WarFare Theater: Navimie

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This was my Furtive Father Winter gift to Navimie of The Daily Frostwolf.  The event was put together by Akabeko of Red Cow Rise.  I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I made one of these, apparently I need to a Furtive Father Winter every week in order to make them regularly, lol.  I’ve been brainstorming a lot of ideas lately and acquired new “stars” to feature in future posts, now I just need to stop slacking and put them together already!

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Super Soaker

Tuesday morning before work, I logged into WoW to do a little bit of bag cleaning on my toons when I noticed that Luxy had broadcasted a message looking for a Blood Elf with a Hozen Beach Ball to pose for a screenshot.  I was curious as to what she was up to, so I whispered her that I would be glad to help her out.  She wanted a pic on the beach and since we were on different realms, I suggested we queue up for the Unga Ingoo scenario for the shot.

So we got set up on the beach, both in our beach grab, when she started shooting me with a gun that was turning me blue.  I laughed and asked her what she was shooting me with and she laughed back and told me to read the post she would put up later.

After reading her post, I found out that the gun she was using was the Shado-Pan Geyser Gun, a rare item that can be found in Throne of Thunder.  The gun is bind on account, so it can be sent to other alts and you could also own multiple guns.

And the interesting thing is that it doesn’t drop off any boss, but comes from a jumping game that Blizz snuck into the raid.

Remember those geyser pools that form a circle on the top platform right before Tortos?  Yep, that’s where this mini-game is located.

Arv with the Geysers

I noticed these pools a while back when we first starting working on Tortos and always wondered what they were for.  I didn’t realize they would be part of a hidden game, let alone reward you with a nifty item.

Walking over one of these geysers will launch you in the air and forward in the direction that your toon is facing.  You will also receive a buff called Spray Water that lasts a few seconds.  After certain stacks of the buff, parts of your body begin to shimmer with a watery effect.

So what’s the catch?  You have to maintain not 25, not 50, but 250 consecutive stacks of the Spray Water buff without dropping any.  Yikes.

Sound easy, right?  Well, for some it was.  Luxy managed to get it after three tries and so did NaviLush.  Me?  Not that easy.

So after work Tuesday, I queued Rasfari up specifically for the Forgotten Depths wing of Throne.  As soon as we killed Ji-Kun and the raid left, I ran all the way back to the start of the wing to begin working towards that gun.

It took a couple attempts to get the mechanics of the geysers down, but then I started having trouble with my placements.  I don’t know if it was my computer lagging or what, but I would either swing my camera too far in, which would put me too far from the next pool and my stacks would fall off, or not swing my camera far enough, which would send me over the platform and into the surrounding water.

I even turned on Ras’ Aspect of the Pack to give me a little help running back to a pool in case I overshot it and that helped a little.  I can’t remember how many attempts I took, but I know I was getting increasingly better: 75 stacks on one attempt, then 130 on another, then 162 and so forth.  After getting sick of hearing the pool splashes for the umpteenth time, I decided to give it a break and went to run some arenas with Ryugan to cap our Conquest for the week before the SR raid.

After our raid, I stayed in ToT and went back to work on the geysers again, this time on Arv.  I was on one run when Slice laughingly asked in guild chat if I was working on that spray gun.  I wanted to respond back quick, but couldn’t; good thing for Slice I didn’t have too many stacks before I failed and they dropped off, lol.

The next attempt started really good.  I took quick glances at the counter.

75 stacks, then 100.

This could be it.

150 stacks, then 200.

I finally got this.

212 stacks, then…..splash!

I zoned out and totally overshot the pool, straight into the water.

NOOOOOOOoooooooooo…….

I was so pissed.  I vented my frustration in guild chat.  I whispered both Navi and Luxy how fail I was.  And I seriously thought about giving up, so frustrating to lose it, getting so close.

It was getting late, so I logged off and told myself that tomorrow would be a different day.

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I woke up yesterday morning and logged into WoW again for some toon cleanup, when I decided to give the geysers one try before heading off to work.  Ras was still in ToT in the same place I left him before, so hopped over to him.

The first pull started off great.

25 stacks, then 50.

