An Alt Problem

It’s no big secret that I like to level toons. I have a fairly substantial list of 90s (granted, not nearly as many as some folks!), and I don’t particularly do a whole lot of serious end-game things. I’m slowly plodding through my legendary cloak on Nisa – a process that would be much faster if Secrets would actually DROP for me, but still – I’m trying! :)

My most recent 90, Dani, is a second monk for me. Seems easier than paying for the server transfers! haha I always have that moment of “thank goodness that’s done!” when a character finally reaches max level, and yet soon I start itching to do it again. I’m pretty sure it’s a sickness of some sort.

I’m currently working on what I hope to be my first ever max Paladin. I’ve started them before, but much the same as with Death Knights, they just never stuck. I would end up abandoning/deleting them, the poor little souls. Lessa, I hope, will stick around. Considering I have her at level 55 now, complete with mining and engineering ready to hit Outland, it’s looking good so far. This is the farthest I’ve made it with a Paladin, so finger’s crossed! Not only will this be my first Paladin, but it will also end up being my first of those two professions.

I wish I could make a legitimate living out of getting toons to max level – even with the annoying repetition of zones, I still come back to it day after day. And I’ll be doing it again soon, make no mistake about that! ;)

The Heirloom Conundrum

As I’m plugging away at levelling Danicarith (“Dani” – my second monk) I’ve run in to a very interesting thing.

I upgraded a couple of the older heirlooms, the chest and weapon, so they last up to level 85. As this means the XP bonus is effective up to 86, I’m wearing even more heirlooms than before now that I’ve headed off in to Pandaria (well, I snagged a new staff pretty quick, but the chest is a “new addition”).

It’s a real toss-up. Yes, the experience bonus is great. With all those heirlooms, the bonus experience is crazy high. However, the gear that drops and/or is received from quest rewards is a significant stat upgrade in comparison.

In the end, I’ve decided to just wear the heirlooms and I’ll replace them at 86 with some quest rewards that I’ve taken to hold on to in case I don’t have anything better at that point. But honestly, I think it would be interesting to see if the added stats on the Pandaria gear would actually cause a faster kill/questing speed to equal, or possibly even beat, the heirloom XP bonus.

The question has been stuck in my brain since yesterday when Dani headed off to the mist-covered lands. If you’ve ever looked in to comparing the two options, please let me know! :)

Dani chillin with Lorewalker Cho

Dani chillin with Lorewalker Cho

WoW Name Phonetics

A very interesting hashtag started going around on Twitter this morning. Phonetics for saying your WoW character names.

My first reaction was: “Oh boy, I’ve never even been able to figure out how to type ‘Avi’ phonetically, so everyone always says it differently.”

Of course, now my mind can’t stop thinking about it, and I’ve been staring at a word document listing a bunch of my toons and trying to figure out how these darn things are said!

So I figured I’d put it in a blog post and see if I could have it make any sense to someone other than myself. Included are the conversationally shortened names that I refer to them as myself, and any pronunciation changes that come from that.

Aviendhalith – ah-vee-en-da-lith

Avienith – ah-vee-en-ith

~I can count at least 3 different ways that “Avi” is often said, and I just roll with it. I don’t even know if ‘ah’ is the right way to type that sound. It’s just in my head. It’s not ay-vee, or aw-vee. But that probably doesn’t actually make it any more clear, and as long as it sounds sorta close to it, I’ll assume you’re talking to me anyway. ;)

Maevenith – may-veh-nith (Maeve – which changes to just mayv)

Meilanith – my-lah-nith (Mei)

Nisaolith – nih-say-o-lith (Nisa – which changes to Nee-sah)

Minalyrith – me-nah-leer-ith (Mina)

Linsharith – lin-sha-rith (Lin)

Crysanith – cris-ah-nith (Crys)

Sarinith – sah-rin-ith (Sari – which changes to sah-ree)

Lunatarith – loo-nah-tar-ith (Luna)

Cyndarith – sin-dah-rith (Cyn)

Lessanith – less-ah-nith (Lessa)

 

This has all probably served to clarify absolutely nothing for anyone, but I figured I’d give it my best shot! I’ve heard people in pugs and other groups try to stumble over entire character names, which is why I wanted to list the shorter forms that I’m used to as well.

Please, give my phonetically-challenged self a hand if you notice something I could make more clear, and feel free to ask for clarification in the comments! And if you want to get in on the “game” on Twitter, it’s using the hashtag #wownamephonetics.

:)

Who wants some goodies?

