We got three first kills this week: Xhul’horac, Socrethar and Tyrant Velhari. We only had time for a couple of pulls on Mannoroth, but clearly the nerfs helped us out quite a bit. (Though there is a lot of talk that those three are not difficult bosses once everyone understands the mechanics) No loot for me this week, but we only DE’d a few items (mostly when we went back to the beginning of the raid), and I think a few two-piece and four-piece bonuses were completed in the raid. That always helps.
I also finished the Draenor Angler achievement, and so have Nat Pagle in my garrison.
I took a trip to Zul’Aman to get the guaranteed drop of the War Bear. Otherwise, the circuit of disappointment was, well, disappointing. After that I headed off to the Isle of Giants to feel badass and farm some bones. After collecting around 1000, I got a primal egg, which dropped the Reins of the Black Primal Raptor. My method going forward will be to collect bones until I get an egg, then wait to see what I get from the egg. Her second trip to the Isle of Giants netted around 1200 bones before getting the egg.
I also spent some time looking for more Skyshards. It’s a pretty fast grind, but a few people were out doing it. I’m going to start taking Potions of Luck along, just for the extra funds.
I’m working on using up all the Garrison Resources my various alts collect. I send out followers on missions that net gold, items for sale or resources (or in some cases, follower gear tokens) and then purchase Smuggled Sack of Gold until they’re back down around 500 resources. The average per sack is 25g, so it can turn a nice profit every few days if you’re good about picking up your resources. Note that this is purchased at the Trading Post, so you may need to build one of those. If this continues to work in Legion, all of my alts will wait in their Garrisons creating cash until it’s their time to go back to Azeroth.
No new dwarves showed up for recruitment this week.
Collection of mats will probably start in earnest next week, but some of the Pandaria ones were acquired by Breige while hunting Skyshards.
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.
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.
In Saoire’s master plan to represent Ironforge in Draenor, the level 3 Barracks must be unlocked. To do so, one must complete the achievement Patrolling Draenor. That was completed this weekend, even though Saoire is still only level 94, and therefore unable to upgrade her garrison, much less the barracks, to level 3. Conveniently, the achievement is account wide, and so Gurdrid now has a level 3 barracks, and will soon have 25 followers active.
In other news, Aingrit has made her way to the new continent, and I plan to take her just far enough to build her two profession buildings – Jewelcrafting and Enchanting, so that I can reap those benefits for her. Aingrit’s leveling will be limited to what she can get from missions, opening her outposts, and mining and herbing until Saoire is level 100. Aingrit does at least have Hellscream’s Decapitator, which will speed things up immensely. Sveala is waiting her turn as well, but I’m not quite ready to bring another toon I don’t play well through the portal.
I’ve kitted out the lower level toons with at least 1-60 heirlooms – since most of them aren’t level 60 yet, I figure they can help pay for their own gear upgrades. Muirri and Sruith still need to make the move from Ysera to Whisperwind as well, and will likely do so in the early summer.
Tenacious. Dwarves will not let go. It surprises me very much that there are not more dwarfish Death Knights. We can appear relentless. Dark Iron Dwarves are even more tenacious than our cousins. We go it alone, believing that Azeroth is in dire trouble. Perhaps it is because we have dug deeper than the others, or because we chose a volcanic mountain to make our home, instead of the more stable ones our cousins chose.
But this does not mean that we are all cultists. Many of us believe that the world can be saved. Because of the cultists, because of Thaurissan, we are shunned by the Alliance. Considered enemies of the Bronzebeards and the Wildhammer. Still some of us went to Northrend to put a stop to the scourge. And some of us did not return when the Horde and Alliance finally go around to making a stand. For we were already Death Knights, or scourged ghouls, or worse.
When I broke free of the Lich King, a dwarf thought he knew me. I slew him out of pity, for he did not know me. He thought I was a daughter of Ironforge, when in fact, I am a daughter of Blackrock.
I search for my past. A member of the Alliance now, it is more difficult; though with Thaurissan gone, and Moira as regent to her son, it has become easier. Perhaps one day, the tenacity of the dwarves will prove to give us closure on our past, and we will live as cousins should.