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.

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Aygarens’ World, pt.1

 

Tiz a glorious day of peace in Azeroth today. Like most major world conflicts it won’t last long, but we can certainly enjoy this temporary truce.

Double Ding!!

and then there were two!

Aygarens’ road to level 90 didn’t take as long as Dufits’. Not in real time anyway. Ay skipped over many of the sights and story lines, while Dufit had to uncover every nook and cranny he could find. Ay probably could have made his journey sooner, but he did spend extra time digging up Pandarian and Mogu artifacts. By the time he reached the age needed to travel to the Seat of Knowledge, he had two pristine articfacts to add to the Lorewalkers collections. They were quite pleased and contributed to his growing, carefully crated collection. Of coarse, over this time Ay did get a bug about “looking” like a leader. Kind of a knight in shineing armor thing. The upkeep costs a few gold, but he’s totally enjoying it. 🙂

Sunsong quest armor set

After his newly aquired Pandarian flight abilities, Ay went visiting some mountain tops. You just never know what you’re going to find!

Ay thinks they stayed for the view.

Rep Grind Dailys: With both Ay and Dufit now competing for faction attentions, some mutual cooperation will be needed.

Side info note; I had been reading about the pet battle system and discovered that the dailys for it were considered account wide. If one character does them, another character won’t have them available that day. Or so is my understanding. I got to wondering if this also applys to the rep grind faction dailys. I don’t have the answer to that just yet, although I have given thoughts as though it was quite probable. So here’s the possible arrangements for Ay and Dufit.

Golden Lotus: Dufit is exalted, don’t really need to do them.

The Klaxxi: Dufit nearly exalted, a few days of bloodshed and he’ll have the staff he desires. He’ll push them so Ay has a clear field. Aygaren has an advantage with The Klaxxi, which is most appreciated. Getting to Honored was a walk in the woods and he’s able to use some stuffs he mines to gain new blacksmithing patterns. As with other professions though, crafting costs are high and the realm economy isn’t that great. But that’s another story for another time.

The Tillers: Dufit could skip dailys here, he’s only doing them for the Ironpaw tokens while making his final runs on each of the “Ways”. His farm is complete, Ay is just starting his.

Order of the Cloud Serpent: Open for Ay. Dufit seldom goes there anymore.

The Shado-Pan: All for Dufit, Ay is not prepared.

The August Celestials: Again, all Dufit.

The Lorewalkers: Dufit is exalted, although Ay is the archaeologist and needs their favors.

Thdoria: Ah, we cannot look over this lovely Belf shadow priest. At level 86, she is tending to some simple farming in Halfhill. Recently, she was promoted to Transmutation Master within the Alchemy trade. She also faces some of the same difficulties in the crafting market as Ay and Dufit. Other than the small farm, she’s still picking flowers and occasionally sheding baddie blood around the Valley.

That’s were the three main activists are at the moment. They face some economic issues, guild progress issues and “time-sharing”. 🙂  All things considered, the journeys into Pandaria are going quite well! Ay has even stumbled upon traces of his first archaeological rare!

maybe pretty nice, might take a bit of digging though

Okay, here’s wishing everyone a great day!

Quick Update

Yesterdays’ post about “The Final Power” quest:

Early last evening Dufit went back for another try, or two at this Golden Lotus quest. His first death was barely 30 seconds into the fight. During his second corpse run, something good happened. Another player he had noticed earlier in the day suffering the same fates, sent a tell asking if he would like to group up for this one. Dufit gladly accepted, and then there were three (counting the warlocks’ minion:).

LOL! He still died again, but the quest was completed by the group. That was what turned the tide for this one, group effort. In turn, one managed to live long enough for the other to corpse run, thereby stopping the kill target from resetting to full health again. When alone, having to start over again each time was frustrating.

I had time to chat a bit afterward with the kind and friendly player that asked to group up. He’s not completely unknown to the horde crew, both Ay and Dufit has run beside him in TB before, though never really speaking to one another.

We talked about the many deaths we each suffered yesterday, deaths which neither one of us were accoustomed to. As frustrating as this quest was, it was also challenging. Before parting company for the night I mentioned to the lock that this was the second in a set of seemingly phased quests, and I could only imagine what the third one will be like!

Anyway, all ended well. If you happen to come across this quest I suggest that you jump in general chat and see if anyone else is on it. Don’t hesitate to group up. It will save you many moments of frustration 🙂 It’s not a big dps fight, most of it depends upon your abilities to get to his spears he throws out and throw them back at him. There’s a lot of movement required on your part, and timing your jumps needs attention. If you have a bit of lag or a slightly not so quick comp (like I do), and maybe your button mashing is a tad slow at times (like mine), be prepared to make adjustments so you clear that lightning. Otherwise, enjoy the challenge. It’s one of the best I’ve experienced lately (not being a raider).

With the help of a friend

 

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