50 became 75, then 100 stacks.

I then stopped looking at the counter and zoned out again, but this time I was focused and was nailing each pool like a pro.

I took a quick glance at the counter and I was sitting at 200.

Then my hands started to go numb.

Oh noes, not again.

215 stacks, then 220.

I started to shake.

235 stacks, then 240.

I looked ahead and saw that I was coming around to the pools in the back of the platform, the same ones that I would always overshoot on my fail attempts.

If only I can get past these pools….

248 stack, then 249, then…..

250!

BAM!  Finally!  I defeated the geyser boss!

Ras gets 250!

A wave of relief washed over me, no pun intended.  I was so excited that I almost forgot that I still had to go to work, lol.

Ras, on the other hand, looked exhausted.  After 250 stacks, your entire body shimmers and even snowflakes start to fall.

Well done, my friend. =)

"So tired, mon."

“So tired, mon.”

So after I got home from work, I logged in to finally test out my new toy.

As soon as you hit 250 stacks, you immediately get a mail from Taoshi, congratulating you on your efforts and crazy jumping skills.

Letter from Taoshi

Shado-Pan Geyser Gun

According to wowhead, you can target other players and most NPCs with the spray, so I sent the gun over to Arv, where I had some fun in Orgrimmar.

I tried to spray Gamon, but was one of the NPCs that couldn’t be effected by the spray. so I turned the jets on to the Kor’kron instead.

"Back off!"

“Back off!”

I then had some fun with my fellow blood elf brethren, I don’t think they looked too happy getting their hairdo wet, lol.

Spraying the Blood Elves in Org

And what better way to test out the gun’s effects than on that hot-headed orc himself, Garrosh.

"Cool it, brah."

“Cool it, brah.”

Here’s a close up of the gun, I’m not sure if it’s a unique model, but it is pretty cool-looking.

Arv with the Shado-Pan Geyser Gun

I did get to spray my guildies as well last night as we were working on Lei Shen, but I forgot to take screenshots. I’ll have to get some next time.

I know this item may not mean a big deal to others and my bag space is definitely paying for it, but as I was going around Org spraying all the NPCs, all I could think of was the fun times I had with my brother when we were young, playing with the real Soakers.  We used to have all kinds of Super Soakers, from the small handguns to the midsized ones to the massive ones that felt like spraying a firehose, lol.  We even ran around with those belts that carried multiple tanks and we enjoyed spraying each other on those hot summer days.  Those were some good times. =)

Now I just need to get some guildies to get their guns so we can have some water fights of our own, lol.

SDCC 2013 Blizzard Exclusives Review – Shadow Illidan and Sylvanas

So another Comic-Con has gone by and I again missed out on a good one.  The last time I attended the San Diego event was back in 2008 and because of it’s increasing popularity, it’s getting harder and harder just to get tickets to attend it.  I was fortunate to snag Blizzcon tickets though, so I still get to take a trip out to Cali this year.

One of the reasons I really wanted to attend this year’s Con was for the some of the Blizzard exclusives that were being sold, which wasn’t revealed until a couple of weeks before the event.  Two of the exclusives, a Shadow Illidan Funko Pop! figure and a mini Sylvanas figure, are what caught my eye, so I asked a friend who did attend the convention to snag me one of each.  But by the time he got around to the Blizzard booth, they has already sold out of all the figures.  I told him that it was ok and joked about how now I would have to sell my arm and a leg to get one off eBay, lol.  Needless to say, I didn’t have to cut off my appendages to purchase them and found both for a reasonable price.

So here they are in all their out-of-box glory (die-hard collectors must hate me right now =P).

Shadow Illidan and Sylvanas

Chibis in the flesh, er, plastic!  I’ll review each one next.

The Mini Betrayer

Shadow Illidan

I’ve always been a fan of Funko’s Pop! line of figures and Lil’ Ill is no exception.  He stands around 4 1/4 inches tall and despite his exaggerated head, he’s pretty sturdy standing upright.  The color scheme is simple; straight black all around, with the greens to accent the fel energies that flow within him.  My biggest gripe with the figure and you’ve probably already noticed it….one Warglaive.  Really?  Did the little guy get lazy and not go back to the Black Temple to farm the other one? Lol.

