Saturday, December 29, 2012

Y U NO – Meme History

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Y U NOAn abbreviation of the phrase “why you no,” Y U NO is an image of a stick-figure wearing a distinct facial expression of irritation and anger. It is superimposed with text to form an image macro series that uses a shorthand style commonly used in text messaging as well as erroneous grammar in order to address/question a certain topic. The meme is also sometimes known as TXT BAK or Y U NO guy on the Internet. 

Origin

The clearly disturbed face of the guy is considered to be based from a character from Gantz, a Japanese sci-fi manga / anime series in which two friends died and somehow transported themselves to an unreal world full of violence. The expression is particularly found in Chapter 55: Naked King, which was first published in February 2002 and then translated into English in June 2009.

Origin of the Y U NO Facial Expression

Before it was exploited as the Y U NO image macro, the image has spread around 4chan imageboards.

The first appearance that came with the Y U NO text was seen in a LOLTumblrWallpapers post that garnered a combination of more than 10,000 reblogs & likes on the social blog Tumblr. It said, “I TXT U, Y U NO TXT BAK!?”

First Y U NO TXT BAK

As it started to become popular, several websites that allow users to generate their own meme uploaded the image as an exploitable or a blank template. The common pattern in the text would be “[subject], Y U NO [verb]?”.

Best of Y U NO

Y U NO Victoria's Secret

Y U NO Monday

Y U NO Beyonce

Y U NO Balrog and Gandalf

NASA, Y U NO find real alien

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Goredom – Brawler’s Guild (Rank 1)

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GoredomeGoredom is the third opponent in Rank 1 and the third overall opponent in the Brawler’s Guild. A level 92 shoveltusk with 1.6M health, his fight is fairly easy with only skill to watch out for.

Announcer’s Introduction

Also entering the arena: Goredome! He WILL attempt to gore you. With his dome.

Skills / Abilities / Spells

Lumbering Charge

Goredome readies from a distance and, after a second, charges forward. 

Tactics / Strategy / How to Defeat

Goredom - Rank 1 Brawler's GuildThe fight is quite similar to the first brawl with Bruce, although this time the opponent uses a long-range skill to one shot the player. Every time Goredom uses Lumbering Charge, a red indicator appears on the ground to mark where it will end up killing the player in an instant. Hence, the player need only to move away from the marker before Goredome arrives.

Anyone who suffers from lag, with game latencies going beyond 200ms, may want to move away faster than they should. Actually, it is best stop any actions being done, be it channeling spells or healing with First Aid, and maneuver from the red circle of death the moment it appears since only a second of grace time is given.

The lumbering charge can be interrupted by any rooting spells (such as Frost Nova), stuns, and other skills that cause Goredom loss of control.

Goredome occasionally inflicts the player with normal melee attacks. Fortunately, the damage is weak enough that even Cloth-wearing classes equipped with rare quality gear can withstand the blows.

To summarize, just keep on damaging Goredom unless you need to evade the red circle.

Mage Tips

Avoiding the red marker with a simple Blink should do the trick, so will the aforementioned Frost Nova and spells that cause loss of control.

Video

Brawler's Guild – Goredom (Rank 1)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Vian the Volatile – Brawler’s Guild (Rank 1)

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VianVian the Volatile is the second opponent in Rank 1 and the second overall opponent in the Brawler’s Guild. A level 92 Mogu with 2.1M health, his fight requires precise movement but tolerates a couple of mishaps as contending players deal with his fire-based abilities.

Announcer’s Introduction

In the other corner, we have Vian, the flame-flinging follower of the Thunder King!

Skills / Abilities / Spells

Volatile Flames

Vian conjures a living fire that traverses in a linear fashion and deals 100,000 Fire damage when it touches the player. But when Vian comes in contact with the flame, he will gain the Volatile Armor buff that increases his spell casting speed instead.

Volatile Armor

As Vian bathes in a Volatile Flame, he receives a Volatile Armor buff that increases his casting speed by 10% and his damage by 5%. The buff stacks up to 99 times.

Fire Line

Molten lava erupts from the ground forming a line in front of Vian , causing around 70,000 to 80,000 damage to the player when he’s within 3 yards. The ground continues to burn indefinitely and inflicts 37,000 to 43,000 damage in its radius.

Lava Burst

Vian hurls lava to the player, dealing around 24,000 Fire damage.

Tactics / Strategy / How to Defeat

Vian the VolatileJust like with Bruce, the player needs to move away from the direction that Vian is facing to avoid a deadly skill (in this case, the Fire Line) being cast. Alternately, the skill requires 3 seconds to cast, giving the player ample time to disrupt it through stuns.

Another thing to avoid are the Volatile Flames. At first, Vian will summon one stationary fireball at the center. Then as the battle goes on, more fireballs appear and move in a straight line, requiring you to keep running around even more to avoid damage and prevent Vian from getting buffed up.

Lava Burst can be silenced or interrupt. However, cloth wearers may not want to resort to such action since Vian’s physical melee damage is more harmful than the spell.

Mage Tips

Vian’s fight is not so complicated as to warrant casting certain Mage spells at certain times. Use them as you normally would: Blink to escape, Mirror Image to temporarily divert threat, and so on.

Video

Brawler's Guild - Vian the Volatile (Rank 1)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

That Awkward Moment – Meme History

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That Awkward Moment is a popular hashtag on Twitter, Tumbler, and other social networking sites that is used to indicate that the story or anecdote being told talks about humiliating experiences, especially ones that happen on public. The phrase is sometimes also used in humorous images.

