Countdown….T minus 3 days and counting…

I’ll have my pre-ordered copy of Wrath of the Lich King, WoW’s second expansion, in my hot little rogue hands on Wednesday night at midnight. Sadly, I don’t have the vacation time available to take the 13th off. However, the weekend and I know the next three days are a flurry of last minute preparation for me and many others. I’ll share my checklist below. How are you preparing to meet Arthas?

1. High level alt with Herbalism, a key to the new Inscription profession, transferred from old server.

Check. Eight levels to go in 3 days. Hmm. Probably won’t make it, but I may make the level 68 cutoff that is necessary for Northrend levelling.

2. Classic and Outland Raider achievements completed.

Well, mostly. Still need AQ20, 40, and ZG. Cleaned up getting credit for MC, BWL, and Onyxia with the guild this weekend. Outland is complete as of 10/15.

3. Farm a lot of gold for levelling enchants, gems, and profession levelling.

Farming gold is not one of my strong points in the game, but I’ve got a bit set aside. Is it enough to level one toon from 70 to 80, one from 62 to 80, a Death Knight from 55 to 80, and the professions for three characters? Only time will tell.

4. Spend banked and resetting Arena points.

Isn’t going to happen. I have 1268 points. The Brutal that I’m able/need to get, I have. Ah well, I could buy the crappy gems, but I’ve got a store of epic gems purchased with my bank of badges of justice.

5. Say goodbye to Outlands – Final level 70 raids.

We already had our final level 70 Mt. Hyjal and Black Temple raids. I guess, as a hardcore raider, I should say we had our final Sunwell on 10/13, but I’m not that cynical. Final Sunwell Plateau is Tuesday. I don’t feel a need to say goodbye to level 70 Serpentshrine Caverns and Tempest Keep. Vashj can still kiss my nether regions.

The Burning Crusade was overall a fun success I’d say. What a journey it really was. Blizzard went from long attunement quest chains to dropping those attunements and adopting a “come one, come all” philosophy as far as raids were concerned. The face of the game has changed, is changing. Can’t wait to see what Northrend brings…..

For the Alliance! For the Horde! Death to the Lich King! GoGo level 80. 🙂

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Are you ready?

Hmm. I think this title is too much like the overused “Are you prepared?”

The zombie event that you either loved or hated is now over, but the world of Azeroth is still being pummelled by the Scourge via Necropolises (is that the plural?) All signs pointing to the imminent return of Arthas, The Lich King and Naxxramas.

My game days are filled with Scholo runs to finish up my Argent Dawn rep, (I want that tabard achievement!) running Headless Horseman in Scarlet Monestary for the elusive mount and pet, and enjoying my raiding downtime.

I’m really looking forward to the push to 80. The new quests and dungeons. New raids and learning an expansion from scratch with my raid guild.

See you in Northrend in 15 days!

1, 2, 3…..Memory

 

Today, while contemplating what lucky store is going to get my Wrath of the Lich King pre-order $, I’ve been remembering the different stages of WoW I’ve seen and the memories I’ve picked up, along with a bank full of random stuff (Hello Archmage Vargoth’s Staff), along the way.

 

WoW 1.0 – Launch to Expansion

Ah Vanilla WoW, when the world was shiny, new, and there was world PvP. When PvP-een was not determined by an armored drake and a title above your noggin. The days of large raids, long grinds, and a gear gap the size of the Grand Canyon. You gave me glorious days of raiding Crossroads, my first epic, and the feeling of completing the 45 minute Baron run. Not to mention the thrill of checking the PvP leaderboards every Tuesday to see if that was the day I would enter the Champions’ Hall as a Knight of the Alliance. Great friends, good guilds, and days standing around in Ironforge admiring the raiders. The good ole days. We always view them with nostalgia. Soon the lands, quests and raids of Outlands will be just memories as we start the exploration and conquering of Northrend. So what did The Burning Crusade bring?

 

WoW 2.0 – TBC to Arthas

 

The Dark Portal waits. Are you prepared? From the many free Rogue talent resets leading up to the first WoW expansion to the death of Illidan and starting the Sunwell, TBC meant a new start, a new world of epic. My rogue, like many other people’s toons, was introduced to raiding for the first time in TBC. With the Opening, came the Great Gear Reset of 2007. I’ll never forget replacing my hard won epic dagger with a green, or being the first in my guild to ding 70. The many, many, many people I helped attuned for Karazhan and moving on to the 25 man game. Defeating the hated snake hair lady, the emo prince, and the betrayer. The elevator boss, the ledge boss, and the guild killer. I’ve seen it all except Kil’jaeden, and I know I’ll go face-to-face (or sword-to-back) with The Deceiver before October. The death of PvP ranks and the birth of spendable honor points. Arena becoming the only way to obtain the best weapons in the game up to Illidan for melee classes. The fall of HARP and the rise of ShS. Rogue PvE gear again reigning supreme in a PvP setting, and the attempt to balance it. And here the community is again…poised on the edge of an expansion that’s less than two months (possibly) away.

 

Three years in this game. For many players, make that four to five if they were in pre-release beta. How will things change in Wrath? No one knows for sure despite the info coming out of beta. One thing is sure, however…..

 

 

I’m leveling a Paladin. 😉