My Hunter has been Bejeweled

I made a huge decision for my character yesterday… I dropped Engineering and went Jewelcrafting.

My dream of being a Gnome Engineer came to an end when I was convinced by many that Engineering has no practical application in Legion.

It’s true. I really can’t see much practical use for me as an engineer.

  • Engineering is expensive because it offers nothing to sell but eats up insane amounts of ore
  • Has almost no utility to a group or others
  • Provides no opportunity for monetary gain or economic involvement
  • Can be easily replaces by items from the Garrison (yep, the old engineering hut)

When I realized how easy it is to simply make Gnomish Hanglider kits in my old Garrison, I quickly realized it was a no-brainer to drop it.

I took up JC and boosted it up to 700 within a few minutes (WoD mats on AH).

Then I took 200 Leystone Ore, prospected it, and turned what would have sold for 5600 on the AH (raw ore value) into gems valued at over 15k. I sold a few on the AH and kept the rest for making things.

My history with JC goes back to WotLK. I was playing my Druid tank at the time and used JC to make a good deal of money. I remember hitting 50k, which back in Legion wasn’t bad for a regular player like myself. I did so simply from buying low cost gems on the AH, cutting them into stats, and reselling them. Simple as that. I hope to do the same in Legion.

My new dream is to become a Gnomish Gem Tinker of sorts. I guess that makes some sense? Gnomes and gems? It could work.

I know that JC was recently (as in days ago) nerfed quite a bit. Gems were giving bonuses at like 250 or something and are now down to 180? I might have those numbers wrong, but the gist of it is that it was a huge hit. Still, stats are stats and people buy them.

Worst case scenario: Blizzard suddenly makes Engineering amazing in a future patch and JC dwindles into economic obscurity.

Best case scenario: I’ll finally make some money in Legion so that I can afford the ridiculously inflated AH prices.

WoW Content, Loot, & Guild Progression

KGC on FenrisI’m progressing nicely into the Legion content with members of KGC (our “Keen and Graev Community” WoW guild). We’ve completed all regular, heroic, and almost all of the Mythic dungeons. We’re currently working on finishing up our Suramar reputation to unlock the last two.

Dungeons in Legion are pretty good. I definitely like them more than WoD, MoP, Cataclysm, and BC. WotLK is a good contender, and I feel like the dungeons are of the same calibre.

I like how most of them feel like an adventure with a goal tied to a story rather than just mindless trash or completing a boss for no reason. A big part of that adventure is due in no small part to most of those dungeons being tied to the zone quest chains.

We’re preparing to do Mythic+ dungeons in the coming weeks which should be pretty dang fun. They’re just like Diablo 3’s Greater Rifts.

Our Guild

Raids are also on our agenda. We want to recruit a few more people to fill in spots. If you’re wanting to raid with us, I’m pretty sure you can do so from any server. We’d love to have you on Fenris in the guild, though.

Our play times are usually evenings, from 6pm PST until most people just want to go to bed. We’re all older, and have no absolute set schedule (yet). Families/Jobs/Self/Individuals first as far as we’re concerned.

The Gearing Up Process

Getting loot in Legion is sooooo much better than it has ever been. Let me qualify that statement with a few reasons I gripe and a few reasons I celebrate the pinata that is Legion.

Loot is individual. This means that¬†you’re not rolling on items or fighting over the same item. The dungeon assigns out the gear to those who participate.

Loot is random. Here’s where I find myself complaining sometimes. RNG (or RNGesus as we so fondly say) can be cruel. I went so long without getting any items at all while everyone else around me was scoring fat loot rolls. I have finally started getting some gear now, and it feels good.

Loot can ‘proc’ higher quality. The same item — let’s just say Sword +1 — can proc as a “Sword +2” or a +3, etc. There are like 3 or 4 degrees of quality. Again, I like this but if you haven’t prayed to RNGesus you might be stuck getting loot that isn’t an upgrade.

Loot can have a variety of stats. So not only is it random that you get loot, and random what quality it is… it’s also random (to a degree) what stats are on there. If you’re like me and want Mastery and Haste, but you get Versatility and Crit… yeah. Grumble.

The Artifact Power Grind

I like having my one weapon. I’m not sure yet how I feel about having to grind the resources to upgrade it continually. So far, so good. I have my weapon’s iLvL significantly higher than anything else I’m using. What I have to figure out is how many of these daily quests I should bother in order not to fall behind the iLvL curse.

