Blizzcon knocking on the door

Only mere hours til Blizzcon kicks off! With Cataclysm’s date already released what other big news do they have in store for us this Friday? Schedules are already up for the the entire event to give you a slight idea on what there covering, however it doesn’t include exactly what is being covered in those segments 😉 that is probably a secret to everyone outside Blizzard. Rumours are that there will be some big news, which is kind of backed slightly by the fact the Cata date was released early, maybe they didn’t bother holding on because it would of been shadowed?
I myself would of loved to attend the event and may possibly make a push to make it their next year. I’m not massively into Blizzard as a whole as I’m only really interested in WoW, however I did really enjoy Diablo 2 and will most likely be getting Diablo 3. Even still, Blizzcon in my eyes is as almost as big as E3 as an convention. Due to the exclusivity and price of entry to E3, Blizzcon is probably the biggest convention I’ll ever get to attend so would love to experience it someday.
I’ve been to a couple of conventions before, including GameStars Live and Multiplay’s iSeries. Its the feeling of being there, getting hands-on previews of everything that makes it special. Because of that I won’t be bothering with the Blizzcon Virtual ticket as I’m happy finding out news via the hundreds of gaming sites and podcasts that will be covering it as well, but would love to be there in the future.

Bringing home the Epics

Patchwork HorrorOver the weekend I eventually took it upon myself to get back into the new patch, I dabbled a bit on the Wednesday night, but didn’t feel like I had enough time to get right into it so I left it aside for a bit. Come Sunday I updated all my addons I could and decided to roll into fire.
Back in TBC I was specced fire for end-game but come WotLK I dabbled in some Arcane. Arcane was powerful, and I loved cleaning hordes that tried to get jumps on me while I worked on my dailies however it was a really boring spec for raiding. Now I’ve tried fire again with the new additions of hot streak, living bomb and impact, I can’t get enough of it! I’ve only done heroics so far but can’t wait to jump back into some raiding.
Farming heriocs I managed to replace my cape and belt taking my GS up to 5.8k, leaving only a buyable trinket left to save up my JP for. It won’t take long, probably only a night before I’m fully geared. Not sure what I’ll do after that, will probably need to convince my girlfriend to let me do ICC again on Friday. Going to have to make a push to get my Paladin up so I can start leveling my priest before Cataclysm, need to stock up on bags from her tailoring.

Sad times…

Sad-FaceAfter grabbing my Crusader title yesterday my dailies no longer have much of a drive. I can do them for the seals in order to grab a couple of pets, mounts or tabards but that’s not enough push for me to carry on doing these dailies. The gold was great, I shot from 3k up to 8k while still gemming and enchanting numerous pieces of gear I get from ICC every week but now I don’t have much of a push to do them I feel… bored.

The main thing I logged in for every day was my dailies. I’ll still log in for my 2 frosts from a random HC each day, but with no world events and already having the Hallows End achievements its going to be a dry last two month for Wizzam. The only thing I have to do are raids but with most of them being planned or most not having time for when I log in every evening I’m not sure what I’ll get up to.

Going to have a gander over my achievements tonight to see if there is anything worth getting up to. Tynee is shelved as I don’t want to waste time PvP’ing with him since battlegrounds is as far as I’ll get before Cata with the closure of the Arena season. I would like to level up my priest but I’m waiting til I get 60 on my paladin to award her to 60 first so she is kind of capped. Fingers crossed I get her sorted really soon as I don’t want to drift off WoW this close to Cataclysm! Happened back in lead up to WotLK 🙁

Crusader Wizzam!

After grinding my butt through the Exodar and Darnassus starting zones last night I picked up the last chunk of rep needed to get exalted with every Alliance major city. That tied in with finishing up my last 5 seals for Exodar, I now own the Crusader title on Wizzam aswell as Tynee. Fortunately I knew about the pony before I wasted my seals so headed straight over to grab a mount for my squire.

