Sunday, July 20, 2014

ROYGBiV Transmog: Violet

     I debated for a while what I'd do for this one but in the end I've gone with a mog I've been poking at for Laen for a while now. He likes his plate dresses and there's a certain rather overused one I wanted to take a crack at personalizing. So here's a very very purple paladin transmog.

Head: Overlord's Crown
Shoulders: Replica Soulforge Spaulders
Chest: Replica Soulforge Breastplate
Shirt: Rich Purple Silk Shirt
Wrists: not shown
Hands: Life Bearer's Gauntlets
Waist: Revenant Girdle
Legs: Cassock of the Loyal
Feet: Fen Strider's Footguards
Back: Cloak of Subtle Light
Shield: Titansteel Shield Wall
Sword: Continuum Blade

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Beta Invite!

     I am not sure that I am not the worst possible person to give a beta invite to. Yesterday when I got one I was thrilled and couldn't resist installing it right away but when it comes down to betas I am reluctant with this one, as I was with Mists, to actually step into the new continent.
     On the one hand I want to desperately, I want to go and see the new shiny zones and the critters and the quests so badly I can almost taste it. I want to help finding the bugs and things so that when it does go live it will be amazing.
     On the other hand I'll do all that content many times when it goes live and I am very reluctant to take that shiny newness away from myself before it actually launches. But I've played with it some, gone in and looked at the character creator for the models that have been updated, and made myself a few characters to try out.
     This is Kaarras. He's letting me see what the pared down retribution paladin plays like while also giving me a look at the new male draenei model in action. I like that he's less top heavy than they were before but still big, but looks wise there were a few things about the older model I liked better. As far as Retribution... I can already tell that I'm going to spend a lot of time looking for Inquisition at first. I keep trying to find it and hit it and then remember it's not there any more. I miss the Guardian too, but aside from that I don't think I'll be completely out of my depth when it's time to play Seish with his new abilities.
     Then because I also wanted a look at hunters I made Semariyan. And she needed a friend, so off to Northrend we went and surprisingly enough she flew right over to where Tyl had tamed Snowthorn and there was Loque'nahak, in the very same spot, waiting. Tamed, but it doesn't feel right for her to be running around with Tyl's kitty so she went off to find a friend of her own. Arcturis was waiting too.
     I've got mixed feelings about the new female Night Elves. Semariyan looks wonderful to me, fierce and tough, but then I designed her with the new models just as I wanted her. And even then looking over the faces they all look so very much alike to me. There was more variation in the old ones for sure and I can only hope that will still change. As for Beast Masters... they don't seem so bad to me as far as the abilities they've lost and the new glyph 'play dead' is wonderful! I already knew Tyl would be getting that as soon as he could, but now I'm doubly sure.
     And so far dipping my toes in that's all I've done: Taken Kaarras to the Timeless Isle to see how he stacks up against a much better geared ret paladin in live. (About like I'd expect, really, though without meters and with squished numbers I'm going purely on how it feels to kill things.) I'm still so tempted to look at the new things, just poke my head in the door. On the other hand once I see it I can't get the newness back. So just at the moment I'm seeing how many times I can crash the game by rearranging my action bars (twice so far).

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

13th 90!

     It's taken months longer than it should have, but switching from Feral to Balance for questing was definitely the right choice for Tiuli.
     She finally finished the last bit of questing to reach 90, collected her Timeless Isle gear from Quartermaster Zakuli and went of to try Ordos and the Celestials, where she mainly succeeded in reminding me that I haven't played Resto since a few feeble attempts in Cataclysm. Some time with the guides will be in order and so will more practice, but mostly I'm happy to have finally dragged one of the druids to 90. One more of my pre-Warlords goals checked off.
     Saelindir is next on the leveling list but he has a ways to go and I'm really not rushing it, just like I'm not rushing at Rim's cape. If I can finish the valor quest I think I might actually manage it. Ailuuya's seen a bit more play time since her boost, though mainly it's been squaring away her two sets of Timeless gear and mog hunting, there are definitely mogs planned even if she really seems to look pretty nice in anything she's worn so far. Even this combination of boosted and Timeless Isle gear:
     I'm very happy with my Alliance paladin. Don't think I could have picked a better thing to use my boost on. Those female draenei, they grow on you. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Confidence and LFR

