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BA Secret Santa 2010 (Guest Post)

Looks like I have a special guest post from the lovely Ophelie of Bossy Pally fame. And I have to say, her two favorite mounts listed, are the only two that I’ve ever really, REALLY wanted to get. So enjoy the post and follow her blog if you aren’t already. She has a lot of good stuff there.
–Deyndor

Ophelie here, from Bossy Pally, spreading some holiday cheer to Swift Retribution! I noticed that Deyndor’s been talking a lot about leveling characters and farming older content for it’s spicy drops. In the spirit of older content giving us gifts, I made a top 10 of my favorite low level farming spots. Enjoy!

10- Troll Patrol Dailies in Zul’Drak
I know, I know, I’m probably the only person in the world who does these dailies. But c’mon! You get a chance at the Deputy Pa’trolla Badge! What wouldn’t you do for a trinket that gives you an awesomeness buff?

9- Tempest Keep
Ashes of Al’ar is, hands down, my favorite mount in the game. I’m not normally one to gawk at mounts, but Al’ar is just so…gorgeous… The only reason TK didn’t score higher on the list is that in order to farm him, you still need to convince a few friends to come with you, week after week, and, on the off-chance that the mount does drop, you need to convince them that you’re the one who deserves to keep it.

8- Karazhan
If you’re level 85 and have the proper key (or a friend who can open the gate for you), then Kara is a great place to farm for the fantastic horse Midnight. Since Attumen and Midnight are the first encounter in the instance, once you’re finished your business for the week, you might as well stick around and collect some gold off mobs too. If you’re able to make it past the opera scene, the philanthropists in the halls behind the stage go down easily and carry 100g each.

7- Temple of Ahn’Qiraj
Looking to fill out the mount tab of your spellbook? The Temple of Ahn’Qiraj (AQ 40) can help with that! It can be difficult to find a group to go in there (despite claims of the contrary, the first boss resets constantly when soloed), once you make it in, prepare to be served with colourful Qiraji Resonating Crystals. With the exception of the red crystal, the mounts drop quite frequently and it’s very possible to collect them all in one adventure. If you’re the type who enjoys collecting items for complicated rep quests (and I certainly am), you can also enjoy fighting with your teammates over Scarabs, Idols and Items off bosses.

6- Netherspite Reputation
Once a very tedious and competitive grind, Netherspite is now easy and relaxing to farm at 85. And if you’re a gatherer, the gold making opportunities are endless. This area is also fantastic for your fledgling level 70s. It’s not as crowded as it once was and provides tons of experience and gold.

5- Winterspring Saber/Horde Raptors

I’ve never managed to complete the horde raptor grind- logging into my horde character every day to kill some birds or whatnot was just too much to ask. The Winterspring Saber grind, however, was surprisingly pleasant. It’s a great way to relax after raids while chatting with guildies and, now that there are three repeatable quests instead of one, it’s a pretty fast grind.

4- Heroic Sethekk Halls
According to my completely biased and unscientific observations, the Raven Lord is the second most visually appealing mount in the game, after Al’ar. He drops from Anzu in Heroic Sethekk Halls and, now that you don’t need a druid to summon him anymore, he’s easily farmable by any level 85.

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3- Sholazar Basin
If you’re an herbalist, Shalazar is still a gold mine. And even if you’re not, getting to exalted with the Oracles faction opens up the door to a number of mini-pets and, if you’re lucky, the Reins of Green Proto Drake. I haven’t been lucky yet, but I’m still trying.

2- Heroic Magister’s Terrace
I remember when this place was horrible to run. Those who complain about Cataclysm heroics being hard have clearly forgotten about Heroic Magister’s Terrace. Fortunately, we’ve grown stronger while HMgT stays the same level. Pretty much any 85 character should be able to fight their way to our friend Kael’thas Sunstrider who can drop the adorable Phoenix Hatchling or the less adorable but still pretty cool Swift White Hawkstrider. Not to mention that the Kael’thas fight is really fun.

1- Stratholme
Stratholme has got to be my favorite instance ever. I still go and hang out there, just to hang out there. I’ve yet to see the new and revamped Stratholme, though, and I’m really looking forward to it. Baron Rivendare has moved on to greener (or rather, blacker) pastures and his relative Aurius has taken his spot. If you’re part of the pool of unlucky players who never got a glimpse Deathcharger, you can keep trying as Aurius Rivendare is the new owner of Deathcharger’s Reins.

And there you go! My top 10 favorite low level content to farm. Now go forth and get more enjoyment out of older content!

Happy Holidays!
Ophie xxxx

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What do you do when your raid is canceled?

Well, since I suggested this BA Shared Topic, I should probably participate shouldn’t I?  If you’re looking for more responses, they can be found here.

So I was talking with Eda on twitter tonight and she mentioned that she’s had 4 raids in the last 2 weeks get canceled. And that got me wondering, what do people do when their raid is canceled?

