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The second part of the scepter I decided to pick up was the part held by the Green Dragonflight, or to be more specific, Eranikus.
Now Eranikus can be found in Sunken Temple. If you’ve run the instance enough, and if you have picked up the quest item he drops, you know he’s become corrupted by the old Gods and therefore had to be killed. However if you take his Essence you can deliver it to his brother (after which the chain stops). Apparently he was however also the guardian of 1/4th of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands.
I travelled to the Sunken Temple and cleared everything up to Eranikus. Before you engage him however, an image of Malfurion Stormrage appears telling you that the only way to obtain the Scepter Shard is to make Eranikus manifest in the normal world (he’s trapped in the Emerald Dream). To start the endeavour to get Eranikus manifested Malfurion sent me to Darnassus. Which was quite a pain seeing as I’m A: Horde and B: Ofcourse there happened to be level 80 alliance there all to willing to gank me. I got away (luckily) and found the agent, a Forest Wisp right outside Darnassus on the Teldrassil side of the city. The Wips then told me that Tyrande has been notified of Malfurion’s plan and sends me to Moonglade.
When you get to Moonglade, you get to talk to keeper Remulos, one of the Sons of Cenarius. He sends you to get parts of the Nightmare’s corruption, something he needs to summon Eranikus to the living realm. You have to pick those parts, 4 of them in total, up near the portals into the Emerald Dream which are scattered over Azeroth. I decided to go to the portals in Ashenvale and Feralas first since I was on Kalimdor anyway and read that they increased the droprate of the figments to 100% from the little elite dragonkins that patrol the areas there. So I hopped on some mounts and flightpaths and killed some “portal trash” at Ashenvale, Feralas and Hinterlands. The last step was Duskwood and surprise! Ysondre (the World dragon boss) was walking around there. I asked my boyfriend to help me kill her, we eventually did while getting sleeped all the time (damn clouds) and I even got a nice quest item I’ll tell you about later. Anyway at the Duskwood portal I had to kill an elite satyr. The first time my boyfriend helped, he got mind controlled and killed me (like usual) so the second time I just soloed the satyr. Don’t be fooled, he had 323k HP and put up a hell of a fight. After that I had all four fragments and made my way back to Moonglade to hand them in to keeper Remulos.
Back in Moonglade I asked my boyfriend and a friend of mine to help me out with the outdoor raid that wouls tart as soon as you picked up the quest you got after delivering the Nightmare Corruption fragments. I read stories about it being a hassle but with 3 people the quest was a piece of pie. Keeper Remulos summons Eranikus at the lake and then runs to a house in Nighthaven. First a shitload of shades spawned that got stronger everytime they killed a player or an NPC. I read stories about people being overrun but we had no problems dealing with them (although an unfortunate Alliance druid got owned ). After we’d killed enough shades, Eranikus landed (he was flying before) and we engaged him and nuked him down to about 20%. We saw Tyrande yelling the whole time but she was bugged because she didn’t appear! Anyway at 20% the fight stops, Eranikus is cleansed and chats a bit with keeper Remulos. At the end he entrusts his shard to keeper Remulos and returns to the Emerald Dream to aid Malfurion Stormrage and Ysera fight against the Nightmare. You have to get back to the place where Remulos stands, get your shard and then you’re done with the Green Dragon Chain!
Originally I wanted to give the Red Dragon Chain a post of it’s own, but because it’s so short I included it here. I did the Red Dragon Chain together with the Draconic for Dummies part from the Blue Dragon Chain. During that run I also acquired enough Elementium Ingots to not have to go to BWL again. Anyway here we go.
For the Red Dragon Chain you are sent to Blackwing Lair. More specifically to Vaelastraz who is being corrupted by Nefarian. Before you engage Vaelastraz I talked to him and picked up the quest for the scepter shard which was infact quite easy. Kill Nefarian within 5 hours of killing Vaelastraz. So we did and I got my Scepter Shard!
As you read in the previous Epic Quest post, Anachronos mentioned the three other dragons that have a part of the Scepter. After doing some research I decided to start on the part from Azuregos, the Blue dragon, because it’s the longest chain of the three and it can be paired with the chain from the red dragon (both have parts that take place in Blackwing Lair). To find Azuregos I had to go to Azshara. He patrols in the Southeastern part of the region and after running around for a good 10 minutes I found him.
