Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quickie: A 6.1 Pleasant Surprise

Honestly, after the announcement of the Selfie camera in 6.1, I quit watching the patch notes. This means I missed some of the new recipes that came along for Alchemy. Tonight when I logon, I'll be running over to my alchemy hut, to pick-up the Tome of the Stones. This teaches how to create a i640 alchemy trinket. Combine this with a crafted belt, I should be Savagely Epic! Now I just need to find some shoulders, craft a belt and I'll be Savagely Epic.

And if you haven't seen this video linked on The Grumpy Elf, it's definitely worth a watch.. My spanish is terrible, ignore it. It's all about the subtitles.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Soloing ICC at level 100 for Achievements and Mount

A month ago, I decided for glory and heck, just to try my luck, I solo'd ICC in attempts to get the mount. I decided to run this with my druid because it seemed to provide me the best dps and heals combination. As you can imagine, there was not a single issue soloing this content. In fact, on a couple bosses, I killed them too fast and didn't get the achievement the first time through (full house). That is OK, because Once Bitten requires at least two attempts at the boss to complete the achievement. Plus, if like me (i.e. boosted druid), you need to clear the raid once on Normal, and a second time on Heroic.

UPDATED: As of last night, I have completed this and acquired my drake. Using the add-on 'RaidAchievement' helped with the Lich King achievement, and I would highly suggest it, just need to make sure you download the 'legacy' modules.

Here's been my strategy for each of these achievements so far:
  • Lord Marrowgar - Boned - burn him down quickly. Rumor is he won't 'bone' anyone when there's no one else. Dismiss pet. 
  • Lady Deathwhisper - Full House - End fight with Lady having at least 5 different types of adds. At 100 the adds and boss do like 100 damage. My troll self healing was doing more healing than all their damage combined. Start the fight, then go to restroom, get cup of coffee, eat a snack, then come back, single target down boss. 
  • Gunship - I'm on a Boat - End fight with no one visiting enemy boat more than twice. In my experience in both normal and heroic 10-man, I never had to visit the enemy boat once. Start fight, go straight to cannon, shoot. 
  • Deathbringer Saurfang - I've Gone and Made a Mess - Burn boss down. 

If you ran Heroic, you should also have the Heroic: Storming the Citadel.
If you ran Heroic, you should also have the Heroic Plagueworks.
  • Blood Council - Orb Whisperer - Burn Boss(es) down - Lots of AOE.
  • Blood-Queen Lana'thel - Once Bitten, Twice Shy - My strategy is burn down quick for first time, watch for bite at 45 seconds, and then burn down while bitten. 
UPDATE: Druid tried fight twice. Need the 'kill boss without being bitten' portion of achievement. First time, druid was bitten and let timer run out on bite. What I hadn't realized is that the bite causes possession. You get a new cast bar when it times out and need to pass the bite along. Sadly instant death. Second time, she died due to auto-attack after bite. Maybe I could have dispelled the bite on my druid? Good news, I found last night that the achievement for Once Bitten is account bound. So while my druid didn't have the DPS to burn down Lana'thel before first bite, my warlock grouped with a guild hunter, we had her down under 10 seconds. No one bitten.
If you ran Heroic, you should also have the Heroic Crimson Hall
  • Valithria - Portal Jockey - This is where you need a healer. As feral cat, we have 2 healing spells. I simply healed her via the long heal a couple times. I had her at 100% before first add reached me. When at 100%, I got achievement. 
  • Sindragosa - All You Can Eat - Burn boss down
If you ran Heroic, you should also have the Heroic Frostwing Halls, only one achievement left.
  • Lich King - Been Waiting a Long Time for This - 30 stacks of necrotic plague combined on player and adds. This is so far, the hardest to solo. I kite the LK around his tower until 10-15 adds are chasing me around. The plague stacks on an add, if they don't die within 10 seconds, it disappears. If you kill it, the disease transfers to all within 10 yards. If you progress the boss to 70% health, he no longer infects with the plague. Strategy I've read was to get treant to tank boss, it will get plague most likely and die soon, causing plague to transfer to those immediately around it. Wait a few seconds, then kill boss. First time, I attacked the boss and almost immediately transitioned to phase 2. Second time, I let plague stack up rather high and died almost immediately from plague.. Even 20 levels higher, that's an Ouch! Of course, I am having a terrible time tracking the amount of stacks. Maybe it was closer to 50-60 stacks? Or maybe it was heroic 10-man? 
UPDATE: Finally successful. Absolutely needed the Achievement addon. On normal mode, start fight aggro Lich King, and do 0 damage to him. Sit wait until RaidAchievement pings you that you've hit 30 stacks, start fight. You will need heals. Each time the plague randomly came around to me again, it started doing damage near 15k-20k a tick. It sits on you for 10 seconds. Unfortunately I couldn't get the add-on to ping me when running the same boss again with a guildie. It saw that I had the achievement and wouldn't ping, or it couldn't determine when more than one player? Not sure. As a warlock / hunter combo, we couldn't survive when the 30+ stacks landed on either of us.. Ouch! So, plan is to bring in a healer next time for the achievement. Maybe have her run the addon so it will monitor her status..
I have noticed that I only need to run it in Normal from now on. I've gotten all 4 of the "Heroic ___" achievements and only need these 2. Just wish I could skip straight to LK and not have to clear the entire raid. On the other hand, maybe I'll bring along a guildie next time, so they can complete it as well.. :) 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Request for 6.2

