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Things to be thankful of in Wrath

Posted in Fun, Reputation, Roleplaying with tags , , on November 19, 2010 by Natarumah

Cataclysm will mark new beginnings for many – Worgen and Goblin characters, new race/class combos, new raids and rated battlegrounds – but also the end of many things. I have made posts before on the removal of epic questlines, reputations and raids, and it seems like this week or the next things will come to their inevitable and final conclusion. That means it is time for me to recap the things I have done to fill my time until Cataclysm comes, and perhaps inspire someone to hunt after something to do in the last week(s).

Hero of the Zandalar Tribe

I managed to get Exalted with the Zandalar some time ago, and there’s still one or two lockouts to go to try and get one of the Zul’gurub mounts. It’s not hard to get this done at the moment, because two people can easily clear the place for rep, and the items that drop in the instance itself can be turned in for more. They are also sold on the auction house (bijoux and coins) so if you really want it, it can be yours for gold as well as time.

He fed on our tears, but made us heralds

What started as an initiative from another guild to complete Herald of the Titans led to me joining in and getting it as well. Miracle above miracles, it all went so well we also managed the achievement “He Feeds on your Tears” which involves no one dying during the fight and killing him in one go. Some other people joined in later who also wanted the title, so we ran it again a few times,  but now we’ve finally laid Ulduar to rest.

I would love to also get Alone in the Darkness done, but it becomes harder and harder to run Ulduar these days and the achievement is not easy even in ICC gear. But once I have free time again half-way Cataclysm I might revisit the place as both me and my guildmaster would love to complete a Vala’nyr as well…

Veteran of the Shifting Sands

It’s an epic questline spanning the globe and various instances inside it – a journey so long, expensive and devastating to morale it warranted me writing a guide on it. Completing this is one of those things that is completely pointless, since all gates of Ahn’Qiraj start out opened on new servers, and all of the old ones are already open. I won’t be riding a smexy black scarab (unless Archaeology is nice to me) but at least I will get a Feat of Strength for it – and keep the fond memories of doing the quests with two of my guildies.

Tribute to Dedicated Insanity

After the gearing for Herald, this became our new focus. People come and go and time has been an issue, but we’ve managed to one-shot the first four bosses of Trial of the Grand Crusader with no deaths and in appropriate gear. That alone I consider quite an achievement. Anub’arak proved to be a bit difficult still, but I am confident that if we manage to get our group together for the next lockout we will fare much better.

Dungeon Set 2 – Soulforge

Natarumah’s dungeon set was unfortunately very ugly, but the Soulforge set made me want to complete the questline to upgrade Dungeon 1 to Dungeon 2 on my Paladin alt, Aranth. It took a bit of time and many, many UBRS runs – but now that it is finally complete I am happy to have him sport his silver and purple plate armor.

Some classes do not have very interesting dungeon sets, but I consider the Paladin (Soulforge) and Druid (Feralheart) sets to be interesting enough that it would warrant putting in some extra effort.

Epic Class Quests

Gone but not forgotten are the quests to achieve rewards that were once considered the mark of a successful player: the Paladin and Warlock epic mounts, the Druid flight form, Anathema/Benediction and the Hunter quest for Rok’delar. I have been fortunate in that I loved doing these quests, so I managed to get them all done on my alts before they will be gone forever.

Quests that I have done also include the Shaman totem quests and the Druidic form quests, but to be honest I am glad that these will go away. It is one thing to do a quest to obtain something like a mount or epic item, but having to go to the ends of the earth just to get basic class abilities is something I don’t agree with.

Warlocks were in a similar boat, having to do quests to obtain their warlock pets. And while I also loved doing the quest for Ritual of Doom and learning the Curse of Doom spell from an obscure book dropped by Elite mobs or learning to summon an Infernal, I agree with Blizzard’s decision to remove those quests. Being able to call forth an Infernal or Doomguard used to be quite an increase in power and a surprise factor in PvP, but today we can use them as snugly little cooldowns. Better, in my opinion.

Mercenary of Sholazar

Today I will do the last quest to get myself Exalted with the Oracles and get the Mercenary of Sholazar achievement. I am glad I will have it done, especially since I never want to see those dim-witted Murloc offshoots and their Precious Pup enemies ever again. Ever. The saddest thing is that some people who want the Green Protodrake from the Oracle egg will have to come back more often – but not as sad as how I feel for people who just grinded from Oracles to Frenzyheart only to find out they offer nothing of use.

