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World of Warcraft’s 14th Anniversary celebration starts today! This event will conclude on November 30th. You can find an in-depth guide on the Anniversary events here: https://www.wowhead.com/guides/world-of-warcraft-14th-anniversary-events.

The Celebration Package, while great for your regular characters, is NOT ALLOWED for any Challenge character.

Blood Thirsty Challengers: When you open the gift you will have a quest that gets auto-accepted. This quest will count against your Quest Completion if you turn it in.

There are two daily quests available:

A Time to Reflect is available for ALL LEVELS. Irons, Tins, and Greens should be able to do this quest (sorry Bloods, back to the blood-soaked fields you go). Pacifists should check the quest out first (or let us know) but I would think this quest should be okay as you are answering a question. One issue you may run into is proximity kills if someone starts killing critters beside the quest-giver. Beware.

The Originals is available only for Level 60 or higher characters. You are not allowed to join a group, so overall this quest would be a no-go for your Challenger. You can try to tag the world boss, but you do so at your own risk; I’m sure there will be some fairly deadly effects. Blood Thirsty and Pacifists most certainly cannot do this quest.

 

It’s only been a week since Lyssan claimed the first spot on the Ironman Champion list, and now we have our second champion, Catster. This Night Elf rogue was started back in June 2016, which was 825 days ago, with a /played time of 390 hours.

When asked, “Was Battle for Azeroth a difficult expansion to level in?”, Ster said: “Being in a new zone presents new hazards and dangers, but overall, not too bad for an Iron challenger. So you might ask, what is the difficulty in getting to 120 today? Overall, I’d say the road is long from 1 to 120. You need to adjust your play style for the lengthy duration it takes. Most of my Iron Man deaths have been to carelessness that could have been prevented.”

Ster’s best advice to reach max cap? “Play conservatively, always leave an escape, and scout new areas before venturing in with a living Iron.”

Now that he’s gotten an Iron challenger to max level, Ster said he’ll be working on his Tin Man Druid and leveling a scout to 120 for the next expansion.

Below, you can find more suggestions for Battle for Azeroth leveling:

It may come to no surprise to the Iron Man community, but Lyssan has become the first Battle for Azeroth Iron Man Champion on his Night Elf Priest. Completing the task with a /played time of thirty days and ten hours, with the journey from 110 to 120 taking roughly five to six days.

When asked if he had any near-death experiences from 110-120, Lyssan said “No, it was pretty uneventful. I had to Shadow Meld a couple of times but I wasn’t in immediate danger of dying. 110-120 is doable but you need a lot of patience, even more than before.”

His main advice for Iron challengers in Battle for Azeroth is “Stay in Legion for as long as you can. I moved to BfA at 114.5, and there is a lot of doable content in BfA, especially in Tiragarde Sound.”

Lyssan has crafted a longer post on the WoW Challenges forums with details and recommendations for taking on Battle for Azeroth leveling. You can view the post here: Lyssan-leveling from 110 to 120|WoW Challenges Forums

Congratulations once again, Lyssan, on becoming our first Battle for Azeroth Iron Man Champion!

Co-Authored with Ster. 

Congratulation to Ferreilean on becoming our third Battle for Azeroth Pacifist Champion!

Starting her Druid back in March of 2013, it took Ferre approximately 2,028 days to reach max level (a /played time of 18 days). Ferre likes to use Archeology to help level her Pacifists as we well know from the last time she was on the show for Ep. 130 “Ferre Digs It”. Ferreilean is her first character to obtain the title of Professor!

Level 115 brought a heart-stopping moment when flying to Southern Barrens. She got too close to a Horde camp and was shot at in the air. Ferre did manage to get away but her screen was flashing red and she ended up flagged for PvP.

When asked what’s next, Ferre said she has an Iron Druid at level 111 and that she’ll be working on that.

Congratulations once again Ferre and good luck on your Iron!

Get your tankards ready, put on your Romance Goggles (while they’re still common quality!) and have some fun!  Brewfest will run from September 20th to October 6th!

