Monday, March 27, 2017

It's too soon for 7.2! My Guardian weapon is not 54 yet!

I said 7.2 would be in April but it turned out to be tomorrow! I read the patch notes and watched the awesome trailer and I think it will be busy times for the next 11 weeks!

You know what, being infused with demon fel does wonders for your wrinkles if you're an Eredar. Gul'dan still looked old though. I guess Fel agrees with you if you're an Eredar.

I had been working on getting my Guardian weapon to 54 but I only made it to 48 darn it!

But the question on everyone's lips is when is the new raid coming out?

7.2 does not mean Tomb of Sargeras is upon us. In fact, there is a whole bunch of storyline on the Broken Isles that needs to be done before the Tomb can be opened. Aza said that it would be 11 weeks, like the weekly campaign we had to get Nighthold open. I can see that being true - because you can fit another arena season into that time. When Tomb of Sargeras opens, there should be another arena season again.

So that's another 11 weeks of Nighthold. If we are not doing Mythic, then what are we doing?

I had thought that it would be nice to get guildies their AotC and bring one a week. And also if we were doing that, to bring 2 geared alts per raid for those who were interested in main switching for the next tier.


We did Gul'dan last night and it was TERRIBLE! We wiped so many times and everyone was whispering me saying that there were too many people in the raid. We had 24 people when we normally have 20-21. That extra person triggered an extra eye which you wouldn't think made that much difference but somehow it did. Also, I needed Ultra to do calls because I am no good at calling out DPS stuff, but it was so much better when he got online.

After that, the confidence in being able to bring one carry non heroic raider with 2 alts was really bad. But if we roster it perhaps I can work it out, depending on who is attending.

There are tons of things to look forward to in patch!
  • Mythic plus changes. Not only are there some fun new affixes to try, they have made some changes that benefit me specifically - such as giving more AP for long dungeons like HoV! Halls of Valour is my favourite instance and I will always be up for that as a mythic plus (and having done it as a +18 Tyrannical I can honestly say SEE I DO LIKE IT). Difficulty of M+ is also being ramped up (the new +10 will be like a +15), and I didn't know that even doing just a 10 this week would award me the 905+ loot from the cache the next day (why did I bother doing a +17 then???). So after raid last night I pretty much dragged every heroic raider online to get their +10 done (coughs at Sev, Eurie, Sars, Koda, Gen) between two groups and now everyone will have some nice shiny from their cache.
  • Legendaries are getting tweaked! My favourite boomkin boots, Promise of Elune, the moon Goddess, are getting a buff. They were the lamest legendary for boomkin but now they also increase damage from solar wrath and lunar strike which makes them a little less lame. Still good for M+ though! Also, the resto boots, Essence of Infusion, Tranquility will heal targest below 60% for 60% more, which is better than the 50% and good for fights where everyone's health is low. Sephuz's Secret is now also going to have increased haste and movement speed (instead of being triggered by dispels and interrupts) and these bonus will be 70% movement speed and 25% haste when triggered. Guess I'll be using it as standard for all my M+ now!
  • Armies of Legionfall reputation and quests - much like Tanaan Jungle in Draenor, you have to get revered reputation to unlock your flying, but there will be questing, world quests to do and rares and heaps of catchup opportunities for those who joined the expansion late. There will be grinding to do there (plus a whole slew of new achievements to do, I think!) I was hoping that it would be more like the opening of Ahn Qiraj where we collect resources to open the tomb... but I don't think we'll have another event like that again!
  • A new AP grind - more research and more things to dump into our artifact - that will be interesting. I wonder how much of a head start I'll get on my AP? Not much if catch-up mechanics have anything to say about it! Though I should have been saving my emissary caches to open after Wednesday so I can get more AP out of research. Though does it REALLY matter? Not really, at the rate I farm AP!
  • New Dungeon! More M+ dungeons including upper and lower Kara as well as the new Cathedral of Night.  Adds a bit of variety! Man I would hate to do all that opera trash on Fortified....
  • Pet battle dungeon YAY! I am looking forward to checking that out. Hopefully it won't be as long as the Celestial Tournament (because you can easily spend an hour doing that tournament with bad RNG) and I hope I have time to do that every week.
  • PvP brawls - I hope they turn out to be fun and not lame! Mythic + affixes are fun, and I am hoping these will add some variety. I noticed that they are optional rather than essential so I am worried people will veto them in favour of regular battles, but if they make them rewarding like M+ then I am hoping they will kick off. You know what I think would be a good PvP brawl? Dropping boss level mobs on top of nodes so that gives you something to distract the people guarding the node (and the boss will make the flag tick towards neutral if nobody is there)
Hope you all are looking forward to it as much as I am!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Minipost - See what happens when I write about something....

