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This Side Up

By a combination of ignoring Archaeology for most of the first couple of months of the expansion and picking and choosing which of the most recent Archaeology quests to do, I completed “This Side Up” by acquiring the Spirit of Eche’ro.

In the process, I also managed to complete my collection of Pristine versions of the five common Highmountain Tauren objects.

Kamalia has now obtained the eight easy Artifact appearances.
default, Pillar of Creation, Light’s Heart, level 103 Class Campaign chapter

Complete Class Campaign, 35 Artifact traits, 25 Artifact Knowledge, This Side Up

I think I remember reading somewhere that because so many of the Rare items from Archaology are account-bound, the devs decided to make the Artifact appearance unlock for completing “This Side Up” account-wide, too. That’ll be very nice for my alts if it’s true!

Will I ever finish the rest of the Broken Isles Archaeology quests? Yeah, I’ll probably do the ones that I’ve skipped the next time they come around. With how easily I’ve managed to complete the set of Highmountain Tauren Pristines, I’ll probably be able to get all of the Highborne and Demonic Pristines, too — though I might not work quite so diligently at it.

But will I ever go back and finish collecting the Draenor Pristines, or the Pandaria Pristines? That’s doubtful. I think it would have to be the end-of-expansion doldrums, I’d need to be done with all the stuff I want to do in the Broken Isles with all of my alts, and I’d have to have finished fishing up all the coins in the Legion Dalaran fountain before I got bored enough to do that.

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Kamalia hasn’t progressed any farther in the Suramar storyline than completing “Nightfallen but not Forgotten“, activating all of the leyline feeds to Shal’aran, and doing a few random side-quest chapters of “Good Suramaritan“. Nonetheless, through always choosing Suramar when I turn in a Kirin Tor Emissary quest and through doing Suramar Emissary quests when they are available, Kamalia dinged Exalted with the Nightfallen when she turned in today’s Suramar Emissary quest.

The Artifact Power she received in the process was enough to get the 34th trait in the Fist of Ra-den, too. Just one more trait in the Fist of Ra-den, and then I can start filling out the Doomhammer. Seeing how fast filling up Kam’s off-spec Artifact has gone since she reached Artifact Power 25 has made the prospect of filling up Artifacts for my alts much less daunting. The most important factor in that, of course, is that, my alts won’t have the same long hard slog up to Artifact Knowledge 25 that Kam had. Kam can just spend 11000 Order Hall Resources to boost them all up to Artifact Knowledge 20 as soon as they hit level 110, after which it won’t take long for them to get to Artifact Knowledge 25 — and then they can just blast through filling out their Artifact weapons. I like that!

Getting Exalted with the Nightfallen also means that Kamalia has managed to earn her entire Order Hall set. Even though I don’t much like the set as a whole (though the pants, gloves, and boots have some mix-and-match potential), I figured I ought to wear it, just for a little bit (meaning, I might Mog it over with a black and purple kit to go with the Nightfallen tabard as soon as tomorrow :P), because I might not manage to get the entire Order Hall set with any of my other characters.

Raiment of the Farseer

Raiment of the Farseer with Blue Workman’s Shirt, Theldurin’s Fist, and Shield of the Barrens

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Meanwhile, Kamalia got the Achievement for getting the 34th Artifact trait in Sharas’dal on January 2. She completed her Artifact Research and got the corresponding Achievement a day or two later. By concentrating on World Quests that awarded Artifact Power oojimies and completing Emissary caches, she’d gotten the 35th trait in Sharas’dal by January 6th. If I hadn’t put 15 traits each into the Fist of Ra-den and the Doomhammer, I’d have been able to finish Sharas’dal a little bit sooner, but eh, whatever.

With my “main spec” Artifact completed, it was time to figure out how to play Elemental in this expansion. I’m sure I’m not playing the spec “optimally”, as there are cooldowns I know I’m forgetting to use, but as long as all I’m doing with it is World Quests, that doesn’t really matter. With Artifact Research completed, a Champion Mission that brought back an Artifact Power item plus the bonus item zoomed the Fist of Ra-den from 15 to 21 in moments. By now, I’m up to 30 traits in the Fist of Ra-den and feeling like completing that Artifact is an achievable goal, even with the upcoming (hopefully very very soon!) much anticipated dramatic decrease in my time and energy for playing this game.

My play habit of late has been that if I don’t have very much time or energy for the game, I log on with Kamalia, set my world map to just show Artifact Power World Quests, and run around doing as many or as few of those quests as I feel like. After I’ve finished vacuuming up all the available Artifact Power quests (that I feel like doing), then I take another look at what Emissaries are up. If I feel like doing a few more quests to get the big Artifact Power boost from completing an Emissary Cache, I turn back on all the other types of World Quests and choose the ones that are the easiest or most fun.

