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Yes…it finally dropped. Actually, a lot of people would prolly laugh at me saying “finally”, as I have read reports of people having to kill Onyxia 160+ times. I read that the dropchance was slightly increased a few patches ago, but still… altogether, it took 61 kills across my 11 90s (of course, I didn’t count kills of the old lvl 60 version).

Fascinating moment too… I was just sitting there, doing my weekly “doublefarm-routine”: Harvesting and planting at the farm on each char, then flying to the Shrine, porting to Dal, porting to the Caverns of Time, flying to Gadgetzan, taking a gryph to Mudsprocket, fly over to the Lair, kill Onyxia, hearth back.

Once you have done it a few times, it gets quite fast. Anyway, I didn’t even CONSIDER it might drop. I went there with my shadow-priest (6th char of the 90s I do this with), and suddenly, there it was.
I love this mount, not only because it is one of the nicest looking dragon-mounts with unique colors and “decorations” (the fins etc.)… even though it didnt drop of “old Onyxia”, it sure has that classic vibe as it is related visually to one of THE most iconic raid bosses.

Anyway… sixty-one kills, so if you are farming for this mount too… don’t give up!!

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Posted by on November 16, 2013 in Uncategorized


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I am not quite sure why, but the more time passes after the announcement of WOD, the more I do look forward to it.
I am trying to restrain myself a bit, as high expectations can end up in a lot of disappointment (see what happened to many of us when Cataclysm was announced), but I do look forward to:

– The world of Draenor
– a grittier, more dangerous and gloomy vibe than Pandaria offered (yes, even with the whole Sha-story)
– Garrisons
– New spells and talents (it’s kinda fascinating that DKs will get some of the iconic Lich King-abilities, such as Defile and Necrotic Plague)
– Exploring the story and learning more about Draenor and its races
– The announcement about there being a LOT of paladin story in there
– Changes like gear auto-changing according to your spec (no more farming for 2-3 different armour sets, and a much lower treshold to get into new specs, like i.e. trying out tanking on the monk)
– …

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Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Soloing Razorgore The Untamed


I know that for quite a few players, this won’t be a huge revelation, but I know that there are probably still people who are farming for the elusive T2-paladin set (or any T2-set, which mostly drops in BWL). One of the problems is that ever since mid-WOTLK, Nefarian has a bigger loot-table. When Onyxia was upgraded from a level 60 to a level 80 boss, the loot from her table was moved to Nefarian… so, with a limited amount of items that drop per kill, an increased amount of POSSIBLE items that can be dropped means more luck is needed.

Of course, at lvl 90, the whole raid should be totally easy to solo, but let’s not forget that sometimes, there are mechanics that make it hard to solo a boss, no matter how much HP or DPS you have.

Razorgore, the very first boss, seems to be like that. There are eggs all over the room which you can only destroy by mind-controlling the boss (with an orb at the end of the room). If even only one egg is kept intact when the boss is killed, you will be insta-killed (along with any friend you bring).

When you MC the boss to kill those eggs, he will be aggroed by the adds that keep coming in, and if he dies, you fail as well.
Doing this with 2 people is very easy… one MCs the boss to destroy all eggs, the other kills the adds. At the current level, they will go down with 1-2 hits.

What if you do wanna solo it though? There IS a way, and here is how:

– Run to the orb and kill the mobs around it. Immediately click the orb and start MCing the boss, destroying the eggs (the ability will be “4” on your keyboard or Razer Naga)
– Once he has like 2-4 mobs on him that hit him, click his icon (below yours as long as you MC) and choose “Dismiss”, thereby ending the mind-control.
– Hopefully, the adds on the boss will run to you, just like the boss will do.
– It’s a good idea to NOT use any of the damage-dealing abilities of the boss… otherwise, after you end the MC,
the adds he hit will still be attacking him and he might die.
– After cancelling the MC, heal if you need to, maybe use a quick AOE ability to kill all the mobs around you, and click the orb again quickly to MC again.
– Rinse and repeat until all eggs are gone. At this point, the adds will run out, the boss will end the MC and attack you… you can go nuts now and kill him

So the method is to MC the boss, and once he gets aggro, you stop the MC so he loses aggro, and then immediately do it again.
When you do AOE the mobs around you while not MCing, please be careful to not accidentially hurting the boss until you MC him again.

