My lovely friend Zeirah and I have turned our weekly blog challenge into a public blog challenge for anyone to participate in. Each week there is a new topic for everyone to write about and share. You can read everyone’s thoughts about this on our website here. Z’s post about this topic can be found right here.

I think this is one of the trickiest topics we’ve had for this challenge. I had to stop myself from reading other peoples’ posts about the zones they would design because I didn’t want to get discouraged (we have some AMAZING contributors to this challenge!!!) but also I didn’t want it to impact what I had in my head.

Oh how I wish I was an artist!! I can visualise this so well in my head, but my words just aren’t going to do it justice. I’ve made do by finding other bits and pieces of images – I hope you get the idea!

So for me, when it comes to designing my zone, I had to think about what I liked most about existing zones in WoW. This is what I came up with:

  • There is a reason for us to be there (i.e. it fits in with the story of the the game)
  • There is loads of lore and story to reveal
  • There is a reason to go back
  • The zone grows and evolves as we journey through it (think Suramar and Shal’Aran)
  • They have AMAZING music
  • They look beautiful
  • There are lots of awesome rewards

One of the newer things I love most of all has been Suramar and Shal’Aran, and the way that zone has opened up for us as we progress through the story. I love the tree growing each day, and I love that the environment changed based on where we are through the story.

With all of those things in mind, this is what I have come up with.

The Cracked Eye of Aman’Thul

One of the storylines that has always fascinated me is that of the Infinite Dragonflight, and I’ve been curious about how they’ll come back into the main story. My thoughts were that, given Kairozdormu’s involvement in getting Garrosh to alternate Draenor and leading us to bring back another Gul’dan, I feel like we’re due for another visit from the Bronze/Infinite Dragonflight to keep their plans on track. Having a read through Anne Stickney’s Know Your Lore post about the infinite dragonflight, and given we’ve now got the Eye of Aman’Thul, perhaps it’s coming sooner rather than later.

The story

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The Pillars of Creation around the Eye of Aman’Thul

Thanks to recent battles in the Nighthold, we currently have in our possession the Eye of Aman’Thul. The Eye of Aman’Thul was used to create the Nightwell in Suramar, and has some wobbly wobbly timey wimey stuff going on with it, too. Aman’Thul was the titan that gave Nozdormu the responsibility of taking care of guarding the “one true timeline” (not sure if he’s been doing such a good job of that…) As we know, Nozdormu saw his death, was corrupted and at some point in time turns into Murozond. This change hasn’t happened yet – where we are in time, Murozond has not yet been created, and Nozdormu is still around somewhere.

It seems to me that the Eye of Aman’Thul would be a very attractive item for both the Infinite Dragonflight and Nozdormu to have. Nozdormu himself could see this as a way for the Bronze Dragonflight to regain their ability to move freely through the timeways, and may also be a way for him to stop becoming Murozond. The Infinite Dragonflight would want to stop that from happening, and would seek to claim the Eye to control – if Nozdormu were to succeed, time would be rewritten and the Infinite Dragonflight would not exist.

So I see a bit of a battle over the Eye. Someone will come to claim it, and try to take it away from Azeroth, with others giving chase. They make it away from Azeroth to one of the nearby moons where the conflict takes place, during which the Eye is damaged and cracked. The explosion could also trap Nozdormu in time at the core of the Eye, leaving us to fend off the Infinite Dragonflight, find a way to release Nozdormu before he turns into Murozond, and seal the Eye of Aman’Thul before it explodes all time and energy.

The zone

The main base of this zone would be somewhere on the outer edge of the damage. The base itself would probably be relatively barren, but would have a very faint glow of golden and silver light from the Eye’s core. It would be a base of operations rather than a full city or hub.

"Shattered Moon" by Andrew Glazebrook, from http://glazy.blogspot.com.au/2006/04/shattered-moon.html

“Shattered Moon” by Andrew Glazebrook, from http://glazy.blogspot.com.au/2006/04/shattered-moon.html

The rest of the zone itself is quite fragmented – we’re only getting little pockets of places here and there where the leaking tendrils of power and time from the Eye stretch out and reach the pieces of the shattered moon. Each fragment is quite small (this isn’t a whole expansion I’m thinking of here, just one broken zone, although I suppose it could easily be expanded.)