I’m sure there will be the mundane like farming stuff or running heroics, but I’m sure there are a lot of people with some really interesting and fun things too. Maybe you invade an enemy capital by yourself. Maybe you go play an alt. Whatever it is, share it!

Now, I don’t raid anymore, but when I did, it was always a bummer to have the raid get canceled.  I mean, you set aside time to go do something, and then you’re left with nothing to do right?  Wrong!

Whenever my raids got canceled, if I didn’t go to that fictional place called the outside world, I mostly leveled alts.  However, I’m not the type to make an alt, and stick with it for a long time.  In the time I was raiding, I had no less than 8 alts.  On my main server that is…

Of course I had Deyndor that I would level.  Or Ollyn, my DK on the same server as Deyndor.  But then I also had my other pally Kanori.  And of course another DK on my main server.  And a rogue.  A hunter.  A priest, a couple druids.  Throw in a dash of shaman and you’ve got an idea of everything that I try and do.

And of course, even though its sporadic, it’s caused me to level up a decent number of toons.  For ones (currently, although only the shaman was added to this list after I stopped raiding) above 60, I have two DKs (79 and 69), two pallies (71 and 70), and a shaman (65).

So yeah, kind of boring, but I level alts, or run heroics.  Or at least, I did.  Now I don’t even really run heroics, just the leveling.  But it’s been a blast, so I’m fine with it.

Anyway, what do you, lovable readers, do when your raid is canceled?

The big reveal

Khi my dear,

I’ve been watching you these past 3 days, knowing that while you’re flattered by my words, you didn’t know who I was.

Today I tell you that it was I, Deyndor, who has been stalking admiring you from afar.

Make sure the box has plenty of holes my love, I plan on going with you!

Another Giant Blogger Thing

It’s that time of  year again it would seem!  Dristanel over at The Physician’s Log is setting up a fun little event for WoW bloggers to participate in.  It’s the WoW Blogger Secret Admirer Project!

The point of this is to get to know some bloggers that you may not have heard of, as well as getting people to know who you are.  And to build an even more tight-knit community, and who doesn’t want that?

Since I’m really not that great at summarizing either, here it is in her own words:

Each participating blogger would put up a post on their own blog regarding the event and linking to the other bloggers. The purpose of this is two-fold – exposure for the community, and something the secret admirer can respond to. Said admirer would do so under an anonymous handle, adding poetry or other comments, giving one subtle hint about their identity in each, for a total of three comments. The admired could then contact the event coordinator with a guess as to who their admirer is. At the end of the event, folks can make a new post with a final ‘open declaration of blog love’ for their assigned person, and of course links to the other posts if you so desire.

Sounds like fun, no?

If you want to participate, you need to sign up by end of day Thursday, February 11th (zomg that’s tomorrow!).  To sign up, simply leave a comment here, here or tell her on Twitter.

Looking back on Wrath

Its time for an update!  And even better than a shoddily written post on a topic thought up by me, you get a shoddily written post by me on a topic thought up by someone else!  This is a Blog Azeroth shared topic thought up by Jaedia.  For other responses please look here.

Ah Wrath.  I actually find if hard to believe that its been over a year already.  Although, I find it easy to believe at the same time.  My start to wrath was a bit rocky, as a friend of mine decided that he was tired of the game and stopped playing.  By that time his girlfriend had stopped playing for similar reasons, and they were the only two that I really played with.

Back then, I was playing on Frostmane still on my warlock Ollin (now Ollyn because some god damned idiot under level 10 stole the name on my new server).  Deyndor was nothing but a twinkle in my eye at that time.  Now, the guild I was in, I knew no one in, and had only been in as a friend of my previously mentioned friends.  But, I was told that if I leveled up fast enough, I could probably start raiding with them, and I’d most likely make friends with them along the way.

Well, that’s not quite what happened.  Just a couple months before Wrath was released, I had gotten Ollin to 70.  So I had been focusing on him and leveling him exclusively.  I was getting burned out on my class.  So after getting him to 75 in about a month, I was sick of him.  And thus started my terrible condition of altitis (yes it is a word, shut up wordpress).

Since I was sick of warlocks, and had no friends on Frostmane, I created a mage on Elune to play with a friend over there.  After getting the mage to something like 23 (I’m too lazy to actually go check), she was getting sick of leveling her paladin.  So we found out that another friend was playing on Eldre’Thalas, and that she was wanting to level some horde toons with us.  All of us were alliance and had never played horde past level 10 or so before.  And thus, on a snowy December night, Deyndor was born.  Fun fact, this is actually the second Deyndor.  The first was another belf pally I made on Thunderlord to play with some online friends, but I think I deleted him.

