Archive for May, 2008

WOOOOOOT

Posted in Hunter, Leveling on May 29, 2008 by Kor

Grim Ding’d 70 tonight!

 

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!

WWBRKD?

Posted in Humor, Hunter, Off Topic, Random on May 28, 2008 by Kor

Well, BRK asked a simple question using a screenshot that speaks volumes.  In situations like those, I use a simple test: WWBRKD?  Simply put, what would BRK do?

In this case, since it is BRK asking, the litmus test isn’t immediately obvious.  There is, however, some other deductive reasoning that can be done.  As a hunter, what is our role?  Well, "its to bring MQoSRDPS fo shizzle ." (I paraphrased BRK, cause he drops epic lines that I just love).  So, our role as hunters is to bring the massive quantities of sustained ranged DPS.  So, using my deductive reasoning skills, I’d have to say thats exactly what I would do.  Bring the pain!  Even though its a fellow Hordie sitting there, the way I figure it is, the weak will perish, thus weeding out those unworthy of being the Horde. 

So, BRK, I would hope that you fed him to Hobbes, I would’ve done it.  So everyone wants to know… Did you?

Kara Guide Update

Posted in Hunter, Off Topic, Random on May 27, 2008 by Kor

Okay, so I’ve got the stats and the gear list all finished up.  Well, mostly.  There are some that I could suggest a million things for, but I’d like to limit my suggestions to a couple to give people a bit of focus.

Anyways, still to do is to work on the enchant list and then possibly a short pet review for the different pet options. 

 

As for Grim, he didn’t ding tonight.  I started off doing dailies with Fikkle to make some cash for his flying mount and only got to quest with him for about 30 min.  But he’s about halfway to the flyer right now, so he’s in good shape.  I just need to stop being lazy and start doing my dailies, well, daily.

Keep your stick on the ice.

 

Fikkle

Thanks

Posted in Discussion, Humor, Hunter, Random on May 27, 2008 by sylus

I just wanted to take a quick minute to say thank you guy at Blizzard. Which guy you might ask? The guy that spilled he coffee on the server last night. I and several other friends and family were in botanica. We were about to down the second to last boss( the one we could have skipped to get to the last boss) and then the server dies. It was down for about 5 mins. In that five minutes our goup was sent back to our home’s…Pellonia back to shattrath, and the rest of us at the begining of the instance….full of bad guys…

So, once again, thanks guy at blizzard. Your coffee ruined my evening. I may never get that beast lord cuirass…Until then, I can’t equip my epic pants…I would loose my -4 seconds trap time bonus. Get a sippy cup next time.

(Sylus wrote this in anger, and would still love to get Fikkle a key for beta when it comes up…really, he loves you guys.)

 

This post has not been edited by Fikkle. I swear.

Ding 69! and BG Blues

Posted in Hunter, PvP on May 27, 2008 by Kor

Woot! Grim hit 69 last night.  It was kind of expected.  I was very close from the day before and knew I’d be getting there soon.  Immediately after dinging, I trained and then hit up an Arathi Basin.

/rant on

For those people who were in the Arathi Basin with me last night, this one’s for you.  We had a great start didn’t we?  I was out of the gate quickly and capped Farm (FM) as fast as Orcishly possible.  The Alliance still beat us to the Stables (ST), but that is just the way the map is imbalanced.  After it capped though, I saw we split into three groups.  About a third were going to Blacksmith (BS), another third were going to the Lumber Mill (LM) and the last third were heading toward ST.  I decided to go to LM and when I arrived at the top, there was already a fight mid-battle.  I believe that a pally, two hunters and a Mage were still fighting.  We quickly owned them, capped LM, BS and FM, and were well on a way to an easy victory.  Until…

So ya, I don’t know what has been in the Mage Biscuits lately, but they seem to make everyone on the Horde side go stupid.  Well, maybe not everyone, but about half of them anyways.  After our first wave hit the wall at ST, most people decided that they wanted to go cap ST.  And they did.  Then they stayed there to camp people at the graveyard.

In the meantime, the Alliance had the Gold Mine (GM), and took FM and BS.  After that there was continuous assaults on LM, which we fought off quite well.  But now, it was three bases to two.  Eventually, once they had a good hold on their three bases, they all came for LM and overran us.  4 to 1.  At this point, half the people were still fighting at the Alliance GY.

