The Alt Army Marches On

“A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

The Alt Army Marches On

During the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, my boss called me into his office. He said that I had to answer my e-mails every morning. I said that you can’t negotiate work via e-mail. He agreed but said to answer my e-mails anyway. So, with mild bitterness (I wasn’t terribly upset) I agreed to do this.

But I also rebelled.

I know, it is minor and silly. But, if I had to do work and answer e-mails from home, I was going to play the World of Warcraft too. Don’t let The Man get you down.

So, I got into the habit back then of starting WoW, starting my morning coffee and starting my e-mails. I’d send my Main to the Argent Tournament and during the flight path, I’d check my mail. I’d spread this over whatever time it took, weaving WoW and work back and forth.

It may have been petty of me.

Today, that habit lingers on. It probably takes me twice as long at least to do my dailies because I’m also checking e-mails, reading blogs, reading the news and drinking my morning coffee. And I have a lot more Alts.

I like it now.


This morning I sent a lowbie Alt to camp Environeer Bert inside the building of Gnomeregan but not inside the dungeon. The reward is a bag of goodies which might contain Dibbler.

It is a daily quest per account. I intend on learning this pet and (perhaps) learning all three variations of speed, health and power. Then I’ll give the extras away or sell them on the AH by learning them and then having my Bank Alt cage and sell.

This means that I have now three Alts camped for pet battles; Environeer Bert, Crysa and the Shadowmoon Valley where I level the pets. All three Alts are getting (very) slow XP and that is okay, I have an Army.


So, to sum up:

  • Three daily pet battlers
  • Three tailors on Hexweave Bags
  • Four Herbalists for the Felwort World Quests
  • One Garrison mission camper for Hexweave, Drums and Glider mats
  • Two Alts with the free WQ earning Marks of Honor (account-wide!) for Tmog sets
  • One Alchemist selling stacks of Tome of Changed Talents (from the above Felwort).

My Main does the emissary every day and then I simply flip through my Alts.

Currently a stack of 20 tomes sell for an average of 3000g and I put up five stacks at a time; I’m doing this about three times a week so I’m making about 45,000g a week on that but it will slack soon as the raid gets less tight.

And that is my morning! The Alt Army marches on over a cup of coffee and the latest news.



Master Trainer’s Tabard

“No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.”
Martha Graham

Master Trainer’s Tabard

Data mining for 7.3.5 shows that we can earn a tabard for pet battling called Master Trainer’s Tabard


The achievement to earn this new tabard is called Family Brawler.

Like the other family achieves, this one requires you to use a class team like all Aquatic, Flyer or Dragonkin.

But, to get it, you’ll really have to want it. It is a PvP achieve. If you have ever done pet battling PvP then you’ll know just how long it takes to win 5 much less 100 with the class restriction.


This, my pet lovers, is one nasty time sink. I’m beginning to wonder if that tabard would mess up my tmog!

Pugged an Argus

“If it makes you cry, it goes in the show.”
Annie Leibovitz

Pugged an Argus

My raid team is off for the holidays. So, greatly daring, I joined a pug group that was on Aggramar hoping to ride along for a kill on the final boss; Argus. Having seen only two wipes before as our raid team had staggered into the final boss at the end of raiding, I was a little worried.

Argus is a fight that you have to learn. It is fairly forgiving if you are a healer. Oh, by the way, this is on Normal. It was a partial guild run and we wiped four times, three of them within 5% so it was close. We had long pauses as puggers would bail and we’d get new ones.

I was smoking the other two healers. I had 32% of the heals. Maybe this is a Resto-Druid fight.

The kill was extremely satisfying. I was spoiler-free so I saw the final cut scene with amazement. I got a 965 neck piece with the wrong stats but that is okay.

After I tumbled out of the cut scene, I noticed that the guild was lining up for a screenshot. My heart went out to them! They must have been proud and happy and they did it during the holiday and everything was just about perfect for them.

Now I understood why no voice chat. It was them against the world! Bravo.