I managed to destroy all eggs on the very first attempt, on my paladin. I didn’t need to heal, and when I had interrupted the MC, I just did a quick AOE attack to kill at least some of the adds around me, and started again.
Next, I tried with my (arms) warrior, and this was a closer call… the boss had a lot of mobs on him so he almost died… he was at about 3-4K health when he destroyed the final egg.

I have not tried this with a cloth class… if you do want to try, you might wanna have a potion or self-heal ready to use when you stop the MC, as you will have lots and lots of adds on you, attacking you.
Other than that, I doubt there will be much of a problem.
If this doesnt work on the first attempt, don’t give up! Experiment with when to stop the MC…whether you wanna do it early, to avoid almost ALL dmg to the boss, or later, kinda predicting how long his health will last.
I guarantee that this method works. I did it on two different chars with no wipe, and a friend of mine has done it on his char (another plate-wearer) as well, so don’t give up… and good luck on looting those weapons and t2-setpieces or elementium ingots (which you need for the legendary weapon or can sell at the AH for a nice profit, same as with the pets that some bosses drop)

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Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Classes, Misc stuff, Uncategorized


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Community Blog Topic: Scaling


The Community Blog Topic at Wow Insider this week is about a possible new thing in development: Scaling high level chars to lower level content.
Question is: Do we want this?

It really depends on how it is done. What I would not really like:
– Scaling us automatically and without giving us a choice, depending on where we are. I think I remember that in GW2, if you enter a lower level zone, you get scaled down. I don’t think that this would be much fun, really. Leveling in WOW these days isn’t much of a challenge, it just takes a lot of time. If you go to a lower zone just to farm some mats or, say, work on Loremaster, I don’t think that’d be fun for most people, even if you get, say, more money from quests or a chance on drops you can use at 90.

– Scaling to lower level instances. A lot of players, whether its casual or not, like to solo old content for transmog gear or certain achievements. I recently went for some ICC achievements with my gf. Sure, if you are in a busy and active guild, maybe it’d be fun to enter ICC and get scaled down as a full raid, but I think the rewards would have to be appropriate, as in, again useable gear for your max level.

I am pretty sure there will be a HUGE outcry if the scaling was NOT optional.

Now, if it IS optional, I can think of some fun uses:
– I hated (!!) leveling all my chars through Pandaria. I just dont like the continent, the vibe, the theme. If I could have had a choice to scale down and level from 80-90 in Northrend or some Cata zones… Id have loved it. Im a big fan of NR, and being able to level there to cap if you make that choice would be wonderful. Just not sure whether everyone would like it.

– It might be fun to revisit old raids, just to experience them at least a bit like they were. YUp, all the classes and mechanics are now totally different. Also, if you scale down…do you lose all abilities you have at cap? I would think that that would be necessary, otherwise everyone would wanna do the lower level content with scaled-down 90s only.

– Again, in order for it to be enticing, they’d have to make it worht our while. A lot of people wouldnt care about revisiting MC and play it at the appropriate level, as it has the nickname “Molten Bore” for a reason.
But imagine this:
– You can loot gear that is at, say, flex level (or a bit lower), looks like the original gear, but once you leave the raid or instance, they scale to your level. So… you raid MC with a raid of scaled down 90s, you win a classical weapon from a classical boss. It has the original look, but it scales to your level… so you have, I dunno, a level 90 version of a Blackwing Lair weapon.

