Eleven

Just dinged 60 on a Venthyr Paladin. This brings me up to 11 toons at cap. As soon as the number 11 flittered through my head, I immediately though of Stranger Things. It’s rather fitting, as it is a strange thing that I’ve got 11 level-capped toons before an X.1 patch has been released. I’m enjoying the flexibility in leveling this expansion. I enjoy knowing that I can level a toon to cap and within a week or two of capping, I’ll have a new mog available. There are so many things to collect in this expansion and I’m having the time of my life doing it. I’m getting closer to realizing my BlizzCon 2019 predictions.

Current Covenant Roster…..

The Light at the end of the XMog tunnel.

My honey and I have been doing the super casual thing lately. We’re unable to commit to any set raid schedule, so we just do random whatevers to amuse ourselves. She’s delved into the world of FF XIV. It’s a lot of fun seeing her adventures and comparing them to the world of WoW. Also, I really hope Blizzard gets their head out of their asses about player housing. We occasionally run LFR on like-armored toons so we can share xmogs with each other or run Torghast for fun. We legitimately like Torghast.

On the LFR front, I’ve completed the Leather and Mail xmog sets. Now I only run those toons with her so I can increase her chances of getting the missing few pieces she needs, or if I have time and want the 1K+ Anima. Though, with the anima changes due to across-the-board sanctum upgrades, I might start running full LFRs on my mains again since it will be possible to get nearly 2K anima. The plate set is only missing the boots (which can drop in 2 wings, so I have kind of a “bonus roll” for those). The cloth set is still missing 4 pieces.

I’ve knocked out the remaining heritage armor sets recently. It’s astounding how quickly you can level your toons since the leveling revamp. Regardless of which expansion(s) I take my toons through to level, I make it a point to do the Legion opening quests (skipping the scenario portion) so that I can get the Dalaran hearthstone unlocked and access to the class hall. Then I do the WoD opening to establish a garrison so that I have another hearthstone option. Ports are amazingly useful. Also, I always do the cooking and fishing daily quests in the classic faction cities, Northrend Dalaran, and the garrison because they are a great source of about half a level in total. I think most of my allied race toons have close to a dozen levels earned this way because I didn’t feel like playing them some days, but still did the cooking/fishing dailies so that I could say I did something on them.

Soooooo many alts…..

Who wears it better?

During the course of running the HFC(N) on cloth toons for specific xmog items, I wound up getting the Archimonde transmog set (the Demon Prince’s Ascendant Crown, Mantle of the Eredar Lord, and the Demonbuckle Sash of Argus). So, of course I decided to have someone sport the Archie set. Raz, my flamboyant gnome rogue, would normally be the one to wear mostly naked xmogs. However, this is a cloth set, so I thought either Klingar (a mage who was created to be an homage to Klinger from M.A.S.H) or Trixxi (a goblin warlock). I added in the Grungy Containment Pack because more fel-green is cool here. So I have to ask, which one looks better in their Archie cosplay?

Scantily clad toons abide here…..

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.

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.

https://tinyurl.com/y4s9nbaj

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
/hug
/cry
/yell HIS NAME IS 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
Demonhunter0/303/2000/1000
Mage1/30149/200obtained
Priest13/3054/2003/1000
Warrior5/304/2000/1000

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.