Origin and Popularity

Socially Awkward PenguinThe term “awkward,” while customarily used to denote the lack of social grace and assurance or the lack of dexterity and skill, has been more commonly used in the late 2000s to mean embarrassing or even peculiar social happenings.

The Socially Awkward Penguin, one of 4chan’s advice animal series of image macros, is among the first instances that depict funny and yet awkward experiences. On the other hand, the Tumlbr blog ThatAwkwardMoment is known to be the first one to publish text-based stories of awkward moments, the oldest of which dates back to the blog’s launching on October 13, 2010.

Tumblr ThatAwkwardMoment.net

The phrase thereon became an indispensable source of humor with widespread popularity on Twitter that it has inspired the creation of other relevant blogs and @ handlers. On Facebook, several pages and groups have funny awkward experiences as their names and consequently attracted more than a million of likes.

With many Facebook users failing to grasp the proper usage of the meme, the Urban Dictionary, an online repository for the latest slang words and phrases, perfectly describes “That Awkward Moment” as

some new facebook fad where someone will put on their wall starting with that awkward moment and often times following it with something thats not awkward at all.

Best of That Awkward Moment

That awkward moment when an enemy gives you something you like

That awkward moment when no one cares

That awkward moment when you fart at the wrong time

That awkward moment when you mistake yourself to be called

That awkward moment when you're the one being laughed at

That awkward sex talk with your dad

Monday, December 24, 2012

Bruce – Brawler’s Guild (Rank 1)

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Bruce - Brawler's GuideBruce is the foremost opponent players will face in the Brawler’s Guild. He is a level 92 crocolisk with 1.5m health.

Announcer’s Introduction

Also entering the arena: Bruce, a crocolisk we found!

Skills / Abilities / Spells

Chomp Chomp Chomp

Three successive bites that instantly kills the player when he is in front of Bruce. It takes the beast 2 seconds of uninterruptible casting time before he starts chomping away.

Normal Melee Attack

When not performing his special ability, Bruce normally attacks with minimal damage that even Cloth wearers equipped with blue-quality items can outmatch the crocolisk.

Tactics / Strategy / How to Defeat

Keep attacking Bruce and immediately move away from his front when he begins casting Chomp Chomp Chomp. As he channels the ability, he does not change direction and can be safely attacked from the sides or back.

Some players suggest to NOT run through him or go near his tail because Chomp can inflict damage thereon.

Although uninterruptible, the casting can stopped via stuns.

If the fights goes on beyond 2 minutes, Bruce gets Enraged and deals more damage.

Dead Bruce - Brawler's Guide

Mage Tips

A simple Blink will guarantee your survival against the deadly chomps.

Achievement

When Bruce is defeated and therefore you win your first brawl, you earn the You Are Not Your $#*@! Legplates achievement.

Video

Brawler's Guild - Bruce (Rank 1)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Brawler’s Guild

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Welcome to my comprehensive Brawler’s Guild guide for World of Warcraft!

Fighting in the Brawler's Guild Arena

Blizzard has granted the wishes of many to prove their mettle without any help from other players in a group or party. Now, an individual player can sign up for fights that are just between them and the enemy NPC gladiator (though they may occasionally come as a duo – even a pack of five!) in a closed arena, above of which the other players won’t be able to do nothing else but spectate and either trashtalk or cheer you on during your fights. (Now if only Blizzard introduces a similar 1-vs-1 scenario but between players. Something more official than mere duels…)

Note: If you are looking for specific tactics on how to defeat a certain opponent, jump to the Ranks and Monsters section and click on that opponent’s name to proceed to its strategy guide.

Taken from Blizzard’s 5.1 “Landfall” patch notes:

Underground fighting rings have sprung up in Stormwind and Orgrimmar that will give brawlers who have their mitts on an invitation a chance to earn bragging rights by testing their solo PvE mettle against some of the toughest creatures found in World of Warcraft.

Simply put, the Brawler’s Guild is where you can fight the most challenging of monsters and creatures the World of Warcraft has to offer without having you leave Stormwind/Orgrimmar and travel far and wide in the hopes of encountering these legendary adversaries in the wild. So far, it’s the best solo PvE there is in one convenient location.

How it Works

Any players confident enough to show their prowess are encouraged to join the guild. They start out easy, fighting against lesser creatures and defeating them in order to increase ranking and gain access to more powerful enemies. Increases in ranks not only let you fight tougher creatures, they also let you buy additional rewards and pursue other things in the guild beyond fighting.

Location / Where to Find

The Alliance and the Horde have their own separate versions of the Brawler’s Guild, namely, Bizmo’s Brawlpub and Brawl’gar Arena.

The former is located in the Stormwind side of the Deeprun Tram. As you enter the tunnel, go left and down the ramp to find the pub entrance, which is noticeable thanks to a rotating red light. (Don’t worry as you cross the track; any passing trams won’t kill you.) As its name suggests, Bizmo is the operator of the bloody shindig.

Bizmo's Brawlpub Deeprun Tram Map Location

Bizmo's Brawlpub Entrance

In-game description:

A group of battle-hungry fighters has gathered creatures from all over Azeroth and Outland to participate in bloody arena deathmatches with heroes of the Alliance.

On the other hand, Brawl’gar Arena can be found at the Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar. It’s the building situated northeast on the map.

