October 20, 2016

Hippogryph Hunting

I've been sitting on this blog post since the beginning of the month. The reason I haven't talked about it sooner is that it still feels like a fresh wound. I was so close to something and lost it. Of course it's nothing that important, but for a collector like me, it feels that way. I'm talking about the Reins of the Long-Forgotten Hippogryph. Since the finding of it a while back, every time I'm in Azsuna I take a little time to look. This usually turns out with no findings, but on two separate occasions I've gotten semi lucky.

My first crystal sighting was on September 15th. The crystal findings were still pretty new, and not very many varied locations had been found. I searched all the locations that were discovered and ran around the area, but I had no luck. It bothered me, and the crystal stayed up all day! So I guess no one else was lucky in their findings either. I found that a bit strange, but since it was still new I just dismissed it. Maybe the thing was bugged at the time and only one spawned? Who knows, but it did light a spark!

location: 59,37
I didn't find another crystal until a few weeks later. It was late on a Sunday evening and I had just finished my world quests. I decided to take a little trip to  Azsuna before logging off for the night. Then I saw it, sitting perfectly still under the water, damn. I knew I wasn't going to bed any time soon. I was somewhat prepared this time as I had downloaded TomTom and now had some macros for points set. Slowly I started finding them... very slowly. In fact, I started around 10:30 PM and decided to stop looking at around 2:00 AM. I was only able to find 4 out of 5 crystals. So with sore eyes that could barely stay open and a heavy heart, I went to bed.

(mouse over each image for coordinate locations)

So the next morning I reevaluated how I went about things. While checking WoWhead comments I saw that about 30 minutes after I called off my search, someone on my server found all of the crystals and left a comment. I would say that I was happy for them, but I was more disappointed in myself because I was so close to it! Sadly I had not kept up to date with many of the new spawn points. In fact, one of the crystals I found were at one of those locations. Another one of my downfalls was I play with graphics settings all maxed out. This coupled with the tiredness definitely inhibited me from seeing ones that spawn in areas that are very grassy. I know better now, and I won't make the same mistake again.

To be honest, that was the last time I bothered looking for the crystals. Since then, I've been avoiding Azsuna at all cost except for when Court of Farondis is the daily emissary. I think this week I will start up again since I'm beginning to get the itch once more. I know I will get it. I just can't get discouraged, and I must remain patient. Of course once it's mine you can expect another post. This definitely won't be the last time I talk about this one.

October 4, 2016

Champion of Azeroth

I stand in the Chamber of the Guardian and look over the one Pillar of Creation I retrieved from Val'sharah. One of the first questions I asked after hitting 110 was "Where are the other pillars?". I completed each zone, read each quest, but I guess I didn't pay enough attention to the fact that they were located in dungeons. Up until a few days ago, they still remained there. It was no one's fault but my own. I hate queuing for randoms because you never know what kind of group you will get. I eventually got it done with my group of wonderful friends. I'm lucky to have a little guild that can run stuff with me, but if you don't, then dungeon/group finder is your other option.

This past week, the first wing of LFR for the Emerald Nightmare was released. While LFR may offer little in upgrades if you're doing world quests and such, it's a good opportunity for people who don't have a dedicated raid group or the time to raid to at least see the bosses. However, this will be the first time that certain quests aren't able to be completed using the LFR system.

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The quests In Nightmares and Essence of Power must be completed in normal+ modes of the raid. There has been much outcry that this isn't fair since many previous quests such as the ones that awarded legendaries back in MoP and WoD were able to be completed in all versions of the raid. To my knowledge, these two quests only award an artifact appearance when completed. I have no issue with Blizzard locking an artifact appearance behind higher raid difficulties since it wouldn't be the first time that's happened. However, I would have a problem with this if it were a key quest in advancing the Legion story line. I don't think that will ever happen, but if it does, I'll make noise!

So the only choice that someone who only runs LFR has is to look for pre-made groups, hope they finally get accepted, and that the group actually makes it to the bosses to complete the quests. I can see people forming groups for this raid in the future of the expansion just for this purpose. Hopefully by that time, the content is so obsolete that you're not being declined over and over. That being said, I do think that Blizzard should have communicated better about this restriction. People will always want the new and shiny things that are released, and this is no different especially when things have never worked that way before. Hopefully in the future these things are made clearer.

