BfA: This Endless Grind

“A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect. Be gone, odious wasp! You smell of decayed syllables.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth


BfA: An Endless Grind

When I was a teacher at college, I had a friend. We’d meet now and then over a shared order of French fries and talk for hours. He was in another department and his main income was from writing text books on French Philosophy. He told me that his process was to sit at home at the computer, get totally baked on weed and turn on the soap operas. That was his state of mind when he was writing. Super smart guy.

So, I know that I’m not smart. Now and then I find myself thinking that I’m smart but really, “with friends like these”. Mostly in life and in WoW, I’m trying to not do something stupid.

This morning, as most mornings lately, I’m grinding my Warlock. Emissary, Assault, Champions of Azeroth Rep and 7th Legion Rep. And some side trips to pet battles for the coins. It takes me about two hours of repeating the same thing that I did yesterday. Adding to this, I need to squeeze in some time for Islands for AP and if Elune was kind, a key run at 10 for next week’s cache.

I knew that there would be a haul to get a new character up to raiding ready. I have scrapped so many 370 heads, shoulders and chests; there is a glut of this reward: while I can’t get a ring or weapon to save my sanity.

I accept time at the training dummy. That is improvement on my part for game play. I accept running Outland and Northrend stuff for engineering. And so on.

But this endless cycle, hours of every day, is wearing on me because the progress is slow and, sometimes, the rewards like the next step on my neck, seem trivial. Still, these are the things necessary if I really do want to give diversity to our raid team.

And that is where the game is today; repeated cycles of the same content.


Now on to something that I found to be funny. Blizzard wants us to buy their products so they have cash to give to MDI teams. While I might buy a Patriots jersey to show team pride, I don’t think for a minute it is going to Tom Brady’s salary.

As both Arena and MDI grow, we want to give fans a chance to further support the programs—and have some fun along the way! Soon we will introduce two new in-game toys to our shop (details to follow). A portion of the sale of these toys will contribute to the prize pools for both WoW esports programs.

These toys will go on sale in the spring. As the proceeds will contribute to the year’s final LAN event prize pools for AWC and MDI, those prize pools will be announced later this year.

We can’t wait to get things started. Be sure to follow World of Warcraft on Twitter and Twitch to stay up to date on all the latest WoW esports news, and bookmark WorldOfWarcraft.com/esports so you don’t miss a thing!

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7th Legion: Obviously

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius


7th Legion: Obviously

When the paragon caches became a reality, I figured that they’d all come naturally as I played the game. So, I cooked up some contracts for myself and my friends. What could it matter?

My fresh warlock got her first paragon cache today. From the 7th Legion. With all other reputations at mid-honored. We knew that the 7th Legion was ahead of the others with the Champions of Azeroth close behind. But, with the assaults adding more quests in each of the foreign zones, the 7th Legion is far far ahead of the others.

The temptation to put a contract out on the lesser guys to help them catch up is there but not the way to go. The contract should be for the 7th Legion — not for the toy or pet rewards but for the 7th Legion medals.

The 7th Legion medals in a paragon cache come with a big twenty. This a relief from the reward of five for an assault or the piddly one (1!) for doing the Darkshore or Arathi world quests.

The list of rewards from the 7th Legion Service Medals is greater than the individual paragon rep caches, so that is the place to focus while we play.

Of specific note is the Captain’s Signet of Command, a 395 ring that offers a teleport back to Boralus. It only makes sense to push for this piece now while the ring’s stats have value. My main is 8 medals away, my new warlock is 100 medals away.

All the above means is that if you are going to use a rep contract, the 7th Legion is the way to go.

A New Attitude in WoW

“I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.”
David Bowie


A New Attitude in WoW

Uldir opened on September 3rd, as I recall. We were in there every week for all of September, all of October, all of November, all of December and almost all of January as the next raid will open on the 22nd.

Five months in a raid is a long time. I have 65 wipes on Heroic-Almost-Everything. We never got to the time when we rofl-stomped our way through the bosses even as we very much over-geared the content.

The next raid is one week away!

With this comes new enthusiasm. I find myself wanting the next level on my neck piece and willing to go back to emissary runs that had become so repellant. Same with assaults, somehow they are “worth it” now. Next week will also unlock the next steps of catch-up on the AP needed for the neck piece. Thank Elune, tiny steps are no fun.

The raid teams have gone through a massive over-haul, reeling from the pain of Uldir and it’s demands for class-based comps. A druid healer has changed to holy priest, anything to increase diversity and to decrease the livid pain of not having the needed class.

I will now be on my druid healer for one team and a warlock on the other team. Again, it is all about the forced need for diversity even as we don’t really know the demands of the bosses in the next raid.

Frankly, I’m stoked.

I want to see the new stuff and have a reason to be there; perhaps a noble cause.

There is personal preparation in getting stacks of flasks and potions, making sure I have enchants and more.

There is also gold making to be had with a new raid. A week from now, Monday night, will be a very good time to post stacks of flasks, pots, scrolls, tomes and more. Cash in on the new raid is the strategy. I’m thinking that you might have stock-piled some materials; soon will be the time to clear your vault.

Also, this coming weekend might be a good time to post raw materials. Stringy Loins and Meaty Haunch are for the feasts, herbs are needed for potions and flasks, even fish like Redtail Loach could be flying off the Auction House with gold for your coffers.

Yes, we’ll keep raiding Uldir this week; for the last time, I hope. But, it is now time to look forward and get excited for Season Two. Changes: turn and face the strange. Look out you rock ‘n rollers!