In the works

From what I heard, once the shattering has hit Azeroth, we will already be able to learn Archaeology and dig around for items in the wasteland of the world. That sounds like something I can spend some time on before December 7th, and I am hoping it will be.

Our Tribute runs will continue until we get the title or it goes bust, so that is also some time in the bag, as well as getting ready for Cataclysm. The first 10 professions skillups or so we can still get from Wrath materials, so I already started to gather a stash of it while I have the time for it.

For Cataclysm there are quite some projects I want to start, from a Troll Druid to a Worgen and a Goblin and perhaps even roll a Death Knight. I’ve been flirting with rolling one for quite some time, but never actually did. In that regard, Cataclysm at least will offer me a new leveling experience from 1-60, meaning I will have a lot easier time to get that done that now. Considering I have seen every quest at least 3 times on 7 different characters I can be grateful for that.

Conclusion

So, are you going to finish up loose ends in Classic or simply prepare for Cataclysm and steamroll through to level 85? And when you look back at Classic from level 85, what will you be glad you have done?

Patches, Expansions and the vanishing world

Posted in Fun, Guides, Raids and Instances, Reputation, Roleplaying with tags , , , on October 11, 2010 by Natarumah

As you may know, patch 4.0.1 is right around the corner. With this patch, all of the basic game mechanics changes will be live (talents, glyphs, User Interface, the works). It also might allow us to work on the next pre-expansion event, since they are now on the PTR for testing. According to what I know, patch 4.0.3 would be the Cataclysm itself, changing the old world forever and making everything ready for the expansion. You might not be able to fly in Azeroth yet, but you should be able to get a feel for the place you will be spending the rest of your game time in.

(Spoilers!): This post will contain information regarding questlines which will be removed, changes in achievements and the like for Cataclysm. If you want to be surprised and not know what’s in store – stop reading here.

Out with the old

This also means that some changes will permanently end our ability as player to get our hands on certain achievements, gear and questlines. In other words, some things need to be done now if you ever want to get them done.

Scepter of the Shifting Sands

According to reports from the PTR, this one’s broken. The NPC Narain Soothefancy has been moved, and no longer gives the quests. According to Bornakk the quest will be fine in 4.0.1, but when the Cataclysm hits (4.0.3?) it will definitely break. I myself completed the Red and Green questlines and am a few Elementium Ore away from finishing the Blue questline. I suggest that if you have the intention of doing this line, start now.

Each run in Blackwing Lair has a chance to net you 1-6 Elementium Ore. So far I’ve never seen more than 6 drop, but if you are lucky it can happen. They also can be bought on the Auction House, but usually for ridiculous amounts of gold. As far as show-stoppers, the Elementium needed for crafting the Arcanite Buoy is definitely the worst.

Zul’gurub

The [Zul’gurub] and [Deadliest Catch] achievements become a Feat of Strength, and being Exalted with the Zandalar as well. The whole area has become a leveling zone on the PTR, so it seems that if you want those Trolls to like you and have it on record, you’d have to do it now. The Zulian Tiger and Razzashi Raptor are two rare drops from the bosses, and there’s no telling if they will become available through some other means, or are simply gone.

It’s not all bad, however. Zul’gurub has a 3-day lockout, can be soloed by a tank or 2-manned by anything else, and awards 2.5K-3K rep per run. During the run you will also find rep items (coins and bijoux) which can be turned in from more rep. A combination of 3 coins of the right types awards 25 rep, while destroying a bijou gives you 75 rep. Each of these actions also awards you with 1 Zandalar Honor Token, which you can use to gain another 50 rep.

A good tip would be that if you have well-geared alts, to do multiple runs in ZG. If your character’s less powerful, find others who also need the rep. Between your characters you will easily amass the rep and items to become Exalted in two or three weeks. You can also buy them on the Auction House, but now that people are aware that they are a rare commodity now, the prices are going up.

You also gain some rep by handing in the Head of Hakkar for the first time, and obtaining your class gear from the Zandalar.

Epic Class Quests

It’s not 100% sure to me whether the Epic Class quests (Hunter, Paladin, Warlock and Priest) will vanish or not, but it’s a fact that there’s no better time to get them done than right now.

The Hunter quest begins with the Petrified Leaf dropping from Majordomo Executus in Molten Core, and leads you to a ring of Elder Trees in Felwood. A good write-up of the questline can be found on Wowwiki and WoWHead and at level 70+ the quest is a breeze. The reward is an epic bow which sprouts flowers, a quiver and a staff. While not the most awesome pieces of eye-candy, it does have that “I did that” feel.