From the conversation with Azuregos you learn that he is no longer the master of his part of the Scepter. He created a minnow and entrusted his part to that creature. To find the minnow you need to have an Arcanite Buoy, something which can only be created by a gnome in Tanaris named Narain Soothfancy. Azuregos gives you a magical ledger at the end of the conversation and you are supposed to bring that to Narain Soothfancy.
When you find Narain (he’s a bit north of Steamwheedle Port) he tells you that he can’t read the magical ledger and that he needs you to get some stuff before he can start on the Arcanite Buoy.
He gives you three quests. The first starts a chain to find “Draconic for Dummies” so that he can read the ledger. This chain will lead you through Blackwin Lair, Onyxia’s Lair and Molten Core. I decided to save that one for last. The second quest is to get Narain’s Scrying Goggles which are stolen from him by his ex BFF. Again I chose to save that one due to having to go into the Molten Core. Finally he gives you a quest to obtain a 500 pound chicken. I chose to do that one first.
The 500 pound chicken quest starts off in Gadgetzan at the butcher in the inn named Dirge Quickcleave. When you hand in the starter quest, “Never Ask Me About My Business”, he sends you to The Isle of Dread in Feralas to kill Chimaeroks for their meat and their leader’s carcass (Lakmaeran). The carcass should go for a 500 pound chicken, the meat is to satisfy the butcher.
The Isle of Dread is located in Western Feralas underneath the isle that has Feathermoon Stronghold on it. DO NOT TRY TO SWIM THERE, you’ll die of fatigue. Instead take the boat to Feathermoon Stronghold or swim there, then swim down to the Isle of Dread from that island. Take the eastern beach on the map, that will give you acces to the Chimaeroks.
The normal Chimaeroks have about 22-32k hp, easily soloable as fury warrior, but the droprate on the meats is horrid, only 7 on my first clear. They also have a 30 min respawn timer. The boss (Lord Lakmaeran) has 323k HP and is doable since he doesn’t do that much damage, he guarantees a Carcass drop. However you’ll have to camp on the isle for a bit untill you get 20 meats, it took me a total of 3 clears to get all (a total of 1.5 hours waiting time).
After you’ve acquired the meats go back to Tanaris and you get a follow up quest which requires 20 deeprock salt (best place for these are from the elite rocks down in south Tanaris near uldum) and 20 Goblin Rocket Fuel. To get the rocket fuel you need 1: A Goblin Engineer and 2: An Alchemist. I had an Alchemist myself, I just struggled a bit to find the Engineer. One of the ingredients for the Rocket Fuel is Volatile Rum. As Alliance you can get this from one of the vendors after you’ve killed Saurfang in ICC. As Horde you want a nice Alliance/Alliance alt or a lot of patience getting these things off pirates. After you’ve completed that quest you get the 500 pound chicken for Narain and an epic cooking recipe: Dirge’s Kicking Chimaerok Chops.
The next quest I decided to pick up was the Draconic for Dummies questline. First off you have to get to an Isle way south of Tanaris. It’s really hard to get there, I died once of fatigue. The trick is that there is a mermaid who wants you to get a love letter to Narain. Do that quest and get back to her after that. She buffs you with a swim speed buff that should push you right onto the first island. The book is on the second island.
Once on the second island you discover that the book is gone and in it’s place there’s a ransom letter. Get the letter to Narain. He’ll then send you to Winterspring to see who’s behind all this. And surprise surprise: It’s an evil gnome! After Doctor Weavil recognizes you he calls a huge ape named Number Two to deal with you. Kill the ape (He’s really easy on 80) and get back to Narain.
When you’re back at Narain he sends you to pick up the chapters of Draconic for Dummies which are scattered all over the place. Nefarian, Onyxia and Ragnaros all drop a chapter. One chapter is found in Undercity in the Mage quarter, another chapter in the Stormwind Library. One chapter drops off one of the demon mobs in southern Winterspring, another chapter drops off a demon in the Blasted Lands and one chapter is dropped by Doctor Weavil himself, he is on Alcaz Island in Dustwallow Marsh. note of caution here, doctor Weavil MC’s for 2 mins. Once you are MCed you can’t escape (I tried soloing him and was stuck for 30 mins before my BF came to the rescue) so bring a few friends along! Once you’ve obtained all chapters you bind them together and hand the book in at Narain. Another problem was obtaining the chapter from Onyxia. She Didn’t Drop It -.-, needless to say I was furious, ticketed a GM (fuming with anger I might add) and amazingly enough got a response in less than 2 hours. Where the GM told me that I was eligible (or something like that) for the item and he/she had send it to my ingame mail (it was a friendly GM I might add ). I squeeled and picked it up and handed the quest in, getting the “Kill Onyxia on Level 60″ achievement on the way. It’s probably a bugg, but if I get to keep it I’m happy with it!
