Thursday, March 23, 2017

Prestige 8 - And all I got was this silly flag

I dinged Prestige 8 last night, woot!

I got the Prestigious Pennant but when I used it, I couldn't see what was different compared to the Honourable Pennant. But when I took pics to compare I saw the difference.

The Prestigious Pennant is the lower one. It has a thicker flag handle, tears in the flag in different spots (as well as stitching) and the red cloth wound around the handle is done differently.

I wish these things were toys. They take up room in my bank...

Anyway! Onward to Prestige 9!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Non WoW: Superheroes, stereotypes and social media

There is nothing like waking up to see what's trending on social media to find that people are busy arguing about Wonder Woman's armpit hair.

How interesting that people seem to think she waxed and bleached her underarms for manly approval. There are plenty of other reasons to shave including aerodynamics, chafing and cleanliness. Who knows, maybe they have issues with armpit lice or fungus! Easier to maintain no hair than it is to go find creams to keep applying... Also, maybe amazons lesbians LIKE hairless women.

I am excited for Wonder Woman, and my daughter and son are too. And neither of those two will be worrying about armpits that's for sure. Though I have mentioned to my daughter that I don't know why Wonder Woman doesn't tie up her hair because it's hard enough playing sport with your hair down, let alone having it flying all over the place when you're fighting. My daughter said Wonder Woman should tie her hair up, or else she'll get head lice.

In other superhero talk, I finished watching Iron Fist over the weekend and I am still catching up on my sleep after going to bed at 4am, 3am and 1.30am respectively over the course of those days, and still being up by 6-7am to do household chores. There has been heaps of negative reviews of the series but I can honestly say that I enjoyed it because otherwise I wouldn't have stayed up so late to watch it if I wasn't hanging out for the next episode.

And I don't know if it's true for anyone else but I think Colleen is amazing! She is the sensei of her own dojo who befriends Danny (reluctantly) and ends up helping him. She has an awesome physique, she doesn't flaunt around in bikini outfits and is fiercely independent.

The difficulty with Danny's rich kid super hero is that perhaps we're so used to the DC rich kid super heroes (Bruce Wayne, Oliver Queen) who are smooth, polished playboys who have exorbitant tastes and fast cars, that this different take on the 10 year old boy who was lost for 15 years coming back to a world that he saw through the eyes of the child and trying to be an adult in it. It's an idea that people are not quite warmed to yet, I think. Danny has a sense of purpose, which he has been indoctrinated with for the whole time he was there. Destroy the Hand. Protect K'un Lun. But he is still clinging to his past, and hasn't let go. I was confused as to why he returned to New York, but you get the feeling later that he had underlying anger and no closure for his parent's death, and still yearned for family and belonging, which is conflicting with the path the he is supposed to take, as the Iron Fist.

So now that all 4 Defenders have had their mini series, if I had to rank them I would still say I liked Daredevil the best (season 2 was awesome), then Jessica Jones and then Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Many people didn't watch Jessica Jones but I loved it. Colleen and Claire really brought up the Iron First series for me, and seeing all the little cross references was cool too.

Criticism from the net came from all sorts of things - like Danny being white saviour learning the asian martial arts. Really??? For goodness sake is he not allowed to be white? Or male? Now we're being racist against white people! And stereotyping! It made me think of something one of my colleagues said about Rogue One, where Donny Yen was cast as Chirrut Imwe. He complained that it was such an asian stereotype that the Asian guy was a martial arts expert! Neither of those thoughts had even entered my mind - people are just people and can have whatever gifts, regardless of race, gender or religion.

There were criticisms about the fight scenes too. I have to admit that nothing beats that Daredevil fight scene in the hallway. I think I watched that scene like 5 times. The exhaustion seen in Matt at the end makes it so much more real!

I'm thrilled that JJ and Luke Cage have second seasons coming - I am unsure if Iron Fist will get a 2nd season, but I think there is a lot to explore. Besides, perhaps when he and Luke Cage team up there will be more Danny Rand action.

I think my biggest concern is how all four are going to get together to fight a common enemy. They all seem worlds apart! I guess I'll just have to wait till the end of the year to find out.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Resto druid - Trying out Abundance

I play around a lot with my healing talent choices especially since I play resto druid very differently in arena/PvP compared to PvE and I have been surprised to say how much I actually like abundance!

Abundance is the third talent choice on the 1st row, and most people opt for Cenarion Ward though Prosperity is good too.

Prosperity allows you to have two Swiftmends and reduces the cooldown by 3 seconds, Cenarion ward places a heal on the target that will trigger when the target takes damage and puts a HoT on them, and with Abundance, each active rejuvenation will decrease the cast time of Healing Touch by 10% as well as increase the crit chance of Regrowth by 10%.

I have always used Cenarion Ward in PvP so I am very familiar with it's use and benefits. Great for tank healing and damage soakers. It costs about the same mana as Healing Touch/Rejuvation so it's a very effective heal for high damage situations.

Prosperity is also a good talent choice but I feel like it gets it performs best when used with Soul of the Forest. Also, I find that I run out of mana very fast when I use Prosperity (because I am used to healing with SotF and after every Swiftmend I'd use Wild growth and old habits are hard to break), but I think when I was running with 2 relics that boosted Swiftmend's heal it was a good choice.

However, it's because both are on cooldowns that I found that Abundance has some good applications. I found it particularly good for Mythic 15+ for Nelth's lair (on scorpions, especially with Fortified and raging) and in Court of Stars (Melandrus with Tyrannical). It works best with Germination so I can have at least 6 rejuvenations out (for 100% regrowth crits) and having 8+ rejuvs means instant spammable healing touches if required. And that includes pets!

And I'm going to show you just how crazy we were this week with the beautiful affixes that we had for the week (and I healed these trying out Abundance).

Yes yes, I know we didn't make the timer, and there are still many hours left before reset so we could be pushed off. However, I think that I have learned a bit more this time around, so I can do better for the next time!

Monday, March 20, 2017

First world problems - 6th legendary and still no ring!

No I don't mean Sephuz's secret. I already have THAT ring.

I mean the Tearstone of Elune. I want that ring!

It was funny because the other day I was doing a Mythic plus dungeon and I was worried about Hyrja since it was Tyrannical week and it is a rough fight to heal. Anna, who plays afflock, said she'd be ok because she had Prydaz and jokingly I said "I need that legendary!" and then I said thoughtfully "Actually, I shouldn't have said that, because now I'll get Prydaz instead of the Tearstone."

Well guess what. The next night, I got a Prydaz in a Mythic plus I was running with Kjersten.

It is a rather good legendary anyway, the stats are great. I am starting to give up on these bloody BIS resto druid legendaries anyway.

So now I have a grand total of seven legendaries, and the one I use the most would be the boomkin one because it is so pathetic for boomkin that I use it for healing Mythic plus. I routinely use the bracers, Edraith, Bonds of Aglaya, with Sephuz's secret for fights where I have to dispel stuff (like Botanist). I have been using the crappy tranquility boots in Gul'dan for Black harvest at the end because we always seem to be hovering at really low health then, even though that legendary is a really lame one.

Prydaz is also really good for tanking! I now use it with Ekowraith, Defender of Worlds. I think I might use it for boomy too.

However, that makes me wonder if I should keep trying for resto druid legendaries. I still have 2 crappy ones I can get, and two good ones.That's a 50% chance of my next legendary being a good one.

However according to that "killpoints" site that everyone was using to see when their next legendary was coming, I am way ahead!

According to the "formula" I should have 4 legendaries. Well, I guess I'm just lucky then to be statistically ahead of the curve wtih my 6!

So I should stop my whinging and be happy.