In 2018 we ended Legion and entered Battle for Azeroth. I’d rather fight demons than Alliance, to be honest; my hero complex isn’t thriving in these “morally grey” (read: morally despicable) areas the Horde currently is lurking in at the moment.
There is hope though. Right, Zappy…?
Anyway. Here’s a selection of the highlights 2018 in pictures:
It takes a lot of Dreadfang Venom Sacks to get past the initial reputation levels for Aldor after being exalted with the Scryers. A lot, I tell you. Like, over a thousand. Even with reputation buffs.
Got the achievement “From Hell’s Heart I Stab at Thee” which has the following explanation:
Defeat the Whale Shark in Vashj’ir (despite or perhaps because of the fact that he drops no loot).
Of course I defeated him because of the fact that he drops no loot. And to get the achievement.
Love is in the Air-festival makes even the coldest (and deadest) of hearts go wild and romantic, as you can see.
I got the last quest item to create Thunderfury, a legendary from a questchain that starts with half a handle that drops in the Molten Core-instance. It’s a very rare drop. You also need a whole bunch of rare materials.
You also need to fight a boss. I was not prepared for that. Not that it was a hard fight, but the gigantonormous npc that appeared scared me, ahem.
To avoid absurd amounts of reloggings when trying to remember which of my alts need what items and how many, I picked up the habit to write myself letters on the subject.
So, from one levelling toon:
I need bags
…to my tailor toon:
here you are
“I’ve never seen you that angry before”, one of my guildmates wrote when I apologized for my temper tantrums in /party the night before. Granted, I usually keep it civil in game chats, but when we were doing the Glory of the Legion Hero achievement, and were struggling with Who’s Afraid of the Dark?, then I’m embarrassed to admit that I, uhm, kind of lost it.
Funny, how much easier it is to not fall into that trap when I’m on voice chat. I guess that hearing your friends’ voices makes them one bit more human.
I mean. I know they’re humans. Just… brains are weird when it comes to internet communication, right.
Either way, we got the achievement and our precious purple horsebirds!
During Children’s Week, I had the orphan Salandria with me on various adventures. Since my main is a paladin, and the class hall in Legion is located in Eastern Plaguelands even “physically” in the lack of better word, it means that when I have chosen Pamela Redpath as my zone buff from Fiona’s Caravan, she’s there as well.
While the story of Pamela Redpath, presented in a quest chain, is one of the saddest and heart-breaking stories in this game, the story of Uuna (companion pet) is also grim, gut wrenching and outright horrible. But also very sweet.
Now, you can’t have both orphan and companion up at the same time, but I was quick as a viper on the screenshot key and got them all in one shot before one of them despawned.
Together with Salandria, I got the last achievements for What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. Purple drake, wohoo!
Given how much alcohol my toons gulp down in roleplay, it’s weird that I haven’t got this achievement earlier. Not that we use ingame drinks for RP usually. But still.
My next mission is to try all the drinks on all the dive bars in Zandalar and Kul Tiras.
The First Aid profession was removed before Battle of Azeroth was released, thus this summer meant last chance to get the achievement Field Medic. It requires quest items dropped from various mobs, and I kid you not when I say I had the same quest item drop 8 times in 2 hours while the one that I needed only dropped 7 times. For other players. And it’s soulbound.
I had, like, 3 or so teeth on my night elf druid for the Alliance equivalence of this quests that means collecting baby teeth for a month to get a mount. So I kinda ditched that and did it on my Horde miner instead, while also mining Thorium for Arcane Crystals (that you need for Arcanite).
Finally got the ravasaur. And as a bonus, the Alliance only frostsaber. Neat.
That’s 12 slots free in my bank. Well. 11, since I got a trinket that is of course too low level to be of any use but that I’ll still save because, you know, it’s the Arena Grand Master trinket.
Of all the Mage Tower challenges, there are several painted as the hardest, less as the easiest. Either way, with some help from online guides, some amount of luck, and a whole zep load with attempts that slowly increased my skills, I finally completed the protection paladin one so I could unlock the beauuutiful flail artifact skin.
Now to get all those rated battlegrounds to unlock the red look. lol. as if.
Just outside Thunder Totem, there’s a hut. In that hut, you can catch the paladin Marcus, who’s featuring in a good amount of the Steamy Romance Novels, after an intimate act with two Tauren. He leaves when you arrive, but you can loot the little chest. The novel telling of this particular adventure is called “Got Milk?” and is a not that uncommon drop on the Broken Isles.
Even if there’s a neat addon to show the locations of the crystals you need to find to get this mount, you still need to be the first player to collect them all once they spawned. This day, it was my turn.
It’s a very pink hippogryph.
While on one of my occasional pet catching sprees, I remembered to /love the Borean Frog so I could get To All The Squirrels I’ve Loved Before achievement.
The Hydraxian Waterlords is a faction that you get nothing whatsoever from any longer, except for this achievement. Oh, and it counts for the exalted-counting achievements.
Dolly and Dots are my best friends… There’s absolutely nothing in this performance that I do not love.
Pity I didn’t know about this achievement from start, or I would have got the Bloodsail Buccaneer reputation up before starting on the Steamwheedle Cartel ones. Because doing it the other way around takes a looong time. Especially if you want to regain all the lost rep with Steamwheedle again…
On the upside, all this rep farm by killing got me a bunch of previously unobtained transmogs, including Teebu’s Blazing Longsword that is a seriously rare weapon. It also made me level a rogue to 70+. Who’d have thunk.
Every now and then I go to Pandaria and farm materials and/or transmogs, and this fall I also completed the last achis for the Stormbreaker title. Took its sweet time, but it’s a cool title.
And the winner in the cathegory “Silliest Mount” is – Fathom Dweller! To get it, you need to unlock a world quest boss, and you do that by finding a bunch of orbs all around the Broken Isles. Then you have to wait, patiently, week after week, until the world quest icon on the map says that the boss will drop the mount. I had the pet drop up for ages before this eventually popped up.
I admit it’s a fancy looking squid though.
A couple of days after the hivemind of the WoW nerds had solved the Hivemind mount puzzle, some friends and I headed out to get it. We used some addons, but it still requires teamwork and patience and timing, and I’m so happy we made it!
On one of these Pandaria farming sprees, I looted the last two Skyshards, that you need to break the shield of the cloud serpent Alani that circles Valley of the Eternal Blossom. I brought four guildmates, because apparently a group of 5 people can all get the mount as long as everyone gets a hit in on it or something.
We tried it but only one mount dropped. So disappointing. Well, less disappointing for me; I got the mount.
Now I looted two more shards the other day, so perhaps I can share for real some time in the future.
I say that a lot, don’t I. “Some time.” “At some point.”
For the Future Horde!
Anyway. In the near future, a new year will start. I hope it will bring even more WoW joy than this one, and that me, Zappy and Saurfang can set the Horde back on the right path again.
Happy new year!