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As for what I’ve been up to…

Posted in Achievements, Alts, Miscellanea, Mounts and pets, Professions with tags , , , , on October 2, 2012 by Aeliel

…beyond leveling and gearing, that is…

(464 equipped ilvl and climbing, with stupid green ilvl437 pants and two crafted ilvl450 rings because mine just won’t drop ARGH and the newly rep-requirement-less JP gear doesn’t include tanking pants for some dumb reason.)

Behold the reason I’ve been living in dungeons since I hit 90 (which was on day 1)…

I was the last of our group to get it, because the last achievement I needed was Hydrophobia – which is individual, not group – and I am a baddie bad who stands in the bad, apparently. (And while I know I could’ve just stood outside the door and let the others pull and kill the boss without me – I refuse to take the easy way out for anything.)

Now if I could actually ride the bloody mount, I’d be even happier. But no, it requires Cloud Serpent Riding, and the eggs to grind that rep are as rare as hen’s teeth so I’m stuck doing dailies.

And here’s the reason I was grinding professions on alts (and being stubborn about engineering on my hunter)…

Not as shiny as a realm first achievement by any means, but I’m still pretty proud.

One more day to go before raids open. Wonder if I’ll get the last heroic blues I’m missing to drop before then…

Sinestra achievement still available

Posted in Achievements, Alts, Raiding with tags , , , on September 10, 2012 by Aeliel

I am, of course, talking about “I Can’t Hear You Over the Sound of How Awesome I Am“.

Expecting it to become unobtainable with the Mists of Pandaria pre-patch, we went and killed Sinestra every week as a guild until we got it. That was mid-June, and then we stopped going, because ugh, Bastion of Twilight.

We went back this week for funsies and random achievements people were missing, and figured hey, might as well kill Sinestra. And then this happened:

(I was on my warrior, so note the pro “never killed Sinestra before on this character” achievement.)

So I’m guessing this will work like Herald of the Titans – you can always get it at level, but if you level beyond it it’s unavailable. Either that or it’ll just go unavailable when MoP launches – but considering they seem now able to use level as a criteria for achievement eligibility, I can’t see why they’d do the latter rather than the former.

Either way, there you go. Two resets left before, at best, you have to level an alt specifically for this – at worst, you won’t be able to get it anymore. Go forth and punch dragons in the face.

PSA: Argent Tournament

Posted in Alts, Mounts and pets, Strategy with tags , , on September 10, 2012 by Aeliel

One of the entries in my Cataclysm bucket list (which I never posted here, and now it’s perhaps a bit too late to do so) was to finish collecting the mounts I was missing from the Argent Tournament. Earlier today, I was staring mournfully at my Champion’s Seals and grumbling that I can’t really acquire them faster, when something occurred to me.

Aside from the paladin pony (for which I need to stop slacking and work on the dailies with, well, my paladin), these mounts can be earned on any character on your account and used by all of them.

This means that if you’ve unlocked the Argent Tournament on more than one character and you’re missing more than one mount, you should do the dailies every day on every single one of those characters, since this will speed up the rate at which you acquire mounts. You don’t even need to unlock Crusader dailies (although if you’ve done that, it’ll help, since it’ll increase the amount of daily Champion’s Seals you earn on that character), since the only requirement for buying the mounts from a specific faction is having championed said faction.

Yes, this is the most obvious thing ever, and I’m kind of boggling at myself that it didn’t occur to me earlier (I’d have been doing the dailies on multiple characters since account-wide mounts were announced if it had). In case I’m not the only person this didn’t occur to, I figured I’d post here.

New itemization for Scholomance and Scarlet Monastery

Posted in Alts, Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , , , on August 29, 2012 by Aeliel

So I’ve been poking about at the new loot tables for Scholomance and Scarlet Monastery, courtesy of Wowhead (servers are still under maintenance on the EU side of things) and I got to thinking.

1. What the hell are plate and agility mail doing in these loot tables?

Okay, granted, I know why they’re there. They’re there because Blizzard itemized the heroic versions of the dungeons first, then scaled it down for the non-heroics and didn’t think.

Still. Think, for heaven’s sake, before you do things. I can sort of forgive Scholomance, because the items there require level 39 and will be usable in one level. But the items in Scarlet Monastery require level 28. The plate will go completely unused, because last I checked warriors and paladins still need to hit level 40 to be able to use plate, and so will the agility mail, because hunters and enhancement shamans also need to hit level 40 to be able to use mail. At best, the mail will be worn by clueless warriors and paladins, but both will be mostly just transmogrification fodder. (Nobody sane is going to use mail or plate that’s 12 levels too low unless they have absolutely no alternative.)

They could’ve just downgraded the armor classes for the non-heroic versions – turned plate into mail and mail into leather – but I guess it didn’t really occur to them.

And speaking of transmogrification fodder…

2. What’s up with all the reused models (most of which are Cataclysm-era)?

I’m torn between minding and not minding, to be honest.

Minding because all that effort put into the new dungeons, and they couldn’t come up with something better than that? Or, if they were going to reuse models… why not reuse the models they took away in the first place, such as the sets from Scholomance? You have items named after old items (such as Whitemane’s Embroidered Chapeau), why the model swap?

(Compare and contrast – models for normal-mode items for Shadowfang Keep and Deadmines both stayed put.)

The reason not to mind would be that at least this’ll make it much easier to get certain models for transmogrification, whereas before I would’ve need to farm Hour of Twilight dungeons (or, at least in one case, picked a different reward from a quest).

But then again, I find myself minding, because if they reused the models… what guarantee do I have that they’re not going to change the look of the items around at some point in the future?

