Archive for July, 2008

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How do you like THEM apples?

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

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And the battle.. begins!

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Ferguson needs to get to 70.  I’ve been a little… lax in my leveling with him, but not anymore!  It took me 3 months to get from 51 to 66, and at that rate, I won’t see Kara before Wrath hits!

Of course, a little competition always helps to motivate me… so now it’s now a RACE to 70!  Boostah’s druid, Tupelo, has gone from 48-58 in 2 days, and if he gets to 70 before I do… I will never hear the end of it!

So here I go.

So much for my plans of cleaning the apartment and going shopping this weekend… I’m not leaving my desk except for the occassional trip to the fridge!

Do I think I can get to 70 by the end of the weekend?  YES!

I’m already 67 and three-quarters!  Only 2 and one-quarter levels to go!!

TUPELO, you are going DOWN!

Heck, I shouldn’t even be typing this… I gotta get back to my Mastery quests!

/charge!

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Ten Hunter lessons it took me way too long to learn.

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I am not ashamed to say that I haven’t always been the leet MQoSRDPS machine I am now.  There are many mistakes I made as a young (and not so young) hunter, and I want to share these with you, not just for your amusement, but so no one else out there has to make the same mistakes.

Make a macro to recall your pet.  Make it easily accessible. For a long time, whenever I wanted to bring my pet back to my side, I would physically click the little tiny “follow” or the “passive” buttons on the pet bar.  This has proved to be not quick enough, and when paired with the unlisted lesson “make sure you have the right target before you attack”, can annoy many mages and other CC’ers.  I have since changed my key bindings so that /petattack is bound to Shift-W and /petfollow is bound to Shift-S.  This way it emulates the moving forward, pulling back motion my character makes (without the Shift).

Do not place Hunter’s Mark next to Multi-shot on your action bar. I must admit… I haven’t remedied this yet.  They are still beside each other.  It is, indeed, a recipe for disaster.  One slip of the finger and… well, you know the story.

Misdirect is built for a focus-macro. If you have your tank set as your focus all the time, and you don’t have to target them to misdirect, it makes for much smoother pulls, and much easier aggro-loss recovery.  I will go more in-depth when I get around to doing a macro post.

Pets can be well fed too. A little extra strength never hurt anyone, right?  Go kill some buzzards and get yourself some treats.

Keep an eye on your pet. This one is mostly for the other Beast Masters out there.  Your pet is an important part of your role.  It makes up a third of your damage, so you do not want to lose that.  You can’t heal anyone but him, so keep that Mend Pet flowing.  Spend the points in Improved Revive Pet if you can.  If your pet dies early on in a boss fight, it is well worth 4 seconds to get back a significant amount of your damage.  You wouldn’t stop casting Steady Shot if you were low on mana, would you?  No!  You’d pot, you’d AotV, and you’d get that valuable damage back.  Your pet is just as important.  DO NOT LET HIM DIE.

You do not need Blessing of Salvation. Feign Death has a 30 second cooldown, and when you are on an aggro-aware boss fight, you can clear your aggro if you start to creep up on the tank.  If a you have less than 4 Paladins in your raid, you should not have Salv.  You should have Might, Wisdom and Kings.

Learn how and when to use your traps. I leveled up before the 2.0 switch to trapping in combat, and I never really saw the use of them.  Consequently, I pretty much forgot they existed, and the first time I really tried using a freezing trap was in my first run with Unemployed, in Steamvaults at 67.  Like I said, I was a noob.  All of the traps have their uses, and you should be familiar with them and take advantage of them whenever you can.

Cooldowns are meant to be used. Between my Beast Within, Bloodlust Brooch, Bladefist’s Breadth, Berserking, Rapid Fire and Drums of War, I pretty much have a an extra buff going at all times.  Even during trash pulls.  Every little bit helps!  I used to always save my trinkets and abilities for emergencies or burst DPS phases, but the ones that have 1-3 minute cooldowns will be back up so quickly, you might as well use them whenever you can.

Check who is next for aggro BEFORE you Feign Death. Do Ferguson and his fellow healers a favour.  If you somehow happen to get aggro, whether it is by overtaking the tank, or because the tank has been incapacitated, your immediate reaction is “OMGWTFFD!”  It’s good to be quick on the feigning, but you should be aware – the mob is going to go for whoever is next on his threat list.  If that’s a healer, then that healer is going down.  Remember that you can kite and take hits a lot better than most clothies can.  Try to get control of the situation without automatically resorting to the Play Dead button.

You will never know everything about your class. Keep learning.  You may think you’re an expert now, but there are still things you can learn from people who play the game differently.  Keep up with resources like BigRedKitty and even Elitist Jerks, and you’ll be constantly learning something new.  All of the blogs I have linked to from here are great tools to help you improve yourself, so be sure to check them out!

Someday I hope to have a similar post about priests, but I still have a lot of learning to do in that field.  If anyone has any other lessons they’ve learned and would like to share, please leave a comment!

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Anticipation for WotLK

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

A.K.A.  “Why I did not sign up for the Wrath Beta.”

With the opening of the Beta for WotLK, the news about the new expansion has hit the world with quite a lot of force.  With my horrible memory, I must say I don’t quite remember how bad it got before the Burning Crusade was released, but this time around, the drama is already going strong.

Even though the expansion isn’t set to be released until at least November, some guilds have already fallen apart.  Many guilds have stopped bothering with progression, and players are quitting the game left and right to wait for the expansion.  They say, what’s the point of progression when in 4-6 months, we’ll be replacing our T6 with greens?  Sure, that’s one way to think of it.

But that’s not how I think of it.  If you are going to go along with that kind of thinking, you could just as easily say, what’s the point of playing WotLK when the third expansion will be out in just 2 years?  It’s the mentality that you are playing to get the best gear, and if there is some reason that in the future, it is all going to be replaced, then there is no reason to get it.

I can’t say I understand that myself, though.  Sure, I want to get better gear, and it’d be great to have the best gear out there – but to me, the gear is just the means, the goal is to see all of the terrific content that Blizzard has designed for us to play.  Just because the expansion is coming out soon, and there will be more content to see there doesn’t mean I will stop playing.  In fact, it motivates me!  I need to work extra hard if I want to see as much content as I can BEFORE it becomes obsolete!

Unemployed is working toward a planned Onyxia raid right now, and that is what has gotten me thinking.  I wish I had worked harder to see things like Onyxia and Naxxramas before the Burning Crusade came out.  I feel like I’ve missed a book or two in a comic book series.  Sure, you can catch up if you miss them, but it’s just not the same.  And now they are rare editions, it takes a lot of work to get a chance to see those old instances and raids.

So I say to you, stop panicking!  Cherish what we have now, savour it, stop reading all the Wrath of the Lich King news, and get back to your raids.  You will see it all in due time, when it is ready to be played, and you will have another couple of years that will go by all to quickly before the next expansion is released.

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Gearing update!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Figures, I post about how I haven’t gotten new gear in what feels like years, and the gear just starts flowin’ in!  Maybe I should QQ more?  In the last week, I’ve gotten myself a new ring and my first two pieces of Tier 5!  That’s right, watch out healers, this hunter is going to start competing on the charts!

And, most importantly, I must not forget my new hat, complete with built in ghost wolf pet!  See, I may have been too lazy to actually tame one when I had the chance, but thanks to Don Carlos, I get to join the happy crowd of wolf owners.  Thanks to Boostah, Tigerfeet and Hemo, who joined the Shiny Hats club with me!