20 Days of WoW Blogging – Day 5 – Your Favorite Item(s) in Game
Today’s much delayed blog topic is on my favorite items in WoW. In all honesty, the list could be fairly long, so I pondered long and hard (that’s my lame excuse for taking so long to write and publish this) while I tried to narrow it down to a couple of things.
So without further adieu, I present SOME of my favorite items in WoW!
WoW Trading Card Items
I have to admit that I am a HUGE junkie of the Trading Card Game loot. It started back in the Burning Crusade when the Reins of the Swift Spectral Tiger appeared as a loot card for the TCG. I have always loved the cat mounts that the Night Elves got for their ground mounts, and was saddened by the lack of cats on the Horde side. When the Fires of Outland Booster packs were released and pictures of the mount were published, I decided that I didn’t care how much the mount cost, I wanted it. I watched eBay for a period of time and grabbed two cards when they got “fairly” cheap (fairly being the operative word here); one for Mal, and one for me. Hands down, this is my favorite mount from the WoW TCG, but I am very sad that it’s still only available for 1 character 😦
Other trading card loot that I have acquired includes the Big Battle Bear, (which Mal got really lucky and got in the first booster pack he opened), the Hippogryph Hatchling, the Picnic Basket, the Fishing Chair, along with multiples of the Path of Illidan, Path of Cenarius, Party G.R.E.N.A.D.E, and Sandbox Tiger. I’ve given the Epic Purple Shirt to Mal, along with the Foam Sword Rack. A friend went to a convention and came back with the Instant Statue Pedestal for me too!
Sometimes we get lucky and acquire the cards through the boosters we buy, other times I go to some specific card dealers to pick up ones I want.
The header picture was actually a combination of people and loot cards–I needed to do the Crucible on my hunter and once our little 5-man group got done, we had a TCG party in the middle of the arena. Mal pulled out the sword rack and someone else popped a D.I.S.C.O. and and their Picnic Basket. We probably goofed off for about 30 minutes! That’s one of the great things about the TCG stuff–it’s a fun way to relax or get to know other players. The sword rack was always great at the Horde bank in Dalaran–we’d have battles that would go on with half the realm until the rack finally despawned!
So, if anyone wants any TCG game cards, let me know. I have about 3K cards and I have no f’n clue how to play the damn game.
Vial of the Sands
Another one of my favorite items is a mount, the Vial of the Sands. My luck was going well with Archaeology–I had gotten to the point where I could start digging in the Cataclysm zones (and hope that I don’t die because I had been leveling via Archaeology ONLY), and Uldum popped up. After my first dig, I had gotten a Canopic Jar as the first thing to assemble! I ended up not having time to work on it again until my birthday (which I decided to sit and do nothing but play WoW on), but when I had gathered all the pieces and assembled it, Mal looked at me expectantly while he wanted for me to open the jar. I joked and said “wouldn’t it be great if the pattern were in this first jar?” as I opened it. And low and behold, there was the pattern to the Vial of the Sands! Mal bugged out over the chance of that happening, especially after reading the comments on WoWHead! We proceeded to start burning transmutes to get the Truegold made, and I funneled money over to Mal’s Goblin Mage for the discount (which is no longer available in game) on the remaining mats. About 5 days after getting the pattern, I had a Sandstone Drake of my very own!
My last two favorite items in game have been featured on this blog before, the Reins of the Drake of the North Wind, and the Reins of the Raven Lord. I was able to pick up the Drake of the North Wind in an LFD PuG at level 84 in the Vortex Pinnacle. With a 0.8% drop rate, you can say that I was VERY surprised when it dropped, and then even MORE surprised when I won the roll. This would be the second time I’ve won a mount drop in LFD. In Wrath, the Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake dropped for my original Paladin, Valkyrii, during an LFD random that dumped me into UP. Since then, it’s only dropped one other time, for my priest, Gabby, but I gave the mount to Mal’s DK.
Aside from Mal yelling at me for slacking on getting this post up, he was surprised that my favorite items in WoW tied back to my mount collection. In his words, I’m not a mount collector, so why would those be my favorite items. I guess it boils down to the fact that I’m a woman and I love pretty things. The mounts in WoW are usually quite pretty, and I’m dorky enough to want them based on looks. I could have gone into outfits, but I don’t need to show you all that my favorite get-ups are usually WoW hooker material, so we’ll just ignore my little clothing collections and stick with mounts.
Tomorrow’s blog post will be about my WoW workplace, so be prepared for high levels of nerditry when you realize that my entire basement is a WoW haven (I’ll even include a picture of Frostmourne hanging over one of my bars).
I’ll also be blogging later today per a recommendation from Snack about my past week of WoW frustrations and the resolution of the issues, along with capturing what I consider the essence of a perfect WoW guild.