Sunday, 30 September 2012

Level 90 and Pandaria so far.

Last night I hit level 90! It went faster than expected. I leveled with my boyfriend and we just took it really slow, taking breaks from time to time to play Pet Battles or level professions. I think it's the most fun I've had leveling at the start of an expansion so far. 

The night of release was crazy. Being on a super high population server meant that there were people everywhere, the lag was insane and the game was basically unplayable. I still don't think people understand that to accept / hand in a quest you don't have to stand on top of the NPC especially not on your mount. We decided that since questing wasn't going to be an option to go explore and farm some crafting materials instead. I decided to skin and he went with mining. By the next day the majority of the crowd had either moved onto new zones or onto further quest hubs - don't get me wrong it was still chaos but just on a slightly less manic scale.

Questing felt really engaging, I loved how much talking the NPC's did between both themselves and to the player. One nice change was with quests that give you an NPC which follows you. Each player gets their own NPC who's name displays differently to others. Meaning you see "John" everyone else sees an NPC with a generic name following you around while their own NPC displays "John". It was a really nice touch. Each of the zones feel different and fresh. I loved Jade Forest and Valley of the four winds. Many of the quest mobs weren't a simple 'hit it until it dies' mob, most of them had different mechanics making use of the extra button feature and spells which had to be interrupted or avoided.

Profession's seem to be a bit on the easy side to level although acquiring the blue crafted patterns seems to be where the challenge is. The drop rate on Mote of Harmony seems lower than it should be, but it may just be a case of bad RNG. Cooking caused me a bit of confusion to begin with being that there was also limited information on WoWhead.

The new instances are awesome! I haven't done any heroics yet but the normal versions are really fun. I feel pretty weak on my Priest at the moment but I'll have to do a little bit more testing to find out if it's just a gear issue for now. We didn't have any problems doing any of the instances regardless. 

I've done each of the new battlegrounds once Silvershard Mines was great fun. There are three carts which begin in the middle of the zone and begin moving towards their depot. They each have a circle around them and standing within the circle brings up a capturing bar (much like the towers in Eye of the Storm) Horde and Alliance players fight around the carts to control them. Once a cart reaches the depot another one spawns. The first team to reach 1600 points win. 

Temple of Kotmogu is CRAZY FUN! Four orbs spawn in the outer square of the battleground. Picking up an orb grants you the debuff "Orb of Power" which makes you take more damage, do more damage and receive less healing. While holding the orbs you gain points for your team. You get more points depending on where you stand with your orb. You get more points for standing in the middle but you're also more likely to get killed unless your team 'holds' the middle. It's a really fun game. As someone who isn't too into PvP I was surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did I'm looking forward to doing a bit more in time. 

Pet Battles seem really fun although I've not spent a huge amount of time with them. I never played Pokemon ore any other kind of turn style game for that matter. My boyfriend seems to be going down some logical route whereas I'm going down the OMG THAT'S CUTE! route when it comes to selecting which pets to use. It's something I plan to look into a bit more later on in the expansion. 

Hitting level 90 felt a bit overwhelming there's sooooo much to do. Dailys, dailys, dailys and more dailys but don't forget to take a break. We're going to have this expansion for a little while so don't get yourself totally burned out within the first month or two! 

Blizzard did a great job with Mists of Pandaria and I'm loving it so far. How about you? What have been your highlights?

Monday, 24 September 2012

Technically only one expansion late!

Last night I managed to get an Ulduar twenty five run and finally finished off my Yogg with zero keepers netting me a fair few achievements and my Ironbound Proto Drake from Glory of the Ulduar Raider. I didn't raid twenty fives during Wrath of the Lich King so I've had to get most of the achievements through pugs but I've been lazy with it. With MoP coming and the new account wide mount system I decided it was finally time to finish it off!

I love him, he's one of my favourite mounts in game.

Ironbound Protodrake.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

I bought myself a guild!

While idling around Stormwind a few weeks ago I saw someone announce in Trade chat that they wanted to sell a level thirteen guild (prior to the change to guild xp in the latest patch). I've always wanted my own guild but I could never justify the price of buying a level twenty five guild which was usually all I'd seen been advertised. I have several guild banks which are only level 1 that I use for storage but I've always wanted to have a guild at least higher than level seven for the second rank of Fast track (10% additional xp).

I bought the guild for 25k gold, down from the original 30k the seller wanted which at the time felt like a good deal for something I'd wanted for so long but could never be bothered to do myself.

Patch 5.0.4 brought a few changes to the way guilds are leveled. Previously low level characters didn't feel as though they were contributing much to the guild xp similarly doing lower level quests on a higher level character granted very little guild xp. Now doing a quest at the appropriate level grants a flat 60k guild xp regardless of level, making leveling guilds pretty easy even with a bunch of low level characters. Sadly with the patch came a few bugs in the form of repeatable quests which could be slightly abused meaning the price of guilds - especially higher level ones tanked for a few weeks but seem to be returning to normal.

The guild is currently level fifteen very close to sixteen with around fifty accounts, not all of which are active some of them had been offline for a few weeks but I don't see the harm in leaving them in the guild. They might come back someday! I've been running Super Guild Invite an addon which searches for unguilded players and with the click of a button send them both a whisper and a guild invite. I know how annoying this can be as someone who's been spammed with them upon creating a level one so I only run it once a day or every few days.

I've found it incredibly useful having all of my characters in one guild for once. As a retired raider I never felt quite right about having my main and nine other characters in a raiding guild especially at the rate of which I log in and out doing transmutes and such. Having them all in one place and being over guild level one means I can summon the guild bank no matter where I am making it easier to do my daily cool downs without having to head a city or mail each of them x amount of volatiles / essences.While farming or leveling it's also fantastic being able to summon the guild bank and dump cloth or mats into the bank.

I still use a level one guild bank with Soco which currently contains my little bit of MoP stockpile.

I don't particularly like the name of the guild but for what I felt was a good deal I couldn't really complain. Once I get it to level twenty five I may pay to change it.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Priest Tier transmog with a difference. Part two.

This is my second part of Priest tier transmog with a difference. The bottom half of the Priest tier is often overlooked which is a shame, there are some amazing designs out there. Make sure to check out my other post if you haven't already.

Priest Tier four legs.

Priest Tier eleven legs. 
I adore the colour of these leggings!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Priest Tier transmog with a difference.

Recently I've been playing both my Warrior and Paladin a lot. Being plate wearers they have the option to transmog to some plate skirts but I tend to keep them in full pants. Tanking in a dress doesn't feel quite right to me. With that I've started looking at cloth legs a bit more. There are no Priest tier sets which don't use a robe, same with Warlock.  Mage Tier eight is the only tier set in game which uses a tunic and pants model.

There are some gorgeous legs out their for Priests especially so I decided to build some outfits around two of my favourites for today. I'll post another two in a couple of days. You can find the links to the items used under the pictures.

Priest Tier five legs.

I chose to wear a Tabard, something I don't usually do with Clothies as I don't think they sit right with robes. I transmogged my robe into a low level green chest which wasn't a robe and added a black shirt.

Priest Tier Two legs.