I got a new cloak that matches my shoulders really well! I’m actually pretty excited. It looks especially good when my Archangel wings are active! I’ll show you that later!
I’m really enjoying transmogrification. Here I’m using some PVP mooncloth robes, a bioluminescent lamp, a Dragon Sould weapon, a 4.3 heroic belt, my T13 head piece, and T1 shoulders.
I really wish you could transmogrify weapons into a different type. I want to use a mace! I have a very nice troll mace I’d like to use as well as the Hammer of Purified Flame that I received after returning Quel’Delar to the Sunreavers.
I realized I never posted kill shots! Oh no! Here we are after having killed Morchok.
And now you get to see an off-center kill shot of Yor’sahj the Unsleeping. He must have been tired.
This is our newest kill shot from Tuesday! We killed that dumb Warlord Zon’ozz!
And another video from Zaghar! Woo!
I thought I’d share some screenshots of my activities. Here Mooglegem and I are hanging out with Thrall and the Aspects. That jerk Deathwing is in the shot too.
We had to borrow some power from the Burning Legion in order to fight them in the Well of Eternity.
I finally finished all my cooking and fishing dailies!
I got on this stupid ride and couldn’t get off of it again. Every once in a while, custom interfaces fail me. I took a guess and typed /exitvehicle. Luckily, that’s the correct command.
I got into a group for the Darkmoon Faire arena and we totally kicked butt. It was a lot of fun!
Today marks the first day Winter Veil! As Greatfather Winter walks across the land, his billowing cloak leaves behind a wintry veil. By welcoming him into our cities and hearts, we are rewarded with a great Feast of Winter Veil!
Here you can see me celebrating with some hot chicks. Um, I mean Moogle, Harley, and a non-guildie we ran into who likes to celebrate!
And for our Secret Santa, we have five whole people who signed up! Wooo!
This patch introduced the Looking for Raid tool, which is great. It allows people who weren’t able to raid previously to raid. It allows people who already raid to minor upgrades faster. Because tier pieces from LFR will satisfy set bonus requirements along with normal mode pieces, it allows raiders to reach their four-piece bonus faster. However, this creates an interesting problem.
When a tier token drops in normal, should a raider who already has the LFR version pass on the token to allow someone who doesn’t have tier 13 for that slot at all a chance? This would help people reach their set bonuses faster as well as give pieces to people who need them the most. However, there’s another side to this. What if person A runs LFR every week, and person B never runs LFR. Person B might have an initial advantage because they’ll get the LFR T13, but in the long run, person B will be better off because they’ll be able to collect 4-piece normal T13 while person A is stuck in LFR T13.
I was thinking about this yesterday so I brought it up with my raid leader / guild leader. As it turns out, she’s been thinking about the same problem. It’s a difficult one, and she plans on asking how the raid team feels. Many of us already pass on loot to let less-geared members have gear. I think we’re all a nice bunch. However, I don’t like the idea of having to always pass on all my tier gear. Last week we ran the LFR all together during our raid time. If we keep doing this, perhaps it won’t be a problem.
I’m still not sure how Carpe Flux Capacitor will handle this. We’ll see how the raid team as a whole feels. I’m sure various raid teams out there will handle this differently. I’m curious what others are planning to do.
Remember how I talked about 4.3 the other day? Well, I did some stuff before 4.3 as well.
Mooglegem and I checked out the view of the Molten Front. We were kings of the Spider-Hill on our Flameward Hippogryphs.
We finally finished the Molten Front too except for one pesky achievement. Where’s Mankrik is much more annoying than Where’s Waldo.
Those tauren gave me this big bean dinner, and my stomach didn’t like it.
With Molten Front out of the way, we decided to start doing Tol Barad dailies. Mooglegem would sometimes get stuck in a tree after we slow fell from a tower.
“I claim this tree in the name of Carpe Flux Capacitor!”
While we were questing, preparations began for the next battle. Mooglegem got teleported outside of the hold, but I was stuck inside. However, she was still within Tol Barad. I hearthed out to meet up with her again, but I guess they close the gate to Tol Barad from the peninsula. Then she had to teleport out as well.
During our raid, our tank, Craca, tried to fly away!
For some reason, I was floating above my mount in Uldum. I checked, and it only happened in Uldum, and only with my interface enabled. I use an addon called DragViewPort to change the viewable area of the screen (to create a black rectangle at the bottom). For some reason, this wasn’t compatible with Uldum.
Mooglegem and I eventually did all the Hellscream’s Reach dailies and earned exalted! While there are still more things to purchase, we got what we really wanted – spectral wolves.
