Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Week 8 - Priest Appreciation!

My favourite!

Since the EU release of Classic WoW, this has been my favourite class. It was edged out slightly by the Druid in beta, but by the time release came around, the Priest was my firm favourite. I've always been a healer at heart and no other class gives you more than one healing specialisation to choose from. I am guaranteed that each expansion I will find a healing spec that I like with two options to choose from. Over the years, my preferences slip from one to the other dependant on changes made to the class, but I always find a way to enjoy healing with a priest.

Swan in her Holy Transmog set with "L'il Swan" the Sunborne Val'kyr. Note the subtle stick for dealing with unruly raiders.
My main character, Swanhild, had very little to do really. I worked on her fishing for a while, trying to finish the reputations with Margoss and the Fisher Friends, but I didn't get as much WoW time this week as I had family visiting. I did complete the rep grind with Margoss and all but two of the Fisher Friends though. I still have to earn the drowned mana to buy the items from Margoss but the hard work is done there.

Swanhild in her Disc transmog  set with Erik the Singing Sunflower (always my favourite pet)
I love the transmog sets I have for this character. They were carefully designed to look like they were wearing as much metal as possible as it almost feels wrong having a Dwarf in just cloth, even if she is a Priest. I do like the way they turned out though and I love this specific set of shoulder armour with its subtle wings.  I am currently trying to decide whether to allow this character to race change to a Dark Iron Dwarf in BfA. She has always been hugely sympathetic of Moira's storyline and it would fit...but I'm not sure I can bring myself to change the appearance of the character I play the most often. Besides, there will already be several others in my character list that I will switch over. More thinking required.

The Holy version of the Priest class mount
So aside from doing some fishing on Swanhild, what did I do with the rest of the time I had for Priest week? Enter Phoxxie the Goblin! While I do already have 110 Goblin Priest I don't really like the server she is on, and I figured it wouldn't take long to use the 100 boost I had sitting about and level a new one on a different server. I had started this a week or two ago but had only taken her to 105 so far, so I pushed the last 5 levels to finish her off. I still have to finish her class hall stuff and get some gear on her as I mostly levelled through invasions but that's one more at 110 at least.

Phoxxie with Erik the Lurky Murloc
See you all next week for Rogue appreciation (or a little more like Rogue tolerance in my case).

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Week 7 - Paladin Appreciation

Paladin week came at an inconvenient time. Currently, most of our guild are offline with holidays, work, or having babies and other huge life-changing things, so there have been very few people about to assist with things and the paladin was one of the characters that had a lot to finish.

Featured here with Erik the Skyfin Juvenile and her usual choice of transmog. Details for the transmog can be found listed here
Meet Brenhild. I had levelled her to 110 and then pretty much abandoned her aside from missions each day. Whilst it is a healing class, for some reason I struggle as much with Paladin healing as I do with Monk healing, but this time I have no idea why. It may just be that I hate the levelling part so much as a melee that I put it off until I just feel that the learning curve has escalated out of all proportion. And of course, each expansion I do that just adds to the difficulty of getting back into it. I think I'll make a concerted effort next expansion to get the paladin working a lot earlier to see if that helps.  As healers, Paladins are pretty powerful and always seem to have a very strong role in each expansion.
The Paladin class mount. Matches nicely with her favourite armour too! I love how shocked Brenhild looks to see it!
So, what did I do this week? Well, the first part of the week was very limited as with no one around in guild and my hatred of PuG groups, I was bottle-necked on progress by the need to do dungeons for the class hall quest chain. In the absence of my minions, The Author stepped in to valiantly assist by dragging my sorry plate-clad backside through the necessary dungeons. Thank you, once again! Once that first bottle-neck had been cleared, I rushed on to complete the class hall. I am very thankful that at this point in the expansion, the mission times and requirements for a lot of the quest stages have been reduced as they no longer slow the process down quite as much. After this, it was time to do the class follower and mount chain along with the Broken Shore chain. I had to hold off with the Argus quest chain as  I still needed to level the new followers that were granted from completing the quest hall and one of the early requirements there is "6 followers at 900 ilvl". As I had to go do the start of the Suramar quest chain in order to be able to purchase an item needed for my mount quest, I thought I'd also treat you to a view of just how silly Dwarves look carrying Nightborne.

