Highmountain by night

The first zone I explored in the Broken Isles was Highmountain, home of the Highmountain tauren. It has tall mountains, rivers, waterfalls and forest. The nights are dark with an amazing sky where you can see far into the galaxy and a million of stars.

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Frosthoof Watch on Highmountain

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Full moon in Pinerock Basin

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Highmountain Peak

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Moose in Pinerock Basin

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Night sky in Pinerock Basin

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Full moon by the river

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Frosthoof Watch on Highmountain Peak

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Galaxy in the night sky

There are many other great zones in The Broken Isles and I can’t wait to explore them all.

Not prepared

I can’t believe it has already been six months since I cancelled my subscription and stopped playing WoW. Time has gone by so fast because I have had so many other things to do and played many other games like StarCraft II, Diablo 3, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch and Pokémon GO. It’s been fun to focus more on my other hobbies and interests and try new games.

Right now I’m actually wondering if WoW ever will be the same as it used to be a few years ago when it was at it’s best. I doubt it. Mostly because I no longer have a guild. I lost many in-game friends when my guild disbanded, some people found new guilds on other realms and some people quit. Finding a new guild wasn’t easy, because I spent a lot of time trying to find one for Warlords of Draenor and I finally found one in the very end of the expansion. I had a good time there for a while, but then everyone lost interest and people left.

I don’t even know if I want to go back to raiding, but I don’t want to be stuck in Looking For Raid or always having to group up with randoms either. Maybe I could raid very casual like once or twice a week, but nothing serious, just for fun to defeat the bosses, and with a social and friendly guild with the same goals.

At the moment I’m not even that excited about Legion, I try to be, sometimes I even pretend to be because I feel it’s expected of me. Of course I think it’s interesting and I’m sure it will be fun with new content. But I feel like I’ve waited for so long, so now when it’s finally here, it’s too late because I feel like I’ve kind of lost my interest for the game. Yes, maybe it’s only because I’ve been away from it for six months, except for some time on the beta. I hope I’ll be as excited as everyone else on launch day.

I just read that the pre-expansion patch will come next week, so I think I’ll login to the game soon to prepare myself for the patch and Legion. I’m sure there will be tons of stuff for me to organize, fix and do when the patch comes. My bags and bank are a total mess so I can’t wait to finally get some order in them. Thank you, transmog changes! There might be achievements, quests or other things I should have done before the patch and Legion, but I haven’t really checked and I don’t know if I think it’s that important. I might check around and ask some people about it.

My computer will also need a little cleaning up before Legion because it’s almost as messy as my bags and bank. I haven’t decided if I should upgrade to Windows 10 or not, currently running Windows 8. But I did upgrade my laptop’s Windows 7 to 10 and it looks good, so I might upgrade my main computer before it’s too late.

Are you excited about Legion? What are you doing to prepare yourself?

My first days in the Legion beta

I’ve had the beta for some weeks now but I haven’t had much time to play because of my job, volunteer work and other things that have been taking up a lot of my time.

But I did make a druid, play through the Broken Shore and I got the artifact weapon. The Broken Shore questline went fast and easy, it was quite interesting but the ending cinematic is still missing so I’m really looking forward to seeing it later.

I went to the druid order hall, The Dreamgrove, in Val’sharah which is a beautiful location perfect for druids.

It took me a while to get the artifact weapon because the questline was bugged. I was unable to complete some quests so I spent a lot of time reading the forums, writing bug reports and waiting. It was fast and easy when it finally worked and I got my hands on the Scythe of Elune!

Oh hi, Legion beta!

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Didn’t expect to get in so early or at all as I cancelled my subscription in January. This is my first real break in my history as a WoW player. I’m of course planning to come back to Legion but I don’t know yet how much I will play and if I will focus on PvE, PvP or just play a bit of both very casual. I always hoped I would get access to the beta, the earlier the better because I like to find bugs and report them to help make the game better. It’s of course a big bonus to be able to try out the different classes so I can pick which one I want as my main in Legion. I’m very excited about the changes to balance druid, I haven’t tested it yet, but I hope I’ll like it so balance druid will be my main again.

Are you in the Legion beta? What are you planning to test or what have you tested so far?

 

Moonkin in Legion: Bye bye pixel butt and eclipse

BlizzCon 2015 is over after two awesome days. I watched the live stream which was very good except for some panels which they didn’t show there, so I had to read about it later on Twitter and different WoW fan sites. The Legion panels were very exciting and they announced many changes and updates to druids like Moonkin Form update, info about the artifact weapons, class halls and other druid changes. Druids have a lot to look forward to in Legion.


The biggest news for me was the moonkin model update. If you’ve read some of my older posts about moonkin then you know how long I’ve been waiting for this update. I sent a question to Tom Chilton at last year’s BlizzCon where I asked about when we would get an update to the moonkin model and his answer was:

We have given a lot of love to druids over time with their different forms, so the moonkin will have to wait a little bit longer

Then, in September this year, Lore wrote the following on the US forums:

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Our current plan is that Moonkin Form will indeed receive a high-res model update in Legion.

They indicated that it wouldn’t be a major update, it would still look like the old moonkin form.

Yesterday at the World of Warcraft: Legion – World and Content Overview panel they showed us this picture of the old and the new moonkin form. Julian Morris, lead game designer, said the new model is faithful to the old original but with a ton of character detail and  really expressive.

