I’ve decided to stop raiding for what may be the rest of the expansion. I need to get some things in my home life in order, and two nights a week staying up an hour or (usually) more past my bedtime is not working for that. That wasn’t the only factor, but the other reasons aren’t something I’m comfortable discussing at large. I’ve spoken with a few people about it, and that’s really enough.
Timeless Isle rep is trucking right along. Not as fast as I would “like” but certainly better than not at all.
No dwarves this week.
Grianna broke 60 and headed into Outland. She’s rolled into 64 now, and is just about to embark into Nagrand. Since she’s out of rested XP, leveling moves to Kemodne for at least a few days.
Kemodhne rolled around to 30, and headed over to Kalimdor to finish her run to 60. I didn’t burn through all of her rested XP, but decided to go run the Circuit of Disappointment instead.
I got the Blizzcon virtual ticket, and really enjoyed the WoW panels, costume contest (though I tuned in just in time to see the announcement of the winners), and watched a few Hearthstone games, both exhibition and championship play. Murkidan is so adorable! I have lots of thoughts about what we saw regarding Legion, but I’m going to hang onto those for another post.
Raiding was pretty similar to last week. No new kills. I did pick up my best-in-slot axe from Kazuun, which was a nice addition to my gear. Also, as mentioned the other day, we acquired a gorgeous mount. That made up for the lack of a mount from a certain horseman who has no head.
I also acquired the new pets and toys from the Hallow’s End event, so I am once again caught up on that stuff.
Now that bone collecting is complete, I’m working on Timeless Isle rep for that mount. I just go do the dailies by killing various fiery guys instead of the animals. I do grab rares when I can, but they go down so fast now, that that is near impossible if anyone else sees them first. I did get the Everlasting Kiln toy while killing elites, so that was nice.
The circuit of disappointment – currently Zul’Gurub for both mounts, Karazahn for the infamous reins no one seems to ever get, and Stonecore – yielded nothing this week.
For the second week in a row, a dwarf showed up at the garrison to join the cause. Meet Alasdair Whitepeak
And of course, having said I hoped to get back in to play a bit of WoW… my shoulder starts to bother me (don’t worry, it’s feeling somewhat better now.)
Made it through Socrethar this week, but we had to call it early on Thursday because we only had 10 people and my shoulder started to bother me.
Bone collecting complete! Now to decide whether I want to level Grianna, work on getting my last two shards to get the dragon mount from the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, or go back to the Timeless Ilse. I really ought to get back to leveling, which is probably part of why I’m resisting the project.
Meet Nance Doubleblade, who brings our Dwarven follower total to 18! 7 to go, and we’ll have a full complement of dwarves.
I’ll be making another podcast appearance at the end of November on Girls Gone WoW. They don’t do their shows live, but I’d love for you to weigh in on your thoughts regarding the races of Azeroth, which will be our topic. During the week prior to our recording session, you can Tweet them (or me, I’ll pass tweets along), send them email, or leave them voicemail (though I have yet to figure out how that part works.) I’ll provide more specific details when I hear more on that part of the show stuff.
Not a lot of WoW happened this week, but hopefully there will be more in the near future.
We slid back on raiding, getting stuck on Xuhl’horac this past week.
We’ve acquired all three raptors from eggs on the Isle of Giants, and are sitting a bit shy of 3,000 bones.
I didn’t get around to the circuit of disappointment, so there’s no news on that front. I think that since I don’t need to go to Zul’Aman, I may start heading out to Tempest Keep to continue trying for Ashes of A’lar.
Another week with disappointing recruiting options.
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.
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 snuck onto the game this morning before rolling restarts to see if we would have any luck getting a treasure hunting dwarf. Really, they should all have this ability. I suppose the goblins can have it, too, for balance.
Anyway, the shiny gear may have drawn me to him anyway, but Esmund Brightshield has now joined Saoire’s group. He sped off to his first mission so fast I only have this little shot of him.
Over the past month, Saoire has recruited three new dwarves…
Most recenlty, Torin Coalheart, a DK who found he still had strong ties to Ironforge.
Noreen Trueflint, a shaman from the highlands.
Dag Stonecircle, also a shaman, but from the closer locale of Loch Modan. Dag is a bit shy, and disappears every time Saoire isn’t giving him orders, so she had to catch him unawares…
That’s a total of 5 Dwarf followers recruited through the Inn. I really ought to look through the others to make see if there’s somewhere I can pick up any more. I’m up to a total of 9, which is by far the largest company out of my 25, but still not suitable for Moira to make a trek out to see what I’ve put together for the glory of the Three Hammers.
Saoire’s sticking point with the continuation of Moira’s plan has been resources. Moira didn’t want Varian getting wind of what was under way until a proper contingent of guards was dispatched. However, having sufficient room in her barracks to house a roudy crew of dwarves made Moira willing to send the reinforcements, so now the cat is out of the bag, as it were.
The level three garrison also comes with the perk of having a personal bodyguard. At the moment, Saoire’s choices are some non-dwarves and a death knight. She’s not quite sure she trusts Delvar. Maybe she’ll try doing some re-training to see if Bruma or Hulda can get the bodyguard trait.