June 21st, 2015 by - No Comments

dancingflamesThe Midsummer Fire Festival has arrived! You can check out WoWHead.com’s guide here.

There have been some questions as to how the Fire Festival applies to the Iron Man (and other challenges)… I hope I can address them here.

Festival Bonfires & Other Daily Quests

  • Iron Man: Yes, you can do these… ride around (or better, FLY if you’re 60 or higher) and grab as many as you can!
  • Pacifist: I believe you *can* do these, however, we have not tested it yet. I do not think it’ll count as a “kill” if you desecrate a bonfire… if in doubt, test it on another toon.
  • Blood Thirsty: You technically can do these, however, keep in mind each one will likely count towards your quest count.

Ribbon Pole: The XP buff is NOT allowed for any of the challenges we currently have as this is an external buff that you must intentionally initiate.

Bonfire’s Blessing: Yes, this is an external buff and wouldn’t normally be allowed, however, you are unable to cancel the Aura / Buff. You shouldn’t be going up to the bonfire and initiating the buff, however, if you are in a zone where someone else happens to initiate it, then so be it. You will not be flagged, nor should you stop playing your challenger.

June 17th, 2015 by - No Comments

LyssanThere have been WoW Iron Challengers since Cataclysm and really only a handful of Victors, however, the original incarnation of the challenge site was more of a listing site instead of what we are trying to do here: show-casing the Iron Man Challenge community that was built and continues strong today. My recent appearance on Leeta’s Behind the Avatar made me think having a spotlight on some of the folks in our community would be a great thing, especially when times are lean. I’m expecting a lull in Iron activity when 6.2 drops… but that’s okay…  once folks are bored with that, they’ll come back looking for a challenge again.

I would like to start off this series by shining the Spotlight on Lyssan… the first Iron Challenger to hit Level 100 in Warlords and not only that but this is the THIRD time this same character has achieved an Iron Man level, doing it twice before for Cataclysm (85) and Mists of Pandaria (90). Lyssan hit 100 (on December 14 2014) before the WoW Challenges site was up, so you may not have heard the news but that doesn’t mean we can’t highlight the achievement now. Lyssan’s newest challenge is to level up a Petless Hunter!

Here’s my Q&A with him (please go easy on the criticism, it’s my first time doing a Q&A).

Q&A with Lyssan:

WC: How long have you been playing WoW?

Lyssan: I started playing WoW in 2007, right before Burning Crusade. I’ve been playing on and off ever since.

WC: How long have you been playing the Iron Man challenge?

Lyssan: I was attracted to the Ironman concept since it started as an idea on the battle.net forums around 3 years ago. My first Ironman toon, a paladin, died at level 42 in Eastern Plaguelands. After that I played several other challengers among which a Warrior that ended her run at level 79 in Dragonblight, a level 81 shaman killed in Zul’Drak (both are still the highest level in their class, as far as I know) and of course the priest Lyssan who is still alive at level 100. I am now playing a hunter variation that doesn’t use a pet at all – currently level 71.

WC: Your character, Lyssan, is the first Iron Man to hit Level 100 but also has three Iron Challenger belts… do you remember what you were thinking when or feeling when you hit 85, 90 and 100?

Lyssan: Getting to 85 was pretty hard. I felt good but I was also motivated to try again in the new expansion. I started the 85-90 trip a couple of weeks after MoP launched and getting to 90 was exhilarating. One of the reasons was that the Ironman community was, much as it is now, very active and supportive during that time. In contrast, leveling from 90 to 100 felt a little bit anticlimactic. Most of the interest for the challenge was gone, official tracking website was not maintained, there were only a handful of people (the “usuals”) active on the forums and also the game felt easier than before. It was a bit of a letdown, I must admit.
(as a trivia, Lyssan has 22 days, 4 hours of /played time across three expansions).

WC: Did you intentionally pick a Druid to level as an Iron Man vs. the more popular Hunter? (as an aside, I KNOW Lyssan is a Priest but Druid popped up in my head because of the link colours I use on the site… I will likely be changing that soon).

Lyssan: Lyssan is a priest not a druid but the reason I went with the priest was that until that point I haven’t previously played a priest at all. I was not sure how far I could go in the challenge especially that the overwhelming majority of the ironman community thought priest was hard – with no pet, no cc, no armor. It turned out to be a challenging and fun choice.

WC: What is your fondest Iron Man memory?

Lyssan: Two days after I reached level 90 as the first Ironman to do so, I received a letter in the mail from somebody who created a toon on my server just to congratulate me for the feat. That felt pretty good.

WC: What was one of the worst or embarrassing ways you’ve died as an Iron Man?

Lyssan: I’m pretty cautious and I don’t die very often but sometimes that is not enough. The worst way to die has to be my level 83 horde rogue who fell to her death during the quest The Drakkensryd in Storm Peaks. For those that don’t know this is a quest that takes place around a Storm Peaks mountain and requires you to jump from drake to drake using a harpoon. Sometimes the quest bugs out and your drake despawns before you can get to another one which means certain death – unless you are a priest (or a mage … I think).

WC: What made you decide to try the Petless Hunter?

Lyssan: I like hunters. My first ever WoW toon was a night-elf hunter (original, I know :)). But I always thought hunters are a little less challenging for Ironman (especially since they got their fully spec’d pet). So, I thought, maybe a hunter without a pet would make it more challenging. And I was right – it is more challenging and very fun to play.

WC: Do you find Petless Hunter significantly more difficult than going in as a regular Hunter?

