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?

 

Timeless Isle on a PvP server

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This week’s shared topic on Blog Azeroth comes from Amerence who asks:

Let’s talk about “Time” in Timeless Isle? How much play time do you really spend time hanging out in this Island? What are the benefits despite those elite mobs ganking at you or if you’re in PvP server for any faction tries to kill you? Or just Rare hunting? Is it really fun? Do you finish all the dailies by yourself or in a group? Please share your thoughts! Thanks!

I used to like Timeless Isle when it was new. I went there on my druid and shaman to explore, do the quests, kill rare mobs and do some achievements. I even did the bosses every week. But this was back when it was new and everyone were busy exploring. Now, months later, most people have already completed everything. At least on my realms, Tarren Mill and Kazzak EU. Except for me, I thought I’d wait until I had more time to play and till everyone else were done with it so there would be fewer people around. Bad idea.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve gone back to Timeless Isle to do quests, achievements, pet battles, rare mobs or the weekly bosses, only to be instantly attacked by fellow Horde players pretending to be Alliance. Yes, that’s what I call it. Both my realms are PvP realms and we rarely see any Alliance around except for in cross realm zones of course. But that’s what I liked about the realms, the majority of players being Horde and you don’t have to worry about being attacked while playing.

Sadly, that’s impossible on Timeless Isle. I get attacked almost every time I go there, and not by Alliance but members of my own faction playing around with that ridiculous item Censer of Eternal Agony. I know, they just want to collect Bloody Coins to buy the mount. Yeah, that’s what I thought at first too and it was ok to be killed once in a while. Until I learned that many players create groups or even raids, use that item and run around killing other players just to annoy them and make them angry. They don’t care if you already got the debuff because you’ve already been killed and killing you again won’t give them any Bloody Coins, they’ll still kill you over and over again till you log off. It doesn’t even help to ask them to stop so you can complete your quest, kill the boss or whatever you’re doing. They’ll just laugh at you, tell you to cry more or throw some very rude words at you.

I’ve given up on going to Timeless Isle on my newly dinged and badly geared characters after being killed over and over again while trying to kill a rare mob. It’s so annoying because they don’t care what gear you got or that you don’t have any chance at all. And some of them actually wait for rares to spawn and then they go to that place just because they know there will be other players there which they can kill. I’ve also been invited to other realms after looking for a group to Ordos and Celestials in the group finder, only to be transported to the other realm and instantly killed by a raid of players.

It’s not that I dislike PvP because I actually play a lot of PvP, but I like to choose if I want to PvP or not and I want to actually have a chance to do something, which you usually don’t get at Timeless Isle. Not even on my druid and shaman which both have pretty good PvP gear, I don’t have a chance because they’re usually a group. It doesn’t even count as PvP, more like RvP, Raid vs Player. I think it would be more ok if it was Alliance that killed me, because then I would understand it and it would be natural. I don’t think a faction should be able to kill members of their own faction. I know, by using that item they become an emissary of Ordos, I don’t care, it’s the stupidest thing Blizzard has ever come up with. And I hope they never create anything like it again.

I know I’m not the only one being annoyed by this because I’ve seen people raging in general chat and on forums. Even a GM told me how much he hated it, so he moved all his characters to a PvE realm. Sadly, I can’t afford that and I would like to stay on my current realm because of my friends there and a guild I’m planning to join. I think I would play on a PvE realm if I could start over again and choose, but I remember how much I liked playing on a PvP realm back in the Burning Crusade when we arranged raids to Alliance cities or even met other raids of Alliance in a zone to PvP, that was great.

I don’t know if I’ll ever go back and complete Timeless Isle, maybe some time in the future when people are busy in Draenor. I still try to do Celestials every week because I want PvP items on some of my characters, but I dread going to the isle. I usually fly there or use the teleport if I got it, look for a group on the way, run straight for the boss, kill it and the Hearthstone as fast as I can. I’ve watched my boyfriend play on the Timeless Isle several times per week to complete the quests, kill the bosses and sometimes rare mobs. He told me he gets attacked by other Horde players almost every time he’s there and they usually kill him because they are 2 or more.

Timeless Isle would have been a great place if it wasn’t for that item and players being able to kill their own faction over and over again. I hope Blizzard never makes that possible again.

 

Have you experienced anything like this on Timeless Isle?

Casual players looking for action

Some of you might remember that I wrote a long post about my previous guild which later stopped raiding 25 man after the officers and guild master decided they wanted to stop leading. I went looking for a new guild after that and joined a new 25 man guild with heroic progress. It felt nice to be there at first because they progressed fast and always had enough players for progress raids. But I didn’t get to raid a lot. I’m not 100% sure why because my gear weren’t that bad and I had read up on all the bosses, and I think I did pretty ok when I got to join in on farm bosses and normal clears. I was sick a week and missed some raids which was sad, but I thought it would be ok. I think they had killed 6 bosses on heroic when I joined and I thought I’d get to join in on progress raids really fast, but weeks passed and they killed the 11th boss on heroic and I still didn’t get to join progress raids. My boyfriend who also joined that guild because we want to play together got to play a few progress raids but it isn’t exactly what we want that just one of us gets to play and the other one has to watch, because it’s something we like to do together in our spare time.

So we decided we’d go social because we didn’t get to raid enough anyway and it’s just annoying when you show up every raid and don’t get to play and you could have done something else. We got more time for real life, alts and PvP now, so it’s ok. I don’t want to talk badly about the guild we were in, but it felt like they had enough people because there were usually a lot of people on standby and I don’t think it were the guild for us anyway because they had many progress raids on off days, even if they were optional, I think they wanted people who actually could raid on some of those days and we had already decided that 3 days were enough.

