Gaze of the Black Prince

I never thought I’d be completing Wrathion’s legendary chain on more than one character especially when you can still get an Ordos kill without it (thanks to my main) but with the recent buff and Deeds of Valor addition, I’ve been able to get my hunter past the 3K hump. It still took me three weeks to get there with the valor cap and only a week of double valor but the deeds make great use of those extra Timeless Coins.

Now with the Gaze of the Black Prince added today, I’m also looking at completing the cloak on my mage whose up to The Strength of One’s Foes.

Legendary cloaks

Beginning Tuesday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, through Monday, June 30 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, we’ll be applying the Gaze of the Black Prince buff which will increase the reputation gained with the Black Prince by 100%. It will also increase the chance of obtaining items from his foes needed as a part of the Legendary Cloak quest line including: the Secrets of the Empire, Sigil of Wisdom, Sigil of Power, or Titan Runestones.

Source: Blizzard site

To test the drop rate, I queued for the Gates of Retribution having only completed the first section of SoO last weekend. Funnily enough, I zoned in to find a couple of people complaining about no real change to their sigil count while another said he had gained an extra ten or so. I was happy to walk out with four and some loot as well so I look forward to collecting my last seven very soon.

Drop List

  • Sigil of Power – 10 total: Drops from 36 bosses – all Tier 14 bosses (4 in Terrace of Endless Spring, 6 in Heart of Fear, 6 in Mogu’shan Vaults), all Tier 15 bosses (12 in Throne of Thunder), and first two wings of Siege of Orgrimmar (8 total in Vale of Eternal Sorrows, Gates of Retribution). Objective of The Strength of One’s Foes. Must be completed before you get your legendary gem.
  • Sigil of Wisdom – 10 total: Drops from 36 bosses – all Tier 14 bosses (4 in Terrace of Endless Spring, 6 in Heart of Fear, 6 in Mogu’shan Vaults), all Tier 15 bosses (12 in Throne of Thunder), and first two wings of Siege of Orgrimmar (8 total in Vale of Eternal Sorrows, Gates of Retribution). Objective of The Strength of One’s Foes. Must be completed before you get your legendary gem.
  • Secrets of the Empire – 20 total: Drops from 20 bosses – all wings of Throne of Thunder (12 bosses) and first two wings of Siege of Orgrimmar (8 total in Vale of Eternal Sorrows, Gates of Retribution). Objective of Secrets of the First Empire. Must be completed before you get your legendary meta-gem.
  • Titan Runestone – 12 total: Drops from 14 bosses – the last two wings of Throne of Thunder (6 total in Halls of Flesh-Shaping, Pinnacle of Storms) and first two wings of Siege of Orgrimmar (8 total in Vale of Eternal Sorrows, Gates of Retribution). Objective of Echoes of the Titans. Must be completed before you get Chapter III: Two Princes.

At the moment I have A Change of Command left to do on my hunter after completing my PVP requirement in only three matches – woot! I forgot how fun PVP can be on my hunter (even though I had no PVP gear) so it makes me feel more inclined to PVP – at least on my priest, which I know Cool wants to do more of.

So does this buff change anything for you or have you done the chain on more than one toon already?

If It Gleams

Seems my post the other day about Ordos worked, not only did I manage to kill him yesterday… he actually dropped something. I think Derevka inadvertently gave me some of his luck. Better still, I didn’t have to reforge a thing.

Derevkas Gleaming Girdle

Last weekend I completed Downfall, the last section of the Siege of Orgrimmar. All I can say is wow, that last scene was disturbing but I was excited to find out the identity of the new warchief. Great choice imo.

…not to mention the alliance version.

It was great to see this tree blooming amidst of the recent devastation of the Vale, much like flying through the Barrens after Deathwing’s destruction.

Vale bloom

Here’s the cutscene played out after Garrosh’s defeat.

Oh and I’m glad the technical issues were fixed after the mini patch last night. Trying to load into Org after so many attempts was not fun.

Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji

After some difficulty getting a raid together for Niuzao, the last Celestial I needed for The Emperor’s Way, I managed to get my quest done before heading off to see Wrathion and Lorewalker Cho in the Seat of Knowledge. It was here that I witnessed a very cool cutscene retelling my very own storyline over the last few months.

Legendary-before-cloak
Cloak-imbued

Cooler still was walking outside to see yourself on display.

Seat-of-Knowledge-cloak

On the other hand, I wasn’t expecting to see the wings proc so often though. I can understand when you’re casting spells but I think it will get old pretty quickly otherwise. Never-the-less it feels great to have it completed. The last thing I have to do is kill Garrosh for Judgement of the Black Prince below.

