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“Dream Lord” Set, or the “Parachute” Set

"Dream Lord" Set, or the "Parachute" Set

“Dream Lord” Set, or the “Parachute” Set

Class: Mage

H: Time Lord’s Hood | S: Furious Gladiator’s Silk Amice | Cl: Imbued Infantry Cloak
Ch: Vicious Embersilk Robe | Wa: Dreamer’s Belt | L: Not shown
G: Vicious Embersilk Gloves | Wr: Not shown | B: Riptide Shoes

Wand: Wand of Prismatic Focus
Offhand: Talisman of Nightbane

Thoughts: So I love the Time Lord’s Hood.  Love.  If I could, I’d go back in time and do Dragonsoul LFR to get that color variant, but alas!  Such a thing is no longer possible for Esplodine.  So, you do what you can, and what Esplodine CAN do is tag along and try not to die on regular 10 man runs.  The token for the helm dropped on the last Dragonsoul run she was on, but the druid healer we pugged needed on it as well and won.  Esplodine almost had a heart attack followed by an uncontrollable urge to rise from the dead, turn said tree into paper and (of course) grab the hat, but fortunately all she had to do was grovel a lot.  The druid decided the tier didn’t look good and traded the token to Esplodine.  VICTORY.

For better or worse, the moment I finally got her all nice and mogged up, I thought “parachute.”  And now I can’t unsee.

I’ve had the Talisman of Nightbane in the bank forever and always wanted to use it (IT’S A MAGICAL BLOWTORCH, YESSSSSSS), so I did.  Unfortunately, I then thought “Hindenburg,” and now I can’t unsee.

But I love the Time Lord’s Hood.

Now what?

Decisionating

Flying baby pandas yay!  (Until the Forsaken DK kills them all because Forsaken DKs are generally cranky.)

Flying baby pandas yay!
(Until the Forsaken DK kills them all because Forsaken DKs are generally cranky.)

Putting aside Thermalix and Niremere for the moment (since they count as the mains for their respective factions), now that I think about it, I have four alts in Pandaland.  FOUR.  What am I doing!?  I need to pick one and level her to 90.  You know, “choosing,” that act of making a decision and following through on it?  Yeah, that thing.

Mechalis, the Level 88 Derp Death Knight

Pros: How do you fail at a Death Knight?  (AND you can totally control the ghost pandas in the Shado-pan Monastery!)  I like being the equivalent of a death knight rogue, kinda.  I prowl around the edges of a quest area, pretending I’m not wearing plate.  Then, when the target mob has made the foolish mistake of separating from the others, DEATH GRIP.  After totally killing whatever it is, I then meld back into the shadows, sort of.  It’s more like using a goblin’s natural height to hide behind her surroundings.

Cons: Because she dumped Inscription/herbing a long time ago and only recently picked up mining and blacksmithing, girlfriend can’t mine in Pandaland yet.  Questing past all those cursed Ghost Iron nodes is driving me NUTS.  Otherwise, I have a completely unproven, unfounded suspicion that in Pandaland, the more armor you wear, the harder crap hits you – because it can.  Therefore, I do not look forward to Townlong Steppes or the Dread Wastes.

Ailabeth, the Level 88 Shadow Priest

Pros: Her Shadow routine is something like this:  1.) Summon a mindsquid and have it terrorize anything small and helpless in the vicinity, like critters.  2.) Realize critters don’t give EXP.  3.) Identify a better victim.  4.) Cast Power Word: Shield.  5.) Nuke its brains out while laughing because it totally can’t do any darn thing about it.  Additionally, smirk at any nearby Sha and insult nearby Mogu just because.  6.) Repeat as desired.  How is that not awesome?

Cons: When mobs hit me, it ruins my Levitate.  I actually have to RECAST it!  /whatsupwiththat

Centina, the level 87 Arcane Mage

Pros: Portal hotness.  Actually, have I told you how much I love Crittermorphing all the butterflies in Valley of the Four Winds?  FLYING BABY PANDAS YAY!

Cons: I am a wimpy lazy pansy mage.  You’ll probably find Centina cowering in a hole somewhere, whimpering about how all the things hurt.  Unfortunately for me, standing in one spot and nuking the face off things only works when you’re in dungeons, and the DPS queue is, of course, slow.  (As a side note, I recently learned that I can’t actually say “Slow as molasses in January” anymore, because molasses in January actually moves at 35 MPH and WILL KILL YOU.  The more you know!)

Alexalis, the level 86 Windwakerwalker Monk

Pros: Super survivor, Pandaland style.  Independent and able to quest on her own without cowering in a hole somewhere, whimpering about how all the things hurt. Wields hugeass swords.  Touch of Death.  Rolling.  See that mob way over there?  Flying Serpent Kick TO THE FACE.

