Whar’s ma DPS.. AGAIN?

gnome_girl1I picked up Mists of Pandaria ~3 months after the initial launch. It took me 1 month to level to 90. Considering I was only leveling a few days a week.. and I took a week or so off when my video card died and to experience battle pets I think it’s safe to say that by the time I hit 90 and -started- doing heroics most everyone else in my random heroic group has been running these same heroics for nearly 4 months.

I can almost feel them /pat me on the head when I announce at the beginning of each run that “I’ve never run this Heroic before so I’d appreciate any pointers you have”.

For them, this instance is old hat. They know which way you go, where you stand, how you pull the boss, whether you spread out, stand 45 degrees off of each other or stack up. For the most part they already have the loot off the boss so they aren’t carefully scrutinizing each drop to figure out if they need it and if it’s an upgrade. They are running willy-nilly out of the room -while- I scrutinize the loot making it very difficult to keep up/know which way to go. They’ve already completed the quests.. so they’re not looking for sparkly things as they go through the instance.. nor are they completing the instance only to find that they must have missed one of the quest items (only to have that silly quest sit half finished in their quest log).
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All sticky with love

WoWScrnShot_021913_223407Way back in 2009 I completed “What a long strange trip it’s been“. Since then I’ve mostly ignored the holiday “Love is in the Air” until two days ago.

1. I finally realized that the holiday boss(boss-triplet?) is easy and has a chance to drop epic items. Items with higher ilvl than I’m currently rocking. Add to that, you can do the bosses repeatedly.. and the queue is about 5 mintutes even as a DPS.

2. I happened to read an article on WowInsider about the Peddlefoot battle pet..and realized I’ve never gotten one. This lead to a mad scramble to figure out how to buy the silver arrow.. and then how to quickly acquire 40 love tokens. It took two days.

Added Bonus: in my second heart shaped box I got a Toxic Wasteling..

Scenarios: A Little Patience

Yeah.. ok I don’t get it.

At some point while leveling I picked up the quest “A Little Patience” which wanted to send me into a scenario. I held onto it for a few days.. first off, I am still kind of puzzled about what a scenario is.. and once I figured out what it was (kind of like a dungeon, kind of like a group quest, except you don’t need specific roles.. supposedly) then my plan originally was to read up about the scenario before I tried it. BUT THEN I HAD A “BRILLIANT IDEA” {cue ominous music}

If Blizz has done their homework.. and it’s true that anyone can jump into a scenario at any time, with no specific roles.. then it shouldn’t be required for me to research the scenario before I jump into it. If Blizz has done right… then once I get in the scenario it should be OBVIOUS what I should do. RIGHT? Yeah, not so much.
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Residual raiding fear

restless-shadeling.v7384Last night, at about 11:30 I ran my warlock down to Deadwind Pass. I want to get a blue Restless Shadeling. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried to do this.. so far I’ve managed to tame only a white Shadeling. It bothers me to see my little “Number of pets tames for this area” and see the bar half in blue (for the blue Arcane Eye I nabbed) and half in white. So when I can I try to be logged in when the Shadelings spawn at midnight.
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There ought to be a manual…

The_More_You_KnowI know I’m a late comer to Mists of Pandaria and everyone else probably already knows this.. but here’s the things that I learned that were not obvious.

Getting home
From Pandaria there is a portal back to your faction home (Stormwind and .. Orgrimmar I assume but I don’t play horde so MMV) in the MoP starting area in the Jade Forest. There are also portals in the back of your faction’s hub in the Vale of the Eternal Blossom to all of your main cities. Getting -back- to Pandaria you should use the portal which is near where you find the portals that were used for Cataclysm. On Alliance side that’s up around the lake on the back of Stormwind.
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I could have been a contender…

OnTheWaterfront1On Monday it occurred to me that I’ve been getting Valor points in doing my tiller daily quests.. and I started to wonder, “Do I have any other currencies? and are they in danger of capping?”. I finally figured out how to open my currency tab and sure enough, I had 4,000 justice points.. which means sure enough, it’s capped. So ok. I need to spend these things.. what do I spend them on?***

The obvious answer is gear.. but in order to figure out which gear would be the best purchase I first had to figure out what gear I needed.
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Everything-must-go sale

everything-goThe end (of leveling professions) is coming!! Or at least that’s what Godmother on Alt: ernative believes. Looking at the evidence I think it’s a fair guess. It maybe that only Blacksmithing is going in 5.2.. but I don’t doubt that the other crafting professions will follow.

So I asked myself: Self, what would it mean if you didn’t need to keep all those things (cloth, rocks, plants) to level up your professions on hand?
And self replied: Well gee, I could free up a lot of bank space.
To which I replied: Indeed. In fact.. if I were smart I’d unload all that crap now while the markets are high and most of the population of WoW is unaware of the revamps waiting in the wings. Indeed.
To which self replied: Wait. What if you’re wrong?
To which I replied: Meh then in the future, when I decide to level another profession I’ll have to re-gather all the materials. But in the meantime I’ll make bank. I’m willing to take the risk.

So it is with this little internal dialog that I decided that all my toons were having an “Everything must go” sale and emptying all the banks.
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Srsly Blizz?

WoWScrnShot_020313_095258Seriously.. WTF? What’s the big idea putting a battle pet out in the middle of the ponds? It’s a damn fool thing if you ask me.. I can’t battle it while I’m swimming.. and I can’t battle it while I’m walking on water. The only thing I can do is kill it and hope it spawns elsewhere, closer to the shore. SERIOUSLY? That’s just FRUSTRATING!
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Darksiders II

I don’t play it.. in fact I really don’t know what platform it’s for.. but this parody(?) of the game trailer made me LOL.

As an aside: epic pony of green fire-ness. /want.

Ding 90

WoWScrnShot_020113_221159My warlock ding’d 90 on Friday, February 1, 2013 on some random quest at the start of the Townlong Steppes.

First step: train Pandaran flying.

I’m surprised how much I missed it. In fact I missed it MORE after I ran back to the old world and spent a couple days flying around taming battle pets. It’s good to be back in the air.

Second step: Continue questing. I read somewhere (? maybe a tweet from Blizz?) that the easiest way to get iLevel 460, and be ready for raiding/heroics, was to complete the quest lines in Townlong Steepes and the Dread Wastes. So, like a dutiful daughter.. I soldier on.

It made me laugh
On the initial trip into Townlong Steppes the Pandaran guide shouted out: “Come, we must go!”. I just about hurt myself /facepalming.

Also, on that same trip, my guide noted that Townlong Steppes is the “most desolate area of Pandaria”. Wow, seriously? -This- is desolate? Someone obviously has never been to Shadowmoon Valley. Compared to Shadowmoon Valley, Townlong Steppes is practically a vacation destination. Just sayin’

Oh.. also.. anyone know which faction, as a good little Warlock, I should start working on? I suppose I could go and research it.. but I have the feeling that since I’m so far behind the curve someone else has already done that work.