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Pandaria, Here I Come!

Posted in Leveling with tags , , , , on November 5, 2012 by sylus

This weeks OldManSy post is going to be short and sweet… Maybe not even that sweet, I think I’m low on sugar. I made the big push this past week from 80-85. It was much easier than I thought. I wondered when it would slow down, and honestly, with the time I put in this past week, it didn’t slow down. Not as long as I had my monk +50% XP buff on. I made sure I did at least the daily every day, so when I did get to play I had the buff stacked up to a two hour total. This made cataclysm content very easy to move through. I did part of Mount Hyjal, until I hit 83, then did deepholm from 83-85. I didn’t even go to Vash’jir, twilight highlands, or Uldum. The monk leveling buff is amazing when paired with leveling gear. The helmet, cape, and pants go to 85. Now, I’m still in love with the monk, and am looking forward to leveling through Pandaria. Here’s the deal.

I have said many times that I didn’t want to rush through the new content, soar through to 90, but rather enjoy my time leveling. Up to this point on the monk I have flown. I leveled him to 85 in two days, ten hours time. Now, that’s not cooking, but it is a reasonable clip, even with leveling bonuses.

This week, I may get a few hours of play in. I’m not leveling my monk. This coming Saturday I am getting together with Nim and Spiff to start my Pandaria campaign in style with a marathon gaming day. I’ll start at 7 am and roll through until I’ve had my fill. I’m hoping for the wee hours of Sunday morning, but lets be realistic. They don’t call me OldManSy for nothing. If I make it to 10 o’clock I’ll be really happy! From everything I’ve ready it takes about 5-8 hours per level. With that I’d, I need at minimum 25 hours to hit 90. So, for next weekend I’m putting a conservative goal of hitting 87. Now, I’ll have a weeks worth of rested XP, I’ll have a two hour bonus leveling time built up, and when that runs out I’ll get another hour for Saturday. So, I may be stretching to 88… Maybe.

This week, if I get the time, I’ll head to Kara a few times for my horse run that I haven’t done since mid September, I have a few transmog pieces I’d like to get for the monk.(yellow rogue teir recolor to match my yellow JC panther) I might go out and level up my gathering professions in preparation for leveling up my real professions once I gather all of the mats, I’m going alchemy/herbing on the monk, and my hunter will do engineering once the monk gathers the mats.

Now, if 5.1 drops this weekend(I’m not even sure it’s off of PTR yet) then leveling those gathering pros ions would be quicker, as I have the violet protodrake, and would get insta 310% flight speed, woot woot. So, fingers crossed, and I’ll see you guys next week in Pandaria. Also, look for an update on the beard growing group soon!

Beard On Brothers!
OldManSy

70-80, Now I’m Wolverine!!!

Posted in Leveling with tags , , , , , , on October 29, 2012 by sylus

What a whirlwind of a weekend for me in Wow. It felt like I played a ton this weekend, but looking back, I may have had an extra hour… Maybe? My play schedule usually revolves around when our little ones are asleep. Now,if you have, or have had two little ones at home, 3 and 1, then you realize that this is usually not very much time when both are asleep, everything that needs completed(housework, homework, yard work, cooking, errands, lesson plans…you all know the drill) is done, and you have some spare energy left over to commit to some gaming. I had an extra day off Friday due to parent teacher conferences last week, so technically I got an extra hour and a half Friday when both kids were down, somehow, at the same time for a nap! I played Friday night for about two hours, Saturday at nap time for another two hours, I didn’t have the energy to play Saturday night, so I instead watched some Big Bang Theory with the wife, and played during naps Sunday afternoon. When I quit Sunday I was two bubbles from 80. Later that day I snuck off, did three quests, and was done. 80. Boom. Milestone.

No, if this was two expansions ago, I would be ready to start gearing up my little monk, too bad this isn’t two expansions ago… I still have the slog from 80-90. The big slow down in leveling is about to start, half of my leveling gear turns to mush, further slowing down my slow crawl to 90… Oi. On the bright side, I haven’t leveled a hundred toons through cata and panda yet, so I am excited about that prospect. The content will seem fresher, and I won’t feel as bad about going through it slower.

On another great note from this weekend, I was able to acquire the Sunstone Panther! I got it for a steal off of the AH. Now, I know the mats alone run well over 20k, making the 20K I paid for it seem like a huge steal!!! It is so far my favorite mount. Had it been the sapphire panther, I would feel better about it, as that is beautiful, and blue is my favorite color… Why did I hear that crappy Aerosmith song “pink” in my head as I typed that…. Anyway…

On November 10th I’m having a gaming day with Nimrock and friend to the blog, Spiffie. Now, my goal is to hit 90 that day. We are starting around 7ish that morning, and gaming as late as I an handle. We will do a few instances, as I want to see all of the panda ones, but I plan on mostly questing. That gives me roughly two weeks to get ready for this day of dinging 90 awesomeness. It can be done, even on my meager play schedule.

