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My 3.1 To-do List!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

1. Update UI.

Ithato on No Stock UI has posted a guide about how to handle the patch, including a list of popular updated addons.  Luckily most of mine are up there, and I hope the ones that aren’t will be still functional!

2. Respec.

Here’s the plan.  Yep, I’ve decided to stay MM for the time being.  I might test out BM soon and see how it’s improved, but right now I’m just really into Marksmanship!

I’ve moved some points around, gotten rid of Improved Revive Pet and Aspect Mastery so I could take advantage of the new bleed stuff and some additional regen.  Also put the 2 extra points from Ranged Weapon Specialization (it was reduced to 3 instead of 5) into Focused Aim so I can equip my Mirror of Truth and my Darkmoon Card: Greatness without feeling guilty!

3. Tame a Wolf.

Actually did this last night, and it cost me 75g because I had to spec to BM to release my Rhino and then back to MM.  They really need to add a way to release a pet without actually removing them from the stable – that’s silly!  I shoulda just stayed BM for the day, if only I knew the patch would be coming!

This is where his talents are going.  Valdyr is still only 78, but hopefully I’ll be able to get him to 80 before the raid tonight (assuming the patch goes well enough to let us raid!)

4. New Glyphs.

Glyph of Aimed Shot or Glyph of Chimera Shot, Glyph of Serpent Sting, Glyph of Trueshot Aura.

I’m really still debating between Glyph of Aimed Shot and Glyph of Chimera Shot.  Not sure if 1 second reduced cooldown will make much of a difference with Chimera.

5. New Bag Slot.

I’ve got to remember to get rid of my ammo bags!  I still have an extra 18 slot sitting in my bank from when I picked up a Dragon-Hide Bag, so that’ll do for now.  I really should invest in some 20-slot bags though… Hmm.

6. Acquire Flasks.

I need to get some of those nice new 1-hour Flasks of Endless Rage made up for Ulduar attempts.  I should have bought the mats before the patch… but I forgot.  That’s gonna cost me!

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Cat vs. Moth!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

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For the last few months, my constant companion has been Ambrose, my pretty blue moth from Netherstorm.  I picked him up the day they became tamable and he’s been my companion in most of my Wrath raiding career.

I’m not one of those people who has something against cats.  Especially now that pets are much more equal and there is a lot more variety, you don’t see cats every where anymore.  I’ve always had a cat, leveling through old world, I had Echeyakee for a long while and I also had Broken Tooth when he was still OP.

I know that Moths don’t do the best DPS.  Raptors, Devilsaurs, Cats are all higher in DPS right now, from what I’ve heard.  But how much higher?  Is it enough that I should switch?

Today I went to Silvermoon to test out my cat and my moth to see how much a difference there was.  First, I’d like to point out that the patrolling NPCs in Silvermoon don’t like people in combat… they all would bug out and get stuck in place when they were walking by me… I managed to collect a whole group of them over my 10 min tests! :)

Anyway…

I didn’t do any real attacking myself (other than an initial auto-shot to get Recount going), both pets had identical talent specs and I had Call of the Wild turned off for both.  Their other special abilities were all on auto-cast… except Serenity Dust, since that stupid spell HAS to be manually cast every minute (a bit of a negative point in the Moth column already).

I set them on the Heroic Training Dummy for 10 minutes each.  Here are my results:

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Well, as expected… kitty (Rajah) is coming out on top.  Nearly 20 DPS difference, in fact… here’s the breakdown, if you’re curious:

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So what do I do?  Is 20 DPS enough?  Keep in mind, this is completely unbuffed and without Cobra Strikes and all that good stuff… maybe it would be an even bigger difference then?

I think I’ll bring Rajah along to the raids this week and see if I notice any difference.  It will certainly be nice to not having to manually cast Serenity Dust…

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New Pet Talents and “Portable Stable”

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

All jokes aside, while there may be no real changes to the BM tree itself, we do get a few new things that weren’t listed directly on the PTR notes.  Since I’m not on the PTR (and I’m at work), I can’t really outline these very well, but we do have new pet talents and the Call Stabled Pet spell (30 minute cooldown!).

Drotara at Less QQ, More Pew Pew has some good screenshots of the new talents, so check that out for details.

My thoughts?  I know that’s what you’re here for.

I am actually quite excited about the new Call Stabled Pet spell.  Right now, I don’t switch my pets up very much.  But now that I’ll be able to do it mid-raid, the different pet abilities will start to have a bigger impact.  I might grab an armor reducing pet when I realize the raid has a composition that would allow for it or something.  It’ll be nice to put those 5 stable spots to good use, more than just for my tank and DPS pets.

