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After sitting out Shadowlands, BTH decided to give Dragonflight a try. A few weeks ago, he reinstalled the game, subbed up for six months, and blasted through the Shadowlands. Now, for a short time, at least, we can play a game together again while we level through Dragonflight with Kamalia and his Bear Tank.
Due to a confluence of RL factors, we’ve only managed to play Dragonflight for three nights so far. We’ve reached level 63, so BTH thinks we must be mostly done with The Waking Shores by now, right? Um, no, sweetie. He has a tendency to pick a cardinal direction and go do whatever in our quest log is in that direction, then move around the compass clearing out quest markers, and with that approach, we’ve been doing so many side quests that we haven’t even finished Chapter 2 (of 4) of the main storyline yet. From past expansions, I’ve learned that when I am leveling together with BTH, I can only look at quest text long enough to identify the objectives as we barrel along; I’ve learned to save savoring the lore unfolding for my second, solo trip through the leveling experience.
There was no place in the Shadowlands that I really truly loved; it is such a relief to be back in Azeroth. I’m enjoying the sappiness of the side quest stories we’ve been doing. I’m liking Dragonriding, though we haven’t made any effort to collect glyphs and so my poor drake is still so easily tired out. I think my Druid might sit out Dragonflight in protest of not being able to fly with her own wings, however, and if I want to collect Dragon Isles leather transmog, I might have to end up leveling my Monk or my new Rogue (during the end of expansion lull, of course).

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I picked up the last item I wanted from the Soulbreaker’s Burnished Vestments set last week. I don’t have the full set, but I do have all the pieces I most wanted for Mogging mix-and-match. So now I am Done with Venthyr Travel Network Broken Mirrors. Hooray!
I only need two more pieces from the Night Fae Korthia set and two more pieces from the Necrolords Korthia set. In other words, I only need a Cosmetics quest to show up one more time for each of those Covenants, because with both Kaelinda and Kaelyla on the job, I can get two pieces each time one of those quests is available.
Kaelinda and Kaelyla paid back earlier gifts of Anima from Kaurinka to help them finish upgrading Covenant Sanctum features, thus allowing Kaurinka to get her Queen’s Conservatory fully upgraded to Tier 5 and to purchase the Queen’s Conservatory recolor of the Oakheart set. Now I just need to push Kaurinka through the rest of the 9.0 Night Fae Campaign…

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Kaelyla got her Queen’s Conservatory fully upgraded to Tier 5. As the only activities she is doing that generate Spirits for the Conservatory are Fair Exchange for a Soul and Return Lost Souls (which gives 1x Greater Spirit at Conservatory levels 1-3 and 2x Greater Spirit at Conservatory levels 4 & 5), she decided to take the skip through the first three Chapters of Korthia so that she can ride and not have to worry about the Eye of the Jailer while she’s doing her weekly Maw run. Then I did the skip with Kamalia and Kaurinka, too.
And then Kaelyla got the Spirit Tender’s Bulb! Hooray! Now I just need to get the Queen’s Conservatory recolors of the cloth and leather 9.0 Night Fae sets, and then I’ll be all done with it.
I completed Chapter 4 of Korthia with Kaelinda and am reveling in being able to fly!
I am still undecided about continuing the Korthia storyline with both Mages in tandem or having Kaelinda backtrack through the Necrolords and Night Fae before continuing Korthia solo.
Now that Kaelinda and Kaelyla both have the Special Features for their home Covenants at Tier 3 or higher, I’ve been contemplating upgrading the Mission Tables in their home Covenants to Tier 2 for another Anima token from WQs. Would it really be worth the setback to saving for Cosmetics, though?
It occurred to me that I now that I’ve got flying, I ought to try, after Kaelyla had done her Night Fae special stuff for the day, swapping her over to Venthyr to go search out Broken Mirrors. So I did it, and O Hey! I could do the Anima Conductor Treasure and World Quest for both covenants! I’m sure other people discovered this as soon as Patch 9.2 made Covenant-swapping so easy to do… So then Kaelinda went and hopped from Venthyr to Kyrian to Night Fae and back. Then I tried round-robining through the Covenants until I discovered which one had a Korthia Cosmetic piece available. Although as a Mage, hopping back and forth between Korthia and Oribos is trivially easy to do, it was rather tedious.
Speaking of Korthia, its ambiance is a little better than the rest of the Maw, but I’m still not a great fan. Zereth Mortis, though! Those rich, saturated greens are so refreshing after the fetid haze of Maldraxxus, the gloom of Revendreth, the twilight and decay of Ardenweald, and the washed-out brightness of Bastion.
But doing All The Things with even just two characters is becoming rather exhausting. In Dragonflight, I’ll level Kaelyla to keep my Alliance Main caught up, and to experience any differences between the Horde and Alliance, um, experiences that might exist, but I won’t try to do all the endgame stuff with her… except perhaps the Black Dragonflight, so Kaelinda can pledge to Wrathion and Kaelyla can pledge to Sabellian to get the Cosmetics from both of the rivals.

