Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Living on an Island

Matching Spikes. IT'S A THING.

Day 1 in the 5.2 Patch, and you know what? There's a LOT to do. Normally I'd wait until I'd done with 'stuff' before I post my thoughts, but I think I have enough under the belt here to start making some judgements. Exotic tanking pets that match my outfit aside, it appears that 5.2 is fairly packed full of new things to do, and I'm thinking it should accommodate most people's desires for More Stuff (TM). Let's start at my beginning: I logged out with Lorewalker Cho, because I fancied a bit of Mantid Archaeology to begin my journey: I got my 'go visit the Kirin Tor for Thunder Isle' quest automatically as I logged. I was there coz you're gonna need an item to start your Mantid Journey:

Not sure if this vanishes on log, will check after I've posted this.

With this in your bags all your sites will be Mantid (assumingly until it despawns) and so off I went: I suspect Archy will need a hotfix/tweak at some point. There are quite a few bugged sites (no pun intended) and what seems to be a very high rate of Amber Fragments from digging. Needless to say, this makes things quite entertaining:

It's Spot the Theodolite, the game the whole family can play!

I dug some sites on the way to Thunder Isle, and I found that absolutely no-one was killing Rares, which meant I got Lon the Bull's Big Bag of Herbs plus a couple of other items I've not seen before. This might be a good time on your server to do Glorious if you haven't already :P Once I arrived in Townlong I got myself on a Hyppogryff and sent to Stage One of the onslaught:

I thought they removed /follow, oh no that's just Battlegrounds... ^^

I have to say, I can see a lot of thought has gone into these Dailies. There are LOADS, in three distinct areas, but there appears to be less of an issue with tagging certain mobs and not getting kills this time around. Having said that, there will be people (especially those who had issues with the Golden Lotus) who might end up finding this hard work, and I have to say I'm glad I'm wearing mail and I stand behind a pet. I died a couple of times from sheer number of mobs, and I got a bit lost too. However, it seemed to be far less of a painful experience than I've suffered with any other area of Dailies in this expansion, so I am cautiously optimistic. I got a couple of random achievements too (completely by accident) so all told I'm looking forward to this tomorrow. I also got a lot more stuff in the bags than I've had for a while, including some nice looking mog items.

I also snagged three battle pets, and a Rare Aquatic Stone from a battle where I'd snagged a common quality Toad (of the new design) Needless to say, I rarified him in short order, and I'll be back later on to try and upgrade my uncommon capture.

I wonder if I've named anyone Monty yet... ^^

Once I'd done on the Isle of Thunder, it was off to the Isle of Giants (via a Galleon kill, who seems to be down to an approximately 3 hour timer \o/) for a poke around and DINOSAUR BONES HELL YEAH. Needing 9999 of these suckers for my mount I have rationalised that it's probably better for my sanity that I do a bit a day: I've started with 127: there are smallish Elites with 3.5-4 million HP which I can solo without too much hassle, which yield 7-9 bones each. There are also Troll Dinomancers (1.1 Million HP) who drop Carrots (I dunno), Vanity pets (blue quality, can be caged) and the book that allows you to tame Direhorns like the guy at the top of the post who is now part of my stable. I'm going to have leather coming out of my ears from these guys, and as I've already farmed both Magnificence of Leather transmutes I'll be using that to discover the new PvP recipes. Needless to say, I feel that this is balanced pretty much just right: one a day, encouraging me to log on to learn them.

Finally I went and visited Farmer Yoon and discovered that actually owning the farm when you're maxxed at rep is pretty much a massive waste of time (and means you lose Yoon's dailies to boot) and so I decided to go see Ben, who is the guy in the Valley who can point you to the daily Fishing Pool Invasion. He also owns what might be the most ridiculous quest I've ever seen in Warcraft.

Catch 5 fish. Your reward? 10 fish!

I think you need to retitle this as 'Stating the Obvious, Fishing is Easy and Here's How!' because really, this seems so worryingly basic it's actually quite funny. I caught a Flying Tiget Gorami whist doing this (because I could!) and they now give 660 rep for Mr Pagle, so it's all good. I logged out in the middle of an Octopi Invasion in the Jade Forest, and when I return I'll be hanging about to see if I can get lucky and fish up a mini-pet. Maybe if I stand close enough to proper famous people, some of their luck might rub off on me...

That's a FAMOUS PERSON that is ^^


Yoco said...

Actually, that quest from Ben did hint at a change in fishing - a change that is only visible if you had low fishing skill: fishing in pandaria at low skill no longer gives you a selection of gray vendor fodder, but Golden Carp when you "miss".

enigmachine said...

It was very nice to read of your travels and discoveries, but I am a lot more optimistic / positive about the changes around Halfhill.