Time for Transmog: Night Elves

Yesterday I posted about the transmogs for my three cloth wearing classes (there will eventually be more of those, but not until the new toons hit 90).  Today I will talk about the night elves, for me this is my hunter, Troutwort, and my druid, Sibelius.  Sibelius is wearing a matching set while Troutwort’s was completely crafted of low level quest items, dungeon gear from LK, and some other pieces that matched really well that I forgot I had.  I’ll start with Sibelius.

Sibelius:

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Sibelius is sporting the Stormrage Recolour.  He’s a Balance Druid and this set pulls both arcane elements in with its color motif while the patterns suggest nature.  This is perfect for a balance druid.  I looked at the original, but the greens and browns were too natural for a balance druid, in my opinion.  Druids though don’t usually get to show off their outfits, but fortunately I have the glyph that allows me to be in caster form rather than moonkin form.  Nothing against the giant owl, it’s just that I want to show off this outfit.   The hardest part of this set wasn’t collecting the pieces, that was fairly easy.  The hard part was the weapon.  Finding something both natural and arcane was the goal here.  Eventually after what seemed like hours of searching I found one and fortunately hadn’t done the quest yet, so I could still get it!  Yay!  I think the whole thing comes together nicely, even if some people in the guild said it was ugly or that it’s purple.  It’s not purple!  LOL

Head:  Moon-Crown Antlers
Shoulders:  Lunar-Claw Pauldrons
Chest:  Starry Robes of the Crescent
Back:  Perfectly Balanced Cape
Gloves:  Grips of the Lunar Eclipse
Belt:  Moonrage Girdle
Feet:  Stormrage Boots
Weapon:  Staff of Draconic Pacification

Troutwort:

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Troutwort’s transmogrification is by far my most favorite of all my toons.  I think partly because I made it up on my own, but also because it really came together nicely.  The interesting thing about wearing mail is that items under level 40 designed for warriors or paladins can be used in your final transmog, so you have access to stuff you wouldn’t have picked up while leveling.  Of course though, Trout leveled up so long ago that all the quests reset with Cataclysm and it didn’t matter.  I commented over on Bocat’s blog that I usually start with the shoulders and build the outfit around that.  I did exactly that in this case.  Some shoulders can be very overwhelming…I’m looking at you Windrunner’s Spaulders.  So I wanted to make sure they weren’t too big on a night elf.  I spent way too long looking for the right stuff.  But I picked something out…back in 2011, apparently.  I stuck to most of the original form, but there were a few minor tweaks.  Overall, I’m very satisfied.  I particularly like that it looks like mail, on almost every piece in this set there is the chainmail/scale look–I think that’s important.  I like him helm-free as well, I don’t think a hunter would wear a helm to hinder his good hearing.  Finally the crossbow fit in surprisingly nicely and sort of looks like he’s mounted a trophy kill on his weapon.

Head:  none
Shoulders:  Chillwind Pauldrons
Chest:  Chestguard of Bravery
Back:  Shroud of Reverberation
Gloves:  Gleaning Gloves
Belt:  Banded Girdle
Pants:  Abandoned Leggings (just who abandoned them?!?)
Feet:  Boneshard Boots
Weapon:  Amanitar Skullbow

More transmogs soon!  I’ve got the paladin and shaman yet…and the rogue, but he’s not finished so too bad…his items come from Naxx-10, which I can’t solo, so it’ll be awhile.

The 2011 Character Review

I’m probably a few days late on this post, but I thought I’d do a summary of how my characters performed and how their journey was in 2011.  As Cataclysm was released just before 2011, it was interesting to see how they adapted to the changes and how they did.  So without further ado…

Rossini
Rossini hit level 85 a week or two into 2011.  As a member of a successful raiding group in late LK, Rossini was a priority so that I could hit raiding in Cataclysm.  However, it was evident that it wasn’t going to happen.  I was severely lagging behind everyone else and hadn’t done any heroics.  It was clear Rossini was not going to be an early Cataclysm raider.  Also, pushing hard to level is not my style, and soon after 85, Rossini was burned out.  He maxed out professions pretty quickly, but heroics and dungeons burned him out and unfortunately I would soon avoid logging in on him.  Warlock isn’t my ideal class anyways.  He did however sub in for raiding and got Nefarian, Cho’gall, and Al’akir killed.  This was about where his play time ended.  Other than holidays and disenchanting things, Rossini’s highlights ended around the time Firelands was released.