On another note, Cataclysm’s official release date has been confirmed for the 7th December 2010 as predicted. Now I’ve got just over 2 month to decide whether to cancel my collectors or standard version of the game. Unsure whether to book in some holidays or not as well 😛

Weekend Update

Blood Queen ThumbAnother weekend over, another bunch of travels to blog about. Guess we’ll start with an update on my ICC25 trip, it may be the last one for a while as I’ve got plans both Fridays coming up so going to have to try and get in a mid-week run, however maybe it will give me time for my throat to get better after the excitement.
As usual, new run = new item, this time it was Rigormortis, rolling a 4 fortuntely I was the only there that wanted it however this wasn’t the reason for my sore throat. We did the usual 9 bosses with no hitches at all, think there may have only been the princes we didn’t 1 shot. Up the the Blood Queen, the barrier of the friday night fun run. Getting close a few times my hopes were low after countless trips here and even more wipes to her hand. Forth try we nailed it, I was suprised and elated, trying not to scream due to the late hour I keep it all in my throat which wasn’t such a good idea after the excitement died down. I’ve only ran ICC about 5 times, and we’ve flew through the bosses with ease so its never felt like an achievement downing certain bosses, however when one thats gave you great trouble again and again finally dies it brings back progress feelings from TBC.

Other than ICC I haven’t managed to get up to much other than completing the starting zone quests around the Exodar to clean up exhaulted reps with all the major cities. Not far to go I should have Exodar tonight and Darnassus later this week. Gnomeregan should fall in with that, if not ill top it up with writs from my dailies. Breaks being cut shortish as I spent more time this break catching up on the Cata news over the weekend and less time drafting my blog.

Paper Cutter anyone?

Paper Cutter I got Halls of Lightning yesterday for my daily HC and the Librarian’s Paper Cutter dropped. Its not a massively rare BoE, but it did take me a good few runs to get lucky on my rogue when I was gearing up. Well its always nice to win a BoE as you’ll get a bit more profit on the Auction House. Well I was fortunate to win the roll before moving down the corridor towards the ‘burst to life’ statues. It wasn’t far before another dropped, I chuckled to myself thinking ‘hurr hurr, I wonder if I win this one also’. Well lightning struck twice and bam, winning roll, another Paper Cutter in my pack. Makes me curse the fact at how long I had spent on my rogue for this only to get two within 30 seconds.

Anyway, in other news, Cataclysm looks due for release on the 7th December. It hasn’t been announced officially but evidence had lead to prove it will be.

+ARENA_MASTER_NO_SEASON_TEXT = “Arena battles and Rated Battlegrounds are only available during an active player versus player combat season. Season nine will begin on December 14th, so be prepared at that time to take your shot at glory!”;

Originally Posted by Zarhym (Source)
The next Arena Season will begin for level-85 players approximately one week after the official launch of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

On top of that, people who noticed a possibly sneaky reference a couple of months back are getting their ‘I told you so’ ready. In the Operation: Gnomeregan Imminent event news, the end of the first paragraph has the line; the chance of any cataclysmic event taking place in the foreseeable future is “less than 12.7%. 12/07 or 07/12 to us European’s reading as the 7th of December. Now its all coming together :). Remember though, although this means another 2 months til the expansion, patches 4.0 etc will be released before the expansion giving you the new world and talents etc before your able to unlock the 80-85 zones, new races and level cap with the cd-key.

Cursed HC Daily Run

Mr.UnluckyYesterday I think I had a cursed daily run that resulted in me just giving up and missing out on my two frost emblems.
It all began with a trip into Pit of Saron with a fellow guildy healing and the rest of the party filled with randoms. The run went really smooth, no deaths and managed to sneak past all the waves you can skip after Ick without any issues. I know this doesn’t sound cursed so far, but it gets better. We hit Scourgelord Tyrannus and thats where it began. The bug with him is famous yet some people still manage to whip out their DPS e-peen too fast. The DK dps started the fight and caused the bug. The boss was just standing their while Rimefang dropped his icey splodges. We waited… moved to the tunnel and waited some more… no change so wiped and healer used SS to pop back up and resurrect the party. However although Tyrannus was back on Rimefang he was still dropping his splodges. Unable to tele out and in due to ‘being in combat’ (even though we could mount) we went to the start of the tunnel and the ceiling reset to start falling again. Back to Tyrannus but still bugged we gave up and ported to another dungeon.

This time Drak’Tharon Keep, but just another host to our cursed party. Hitting the first boss we had just cleared the trash but the Tank and Healer were lagged looting the mobs, they could still chat but couldn’t move. We didn’t notice this til after the DK dps began fighting the boss so in an attempt to down him as fast as possible Wizzam, a warlock and the DK nuked him down to about 120k health before he cleaned us all out and began bashing the healer and tank. Being lagged they weren’t taking any damage, well at least for about 20 seconds before dropping to the floor. Me and my guildy called it a day and I went back to polishing off my dailies and topping up my cooking to 400 to start gathering tokens.

