While we had intended to start with Shadow-Lord Iskar now that we can get past the first two wings, that didn’t happen this week due to some temporary changes in the roster in the early part of the evening. However, a friend’s raid didn’t get to run, so a few of them brought their better geared toons. We got started an hour late, and had a normal DPSer tanking; so we started at the beginning. With our ringers, we one-shot everything through Gorefiend, and even got Ariok as a follower. Iskar took two tries, but we made a significant tweak to the timing of using our legendary rings, and he went down so smoothly on that second attempt that I suspect that’s our new strategy. Gurdrid picked up a new neck (just a socket upgrade) from master loot, and a new cloak on a bonus roll.
Gurdrid’s also completed three of the fishing achievements towards obtaining the level three fishing shack.
I didn’t get around to the circuit of disappointment this week for various reasons, so no new pets or mounts to report.
Fern Greenfoot has joined Saoire’s Garrison team!
That puts her at 17 dwarves.
Only 8 to go to have her full company.
This week starts the procuring of her mog. That means Gurdrid needs to get out and collect ore in Pandaria and Cataclysm, and pick up some Chaos Orbs. Aingrit, for her part, needs to figure out how to get a Krud the Eviscerator kill in; as well as start doing Heroic ICC. The boots actually seem like they will be the hard part, as I need Haunted Spirits, which come from a Pandaria raid tier. Perhaps I’ll be able to buy them, but I’m not holding my breath. That means this mog may be looking for a new easier-to-acquire pair of boots.
Muirri made it to 100, making seven dwarves at max level. Once she ran out of rested XP, I went and did some bonus objectives, as the rewards are pretty substantial for completing those. I’m just really bored with Draenor questing right now, so I’m actually kind of glad that my next toon up is still under level 60. It’ll be a bit before I’m doing Draenor questing.
Grianna dinged 59 in Un’Goro Crater. She still has some quests to do, but I expect to finish things up in Silithis next week.
Kemodhne and Eirid
Continue to wait in the wings. Grianna still has over 100% of a level in rested XP, so it’s going to be a bit before Kemodhne starts to move along.
There are conversations in the works for me to appear on Girls Gone WoW in late November or December. You’ll see the details here first.
Muirri reached level 100 last night, making an amusing Disney reference. While I find Monking easier than Death Knighting, it’s still far less interesting to me than other classes. Of the classes I have at max level, I like Paladin, Hunter and Priest most enjoyable.
Since Muirri is now level 100, it’s time to show off her mog. Unlike most of the others, hers is very subdued.
Mushan Hide Spaulders
Vest of the Assailant
Talador Sentinel Gauntlets
Brown Belt of Precarious Balance
Prideful Gladiator’s Footguards of alacrity
Keleseth’s Seducer / Staff of Restraint
Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Dreadplate Helm
Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Dreadplate Shoulders
Light Elementium Chestguard
Exceptional Crystal-Plated Gauntlets
Krud’s Girthy Girdle
Crafted Malevolent Gladiator’s Dreadplate Legguards
Haunted Steel Treads
Ramaladni’s Blade of Culling / Steelforged Axe*
* According to Mogit, at item level 660, it becomes the nicer looking version.
I’ve started listening to a fair number of podcasts at work, which has shoddy cell service. A popular kickoff is what you did in game the previous week; and I thought that might help me actually get on track to posting more regularly here. So, without further ado:
Gurdrid isn’t doing a whole lot right now. Raiding goes well. For the second week in a row we got to Xhul’horac (We do Iskar, then Zakuun). We also got to Xhul’horac a bit faster this week, with about an hour or so to work on it. I consider that a pretty solid 8/13. We’ve also pretty much all completed the quest Well of Souls for everyone, so we’re starting up top while we’re fresh instead of only working on stuff at the end of the second night.
I’ll admit I really hope we don’t start trying to do heroics at this point. We kept starting to do heroic in the previous tiers this expansion, and we never got a chance to finish either raid. I don’t think the time we spend doing the heroic content gives us enough better gear to be worth the time, since we can usually only get a boss or two down, and rarely get even those bosses on farm. Our team relies too heavily on our awesome healers to be successful in content that one screw up can wipe the raid.
Breige has been designated to do my circuit of disappointment (also known as mount hunting). This week, we went to ZG, Stonecore, Kara, Throne of Four Winds, Utgarde Pinnacle and Vortex Pinnacle. Not one mount dropped; though she did add one token to her collection of tier items. To make my list a little bit shorter, I’ve broken them down by continent, and will be starting with Eastern Kingdoms in the future; meaning this week I hope to hit up Zul’Gurub, Stonecore, Zul’Aman and Karazhan.
No dwarves showed up this week. She’s sitting at 16 dwarves, but they seem to be a bit thin these days.
Yes, Aingrit. She’s level 100 now, which means the unveiling of her mog. That will be another post, so swing by tomorrow!
I finished her off questing (in Shadowmoon Valley), after finding most of the treasures in all the zones except Tanaan. Thanks flying! I still dislike playing DK. I think the different kinds of runes are unnecessarily complicated.
Muirri ran out of rested XP at level 98, so that’s where she’ll sit this week. I went through a bit of a slump in playing this weekend because I was bored with all of my questing toons. To break the monotony, Muirri took to the air and went after treasures. She’s found all of them in Shadowmoon Valley, and most of them in Gorgrond.
