I am not prepared for WoD!

Yet.. But I will be! There is just so much to do before the release of Warlord of Draenor. I’ve been trying to get an overview of everything I have to do. From things I want to complete in game to things I need to do in real life.

I’m not in the beta, yet, which feels kind of strange because I’ve been in every beta since I started playing in The Burning Crusade. So I have chosen not to read so much about the expansion and not watch any streams or videos of the game. Of course I read some news about it like the new race models, which I can’t wait to see for myself in game, and I’ve read a bit about garrisons and the different zones. I might read up on the class changes of the classes I play the most, resto shaman and balance druid, but I don’t want to know the dungeons, quests, raids because I don’t want to spoil anything, I want to be able to explore the world for myself because I think it’s much more fun, either now in the beta or when it all goes live.

I was at work when they released the cinematic and announced the release date, so I had to stay off Twitter and Facebook till I got home because my boyfriend and I had decided to wait and watch the cinematic together. But he had accidentally seen the release date and he told me to guess. I guessed November and after BlizzCon but I had to guess many times untill I guessed the correct date. November 13! My birthday! Who would have thought. This is the second time they release an expansion on my birthday. It doesn’t really change anything, it’s just a bit fun. But I expect you all to remember to congratulate me on my birthday! Haha! Nah, don’t worry.

To-Do List

  • Buy a new computer
    • My two-year old Asus G74S laptop is still causing problems and it can be really annoying sometimes. It runs games like WoW and Diablo 3 on high settings without problems, it’s just that sometimes the screen freeze and I have to press the on/off button to reboot. This happens most often after exiting a game, when I tab out from a game or when I just surf the internet. I can’t live with this problem anymore, so I have to send it in for repair and because it might take a while to get it back and I’ve been wanting a new and better computer for a while, I might just as well upgrade for the new expansion. I’m not sure which computer to buy yet or how much I should spend on it. I don’t know much about computers either, what’s good and what’s not, what’s worth putting some extra money into etc. I might just choose one that looks good from Komplett.no because it’s easy and they build it for you.  Advise and tips are welcome.
  • Fix our gaming room
    • We have a gaming room for our desks and computers and we’re planning to buy a new large desk that fits both the computers instead of two small desks as we have now. Some storage space would be great so we might buy a few bookcases. Another thing we need in our gaming room are blackout curtains because the sun shines directly on the computer screens around midday. It would also be great with something on the walls, which are white. Maybe some framed posters from our favorite games, movies or TV shows.
  • Work, money, bills and a clean apartment
    • I want to work a lot before WoD release and save up money so I don’t have to worry about money and work on the release weekend. And I like everything to be done and finished so I can enjoy the expansion and play all weekend if I want to, so I’ll see that all the bills are paid, the fridge is full and the apartment is clean.
  • Pick a date to celebrate my birthday
    • I want to celebrate my birthday this year because I haven’t done it in a long time. It won’t be a big party or anything but of course I want my friends and family to able to come, so I have to choose a date that people actually got time. Maybe the Sunday that weekend would fit, because then we’ve had time to play, hopefully we’re level 100 by then.
  • Clean up in banks, bags and void storage
    • I can’t remember the last time I cleaned my bags and banks, so it’s about time. I’ve got so much stuff taking up space. A lot of transmog gear, pieces of old gear which I don’t even like the look of, things I should sell and things I should go through and store in my bank characters guild bank.
  • Find a guild that fits us and our goals inWoD
    • My boyfriend and I have discussed it and we would like to raid very casual and in a Scandinavian guild. Normal raids 1-2 times per week in flexible group. It can be an alt raid but we’ll be on our mains. They don’t have to be extremely good but we still want a group that gets through the bosses without too many problems, don’t want to be stuck on the same boss for many hours because some people can’t press the right buttons. It would also be fun if they wanted to progress to a higher difficulty if we beat the easiest one. But we don’t want a raider rank because we won’t always be able to raid because of work etc. We’re actually social in a Scandinavian guild on Kazzak, but I don’t know yet if that’s the guild for us.
  • Decide which race I want to be
    • I was really looking forward to the updated troll model but when I first saw it I was exactly impressed. I hoped to see something great, more changes to the faces and especially the feet which I find very gross. All the other new race models look amazing, but troll disappointed me. Maybe I had too high expectations. I will check it out on the PTR first and when the patch goes live and then decide, but right now I’m leaning towards race changing to a tauren. I was a tauren before troll, so it won’t be weird, I’ve always loved the tauren.
  • Transfer my druid
    • Syrco is still stuck on Tarren Mill after we transfered last year to join a guild which later disbanded. So I need to transfer back to Kazzak where I have most of my characters.
  • Complete challenge modes
    • I’ve never done a single challenge mode. Mostly because I at first didn’t have much time to spare for it and later because I never found a group and then I kind of gave up on it and forgot about it, until Blizzard announced that they’ll be removing the rewards you get from completing them. I would love to get the transmog gear set for my druid and maybe my shaman. But I don’t know anyone who still do challenge modes so I might have to buy a boost.
  • Levelalts
    • I have a few alts I would like to get to level 90 before WoD.
  • Choose which character to boost to 90
    • I haven’t decided which character to boost yet. To be honest, I don’t really want a boost and I dislike that the expansion costs more because of the free boost, which I don’t need, still I have to pay for it to get the expansion, there is no way around. So I might as well use the boost, but don’t know on which character. I might save it and use it if I suddenly decide I want to play on a different realm, maybe as Alliance and I don’t want to move one of my current characters.
  • Pet battles: Celestial Tournament
    • I really want to win this tournament! I have tried it before but I didn’t have enough pets or the right pets to win it. But I’ve got plenty of new pets since then so I might have a better shot at it now.
  • Collect a full set of enhancement gear on my Horde shaman Tojo
    • I’ve really started to enjoy enhancement after leveling an Alliance enhancement shaman and I’ve never really liked elemental. My Horde shaman Tojo is restoration as main spec and I don’t have any dps gear at all. I’ve been using my restoration gear in elemental spec when needed but I would like to collect a full set of enhancement gear so I can dps as enhancement if needed or for soloing in Warlords of Draenor. So I’ve already started gathering a few pieces of gear in Looking For Raid but I still need a lot.
  • Complete the legendary cloak quest chain on my Horde shaman Tojo
    • I’m so thankful for the Gaze of the Black Prince buff! I was stuck on the Secrets of the Empire quest for a long time because I wasn’t sure if I bothered to finish the quests, but I decided I wanted to do it because there aren’t so many quests left until I actually get the cloak. I just finished collecting the Secrets, did the solo scenario and Nalak. Now I’m on the Echoes of the Titans quest where I have to collect 12 Titan Runestones. Hopefully I’ll finish it next reset.