Here’s the front of the Illidan box.

Shadow Illidan Front

The SDCC 2013 sticker you see in the front says that the figure was limited to 1008 pieces.  Odd number, if you ask me.  I wonder what the significance is.

And here’s the box of the box.

Shadow Illidan Back

As you can see, the Pop! line is going to include a regular version of Illidan in his purplely form, along with Arthas as the Lich King for the Warcraft figures.  Also included in the Blizzard line are popular characters from the Diablo series, Diablo himself and Tyrael, and from the Starcraft universe, Kerrigan and Jim Raynor.  I plan to own all of them and I hope they look as good as they are on the box.

After studying the box for a bit, I came to the realization that this could be the only Blizzard figures that Funko will make.  The fact that they combined all three Blizzard products into one set leads me to believe that they only intend to sample it.  I’m not sure what other figures from Diablo and Starcraft they could make in Pop! form and we know there’s plenty of candidates from Warcraft.  I’ll take a mini Thrall or even a mini Alexstraza, lol.

As for Illidan here, I think he’s a great figure and recommend getting one yourself or just wait for the regular version to come out.

The Queen of the Undead

Sylvanas

Lil’ Sylvanas surprised me…a lot.  I knew that the figure was small, but I didn’t realize until I got her how REEEEEALLY small she was.  She stands just under 2 1/2 inches tall and comes with a stand to keep her upright.  Most figure stands attach to the bottom of one’s foot; Lil Sylv here has her CAPE attached to base, lol.  Yes, she is that small.  The figure is based on an older model of Sylvanas, not her current smurfy skin-looking color.  She comes with a detachable crossbow that has little grooves that go over her small arms, but isn’t tightly secured.  The crossbow can stay in place, provided you don’t do a lot of moving around with her.

Here is the front of the Sylvanas box.

Sylvanas Front

The SDCC 2013 sticker on the front states that she is one of 2500, more than twice than the number of Illidans made.  Her quote on the front is pretty funny too, I wonder who she could be talking to.

Here is the back of the Sylv box.

Sylvanas Back

Nice little background on Sylvanas, for those who are new.  Other than that, that’s pretty much it.  Nothing on the box says of any other figures or if there’s even a line for them.  The company that produced the figure is called Happy Worker and it looks like this was specifically made for the convention.

Lil’ Sylvanas has great detail and i also recommend getting one if you can.  Just be careful with the crossbow, lol.

Sizing up the Competition

So how do these guys size up with other Warcraft figures made?  Let’s first compare them to the most current line of Warcraft toys out, the Mega Bloks.

Sylvanas, Varian and Shadow Illidan

Varian stands about 2 inches tall, the average height of a Mega Blok figure (unless you have a bunch of goblins and gnomes, then your average goes waaay down, lol).  Illidan easily doubles Varian’s height, his head alone is about the same size.  I expected Sylv to be a lot taller than the Mega Bloks, but she barely is.  I still think the detail on the smaller figures is what amazes me the most, if only we could be larger versions of these.

Speaking of larger figures, let’s now compare them to the now defunct line of Warcraft toys from DC Unlimited.  First up, Lil’ Ill and Big Ill.

Shadow Illidan and Shadow Illidan

*I guess the big guy still thinks he’s still the Dark Knight, lol

I think it’s a pretty close comparison, the Lil’ man needs to go farm for the other ‘glaive though.

And now for Lil’ Sylv and Big Sylv.

Sylvanas and Sylvanas

I guess Lil’ Sylv has a lot of growing up to do, lol.  If she’s not careful, she’ll end up as another skull on Big Sylv’s base.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my review, good luck to those who plan on getting one or both of these figures for themselves.  I plan to post another review once the other Blizzard Pop! figures come out.

Oh, and here’s one more photo for the road. =)

Sylvanas and Varian

Scenarios Complete

I meant to post this along with my latest CMN post, but I had to farm for one more achievement to reach my milestone, lol.