In-game description:

The warchief has gathered creatures from all over Azeroth and Outland to participate in bloody arena deathmatches with heroes of the Horde.

How to Join / Become a Member

The Brawler’s Guild is an exclusive club for seasoned PvE players. Sadly, gaining access is not mainly through proving your strength, but in the wealth you own. Given that you’re willing enough to spend thousands of gold, you must head to the Black Market Auction House (BMAH) at the Veiled Stair, Pandaria and bid for the Blood-Soaked Invitation(s) being sold there.

Black Market Auction House Listing

Black Market Auction House Location

Alternately, fellow players who are already guild members can invite you. The problem, however, is that they must reach Rank 7 to be rewarded with the Brawler’s Pass, which can be traded or sold to the normal auction houses. Furthermore, only one pass is given per player. Unless those players are your friends, they will most likely sell their passes instead of gifting it in order to make up for their losses when they bought their own invitations from the BMAH. Note that the invitations are account-wide; you don’t have to buy again for your alt characters, no matter their realm and faction.

Lastly, there’s a rare chance that the invitation may drop from certain NPCs. They are added in patch 5.1 and have connections with the Operation: Shieldwall (Alliance) and Dominance Offensive (Horde) factions at the Krasarang Wilds zone in Pandaria. They can be found near or within their faction’s keeps and have a 30-60 respawn timer.

Killable Alliance NPC’s with chance of invitation drops:

  • Dalan Nightbreaker <Champion of Arms>
  • Disha Fearwarden <Champion of the Light>
  • Mavis Harms <Champion of the Shadows>

Killable Horde NPC’s with chance of invitation drops:

  • Kar Warmaker <Champion of Arms>
  • Muerta <Champion of the Light>
  • Ubunti the Shade <Champion of the Shadows>

These mobs, when killed, do not drop the invitations 100%. And when they do drop it, the item is Bind on Pickup and so you can’t trade it to another player.

The Brawls

Signing up for a fight is different from how you queue up for the usual dungeons/raids. Whereas the latter creates a separate instance for you and your group, each realm or server only has one arena. In other words, only one player at a time is pitted against a PvE opponent. As this fight occurs, others who wish to fight as well will have to wait until they are summoned into the arena. In the meantime, they can spectate and observe how the current fight is going, perhaps learning a tip or two for their own match. During times when the arena population is low, cross-realm is implemented to make things livelier.

Bizmo's Brawlpub BouncerTo get listed for a fight, players must talk to a Bizmo’s Brawlpub/Brawl’gar Arena Bouncer. These NPCs can also determine how many people are waiting in line in front of the player. Lastly, a yellow text, “You are next in line!”, flashes on the screen to alert the player.

As means of preparation, some players form a group in order to conveniently enhance each other with buffs and resurrect any dead players who failed to win their match.

Creatures that players fight in the arena are not randomly chosen but are rather in order depending on your rank and reputation points towards your faction’s brawler’s guild. You will only face another creature when you’ve defeated the current one, no matter how many times you’ve been killed by it.

Brawler's Guild

A different strategy is required per creature that involves learning how your skills and spells work and when it’s best to use them. While gear/equipment is still important to deal enough damage against the enemy, situational awareness is even more important. Certain spells from the creatures can kill you in an instant, which means you’ll have to dodge/interrupt/avoid them. Stunning and healing yourself is also important for your survival.

Rewards

If you manage to win a fight, you get teleported back to the other spectators and you receive 250 reputation points and a bag of junk items (initially Brawler’s Purse, then Bulging Brawler’s Purse at higher levels) that are worth a few gold. If you lose and die, your body gets teleported back nonetheless but you get nothing. You can either release your spirit and travel some distance to get back to the guild area or you can ask a healer to resurrect you. You, then, just have to try better next time.

Ranks and Monsters

There are a total of eight ranks, with new players starting out at Rank 1. Each rank requires an accumulation of 1000 reputation points in order to proceed to the next level. Every creature you defeat earns you 250 rep points. Obviously you need to win four times per rank to proceed to the next.

The creatures below are arranged according to who you encounter and must defeat first before facing a new opponent.

Rank

Creatures

Description

In-Game Announcer’s Description

1

Bruce

Crocolisk (Beast)

Also entering the arena: Bruce, a crocolisk we found!

1

Vian the Volatile

Mogu (Humanoid)

In the other corner, we have Vian, the flame-flinging follower of the Thunder King!

1

Goredome

Shoveltusk (Beast)

Also entering the arena: Goredome! He WILL attempt to gore you. With his dome.

1

Dungeon Master Vishas

Human (Humanoid)

Well, wrap me in leather and tug my leash: it's Dungeon Master Vishas!

2

Dippy

Penguin (Beast)

He'll peck your eyes out if you give him a chance. It's Dippy!

2

Kirrawk

Arakkoa (Humanoid)

Also entering the arena: Kirrawk, wind-wielding arrakoa of the Terokkar Forest!

2

Fran & Riddoh

Goblin & Hobgoblin (Humanoid)

In the other corner... a disgusting green pile of goblin idiocy, riding on a lumbering chariot of shame. It's Fran and Riddoh! Everybody boo!

2

King Kulaka

Devilsaur (Beast)

Now this is what I'm talking about! More dinosaurs, please! It's King Kulaka!!

3

Blat

Ooze (Aberration)

Hey hey! Look what we've scooped up for you today... it's Blat!

3

Sanoriak

Flamewaker (Humanoid)

From deep within the bowels of Blackrock Mountain, it's Sanoriak, master of flame!

