Friday, April 30, 2010

Excellent School of Hard Knocks write-up

Cynwise (see side-bar) has been working on various (Warlock) PVP posts. If you are at all nervous about the upcoming PVP portion of the Children's week achievement, check out Cynwise's post on the topic.

Note on Felmyst

Felmyst
Last night I joined a pug that was running several of the BC raids. (note: add as something to do when your regular ICC raid is canceled). As a group of 11-20 of decently geared level 80s, we breazed through Gruul's Lair, we flew through TK, we had a minor hiccup in SSC, but Felmyst in Sunwell caused full wipes about 6 times.

Our biggest hang-up with Felmyst is she does an aoe gas damage (similar to Skadi in UP) that you don't want to stand in. Difference is that this gas is a mind-control gas. First time we got hit, all but 2 people got hit, so we basically stood around wondering who to fight?? After another try or two, we got her down to 1%, then she went airborne. While airborne she is invincible. Raid leader believed that she could ONLY be killed after a full cycle of both phases. We finally managed to kill her without letting her ever leave the ground.So, use those haste trinkets and Potion of Speed and burn down her 4.5m health as quick as possible.

undead in corruptor
Now to go turn in my three Tier-5 warlock tokens for the set pieces! Go strut around Dal in the Corruptor set. The group was planning on continuing on tonight to do BT and Mt Hyjal. Hope I can make it, I'd really like to pickup the Malefic set.

Update: My 3 tokens were two for pve gear and 1 for the pvp gear. :(  The lightening on these shoulders is rather cool, just not the same gruesome shoulders of the full corrupter set.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Shared Topic: Home Sweet Home or NO WAY!

After a long day of adventuring, where's your favorite town to hang up your weapon, take off your boots or slippers and curl up with a glass of wine? (Source)
{translated from orcish} I've read that "Home" is where your hearthstone is set. For me, home is Dalaran. Nothing like the comforts of the "Filthy Animal" to give an Orc warlock a place to prop up his feet. Dal is a happening place. Quick access to Orgrimmar (my second love) and quick and easy to grab a job or two that can be a bit challenging, let the young'ns fight in Thrallmar. Orgrimmar is were the money is to be made. Quick jaunt to the bank, auction house and two mailboxes in between. There's always a lot of people there showing off their gear, and young startups looking get a foot in the door.

Recently, I was given an offer of relocating to Undercity, then Thunderbluff. Ugh! Both those cities confuse me, with all those bridges and spans and multiple levels. The undead stink like rot and those tauren, oh my, I thought humans were ugly, but no where like that!..I'd rather smell Festergut's farts.

Elk

Cataclysm Raid Changes - Love or Loathe?

I call myself a casual player. I do not belong to a dedicated raiding guild. I don't plan days of the week I'll play. I seldom play during the sunlight of the day. As my tag says, I am a Dad/Husband first, then work, then WoW. My enjoyable diversion while my family sleeps.

Being casual has advantages. There are no expectations on timing. I play when I want, as long as I want. If I feel like doing PVP, heroic dailies or simply questing one day, I can. Chat with guildies, life is grand. With my current guild (OOT), comprises mostly of friends' alts and a few lingering primaries like myself.

These friends have gone on to a dedicated raiding group, hitting ICC 2-4 times a week, sometimes in both 10/25 man content. Depending on the night, sometimes they can't fill their DPS ranks and I fill in. I have spent enough time and effort acquiring badges, that I have fairly decent gear. While I don't have experience with many of the bosses, I can typically fake it pretty well.

With the upcoming raid changes, I am for one excited. Yes, I am not going to be burdened with have mediocre gear, simply because I ran the 10 man version instead of the 25. I am not going to have to compete with people who run both 10 and 25 man raids because they have more free time. This is very similar to the badge gear that I can buy now. Very slowly, via 2 VOA + weekly raid + 7 daily dungeons later, I am gathering up 23 frost badges a week (max). Next week, I shall see my next tier10 (or equivalent i264) piece.

