Playing at PvP

As you know, I’m a bit of an achievement addict, so we were reviewing our points and realised it was about time we started to experiment with PvP. I have never really enjoyed it on my mage as all I seemed to do was die before I could cast a frostbolt.

So…  Mr B and I went for it on our Hunter and Monk. We sorted our reforging out, bought the 450 PvP set and – with some trepidation – queued. First was one of the new one’s I’d never done before – in a mine. Once we had figured out that we were supposed to be chasing the carts and not just hiding from the Horde, the battleground was over.

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Dead… again.

Second try was a bit more successful: Warsong Gulch which I had done before. I had no idea what I was doing or if there were tactics, but I understand the principal: kill the Horde who are in the way. I actually managed to get 2 honourable kills in that one… and about 15 deaths. Woot.

Our final try was Alterac Valley. I thought I did quite well here, until I met a priest who seemed to take a disliking to me. Fear, silence, mind flay and I was a gonner. Multiple times.

Last night, when Mr B was at work I gave it a go on my level 55 shadow priest, Chouchoute, who I am currently really enjoying levelling. This was the result:

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That’s me! At the top!!

I hope you’re proud.

Mr B’s Problem Monk

OMG got my Monk to 90 in just over 3 days. At first, I was going to stay as DPS, but after running a few dungeons I found it massively boring so I decided to switch it to healer. That was just as bad! I’ve played as healer as my main character in nearly every expansion since my BElf paladin in TBC. With monk, there just seemed so much to do at the same time trying to jab the boss whilst healing everybody. There is also so many different spells to use to heal. I tried downloading healbot to help me use the spells, but trying to remember all the different mouse and modifier keys to use I ended up just getting confused. Having a low Ilvl didn’t help either…

After I decieded to not play the monk, I transfered my warlock across to do some raiding. I spent the few hours wiping on the first boss in Heart of Fear (I was the first to die with attenuation each and every time). They even ressed me after that phase once; only for me to die to the first one in phase 4 (idiot I know). After I asked them to replace me, I had a sulk about how awful I was at raiding. Also with the lock I was watching my dots so closely to keep my DPS up I wasnt focusing on what was happening around me.

S,o I realised I needed to play a healer I knew to have some fun. I was playing my priest a lot, but I didn’t really want to transfer it across to our new server. So, I have decided to level a new Resto Druid which was my main back in WOTLK. Again, I do still have that character on another server, but its Horde and again, dont wanna pay for a transfer. So I’m just going to level through dungeons whilst gathering herbs and skinning mobs as I wait to make some money while I level.

Wish me luck!

The Daily Grind Part 2

Mrs B ~

As I have mentioned in “The Daily Grind” (https://mrandmrswow.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/the-daily-grind/), I am not a fan of dailies.

Thibaste aka @OnTheLevelBlog on Twitter is a new real ID who shares my dislike of dailies. He nails the main issue on the head: “I just do not have the time to commit to dailies, which means my rep takes ages”. I think it’s a great shame that a lot of players are missing out on gear upgrades because they don’t have hours to commit to dailies. I hear that in 5.2  there will be a new raid players can use as a mini rep grind, but is this too little too late?

You can read Thibaste’s blog here: http://levelthis.blogspot.co.uk/

Anyway, I have pulled my finger out and I am currently doing 4 rep grinds: Shieldwall, Celestials, Shado Pan and Klaxxi and they take – if I do them all – 2 hours to complete. I am 2 or 3 days off exalted with Shado and Klaxxi so I’m feeling very smug – the light at the end of the tunnel feeling. I must admit, the mount is my main motivation, even if they will depleat my gold stock somewhat. These are my last ones (other than the Black Prince) before the two new factions come out in 5.2. *phew*

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Golden Lotus

Whilst I have been grinding the various reputations, I must admit to having a few favourites.

  1.  Rampage Against the Machine (Klaxxi): Riding Kovok and killing mantid. Brilliant fun and I can pretend I am a tank for 5 glorious minutes. Incidentally, I also enjoyed the quest lines unlocking the paragons: particularly killing Jiao, the large squid like creature.

