The monthly transmog contest is Friday. Our judge is Winterlight. Make sure you have your in-game letter with your gear list to her by Friday before the contest.
The theme for this month is "St. Patrick's Day". Gaussette might have had some help with her outfit.
Minaithelan wrote a brief post on where to spend the Mark of Honor you can get from doing PvP so it occurred to me to follow up with a section on where PvP gear is and the names of the various sets, up to level 100. There are a lot of crazy pieces in PvP. It can be daunting to do the battlegrounds needed. Mina has long said BG's can be toxic on the weekends. Several of us ran the Battlegrounds week event and I see that. During the week, we had a great time, even in losses. By the weekend, the chat had turned racist, sexist and just plain awful. I don't think I've reported so many people at one time in many months. Blizzard seems unwilling to curb this kind of atmosphere which makes it difficult to do this part of the game, a part Blizzard pushes people to do, even if they don't like it. I'll get off my soapbox now and just remind you to meet in Stormwind, in our usual place at 8:45 so we can get organized and going at 9 pm. Can't wait to see at the horrible goodness coming our way.
It sure sounds like we are really close to having 2 full Karazhan Legacy groups. If you need help leveling, please speak up. We're happy to help you. Our target is mid-to-late April for a Karazhan run but we'll be happy to move that back to let people run a few Heroic dungeons to get gear, or to finish leveling. On the subject of that gear, I happen to think about this reputation grind and the rewards it offers.
I don't know how many of you got Honored or above with the Consortium. It was a horrid grind. We've been bemoaning how low the drop rate is on gathering quests and this typifies it. All ogres in Nagrand drop warbeads, but the drop rate is not very good. I don't remember how long it took me to get exalted. According to achievements, I did that in February of 2009.
People who are honored or above have a bag of gems waiting for you from Gezhe, who is to the immediate right when you enter the Nagrand Consortium area.
The size of the bag is dependent upon your rep. You get a mix of gems in each bag.
I remember doing this every week through the middle of Wrath, but had largely forgotten about it until this weekend. For those of you who would like gem cuts, there are a large number from the vendor in Battle for Mount Hyjal vendors area, prior to going into the raid, in the Caverns of Time, and on the Isle of Quel'Danis. Both vendors, however, are locked behind rep grinds. And remember, if you are exalted with Scale of the Sands, for instance, but your jewelcrafter is not, you can't buy the pattern and send it to them. It is BoP upon purchase. As we gear up for Kara, this is another way to get gems for that gear.
The week ahead will be busy. Tomorrow is our End of Winter Bash, With the Emphasis on BASH. We'll be horde side. Come on along and help us take over Outland PvP points. Tuesday is Legion 5-mans. Have you updated your post on what you need from Legion? Wednesday is a Miz Special. I don't know what it is so I'm just going to show up wherever she wants me to be. You should come see what she has cooked up for us. Thursday, we'll be back in Highmaul for achievements beginning with Tectus. Friday is our transmog event. Lots of fun is planned so come on along.