Friday, May 31, 2013

RTFM?

Last weekend, I jumped on LFR Pinnacle of Storms and landed into a DPS slot for Lei Shen. Now, personally, this has to be one of the most complicated LFR fights I've seen. Run here, kill that add, stand there, make sure he's against the pilar, now for phase 2... That night, we successfully downed him on our fourth attempt. After watching the videos, I wasn't prepared.

First off, you ARE supposed to stand in the goo. There's white goo, and blue goo and sparkly goo. You stand in two, but not the other. On top of that, the ground sparkles and various pieces light up with a neon glow. Looking back at the videos, I wasn't standing in the right place, but running away from it, but standing on a harmless floor tile that was simply lit up with neon. In addition, I could have died if not for some fast acting players who stacked on me when I had the static charge on me.



See, I'd always thought of the earlier content as training material. Quests teach you the new mechanics, dungeons and scenarios introduce to you how it can be applied, raiding combines them together. Right? Outside of another raid, when did we learn the wind element? Outside of friendly healers dropping happy zones, when have we learned you must stand in the sparkly things bosses drop?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Gamon, what's going on?

Gamon, I don't understand? You've been beat on for years. Considered a traitor to the Horde, but never have you been so up in arms..
 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Elkagorasa's Raiding UI

With my recent feature post on Amijade's blog, I figured it's time to refresh my user interface post. Below is a sample of my current raiding (questing, rep grinding) user interface.


Nothing fancy, mostly like the default interface. I like moving myself, pet, target, and focus down below my toon's feet. This way I can focus on the fight and not need to look around the screen.

Here are my addons:
  1. Addon Control Panel so that I can swap between AH and DPS/Questing addons.
  2. Bartender4 to shrink buttons main rotation buttons down to 70% normal size, shrink main menu and 'out of combat' buttons down to 50% and to create a CYA button bar- on use button (soulstone, fear macro, teleport macro, healtstone macro)
  3. XPerl to provide detailed views on myself. Standard interface allows moving user frames around, but xPerl will also include target-of-target-of-target options and "my spells are larger" views.
  4. Skada as a damage meter. I like that I can turn off healing meters when doing DPS, and DPS meters when healing. 
  5. WeakAuras with those posted by Poneria.
  6. Pawn / TBag / BagSaver to keep trash down to minimum.  Pawn to rate items that come in based on defined scales. TBag to give sorted all-in-one bag view. BagSaver auto-sells greys, and soulbound non-class gear. 
  7. Omen to track my threat level. Quite often in top 5 in LFR. 
  8. DeadlyBossMods to yell at me when I am standing in the fire.
  9. Vuhdo for buff frames, but also great for when running on healer alt. 
  10. RandomMount because it will randomly select an appropriate mount for area. Nicely rotates between all my mounts.
  11. Outfitter so that I can auto-equip gear based on situations. For example, auto-equip tabard when in a dungeon or raid situation, or equip PVP gear when tagged for PVP. 
  12. _NPCScan to watch for those elite rares
  13. Reforgerade for quick reforges
  14. WoWDB Profiler for inteventory uploads to WoWDB (aka Curse)
  15. AskMrRobot so I can use the Ask Mr Robot "Best in Bags" option. 
You can download all of these addons via my Addon Pack on Curse. The Saved Variables link SHOULD make it look like my screenshot above. (I haven't tested it, hoping Curse did). 

It's not a pretty UI, but I find it really useful.

BTW, I guess my math wasn't too far off... 6 years is correct if you link back to my work related content, which of course is no longer relevant to the game, but still a bit interesting... 

You Can't Double-Dip Scenarios

Just saw this on WoW Insider. It bears to note, don't run a heroic scenario with a regular scenario group if you intend to grab the super magnificent loot bucket at the end.
 
click for more info
 
sigh, I guess it means back to yelling LFG in trade chat..

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The 7 Easy Steps to new (502) Shoes!

With the 5.3 patch, Blizzard started along the war of Vol'jin against Garrosh. This series of 'quests' details why the war is going on (alliance and horde) and then what we need to do about it.

  1. Start quest line from Lorewalker Cho, and listen to his stories, which lead into the 2 new scenarios Blood in the Snow. Ride between skulls and you can avoid wiping on large fights.
  2. and Darkheart of Pandaria. Kill off some adds around the first boss to get 'shield buff' on group. Collect 1 of (3) each relic for an achievement.
  3. Fly to Senjin village (horde), talk to Vol'jin. Raid the Kor'kron camps around the Barrens. I found this easier if I simply killed two commanders. They show up as little huts on your barrens map. As DPS, I could simply sit there and kill the boss, I'd get some splash healing. (I wasn't able to solo the one elite I tried by myself, they are all level 92.) You don't have to tag the boss, even grey I got drops from him. Even after dying, I corpse ran back and still got my 4 resources! Nice.
  4. Defend Senjin Village. Don't forget, you can fly to the cannons. Just hop over to them, kill the goblin defender and hop back.
  5. Defend Razor Hill. Three mini-bosses, but nothing difficult. Solo'd it on my warlock; had tank and hunter dps on my disc priest.
  6. Pickup and complete Old Seer quest from the panda standing next to Voljin in Razor Hill. Fairly painless escort quest. Solo'd it on my disc priest in 450 level gear. More lore, less fighting.
  7. Pickup the quest reward, your new ilevel 502 shoes.
For my warlock, who had LFR shoes, it was a little upgrade. They have +HIT on them. For my priest, she jumped 3 iLevel (overall) with the shoes alone.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Elkagorasa is Closing in on 500!

