A Raven Good Time!

As I previously had mentioned, I have been sorta bored and not sure what to do with my time in game lately.  One thing that I did note is that due to me being unexplainably busy outside the game, I had stopped planning Classic Raid Nights.  These have been and usually are a success especially with the coming of patch 4.3 and transmogrification!  

So last night we were planning a Naxx-10.  Sign-ups were low, but I blame that on me not putting it up until late.  But even so we only had a few people online.  ICC-10 for next week has more people planning on coming.  So Bocat and I started to think of other things we could do.  We joked about an arena team, as something totally new.  Kelli offered to join us and had the most resilience of any of us…182.  Nice.  We thought maybe that wasn’t the best idea.  So I browsed through guild achievements to see if there was anything we could do.

After glancing about, we decided to run either low dungeons or heroic Outland dungeons.  We went with heroic Outland dungeons because it wouldn’t be so much travel from instance to instance.  So there three of us went off and started to take out Hellfire instances, then Coilfang, and then Auch.  It was a great time.  It was almost a joke when it would say “Your kill took 2 seconds, a new record!”  We were breezing through things, collecting reputation and netherweave by the buckets!  I even got honored with a few of the factions as a result.  Good times. 

Of course, I was on Sousa, so all the leather gear that I wanted for the transmogrification set for Sibelius was dropping all over.  Nice.  But my anger soon faded.  Grom joined us for the Auch dungeons and we did Mana Tomb and Sethekk Halls first because those both have exits near the end.  On the Raven Lord, we joked that if the mount drops, roll need.  And holy crap, it dropped!  Bocat already has one, so she passed and the three of us rolled.  Sousa won it!!  I couldn’t believe it, didn’t even see the roll number, I just heard the sound of something dropping into the bag and knew!!  Of course it was awesome.  We quickly finished (Sousa earning the Sethekk Halls and Heroic Sethekk Halls achievements) and moved on to the other two instances there…I rode my new mount between them.  Good times. 

All in all, we did 10 dungeons earning many achievements for ourselves as well as earning 6 achievements for the guild.  Just a few left for the guild, so I might set up another night to see if anyone is interested.  Though Naxx was a bust, it was a very fun night!


Maiev Shadowsong

WordPress does a good job at keeping site statistics, and occasionally I like to check them out for my blog.  And one of my favorite things to look at is the search terms that lead people to my blog.  The biggest hitter is “northrend archaeology” and then “archaeology northrend” and “archaeology in northrend”.  But up near the top, and actually in the last quarter my top hitter is “maiev shadowsong”. 

Okay, first off, I vaguely remember even mentioning her in a post, I’m guessing as part of one of our Black Temple classic raid nights.  But apparently, if you’re all apparently searching for her, I’ll give you something to search for.  And so, this post is dedicated to Maiev Shadowsong, the slightly OCD night elf.

I would give you the background on Maiev, but after I did a little researching, I realized there are others that offer far more information on this Night Elf.  So I’ll give you my short version…which isn’t probably 100% accurate, but is basically how I understand it all going down.

