Karazhan, my favorite raid

I read this Breakfast topic on Blizzard Watch earlier and it made me think of all the memories I have from all the different raids.

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It can be hard to pick just one favorite because there are so many amazing raids in this game. I have so many great memories from most of them. I remember the first time we completed the Zul’Aman timed run for the Amani Battle Bear mount, the first time we clicked the bridge to Lady Vashj in Serpent Shrine Cavern, wipes on Archimonde in Battle for Mount Hyjal, trying to learn the Kael’thas Sunstrider fight in Tempest Keep and our first Illidan Stormrage kill in the Black Temple.

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I’ll never forget how amazing Ulduar was with Norse mythology inspired bosses, exciting hard modes and a perfect soundtrack. There were so many different bosses with different mechanics, I loved that the hardmodes were something you could choose to do by the order you killed the bosses in or something you had to activate in some way. Ulduar is probably the best raid Blizzard have ever made and it will always be one of my favorite raids.

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Icecrown Citadel, both the raid and the dungeons, were awesome because I had been looking forward to fighting him for so long, especially after the Wrathgate. The dungeons The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron and Halls of Reflection were thrilling introductions to the raid in Icecrown Citadel because they had such a great storyline, the dungeons were well designed and the music was awesome. I have so many memories from the bosses in Icecrown Citadel, Sindragosa and those damn iceblocks, wipes on Lich King which were caused by the defile which in some way covered the whole platform, the cinematic after defeating the Lich King and the day we finally defeated him on heroic difficulty.

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But I raid I haven’t mentioned yet which will always be special to me is Karazhan. It was the first raid I did. I had just leveled my first character and joined my first raiding guild. Everything was new and exciting. I couldn’t wait to start exploring this new world and I wanted to see all of it.

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So I was so excited the first time we were going to Karazhan. It looked so small and boring on the outside but I was surprised to see what was on the inside of the building. I still remember that we needed a key to open the gate and the creaking sound the door made when you opened it, the first time I heard the characteristic music in Karazhan.

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I loved the haunted feeling, the design and all the small rooms and details you could find. The bosses were fun because they had different mechanics and their speeches and voices were so good. I can also remember the times we managed to get into the Karazhan Crypt which was so creepy. I always wished Blizzard would go back and make it into a raid. I would actually love it if Blizzard re-did Karazhan or made it a timewalk raid.

Which raid is your favorite and why?

Game of Thrones transmogs

Game of Thrones is one of my favorite TV shows, so I’ve been looking forward to season 5 for a very long time. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen with my favorite characters so I read all the books, A Song of Ice and Fire, in the meantime. The show is great but the books are even better, so you should definitely read them if you love the show and you aren’t afraid of thick books.

I have made some Game of Thrones inspired transmogs. It was hard to find armor pieces that looked like what the characters wear in the show so they will never look exactly alike, but these transmog sets are inspired by the different characters. I wanted to make transmogs that are usable which means that the whole set is made of one armor type, cloth, leather, plate or mail. I’ve also found pieces for all slots that will be visible. You can just hide your cloak and head. Legs and bracers won’t be visible in all sets.

Daenerys Targaryen

Queen, Khaleesi and Mother of Dragons are some of her titles. She usually wears beautiful dresses like this blue dress she wears in Astapor.

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She wore a Dothraki outfit in parts of season 1.

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Arya Stark

Arya is described as headstrong, independent and dislikes traditional women’s pursuits so she’s often mistaken for a boy and that came in useful because she had to pretend to be an orphan boy for several seasons.

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She’s finally getting some new and better looking clothes in season 5. I couldn’t find a skirt that looked like the one she’s got, so I went with pants instead.

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Cersei Lannister

Queen and Queen Regent for Joffrey and Tommen. She usually wears dresses and once she wore this dress which have the Lannister colors crimson and gold.

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Melisandre

The Red Woman, priestess of the Lord of Light and advisor to Stannis Baratheon. She has long red hair and wears red clothes.

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Jon Snow

Bastard son of Eddard Stark and man of the Night’s Watch who always wear black clothes, leather and furs.

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  • Spaulders of Egotism
  • Blackmetal Cape
  • Primal Batskin Jerkin
  • Stylish Black Shirt
  • Primal Batskin Bracers
  • Primal Batskin Gloves
  • Bandit Cinch
  • Hulking Leggings
  • Bandit Boots
  • Darksteel Bastard Sword

 

Oberyn Martell

From Sunspear in Dorne. House Martell’s colors are red, yellow and orange.

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  • Expedition Shoulderguards
  • Cloak of the Golden Hive
  • Bonechewer Chestpiece
  • Golden Filigreed Doublet
  • Robust Bracers
  • Bonechewer Spikegloves
  • Hillman’s Belt
  • Chimeric Leggings
  • Bonechewer Shredboots

 

Tyrion Lannister

A dwarf, sometimes mockingly called the Imp and the Halfman.

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  • Bonechewer Shoulderguards
  • Tribal Vest
  • Stylish Black Shirt
  • Illidari Bracers
  • Ghoul Fingers
  • General’s Dragonhide Belt
  • Dark Leather Pants
  • Bandit Boots

 

Jaime Lannister

A knight of the Kingsguard and a Lannister. The Kingsguard armor is white and silver, but Jaime also wears his family colors and armor which is gold.

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  • Helm of Burning Righteousness
  • Spaulders of the Thalassian Savior
  • Bonelink Cape
  • Heroic Judicator’s Chestguard
  • White Linen Shirt
  • Lofty Armguards
  • Sunscale Gauntlets
  • Imperial Plate Belt
  • Imperial Plate Leggings
  • Sunscale Sabatons

Robin Williams’ Island

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Blizzard created an island and an NPC to honor Robin Williams who passed away in August 2014. The NPC, Robin, can be found on an island off the coast of Nagrand and Talador in Draenor.

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He can be summoned by clicking the Ever-Burning Lamp and he will yell “PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS! Itty bitty living space” which is a reference to Robin Williams’ role as Genie in Disney’s Aladdin. Other references can be found around the island.

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Like the large egg with a chair and some machinery inside which is a reference to his role as Mork the alien who comes to Earth in an egg-like spaceship in the TV series Mork & Mindy.

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Some toys can be found behind a tree, which I read is a reference to the movie Toys.

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A murloc riding an elekk can be found higher up on the island.

Together with a cage and bones. I don’t know what these items are references to, maybe Jumanji and Night at the Museum?

Have you visited Robin on his island?

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?