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April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Been putzing around on my small army of alts lately:

Warrior – 85, and went ahead and swapped from fury to arms in anticipation of this week’s 4.1 patch. I believe I can pull more dps as arms, plus arms is simply more fun; don’t like how at times I’m caught going “no buttons to hit” or “fuuuu rage starved” while playing fury. Second spec will remain prot so I have that option available if guildies need a heroic tank. I’m also a heroic Putricide kill away from a nice Frostbrood drake for this char, which should be done this upcoming reset. Yeah, only 6 or so months behind on that, but my warrior’s an alt, albeit a former main and with significantly more achievements than any other alt I have.

Druid, warlock, priest, paladin – All are in the 82-84 range (84, 83, 83, and 82 respectively). Despite being the highest level, I’ve played and enjoyed the druid the least…not sure why, to be honest. I did get him from 80 to halfway through 81-82 simply via herbing, hence his level lead. I’ve tried boomkin, kitty, and resto, and wasn’t really thrilled with any of them; apparently the only druid spec I’m remotely good with is bear…durr. Warlock (affliction/destro) and priest (shadow/disc) are a blast to play, least to me. Paladin has been relatively fun leveling as holy, but I’m running into the same issue with ret as I did with fury, where it’s like you’re sitting there at times with nothing to do. Sure, those times may be a second, but as a dpser, any time where I’m not doing something is time I’m not doing dps, thus wasted time. More time on target dummy needed (after a few mins of it, I was getting a better feel for the rotation/priority).

DK, hunter – 77 and 76 respectively. Both pull ~3k dps at their level (unholy and survival are their main specs, again respectively). Having to catch up their professions, but that’s on pace at this point.

Rogue, mage – both at 65, and they’re kinda polar opposites in terms of dps. Mage (fire/frost) completely wrecks packs with aoe (which is just about every pull now) and does respectable single target dps. Rogue (combat/assassination) isn’t an aoe machine, but does brutal dps on boss fights (where I can actually get rupture up, heh). I prefer assassination over combat, but combat smokes it with perma-sweeping strikes. I think I can pull higher dps on bosses as assassination, but with 90% of dungeons being trash pack AOE fests, combat’s the way to go (Until Fan of Knives at level 80…really thought they would add that at lower level by now).

Heirlooms are OP, btw. I’ll probably buy the new tanking ones, although I don’t know if I’ll use them or not, heh. I don’t think they need to add heirloom legs (which have been found via datamining), but if they do, I won’t complain.

Things will pick up for Kaz with 4.1; I may feel motivated to finish my Professor title from archaeology now that there are more “not-so-rare-rares” that appear to be added to the profession. I’ll also get another chance at picking up a bear mount with the return of ZA.

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Guild Perks? Sounds cool to me. Also, the Best Weekend in WoW ever, in my biased opinion.

July 19, 2010 2 comments

Normally, I don’t pay much attention to news pages/announcements/etc. during the weekend, but a friend asked me if I had looked at the upcoming Guild Perks, so I had to check into them. Now this is all in beta still and a lot of this can change, but based off what’s available, the guild perk feature is going to be really sweet. I dare say it walks the line of “too good to be true”, so I’m being wary of being OMG SO EXCITED or anything of that nature.

Now, for material that would qualify as OMG SO EXCITING, this weekend in WoW would be it. Friday I finally finished the achievement “To The Rescue!” by getting 4 base defenses in one game…way to close that out in style. The biggest highlight were yesterday, though. Saturday night into Sunday morning, we worked on Lich King 10 hard mode, and around 2 AM Sunday, everything fell in place and we were once again wtfBBQed by Fury of Frostmourne at 10%…oh wait, that means we won! The only downside (if you want to call it that) was losing out on Tel’thas to our priest, but in all seriousness, I didn’t (and still) don’t give a damn; this was a win where the loot was only secondary. It’s all about the title, heh. Besides, the previous week I had upgraded from the heroic Midnight Sun that I had mentioned in a previous entry to Bleak Coldarra Carver, so I wasn’t exactly hurting. Yes, Tel’thas is a pretty significant upgrade over BCC, but loot was my last concern with winning this encounter. With 3 weekends worth of work on the fight, we just wanted to get it down and collect our sweet title.

So how could I top that? Well, that’s a hard act to follow, but later that day (after some healthy sleeping in) my mount farming partner and I did our rounds and I came out of ZG as owner of a Swift Zulian Tiger. I’ve been running in there for a good 3-4 months for just about every reset, starting out just soloing the raptor boss (came close once or twice on the tiger boss but silence + interrupts = heals going off), but my farming partner and I expanded our Anzu farming scheme over into other dungeons; so far he has Anzu for his main, while I have the Swift White Hawkstrider and now the Zulian Tiger.