Malfurion the druid and Tyrande the high priestess are in love.  Illidan, Malfuions brother, is all “I like Tyrande, and I will show her I am better”.  Uh oh, trouble with some demons or arcane magic or something really bad!  Illidan saves the day, but uses some arcane magics or something and things go bad.  Ruh roh!  They are like, “you did bad, go directly to jail, do NOT pass go, do NOT collect 200 gold.”  They lock him into the prison.  Then Malfurion is all “okay everyone, sleepy times.”  And Maiev is trusted to guard Illidan.  Then something like 10,000 years goes by (and you thought your job sucked).  Then there’s some more trouble with some demons.  Tyrande is like, “wake up you lazy husband” but it doesn’t seem to work.  So she’s like, Illidan can help!  But he’s in jail, she’s like, “let’s go in, and get him”.  So they do, and Illidan is all “Tyrande, you must love me to beat down the jailers and free me.”  But she’s just thinking, “bitch, I just need your help.”  Blah blah blah, he helps out and Maiev is all pissed that her captive has been freed and some wardens hurt and killed.  So they defeat some demons again and Tyrande is all “kthxbye”.  And Illidan is like “wut?  I luv u.”  But too bad.  Then he’s fleeing because he’s free and I think he eats a skull or something and grows all demony.  It’s sad days.  And Maiev is like, “get back in jail!”  So she starts chasing him all over, and he flees and gets nagas to help him, and she’s chasing and chasing, and she gets some of her own people killed and she asks for back-up, but Malfurion is like, “what-evs.”  So then they go to eastern kingdom and Kael’Thas sorta helps out for a bit, and I think that Malfurion and Tyrande show up.  And then Tyrande falls into a river (seriously, levitate much?).  And Maiev tells everyone she is dead because she hates her.  Then it’s like, “omg battlerez??”  Crap, and now Malfurion is now seriously pissed at Maiev for lying and no one helps her except a few wardens.  Then Illidan is escaping to Outlands while they are all talking about if Tyrande is really dead.  So then Maiev who’s foaming at the mouth and is all still like “must get Illidan, nothing else matters,” chases him through the portal and through Outlands but then it’s like whoa, people like Illidan here?  Eek.  So then she gets captured and is put in jail in shadowmoon valley, outside the Black Temple.  But then it turns out that some of Illidans “allies” are like, we don’t like him either, and she works with them and basically helps them retake the temple, kinda.  But then when you’re about to kill Illidan, after you’ve done all the hard work, she’s like “oh, hey, I’m gonna pull a Tirion on the Lich King” and basically kill steal though she was useless the whole time…frozen in a block of ice?  Seriously, Tirion?  Anyways.  So then she’s like, nice, I got him!  But then is like, “oh snap, now that Illidan is gone, I have no purpose in life.”  So as far as I know, she just goes to hang out in her jail again.

Okay, so that’s not really all that accurate, but it’s close enough.  You can find real websites with information.  Also, she’s in some of the books too, like Well of Eternity.  So check those out.  She does have some pretty sweet clothes though.

Cata Dungeons Are Meh…

Quick, what’s your favorite dungeon in Cataclysm?

Got it?

Now, why?

For me this is not an easy question, and I feel this is why I just haven’t been into Cataclysm all that much.  We’re 5 months in now and I have 3 level 85 toons.  Considering how quickly you can level up there really is no excuse why I still have so many hanging at 80 or 81.  Even my 85s don’t have all exalted reps.  I just really have not been into this expansion as a whole.  I was thinking about why, and one of the things I really spent lots of time on at max level in past expansions was dungeons.  I never got into raiding too much, sure I’ve had a few stretches, but they usually last less than a few months.  Or I’d just fill in as I could.

Okay, quick, what was your favorite BC dungeon?  Now, what was your favorite LK dungeon?

For me those questions are much easier to answer.  I can quickly come up with my favorite dungeons and on which characters and why.  I’ll share that with you now and try to explain that while things are fresh and new in Cataclysm, I’m really just not finding what made it exciting in the past.

If I had to pick a favorite dungeon in Cataclysm, I pretty much come up empty.  There really isn’t a single dungeon that I am “excited” to see the login screen for.  I think Throne of Tides is the closest one because I like the way it looks.  Under the sea adventure at least makes the dungeon entertaining to look at.  The fights are pretty straight forward, and if needed, my Warlock has proven he can solo the 3rd phase of the final boss.  😉  Though I wouldn’t say I love Throne of Tides, it’s more so the one I dislike the least.

