Archive for the ‘Kerick’ Category

Trial of Style

August 22, 2017

Despite my interest in transmog, I wasn’t too excited about the Trial of Style. None of the mog prizes were that exciting to me. The only one I really wanted was the mail set. I would have totally forgotten about the event altogether until I saw someone on my friends list queue for it. So I figured, ok, I’ll go get that set and be done.

 

WRONG.

 

I queued up my hunter first since that was the set I wanted. She went in blind with no idea what she was in for. I didn’t do so well but at least now I understood how it worked. And it was FUN! It took a few rounds to get the tokens I needed and then I put her away.

 

Next day I thought You know, that was pretty fun. I should take my main mage and make him some theme sets ahead of time and see how he does.  So I made him a few sets of the themes that I had seen already and queued him up. Naturally, the first theme was one I hadn’t seen before so I had to create something on the fly. Being a belf, he has an extensive wardrobe, so it was pretty easy to come up with an Epic Purples outfit. And he won! First try. Go figure.

So then I thought, well, I might as well get the plate, too. So I made some outfits for Kerick. Faction Pride came up, and I had the Stormwind Guard transmog from the Draenor garrison thing already saved up and ready to load. Yeah, it’s a set, not a unique mog. I figured that was a mark against it, but apparently it didn’t matter. It won.

Then there was the rogue. I have an extremely limited leather wardrobe, so I wasn’t sure how that would go.  But his Primal Style outfit won. It seems like tying together a look ahead of time does make a difference.  As you can see in the shot which has the top three all on the podium, the other two had the right idea. But their outfits were just a little too thrown together and mishmash to stand up to the cohesive design. Could I have thrown this together in 2 minutes and had it look like this? Probably not. Planning ahead does pay off.

And here is a better shot of him by himself.

I really hope they do this again, preferably not just once a year. It would be nice if they added some new prizes. I think people really enjoyed this. I know I did!

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Ashbringer and Titanstrike

August 31, 2016

So I finally got to log on after work last night, by which time two of my friends were already 110. Crazy people! But they raid so … they have other priorities. My main goal at the moment is to get everyone their weapon and class hall. Or at the very least to get their Dalaran hearthstone. There will be a bit of spoiler stuff down below so if you don’t want to know, stop here.

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Obviously Kerick is first. I had a hard time with this. Partly because all of the green fel stuff on the ground makes my puttering old graphics card almost suffocate, and partly because of the content.

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I don’t want to be Highlord. I’d be okay with ‘Acting Highlord’ while Tirion recovers, or even taking over as Highlord with him retiring, but I’m not ok with his death. I know, I know, he’s not exactly young anymore and it had to happen eventually, he’s only human. But still … If they wanted to make me actually care about kicking Gul’dan’s loser ass, they found the way to do it. I know there are plenty of people in the playerbase who’ve made fun of him over the years, but he’s always been special to me. Kerick has always tried to live up to what he’s seen in Tirion … the willingness to make sacrifices for what he knows is right, like befriending Eitrigg; the inner strength to keep going and believe in the Light even through the things that happened with his son Taelan; etc. He was even willing to trade places with Bolvar on the Lich King’s throne. (Oh dear Bolvar, that’s another one I’ve never quite gotten over losing.) I’m sure Tirion had many regrets, but he buried them and fought on. Now all we can do is pray that he rests peacefully, and fight on. And, of course, seek some vengeance .. we are, after all, retribution paladins!

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Titanstrike

I must admit, despite the wonderful quest and lore that came with this, I don’t feel any special attachment to the Titans, or Mimiron, or Thorim, or any of it. I do, of course, love love love Hati. Now Juna can go to bed sandwiched between her canids, much like I do every night. Except mine are battle pet sized and don’t have lightning arcing across their bodies. Anyway … she got a new mog to match the colours of the gun because I didn’t have anything in her collection that really went with the pets yet. That’s a project for later on, as is getting the skin that turns the gun into a bow (unless it requires pvp).

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She also bought the tomes in her class hall that lets her pets play dead, which was really fun. She was running around the lodge while her two wolves just laid out on the floor. I didn’t get a good pic though because it was pretty dark in there. Oh well. Plenty of time later. 🙂

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

October 15, 2014

That was my reaction upon seeing Kerick on the character select screen. I mean really. He went from this:

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To THIS:

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I went straight to the barbershop but … nothing was right. Even the hair colours are different. And that hairstyle … I mean, it’s called ‘Fabulous’ not ‘Slept in an alley’ so why???? I found a face I could live with but the hair is not happening.

Even my Conan character, Yendrus, looks better than Kerick now.

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Ok, there’s the bad. How about the good?

This one made me squee. New (old/original) main, perhaps?

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She’s so adorable!

P.S. Yendrus is a nickname for Andrzej so yeah, just when you thought there was no Mount & Blade reference .. BAM! 😀

Better Than a Love Rocket

February 20, 2014

I have mixed feelings about the Big Love Rocket. On the one hand, it’s really super annoying that the drop rate of this is sooooooooooooooooooooooo much worse than that of other holiday mounts. I had multiple toons with Brewfest mounts or the Headless Horseman’s mount long before they went account-bound. Remember the year the Horse dropped like candy? I think I had it on all five of my max level Alliance. But THIS thing … argh!!!

On the other hand, since I have all of those others, I ignore those holidays. Since pretty much everyone and their dog still wants this one, the queue times to get a group for the apothecaries are negligible. Like, I’m talking anywhere from 2-8 minutes …. as a DPS. So even with 10 nineties lining up each night to try for one, it’s only taking me an hour to get them all done (there are tanks and healers mixed in with instaqueues).

Which brings me to my main rant. Even more annoying than the low drop rate. Healers who aren’t healing. They may or may not have a healing spec, but even if they do, they aren’t in it. I stopped queueing as tank on my two least geared tanks because wtf? I have like 410k health, people. I KNOW this thing is easy, but the boomkin who did 30k dps while I nearly died would have been far more effective actually healing me. The first time I queued as dps instead, the tank we got was level 89. Thank the Light the healer we got for that run was actually in a healing spec. It’s a difference of 5 minutes, people! If you’re too lazy to wait 5 minutes in queue as dps, gtfo.

So, to make up for the frustrations of the holiday, I bought this on the AH.

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I had a heck of a lot of fun zooming around Stormwind. I haven’t tried picking herbs from it yet. Maybe this weekend … although I need to finish my RaF this weekend, it ends in less than a week! Next week I’ll post a recap of everyone that I leveled.