Conclusion

I’m moving forward at a decent pace. The RNG of it all is a roller coaster, and RNG being woven into this odd daily grind has its ups and downs. Overall, tons of fun. KGC is looking for more people to make sure we have 10+ on every night to do some content. The goal is to always be available to do things. If interested, let me know!

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun…

I’ve slacked hard on keeping the blog updated since WoW’s launch. The reason for that is what I want to write about today. Legion has created a rats nest of ‘stuff to do.’ Every time I log in, I’m overwhelmed with ‘stuff’ that needs to be maintained.

Holy smokes, something to do in a MMO? #FirstWorldProblems much, Keen?

Yes, and no.

I like having stuff to do. As I have already written, I dislike the idea of being compelled or forced to do certain things in order to ‘keep up’ with what’s new and fresh, but that’s not necessarily all that this sense of busyness entails.

There are quests for everything!

Engineering? Yep I had to do a pretty involved quest line for that.

Hunter Class Order Hall? Better believe there was a long chain for that one.

Mining? A couple of quests, but objectives based around mining.

Getting order hall resources? Yep, lots of quests/dailies.

Artifact power? Yep, quests/dailies.

Unlocking more Mythic dungeons? Oh yeah, definitely daily quests.

My play time is essentially inundated with questing and actively doing things. Am I complaining? Yeah… sorta?… kinda? More of a justification for not posting a lot, I guess.

Perhaps my only true BIGGEST complaint is that I can’t make alts. I really like being able to bounce back and forth between classes. Right now I really want to make a Druid and a Paladin, but if I stop playing my Hunter for even one day I will fall behind incredibly. It’s almost like I have a set of chores that must be completed on my Hunter before I can go out and do something else.

Yet even as chores, most of the activities are fun. So that’s two #FirstWorldProblems in one post. I think that’s a record.

World Quests: A better version of the same thing

WoW World Quests

I’m very pleased with most of what World Quests have brought to WoW. World Quests provide a new twist on the ‘daily quest’ model. In other words, they disguise the same system very well.

World Quests are daily quests. There are multiple layers to these daily quests, including the fact that they’re all available for a limited time even within the same day (roughly, some have longer timers).

I like how the reward system plays out with items being able to upgrade, and the loot chests from D3-style bounty system act as a great carrot for hoping a legendary pops out and surprises you.

What I really dislike is the reputation, resource, and artifact power grinds. World Quests aren’t necessarily to blame for this, but they are being used to disguise how ‘active’ and ‘managed’ this grind has become. We have to gather ridiculous amounts of everything, and grinding these world quests every day is cumbersome.

I simply can’t get through a dozen+ world quests every day, AND do dungeons, AND to my Suramar dailies, AND the regular quests I still have to do there, etc. It’s too much. Yep, I’m saying it: There’s too much to do right now, but in a bad way.

Why is it bad? Because we’re compelled to feel as though it’s a “must do” activity. You “must do” this to get the upgrade to your ONLY weapon on the expansion. You “must do” this to get access to the best dungeons. You “must do” this to get access to the later parts of the expansion content in Suramar.

Sure, some will come along and say, “I can just do it at my leisure and get there eventually.” True. But that doesn’t change how the game is compelling us to have to stay up with others around us. If I want to run mythic+ or participate in activities then I must reach a threshold. If participating in the contemporary activities — the current’ “hip” and/or most fun thing to do — then I need to keep up with doing my “dailies.”

So while I like this version of daily quests more, it’s still just a better version of the same thing. World Quests are still daily quests. World Quests still make me feel like I must do them or else I fall behind. It’s the “or else” part that I dislike. The act of doing them is mostly fun, which is at least a step up in the right direction.

WoW Legion Companion App

Remember when I said there should be an app to allow us to manage our Garrisons and described all the features? We never got that app, but thankfully Blizzard go the memo for Legion.

  • Manage order hall upgrades and research
  • Look through champions and manage their equipment
  • Train new troops
  • Manage (Start and complete) missions right from the app
  • Actively monitor world quests

HECK YES!

This is 100% perfect for me.

I’m that guy who works 10 hours a day and keeps a schedule that’s really inconvenient for micromanaging my missions. In just the short week Legion’s been out, I’ve managed to fall several days behind in my missions because I can’t be at the computer every 8 hours like clockwork.

Now I can be at work and send my guys on missions, start that next research, and keep the flow of troops coming.

This is a huge quality of life improvement, and I’m excited to give it a go when it launches today.