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Sorry, Warlords has kept me busy.

Posted in Uncategorized, Warlords Of Dreanor, World of Warcraft on December 6, 2014 by Banhammer

My last Blog was on the 15th November, a few days after Warlords of Dreanor’s release, during the time period we shall call “The Troubles” a dark time to be sure! But since then things with WoD have improved greatly and have been very busy levelling 5 of my characters in WoD content. The first of my characters to level to 100 is, of course Banhammer, here is that moment in glorious techniclour!

Dinging level 100 in Spires of Arak zone.

Dinging level 100 in Spires of Arak zone.

The Garrison system is very enjoyable and this is the reason I have been levelling 5 characters. Each garrison (eventually) will get an Ore mine and a Herb garden which you can harvest even if you do not have those gathering professions. So with this in mind I am making sure I have 3 Alliance characters and 2 Horde Characters with functioning level 2 garrisons to get the most out of these places. My Herbalist/Alchemist Shaman has a nice supply of herbs to play with and Banhammer conversely has a nice supply of True Steel ore heading his way 🙂

Questing wise each zone seems to be telling it’s part of the story, even if you don’t entirely follow the questing flow, you know quest here a little, then move over there and quest a little more, then travel back, the story does not feel broken or disjointed. NPC characters that you started the expansion with crop up every now and then to lead you through some more of the story line and then go away again, for me it just adds further to the whole feeling you are part of something bigger rather than being a powerful hero, super soldiering your way through everything the world has to offer without so much as breaking a sweat.

I wonder where my fish has gone?

I wonder where my fish has gone?

I must say professions are a little weird this time around, Blizzard has made this effort to include garrison buildings and helpers into the mix, which pretty much means you cannot really make anything quick without having the correct garrison building. Banhammer (naturally) is a Blacksmith and Miner, he can smelt the True Steel ore once a day (Cooldown resets in the morning), this gives him a minimum of 4 bars and currently up to 7, this ammount should increase the closer I get to 700 skill in Blacksmithing. He can also give the forge master “Work Orders” to make True Steel and they will make a bar every 3 hours (or something like that). The downside to this is that the best items take 100 True Steel bars to make and since getting the Garrsion forge up and running I have only managed to get enough True Steel to make 3 items.

Lucky the top end items Banhammer can make are iLevel 630 and can be upgrades, well it says something like “Stage 1 of 3” in the tool tip, but you can on wear three “Warlords forges items”, not sure if this means rings and neck items made as well or just the armour, time and research will tell. Overall though I think they took a step in the right direction of making Blacksmithing useful again but then brought it back and hobbled it in other ways.

Ok, well I am heading back into Dreanor to continue questing, hopefully I have a better blog next time and not just cobbled something together.

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I’m done. . .for a week at least!!

Posted in Warlords Of Dreanor, World of Warcraft on November 15, 2014 by Banhammer

All the excitement, the build up, the pre-patch event, all signs pointed to Warlords of Dreanor being truly epic. I mean it’s gotta go smooth there is no way after 10 years and 4 previous expansion packs could Blizzard fuck it up on launch night again, could they?

Well it turns out they can, they not only managed to have the servers die when the expansion went live, for once I was in a position to actually be there, it went something like this:

Server: Warlords of Dreanor expansion is now live!
Players: To the portal lads!
Server: Poop, weeze, crash!
Players: Disconnected, what the Hell Blizz?
Server: Character not found!
Player: I’ll try again! *logins in*
Server: Grats you’ve login in, have fun in Pandaria!
Player: Pandaria? I was in Blasted lands, What am I. . .  . . *Disconnected*
Server: Grats you are logged in, No characters found!

Rinse and repeat!

Went to bed.

Friday I got to play, for 20 minutes, at 5:30am before I left for work!, got home from work around 1pm played for 2 hours, logged out to go shower and other duties. Since then it’s been nothing but queues every since! The EU forum Blues have turtled and gone into their shells as they do each and every  time the game has a major fuck up! They just don’t say a word because the people “up top”, that is to say the US Blues have to post first, then we get some weak CS Blue cut and paste the respone and post it in the EU forums, Warcraft’s Twitter feed is totally focused on the NA game and the EU gets a token mention every now and then, when they remember us!

This is why I stopped bothering to report cheats and bots to them, the EU Blues are just weak, pointless individuals with no ability to doing anything helpful for the EU players beyond censoring forum posts! You know what happened the last time I reported a bot to Blizzard? I was sent an in game mail saying thanks for reporting the bot then telling me it was against the rules to buy gold for cash or use bots!!!! W T F I am the one reporting the bot and then I get a warning note about botting or buying gold!!!!!
So I don’t bother any more, let the bots play, let them ruin the laughable “economy” people still thinks matter in this game, Blizzard do not care, they take the subs each week and rub the cash on the Bashioks naked body!

Queue’s beyond measure!

I’m done, had enough, £35 finest British pounds, paid straight into Blizzard’s account for the expansion and I get to queue to play the game! I have 18 days left on my current subscription time, I think that is just enough to leave the game for a week, while they sort out this bullshit, then come back get to level 100 and unsubscribe. I will spend the next week seriously considering if I will resubscribe!

I know it’s “only a game” but this is what I choose to spend my free time doing, I shouldn’t get annoyed, but this has been the worst launch of a Warcraft expansion pack, I am getting the feeling Activision has either hired people from EA to help with the launch or at least took advice on how to many some cash on selling company stocks and shares!!!

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.

 

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