I Liked Sunken Temple!

Apparently Sunken Temple is getting the top level (or levels?) shaved off. I can’t help but find that disappointing. It was one of the bigger dungeons out there and a lot of fun to storm through.

I can see it being too long of a commitment for most people doing PUGs, but that’s just too bad for them!

Disappointing.

Are they going to chop up the other big dungeons too?

Not Dead Yet.

I haven’t posted for what seems like ages. Some of that might just be personal perception. I’ve had several days that have felt like they were a week long lately.

Ever have those days? Ones where by the end of the day it feels like the events of the morning happened several days ago? It’s been like that every day for the last few weeks.

What’s up?

Work. Family. Small amounts of playing games. Sleep.

I’ll skip to the more interesting stuff. Games.

I’ve been playing Borderlands on and off with my oldest son. We actually completed the game (playthrough 1) together. I was playing Siren while he was playing Roland. I wish there was some way to see how many times I saved his bacon, because it seemed like that was all I was getting to do for awhile there.

He’s got some interesting ideas.

When the engineer opponents drop turrets, charge, jump over the turret so that they can’t shoot you (they have a front 180 degree cone of fire). So he’s right, he just takes a bucket load of damage while running there and jumping over. On top of that he’s now got no cover from the enemy either.

Me? I prefer to pick them off from cover because when they die, the turrets disappear too.

He also tends to charge in without looking which does a number of things. First, it ends up making him an easy target. Second, he blocks my line of fire which ends up protecting the enemy from me. Third, he gets his toon killed which forces me to charge in and save him.

I ended up developping a strategy to help out with that. I whittle down an enemy and let him kill it off for a ‘second wind’ revival. Unless I can get to him and still have cover. Using his toon as cover while reviving him was also a common tactic.

Still, we beat the boss at the end. He was really excited about that.

We haven’t started Playthrough 2 yet (I have on my Hunter who beat the game quite some time ago), instead we took a quick look at the expansions. LBO is pretty keen on the General’s Secret Armory expansion so we’ve played that a couple of times.

On the WoW front I’ve mainly being doing my Oracles dailies (I don’t know why I didn’t bother getting those done previously) mainly. Once those are done, it depends on how much time and what mood I’m in. I either run a heroic (usually I queue up for one while doing the dailies) or work on other rep or rep item required mounts (such as Argent Tourney). I’ve taken one shot at that mount from Anzu in Sethek Halls. It’s a fun one to solo as a Hunter and good practice for pet control. I haven’t been back since it is a little time consuming.

Other than that, I’ve been mucking around with a Rogue on Stormrage where I might end up transfering to for Cataclysm – well, a little before Cataclysm. November 1st to be exact.

I recently played a Rogue up to the 40s on another server so leveling this one again after the 4.0.1 changes is quite something else. The damage I’m dealing at lower levels is quite insane, even before I loaded the toon up with heirloom armor and weapons.

Using Hogger as an example, I watched a Mage kite him around for several minutes before I stepped in and finished him off. Then when I found him back up again (he was tapped for the Mage), I realized we were even level. I expected a bit of a challenge, possibly having to use a potion.

Nope. I absolutely ruined Hogger in a really short time without taking much damage at all. It’s sick.

The rogue class has always interested me. I’ve always enjoyed the ability to move about unseen and the frantic nature of the class concept through various games; MMO or pen and paper. For some reason, I’ve never really taken one to any significant level.

I played one to the early teens in D&D 3.5e. I’ve leveled one to the 20s in EQ and EQ2. I fiddled with the lower levels of one in DAoC, DDO, LOTRO and Vanguard. I’ve just never really leveled one to any significant level. Really the highest I had was this one I leveled to 40.

I haven’t the slightest reason why. Most likely, I abandon the game or switch my focus back to my main and never really look back.

That’s all I have for now.

RepFarmville

That’s what I’m playing right now. I’m just farming rep all over the place.

