Loremaster Update October 3, 2011Posted by Ben in Achievements, Zones.
Sunday afternoon I completed the “Loremaster of Outland” meta-achievement.
It was terrible.
It started out fairly benign. I had a handful of group quests to finish in Hellfire, Zangarmarsh and Terokkar. Epic flying and out-leveling the quests by 20+ levels made short work of those zones. Nagrand presented a smaller challege, just a detour into the Auchenai Crypts (soloed on Heroic mode for the achi) to complete the quest chain that leads to Thrall’s arrival at Garadar (a hilarious bit of discontinuity now). But it left me two quests short of the achievement because the remaining quests were from a chain that starts in Shadowmoon Valley.
Blade’s Edge Mountains was a small nightmare. First, the quest chain that unlocks Orgi’la. Not difficult so much as requiring flying long distances to kill a single npc. Then Ogri’la and farming Apexis shards. I’m no fan of farming in general, but farming for drops when you spend more time running to the corpse than casting the spell that kills it? It just about killed me.
Netherstorm was long. There was far less traveling to the far flung corners of Draenor, but 120 quests is no small feat. It was nice to see the conclusion of some quest chains that I’ve not ever seen, and it is genuinely one of the more interesting zones in the BC world.
Shadowmoon Valley was surprisingly less annoying than I’d feared. The quests are very decentralized, and after the “questing on rails” style that Blizz has gotten us used to in Wrath and Cata, and I felt a little flustered at first. When it sent me back to Nagrand to talk to Altruis who then sent me to kill npcs in Shadowmoon, Zangarmarsh and Netherstorm I was cursing the endless flight paths I was stuck on. Then it was time for the Netherwing dragons for my final 10 quests. And in less than 10 minutes I was done.
- “Icecrown: The Final Goal”
- “Coming Down the Mountain”
- the entire “Loremaster of Kalimdor” meta-achievement