I'm a dedicated WoW player who play several alts, but I focus mainly on my Warlock. Since I have a lot of characters, on this site it's easiest that I'm simply known as Saga.
I'm a raider, guild officer and altoholic who loves chasing after new mounts and pets.
This site is where I ramble about my adventures and thoughts as I continue playing WoW.
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Monthly Archives: September 2011
So after a slow start to raiding this latest patch I’ve finally gathered all of the 25 pieces for the next step of the questline to obtain the legendary caster staff. Last night I did the solo quest in The Nexus before the raid, meaning that I could gather the pieces to unlock the portal to Volcanus once the first four bosses were dead.
Killing Volcanus was quite easy, and since you get turned into a treant you do extra damage in the final phase. Had I been more on the ball I’m sure I could have done more damage than I did, but it was still quite fun to see your numbers spike like that.
I now have the first part of the staff, and need to collect 1000 cinders for the next quest. You get a temporary title after killing Volcanus, as well as leaving a trail of flowers everywhere you go for the next two hours. Makes me feel very… Warlocky… Really!
I will try to post a little guide on how to do the solo quest in The Nexus soon, since Warlocks don’t necessarily have an easy time in there. I realise a lot of people have already done this bit, but I’m sure there are other stragglers, like myself, who haven’t.
Here’s a nice, new image of my Warlock with her flowery presence. Suits her so well…
Ok, so I’ve been nurturing an NCIS addiction these past few months. While every other show was on a summer break I watched NCIS from season one and all the way up to the last episode shown.
I’ve also been playing WoW of course, and as I decided to make myself my very own Goblin (because any Horde, even if just a part-time one like myself, really should have one) I realised that she looks just like Abby!
I swear. This goblin is like the Abby of the WoW-universe. Just a bit more green and all. But you have to admit – she looks just like Abby!
Have you found any characters in WoW that look like a favourite movie star/character?
This week’s Shared Topic over at Blog Azeroth was suggested by yours truly!
The WoW in-game music is awesome, but there are times (at least for me) when I’m listening to my own music instead. Are there any specific songs that you connect with WoW? Whether it’s tied to your own characters in some way or simply because it reminds you of WoW. Please share!
There are a few songs out there that make me think of WoW anytime that I hear them. Usually because I heard them while levelling a specific character or when fighting a certain boss. Or perhaps it was part of a machinima that I really liked.
A lot of the music I have/listen to are things that either happened to play on the radio (or in my case, more often the Top List on Spotify) or a friend sent me to listen to.
Song 1: Sugar We’re Going Down by Fall Out Boy
When I first started playing WoW my sister had just sent me a few songs to listen to, and since I’m lazy they just kept going on repeat on my media player. Since then, whenever I hear this song I think of my first Undead Priest, Braithe, when she was running around in Silverpine Forest.
Song 2: Shut Your Mouth by Pain
When I gave up on the Priest I started playing an Undead Rogue (ironically named Saint), and I always considered this song to be the Rogue song. I believe it also appeared on many rogue PvP videos of the era, which probably contributed to the feeling.
Song 3: Big Blue Dress by Cranius
This isn’t an “actual” song from a proper band of course, but you have no idea how many times I’ve had this song going in the background when playing WoW. It made me want to roll a Mage! And I’m a Warlock! Why would I ever want to be a Mage??
Other songs that make me think of WoW are ones that I myself have used for my guild’s boss kill videos. Below is a list of some of them.
You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid – The Offspring
Toreador II – Apocalyptica
Almost Easy – Avenged Sevenfold (I used quite a few of their songs to be fair)
Ghost Opera – Kamelot
Ice Queen – Within Temptation
Fleurs du Mal – Sarah Brightman
The Quiet Place – In Flames
This is War – 30 Seconds to Mars
This is my current Spotify playlist (very seldom updated!)
What is your WoW Soundtrack?