I’m currently working on Shatari Skyguard faction and I’m about 10k from Exalted. I’ve popped over to do some of the ones in Blades Edge Mountains which also gets me some faction with Ogri’la.

I love me some ogres.

Oh, word of advice to level 80 Horde Druids running around that area flagged for PVP – don’t step in front of me when I’m using multishot. The poor chump that did that yesterday learned that lesson. He did it intentionally hoping to get catch me in an AOE and flagged me. He was prepared, I wasn’t. He still had a dirt nap while I finished looting up and handed in a few quests. I even had my level 77 pet up – devilsaur.

Say hello to Bestial Wrath, Arcane Shot spam, Intimidation stun and Kill Command my fur-feathered friend.

I hate to admit it, but I’m really starting to like Beastmaster spec.

 

Skipping Heroic Bosses = Dumb

I couldn’t believe it. I run Old Kingdom just a short time ago and the tank skipped all the bosses. When I pointed out that badges don’t drop and killing every boss is like getting Emblems of Frost off each one they just said, “Oh, yeah, he knows.”

Um.

Dumb.

I can understand skipping the mushroom because it’s annoying, but the other two are easy. There is no point to rushing to the end just to get the daily bonus of 2 Emblems of Frost.

BECAUSE THERE ARE NO EMBLEMS OF FROST ANYMORE!

Justice Points for all now.

Jeebus.

I know, you’re thinking, “But Smaken, you don’t need Emblems of Frost or Justice Points anymore so why are you running dungeons for Justice Points?”

There is this mount you can buy for Justice Points. That’s the only reason. Anything else will get used for gems or something. I’m also using dungeons to level my pets quickly.

Still, annoying as hell.

Blizzard should make all the bosses on the daily run worth more JPs. That might get people running all of the dungeon.

Sex in WoW?

I was watching Big Bang Theory last night with TheWife and Howard’s reason for breaking up with his girlfriend came up (SPOILER: He explained that you can have sex in WoW. He was playing WoW and having sex with a female Troll when his girlfriend walked in and saw). TheWife asked if that was why I played so much.

Gotta love her.

I have no idea if that sort of crap can be done. I’m sure most people RP it but the closest I’ve seen to sexual animations was a Druid in cat-form sit/standing over a corpse which sort of looks like it’s humping the body. (Thanks for that, Falea.)

This morning my sister asked if it’s true that you can have sex in WoW.

Wimmin.

Who cares? It’s pathetic and idiotic… though funny in the show. I especially liked that it turned out the troll-chick Howard had ‘sex’ with was the janitor where they work.

Too Late!

I made the mistake of popping on to WoW after my D&D session. I figured, it’s 11pm and I’m only going to use my transmutter to transmute something, maybe refine a gem and then log off.

Boot the DK, see I have no gems to transmute so I transmute and create some Eternal Shadow. I should be able to make some gems tomorrow now. I guess I should check my abilities and talents. Oh, teleport to that DK place and train up. Oops, he’s short some cash. Sell some stuff to a vendor. Ah ha! Training paid for. Now for the spec – hmm… Unholy or Blood? Or Frost? I guess I’ll go Unholy because I’ve got an epic (fail) 2h weapon.

Hmm… which should I take? Check the web find a few bad links and then a blog that appears to have 4.0.1 info. Unfortunately it looks more like a leveling spec than min/maxer DPS type. I guess I’ll sort it out later.

Log off and switch to Smaken (Hunter goodness). I don’t really feel up for questing. Oh! I can check for missing glyphs for my BM/MM Hunter specs on the Auction House.

Wow, those are expensive! F that!

Boot up the Priest who has Inscription to see if she has the recipes and, YES! She has two of the three I need – also the two that were on the AH for 60-70 gold each. Dig around for materials, trade some in for inks, sell some crap so I can afford the pages and might as well hit up the trainer.

ZOMG! I have an obscene amount of Hit Rating on the Priest – over 38% worth!

Well, might as well put in the Shadow spec. Hmm, where do I put this point? Search the web find a bunch of different specs and just decide to go with the one that makes the most sense to me. Make the glyphs, send them along.

