LFR Blues

C'mon guys! I only need a little more.

C’mon guys! I only need a little more.

Okay, so the goats are getting a little picky about being used for steaks. I don’t think they’re particulary fond of the Tiller Chefs at the moment.

In other news: Dufit is really trying to take the plunge into LFR. Guardians of Mogushan is first on his list. In hunting around for some info on the fights, we came across an 18 pc. set of vids at Youtube.

In this particular set, number 5 appeared to be what we were seeking. Now, there are a lot of pros and cons to this video. On the down side, our narrator comes off as some sort of elitist raider and even though the vid is listed as a “guide,” that’s stretching the term to it’s limit.

On the up side, if you pay attention to the video running behind our narrator, his comments seem to take on a sarcastic form of humor. It does appear to be nothing more than an all-out dps slug fest. Admittedly, we know nothing about the group running. Although there did not seem to be any concern for strats. boss abilities or bad stuff, perhaps there was. Hard to say at this point.

It’s also hard to say what it exactly is about these vids, that tipped the scale for Dufit to actually que for it this morning. Far from being an actual “guide,” perhaps they simply pushed a long time desire/dream into action. Perhaps, with 24 other peeps around, not a whole lot can go wrong unless he gets really stupid and dies. IDK? Overall and even knowing that raiding holds a certain amount of serious business, it just looked like a fun thing to do. 🙂

A bit later on in the set of vids, our narrator does make one comment that strikes home. In essence he says, if you’re new to raiding and want to learn, LFR is a good place to practice and hone your skills. Maybe it was that which turned the tide?

Oh, and about this mornings’ que? Never really got off the ground. Maybe cause we’re an early daytime player, maybe cause this far into the expansion most folks have already done this raid dozens of times. Whatever, the que never filled a group out. Tomorrow is another day.

 

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Patch 5.2–Random Assessments

Consider This: What I’m about to put forward here is based purely upon my own thoughts and opinions. Knowing this, you are prepared to read further if you so choose. 🙂

Patch 5.2 assesments: Let’s begin with Sunsong Ranch and the farm(s). If you’ve been following news at MMO Champion, you of coarse already know of the numerous changes coming to the ranch. Overall, I’m generally in favor of these changes even though some really won’t have much affect on my Horde crew at this time. For example:

image borrowed from MMO Champion

image borrowed from MMO Champion

The new work orders you begin to recieve if you’ve accepted the ranch as “your own.” These work orders require you to plant and harvest 8 of X products. Filling the order and delivering it will gain you 300 rep with the faction you accepted these new dailys from.

If like me, your main and possibly an alt or two, already has exalted rep status with these factions. So at this point in the expansion, these new dailys will only serve any more alts you choose to bring up through the rep grinds. (In my opinion) And of coarse, this is based upon my current level of information and could possibly see change as the patch continues to develop.

Merchant Greenfield will be offering seed paks which will allow you to plant 4 seeds at a time. Apparently, these packets will cost you 30 seeds to buy, although it appears that a packet will have 10 charges. My thoughts: this could prove to be a time saver since I have 3 full farms working. The packet cost is okay considering the 10 charges per, as you’d actually be saving yourself the cost of 10 extra individual seeds. Consider this as though your favorite seed of choice is on sale for bulk purchases! You may want to stock up on some extra seeds before patch time. Patch notes indicate that the yield from seeds will possibly go up as well.

Another area of interest which has caught my eye: “Troves of the Thunder King.”  (link is for youtube video from MMO Champion) Dufit, my little goblin shadow priest, is just the kind of adventure who will spend some time perfecting his runs and loot snatching skills here. This is one of those side journeys that has blood-pumping excitement, many challenges and just plain looks like fun to do. It is said, that a good successful run could net you several hundred gold and many other items of interest. Hmmm, very interesting for my little gold hoarder.

With new factions opening up in the coming patch, we’re once again looking at more daily rep grinds. Gaining revered with your respective faction will offer you more valor point gear to buy. Cloaks for example, are set to require 937 VP’s, and their ilvl is 496. Quartermasters apparently will also be offering those expensive Blood Spirits needed for several crafting professions. Cost: apparently 400 VP’s. Well then, you just know you’re going to be grinding out those reps, so take advantage of the offerings as you can. On the other hand…..There is a listing of new Raid Finder Gear  you can look forward to. So far, ilvl of this gear seems to be 502. The list looks good, choose wisely.

Nice and interesting write-up over at Wow Insider’s “Know Your Lore.”  (link to article) Obviously, I am not a great loremaster. I do enjoy reading about lore in the game though and this article talks about the possibility of Jaina becoming the Alliance version of Warchief. Being Horde, why would this interest me? If you’ve been through the Domination Point quest/story lines, the answer is: Lor’themar Theron. Everyone has an opinion on who is most likely to possibly become the new Horde Warchief. Considering all that has transpired through Domination Point, and the opening of 5.2–Lor’themar Theron is still my favorite and desired choice.

New Warchief?

New Warchief?

That’s it for today folks. We wish you good fortune in all your pre-patch adventures! Which btw, looks like possibly March 5, since that is the schedualed end of the PvP Season tier.

Incoming Patch?

With 5.2 getting really close now, and you realize that there’s not a lot you can do to better your crew before the incoming content, what do you do? (your milage will vary)

With my crew about as good as they’ll get for now, I’ve settled upon just maintaining the three farms and minor efforts towards building valor points up. Each of the three plant their farms according to their profession needs, so it’s sorta like just stockpileing mats.

Beyond that, each of the rest have been assigned various zones to complete for sections of the Loremaster title. Leetan did the honors of finishing off the Eastern Kingdoms.

Eastern Kingdoms completed

Eastern Kingdoms completed

Now, everyone is concentrating their efforts on Kalimdor. Two of the eight zones needed are done. Ashenvale is being probmatic. It still has that bugged/glitched quest that has been a headache for like forever. Never been fixed. :s

The good part about this little side project of Loremaster, is that each of those dusty alts are seeing a fair amount of attention and leveling quite well. Well enough, that Ay opened his coin bag and bought 3 of them heirloom cloaks from the guild rewards vendor.

The hunter and baby pally are progressing as expected. Both are strong and capable ‘get-it-done’ classes. The surprise in the lot so far though is Nokila, the warlock. Demonology specced, she has aquired some sort of natural talent in using her toolbox of goodies. Right or wrong, she’s figured out how to quickly build her powers up, then snap in and out of her purple demon form for quick kills. lol, kind of like a shape-shifting druid. She gets their attention, then pops and kills them. Moving along quickly, she can keep this going on for quite some time. Very effective.

Besides Kalimdor, there’s still Outland and Northrend to consider. I’m not really looking forward to the Outland grinds. Hopefully this new set of alts will make things a bit more bareable. Northrend…well, I’ve always raced everyone through there, skipping a lot of things. So it’s going to be a grind fest. Cata zones, no real problem there. The water world is the only zone I’ve consistantly skipped completeing on anyone. Pandara is done, thanks to Dufits’ tenacity, energy and vigor in wanting to experience it all from first launch.

That about sums things up for the moment. A few loose ends but, meh, we’ll get to them sooner or later. 🙂

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