Achievements

PSA: Argent Tournament

One of my long-term stated goals for my paladin has been to get her the Argent Charger, ever since they took away the paladin horse from draenei paladin and gave them the dumb elekk instead. (I’ve been using Tyrael’s Charger instead, but it’s not quite the same thing, although it’s a lovely mount.)

The problem was, I’d done a lot of grinding at the Argent Tournament already. As in, two characters fully maxed out twice (due to faction changing, which resets progress), all pets and all mounts except the paladin horse.

I started my paladin out, but gave up very quickly. I got through Aspirant, got to Champion with Exodar and did one day’s work of the Darnassus Valiant line, then I got bored.

Recently, I was looking through my achievements and saw that I’m quite close — 9853 / 10000 at the moment — to the final daily quest achievement. (Alts. Lots of alts. What can I say.) Naturally, I started looking for useful ways of incrementing that counter. I started working on Cloud Serpent reputation for the level 90 characters that are missing it, resumed pet battling, and such. Then I took a look at the paladin, saw the Valiant’s Charge quest in her quest log, and thought, “I might as well.”

She still had the Black Knight quest in her log as well, so I dropped by Westfall and picked up the objective, and dropped in to the Crusader tent to deliver it when I hit the Tournament.

I was in for a bit of a surprise.

Nope, never did any rep grinding.

My paladin is very much not a Crusader. And yet, she has all the Champion, Crusader and Silver Covenant dailies available to her, and the Crusader’s Quartermaster is more than happy to talk to her.

Turns out that somewhere along the line, I don’t know when (the only mention I saw of this on Wowhead is a comment dated 12 January 2014), the Crusader achievement from the Argent Tournament went really, truly account-wide. If you’ve unlocked the whole thing on one character, you’ve got access to the Crusader’s Quartermaster vendor on all characters.

[EDIT] For science, I took a character that had never set foot at the Argent Tournament there. You do get the two Crusader dailies, access to the Crusader’s Quartermaster vendor, and access to your own faction’s vendor. You don’t get the Silver Covenant (or horde equivalent) dailies unless, I’m guessing, you have the reputation (my paladin does, the character I took does not). You don’t get the Champion dailies unless, I’m guessing, you’ve championed a faction (my desire to do things for science stops at doing more Argent Tournament things).

You also need to finish the Black Knight quest chain to unlock Threat From Above for a specific character, regardless of whatever else you have unlocked. Note that the daily unlocks once you’ve gotten the It’s Just a Flesh Wound achievement, but if you’re doing this to buy something with Champion’s Seals (which I’d imagine you are, because otherwise, why would you), you want to continue the chain — you get three Champion’s Seals from The Black Knight’s Fate.

What this means for you:

  • If you want a weapon for transmogrification on a character that’s never touched the Tournament, the most painless way of getting it (at 90) is to run H-ToC and do the two Crusader dailies every day. Minimum effort invested, 5 Seals per day, 5 days to the weapon.
  • If you’re missing some pets and mounts, check any alts of that specific race that existed back in Wrath and ran H-ToC for Champion’s Seals. Even if they’ve never touched the Tournament, they’ll have access to their own faction’s vendor, and the stockpile will be, if nothing else, a start. Depending on how far you are from what you want, you might make it there on the minimum-effort 5 Seals per day, or you might want to, while you’re there, work on unlocking the Champion dailies (which will take 8 days — 3 to work through Aspirant and 5 to work through Valiant).
  • If you want the paladin horse, again, it depends how far you are, how many seals you have and how much time you want to spend. My recommendation would be to spend the 8 days to unlock the Champion’s dailies, while you’re there — they’ll speed up the rate at which you get Seals quite dramatically. It’s still a bit of a pain, but not nearly as huge a pain as before (when if you were starting from scratch you needed 3 days to work through Aspirant and then 25 days to get to Champion with all factions, plus the time you needed to get all of them to exalted if you didn’t have them there already).

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(Disclaimer: I have no idea if this works cross-faction. I have one horde character and no desire to trek her out to the Argent Tournament. It would not be 100% confirmation anyway, even if the vendor was available for her, since I did grind this out again during my brief stint as horde.)