On the other hand, due to my irregular schedule, I may hate this change. My current group of friends are typically already running the 25man version on their mains. By locking them down to only one raid-id each week, I am fairly certain their main is going to continue running that 25-man raid. That is going to leave me either continueing to pug, or running with my guildie alts. How likely is that going happen? Don't know until I try it.

So, overall, gear-wise I like it, but I am a bit unsure about the limiting the raids. While they won't likely give up a regular, guaranteed raid like they already have, at least without some drama. They do love their alts. I guess we'll just have to see what Blizzard does..

Monday, April 26, 2010

Know thy Enemy, Know Yourself


The Art of WarIt is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperilled in every single battle. (source: Art of War)

Zack Yonzon over at WoW.com's "The Art of War(craft)", posted a short article on how to kill a warlock. I find that learning what other locks are doing as a class, is extremely helpful especially in a battlegrounds. For example, it is in an Alterac Valley, that I first saw a lock successfully topping the HK charts by Drain Tanking. Shortly afterwards, I keybound Drain Life to Shift+MouseUp and my deaths in battlegrounds has dropped.

All warfare is based on deception

One of the key elements that Zack builds his strategy is warlock identification by the Pet minion the lock is running with:
  • Aff = felhound 
  • Demo = felguard
  • Destro = imp
In my resent respec (to get Master Summoner, thanks Zack) I've completely done away with any minion specific talents. No longer do I feel obligated to run with my felhound or vw, because I spent points on them. This allows me the freedom of running any pet depending on the environment. For example, if I encounter:
  1. lots of melee, switch to succy (for seduce)
  2. lots of casters, get out felhound
  3. lots of rogues, try out bluey macro
  4. low on soulshards, whatever is available (imp, infernal)..  
Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

Next, Affliction is all about the instant cast with drip dry. With Corruption, a curse and Improved Howl of Terror, we have a total of 3 non-channeled, instant cast spells. Ok, Shadowflame, but this has REALLY short range, like "Ouch that hurts, get away from me!" close. Ideally, I have the glyphed Curse of Exhaustion on them before they are close enough to hurt me.

Key points: Identification of threats, stun or slow them to keep them away, working together with other classes to mitigate groups and keeping your pet up.

Swift as the wind
Quiet as the forest
Conquer like the fire
Steady as the mountain

Ruby Sanctum Spoiler? Not

The latest Blizzard background dropped on my workstation this morning and this got me excited for tomorrows maintenance cycle.  The red glow, twinkly lights, and scourge lantern, looks like a new boss for me. Is she going to be like the Violet Hold end boss and she transforms or will she stay in this warlock tier-6 winged form?

Personally, if she stays in this form, I hope she drops these wings...



Ruby Sanctum?


Tier 6- Malefic Raiment

Friday, April 23, 2010

Rethinking LootRank

Not too long ago, I wasn't too happy with any of the loot ranking sites. It bugs me when looking at gear, and either priest healy gear or crafted items is considered the BiS for Warlocks. Um, locks do not need mana/5, and we don't heal anything but ourselves and/or our minions.

Today, I got a moment of inspiration and googled for LootRank Affliction Lock scales. I thought, if someone could do it for Pawn, someone probably did it for the LootRank site. I was happy to find on WowMDB (see Dec 17,2008 8AM), just that. It contains two different scales for various builds; each build contains a +hit and no hit. Yes, the scales are 1 1/2 years old (v3.0.3), but I feel better about these than the what is default with LootRank. For example, it states that my shoes are one below BiS (Heroic versions better) and that my next upgrade needs to be my weapons, trinket and/or belt (#24/50).
one tough little gnome

Another option is to take advantage of other people's Pawn scales. For example, Nibuca has done a ton of research on simulcraft recently. She built a wonderful little pawn scale that I use personally. Why not use that same scale when building actual loot rank scales. This way I'll get roughly the same ranking as I do at work via Loot rank, as I would via Pawn in-game.

Lootrank via Nibuca's Pawn scale

Thursday, April 22, 2010

No Comments = Better Bloggers?

