I made a Druid

I decided to make a druid.

Hunters are Okay

I like my Hunter. I think Hunters in general are … in a decent place right now. I’m not jumping up and down over the class, though. I think it’s unfortunate that Marksman is hands down the best spec for raiding. I don’t understand why all of the specs can be equally viable with the only difference being their play style.

According to the sims and theorycrafting, I should be at the bottom of the dps list, but that’s in a vacuum. In practice, I’m typically in the middle or edging toward the top.

Anyway, my reasons for making a Druid reach beyond my Hunter’s viability.

The Need for Options

I like the idea of having a tank class with a healing offspec. Our raid group / Mythic+ team could use a quasi-dedicated tank. Right now we rely on one main tank to be there for just about everything, and that’s not sustainable or realistic given our casual nature as a group. We need a backup.

Having enough classes to run a second Mythic+ is also on my list of to-dos.

Bewear

I named my Druid after the new pokemon: Bewear. He fights with hugs.

Druids are Pretty Cool Right Now

There’s also the bonus that Druids right now are pretty fun. Tanking is back to being sorta what it was in WotLK. I Bear-tanked that expansion and loved it. Probably my favorite class. Swipe spam is totally back.

Tanking in Legion is really, really good right now for all classes. Druids are especially in a unique position where their stats seem rather unique. They prioritize Versatility >= Mastery > Haste > Agility > Crit. Having the primary stat so much lower is unusual for me.

Bear tanks rely on armor and health vs. avoidance like several other tanks. They also don’t have the Warrior “I Win” button, but isntead keep stacks of ironfur up throughout the fight. I don’t think that makes them any better (probably the opposite), just different.

Add in a healing offspec (always nice), a cool story/class order hall, and awesome looking gear… makes for a good package.

Legion is NOT Alt Friendly

Herein lies the problem. In Legion, the game punishes you for playing alts.  Your main character has a HUGE mountain to climb. In the beginning it’s wanting to get rep to unlock more dungeons, but that’s only the beginning. Then there’s the RNG gear grind, and ultimately the Artifact Power grind. It’s the AP that makes alting feel impossible. Heck, it makes alt-specs feel impossible.

I can dedicate at least an hour a day M-Th to my Druid. Maybe more. Then on Fri-Sun I can dedicate even more.

Now technically my Hunter is at a place where I can only ‘progress’ with my group of friends. That means raiding 2x a week and Mythic+ dungeons a few nights a week. But it’s the AP grind that makes me feel like I have to be doing more to unlock more ranks in my artifact.

The entire debate is entirely over opportunity cost.

Druid or Hunter Main?

I’m torn. I really like my Hunter, but I really like the Druid. I like the options a Druid presents. I like the necessity of tanks/heals vs. being just another DPS.

My current plan is simply this: Keep playing my Hunter as normal, but take every opportunity to catch my Druid up. If my druid ever catches up or gets close enough to participate in group events… I might make that change.

Dragon Quest Builders: Minecraft with a Purpose

Dragon Quest Builders

Dragon Quest Builders comes out in just under two weeks for the PS4 and Vita!

I started following Dragon Quest Builders when I first saw the video at E3. I thought it looked like a really neat Minecraft-y game. Sure enough, it is. But it’s also quite a bit more.

Dragon Quest Builders main charactersDQB is like Minecraft with a purpose. There’s a clear story to follow, and also a lot of RPG elements. I like the emphasis on rebuilding areas of the world and creating hubs.

I also like the idea of decorating, crafting, gathering, and questing.

Unfortunately, DQB isn’t multiplayer. However, I think that enhances and elevates the RPG and story experience further than it could go if this were more like a Minecraft experience.

The demo for DQB is out TODAY. Give it a try and let me know if you you’ll be picking it up.

Emerald Nightmare Progress

KGC (the Keen and Graev’ Community WoW guild on Fenris) entered Emerald Nightmare this weekend and was able to clear out 3 bosses in about 2 hours.

Nythendra was a fun fight. I actually enjoyed this first boss the most, despite its simplicity. The slime mechanic was pretty cool, and having the avoid bugs exploding was neat.

The next boss we fought was Elerethe Renferal, a boss that turns into a spider and a roc. The two different phases each have their own mechanic, and involve hopping a platform in the nightmare Mulgore area. Really cool scene, and a fun fight.

Emerald Nightmare Legion Raid

Supposedly we chose the hardest boss to go first in terms of mechanics. Elerethe Renferal was indeed more complicated mechanically, only in that there was a lot going on which made things feel hectic. It was still only a couple tries to clear.

The last boss we cleared during our run was Ursoc. Ursoc presented almost no challenge mechanically since you just have to overcome one simple mechanic of standing between him when he charges someone. What kept hurting us was having to make sure the tanks didn’t get obliterated. This one took the most attempts, but shouldn’t pose a problem in the future.

KGC on FenrisSo far I like Emerald Nightmare. The setting really isn’t my thing. I don’t love the red/grey/brown palette, but I do like the concept of the dungeon. Going to different zones that are all in this nightmare state is neat.

We would like to recruit 2-3 more DPS to join our ranks. If anyone wants to raid with us please let me know. We’re on Fenris (Alliance) and would love to have you.

Our goal for this next week is to clear the normal raid and then progress to Heroic.

How to Unlock Flying in Legion, Part One

How to unlock flying in legion

After several weeks of Legion, you’re probably long past wishing you could fly over those Highmountain peaks and level 110 mob filled zones. I know I am.

We don’t have a definitive list of everything that will be required to unlock flying, but we can be fairly confident that “Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One” will be required.

Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One

This umbrella achievement comprises a similar set of objective to those found in the Pathfinder from WoD.