I recently started a new Death Knight for what must be the umpteenth time. I have a level 85 one what I transferred to my Horde server – but I’ve been wanting to level a new one because I want the full experience again.
During the years since Death Knights were first released I’ve played through their starting zone, and a couple of levels more probably ten times or more. I keep getting them to Hellfire Peninsula then deleting them.
The last one I mage was a little gnome called Tewwor (hunting wabbits!), but my deep seated hatred for gnomes made me delete her in the end. So I made a new one again, a night elf. I’m normally not very fond of night elves, but I have too many humans and I saw a few night elves in Stormwind and I realised I quite like how they look in plate.
And so I am (yet again) beginning my adventures as a new Death Knight. This time, I’m really quite enjoying myself and I think I will continue to play her.
I’ve taken her through some battlegrounds because I wanted to see what the xp gain is like, and it is a nice change to just questing or doing instances.
Wearing virtually no PvP gear, but some heirlooms my success in there is wildly dependant on who I meet it seems. I get demolished by multiple attackers, but I usually fare fairly well against solo ones.
My moment of glory was solo killing two undead rogues. Eat that you sneaky sneaks!
My moment of fail is any time I come up against warriors or other DKs. Well it’s fifty-fify it seems. I still need to learn not to freak out the moment someone attacks me.
My Ramparts Experience
I queued up for Hellfire Ramparts, because I’m bored with questing in general so dungeons and battlegrounds is a nice alternative. I never sign up as tank because I have no gear for it and I dislike the fact that our “proper” taunt isn’t something we get until level 65. I don’t feel comfortable tanking when all I have is a 35 second cooldown taunt.
I zone into Ramparts and see that our tank is a Warrior, figuring that this will be a breeze cause Warriors are good (I was worried it’d be a DK). As we start pulling I realise that I’m pulling aggro on pretty much anything that I attack.
With the recent changes made to threat I can’t figure out why. So I check that I’m not in Blood Presence. I’m not. I have a closer look at the Warrior. He’s using a sword and board, but damnit if he isn’t specced Fury! You don’t get the increased threat if you’re not specced as a tank!
I’m not the only one pulling off the tank. Pretty much every dps in the group is. We ask him about it, but he doesn’t even bother replying to us. A few packs into the instance he doesn’t even pretend that he’s a proper tank anymore, but switches to two weapons and just dpses. The poor healer is even getting aggro at this point.
Finally I grumble and say that “fine, I’ll tank then”, and I switch to my Blood Presence. The run goes a lot smoother after that, because I’m actually Blood specced which means I do get the increased threat. I still miss having a short cooldown taunt though.
Why do plate wearers insist on queueing as tank even when they’re not specced for it? Maybe at lower levels that’s a viable option, but once you get higher it’s not quite so simple anymore. We all want quick queues, but what’s the point of a quick queue if you can’t even complete the instance?
My Slave Pens Experience
I joined another instance queue later on, again as dps for the above mentioned reasons. The group I get into has already gotten about halfway through the instance, but I’m okay with that.
They all seem do be doing fairly okay, and while I’ll occasionally pull off the tank, I manage to keep my threat down for the most part.
When we get to the final boss the healer asks us to stack up, but the tank puts the boss in such an odd position just at the edge of the water that we end up with line of sight issues and wipe.
The healer and I both release and start running back to the instance. As we’re doing so I’m noticing that no one else has, and ask them why they haven’t.
“Not everyone needs to run lulz.”
Here’s the thing. Maybe everyone doesn’t need to run, but it’s the polite thing to do! Not to mention that it saves time. Because this way the healer has to run back, resurrect everyone, heal them up and drink mana. If everyone runs back together you’re all pretty much ready to go by the time you approach the boss.
Also, what if the healer decided that they were the one who shouldn’t have to run?
Anyway, I pointed out the above things, and the mage in the party released. A moment later we see he has resurrection sickness. When someone asked him about it he left the group. So either he didn’t really know what he was doing.. or running back was too much of a hassle for him?
