My favorite moments from Mists of Pandaria

Warlords comes out tomorrow, so I guess it's time for a blog roundup of my favorite moments from Mists!

From a blogging perspective, Mists was a bit of a change from previous years. I simply wasn't as interested in the game lore, so I definitely wrote less speculation and lore-centric stuff this expansion. I was still heavily interested in Garrosh and the Klaxxi, but other than them, there wasn't much that really hooked and kept me intrigued for long. I found the Pandaren quite one-dimensional - the rare times one of them showed a more serious, harder side, it was usually because of Sha corruption, and therefore not "real". Taran Zhu (though a windbag) and Taoshi were notable exceptions, but other than them, I feel that almost all of the other Pandaren can be painted in broad, generic strokes in terms of personality and demeanor.

On the other hand, maining Fabulor for an entire expansion (something I didn't really expect to ever do) opened some new blogging floodgates, with his various RP posts, his RP walking shenanigans, and other hilarity. Even without considering actual raiding and gameplay, being Fabulor during Mists was an incredibly fun experience, which is why for the first time ever I'm actually going to play the same main two expansions in a row. (Wrath was Rades [Hunter] and Mardak [Druid], Cataclysm was Morgion [Death Knight])

Of course, this was no direct fault of Mists specifically, but I also took my first break from WoW this year, my first break since I starting playing back in Burning Crusade. Do I think all of my issues have been addressed? Well, I really don't know, I never really follow Beta info that intently. But I know that SOME of them have been, and I know Blizzard is aware of the complaints the community has been voicing. And the representation in Overwatch, their new IP announced at Blizzcon last week, was a VAST improvement over their previous titles. Not perfect...but getting better. So let's say, cautiously optimistic?

But enough rambling. Here's my favorite moments from Mists. Not favorite lore moments, not favorite news moments - MY favorite moments, the ones that *I* will look back on a year from now and remember fondly.

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TTGF really came into its own this expansion as a guild full of idiots who die in hilarious and terrible ways, but still gets shit done. This was the first expansion that I've been part of a guild who killed the last boss in every raid tier well before the next raid tier released.

Fabulor: Cloud Serpent, My Friend (and Part 2)
Like most of Fabulor's antics, this story was outrageous, but based in truth. I really DID sell the cloud serpent...but changed my mind in the end. After all, it was only gold.

TTGFers don't trust healers anymore. It's possible this is why.

TTGF: Lei Shen
I still shake my head at this, and I know that some other raid leaders cannot watch this as it makes them too angry. This was our FIRST Lei Shen kill, we didn't have him on farm, we had ZERO EXCUSE to be this relaxed. But, somehow, against all odds, it worked.

Fabulor: RP walking to a Legendary Healing Cloak
At some point in Mists I started getting the idea that Fabulor should just RP walk through everything, like he used to do way back in the Hellfire Ramparts days. After all, he's Fabulor. My first test? One-shotting the Legendary Healing Cloak scenario. Sold.

Transmog: The Prettiest Plate Dress
Of all the mogs Fabulor has had, I think this remains my favorite. That PVP chestpiece is still completely amazing.

Fabulor: Proving Grounds Silver Tank as a Holy Paladin
Why stop at just RP walking? Fab was already Holy Pally tanking heroic dungeons, how hard could this be? (Spoiler: it was actually really hard. One of the most difficult things I did all expansion.)

Fiction: Harvest Festival
This list wouldn't be right without at least one bit of Garrosh fiction.

Transmog: Fabulor Gets Judgemental (and the follow-up post)
Everyone knows I hate Judgement armor. But did you know how much I hate it?

Satire: Malfurion Stormrage no longer archdruid, now known as “Superb Owl”
Even though he wasn't involved in Mists at all, there's never a bad time to make fun of Owlfurion. (Wait, he was in the novel War Crimes and was a complete jackass, does that count?)

Fabulor: RP walking to Brawler's Guild Rank 8 (and Tyson Sanders and Ahoo'ru)
This may be my favorite non-guild accomplishment of all time. It's not even that it was the most challenging thing to do (though some fights WERE quite difficult, especially Tyson Sanders and Ahoo'ru, and especially because Ret is my off-spec),'s just so Fabulor. The walking. The flexing. The completely bewildered reactions by other Brawlers watching. If ever there was something that truly epitomizes Fabulor's personality and attitude, it's this.

TTGF: World First Roof Dark Shamans
At the time, other guilds were pushing through Heroic modes, working towards Garrosh. TTGF? We'll take a ludicrous, hilarious "progression" kill any day of the week.

Satire: New Alliance "doesn't care" about Diversity, says Grand Marshal Garithos
Possibly the most scathing satirical piece I've ever written. Still absolutely feel it was justified, though.

Lore: Times Change: Garrosh & the Warlords cinematic
Every Garrosh post on OAK, someone comments that I'm almost certainly overthinking things, that there's no way Blizzard really does have all these plans for Garrosh that I speculate about. They're right, of course. But that doesn't make these Garry lore posts any less enjoyable to me.

It was three days before the end of Mists, 427 days after Siege of Orgrimmar launched, and finally, FINALLY, TTGFer Lodur got his Dark Shaman transmog. And we all screamed and yelled on Mumble and shared in his joy. I think it was the perfect celebratory moment to end the expansion on.

The Return of Fortune Cookies as best buff food

Short post here, but it was with great amusement yesterday that TTGF learned that Fortune Cookies are actually the best buff food right now. Yes, Fortune Cookies.

Here's the Mists of Pandaria buff foods that USED to be the best, before 6.0.2.

+2 primary stat is a pretty minor difference, but +36 Stamina on top? That's nothing to sneeze at, with the stat squish. And then of course there's also the chance of snagging the elusive 5000 gold Fortune Card.