     My confidence is such a fragile, fickle sort of thing. It builds, like it is building now, with every LFR I tank. I can queue for some of them now without feeling almost sick with panic while I wait for the queue to pop. I feel almost relaxed, and that's nice. The ones I've tanked before aren't so scary now. I know the fights, I know my job and seeing them always helps so much more than reading any number of guides or watching hours of videos. I like feeling confident.
     But I also know that the first time I mess up and someone yells at me I'll feel like crawling into a hole and never trying again. Because my confidence is fickle. I wish it wasn't. I wish I was a little more like Rim. His confidence is like the rest of his personality, steady and unwavering. He knows what he's doing and he knows above all things what his job is. He is the paladin who faces the monsters head on and holds the line, keeping them away from people without heavy armor and giant shields and unwavering faith. And he loves that job.
     And so do I, while my confidence is good. I hope it can hold up, because it does feel good to be tanking again. Rim's collected all his sigils and is off for the Chimera of Fear later tonight. I'm very proud of myself for making it that far. I didn't think I would. I am not sure I'll make it any further. That valor grind gets more obnoxious every time, but we'll see. Rim wants to keep doing his job.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Minipost: Legendary Hunter Tyl

     I'm officially a Wingnut! Tyl got his last Runestone today and then the Thunder King's Heart and went off to try the challenges. I'd been curious about which challenge hunters did (turns out it's Yu'lon's.) and I'd expected it to be as hard as it had been for Seish. I was waiting for weeks of frustration, but as it turns out he and Snowthorn managed it quite handily on their second go. (Seems like I always need that one trial run.) Celestials were easy enough to manage on a Tuesday and that's the third guild I've nabbed the 'We are Legendary' achievement for.
     I'm so happy, though really it kind of seems to me like Snowthorn should get her own pair of shiny blue wings. After all, Tyl's a Beast Mastery hunter, so she more than pulls her own weight. In fact he'd be pretty much lost without her. And since now this is in very serious danger of turning into a post about 'why cant I transmog bits of armor onto my pets?'... I think I'll go see what Rim can do about his sigils.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Alliance Paladin!

     My 12th 90. Though I am not sure it entirely counts since she only actually leveled as far as 60. I finally got around to getting my pre-order and as planned Ailuuya got the boost.
     Now I have a maxed out paladin that's not a belf, Horde, or even a male, though Ailuuya did come very close to being rolled as a male draenei instead. I'm glad she wasn't though. I'm very happy with her just as she is, even if her transmog choices are a bit limited by my refusal to put her in plate that doesn't cover her vitals. I boosted her as prot and then promptly dual specced holy and gave her a set of Timeless Isle Gear for that to ease her gearing process. Next the mog hunting will begin, though for now that Timeless Isle Holy Paladin gear doesn't look half bad.
     Tyl and Rothorin will be grateful for her assistance with Jewelcrafting and Alchemy, and I'm happy that I now have one each of my three favorite classes maxed out Ally side.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mog Roulette and LFR accidents

     This post about Transmog Roulette from Navimie intrigued me enough that I couldn't resist trying it using Kamalia's suggestion of a D20 and Seish's overfilled banks, bags and void storage.
Screenshot is kind of small but I think it's probably big enough to make out the disaster his mog would be if we let the numbers decide on it. He refuses to even consider wearing it for long enough for a bigger screenshot. Me on other hand? I was amused enough to try it again, just for fun.
This one's... slightly less ugly maybe? Seish still refuses to wear it and I honestly can't blame him. Besides... I did just put him in a brand new mog that actually looks really nice.

     Aside from playing around with dice and mogs I've been working on Tyl's quest. He's on Runestones so I put up with those hunter queues to see how many he could get this week. 11/12 as it turns out, which is more than a little frustrating but at least I know he'll be able to finish next week. In the meantime though his queue into the Halls of Flesh Shaping was interesting. After waiting for about an hour he zoned in... and... fell onto some stairs where he was joined by a Death Knight and a Priest. It took me a little bit to figure out that where we had ended up was actually a room under Primordius' pit.
     We were under the floor. I briefly stopped being annoyed about a partial run and started wondering how the heck we had ended up in a room under the floor where there didn't seem to be a way to get out. We were still taking damage from the trash before Dark Animus too. Luckily they stopped combat long enough for us to zone out and back in and join them, but I'm still curious about why we fell through the floor in the first place. So far it's been an interesting week.