Trivia: Adventures and Misadventures

Many things have happened during the weekend besides my Royal Athenaeum runs. I’ll list the events and thoughts in no particular order.

Love Is Not In The Air

… again. Today’s morning was my last run this year for the love rokkit. No luck – and it’s been 5 days runs, not so much this year due to my circumstances. I’ll try to farm Brewfest and Hallows End properly.

By the way, what’s this piece of an idiot restriction for how many queues you may queue during an hour? Say, the dungeon cooldown goes off at 10 a.m. and at 10:40 I’m supposed to go to work. 40 minutes is just enough to run all my 12 alts through the holiday dungeon, but no. Blizzard would not let you queue after 10th alt. Well, you may queue, and even get an invitation to the group, but then you’ll be constantly tossed out of the dungeon – because ‘you’ve queued too much’. You’re in a group, and you can’t get teleported to the dungeon. You have to wait 20 extra minutes, and only then this personal cooldown wears off. Why would Blizzard care if I wanted to run 50 alts one after another? It’s just stupid.

Demonology

As long as Microfury has her Affliction and Destruction artifact weapons at 35 traits, I was putting AP points into Demonology weapon. Not to switch specs every time during my Insurrection questline, I’ve decided to give it a try for the first time in the expansion (I’ve tried a Demonology warlock up to level 20 during Hearthstone event).

Legion’s Demonology appeared to be quite nice. I think that d-warlocks are weeping for nothing considering spec changes in Legion. Demon form frankly suits demon hunters much better – ever since Warcraft 3 it’s been their thing, not warlocks’. Summoning dozens of minions is so much more immersing and fun!

The only Demonology drawback is that demons have pretty dark models, so it’s hard to detect them in battle at a first glance. To fully feel the power of a Demonologist, you must actually see the armies you’ve summoned. If you miss to notice them, it’s just you’re looking at the panel mostly, and enemy somehow dies. Not so much fun. So I may stick to flashy mortar Destruction, or evil soul ripping Affliction. But I’ve positively learned the spec and could switch to it if I wish so. This is a good thing.

Valar’jar Transmog

Both good and bad things happened :) Micromantica has finished the Odyn’s quest for transmog yesterday as a cloth champion. She was already anticipating the new outfit she will wear – Trials of Valor has this awesome dark blue set for cloth guys, perfectly fitting all mage specs. Simple, but strictly elegant.

She did a small daily, got her last 4 (of 1000) soul shards, and won Odyn to claim her reward from him. She unpacked the parcel with hands shaking, and then…

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

She got those models, but it’s a brown recolor set which you get from Trials of Valor Normal raid.

So more ToV it is for cloth girls *sob*

Timewalking

My guildies looked for a tank, and I’ve decided to give my paladin Anibell a test-drive: I’ve never tanked a group content before with paladin.

It went pretty smooth, although we had few occasional deaths. I’m pretty confident about paladin tanking now, and I got some transmog items from Cataclysm dungeons too.

But it was exhausting. Despite the 875 relic from the chest (which went to replace Ashbringer’s 825), I’m not ready for 5 dungeon runs in a row. I felt like I would better run an LFR or something – totally not worth it considering gear.

Go a dungeon, get 500 tokens, switch to another alt for another 500 tokens, get Timewalking mounts, transmog and toys eventually – that’s your Timewalking tactics.

Archaeology

Everyone was so excited about the Spirit of E’chero, and I was hesitating if I want to do it this week or let it go until next time.

A post from AnnInWonderland did the thing. She wrote that it took her only 2 hours – that I could do! Besides I had those two hours until my wife finished watching a movie so that we could watch another one together.

Micromantica the Explorer got her quest, rolled up her sleeves, and we started digging.

Long story short, it took her one-and-a-half hour.

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Archaeology is what I do since it was first introduced. I’ve got all achievements up to Pandaria, almost all pristine solves from Draenor, and now I tried Legion Archaeology for the first time in the expansion.

It’s perfect.

While all the other professions are a mess – even Cooking and First Aid – I would give a medal to the guy who designed Archaeology in Legion.

