200 quests to go b4 northrend loremaster

maybe zappel wont get that achievement b4 cat comes out.

still left with tons of quests in the last 2 zones of northrend – storm peaks and icecrown. ok. maybe 200 is an exaggeration, but easily 150. cos i need 51 for storm and 96 for ice.

last night i took him to run 25-man VoA and discovered that it now drops PVE gear! i won the roll for the sanctified bloodmage gloves. which can be counted as part of the bloodmage set. however, i wont be using it just yet. i need to keep 2 pieces of my L245 gear for 5% more dmg for now until i can switch to a 4 piece L264 gear (which means i need to buy 1 head or chest item – requiring 1100 JP) unfortunately, i had just spent a bit of JP for the quill trinket and night sky cloak.

so i will still be queuing a bit for H dungeons while questing and that should keep me busy until cat.

northrend loremaster WIP with zappel

have been neglecting zappel for spiritcat for a while, but now that cat’s done until cat (bad ham, i know) i decided to go do up the rest of zappel’s questing.

at the same time, i checked out his gear. bought all the fire glyphs, swapped out 2 pieces of his gear for the L264 mage set. oso bought Wrathful Gladiator’s Spellblade, the PVP wpn, with his honor points. initially, not enough pts. so i ran a couple of random BGs. lost 2, then won the last one and got achievement too! Warsong Gulch Perfection. which is a 3-0 scoreline.

so now his GS is 5.4k, 2 x L245 set and 2 x L264 set and the L264 PVP wpn. only thing crappy is his wrist item. L200 only. to upgrade, i will have to run him on ToC at the minimum, up to ruby sanctum. or buy the BoE L245 item from AH.

so i took him questing in Zuldrak (75 of 100 quests completed) and LFGing, but not running Headless Horseman. cos i not that interested in pets or the L200 gear it drops.

in LFG, we had a first timer warrior in FoS and tanking it. the healer popped out at the sight of the 1st mob. cos he wasnt grabbing the aggro of all the mobs. party wipe but mage went invis FTW. got a kingslayer healer next and he hung on. and we didnt wipe no more until end boss. cos first, 1 dps got killed during mirrored soul (he killed himself, he didnt have a boss mod like DBM to tell him to stop when he got the mirror). and then the tank forgot about the purple stuff on the ground despite me already given the instruction to get out of it. party wipe minus mage cos invis is DA BOMB! but healer pro. hung on and came back and rezzed tank (cos tank lost – dunno where the instance is). 2nd time on boss was a clean and easy fight. another reason why ppl need DBM is – during 1st boss fight. the melee dps who got soul split didnt move away from the boss so the soul got absorbed real quick. tank couldnt kite fast enough – not his fault. if DBM was active on the dps account then he would know he had to get out of the way to give the tank space to kite boss.

btw. Pwnstars guild leader has just become a daddy. gratz!

patch 4.0.1 and hallow’s end

PATCH 4.0.1

after nights of downloading the humongous almost 5GB patch, i finally patched it on friday night. and then did the usual – update mods. even so, some mods are dead in the water (auctioneer, questhelper, ratingsbuster), and those that were patched were pretty patchy themselves. i had to download new versions every day or so.

next task. 24 x L80s to respec talent and glyphs, and then gem if needed and oso reforge armor/wpns. lucky my pal was free this week, so we did it together. he specced the toons he likes and i did the rest. glyph-wise, still need to do a lot more, but learning to play with a different set of spells is an eye-opener. for example, hunters now use focus, and i had to switch to steady shot a lot more to regen focus.

before i know it, halloween festival is on!

Hallow’s End

for me, it’s just 2 things. every hour, talk to the innkeep for the trick or treat. then run the Headless Horseman instance once a day, and hope for loot. sometimes, your bag is empty. that’s life.

for the L80s without epic rings, this is a good time to get the L200 rings which can be looted from the boss. i got the spellcaster ring for darksunder. so that’s a very good upgrade!

only problem is there is a known bug – mouseover the pumpkin shrine and u can become disconnected. if its the tank then its pretty much game over. so always get a dps to be the guinea pig. XD

spiritcat freeze until cat comes over

yup. that’s it. ive done everything i wanna do on spiritcat for wrath.

i got the L232 4-pc healing set as well as the 4-pc shadow set. so she is 5k GS either way.

i got the argent champion title and the eastern kingdoms loremaster achievement.

i was gonna get the strat postmaster set, but it got too boring as i kept getting the same drops.

some lucky drops are the classic epic gear drops like krol blade and the dancing piccolo (strat)

my only regret is never taking her into ICC raid. maybe if someone is asking to form a group i may pop in just for fun.

Spiritcat the Explorer

yup. been there, done it, got the title.

then i went back to finishing up my quests in eastern kingdoms. BRD and BRS – both lower and upper. ended up with 2 pets. not bad. but i picked up some more BRS quests so i went back in again. this time to kill Gen Drak. couldnt solo him with a L80 5k GS SP. died twice from non-stop stuns.

had to call in reinforcements – Davina on the 2nd ac – ret pally to tank him and his adds. SC healing when she wasnt being stunned. at least, 2 toons means the stuns are now 50-50 so half the time i was tanking on davina and when she gets stunned, i switch to SC to heal both and dot the boss. he died and both got the achievement for UBRS.

next stop – strat. i will go pick up the quests from EPL. currently 673/700. starting to wonder if a L80 SP can solo these L60 dungeons with impunity, or will i need a backup toon to tank?

closing in on explorer title

alcaz island. it rose out of  the sea one xpac ago.

spiritcat cleared dustwallow marsh and feralas. had a long levitate trip to cross the waters to the alcaz island which is pretty cool. a WoW friend told me it didnt exist in classic and only popped up in BC for some quest chain stuff (he told me the details, it just didnt stay in my brain).

no wonder i didnt seem to recall dustwallow marsh having any significantly large islands in the past! (spiritcat used to pop over to theramore to learn fishing from the trainer who will give u a really dumb quest to do to earn your stripes)

onyxia ignored. again

nowadays, the only reason to pop into theramore is because of onyxia. but even then, raids on her seemed to have stopped – everyone is so ICC and RS. so it is pretty sad. they took all the fun out of the original onyxia, only to have her now stuck in the marshes and no one cares about killing her anymore here too. maybe they will resurrect her in the xpac after cat. haha. this dragon has more lives than a cat!

LFG roll of the dice

very very strange. there are 12 normal dungeons, excluding the one in TOC and 3 in ICC. but it seems i get a lot of ICC runs these days. every day i queue with spiritcat i will get at least 1 ICC run, if not more. so the dice is loaded based on gear.

but i am getting used to it. getting used to not having a speed run but actually having to work for my badges. i am oso used to being last in terms of total dmg in groups. even if my dps is always 2k+

but surprisingly, i prefer ICC (even HOR if the tank and heals are good) to TOC. TOC is easier, but i hate the 1st part which requires you to mount and charge. i just dont see the point these days. cos the opponents are like mush – i just cut thru them.

i see dumb ppl

i think rankwatch will always have business. it’s still sending msg to party members that they are not using the highest ranked spells.

and dumb ppl who still stand in fire/green(poison)/white(ice) stuff and slowly die or actually die.

during a GD run 2nd boss fight, a few ppl were just standing in the purple squares and their health is dropping. but lucky for them the healer was pro.

in an oculus run, ppl were standing still in ice and dropping health, after downing the 3rd boss. must be too busy looking at who is gonna win the dream shard roll.