I mentioned in my 2017 wrap up post that raiding had gone a bit weird for awhile with yet another guild disruption and shifting and all that. I’m not going to dwell on it- the past is in the past. And since Antorus opened, I’ve been trying to keep a positive attitude towards everything, because I just want to have a good bunch of people to play this awesome game with.

So far, things are going really well.

As of tonight, we are 6/11 mythic bosses down. Tonight especially was amazing. We have been working on Mythic Imonar, and were kinda in a slump. People were feeling a bit crap, and were getting tired so making silly mistakes. It wasn’t looking great. But somehow, on the last pull of the night, magic happened. Somehow, everything came together, and not only did we get further than we had gone before, we completely winged it for the whole last section and killed the guy. It was amazing. And even better- I was streaming when we got the kill.

Hey by the way, I stream now hehe I decided with Antorus opening and the new guild happening that I would start streaming. I have a good computer that can handle it, decent internet connection- why the hell not? So I stream our raid nights. I don’t really have many viewers because most of the time it’s stupid o’clock in the US, and Aussies are usually raiding themselves. But I do have some lovely people who come along now and then who I am extremely grateful for. And when people sit mythic fights, they sometimes pop in to watch how we’re going and how we’re doing a fight in case they get called in to do it. So it’s not always too quiet.

So anyway tonight, I somehow managed to have about 5 people in my stream cheering us on while we got the kill. It was really great. 😀 I can understand how people get addicted to the streaming thing. It’s a great feeling having an audience to cheer you on while you do these things. Really helps with the whole buzz.

Anyways, I just wanted to say that I’m really loving my guild. We seem to have a really good bunch of people who can all be really stupid together (like, really bloody stupid) but still get along really well and pull our shit together when it comes to raiding. And we can be cross with each other for awhile without it resulting in people leaving or getting too fed up. It’s hard to stay cross in this team when you’ve people being Pokemon’s and what not (thanks Advo!)

All of our kill shots are up on my raiding gallery (and below for now). And if you happen to want to come along one night while I’m streaming, I’m usually on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights, 8pm-11pm AEDT (so Melbourne time) over at twitch.tv/cinder_streams.

 

 

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~*~*~*~*~ This post contains spoilers for collecting the Retribution Paladin hidden appearance ~*~*~*~*~

During the Christmas break I had made the decision to get the Corrupted Ashbringer skin for my retribution paladin artifact (the hidden appearance). I looked up on wowhead what I needed to do. I knew it was quite a detailed expedition, so was not surprised at the number of steps involved.

The first step, however, involved collecting 2 books- one that was a random spawn in a dungeon, and the other from a pvp battleground. I was immediately put off from my mission. I’m not great at pvp as it is. The thought of having to try and do something else during that pvp experience made me nervous. I mentioned this in guild, and was delighted to find out from a guildie that the book required (Nat Pagle’s Guide to Extreme Anglin’ ) was not bind on pick up. I was able to buy it from the Auction House! So off I went. Unfortunately, there were none available. I put a pin in my plans, and vowed to check each day to see if a book would appear on the AH. And the promptly forgot.

Then on Saturday, I remembered again that I wanted to do this, so off I went to the AH, and there is was! It wasn’t too expensive either, so I bought it immediately. The guide I was followed mentioned the next book I needed to get, A Thoroughly Read Copy of “Nat Pagle’s Guide to Extreme Anglin'”, was a rare spawn in Dire Maul. Paladins are so slow, so the guide suggested farming for this on a toon with lots of speed boosts, so I took my little Demon Hunter in, just for fun. I looked on the map to see some spawn points, and chose one at random. So off I went, and wouldn’t you know it, the book was right there!!! I found out afterwards that the spawn of the book had been made more common, so I felt a bit less lucky after that, but it did make things go faster.

Next up was a trip to Blackwing Lair for Nefarian’s Head. Unfortunately I didn’t score any pets or transmog, which was a little disappointing, but it passed quickly enough.

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Next up it was back to my order hall, to speak with someone who might know about the books and what they’re talking about, Sister Elda. (The whole purpose of the chain is to figure out the story in the book, to find the Shard of Darkness that will corrupt Ashbringer (and give the appearance)).  Of course she sent me back to Dire Maul, where I spoke to Prince Tortheldrin. HE then sent me off to speak to someone else (I’m noticing a pattern here…)

As an Alliance I was sent to speak to Alexia Ironknife at Chillwind Camp.

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No surprises here- she doesn’t know anything either, and send me off to read someone’s journal (bit personal, really!)

Guess what? Still no answers! All we get is a clue as to where the remains of someone may be found… in a grotty slime. Now this is the part where I expected to have to wait some time. I’d been told the spawn timer on the slime was really long. Despite that, I headed off to Thondroril River in Western Plaguelands. As expected, the slime wasn’t here. By this time my alt run was due to start, so I left her sitting near the spawn point, and off I went.

The next day I went about business as usual for quite awhile before remembering I was working on getting the skin (I really am getting quite forgetful!!). I logged on to my paladin, and wouldn’t you know it, the slime was right there in front of me!! I waited a few minutes and looked around to see if anyone else was waiting for the slime to spawn, but it appeared I was alone. So I (very slowly!) killed it, to get the next piece required.

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The item the slime dropped was Timolain’s Phylactery. I used it be the river and spoke to Timolain the Accursed who revealed (dun dun duuuuunnnnn!!!) that the Shard of Darkness we were looking for was right there in the river somewhere! All we had to do was fish for it.

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Now I had heard nightmares about this fishing part of the questline. I expected to be at this for hours, if not days. So I set myself up with some Netflix on one screen, and set about fishing. In a way I was almost a little disappointed when, less than 15 minutes later, the item dropped for me. Almost 😉

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From here it was smooth sailing. I went back to my order hall to speak with Lord Maxwell Tyrosus (who was not at all impressed with my request to corrupt Ashbringer, let me tell you!!). But being obedient as he is, we went on a journey to the Death Knight order hall, Acherus, to undertake the corruption process.

