Alexandra Meurling



Two Pets, One Carry

by Alexandra Meurling on

“Two pets, one carry” is a common phrase in the world of pet battles. It means to carry a low level pet to victory against an opponent that is much stronger, which will reward your lowbie pet with a good chunk of experience points. It’s the most efficient way of leveling battle pets, especially if you battle NPC Pet Tamers (the pet challenges in the Garrison Menagerie used to be an excellent way of leveling low level pets, but as of patch 6.1 that is unfortunately no longer the case). The key to being successful is to rotate in the low level pet during a round when there’s little to no chance of it being killed and then you rotate it out again. Although leveling pets is the most common reason for using the “two pets, one carry”-strategy, the second most common reason is of course that there are achievements

The Draenei, the Monk and the Wardrobe is a recurring installment of World of Warcraft transmogrification tales. Join us as we eye every seam, embroidery, and color scheme down to the last button. Do not be dissuaded by the title; DMW loves all classes and races! The perpetual moonlight gently caresses the foliage of the hollow tree atop Moonwillow Peek. Inside the tree, a mistweaver monk is wading into the shallow spring to wash the dust off her face. Fatigue is seeping into her bones—into her very core—but the Iron Horde does not rest. This night, however, she will. The battle will have to wait until the morrow. Small fireflies lights up her path as she turns to make her way back to her garrison. MWAH! Head: Crown of the Forest Lord Shoulders: Hide of Chromaggus Back: — Chest: Thunderlord Chestguard Hands: Embossed Leather Gloves Waist: Girdle of Unconquered Glory Legs:

Winter is ending, which means the Snowy Owl will stop spawning in Winterspring. This particular pet is only available during the winter months, between December 21 and March 21, so if you haven’t tamed it yet, you better hurry! The Snowy Owl has an unique appearance. There are several good reasons to tame this pet, but the most important one is that it’s a requirement for completing Kalimdor Safari which in turn is needed to complete the World Safari achievement to get the Zookeeper title. Spawn points. Don’t forget to bring either your Terrible Turnip or Molten Corgi—you don’t want to accidentally kill the owl you’re trying to tame once you’ve managed to find one!

There are goats. And then there are undead goats. In a category all on its own we find the fashionably undead goats. Or goat. Because there isn’t anyone quite like Eleanor. And this week, she’s going to show us the beauty of the Chrominius–Pandaren Water Spirit synergy. There are many ways to beat Eleanor (most of them involving really fast bunnies or foxes), but this is the way I do it. It’s not innovative, but it’s effective. Quick and dirty. Just like this guide. As you can see, I’ve thrown in an Unborn Val’kyr for ‘shits and giggles’ (as my British raid leader would say), but all you need is Chrominius and the Pandaren Water Spirit. Start with the Pandaren Water Spirit and cast Geyser. Eleanor will use Death Bleat for the first time. Proceed with Whirlpool, and watch as Eleanor unleashes a mournful bleat and one-shots your water spirit.

Carroteye, Mr. Terrible, and Sloppus are not your standard bunch of root vegetables. Well, nobody really knows what Sloppus is, but for the sake of argument, let’s assume it used to be some kind of root vegetable. I have a sneaking suspicion that it might actually be the leftovers from Brutus’ and Rukus’ Pig Out yesterday. Seriously, what *is* that? There are many ways to beat this team, both with one, two, and three pets, but as the experience gained from battling the Menagerie pets has been nerfed considerably, I’ll not go through how to level a “carry” pet against these teams. If you want to beat this group of pets—and I’m assuming you do—you will want a team with mostly aquatic abilities as Carroteye and Mr. Terrible both are elemental pets, and thus extra vulnerable to said abilities. Any kind of strider works like a charm, I used an Aqua Strider and

The Draenei, the Monk and the Wardrobe is a recurring installment of World of Warcraft transmogrification tales. Join us as we eye every seam, embroidery, and color scheme down to the last button. Do not be dissuaded by the title; DMW loves all classes and races! Every hunter with a fashion sense knows it’s essential to match your pet. Especially a pet like Gara. So I rummaged through my closet in search for the perfect outfit. At the bottom of the clothes hamper I found the Burnished Mail set—a set that hadn’t been washed since the big armorkini-craze of 2011. I oiled it up (or whatever it is you do with chain mail), and put it on. As evident from the pictures below, it still fits! Head: None Shoulders: Skettis Spaulders Back: None Chest: Skettis Chestpiece Wrist: Skettis Bracer Hands: Skettis Gauntlets Waist: Netherstalker Belt Legs: Skettis Legguards Feet: Skettis

Look. I know I promised you a guide on how to quickly level lowbie pets, kiddo. Guess what? That ain’t gonna happen. There, there, don’t cry. Ghostcrawler promised me a pony, but you don’t see me crying about it. A thing of the past. Patch 6.1 is the real villain here. Why? Well, in 6.1 the experience gained from battling the Menagerie elite pets has been hit with the nerfbat. And not just any nerfbat. No, Blizzard went down to their deepest and darkest dungeon, the dungeon where ancient relics—either too powerful or too dangerous—are being kept hidden away from the world and forum trolls. Next to legendary weapons such as the Ashbringer and Frostmourne lies a small, inconspicuous, wooden crate. Underneath the dust and cobwebs, you’ll find but one commandment inscribed on the lid: “To the ground!”. I dare not describe the horrors that would be unleashed upon the

Warlords of Draenor has been out for a while now. Since the release you’ve probably cursed the trash in Molten Core, shed bitter tears over the Love Rocket‘s low drop rate, and developed an unhealthy need for checking in on your garrison far too many times per day. I’m not going to lie—at one point I considered the possibility of remotely connecting to my computer at home to send my followers out on missions when I was otherwise engaged. It was a brief moment of weakness, I’ve put it behind me, and let’s never speak of it again. Let’s get down to business instead, shall we? Patch 6.1 is drawing nearer and with it comes a string of new battle pets to collect; if you’ve not unlocked the Menagerie in your garrison yet, it’s about time you did. Below I’ll run through the basics of how it works. Once you’ve reached

Early October 2014 I found myself suddenly in possession of a BlizzCon-ticket. Naturally the first question I asked myself was “Who will draw my badge?”. I scoured the Twitterverse after badge art that appealed to me and stumbled across the work of Whitley Cleghorn, also known as “Faebelina”. I sent her an inquiry, despite not much hope of her being able to take on more commissions that close to BlizzCon, but as it turns out it was my lucky day because she had just had a cancellation. I sent her about twenty reference pictures of my mistweaver monk (anyone who’s read my transmogrification articles will understand why), and she graciously accepted them all (in one very large .ZIP-file). Two weeks later I was one BlizzCon-badge the richer, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome. Since then, Whitley’s work has become increasingly popular, and I decided to find out

Anyone who might have followed my adventures through the Warlords of Draenor beta testing will remember the article about the new character model for the female draenei. Overall I was positive to the changes (even if they weren’t final at that point), but there was one thing that bothered me. The eyes. Warlords of Draenor (beta): Female draenei face no. 4 and no. 5 I know a lot of people reacted to them being a faded blue, rather than a glowing white, but my biggest issue was the shape of the eyes. It made them look bulging and insect-like. Although the designers changed that slightly for release, it wasn’t enough in my opinion. Warlords of Draenor 6.0.2 (current build): Female draenei face no. 4 and no. 5 Patch 6.1 will rectify this (hopefully at least — we all know that things on the PTR are subject to change at any

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