Imagine something similar to this video, but with the central point being much larger and not moving around (only the little tendrils moving), the tendrils are all gold and silver, and just to the outer edge of the Shattered Moon picture above.

Where the tendrils from the Eye reach a fragment, the fragment reacts and shows what it would have been before it became a piece of a barren moon. Essentially all of the fragments would be the same world, but they would be at different points in its lifecycle. And because they are bathed in time and power, they will live and die for different durations of time. The fragments closest to the core of the Eye are the most affected, with their areas fluctuating through the lifecycle very quickly, trapped in a fast loop of growing and dying. The creatures on these fragments are very strong, thanks to the power of the Eye. Fragments that are further away are slower to age, and their enemies less strong – this is where we start.

Maybe because I’ve been watching too much Dr Who lately, but I imagine everything quite gold and silver, with the time energies casting their light over each of the fragments.

I am an absolute sucker for beautiful forests and mountains with lakes, so this is what I imagine the moon would have been in its prime:

"Secret of the Golden Forest" by Mugwort designs. Available from http://www.mugwortdesigns.com

“Secret of the Golden Forest” by Mugwort designs. Available from http://www.mugwortdesigns.com

All fragments, therefore, are variations of this, fluctuating on the full lifecycle of the birth and “death” of a planet. These cycles would happen over and over again, so there would be versions of the fragment that are still gold, but dead, and others that are brand new life growing from the barren fragment.

The creatures would be more than likely your usual forest type animals – bears and deer and birds and what not, but they would be affected by the energies around them, giving some of them strange powers, and others slight deformities. And of course the Infinite Dragonflight would be everywhere, trying to corrupt the world around them and stop players from saving Nozdormu.

I also like the idea of some fragments holding memories – this could be a neat way to have scenarios or dungeons etc., but can also help bring more lore into the zone. These memories could be used to put the pieces together to help find a way to defeat the Infinite Dragonflight and save Nozdormu. Or it could show us some of the events from when the Titans were around, and may show us a way to stop the Eye of Aman’Thul from collapsing completely.

One of the other big factors for this zone is that, because it’s a shattered world and we need to move from fragment to fragment, this would need to be a flying required zone.

The quests

  • An initial quest would need to be done to develop a barrier for players so that they themselves are not directly affected by the time energies of the Eye (so that we don’t just walk into a zone and die within a few moments). This would be a short quest chain. (or maybe we have a natural protection from the energies thanks to our “Gaze of Aman’Thul” buff we get for getting all of the pillars of creation together.)
  • I would also love a series of quests to give players access to flying within a couple of weeks. When we first arrive, we don’t know how to handle the time waves, so flying through them to get to the fragments is dangerous (and deadly!) We will rely on a series of portals to help us get around the fragments initially. But we don’t want to do this forever – we want to train our flying mounts to be able to manage flying around the area safely, so with the help of some Bronze Dragonflight members, they will train us to avoid the tendrils from the Eye to get us from fragment to fragment. This might unlock similar to the way we raised our little Cloud Serpent mounts back in Mists of Pandaria, but at the end of it, you get to unlock flying for yourself in a short period of time.
  • I see this has a maximum level type zone that would unlock in the same way that the Isle of Thunder unlocked – with different areas/fragments being made available over time as we get stronger. Quests would be different all the time because different parts of the zone are being unlocked, but also because the fragments will be in different stages of their lifecycle, so it always feels like there are lots of different quests and you aren’t doing the same ones all the time.
  • It goes without saying that there would need to be a blue box quest somewhere…

The overall goal of the zone is to get strong enough to unlock world fragments that are closer to the core. When we eventually get to the core to Nozdormu, there could be a raid where we either save him, defeat him, or save him but have events unfold as they currently exist and he turns in the Moruzond anyway.

The rewards

There would be your usual recipes and gear and what not. I personally would really love to see some transmog rewards.

Related to the flying quest line – once players have unlocked flying for their own mounts, there could be a follow up series of quests and challenges that will unlock a new unique mount for you.

And of course there would need to be a mount reward from the game. This would hands down have to be an Infinite Dragon of our own. Not the new time walking one, but one that looks like the original infinite dragons, like Epoch Hunter.

