Hope the day is progressing well for you! The last couple days I have been putting in a ton of time on Emprius. Yesterday, while I spent a lot of time in game, really did not see me getting much accomplished. Yes, I did some quests and yes, I managed to get a few things done, but the majority of my time was spent working on getting the garrison up and running at level two.
Now I know I can cheat and look up some of the guides that are out and about, but honestly where is the fun in that? I have been enjoying playing at a slower speed since returning and have taken pride in avoiding any guides to date. Instead, it is fun, to me, just to go about and make choices based off of what I think will work best.
One of the really fun aspects of doing things on my own, has actually been in finding new followers. The other day, for example, I was completely lost in one of the zones and I came across this Ogre who was in a pretty bad situation. I stopped and flamed a whole bunch of baddies and low and behold gained a new follower. I was really excited and it brought back that feeling of discovery that I have mentioned was missing.
As you may (or may not) know, I have recently jumped back into the World of Warcraft! So far I have been controlling my addiction to the game by limiting how long I am allowing myself to play. Alright, I am really more limited by the fact that I have far too much going on outside of the game world, but Blizzcon got me completely excited for the next expansion! Anyway, I have been trying to do one level per day.
So last night, while Emprius was torching his way across the frozen wastelands of Draenor, he was asked by Khadgar to take a peak in on good old Gul'dan. Needless to say, Emprius was quite displeased that there was a Warlock convention going on and he was not invited. As you can imagine (or may know from doing the quest yourself), things do not end well for one of these individuals.
I am currently sitting at level 95 and have been really enjoying my time back in the game. While I am missing the old days of running with the crew, it has been a refreshing experience doing a solo grind. I even hit up a random dungeon with a strange group of Forsaken, and minus a few singe marks to the others, things went splendidly. I even managed to pick up a present for Lunk!
Happy hump day everyone! Hope your day is going great! Mine has been pretty good so far. Yesterday I had this strange urge to play WoW, so I logged on my account and looked over all of my characters and debated on whether I should just start fresh or jump back into the fight with an established character. I cannot stand the thought of starting all over again, so I chose to log into my Warlock, Emprius! It was not long before death and destruction was raining down all around Azeroth! I am having a massive urge to get back into WoW on a more consistent basis lately, which should translate into a lot of activity happening around here. For now, be warned, something wicked is out there and he might be closer than you think.
Yup, Demon Hunters are a thing now in the game...
I am not quite sure how I feel about the announcement of Legion, World of Warcraft's next expansion. One part of me is extremely excited because the announcement video took me back to when the game felt new and extremely fresh; however, the other part of me is constantly whispering into my ear to remember the disappointments of recent expansions. So with that said, let's take a look at what we know for sure shall we?
"The tomb of Sargeras has been reopened, and the demons of the Burning Legion pour into our world. Their full, terrifying might is fixed on summoning the Dark Titan to Azeroth - and they've already located the key to his return.
With the Alliance and the Horde devastated, only you can take up Warcraft's most legendary artifcats, scour the ancient Broken Isles for relics of the Titans, and challenge the Legion before Azeroth's last hope dies.
Steel yourself, champion. Extinction is imminent."
Well, that is not exactly a whole lot to go off of is it? Fortunately, there was a large presentation from Gamescom that we can dive into and then there is the expansion website itself, which does have quite a bit of information up on it. With so much information to digest, I am going to be breaking it into several different posts to discuss my take on the various aspects of the expansion. So meet me back here next time for my thoughts on all things Legion!
I hope everyone is having an awesome Thursday! When I logged on yesterday and switched over to Twitch to check out who was streaming, I noticed a few WoW Streamers who had phrases like "Expansion Hype" as their stream titles. Naturally this made me curious and so I headed over to the WoW website to check and there was the above image.
In the past, an announcement of a new WoW expansion would have gotten me excited. I would have been on the edge of my seat, searching for any clues on what the next expansion would be. I would have dove head first into the forums to read what others were saying. However, this time around I really could care less.
You see, I had hoped that WoW:WoD would reignite my love of this game. Sadly, it did not. I wish I could point to one thing or another that was wrong, but I cannot. The whole expansion just felt boring. I suppose if I were required to point my finger to one thing, it would be that this expansion further isolated me as a player. What I mean is that I use to love to log in and run content with my friends and guild mates. With the introduction of the random queues, most everyone just logs in and does their thing and logs out. That feeling of running with a group has for the most part died. Now I suppose this is more of an individual feeling, in this case mine, versus the whole of those left playing WoW, but never the less, it is the reason that my love for WoW has dropped so low.
Will I buy the new expansion? Yes, I will because I have a lot invested in my characters and I truly love the lore and the core game. What I will not be doing is spending countless hours that I now devote to games such as Hearthstone and Minecraft, playing WoW. At least if it remains as it currently is. So what about you all? What is your initial thoughts on the pending announcement? Leave them in the comments section and I will see you guys next time!