Broken Isles Explorer

This one is pretty simple: Explore all of the zones. You can either look at the map and see which areas are still covered by the ‘fog of war’ or you can follow this pretty simple waypoint guide using TomTom.

Legion Waypoints

Navigating the zones can be difficult in that they are full of mobs your level (even at 110), and the terrain is often a pain. I recommend using Goblin Glider Kits from your WoD Garrison, which can be made quite simply at your Engineering hut. No engineering is required, and you can make these with a level 1 building.

Additional travel helpers: Rocfeather Skyhorn Kite (similar to Goblin Glider Kits but lasts 1min instead of 2), Flightmaster’s Whistle (obtained at 110 when unlocking WQ’s), and Emerald Winds.

Goblin Glider Kit in Legion

Loremaster of Legion

To unlock this achievement you need to complete all of the main story quests within each of the five Broken Isles zones.

  • Vrykul Story, Bro
  • Azsuna Matata
  • That’s Val’sharah Folks!
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  • Good Suramaritan

The achievement is account wide, but progress on the sub achievements is per character. This means you’ll have to complete an entire zone on one character to get credit.

The four leveling zones can be done on your journey to 110, but Good Suramaritan can only be completed at 110 — and will require a SIGNIFICANT time investment to complete. Components of the meta quests are gated behind Nightfallen rep and the last step is not yet even in the game.

I recommend doing EVERY Suramar World Quest that appears every day (including the Withered Army Training), and finishing all of the quest lines. I’ll have another writeup on those soon.

Good Suramaritan

Variety is the Spice of Life

Easiest of all achievements here is the one to complete 100 world quests. I recommend combining this with your Suramar rep grind. Honestly, this will just happen without you even realizing it. Your grind to revered with each rep will get you this when you’re not even halfway there.

world-quest-list-addon

I highly, highly recommend the plugin: World Quest List. You’ll be guided to all of the WQs you want to do most, and you can filter them to see the rewards, rep, and zones you want.

Broken Isles Diplomat

Getting all of your six major Legion reps up to Revered will get you the Broken Isles Diplomat achievement.

You’ll make great progress by completing all of the quests in each zone, but The Wardens and Nightfallen can only be done at 110 (and will require a significant grind gated behind quests with limited availability).

I recommend using your Kirin Tor Emissary rewards on one of these two reputations as they are much more difficult to obtain.

If you have the stamina (I don’t) you can do every WQ in every zone. Should take you just under 3 weeks from a fresh character to get all of those reps to revered. Totally not my thing. What I do is pick one, and make sure that ONE zone is done every day. That way, I do my Emissary and the one zone (and Suramar, ugh) and I’m done with WQ’s for the day.

A Glorious Campaign

Completing one class’ Campaign will grant you this achievement. Not all of the campaigns are created equal, both in terms of quality and length. Again, this is something to focus on while leveling but also a priority at 110. You will unlock your third relic slot (a huge iLvL boost to your weapon) when you do.

After you unlock WQ’s, this should be your first to-do when reaching 110.

Conclusion

Broken Isle Pathfinder, Part One is likely only the beginning of unlocking flight in Legion. A few steps of this achievement are not yet in the game, and for all we know flying is 6+ months away. But this gives you something to work toward each day. If you’re like me, you enjoy having goals. Goals keep me playing and invested.

A great tool to track your progress can be found at WoWhead’s Flying Tool.

Let’s hope flying comes sooner than later!

Legion Raiding and Mythic+ Begin Tomorrow! Want to Join Us?

Emerald Nightmare Legion Raid

Legion’s first raid (Emerald Nightmare) opens its doors tomorrow, along with Mythic+ dungeons!

The Keen and Graev Community guild (KGC) has been clearing Mythics in preparation for raids and Mythic+. Last night we did our first Arcway run (stupid Nightfallen rep took forever) and had no trouble clearing the place — actually surprisingly easy boss fights. We’re running through Court of Stars tonight.

We have plenty of space available for anyone wanting to join our raids. Hop on Discord and introduce yourself!

Our raid plans include clearing normal at first, then moving quickly into Heroic. We have plenty of space, and raids scale so we can bring 10, 11, 12, etc.

For dungeons, I’m fairly confident in our ability to climb the Mythic+ tiers. Here’s the gist of them from MMO-Champion:

  • Every dungeon has a fairly forgiving timer you must beat to keep your keystone active.
  • You still get loot if you don’t beat the timer, but your keystone becomes depleted.
  • As the keystone level increases, mobs in the dungeon do more damage and have more health.
  • The health and damage modifier is an almost linear increase, starting at 9% for Level 2 and increasing to 100% at Level 10.
  • Rewards come from a chest at the end of the run, ranging from item level 845 at Mythic 2 to 865 at Mythic 10.
  • This chest contains two pieces of loot for the group, which is a change from beta.
  • You also get a weekly chest with loot based on your best run for the week, scaling from item level 860 to item level 880 at Mythic 10.
  • Rewards have a chance to be Warforged or Titanforged, allowing them to potentially scale all the way up to item level 895.
  • The only lockout on Mythic is the availability of keystones, you can keep doing them as long as someone has an active keystone.

My own personal progress is coming along.

I’m iLvL 846, wearing 844 because my best stats are found on lower iLvL gear. I’m trying to get Revered with Court of Farondis because I want that Jewel Boon for my shoulders. Shoulder enchants in Legion give a chance for specific materials to drop in a gift bag of sorts. Pretty low drop rate, but handy.

My Jewelcrafting is around 730’ish. I’m pretty sure I have the gems to hit 750, but I want to maximize my income at this point while the expansion is still young — meaning if it makes more sense to sell raw mats I’ll do that over using them to craft.

Busy week ahead for content! I’ll do one last plug in this post for a few more people to join us and raid. We’re open to all classes, casual, and simply looking to get gear and experience the content. 🙂