Elgar
With the addition of archaeology and a desire to avoid leveling zones shortly after expansions, Elgar leveled to 85 using archaeology XP.  This was bad as he didn’t have any gear, but through questing he got to the point where he was “up to speed”.  Keeping disc as a primary spec, he eventually tried his hand at healing.  The first dungeon was a disaster and depressed and scared Elgar then relied on shadow for nearly all activities after that.  I dislike shadow, but wasn’t left with much choice.  Elgar leveled his professions, but then too, was shelved due to general dislike of the condition of priests.  With Firelands, gear was a little easier to obtain, and Elgar went to a non-smite spec.  This changed everything, healing was feasible for him again and soon heroics were no challenge.  As a result, Elgar ended 2011 as a confident healer and with the highest gear score of any of my toons!  Elgar also is rocking his transmogrified priest T5.  He’s again a favorite toon.  I will always have a place for the priest class.

Troutwort and Schubert
These two had about the same story, leveling up, geared enough to do heroics, struggled with crafting professions (Trout is still not max level) and didn’t see much play time.  They still have a long way to go, but nothing bad about either one.  Trout is better for DPS than Schubert because I keep Schubert as frost…and though I love that little gnome, I know my refusal to make him “spec of the patch” will keep me limited.  Nothing special for either one in 2011.

Sousa
Sousa had the biggest changes, though Elgar was spooked away from healing, Sousa thought to give it a shot.  Leveling as enhancement, his “primary” spec, I collected healing gear as it became available from quests and from extras in dungeons.  After collecting enough gear, I started to heal normals to get a feel for it.  I still remember having a heal crit for 52k in my crappy gear and just about falling over dead.  Elgar couldn’t pull off numbers like that!  Then 76k heals from Sousa and I had found my healer.  Sousa quickly became the toon I felt most confident on.  Sousa had a good run, heroics, keeping up with both resto and enhance gear, I grew to really love the shaman.  I did 6/7 in Firelands with Sousa thanks to the great guild group, and had some good luck on mounts with him.  Only once Elgar got more confidence did Sousa lose his place as the favorite/most geared toon.

Sibelius
The druid is a similar story to Troutwort and Schubert, though his professions struggled even more, as I had a max level enchanter, making it to max for enchanting hasn’t been a priority.  Boomkin spec was okay, but for DPS casting, I like the mage better, and though he regained a healing spec, I still don’t care for the HoT-style healing of the druid.  It’s not my style.  Though he hit level 85, Sibelius cannot do heroics and is least accomplished of the level 85s.

Floy
The little gnome DK was a project to push to 85 once I realized all we were missing for the Classy Gnome achievement is a gnome DK.  However, after hitting level 80, Grom hit level 85 on his gnome DK and so she stopped being a project.  She did get her blacksmithing up to 450 which puts her ready to tackle Cataclysm.

Haydn
The dwarf rogue made a push with Cataclysm.  As a way to see lower level zones, Haydn spent much time pushing through zones.  Hitting 2011 around level 35 or so, he ended 2011 at level 70.  He’s a fun diversion from the normal and I found that I did enjoy the rogue more than I thought I would.  New quests probably really helped.  Now that they have nerfed XP required for levels 70 to 80 he might get a little play time, I don’t care for Northrend much anymore, so it’s harder for me to level there than in Outlands…I know, I’m the only one that feels this way.

Mouret
2011 was a HUGE year for the worgen warrior Mouret, mostly because he didn’t exist in 2010.  Ha!  Another class that I always struggled to get into, the new leveling experience and having a hunter friend to level with made the warrior far more tolerable and he wins for most levels earned in 2011, going from level 1 to level 53.  Only slowed by waiting to play with my friend, he’s been a huge success and a good experience to see other things.  In 2012, he’ll try some tanking.

