I was supposed to be rounding off the week of World of Warcraft on a more serious note with ‘Why I always report harassment in Games & why you should too’ and while I do still intend to write that post, now doesn’t seem the right time. I’ve been celebrating a game I love, and dipping into the darker and more childish side of trolls and harassment just doesn’t have the same vibe. So instead I’m joining my final post with Sharing Saturday, and sharing with you my favourite World of Warcraft art. This includes a variety of sources; official art, fan art, trading card art and some art from Blizzard’s online card game Hearthstone.
I’ve done several World of Warcraft themed Sharing Saturdays before that might also interest you!
Disclaimer: The work here is displayed only out of admiration and credit is given for every image (where possible I use the ’embed’ code directly from sites such as instagram or deviantArt). If you are the artist and want your work removed please leave me a comment. If you like some of the art here please take the time to visit the artist’s gallery or deviantArt account, and/or leave a comment to let them know. This is probably obvious, but: this post is very image heavy.
Rounding off my top 10 favourites of World of Warcraft is questlines! For a game to have meaning and to keep me coming back it’s important that the content is fresh, original and catches my attention. Not to mention gives me a giggle from time to time! World of Warcraft continues to do that with each new expansion and so without further ado, join me on a trip down memory lane as I tell you my favourite questlines.
The novelty of riding around in the caravan was something new, but it was the squabbling between Tarenar and Gidwin that I loved. They are fighting over Fiona’s attention when Gidwin decides to go do something to prove he’s the better guy for her; and lands himself in a heap of trouble. In true bromance style Tarenar realises he’s been gone a while and goes and saves him. From that moment the two become best friends, still squabbling but they’re now comrades in arms.
C’mon, how could this NOT be on this list? Any quest that lets you smack Deathwing in the face – especially after he’s been flying around killing everyone at random – is a win in my book. You get told three stories from a gnome, dwarf and orc who each have a very different interpretation on what happened when Deathwing rose and started the Cataclysm. The dwarf goes first and gives you an epic tale of how he punched Deathwing on the nose. The gnome then claims to tell you the real story revealing that he grew to a massive size and grabbed him and threw him across an ocean. Finally the orc tells you what really happened and spins a tale about a motorcycle, and saving babes. The best bit though is the comments each of them give while the other is telling the story.
Everytime a gnome or a goblin gives me a quest to ‘try’ something, especially a new invention, I get that sinking feeling. This I realise started with this quest; a gnome decides to invent a turbo powered mechanostrider I can’t remember where you end up, but I’m pretty sure it’s not where you started 😛
Oh Maximillian, there really is no one quite as utterly special as you in WoW. The utter ridiculousness of this character, and how far Blizzard went with the damsel in distress/rescue by dragonslaying hero is fantastic. None of the damsels Maximillian saves are in the least bit of trouble – in fact, one he saves from their own pet /facelpalm. And of course, the “dragons”. Fabulous, silly and so pointless but one of the best quest lines in the game. ((Screenshot courtesy of Wowhead.))
I’ve never been a bog fan of gnomes. There, I said it. Since this quest in Cataclysm they have grown on me, however, at this point I really didn’t like them. They were too cute, squeaky and annoyingly perky. So when a quest turned up to turn into a giant ball of fire and roll over evil crazy gnomes and obliterate them from existence, I was right there to sign up and do my duty! I may have cackled manically while doing it, but I saved the world from evil gnomes. That’s what’s important 😉
Before Tirion beca,me Highlord of the Argent Crusade he was a lonely old man, living in solitude and battling the scourge alone in Eastern Plaguelands. This storyline is no longer available, but it tells you his history and what happened to him after he saved an orc from his fellow humans. Those were the days when orcs were seen as the worst scum of Azeroth, after invading and killing thousands of humans. Tirion was never a murderer though, and an honorable man who was saved by an orc and returned the favour by keeping his existence a secret. When found out he was stripped of his title, and lost his family. His son fell in with the Scarlet Crusade, becoming their Highlord eventually. The questline with Tirion culminates in his showdown with his son, in which he ends up killing him and vowing to fight to rid the world of evil. This is where Tirion’s life begins a new, he joins up with the Argent Dawn and the rest is history. None of that would be possible if it wasn’t for this quest line, and us helping him realise that he needed to lay the past to rest and return to the fight. You can read more about Tirion on Wowpedia ((Screenshot courtesy of Wowhead.))
