I am Arendorous.

In a burst of creative passion, I have decided to enter the world of the web log.  My topic: World of Warcraft.

I have been playing the game off and on since early 2009, starting with my Tauren Shaman, Arendorous on Korgath.  Before then, I saw two of my brothers playing the game somewhat extensively, and learned quite a bit about the game before I even started.  At this point, I am beginning to experience Wrath of the Lich King content, with a growing disgust of Utgarde Keep (thank you, ‘random’ dungeon finder).  A bit more importantly, I have had the chance to taste most of Azeroth before the return of Deathwing comes to cause the Cataclysm that will change Azeroth as the World of Warcraft once knew it (except for other expansion content, which I have seen very little of compared to those who have played more).  Once the Cataclysm occurs (sometime in the next few months), I will be just as new to the world as everyone else, and will continue to blog about my experiences in the wonderful virtual world that millions have grown rather fond of.

I am also an avid Wowhead user, and often look to WoWWiki for more information about lore and other interesting facets of Azeroth and Draenor.  WoW.com and various blogs also provide interesting and important information that I use to improve my gameplay.  For those interested in my Game User Interface, I use very few addons to simplify certain facets of the game, like QA3 for mass auctions (saves a lot of space) and ElitistGroup to track who I’ve met in randoms.

Which brings me to my first tale:

Upon returning to Azeroth a week ago after a multiple-month-long hiatus in which I completed my final year in high school (summa cum laude, 9th in class!), I logged onto my level 64 shaman to find that I could level more easily with the Random Dungeon finder.  That boiled down to grinding Mana Tombs, Auchenai Crypts, and now Utgarde Keep for seven levels at this point, along with some related quests, the occasional extra dungeon, some of the beginner Northrend quests for both Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord, and the Midsummer Festival events to fill the time and experience bars.

I have come to find that there are some things that I like and dislike about random dungeons in the Vengeance battlegroup:

  • It seems to be more fun when we struggle through the dungeon, but maintain good attitudes about it, working together to get to the end.
  • When someone at level 80 queues in (which seems to be unusually easy for WotLK dungeons compared to WoW and BC dungeons, which have level caps that are much narrower), it goes significantly faster, which helps when grinding the annoyingly repetitive dungeons.
  • Murmur is apparently unimportant for random rewards, but is needed for the quest chain and achievement for Auchindoun.
  • When people wipe, then give up, I get annoyed.  When everyone else follows, leaving me dead next to the boss while on Reincarnation cooldown, I get really annoyed, especially when we are at the last boss, which would give everyone the random dungeon bonuses that we came for.
  • Being Dungeon Guide is cool.
  • Winning greed rolls for Bind-on-Pickup gear that I am already wearing is amusing, and an easy way to get gold from vendoring.

I now look forward to my experiences to come in Northrend, and I hope to have a chance to complete my experience of the World of Warcraft once I hit level 80, while developing my character in preparation for Cataclysm.  I only hope that there is time!  (Note: attending the University of Illinois this fall will NOT be an obstacle. I shall find time.)

~ by Dayne on June 30, 2010.

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