Trivia: A Weekly Summary

Lots of stuff is happening in many directions, so I’ll give just a quick summary.

Antorus Mogging

My plate armor toons have successfully run the needed bosses, winning two more items in process. Now they all have 1-2 items to go, which is a success.

The best strategy considering transmogs and extra roll coins is using them for the last bosses of the wing. This would mean that after drop you are required to go just the first one or the first two, reducing your raid time.

As there are less and less bosses to run with every acquired item, I also have time for leather toons as well. Melaris the Demon Hunter won a cape off the High Command, which means no more first wing runs for her :)

But yet I need to finish the plate toons first.

Grinding Goals

I had a desire to do a certain leisure grind on weekend, and Micromantica has acquired 1 more bar towards the fishing wizard rep. She also got the remaining 4 rare fishes, and got an access to the fishing artifact weapon!

The scenario was fun, but then I learnt what is requiered to level up this artifact, and no, I’m not gonna do it :) Yet I got the artifact, saw its bonuses and the acquiring scenario, and it was worth t.

Considering fishing, I may need the reputation achievements, and this is gonna be it.

Leveling

I may reconsider my leveling routines. Quests only are insufficient for leveling up, and I’ll be queueing dungeons from now on. What was thought as the last zones planned in Vanilla zones, appeared to lack 4-7 levels until I’m ready for BC and Lich King dungeons and questing.

Take Myde, my Arcane Mage Void Elf. She did Duskwood, Redridge, both Stranglethorns, Badlands, Burning Steppes, Swamp of Sorrows and Blasted Lands – and she’s yet to be 57. Basically she missed only Westfall and Searing Gorge from the southern part of Eastern Kingdoms – so you need to quest at least half a continent. I’ll dungeon her through to 58, as the zone choice is obviously about the order in which you complete them, but not the number of zones.

My strategy for further leveling from now on is always queuing to all the dungeons (not just the selected ones), and choosing the zones with quests that are, a) plenty and b) require many mobs to kill to enhance the amount of XP.

The side bonus for leveling is acquiring lots of mogging items, from dungeons and random drops. I end up a zone sending at least 5 missing models to the appropriate armor type toons, and my mogging collection grows. Despite being Vanilla lo-fi models, there are some very cool items which could be used for transmogs. I’m already planning a Zandalari-golden set for my shaman based on an awesome chest I’ve just got.

My top goal today is leading my Allied Races up from Vanilla – it feels really old for me today, and almost every zone is covered. I’m not sure how and where I would be leveling my Dark Iron, because every questline is learnt by heart today :)

New Allied Races?

That’s right, with a question mark. Currently I’m enjoying the vibe of my new toons, but I don’t think I would be leveling many allied races from now on. Even for an achievement and armor.

From now on, it’s gonna be just races that I really want to play. There’s actually no desire to play Zandalari, Kul Tiran humans or Maghar orcs for me. Dark Iron – yes, they’re very badass. And from possible racial ideas I would definitely play a Tuskarr and an Ogre. We shall see, but I could say that the paradigm of leveling every allied race is not so cool as it seemed at first. Even my altoholism has some limits :)

This is it for the day, and my routines continue :)

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Antorus Sets & Leveling

I will start the post with my next step towards Legion goals.

Baisa the Hunter was not lucky this week – literally no drops during her raid run. Compensated by Schlitzchen the Shaman: she finished both chainmail sets, and without extra coin drops!

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Well done, and no more Antorus runs for them both :) Legion is officially on standby mode for Baisa and Schlitzchen, waiting for the next expansion.

My next goal is plate armor toons – Oulu, Backston and Anibell have not so many items left to farm. And then to catastrophic leather-armored: for example, Paitsu the Monk has only two items so far.

As planned, those items that are trash-drops only will be skipped. Luckily these are just wrists for a Death Knight and for a Druid – which don’t influence the looks at all.

Leveling

The notable events happened in Ghostlands with Arkeona, the Nightborne Rogue. First of all, I did some cool screenshots and recalled Warcraft III experience :)

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Yet again, and I never cease saying that, these are not merely background – but the buildings with a meaning. Could be that I built that ziggurat myself, carving Arthas’ path to Sunwell! These ziggurats, the soul-collecting buildings, serve as farms for Undead army (enhancing the number of units you may have), and could also be upgraded to serve as the main defensive building for the Scourge. This crystal appears above the building when you arm it, and it’s ready to fire at every approaching enemy, hurling the howling spirits at hostile forces.

