A few people got their achievements for Heart of Fear, so grats to Souglyy and Roshii!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
A few people got their achievements for Heart of Fear, so grats to Souglyy and Roshii!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
It started when I was getting on to do dailies and Lushnek noticed I had the valor point buff where you get an extra 50% valour for being valour capped. I WAS valour capped last week, and when I checked my points, they had reset. I hadn't done any valour stuff on any other toon so that was a bug. And it was working. I was getting 7-8 VP for each daily hand in. So that worked in my favour.
Then I was doing that f***ing Chamberlain quest and I thought I would try for the achievement. I was doing it with Lushnek and we abandoned it when we couldn't find one part and tried again. So when we were done, and we had done it exactly the same time and picked up the pieces together, he got the achievement The Crumble Bundle and I didn't. I still had 90 seconds to spare! Well f***. I think I'd rather have the achievement than extra VP. Oh well, next week. At least I got to benefit from the hotfixes and the spawn points were the same for the day.
New section was open and there was a new rare to kill - must be my lucky day coz I got a key from that one!
Aza goes on holidays this week - have fun Aza! We'll miss your DPS and dispels in raid, and we'll make sure we have all the ToT bosses on farm for when you get back!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
There were a couple of hotfixes on 21 March.
Oondastas for everyone! I like that :) Pretty cool that I wasn't the only one complaining about it! Glad to see it is going to spawn more often so we all can get a go at it. Apparently the health is less as well.
Anyway, I was pretty excited, I get to try for it now! I didn't get a picture though, because we were all trying to get up to the top, and boy is it a long ass run when you're dead - no wonder everyone fights it on the beach right next to the graveyard.
So after the first wipe, they got it down to the beach, but boy does it hit hard and I think I died about 4 times that fight! Rez timers were at 2 minutes and I rezzed just as the boss was killed. Yay achievement!
I rolled and I got an item! I thought ooh woot loot! And it was a Reins of the Cobalt Primordial Direhorn.
OMG! A mount! I had no idea there was a mount, I was hoping for some gear coz there is some sweet gear from there, but it was pretty exciting. I told Roshii, and he was excited for me! So here I am on my mount.
|My outfit doesn't go...|
I saw this person showing off their mount in the Shrine and I stood next to them (they got theirs in the raid as well). I noticed that they matched very nicely to their mount! And they said to me "Yours is bigger but I look better because my clothes match. Your orange clashes with your mount."
Umm. Ok. I actually noticed I didn't go well with my mount when I was on the Isle of Giants, and I thought about what I should wear. Perhaps I should borrow something like what Lelani was wearing from the Rojak transmog comp? Except it's rogues' pvp stuff...
So with a bit of modification, I thought I'd look more druidy. Need to work on my weapons but there are a lot of blue weapons so shouldn't be too bad - I think I might even have some in the bank... but I'm not too sure yet, see how I feel tomorrow!
Saturday, March 23, 2013
I got that gladiatorlossa addon and it actually is pretty cool. I had it on during a BG and that was damn awful though, constant talking I had no idea what was going on! Luckily you can turn it off in bgs. We ran an EotS and oof... that was disorienting! We won that game easily though.
While we waited for Disco to get on, we were doing bgs. He got on, we grabbed him and then he had to afk so we queued for a BG. It was wsg and it was a HORRIBLE BG. Our team was horribly undergeared with 3 of the players not even glyphed! So they didn't do much except hang around together and I was focussed down a lot and their healers would heal each other. In one match the team didn't join and we won a game by default!
Though we were getting our asses kicked all the time, it was a good learning procedure. Hwired had never done 5s and he wondered if 2 healers was the norm. I said it was, but it was hard for me and I of course would get focussed early. Disco decided to switch to his Paladin and have some heals even though he was in full PvE. And with that combo we won our first game! That was pretty exciting. It was against the lesser geared team, which had a Disc/Resto Shammy healer, rogue, mage and hunter. But once they figured out Disco was not in PvP gear, then it was focus on him time.
So that was our night in PvP. Hwired and Shab decided to team up as a 2s team and so hopefully they will cap their conquest this week. Doesn't help me though - I will still need to cap conquest!
Souglyy had enlightened me a few days ago because I didn't know how to dig them. She told me, you just dig in Dread Wastes or Townlong and some of them may be mantid.
Well, I found some! And you know you can't miss these babies - sometimes the Pandaren ones are hard to see under shrubs but these Mantid ones are in your face!