Kalinnikov
Last and least: the dwarf paladin.  The last play time in 2011, less than low level alts on another account I have.  Kalinnikov gained 0 levels in 2011.  Still stuck at level 80, he hasn’t seen any of the new zones.  I should run some of the quests and then get him into some dungeons and learn to tank again, but it hasn’t happened.  I have my toons organized by what level they are…I fear that poor Kalinnikov will one day, be last on the list.  I’m sorry Repgrind, I do not have the enthusiasm to level paladins like you do.

So that’s the summary!  It was a busy year and yet, I feel like 2011 in WoW didn’t accomplish much.  Since patch 4.3 my play time has increased and again I feel interested in WoW.  I’m looking forward to MoP and feel that for me, now, it’s just a matter of getting everyone ready for that point.  The guild changed a bit in 2011 too and though we hit Level 25 pretty close to as soon as we could, we lost some good people, that I will miss, to groups that raided more.  However, the spirit of Crits and Giggles has not changed, we picked up some awesome new players and I look forward to experiencing more and more of the game with them.

Like a Hole in the Head

With brewfest around the corner, I was looking at my character login, last year for Brewfest I had 7 level 80s, so I went into Brewboss like a mofo.  I ended up with I think 6 mounts across 4 toons.  I think Schubert got three mounts…so he doubled up.  This year I was looking at just 5 toons, but Sibelius was level 84…with a weekend push, he could be ready.  So I finished up the worst place in the world, the Zangarmarsh of Cataclysm, Deepholm.  And then a dungeon or two and a few quest in Twilight Highlands to get to 85.  I did more dungeons with Sibelius and so he was able to get Robes right off the bat, and it pushed his iLevel to above Troutwort and Schubert.  Poor guys. 

So now I’m sitting with 6 toons ready for brewboss.  Not too shabby, and frankly a lot better off as far as leveling goes than I thought I would be!  But it’s not like I really need another level 85 to neglect…both Trout and Schubert have yet to level their crafting professions, and Sibelius has a long way to go on enchanting, but close on JC.  It might be just me, but leveling professions seemed far more annoying this expansion than those in the past, Floy for example has her blacksmithing to 445+ and is only level 76.  Oh well!

And so with that, I’m looking forward to another year of Brewfest hopefully filled with lots of mounts I’ll probably never use…and hopefully free epics from the boss as well!  Yay!  Lord knows some of my toons really need them!

More Vashir

Occasionally I head over to a guild mates house and we work on our toons together.  So last night was one of those nights and Jenda the mage and Sibelius (my druid) worked on more of Vashir together.  We made sure to keep them at the same point in the zone so that there wouldn’t be any weird phasing and even so, there were a few times we lost each other.  I had forgotten how big the zone was and really we only finished the middle third of it.  But without doing a dungeon we both managed to gain about 2/3 of a level and dinged near the end to Jenda @ 83 and Sibelius @ 82.  We both also got honored with Earthen Ring so she was able to get the creepy helm and equip it. 

The boomkin/frost mage combo worked out really well for us, rooting mobs and then nuking them was no trouble and all the “difficult” mobs were pretty much a walk in the park, and all kill quests go pretty fast.  There were also several quests where we both got credit for something that seemed like we each would have to do, such as reading the plates on the statue or collecting scent from the annenomae.  So that was cool at least.

Speaking of the druid, I hear that boomkin/resto gear is pretty much inter-changeable so I have been toying with the idea of heading back to a healing spec on a second sped.  Once upon a time, Sibelius did heal.  He’s actually had the most diverse talent tree history of any of my toons, he leveled from 10 to 55 as feral DPS, then 55-72 as resto, and 72+ as boomkin.  I should check to make sure I got rid of all of his feral gear he had in the bank.  Ha! 

