Minipost: A Bloody, Frostbitten, Timeless few weeks

I think we're officially in the end-of-expansion lull. I've spent the last few weeks kind of bored in-game, looking for things to keep me occupied. For a while, Challenge Modes were a great diversion. But now that I'm done those, I've turned to tidying up some unfinished business - rare spawns!

At the beginning of the month, Fabulor killed Golganarr on the Timeless Isle, who is an extremely rare sight. That put me at just one short of Timeless Champion. However, the one rare spawn I was missing was Monstrous Spineclaw, another rare infamous for its, well, rarity. I didn't really feel like slaughtering crabs for hours until it spawned, so I moved on.

However, it got me to thinking, and I realized I was only 7 away from Bloody Rare, for killing all the Outlands rares. Now, Drenden's been slated to merge with Arathor for a while now, and even though I keep bribing Blizzard and getting the merge postponed, it's going to happen sooner or later. So I figured, I may as well try to get Bloody Rare done before there's another server's population out there as competition!

I took Fabulor to Outlands and had him parked at various spots, periodically checking for rares or searching around while waiting in Battleground or LFR queues (I'm still trying to get Kovok). I really came to loathe the Outlands rare spawn setup, where they can spawn in not just one or two places, but all over the freaking map. Look at where that asshole Kraator can spawn:

You can't just park in one place and wait for NPC Scan to go off, you've gotta keep flying all over the place and checking all the spawn points. And it was even worse when I needed two rares in a single zone! So much so that I actually combined spawn points in Photoshop and made a little cheat sheet for every zone.

I didn't have any luck for about a week, and then suddenly one night the stars aligned, and I got all 7 rares I still needed in a single day. Which is all sorts of ridiculous.

With Bloody Rare out of the way, naturally I decided to turn to Frostbitten, for all the Northrend rares! I had been working on this about a year ago, and had gotten the list down to 4.

This time (and I really should have done this for Bloody Rare) I just moved 4 different characters to Northrend to camp in each zone I needed, and periodically logged in on them, did a quick circuit, then logged off.

After two weeks of this, I finally nabbed one. Then, something bizarre happened. I was on the Isle as Fab killing the Celestials, and Golganarr spawned again. Since he takes forever to kill (he has a ton of health), I figured I'd have time to switch characters and kill him as Rades on the off-chance that Rades happened to be my first character to spot & kill a Monstrous Spineclaw.

So I switched to Rades, started flying out to the Isle, and then realized...he already had a Golganarr kill. AND a Monstrous Spineclaw kill. In fact, of the 9 Isle rares Rades still needed, none of them were super rare ones.

Bewildered, I spent the next few hours roaming around the Isle, and it wasn't long until...

I celebrated this accomplishment by logging back over to my Northrend-parked characters, and finding two more of the rares I still needed! (One of which was Aotona, who I had never seen - or tamed - before. Part of me wants to tame it...part of me never wants to go back to Sholazar again.)

The next morning, guess who showed up? Yep, the last two rares I needed. I got the final kill (Grocklar, in Grizzly Hills) on Rades, which felt appropriate, seeing as how he's the character who started Frostbitten, back in Wrath.

And just for good measure, I hopped back to Fabulor and parked him on the Isle, just in case. And what do you know - a Monstrous Spineclaw spawned.

Yeah, that's Timeless Champion, the annoying achievement for killing every Isle rare on a single character, AGAIN. Too bad duplicate achievements don't count.

Bloody Rare, Frostbitten, and Timeless Champion...twice. Not a bad month for long-term achievements!

Minipost: Lor'themar, the Very Attractive Corpse

As everyone knows by now, Lor'themar and Sylvanas have some funny dialogue in Siege of Orgrimmar, before Galakras. Lor'themar warns her not to raise his troops, and Sylvanas throws some sarcastic quips back at him.

Also, Sylvanas seems to have a particular interest in Lor'themar's health...or lack thereof. During the fight, if Lor'themar dies (meaning, a wipe), Sylvanas yells "I can't wait to see the look on his face when I animate his corpse." Which is pretty damn funny.

And even if you WIN, there's still this exchange:

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner yells: Oh, you're still here? I had kind of hoped that you had perished. You would make a very attractive corpse.
Lor'themar Theron yells: I will take that as a compliment.

With that in mind, I was reading some comics on the weekend and I came across someone who'd be the spitting image of an undead, sinister Lor'themar! Dracula (yes, you read that right), the X-Men villain.

True, he doesn't have the scarred eye. But otherwise? Could totally be a sexy undead Regent Lord!

I'd seen the "Sylvanas raises Lor'themar" fanart on Tumblr (and heck, have doodled some myself), but I hadn't realized just much I actually want this to happen until now.

(X-Men pictures from X-Men, Volume 3, issues #1-6. Art by Paco Medina.)

Everything is all my fault

On Saturday, Tzufit tweeted this, about the new WoD Thrall model.

So I made up this in response. (Click for larger version.)

And then...this hit the internet today.


