IntPiPoMo – Fairytales

The rules for IntPiPoMo can be found here at Revive & Rejuvenate.

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As much as I hated questing through it, I find myself returning over and over again to the ruins of Gilneas. In part because it reminds me of the scary fairy tales of my childhood, a world inhabited by witches with fences built of human bones and monsters lying in wait just beneath the surface of the lake. Partly too because it reminds me of the physical world in which I grew up, a childhood spent in the Black Forest and in the Scottish highlands, all gloomy beauty and dark waters. The fact that it never stops raining and tends towards fog helps reinforce that feeling of home.

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Just want to say a big thankyou to Angelya for coming up with the idea for IntPiPoMo. I’ve had so much fun flying around taking the screenshots and as added icing on the gingerbread, my archaeology is almost maxxed out. Got to love two birds with one stone.

IntPiPoMo – Light

The rules for IntPiPoMo can be found here at Revive & Rejuvenate.

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IntPiPoMo – Paying the Horde a visit

The rules for IntPiPoMo can be found here at Revive & Rejuvenate. These are some of the views from my Druid’s perilous progress across Horde lands as she flew about stealing pumpkin pie.

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Holy and Disc Priest Spells in MoP – by spec

Class abilities are shared by all three specs. The other two columns are spec dependent.

Information comes from here.

Updated version of this table can be found here.

Level Class Holy Disc
1 Smite
3 Shadow Word:Pain
5 Power Word: Shield
7 Flash Heal
9 Inner Fire
10 Chastise Penance
18 Resurrection  Holy Fire  Holy Fire
22 Power Word: Fortitude
26  Dispel Magic Renew
28  Heal
30 Spirit of Redemption (passive)
32  Shadow Word: Death  Holy Concentration (passive) Rapture (passive)
34 Levitate  Greater Heal  Greater Heal
36  Lightwell Inner Focus
38  Mind Control
42 Mind Vision
44 Evangelism (passive)
45 Grace (passive)
48  Binding Heal
50  Mysticism (passive)  Circle of Healing
56  Chakra
58 Pain Suppression
64 Shadowfiend
66 Hymn of Hope
68  Prayer of Mending Prayer of Mending
70  Guardian Spirit Power Word: Barrier
74  Revelations (passive)
76 Mind Sear
78  Divine Hymn Train of Thought (passive)
80 Inner Will  Mastery Mastery
84 Leap of Faith

First thoughts

Mana concerns. As we can see from the table, Disc will have rapture, Hymn of Hope (albeit as dubious as ever) and shadowfiend as methods of getting mana back. Holy has Holy Concentration and Shadowfiend. Will the two different methods come close to balancing out?

Complete lack of Shadow dps spells. Both Mind Spike and Mind Blast seem have to vanished completely. I can’t even find them in the Shadow specific section. Not at all happy at this for PvP, I really don’t like having to use my healing school for dps. Fingers crossed that this is an oversight.

Also surprised that Disc loses so many of our current heals: Binding, Heal, Divine Hymn and Renew. Not surprised that Holy keeps Lightwell and Spirit of Redemption though. Time to bring back the cancel aura macro for the times when I’d rather be really dead than slightly dead and spat on.

There are some implications for the new talents too. For example on row three of the talents, one of the options is Archangel which requires either Shadowform or Evangelism meaning, on that row, Holy only has two options. Although based on the description Divine Star > all on that row.

However since both Holy Nova and Prayer of Healing are conspicuous by their absence, hopefully there will be lots more changes between now and Mists going live. I could imagine Prayer of Healing being Holy only and Holy Nova being Disc based on what the developers have been saying.

All in all, roll on the beta please.

IntPiPoMo – A few of my Favourite Places

The rules for IntPiPoMo can be found here at Revive & Rejuvenate. These are some of my favourite locations in Azeroth. The ones I find myself drawn to over and over again.

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Darkshore at Dusk.

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Duskwood in the Dark.

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Stormwind Lake, looking towards the cemetery.

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Blue flowers carpeting Stranglethorn Vale. When I was a little girl we briefly lived next door to an old wood. Walking through it was the quickest way to school and in the spring, I used to love wandering it’s twisty paths, admiring the bluebells. Not sure I ever forgave my parents for moving me to an fourth floor apartment after that.

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The Stormspire.

The Great Blog Azeroth Thanksgiving Event 2011

This year, Amerence asked us to give thanks to those bloggers out there who inspire us and who have  helped us grow into the people we are now.