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  1. Flames of the Void (August Celestials): Riding on a Cloud Serpent and being a Fireman by putting out the flames. Once I’d figured out how to do it, I really enjoy it!
  2. Riding the Storm (Shado Pan): Another Cloud Serpent type quest (I see a theme here!). For this, you get to grapple your way through a bunch of flying serpents and beat them into submission. Awesome.
  3. Jumping the Shark (Anglers): You get to beat up a shark… what could be more empowering?

The worst?

  1. Golden Lotus: Not one of these did I enjoy. Perhaps it was because I was on a PvP server and spent most of my time trying to avoid getting ganked, or perhaps it was because they just weren’t fun. I suppose picking up the dead fish at the Lake was quite entertaining…
  2. A Blade is a Blade (Celestials): I don’t like this as the mobs are all very close together and really pack a punch. I die a lot unless I’m grouped with someone, and you have to be careful with your positioning.
  3. Survival Ring (Golden Lotus): I HATED this one: I couldn’t do it without a healer. Whether this is because I was lacking the technique, or whether it’s because I wasn’t paying attention, I don’t know.
  4. Poop (Cloud Serpent): This, coupled with the other dailies on this rotation, was awful. I couldn’t get the poop without killing the mobs, and at this point my iLvl was very low and I was struggling to stay alive. Whenever this set was up, I’d skip it and just do the cooking/archaeology/fishing ones.
  5. Kunzen dailies (Tillers): Mostly, I enjoy farming with the Tillers, but I really wanted to get to exalted quicker so I started the dailies. I didn’t enjoy them at all – again, I had bad gear and could only pull one mob at a time, in a place where they were largely concentrated. To stop dying so frequently, I would jump off the cliff and slow fall to get out of combat instead. Not good!

So, do you have a favourite, or a least favourite daily?

 

Love is in the Air…

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On top of Violet Citadel on Valentine’s Day

So, jumping on the bandwagon, Mr B and I decided to go for a virtual picnic in Dalaran for the achievement, “Lonely”, yesterday. We enjoyed a lovely 5 minutes enjoying the view. Incidentally, the view of the city from above is lovely:

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View of Dalaran from above.

So, how goes it with the Love Fool achievements generally? Not bad. I do a lot of dailies anyway so adding the extra 3 isn’t a huge burden. They seem a bit non-sensical – go to Uldum, kill 5 mobs. Do your dailies, collect lots of charms, make necklaces, take them to the King. Sniff guards. Not really the most imaginative. It would be nice to do a mini rep grind to win the favour of a Prince or something – perhaps my inner romance shining through there.

However, the actual achievements have been a welcome challenge – I”ve really enjoyed working through them so far. I only have Pity the Fool and Fistful of Love left before I get the title. My favourite was Flirt With Disaster – very fun!I’d love the rocket, but I started them too late to collect enough tokens. Maybe next year.

How are you getting on – are you the Love Fool yet?

Mr B’s Gnome Monk

So we have transfered to a new server!!

Mrs B moved her mage across last week and I have moved her hunter across for her valentines day present (romantic, I know). Instead of transfering mine, I decided to level a new toon instead: I choose a monk, but rather go with a fat panda – just predictable – I went with a gnome to make a tiny little kung fu god.

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As I’m writing this I’m level 66 in the horror that is Outlands, I hate it – questing is so fragmented. I’m leveling using MrsB’s mage to boost me through dungeons every level that I am able topick up the quest in them.Still, taking a long time.

I think Blizzard have done a really good job with the new animations: watching my gnome punch and kick a mob to death is a welcome change to using big weapons on them. My favourite ability so far has to be “Flying Serpent Kick”… I just love soaring though the air and landing right next to the mob! There have been a couple of hairy moments when I have kicked my way too far and almost aggro’d too many, but Mrs B and I had a lovely competiton to see who could blink furthest. I won, of course.

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At 90 I’m planning on doing PvP. My current working hours means it’s quite hard to find a raiding guild with times that suit me, so as much as I like PvE’ing, I just can’t commit to it at the moment.. I’m hoping to get most of the PvP achievements, I just hope I’m a little bit good. I’ll film some of it and post it on here and you can let me know what you think of my skills.

