The Last Laugh
There are times when it pays to play Horde.
My Belf Demon Hunter took a step back in time and started working on the Laughing Skull Orc rep in Draenor. The Lsorc(?) rep was hanging out in the Trading Post, so why not grind up the rep and get some cool transmog masks?
Why not indeed.
Grinding the rep out in The Pit was a cakewalk, and once he reached Revered he picked up a couple of the available masks the vendor had locked away. But hiding behind the Exalted tag was a grinning skull mask with gold highlights, as well as a title. The title was a worthy goal, since masks are cool and everyone enjoys a good belly chuckle now and then. And the mask? A skull, and gold. Two of my favorite things.
I got back at it, and this morning I notched another thing of my To Do list:
Earn Exalted status with the Laughing Skull Orcs.
A few more sheckles of gold and he’ll have his new mask, but for now my boy Scaredevil will just have to live with being the Masked Chuckler.
I swear, he becomes more of a Luchador every day.
WoD Brawler’s Guild
Most people are familiar with the Brawler’s Guild (YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT, oh nevermind – Editor). It’s solo PVE where you throw down against one or more boss-style opponents in an arena setting. Think Fight Club meets WWE, without the sexy divas and spandex and more Brock Lesnar doing whatever he wanted to you. All the fun of getting dropped on your head with the additional bonus of lack of short-term memory.
Believe it or not, there are actual reasons a person might want to subject themselves to the Brawler’s Guild. There’s a battle pet, a mount, a title, and even a follower. But for me, there’s two reasons that I’m currently inventing new and interesting ways to weave an f-sharp into my lexicon while violently choking my mouse (no, that is not an excerpt from my yet to be written gamer erotica “Fifty Shades of Nerd”)
The first reason is that, rather than sitting in a queue for a iLevel 640 intro legendary ring, I’d rather throw 1700g at a ring that doubles as a teleporter. Hawt, yes? Of course it is. The ring teleports the wearer to their faction’s version of the Brawler’s Guild. A sweet port to Org or Stormwind, as well as a nice iLevel bump.
The second thing, the more important thing, is an heirloom – a fist weapon heirloom.
Fist weapons, or the lack thereof, have pissed me off since about forever o’clock. It’s one of the very, very few classes of weapon that can’t be crafted at a high level. Once upon a time the Jewelcrafting profession could make them, but that ship has since sailed into a very large iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean. And despite numerous requests, Blizzard still will not allow fist weapons to be transmogged into anything other than fist weapons. So for Monks, or Shaman, or any other fist weapon capable classes, they just had to make do with other weapons until they got into a raid and were blessed by RNGesus.
But with the changes to heirlooms in 6.1, a character could level from 1-100 with fist weapons that would be just as good, if not better, than what they could get through level-appropriate content. Going through life being able to use fist weapons. Sounds pretty sweet to me.
I’ve been throwing myself at the Brawler’s guild, hoping not to lose my mind before I get to the end and unlock those sweet, sweet heirloom fists. Hopefully I rank up before I succumb to a rage stroke. HeelvsBabyface has helped with their guide for getting through the ranks without serious harm to myself to my peripherals. He’s how I’ve been getting through rank one.
Titles Are Punny
If I hadn’t been so lazy this week (the heat, I blame the heat) my recent achievements would have seemed a little more impressive since I did all of this in a single week. But folks, these are the cards I’ve been dealt and will therefore shuffle them in my hand and try to slap on my poker face.
The week was all about titles. Titles are always a fun little way to change things on your character. I managed to pick up three of them in a little over a week.
The first title <Name> “the Patient” was one I wasn’t even consciously trying to get. I was running an endless stream of Hour of Twilight PUGs, and just got the title. It was a side-effect of running too many PUGs, but unlike lowered self-esteem and hemorrhoids this was actually a side-effect worth getting.
The “Flame Warden” title wasn’t hard to get. If you can put in the time, you can get this title. I mean, completing the Midsummer Fire Festival isn’t all that tough to do. As long as you can find enough fires to Honor or Desecrate, Flame Warden is one of the easier titles to grab. I still say the title should be <Name> “Pees on Fires”, but that’s why I’m not working for Blizzard. Well, that and the restraining order, but I’m legally prohibited from discussing the issue.
Getting the title <Name> “of the Shattered Sun” was a multi-stage process. First, you need to have Exalted status with the Shattered Sun Offensive. There’s two ways to get there – either run dailies on the Isle of Quel’Danas, or run Magisters’ Terrace, like, a whole lot. I went with Plan B for a few reasons:
- There was no limit on how often I could run it every day. I would still get decent rep by running Regular versions of the instance, so I’d start with a Heroic and then switch to Regular until I was bored.
- I was getting Faction rep through tabards. In fact, Boss kills were giving me more rep (while wearing the appropriate tabard) than I was getting with the Shattered Sun Offensive. I managed to get Exalted with Gilneas, Ironforge, and Gnomeregan while grinding SSO rep. It’s always nice when you can get two things done at the same time.
- Transmog Gear was plentiful. I picked up the Sun-Forged Cleaver for myself, and farmed a great deal of greens that sold quite nicely on the Auction House. If you have to grind rep, you might as well make some gold at the same time.
- Sweet Chicken Mount. There’s a 4% drop rate on the Swift White Hawkstrider, obtainable only in Heroic mode. I managed to pick up this bird on my last Heroic run.
Congrats on Exalted with SSO. Now you just have to get a single quest where the dude rubs his hand across his palm and says “Can u spare gold plz? For the cause, dude.”
One. Thousand. Gold.
Are you shitting me? I’ve paid less for epic fucking mounts! When Quel’Danas was considered “end game” back in the Burning Crusade days, beggers would spout mighty dirty erections whenever they saw someone with the “of the Shattered Sun” title. It meant that person had waaaay too much gold, and had no problem throwing it away.
Which reminds me – I am now broke. Maybe I’ll run MT one more time for some sweet Transmog gear.
The People’s Champ
Finally the Rokk has laid the Smack Down on the biggest Jabroni walking around the Argent Tournament!
Okay, so not really. However there was much smack that was laid down in ample quantities. The Black Knight was just the first. Once we qualified for Champion status, and had already beat the rest of the Horde representatives, it was time for the Alliance to get theirs.
And then, once the smoke had cleared and the dust had settled, we proved what we’d already known, and the good Tauren of Thunder Bluff came to realise –
We are the People’s Champ. You’re welcome.