3

Ixx

Silithid colossus (Beast)

We found this one scuttling in circles in Silithus. From the looks of him, somebody mostly killed him already. It's Ixx!

3

Mazhareen

Tiger (Beast)

We spent days trying to find this one in Sholazar Basin. Welcome to the jungle! It's Mazhareen!

4

Crush

Yeti (Beast)

And in this corner! He's angry. He's deadly. He's a little bit adorable. Straight out of Neverest, it's Crush!

4

Leona Earthwind

Night Elf (Humanoid)

I never thought I'd see the day! Our former champion, out of retirement! Put your big, beefy hands together for Leona Earthwind!

4

Dominika the Illusionist

Draenei (Humanoid)

When I see her smile, it makes me smile. When she casts a spell, it puts a spell on me. When I see her horns, it makes me feel... intrigued. It's Dominika!

4

Deeken

Mechagnome (Mechanical)

Get ready to dance! Deeken's in the house!

5

Millie Watt

Gnome (Humanoid)

Up next, it's Millie Watt! I used to date her in engineering school!

5

Fjoll

Vargul (Undead)

Everybody's favorite magical 12-foot-tall corpse, Fjoll! Am I pronouncing that right?

5

Proboskus

Spore Walker (Beast)

Oh dear... I'm sorry, but it looks like you're going to have to fight Proboskus.

5

Leper Gnome Quintet

Leper Gnomes (Humanoid)

The opposition includes some of Gnomeregan's finest... although they've all seen better days. It's the leper gnome quintet!

6

Yikkan Izu

Unknown (Beast)

We found this one cawing up a storm in Auchindoun. Give it up for Yikkan Izu!

6

Akama

Broken (Humanoid)

Some of you veterans might remember this guy. He may be Broken, but today, he means to break you! It's Akama!

6

Smash Hoofstomp

Tauren (Humanoid)

We also welcome Smash Hoofstomp, the terrible tauren from Thunder Bluff! Look at those GREAT shoulderpads!

6

Unguloxx

Giraffe (Beast)

Quiet down everyone... we don't want to make it angry. Just gaze in silent awe at Unguloxx, the murderaffe!

7

GG Engineering

Gnome & Goblin (Humanoid)

Their partnership was never meant to be. It actually makes me sick a little bit. Here comes GG Engineering!

7

Dark Summoner

Skeletal Mage (Undead)

Also entering the arena: The Dark Summoner. Wow, he doesn't even have a real name. Spooky!

7

Battletron

Arcane Guardian (Mechanical)

Also entering the arena: Battletron! This hunk o' junk is just waiting to explode all over you!

7

Meatball

Gnoll (Humanoid)

 

8

Epicus Maximus

Shark (Beast)

 

8

Disruptron Mk. 3R-Alpha

Mechagnome (Mechanical)

That's actually some pretty good engineering down there. It's Disruptron time!

8

Millhouse Manastorm

Gnome (Humanoid)

We have a special guest today: the always-endearing, ever-resilient, Millhouse Manastorm! Stonecore was merely a setback!

8

Zen’shar

Unknown

 

Consumables

There are two vendors near the arena. One of them is the Alliance brawler’s guild quartermaster, Quackenbush <Bizmo’s Brawlpub Quartermaster>. His Horde equivalent is Paul North <Brawl’gar Arena Quartermaster>. They sell potions that are only consumable during the fights:

Item

Description

Brawler’s Healing Potion

Restores 60,000 health. Only usable in a Brawl arena.

Potion of Brawler’s Might

Increases your Strength by 4,000 for 25 sec. Only usable in a Brawl arena.

Potion of Brawler’s Cunning

Increases your Intellect by 4,000 for 25 sec. Only usable in a Brawl arena.

Potion of Brawler’s Deftness

Increases your Agility by 4,000 for 25 sec. Only usable in a Brawl arena.

Quackenbush - Bizmo's Brawlpub Quartermaster

The other vendor is the Purveyor of Underhand Things, Lidiya Peyton (Alliance) or Esme Sunshadow (Horde). They sell trash items that you can use to throw into the arena and are required to earn the Haters Gonna Hate and Bottle Service achievements.

Item Description

Rotten Apple

Throw the rotten apple.

Rotten Banana

Throw the rotten banana.

Rotten Watermelon

Throw the rotten watermelon.

Expired Blackout Brew

Throw the bottle.

Achievements

  • Bottle Service
    Hit an angry spectator in the head with an Expired Blackout Brew.
  • Haters Gonna Hate
    Win a brawl with ten stacks of You Stink!
  • I’m Your Number One Fan
    Cheer a player on after they have won a brawl.
  • Rabble Rabble Rabble
    Take Willard “Bubbles” Wilcox’s portal to Orgrimmar.
  • The Second Rule of Brawler’s Guild
    Reach Rank 7 with Mizmo’s Brawlpub.
  • You Are Not Your $#*@! Legplates
    Win a brawl.

Addons

[coming soon]

Monday, October 22, 2012

Shadow Hopper

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Bounce a ball with a hatchling 25 times in a row without dropping it.

Shadow Hopper

Achievement Location

You need to be affiliated with the Order of the Cloud Serpents (located in The Arboretum, The Jade Forest) in order to own a hatchling. To do this, your character must have reached level 90 to unlock the starting quest, which requires you to defend the wild cloud serpents at Windward Isle from the Slitherscale reptiles. Soon, you will get a quest that lets you choose one of three eggs. Each has a different color (blue, green, or yellow) that corresponds to what color your baby serpent will be.