Mrs B’s noob guide to Archaeology

The little gems that are secondary professions! They can be quite confusing if you’re new to the game, so I shall attempt to shed some light on them. I’ll start at the very beginning, with Archaeology.

The Basics

  • 4 secondary professions: Archaeology, Fishing, Cooking, First Aid
  • Learnt from the appropriate trainer in each city: ask a guard then look for the arrow on your mini-map (I didn’t realised it showed you the way – thick or what!)
  • Broken down into levels of 75 points (although you can train the next level after 50 points) which you need to go back to the trainer in order to progress. I definitely did not grind for an hour before realising I couldn’t gain more points because I hadn’t trained…
  • Accessed by pressing ‘P’, clicking ‘Professions’ (the little tab at the bottom of the pop up page), then pulling both out (shift+click) onto your toolbar.

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Archaeology in 3 steps:

  1. Survey the area to find artifacts
  2. Find then loot artifacts
  3. Solve artifacts to create items to vendor or use

Getting started

  • You need to be level 20.
  • No need for anything but you and your map. Have empty bags as you’ll collect a lot of stuff to vendor.
  • This is a LOT easier with the flying skill of any speed – I admire you if you’re attempting this whilst levelling.
  • Train at the trainer then open your map – see those tiny little – almost invisible  – spades dotted around the place? Yeah those. Click on it, this will open the area (e.g., Western Plaguelands or Northern Stranglethorn).There are 4 active at any one time on any one continent.

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  • Now see the red highlighted area on the map? That’s where you have to go. Yes, they’re dotted all over, and yes, it takes forever. Suck it up.

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Levelling Up

  • So, assuming you’ve found your way to the first dig site, (see my “Noob Guide to Azerothian Worlds for help on this very confusing subject!!) all you need to do now is press the ‘survey’ button which looks like a spade (see picture above). I would keep this out on your main interface – you’ll be using it a lot.
  • Once you’ve pressed it, it will work its magic and sprout up an instrument – looks a bit like a telescope with a flashing light on it.
  • The telescope points the way of the next fragment of artifact you’re looking for. Red means you’re far away, yellow means you’re not that far away, and green means you’re pretty damn close. Move in the direction, keep hitting the survey button. When you discover it, a fragment will appear. Click it to loot it. You will get upto 7 fragments per loot.

Solving Artifacts

  • Open up the archaeology page by clicking the symbol (in pic above). It’ll look like this:

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  • Blue tab on the right shows your artifacts in progress, the purple one below it shows what you have already solved.
  • Each area of the world has different artifacts to discover depending on the races that preside there. As you can see, I have only uncovered some of them and a lot are currently in progress (10/50 Pandaren for example). Depending on which 4 are active and which continent you are in, you have a limited selection at any one time which – as I’m sure you’ve gathered – means it’s a long process to solve each artifact.
  • Once you have the required amount of fragments, you go to your archaeology page and click it to solve it. The solved artifacts either vendor for gold or can be used (mounts, pets etc). The rarer it is, the more you need. Joys.
  • Each fragment you dig up nets you 1 skill up point, each solved artifact gives 5 and rares give 15. REMEMBER TO TRAIN OR YOU WON’T GET CREDIT. I totally didn’t ever forget…
  • Each location only holds a few fragments, so you can’t stay there indefinitely – see, I wasn’t lying when I said flying helps!
  •  What you discover and in which order is entirely random. So cross your fingers and toes and hope what you want comes up quickly. I got the Fossilised Raptor and the Clockwork Gnome somewhere between 500 and 600 points and haven’t had anything since. Typical.

Achievements

For an enthusiast like myself, archaeology holds a whole world of undiscovered achievements (I hope you like my pun there). Along with the milestones for 150, 225, 300, 375, 450, 525 and 600 points there are also a whole host of others…

  • Finding certain numbers of common artifacts
  • Finding certain numbers of rare artifacts (a nice title comes with these too!)
  • Storyline achievements – finding artifacts relating to lore.

WoWdigs is a really comprehensive site which goes into much more detail than I have space for, especially on achievements and mounts/pets: http://www.wowdigs.com/achievements.htm

Happy Hunting !!

A Marriage Made in Warcraft?

Mrs B and Mr B.