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I really liked this part of the quest line. Firstly, there’s something naughty about being in another class’s order hall, so it’s a bit of fun. Secondly, it was just really nicely done. Tyrosus is just not happy throughout the whole thing, and wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible. Me, on the other hand, well I was determined to get my light-ridden hands on everything hehehe! We meet with the Four Horsemen and convinced them to create the final piece – the Heart of Corruption.

They were a bit reluctant, but we convinced them in the end. I roamed around a little to try and explore, but the floor was blocked off and I couldn’t go anywhere else, which was a little disappointing, but not unexpected.

In the end I got Tyrosus out of there and back to the safety of the paladin order hall, where I learned the hidden appearance.

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Of course the first thing I had to do was come up with a new transmog to match the appearance. I found some bright green pieces that I thought would work well…. and yeah there we are. Corrupted Ashbringer acquired.

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I know I had it a lot easier than those who were working on this when it first came out, but I still had a lot of fun with it. I’m not sure that I’ll keep using the appearance. It’s great an all, but honestly I prefer the original. 😀

Now to figure out which appearance to get next.

~*~*~* This post contains spoilers for the Hunter class mount quest chain.~*~*~* 

One of my ongoing goals in game to have completed before the next expansion is to get all of the class mounts. I’ve been slowly but steadily making my way through levelling each class, then getting their mount/s. Today, I unlocked another, my hunter, bringing me up to 7 class mounts so far.

Levelling my hunter has really been quite the mission. Once I had finished levelling my priest and getting her mount, I was pretty much done with the classes that I play somewhat regularly (i.e. I’ll play them for fun, too, not just for mounts/achievements). Everything after my priest has been difficult. The toons themselves don’t have great gear (just baleful gear from WoD) and because I don’t know the classes well, they’re slow to level, and well… boring. But, I want all the mounts! So I persevered.

I decided my hunter would be next, not because I like the mount (it’s honestly one of my least favourites), but because the novelty of gnome hunters was still alive and well, so off Cinderling went. I started out levelling as Marksman because I like the weapon appearance, but to be honest it was pretty rubbish to level with, so I swapped over to Beastmaster, which proved to be a LOT better.

She dinged 110 a few days ago. Then it was off to the Broken Shore to get going on the Legionfall Campaign that would ultimately give me my mount. Cinderling had a much better time getting through this than other classes, because the pets just tanked for daaaays, so it all passed very quickly. Once I was done (earlier this morning) it was time to get my mount!WoWScrnShot_010218_145737

The quest line for the hunter mount was actually quite great. We receive an invitation from Odyn to take part in a great hunter feast (where hunters get to have a feast, not be the feast!) that takes place in the Field of the Eternal Hunt (where you go fight Fenryr in the Halls of Valor dungeon). The feast is by a beautiful warm fire and it’s all lovely with food everywhere. But then a “chosen one” (guess who!)is to go out into the darkness to hunt for spirit beasts to earn their favour.

So off I go.

The area is in pitch black darkness of night, with a sky full of stars. So pretty.

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We need to track the beasts, so hunter tracking is on, and picks up some dots nearby. Rather than these being beasts, they are clues to take us to the beasts. Each of the clues glowed this translucent spirit-green colour.

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So I followed the clues to each of the beasts. It felt a bit weird having to kill them… as if the spirit of the dead animal wanted to go through all of that death and pain again. So initially I wasn’t sure what to do when I saw the stag. But yes, kill him, I did. As well as the others.

Even though it was weird, they made for some really beautiful screen shots.

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Once the first 4 beasts gave me their “blessing” another 2 “rare” beasts spawned (because I’m just that good at being a hunter!)

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These fights were a little more difficult. In fact, they were a bit of fun, really! The beasts died… and then the super-ultra-rare beast appeared. And he was actually quite beautiful.

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He also needed to be defeated (though I was quite glad that he didn’t actually die!). Odyn called me back and we had a giant piss-up for the rest of the night.

When Cinderling awoke in the hunter’s lodge a little while after, we went outside, and there was a saddle, sitting on a rock.

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Clicking the saddle gave me the mount, Trust of a Loyal Wolfhawk, but not before we had a mini-cinematic (I’m really quite fond of these!)

And there we have it! Hunter class mount acquired! I actually swapped back over to my Marksman spec to do a quest for Artifact Power to get one of the other versions of the mount, the Trust of a Dire Wolfhawk. I haven’t even touched Survival, so will need to get that artifact weapon and level it up at some point in the future. But for now, I’m happy with these two 🙂

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Part two of Topic 29: the 2017 wrap-up double challenge bonanza! 

The second challenge topic we had for December, to help wrap up the year, was to show one favourite screenshot for each month. I like this challenge, because I love taking screenshots (I have almost 3000 just from this year alone!!!) but boy is it a tough challenge choosing only one picture for each month. (ok so I may have cheated a little with the collage up top….). There’s so much exciting stuff that happens! BUT, a challenge is a challenge, so here we go.

January

There were a lot of beginnings in January (aside from it being the beginning of a new year). Firstly, this is when Pit Crew was born. It was supposed to be a new start for our raid team. And whilst things didn’t quite turn out that way, I do have fond memories of our first night in Nighthold, which also opened in January. My screenshots folder is PACKED full of pictures of the raid. It really was beautiful. January was also my first time in Karazhan, and also when we got our Arcanist’s Manasaber, for helping out the Nightbourne.

The screenshot I’ve chosen to share, though, is from my order hall. I chose this pic because it shows one of the things that I love most about WoW- the little things. These two NPCs are actually part of ~*~*SPOILER ALERT~*~*~ the restoration shaman artifact quest line. They’re not here all the time, they just stop by from time to time. And they are just adorable. Adelee is trying to teach Grash how to dance. It’s absolutely adorable. And like I said, is the little things that I love about this game. 🙂WoWScrnShot_011817_180459.jpeg

February

February gave me Experiment 12-B, completed Brawler’s Guild, a ghost moose, and a bunch of raiding achievements. It was also the month I wrote about being harassed online, and was also the month someone in game randomly saw me and whispered me to tell me they enjoyed my blog.

The pic I’ve chosen to share is from when I get my Arcane mage hidden artifact appearance. This whole quest chain was hilarious. And I just adore farmer Cinderlily with her sheep followers!