Epoch Hunter image by Florixia, downloaded from wowhead at http://www.wowhead.com/npc=18096/epoch-hunter#screenshots:id=270572

Epoch Hunter image by Florixia, downloaded from wowhead at http://www.wowhead.com/npc=18096/epoch-hunter#screenshots:id=270572

 

So there we have it. What do you think?

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My lovely friend Zeirah and I are challenging each other with a weekly blog post. We choose a topic and both write about. This week’s topic is all about our favourite Legion screenshots. You can read Z’s post about this topic right here.

***Heads up there may be spoilers in here if you’re not completely up to date with everything. So please proceed with caution.***

Ok so this week we’re taking things a little easier (or so we thought!) by having our topic of the week be our top 5 favourite screen shots that we’ve taken in Legion. I say it started out easy, but this is a really tough one. For starters we had initially said our favourite 1 screen shot. Not 2 minutes later Z asked if we could make it 5, which I laughed at because I was about to ask the same thing!

The thing is, how do you decide which screenshots to share? Do you share the ones that look pretty? Or do you share the ones that have a funny story or a sweet memory behind them? For me, I’ve gone with a little bit of everything. But it’s been really tricky to do, because Legion has been an amazing expansion so far, and the world we’re playing in and the memories I’m making right now are beautiful and plentiful.

(btw these aren’t in any particular order!)

First up – a memory

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This screenshot to me represents everything we’re fighting for. This is the reason we have moved an entire city to the heart of danger – so that those who fight have not fallen in vain. Varian’s death makes me cry, even today. Regardless of whether you’re Horde or Alliance, you can’t deny the sacrifice that Varian made for his people, and for the whole of Azeroth. He knew that when he let go of that ship, that he was going to die. But he did it anyway, because it meant buying a little extra time so his comrades could escape. And in turn, maybe they would be able to find a way to defeat the Legion. He knew what would happen, and he did it anyway.

Right before heading to the Broken Isles I stopped by the patch of grass in Stormwind to pay my respects – I was over the moon to discover that Varian’s memorial was up. And so I turned the music up, knelt down and cried a little and gave thanks, and stood up to go kick some serious demon butt.

Next – a summary of being a restoration shaman!

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Ok it’s really tricky trying to choose one picture about what it means to be a shaman in Legion, but this comes close. This was taken in my class hall in the water area (totally appropriate for my resto shammy!) and she’s casting her artifact ability (and looking damn fierce doing it!) This was taken right before Emerald Nightmare opened, and it really is the culmination of a lot of research, patience, trying/retrying, gold and tears to get to this point. It’s been tough. But great 🙂

Next up is just a “pretty” one.

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This is the ceiling in the mage order hall. I LOVE the order hall – it’s full of books and magic-y colours. It’s such a beautiful place. There are also portals to all of the different zones. But mostly, it’s the books that I love. There are little corners that you can sit in and watch the world (the view outside is, of course, Dalaran).There are some parts where the books are flying/floating around. It’s a really magical place and I just love it.

Next up we have (slightly spoilery!!) pretty and story –

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This here is what happens after you defeat Xavius in the Emerald Nightmare. Killing him cleanses the Emerald Dream back to its intended state. And it.is.stunning. The beams of light coming through the tress, the lush green grass, the beautiful flowers, the beginnings of a yellow brick road. And of course Ysera (and well, everyone else we had to kill to cleanse the place!) Killing Ysera was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in the game. I bawled my eyes out when I realised that’s what we’d have to do once she was corrupted by Xavius. It was painful, no matter how necessary. To see her back here in the Emerald Dream makes me feel a bit better – that she’ll always be here is a comfort. I mean, if you’re going to be left somewhere to live out the rest of your days, there are definitely worse places to do it!

And lastly, another beautiful + story pic (and also spoilers)

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This happened for me yesterday. Right before you hit Exalted with the Nightfallen you’ll be offered a quest that involves (essentially) charging up the tree in Shal’Aran. It’s a detailed and dangerous process that even cost a life. But in the end, the tree survives. And even better – the fruit it bears cures the withered. Again, this one made me cry. I was crying before I got to the end because I was so worried about people dying in the scenario. And then when you see it was all worth it – well.

