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All posts for the month June, 2019

We’re joined by Stone this week. He gets a few digs in at Leeta as he teases her with some of her favorite snacks, shares with us what he’s been up lately, and officially hands things over to Leeta.

News
– Midsummer Fire Festival Ending Soon (July 5th)
– New Working Man Challenge
– Patience Please During Our Transition

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
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Stone
Twitter: @Stonegrasp
Podcast: Adventures in Azeroth

Leeta
Twitter: @LeetaWoW
Podcasts: Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Congratulations to Eìght on becoming our eighth Iron Champion during Battle for Azeroth! Eìght is no stranger to the Iron Champion podium. They received their first Iron Champion title in June of 2017 during Legion.

Eìght’s journey to level 120 took 1,004 days, 10 hours, and 54 minutes. During the course of their journey, Eìght has completed 3,924 quests, used 110 bandages, took 1,049 flight paths and hearthed 373 times.

Once again, congratulations to Eìght, our eighth Iron Champion during Battle for Azeroth!

We’re joined by Frazley, host of Frazlcast this week. He shares with us how his challenge adventures are going so far.

News
– Midsummer Fire Festival
– Level Squish Coming Soon

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Frazley
Discord: Frazley#1711
Email: awesomegnome@frazley.com
Instagram: awesomegnome
Podcast: http://gnomepodcast.com/
Twitch: twitch.tv/frazleys
Twitter: twitter.com/frazleytastic
Website: http://frazley.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgLfOAuae2m7QV29ODvJX7Q

Leeta
Twitter: @LeetaWoW
Podcasts: Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Ferre
Discord: Mareel#4849

Things are heating up in Azeroth with summer’s arrival. What better way to celebrate than with the Midsummer Fire Festival. This year the event runs from June 21st through July 5th. For a complete overview of the event and for lists of bonfire locations feel free to check out WoWHead’s guide: Midsummer Fire Festival

The following information is for the Iron Man Challenge. For information on the other challenge variants please see below.

New for 2019
Bonfires have been added to Zandalar and Kul Tiras. A new toy has been added this year as well, Fire Eater’s Hearthstone.

Festival Bonfires
Bonfires have sprung up across all of Azeroth. You are allowed to complete the Honor the Flame quests as well as the Desecrate this Fire quests. Completing these quests will award Burning Blossoms. These can be used as currency to obtain items from the event’s vendors. You can also use the Burning Blossoms to reignite bonfires that have been extinguished. Should you use the Burning Blossoms to reignite a bonfire or be standing next to a bonfire when someone reignites it you will receive the Fire Festival Fury buff. This buff is NOT ALLOWED. It can be removed so make sure you right-click it off.

If you are one of those challengers that like to dance with danger and want to attempt the Desecrate this Fire quests please be advised this will PvP flag you. For challengers that have flying available, Ster has a helpful tip: “Get close to a bonfire. Click on it to bring up the quest box. Mount up on a flying mount and rise up in the air a few feet. Click Okay to complete the quest. It will not dismount you but you will become PvP flagged. Hit your spacebar (or whichever key you use to gain height on your flying mount) almost instantly after clicking Okay to raise you up into the air, reducing the chances of being attacked. If you don’t have flying it’s much riskier.”

Quests and Daily Quests
You may complete all of the quests and daily quests for this event except for the Summon Ahune and the Shards of Ahune quests. These quests require you to use dungeon finder to group up with other people to access this event boss. Grouping up is Not Allowed for solo challengers.

The Ribbon Pole
At the bonfire locations scattered across Azeroth, you will find ribbon poles. Clicking on these poles and moving to spin in a circle will create colorful ribbons connecting you to the pole. Doing this will give you the Ribbon Dance buff. This buff gives a 10% gain to experience and is NOT ALLOWED.

Bonfire’s Blessing
Bonfire’s Blessing is a zone-wide buff that gives your faction’s players a 30% chance to inflict 10 Fire damage on any melee, ranged, or spell attack, increasing by 10 Fire damage per level. Normally this buff would not be allowed, however since it’s a zone-wide buff that can not be removed we have no choice but to allow it. This is NOT a green light to go around intentionally reigniting bonfires, should you get the buff due to someone else in the zone relighting a fire that’s fine.

Cosmetic Items, Pets, and Toys, Oh My!
You are allowed to obtain all the items from the event’s vendor but that does not mean you can put on the cosmetic gear. You will still need to follow the gear rules. Adding the toys to your toy box and the pets to your journal are allowed as well.

Working Man:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed except for the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests. These involve grouping up and killing the event boss in a dungeon.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is NOT ALLOWED. Right-click it off.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is allowed since it is zone-wide and cannot be removed.
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules.

Tin Man:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed except for the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests. These involve grouping up and killing the event boss in a dungeon.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is allowed.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is allowed.
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules. 
  • Buff food from the event’s vendor is allowed.

Green Man:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed except for the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests. These involve grouping up and killing the event boss in a dungeon.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is NOT ALLOWED. Right-click it off.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is allowed since it is zone-wide and cannot be removed.
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules.

Blood Thirsty:

  • You are NOT ALLOWED to complete the Midsummer Fire Festival quests. This event is not for you.

