Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How shall I spend my Emblems of Frost?

As a casual player, the only times I see the inside of a raid instance are when I get lost or asked to fill-in for a dropped player. So, my chances of having high-end warlock attire are limited to those few drops in Heroic 5-man instances, seldom raiding experiences, and what I can buy.

Bring on the heroics. With 3.3, if you are ambitious and log on for about 1 hour each day, you can net 14 frost emblems by doing the random daily dungeon. If you time it well, you can add the regular (weekly) raid along and net 5 more emblems.

Last month, I broke down and purchased the Tier-10 shoulders for 60 emblems. This was the best upgrade for me at the time. Now, I am back up to 40 and want to start planning for the next big purchase. At this time, I am considering replacing my chest piece. Already broke the Tier-9 4-piece bonus when I replaced the helm, then shoulders.

Here is my concerns:

  1. There are two chest pieces available for 95 Frost.
  2. Meteor Chaser's Raiment and the Tier10 Dark Coven Robe
  3. The Raiment is the stronger piece, but
  4. The Dark Coven is needed to buy the next upgrade the Sanctified Dark Coven Robe (which is an even better upgrade).
  5. In addition to the robe, I need a Conqueror's mark, which you only get from raid drops.
  6. I share the same mark, with 2 other classes.


So, considering that I seldom get into raids, should I go for the one-time better MC Raiment? or shall I hold out hope that I might get into some ICC25 for the Santified marks to drop??

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Only in Vent do you learn the truth.

Found this over at the Blizzard comics contest page. Reminds me of a raid instance, when I first spoke into the mic. I suppose it was I was always complaining about waking the kids, or having to deal with one barfing on the carpet in the middle of the raid. Due to the configuration of our house, I seldom, if ever spoke in vent. One day, kids were out I first spoke, someone said "who is this?". "It's ME, Elk!". "Oh, I thought you were a woman".

Warlock DPS Spreadsheet for 3.3 (and more)

I was approached by a friend today asking for my input on Warlock theorycrafting. Oooo, honored! Anyway, her guild has told her that she needs to improve her DPS. She's got a lot of end-game raiding drops, so I am really surprised.

Here are my suggestions to her:

  1. Review gemming priority. Focus on spell power when ever possible. Get rid of the mixed gems that are just there to get socket bonus (per MC Flowchart)

  2. Try out different talents/gear combination's using a spreadsheet like: DPS Spreadsheet.

  3. Replace outdated or missing gems per Wow Heroes

  4. Purchase badge gear where possible, everyone should check out the Brimstone Igniter and Tier-10 "Dark Coven Shoulderpads". 25 Triumph and 60 Frost are not THAT hard to get.

  5. Be Imba (see link on sidebar) is working on a similar report. Nice details.


Beware of sites like MaxDPS.COM and LootRank.com. They only work off the raw numbers and not actual combination equipment. For example, MaxDPS is saying the #1 in-slot head is the what I have equipped (Hood of Smoldering Aftermath) and not the Dark Coven Hood. I am guessing the math thinks everyone is below the hit cap.

Not sure if this is true, but I thought the only way to see Tier-10 warlock gear was the vendor inside the ICC raid instance. According to WowHead, I can purchase these pieces from Rueben Lauren in Dalaran. That would definitely make it easier to purchase. No more forming a 2 person raid group.

:)

In game water slide?

Saw this posted on MC Twitter feed
Log Flume: In Grizzly hills: Go upriver to the sawmill. Talk to friendly NPC at top of spiral steps. Take Ride. LOL uncontrollably. Repeat #


Horde go see Darrok at ~35,35 in Grizzly Hills. Once you get on the log, it takes you all the way to Venture Bay.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Checking out the PVP scene..

Last weekend I was faced with long queue waits on the Random Dungeon Finder, potentially joining a raid in ICC10/25, so I decided to try again some of the PVP offerings. Heck, if the daily was right, I might even be able to get my PVP achievement for finishing all 4 of the dailies.

Checking with the warbringer, I found the daily PVP was in Arathi Basin. Not my favorite area, but definitely not the worst. Claim then defend upto 5 different areas on the large map from the opposing faction. Claim it by clicking on the flag, waiting for it to go neutral then wait for it to go your direction.

I found defending the forge fun! Close to the graveyard, center of map so you get some action, fairly defend-able because only 2 real entrance points. I had a healer sitting there with me each time, which was great!

I do need more practice. Here's what I do now:
  • Felpuppy on agressive and (tab) until alliance in distance. I want to setup this macro "Spammable CoE – Rogue Finder Ver. 2" as described on FelFire.com.
  • Immolate/conflagerate for stun
  • Shadowfury for second stun
  • DeathCoil (if off CD)
  • Chaos Bolt
  • incinerate spam
  • if they're running my way, Fear and hope their dead soon.


I have 208 honorable kills in AV now, but still no win. Just wish the PVP queue timer didn't share the same CD as the Raid queue and the Dungeon Finder queue.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Excellent PVP Training Video

Saw this one posted on MMO-Champion and wanted to link to it here. I've watched the first few minutes and already realize that I am going to watch it a few more times. It contains a bunch of information detailing tips and strategies for lock'ing in PVP, specifically dueling. Best yet, he goes through each of the class dynamics and what weaknesses they have and how to counter them.



I've created a playlist with all 4 parts put together here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Successful OoT/RtL TOC-10 run!

Last night was a first for the guild in a long time. We had a very successul run of TOC-10 with a mix of 7 Order of Thought recent and former members plus pugged 3 people from Ride the Lightening. We managed to 2-shot all the of the various bosses. One for all the noobs (like myself) to see the fight, then a second to complete it! I picked up a nice cloth belt on the last boss of the night.

Cast:

  • Elkagorasa
  • Nerindel
  • Shiraz
  • Alaria/Muhan
  • Felruk
  • Carnichan
  • Cassanova
  • Benarsis
  • Bethsyn
  • Besheu


Best off, this group was immediately able to fall into the Naxx-"daily". A few toon-flips to get the non-saved team and we had Noth down in no-time.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wowhead Quest Tracker


Have to give shout out to Almost Evil for pointing out the new feature on Wowhead. If you run the WowHead client, it will help you with tracking quest completion; pets you have and even recipes you know.

This might be able to solve my quest tracking add-on quest. Reload the addon tonight.

Prot Pally Tank LFW

El Plato  ElPlato@Kul Tiras-US Alliance Kul Tiras-US Protection Paladin  Artifact weapon level 71 (atm, and still improving).  Ash...