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Bizmo’s Brawlpub

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While I was hanging around in Stormwind yesterday, I decided to check out Bizmo’s Brawlpub – the Alliance equivalent of the Brawl’gar Arena in Org. I knew it was in the Deeprun Tram, as I’d seen the raid alerts come up as soon as I enter the zone. However, from there I was a bit lost as to where to go. Luckily, Veluxia was on so I sent her a “Pst” asking where it was. Speaking of which, guess who spied me in the AH earlier… Turns out it was under the platform in the tram so as soon as you enter the area from the Dwarvern District, head down the ramp and you’ll see the underground entrance.

When I first entered the area, the place looked really familiar from some of the strategy videos I’d seen. But check out the decor… it has a totally different vibe compared to ours on Horde. I mean you could have a couple of drinks there with friends or even a candlelight dinner – if you don’t mind all the blood and violence in the background.

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Some of the flavour NPCs are quite interesting too. I mean, check out this bouncer – he snarls! I thought they all did that but when I checked, I couldn’t find another one who did.

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Then there’s the Quartermaster with his pet and Keith “The Party” Westin and his Rhinestone Sunglasses as part of the table entertainment.

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All-in-all, it was nice to see the differences compared to the one I’m used to.

 
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Finding Your Center

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Those on the beta may remember a quest called the Wisdom of Ages that was really buggy for Horde but was later removed due to phasing issues. Now if I hadn’t started levelling my Draenei, I probably would have never known about this version for the Alliance. The first time I did this back in April of last year, I failed a few times due to the bugginess of the quest. It also made me squeal quite a bit as the slider was not always as responsive as you’d expect.

So levelling through the Jade Forest, we’re asked to meditate with Lorewalker Cho at the Pagoda within the Dreamer’s Pavilion. Come on Blizz, you left this for the Alliance and not the Horde? I admit it was annoying trying to do this at the time but I think a lot of people might have enjoyed it on live – myself included.

Here are the highlights from the Alliance quest:

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After that, we’re shown a cut-scene with Anduin being chased by some Hozen and when told to return home, he MCs Sully and runs off in search of the Vale.

But it wasn’t long before we were collecting all the lost treasures in the Forest and killing any rares we came across. We even went up to the Shrine of Friendship to complete the Restore the Balance achievement. It was only then that I had my first boo-boo. Cool decided to fly off the top of the mountain while I was an innocent passenger in his chopper, encouraging me to eject as soon as we hit mid-air. I was about to hit my levitate when I hit a cliff instead. At least I didn’t die… so I levitated off to ease my fall when Cool told me “don’t levitate off” figuring he would just bubble me to break my fall, right?

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WRONG!

Apparently there was an issue of “two trees in the way” while he spammed his bubble. Sure, sure :P Perhaps it was a little payback that backfired a couple of months ago…

Bubblemaker Ashji

S1:7 Report – The Series

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During the beta, I wrote about the Horde quest Scouting Report: Like Jinyu in a Barrel since this was one of two quests which were very buggy at the time. A few days ago, Cool and I managed to quest through the Alliance equivalent which had some similarities in progression, even though the characters and storylines were suitably different.

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I will say that on Alliance side, Sully was just as amusing with his preoccupation with raccoons as opposed to Riko  who preferred the company of a particular undead female.

Here are some of the highlights from the quests leading up to the series.

Bubblemaker Ashji

Bubblicious indeed!

OK well, he’s not a quest but what can I say? I always thought this guy was a nice addition… :P

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Not to mention the power-levelling of your companions

If only we could level as quickly – these guys literally levelled with every group of mobs we killed.

Jinyu Bubbles

Bubble Trouble

Then to top it all off there was this – WTB bubble damage/healing spells. Can you imagine penance shooting out bubbles? Maybe as a way to make up for the bubble maker I wanted as a child.

Before long, we heard about the investigation which led to the Lair of the Jade Witch.

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R.I.P Gizmo and Socks.

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All-in-all, it was quite a fun storyline but it did seem a bit easier than our version, including the sniper part for Take No Prisoners but I won’t say what they did to those Orcs….

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