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March

We went back to the Broken Shore in March, I “discovered” places in Dalaran that have always existed (I’d just never seen them!), I got extremely lucky with loot drops (hidden appearances, legendaries and mounts, oh my!), and bought myself Yu’lei. I also spent a bit of time levelling my priest, got all my hidden appearances for my mage, and took a whole bunch of screenshots of the Cathedral of Eternal Night. I also wrote a few posts in March, my favourite being where I designed my own zone in WoW.

This pic for March, though, is of myself with 4 other lovely ladies I’m so fortunate enough to call friends. Each month (or as often as we can!) myself, Leeta, Natanie, Miggi & MrsO all get together just just hang out in chat and play some games together. Sometimes we run dungeons together, other times we’ll do invasions or old raid runs or even try our hands at Overwatch or Heroes of the Storm. But no matter what we do, we always have a great time, and I’m so glad to know them. ❤

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April

April was “quieter” because I got a new job, so had less time to play. But I still managed to squeeze in an awful lot! It was the month of mounts: I got my fox mount, the Valajar Stormwing, the Leywoven Flying Carpet and I found the Long-Forgotten Hippogryph. We also got to solve some riddles to get a new (to be honest, pretty ugly) mount!

Other than all the mounts, we killed a whole bunch of mythic bosses in Nighthold, and I spent a looooong time bashing my head against the Mage Tower challenge (and not getting it at that time!).

The most fun thing that happened in April was the Inky Black Potion. Everyone went bananas for it, and it’s not hard to see why. I flew all around Azeroth and took a LOT of screenshots with that potion.

We also got to play with baby murlocs, in what was one of the most adorable micro-holidays of the year.

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May

I spent a fair bit of time with my paladin in May, getting her levelled up and finishing her class hall story. We had two micro-holidays that I attended- the Spring Balloon Festival, and the Glowcap Festival. It was also the month I got my Ratstallion mount, and when we started working on mythic Gul’dan.

During this month, we also learned of a little murloc pet, Squirky, who could be captured off the coast of Azsuna, on a very small island full of very strong murlocs. I was extremely lucky when I went to get a Squirky of my own- the lighting was absolutely spectacular, leading to the picture below. I think it looks like a painting. Those cotton candy clouds are just divine!

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June

Class mounts became available in June. I really enjoyed the quest line to get my shaman mount. Oh and what a mount it is! I also headed off to get my mage her class mount, too. I took part in the Running of the Trolls for the first time this year, and it was a lot of fun. Our raid team killed mythic Gul’dan AND mythic Helya – and all of this is just in the first 2 weeks of the month!

I spent some more time levelling a priest, brought Dog to Dalaran, and helped save Chromie. I also followed the clues to get my own Sun Darter Hatchling (which I wrote about here). Tomb of Sargeras took up the bulk of June, though. I took SO many screenshots of that raid. I really enjoyed everything about it. It felt like it had a proper story that contributed to the overall narrative of the expansion. I loved that completing the raid changed the physical world around us. The picture I’ve chosen, for me, represents everything we’re fighting for this expansion- our home (for me, Stormwind) and to stop the Burning Legion.

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July

In July I got to raid with my lovely friends Zee & Neuro again for awhile (though the poor things really did not have a good time with us… things were not great at the time 😦 ) I got myself a Wild Dreamrunner mount and the Paladin and druid class mounts. I even went to visit Faeb, just to say hi. It’s also the month I got my beautiful new PC, Alice!

The highlight for July, though, was hands down *finally* completing the Mage Tower challenge on my resto shaman. I had given up for quite some time as I had gotten so, so frustrated with it. But I stuck to it, and finally got the darn thing. And I felt very accomplished indeed.

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August

We had the Trial of Style in August, and it was a LOT of fun, and I managed to get the Remember to Share achievement, which gave me yet another mount.

However, without a doubt, the biggest thing to happen in August was going to Argus. Not only did we get to explore this world we have heard so much about… but we got to see a whole other side to Azeroth. It hit me right in the feels, this pic.

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September

Another month of mounts, artifact challenge and hidden appearances, and of course, raiding. But easily the most defining moment in September was, after hours of running and and searching a seemingly endless maze, finally seeing this treasure box at the end of it all (and of course getting the Lucid Nightmare mount). I had intended to write about my experience getting this mount, but it was also around this time that my blog went down for extended maintenance, so I didn’t get to. For what it is worth- I absolutely LOVED getting this mount 😀

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October

I ran with gnomes, got more hidden artifact appearances, and got my little priest her class mount. It was a lot of “alts” time that month, just ticking off the achievements.

We also had Hallow’s End, where I got to fly around like a sexy maniacal pumpkin! WoWScrnShot_102017_221050.jpg

November

It’s always all about Blizzcon in November, with everyone flying around in their Blizzcon class mounts. It was also WoW’s birthday, so of course there was lots of alt-levelling here, too, including getting my Monk her class mount.

November was also the month that the guild fell apart. Again. It was particularly sad and painful this time around, because we wanted it to work so much. But some personalities just don’t mesh well, and we split up and went our separate ways.

But on a happier note, November had the Moonkin Festival, which was ADORABLE. I loved having my very own moonkin squad! 😀WoWScrnShot_111217_225231.jpg

December

And here we are at the end of the year. December has given us yet another stunningly beautiful raid, Antorus. Again, a fabulous raid that really brings the story together. It’s also the first raid with our rebuilt team, Realm. So far, things are going really well, I think. It’s not perfect, but the imperfections aren’t as sour as they were previously. The people are great. Just so great. I’m so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of people in my life. And it’s for that reason that, even though history shows otherwise, I think we’ll work as a team. I have to have hope that it will.

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Like I said, this was hard. There are far too many picture to choose from each month. But if I chose them all, we’d be here forever. I hope you liked the images I chose, though!

So that’s it for December, and 2017! Thank you to every person who has ever stumbled across my little blog, and an extra special thanks to anyone who has liked or commented. It means the world to me that you read my silly words.

