Fun Garrison Hearthstone Macro — WoW

“What fresh hell is this?” — Dorothy Parker

First of all, I am very excited to see the new Everlasting Alliance Firework in the holiday. The Lunar Festival sells this toy for 25 Elder Coins which I happened to already have in my bags from last year on a lowbie alt.

The Everlasting Alliance Firework (they added the Horde version automatically, so only buy one) has a three minute cooldown! Really good news there, we can weave this toy into our macros. I see on the tooltip that it has a level requirement of 60. No, you don’t need engineering.

Everlasting Alliance Firework
Item Level 60

Binds when picked up

Use: Shoots a firework that bursts into the Alliance symbol. (3 Min Cooldown)

Sell Price: 40

So, onto our Garrison Hearthstone macro. Instead of opening your bags to use your stone, this will sit on your action bar; probably on the side bar.

#showtooltip Garrison Hearthstone
/use Bubble Wand
/use Garrison Hearthstone

So far so good, how about a little more flavor? A sparkly juicy macro with the new toy?

#showtooltip Garrison Hearthstone
/use Everlasting Alliance Firework
/use Bubble Wand
/use Garrison Hearthstone

Now … the absurd!

#showtooltip Garrison Hearthstone
/use Everlasting Alliance Firework
/use Bubble Wand
/use Hozen Beach Ball
/use Pretty Draenor Pearl
/use Garrison Hearthstone

Well, that one is pretty silly but hard to resist. The Hozen Beach Ball is a shapeshift toy and perfect for a hearth macro; you are going to the beach!
Sometimes when you copy and paste, a single space is added in front of the forward slash, I don’t know why.


Preparing for 6.1

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Today is February 15th on the year of our Lord 2014. Only Blizzard knows when the patch will drop; it could be Tuesday, it could be in March. The patch brings a lot of quality of life changes, achievements, new toys, pets and no new content. What happened to the Iron Docks quest area?


While we don’t know when it will drop, we can prepare. For me it is two things that I want to jump on the day that it drops. We can now upgrade our crafted gear to 4/4 and we’ll have new cooking recipes that give a better buff than the Savage Feast.

As you can see from the above image, I’ll need 200 Gearspring Parts, 40 Sorcerous Earth and 30 Savage Blood to upgrade my gun. I’ll need about the same for my crafted neck piece. For the upgrades to be valuable to me, I want to do this before the same pieces drop in my raids.

I’ve read that there will be a “daily” vendor that will convert our ore, herbs, hides, dust and fur into the “next level up” mats like truesteel ingots, gearspring parts, taladite or Primal Spirits. I’ll love unloading my ore for Primals but it’s still a long road to 60 Savage Bloods — so, I prepare today.

The other change; the buff food — I’ll paste from information I copied from MMO Champions. I’m glad I’ve stockpiled my fish, I knew it’d pay off!

Buttered Sturgeon (New)
Cooking. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Blind Lake Sturgeon Flesh (12), Crescent Saberfish Flesh (6).

Jumbo Sea Dog (New)
Cooking. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Jawless Skulker Flesh (12), Crescent Saberfish Flesh (6).

Pickled Eel (New)
Cooking. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Abyssal Gulper Eel Flesh (12), Crescent Saberfish Flesh (6).

Salty Squid Roll (New)
Cooking. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Fire Ammonite Tentacle (12), Crescent Saberfish Flesh (6).

Sleeper Sushi (New)
Cooking. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Fat Sleeper Flesh (12), Crescent Saberfish Flesh (6).
Whiptail Fillet (New)
Cooking. 2 sec cast. Reagents: Blackwater Whiptail Flesh (12), Crescent Saberfish Flesh (6).

Finally some speculation. I think the price on the fish and savage bloods will sky-rocket when the patch drops and then settle back down to normal in two weeks. Keep an eye on the Auction House to make a little pocket change.

Power Pet Leveling in our World of Warcraft

I decided to go for the Celestial Pet Tournament. I looked at the list on Wowhead of suggested pets needed at level 25 and realized I needed a strong strat for pet leveling.

It worked so well, I decided to share it with you.

