Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ctrl Alt WoW Episode 171 - Be Very Quiet, We're Hunting Rabbits

Aprillian, Ashayo, Virshna and Jeppy discuss another week of playing World of Warcraft, Blizzard's great MMORPG. Contest Ongoing send an email to telling us how you play WoW, either as an altaholic or dealing with it in your family life to being placed in a drawing for a month free of WoW or a $10 iTunes Gift Card or an Authenticator, they are back in the store.

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What We've Been Doing:

Transfered Elyte - Level 75 DK to Winterhoof. Logged into her in dal and then felt stupid because she couldn't talk to other alts. Faction changed and she ended up in Exador. Note: move inn to neutral hearth prior to faction change

Got a Rocket on Elyte & took Ethere to Outland. Tried Achidoun, ended up in Ramparts. Graveyard run shorter

Ran SM after Vrishna went to work. Forgot to reset.
Aprillian & Vrishna

Scarlet Monastery Babyee




Pud - Utgarde Keep - Temp let me die on 2nd pull!

Shadowthrone - ran a heroic as dps! VH. Went ok.

Awesome HoR run with Zooey, Fantasie, Fur and Berat

Asheal - Random - VH - Ralff on healer, Secondaid on tank, Thy on boomkin, Molly on hunter (get a wriggle on with that alt Molly!)


Crazy Train - Now tearing through first four bosses with 2 healers. Getting Saurfang down almost before a mark goes out. ZooE doing a great job with the Darnovan weekly quest. Got Festergut down with only one tank swap and two-healed Rotface. However still bashing our heads against Dreamwalker with 93% our best attempt.

DwP - Still making progress on the Lich King. Best attempt is about 38%. Actually got to go inside Frostmourne and kill a Spirit Warden. Not bad considering we've swapped off-tank and a new dps and occassional new healer.

Pud - Weekly - Ignis - single tanked it, got [Stokin' the furnace] achievement

Asheal - Weekly - Patchwerk - 25 man with Ralff & Molly etc

Pud - weekly - XT - Killed him during the last heart phase
Ashariss - weekly - XT - single tanked by Straddle

Asheal / Ashayo - weekly - Noth - dualboxed the 25 man weekly. Was trying to figure out why healbot was acting funny on me, which is difficult to do when summoned into an instance and immediately fighting, plus dualboxing. Figured it out just before we pulled the boss - I was in shadow spec.


Pud - Won tanking Chest off Deathwhisper
Ashayo - Tier-10 chest. Probably won't equip until I get the 4th piece for the set bonus.


My latest DK is working his way through Grizzly Hills and about 4 away from the zone achievement. Forcing myself to not just use the ingame quest helper, and actually reading quests.
Tip: With the quest "Free at last", re-use quest item once mob is non-elite and it procs more often.

Rogue - Now questing in Ashenvale. Getting the hang of the rogue again.


Pud - Quested in Zangermarsh to get honored with Cenarion Expedition. Only took an hour or so.

Pud - AQ40 - summoned in for last boss and got acheivement

Pud - VoA - took 16 stacks before dying.

Tip: You can land on top of inns in places like Conquest Hold and logout as though in the Inn. Also found there is an "inn" at camp Oneqwah, and you can be mounted inside it.

Helping Wemb with Battered Hilt quest line. And now Temp has one too!

Alchemist discovered Flask of Mighty Restoration - outlands level flask?

Another moral dilemma!

Email #1 from Xesu

Hey there, APRILLIAN, and other subordinates,

So, I think I'll start writing to the show weekly...hopefully

Xesu's now relaxing, waiting for Cataclysm.

After my raid team got our Frostwyrms from the ICC-10 meta, I thought I'd like to level an alt. I'm thinking of waiting until Cataclysm, to level a Troll Druid, I have his name reserved already.


That said, are there any characters that the y'all are looking forward to leveling come Cata?


