About Cymre

A disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items, class sets as well as all things pets.

Who Are You?

OK, so I’ve copied a few of my characters over to the beta and I have to say – they are unrecognisable with their updated models. Even though it was a good way to test the Garrison when my Horde one had stalled, I came face-to-face with someone who didn’t look that impressed and I can’t say I blame her.

Alliance-backpack

After all, this is how she’s looked since 2006.

Cymry Rank10

About a week ago, I copied my hunter over but I can’t get over her radical changes. I mean, the Artcraft posts are one thing but when it comes to your own character, it becomes very personal, especially when you’ve played her since the beginning.

Tallys updated model

This made me quite nervous about my beloved race but after the female Draenei was revealed, I felt rather relieved. I can only hope we’ll get something similar for the Blood Elves and from Bashiok’s comment on the forums several days ago, I’m feeling hopeful.

BE-model-update

Engineering Additions

A lot of recipes were added to yesterday’s beta build so I’ve been anxious to make the new Blingtron 5000 and three of the engineering pets.

Blingtron 5000

So far, he hasn’t given me anything interesting but I’ve only picked up two packages and have yet to battle another Blingtron.

Blingron requires 60x Gearspring Parts and 600 engineering with only 30x Gearspring Parts needed for each pet. Gearspring Parts are easily generated from work orders in the Engineering Works with an increased production if you have a follower assigned.

Mechanical-Axebeak

Now check out the details on the Mechanical Axebeak. I wasn’t too impressed with the normal hunter and organic battle pet axebeaks but this one is a lot more impressive.

Mechanical-Scorpid

Here’s the Mechanical Scorpid.

I decided to go back to the garrison after a short trip to Nagrand thinking it would make a nice backdrop for the Lifelike Mechanical Frostboar but forgot how clingy my pets can be. Lil’ Xu-Fu kept following me around so I alt-tabbed (hoping he’d turn around and walk away in the process).

Well he didn’t.

I zoomed out my camera and saw this…

pile up

I can’t even tell how many pets are on top of me >.<

Pile up on the garrison border!

Bullocks

The Celestial Tournament only held one item of interest for Cool but it wasn’t high on his list of priorities. Even so, he wanted the pet so I’ve been helping him out with a lot of my duplicates and recommending which DMF pets to buy. By the time he worked his way up the tamer circuit and successfully challenged Aki, he was well on his way to collecting the last Pandaren Spirit (after giving him the other three).

Cool pet battles

Until now, he’s been a pretty casual battler so when he seemed more interested in giving the Tournament a go, I felt up to the challenge. At the time, he had already levelled 10 pets so I created a spreadsheet with the teams and pets I recommended for each opponent. This helped me determine what he still needed to capture and level while I focussed on pets he already had as opposed to a replica of the teams I used in the past.

With a pretty low tolerance for pet battling, I told him which wild pets to collect while buying any cheap ones from the AH. The Menagerie Custodian was the only one we had to farm when I noticed its ridiculous sell price. Considering how easy it is to farm, I wondered how many they actually sold back then. Coolidge managed to get it on his second run through Kara which worked out as four runs between us.

Cool pet battle storm

With his limited playtime, I helped power-level a number of pets while he worked on levelling his own every few days. At times he would say it was “too much trouble” but after teaching him my tamer circuit, it became easier and easier.

At times he seemed to enjoy the experience, especially when the match went particularly well or with a nicely timed crit but most of the time it was hard to keep him motivated. On a bad day, he would remind me that he had “all expansion to do it” and was too much trouble for just one pet but this is the pinnacle of pet battling. It’s supposed to be hard or at least a challenge.

This was probably six months ago now.

Fast forward to the present where we finished levelling his last three pets for the tournament. I have to say, it was a nice surprise when he asked for “[my] help with one of my favourite activities in the game”, coaching him through my first four tamer battles. Now if he was going to complete the tournament in any given week, I would hope it was the following trio with Mari, Blingtron and Kiryn – particularly that last fight.

Winning the tournament meant one thing – little Zao.

Cool-Xao

Being a tank, it was really a no-brainer.