In LK there were several that I really liked.  ToC was the first that comes to mind.  I don’t know why, it was really fun though, and “Look up in the rafters…” never gets old.  There was just something really fun about that place.  It was short, the fights changed based on the champions you got and jousting.  Violet Hold was also another favorite, I think because the pace was kept for you and again the variable bosses kept a little bit of excitement in the dungeon.  This is also why I liked CoS too.  Besides seeing draenei turn into nasty looking balding humans, this instance also provided a little bit of variability with spawn points and having a timer was fun too–and I like the drama of the CoT instances, those have always been cool because they go back in time.  I keep hoping we see Dornaa in one of them though–there has to be a reason they attack her during Children’s week…  Lastly, I was probably one of the few, but I liked Old Kingdom.  The final fight in there was very fun and kinda felt a little like PvP for me.  I always enjoyed it and don’t think I ever died during the insanity phase.

In BC, my favorite dungeons were actually some of the more challenging ones at times.  I REALLY liked Botanica and I don’t know why–I think the extra herbs and the fact that on Elgar I got to use MC to give the casters that 120 spell power buff.  That was awesome.  I also liked Steamvaults though that one wasn’t always pretty, and of course Magister’s Terrace.  I also liked Shadow Labs for the same reason I liked Old Kingdom, fighting your fellow party members is hilarious and everyone is all “I’m so sorry!!” during that second boss in Shadow Labs.  That made for some really good times. 

I can’t exactly say why it is I don’t find the new Cataclysm dungeons exciting…perhaps it’s a matter of why they are where they are.  Just why do I care about the Tolvir again?  At least I knew why I was fighting the Hellfire orcs, the naga in Underbog, and the nerubian in Azjul-Nerub.  I guess I just don’t know why I’m fighting anyone in the Cata dungeons except maybe the naga again and the guys in Grim Batol/BRC.  The rest are just… there?  Of course I could be missing lore since I never did finish up Uldum. 

Okay, long post is getting really long.  But I thought about this today and why I really have been neglecting my level 85s and current content for things like running Shadow Labs again or the hundreds of other “Oh Shiny!” things that I come across.  Cataclysm looked awesome and I was really excited about the world changes and what not.  Perhaps that’s it too, perhaps I feel I have so much to see that I don’t want to miss anything and therefore would much rather look at what I know and how it changed compared to the new things that aren’t really keeping me entertained.  I just can’t figure it out, but after this post, I can confirm that Cata dungeons just don’t excite me like dungeons did in LK and BC.

When in Rome…

Since I have a million of those Orbs of Sindorei, it only seems fair to run MgT as a Blood Elf.

For Slice!

I’ll Level Your Toon…For a Butter Burger

Before I start in on my ramblings for the day, I want to give thanks to those over at WoWInsider for giving a link to one of my posts on Monday.  I was completely surprised and honored to have been mentioned by one of their writers.  Thank you for your continued support of all of us out here in the Blogosphere!  Thank you again!

As for the usual shenanigans, last night the kid that I mentor wanted to play WoW.  This isn’t something that has happened for a long time, in fact the account with his toons was suspended.  He asked if he could just play one of my toons and decide if he wanted to again.  So he played the DK he created, Floy–the pink haired gnome.  I had transferred her to my account before freezing his account because I had leveled her blacksmithing and wasn’t about to let that go to waste!  She’s level 71 so he ran around Borean Tundra killing some things.  He’s all, “I’m awesome!”  Well buddy, DKs are faceroll but whatever.  🙂  So he’s looting and is all the sudden screaming “Oh dang!  Oh dang!!”  It seems he found a random blue drop.  Nice.  So he’s like is it worth lots?  It’s a level 69 blue caster’s shield.  Of course he’s like, “Where’s the nearest auction house?!?”  So we send Floy on a flight to Dalaran and post the shield for 70g.  I don’t know if it will sell for that much, but it’s worth a try I guess.  He was so excited.  Then he took his flying mount and started exploring a bit–in the direction of Icecrown.  I said, you’re not going to want to go that way.  He’d be fine he thought.  Then out of no where, I see his toon plummeting from the sky toward Crystalsong Forest.  I’m like what are you doing?  He tries to remount, can’t.  Starts screaming then….SPLAT!  I am laughing my butt off! 