Image from the awesome Graphics Fairy (http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/)

I came so close to not taking part, partly because I’m shy and partly because I really wasn’t sure what to say or how to say it. Then as I sat curled up on the sofa, sewing Terrence the Terrible Turkey, I started to think about the people who have inspired and encouraged me. With each stitch another name sprang to mind and I realised just how much I have to give thanks for.

Terrence the Terrible Turkey - stitched with love

The first WoW blog I ever encountered was that of Saresa’s over at Destructive Reach. I started reading that and discovered her reader list, which in turn sent me cobwebbing out across the internet discovering all sorts of wonderful things. The more I read, the more I realised that I wanted to start writing again and it occurred to me that if I actually put my ramblings on-line, it might push me to keep going. Basically, this is all Saresa’s fault as she inspired me to start out in the first place. So my first THANKYOU of course goes out to Saresa, as much as it pains me to thank a warlock for anything.

When I first started blogging, I was too shy to broadcast my presence. I read plenty of WoW blogs but I rarely commented and when I did, I never left a link to my own blog. Eventually however, I plucked up the courage to start being more active in the community. My first port of call was of course Blog Azeroth and after deleting and rewriting my introduction a few times, I shut my eyes and hit post.

The sky didn’t fall, the world didn’t end (not surprisingly really but hey) and I started to get commentators and subscribers (which was rather surprising – yes I have the self-esteem of a gnat). So my second big THANKYOU of this thanksgiving goes to Saga and Kaozz, you two were two of my first and most prolific commentators. Both of you helped give me confidence to keep going and for that, I’m amazingly grateful.

Next up, I want to thank the people who inspire me everyday by being brave, awesome and having the courage to stand up and say this is who I am. Who never shy away from posting the bare truth of the matter, whether it’s brutally honest and/or controversial. So THANKYOU to Beruthiel and Oestrus, of course the fact that they post about my two favourite classes doesn’t hurt either. I also want to add Azeroth Apple in here, he doesn’t know it but a while ago, a post of his made me confront a few things about myself and my methods of coping and for that, I will be eternally in his debt. Sometimes you just need the words of a stranger to push yourself into opening up.

Terrence's Pattern

Then there are those people who never fail to cheer me up, Alas, Zelmaru and Elfi spring to mind, it must be a guild thing. When I’m fed up at work or just plain irritable, I love flicking through their old posts. I can’t forget to mention Cynwise either, I love reading about other people’s experiences in PvP and so few bloggers seem to focus on it. Although that might be because he fills the niche so well, we don’t need anyone else.

Mostly though, I want to say THANKYOU to everyone involved with Blog Azeroth community. Whilst I was writing this, I started to think about the meaning of the word “Community” and a few searches later, I discovered this:

The word “community” is derived from the Old French communité which is derived from the Latin communitas(cum, “with/together” + munus, “gift”), a broad term for fellowship or organized society.

Whether this is accurate or not, it’s the perfect way to sum up both this event and the principles behind Blog Azeroth. After all, what else are we doing, but coming together with gifts, whether it’s our views on the game that we all play, often written from the heart or something like this, where we give thanks to those that inspire and encourage us.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to

I know you should be grateful to receive any gift but I have misgivings about the 7th anniversary present.

First up, it takes a bag space. Always a contentious issue for me and my alts. Secondly, it only lasts an hour at a time. Thirdly, it only lasts an hour if you stay alive for said hour.

I have to echo the conversation in trade chat I came out of AV to, I’d rather have had a mini-pet.

IntPiPoMo – Landscapes

The rules for IntPiPoMo can be found here at Revive & Rejuvenate.

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Bigger versions of these can be found here.

What to Wear – the Gnome Priest Edition

Dressing a gnome is not an easy task, too much cleavage is a definite no no. The tier sets tend to look as if we’re playing dress up and trousers aren’t too hot either. So after much playing around with Atlas Loot, I’ve come to the conclusion that, post patch 4.3, I shall be PvPing looking something like this:

Helm: Lv 60 PvP one. A bit like the reprogramming device from A Clockwork Orange, it appears to prevent you from blinking as well as adding a bit of a feral yellow hint to the eyeball.

If for whatever reason, it’s not suitable for transmogrification, my second choice would be: Vishas’ Hood which is a quest reward from the Scarlet Monastery Graveyard wing.

Shoulders: Burial Shawl. This can drop off any of the six mini-bosses in Scholomance.

Chest: Coldtouched  Phantom Wraps which drops from Baroness Anastari in Stratholme. I love the detail and the colours on this robe.

Staff: Good old tentacle staff from Karazhan.

IntPiPoMo – Pastoral Idyll

The rules for IntPiPoMo can be found here at Revive & Rejuvenate.

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