Two caveats:
-Theyd have to be weaker versions, maybe at LFR-level or slightly above. Otherwise… why run the most recent raids with all their gazillion mechanics and difficulty, when you can earn the same gear in a scaled Molten Bore, right?
Maybe lower the chance for gear drop, drop a bit more VP or something.

Caveat 2: Thinking about all this… I doubt it will get to that point, as it prolly would be an incredibly huge workload for the devs to make all that scaling (of chars AND GEAR you loot) work.

Still fun to think about it. I’d like to raid Kara again with some friends and scaled down… but only if it was optional. I think a lot of players love to be able to solo this stuff, and I’d HATE for that to be taken away.
Just keep it optional please

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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


Time-travelling next expansion? Some random thoughts…


It’s only a few more weeks until Blizzcon, and of course, there is a lot of speculation about the next expansion.

Right now, quite a few people believe that the weekly quest on the Timeless Isle, which sends you into the SoO-raid to witness some sequences, hints at time-travelling.


We see a corrupted version of Stormwind, with all the leaders impaled along the walls. We also see a bronze drake die in the Caverns of Time.

The question is, is there a connection to the next expansion? Are these hints hinting at time-travel, more focus on the bronze dragonflight?

That got me thinking a lot, and here are some random thoughts about this:

– What if the next expansion would involve quite a lot of time-travelling? Not only in instances (like we had in TBC, Wrath and Cata), but…say you go to different eras or alternate time-streams like you go to zones?
Imagine the corrupted SW isn’t a “if you hadnt been there, SW would look like this by now” type thing…imagine we’d go there, to a dark, torn, corrupted and crazy Stormwind, controlled by evil or with lots of crazy people inhabiting it (well, if you check out trade chat, lots of crazy people around all day long, but you know what I mean).
A dystopian, dark, corrupted SW, where you’re not a hero, but you try to blend in to accomplish certain goals… I know, has been done before a lot in books and movies, but not in WOW yet, and it sure sounds better than another continent appearing from out of nowhere, or portals to a new planet.

– Imagine being able to see legendary places in the past? The time described in the “Dawn Of The Aspect” novels that were recently published… the time when the Aspects were chosen, after killing Galakrond in Northrend.
Now… next year is WOW’s 10th birthday. The next expansion will most likely be released that year. Imagine that, for their 10th anniversary, you get to visit those places you read about, or visit them in the past. We have known Stromgarde ever since the game began…imagine visiting it in its heyday, many centuries ago.
Imagine seeing iconic moments like Lothar’s death at Blackrock Mountain… the war of the Three Hammers.. the Quiraj-wars we saw part of in the quests that opened AQ?

The possibilities are endless, and my point is: What about, when WOW turns 10, there was an expansion involving time travel and a “Best of WOW”, with many moments and events from WOWs past being revisited in the context of time-travels in a new expansion?

It wouldnt have to be ancient history only. What if we met ourselves (please try to ignore the good old thing about the continuum and what may happen if you change the past), like we did in the insanely cool quests in the Bronze Dragonshrine in Dragonblight, where we met ourselves in a lvl80-version, and later we meet ourselves in a lower-level-version?

Imagine some of our deeds messed up the timestream, and we have to change them a little? We see iconic events such as the fall of the LK, this time as an observer or someone who needs to help make it happen or stop it from being corrupted or changed.

I love the idea of a “Best of WOW”, with us seeing a lot of legendary places and events again, whethers its stuff we only heard about or read about… or more recent things from recent expansions.

Or it could be Vash’jr and the Emerald Dream :b

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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Uncategorized


Community Blog Topic: Whats your endgame?


The fine people at Wow Insider started a new COmmunity Blog Topic, this time asking “What is your endgame“?

This year, it’s quite different from all those years before. I mentioned that I quit my guild after guild-drama, and have no interest right now to join another, as it was a huge disappointment to have that going on after feeling so comfy in that guild and helping to build a raid-team.

