Monthly Archives: February 2013

#178 My compliments to the New Reputation-Reward System

I mentioned before that I reached exalted with the Golden Lotus reputation a while ago and once my mage got the achievement I received the quest, The Mogu’s Message, that asked me to check on the artifacts of the Thunder King that I and the members of the Golden Lotus have been collecting over the course of the reputation grind.

The quest stayed in my quest log for the week until the weekend when I had some down time and one of my regrets was not starting this quest as soon as I got it. It was soon revealed to me that the treasures were re-stolen by a squad of mogu loyal to the Thunder King. To distract the Golden Lotus army from recapturing those weapons the mogu launched a full-scale assault on the Vale of Eternal Blossom. The quest then lead to The Might of Three, where I was asked to go around killing 100 mogu while the August Celestials bestowed their powers upon me.

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That was the highlight of my day, running around casting any type spells that I liked, just to get the amazing proc.

After slaying one hundred mogu invaders I was asked to go toe to toe with the Warlord  Zhao-Jin. After emerging victorious from an encounter that could have been a boss fight in a five man heroic. I was rewarded with epic quality necklace and a bit more lore to wet my whistle for the new raid in the next patch.

I will be very disappointed if the Thunder King does not use the artifacts he re-stole from the Golden Lotus

I will be very disappointed if the Thunder King does not use the artifacts he re-stole from the Golden Lotus

The whole quest chain makes me really appreciate Blizzard’s approach to the rewards of the reputations in this expansion. You can do dailies until you hit revered and unlock the Valor Points gear from the quarter master and then you have the choice to continue the grind for the extra bit of gear and a story driven event and an added reward of some kind.

The Order of the Cloud Serpent gave players the mount of the dragon you were raising since you first started with an amazing cut scene, Operation SheildWall gave us the end of the Hode-Alliance story arc and the new model of the gryphon, the Tillers gave us another patch of farming land after witnessing Farmer Yoon finally get accepted by his fellow farmers. I hope that this reputation-reward model is something that is continued with all factions added in Patch 5.2 and beyond. I cannot wait to see what stories are in store for me with the Shado Pand and Klaxxi reputations.


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#177 To Raid Again

Earlier this week I did something that I have not done for months, I participated in my first normal raid in the Mists of Pandaria. The last raid group I was apart of fell apart at the beginning of the expansion and since then I have struggled to find a raiding guild that fits my busy school schedule. After months of patiently searching I finally found a raiding guild that was looking for a mage. 

With a new guild I took for first few steps into the ten man normal version of Mogu’shan Vaults, with the full intent to dish out some fireballs to those stone monsters. 

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After the first few minutes of the raid I realized how much I forgot how awesome the whole experience was, I forgot how wonderful it is to talk with nine other people who all want to work together to overcome a group challenge, I forgot how complex the raid counters are supposed to be, I forgot the trill of dodging some of the boss’s instant-kill strikes at the last possible moment. I forgot how intense the boss fights can be at the last 5% of hp.  I also experience the joy of getting epic gear, real epic gear, not those knock-off Raid Finder epics or those store-bought epics but legit.

After a full night of raiding we were able to get through the first three bosses and was able to get the fourth one down making it officially a guild progression night.

Along with a increase of appreciation of Rune of Power, Cauterize, and the  amazing spell Alter Time

Along with an increase of appreciation of Rune of Power, Cauterize, and the amazing spell Alter Time spell

With patch 5.2 around the corner  I intended to stay with this new raiding group and experience the end game content and get my chance to get at least one complete Pandaren PvE set to keep as a potential transmog outfit for the future.

Wizards wearing DRAGONS? I can not wait to kill the Thunder King

Wizards wearing DRAGONS? I can not wait to kill the Thunder King


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