Monday, June 4, 2018

One Crisis At a Time

Earlier in the year, I made a commitment to posting at least two times a week on this blog.  I did very good with that for a while, and it all went down the toilet.  One day my PC was working, and the next it wouldn't boot up.  Like at all.

I do have some computer training, but after doing some basic troubleshooting, I found I was getting impatient and annoyed and I just didn't want to do it anymore.  So I passed my PC on to a PC repair shop and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

I called them and harassed them a bit.

Then I waited some more.

All they kept sating was they were trying different things, parts were being shipped, yadda yadda yadda.

This went on for two months.

Eventually the guy admitted he had no earthly idea what it could possibly be.  He had replaced the motherboard, the connectors, the power supply, everything he could think of, to no avail.  He returned my dead PC back to me (at no charge, lucky for him, because I would have been LIVID if he had charged me) and I got started looking for a new PC repair place who might be able to figure out the problem.  So I found someone in my area who does a pickup service and he took my PC around 7 that night to work on.

The dude calls me the next morning and says he figured out the problem.  It was my graphics card the ENTIRE time.  I wanted to literally slam my head into a wall.

So I just RMA'd my shiny, still relatively new EVGA 1080.  I now await the arrival of the replacement.  Without the graphics card, the PC boots up fine and dandy.  I cannot for the life of me understand how such a simple issue could not be figured out in two months.  I just can't with people sometimes.

So in those two months I've been stuck with my laptop, which cannot play any games made post-2001.  I shit you not, the processor is that bad.  It's a pretty new laptop and I paid for the extra graphics card option, but the processor is just so awful.  I have not been on WoW, I have not been doing pet battles, or doing any work on my website at all.  Typing on the keyboard of the laptop also makes my wrists hurt really bad.

So, my new graphics card will be coming in soon and then I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming.

Friday, April 13, 2018

My Personal Allied Race Wishlist

Lots of us are hyped up about allied races in Battle for Azeroth.  I'm personally somewhat disappointed that Nightborne can't be druids, but whatevs... (salty...)   I'm sure we all have those favorite NPC races we would LOVE to play.  I put together a little list of those races I love and want to play.  If you have anything to add, feel free to do so int he comments!

bfa allied races wow world of warcraft battle for azeroth
WoWhead

1. Naga

naga allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

I've always liked Naga.  I think they're a pretty interesting race.  Maybe we could get a faction of naga who have broken away from Azshara somehow?  I'm also not sure how those animations would be logistically or how mounts would work, but I'm sure the devs could come up with something feasible.


2. Vulpera

vulpera allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

We've gotten glimpses of the vulpera from Battle for Azeroth, and my gosh they are so cute!  It would be a shame for them to not be an allied race.  Fox druids, please.


3. Sethrak

sethrak allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

The sethrak are the snake people shown in the BfA teasers.  I'm not sure how they will be as a race but I can clearly see that they are badass-looking.  Snake druids?  Basically all druids all the races.


4. Ethereals

ethereal allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

Ethereals are prety fascinating.  They've been around since at least Burning Crusade but yet we really know nothing about them as a race.  We've gotten a little bit more detail on them in Legion, but just little tidbits.  They also got a model update.  It would be a waste to update their models just for one expansion, so I'm hoping they will become an allied race.


5. Dryads

dryad allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

Dryads are adorable and I want to be one.  Because they have 4 legs, it also bring up the animation and mounting question, but I'm sure the devs could come up with something cool.  They would be the best druids.


6. Nerubian

nerubian allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

Why do I like races with more than two legs?  I don't know, I just do.  The Nerubians are the spider people from Wrath of the Lich King, and I would love to play one.  I'd also like to play one of the spider people from Suramar.


7. Shivarra

shivarra allied race battle for azeroth world of warcraft npc

We've already established that there are some good shivarra, since some of them are allied with demon hunters.  I'd love for them to somehow break away and become a playable race and not be so closely tied to the demon hunters.