Email #2 from Xandarr

X marks the spot Pt. 2

Hello to my favorite Altaholics - Aprillian, Vrishna, Ashayo and Jeppy!

I am about a podcast behind when listening so I just barely heard
about Vrishna "dinging" and wanted to say congrats on being one year
older.... and hopefully wiser too. You are definitely a wise man to
find it in your best interest to hook up with Aprillian, she seems
like quite a lady. Even though she hides how many RaF's she might
have from you.

I also wanted to give a shout out to Sir Jeppy and hope he is all
better after his stay in the hospital and his laughing bout with the

And Ashayo... what can I say about you, my friend. I guess only two
words come to mind.... "man crush."

Anyway! Back to this weeks installment of "X Marks the Spot" and
another go at the prize!

I have spent another week away from home working in a four letter word
of a town in Nevada, finishing up a job. We no longer had trade with
the local hotels so they sent me here to finish up because I can stay
at my grandmothers house. *SIGH* Can anyone say CRAPPY WIRELESS
INTERNET and less than full size bed? Oh well... playing WoW until I
couldn't keep my eyes open made sleeping in the fetal position every
night almost tolerable until.... CRUSHRIDGE GOES OFFLINE FOR NEARLY
48 HOURS?! Good lord that is too long!

OK, enough about the gripe. On to the Alts... well a couple funny
stories anyway.

You have all been to the Deadmines, correct? You have all faced Mr.
Smite the level 20 elite Tauren. You know the guy... first mate to
Captain Greenskin. Anyway, I didn't know there were still people out
there who hadn't been inside Deadmines, but "Niightshade" (my NELF
Hunter) found one! A Rogue, whom he is lucky I forgot to write down
his name. He was running ahead of our tank and sapping folks as we
went along. He was pretty good at it, until he saw the treasure chest
on the landing where you fight Mr. Smite. He instantly dashed towards
the chest before we were finished with the trash right before and
wouldn't you know it he got all the way to the chest only to have the
two stealth rogues and Mr. Smite on him like white on rice. I didn't
think wipes were possible in low level instances anymore... but I
guess Blizzard still finds a way to humble us.

Story number two... same instance, different toon. This time I was
running through on Gobber, my warrior, on DPS. And AGAIN a rogue!
This time in the smelting area with all the goblins. I asked the
group if there was an engineer in the party. That way they would be
sure to pick up all the boxes of engineering crap scattered throughout
the area. The rogue said he was and proceeded to pick up the boxes
before we were done clearing the room. He made it around to the back
side of the smelter as we were clearing the trash, all but one... this
goblin saw the green haired little gnome sneaking around his boxes of
junk and ran to tell his boss, Gilnid the Smelter. Luckily our tank
and healer were in heirloom gear and kept everyone alive, except the
rogue. We told him to release and run back. We figured that would
teach him a lesson. He ran back, humbled, and bringing an Evoker in
hot pursuit.

Needless to say, even though I was two days without WoW, I still had
stories to tell and things to look back on and laugh. I will be
listening to Episode 170 on my drive home on Thursday evening.

Until next time.... FOR THE ALLIANCE.

P.S. Is it wrong to have so many blue items at level 22? 66% blue items.

Email # A

Hello everyone at Ctrl Alt Wow. Mattdiox again. I'm a pest I know.

I hope you had a fantastic week and did lots of ... WoW like ... things.
Anyway, I was surfing around on youtube and found a World of Warcraft parody song. It's a song about a player who has many many alts and has yet to level to 80 which now because Ashayo bribed her; Aprillian now has done. But I still think the song fits a little and is funny. (Accept the part where it says the person can't play. Don't hit me!)

Okieodkie here's the link:

I just thought I would let you know my Strength Priest is doing very well and has proceeded to dominate the battle grounds. Did you know that adding strength to a priest actually turns them into a super priest who shoots lasers out of their eyes and has a tactical nuke strike inside their ... well I'll leave that up to the imagination of the lads on the show.

