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(A Dozen) Things to do in Azeroth when you’re dead (bored)…

(A Dozen) Things to do in Azeroth when you’re dead (bored)…

We’re now in the middle of the long night of no content, with an undefined dawn awaiting at some nebulous future point.

With potentially so long to go before Legion launches, possibly as long as another 8 months, for those that still want to play WoW, what is there to occupy your time?

What can you possibly do in a game where there’s been no visible content in over 6 months already, with a seemingly bigger barren desert stretching out in front of you as well?

What to do when, like me, your guild is all but dead, awaiting resurrection in Legion?

Well, this is where we start digging into different kinds of content, improving our gear to solo newer content, and grinding out the stuff we didn’t get time to do when the content that was there was fresh.


The List

  1. Mount Runs
  2. Pet Collecting
  3. Toy Collecting
  4. Title Collecting
  5. Achievement Hunting
  6. Valor & Legendary Ring Upgrades
  7. Rep Grinding
  8. Transmog Collecting
  9. Gold Capping
  10. PvP
  11. Levelling Alts & gearing them (including opposite faction)
  12. Professions

So let’s take a quick scoot through some examples of the above list, shall we?


Mount Collecting

I’m a collector. I love collecting things in game, regardless of what it is. If there’s a checklist of things to pick up in game, I love ticking off all the boxes in order to fulfil achievements, pick up bonus rewards or whatever.

The first and primary thing I love to collect are Mounts.

Mounts are a statement of what you’ve achieved in WoW, more than anything else. Some require patience, such as Ashes of A’lar, where the drop rate is so abominably low that you could feasibly go the remainder of the game’s lifetime and never see it drop, even running Tempest Keep on 11 different characters every week.

Some mounts require skill (PvP mounts, looking at you here!), some require friends, some need pure luck, others just cold hard cash, and yet others just need you to complete content or grind reputation.

But most will remark upon some kind of activity that you’ve carried out in order to acquire it.

Of course some you get just for collecting other mounts. I’m currently sitting at somewhere just shy of 210 mounts on my Paladin, and so I need about another 41 or so to pick up the newest added reward for the 250 mount mark, the Felfire Hawk.

So I generally will run older raids for the most prized mounts I still don’t have yet, such as Invincible from 25m Heroic Lick King, the aforementioned Ashes of A’lar from Tempest Keep, Mimiron’s Head from 25m Ulduar, the 2 dropped mounts from Firelands (I got the meta mount when it was still current content), 2 of the 3 dropped mounts from Dragon Soul etc etc.

I do have some prized mounts from older raids and instances that I’ve managed to pick up over the years, such as the Headless Horseman’s mount, the mount from Midnight in Karazhan, the Onyxia mount, all the useless (outside of the instance) mounts from AQ bar the black one, both Malygos mounts, both Sartharion mounts among many others.

But there are more yet to acquire…

Pet Collecting

These are easy enough, for the most part. This is one that requires patience, as collecting the pets that are available in the wild just requires you to nip around the various continents of WoW battling and capturing the pets you don’t yet have.

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Some will require you to fulfil meta achievements, such as drops of other pets from raid bosses, or be lucky with garrison missions, some just need you to get really lucky with spawns (hello Unborn Val’kyr), and again, some will require simple cold hard cash (either IRL or ingame).

As for me, I’ve collected all of the wild pets you can get, bar 2 rare spawns in Draenor. I’m still working on some of the raid boss drops, either by doing old raids, or buying them on the BM/AH.

Once collected, there’s always the option of levelling them as well, or maybe doing the Celestial Tournament in Pandaria if you haven’t done that. I have, and got all 4 pets, and they’re so worth the effort.

There are the new Legendary pets to battle in Tanaan Jungle, all of which can reward other pets to boot…

Toy Collecting

This is one that I’m not really actively working on, but I do know some people that are as fervent about collecting toys as I am about Mounts & Pets.