 

So there you have it – 5 of my favourite screen shots. There are so many more in my folder (over a thousand from Legion alone!!) so picking 5 really has been quite a challenge. Hope you liked them 🙂

 

 

 

Legion has now been out for three weeks. It has been an amazing three weeks, I have to say. The Emerald Nightmare raid opened last night, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on how Cinderstorm got to this point.

**note: there will be some spoilers in this post. If you’ve been taking your time with things and I don’t want to be spoiled, please don’t read.**

My journey began in Stormwind. I happened to be near Stormwind park when I first logged in about an hour or so before Legion was due to drop, and I noticed Varian’s monument had appeared. So of course I had to pause and pay my respects. The music here is heart wrenching. It really gets deep inside you and squeezes your little heart to pieces. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and visit the monument, turn your music on and just listen.

I’m glad I saw the monument was up when I did, because this has really been the theme for me going through Legion. This is the trigger for me – this is why we fight. Because other people fight. And because Azeroth is worth fighting for. I’d hate for Varian’s sacrifice to be in vain. So I fight.

It was off to Dalaran, which was getting hit pretty hard by this point. It’s decided the city will just be moved. I mean really, moving a city is no small feat!! And so we arrive at the Broken Isles.

In terms of the “go live” moment, I actually got access to the opening quest about 10 minutes before it was due to come up. I wasn’t sure if it was a bug, so I waited a little before accepting it and moving on. It was weird because the quest had popped for me, but not for Thor (who was sitting right next to me, and was also in Dalaran). Something to do with the phasing I suppose.

First stop was to visit Thrall and Aggra and their little boy, Durak! Look at him! He’s so little! He was a cheeky bugger, running around his parents and around the well. Too cute. Thrall sent me off to find the remaining members of the Earthen Ring, who are hiding out in the Maelstrom while they regather strength and sort out a plan for kicking the Legion’s fel-butts.

My plan for levelling had been to level as elemental (as that was the dps spec I knew best), but put all of my artifact power in to my restoration artifact when I got it so that it would be ready for raiding. So with that in mind, I set off to get my Fist of Ra-den.

When I came back, we established my order hall – the Heart of Azeroth. (Class Hall appreciate post coming soon!!)

I decided to start my Legion adventures in Azsuna. Even though this was the zone I spent most of my time in during beta and I was keen to see some new zones, it was the zone that my jewelcrafting started in, so it made sense to go there first. The beauty of this place keep making me pause just to soak it all in. That, and I had deliberately not listened to any of the music beforehand. I wanted to hear the music in the zones as I was going through them. I was not disappointed. The music in the whole game is STUNNING. I listen to the soundtrack at work and it still brings me to tears. I love it.

I digress.

Here’s some pics in Azsuna.

As soon as I hit 102 I was offered the quests to pick up my other two artifacts, so I immediately set off to get my restoration artifact so that I could give it the artifact power that was taking up space in my bags. I also decided to see if I could get Doomhammer without being enhancement. The answer was yes, yes I could. (And lucky I did!) I’ll post more about these quests later, but here are some highlights.

None of the artifact quests proved to be too challenging (not even the restoration one, which was brutal during alpha/beta testing!)

I’ll continue this journey in my next post – this is turning out to be a lot larger than I expected! Next stop – Val’Sharah!

Z and I have been chatting about Legion a fair bit lately, and it came up that we’re both feeling like we’re not blogging enough (well, I sure am not! Z has been doing quite well indeed!) Anyway, we decided to set a challenge where we would both blog about the same topic, to encourage us both to write more.

This challenge is our favourite Legion NPC. You can find Z’s blog post on the same topic right here.

Ok so anyone who has ever read anything I’ve written will know that I’d not very good at favourite lists, because I always want to choose more than 1 option. And that’s no different this time! I have two, but only because they’re both technically not Legion NPCs, so I thought I needed to make up for that.

So without further ado…

**note: there are spoilers in this post about the Shaman class order hall campaign and artifact acquisition. You’ve been warned!**

Stormcaller Mylra

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Stormcaller Mylra is a follower in the shaman class hall. And she’s a BOSS. We first met Mylra back in Cataclysm. She was in Deepholm on the alliance ship and had us flying around on her gryphon to get some Twilight’s Hammer types. Even then she was wonderfully sassy, joking around about how stupid the Twilight’s Hammer were, and how we needed to kill them all, before changing her mind to capture one as prisoner to “ask him some questions” (which translated to “hold him upside down above a propellor and “accidentally” drop him when we’ve got the information we need”). She’s sassy, but deadly.

