20,000 Leagues

Under the sea…. hmmm now I’ve got a little orange crab in my head singing “Under the Sea”  – the things I suffer for having two little girls 🙂

Anyway, with the success of TH, I turned to what in my opinion whilst being one of the most unique zones in WoW, is simultaneously the most annoying as I hate trying to move about in Vash’jir. Even with the mount and the buff, it’s just annoying. I had no quests left in my log so I planned to search some of the quest hubs to try and figure out where I had got up to.

I zoned in and arrived at Tenebrous Cavern. And standing in front of me are three good fellows with ! over their heads. Yay. I had about 15 quests to finish the zone achieve and an unknown number to finish the quest story after that.

So I got started.

So I was convinced to put one of the Merciless Ones heads on…. didn’t go well.
Finally got it taken off 🙂
one of the Old Gods minions to slay
And I put one of these things on my head, again, in order to sneak inside the shellfish
Eventually the goblin sub was attacked and sunk by Naga
Neptulon rises up to face the Naga.

So eventually I finished the whole lot up. The story ends with a leap into the Abyss.

Ding 🙂

The leap introduces us nicely to Throne of Tides. The whole instance makes a whole lot more sense now, especially as we’re trying to help the last boss in that run…. Neptulon. Bit of lightbulb moment there 🙂

Glad to see the back of the zone. I will have to come back to farm herbs here and maybe one day to kill the whale. Now to Firelands 🙂

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Pandas – The To Do List.

Inspired by the Harpy who was in turn inspired by this thorough list from Godmother I too have decided to set some goals for Pre Panda Prep.

Where to start.

Mabaho

I think Mabaho should finish up the stories of the various zones, so that means

  • Vash’jir (and although pretty I didn’t like moving about in Vash) – done April 25
  • Twilight Highlands — done April 22
  • Firelands
  • see if he can pick up a purple offhand and belt to complete his gear
Breaking in the Dragon

Dasal

Dasal will be all about gear I think. This will infinitely help the transition across to MoP, so Dasal will aim for

  • iLevel to enter DS heroic 5mans
  • purples in most slots (even Mab isn’t all purple yet!)
  • Tailoring to max.
  • Enchanting as well.
  • save the gold for Epic flying skill.


Mabango

Mabango is the more obvious goal, though perhaps the hardest to achieve…

  • level 85.

Sounds simple and she’s more than halfway there. But there’s a big slow patch in Outlands coming up. Mabaho took about 2 years to get to 70, 6 months to hit 80, and about 4 months to get to 85, when he was basically the only one that I was actively playing, Dasal and Mabango have come along since then. Absolutely it is faster now with guild and heirloom bonuses along with better designed quests.

The Others

Of my other alts, they are pretty much going to stay as is. I have to decide what to do with Mandrougas, my lonely Alliance hunter. I expect a DELETE is coming soon so I can get in and save a good name for a Panda. This will give me a free slot with the additional one from the expac so if I ever decide to I can create a Paladin, the only class I don’t currently have.

I still have a bit of a “Horde don’t need no stinking Paladins” opinion, but they have been doing good work as tanks and heals ever since their introduction. 

Perhaps the dust will come off Pumatay, but I doubt it. My other alts, ranging from lowly Engkanto (lvl4 troll mage) to Lusiper (lvl58 Tauren DK) will stay as they are, but I will go through their bags and banks to make sure they’re organised. And prepared to store the cloth and herb I’ll gather next round. (done April 22)

Goals should be achievable and be able to be done in small steps – check. I even have a good mix of stuff I can do when I have lots of time (Dasal and Mab in Heroics) or just ten minutes here and there (quests, professions). If I guess MoP would be out sometime late this year (November/December) I think there is time. Hmm, the beta is on at the moment, so maybe earlier??

Please don’t feed the Pandas

Disclaimer first – I’m not in the Beta, I don’t plan to be in the Beta and I’m trying really hard not to read about the Beta. That last one is hard though.

A few have posted something similar as whey wait patiently for their invites, but for me its a case of I want to walk in there and enjoy it in all its glory, for the first time and explore the place. Mabaho will lead the exploration for me. He will head to level cap. After that I might look at levelling a Panda, (most likely a Monk to experience that class as well) or more likely raise Dasal to 90 as well.

I do have a couple of thoughts. The new talent system sounded awful when I first heard about it, but I am less concerned about it now. I suspect there will still be “cookie cutter” builds, but I’ve never used them (see my toons on Armoury) as they are generally designed for raiding or PvP, not the solo explorer with occasional 5man.

Not bothered either about the whole Panda and lore etc drama. I don’t have a background in the earlier Warcraft series as I never really enjoyed RTS games so no preconceptions there. If I was to worry about Azeroth “making sense” then I wonder more about things like why all the red mobs hang around each other and don’t attack anyone except players, not each other! [note – there are places where this does occur, there’s not many though]. Its a fantasy world… so Pandas fit right in! Like giant walking cows.

So that’s my position, trying to save all my “Wow, that was cool!” or “Look at this landscape!” etcs for the real one.

I guess it also saves all the “WTF were Bliz thinking here!” moments as well.