Lyssan: A petless hunter still has the full hunter kit, mobility and DPS – the only thing missing is the meat shield to keep the mobs occupied. the most important thing is positioning and having room to kite. So, yes, it is more difficult but nothing that you can’t overcome with skill and game knowledge. I have never used Ice Trap and Concussive Shot in so many different ways before – it’s very fun to play.

WC: Do you think the Petless Hunter is more viable than other classes? Like, say Warrior?

Lyssan: Absolutely. Comparing it to warrior is a little unfair because currently Warrior is “almost” impossible to play (I say “almost” because I still think it’s possible but extremely hard and tedious – whoever takes a Warrior to the end line deserves a medal for patience). But I would venture to say the petless hunter is easier than other classes like Mage or Shaman. Can definitely make it to the end line.

June 13th, 2015 by - No Comments

BEHINDTHEAVATARLast night I spoke with Leeta on Behind the Avatar. I’ve told her this before but when you look at the caliber of folks on her show, I am most definitely not worthy. You don’t even need to look very hard… merely have a look at who her guest was on Episode 91.

The first half is about me, yes, so you can skip that part and get right into the WoW Challenges portion for the really good stuff. Being on this podcast isn’t really about me, it’s about the effect that we have all had on the WoW community at large… while I won’t say we’ve been truly embraced by everyone, we have most definitely had an effect on a LOT of people. For them, I’d say this podcast was as much of a result of your work as it was mine.

Thank you Leeta & Behind the Avatar for aiding our cause! You can find us on Episode 92 at Behind the Avatar.

Victory Podium
Tanæ US-Nazgrel
Iron Man Challenge
Level: 90
on Nov 1 2014, 00:00:00 Pacific

Iron Man Challenge - See All
Lyssan Priest 100 us - Vek'nilash
Xayaforsi Hunter 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Ferrenys Druid 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Ironashs Druid 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Jernmand Hunter 100 eu - Earthen Ring
Ferreskye Priest 100 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Stone: Pet battle achievements earned immediately before hitting Level 100.
More than 9 pet battles not allowed.
Please see forums.
Grayarcher Hunter 100 us - Aerie Peak
Toxicat Druid 91 us - Alexstrasza
Fiveironxlix Hunter 90 us - Shu'halo
Ferriona Druid 90 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Iarnaigdkt Death Knight 90 eu - Earthen Ring
- Not enough kills to qualify as an Iron Man. Go out and adventure!
Crystaltear Monk 90 eu - Darksorrow
- Killing Blow Pct Too Low (0 %)
- Specializations / Talents Not Allowed
Gear problems:
head - Trailseeker Helm - quality too high.
neck - Trailseeker Choker - quality too high.
shoulder - Trailseeker Spaulders - quality too high.
back - Trailseeker Cloak of Rage - quality too high.
chest - Trailseeker Vest - quality too high.
wrist - Trailseeker Bracers - quality too high.
hands - Trailseeker Gauntlets - quality too high.
waist - Trailseeker Belt - quality too high.
legs - Trailseeker Legguards - quality too high.
feet - Trailseeker Greaves - quality too high.
finger1 - Trailseeker Band of Onslaught - quality too high.
finger2 - Trailseeker Ring of Onslaught - quality too high.
trinket1 - Trailseeker Idol of Rage - quality too high.
trinket2 - Trailseeker Stone of Rage - quality too high.
mainHand - Trailseeker Shotgun - quality too high.
- Not enough kills to qualify as an Iron Man. Go out and adventure!
Boulevardier Marked for Deletion Hunter 90 us - Emerald Dream
Deidrevenm Monk 90 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Ironkyrie Paladin 89 us - Nazgrel

Pacifist Challenge - See All
- You have 2 kills... no kills are allowed!
Crystaltear Monk 90 eu - Darksorrow
Tialaria Rogue 54 us - Wyrmrest Accord
- Killing Blow Pct Too High (34,700.00 %)
Pachifian Marked for Deletion Druid 49 us - Wyrmrest Accord
Ferreilean Druid 38 us - Wyrmrest Accord
- You have 1269 kills... no kills are allowed!
Isthaliel Rogue 32 eu - Die Aldor
- You have 951 kills... no kills are allowed!
Dirtydrifter Hunter 29 us - Moon Guard
- You have 890 kills... no kills are allowed!
Irondead Hunter 28 eu - Blade's Edge
Serenella Druid 28 us - Dalaran
Pavara Rogue 25 us - Vek'nilash
Siochaint Druid 24 eu - Earthen Ring

Blood Thirsty Challenge - See All
- Kills granting Experience is too low. (0 / 2526.5)
Crystaltear Monk 90 eu - Darksorrow
- Kills granting Experience is too low. (566 / 1382.5)
Irongrinderk Monk 50 us - Wyrmrest Accord
- Kills granting Experience is too low. (489 / 1125)
Bentgrinder Monk 41 us - Skywall
Astraz Hunter 41 us - Wyrmrest Accord
- Kills granting Experience is too low. (396 / 1096.5)
Bentgrinder Monk 40 us - Dalaran
- Kills granting Experience is too low. (997 / 1010)
- Too many quests completed. (358 / 181)
Ironwlc Shaman 37 eu - Drek'thar
- Too many quests completed. (427 / 166)
Jernlady Hunter 32 eu - Earthen Ring
- Too many quests completed. (172 / 166)
Bloodymata Hunter 32 us - Dath'remar
Hcpanik Hunter 29 eu - Earthen Ring
- Too many quests completed. (294 / 157)
Dirtydrifter Hunter 29 us - Moon Guard