Locale: Stoneplow Flight Path up hill to the Singing Marshes in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
Pets to Battle: All level 25 pets for max xp, critter and aquatic.
My toon: I took my level 30 mage in full heirloom gear and a Safari Hat. Note that I set my hearth in the Shrine but got my rested xp in the Inn at Stoneplow. I also leveled mining to break the monotony.
NB: Only go uphill from the Flight Path, to the west and to the east are baddies but they are far away; you will be safe.

Strategy: The main strategy is continuous pet battling, non-stop.

My Pet Line Up:
Slot One: Darkmoon Zep at 25 with Missile, Bombing Run and Decoy
Slot Two: Your pet to level, starting at level one
Slot Three: Chrominius at 25 with Bite, Ancient Blessing, Ravage

Open with Bombing Run and then Decoy. Swap to Pet-to-Level for one turn, Decoy will protect. Swap to Chominius and watch the bomb drop, Ravage to kill first mob and get a heal. Use Chrominius to kill the next three pets, using Blessing for a heal but pay attention to use Ravage as a finisher, which is a heal too.

Rinse and Repeat over and over.

I have bandages but rarely use them, every 8 minutes you get a free Revive Pet, mostly for the Zep who takes one hit per pet battle.
The XP you get for your toon, my mage, is about 80% of a full quest. At three battles per eight minutes; this comes to turning in about 20 quests per hour.

You make zero gold, this is purely for leveling pets with a bonus of leveling a toon.

I hope you take a trip out to Stoneplow with a lowbie toon. The pets are numerous and even little Bandicoon families so you don’t even have to move. You’ll get into the groove pretty quickly and, I feel, the best place and strategy for leveling up a lot of pets!

Draenor Pet Brawler — the Ultimate Grind

Draenor Pet Brawler Win 2000 pet battles in Draenor.

Yep, 2000 pet battles. The daily in the Pet Menagerie doesn’t count. Let’s face it, if you are going for this achievement (which rewards a monument in your garrison) then you are in for a grind. I don’t recommend it; go run a raid with some friends instead.

However, if you must (I must, I must) here are my strategies for getting through a grind that will take hours and hours to finish. I am currently at 1534 pet battles and I’ve had some time to think about it.

First of all, combine all the positives that you can. I am leveling my Profession Alts by getting XP from the pet battles. I am leveling pets at the same time. I also have reduced it to the most mindless activity that I can create — so I can watch a movie on television while grinding.

When I first started out, I thought I’d level a character from 91 to 100 and get the achievement. Not so! I am on my third character and I have a ways to go. My first crack at it, I used two fliers, two mechanicals and two magic pets to counter the aquatic, beast and fliers. It works but you have to pay attention.

Here is the strategy that I use.

  • Go to the Moonlit Shore in Shadowmoon Valley. It is on the coast just north of the Temple of  Karabor.
  • See all the battle pets. They will only be aquatic, beast and flier. Opening with the aquatic.
  • Open with (one turn only) two pets you want to level. If you can find one that does a stun, even better; use that one first.
  • I like the Emerald Whelpling with: Emerald Bite, Emerald Presence and Tranquility. This guy can best the three opponents over and over again.

The plus for this strategy is that it is totally mindless. Keep up Tranq and Presence and use Bite as often as you can. The Bite is extra strong against a flier which is in the line up.

So … watch a movie or the Disney channel; both are my favorite past times. And level your characters, pets and go for the nastiest grindiest achievement in Draenor!

Blizzard Should Hire Me

One of the first stories you learn when you attend design school is about the architect who designed a college campus. He left out the sidewalks. When the construction guys asked him where to put the sidewalks, he simply said “wait a while.”

Once a few months had passed after the campus opened, it was clear where the students were walking from class to class to dorm. Then they knew where to put the sidewalks.

Moonflower Now that we are playing in Warlords of Draenor, it is clear that the informal gathering spot is outside of our garrisons. Rogues open lockboxes, engineers drop their bling5s and I see people just standing around right by the Big Rock or on the path.