I'll tell you a secret. I am watching you. I know when you visit, even though you don't leave me a comment. How? Blogger doesn't provide that functionality you ask??

Subscribe to Google Analytics. The primary function of Analytics is to help with those pesky Google AdWords ( and no, I won't be setting up adwords, I'll stick to less intrusive Amazon Associates links!), but also great for tracking what pages get hit, and how you came here. Here's the summary for the last two weeks..


So, while I love to read your comments to my posts, I am a fairly certain that I am not just talking to an empty room. Keep posting your comments, and I'll keep trying to find something else interesting to post.

Shared Topic: So, your raid got canceled?

OK, I just got the kids to bed, wife tucked away and logon to get a few late night hours of Warcraft in. Based on all my plans, there's this raid progression tonight and I am hoping to continue filling my spot. Darn, well, technical issues aside, I finally logon and well they didn't wait. Too many open seats and they've decided to fill my spot with an actually guildie (who probably didn't show last night because he didn't really care to play the first few bosses anyway).

Now what to do? (also what I do when no raid is planned).
  1. Queue up for the Random Dungeon
  2. Take a run around Dalaran, see what quirky people are on tonight
  3. Stop by Marcia Chase, pickup fishing daily (if it's not that dreaded ghost fish).
  4. Do Fishing daily, often get back before spot in random dungeon.
  5. Turn in fishing quest, port to orgrimmar to check out auction house.
  6. Buy up all the underperforming items and flip my gems.
  7. Accept dungeon invite, then go back in front of queue as someone went afk
  8. Hearth back to Dalaran, wish I could queue for daily pvp at same time.
  9. Accept another dungeon invite, run CoS in record 15 minutes, with another bronze proto drake drops, and no one takes, cuz we all have one.
  10. Port out, queue for daily pvp.
  11. See that Wintergrasp is a few minutes away, fly to portal and wait for fun.
  12. Do VOA if you win...
  13. Lose another round of PVP, attempting to get those coveted arena tokens.
  14. Log off around midnight, and go watch the Final, Cataclysmic Season of Lost.
Individual results may differ.

Can it be done? PowerAura for CoE/Ebon Plaguebringer/Earth and Moon

I believe it can. I want to create a PowerAura that will track if the one of the following buffs is applied to my target.

  1. unholy death knight = Ebon Plaguebringer
  2. Boomkin = Earth and Moon
  3. Lock = Curse of Elements

No chance to try my idea out last night as my Internets died yesterday.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Elkagorasa the Pug Raider

 Last night, I was lucky enough to be asked to fill a DPS slot in a new (progression) ICC 25-man raid. The guild has a few members that I used to do heroics with, so they had some experience with me. This guild has been running ICC for awhile, but hasn't downed all the bosses yet. The beauty of joining an existing raiding group is that most of them have fairly decent gear (high 5500 -> 6100).

I missed out on a few drops, simply because I didn't know how to bid on the first boss (nice neck dropped). I was lucky enough to get the following:
  1. Corp'rethar Ceremonial Crown - This crazy helm has fire or green gases emitting from it. As Fulguralis mentioned, it is a bit 'hawt', but I also feel like batman. I got this for the minimum bid of "4 dkp".
  2. Plague Scientist's Boots - These boots dropped off the last plague wing boss we did, Festergut.(21dkp)
  3. Dark Coven Leggings - I was only 10 Frost badges away from 95 when I started the raid. By completion, I was exactly at 95, so I bought my second Tier10 set piece. Before the raid, I was going buy a new helm, but that was screwed up with #1.
  4. Ashen Band of Destruction - I went from 1100 until Friendly with Ashen Verdict through to 4500 until Honored during the raid. This was a most excellent upgrade from the healy triumph ring I had equipped.
1000g for 6 gems and 3 enchants later, I am now ready for (hopefully, no wife aggro) for the continuation tonight. After all those purchases, I did run a random heroic and found my DPS nice, but I think I lost some haste. My cast time seems a slight bit slower. I had used Nib's gem flowchart to determine my gem selection, so I am sure it's on-track, but maybe??, maybe a bit more haste couldn't hurt. Heck it's only 160g.