The last quest is to acquire Narain’s Scrying Goggles from his ex BFF who hid in southern Silverpine Forest, right at the Greymane Wall. Once you get there he sends you to Molten Core where the Goggles have a 100% dropchance off the trashmobs. Kill a mob, get the goggles and hand them in to Narain.
Now the most annoying part of the chain. Once you’ve done all the prequests Narain asks you to get the materials he needs to make the Arcanite Buoy. These are: 10 Elementium Ingots (only dropped by goblins in BWL), 20 Arcanite bars (an alchemist can transmute them using a Thorium bar and an Arcane crystal), 10 Blue Sapphires and 10 Azerothian Diamonds. If you’re very rich you can buy all these materials off the AH. When I took this part of the quest I already had 7/10 Elementium Ingots, some Arcanite bars and none of the gems. Luckily a friend of mine was on the same part of the quest, he had mined a boatload of Thorium, and could provide me with the 10 Blue Sapphires and the 10 Azerothian Diamonds. The remaining 3 Elementium Ingots I received in 2 BWL runs, one my main and one on my alt. After some AH scouring for Arcane Crystals I made all my Arcanite Bars aswell. I handed the quest in and got the Arcanite Buoy.
The last part of the quest I 2 manned with a friend who was also on the quest. We summoned the “minnow”, a shark called Maws and he was actually a quite easy kill. Due to him only dropping 1 Scepter Shard at a time so we had to kill him twice for both of us to get it. I finally had my Blue Scepter Shard!
My excuses for not implementing a lot of pictures, but it all went so fast that I completely forgot to make screenshots :<
So… I have decided to start one of the longest, most epic questchains Azeroth can give a player thus far. And one that is going to be removed when the Cataclysm hits our beautiful lands: The Scepter of the Shifting Sands questchain.
When I started the prequests I was already on 33.8/36k hated due to running AQ 40 a couple of times, once a full clear and others for mounts (I have all 4 colours). Yesterday I picked up the second quest (I had done the first, find Anachronos near the Caverns of Time) and hopped to Blackwing Lair to get the head of Broodlord Lashlayer. We cleared the entire instance (not a single Elementium Ore dropped :<) and I got some money, and ofcourse my head. Today I handed the quest in and got the repeatable quest to obtain 200 Silithid Fragments for 500 rep per turnin. After some quick calculations I figured I had to get 2400 fragments to become neutral, and for a person that detests grinding I went looking for other options.
What I found was that the trash mobs (Anubisath Sentinels and Obsidian Overseers) give 100 rep each when killed untill you hit Neutral or Friendly. So I took my boyfriend to AQ4 on his paladin (he still wanted the red and the yellow mount) and after about 8 runs killing the first 11 trashmobs I hit neutral with Brood of Nozdormu. Luckily enough my boyfriend got both his mounts so he was a happy camper aswell.
After hitting neutral I got send back to Anachronos who wanted me to go to the gates of AQ, look for a tiny red crystal (with a huge yellow question mark floating above it) and learn the secrets of the past. I saw how the gates of AQ were closed and that three dragons sacrificied themselves doing so. I also saw that Fandral Staghelm wanted nothing to do with the dragons anymore and that Anachronos the Ancient (aka his past self) picked up the fragments of the scepter that Fandral Staghelm destroyed. After that you get sent back to Anachronos at the Caverns of Time again and he hints that he has 1/4 of the scepter and that the other three parts are to be looked for at Eranikus (The ghost in Sunken Temple), Vaelastraz (the red dragon in Blackwing Lair) and Azuregos (the blue dragon walking around in Aszhara).
And that’s actually where the real hard part starts. On the next few days I’ll post the Red dragon chain, the Blue dragon chain and the Green dragon chain in obtaining the Scepter.
