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Legion | Dungeons – Darkheart Thicket

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7467″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My vacation is about to end so I wanted to take a moment to talk about the dungeons that I’ve done so far. Darkheart Thicket, Eye of Azshara, Halls of Valor, Maw of Souls, and Neltharion’s Lair.

First we’ll talk about Darkheart Thicket. Because it’s late as hell and I’d like to cover each dungeon a bit in depth.

Darkheart Thicket is basically the intro dungeon to Legion. With that in mind I think it is pretty well designed for bringing people into the experience without being utterly crippling. All told there are 3 mandatory bosses with 1 optional boss.

The first boss Archdruid Glaidalis is pretty simple. He basically jumps around pouncing on people and occasionally falcon punches the tank across the room. I have no complaints about him. He’s pretty good for checking if the team has anyone sleeping.

The mobs between the Archdruid and all other bosses are pretty well balanced. An archer centaur will cause some level of headache but overall nothing is totally busted. There aren’t any real accidental pulls and you can skip a fair number of mobs. These are positives to me.

Oakheart is probably one of the best early game bosses. Not necessarily because of his moveset (which is neat) but because he is chock full of terrible puns. “My bark is worse than my bite.” is how he welcomes you to the fight. It only gets better (worse?) from there.

Dresaron is the optional boss and has a pretty fun side mechanic. Eggs around the boss harken back to the days of Leeroy Jenkins. If you step on the eggs they’ll hatch and what starts out as a small problem can quickly balloon into a big one. As our group learned when a player went AFK and got blown through the nest.

Shade of Xavius is a very straightforward fight. As a tank I basically just zone out and bash his face in. I imagine on Heroic he’ll be a giant pain in the ass but as far as a final boss goes in normal dungeons there is nothing to really bring up. The only tank mechanic to watch out for is one where I can cause people to get hurt and feared if they get too close to me. If a DPS does that, that is kinda on them.

So that’s my thoughts on Darkheart Thicket. Amusingly NOT related to the images above. But I really liked them. For other dungeons I might try to have relevant images but really you kinda get what you get.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

By | 2016-09-05T23:25:17+00:00 September 5th, 2016|Journal|Comments Off on Legion | Dungeons – Darkheart Thicket

Legion | The Underlight Angler!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7461″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of my goals for this expansion was to get the Underlight Angler. Easily the best looking fishing rod that has ever been in the game. And best of all it has a bunch of cool abilities! The Angler is an artifact weapon (more accurately an artifact item) which means you can level it up and unlock all sorts of perks. I’m a sucker for fishing as I mentioned before and I’m even more of a sucker for progression opportunities in games.

My current goal was to unlock Way of the Flounder which basically makes you invisible to enemies while fishing. But now I’ve noticed Surface Tension which allows me to walk on water. That has now become my new primary. Once I get that I’m not really in any hurry for the rest but I still might try to max out the Angler before the end of the year.

There is also a fishing friendship quest on an island just North of Dalaran. I’m uncertain how long that’ll take but it’s a fun little diversion while watching YouTube.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

By | 2016-09-05T23:08:28+00:00 September 4th, 2016|Journal|Comments Off on Legion | The Underlight Angler!

Legion | Reaching 110

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”7455″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Happy to say I’ve gotten my first character to 110 tonight! This was easily the most fun I’ve had leveling in Warcraft in many years.  The improvements made to the leveling experience have been beyond exceptional. Everything feels so pleasant and painless now.

Not necessarily “easier” because it’s been extremely easy since WOTLK in my opinion. But it has been “easier” in that it’s so nicely done.

The writing in this expansion is heads above the previous. This is coming from someone that already liked it. It’s clear they watched some Game of Thrones because I swear to god…so much death.

But on the other side of things the funny dialogue is quite funny. They’ve really struck a lovely balance of light and darkness. Which I suppose is apt, given the expansion arc.

As I move onto the next 11 characters on Alliance side I am actually pretty jazzed. The content here is just really exciting and wonderfully balanced. I’m hoping they can continue this level of quality into 7.1 and beyond.

Time will tell, naturally, but me being the optimistic sucker that I am I’ll assume the best until proven otherwise. And then I shall rage! (But not really)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

By | 2016-09-03T21:37:35+00:00 September 3rd, 2016|Journal|Comments Off on Legion | Reaching 110

Legion | The Wish Remover

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”7451″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]This was quite an adventure! Fishing is not really for everyone. I would consider this the closest to a “filler” activity in Warcraft as is possible. I tend to fish while watching YouTube or even while writing posts. It’s just that relaxed.

You can see my fishing numbers on the left here. But this achievement is much improved on the original in Wrath. Now you can use baits to improve the odds of certain coins dropping. Obviously you need to deduce which lures work on which coins but still, it’s pretty cool.

So yeah! Had a great time with this and I’ve nearly finished the Fishing Artifact quest line. I’ll write about that once I get it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

By | 2016-09-03T21:04:30+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|Journal|Comments Off on Legion | The Wish Remover

Legion is an impressive expansion.

I admit I haven’t yet experience the “end game” of Legion. For all intents and purposes it could very well completely crap the bed once I get there. But the experience both with alts and my mains has been excellent. Professions are so far looking real interesting and by golly the zones are lovely.

Combat as I’ve mentioned before is improved in my opinion. Skills look better, rotations play better, and the whole experience just feels better. I don’t think Blizzard has ever improved the game mechanically this much in a single go. The amount of things there are for me to do are pretty vast. Which is really what the problem was before. Before I basically had “level and then raid”. But now I feel like the game has more for me to do than I can maybe actually get done in any reasonable amount of time.

That might normally be a daunting feeling. But for me it’s a lovely one. About my biggest complaint is that I admit I get the itch to play while I’m taking care of adult work around the house. It’s not even because of your typical “addictive” mechanics. This is a bit like good food or relaxing outdoors. It just feels great because it’s fun, rather than pulling at some bestial mind strings.

In other news, I need to work out some amazon sales in the coming months. Lots of things to get rid of. Maybe make a buck or two, that would be nice.

By | 2016-09-01T23:43:40+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Journal|Comments Off on Legion is an impressive expansion.