As for my other toons, none have had such a history.  Only Elgar, Schubert, and Kalinnikov ever actually went back and forth between different specs, and now recently Troutwort got another spec so that he could tame King Krush.  But he really hasn’t used his second spec.  And though Sibelius doesn’t have dual spec now, he’s the only one that tried different ones while leveling.  Usually I just picked something and went with it.

Anyways, off topic.  So all that Vashir bumped him up to 82.  That puts him on par with Bizet and now that makes 3 @ 85 and 2 @ 82 and still 2 @80.  It’s amazing how quickly the levels go.  I still have to go back and do zones on the others, but I guess for now, when I feel like questing, I feel like I want to be gaining XP from it too.  At least, for now…

I promise screenshots for Monday, because I have a “You’re So Vain” topic coming on about outfits!  Until then, Happy Noblesgarden!

Moar Mage-in’

So last night I was over at a friend’s house for some LAN WoW.  Good times.  She plays a mage, so I convinced her that it would be best to focus on Vashir instead of Hyjal which is where she started.  So I grabbed the level 80 druid and headed out there with her.  I would imagine that being melee doing Vashir would be a nightmare, ranged is totally fine. 

We burned through the quests and since Sibelius is JC, I got myself some really nice trinkets which I made once I dinged 81.  I really enjoy Vashir overall.  I like the way the zone looks even if it feels very “Little Mermaid” and sorta makes me want to listen to the soundtrack while I play. 

But is was a great time.  I hopped on Schubert once I got home and went back to Vashir, finally reaching the Earthen Ring quartermaster and dinging 84.  Holy goodness, 84 already?  Again, I’m feeling like I’m going to be max level before accomplishing much.  I’m going to try to ignore that and just keep questing on him.  I enjoy the mage–all that frosty goodness.

I did however fail to read carefully and need to respec him now.  They changed Torment of the Weak to only affect Arcane spells.  In LK it was all spells, so I put points into it before realizing the change.  D’oh!  Fortunately the respec should be pretty cheap since I’ve been frost for a long time.  😛

No play time tonight, but my guess is that Schubert could be 85 by Sunday, it depends on if the kid I mentor is coming over. 

Have a great weekend everyone!  Good adventures and raiding!

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Busy busy busy…

This post is gonna be all over the place…because it was that kind of WoW weekend.  I did so much, maybe too much?  Never.

It all started on Friday.  I woke up feeling pretty miserable.  Allergies or some other type of congestion and head pain left me feeling incapable.  My head felt like it weighed about a ton.  Fortunately I was able to get some drugs in me and feeling more like myself by the end of the day.  But the extra day off of work left me with a day to burn on WoW next to a box of Kleenex.  Left with nothing in particular to do, I hopped on Schubert and decided to do some mining, but not in Northrend, but in Outlands, the forgotten DK, Floy, could use lots of ore for leveling BS.  But after checking his funds I realized that he would have enough for the epic flying mount and Schuberts little feet carried him all the way to the AH where he picked up the remaining materials to make the speedy flying carpet.  Then off to Honor Hold to learn epic flying and start mining.  The mining didn’t last that long before he got summoned into normal ToC.  But prior to that he earned a handful of achievements as well as mined up about 140 Fel Iron and 60 Adamantium.  A good showing. 

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Friday night we had our first raid with the guild.  We had 9/10 from the guild and picked up one stray OP DPS to help us out.  It was Obsidian Sanctum with NO drakes up.  We have very new raiders and we need to get them used to trying out some basic raiding before we toss them to the wolves, aka Naxx.  Several of the guild members did do a Naxx run the next night though, they cleared 2 wings as far as I know.  Hopefully next time we can get more involved.  Anyways, back to OS.  I had never been there on any of my toons before and as people are talking about the waves of lava I’m getting really nervous as I can’t seem to imagine how this is going to work.  I first envisioned giant lava waves with holes in them that we’d have to stand in.  But it wasn’t like that at all, and the waves moved much slower than I thought.  I think nearly all of us got hit in the first wave, but then figured it out.  We only lost one person.  The loot was less than spectacular, but someone got some T7 gloves.  We finished him in one attempt, thanks again to Nobishu who totally made it possible with his leet damage.  Crits and Giggles thanks him. 