For all the people that want to do this quest also before it disappears. If you want to farm Brood of Nozdormu rep, DO NOT DO THE REPEATABLE ONLY. The best way to get rep is to get a friend, clear the trash before the first boss (which is 11 mobs x 100 rep = 1.1k rep) and keep resetting untill you’re locked out of the instance. Inbetween lockouts do the repeatable quest. You’ll get to neutral fastest this way.
Recently I’ve taken it upon myself to max out multiple professions, spread across multiple chars, before Cataclysm hits. The number one reason I’m doing this is simply because of the money. I have very few usefull professions at the moment and basicly am much too lazy to grind. I currently have Mining/Blacksmithing on my warrior (maxed), Leatherworking/Skinning on my hunter (maxed), Alchemy/Herbalism on my paladin (maxed), Tailoring/Jewelcrafting on my retired priest (maxed) and Mining (maxed)/Engineering (around 430) on my Rogue on Silvermoon. Due to me seeing Vashj Horde as main server/side still you can see that the professions I have there are either Gathering professions (Mining, Skinning, Herbalism), Gear Professions (Blacksmithing, Leatherworking) and one Raid Profession (being Alchemy). For money making these Professions aren’t suited best with the current market. The big sellers are (and have been for a while) Enchanting and Jewelcrafting and (to an extent) Inscription.
Now I’ve always wanted an Enchanting char simply because I never had one and want to make loads of money with it! My first choice for Enchanting went to my Shaman which unfortunately I’ve stopped leveling for a while (was kinda sick of leveling ..) and she’s stuck at 222 at the moment. I’ve also chosen to get Inscription on her which I’ve been leveling for 2 days and am as far as 185. The Herbs I farm myself on my paladin.
My second choice for Enchanting was my mage, simply because it sounds magey and as mage it’s easier to farm mats needed for enchanting, currently I’m stuck on 278 enchanting on her and am running Stratholme for Runecloths so I can let my BF make Runecloth Belts for me on his warlock, so that I can Disenchant them into Dream Dusts. I need about 5 Dusts per skillup point now so I’m in a tough spot as far as leveling the profession goes.
I also hope to level Engineering to 450 on my rogue altho I’m prioritizing the Enchanting and Inscription on my mage and shaman. I also picked up Jewelcrafting on my mage, but I just started out (currently at 50) and I plan to finish Enchanting before I dive into a next profession.
I have to say though that farming materials all day is taking it’s toll a bit. On the one side I don’t mind it at all seeing as it’s something different from raiding, PvPing and grinding for achievements. I make some nice money with it, putting all the glyphs I make on the AH aswell as any excess enchanting mats, and I love the way how enchanting mats look. My enchanting bag is so nice and bright and colorful! On the other side running an instance completely for Mageweave/Runecloth and running around in circles in Stranglethorn Vale all day kind of makes me completely zone out. It’s gone as bad as that I zone out in the middle of a conversation with someone, just tunnelvisioning onto herbs and cloths and not noticing anything else. This for me feels bad because people sometimes have to repeat things up to three times before they finally catch my attention. However I do want to be done with farming sooner rather than later so I’ll take the zoning out for what it is and hope to be done as soon as I possibly can be done.
For now I’ll leave you with my current situation:
- Ileana (Shaman): 222 Enchanting/185 Inscription
- Sandrina (Mage): 278 Enchanting/50 Jewelcrafting
- Hyourinmaru (Rogue): 430 Engineering
I hope to get atleast 3 of these professions to 450 before Cataclysm comes out. When I do, I’ll update my blog!
So I haven’t posted for a while, again, due to RL kicking in, again, and the launch of patch 4.0.1, something a lot of people have been looking forward to, me included, and also has caused a lot of drama, me included… So where to begin?
Let’s start pre patch. I still raid on my warrior almost every night and as a lot of other warriors I was used to being in top 3 damage on a lot of fights, especially Saurfang and Festergut. I did decently in PvP as prot and arms and had nothing to complain about really (except for that damned Baron Rivendare mount DAMN U BARON!).
