The day is finally here! WoW Classic will be released in 15 minutes. I did not play in vanilla, but started in The Burning Crusade, so I’m very excited to experience Classic. WoW now is very different from what it was in vanilla and also very different from what it was when I started. I look forward to seeing the old Azeroth again, how it was pre Cataclysm, leveling and gearing like it used to be. Everything is so easy in WoW now, you can level up so fast, it is easy to earn gold, the map will tell you where the quests are and you don’t have to do much to get good gear.

I have decided to play on Firemaw because most of the Norwegian community are planning to play there and it would be nice to join a Norwegian or Scandinavian guild. I don’t think I will have time to raid, but I want to PvP. It took me a while to decide which class to play because I did of course want to play moonkin or an arms warrior, but I don’t want to always be asked to tank or heal, so I’ve decided to level a mage cause it feels like a safe choice and they are good in both PvE and PvP.

I wonder if we will be able to play tonight with these long queues and if the servers will be stable enough. I won’t be surprised if everything goes down…

Where will you be playing and which class? Did you play in vanilla?

Rants about WoW and Overwatch

I’ve been playing WoW on and off for about a year now (more off than on). Mostly because of long days at school, but also because I lost interest after a while. Battle for Azeroth was fun in the start when everything was new and there was so much to explore, but I don’t have many people to play with and not much time to play, so it became repeating and I stopped logging on and let my game time run out. I feel like I need more time and have to play more often to be able to keep up with everything that goes on in the game.

But I want to follow the storyline in Battle for Azeroth to see what happens, so I’m not quitting. Actually, I might pay for another month now that the holidays are here. One thing I’ve been wanting to do for a while is to use my boost on an Alliance character and see what it’s like to level up on the other side. I don’t want to go back to just logging in to sell stuff at the auction house, do daily quests or feel like I have to do this and that to get an item or whatever. I don’t want the game to feel like a routine or chores I have to complete every day, I just want to play what I think is fun and for that reason alone. What do you do for fun in WoW and how do you keep the game from becoming a routine? What else should I try when I get back? Something that doesn’t require me to play every day or doesn’t require high item level to enjoy.

So I haven’t played WoW in a while, but I have played Overwatch a lot lately. I feel like Overwatch is much easier to just jump into and join a game whenever I got some time, so I’ve been playing when I needed a break from school and all the stress. Sure, Overwatch can be quite stressful, but it’s also a lot of fun. My favorite game mode is Total Mayhem, which has to be the most stress-filled mode there is because it is so intense. But I love it. My favorite heroes are Moira and Lucio, but I’ve been getting a feel for Roadhog and I play Orisa sometimes too. I should find a damage hero to master too, but I’m not sure which one. Soldier 76 used to be a favorite because he was easy to learn. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play a hero which requires a good aim cause my aim is terrible!

I love Moira because she can both heal and do pretty good damage, get away from stuff quickly and she doesn’t require good aim. Lucio is awesome because he moves around quickly and can knock people away from objectives and payloads, or off the edge of the map. I love to knock people around on Total Mayhem. His ultimate is also a lifesaver. I started playing Roadhog cause I always found him so annoying, how he can pull you in and kill you faster than you can blink. He requires a bit of aim, so I’m trying to practice. His ultimate can also knock people away which can be very fun, and he can heal himself which is useful if I overextend and almost get myself killed. I wish I had friends who played Overwatch cause I play alone most of the time, with randoms, so please let me know if any of you play on EU and would like to join me for some games, no skill required.

Postmaster Syrco

This post was written in August before I race changed to Highmountain tauren and before Battle for Azeroth was released, but I forgot to publish it cause there was so much going on.

I read about the Postmaster’s questline a while ago. It starts when you find a lost letter by a mailbox in Dalaran and takes you through a questline where you learn more about how the mail works in Azeroth. You get to help the Postmaster and have to sort letters correctly and fast enough. I thought it looked like a lot of fun cause Iike to think that I’m pretty decent at zones and locations. I thought I’d start looking for the Lost Mail.

But I thought it would take me days to get one and was surprised when I found one the same day. The quests are fun so you should read the quest description and dialogue between the NPCs.

Wowhead has a helpful guide you can follow if needed and there is a Weak Aura you can use to make it easier to sort letters for the achievements.

Getting to know me: 26 questions

There is a new topic up on Z & Cinder’s blog and it’s all about getting to know the person behind the blog. Z and Cinder writes: This lovely list of questions has been floating around twitter a lot recently, and we thought it would be a great topic challenge for everyone to get to know each other a little better. 

My answers:

  1. How do you drink your tea? I don’t drink tea very often but when I do it’s usually with honey.
  2. Favorite dessert? Ice cream! Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie, or anything chocolate.
  3. Favorite season and why? Summer because I love the sun, swimming, being outside and not having to wear warm clothes. Our summers are usually short, so we learn to appreciate every sunny day we get.
  4. What cheers you up? A lot of things cheer me up, like my boyfriend, friends and family, watching a show or movie I like, listening to music and animals!
  5. Dogs or cats? If I have to pick: Cats, cause I don’t have to take them out for walks and I’ve always had cats.