But wait, there’s more! A couple of hours after picking up my shiny new mount, our guild ventured into ICC 25, which I was quite nervous about because for the time between raid start and when I won the mount, my connection speed went right into the doldrums and was shoddy right up to our first pull of Putricide. Connection stablized in time for LK (which feels like a total breeze after doing the 10 man hard mode, heh) and I was awarded theRoyal Scepter of Terenas II. Sure, Tel’thas is better stats-wise in terms of DPS, but the scepter wins out in that it’s faaaaaaar easier to obtain and it looks way cooler. 😛

With that, my Best Weekend in WoW was over, but damn, it’s hard to ask for more. Next weekend I will most likely end up the owner of another nice shiny mount, the Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher.

Oh, yeah…totally forgot to mention that I’m halfway home in terms of level 80s; my warlock dinged 80 yesterday afternoon amidst all the goings-on with my shaman and I’ve already replaced all of his heirlooms AND have 2 piece T9 on him. As much as I despise running heroics on other toons, it’s actually fun to run them with the lock, since he isn’t uber leet dps yet. I run some with a freshly dinged druid tank, and it’s scary to watch his health see-saw back and forth, but it’s a nice reminder of how far we have come in WoTLK, where once upon a time heroics were a reasonable challenge to their faceroll status now.

Achievement Hunting, Alt-itis, and Ruby Sanctum first impressions

June 30, 2010 1 comment

It’s been a busy couples of weeks on the RL front as of late, so time to catch the blog up on wow-related happenings, weee!

I can has cheese…ments?

I’ve become quite the achievement hunter as of late, and oddly enough it’s after I eclipsed the 9000 achievement points mark. I actually expected it to happen; it being that I would struggle to pass the 9000 mark (for which you get the ever-so lovely “It’s Over Nine Thousand!” feat of strength, which I link to noobs when they ask me what my gear score is). A month after acquiring said feat of strength, I now border 9500; 9495 to be exact, and I’ll tip over that scale once we make a corpse out of Halion.

The highlight of recent achievements was done with a pseudo-pug (pseudo in the fact it was mostly members of another raid guild on our server) that in 2 days cleared all of the Ulduar 25 hard mode achievements, including the Yogg +1 kill that taunted me for the past 2-3 months since the last pseudo-pug (which was more of a pug than this group) cleared all of the achievements except for Yogg +1, which we spent some 6 or so hours trying to complete. No more of that achievement festering like a wound, for now I fly the skies of Azeroth on an ironbound proto-drake, which is actually rarer than the ICC frost wyrm mounts that are starting to roll out in droves. Sadly, we could not beat Algalon with that group; our next to last attempt had him at ~5% (forgot the exact amount but it was single digits), but a LOT of people in the raid had never done the fight before. I believe that guild went back last week and got that done, though.

Speaking of frost wyrms…I’m only 3 achievements away from the bloodbathed frostbrood vanquisher, but I most likely won’t get that done this week. I’m in our hand-picked group that is working on LK hard mode, and I still need the achievement for letting necrotic plague or whatever stack to 30 (along with Full House and All You Can Eat). I should be able to coerce the guild into working those down, though. 😛

The largest chunk of the ~500 points I’ve acquired in the past month was by completing all the Midsummer achievements, which was the last of the metas needed to get the violet proto-drake. It was a bit anticlimatic, to say the least, since I got the violet a week after having acquired the ironbound…”eh, violet proto, whatever”…heh. 😛 I still think putting up with doing all that stuff over the course of a year warrants a nice shiny 310% speed flying mount. Looking forward, if I decide I want to pursue this drake on any of my alts, I’ll be able to fly around the old world when Cata arrives, so knocking this stuff out should be a LOT faster.

Now my goal is to make it to 10k achievement points before Cataclysm, but I do not think that will happen. The largest chunk of points I could acquire towards getting there would be by acquiring Battlemaster; I’m only about 2/3 of the way toward that, with a lot of Strand and AV victories between me and it, among a slew of other achievements, such as the infamous “We had it all along *cough*”, where you win a game of AB by the score of 1600-1590. Sadly, I know for fact I’ve pulled that off 2-3 times in years past, but that was well before the achievement system came into play. I could start looking for arena teams, also…but I think I’d rather stab myself in the eyes with a rusty spork than bother with arena. I thoroughly enjoy battlegrounds and Wintergrasp, but arena infuriates me to no end, mainly because you can no longer do well by grabbing your friends and jumping right in; they have to be a certain class/spec to complement you so that you can compete at a respectable level. Perhaps my full analysis/opinion on wow pvp will come to fruition in the form of a future blog post. 🙂

