I am sure that quite a few people will tell you that going and honoring/extinguishing the fires around the world of Azeroth is a tedious chore and that they are only doing it because it’s required for the Meta Achievement and that the Midsummer Festival is a waste of time. However, friends, I am here to tell you differently! Here are a few interesting things about the Midsummer Festival that you may not know:
- Do not miss the oportunity to obtain your very own Scorchling pet! I mean…who doesn’t want their very own little fire elemental following them around?! This pet is a drop out of the Ice Chest which is created upon the untimely demise of Ahune, the Frost Lord. You can summon this bad boy once a day in heroic Slave Pens, and then everyone gets one summon per person in normal Slave Pens. So, a group of 5 can summon him 6 times, with the 5 members of that group.
- You will also get the opportunity to purchase a Captured Flame with the emblems you receive by honoring/desecrating the fires, and doing the other various quests. This little guy costs 350 emblems, so if you are doing the meta achievement, be sure that you buy your summer festival clothing (which will cost you 400 emblems) before acquiring this little guy!
- Cha-ching! That is right, if you are at max level, the mid-summer festival is a cash cow! Doing only the honoring/desecrating of the fires required for the meta-achievement (Outlands, Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor), along with getting the flame from the 4 alliance towns, I netted 705 gold! (I only had done two fires total last year). I still have all of the flames that have been added to Northrend to complete yet (two per zone!). All in all, well worth the time it took me to travel about. It’s the perfect time to catch up on some programs you have TiVo’d, or movies that you missed in the theatre :)
- What? You aren’t 80 yet? Never Fear! There is something in it for you too! While you do not get quite as much cash, you will rake in a nice bit of XP! You will obtain 11k XP for each fire that you honor and 22k (!) XP for each fire that you desecrate. That’s a lot of XP for just flying around the world!
In addition to partaking the the Festival wonderful-ness, our 10 man was very busy this weekend. We took Ulduar by force on Saturday in a marathon (8 hours!) raid, determined to do some hard mode work to help work out some things for our 25 man. We managed to squeek out a 4 tower Flame Leviathan (yes…our mage iceblocked to let the last pyrite stack tick and was the last one standing, but it’s dead isn’t it?!?!), we flattened XT hard mode, Kologarn with both his burly arms, Hodir in 3 minutes, Freya with one elder, Thorim joined by Siff, and Yogg without the help of two of our friends!
In addition to that, our 25 man changed up our strat for Hard Mode Hodir based on some new things we read and learned during our 10 man, and made some serious progress! We went from regularly seeing mid-30′s to seeing sub 20% most pulls. With our best attempt being 10% with one member of our raid dead about half way through. I think that we can expect a kill this coming reset, however I also think that I am going to have to drop us to 3 healers for the fight which kind of sucks (we ran 5 last night), but I will save that rant for another day!
And, the best part of this weekend was Beru’s new bling. I’ve had such rotten luck with trinket drops so far this expansion that I was really excited to have acquired this! So, I thought I’d share, I hope you don’t mind :)