Warlock Leveling

“But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.”
George Eliot


Warlock Leveling

I used the Suggestion Box to plead with them to tell us which will be the favored classes in the next raid. Our guild needs DPS, so I’m leveling Warlock. This expansion seems to be humanoid, so Banish Demon won’t be very popular.

Currently at ilevel 363, I have joined pug normal raiding (still no ring or trinket drops) and my dps is low, about 6k. I have to visit and revisit the guides to make sure that I’m doing my rotation in the best of ways.


We have a Numbers Guy in our guild. He works for the government with a security clearance and he does math. That is all I know but he is a very good raider and a good guy too.

He broke down the gear value for us.

  • Chest, Legs, Shoulders, Helm, Waist, Hands are worth one slot.
  • Wrists are worth one-half of a slot.
  • The AP Neck piece is worth three slots.
  • Your weapon is worth six slots.
  • I forget what he said about rings and the cloak, sorry. Trinket’s value depends on the trinket.

What this means is that I can push via island expeditions to get AP and get the value of my neck up to it’s three slots worth. With catch-up mechanics it will slow down some and then pick up again when Season 2 starts on Jan. 22.

I can not do anything about RNG.

We have a rogue on our Heroic raiding team who had 355 daggers for the full run including AotC, months. Last week she got, finally, upgrades and her dps went up 2k. There was nothing, nothing at all, that she could do about RNG.

The high value of our weapon (with an enchant) is big. Getting a weapon to be high level is purely chance.

Our Numbers Guy also said that if you get good luck early in a raid then you’ll be lucky from then on. I don’t know how that works. But, running the raids over and over for the desired drops has a nasty trip hazard called RNG.

My New Cap’n Crackers

“The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.”
Joan Rivers


My New Cap’n Crackers

Big thanks to Alunaria’s Avenue for my prize of Cap’n Crackers!

She mailed me the code which has to be entered in “account settings” not in the Blizzard shop. It was instant and easy.

Once you summon this pet, you /whistle to get him to ride on your shoulder. Very fun.

He chirps and whistles cheerfully.

Here he is smiling on the shoulder of my fresh Warlock!

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Five Very Busy Things

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
Helen Keller



Five Very Busy Things

1.
I got the Hivemind mount yesterday! Lucky as can be, they did all the dirty work and I was along for the ride. It took under 90 minutes (for me) since it was at the last stages of the hunt that needed a group. I think that we are all attuned to each other and can share but I also think that I’ll be invited back to run others through the experience.

2.
After three hours and about 20 pulls, we did not get down heroic Zul last night. This raid team (my other got the AotC) does not pug. Three druid healers and using our Shamans to race out to deal with the minions and trying the Zerg Strat, our best was 4%. Our raid leader told us that we’ve hit the raid comp wall. All of us are over-geared.

No one was bitter or unhappy. We certainly made comments on the price of potions and feasts and repairs but the general up-beat attitude of the group is why I like playing with these guys. We really tried. Several players are taking one for the team and changing classes for the next raid.

3.
I am up to about 625,000 gold. Do you think that I should buy the Frog mount? There are three colors but I’d only buy one.

Here’s the deal, I invest a lot of time on mounts, Glory of the Etc. and things like that but then never ride them. Each of my characters have a special mount like my priest on the love rocket or my warlock on the headless horseman and my main switches now and then.

At 415 mounts, would I ever ride an expensive frog?

4.
Grats to Leto for winning the contest. The way the choice was made was totally fair.

Alunaria has been very generous and I see a Cap’n Crackers in my future!

Woot!

5.
Gotta love our toys. And we gotta love the absurd. Molok the Crusher was up today in the Arathi warzone. I got the toy Molok Morion which has got to make a druid laugh.


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So, What’s Now in WoW

“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.”
Frank Sinatra


So, What’s Now In WoW

The Happy Thoughts Experiment is over. I hope that the winner enjoys the mount, I had a good time posting. I feel that I am pretty positive anyways but I didn’t allow myself to get sucked into the forums and that’s much more healthy! Staying away from all that for a few weeks was very good.

When the Tiller’s Farm came out, everyone was saying Farmville, the Facebook game. I never played that but I do find that I miss the amusing little dailies like the Northrend fishing or the farm or the garrison. The new assaults come close but not quite, still some of that flavor is in them.

My guildies have been teasing me, which is always a good thing. They are calling my heals “soft heals” on my Druid. Still, I can hold my own with anyone right now. My numbers are good; my mass root and typhoon and soothe are all valued.

Everyone is excited and curious about the new raid. For one, we have beaten the loot out of the current raid; and two, we are starting to get information. My night elf will be a troll when we race swap. Remember how weird it was to be human in the Culling of Strath? It will be like that but with racials.

I got my Shady Message today! I had won, maybe, five pvp pet battles and got a quest to do a table mission which then sent me to a Shady guy under the bridge in Boralus. Woot, access to the horde-side pets! Information on this can be found at WoW Pet Addiction.

I was thinking of starting a trial account on the horde side to run through all of their pets and toys. This way, I start at max (I think) and all earned stuff would be on my normal account.

There is still a lot to do. I have my eye on pets and toys, though I am saving Safari until I have flying. I have some farming to do to get my professions up but the good news is that my guys are pretty strong.

I have a careful eye on the 7th Legion Medals and the Doubloon vendors. I have not spent any yet. Those will be some decisions to make, hopefully with a wild spending spree at the end!

How about you, keeping busy?