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Counting down to Warlords of Dreanor!

Posted in Dailies, Paladin, Transmog, Warlords Of Dreanor, World of Warcraft with tags on November 6, 2014 by Banhammer

Been a for days since the last blog post so I am sure those of you that read this are desperate for an update as to what I have been doing! Well Banhammer have been spanking old raids in the effort to get tier armour sets for transmogging, to date Banhammer has collected his Tier 6 Lawbringer set, but I could find a weapon that looked good with this set. I the end I settled for the sword in the picture.

On a brighter note I have also (finally) got the helm to drop from Prince Malchezaar in Karazhan, it has taken 5 runs, once a week for 5 weeks, including one week where I failed to solo the Chess Event twice and gave up and went to bed lol. Lucky for me then that not only did the Tier 4 helm token drop, but before I went to Karazhan I did Gruul’s Lair and the Hammer of Naaru, I’ve not seen it drop in Gruul’s until now, so I am a happy camper and Banhammer is walking around dressed in the Tier 4 Justicar armour and armed with the 2 handed Hammer of Naaru and looks just like the Dreanei Paladin that featured in the Burning Crusade cinematic 😀

Although I still need to find a suitable belt and boots, not that Dreanei can really wear boots what with the hooves (still wearing the Lightbringer ones in the picture) but the set is complete and I no longer need to run those instances unless it’s for an alt or a friend wants something, phew!

I’m not sure I like the look of many of the other Paladin armour sets so I’ll stop grinding old raids now in favour of finishing of some rep grinds and of course the never ending gold grind. Not sure on how much things will cost in Warlords of Dreanor but I have 5 days till we can get through the portal and start kicking Iron Horde but cheeks 🙂

Tier 4 Justicar armour set

A happy Paladin is a smiling Paladin!

Lightbringer tier 6 armour

Complete set of Lightbringer Tier 6 armour.



Turning into Gollum!

Posted in Destiny, Paladin, World of Warcraft on October 24, 2014 by Banhammer

“I must have the precious, I must! The precious must belongs to me!” – Banhammer, Paladin October 2014

What is the precious? well I’ll tell you, it’s a ring (naturally) that the Headless Horseman in Scarlet Monastery, to be precise this one, Band of the Petrified Pumpkin. Banhammer requires this, no! he NEEDS it! But can he get the bloody thing? The short answer (in more ways than one) is no! He has run the daily since the start of the event and has also been back in there around 40 other times. In all those visits I have seen the ring twice, yep twice. Both caster rings and the agility rings I have seen over and over again, getting sick of the sight of them to be honest, I just press greed and leave before the roll is completed. My Mage, Shaman, Monk and Hunter all have their rings, heck it’s the only thing that seems to drop, but not poor Banhammer (Or to that matter Saintangus!)


The object of Banhammers desires!

To vent his frustrations Banhammer has been beating up the poor denizens of the old Burning Crusade raids, The Sunwell, The Eye, Serpent Shrine Caverns, Magtheridon’s lair, Gruul’s Lair, Mount Hyjal and Black Temple have all suffered Banhammer’s mighty rage. To the point that he now has almost completed quite a few tier sets for Transmogging, so something good came out of all this!

Oh to have a Destiny, or a Halo!

I broke and finally bought Destiny for my PS3 (still saving for the PS4) and it’s just as I thought it would be, Halo-esque with a MMO style grind attached to it, a little melodramatic I know but it’s my blog! lol. I know it’s a controversial view to have but for me the Halo games are just “Meh!” I’ve played them all, well the first person shooter ones at least, they never thrilled me, the universe didn’t excite me and the game just lacked any emotion. I don’t mean sobbing characters and heart rending death scenes but the game mechanics was just so dry!

I’ll try to explain further, let’s start with jumping. Look I get it, Master Chief is wearing some super power armour, yet apart from the in game view rising and then lowering you don’t even feel like your pressed the jump button. Now let’s take a look at weapons, the only games that you could ADS (Aim Down Sights) is the Sniper rifle and the pistol (I’ll point out this is from memory alone, if there was others I don’t remember them). MC (as I shall now call him) seems not to require putting a gun to his shoulder and aiming, despite nearly every human weapon having a butt stock?.

Now on to my favourite gripe with the Halo series, Halo ODST! That game was like stepping back in time to a place where we had lost the last few years of graphical improvement in the Halo series, now Halo 3 was a graphically great looking game, I won’t deny it, Bungie certainly put some effort into (most) of the environments in that game, ODST, which released around 2 years after Halo 3, looked and played like a game that was started, stopped, forgotten about, dusted off, finished and sold to Halo fans as it was cheaper than throwing it away and starting again!