Looks like I have a lot to do before the release, and I bet there is more I want to do, so I might add more to the list later.

My top 3 things in WoW

Mr & Mrs WoW started a project earlier this month and they want us to list the top 3 things in WoW that we love.

I’m really tired of all the negativity about the game I love most, World of Warcraft, that’s rocking our community at the moment. EVERYWHERE I turn there’s someone moaning. What I propose is that we all list the top 3 things in Warcraft that we LOVE. The more ideas we get the better – so many people haven’t heard or haven’t bothered with certain things because they don’t know (enough) about it. Let’s change that. Let’s give the community our joy of the game back.

You can read more about it here.

1. Exploring

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My favorite thing to do in World of Warcraft is to explore the world. I love to run or fly around and explore every area of the map, not just the ones you go through while questing, but also those areas of the map which you’ve never been to. I want to know every part of the world. So I dive into lakes and oceans to see what lies beneath the surface, I climb every mountain to see what’s on the top or to check out the view, I zoom in and out to see both small details and the whole picture. Exploring is most fun when I discover something new, like an easter egg with a reference to something outside the game like a book, TV series or a movie. Or even more fun when I find a hidden area none else know about or a place one rarely visits, like the Whispering Forest with the faerie dragons and the beautiful music or the Karazhan crypt. I’ve written posts about most of the hidden places I know about and about some easter eggs I’ve found. You can find them here.

2. Playing with friends

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This game wouldn’t be the same without friends. I usually play together with my boyfriend. We have played together for many years now. But we used to be in this great Scandinavian guild, actually that’s where we got to know each other. There were so many friendly and fun people in that guild, I had so many friends and we had so much fun together both in raids and outside raids. Sadly the guild stopped raiding in 2013 and most people stopped playing or left for another guild and we kind of lost contact with most of them. But this game is so much more fun when you’re playing with friends.

3. PvP and PVE

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PvE has always been my main thing to do in the game. Nothing’s like trying a new out a new boss, progressing on it for a while and then finally taking it down! I started raiding right after I leveled up my first character back in The Burning Crusade and didn’t stop until late summer last year when my guild stopped raiding. But I’ve also always had a great interest for PvP. PvP (battlegrounds) is actually what I wanted to focus on at first. I enjoyed the excitement in trying to beat another player and do my best for my team to win the battleground. I was so happy when they announced rated battlegrounds and I really wanted to find a good team and play a lot to get good rating and improve my skills, but I never had time for it because I raided three days per week and I didn’t have time to play every night. If rated battlegrounds were introduced earlier in the game when I started played I would most likely have chosen that over raiding.

What are your top 3 things in WoW that you love?