Overall, it was a great run. I got the achievement for completeing the entry bosses in ICC. I got 4 very useful upgrades. Best of all, I got to try something new.


    Monday, April 19, 2010

    idea - slow-fall on mounts

    With the recent acquisition of the celestial steed, I am thinking again about floating mounts. See, I have the giant ostrich mount from the Blood Elf's. I like to sit in Dalaran on this mount, and squawk at people as they pass by me. This mount (riding it reminds me of the ostrich racing in Swiss Family Robinson) is one of a few land mounts that have wings.

    I'd love to have Blizzard improve upon this goofy looking mount. When I jump from the top of the stairs while mounted on my Hawkstrider, I'd like to slow-fall to the bottom, no damage. Jump off a cliff, the hawkstrider pops it's wings and we fall gracefully to the bottom. Now this isn't a flying mount, I can't direct my fall, I simply get a buff until I float to the bottom.

    Where I'd use it:
    1. Questing - Need to get down to the bottom of an area, and don't want to run all the way around.
    2. PVP - Eye of Storm has Horde starting on top of giant cliff. You either jump down to ledge half way, or take 20% damage by jumping down to bottom.I can think of a Grizzly Hills quest to gather some flower from this mining pit...
    3. Exploring - When I wanted to explore Darkshore, I flew to Felwood and then jumped down the enormous waterfall down to the bottom. This was extremely painful as you took falling damage 2-3 times, depending on how you landed. 
    4. Dalaran - as I mentioned earlier, after porting back into Dal from Wintergrasp, if I could slow fall from the top of the stairs down to the bottom and not take damage... cool! 
    Now maybe there needs to be limits. Would it be viable to jump from Dalaran and slow fall down to the forest below? I'd think my hawkstrider would get tired. So, how about only 3-10 second slow fall... 

    Ok, how about all faction mounts get a buff of sorts.
    • Orc Wolf mounts could get a speed increase when they ran in packs.Or maybe just a slight run speed. Say a 105% run speed.
    • Tauren Kodos could be true 4-wheel drive interior crocodile alligator. No (reasonable) terrain can't be covered. In the age of flying mounts, this wouldn't be that big of deal. Of course, in PVP situations, you may want to make sure you have a kodo..
    •  Raptors would, well I don't know. Eat critters to regen.. How about that, you can feed your raptor mount and making it harder to be dismounted. Also beneficial in PVP situations.
      For someone with the ambassador achievement, this will not be that daunting. If you are not already exalted, it would quickly get a lot of PVP players, out there, playing all the old-world content or participating in the Argent Tourney dailies to get their rep.

      Friday, April 16, 2010

      Celestial Steed purchased, but lost steam

      Ok, I plunked down the $25 for the Celestial Steed, but now I am almost embarassed to ride it. I now feel so, well, cheepened for it.
      Oooo, look at me, I bought a mount. I was too lazy to go grind for one, too cheep to purchase one in-game from the mount vendors.
      On the other hand, my level 29 alt, already has a ground, epic ground, flying and epic flying mount (when level appropriate and after the appropriate training). If I ever get the urge to level this toon, I no longer need to walk. I guess that alone is a nice buff. All my toons can ride, well except for my lvl 12 bank toon.

      Thursday, April 15, 2010

      Did you get one yet?? Did you? I can't wait to go home!


      Blizzard has posted the Celestial Steed on their online store! Yes, it's $25, but I absolutely want one! Of course, the Blizz store wants me to use my authenticator, which is at home... So, what do I have for lunch today?? Hmm, maybe some [Fish Feast]?

      Currently in Queue (11:30am)...
      Position: 22664 - Estimated time: 5 hours

      On the other hand, now you can pre-order Cataclysm on Amazon.com (see link). No release date yet. I like buying movies from Amazon as they show up on the same day or even day before they are released to the stores. No outrageous lines to get into, heck no driving to the store. Just placed my order...

