Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fel Flames and Flowery Footprints

     The WoW Trading Card Game has always had some fun toys.  I'd like to discuss a pair of them today.  The Path of Cenarius and The Path of Illidan offer you the chance to make an impression with every step you take.

     Path of Cenarius leaves small sprouting flowers behind your character as you move, a small effect that looks great with any druid, especially restoration and balance druids. 
    This card is available from the Fields of Honor TCG Expansion Set.

     Path of Illidan, meanwhile, leaves small burning green flames behind you, perfect for a variety of classes, but especially demonology warlocks in Demon Form.
     This card is available from the Hunt for Illidan TCG Expansion Set.

     Both effects last for five minutes, and each loot card is worth a stack of 100 charges.  This means you get a little over 8 hours of flowery or burning fun.  In my experience, most people who use a charge will invariable run around a major city, trying to draw little designs. By most people, I mean me.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Everything is more awesome with a cannon.  Imagine your first car.  Now add a cannon to it.  That's better, isn't it?  If you own a house, it feels great.  But wouldn't it be so much greater with a cannon on the roof?

If you're in the market for a cannon, stop by the live side of Stratholme (perhaps a few times) and pay a visit to Wiley Hopebreaker, the Cannon Master.  He will occasionally drop the Cannonball Runner, which, as you can see from the picture above, is a totally awesome cannon.  Ignore the blood on the end.  This little beauty will fire forward only, targeting any enemies that are attacking you.  And the best part is, it's on a relatively short five minute cooldown, so you can have the cannon out pretty frequently.

For the players out there who RP as a pirate, or who just want to complete the look from the Bloodsail Buccaneers Admiralty set, this is a must-have.

So go farm some Vanilla content and get yourself a cannon.  It's your Azerothian right!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Facemelter

     Okay, this one is near and dear to my heart.  I got this on my main during the Scourge Invasion event before Wrath of the Lich King came out.  My guild was running Karazhan (you guys remember that awesome place!) and when we downed Tenris Murkblood, the loot gods smiled upon me.  I won the roll and became the owner of the mighty Arcanite Ripper!  To this day, I still equip and use it at least once a week.  Usually it's on the steps of a high-traffic area like the bank or auction house.  There's nothing quite as entertaining as the ten second shredfest that is the on-use action of the Arcanite Ripper.

     I don't know of anyone that actually used the weapon for stats when it came around.  I'm pretty sure most people that have it are only vaguely aware of the fact that it even HAS stats.

     All we know is that once a minute, you can turn into an undead with a mohawk, blast green flames from beneath your feet, and rock out to some of the most awesome metal sounds ever produced by the hand of man.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tiny Purple Dragon

     One of my favorite toy categories in WoW is the guardian trinket.  The vast majority of them never get used in combat, even though they can offer distractions for getaways and things like that.  No, most of them are treated more like non-combat pets.  We pull them out from time to time to admire them, show them off, or just run in circles in a major city to watch their running or flying animations.
     Among the guardians is one that takes quite a bit of time and effort to get.  The Captain's Badge, awarded upon achieving Honored status with the Netherwing in Shadowmoon Valley, offers the bearer a chance to have a small Netherwing Ally fighting by their side for 40 seconds every 10 minutes.  The Overseer's Badge offers the same functionality on use, but it's limited to Shadowmoon Valley only.  The very interesting thing about this little gem, however, is that even though you get this at level 70 in Burning Crusade content, the guardian will scale with you up to 85 (as of this writing, at least).  The dragon's health, mana, and DPS all increase along with your character's level.
     The Captain's Badge is not difficult to obtain, but it can be rather time-consuming.  You must either farm Netherwing Eggs for hours on end to gain enough reputation, or you have to do the dailies for weeks.  If you're looking for the faster route, grab an addon like Gatherer/Gathermate and track the nodes.  If you're going for quest completion, monetary gain, or just a more thorough experience, go the dailies route.