Those bigger week projects are amazing. They give just the goal to dig much – and with the major quest progress digging doesn’t feel too grindy. While on the quest, you would easily collect the pristine objects – I had four of five Highmountain pristine solves while I was hunting for E’chero’s bone:

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And look at this room too. Finally the objects are neatly organised and there’s a sensible number of them: 5 for every race.

I’m gonna do Archaeology projects every week now – not only I like it from the very beginning, but it’s also so good in Legion. Yet one more thing set right in this expansion.

Fun Fact: Thalyssra’s Toes

I don’t know if you have to be a Gnome to notice this, but Microfury did and took a picture:

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Look at her toenails omg :) I guess Shal’dorei are closer to Kal’dorei then, their bestial roots.

Btw, my highlight Legion NPC is Valtrois. She’s awesome :)

The Nighthold: A Peep into Royal Athenaeum

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This weekend I’ve obviously queued for a Royal Athenaeum quarter – and ran it with few toons.

My first run on a Horde toon was awful: rage quits, wipes, insults and all the pleasures of an LFR run which is not on farm yet, and people expect the bosses to pop like balloons while they still lack some tactics knowledge and better gear for this to happen.

The second run on an Alliance toon went smooth, and people went joking they would like to form a proper raid group out of this LFR one – that’s how good we were.

The further runs (I guess I did a pair more during weekend) were somewhere in the middle: occasional wipes, but all in all we beat the wing.

What I’m saying is that I saw all the range of group skills during the weekend, so I can be more or less objective.

I’m not fond of Royal Athenaeum.

First, it’s the trash mobs. They are extremely dangerous, and the other time you don’t even know what hit you. When we fought some trash on our way to Tel’arn’s site, there happened some spell which went BOOM – and ALL the raid group was dead in an  instant. Worse, the shal’dorei guards are small, wear camouflage, and you never know how many mobs are there left and whom to kill. I don’t even start with the thing that trash mobs are wandering, and also the raid design suggests that you don’t kill every of them. An unexperienced player would easily bring a pair of extra trash packs into skirmish from behind, and neither tanks nor healers would pull it off.

Yes, the raid environment design. It’s as the least logical as possible.

You don’t feel like you secure passages here. Yes, the raid lore is that we are too small of a group to conduct a proper assault, so the united elven army and us are just a desperate group to reach Elisande and Gul’dan with the least effort possible. Aqueducts worked this way, because it’s our secret passage, and elves secure the grounds after we beat the bosses. Athenaeum – no. Yes, the first boss is a guard commander we need to kill and leave many guards to live if they are not in our way, but why the fel should we get bothered with Tel’arn and Etraeus which are perfectly fine in their playgrounds? They are not even bothering about what’s happening outside of their rooms!

Now, bosses.

Spellblade Aluriel wanders like a common trash mob, and your actual encounter happens in a corridor. Thus, it doesn’t feel any special at all, but neither it feels like a very fat trash mob due to multiple mechanics to follow. So, it’s not a boss, it’s an annoyance.

Star Augur Etraeus is sitting in a tower. It’s perfectly okay, but you will never guess which passage to him you would have to choose. And when you leave the encounter site, you could easily run into another tower just following the corridor, and that’s where the unnecessary mobs attack you, bringing extra pain to the raid group.  The encounter itself is possibly the only one in this wing that I like in full: very beautiful and also interesting. Bad thing is: you should never be in front of his face as a melee dps which is hard to follow due to the boss model design. If a tank turns him to melee camp, and you don’t react in a second, you’re dead. In my opinion, it’s not the kind of challenge we need – especially when ranged fighters don’t even bother. Also I feel kinda claustrophobic in this room – I would prefer some bigger space of course.

High Botanist Tel’arn is pretty cool, I like the inventive mechanics which require much movement and positioning, and the encounter is also your cleave test which was an exciting game for my warlock. The drawback of the encounter is that it is TOO LONG. Seriously, I get severely bored by the last 30%, and 10-20% feel like a torture. Could be better when people dress up a bit, but it’s quite a tiresome marathon now.