Always bear in mind that there are some items that aren’t toys right now, but will become such in Legion.

Title Collecting

Again, not another high on my list of priorities, mainly because I stick with a handful of titles I already have (my paladin is forever either Judge the Proven Defender or Crusader Judge).

However there are a couple of Titles I have that I’m quite proud of, that are actually quite hard to obtain.

Predator is one. This is obtained from killing a very rare challenge boss in Tanaan Jungle, Xemirkol, and is currently one of the titles I use on my Hunter.

Sar the Undying is another one I’m very fond of. Unobtainable now, sadly, but it was garnered by running a full 10 man raid team through Naxxramas without dying to any bosses, prior to 4.0.3 when it was removed from the game. Even then, it was quite the achievement to do. We never did get round to completing the 25 man version, the Immortal

Achievement Hunting

This one’s fairly self explanatory, and doesn’t need much going over. Simply have a look at the achievements you don’t have and set about clearing some of the easier ones to begin with.

I’m about 270 points short of 17,000 achievement points on my Hunter, so I’ve still a fair few to pick up, particularly PvP achievements, which I’ve got very few of.

Valor and Legendary Ring upgrades

Yep, the busy work at the end of the expansion for the 2nd time in a row. Gear obtained from the latest raid instance can be boosted by 5 item levels for 250 Valor Points. This can be done a maximum of twice per piece of gear, giving each piece a maximum of an extra 10 item levels. Overall this would/should boost your overall item level by about 10, giving you that little bit of extra oomph for other activities, regardless of whether you’re a raider or not.

Similarly Crystallised Fel can be obtained to upgrade your Legendary Ring (if you have it) by 3 item levels per time. This can be done until your ring’s iLevel maxes out at 795. Currently I’m at 753 with an Archimonde run still to be done this week.

Of course if you don’t want to run Archimonde each week, once you’re done with the Valor upgrades for your other gear, you can purchase the same Fel item from a vendor in Tanaan for a whopping 1250 Valor.

If you ask me, upgrading your other gear is a far better use of your Valor in the meantime, as 1250 Valor will fully upgrade 2½ pieces of gear. I’ll carry on with the Archi kills until they’re no longer viable methinks, and buy one now and then with any extra Valor I have, as I’m nearly fully upgraded with it anyway.

Rep Grinding

The rep grinds in Warlords were, as has been admitted by Blizzard, godawful. Simple, mindless, drawn-out rep grinds are lazy and uninspired, and the initial reps in WoD were exactly that. Mind you if grinding out reputation in this manner appeals, then you’re already likely to have gotten to exalted with the likes of the Frostwolf Orcs/Council of Exarchs or Arrakoa etc.

The reputations in 6.2 that were added to pad out the meta achievement for flying in Draenor were more palatable, but were gated behind dailies, so couldn’t be done in less than a few weeks.

Of course there are plenty of older reputations that you can grind out. This is one of the drawbacks about changing main characters like I did 6 months ago. I have nearly 50 exalted reps acquired on my Paladin, having played her as my main for nearly 7 years, but now I’m on my Hunter?

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This makes acquiring related titles, such as The Beloved from the 60 reputation achievement that much harder to do.

Ideally the meta would count all the reps you have at exalted across your account, whilst obviously not counting any of the same reps twice. Easily solved by giving a Feat of Strength achievement for each and every exalted reputation on your account, and have the metas work off of those counts.

Transmog Collecting

This is a massive one for me. As you’re probably aware I’m a huge lover of the transmog system not only in WoW, but also of similar systems in other games such as Wildstar, Elder Scrolls online etc.

Legion will of course bring a massive and very welcome overhaul of the transmog system, giving us a collection/wardrobe system similar to that seen in Wildstar. This will happily include Tabards and weapon enchants!

Of course you’re also going to have a starter wardrobe added at the very start of Legion/pre-patch, as you’ll be given access to all the quest rewards you’ve had the opportunity to gather over the years, even including the choices you didn’t take at the time!

