So all this stuff with WoW Remix got me thinking about the hear treadmill. Now I don’t care about it – at all. I never have. I participate in it because it’s part of the game and it’s impossible not to, but it’s not something I care about in of itself. It’s not why I play.

I explained this badly when it came up in my guild discord but I just had a thought which I think expresses my view better.

I imagined the question being posed to me of “so you think somebody running solo in story mode, should be able to get the same rewards as someone completing a mythic raid then?” and you know what – I actually do.

A great example of this is PlayStation games. PlayStation games. Take say the Marvel Spider-Man game. Somebody can play that on Easy and get all the collectibles, trophies, see all the fights, the story, the cinematics etc. just the same as somebody that plays on Ultra Crushing Hard. The difference isn’t in what they get – it’s in how they like to play.

Some people have epic skills. They are blessed with fast reactions, and they enjoy the challenge. They like throwing themselves against the brick wall until they eke out a victory. Absolute power to them. I wish them nothing but happiness. Personally I am neither that good, nor do I find that enjoyable. I like a bit of a challenge, I don’t mind a few attempts while I work it out but I like it to feel possible. If victory doesn’t feel within reach then I’ll switch to an easier difficulty mode for that boss.

Purely my personal POV but I like the way the PlayStation game does it. Separating the reward from how people like to play. Everybody gets the same cake, no matter how they enjoyed the journey to get there.

In Warcraft I am definitely the minority in this. The entire game is set up so people can feel superior I guess? I remember all the talk of “dirty casuals” when I first started playing back in 2010. It’s sad really. Personally I don’t think other people having stuff takes anything away from me. Let people play the way they enjoy.

You know when you are trying to be patient because it’s only been a few days and that includes a weekend? Yet have zero faith it will get better?

Yeeeeeah…. I’m talking about WoW Remix. I am so disappointed in it.

Think I might do a proper blog post later to rant 🙁

But TLDR highlights – what was advertised, was not what went live. They got my attention with “currency for items” and “accelerated levelling”. I watched lots of videos and I hadn’t felt that positive about the game in a long time.

What I was expecting was the first character levelled would be slow/normal speed, but getting slightly faster/more powerful as they levelled up and the cloak got power. Then as the cloak was account-wide, the next character would be even faster/more powerful, and the next one even more than that. Aka the more you played, the faster the levelling and the more OP you got. I was giddy. I had planned my levelling order. I was thinking I would perhaps do 8 to knock out various heritage armor quests.

But the cloak is not account wide anymore (it was on the PTR and why would they program something so complex only to hardcode what people got instead???). Now once one character gets the top “infinite power” (ha! what a joke) achievement, any alt will simply start with the same baseline ‘upgraded’ cloak – the same. So the second or the tenth is identical. And this baseline ‘boost’ is no more than what the winds of wisdom is that they give us sometimes yet I had to earn it??

Now with the currency accumulation to buy stuff that was like double bubble. This one is probably on me because with currencies going account wide in the next expansion, I assumed bronze would be – but it’s not. Also it accumulates so slow that someone did the math. You’d have to clear mythic Siege everyday for the full 95 days to stand a chance at getting all the things, and that’s if you don’t need to use the same currency to upgrade your gear to be able to run the raid in the first place.

I just feel super demotivated when I was ready to heap praise on the mode. Because I thought it was set up super well because everything in the mode was a way to get more powerful and make progress. I had been planning on spending most of my free time in Remix. Now with how disappointed I feel I don’t really want to play at all.

Aaaaand that was basically a rant not a TLDR – oops! I didn’t even mention how broken the scaling is. Like want to get weaker and weaker the more time you put in? Yeeeah that’s how it goes. Worse I don’t think they will go “ok our bad” and revert the batshit nerf and make the cloak account wide again, because some people realised the frogs were farmable and have powered their cloak mad high. That was always a way to farm lesser charms back in the day (I did it myself sometimes when I was short) and so it’s not like blizz didn’t know that was a thing. But yeah I foresee this being the excuse now for why cloaks can’t be account wide and have to be capped 🙁

Their promo is about being “overpowered” so I don’t get it. Well actually I do because the community is toxic. It launched Thursday and already the “if you don’t have X or Y don’t even bother applying to the group” has started. So I sort of get why balance is a concern but at the same time it’s a limited time mode, that has no bearing on the actual live servers as it’s all locked away. Boost everyone up. Although this clearly anathema to them. I’m on a Fury Warrior and my primary stat is in the red because they have thrown a class wide nerf buff thing, that lowers my stats just by logging in. Like why? They said in an interview about powering up enough to solo raids and sure, make that possible without exploiting creative game mechanics (aka frogs). Let everyone have mad fun and not just those who have spent all day everyday racing ahead.

Sorry ranting again. I’m just disappointed. I shouldn’t have got so enthusiastic about this mode. I shouldn’t have believed the PTR or all the videos of players excitedly talking about it. I should have expected it was too good to be true. But I was counting down until launch. I hyped up my guild. I rearranged my regular Thursday night plans as I wanted to experience the chaos of the launch, and jump right in. And now yeah I am just so demotivated 🙁

Tags: #in which I rant#maybe they will fix it there’s certainly enough angry posts about it#but the hotfixes this weekend give me zero faith in that talk about bandaid on a bullet hole#sighing forever

135 wipes and then on the 136th attempt…


Honestly I did NOT think that was happening but yup Ahead of the Curve: Sylvanas is finally mine. Now I never, ever, ever, ever want to do that again.

