Syrcorax lvl 100

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I started playing my warrior again in January and got him to Draenor. But he was stuck in his garrison for a while until I decided to continue to level him earlier this month. I’ve worked a lot this month so I haven’t had much time to play, so he just hit level 100 last week. I leveled together with my boyfriend who leveled his warlock. My warrior is only the third character I level through Draenor but I’m already bored with the dungeons and quests. Luckily it doesn’t take that long to get to level 100.

He has already got a full set of PvP gear from Ashran and Honor points and I’m planning to PvP a lot more. I’m not very good at playing warrior yet, especially not as arms in PvP cause I haven’t PvP as warrior for years. But it has been fun so far.

Do you have a warrior? What spec do you play and do you PvP or PvE? Any tips for me?

Screenshots from Draenor

Draenor is a beautiful place with many different zones which all have something unique you want to capture a picture of either it be the fall colored trees in Talador, windswept and snow-covered fields in Frostfire Ridge, the galactic sky in Shadowmoon Valley or the moons which are visible in every zone. I have taken around 1000 screenshots in Draenor and here are some of my favorites.

Which zone or area in Draenor is your favorite?

Liebstered!

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The Liebster Award is back! It’s been almost a year since I was nominated for the first time and wrote my first Liebster post which you can find here.

This time I’ve been nominated by Dragonray of Azerothian Life.


About the Liebster Award

General info (from Wording Well)

  • This award exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers
  • It has German origins – the word “liebster” has several definitions: Dearest, darling, beloved, sweetheart
  • It follows similar principles as a chain letter, in the sense that it should be passed forward to a certain number of people
  • It can be misconstrued, depending upon your personal views, as either something wonderful (who doesn’t like awards?) or as an annoyance (a chain letter that involves work)
  • The choice lies within each of us to accept it, and continue paying it forward or to refuse to accept it, thereby stopping or interrupting the chain. However, if you stop the chain, you are only hurting yourself
  • Personal views play an important part in our choice to participate. Some people have refused to accept it and have made attempts to “break the chain”. There have been many people who have been nominated, yet refused to accept it, and now their blogs have been abandoned
  • Variations have been made over time to the “rules”
  • Marketing plays a role in accepting this award, as other bloggers are promoted
  • Other awards are a part of the whole “meme“. These include “One Lovely Blog Award”, the “Sunshine Blog Award” and the “Versatile Writer Award”

Rules

  1. Write a blog post about the Liebster Award
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
  3. Display the award on your blog
  4. Answer the eleven questions that the blogger who nominated you gives you
  5. Give eleven random facts about yourself
  6. Nominate five blogs that you think deserve the award
  7. Create eleven questions for them to answer
  8. List the rules in your post
  9. Inform the bloggers that they’ve been nominated and provide them the link to your post

Questions from Dragonray

1. If you could live anywhere in the world would it be where you are now, if not where?
I don’t want to move away from my family and friends here in Norway but it I could move and they would follow so I didn’t have to worry about that, then I would probably move to California or Sydney because I’m tired of the cold weather we got here and I would like to live someplace where it’s warmer all year around. Also the language wouldn’t be a problem because they speak English and I think there are more school and work opportunities there than here.

2. What do you order for your last meal, which can consist of any food you want?
Pinnekjøtt with puréed swede (rutabaga) and potatoes! Norwegian Christmas dinner!

3. Do you prefer chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?
Chocolate, can’t live without it!

4. You are stuck in a burning building, do you save your friend or the 1000 strangers?
If I was stuck in a burning building for real and I knew my friend was there somewhere, I would definitely go looking for him/her. But I would of course try to save as many strangers as I could while looking for my friend, and if I saved my friend and I could still save more strangers, then I would do that.

5. What do you do outside of Azeroth to relax?
I like to watch TV series and movies.

6. If you could live in any area of the game where would it be?
It’s hard to pick one place cause there are so many great ones. But maybe Mulgore and Thunder Bluff because I’ve always loved the taurens because they are so peaceful and kind.

7. What profession would you learn in real life from the game and why?
Maybe tailoring because then I could make my own clothes.

8. Who would you want to meet that is currently alive and why?
I want to meet my family from my father’s side, they live in Australia and the Philippines and I’ve never met them.

9. Is there anyone you have grown apart from that you regret?
Yes, a friend. We met when we started school and were best friends till she moved away, we try to keep in touch but it’s hard cause we don’t have a lot in common any more except for the fact that we used to be best friends when we grew up.