I’m not sure if drop rates were fixed a bit, but I get one or two items for each wing. Too bad my toons only got rings, trinkets or necks – in other words, no tier items yet.

Royal Athenaeum will not be my favorite quarter, and definitely not the one I would remember with any good feelings when we’re a pair of expansions away from Legion.

A Song for Your Class

I’ve been nursing this idea for a while.

Here’s your task: try and find the song for a class (or a spec).

Rules:

  1. Full lyrics should fit. That is, if lyrics mention ‘coke’ or ‘London’ or ‘car’ – you failed. It should be a song fitting WoW universe. Maybe your WoW toon could use as a motto or an order hall theme.
  2. It’s better if music fits the lyrics.

The game starts with Dimmu Borgir’s “Puritania”. I’ve been singing along, and it suddenly dawned on me that the whole track is a Death Knight hymn. Music fits, so it’s a perfect example:

We do away with your kind
Count down to exterminate the human race
4,3,2,1

Let chaos entwine
On defenseless soil
Remove errors of man
And sweep all the weakening kind

I am war, I am pain
I am all you’ve ever slain
I am tears in your eyes
I am grief, I am lies

Bygone are intolerance
And presence of grace
Scavengers are sent out
To cleanse the human filth parades

I am pure, I am true
I am all over you
I am laugh, I am smile
I am the earth defiled

I am the cosmic storm
I am the tiny worms
I am fear in the night
I am bringer of light

Nice :) The second example is a track of Battle Beast “Madness” – guess what? I found a song for Shadow Priests, and my Aurinko tends to hum it while questing :) The music doesn’t really fit, but the lyrics do:

One and only reality
Fatal journey to infinity
Chase the monster of the seven seas
Face it, kill it, and you’ll be free
I am thy strength, I am thy sword

My name is Madness
And I’m the light you need in darkness
You can’t escape from me
‘Cause i’m Madness
And I will tear your soul apart
We die as one
As one

Know your demons to know where to strike
Dark is their home and well they hide
Bloodbound battle, a quest for truth
I’m the last one to die in you
I am berserk, I fear no fear

My name is Madness
And I will hunt you down in darkness
You can’t escape from me
‘Cause i’m Madness
The demon slayer in your head
I’m always there

No one can hear you scream
No one will find you
There’s no way out of here alive

So, could you come up with more examples?
Hashtag #ClassSoundtrack

Real Neat Blog Award

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I’ve been nomineed by Repgrind and Kamalia et Alia for the Real Neat Blog Award :)

Step 1: Thank you!

Step 2: Answering questions from them – that comes further.

Step 3: Nominee some blogs and ask some questions. I’m gonna skip it I think, as the blogs I read have already participated in the event. So, on to the questions.

Repgrind

1. Do you have a favorite mount or type of mount? (horses, dragons, mechs, etc)

Well, mount favorites come and go in waves. But I always tend to like smaller mounts which fit in doors and windows, and with good dynamics. My Gnomes are in favor of Dun Morogh rams and Pandaren Tillers goats now, Anibell the Human Paladin rides the paladin steed, Night Elves ride their racial sabertooths, and Goblins prefer their crafted rocket. As for flying mounts, it’s hyppogryphs, all the same rockets, gryphons and wyverns. I hunt for mounts, and I’m almost at 250 mark, but I’d never ride my Ashes of A’lar.

2. Do your characters have individual personalities?

Yes! And it’s a shame I didn’t work out a proper background for each of them yet. I could tell my main Micromantica is one of the best Jaina’s pupils who will be on her side whatever happens. She’s an explorer and adventurer, and collects all the lore she can get. She couldn’t sit in one place, and since Theramore was destroyed, she doesn’t have a peaceful haven.

I’ve written a small novel (in Russian) about my Goblin toons – the three sisters. Hexen the Rogue and Lizgun the Hunter are a pair of rascals which hunt for others’ treasures. Disguise, fraud, and everything. They try not to kill unless they have to defend themselves. Lizgun is more straightforward and rough type, Hexen is cheerful and easily plays a lady of high society if needed.

