With the only exception being Twin Ogrons and Arena sportscasters Tipsy and Topsy (don’t remember their real names lol), the rest of the raid is dull to the bone.

Yes. You should have left seriousness to Tectus and Brackenspore. I mean, these guys are elemental, they don’t have much to say (well, RIIIIIISE…. MOUNTAINS! is one of the best moments still). Where there are ogres, there should have been laugh.

If you put all the comedy relief from these brutes, you get yourself – well, brutes. Dumb tons of flesh that you’re supposed to deal with. Butcher, Ko’ragh, Imperator and all the mobs in coridors between encounters are either damn serious savages or arcane maniacs. And this is boring. This is as fun as a truck of frozen meat.

No, it’s not the time for epicness. Yes, ogres could have built all this palace, Gorian Empire and all the way to extensive and abusive arcane usage, but they still must be fun. No, we don’t want 15 minutes of “I command the Arcane!”-maniacal stuff. We want these Imperator’s two heads grumbling at each other along the fight :)

So that we didn’t die of boredom like we did :)

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And this is seriose Hi-Mall reid.

Random & Chaotic Report

This post will be devoted to different highlights of the passed week. In short coming there will be a nice big overview post about current two raids. For now – enjoy my live report based on screenshots and S.E.LF.I.E. Camera.

S.E.L.F.I.E.

I got it almost at the first day when it was introduced to the game. Using it from time to time, it’s a nice toy.

Sometimes you're playing cool and serious...
Sometimes you’re playing cool and serious…
But sometimes you make funniest faces ever.
But sometimes you make funniest faces ever.
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Hulk Smash!
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Of course I did this S.E.L.F.I.E. achievement!

My title of Master Explorer proved itself: I didn’t check out a SINGLE place listed in the achievement at WoWHead. I knew where all these places are! Being a mage also helps – you teleport like hell :)

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Amazing shot! Just could we please delete the face which spoils everything?

NEW PETS

I wiped off some BC raids – again – and got few raid pets, the most precious being SUCCUBUS from The Black Temple! Also gained some extra load of reputation points – I will grind them up, yes.

Ah, these epic moments ^_^
Ah, these epic moments ^_^
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And these epic moments ^_^
And these epic moments... Backston, back off! Raid post is coming later.
And these epic moments… Backston, go away! Current raid post is coming later.

GEARING UP IN BLACKROCK FOUNDRY

In short: IT SUCKS. Very randomized and low drop. While in Pandaria you were sure to bring at least something from each run, in Draenor LFRs tend NOT to give you loot. 3 wings, 9 bosses for Mayluna the Druid – NO LOOT AT ALL.

Well, LFR rehabilitated a bit and gave Salash FIVE pieces of armor. But it’s not natural, mostly I get bloody runes and bloody golds all the time. If I get at least one piece for 6 bosses, it’s extremely lucky situation. NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT. It kills all the desire to raid at all, save I have 10 toons who need to be dressed.

Also, LFR gear is mostly designer’s shite.

Just look: she looks like an Arakkoa Solar Robor. *Bzzt* In-tru-der a-lert! *Bzzt* *Systems functional*
Just look: she looks like an Arakkoa Solar Robot. *Bzzt* In-tru-der a-lert! *Bzzt* *Systems functional*

Well, mail armor is comparatively nice.

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Nevertheless I heavily use mogging.

And which is more embarassing, the guy sending your followers to missions is ALREADY DRESSED UP IN FULL SET! After you notice this, you feel like a loser at once.

He doesn't have to raid!
LOL I doesn’t have to raid and you does. I send you on a mission, loser player commander.

LEVELING DEATH KNIGHT MELARIS

It was super fast. For boost, I used only 2 heirloom pieces. Cataclysm and Pandaria flew like a hawk past me. It takes only one hour of playing in the morning when you raise up like 2 levels.

In Cataclysm, I did Hyjal until when you return to Ysera (freeing all deities), ran 4 dungeons and 3 questlines in Deepholm – DING 85.

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Love this!

In Pandaria, I did 3 dungeons and completed Jade Forest quests in full. Here’s what we have:

It's 89, guys!
It’s 89, guys!

Then I came to Halfhill, boosted Cooking from 1 to 560 (you do it in 5 minutes with mats you buy right there) and opened the gates to Vale of Eternal Blossoms – to get myself a center hub and also re-watch this epic moment:

If you ever noticed, Yulon is Water, Niuzao is Earth, Xuen is Air and Chi ji is Fire. My favourite Four elements concept!
If you ever noticed, Yulon is Water, Niuzao is Earth, Xuen is Air and Chi Ji is Fire. My favourite Four Elements concept!

Of course when I arrived at Allaince base there I already dinged 90 and went straightly for the most epic selfie:

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

So, Melaris is 92 and almost done with Shadowmoon and Garrison Lv2 with Mine and Forge, all for good.

End of report.