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Congratulations to Eexegigacute on becoming our first Iron Champion created during Battle for Azeroth to level from 1 to 120! This makes them our 7th Iron Champion, which took him 26 days or a /played time of just under 8 days to accomplish. Eexecute was also the first Allied Race to become an Iron champion this expansion with his Dark Iron Dwarf Krahkknahr. 

After hitting the Iron Champion podium with Krahkknahr recently, we asked Eexecute why he jumped back in so quickly with another Iron. “Leeta and Stone said they wanted to see a 1-120 iron… and I heard them. Having already succeeded on a Dark Iron Dwarf (Krahkknahr, great racials), I rolled this toon because I wanted to see if I could make it to cap with effectively useless racials. It took a few tries thanks to my ISP acting up and forcing me to start over, but it’s done now.”

When asked if there were any challenging moments or close calls this time, Eexecute had this to say, “Having optimized my route, none of the challenge proved extremely difficult… almost as though Krahkknahr was a glorified scout. I stuck to the zones that I knew worked and avoided the ones that didn’t. I didn’t have a single near-death experience on this toon.”

Eexecute’s advice for anyone wanting to try out the Iron Man Challenge was this: “I can only echo what I said on the last podcast and what has been said by those who came before me – do your homework (scout), read the FAQ, always have an escape, read the FAQ, seek advice when unsure, read the FAQ, don’t play if you’re lagging or tired, and read the FAQ. Also, it might be a good idea to armory Eexegigacute and look at the pet names.”

With two Iron Champions under his belt for this expansion, we asked Eexecute what his next project would be. “I’ve been sort of conscripted into taking all of my notes/knowledge and compiling them into a ‘guide’ of sorts (thanks, Leeta and KhrysW). As such, I’ll level a tin hunter (Gnome of course!) on WRA and use it to organize everything. Given that I’m in the middle of an academic trimester at UNSW, it won’t be a particularly fast process, but I’m happy to assist the community.”

Congratulation once again on successfully reaching max level with Eexegigacute! We look forward to seeing the leveling guide you’ve come up with once it’s finished.

Congratulations to Shinari on becoming our sixth Iron Champion during Battle for Azeroth. Shinari is the second Iron challenger created after Patch 7.3.5. to reach max level doing so in just under 402 days. This is also the same character who won our Rogue Rumble contest back in April of 2018.

In the time it took to reach max level, Shinari completed 2,485 quests, took 295 flight paths, and hearthed 108 times.

Once again congratulations to Shinar our sixth Iron Champion during Battle for Azeroth and the second challenger to do so after Patch 7.3.5.

Congratulations to Krahkknahr, our first Iron Champion created during Battle for Azeroth! Krahkknahr is also our first Iron Allied Race to reach max level and our 5th Iron Champion overall during this expansion, taking just under 42 days to do so.

Being fairly new to the challenge scene, we asked Eexecute, Krahkknahr’s pilot, what drew him into trying out the challenge. He said, “I’d heard about the ironman challenge a while ago, but completely forgot all about it until I saw people on Reddit posting about it. I checked out the WoW Challenges site, saw that some people had succeeded, and decided I’d give it a go.”

For him, the easiest part of the challenge was leveling from 98 to 111 saying, “having the Draenor/Legion pathfinder achievements really trivializes those levels. You can literally loot your way through half of it in Tanaan Jungle, and many of the Legion bonus objectives were not designed with flying in mind.”

Eexecute found the hardest part was leveling from 111 to 120. “The combat quests in BFA are tuned for people in greens with the Heart of Azeroth. Given the experience dropoff of prior content at level 111, I was forced to grind mobs to get most of the experience. The combat quests are just too hard, and you can’t benefit from (or even see) incursion objectives.”

Krahkknahr’s run almost came to an end in Tol Barad. Eexecute learned the hard way that when a mob has a massive damage ability like Keep Lord Farson’s Stormstrike, it can be panic-inducing, especially when the ability was not listed on WoWHead.

When we asked Eexecute if he had any advice for other challengers he said, “The best advice I can give is to do your homework. Always try something on a scout first if unsure. Also, take note of mob patrol routes and spawn locations in dangerous areas. It’s always better to spend the time safely gathering information than to find it out the hard way. Also, get involved with the community. They’re great people, with a wealth of helpful information.”

Eexecute’s current projects include an Iron Paladin, a Green Paladin, and a Green Team with a friend that he’s having a ton of fun with.

Once again, congratulation to Eececute’s Krahkknahr on becoming our 1st Iron Champion created during Battle for Azeroth!