I hope you all are doing great! I had something else that I was going to write about, but then as I was reading articles on my news feed, I saw this awesome image. It has really gotten me stoked for the upcoming Warcraft movie. I have been fighting hard to keep my fan boy in check, but this image looks really, really good. Perhaps there is a chance that the Warcraft movie will finally break the barrier of great for gaming movies. What do you all think?
Hey there everyone! It has been a little too quiet the last few days and that has bugged me since I had wanted to share what I had been up to in game! You see, I love PVP. I would dare say that at one time, I was pretty good at it. Now days, I am a little rusty, but that is alright. I still love jumping in and having fun. Well, lately I have noticed that immediately upon entering the battlegrounds, all you hear are people complaining about how the Horde always loses. Now granted this is mostly true if you are constantly getting stuck in Isle of Conquest, but if we set aside that particular battleground, then based on my own individual results, the Horde is winning around 50% of the battlegrounds I have been in.
I will use yesterday as my basis for this discussion. I had enough time to grind out a few battlegrounds and I was in dire need of PVP gear, so I hit the random queue and removed the restriction I had set against Isle of Conquest. (I really do dislike that one overall.) I immediately got Isle of Conquest. While it was not the greatest match ever, it was competitive with the Horde having the Alliance commander at 10% when we lost. Compared to how most of those matches goes, it is not too bad. Next up, I got Warsong Gulch. I don't know about you all, but the original battlegrounds are still the best battlegrounds in my humble opinion. We quite easily dealt with the Alliance team there and won the match. Up next was the Silvershard Mines, which I usually have really great games in, but not so much this time as we lost. Next up was Deepwind Gorge, which I still know very little about. As a side note, I need to actually read up on what I am supposed to be doing in there. Would probably be better than just following around a mob of players. However, in this instance that worked out! As we won that match. After the Gorge, was anothe Isle of Conquest, which we were embarrassed in. The night's action was finished up in Arathi Basin, where once again the Horde team rebounded and won the game.
So that was three wins and three losses. In terms of playing with a random group of people in order to accomplish a very specific task, I would say that is probably the best you could hope for outside of queuing with a premade group. So it brings me back to wondering why so many players, I assume they are there on the other side of the field too, are complaining about never winning? My experience has always been that there are some battlegrounds where the Horde does well, some where the Alliance does well, and then there are the toss-ups. I think this is a good thing. Winning all the time would be a very boring thing to me. There is a part of me that even likes getting queued into Isle of Conquest and having a little bit of hope that this match might be the one where my team wins, and you know what... when we do win on that rare occasion, it feels absolutely great.
Then again, I remember back in the day when we would do the battleground grind for tokens. It was something like a loss would get you one and a win would get you three. It was important to try your hardest because you had to obtain multiples of each type of token in order to get things like PVP gear and the mounts. Dear Light do I ever remember the grind to get all of my mounts! Now I am not saying that grinding for tokens and a little bit of honor was harder than grinding for just honor, but I think the tokens made players work harder because the thought of running twenty Alterac Valleys for a single piece of gear could make some players go weak in the knees when they then realized they still needed tokens from Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin!
At the end of the day, I realize there is nothing that can be done about those players who choose to complain, and in some cases not even try to win, but if by chance you come across this post, then maybe you will do a little experiment on your own and see that it is not honestly that bad. So what do you all think about battlegrounds? Like them or love them? Any good stories or memories from back in the day of grinding out tokens? Make sure and share them with us all! As for now, I am heading out and will catch you all tomorrow. I will however, leave you with one more picture! Feel free to put a caption on it!
Hey everyone! I cannot even begin to describe how good it feels to be sitting here writing my first actual post for Holy Shock in a very, very long time. I am sure some of you may have thought that Holy Shock had gone the way of so many other blogs and gaming sites, but that is far from the truth. There was not a day that passed by where I didn't find myself trying to sit down and write out a post, but something else always seemed to creep up. The truth is for a while there I was even debating on just throwing up a goodbye post and ending it all; however, I am no quitter and the honest truth is that I really love having this venue to share what gaming is like from my perspective.
I think part of the problem with the site actually was that I lost the focus of writing about playing the games I love from my perspective, but instead started focusing on ways to improve the site and make it grow. I started seeing the numbers of hits or lack of them on some days, and rather than just write from my heart, I chose to try and create a whole new concept for the site. In the end, it always resulted in the same thing... nothing! I came to the conclusion that it resulted in this because I wasn't having fun any more. I started to transition from viewing gaming as a hobby and something to do with my friends into something that was focused on everything but having fun.
So I decided to take a lot of time off from the site, from video games, and from a whole lot of other things. I spent the last year reconnecting with myself. During that time I would catch myself grabbing a notebook and jotting down ideas of things I wanted to write about. Some of these were gaming related and some of them were not. I am not sure how or even if I will choose to use any of those ideas, but what I do know is that I am absolutely back to having fun playing video games!
So what have I been up to? Well, when Warlords (or WoD for future note) dropped, I waited a couple days before I even bought a copy of the game. I wasn't really sure if I wanted to spend the money on something that I had been slowly playing less and less of. I finally decided to purchase it and so I ordered my collector's edition from Amazon and a couple days later was back in the game. All and all, I maybe started a week or so behind most everyone else.