Alt-itis in Full Swing

Despite enjoying BGs and WG, I barely bothered with it this weekend. Instead, alt-itis was in full swing. I have acquired dual spec on every single character I have now (since I have money running out of my ears on Kaz; I have bought pretty much every “gold sink” at this point). Played my DK and hunter for the first time in several months; switched the DK from blood dps to unholy and I’ve noticed it’s a slight dps upgrade without having a good grasp on the rotation involved. I’m pretty sure I can start cranking out 1k dps consistently on him…oh, he’s level 67, btw, and half his gear is still the DK starter gear, heh. With the hunter, I have picked up Marksmanship as a second spec, along with the standard BM leveling spec. I’m thinking that MM, with it’s focus on increased direct damage and aoe, should allow me to push more dps than I currently do as BM. Also, in the event my pet were to die, I wouldn’t lose 40 some odd percent of my dps (I am making that number up, for I haven’t really paid attention to the damage breakdown to that degree).

My rogue and mage are neck and neck level wise, having just passed over the level 40 mark. They are both solid dps, but polar opposites; I can wreck single target dps on the rogue like it’s cool, but the mage wins the overall battle due to having obscene aoe. I enjoy the mage experience more, but that’s mainly due to WoTLK Syndrome, where every dungeon/raid has ended up being “zomg aoe” and mobs evaporate in a cloud of flashy colors. I have dual spec on both toons already, but with no clear direction as to what I’d do with a second spec…maybe pvp specs for each, but BG queues for horde in general are abysmal, no matter the level.

The lock and priest are stuck in the low 70s range for now; I will probably resort to leveling via quests, since I am bored to tears with Northrend dungeons since I’ve run them 1340589372618934751236495823745132 times in the past year and a half or so. They have their professions (tailoring/enchanting on the lock, herbing/alchemy on the priest) maxed out, so I have my money’s worth out of them, heh.

I am slowly converting my paladin into a full time healadin; the only problem is motivating myself to run heroics to finish off his gear…I think my summary in the previous paragraph sums that up. Druid isn’t doing much of anything since I’m burned out facerolling heroics for welfare loot; current use for him aside from making glyphs for other toons is Anzu farming; I have a deal worked out with a friend where we run each other’s mains through for Anzu using our druids. No mount so far, but I think in time we’ll both have it. 🙂

Ruby Sanctum: First Impression

Ruby Sanctum was finally opened to the public yesterday, and elements from it are quite nice to see. For one, there’s a couple of trash packs featuring Commander mobs (forget the exact name) that have to be pulled out and away from the rest, or else it provides a battle shout or whatever that increases the damage done by nearby units; the more that are stacked together, the more they get buffed. Try piling them all together and AOEing, and you’ll quickly see that your tanks are dead. Said trash packs have my seal of approval.

The mini bosses aren’t anything exciting, although the one that’s to the left when you enter can royally eff people up if tanks aren’t awake and pick up the mirror images. As for Halion…ah, Halion, you bastard. I personally feel like this is a VERY easy fight, at least on normal (I have not been in for any heroic attempts). All that fire and shit you see on the videos? It tickles. Seriously. I was quite disappointed when I stood smack dab in the middle of A FUCKING METEOR STRIKE…and it hit me for all of 15k. Hopefully on heroic that’s an instagib in heroic, heh. I mean…a giant fucking rock the size of a UPS truck just fell on my head and I’m doing just fine, thank you very much. Of course, I stood there while we purposefully dying due to a wipe being called.

So did we kill Halion? No…and of course we had a soul-crushing 2-3% wipe. So what was killing people? Positioning was one, namely when folks would transition between the realms. Folks would get gibbed by cleave going into P2 until we were like “durr, move teh dargon 2 teh wahl” or something to that degree. Biggest killer of the night, though: Big Blue Laser. In the shadow realm, there are 2 big orbs that circle the room; they resemble the shadow orbs that float around in the Blood Prince Council fight in ICC. Every 15ish seconds, there will be an emote/warning that goes out about the orbs getting shiny or something (were I to write it, it would say “HALION IZ CHARGIN HIZ LAZURZ”) then a laser beam forms between the two orbs, going across the room and rotating clockwise. Hardest job here, imo, would be for the tank; they have to keep themselves just ahead of the laser, almost parallel with it, so that us squishy folk don’t get owned by cleave, breath attack, or a tail swipe that stuns/knocks down long enough for the laser to catch up and OM NOM NOM NOOB.

That’s Halion in a nutshell, more or less. Not a very difficult fight, and I believe we’ll have it done with either tonight or some time later in the week. For now, lunch time is near, so I must go feed my face. Adios!