Children’s Week this year runs from May 2nd through May 9th. For a complete overview of this year’s event check out WoWHead.com’s guide.

The following information pertains to the Iron Man Challenge. For information on all other challenge varients please see below.

New for 2019: This year orphan quest lines have been added in for Battle for Azeroth. You will need to be level 110 to start these quests. Four new pets have been added as well. Upon completion of the Battle for Azeroth orphan quest lines, you’ll get to choose from Scaley, Mr. Crabs, Beakbert, Froglet, or a Pet Care Package.

Quests: Children’s Week is a quest-heavy event. All of the event’s quests are allowed but as always proceed with caution and use your better judgment. Using world portals to help you get around to fulfill your orphan’s dreams is allowed. Portals provided by mages are not allowed unless you are a mage and are using your own portals/teleports from your spellbook.

Achievements: You are allowed to complete some of the Children’s Week achievements. Achievements requiring you to enter a battleground or dungeon are not permitted. Any food buffs should also be right clicked off.

Rewards: You can obtain several different battle pets, pet care packages and even a couple of toys during Children’s Week. Even though you are allowed to obtain the battle pets, pet battling is not allowed. Visit WoWHead.com’s guide for the complete list of pets and toys available.

Tin Man:

  • Children’s Week quests are allowed.
  • Working on achievements is allowed except for those requiring you to enter a dungeon or battleground.
  • Food buffs are allowed.
  • You are allowed to acquire toys, battle pets, and pet care packages.
  • Pet battling is not allowed. 

Green Man:

  • Children’s Week quests are allowed.
  • Working on achievements is allowed except for those requiring you to enter a dungeon or battleground.
  • Food buffs are not allowed.
  • You are allowed to acquire toys, battle pets, and pet care packages.
  • Pet battling is not allowed.

Blood Thirsty: 

  • You are not allowed to complete Children’s Week quests. This event is not for you.

Pacifist:

  • Children’s Week quests are allowed.
  • Working on achievements is allowed except for those requiring you to enter a dungeon or battleground.
  • Food buffs are not allowed.
  • You are allowed to acquire toys, battle pets, and pet care packages.
  • Pet battling is not allowed.

Iron Teams:

  • Children’s Week quests are allowed.
  • Working on achievements is allowed with a few exceptions. You can only work on any dungeon achievements with members of your team. You can not use dungeon finder to fill missing slots. Achievements involving battlegrounds are not allowed.
  • Food buffs are not allowed.
  • You are allowed to acquire toys, battle pets, and pet care packages.
  • Pet battling is not allowed.

Blood Teams: 

  • You are not allowed to complete Children’s Week quests. This event is not for you.

Green Teams: 

  • Children’s Week quests are allowed.
  • Working on achievements is allowed with a few exceptions. You can only work on any dungeon achievements with members of your team. You can not use dungeon finder to fill missing slots. Achievements involving battlegrounds are not allowed.
  • Food buffs are not allowed.
  • You are allowed to acquire toys, battle pets, and pet care packages.
  • Pet battling is not allowed.

 

Images used with permission from WoWHead.com

Congratulations to Fivepride on becoming our newest Pacifist Challenge champion! This is also Five’s second Pacifist to reach max level this expansion. 

Fivepride was an immediate re-roll of a level 68 Pacifist monk that met an unfortunate end during last year’s Lunar Festival. In the ten days of the played time it took to reach max level, Five decided to change up his playstyle by doing more gathering and less Archeology. Utilizing his monk’s Zen Flight enabled him to gather while flying which helped immensely.

He also added an alternate goal to obtain the recipe for the Vial of the Sands mount. With experience starting to run out and max level approaching, six of his last ten levels were played unrested in order to get more chances for the mount recipe to drop before reaching max level. Fivepride managed to complete this alternate goal upon opening his 13th jar at level 118. 

When asked what other projects he’d be working on next, Five said, “I’ll be working on an Orc Warrior Pacifist (Fivepiggledy), a Blood Thirsty Pacifist (Fivechesty), a handful of other Blood Thirsty challengers, and my Blood Thirsty team with Taco.”

It looks like Five will be keeping very busy. Good luck on all of your challenger projects, Five, and congratulations once again on becoming our newest Pacifist Champion with your monk Fivepride! 

Noblegarden has once again come hopping back into our hearts. This year the event will run from April 22nd through April 29th. We are referencing the WoWHead.com Noblegarden Guide to cover what your challengers can and can’t do over the course of the event. 

The following information applies to Iron Challengers. For challenge variants, read below. 