Eight years in the making…

This guide is magic!

I have had the Blood Infusion quest to get Shadowmourne in my logs since about 2010, never managed it as even back when I had friends organising a run just never happened.

Well this meant I soloed it 🙂

Took a little doing. I had trouble getting the alts into the same instance to start. The trick was to clear the poison wing (I had skipped it) and then form the group outside the instance. After that it was a straight one shot.

This and Illidan’s Warglaives are my last two remaining legendaries. Last month the bow finally dropped for me and I finished Dragonwrath.

Not a bad way to spend part of a Saturday morning 🙂

This morning I looked on wowhead to see when the Legion invasion was (I’m still levelling an alt at a time up to 110) and I saw this post about the Zandalari racials. The poster was complaining and demanding that Blizz nerf them.

Now I don’t know anything about the combat racial (blessing of the loa I think it is?) and to be honest don’t care. The targeted racial that got my attention was Regeneratin because it made me even more excited to roll a Zandalari.

Years and years ago, way back when Swtor was first released which was … oh crumbs, 2011, anyway pretty soon after that I wrote a post on my blog called “Why my Paladin is jealous of my Bounty Hunter” and one of the reasons I gave was the out of combat regen that all Swtor classes have. They are themed, so Bounty Hunters are ‘lock and load’ I think? with an animation of reloading the gun. The sith have seethe so they turn red and look menacing. Anyway the point is they can regen out of combat.

Yesterday quite by chance I was doing the ‘Zandalar Forever’ scenario on my Demon Hunter and I accidentally went through the blue flames and my health dropped to 5%. Demon Hunters don’t have any heals except in combat when they can kill a mob and pick up a soul shard. I never ever remember to have any food in my bags, so I just had to stand chilling on the top of the pyramid for a few minutes while my health passively regenerated – that was boring!

I mean my pally can boost health with Flash of Light. I suspect other classes with healing specs have similar boons, and mages can of course conjure food on demand, but other classes don’t have that.

With the Zandalari blizz were implementing something I’ve wanted for years – a great quality of life improvement! Rather than nerfing it, I think they should expand it to all races! It doesn’t provide buffs so people will still have to craft food if they want any ‘well fed’ boosts. Just for questing or non-competitive combat, why can’t people just have a Regeneratin ability? It makes for less annoying pauses in gameplay.

So anyway that’s my thought of the day.

#in which I reckon there’s still stuff warcraft can learn from swtor

Shit I need another max level Horde as there’s two exclusive questchains to do with Saurfang. I like to see everything! /headdesk

Honestly I’m torn because part of me super loves this kind of choice and compelling gameplay. Nobody was more excited than me I swear on learning about Class Halls. I’d wanted class specific quests for forever. On the other hand not being able to do everything on one character is a little annoying.

*snorts* and it might be a while. My closest is a Level 90 Tauren Pally and with the announcement of Zandalari Pallys I’ve lost interest in leveling it. My next closest is a Level 30 Goblin Rogue (I talk a lot about levelling but I’m very slow at actually doing it).

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I have the same problem. Most of my alts are in guilds, but I’m still pretty low-level, and are *any* of the dungeons playable as a solo? I like questing and gathering (waiting for the expansion which makes it so you can have unlimited professions!) and I’d love to explore the dungeons. But people run through them at top speed, so I never really learn them. =(

Ugh I know!

I make it a point to read the dungeon journal beforehand but the mentality is always “go! go! go! Pull more!” and so I’m mostly just aoe-ing and trying to keep up as the tank races on ahead. This is another reason why I’m reluctant to queue as tank because I remember from Legion that if I didn’t pull as fast as they wanted, then they’d pull for me and I loathe people pulling for me.

None of the dungeons from the latest expansion are soloable (for me anyway). I did try Shrine of the Storms the other day and found the third trash pack was just too much. Previous expansions though should be ok. I have only done Legion Normals (doing class hall quests) so I’ll have to try the higher difficulties but I don’t see why they would be a problem. Warlords raids are super easy to solo even on mythic, my health barely dipped below 100% at any point. Except for Hellfire Citadel as the mechanics mean I can’t get past the first boss *grumps* (this is all obviously at 120). Soloing at lower levels I could do Warlords dungeons and the raids on normal at 110. Erm at 100 I could do some Mists raids but I think I struggled on the 4th boss in Siege of Orgrimmar. Man I’m trying to remember further back, sorry it’s too many years ago :/

I’m a completionist. I like to do all the quests (Alliance and Horde), get all the achievements, level all the classes, level some classes more than once for the races, level all the professions, go after all the mounts and pets and toys etc. Hehe obviously this isn’t doable. I’d need to play 24/7 for years but hey it provides endless content as I do what I feel like of these things 🙂

I had to run a couple of dungeons for the Pride of Kul Tiras questline so I was a ret pally and the mage in the group made one hell of a fuss as apparently we took the wrong door down to the basement. Now I have no clue really, I was just following the tank, but it just brought into sharp relief why I haven’t clicked to queue as tank this expansion.