The plot was thin, the graphics inexplicably poor when you compare it to the (almost) 2 year old Halo 3, The bad guys (heck I couldn’t even be bothered to look up their names), the Covenant (I looked at the Wiki in the end) have attacked a city, yet the city bares very little evidence of such a vicious attack? just a few wrecked vehicles, the streets are very clean with a distinct lack of rubble and bodies, such neat a tidy invading aliens aren’t they!

Anyway I digress, I put the disc for Destiny in the PS3 and begin the install process, which seems to actually be that I have to download the game from the internet, kinda makes you wonder what is actually on the disc doesn’t it? I picked the Titan class and started of on my journey around. . . .erm, Earth and the Solar system. I have been reasonably pleased with the game so far, despite the lack of any explanation as to what is going on in the game after the initial plot lay out, lot’s of people “could” tell me but they won’t! huh?

You character seems to react to jumps and lands with a thump if you go to high, plenty of aiming down sights, although there seems to be a lack of weapons and all seem to be a slightly better version of what you already have which is a shame. Environments beat Halo hands down, just so much better (as to be expected) but the core game it’s self is just about killing mobs, go to this location, kill mobs, scan location, go to next location to kill mobs, there seems to be nothing beyond that. . . . so far. I’ve even found myself just grinding on packs of mobs across a location to level up and not actually doing the missions or the “story” mode.

Talking of Story mode, it’s so unremarkable, I guessing someone could tell me, but they won’t! lol I’ve got as far as Venus and I just don’t remember anything about the story or even why I am there! I go from diamond mission indicator to diamond. .  .you get the idea just shooting mobs, preferably in the head for the quick kill! For me Destiny is an improvement on Halo but it’s certainly the metaphorical apple that hasn’t fallen far from the tree. I am planning on completing the story mode at least, that is if I can stop going to Scarlet Monastery or playing GTA Online, I do love  race! Just don’t think I’ll be playing Destiny long enough to see where future DLC will take the game, but my guess it the story is done until Destiny 2, time will tell!

(Oh over 1000 words, spelling and typos are Copyright Banhammer and will be fixed as and when I see them)


My barely adequate psychic defenses are crumbling!

Posted in Paladin, Uncategorized, World of Warcraft with tags , , on September 27, 2014 by Banhammer

If anyone got that reference in the title, you’ve earned 10 internet points. 🙂

Two games at the moment are playing on my mind, the first one Destiny, you may have heard of it, is Bungie’s offering to the gaming world since Micro$oft to their business partnership to the big barn on the farm and shot it in the head! In all honesty I had no issue with this, as I have no love for Bungie.

I thought the whole extent of the Halo series of games was at best playable but ultimately, a wet, flat, emotionless game. Story wise it was great, I think I would have enjoyed Halo more if I just read it as a Sci-Fi novel. The only weapons (that I remember) that offered ADS (Aim Down Sights) was the Sniper Rifle (naturally) and a Pistol! Say Whaaaaaat!!

The ADS issue combine with the gravity deifying leaps, yes yes he was wearing a powered armoured suit does not mean he had thrusters to defy gravity as well! Being shot at and hit was hardly noticeable with the shield, even with it depleted I barely noticed being shot and hit. When compared to Call of Duty there is a physical reaction on screen to being hit.

Then we get to Halo ODST, that was like taking the game back to the stone age, Considering the bad guys was in the process of destroying the cities and the population there seemed very little in the way of battle damage and bodies, I think I got about 4 missions in and quit.

So when Destiny was announced I was just not interested and when it hit the shelves the loot issues and grindy aspect of the game kinda justified my opinion of Bungie (which is to say they make “ok” games) and I have not bought the game. However my son does own a copy, but he actually likes Halo, so we got him a copy for his PS4 (I am still using my PS3).

I played Destiny for a while, only got to level 3 so far, it still feels like a Bungie game, but it has more “feeling” to it, you still play a “Master Chief” like character, the loot issues and other issues players have been effected by just underscores Bungie’s lack of planning, I mean if your going to make a Space MMO (that is not quite and MMO but is an MMO, sorta?) then getting someone who knows MMO and the things you need to put in place for the game to work would have been a bonus!

Despite all that, I’ve been kinda feeling the urge to buy the game, today I almost did, it’s £50 on PS Store and £50 in Game on the High Street, for me this is too high of a price tag for a Bungie game, especially one where the studio seems to have shut up shop, (I hope to work on the issue) and do not seem to be speaking much about player concerns, Hmm, if only there was a way for Bungie to interact with it’s player base and assure them that they are aware if the issue and are looking into it?

