Juggs Deactivated

April 8, 2014

So … Iron Juggernaut. The damage on this fight on heroic is just stupid. I mean seriously stupid. Everything hits for 200-300k, and some of it is random damage that can’t be avoided. If you get hit by more than one thing at a time, you’re done for. I was one of the first to die on every. single. pull. Except this one …

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To deal with the incredible amount of damage, we … gosh, I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but apparently it’s a strategy that has worked for other raids, and hey, he’s dead so … yes, we 4 healed it. I don’t think we would have gotten through it without the extra cooldowns.

In other news … they finally got me. I don’t know why I even bothered to resist, it was inevitable. After raid I always stay in vent and chat. Kash and the tanks were all playing D3 together while I did quests in the Storm Peaks on Giska. They were having so much fun! So I figured, you know, I don’t have to buy the xpac to check out the loot changes. So I logged on. The witch doctor went out and promptly died to the first pack of mobs she saw. Yeah. But I decided the barbarian deserved a chance, too, so I dusted him off as well. The first two mobs he killed dropped upgrades! He is level 35 and was actually on the final quest, so he ended up killing Diablo and getting two legendary drops. Yeah … let’s just say Van logged on to collect his treasure goblin pet before I went to bed.

I blame Lyss! She told me the Crusader is voiced by the same actor as Lor’themar. She tempted me! Evil warlock, you just can’t trust them! :p

Boost Baby

April 7, 2014

Ok, I finally made up my mind. I was having a hard time deciding between Oslee the warrior or Oslen the hunter. Yes, they’re brothers. There was a third, older brother, Osler the priest, but he died in a tragic I-don’t-need-two-undead-priests-on-one-server-group accident. (Nevermind that I now have 3 belf paladins on the same pair of servers … )

Here is Oslee passing through the dark portal:

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Anyway, based on research and advice from a post over at Sportsbard, plus my recent decision to finally break down and transfer the rest of my 85+ Horde to Kargath-Norgannon, I decided to get BS and LW both on the boosted character. Obviously, this would mean that whichever one I boosted would have one profession that doesn’t go with his armor class, but meh.

Here is Olsee a couple of hours later, magically materializing at the Shrine as a fully geared and professionally maxed 90:

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Arelin hasn’t been transferred yet because he has to be in charge of my bank guild for a week before he can come, but I am including him in my count here. This gives me a professions count of:

BS: 2 (1 maxed)
LW: 2 (1 maxed)
JC: 2 (1 maxed)
Engineering: 2 (1 maxed)
Alchemy: 3 (1 maxed)
Inscription: 2 (1 maxed)
Tailoring: 3 (2 maxed)
Enchanting: 3 (2 maxed)

Plus multiple miners, herbalists, and skinners.

Oslee replaced almost his entire set of boost gear with Timeless Isle gear, and promptly ran out to get himself a Crystal of Insanity and a Rime of the Time-Lost Mariner, because … toyz! He handled the elites in the cave with ease. It didn’t take me long to see why Averry has so much fun.

Abilities … Gone!

April 4, 2014

So … with the new 6.0 patch notes out, I am going to put down my thoughts here AS I READ THROUGH THEM. So, this is off the cuff, first reaction type stuff. I reserve the right to calm down and write something with more thought and insight later on if necessary.

Death Knights

I hope you weren’t too much in love with having your army or your temporary ghoul. Now you only get army as blood, or a permanent pet as unholy. Oh, and that army does 75% less damage, too. I think I can hear Schriko crying.

Horn of Winter is now a 1-hour buff with no cooldown that doesn’t generate runic power. So, it’s just like everyone else’s party-wide buffs.

Druid

Innervate … gone! Yes, they adjusted druid mana regen to compensate, but this still amuses me, as it has been an iconic druid ability since .. forever.

Symbiosis … gone! Really? REALLY? I haven’t even gotten to play with it yet. This was one of the most fun things ever added. I’m sad about this one.

