Class Mashup

In some random WoW group on whatever social media platform, there was a trolling post asking what was the best build for an arcane druid. Of course this was met with a number of troll responses like resto-rogue and arms-mage.

However, I thought it was interesting describing various specs of classes as if they were different classes. This really only works on hybrid classes, but it was still fun. Here was my response on what class specs were mashed up to make the various specs of druids. Enjoy!

  • Arcane – boomchicken is a leather wearing arcane/fire mage
  • Assassination – fitekat is a bleed-build rogue
  • Protection – burr is a face-shield warrior
  • Holy – broccoli is a priest on ‘shrooms

Short post made to make you either giggle or groan. It’s both funny and eye-roll-worthy.

Ummm… you aren’t aware of how we do things around here, are you?

I don’t know why, but I imagine the covenants to be much like social cliques in schools or clubs. Tight nit groups that dress alike, act alike, and superficially judge others. In order to join their ranks, you need to dress like them, talk like them, walk and dance like them, and try to toss out any of your own quirkiness that makes you unique.

Well, it would appear as if I’ve got 3 offenders in my ranks that don’t seem to understand the social contracts necessary for being lost in the crowd of cool kids.

First up is Aestalas (the Night Fae) rocking a rather interesting Fel-Drust look. Obviously he’s kind of oblivious to the Drust attacks in Ardenweald. Or maybe, he’s using this as camouflage to infiltrate their ranks. A true master spy never reveals his plans to anyone. Obviously, if you say anything about this, he will have to hunt you down and silence you.

Aestalas the Night Fae
Aestalas the Night Fae

Next up is Lohattal (the Kyrian) sporting an au-natural look that leaves little to the imagination. Obviously, you will never find him at the Temple of Modesty. EVER! He believes in comfort above all else. He can’t commune with the elements if he has too much armor separating him from nature.

Lohattal the Kyrian
Lohattal the Kyrian

Last, but certainly not least (unless your talking about height) we’ve got Razloppesk (the Venthyr). Raz is… well… um… he is just a special kind of special. I’m not sure he ever truly grew up. I’m also not sure he hasn’t landed on his head a time or two too often. He’s in the covenant of the gothic biting folk. Not sure if he’s doing this to be obnoxious or what. I’m thinking he just really likes the bats, gargoyles and parasols.

Razloppesk the Venthyr

Bad Shit made worse

It would appear that I missed a very important piece of information in one of the patch notes.

October 14, 2020

Items and Rewards

* Black Empire head, shoulder, and chest tokens will no longer create Azerite-empowered armor for characters that have not obtained the Heart of Azeroth.

The only thing worse than the bullshit borrowed power Azerite system is getting Azerite gear with no traits. When you ding 50, DO NOT USE THE BLACK EMPIRE TOKENS!!!!!! Benthic gear is fine. Go get your Heart of Azeroth and get your first essence. Then and only then should you consider using your Black Empire gear tokens. Fortunately, we’re so close to SL launch that I’m not going to bother farming for more tokens. Reward to Effort is too off balanced. Too much meh-ffort for 2 weeks of usability.

Heritage Armor

I have a strange love/hate relationship with the Heritage armor. To clarify, I love the ga-nome heritage armor. I hate that I cannot mog it on every engineer. It would look awesome on a dwarf engineer warrior. Perhaps somewhere down the road, it will be opened up to anyone who’s exalted with Gnomeregon.

For the core races, I’d only done the ga-nome heritage armor. For the allied races, I’d only done the Highmountain Tauren and Kul Tiran. I’ve been itching to get some more of sets, because they have some amazing designs. I decided I’d make it a point to get them all.

Within the past week, I’ve unlocked a few sets: Zandalari Troll, Tauren, Dwarf, Blood Elf, and Goblin.

This has caused a bit of a shake-up for one of my characters. Ever since Cataclysm, my Tauren Shaman has always been using the Headdress of the First Shaman as his helm transmog. ALWAYS! That changed this week with the changes to the barbershop and the addition of the Tauren heritage armor. He’s now using the Ancestral Chieftain’s Headdress and Ancestral Chieftain’s Totem (the head and back pieces of the heritage armor). I also added some body paint to match his transmog and added the feathers on his head at the barbershop. I’m pretty pleased with his set.

Wherein I blab a bit about leveling/rep-grinding and show off a sexy mog …..

I can feel your anger. IT’S FABULOUS!!!!

Please just let me indulge in the mash up of Star Wars’ Emperor with South Park’s Big Gay Al in the title of this post. It makes me about as happy as the new xmog item we have now. Blizzard has released another subscription reward. The Sprite Darter’s Wings transmog is glorious. It’s a set of fairy wings and… um… well… other pieces of gear too, I guess.

Seriously, the rest of set is adorable. However, the wings and the mask are the real MVPs of this new set. When I saw them, I knew that the wings were all my flamboyantly naked rogue cared about. I think the only thing that would make this xmog any better is if WoW added a pride flag pennant that I could put on his back.