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Normally, I try to save Sundays for Sunday on the Promenade. Sometimes, it’s nice to make exceptions 😀

This is the computer I’ve been using since January 2020:

My preschoolers broke the right lid hinge after I began I letting them play Bloons Monkey City during Summer 2021 as a babysitting device when I wanted some mid-day quiet time (both before and after Baby’s birth); then I busted it further while toting the poor thing back and forth from home to campus and from one building to another on campus to use it for teaching during Fall 2021*.
It only has a 256 GB harddrive, so after it began continually complaining of being out of memory during the past several weeks, I decided it was time to buy a new computer.

After nearly 20 years of using a laptop exclusively, I decided to buy a tower, hoping that it would be more robust toward use by small children. It arrived mid-week, but I saved setting it up for Saturday night as a treat for myself after getting my classes fully prepped for the First Day of School** on Monday.
The laptop I was replacing was an ACER and I’d been happy with it, so I bought a $1K pre-built ACER with a 1 TB harddrive:

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* I began using my personal computer for school in Spring 2020 when Covid threw education into disarray; the sound card on my 5-years-old campus laptop had died in Fall 2019, and I couldn’t teach over Zoom without a working sound card! Late in Spring 2022, I finally got around to asking my Dean to buy me a new device for school use. I got a Microsoft Surface because I have loved writing directly on my presentation slides using a Wacom Tablet with my laptop — and because all the Cool Kids among my colleagues are using Surfaces to do that.
** For me and for my Kindergartener! My stress levels are going to be sky-high tomorrow!

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Somehow, my Highmountain Tauren Druid, Kasheena, had managed to make it from her initial Allied Race level of 20 to a post-level-squish level of 42. She’d done the first few chapters of Highmountain, a little bit of the Druid Order Hall Campaign, Mulgore, a few years of Brewfest and WoW’s Anniversary dailies, and a smattering of other stuff.
Although I’d ignored the Winds of Wisdom buff last week because it was World Quest Bonus Week and I was busy with my level 60 characters, this week I suddenly realized that this was my chance to push Kasheena through to level 50 and finally, finally get her Heritage Armor. Finishing up the Highmountain main storyline, plus the Highmountain bonus objectives, opening up Suramar after she dinged 45, and doing some Legion Professions quests (she is an Herbalist/Miner), got her there in two play sessions.


I was very surprised to discover that the totems on the back of the Highmountain Heritage Armor are part of the chestpiece item, not a backpiece item.
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Then I went and pre-ordered the Epic edition of Dragonflight and used the Boost on Kasheena; now she’s in Ardenweald with Kamalia and Kaurinka.

Kasheena just needs to get to Honored with Marasmius and Court of Night to be able to use the butterflymoth backpacks; Kaurinka will continue doing All The Things to get the other Shadowlands leather stuff I still want.
I decided to pre-order Dragonflight now and use the Boost on Kasheena (instead of saving it for my Tauren Mage) because I have for a rather long time in the back of my mind been thinking that for the next expansion it would be neat to be able to bring both a Mulgore Tauren (Kamalia) and a Highmountain Tauren (Kasheena, replacing Kerisa/Kaurinka in my roster of Mains) as well as both a Blood Elf (Kaelinda), and a Void Elf (Kaelyla).
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(… now I’m so tempted — at this moment, at least — to buy Boosts for all my other sweet Mulgore Tauren girls, though I know that would be a tremendously gross expenditure… and when Shadowlands gets folded into Chromie Time I’ll probably be able to Mog with Shadowlands stuff with them without needing them to be level 60… and it would be better to wait to do Boosts until after the pre-patch goes live and I can roll my Tauren Rogue and Mage, anyhow…)