This leaves us all set for Priest week! See you there!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Week 6 - Monk Appreciation

As the expansion is nearing a close, it's getting increasingly difficult to find guild members online and finding the will to keep doing things on my alts is difficult. For monk week, I decided to finish off the Argus quest chains so that I had access to as much gold from missions as possible.

My monk, Quenhild, doesn't get played often. While it is a healer class, the healing is just too melee orientated to be comfortable for me. I have to admit, I've barely even looked at the healing style this expansion. I levelled her to 110 to complete the collection, but I barely play her. I find the healing playstyle too cumbersome and definitely not instinctive to me. The DPS spec being a melee one is difficult for me as well (you know how I hate melee classes) and I find it a chore to even do world quests on her.

Quenhild with the monk mount and pet.
I had already completed her class hall and done the quest chains for her class mount but now she pretty much just gets wheeled out once or twice a day to check missions and do some alchemy cooldowns.

For her transmog outfit, I am using one of the PvP sets as I quite like the look of it on a female dwarf. It's the Wild Gladiator's Ironskin Armor. I think the combination of the white and teal look lovely against her red hair, and haven't managed to get bored of it yet!

I'm looking forward to next week (Paladin week). My Paladin needs a lot of catch up work, but I have been meaning to actually heal something with her for months and keep putting it off. Maybe I'll even send her into an LFR...

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Week 5 - Mage Appreciation

Apologies for being slightly late this week. Sickness just will not be scheduled, damn it!

So this week was Mage appreciation week. My Mage is actually fairly well-rounded out already. Whilst I don't play her in groups much, she is my main tailor and enchanter so I like to get her levelled early.

Introducing Rhiannon, Dwarf Fire Mage!

I tend to find myself gravitating to fire spec a lot each expansion. Last time we did the alt appreciation, she was still a Pandaren but I finally afforded a race change. It's funny really...I changed so many characters from dwarves to other races for a little diversity, but a few years later, all I wanted to do was get my Dwarves back! Here she is pictured with Erik the cinder pup on the flaming disc that is her class mount. A lot of people seemed unhappy with the class mount saying that it was too similar to the disc mount we'd had before, but I thought the discs suited the class and having a different version for each spec made it work.

There was very little for me to do on this character as she'd already completed her class hall, Argus quest chain and professions but then I remembered that she was still missing one polymorph (polymorph: porcupine). It seemed like a good time to go and farm for it. Now she has all the polymorphs currently available (I am still bitter that the glyph to have polymorph penguin was removed and keep hoping for it to be reintroduced as a baseline polymorph). The porcupine is a little boring really, but I wanted it for completion's sake.

Then, of course, I got sick, and I'm somewhat glad there was little for me to finish off on this character!

I do prefer ranged DPS classes to anything bar a healer, but for some reason, I find it hard to connect with the Mage in groups. I don't enjoy arcane or frost specs much and fire always seems to be ridiculously gear and RNG dependant which makes it unlikely to ever perform well as an underplayed alt character. Still, I like the fantasy of throwing fireballs about and it's nice to do something different some days.

Join me next week for Monk!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Week 4 - Hunter Appreciation

I have a strange relationship with the hunter class. It has always secretly been one of my favourites, but I only really like playing it solo. Me and my pet. It's always been the default choice I go to when I want to do stuff completely on my own without being bothered by people. I've had many hunters over the years. I daresay I probably have about 10 of them dotted about on different servers/factions.
Ellywick with Skitter the spider and the Bloodfang Widow mount. I love the black hat too! (Fine Pilgrim's Hat)

The hunter I play most frequently, however, is Ellywick. She is a Gnome, although at the time of last doing the alt appreciation posts she was a Pandaren. She was a Dwarf before that too.  I have a tendency to try to match mounts, pets and companion pets together with outfits on the hunter for some reason. I'll include some pictures of my favourites, although I won't include the turtle set as I did that last time!