Noblegarden Chocolates: Yes and no. You are allowed to use them to regain your health, however, they provide a buff (Stamina and Versatility) that must be removed. Simply right-click the buff off. 

Vanity Clothes: You are able to use the Noblegarden Chocolates to obtain all of these items, however, due to these items being changed to green quality you cannot equip them. 

Egg Baskets: There are two egg baskets in the game. The Borrowed Egg Basket is allowed. It has an on-use effect that increases your speed by 60% for 10 seconds only during the Noblegarden event and only in areas where Brightly Colored Eggs can be found. The second Egg Basket is of green quality and is received upon turning in the quest A Tisket, a Tasket, a Noblegarden Basket and is not allowed to be used.  

Mounts and Pets: There are three pets (Spring Rabbit’s Foot, Mystical Spring Bouquet, and Noblegarden Bunny) and one mount (Swift Springstrider) that can be obtained during the event. Even though you are allowed to obtain these you are not allowed to participate in any pet battles with your challenger.

Quests: You are allowed to complete the Noblegarden quests.

Tin Man:

  • You are allowed to keep the buff from the Noblegarden Chocolates since food buffs are allowed.
  • You are not allowed to equip any of the vanity clothes that are of green quality or higher.
  • The green quality Egg Basket is not allowed. 
  • Noblegarden quests are allowed.

Green Man:

  • The buff from the Noblegarden Chocolates is not allowed.
  • You may equip the green quality vanity clothes.
  • The green quality Egg Basket is allowed.
  • Noblegarden quests are allowed.

Blood Thirsty:

Pacifist:

  • Noblegarden quests are allowed.
  • The green quality Egg Basket is not allowed.
  • The Noblegarden Chocolates buff is not allowed.
  • Green quality vanity clothes are not allowed.

Iron Teams:

  • Noblegarden quests are allowed.
  • The green quality Egg Basket is not allowed.
  • The Noblegarden Chocolates buff is not allowed.
  • Green quality vanity clothes are not allowed.

Blood Teams:

Green Teams:

  • Noblegarden quests are allowed.
  • Green quality vanity clothes are allowed.
  • The Noblegarden Chocolates buff is not allowed.
  • The green quality Egg Basket is allowed.

Some images used with permission from WoWHead.com

Congratulations to 2Shankz, who just completed two challenges with the same toon! Twothirsty is the first 120 Blood Thirsty as well as the fourth max level Iron Man for Battle for Azeroth. Incredibly, he played the toon as a white-geared Blood Thirsty while following the rules of the Iron Man Challenge at the same time.

His /played is 15 days 10 hours, over the course of 3 years. When asked to tell us about the journey, he said that killing stuff in BFA was hard in white gear and long, taking up to 15 hours per level.

His advice? “When mobs were a level below it wasn’t too bad, but when they were the same level I would have to revive my pet every other pull even with cooldowns. To take advantage of this I would log out at 24.9% and come back when I had a couple of hours to play. If you log out at 25% then when you log in the mobs will be the same level as you. Doing this I was able to get to about 45% each level limiting the amount of time the mobs would be the same level as me.”

There were some scary moments. He had a couple of DC’s while in combat with a mob, which in white gear that pretty much guarantees a death as mobs can hit for 30% of your health at a time. “I was able to survive because every pull I would place a freezing trap in front of me. After I DC’d and the mob killed my pet it would walk into my freezing trap and when I would log back in it would still be in it. I don’t know if this would always work, but it worked the two times I needed it to. Placing a freezing trap at your feet is also useful when your pet is going to be dying regularly as it gives you plenty of time to revive your pet. Pro tip for hunters: Just be careful to cancel your auto attack and not use barb shot when your pet is close to dying as both will break the trap.”

What’s next for 2Shankz? “Next, I’ll probably take a break from the challenge. I might return to try to level a BFA Iron to max.”

Congratulations once again to 2Shankz and good luck on your future challenge endeavors!

Congratulation to Ferriona on becoming our third Battle for Azeroth Iron Man Champion. This character has also previously reached max level during Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor, and Legion.

Ferre did a lot of testing and scouting to find the best path and spec that would work for her. She settled on Resto spec for Ferriona in Legion and up, feeling it would be her best chance at survival once she passed WoD content.

Her path to level 120 did not include killing mobs in Battle for Azeroth. After a couple of levels of questing in Legion zones, the risk versus the reward was not very appealing with the experience from killing mobs dropping off so greatly. Instead, she opted for an alternative route. Ferre said, “I call it the slow road, making use of dailies and holiday activities with limited exploration.” She also noted that Druid crowd control is pretty weak and after some close calls, she really wished for a Vanish-type spell besides Shadowmeld.

