Friday, September 30, 2011

SSOTD: Warlock PVP Season 11 Gear

Found this on WoW Insider. Only got one question..

Does the eye on the belt blink?? 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

IT: Repurpose /CAMP

Elkagorasa want's to go camping. He wants the option to setup in some off the beaten path and visit there on a regular basis. There's a tent, a basic campfire and accessibility to some location uniquely his own. He want's to be able to simply invoke some command and go back to this location at will.

Why? For one, Elk is only 1 batch of stormchops away from Chef Elk. This recipe only drops from the cooking daily out in Shattrath; a portal and long flight into town. Shattrath were the cooking daily has you flying all over the continent. If he could simply plop down in front of Rokk, it would be lovely.

Speaking of cooking dailies, I just recently found that there are cooking dailies, with related achievements in all of the various Horde cities, "Let's Do Lunch!". Elk has completed the those in Orgrimmar, but now if he wants those achievements, will need to start regular trips to Thunder Bluff and Undercity. Ugh! (where are those portals??)

Next, Elk is still working on the Fireland's dailies. Same thing as above, portal and short flight from Orgrimmar. If he's ambitious, we go Joust and get one step closer to another shiny pet. Still, if he could setup a tent outside the Sanctuary.

Finally, Elk needs to always get back to Orgrimmar; every week with raiding, now Brewfest and auction house work, he needs to repair and put stuff up for sale, etc..

Now, to do my dailies, I am not totally without options. Blizzard hasn't left us totally high and dry.
  • Hearthstone - One guildie has set her hearthstone to the city where she is working on the dailies. Then she simply hearths back to that location does the dailies then uses another means to get back to Orgrimmar. 
  • On-Use Teleporters - These are items that you can pickup from vendors (typically) that have an on-use proc of teleporting you somewhere. The advantage here (partially) is that you don't need to set your hearthstone here. You can simply port to that destination. Dalaran has one, Orgrimmar has one (One even to Argent Tourney). The Dalaran one is rather expensive and last time I checked shared the cooldown with your hearth. 
  • Legit Portals - Getting from Dalaran or Shattrath back to Orgrimmar is easy. There's a big mage-portal there sending you home. 
  • Profession or Class specific: i.e. Engineering/ Mage/ Shamman etc. All things not available to this Warlock. 
There's got to be a way to do it all? Setting down a campsite would be great! I could really see getting exalted with a lot more factions, or running a bunch more old world content if I could at least set my hearth to odd coordinates. I want to park outside Stratholme until I can acquire the Rivendare charger. I want to cuddle up with Rokk until he gives me the Stormchops recipe. I want to get achievements, but I don't want to fly all over to get them. I want my wall of portals that we had in Dalaran.

we miss you

Friday, September 23, 2011

Guild Challenge: Dungeon + Brewfest = Free Guild XP

My guild has a really hard time completing the guild dungeon challenges each week. Typically we only get 1 or 2 of the seven completed. In fact, it took until last night for us to get the Challenging achievement for 50 guild challenges completed. (Not bad, considering we're already level 23, that's a lot of questing).

Thanks to Coren and Brewfest, we completed 7 guild dungeon runs last night in less than 1 hour (guild tank, heals and 1 DPS). So, if your guild is like mine, at least try to max out your potential with this event. Brewfest ends October 5th. You can potentially do this 3 more times (now until Monday night, next week & night of Tuesday 4th). That's 300k guild XP * 21 dungeons. To get to level 24, we need a total around ~53 million XP. That's basically a free 6 million guild XP while you grind for trinkets (and the occasional mount).


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Brewfest 2011 - Excellent write-up

Over at Icy Vein's they've done an excellent job with a new 2011 Brewfest achievement guide, even down to a mini-map of the various vendors in both Horde and Alliance zones. I am happy to see that they put out a new 2011 edition of the mug.

I'll probably be pugging Coren tonight until I see that dagger drop!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Is it Time to Drop Destro?

I played Affliction from Vanilla through Wrath. In a pug, someone griped that I wasn't doing enough DPS. Basically telling me to "Stop letting that DOT ramp up, BLAST IT!!" Soon after, I picked up my second spec and started playing Destruction.

Destruction was great, until raiding Magmaw. Then I didn't have enough AOE damage to kill the worms. Along comes Demonology. I have pretty much played demo until recently. The other night, I pug a troll dungeon with guildies and we land another warlock, he's also running Demo. So, for kicks, I flipped back to Destro. He's new to the spec, so let him have fun.