So, I said the flying mechanostrider made me wary of quest giving inventors. Well, Abercrombie is the one who first made me realise, wait a moment, quest givers can be evil!!!! :O Yep, how naive we all were back in vanilla. Now it’s like ‘ok, this sounds iffy, this guy is totally evil’. However, back when we were just little humans wondering around Duskwood, we still believed that we were great big heroes saving the world. Then we did this quest line and our rose tinted glasses didn’t just come off, they were smashed to tiny weeny pieces. Thanks Blizzard! Basically you’re helping this old hermit by running errands, collecting stuff around town for him and it seems so innocent. Until the final quest when he sends you off to the Mayor of the local village and it pretty much says ‘HAHA LOL. PWNED’. Yep, you just armed a crazy ass necromancer with everything he needed to put together a terrifying elite giant undead abombination called Stitches. At this early stage of the game elites were pretty damn hard and Stitches and another one in Duskwood would royally kick your ass if you got caught by them. He was also known for wiping out the entire village of NPCs because no one was really high enough level to stop him. Oh those were the days… and now we look fondly at the pet version of Stitches and laugh, or cry. ((Screenshot courtesy of Wowhead.))
From the old, to the very new. As well as being one of my favourite mounts, the new priest class mount quest was super cool and so much fun. I’m going to stick the details under a spoiler warning so no one gets spoiled:
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You get a message that the Speaker, aka King Magni Bronzebeard, needs to talk to you urgently. You end up in a sunken vault that the world spirit of Azeroth has led you to via Magni. Along for the ride is his brother and world renowned explorer Brann, and your Master Artificer Betild Deepanvil. The sunken vault is a vault left by the Titans and it’s the dialogue between the three dwarves that make it so great. Brann has had many experiences, some not so pleasant, with Titan technology and hidden vaults. He is none to thrilled to find himself in one again, and is warning the others to watch out. Everything seems to be going fine until the titan constructs overseeing the vault detect void energies. Oh dear… Brann is none too surprised when everything goes to hell and you have to defeat the constructs to survive. The witty comments and banner between the two Bronzebeard boys and Betild is so funny, and I really hope these three pair up for more adventures in the future!
The whole idea of the Lightsworn Seekers is also epic. They’re titan created beings that have been locked away to protect them from the void, and these are the last ones that exist. The vault security is beginning to fade and someone, you, needs to take responsibility of these beautiful creatures. I like the fact that they wrote in the void being detected and thus being responsible for the purple shadow version of the mount for shadow priests.[/spoiler]
There’s only ever been one legendary that I wanted at the time, which I unfortunately didn’t get and I’m still a tad bitter about. That’s a long story, but when Tarecgosa’s staff came around I wasn’t in line to get it as I didn’t play a dps caster. I did make a light-hearted argument for how a Discipline Priest would benefit from it, however, I was happy to wait until it was soloable in a later expansion. What I loved about it was the whole quest line. Dragons! More importantly the decimated blue dragon flight who had no leader since the death of Malygos at our hands. I really enjoyed the quest line, except for the end 🙁 I suppose though that the tragic ending did make the legendary that much more special to have because it wasn’t just a weapon, it was a spirit and a legacy.
And finally, a video for you! This little quest starts with a ring that you pick up and hand in to the banshee queen, Sylvanas. She then sings the most beautiful song called the Lament of the Highborne. It’s sung in her native language, but the words translated are as emotional as the song itself. The necklace was given to her by her little sister Alleria, whom Sylvanas has not seen since her death and subsequent undeath at the hands of the Lich King. It shows a softer side to the dark warrior who is often seen as bitter and harsh, showing players the heartache that she has felt in her tragic life. They translated words under the spoiler tag if you wish to read them 🙂
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By the light, by the light of the sun
Children of the blood
Our enemies are breaking through
Children of the blood
By the light
Failing children of the blood
They are breaking through
O’ children of the blood
By the light of the sun
Failing children of the blood
They are breaking through
O’ children of the blood
By the light of the sun
The sun [/spoiler]
One thing I noticed when putting this post together was that there is a big difference for me between epic quests and epic moments. There have been a lot of epic moments, often told through amazing cinematic cut scenes, that are just moments. The quest line leading up to them is interesting, just not quite as meaningful or as epic as the ones listed here.
How about your experience in World of Warcraft and other games? Are there quests that you can remember from the start of your game play? Or do you tend to run through quests on autopilot? Let me know in the comments!
There are two things that always draw me back to World of Warcraft and that is the storylines (coming tomorrow!) and the gorgeous and interesting locations. The locations over the years have changed, grown and become so much more impressive and yet even the original ones still have a timeless beauty for me. There’s always at least one zone per expansion which I lose myself in, and could take screenshots of for hours and hours. Currently, it’s Suramar and most of them are on this list too! Read on to learn about my top 10!