They try not to involve their third twin – Schlitzchen – in their sometimes dangerous adventures. Schlitzchen is a calm and spiritual type, a shaman. She vaguely guesses what the other two do for a living, but the less you know the better you sleep.

3. Transmog, yay or nay?

Yay! Since Draenor which had awful sets. Now it’s the only thing I spend my money for. I like to invent different outfits, and all my toons have several. I’m also hunting for transmog in older dungeons and raids.

I’ve updated my previous post about specs, so you could look at my current transmog sets here.

4. Do you have pets?

I’m a cat person :)

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5. What is more important to you, a good storyline or plenty of endgame activities?

I guess both. Well, storyline is more important. When there’s nothing to do at the end of expansion, I would gladly replay storylines while leveling alts.

6. How did you get started in blogging?

The only good reason for starting blogging is that you have some thoughts you couldn’t hold within yourself anymore. It happened so that I’m blogging about WoW as a major hobby.

7. What kind of car do you drive?

I don’t. It’s just many extra expenses and troubles about cars – taxes, insurance, gas, parking, washing, the car itself – so I don’t wanna even start with it. A megalopolis like St.Petersburg has an excellent public transport system, so I’m using it with pleasure. It takes me a total of 25 minutes to get to work – 15 of them I spend in subway reading. Malls and grocery stores are 4 minutes walk from my place. At parties and weekends you often have a drink, so you will use public transport anyways. Considering all this, I don’t see any use in owning a car – or even learn to drive or get a driver’s license.

Kamalia et alia

1. What locations in WoW have the best background music?

Yrel’s theme – Malach, Varian’s death theme, Nightsong (Ashenvale Horde/Alliance battles, Ysera’s death), Way of the Monk (upon arrival to Temple of White Tiger), Sholazar Basin, Darnassus, Gnomeregan themes. They all give me SHIVERS!

2. Are there any ways in which WoW (or other games) has influenced or inspired things you do in your pay-the-bills career?

No. My work is what I do for money, my games are what I do to rest from work. I had some thoughts of if I could get a job which involves something about games. Then I thought: no. Games will become the job then, so they’ll be less fun :0)

3. Which calculator format do you prefer — TI (enter numbers and operations as you would write them on paper) or HP (reverse Polish)?

I had to google about reverse Polish :) So definitely the answer is: TI.

4. What was the most memorable book that you read/movie that you watched last year? What made it so memorable?

Movies:

  • Obviously Warcraft – it was much anticipated, and it didn’t disappoint me.
  • Mad Max – aside from the overall awesomeness, it seems like they’ve carefully edited out every stereotyped dialogue that could have been in the script. No pattern phrases at all!
  • Ghostbusters – it’s a perfect and a very funny reboot with great cast, and much respect paid to the original movies.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – yet another Burton’s masterpiece, and a very nice book adaptation.
  • Trolls – it’s hilarious.

Books:

I read a lot, but I would name a book by a Russian blogger and psychologist – Tanya Tank “Beware, I’m with You”. The book is about narcissism personality disorder, how dangerous these people are, how to recognize and avoid their destructive influence. It really turned my world upside down – showed me that I’ve met lots of these guys and girls in my life. And should I’ve read the book back then, it would have saved me much nerves and trouble. Well, better late than never. Now I’m fully armed.

5. If you could take six months off from your current job and go back to college for a semester and study anything you wanted, what class(es) would you take?

Languages – speech practice. I’d like to be a fluent speaker in as many as I could.

6. Give me a recipe for something that you like to make for dinner when you don’t have much time or energy for cooking.

It’s a fun question :) My wife has all our meals planned for the week. And she won’t let me in the kitchen so that I don’t occasionally eat some vital ingredient :) I think my cooking skills are somewhat shrinking for no use.

Well, if I sometimes have to get some food myself, I would go for pelmeni dumplings (boil them 10 minutes in the water, eat) or cheese sandwich and kefir :)

7. My current favorite chocolate bar is Chocolove’s “Holiday” bar, which is 55% cacao chocolate with pecans, currants, dried cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts, candied orange peel, and candied ginger — every square is a different delight! What’s your favorite sweet treat of the moment?