I have been trying to think of our raid team’s last “screen shot kill”. I think, maybe, Heroic Garrosh when we all lined up on our new mounts at the shrine was the last time. That has got to change! Those are proud moments! Most raid teams, like ours, have players who free-lance because they can and so that shared feeling isn’t quite like the past days of raiding.

Lets have some more screen shot kills to cement those collective memories.


Patch 7.3.5: Needing Clarity

“The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.”
Ambrose Bierce

Patch 7.3.5: Needing Clarity

Some data mining is good. Knowing that something might happen can let you prepare for it today. It would appear that this patch (I’d guess March?) will give us the new scaling zones and, I think, the new Allied Races. That would be great planning to give us something to do before the Battle for Azeroth expansion.

We also know that there will be a new Battleground. The data mined achievement suggests that we can collect Azerite. The achievement is for 100,000 of this stuff.


My (limited) understanding was that Azerite was something that was absorbed (not collected or clicked) into the Heart of Azeroth, a pendant neck piece that will act as our new artifact mechanic; boosting our specialized gear.

My confusion is on how we could collect 100,000 Azerite if we don’t have the next expansion’s artifact? Will this be some kind of currency until then?

Can anyone offer me clarity?

No Christmas Bonus

Jamie: [in English] It’s my favorite time of day, driving you.
Aurelia: [in Portuguese] It’s the saddest part of my day, leaving you.
Love Actually (2003)

No Christmas Bonus

I tell ya, it is Thursday, only two days after Reset and I’ve already run the raid and blew through my four bonus rolls. I won’t be getting my four-piece for Christmas this year.

I am depressed.

All I wanted for Christmas was … my four-piece bonus. But, you could hear it coming, couldn’t you? With all the great Christmas music out there, it sure is hard to be depressed for long!

Elves and gnomes, from 2008; the terrific All I Want for Christmas is a Blue.

Noobs and Hardcores, how can you not smile at Carpool Karaoke with Mariah, Elton, Lady Gaga, Demi Lavato and so many others?

Dwarves and Demons, even your rock-hard hearts will melt watching these four kids pop up in the Jimmy Fallon bit with elementary school intruments.

First lovers in the moonlight, no one but a Scrooge could resist Love Actually!

So many great Christmas songs and movies, who could possibly be depressed? Some say Die Hard is the best of Christmas movies, others like Home Alone or The Santa Claus; Elf, Miracle on 34th Street and, oh, so many others. What is your favorite Christmas song or movie?

T21 2 piece: Resto Druid

“He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.”
Douglas Adams

T21 Two 2: Resto Druid

The two piece bonus from Anotrus gives us a chance to cast Dreamer.


As you can see, it typically casts on the owner; by far.


The first ten bosses on Normal:











I’m guessing that it adds about 3.5% to our healing and that it is a bit random.

It says “100% of spell power for 8 seconds” but I can’t find my spell power number anywhere.

Savagely Gifted

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
Henry Ford

Savagely Gifted

This garrulous goblin is peeved as a petty pauper, they took away the Elixir of the Rapid Mind from the Savage Gift!

From MMO Champs …

Winter Veil – Elixir of the Rapid Mind
Players on the woweconomy subreddit are reporting that the Elixir of the Rapid Mind is no longer dropping from the Savage Gift.

As usual, Blizzard is two steps ahead of my gold-making strats.

I’ve been putting stacks of 20 of the Tomes of Talent Change on the AH, five at a time and they are selling for just under 3000g (for a stack of 20). It comes to roughly 45,000 gold a week if they sell and I repost again several times. Currently they are selling pretty quick.

Still, I was ready to write a nostaligic turn on the joys of long flight paths to Frostfire Ridge. I loved it. I folded some laundry, cleaned my crockpot, surfed the web. I was reminded that today’s standard of play is quick, quick, quick — we get everywhere fast.

So; there is no reason to return to Grumpus and the horrible presents and the caged children. It is a bit of a shame, that was a fun design for the holiday!

And … the Greench scales now. You can die. It is a long run back. And … then you wait for the spawn timer.