Ten years in Azeroth: 10 Years 10 Questions

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WoW’s 10th anniversary is coming up and Alternative Chat has started a podcast documentary project called 10 Years 10 Questions. But she needs our help. She wants as many players as possible to answer these ten questions about their time in World of Warcraft. You will find all the info you need here.

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1. Why did you start playing Warcraft?

I had friends and classmates who always talked about it and it sounded like a fun game because it was so different from anything I’d played before.  So I bought the first expansion and started playing with my friends.

2. What was the first ever character you rolled?

A male tauren warrior called Syrcorax which was my main from I started mid TBC to start of WotLK when I rerolled druid. I still got the warrior on my account but I haven’t played it in a while now.

3. Which factors determined your faction choice in game?

I wanted to be the same faction as my friends and they were Horde. But I thought Horde seemed like a much cooler faction than the Alliance because they were more fierce and wild.

4. What has been your most memorable moment in Warcraft and why?

It’s impossible to just pick one because there are so many great ones. I’ve been part of so many exciting boss kills over the years but my favorites were our first Illidan kill and our first Arthas heroic kill. But I have so many great memories from my time in the Scandinavian guild Ash and with all the awesome people I got to know there. We even had guild meetings where we all got together for a weekend.

5. What is your favourite aspect of the game and has this always been the case?

I’ve always seen myself as an explorer and adventurer. I have to explore every corner of the map, see everything there is to see, it’s so fun to be able to go exactly where you want, why just follow the road when there is so much more just waiting to be explored?

6. Do you have an area in game that you always return to?

Orgrimmar because I got everything I need there.

7. How long have you /played and has that been continuous?

I started playing in October 2007 and I played a lot the first year, and even more some of the following years because of raids.  I haven’t had any real breaks except for maybe a few weeks holiday here and there.

8. Admit it: do you read quest text or not?

I like to read them the first time so I know why I should do what they want me to do. It’s more fun when you can follow the story.

9. Are there any regrets from your time in game?

Yes, I’m sure there are some, but nothing specific comes to mind. If I have to pick something, maybe I regret that I switched from Horde to Alliance early in WotLK. I should have stayed Horde and joined the guild Ash then instead of in the end of WotLK.

10.What effect has Warcraft had on your life outside gaming?

WoW has taught me a lot. I’ve become much better at writing and reading English which is my second language. I met my boyfriend through WoW. We were in Ash together and first met at a guild meeting in 2010. Now we’ve been a couple for almost 3 years.

 

Exploring the other side

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The Horde has always been my favorite faction. I’ve only played Alliance for short time in Wrath of the Lich King when I leveled my druid Syrco to join a raiding guild on Alliance. It felt a bit wrong to be on that side because I’d always been Horde. But I stayed Alliance for Ulduar, Trial of the Crusader and Icecrown Citadel. This was also when I leveled my shaman Tojo. I went back to Horde in the end of the expansion and my druid and shaman became Horde.

I haven’t played a lot on the Alliance side since then. I only leveled a worgen mage to 85 in Cataclysm to see the worgen zone and to see what it was like being Alliance at that time, but I stopped playing it after a few hours on 85 because I didn’t have anyone to play with and went back to Horde.

I’ve wanted a max level character on Alliance for a while now because it’s so much easier to play with friends from other realms now and I haven’t leveled an Alliance in Pandaria so I would like to see what it’s like. My boyfriend and I decided to level up some characters together. We finally had some spare time to play now after the move and between work and enjoying the summer.

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So he created a night elf priest and I created a pandaren shaman. My shaman is called Polarlys which directly translates to polar light, but it means the aurora, both borealis (north) and australis (south). I chose a pandaren because I really like the pandarens and my Horde shaman is also a pandaren. I wanted to level a shaman because it’s one of my favorite classes and I’ve never leveled as enhancement so that’s what I’m doing now, but I might go resto and heal when I hit max level. We’re on Frostmane EU and would like to join a Scandinavian guild as socials.

Leveling today is so easy, with all the heirlooms, fast queue for dungeons and right now the Darkmoon Faire carousel buff which gives you 10% extra experience. We’re not playing every day, but I think we’ll level up pretty fast. If anyone of you are leveling an alliance character on EU and would like to join us for a few dungeons, let me know :D

Do you have characters on both Horde and Alliance? Which faction is your favorite and why?

 

Syrco Owl 4 years!

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I can’t believe it’s already been 4 years since I posted my first post. It’s my blogiversary, Syrco Owl is 4 years old! I still remember the day I created the blog and wrote posts about the Cataclysm beta. The blog was just a place for me to collect my screenshots and write down my thoughts about the beta. I never dreamed that so many people would like my posts, comment and follow the blog. It still makes me so happy every time I get a new comment or someone click like on a post.

Thank you so much!