I felt like a change might be a good thing and with the long queues to log onto Kil'Jaeden, I chose to level my shaman, Holeycow, over on Daggerspine. I made it to cap pretty quickly, as that was my focus at the time. I decided I would race to cap and then begin the grind for raiding. Well, I got bored of it and pretty much gave up playing the game with the exception of listing stuff on the auction house. Even the auction house was boring to me and I ended up losing a ton of items and gold due to not even logging in to clean out the mailbox.
All this was happening right around Christmas and New Years. If you don't know, then let me fill you in on my lack of love from around the end of November through the end of February. It is a busy time at my job and I think just about every family member and friend have their birthdays crammed in there too. Not really too sure why I mentioned all of that, aside to say that this is a really busy time of the year for me.
The funny thing is that I started really missing just sitting down and playing video games. I was sitting in my house one night watching my son play a Mario game. He was laughing so hard at something he had done that he barely made any sense at all. It made me feel nostalgic. It also made me miss the fun that I had always known. Well, needless to say, that spark lit the fire back inside me and it reminded me that you need to just have fun sometimes, and that is exactly what I have been doing for the last couple weeks.
I was sitting at my desk one night and I was getting ready to play some Minecraft when the urge hit me to play WoW instead. I kind of laughed at myself for a moment, but then I thought why not? So I logged in and grabbed Holeycow and started running some random battlegrounds. I know right now I just lost some of you as soon as I mentioned random battlegrounds! I like them though, always have and probably always will. I cannot remember how many I played, but before I knew it, it was eleven-thirty at night and I had to make myself log off in order to get ready for bed.
Well, needless to say, I logged back in and have been logging in a little more often ever since. One night as I was logging in, the character screen popped up for Kil'Jaeden. I am not sure why because I have been pretty much ignoring my characters on that server. I looked at the list and I saw Ruhtra standing there and I just had to log in. My bars were a wreck! My gear was outdated! I had no clue what my key binds were, but you know? I didn't care. It was like starting all over! I did a quick set-up to get a spec worked out for prot and off I went!
I still have no clue what is the proper build. Haven't taken the slightest look to see what stats I should be prioritizing! Nope, instead I have logged in and slung my shield at enemies and looted their corpses shortly after its initial impact. I honestly don't care about what is the right or wrong way of playing at the moment. All I care about is that feeling that I am having fun!
So what does the future hold for Holy Shock? Well, at some point I imagine I will actually start to study builds and begin sharing my thoughts on that sort of thing, but for the short term future, I am simply going to have fun and share that fun with all of you!
So what have you all been having fun with lately? Make sure and share it with us in the comments section! See you guys next time!
So here is one my more recent experiments, Invincabull. I had this name saved forever and a day; however, due to limitations on playing time never developed the poor fellow. When I got my second account, I really wanted to level a Druid who could tank. So, I deleted my old Invincabull and he was reborn anew as my a Druid.
I have so much gear saved up for him that his bank is filled. There is not a level where he will not upgrade his gear, save the fact that I run something and get a better piece of gear. We are talking gear all the way to 80. If you are going to do something, make sure and do it right. I have found it interesting playing a Druid, while it is another Hybrid class, it is so different from how my Paladin handles. I must admit, I truly enjoy playing him and feel comfortable with learning the abilities.
When I started working on him, one thing I encountered was being unsure what professions to go with. I actually posted within our guild forums to see what fellow guild members thought. While the answers were rather wide and just a refreshing of the same thoughts I had it did help me to finally decide. I have decided that eventually I will make jewelcrafting (for trinkets and exclusive gems) and mining (the stamina boost) my two skills. I really should get to switching them sooner rather than later, but skinning has worked out quite well, making a small profit for the cow as he goes.
The whole experience of tanking is not new, but this is a fresh perspective and I am definitely going to spend some time and develop the character. So far my favorite moments with Invincabull has been dancing in bear form in Tarren Mill. Although I have noticed that the name Invincabull, every alli around takes a chance to kill him. I guess it is great bait, as I have resorted to standing him in a field and waiting for the alli to come strolling by. I know it is sad, but oh so funny. What else does a guy have to do with this mamy alts?
This here is Galran, my original Warrior. I actually started MAS using him. He was my original Warrior and I enjoyed leveling him, but found myself bored so I set him to the side around level 15ish. I pick him up occassionaly have since leveled him to 29. I am debating on leveling him because of some of the new abilities warriors have, but every time I get ready to play a Warrior, it seems Muel ends up winning. Guess that is why Galran stole the boots that Muel needed to complete his gear set.
If I do level Galran I will probably level in Fury as I like the thought of duel wielding two handed weapons. At this moment, he is sitting in Tarren Mill all alone and feeling sad. Poor little Orc. I would say the best time I had with him was dancing naked in Ghostlands. Yeah I know that does not sound like so much, but it was with a group of folks and we ended up recruiting a pretty good player that way.