This has been Mattdiox; For the British!

Email # 3 from Ruker
Hello guys. I wrote earlier to tell you all about my 100 plus random heroic runs as a healer. I was never picked for DPS. Well my healing streak has ended. My guild leader invited me to a random run and I got picked for DPS. It was fun searching my bars for any spell that would do damage before having to just sit down and switch to shadow spec.Holy priests just don't have much muscle. Oh how the highs and lows of this game stick in my brain. Like when I stayed up til 2am farming the Jeves recipie only to find out the next night that our Flame Leviathan kill had a 100% drop rate of that recipie for engineers. But the best thing was when my level 28
Paladin was questing in Duskwood. I ran out of the the catacombs of Raven Hill cemetary and aggroed 5 mobs.I was fighting to stay alive, when after killing 2 of the 5 mobs I leveled. Full life and full mana, I just paused and said "How do you like me now?". It's almost like cheating. Keep up the great podcast and For the Alliance.

Ruker and a few Alts, Azuremyst US

Email #4 from Velinath
Hey, guys and Aprillian. This is Velinath from the Pants on Head guild. I spend most of my time running on alts when i'm not running raids with the Ironman group. About a week ago I was making a new Enhancement Shammy and I was thinking of you Aprillian. So, my new alt is dedicated to you. Her name is Foshock and she is lvl 11 and she is an adorable Female Orc with pigtails. I plan on using her for pvp if she ever hits 80, I know that you don't pvp but that's kinda why I needed a Shammy. Anyway, I love the show everyone and keep up the great work.

Velinath - 80 Shadow Priest

Email #B from Jede

Hello Again! – hoping you can play this voice memo on the podcast!


Email #5 from Nade

I don't know whether to laugh or cry about the shaman not using their self resurrection (or ankh reagent if you don't have a glyph) because it would rez them where they died... in a group of mobs. No, this is not an option. It's not like your dead body is able to move around the room, unlike when you release and your spirit runs back to around the area of your dead body (outside of an instance).

I'm sorry, but please tell me how using a soulstone is different. You don't get to choose where you resurrect when you hit the Use Soulstone button. It just brings you back to life. If you died standing in a group of mobs, you're probably going to die again.

The shaman was right and I blame Ashayo for letting the noob squad run amuck on that discussion.

Keep up the good work!

Email #C from Acaldraa

Hey crew,

Acaldraa here again with a fun and exciting week. This week has been my first full one with no silly school to get in the way and in terms of Warcraft, it's been amazing. As Ashayo can tell you, I have been raising late into the night and am always looking for more crazy folk to join me. This week i have transferred over my DK (Acaldro) and have been gearing him up. I would list all the raids that I have done hut we would he here all day and listeners would probably fall asleep. But hey, here's just a few I did ICC 10 and 25 on both toons. VOA 10 and 25 on both toons. TOC 25 on the paladin. OS 3D on the DK for a title that I could wear with some amount of self respect. I also did the weekly on both toons of course and have already done it for next week on my DK but had to go to bed before I could find a group on the paladin at 4 am. To top it all off, I spent a few hours in Ulduar 10 getting Firefighter and a few other pesky achvs. Firefighter made me really want to cry... It was just that hard even when we over gear it by so much. Big shoutout to the guys over in the guild Shadow Remains for taking me and also to Miss Ravashing and Kekku for coming in and helping out. Way to represent AIE in such a great way!
Well this ended up being longer then expected (always does)

Have a great week in and out of game,

Acaldraa and Acaldro
Paladin and Death Knight

Sent from my iPod, sorry for any spelling errors.

Hey guys, quick mid week update. Got the drake from Skadi in UP on my Death Knight. 1.6% drop rate so I am very excited. My only wish it had been on the paladin. It looks like a Rusted Proto Drake but blue. Thanks and hope this can get tag onto my email

Sent from my iPod, sorry for any spelling errors.