A bagel dipped in honey and oat cookies :)

Changing Specs

As long as I’m forced not gaming this week, I thought I could write a long-planned post about my spec issues in Legion.

So, specs.

Spec Swapping Philosophy

Switching specs is becoming easier and easier with every expansion. Gear has been given double or triple major stats: that is, you’re automatically start to benefit from Intellect rather than Agility if you Enhancement Shaman switches to Elemental or Restoration. Rings and trinkets have those stats removed – this is the next step in this direction. Legion has also granted us the ability to switch to whichever spec you want upon click without visiting training masters.

At the same time the introduced artifact weapons became some sort of impediment. You could find it hard to try some serious tanking if you’ve put all your artifact points in a healer weapon, or try to swap from one DPS spec to another for the same reason. But I suppose it concerns only serious raiding business guys only. For a casual player like myself, a spec swap is not a problem. In half a day your second weapon could be upgraded to 25 traits with absolutely no effort, and you could buy some basic relics at AH and win the upgrades in LFR and world quests. Maybe you won’t be as cool as a badass main spec too soon, but at least you won’t feel too undertuned to suffer during raids , dungeons and questing. So if you want to try another spec, I see that there’s little trouble. Which is good, and even more exciting that it happens considering the whole complexity of the artifact system.

Before Legion, I stuck to the philosophy of one spec – one alt. I enjoy starting alts and leveling, so it’s never been a problem to get myself a new toon and drive it to level cap while learning to play a spec from basics. And I had time to do so – there was not much to be done during WoD and MoP expansion ends. Still I’ve reduced my alt number to 12 in Legion – covering all classes. This decision during pre-patch was quite a prophetic one, as I’m barely coping with keeping even them 12 up-to-date now. The amount of content in Legion is pretty overwhelming.

Now I’m feeling good with my toons – I’m just at the right place. They all are ready to drive through The Nighthold LFRs, and it also means that I may pick whichever class and spec I’d like to play at the moment. My goal now is to open 35 traits for all artifact weapons, then I could slowly and lazily invest the leftovers until 7.2.

Spec Choices

Legion has brought us massive spec changes, so in some cases I’ve started questing in August with another specs than I’ve played before. And it’s time to revise how it played out – let’s do it class by class.

Mage

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By the start of the Legion Micromantica mained Frost throughout her lifetime, and I’ve also had a maxed Fire alt (deleted now). Leveling in Frost in Legion was pain, but I’ve remained true to the spec apart from few quests in Suramar in Fire. Now that all undertunes to Frost are long gone, I’ve forgotten about Fire and main Frost again. I have recently tried Arcane for the very first time in my life. It appeared to be interesting, so Micromantica could grab her Alu’neth from time to time to have some fun in LFR. Though if she’s outside raiding environment or if she wants some serious damage, it’s Frost only.

Warlock 

microfury

Microfury has been faithful to Affliction until Legion pre-patch. Questing and leveling till January was spent in Destruction though. A slow but powerful mortar, Destruction seemed more suitable to me. Now that I leveled traits in Affliction in January, I’m back there again. I was positively surprised how Suramar mobs just POP under Affliction spells – you don’t even have time to place all the DoTs. And it’s extremely fun and complex rotation with fatter foes – elites and bosses, that is. So, Affliction it is now – as a faster and more vivid spec. I’ve tried Demonology, and it didn’t seem fun or engaging at all.

Priest

aurinko

No surprises for Aurinko. I’m not into healing game, so the only choice here is Shadow Priest. Quite enjoying the spec and the whole madness mechanics which is quite unique.

Warrior

bons

My warrior history is long and complex. Bons is a blend of three initiate warrior toons who mained all the three specs. During Legion I’ve played her as Protection, but felt the need of having an extra DPS spec if I felt lazy to tank multiple LFRs. With quite a squishy Fury, I’ve turned to Arms for the first time since Pandaria, and it appeared to be very satisfactory. So, it’s Arms now – with occasional switches to Protection to make the most tough quests easy. I could say these specs are equal here.