Now how the hell was I supposed to lug that baby around! :P
Friday, March 22, 2013
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Trash is not so horrible now. I wonder if it's changed or it's just us. Some quick priest wrist action there when Roshii got knocked back by the blue beam ghosts (nice one Bish) with a lifegrip - so quick that Roshii didn't even notice!
We seem to be able to get to third gate comfortably but I find that gate so hard! Adds are constantly killing me - I seem to be the first to die all the time! I am using my PvP abilities - nature's grasp, even Ursol's Vortex which is a bit crap IMO but at least last 10 seconds compared to 3 or 4 seconds with a roar. The only great thing is that for that door I don't have to do ANY dispelling - it's a disease door and I am dispel free to go and heal. Fue decided to be funny and make us 2 heal it and we got to 3rd door once but died on 2nd door - it was just too much to do I think. Fue noticed that his health was a lot more spiky.
Lushnek was offhealing last night and had some mana issues at first. I found with my new gear my mana was excellent. I am wondering if I can start unloading some spirit.
On Thursday night we might have our full complement of real healers I hope and let's see if that makes it a little better heal wise. More dispels yay! :)
Oh and how stupid am I! I must have never visited the enchanting trainer in Pandaria because I never knew you could make Sha crystals out of ethereal shards. But NOW I know!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Do you remember when you didn't know what quality pets were and had to use a mod to do it? Or type in some strange string? Thank goodness that's all fixed now and we can see the quality of pets in a pet battle!
|not my teams but you get the idea!|
|picture is not mine but just a sample!|
If I had to choose only one of these mods... it would have to be Pet Battle Teams. It's so handy and so fast for team swapping! The amount of time it would take me to reorder my teams would be... horrific... for each battle.
|Cym did warn me about a knockback but I still was dumb and got knocked off...|
Poor rares. Nobody will leave them alone!
Oh, and another cool thing today was that The Deadtalker Cipher was up, which meant me and Lushnek could complete our Know Your Role achievement. Yay, another thing scratched off!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
WTF HE'S IN BLUES AND NOT EVEN GOOD BLUES AND HE DOESN'T DIE WHY CAN'T I GET THAT GODDAMN ACHIEVEMENT WHEN I'M WEARING MALEVOLENT!!!
The trick is that you have to capture the top cart first, and then get the other carts. I ran to the top cart (north to west) with 5 others, so we got that, and then I switched the north track so that the next cart would go North to East. Whilst I was escorting that, I saw the cart from East to North coming up being heavily attacked by Alliance so I ran over to help them, captured that, and then back to my other cart and captured it. Then I jumped on my bike down to South Track and captured that just before it captured, and then someone had switched the east track back to south, so I went to escort that. If one more cart captured, the game would be over, and fortunately my cart captured before all the others and that netted me my achievement - YAY! Now I don't have to stuff up any more games trying for a silly achievement. I think of the number of times I have tried to get that achievement and lost or nearly lost a game...
I look forward to next Friday, to see what our combination is like and whether we'll gel as a team.
I was not feeling well and we have enough reserves now so I can take a night off to sleep off my virus. But guess what... Frostwolves cleared terrace tonight so that was pretty cool! Not to mention that Soultouched has now got an ilvl 1 behind me so I no longer have to worry about him :) he got through Sha ok and he was pretty happy he could 2 heal with Bish. Hopefully Bish didn't have to carry him too much :P
I saw that Lushnek got the boots off council and Roshii got loot (? Chest) and Soul got a Sha touched sword. Yay! Ok next week it's my turn for a Sha kill, hopefully! Grats guys!
Monday, March 18, 2013
However, what does one do when your faction is NEVER going to tag it?
My server, Dath'remar, is heavily alliance with an almost 2:1 Alliance:Horde ratio. Blizzard calls it a low population realm (information taken from wow.realmpop.com) with a population of 80k characters.
Though I do like the changes with 5.2, such as faction tagging (so mobs don't get ninja'd off you and everyone can have a go at rare spawns) it is a shame that if you live on a heavily outnumbered server, you will never get to see it.
Oondasta has been up twice this week. Both times, tagged by Alliance. And a number of people there, probably got no loot because they had already done it this week.
But, if you look at 5.1, it was the same with Galleon. I killed it once - the rest of the time it was tagged by Alliance.