And that’s no different in Legion. We first meet Mylra when Dalaran makes its move to the Broken Shore. She flies us to the Maelstrom, which will become our Class Order Hall, and helps us fight some demons who follow us there. Later, it is she who flies us down to Deepholm to chase after a seriously wounded Thrall who is trying to find Doomhammer. Thrall gets pretty mopey down in Deepholm, but Mylra keeps our spirits up with her sassy comments, (“He’s wounded. He’s likely to kill himself down here and I don’t wanna be the one who has to tell his wife!”) even when on the brink of death!

Later on we’re able to have her as a follower for our Order Hall, and even better – as a bodyguard. I took her out with me while I was levelling as healer (argh!) and she was the best bodyguard to have! Not only was she great at hitting the right things and not pulling other stuff, but she was sassy! She’d run around yelling “I’m gonna kick yer butt!” in her dwarf accent and it’s just… it makes it feel like she’s really there with me – that we’re a team.

I just found myself really drawn to her as an NPC because she was strong (I mean she will take you down if you mess with her!), but she’s also funny, smart and genuine. I really love her, and hope that we get to know more about her in the future.

Archmage Khadgar

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And now you’re seeing why I’m including 2 choices here! So of course Khadgar has been around for quite some time. But as someone who didn’t start playing until Cataclysm, I missed a lot of his earlier involvement in the story. For me I got to know Khadgar during Warlords of Draenor. And even then I didn’t pay a lot of attention to him (other than wondering why on earth he felt my shipyard was an appropriate place to hang around for almost an entire expansion!)

Something happened, though, after I saw the Warcraft movie. Now I know the two Khadgar’s are different, but for me it was an opportunity to see where he came from and to get to know him a bit. And he’s sassy, too! (I’m sensing a theme here!) But it’s not just that. I mean this man is extremely powerful, but he runs around joking with us every day. Why is that? To be honest I think he’s a bit lonely. And also he is one of the few who truly understands what’s happening at the moment. I think power and knowledge like that can be a lonely experience. So we kinda keep him company. Well, it’s what I like to think anyway 🙂

 

So those are my two favourite NPC in Legion so far. There are actually quite a few others I have liked, but i didn’t grab screenshots while I was levelling with them so I didn’t include them here. Maybe when I’ve levelled some alts I’ll come back to this!

Who are your favourites so far?

It seems to be that barely a few weeks go by before we are saying “farewell” to another Blizzard employee. And it’s always followed shortly after with the chorus of “Blizzard is collapsing” or “this is the end of WoW – even the devs know it, that’s why they’re jumping ship” conspiracies. What people tend to forget is that most of people who have been leaving Blizzard recently have been there for 5+ years. And no-one really does that anymore! I’m not interested in conspiracies here. People move on – it’s just how things are.

It’s an interesting thing, this, being impacted by the employees of an organisation. It’s not a TV show with actors we’re watching each week, where suddenly there’s a face missing or a new on in its place – where it’s obvious something has changed. These are all behind the scenes people. We see their faces every now and again, but that’s about it, so why does it impact us like this when one of them leaves?

When I hear news about devs leaving, I tend to get upset. And it’s not because the person is leaving, per say. It’s the same reason I cry during awards ceremonies – I’m watching people who are passionate about what they do in life, and I feel like I’m wasting mine. It’s a personal thing. But it boils down to witnessing people who have figured out life. They’ve got it. They have found that thing they are good at and that they love. They are winning (in every sense of the word). It’s an amazing and beautiful thing to see. In one way, devs leaving is more about me than them.

I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude to these people. Which sounds so fluffy, but it’s there. Every day I play a game that was built with the heart and souls of hundreds of talented, passionate human beings. And the combination of all of those human beings have made an incredible game that means so much to me. They are responsible for an experience that sparks my mind alive with stories and adventures and beautiful imagery and heart wrenching music. It’s because of them. These people are also the reason I have found new friends (when I am so bad at that naturally!) who mean the world to me. It’s because of them. It’s hard not to be grateful for all of that.

