We don’t mean to brag, but you gotta admit it: Blood Elves and Venthyrs are a perfect combination. Also, we’re sexy as fuck.
It’s a tradition for us to log in Orgrimmar before midnight on New Year’s Eve and to celebrate with our fellow hordies. We usually suit up (Barney?) and go to dance at the Auction House, then we go outside to watch the fireworks over the Horde capital city.
This year was a bit special as it seemed much more alive in the game than in real life. There’s no lockdown in Azeroth…
Anyway, we wish you all (the few rare people who know that this blog exists) a fantastic new year and a lot of happiness in 2021.
We’ve started to build the pirate ship that Sof’ offered me for my birthday. It’s a fun build and I can’t wait to see it completed.
When you’ve spent the last 6 months in a world where you practically one shot every mob, it’s hard to land in a place where 2 mobs is too much to handle. That point is when we generally go back to our hunters because they cheese up everything you throw at them. Unfortunately, hunter is also the most dull class and it easily trivialises every aspect of the game.
So, we decided to hold on to our paladins, and we did well. It’s harder, we have 18 buttons to press instead of 3, but we have the feeling to play the game. The food buffs, the potions, the gems, the enchants, everything matters now and it makes the game so much more interesting and fun.
At this moment, we’re building our own routine with Torghast, Heroic dungeons and the callings which we enjoy very much. We’re also participating to Winter Veil and it adds pretty nicely to the Christmas spirit.
Like I said in my previous post, we’ve ditched every TV show that we had planned to watch in favour of Dark. We’ve seen the end of the second season yesterday and it blew our mind. I won’t speak too much about it here because I feel like the show deserves its very own post.
We’re getting ready for two cozy days of Christmas magic at home.
WoW is full of incredible details. The eyes of the woman in this painting follow you wherever you go (location: a house in Drustvar).
Having to reconfigure addons like Elvui and Arkinventory is a lengthy process through which I’ve gone too many times. That’s why I post these import strings here for safekeeping. If anyone would stumble upon this post (which I doubt since I make zero effort to promote) and have questions about my UI, don’t hesitate to ask, I’d be happy to help 😉
We’ve built an entire winter village, we’ve received our Homepod Mini, we’ve transferred our characters to another Realm and we’ve even seen Donald Trump, beat that!
Our Winter Village
Since it was impossible to log in World of Warcraft this week-end, mostly because of the impossibly long queues, we decided to cozy up and build our Lego Winter Village while watching Christmas movies. It was amazing and I only wish that there were more buildings available or that they would re-release the holiday train (which I’d buy in a blink).
Apple Homepod Mini
We bought it to replace our Bose Mini speaker. I had no expectations and I was already resolved not to use Siri because I thought that I would feel silly talking alone in my apartment.
First, setting it up was as easy as usual: detected and recognized by all my Apple devices out of the box. The sound quality is amazing, it fills perfectly my living-room without exaggerating the bass like Bose usually does.
What I use the most is Siri. Yes, I know what I said earlier, but operating my music player without having to use anything else than my voice is incredibly useful. I can navigate through my music, set up a timer, check the time or the weather and even add songs to my playlists without having to get up.
Draenor is the most populated WoW server in the world. How does that translate in terms of gameplay: horrible lag, impossible queues and a constant feeling that you’re about to be disconnected. What do you get in return? Full cities and people everywhere, very active chats the feeling to be part of a huge community. Is it worth all the negative points? Certainly not!
We’re now less than a week from our winter holidays and I can’t picture myself waiting 2 hours in a queue only to be disconnected after an hour and returned at the back of the queue.
And the problems aren’t only related to the launch of Shadowlands, we’ve been experiencing laggy zones for months, which makes relaxing activities like fishing nerve-wrecking.
When Blizzard announced the free transfers to lower population realms, we moved our guild and all our characters to Stormscale. The cities are still filled with people, the prices at the auction house are decent and the experience is entirely lag-free, even fighting mobs or summoning our mounts feel smoother.
As the transfers were complete, I had to change the names of a few characters, since they were already used on the destination server. My Blood Elf Paladin is now named “Dumar” and I love it, it has a nice crusader ring to it.
We’ve seen Donald Trump
We were building our Lego village while watching Christmas movies, among which: Home Alone 2. As Kevin is alone in New York, he ends up at the Plaza hotel where he asks his way to no one else than Donald Trump.
Donald, you’re everywhere lately!
We logged in WoW yesterday with no intention to take part in the big Shadowlands launch. We had the time to complete a few dailies/world quests, then the lag made it almost impossible to do anything else than read the chat and feel the excitement.
As we logged out, Orgrimmar was filled like I haven’t seen it in a long time. Thousands of people side by side, waiting for an event to start, this is the kind of moment that makes World of Warcraft so amazing. No other game can give such a fantastic feeling.
All we have to wait now is 10 days before we can finally join the fun.
People are getting ready to enter Shadowlands or, at least, to participate to the huge lag-queue-bug fest that is an expansion launch. But we won’t be there. Woooooot?!
We have almost the entire month of December off and we’d like to start leveling our characters at the beginning of our holidays. So, we’ll resist the temptation, we’ll even lock our experience gain until the 4th of December.
Even if there’s something incredibly exciting to be in the first wave on release date, Sof and I have participated to too many expansion launches to still believe that the experience will be smooth. The game will truly be enjoyable 10 days later. Hopefully, by then, the queues will be smaller, the competition for the quest objectives will be less savage and the lag will be reduced.
Meanwhile, I’ll be fishing in Pandaria or killing rares in Nazjatar…
Did they listen to the community or was it planned all along? Anyway, the respawn timer of the rare mobs in Icecrown has been reduced to 10 minutes (from 20 minutes). It makes the whole farming more dynamic and much funnier. I’ve passed from “I’ll ignore this part of the event” to “I can’t wait to be this evening to join the grind”.
Shadowlands event is up and, while I had fun for like an hour or two, I quickly arrived to the point where all that’s left to do is to wait for rares to spawn. I’ve hated waiting for rare mobs to spawn since Timeless Isle, it’s a poor way to keep people engaged in the game.
My hard earned free time could be better used than stand in front of a spawn point, watching at the clock. I’m not asking for hand-outs, to the contrary, I play WoW because I enjoy to work toward goals. So, let me grind, farm and gather currencies that I can later exchange for rewards, instead of having me wait for it to maybe drop.