Since the patch I actually quite like Ashran. I liked the changes they made and it seems more balanced - as in there are equal Horde and Alliance and your success really depends on your teamwork. The 4 events + faction leader kill for a box containing an epic PvP loot item is a really nice change too, because it forces people to stay around for a while instead of getting their 200 points and then nicking off. And you can get those 200 points from just killing people in Ashran, but if you want to get the chance of an epic you need to stay and play with everyone else.
I had already done Ashran earlier in the week and it was PvP night but nobody was on to play with when I first logged in and then only Sev was playing with me. We ended up in Ashran and it was decent - firstly there was a queue to get in, and that's usually a good sign. Crooked joined us as well and we got the dailies done. Sev, unfortunately, like me, got an item that we already had as an epic item.
Whilst I was in there I got a tell from a hunter who said they read my blog. I was excited and pleased to meet them and I photobombed them whilst we were in Ashran. I thought those kinds of things only happened to Rades (though that recognition was amusing because of a Cynwise anomaly)
I was surprised to see that they were in Tribo! Which is Kaye's guild on Barthilas, which is also the guild where my crappy Barthilas horde alt is parked.
Brone told me that this was his alt and his main was on Saurfang alliance named Bronebeard, and I remembered, that was the name that I thought was spelled wrong. I had to go check it up on my blog to remind myself and I found their comment on an old post.
After Ashran finished I met up with him at a neutral spot to try to take a proper picture.
If you can call this proper. It looks like Talonpriest Ishaal is huging him from behind or smelling his neck or something otherwise indecent. As I tried to reposition, I had a photobomber in platekini in my way.
So I decided to try to take a SELFIE. Now I remember why I don't do selfies. Because it's so bloody hard to try to take a good pic, especially when I'm a tauren and he's a dwarf.
Selfies as a tauren are hideous. No wonder I never use this thing.
Anyway, through the night I chatted to Brone, who introduced me to his wife Cass (also from Tribo) who was in the same Ashran. Interestingly, meeting her made something click - I had interacted with her before - I thought it had been on the Tribo facebook page but it was during a conversation on Tribo mumble. One of the female players in Tribo mentioned that her husband reads the Daily Frostwolf. Well now I know who said that!
Back to Ashran. So the spawn timer on the Ancient artifact is now really annoying. It drops and then there you have to wait a few minutes before it will spawn again (it's not an instant respawn like it used to be). And I also like getting a box from every event now. The other thing that was weird today (and I don't know it was me not looking correctly) was that Kor'lok had way more health than Kronos/Fangral. I was pretty sure I saw 23million health on Kor'lok, and usually he's quite wimpy.
Secondly, I have never been to the jail/gaol on Horde side before. I went there for the first time today.
And I'm not sure if I've said this before, but that event under the ground is SOOO SLOW. It is surely my least favourite event of the lot. I do like how they made the races 5 rounds instead of 3, and also they increased the number of ores for Molten Quarry and the number of ghosts to capture for Ashmaul Burial Grounds (now 20, instead of 10). They're not bad changes really.
But I'll say now, I'm never going to get those panda kills. It's taking me forever and I've only done 168/500. I miss those Nemesis group things we used to do!