*images from WoWpedia

Thursday, April 12, 2018

My Pre-BfA To-do List

It was recently announced that World of Warcraft's next expansion, Battle for Azeroth, will be releasing on August 14.  We knew it was coming eventually, but now all the things I want to get done before it comes out feel more real.  I mean, I know it's not real, but, like, it's real.  So here is a list of things I want to get done before Battle for Azeroth comes out, along with some deadlines of things that you should get done if you ever plan on doing them.  I hope I can provide some inspiration for your very own pre-BfA bucket list.  Let me know what things you guys are wanting to wrap up.

WoWhead also did an excellent guide about things to do before BfA.

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via Google

1. Kill Heroic Argus

My raid group has stalled somewhat, and I am no longer raiding with them, though I am still in the guild.  Though I love 99% of the people, a snowball of factors has made me rethink my position on the team.  So, I still need to kill Heroic Argus for the achievement!  I definitely have an appropriate ilevel so I won't be too much of a carry.  There are great resources like Friendship Birb and Perky Pugs for people seeking the achievement and accompanying mount.  The in-game group finder is a bit hit-or-miss, but it's possible to get lucky.


2. Milk the FUCK out of gold missions

legion gold mission world of warcraft order hall

Gold missions are quite lucrative if you can have two or three going at once, especially when you can resend your minions through the app without even getting on your computer.  If you have a few alts who are getting them, you can easily make 50k+ a week.


3. Have a go at Brawler's Guild

I haven't done anything with Brawler's Guild since the expansion it came out (Pandaria?), so maybe during the lull I'll give that a shot and see what happens.  It hasn't been confirmed yet, but it's possible that currnet achievements will be moved to the Legacy tab and new ones will be added with BfA.


4. Farm Artifact Appearances

I'm still missing quite a few artifact appearances, so I may want to go back and get them.  Once BfA comes out, the Mage Tower appearance and Mythic +15 appearance will be unobtainable, so I want to take a whack at those.  I haven't been much interested in either of those things during Legion.  Let's face it, I'm not going to want to come back to the Broken Isles to do old content, so may as well do it now.


5. Glory Achievements

legion glory achievements raid dungeon world of warcraft

Legion, Tomb, Argus, will all still be obtainable in BfA, but since it will be old, few people are likely to want to come back to farm them.  I'd like to get them done so I can have the mounts.  Same goes for Dungeon.  I also have quite a few old ones I still need to get.


6. Farm Mounts and Pets



I'll still be doing my weekly/daily mount circuit trying to farm up those pesky rare drops.  Get a customized mount circuit at TelsaWoW!


7. Finish Pet Battle Achievments

I did very little pet battling during the meat of Legion, so I'm slowly going back and getting all those achievements, and writing about them of course.  There are also some older ones that I want to go back and get, like the one with the plushie.


8. Get all my alts to 110 and professions leveled

I'd like to catch up all my alts and get them to 110 and get their professions up.  It's nice to be able to make your own gems and enchants.


9. Unload all old materials

If you're a hoarder like me, get your bags and bank cleared out before everything in them becomes worthless.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Illidari Masters 2-Pet Strategies

Here is a guide to take you through the Illidari Masters trainers with two pets to carry a third for leveling!

Pet Battle Main Page

Other Pet Battle Posts:
Wailing Caverns Pet Battle Dungeon Guide
Deadmines Pet Battle Challenge Guide
How to Level Multiple Battle Pets Quickly
Pet Addons
My Favorite Pets for Battling

1. Sissix

sissix strategy guide 2 pet wow world of warcraft

Carry pet with >1000 health
Emperor Crab (2,2,1)
A rabbit/hare with high attack stat with Dodge, Burrow, and Scratch. I'm using a hare with 257 attack.

Round 1: Any move with your carry pet
Round 2: Switch to the crab
Round 3: Shell Shield
Round 4: Surge
Round 5: Healing Wave

From here we will follow a priority system.  Use Shell Shield with 1 round left so it is always up.  Healing Wave on cooldown (unless you need to use Shell Shield), and fill with Surge.  It's a little slow because the other pet is also healing, but we'll whittle him down with Surge.  When the enemy first pet dies, stop Shell Shielding because it won't do you much good, and just spam Surge and Healing Wave on cooldown.  When the crab dies, bring out your rabbit and finish off the hydra with a Scratch (make sure it will do enough damage to finish him off).  Dodge.  Scratch.  Burrow.  Scratch.  Dodge.  Scratch.  Once the enemy pet comes back to life, hit Burrow or Dodge to avoid any damage, and you win.


