Monday, November 23, 2009

World of Warcraft Turns 5 and Warcraft Turns 15

Over the last 15 years a lot has changed in Azeroth. Heros have traveled the length and breadth of Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, taken wing in Outlands to free the Black Temple from Illidan's clutches, and sailed off to Northrend to Battle the Lich King. World of Warcraft celebrated this anniversary by mailing everyone a new in game pet. Check out their just launched Warcraft anniversary website here.

The Battle for the Isle of Conquest 11/23/09

I decided to spend some time fighting in the Isle of Conquest tonight to get more familiar with it. I haven't done a lot of battles in there yet, I have previously only fought in there when it was my daily, and want to learn more about it. I went in on Wranngar and we won the first 2 battles I was in and lost the last one. As in any battleground there were a lot of AFK in there. That problem just isn't going to go away or get any better I guess.

We won the 2 battles by breaching the Horde keep and killing the Horde General. I don't even know his name off hand but I will get that along with some screen shots of him. I was in on both of those kills. In the battle we lost the Horde breached our keep and killed our General. I was manning one of the cannons at the top of one of the towers in our keep for awhile tonight, that was a lot of fun. You use the cannons to lay down a wall of fire and also launch rockets at the siege equipment the Horde are bringing in to breach our keep.

The Battle for Wintergrasp 11/23/09

I fought in 2 Wintergrasp battles tonight on Wranngar, one win and one loss. In the one we won I got in at the start, actually a few minutes before the start, so I was there when it all started. We barely won that one but in the end we did.

In the second battle I was in, the one we lost, I got there about 1 minute before it ended. I really didn't have time to do much besides run around the courtyard and kill a couple people before it was all over. I didn't bother to stay around and kill Horde afterwards, that is only fun when you win.

I am really not familiar enough with Wintergrasp yet to start giving any kind of opinion on it but I have been doing all of them I can so I can learn more about it.

Daily Cooking - Convention at the Legerdemain 11/23/09

The daily cooking today was Convention at the Legerdemain. This one has been coming up a lot lately and it is eating up my supply of Chilled Meat pretty quick. I will have to go hunting again soon.

I picked this up then ran over to the bank and grabbed 4 Chilled Meat to make my Northern Stew. Once I had that I ran over to One More Glass, the wine and cheese shop there in Dalaran, and got a Jug of Wine. Today I found it behind the counter when you come in. I took that over to Arille Azuregaze, the bartender at The Legerdemain and exchanged it for 9g93s, a Dalaran Cooking Award and a Small Spice Bag with 3 Northern Spices and another Dalaran Cooking Award in it. Not too bad a haul today I guess. I don't know what I will use the rewards for but they are piling up.

The Battle for Alterac Valley 11/22/09

The battle still rages on in Alterac Valley. I fought in 15 battles on Wranngar tonight, 9 wins and 6 losses. It is hard to believe the Alliance are still making the same mistakes after all this time but they are.

We had a couple losses because of someone taking SHGY which usually results in a turtle if they do it early in the battle. Another thing the Alliance does time and again is start a cap on something then walk away from it while it is clocking. Everything in Alterac Valley takes 4 minutes to cap. The main places they do this is Iceblood Graveyard, Snowfall Graveyard, and the East and West Frostwolf Towers. The Towers are the stupidest part, they will click on the flag, anyone can do that, then they jump down to stand on the hill. A single Rogue or Druid in stealth mode can go up into the Tower and back-cap it without any opposition and they do it time and time again. The Horde know this, it is about the only place a single Horde will go and back-cap something. This happens time and again and people still do it. On the average we usually cap those 2 Towers 3 or 4 times before they burn... Another mistake they make all the time is leaving 1, or at most 2, people to guard IBT and TP. The Horde always bring at least 3 if not 4 or 5 people to back-cap either of those towers but people still do it every battle...

In spite of all the problems and stupidity we did have some good battles tonight. We won a few more battles on reinforcements, I am wondering if this will end when the holiday weekend is over. The only reason I can think of is the Horde have their share of weekend warriors and AFK although the Alliance does seem to be playing better in some of the battles I have been in. We still have the stupidity of taking and holding SHGY and the problem with people leaving towers undefended/underdefended while they are capping, I don't think that will ever end.

I fought in a Wintergrasp battle tonight, the Horde really suck in there. We were defending again and we had no problem holding the Keep while destroying all their towers.

My daily battleground was WSG today. I wasn't going to do it but then decided to give it a shot and see how we were doing in there. To say we were doing poorly would be a gross understatement. Everyone was interested in fighting in the middle. There was no flag carrier support and there was no attempt made to get our flag back. I hate WSG and dropped the quest after that one loss. I may never go in there again. It was almost like they were farming HK's in there which is just stupid, if you are going to farm HK's you go to Alterac Valley.

New Mr. T World of Warcraft Commercial Launches

Mr. T continues his crusade to make the World of Warcraft look "goooood" in another new TV commercial which begins airing this week. See it first here:

Cheese for Glowergold and Dangerously Delicious 11/22/09

The daily cooking today was Cheese for Glowergold, my least favorite daily cooking, and the daily fishing was Dangerously Delicious which can be exciting.

I did the cooking first as usual. I got 2 of the Half Full Dalaran Wine Glasses at the Inn where I got the quest, 3 more at One More Glass, the wine and cheese shop, and the last one at The Legerdemain. I turned that in to Arille Azuregaze, the bartender at The Legerdemain in exchange for 9g93s, a Dalaran Cooking Award and a Small Spice Bag with 3 Northern Spices in it. Not a great haul today, but I have been burning through the Northern Spices lately cooking buff food for the battlegrounds so I can use all I can get.

I did the fishing after that. I took the flightpath to Wintergrasp and fished right there where you land. There were no Horde around today so it was pretty uneventful, unlike the last time I did this one. I got the 10 Terrorfish I needed in 37 casts, a few more than it usually takes me to get 10. I hearthed back and went to see Marcia Chase (53,65), by the fountain in Dalaran. She gave me a Bag of Fishing Treasures for my trouble. Today it had 10g57s40c, a Glow Worm, like I need more of those, and 2 Worthless Pieces of Green Glass. Not a great haul on this one either. There are some good rewards to still be had from this daily, I just wonder when the hell I'm going to get them lol.