In the past week I have been levelling my Death Knight some more. I completed Vashj’ir and Mount Hyjal, and I made a good start in Deepholm too, finally culminating in:

It took a hell of a lot of fumbling around near the top of my keyboard before I finally managed to land on print screen.. But yeah, I have to say that I’m really enjoying being back! A 3 month break seems very long, but it gave me enough time away for the game to de-stagnate. Okay so the Priest was a no-go, but this Death Knight is just so fun. And not just that, but I’ve enjoyed reading blogs again. It’s been a lot more than 3 months since I really enjoyed sitting down and catching up on my reader! It feels quite odd to feel a little sad when I reach the ‘O’s and realise that I’ll be all caught up soon, even if I have just spent 4 hours reading blog posts. Anyway, the Death Knight.

Kalithe is my second 85. It’s quite weird playing this Blood Elf Death Knight who had been sat at level 73 for so long, and is in fact older than Soupdragon who levelled to 80 way before she did, that it is second nature to me to skip past her in the character screen when I’m scrolling about.. that’s going to take some getting used to (or character screen rearranging OH YEAH – best patch note ever!). But yes, my second 85, at last.

She’s a Frostie, of course, I fell in love with Frost towards the end of Wrath and it’s still a damn good spec which makes me a happy panda ((not all pandas are sad)). I’m playing her as a main at the moment because my previous mains just don’t feel fun any more. It’s a shame, I’ve achieved and collected so much on both my Priest and my Hunter, but I’m bored of doing the same thing I’ve been doing since just a few months into TBC, I don’t heal, and focus feels too much like energy for my liking and I struggle with energy classes.  That left the class I have always had a soft spot for – Death Knights. I try to stick to characters I’ve worked on previously because I put a lot of time into my characters, but I’m playing for fun, so sod it.

Yesterday, after the ding, I started fiddling around with SimulationCraft for the first time since Cataclysm hit and I love the way it looks now! These are my scale factors as of today:

And out of interest, my damage sources pie chart:

Yesterday, they weren’t too far off the stat weightings posted on EJ, but I’ve equipped a couple of things since then and whilst the stat priority is the same, it really seems to love haste today. I always find it interesting to see how mine compare with the optimal stat weightings put forward by the theorycrafters. My favourite part of using SimulationCraft, because after all, I am a theorycrafting noob, is letting it plop my stat weightings into Wowhead and let it list and score gear based on item slot. I particularly like the GuildOx ((based on my simulation from yesterday)) site’s list for this, though it’s no different from Wowhead. It’s nice to see what gear is best to aim for. You’ve probably noticed if you’ve been following me for any length of time that I like putting together immense gear lists. I did one for Hunters in Wrath which I kept updated, and when Cataclysm was released I did a couple for Shadow Priests as well, but Rades has already done the work for me in regards to Death Knights and he has done his gear lists much better than I ever did! So that saves me some time. Hooray for Rades!

Dan had some Valor Points on an alt so he bought me the Woe Breeder’s Boots, and I found a couple of Gurubashi Punishers for 670g each ((they’re usually about 999-1200 on my server)) so I grabbed those, though today I saw a guy wanting to sell one for 500g in trade *shakes fist*, and I started levelling her Engineering. I think I’ll get Enchanting for my second profession when I’m ready for that, that’s going to be fun (nngh). Towards the end of the evening while I was relogging to smelt I was asked if I could join the raid because they were down a dps, the deliberating of me pointing out my boredom of Priest, lack of gear on Death Knight, and lack of knowledge of the fights went on for so long that they managed to either find somebody else or end the raid. It was nice to be asked though!

The Week in News

Let’s get the “controversial” part out of the way. Normal mode raids are being nerfed to make them easier. The people are angry. My opinion? Hooray! I’ve been deliberating over raiding a little, and I’ve been worried about fucking up a lot and burnout. This change can only mean good things, and even if that wasn’t the case, it still isn’t the end of the world. The hard stuff will still be hard, and the entry level stuff will be a lot less steep. Even so, it’s not for a couple of months yet.

They’re removing the keyring. Do you know what? I found this more annoying than the raid nerfs and the resulting swell of melodramatic forum-goers. Why remove the keyring? What has the keyring ever done to you? Are you trying to punish us for having big bags and want to takeover our bag space with silly keys that one day might be useful but usually really aren’t? ((I’m a hoarder, I keep things ‘just incase’)) This is not good enough! Bring back our keyring! *ahem*

Finally, it seems they have finally sorted out the rewards for the 100 pet, 125 pet, and 150 pet achievements! This has to have been the best bit of game news all week for me. Nuts (the squirrel) is now the reward for 100 pets. For 125 pets, you’ll get a kaliri bird. And for 150 pets, and this is the good one, the Celestial Dragon (seriously, watch the video in the link, it’s such an awesome model with fantastic animations) seems to have finally shown its’ purpose! I need to get 2 more pets on my Priest if I include the 100 and 125 pet achievement rewards (otherwise she needs 4 more for 150). My Death Knight, on the other hand, won’t get it, but it will be nice to have one character who has reached the 150 pet achievement and I can always see how far I can get.

Jae’s Screenshot of the Week

Apparently, when you use the item that turns you into a Qiraji Battle Tank, your name changes but you keep titles and everything. I like the idea that a Qiraji bug might have been doing Quel’danas dailies.


And finally, what have I been reading this week? There have been a lot of fantastic posts I’ve shared, and this has been the first week I’ve purposefully sat down to catch up on my reader, so here are a handful of those.

The first thing I want to link is something that I really think everybody should read if they haven’t. It is about gold farming ((in multiple MMOs)) being forced on people in Chinese forced labour camps for re-education. The original Guardian article can be found here, and WoW Insider has also covered it here.

I found this video on WoW Insider and it made me giggle. I love Alice in Wonderland, so I absolutely had to share it.

Stumbled across this WoW Census site over at Stories of O and OMG IT’S SO ADDICTIVE! I was supposed to be sorting through my reader, but instead I was trying to work out which is the least popular race for Mages and suchlike.

  • A Sunnier BearThe Best Part of the Dungeon Journal: This post highlights some good points about the dungeon journal for all flavour of player.
  • Flavor TextTitans and Chamber Pots is Perculia’s first post about the flavour text in the Bronzebeard and Wildhammer artifacts found with Archaeology, and Dethroning the Bronzebeards is her second about the same of the Dark Iron Dwarves. Both are very interesting reads!
  • Kiss My Alas Alas’ New Treadmill Computer Desk: Best idea ever! I want one. I had considered an exercise bike with a cushioned seat and something to lean your book on, but this is something else. NB: Originally wrote the blog title as ‘Kill My Alas’ – woops!
  • Mana ObscuraThe Best Warcraft Smartphone: Whilst I don’t have a smartphone, and probably won’t do for a fair while, Gazimoff’s smartphone discussion is very interesting and useful to those of you who might be swayed by these points.
  • Postcards from Azeroth#688: Fin: Riorel says goodbye. Sadface.

Happy Friday!