I love the idea of the proving grounds, I just can't seem to get passed them as DPS. I really, really want to get my silver PG so that I can finally move on with the legendary quest chain. To my defense, I just don't have the patience to keep trying many more times. I go in about once a week, run the Silver 4-5 times and see how far I can get. When done, I queue up for LFR, and go run the garrison daily.

My best run so far was when I ran spec'd into demonic servitude and the infernal (pet), "Flame". Flame is great because he does his aoe hellfire, wiping out several of the annoying vermin at the same time. Unfortunately, he runs slow, so I have him to sit in the middle of the arena and then start fighting however is standing there. My warlock is now sporting a 638 gearscore. I should be able to do this without issue. Heck, the gear that drops from heroic dungeons is only 630 gear.

Blizzard, how about this.. Heroic dungeons should require: proving grounds silver, or raid achievement or 640 average gear score or successful challenge mode, or ... even best of 2 of them. A 640 gearscore cannot be achieved via crafted gear alone. It would require sufficient runs of apexis dailies, garrison quests PVP gear, or going into the raiding environment. Taken in combination, none of these are a simple task. Apexis dailies on my lock, with my bodyguard, I can clear the quest in about an hour, but many times my druid has killed his bodyguard off and had to solo the rest, taking much longer. Garrison quests are probably the best means for free gear, but personally, I am still seeing mostly 615 gear drop here. (Need to level my followers). PVP is fun, but to get the gear linked to, you need to be fairly good and have a lot of situation awareness (or a good bot). LFR raiding is probably the easiest way to get gear as you can easily queue DPS and get random drops simply by standing in the back.

I know, I know proving grounds weed out the bad players. If I can't spend the time to research and improve my game play enough to get passed this darn hurdle, I shouldn't be torturing other players with my lousy dps. I guess I am just a lousy warlock. No legendary ring for me...  I guess I should just go back to fishing (or torturing LFR)..

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Help for Protanopia

Do you see a #?
or a granite countertop?
I am color blind. I've known this since I was a kid and first got my eyes checked (thanks mom and dad! or more correctly, thanks Mom and grandpa!). I can remember that time sitting in the optometrist chair, and he's flipping through a book of those Ishihara (aka dot) plates seeing nothing on most of them, or a later visit and trying to do the arrangement test and a bunch of the squares look to be the same color. There is just something about those pink/baby blue/light green colors. Me, a devastated teen, "Mom, he told me I am BLIND!?"

This looks about right...
Here, for example..  This color arrangement test, to me looks about correct. (the block on the left-most was already placed). I have done the test a twice today and it's looking better, but at some point, I have to start to guess. For you that are not color blind, you can see my obvious mistakes, but according to the site, I am mixing up my colors still. Now, it could be I don't know how to do the test.. :) (or is it sooo obvious?)..