Hunter

I … um … there are a lot of changes here.
Aspect of the Hawk … gone!
Distracting shot … gone!
Hunter’s Mark … gone!
Rapid Fire … gone!
Serpent Sting … gone!
Widow Venom … gone!
I have no clue what we have left. This isn’t even the whole list, just the things that apply to me as BM.

The one change I DO understand and like, Revive Pet and Mend Pet now share a button, which toggles depending on whether you have a live pet.

Mage

Arcane Explosion is only for Arcane, Blizzard is only for Frost. etc, etc. Basically they made a lot of things that were previously only available to a specific spec, back to only being for that spec. As it should be, really.

The three armors are also spec-specific now and are passive effects.

Monk

Clash has been removed. Hmm … that was quite useful to a tank who wanted to move a mob. Do not like.

Avert Harm has been removed. I don’t know why. I like damage reduction cooldowns. Need more explanation.

Healing Sphere as a spell has been removed. Like, the targeted, drop a sphere here thing. The other spells that create spheres still exist.

And it looks like each specialization just has its own stance, rather than being able to toggle between stances. Makes sense.

Paladin

Oh boy here we go. I’m almost afraid to read it! Please be good, please be good, please be good.

Avenging Wrath .. ret only. Ok.

Devotion Aura .. not available to prot. Meh.

Divine Light renamed to Holy Light. Yeah, yeah, holy light removed yada yada. I’ve already read through the healing changes and am ok with them for now. Whatever they do, I will adapt.

Divine Plea removed. Mana costs adjusted accordingly. One less cooldown to keep an eye on/forget to use.

Guardian of Ancient Kings .. prot only. Cool.

Hand of Salv and Inquisition remo … wait. Inquisition? So … do we get more damage passively then or what? *scratches head* Ok, so I’ll file that under ‘yay one less cooldown to keep track of’ for now.

So, ret gets wings and prot gets the angry man. What do I get as a cooldown as holy? Divine Favour I guess. And Holy Avenger if I take it. Basically, I have far fewer extra buttons to push and remember to use outside of my direct healing spells. Hell, I even have one less direct healing spell. I can live with this.

Priest

Hymn of Hope .. gone! So, what, they nixed every single mana return spell? I bet there’s no more mana tide totem, either.

Inner Fire and Inner Will removed … um. But … boo.

Rogue

Disarm Trap .. gone! Have fun in the suppression room in BWL like the rest of us losers.

Shaman

Rockbiter Weapon has been removed. I guess the hopes of the people holding out for a shaman tanking spec just went up in flames.

Stormlash Totem … gone! Ok, now Shudal is over in the corner crying with Schriko.

Nothing about mana tide totem? What?? So, is every raid going to require having a resto shaman now? D:

Warlock

Drain Soul and Fel Flame are gone. I never used them anyway.

A couple of the Metamorphosis spells are gone. Since I don’t recognize them, I guess I won’t miss them.

Soulshatter is gone, and I will miss that one. Seriously, why remove the one threat reduction spell? Does not compute.

Warrior

Battle Shout and Commanding Shout last an hour and do not generate rage. So, like Horn of Winter, they join the rest of the part-wide buffs.

Berserker Stance is gone.

Cleave …WHAT? YOU CANNOT REMOVE CLEAVE! HOW CAN I BE CALLED A WARRIOR AND NOT HAVE CLEAVE!?! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!11!1!1!

Demoralizing and Skull banners are gone.

Hamstring is now passive and causes Mortal Strike, Bloodthirst, Revenge, and Raging Blow to reduce the target’s movement speed by 50% for 15 seconds. R U SERIAL? LOVE THIS <3

Whirlwind is fury only. Good, it has felt really, really weird to me to have that on my bar as Arms this xpac.

Other Stuff

Vengeance … gone! Replaced with Resolve, which increases your healing and absorption done to yourself based on stamina and damage taken in the last 10 seconds. I guess Schriko won’t be leading the raid in damage done anymore. And what will this do for leveling as a tank? I mean, the increased damage from vengeance was a big reason that leveling in a tank spec became possible. Are we going back to the dark ages or what?