Elgar OS

Saturday I did my first Heroic ToC on Elgar and though I was worried by tank health of around 30k (I’m used to seeing tanks with 35k+, yeah, I’m spoiled) we finished it marvelously.  I’m beginning to see the best way to heal AOE through the final stage of the Black Knight.  What I’ve figured is to bubble up early during his “I don’t need bones” crap and put out Prayer of Mending to bounce around, then after the fight starts I pop my Inner Focus followed by Divine Hymn, this usually procs lots of Divine Aegis on some of the members due to +25% crit from Inner Focus.  After Divine Hymn, I use Power Infusion on myself for the haste and just start spamming Prayer of Healing, which has awesome effect because of the left over bonus healing (8 seconds or so) from the Divine Hymn and due to the 20% haste from the Power Infusion and the 20% reduced spell cost I can just keep cranking them out until the Black Knight is no more.  Usually we finish him off in that final phase before I go OOM or usually even before the 15 seconds of Power Infusion wears off.  Elgar usually feels exhausted after that (no pun intended, but this whole plan works even better with heroism).  It’s the only time I feel powerful with AOE though, but it blows everything I’ve got and works well because I don’t have to move at all. 

Saturday afternoon my co-worker came over and we WoW’ed it on LAN party style.  My roommate hopped on Kittykat the Warlock, I was on Sibelius, and my co-worker on her Rogue, Irstfay.  We started in Borean Tundra and got our quests all lined up to the same spots so we could work on things together.  Both the rogue and the druid (Sibelius) were 68 when we started.  We ran all over and had an awesome time saving Gnomes and Tuskarr.  In no time at all it seemed we had dinged 69 and soon, 70.  That makes it now 6 (if you count Kittykat) characters over level 70, with three of them at 80 already.  I am an altoholic.

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It felt great to get them to 70 and accomplishing those 2 levels really made her excited as well.  Gear upgrades all around are always fun too.  Sibelius got an extra bonus Sunday night as he ran with some guild mates to his first UK.  Actually, for 4 of us, it was the first UK.  A level 80 hunter tagged along and helped make it possible as well.  Katia from Repgrind and Bonnack from For the Horde who have rolled Alliance toons with us came with as well as Katia’s favorite little Warlock friend Mordune.  We had a BLAST.  It was hilarious full of crazy antics as usual, I’m sure Katia has some pictures up, we made some screenshots for her.  Mordune and Bannock got some nice upgrades and of course everyone got some nice XP.

Also on Sunday Elgar got some more achievement spam when he did the normal daily Oculus on heroic.  Up until now he hadn’t done Oculus, after doing it once on Troutwort and not enjoying it I was pretty sure I never wanted to do it again.  Elgar had also tried once but failed.  This time though, the scaling of the dragons made it MUCH easier.  And I finished up heroic Oculus.  As a result…

Elgar DM

So that was pretty cool!  And that left me feeling pretty good for the weekend.  I got so much done!  This week will probably be more heroics for badge gear, Elgar has his eye on some pants, and maybe knock out a level or two on the Paladin who dinged two levels up to 42 this weekend and maybe Tome of Cold Weather Flying for Sibelius, leveling up as resto is a nightmare.  So it’s either that or Dual Spec.  Time to call Bank of Elgar for a loan…

I also got to run regular ToC with Wimzig the DK from Frost is the New Black.  Schubert is still frost much like his mage is.  But Schubert has had some impressive DPS lately.  It seems to vary depending on group make-up, but he was able to get up to 3100 as frost on regular ToC during the black Knight Fight.  Last night on the target dummies in SW I was running at about 2500 DPS though solo.  I redid the glyphs and got the Molten Armor Glyph (gave me about 2.5% more crit) and Water Elemental Glyph, he’s on a 2 minute cooldown now and lasts for 1 minute, that’s a 50% uptime which should really help as well.  Mirror Image glyph was fun, but now that Schubert is running more heroics I really need to start having him pull his own weight.