Along the way, he asks if he can make a comment. Sure, I am thinking, I am a blogger, this could mean a post! He had some good points. Take points out of Demonic Aegis and feed into Empowered Imp. Put points into Dark Arts, etc.. Looking at my talents, they made sense. What was wowpopular, wasn't any longer. Yesterday, I grabbed the 1/7/33 spec and applied it to my talents. (BTW, I love the macro 'use in game' they have. Very nice!)

Today, reading through the class feedback, it looks like destro is no longer the favorite. Common thread items are similar Donsinn's comment:
What’s on your wish list for your class?
Fix the damage coefficients for destro. CB / SF hit like wet noodles.
This makes sense. Even being in a slightly off optimal talent spec, I was doing a good 6-10k dps less than Muju. I ended up switching back to Demo form for that last fight. After we were both demo, we then had enough focused DPS to take out all the adds and finish the fight (yeah, first time clearing ZG and it's with Pally tank, Pally heals, warlock * 2 for DPS + a mage).

So... Is it time to go back to Elk's roots? Drop my Destro spec for the more popular affliction spec? This 32/3/6 spec looks vaguely similar to what I ran way back then.. On the other hand, I did love using drain life on those healers in PVP..

Something to consider..

Sunday, September 18, 2011

DPS Killer - Revisited

The worst kind of DPS killer. Latency
We had to call the raid last night because of lousy DPS on even the easiest BH bosses. Here's the culprit.4 second latency.The raid went something like this:
  1. Raid  leader announces we're all ready. "Let's go!"
  2. DBM pops up for bosses special ability.
  3. I am still standing at the feast waiting for everyone to move.
  4. All the sudden, the last 4 seconds of fighting zip by in half a second. Bosses special ability is triggering. 
  5. I run to join the fight, but aren't in location. 
  6. I cast my dots, then the game pauses. Tank is running in place again. 
  7. We're dead and I am now asked to release from my dead body. 
3 attempts at the boss and I called it. It was not going to happen. After about an hour of diagnosis, I was able to fix my problem.

wiring cabinet
Here's a basic idea of what I am working with:

  1. Coming into a wiring cabinet I have my Comcast router, feeding into a D-Link router. (each room in house has a cable drop, hence the full assortment of black coax cables)
  2. The DLink has a 4 port switch which feeds my BluRay player in the master bedroom, TiVo in family room, Kids PC upstairs and my gaming PC downstairs. (Yeah there is a lot of blue wire above, that's a drop for the kitchen, kid's rooms and 2 more drops in the family room)
  3. The DLink also provides wireless connectivity to the house. This is primarily used to support my wife's and own cell phones, but I do have a printer that sometimes get turned on.
To troubleshoot my issue:
  1. Downloaded Wireshark. This freeware application does a scan of packets across your network and returns traffic on my network. The biggest bit of information that helped here was the trace. It displays a large dark colored line when you get resubmits. I was seeing a ton of them on my network. 
  2. Eliminate gear. I went around the house and turned off all of the extra equipment. Wireshark returned a ton of traffic from various hardware bits chatting with each other. I wanted to make sure I wasn't saturated just because of a chatty piece of hardware.
  3. Then I popped open the wiring cabinet and started unplugging pieces. Unfortunately, the network cables weren't labeled well. I grabbed port 1 on the switch and plugged it directly into the cable modem. Master bedroom. Checked the Internet connectivity, 16mbs! 
  4. Flipping through all 4 cables, I found that each device was getting wonderful speeds when directly plugged into the modem. 
  5. Router or Cable from modem to router? Luckily I had another patch cable (aka short 1ft network cable) and replaced the one there. Plugged everything back in, rebooted both components and tested. 
Looking back, I should have noticed that the resubmits on wireshark detailed corruption on the line. I bet, 99% of the time this is a faulty or lose cable. Reseating all the cables in the switch and modem (yeah, the modem is hanging upside down) could have likely solved this issue. 

Here's to a happier raid this Monday! 

Update 9/26/2011 - After a short stint of really great Internet access, today, I tried to get onto the Internet over the weekend and it was down again. I believe they had hardware issues over the weekend and possibly replaced something on the back-end. When I called Comcast this morning, and they informed me after a little testing, that my modem had gone bad. I picked up a new modem from the local office and will be setting it up after work today. Hopefully, this solves my problem for good.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

1337 PVP Strategy Guide - Pillar Humping

UnderCT has posted a great article on Pillar Humping. Using this technique to maintain no-los with the enemy will help improve your arena performance. I use a variant of this in Eye of the Storm. My disc priest loves to sit in the little BE hut and maintain heals on who ever is outside guarding the flag.

