I know it’s been a few days since I’ve posted, but I’ve got a good excuse with, you know, Warlords coming out and all. I was thankfully immune from most of the launch issues. I was there at the first minute, and with a group of guildies I managed to get ahead of the main crowd. I was level 99 by the time I logged off for good after a very long Thursday. Then Friday morning I hit 100.
One thing I’ve been pretty amazed about regarding the site is the insane amount of traffic the Gara taming guide post has been getting. Over 125,000 people have viewed it so far. Clearly Gara is a popular thing! As nice as it is to have a guide on how to do it all, I can’t help but wonder if we’d still be trying figuring it out had it not been possible to do the datamining… or even know to look in the data at all.
A lot of people have requested an uncorrupted version of Gara, like she is when you first find her. I think it would be amazing if Blizzard snuck in a future followup (without telling us it was going in) where you could uncorrupt her somehow. *wink wink* *hint hint*
I’m pretty far into the initial gearing process at this point, at 625 ilvl and sporting the 680 ilvl version of the legendary quest ring. I had a head start with getting into heroics thanks to the Dwarven Bunker / War Mill building providing some very nice upgrades from Spires of Arak and Nagrand quests (some of it as high as ilvl 630, the same ilvl as heroic dungeon loot).
Inside heroics, I’ve been pretty fortunate with the loot as well. I haven’t gotten a weapon yet (still using heirloom), but plenty of armor upgrades.
As for what to craft first with engineering and leatherworking, I’m still not sure. I was dead set on the goggles being first for engineering, until I learned you get a guaranteed ilvl 640 helm from the upcoming Molten Core anniversary event. The goggles can be upgraded though… so I’ll make them eventually. I don’t know, maybe the gun? Historically I have terrible luck with weapon drops. Here’s a true story for you: I never saw a single Throne of Thunder weapon drop in any guild raids (or from bonus rolls). I was actually using a heroic scenario weapon the whole time.
So maybe I will make the gun. My one concern is they seem to have removed the 3rd upgrade option. I can see the schematic for True Iron Trigger, but not Blackrock Rifling. I know that, historically, Blizzard is a bit stingy when it comes to weapons. They like to make it as difficult as possible to get a decent one, so I’m wondering if they changed their minds on having ilvl 655 crafted weapons? If that’s the case, I hope they at least give the ilvl 640 version the ilvl 655 model. That would be a complete waste to not use it. Or maybe it’s just an oversight (though I did report this on beta as both a bug and to the developers on Twitter). One more thing about the gun: It now counts towards your limit of 3 crafted pieces. For the longest time it did not.
Leatherworking is a shot in the dark, because you never know what piece of raid armor you’ll get first. I’ll probably flip a coin on the chest or legs.
This has all gotten very rambling, so I’m going to stop now.
I stuck to my original plan laid out in this post. While everyone around me was downing those 20% XP potions that cost a whopping 100 garrison resources, I declined. They hit level 100 a couple of hours before me. Whoopdee-freaking-doo. I was able to turn my garrison into a level 3 one while they struggled to gather 2000 resources. So while the Lumber Mill and Trading Post have been pretty popular with a lot of people to get extra resources, I got mine elsewhere. Rares and treasures. LOTS of them. I’ve already discovered about 110 of the 200+ available, and still haven’t gotten to all the rares.
I’m progressing steadily on the Stables quests for my new mounts (and also getting a ton of resources from those in the process) and also having fun with the 2 daily dungeon quests from the inn. A word of warning on those. They don’t mention if they require you to be in heroic or not, so it’s best to check the quest log in more detail or the Wowhead page for the quest. My two favorite rewards I’ve received so far from those quests would have to be Orallus’ Whispering Crystal and the Void Totem.
I’ve got five level 100 followers now, but they still need to be geared out. The Salvage Yard is helping with that but it’s slow moving. Next step will be to take the bunker to level 2 so I can make some more follower gear with work orders.
Still playing Beast Mastery
Old habits die hard. I still haven’t seen much reason to go MM, plus I’m enjoying my fancy new pets too much. We’ll see how things change once the raid opens up.
The spec has been doing fine in heroics, I have no problems topping the meters at all (I realize saying this means nothing in a random 5-man). But it doesn’t seem to be doing too badly. I find myself using Explosive Trap a hell of a lot more now that it’s been slightly buffed and also had the DoT sped up to 10 seconds. I’ve been using it enough that every once in a while I get this voice in the back of my head that says “try survival!” until I tell it to stop being crazy.
I have to say that the buffs they did to Blood of the Rhino right before Warlords are pretty amazing. Instead of increasing armor, it reduces all physical damage taken by 15%. It also increases your pet’s health by 80% so your pet has way more health than you do. My pet (with the Adaptation talent) has no problem face tanking multiples of the hardest elites Draenor has to offer, like those big ones for Steamwheedle reputation in Nagrand.
My best moment in heroics so far was in Auchindoun. The group I joined into was freshly ilvl 610, so it was at the point where I had more health than the tank. We wiped quite a bit along the way, but I stuck with it because I try not to be an ass and ragequit after a few wipes. Also, the expansion only being a couple of days old and all. Anyway, on the final boss after about 6 wipes everyone starts dying when the boss is at about 15% health. Since I was the only ranged, I had to kite the Infernal the entire fight. So suddenly I am the last one alive, kiting this giant infernal, and now the boss is after me. I feign death, get the boss on my pet, and go to town. Boss starts nuking me with some ability I can’t interrupt. 11%. Things are looking grim. My Kill Shot button is almost done cooldown. I begin to mash it. At about 40 yards away, the shot goes off and I die immediately. Damn, looks like a wipe. Everyone else releases their corpse and just as they do that the achievement pops up. Turns out the fight is done at 10%, and my Kill Shot in flight finished him off.
Overall, I’m enjoying the heroics quite a bit. Just the right amount of challenge.
Dragon Age… why do you have to come out now?
This isn’t WoW related, but I’m going to leave you with this kick ass Dragon Age Inquisition trailer. The game comes out tomorrow, and I am ridiculously excited to play it. Why oh why did it have to come out now? There needs to be more hours in the day. First world problems, am I right?