Color blindness has impacted my gameplay, even if only a little. For example, games like Bejeweled (aka Candy Crush) where there are a lots of items the similar shapes, just with slightly different colors. Want me to solve this with only X moves? I really need to focus on those shapes. (As a note, candy crush has distinct enough shapes that I seldom need the color). When playing co-op Borderlands, I had issues with throwing out legendary gear. Cleaning out bags.. "Didn't you want that legendary pistol?"  Oh maybe.

So, these (highlighted) aren't the same color??
In Warcraft, I've never really had major issues. I typically can work around that the green and yellow gear is virtually the same color by evaluating the gear for it's stats, not based on the implied quality. Now with AMR, I don't even try to do the maths. "this looks like an upgrade, but what does Mr. Robot say about it..". Yeah, I know, but I don't find theorycrafting fun..

I am interested to see if it changes the game any for me. Will the new colorblind filters improve my gameplay any? Or will it be like the van Gogh comparison's and I won't see any difference.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Garrison Chores

There's a post on the WoW forums by Torvald about how boring things are in WoD. The "Garrison Chores" killing most people's fun because they feel they have to do certain items each day, and get very little reward from doing them.. Blizz has taken note of his post, but I personally doubt anything much will be done with regards to 'resolve' it.

Why? Well, we have the next expansion coming soon. Coming soon, they will need to explain why we don't get to bring our Garrison along to the next battle. I highly doubt that the Dalaran mages are going to come by, enchant my garrison into the air and allow me to bring it with me.

My thought is Blizzard is trying to make a point. You say you wanted Player Housing. We gave you Garrisons which is close. You say you hated them, we tried to tell you it was a bad idea..

Next expansion: Mail-order materials. A box, like in your garrison, will provide you random herbs and minerals. If you take the order, you are charged a few gold each time. As you play, you can increase the size of the dropped box and pay a little more. Same idea as "garrison resources" but you'll be charged for the convenience.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Audio Book: NPC

Every once in awhile, I like to share the current audio book that I am listening to. For me to reference it here, the story has to be 'Warcraft'-ish in theme. This book, is titled "NPC" and has a 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. The cover text from Amazon says"
What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry. Once the dust settles, these four find themselves faced with an impossible choice: pretend to be adventurers undertaking a task of near-certain death or see their town and loved ones destroyed. Armed only with salvaged equipment, second-hand knowledge, and a secret that could get them killed, it will take all manner of miracles if they hope to pull off their charade. And even if they succeed, the deadliest part of their journey may well be what awaits them at its end.
So far, I've listened to only 1hr (out of 7hrs) of the story, so about 20%. The story fits loosely into the WoW universe, except that horde (orc) and alliance (human male, human female and gnome) are working together.. Wait, I know this party... I rescued them in Zul'Farak the other day on a cloth run, then they turned on me.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Waiting for Raid Resets

Both Elkagorasa and Esha have gone through Highmaul as DPS a couple times now. Esha is at that point where it's probably time to watch a 'tanking' Highmaul LFR.

Vol'gar - tank everything.

  • Tank swap on impale
  • If in stands from chain hurl, (on heroic), face 'crowd away from raiders.

Elkagorasa had the two-handed staff drop this week of Mar'gok, so he's now checking the 'LFG' tab and to throw his hat in for a normal raid DPS slot.

Mount Hunting

Last Friday, I ran once through ICC and got 9 (out of 12) boss achievements done without any issue. There was never any issue with any of the bosses (troll racial healing + very low dps from level 72 bosses). In fact to get the remaining achievements, I think I am going to have to walk away from the keyboard and do nothing for awhile.

  • Full House requires you to have 5 different mobs alive when you kill the boss. I waited around until I had around 7 adds in my fight. I looked like a good mix. Unfortunately while killing the boss, I did an AOE swipe and killed 2 off of the same type.. Sigh.  Next time, either kite the boss, or let MORE spawn..
  • Once Bitten, Twice Shy requires two runs. Once where you kill the Blood-Queen without being bitten, once while bitten. I've gotten the "without" kill.
  • Been Waiting a Long Time for This requires there to be 30 stacks of necrotic plague to be on the adds before killing the Lich King. Looks like from the comments, I pushed him to phase 2 too quickly. Get the plague on the adds, let them stack up until you have (at least) 30 stacks, then kill the boss. In process, don't kill the adds. I do love this comment by Memoryk who also completed it as a level 100 cat. This gives you adds that will get the plague, but will die quickly. This will cause the plague to spread quickly amongst the adds the boss brings.. :)

This got me thinking of  trying to solo Ulduar. 