      Monday, April 12, 2010

      Two New (purchasable) Pets!

      Two new pets in flight is this months background.


      Checking the Blizzard store, they've posted two new purchasable pets. The pets are miniature versions of the faction taxis. Bonus or fault is they include a plush animal (in addition to the in-game pet). This increased the price from $10/each to $25/each. This is going to be a bit price prohibitive for me. Definitely not going to get both pets, like I had before.


      Gryphon
       










      Wind Rider











      If you are not about to put down RL money on an in-game pet, go get your blue clockwork bot for sale from Jeppeto in Dalaran toy shop for about 40g.

      Friday, April 9, 2010

      So you need to PVP?

      Children's Week is coming up in about a month and you REALLY want your violet protodrake. One of the major sticking points for most people with this meta event is the PVP portion. I have several guildies who are already dreading the day this event rolls around.

      Fire when ready!
      Why do they dread it? PVP is different. PVP requires a different set of skills to play, and is totally unreliable, not at all like raiding. (No phases, no trash mobs, just kill or be killed.) Plus a typical battlegrounds fight is not at all like Wintergrasp.

      First off, PVP is more one-on-one fighting. Unlike leveling where the npc cast a predictable set of spells, or attacked a specific way, a decent PVP'r will aim for your weaknesses. You a tank/warrior? I'll try to keep you at a distance. You a caster? I'll try to keep you silent. Despite Blizzards best efforts, they are not going to get the randomness that is a human PVP player.

      Second, PVP is about survivability, not damage. The player who can lives the longest wins. Unlike raiding, there is very little communication between battelground players (at least on my battlegroup). No one has a vent server setup  listening for call-outs for "heals!!". You need to plan your attacks so that they revolve around living. CC to keep the attacker distracted. Slow them down with a stun. Use any tricks that return health back to you. While they are busy, damage them. This talent spec may be completely different than what you are currently raiding with. Look into putting talent points into regenerating health, less into direct damage. Shorten the CD or cast time of your CC talents.

      To live longer, you need to gear like a tank. This means lots of stamina gems and lots of resilience (keep down the incoming spell crits). Luckily it's rather easy to get a decent PVP set, with what (I think) most PVE players have already, Wintergrasp tokens, Honor points and Emblems of Triumph.

      Here's what gear I'd suggest:

      1. Champion Ros'slai in Wintergrasp (on raptor mount)
        • i245 Cloak (25 WG Marks)
        • i251 Shoulders (40 WG Marks) .
        • i245 Neck (25 WG Marks) 
      2. Furious Gladiator Set (i232) (Emblems of Triumph or Honor points) - includes a class specific set bonus. (Warlocks = quicker fear!)
        • helm 75T or 54,500 honor
        • gloves 50T or 43,300 honor
        • chest 75T or 54,500 honor
        • legs 75T  or 34,700 honor
      3. Relentless Gladiator Pieces (i245) (no set bonus like Furious set)
        • Feet 34,100 honor
        • Waist 34,100 honor (Don't forget belt buckle for added gem slot)
      4. Wrathful Gladiator (i264) wrists 43,400 honor
      5. Gems
        • Yellow = Resilience
          • Kharma's grace or Mystic King's Amber for straight resilience
          • Steady Eye of Zul for resilience + stam
        • Other slots, put +stam and your classes favorite stat (warlock = +haste and +crit).

      With this gear, plus my regular PVE weapons and trinkets, I've reached 34,000 health totally "raid" buffed (26,000 unbuffed). In my PVE gear, I can typically see 22000 - 24,000 health.

