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theramore craterI’m about half way through Tides of War, when I ran through the Theramore scenario on Monday evening.  It’s very clear that on the Alliance side, you might not have any idea what’s going on unless you’ve read the book — but I guess that’s part of the point.  The Alliance are, for the most part, blindsided by the Horde’s attack on Theramore.

Now, for the Scenario itself, I thought as far as something to do, it’s pretty fun.  It’s not overly difficult, and it requires 3 people, and has some neat rewards.  For an expansion launch event, I thought it was terrible.

Let’s think back to the previous launch events…

  • The opening of the Dark Portal.
  • The zombie and plague outbreak.
  • Deathwing flying around and killing people.

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Now, we may have been spoiled in the past, what with a big bad for every new expansion, but this “event” seems quite lackluster.  We had these three amazing events pre expansion that involved everyone on some level.  There were changes to home cities, rifts that had to be closed (I still have my haunted memento!), and could take out even the most unsuspecting newbie. Having some intro quests to prepare for the event — on both sides, would have helped it make sense without having read the book.

I don’t want to ruin the book for anyone, but there’s quite the political ordeal happening within the Horde, and the Alliance is left scrambling trying to get every body possible to prevent Theramore from it’s ultimate demise.  I bet you had no idea Kalecgos was involved! (read the book, I won’t ruin this)

These details really make all the difference in the world in preparing the story to move into the next expansion.

I can only hope that the destruction of Theramore is just preparing us for going up against Garrosh in MoP, and that the lead-in quests to Pandaria make a hell of a lot more sense.

Blizzard, having played the beta, I forgive you for this launch “event.”  I know Pandas are worth it, but this could have been SO much better.

The Hunter’s Guide to 5.0.4

Morynne —  August 21, 2012 — 15 Comments

We get 5.04 in a week.  Seven days, and we have to juggle all new shot rotations, abilities, and talents.

What am I going to have to do when I first log in?

The first hurdle you’ll have to get past is turning off any add-ons that are preventing you from logging in.  I’d recommend starting with all add-ons off, just so you’re able to function.  Make sure everything is as updated as it can get, then slowly start turning them back on.  Add-on Control Panel makes this much easier while you’re logged into the game.  Once you’re logged in, go ahead and sell your melee weapon, and all of the ones in your bank.  It means nothing to you anymore, nor can you use it to Transmogrify.

Also, forget about standing at range, it’s not necessary anymore, and frankly, it’s nice.  Enjoy your new found freedom to stand wherever. Until there’s a stack point for a boss. Then stack. Continue Reading…

Cataclysm Retrospective

Morynne —  August 10, 2012 — Leave a comment

The Cataclysm happened on December 7th, 2010.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been working toward killing Deathwing for nearly 2 years.  Some have killed him on Heroic mode, more have killed him on normal, and I’m not sure that I know a level 85 that hasn’t killed him in Looking for Raid.

That guy had it coming, though he did bring us some good stories, and changed the way we view Azeroth forever. Continue Reading…

MoP Mindset Shift for Hunters

Morynne —  August 7, 2012 — 3 Comments

Cross your arms.

Now cross them the other way.  Did you have to think about it? Was it uncomfortable?

Most likely it did take some thought, and some intentional adjusting to be able to do it.  Brace yourselves, there will be a mindset shift for pretty much everyone come MoP. Continue Reading…

Oh man, we’re getting down to the nitty gritty.  Raid testing starts tonight in MoP beta.  Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to participate because of this other thing I’m going to be watching. Continue Reading…

Porcupine *IS* for Fite

Morynne —  May 14, 2012 — 2 Comments

I spent some time this weekend with MoP beta, and quested through the remainder of the Valley of the Four Winds, some of the Krasarang Wilds, and started the Kul-Lai Summit.  I’ve completed all of the quests in the Valley of the Four Winds, but did not get into any of the cooking specializations.  I have the quests, just haven’t done them yet.

I did make a point to go tame a Porcupine over the weekend, since they’re tameable now.  They get really small when you tame them, which makes for a funny image of this small spiked creature emerging from a pile of bodies.

Morynne on beta is now level 88, and has had some opportunity to test out Stampede and Call Beast — both of which are supremely helpful in soloing.  As tenacious and brawny as Snuggles the Porcupine is, he’d die every now and then, which is the perfect opportunity to pop Stampede (it really does make things die quickly), and use Call Beast to keep the mob off of me long enough to make it dead.  For soloing, Stampede is a survival cooldown, and easily during an instance or raid, will be useful as a DPS cooldown with Rapid Fire, trinkets, etc.