Basil the Fox and the Llothien Prowler mount complete with a dancing fox kit in the background

I do find that when I play my hunter, I often find myself talking to my pet as I play. No, I have no idea why I do that either. I love the survivability and independence of being a hunter while questing. It's great for the days when the ME/CFS is too much and I can't focus well. My comfort characters! Lately, however, I was talked into taking my hunter along to our normal alt raids which turned out to be less traumatic than I'd expected. My guild leader bribed me with helpful macros so that I wouldn't get tired as easily and it worked! He's always helpful like that by trying to make things less tiring for me to be able to play.

My most common companions at the moment. I love the little baby Elderhorn pet as it has lovely idle animations, and yes, the moose is called Chocolate :D

So what did I do this week? Firstly, I sent Ellywick out to pick up a mechanical bunny pet as I've wanted one for ages and kept putting it off as I didn't want to camp for it. I know most Gnome hunters get one for free, but I didn't start as a Gnome! As it turned out, I managed to find Rabbot really quickly and that didn't take anywhere near as long as I had expected. I had already finished my class hall and Argus quest chains and have the class mount, so next I decided to let her farm for the Cross Gazer pet that I'd been putting off (again due to time constraints). This one totally took as long as I expected though. The grind didn't seem as bad on the hunter, which is a good thing. I'll have to remember that next time I have to grind stuff.

The only hunter pet I have that is actually called Erik! I love the braids so much that I had to get matching hair too!

So that's it for me and the hunter this week. See you next week for some Mage appreciation!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Week 3 - Druid Appreciation

My Druid is already fairly well played. Each expansion, she is usually the first alt I pick up to work on after my main character and as such her Class Hall is already completed, she has her class mount form, she's been doing heroic Antorus raids and even has most of her professions rounded out. This is Seara, originally a Night Elf but race changed once Worgen became available as anything had to be better than playing a race I really dislike. I'm not a huge fan of Worgen either though so I am looking forward to having new Alliance Druid options when more Allied races become available.

Her Restoration healer outfit on the left is just the Cruel Gladiator's Dragonhide armour set and she's followed around by Sombrius, her little Blossoming Ancient. The outfit on the right is what she wears while being Balance and not in moonkin form (rare, but it does happen) along with her little moonkin hatchling pet, Yuli. Both of these pets are named after friends that made those specs shine for me.
Worgen Druid mount form

I did do a little work on trying to get some of the skinning ranks that she hasn't acquired yet this week and managed to get the quest chain for [Mother's Skinning Knife] to drop. As there was so little to finish on her this week, I decided to take a short visit to another Druid alt. I'm levelling a Highmountain Tauren as I'd like to have access to the armour in case I decide to play one at some point. I always liked Tauren. I used to play a lot of Tauren before I started raiding, but when the graphical updates for characters came in, I didn't like the way the faces had changed for the Tauren. I found myself no longer liking any of my Tauren characters and no amount of customising seemed to make one that I could be happy with anymore. The Highmountain Tauren though, manage to work for me. Perhaps the tattoos obscure the face and soften it enough to not annoy me? Whatever it is, I am enjoying my little HM Tauren Druid, Wenona.
Wenona, with Erik the baby elderhorn. Her transmog is something I threw together to show off her tattoos while still looking plain and practical. You can find the individual items linked here 

