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ZombiePirate Awaits the Cataclysm


Despite taking time out to administer a kicking to Gribblin’s effeminate migrants last week I’ve been spending more time recently in Azeroth as a kind of break from everything really. While I certainly haven’t been full-time I’ve taken some opportunities to relax and enjoy myself before cracking open more blister packs and boxsets to get on with what I need to do to reinforce my War of the Ring force and make a start on all that Dark Eldar goodness.

It is a widely held belief that the patch that deals with the breaking of Azeroth will arrive tomorrow, I’ve done some of the quests involved in the Cataclysm event but haven’t really taken much time out to participate in the city defence parts. Instead I’ve been chilling out on my Troll Shaman, Phake, doing stuff I want to do. This has seen me running around various places just grabbing some fun achievements as well as ducking inside Heroics through the LFD system. Phake now has a raw gearscore of 4.4k not accounting my gems and enchants (not fully gemmed and enchanted yet hence GS won’t take all things into account). I’m certainly enjoying playing my Shaman again and am now kitted out with three Tier 9 pieces, only the legs and chest to go!

My latest achievements are pretty cool as far as I am concerned, I’ve been in some dungeon groups that have been just awesome as well as the ones you hear about more frequently that suck ass. Last night I finished off my Ambassador achievement for getting Exalted with all five Horde cities. I just need to do some Kodo shopping now to possess all the mounts. I wanted to get this finished before Cataclysm as I am not sure what is going to happen considering there will be new cities and the world is going to change dramatically. I’ll also have to admit that it is also kind of cheat for me. Phake was originally Lekktra, a Draenei Shaman and was Exalted with Stormwind and Darnassus before switching across to the Horde when she was 80. This gave me a leg up in terms of finishing off the rest of the cities, Thunderbluff was the longest and hardest, I did all the newbie quests in Mulgore, some dungeon quests, cleared out Thousand Needles and still needed some from Ferelas before hitting the target. I have a shiny new title and no need to bother worrying about reputation anymore.

I also achieved my Northrend Dungeon Hero. Considering I have played Wrath on and off since it was released it was only last night I came across the Bog Lord type boss in Ahn’kahet…. I seriously didn’t know this guy existed as I have never ever seen anybody actually do it. When I got ported in there last night I asked the PUG if anyone minded doing all the bosses as it was the last place I needed to go for that Achievement. They kindly agreed. So we went through even doing the achievement for the first boss of not killing any guardians. We rocked through the place but after killing the final boss the Healer quit but the rest of the group wanted to help me grab my achievement, I was stunned to find a group of players willing to go out of their way to help me. It was a shame though that none of them were from my own server! (I don’t think anyone on Argent Dawn runs Heroics anymore, or that’s the way it seems). I was tasked with healing, despite being a single spec Elemental Shaman. So, I switched some totems around, popped Earthliving on my weapon and fired Water Shield up. We then proceeded to 4 man a boss I’d never seen before and had no idea of tactics, no-one even died!

I went and got my T9 helmet with all the Justice Points I’d earnt (taking me up to 3 pieces) gemmed all my stuff up now I am at the hit cap and logged off early for the night happy with my progress. I’ve achieved what I wanted to do before Azeroth changes (Ambassador Phake woot!) and even though in a few weeks the gear landscape is going to change I like progressing my Shaman back to a half decent level. While friends and I might well be making a reunion for Cataclysm (Blood Elf warrior maybe) I’ll probably still want to get Phake up to 85 when I can.

Tonight I think I’ll be back onto the modelling to give me a break from the computer, I have to do something with some Easterlings!

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Nostalgia – A Dish Best Served With A Side of AOE


I blogged the other day about my guilty pleasure, an occassional foray into gaming’s crackwhore behemoth World of Warcraft. However, since the 4.0.1 patch vastly changed the Class landscape I’ve not been sure about my fresh 80 Death Knight. Hence how I’ve hit 80 and not done a thing with her, spending my time between various alts (this will not surprise anyone I’ve played the game with) and currently enjoying the awesomeness of my Subtlety Rogue. She can stealth up behind things and pretty much one-shot mobs with Ambush, after rifling through the lint in their pockets of course!

After two nights playing (finally fixing a lag issue I’ve had) I’ve spent maybe three or four hours and taken my Rogue from level 26 through to 31 in that time. I use TourGuide to help my levelling, however, now things have been tweaked the XP comes that thick and fast that you can quickly outpace the guide, even with regular questing this is the case let alone adding in running Instances. According to my TourGuide I should be finishing off my quests in Stonetalon Mountains when really I can make a start at Stranglethorn Vale or go for what should be my second foray into Thousand Needles. I am about 5 levels ahead of TourGuide right now so am trying to skip ahead into the right zones for my level but with TourGuide some quests you pick up really far in advance and then hand them in much later so things like that I am skipping on.

Once I hit level 31 last night I decided to take a break from the ass-kicking I was handing out with my Rogue and went for a potter about with the Cataclysm quests on my Death Knight. To cut a long story short I ended up responding to a PST regarding a group that wanted a healer for Karazhan. They had already got one but took along my Death Knight to tank. 5k+ DPS are not going to be tanked by a fresh level 80 Death Knight, however, at level 80 we went in with 5 of us and AOE’d the whole place down in around 40 minutes.

The most fun I ever had with WoW were playing with Servitob, Mrs Servitob and nBreaker when we were in a guild together raiding this place as level 70s. It was challenging, it was fun and we spent far too much time playing WoW once we started raiding. Yet, despite the time sink it became I remember it fondly, going back with a group of strangers and walking through the place brought back a lot of those memories. It was nice to see the place again and watch the familiar bosses even if everyone of them went down in under a minute! I even got some RP loot hehe.

We may not have done the place properly but I still class that raid as the single crowning glory in WoW, certainly was nice to be in there again.

I’m still not sure if I like the gameplay changes to the Death Knight though, but at least I have a new shiny achievement!