When the healer and I get back to the boss the tank and rogue are still lying there on the ground, not having released. The healer tells them she can’t rez them because they’re too close to the boss. She tries anyway, and ends up pulling the boss.
The tank and rogue finally release.
I’m annoyed at this point, and as I see the boss running towards the healer I switch to blood presence and start attacking, pulling it off her. It takes a while, but we manage to kill him with me tanking and her healing, no dps.
The tank and rogue return to the boss a few seconds after he’s dead and seem astounded that we killed him. And maybe a little bit unhappy.
Should we have wiped after she pulled when trying to rez them when they were too lazy to run? I’m sorry, but I don’t want to wipe just because someone is lazy. If they’d run like we did we’d not had a problem in the first place.
The priest seemed nice, so when she asked us to help her kill a few remaining trash packs (she was very close to the next level) I agreed to do so. The tank was still grumpy and left the group though, but the rogue stuck around. We finished a few trash packs, she dinged and we all left in a good mood.
Now, obviously I’ve had several instances where nothing spectacular happens and everyone in the group is just average. But these two stood out to me.
What’s your dungeoning been like lately?
I realise that some people like to PvP, they might even enjoy it. I am not one of them.
Sometimes I might do some battlegrounds, which I find bearable for the most part. Especially while levelling it’s a nice change of pace from questing and instances.
But then there’s arena.
The dreaded arena.
I think it might be difficult for people to quite grasp how horrible I find arena. I get easily stressed, and part of the reason why I will never be a good PvPer is because of that. Something attacks me and I freak out and start spamming whatever I can think of to spam.
This would be fine, really. Because I have no aspirations towards arena, and if it were up to me I’d never set my foot in there again.
But I am. I do set my foot in arena. And I hate every moment of it. I start dreading it hours before we actually do it – that’s how horrible I find arena.
You may ask why I’m doing it then. The truth is; I’m a
wuss push-over. My friends/guildies have a really horrible setup for a 2v2 team and needed a healer for their 3v3 team. No one else in the guild has a spare healer.
And so here I am. Being a push-over and doing something I loathe to do. That makes me feel horrible when doing it.
I can’t even say that “hey at least I’m getting some gear out of it”, because I do it on my Priest.. which I never play outside of arenas other than to do her daily Alchemy transmute. She was pretty much retired when I was
coerced asked to do arena.
Sorry, arena ranting is over now.
The screenshot below is something I took without even realising it (my screenshot button is next to my push-to-talk), and it pretty much shows how arenas feel to me these days.
Can’t do that while silenced.
Can’t do that while silenced.
You can’t do that right now.
For those PvPers out there who might react to the fact that my team mate is dying and my PvP trinket is off cooldown, I can say that yes – that screenshot doesn’t exactly show off my skills (as if I had any – hah!). I’d just switched to my new, upgraded trinket and forgot to change the icon on my bars.
How do you like Arena/PvP?
Inspired by Kalixta’s WoW Recipe IRL topic and the “World of Warcrafts” column over at WoW Insider, I started wondering, how many people are into making WoW-like things in real life? Not just food, though food could count too. But how many people create pottery inspired by WoW? Or wigs, or costumes inspired by WoW? Or even knit or sew things relating to WoW? Or are you a fan artist with pen and paper or pastels or clay? How about Machinmas? Comics? Stories?
Is there WoW inspiration in your life? Do you wear it proudly? Do you make it? Are you interested in it? This could go lots of ways–share what you make, or link to creations you’re fond of!
I dabble in quite a few things, not because I’m really any good at either of them, but because I enjoy it. I strongly believe that if you enjoy something, you should do it – whether you’re good at it or not – because it’s all about having fun and doing what you like.
It’s been quite some time since I did anything new though, which is sad. There just haven’t been neither time nor energy, but I hope that I can start again because I have several things I’d like to do.
Without further ado, here are the warcrafts that I dabble in.
