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This week’s LBR was one I was looking forward to for weeks as it was one I had suggested. ULD25 was on the agenda but I didn’t realise it was set for Sun this time. As I woke up this morning (after sleeping in some), I wondered if the raid was for Sun or Mon as quite recently the LBR was set a day earlier. So I quickly logged onto the laptop to check. SHIT! It was for today and not tomorrow AND it was set for an hour earlier too. I was so annoyed with myself as I seem to have the worst luck getting to go to an ULD25 gp. Either the shards are automatically going to someone else, I’m saved or the fragments just won’t drop. By the time Cool and I had logged in, the group had made it to the Cat lady – but they wiped on the boss. Once we were invited to the raid, JD whispered “Thank G you’re both on!” Apologies to Cool and JD for my language when I had first logged in though. I even saw Dragonray on her main! Unfortunately, there were no more fragments for my collection as the gp had trouble killing Yogg and Algalon. But by that stage, Cool and I were both starving and wanted to make the most of our weekend time so we left for some sustinence.
After lunch, we logged into the beta to try a few of the scenarios being fresh 90′s. I have to say, they were pretty quick and easy, even though we didn’t know what to expect from any of the encounters. All three were quite varied and the last boss in the Unga Ingoo one certainly knew how to make an entrance.
Unfortunately, the Brewmoon Festival scenario glitched about halfway through so we left and tried another one.
We also managed to try the revamped Scholo which was quite surreal as there was a bit of cut + pasting of the rooms. It did seem odd at the time but I think I’m too used to the old set-up, being a vanilla player.
We ended our run with one of the new 90 dungeons – the Siege of Niuzao Temple. Besides not knowing where to go at a certain point, it was a lot of fun. I had just been saying to Cool that there were no real bottleneck bosses in Mists like there were in certain Cata dungeons – Grim Batol comes to mind. That is, until we got to the General (the second last boss in the instance). We ended up wiping twice due to his mechanics. Only one of the original DPS’ers stayed for our third attempt which ended up being the kill shot. The last boss however was a lot of fun. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t done it but let’s just say I almost let a certain mechanic take me without a fight. I was thinking ‘Wheee’ when I should have been running in the other direction :P All-in-all we killed him without any mishaps.
Oh and talk about A LOT of achievements… here are just a few.
But sometimes you just need to bring out your inner troll… esp when you’re trying to farm juicycrunch carrots. Really Blizz, the drop rate on these is really awful.
Oh and I harvested my first set of crops today (trying to get the turnip pet that Erinys wrote about a while ago). But that stubborn weed was such an understatement. I hear it was bugged today though so I guess I was just unlucky with the timing.
It may have taken four months but today, Coolidge and I finally made it to level 90 – not that we were really trying until the last week. Part of the reason was to try out our level 90 talents. Although being able to fly in Pandaria was a nice bonus which only cost 2,500G. I mean how else could I get such a close view of Alani while in the air? Unless you’re on a paid flight maybe…
I had another reason to level though. For the past few months, I’ve been slowly accumulating the crates you can trade in for Archaeology. This includes the pristine coin which you can hand in to Loremaster Cho but was unable to since the Seat of Knowledge is located at the top of Mogu’shan Palace.
Of course the other perk was the ability to obtain a full PVP set – for free!
If the Shrine of Fellowship means anything to you, you’ll know the significance of the incense burner behind us. If not, you may want to re-watch the opening cinematic for the Mists of Pandaria. Although you don’t really need a reason do you? :)
Blizzard recently added an achievement which ties in the scene from the cinematic. All you have to do is visit the Shrine of Fellowship in The Jade Forest and then re-enact Chen’s action by straightening the broken incense burner found near the bridge. Doing that will reward the Restore Balance achievement along with 10 achievement points.
Loremaster Cho was nice enough to send us some fireworks upon reaching 90 so I thought the Shrine was a nice place to set them off.
After that, we did a bit of rare farming, finding three new ones for the collection. Sadly, none of them dropped any novelty item.
One of them dropped a cloth turban which Coolidge wanted to try as he said it matched his set perfectly. I have to admit it was a great colour match :P
Today, I managed to get the Feral Vermling as a reward for completing the achievement Going to Need More Leashes. It did prove quite difficult at first as a lot of my pets weren’t accessible from the first transfer, like my Crawling Claw.
As I still needed 16 unique pets to qualify, I decided to copy over my priest again. This brought my collection up to 498 pets but only 248 unique ones – 2 shy of the achievement so I headed over to The Jade Forest for a couple of unique captures.
On a side note, getting to Pandaria for the first time has changed. There used to be a port outside Garrosh’s Chamber but you now have to do a couple of quests to get there. The initial quest can be auto-accepted from Org.
Since the pet looks just like the annoying vermin in the Valley of the Four Winds, I headed back there for a photo op. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the achievement come up after the 250th unique capture which was anti-climactic but according to my achievement list, I did get it – also confirmed when I checked my Pet Journal.
By the way, in case you missed it, I managed to capture the Tiny Twister which was the only one missing from my Wild Pets of Eastern Kingdoms yesterday.
Wild Pets of The Jade Forest, as well as the other zones will be coming over the next week.