Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Merry Lootmas!

I hope everyone got the epic loot that they asked for this holiday season. I'm personally very happy with The Dark Knight and Iron Man on DVD, which I got to watch on my parents new TV. It was very cool.

I don't have much to say in the way of WoW, although I wanted to bring up a topic that I'm sure I've mentioned in the past: DragonForce!

DragonForce is one of my favorite bands and I was really on a tear this morning walking through NYC on my way to work listening to their most recent album, Ultra Beatdown. I really can't recommend them enough. Their lyrics may not be the most insightful, and sometimes their songs sound similar, but their music is just so fast and metal that it doesn't matter. I recomend listening to their Grammy nominated single, Heroes of our Time.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Update

Sorry for the long gap between posts. Then again, sorry seems to be the first thing I type in most of my recent posts. I'm just having so much fun with WotLK that I'm neglecting my blog :(

Things have been shifting around for my main since I started that, "So You Want to be a Tankadin," series of posts. I decided that tanking, or at least Pally tanking, was too high stress for me, and decided to go back to Holy (against my better judgement). Some of you who talk to me on a regular basis via gchat or vent have heard my recent statements that I'd rather jab a burning hot spork into my eye than heal as a Holy Paladin again. If that didn't tip you off, I specced out of Holy and back to the spec that I leveled from 70 to 78 with: Ret.

I will say that Blizzard really did a great thing with Ret. They changed it from one of the most derided and ridiculed specs (justly or not) in the entire game to competitive dps and good utility. They even threw some CC into the pot to sweeten the deal, not than any class uses their CC anymore.

So my guild (more on that a little lower) and I have been moving into Naxx10 and have successfully taken down the Spider, Plague, and Military quarters, and are working on downing Grobbulus (who sucks). We've also downed OS10 and Archavon10, which, even compared to the relative ease of Naxx10, are ridiculously easy.

I don't want to toot my own horn too much, but my DPS has been strong (and it better be, considering the decent amount of gold I've spent on keeping my gear as good as I can get it). I usually move around in the top three dps in my guild, depending on the fight, along with my friend Tag, who is a Frostfire Mage, and a Marksman Hunter who does just silly amounts of damage. Even with the upcoming Hunter nerf he'll probably just end up in line with the rest of us lesser classes.

As for the guild issue I mentioned above, I, as well as a number of my friends, chose to leave our BC guild and set off on our own. The split was fairly amicable, we just had different priorities and goals and needed another guild to reflect these things. My friends and I formed Invalescimus, which is Latin for, "we grow stronger." We're focusing on 10 man raiding in order to avoid the drama and hassle that comes with 25 man raiding. In addition to this we're trying to be fairly selective in who joins our guild in order to keep out bad players. While being a nice person is great, if you can't play, and thus waste nine other peoples' time in raids, it's going to get to us eventually.

That being said, if you're looking for a 10 man raiding guild on the Alliance side, and you feel that you are both a competent player and also not a complete asshole (partial assholes are OK), you are welcome to apply to our guild. We don't have a formal application process, but it usually involves a run or two with an officer so we can see how you play and what kind of person you are. To find us, just look for Naelum or Naecorpus on the Staghelm server, Alliance side, or do a /who inva and ask anyone if you can talk to an officer.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The New Huntard is... Death Knight?

I was leveling my Death Knight in Hellfire earlier today and I realized something. DKs are really complicated to play. DKs have not one, but two resource systems to manage (Runes and Runic Power), as well as keeping diseases up, managing death rune generation, and knowing which of their tricks cost RP versus Runes, and how this will lock you out of certain dps abilities.

The only reason I had a semi-decent grasp on what I was doing as a DK was because I read a great elitist jerks forum post on DK dps. Most people don't read the EJ forums, however. So, what does this mean?

Think back to BC. I know it was a long time ago, but bare with me for a minute. In BC, Hunters were very easy to solo with, but very difficult to master. This was due to the necessity of weaving steady shot into auto shots, as well as the difficulty of trapping compared to other, simpler CC. This led to a lot of bad Hunters, which stigmatized the entire class. Hence the monkier: huntard.

The DK is also very easy to solo with, especially right out of the gate in Hellfire with those nice DK starting zone blues and the Outland leveling nerf. DKs, however, are very complicated and hard to master. This will lead to a lot of bad DKs, just like Hunters during BC. We can assume then that DKs, as a class, will gain a stigma, due to the number of bad DKs compared to good DKs.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

So You Want to be a Tankadin: Shields

Gear is listed in descending order ranked by item level. In theory, the “best” items are at the bottom of this list. However, these items are also the hardest to obtain.

1. Bulwark of the Warchief or Shield of the Lion-hearted
Obtained – Revered with Warsong Offensive or Alliance Vanguard
Just like the first weapon listed on the previous post, this makes a great starting shield if nothing else is immediately available.

2. Riot Shield
Obtained – The Violet Hold

3. Saronite Bulwark
Obtained – Crafted by Blacksmiths
A great option for those of you with more gold than dungeon running time.

