Real Neat Blog Award

February 15, 2017

Zeirah nominated me for this Real Neat Blog Award that’s going around. It’s a good thing she did, since I seem to need inspiration and/or a kick in the behind these days in order to get a post up.


So there’s 3 things involved as part of the award:

Thank and link the person who nominated you.
Answer the seven questions your nominator has provided.
Nominate 7 other bloggers and create 7 questions for them.

Ok, first off, thank you Z! Everyone make sure you go read Z is for Zeirah, she has a lot of fun and loves to share it with us all.

And then, her questions for me:

1. If you couldn’t blog about Wow anymore, what would you blog about?

Hm, probably my dogs. They are my best buddies. I occasionally post pics of them on Twitter (@acehawkblade)


2. What’s the best and worst thing about blogging?

The best is definitely the friendships I have made in WoW because of it. I have joined guilds and raided at the highest difficulty with people I’ve met through blogging, and even been to Disney World with guildmates and been Maid of Honor at a wedding between blogging friends! All of whom I would not have met if we didn’t all blog.

The worst is feeling guilty when I go weeks between posts. I kept up a two or three posts per week schedule though for what, 6 years? I probably should at least make an effort to get up one a week though, that shouldn’t be too onerous.

3. What’s your favourite achievement in WoW?

By favourite do we mean the one that was most fun to get, the one I’m most proud of, the one I don’t have but still want? The most memorable to me are ones that friends and I did together. Remember when you had to skill up weapon skills? One of them was no weapon, or fisticuffs. So a friend and I went out to Borean Tundra, removed our weapons, and slapped some elementals or something around. I know I posted about it but I dug through the archives and haven’t found it yet. It’s there somewhere, I swear! OH! WAIT!!! I found it 😀

4. How long have you been playing computer games?

Wellllllll ….. do I have to tell? Kids these days won’t even know what a Commodore or an Amiga is. And there was this thing called ‘dail-up’ that hogged up your phone line so no one could call you, and then your Mom would freak out because your phone was busy for hours and call the cops to come check on you. Oh. Yeah. They don’t know what a landline is, either. I also had to walk a mile in the snow, uphill both ways, for a bio break. Really!

5. If you could have one day to do anything in, what would you do?

I’m not very exciting, I’m afraid. I have these days frequently on the weekends, where I just hang out at home with my doggies and we pile into the recliner with the remote, the tablet, and some snacks and watch reruns all day. This one channel has been running all-day seasons of White Collar the last three Sundays, so we’ve been watching that after I get home from church.

6. What’s your favourite food?

Tacos. Hard shell, none of this soft shell stuff … gotta have that crunch.

7. Where do you prefer to go, Mountains or Beach?

The beach is ok, but … mountains all the way. I’m no vampire, but I’m very much NOT a sun-worshipper, either. I also don’t like to swim and we won’t talk about the whole ‘middle-aged woman in a swimsuit’ look. Give me trees, hiking boots, a nice trout stream, pond or lake, and a good pair of binoculars for bird/wildlife watching. Heck, just send me back to Yellowstone, I didn’t get to see a wolf last time I was there.

Now I have to nominate 7 people. These may not all be strictly WoW blogs, but they have all played at one time or another.

1. Big Bear Butt
2. Sportsbard
3. Gnomecore
4. Kamalia et alia
5. Superior Realities
6. Bio Break
7. Misdirections

And the hardest part, coming up with 7 new questions for them!

1. Do you have a favorite mount or type of mount? (horses, dragons, mechs, etc)
2. Do your characters have individual personalities?
3. Transmog, yay or nay?
4. Do you have pets?
5. What is more important to you, a good storyline or plenty of endgame activities?
6. How did you get started in blogging?
7. What kind of car do you drive?

That should do it! Whew! I’d better get back to doing actual work now before I get into trouble. 😉

Z and Cinder’s Blog Challenge – Changing Mains

January 25, 2017

Z and Cinder do a weekly blog challenge topic that they post about and encourage others to join in and do the same. They link all posts for each topic on their shared blog. This week’s topic is one that I can definitely weigh in on so here we go!

If I couldn’t play my main anymore, what would I be? Well, I already changed mains once going into Legion. Despite my love for my paladins and the knowledge that I would be wielding Ashbringer, I just .. couldn’t make peace with the ret playstyle. (We won’t even bother talking about healing, I quit that completely once I quit raiding .. pug healing stresses me too much.) So during the pre-launch invasion events I took out all of the classes for test drives and settled on what I felt was the most fun. Thus I have been a fire mage since Legion’s launch. I had mained mage in the past, although not with this particular character … but it would have felt wrong for my fire mage to be anything other than blood elf. It just feels *right* what with the weapon being Kael’thas’ Felo’melorn.

But let’s say they mean NOW, not six months ago when the expansion launched. What if last week’s patch had changed my current main too much and I didn’t want to play him anymore? Well, strangely enough, since it has never been a class I really cared for, I would probably go with my outlaw rogue. The pistol shot procs and quick combo point buildups are a lot more fun than I had expected, and I am going to thoroughly enjoy finishing the last 5 levels. He’s also a lot more durable than in my prior rogue experiences, partly from class changes over the years and partly just from playing him and becoming more familiar with his abilities. I’ll never be a pvp phenom or anything like that, but even in PvE I’ve found plenty of uses for the utility abilities like stealth and sap and, of course, vanish. Plus, there are some really nice leather transmogs. What? That’s an important consideration ya know! 😉


Hello 2017

January 17, 2017

Yeah I know, we’re already 17 days into the new year and here I am *finally* posting. But I figured I should at least toss up an update on how things are going.