But what is the solution to this? I was in a raid group yesterday and the people moaned the fact that Alliance got it again. "Faction change," was the solution once person said. Which doesn't really solve the problem, does it? It solves it for YOU, the individual, but not the server as a whole.
IF people wanted it to be fair (but really, why would Blizzard make it fair LOL) is that if a person joins a raid group to kill Oondasta, it would somehow be like a raid instance - where a "saved" person cannot enter. Not sure how that works for outside bosses - I would have to think a little harder about that. Being unable to tag Oondasta or see Oondasta would not really solve anything, because even if you couldn't see Oondasta if you were a healer, you could still join the raid group and heal it. Probably not so useful for DPS and Tanks though LOL!
But, I was happy just to get to see this amazing creature. Even if my server does not have the population to get 75 raiders together to take it down (and coordinate across 3 raids) then a picture will suffice.
Grats to anyone who got loot! I guess I'll do what I did with Galleon - wait till the next patch when it's up ALL the time and people are bored of killing it :) So anyone else got some brilliant ideas? And I mean useful ones, not things like yell at Blizz or transfer to a server with a heavier horde population! :)
/yell "Hey Rho, look! Galleon is up!"
Sunday, March 17, 2013
(I think I've killed only one rare on the Isle of Thunder - maybe 2)
With the help of guildies (and Silverdragon yelling "I SEE YOU" all the time whenever guildies with Silverdragon see a rare) I got all my rares! Here are pics of the last few I needed.
Now I happily never have to slaughter any rares again :) I can go back to admiring them!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
"It has been many months since those two warlocks broke into the temple... but I'm still not sure what they were after." Akama regarded her, his expression neutral. "Very well. Follow me. They visited both the Shrine of Lost Souls and the Temple Summit. Use caution, there are many traps still active within. Perhaps one of your demon spells will grant you the ability to scout ahead before advancing forward. And the Essence of Order..." but Aza had already run in the direction of the Shrine.
Comprehension dawned within Azadelta. The Shrine of lost souls contained an amazing power, which Illidan was able to tap. Was this the source of power she was to claim for this quest? She hungered at the thought of such power.Kanrethad: Summon...ha, imagine what we could become if fused with power of this magnitude...Kanrethad: The powers of this room are not unlike the original Well of Eternity in Azeroth.Jubeka: So this is how Illidan bound so many demons to his will..Kanrethad: Yes. The payment for the demons' service was to drink from the energy of this place.Kanrethad: By feeding upon this place's power, they were broken free from their addiction to the Legio's magic.Kanrethad: I believe this is the original power source he intended ot offer the blood elves to free them from their addiction to the Sunwell...but for some reason he didn't let them near it...Jubeka: What?? You have no proof of such a claim.Kanrethad: Didn't you notice? The demons under Illidan's command were free of the entropic, fel-green corruption that pervades the Legion.
I can take care of this, thought Aza confidently, casting a curse of elements then running as she cast immolate. She summoned her Voidlord to tank the Essence whilst she cast conflagrate.
"Azadelta!" yelled Akama. "Some of my men are trapped in the basement - there is little time, help me save them!" Akama headed for a side door, that Aza had never seen before.
"Master, lots of treasure in the chamber, this is your chance!" said Kupyap excitedly, pointing down the dark corridor. "Broken Draenei has taken the guards to fight, it's yours for the taking!"
It was time to head to the Temple Summit. Azadelta steeled herself, and tried to focus. She had a feeling that the hardest battle of her life was awaiting her.
Aza looked around the platform at the summit of the Black Temple. She remembered how she had fought against Illidan, the Betrayer, and wondered what powers she would come to possess. Would the power overtake her and make her a demon? Or was this a test?
The vast space was empty, save for an innocuous looking soulwell was on the edge of the circle that decorated the summit of the temple. Aza stared at the soulcore in her hands. Whatever was coming she needed to be ready. She didn't know what to expect.
She took a Flask of the Warm Sun, and ate some Mogu Fish Stew, to boost her spell power. She set up a gateway between the platform and to a pillar just beyond, that would hopefully allow her to escape and avoid line of sight during attack. She summoned Kupyap, her most loyal servant, and sacrificed him, gaining his powers to dispel magic and health. Her Soul Leech was active, and she would no doubt find it invaluable for this fight.
Taking the pulsing Empowered Soulcore, she placed it into the soulwell. The soulwell began to glow, and the ground began to tremble, as a huge demonic gateway began to emerge from the ground, green fel energy pulsing from it. The portal burst open in a flare of green light and a winged demonic humanoid stepped out, his hooved feet clattering the stones. Slowly, he turned his baleful gaze to Azadelta, and snarled.