2. Madam Viciosa

madam viciosa strategy guide 2 pet wow world of warcraft

Leveling pet (at least 700 health because of cleave)
Unborn Val'kyr (1,2,1)
Any pet with Dragonkin damage and good moves to stall like Lift-Off type moves will work. Avoid Mechanicals and Dragonkin, though because of extra damage against them.  You could use a Dragon Kite. Jadefire Spirit, or Scourged Whelpling.  Look for something with high speed too.

Do any move, since your pet will just get switched out by Nether Gate anyway.  Curse of DoomHaunt.  Kill some time until Curse of Doom goes off with a move like Lift-Off, Decoy, a heal, etc.  Spam Dragonkin damage until the enemy third pet comes out.  Get Seduction down as low as possible before you die.  Finish her off with your Unborn Val'kyr.


3. Nameless Mystic

nameless mystic strategy guide 2 pet wow world of warcraft

Leveling pet
Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (1,2,2)
Syd the Squid (1,1,2) (anything with good water damage and Cleansing Rain works here)

Round 1: Any move
Round 2: Switch to Dragonling
Round 3: Decoy
Round 4: Breath

What you should do is just keep hitting Breath, and Decoy when it comes up, all the way through as much of the enemy team as you can.  When the enemy third pet comes in, hit Thunderbolt, then Breath twice.  Bring in Syd and Bubble.  Use Water Jet and then Cleansing Rain to counter Scorched Earth.  Mash Water Jet.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Number 8

As the title may vaguely suggest, this is a mostly filler post to round out my monthly post count goal.  So I thought I'd do some little updates.

Firstly, the sidebars of the blog have gotten much more action recently as I've been putting up affiliate links.  Do I think I'll get any meaningful income from them? Nah.  But do I feel like a real accomplished blogger having them there? Fuck yes I do.

I also added a pet battles section up in the top menu bar, to as as somewhat of a repository for the pet battle posts I'm gonna be publishing.  You may have already noticed me starting to post some strategies for pet battle achievements and such.  My game is in somewhat of a lull right now, so I've been going back and doing some stuff I never got around to this expansion, like mount runs and pet battles.  I thought I'd document the process, for views posterity.  I've been somewhat frustrated with my raid team lately, so I've taken a step back from raiding with them and have found some extra free time on my hands.

I'm planning a lot more pet battle posts, including strategies for almost every long pet battle achievement there IS.  But really, Family Familiar is an absolute BITCH.  Each quest comes up completely randomly like not even once a week, like less than once a week.  And you can only do one pet family per that quest, and once you complete the quest you can't fight them again.  There's 10 families and like a dozen trainers for that quest!   It's absolute garbage.  What's worse is I can't even retest my strategies to see if they're repeatably viable.  It's trash.

As far as other future content goes, I'm going to be updating my ever-popular Girl Cave posts with my new desk setup (now 90% cooler).  I'll also be writing some cool new guides and reviews, so look out for those.

One-of-Many Strategies for Family Fighter

One-of-Many

one-of-many pet battle guide strategy world of warcraft wow

These are simple strategies to defeat One-of-Many for the Family Fighter achievement.  Note that you can fight all these pets regardless of whether their world quest is up or not, so you can grind out the whole achievement in one day if you really want to.  These strategies assume all of your pets are level 25 and of Rare quality.

Pet Battle Main Page

Other Family Fighter Guides (page will be updated as I publish all of them):
Ruinhoof
Baneglow
Deathscreech
Bucky
Gloamwing
Bloat
Watcher
Earseeker
Minixis
Foulclaw
Retch
Gnasher
Snozz
Shadeflicker
Mar'cuus
Pilfer
Corrupted Blood of Argus

Other Pet Battle Posts:
Wailing Caverns Pet Battle Dungeon Guide
Deadmines Pet Battle Challenge Guide
How to Level Multiple Battle Pets Quickly
Pet Addons
My Favorite Pets for Battling


1. Humanoid

Squirky (x,2,2)
Hogs (2,1,1) (Another Squirky or Terky also works here)
Dandelion Frolicker (1,1,x) (Another Squirky or Terky also works here)

Bubble. Swap to second pet.  Stampede.  Swap back to first pet.  Stampede again (first pet dies).  Finish him off with a couple hits from your remaining pets.