10. What is one of your current goals for this year?
Exercise more because I want to get rid of my asthma and get in better shape.

11.  Are you excited about Blizzcon being announced? What news do you want to hear?
Yes, I wish I were going because I’ve never been to BlizzCon but I’ll buy the virtual ticket as I do every year. I want news about the Warcraft movie and the next WoW expansion.

11 random facts about me

  1. I love to read books and I’m currently reading A Song of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons
  2. I work at a day care
  3. I have never smoked a cigarette or used snus
  4. I almost never speak English so I might be terrible at it
  5. I wish I was better at drawing and painting
  6. I’ve never broken any bones
  7. I’m very interested in astronomy
  8. I love sushi
  9. I don’t like to spend money
  10. I could never live my whole life in the city in an apartment because I’m used to having more space and a garden so I want my own house with a big garden and not too close to the neighbors
  11. One of the things I hate most in the world is cruelty to animals

I nominate these blogs

My questions for them

  1. Why did you start this blog?
  2. What is your favorite thing to do in WoW at the moment?
  3. Name three bands/singers that would be in your dream festival lineup?
  4. Where do you find inspiration for the names of your WoW characters?
  5. Which place in the world do you have to visit before you die and why?
  6. What are your hobbies (aside from blogging and WoW)?
  7. What would you like to see in a future WoW expansion?
  8. Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
  9. Would you/do you play WoW with your children? Why/why not?
  10. What is one of your current goals for this year?
  11. If you could have a WoW NPC named after you, what kind of NPC would it be and what would it say/do?

Hidden in Mount Volwrath

It was merely a coincidence that I discovered this small easter egg hidden high up in Mount Volwrath in Talador.

I was exploring the area around Tanaan Jungle when I thought I’d use Aviana’s Feather to climb some mountains on the border of Talador and Tanaan Jungle so I could get a nice overlook of the zones. It took a while to get up to the top as the cooldown on Aviana’s Feather is 10 minutes. I was on my way down again when I saw something on a ledge below and I jumped down to it.

There I found a painting easel with a framed canvas which looks unfinished, a paint brush and a box of water on a small table, a bag with the Horde symbol on it and an American football.

I have no idea what it means but I read here that there is a leveling designer named Colin Volrath and this mountain is called Mount Volwrath. The Horde general in Ashran, High Warlord Volrath, is named after Colin so maybe this mountain is too, but I don’t know.

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I went around on the other side of Mount Volwrath and found this orb object floating in the sky. I have no idea what it is and why it’s there, might just be misplaced and forgotten.

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Have you found any easter eggs or other less known places or items in Draenor?

Patch day!

It’s patch day in EU!

Patch 6.1 is Warlords of Draenor’s first major patch. There are many changes and updates in this patch. You can read all the patch notes and find useful guides on Wowhead. I didn’t play 6.1 on the PTR but I read the patch notes so there were many things to look forward to. I didn’t have work today so I was ready to log in when the servers came up.

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The first thing I did was to log on to all of my characters to add my heirlooms to the new heirlooms tab. I’m so happy we finally got this tab because I’ve bought some heirlooms several times because they have “disappeared” which means I’ve most likely sent them from one alt to another and then forgot the items in the mailbox for a month or how long it takes for the item to be sent back and then disappearing. This new heirloom tab will make it so much easier. Had more than 35 heirlooms so I got my Chauffeured Chopper!

Then I upgraded my followers to 675 item level to unlock the Blackrock Foundry mission and get 100% chance on it. Completed it and got a nice trinket.

I was a little disappointed with the garrison visitors. Looked forward to upgrading my gear to max item level but the traders I needed weren’t available today, so I have to wait for them and hopefully it won’t take too long before they decide to visit. I only have two level 100 characters with level 3 garrison, so I might have to visit a friend’s garrison if I’m unlucky with my visitors. But I got a quest from Harrison Jones which I completed to unlock the same quest as a mission for my followers, so now I only need 5 more quests to unlock Harrison Jones as a follower!

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What I looked forward to the most was the garrison music box! My very own jukebox which can play some of my favorite pieces of music from World of Warcraft, like Lament of the Highborne, Totems of the Grizzlemaw, Invincible, Legends of Azeroth and the Faerie Dragon song. I don’t have all of those tracks yet, but I’ll take a trip around Azeroth to collect them as soon as I can. Read more about the music box in this guide.

I don’t have the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera yet, but I will definitely let you know when I got it because I’m excited to try out this new method of taking pictures in-game.

