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Last Tuesday, my Priest was inadvertently the first of my characters to actually participate in a Demon Invasion. She’d hopped from the Shrine in the Vale to Wrath Dalaran to the Caverns of Time to run a CoT Heroic, and when she zoned in to Tanaris, an Invasion was in progress. Naturally, she had to go help out just to see what all the fuss was about.

I did a few with my Alliance Mage next, then Kamalia.


It is so cool to see mixed-faction flocks of flying mounts traveling around the zones to take out Legion structures and commanders!


It took me quite awhile to get to an Invasion in each zone with Kamalia for the achievement. For some reason, Azshara seemed to be the least frequently active during the hours when I play.

After doing several Invasions with my Priest, my Alliance Mage, and Kamalia, I found that by the time any one character had collected enough Nethershards to purchase one of the Transmogrification Ensembles, she’d already collected almost the entire set from the boss drop chests. With multiple characters of each armor type, if I do two or three Invasions with each one, there will be enough overlap in the drops they get that I shouldn’t have to spend any Nethershards on the Transmogrification ensembles — which means I can spend them on filling out accessory gear slots instead.

At the moment, though, I’m still working on just getting all my alts through the Broken Shore scenario and their first Demon Invasion for the quest chain. Then I can go back and start doing repeat Invasions to work on filling out the Transmogrification ensembles and equipped gear.

Kamalia had to do a lot Invasions before she got a weapon drop. I don’t think that I’ll have time to do enough Invasions with every character to get all of them a full kit of equipped 700 gear and a weapon drop. Bother this expansion and its pre-launch events coming out right at beginning-of-the-school-year crunch time!

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When the method for obtaining an Emerald Drake to complete the set of mounts representing the five Classic/Aspect dragonflights was first announced, I was glad that a) no PvP would be required, b) I already had all but three of them, and c) the ones I didn’t have yet were from soloable places.

I promptly assigned my Draenei Mage to camp out at Onyxia’s Lair. I’d KO Onyxia every week for a few months, then get bored and leave her alone for a month or two.

I didn’t have a character whom I wanted to just leave camped out at the Nexus, so I only poked at Malygos occasionally (when I wanted something else that he dropped). I saw the Blue Drake — which I bought on the BMAH during Mists — drop, but not the Azure one.

Occasionally, I contemplated taking all my capable characters to Onyxia’s Lair and the Eye of Eternity… I’d get through two or three and then get tired of Malygos’s spiel and quit.

The Onyxian and Azure Drakes are drops from one-boss raids. The Blazing Drake, however, drops from the last boss of a long raid, and the penultimate boss of that particular raid is a real pain to do. So I didn’t even bother with that one at all.

I was getting pretty discouraged by never seeing the Onyxian Drake, feeling like by the time I managed to get the achievement, I’d be done with the game entirely and wouldn’t be able to enjoy having the green drake.

In the past couple of weeks, though, I’ve found myself wanting something to do until the Demon Invasions begin. So why not, I thought, go biff Ony and Maly with all my active alts?

The Azure Drake dropped for my Monk last week. The Onyxian Drake dropped for my Rogue this week.

Guess I’d better start farming Dragon Soul… Now, who to do it with? Probably the Rogue, for the Wrathion lore of the Fangs of the Father questline more than for the weapons themselves.

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Examining the Achievements listing, it occurred to me that completing the Black Claw of Sethe mounted combat challenge was not, in fact pre-requisite to doing the Garn-Tooth Necklace challenge — and that only the latter was required for the Stable Master title. So I didn’t bother with the Black Claw of Sethe at all and just picked up the Garn-Tooth Necklace. Over the past week, I have been taking out the mount-in-training whistles and beating up one or two of the quest bosses.

It was much easier than I expected — even ridiculously easier than I’d anticipated — doing the bosses as Lone Wolf Marksmanship. Even with the debilitation of the challenge item, the mounts took less damage than when I’d been doing the ordinary mount training quests as a pet-less Beast Master — probably because the bosses were dying faster.

