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Overachieving

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 7, 2009 by Korby

What did I do today?  Let’s look at my new achievements!

Well, actually, the first thing I accomplished doesn’t get an achievement, even though it really should.  I maxed out fishing at 450 while trying for a turtle mount.  Nope, didn’t get the mount yet.  While I was doing that though, somebody in guild asked if anybody wanted in on a Sarth 3D raid.  Hell yes, I did.  Well, Sarth 3D turned into Sarth 0D with 20 people, so we got the Heroic: Less Is More achievement.  First thing we rolled on was the Large Satchel of Spoils.

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Yeah, a perfect 100.  Inside were 5 Valor tokens, which gave me my 50 Emblems of Valor achievement.  I was also outrolled on a gloves token that dropped.  I spent 25 of them on a Ring of Invincibility, which finally gave me full epic gear.  Good bye Mobius Band.

Then I started playing with WoWHead’s new profiler.  I loaded my stuff from the Armory, scrolled down, and there were all these red marks on my list of gear.  I had 7 things that weren’t enchanted.  So I went enchant shopping, and corrected that omission.

The last of those enchants that I bought took me to Icecrown for the Knights of the Ebon Blade head enchant.  I did the dailies there, just because I could, and then flew to the Argent Tournament Grounds.  I hate the Argent Tournament, but I’d been doing the non-mounted combat dailies, so I was able to the Gnomeregan Champion quest, and got the ‘of Gnomeregan’ title as well as my slaveboy.  I guess I’ve figured out how to defeat the mounted NPCs, but damn, it just kills my arm.  I get so focused on hitting the buttons to beat the guy, that my muscles just tense up and it feels like I’ve been lifting weights after about 5 fights.  I amazingly managed to defeat an Ironforge champion, so just 9 more factions to go for that achievement.

I headed back to Dalaran after the dailies reset and finished off the night with the 25 Dalaran Cooking Awards achievement.

Northrend and Outland at 40

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 22, 2009 by Korby

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I finished off Aaeru’s Northrend fires today after work, and did the Outland fires for her after completing that.  Death count came to 28 in Northrend and 16 in Outland.  I actually thought I might die more in Outland just because in some zones the mobs tend to be more densely packed in there, but I used Spirit Healers to move long distances and skip a lot of needless deaths.  My best run was from the Horde fire in Nagrand through to both Zangarmarsh fires, with my only death coming from a level 80 Horde hunter who chased me down in Nagrand.  I’ve taken her from 37 to 40 on this, and there’s still half of the Eastern Kingdoms left, and all of Kalimdor to go.  It’s a good thing this lasts for 2 weeks, because I’m a little sick of it after 2 days of grinding it.

Midsummer Fire Insanity

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by Korby

The Midsummer Fire Festival has rolled around again, and while last year it was all about getting my warrior from 56 to 59 in 7 hours, today it was about leveling my alts.

First I did the 16 new Northrend bonfires with Korby for some easy cash; downed Ahune.  Then the fishing bug bit me, and I decided to say hello to Mr. Pinchy.  I was not expecting this response.

Mr. Pinchy says hello!

Yeah, the pet on my first try, and then check out my bags over there.  Is that two of him?  Yeah.  I fished him up twice in a row, so I have 5 more clicks banked.  That was pretty cool.

Then I logged in Innoruuk and started moving him through Outland.  Innoruuk is 74, so the exp was 22k per Horde fire, and 11k per Alliance fire.  Note also that I equipped him with the heirloom shoulders that give 10% added exp to all quests.  Easily got him through Outland, then Kalimdor, and finally Eastern Kingdoms.  Then I took him to Northrend.  This was a little more difficult than when I did them with Korby, because Korby can fly.  I had to play “dodge the mobs” a little, but Innoruuk got the new 16 done with little excitement.  In total he gained about 95% exp.  Not quite as cool as the 3 levels Korby got out of it a year ago.  Also got about 320 gold in all.

I mailed the shoulders back to Aaeru and started to run her through Eastern Kingdoms (4k per Horde, 2k per Alliance).  In zones where level 37s generally don’t go, I stripped her naked except for the heirloom shoulders (which don’t take durability damage), and made beelines for the bonfires.  I was so impressed by the fact that she only died twice crossing Burning Steppes, that I wanted a REAL challenge.  So to Northrend we went.  Yeah, I took a high-30s character to a 68-80 continent.

I’ve run her from Valliance Keep to Amberpine Lodge, hitting 8 of the 16 fires, dying a total of 17 times along the way.  Amazingly, the easiest one to reach was going from the Horde fire in Borean Tundra to the pair of fires right in the middle of Sholazar.  Didn’t die once getting in there.  Maybe it’s just luck, or my 60% mount speed really did make a difference, but I was absolutely beside myself with giddiness when I hit that flightpoint alive.  It was the trip out of Borean to Dragonblight that was really killing me.  It took 8 deaths to go from the airstrip to the Horde fire near Stars Rest, the most hilarious deaths coming from birds swooping down from the sky and killing me.  I was able to use Spirit Healers to bounce myself across the zone to Wyrmsrest Temple (some Reanimated Frost Wyrms helped), and then made a successful deathless run for Grizzly Hills.  I’m also picking up 505 exp with each map area I uncover, so in my eyes, it’s very much worth all the dying I’m doing.  She’s gained 1 level so far, and I should absolutely have her to 40 by the time I’m done, and that’s not even considering doing Outland with her, which is looking tempting if I’m having such an easy time with Northrend.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 19, 2008 by Korby

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For the uninitiated, what you’re looking at is the final score of a Warsong Gulch capture-the-flag style battleground I played in a few nights ago, with the table sorted by number of honorable kills, which you can use as a way to determine who was actively busy killing other people, a score if you will. In general, just standing near some opposing player as they die and doing nothing will grant you an honorable kill since it’s mostly all about proximity to the death and not a matter of if you actually hit them or not.

So the next best way to rank yourself in a battle is comparing the number of killing blows to deaths. I attribute my low number of KB’s to the fact that I was grouped and cooperating with much better skilled and equipped players (Pompey, Duggrim, Willhelmryan, and Evilbettie) who dealt more damage with their spells than my warrior does. It’s far far easier for a caster to blow up a person from afar with burst damage than for a warrior/other melee class to maintain up-close contact with a constantly moving target and deal consistent sword hits. What I’m getting at here is that just because I was 2-4-14, doesn’t mean I sucked, it just meant my guild/groupmates are death machines and an absolute blast to play with in PvP.

Who does suck in that picture, you might ask? I think the big red circles illustrate that point for me.

Oh, and yeah, my team lost. Alliance always loses in Warsong Gulch, so the outcome really wasn’t a surprise to me.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 11, 2008 by Korby

I got up to 773255 out of the 779700 exp needed for 70, and I thought to myself, “I could do this from just discovering new areas.” So I did.

Ding 70.
19 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes, 2 seconds.

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