Email #D from Bidkar

Hello Aprillian, Ashayo, El Jeppy and Vrishna,

Bidkar, mage etc. here. This week Bidkar danced on top of the bank in Orgrimmar and blinked around a lot.

My more productive toons fared a bit better. Millicent, human warlock, and Averill, gnome warlock, are now level 27 and going well. The two warlocks together started out a bit rough, but now are leveling well. I must say that I do prefer when one toon is a healer, makes things easier, but with a warlock it works out ok. They are now in Lakeside and Duskwood. I tried the dwarf areas. Did not care for them at all, but I am happy for those who do enjoy them. The two hunters, Monada, dranei, and Marilla, dwarf, are only level 11. I like the Dranei starting area and the subsquent quests so far so I am looking forward to working on them. I got wrapped up in the warlocks but I will go back and get them to 30 so I can implement my master plan of leveling one of them to 60 with the grant a level ability.

The pvp server toons, Mykroft the undead warlock and Bidkar, the undead mage are doing well also. I reused the names. I really like the name Mykroft and I like having the chance to "re-level" Bidkar again. They are now 27 and questing in Tarren Mill. I have only seen two ally toon so far in all this time. A dranei shaman at Crossroads and a night elf druid at Hillsbrad. They were both skulls to me, but they deigned me worthy of mercy and did not kill me. The auction house on this server is great too. They buy everything at ridiculously high prices. I would never pay 1g 50s for a piece of stringy wolf meat, but they do. I can't spell the server name since the game is down right now, but it's the one you talk about all the time with Pants on Head on it. I love the difference between "real" time and "server" time. Mo put the idea in my head to level a toon on there. It's a great server.

You mentioned last week that Blizzard put forth the question about the additional character slots. I would pay for additional character slots if I wasn't paying the subscription fee. If Blizzard wants to make Wow a micro-transaction game, I would be okay with that. I have a feeling when that happens though, I would probably be playing their new secret MMO that they are working on.

Dinged 45 Tuesday. I think I am holding up well, people still stare at my hair when they are talking to me, so I must still look fairly young. I've always had big streaks of white going through my hair since I was 14 or so, so I've gotten used to people looking at my hair while they are talking to me. I assume it's because someone who looks so young shouldn't have white hair, right? :)

Have a great week and thanks for the podcast.

For the Horde and For the Alliance

Bidkar and his many alts

Email #E from Daya

Dear April, Ashayo, Virshna and Jeppy,

Thanks for reading my email on the cast. When writing I played out what I would do if I won the competition; with a dismissive shake of the hand I would say “On no I couldn’t possibly accept. My modesty forbids it.”

But getting my mits on some shinies, my eyes widened with filthy greed. I would love a little KT. Was that possible? If not I will pass. You are very kind to offer these prizes.

Rather than telling you what I have been up to in wow I thought I would go all meta on you and share three things about wow, that are not wow, that have made me happy.

* Wow bash. This contains screen shots from chat in wow. All human life is there. Not all is safe for reading on the cast.

* Cranius’s Ulduar song, Call me soft but this is beautiful and tender. Mind you Ulduar is old hat now so it's showing it's age.

* Gevlon’s blog. Refreshing to come across someone who does not fun with the crowd.

Kind regards,

Daya of Eternal Phoenix guild, Doomhammer EU.

PS. I have a 60 day game card gathering dust on my shelf. I bought it in case of global financial meltdown where I was locked out of my expired wow account and my credit card did not function. Knowing that the banks are all very safe and I have nothing to worry about, my counselor says it would be good for me to give up this safety blanket. Bought in the UK would the code be of use to you, perhaps as a prize?

PPS. Would love to cheekily ask whether the World Cup has impacted on your wow playing?

Email #6 Curme


I wanted to respond to the person having trouble getting over the hump. 45-58 is grueling, though where you level can make a difference. Tanaris and OnGoro are way better than the plaguelands. But here's the suggestion.