May 2018 be full of love and hope and laughter, and all the things that make you happy.

xo

PS: Ok one last one because I can’t help myself! I just really love this pic!!

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We’ve put up two challenges for the rest of December over at Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge. Partly because we couldn’t decide what order to post them in, and partly (ok mostly!) because we’re just so busy these days that we didn’t want to miss the topics entirely because somehow 2 weeks passed by and we didn’t even realise it… SO! The first topic is the one I’m taking on today, and that is Return to Your Bucket List.

Back at the beginning of 2017 we had a challenge for everyone to make a bucket list for the year. It could be as big or as small as people wanted, as long as it had a goal people wanted to achieve for the year. So let’s see how I did with my list, shall we?

Cutting Edge – all raids* – not quite

(The * disclaimer on this is if 7.2 dropped in December. Well, 7.2 didn’t drop in December, but 7.3 with Antorus released November 30, so it’s fair to say that one doesn’t count towards this.)

This shouldn’t have been as difficult as it was… unfortunately 2017 turned out to be the year of the guild dramas. Technically I’ve been in 3 different guilds this year. Though to be fair they have consisted of a lot of the same people. But all this guild instability meant that raiding took a hit, and we just didn’t get the progression that I wanted this year.

Having said that, we didn’t do terribly. We did get Cutting Edge for Helya in Trial of Valor, and Gul’dan in The Nighthold. But unfortunately we were too far off getting it in Tomb of Sargeras, only getting 7/9Mythic bosses down. Still a really great achievement, but disappointing to miss out on Cutting Edge.

So far in Antorus we’re doing alright. Again, we’ve been plagued by guild dramas (why can’t everyone just be nice to each other and get along?!?!?!) so we’re only sitting a 2/11Mythic, but we’ve got time, and I have hope.

Get my class mount* – yes!

(The disclaimer for this one was based on not knowing when the mounts themselves would be available. Class mounts came out in patch 7.2, which dropped at the end of March). 

This one was easily achieved. Shortly before the patch came out the requirements to get the mount were lessened, making it even easier.

The questline to get the shaman mount really was a lot of fun. And the mount itself is AWESOME!! I love that there are different colourings of it for each spec.

But, not only have I got the shaman class mount, I also have the class mounts for my mage, paladin, druid, priest and monk- huzzah!

There will be a bit of a lull now as I start to level the classes that I don’t enjoy playing so much. I currently have my hunter at 107, my rogue at 103 and my warrior at 102. My warlock, demon hunter and death knight have only opened up their order halls. I should really get in there and get them at least one champion to help do some missions… might try and get that done over Christmas break.

Complete Family Familiar Achievement – yes!

I did it! At the end of May I finally finished this achievement. It was a hard slog, especially at the end when it came down to waiting for specific battles to spawn, and they just wouldn’t! But I got there in the end, and this little treant fellow became my newest companion. 🙂 Family_Familiar.jpg

Attend all the micro-holidays – almost

Unfortunately I missed the Thousand Boat Bash. But I did manage to make it to all of the others! It’s hard to choose a favourite, because each one had something fun and unique about it. I suppose Call of the Scarab had the least appeal to me, having not played when AQ40 opened up and what not. The Hatching of the Hippogryphs was flippin’ adorable, as was the March of the Tadpoles! Oh that one was so much fun. And Trial of Style was loads of fun, too (I see that’s coming back in March, so might have a more regular rotation than once a year!)

As expected, the micro-holidays are as much fun as I’d hoped they would be. They’re just a really fun thing to do every now and again. I had lovely moments with some new guildies recently doing the Moonkin Festival- we ended up having a moonkin dance party in raid! It was great 🙂

Most of all, though, what I really love about the micro-holidays is seeing so many large groups of people hanging out and doing silly things in game. It’s just awesome.

Level 3 more toons to 110 – yes!

When I set this goal, I was actually thinking I was going easy on myself at the time. I honestly expected pretty much all of my alts to be at 110 by now. What I (and many others!) didn’t know at the time was just how fast Blizzard would be bringing out new content this expansion. It was been a regular stream of content thrown at us. And whilst it has been AMAZING having all these things to do, it has meant that my poor alts have suffered.

Even still, I have do have 5 alts at 110- they’re the 5 classes I mentioned above that have the class mounts, too. But I’m a long way from being done. Having said that, I exceeded my goal of 3, so I’m happy with that!

Get the Brawler’s Guild mount – yes!

Surprisingly this was one of the first things I managed to tick off of my bucket list, completing this in February. I’m always really nervous about going in to Brawler’s Guild because I’m scared I’ll get laughed at for being rubbish (which has never happened, by the way!). Anyway, I just said to myself I had to get over that, and went in there and worked through all the fights over the course of a weekend. There are some really great fights in there. I’m not good at going in to those things blind, so I did a little bit of reading before each fight which helped. The last boss was fantastic- Ray D. Tear was his name and had every ability from the Hellfire Citadel raid. It was completely bonkers, but SO much fun!

 

And that’s it! Overall, I’ve been a lot more successful with my list than I expected. The only thing that really let me down was the raiding situation, and in a lot of ways that’s just out of my hands as it relies on so many people to get it done. But I’m happy with my year. 🙂

How was yours?!

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~*~*~*~*~SPOILERS AHEAD!! This post contains images and discussion about bosses in the new Antorus raid. If you do not want to know anything about this raid, please turn back now. ~*~*~*~*~

Anyone who has been reading my blog for awhile that I love a new raid. There’s always something so exciting about it. There’s a buzz that you can feel in the days leading up to it. I’m no different. Whilst I’m not as tired of Tomb of Sargeras as other people are, I have been looking forward to seeing some new bosses.

So you can imagine my disappointment in missing the first night of the new raid. You’ll have noticed I’ve been quiet here again lately, and that’s because for the past few weeks I’ve been travelling for work. It’s been busy and extremely tiring (I’m not a good flyer, so the anxiety really makes it exhausting!). I was on a flight from Perth back to Melbourne when my guild walked in to Antorus for the first time on Wednesday night. It was an odd feeling. It was the first raid for the new guild (more things I haven’t talked about here…) and I was really looking forward to it. But it is what it is.