Guys, playing earlier RTS does enhance your WoW experience!

Second, I came across amusing Amani trolls models:

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Just look at their faces! I know that there’s a huge difference between top-notch today’s models, but these do have a certain charm, and are kinda unique. There were also some interesting high elves.

This model is also exactly inherited from Warcraft 2 RTS. Back then I thought that trolls are red-faced, and wear some sort of a jumpsuit. It appeared to be a warpaint :)

Third – I failed to do the last quest of the zone, and this would be my first time in the revamped 7.3.5. when I came across a real difficulty. It requires killing a major villain, and the quest actually advises you to gather a mob of 5 people.

Yes, it’s impossible for a rogue to do that solo. I’ve cleared the trash in his room dying 2 times, and even if the boss was now alone, and all my resources and cooldowns fully charged, it was merely impossible. He had some 52k, and my best shot was leaving him with 29k. I may have struggled with a hunter or a warlock, but it’s not an option for a rogue. Shame :)

I’ll return later when I’m really above him by my level. It’s a vendetta now :) I remember having that sort of a thing with my fire mage, who couldn’t kill a werewolf boss in Grizzly Hills – I returned after 20 levels to finish the job. Now it’s personal :)

For all the leveling toons, several more zones are covered, and I’m closing in to 50. I really need to queue the dungeons, as zones grant 2-4 levels now. I’m already eager to go into the next expansions to level, and much yet to be completed.

Leveling Dungeons: Stratholme

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Today I had an hour and a half to level my new toons, and I logged in wth Jammu the Druid to continue her hopping around Un’Goro and also queue to some dungeons.

Surprisingly for the morning, the queue popped up real fast after a pair of my quests, and the moose kitty entered Stratholme, the wing with Scarlet Crusade.

After a pair of packs the tank aggroed two of them at once, got dead, and immediately quit without saying a word. I suggested to become a bear, did so, and we cleared the dungeon in a group of four till the end.

Oh my, it was brutal. We obviously lacked the third DPS, and the fights were long, even with trash mobs. I went with care and precision, but we wiped nevertheless. The dungeon has some patrols walking which are happy to join the fight, quite unnoticed ‘peaceful citizen’ ghosts which I can’t avoid due to my 2/3 attack abilities being AoE, and brutal boss mechanics. When our healer missed the fact that her ability she clicked on was on cooldown, a ghoul boss kicked my ass in 3 seconds, despite I pressed BOTH of my defensive abilities at once.

It was more like a raid. We actively talked and discussed mechanics and strategy after every wipe. We were reading boss abilities before pull. Both of our DPS (luckily mages), healer and myself used crowd controls – actively and with almost every pack! Sheeps, roots and whatever our priest had.

We had this postman boss which wiped us in front of the monastery complex, and we could skip him, but we killed him nevertheless – with strategy.

The most important thing was that all the people were stout, never whined and were cooperative and friendly. The dungeon took us more than an hour, and all of us stayed until the end. One of mages said that ‘I’m never queueing to any dungeons for leveling anymore’, yet I disagree. The dungeon appeared to be a real challenge for 4 good guys, an excellent training for all of us – crowd controls, emergency healing and my off-spec tanking. It was quite a dangerous adventure, but adventure it was. And I’m writing a whole blog post about a rather trivial thing like a leveling dungeon.

7.3.5. made it possible.

Trivia: A Streak of Achievements

It was quite a week of my vacation devoted to WoW mostly. And I’ve advanced significantly on my way in different directions. Let’s talk one by one.

Holidays

No mount this year – again. 13 tries daily, and no result. People advise to just quit trying any holiday mount! Not my thing, it provides some distraction from routines, so I’ll be running it and Halloween nevertheless.

For the Lunar Festival, there are 3 new toys which allow you to make a chinese festival dragon with your friends, and four awesome wreaths as a holiday attire.