It’s really just the simple things that make me giggle. Equally amusing to me is the amount of hate that this set is garnering on-line. People are legit pissed off at Blizz for this set. Some are even pissed off at the set itself. I’m just sitting in SW in front of the fountain in the trade district /dance-ing with folks in my fabulous new set of wings.

For the haters, I understand there is nothing that can be done to make them feel better, so I leave this last bit dedicated to the haters (yes, I’ve posted this song before, but it never seems to be not-relevant)…

Post-publishing Edit: Raz glitched out after mogging the wings. He was on a flying mount, but didn’t appear mounted. He looked like he was doing the “chariots of fire” run through the sky. I call this his Icarus impersonation.

Raz’s Icarus impersonation.

“Completed” with that which shall not be talked about

I haven’t really felt like focusing on anything significant since I completed the hidden artifact appearances and getting to rank 8 and doing the mount quest in Fight Club… er… I mean Brawler’s Guild. I spent some time on Sunday getting the last of the achievements left over for Brawler’s Guild and making sure to …
/tar Robert Paulson
… several times.

When I thought I was done (even having gone back again to get what I thought was ALL of the shirts from rumbles), I find out there was another shirt that I missed. Not overly worried about it. I have more shirt mogs than I’ll ever use. Still, I feel like I really need that shirt I’ll never use. That was my night before pre-patch.

Once pre-patch lands on us, I think I want to focus on getting my 2 mains their 470 ilvl upgrade (or whatever the new post-squish ilvl is for the horrific visions rank 3 crafted items are) to their alchemy trinkets. I know that they’ll be making good use of the heal potion buff well into SL. I’ll be making sure to finish out my druid’s Rajani reputation to exalted and buying the perma-rune to use into the next xpack. Other than that, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing. Random mog runs, sure. Random Jaina mount runs, hopefully. However, those are just random things that occur on a whim. I don’t have any pointed lists of things I want to focus on. I guess I’ll just figure it out as I go.

Hidden Artifact Appearances

With the news that artifact transmogs will become class-specific, instead of spec-specific, I decided that I’d fill out my collection a smidge. I decided that I’d go after the hidden artifact appearances. I’d had a few across the classes, but the collection was far from complete. It all started when I learned what the Corrupted Ashbringer ret-pally appearance looked like. That was what started the avalanche.

WoWhead’s guide on the hidden appearances was an awesome aid. Everything was laid out nicely and in sufficient detail. A couple of places it could have used a “this item has a respawn timer, be patient” note. For the most part though, it was great.

This week, I did it. I got the last of the 36 base spec appearances. The other 3 tints for 30 Legion dungeons, 200 World Quests, and 1000 PVP kills is not complete, but it’s close. Prior starting this endeavor, there were only 4 classes on which I had not found at least 1 hidden appearance (Demonhunter, Mage, Priest, and Warrior) prior to BfA’s launch. Meaning that on the other 8 classes, I’d already unlocked (or was very close to unlocking) the Legion dungeon, World Quest, and PVP tints. Between the base hidden appearances, the dungeon tints, world quest tints, and PVP tints, there are a grand total of 144 appearances. I’m only missing 11 of them.

Here’s my list of remaining appearances.

ClassDngn TintWQ TintPVP Tint

I’m not in a rush to finish these. Though, they will be finished quick enough. The dungeons are the only real commitment because they have to specifically be Legion dungeons. The world quests and PVP will just happen as I’m normally playing on those toons. Maw of Souls is the quickest Legion dungeon to spam. Most of my toons can clear it in under 5 minutes. So that’s the one I use to fill in my dungeon count. To avoid burnout in the dungeons when I decide I’m going to dungeon spam, I queue for battlegrounds to break up the tedium and to also eat up time to keep me from hitting my 10 instances per hour limit.

Time Killers

Random thoughts that bring up songs is always a big amusement for me. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures. With that said, I give you Time Killer (aka what is an MMORPG after all) by And One.

As the expansion is coming to a close, I’m finding myself being less interested in finishing up 8.3 items and more into mindless amusement of random time killing mechanisms.

What do I want to finish up on 8.3? Or at least, think about possibly finishing up or not. Or maybe, I just put this on my Shadowlands lull list. Who knows?

  • Do enough heroic visions on my DK to get the corrupted mementos mount. I’m over the half-way mark. I could probably just make it a weekly routine at this point. At reset, buy as many vessels as I can with the 2 currencies and run Horrific Visions until I’m out. Then do assaults and World Quests as I want to farm currency.
  • Get my druid to Exalted with the 8.3 reputations (he’s my reputation mule, so it’s strange to me that this late into the expansion there are reps that he’s not exalted with yet).
  • Finish up the remainder of the 7 day Bumbles achievement. I honestly can’t recall if I’m at day 2 or 3.
  • Pick a toon and do the month-long 8.3 bug mount acquisition.
  • Farm an alpaca or 2.
  • Do the Pterradax quest line on my Shaman. I did the Bee mount quest on the allie side, so it’s only fitting that I get the Pterradax too.
  • Farm some more gold so I can purchase the remaining faction mounts.

