Farewell Frostwillow, thanks for the good times!

For the past 6 years I have been playing a hunter in World of Warcraft. Frostwillow was created in June 2006 during Vanilla WoW and I really never liked the hunter class back in those days. I leveled her to 58 and just called it quits. Even after Burning Crusade was released in 2007 I had no interest in playing a hunter. At that time I began playing a Blood Elf Mage named Incendius. I raided on Incendius through-out all of Burning Crusade and into the very start of Wrath of the Lich King. It was then that I went to my hunter to see if things had improved, and much to my surprise they had. I fell in love with my hunter and began leveling the crap out of her, taking her from 58 to 80 in about 2 weeks. It wasn’t long after that when I decided to retire my mage and make Frostwillow my main class. I geared her up in Naxxramas, Trial of the Crusader, Ulduar and the pinnacle of Wrath of the Lich King: Icecrown Citadel. I continued to play her until the next expansion came out, Cataclysm, and then quit playing the game because that expansion was terrible. I returned to Frostwillow when Mists of Pandaria was about to launch and relearned how to play the class. Eventually joining an awesome guild called TheElement and raiding with them through all of the content in that expansion. Warlords of Draenor dropped only a few weeks ago and unfortunately the hunter class was devastatingly crushed by Blizzard Entertainment. It felt like Vanilla all over again. The fun was gone. It was sorely disappointing and really depressed me a lot! I loved my hunter but now I couldn’t see raiding on her anymore. That’s when Incendius came back into the light.

And so it is with a great sadness that I officially retire my hunter, send her off to a nice, sunny, beach somewhere to rest and relax after 6 years of fun together. We have been through a lot she and I, but now Incendius will take her place, as we come full circle. In Warlords of Draenor, I will be a mage – which is probably the only other class I truly love as much as a hunter. Fortunately, Blizzard’s stupid stick didn’t affect mages all too much.

Farewell Frostwillow, thanks for the good times! Hopefully someday, when Blizzard gets their head out of their asses and stops hating hunters, we will have more adventures together.

World of Warcraft Shot of the Week: Shadowmoon Valley (WoD)

This week’s shot of the week is of Shadowmoon Valley as it appears in the new World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor.

Shadowmoon Valley is a zone in south-eastern Draenor. A lush valley engulfed in eternal night, the Pale Lady shines so brightly here that it even replaced the sun as the valley’s primary light source during the day. Shadowmoon serves as one of the key centres of Draenei civilization on the world of Draenor, its heart being the sacred temple of Karabor.

You can view/download the full resolution panorama here.

Warlords of Draenor Launch from Hell

So after a few months of absolute boredom, the next expansion of World of Warcraft launched last Thursday. Well, things did not go very well. There were server crashes, incredible lag issues and more. The servers just could not handle the number of people trying to all play in the same place. Here’s how it went for me, leveling my hunter…

Wednesday, November 12

6pm Eastern Time/Midnight in Europe – Warlords of Draenor launches in Europe.
7pm Eastern Time – European servers crash, there are a ton of issues with latency and lag. The game is unplayable.

Thursday, November 13

8:30am  – I log into World of Warcraft, there are a number of issues, NPCs appear and disappear, actions such as looting are nearly impossible and take up to 2 minutes to complete.
9:05am – Zul’jin, the server I am on, crashes.

By noon, I have barely reached 50% to level 91. The game is unplayable. I log off and decide to let things settle (bad idea).
I log back on around 4pm, I am in a login queue – over 6000 people are in line ahead of me. I wait an hour and quit.

Friday, November 14

Blizzard performs unscheduled “emergency” maintenance until 2pm eastern time.
2:00pm – I log in, no queue! The game is playable! Yay! I level up to 91 (and a little bit more) and take a break, logging off the server (bad idea).
3:50pm – I log back into the game, I am once again in a queue with over 5500 people in line head of me.
10:27pm – After nearly a seven hour wait, I finally get in game and play until 1:40am and reach level 93.

Saturday, November 15

Blizzard performs MORE maintenance but it ends early.
10:00am – I log in, no queue, and play for ten hours (with several online breaks), I reach level 97.

Sunday, November 16

11:45am – I log in and there is a queue of about 500 people. I wait it out because it seemed to be moving quickly.
1:00pm – I  get in game and start playing and reach level 98, but my game time is cut short due to RL stuff.

Monday, November 17

4:00pm – Log back in, quest for about 4 hours and then have to call it quits – reaching a little more than half through level 98.

Tuesday, November 18

10:00am – Log in, do some Garrison stuff and then I have to break for a meeting.
11:30 am – Log in, quest all day until 3pm when I hit level 100.

In conclusion, I think this video sums up just how bad it was…

 

 

World of Warcraft Shot of the Week: Bladespire Fortress

This past week saw the launch of the new World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor. This week’s shot of the week comes from that expansion, specifically a zone called Frostfire Ridge. There, in the northwestern corner, is a large fortress which serves as the capitol fortress for the Horde. Bladespire Fortress, also known as Bladespire Citadel, is the Bladespire clan capital located in Frostfire Ridge. Later, the Frostwolf clan aided by champions of the Horde and Thrall are able to conquer the citadel and drive the ogres out.

You can view/download the full resolution version of this image here: http://cl.ly/YZ4j

World of Warcraft Shot of the Week: Grizzly Hills

Sorry this is a day late, with Blizzcon happening this weekend my schedule was all shifted around, upwards and sideways. This week’s shot of the week is Grizzly Hills!

The Grizzly Hills, located in southeastern Northrend, is a forested area, surrounded by the Howling Fjord to the south, the Dragonblight to the west and Zul’Drak to the north. It is the homeland of the Grizzlemaw furbolgs. It is similar to other forests during wintertime, except that winter here is year-round. The trees are tall and thick; the pine needles and crisp, clean air produce a pleasant scent, the snow leaves the ground clean and fresh, and the hills themselves are high enough for decent elevation but low enough and gradual enough to be easily climbed. It is one of the nicest regions in Northrend.

You can view a full resolution version of the image below here: http://cl.ly/YTf0

Grizzly Hills

World of Warcraft Shot of the Week : Dalaran

This week’s World of Warcraft Shot of the Week is the beautiful mage capital of Dalaran.

Dalaran (aka Dalaran City) is the capital of the magocratic nation of the same name, located over the Crystalsong Forest in Northrend. Originally located by the Lordamere Lake on the Alterac Mountains shore in the Eastern Kingdoms, the city was moved to the “roof of the world” by the guided power of all its inhabitants. This was done in order to use Dalaran as a front against Malygos’s crusade to eradicate the mortal magi who were not under his reign. Additionally, the magi intended to do what they could against the dread undead forces of the Lich King.  The city’s inner fortress, has served as the focal point for magi and the study of the arcane throughout human history.

dalaran