I also don't think we should be looking down on those who only run LFR or call the people who raid "no lifers". Two wrongs don't make a right, and you don't know the person behind the computer's circumstances. You basically adapt your game play to your lifestyle and sometimes that means you need to sit back and realize that not everything will be obtainable to you. I will probably never get that appearance unlocked anytime soon along with many other items that just don't fit my play style and never will. I won't let that get me down, since there are plenty of other things I can do. I am not the champion of Azeroth that the game wants me to be, and I'm completely alright with that.

September 26, 2016

Fish Fry!

One of my favorite pastimes - fishing. Not really! I absolutely hate fishing IRL. I remember my father taking me when I was younger, and I thought it was the most boring thing ever. I'd usually release all the bait fish in hopes that we'd get to go home sooner. I did enjoy the smell of the sea water and sometimes seeing the porpoise swimming around. It's good memories though. However, fishing in Warcraft, I could do that all day. Put a cold drink by my side, blast some of my favorite music, and I'm all set.

My good friend, Nat Pagle.
So when I found out that there would be a fishing artifact, I was really happy. I previously won the Northrend fishing competition once and the Booty Bay competition twice in my years of playing WoW, so this was going to be another one of those achievements for myself. With El's Extreme Anglin' gone, I had to search elsewhere for information. While I don't mind using WoWhead for guides, I do prefer sites that are mainly dedicated to a certain thing (such as WarcraftPets for mini pets and Petopia for hunters). I did manage to find a pretty well put together guide that I used. Here is the link for those that are curious.

I went into the expansion knowing about the artifact, so as I leveled through each zone, I'd fish in many of the pools that I'd come across. I know the guide says to use arcane lures from Conjurer Margoss, but the reality for me is that I haven't even visited him yet - oops! That's right, I did this all without. I don't necessarily think it took longer for me, and maybe having those lures would have helped. With my old fishing line, hat, and boots, I was fishing at around 855. Sometimes I'd also use Worm Supreme, so I'm not sure using an arcane lure would have made a difference or not. It's too late to sit here and wonder about it now.

I can't give many tips except to definitely pay attention to the fishing dailies in each zone. I was able to complete one in Highmountain that awarded me with an item for a rare bait. Another thing I learned from browsing many threads was that despite being able to catch the items for the axefish lure and ravenous fly in the ocean, you need to be in the Great Sea to effectively use them. So once you catch them, swim out and use your bait. I liked the open sea off of Sauramar. Lots of little rock islands to sit on and quietly fish from.

So what's next in my fishing plans? Well I will slowly work on leveling up my artifact when the time strikes me. I also plan on finally getting myself acquainted with Conjurer Margoss. There is a mount and mini pet I need from him. I'm also going to take some time and work on The Wish Remover since I have the original achievement. However, my biggest wish would be to see a new fishing competition or possible a revamp of the old one. I won't be holding my breath with this, but as with all things, you never know what the future will bring.

September 15, 2016

Memories of Ebonchill

As a frost mage, I tend to have a bit more of an advantage when it comes to gathering reputation. Ebonchill has this lovely ability called The Council's Wisdom which gives us frost mages a buff that increases reputation gain by 5%. This is wonderful, especially as you're working towards that Nightfallen reputation to move forward in that quest line, but keep in mind that it doesn't persist through death. I also wanted to add that this also stacks with the Darkmoon Faire carousel buff. This buff can be acquired in Dalaran by talking to one of the Council of Tirisfal memories. These "memories" are actually NPCs that are located in certain parts of the city. While these aren't hard to find, I thought it would be nice to have a little visual guide for those who may have a little trouble or just want to see what the NPCs look like. Though to be fair, I spent way too long looking for Eldragosa who is a large dragon laying on a building. She's not hard to miss yet I ran past her a few times that day!

Blinks was the first memory I was shown via the quest, so I didn't have any issues remembering where this little guy is sitting. You'll have to go in a building for this one. He's on the balcony of the Photonic Playground at about 42,48.

One wouldn't think that a large dragon taking a nap on a building would be something hard to spot, but believe it or not, this one gave me the most trouble. I never thought of looking up while looking for this memory so imagine my surprise when I found it. Eldragosa can be found napping on the herbalist building at about 44,33.

Eve can be found reading a book near the Antonidas Memorial at around 47,17.

