Last night I went to Black Temple, tagged along with a couple of ex guildies who were boosting their level 70 twinks (I don’t know) which they do every week. I went along because I’d like to eventually be exalted with Ashtongue Deathsworn, and I didn’t have the achievement for killing Illidan yet. However, upon entering, I remembered how much I loved the instance. In fact, Black Temple is probably my favourite raid of which I have done at the right level. I’d never seen the Vanilla raids until I hit 70 so I can’t count those, sadly, because AQ looks pretty epic.
The thing I like the most, aside from how awesome the gear in that place looks, is actually how long it is. Took our guild a few months to clear the entire raid. Not days or a couple of weeks, a few months. Even the trash caused many a corpse run, if I recall, everybody used to disconnect on the little poison guys after Naj’entus, so that was pretty much, “AOE them down fast! FEAR!! USE FEAR!!” If people didn’t spread, or payÂ attentionÂ to the people around them, on the first boss, people would die.
Supremus trash was long and boring, and I think half of the raid Afked this part, but it was made semi-interesting by “will my ring drop this time?” That and when Supremus followed me, I died, end of story. I never actuallyÂ understoodÂ why they made him bigger, and I really wanted to see a gnome tank him fortehlulz.
Gorefiend was fun, I remember I had the ghost debuff on my very first time there, not long after the guild had downed it actually, and of course I fucked up, caused a wipe. Then I didn’t get it for months, not until we were working on Mother I think, and when I did get it I owned. It was easy, and fun, more bosses like Gorefiend please! Though there was always the odd filler raider who would come along because there was nobody else and mess it up.
Bloodboil and Bigfaceguy (as I named him back then) were fun because, as a Shadow Priest, you REALLY had to watch your threat. Hunters can feign, Shadow Priests can’t, if I overaggroed on Bloodboil, I was dead. At the same time, Vampiric Embrace was very useful on these fights for the extra healing, but also a big threat bomb, so you really had to time when it was best to start using it.
Akama was too easy. Mother we had a mod called ‘Easy Mother’ which told you which way to run when you got the debuff, but eventually it started sending you into other people and so on, so mostly was ignored. Council was fun, I loved that fight, so much you had to watch out for, so many different things people had to do. We had one rogue who was a fucking beast at kicking, and timing it as well, my memories of that fight are mostly hearing on vent “kickkickkickkickkickkickkick” and “combat res that guy..”
Then we have Illidan. The most annoying thing about Illidan, is that I think I was there for a try, and then my internet went down for over a month. So I missed the learning the fight with the rest of the guild part which was sad, but I also missed the first kill. This is the only first kill I wanted to be there for, and I’ll always hate that I missed that. However, it was amazing that I was able to be there for all of this, and I eventually got my connection back and farmed it all with the rest of my guild, and picked up my Priest’s tier 6, which was my favourite tier set by a mile. That, and I finally saw the anti-climax of “is Illidan dead?”
Last night, we spent an hour or two clearing, just laughing at the whole place. It felt wrong, because I remembered it as this big epic raid instance which had some of my best WoW based memories. In fact, when they removed the attunement and people started skipping Kael’thas it felt wrong.. But, I went, I cleared, and even though it was piss easy now, it was still fun, and it still reminded me of my time in Supreme.
Edit (05/08/10): Of course, now you are able to get Warsong Offensive exalted from farming heroics and not wearing a tabard but the below post is still relevant if you want to do the dailies too.
Aside from being one of the most pointless reputation factions to actually get rep with, some of us actually try to get exalted with the Warsong Offensive. Me included. It’s pretty simple though, first you need to check this list, have you missed any quests? Then there are nine dailies you can do. Five, in Icecrown and four in Grizzly Hills.
Once you’ve finished all non-daily quests you can do, all you can do is complete these dailies every day until exalted. Try to do Assault by Ground with Blood of the Chosen, I usually get most of the quest complete while following the group of orcs. It’s also important to note that this faction is Horde only. See below for where to pick up the quests.
I said at the start of the expansion that Vashj needed a Free Server Transfer, to, or away. Now we have one and I think I’d like to run to the hills please..