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I’m not sure I’ll be farming them all, but at least I did one wreath :)

Raids and Mogging

I had some free time to drive all my classes through Antorus. I’m glad to report that mogging slots get gradually covered. This is just awesome how every next earned item meansĀ less runs and less bosses every next week.

And lo! I’ve collected the missing two items for my priest:

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This means that all my cloth toons are now officially on standby mode! Their job in raids of Legion is done. Faari, Micromantica, Faerella and Aurinko are enjoying their well deserved rest from the hard campaign.

Myde, the new leveling mage, will still run Antorus when she gets there, but merely for ilvl sakes. I think I would drive her to 915-925, and this is gonna be it. I just want her to be on the same level as my other toons for pre-patch.

Long Term Achievements

Of course my cloth girls happen to have another goals to do. There’s Archaeology and Fishing acheievements to complete for Micromantica. There’s 20000 eyes to farm in Underbelly for Faerella (she has 8500 on her now).

Yet I devoted a pair of hours to farming goals already. 5000 Argus demons were slain, and 5000 saberon claws collected in Tanaan. The thing is that you don’t acquire them little by little, no. One great effort, and you close the achievement which would not loom over your head ever since.

Now I have a scarlet butt Pumbaa:

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Leveling

And of course, there is leveling of my four new Allied Races. I happen to push them forward equally: they are now at 37-39. If it were just one toon, it would already be mid-Draenor.

It’s dungeon queueing while questing, and it’s pretty fast if you are really into it. For example, Kalaari the Paladin, upon finishing a quest hub in the morning without dungeon runs, is up by 2 levels.

I’m totally enjoying the leveling pace and variety, along with mob scaling. An option to return to Loch Modan after Arathi is awesome. By 40th level, I will have another gorgeous choice of zones, and neither of my 4 toons will have to re-run the same zones on their way to the top. And at 60, they will split to Outland and Northrend!

My toons have just entered their new zones, and their leveling rolls as such:

Myde, 38: Duskwood – Redridge – Northern Stranglethorn, entered Southern Stranglethorn

Kalaari, 39: Wetlands – Arathi – Loch Modan, entered Eastern Plaguelands

Arkeona, 38: Hillsbrad – Arathi – Hinterlands, entered Western Plaguelands

Jammu, 37: Ashenvale – Desolace, entered Feralas

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I presume there should be a couple of zones for each of my toons until 58-60, and they will be chosen due to character lore attunement:

Arkeona, as an assassin and a spyblade, will solve Western Plaguelands and most probably issues in Burning Steppes. Then she continues to Outland, craving to go to Terokkar and Nether.

Jammu will continue enjoying the wonders of Kalimdor and learning about Tauren druids. Her plan are the lush grounds of Feralas and Un’Goro, then she will go and see Taunka in Borean Tundra!

Kalaari will do the paladin cause inĀ Eastern Plaguelands, then she travels to Blasted Lands and continue to Outland to see her draenei homeland.

Myde will explore the troll civilizations in Stranglethorn, then it’s most probably Swamp of Sorrows, followed by Northrend (most likely, Howling Fjord).

I’m having lots of fun at this point of expansion, and I foresee quite relaxed months of enjoyable gameplay :)

P.S.: the yak won’t pass under certain bridges :) You’ll need a detour.

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Trivia

The post will be a short one.

Holiday routine is half of toons trying for Love Rocket in the morning, and half in the evening.

Sharing my time between leveling and raiding. Normally it’s one toon going to Antorus daily, trying for the missing slots, and when done, I switch to Allied Races.

Still picking the one of four Allied toons that I feel like playing tonight. Strangely enough, all my toons keep up, ranging 2-4 levels from each other. I tend to finish a quest hub on one toon and then switch to another. This toon change provides diversity, change of scenery and avoiding burnout.

Leveling is very rewarding and quick: for example, Arkeona, my Subtlety Nightborne Rogue, is only halfway through Arathi, and she’s 32. By the time she’ll have two zones done (Hillsbrad and Arathi), she’ll be 35 or up – quite a result.

Don’t ignore dungeons while leveling – at least a single run of each dungeon available would benefit you with decent experience from dungeon quests, as well as powerful XP contribution for killing trash and bosses.