Friday, March 15, 2013
It has been nearly two weeks since Kanrethad and I arrived in Outland. Almost immediately afterwards, he departed for Shadowmoon Valley. I didn't bother to ask why, as long as he doesn't get himself killed.My research here in this dusty wasteland continues as drudgingly expected. While the Legion's onslaught has subsided, a number of the rarer demon specimens remain.
The fel imps of Felspark Ravine in Hellfire are remarkably chatty. I've discovered that they're just as easy to contract into service as their names are to learn. The ritual to summon one is trivial, at best.
Voidlords are rather difficult to stumble across, but it takes very little persuading to convince one to divulge the name of a rival lord.I have wondered once or twice if Kanrethad will ever return, but in the end, it doesn't actually matter. The council can put me to death, so long as my grimoires last, so will my legacy.
Day 32:Aza was fascinated. Reading how the original warlock masters learned the secrets of summoning the higher demons so that all warlocks could learn it was a history lesson that made her appreciate her Grimoire of Supremacy even more. Aza thought about Bragmek, who was such an intelligent demon, that you could have a decent conversation with it, about all manner of subjects. Without the work of Jubeka, he might never have been able to summon her Observer. Aza shook herself from her thoughts and returned to the journal.
While examining the nauseating Ruins of Farahlon today in Netherstorm, I was ambushed by a race of floating eyeball squids. Calling themselves observers, they were unexpectedly intelligent. They expressed a deep desire to bear witness to all forms of magic and willingly offered their services in exchange for the opportunity to consume new forms of magic.
The ritual to summon an observer is unexpectedly complex. While natives of the great dark beyond, they are highly migratory and the summoning ritual must compensate for their travels. Without their willing assistance, summoning an Observer would be nearly impossible.
Kanrethad returned, looking incredibly grim. Considering his undisciplined technique, it should be no surprise that his research has been less than successful.I'm ready to attempt the binding of a higher order member of the burning legion, but I dare not attempt the ritual alone. In fact, perhaps Kanrethad would prove the perfect test subject...
Remarkable! My first attempt to summon a higher order member of the legion failed as spectacularly as planned. The shivarra broke free almost instantly after Kanrethad completed the ritual.Unlike the typical form of metamorphosis, he did not complete the demonic transformation... perhaps his research has been more successful than I expected.
I expected the frail human to be struck down while I banished the creature. Instead, in the instant that the Shivarra's razor-sharp blades sliced through the air, Kanrethad's form shifted and the blades bounced as if striking stone.
Day 40:Aza put the journal down for a moment. When she had first started reading she had felt an obvious kinship with the Forsaken Jubeka, and a disdain for the human Kanrethad. But after reading these last few entries, perhaps Kanrethad had some hidden potential.
The key to binding a wrathguard was ironically reducing the number of runic symbols used in the summoning circle. Wrathguards are highly resistant to charms and compulsions, but readily respond to basic expressions of strength.
Kanrethad was unexpectedly insightful into the conditioning the legion uses to compel the wrathguard into action. His ability to express his dominance over lesser demons is remarkable, if short-lived. With great pains, I've been able to inscribe the forms he uses to summon multiple demonic servants at once.
Unfortunately, while he can bind two lesser demons indefinitely, I can only do so for a short time.
We left a few ogre corpses in our wake, but studying the ritual circle of Vim'gol revealed additional ways of bolstering our power using demonic sacrifices. While the act greatly enrages our demonic servants, fusing their life energy to our own provides a dramatic increase in power.With a little experimentation, I discovered that the more closely linked you are with the demon you sacrifice, the greater the power of the ritual. Kanrethad's ability to restrain his demonic transformation seems to have reached a plateau. Once again, his lack of power disgusts me. Things that would be trivial to most Warlocks take him an eternity.
At Kanrethad's insistence, we headed for the Altar of Damnation in Shadowmoon Valley. He seems to be convinced that there's more to the Hand of Gul'dan than just a show of power.I'm not convinced, but at this point my Grimoires are complete. I don't understand his obsession with controlling the flow of demonic power granted by his transformation. While he plays around with ancient altars, I intend to try my hand at opening a gateway to conjure many wild imps at once...
Day 60:There were no more diary entries. Aza leafed through the remaining blank pages and found some notes scribbled on the back cover of the leather journal.
