***SPOILER ALERT!!! The following post contains events from Patch 5.3, so read at your own risk!***
“Da Darkspear never gonna give up.”
Patch 5.3 hit last week and the time to end Garrosh’s reign as the leader of the Horde and take back Orgrimmar has begun! The first thing I did Tuesday was to start the new questline, which involved the new scenarios. With these new scenarios came Heroic versions as well and weren’t too difficult to complete. Completing your first Heroic scenario of the day can reward you with a ilevel 516 item, which is a nice upgrade from your standard ilevel 502 drops from LFR Throne of Thunder.
The first scenario you’re given by Lorewalker Cho is Blood in the Snow, which is a story told from the Alliance side, so Hordies get to be transformed into the Alliance, similar to the Culling of Stratholme instance. This scenario was pretty quick, just be careful of the patrolling mobs, they could make your Heroic run messy.
The next scenario you’re given is the Dark Heart of Pandaria, which involves investigating the hole that the Horde dug up in the Vale of the Eternal Blossoms. The only tricky parts I found here were pulling too many of the Elementals at the beginning and make sure to keep moving on the last boss.
I also noticed this giant Mogu NPC named Norushen at the end of the scenario. I wonder what role he has in all of this..
Afterwards, Cho sends you to Sen’jin Village to meet with Vol’jin, Chen and Thrall. Vol’jin plans on taking over Razor Hill, which will act as his staging grounds for the upcoming assault on Orgrimmar.
Once Razor Hill is under control, Cho will send you on a quest in Kun-Lai to help Seer Hao Pham Roo get to the top of Mount Neverest where he gives you information on the final Sha and rewards you with ilevel 502 boots.
Back in Razor Hill, you’re given a weekly quest to gather supplies from certain mobs in the Northern Barrens to assist in the siege of Orgrimmar efforts. You need to collect 150 supplies of wood, meat, stone and oil and you’re rewarded with 200 Valor points and a Radical Mojo. The Radical Mojo can be used to purchase a mini hydra pet, Gahz’rooki, a Brawler’s Guild quest or to convert any of the Kor’kron vestments you find in the Barrens to a ilevel 489 armor piece for your spec. Kinda pointless for your main toon since they should have better, but would definitely help out any alts that might need it.
After completing the weekly quest, you’re rewarded with an achievement. If you are Horde, you are also granted the title, “Darkspear Revolutionary”.
Sadly, it’s not a sharable title that you can have on your other Horde toons, so you’ll have to complete the questline again if you want it. I think the title goes great with any Troll, but my hunter is only 86, so he’s got a long way to go, lol.
Completing the questline on the Alliance side grants you the “Hordebreaker” title, which sounds sooo much cooler. I’ll have to get working on Val so that she can sport that title in true Alliance fashion.
I thought the story progression for 5.3 was done well, albeit short, but it definitely sets us up for what’s to come in the 5.4 raid. Look out Garrosh, your time as ruler of the Horde is about to come to an end!