If you haven’t already, I thoroughly recommend getting yourself setup with a full set of Hexweave bags to maximise your bag space ahead of Legion to allow for maximum transmog collecting potential. I did this a couple of days ago and got an extra 70 or so bag slots across my personal bags & bank slots. It cost about 12,000 gold, but it was most definitely worth it.

Even at that, 12,000 gold isn’t a massive outlay these days, especially if, like me, you’re looking to set about…

Gold Capping

This is another target for me in Warlords, and one of the main things keeping me ticking over in the meantime – hitting the gold cap at least once.

Hitting the mythical cap is something I’ve wanted to do forever in WoW. As someone who entered Warlords with a grand total of 50,000g and thinking at the time that I was rich (bless), I’ve seen my gold total hit nearly 700k in the time between launch and now.

Currently I’m sitting at just over 500k, having made some investment in mounts to keep a hold of until later in the year in order to re-sell for hopefully a decent bit of profit. I’ve also spent quite a chunk of change over the past few days acquiring the remaining Heirloom items from vendors, and getting some stuff fully upgraded to 2/2 or up to 100. So I now have every Heirloom available for purchase in game, and only lacking the ones available from the Darkmoon Faire, or the Dread Pirate ring from the Fishing Contest.

1 million gold, you will be mine eventually…

PvP

This is one for me, as PvP is something I’ve not done a huge amount of in the past. Mainly this was down to me playing a Prot Paladin, and as such killing players wasn’t exactly something I was going to excel at, given my damage output potential in Prot Spec.

Sure I could have switched to Ret, and did from time to time, but that’s like writing with the wrong hand. Sure you can do it, and maybe it’ll even be legible, but it’s sure as hell not going to considered calligraphy now, is it?

That changed recently, as you’ll have read in my previous post, so no need to expound upon that further as you can go read that if you haven’t already.

Mind you that was carried out with a focus on acquiring a long-desired transmog set, so PvP for other reasons (gear, achievements, mounts etc) is something I’ve yet to do a lot of.

Levelling Alts

This is something I only tend to do if I’m extremely bored in WoW. However it is a great time waster and fills out the feckless days with aplomb.

Mind you there are shortcuts to levelling characters available on the Blizzard Store, now up to 100, but that’s £40 to level a character I’ll likely not play a lot of.

In fact my free 100 boost I got from pre-purchasing Legion is still sitting unused, awaiting the arrival of Gnome Hunters. I’m levelling a human hunter on and off. Actually my 2nd human hunter, my first is sitting at 92 and unplayed. Why not use the boost on that one instead?

Meh, it gives me something to do I suppose, and levelling another Hunter is never a bad thing 🙂

It’s especially nice to play through the opposite faction 1-60 experience a few times to pick up the background story on multiple paths. Of course once you get to Outland and beyond, the story tends to then mirror the experience of the other faction more significantly, and so becomes less worthwhile. Plus that, and waiting to use a boost at 60+ will also give you instantly maxed level…

Professions

Engineering on the Hunter was a very fast and easy experience to level to the Draenor maximum of 700.

It was so easy in fact, I actually wrote up a full 1-700 in less than 6½ minutes Engineering levelling guide!

I’ve struggled over the past few months since to decide which secondary profession I want to pick up. Should I pick up a gathering profession like Mining again, or go for a second production profession?

Given that Engineering isn’t really about producing stuff for profit more than it is about giving yourself small perks and abilities, such as a free Goblin Glider built into your cloak, I decided that another production profession was the order of the day.

I mulled over Leatherworking and Blacksmithing, but ultimately decided on Tailoring. Cloaks are always useful to sell at the start of any raid tier, and there’s always the evergreen sales of various capacity bags to keep the gold income ticking over.

Well that, and Magic Carpet mounts…

Plenty of things to do in Azeroth when you’re dead (bored)

That’s a dozen things I’ve listed that you can while away the time on during the content lull until Legion eventually hits.