And that’s all my Warlords content goals completed. Now what am I going to do until the Demon Invasions actually begin?

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After a few days, the Underpowered Death Knight reported that she had collected twelve different pamphlets from the Doomsayers. It had taken her that long to be sure that she’d gotten them all, as after she’d gotten a handful, she started to get duplicates, but there didn’t seem to be any more than that. She gave them to Kaelinda to analyze. Flicking through the tattered, stained, crumpled, blackened, worn, damp, scrawled, scribbled, odorous, ominous, demonic, prophetic pile, Kaelinda quickly concluded that advice from other expert opinions would be valuable. She invited her Mage friends to study the pamphlets with her.

“The things that Kael’thas’ followers said about their plan to bring Kil’jaeden through the Sunwell,” Kaelinda said, “sounded a lot like this. There wasn’t actual death in that transformation, but the rest of it is more or less the same.”

“This drivel,” Kaprikka scowled, “is distressingly similar to the propaganda that Socrethar used to seduce the Sargerei.”

“I wasn’t there during the War of the Ancients,” Keriluna mused, “I was born a few decades afterward. My parents didn’t like to talk about that time, but when they thought I was old enough, they told me about it. These words… they are just like my parents’ memories.”

“Oh, I think I know what this one’s talkin’ about!” exclaimed Khrissalys. “Did yeh hear about how King Magni got turned into diamond when he went to commune with the earth just before the Cataclysm? Well, he woke up and I saw him with my own eyes walkin’ out of Ironforge.”

(the other two prophecies reference the second and fourth Legion comics)

Kaoling shook her head sadly. “The evaporation of the mists was enough of a shock, and then Pandaria was devastated by the escape of the great Sha, and especially the destruction of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. I think there are many Pandaren who feel like their lives were turned upside down who would be susceptible to this message. Those who were severely afflicted by the great Sha might be even more so.”

“There are many who are unhappy with the current state of our governments,” Kymberlea observed, “Those who ask, where is Lorna? Where is Tess? Where is Calia? It is bad enough that these people are… reluctant to fight in the normal conflicts of our nations. It is worse to think that those sympathies could be used to persuade them to turn traitor to our world itself.”

“Why,” Kenosha muttered disgustedly, “why are my people so stupid? After all that we have suffered because of our bloodlust in the past, why would they think that this is the most honorable way to deal with this threat?”

“Most of my family belongs to a sect of the Church of the Holy Light that has as one of its tenets being prepared for future misfortune,” Kaylynda explained, “I bet that’s where this list originally came from.”

“I’m not sure that this is actually related,” Kivrinne said, “This looks to me like a left-over Twilight’s Hammer flyer from before the Cataclysm. That, or poetry by a high level cleric of the Forgotten Shadow. I hear that priests who turn their backs on the Light are going not just into the Shadow, but all the way into the Void now.”

“Dem Darkmoon carnies are pretty clever,” said Kikimaia, “I wouldn’t trust just a suit, though. I’d feel bettah if it had a voodoo charm ta strenthen da illusion, too.”

“What a scam!” hooted Kermione. “We should put out some counter-pamphlets telling people not to trust this at all. Gallywix’ll just take your life savings and enslave you. Been there, done that!… Didn’t get a T-shirt, though… hmm, maybe I oughtta suggest the idea to Boss Mida.”

“Only two air fresheners?” said Kelilla, “They really think a demon invasion would be over that soon? But what’s more worrying is that they aren’t including any Trogg repellent.”

“Still, if there are folks trying to make gold off of this” — the Gnome waved her hands to encompass the pamphlets held by the Goblin and the Troll — “then this kind of stuff must have been going around for awhile already.”

Kaylynda shook her head in astonishment. “Just what has been going on on Azeroth while we were all away on Draenor…?” Her eyes widened and she buried her face in her hands. “Kairoz, you blithering idiot! Whatever you thought you were doing when you brought Garrosh to Draenor, you’ve gotten us into way more trouble than you were planning for!”