Quests: All lead-in, ram-racing, and daily quests are allowed. Pacifists may not want to do ram-racing since you’re whipping the poor thing, but there will be nothing there to technically disqualify you.

Loot: Most of the white Bavarian gear has been turned to uncommon, so you can no longer equip it. There are a handful of items still remaining that are common (white) quality, however, you should be very cautious with these as they may turn uncommon (green) in a future patch. Your challenger will be flagged. You can cash in your Brewfest Prize Tokens for the Brewmaster title or add to your toy or pet collection.

Coren Direbrew: Since this is in a dungeon again this year, it’s not allowed for any challenger (Iron, Tin, Green, Blood or Pacifist).

Brewfest Enthusiast: At 6:15 am & 6:15 pm, Mekkatorque, and Saurfang issue speeches. Everyone nearby gets a 2-hour buff that grants +10% experience. This buff is NOT ALLOWED. If you happen to be in the area when the buff is applied, you can simply right-click it off.

Blood Thirsty Challengers: Overall, the event is centered around quests, which you are not allowed to do.

Pacifist Challengers: While you can do *some* quests, you should be very cautious as you may accidentally pick up proximity kills when the Dark Iron Dwarves attack.

For a full run-down of Brewfest, you can visit WoWHead’s Guide: http://www.wowhead.com/brewfest-guide

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask us on Discord, our forums, or on Twitter: @WoWChallenges.

Images used with permission from WoWHead.com

This year’s Harvest Festival has started and will run through September 25th.

The Harvest Festival basically has one quest that leads you to honor a hero. Alliance characters are sent from Ironforge to Uther’s Tomb in Western Plaguelands, while Horde characters are sent from Orgrimmar to Grom’s Monument in Ashenvale.

This is actually a great opportunity to grab some nice food (granting 4% health and mana per second) and is accessible without needing to complete the quest. This food will scale with your level… STOCK UP NOW!

This quest is okay for Irons, Tins, Greens, and Pacifists. Sorry Blood Thirsty challengers no love for you here as a quest is involved, best to just grab a snack and be on your way.

You can read through the Wowhead guide here: https://www.wowhead.com/harvest-festival-guide

 

Congratulations to Five on getting Fivecurmudgn safely to level 120 and becoming our second Battle for Azeroth Pacifist Champion! It took Five about 40 hours since the release of the expansion to achieve, with a /played time of 10 days 21 hours since the character’s creation in July 2017.

Five’s journey from 110 to 120 included 320 Archeology dig sites, 12 dailies that were completed daily, and some exploration. His advice to fellow Pacifist challengers would be, “Use Paci-safe dailies as you progress. They all out level except cooking and fishing.”

When asked what’s next, Five said, “Think I’ll take a shower… maybe get a meal.” All joking aside, he has some real life things to chase and then he will be getting started on Legion content with his mains as he enjoys playing an expansion behind.

Five, congratulations once again and good luck with your other challengers!

Congratulations to our first Battle for Azeroth Pacifist Champion, Голаяправда! He went from level 10 to 120 in 653 days 22hrs, 44 mins and 7 seconds. (Oct-31st 2016 to Aug-16th 2018). Голаяправда was also our first Legion Pacifist Champion!

Awesome job and good luck on your other challengers!

Congratulations to Twothirsty on becoming our first grey geared Blood Thirsty Champion (3rd overall) as well as our 34th Iron Champion during Legion. 2Shanks had the added difficulty of following the Iron Challenge gear rules along with the Blood Thirsty Challenge questing rules.

2Shanks started playing WoW in Vanilla. His first time trying out the challenge was back in Cata with some of his fellow raiders to see who could get the furthest. He got to about level 20 before they stopped. It was during Warlords that 2Shanks got bored with the expansion and decided to try the challenges with a more serious attitude. It made the game feel like more of a challenge again which was a lot of fun.

Twothirsty was started under the old rules of only grey or white gear. When the rules were changed to allow green gear, 2Shanks decided to continue on under the old rules. “When I created the character, I had no intention of adding it to the Iron Man list since every Blood Thirsty was also an Iron Man. It wasn’t until around the early 90’s that I decided I would add my character because of the added challenge of doing it in grey or white gear,” said 2Shanks.