I think this was probably my very first zone obsession/love in the game. My first character was a night elf druid and I just fell in love with the dramatic and graceful scenes of forest, dark green and purple.
Wrath of the Lich King
The much under-used, and occasionally blinding zone beneath the floating city of Dalaran when it was in Northrend, Crystong Forest was simply stunning. It was so many different shades of purple all in one place! I recently did the balloon micro-holiday tours and got some fantastic screenshots of the area.
The entire Dreamgrove, the Druid Class Hall, is a night elf and druid heaven. It is absolutely gorgeous and then I found THIS. A big moonkin teaching little baby moonkins! Oh my goodness, I sat there watching them for so long! There’s so many awesome little fun things in each order hall, and the Dreamgrove is massive – and ok, you might get a bit lost from time to time. But at least your surrounded by pretty stuff, right? 😉
The Burning Crusade
The colours, the autumn hues and the extraordinary elf style and I fell in love with this place. It’s the one time I wish I played a horde more so that I could visit it more often! There’s something so wonderfully regal and historical about Eversong Woods, especially in the places untouched by scourge and it makes the darker places much harder to see.
Not only is this area important for lore, the zone itself is gorgeous and filled with lots of Druid stuff! We learned so much about the druids and the Ancients from this zone, and the regrown tree Nordrassil is a poignant and stunning part of the landscape.
The Burning Crusade
Nagrand is all about the skies. I have so many screenshot of the skies at night, daytime, and sunset. More of the sky than anything else, and is it any wonder? It’s incredible!
Oh Suramar, you have so many hidden wonders like this; is it any wonder that I can’t visit you without taking a screenshot? You’re my biggest time waster, and yet I can’t stop myself. Blizzard really upped their game with their designs in Legion, and Suramar leaves me wordless at times. It’s the hub of ancient elf architecture and it feels like the designers went all out. This is probably my favourite zone of all.
The Vale of Eternal Blossoms
Mists of Pandaria
Mists of Pandaria had a very distinct oriental style, and what I liked about it was that they did it right. Just things like the style of buildings and gates, as well as the little things like the table settings and small kettles you’d find around. It was an expansion that was dredged in oriental cultures and mythology, and I feel that people didn’t appreciate it at all because it was so alien to them. My dad is very into Japanese culture, and so I’d spot things in the storylines or around the zones that would remind me of things he’d told me about. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms is a glorious splash of colour, kept hidden and locked away for thousands of years and you can see why. I almost wept when Garrosh unleashed the sha on it and destroyed it, tainting this celestial place forever 🙁
Another druid and night elf zone (see a pattern here? 😉 ), Val’Sharah is nature personified. It is glorious and lush forests filled with detailed plants and creatures. It truly is magical and it’s heartbreaking to see the nightmare taking over, spreading further and further. Not to mention the heartbreaking events of some of the storylines. The beauty is juxtaposed against the darkness and it has a staggering effect.
Vortex Pinnacle / Throne of the Four Winds
This isn’t a zone, but rather a raid and dungeon instance in the zone of Uldum. It is a heavenly floating area filled with opalescent jewels and hues alongside white marble. It’s breathtaking and I wish it wasn’t confined just to the instances. A whole city or zone would be amazing and possibly rival my love for Suramar.
How about you; what are your favourites? Do you find yourself attracted to a particular style or feature? I have a thing for nature, and elvish architecture. Let me know in the comments!
If you liked the screenshots and would like to see more then take a peek at my Screenshot Gallery for more!
If there’s something pretty and cute to collect in World of Warcraft then I probably have it, so unsurprisingly I collect mounts! I have always used an addon, and now the in game feature, to randomise mounts so I get the most from my large collection of 256 mounts. You can view my whole collection over at Warcraft Mounts 🙂
I have always had a mixture of luck with mount drops; for example, I was one of the first to get the Headless Horseman mount on my server, and I got all the Brewfest ones relatively quickly where as it took others years to collect. However, other mounts like the Love Rocket and the Blue Proto Drake still refuse to drop for me. And don’t even get me started on how long it took before Kael’Thas gave up his Swift White Hawkstrider!
Ahem. Well, here is my top 10 mounts. Some I am fortunate enough to own and others I will continue to hunt!
Arcanist’s Mana Saber
Upon her return to The Nighthold, First Arcanist Thalyssra saw to it that adventurers who helped her liberate Suramar were rewarded with prized mounts from the royal stable.