Not the best day and I’m still 10 frosts behind my pants which I hope to get before ICC25 this Friday, not sure whether to make a big push this Thursday for them or just to wait til after the raid in case I get a 264 replacement as a drop.

Business to Boom

PortalWith the changes in Cataclysm involving the removal of portal hubs in order to get people to spend more time in their factions capital cities its looking great for Mages. Its not like we’ve been completely out of business but since the introduction to portal hubs the business has definitely took a dive.
I’m not going to be going out of my way to make sure I get portals on the go and get a sole income, but it will be nice to grab a nice packet of 10-20g more often than before. Should be more likely to happen now I won’t be hanging out in Dalaran and be over in Stormwind or something.

Not much happening…or is there?

Sorry for the drought recently on my blog, rolling up to Cata I’m getting the stage many people have been for the past few months, running out of things to do. I managed to dabble a little on my Paladin and finish getting him boosted up to 36 in hopes to award 18 levels to my priest in order for her to hit 60 and finish off tailoring however I forgot you need to be a higher level to grant 😛 so that pooped a bit on my plans. Going to head over to Zul’Farrak next for 36-45, one of my friends needs a recipe or 2 from there so is going to get us a few runs done.
Meanwhile Tynee has been left completely alone, only getting attention when I fancy grabbing something from the Engi auction house. Wizzam grabbed Brewmaster and had his weekly 25 ICC where he managed to get another token that will mean 10.25 pants in 10 frosts time and lastly Adlanna is still waiting for her boost to 60 before I make a push for end-game. So nothing much happening for me in WoW at the minute, however on the horizon there is plenty of Cataclysm news:

  • Level 85 Herioc and Raiding gear requirements have been released. Its looking like 2200/1600 Justice Points for Herioc chests and hands, 2200/1600 valor points for raiding gear with capes and trinkets etc being around 1200 points.
  • Blizzard are making a move towards removing portal hubs. In the beta both Shattrath and Dalaran portals have been removed and replaced with class trainers. Unsure about what they are planning with this, maybe just want mage portals to be used more often again as they seam to be quite useless unless a player has their HS on CD.
  • Rumours Cataclysm will be delayed. The target date was rumoured to be November 5th, which judging by the way things were going with in-game events and developments in the Beta it was looking really likely. However recent news is that Blizzard are postponing to a early December release. The Cataclysm by itself will more than likely happen earlier and will let you play in the “new” azeroth for a couple of days/weeks before you can buy the expansion and access the level 85 content.

Brewfest Dailies

Brewfest Ram RouteYesterday I headed back over to Ironforge during my daily hour where I usually complete my Argent Tournament quests as well as jewelcrafting and random dungeon. When I got there I was shocked to only find 2 daily quests and even more shocked that it was actually only 1 but available from 2 people, so one of them disappeared when you completed the other.
Fortunately the dark iron dwarf attack is also a daily but thats only 25 tokens, bit of a let down after getting 125 in the first day :P. Anyway one of my guildies mentioned the Ram delivery quest is actually repeatable every 18 hours it just doesnt have a quest marker. Sure enough I popped over and was able to give it a shot but only managed to grab a couple of tokens from about 3-4 runs. Once I found out he made 21 runs I set out to get some tips.
Over on WoWWiki they have a chunk of text about getting the most out of your run, I’ll try and put it into simple steps but you can always pop over there for more information.

  • Use apple barrels – Follow the route on the right, passing apple barrels resets your fatigue so you can run at top speed 100% of the time.
  • Make your course changes quick – Aim your camera with your mouse then click to flip your character round as soon as you pickup/drop off a barrel.
  • Jump… alot – If you jump while galloping you will be flying through the air at top speed but only use Canter fatigue.
  • Learn and Improve – Every time you get your run faster it will mean more tokens, don’t worry if you mess up as it just takes practice.

I didn’t know about any of these tips, I used to just canter the whole way until I was close to 100 fatigue then just trot til it went down. Hopefully my run tonight will next me alot more than 6 tokens.