Levels 1 through 60 were spent mostly going after rares. He would take a lap around a zone rare hunting and got a pretty good idea of how long the rare spawn timers were. Then 2Shanks would either log out and level a different challenger or would farm some mobs until it was time for another lap around the zone. Rare spawn timers were a lot longer in Outlands zones, so he played mostly with rested XP and killed normal mobs. His time in WoD was spent with the Podlings just east of the garrison in Shadowmoon Valley. For Legion, 2Shanks took a page from Neverdied’s book and went to Valdisdall in Stormheim.

Two near-death experiences happened around level 97 for Twothirsty. The first was a d/c due to his internet going down momentarily. By time 2Shanks was able to get back into the game, his pet was dead and the mob had just started attacking Twothirsty, “I feigned death, hearthed, and logged out for the night to calm down from the scare.” The second one was caused by Freezing Trap hitting a critter instead of the intended mob. 2Shanks said,”I did not notice this until I had lost about 40% of my health, but I was able to Feign Death and get the mob back on my pet. Since then I have been killing all the critters I see. I guess Pacifist isn’t the only challenge that can be wrecked by critters.”

The main advice 2Shanks has for someone trying to list on both the Blood Thirsty and Iron Man challenges would be to play a Hunter. “With 7.3.5, the difficulty killing mobs, later on, is much higher. Other classes may be able to do it, but not with as much ease as Hunter, which I think is important for the number of kills you’ll need for each level. Some advice for Blood Thirsty is to take advantage of rares 1-60, farm mobs that drop pets or give rep, prioritize yellow mobs when you can and level mostly with rested XP after 60. Yellow mobs are especially nice because you don’t have to worry about respawn timers which is even more important when in grey & white gear. Advice for Iron Man, with the current difficulty of the challenge it can be hard to level in later expansions. I believe it’s safer to take a Blood Thirsty approach and kill the same mob over and over again. I was able to do WoD and Legion after 8.0 so at least Iron hunters can do it too. From the bit I’ve done on the PTR, BfA should also be possible, although very slow.”

2Shanks said, “The reason for the last minute push to beat out the BfA release was because I had spent a lot of time on the character and I wanted to be able to say I completed the challenge even if it was only for less then 24 hours.”

Good luck with all of your challengers, 2Shanks, and once again congratulation on becoming our first grey geared Blood Thirsty Champion in Legion!

Congratulations to Ferrigreenie on becoming our first ever Green Man Challenge Champion! Ferrigreenie has been playing WoW since Vanilla and was an avid raider. As WoW progressed, frustration set in with the way things were feeling easier to accomplish. Then she found WoW Challenges. She started out playing the Iron Man Challenge four or five years ago and loved it from the start.

With the extra difficulties that arose when Patch 8.0 went live, Ferrigreenie decided to give the Green Man Challenge a try. In her first attempt, she managed to reach level 77 before succumbing to a rare in Zul’drak. Not wanting to give up and really wanting to reach max level before any other Green Man challenger, she rerolled. A second attempt was all she needed, reaching max level after 22 days of play (6 days in-game).

Ferrigreenie said that both the Draenor and Legion intro quests were very scary but that Legion was quite manageable even with Draenor weapons (since none drop in Legion because every class is designed to have their artifact weapon). Her biggest scare came with just 7 bars left to get to 110. Ferrigreenie tried out a bombing quest in Stormheim that mounted you on a dragon. She didn’t know the mechanics of the quest at all and ended up with just 5% health left by the time the dragon landed. “I think I sat there, trembling, for about 15 minutes after that dragon landed.” Talk about a close call!

“I think the biggest risk playing a Green Man after an Iron is that one gets too cocky,” says Ferrigreeni. “You think you can do anything! That can be dangerous.”

Best of luck on the other challenges you are currently working on, Ferrigreeni, and congratulations once again on becoming our first ever Green Man Challenge Champion.