Shadow Hopper Achievement Location

Once the critter comes out of the egg, the daily quests are unlocked. One of them is Catch!, which lends you a Bouncy Ball that you can use to play with your pet.

As you and your hatchling throws the ball in the air, a big and dark circle of shadow – more distinct than the smaller and lighter shadow casted by the ball – appears on the ground to indicate where the bouncy ball will land. These spots are where you and your hatchling are going to hop onto one after the other; hence the achievement title Shadow Hopper.

How to complete Shadow Hopper

Whereas the Catch! daily quest counts every successful catch of the ball, you can only complete the achievement if you repeat the process 25 times without dropping the ball.

The most challenging part is finding a sweet spot where you and your pet can play without interruption. Distancing yourself from other players who are also playing catch is best, as you might be confusing each other with so many balls thrown in the air.

Another problem is the occasional bug with the geometry of the terrain; sometimes the ball lands in a location that is impossible to go to. Also, avoid any water.

The Juggler buff appears right after your first successful catch. It will indicate how many more times you need to throw and catch the ball to complete the feat. If you miss a catch, you need to start over by removing the buff and throwing the Bouncy Ball once again.

Other Notes

Once your reputation with the Order rises to Revered, your hatchling will grow and no longer be able to participate in Catch! If you still have not accomplished the achievement by then, you can simply ask the Serpent Master, Elder Anli, to borrow one of the other hatchlings and play with that critter instead.

Elder Anli, the Serpent Master

As sometimes the ball is thrown quite far from you, you will need to use some speed increase skills or spells to help you. What I personally did was to use my flying mount. But to do this all the way to 25 catches, you must only mount RIGHT AFTER your pet has thrown the ball and it’s your turn to catch (note: you get dismounted every time you throw the ball). Mounting beforehand has a likely chance to distract your pet; he will return right by your side instead of throwing the ball.

If you’re lucky, the count gets bugged and will still stack towards 25 despite any misses you made during the game.

Yak Attack

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Kill 15 Sra’thik attackers at the Niuzao Temple within 5 seconds.

Niuzao Temple and the Black Ox

Achievement Location

The Sra’thik are a group of mantid invaders occupying most of the northeastern portion of the island where Niuzao Temple is located. Even the temple is swarmed by these insectoids and the Black Ox himself, Niuzao, can be seen defending the front yard.

Yak Attack Achievement Location

How to complete Yak Attack

The achievement simply requires a perfectly timed pull of 15 Sra’thik mobs just as the Black Ox is nearby. You won’t be actually doing the killing, as it is nearly impossible to do such a feat with so many enemies. On the other hand, any mantid caught in the path of the ox’s rampage is killled instantly when the ox arrives and tramps on them. In short, just position 15 mobs where the ox will be running amok: the outer ring of the courtyard.

The ox is actually not a necessity when doing this achievement with a group of players. For instance, a group of five can simply grab at most three mantids (a good number any class can pull and still survive), rendezvous with the other players at an agreed location, and use all available AoE skills once all mobs have been gathered.

Other Notes

To count the kills as your own (even if the Niuzao does most of the damage), you have to pull the mobs with a spell or skill that does any amount of damage. (I previously rallied the mantids towards the celestial ox’s rampage path without damaging them. It didn’t count towards the achievement.)

Try not to pull the mantids towards a Niuzao Sentinel as the latter will distract the former’s attention and you can’t therefore pull them into the ox’s path.

Mage Tip

As a mage I simply pulled via a fast mount. I was lucky enough not to get dazed from all those attacks from behind. If in case I did get dazed and consequently dismounted, I’d simply use Blink towards Niuzao’s path. He was still too far though, so I had to use Ice Block, Frost Nova, and Mirror Image to buy some more time until he arrived.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Listen to the Drunk Fish

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Harvest each of the following vegetables on a high-forecast day.

- Juicycrunch Carrot
- Scallions
- Red Blossom Leek
- White Turnip
- Green Cabbage
- Mogu Pumpkin
- Pink Turnip

Achievement Location

Jogu the Drunk

To determine which vegetable yields more than usual (i.e., 2 more items of the crop than the usual 5) when harvested the next day, you will need to ask Jogu the Drunk for “word on tomorrow’s crops”.

Unlike most other members of The Tillers, the “drunk fish” can be always found at The Halfhill Market, sitting by the pond that is riddled with remains of eaten fish. The weird thing is that Jogu is a Jinyu, a race of fish-like humanoids native to Pandaria.

Becoming best friends with Jogu will make him sit by the pond near your farm.

Listen to the Drunk Fish - Jogu the Drunk - Achievement Location

How to complete Listen to the Drunk Fish

Every time you ask Jogu for a prediction (which, by the way, is always correct) you will have to pay him a certain amount. You are initially charged 25g whenever you ask. This gradually decreases as you build your relationship with Jogu. When you become best friends with him, you will only need to pay 10 silver.