Then was the day of patch 4.0.1, a day that will stick to me like a nasty fly because it was the day Blizzard killed Warriors, Ferals, Retri’s, MM hunters and Combat rogues and boosted Shadowpriests, Mages and Warlocks beyond belief. When I had to raid on my warrior the night of that famous patch I almost cried. My warrior damage was GONE. I barely hit 9k on saurfang, a fight where I was used to pulling 16k DPS. I had lost 7k DPS due to Blizzard making a mistake with scaling ArP dependant classes. Soon the forums were flooded with complaints which led Blizzard to create an emergency patch, boosting Retridins, Warriors and Ferals and nerfing SP’s, Warlocks and Mages. Although that emergency patch saved warrior dps it came with a price:
TO BE VIABLE AS FURY WARRIOR IN RAIDS ON LEVEL 80 REACHING THE WHITE HITCAP IS REQUIRED!!!!!!!
What this basically means is that every fury warrior, albeit 1handed fury, needs to have 27% hit from gear. The last 3% they need (30% hit is currently the white cap) comes from the specc. Why do warriors need this kind of hit you ask? Well this is due to the new rage mechanic. Warriors only generate rage when they hit a target. The more they hit, the more rage they generate. This is not influenced by critical strikes, however it can be influenced by haste. Because the more you hit the more rage you generate you can’t really afford to miss any attack because this will lead to rage starvation (something I experienced firsthand). This means that Warriors had to, and have to, reforge all their gear to HIT especially when they’re not lucky enough to dualwield Cryptmaker (mace with hit and crit). And then they probably still have to gem or enchant a little to get to the cap.
For me this change was extra dramatic seeing as I was running around with (previous) best in slot Leather gear. Due to Plate specialization those gearpieces went from BiS to utterly useless and the only gear I had to replace my Leather pieces with was PvP gear. At the moment I ticketed Blizzard if they could be so kind to give me back my old plate bracers which had hit but which I sold (silly me). And I’m currently working on the pattern ICC boots to replace my PvP boots with. All in all my warrior has dropped about 1.5k attack power and 20% crit due to all these massive changes and I’m not liking it one bit. So far I’m as far as not playing my warrior at all when I don’t have to because every time I do I feel gimped beyond belief. Don’t get me wrong, the damage boost was quite nice, but seeing your heroic Deathbringers Will trinket reforged to hit makes you wanna die a little on the inside. So I mostly log on my warrior to raid nowadays and for the Headless Horseman mount which is available these few weeks.
For PvP the situation is much much worse. Due to PvP being heavily unbalanced, although Blizzard said they fixed it, it’s nigh impossible to play Arms correctly. After a few Battlegrounds I gave up because playing as Arms Warrior now equals free kills. Even Fury is better of now, especially as 1 handed, because the damage output is insane and they too have a healing debuff if they specc for it. I have yet to try Fury in the battlegrounds though because I’m still a free kill if there’s no healer to cover my lovely troll ass. I feel nerfed, underpowered and sad about the current state the Warrior is in. I really do hope it sorts out by the time we all hit 85 but for now I rather not set foot in BG’s on my warrior… Which brings me to scrape the 25k honorable kills achievement from my Cataclysm “to do” list and change it to something else…
That something else being my mage. I rolled her horde (I was really sick of being so small :<) and am doing BG’s untill my fingers bleed on her. I recently discovered the joy of being a Frost Mage and so far I’m loving it to bits and pieces. I literally can own ANYONE in the battlegrounds. It’s so nice and the total opposite of playing my warrior. Especially now that you can get full Wrathful gear (except for the shoulders) I’ve been farming honor like crazy trying to deck her out in decent PvP gear. With every upgraded piece I can actually see my survivability and damage going up and up. So far I picked up the Wrathful head, Relentless Chest, Wrathful Haste Neck, Wrathful Haste Offhand and Wrathful Haste Bracers. Next up on the list are the Wrathful Haste boots. After that it’s probably the pants but we’ll see. For now I’m killing Alliance like a real killing machine and am up to 2.2k Honorable Kills in less than a week (not bad for someone that has to go to school and stuff right? ). I also managed to get the Headless Horseman mount on her (I rather see it on my warrior though) so I’m riding around on that making some people very very jealous.
I actually have much much more to tell but atm I wanted to get the ranty part of my chest and let you guys read what I’m doing (I had to shutdown WoW when writing this because I don’t want to miss a single BG queue on my mage hehe). Another post is on the way on the situation of my other blog and the current status of my baby druid. See you all later!
Ok so, again I haven’t blogged in a while, apologies for that but a lot has happened recently.