I’m not a fan of datamined Zandalari, they’re kinda ugly (I’m rolling one by all means).

Datamined Dark Iron girls are just gorgeous though. Can’t wait to unlock them (click to enlarge):

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Most probably she’s gonna be a protection or arms warrior, although I’ll know for sure when I’m at the character creation screen :)

Have a nice week!

Trivia: Mount Farm, Allied Races and More

Just a quick run on my whereabouts :)

Antorus Mogging

Persistence pays off! My cloth armor toons have valiantly won the last shoes from Imonar, and lo and behold! we have collected the full Mage set in addition to previously acquired Warlock one!

What is more important, this is the set that I’m actually wearing :) Faari the Dwarf Mage is fully dressed in it but helmet. It fits her so well:

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Aurinko the Priest was also lucky to collect two more set items. This makes her lacking a priest-only cape from High Command and shoes from Aggramar which could be obtained by any cloth toon.

With this two slots covered, I’ll have all my cloth armors collected! So Faari (dwarf fire mage), Micromantica (gnome frost mage), Faerella (goblin warlock), Aurinko (gnome priest) and Myde (just-started-leveling void elf mage) will have their Antorus major goal achieved. And this means they will go on standby mode until BfA – apart from a pair of grind achievements for Micromantica and Faerella.

But more armor classes to collect yet :)

Love is in the Air

This year it’s just an enormous amount of toons trying for Luv Rokkit. I have 12 of my main roster + 4 fresh allied races on one realm, and also Dwarf Fire Mage and Pandaren Warrior on another realm. 18 tries daily, lol.

I’ll have a small traveling vacation though during the holiday, so it’s gonna be 4 days with no tries at all. And yet, it’s gonna be a huge effort towards the elusive mount.

It still pisses me off that you can’t queue all alts in one sit. It’s only 9 tries in a row, then they give you a hour-long cooldown: that is, you can successfully queue within it, but you won’t be able to enter the dungeon (“you queued in too many dungeons”). So I have to stretch them tries during the day.

We had the ultimate jerk party tonight for Aurinko’s run. She queued as a healer… and she was THE ONLY one who performed her role. We were fighting with bosses during TWO minutes. The DPS (all 110) didn’t damage, tank was in DPS, and he didn’t damage as well, I healed like mad, and we nearly WIPED at the holiday boss. It was just ridiculous. Amongst my heals I just checked and planted a pair of my own damage spells on the bosses… which took 20% of their health each. What the F was that? After the encounter ended, my small gnome in crisping white medic clothes waved her hands and /say announced that everyone in the party is a sucker and a douche but myself. It’s hard to piss me off like that, but they did.

Paragon Reputation Mounts

I’ve got a new paradigm: all my toons are now pouring their rep tokens into one, and this one is human with a racial reputation bonus. We’ll see how it works, but I already did 3 tries for rep mounts. No luck lol. But I got another – THIRD – moose from Highmountain, and it’s from the rep that I don’t even collect on purpose! 1 copper is my win, vendored.

Allied Races Leveling

I’m happy with how leveling goes. The pace is great, even if I finished just one zone for each toon. Myde the void elf mage finished Duskwood… and entered Redridge Mountains! Arkeona is done with Hillsbrad, Jammu cut off the eastern Ashenvale, and Kalaari transferred to Arathi Highlands from Wetlands.

I’m having so much fun leveling them and their professions. No rush at all, and I don’t feel urged to leave a zone until I’m done.

I’m doing dungeons too, and it’s a single run for every dungeon on every toon. Experience is pretty great if you sprinkle them with dungeon quests: my new toons range from 26 to 29, and the difference depends only on the number of dungeons done. On every toon I have at least 6-10 dungeons to complete yet, so I suppose I’m not gonna run out of them too soon :)

There’s so much to do, and this “lull” is actually very fun.

P.S. And this just in. Although your low level toons can enter the holiday dungeon, they can not get the mounts – just necklaces gear and holiday candies and stuff. Only toons 98+ could get the mounts.

So, I’m down to my 110 roster from 18 to 13 :) A small relief.

Obviously, in Battle for Azeroth the level will be up as well. So if we want to farm Brewfest and Hallow’s End mounts, make sure your toons can participate in the current expansion – I guess that means leveling them to 108 or up.