I was, however, fortunate enough to step into Antorus on Thursday night, when we started the Heroic run. We managed to clear 8 heroic bosses for the first time on Thursday night, which I was really excited about. I had been terrified for most of the night because, due to being so busy with work, I had only really had a very basic look at each of the fights. But I actually did ok. My healing was trash (also didn’t help that we were overhealing things by a bucketload!!) but I didn’t die to mechanics, so that’s good.

Anyway, we went back in last night for our alt run on normal. Except I took my shaman so she had a chance at some more gear. And more importantly, so she could take some screenshots.

When I say Antorus is epic, I genuinely mean it. This is a level of epic that I think most people haven’t really felt since Ulduar. The raid itself spans from Antorus into space and the twisting nether. It’s incredible. It’s done brilliantly, so it doesn’t feel like you’re running for a long time to get to bosses (ground mounts are allowed for a lot of the raid, which is so helpful!). Instead, you get to use the Vindicaar and the portals you see on Argus to get around.

And the scenary. Holy moly. When you go in there yourself, look up. It’s just… amazing.

The bosses themselves are a lot of fun. I really like all of them. I haven’t had a look at mythic mechanics yet (which I will need to do given we will start mythics next week!) so my thoughts are based on normal and heroic at this stage.

~*~*~*~*~SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!!!!!!~*~*~*~*~

Yes, I’m going to talk about each of the bosses, INCLUDING ARGUS AND THE PHASES IN THE FIGHT AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS. You’ve been warned!!!

Garothi Worldbreaker

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This is a great little fight, and I think a nice way to start the raid as a whole. The fight is straight forward, but ramps up in damage over time, which helps speed things up a bit. The way we do it has ranged and melee stacks, which means I always have somewhere to drop my healing rain, which I’m always excited about (this will be even more important when I get my 2 and 4 piece sets from this tier). It’s good fun, though! I like it a lot.

Felhounds

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I LOVE how these guys look! And what’s even better- the firey hound drops as a mount from this fight. One of my guildies was extremely lucky and got it on the first night. I’m very jealous. It’s not usually a mount type that I would go for, but I love the glowing colours.

This fight is another one that is quite straight forward, however the difficulty comes in when the abilities overlap in weird ways. For example one mechanic requires you to all stack up together, but then a different mechanic needs you to all spread out. And sometimes, those two mechanics overlap. So it makes for a really interesting fight. I think this one will be quite chaotic in mythic- I can’t wait!

Antoran High Command

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This fight actually consists of 3 bosses. Only 1 is active at a time, with the two hanging out in their little pods bombarding us with random abilities. Because the active boss has vacated their pod, one of us can pop in there and use it to our advantage. It’s a great concept. We move around the room and deal with all the abilities. This is another one that ramps up in damage to the raid. It also requires a good amount of dps so you don’t run out of “death-saving” abilities. I like it a lot. I have a feeling this one will be a bit bananas on mythic too, though!

Portal Keeper Hasabel

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This is another awesome fight (I’m sensing a theme here…). It’s got some great mechanics- being a portal keeper, Hasabel has a bunch of portals that open up, so the group needs to be split up to help deal with what’s in them. It’s a little like the Dragons of Nightmare fight in that way. Inside the portals there are orbs and things that look like they’re going to play a big part in mythic… we’ll see how that pans out. Again, another great fight with some simple mechanics that are easily botched.

Essence of Eonar

It’s no surprise here that I have lots of pics for this fight…

Eonar is a life-binder, so of course wherever she is, it’s going to be beautiful. This fight is quite different- there’s no one boss. We just need to defend Eonar from the onslaught of demons coming in. Because the room is massive, the team needs to split up. There’s a great ability that you get when you run into the room, that gives you wings. When you use them, you get shot straight up into the air. You can then glide around with your beautiful green wings, or you can use the extra action button again to land somewhere specific. So it makes getting around a lot faster.

I will admit, that even though this is a stunning area for a fight, it’s my least favourite in the raid. There’s SO much running around, so I can’t drop my rain anywhere, and I always seem to get lost. The changes to the fight on mythic have the raid splitting even further, so it will be very interesting indeed. but for now, not my favourite (at least it’s pretty!)

Imonar the Soulhunter

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Silly bugger wouldn’t turn around for me to take his picture! So here’s a pic of his butt 😉

This fight has bombs and sleeping and racing through mazes… it’s chaotic and awesome!! It’s going to be bananas on mythic. It requires some good coordination with the team to make sure that bombs are placed in suitable spots around the room, and to make sure we don’t accidentally put each other to sleep. The fight starts on one side of the room, then he will jump over to the other side. We have to run across a bridge that is full of bombs and rolling balls and lines of death… yep, bananas. But I’m a sucked for punishment, and actually really love this fight.

Kin’garoth

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This guy is AWESOME! We smash his face for awhile, then go kill some adds that spawn. Any adds that we don’t kill do a whole bunch of mechanics in addition to the boss mechanics, so it’s really important to get them down. My only issue with this fight is that I find myself out of range of the tanks a lot. I think I need to get them to have markers on their heads so I know where they are. But yeah, another really interesting fight.

Varimathras

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This fight is scary. It’s a tank and spank kind of fight, which is probably pretty boring for dps, but there’s a healer mechanic in this which is terrifying. You need to always be near someone, otherwise you get a debuff on you called Misery, which makes you take 200% extra damage, but worse than that, makes you unable to be healed for its duration. Misery lasts for 7 seconds, but I tell you what, it seems so much longer than that. Watching peoples’ health go down and not being able to do anything about is excruciating!! It means people need to be sensible when they’re going to take damage- anything to help reduce the amount of damage taken is going to be really helpful for healers, because otherwise we can’t do anything until the debuff is gone.

This fight has a quick enrage timer on it, and it’s really easy to mess up. I know some people don’t like it, but for me, it’s challenging and really intersting. And bloody terrifying.

Also, it’s nice to see a male character with barely any clothes on for a change!