Go check it out. Great read..

Friday, September 16, 2011

Time Life Audio Presents: WoW That's Some Background Music

Background: I started this post back in June (2011) to fill a lull while I was on a vacation. I had the bright idea of going to various areas and posting short videos of load screens to capture the music. Fraps was a flop. I didn't have time to get the video settings correct to work, so it all had a green tint. Now Blizzard has announced they are posting all the music on iTunes..

Blizzard Audio is happy to present 
Taverns of Azeroth

Is your Brewfest party plans coming up short? Are you lacking in the entertainment portion of your festivities and just don't know what to do? Blizzard Audio is happy to present you with 50 wonderful minutes of pub crawling music. Ramp up your party with band from the Bad Juju Bar and Grill, then swing on over to the Pig and Whistle.

But that's not all. For the one low price, you can also bring in the Bloodsail pirates, the Taurens from Thunderbrew and the Salty Sailor.

Order now! Operators are standing by.

And for those of you, who don't have an iPhone. Too bad.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

IT: Would you trans-down-ify your weapons?

Based on my comment on KeS, I had a light bulb moment.

Can we transmogrify our weapons (in 4.3)? I thought I read we could. With Brewfest we'll be able to get the new i365 dagger. It's an agility weapon sure.. but if I could transmodify my, say, Incineratus, with this model?

"You put Power-torrent on a wine bottle?"
Or how about the old, plank with a nail model from Vash'jir? Instead of looking scary and menacing, you could look more hoodlum. Personally, nothing better as a PVP brain basher than a board with a spike!


Just an idle thought. What WHITE weapon might you transmortify your epic Firelands weapon into, if you had the chance?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Drown Your Sorrows (Achievement)

One of the easy achievements I still have to complete is "Drown your sorrows". Basically you are to drink each of the various beverages introduced with Cataclysm. I wanted a quick break down of where I can get each of these items. This WowHead comment sums it up for Alliance, here's my Horde breakdown.

Batamsi in the Troll District will vendor:

From the Orgrimmar Cata recipe vendor (Shazdar)

From cooking trainer, Arugi:
  • Darkbrew Lager is a trainable recipe. Required materials can be purchased from Sarah Brady in Dalaran's underbelly. Or the barmaids in Shattrath. Which ever is closer for you. 

From drops/ remote vendor:
  • Fungus Squeezings is a reasonably common drop from Cata instances, but can also be found on select mobs in Tol Barad, Hyjal, or Vashj'ir. Sold by Grunka in the Hyjal or Zungam in Z'A. Grunka is phased out, by the time you are doing the Fireland's dailies. is a member of the Twilight _____ (darn if I forget). She is only accessible when you do the undercover missions and are friendly with this group. If you are not on the quest, she is inaccessible. If you've completed the quests, she's gone. 
  • Greasy Whale Milk is a drop from Vashj'ir or Uldum, or purchasable from Caretaker Movra at Silver Tide Hollow. 
  • Murky Water is bugged as of this patch.Sold by Grunka in the Hyjal or Zungam in Z'A.

So to complete this achievement, I need 4 more beverages. This means going to
  1. Go see Batamsi and buy Fresh Water. That's easy.
  2. Go visit Sarah Brady and buy the alcohol for the lager (ugh, where's my portal again?)
  3. Grab the port in Dalaran back to Orgrimmar and hit the portal to Vashjir, get the Greasy Whale Milk.
  4. Hearth back. Fly my alt (who hasn't worked in Hyjal) out to Grunka and get 100 murky water. (sell 98 on auction house). 

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Gearheart

I want to share with you an audio-book that I am currently about half way listening to. This is a really fun and entertaining story that combines both magic and steam-punk.  Top it off, the voice acting is excellent. (The author, Alex, does all the male voices and his wife, Renee', does all the female voices.). Reading through the News page, and following links to JC Hutchins site, I learned that Alex also composed and performed all the musical score for the story. (Now, even more impressed.)

From the About page:
Jonathan Andrews, Initiate in the Seekers of the Arcane Unknown, joined the society two years ago with the hopes of protecting the secrets of magic from the greedy world beyond. However, a ravening shadow appears with a hunger for Seekers and Jonathan finds himself out of his depth. When Jonathan’s friend is attacked and the young initiate is assailed with apocalyptic visions of the future, he must find a way to uncover the past and stop the beast before it tears his group, and the world, asunder. It’s a ripping tale of magic, adventure and gunfights!

