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Totenkindly

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Oh look, they have so kindly removed the white KKK hood for Warlock tier set in 9.2. How sweet.

I remember gasping when I first saw the design drop on PTR, then seeing that Twitter was already on the case.
 

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Just took 2 hours or so to spec into Protection Pally and solo Plaguefall on heroic to earn the Slime Serpent mount. (As of Summer 2021, you had to solo all four bosses instead of the last two.)

I am a decent iLvl (i245 as pro pally) so that helped because I don't have much experience with the toolset -- although after today I am getting really familiar with it. In fact, I now get while the pro pally can interrupt a lot -- one of the regular hotbuttons is a shield that auto-interrupts anything it bounces off when cast. (This is in addition to the regular interrupt + the stun.)

The trash was pretty easy overall, aside from an occasional scare moment. Tanking was like I remember for my old guild in Torghast the night they needed a tank -- I can soak a lot more damage than I can as Ret Pally, I just can't do nearly as much damage.
  1. Globgrog -- pretty easy mechanics wise, just took awhile. I learned fast to also cut down the slimes when he calls them, because if they reach him, they heal him back up with whatever health they have left.
  2. Doctor Ickus -- I knew how to clear all the trash easily from running this dungeon as DPS. The biggest deal is the Slime Injection, which I forgot about, and I must have pulled a few stacks and then just croaked before realizing it. I think I took him on the second or third try. I can soak a lot of the explosions when needed, but was popping some CDs when slime injection took over.
  3. Domina Venomblade -- Fairly hard but routine. Either she or Ickus was the hardest of the bosses. I took her on the third try, and by then I got into a routine and was just making sure I popped CDs to minimize problem areas, Blinding Flash to momentarily stun assassins, and always was grouping up the assassins as soon as they appeared as well as prepping for the 2.5 second stun (capping health, popping a CD) that I could not avoid. It took me awhile, maybe 6-7 minutes when I finally beat her? I actually was able to use Avenging Wrath 3-4 times in this fight, despite its longish cooldown.
  4. Margrave Stradama -- Take out the trash group with Ickor Bileflesh last so he can't port around. // Damn, I don't know whether this was because I did it so much on Mythic + or whether it's just a far less deadly dynamic, but I aced it on first try despite mucking up one or two tentacle whips. The tank can actually take a tentacle whip on heroic without too much damage. Just tank the add when it appears until it dies, soak the puddle, CD the rain, and keep whittling the Margrave down... and then just pay attention to the tentacles and don't botch avoiding them too much. The only "eh" moment is when if you go too long multiple mechanics are in play (she stays and does attacks, while tentacles come out). But honestly, I think it might have been the easiest fight of the entire dungeon.
There was a benefit in terms of solo tanking, because I didn't have to worry about other players and could dodge some of the mechanics rather than having to pop CDs to take them in the face.

When you are done, you just warp back to Domina Venomblade's location and in a pool off to your left is the slime serpent waiting for you to click on it. Easy-peasy. It's just as a Prot Pally, it takes awhile because of less damage. I'm impressed with the folks who ran it at level 210-220 after all four bosses became mandatory, but I think they were tank mains so they knew their toolset well and were specced for it.

The slime serpent is the Nzoth serpent mount from BFA, just in icky green colors like the Maldraxxus constructs (you can see the stitching down its sides). But I think it looks kind of cool. It has spikes and seems like a giant organic bramble.

Ironically, this mount and one of the other serpent mounts are the ones I am most proud of because you can only earn both while soloing -- here by running Heroic/Mythic Plaguefall, the other one by completing both of Nzoth's nightmares (orgrimmar and stormwind) with five masks running. the latter one, I worked very hard when the patch was current and earned it the hard way; this was one was a little easier due to iLvl but not a walk in the park, and I still had spent some time learning the dungeon. Most mounts are just RNG tests and/or depend on a full group.

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Me after wasting 2,000 gold outbidding a Prot Paladin on the caster sword from Gruul's lair in a GDKP run, for my 3rd level 70 alt:
you gotta do what ya gotta do roflmao

I bought a mythic plate helm xmog from Legion because I really wanted it a few years back, draining my money.... and then stupid Blizz was forcing me to pay a lot more for legendary gear in this xpac so now it seems like nothing
 

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My humblebrag parse post for a group comp not conducive to good parses (bringing 6 healers, 3 of which are Holy Priests, so lots of my uber chainhealing gets sniped by Circle of Healing). Killed her on the 3rd try on our first real night of attempts. Finally attuned for Tier 6 raids which are going to be dropping in two weeks.
 

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So I kinda blew off the Mythic weekly and even Timewalking / Mage Tower stuff. I just don't see the point in doing them if a new patch is rolling out and all your gear is gonna be outdated anyway. It's actually kind of the detriment to me doing 9.3 ... I have BiS right now for my main, and then I'd have to get my best gear all over again which is just a pain in the ass. I really would like the mythic Plus mount for 9.3 (it's a lovely red spirit recolor) but I don't know if I feel like spending the time and effort on it, because otherwise I've kinda done little except get some more alts to 60 (for the next xpac).

I like playing my main most and have mostly justified that by switching Covenants. the big thing about the upcoming 9.3 is that you can use two legendaries... but one has to be your covenant legendary. I was Night Fae ret pally for character flavor and don't regret it, I love the zone and being NF, but the NF legendary is already subpar overall and most of your periodic buffs (it cycles through four, one for each season) are best used on others. Kyrian seems to be the most powerful for burst; I think the NF spiritshape is much better for the secondary covenant power (it offsets the notable Ret Pal movement weakness), since the Kyrian potion isn't as useful for a utility/self-heal class like ret pally.