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Datamining from the Dragonflight alpha has uncovered a lovely new Transmogrification item: a wrist corsage!
Currently, it only seems to be available in purple — the no-brainer Mog for this would be with the Lovely Purple Dress during Love is in the Air. Of course, I think it would be wonderful in all the colours, and I hope there will be at least a few more colour variations by the time Dragonflight launches.
I hope it’s not too difficult to get.
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Speaking of lovely flowers and the difficulty of getting them, I wonder how challenging it will be to solo Normal Tirna Scithe in Dragonflight‘s second-tier Crafted/Primalist LFR/10.1 catch-up gear? The drop rate for the Crown of Autumnal Flora is ridiculously low, and I’m not even managing to queue for Tirna Scithe every time that Challenges in Ardenweald or Trading Favors: Tirna Scithe or A Valuable Find: Tirna Scithe is up, let alone every day until I get it.

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I’m a bit surprised that this hasn’t already hit the front page of Blizzard Watch with a big splash — it’s something the community has been asking for for years. Update: ah, there it is!
The hotfix is already live:



And maybe Kaumaleia should go take Salandria out for Children’s Week this year, for old times’ sake

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A new interview with Brian Holinka dropped the tidbit (recapped here by Wowhead and here by Blizzard Watch) that starting in 10.0, all races will be allowed to be Priests, Mages, and Rogues. I am so excited!
I have been arguing ever since Cataclysm that if Tauren Druids could develop into Priests and Paladins, then Tauren Shamans should be likewise allowed to develop into Mages.
My Blood Elf Mage runs Fire, my Void Elf Mage runs Frost, and my Human Mage runs Arcane… but I never got my Human Mage out to Shadowlands, in part because I could never quite decide which Covenant would be the best fit to be her “home” Covenant. Awhile ago, I started imagining that if Tauren could just be allowed to be Mages, I could have a Blood Elf Fire Mage, a Void Elf Arcane Mage, and a Tauren Frost Mage…
Now the question is, should she be Mulgore Tauren or Highmountain Tauren? Well, actually, I’ll probably create one of each, because that’s just the way I roll. And she’ll probably end up being Boosted. I’ll want to have her in the Dragon Isles alongside Kaelinda, Kaelyla, Kamalia, and Kerisa. Furthermore, given how long it’s been taking me to get my Highmountain Tauren Druid leveled the conventional way so as to earn that Heritage Armor, I am just not into the leveling lowbie alts game these days.
As for Rogues, I think I see a Race Change coming my Rogue’s way…

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With the tidbit that white and gray items may become Moggable “soon”, a quick look in my RP Clothes bank generates this list of the items I most want to see upgraded to Cosmetic:

White Woolen Dress
Simple Black Dress
White Wedding Dress
Tuxedo Jacket and Pants
Haliscan Jacket, Pantaloons, and Brimmed Hat
Black Embersilk Gown
White Traditional Hanbok
Red Traditional Hanbok
Green Wedding Hanbok
Dark Green Wedding Hanbok
Royal Dangui
Formal Dangui
Burning Robes
Shimmering Silk Robes
Chromatic Robe
Silver Dress Robes
Dalaran Nurse’s Gown

And allow ALL the Holiday clothes to be Moggable year-round, too!

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So, after three or four expansions of the leading fan favorite wish being “Dragon Isles”, at last for 10.0 the next expansion actually will be Dragon Isles.
The Dragonflight [sic. Dragonriding] system itself sounds like a minigame that I will find extremely frustrating until I finally get the hang of it, and then I’ll probably enjoy it; I probably won’t go all out to try to master it.
But of course there would be a Dragonborn-type race. The idea of a mutually-locked race/class combo is a different take on the new race, new class trope of new expansions, at least for WoW. I’ll want to try out the Evoker to see how the new class plays — I’ve had fun with Death Knight, Monk, and Demon Hunter as alts — but I’m not going to be in Dracthyr starting zone on launch day. The Evoker being mail-wearing is very nice — hopefully this means we’ll get lots of awesome-looking new mail armor for Kam to wear, too.
Feeling kinda meh about the Tier set previews, though. They have the same problem as the initial concept art preview for the Sepulcher sets — it’s a big guessing game which set is supposed to be for which class.
The glimpse of the revamped Talent system looks like it has promise. It also looks like setting up Talents just for my Four Mains (Elemental Shaman, Balance Druid, Fire Mage, Frost Mage) on systems patch day will be exhausting due to decision paralysis!
On the whole — wind in the sails to get done the stuff I want to get done in Shadowlands so that I’ll be in the clear to jump on the boat to the Dragon Isles on launch day!

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