What I need from you studly “I’ve already got four toons to 90″ gamers is this: what level should I be at when I start gaming that Saturday? Basically, how long did it take you to go through panda content? Should I be sitting at 85, and a good 18-20 hours would get me there? Should I be sitting at 88? Is two levels doable on that final day? I really don’t know, as I’ve really done nothing in game but level my monk, who is now 80, with just under two days played time. Help a monk out! I’ll take full advantage of the monk daily with enlightenment, doing that every day. I’ll play a few evenings each week, and get a few good hours in next weekend. I can easily see myself at 85 without pushing it, but I really think I need to push further into panda stuff… Thoughts? Comments? Helps?

Now, one of my favorite parts of hitting 80 is doing away with my heirloom weapons. They stop getting better at 80, and I really want to use fist weapons! The ones you can buy in the monk zone at 80 look fierce. I mean seriously fierce. Best looking I’ve seen in quite a while. Here is a pic I took shortly after dinging 80, equipping my weapons of awesome, and doing my very best Wolverine impression. I’ll leave you with this for the day. Enjoy.

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~OldManSy

I aim to misbehave.

Posted in Hunter, MOKFP, Pie, Rant, Skullreaver with tags , , , , , on October 25, 2012 by forthepie

Monday, BigBearButt posted about his anger and disappointment with Blizzard for how they’ve handled the reputation armor pieces. Basically, you need to get your rep up to a certain level and then spend Justice or Valor to buy those pieces.  I, myself, felt this very thing when Halk hit 90 and I started looking for ways to upgrade my gear, since Blizzard is on a kick to make all the top trainer learned recipes to not be top level and the patterns you need to level up to 600 are PvP, which I don’t do. I realize they are pretty decent for PvE, but it’s a principle, why not let me get level 90 PvE blues from Leatherworking?

In no way am I preparing to quit the game. No, I am really enjoying the game and have my 3 plots of land for Tiller farming and I am working on the Golden Lotus rep, not every day, but most days. I was getting Golden Lotus rep to get the leatherworking patterns, but now I am thinking I might drop leatherworking and just have two gathering professions.

Skullreaver is not a raiding guild. We have a few 90′s and I am not sure have much more than 10 unique accounts. Most of the time we might have 1 or 2 people on. By the way, if you’d be interested in a really casual, but really nice guild, who is not level 25, but working on it, the Skullreaver is open to new members. We have big plans. We also have real lives, with families and time constraints and altism. Although, I do have a confession to make. I’ve spent a ton of gold and time building my leveling sets and I find myself not really wanting to play anyone but Halkale. I log into Punkinpie to run my AH stuff. I log into Knicknack to do his daily minor glyph research and when he has max rested to level him through healing LFG. I am trying to log into Crispers here and there and level him to get the Dynamic Duo and Double Agent achievements.

But, my first love is now my only true love. I love Halkale, love being a hunter. Love trying new things, taking on bigger and bigger packs and keeping my Turtle (He needs a name) healed and holding aggro. My Turtle is the Rare you have to track down, use a flare to see and tame. I think most of the pets I love the most are the ones I spent time either camping a spawn spot (Winterschill – Wolf Spirit Beast), running way up north into Night Elf area to open statues to tame when I was only 24-25 (Szablya – Ghost Saber) or had to tame while in some phase (Donteatme – translucent Worm from Wrath) or hunt down, Turtle (Bloodtooth).

I’d like to raid, but first I need to get my iLevel up. I need to start running Heroics. I know the queue times will suck as DPS, but I can queue and then farm or do dailies. I still have several zones to finish questing in, since I dinged just after I started Townlong.  I am about halfway through Friendly with Golden Lotus, wondering if I should get to Honored by the recipes and get them done for Halk, before I drop Leatherworking. I have about 8k gold and quite a lot of leather in my bank.

Whatever happens. I know I love playing the game right now.

No, my turtle’s name is not bonnet.

Leveling and Transmogging

Posted in Leveling with tags , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by sylus

Welcome back everyone to your favorite Horde-centric, multiblogger, random horde blog on WordPress. Yeah, I’m being a bit specific on this one, but hey, we really need to narrow down the audience right? I mean, without naming you guys, which we may have in the past I’m not sure, I’m not sure what to call you. So, until further notice, and we come up with a better name for you guys, I’ll call you Steve.

So, Steve, I hope your weekend was as good as mine. Real life was awesome, took the kids to a pumpkin patch/farm and had fun thing the little ones tank the headless horseman… Wait, I’m getting in game mixed up with retail life again… That happens from time to time. We did go to a pumpkin patch, there wasn’t a headless horseman giving away candy, trinkets, mounts and helmets, but we had fun none the less.