(The other top-tier Cataclysm buff foods are just as good as the Fortune Cookies, such as Severed Sagefish Head. You just lose out on the fun of flipping the cards.)

If you're still doing progression raiding in MoP's final days like Navimie and her guild, it might be worth whipping up some cookies!

World-first RP walking Rank 10 Brawler?

With the first "season" of Brawler's Guild going away tomorrow with patch 6.0.2, this weekend was my last chance to finish up Brawler's Guild and attain Rank 10, the highest rank and the one that would allow purchase of the awesome mount. While RP walking, of course.

After taking down Tyson Sanders back in April, I only had a few fights left: T440 Dual-Mode Robot, Anthracite, Big Badda Boom, Nibbleh, Doctor FIST and Ahoo'ru.

Like Hexos, Nibbleh was as typically difficult as it is for everyone...but not any MORE difficult for an RP walker, since your walking speed was irrelevant in both these fights! I couldn't help but laugh. A fight where you don't move at all? A fight where you only RP walk backwards? THIS IS MY JAM.

Doctor FIST was a pushover and he got one-shot. But Ahoo'ru...I honestly didn't know if I was going to be able to beat Ahoo'ru.

For those who don't know Ahoo'ru, here's the rundown.
- He bubbles in the center of the arena, an invincible shield with 3 stacks.
- He summons sparks of light which wander around, doing high damage to you if they hit you.
- He'll randomly empower a sparks; if touched, it turns into an Avenging Angel mob.
- When an Angel reaches 50% HP, it slowly casts a charge, then (quickly) charges your location.
- An Angel explodes at the end of its charge, instantly killing you if it hits you.
- But if the charge hits Ahoo'ru, it removes one of his shields.

So the idea is, avoid getting hit by the sparks, touch the empowered sparks & spawn the angels, DPS down the Angels, lure them into charging Ahoo'ru to break his shield. Do this three times, then DPS down Ahoo'ru himself.

Sounds pretty easy. Well, except for the fact where I had to dodge the sparks of light while RP walking. And CATCH the empowered sparks while RP walking. And avoid the instantly-fatal Angel charges while RP walking. Oh and do this three times AND still kill Ahoo'ru before dying to the enrage.

It took me a lot of tries (I think 4 strength flasks' worth?), including multiple "I killed you but died to the enrage at the same time and it DIDN'T COUNT" frustrations, but EVENTUALLY he went down. I fully admit I got lucky, getting two empowered sparks at the same time, but even that was tricky, as I had to DPS both Angels down to 50% at roughly the same time so they'd both charge simultaneously.

Fabulor is now a Rank 10 Brawler, and did the entire thing fully RP walking. (In his offspec.) Quite possibly my proudest achievement all expansion. Most of the fights weren't exceptionally difficult, but the ones reliant on mobility - Dark Summoner, Tyson Sanders, Ahoo'ru - were SUPER challenging and really made me think hard about my toolkit. And really, entertainment factor aside, THAT'S why I was doing this. You want to master chess? Challenge yourself to win without your rook and knight. That's how you hone your skills.

Is this a world-first? Is Fabulor the only character arrogant or stupid enough to do this? I can't be certain, but I can honestly say I haven't heard of anyone else doing this.

And even if Fab's not the only one, that's okay. It's a pretty good exclusive club to be a part of.

Sisters mysteriously vanishing, experts baffled

Archive photograph of Sister Goldskimmer, MIA (image from Wowhead)

Sisters all across Azeroth are mysteriously vanishing, and experts have no idea why.

Novice night elf and Gilnean acolytes were confused when Sister Almyra did not show up to lead them through their traditional morning rituals, but assumed she was simply feeling unwell and went about their day. However, they soon noticed that another of their number, Sister Aquinne, was also missing.

A search of their homes revealed no sign of either priestess, and Darnassus authorities were notified. It was then discovered that Darnassians were not the only ones whose sisters had disappeared, as similar reports were filtering in from all across the planet.

In Westfall, it was Sentinel Hill soldier Sister Darnhald; in Azshara, Sister Goldspinner; in Shattrath, Wolf-Sister Maka. All sisters, all gone without a trace.

Oddly, the disappearances seem very specifically targeted, as only women siblings have been reported missing. Women without siblings seem completely unaffected, as do male siblings - other than being alarmed about the disappearance of their female kin, of course.

"This is totally weird, bro!" said investigator Horatio Laine, who isn't really an expert in these matters, but no one else had any ideas, so they figured calling on Laine couldn't do any more harm. "Why would someone make all these sisters, of different races, alignment and culture, all vanish?"

World leaders were immediately concerned that the vanishings might be a new form of attack by an Old God, the Burning Legion, or other such evil forces. However, careful scouting revealed that their sisters were vanishing as well. Howls of fear and loss echo throughout Icecrown as the Vrykul learn of their missing Njorndar Spear-Sisters, and chaos now reigns in the Black Temple after its occupants realized their masters of Pain and Pleasure were nowhere to be found.

"Was the strangest thing I ever seen, mon!" said Kro'janda, a troll hunter living in the Stonetalon Mountains. "I been trackin' a harpy, Riven, for da last week after she kill my boars. And I finally find her, get her all lined up for da killing shot...and den she just disappear! She didn't fly away, she didn't hide. I looked all aroun', and nothin'. She was just...gone."

"I just don't understand," said Laine, studying a genealogy textbook and dozens of family tree diagrams. "Why target just sisters? Why not brothers, too? It's almost as if someone was trying to erase sisters from history, or tell us that sisters don't exist. But who would do something as dumb as that?"

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