What have I actually been doing instead of the above?

  • Working on acquiring the hidden artifact appearances. I’ve got 30 of the 36 spec base-appearances. I will say that the disparity on acquisition of some appearances is appalling. For the hunter, you can simply buy 2 of the appearance. For others, you have to pray to RNGeesus and attain exalted reps. Or, you have to jump through ridiculous hoops and then pray to RNGeesus. I will get them all, and I will hate Blizzard a little more because of it. Regarding the Dungeon/WQ/PVP tints, I’ve got a smattering of them across many classes.
  • Fight club… er… I mean Brawler’s Guild. I got to rank 8 and did the amusing murder mystery quest line. At current gear levels, many of the Brawler’s Guild fights can be cheesed. However, even cheesing it, there’s some fights that are a major pain in the butt. Mechanics matter even at iLvl 465 with 145 corruption.
  • Random transmog runs. Molten Core and Black Wing Lair sets on a couple of classes to name a few.
  • Playing Fall Guys and Animal Crossings. After completing Carrion, I wanted another easily playable time waster to saddle up next to Animal Crossings. Fall Guys is great. Plus, it is freaking adorable (and infuriating too, but endearingly so).

Honestly, I had grander ideas for this post. I just am having a hard time putting much effort into writing about WoW or gaming in general. Between the pandemic curtailing most of the activities I enjoy in my off-time and my state (as well as the neighboring states) being on fire and making the air-quality hazardous, it’s just really hard to get excited.

Of Covenants and Ripcords

When this expansion was first announced I thought I would have fun figuring out what covenants I wanted to put my toons in. At first, I thought that covenants fit thematically with class. In my mind… Druids, Monks, and Shamans are obviously Night Fae. Mages and Paladins are obviously Kyrian. Then, it all fell apart after that.

So what did I do? I put together a spreadsheet and listed the classes, specs, and which covenants I thought they would best be represented in. My apologies for not using MS Paint (the superior presentation application, but I’m not Dratnos. I have to work within my skill sets). Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments if you think I might want to reconsider a spec’s associated covenant. I am looking forward to that kind of input.

DeathknightFrost / UnholyNecrolords
DemonhunterHavoc / VengeanceVenthyr
Druid*Night Fae
HunterBeast MasteryNight Fae
HunterMarksmanship / SurvivalNecrolords
Monk*Night Fae
PriestDiscipline / HolyKyrian
RogueAssassination / SubtletyVenthyr
Shaman*Night Fae
WarlockDemonology / DestructionNecrolords
WarriorArms / FuryNecrolords

These were my thoughts on Covenant splits:

  • Night Fae: Nature-lovers / Element-worshipers / Zen-followers
  • Kyrian: tanks/healers (selfless protectors) and scholars
  • Venthyr: Soul suckers (dots, blood magic, and poisons)
  • Necrolords: Death Magic and Military Ops

How was I going to handle a toon that falls into more than one covenant choice? I’d think about my fantasy of the toon. My DK was a tank for the better part of his life. He used DPS spec for leveling, but end-gamed mostly as a tank. He’d probably go Venthyr. My hunter spent the bulk of her life as Marksmanship. She is currently Beast Mastery. I have no idea which covenant I’ll choose. I could argue both Night Fae and Necrolord. The best part of this dilemma is that I don’t have to make a choice right now. I’ve got time.

Now comes the rub. All these aesthetic ideals and choices for class/spec identity mean nothing. Every class/spec will have a BIS covenant ability and soulbind. In order to raid or M+, you will have to choose the covenant ability and soulbind that makes you viable. You love the look of the Night Fae armor on your toon. You love the lore behind the Night Fae. Your BIS covenant is Maldraxxus. Guess what you are doing? Choosing between enjoying the lore/immersion of your game or being invited to group content.

While I can generally accept borrowed power in the game without much complaining (except for corruption, that can die in a fire and quickly please… is it dead yet? is it dead yet? is it dead yet? is it dead yet? is it dead yet? please tell me it’s dead already), this could completely break the fantasy of the game. If I wanted to deal with “forget about what you want, you have responsibilities,” I wouldn’t turn to video games to entertain myself. I’d just work and do house chores 24/7. I want my game to bring me enjoyment. Not to remind me of the futility of “choice.”

Blizzard, I know you won’t read this here, so I will put this request in the forums and on twitter. Please, disconnect the borrowed powers from the aesthetics. Don’t force me to make the mutually exclusive choice between enjoying the fantasy or enjoying the end-game group content. That kind of discontent will make me resent the game. #PullTheRipcord

PS: To be completely honest here, my DK is currently making good use of 3 (sometimes 5) stacks of Twilight Devastation, Twisted Appendage, Haste, and/or Critical Strike corruptions. However, I stand firm in my claim that I am looking forward to this broken system going into the dumpster and it being nuked for good.