The Battle for Stormwind

We knew something was up in Stormwind, since the King had set up camp in the Harbor. Valiant warriors lined the lookout point, keen to be the first to see attackers on the horizon.

Whatever was going on, clearly, the King was not pleased.

Once the invaders struck, I could not help my innate boomkin tendencies…and much rooting ensued.

Did I mention they were VERY BIG roots?

Relative calm came over the harbor after we pushed back the invaders.

And much rejoicing — and some DDR (Druid Dance Revolution) ensued.

Less Than 24 Hours ’til Wrath…

Unlike many other folks, I am not heading out to stand in line to obtain my copy of Wrath at Midnight tonight. We probably have 5 midnight signings in a 30-mile radius, btw. I am just not a standing-in-line-for-4-hours kind of a person. We did actually get in the car and head out for the Midnight release of Burning Crusade. But by 11:00 p.m., when we arrived, there were already 300-400 people in line. We went home and picked up our copy of the expansion early the next morning.

Thanks to last night’s unexpected downtime, and today’s maintenance that was supposed to be completed no later than 50 minutes ago, I have not done the few last minute things I wanted to do for my characters to get them ready for Northrend on Thursday. However, unlike Thrall, I’ve got a map for my invasion that includes Northrend:

  1. Move all of my 70s to their chosen starting area before logging out tonight. Alliance side this means half at Menethil Harbor amd half at Stormwind Harbor. Horde-side, Undercity. I like to hedge my bets.
  2. Take Too Many Annas’ suggestion and turn off YELL in my chat panel to help save my sanity. To turn off /yell  right clicking on the general tab of your chat window, go to settings, and uncheck the box next to Yell.  This will filter out annying players yelling YOUR MOM…but you’ll still hear NPC yells.
  3. Grab good quality water x80 for all 70s (-the mage) from IF/SW/UC.
  4. Double-check they have a 20-stack of their two favorite elixirs. If not, make them on the alchemist.
  5. Get the screenshot folder organized — there’s gonna be a lot of neat stuff to see and many pix to snap.

Once I get to Northrend I have 2 top priorities:

  1. Train up all professions on all 5 toons. This includes cooking and fishing.
  2. The mage will be recalling to Shatt as soon as she trains her alchemy so she can grab a last few skill points from old world herbs while making my toons their flask of choice.

Orgrimmar Under Attack!

Wow.

After Thrall and Hellscream had a smackdown, trying to work out their longstanding…issues –with Thrall getting his ass handed to him — in a shocking turn of events…

They were interrupted by an invasion of ghouls and frostwyrms in the Valley of Honor.

I valiantly dotted up these flying carcasses, and dispatched many of them into the valley floor.

Who knows what tomorrow brings, but as always, I fight by the Dark Lady’s side.

Countdown to Wrath…

With less than a week until the expansion, I have busied myself doing all the typical activities–

  • Cleaning out my banks
  • Selling off excess enchants as scrolls on the auction house
  • Mad rep grind to get the Ambassador title for one of my alts
  • Rerolling an undead mage (she’s the lady in the above screenie) on a new server to see if it would be a better place for my shadow priest to play
  • Character transferring my shadow priest to that server I rerolled on, with its seemingly more active horde population

What have you been up to?

Packrats of the World of Warcraft Rejoice!

My druid’s bank is full. It’s always been full. There are her 35 vanity pets, the miscellaneous quest items…the full sets of Tier 1 and Tier 2 gear she can’t bear to part with, the boomkin set she totes around with her…

I’ve gotten a lot of grief from guildies and friends over my packrattyness. “You’re never going to want to wear any of that again”, they say. “That crap is taking up all your bank slots”, etc.  But truth be told, I didn’t just keep the clothes around to play dress up — I also kept them as mementos from my early days raiding. I mean, after all the bad luck I had pursuing [Will of Arlokk], I just can’t shard it now can I?