I really enjoy drawing even if I’m not very good at it. This is definitely one of those things I’d like to get back to. I have a whole series of drawings that I started, but haven’t finished, of some of my characters in a similar style.
This is an old drawing I did of a friend’s draenei. The scanner removed a lot of the shadowing unfortunately (I seriously abuse the little smudge things when I draw).
I also played around a bit with Fraps and recorded quite a few of my guild’s kills in TBC and some in Wrath. I haven’t done any in Cataclysm though, but I’m considering starting again because it’s a lot of fun to go back and look at those videos a few years down the line.
My movies are very basic though, and the quality is horrible because I couldn’t record at a very high setting. Not to mention that Youtube likes to strip them of any music I put on there!
The only thing I have on Youtube that seems to work in most (not all, but most) countries is this silly movie I made to tease a friend. She stopped playing WoW and since we’d been levelling together I wanted to show her how very lonely and sad my new Hunter was without her. And how much she died in PvP without her…
It’s bad quality, and fairly boring – but oh well.. I’m mainly proud of the old quality “flashbacks”, since that was something new I learned. The rest is just my Hunter walking around being sad in some of my favourite landscapes (so lots and lots of Nagrand!).
There’s also my little comic Curse of Fail, which I’ve failed to continue. I really should try to get back to it.
There’s obviously this blog which I guess one could say is a craft thing.
I started a fanfiction starring my Warlock at one point, but it’s not finished (probably because I’m not writing on it.. hmm..). I do have a finished story about my Warlock’s origins, but I’ve not put it up anywhere since I was thinking to let her background show in flashbacks in the new story.
Then again, since the new story doesn’t seem to be happening, maybe I should just post her origins story here one day. I’m not sure it’d really be any point to it though, since I’m not an RP-er and this blog generally doesn’t hold any fiction writing.
I do find it interesting in a way that my Warlock has such a pronounced story and personality in my head, despite me never having Role-Player with her.
So, that was my failing warcrafts. Do you do anything crafty when it comes to WoW? (And with crafty I don’t mean hiding in a bush, and jumping out to backstab unsuspecting Warlocks. You hear me Rogues?!)
Day Three: Representing You
Show us an image that represents who you are, either in Azeroth/Outland or in real life.
I can’t really find an image that represents me all that well, so I’m going to “cheat” and do several images, showing a few of my personal traits. Obviously I am a lot more than these, I think it’s very difficult to describe a person – any person – using only one screenshot or one word. We’d need a whole album of screenshots for any one person I imagine!
Someone who likes a bit of fun.
Someone who manages to take screenshots when she doesn’t mean to.
Someone who likes to kill internet dragons.
Who are you?
It always amuses me how some people just aren’t paying attention to even the smallest things.
I’d have excused it with a new player if it wasn’t for the fact that you do actually have to play something to level 55 to even be able to unlock the Death Knight class. Surely by then you have some knowledge of the game?
It’s an old screenshot I found in my folder. I must have forgotten to post it back when I first took it.
While there are some quests that specifically call for grouping, most don’t… but do you group anyway? How many of you pick up a friend or guildie to quest with and how many grind the lonely roads alone?
I find that these days you can do most of the group quests alone, except for maybe one or two while levelling. It depends a little bit on your class, but most classes seem able to solo the group quest by now (I suspect thanks to heirlooms).
A lot of times I end up leveling alone, because others may either not be leveling anything at the moment or they’re at a different level to me. I’m in raiding guilds on both my Horde characters and Alliance characters – and while people do level new toons now and then, I suspect it’s not something you see as often as in a pure levelling guild.
That being said though, I actually really enjoy levelling together with someone! Maybe not all the time, but I like sometimes having a character or two that I level with a friend. It makes for a nice change in pace to the normally lonely levelling that I do.
The rare occasions when several people are levelling at the same time are one of my favourites. When you can go with three or more people and do dungeons at lower levels. You’ll still get a few random players – but not a full group of them.
And isn’t it always more fun to play together?