Get your warrior to 55, upgrade to WOTLK if you haven't and roll a death knight on whatever server you want. You'll end the starting area at 58 and go right to the plaguelands. Mining/skinning are easy to level up in a few hours and you'll have plenty of gold to buy flying as soon as you hit 60. Stick around outlands until you hit 70 since you won't be flying in northrend until 77. I'd recommend a modified DPS unholy spec that picks up dodge, 'on a pale horse' and the cooldown reduction for death grip. You can also grab the armor talent, 'toughness,' from frost before topping of the unholy tree and it's more beneficial for leveling than the gargoyle. Make sure you get the perma-pet talent and glyphing your bones will add survivibility. You'll be able to solo group quests by using frost presense and death strike (self heal). Glyph of disease also helps out for soloing group quests (more frost/unholy runes for death strike) and should allow you to tank instances easier. You should be able to cruise through outlands in no time. DK's are way OP until the upper 70's where they kinda level out. After doing some instances you may find you want to work up a different class to do a different role, but a DK is a nice melée DPS with magic abilities and can tank to boot. Plus their awesome in PvP.

Best of luck


PS. My RAF was a failure by your standards. 2 level 58's and no granted levels. At least I've got the Druid and priest through the vanilla grind. I haven't been playing long enough to consider it nostalgic...

Email #7 from Gongrim

Hi all

Gongrim here been a while since I last wrote been busy at home keeping her who must be obeyed happy doing some decorating and going away for few days :)

But I've been busy in wow to I've now got my 4 piece tier 10 bonus for my warrior, and have run through the first 4 bosses of ICC a few more times but still no drops from there :(

My hunter is in all 245 ilvl gear and my DK has gone to level 68 and chosen Elixer spec as his specialisation in alchemy and is now making the flasks for my raid group. Aswell as a few extra gold on the AH.

I have also levelled my paladin as prot from 30 to 40 and started a tauren horde hunter who is level 10. And planning out how I'm gonna level my chars when i start my RaF account.

Speaking of which I have several of the 10 day free trials and have used a few to trail out my computer settings and how i wanna do it and I was pleasantly surprised at how well my laptop handled two instances of wow.

Anyway enough rambling for now

Gongrim 80 Dwarf warrior Dragonblight EU
Sent from my BlackBerry smartphone from Virgin Media

Shout Outs & Thank You

Hello all,
Hope everyone is well and of course having fun in life and in game.

I am writing this email pretty late in the week, it is actually Wednesday morning. I had another night of disrupted sleep pattern. I compare my sleep the last week or so to a bad pug; so unpredictable and do not know when or when it will be corrected.

I have not been on wow much for many reasons. One our raid groups have imploded mainly because of peoples schedules or conflicts. I also have been trying my best to workout but that has been interrupted because of my corrupted sleep pattern. I have missed the weekly raid quest on my 80s for 2 weeks now! Crazy I know. My one hunter that is not 80 yet did hi 79 and he should be 80 soon with the JC dailies and random dungeon here and there. I also have him in Sholozar Basin going through the quests there. I like that zone but I wish the hunter had a gathering profession. He has JC and enchanting. Do you all know of another zone that is as rich as Sholozar for gathering? Maybe the zone next to it, which is Icecrown right? I am so bad with names sometimes.

I have also been in a wow funk, where I really want to play with my RAF characters and raid at the same time to help my guild but than I end up not doing either and just do something else non-wow related. I cannot explain it but I know the lack of sleep has to do with it.

I noticed yesterday we had a mini-patch updated; I am curious when the next big patch is with the new dungeon and raid.

I leave you be now and hope everyone has a wonderful week. Hope you have ordered your iphone 4 as I was finally able to.
I will not receive it until July but that is ok, I am able to wait.

Take care all and FOR THE SLEEP ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz


Shoutouts: Gratz to Baret on his 15th 80. (no RAF, single account)

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