When macros become too cumbersome.

Yes, I’m old. Seven Mary Three is an awesome band. I remember when they first hit the radio waves. I had a chance to drink and chat with them at a bar in Orlando, FL the night they played said bar. Super chill folks. Any chance to make a 7M3 reference, I’m going to do it.

Now, back to the matter at hand. Cumbersome port options in WoW.

I love macros. I like having one button with modifiers (ctrl, alt, & shift) that do different things. I’ve made hearth/portal macros that are fairly generic enough that I can use them on every character, including characters that have engineering and have access to engineering portal toys. However, rings, trinkets, tabards, special use items, flavor hearth stones, toys, etc has made the buttons spread. I have one toon that has 5 action bar slots taken up with various port options (engineering mage). It’s getting ridiculous.

Enter the Broker_Portals add-on…

Broker_Portals Menu
Broker_Portals mini-map menu

This is an actionbar saver. I can now remove every port macro from the actionbars of my toons. This thing is glorious. It looks at your class spells, your gear, your items, your toys, your professions and adds them to a fly-out menu on your mini map. It even includes your Flight Master’s whistle.

The left side of the picture above is of a druid with a number of port items in his bags. Class specific portal spells appear at the top.

The right side is of a warrior with gnomish engineering. It takes your specializations into account with the engineering portals. Gnomish engineers are unable to use the ports to Everlook or Area 52, so those items don’t show in the list.

Now, I just need to get used to not having portal macros.

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Bi-factional Confessions

I’m enjoying the hell out of War Mode this expansion. My g/f and I have had it enabled for the entirety of the expansion (unless we needed to group with friends that don’t do War Mode). I love this woman. Having a WoW buddy and life partner is simply beyond explanation. Watching her play makes me realize exactly how newb-ish I am in PVP. I did some random BGs in Wrath, Cata, and MoP, but didn’t partake in WPVP. That does not a PVPer make. She’s had the Justicar title for a while now (exalted with League of Arathor [Arathi Basin], Silverwing Sentinels [Warsong Gulch], and Stormpike Guard [Alterac Valley]) and is at Honor Level 84. It’s rather awe inspiring.

This is where I blab incoherently for a spell >>>>>

Fire Mage Mog Amusement

Klingar BfA

Having fun with learning how to play a Fire Mage and finally got him his class mount (specifically so I can have the magic saucer toy so my pets can fly with me). On the way, I found some nifty mog options. I want this guy to be a little over the top with his mogs.

Helm: Firehawk Hood
Shoulders: Netherworld’s March Amice
Back: not displayed
Chest: Saurifeather Garments
Shirt: Amber Filigreed Shirt
Wrists: Chronoboost Bracers
Hands: Heavy Linen Gloves
Waist: Nightvale Cord
Legs: Not visible due to robe
Boots: Elunarian Boots
Weapons: Felo’melorn and Heart of the Phoenix

View in WoWHead Dressing Room.

BfA preliminary thoughts

As I was getting into the hype, decided to generate my call to arms teams. Still figuring out who my primary alts will be, but pretty sure Allie warrior and hunter will be my go-tos when I need a break from my Druid.

AllianceBattleForAzeroth

Thinking my Hordie monk and paladin will be my go-tos when I need a break from my Shaman.

HordeBattleForAzeroth

Rather enjoying the expansion so far. My girlfriend and I have been leveling together with War Mode on. I have to say that I enjoy the hell out of world PVP.

I’ve been trying something different. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of Balance Druid play style, so I’m giving it a go. Also, I’m loving the new mog available as questing in Tiragarde Sound, so I’m going with a radically different look on my druid. I almost think I should use this on a combat rogue or windwalker monk with 2 light sabers for the Jedi look.

Aes BfA

We haven’t had a whole lot of time to play, so we’re only at level 113 right now. Will probably be well into 114 when we finish up with Tiragarde Sound. With how little we’ve played and being at 113, we’ll still make it to 120 before the raid tier releases and have time to gear up too.

Dungeonwise, I’ve run Freehold (as DPS boomchicken) and Waycrest Manor (as Heals tree). Freehold is fun. It’s just a get in there and kill shit. Waycrest Manor is creepy as hell. I would love to have a group go through and explore every staircase. The dungeon feels like it’s convenient to get around in, but haven’t had a chance to really explore.

I’m liking the content and the story line so far. I also like the foothold quests into enemy territory.

Add to that, the launch was relatively painless. I’ll call the beginning of this expansion a solid win. Hoping it continues so.

Aes and Dei in Vale

8.0 aka Holy Shit, I missed so much.

Life upending, relocating, roommate drama, etc… well, I’m way behind in everything this ex-pack.

Still have 4 classes I need to do the class mount quests on.

  1. Horde Shammy is probably a few quests away from the mount.
  2. Horde monk needs to do a fair bit of artifact, class hall, and legionfall campaigns.
  3. Horde pally is level 107, so needs everything.
  4. Horde mage is level 103 and still needs everything.

I’m pretty confident I’ll get all done before BfA.

Mage tower challenges. There were only 2 skins I cared about. Guardian druid and to a very lesser extent feral druid. I tried for many hours, but couldn’t do guardian. I tried last ditch effort and burnt through all my nether shards. It still didn’t happen. So I’m resigning myself to no mage tower skins.

I did finish Balance of Power on Aes. So I’m happy to have at least that out of the way.

PVP changes in 8.0. REEEEEEEALLY looking forward to them. I can never settle on one PVP toon, so flip between Druid, Hunter, DH, Warrior, and Monk. Between all of these toons, I’m prestige 6+. On individual toons, one is prestige 3 – honor 30ish the rest are varying degrees of shy of prestige 2. Very pleased I’ll have the skins unlocked.

Aes and Dei in Vale
Aestalas and Deigratia in Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Mostly, looking forward to 8.X with my g/f. There will be many more pictures like these with me and my honey throughout the game.

Mounts, Toys, PVP, and Happiness

There’s a lot to say, so I’m just going to brain dump. I’ve been busy at work lately and recently been thwacked by the love mallet. So, blogging has been towards the back of my priorities.

Aes Prestige 2 Appearance
Aes’ Prestige 2 Resto appearance

I’ve gotten back into PVP in a big way, thanks to my girlfriend. I haven’t PVPed since the legendary cloak quest in MoP. She got me back into a BG and I remembered how much I enjoyed it.

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