When something new comes out, I picture everyone who worked on it presenting it in their small hands saying “I made this thing. I hope you like it.” And I just want to shout out YES! Yes a million times over I like it. I love it! Even the things that frustrate me – I love them! You made this thing and it is beautiful, and I am immensely grateful. We all are. And this is why everyone at Blizzard has a special place in our hearts – because they are the reason we have this.

And this is why I get upset when they leave – because I haven’t been able to give something back to them. I haven’t been able to repay them for the happiness they have given me. I don’t feel like I’ve said “thank you” enough.

When devs say goodbye, and I respond with “thank you for everything – I wish you every happiness in the world” I mean every single word of that, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And if I shed a few tears, it’s only because I’m going to miss what you bring to my life.

xo

 

I hope everyone has an amazing experience levelling in Legion. Remember to eat, drink plenty of water, get some sleep, and get up to stretch your legs every now and then. But mostly – HAVE FUN!!

 

Last week my partner Thor and I were exceptionally lucky to be able to attend the Melbourne Legion release party, hosted by Blizzard and featuring guest visits from Celestalon and Gen St Michel (3D artist – check out her AMAZING stuff here https://www.artstation.com/artist/lazypixel). We got there because of two AMAZING human beings – Spazz Wesson (my Reins of Azeroth co-host) and Asylun (whom I met through Girls Gone Wow!) The both had spare tickets to the launch and were kind enough to let Thor and I tag along with them!

It was a really wonderful night – I had so much fun. I was also completely hyperactive (partly because zomg Legion, but also partly because sometimes my anxiety likes to manifest itself in hyperactivity). So I was bouncing about the place a fair bit!

We got there a bit early so we could find and meet each other. When we arrived we could see some green things covering the windows of the venue. We were all eventually shuffled in to a line, and then later some amazing women in a demon hunter and a night elf cosplay roamed up and down the line to chat with people. They looked incredible.

And then we were in. Everything was green – green lights everywhere, mixed in with some black light that made my green nails and my hearthstone pendant glow, which was awesome. They had loads of food and drinks. Gen and Celestalon came out and roamed around everywhere to talk with everyone. There were raffles and trivia and stuff.

A big highlight for me was getting to meet Dayani. She was the first Restoration Shaman I found when I first started looking for people to follow for tips and advice. She’s always struck me as being a thoroughly wonderful and intelligent human being. I love her guides and her cooking tweets!! I was super nervous about meeting her. But thankfully Thor is a champion and encourages me to do things even when I’m terrified, so off we went to find and meet Dayani. And she really was as wonderful as she is on twitter. And she gave us cookies!!!! They were delicious.

It took me all night and a big push from Thor for me to meet Celestalon. I was mostly terrified of turning in to a gushing buffoon. I mean, he’s part of the team that puts together this amazing game that we love so much. WoW is such a big part of my life at the moment, and he helped build that. So of course I was terrified. But I ended up getting to say hi, and he signed my Illidan funko pop and took a photo with me. I thought we were done, but then Spazz (who is just the most amazing people person!) came up and said “this is Cinder – she’s the other host on Reins of Azeroth with me”. And Celestalon says (I shit you not) “Oh, that mount podcast!” CELESTALON KNOWS ABOUT A PODCAST I DO! Oh man it was incredible.

The worst part was when I met Gen. I couldn’t see her when she was up on stage because there were taller people in front of me, so I didn’t know what she looked like. I was patiently waiting with Thor for Celestalon, when a space cleared and this lovely lady turns to me with an expectant face. Thor says “That’s Gen!” except I didn’t hear him, and I yelled “Who?!”. When I realised what he’d said, and what a dick I’d just been to a wonderful artist, I was mortified, and was a bumbling mess for the whole conversation. Gen was so delightful and kind! But I was so embarrassed and not thinking straight. So much so that although I remembered to ask her to sign my Illidan pop, I forgot to ask for a pic 😦

I could go on about it all for ages, but I won’t. Suffice to say, it was a really great night. So here are a bunch of pics for you!

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Blizz also posted pics and a video on their page at (I nicked the billboard pic for my featured image for this post because it’s SO DARN AWESOME) You can see them here:

 

 

 

 

There are plenty of other things to write about right now, but this draft has been sitting here for weeks so I’m just going to post it!