Oh yes, I have a blog…Also, look before you poach

March 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Not a lot of ground-shaking stuff going on in my neck of the woods as of late. Work has tapered off some today to where I could post about…well, not much, heh.

Progression has hit a plateau once again, but this week wasn’t going to get much done, anyhow, being 2/3 of our officers are out on various vacations this week. The talent pool on Ysera has shown to have some diamonds in the rough, but for every one of those, there’s at least 5 people that apply and make me scratch my head. Don’t be misled by our guild name; we take our raiding seriously. What’s strange to me is how some classes/specs seem to be non-existant: Boomkin, warlocks, and elemental shaman all come to mind.

I (finally) have 4 piece T10, and I ended up picking up my set gloves so I could iron out a hit set (for those raids where no shadow priest or boomkin is present). Next on my list looks to be the healing trinket, but it’s quite a nice feeling not having to run random heroics every single day, so it’s going to take a backseat. Either that, or perhaps I start stocking primordial saronite and put Shadow’s Edge in my warrior’s hands. 😛

On the alt front, I’m looking to acquire a second 2h weapon and go fury once again on my warrior, with an arms pvp build for pvp lulz. Haven’t given my paladin much love as of late, although I did fill in on a Ulduar 10 hard mode group and got a couple of those done. If I weren’t lazy, I could probably have rusteds on both of my current 80 alts (the warrior and paladin). Tonight, though, I may have the red proto on my paladin, which will make me 3 for 3 as far as red protos on my 80s goes. Picked up dual spec for my next 2 80s, which will be my druid and warlock; tank/feral dps for the former while the latter added an affliction build to go along with destro. Cat DPS looks to be a massive headache, especially compared to my shaman; I will probably have a pvp resto spec on him at 80. Keeping him as a bear because I intend for him to become my primary tanking toon eventually. As for my warlock, for whatever reason, dpsing with him is fun, whether it’s destro or affliction. I’m starting to gravitate toward the latter for the self healing, plus with all the talents + heirloom gear for Seed of Corruption, trash packs are a blast…so long as the tank can hold aggro, heh.

Regarding the other alts, they are coming along slowly. The 68 priest is this weekend’s goal; I want to level his alchemy so that I have a flask bot available. That said, I’m probably going to make him a transmute master; I’m thinking it can produce gobs of cash if I get procs on making gems or titanium. I also have 2 64s, my DK and hunter. I’m pretty crappy with the hunter, but the DK…rofl. I don’t see why folks whine about not being able to put runes on heirloom weapons…you don’t need them when you can pull 900 dps as a level 63. Sure, that may not sound like a lot of dps, but I’ve seen level 80s that can’t pull that; it makes my head hurt trying to think how people could fail that hard at this game. 😦 I have zero professions on the DK, though, and being I have every other profession in the game covered, I’ll probably level engineering on him since it can be cheap (1-450 on my shaman for 2k gold, with virtually no mats saved on my other toons). Hunter is going to be my skinning bitch, so I added LW to him for the bracer benefit plus cheap leg enchants.

Last, but not least, my baby alts; 27 rogue and 29 mage. Fortunately for them, dps queues for random dungeons at their level aren’t too terrible. One of my guildies informed me he has an up and coming prot pally just under their level, so they will have instant queues for dungeons soon enough. 🙂 Leveling Jewelcrafting (the only profession I don’t have at a decent level) on the rogue has me convinced that JC is by FAR the most painful profession to level.

As for Kaz himself, if I’m not running a random or helping out with the occasional raid (lol @ the pseudo pug for OS 3D 10 man from last night, where guildies begged me to come replace a lock doing 2k dps), I’m usually rocking out to some pvp action. This week’s raid quest was for Noth, so I once again got the opportunity to punt a flagged alliance player off of Naxx…and I did just that. 😛 Outside of that, I’m usually running BGs with friends, and we do the occasional run of arena games (only at a measly 1300 rating after ~60 games). Word of advice to any aspiring pvp elementals: Don’t do 2s. Save yourself the headache. Painful doesn’t begin to describe how awful 2s are as elemental. 3s and 5s are very much doable with the right teammates, though.

Last, but not least, a word to would-be recruiters for raiding guilds: If you’re going to attempt to poach someone from another guild, it’s probably wise to look them up on armory and see your would be “recruit” doesn’t have clout within their current guild…yes, I had a guild try to recruit me to theirs, with the person recruiting being oblivious to the fact I’m GM of LE. I mean, you’d think there would be some sort of web page where you can see members of a guild and what rank they hold within the guild…oh, wait.