Monday, April 21, 2008

Unlocking Epicness

I realize that this may be old news for a number of people, but I'm still kind of surprised at how many people don't understand what we get from opening the phases for the new daily quests. If Bronzebeard was like most servers (which I'm sure it is), people were very focused on progressing us to phase 3 and unlocking the Badge gear vendor. I think we had the anvil built before we were even 50% through phase 3. So, let me focus on something other than creating the anvil for the badge gear vendor.

From some of the feedback I got, people understood that opening new phases would allow additional bosses to be accessed in the 25-man Sunwell Plataeu raid. (Edit: Thanks for the clarification, Matticus. See? Even I screwed it up. lol.) But since there's only about 4 guilds on our server that could attempt that, a lot of people got the WIIFM attitude. (What's In It For Me?) Let me spell it out in 2 words:

Epic Gems

Up until 2.4, the only way you could get uncut epic gems was by raiding Black Temple or mining a certain node in Mount Hyjal. That's it. There were a few other epic gems that dropped in Heroics, but they certainly weren't customizable as the uncut gems are. Furthermore, in order to cut the gem, you'd have to have Scale of the Sands reputation, which again... would be Mount Hyjal rep.

With the latest patch, all of the gem cuts can be obtained by reputation with the Shattered Sun Offensive. Magtheridon drops a Black Sack of Gems which contains 3 epic gems. And finally, you can also purchase gems from a different Badge Vendor.

The Gem Badge Vendor
Once your server finally opens up phase 4 through daily quests, you can now work on the daily quest to open up the Badge Vendor that sells uncut, epic gems. For a mere 10 Badges, you can purchase a nice, shiny, uncut, epic gem. (Edit:) This quest is called Discovering your Roots, and it can be found in the recently reclaimed harbor Inn. The quest requires you to go back to Shatt, fly NE to an elevated part of Terrokar Forrest to gather some roots. Pretty easy and straight forward.

So please, don't just focus on the Badge Gear Vendor. There's more to the Shattered Sun's plot to equip us all than that. They also want to make our gear the best it can be via these upgraded gems. So, get out there and do the dailies that will unlock stuff for your server AND for YOU!

7 comments:

Matticus said...

Last I checked, the unlocking of all the bosses was on a timed schedule so that all servers would get access to them at the same time.

Logan said...

"So please, don't just focus on the Badge Gear Vendor. There's more to the Shattered Sun's plot to equip us all than that. They also want to make our gear the best it can be via these upgraded gems. So, get out there and do the dailies that will unlock stuff for your server AND for YOU!"

QFT

gnicodemus said...

OK, I'll admit my total cluelessness here. Which daily(ies?) contributes to unlocking the gems? I like doing all the new dailies for the cash, but if I really wanted to be a team player and could only do one or two on certain days . . . which one(s) should I be focused on right now?

Leiandra said...

Wow... this post was full of edits. Good thing I'm not getting paid for this. I updated the post, Gnic. The quest is called Discovering Your Roots. For non pet classes, you actually get to pretend to be a hunter for this quest. :)

gnicodemus said...

Ah. Hey that's helpful. I saw that quest. I grabbed it. I then did an epic 10 daily run like I've been doing lately and completely skipped that one because it wasn't on the isle and didn't fit my routine lol. I figured I'd check it out later :) but might not have for a while if not for you actually pointing out its significance. Thanks!

gnicodemus said...

Heh. So I did the Roots quest last night. The drop rate on the gland was pretty dismal. I kept getting annoyed by accidentally aggroing 2 or 3 mobs at a time and saw it happening to others too (I helped some Tauren guy escape once or twice). There aren't any other quests nearby. I reminded people of the quest and its' goal in channel 1 back on the isle but the responses I got sounded pretty similar to my own experience. It might be a bit before our server gets on board doing that quest. On the other hand when they do it won't be so easy to get overwhelmed by ravager aggro. :)

Leiandra said...

The first night I went out there, it wasn't too bad... there were a lot of people out there. And some nights I get the drop rate at 100%, but then other nights, it's more like 5%. So... 50%? /shrug. But it's kinda cake for us non-pet classes. I get all my normal DPS, and then a pet to go along with it. Well... it's easy once I tame one.

We can hook up if you want to help get them done, Gnic.