To say that I am happy about this is an understatement. My paladin already has 45 Champion’s Seals from running H-ToC back at level, and she has access to all dailies now. Given you can get 14 Seals per day without running H-ToC (which I don’t know if I could solo on a level 87 Protection paladin, honestly), it’s going to take me just four days of dailies to get my horse.

Once more unto the breach

That's HEROIC Nazgrim, for the record.

It all started a week or so ago. There I was, innocently leveling my priest, when I got a whisper from an old friend. I’d met him in my old raiding guild (the one that exploded), then he quit due to a combination of burnout and RL issues; he resumed playing the game pretty recently.

The whisper said, more or less, “Hey, we need a tank for Dark Shamans heroic. [Mutual friend, also from the old raiding guild] was going to tank it, but he can’t get online. Wanna come?”

To which my first reaction was a less-than-eloquent “um…”, which I firmly squelched. Instead, I whispered back that honestly, I hadn’t raided seriously since the first tier of Mists of Pandaria, all I had was LFR experience, my gear wasn’t the best, surely they could find a better tank?

“Nah, it’ll be fine, just come.”

Okay then!

So I went, and a merry evening of wiping on Dark Shamans heroic was had by all. We didn’t kill it on heroic, although we had a 1% wipe — raid time ran out, so we just killed it on normal. I got a belt that nobody else needed and, on coin roll, a trinket. Yay!

After the raid, the friend roped me back into Mumble and I had an illuminating chat with him and the other person who’d led the raid. They were the second raid team in their current guild, but better progressed despite shorter raid times (3 hours two days a week at the time); and they wanted to split off into their own guild, and needed a tank. Would I, perhaps, be interested?

I said I’d think about it, then thought about it, then decided to tell the friend that yes, I wanted in, next time I saw him online.

Then he disappeared for a week, and I wondered, maybe something had gone wrong?

Then he reappeared, and the moment we were both online simultaneously, he whispered me. “Hey, we split off from the old guild yesterday, are you interested in joining?”

Yes, please.

And then they took me to a flex run, and I got a bunch of upgrades. And then yesterday we went to do our first raid with me as a tank, and we cleared the 8 heroic bosses they’d already downed in three hours of raid time, and I got a bunch more upgrades, including two tier pieces. From 540 equipped item level that I had, I’m now at 560.

Here’s to continued raiding fun!

That was quick

As Mists of Pandaria winds down, I’ve been working on my (seemingly endless) bucket list. I got my priest to 89 by sheer force of will and spite (and a desire to have an extra character to farm the nonexistent Big Love Rocket), but smiting my way through quests and healing dungeons have both gotten very old, so she’s sat there accruing some rested XP before the last push to 90. My other 85+ characters are similarly waiting for now.

Poking through my achievement list for things to do, though, I realized I was still missing some of the zone-specific quest achievements in Eastern Kingdoms, since I got Loremaster long before the zones were split and then never went back to do the quests (largely because most of my existing characters have huge inventory issues already, and I know from experience that I will want to keep a lot of quest rewards for transmog).

I also knew I wanted the Thundering Serpent Hatchling pet and the Thundering Jade Cloud Serpent mount. They’re both relatively easy to get if you’re in a raiding guild, but, well, I’m not. The achievements associated with the pet and the mount are impossible to get if you’re the sole occupier of the guild you’re in.

I’ve also been meaning to level a monk.

So what I did was simple — I rolled a shiny new pandaren monk, I got her out of the Wandering Isle and then I sat in trade chat for a few hours advertising that I was looking for a guild with both the pet and the mount that would take me on as social. A kind person pointed me in the right direction, I whispered an officer and got an invite.

I promptly strapped on a Renowned Guild Tabard and went to quest. About an hour ago, I hit level 40 and, very shortly after, exalted with the guild.

I’ve bought and learned the pet and already bought the mount as well, just in case they decide to punt me out (I was very honest with the officer about my reasons to want to join as a social); while it does require level 85 and Artisan Riding to learn, that’ll come in time (and right now it’s the 85-90 leveling stretch I want a break from, anyway, so it shouldn’t take long to get to 85).

