Archive for December, 2009


How to be a Hunter (Blog Azeroth Secret Santa)

Friday, December 25th, 2009

As he mentions, I participated in the Blog Azeroth Secret Santa this year, and this is the gift I got from Deyndor from Swift Retribution.  I found it very… educational.  Hope you do to!  Enjoy! 

Hello faithful readers of Mend Pet!

There is a fun little thing going on this holiday season called Miss Saresa’s Secret Santa, where various Blog Azeroth bloggers write posts for each other, and no one knows who gets who until the post arrives.  Fun right?  Well, I got Brajana as the person that I’m posting for, so you’re stuck with me.

Wait!  Don’t leave yet, I have secret hunter tips to share with you!  These are things that I bet Brajana doesn’t even know about.  So without further ado, let me introduce you to my hunter, Crikey.  Wave to the nice people Crikey.


Now let me first tell you, your spec should look something like this.  Some of you may think that looks wrong, but trust me, it isn’t.

The first thing you want to remember is that you are a hunter, a master of your surroundings, there is nothing that you can’t do.  So you should go get yourself a couple of good swords or daggers with a lot of int and SP on them.  The more int you have, the less time you’ll need to spend in viper.  As for the SP, you want to be stacking this so your Mend Pet and (if you’re a Draenei like me) Gift of the Naaru will be more powerful.  This way, your pet will stay up longer and you won’t need to bother the healer with little things like heals (cause you have plenty of bandages for yourself, right?).

Next, when initiating a pull, you want to put on Aspect of the Cheetah and run in front of the tank and start hitting.  Because with the build that I laid out, your best option is melee.  This build will easily put you 1k DPS ahead of anyone else you’re raiding with, especially those lazy ranged hunters in the raid.

I’d like to note at this point that people may start asking you what you’re doing running ahead of the tank and hitting the mob first.  This is just because they don’t know the intricacies of the hunter class like I do.  Once they see the numbers you’re putting out and how easy/quick runs are, they’ll stop questioning it.  Besides, if the tank can’t pull aggro off you, they shouldn’t be tanking.

There is no real rotation for this spec, just keep hitting whatever melee attacks you have that are off CD.  You should always be doing something.  And remember, if the tank dies or is stunned, even though you’re built for melee at this point, you can’t always handle the hits from some bosses, be sure to use Feign Death to get the mob off you.  If it goes on to the healer, maybe they shouldn’t be pulling that much aggro.  Be sure to tell them that, but in a constructive way (no one likes a snotty party member).

If you follow what I’ve laid out here, you’re sure to be topping the charts and be the star of every group your in.  Using this info, I was able to get Crikey up to level 26, and be so good that groups have actually kicked me because they weren’t worthy of running with a player as great as I.

So if you ever find yourself in a group with Crikey from the Borean Tundra server, don’t be surprised if I out DPS you and pull before the tank.  Its all part of my plan.

Happy Winter Veil to everyone, I hope you get everything you want from Greatfather Winter!


The Gift of Ideas: My Favourite Pet

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Syrana of Sideshow & Syrana has given me a wonderful Christmas present… a free blog topic!  The trend was originally sparked byTamarind at Righteous Orbs.  Here’s the idea:

I notice that it’s a season for gift-giving, mulled wine, the warm fuzzies and what not … and, putting aside my bah humbug inclinations, I got to thinking, well, how can we can spread a little festive love around here? And, given how connective blogs are and how much we like tagging each other to write things, I came up with a Cunning Plan…

It’s basically a blog-content gift exchange (and it really needs a catchier title), and here’s how it works. If you’d like to play, leave me a comment and in return I’ll give you a subject, or ask you a question … and then you go away and blog about it. It doesn’t have to be a whole blog post, this is meant to be low pressure gift-exchange, but, you know, a comment or a paragraph, or a corner of a post (or a full post, if you want to really indulge me, or feel inspired). And if I suggest something crap or boring in which you have no interest, you can look at it as the equivalent of a pair of novelty socks, say “thank you very much, Tam” and throw it away entirely, and I’ll pretend not to notice and make a mental note not to get you novelty socks next year….

And then, if you feel like it, you can throw it open on your own blog, inviting people to comment if they’re will to blog on a subject of your choosing….

If you’d really like, you can comment here and I’ll try my best to come up with a topic for you to write about.  But I warn you – I’m hardpressed to come up with my own topics, so you might not like what you get!

Anyway, here’s my response to Syrana’s query, “Regardless of min/max optimal raid DPS etc, what is your favorite pet that you have tamed?”

It’s a tough question.  Unlike some raiding hunters, I’ve built a strong bond with each and every one of my pets.  They’re like another part of my character, and I tend to bring them all out in rotation so none of them gets bored sitting in the stables too long!

But right now, if I had to pick a favourite (don’t tell the others!), it would probably be… Ambrose.


Did I mention Ambrose is a daddy?