Oranis got a legendary in one of his emissary bags finally, Marquee Bindings of the Sun King. These give a chance for your next non-instant pyroblast to deal 300% more damage after consuming hot streak. Normally I NEVER hard cast pyro, using it only with hot streak. But this certainly makes it worth it, even with only a 15% chance. I still won’t usually cast it mid-fight when I’m running solo, preferring to use it to pull the next mob. Coupled with my favourite trinket, the Devilsaur Shock-Baton which slows the enemy when it procs, most things burn to ash without even reaching me.

Junahu finished her hunter campaign so I am essentially done with her. Kerick and Hunahuna, who reached 110 over the weekend, are both working on their campaigns and did the World Quest event over the weekend to get the bonus rep and the 5k resources. I suppose I should get back to work on leveling someone else to follow them. I think Kroy and Sanbec are probably the furthest along.

I posted awhile back that I was having problems deciding what to craft next. I finally decided on Tirion even though I’m not really playing paladin right now. Anyone who has been around this blog for any length of time will not be surprised, though, as I am a longtime Tirion fangirl. It just seemed wrong to not have him in HS, especially since they killed him off in WoW. 😦

Summoners War
Who … what? This isn’t a Blizzard game! Heck, it’s not even a PC game. You’ll just have to bear with me because BigBearButt posted about this game a couple of times and got me hooked. No I mean really hooked. Like, I’m looking stuff up and making spreadsheets hooked. Yeah. So, probably none of you will know what I’m talking about but that’s ok.

My Dagora is 5* and over 23k hp so he’s able to solo Tamor 3 Hell to level up my other mons. I also have Belladeon and Konamiya 5*. I don’t know who to 5 next .. I have Ahman, Chasun, Shannon, Bernard as likely candidates .. Darion is still 3* but I could easily evolve and level him by the time I have the mats to do a 5. I have some other good 4s that I definitely want to evolve at some point, too, but I’m not sure they should be next .. Mikene, Platy, Shimitae. Honestly though it’s probably between Bernard and Chasun. From what I’ve read, I’ll need Bernard and Shannon for my giants 10 team for sure. Then again, I’ll need Mikene to fuse Veromos, so … yeah. Either way, whatever I do will be for building my GB10 team. I probably should have done Shannon instead of Konamiya but his cleanse is so useful everywhere …

Last Post of the Year

December 14, 2016

Vacation starts next week, so I won’t even be playing, let alone posting. I know I’ve been slow on the posting this year, but I just … haven’t felt it. I’ve been playing though.

Oranis has gotten to revered with everyone except the Wardens. He’s about halfway there on them so I’ll be prioritizing their world quests. He’s also got the ability to automatically complete one world quest per day, so he’s working on the PvP World Quest achievement to get a horse. I’ve *always* wanted one of the PvP horses, but the requirements to get the vicious saddle, which require a large number of arenas or rated battlegrounds, are not worth it to me. So this is the way to get one … and of course, now I go look it up on Icy Veins and realize the ALLIANCE version is the horse, and the Horde is the wolf. Well, I’m still doing it. If I have to do it on Alliance too in order to get the horse, then I’ll just have to do it on Alliance too I guess. The kind I *really* want is the new Midnight in the new Kara … which is not going to happen until I can queue for it as a heroic. I should also probably get the old Midnight one of these days too, especially now that there’s a portal directly to Kara’s front door. I shouldn’t be putting it off.

As for Hearthstone, I like the new Jade mechanic quite a lot. I’m not that big on Reno decks so I haven’t really played the mage or warlock much. I need one more draconid operative and a potion before the priest deck is really ready to go. Aggressive decks like the pirates just annoy me, and I don’t have the cards yet to make the buff paladin or hunter decks really work. So I’ve stuck with the jades for now. I do have enough dust to craft a leg, but I am completely undecided. Here are my best options:

Malygos or Alex old school dragons that I still don’t have and could be used in a few decks. Alex right after the opponent heals up from Reno? always nice
Harrison Jones I’ve held off on him because I can always drop in an ooze. Probably worth it if I wanted extra weapon removal in a Reno deck, but otherwise .. meh
Aya Blackpaw Well I did say I like jades … but she can also be discovered through several means; Lotus Agents, Journey Below, even Raven Idol if you’re desperate and lucky.

any of several old school class legendaries that are staples. For instance, Tirion Fordring, Edwin VanCleef, Grommash Hellscream, Archmage Antonidas the downside is, they can only be used by one class. Would I love to have Tirion? Yeah! But my dust only goes so far so I can probably get more value out of something else that I will use more often.

I’m definitely leaning toward filling out my classic set because those will always be available to use in Standard. And now that I look at a card list, there are quite a few non-class legendaries that would be good to have, too. Baron Gedden, Leeroy Jenkins, Cairne Bloodhoof

That is a lot of possibilities. If I had N’Zoth, Cairne would be the obvious choice. Even without it, he’s a pretty good choice. He’s 4 attack so priests can’t straight up kill him, and a dragonfire potion still leaves Baine on the board. Hmm … I think I’m leaning that way.