The Twitter integration was also something I was excited to see in-game. I like to tweet about what I do in WoW for example a screenshot of what I’m doing, maybe show off a new mount, an achievement or just write a short Tweet to my followers. All this will be so much easier now cause you can do it in-game! Read more about it in this guide.

I read that “Ashran’s queuing system received substantial changes to reduce wait times” so I’m looking forward to seeing if the wait time is shorter now because it wasn’t fun to be stuck in queue for several hours.

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There are also some updates and changes to druids and the balance druid changes are of course those I’m most interesting in.

  • Cosmetic transformations that alter the character’s appearance now have a higher priority than Druid combat forms. This means Druids can keep a transformation while shapeshifted.
  • Many druid shapeshift forms now have attachment points on the head and back for cosmetic toy effects such as Blazing Wings or Pepe. Additional shapeshift forms may receive attachment points in the future.
  • The PvP gear for Balance Druids have received some changes to the 2 and 4 set bonus.
    • 2 set bonus now has a visual effect to indicate when the we’re unable to generate a Starsurge charge from Entangling Roots
    • 4 set bonus has been redesigned: When Starsurge hits a player, the cast time of Starfire is reduced by 30%, and the damage of Wrath is increased by 30% for 6 seconds
  • Force of Nature’s Treants has been buffed with a 35% increase to their health and spellpower, and an 80% increase to their armor and attack power.
  • Renewal now instantly heals for 30% of max health (up from 22%).
  • Stellar Flare (Balance) damage has been increased by 16%, and now has a duration of 24 seconds (up from 20 seconds).
  • Moonfire‘s mana cost has been reduced by 55%.
  • Balance Druids now learn a new passive ability at level 38, Nature’s Bounty.
  • Starfall damage decreased by 16.6%.
  • Starfall and Sunfall now only hits targets affected with Moonfire or Sunfire by default.
  • Glyph of Guided Stars has been renamed to Glyph of Untamed Stars and is now a Minor glyph. Glyph of Untamed Stars expands Starfall and Sunfall to hit all targets within range.
  • Displacer Beast is now classified as an Arcane School ability and can no longer be used while silenced.

Will spend the next few days and this weekend to explore the rest of the new stuff and changes we got today.

 

What were you most excited to see in this patch?

Moonkin in Rated Battlegrounds

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My favorite thing to do in WoW at the moment? Rated battlegrounds!

After clearing Highmaul normal and some bosses on heroic I didn’t feel like raiding anymore, because that’s what I’ve been doing for years now and I’ve always wanted to get more into PvP and rated battlegrounds. Luckily I’m not a raider anymore so I can do whatever I want. Last time I did rated battlegrounds was in Cataclysm when rated battlegrounds were introduced to the game but back then the queues were so long and it was hard to find a team unless you had high rating from arena which I didn’t have. I’m actually not a fan of arena, it might be because I suck at it and I don’t like being focused so battlegrounds are more my thing cause I can usually hide and blast down my enemies one after one without anyone noticing.

I had already geared my druid with the Primal Combatant PvP gear you purchase for honor. Gearing up for PvP are very easy these days because you have a chance to get PvP gear in the boxes you get from winning events in Ashran and from winning Ashran by defeating the opposite faction’s leader. Plus you get honor and conquest points from completing objectives and events. So I did Ashran until I had enough conquest points to buy the Primal Gladiator weapon and I spent the honor on the Primal Combatant honor gear parts I missed.

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I find rated battleground teams to join in the looking for group tool in-game. Most groups expect you to have the Primal Gladiator weapon and at least full Primal Combatant PvP gear, some might want you to have experience or rating. But there are groups for everyone. I always do at least 3 wins every week. The reason for that is that you have a chance to get a piece of Primal Gladiator gear from the 3 first wins every week.

At the moment I’m looking for groups to increase my rating which is around 1600 right now, but my highest is 1700 and I would like to find a group of good players who want to see how far we can get. I met many different kinds of players and groups. Most are very friendly, well-behaved and good players, but some are directly the opposite. When I find a group I expect them all to know their class and how the battlegrounds work. A good leader who can explain tactics like who should go where and a target caller is also needed. Besides that I expect people to stay a while and not give up just because we lose one game.

Most rated battleground teams seem to love balance druids these days. I’m not sure why, but it might be because we do pretty good damage, we can run fast and crowd control. I’m not the best PvP player but I’m not bad either because I think I’ve done well in most games I’ve played. I always try to damage the right target, CC a target that I think needs to be CCed like a healer, slow and root enemy flag carrier, knock enemies down from Lumber Mill in Arathi Basin, sneak around and try to capture bases.

