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Cataclysm Day 1: Vashj’r… Anticlimactic or Bugged?

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Although I did have to work a full day yesterday, I still managed to get a few hours of Cataclysm leveling in. I’ve finished (maybe…?) Vashj’r, and hit level 82.

At first I thought Vashj’r would be horrible. No one likes the water levels! But it was actually quite fun. You get used to the swimming pretty quickly, and even appreciate it (it’s like being able to fly without flying, ya know?) Since Blizzard hasn’t explored a water world before, there were plenty of new creative opportunies. Lots of new creatures, mechanics, and scenery to enjoy.

And, I got my horsey.

And a new demon fish hat.

And I even had a small heart attack when I swam into a dark cave and THIS APPEARED! (You have to click the link for the picture, otherwise there’s no suspense!)

If I were to give any criticism to my first experiences in this expansion, it would be this: Blizzard has gone a bit overboard with the pop culture references. Usually it’s a once-in-a-while, tongue-in-cheek, cute reference. But sometimes it gets on my nerves… particulary the quest name “What? What? In My Gut?” (If you don’t get the reference, consider yourself lucky.)

Okay, I actually thought this was cute.

The other big problem happened this morning: I did the epic final storyline in Vashj’r (Defending the Rift), turned the quest in, got the achievement, followed the guy into the Abyssal Maw, and…. Nothing! That was it. My quest log is empty, I’ve got 142/150 quests finished in the zone, and there is no one telling me to head to the next zone. I don’t even know where the next zone is!  I’m aware I could just go to Orgrimmar and pick up the breadcrumb leading me to Deepholm… but it just doesn’t feel right.

And with the expansion only being a day old, there’s not a lot of help out there. A lot of people got stuck finishing the last quest – I didn’t. I finished it. I’m stuck AFTER the quest.

If you’ve finished Vashj’r and you know where I’m supposed to go to get the breadcrumb leading me out of Vashj’r… HALP ME!

Assuming I find a way out of this zone, tonight I hope to hit Deepholm and make my way to at least half way through 83.  If I’m still stuck in the middle of the ocean, I’ll let ya know.

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Brajana Makes a Cataclysmic Return!

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Cataclysm has finally officially arrived, and as promised, I am making an earnest attempt to return to blogging. Hope you haven’t missed me too much!

I took most of the summer off from World of Warcraft to get a chance to play some of those other games that I’ve bought and never had time to play.  But since the release of 4.0.1, I’ve found my excitement about the game growing each day.  I’ve tamed a slew of new pets (I’ll surely introduce them in an upcoming post), I’ve started a new alt to explore the new Azeroth content, and I’ve even started doing dailies again – saving up more gold than I’ve had since I bought Epic Flying in Burning Crusade.

Luckily most of my guild has returned to the game as well, and it’s great to be playing with my friends.  Without them, I’d certainly not be nearly as excited as I am!

I’m not one of those lucky (or unemployed) people to have the day off, but I did manage to get a couple of hours of playing in this morning before I had to leave for work.  I ran around upgrading my professions and riding skill and then took the boat out to Vashj’r.  My observations after a couple of short hours:

  • Logging in was anti-climactic.  No installing, no cinematic, I couldn’t even really tell if my account had actually upgraded at first!
  • It will take me a while to get used to flying in Orgrimmar.  I still find myself flying through gates, like the one to the Valley of Honor.
  • Vashj’r was a good choice.  Not very much competition, and swimming really isn’t that bad!  Also, SEAHORSE!

Stay tuned for pretty screenshots, funny stories and maybe even a guide or two!

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Tales from the Dungeon Finder

Monday, January 18th, 2010

You meet all kinds.

Since they released the Dungeon Finder tool, I’ve been taking advantage of it like a {insert off-colour reference}.  Most notably, with my Paladin.  No, not that one… my OTHER paladin.  She hit 20 and spec’d prot just in time for the Dungeon Finder, and has leveled almost exclusively using it.

It’s amazing the kind of people you run into in these old world, low level dungeon runs.  While I know it can’t be true, it feels like 90% of the people I group with have never played the game before.  Kaeira just hit level 30, and rather than expatiating upon each adventure in its own post, I’ve collected the tales of the last 10 levels and condensed them all here into one for your enjoyment.

These are mostly paraphrased as I rarely think to take screenshots of these things.  But you’ll get the general idea, minus most of the bad grammar.

Also, I would like to mention how sad I am that so many of these are Hunters.  :(

Deadmines:

My very first foray into my Dungeon Finder journey:

Hunter: “I’m new to this game.  How do I get on my mount?”
Me: “That’s not a mount.  That’s your pet.”
Hunter: “Ohhh.”

