Because I didn’t have to work on Good Friday, I decided to spend some time in Zul’drak. This was the last Northrend zone that I hadn’t finished. It started off rather boringly, but when I was about 40% of the way through the quests, I stopped being able to find new quests. Of course, that usually means there’s a quest item I missed. I checked my inventory, and there it was. The Unliving Choker started a chain in which I was disguised as Scourge and worked for Drakuru. This was really interesting. It was a nice break from stereotypical quests. Many of the quests tasked me with getting NPCs to do things. It was a little bit like playing an RTS if you only controlled one unit.
By finishing Zul’Drak, I also finished Northrend. Now that I’ve finished Outland, Northrend, the Cataclysm zones, and Pandaria, it just leaves Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms. This means, for me, the questing grind is over. I don’t plan on grinding out Kalimdor or Eastern Kingdoms because Mooglegem needs them too. I’m not going to bother with those zones on Devee; we’re going to do them on new characters. Whether or not we ever get around to it is still a question worth considering, but it’s nice to have Northrend done!
I knew that we were getting Feats of Strength for completing 5.0 raids before 5.2 hit, but I was under the impression it was run Feat of Strength for completing the entire tier on normal and a second for completing the entire tier on heroic. I was quite surprised to find this Feat of Strength when I played last night.
When you earned an achievement is, in many cases, as important as whether or not you earned it at all. In my personal tracking here on Kor’kron 501st, I always note what patch I downed a boss. I’ve been hoping for a while that Blizzard would add the patch at the time of earning the achievement next to the date, but they don’t seem to think it’s important. Giving a Feat of Strength for completing a raid when it’s current fulfills the same role (at least for raids).
I hope Blizzard will continue to award this type of Feat of Strength. I wouldn’t mind seeing similar Feats of Strength for the Glory of the Raider achievements and Loremaster achievements at the end of each expansion.
There have been other bloggers talking about their Cataclysm bucket lists lately, and I didn’t think I had anything I really needed to get done before Pandaria hits. However, I recently realized I was wrong.
I’ve always thought of Wintergrasp and Tol Barad basically as battlegrounds. I do them for PVP. However, the fact that Wintergrasp is so dead shows that most people are likely doing them for the gear you can get. That means Tol Barad will likely die when Pandaria releases. Embarrassingly, I don’t have Tol Barad Veteran yet. I’m actually only 13/25. I need to step it up!
To a lesser extent, I need to work on Loremaster. I don’t expect to finish it, but it’ll be easier now than later. When Blizzard’s new-fangled realm merging in under-populated zones, I suspect I’ll have people around me now in the low level zones. On the one hand, I like the idea the world feeling more alive. On the other hand, I don’t want to have compete for quest objectives.
Most likely, I’ll finish TB off and forget to work on Loremaster at all.