Even if you’re not a fan of some of the things listed, have maybe completed others, there should be something there that you can do ingame until Legion.

There’s always fun and content to be had for those willing to seek it out…

Enjoy!

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Blizzcon Day 2: Warcraft Roundup

Blizzcon Day 2: Warcraft Roundup

So Day 2 is mostly done and dusted, and we had the final half of our televised WoW panels.

First up was the Game Systems panel, and here we learnt quite a bit, including some massive news for transmog junkies!

No cross faction chatter in Class Halls

This is a big one. And an amazingly dumb decision to boot. The fantasy is that you’re the leader of your entire class, the head honcho, the boss, the guvnor. A leader of considerable power and repute, fresh from commanding a successful force on Draenor.

But you can’t talk to those guys over there. Yeah, those guys, the other faction. They have cooties. Eww.

Despite, in lore, both factions being able to communicate freely with each other (see any cutscene featuring Horde & Alliance such as the end cinematic for Siege of Orgrimmar), you, as the leader of your entire class, can’t.

Yep, that’s right, you won’t be able to communicate with 50% of the class you’re meant to be leading.

Sigh…

Demon Hunters will rule them all

Demon Hunter mobility, if it wasn’t already ridiculous enough, seems to have gotten even more OP. Not only can you double jump, but you can glide in mid-air and shoot yourself forward mid-air at will. If you thought DK’s were overplayed in Wrath, man you ain’t seen nothing yet…

Class Changes

Some good ones here for me.

First up, DK runes are being changed to all the same type of rune. No more death vs frost vs blood vs unholy runes. Nope, they’re all going to be the same rune type, thereby simplifying the DK playstyle considerably and making cooldown usage a lot easier. This for me is a great change, because the current rune system is something I’ve never really gelled all that well with tbh. How will current DK players will react? Probably negatively, as I’m sure that complexity is something they’ve come to appreciate over the years since Wrath.

Arcane Mages now have Arcane Charges as a secondary resource in addition to mana.

Shadow Priests are changing quite a lot. They no longer use mana, and instead their new resource is Insanity. The story is that their power comes from the old gods IIRC, and the more they use their power, the more insane they go. The more insane they go, the more powerful their attacks become, and when they hit full insanity they go all hentai and sprout tentacles. This only lasts a short time before wearing off however, so Japanese schoolgirls the world over can breath a sigh of relief.

Disc Priests are also seeing a change in their play-style, albeit one they’ll already be familiar with. In Legion Disc is going balls deep back into Atonement. They’re going full on smite mode, and this is going to be their play-style going forwards, and considerably less waving of their bubble wands.

Demo Locks are going to be all about demon summoning, getting back to the classic vision of Demonology Warlocks. No more Lock tanks.

Guardian Druids, big and bulky as they are, somehow became about dodging incoming damage? Doesn’t fit with common sense, so they’ll be the tanks with high health as they are now, but a lot more armour and straight up soaking damage.

Subtlety Rogues are becoming fucking ninjas bitches. Zip, zip, zip STABBY STABBY STAB….zip. Rinse & Repeat.

The big change though, it gets its own section…

NO MORE RESPEC! TRI-SPEC! QUAD-SPEC!

You get a spec, and you get a spec, everyone gets a spec!

Yes! Finally, after years of pleading and begging, having to make a choice of specs and having to re-spec at the trainer if you wanted to go from Resto/Guardian to Resto/Boomkin, no more! You’ll be able to use any spec available to your class at any time. For most classes that will mean tri-spec, and for druids it means quad-spec…

Professions get *some* love. Finally.

While there was no news on improving the levelling of professions in a similar manner to that seen in Engineering during Warlords (see my 1-700 Engineering guide in under 6½ minutes here), what is there at the moment is going to see some improvement.