If I have more time or energy for the game, then I’ll play with the next alt on the list for Artifact acquisition. I only have three left to go — Priest, Warrior, and Paladin — but they are all at less than 30% from 101 to 102, so getting the rest of their Artifacts will probably require at least two play sessions apiece — one for the leveling and one for the Artifact-getting.

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As a Thing To Do Together for his Christmas vacation days off from work on Friday and today, BTH carried me through the Return to Karazhan. On Friday, he ran me through the Mythics at the beginning of the attunement quest chain, and this evening he ran me through Mythic Karazhan itself.

We wiped at least once on every boss, but it wasn’t always due to my inexperience or just-barely-good-enough gear (I’m currently at 850-something). We wiped and wiped and wiped on Shade of Medivh because we had a DPS who couldn’t stand still when Flame Wreath was cast… eventually BTH kicked him. We wiped quite a few times on the final boss, too, because I am a total klutz with fights that have crazy movement requirements.

But eventually we succeeded — hurrah!

The first half of Mythic Karazhan is familiar enough to be comforting and different enough to be interesting. The second half of Mythic Karazhan, though — wow, that place is so trippy! The upside down parts, running on the ceiling… those twisty hallways… the distorted Gamesman’s Hall… I took a lot of screenshots, but not a lot with my UI turned off, just sightseeing. I did go back in after we finished it, though, to get some pictures of this stunning new chamber in the Library:

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I noticed this a few days ago — the Mage Order Hall has Winter Veil decorations!

After I noticed that, I quickly cycled through my other characters’ Order Halls to see if any of the others also had Winter Veil decorations. But no, none of them did — not even the Rogue place, which is also in Dalaran.

Clearly, the devs love Mages best 😉

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Kamalia reached Exalted with Highmountain this evening. That completes her goals for the opening act of Legion, so now she can take a break until Patch 7.2.

Of course there are still things I’d like to do with Kam. She’s at 26/34 traits in Sharas’dal and 15/25 Artifact Knowledge, with 15 traits each in the Fist of Ra-den and the Doomhammer; she’ll keep her Artifact Research going and do WQs for Artifact Power knick-knacks when I feel like it. Although completely finishing Fishing and Archaeology will most likely wait until the end-of-expansion lull, I probably will do Archaeology whenever Highmountain is the zone of the fortnight.

I haven’t completed Broken Isles Pathfinder Part One yet, but once I decided that I really wanted to do Suramar with my Mage, I lost motivation to keep doing it with Kamalia. I’ll finish that eventually.

For now, though, I can focus on getting the rest of my alts to level 101, established in their Order Halls with their first Artifact weapon and pair of Champions. Then I can work on getting those who want multiple Artifacts up to level 102.

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One day when Suramar was the faction-of-the-day, Kamalia opened up the prize box and out fell an orange ring.

Sephuz’s Secret is not a particularly exciting Legendary for Kamalia’s preferred playstyle, but it was still a significant ilevel upgrade over the rings she had been wearing, so she put it on.

Another day, she was doing one of the murloc world quests on the northern coast of Highmountain and happened upon a Flotsam kill in-progress. So she hopped in, because the gold reward for the associated world quest was good, and lo and behold, a Hidden appearance for the Doomhammer fell out.

Although I like the default appearance of the Doomhammer just fine and hadn’t been planning to actively seek out the Hidden appearance, now that I’ve got it, I’ll have to make a Troll-themed kit around the Warmace of Shirvallah appearance one of these days. Now, did I remember to save Kam’s Throne of Thunder gear long enough to get it loaded into my Appearances tab, or am I going to have to re-collect it…?

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So, that news from Blizzcon X

I’m glad that there will be another chapter of the Order Hall Campaigns in Patch 7.2 — though it does mean that I will now have twice as much to do to achieve my grand expansion goal of completing the Order Hall Campaigns for all twelve Classes. I do hope, however, that having completed Improving on History will not be a prerequisite for being able to participate in the Patch 7.2 “Armies of the Legionfall” storyline. I can probably convince BTH to run Kamalia through the necessary Mythics for that questline, but I probably won’t be able to convince him to run all twelve of my characters through those Mythics.

Regarding those class-specific mounts from the Patch 7.2 Order Hall Campaign continuation —
The Rogue raven, Priest owl-sphinx, and Paladin armored war-steed v2.0 are awesome.
The Mage flying disc is pretty much what I guessed that the Mage mount might be before I even looked at the gallery. It’s plenty awesome, though, and I’ll definitely be using it once I get it.
The Monk glowy tiger is kinda nifty. I love the details of the kegs and teakettles hanging from the back of the saddle.
The Druid Warden-owl looks kinda goofy in that shot. Maybe it looks more awesome from other angles? As long as I’ll be able to choose whether to use Stormcrow form or Warden-owl form, I’ll be happy with it.
Is that Warrior mount essentially a red version of the blue Skyscreamer mount from Throne of Thunder? If so, yeah, that’s cool and I want it.
Meh on the Shaman, Hunter, Warlock, Demon Hunter, and Death Knight mounts, though. I doubt I’ll be using those.