Kanrethad is up to something. To say that I'm concerned about our next move is a dramatic understatement.
I'm convinced there is no chance that we will return from this next adventure alive. There's simply no way I can take the risk that my Grimoires go unread. For that reason, I've contracted the imps to leave four fragments of my soulstone at the locations listed in my journal.
I'm sending this journal to you, my trusted friend, that should the need to locate me arise, you bring the four stones together, find my body and ensure that my grimoires are brought back to Azeroth.
Signed,Aza closed the journal. So that is how Zevrost came upon the journal. Jubeka sent it to him for safekeeping. And Zevrost had entrusted HER to investigate it. Pride swelled within Aza before it was rapidly quashed by the niggling feeling that Zevrost needed HER to do the dirty work, to be the guinea pig, like Jubeka tried to do to Kanrethad when enslaving a shivarra.
Aza shrugged it off. Whatever the reason, the power would be Aza's if she completed this task. Where to start? She shivered, as an aura of cold descended upon her.
Jubeka had been spending a lot of time studying demons. It would make sense to find large congregations of demons - and Azadelta had an excellent memory. She recalled all the demon quests and tasks given when she had spent time in Outland, and thought those would be good places to start.
Hellfire peninsula had a lot of demon activity in Felspark Ravine. As Aza descended into the ravine, a warm sensation tingled through her, making her feel confident this was the right place. The sensation changed to hot as she explored, and she saw it, a tiny purple shard on the ground. She seized it and squealed in delight. Her first fragment! Only 3 more to find!
Blade's Edge Mountains was her next stop. Jubeka had mentioned the ritual Circle of Vim'gol in her journal, and so Aza made her way to the border of Blade's Edge and Netherstorm. The sensations tingled through her again as she neared the shard, and when she picked it up, she could sense a memory within the shard. She activated the shard and a fragment of memory assaulted her.
Kanrethad: I tire of your evasive babble, doomguard. Explain to me why you and your kind are drawn to sacrificial magics.
Doomguard: My contract is to fight for you, not to reveal the Legion's secrets, mortal.
Kanrethad: Do not attempt to decieve me, demon! Your kind far predates Sargeras's betrayal. What WERE you?
Jubeka: This knowledge is useless... what are you trying to achieve, Kanrethad?
Kanrethad: STAY OUT OF THIS! The demon will answer, NOW!
Doomguard: What an odd demand. Not even my own kind care about our origins. Why should you?
Kanrethad: If you do not care then there is no harm telling me.
Doomguard: ... before Sargeras freed us, we were the Titan's hounds. Forever enslaved to police the use of arcane. Sacrificial magic was considered the greatest violation of life and we were attuned to instantly punish those who delved into such... delicious sorcery. You have your petty secret, Kanrethad. Now, I demand knowledge from you... why do you care?
Kanrethad: I don't believe that is part of our contact. We are done here. Jubeka, complete the ritual.
Jubeka: Such strange creatures. Why do they remain so long after the legion has left.
Kanrethad: ...there's a slight flaw in that supposition.
Kanrethad: The Observers were in the service of Illidan... not the Legion.
Jubeka: Well, he's gone too... so why are they still around?
Kanrethad: How should I know?
Jubeka: Well, I've spent weeks trying to understand how to summon one of these things. If you know something I don't, I'd appreciate it if you'd share it with us "lesser" mortals.
Kanrethad: What's the problem? You handled the binding of the Fel Imps and Voidlords effortlessly.
Jubeka: They were trivial by comparison! These things are never in the same place. There's something... strange about them... something out of place... Oh dear...
Jubeka: What is it you wished to show me…?
Kanrethad: …I've seen the fear in your eyes, Jubeka.
Jubeka: What…? No! I.. I have… no idea…
Kanrethad: Gul'dan destroyed the world in his bid for power… you're concerned I will do the same to Azeroth.
Jubeka: No! Stay back! You…you're dangerous. I remain content summoning demons, but you…
Jubeka: …you toy with becoming one yourself!
Kanrethad: There are two sides to the blade of Demonology…
Kanrethad: …the threats that besiege us from the outside…
Kanrethad: …and those that threaten us from within.
Kanrethad: I chose you as my companion for a reason.
Jubeka: And what depraved reason is that…?
Kanrethad: …If I fail, I need you to banish me forever.
Aza entered the Black Temple and found Jubeka's mark on the door. She touched it and was transported within the Black Temple.