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I don’t have a lot of experience from moonkin PvP so I’m always looking for advice and feedback, and I check other player’s talents and glyphs on Armory. I might not know everything about why this or that talent is the best but I chose the talents I think are the best and those I feel fit my play style the best. Which talents I decide to choose also depends on which battleground we get, but most talents stay the same for all battlegrounds.

Talents I use in all battlegrounds:

  • Displacer Beast: I’ve finally gotten used to this after being a fan of Wild Charge (which I used in all forms) for a long time.
  • Ysera’s Gift: Most players I’ve seen uses this one right now so I chose to go for it as well but I might swap it if I feel it’s needed.
  • Ursol’s Vortex: This is my favorite because it’s ranged and I can use it with Solar Beam to interrupt healers or to slow players down. But I think you can choose whichever you feel works the best for you.
  • Nature’s Vigil: Most players go for this one because it makes your damaging spells heal injured team members.
  • Euphoria: This shortens your balance/eclipse cycle and reduces cast time on Wrath and Starfire.

Those I swap between are:

  • Typhoon: I see Typhoon as a must have in Arathi Basin and Eye of the Storm even though they put up walls around the middle in Eye of the Storm it’s still possible to knock someone down if they stand in the right spot. In Arathi Basin Lumber Mill is exactly the same as in a normal battleground so you can knock people off the edge and it might help your team win that base. This talent can also be useful in Silvershard Mines to knock enemies away from the cart you’re controlling.
  • Faerie Swarm: I choose Faerie Swarms in battleground where I need to be able to slow down targets, like enemy flag carrier in Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks. It’s also great for preventing targets from using stealth or invisibility. But I choose it for the slowing effect. This can also be useful to slow down players in other battlegrounds.
  • Incarnation: Chosen of Elune: I think this talent is the best choice for increasing your damage so I use this one in most battlegrounds.
  • Force of Nature: I find this talent very useful in capture-the-flag battlegrounds like Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks because it instantly roots your target, it has 40 yards range, 3 charges with a short cooldown. The damage is a bonus. This and Faerie Swarm has been very useful in many battlegrounds I’ve played but it might not be needed if you got other players in your team which are very good at slowing targets, and you still got your normal Entangling Roots, Cyclone and Incapacitating Roar/Ursol’s Vortex/Mighty Bash.

My glyphs are usually the same in all battlegrounds. These are the ones I find most useful but I like to try new ones every now and then.

Major glyphs:

  • Cyclone: 5 extra yards on Cyclone is a must.
  • Barkskin: Gives you extra survivability by reducing the chance you’ll be critically hit by 25% while Barkskin is active.
  • Shapemender: Heals you for 5% of your max health every time you activate a form. Not sure how good this glyph is but I’m testing it out.

Minor glyphs:

  • Grace: Good to reduce fall damage in all forms.
  • Stag: I like the stag, otherwise no good reason to use it, people rarely use me as a mount.
  • Stars: I love being a moonkin but sadly in PvP being a big owl makes you the target everyone wants to kill. You might also fool some mages and shamans thinking they can Polymorph and Hex you when it looks like you aren’t in any form.

So my talents and glyphs will look something like this.

The first picture shows my talents for a battlegrounds like Eye of the Storm and Arathi Basin where I want Typhoon to knock players down. The second picture shows my talents for Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks where I want Faerie Swarm and Force of Nature for maximum slow on the enemy flag carrier.

In Battle for Gilneas and Deepwind Gorge both Faerie Swarm and Typhoon can be useful because Faerie Swarm can slow players down and Typhoon can be used to knock people away from the flag on a base when you’re trying to capture it. I think Typhoon also works to interrupt players trying to capture the base and other casts/heals. Force of Nature can also be used to slow and to interrupt other players trying to capture a base.

These talents can also be very useful to slow players down when trying to get your hands on the orbs in Temple of Kotmogu, my least favorite battleground, and in Silvershard Mines to knock players away or slowing them to prevent them from getting close to the cart you’re controlling. But Incarnation: Chosen of Elune is also a good choice if you don’t need Force of Nature to root players.

I’m always trying to become better at playing moonkin in PvP, but I don’t like practicing in normal battlegrounds because most players there don’t even know the tactics, their class or they don’t care enough to do their best and it’s hard to do good when the rest of your team don’t do their part. So I think the best way to get better is to just do more rated battlegrounds and that’s what I’ll continue to do.

Do you play rated battlegrounds?