My first thought when going into this was truly a, “Wait, why did they make this one a scenario and not the other one?”. It felt like it flowed a lot better, which was kind of a shame. War of Thorns felt… stilted, comparatively.
The start of the scenario felt like absolute mayhem. Which I suppose was the point. But… I didn’t enjoy killing all those goblins and trolls and tauren. To be honest, I kind of stayed at the back of the pack and let other people handle it. And then add on the fact that Sylvanas comes out with the plague?! I was infuriated at that point, especially as a Horde main.
I did squee when Jaina came in with her cutscene! That helped to change the tone of what was going on a little bit. And honestly, seeing her made me cry. Because it made me feel hopeful. But then at the same time seeing Undercity being attacked made me cry.
I really enjoyed the mechanics of the fight with Durja, even though I felt crappy about having to fight to begin with. This whole situation is a load of horseshit. Though I completely understand why the Alliance retaliated.
After Durja, we ran into Saurfang. My first thought was, “No, I won’t kill Saurfang. I’ll stand here and let other people do it”. Then I got kind of defensive when Anduin went on about how his “father gave everything for the Alliance! The question is, are you willing to do the same for the Horde?”. Like. Anduin. Please, honey. He lost a lot for the sake of the Horde. And your father showed mercy on him in Icecrown after he lost his son. C’mon, now. But, I did appreciate Anduin deciding to spare him (once again) and putting him in the Stockades instead (though I hope there’s no rescue mission, and he’s released by some other way, because I don’t want more war).
And at the end cutscene, all I really had to say was, “Fuck Sylvanas”.
After finishing the Horde portion of War of the Thorns, I thought it only appropriate to complete the Alliance portion before moving onto the Lordaeron counterpart.
As an Alliance player, I came into Astranaar as the wisps are fleeing, and the Horde have poisoned the Elves. It was a fairly saddening scene to come into, and made me angry, quite honestly. Angry that I can choose to not do the quest (Or can I? Can I even play in BfA without doing the quests as Horde?) and miss out on story, or do the quest and be an asshole Horde that ruined things for the Alliance.
I did feel a bit better about the whole bit when I got to ride the Ancient around and smash things. It felt very Lord of the Rings to me, which I appreciated.
The thing that really got to me, though, and made me just stop with some time left on the timer and just cry was trying to evacuate Darnassus. Helping the people just felt so… hopeless. I’m sure it didn’t help being in a weird headspace as of late, but it just struck a chord with me that broke me (even writing about it makes me tear up).
I’ve never seen the Horde as evil. I’ve always seen both sides as extremely grey for different reasons and decisions (I mean, no human being, or humanoid being is perfect), but Sylvanas has pretty much gut punched me with her petty ass decision to torch the tree. Just. Why?
But hey, at least the Hippogryph is pretty awesome! I’ve always loved Hippogryphs. Since I started playing back in Burning Crusade. Zangarmarsh was my favorite zone, mainly due to the Hippogryphs. Plus, I’ve mained a Tauren Druid for the majority of my time in WoW. So they just hold a soft place in my heart.
I’ve never particularly been a fan of elves of any sort in any fantasy setting. They’ve never been my jam. Don’t even really care for them in Lord of the Rings. To me, they always feel very trope-ish, and I have yet to find one in my reading that breaks all the “Elven” tropes. Even in WoW. I tried hard to like Elves in WoW. But I only got a Night Elf Druid to level 6 and a Blood Elf Paladin to level 5 before I made aggravated noises and rolled different characters.
But this dislike of Elves has only ever extended into the realm of, “eh, I don’t care for Elves and will roll my eyes at you for trying to convince me to play one,”, and “that’s awesome that you like Elves and think they’re great and have perfect qualities! I’m happy for you! But that still doesn’t change my opinion.”
So this whole, poison-Elves-and-burn-their-town-to-start-our-advance felt really dirty. And completely against how the Alliance and Horde have been attempting to work together to conquer the Legion this past expansion.
And then just like, choosing to burn down Teldrassil just because? JUST BECAUSE?! I know Sylvanas isn’t a nice character, per se. I know how conflicted she is per her back story. And I understand her tactical advances (the first portion of the questline). But this was a step way too far. Just because she wants to “kill hope”? Like. Just. This is epic bullshit.