      Total cost?
      If you start today and play Wintergrasp as often as possible (defending from a canon is easy-mode), winning a round nets 2-3 wg tokens. Do the 4-5 quests weekly, you can net aother 20k honor easily. If you do the daily random dungeon, you probably have a boat load of triumph badges already on hand.
      • 95 Wintergrasp tokens (approx 30 wins)
      • 275 Triumph badges  (~55 random dungeons)
      • 111,600 to 303,400 honor  (if you do 30 wintergrasp, you'll easily have 75,000 honor - make sure to pickup the weekly quests @ 3723 honor each)
       Remember, if you've done any pvp before, your old tokens are no longer valid. You can turn them in for honor points. Also, you can only have 75,000 honor at any one time. So make sure you watch closely and spend it before it maxes out.
      Ready to roll!!

      Overall, it will take a bit of work. You'll need to adjust your play-style for instant attacks and adding back health. The quicker you can CC and then kill your opponent, the better. Purchase gear that has resilience added where possible. Aiming for gear that completes a full gladiator set bonus is ideal, but not necessary. Gem for stamina and resilience so that you out-live your attacker.

      Thursday, April 8, 2010

      Cataclysm Class Changes - Warlocks

      Blizzard posted the tentative Warlock changes to happen in Cataclysm. While this is only the pre-pre-beta updates, it is very exciting to see that Blizzard is getting close to finalizing.  Here is my initial take on some of the key-points that I find interesting.
      Fel Flame (level 81): Quick-hitting spell dealing Shadowfire damage. This is similar to the mage ability Frostfire Bolt, in that the lower of the two resistances (in this case shadow and fire) on your target will be used for calculating its damage. Additionally, Fel Flame refreshes the duration of Immolate and Unstable Affliction. Our goal for Fel Flame is to provide a spell that's good for mobility and for use by Destruction and Demonology specs. Also, did we mention it uses green fire? Yep. Instant cast. 
       Nice, but some discussion on the forums about what tree it will be in. Not sure if it will matter. We'll learn the spell at the Warlock trainer as one more spell (like Immolate Rank 12 and Corruption Rank 11). Since it's a shadow spell, I put it in Affliction and the other specs are mentioned as bonus. As far as green fire, should I be excited? Meh, I've never been too excited about what color my spells are.. Does Immolate really cast fel-corrupted fire or 'real' fire anyway?
      Curse of Agony and Curse of Doom will be converted into Bane of Agony and Bane of Doom. Bane spells are considered magic instead of curses.
       Interesting twist. Of course, this goes back to the dispelling changes going out last week. All those classes getting dispell magic are going to love that they can dispell our Bane of Agony now, where they couldn't dispell the curse. Since it will likely be BOA + COE on each target, I guess we can hope to keep one of them. (note mostly effective in PVP where the attackers will actively remove debuffs).
      Pandemic will now cause Drain Soul to refresh Unstable Affliction and Bane of Agony on targets below 25% health.
      I thought Drain Soul was going away. There's that point that we will not regain soul shards during combat.

      Warlocks will have 3 Soul Shards that can be used during a fight and will not be able to gain additional shards during combat.
      Yeah that. So does that make Drain Soul a DPS-only spell? We have Drain Life and Drain Mana. What's the point of Drain Soul at all? It's almost going to make Drain Soul as useful as Hellfire.

      Hellfire will no longer deal damage to the warlock.
      OK, take that back. Hellfire will actually be useful in more situations. For example, just pulled aggro and the tank just isn't able to get them back. Settle down, and light them up! Great for PVP as this is often the case, "Hey! Get that warlock!" and my Howl of Terror is still on cooldown.


      When reapplying a DoT, you can no longer "clip" the final tick.

      Wow! Wow! This if fundamentally going to change Warlock game play. Who cares about dot timers? It might come to just spamming all 5 buttons at once and see which one fires off! "/mash 123451234512345"
      The ability Fel Domination will be removed.
      This is cool, as I spent 1 point in FD for my pvp spec. Now I'll have the same functionality of a quick replacement minion without the downtime. Might sell off my infernal stones as I can just get another felhound, instead of a short-term 1minute infernal.

