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.

WoWScrnShot_022515_192550

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!

WoWScrnShot_022515_210736

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.

WoWScrnShot_022515_225146

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?

Thank you, WoW Insider! Welcome, Blizzard Watch!

WoWScrnShot_020415_034103

Last week WoW Insider announced that they’re shutting down. I can’t remember when I first discovered their page but I’ve visited it almost daily for years. WoW Insider was one of my favorite pages to visit for news and information about WoW. I could always find something interesting to read like Know Your Lore, Breakfast Topics and The Queue.

One day back in July 2011 they even linked to my post about the Whispering Forest in their post about the same topic. I’ve never had as many visitors as that day, not before and not after. I got many new readers and followers thanks to them. That post is still my post read post and I keep getting hits from them till this day.

But from the ashes of WoW Insider rises Blizzard Watch, a new page run by the same staff and with the same writers as WoW Insider! You can read more about their new page here.

I want to thank WoW Insider for all the great posts and amazing stories you have shared with us over the years and thank you for linking to my post that day, it has meant a lot for my blog and me as a blogger. I wish Blizzard Watch all the best with their new page.

My WoW resolutions for 2015

NewYear2015

I’ve already posted my blogging and real life resolutions for the new year. Now it’s time for my WoW resolutions!

  • Complete Celestial Tournament Timeless Isle: I still haven’t completed it and I’ve said I would do it so many times already but I kind of hated the Timeless Isle in Mists of Pandaria because I’m on a PvP server and it was horrible. But it’s time to get my butt over there and finally complete it because I think I have the pets for it.
  • Do more PvP and rated battlegrounds: I always complained about not having enough time to PvP back when I was a raider, but now when I don’t raid I should have plenty of time to PvP more. I just wish I had a rated battleground team, maybe I know someone who has a team I can join even if it’s just a more casual one.
  • Defeat all bosses on normal difficulty or higher: I’m not a raider anymore, but I still want to see all the bosses and defeat them. I’ve already cleared Highmaul normal with a pug and I’ve done some bosses on heroic with some guildies and randoms.
  • Get more people from my old guild Ash to join my current guild: I’m currently a social member in Cidien’s guild Quintessence which is a Scandinavian raiding guild on Kazzak. Some of my old guild mates from Ash have already joined but I wish more would join so we could be in the same guild and play more together again.
  • Collect more toys: One can never get enough toys! I don’t have that many but there are so many I would like to get my hands on.
  • Explore every inch of Draenor: I haven’t really had time to go exploring yet, not the way I used to do in the old world before we could fly there. But I want to run around, climb every mountain and dive into every sea to see if there is anything fun there.

What are your WoW resolutions?

 

 

Nakk the Thunderer

NakktheThunderer

A few days ago my boyfriend and I were in Nagrand looking for the items for the garrison follower Image of Archmage Vargoth when we saw Nakk the Thunderer right in front of us. I thought it was one of those rares who dropped reputation items for Steamwheedle Preservation Society, but my boyfriend said it was a very rare mob who had a 100% chance to drop a mount. So we attacked Nakk and got him down after some minutes. It was very easy as tank and dps because he didn’t hit very hard but he had a lot of HP. We’re now the proud owners of the awesome Bloodhoof Bull mount!

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful 2014 and I wish you all the best for 2015.

I spent my new years eve at home with my boyfriend. We made a special dinner, drank wine and watched a movie before we went outside around midnight to watch the fireworks. There were so much fireworks! At one point there was so much smoke from it all that we couldn’t see further than 20 meters. Our upstairs neighbors had bought some fireworks and they fired it up right outside our apartment, it was loud and beautiful. I was so surprised the cat didn’t run and hide. She was indoors of course but she’s never been afraid of fireworks and she wasn’t this time either. She sat in the window and looked out most of the time.

Thank you for another great blog year. The annual report from WordPress.com is here! It’s always fun to watch the stats for the previous year to see how many visitors I’ve had and which post has been most popular. Click here to see the complete report.

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 67,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

I’ve already posted my blogging resolutions for the new year and I’m planning to write a post about my resolutions for WoW, but I thought I’d add some real life resolutions as well. 2014 was a good year, so much changed to the better. We moved to Norway, got jobs and our first apartment together.

My resolutions for this year are:

  • Work more: I want to work as much as I can so I can get to know those at work better and become better at my job
  • Save money: I want to start saving up some money so we can buy a car or get a loan for a house sometime in the future
  • Exercise more: I’m struggling with asthma, back and neck pains and it might help to exercise more because I spend too much time in front of the computer
  • Eat healthier: I love food and all things sweet but most of it isn’t very healthy, so I want to explore new and good but healthy food
  • Spend more time with friends and family: I want to see them more often, not only when it’s someone’s birthday or during a holiday

How was your new year’s eve? Do you have any resolutions for the new year?

5 Fandom Friday: New Years Blogging Resolutions

fandomborder

5 Fandom Friday is a community building project created The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. Read more about it and how to join here.

Syrconewyear15

1. Write better posts: I’m always trying to write good and interesting posts.

2. Write more often: I would like to write 2-3 posts per week but sometimes I don’t know what to write about and other times real life is very busy.

3. Comment on other blogs: I haven’t been very good at this lately, but I want to become better at it for next year.

4. Interact more with other bloggers and my followers on Twitter: I used to be very good at this but I can improve. I want to tweet more, retweet and share posts, Follow Friday every Friday etc.

5. Optimize my blog layout and design: I’m actually very happy with my current design but I would like to get a new similar background with the updated character models or just a plain one without any characters. It’s hard to pick a theme to use because I’m never 100% satisfied with it and I can’t change that much when I’m using wordpress.com without the custom design. But I’ve used this theme for a while now and I think it looks pretty good.

What are your new years blogging resolutions?