If you read all that, have another 10 points and now read about game two.

I’ve also been fighting the urge to re-subscribe to World of Warcraft, I float between two reasons for why I should re-sub and why I shouldn’t (right now at least). Part of me does want to play again, I miss my Paladins, Banhammer (Deanei) and Saintangus (Tauren), heck I even miss my Shaman, Lowping (another Dreanei). But the thought of becoming WoW’d out by the time Warlords of Dreanor release date is what stops me. I would get home from work every day, login, do dailies, do Heroics, pottle around the world mining, etc then notice it’s all I am doing as their is no new content, just yet, and that I have no real life friends playing who I can go down the pub with and talk WoW with (as we all used to do).

I miss Azeroth, I miss my IRL friends being their, I struggle to make friends in WoW, not because I am an unsociable person but I think it’s because there is very little chance I will meet them in real life or if I was to meet them in real life it would involve a lot of travel and I like my home comforts and when I am not comfortable I get twitchy and want to leave! No really I do, I am not a great traveler if I know I can’t get home easy! lol sad I know.

Oh and the reference in the title was. . . . 

. . .was from a TV show from my childhood called “The Young Ones” in one episode a hippy says the line in the title, I felt it fit the theme of the blog post.

World of Warcraft: A return.

Posted in Paladin, Pandaaaaaaaas, World of Warcraft with tags , on December 28, 2013 by Banhammer

Well I went back to Azeroth, after about 3 months off, not that I was craving the old world or the grinding and multiple Alts spread over multiple servers but I met someone at work who also plays World of Warcraft. That makes “IRL” people I know who play World of Warcraft up to a heady 1! Yep a whole one person. So I plumped (hmm not a real word? go figure!) up the cash for 1 months worth of subscription fee to see if I could still get on in Azeroth.

First thing I did was do some daily quests, no surprise there, then I headed off to to make sure Saintangus, my Tauren Paladin was enchanted, gemmed and reforged proper, cost me about 500g right of the bat, but at least that was done. Well 30 minutes later on the Timeless Isle I had managed to get myself some 496 iLevel bits which required more expenditure to get it all reforged and correct.

So there I was mooching around the world when my mate invites me to the “Flex Raid” version of The Siege of Orgrimmar, I accept the invite and transported to the instance and I was dead with in about 2 minutes! No ideal what was going on, no addons, no raid warnings, just good old Decursive running, even it is an out of date version. I like that addon 😀

It seemed I just the raid late in the day and Saintangus found himself in the final boss fight against Garrosh Helscream, it took three tries to get him down, fight go was some mysterious (well to me at least) wipe involving a giant metal spike ball? The second time we was close them something went squiffy not sure what, just not my fault which was good. Third go I died rather suddenly and had to spend the whole fight dead, not a bad thing it turns out as my friend guild defeated Garrosh and I go a nice new pair of trousers to celebrate with 🙂 Oh wait reforging again. . . . in the end I spent a hefty 2000+ gold on reforging, gems, enchants and inscriptions. in the space of a few hours, lucky for me Saintangus was sitting on 23,000 gold (yep that is a lot of dailies I used to do!

Next up Timeless Isle adventures.

To delete or not delete?

Posted in Druid, Mage, Paladin, Warlock, World of Warcraft on April 29, 2013 by Banhammer

Over the years I have spent playing World of Warcraft I have played all the classes available to the adventures of Azeroth. Well I say “all” what I mean is I struggle to play the Warlock class past level 15 and have never had one at max level for any expansion, but to be fair to the class it has changed quite a lot over the years and for me may now actually be playable.

It is change that brings me to write todays blog, When World of Warcraft was new I was one of those people who was rolling characters all over the shot. Within a short period I had rolled a Warrior, Mage, Rogue, Paladin and Hunter. I had not rolled a Druid and the Night Elf was the only race at the time that could play that class and I wasn’t about to lower my standards and roll and Elf!!

Anyway most of these characters I kept, some I deleted but in the end I had a full compliment of the classes baring Druid and Warlock. I had briefly (several times in moments of boredom rolled Warlocks and Druids only to delete them around level 15 to 24, the classes just never caught my imagination. So I just never bothered with them and carried on playing my other many characters.

Then the burning started!

Sometime during The Burning Crusade expansion I had a little spare time so once again tried rolling a Druid, this time I had managed to do some reading and spoke to some people in the guild I was in and rolled a Balance Druid or as I became to call them “Lazor Chickens”. This was more like it pew pew all over the shot, I really got into the Druid class now and very quickly got max level. For me the class became even better in Wrath of the Lich King expansion and I played the snot out of my Druid and even had a full set of armour from the tier vendor, the only other character that was better equipped was Banhammer.