To make things a little different this time, I decided to level her as a bear (or possibly it might have been a subtle influence from one of my raid leaders who happens to be a Guardian Druid). I'm loving the pretty graphics for the new druid forms but the bear definitely seems to level a lot slower than a moonkin. It might just be that I haven't reached a high enough level to get to the good stuff yet, but I seem to be able to pull just as many enemies whilst levelling as a moonkin and kill them faster. I do like the versatility of Druids. I love that they can cover every role in game (even if I don't tend to play every role in game). Druid was the first class I ever played in WoW. My beta character was a Tauren Druid and I never really lost the love of them. I managed to get my baby Druid from mid-20s to mid-40s though, which is quite a heavy amount of levelling in one week for me.
I really love the Highmountain Tauren druid travel form

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Week 2 - Demon Hunter Appreciation

Yay! More melee!

My Demon Hunter is named Asterwyn. Regular readers will be aware that I'm really not a fan of elf types and my Demon Hunter is no exception. Illidari and melee? Boy, was I in for an "interesting" week! I really didn't think that aspect through when I neatly assigned myself a class each week in alphabetical order, did I? My Demon Hunter has barely been touched at all really, aside from levelling her quickly to 110. Taking a quick assessment at the start of the week, I found that she still hadn't finished her class hall, only had 4 followers, had done nothing with her professions, didn't have a class mount and hadn't even looked at Argus quests. Hmmm...this looked like it would be a busy week. Definitely time to summon the help of some minions to get me through dungeons for the class hall quests at the very least!

I didn't really have a lot of transmog options that looked functional and yet still showed off the tattoos, but this is what I ended up settling with. It's pretty much just the Legion PvP set Vindicative Gladiator's Felskin Armor. I just couldn't get enthusiastic about customising it. I don't know what it is about Night Elves that I just can't get into, but it wasn't working for me.

I ended up with a lot of housework this week, which drastically reduced my online time. This didn't help with the huge amount of catch up I had for the Demon Hunter. Minion #2 (only ranked in chronological order of when he became my minion) and his lovely partner dutifully carried my sorry Illidari backside through the dungeons required for my class hall. Thank you once again for selflessly giving up your time! I did manage to complete the class hall chain and I got through a lot of the Broken Shore and Argus chain but got bottle-necked at missions and world quests. While I love that a lot of this expansion has been very casual player friendly, all the endless dungeon quests and the questlines that stall waiting out timers really do not help with alt characters. Still, I now have 7 followers for missions (as soon as the class hall upgrade finishes) and the Argus chain is almost completed so that will help with gaining gold. The professions I gave her were for gathering only really (enchanting and herbalism) and I decided to just focus on collecting materials as I went about rather than powering up the skills as I didn't really need them to be higher levels. I still have the class mount to acquire too. I'd hoped to get that finished before the end of the week, but the Broken Shore quest chain needs to be finished before I can get any further there. That will have to wait for another time.

In summary, this week felt very tedious and rushed. Maybe it would have felt less of a chore if it hadn't followed on straight after the Death Knight week, but I can't turn back time! Here's to Druid week!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Testing the Waters

As I have been slacking so horribly on my gold making lately, I decided to make sure to at least put in a little effort each day this week to see where I ended up. I'm mostly stocking profession crafted goods from both current and previous expansions. I have all of the professions covered at least once, but I am lacking many of the Legion recipes as forcing my alts through dungeons has been difficult at best.

OK, so how did I do on the auction house this week?

Well, I didn't seem to make much more gold per day than I had been while slacking off really, but 757,484g in auction house sales for the week isn't anything to be depressed with.

I have still been checking missions on each of my characters each day too and doing any gold missions I can (half of the characters are still not finished with argus missions or class halls though so their gold income from missions is a bit poor) and my total profit for the week is 826,466g after all the expenses and incoming gold from missions and quests is taken into account.

In total?

Show Me The Money!


Hmmm...actually that doesn't include the 1 million I keep stored on the auction house character as it is on a different account. I totally forgot to include that last time too. So actually it is...


