Sunday, 27 May 2012

The end of PvP week!

PvP week has thankfully come to an end. While the week should have ended on Thursday I had pretty much given up by Tuesday due to a multitude of reasons.

  • We're having pretty hot weather here. I hate heat, I get headaches, I can't sit still. I hate the sun! 
  • Holy shit, people in battegrounds are stupid.
  • I started playing my Warlock a lot more (who forgot to tell me they were pretty fun?)
  • Have you actually been in a battleground recently? I'm pretty sure Blizzard have hidden a secret camera near my computer. Specifically selected as may mouth breathers from my battle group as possible just to laugh at me raging.
  • Aside from being angry a lot I was often pretty bored. I'm a defender, a lone wolf protecting a base. Game after game of doing the same gets dull pretty quickly but if I don't protect it I know no one else will.
Wowcrendor sums up my pvping experience pretty well in his How to win at PvP video series. 

All in all the week was a success and as much as I may have complained about it, I did really enjoy some of it. My boyfriend plays a Retribution Paladin and we did a few games of Warsong Gulch together with him carrying the flag (mostly due to no one else bothering) we made a pretty good team with me healing. It's something I know I'm going to have to spend more time on even if that's just doing one battleground a day or trying to devote one day a week to PvP. I got some more honourable kills, I got a new set of PvP gear, I even managed to score a few achievement points along the way! Reputation was my most important part but I'm not even going to look at how much I have or haven't gained because I know how long that grind is actually going to take. 

Slow and steady wins the race!

Friday, 18 May 2012

PvP week!

Reputation and achievement points have always been the driving force behind me doing shit I don't actually want to do. I'm a sucker for them especially rep (I'm sure there's a deep rooted psychological reason for this but we can explore that later).

Looking at my achievement summery it's glaringly obvious which side of the game I neglect. I'd love to get the justicar achievement. There are many others I could get along the way. So I've deemed this week "PvP Week!"  I thought giving it a title (albeit a not very good title) would make it feel more fun and interesting. It technically started on Monday the 14th of May however I've slacked several days only managing to do two or three battlegrounds so I'm starting over - or extending it to two weeks, whatever.

So what is "PvP week!"? I hear you wonder. It's a week (or two) in which I force myself to PvP my face off instead of idling around Stormwind or doing anything else remotely enjoyable in game (I jest I'm just awful at PvP).

"But wait, I thought you hated PvP so much so that you even transferred off of a PvP server?" Well that's not strictly true. I do enjoy controlled, organized PvP (especially with friends and some kind of voice communication). It feels very much like PvE in the sense that my main focus is playing whack-a-mole with Grid much like I would in a raid. Except instead of avoiding fire on the ground I'm trying to line of sight the Mage while also keeping a Rogue off of my back at the same time. I just don't like the "if it's red it's dead" attitude of many players on PvP servers. Preying on lower, lesser geared players. Hurtling after players who have been caught out while doing their daily quests perhaps already low on health and taking advantage of it. That's the part I don't enjoy dishonourable killing. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

The Justicar achievement requires you to gain Exalted with all three of the Alliance forces. My current reputation is as follows.

Silverwing Sentinels        352 / 12000 Honoured
Stormpike Guard             999/999 Exalted
The League of Arathor     5214 / 12000 Honoured

That's actually pretty depressing. I know I'm not going to get all of these to Exalted just by PvPing for an entire week (or two) I'm not that naive. These are pretty harsh grinds to do but I'm up for the challenge! While I'm really doing this for the reputation, to take my focus off of the daunting task ahead of me I've noted down a few achievements which I want to get in the process. I'll head out to obtain those and take any reputation and additional achievements I get as a nice bonus for now.

47,296 Honourable Kills.

Battleground wins need 100 of each.

Alterac Valley  52
Arathi basin  51
Eye of the Storm  21
Warsong Gulch  61
Strand of the Ancients  26
Isle of Conquest  21
Battle for Gilneas  2 (Troll face)

And 8 Tol Barad Wins.  Need 25.

Sporting the PvP recolour of Priest Tier 6 during this en devour just feels right.

Is there a side of the game you particularly avoid due to your own dislike or your lack of time/ability? Are you willing to just grin and bare it to get that achievement or last recipe you need from a reputation grind?

Want to take part in PvP week with me? Or your own version Send me an @ reply on twitter @SocoWow.