After finally finishing the War of Thorns on Horde side, I watched the Saurfang cinematic. I don’t really know how to put into words all the feelings I had while watching it, outside of saying that I cried at all the things. Pretty much the entire time. For lots of different reasons. I’m excited to see how Saurfang plays out as a part of the expansion story, because Blizzard wouldn’t spend the resources on making a cinematic like this if it wasn’t important.
Like many other bloggers participating in Blaugust, I am one to set gaming goals. I won’t go into reasons why, at this particular moment, only because I was inspired by someone else who doesn’t do gaming goals to go into a deeper explanation on why I create them! This post is also a “get the post in for the day” type deal, as I’m having a low spoon day, and I had to do some apartment hunting on top of it.
For a bit of clarification (because it may seem like a lot of goals), when I set my goals, I don’t set them to necessarily be accomplished for the month. But more on that in the aforementioned post.
I did it. I ground stuff out and did things and stuff! And things. I’ve been kind of disenamored with WoW, as of late. Partially because depression makes it difficult to do anything but sit in front of Netflix, as of late, but also because I haven’t been enjoying alt raiding. Thus, I couldn’t really motivate myself in any sense to log in for a while. Which put me at a detriment when I tried grinding out a few things the two days prior to patch-day.
The Gold Queen put out a reminder about how Pet Tokens were changing, and that we should use them up before they were essentially dust. I didn’t actually know that was happening (I have a habit of not reading up on anything until changes happen because it’s all in so much flux and I don’t have the spoons to handle consistent changes in my games on top of managing life). So I rushed over to Dalaran, and talked to the fine ladies in the Menagerie. I picked up my mirror toy, and just bought a bunch of stones and bags to use up all of my tokens. So I guess I’ll get to do a bit of grinding out on pets when Squirt comes around, and use some stones, as well.
I also finally made it over to the Mage Tower on my main. I honestly don’t care much about alts, but I wanted the skin for my main spec (Prot), at the very least. It took me a few tries, though, despite trying it ages ago when it first released (to much failure). First try, haha. Well. It went extremely poorly. I forgot about only taking approximately 5-7 stacks (I had 10) and firmly faceplanted, even with an orb. The second try, I breezed through the first half and easily got to Kruul… where I got knocked off the platform (though I am unsure if it was by him or an add). The third time I had him down to 4%! But, look! An add! And no Intercept! Wheeeeee! Off the side I go again! The fourth time I was very confused. I got him down to 1%, and then thought I died. I was so absolutely angry. I was cursing and going on about not wanting to do it again (even though I knew I would), and then realized I’d rez’d in Dal. Wait. What? Why am I in Dal? Wait… did it say I got him in the quest? IT SAID I GOT HIM IN THE QUEST! So I trotted myself over to sexy Dadgar and handed it in and got my new (fairly ugly) mage tower skin. I called it quits on skins, after that. I rarely play DPS on Chestnaught because Blizzard has ruined trying to level alt-specs for me. And they also ruined playing alts for me (a thing I adored back in Wrath and Cataclysm before my five year hiatus), so I didn’t bother hopping on my Shaman or Hunter to grind those out.
Then I finally decided to get the last few First Aid achievements I needed. And can we just say that Field Medic was a pain in the butt… but bless all those parties that were going. And, honestly? Those parties made me feel a lot better about the WoW environment! I’ve spent a lot of time avoiding pugs of all sort this expansion because of some pretty poor experiences at the start (and then consistently getting kicking my under max level characters in every single Timewalk I tried…), but the Field Medic parties were pretty good. They were either completely silent outside of a “brb handing in”, or they were super chatty, wishing each other luck, joking about wishing drops could be traded, just generally chatting, etc. It was a nice backdrop while I watched Interview With a Vampire for the first time.
Level Chest-Dwarf to 60 (then boost to 110) for Double Agent achievement
Level Macadamia to 110 (towards Quintessential Quintet achievement—which puts me at 3/5 if I recall?)
Obtain flying in Draenor (so that I can level more alts for Quintessential Quintet)
Finish Nagrandeur achievement
Explore Shadowmoon Valley achievement
Explore Nagrand acheivement
Securing Draenor achievement
Revered with The Sabersatlkers
Revered with Order of the Awakened
Revered with Vol’in’s Headhunters
Level Arraign (Femcow Death Knight) to 110
Level ?? (probably Kaelari, the Femcow Paladin?) to 110
Yeah, there’s a theme there. I’d like all my Tauren ladies to be up and at max for the release of the expansion. So, we’ll see how far I get in a month…ish. So, those are my goals going forwards! What are you guys working on to finish out before BfA?