There’s just so many things about this mount that call to me. It’s exquisitely detailed, it’s so elegant and lets be honest; it’s a purple cat. Two of my favourite things! It also flies, so it has some gorgeous wings that extend from the sides. What i didn’t realise until writing this post is that it also automatically puts you in ‘costume’ (makes you neutral to the bad guys) if you use it in Suramar City. That’s a pretty neat trick!
These magical companions are the wardens of peaceful, primordial groves within the Emerald Dream.
There are just some mounts you see and know you HAVE to have them. This was one of them, but it came with a difficulty rating I wasn’t quite able to meet. I am beyond grateful to ArkzSc2 for boosting me and Chris to get the mount before it became unavailable. The whole WoW community really came together over this mount, doing regular Moose runs and so this represents more than just a mount to me. It’s a fantastic design, and I love knowing that it is a special warden of the Emerald Dream.
Headless Horseman’s Mount
Be it into the flood, or into the fire, this one will go where you require.
This mount will always be super special to me because it was back in the days when special mounts dropping for holidays was a really new thing. This might have actually been the first one, I’d have to check for sure, and I was one of the first on my sever to get it. Over the years more and more people got it, but it was a magical feeling flying around Shattrath on this and being one of the few! It also does just look incredibly epic, and the fact that is a horse that flies – again, a first maybe? – just made it extra special.
These sleek foxes can prowl amongst newly-fallen leaves without making a sound, even at this size.
IT’S A FOX MOUNT! I love foxes, and spent many many days farming the red fox kit pet before it got changed to one you could buy with currency /facepalm. So naturally as soon as I saw this I squeed and fangirled shamelessly. I finally managed to get the item drop for it a few weeks back and am now the proud owner of this little beauty!
The famous steed of Arthas Menethil, who serves its master in life and in death. Riding him is truly a feat of strength.
While this mount certainly does look epic, and is a gorgeous model, it’s actually the lore behind this horse that captivates me. If you have read the Arthas novel, you’ll know what I mean. It explains the whole origin of Arthas’ mount, how he grew up with the horse after making a very special bond with it. The first thing he did when he became the Lich King was res his faithful steed. Ok, so that part is a little creepy, but it just shows the beautiful bond between a raider and their horse. I’ve yet to add Invincible to my collection though 🙁
You are the only one that remembered.
Honestly, I could do just a list of Hippogryphs. I fought with which one to pick and in the end this one won because it’s purple. Ok it’s slightly pink… I’m going to stick with mauve as a descriptor. It is just gorgeous, and it has a fun and intense way to get it which makes it even more special.
Heavenly Crimson Cloud Serpent
Heavenly Crimson Cloud Serpents are considered to be among the noblest of dragons.
Much like the Hippogryphs, these ethereal mounts deserve a whole post to themselves. I don’t think a single one of them is bad, or ugly, and it was a hard choice between this one and Yu’lei, Daughter of Jade. This one just reminds me of a sunset, the way the colours blend and seem to shift as it flies.
Moreso than normal hippogryphs, the cloudwings of Azsuna prefer to nest high up in mountain caves far above the cloud line.
Yes, I said one hippogryph… but technically this is a totally different model and it is just gorgeous. They first added this model, a green version, in as a recruit a friend prize and since all my friends already play WoW, it was never going to happen. So I am super happy to have a version that I can actually get! The updated graphics and details are just lovely, and the colouring is beautiful. I much prefer this multi-coloured version to the all colour arcane one.
Ashes of Al’ar
Al’ar was the beloved pet of Kael’thas Sunstrider, who often boasted that death would never claim it. Perhaps he was right.
Before we even knew this was a mount, I wanted it to be a mount. I was transfixed watching Al’ar flying around in Tempest Keep, and while this mount remains elusive it is still my number one most wanted mount. One day it will be mine (when I stop slacking and start farming it properly again…) and I can’t wait. When you fly it leaves a trail of ethereal colour in it’s wake which just adds to it’s beauty in my eyes.
High Priest’s Lightsworn Seeker
Once plentiful, only three seekers remain on Azeroth after generations of battling the corruption of the cosmos.
Last but not least, one of the newest mounts in my collection is the new Priest class mount. I’ve saved this for last, not because it’s my favourite but because I wanted to show you it in all it’s glory – which means extra pictures!
You see, each one changes colour depending on your talent spec. On the left we have silver for Discipline, which is my main spec and I’m quite happy with! I like the second one, gold, for holy but I’ve always been more of a fan of silver than gold. Finally, there’s the purple shadow one on the right. Again, I like purple but it’s just a bit too much for my liking.