 The story has finished, so you can listen to all 37 (~25 minute long) episodes. It is available as a RSS feed on the author's site, or on Podiobooks.com. If you like it, the author has published both a prequel to Gearheart, and put out a CD of the music from this prequel.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Who brought the snacks?

My guild starts raiding at 9:30PM local time and typically runs until midnight.Somewhere around the way, we take a 5-10 minute bio/snack break. No alcohol, coffee or soda for me. For my snack options, I have some basic criteria.

  1. Easy to grab in a hurry. I tried making toast and popcorn once and that took too long to prepare. I was the last one back from break and people were tapping toes. 
  2. Desert-ish. No, I don't want to be eating seasoned meat or garlic fries at 11PM, I want something sweet or maybe salty and sweet. (Yeah, kettle corn is great, but I only really enjoy the kind from the craft fairs, not the microwave kind.)
  3. Clean. While I love a good, messy cinnamon roll or bowl of cereal sometimes, I don't want to damage the hardware. The current rig is all I have and don't want to text a gulidie-friend saying the keyboard is broke because of my bowl of frosted flakes spilled

My favorites:
optionreason:
These chewy granola bars are primarily peanut and peanut butter. Coming from Planters, you can expect tons of peanuts. I can grab one of these and get back to my desk quickly. The quick boost of protein keeps me awake for the rest of the raid, no problems. (drink: chocolate milk)
Freeze-dried apples are easy, sweet and healthy. I first tried these while vacationing at Disneyland a few years ago and loved them. They are a bit 'lighter' (and fluffier) than your air-dried apples, so the package seems really small and disappears way too quickly. (drink: cold water)
I am a HUGE fan of cinnamon. I will choose a snickerdoodle over a chocolate chip cookie, every time. I love these little bite-size cinnamon cookies with a tall glass of ice-cold milk. Unfortunately the kids also like these, so they seldom stick around for very long. (drink: ice cold milk)
Cookie jar!
These are great, simple animal crackers. I like to grab a big handful of them, and enjoy them one at a time. Yeah, they are Winnie the Pooh themed.. Not very warlock-y, but I am munching down on his head. Think of them as souls, happy, gentle souls. Like the graham crackers, the kids love these in their lunch boxes, so they disappear quickly. Buy these at costco. (drink: chocolate milk).
Dry cereal is always an option. I enjoy frosted mini-wheats because they are easy to grab and can eat just a few; very filling. Plus, having them around doesn't require any fore-thought; they're always in the house. (drink: ice cold milk)

I am curious. Do you snack when you raid? What do you enjoy?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Elkagorasa Jenkins

After the raid last night, I decided to fly around the mountain and finally finish off the Leeeeroy achievement. This video was very helpful, since I've never ran this content before. Only difference  from this video, was now you can fly inside of the mountain, so I just flew up to the balcony for the entrance.



After completeing the achievement for the title, I went through and killed the final boss to get the UBRS achievement. Just need LBRS, to complete the Classic Dungeonmaster achievement. Tried to run COT:Hyjal also, but needed a raid group and I had dropped.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Shared Topic:One vs Many?

StringTheory posted a topic on BA that I thought I should discuss:
While there are some quests that specifically call for grouping, most don't... but do you group anyway? How many of you pick up a friend or guildie to quest with and how many grind the lonely roads alone?

Warlocks are solitary by nature. We're brooding, we're loners, we despise awkward social situations, we'd rather set you aflame than to talk to you. When out in the world, we tend to stick to those that follow us, not want to talk to us.
"what you talking to me?"
/dismiss
While out questing, typically late at night, I avoid the crowds. I have my minions to do my work for me. I can call on body guards for short term work. If they can't handle it, I don't want it. Problim? No problem. Troll dungeons? Yeah, those trolls stink, let them rot in there.

Have I tried being social? Sure, I tried. Two years ago when Wrath dropped, a couple guildies took some time off work and played all day. Leveling up from 70-75 while I was warming the seat at a new job. I missed leveling due to they were already flying into Dalaran, while I am still working through the Borean Tundra. Come the Shattering, this lock tries to play nice with his friends. Only to be shunned. No one else in guild was playing. (cue crickets).

While this lock would rather skip questing all together, sometimes it's necessary. Even so, I am going to work my hardest to do each of those quests solo. Situations where I have to wait on others, smell their undead mounts or even just watch them take the beating while I set it on fire are despicable. Me and my Minions, FTW.






Soapbox: Lazy Form of Raiding

Over the summer, I spent 2 weeks with my family (parents, brother's family and my family) on the beach in Maui. It was absolutely awe...