What can I say… Cataclym is cataclysmically awesome. I’ve loved every bit I’ve experienced so far (however all I’ve ever done is quest through zones).

My copy didn’t come on the Saturday like I had hoped, instead I went down and picked up another but didn’t manage to find the time to play til Sunday evening, and even then I was disrupted by 2 Counterstrike Source matches. Since then though pretty much every minute I’ve had available on my PC at home has been spent on WoW and I’m looking to be on track to hit 85 by the end of the week.

At 83 and 16 bars there isn’t far to go, with the whole of Saturday to myself I should manage the last stretch no problem. I’m currently questing in Deepholm which isn’t too difficult at 83. I’ve got the 2 loremaster quests from Mount Hyjal and Vashj’ir which I thoroughly enjoyed doing and would happily do it again on a second character. The new quests are so much more interesting and I’m loving the new zones and environments, especially Vashj’ir and the entry into the zone.

I’ve yet to find anything I don’t like about the new expansion, the zones, quests, items, everywhere flying is all just good stuff. I haven’t started trying to level my professions or managed any dungeons since you need to find the entrances first but I haven’t heard anything bad about anything yet (except unfortunately my girlfriend keeps getting disconnected every 5 minutes).

Reason for lack of updates

I know I haven’t posted on here in a long while, which is mainly due to the Cataclysm launch. Leading up to launch I didn’t have much to do in WoW and just ended up spending most of my time on Counterstrike Source and Battlefield Bad Company. Unfortunately on top of that I still haven’t received my copy from GAME. They mailed me last week to tell me it had been dispatched on the 2nd December, however I’m still waiting. I’m confused to how it isn’t hear yet and I’ve ordered 2 things through the Royal Mail on Monday and Tuesday which both arrived Wednesday and Thursday, yet my game is still in transit.

If it isn’t here by tomorrow morning I’ll be taking a trip down the high street to pick myself up a copy at a slightly higher price then return my copy from GAME to my local store… if it ever gets here.

In the mean time its just the waiting game. Don’t want to log in without being Cataclysm enabled as there won’t be any more to do than before the patch but look out for some continious updates once I get going again (and possibly move web servers, my current is free and takes too long to load during peak hours which is when I tend to have time to post).

Whats in!

Yesterday I had a little chat about the upcoming patch 4.0.3a which will shatter Azeroth and change the world as we’ve known it from all the way back to 2004. For those of you unsure on what will be happening next week, here is a quick run down:

What is not in:

  • Creating worgen/goblin characters
  • Worgen/Goblin start zones
  • Archeology
  • Professions past 450 (Illustrious Grand Master)
  • Guild leveling
  • Guild achievements
  • Eastern Kingdoms/Kalimdor flight
  • New Zones (80+)

What is in:

  • Portals in Dalaran/Shattrath Removed
  • Class trainers in Dalaran where portals once were
  • New race-class combinations (excluding worgen/goblin)
  • New Gnome/Troll starting areas
  • Changes to existing zones
  • New cata load screens
  • New cata intro cinematic
  • New cata login screen
  • New music
  • City Quartermasters, with rep tabards
  • Bug fixes
  • Class balancing
  • Druids, paladins, priests, and shaman will have their talent trees reset
  • Experience required to gain levels 71 through 80 is being reduced by 20%
  • New tamable hunter pets (Monkey, fox, dog, and beetle, as well as new skins for existing pet classes.)


Back for Black!

I know its been a long time since I’ve updated, thats mainly been down the fault of the website not being my friend. I do most of my blog posts on my lunch break at work, however recently I got IP blocked by my webserver for incorrectly guessing my mail password. With WoW not being a big interest for me since patch 4.0 I was in no rush to get it fixed so just left it for the time being. Now I’m able to get access and have found it to be running smoother after setting up some plugins I’ll be getting back into the jist in the last stretch leading up to the Cataclysm.

Guess the first thing to talk about would be patch 4.0.3 which hit the EU yesterday. Its the lead up to patch 4.0.3a which will shatter the world as we know it. Not much was included in 4.0.3, guessing most of it was background stuff in preperation. However there was a couple of class changes, mainly healing buffs for priests and shamans and a litte bit of a nerf for DKs. Nothing effecting me so nothing to worry about.