“You mean –” began Kaelinda, “Oh! Remember what the Black Prince said? What he showed us?”

All around the table, heads nodded.

That is what this is all about.”

“You know,” Kaylynda said after a moment, “tomorrow is Tuesday. New and strange things always seem to happen on Tuesdays. Kaelinda, you had better tell your Death Knight friend to continue keeping an eye on these Doomsayers, just in case they change their behavior somehow tomorrow…”

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Although she is Retired and will no longer be adventuring, I was still curious to see how the Patch 7.0 class changes, especially the all-specs-available change, would affect the Underpowered Death Knight.

For reference, the Underpowered Death Knight had been running with a modified/pseudo-Ironman set of rules under which she could not choose a specialization,

assign talent points,

or use glyphs to modify the power of her abilities (though I did eventually allow her to use a couple of cosmetic minor glyphs).

I rather foolishly cropped her action bars out of the reference pictures I took of her spellbook just before the patch, but you can see what her main action bar looked like in the right panel of the first image in this post.

I was somewhat surprised, though, that not only did her talent points get reset (I was expecting that), but also her entire slate of action bars got completely wiped! When I opened up her Talent pane and Spellbook, I found that she was no longer specialization-less. *sigh* I had been afraid that that might happen. She had been automatically assigned the Unholy specialization.

Unholy being the most odious of the DK specializations to me, I gritted my teeth and, with sadness and regret that I had been forced to abandon one of the signature aspects of the Underpowered Death Knight’s character concept, switched her specialization to Blood.

When I did so, a raft of spells floated down to fill up her primary action bar.

I have stubbornly left all her talent points unspent.

I chose Blood because her current Transmogrification kit requires a 2H weapon; I suppose I shall have to shift her between Blood and Frost now, depending on what type of weapons my latest Transmogrification kit idea for her uses.

Speaking of Transmogrification, by the time I logged in with the Underpowered Death Knight, I’d already checked in with Kaylynda the Alliance Mage, all of my minor Alliance alts, and most of my minor Horde alts — just logging in with them, not even going through their inventories to bind and sell stuff — and between them, they already had enough clothes to make me FABULOUS!!!

Previously: the Underpowered Death Knight takes the bank

Next: the Underpowered Death Knight and the Doomsayers

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After liquidating all of my characters’ Garrison assets in preparation for Patch 7.0, Kamalia personally had 151354 gold and the rest of the characters on my primary Horde server had a combined total of 295023 gold, with another 96164 gold in reserve on the linked server where my Retired/Banker Tauren alts live (and, to complete the tally, my Alliance Mage had 38754 gold). That’s the most gold I’ve ever had!

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with that much money:

Now I’m ready to travel the Broken Isles in style!

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The pre-patch is almost here and the excitement to leave Draenor and the Garrison behind has built to kid-on-Christmas-Eve levels. In describing it this way, I don’t mean to be derisive or to imply that I’m immune — I wrote about what I plan to do on the day before the patch comes, to get ready for it, about a week ago.

Today I want to write about what I want to do after the patch comes.

I’m glad that the devs are giving us some time to get used to the class changes before the Demon Invasions begin because that also gives me some time to finish up a few lingering Warlords content goals.

* As I’ve mentioned before, my Hunter is currently Beast Mastery, and losing her pet when she mounts up on one of the Stables mounts-in-training is a big hit to her DPS. After the patch, I’ll use a Lone Wolf Marksmanship spec to do the Black Claw of Sethe and Garn-Tooth Necklace mounted combat challenges so that she can get the Stable Master title.

* Just in the past week or two, I’ve been taking my Alliance Mage back to Tanaan to work on Lion’s Watch rep so that she can get the Packaged Ceremonial Karabor Finery clothie-only Transmogrification ensemble. Although I don’t think I’ll ever wear the complete outfit, I would like to have some of the pieces available for mix-and-match. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Tanaan, actually — the bits of the zone that aren’t covered in fel green goo are rather lovely jungle, and the semi-directed playstyle makes it a lot more fun to me than the mostly undirected Timeless Isle was. Anyhow, Kaylynda still has about a week of bopping around in Tanaan to get up to the necessary rep level.