Recipes won’t all be learnt from your profession trainer, but will instead be picked up out and about in the world. These recipes themselves will have 3 levels, and the higher a level you are in making something, the more efficient you are at making it.

Each profession will also have a tab with all the unlearned recipes you’re missing. This tab will also have information against each as-yet unlearned recipe about where and how to get it. Nice, and excellent for completionists.

Engineering helms btw? Oh yeah. And as a bonus? THEY FIRE FUCKING MIND BULLETS GAIS! Seriously, they have an on-use effect that fires a bullet at your target.

Major glyphs are GONE. DEAD. NO MORE. Instead it’ll all be minor glyphs. However, you’re not limited to 3 glyphs any longer. Instead, you’ll apply the glyph directly to the spell slot for the ability it amends. Without limit. Awesome.

Itemisation

So, it looks like orange is not the new black, it’s the new purple. Well, to a degree.

Legendaries will drop in the over-world, and these will be items with awesome effects. Like HoT/DoT effects doing their remaining damage all at once? Yeah, ok, so big deal right?

Well when you have that big chunk of damage/healing tick, it’ll tick again, and again, and again on each further tick, for the full duration of the effect. Like I said, awesome. Nerf durids OP.

Duplicate personal loot can be traded. If it’s the same ilevel or worse than what you’ve got or had in the past (yes they track that, and that’s going to be mega-important later in this post, I’ll come back to it), then you’ll be able to trade it to anyone else that was in on the kill. Any reason to keep using Master Looter? Nope! \o/

Transmog

Ok, this is the big one. This is what absolutely sold me on this expansion. Even if the raiding’s shit. Even if the 5 mans are wank, I’ll still be buying and playing Legion. Why exactly am I so excited?

Ok, first up, the Wardrobe is definitely IN and working. Once an item is soulbound to you, it will be unlocked in the Wardrobe.

ACCOUNT WIDE!

Yep, if you unlock a piece of mail on your hunter, you can use that look on your shaman. Unlock the sweet DK helm in Heart of Fear on your Paladin? You’ll be able to use that on your Warrior. Or DK if you must.

You’ll also be able to save a set of trans-mogged gear as an outfit as well. Per spec! So you can have different looks on each spec!

They’re going to take everything in your current void storage & banks and automatically unlock those as well.

The kicker? The thing that had the crowd go absolutely fucking nuts?

Blizzard are going to go back through all the quest items you’ve ever had, and they’re going to unlock those and put them into your wardrobe too!

EVEN THE ONES YOU DIDN’T FUCKING CHOOSE!

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SO. HAPPY. RIGHT. NOW. I need a moment…

Seriously. That is one mega-sized shit-ton of work. Every quest you’ve ever done. On every character you’ve ever had. Unlocking every quest reward you’ve ever had and never had.

Whoah.

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Q&A Panel Info

So after the awesomeness that was the transmog junkies wet dream above, we were straight into the Q&A panel. Let’s bullet point this mother:

  • Flight will be unlocked later in the expansion, not unlockable at launch. However Hunters get some awesome class-specific flight paths no other classes get.
  • The one reality-transcending Legion vs one Legion per-reality will be addressed in Legion.
  • No updates for the TBC races’ starting zones.
  • Running into Alleria and Turalyon will change the way we view WoW…?
  • Class Quests are pretty much the Artifact quest system this expansion.
  • Dalaran has some big secret protecting it from the Legion.
  • Artifacts will have catch-up mechanics for secondary/tertiary specs.
  • Karazhan may become a new 5 man dungeon at some point in Legion?
  • We will be running into the expansion-end boss throughout the expansion, similarly to Arthas in WotLK.
  • Bolvar will be making a cameo appearance.
  • Jaina is a dreadlord. They said she wasn’t, but we all know they’re lying.

So that was Day 2, and I’m finishing this Blizzcon a bit happier than I was going in, but I’ll process my thoughts and do a final thoughts blog post in a day or two.

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