We'll meet back here in a weeks time to catch up on how things are going!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Time for a change

Since I started playing Wow something I've always struggled with is the ability to play on multiple servers. I like to stay within my own little bubble surrounded by all of my alts. Alts I have on other servers which I don't consider my main server are often left lonely, sad and abandoned.

Having played on the same server since I started playing just before patch 4.3 was released I transferred my main along with some friends hoping to find a new home on a new server.  The server was busy, crowded even - compared to our previous old, dying server. It was great to begin with so many new faces, guilds we'd never heard of. Trade chat was constantly moving with the daily hustle and bustle, achievement runs, transmogrification gear runs, Battleground premades nothing like where we'd came from. The novelty soon wore off for me as we'd decided on a PvP server. Something I hadn't quite prepared myself for. When discussing which new server we were going to chose I thought I could handle being on a PvP server but I soon found out that I was sorely mistaken. For the past few months I've felt trapped, confined within the wall of Stormwind. I hated leveling, questing for reputation, farming with what felt like the constant threat of someone hanging over me just waiting for that free honor kill.

So I'm transferring.

You jelly of my paint skills bro?
Goodbye PvP server, hello new welcoming, friendly PvE server. I've missed being able to AFK randomly without fear of coming back to my cold, lifeless goat face buried deep into the ground.

Over the past month or two I've taken steps to securing myself a new home on this server. I've leveled a Druid, Mage and Shaman to 85 with several others waiting in the wings. I've amassed multiple professions and two guild banks. Which means I can now start preparing for Mists of Pandaria with both characters and from a gold making standpoint.

I'm really looking forward to getting back into my grove, back into my bubble.

I won't miss you.
I've had to drop myself down to under 50,000g as that is the maximum amount you can transfer with. The easiest way for me to do this was with several Vial of the Sands and many stacks of gems.

I'm excited about moving. Really excited!

What kind of server do you play on? Would you ever change server? Leave a comment or you can find me on Twitter @SocoWow

Thursday, 10 May 2012


It dawned on me earlier today that I hadn't actually written an introduction post!

I'm known to most (at least around Twitter) as Soco. Prior to playing World of Warcraft I would never have considered myself a gamer. A friend introduced me to Wow and I started my ten day trial period on the 16th of  feb 2006. After a mere hour of playing an Undead Mage blissfully unaware that being Horde meant my friend and I couldn't play together - I reluctantly re-rolled a Night Elf Warrior.

Having never played any kind of MMO or RPG yet I was fairly awful it took me quite some time to get to grips with the game but I loved every minute of it. I joined my first guild at level 48 and at level 56 I made my first foray into Molten Core with them.

I raided with my Warrior as protection after hitting level 60  (which was at that point the maximum level). A friendly Warrior in the guild took me under his wing and taught me everything he could about tanking.

As vanilla Wow started drawing to a close and more information about the new expansion was released, knowing that their epic gear would soon be replaced the guild gradually stopped raiding. For me that is where alternative characters started to peak my interest.

When The Burning Crusade was released in January 2007 I knew I no longer wanted to play my Warrior as my main instead I leveled a Night Elf Hunter and started raiding Karazhan. Over the next few months of the expansion I created and leveled a Human Priest. I was instantly in love. My Warrior and Hunter were shelved!

My Priest to this day is still the character I class as my main. She's the character I collect things on, mounts, pets, achievement points and especially transmogrification items! I raided with her all the way through the Burning Crusade as well as the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. Cataclysm saw me continue raiding with her until only recently having cleared Dragon Soul normal I decided that going back through doing the content on heroic just wasn't what I wanted to do this time. I wanted to take a break from raiding and focus on something else. This isn't the end of raiding for me I may pick it back up before Mists of Pandaria is released or I may not. What matters at the moment is that I'm having so much fun!

Before Cataclysm was released I was raiding Icecrown Citadel heroic weekly. Having always been a bit of an achievement and reputation enthusiast the feat of strength Insane in the Membrane sparked my interest which in turn led me to find another side of Wow I'd never even considered - making gold! I hit the original gold cap of 214k at the very end of Wrath and went on to hit the 1 Million gold cap in the middle of Cataclysm. I won't dwell too much on that here as all the information about that is on my Hall of Fame. 1M gold cap interview at Warcraft econ.Which by the way I'd love to go back in time and rewrite! Making gold is still something I love to do and hope to continue doing for as long as I can. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Jim Younkin of Power word gold and Farli of The Overcut for giving me encouragement to start my own blog <3 

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Immaculate recovery

Blizzard claim that the loot a boss drops is randomly generated by a random number generator. I myself am not entirely convinced this is true. Instead I believe that the loot fairies control what drops and who gets it. Something I did in the past seems to have made them pretty angry but perhaps my luck is changing?