Coven of Shivarra

I mean, there’s so much ass here…

I’ve only done this fight (and the following two) on normal so far. It’s chaos. I’m not usually a fan of council fights, but this one has some really interesting mechanics that mix things up a bit. There are titan abilities that come in to try and hurt us, and they rotate randomly, so we have to be able to react quickly. There’s also a debuff that needs to be healed off, because if it isn’t the person with it gets stunned. It’s an interesting fight. I’m concerned I’ll dislike it on mythic, but so far, I enjoy it!

Aggramar

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So again, I’ve done this fight on normal. It’s damn good fun. This one, to me, feels like a dance, and I really like it. There’s fire and explosions and smashes and thankfully at least a bit of stacking for my healing rain to enjoy. I’m excited to see this fight on heroic tonight!

Argus the Unmaker

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Oh Argus. You can’t help but feel sad about how this all came about. But oh boy it’s hard to be sad when you’re surrounded by the freaking AMAZING zone. We’re in space and it’s just incredible. And this fight… this is a damn good final boss for an end of expansion raid.

The fight has 4 phases. The first phase has cones of void that need to be placed properly, and blobs of void that need to be put in the right place as well. There are also orbs of awesome that spawn that give you some buffs, which is a really great.

Phase 2 opens with a giant storm that gets rid of the void zones. We just hang out in the middle avoiding the storm. Then there are junk-rat-style tyres of void doom that make lines of death across the platform that we have to dodge. There are also bombs that get put on people that need to be dealt with… of course they have really similar names so it’s quite confusing!

Phase 3 comes to us with a WHOLE bunch of adds around the room. They start out really pretty as stars, then turn into evil adds of mean that needs to be killed ASAP. There are lines that need to be avoided and casts that need to be interrupted and adds that get specific debuffs on them to make them easier to kill.

Once the adds are all killed, Argus pulls us all in together… and kills us. Dead. RIP

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It’s amazing. There’s a bit before the image above where we are pulled together in space, and locked in this big chunk of ice-like stuff… then Argus gets all cranky and smashes us in one hit. What a jerk.

But all is not lost. Eonar is here to save the day!!!

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Thanks for the res, Eonar!

I forgot to take a pic of what it looks like when we’re dead! (There will be plenty of time for pics of it in later attempts, though!). While we are dead, we need to avoid running in to some little adds that are out blocking our path, and run to a tree where we can res. That tree stays up for the whole fight, which is really interesting, because it means we can die quite a few times without wiping. Death becomes a resource in a way. And it’s needed, because there are abilities that go out that will just plan and simply kill people.

The last phase is quite chaotic, and is definitely a dps race, because you will eventually run out of rezzes.

But then Argus dies, and the end cinematic begins…

I had watched the end cinematic before I went in to Argus. I knew that it would get spoiled for me before I would have a chance to see it for myself, so I watched it in advance. But watching the cinematic again after having completed the fight was something else. I cried. I really did. It was pretty emotional. Thinking about everything that had happened to lead up to that point… the people who have died (RIP Varian), and all of the battles we have had to face to get to this point, where Sargeras is finally being captured and brought to justice… it’s a lot. It really does reiterate my last post, too, about just how epic this is, and how difficult anything that comes after it will be “disappointing” to a lot of people. This was fucking EPIC. And I’m really going to miss Illidan. What an amazingly deep and interesting character. This was a really nice send-off.

So that’s it! Antorus the Burning Throne. Freaking AMAZING. Here are a couple of more pictures from the raid itself.

Have you had a chance to experience Antorus yet? What did you think? I hope you had a great time 🙂

xo

Blizzcon 2017 was wrapping up when I first starting to type this (it’s now a couple of days later!). Like every other year there were loads of announcements and competitions and game finals and cosplay and so, SO much love shown in the faces in the audience and online. It has been a great year, and I hope everyone has had an amazing time.

I feel, though, that this year’s WoW announcement has had a less than enthusiastic reception. Ok, I won’t sugar-coat it- I have seen down right disgust and hatred towards the Battle for Azeroth announcement. There are a lot of unhappy people out there; people who aren’t happy with the way the new features are coming in, or even what the story is about, with many wondering if they would even play the new expansion.

But I have to ask this:

What else were you expecting?

To me, none of this is a surprise. And I’m not referring to the WoW content, I’m referring to the reaction. Blizzard were in a lose-lose situation this year with the WoW announcement, and for quite a few reasons. For those of you reading this who are feeling disappointed right now, let me tell you this: you were going to be disappointed no matter what Blizzard announced for WoW this weekend. But there is hope!! Here’s why Blizzard wasn’t going to win this Blizzcon…

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Spoilers

This announcement proved that Blizzard don’t want to give out spoilers. And why would they? It ruins content that hasn’t even been released yet, which in turn reduces playability and brings that content burnout so much closer. instead of content being out for the planned 3 months, it’s been “out” for 4-6 months because of datamining and spoilers.

Think about it- there is a whole raid that hasn’t even been released yet, and with it, some answers that will point to how we get from fighting together on Argus, to fighting each other on Azeroth. In addition to that, there will need to be some sort of quest line or scenario or event or something during which we will hand over our artifact weapons. AND there will be pre-expansion events as well.

This is an awful lot of content and more importantly, story that hasn’t been told yet. Blizzard were never going to tell you how all that plays out in advance just to announce an expansion. In doing so, they would have tarnished quite a few months’ worth of content in the process.

The “problem” with this is that it meant they were unable to share a lot of details about what’s to come. They couldn’t talk about why the Highmountain Tauren side with the Horde, or why the Alliance will have Void Elves; they can’t talk about why the Horde burn down Teldrassil seemingly out of nowhere, and they can’t talk about what Jaina has been up to and how we get to each of the new zones, because we can’t know yet.

It would have been an incredibly difficult panel for Blizzard to put together, to be honest. I wonder how many times they had to bite their tongues!

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How high can the story go?

This was something that I had actually brought up a few months ago when I was a guest on the Rolling Restart podcast with Rho. Where did WoW have to go after Argus? I mean, this is the Burning Legion, Kil’Jaeden, titans for goodness sake!! This is some Act 3 crisis point story going on here. It’s potentially the end of not only Azeroth, but the universe it exists in. Where did they have left to go!? How do you go higher than that?