Mooglegem keeps watch in Alterac Valley!
After rolling over a bunch of enemies in Uldum, we earned Kata-Mary crowns! What a sweet quest!
And I think that’s almost everything I failed to talk about previously!
We’re now into the second week of 4.3, and I’m extremely happy with it so far. It packed a bunch of features – void storage, transmogrification, three new 5-mans, Dragon Soul, the LFR, the Darkmoon Faire, epic gems, and more!
The first thing I did was look at the simple additions of void storage and transmogrification. I immediately filled my entire void storage. It has 80 slots, and in my opinion is pretty cheap. It’s 100 gold to unlock and 25 gold per item deposit. That’s 2100 gold for 80 slots. What a deal! Next, it was time to transmogrify my gear. I have to be honest; I’ve never been as good as I was in Icecrown Citadel. And I know why! It’s because of my gear of course. To solve this, I transmogrified my gear to look T10. (And actually I’ve been doing well this patch, so it must be working!)
The three 5-mans are very fun although very easy. Nozdormu informs us that we need the Dragon Soul to defeat Deathwing, but we’d need to go back in time to get it. Unfortunately, access to that time period is blocked to him, and the disturbance is in the future. In the first heroic, Nozdormu travels with us into the future in End Time. There we defeat shadows of past heroes in a dark future in which Deathwing succeeded in killing everyone. In the end, we fight Murozond, leader of the Infinite Dragonflight and formerly Nozdormu. This fight is most likely what drives Nozdormu insane and pushes him to become Murozond. Of course, this is also the first time Nozdormu decides to change the timeline, which most likely contributes as well. The fight itself is amazingly cool. Nozdormu gives us the ability to set back time. Our mana and CDs are reset, but Murozond’s health does not reset. It’s pretty cool.
Next up we’re sent back in time to the War of the Ancients where a young kaldorei named Illidan helps to fight the Burning Legion. We even get to fight Azshara (by the way, she’s hot). In the end we’re able to snatch the Dragon Soul. In the final 5-man, Thrall now has the Dragon Soul, and we escort him through Dragonblight to Wyrmrest Temple where the raid begins.
In the raid, we first fight an elemental giant who’s turning the earth against us. Next we fight two faceless ones in the spawn of the Old Gods. I won’t go into the rest of the details because I don’t want to spoil anything. However, we do revisit the Eye of Eternity, board an airship, fight on Deathwing’s back, and then fight Deathwing a second time. The Spine of Deathwing is an especially awesome fight. You cause adds to explode, knocking pieces of armor partially off Deathwing’s back. Then you break tendons holding them in place, sending them flying. Wow, how awesome.
Some people in my guild are annoyed at the difficulty already of 10-man normal, but I’m quite content. It’s the second week, and we’re 2/8. A boss per week is good progress in my opinion. One boss per two weeks would be fine with me even. However, when we add this to the fact that LFR is incredibly easy, I’m not annoyed at all. LFR is broken into two raids of four bosses each. The first is a complete faceroll. The second is a bit harder, and tanks especially will want to read about the fights before entering. Still, I’ve already completed the entire raid in LFR. While it’s easier, it’s very cool to be able to see the entire story. I imagine there are a ton of players out there who never raided previously but can now at least see all the assets. This is fantastic. And if they want to learn to truly raid, they can enter normal (which is easier than it was previously in my opinion). Then, if they want to be challenged as a raider, they start heroic progression. This is a cool way to segment things.
Enough about raiding. Isn’t there an even more casual form of PVE than LFR? There is – the Darkmoon Faire! Again, this is a big success. The coolest thing about it is the ambiance. I love being there. It really feels like a faire. It offers five dailies that are all carnival games. These gives tickets that can be spent on mounts (dancing bear!), pets, heirlooms, and transmogrification gear. There are also quests that can be done once per month for each profession (primary and secondary). There’s also a quest that tasks you with collecting 250 grisly trophies. These appear in your inventory randomly when killing players or PVE enemies that are in your level range. However, they don’t appear every time, and I wish they appeared more. The only annoying aspect is that there are also items that start quests that can drop in battlegrounds and heroics once you get the Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide. There are nine of these, and they can be turned in once per month each. You can trade them, which is nice, and more importantly, you can find them even when the faire isn’t around. That’ll be great next month, but I really want to maximize my tickets, and I haven’t found them all for this month yet!
tl;dr, right? Well, I’m loving the patch!
Zaghar has recorded our first kills of Morchok and Yor’sahj the Unsleeping! Watch as they fall before the might of Carpe Flux Capacitor!