4. Leeka's Shield
Obtained – CoT:Strat

5. Bulwark of the Noble Protector
Obtained – Heroic Nexus

6. Crygil's Discarded Plate Panel
Obtained – 35 Emblem of Heroism (10 man Naxx and Heroics)

7. Royal Crest of Lordaeron
Obtained – Heroic CoT:Strat
On a personal note, this shield is beautiful. I highly suggest clicking the link and checking out the 3d model viewer or a screenshot.

8. The Skull of Ruin
Obtained – 10 man Naxx (Grobbulus)

9. Titansteel Shield Wall
Obtained – Crafted by Blacksmiths
Would you like some shield with your defense rating? Really, this shield has the most defense rating of any shield in the game (64 rating, worth 13 def!), so if you need some help hitting the defense cap and have enough gold laying around, it may be a worthy investment.

10. Barricade of Eternity
Obtained – 10 man Malygos

11. Hero's Surrender
Obtained – 25 man Patchwerk

12. Wall of Terror
Obtained – 25 man Kel’Thuzad
OK, so when they name this thing the “Wall” of Terror, they should have called it the “Great wall of China” of Terror. This thing is so big on a Tauren or space goat that you can see it from Outland!

Monday, November 24, 2008

So You Want to be a Tankadin: Weapons

So sorry for the long period of time between my posts. I’ve been super busy with the end of this semester and I haven’t had much free time…

OMG I’M LIEING! WotLK is soooooo good. I lovez it.

Ok, with all seriousness, I have been busy with school but also with WotLK. Naelum, my Paladin, is currently halfway through 76 and is leveling as Ret. However, I have plans for him to go Prot come 80. With this in mind, I present, for your and my benefit, this multi part series on the gear available at the 78-80ish range for Protection Paladins.

Note: The gear listed here, while intended as a list for Protection Paladins, is perfectly suitable for Protection Warriors as well, since the statistics needed are shared across both specs. Death Knights will also find this gear suitable for them (with the exception of gear that has block rating or block value on it or the weapons and shields listed).

Note #2: Gear is listed in descending order ranked by item level. In theory, the “best” items are at the bottom of this list. However, these items are also the hardest to obtain.

Weapons

1. Warsong Punisher or Hammer of the Alliance Vanguard
Obtained – Revered with Horde Expedition or Alliance Vanguard
Perfect for a starter weapon, most people should be revered with their respective factions by 78. Only problem with this weapon, a total lack of defense rating.

2. Blade of the Empty Void (As opposed to the Blade of the Full Void???)
Obtained – Quest in Icecrown
Harder to get than the above, but a definite upgrade.

3. Sword of Heartwrenching Slaughter/Hammer of Quiet Mourning/Crescent of Brooding Fury
Obtained - Wanted: Ragemane's Flipper in Zul’Drak
This quest offers a plethora of weapons for us to choose from and is not that high a level quest. Get some friends together and you’ll be well on your way to tanking.

4. Eternally Folded Blade
Obtained – Halls of Lightning

5. Infantry Assault Blade
Obtained – Heroic Utgard Keep
A tad slow, but the stats are certainly there.

6. Cloudstrider's Waraxe
Obtained – Heroic Oculus

7. Red Sword of Courage
Obtained – Heroic Utgard Pinnacle
This is by far the best tanking weapon you can get outside of raiding. It’s really well itemized as well, with a big ‘ol chunk of health and defense rating for those of you looking to start raiding. Tanks, get ready to run H-UP a ton to get this.

8. Slayer of the Lifeless
Obtained – 10 man Naxx (Gothik)
Comparable to the Red Sword of Courage, this weapon instead offers more dodge at the expense of defense. Good for those of you who have reached their defense cap, but keep the RSC just incase you dip under the cap later on when swapping gear.

9. Broken Promise
Obtained – 25 man Naxx (Four Horsemen)
I’m not sure what’s up with these slow tanking weapons, but they’re out there for those of you who want them.

10. Last Laugh
Obtained – 25 man Naxx (Kel’Thuzad)
This is currently the best tanking weapon in the game, but also the hardest to get, dropping only from Kel’Thuzad on Heroic.

Next up: Shields

Friday, November 14, 2008

Installation Problems

I've got WotLK but I can't install the damned thing. I keep getting an error at 3%. I think the disk is missing a file, so I'm trying to get my hands on another disk. I can't download the installer because I can't log into account management for some reason.

Urg! I just want to play WoW!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mini Post: Election Day

Yowzers! It's been a while since my last post. Of course, this isn't a full fledged post, but merely a reminder to my American readers to log off of WoW for a little bit today in order to go vote.

Of course, this year plays host not only to congressional elections and a host of senatorial, state, and local elections, but to the presidential election as well. Some members of my guild have managed to get me talking about politics and know my feelings regarding the two major parties (not happy feelings), and my political convictions (somewhere between rabid Libertarianism and anarcho-capitalism). That's why I'm announcing my endorsement of the Constitution Party candidate, Charles "Chuck" Baldwin (not that anyone really cares about my endorsement).

So remember to get out and vote and make your voice heard! Unless you're from Canada; I'm looking at you Themyth!