Friday, March 22, 2013

It's Like Championing...

PVP "Ninja" Priest mog
Wrath brought us the wonderful addition to grinding rep, the champion tabard. No longer did casuals like myself have to actually do quests in order to become exalted with every major faction in the game. LOVED IT! Need more rep, run another dungeon! My priest didn't even have many flight paths, but she had rep with the various factions!

With 5.1, Blizzard introduced the Grand Commendation of ____. This wonderful little perk basically doubles your rep gain for each thing you do for a group. I grabbed the commendation of the Tillers when I hit revered on Monday. I've managed to do the dailies about 3 of the 5 days this week and have managed to complete 97% of the way to Exalted already. Complete the dailies still in my queue from last night and I should be exalted by the end!!

Point? I still need Dominance Offense rep. I still hate the dailies in that zone. I manage to die at least once a day due to an over-pull of mobs. There's just not enough people in that area killing the same thing to keep the populations down. I am hoping that the new 'work order' mechanic will help me increase my rep with DO faster.

  • +400 rep from work order
  • +300 rep from daily dungeon run
  • +200 rep from daily scenario run
8 days, I should be finally revered with DO and can grab my upgrades (without those pesky dailies)!

In other news, I have seen Terrace of Endless Spring twice now. The Big Nash video was helpful, if for nothing other than to see the fights before hand. I would agree with him, these are some fun fights. From a DPS perspective, it's not obvious that there's a heal phase during Tsulong. More of a DPS adds, vs DPS boss fight. Last night my fourth tier token dropped and I now have a full 4-piece tier 14 set.

Will it matter? More than once, I've championed for a faction, only to get a drop that is 100x better than what I would have bought from the quartermaster. One decent upgrade (trinket, back, feet) and I'll be running the LFR for the SPA looking for 500 level gear, and all this work will be out of the window. I will probably be revered with Sunreaver's long before DO at this rate (i.e. ~10 quests at 160 rep each!). 4 more days and I could be sporting a new 496 back, plus have the Commendation speeding up my run to Exalted.

Speaking of Thunder Island. How's the opening of the island going on your server? Malfurion has opened up the second new zone. I have 2 quests to turn into Scout Captain Elsia. I can't find her. I see the quest giver ?, but no shadow zone, no tunnel. I think she may be phased. On the wall? Oh, nm, from these comments, I see she is under a bubble AND on the wall.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I guess I can't complain...

I guess I can't complain about loot drops in LFR this week. Last night I hopped into Nightmare of Shek'zeer LFR (nice write-up). Each of the boss fights went pretty straight forward, nothing too surprising. My only problem was on Amber-Shaper where I was transformed during the last 5% of the fight. At that time, the DPS wasn't too interested in getting me out of the amber. So, I started testing out my abilities. I could consume amber and heal, I could do some kind of melee attack, I could attempt to free my self (but really just a self interrupt) and I could attempt to break free if below a certain health.

So, my point. Last night, each of the three LFR bosses dropped a tier token for me.
The legs and chest were both upgrades for me, but according to AMR, the hands were not. So I returned the hands (still have token) in hopes that the upgrade system makes them more viable later on. I at least now have the 2-item set bonus.

Why return the hands for the token? I had read on one of the wowhead comments that I could upgrade the tier token using valor points. That upgraded token, would return upgraded gear, whereas once I turned in the token, the gear did not have upgrade options. Little did I realize, the 'upgrader' npc is simply a hologram in 5.2.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Already Honored with Sunreaver Onslaught?!

4 days of dailies for the Sunreaver Onslaught and I've gone from neutral to honored. Nice. Of course it doesn't hurt that there are anywhere from 12 - 19 daily quests to complete. At honored, I was able to pickup this new belt for 300g. It was a decent upgrade from what I had before.

I completed the first of the raid's last night in the Heart of Fear LFR. From the Blade Lord Ta'yak fight, I won a new pair of bracers. As a note, don't use an Elder charm when you have already won the bracers. I simply got 2 sets of bracers. FYI, I hate this boss fight. Without a run-speed bonus, I was not able to finish this fight. I simply could not get out of the way of the tornadoes to avoid all of them. Maybe a potion? I ended up dying at the end of the hall where the boss first 'blew' us. I like this strat, if I could have only reached him the first time...
An easy strategy for 2nd phase is this: When you first reach him, keep applying DoTs. When Boss HP is around 11% (this number depends on your raid DoT power) just jump into the winds on the sides and keep running to the other end. While you are travelling, the DoT should be enough to push him to the 10%. If you timed it good the boss will appear on that end when you arrive. (source)
I wonder if my warlock gateway would have worked? I know all the locks setup their gateway across the poisoned floor for Imperial Vizier Zor'lok's fight. 3 warlocks, 3 gateways across the floor 2/3rd the raid got a free flight across.