Me: “What was that all about?” 
Him:  “I thought I could get back on or fall safely.”
Me:  “Like slow fall?  That’s your mage.”
Him:  “Oh yeah…  But I thought you could fly again when falling?”
Me:  “That’s your druid.” 
Him:  “Oh dang.”

I am laughing this whole time.  I can’t believe he dismounted to his death.  I guess in her statistics Floy will have 1 death from falling.  Poor little gnome.

By this time, I’ve forked over my $15 bucks to Blizzard to reactivate his account and tell him he should get on Monona, his mage.  He can’t log out fast enough!  And on to his beloved mage.  His main objective is to get her some better clothes.  Outland clothing makes you look like some sort of techno-colored hobo.  He said his green pants with purple stripes and openings along the side made her look like a hooker.  Nice.  So I said, “Well let’s go to some dungeons and see if we can’t find better robes.” 

I knew in my head there were robes in Blood Furnace, but I didn’t want to waste time there since it was below his level.  So we went to Slave Pens and Underbog in attempts to find something there.  He didn’t get any robes but we found some new pants that looked like a skirt so at least she has the illusion of robes now.

I was on my level 85 warlock Rossini, and I can understand how that for him it was terribly boring to watch a warlock burn his way through the mobs before you can even cast your 3.36 second pyroblast (I told him to use faster spells, but he wanted to use pyroblast because it’s a massive fireball–oh teenage boys…).  So he follows along and somewhere in the middle of Underbog, he says “Hey, I want some Culvers, can I just go on follow while I go get some?”  I just start laughing.  Basically, he wants me to level up his character while he goes to get a butter burger or cement mixer?  Nice.  He just got his driver’s license earlier this month, so I mostly think he just wanted to drive.  I don’t understand that since I never really got a “kick” from driving.  But whatever, if it means I can get a delicious custard and Oreo treat while burning through nagas in Underbog, I’m in.  So he goes on follow, get’s the treat and away we go.  We finish up, and head to Mana Tombs, but then his mother called, time to come home.  We were about halfway through so I told him I’d finish up. 

Well I finished up escorting him through Mana Tombs and then logged out of Rossini and threw Monona in the random queue.  I did two more (Mana Tombs and Slave Pens) as random groups and did a few quests and by the end of the night she had gone from just barely 64 to over 66.  Woot!  Her professions are horrible and one day I’ll work on them for him so that he can use the stuff he finds to craft stuff. 

Part of me can’t believe that I even spent so much time playing on Monona.  But at the same time it was probably just enough different from everything I’ve done in the last 2 years that it felt good.  And besides he’ll be way excited since she’s leveling quickly.  I’m not sure mage is the best class for him, I still think warlock or hunter would have been better, something ranged with a little more survivability (and a pet), but oh well.  I was impressed by his ability to focus as long as he did last night and his desire to actually play the game rather than just find the fastest way to get rich…I told him the fastest way to get rich is to beg Ado for gold.  I don’t think that will work though.

I don’t mind helping him out with his toons to get their professions up and levels too, he probably will only play when he hangs with me, so I get he doesn’t have much time.  Besides, if there’s a butter burger or frozen custard in it for me, I’ll sell out in no time.

A Little Late to the Party…

I had some company all weekend so didn’t do much WoW until Monday night for the guild Classic Raid Night!!  It’s still by far one of our most successful events.  Though the Gnekkid Gnome Race went over really well too. 

Oy!  Looking back at my screenshots so much has happened!  I’ll try to give the brief summary.  Let’s see…Sunday was “Egg Day” as I call it and all 5 of my level 80s got their new eggs to hatch.  Schubert got his Green Proto Drake!  So that’s 2 of 5 with the drake now!  Not too shabby!!  He’ll probably still mostly fly on the carpet, I love that thing, but it’s nice to have a dragon alternative that isn’t the Boring Drake, I mean Bronze Drake.  After hatching all my eggs I went over to the Pally and burned through two levels taking him to 56 now.  I went out to Outlands and trained his Mining and Engineering and am teased by the flying machine which now dangles in my face just a short 4 levels away.  As soon as the servers come up, I’m playing on him.

