It just occurred to me…
Because I have a stupid good head with dates for some reason, that over this weekend I celebrated my fourth anniversary of playing WoW.
Given that I only agreed to play it just long enough to get a friend their Refer-A-Friend mount, I find this kind of hilarious.
I am truly worthy of the legendary meta gem. No. Really.
The legendary chains for Mists of Pandaria have been up and down in terms of difficulty.
The 5.0 chain wasn’t that bad, since all of it could be done in LFR and really only the RNG of collecting sigils was a pain. The 5.1 chain had the annoying collect 6000 valor quest, and also forced you to find a group for Twinbraid, Horde side. The 5.2 chain, though, whoo boy. First there was collecting 20 Secrets of the Empire, which again wasn’t too hard given that it could be done, albeit at a lower drop rate, in LFR. Then there was Wrathion’s solo scenario, which I made far harder than it needed to be. The last part of it sees you and a construct of the Titans battle a Sha with 31 million health, and it wasn’t until I figured out my job was to stay alive and HELP the construct, not try to do everything myself, that I finished it.
The scenario sees you make a lance which you need to empower by throwing it at Nalak. When you do this, an add spawns and you have to run away from it as it loses health, until it dies. Clearly all I needed to do then, as a legendary hero of the Horde, was form a Nalak group, pierce the lightning serpent with my lance, and claim the power of the lightning!
I could hang around Nalak, watch the Alliance form a group, throw the lance on the pull, and haul ass the other way until the quest completed.
I’m truly worthy of this legendary meta gem!
In which I defeat, albeit temporarily, the loot boss
In LFR, the best weapon for a DW Frost DK drops off Iron Qon in Pinnacle of Storms. Iron Qon drops a total of three things for a Frost DK: 502 gloves, the shoulder tier piece, and the sword. I won the shoulder tier last week, and I own the 522 Shado Pan Assault gloves.
Queued for Pinnacle of Ten Stacks of Determination Needed To Beat Lei Shen and got in a group at the start. Yay! Group gets to Iron Qon, pulls, blunders our way through the fight, (“TAUNT!” should be the motto for LFR these days; how many fights in that place don’t need a tank taunt?) and kill Iron Qon. Loot window comes up.
It’s the gloves I don’t need.
Cursing a blue streak, I hit my bonus roll and move my mouse over to the macro I have that yells “FEEL FORTUNATE TO RECEIVE THIS GOLD!” when I get gold on my bonus roll.
The fucking SWORD drops.
Cackling madly, I dropped group (because this bunch wasn’t killing the Consorts, let alone Lei Shen) and went to get my sword ready to use. Take that, Loot Boss!
Time for a brief WoW break.
So tonight someone got mad at me for pointing out what they did wrong two attempts on Jin’rokh in a row, and after we got him my raid leader decided that the DPS bracers I won should have gone to the tank because my raid leader is stupid and I just gave up and traded the fuckers because I didn’t need the goddamn hassle, and I’m fed the fuck up with carrying their generally sorry asses and not being appreciated as guild master, so fuck it, not only will they not see me until Tuesday reset, I’m going to stop really being the hardest working guy in the guild. Bare minimum effort from me, fuck getting VP capped, fuck making sure I have the best gear, fuck it, it’s just a game and I shouldn’t be this fucking angry over it.
The little things
In my Blizzard gaming experience, sometimes I like the little things. The details just added to give a small bit of flavor to the game, sometimes in just a few seconds. In Diablo 3, I like the one line wonder characters, like that poor bastard in Act 1 who exclaims as you run past him the first time “I promised Marko I’d protect him-and now he’s dead!” or the smarmy asshole in Act 2 who remarks that Adria looks great for her age, only for Adria to basically tell him to fuck off.
Right now in WoW, my favorite one line character is at the Sunreaver base on the Isle of Thunder. During phase two and three, as the base was being built larger and larger, there was a Sunreaver construct, one of their mana robots, that went around carrying boxes while getting yelled at for being inept by some pretty boy Sunreaver. Periodically, the robot would just announce, out of the blue, “CARRIER HAS ARRIVED.” It was like he was proud that he’d made it there and wanted the world to know.
Anyway, the Carrier disappeared during Phase 4 as construction seemed finished, and I mourned the loss of the well meaning robot. Horde side on my server opened Phase 5 today, and I returned from exploring the new area to see a robot that hadn’t been walking around during phase 4 wandering around the base. I had a feeling about it, so I stuck around.
And sure enough, he walked up to a stack of crates and proclaimed “CARRIER HAS ARRIVED.”
Like I said, I love the little things.
“Hey, I’m bored and my two 90s are valor capped, what shall I do? Eh, let’s try pet battles!”
SEVERAL HOURS LATER.
“Holy crap, addicted to pet battles!”
When you are number 6 in DPS in LFR on your monk, which you are utterly AWFUL at, that’s a sign you need to log out and go do something else
You guys and gals who play WoW remember the last boss of Drak’Tharon Keep, Tharon’ja? Skeleton thing that turned you into skeletons periodically.
Check this out:
Yes, he’s back on the Isle of Thunder!
How’d I find him?
Take one part my pandaren monk alt in the saurok disguise. Add one part hurrying back to turn in quests because said alt was about to hit honored with the Sunreaver guys and that meant I could buy a 476 belt for her. Add the amazing leaping ability of the saurok transformation and what I thought was a short cut.
Yes, I jumped over a hill, turned back into my panda, and landed right in front of Tharon’ja. Only aggroed one mob though. Still, landing and seeing this was a definite “holy shit!” moment.
Isle of Giants, plus vendor that sells disguise that turns you into a dinosaur for 10 minutes, equals AWESOME.
So this happened yesterday doing Shado-Pan dailies on my alt. My helper’s tiger mount decided that gravity was just too inconvenient.
As much as I want the new gear and all that, it’s all about dinosaurs…and mogu…
Pandaria, her hills of gold,
In dark and mournful times of old
Did once a hopeless horror hold
When from her sacred vale did spring
With storm and flash, a monstrous thing.
His name: Lei Shen, the Thunder King.
His thunder bowled across the land,
And none who dared and fought could stand
‘Gainst the iron tyrant’s hand.
A palace grand, a walled domain.
Such mighty works born of his reign
Built by slaves, their hearts in chains.
But seasons change and tyrants die,
His fury spent in times gone by.
The thunder slept beneath Kun-Lai.
By Zandalari hands he has been taken.
By Zandalari voice, he has awakened.
Gather, heroes, sound the drums!
The Thunder King comes. The Thunder King comes.
Okay, so that is a nifty poem and I think the mogu are awesome bad guys. :D
Something is wrong with WoW
Between harvesting yesterday’s crop and planting today’s, my panda monk only had to fight two virmen and no birds.
What sorcery is THIS?
(edit): My main fought NO VIRMEN OR BIRDS. In harvesting OR planting.
Thank you, whoever invented the rep commendations in MoP
This is what buying those rep commendations on my main did for my alt, who hit 90 Monday night:
Domination Offensive: Honored
Cloud Serpent: Revered
Golden Lotus: Friendly
WHOOSH. Speed. That was a lot of grinding on my main at MoP launch!
The adventures of a new level 90 pandaren monk in scenarios.
Me: I still have too much crappy quest gear and I'm still working out my DPS rotation for heroics, let's do scenarios.
Blizzard: Oh, you want gear?
Blizzard: Have an intellect cape.
Blizzard: And an intellect helm
Blizzard: And the same intellect neck two runs in a row. You sure you don't want to heal?
Blizzard: Have another intellect helm.