I have my chars in an alt-guild a friend started, and usually stick to myself. So what do I do, now that all my chars are 90? (I guess leveling my alts was part of my end-game… in Wrath, Cata and MoP I always leveled all my chars to cap…unfortunately, it was quite a drag this time around, even with the XP-changes in 5.3)

– Money. I like to craft, and earn money. I watch the market a bit. I dont go out of my way to create crazy expensive items or anything, I don’t “play the AH” (as in buying underprized items to sell them for higher prizes).
I do use my farm, I use all the crafting skills to craft stuff like trillium bars, living steel, enchants, gems, and slowly but surely, my money counter is going up. Another reason why I’d dislike “account wide professions”… I wrote about that.

– I occasionally do LFR. Mainly to see the encounters, earn a bit of VP or some gear. I really dont like the attitude in vibe in most LFRs, so I am not doing this strictly every week. Is fun to gear up my chars a bit, even though I don’t really get to USE that gear as I dont raid (call me weird, but I’d prefer to raid with a guild, so I am not into PUG-raiding and stay away from Flex… as I said, for some weird reason, right now, I like to be a loner in game)

– I try new things, such as new specs. I have played the DK quite a bit in Wrath, even raided Naxx with him in blood spec (when that was still a DPS spec), yet never tanked on him (while having tanked on the warrior and pally in the past). This time around, I found out that I really enjoy blood DK-tanking, and so I experiment with it, use it in PUGs, the Timeless Isle, scenarios whatever. Recently, in HoF, I tanked the empress because both tanks quit right before the fight, so I changed spec and gear and did that.
Also, I currently like to play the DK as a DPS, in frost spec. FOr some reason, my main, the druid, isnt that much fun in balance spec, so I use him for achievements, yet when I feel like doing loads of DPS just for fun, I pick the DK.

– I run old content or go for some achievements… farming rep with the Cenarion Circle or Hydraxian Waterlords, picking up transmog gear in old raids, enjoying the old school vibe in places like AQ.

Basically, my endgame right now is being in game, earning a bit of money, trying out some new things, and keeping track of the changes to the game while waiting for the expansion to end.
I have no idea whether Ill return to a guild or get into raiding again, but right now, I just wait for MoP to end and am quite excited to see what the next expansion will bring. I know that nothing will ever bring back the enjoyment and feeling of mystery I felt in vanilla or WOTLK, but maybe a new expansion with a different theme and story will make me want to be more involved again and actually be a part of the story again… right now, I am just standing on the sideline, watching the main events =)

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Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Uncategorized


And finally…the 11th level 90


I guess I reached a personal milestone… I had some time this afternoon, and so I decided to finally get my priest to level 90 (he was at 87).

I am not sure whether I mentioned that I am not a big fan of the questing in Pandaria. Jade Forest is a nice zone, and the VOTFW is ok as well, but I find KLS, Dread Wastes and ESPECIALLY Townlong Steppes to be quite dull and boring. (KLS has some nice parts, like Mount Neverest and the Province up north, but is mostly bland).
It’s odd, because leveling a pile of alts through an expansion never bothered me. In fact, in Wrath, I always enjoyed it. Even when, a few months ago, I leveled a monk from 1-90, I loved getting to NR finally.
Even in Cata, leveling was ok, even though I didnt care much for Uldum and its gazillion cutscenes, or Twilight Highland.

Townlong is totally dull, and if you look at the MoP-Artwork book that comes with the Collectors Edition, there is no concept art for TLS in there at all, as if they didnt have any and just recolored some old design.

But all that’s ok, as now, I have a 90 of each class, and won’t ever quest through MoP again (since I don’t plan on starting another account).

With the Timeless Isle and some crafted gear, the priest was at ilvl 490 or so 10 minutes after dinging 90, so yes, the alt-gearing does work quite well. What a turnaround from early MoP, when it seemed as if Blizz for some reason wanted to discourage alts.

Sooooo… yay, a little milestone was reached, and now there is a 90 of each class. Bye bye MoP-leveling =)

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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Uncategorized