Do I want to bother setting up the heal spec? Meh. Kind of tired. Mail Smaken the glyphs. Switch over to Smaken. Install glyphs (butcept Arcane Shot one because it wasn’t up on the AH) and head over to the practice dummies.

I try BM rotation and get about 4.6-4.8k DPS. I try the MM rotation and get about 5.4-5.6K but I remember Frostheim (from Warcraft Hunters Union) noted the numbers here will be inflated because of a talent that increases MM damage (I believe it’s only for some shots) while the mob has over 85% health. Practice dummies don’t tend to drop in health very much so it was over 85% health the whole time.

MM seems to do more DPS for me, but I sort of like BM because I can pull out exotic pets and use those. I also like some of the additions/changes. I might take a look at it again, maybe macro Bestial Wrath in with some of my shots so I don’t forget to use it all the time.

Oh hey, a guild tank is asking if anyone wants to group. It’s after midnight but it’s a full guild run of Forge of Souls (so he said) so it should go quick. Dungeon pops up, Pit of Saron. WTH? Okay, still should be quick.

First fight and the healer’s addons go berserk on him (hehe). No worries, we survive. I think his wife’s Druid switched to heals to bail us out. I’m not sure because I’m trying to figure out why the abilities aren’t firing when I press them. Watching the bar I press the button, it flashes but nothing happens. Oh, I’m not facing the target because the big skeleton dazed me and I stumbled away.

First boss is reached in short time. Druid DPS can still AOE lots and is at 8k. My DPS is down at 5.5k… ish. Sad Hunter. First boss downed. On to Ick. That goes fine.

Everyone mounts up to run past the first mobs on the ramp that spawn others and is a PITA fight. Ooops, not everyone mounted up, the other Hunter (BM spec, lower gear, about 800-1000 DPS off mine) didn’t mount up and is trapped on the other side so we clear them.

Pull skeles, not sure what happend but suddenly I got agro. Again, I was watching my hotbar and playing with a Steady Shot then Multishot, Multishot, Multishot AOE rotation. I FD and look at the party panel – oh. Tank is dead.

Kite one skele away, and come back after I killed it to help the others out. We lived. Tank mutters something about messing up a rotation or something, I’m not sure, I haven’t quite figured mine out yet.

Okay, good times. Rez tank and hit the tunnel of collapsing ceiling thingies that launch you around if you get hit by them. Tank is worried. I’m not, I have Misdirection and if that fails I have Feign Death.

Run to mid-point, stop and clear trash. I try my AOE rotation to some decent success (about 8k DPS, I think). We move on for the second half. I catch one icicle drop and get bounced sideways into another that launches me forward – in front of the tank. He compliments me on the nice move. I giggle knowing it was completely luck.

Clear that trash, again using my AOE rotation. Then wait for Scourgelord RP to stop. He jumps off his big dracolich and we spank him. All done, we disband.

Shaman had sent me the glyph I was missing but it hasn’t arrived yet. Oh hey, I’m getting another invite.

Weekly raid to kill Ignis? Um… well, it’s almost 1am, I prolly shouldn’t.

Okay.

Flame Leviathon goes down hard and fast (insert *like Tim’s mom* joke here) so we move on to Ignis. We decide we’re going to zerg it. We do. Into the pot with me. It’s too hot in there. Back out and back to my epileptic rotation. I keep casting even though DBM tells me not to. Oh. That’s a nasty DoT on me. Oops, into the pot I go. Ouch. That hurts. Heals are good, but not that good.

I died. My bad. I always wanted to see what happens if you were still casting. (Could have been I was standing in a fire spot and didn’t realize it – the tank wasn’t aiming him towards the water so there were firey ground spots all over.) I’ll blame him, he wasn’t a guildie.

We get him down with the other hunter dying. I was in second or third place for DPS until I died. Rogue was on the top with 10k! I think I was around 6k or so.

We disband. Go hand in weekly.

Don’t go, I’m not done yet.