Cataclysmic intervention.

During the Cataclysm expansion Blizzard did the most amazing thing ever and that was to introduce the “Sunwalkers” or in game terms, Tauren Paladins! So after levelling Banhammer to Max level the next logical choice (for me at least) was to roll a Tauren Paladin and Saintangus was born. Maxing him out was a pleasure but next onthe list I chose to level my Druid (called Moomin btw) but now Blizzard had changed the class and introduced some Sun/Moon thing (I get it this is the “balance” thing) but I just could not pick up the class again, my DPS was always lowest and I felt ineffectual.

Ok look, for me being high on the DPS chart is not a big thing, but if my DPS is soo low I feel like I am not bringing anything to the group, even if it is a LFD run, this annoys me no end to the point that the only reason Moomin was max level at the end of the Cataclysm expansion was that I levelled him in the world and avoided dungeons completely.

7 Years later.

I have played since the EU launch of World of Warcraft with only a few months off in total. Yet still I have no Warlock at any level in my character lists (several Paladins, 3 on my main server alone). I think maybe the time has come that I should try out Warlock class again, the issue is this. Should I delete a character on my main server or roll on one of my alternative servers? I personally leaning towards my main server because I have my own guild there and plenty of gold, items and heirlooms to go around. This then is why this particular blog post exists, even if it was once again a long and winding road to get to the point.

Should I delete Moomin the unplayable Balance Druid and roll a Warlock? To delete or not to delete that is the question, a question I am failing to answer myself.

Paladins & Some game history.

Posted in Monk, Paladin, World of Warcraft on March 24, 2013 by Banhammer

I spent the majority of Classic WoW playing a Mage by the name of Windlepoons I’d specced as Fire and refused to change to Frost for Molten Core, mainly because Frost spec is was and is (to me at least) boring. Early on in Burning Crusade I switched to Elemental Shaman, who I called Lowping, mostly because I had never played a Shaman and I loved the look of the Dreanei so I had to roll one.

For quite a while was the only Elemental Shaman in a guild doing 10/25 man raids Burning Crusade raids, the other Shaman being Enhancement, nobody seemed to play as Restoration Shaman in the early days, well in my guild at least.

Like most people I had many alts to keep me occupied, I had one character I rolled, about my 5th alt if I remember correctly who was a Dwarf Paladin. I called him “Olafolafsson” as he was the “son” of my first character I made, a Dwarf Warrior called “Madolaf”, anyway I digress.

Wibbly fade to history effect.

I had stalled in levelling Olafolafsson at around 45, give or take a level. As playing Paladin just struck me as a chore, buffing every 5 minutes, until you got the “Greater” versions the Paladin buffs. DPS seemed low compared to other classes and when (in my case if) you get to level 60 the armour drops from Molten Core pretty much forced you to become Holy spec. Personally I wouldn’t want me healing me let alone a 5 man or a raid. So Lil’ Olaf as I began to call him slipped from the levelling schedule and was the only character out of 10 that wasn’t level 60 when Burning Crusade Expansion hit the servers.

A guild mate of mine, who raided along side me as a fellow Mage got to talking one day about our characters and I remarked about my Paladin being stuck at level 45. He said that I should play him again as the new expansion has brought a few changes to the class. So one evening I logged Lil’ Olaf in and began once again to play him. I got him to Outlands quite quickly and (no pun intended) became bogged down in the Zangermarsh zone. Once again I had hit a levelling wall, this time around 62 and stopped playing him.

Fast forward a few more months and either by design or by accident Blizzard gave the Paladin a little bit of redesign and the class became viable, many would say overpowered. I logged him back in and it was not long before he had spanked his way through the denizens of Outlands and was standing along side my Shaman and Mage at level 70.

Needs more tail.

However, one day I joked to my friend that the Paladin class was still missing something. I told him that Paladins "Need more tail!” This was the point that I rolled Banhammer and this was the point at which I was started to play as Banhammer more than I did as my Shaman. On one particular occasion I was asked to tank a dungeon, I’d never tanked as Paladin (or even as a Warrior) before, but I was given a link to a web page that detailed the basics for me and the group of people I was tanking for was quite patient. After that I was hooked, Banhammer became my main and I was tanking 5 man normal and heroics instances.
By this time I was not in a raiding guild and my time was my own, lots of random 5 man  and I could make decent “starter” armour as a Blacksmith also at the Argent Tournament grounds the vendor there sold epic armour for Justice points. I couldn’t be more happier, I was tanking all night, I had bought a complete set of Tier 9 Retribution and Protection “Turalyon’s” armour sets. In my eyes I looked the “bomb”

Cataclysmic changes.