We thought about going back to Ash, our previous guild, were some of the old members had continued to raid in 10 man, but they stopped a few weeks ago. I’m not sure what we’re going to do now. Just play casual I guess. Level alts, do some PvP, flex and LFR. Our mains are still social in that guild we tried out on a different server and our alts are still in Ash. We might look for a friendly and social guild for casual players, but I don’t think we want to move any more characters. But if anyone out there play on Tarren Mill or Kazzak EU in a guild which has members and activities like pvp, casual raids or flex, we might be interested. We have also thought about starting some new characters, maybe level up some Alliance, so a social and friendly Alliance guild on any good EU realm is also of interest.

Mists of Pandaria FAQ

Mists of Pandaria has been out for almost a week now and I’ve seen people ask the same questions over and over again, so I thought I’d answer some of them here. Please let me know if there is anything you think I should add.

Is there a new city in Pandaria?
Alliance and Horde has their own city in Vale of Eternal Blossom. The Alliance one is called Shrine of Seven Stars and the Horde one is called Shrine of Two Moons. It has different vendors, profession trainers, quartermasters, reforger, bank, void storage, portals to all the other cities and much more. Auction house only for engineers.

How do I get to the Vale of Eternal Blossom?
You need to do a quest chain to open up the Vale. It starts with the quest A Celestial Experience but you might also start it with the optional quest Temple of the White Tiger which will lead you to the first I mentioned.

Where is the Mists of Pandaria flight trainer and when can I learn to fly?
The Pandaria flying skill is called Wisdom of the Four Winds and is available from the flying trainers Cloudrunner Leng (Alliance) in Shrine of Seven Stars and Skydancer Shun (Horde) in Shrine of Two Moons. You need to be level 90 and have completed the quests to open Vale of Eternal Blossom.

How can I get a shoulder enchant?
Shoulder enchants are now made by scribes (inscription) and you can buy them off the auction house or get a scribe to craft one for you. They come in two different qualities, epic and uncommon, and four different stats.

Crane Wing Inscription 120 intellect + 80 critical strike
Greater Crane Wing Inscription 200 intellect + 100 critical strike

Ox Horn Inscription 180 stamina + 80 dodge
Greater Ox Horn Inscription 300 stamina + 100 dodge

Tiger Claw Inscription 120 agility + 80 critical strike
Greater Tiger Claw Inscription 200 agility + 100 critical strike

Tiger Fang Inscription 120 strength + 80 critical strike
Greater Tiger Fang Inscription 200 strength + 100 critical strike

There is also a special secret one for scribes only which has higher stats

Where are the daily quests and how many can I do each day?
There will be max 48 daily quests available per day. They are available from the Pandaria factions and you will gain reputation and other rewards as Valor points.

Where are the Valor/Justice points vendors?
Valor/Justice point items are available at the different Pandaria faction’s quartermasters, you will need both reputation and points to buy items. There are two Justice/Valor point vendors who sells all the items from the different factions in Niuzao Temple.

Where are the Honor/Conquest points vendors?
They are on the wall in Pandaria. The Horde vendor is located in a tower in Hellscream’s Fist (Horde flight path) in Townlong Steppes. I don’t play Alliance but I’ve been told that the Alliance vendor is located in the northern tower on the wall in Valley of the Four Winds, I guess it’s also near an Alliance flight path. Please correct if it’s wrong.

Is there a new Ring of Blood in Pandaria?
Yes, it’s a scenario called Arena of Annihilation and is for level 90s only. It’s located in the Temple of the White tiger in Kun-Lai Summit. Gurgthock gives you the quest The Arena of Annihilation which will reward you with 450 item level weapon.

Where can I buy a yak mount and how much does it cost?
The yak mounts can be bought from Uncle Bigpocket at the Grummble Bazaar in Kun-Lai Summit. The Gray and Blonde Riding Yak costs 3000 g before discounts and the Grand Expedition Yak with vendor/repair and reforger costs 12000 g before discounts.

Why can’t I send heirlooms to my pandaren?
You can’t send anything to your pandaren until it has reached level 10 and chosen a faction. There are no mailboxes in the pandaren starting zone.

Which races can be a monk?
Every race except goblin and worgen can be monks.

Which classes can you chose as a pandaren?
Pandaren can be hunters, mages, priests, shamans, rogues, warriors and monks.

 

Twilight Highlands – the Horde and the Dragonmaw

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The quests for Twilight Highlands start at Garrosh Hellscream in Orgrimmar.

You have to find out why it’s taking so long to build his fleet to invade the Twilight Highlands. It’s all the goblins fault, but at last they get it done and you’ll join them on their zeppelin to Twilight Highlands.

On the way there you get attacked by Twilight drakes and Garrosh’s zeppelin gets destroyed, and then the zeppelin you’re on goes down aswell. You have to jump out in a parachute and you get back to the remains of the fleet and they tell you that Garrosh is nowhere to be found, and they still have to follow his plan, so you get a quest to help them negotiate with the Dragonmaw’s warchief Mor’ghor. It doesn’t go well but you survive and get rescued Zaela.

The Horde have a new plan to attack the Dragonmaw so you can slip in and get help from Zaela and the medicine man cause the Horde warriors are dying and need help. You get in and return with bandages soaked in dragon blood, it will make them recover fast but the dragon allies wouldn’t be happy if they knew.

Then you have to kill Dragonmaw enforcers and warlocks with help from other Dragonmaws. But the Dragonmaw warchief Mor’ghor has to die, and you have to kill him. After that the Dragonmaw joins the Horde and Zaela becomes the new leader of the Dragonmaw.