The Priest quest likewise begins with Majordomo’s chest and the Eye of Divinity that drops from it. The second part of it is the Eye of Shadow dropping from Elite demons in Winterspring and Blasted Lands. Again, a full description of the quest can be found on Wowwiki and Wowhead.Your reward for this quest is Benediction, a Holy Priest’s staff, which can be transformed into the shadow-staff Anathema.

Paladin and Warlock quests revolve around their mounts, and start at the class trainer. Nowadays you can get these mounts from the trainer without doing the quest, and completing the quest is a Feat of Strength. But with changes to the areas in which the quests are done, such as the Plaguelands, make it impossible to complete it. Even if this is not intentional, it could be a long time until that’d be fixed.

Crafting Recipes

When dungeons and areas are changed, it is possible that loot tables are adjusted for mobs in the area, or that vendors are (re)moved. Examples are the Gnome vendors in Azshara where you can get the engineering schematic for the water-breathing helm. I can imagine that with the Goblins invading the area, they’d be taking up their business and leave, taking the pattern with them.

I’d recommend getting the addon Ackis’ Recipe List and using it. When you open your crafting pane, you see a button called “scan”. It will then give you the locations of each recipe for that tradeskill, if you do not know it yet. Especially in the old world, a lot of Blacksmithing recipes could be gotten via quests started in areas you’d normally not spend time anymore, such as Winterspring. With this, you can be sure to satisfy your completionist’s soul while you still can.

Unusual Questlines

There are tons of unusual questlines, which are very long, expensive or out of the way. Since the design for Cataclysm is to streamline and enhance the leveling experience, some of these are likely to go away. A good list on this can be found here, so you can check if there’s any in there that seem interesting. If you feel bored and want to relive some of the old days, go and do some of these old quests. Do bring lunch however, some of these take more travelling time than actual questing!

Conclusion

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. There’s no way you can predict what will stay and what will go in Cataclysm. Maybe pets and mounts will become available through alternative means, maybe not. If you want to get some of these classic things done, now is the time, because there’s no turning back once the Cataclysm hits.

It is safe to say that the TBC and Wrath quests and items will be largely unchanged, except for no longer offering the special achievements for Northrend raids. So while Invincible and Mimiron’s Head are still to be found when doing the hard modes for LK and Yogg, respectively, you will not be able to get Conqueror of Ulduar, Undying, Immortal and the like.

Best thing to do is make a checklist, in order of how badly you want to get these done along with the Classic stuff, and see what can be done. Others are likely to share your goal, and making this known may spark quite a rush. In our guild, a one-time BWL for the Red scepter shard become a weekend special, as did Onyxia. Achieve your goal, inspire others!

Guides: Feedback and Requests!

Posted in Guides, Professions, PvP, Raids and Instances, Reputation, Roleplaying, Shadowpriest with tags , , on August 2, 2010 by Natarumah

As we are slowly marching on to the release of Cataclysm, I have come to the realization that there are many things I still want to do; my hunter’s epic level 60 quest, completing the Scepter of the Sands questline, completing a few of the old questlines and reputations. So, with a light heart I started completing the Scepter questlines (about halfway now) and started gathering materials for a lot of old world factions like the Thorium Brotherhood.

This prompted me with an idea, for which I will need your assistance. What I want to do is to create a series of guides on some of the old world and Burning Crusade material from the perspective of a Shadowpriest.

Guides I am sure to do at this time are:

  • The Insane title
  • The Scepter of the Shifting Sands questline
  • RP outfits from the old world with RP commentary
  • Loremaster’s Compendium (this will take a while!)

What I will do in those guides is make a clear and step-by-step documentation on how to do it, from a Shadowpriest perspective. I don’t care if it can be solo’d by a Hunter or Paladin, but if a Shade can do it – and if not, what you will need to get it done. The usual niceties apply; maps for quests and locations, questlines in order, requirements listed beforehand and if any useful addons currently exist to help you.

I also want to include a “cheat sheet” with each guide, basically a one-page checklist of all the materials you will need to fulfill the requirements of the guide, including some optional stuff if applicable. To me it should feel like this one page when printed out and put next to your keyboard should answer all your needs when checking the AH or grinding.