Playing together as a married couple is definitely not without its ups and downs. Our current set up is Mr B on the TV screen and Mrs B on the sofa on her laptop – not ideal, but until we can afford dual screen awesomeness, it’ll have to do.

So, the CONS:

  • Definitely having a seasoned professional sitting 5 feet from you and refusing to help… how rediculous!!
  • Constantly wanting help on every little thing. Then moaning when I don’t know the answer.
  • Getting ganked and my Knight in Shining Armour not coming to rescue me. What’s all that about?
  • Complaining constantly… e.g., when she gets ganked by a big group and I won’t help – she knows I hate PvP! Hmph, why play on a PvP server then :p
  • He spends gold, I save it. He ‘borrows’ it for gear and I never see it again. Pffft.
  • She sits on old mats worth 100’s thousand of gold she might need some time then never actually uses them… then goes on to complain that all her toons bags and banks are full.
  • Linked accounts. Gah. We originally did it so I could have my character transferred across but I work so hard for my achievements – like Loremaster – then he gets the credit too *sulks* Blah blah!
  • Asuming I know what he’s talking about when he says stuff with lots of acronyms.
  • Asking me the same questions day after day because she forgets e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g…
  • Disagreeing over the guild and how it’s ran. Disagreeing over tactics in raid. Disagreeing over what to do next. That’s because you’re wrong :p
  • Telling me how to run the guild even though I’m the GM. They’re helpful suggestions. Honest!
  • Him calling me by my WoW name IRL… I AM NOT A GNOME! Yes, she is.

The PROS:

  • I kind of now understand his, well, our hobby. It’s nice to share something together as well as being with friends (even if it’s not IRL!).
  • Being able to play whenever I want because she will aswell 😀
  • We have a lovely 2 healer / tank and healer / tank and DPS set up going on, so if we decide to 2 man instances or raids, or grind dungeons for gear, we can and secretly laugh at the idiots in dungeon finder.
  • Always having somebody to talk to and group with while playing.
  • Sharing achievements… Sometimes.
  • Sharing achievements… Always. WIN.
  • Having lots of characters to use for professions and gathering… helps with all kinds of things.
  • Having someone to level all of my profession and gather mats for achievements. Minimal effort, maximum output.
  • Having lots of fun trying to two-man bosses
  • Well, it’s fun until the 3rd wipe because she gets distracted by shoes or handbags 😉

Overall, I think – like any couple – it’s nice to have a hobby to share and we have lots of fun playing WoW together. However, moderation is definitely the key!

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The Daily Grind

Mrs B:

 

I am as yet undecided about the huge numbers of dailies in MoP. I love achievements, so they do appeal to my perfectionist nature. We have also been working towards our 50 exalted reputations and so they have been a welcome change to killing the same mobs for hours. However, what I am struggling to understand is why I have to do them on all characters that I need the better gear on.

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My usual set up is my Mage as my main – all professions are maxed (primary and secondary), I do all achievements on her and all dailies. I play Resto Shammy for the guild and love healing.. and only healing. I have done two professions to complement the mage but no cooking or fishing etc. The hunter is for pretending to be a zookeeper and ninja-pulling in dungeons and nothing else. No, I’m joking… honest 😉

Currently, I am doing (in order of priority, depending on how arduous my day has been):

  • Firelands (I want the mount!)
  • Golden Lotus (ditto – 3k off as of today!)
  • Shado-Pan (I’ll only do these one’s if Mr B is with me as a bodyguard!)
  • August Celestials
  • Operation Shieldwall
  • Low level cooking (usually in Stormwind – for the Chef Award)

Bearing mind I have already done:

  • All cooking to get Master of The Ways
  • Cloud Serpent (for a mount which I never use)
  • Tillers (ditto, although selling the excess veg got me a lot of gold!)
  • Sha’tari Skyguard
  • Shattered Sun (the title was definitely worth it)

These, of course, do not include the others we did before the start of MoP. However, with the introduction of MoP, as I heal for the Guild, I’ve started to realise that I’m either going to have to do dailies for the valour gear OR we need to find a new healer.

I have never DPS’d on my Shaman – and although I should perhaps relish the challenge – this really isn’t what I play it for. Should I suck it up and get on with it? What do you think about that little blue exclamation mark?