Minipost: Brawler's Guild nemesis Tyson Sanders

A few weeks ago I wrote about getting to Rank 8 in Brawler's Guild, all while RP walking. Well, soon after that I ran into my first real challenge: Tyson Sanders.

Now, obviously Hexos was a pain in the ass, but he's that way for everyone. Tyson Sanders though...he was the first fight which legitimately gave me a super rough time because I was RP walking.

If you haven't done the fight, here's what he does.

- Runs around randomly and wildly all over the place
- Summons Explosive Chickens that walk toward you and explode with Feathery Detonation (which is a TON of damage)
- Summons Electrochickens that keep casting Electric P.E.C.K., which does damage and knocks you back
- Summons Well Fed Chickens that chase and melee you

Normally, it's not that hard a fight - chase Sanders around, avoid the Explosive Chickens or kill them before they reach you, and avoid the Electric P.E.C.K. knockbacks. But it's considerably harder when you can only walk around. I died over and over again as the Explosive Chickens caught me, and the Electric P.E.C.K. knockbacks kept me from catching up to Sanders. Honestly, I wondered if this was as far as I'd get.

But after some thinking, I did successfully defeat him...but I really had to tinker with my talents and glyphs to win. This was my setup:

Fist of Justice and Glyph of Blinding Light to keep him in melee range for as long as possible, whenever I got near.

Glyph of Burden of Guilt to slow him so I could maybe, MAYBE catch up to him.

And Sanctified Wrath and Glyph of Harsh Words, since I knew I'd be out of melee range for most of the fight, and I'd need all the ranged DPS I could get.

As it is, I barely beat him. I got extremely lucky with a few Electric P.E.C.K.s bouncing me away from an incoming Explosive Chicken, and I beat Sanders when I was at 5% health.

Without question, that's been my toughest RP Walk Brawler's Guild fight so far. But it just goes to show how valuable some strategic talent/glyph planning can be!

Minipost: The joys of pugging Siege of Orgrimmar

Since Blizzard recently enabled cross-realm/battletag Siege of Orgrimmar normal modes, and since TTGF has been taking a break from raiding the past few weeks, I've done a little raid pugging lately.

Pugging is something I haven't done for a long time, actually, since pugging on a tiny server like Drenden is basically non-existent. Back in ICC, there were many regular pug groups. Cataclysm, tier 11, there were some. Firelands, a few. Dragon Soul...barely any. And I think I saw some feeble attempts in Trade Chat during Mogu'shan Vaults, and nothing ever since.

Anyway, I still need a few upgrades from Siege (the cost of having two 'main' specs and gearing up like a billion other priests and paladins in the last few months), so I hopped into a pug group at Dark Shamans last week, hoping to get the healing mace.

We started in on trash, and it was a disaster right from the start. Our tanks were a druid and a death knight, and the DK could not hold threat worth a damn. Every pull (and we all know how many trash pulls there are pre-Shamans), at least 1-2 people would die from aggro.

Then, randomly, the DK changed specs, to a DPS spec?? And no one knew why, and the bear tank didn't realize, so we went 2-3 more pulls with only one tank. And more people died. The raid leader finally got the DK to go back to Blood. We asked them why they changed specs in the middle of trash. We received no response.

Then, Marco's Crackling Gloves dropped! Of course, we had no shamans in the group, or even a hunter who could use them for transmog. But fear not, they didn't go to waste. Our intrepid DK needed on the mail intellect gloves and won them. The raid, of course, freaked out, and the DK was like NO HABLA INGLES or something, and nothing got settled and everyone grumpily moved on.

Trash continued, at an abysmal, fatal pace, including a wipe on Mokvar due to no one breaking out the bribed mind-controlled people. It actually extended into 2.5 wipes, because people kept running back in and engaging Mokvar while others were still mind-controlled, leading to MORE people getting mind-controlled.

Finally, we finished all the trash, and pulled Dark Shamans using the 3-tank, 2-healer method. It went okay for a while, but then the DK tank got obliterated and we wiped.

We ran back in, except the DK, who had decided it was a good time to go back to the Shrine. I inspected him while we waited for him to return, wondering if there was any particular reason they were so squishy.

And, well...


i see

After I stopped laughing, I of course had to point this out to the pug leader...

Furthermore, if you look at the waist socket, they also had a Nightmare Tear. Which, I mean, it's an understandable mistake to make, what with prismatic sockets and all. But still. They also had Frosthide Leg Armor, Evil Eye of Galakras, and every single piece of gear was reforged to Crit.

Needless to say, things went a lot smoother after we removed the DK. We asked them to explain the mail gloves, wondering if it was a misclick. But they just stood there, unresponsive. So they got the boot!

The funny part is, something like this? It absolutely pulled the remaining 9 people together and put everyone in great spirits for the rest of the night. In fact, Dark Shamans dropped some Warforged mail, and two more intellect mail pieces dropped from trash, and we had a good time lamenting how sad the DK would have been, to have missed out on more mail pieces.

Out of curiosity, I looked up the DK on the weekend - still wearing those intellect mail gloves. Best-in-slot, I guess.