What's the word on tomorrow's crops?After payment, he will say one of the following:

  • Ughhhh… my head is hazy… try again later.
  • Which berries should you plant? Witchberries, of course!
  • Pumpkins! It'sh gonna be huge, gigantic pumpkins!
  • Shpring for a leek, and you might get two.
  • Oooh... ooooh! My senses are tingling! I see... huge Green Cabbages in your future.
  • Striped melons are quite juishy this time of year! Put some sheeds in the ground, and you will reap the harvest on the morrow.
  • Jade Melonsh grow the color of milky jade. Conditionsh will be perfect tomorrow for growing thish vegetable... I think.
  • You ever heard of a juicycrunch carrot? They'll never be juicier than tomorrow.
  • I'm seeing Pink Turnipsh in your future.
  • Fields of white turnips. Raw and shipicy!
  • Have I ever told you that I hate Scallions? Hate 'em! <Jogu lets out a loud belch.> Unfortunately for me, they're going to be in high season tomorrow.

Other Notes

Do not take the prediction of Jogu when you ask him between 12 midnight and 4 in the morning, server time. His predictions at that time are not meant for the next day, but for the current day. Obviously, whatever crop he mentions that time will not produce additional yields, unless said crop also becomes high-forecast the next day.

If you have already unlocked at least 8 tillable soils (by reaching Honored status with The Tillers faction), you can simply buy and plant each seed of the 7 vegetables required for the achievement everyday. One of them is bound to be bountiful when you harvest them the next day. You just then repeat until all vegetables have been credited.

If you plant a seed and it becomes a Bursting plant, you can immediately harvest it. While it does give additional produce, it won’t be credited towards the achievement. You have to harvest the crop during the day it is supposed to be bountiful!

Harvested crops that are predicted to be bountiful on a certain day have a higher chance of dropping rare items (such as the presents you can give for Tiller members to increase your friendship with them).

As some people would say that WoW copied the farming mini-game from Harvest Moon, I can’t help but relate Jogu’s forecast with the weather forecast you can do via television of the latter game. It’s probably just me, though.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Brew of the Month

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Join the Brew of the Month club.

Brew of the Month Club Membership Form

Brew of the Month Club Membership QuestAchievement Location

Applying for membership is done by exchanging 200 Brewfest Prize Tokens for the membership form to Belbi Quikswitch (Alliance) or Blix Fixwidget (Horde). These two token redeemers can be found at their respective Brewfest camps outside Ironforge and Orgrimmar. The form is actually an item that starts the Brew of the Month quest, which asks you to deliver your form to Ironforge or Orgrimmar. Upon completion of quest, you become a certified BOTM member and get the achievement.

WoW Achievement Guide

Brew of the Month is perhaps the longest to get among the Brewfest achievements. Without spending for other prizes, it would take a couple of days to acquire the required 200 tokens to buy the membership form.

Finishing the normal quests for Brewfest should give you around 100 tokens. To get a hundred more needs repeating daily quests for a few days:

  • Up to 40 tokens can be rewarded if you are able to efficiently deliver, i.e., well under 40 seconds for each round trip, the kegs during the daily run.
  • Advertising for a brew vendor by yelling at different locations around Ironforge or Orgrimmar gives you 15 tokens every day.
  • Successfully repelling the Dark Iron dwarves disruption of Brewfest rewards 10 tokens every 12 hours.
  • The 5-man Coren Direbrew encounter rewards each player a Keg-Shaped Treasure Chest that usually drops more than 10 tokens. The treasure chest is only awarded once per day.

Other Notes

Membership for the BOTM club is renewed every year. So if you have been a member before but has not obtained the achievement yet, you will need to apply again.

If you have spent your tokens for the full Brewfest Garb outfit, you CANNOT get a refund from the token redeemers. FYI, the outfit is worn while dancing in Dalaran in order to get the Disturb the Peace achievement.

The Brewfest Diet

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Eat 8 of the Brewfest foods listed below.

- Dried Sausage
- Pickled Sausage
- Savory Sausage
- Spiced Onion Cheese
- Spicy Smoked Sausage
- Succulent Sausage
- The Essential Brewfest Pretzel
- The Golden Link

Achievement Location

The food vendors are right beside the three rival breweries at the Brewfest camp. Their tents – pointed top and filled with crates instead of just kegs – are easily identifiable from those of the brewers.

Arlen Lochlan - Bread Vendor

WoW Achievement Guide

Most of the food listed for the achievement is sold by sausage vendor, Keiran Donoghue (Alliance) or Bron (Horde). They both sell:

- Dried Sausage
- Pickled Sausage
- Savory Sausage
- Spicy Smoked Sausage
- Succulent Sausage
- The Golden Link

Anne Summers (Alliance) or Agnes Farwithers (Horde), on the other hand, sells:

- Spice Onion Cheese

The last item is sold by Arlen Lochlan (Alliance) or Uta Roughdough (Horde):

- The Essential Brewfest Pretzel

Other Notes

Along with the other points of interest, the food vendors only exist and sell their goods outside Ironforge or Orgrimmar during the Brewfest event.

Your character must be at least level 65 in order to consume all the food in the list.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Direbrewfest

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Kill Coren Direbrew.

Coren Direbrew

Achievement Location

Whereas the Grinch tries to ruin Christmas for everybody, Coren Direbrew leads the party-crashing force of the Dark Iron dwarves in ruining the drunken harvest celebration in World of Warcraft. His reason? He wasn’t invited. Nevertheless, his operations at the Blackrock Depths must be thwarted.

This year (2012), players must be at least level 89 in order to queue in the Dungeon Finder for the encounter. When your group is formed and ready, you will be automatically teleported to the The Grim Guzzler area where Direbrew awaits.