Pacifist:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed except for the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests. These involve grouping up and killing the event boss in a dungeon.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is NOT ALLOWED. Right-click it off.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is zone-wide and cannot be removed. This buff when active will give you a 30% chance to inflict Fire damage on any melee, ranged, or spell attack. You will be credited with a kill if the buff kills a mob that is attacking you. Tread carefully!
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules.

Iron Teams:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed. You may do the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests if you have a full five-man team to fill the queue slots since you need to use dungeon finder to access the boss. If you do not have a full five-man team you cannot use the dungeon finder tool to fill out your group.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is NOT ALLOWED. Right-click it off.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is allowed since it is zone-wide and cannot be removed.
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules.

Blood Thirsty Teams:

  • You are NOT ALLOWED to complete any of the Midsummer Fire Festival quests. This event is not for you.

Green Teams:

  • All of the event’s quests & daily quests are allowed. You may do the Summon Ahune and Shards of Ahune quests if you have a full five-man team to fill the queue slots since you need to use dungeon finder to access the boss. If you do not have a full five-man team you cannot use the dungeon finder tool to fill out your group.
  • The Fire Festival Fury buff is NOT ALLOWED. Right-click it off.
  • The Ribbon Dance buff is NOT ALLOWED.
  • The Bonfire’s Blessing buff is allowed since it is zone-wide and cannot be removed.
  • You are allowed to obtain the items from the event’s vendor but you must still follow your gear rules.

Images used with permission from WoWHead.

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.

We’re joined by Eexecute this week. He tells us all about leveling Krahkknahr, how his current Iron Eexegigacute is doing and shares some excellent tips and tricks.

News
– Future of WoW Challenges: http://wowchallenges.com/index.php?Blog=2523

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Eexecute
Discord: Eexecute#7777
Email: thomaskennedy1986@gmail.com

Leeta
Twitter: @LeetaWoW
Podcasts: Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

KhrysW
Discord: KhrysW#4903
Twitter: @ItsKhrysW

Hello,

About five years ago, I discovered a vibrant and wonderful community and posted my first question. The site was up and running, and everything was all good. It was shortly after this the original site disappeared and I stepped up to the plate: WoW Challenges was born.

Through a lot of hard work, dedication, and very gracious help from the community, we’ve been able to grow beyond the Ironman Challenge and put out numerous other challenges to help folks enjoy WoW in other “non-standard” ways. It was to my utter shock that even Mr. Brack (“call me Jay”) had said he’d heard of us and a Feat of Strength was not so far-fetched (he did quote the “Insane” feat of strength as non-standard ways to play WoW).

Through our community, all of you, you have given us so much. I am so proud to stand up and talk about what we’ve all done and accomplished. I have always thought that the Ironman Challenge was even more difficult than Mythic-Level Raiding (Don’t AT me).

When the original site went away, I vowed to ensure that these challenges would never go away like that again. In fact, I have the challenges in my will and final instructions, just in case.

As some of you may or may not know, I have a slow-progression variant of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease – think Stephen Hawking). I knew this past BlizzCon was going to be my last (finances). However, I did not account for a potential increase in my progression. Since this February there has been a marked increase in my progression, and we’re not sure why. It has affected my ability to make updates, add new features, and devote the necessary time the site has needed. Due to the progression change, I have already created an end-of-life post for a different, non-WoW project I had been working on since 2006.

I already rely heavily on our awesome team of moderators; however, I feel like the right thing to do is to transition away from the site and hand over the reins while I can. There is a risk in relying on “final instructions” as while they may be clear to me, it might not be so clear to others.

So, while my progression may slow again in the future, there is never any “getting back to normal”: it is always a decline.

I want to thank every single one of you for your inspiration, dedication, and support. You are truly the best of them all. One day, perhaps, we can get that Feat of Strength in WoW.

In the meantime, I’m very happy to know that we’ve been able to provide “something else to do” and given players hours and hours of challenging entertainment in this wonderful game we all love.

Going forward, I will be transferring the site administration and all duties therein JOINTLY to Leeta & Ster. I am completely confident in them and the community to continue to steer WoW Challenges now and in the future.
I’ve truly enjoyed meeting all of you, online and in person (BlizzCon beers!). There have been so many positive, fantastic people and memories; I’m truly grateful. There are too many people to name, so just know that if we ever shared a beer, exchanged a greeting, or hugged it out, you are on this list.

It has been my honour (Canadian, eh) and privilege to represent the Ironman community.

Here’s my awkward good-bye. Peace! See you all around Azeroth (and beyond)!

Ironically (we swear it was not planned), Ceraphus joins us this week for episode 169 to talk about all the hard work he puts in (and out) for Con Before the Storm.

News
Darkmoon Faire over this week.
Midsummer Fire Festival soon.

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Ceraphus
Discord: discord.gg/conbeforestorm
Instagram: Ceraphus
Podcast: The Sundering
Twitch: Ceraphus
Twitter: Ceraphus
Website: TheSundering.net / ConBeforeStorm.com

Leeta
Twitter: @LeetaWoW
Podcasts: Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter: @Stonegrasp
Podcast: Adventures in Azeroth

We are joined by none other than the impeccable 2Shankz: our only common-quality geared Blood Thirsty champion!

News
Darkmoon Faire this week

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

2Shankz
Discord: 2Shankz#4681

Xortz
Twitter: @XortzTheGoblin
Twitch: XortzTheGoblin

Leeta
Twitter: @LeetaWoW
Podcasts: Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter: @Stonegrasp
Podcast: Adventures in Azeroth