  6. What is your dream holiday? There are so many amazing places I would love to visit, but my dream holiday has to be at least a few weeks in a water bungalow with all-inclusive on a small island in the Maldives or a similar paradise. A quiet place I can relax, do nothing if I want, listen to the ocean, swim and eat delicious food.
  7. How many kids do you want? At least two, because I grew up as an only child and I always wanted a brother or sister.
  8. Favorite weather? Sun and 20+ degrees. But I feel weird if it goes too long without some heavy rain cause I’m so used to rain, and I love thunderstorms!
  9. What would your last meal be? Norwegian Christmas dinner: Pinnekjøtt with kålrabistappe which is lamb ribs with mashed rutabaga.
  10. You can spend 24 hours anywhere, where? I would go back in time and spend more time with my grandmother.
  11. Who or what would you haunt as a ghost? Probably someone I dislike a lot.
  12. Family ancestry? I’m 50% Norwegian and 50% Filipino.
  13. What scares you? Losing someone I love, accidents, war and how acts of racism, white supremacy and extreme far-right groups have become more accepted here.
  14. What are you grateful for? My boyfriend, my family and friends, for being born in Norway and being healthy.
  15. Dream job? To work with animals, like on a farm or sanctuary.
  16. Do you believe in aliens? Yes, but aliens doesn’t necessary have to mean conscious and intelligent like humans, they can be other animals, plants, bacteria or anything alive that grows another place in the universe.
  17. Favorite sport? I like to watch football (which some of you call soccer).
  18. How do you relax after a long day? Sometimes I fall asleep on the couch in front of the TV or I relax by playing a game like WoW, Overwatch, Diablo 3.
  19. If you could meet one historical figure, who would you choose and why? I have no idea.
  20. If you had to be a teacher, what subject would you teach? I’m currently studying to become a teacher, not for school children, but day care teacher. A subject in school? Probably Norwegian as it was my best subject in school.
  21. A perfect day: Home with good food, a movie, TV show or playing games, or going out for dinner and a movie. Or just a long hike on a sunny day with lunch on a mountain top.
  22. Describe yourself in a sentence: I try to be the best version of myself. 
  23. Who makes you laugh the most? My boyfriend.
  24. What superpower would you choose? I wish I could heal others and make illness go away.
  25. Favorite animal? Cats! But I like almost all animals, like dogs, horses, rabbits, pigs, cows, goats, and I could go on.
  26. Biggest accomplishment? Going back to school.

Leveling in Battle For Azeroth

I hope everyone’s had a great first week (and a half?) in Battle For Azeroth! This week’s blog challenge by Z and Cinder is How do you level in Battle for Azeroth?

My tradition has always been to stay up all night on expansion release and play till I get too tired to stay awake. Grown up life doesn’t always care about my traditions, so this year was different but I still made it work. I didn’t have any plans on the 14th, but I had my first day of college on the 15th and had to get up early.

So my plan was to sleep for as long as I could and then pull an all nighter on the 14th and get up early the 15th. Sounds like a perfect plan, right? Play all night and day on release. Well, yes, but pulling an all nighter is so much harder to do now as a 28-year-old than what it was 10 years ago. And I don’t think I’ve ever stayed up for this long on expansion day before and leveled to max in one go (with small breaks). I think I was awake for 30 hours and it took me around 15 hours to level from 110 to 120.

I play Horde and had already leveled through the zones on the beta and knew the stories and the quests, so my plan was to rush through everything pretty fast. I started off in Vol’dun and continued to Nazmir and then Zuldazar, but I also did the war campaign foothold quests in Kul Tiras when I could. Dungeon queues were very long, so I only did one.

I enjoyed all the zones, but I think my favorite is Zuldazar because the zone is green and beautiful, has many interesting stories besides the main storyline and the quests are different and fun. But the screenshot is actually from Nazmir where you can be a frog and lick people to death.

We leveled pretty fast in the start when we were two, but it was much harder when I was alone. There weren’t always other people on the quests, so I had to kill many mobs alone which took a while. As the crazy Moonfire spam and Starfall loving moonkin I am, I did of course try to pull a ton of mobs and AOE them down, which didn’t always work out because the mobs hit hard. I didn’t die while leveling, but came really close and had to flee a few times to save myself.

It might not sound very fun to rush through the quests, but it was fun because even though I didn’t stop to read all the quests and dialogue, I still remembered most from the beta and skimmed through them quick so I knew who, where and why. There were also many new cinematics which were pretty awesome and made the storyline so much more exciting.

I would like to level an Alliance character next because the Kul Tiras zones look amazing and I haven’t leveled through them on Alliance side yet, just a few quests on the Horde side and world quests, but I want to know the Alliance story. I will of course have to slow down and read all the quests then, which I always do the first (or sometimes second time) because I like to know what’s going on and why.

How was your leveling experience in Battle For Azeroth and which zone has been your favorite so far?