2. Flying

Skywisp Moth (x,x,2)
Ikky (x,1,1)
Anything Flying

Cast Call Lightning.  Bring in Ikky.  Black ClawFlock.  That should do it.


3. Undead

Wicked Soul (x,x,1)
Unborn Val'kyr (x,2,2)
Blighted Squirrel (1,x,2)

Haunt.  Bring in Val'kyr.  Curse of DoomUnholy Ascension.  Stampede.  Scratch.  Scratch.


4. Critter

Three rabbits/hares with speed more than 281, with Scratch, Dodge, and Stampede.

Dodge.  Stampede.  Scratch three times.  Next bunny comes in.  Scratch.  Dodge.  Stampede.  Scratch twice.  Dodge.


5. Magic

Mini Mindslayer (2,1,2)
Hyjal Wisp (2,1,2)
Erudite Manafiend (1,2,x)

Amplify MagicMana Surge.  Pass.  Life Exchange.  Swap to Wisp.  EvanescenceArcane blast three times.  Switch to Mindslayer.  Life Exchange.  Mana Surge.  Bring in the Wisp.  Arcane Blast.  Evanescence.  Arcane Blast until the Wisp dies.  Finish with Mana Surge.


6. Elemental

Jadefire Spirit (2,2,2)
Core Hound Pup (1,2,2)
Molten Corgi (1,1,1)

Fade.  Scratch.  Burrow.  Dodge.  Scratch three times.  Pass.  Bring in Corgi.  SuperbarkBarkPuppies of the Flame.  Superbark.  Bark twice.  ImmolateJade Claw three times.  Fade.


7. Beast

Ash Viper (or any beast with >281 speed and Burrow)
Zandalari 1 (>289 speed and Black Claw, Hunting Party, and Leap)
Zandalari 2 (same)

Burrow.  Switch to Zandalari 1.  Black ClawHunting PartyLeap until Zandalari dies.  Switch to Viper.  Do ANYTHING but burrow until Cannon comes back up.  Then Burrow.  Switch to Zandalari 2.  Black Claw.  Hunting Party.


8. Aquatic

Slithershock Elver (>281 speed, 1,1,1)
Any Frog >281 speed with Tongue Lash, Healing Wave, Swarm of Flies
Benax (2,2,1)

Dodge.  Switch to Benax.  Bubble.  Swarm of Flies.  Switch to your random frog.  Healing Wave.  Tongue Lash twice.  Switch back to Benax.  Swarm of Flies.  Tongue Lash.  Bubble.  Tongue Lash twice.  Switch to Elver.  Dodge.  Deep Bite.  DiveDeep Bite twice.  Dodge.  Deep Bite.  Dive.  Pass.


9. Mechanical

Clockwork Gnome (x,x,1)
Cogblade Raptor (x,x,3)
Lil' Bling (2,x,x)

Build Turret.  Switch to Raptor.  Exposed Wounds.  Switch to Bling.  Inflation.  Inflation.  Switch to Raptor.  Batter.  Batter.  Pass.


10. Dragonkin

Yu'la, Broodling of Yu'lon (x,2,1)
Nether Faerie Dragon (2,2,x)
Nexus Whelpling (x,2,2)

Lift-Off.  Switch to Nether.  Arcane Blast twice.  Life Exchange.  Arcane Blast.  Bring back Yu'la.  Lift-Off.  Switch back to Nether.  Life Exchange.  Arcane blast twice.  Bring back Yu'la.  Celestial Blessing.  Lift-Off.  Switch to Nexus.  Arcane StormMana Surge.  Arcane Storm again if he still has health.  Pass.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Corrupted Blood of Argus Strategies for Family Fighter

Corrupted Blood of Argus

corrupted blood of argus family fighter pet battle achievement guide

These are simple strategies to defeat Corrupted Blood of Argus for the Family Fighter achievement.  Note that you can fight all these pets regardless of whether their world quest is up or not, so you can grind out the whole achievement in one day if you really want to.  These strategies assume all of your pets are level 25 and of Rare quality.