Now, I’m no master tactician, but last time I checked, you get bonus honor for winning .  Not for camping alliance.  Anyways, we eventually got enough people to smarten up to retake LM, FM and BS, losing ST.  Which is fine, because 3>2.  We ended up winning, but had the Alliance mounted a concerted defence, they easily could have held three bases and totally stole the victory. 

/rant off

Sorry, but it bugs me how people can be so selfish sometimes. 

I’ll be doing some more BGs at 69 to try and get some marks before I have to go into the 70 brackets.  I haven’t PvP’d much with Grim before, so he doesn’t even have a PvP trinket yet.  Its on my list of things to do.  But I’m only going to be pvp’ing long enough to get the 1000g required for his flying mount, which will be five or six days worth of dailies.  I’m getting excited, 70 is just around the corner :D.

Family, Guilds and Gear, Oh My!

Posted in Alts, Discussion, Leveling on May 26, 2008 by Kor

FAMILY

In a few of the podcasts I listen to there is usually a question that comes up as to whether new people are still starting to join WoW.  I can say from personal experience that I know of two that have started in the past few months.  One of Sy’s RL friends started up a few months ago and is now around level 30 (I believe).  And two weekends ago when I was visiting my parents, I let my brother log into my account and create a character.  I’ve been trying to get him to play since I started, but he’s never got around to it.  I even bought him a battlechest at Christmas (which he re-gifted, totally un-cool). 

Anyways, he started an Undead Warlock and played on my account while I was home.  After leaving to come back to work, I got an email from him two days later saying that he’s got the game installed on his computer and wants to get his own account set up and have his lock transfered to it.  Hook.  Line.  And sinker!  So I’m pretty stoked about that right now.  I think he’s managed to get his lock into the 20s.  He ran RFC a couple times with some PUGs and learned has even managed to get himself a mention in this week’s noobstake.  What’d he do?  A couple things.  (1) Feared a mob that aggro’d the whole room and wiped the party.  I lol’d when he told me.  His group was pretty understanding about it when he explained that he just started playing and he learned his lesson.  (2)  Melee Warlock? Nuff said!  (3) One last thing, shadowbolt > wanding.  Start using your mana, and your life tap, and your drain life and your DoT’s and all the other eeeevil goodness that is TeH lock.

So I’m pretty stoked.  I’m saddened that it took him this long to see the light/come over to the dark side, but can’t wait for him to get up high enough to start enjoying the endgame with us.  I doubt he’ll get much time there with the impending expansion and all, but it should be enough time that he’s able to learn his class half-decently.

As my previous post alluded to, I’m focused on getting my hunter to 70, which isn’t all that far off.  After that, I’m going to try to keep pace with him on my rogue (if I can).  If not, I’ll help him out where I can and get him to our level as fast as possible. 

GUILDS

On another note, our posse of 5 (now 7) may soon be looking for a new guild.  Some guild drama that happened while I was unplugged from wow saw an end to the Salvation guild and while we currently have a tag over our names, we’re thinking about heading into another guild that suits our play styles a little better.  Either Sylus or myself will update more on that when we get it figured out.

GEAR

Since Grim is getting ever closer to 70, I’ve been thinking about what gear he should be getting to start raiding.  I’ve been trying to work on a little guide to getting Kara ready without extreme grinding or spending lots of gold.  Unfortunately, work has been very busy of late, and most of my free time has been spent actually leveling instead of writing/researching blog posts, as I’m sure you’ve noticed.  And I still have a few more weeks of this heavier work load and then I’ll be travelling some more for work.  So I don’t know if I’ll actually be able to get it finished.  I will try though, so look out for that in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I’m going to be getting to 70, getting some of the essential faction rep requirements that I need for heroics, head/shoulder enchants and the odd piece of gear here or there.  Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up some badge gear and get started in Kara by July/August.  Even though I’ve done Kara a bunch of times, there are still a few bosses I haven’t seen before and I’d like to see them at least once before Wrath gets released.  Other than that, I’d like to see Mag once as well.  I’ve downed Gruul several times, and I’ve even been in SSC and TK (without downing anything) at least once.  I doubt I’ll ever get to see MH/BT, but thats okay.  Seeing as how I didn’t start playing until BC was released and didn’t hit 70 until almost a year later, I’m a bit late to the raiding party as it were.  I am definately looking forward to raiding a bit more seriously when Wrath comes out and I’ll be on a bit more of an even footing with everyone else. 