 

So I finally got the chance to transfer my mage back over to the Alliance. I  was having troubles trying to decide what race to make her. She has SO much transmog, so it was really important to me that she be pretty (I don’t care how shallow that sounds! My own body doesn’t look like this – I may as well play dress up with a body that does look good!) I was tossing up between Draenei, Night Elf and Human. I even ran a poll on twitter to get some advice. Draenei won out. But I didn’t feel it in my heart.

You see, I’ve been needing to change her name for a LONG time. I was taking her moving servers as the opportunity to do this. So I was thinking and thinking about what to name her… basically trying to recreate this character that I’ve had for so long (she was my first to max level back in the day!) She never felt quite right as a blood elf (even if she did look pretty!) The more I thought about her, the more the notion of her harnessing magic stuck with me. And so I thought about my favourite magic wielders, and of course Harry Potter came to mind. But I needed a woman. And then I thought about one of the strongest women in that book – Lily Potter (Harry’s mother). She was a powerful witch, and she loved her family fiercely – so fiercely she protected them with her own life.

And so Cinderlily was created. And of course she had to be human. I always imagined Lily with red hair for some reason, and of course she has her green eyes. I dressed her up in a new transmog and got her pet/patronus out for some pics. 🙂

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She’s going to be a fire mage in Legion – I can’t wait! 😀

 

 

I’ve taken so long to write this because my Dropbox is full and I can’t get screenshots while I’m at work anymore!!

I always feel behind when it comes to new content coming out. It’s the difficulty of time zones. The 7.0 Legion pre-patch ended up going live some time in the wee hours of Wednesday morning for me, which meant that I didn’t get a chance to get in to the game until I got home from work last night – somewhere around 6pm in the end.

I knew going in to this new patch that there would be some big changes, and that things might not work. So I didn’t hold my breath that things would be ok. But things were PERFECT. Every addon that I use was working. The new addon I downloaded was working beautifully. My vuhdo didn’t need anything done to it – it just worked! My Tell Me Whens needed minor tweaks due to spell changes, but they were minimal. I even managed to sort out the graphics issues that I was having on PTR – everything looks stunning. And for me, it just works. I know that I am immensely fortunate, and that many other people haven’t had such a smooth run. I do hope their issues get sorted quickly.

Transmog

So you’d think that I would have been up to all sorts of adventures given everything went so smoothly for me. But no. No, I’ve been in a never-ending transmog purgatory. I knew I had been hoarding a lot of BoE pieces in preparation for the pre-patch, but I didn’t realise it was this much. All I can say is thank goodness for Can I Mog It? It has been a huge time saver! But I still have a very long way to go.

I started working on clearing out my transmog on my old Horde server, where I had my only max level plate wearer. Because everything needs to be soulbound in order to be added to the Appearances, I had to make sure I had a toon available to wear everything. On the Horde server I had all 10 character slots taken up, and every single character had full bags and bank (all toons had at least Embersilk bags for all bag space – some had all hexweave bags). In addition, one of those toons had a maxed out guild bank with all tabs full of BoEs. And then there’s my main Alliance server which has another 4 toons with full bags. Plus all my other random lower level alts who will have bits and pieces I’ve kept over the years. It’s a bloody big job!

So far I have managed to get through most of what’s on my Horde server. My main goal has been to transfer my paladin and mage over to Alliance, which meant I had to get through all of my plate gear before I could move my paladin. I believe I got it all done! So she packed her bags (full of leftover BoEs to sell on my new server) and now she’s a cheeky Draenei again! ❤

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Cinderdawn – my cheeky Draenei paladin

It feels great to have an Alliance paladin again (although I will confess, I did like her as a blood elf, too!).

Once my paladin was moved, I worked on sorting out as much as I could of everything else, mailing between all the toons, learning what I could and returning what I would sell. I made my mage guild master of my bank guild, with the plan to move her and the guild to my Alliance server (just in case I wanted extra space!) In the end, I still had way too many pieces to take in the guild bank (even though it was jam packed full!), so will have to leave some behind. I can’t transfer her yet, though, because I discovered much too late that she needs to be guild master for 7 days before she can be transferred. So I won’t get to do that until Sunday.

I still have my Alliance server to go through and all of my little lowbie alts, but I really can’t be bothered right now. I’m transmogged out for now!