Cons:  Alexalis’ only profession is Skinning, mostly to supplement Bombelina’s leatherworking.  You see, once upon a time, I planned on Bombelina hitting 85 long before I even got around to making a monk.  But as it’s turned out, monk is fun and I am a really incompetent rogue, which makes rogue-ing less fun.  (Also, spending a the whole PUG pickpocketing or skinning things is not socially acceptable, which sucks.)  End result: Bombelina is still in the mid 70s and just hit the cusp of Cata leatherworking.  She’ll actually have to level to get further at some point.  Oops.  So basically, WTF DO I DO WITH ALL THIS EXOTIC LEATHER  ALEXALIS IS SENDING OMG NO BANK SPACE.

At this point, I’m leaning towards Ailabeth or Alexalis, because I enjoy playing those classes in a manner that actually approaches the approved rotation.  (My favorite part of mage-ing – running around in circles while casting Arcane Explosion – doesn’t do so well for the DPS.)  Ailabeth has an advantage in that she’s already 88 and hearthed at the Shrine in the Vale.  But swords, guys.  They tempt me.

“Starfire Tempest” Set

"Starfire Tempest" Set

“Starfire Tempest” Set

“Starfire Tempest” Set

H: Hallowed Crown | S: Mantle of the Tempest | Cl: Mantle of Desire
Ch: Hallowed Garments | Wa: Starfire Sash | L: Not shown
G: Darkbind Fingers | Wr: Not shown | B: Slippers of the Lonely Road

Staff: Magician’s Staff

Thoughts: No guildmates were harmed in the collection of this outfit.  (There may be some temporary psychological damage, but that’ll wear off, so it doesn’t count.)

Centina wanted an outfit that a pretty pretty princess an arcane mage would wear to nuke things in style.  Obviously, this sort of thing requires a crown!  Because my luck is typically somewhere between awful and pitiful, I wound up running dungeons a lot for the robe and crown (there can be no substitutes!), which in turn led to Centina drowning in netherweave.  She then made bazillions of netherweave bags, only to discover that the price of said bags had more or less tanked on WRA, and also that I am pretty much out of alts to dump them on.  Soooo she stopped making them and donated a crapton of netherweave bolts to the guildbank instead.  That’s goblin generosity for you?

CRZ Travel Advisory In Effect for Outland

Free parachutes?Never trust 'em.

Free parachutes?
Never trust ’em.

A CRZ Travel Advisory is in effect for large portions of Outland, starting from a couple of patches ago and lasting until the indefinite future.  Being randomly ejected from your vehicle when you cross zone lines is highly likely.  Falling to your death is also highly probable.  Pilots operating dual passenger mounts in Outland zones are strongly encouraged to avoid flying anywhere near the Twisting Nether.

When it comes to parachutes ... You get what you pay for! This model lacks rockets.

When it comes to parachutes …
You get what you pay for!
This model lacks rockets.

Purgatory gives you a long time to contemplate your sins.

Purgatory gives you a long time to contemplate your sins.

This travel advisory is in effect until Blizzard stops laughing at how we react when our mounts suddenly disappear and we slowly descend to our doom.  Use all possible caution.

Guild Activity

Carmen, Champion of Valhalas!They apparently don't care that they've been pwned by a monkey in a fez.

All Hail Carmen, Champion of Valhalas!
They apparently don’t care that they’ve been pwned by a monkey in a fez.

Carmen, formerly a resident of the Swamp of Sorrows, made quite a splash in Valhalas the other day when I stopped by to help a guildmate out.  I suppose to the Vrykul, a defeat is a defeat, whether it came at the hands of another Vrykul or a monkey in a fez.

Guild Runs: This Is How We Do It

Guild Runs: This Is How We Do It

I begin to suspect that our guild rule is something like this: when all else fails, SHOOT FASTER.  If necessary, run back from the graveyard, but SHOOT MOAR FASTER.

It gets you there faster AND has the added bonus of being kinda funny.

It gets you there faster AND has the added bonus of being kinda funny.

Warlock … or lolock?

Another Day, Another LFD

When in dungeons, I sometimes /flirt shamelessly with blood elf men just to see what they’ll do about it, since I’m either playing a character who is short and green or who is dead and probably has a maggot infestation.  A couple have blushed, while some have flirted back and a ton have ignored me.  This one had a new response:

A League of His OwnHe's got a point.  Blood elf men have the most fabulous hair in game.

A League of His Own
He’s got a point. Blood elf men have the most fabulous hair in game.

Normally, I try to edit the names of others out before I post screenshots here.  Brewcelee, however, was so freaking awesome, you get to know his name and see his macros in all their punny glory:

Brewcelee Wins at Life

Brewcelee Wins at Life

And lastly, from a LFD run in the not so distant past:

Unexpectedly Deep Deeps in the Deep

Unexpectedly Deep Deeps in the Deep
By Neptulon, she’s right!

“Big Fat Target” Set

"Big Fat Target" Set

“Big Fat Target” Set

“Big Fat Target” Set

Class: Mage

H: Crimson Felt Hat | S: Gladiator’s Silk Amice | Cl: Not shown
Ch: Corsair’s Overshirt | Wa: Aboriginal Sash | L: Legwraps of the Master Conjurer
G: Vengeful Gladiator’s Silk Handguards | Wr: Not shown | B: Fire Striders

Staff: Tapered Staff
Status: Finished

Thoughts: Imagine a trigger-happy, scaredy-cat arcane mage in a jungle, and you’ve got the best picture of Centina.  Mechalis was supposed to be the next to make the journey to the ends of Pandaria, but plans change, and Centina moved up the queue despite her best efforts to move right back down it.  Centina didn’t want go to Pandaland, which she seemed to regard as some sort of horrific jungle safari.  She declared herself to be deathly allergic to Sha, panda dander and hozen, and anyway, she was definitely morally opposed to this putting her life on the line business.