Pet Battle Main Page

Other Family Fighter Guides (page will be updated as I publish all of them):
Ruinhoof
Baneglow
Deathscreech
Bucky
Gloamwing
Bloat
Watcher
Earseeker
Minixis
Foulclaw
Retch
Gnasher
Snozz
Shadeflicker
Mar'cuus
Pilfer
One-of-Many

Other Pet Battle Posts:
Wailing Caverns Pet Battle Dungeon Guide
Deadmines Pet Battle Challenge Guide
How to Level Multiple Battle Pets Quickly
Pet Addons
My Favorite Pets for Battling


1. Humanoid

Fiendish Imp (1,1,2)
Ashleaf Spriteling (1,2,x)
Terky (x,1,2)

Cast ImmolationAcid TouchStampedeWild MagicPoisoned BranchNether GateBurn.


2. Dragonkin

Wild Crimson Hatchling (1,2,1)
Spawn of Onyxia (x,x,2)
Crimson Whelpling (x,x,2)

Sorched EarthDeep Breath.  Pass.  Deep Breath.  Pass.  Lift-OffBreath.


3. Flying

Ji-Kun Hatchling (x,x,1)
Ikky (x,1,1)
Firebat Pup (x,1,1)

FlockParalyzing VenomShriek.  Manually swap your Hatchling back in to soak Void Gate.  Black Claw.  Flock.  Paralyzing Venom.  Shriek.


4. Undead

Ghostly Skull (x,1,x)
Unborn Val'kyr (x,2,1)
Blighted Squirrel or Infected Squirrel (whichever has less health, with Stampede)

Pass.  Curse of DoomHaunt.  Bring the Skull back in manually to soak Void Gate.  Stampede.  Ghostly Bite.


5. Critter

Three rabbits/hares with Flurry, Dodge, and Burrow, >291 speed.

Dodge.  Flurry.  Burrow.  Then use the rotation Dodge, then Flurry twice.  Start with Dodge after every rabbit is swapped.


6. Magic

Enchanted Pen (1,1,1)
Disgusting Oozeling (1,1,2)  (Jade Oozeling also works)
Abyssius (x,2,2)

Foreboding CurseAcidic GooCorrosionOoze TouchScorched EarthMeteor Strike.  Switch to Pen.  If enemy Nether Gate is up, use Evanescence.  Otherwise use Quills.


7. Elemental

Molten Corgi (x,1,1)
Terrible Turnip (1,x,2)
Stout Alemental (2,2,2)

This strategy is a little shake because of RNG.  If your Turnip dies sooner than expected, you'll have to restart the fight.

Puppies of the FlameSuperbarkSong of the RootWeakening Blow twice.  Manually swap the Molten Corgi back in.  Puppies of the Flame.  Superbark.  BubbleExplosive BrewBarrel Toss twice.  Pass.  Puppies of the Flame.


8. Beast

A beast with >291 speed with Stampede. I use Argi, because he's cute.
Summit Kid with >291 speed (2,1,1)
A Zandalari with >291 speed and Hunting Party and Black Claw or Exposed Wounds.

Stampede.  ChewHeadbuttComeback.  Comeback.  Black Claw/Exposed Wounds.  Hunting Party.


9. Aquatic

Gulp Froglet (x,x,1)
Left Shark (x,2,2)
Gahz'rooki (1,x,2)

Pass.  Pass again.  Dazzling DanceRain DanceGeyser.  Switch back to Left Shark manually.  Dazzling Dance.  SwarmBite twice.


10. Mechanical

Cogblade Raptor (2,2,x)
Darkmoon Zeppelin (2,2,2)
Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling (1,x,2)

ScreechDecoyFlyby.  Flyby.  Decoy.  Breath.  Breath.  Flyby.  Explode.  Bring in your Cogblade Raptor manually.  Batter.  Spam Breath.