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I’m very happy with what we’ve seen so far because I like the moonkin form, it’s the reason I wanted to start playing a druid when I first leveled one back in The Burning Crusade. All I wanted was an update like the ones bear and cat form got in Cataclysm and it looks like that’s what we’re getting now.

There are a few things I really hope and expect them to add. I want the moonkin form to have unique features for each race, like different looking horns or antlers, maybe fangs on the troll moonkin, different colors and shades, maybe some other features inspired by races and similar to what the cat and bear models got. I also want the colors of the feathers to change depending on which hair or skin color you choose. Like for example if you as a troll choose a white hair color, then your moonkin model will have white and maybe light grey feathers. So basically just like how the cat and bear models work.

Some pictures of the new model were shared a few days ago after someone datamined the Legion beta

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AdriaCraft shared these videos of the new moonkin model animations

Another form that’s getting a much needed update is the sea lion aquatic form. It will pretty much the same but updated.

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Blizzard wrote a post about the druid artifact weapons and we learned much more about them at BlizzCon today, notes from MMO-Champion.

  • Artifact power comes from quest bosses, rare spawns, rare drops, dungeons, raids, battlegrounds, arenas
  • Artifact traits are unlocked by artifact power. You start with some traits unlocked. You first unlock active traits that you put on your bar
  • After the active trait there are more choices, some of them passive. Minor traits have multiple ranks, you have to unlock them all to progress into the tree
  • Eventually you can unlock every trait in the tree. You can keep getting smaller power increases after that, so weapon will get more powerful throughout the expansion.
  • Relics can be socketed into the artifact to increase power. Increases item level and gives bonus ranks to some traits
  • Two types of relics for each weapon
  • You can eventually upgrade your artifact. Dungeon and world content lead up to a big upgrade moment. Upgrade will unlock a new model
  • You can also get other models and colors from different types of gameplay
  • Finish questing zones or do something that is significant to your weapon

You have become one of the greatest Druids in Azeroth, deserving of a weapon not only with power—but with a name. 

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The balance weapon is called Scythe of Elune and the story tells us:

This mystical artifact was created millennia ago from the Staff of Elune and a fang from the wolf demigod Goldrinn. The Scythe of Elune carries a long and unsettling history for druids: those who are not careful enough can easily be overwhelmed by Goldrinn’s spirit, which infuses the scythe. Tied to the origin of the worgen on Azeroth, the scythe is said to possess untold lunar power for the druid with balance enough to keep control.

I think it’s great that each artifact weapon has a story and unique quests, so I’m looking forward to learning more about my weapon and it’s story.

You can read about the restoration, guardian and feral artifact weapons here.


Class halls: The Dreamgrove – a home for druids

There won’t be any garrisons in Legion, but we’ll have class halls which are an area for your class.

  • Class halls needed to be in a location that strongly represents the class. Dreamgrove is in Val’Sharah where druidism was born in Azeroth
  • Druids almost had a class hall already with Moonglade. It gets pretty close to meeting the criteria, welcoming a variety of druids, but it could do a better job of immersing them in nature, welcoming feral and guardian druids more
  • Druids can reach many other natural places in the world very quickly
  • There is class specific content in the halls
    Every class will have their own variation of Death Gate to quickly go to their class hall and back
  • Class champions are also found in your class hall. You will unfold their backstory over time and see them in the world
  • You will interact with your Scouting Map in your class hall. It lets you select your starting leveling zone and you come back to it for new content later on
  • You will find a shrine in your class hall to unlock traits and work with your artifact weapon
  • There are lots of features and bonuses in the halls. Some are shared among many classes, such as armor stands to show off tier sets you have earned from previous content

More on MMO-Champion


Druid changes – Darkmoon Faire Community Amphitheatre Class Changes Q&A

This panel wasn’t part of the Virtual Ticket, so thanks to Wowhead and Restokin for summarizing the most important points, you can read more on their websites.

I expected to see some changes to the balance spec and I was hoping they would do something about the Eclipse bar because I’ve not been a fan of the changes they did in Warlords of Draenor which is why I have barely played my druid this expansion. I just didn’t like the way the Eclipse just went back and forth all by itself and how I had to constantly stare at that bar to know which spells to use. So these changes made me very happy. We’ll get more info about every class here in a few days.

General:

  • Lots of new talents
  • Base abilities for druids are pruned – less core abilities that enhance other roles
  • New talent – Affinity: A secondary spec, weaker than your main spec. Example: Guardian druid with Balance Affinity has Moonkin Form and can do useful damage.

Moonkin:

  • There have been multiple failures with the balance spec and it’s time for a revamp. Core problem with moonkin is the whole spec is a bar cycle on your UI. You are playing the UI game – that’s done.
  • Eclipse is gone
  • Builders and spenders with different strengths and weaknesses and reasons to use them
  • Focus on DOTs but keeps Moonfire, Sunfire, Starfall
  • Stampeding Roar is gone for moonkin
  • Innervate is returning to moonkins as their specific utility and it can be cast on yourself or other players

You can read more about the druid changes in Legion on these sites:

Moonkin in legion: Easy to learn, hard to master by Lissanna of Restokin
Legion Spell Changes – Build 20740 by MMO-Champion
Balance druid Legion Talent Calculator by Wowhead
Balance druid Legion PvP Talent Calculator by Wowhead

Which of these news are you most excited about?