Pet Battles: You can never have too many?

I was discussing pets in guild the other day, and mentioned that I was going to start chasing the achievements for taming/collecting etc.  I never really got into it originally with the amount of time needed to devote to the levelling, however recently I have remembered that battling doesn’t take a huge amount of time and is at least a bit of a challenge.

The celestial tournament was what I had my sights set on, but given most of the strats call for pets I simply either didn’t have or were level 1- it was time to bite the bullet. Celestial tournament is the end goal  – to reach that I needed to get more pets to 25, to do that I needed my Safari hat (and charms) and that meant completing the Tamer achievements for the world.

Before I began my mission though Antheriel and Limpywtf caught up with me in Dalaran and donated so many pets to me that I am still losing my mind over it. They were all duplicates for them but for me it was an almost spiritual level event.  So many of them will be useful when I get the levelled and I really just cannot express how grateful I am too them. Nelly sat on vents with me and went trough all her duplicates while Limpywtf just added pets to the bank for me to run off with if I was missing them (I missed out on Syd the Squid as I couldn’t remove anything else for the day and by the time I got back the next day he was gone).

Abyssius is one I want to level because he is so gorgeous looking!

The Sandling and Imp are very cool looking but then the Firewing suits my whole fire mage look so perfectly that I feel such a stunning creature should be levelled asap. See, look how fiery and gorgeous she is! Just look!

The featured image for this post is the Sunfire Kaliri which was also lovingly donated, but it is also very theme appropriate for my fire mage – I just can’t decide between the above Firewing or the Kaliri.

Neither Nelly or myself could pronounce Cyrukh – so I feel I should change his name to Nelly.  I always like to change the names of pets to the characters of the people that game them to me; it helps remind me of the donation and the history of each pet, but this lot is going to be a massive struggle I think.  I can’t come up with that many variants 😀

The whelping will be added to my long list of dragons requiring levelling – since I am obsessed with Dragons I feel it is only appropriate that I level every single one I get my hands on.  Such hard work though!

The Sister is absolutely gorgeous – my very own mini succubus.  She even makes the whip noises and I simply cannot describe how much I adore this pet. I have always laughed about the whole warlock wanting to me mages thing – but imho mages should – in all honesty – be able to have pets – we are masters of the arcane, dammnit! – there should be a spec dedicated entirely to summoning creatures/elemental beings to do our damage during fights.

Of course the last little cutie was this little fella.  OMG look at those little furry feet, and the horns! GAH!  I like the Talbuk creature so this is just fun to have, I really wish we could have more than 1 pet running around with us – like a pet battle group but always around. Obviously that would be pretty intensive on the game if all of us did that, but I can have dreams right?!

Not only that but Antheriel also emailed me her noes about the Celestial tournament, all her plans/groups and tactics etc.  I cannot wait to get cracking on that section of Pandaria. I am sure her notes will help me through!

I cannot thank both Antheriel or Limpywtf enough for the amount of pets they gave me.  I owe them so much love and if I could have hugged them in real life I would! A blog post hardly seems like good enough payment for the joy. As I assured Nelly, they are going to a very loving home who will ensure they are looked after. I feel so very lucky!

Time to empty the quest log

I admit it – I dislike having a a quest log that can never be cleaned out.  I seem to be battling the constantly full quest log and it is driving me mental. So in an effort to clear some of it out I signed up for random heroics. My ilevel is sitting at 846 now thanks to some world quests and so I figured it was about time.  I think I cleared out 2 quests with the 4 heroics I ended up doing.

Better than nothing, I still need Eye of Azahara, Darkheart Thicket….and one more….something…with a boss in it that has a quest item.  That isn’t including the 3 other Mythic dungeons I need to run still for a quest which have items I need to collect.

My first run was Blackrook hold – which I have a special room key for, but we were going so fast I was scared of getting lost as I barely able to keep up.  That place made me dizzy with all the spiral staircases – reminiscent of Shadowfang Keep 😀

Next I scored Neltharion’s Lair (which was a quest dungeon). Stupidly I used slowfall to get to the secret chest after the snake boss and then proceeded to fall out off the ledge when trying to turn around. Fail. Hardest fail ever.  That was after almost dying to the cliff boss on the first jump…yup, I almost died before even getting to the boss.

After that super speedy run with AOE tanking and just constant pulling, my next run was Maw of Souls (another quest in here).  I really like this dungeon. I don’t yet really understand all the fights (I need to do more reading) but I adore the mythology behind it all.   Almost nearly died to the purple on he ground with the last boss as I didn’t realise she faced a direction…corrected that on the next lot, which I was alive for thanks to the brilliant healer not letting me die.

I also ran a Halls of Valour which was horrific – it was the only run we had a wipe because the 2 tanks who couldn’t decide who was main decided to pull almost the entire room of Vikings in the longroom.  I couldn’t have face-palmed any harder for the risk giving myself a black eye. Fenrir also was to the left as you enter his realm which I had never seen before and so they were running all over the map looking for him whilst me and the healer followed the foot steps and kept telling them to come back.