In game, Hallow’s end started up and everyone has been enjoying this… Me not so much, I’ve just been leveling my monk. He hit 69 this weekend, which was only a level off of my goal. I knew I would be pushing things to get to 70, but I thought, hey, let’s shoot for the stars. What amazed me was how far I went this weekend. I started out at 62 and I only had to do parts of hellfire and nagrand to get to 68, then I dropped everything and made a mad dash for northrend. It felt good to be back on Azeroth. Random thought, It’s a really weird feeling knowing you are on another planet… Outland is another planet… Huh, I guess I never gave it much thought.

Anyway, so I hit 68 and headed for Borean Tundra. That was fun. That zone did a good job introducing you to northrend, new races, new questing styles, and a very “cold” feel to the landscape. It did a great job transitioning into some of the more advanced zones.

I’m fully convinced I could have hit 70 this past weekend if not for one little, very addicting thing. Transmogrification. Yup, I’m still Transmogging every upgrade I get. Spending 10 minutes every gear upgrade while questing zoning back to Org, mogging the gear, and zoning back. Seriously… It’s really sad. Well, if everything goes well, I’ll be sitting at 74 by the end of the week, so I can push through to 80 next weekend. We’ll see, but either way, it’s a goal.

~OldManSy

Zen Flight is Alright

Posted in MOKFP with tags , , , , , on October 17, 2012 by sylus

I am in love with monk Zen flight. I hit 60 last night and went straight to my trainers, learned the glyph, and here I am, floating out front of Grommash Hold.

 

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All I have to say is: “For the Horde.”

Monking Around

Posted in Leveling with tags , , , , on October 15, 2012 by sylus

Welcome back everyone, I hope your weekend was as productive as mine. welcome back to work all of my canadian friends, I hope your holiday was great. I had a great weekend with the family, my daughter had a birthday party, sugar, wrapping paper, and boxes still litter my house… when you think you have it all picked up, cleaned up, guess what… THERE I S STILL MORE HIDING!!!

As for my ingame time this weekend, it was slim to none, but that didnt keep me from leveling from 52 to 58. Now I know what some of you hardcore gamers out there are saying when I tell you I’ve only gotten my monk to lvl 58, “noob” “slowpoke” and “lollearntoplay” come to mind. I on the other hand am quite proud of what I’ve done with my wow time since Pandaria dropped. I checked my played time on Saturday afternoon, and as of then had played a total of 17 hours and change. This isn’t all of my Pandaria play time. I started a panda monk, leveled him to 30, then decided I wanted an Orc monk, was too cheap to drop 25 bucks for a race change, and rerolled ANOTHER monk.

Up until this point I had really done nothing but dungeon finder from level 15-52. Then I hit the dreaded mid 50′s slog. Now, is it just me or is this the proving grounds levels in the slog to 90? I had ran with a ton of groups who were flying through instances. Tanks could easily hold aggro, healers had no problems keeping everyone alive, and DPS did their jobs by destroying things(minus tanks…. Their threat generation through the vengeance mechanic((attack power increase while being beat on)) kept their DPS through the roof). When I hit those 50′s lvl instances, that all seemed to end. Once we got into ZF, DM, ya know, late 40′s early 50′s this all changed. I was in horrid group after horrid group. Tanks couldn’t hold threat, even after giving them plenty of room up front to build threat, healers couldn’t keep tanks, yet alone DPS alive(tanks first of course) and NOONE KNEW WHERE THEY WERE GOING!!!

After wasting my time in dungeons leveling to 54 on Friday evening, I decided that when I got in game Saturday I would just start hitting some quests rather than dungeons. So, I logged in Saturday afternoon during my kiddo’s nap and went looking for the quest board outside of Hellscream’s place. Silithis. Ok, I haven’t been there in…. Well, forever. So, I hopped on the flight path and ignored the game for the three minute flight, while rewatching season two of the walking dead to catch up for season three, which dropped last night… That’s another rant in itself, I’m a dish network customer…. RasafrasadishnetworksucksfordroppingAMC…

Anyway, back to wow… I was shocked at how fast I was leveling questing. I went from 54 to 56 in about thirty minutes… Blown away. So, last night I sat down to knock out a level before bed. I destroyed the blasted lands in around an hour, and hit 58. Now I am super excited about heading into outlands. Honestly, I loved the quests, the zones, the dungeons. I think I will fly throu outlands and into northrend just as fast. Will I go back to dungeons? Yes, and yes. I love the dungeons in outlands, with the hellfire peninsula dungeons being some of my favorite in the game… RED ORC’S!!!