I mentioned this on Twitter last week – so here we go. :)

Thanks to you guys, I’ve reached over 500 followers! Which is amazing and unbelievable, since I ramble about life and random games and other stuff. So this is my way of giving back at least a little, in one of the only ways I know how.

I realize that people who follow me play different games, or know people who play different games, etc. So here’s what I was thinking. I have two options for “prizes” that I know I can do:

1) a pet from the Blizzard store for WoW

2) a code for $10 in Riot points for LoL

If there is another game that you play that has something that can be similarly gifted, and you’re interested in entering, please do feel free to let me know!

So let’s get down to the details here. Since we’re talking about a shout out to my Twitter followers, it goes without saying that you’ll need to be following me on Twitter. :)  If you’d like to enter, you can:

Leave a comment here on this blog, or email me — make sure you include your Twitter username!

or send me a DM on Twitter (give me a heads up if Twitter has done something weird and I’m not following you back for some reason!)

You’ve got until Tuesday (6/4) to get your name in. I’ll put everyone on to a list, and do a random.org roll to see who wins. Then I’ll contact you and we can determine what gift you’d like!

Once again: thank you. All of you. You make a simple girl feel pretty special sometimes. <3

Gettin Hot in Here

This is one of those things that probably doesn’t sound like much to the seasoned PvPer, but for someone who’s fairly new to the whole scene? It’s pretty darn cool.

Yesterday, my shaman Crysanith, picked up the achievement Hot Streak while doing 2s. Given the unpredictable nature of those arenas, where you could run in to double blood DKs, or another healer team, and just have the “Never-Ending Arena Match” (which ultimately end in a scored loss if you decide to wait out the timer) – it was just a funky achievement for me to get. :)

CrysOrg

So far this season, I’ve only had a chance to do 2s and some RBGs, but that’s at least given me a chance to play with the differences in 5.2. Most noticeable are the priest changes. A big mechanic change for Nisa was the fact that her crit heals will never show that “big number”. Any critical heal will still heal for the same amount, but apply a shield to the healed target that equals the heal. So yes, this is amazingly key for halting incoming damage. But it still feels a little awkward because you just don’t see that person gaining health quickly like you would on a shaman. It’s a nice relief when Crysanith can throw a 240k heal on to a low arena teammate – I just don’t have that same thing with Nisa anymore. Have to retrain the brain to see the absorb shields the same way!

There are plans to hopefully get some 3s going soon. I’ve been capping points on Crys with a feral friend of mine. He’s also Canadian, and our team name is Tim Hortons, which is THE coolest thing ever and I love that he named it that! :D We’re hoping to add a rogue and see how things work with that, which I’m really looking forward to. So much more fun (and balanced) than 2s are.

I also took my first step in to 5.2 content and headed over to do the solo scenarios and dailies with Crys yesterday. That was definitely — interesting. Since they give conquest points beyond the arena cap, though, and she doesn’t have a scheduled RBG team, I guess I’ll be doing those every day!

Hope you all are having a blast with the new patch. :)

Are You Ready? Season 13!

Well, this has been a very extended posting hiatus for me. There have been some personal things going on in my world, and it hasn’t exactly been encouraging to creativity – BUT! Let’s start giving this another go!

PvP has been a fairly interesting venture for me. I’m still getting the hang of “how to think” as an arena healer, but things seem to be working a little more smoothly. My priest even has an RBG team that she’s been running with a couple times a week, which is rather cool.

This first week of 5.2, while we wait for Season 13, has meant grinding BGs to flush out the last bit of Malevolent gear that I didn’t quite get to on both my priest and my shaman during the last season. They’re both fully epic’d out now, and looking forward to arena’s starting up again. I haven’t decided who I want to focus on more yet. I’ve heard good things about priests in 5.2, but as I never did play on the PTR, it’s going to be something I’ll have to see for myself. I definitely really enjoy my shaman a lot – I like feeling as though I play a more active role in an arena than I do on my priest. So, I suppose we’ll see! Of course, both of them will get played, but we’re really looking to focus on a solid 3s team this season. We still need to find that third to fill the spot, though!

I’ve started levelling a Paladin in the meantime as well. She’s not quite level 40, but she’ll get levelled up eventually. That healer dungeon grind on a fully heirloomed toon isn’t too terribly taxing. :) Paladin healing feels like a whole different ball game than what I’m used to, so it’s been rather interesting so far.

Still haven’t seen any of the new 5.2 content that was released last Tuesday… but perhaps one day!

Hope everyone out there has been enjoying themselves. :)

Polar Opposites

A funny thing occurred to me when I went to log in to WoW today. As I looked at my character selection screen, trying to determine what I was going to do first, I realized just how different my two priests are.