Allied Races: Alliance

My journey continues, and Micromantica went and unlocked the available Alliance races: Void Elves and Lightforged Draenei.

Again, both questlines are linked with the Void. For Void Elves, you travel to Ghostlands to discover the diaries of exiled High Elves (Blood Elves), and then you find them in some void corrupted world. You free them from the void agents grasp, and this desolate and sad place becomes their base. The world itself is sad, just shards of stone and no vegetation. Despite the gorgeous skies, it’s as depressing as Legion-scorched worlds, albeit in dark violet colors instead of sickly fel greens.

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For Lightforged Draenei, you accompany an acolyte on his journey to memories and fighting with darkness within him. The grounds are just gorgeous, and they are a complete and total replica of Zorammarsh in Tanaan Jungle, if with much better graphics. It was not specified, but it could be that this is Zorammarsh from the main timeline. The map of the ground and the map in alternate Draenor is exactly the same, as well as caves design.

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It’s interesting that the race leaders are Alleria and Turalyon, with such a different approach to the void. Alleria claims we must harness the whispers in your head. Turalyon says to reject them completely. I’m eager to see the development of their relationship, a very interesting story it could be when we meet the void (which we probably would, as it’s present in every race storyline).

The draenei mount is some Lightforged Dumbo, clumsy and too big to ride. The void elf mount is a void chicken, funny and beautiful, but I haven’t yet found any use for the blood elf racial mounts.

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And so, with the 4 slots added in the night, I’ve rolled the new toons at my main realm!

My morning was dedicated to creating the new toons, learning their main professions + First Aid and Cooking and delivering them to starting positions. Let me introduce them :)

Arkeona – Nightborne Subtlety Rogue

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Arkeona was a spy and a blade master under Elisande’s reign. She was very keen on tracking the rebels, and working against Thalyssra’s devastating activities.

When Elisande lost the battle, Arkeona was captured by rebels and brought in front of Thalyssra. She managed to talk her way out of execution (her crimes were big, although it was just work for her), and convinced the Nightborne that she was wrong. It’s not that she really repented – she wanted to survive. Obviously frowned upon by the Nightborne, she gladly went to Kalimdor to win herself recognition among other Horde races.

  • Starting with: Hillsbrad Foothills
  • Professions: Alchemy – Herbalism

Jammu – Highmountain Tauren Feral Druid

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Jammu is a playful young girl barely out of her teens. She chose a path of druid – cat druid – because she thinks that cats are cute. And this says practically everything about her.

She traveled to Kalimdor with eager – it promises to be very interesting. And she also wants to meet funny cow-druids of Kalimdor and learn from them.

  • Starting with: Ashenvale
  • Professions: Leatherworking – Skinning

Kalaari – Lightforged Draenei Holy Paladin

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Kalaari is a healer. Considering class and spec, paladin healing is something I cannot fully understand and master, so I’ll be leveling her as Holy, and Holy only- it’s a sort of a challenge for me.

For the first time in my life I’m roleplaying my toon as a dimwit character :) She really is! She’s the one that will sit in a tavern and play cards with an unknown and very suspicious stranger. She cannot understand irony or many jokes, she’ll have to ask what people mean. The Azeroth journey will not be easy for her :)

  • Starting with: Wetlands
  • Professions: Blacksmithing – Mining

Mide – Void Elf Arcane Mage

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I request help with writing her name in Latin letters :) It’s pronounced as “Mide” (“i” as in “mice”), but spelling doesn’t look very cool. I’ve got to think about it :)

Mide is a skilled arcane mage (even if I’m not so skilled playing arcane lol), and she’s pretty harsh and quick on the trigger. She has a very sharp mind, and if people are still trying to figure out if some person is a deceiver or a rascal, Mide will already have him killed and then explain her motives to slower minds. Sometimes it brings her trouble, but she manages to explain her actions quickly as well.

  • Starting with: Duskwood
  • Professions: Jewellery – Mining

Today is February 1, and this will be the starting point from which I would count leveling. We’ll see how quickly they will reach 110! As always, no heirloom gear, no buffs – just a fun leveling.

I’m excited and ready – the upcoming months won’t be dull :)