Rogue DPS in that raid inspires me to go check my rogue out on another server.

Oh right, he’s idling and has no gear because I moved the heirloom stuff over to my Mage.

I guess I can train the Mage and look at the Frost spec (she’s only level 72 so looking for a leveling spec). Seems straight forward but I check the web anyway. See some different things. Check glyphs. Adjust hotbars and key binds.

Okay, now I’m done. It’s around 2am when I get to bed.

Dead.

Tired.

 

Alts Suck.

I’m all patched up and crusing for a new UI. I was using the default one yesterday and took a shot at a new one but it wasn’t coming in right and I needed to get some sleep since it was already 1am.

What did I do?

I fired up Smaken, went to the mail box, collected my cash for old badges and some sales (I’m kicking myself for not holding on to gems or buying up ones that were dirt cheap). Then I hit up a trainer – very important to do. Trained up everything that was there. Set my specs up and stabled the pets I wasn’t going to use.

Then I ran about collecting pets.

I picked up the following (in addition to my Wolf, Cat, two Spirit Beasts and Turtle):

  • Crocolisk from Wetlands (a.k.a. Hater) – snare
  • Core Hound from Molten Core (a.k.a. Jalepeno) – casting speed debuff and heroism
  • Ravager from Hellfire Penninsula (a.k.a. Cuddles) – physical damage increase debuff  (as in the target takes more damage)
  • Sporebat from Zangarmarsh (a.k.a. Sorebat) – casting speed debuff
  • Silithid from Un’Goro (a.k.a. I don’t remember) – health buff
  • Raptor from Zul’Drak (a.k.a. Blueberries) – Armor debuff
  • Bear from Zul’Drak (a.k.a. Icepaws) – Physical Damage caused debuff (target does less physcial damage to others)
  • Hyena from The Barrens (a.k.a. Roffles) – Bleed damage
  • Wind Serpent from Grizzly Hills (a.k.a. Icicle) – Increases spell damage taken
  • Tallstrider from Darkshore (a.k.a. Tim) – Attack speed slow

The Crocolisk, Spirit Beasts and Turtle weren’t really on the list for useful buffs to bring to a raid, instead I have them because they’re cool, I can use them for PVP or I can use them for soloing. I now have some pet leveling to do…

I still haven’t figured out the BM rotation, it seems awkward with some new abilities that pop up and others that are old but behave differently. It is a little more complicated now, which is a good thing. For the MM rotation, I’m still sorting that one out too but I did manage to hit 5.4k DPS on that boss in Pit of Saron with no addons going. I couldn’t see my cooldowns, didn’t know what was doing what damage and it all just felt awkward after so many months of running the same rotation for MM in raids. Oh, and Tim was holding me back – though he does look cool as a Turquoise Tall Strider and did ding level 78! :)

Did I mention my UI was borked? I went ahead and did a minimalistic (essential addons) download late last night.. or this morning, but I’m getting some LUA errors with some of them. I’ll sort it out in a couple of days.

Oh, I also took a stab at Reforging. unlike other Hunters who are looking for Hit and AGI gems because all their Armor Penetration gems are now Crit gems, I didn’t need to adjust my gems. However, I did end up with way too much Hit Rating (over 12% somehow). So I visited the dude that does Reforging to convert some Hit and Haste rating into Mastery. I haven’t tried my DPS out yet, but it should help because I now have a 24% chance to fire off a second arrow at 115% normal damage where as before it was only 8-10%.

All I have left to do is figure out the following specs and abilities for my alts:

  • Prot/Ret spec for my Paladin.
  • Shadow/Holy spec for my Priest
  • Unholy spec for my DK (though I might try Blood tanking)
  • Frost spec for my Mage (still leveling, I’ll switch when it hits 80)
  • Resto/Boomkin specs for my Druid.

Oh and I still have to sort of glyphs for most of the toons and specs. There are many holes there. :(

I hate having so many alts.

Class Mechanic Changing Patch Today!

I’m excited and scared at the same time.