Dungeon Finder for Coren Direbrew

WoW Achievement Guide

Direbrew initially was a level 40 seasonal boss back in vanilla WoW. Over the years and as new expansions were released, he continually evolved and became stronger: the release of Mist of Pandaria now turns him into a level 90 dungeon boss. He is quite a challenge for the many players.

The fight is not a simple tank and spank; some degree of alertness is required. The most dangerous thing to watch out is when one of the adds chuck a barrel on the tanks head, resetting his threat to zero, and consequently making Coren Direbrew switch target.

Rewards

Direbrew certainly is on par with heroic dungeon bosses but the benefit of defeating him is also great. He drops six trinkets, all of which are item level 470 and great for PVE purposes for level 90 characters.

Item Name Description
Mithril Wristwatch Spell Power/Crit
Thousand-Year Pickled Egg Intellect/Healing
Coren’s Cold Chromium Coaster Attack Power/Crit
Brawler’s Statue Dodge
Bubbliest Brightbrew Charm Stamina
Bitterest Balebrew Charm Stamina

Besides the trinkets, a treasure chest is also rewarded that has a chance to drop the following:

Item Name Description
Brewfest Prize Token Season Currency
Direbrew’s Bloodied Shanker One-Hand Dagger
Tremendous Tankard O’ Terror One-Hand Mace
Direbrew’s Remote Teleports you to the Grim Guzzler.
Great Brewfest Kodo Mount
Swift Brewfest Ram Mount

The treasure chest is only obtainable once per day, although you can still queue for the encounter to get the trinkets.

Mage Tips

To make the fight easier and quicker, make sure to use Time Warp to increase everyone’s casting and attack speed.

If you are living the potential of a mage, you will deal an enormous damage that, when the tank gets barreled, Coren will come after you. It is best to be a at distance since the beginning of the fight as one or two hits from him can deal a devastating, if not fatal, blow to you. Use any defensive skills in your arsenal (Invisibility, Ice Block, etc) when you are being targeted. Once the barrel is worn off from the tank, Coren will go back and target him once again.

Help the healer from the attacking adds if need be. In most cases, you just have to focus on the boss.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Does Your Wolpertinger Linger?

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Obtain a Wolpertinger pet.

Brewfest VendorAchievement Location

There is a quest called Catch the Wild Wolpertinger! – given by Goldark Snipehunter for Alliance – which, upon completion, offers a Wolpertinger’s Tankard item that teaches you of summoning the pet. Alternatively, the tankard can be bought from Belbi Quikswitch – the Brewfest Token Redeemer – for 200 Brewfest Prize Tokens. Both questgiver and token redeemer can be found at the Brewfest camp.

WoW Achievement Guide

Wild WolpertingerThe Wolpertinger is a real-world reference to a fictitious animal originating from Bavarian folklore. It supposedly is a small mammal with body parts (e.g., antlers, wings, tails, and fangs) from various different animals attached to it.

Stunned WolpertingerIf you are short of tokens to just buy the pet, you have no choice but to complete the quest. The effort only takes a few minutes. When you accept the quest, you are given the Wolpertinger Net for catching five of the little critters. To be able to find them roaming around the camp, you need to be drunk or totally smashed via alcohol or a simulation using the Synthebrew Goggles – an item you can ask from Goldark.

Other Notes

A simple macro would make the already easy quest even faster to accomplish:

/target Wild Wolpertinger
/use Wolpertinger Net

The Horde equivalents of the Alliance questgiver and token redeemer are Glodrak Huntsniper and Blix Fixwidget, respectively.

The achievement cannot be obtained if you obtained your pet as a battle pet that is sold from the auction house.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Drunken Stupor

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Fall 65 yards without dying while completely smashed during the Brewfest Holiday.

Achievement Location

The feat of falling can be performed anywhere to get achievement credit as long as the Brewfest event is still ongoing.

Drunken Stupor Achievement

WoW Achievement Guide

The strategy to do this is similar to the achievement “Going Down?”, with the sole difference of being drunk of the highest degree (or, in WoW terminology, being completely smashed) as you attempt to fall 65 yards without literally getting smashed on the ground like a tomato.

Completing this is fairly easy when using a flying mount. All you need to do is fly, take note of the size of your mount’s shadow, then dismount and fall. If at that particular height you did not get the achievement, just replenish the life lost from fall damage, fly again but this time a little higher. To determine this, just make sure the shadow your mount is making is smaller than before. If, on the other hand, you died on the first attempt, obviously you need to fall down at a lower height, which means the shadow casted this time must be bigger than before.

Other Notes

You must fall on hard ground. Falling into water does not count.

If you attempted at a fatal height and died, your inebriation goes away and you must be completely smashed again to get the achievement.

As a substitute to getting really drunk, the Synthebrew Goggles – an ocular device simulates the effect of alcohol. It is handed out by Goldark Snipehunter (or Glodrak Huntsniper for the Horde) at the Brewfest camp. Removing the simulated intoxication is simply done by unequipping the googles.

Mage Tips

Just use Slow Fall so you don’t die from fall damage. Be sure to cast it before flying and falling down, as casting it while falling strangely does not count towards getting the achievement. This is apparently because WoW checks for the distance and any change of speed while falling (except acceleration due to gravity).

Alternatively, you can also use Ice Block midair to avoid damage upon landing.

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Strange Brew

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Drink the Brewfest beers listed below.