The guild me and my boyfriend are in is going through a rough time. Some officers had a burnout and stepped down, took a break or left the guild. When one of the people that was actually trying to keep the raids going decided he’d had enough all hell broke loose. Skeletons were falling out of closests left and right and there was doubt to whether the guild would continue in it’s current state. We were having issues for a while, but now it seemed like it would really threaten our guild as a whole. In all honesty I didn’t know what to think about it or/and if I’d even stay or go.
Our GM was faced with the reality of things that were going on in his guild and decided he needed a fresh start with fresh people in charge. I’ll have to go to a quick sidestory here. Our current GM has been GM for a really long time, but also has the reputation of being very inactive. This has led to other people with… less good intentions running the guild and creating problems between themselves and others. This ruined the atmosphere to the point where we are now, refreshed and unstable. We’ve had one of the wielders of our Shadowmourne’s leaving and I’m worried more will go soon, however the last week we’ve had pretty good raids and it looks like we’re bouncing back.
The thing I don’t like tho is that people in other guilds are telling that our guild has disbanded. It’s simply NOT TRUE. What was it again? Don’t sell the hide before you shoot the bear? It really annoys me because it only feeds the Drama Llama’s and spreads new confusion in a guild that’s already having to find it’s way all over again. We’ve had enough drama for the past couple of weeks, let’s not put new fuel under the fire. As said, at the moment we’re really unstable so it does affect the guild what is said about the people in it and it’s current state. I hope we can get back on our feet soon, get some nice recruits in to fill our vacant spots (if you read this and you’re interested in joining you can look up my Warrior on the Armory and find the guildwebsite through Google, we’re on horde side of Vashj-EU!) and keep the raids going… Without major setbacks.
A few nights back our guild was bored. So bored that we decided to make a 10 man TotC run for all the achievs. I tagged along eagerly since I was only 55 points away from obtaining 9k achievement points. It started off great, untill we came to the Anub’Arak Achievement. It proved to be more than just a pain in the butt, so we decided to finish him off normally and stick a TotGC 10 man to the raid.
For the record, I had never done TotGC past Lord Jaraxxus on my warrior and on my hunter I only did endless wiping on 25 man Anub’Arak hardmode so I prepared myself for a wipefest. Hoewever none of this turned out to be true and we flew through the bosses, and eventually Anub himself too (altho we suffered some casualties there hehe). I got about 80 achievement points that night. My Feat of Strength for obtaining 9000 Achievement points and to my surprise I won the mount from the Tribute chest aswell. A good night, with lots of fun and Achievements!
A while ago, I made a post with all the stuff I wanted done and wanted to get on my warrior before Cataclysm would hit. Some of the stuff I’ve done, others I’m still working on, especially the obtaining of rare mounts.
I’ll be fair here, I’ve been lucky with them quite a bit, but others I’ve been very unlucky. I have a pretty big collection already which you can see when you click on the link to my mount collection, but today I’d like to share with you the list of mounts I’m still after and probably one of the biggest “fuck my life” moments in WoW.
Blizzard has added a lot of new “chance on getting mounts” when they released Wrath of the Lich king. A lot of bosses in this expansion have a chance to drop a mount one way or the other and a lot of Achievements also reward you with a mount. Here’s the ones I haven’t been able to obtain in Northrend. First the boss drops, then the randoms, followed by the achievement ones.
- The Blue Drake (Drops from Malygos 10 man/Oculus hc random). Saw it drop once from Maly, didn’t win it and I’ve never seen it in a Satchel from Oculus (yet atleast)
- The Azure Drake (Drop from Malygos 25 man). Since no one is doing Maly 25 man anymore, the chance of me seeing it drop is VERY VERY small. Obtaining it is even smaller.
- Invincible/Mimiron’s Head. Heroic Lich King 25 and Yogg Saron with no keepers up. Almost impossible fights unless you’re in a real good guild. On Vashj there’s 1 person with Mimiron’s Head. Heroic Lich King is still up, so there’s no one with Invincible yet.
- Crimson Deathcharger. Due to me being a Warrior and being on the Shard quest for Shadowmourne I do have a chance of obtaining this mount. This most likely will be in Cataclysm tho.
- Next up: Time Lost Proto Drake. I have been hunting for this one, Jaedia over at Lazy Sniper found it on her priest (I gratzed her with it ^^) but overall I haven’t really cared for it lately. I hope to come across it some day tho.
