Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Levelling Difficulties

I've run into some levelling difficulties for MoP.

"What's that?" I hear you ask. "Impossible!"

Yes, I'm a hunter. Probably the best (or second-best besides DKs?) levelling class in the game.

Well, I suppose you could call my problems hunter-related... and my current broadcast message to my friends list says it all:

It's like a whole new stables with 200 pets! :D

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Traditional Bag Cleanout

And so commences what I call the pre-expansion bag cleanout: making as much space in my bags as possible so that I don't need to make extra trips to the vendor between questing/dungeoning, all while cursing the fact that void storage is so far from the bank.

Not really an easy task for someone who is a bit of a hoarding magpie.

Or, you know, a lot of a hoarding magpie :P

In any case, I managed to free up 47 bag slots after 2hrs of sorting through items; more than enough for general questing and a few profession mats. I doubt I'll find too many rare/interesting items that I'd want to keep until level cap either... and by that time, I'll probably have got rid of a few more things (eg. holiday food I've been stashing away for times when I don't have access to mage food).

I haven't filled up my quest log ready to hand in yet either, but then I'm getting my copy of MoP through the mail, so I may not be able to start levelling tomorrow night anyway.

Plus, trying to play on the first day has always been a fairly dismal experience - competition for quests, lag, queue times.... I'm not in a hurry. Besides, I'm a hunter - you can't beat us for fast levelling! :D

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Theramore's Fall Faction Tip

I'm probably a little late to put up a post like this since most people would have done the event already, but just in case:

If you're planning on viewing both sides of the Theramore's Fall scenario, I really recommend doing Horde first.

Unfortunately, I'd already done it on my hunter before doing it on my druid and realised too late that the cutscene right at the end of the Horde version is exactly the same as the one right at the start of the Alliance version.

In any case, I'm going to miss Theramore. I've always quite liked that Jaina had her own town to run, especially as she was a little more neutral towards the Horde than the rest of her Alliance counterparts.

I'm not sure I'll like her as Wrynn's sidekick in Stormwind, either, if that's what happens after her town goes kaboom - doesn't seem right when she's such a powerful mage herself. I'm hoping she gives Wrynn the flick and follows her own agenda elsewhere - maybe not a leader, but at least a strong female Alliance character to rival Sylvanas.

Who needs men? :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fishing Fail

I've been trying to win the STV fishing comp for awhile now.

However, for the past couple of weeks, there have been issues with cross-realm zones: some people are fishing up Tastyfish in realms in an earlier time zone and then going back to their own zone to hand the fish in as soon as the competition starts.

Since I have absolutely no chance of competing with these people, I don't think I'll bother trying to fish until Blizzard fixes it... not a happy situation, but what can you do? Props to the people that managed to figure out "creative use of game mechanics", but I hope it gets fixed soon!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pet Shuffle

Since Blizzard has changed the pet system yet again, I've had to re-shuffle my stables. My new pet list looks like this:

  1. Dragonhawk - Dynamite
  2. Bird of Prey - Talon
  3. Chimaera - Myth
  4. Ravager - Quickblade
  5. Fox - Tails
  6. Serpent - Charmer
  7. Windserpent - Hydrastorm
  8. Crocolisk - Slimer
  9. Core Hound - Cerberus
  10. Spirit Beast - Ghost
  11. Sporebat - Galaxy
  12. Silithid - Malice
  13. Moth - Celestia
  14. Cat - Robotica
  15. Raptor - Razor
  16. Basilisk - Medusa
  17. Spider - Venom
  18. Scorpid - Scorpia
  19. Shale Spider - Skitter
  20. Carrion Bird - Roc
  21. Turtle - Koopa
  22. Wasp - Sting
  23. Water Strider - Skimmer
  24. (Crane)
  25. (Quilen)

I've basically tried to make sure I have one of each type of pet for buffs/debuffs/abilities and then filled the rest of the slots with pets I like.

Even then, I had to cut down my list from ~36 or so... not the ideal situation (funnily enough, I think I had the same number of pets I wanted last expansion), but not too bad really.

Once MoP hits, all I really need is to tame a quilen (I really want the rare blue or green model, but highly unlikely I'll find it, so I'll have to settle for red...), crane (white) and exchange a new model of water strider (a blue water insect type), plus exchange turtle models for Terrorpene if I can find him, and I'm done with my ideal stables.

Haven't decided what to call my quilen and crane yet, either... I always try and name my pets carefully; they're almost as bad as alts for me to name, sometimes!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Thrown Away

Is anyone else a little sad about thrown weapons becoming grey items?

I realise that they're now fairly useless since hunters can't use them and melee no longer have a ranged slot, but I also think there were some cool-looking items out there that I would have kept if I came across them (and had actually had room in my bank, but that's another story...).

Personally, I would have kept the items in-game somehow - even as grey tradeable items, if nothing else - because someone obviously spent some time designing these items and I'm sure there would be more than a few people that actually liked those models.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Aspect Switch

No, it's not about what you think... :P

Is anyone else slightly put out by Aspect of the Cheetah and Aspect of the Fox being switched on the special action bar?



I don't know about anyone else, but I have keybinds set up for those slots and I'm going to get them mixed up an awful lot.

Yes, I could change my keybinds, but that would mean re-learning those two spell slots for all the rest of my classes as well (admittedly probably easier, since I don't play alts anywhere near as much and the muscle memory is probably not as strong).

On the upside, at least they didn't change Aspect of the Pack... would be incredibly annoying for raiding/PvP/dungeons if the rest of my party had to suffer my misclicks as well!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Digging the Archy Changes

Whilst on the hunt to re-fill my stables (more on that in a later blog post), I discovered the improvement Blizzard made to Archaeology:

Increasing the number of times you can survey at a dig site means you can get one or two common artifacts at each site - great for people like me who still have one rare item left to discover for a few of the races (and 4 for Tol'vir :P).

I still don't think I'll manage to get all of the rare items before MoP brings in more, but at least I have more of a chance now! :)