So there you have it, my top 10 mounts! Are any of these on your list? Which mounts are proving to be elusive and which one holds special meaning for you? Let me know in the comments <3
Alongside this week’s #TransmogTuesday I wanted to share with you my favourite Raid Tiers. I’ve been raiding since the start of the game, and have seen loads of tiers come and go now. One of the reasons I love transmoging is that it means old raid tiers are no longer useless, or forgotten. Sure, re-grinding them is a pain but it’s so worth it in the end! Here is my favourite raid tier for each class in the game, excluding Demon Hunters because they only have one tier (and one coming in a week) right now.
Once again, thank you to Wowhead dressing room for helping out because my Wow Model Viewer has issues, including a strong dislike for Pandarens 🙁
I was torn between this version (blue) and the purple version because both look great. There’s something about this tier that screams Death Knight to me more than any other. I really love the Death Knight starting area set and this one has the similar feel. I just can’t really see Death Knight’s in other colours, and prefer to stick to the cool shades of blue and purple.
This was such a hard choice to make! There are so many gorgeous druid tiers, and even the one’s that aren’t quite so beautiful are still exquisite. I just love the shoulders and head piece of this one though, and combined with the green and brown earthy tones I feel it really captures the feeling of a druid.
I was browsing through the hunter raid tiers from 1-20, trying to decide on one that jumped out and grabbed my attention above all others. It was only when I got to the most recent Tier, 19, and saw this set that I found that special one. I’d not seen this set yet and I love the mesmerising gold and green, as well as the details in the hood and shoulders. It reminds me a lot of my current wallpaper of Alleria Windrunner from Hearthstone.
It was a close call between this one and Tier 18 Raiment of the Arcanic Conclave. I think that it is pure nostalgia with this set, along with the traditional red colouring and details on the robe and hood. It also helps that I love the look of these types of hoods on my Night Elf Mage 😀 This one in particular makes her look so powerful and mysterious.
Ok, so I totally cheated for this one. I was good with all the others! This set is not out for another week or so when Tomb of Sargeras opens, but just look at it… it’s so pretty! I love the contrasting colours of yellow and purple, and just the whole style of it screams Pandaren monk to me.
Hands up who guessed this one correctly? I honestly don’t know many people who don’t count this as one of their favourite Paladin tiers, or tiers full stop. There’s just something so powerful about it, and yet, looking at the vibrant colours it shouldn’t work. It should feel too brazen, too overpowering and instead it just works. There’s so much careful detail worked into this design that the more you look at it the more you notice.
I’m very fortunate that my main character for many expansions now has been a priest and has had some absolutely gorgeous sets ( for the most part anyway, we won’t talk about the green nipple one …). However, unlike the Druid tiers this choice wasn’t hard. Tier 3 is the top of the list for me and of course, it’s the only one you can’t farm. I’m really glad that it is possible to get it again even if it is from the Black Market Auction house and will eventually cost me an arm and a leg. One day it will be mine! For now, I at least have loads of other gorgeous tier sets I can use to feel the void.
This was a difficult one for me to pick and not because there were so many I liked. Quite the opposite in fact! I very rarely play my rogue so don’t have much of a feel for her or the class, and aesthetically most rogue sets just don’t appeal to me. This one has a touch of elegance, a beautiful corset with stunning gold details on a lovely blue.
So, I’ve noticed two things when it comes to Shaman Tiers. There’s an awful lot I don’t like, and most of the ones I do like are blue! This wasn’t an easy choice, and I’m kinda glad I haven’t raided as a shaman (sorry shaman’s!).
I have to admit, Blizzard did a good job with the fire theme for this tier. However, for most sets it just feels so over the top and over done. I like that this one is more subtle, there’s some fire and there’s the spider homage to one of the bosses. The webbing details on all the pieces stands out and the whole set just has a great effect.
I found it hard to distinguish between the warrior tiers, after a while they all sort of look the same to me – I’m sure plate users will say the same about cloth robes! This one stood out in two ways; the runic details and the helm. There’s just something very unique, and I like the ancient vykrul vibe.
I actually found that easier than I expected. There were a few classes that proved difficult because there were so many I liked, however, in the classes I play less it was either really hard to connect with them or only one or two actually stood out.
How about you? Could you choose just 1 tier for your class? Do you find that certain tiers you prefer over others – for example, I am drawn to tiers 2, 3 and 5 a lot.