Ferre has several other challengers in the works. Her next goal is to reach max level on a non-Pacifist Rogue.

Love is in the Air has started and will run from February 12 through to February 26. Below you’ll find what’s allowed and what’s not for your Challengers. For a complete overview of the event please see the WoWHead.com Love is in the Air Guide.

Quests: All quests are okay to do providing they fall within the parameters of your challenge.
Blood Thirsty (Solo & Teams): Move along, nothing to see here for you. This event revolves around questing and you are not allowed to do that.
Pacifists: Please be aware some of the event’s quests involve killing mobs. You will not be able to do all of the quests. When in doubt, scout it out. 

Lovely Cards: NOT ALLOWED 
The Lovely Cards (example: Lovely Undercity Card) are NOT ALLOWED as they provide stat buffs for your character.
Tin Man: You are allowed to use these as Tin challengers can have buffs.

Love Tokens: These can be spent on a number of items, however, please keep in mind that the Box of Chocolates and anything that is a Cologne or Perfume are NOT ALLOWED as they provide you buffs.
Tin Man: You are the exception once again as your challenge allows buffs.

Dresses & Suits: There are white/common-quality dresses and suits that can be equipped, so these are fair game for your Challengers. That being said, please be mindful of the quality of the item you are equipping. There may be green quality versions of these items in the game as well. Equipping those will get you flagged.
Blood Thirsty Solo: If you somehow come across a green event item, you may equip it since green quality gear is allowed for you.
Green Man: Should you come across any green quality event items you may equip them, your challenge allows green quality gear. 

Apothecary Hummel: NOT ALLOWED
This NPC is located in a dungeon and is NOT ALLOWED for solo challengers. 
Iron Teams: If you are a full team of 5 your team may queue for this dungeon.
Blood Thirsty Teams: If you are a full team of 5 your team may queue for this dungeon, however, you are not allowed to complete any quests in the dungeon.

Collecting Charms: You’re allowed to collect charms for achievements, pets, mounts, and items if you want.
Blood Thirsty Solo & Teams: While you can collect the Lovely Charms, you’ll need to complete a quest to turn them in. Since you cannot complete these quests it’s back to the blood-soaked fields with you.
Pacifists: You cannot acquire these as the Lovely Charms require you to land the killing blow to in order to receive the charm.

**** images courtesy of WoWHead.com.

It is the Year of the Pig! The Lunar Festival runs from January 28th through February 11th. This year’s update brought seven new toys to the event! Please see the WoWHead.com Lunar Festival Guide for a complete overview of the event.

Honouring Elders
With the exception of  Blood Thirsty, all challengers can go honour Elders and take advantage of the free Experience Points they’ll give you. Honouring an Elder will give you a Lucky Red Envelope and a Coin of Ancestry. Due to the phasing that was added to several zones in recent expansions, you may need to talk to Zidormi to return the zone to how it used to be. The zones you may need to do this for are Undercity, Tirisfal Glades, Blasted Lands, Darkshore, Darnassus, Teldrassil, and Silithus.

 Blood Thirsty: These quests will count against your quests completed totals.

Pacifists: These quests are a great way to start a new Pacifist challenger, especially now that you need to be level five to learn your professions.

Lunar Fortune Buff
In each of the envelopes, you will receive either a Lucky Rocket Cluster or an Elder’s Moonstone. Setting off the Lucky Rocket Cluster from a cluster launcher will give you the Lunar Fortune buff… this gives you +250 health and is NOT ALLOWED.

Quests
All quests are allowed for all Challenges except  Blood Thirsty, even the quest that requires you to defeat Omen, although I’m not quite sure I’d recommend trying it… if you die, that’s it.

Coin of Ancestry Redemption
You can turn in your Coins of Ancestry for pets, toys, food, fireworks, and clothes.

Food
Festival Dumplings are ALLOWED. Good health/mana regeneration. Stock up on these.

Cosmetic
Festival DressesSuits & Crowns: NOT ALLOWED. These are all green-quality items and will flag your character.

 Blood Thirsty: You are ALLOWED to equip these since you can equip green gear.
 Green Man: All green event items ALLOWED for you.

Schematics & Patterns
Allowed for Pacifists only. You can buy these from Fariel Starsong to craft cluster & firework launchers as well as festival dresses and suits. Professions are NOT ALLOWED for all other challengers.

**** images courtesy of WoWHead.com.