Turtles

So what have I been doing since then? Fishing. Yeah you heard me- FISHING! Most people will know by now that the murlocs that spawn in the waters around your fishing shack have a chance to drop both the Sea Turtle and the Riding Turtle. With the loot changes made in the pre-patch, personal loot options mean that a raid group of 40 can fish together and everyone can loot the murlocs. The loot is personal, so what drops is unique to you, but it means that with everyone fishing together, there are more Carp/Minnow captured to spawn the murlocs, giving you a better chance at the mounts. And of course I had to try.

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Chances of getting turtles from fishing greatly increased by hilarious hats!

Each day I’ll spend about an hour or so fishing in these groups. I got lucky and managed to get the Riding Turtle on my second day of trying! Still trying for the Sea Turtle – hopefully I’ll get lucky with that one soon. The beauty of this also means more chances of Nat’s Lucky coins, which can be used for purchasing pets and another Strider mount (if you have the reputation). I grabbed one of the pets, but need to work on the rep for the rest of the goodies.

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Cinder’s ADORABLE riding turtle!

Raiding

We actually dove straight into raiding on the Wednesday night. It was a mistake, but only because some people had broken addons which were messing up their UI etc. which made trying to do mythic Mannoroth a bit difficult to do! So we called it until the Sunday night to give people time to fix their UIs etc. Additional nerfs ended up happening prior to that, so come Sunday we just face rolled it, and same again Wednesday just gone. Still not luck rolling the mount, but given I never expected to be going in to mythic Hellfire Citadel at all, I’ve been really lucky.

Ready for the demons

There’s still a lot of work I need to do before I’m ready for the demons – I need to figure out ALL of my alts (haven’t touched any of them!) and finish up sorting out the transmog. And I want to go on a bunch of transmog runs so I can fill up some of the spaces in the Appearance tab. But I think the demons are due soon…

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My bank alt sits in the new Stormwind Park

 

We have a pre-patch date, and it’s just a few days away!!!

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Come July 19, we will have officially made it. The wait for new things to do is officially over! From here on in we’ll be having loads of content headed our way for months to come.  (and here I am slightly panicking because I still feel like I’ve not done everything I wanted to do by now!!)

It’s bittersweet, because it’s also when we say goodbye to Warlords of Draenor. And even though it hasn’t been the most popular expansion for everyone, I have had some really wonderful times during it. I’m definitely going to be sad to say goodbye to my Alliance garrison. The gold is nice, sure, but I liked having a space that way my own.

Now to frantically change a few last minute things. Happy pre-patch everyone!! 😀 😀 😀

 

 

I’ve been playing around on the Legion beta a little this weekend to see how well I hit things as restoration shaman in her mythic WoD gear (very well, by the way!). At one point I took a flight from Dalaran to Azsuna…. and suddenly I’m flying around on an Onyx Panther! This was one of my favourited mounts…. it seemed a little odd, so I got to testing. I set my Pureblood Firehawk as a favourite mount, and what do you know? Flight from Dalaran was on my firehawk!!!

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On a flight path from Dalaran on my own mount!

It doesn’t do this when flying to Dalaran, nor does it do it anywhere else in the world that I’ve seen yet (I went back to Pandaria to test – no dice).

I don’t recall this been announced anywhere previously. I do know my partner Thor has tweeted two the Warcraft devs this very suggestion. It would be VERY awesome if this was permanent and intended! I think it’s a great way for people to get to use their own flying mounts while we are learning flying for ourselves.

Here’s hoping it stays!!

I sure am getting around lately! (Not like that, silly!)

This week I had the pleasure of visiting EJ and Raven from Girls Gone WoW to talk about levelling, and especially about levelling in Legion. You can have a listen in Show 227.

Unfortunately Skype was a colossal asshole for us – we were all constantly cutting out or disconnecting, so it’s a bit messy in that way, but we pressed through! I also struggled to brain because I had to get up at 4am to be ready, but hopefully some things made sense and that it was helpful to people 🙂

I will say, some of what I said ended up being different 24 hours later when a new beta build came out . As of the newest build, it was decided that Court of Stars and The Arcway will no longer need to be unlocked – these will be mythic dungeons only.

And as I say in the show – things are still likely to change. I strongly recommend doing a little research in advance if you’re worried about artifact weapons for raiding with  multiple specs.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy the episode!

(And I promise to write something more thoughtful for here over the weekend!)