After maintenance on Tuesday, come Wednesday everyone was whispering me to say that the pet battle hax from Court of Stars M+ as hotfixed.

Can't say that I am surprised, and to be honest I'm a glad because I like not having the option to hack anymore. Now I can't get banned for being tempted to use it.

However, I have decided I need a swapblaster so I can do the Eye of Azshara thing. I can get up to the top if I switch out of Displacer Beast and use Charge (which puts me at a friendly players's location).

But, no matter how much I complain about tauren on mounts that walk on water, that still hasn't been fixed... do you think it's because tauren are too heavy and somehow that breaks game mechanics?? :D

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Prestige 8 - And all I got was this silly flag

I dinged Prestige 8 last night, woot!

I got the Prestigious Pennant but when I used it, I couldn't see what was different compared to the Honourable Pennant. But when I took pics to compare I saw the difference.

The Prestigious Pennant is the lower one. It has a thicker flag handle, tears in the flag in different spots (as well as stitching) and the red cloth wound around the handle is done differently.

I wish these things were toys. They take up room in my bank...

Anyway! Onward to Prestige 9!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Non WoW: Superheroes, stereotypes and social media

There is nothing like waking up to see what's trending on social media to find that people are busy arguing about Wonder Woman's armpit hair.

How interesting that people seem to think she waxed and bleached her underarms for manly approval. There are plenty of other reasons to shave including aerodynamics, chafing and cleanliness. Who knows, maybe they have issues with armpit lice or fungus! Easier to maintain no hair than it is to go find creams to keep applying... Also, maybe amazons lesbians LIKE hairless women.

I am excited for Wonder Woman, and my daughter and son are too. And neither of those two will be worrying about armpits that's for sure. Though I have mentioned to my daughter that I don't know why Wonder Woman doesn't tie up her hair because it's hard enough playing sport with your hair down, let alone having it flying all over the place when you're fighting. My daughter said Wonder Woman should tie her hair up, or else she'll get head lice.

In other superhero talk, I finished watching Iron Fist over the weekend and I am still catching up on my sleep after going to bed at 4am, 3am and 1.30am respectively over the course of those days, and still being up by 6-7am to do household chores. There has been heaps of negative reviews of the series but I can honestly say that I enjoyed it because otherwise I wouldn't have stayed up so late to watch it if I wasn't hanging out for the next episode.

And I don't know if it's true for anyone else but I think Colleen is amazing! She is the sensei of her own dojo who befriends Danny (reluctantly) and ends up helping him. She has an awesome physique, she doesn't flaunt around in bikini outfits and is fiercely independent.

The difficulty with Danny's rich kid super hero is that perhaps we're so used to the DC rich kid super heroes (Bruce Wayne, Oliver Queen) who are smooth, polished playboys who have exorbitant tastes and fast cars, that this different take on the 10 year old boy who was lost for 15 years coming back to a world that he saw through the eyes of the child and trying to be an adult in it. It's an idea that people are not quite warmed to yet, I think. Danny has a sense of purpose, which he has been indoctrinated with for the whole time he was there. Destroy the Hand. Protect K'un Lun. But he is still clinging to his past, and hasn't let go. I was confused as to why he returned to New York, but you get the feeling later that he had underlying anger and no closure for his parent's death, and still yearned for family and belonging, which is conflicting with the path the he is supposed to take, as the Iron Fist.

So now that all 4 Defenders have had their mini series, if I had to rank them I would still say I liked Daredevil the best (season 2 was awesome), then Jessica Jones and then Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Many people didn't watch Jessica Jones but I loved it. Colleen and Claire really brought up the Iron First series for me, and seeing all the little cross references was cool too.

Criticism from the net came from all sorts of things - like Danny being white saviour learning the asian martial arts. Really??? For goodness sake is he not allowed to be white? Or male? Now we're being racist against white people! And stereotyping! It made me think of something one of my colleagues said about Rogue One, where Donny Yen was cast as Chirrut Imwe. He complained that it was such an asian stereotype that the Asian guy was a martial arts expert! Neither of those thoughts had even entered my mind - people are just people and can have whatever gifts, regardless of race, gender or religion.

There were criticisms about the fight scenes too. I have to admit that nothing beats that Daredevil fight scene in the hallway. I think I watched that scene like 5 times. The exhaustion seen in Matt at the end makes it so much more real!

I'm thrilled that JJ and Luke Cage have second seasons coming - I am unsure if Iron Fist will get a 2nd season, but I think there is a lot to explore. Besides, perhaps when he and Luke Cage team up there will be more Danny Rand action.

I think my biggest concern is how all four are going to get together to fight a common enemy. They all seem worlds apart! I guess I'll just have to wait till the end of the year to find out.