I’m excited because it’s new and I’ll need to learn stuff again. I’m scared because it’s new and I’ll need to learn stuff again.

:)

As soon as I am able, I’ll train the new skills available, set up my talent spec, look into the glyphs, reforging (know next to nothing about this) and then go hunting for pets. I want to pick up one of each of the buff providers so I have them available if necessary.

  • Cat (str/agil)
  • Corehound – exotic (burst haste & cast speed reduction)
  • Silithid – exotic (health)
  • Wolf (crit)
  • Shale Spider – exotic (5% stats)
  • Raptor (armor debuff)
  • Bear (physical damage caused debuff)
  • Hyena (bleed damage)
  • Sporebat (cast speed reduction)
  • Tallstrider or Fox (attack speed slow)
  • Ravager (physical damage vulnerability)
  • Dragonhawk or Wind Serpent (spell damage taken)
  • Crocolisk (slow effect)

I added the Crocolisk to that list. I’ll likely pick up a couple of others like a Crab and non-exotic Spider.

A whole 20 stable slots to fill – YES!

Bigger is Better!

Except when it’s so big it becomes awkward or unsightly.

What’s he talking about?

I dunno. Do you know?

Nope.

Well, it’s this underlying obsession with bigger things being better. A couple of examples?

Take the iPad. Supposedly it’s massively innovative, but really it’s just an oversized iPod Touch. But it’s bigger!

(EDIT: Yes I pick on the iPad because the most obvious thing is that it’s bigger. Yes, I’m aware that it can do some neat stuff under the hood, but it’s still not nearly as good as a desktop computer but the driving thought behind it was making a bigger, hand held device – the rest was just obvious growth because now you have more size to contain hardware.

You’ll notice I didn’t pick on the latest iPhone – I won’t, because it’s at least faster, has potential for bigger bandwidth… so long as you don’t hold it like most normal people would because then you’d lose connection. Oops. Did I just pick on the latest iPhone? Damn.)

People obsess over bigger, they can’t help it. Bigger house, bigger car, bigger TV, bigger salary, bigger boobs… you knew that one was coming right? I’m sure cavemen sat around after chasing the latest mammoth into a tar pit and said, “You know, I could go for a bigger spear, then I’d REALLY hurt a mammoth! Maybe even kill a bigger one!”

Bigger isn’t new or innovative, it’s some subconscious obsession people have – mainly people with penises have this obsession, but I’m sure there are women out there that get it. The obsession not the.. oh never mind.

Still lost on what I’m rambling about?

Uh.. iPads?

No. /bonk I’m ranting about some of the changes Blizzard’s current team of monkeys are making to gear in Cataclysm.

I caught sight of the stats (I’d already seen the sketched and noted whoever designed them also has an obsession with balls) for the Tier 11 armor (scroll down for the T11 stuff) for Hunters and my first reaction is: WTF?

Some of those pieces have over 500 Stamina on them. 500!

There is a point where numbers are just getting too ridiculously stupid that they become pointless.. or ridiculously stupid. Almost childish.

Here’s an example. You’re playing D&D (because you’re a geek like me) and the DM rewards the following:

Longsword +1.

Cool, it’s magical and will help me clobber those critters that aren’t affected by non-magicial weapons.

Longsword +3.

Yes! This is pretty awesome, that’s a great weapon!

Longsword +5, Holy Avenger.

Damn, I wish I was a Paladin because that’s the best sword in the game for them!

Longsword+500.

Okay, now that’s just retarded. I’m never going to miss and I’m going to kill most things in one shot. OR you (the DM) will just have to scale the numbers up to ridiculous levels to compensate. Enjoy all that hard work and juggling.

I could be wrong, but most people (who have played D&D) will see the +500 and think, “Uh huh, I see the kids are playing D&D again.” They won’t think it’s great or cool! They’ll think it’s ridiculous and compensating for the lack of something else.

All that to say: Item stat bonuses are getting a little absurd in WoW.

I feel better now… well, mostly.