Archive for March, 2012

No longer in the game

Badlands Rares


Badlands is the scorched zone, home of the Earthen, Dark Iron Dwarves and Goblins in Fuselight-by-the-Sea; as well as the instance Uldaman. Remember when you had to go inside to level up your enchanting? This required some pre-planning by bringing  all the mats you needed, otherwise you’ll be making another trip in there.

The area has two notable chains: The Day Deathwing Died, and the sad tale of the dragon Rhea, Don’t forget about the ram punting quest that also grants you an achievement: Ready, Set, Goat! Using the Billy Goat Blaster or the Billy Goat Blaster DX, blast 12 Billy Goats in under 1 minute.

I remember seeing this rare years ago but was never able to find it again before now.

Pre Cata - Funnily enough, he was not considered a rare back then

There's a rumble in my tummy

Old look

Pre Cata - you would find him in stealth in several spots

This little bugger killed me the first time. Beware of the close mobs around him.

This rare has been described as the Fel Reaver of Badlands

Pre Cata - "Zaricotl seems much calmer now that it has eaten the remains of (player name)"


No longer in the game

This rare used to drop the Shovelphlange’s Mining Axe and the Expert Goldminer’s Helmet


First Impressions of Mists


This morning I woke to find that more people had been given access to the Mists of Pandaria beta. First thing I did was to log into my account to see if I was one of the lucky ones. I was! How exciting to be able to start downloading the setup files so I could finally see what others had been talking/writing about.

My first task was of course to copy my main character over to one of the Beta servers. At the moment you have a choice of four. That didn’t take long at all. Next came the female pandas. I had seen the slide show that WoW Insider had uploaded a while ago but I wanted to be able to see them live so I could see all angles. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make a Panda with a tail or without so I took a few minutes trying to decide on the colour scheme first. I think for the time being I will see if the tail gets on my nerves or not; much like the male Tauren phase I went through early on in WoW :P

Anyway, soon after that I logged into my Priest just to check out the new trees and animations. First thing I noticed was the vendor filter I had read about the day before.

Interesting how you can select spec specific items even though this poor vendor had nothing to offer me.

Another thing I noticed was the new consolidated buff feature. I was naughty and didn’t buff myself. You know the saying so many things to do, not enough time.

When you first log into the Beta, you’ll notice that your primary tree has been reset, in my case Disc. All you need to do is select ‘Disc’ > ‘Learn’ from the Specialization (first) tab.

The second tab lists your Talents so I thought I’d play around with the ones below.

Not sure how long I’ll keep these but since they reset every time you switch specs, it’s a non-issue.

They’ve removed Prime Glyphs now, so either the glyphs we have now will be changed (like they’ve previously done) or new ones will be added which you will need to learn. Although I didn’t notice many of those.

Once I had myself set up with my new spells/bars, I tried out one of my new spells on some poor sap outside. I was excited about the instant Holy Fire so I was eager to try that out. Next was the Void Tendrils.

Can be cast in Shadowform
Limited to 5 target(s), 30sec CD
Summons Shadowy tendrils out of the ground, rooting all targets within 8 yards for 20 sec. Killing the tendril will cancel the effect.

Just look at the size of that thing!

So anyway, that’s it for now.

Since I was still downloading the thing when I logged in, the loading screens were taking forever, especially when I tried to go to Pandaria so I’m going to wait until it’s finished before trying it again.

BTW if you’re having trouble downloading the Beta (mine crashed quite a few times), particularly if you’re stuck at “Updating Setup Files” when restarting the launcher:

  • go into your C: ProgramData and delete the folder. Note that you will only see this directory if you have your hidden files and folders showing.
  • For Macs, go to /Users/Shared/

Then start your WoW Beta launcher again and it should continue :)

Update: Oh and my Beta email invite came a day after I received it in my account so be sure to check there too :P


Eastern Plaguelands Rares


Eastern Plaguelands is heavily-ravaged from the Scourge. The Argent Dawn have made some progress after The Lich King’s defeat, but the zone is still full of Undead. Post Cata, players find themselves escorting a worgen merchant, Fiona, and her band of travellers which she picks up along the way. Don’t forget about Mr Grubbs – the non-combat pet while you’re there.

The Plaguelands offers some of the most gripping storylines, including the Battle for Darrowshire and the fate of the Stratholme residents.

I recently wrote Duggan Wildhammer

Lord Darkscythe

This is how he looked pre Cata

The Overseer used to be a 60 rare elite (pre Cata) often found in the tunnel filled with other fiends and a guaranteed source of Crypt Fiend Parts which could be turned in for Argent Dawn rep.

Now found sitting in front of a shed near the Lake Mereldar dock, just south of Corrin’s Crossing.

Before Cataclysm, this rare could be found in the Hearthglen mine.

How he looked prior to Cataclysm.

Thought to be Brigitte’s daughter (below), Not much is known about her.

Pre Cata – Brigitte is no longer in the game

This is how High Elves looked in vanilla…

What an improvement a year makes once Blood Elves were added as a playable race.

Notice that he now kneels facing Quel’Lithien Lodge.


Drops the Piccolo of the Flaming Fire.

You’ll find him sitting outside the instance on live side.

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