Change of pace

I downloaded XCOM last night from stream and started playing the Demo, haven’t yet shelled out for the full version as yet. So far I’ve enjoyed the game, it’s a departure from your standard type game in that its turn based. As I’m a strategic/ Tactical thinker the game feels comfortable. It’s almost like a game of chess. Now I haven’t delved to deep into the game as yet but I could see it taking up a bit of one’s time due to the pace of the game. Tobold has a write up on the game if one is interested.

I’ll run through the entire demo before I make any decision to purchase the game but so far I’m enjoying the change of pace.

Back to the future

I finally hit 90 on Friday night and it was all achieved by doing BG’s, strangely enough though it felt a little hollow as I’ve achieved a major goal and I’m wondering, ok now what? I feel like I’ve gone from high school where one is large and in charge to Varsity where you are once again a small fish in a big pond, it’s all rather intimidating.

My feeling is that leveling to 90 is the easy bit, gearing up for raids or Arena’s is the hard bit as people are a lot less forgiving of any mistakes you make. The play for fun bit is over, now it is serious business and to be honest, it becomes intimidating, especially when one’s time is so limited. Let me quantify that for you. I can play a lot, however I’m unable to string a good few hours together dedicated to playing, normally my time is interrupted with kids, dinner, homework etc. We also have a one year old which takes a lot of one’s time and I really need to be there to support my wife over just gaming for hours on end. The game will be there for me when life settles down.

Funny, my title doesn’t reflect my initial thoughts for this post, what I wanted to discuss was nostalgic areas from my days in vanilla wow and what brought the whole game alive for me.

This is a bit of a heartfelt post, just too journal my thoughts and reflect on my current state and where I am in life.

Thanks for reading.

In continuation of the PvP grind

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, my plan was to do as much leveling via BG’s as possible. Well I’ve got about 10m XP left before I hit Level 90. This is with a reasonable good win ratio as well, although I did lose my first four Alterac Valley games. For Alterac Valley I specced in Blood for the survivability as you can just get completely overwhelmed.

The problem I found with Blood however is that was unable to apply enough pressure on a single target. Case in point was when I tried to cap a tower, I would get kited by a hunter and his pet, they would attack then run, inhibiting me from capping. I just could not kill him quickly enough, and in tower maneuverability was a problem. When I eventually got the tower I was able to comfortably guard it from intruders.

Had I’d been Unholy then the hunter would not stand a chance especially in a confined space, my dots and ghoul would have taken care of him.

I should hit 90 tonight should all go to plan, then it’s RBG’s and Arena’s

PvP Report

Yesterday I mentioned that I dabbled a bit in some PvP to see if it was a viable option. Realizing that a few PvP matches which were all loses was not a substantial basis for measurement, I headed out again for a few more battlegrounds so that I could get a better idea of the XP gains. Questing is by far the better way of leveling in MoP at the moment followed closely by Instances. Doing BG’s is the slower but by no means a bad option. If you are anything like me then you tend to require some variety in your game play.

All I did last night was BG’s and the XP gains weren’t too bad if you win. AV gave me about 700k for a win, that excludes any towers you may take down, they usually give about 117k so you could easily do 1.1mil XP per AV game that you win. The other BG’s like Battle for Gilneas and Arathi Basin give about 400k XP at level 89.

Battle for Gilneas is the current Call to Arms BG in Europe so I spent a fair amount of time in there for any added bonuses that I could muster.

My main driver for doing BG’s now is that I’d like to hit honor cap by the time I hit 90 in order to get at least two PvP items. Secondly I just love doing BG’s and makes my leveling time more enjoyable.

Learning Curves

I got to level 89 last night and decided to head into some BG’s. I’ve purposefully avoided BG’s as I just did not want to be cannon fodder; I wanted to dish out some hurt. All I can say is that Soul Reaper and Necrotic strike is the bomb, literally, watching people just explode when Soul Reaper ticks is just such a blast. I ended up in the top three for damage which I felt wasn’t too bad considering that this was my first high level BG with a Death Knight.