 

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Avi is quietly confident, while still being a little unsure of herself in new situations. When she knows what’s going on in a dungeon or a raid, she knows that she can heal the heck out of anything. She knows her abilities, and she knows how to use them. She rocks around Pandaria, making friends with all the different factions, and generally gets things done.

She can even switch things up and kick some butt when she wants to switch over to shadow. She’s had to do that for multiple raids, and has managed to hold her own. (Well, okay, there was that first night where I cast Hymn and then forgot to go back in to shadow-form, but we just don’t talk about that anymore ;) )

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Then there’s Nisa. Less sure of her footing when she steps in to a battleground or an arena, and not entirely certain how to best keep herself or her teammates alive, she nevertheless jumps right on in and gives it a shot. She’s more carefree. Of course, she still wants to do her best, but she’s just trying to carve out a little spot of sense in the PvP world. She just wants to stay alive long enough to learn how to be useful, and is getting progressively better!

Despite being nearly identical as Disc priests, except a couple of talents and glyphs, they are vastly different characters. The caution and precision from one, and the “let it all loose” from the other – completely opposite ends of the spectrum.

And you know what? I rather like it. :)

Checking in with 2013!

Well… Somehow my posting has fallen by the wayside. I think that’s something that needs to change here in 2013, so I’m going to give it a shot starting today!

Let’s see, a little bit of catching up, I suppose?

I’m still rocking with the Priest goodness. I’ve started upgrading Avi’s gear with VP, and constantly have my fingers crossed that RNG might start loving me enough to give me another tier piece one of these days. Both my heal set and my shadow set are coming along fairly nicely. Since I’ve been going Shadow in our guild raids (too many healers? when do you ever have THAT problem?), I’ve been slowly picking up pieces of gear that I can gem and reforge properly to DPS instead of having so many shared pieces. It’s worked out fairly well now. :)

I also got a second priest to 90 – Nisa. I server transferred her to Arthas, and she’s become my “PvP priest”, leaving Avi to focus solely on PvE. I’m in a wonderful guild, Funk, with some very amazing people. It’s been pretty fun learning how to PvP better, and getting some gear. I’ve got guildies who carry me in 2s, so I’ve got a couple pieces of Malevolent gear, and all of my honor gear is fully upgraded now. As of next week, I’ll be able to get the PvP weapon, and then it’s game on! Looking forward to that very much.

My other alts are all sort of doing their thing. I took Lin, my monk, in to LFR last week. It was my first time in there ever with a melee toon, and it was — “interesting” to say the least. I died. A lot. Sometimes I’m not even sure how. But I like to think that I’m just balancing out the fact that Disc priests are overpowered, so all those deaths make up for kicking butt on healing meters with Avi. ;)

I hope that you all had a safe and wonderful holiday season. Here’s to 2013 being filled with nothing but good things for all of you. <3

 

I’m Hunting Wabbits

Well, okay, it was more hunting mantids rather than rabbits, I suppose – but it was still fun!

I’ve been having connection issues to Deathwing for the past couple days, so it gave me time to jump on my alliance hunter who is over on Lightbringer and really focus on her.

Last night, Cyndarith reached level 90.

 

Because she was Alliance, it also triggered another achieve that I had been wanting:

 

Levelling my hunter was just such a blast. Of all the classes I’ve levelled so far, it was very much the easiest. Just ran through and let my pets eat all the mobs! ;)

Cyn has now proven that she was, in fact, a double agent – she’s gone Horde. She’s an adorable Pandaren hunter now! Hopefully my connection to Deathwing stabilizes soon, and I can transfer her over to be with the rest of my toons.

The Quintessential Quintet

Short post today, because it’s been a crazy week of being ill and playing WoW – but I had to put this up!

After finishing with Sari last weekend, I hopped on my monk, Linsharith, to really focus on her. Picked up in Northrend on Monday, and pushed to 80 to join up with my levelling buddy on his warrior. I had levelled her basically the entire way to 85 as Mistweaver, but last night at 86 I had some experience catching up to do (since she had no rest), so while he went to record his podcast, I got to learn how-to-Windwalker.

I got a crash course, and off I went. Holy crow, is it ever fun! After meeting up in Kun-lai again, we toyed around with our spec combination, and levelled through 87 as a DPS duo (Fury/WW). Stuff pretty much melted. Once in Townlong, though, we needed a little bit more survivability, and he tanked while I DPS’d.

Tonight, Lin became my sixth 90 (while he got is fourth – woot!!), and completed the Quintessential Quintet achievement! Nice little sidebar there – now back to the VP grind on Avi, I suppose! ;)