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A few weeks ago, I decided to tame a ravager and after reviewing the various looks that were available, decided to go after the green one, to match Chawa’s eyes.  This meant that I had to travel to Bloodmyst Isle, an Alliance only island.  Before the Shattering, I knew how to get there; however, this was going to be my first trip post-Shattering.  Turns out, it’s an easy trip, even with that massive cyclone tearing up Darkshore.

Knowing that I’m not the only crazy hunter out there and with another holiday event right around the corner, I thought I would do a quick how I did it without dying from fatigue.

Step 1 – From Org, fly to Zor’whatever’gar Outpost

 

Step 2 – Fly North, along the coast until you reach Lor’danel in Darkshore.  If you take a look at your map, this is the closest point on mailand Kalimdor to Teldrassil, thanks to the new and improved Rut’theran Village.  

 

Step 3 – Fly across the strait to Rut’theran Village. With a flying mount speed of 310%, it’s a piece of cake.

 

 For those without 310% flying speed, don’t worry.  I tried to make the crossing on a 100% ground mount with water-walking and again had no problems.

Land Ho!

The one thing I didn’t get a chance to try is whether you can make the crossing with a 60% mount speed with water walking.  If anyone has done it, please let us know in the comments below! 

Step 4 – Catch a boat to Stormwind, Exodar or head on in to Darnassus.   With a flying mount, you can simply fly directly on to the boat without upsetting any guards which is a nice change from pre-shattering.   The Night Elves would hate it whenever Horde members would tear through the Auberdine Inn…

Cheers and good luck on your adventures!

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Lunch Lady Regis

Despite the post title, this isn’t actually another post about Cooking in WoW or related achievements.

I just happen to write most of my blog posts over lunch, like this one.  (For those who are curious, today’s lunch consists of leftover Teriyaki Chicken stir fry.)  While I do have a blog post that will be inspiring, moving,  and provacative that is bouncing around in my brain…that’s not what this post is about.

See, lunch time is when I get most of my blog reading done, as well.  And this post is a quick shout-out to a couple of those:

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The Value of Achievements

I love achievements.  I love the immediate sense of accomplishment.  I love the banner that flashes across the screen. I love the sound of an achievement ding.

When achievements first burst on the scene, I immediately set my sights on the ones that were the most accessible for me and my play style. This meant achievements that fell under professions, exploration, holidays and the general categories; anything that I could go after on my own.

Some would classify this sort of behaviour as typical of an “achievement whore” but I disagree.  I haven’t gone completely over to the dark side yet.  There is one thing that is holding me back.

I’m cheap.

Mum would say frugal and it’s part of my Scottish heritage…

Whatever you would like to call it, it is the one thing that is standing in between me and a few achievements.  You know the ones; those achievements that you can buy.

Mei Francis isn’t an exotic mount dealer.  She’s an achievement vendor.  Armored Brown Bear and Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth combined would cost be 16,600 gold.  If you’re not that interested in the justice point gear that you can get, fly back to Dal and pick up a Wooly Mammoth for 2175 JPs.

Another achievement that you can buy while shopping in Dalaran is the Ring of the Kirin Tor.  With an exalted reputation, it would only cost 6,800 gold.

Get to the Choppa would set me back 15,000 gold or more now that we aren’t all hanging out in Northrend anymore.

Goodness, at the end of Wrath, you could buy a Lich King Kill Achievement if you wanted to and had the gold for it.  On my realm, it was 20,000 for the 10man achievement, 40,000 gold for 25M.

As much as I love achievements, when it comes to buying them, I’m not a fan.  These gold-sink achievements are easy for me to ignore but not all achievements need to cost that much gold.

Currently, the one achievement that is taunting me is Stocking Up – Create 500 Heavy Frostweave Bandages. Yeah, I know.  How absolutely pointless.  But you see, I’m sitting at 418/500 and it’s teasing me with how simple it would be to complete it.  I’d only have to make 82 bandages.  With one easy press of the “create all” button, 164 pieces of frostweave cloth could be easily transformed!  I’ve already got all the cloth I need.  It’s just sitting in the bank, taking up space so really it’s not going to cost me anything that I don’t already have; however, there is still value in that cloth.  These days, frostweave cloth can sell from 1.50 to 2 gold a piece and because of that, I’m not quite sure if I’m willing to pay even 285 gold for an achievement.

Interesting to note that with Cataclysm, it seems that Blizzard is stepping away from the achievements that you can buy.  A good thing, in my opinion.

How about yourselves? What has been the most expensive achievement that you’ve gotten?  Or are there any ones that your “Scottish instincts” just can’t let you fork the gold out for?

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“Good day, doctor. You will be tested on your ability to triage patients accordingly this afternoon. Should you pass your examination, you will join the prestigious ranks of Horde Trauma.”

Doctor Gregory Victor

Towards the end of Wrath of the Lich King, if I was healing heroic PUGs I would often wish for a group that was at least kind of bad.

Tank being crit? Score.

DPS pulling aggro? Right-on.

Un-tanked caster mobs pelting me with Shadow Bolts? Win.

While this made healing heroics more fun, the main reason why I liked runs like this was because it was better practice for raid healing.

With a solid tank it was possible to heal most heroics without targeting anyone other than the tank. Actually, with the macros I use I didn’t even have to target them.

It was not ideal practice for raid encounters where every GCD can be important.

Cataclysm has succeeded in bringing the two healing experiences closer together.

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PvP Reenactment

This is what happens to me in PvP.

Used without permission.

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