I am incredibly spoiled with no minimum range.

Pet battles are still not working correctly, though I think Blizzard has gotten closer to a true deployment.  Every time I attempt to get into a pet battle, the camera view shifts, and my character gets frozen, but the battle interface doesn’t launch.  I have to re-log to get my character to release so I can move again.  So closer, but not nearly ready for public consumption yet.

How’s your beta experience going?

To grandma’s house we go?

I think I’m nearly out of the work cave of stress I’ve been in for the last few months, so hopefully I can get back to writing more.  My attention just has been needed elsewhere, and I haven’t been able to keep up with writing.  Something had to give, and unfortunately it was this blog.

I’ve still been raiding, and Conquest is currently 4/8 Heroic Dragon Soul, 25-man.  We’re currently working on heroic Zon’ozz.  I’ll admit, I’m in the pre-expansion-bored-with-current-content funk.

So, in an interest of keeping things interesting, let’s talk about what content you’d like to see up until MoP comes out.  By now, I’m sure most of you have already gone through Dragon Soul, at least on Raid Finder.  Part of me feels like running through the remainder of strategy might be a waste.  You tell me!  What do you want to see until MoP comes out?

What do you want to see while we're waiting for MoP?

  • Finish your Dragon Soul strategies! (46%, 11 Votes)
  • Share your UI (and maybe make it downloadable) (42%, 10 Votes)
  • MoP Information ALL THE THINGS! (38%, 9 Votes)
  • Update your Power Auras! (29%, 7 Votes)
  • Spotlight on Pet Battles (once they're implemented) (13%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Now, this by no means is a comprehensive list of things I’m willing to cover.  If you have some brilliant idea you want to see me talk about, drop it in the comments.

Hopefully this means I’ll be able to get back to blogging more regularly.  I miss you guys!

I’ve had beta for a little over a week, but the tough thing to remember is that I was on vacation, and away from my computers for a few days — so the extent of my testing has been pretty slim. I did get a chance to level a Pandaren Monk to 12 on Alliance side, and ran through the majority of the quests in the Jade Forest with my Hunter, and completed the Temple of the Jade Serpent (the first dungeon). Continue Reading…

This.

Morynne —  March 29, 2012 — Leave a comment

So yeah. I’m on vacation next week with a couple free days.  Guess what I’ll be doing?

Pandaland!

 

Mists of Panderia NDA Lifted!

Morynne —  March 19, 2012 — 4 Comments

There’s all kinds of information to sift through, and frankly, I’m not sure how long it’s going to take me to go through it all, so I’ll highlight what caught my eye for now, and dive more deeply into it over the next few days.

I love the female Pandaren model.  She’s cute, curvy, and has a mischievous look to her.  I can’t tell you how pleased this model makes me.  I’ll get into all my thoughts on this in an upcoming article. It might be Morynne the Pandaren come MoP, I haven’t decided yet.

Every single screenshot that has come out of Press week has been breathtaking.  I can’t link nearly enough of them, I encourage you to check out everything that MMO-Champion, and Wowhead have.

Monk information is coming out like crazy.  I love the fact that it’s entirely possible to deal legitimate damage as a healer, while still having the flexibility to tank or do straight damage in alternate specs.  I am glad they gave the Monks back their auto-attack, as it will likely make their damage a little more intuitive to work with.  I’m very interested in playing through all 3 specs during beta when it comes around.

**SPOILER** The last raid instance of MoP will be a siege on Orgrimmar, removing Garrosh from his position of Warchief.  It’s been awhile since the Horde and Alliance have been fighting directly with each other, then have a really horrifying turn of events to band together for the same goal.  Clearly Garrosh is going to do something that is so horrifying that both the Horde and Alliance agree that he can no longer function as Warchief.  I’m very much looking forward to learning all of this story.

I like the premise that this expansion is going to be largely a return to exploration of a new world.  We don’t immediately have a big-bad to take down, or anyone to hate.  Looking through some of the screenshots, how can you hate on some of these critters?

Oh, and did you hear? They’re talking about making Stampede a reality! It will likely be a level 87 ability for Beastmastery Hunters that calls all of the hunter’s pets out to do 80% more damage for a short time, and on a long cooldown.  I love this.

What do you think about the information so far? Are you as excited as I’m getting?