Anyway, I switched to Kyrian to at least raise that to 80 before the patch, so I was prepared if I wanted to do it, and picked up the Divine Resonance legendary, and it is ridiculous to say the least. Jeez. My burst damage if I pop all CDs as NF is around 10-11K max (and usually more like 8-9K) in current content... but as Kyrian I am hitting 14K regularly, and depending on the number of mobs in the pool, I hit 18.3K tonight. The NF legendary only boosts one of the four cycling buffs, where the Kyrian legendary is boosting your NF power each time, which has a 1-minute CD. If you are a ret pally, the DPS difference is kind of an no-brainer, and I suspect it will improve my mythic plus game decently once I would regear, if I decide to do 9.3. [I'd also get to use another legandary, so if I used the AoE lightbringer... geez.]
 
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Ah, nice to see someone other than myself spam a Typology forum with WoW content.
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I don't play at all these days, no time, and when I did play it was just one maxed out Undead Warlock and a few baby alts. I do, however, follow Blizzard and Asmongold closely as Warcraft(before it became WoW) was a large part my childhood/youth.
 
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Ah, nice to see someone other than myself spam a Typology forum with WoW content. 😅
Yeah, all the time I spend min/maxing and learning strategy leaves me needing to clear out my brain. Plus bitch about the regular annoyances. :p :D

Maybe the off-chance that someone can benefit, although I think I am the last retail nerd here -- the other few posting I think are mainly doing Classic.
I don't play at all these days, no time, and when I did play it was just one maxed out Undead Warlock and a few baby alts. I do, however, follow Blizzard and Asmongold closely as Warcraft(before it became WoW) was a large part my childhood/youth.
I haven't really followed the streamers and commenters much, although I'll occasionally watch something. (Usually I'm watching boss / high-end-level encounters.) I did watch Asmongold and some others when the Blizzard scandals hit in 2021.

Gratz on Warlock -- that and mages, I have just not really ever enjoyed. I guess it's not my favorite playstyle.
 

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Gratz on Warlock -- that and mages, I have just not really ever enjoyed. I guess it's not my favorite playstyle.
It's been pretty fun, though I definitely want to try something a bit more up-close and personal in the future. Perhaps a Paladin or Warrior.

Yeah, all the time I spend min/maxing and learning strategy leaves me needing to clear out my brain. Plus bitch about the regular annoyances. :p :D

Maybe the off-chance that someone can benefit, although I think I am the last retail nerd here -- the other few posting I think are mainly doing Classic.

I haven't really followed the streamers and commenters much, although I'll occasionally watch something. (Usually I'm watching boss / high-end-level encounters.) I did watch Asmongold and some others when the Blizzard scandals hit in 2021.
Keep up the good work! 👌
 

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Ah, nice to see someone other than myself spam a Typology forum with WoW content.
😅

I don't play at all these days, no time, and when I did play it was just one maxed out Undead Warlock and a few baby alts. I do, however, follow Blizzard and Asmongold closely as Warcraft(before it became WoW) was a large part my childhood/youth.
I watch quite a bit of Asmongold's content as well and he seems quite in tune with the mentality and greviances veteran players, such as myself, have with the current state of the game.

I agree with his take on the future of WoW now that Activision has been acquired by Microsoft -- what's the worse that could happen? Another underwhelming half-baked expansion with repetitive chore systems that ultimately aren't very fun and engaging? The best thing they could do is leave Blizzard content developers alone while possibly luring back some of the old creative talent that bailed in the shitshow it became. It also would be cool of they essentially created a WoW 2 on a completely new engine and used that as the platform for engaging in new story telling. There's soooooo many stories to tell in Azeroth, and they've barely even scratched the surface.
 

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The best thing they could do is leave Blizzard content developers alone while possibly luring back some of the old creative talent that bailed in the shitshow it became. It also would be cool of they essentially created a WoW 2 on a completely new engine and used that as the platform for engaging in new story telling. There's soooooo many stories to tell in Azeroth, and they've barely even scratched the surface.
Good ideas.
 

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Just checking in since there seems to be some discussion happening.

Years ago I did mostly PvE to get a few characters up the ranks quickly, and then played around in the dungeons and battlegrounds a bit on the side.

Then I took a lot of years off. Recently I started up again, and I'm going slow. Mainly tanking PUGs in the old Cataclysm dungeons with a Protection Warrior. I have to relearn all the dungeons after all this time, and I sometimes only do a run or two a week. So I'm currently just now relearning the Dire Maul dungeons.

But it's fun. It's a massive nostalgia trip to go back to the old Cata dungeons. And since I'm tanking them, I have to know them in more detail than in the past. So I go slow and do lots of runs until I know each dungeon like the back of my hand, before proceeding to the next. (My warrior is capped at level 19, just to keep the play simple--so I can focus on the dungeons rather than mastering advanced spells.) And the PUGs are fun--if anything can possibly go wrong, it will. But it keeps me on my toes.

Meantime, I haven't even set foot in Shadowlands. I haven't even bought the Shadowlands expansion. I'm having fun just doing the nostalgia thing in the Cata dungeons.

And I occasionally check out Asmongold when there's news or controversy about the game. He's entertaining and definitely the go-to guy for WoW.
 
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