Unless they punt me out, though, I’m sticking around. God knows what other guild achievements they’ll add in Warlords of Draenor — it behooves me to have a character in an active raiding guild, in case I can’t find one for my main, just for the sake of buying any new guild rewards. Not that I couldn’t repeat the process with a different guild if need be, of course, but that’s no reason to waste effort.

LFR and scenarios in WoD

(Source.) Oh, god, I hope they do get LFR in this. Especially if they manage to also drop Dragon Soul in. I had the presence of mind to farm LFR Dragon Soul for transmog before Mists landed, and I’m doing the same now, but I didn’t get everything then and I’m unlikely to get everything now, RNG being what it is.

The scenario bit is nice even by itself, especially considering there’s a unique quilen in there that I want to tame; it’s also nice to know that if I fail to get some scenario achievements, I will likely be able to go and get them later — although honestly, I will try my best to get them now, just in case this doesn’t pan out.

Many thanks for wasting my time

Players under the effects of the Censer of Eternal Agony no longer gain Blood Coins for defeating players in their party or raid. (source)

Ugh. I suspect this was done to stop people farming Bloody Coins by way of joining a Celestials or Ordos raid, but it throws a wrench in my plans, too. I had been farming Bloody Coins by sitting on a pillar, killing my alt, and resurrecting her with Mass Resurrection.

Unless they make it so that people with the Censer up can’t join groups with people that don’t have it, I’m just going to kill her outside a group, invite her, use Mass Resurrection and then drop group, but ugh. It’s already enough of a pain in the neck (which is why I’ve not actually been farming it… it’s so incredibly dull).

Alternatively, I can just run her back manually, since the debuff takes 10 minutes to tick down anyway, but then I’d have to find myself a different spot, since successfully grabbing an albatross can be obnoxious. (And don’t get me started on the people that sit at the Celestial Court and deliberately kill albatrosses that are carrying others.)

Sigh.

Camping Timeless Isle rares when AFK

I’ve gotten into the habit of parking myself at a Timeless Isle rare’s spawn point when doing something else around the house, and periodically checking if it happens to be up. It’s usually Garnia, because it’s the most annoying to reach, and I’ve been noticing something strange. Sometimes, I would be AFK when it spawned (as it tends to happen), and somebody else would kill it — but I’d come back to find the corpse sparkling, and I’d be able to loot it.

I had my suspicions as to the reason why, and today, with a Leafmender spawn I was pretty much 100% certain I was going to miss, I confirmed it.

If you are in combat with the rare when it dies, you can loot it.

This means you can park yourself right on the spawn point of a rare, to ensure you get in combat with it once it spawns, and reap the benefits of somebody else killing it.

Mind you, there are only a handful of rares you can do this with, since the following needs to be true:

  1. The rare always spawns in the exact same location, preferably one that’s free  of other mobs so you can just sit there out of stealth and not die (so Rock Moss, Leafmender and Zesqua would work, but Spirit of Jadefire, Huolon or Bufo would not, for example);
  2. You need to not be alone at its spawn point (otherwise you might as well just sit slightly off it so it won’t aggro immediately);
  3. It needs to be something that won’t kill you instantly on aggro (just in case everybody else there is also not paying attention).

I’m honestly not sure how well or how often this can even be replicated, but it got me the drop I wanted off Leafmender, so I thought I’d share.

Addon spotlight: Rarity

As I continue my wild flailing glorious endeavors at farming up the last items I need for the Bigger Bag achievement (20 to go) and various pets and mounts I’m still after, I thought it was time to download and install the Rarity addon.

This addon may as well be subtitled “How to hate your luck with the help of maths in one easy step.” Out of the box, it tracks mount and pet drops (and pulls kill counts from your statistics wherever possible), but you can make it track literally any item. Give the item a drop chance (expressed in 1 out of Y — so 1% is 1 out of 100, 25% is 1 out of 4, and so on) and it’ll also helpfully tell you whether you are, mathematically, lucky or unlucky.

If you’ve been keeping track of how many attempts you’ve had so far at getting things to drop (I haven’t), you can tell the addon to start at that number.

So far, all I’ve added to it are the Bigger Bag items I’m still missing (that it didn’t already have) — once I’m done with that, I might also add BoP patterns I want to farm up. We’ll see.

Either way, the addon is worth getting, unless you really, really don’t want to know how long it took you to get a specific drop.