Meh. I really wish they would’ve just dropped the models used in the original version of the dungeons in. They did with some items (such as some of the weapons); some others got similar enough models (such as this axe or the Melted Hypnotic Blade I’ve referenced before); yet some others got random models thrown at them (to use more weapon examples – Wrath-era crossbow and dagger, Vanilla-era staves, random TBC sword).

Beyond the weapons that kept the original models or close enough, there are exactly two models in the whole list that I hope they keep that way. One is Metanoia Shield – it’s a green version of Voice of Reason and doesn’t exist anywhere else, and it fits the dungeon. The other is Necromantic Wand, which is a brand new model and also fits the dungeon.

The rest of this mess has got to go, and I hope it does soon. The items stick out like a sore thumb and they’re going to make anybody actually going through the dungeons look like a clown. (And I thought we were moving away from that? Wasn’t that the reasoning to normalize models from quest gear and build them into sets?) Especially execrable are the heroic druid tier 13 helm (come the hell on), the random Pandaria-model robe (yes it’s pretty, no it doesn’t fit), the normal mode warlock tier 13 shoulders (Old God tentacles? in my Scarlet Monastery? say it isn’t so), the normal-mode death knight tier 13 helms and the random TBC-oven-mitt model gloves (ugh).

…huh. Guess I’m more firmly in the camp of “I mind a hell of a lot” than I thought I was.

Thumbs up for the nods to literature in Flameweaver Koegler’s loot table, though.

You have entered too many instances recently.

Posted in Alts, Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , , on August 29, 2012 by Aeliel

And that, as they say, was that. I could probably have squeezed a couple more clears in before the servers went down, but I honestly didn’t see the point. I got pretty much everything I wanted, with the exception of items for my second hunter and my rogue (I tried a bit, but I couldn’t honestly be bothered), some weapons I honestly wasn’t desperate for, and a pair of boots for my death knight (which not only have a lookalike in AQ40, but also wouldn’t really get used unless I race-change to something without hooves, since I’d rather hide boots altogether with a slipper-like model).

I ended up, on the other hand, not farming Scarlet Monastery at all. I liked none of the models in there enough to bother, except for perhaps Ironspine’s Ribcage (but farming something out of a rare spawn with a time limit is not something I care to sacrifice my sanity for), and I already have the tabard on my main.

RNG did have its last trolling laugh, though. Sawbones Shirt stopped dropping entirely once I swapped characters from a pair that had it to a pair with a character that didn’t, and only resumed dropping once I swapped characters again to another pair that had it. There’s also this:

I spent far, far more time in there on either of my blacksmith characters than on the pair in the image (since the Deathbone set was being stubborn). Did that pattern drop then? Did it hell. Bah.

Bring on the new versions of these dungeons. There are some nifty-looking items in the updated loot tables I might end up wanting to farm…

Livin’ la vida Scholo

Posted in Alts, Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , on August 27, 2012 by Aeliel

Completely selfish post, but I’ve been farming Scholomance too much and need to keep track somehow. (I’ll also need to be farming Scarlet Monastery, and yes I know I’m running out of time but Scholomance is more of a pain to farm and has more pretty stuff. It helps that I don’t care at all about the Scarlet set.)

Classes listed in brackets are the ones I’m missing the item on. I added my (lvl40, but I can carry her since I have two accounts) rogue and my goblin hunter to the list of characters to get stuff for. Those are the yellow marks, since I don’t care about them nearly as much.

The hearts are the stuff I wasn’t trying for or expecting to get, but it dropped anyway and I’m happy about it.

Armor

Alanna’s Embrace: ✔✔✔
Bloodmail Legguards: ✔✔
Cadaverous Armor:
Cadaverous Belt: 
Cadaverous Gloves: 
Cadaverous Leggings: 
Cadaverous Walkers: 
Clutch of Andros: ✔✔✔
Corpselight Greaves:  (death knight)
Deathbone Chestplate: ✔✔✔
Deathbone Gauntlets: ✔✔✔
Deathbone Girdle: ✔✔
Deathbone Legguards (or Wraithplate Leggings): ✔✔✔
Deathbone Sabatons: ✔✔
Necropile Boots: ✔✔✔ (warlock)
Necropile Cuffs: ✔✔✔
Necropile Leggings: ✔✔✔
Necropile Mantle: ✔✔✔
Necropile Robe: ✔✔✔
Royal Cap Spaulders: ✔✔
Stoneform Shoulders: ✔✔✔

Sawbones Shirt: ✔ ♥ ♥ ♥ (wanted it and already had it on my druid; it also dropped for my hunter, my mage and my death knight)

Weapons

Ancient Bone Bow: 
Barovian Family Sword: ✔✔ (death knight)
Bonecreeper Stylus: 
Ebon Hilt of Marduk:  (death knight)
Headmaster’s Charge: ♥♥ (dropped for my mage and my warlock… twice for my hunter, as well, but that doesn’t get little hearts, since it’s useless)
Silent Fang: ✔✔
Staff of Metanoia: ✔✔ (priest)

Obsessive? Me? You don’t say. I’ll keep this updated as I farm more things and then stop updating it once Scholomance changes.

Complaining out loud wins again

Posted in Alts, Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , on August 21, 2012 by Aeliel

Envision, if you please, the follow sequence of events.

I tab out of the game while waiting for my instance timer to reset and write my previous post.

I press “publish”, then tab back into the game, reset Scholomance and enter again.

I clear four mini-bosses out of six with no drop. Grumble, grumble, grumble. Head to the fifth one, Alexei Barov.

And he coughs up the Bloodmail Legguards. \o/

Time to swap characters!