Death Knight

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Rumors (and proofs) are that Death Knights are the best tanks who could even solo the current expansion raids. Well, not for me. I’ve tried playing Blood in Suramar, and all I do is dying at fat and dangerous mobs. Obviously I’m doing something wrong, but I just can’t figure it out. Nevermind, the one and only DK spec choice for me has always been Frost which is quite amazing in Legion. Unholy – as a pet spec – is dismissed forever.

Monk

paitsu

Paitsu was a Windwalker once, but she inherited some knowledge from Oluu, the retired Draenei Brewmaster, and was leveling and having fun as a tank in Legion. Brewmaster spec mastered, she picked up her Windwalker skills once again. Killing mobs may prove way too long if you’re tossing kegs. Basically she shares the approach with Bons: tanking the toughest enemies and multiple mob clusters, but enjoying herself as a Windwalker during normal questing and raids. No Mistweaving for sure.

Paladin

anibell

Anibell nurtures love and respect for Retribution as the only DPS spec. Although That One Quest in Suramar made her try Protection too, and now she can effectively cosplay Captain America-style Alliance knight of the Light too. Dual-specced, played the same way as Monk and Warrior. And no too Holy business with Silver Hand.

Demon Hunter

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Obviously Havoc is the main spec for Melaris. A very enjoyable and super fast melee spec, it’s a great success introducing the new class. I’ve got a grip of Vengeance as well during That One Quest. The first mob nearly got me killed, so I figured out I was doing something wrong. It was obvious I was missing some vital spell on my bars. So a quick scan of the spellbook introduced me with one of the basic blows which is also the core of providing self-heals. Everything is a piece of cake ever since in that spec. Although, unlike Paladin, Warrior and Monk, I would stick with Havoc only. I don’t like much those Vengeance trademark jumps and all the rotation. Easy, but I’d better Havoc.

Druid

mayluna

Mayluna has always been my only druid, and during her long history she’s tried all the specs – and in raiding environment too. In Legion she leveled as a cat, and she’s extremely enjoyable, swift and super effective fighter. For raids though I’m rapidly growing her Balance scythe now. Ranged DPS is my thing, it’s more relaxed – especially with pretty squishy kitty. But for the field it’s the cat only. Balance casting is unforgivingly long compared to the quick bites and scratches of a ferocious feline. Bear feels solid, easy and powerful, but I can’t figure out any situations I may want to use it. Restoration is best when played by other players.

Shaman

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Same way goes with Schlitzchen. Doomhammer is a cool choice for the field now, it provides super fast skirmishes. For longer fights like elites and raids – it’s Elemental. An extremely enjoyable, flashy, powerful, ranged spec, but not for sprints – it’s a marathon one. Restoration? Yes, this is exactly the spec I don’t play.

Hunter 

lizgun

Lizgun couldn’t help trying the Survival of course, and she has been swinging her cool spear up until raid farming. Apart from everyone else says, Survival is a perfect reboot, and I’m enjoying it. Still, for raids it’s Marksmanship and Lone Wolf talent to please my extreme laziness. Beast Mastery – no, never. Not only most of your spells are about beasts, not shooting. But there’s a whole zoo running with you now. Not on my watch.

Rogue

hexen

Hexen has always been a master of Assassination which is my favorite spec, and it stays as such. Outlaw needed some tunings to exclude the annoying finishers, and I would eagerly play it for fun from time to time – much like Arcane spec with my Mage. Subtlety – I’ve tried that. It’s probably the most complex and interesting spec to play in the whole DPS camp. But others have guns and poisons…

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One of the lull symptoms for me is the urge of trying new specs and starting new toons. I think this is what happened in January. Although I have raids to run and Insurrection to complete yet for most of my toons… but I’m eager to try it in other specs. Not the ones I’ve leveled in.

Love is in the Air?..

There hasn’t been any posting from me for a while, and none should be expected too soon as well.