Like ICC, it appears to be mostly DPS races, but a few fights where you need to kill X adds, or kill A,B & C within 20 seconds of each other... Mimiron looks troublesome as his head needs ranged DPS. So, instead of my druid, maybe Elk and his warlocky DPS will go.. Now, Mimiron's head mount drops on 25-man, so maybe instead of 10-man...

Someone mentioned installing the 'RaidAchievement' add-on. This addon helps you track all the achievements that you've still have to complete. (Check out the developer's site) and if you install the companion add-on, it will give strategy on completing them. I'll check it out next time I am online..

Friday, February 6, 2015

Blizzard, Please explain...

Why can't I favorite my Warlock mounts? I can favorite my tailoring mount. I can favorite my horde scorpion mount. I can favorite just about every other mount in my stable.. but not my FAVORITE MOUNT!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

ICC A Solo Run Coming Soon...

As I've stated before, I have guildies who are running legacy content for achievements, titles and mounts. Last August, I helped a guildie get her Sarth+3 drake mount. 2 days ago, she called in guild for a healer! *PLEASE* and I tried to bring in my disc priest. Sadly, she's never ran ICC 25-man, so she couldn't get into the raid for 25-heroic. Doing some research, I found that it's absolutely soloable. Sure Disc has really low DPS, but it is possible to complete. Here's the first few bosses done by a level 90 shadow/disc priest.

This got me thinking... why my priest? That drake boss... Ok, so how do I heal the boss to full health in order to move on. Warlocks have 0 healing abilities, maybe I could pack along a big bag of bandages and 'heal' it up that way..  I could call in a healer, like Taur did.. On the other hand, my druid can heal and dps like a champ. Heck, maybe even heal enough in feral spec!?

While I am at it, why look into the achievements leading to Glory of the Icecrown Raider. Watching Asmon, it looks (for the most part) just to be a DPS race for most bosses. Kill them before they can do ___ ability, and you're good. It's just that gunboat that has me concerned.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mount-ing Resources

So co-worker/guildies have started looking getting a group together for collecting some of the mounts that appear all over Draenor.

Pathrunner, Silthide, Nakk, Luk'hok, Gorok, Nok-Karosh, Poundfist

Being horde, we all plan next time we meet to go for Garn Nighthowl from Nok-Karosh (aka an Alliance mountable wolf), but what I really want is the gronnling from Poundfist. Poundfist is a bit more difficult because he's on a bit of a 'random' timer. According to comments on WowHead, he can spawn anywhere from 30-90 hours after server reboots. In the comments, they link to a document posted on Google Docs that breaks down last spawn.  Of course, the doc is only as good, as people reporting it. No one on Malfurion/Trollbane appear to be reporting.. Hmm, I see a great use of the 6.1 selfie camera!

Not long after that, a link was shared on twitter to a link to a mount planner. This nifty website provides a 'plan' for getting all the legacy mounts. Checking my account, I see that I have a LOT of work to do in order to complete my remaining 239 mounts (yeah, I only have 91 mounts). Checking out this site, I noticed there are a couple low-hanging fruit, for example, Amani Battle Bear from achievement Bear-ly Made It  and  Twilight Drake from 3-drake OS at 100 should be a cake-walk. Lastly, the 'bug' mounts from AQ (ruins/temple) are tempting.. 10% drop rate is a lot more promising than most of the others at 0.5% to 1% rate. (hmm, plus 2 more achievements from running these classic raids).

Here's to hoping by the end of the month, this account has 100 mounts (at least!).

Taming MOAR Pets

WFH means Work Warcraft From Home Monday was a work from home kind of day, so I worked on a little project of my own. I saw this on Twit...