6 4 years ago when I started this blog to track my warlocks "Adventures in Azeroth", I never really thought it would have lasted this long. It was a passing fancy to work on while at the office. Sort of a mental not of things to do when I get back online. As of this post, I'll be a short 4 posts away from 500 blog posts. 


Ok, to be honest, it's not like I can came to compete against my warlock compatriots who love to write. I have been know to do the 10 word post that includes an interesting screenshot. All I have to say is 'thanks for coming back'. 

Love the Transmorg? Tired of the turban, I wanted a "gentleman's" look
to go with my fancy hat! (too cheap poor to buy the top hat)
On other 500 news, Elk now has a 499 gear score. Not 'bad' considering back in January, Elk was sporting 460s. While out working on the new 'Battlefield: Barrens', I picked up an interesting random drop, Latent Kor'kron Spaulders. Combine this drop with the Radical Mojo from the new 'weekly', and I'll get something mildly (i483 vs i489?) better than the warlock tier set that I have already. I found a random group was killing commanders. No need to invite, just whack at it how ever you got. When done, you'll be able to loot somewhere around 30-40 of all 4 resources your are gathering. I had all 150 within an hour (skipped raid invite when it popped). I now have a Perjurious Mantle of Unerring.   I'd hoped they would be more like a 500 level item! Make the 'weekly' work worth breaking my set bonus for.

So, can I gain only one ilevel in 4 posts? We'll see.. AMR suggested upgrades (#2 would add .5 an ilevel) could be small enough to push me over to 500.! 




Thursday, May 23, 2013

Oh man...

I was just looking at the talent calculator looking for possible holes in my warlock spec. Going down the list of talents that Elk has selected and ...

  1. Soul Leech - Passive - heals based on damage done. 
  2. Shadowfury - Instant cast - stun on all enemies in aoe reticle. 
  3. Soul Link - Instant cast - share damage with pet. 
  4. Unbound Will - wha???

I can remove "movement impairing effects"!!! This immediately brought me to last night's 4 wipes on the Durumu fight and his annoying eye sore maze and the slow caused by Lingering Gaze. I am putting up a button as soon as I get home!

That reminds me, I put a new button on my 'healing' bar the other day. A druid buffed me with Symbiosis. This in turn gave me rejuvenation, a HOT. Not the coolest or most interesting of druid talents, but definitely has a nice niche. You know when I am short a healthstone, lifeblood is on cool down, soul leech isn't doing it and don't want to interrupt dps loop to drain life.

So much for missed opportunities..


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Wrath, Cata or MoP Gear Market?

With 5.3 dropping right now, I started thinking back to past patches in past expansions. Blizzard has changed how they did gear upgrades in each of these three expansions and I am not sure I really enjoy this last iteration.
Do you remember
the panel of
Magisters?

Wrath was a pain. From what I remember, during the expansion they regularly put out new currency that dropped during dungeons and raids. IIRC, dungeons got heroism tokens, and raids got triumph, the next patch dungeons got triumph tokens and raids got justice, etc.. This kept raiders always one step ahead in gear level behind 'casuals' that could only successfully run dungeons (/s "looking for group for heroics"). They did not upgrade, but instead you could use a convoluted transfer system, where one vendor would take X of an older and convert down. If you didn't run the latest dungeons or raids, you couldn't get the latest gear.

Cataclysm simplified it. With each of the patches that brought about new gear, we saw a devaluing of the higher currency; valor points converted down to justice points, and the valor gear converted to justice gear. A casual player would accumulate both valor and justice points simply by running dungeons, but raiding would still net you more valor with each kill. Raiders still had better gear, easy. On patch day, if you saved up, you could often buy two new justice point items from the former top scale. Raiders would need to start over re-accumulating valor points for the new tier gear.

MoP? I am still undecided. Now instead of my valor points devaluing, the gear gets cheaper. Add in the prevalence of Raid Finder, and now casuals are able to pick up lower level raid gear fairly easy. It creates a market where two valor point items are available with fairly different stats. Do I get the Revered Sunreaver Onslaught back or the Honored Shadow Pan Assault back?

I guess the MoP model has benefits. I am able to get raid level gear (iLevel 522) without much more effort than before. As long as I pay close attention and not simply buy SALE items, but hold out for best available, I won't waste valor points.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Did Catacylsm Fail?