Overall LFD was as expected, super quick, no waiting around and just getting it done. No time to ask questions just kill anything that spawns and stay out of the crap on the ground.  Only 1 bad group out of 4 is pretty good and I am not going to complain about that.  I don’t believe I got any gear out f those runs either which were of any use, I did hand over a shoulder piece to a mage, but I think that may have been the only one I actually got.

Getting mounted….on the wall?

I have been uploading pictures to my blog site, and then thinking I had written the corresponding post. Clearly I am a doofus!

I was one of the people going nuts about this ghost moose mount!  Yup, I did it. I managed to convince Lominari the mount was awesome as well and we spent quite a few hours clearing mobs to get the items.

We both avoided archaeology in game because it was so horrific to do, but they seem to have made the most awesome change with the little shovel above your head when you get close to the site.  That alone made it so much more bearable.

I think in total it took us about 3 hours, possibly 4, to get all the fragments, but we both spent a lot of time clearing mobs out initially. As the afternoon started to end there were a huge number of players online and it made the mob issue non existant.

Here we both are with them little guys rearing up; very hard to tell on this image though 🙂

I never though archaeology would be the profession I levelled first in game, but then…you just never know.  When you have a mount you are chasing I guess it makes all the difference.

I also managed to get 3 different pristine artifacts to place on the wall in Dalaran; given I think I only managed three for the entire time i played Draenor I am pretty happy with that, statistically speaking 😀  A drum, a hook and some other weird thing, I can’t remember the name of now.

Mage: Class Campaign complete

Well Stage 1 is complete.  So far behind the 8-ball with my characters because of my lack of free time.

I am pretty excited I did this on my mage first.

I feel pretty important now that I can use Archmage as my title, I hope the other billion mages learn to fear and respect me now.  Archmage and all!

Damn straight! I am a little let down that my class gear is not as good as anything else I am picking up, but I am guessing that is because I didn’t do this in the same time frames as everyone else.  Had I done it on time it may have been good.

I also got a new artifact look – sunreaver style.  I adore this.  I really like it in the blue so I may have to unlock that and come up with a new transmog that suits a blue style.  If only I could have blue fire like warlocks have green.  I would be epic.

How sexy is that?!!?  Look at that blade.  It even looks like it is Forged in battle. I am super happy with the new look, I just wish I could unlock something awesome looking for my offhand which looks really sub-par for a phoenix heart.  I have to investigate the many offhand items out there and see if anything would make me happy.

Onto my other toons now, Demonhunter and Druid to complete their class quests.  I am also starting to level my Paladin in the Frostwolves because I really do miss them.

 

Free time again!!

So as most of my usual readers/friends know I do martial arts 3 nights a week (Tues/Wed/Thurs) and I am also studying for a bachelor online.  The last trimester of uni (which finishes this week) I decided to do 2 modules as I would in theory have 3 extra nights to study because martial arts were on extended holidays of Christmas. I was wrong.  The workload was way more than I anticipated.

I basically had no time for anything other than work, study and sleep.   I won’t likely do that again any time soon if I ever want to have free time to play WoW.

So a group of us have decided to do some regular dungeons runs on weekends which again, we haven’t managed to do with my schedule.  Finally this weekend just past we managed to get online for a couple of hours.

We did our first Mythic run “Halls of Valour” with Blikolorie tanking, Nibblepie healing, me and Lominari DPSing and we grabbed some random 5th person.  I might point out, neither Lominari or myself were really geared enough to be in there.  I think Lominari had a gear score of 816 or something and I was only 831.

The last boss was a little…difficult.  We had to do it about 8 times – if not more – and the random pug was really nice about the entire thing.  In the end…we got it done!

We decided to do some more work quests and chase some gear on the map, but headed to the epic world boss quickly first which scored some more gear upgrades for Lominari.  We did a whole bunch of quests and handed in 2 different emissary hand ins.

Do I look like I have a legendary yet? Do you see one on me anywhere? Can you see orange somewhere?

By the time we finished all the quests etc I managed to be on 838 for my ilevel and Lominari is now much more improved at 830.

We could even do some LFR which I am thinking i might do this week just to see what the new raids are like. Only the early raids at this stage but I am looking forward to – and also getting through some more of the Suramar quest line.  We are so far behind on the questing/class halls it is pretty daunting.

Upgrading the beast

Sadly my computer has now seen better days.  The last time we did anything to them was 5 years ago – actually closer to 6 now and this means, in terms of technology, they are getting a little long in the teeth.

We initially upgraded Lominaris completely because it was having an issue with just randomly shutting down after about 10 minutes of game time.  Mine was ok though.  I can seem to play WoW for about an hour before it gets too much and just shuts down.  This issue seems to have been made worse by the purchase of Overwatch,

Overwatch allows me to get into the game, pick a toon, get into the skirmish run around for the 2 minutes it takes to get into an actual match and through the countdown timer for the start.  Once the gates open though – BAM shut down!  I can maybe run to the actual defense point but I can’t last more than about 3 minutes. It then seems to take about 10 minutes for my pc to fully load up and the minute I get back into a game I am out again. It is so frustrating!!

So after figuring mine was ok to run a few months longer we were denied!!  Such a shame.

Anyway, I am hoping to have my pc upgrade started tonight (I have to switch the CPU today) and then re-installing all 30Gb of game files. {sarcasm} Joy.  Then I will be back online finally.

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