As a reminder, here’s the series of quests we had:

  1. A Reckoning
  2. Celestial Blessings – I’m still quite amazed at the attention my video received from this
  3. Cloak of Virtue
  4. Preparing to Strike
    Meet Me Back at the Inn
  5. A Timeless Discovery
  6. Secrets of the Timeless Isle
    The Emperor’s Way
  7. A Pandaren Legend
  8. Judgment of the Black Prince

Val’anyr

Last week a group of us headed into Ulduar to finish my legendary but due to various circumstances, it went a little skewy. Initially I was going to try and use an old save from the week before but I kept getting an instance error and could not enter. In the end, we started a new run, skipping the optional bosses since one was there on limited time. We even managed to grab a couple of achievements I still needed and saw the Starshard Edge drop from Mirimon which was exciting.

Must-Deconstruct-FasterCat-lady Major

However, there was false start on Yogg while I was upstairs talking to Freya so while I was waiting for the raid to wipe, I saw the following achievement pop.

They're coming out of the walls

A few seconds later, I was teleported down to die with the rest of them but in my case it was death by dagger. Unfortunately we lost two people to various circumstances and had to call it. I was so disappointed but what can you do? I apologised but thanked everyone for coming before telling them I would extend the raid another time.

Several days later I planned another raid and hoped for the best. I wanted to make sure the raid started without a hitch so I headed out only to run into the same issue – I couldn’t enter with an extended save. OMG! I asked Cool to invite me instead and extend the raid to see if that rectified the situation. Thankfully I did so I headed inside to send some of the Keepers down.

We had Navimie, Arvash, Luxy, Kamalia, Zeriah and Rezznul joining Cool and myself as well as Lucáh last week. The fight itself was pretty quick. In fact, he almost died before I was able to throw my item during deafening roar. By the time everyone stopped DPS’ing, he was at 2% so I just had to wait for him to do his thing. At first it wasn’t working because I didn’t have him targeted and then I was missing the throw window while trying to keep my sanity up. Finally, it worked. I could see the CD on the item but to be extra sure, I wanted to throw it twice. Once I saw the CD again, I told them we were good to kill him.

When I went to loot him, I auto-looted the item without realising and was wondering where the item was… until Cool tool me it was already in my bag. :P

Yogg-killshot

After a quick photo op in front of the boss, we headed to the console room for the final step and after-party.

Val'anyr achievement
Val'anyr, Hammer

The sad thing was, I missed the Guild achievement when I hearthed back to the city due to a rather long loading screen =/

Thanks so much to everyone who joined me on my last step as well as anyone who had a hand in helping me along the way from old friends and guildies. But a very special thanks goes to Coolidge who may not have been with me for a few of the fragments but has been with me ever since.

Unbound Fragments

After years of perseverance, I was starting to think it would never happen but today I collected my very last Val’anyr fragment. It’s been such a long and hard road gathering all 30 fragments but I did have one thing on my side, my one constant – Coolidge. Now I admit there were times when some coaxing was required since it often took several hours just to clear through half the raid. More often than not, we would head in there with no fragments to show for it but on occasion we would be lucky with drops and get three in a week – that was pretty rare. As our gear improved, we were able to work our way to Council, Kologarn and the Cat Lady.

Joining Fragments

Over the last few months, we’ve been able to clear more and more while doing what we could on hard mode. Most of the time, this included XT, Thorim and Council. On a few occasions, we’d even have some company from friends and guildies which made things a lot easier so to all the individuals who had a hand in helping me get my Shattered Fragments, I can’t thank you enough.

To celebrate, I made a short video which records my excitement from collecting my last three frags but if you’re wearing a headset, you may be hard of hearing once you finish. You’ve been warned!

I just know the next bit will be even more exciting… I can hardly wait.

Edit: Thank you all those who said they were willing to help me with my last step. If I don’t have your battletag, pls send this to me via DM on Twitter, email or my contact page.

Celestial Blessings

Wrathion’s latest task required me to kill the Thunder King and bring back his heart. I wasn’t quite expecting what he ended up doing with it but I was excited about the next part of the legendary chain. I had read about the four challenges that awaited players but I had not anticipated how rusty I was as Disc. I never thought I’d say this but it seems I’ve been spending far too much time DPSing these days with Brawlers, raiding, rare killing and questing.

Chapter-III

This became obvious as I started my first attempt in the Temple of the Red Crane. It didn’t help that a couple of times Wrathion and/or Deathwing ended up glitching or just despawning. As a result, I ended up taking a break to get some dinner so I could come back later and try again. This seemed to help as I eventually got it.

Phew! Now I’m going to spend some more time healing so I can get a feel for the spec I’ve loved for so long.

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