On the new talents – they look pretty darn nice.  On the one hand, I’m going to have to sacrifice Rabid, Call of the Wild or Heart of the Phoenix, but on the other hand… freaking sweet.

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A Shot at Survival

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

So Tuesday night I decided to try out Survival in a raid.  I spent a couple hours before hand figuring out where I wanted to put my points, and then developing my own priority shot rotation.  Well, it’s probably not just mine, but I didn’t just copy one from somewhere.  I tested out all the shots and put together what seemed to do the best DPS, then practiced until I felt like I had control of it.

The results? SV does better damage than BM.  But we all have already learned that, so that’s not news.  I was doing between 600 – 800 dps more on the target dummy with my new spec and rotation.

What did surprise me, was the fact that all of our hunters STILL ended up on the bottom half of the DPS charts in Naxx.  I found out there was a stealth nerf of Explosive Shot, which is probably why I was seeing less of a jump in the charts than I was expecting.

It was fun to try something new.  Survival is more complicated, I had 4 shots to use rather than 3, and I had to coordinate them better.  But I don’t think it was enough to get me to switch permanently from BM.  I was still compelled to Revive my pet every time he died, even though it was a stupidly long cast time and he wasn’t doing that much damage anyway.  I really found myself missing Bestial Wrath and Heart of the Phoenix.

I know that it would be better for the raid as a whole to replace me with another Shadow Priest, Mage or Warlock, and part of me feels like there’s no point for me to continue raiding until 3.1, but I’m afraid I’d lose my raid spot if I didn’t continue.

Speaking of which, I’m looking forward to hearing what they’ve got on the plate for 3.1 for Hunters!  However, if they do nothing to us but adjust all the other classes down to be more on par, I’d be just as happy as I would if they buffed us.  Because it would make the encounters a little more challenging if the raid as a whole just did less DPS.  But they’d probably screw that up anyway!  :)

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Achievement Guide: Shop Smart, Shop Pet… Smart!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Disclaimer: This post was accurate as of patch 3.2.

This is a guide for the set of achievements for mini-pets:

As a hunter, a Beast Master hunter at that, pets are very important to me.  And while companion pets won’t fight by my side, I still do like those cute little guys!

However, I never went out of my way to get a lot of pets.  Probably because my bag space was valuable to me, and I didn’t want to waste it.

But now that isn’t an issue, and with a nice reward like [Reeking Pet Carrier], there’s nothing stopping me from finding myself 50 little companions!

Here’s a list of all the companions in order of difficulty to obtain (assuming gold isn’t difficult to come by).   I’ve bolded my companions in the list below, in case you are curious.

Let’s start with Vendor and Crafted BoE pets.  Everyone can get these.  Getting the pets from the opposite faction might be difficult if you don’t have any friends on the other side, or aren’t on a PvE server.  However, they ARE BoE so can be learned by either faction.

If you are planning on picking them up yourself and using the neutral Auction House, keep in mind that you cannot buy from your own account on the neutral AH.  You will need a middle man – someone you can trust.

Vendor (Both Factions)

Vendor (Horde)

Vendor (Alliance)

Crafted

Quest Rewards

If you have already done the quest and have destroyed the item, the quest giver should be able to give you a new one.

  • [Sprite Darter Egg] (Feralas, Alliance Only – Drop for Horde)
  • [Chicken Egg] (Westfall)
    • While the quest can only be completed by Alliance, Horde can pick up the egg from the ground when the quest is completed.  Just need co-operation with someone of the opposite faction.
  • [Mechanical Chicken] (Stranglethorn Vale)
    • This requires you to complete the 3 OOX quests first.  If you are unsure about which of the 3 you have completed, a GM will tell you if you petition them.  This is also BoE, so it’s possible to find on the AH or trade it.
  • [Miniwing] (Terokkar Forest)
  • [Smolderweb Carrier] (Blackrock Spire)
  • [Worg Carrier] (Blackrock Spire)

Reputation

Drops

Most of these can be found on the Auction House, but be prepared to pay a hefty sum.  The price ranges vary significantly, so you might get lucky, but don’t count on it.

Profession-based

You’re gonna need to be an Engineer or Fisherman to get these.

Achievement Reward

Event-based

Only available during a certain time of year, some of them are drops, some are easily purchased and some are quest based.

Argent Tournament

All pets available through seals are BoE and can be traded.

Past Events

These are no longer available (not on the AH or eBay).

Out of Game Special

Possibly available on eBay if you’ve got lots of RL gold!