- Green Proto Drake. I’ve been buying the damn eggs for weeks, but no luck.
- White Polar Bear. Same with the eggs. Doing daily (almost) every day, but no luck
- Ironbound Proto Drake. I miss 4 achievements for this drake. One of them being Yogg +1. Which still is almost impossible…
- Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher. 25 man ICC meta achievement. Since my guild is still struggling with Putricide heroic and Sindragosa heroic isn’t even on the menu, I doubt I’ll get this mount at all. Don’t get me started on All you can eat btw -.-
Apart from these mounts, I have been able to obtain alot of the other mounts currently available in Northrend (I’m quite sure I’ve forgotten a few but they didn’t come to mind when writing this post). Yes I’ve been lucky with both Sartharion drakes and the Blue Proto Drake. I’ve worked my ass of for the Glory achievement drakes and in all Honesty I’m too lazy to pick up all the Tournament mounts and the mounts that cost me a lot of money (aka Passenger Mammoths from Dalaran and Sons of Hodir). I’m also still after some of the older mounts.
- Ashes of A’lar. Me and my BF might be running this in Cataclysm. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get lucky…
- Reins of the Raven Lord. I’m currently running this almost every day with a guildie, but again no luck so far.
- Razzashi Raptor. No luck with this one dropping either. I do have the tiger tho, and I’m grateful for that.
- Kara Mount. It’s a Vampire Horse on Fire. Ive seen it drop once, but didn’t get it. Do want it! Just cause… It’s a Vampire Hors on Fire!
- Baron Rivendare Mount. I hate this guy. I really do. I’m 170 runs so far, not a single drop yet. If I get it I swear I’ll never do Stratholme again. Ever.
As you can see, I’m still after a bunch of mounts. The chances of obtaining some are really slim, even tho I do hope to get them one day. I try not to get too frustrated when things wont drop… However today my sanity was really tested beyond belief.
As you all know, or might not know, I’ve transferred my rogue of Vashj to Silvermoon. With her I have almost no money and no rep with important factions so I try to do my dailies everyday. Due to me spending my time on my warrior doing the Polar Bear daily, I didn’t really feel the need to do it on my rogue. However, after spending a lot of money on gems and enchants I figured, why not do the daily? I still had an old daily in my quest inventory but could pick up a new, different one. I did them both and after I handed the first one in I had (as usual) Yeti cheese in my bag. I shrugged and opened my second bag and found an epic… Reins of the White Polar Bear. The mount I’ve been after on my warrior for AGES. I facepalmed so hard that my boyfriend was like “are you ok?”. I just pointed at the screen. He told me that I “should be happy” that I got it on atleast one char. On one side I AM happy. On the other side IT’S THE WRONG CHAR GODDAMNIT! *Let’s out a HUGE sigh* I’ll get over it. I atleast have now 2 cool mounts on my rogue (White Bear and Flying Machine), but I’ll still have to do the daily on my warrior everyday… I hope RNG will treat me well and makes a mount drop for me. Otherwise it’s still some money that can go to (maybe) another mount. I’ll end this post with a screenshot of my Nightelf Rogue on her Polar Bear in a nightly Dalaran.
They say all good things come in three right? That’s why my title is in three.
Lately I’ve taken a much needed break from the blogs seeing as how Real Life walked by and slapped me in the face. Due to some family related stuff and some school related stuff, my thoughts were nowhere near my blogs. However the temporary break is over and I am back in action (I hope). So let’s move on to the next topic.
As you all know, or may not know, my main is my Troll Warrior on Vashj-EU. I’ve always been an Alliance on this server, I leveled as Alliance, played through TBC as Alliance, actually in TBC the Alliance side of Vashj was better than the Horde side untill some major guilds left (Crooks, Serendipity), and spent a great deal of Wrath on the Alliance side of this server.
When Wrath hit, most major Alliance guilds had fallen apart or were raiding a bit too hardcore for my taste. I started out in The Legacy, a really old guild trying to resurrect but it quickly fell apart, after that I moved to Wrath Of Alliance, but in the end it wasn’t the guild for me. During that time a lot of major guilds on Vashj Ally were reduced to mere 10 man guilds or simply vanished. When we (me and my boyfriend) decided to leave WoA, we made the decision to roll Horde because we saw no future in the Alliance side anymore. I started out on my hunter, but quickly made my warrior a Horde and rolled to her.