- Barleybrew Clear
- Barleybrew Dark
- Barleybrew Light
- Gordok Grog
- Mudder’s Milk
- Ogre Mead
- Thunder 45
- Thunderbrew Ale
- Thunderbrew Stout

Achievement Location

Besides the food being sold at tents, three rival breweries – the Barleybrews, Thunderbrews, and Gordok brewers – are brandishing booze at the Brewfest camp outside Alliance capital cities.

Barleybrew Brewers

Gordok Brewers

Thunderbrew Brewers

WoW Achievement Guide

Every three of the nine beers in the list above are sold separately by the three drinks vendors. The names of most beer can already tell you which beer brewer you can buy them from.

Each beer have a different character level requirement, ranging from 1 to 65. They also require Brewfest to be ongoing, you cannot get the achievement by leveling up first to the required levels and drinking them later post-Brewfest. The beers actually disappear from your inventory!

Other Notes

While the aforementioned vendors camped at Ironforge are the most convenient to buy the beers from during Brewfest (because most other achievements are done there), there are also other vendors selling them in other capital cities.

Most beer, if not all, give a “well fed” buff when you keep drinking each of them for more than 10 seconds. This, however, is not necessary to get the achievement.

The Horde version of the achievement requires a different set of booze to drink:

- Brewdoo Magic
- Gordok Grog
- Jungle River Water
- Long Stride Brew
- Mudder’s Milk
- Ogre Mead
- Path of Brew
- Small Step Brew
- Stout Shrunken Head

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Down with the Dark Iron

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Dark Iron GuzzlerDefend the Brewfest Camp from the Dark Iron attack and complete the quest. “This One Time, When I Was Drunk…”

Achievement Location

To the southwest mountain base of Ironforge, breweries and partakers set up camp to celebrate the annual Brewfest. While the event organizer promises it to be the perfect holiday, Dark Iron dwarves occasionally – every 30 minutes for 5 minutes – “attack” the free brew being dispensed for everyone. They arrive from the underground through their large drilling machines.

Down with the Dark Iron Location

WoW Achievement Guide

When the attack is in motion:

Complimentary Brewfest Sampler Drink a Complimentary Brewfest Sampler on the table. This gives you an item of the same name in your inventory. While aiming at an invading Dark Iron Guzzler, right-click on the item to throw it at them. (It’d be faster doing this by assigning the item to an action button. Or even better, create a targeting macro!) Nearby NPC’s will throw you more mugs for you to hit the enemy dwarves with.

There are big mugs that randomly appear on the ground that grants you a “whirlwind effect” to stop more drunken invaders.

If the invaders fails to destroy all the kegs, they will retreat and leave behind a big cog on the ground. Interacting with it gives you the quest “This One Time, When I Was Drunk…”

Personal Note

How I got the achievement was a rather fortunate albeit boring one. I happened to arrive at the festival grounds after the attack has already been thwarted. All that was left was the big cog lying there with a big quest marker above it. While an easier option, I suggest participating in the defense. It’s a fun one!

Other Notes

While the invasion happens a lot in a single day, the cog that is left behind can only be looted for Brewfest Prize Tokens every 12 hours.

A good deal of players are needed to successfully defend the booze. Encourage other players nearby to not just spectate the attack but actively throw mugs at the Dark Iron dwarves as well.

If possible, do not lose any of the three kegs to the dwarves. With one lost, for instance, the remaining two will be swarmed by more dwarves.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

And the Meek Shall Inherit Kalimdor

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Angry Little SquirrelHelp each of the following critters get revenge on the mean old fire elementals.

- Angry Little Squirrel
- Alpine Songbird
- Hyjal Bear Cub
- Child of Tortolla

Achievement Location

All four critters inhabit the light forest called The Regrowth to the west of the Grove of Aessina, Hyjal. The angry little squirrels are scattered all throughout the forest, standing at rocks and trees. They can be hard to spot from afar and are not targetable. On the other hand, the alpine songbirds fly closely around the trees while the bigger flock of birds roam more freely. To the north are where the bear cubs can be found, supposedly stuck at the treetops as a couple of Cerberus-inspired twin headed core hounds await at the ground. Lastly, the little turtles are being bullied by the skeletal flame terrors down south, near the lake.

And the Meek Shall Inherit Kalimdor Achievement Location

WoW Achievement Guide

Angry Little Squirrel

Despite being the smallest of all four, these tree rodents are the most aggressive. They do not hesitate in throwing nuts at any fire elemental passing nearby. As you do not have any direct control over their actions, all you have to do is pull/aggro an elemental close to the squirrels and wait for them to lob a nut. As soon as it hits, you shall hear a “bonk” sound. This indicates that you just got the sub-achievement credit.

Alpine Songbird

Alpine SongbirdOne of the dailies in the Firelands Invasion story is the Wings Aflame quest, unlocked right after completing its prerequisite Call the Flock. The former will task you to summon the avian creature of flame known as Millagazor. To get credit, you just damage her down until she decides to escape. When this happens, a flock of birds (that you saved in the Call the Flock quest) will join the fight. Let them deal the final blow; do not slay her yourself.

Hyjal Bear Cub

The Those Bears Up There daily quest would have you rescue those poor cubs stuck in the trees. But instead of throwing them to safety via the trampoline, hurl one at one of the core hounds instead. It’s easier to do if you aim at one who is currently sleeping. If successful, the hound runs away startled.

Hyjal Bear Cub

Child of Tortolla

The daily quest Punting Season would have you kick those bullied little turtles into the water body nearby. To complete the sub-achievement, successfully punt one at a flame terror instead, which dies when hit.

Child of Tortolla

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