A new week means a new stream schedule! Last week, my depression hit me hard, so I didn’t particularly do much gaming in general. Today doesn’t feel much better on that front, but I’m hoping it evens out a bit for the week.
Due to not being able to stream due to health, I never did my 100 follower giveaway. So I plan on doing that on Sunday the 22nd @ 4:30PM EST/8:30PM GMT while I stream some more Life is Strange! The giveaway is for a $10 USD steam code giveaway. If you’d like to participate, you must be following my Twitch page, and you must be in chat at the time to enter the raffle.
For a change up this week, I’m going to be doing a little bit of WoW to dive into some of the few final things I want to grind out before BfA (before I’m no longer eligible).
Thank you to everybody who supports my streams and content in general. I appreciate all of you for understanding health comes first, and sticking with me through that. Y’all are such awesome people.
Congrats to all that were there on the first kill (March 29, 2018)! I’m hoping we can get the mount for some more guildies. A few folks have poked officers about it, and I think they’re concocting something along the same lines as the Moose? I hope so, anyway.
We’ve only downed him once, so far. But I’m sure we’ll get him on farm soon, so long as we can skip Coven. We’ve also only downed them once, and they are murder for us, apparently. I think I might be the only one in guild who enjoys the Coven fight.
Then from EVE (which does have some pretty awesome character customization, despite the lack of ever really seeing your character), I hopped over into WildStar. Even in WildStar, I didn’t get too fancy with my costumes, outside of my Zatanna attempt.
WildStar has a pretty freaking stellar costuming system that a lot of games should take notes on. I hold WildStar up as the epitome of costume customization. Easy to save your current character look via copying a code string so you can come back to it. And then you can pretty much have unlimited costumes, if you’re willing to buy the slots for them. Another cool feature in WildStar—if your plate wearing toon obtains some plate, you can costume it onto a non-plate wearing toon. Sold!
So when I came back to WoW, and I was interested about getting into transmog, it felt clunky and annoying compared to what I was used to. So I just kinda… didn’t.
Strike a Pose (Vogue)
Shaelee’s “Summer” themed outfit
That’s changed a little bit since I tried out the Trial of Style on its most recent round through town. I’m still not one hundred percent sold on transmog, but I’m a bit more willing to try to play around with it if inspiration strikes me.
Participating in the event was fun, but kind of stressful, in a way. I have a clothie (Macadamia), two mail toons (Shaelee and Hazelnutt), and a plate toon (Chestnaught) that were easy to cycle through. The leather is where I had a difficult time.
Both of my high-level leather toons are toons that I no longer play, nor plan to play, except for maybe grabbing the initial 500 Timewalking badges on occasion. They sit there, at the bottom of my character list, and I do nothing with them. So choosing one to participate in the Trial of Style was difficult.
My outfit which kind of feels like a tribute to Aquaman!
I ended up choosing Chestnut, and using the same costume for all the competitions just to get them out of the way and get the gear, but I’m very proud of her costumes. I do need to roll up a new Druid and Monk, though, so I have leather toons. Maybe I’ll make them Highmountain Tauren.
I had more fun than I thought I would at the Trial of Style. I’m still not sold on transmog overall, but I’m willing to give it a bit more of thought and start really collecting items for it.
I realize that there’s only a week left in December, but I wanted to try to set a few goals for myself for the week, especially since life will be a bit lighter than usual. It’ll also focus the free time I have available.
So, here we go! What do I want to try to accomplish this last week of December?
World of Warcraft
There’s a few of the holiday achievements I don’t have that I’d like to work towards, however, I also don’t have other stuff unlocked/obtained to work towards them (again, I’ve talked about it before, but if achievements are going to be account bound, they should damn well be actually account bound!!). Such as the reputation with Ogri’la, a Gaudy Sweater, a Crashin’ Flyer, the Iron Armada set, etc.
Level Arraign (Horde DK) to 90 towards “Quintessential Quintet”
Level Chestnaught (Alliance Warrior) to 55 towards “Double Agent”
“Crashing’ & Thrashin'” achievement
“Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s” achievement
“Let It Snow” achievement
Obtain a Globe Yeti (since I just found out about them, oh, yesterday)
Secret World Legends
Get Ky (Chest? I’m not sure how to refer to her…) to level 5