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Looking into the Mogu’shan Palace

Bung was back from LEGOLand and Earl was back from the wilds of Canada and we were all together again on Saturday night.  We had already done Temple of the Jade Serpent and Stormstout Brewery, so the next instance on the list looked to be Mogu’shan Palace.

As an instance it is rated for level 87 and up, and our group was a bit shy of that.  Our lineup at the beginning of the evening:

  • Earlthecat – Level 87 Human Warrior Tank
  • Skronk – Level 86 Dwarf Priest Healing
  • Bungholio – Level 86 Gnome Warlock DPS
  • Alioto – Level 86 Night Elf Druid DPS
  • Ula – Level 87 Gnome Mage DPS

Only two of us were 87, but we figured that was close enough.  Sure, we couldn’t use the Dungeon Finder, but that was never our plan in any case.  We would follow the grand old tradition of “screw Dungeon Finder, we’ll just walk there and do it below the recommended level!”  After all, what is the worst that could happen?  Maybe the quest giver won’t give us the quests.

There was a question of how to walk there though.  Mogu’shan Palace is in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, and one does not simply walk into the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.  There is a quest chain to get in there, and once inside the whole thing is geared for level 90s, which can be awkward if you are level 86 and cannot fly

But, as it turned out, Skronk already had us covered on that front.  Actually, we have enough level 90 alts in the group that we could have done it without Skronk’s setup, but it felt better that he was in the zone already.  He had managed to sneak into the zone in tow behind Ula’s level 90 alt and so had already set his stone to the alliance hub at the Shrine of Seven Stars, gotten the flight point, and scouted out the summoning stone for Mogu’shan Palace.

He did need somebody else to help him summon the rest of the party, so I swapped out for one of my level 90s and we commenced to summon.

At the Mogu'shan Palace stone

At the Mogu’shan Palace stone

One everybody else was there, I logged out, re-joined the group as Alioto, and was summoned as well.

Mogu'shan, here I come!

Mogu’shan, here I come!

Once we were all there, we took a minute to run over to the Shrine of Seven Stars so everybody could get the flight point and set their hearthstones there if the so desired.

At the Shrine of Seven Stars

At the Shrine of Seven Stars

I pointed out that the Shrine of Seven Stars had almost everything one could want, banking services, vendors, daily quests, portals to all the other major locations, and so on.  The only thing it lacks is an auction house NPC.  Well, it has one, but only for those who follow the engineer’s trade.  Otherwise you have to head back to Dalaran or Stormwind for an auction house.

Anyway, once we got ourselves set there, it was back over to the Mogu’shan Palace, where we stood before the instance portal.

Behold its majesty

Behold its majesty

It was time to go in!

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Pandaria – Jade and Ale

Having wrapped up about everything we wanted to do as a group in CataclysmZul’Aman and Zul’Gurub being the final acts… it was about time for our group to move into Pandaria for real.

We had already poked our collective noses into Mists of Pandaria in order to get some gear upgrades to help us deal with the 85++ heroic dungeons, so we had a foothold in the expansion with a few flight points.  Now the time had come to invest ourselves fully in the land of the anthropomorphic plushies and to take on an instance in the Jade Forest.  Our group for that was:

  • Earlthecat – Level 87 Human Warrior Tank
  • Skronk – Level 86 Dwarf Priest Healing
  • Bungholio – Level 86 Gnome Warlock DPS
  • Alioto – Level 86 Night Elf Druid DPS
  • Ula – Level 86 Gnome Mage DPS

And, as it turned out, four of us had already hit the first instance, the Temple of the Jade Serpent.

The previous week I was out, but the other four members of the group were on, so they decided to give the instance a try short one DPS.  And with considerable effort, or so I understand, they figured out each boss and made it through.  So the first order of business was to drag my ass through the instance, expecting that with an additional DPS and all the fights now a known quantity, things would go quickly.

And so they did.

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