The past week was wholly devoted to my trip through Greece and Italy – 6 cities in total. It was a perfect weather – no rain, +10-14oC – in other words, ideal for walking and sightseeing. I hate heat, and I don’t understand any beach vacation (booooooring), so Mediterranean trip was planned in February on purpose.

Obviously I didn’t play any WoW because that’s not what you do while traveling. Though it seems that my rest from WoW appears to last longer than I thought. Upon my arrival home I’ve discovered my home internet not working – which tech support has diagnosed as something to do with cables. And the internet guys have such a busy schedule that they’ll be able to fix it only on Saturday.

So, I’m effectively missing the Love Rocket trying time. I’ve pretty much slacked any holiday mount farm last year, and in 2017 I thought I’ll renew hardworking Hallows End, Brewfest and Love is in the Air bosses. Well, not earlier than Saturday night.

Meanwhile I’ve blown off the dust from my Warcraft 3: RoC & TFT cds – and it’s time to walk through the campaigns again. It’s very cool to relive the events of the Third War with all the immense lore baggage and terrain knowledge that came after via playing WoW. Seeing the familiar places, foes, weapons, heroes and all. Making discoveries – for example, when Thrall and Cairne want to get to the prophet (Medivh) in Stonetalon mountains, they must deliver the “heart” (gem) to a statue of an elven priestess Azsune!

You get to meet many Legion lords too during the campaign. Now that they reappear in Azeroth, it’s cool to see what they did during the last invasion – for example, Aneteron or Mephistroth dreadlords.

It’s also cool to look at units from WoW perspective. For example, it’s a whole new look at orc shamans or night elf bear druids, and it adds much depth to the RTS routines. It considers buildings too: during your WoW journeys you’ve been inside each and every of them. Knowing how many floors and ladders are there in a construction your peons just built is so immersing!

Finally, I’ve played Warcraft 3 in Russian only before. Localization was perfect: a very good translation and an amazing voice cast with lots of famous and character fitting actors.

Now I’ve installed an English version, and it’s like playing a whole new game. Actors from WoW match those from W3, and it’s an extra link to the present events for me.

When life gives you lemons… buy some good cognac and consume both :)

P.S. : Suramar IRL – the Greek island of Santorini – one of my destinations.

Good Suramaritan: Check

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Today’s morning Lizgun the Hunter was the last toon to complete the Good Suramaritan chapter.

And it’s perfect timing too. Tomorrow I’m heading off to my vacation, and no playing is planned during my trip – as usual. It’s good to leave with a big thing done.

Completing Good Suramaritan on all of my toons will have some consequences for my gameplay.

First, I’m not bound to Suramar dailies anymore. Of course during the Insurrection questline you’ll have to do 10 more world quests in Suramar, but it’s done once and fast (a couple of days). I don’t have to wait for Kirin Tor and Nightfallen emissaries and frantically complete their quests on every toon when they proc.

Second, I’ve deleted the rep tracking bar from the screen. It’s kinda relief to see only the AP one there.

Third, the mana hunt is over! If you’ve ever wondered how long you’ll need to collect those blue crystals all over Suramar to feed the suffering guys – well, it’s the exact point where it ends.

In short, it’s an ultimate relief – and the following Insurrection chapter is a collection of simple, lore-heavy and fun scenarios/quests leading the plot to The Nighthold raid – and with huge amounts of artifact power on the way.

Speaking of artifact power: upon completing Good Suramaritan all the main weapons are now 35, and their second weapons are in the range of 27-34 traits. Insurrection will help to reach my goal of 35 traits for all weapons even further.

So, it’s time for relaxed lull coming for me. It’s time to farm previous LFRs for mogging and The Nighthold LFR for mogging and gear upgrades. It’s time for non-frantic, relaxed emissaries of other factions to get access to profession recipes. There will be no rush: if I feel like doing an emissary batch on some toon, I’ll do it. It’s time to cover some missed side storylines in different zones. It’s time to get serious with Archaeology and Fishing.

Entering a relaxed lull till 7.2.

P.S. I thought it would be a good idea to encourage the Q-A comments. If you have any question or need any help with Suramar questlines, I’m eager to answer here.