Centina eventually gave in under the condition that she be allowed to pick her jungle wardrobe without interference.  Subtlety be damned, she’s no rogue.

#mageproblems

Once upon a time, whenever you went into a dungeon where you had to look human (i.e., the Escape from Durnholde), what you wound up looking like was based off your character’s present features.  It was always neat to see how your choices changed your “human” self.  Take, for example, Ailabeth.  Her “human” form is in fact remarkably like how I picture her before she became Forsaken.
Ailabeth as a Human

Ailabeth as a Human
According to the Escape from Durnholde.
Should that be DARNholde? Maybe.

But ever since The Patch before Pandaria, all women have the same hairstyle in black and the same face with blue eyes.  It’s perhaps worse for the guys, since every last one of ’em is bald and bearded.  I did, however, just notice this while running The Culling of Stratholme on Centina:

#mageproblems

#mageproblems

My mirror images are mirroring a past self!

In other news, it appears that even non-mages can have moments of arcane brilliance when it comes to other languages:

Ripsnarl's Bilingual

I Guess Being a Worgen IS a Curse
It enables Ripsnarl to speak Demonic! Who knew?

 

“Grasp of Vengeance” Set

"Grasp of Vengeance" Set

“Grasp of Vengeance” Set

“Grasp of Vengeance” Set

Class: Mage

H: Titan-Forged Hood of Dominance | S: Vengeful Gladiator’s Silk Amice| Cl: Gilded Thorium Cloak
Ch: Tarred Robe | Wa: Clutch of Andros | L: Not shown
G: Black Mageweave Gloves | Wr: Not shown | B: Sorcerer’s Slippers

Status: Finished

Thoughts: Originally, I wanted these fancypants purple shoulders that glowed, but then somebody gave me a reality check and pointed out that idea was probably insane because it required killing a boss waaaay in the Black Temple.  Furthermore, it’s not like I can expect a whole lot of assistance at the present moment, since Caliverne is gone until the end of December/beginning of January.  (Also, what is up with everything I want right now being from the Black Temple?)  Oh.  Okay.  Well, these shoulders share the same design and are within my reach if I am willing to throw myself off a cliff repeatedly by going into PvP.  I SWEAR TO GOD GUYS DON’T LEAVE ME ALONE ON THE FARM DON’T LEAVE MEEEEEE YES WE LOST THE DAMN FARM WHY ARE YOU SURPRISED I TOLD YOU WE WOULD I SAID DON’T LEAVE ME ALONE HERE JEEBUS.

The hood was also a PvP thing (AHAHAHA I’VE TAKEN THE FARM BACK SINGLE HANDEDLY YAAAAY OH WAIT SHEEYIT OH GAWD OH GAWD THE AGONY), which posed a different problem in that I could only get it if the Horde held the fortress in Wintergrasp.  For the longest time, I swear they held everything but!  There was no way I was gonna go in and try to “help.”  If I can’t save the farm, there’s no freaking way I can land a fortress.

I’m currently using the Clutch of Andros to tie in the shoulders some more (the dark gray/black color), but I’m not sold on it.

Awkward: Faux Pas Edition

From what I hear, the latest blogging topic is faux pas, those events/actions/etc. that are otherwise known as moments of glory in a most ironic way.  This sort of thing is my life.

Faux Pas #1: Staying Together is for Wimps

Well, That's Awkward

Well, That’s Awkward
Jaina, Healer, Tank and THE LICH KING OMG on one side.
All three DPS? On the other.

Faux Pas #2: THE MORE YOU SHOUT IT THE MORE EFFECTIVE IT IS

Strand of the Ancients Strategy

Awkward Strand of the Ancients Strategy is Awkward

Faux Pas #3: Assuming the Other Person Can Handle It

Alone on the Farm

Alone on the Farm
Yes, leave the inexperienced mage by herself.

Faux Pas #4: Don’t Think of the Children

The Story of Mazz

The Story of Mazz
I expected her kids to magically despawn or something.
WRONG! They ran around guilt tripping me.

Faux Pas #5: Situational Awareness is Key

Um, Ow

Um, Ow
I’m not sure the orc saw THAT coming.

Faux Pas #6: Talking to Strangers About Your Family

We Literally DIAF

We Literally DIAF
Sometimes, it’s better not to know.

Faux Pas #7: It’s on Cooldown, But We Won’t Need it Anyway

Cooldown LOLZ

Cooldown LOLZ
It’s all about the timing.

Faux Pas #8: Unintentionally Close Encounters

The Problem With Pandas

The Problem With Pandas
Thank Gawd I’m Dead