      Mastery Passive Talent Tree Bonuses
      Affliction
      • Spell Damage
      • Spell Crit
      • Shadow DoTs
      Demonology
      • Spell Damage
      • Spell Haste
      • Demon Damage
      Destruction
      • Spell Damage
      • Spell Critical Damage
      • Fire Direct Damage

      So, considering my current build is heavy in Affliction, I will see an affliction mastery. I find the Spell Crit an odd buff. Comparing to my gemming, I have been stacking Haste gems wherever possible. Then Shadow DoT's being buffed (like Corruption and Bane of Agony), I'll be doing more damage with simply my instant-cast dots!
      All warlock damage-over-time (DoT) spells will benefit from crit and haste innately. Haste will no longer act to reduce the DoT's duration, but rather to add additional ticks.

      This means to me, that I should keep those haste gems in place. More haste = more ticks, more ticks = more possible crit hits. All good.

      Overall, I am happy with many of the proposed class changes to Warlocks. I don't see anything directly that will impact our dps output. The new shard system will be something to get used to, but I bet that I'll have macros that trigger Soul Burn (demonic circle, drain life, etc.)

      Tuesday, April 6, 2010

      PVP Update

      As of late, I have all but quit running 5-man heroics. I still run my mandatory one dungeon a day, but when that's done no looking back. I have currently over 200 Triumph badges and nothing really pressing to spend them on. Raiding is still a future plan, but not really pressing to get anything going in guild. When I do start thinking about it, it only saddens me that I am missing out on all those Frost emblems.

      The UI:
      1. I have moved Drain Life from the end of the keyboard to 7. This has taken a bit of muscle memory to retrain my fingers, but is paying off.  First off, I live longer. Second, I am able to kill my target as I heal myself! What's not to love about that?
      2. Fear = Wheel Down - Now I flip through a crowd by going wheel down, , wheel down.. Ah yes, fear spamming.. No response, hit the same target twice to consume the fear ward.
      3. Melee attack response: Howl of Terror = Alt+Wheel Down, Death Coil = Wheel up, ShadowFlame = Shift+Wheel Up. Each of these have a cooldown, so I typically spam through them all just to see which hits. If all else fails, drain life. 
      4. Not really UI, but I've taken to Kripparrian's "How to DPS" video, I've been madly spamming my top 3 spells, especially Shadow Bolt.
      Hmm, looking at my mouse-wheel bindings, maybe I should consider putting Drain Life at Alt+Wheel Up?? Tonight.

      Glyphs: I am currently running with:
      • Howl of Terror - quicker CD on spell. Still seems too long, but it does help when needed. Just got to be careful not to call it up.
      • Soul Link - more survivability
      • Corruption - more damage, may consider dropping this one, but it is nice to get free shadow bolts on a instant cast dot.
      • Curse of Exhaustion - increase the range on spell, nice because it often will trigger before all other spells.

      Caster Rotation:
      1. Curse of Exhaustion - slowdown on target and at a greater distance. 
      2. Corruption - try to get nightfall proc
      3. Fear - get them running away
      4. Unstable Affliction or Haunt  - hurt the healers and heal myself more
      5. Drain Life - start taking what I deserve.
      Melee Rotation:
      1. Howl of Terror or Death Coil - get away from me
      2. Fear - Keep away from me
      3. Start Caster rotation
       So far, I am finding my damage per BG and my heroic kills going up. On longer battlegrounds, I have seen as many as 50 hk and 100,000 - 200,000 damage. On an Eye of the Storm, I was the #1 damage dealing horde (but we still lost).


        No New Noblegarden Boss?

        With 3.3.3, Blizzard introduced the new Holiday Boss Finder. No longer need to coordinate with guildies, no longer get to grind through all their alts to attempt to get a drop of the festive holiday mount.

        So, when do we get to try this new HBF tool out?  Looking forward, it looks like first week of May, Children's Week, with  a quick run of UP. As mentioned in the forums, I'd have loved to see a new holiday "bunny" boss. Maybe dropping a random mount? The hopping motion would make you seasick, and may require a few chocolate eggs to power it...

        October Update

        Class mount for Elkagorasa - completed. I am actually more excited now that I've completed it than when I wrote about it during...