Garalon was long, but easy as a ranged. I had no issues with not standing in his hit box. In fact, I was inspired being one of the last 8-10 standing at the end of the run. Since I started the raid at this boss, I had to run again to kill off the first 2 bosses. This time wasn't so lucky. One player insisted on stabby stabby on the belly and causing the Garalon to crush all of us. Bad warrior. Start running back in for the 3rd attempt and he's already engaged. I decided to drop group. LFR can find another DPS to kill him off.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

DO Rep, new 522 neck and loot bonanza!

coming later as you open the island?
I am liking the new 5.2 expansion. I logged on last night around 8PM and had a lot of fun exploring Big Thunder Island until almost midnight. (too bad no Thunder Island railroad!?!?)

Why? REP!
First off, rep. First thing I did was queue up for my daily dungeon and my daily scenario. Upon firing up the console I was asked "who I wanted to gain rep with during my run?" Of course, I picked Dominance Offense, so I can continue working on my grabbing the 496 gear. After running that darn mogu temple, and that scenario where you escort the brewmaster panda home, I had gained ~1000 DO rep and 70 valor points. There are other options right? I seldom see them... 

Valor gear!
Speaking of valor points, as Nibuca commented on in my last post, my valor DIDN'T reset!! Woot! In fact, I found the cave where the Shado-Pan Assault is held up and purchased my 522 necklace. That one purchase put me over the 470 gear score for the next round LFR. Guess what I'll (hope to) be doing this weekend?

Ok, maybe the neck didn't solely put me over the top, but I did get a purple BOE drop, a nice i476 strength ring. Didn't check the auction house, but hoping it will sell for some nice gold. In addition, I grabbed a key off some of the quest trash. The key opens a (5 minute) timed scenario were you try to grab as much loot as possible. Starts off easy with obstacle course, ends with a AOE fest of a handful of the stone lions and wandering adds. I died twice in this scenario, luckily once I had my soul stone on me so I was able to res inside. Second time the timer 'ran out' prematurely. 
Before doing the scenario, I recommend that you spend an Elder Charm to buy a potion from the vendor near where you talk to the person to start the timed run. It's an obstacle course inside with a bunch of traps on the floor. The potion lets you levitate over them. (source

Suggestions for next time: Run speed potion, avoid traps on floor, look in 'hard to reach places' for larger chests and lastly set interface to auto-loot. :)

In addition, one of the quests had a reward of a loot bag, er chest, reminiscent of the old Tourney of Champions dailies. This chest gave me gold, a relic (to summon a rare when i get 3), and 2 rep tokens (Shado Pan Assault and Sunreaver Onslaught). Nice bonus from simply questing.. 660 rep for SPA and haven't even entered the raid yet (won't until I get some upgrades, need 480 average gear score). 

Interesting mechanics
Blizzard has done a nice job with changing things up. It doesn't quite feel like a rehash of every other zone. First off, the quest hubs on Thunder Isle (at least for the Horde) are hidden. Yep, you need to find the dome of invisibility and step under it (remember the mages of Coldarra and their giant shield?). When you're outside the shield, it's just a 'rain' effect, but if you stand there it turns into a mini-inivisibility shield that also keeps out angry mobs. This took awhile to actually figure out the first time, ("where is this quest giver? underground?") but made sense when thinking about it later on. 

Second, in one quest area after you complete the first quest, you get enchanted and turn into the NPC lizards of that zone. They gone from hating me to friendly. As the lizards you have a nice run-speed buff, plus can jump small buildings in a single bound. My minion would randomly change into a maggot (small and huge) or a lizard familiar. Start attacking and we both revert to normal to fight, then 5 seconds out of combat, we turn back into lizards. It was nice to be able to complete my quests, without having to fight my way all the way in and then all the way out. 

There is more I have yet to see.
I haven't checked my farm, the rep gains from planting items may or may not be available. I am only Honored yet with the Tilers. Having the farm as a Inn 'could' be interesting.

I have a long time before I can see the new raid, but hopefully with the rep gains from the dungeon/scenario bonus, I'll hit revered quickly (of course I spent a bunch of valor points so I have time to regain them).

With a reported 33% drop rate, the keys may come quicker than expected. Have to see what happens tonight.. 

Taming MOAR Pets

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