If you don’t recall, back in patch 3.0 (shortly before Wrath of the Lich King hit shelves) Hunters were given quite a work-over.  Pet talents, pet classes, and a slew of new breeds to tame!  When I saw Moths were part of that list, I was so excited.

I’d remembered the Shimmerwing Moths from my first time in Netherstorm.  They were such a shocking electric blue that I was mesmerized at the sight of them.   And now I could have one of my very own!

So while some headed to various vendors or trainers the day the patch hit, I was right away on a flight path to Netherstorm.  I’d picked out a name (originally inspired by Ambrosius the dog from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth), and had my dear Fiddlesticks parked away in the stables.

Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to play much with Ambrose.  While leveling from 70-80, I was using my Gorilla, Hanno.  Once I hit 80 and began raiding he saw a bit of action, but with the dominance of the wolf nowadays, Ambrose only accompanies me for dailies, farm content and heroics.  Of course, he also tends to be the one by my side while I hang around town.

I still get whispers asking, “Where did you get that beautiful pet?” And it always makes me grin.  What a beauty!


The Season of Giving

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I love Christmas time!

One of the things I love the most about it is being able to buy and make gifts for the people I care about, to show them how much they are appreciated throughout the whole year.

And so this year, I decided I’d spread a little love to my budding new guild – Razorblade Arcade.  But what could I do?  I knew I didn’t have time to come up with a special guild event.  Instead, I decided to go the simple route of buying some gifts for every member of the guild.

I would have loved to customize them more, but in the end there was really only one custom component to each gift package.  Here were the contents:

  • 1x[Epic Gem]: I did a be.imba check on my guild and determined which gem was most used by each raider and got one of those cut for each person.
  • 1x[Frost Lotus]: Something everyone needs, especially as we begin progressing through a new raid dungeon!
  • 1x[Paper Zeppelin Kit]: 5 charges of zeppelins sure to keep raiders entertained while listening to those boring boss strategies.
  • 5x[Heavy/Trusty/Zippy Copper Racer]: Because it’s just not Christmas without toy cars!

This was all put together and sent off with a letter from my “anonymous” Orc named “Bladeaclaus” who wished everyone a Happy Winter Veil with a “Ho-ho-ho’ktar ogar!” (Oh, the cleverness of me!)

I even put together a little package for our 1 sub-80 guildie, a 76ish Hunter.  His package included custom-built [Giantmaim Bracers], a [Bright Scarlet Ruby], a [Tickbird Hatchling] and a good ol’ [Heavy Leather Ball].

Sure, it cost me over 2400g to put everything together, and left me with less than 1000g to my name, but I really have no real need for the gold, so I might as well spread the wealth, right?

I hope everyone enjoyed the little surprises in their mailboxes!

And I hope everyone else is having a great time with 3.3 and Winter Veil while I live vicariously through you whilst I study.


Reminder: My Guide To Merrymaking!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

In the spirit of shameless self-promotion, I thought I’d throw a link out to my achievement guide from last year: A Guide to Merrymaking!

Winter Veil starts tomorrow, and if you’re working on your [Merrymaker] meta-achievement, you might find some help from there.  I’ve updated it to reflect the 3.3 changes and everything!

Happy Hunting, and Merry Winter Veil!


Pimp My Ram!

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Inspired by a short Twitter exchange with Psynister, I decided I’d like to share my favourite mounts.

Starting with this guy:

How can you NOT love the ram mount?  He goes “Maaaaa!” He has a little grin!  He’s got curly horns!  He gallops!  Sure, the epic ones are a bit creepy with their magical glowy devil eyes… but look at that face!

The one thing I was always jealous of the Alliance for was the ram.  You can imagine how excited I was the first year they did Brewfest and I realized I could get one of my very own!

And the minute my Dwarf Hunter hit 20?  I bought EVERY available ram mount.  They’re so cheap now anyway… and how can you choose?  They are all perfect.

Next up:


I busted by butt for this guy.  Back when the level cap was 60, I was not a raider.  I was a PVPer.  I was hooked on Alterac Valley and Arathi Basin!  Back then, this guy required a buttload of gold and Exalted rep with the Frostwolf Clan.  And of course, right before I had saved up enough gold to buy it, they went and changed it to AV marks and I had to start my grind all over again.

But in the end, I got him.  And I still love when he comes up as my random mount.

As you’ll see, I have a thing for white mounts.  I just loved the way this guys hooves and horns had that glowy purpleness to them.  Another grind, yes, but worth it.

My Snowy Gryphon.  Like I said, I have a thing for white mounts!  Another thing I was jealous of the Alliance for, and I was so excited to finally get my hands on one!

*bok bok bok* he says!  Having never gotten a chocobo mount before, I was pretty excited to finally pick up this guy.

And finally:


Of course, my racial mount.  While I don’t ride him very often, I feel good when I do.  Just makes me want to call someone “mon”, you know?