I know there are many other guides out there, most of them paid, but what I am going for is to make it specific for our needs and to put some brains in it. That is to say, if there is a smarter way of getting it done than the usual, I go for it. I will try to get a sample guide done this week to show you what I mean.

What I need from you guys is to tell if you feel a guide should have more “meat” in it than I described. I need these guides to be usable and complete, not quick rundowns. Consider this your chance to get your wishes across – I am writing these guides for you, after all!

Second, I want to know if there are any reputations, questlines or other guide-worthy subjects you want to see published; I am open for requests and there’s plenty time for me to go and get firsthand experience as well as research these subject matters. Just keep in mind I am looking for things that are Shadowpriest-specific; I don’t think I will make a guide on completing the hunter epic quest or a showcase of Paladin armor. It also doesn’t need to be Classic-only. The Burning Crusade has a lot of fun things to do that would be helped by a clear how-to.

Let’s get the ball rolling!

Return to Innocence

Posted in Shadowpriest with tags , , on March 10, 2009 by Natarumah

inv_offhand_stratholme_a_02With the completion of the Anathema questline last week, I have been pondering doing all of the other “classic priest” quests and getting the old sets. I am talking about transforming Dungeon Set 1 into Dungeon Set 2, and the like. Doing so would have a few advantages:

  • Clearing old world dungeons for rep / Dungeon Set 1
  • Doing some quests to turn that into Dungeon Set 2
    • Gaining rep with various factions in the process
    • Adding to the “Quests done” and “Loremaster” achievements
    • Getting rid of some old enchanting/leatherworking mats
  • Perhaps having some set items drop for my Druid and Warlock to do the same
  • Quests being at your level, I would still gain some gold from it

Anyway, this is the list as I have prepared it:

Priest Dungeon Set 1 (Vestments of the Devout)

  • Devout Belt (Trash Mobs in Blackrock Spire, BoE)
  • Devout Bracers (Trash Mobs in Stratholme, BoE)
  • Devout Crown (Darkmaster Gandling in Scholomance, BoP)
  • Devout Gloves (Archivist Galford in Stratholme, BoE)
  • Devout Mantle (Solakar Flamewreathe in Upper Blackrock Spire, BoP)
  • Devout Robe (General Drakkisath in Upper Blackrock Spire, BoP)
  • Devout Sandals (Malekki the Pallid in Stratholme, BoP)
  • Devout Skirt (Baron Rivendare in Stratholme, BoP)

Most of this can be soloed, although I have done this on my Druid before and I think my Shade may be a tad more squishy. Either way the best way to find out is to go out and try it. I will update this list when I get an item. I am not going to hurry it though, this is not a week project in its entirety.

Dungeon Set 2 (Vestments of the Virtuous)

In addition to requiring pieces of Dungeon Set 1, these quest chains ask for a truckload of items. Each questline converts a “batch” of items at once, as follows:

Questline 1: Bracers
Questline 2: Belt and Gloves
Questline 3: Pants, Shoulders and Boots
Questline 4: Helm and Chest

My shopping list to get these quests done consists of the following (mileage may vary depending on drops, AH and profession alts):

  • 180 gold total
  • Delicate Arcanite Convertor [Engineering Alt]
  • Greater Eternal Essence x4 [Enchanting leftovers]
  • Stonescale Oil x10 [Alchemist Alt]
  • Goblin Rocket fuel as needed [Engineering Alt]
  • Dark Iron Bar x3 [AH]
  • Mooncloth x3 [Tailoring, AH]
  • Enchanted Leather x20 [Leatherworking Alt, AH]
  • Cured Rugged Hide x4 [Leatherworking Alt]
  • Large Brilliant Shard x8 [Enchanting leftovers]
  • Dark Rune x5 [Farming, BoP]
  • Flask of Supreme Power [Alchemist Alt]
  • Firebloom x5 [Alchemist Alt]
  • 4 Twilight Cultist’s Trappings (Cowl, Robe, Mantle) [Farming, AH]
  • Twilight Cultist’s Medallion of Station [Quest]
    • Large Brilliant Shard [Enchanting Leftovers]
    • Abyssal Crest x3 (Using 3 of the Twilight Sets) [Summoning Dukes]

Well, that is the list so far. A long road ahead of me, and I will take some off hours now and then when I have nothing to do to get some of this stuff done. I have a good idea on what to do and how to get there, and it will help me get quite some achievements. Also, it will give my production alts something to do, level on, and strive to achieve as well!