As it turns out, Blizzard is rewarding packrats like me in two ways when the patch lands today:

  1. My plentiful mounts and vanity pets will become spells, freeing up 2 bags
  2. All the “crap” in my bank that dropped off final raid bosses will be proof of my killing them for their associated achievements

Unfortunately, I didn’t save much that dropped for my main in heroic dungeons– she usually had better gear from raiding than anything that could drop for her in them. I have a feeling though that after the patch we will see some renewed interest in heroics, for the achievement factor.

Today’s post-work WoW agenda: Level inscription. Learn all mounts/vanity pets as spells. Reorganize contents of newly thinned-out banks. Retrain everyone.

WotLK: Factions to Grind

When it comes to picking factions to grind, I keep in mind a few variables: gear I can use for a specific character, supporting recipes for their professions, and vanity pets. I mean, would I have ground out Sporeggar rep to Exalted had there not been a [Tiny Sporebat]? No way!

With that criteria in mind, I made a list of the Wrath of the Lich King factions known to have reputation-based rewards.

Neutral

The above factions with a * allow you to purchase a tabard at Friendly. When worn in a dungeon, that tabard allows you to earn rep with that faction, regardless of the reputation associated with the dungeon in which you are fighting. A nice way to encourage folks to branch out into a variety of dungeons, rather than living for a month in one just for grinding rep.

In addition to the above factions, if you are an engineer interested in acquiring the plans to make a [Mekgineer's Chopper]/[Mechano-hog], you will have to grind 4 factions you might otherwise skip maxing out: Horde Expedition Exalted (The Hand of Vengeance, The Sunreavers, The Taunka, and Warsong Offensive) or Alliance Vanguard Exalted (Explorers' League, The Frostborn, The Silver Covenant and Valiance Expedition). As of right now, I haven't seen any details on faction-specific rewards for these individual factions. There is a quartermaster for the combined grouping, however, the rewards are not that interesting other than the motorcycle. But as with anything not yet live, that remains to be seen.

The biggest surprise to me after reviewing all the reputation rewards was the lack of Blacksmithing, Alchemy, and Enchanting recipes from faction grinds. I'd gotten quite used to making my druid enchanter chase after a variety of factions to round out her enchanting repertoire.

Details on specific faction rewards after the cut.

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List of Lists: WotLK Info

Too Many Annas has put together a great compendium of WotLK information resources.

Be sure to check out the Banana Shoulders-produced "Siha’s Inscription Guide" linked to therein and go cry. I am not sure where I can stuff any more herbs before my Scribe-to-be’s bank explodes. Her recommended shopping list is a little more than what I have on hand right now:

  • 150x Earthroot, Peacebloom, or Silverleaf
    (DONE)
  • 100x Briarthorn, Bruiseweed, Mageroyal, Stranglekelp, or Swiftthistle
    (DONE)
  • 285x Grave Moss, Kingsblood, Liferoot, or Wild Steelbloom
    (NEED 40)
  • 270x Fadeleaf, Goldthorn, Khadgar’s Whisker, or Wintersbite
    (NEED 50)
  • 270x Arthas’ Tears, Blindweed, Firebloom, Ghost Mushroom, Gromsblood, Purple Lotus, or Sungrass
    (NEED 50)
  • 235x Dreamfoil, Golden Sansam, Icecap, Mountain Silversage, Plaguebloom
    (DONE)
  • 490x Any Outland herbs
    (DONE)

Guess my day’s WoW plans are now clear to me…

Cooking Achievements in Wrath

Although it's not as awesome as "Iron Chef" you can earn a "Chef" title from achievements after Wrath of the Lich King launches. To earn the title, you need to complete all of the following cooking achievements:

  • Grand Master cook
  • The Cake Is Not A Lie
  • Kickin' It Up a Notch
  • The Northrend Gourmet
  • Second That Emotion
  • Critter Glitter
  • Our Daily Bread (differs for horde and alliance)
  • Dinner Impossible
  • Captain Rumsey's Lager
  • Sous Chef
  • The Outland Gourmet

Read on for details on each achievement's criteria.

P.S. Collecting all the recipes in game is not required for the Chef title, but it is a related achievement. I've compiled a guide to all the recipes currently available in game and how to obtain them.

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