The DK also hit 70 which means I could use the beauty that I crafted for her.  I took her to Blacksmithing since I’ve never had one and I actually bothered to do the swordsmithing quests to which she was able to craft the Lionsheart something…I’ll just put a picture.  It’s one of the level 70 epics from Blacksmithing.  It should last me until the mid 70s, it’s worth it for the graphic.

Last but not least, back to classic raid night, we took on Sunwell.  And it wasn’t too bad.  As always it was super fun to be in there with everyone, but we really REALLY stuggled on Felmyst.  I think we spent over an hour just trying to get past him.  The weird thing is that the first three bosses seemed to be the worst, and after that Twins, Mu’ru, and Kil’Jaeden seemed pretty easy!  I got the achievement and have finally, nearly 1.5 years after the fact, completed my Outland Raider.  A little late to get it done, but it’s done.  One of these days I’ll finish up all the heroics too.  Ha!

Outlands Dungeons…part 7? 8?

So I’m almost done with Outlands for the 7th or 8th time?  I can’t actually believe that I’ve done Hellfire Peninsula so many times, no other zone has occupied so much of all of my toons attention.  But I’m not here to talk about leveling in Outlands, I’m here to talk about the gems of dungeons in the Outlands.

Who can forget Ramparts?  No one.  Everyone has done it.  In fact, I would place a safe pet on it being one of the only ones that people still run on their journey through the Outlands with upcoming toons.  With death knights almost always tanking that place and a general upgrade to AOEtanking, it makes that place a little more tank-friendly, but you still have to watch out for those blasted hound masters.  It’s a fun and relatively quick dungeon, with some very nice upgrades for those recently dinged 60s. 

Last night I revisited Ramparts on my healy druid.  It was an all guild run and it went amazingly smooth.  Although aside from Roz getting new boots, we were unlucky withthe drops.  We followed it up with Blood Furnace and Slave Pens.  Those first few dungeons were classic and are now practically ingrained in my memory.  I wonder if I could do a play by play in my head.  Sibelius being a healy druid, has tried to level almost exclusively through the Outlands via dungeons.  Even running those first three starter dungeons at level 66 last night ended up giving him one more level just from mob kills.  That’s pretty sweet. 

Tonight there might be more dungeons…the Outlands had a fair amount of dungeons.  3 in Hellfire, 3 in Zangar, 4 in Terrokar, 3 in Netherstorm and 1 out in the Isle of Quel.  14 in total.  But since Lich King has been released I’d bet that Shattered Halls, Shadow Labs, and Arcatraz, Botanica, and Mechanar never get visited.  The later three especially since you need a flying mount to get there. 

Every time I heal a dungeon on Sibelius, I’m reminded how fun those Outland dungeons were, they are refreshing compared to another run of Utguarde Pinnacle or Drak’Thar Keep.  Those places were fresh and new, but now get a little old on each toon that I head through Northrend.  So heading back to Outlands was refreshing even though some of those places it’s the 7th character I’m taking through there! 

I think at the moment, some of the most fun instances of the Outlands are the ones that are not being visited.  Botanicawas a great instance.  Sure it was a little long sometimes with the trash, but it was still one of my favorites to run.  Mechanarwas also quite fun, who can forget the general with her nasty fire elementals.  Did anyone ever do her on heroic?  Shadow labs was also amazingly fun though some of the pulls were horrible.  The boss fights were great with the AOEmind control and Murmur’s touch.  I’m hoping that with Sibelius and the guild that I’ll get to experience these dungeons again, perhaps now for the last time.  It’s great for new players to see these places as well.  And of course for them to see Karazhan too.  I love when you get to those bosses in Utguarde Keep and someone says “It’s like Romeo and Juliet from Opera, down them at the same time” but if you’ve never been in Karazhan, you’re probably like, what the F does this have to do with Shakespeare? 

Hopefully some more screenshots coming up from dungeons in the Outlands, a memoir perhaps as we get our next group of Crits and Gigglers up to 70.