I grew bored of trying to finish up Outland Loremaster tonight, so I got my fishing rod and decided to attempt to fish up a Magical Crawdad pet, it’s one I’ve needed on my hunter for a while but haven’t really had the bother to go out and do it. So, following the path on the map below, in Terrokar Forest, which is to check the lake above the Horde base, the lake just above the Alliance base, and fly around the Skettis lake for a bit, checking each one as one becomes devoid of Highland fishing pools. I stuck on my fish tracker and flew around for a bit, fishing when I found a pool, happy little me fished up not only Mr Pinchy, but got the pet, Magical Crawdad box, after the first use of the object. Woot
Spotlight for the WoW based Web Comic; World of Warcraft, Eh? Updates every Monday, is very well drawn, and there are some good jokes in there. The Monty Python obsessive in me particularly likes this one. Do read it! Found it while reading through the Wow.com posts I’ve missed the past couple of days, was part of the funnies.
I give it a good 8/10.
Of course, I bet you lot have all soloed it about 20 gazillion times by this point but I’m still proud of my achievement. Expected to wipe a lot on the packs full of high concentrated mobs, but a few traps here and there, Mend Pet and some focus nuking and I cleared it pretty easily. Wise to use Track Hidden in this instance to scout out the Assassins poking around theÂ corridors. I got the Executioner, went back, killed a few Centurions for the daily, which proved to be the hard part of the instance seeing as my pet died on 2 of them, and I died on one. However, 50g looted, 50g from vendor crap, and a few greens and some Thrallmar rep, was definitely worth it and I’m glad I did it.
I’ve recently tried out a couple of different MMOs, played World of Warcraft for about 3 years, possibly more now. I tried Lord of the Rings Online for a 2 week trial and it was great but I decided to go back to WoW and wait for Aion. As soon as we could afford Aion, I installed and tried it out for a month, loved it. The character design is pretty damn good, the game play is fun, they have got a lot right. Though, as you’ve probably seen me complain about, the lag gets too much for me. So, a decision on my favourite MMO.
As boring as WoW gets, it is so developed that it’s hard to leave. I can spend time farming achievements, PvPing, doing 10 mans with friends, soloing old content, and things like that. Aion is such a new game in Europe that it’s very overpopulated and laggy, therefore I find it difficult to enjoy fully, so I’ll give it a break, give the population a little time to quiet down a bit. A good game to me boils down to being able to solo, find a nice social guild, find an average pug, but not be forced to go hardcore to enjoy myself and see the game. All in all, I think I preferred LOTRO, I was in a nice little guild, could laugh and joke, without feeling like I was surrounded by a pile of idiots, the game play was fun, definitely not too hardcore, or too easy, just some of the character design features that bothered me, my female elf, no matter how hard I tried, looked like Liv Tyler. Though I’m not sure which my favourite MMO is at the moment, I at least know which classes I like in each. Hunter, Hunter, Spiritmaster.
Spent a large portion of the night going through the Hallow’s End achievements for my hunter, who is quite behind. Took all of the buckets, ran around Southshore, swam around Silverpine Forest, and became rather big and orange.
Later we had some fun in guild though, I’m going to go ahead and not post the entire conversation here because it’s looong, but here’s a snippet. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it, but ya gotta love dem teehee girls :3 …
Finishing off with a couple of 3 man normal Trial of the Champion. Dan wants to get himself a healing trinket, so I dusted off the holy paladin and basically click healed it was that easy.. and yeah my bars were configured for Clique which apparently wasn’t activated. My paladin is basically Naxx geared, so could probably use some Trial runs and a few Emblems of Conquest, and I would at least like Edge of Ruin to make Cataclysm levelling a little bit faster.
It’s Hallow’s End, again, think this is the third year I will have farmed that stupid boss. First year was for Dan’s plate helm which apparently existed for everyone but us. Obviously this and last year for the mount and pet and achievements.. Anyway, last year I did all of these achievements on my priest. Having rerolled since then I have to travel around clicking candy buckets and invading Southshore, not to mention GNERD RAGE!! It’s all I can massively bring myself to do in WoW at the moment, short of playing alts. With the huge lag and overpopulation at peak times/weekends on Aion, it at least gives me something to do, clicking candy buckets. Not to mention logging in as often as possible to attempt to get the Trick or Treat masks achievements. Will try to get my paladin the ret DPS ring, and my warlock the spell power rings for when/if I finally level her to 80. And of course, as shown above, the usual mass ganking outside of SM Graveyard.