  • I think “stuff” should be right outside of our garrisons.
  • I’d like to see a small faux arena for dueling with the winner announced like they do in Dalaran.
  • I’d like warm light in this mini-zone in Shadowmoon Valley as a visual relief and a place to check out my transmogs.
  • I’d like goblins taking bets on duelers. I’d bet one gold on my friend who is in the arena.
  • I’d like a stable master and some vendors.
  • I’d like (for a fee) rockets that would shoot me to the other zones.

In Azeroth, all the players were split into the major cities. In Draenor, we are all stacked in one place: our garrisons. I think we need a little area to run out to and gather in and “be seen” in. As Freckleface of the Hearthcast podcast says, “the first thing we want in WoW is to show off.”

Fun Toy Box Macros for WoW

On the left is a tag for fun toy box macros, click that to see my entire list.

The Toy Box feature in Warlords of Draenor has been a fun feature added to this really good game. Not only are your toys across all characters now but the cooldowns are for individual characters. This means that if you use a toy with an one hour cooldown, it won’t be on cooldown if you swap to another character.

I think all of us have been standing around bored while waiting for a raid to assemble and started using our toys. I think it is much more fun to integrate my toys into my everyday activities via macros.

Because the toys are sensibly on long cooldowns, they don’t get terribly obnoxious. I’d never want to interrupt a raid by using a toy, so my “spell macros” are fairly subtle but once we are out in the world of Azeroth, Outlands and Draenor: anything goes!

Highlight and copy, paste into your macro box.

Lets get down to some macros, because the Bubble Wand has no cool down, you’ll see lots of this toy!

Druid Dash

#showtooltip Dash
/cast Dash
/use Bubble Wand

The nice thing about this one is that you can keep clicking the action button to get more bubbles while running back after a wipe.

Druid Big Tree

#showtooltip Incarnation
/cast Incarnation
/use Pretty Draenor Pearl

This will give you some nice sparkles when you go for your big healing tree adding some more magic to your awesome self.

Hunter Deterrence

#showtooltip Deterrence
/cast Deterrence
/use Bubble Wand
/use Pretty Draenor Pearl

This is for the ridiculous hunter. You will got sparkly shiny while shooting bubbles as your blades spin around you. Awesome for running through the fire on the Twins in High Maul.

Hunter Disengage

#showtooltip Disengage
/cast Disengage
/use Kaldorei Wind Chimes
/use Vrykul Drinking Horn

Fairly dramatic. As you go whoosh backwards there is an audible hulk-grunt when you grow into a Vrykul and if you are outdoors, then you can hear some wind chimes!

Hunter Feign Death

#showtooltip Feign Death
/cast Kalytha's Haunted Locket
/cast Feign Death

You can use any of the shape shifting toys, I like the locket because of the dramatic death and the purple smoke. I also liked using Angry Beehive if you want to it to look like flies are enjoying your dead body. I found that I had to put the toy before the spell in this case for it to work.

NB: I look for instant cast spells and instant cast toys to marry up in a macro. If you are using a channeled spell, then the toy needs to go in front; like mounts.

Dazzling Mounts

#showtooltip Red Flying Cloud
/use Bubble Wand
/use Vindicator's Armor Polish Kit
/use Red Flying Cloud

When you dismount, you’ll blow another set of bubbles. Since the Kit is on a long cooldown, you won’t sparkle every time; enjoy the mystery.

Sandstone Drake

#showtooltip Sandstone Drake
/use Pretty Draenor Pearl
/use Rime of the Time-Lost Mariner
/use Sandstone Drake

This one is pretty spectacular. Because on this mount you ARE the mount, so the Rime effects your mount’s look.

Flying Carpet

#showtooltip Frosty Flying Carpet
/use Hozen Beach Ball
/use Frosty Flying Carpet

I laugh and laugh at this one. As you can guess, you can mix a lot of our toys with mounts.

Spectral Steed

#showtooltip Spectral Steed
/summonpet Disgusting Oozeling
/use Bubble Wand
/use Pretty Draenor Pearl
/use Spectral Steed

Turn green, bubble, sparkle and off you go.

Big Flyer

#showtooltip Albino Drake
/use Mr. Smite's Brass Compass
/use Vindicator's Armor Polish Kit
/use Albino Drake

Have fun, be silly and try not to be too obnoxious.