Week after week I bound into Black Wing Lair full of hope and excitement. "Maybe this time, I can feel it, maybe this'll be the week!" Drunk with power, I can almost hear their deranged cackling as Chromaggus' corpse rolls over to reveal a pair of Stormrage Pauldrons for the third week running. They'd grin, ear to ear as they watched me hearthstone out in a mist of despair. 
Look, look at me. I'm amazing.

Things changed this week though. My lovely boyfriend and I ventured into BWL on Tuesday to no avail. On Wednesday evening we decided to go back and low and behold the fairies took pitty on me, they finally caved!

Oh Transcedence. You're so beautiful. While I don't like the Tier robe. I like it teamed with the Priest Tier 11.

Here's a list of everything included in the picture.

Helm - Halo of Transcendence (Tier 2)
Shoulders - Pauldrons of Transcendence (Tier 2)
Robe - Mercurial Robes (Tier 11)
Belt -  Belt of Transcendence (Tier 2)
Gloves - Regal Gloves (BoE green)
Bracers - Fireheart Bracers (BoE green)
Staff - Rapture (BoP Ulduar)

I don't tend to transmogrify shoes as I'm actually a Draenei. I just use my Orb of Sin'dorei on every Cool down.

Lady who?
While in the Black Rock area my boyfriend asked if I wanted to tag along to Molten Core as he's after a Binding of the Windseeker to complete his Thunderfury legendary sword. Luck was again on my side when a robe I've been after for a long time dropped. It has a chance to drop off of four different bosses in Molten Core and although I'm Exalted with the Hidraxian Waterlords I'd never seen it drop!

This was the robe worn by Lady Katrana Prestor inside Stormwind Keep. Later revealed as Onyxia I had always been jealous of her. I think it's stunning!

Shoulder - Consortium Mantle (BoE green)
Robe - Robe of Volatile Power (Molten Core)
Belt - Fire-Cord of the Magus (BoP The Eye)
Gloves - Widow's Clutches (BoP Sold by Damek Bloombeard at the Molten Front)
Bracers -  Firesoul Wristguards (BoP Sold for 1,250 Justice Points in Stormwind and Orgrimmar)
Staff - Staff of Immaculate Recovery (BoP Gurtogg Bloodboil, Black Temple)

And probably most importantly I got my Staff of Immaculate Recovery from Black Temple.
Every Priest needs a Priest on a stick
How's your luck with loot? Are you mercilessly trying to get your hands of an item that just won't drop?

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The one that started it all

Cymre over at bubbles of mischief started a blogging challenge titled "The one that started it all" around two months ago. This was a challenge I wanted to take part in the second I saw it. Having played wow for so long, those first few steps of my initial ten day trial are still so clear in my memory despite the amount of time that has passed. I also figured this would be an opportune first blog post.

Show us your very first screenshot from the game. Tell us about it, including the date, what you remember about the photo and who was in it with you. Do they still play?

Thankfully every time I've gotten a new computer I've backed up the majority of my things, including my screenshots. Sadly that means no dates but they were both taken very early in vanilla.

Uhh.. Who's this guy?
My first thought is why am I in Dolanaar at level two? (That part I don't know the answer to but I know why I'd taken the screenshot.) The Ancient Protector had startled me, as he walked towards, through and then passed me. I heard his loud groans as the stomping of his feet echoed through my headset. I was terrified. At that point I didn't understand the difference between players, NPC's, Horde or Alliance. All I knew was that he was big and he was making a lot of noise. I stayed out of his way just in case! I've been to Dolanaar recently and he's still roaming around happily protecting the area but he doesn't seem as big or threatening as he used to.

How many times can you die by level 7?
I find this screenshot hilarious for several reasons. Firstly how important heroic strike obviously was to deserve two slots and secondly the reason I took this screenshot in the first place. In the right hand corner you'll see that my armour is very much damaged. I spent twenty minutes trying to explain to my friend over MSN that there was a yellow man on my screen who wouldn't go away. After spending a while frantically clicking him, trying to drag him off of my screen I managed to take a screeenshot to send to him over MSN. He taught me how to repair my armour and I found out how to rotate my camera to boot!