Well thats all the time I have for aimless ramblings today. 

Fikkle

General Melee-ze

Posted in Off Topic, Random on May 26, 2008 by Kor

Mailaise, or in this case, Melee-ze is "an ‘out of sorts’ kind of feeling" – Wikipedia .

So ya, I’ve had that kind of feeling in game over the last week.  Last Tuesday I got together with White Pox from the Pox Arcanum Anti-PUG expirement, which was an excellent time.  We’d had scheduling issues for the past couple of months and getting off the ground was becoming a problem, but we were able to get into RFC and down it all.

After that though, the week just seemed to slide by, leaving me with that out of sorts kind of feeling.  All of my friends, and myself included, had a pretty weird week as far as RL schedules went, so we didn’t really get to meet up in game all that much until last night.  So there was no runs, no grouping with the usual suspects, just simple, mindless level (read: quest) grinding.  That in of itself wasn’t so odd, and it actually was great for my hunter.  I was able to get him up to level 68 as of Saturday and as of last night he’s about 80% to 69.  So 70 isn’t that far off.  But I just keep getting this feeling when I’m in game. 

I think the culprit is all of the hype that has been news from Blizzard as of late.  All of this new info they put out has focused everyone (read: me) on what some of the content of the expansion is going to be.  I know the expansion is a ways off still, but I seemed to get the feeling that it seems more immediate in game.  People now feel its growing closer and may not want to put in as much effort into the things they might have if there wasn’t an expansion on the horizon.  I don’t know, maybe I’m a bit off the wall on this.  Like I said, its still a ways off, but at the same time, it does seem that much closer.

For me, even though I’m going to be hitting 70 very soon, I am going to be travelling for work quite a bit during the summer, so I’m going to be missing some prime gaming time, when most of the BC content will be rapidly approaching its expiry date.  In June I’ll be heading back home for a week, and then going to Iceland for a conference for another week.  In July, I’m going to be going to Hawaii for three weeks and I’ll likely be taking a vacation sometime in August.  Before I rightfully get flamed, I’m not complaining about the travelling, as Iceland and Hawaii are both awesome places to get to see (even if it is for work), but I do kinda feel like I’m not going to get the chance to do some of the end game stuff that I was hoping to get a chance to see before Wrath gets released.

So I’m getting to my point in my roundabout way.  This general feeling of melee-ze is hitting and I’m wondering if its just me.  Anyone else getting that sense, that "out of sorts kind of feeling"?

Weekend in Azeroth

Posted in Discussion, Hunter on May 19, 2008 by sylus

Hello everyone, sorry for the slow down in postings, but I had a busy weekend in Azeroth. I’ve started the tedious grind to gather up all of the mats listed in the previous post for a crap-ton of crafted epics. The weekend was good to  me. Abadon is now sporting the wonderful Storm Helm, and is three primal mights away from wearing his felfury gauntlets as well. I’m assuming those will be in my inbox when I get home from work today.

I decided to go with the felfury gauntlets over the other pair I had listed due to the fact that I don’t raid, and the sun motes would be hella expensive to buy off of the auction house.

I spent a good chunk of my time this weekend grinding motes of air and water. I’m a fan of hard work, I think one should work hard, and play harder. This my friends was a definate blurring of that line…I can’t tell if what I was doing was work, or play…I mean, come on, flying around in the same circle for hours on end, killing the same mobs, hoping for that one special item to drop….only to end up with 4000 pieces of grey crap in your bags….not my idea of “fun.”

In the end, it worked out, and I am now sporting the first of my crafted boe epics. Now to get the gems and chants I need for these items….what fun!

Warcraft Blues, I mean Purples!(updated)

Posted in Discussion, Hunter on May 19, 2008 by sylus

So, I’ve spent some time looking at craftable boe items that I can have made for my hunter to up his gear lvl for kara and beyond. It’s pretty exciting really, finding items you can use, looking for patterns, searching the intertubes for that one piece that will be so awesome! So, I’ve made out a list of some dream gear I’ll be trying to gather up mats for. That’s the crappy part!

So, for the head slot I’ll be trying to get ahold of the Storm Helm. A Blacksmithing pattern. Got It!!!

For the Chest piece I’ve got my eye on the Thick Netherscale Breastplate. A Leatherworking Pattern.

The belt I’m hoping to get will be the Belt of the Black Eagle. A Leatherworking Pattern.