It all started a couple of weeks ago, when Navi asked me to help her get the Protected Unga Keg for the Monkey See, Monkey Kill achievement in Unga Ingoo.  We went through several pugs and got all the bosses except for the Keg.  We then brought Cain along for the farming and we eventually found it.

Monkey See, Monkey Kill

I also got another achievement as well as the one for completing 100 scenarios.

The Keg Runner

Queuing Spree

Then it was off to Greenstone Village for quick achievement I didn’t have.

Save it for Later

I’ve never gotten the Crypt of Forgotten Kings as a random Heroic scenario, so Navi queued us up specifically for it.

Heroic: Crypt of Forgotten Kings

Last week was more of the same, this time the scenario we were grinding was the different parts of Binan Village All-Star.  We took Cain with us and later bought Tacky along for the ride.

Binan Village All-Star

With that, Navi finished her scenario achievements, but I still had a couple more to do.  Off to Theramore we went for No Tank You.

No Tank You

And one last one in A Brewing Storm.

The Perfect Pour

Completing all the special achievements from the original scenarios get you another achievement and a nice gift from Mama Stormstout, an Honorary Brewmaster Keg.

Pub Crawl

Honorary Brewmaster Keg

Using the item puts a keg on your back.  It does clash with any weapons or shields you may have sheathed, so it might look funny on your back.

Honorary Brewmaster Keg Image

I actually prefer the Pandaren Brewpack that you can buy from Brewfest.  The keg is bigger and you can actually drink from it and throw drinks to others for them to consume.

Pandaren Brewpack

Pandaren Brewpack Image

So with all those achievements, that got me to 17995 points.  I tried to find a quick one to obtain and thought of ones from Archeology, but I still needed a bunch of Mantid solves to get close to one.

I ran a random heroic on Ras yesterday and got into a really good group that was blasting through Scholomance.  The tank must have needed the achievement from Rattlegore, which is one I needed to.  Woop!

Rattle No More

And with that, I joined the 18,000 point club.

It's Over 18000!

Whew!  Now all I need to catch Luxy is……2000 more….

/facepalm

WoW TCG Sneak Peak – Timewalkers: Reign of Fire

Reign of Fire booster box image from Cryptozoic

Reign of Fire booster box image from Cryptozoic

Cryptozoic has announced the 21st expansion to the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game – Timewalkers: Reign of Fire.  The scheduled release date is July 23rd, 2013.  This is the third and final set of the Timewalkers Block and will feature 227 cards.  Here is the description of the new set:

Travel back in time to the era of Warcraft 3, as the Timewalkers witness the horrific power of the Burning Legion and its leader, Kil’jaeden. Monstrous players who align themselves with the demonic forces will be rewarded with the new Portal keyword, allowing you to summon more demonic minions with one mighty play. Or you can enlist the power of Medivh the Prophet, one of the two new master heroes in this set, as the former guardian seeks to atone for his grand betrayal by bringing the warring factions together against one common enemy.

With new Humans, Night Elves, Orcs, and Tauren at your disposal, will you assist the Alliance and the Horde in their fight for survival, or will you fight for the monstrous Burning Legion?

For the first time in the history of the TCG, this set will not have any new loot cards.  Instead, all loot cards from prior expansions will be up for grabs, so now you have a chance to pull loot like the D.I.S.C.O., the Flag of Ownership or even the ultra-rare loot cards like the Spectral Tiger mount or Spectral Tiger Cub pet.  I’ve included below all the loot currently available from the TCG and the original set that it came from:

Pets

Mounts

Other

And of course, what’s a TCG set without some great artwork?  Here’s a sample (all images from Cryptozoic):

Ky'lai Darkblood

Ky’lai Darkblood

Drek'thar, Frostwolf General

Drek’thar, Frostwolf General

Zhar'doom

Zhar’doom

Varimathras, Dreadlord Insurgent

Varimathras, Dreadlord Insurgent

So there you have it, Timewalkers: Reign of Fire should be available in a couple of weeks.  I’m a little bummed that there isn’t any new loot cards from this set, but I am excited for a chance to get a Wooly White Rhino, Magic Rooster Egg or any of the Hippogryph mounts from it.  Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping the RCG (Random Card Generator) rolls into my favor, lol.