To Tanaan and Back

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft almost exclusively.  I’m not sure what it is, but I’m switching between characters like mad leveling them.

I’ve even managed to get a Warrior to Dreanor, something that has been a real slog for me.  What is it about that class which seems so clunky to me, when my son, nephew and sister all love it as their favorite class?

I dragged her to Draenor because she’s my blacksmith and I wanted her to make armor for my Paladin and Death Knight, the next classes I wanted to move through Draenor to level 100.  Now that she’s there and surviving well enough, I’m thinking I’ll let her advance instead.

My Hunter made level 100 a couple of weeks ago.  My strategy with her was to do every quest in each area of Draenor.  By the time I finished Talador, she just needed a box or so in Spires of Arak to level up.   I’m continuing the Spires and will do the dreaded Nagrand when she finishes Spires.  Since she has skinning, all those animals shouldn’t be so arduous.

I used to be a total completionist with my characters and wouldn’t move them on to a new area until they had completed every quest in their current place.  Working through that way also feels like it gives the character more gold and better armor.  I’m going to use that method for everyone else who hits Dreanor.

The Hunter is my first Draenor character who could kill every single elite, Gold or Silver, that she came across.  I do keep wishing she had some sort of stealth, as my daily outings in the Tanaan Jungle are much more challenging.  As her item levels go up, it is a bit easier.

I’m having her work towards Draenor Pathfinder.  I still don’t feel flying is of much interest in Draenor proper, but I would really like to fly in Tanaan.  There seem to be quite a few places that can only be entered one way, with other possible avenues blocked.

Lock ups

I have been having total game lockups, particularly in the Spires of Arak. I have to do a hard reboot, at least once a session.  It is so annoying.  I’m not seeing this with characters in other areas of the world.


I said last time Paladins were perfect tanks.  Silly me.  I had two in a row in Burning Crusade level dungeons who were in la la land as far as noticing other players in the dungeon.  One kept pulling huge amounts of mobs and everyone died like five times in a row.  The other just ran ahead of everyone, leaving us in a few dicey situations.

600 Barrels of Oil On The Wall, 600 Barrels of Oil…If One Of Those Barrels Should Happen To Fall…

I finally did one of the Tanaan Quests: The Ruins of Kra’nak tonight.  I’m rolling in oil, rolling, I say.

The first part of this experience was a quest to help Scrollkeeper Reshad find clues at the Ruins.  He was so awful.  Standing on top of me, standing on the mobs I was fighting so his dialogue box kept coming up, standing on corpses making them difficult to loot.  He couldn’t hear me but I said many bad things to him.

It culminated with one of those dread “Defend Reshad” sequences.  I can fight two, three of these mobs tops, more than that and I’m dead.  I died way more than normal tonight.  This sequence was the only one where I wished I had a group, because no way could I prevail.

I couldn’t believe it when I got back to my body and the fight was over, and Reshad completed my quest there.  Luckily the Stinker From Mars ran off and I could work on the rest of the objective for the oil alone, stealthed, without him being underfoot.  Whap, whap.

I found so many treasures in the place, my item level shot up to a respectable number, finally.  Too good.

Running Through The Tanaan Jungle

Slinking, actually.  The announcement of the Legion expansion has me working on my characters to not just level them but to try to get their iLevels up.

For my main character, I’m mostly enjoying the Shipyard once again.  I got a Battleship this week called Spellweaver.  I love the name.  Almost as much as that of my Destroyer Yrel’s Command.   In order to keep my ships running, apparently I need to head to the Tanaan Jungle.

Tanaan is supposed to be like the Timeless Isle but it doesn’t have that feel at all.  There are these cute little sparkly treasure boxes all over Timeless Isle.  There are treasures in Tanaan, but not many that I found.  It seemed most were guarded by multiple Horde.  Luckily there were quite a few people around.  I like that because they distract some of the groups away from me.  Is Meatshields the word I’m looking for?

Tanaan Jungle is dark, very Horde-like with the green gassy water you find in Horde areas.  What is that stuff?  The monolithic buildings sprawl everywhere.  I wasn’t in a jungle like area tonight, that’s for certain.  I have by no means covered the entire area so it may lighten up elsewhere.

I managed to do only one quest, killing 25 Iron Horde.  You wouldn’t think it would take long but they are largely grouped up.  A few are those rotten guys who yank you over to them with a big chain when you’re trying to lure them over your way.   All too often they pull you into a wandering pack of five or so.

I’ll see how I do on the dailies using the guides at Wowhead and Icy Veins.   I am no fan of dailies, but I need my Oil, and the next ship I’m eligible for is a Submarine.