Brewfest Is Underway, and Paladr Joined In

Brewfest outside Orgrimmar

I upped my graphics last night for some anti-aliasing 2xQ on my ancient nVidia 5500. It slowed things down to about 8 fps, but I got nicer screenshots last night and object seem to “pop” a bit more.

We went to Orgrimmar to run around doing some Brewfest festivities (I keep trying to call it “Beerfest”) and see if this new generation of festivals catches my interest more than the others. I don’t have a single item from any rep/ticket hording (pun intended).

We did the first ram run to get the deliveries from the road to Razor Hill, but I ran out of time doing the Dhrone’s Barking ram run. I got to all 4 flags and the timer ran out just outside the entrance to Org. I figured out a better path to take and should get it tonight.

Paladr with a Scarlet BeltFor some PvP fun, as I ran out of Org, an Alliance 35 Warrior flagged me for a duel. I darn near had him several time. I swear he popped a potion because a warrior should not be able to regen health that fast. I had him down to 10% a couple of times. Dishonorable warriors are the worst.

We bought a Scarlet Belt off the AH last night and got a hankering for doing some SM runs with the guildies, even if we won’t finish it or need to fill out with a PuG. Lance, Phil? You in? I need more Scarlet gear, guys. I’m sure we can handle the Graveyard, and I think we can get a decent amount into the Armory with a main healer. I can stinking tank anything right now, as long as I can keep my health up, which is a tad hard when taking so many hits. WTB a Priest or Shaman. :)

Ding 57; Outland Gear Again

Huntr at 57Although much more sparse, Huntr has started to don Outland gear that drops from Hellfire Ramparts and will be joining those battles very very soon, hitting Level 57 with 6d 4h 53m /played time. Last night, I killed High Chief Winterfall (59 Elite) in an uber solo battle on my first try. I’m going to complete Linken’s questline, for sure, before I enter Outlands.

I will probably be able to level out without too much time spent in the dreaded Eastern Plaguelands, but we’ll have to see how Winterspring and Silithus play out.

Moving on to Silithus; Almost 56

Huntr at 55I did my own thing for a while (basically Felwood and Winterspring) and want to get back on track. I dusted off my Joana’s guide and saw that I had automatically done all the quests I was supposed to do. Maybe not in his optimized order, but I’m not wandering around lost.

I am picking the trail up at Silithus.

One of my highlights includes taking down Ursius solo as a 56 Elite to hang over my mantle.

Killed Ursius solo

I started on several of the quests in Silithus, but work drew me away at 95%. I decided groceries over game. It should only take me 20 minutes to ding tonight.

Ding 66; Tons Done in Nagrand

Ding 66!It was quite a weekend. Here is a quick summary of my progress and an apology for not posting sooner:

Ding 66 – Got Shadow Fiend
Honored with Mag’har
Completed the entire Nesingwary questline with Zipthunk’s help
Logged about 20 world PvP kills, several 70s

With all of that to recap, we’ll see if I have time this sitting. I’m at home with the piano tuner dude because my wife’s work schedule changed. I’m making the most of my time. :)

Let’s see, Friday night, I started with a grouping with a 66 Druid that totally rocked until a few level 70 Alliance decided to make our lives miserable. The fun thing was that 2 of them weren’t enough when we were ready. They either waited until we pulled too many mobs or came in 3s… except one rogue who rocked our world. I’d go down first while low on mana, and then my poor buddy was singled out against a clear expert.

Starbreeze

I spent most of my time Saturday just trying to kill things here and there and picking up quest items in Nagrand. Sunday morning was more of the same, with life as a 66 from the morning before to make me happier.

Things got rocking fun last night when I was on my way to Bloodripper’s area to look for help when I spotted a 66 BE hunter named Zipthunk killing the 2nd quest owls for the Nesingwary line. I greeted him and asked if he could help me with the elites if I helped him. He said he’d done all of the questline but would gladly help in exchange for healing with demon elites at Camp: Hate. Sure thing.

Zipthunk

With that settled, we made quick work of Bloodripper and Bach’lor. We took care of his quest, twice (I didn’t realize I was ready for that quest, so when he turned it in, I picked it up), but we’d drawn attention from Alliance players several times. We eventually got done and agreed to take out any and all Alliance on sight and went on our way to find Banthar.

After about 15 PvP kills for us, we were ready to hunt down Tusker, but one of the guys we kept killing was hovering over Tusker on his flying mount… pissed. We figured that if he attacked in the middle of the fight, we ditch the elephant and go all out on his a$$. He never attacked, and I got my Nesingwary Safari Stick. Talk about an upgrade!

Nesingwary Safari Stick

One last picture for the day… my ride on a netherdrake for Survey the Land:

Riding on a Netherdrake

Brokentoe Down! Go Do Ring of Blood

Brokentoe goes down

I grouped up with some people last night for the Ring of Blood quests given by Gurgthock in Nagrand. We only took down Brokentoe before the Alliance showed up with 6 level 70 epic’d dudes. My goal is simple:

[tag]Battle Mage’s Baton[/tag]
Binds when picked up
Unique
Two-Hand Staff
92 – 161 Damage Speed 2.10
(60.2 damage per second)
+45 Stamina
+31 Intellect
Equip: Increases damage and healing done by magical spells and effects by up to 85.
Equip: Improves spell critical strike rating by 30.

Besides that, you receive over 70k XP and 70g during the round of fights, and not spread out over the group, because they are all quest turn-ins and rewards. I’m going to give this a crack every night until I get done with them all. It was a lot of fun to heal again.