The answer is either:

a) end the world (and therefore the game)
or
b) extend the life of the game and bring the story back home

Obviously the answer was always going to be b).

It’s a bit like an action movie- the suspense has been building throughout the whole movie, things just getting worse and worse until you’re at the point that things seem completely helpless. If you’re someone like Joss Whedon or George R. R Martin you end the world. But generally, the “good guys” will fight until they win. This is when the movie ends. The heroes will stand around hugging and laughing and cheering at being so amazing… and then the credits roll. Then a couple of years later the sequel will come out, and its been 2 years since the end of the events and something else bad is happening, and it all starts again. What you don’t see is everything that happens in between. And there’s a darn good reason for that- it’s really anti-climactic. It’s better to pan the camera away than to watch people return to their homes and get back to “normal”.

The same thing is happening here in WoW. We are about to come down from one of the most epic battles we have ever faced. That battle is going to hit peak climax during/shortly after Antorus. And then it’s going to end… but the camera won’t pan away.

All of this means you were always going to feel a little bit disappointed at the announcement. In many ways it feels very anti-climactic. And that’s because it is. But what that doesn’t mean, is that it will be crap.

Where to from here?

This is the beauty of Blizzard- they are good at telling stories, and boy do they have a lot of stories to tell! It’s for this reason that I’m not at all worried about what’s to come for World of Warcraft, and I honestly never will be. They always have a plan of some sort, and will always tell the stories they have to share.

So I urge you- if you’re feeling disappointed about the expansion announcement, the “lack” of story, or you’re feeling angry that the Horde and Alliance are back at each other’s throats, please give it some time. Have a bit of faith in Blizzard that they know what they’re doing, and they want this to be amazing for everyone who plays. I think we’ll be hearing more details about the next expansion sooner than you think.

Personally, I think the next expansion is going to be amazing. I think Blizzard held a lot of content close to their chests so as not to spoil what’s to come for the rest of Legion. Which means there is a lot of amazing stuff still to come, that I’m going to talk about in future posts! I just wanted to get this post out there now in the hopes that it helps people who are feeling disappointed to bring things back into perspective, and hopefully show them that there is bound to be a lot of amazing stuff to come. 🙂

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Topic 27 of Z & Cinder’s blog challenge is a personal one for me, so I was curious to see if other people struggled with time as I do. So far, it has been nice to see that I’m not alone.

The topic asks:

How do you balance playing WoW with the real life commitments you have? Are there things you give up in your life to be able to play WoW, or vice versa? What do you to do make the most of your play time?

The answer is- I don’t find the time. Well, not to do all the things that I would like to do in game. For that, there just isn’t enough time at all.

It’s funny that one of my biggest problems with WoW is not disliking content, or being bored or annoyed about something in game. No, my biggest issue that I just love far too much of it, and want to do it all. Yep, even pvp. In some ways this is a burden, but in other ways, it’s actually a bit liberating. You see, by knowing that I can’t do everything in game, I don’t do everything in game, and I don’t resent it.

What this also means, is that when I do spend time in game, I’m always going to enjoy it.

That’s not to say that I don’t have commitments, though. Regular readers will know that I’m part of a mythic raid team. We’re not highly competitive by any means, but we do aim to get all mythic bosses down in order to get the Cutting Edge achievements. This level of raiding does come with a certain level of required play. There is an expectation at the beginning of an expansion that our mains will be levelled and raid ready by a certain point in time. For Legion, it has meant a certain level on our artifact weapons as well. But even with my work schedule, I usually manage to get this without trouble.

I’m the type of person who makes lists for everything. My work is so hectic that I wouldn’t be able to get through everything if I didn’t do this. So naturally I tend to do the same thing for WoW. (Though it doesn’t always go to plan…. I do get pretty distracted in game hehe It’s just that it’s so engaging and I get a bit lost in everything.) I usually have a running Bucket List of things that I want to get done. These tend to be additional goals outside of my raiding requirements. I try not to be too hard on myself if I don’t achieve these, especially if we do manage to get all the raiding goals down. But it’s very helpful when I feel a bit lost, or unsure of what to do with my time. So if you’re in the same boat, I highly recommend making a bucket list!

One of the bigger challenges I’ve had recently is the real-life balance. Up until a couple of months ago my partner Thor also played WoW with me. Even though we did a lot of our own thing in game, raid nights we played together, and it was a great way to spent our time. Since Thor stopped playing, we haven’t had that time to play together in game. Obviously we love each other and actually do want to spend time together, so we specifically make time for each other, with regular movie nights and what not. It’s actually nice having planned time away from the game. Makes it feel more like I’m doing what I want to do in game, and less feeling like a chore.

So that’s about it for me. It all comes down to making lists of things I want to achieve in game, and actually allocating time for real-life to help keep things in balance. I don’t always get things right, but I do try. And so far, things are working ok. 🙂

The alt that I have been working on lately has been my priest. I’ve never been very good at being a priest. Shadow just doesn’t mesh well with me, and I didn’t really like holy last time I tried it either. Same for Discipline, really. But I *really* wanted the priest class mount. And the hidden appearance for Disc is a book, so I just had to get it. So I got to it.

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Turns out, I quite like playing Disc! I’m absolutely terrible at it, but I can do it well enough to get by. The recent changes to Artifact Knowledge also really helped- having a powerful weapon made hitting things a lot better! I was also really lucky to have some kind guildies who were very patient with me and took me through the dungeons I needed to do… they gave me tips on what to do, and were very kind when I accidentally died to everything in the world.

I did things a bit out of order. I went off and grabbed my hidden appearance for my priest as soon as I remembered I wanted it again (it’s been a busy time!) Getting this appearance was one of the more positive hidden-appearance-collecting experiences. I grabbed all the info from wowhead, but essentially you have to run around Azeroth collecting missing pieces from a book. I was quite lucky in that most of the pages spawned when I went to them… except for one. Unfortunately it didn’t spawn any time I was looking for it, and so my collecting activities ended up going over the weekly reset, which meant some of the pages I had collected previously would not count, and I would need to get them again. (There’s a great macro on that link above that lets you know which pages you have available).