Little "Fidge" is pretty easy to spot since she's at a location you either hearth to or pass by going in and out of the city. She is at the entrance to Krasus' Landing at 61,44.

Fiora can be found sipping her glass of wine upstairs in the Violet Citadel. She is located by a table around 24,50.

Seanus (I wonder who he is a reference too... hmmm? lol) is sitting on the stoop of Glorious Goods. He can be found at 51,67.

Finally we have Vyrin who is looking over a map in the Legermain Lounge. He is standing toward the back of the room at about 48,41.

It's also worth mentioning that the quest Memories of Ebonchill tells us we can seek out a different member each day, sadly there is no achievement tied to this. Hopefully this little visual guide helped if you were having trouble finding them. Now you have no excuse to not buff yourself before going fight through those world quests!

September 7, 2016

Legion: First Thoughts

So Legion has been out a week, and I've had enough time to experience each zone, really think about them, and form my own thoughts about it all. Though it's still too early in the expansion to say "Oh my gosh, this is the best thing ever!", I will say that I'm having much more fun than I had at level in WoD. I have so much to do now that I'm max level that it's overwhelming, but also a breath of fresh air. I'm going to try not to post any zone spoilers, but if you didn't fully quest in an area, you may wan to skip out on reading the section below.

Stormheim: This was the first zone I decided to go to for only one reason - the Gilneas/Forsaken conflict. I was not disappointed, and I'm glad Sylvanas finally got the smirk knocked off of her face because she was doing some shady stuff there. I loved every quest, and the entire story of the zone. The landscape is beautiful and reminded me of the first time I ever stepped foot into Northrend (Howling Fjord). Since completing the zone and going back to explore, I've been finding hidden quests here and there, including one along the coast from a fine murloc gentleman.

Azuna: This was my next choice to quest in because I think that this is one of the prettiest areas in the Broken Isles even though most of it is crumbling into the water. I didn't really care for the intro quest where I was flown to the demon hunter camp, but I'm glad the zone got much better. The blue dragonflight quests and following the story of Prince Farondis made me fall in love all over again. As with Stormheim, the side quests were all really fun and even sometimes funny. I plan on spending a lot of time in this zone, especially after hearing that the mysterious Long Forgotten Hippogryph is around here. I love a good mystery!

Highmountain: This was one of my favorite comics, so I had "high" hopes, heh. I was disappointed. I didn't enjoy the repeat quests for each tribe to kill harpys, and I thought not only the main city, but the entire zone, was a bit of a pain to navigate. The only thing that I enjoyed were the side quests, and thankfully there are many good ones. I won't spoil anything, but there is also a snail race, and I think that is pretty cool. Aside from that, this is a zone that I am dreading bringing my alts through and will probably always save it for last.

Val'sharah: I saved what I thought was going to be the best for last, but it wasn't my favorite zone, and definitely not the worst. I enjoyed it. The zone was beautiful and the quests involving Xavius and the corruption was sweeping through the land was really interesting to experience. However, this area was definitely soured a bit by the ridiculous love story that is Tyrande and Malfurion. I get it, you love him. I don't need you to tell me every 5 minutes. *eyeroll* The final scene with Ysera was beautiful and brought a tear to my eye once again. Only Blizzard can invoke such emotions in me about a video game.

So after I completed the main quests for each zone and most of the side quests, I found myself about 2 bars into 109. What? This is the first time I was genuinely confused that I might have missed something, so I began sweeping back over each area. Sadly I guess because I didn't complete most zone objectives, this put me at a disadvantage. So going back and searching, picking up a lost quest here and there, I hit 110 on a tailoring quest. Pretty sad so I didn't even bother taking a screenshot. This was the first time I ever ran into this problem, and not one I was really happy about.

So now I've been venturing into Suramar a little more each day. I can't really comment on it other than it's beautiful and I really love First Arcanist Thalyssra. I make sure to check on my budding settlement daily and keep my elves well fed. No one will be mana hungry while I'm around! World quests are also great, and I've gotten a few upgrades. My final thing I need to get done are my dungeon quests for the other Pillars of Creation. As someone who goes into full panic mode to run stuff with random players, I will be trying to schedule a run with my wonderful friends so I don't have to worry. Anyway, I hope you are all having fun in Legion so far. Feel free to leave a comment below telling me what you liked or didn't like about your leveling experience!