* I’d gotten all my primary characters fitted out with Royal Satchels in all their personal inventory slots (F8-F11) (a task that kept my Tailors busily growing Windshear Cactus at Sunsong Ranch well into Warlords) and Hexweave Bags in all their bank slots. Then I took a break from Tailoring CDs for a bit while I tried to decide whether or not I wanted to make Hexweave Bags for all their personal inventory slots, too. To help with that decision, I looked up the Tailoring bag in Legion and discovered that it will be a catch-up 24-slot bag. With that in mind, I concluded that even with the massive inventory cleanup coming in the patch, it would be worth the effort to get all my active characters fully outfitted with Hexweave Bags. So I got my Tailors going again, but they’ve still got a week or two of work left before they will have made enough bags to finish outfitting all of my current active characters and have a full set of eleven bags ready for my Demon Hunter.

After I’ve got my Transmogrification Collection sorted and am ready to dig into the new content, here’s what I want to do:

* I’m unclear on whether the gradually unfolding lore-heavy plot-bridge questline will begin as soon as the patch goes live or not until later when the Demon Invasions and Demon Hunters become available. Either way, I intend play through it at least with Kamalia and Kaylynda.

* I’m going to need to do Demon Invasions with a character of each armor type — Kamalia for mail, probably Kaylynda (though maybe Kaelinda) for cloth, either my Paladin or my Warrior for plate, and either my Druid or my Monk for leather. Each character will need to do enough to get the Transmogrification ensemble for her armor type, of course, and I’ll probably try to do enough to get all 16 of the event-exclusive weapons, too.

I’ve also been thinking about what I want to do when Legion itself launches.

One of the pre-expansion anticipation questions that’s been making the rounds of the blogosphere is “how many Artifact weapons do you plan to get?” which is a variation on the more usual “how many alts will you play in the new expansion?” question.

I’ve divvied up my active characters into one spec, two spec, and three spec groups based on how many of the specs of each class appeal to me.

One spec: Frost Death Knight, Destruction Warlock, Outlaw Rogue, Havoc Demon Hunter

Two spec: Discipline/Holy Priest, Fire/Arcane Mage (Blood Elf), Arcane/Frost Mage (Human)

Three spec: Shaman, Hunter, Warrior, Paladin, Monk, Druid (Balance/Resto/Feral)

Kamalia will level to 110 first, as she always does, and she will most likely do it in Resto as her primary spec because BTH has been saying that he thinks he’ll come back to WoW just for the leveling game part of Legion. Kaylynda has a high probability of going second, partially so I can see the Alliance side of the Broken Shore experience and partially because I’m pretty hyped about getting Aegwynn’s staff (though I’ve decided she’ll do Frost second because she’s been having a blast playing as Frost in Tanaan).

After that, I’ve been contemplating the notion of bringing up the rest of my alts in the inverse order of how interested I am in playing them long-term throughout the expansion. What I mean by this is that after Kamalia and Kaylynda have gotten started, the next characters I would start doing Legion content with would be the one-spec alts. I’d take them through the acquisition of their Artifact weapons and the establishment of their Order Halls, then set them aside. Then I’d play the two-spec alts through to level 102 and the acquisition of both of their desired Artifacts. Then I’d start working on the three-spec alts, playing each of them through to level 102 and the acquisition of all of their Artifacts. After that, I’ll play whomever I’m most interested in playing with in the moment. My thought is that doing it this way will allow me to spend most of the expansion playing with my more-favored, higher-priority characters without feeling bugged by wanting to get my less-favored, lower-priority alts at least through the acquisition of their Artifact weapons and the establishment of their Order Halls — because that would already be done. Although I’ve heard that there’s a Feat of Strength achievement for completing the Order Hall Campaign for all 12 classes, so I’ll probably end up playing them all through the entirety of their Order Hall Campaigns eventually…

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