Shadowfang Keep:

You know that room with Commander Spingvale which can be dangerous for pulling the entire room?  Not to mention, many of those mobs like to silence.  While I’m carefully trying to pull groups of 1 or 2, the hunter gets too close, aggroes the entire room (including the boss) and causes a wipe.  She then says: ”I’m gonna be lazy.  Rez me when you get back lol.” and does just that – waits til we run back to res her.

In the same run, just before Fenrir (a bit more than halfway through the instance), the warlock says, “Gotta go to work guys, I’m going to put myself on follow for the rest of the dungeon.  Bye!”  I sure am thankful for the “Vote to Kick” feature.

Blackfathom Deeps:

I think a quick recount is all that’s really needed to tell you the story about this Hunter.

No wait, that’s not all that’s needed.  He also asked if we would wait so he could tame one of the demons.

During the same run, the prot paladin forgot to put Righteous Fury up after a wipe until reminded by someone at the next boss.  (oops, that was me…)

The really sad thing?  Remember the bad hunter?  He still came in second for DPS (just behind me, the tank).

Stormwind Stockades:

I actually got into an instance as DPS instead of tank!  While I was still spec’d prot, I managed to nonetheless beat out the rest of the dps… including a hunter two levels above me.

Gnomeragan:

I ran Gnomer about a dozen times.  The worst story is from the one time is from the only time I disliked someone enough to actually leave group myself.  I got brought in part way through the instance, as the first tank had left… and I soon found out why.  This rogue wanted to tank it – one of those “I know how to do this better than you” types.  After he continued to pull mobs while we still hadn’t killed the ones we were on, I finally told the group that if they didn’t need a tank, I’d leave and let the rogue do it.  When the rogue said he could handle it, I left.  I wonder if they ever made it the rest of the way!

My best story from Gnomer is when I’d finally run it enough times to actually know my way around.  I never ever wanted to know my way around that wretched place!  Anyway, why was it the best?  Because the Dungeon Finder set us up with this group, and it actually went very smoothly:

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Talk about PallyPower!

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Bringing Ferguson Back from the (Un)Dead

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Remember that healer I re-rolled a while back? *points to the Undead in the banner*  Well, he’s been quite torpid, calmly sitting around in the Feralas Inn for several months now while I’ve been happy playing about with my other alts.  But the thought finally hit me – he can be a healer again!  Thanks to the wonder of the new LFG system, he’ll surely have no issues finding groups, and I don’t have to be shadow anymore… he can do what he always was meant to do – heal!

I logged on to Ferguson yesterday and finished up getting him from 54 to 56, and now he’s nearly ready to head to Outlands and start his healing journey all over again.  I can’t wait to be leveling through Northrend again!

I’m going to wait til I get to Outlands to begin instance-running again though, due to the long and arduous nature of the level 50+ Azeroth dungeons.

I love playing alts I haven’t touched in a while.  It gives me that same feeling as the feeling I get rolling a new character, without all the messy low levels!

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Bow Lovin’ Dwarf Chick

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

If you hadn’t noticed by my lack of ‘This Week in Raiding’ posts lately, I haven’t been raiding much.  There are many reasons for it, school and work have been keeping my schedule unpredictable, and our guild has lost many key members, and we can’t pull together much on our own anymore.

Well, a friend of mine tired desperately to get me to faction & server transfer to raid with her…

AND I DID IT!

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Just kidding.

There’s no way my Troll could ever be anything but a Troll!  It just isn’t right.  And I’m just too cheap.

So instead, I rerolled a new Dwarf (yes, a female!) Hunter on Skullcrusher to quickly level up to play with her.

Meet Ailsa, and her fuzzy bear friend Righneas (it means Tenacity in Gaelic or Scottish or something.  I’m that clever.)  And yes, she uses a bow. Remnants of my Trollish tendancies, maybe?

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Observations

It’s been a long time since I leveled a hunter… nearly 4 years, actually.  And a lot of things have changed.  But it’s interesting to level a class you already know very well, and I’ve discovered a few things:

  • With the removal of the dead zone, leveling 1-10 with no pet is so much easier.
  • Kiting is your best strategy for 1-10, not melee.
  • Make sure you keep those ammo stacks at 1000!
  • Not having Feign Death, Intimidation or Misdirect makes me much squishier, and there’s a lot less room for aggro.
  • OMG HOW DID WE EVER LEVEL TO 40 WITHOUT A MOUNT?!  MADNESS!
  • Blizzard seriously needs to add Hunter loot to quest rewards, I’m sick of all this cloth and plate or spirit leather crap.
  • Female dwarves have extremely bouncy boobs.  Every heard of a bra?  Seriously, ouch.

As of writing this, I’ve just hit level 36.  That’s 36 levels in only a week and a half! Not too bad for me.  Now just another 44 levels to go!  *sigh*