With 4.0.3a in line for release next week and more than likely Deathwings visit to the world he has just shattered I will certainly be logging back on regulary. So far the only reason I’ve logged in was to grab Tipping the rifts on both Wizzam and Tynee, the phases have really interested me but Deathwing sure will. I also still need to get into gear and down the Lich King!

Ding 60! 60! 60!

It’s been pretty quiet for me in World of Warcraft recently. With limited time I haven’t been able to take part in any raids, and I’ve got the best gear outside ICC after the Justice Point conversion so farming heriocs doesn’t get me anything but gems. However I eventually managed to get round to leveling a little bit on my Paladin. Well I say levelling, what I’ve really been doing is running 2 clients logged into 2 accounts both with RaF one on follow looting mobs as my girlfriend runs us countless times through Scholomance. I can safely say I am now sick of that place. After being ran through 58-60 on my DK and then again 45-60 on my Paladin, I don’t think I want to go back there for a loooong time. As a plus I did managed to farm stacks of runecloth higher than the eye can see, but that all went to my girlfriend to flog as payment for enduring the runs. We never saw the mount drop from Baron Rivendare which was a shame but at least its over for now.

After hitting 60 on both characters we hearthed back over to Ironforge where a couple of people were waiting for their rewards. Namely my priest Adlanna, my warlock Elipsis and druid Elryn who got the scraps. With them all boosted up with rewarded levels, my total character collection now consists of: 80 Mage, 80 Rogue, 61 Warrior, 60 Deathknight, 60 Paladin, 60 Priest, 60 Warlock and a 9 Druid. The druid will probably end up getting deleted and re-rolled in Cataclysm, but for now she can sit their as a name holder.

Now I’ve managed to get my characters up I have a plethora of work to do with all the extra options. Tynee has been shelved til I get round to level 85 PvP and Wizzam is just waiting on time to raid / level to 85. Now I have my priest up I’ll get to work on leveling her Tailoring to provide some cheaper bags for my characters, may not level her til after Cataclysm though. Rommli, my paladin is going to become my farmer. With the extra mount speed I’ll get to work on leveling his mining and herblism before taking him through Outland. I want to get him leveled up as much as possible before Cataclysm as he’s the only non-squishy character I’ve rolled and want him strong enough to help out friends for all the help they’ve given me over the years. Unfortunately that means a majority of this blog will now be filled with his progress, which isn’t very squishy, but 1 out of 5 main characters, its still a squishy based blog 😛

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.

No longer 310% Mounts

So congratulations to a big chunk of my guild that managed to get their 310% mounts from Uldaar earlier this week. I’m a little gutted as I only managed to back end of the raid to pick up 3 achievements. I thought there would still be time to get my hands on it to save me some money but that has changed.

With 4.0.1 the mounts are all still achievable but the speeds will no longer be 310%, they will be the highest speed you have currently learnt. From this patch onward the only way to obtain 310% is with Master Riding. I may still make a push for the mount, as it is an amazing looking mount, but without the bonus of 310% I’m not so sure I’ll be willing to put in the effort.


There are no 310% mounts anymore. 310% speed is now obtained via Master riding, a new flying skill. All flying mounts are now only distinguished by aesthetics.

Did Yogg-Saron order a knuckle sandwich?

Yogg-SaronQuiet times on my World of Warcraft account recently. Without the push to need to log on for my Argent dailies then I don’t feel like logging on for either my daily HC or JC and Cooking quests either. At the minute the only reason I log on are raids and every morning to scan the AH for price updates.
However this weekend I managed to get a start on Glory of the Ulduar Raider to get my first 310% mount which is by far the best looking drake in the game! Last week I joined in with my guild on the end of a Uldaar HM run. I managed to part-take in taking down General Vezax but after countless wipes on Yogg we called it a night. Going back in last night we went straight for Yogg, I think it was an extended lockout but either way 5 wipes in we eventually nailed it with an amazing try. All though we lost a chunk of players early into phase 3 we managed to down him pretty fast. Moving over to Razorscale in 2 tries we grabbed Iron Dwarf, Medium Rare whilst I boxed my way up to 400 unarmed.
So a couple of achievements this week, most of the run grabbing their last few achievements for their mounts and the others beginning the trek. I think after the Wed/Thur ICC run there will be another Uldaar run organised for the ones that missed out / original’s alts to grab the rest of the achievements and all get their hands on the sexy Reins of the Ironbound Proto-Drake.

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 🙁