Wraith of the Lich King Expansion was replaced with the Cataclysm expansion, for me this is when things went wrong. Don’t get me wrong I loved the expansion zones, new quests to complete and enemies to fight, places to explore and a story to live. What did disappoint me more than anything was the tier armour sets. If I wanted to complete a set I HAD to raid! I did not want to raid, I did not want to set foot inside a raid or in the LFR, yet if I wanted to complete the set of armour I had to raid, to maybe get the chance to roll of the token for my class. *sigh* So there Banhammer was wearing 3 pieces of the fugly Tier 11 armour set and a mixture of pieces from around various 5 man heroics. Not a happy bunny to say the least. Not even rolling a Tauren Paladin could put all of the smile back on my face.

When Blizzard announced Tier 12 I was hoping that they would remove the token requirement for but they didn’t even when tier 13 came out I would still have to hope I downed the boss and then actually won the roll to get the token. By this point I was playing less and less, seems odd that one little change would effect me in such a way, well Ok combine that with the Transmog PvP armour set bullshit (fuck you Blizzard) then for me it wasn’t that small of a change.

Getting old but not giving up.

Now we get to current content, Mists of Pandaria, typically polished and epic adventure that we have come to expect from Blizzard and with Pandas to boot. I levelled up Banhammer and then Saintangus and was looking at whom should I level next. The obvious choice had to be a Monk. I had already booked the name “Gingerpaw” with a level 1 alt, so I deleted him and rerolled him as a Panda.

Lucky I had heirloom weapons cloak, chest and shoulders, combine that with the 1 hour “Zen Pilgrimage” xp Buff you could get every day and it was not long before I was actually on Pandaria content. Monk is a very easy class to play compared to have “clunky” Paladin has become. I also found that in 5 man heroics as a Paladin I was losing out on trinkets and armour/weapons to ninjas (bad luck it would seem) Plate tanks and even Holy Paladins rolling (and winning) DPS trinkets and armour items, so I started playing as Gingerpaw. He seemed to be more lucky than Banhammer or Saintangus and very soon I was actually all geared head to toe (paw) in iLevel 463.

These days when I log in to WoW I find my self logging into Gingerpaw first, completing farming tasks at Halfhill then a few dailies and some scenarios and heroics. If Banhammer and Saintangus are lucky they get dusted off and a run or two but they are for all intent and purpose semi retired adventurers.

Next week I may continue this little mild whine/rant history or I might just hate on Druids in flight form!


I have Returned!

Posted in Monk, Paladin, World of Warcraft on March 4, 2013 by Banhammer

Well that didn’t last, my self imposed retirement from World of Warcraft. The draw of coming back, even if it is very lonely on my own in my guild <Nac mac Feegle> (ok not quite on my own one other person plays when he is not busy with school work). *violin plays*

When I retired I spent quite a bit of time playing Battlefield 3 and even tried to catch up with friends who are playing Black Ops 2 online (caught one but he doesn’t know it yet!") but I still craved logging in to WoW, quest, run dungeons, level cooking and many other seemingly endless tasks WoW sets in front of us.

I think buying these from Toys R Us was a bad idea as it poured flames on the fire!

need a better camera

I really need a better camera!

Lucky for me the local (well easy to get to via walking) Toys R Us only sell the cheap kits other wise I would be drowning in Mega Blocks and poor by now.

So what have I been doing in WoW?

Thanks for asking, well mainly I have been getting disillusioned with Paladin class, the introduction of Holy power in Cataclysm, while a minor inconvenience added a little bit more depth to the class. With the addition of 2 extra Holy Power and spell changes means playing Retribution (in my opinion) is now hard work.

Exorcism,  Crusader Strike, Judgement to get 3 Holy Power, so far so good, now do I fire up Inquisition now or do I wait for the cool downs on Crusader and Judgement to earn two more Holy Power. This way I can get Inquisition running, then with Exorcism I can finally use Templers Verdict. The sad thing is while I am being forced to build up Holy Power so I can finally do some real DPS rather than just tickling my target Casters and other Melee classes are just pulling away on the DPS meters!

Ok while some people think worrying about the DPS meters is a bad thing and is the cause of many arguments in the past I like to use them to know I am at least keeping pace with the group and at least beating the tank and healer on DPS 🙂

I have however spent more and more time playing my Monk, Gingerpaw he is now geared for LFR but I have not been in there yet as past experience of LFR was wipe city so I gave up. I am finding the Monk class really fun and easy to play, DPS is great and I can keep up in Heroics with out much effort and unlike my Paladin at the moment I don’t feel like I am being towed through the instance.


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