Grianna is level 58. I took her to Kalimdor, because I’m bored with the path dwarves take through Eastern Kingdoms; and she picked up nearly two levels in Un’Goro crater. I need to decide if I want to upgrade any of her non-experience-giving heirlooms any more, because it’s going to matter soonish.
Kemodhne and Eirid
They’re still patiently waiting in the wings for their time in the lime-light. I suspect that Eirid is going to be my 100 boost prior to Legion; and I plan to move Kemodhne to Darkshore and quest through Kalimdor for a change of pace. Kemodhne will probably see some serious play time once I’ve finished Muirri off, and when Grianna is done with her rested XP each week.
I’ve been asked to a Round Table discussion of all things Legion, Twisted Nether style. Come join me on Friday, Sep 18th at 10pm central time. I’m sure you’ll get to hear some of my early planning for the dwarves…
It’s been busy couple of days for Sruith: She has dinged 100, acquired the last two pieces of her mog, and acquired a snow fox kit. I think she has had an astounding week, and now gets to relax until she has to go hunting for an artifact weapon.
The mog, you may recall, was designed by Cymre, but I had to adjust it because I didn’t acquire some pieces before they weren’t available.
I’m going to be on the Twisted Nether Blogcast this Friday (July 31st). This is incredibly exciting for me, as I have wanted to be on with Fimlys and Hydra for a long time, and never thought my blog was big enough to be worthy of such an honor.
If you’d like to listen to the live stream and hang out in the chat room while I’m on, they start around 8:20 (or so) Pacific time (which is 10:20 or so Central time, and… Saturday at 1:20 pm in Sydney.)
The place to be is http://www.twistednether.net/live/.
I won’t promise to read the chat room while I’m talking, as it might distract me. But I would love to see you there!
Eep. A Wrap-up Post; or maybe my thoughts on 6.2…
Things have been busy; before 6.2 dropped, when we got the information about flying, I went right out and made sure I had all the achievements. To my surprise, the only one Gurdrid was missing was Securing Draenor, which was easy to knock off as she had done all but a few of the Apexis Crystal dailies.
Grinding the reps that dropped in 6.2 has been a little more challenging. The easiest (for me) is done (Hand of the Prophet); but I’m one weekly away from completing The Saberstalkers. Order of the Awakened seems to be more challenging because I’m not so keen on chasing rares, which seems to be the best way to get the items for the Order’s dailies. I really wish we could collect them from everything, and just turn in 10 per day. Then I could collect a bunch on weekends (or while I’m doing other stuff after I’ve turned in the quest).
I really dislike the ship yard. I don’t like that I can lose ships if I don’t swap things out to guarantee the success of the mission. In particular, I dislike that I have to go hunting specific rares and things to get the items to guarantee that I don’t lose my ships.
On the other hand, I might find it less frustrating when I can either fly or have my ship table inside my garrison.
Helke is back to raiding! (Yay!). Matty hasn’t been able to raid as much (boo!). Interestingly, last week was the first week we had a guild group for the raid, thanks to a few additions to the guild. We’ve been doing a bit better at gelling and making progress on bosses this raid, which is nice. We stepped into heroic last week, and got our behinds handed to us. Soooo not prepared. But we’ll get there. Maybe.
Not the Paladin
Breige has been puttering around in Tanaan, partially to get her ilvl up so she can be a placeholder for the raids, but also just because.
I’ve expanded Aingrit’s method of leveling to include getting the outposts so that she can expand her garrison. Doing so got her the mine, which means more easy leveling.
Active leveling time has been going to Sruith, who is at level 96. She’ll be my first clothy to hit 100, and I’m looking forward to finishing off her mog. I’ve ended up having to adjust the one that Cymre originally designed for me, since a couple of the pieces are no longer accessible in the game.
I have an 11th dwarf now. She’s only level 2, and I made her a rogue in an attempt to deter actually trying to level her. But Fáilteoir is my official bank toon. At some point, I may decide she needs a guild bank, but for the moment, her bank is sufficient to a clerk’s task.
I’ve been amusing my guildies with the pronunciations of my toons names. Unfortunately, we don’t have much in the way of active rogues in the guild, so people who want lockboxes unlocked need to know how to spell Saoire (which is easy, unless I tell you it’s “Shurry”).
I suppose the title is a big give away. The most beautiful Dwarf Shaman (not The Most Beautiful Shaman) has made it to 100. It was one of those anti-climactic dings, too. I was going to take out Tall Buck, and arrived in the small glade he calls home. Discovering this corner of Nagrand was what it took to finish off the level. I always find it great irony when this happens to me.
Anyway, I’ve also been working on putting together a complete set of Mogs for my ladies once they reach the leveling goal. In each case, I’m trying to capture the essence of their class (and often spec) while still having an interesting mog that doesn’t make use of too much of a given set.
For Sveala, I wanted the essence of Fire and Earth, the elements she has the most affinity with. The shoulders also hearken to her roots, a daughter of both Ironforge and of the Highlands, she lived with her cousins and learned the ways of the shaman in the shadow of a very real orcish threat. The gnarled staff of petrified wood is a testament to her will over rock and earth.