Am I power leveling through the game, not really, but on my casual schedule, I’m going as fast as I can! I love the monk. On a side note, the rising tiger kick thingie at 56…. Best move to date. I love the crap out of it. If I wasn’t destroying mobs before this, now I’m two and three shooting mobs. Amazing. If you haven’t read up, or listened to any monk related guides, Eatmopie does a guest appearance on the Sept. 24th episode on Convert to Raid. If you want to find Eatmopie(he’s not perfect, he’s a gnome after all) he is on Facebook, just look for Eatmopie. I really think Pie would like this guy, just a guess.

Guys, have a great week, get your work done, family first, then tear up Azeroth for me.
~OldManSy

And now for something completely random

Posted in Random with tags , , , , on October 11, 2012 by forthepie

One of my jobs on this blog is to check the spam folder and delete all the real spam and approve any comments that are not spam. I am not the only writer who does this, but it is one of the things I do to help 4theHorde be the greatest 4 writer Horde centric blog, written by 3 Kansans and a Canadian. Oh and Happy 10, 11, 12.

I have to laugh sometimes at the amount of spam we get, plus the types of comments that are made by obvious spammers. I almost approved a comment because the website name/title was invisible toaster, it might have made it on title alone. Most of our spam is the usual link infested crap that I am sure none of you want to see. I’ve thought about letting the reblog spam go through, but again, it’s still spam.

I’ve finished all the Warcraft books I have, the only one left to buy and read is the Wolfheart one. I will say this. I didn’t care for Garrosh before reading the book, but it was a mostly, you are not Thrall kinda way. Now, I am in the Garrosh hate camp. I am supporting Basic Campfire for new Warchief.  I am actually toying with an RP story where Halkale “leaves” the Horde, because of Garrosh’s actions. Halkale is now 90 and he doesn’t go to Orgrimmar anymore, since his hearth is set to the inn in the Temple of Two Moons.

One of the disadvantages of being in a smallish guild, which by the way is creeping up onto Guild level 14, is that we don’t have a lot of people on. Kor was off on Canadian Thanksgiving so his play time over the weekend was pretty random. Apparently, Nim and Sy have families to deal with and so their play time is at odd times too. But, we are a helpful group and we support each other pretty well. We are all taking part in trying to get the Working Better as a Team achievement so we can get the heirloom pants.

Monday was Columbus Day here in the US. It was also a banking holiday so that meant I had the day off. I had a couple of errands to run, one of which was to run to the DMV to get the tag for my truck. That is also the time we pay our personal property taxes. Ouch. Outside of the painful amount of money I owed, the trip was pretty quick, probably most of the people thought they were closed Monday. So with the day off and my dailies done for Tillers and Anglers, I decided to hop over to my dwarven mage Crispers, who resides in Crits and Giggles.  I was excited to see the Alliance side of things.

Is there an achievement for the most number of deaths before you complete the first quest. No, not the quest where you drive a gyrocopter around and shoot things. No, the first “ground” quests. Squishy mage is squishy. When touching down Crispers had a touch over 100k health. Those melee mobs hit hard. I finally got to the first Panda village and realized it’s probably a good idea to get something that hits harder than the Frost spec I was using. So I switched to Fire. Much better, once I got the rotation down, but still very squishy. Swarms of hozen tend to kill me because I don’t have much in the way of get out of jail cards. Anyone who has a link to helpful tips or who wants to post some tips in the comments are surely welcome.

I almost made a decision to only level paladins and hunters, maybe warlocks. I am very scared about how to level my priest, she needs to be leveled so she can continue her tailoring, mostly she needs to get to 87ish so she can survive in the Silken Fields.

My other major concern is how do I level Bratwurst. I did a 2.5 of the dungeons while leveling Halkale. I say .5 because while I completed the Brewery and Jade Temple, but the Shan-Do one, we got through a boss and on the trash after the panda boss, we started wiping. To be honest, I am not sure why the tank kept dying, the healer seemed competent, the melee dps warrior was one of the go go go mentality folks. I thought we were focusing down the healer mobs, but something kept killing the tank and finally the group fell apart.  I’ve noticed a few times while running Cata normals that more and more people are just in the “fast food” dungeon mentality, I think it’s still prevalent in MOKFP.  I loved tanking in Wrath on my pally. I loved leading a group of my friends in to take down the LK, even if it was late in Cata before we attempted it, as 85′s with raid geared folks from Shadow Rising.

I am just not sure I am ready for the headache of not only fighting the instance, but my party, as well. Perhaps I need to powerlevel my druid healer up and heal Kor? Can I get 40ish levels by the end of the week?  After I started writing this, I got my Tiller’s rep to Honored and got my next four plots of land and ran a scenario. Pretty quick queue and pretty fun. Still need to run a ton more and keep working on my dailies.

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