Week 1 - Death Knight Appreciation

If you read my previous entry on Death Knights, you know how little I enjoy melee classes. That really hasn't changed much in the past few years. I don't enjoy playing with my character so close to the enemy as I feel that I just can't see what is going on. I've never really enjoyed tank or melee classes and after all these years it's highly unlikely to change. Because of this, I find it really uncomfortable to play them in groups. I can handle mucking about with quests on my own but as soon as I have to get other people involved I'm just too self-conscious. I never play them well as I don't enjoy them, and playing them badly makes me like them less and so on in a vicious loop.

My Dwarven maiden Death Knight, Brynwen,  has made it to level 110 though. I have completed her Class Hall quests which were nicely entertaining and even finished the quests for her class mount. I love the way that Legion brought in the Class Hall quests. It gave alt loving players so much more to enjoy rather than having to see just the same quests over and over. I have also completed the quests for all three of her artifacts even though I'm really only playing Frost spec as I wanted the three whelp pets from her Class Hall (yeah the pet addiction hasn't changed either!)

The transmog I use on my Death Knight has changed since I last posted too. While I do still love the original starting armour that the Death Knights get, Brynwen is wearing one of the recolours of the Tempered Saronite Battlegear from quests in Northrend, or at least most of it! I don't have a lot of plate transmog really but I like this one because it is fairly simple in design without being plain. The blue and gold shade ties in nicely with the Frost specialisation that she's been questing in too. Her pet of choice on these adventures is usually the Unborn Val'kyr (named Ellinde after a dear friend that sadly left WoW many years ago now).

As my Death Knight isn't a character I tend to play frequently, I decided to focus on finishing the Argus questline and optimising and equipping her followers so that I can get a little more gold from missions. I also decided to get a little more progress on her professions (Blacksmithing & Mining).

The Death Knight Class Mount (Frost version)
On the whole, I found this week a bit of a struggle. I didn't have a lot of spare time outside of raid commitments, dungeon runs etc and I felt like I was trying to make myself do something that just wasn't comfortable. That being said, my Death Knight does now have all her Argus missions and troops unlocked and has made some progress on her professions, so it certainly wasn't a wasted week.

Next week, Demon Hunter (more melee - yay!). I know I have a lot more to do on her.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Financial Update

There have been a lot of changes in the way that the Warcraft economy works since I absented myself from my blog. We've seen the arrival of missions boards first in garrisons and then order halls which provide a steady income of gold. Upgradeable crafting items have kept the crafting markets really competitive on the auction house for the entirety of an expansion. Tokens to buy gold or game time were introduced. The gold cap per character was raised to 10 million allowing for easier storage of gold and much larger bids on the Black Market Auction House. There were probably many other small changes that have slipped my mind at the moment, but in general, the situation is that it is much easier for players to acquire gold if they are actively trying to do so.

While I have been away from the blog, I have gone through phases of slacking at gold making and actively working on it (depending on my health at the time) as usual and my funds are significantly higher than when I last did a gold post. But let's be fair, it has been two expansions! My main account is still covered by a subscription, but I am running a second account for auction purposes that is paid for with tokens. With the ridiculous price of EU tokens, that isn't a small amount of money.

Over the past expansion, I have also indulged in a few of the silly gold sink items that were introduced in Legion. It won't surprise anyone that has been here before to know that I bought the Celestial Calf to add to the collection of Eriks as soon as it was available. He's not actually called Erik though, as I named him after the guildmate who regularly checked Dalaran for me to let me know when the merchant arrived. I love that the calf regularly casts Starfall as an idle animation, but it's really difficult to actually see any detail on the pet at all. I also caved and bought myself a spider mount. Then I felt bad at spending so much money on myself so I pushed myself to earn more in order to buy a mount for my two wonderful minions that do so much to help keep me sane and feel like a real human being.

So where am I currently?

Show Me The Money!

For next time I'll finish sorting out my auction alt again and see how well I did while putting some reasonable effort in!