Hey Rep! Keep reading, dummy! There’s more! Then, to keep tank DPS meaningful, we’ll be raising their damage, since it would be meager with no Vengeance Attack Power (Vengeance accounted for 70-90% of a tank’s damage on high-tank-damage fights in Mists). To do that, we’re increasing the damage of several prominent tank abilities, as well as having tanks also gain increased Attack Power from Mastery, in addition to the stat’s existing benefits.

Oh. Ok. Well then!

Glyphs

All classes automatically learn some important major glyphs as they level. Sure, NOW that I have everything leveled … ha! Still, this is a great change for newer players who may not have access to gold or a scribe.

I’m not even going to go through ALL of the class changes here. Let me just point you to the notes as posted on WoW Insider.

Liebstered

April 2, 2014

I’m not entirely sure what a Liebster Award is, but I got one from my friend Plaid over at Plenty of Paladins!

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She gave me eleven questions to answer. So let’s dive right into those.

1. What is your favorite thing about WoW?

Hmm … pets! No … mounts! No … achievements! No … raiding! No … friends! argh! It’s everything! Or at least, enough things that I can’t pick just one. Wait. Maybe THAT is my favorite thing about WoW … the fact there are SO many things I like about it that it is nearly impossible for me to ever get bored.

2. If you could add or change one thing about character customization what would it be and why?

One thing I’ve seen in more recent games is the ability to change the height and build of your character. It doesn’t have to be drastic, but just being able to tweak those a bit so that not every character is a carbon copy of everyone else would be a nice addition.

3. Why did you pick your preferred class (if you have one.)? Was it the first thing you rolled?

The first thing I rolled was a hunter. I still have her and love her dearly. But, as she ventured into Naxx in my first tier of raiding, I took notice of other classes. I raided as a DK and a mage through most of the second half of Wrath, before switching to the paladin that I am most known for nowadays. The running joke around here is that I have a paladin problem. I suppose that could be true, since I have two at 90 and two more at 85 and 86. But I also have three DKs at 90, so ya know … I’ve also gotten every class to at least 85 now, so even though paladin is my main, I do goof around on them all and enjoy trying different ones.

4. What is your favorite WoW race and why?

Hmm, let’s see. Can I pick just one?

I love my male blood elves. But I hate their mounts and I’m not all that enamored with their lore. So I don’t think they can really be my favorites. Also, the female stickfigures with the fingernails-on-chalkboard laugh? Not happening.

Tauren! Their lore is a lot more interesting to me. I love their connection to nature and the Earthmother. Oh, but wait. Sunwalkers. Yeah, I take that back. Also, I feel huge and clumsy even on my ladies. I can’t imagine playing a bull tauren.

Forsaken! Best dance. Best animations. Best voices. Best mounts. Best city. Totally awesome lore and architecture. Did you think we had forgotten? Did you think we had forgiven? Behold, now, the terrible vengeance of the Forsaken! Death to the Scourge! And death to the living! *shivers* Best. Cinematic. EVAR. Are they evil? Well, yeah, Putress certainly was. And they can’t be paladins. But still … yeah, totally the best race.

5. What is the luckiest thing that’s ever happened to you in game?

Finding Loque’nahak on my birthday in 2009. No, it wasn’t the first time I’d gone looking for him. I’d been camping him for a couple of months. But to have him appear right in front of me on my birthday of all days? That was special.

6. What do you think is the nicest thing somebody has ever done for you in game?

I … don’t know. So many people have done so many nice things, I’m afraid if I mention only one, that I won’t be giving due credit to someone else, so I’m going to have to pass on this one. Sorry.

7. If you could play any race on either faction (Horde Draenei for example) would you still play what you do? If not, what would you play instead.

I don’t think I would change. I’m not fond of most of the Alliance races. Most of the ones I have are human males. But the humans, at least the ones I have, are so deeply ingrained into the Alliance … there’s no way they would ever defect to the Horde. And most Alliance switching sides wouldn’t make any sense. Worgen .. in the Horde? Alongside the Forsaken? The Gilneans allowed the worgen to be brought forth in order to counteract the invasion of their lands by the Scourge! There’s no way … just no. Draenei siding with orcs? Come on.