In fact I barely clicked to queue as tank when I was playing during Legion, and I think I did it once when I got Warlords and my pally played so differently (lost abilities, changed stats, the ilevel squish, all in addition to the usual drop in power because we’re levelling again) that I was scared. I’d lost my selfhealing ability which had made me fall in love with tanking in the first place.

Simple fact is that I haven’t really tanked since Mists when I was the main raid tank for my guild. I think I said this in my last rambling post about Warcraft; that I once had a grasp on the game and now I’m just ??? no clue about it all.

Which brings me to my reason for this ramble – Siege of Boralus Mythic.

I have to complete it in order to finish the ‘A Nation United’ quest, get the achievement AND (from my perspective) fulfil the requirement for unlocking the Kul Tiran allied race. Logically I know I’m being dumb as I haven’t finished levelling my Void Elf Priest (and haven’t touched at all the Lightforged Pally, or Nightborne Mage I rolled). So it’s not like I need the Kul Tiran Druid anytime soon (I have a 110 Worgen Druid) but I just like the aesthetics – it looks cool!

BUT as a solo player, without a guild, without friends, and with crippling self-confidence issues – I’m never going to be able to find a group to complete this Mythic, which means I won’t be able to finish this quest until the next expansion when I can (hopefully!) go in and solo it (*insert grumble about Hellfire Citadel not being soloable*).

I guess this ramble is a slight rant because yes Warcraft is a MMO, it isn’t a single player game, but they brought in LFD and LFR so more players could experience all the areas of the game, it is lower difficulty, rewards are less but that’s fine with me! These days I’m just here for the story and to see all the cool stuff. They should have made Siege of Boralus have a heroic mode, and let us do the quest on that.

Anyway I’m going to shut up now. I need to do more Horde side but merlin help me if there’s some kind of Mythic requirement for unlocking the Zandalari allied race – I want my dino!druid and also they can be paladins – paladins! I mean sure I don’t need like a 5th paladin but they just look so cool!

So I got Battle of Azeroth on release, 14th August google tells me. I played for like three weeks and then unsubbed as I had life stuff.

I resubbed last weekend because of life stuff and (this is the funny bit) *sniggers* ready for this?

I just hit 120 – twice.

You see my main, my beloved human paladin, had to hit 120 first but this expansion is all about the WAR, so I wanted to see both sides, so I was running my Horde Demon Hunter at the same time.

So yeah finally hit max level whoo hehe except! See there is an except 🙂 I’m only two zones into Kul Tiras, I literally haven’t touched the third zone, I hadn’t actually finished the second one when I dinged. I’m maybe halfway through the third zone in Zuldazar. Dungeons? Two on each side as when I finished the zones I did the dungeon that they led to – that’s it!

Doing loremaster, or whatever they call it these days, seems to max you out way before you are done.

Anyway this is amusing me because I hit max level and it’s a big so what? Because it makes zero difference. I still have the quests to do, the zones to complete. I’m running the storyline. I’ve had the quest in my log to choose my foothold since whenever it popped up and I’ve not touched it because one thing at a time. I’ve not done anything but quest. I have zero clue about islands, invasions, warfronts – any of that.

Basically how anything works is just a complete mystery to me. I’m currently pondering how I can get my hands on a shield so I can swap to prot spec if necessary, Legion totally spoiled me in that regard and I miss it #wantmylegendaryback (I’m still permanently transmogged into Ashbringer because Tirion Fordring entrusted me to be the light dammit, I’m not swapping that for a random fishers pike thank you)

I saw Method won world first by beating Jaina and I’m sitting here going ??? Jaina’s a raid boss? Do we kill Jaina!?!

Oh and my poor pally is feeling the strain because Demon Hunters movement abilities are ++ for quality of life. I love jumping off that big temple in Zuldazar and then just gliding really super far. It’s like having flight when we don’t have flight yet. I don’t even have the flight whistle yet.

Anyway the big thing I care about now I have hit 120 is how much more old content can I now comfortably solo? My mount collection has a mighty need.

I LOVE the Tortollan guys

The voice acting is amazing. I love their whole ethos of looking for stories (and not wanting to miss out on good stories!) it’s the latter which makes them adventurer material maybe?

Now I have no idea how far into Nazmir I am, and that is the only Horde zone I’ve touched (ditto with my main on Alliance side but with Drustvar) so I don’t know if the Tortollans show up elsewhere but I hope they do! I really want them to meet the pandaren, it seems like they’d have a lot in common.

Can we say playable race? Idk what classes they qualify for as they seem dependent on scrolls. Still anyway they are cool. I like them 🙂

We have a lot in common. I’m questing for the story, hanging out to listen to all the dialogue, going after every chest and rare mob that pops up on the map. I’m taking my time, only playing when I have rested XP, bouncing back and forth between Alliance and Horde, I’m only level 112. There’s no rush. I’ll be 120 for a couple of years after all.