In the meantime I left 3 80 chars on the Alliance side of Vashj to dust away. One of them was my old main, a holy Draenei priest called Chosen, another one probably my favorite char after my warrior, my beloved rogue Hyourinmaru. During the time we’ve now spent on the Horde side of Vashj, the Alliance side has died even more with one of the most well known and oldest guilds leaving and all other guilds struggling to recruit, hell even pugs aren’t going at Ally side anymore. Basicly Alliance Vashj is no more.
That’s why I’ve taken matters into my own hands and began searching for a nice Alliance friendly server, which I found on Silvermoon EU. The server is about 95% Alliance vs 5% Horde, they’re high populated and AHMIGAD Ironforge is bursting with activity again. I made a lowbie char and asked around how the Battleground queues were and was baffled by the sheer amount of pugs going on the server, they’re even pugging Halion heroic 10 man, something we on Vashj struggle to do with guilds. Anyway it turned out the Battleground queues weren’t horrendous (1-2 mins waittime vs up to 20 mins waittime on Vashj) so I decided to take a leap into the unknown and transfer my Rogue there, hoping that she will get a chance to bloom on this server, even if it might only happen come Cataclysm.
I also see this as a “backup” server for when things on Vashj go really bad (Vashj is a small server right now and there will come a time where you’ve had all the guilds and you’re kinda stuck on your own). Anyway, I need to play on Silvermoon some more to find out how friendly the server exactly is and how good the Alliance side of the Battlegroup is, but my first impressions are positive.
My last bit of news concerns my warrior. I’ve been running Molten Core every week for the past three months now and too my surprise two weeks back the Eye of Sulfuras dropped and I won it. It took me two weeks to get the mats for the Sulfuron Hammer together but I now have my first real Legendary weapon: Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros. I’ll leave this post with a screen of my Warrior with Sulfuras.
So the new beta build came out today and even tho it’s still buggy here and there, one of the biggest changes that shocked me was the change to Berserker Rage.
Berserker Rage is a tool used by Warriors in all their stances now. For Prot it’s nice to break out of fear when tanking a boss that does fear (like Onyxia). For Prot it’s usefull for PvPing because it enables you to break out of fear effects (Fear/Howl of Terror/Psychic Scream), Sap and Repentance without having to switch stances. For Fury PvE it’s a tool to gain rage and break out of the fear that a boss does. However with the change they made to it at the moment, Berserker Rage is only a viable option for the Fury warrior. To explain why, we need to dig into the past.
Way back in Vanilla (and the start of TBC) Berserker Rage was only usable in Berserker Stance. To use this ability the Warrior had to do something called “stancedancing” which means you switch to another stance very fast to use an ability and then change back to your original stance as soon as possible. For Prot warriors this meant that they had to switch to Berserker Stance 1 or 2 seconds before Onyxia (for example) did her Fear. This required timing, and extremely good healers since giving up Defensive Stance for Berserker Stance meant an increase in damage taken by 15%. For Arms Warriors it meant that when fighting Warlocks they had to be in Berserker Stance for a fair bit of time to anticipate the incoming fear. Again, not handy because Berserker Stance increases damage done to you, something you also do not want in PvP.
With the introduction of Nightbane in Karazhan Blizzard decided to make Berserker Rage a tool to use in any stance.This meant that the Prot Warrior who was tanking the dragon now could press Berserker Rage without having to take increased amounts of damage from having to switch to Berserker Stance. It also gave an Arms warrior some more viablity in Battlegrounds because they could now break out of stuff like Fear and Sap without having to switch stances.
Now however, Blizzard has decided to make Berserker Rage back into the way it was. This means that once again Prot Warriors will have to change to Berserker Stance to handle an incoming Fear and Arms Warriors are more susceptible to CC’s. I really hope that Blizzard will not go through with these changes. I feel like I’m being transported back into the past. I know some other classes will be happy about this change (Priests and Warlocks can now Fear Warriors again without having to calculate Berserker Rage in) but I think Blizzard is making a big mistake. I hope they themselves realize this too, preferably before the Warrior Community decides to roll Fury en masse because the other speccs are just too hard (trust me, Stancedancing isn’t easy, especially as tank and with the game being as simple as it is today, people will turn away from the Warrior when effort is required).