Going the opposite way … I could see blood elves in the Alliance. And possibly Tauren as well. But … yeah. I’d pretty much just stick with what I’m playing. I hope they never allow this, to be honest.

8. What are your plans for Warlords?

Already pre-purchased. I wasn’t too sure about raiding a couple of months ago, but now that I’ve settled in with That Guild I plan to keep raiding. I suspect I will have to continue to improve at ret, especially since we are joining forces with another 10 man guild to do Mythic and will have more need of people who can fill multiple roles. But I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. Super excited about garrisons.

9. Did Mists of Pandaria meet with your expectations? Why or why not?

Yeah, it did. The continent is gorgeous, they really did an outstanding job on the artwork. The storylines were very well done… so much lore added to the game! Monks are fun to play, and the Pandaren are not just cartoon bears, they are a very deep race with a rich history. Oh, and don’t forget PET BATTLEZ! I wasn’t fond of the daily grind at the beginning of the expansion, but I wasn’t alone in that. I did Wrathion’s questline, grudgingly. I hope they never do that again. It changed legendaries from something special into something required. Right now, if the guild wanted me to change mains because we needed some other class or role covered, and (rightfully) expected me to get a legendary cloak on that character, I wouldn’t do it. This questline is completely biased against alts and people who like to play more than one character or class. I hope Wrathion ends up as a raid boss someday because I want to kick his little dragon teeth in. Repeatedly.

10. What is your favorite major city?

Am I a traitor to the Horde if I say Stormwind? Too bad. Stormwind.

11. Do you or will you play any other MMOs?

I have played others on the side. D3 for a bit when it first came out because I got it free. Neverwinter for awhile because … ok, because Tome was playing and made it sound fun, and it was, but once I got to max level I got bored with it. Star Wars when it first came out because my entire guild pretty much went over there. I played and raided with them until they got bored and quit and I wandered back to WoW full time. I have never actually left WoW since I first began playing in May of 2008. I don’t want to, either. I will try out Heroes of the Storm when it comes out. But, as with everything else, it will be ‘on the side’. Nothing can take the place of WoW.

Ok, that’s as far as I am going to get. Make up some miscellaneous facts about me in your head, I have too much work to do. Sorry! If you haven’t been tagged, feel free to consider yourself tagged. Ok fine, let me see if I can find someone I know who hasn’t been … or at least someone who hasn’t posted one yet even if they were nominated already!

Amateur Azerothian
Escapist Scrawl
Frost and Claws
That Was An Accident!

There! Oh, I have to come up with questions for them, too?

1. Are you a screenshot taker? How many do you have? Post one of your favorites.
2. How did you get started playing WoW?
3. What is your favorite instance and why? This can be a raid, dungeon, or scenario.
4. If you could leave the Horde/Alliance and join another faction, which one would you join?
5. What is your favorite battle pet?
6. What in-game item do you want the most but haven’t gotten yet?
7. What class have you never quite been able to level/not gotten the hang of?
8. Were you happy with MoP? What was your favorite thing/least favorite thing about the expansion?
9. Are you looking forward to WoD? Why/why not?
10. Who is your favorite faction leader?
11. Do you collect transmog gear?

You really want facts about me? Oh fine.
1. I grew up in a town of 300 people. It didn’t even have a stop light.
2. I have a dog and a cat.
3. I work at a zoo.
4. I play a lot of male characters but yet, I really am female.
5. I don’t own a tv. Well, I do, but that’s just because I haven’t thrown out the old one I have that doesn’t get the new HD signals or whatever. It isn’t used.
6. I once met George Takei at a Trek convention. Yes, it’s ok to be jealous.
7. I like big cars. Like, the traditional 4-door fullsize sedans. I hate SUVs.
8. Mexican is my favorite kind of food.
9. I don’t drink coffee. I have a can of Mtn Dew for breakfast every morning instead.
10. The third word I ever spoke, after mama and dada, was horsey. I had a horse when I was growing up. Therefore, it’s no surprise that my favorite mounts in-game are all horses.
11. I like snow.

Ok. Now I *really* have to get back to work! ^.^


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