Anyways, I ended up finding all the pieces, and this beautiful appearance is mine!

Next up to get done was the campaign. The Priest campaign itself was fine. Because I had already done the paladin campaign, I knew what was coming. Whilst it was a wee bit disappointing to have so much crossover between the two classes, it made sense, and I still enjoyed it. I also really like the artifact appearance you get for completing the campaign, too. (but the hidden one is still my favourite!)WoWScrnShot_102717_214130.jpg

So that left me with just getting my class mount. I got myself up to the point where I had to do a Legion Invasion to proceed, but unfortunately there wasn’t one up while I was awake for a little while! Thankfully we had one from 9:30pm last night, so my lovely friends Mel, Leeta & Natanie went along with me and did the invasion so I could keep going through the quest line. Afterwards, I pushed through all the required quests right up until I needed to complete a Broken Shore order hall mission. I had one up, so I sent some followers off on that and went to bed.

This morning, my mission complete, I only had a few more quests to do, then it was time to go get my beautiful mount.

Now, I have said time and time again that I think the shaman campaign is amazing, and getting the class mount was also a lot of fun. But I think getting the priest mount is the new winner. This experience was so different to anything else I’d done! It was wonderful.

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You’re still here? Ok!

Acquiring our mount starts with a visit from The Speaker himself, Magni Bronzebeard!! He has stopped by our Order Hall because he has a message and a mission from Azeroth- to find a hidden Titan Vault. And we’re going to get there BY SUBMARINE!! I was irrationally excited about the submarine adventures… 😀WoWScrnShot_102917_092216.jpg

So off we went. We head towards the Maelstrom where the vault is said to be. I may have taken way too many screenshots at this point, because it was just really awesome. There was also really great banter between Magni, Brann and Betild as we travel through the ocean, and we learn a bit more about how Azeroth communicates with Magni.

 

We arrive at the entrance to the vault. I giggled as Brann ran around like his usual excited self, as he tried to find levers and buttons and switches to open the doors. Of course The Speaker didn’t need any levers to get in…

Once inside, the room looked like other titan vaults we have seen before. But this one was under water, so the view outside was really cool.

I won’t go into the specifics of what happens in there, but seriously, Brann cracks me up so much. It made for a really enjoyable experience.

With the mission complete, it was time to head back to Dalaran. But I just could not resist going for a wander back around to the cave where we entered. I love exploring new places! I didn’t expect to find anything, but it was still really beautiful. One of the best parts though, was that the lighting in the area was really quite dark, so it gave me the opportunity to take some really nice golden-priest screenshots.

Then it was back to my Order Hall for a ceremony where everyone (rightly so!!) bowed to my wonderfulness, and the beautiful mount was mine.

Overall, I really enjoyed the campaign. And I just adore the mount- it’s smushed up face is adorable, and I love all the sparkles and feathers and stuff that float around it. It’s gorgeous!

So that’s now five campaigns done. I can’t quite decide who to level next. I had started my hunter, but I’m just not feeling it yet… I played around on my warrior last night, and whilst she’s loads of fun, the mount doesn’t really appeal to me. I think I need to work on my monk next. The mount is up there as one of my favourites, and that class has the added bonus of getting a pet when you get the Power Ascended achievement. So I’m thinking that should be my next goal. But with the schedule I have ahead of me, she won’t be levelled any time soon, unfortunately.

In the meantime, I’m really glad to have my priest mount! 🙂

It’s mid-October, and you know what that means – it’s time for the annual Gnome Run! This year was the 8th run, and the turnout this time was absolutely phenomenal. Last year they had almost 3000 gnomes race, and raised $5,500. THIS year, oh my goodness. According to organiser Dravvie, there were over 7,000 (yes SEVEN THOUSAND) gnomes in the race today, and they have raised $14,000 at the time of writing this (and that number keeps going up. It was $13,000 when I first started writing this post lol!!). The goal was $4,000. It’s incredible.

This year, as many of you will know, the Gnome Run was added as a micro-holiday to the game. the Blizzard team set up a race track for all of the gnomes to follow, so you knew where you were going. A lot of people were concerned that Blizzard were “taking over” the Gnome Run when it was added as a microholiday to WoW. However, Dravvie wrote an amazing article for Wowhead that talks about how amazing Blizz were in asking for her ok before adding it to the game. The article also talks about the history of the event, and how it has grown over the years.

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There were gnomes EVERYWHERE. We had banners to run through so we knew where to go, blockades stopping us from going off track, REFRESHMENT TABLES and loads of NPC gnomes cheering us along the whole way. It was so brilliant the way it was set up. I hope that Dravvie and the team love what Blizzard did to bring the race into the game.

For me, I ran into some lovely twitter friends…

Once again this year, I did the run with the gorgeous Ms Miggi, but would you believe it? I didn’t manage to get a good pic of the two of us together! So bummed. Though we do both look pretty determined in this pic…

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Running with Miggi! (@MsMiggi)

The run itself is always loads of fun. It was incredibly helpful having the gates to pass through, because I’m always so good at getting lost. We only got disconnected once, and that was zoning into Stormwind after getting off the tram. The servers held up brilliantly well. They’re just amazing.

Once we made it to Booty Bay we did try to make a heart, as is tradition. Our shard didn’t do too badly, until a naughty person dropped one of those toys that turns everyone into Moonkins… so that was a little disappointing. But truthfully, it wasn’t as bad as last year, so I think that’s good 🙂

As is also tradition, once the race was done, we jumped on a boat to head over to Orgimmar to /lick the warchief. I’ve never made it all the way into the Throne room. I think the furthest I had gotten was to inside the gates of Org before I’d get horrifically killed. This year, though, I was successful! Well, kinda… you see, stupid Cinder didn’t /lick Saurfang… she /kiss him instead. Awkward! She was immediately killed for her insubordination. But it was worth it.

So by the time I finished writing this, the total donation amount is currently sitting at over $14,600. It’s astonishing and wonderful.

Well done to Dravvie and her band of helpers for putting on yet another amazing Gnome Run. And well done to the Warcraft community for making it another amazing year.

See you next year!

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