So from December through June I played Deyndor exclusively. In June I transferred (and renamed as per the reason stated above) Ollin to Borean Tundra, where he became Ollyn.  I finished leveling him to 80 and started raiding. Until I got burned out again in September and went back to playing paladins, and now a DK.  Warlocks are fun for me again though, so I’m sure I’ll start playing him for more than just my daily random dungeon.

Anyway, that’s more back story that I haven’t really mentioned before, and I figured now was as good of a time as any.  So really the first half of wrath I spent going back through old content on an old class, but a new faction.

But, I did pre-order the collectors edition of wrath, and since I worked the day I came out, I didn’t do a midnight release or anything.  I just grabbed it on my way home from work and spent that first night installing and exploring.  I remember getting off the boat in Borean Tundra and thinking how big everything was.

I thought it was awesome how they threw you into a fight against the Scourge right away, as they were already attacking Valiance Keep.  The zones were beautiful, the music was (and still is) amazing.  Looking back, once I started playing with friends again, the game became immensely more fun (duh, it is an MMO).  I have to say, Wrath has been great fun to me.  While I originally liked BC better (I think I’m the only person I know who did), I’m starting to like wrath more, if not as much.

My WoW Year in Review Meme

This is my first Blog Azeroth shared topic.  It sounded like a fun one to do, and like I’ve been saying in my last couple posts I need to post more, so now you get to suffer through my answers.  Aren’t you lucky?

What did you do in the World of Warcraft in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Serious raiding.  I started playing wow in January of 2008, and didn’t get Ollyn to 70 until a couple months before Wrath came out.  When I hit 70, I joined the guild that one of my friends was raiding in.  They were working on Sunwell, but would occasionally go back and do Gruul’s Lair to try and get the Dragonspine Trophy for my friend’s rogue.  They were nice enough as a T6 guild to take little old me (including when I was only 65 since that’s the minimum level) and carry me through the content so I could get some nice gear.  Sure, I pugged Mag’s Lair once and went on a Kara alt run, but that was it for raiding for me.

Once wrath came out and I switched back to working on my warlock, got him to 80 and started raiding Naxx, I got to see what it was like to actually raid and not be carried.  Some people may say how dumbed down some of the wrath content is, but to me, this is my only real experience with raiding, so I found it challenging (sometimes more so than other times) and fun.  Especially our Ulduar 10 progression team.

What was your favorite new place that you visited?

It would have to be Ulduar.  The lore behind it, coupled with the amazing architecture of the zone is just breath taking and beautiful to me.  I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it, but the thing that got me really hooked into WoW was the lore behind it.  Sure, I like the game play and the fact that I have friends that play too, but there is just so much interesting lore behind everything involved in this universe.  Ulduar, being the main place where the Titans were in the world really tied all that together for me.  Plus it just looks awesome.

What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

A better understanding of my classes, and to actually feel that I know what I’m doing when I play them.  Especially the warlock.  I’ve been playing one for almost 2 years, and I’m pretty sure I’m actually knowledgeable about the class, but I feel that I don’t know what I’m doing half the time.

I would also like to get off my ass and go finish Loremaster.  But I still have so much of it to do. QQ

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I know this seems to contradict my answer to the previous question, but feeling like I actually know Warlocks.  When I was still raiding, I was kind of our defacto warlock class lead since I was first, the only one raiding, then kept getting asked questions about gear/specs.

What was your biggest failure?

Not getting Deyndor to 80 (or at least 70).  Although, having him sitting at 67 has given me a nice chance to practice being prot, so when he does get up there higher I can tank and not make a complete ass of myself (only a partial ass :P).

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Finally getting a character to level cap more than two months before it would increase again.  And then knowing that once I did, I would get to see what this end game raiding all the kids are talking about is like.  And then getting another few really close to level cap as well!  And even though I’m really bad at PvP, I was excited to participate in the Arena Tournament.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Alts.  Seriously, you have no idea how many alts I have.  In just this year, I have around 19 characters that I play with various levels of frequency.  On a related note I think I’ve switched from caster to melee, as 4 of my 5 highest leveled characters are either DK’s (at level 70) or Paladin’s (67 and 57 respectively).

What was your favorite WoW blog or podcast?

Wow, there are a lot.  My google reader has over 160 different WoW related things in it, so its hard for me to choose.  I guess the one that sticks out the most to me would have to be Righteous Orbs.  Tam and Chas never disappoint in their posts.  My other favorite new one would have to be Snottydin.  Although that may just be because she’s a girl irl.

Tell us a valuable WoW lesson you learned in 2009.

Leveling with someone else, makes leveling 100 times more enjoyable and easier.  That and don’t be afraid to try new things in game.  I’ve always been a (mediocre) DPSer and didn’t until recently try tanking.  And found that I actually love it.  Next I plan on trying healing.  So if you have a good group that doesn’t mind helping you learn, don’t be afraid to try a different roll or ask questions.