I just watch Danger Dolan's video on why Cataclysm had so many issues.



I agree with a lot of what DD mentions, the monotonous grind to get gear. The requirements to do dailies up dailies to get anywhere. I also agree with the lack of flow leveling between zones. You had 5 distinctly different questing areas and no real tie between them other than 'Deathwing broke this.'

As of note, I wasn't one of the 'casuals complaining about difficulty'. I totally expected the new content to be harder. Until my gear outstrips the content (like at the end of an expansion), repair costs are going to be high.

Sadly I never did see a lot of the Cata raid content. LFR was there, but not as prevalent and when it was I was heavy into PVP.



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Heroic Scenarios coming in 5.3!

I dread the moments running through my daily scenario. It typically is quick and easy now that Elk is running in 490+ gear. Only when we have someone who's never ran the specific scenario is there typically any chance of a wipe (typically due to over pulling). So when I was reading through the PTR notes, I got excited AND disappointed:
  • Heroic Scenarios
    • A heroic difficulty for Scenarios have been added and are designed to provide challenging content for small groups of well-seasoned adventurers. Completing a Heroic Scenario awards Valor points, and a chance to obtain Raid Finder quality items.
    • Heroic scenarios require a pre-made group to join.
    • Heroic scenarios offer bonus objectives that will reward additional valor if completed.
      • An option to run a random heroic scenario has been added as a drop-down in the scenario tab in Dungeon Finder.
    • Players can complete a normal or heroic scenario for bonus valor each day, but not both.
    • Six heroic scenarios will be available in patch 5.3. Four are new and two are upgrades of existing normal scenarios.

Yeah, 502 iLevel gear from a scenario! Boo requires a 'pre-made' group. I guess my best bet is to run a regular scenario, then re-queue for a heroic scenario.

Another interesting scenario change is the option to run cross-faction scenarios.
  • Lorewalker Cho will allow heroes to take part in either faction's scenarios, so players can see what the other side has been up to.

I've always been curious if an alliance character is driving Big Bessa. (Oh, NM, it looks like Alliance are sweeping up after the Horde's attack).

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Where are you hiding Scout Captain Elisa?

Yes, Elk is doing his dailies. Surprised? I really want the rep with the Sunreaver's so that I can get the commendation. That way when my priest opens the area up, she'll earn rep a lot faster!

So, we're trying to turn in Compy Stomp to Scout Captain Elisa. I met her at the entrance to the zone unhidden, now she's hiding somewhere under a shield of invisibility. Unfortunately I can stand on top of her but no zone, no silence, nothing.

This video has made me realize that maybe it's bugged. Watch closely at the beginning, or fast forward to roughly 10minutes 10 seconds. The player runs in and out of the cover. It's absolutely, plainly visible in the video. I stood there last night a few times and nothing.. Tag support? Or drop and re-run the quest?



Try tonight and let you know what I find...

Update: I opened a ticket last night with support. I could check on the status of that ticket now, IF I had brought my authenticator to work... So, anyway, I went and dropped all of the beast pen quests that would end under that dome. Ran back to the quest hub and started over. This time, I found her standing under a dome in a different part of the zone. She had three quests killing sentinels, including one bugger that would heal himself if not interrupted. Note, as destro, I don't have an interrupt, especially if running with a voidwalker, swapped to my observer mid fight to use his.

Update 2: Blizzard got back to me. Evidently she moves around and I simply needed to check back on the day she was working in the area. Dropping the quest line was definitely the best solution.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Oh, Never Mind

Last night I experienced my worst case of LFR fail. You know the kind you wait 10 minutes to get there, then wish you never clicked the "Accept" button!?

My first thought was "That was awfully quick!?". I typically run through a scenario then dungeon then the raid pops. Not last night. As soon as I dropped out of my scenario, I was immediately dropped into Pinnacle of Storms. Ok, sure, that's got a tough boss fight and I could see a lot of turn over.

Enter the instance and people are dying to a Thunder Lord and a Lightning Lord. If you haven't run this raid, they are the first trash you hit in the raid. People had logged off, people were leaving, people were complaining in raid chat! I went through 4 deaths, one even looked promising where we had all 25 players and made the run up the electrified stairs. Not enough healers, so we all died on the top of the stairs. It was the players saying "there's a group of us all the way at Lei Shen" (meaning they weren't helping clear trash) that I finally called it and dropped.

Once dropped, I started over on my routine. This time, I queued for Terrace of Endless Spring. Again the raid is dying to the trash. This time it's the corrupted elementals that disappear when attacked. Yeah, they were right at the landing zone for the raid. :-\ Happily we all died or teleported out and they reset. Drop back in and cleared the entire raid with no more raid wipes! At least I got one more token for the Black Prince quests and a nice shiny belt. Only 300g in the hole.. Gems and buckle later, I am broke!




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...