There are a few key bindings that I need to resolve as well as a more optimal way of stacking Death Runes in order to use Necrotic strike more frequently. The first BG I headed into was Alterac Valley as I was curious to see how much XP one would get and whether it’s a worthwhile place to try level. Realized that this wasn’t the best strategy as we lost so I’m not too sure how much XP one gets for a win in there? I’ll try again tonight for a win to see if winning in AV is a good XP booster.


So Close

I’m about an hour’s play away from 89, that’s ok I suppose considering I was a fresh 87 at the start of the weekend. I wish I could just bury myself in leveling but there is just so much real life stuff to do. Ran a few instances and then really fell in love with Soul Reaper, what a fantastic skill. Watching mobs just drop is so much fun, can’t wait to use it in PvP. In instances it’s a blast to see mobs drop like flies while u kiting them.

On one mob during my grinding Soul Reaper did a 385k crit, that kind of crit would drop most players in one shot. I did capture it in recount so when I get home later today I will add it into the post.

I’m hoping to hit 90 by Wednesday should all things go to plan, then I can do some BG grinding to get the entry level PvP gear

On a personal note, my wife has put me on a diet and detox for the week, not that I’m overweight just that we have not looked after our diet and need to change it. Once that is done then I’ll start an exercise route to get my Cardio back to optimal levels.

Reputation Grind

Got myself to 87 last night and headed straight out to Kun Lai Summit, well more like a slow boat ride there. I really enjoyed both the Valley of the four Winds and Krasarang Wilds. With me leveling to 87 I got Soul reaper which I can’t wait to use in BG’s. It’s not worth it while you level as everything drops so damm fast.

I tried leveling as Frost but found the rotation boring, yes it has great burst but I just feel that Unholy has more finesse to it. Anyway back to the matter at hand. There is no lack of things to do in MoP, one of them being the reputations one can grind, this got me thinking. There is one specific reputation that I’ve been after literally since the day I started with WoW and that is the Silverwing Sentinel Reputation you get from Warsong Gulch.

Why on earth does it take so damm long to get? My warrior who I’ve play for about 2 years is not even close to getting exalted with them. I wish Blizzard would relook at those specific reputations as I really want the Justicar Title.

Strompike is a lot easier to get to Exalted, Warsong is just painful, there has to be a better way to accumulate reputation. Maybe have a tabard similar to that of Stormwind while in the BG to accelerate the gain. Anyone have some idea’s on this?

Hour to go

According to my Titan addon I have about one hour of game play to go before I hit 87. People reading this must think that I’m the slowest leveler in history but for me time is so damm limited. If you would look at what I manage to get done in the time that I have then one would see that I use my time effectively. I’ve been leveling purely by questing; during the week I don’t even have the time to string an instance or two together, at least not this week with all my kids’ concerts on the go.

One of the activities I’ve avoided since its release into WoW is dailies. I’ve just never had the appetite to do these. Other that specific Reputation requirements that I may have needed, I’ve never done them, not even cooking and jewelcrafting dailies. There is something about repetitive activities that just goes against my whole being. Now I believe that there are a ton of dailies in MoP.

Outside of PvP and raiding I play the auction house, so once I’ve reached level cap I’ll be raising my professions in order to make some gold.

Two of my biggest gold makers has been Inscription and Blacksmithing, cataclysm alone I made close to 200 000. It was a simple strategy as well that allowed me to make gold, nothing elaborate just focus on specific area’s

Thunder and lightning

Did a limited amount of leveling last night however it did take typhoonandrew’s advice and headed out to Krasarang Wilds. The whole place has an air of suspense to it which is what I’m after in a zone.

The area I live in during summer is subject to violent thunder storms so even with surge protection etc there is a big chance that the lightning strikes would blow your PC. With that in mind I have to unplug and wait for the storms to subside which only occurred once bedtime rolled around.

When I hit level cap my main focus is going to be on PvP. This is when I hope to make some Youtube video on RBG’s and arena’s, specifically from an Unholy perspective.