I’m also intrigued by the idea of solo challenges to unlock new Artifact appearances. I just hope they’re not quite as frustrating as the Thunder Forge and Blessing of the Celestials scenarios from the Mists Legendary Cape questline were.

And Flying is coming in Patch 7.2, is it?
During the past week or two, Kamalia reached Revered with the Valarjar and the Wardens, completing Broken Isles Diplomat. Now the only piece of Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One I have yet to complete is Good Suramaritan. But Loremaster of Legion is an account-wide achievement, so if I’ve completed the four leveling zones with Kam and then do Suramar with Kaelinda, I should still get the meta-achievement complete, ja?
And then I guess I’ll do the bits and pieces of Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two with whomever is able and has the most interest in doing those bits and pieces.

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Kamalia ticked over 100 different World Quests for Variety is the Spice of Life this week. Although I’ve finished Variety is the Spice of Life, I’ll continue to try to do World Quests that I haven’t done before. Kamalia also hit Revered with Court of Farondis, earning her Order Hall boots, and reached 100,000 AP (divided between three Artifacts), earning her Order Hall belt. For some reason I haven’t yet managed to get Black Rook Hold when running a random daily Heroic; I’ve been thinking about queueing deliberately for it just to finish off getting the Order Hall pants. That will only leave the shoulders from the Order Hall set… and getting to Exalted with Suramar will be a long haul.

I’ve been enjoying the World Quest system very much, even with the frequent repetition of some of the quests… will the Rivermane ever get those grubs out of their garden? That quest, like many of the World Quests, is a repeat of a quest I did while I was leveling. That’s okay — it seems to be the more whimsical and fun leveling quests that are getting repeated as World Quests — though I haven’t yet seen a return to The Chair of Bossing Around. There have been enough World Quests that aren’t quests I did while leveling to keep things interesting and novel, too.

Despite their limited variety, the Kirin Tor quests are some of my favorites; over the course of the three days when they’re up, I will do them all, not just the four I need to do to complete the Emissary quest on the first day. The Ley Race is just fun, and even when I’ve lost the path of the ley nodes, I haven’t yet managed to get far enough away that I get dismounted (I haven’t actively tried to do that, though). For me, the Enigma patterns are simple enough that I haven’t felt the need to resort to graph paper… I’ve occasionally wished that there were some harder ones that would send me running for some graph paper 😛 The hardest one, for me, is the flying bubbles because of the 3D movement and the difficulty of seeing exactly where my character is relative to the center of the bubble in 3D space. The flying bubbles at the bridge in Suramar was the hardest the first time I did it because it took me quite a while to figure out that to get into the first bubble of the chain, I have to drop down out of the bubble that the mage is in. Once I figured that out, though, the path is so short that I now find it easier than the one at Nar’thalas Academy. Plus, rep-of-my-choice is awesome. I’ve been always choosing Suramar, with the result that I am now a little under halfway through Honored with Suramar despite not even having managed to talk to Oculeth in the main story questline yet.

At the moment, if I do additional World Quests beyond the four for the faction-of-the-day, I’m prioritizing Artifact Power. I’d really like to get Sharas’dal fully powered up, and I’d like to pick up a second gold trait for the Fist of Ra-den and the Doomhammer, too. After Artifact Power, I’ll look for quests that reward relics. If it’s a life or frost relic, I’m hoping that it will proc upgraded ilevel for Sharas’dal. I don’t yet have relics for all of the sockets in the Fist of Ra-den and the Doomhammer. Occasionally I try doing World Quests as Elemental or Enhancement — but I always end up feeling so squishy that I go back to Resto (that trend makes me a little nervous to think about doing World Quests with a character who doesn’t have a healing spec). I’d like to get to the point where I feel comfortable doing World Quests — or even dungeon DPS — with my DPS specs.

Meanwhile, at my Order Hall mission table, I’m currently prioritizing Champion ilevel upgrade tokens because I want to have my best Champions ready to investigate Karazhan when Patch 7.1 arrives! My second priority for Champion missions is Artifact Power. I haven’t done any Champion missions that bring back quest-starter items for dungeons or raids yet.

Despite how much Kamalia still has to do, though, I’m starting to want to play alts, too. My Mage is out of Order Resources and needs to do some more questing in Azsuna. She’s almost to level 102 and being able to get her other two Artifacts. My Demon Hunter needs to start questing in Azsuna so that she can reach level 101 and complete the establishment of her Order Hall by recruiting her first two Champions and sending them on the missions to rescue her Troop Recruiter and Order Hall Upgrade people. And then there’s all the rest who are still twiddling their thumbs in their Garrisons on Draenor…

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