I have been playing Arcane wizard since Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls came out, and I finally got the final set pieces to complete my favorite 4 set bonuses during the anniversary buff. My wizard is now running both 4 set Vyr’s Set and 4 set Tal Rasha set. For those who don’t know what these are, here is one item from each set showing the 4 set bonuses:
Given that my game library is currently full of games that I still need to play and finish, I haven’t really spent a lot on buying new games during this summer sale, except on Day 1 of the sale when I picked up Bioshock Infinite and Dark Souls. Today’s line has some great multiplayer A-RPG games which I would highly recommend to anyone looking to play some multiplayer A-RPG with friends.
From today’s line up my favorites are Torchlight II and Magicka. Torchlight 2 is a great improvement over its predecessor and with multiplayer its a blast. The story line is still quite poor, but the game has some excellent combat. The enemies have way more affixes than the ones that Diablo 3 monsters had, and are more fun and challenging at the same time. One drawback of the game is that there is no option to respec completely. The game allows you to only respec the last three talents that you’ve chosen, however, there is a player mod which adds a respec potion to your inventory, which will allow you to respec. With a level cap of 100, the game promises hours of fun with friends. I’ve myself reached level ~90 as a mage. The great thing about the game is that, unlike Diablo 3 you are not locked into playing the same story line over and over again. After you finish the game the first time, you unlock mapworks, which allows players to buy random dungeons maps with various predefined affixes on players or monsters for endless fun.
Dark Souls : Prepare to Die edition is up for sale again as a daily deal today, if you missed the flash sale on Day 1.
I haven’t played any of the games listed in today’s deals, but I am really excited about playing Dark Souls : Prepare to Die edition, which I picked up on the first day during a flash sale for the same price. The game looks fantastic, though it is recommended that you should play it with a controller. The mouse and keyboard port is not that great and though there are mods which fix a few issues, people still complain that the gameplay is not really smooth with mouse and keyboard. So unless you own a Xbox controller for the pc (~30$), this may not be a deal for you. The game itself costs 20$ on the console.
I haven’t picked up any new games since the deals on day 1. This is very surprising since usually on steam sales I pick up something almost every other day. I’m not sure if I already own the games that I wanted to play this time around, or the daily and flash deals are actually not that exciting this time around.
I would recommend Serious Sam 3: BFE if you love shooters. This is a serious load of fun, playing solo or with friends, though it is a much more difficult game when playing solo, since multiplayer allows you to re-spawn upon death, as long as one of the players is still alive. Like it predecessors, Serious Sam 3, the maps are large, mostly open space, and the game sends hordes of enemies at you from all directions. The story is almost non-existent, but that is usually what you expect from a game like Serious Sam, which is all about mowing down enemies with the largest weapons you can find. For $3.99, it is a steal.
I feel like I have finally completed my shado pan transmog for my monk RollingPin. I was inspired to do a shado pan transmog after reading a post by wreckage88 on reddit a few months ago. Even though I started out with this recommendations, I eventually used only the chest and the leggings from his list.
Here are the items I have used for the transmog to get this look:
- Vest of Flowing Water
- Booty Bay Pantaloons
- Gloves of Fanatical Zealotry
- Shoulderpads of the Intruder
- Waistguard of the Creator
- Encroaching Treads
- and finally, Replica Shado-pan helmet, without which it wouldn’t be a shado pan transmog.
Most of the items, namely the chest, gloves, boots and leggings, are acquired from doing low-level quests in Azeroth and require very little time, except for the Booty Bay Pantaloons which are acquired as a quest reward from a rather long quest for Bloodsail Pirates. These quest can be completed in an hour, especially for high level characters, however, the remaining items may take much longer.
The helmet can be bought from Shado pan quartermaster after becoming exalted with them, and this took weeks in patch 5.1, however, now that 5.2 is live and allows you to gain reputations towards 5.1 factions from doing heroics, this may be much easier to get. The shoulders and the belt are a random drop from doing Ulduar 25 man (shoulders from Steelbreaker and belt from Mimiron), and I got them both in my recent run, a couple of weeks ago. Getting these might take some time, since you can do Ulduar only once a week and drops may not drop the first time around. If you have some friends, running 25 man Ulduar can give additional drops from the bosses, increasing the chance of getting them.
Since drops from Ulduar can take quite some time, you can use the following items from wreckage88’s original recommendations to complete the transmog:
Puncture-Binding Spaulder – I sported the look of these one-sided shoulders for a while, until I got the drop from Ulduar and they look great.
Mud’s Crushers – These gloves share the same model as Gloves of Fanatical Zealotry, used in my set. However, I had already finished the quest for mud’s crushers, so I chose to go for gloves of fanatical zealtory.
There is unfortunately no alternative for the shado pan helmet, but even without it the transmog looks amazing.
Now I need to find a good looking transmog set for my healing gear. Until then, here’s another picture of RollingPin looking awesome:
Blizzard announced on Monday 3/11 that they had reduced the health of the Gurubashi, Amani, Drakkari, and Farraki adds on the Horridon encounter.
We’ve been attempting Horridon, for 2 nights now, and we didn’t have a clean transition from Gate 2 to Gate 3. We still had 3-4 mobs alive when gate 3 opened, and it would soon overwhelm us and wipe us. At 25 wipes in the first week of 10 Normal, we were about to give up and wait until we get more gear upgrades.
However, Monday’s hotfix, brought new hope and we decided to raid and give this more attempts, even though it is usually an off night for the group. The reduced health of the adds makes the transitions really smooth, and we had the boss down in a couple of attempts. Woo hoo !
For those wondering, our group has an average ilevel of 492-494 – and no heroic gear from tier 14. So this boss is now possible to kill without having an ilevel of 502, as was previously required.
Next up, Council of Elders, but before that it is time to hit LFR today evening and get some upgrades.
So, there is no cow level, but you can go to a land of ponies and bears in Diablo 3. However, unlike Diablo 2, the road to whimsyshire is not easy and is very expensive. You require five key ingredients to open the way to this whimsical land of cute creatures, namely:
- Leoric’s Shinbone (Act I) : Found Inside of the fireplace in Leoric’s Manor (Click on the burnt logs)
- The Black Mushroom (Act I) – Found in the cathedral, most commonly floor 1 (Click on the mushroom pile
- Liquid Rainbow (Act II) : Inside of a mysterious cave in act 2 found in Path to Oasis
- Wirt’s Bell (Act II) : Bought for 100,000 gold from Squirt the Peddler in the Act 2 in the middle of Caldeum Bazaar
- Gibbering Gemstone (Act III) : Drops from Chiltara in the Caves of Frost(Found after Bridge of Korsikk)
- Plans: Staff of Herding (Act IV) : The recipe to craft the staff is a drop from Izual (Act 4 Boss)