Icebound Drakes, Lasers, Beta & More!

Progression, Achievements, Beta information galore.

Sounds like an exciting time but really it doesn’t feel like it. All we’re doing is killing content that we’ve already killed that is slightly harder with better gear.

So whats been going on? Well first off, we (Daybreak) finally killed Heroic Sindragosa in 25 man last week so this week we punched out all the remaining meta achievements and we got some pretty drakes. Unfortunately they are very similar to the ICC10 drakes (and to Glad Frostwyrms too if you had one of those) so really there’s not much excitement here. Personally I’m not a big fan of these drakes being available for such a long extended period of time. While I understand that Blizzard has to give time for guilds to work and earn these drakes there should be a set duration. For example if the next level of content is out, the prior drakes should be removed. A good example is Ulduar proto drakes, whats the point of having them still available now?

Either way, just another thing off the “to do” list before Cataclysm hits. Grats Daybreak!

10 and 25 drakes look too similar :/

We started working on Heroic Halion this week (guess my break wasn’t so long after all). I didn’t kill Halion on normal mode last week so this was my first exposure to the encounter. Personally I don’t like the encounter at all. It has some new and rehashed concepts which is fine but the thing that pisses me off the most is this feels completely out of place. After killing Heroic LK on 10 man doing this on 10 man just feels stupid. It does not compare in anyway to HLK10 in difficulty or challenge and all it really feels like (and is) is filler content to get us closer to Cataclysm. Heroic Halion was killed by a lot of 25 man guilds in the first week and if you compare that to the challenges of HLK25 it seems unjust to give away 284 gear just like that.

We put in 3 hrs on this so far and we’ve gotten to a best of around 45% (Phase 3) but haven’t quite worked out the strategy yet. As I mentioned above this really isn’t that fun nor is it that “epic” so there’s not too much drive to push more than 1 day a week so we’ll probably wait until next week to try again.


The NDA was lifted by Blizzard and we’ve essentially been flooded by information about Cataclysm. Its to the point where its hard to keep up if you skip a day or two of reading. Will I be posting about all the feral goodness that is coming? Probably but its going to take some time to catch up on my reading. Stay tuned for some of that soon (hopefully).

Lastly, I’ve been contemplating making a character change, no not dropping my druid I mean a gender change. I’ve been male since wow was released and I’m really started to get bored of it. Should I change to female NE? Thoughts? 🙂


8 Responses to “Icebound Drakes, Lasers, Beta & More!”

  1. 1 Jarr July 8, 2010 at 11:56 am

    “Heroic Halion was killed by a lot of 25 man guilds in the first week and if you compare that to the challenges of HLK25 it seems unjust to give away 284 gear just like that.” On the one hand I can agree with the sentiment. On the other, HLK is seemingly the pinnacle of difficulty (I can’t speak from experience as I’ve never even seen the upper wings of ICC). I really don’t see much of a problem in giving players another encounter (and new content) and small loot table to to help them make that final push to topple Arthas. It’s new content giving players/guilds options. Having viable options is a good thing IMO.

    Also I don’t see it taking away anything from the difficulty of Arthas. If anything, having this avenue open seems to be further testament to just how well done the challenge of the final final encounter with Arthas is. You fail. You regroup, rebuild, restock, rearm and retry. Sounds like progression to me. Just my 2¢ though.

  2. 2 Sopa July 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    The idea of blizz was to give some loot bonus so that some guilds can get the last push to finish Arthas i believe.

    I personally like the fight, Heroic 25 thats it. Very good for kitty dps, really fun fight to do with simple mechanics but if you screw up you are dead. I find fights like Heroic Arthas way too hard for a game where you want to have fun plus i hate relying on 24 other players. There is a difference from hard work and nonsense.

  3. 3 BearChat July 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I’ll reserve judgment on whether I think this encounter is worthy of iLvl 284 gear, because we just started attempts last night as well on heroic, and made it to mid phase 2.

    Regardless onto a more pressing issue – as far as gender changing: if you think it will make the game more fun by adding a “twist” so to speak I say go for it.

    Also this is only acceptable because you are alliance. =]

    • 4 Vallen July 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm

      I agree to all of the above in having RS as a conduit to provide an additional push onto Heroic LK. Its the same sort of idea as having TOC gear to finish Uld or ICC gear to finish TOC.

      The bigger question might be, should content being tuned so high that you need the next tier of gear to complete it? I will give it to Blizzard that they are mitigating the tuning levels with the % increase per month.

      In the end, I just don’t like the idea of some filler fight when Arthas is supposed to be the pinnacle of WOTLK.

  4. 5 Sopa July 9, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I have not changed my gender for lore reasons, i mean female druids ya……. >.>

    Worgen might change this, they look really good and im kinda tired of chicken legs with skirts in my night elf

  5. 6 Sundar July 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    On Ruby Sanctum, it feels the content is on par with normal bosses in ICC so it’s a bit strange seeing a higher item level being available in there. It’s a bit of a loot pinata on normal which I was hoping it wouldn’t be. Really it feels like the eight-mob trash packs are more challenging to deal with than the bosses.

    As for heroic, it may feel more up to what it would feel like to me for a boss to be dropping item level 284. My opinion though may be influenced by my group’s composition as we run ranged heavy on ten man.

    Also much love for male night elves. ❤ ❤ To me I see a lot more people as female night elves, which makes me a little sad inside but that's my personal preferrence. The only thing I'd consider is Worgen on Alliance. Who wouldn't want a bear or cat looking like they saying "Rawr! I is tuff!"?

  6. 7 Arandin July 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Stay with the male for sure! Any NElfs rock, but i think males NElfs rock it better 😀

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