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?

Thank you, WoW Insider! Welcome, Blizzard Watch!

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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.

Syrcorax, my first character

Today’s Breakfast Topic on WoW Insider:

My first character: Are you still playing your first character? Is she or he a main or an alt? And how long have you been playing her or him?

My first character is Syrcorax, a male tauren warrior created on Stormscale EU in 2007. He’s always been a tauren but I’ve moved him to Kazzak where I play now. He was my main from the day I started playing in the Burning Crusade till the end of Naxxramas in Wrath of the Lich King.

I’ve leveled him up every expansion but I haven’t done very much with him in every expansion. I think I did some alt raids with him in Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm but only some Looking For Raids in Mists of Pandaria.

I just brought him to Draenor a few days ago and I’m planning to level him up to 100 but I’m not sure what will happen after that. He just hit level 92 and it’s been fun to play him  again after so long, I enjoy fury warrior more now than what I did back in Mists of Pandaria. I would like to try some PvP and see what it’s like because I can’t even remember the last time I did PvP as a warrior.

He might never be my main again but he’s still special to me because he was my first character, we explored Azeroth together and I have tons of great memories and screenshots to look back on.

Are you still playing your first character?

Pugging Highmaul

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It was a Tuesday evening a few weeks ago when my boyfriend and I decided to find a last-minute pug to Highmaul normal. He went on his main, the monk tank, I decided to go on my alt, resto shaman. We didn’t have high expectations because it was late Tuesday evening and by then most people have already completed the raids, so we just wanted to find a group that could manage to kill one or two bosses so we could have a chance to get some loot.

We found a group in looking for raid and joined. The first boss went down pretty quick and we continued to the next one who was easy as pie. We went on and the rest of the bosses went down on first try! Even the last one which I didn’t even know tactics for. Who would have thought. I was even lucky enough to get some upgrades.

So I’ve reached my goal of defeating all bosses on normal, but I would like to clear them all on heroic as well. I did 6/7 bosses on heroic with my guild during the Christmas holidays when they arranged a raid for both raiders and socials, I played my druid and it was really fun but much harder than normal. I’ve also tried a heroic pug on my shaman with a few guildies but it didn’t go very well, we only got to the Butcher and had some good tries but we just couldn’t do it. Resto shaman is one of my favorite classes to play in raids.