These gloves will do nicely! Fletchers Gloves of the Pheonix. A Leatherworking Pattern. (Not getting these)

I’m also looking into these for my hands as well. The Felfury Gauntlets. A Balcksmithing Pattern.

Finally for the wrist I’m looking at sporting the Bindings of Lightning Reflexes. A Leatherworking Pattern.

 

This is a huge list of very expensive craftable items. In fact, I’ve totaled out the items I’ll have to get to complete all of them. WOW I’m scared. I’d have to see a gold value on all of this, but I’m sure I’ll look. Here is the laundry list of items I’ll need to have all of this junk crafted.

(Updated) list of crap I need…

14 Primal Air

16 Heavy Knothide Leather

22 Wind Scales

32 Nether Dragon Scales

4 Primal Water

20 Primal Earth

3 Primal Might

10 Felsteel Bars

0 Hardened Adamantite Bars

6 Sunmotes

4 Heart of Darkness

1 Primal Nether

2 Nether Vortex

2 Rune Thread

1 Partridge in a Pair Tree….well, not really

WOW, I have a ton of grinding and finding ahead of me. Wish me luck…

 

Mage Tanking

Posted in Discussion, Mage on May 16, 2008 by Kor

Woooooooot! I am now officially no longer a squishy mage!  Well okay, that may be an exageration, but I am geared enough to handle Krosh Firehand!

I logged in game last night for the first time in almost a week, which was a nice change.  Work has been extremely busy lately, so finding time in the evenings was next to impossible.  But I had some free time last night and had told Sylus that I’d be able to get in game to do some Arenas with him and Nim that night. 

When I logged in I got inundated with messages.  Reav wanted some of the Primal Mooncloth I had save up for the Whitemend Hood.  He also wanted to know if I could craft it for him.  Unfortunately, my tailoring isn’t yet high enough to use the pattern, so no joy on that.  But I got him his Mooncloth anyways.  Savageblade (a guildie) then asked if I could give him Mongoose enchant.  Luckily for him, I’d gotten my enchanting past 375 (woot for BElfs) and had the pattern from a few months back.  So he got two Mongoose enchants.  Then he asked what my gear was like, so I told him and he wondered if I’d be interested in doing Gruul’s that night. 

Okay I said, throw me an invite.  So I got an invite and joined a raid.  Only knew 1 person in the raid (Savage) and found out that it was another guild’s run.  They needed a Mage tank however and the raid leader whispered me to ask what stats I had.  So I fired them off.  My HP were at 10,003 (with Power Word: Fortitude) and my Spell Hit was at about 3%.  I’m pretty sure these stats are low for being the Mage tank, but the RL felt that it was good enough.

So, the next problem? I’ve never Mage tanked before.  I mentioned this to the RL as well and she gave me a bit of a primer on what to do.  It goes something like this:

1. Mage pulls Krosh as the hunters MD pull the 4 other bosses.  Pull starts from the little steam vent on the right hand side of the chamber.  Krosh will run to that spot and then start casting so you need to back up immediately after the pull.

2. Mage spell steals Krosh’s shield.

3. Mage dps’ Krosh to maintain aggro.

4. Mage uses Deadly Boss Mods to watch when the next shield is going to come available.

5. Have a great healer spam heals on you.

6. Rinse and Repeat.

So that was basically it.  The first pull ended in a wipe for a few reasons.  The Shaman boss was allowed to run amok and killed off several key members.  The pull also wasn’t started by me and I hadn’t gotten into position so Krosh was not off to the side and was able to kill a few people himself.  I also screwed up and tried to allow a Frostbolt to finish casting before spell stealing his shield.  I got 2-shotted.

So on attempt number two, they asked me to pull.  +1 Mage Biscuit to the RL for that one.  I also realized from my first mistake that as soon as the shield comes up I need to stop casting and steal the shield. 

The second attempt was flawless.  I didn’t notice when the other mobs went down (priest then lock) but eventually all the ranged were dps’ing along with me and Krosh eventually ate dirt.  At that point we all moved onto High King and got <teh phat lewtz>.

Something else to note.  I was running out of mana faster than I would’ve liked.  As a frost mage, I don’t have the longevity of the Fire tree or the efficiency of Clearcasting.  If you’re the regular Mage tank for your guild, I’d recommend having a mana efficient build to take on Krosh as your dps isn’t the all important factor here, its having enough mana to continue stealing his shield.

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