A Brave New World.

Violet Hold, Dalaran's very own instance.

That’s right folks.  The time’s are a changin’.  And I’m ready to branch off into my second category- Master of Heroics.  Yes, the implications are shocking.  I’m not just talking about stuff now.  I’m running instances.  It’s pretty insane.  Although I’ve been sort of semi-farming heroics, today is the first day I’ve really put some time into it.  So, I’m taking a break from the dungeons to share my experiences so far.

Firstly, I’m not done with the Fresh 80 posts.  Although I’m ready to move on, I realize my posts there have been less than regular, and I’m not done walking you through all the basics.  I’ll still post there.  But the level at which I’m currently at in my PvE career is heroics,  so  I’m going to open up the next category about that.

So, to go over some of the beautiful events of the day thus far in a nutshell- I’m slowly starting to suck less.

I know, it’s a crazy statement.

The first heroic of the day, I nearly got kicked out of due to being the “drood with 900 dps lol”.  Yes, I am so amazing, that I nearly got kicked out of a random dunegon group.  I am just that awesome.  But, after wipping a couple times (NOT because of me, more on that in a latter post), I managed to get through it, and net some Emblems of Triumph AND frost.  Pretty sweet.  From there, it only got easier.

By the second heroic I was getting my feet under me, and managed an epic 1100 dps.  In PvP gear.  I was pretty proud of myself.  1100 damage every SECOND!  That’s incredible (not really, but just go with it)!  And although I was still doing pretty aweful, that time no one commented on my mad skillz.

The day has been going like that since.  I’m slowly using more mouse commands and less keyboard clicking/turning, which I’m sure is helping.  But, most importantly, I’m getting used to my class/spec.  The mamoth of complexity that is feral dps is slowly begining to make sense.  And that excites me immensly.  So far, I’m coming out at a steady 1600 dps, which I’m sure will improve as the day goes on.  Plus, I’m sporting my first piece of T9 gear, which should help too.

The really exciting thing is that it’s actually going okay.  I should be runing about in 232 gear in a couple weeks, and from there it’s 245, then some raids and… T10!  I’m pumped!

At any rate, I’m off to go annihilate some more heroic bosses.  I’ll drop another update later today on the results of my first day of heroic farming.  Happy pwning!

Here we go…

Feral druid skins (aren't they pretty?)

So I haven’t posted in a long time, and I’m sorry about that.  The truth of the matter is I picked up a resto off spec for PvP and I’ve spent the last weeks gearing it up, and getting in touch with my inner arena healer.  Either way, I’m sitting pretty around 800 resil (still not great, but passable) and I’m going to take a break from that and get back into PvE (which is, after all, the poin of this blog).

My sudden leap to tree-dom means a couple things for this blog.  Firstly, I’m no longer going to be PvEing as a boomkin, since my balance spec had to go away (I had no intention of dropping my feral main spec).  That means that I’ll be going at it as a kitty, and delving into the mysteries of feral dps.  I realize I did a whole post taking you through my boomkin gear… but you’ll just have to ignore that.

One small draw-back to my feral spec is that I don’t exactly have what you might call… a PvE set.  I have a motly collection of deadly PvP gear (I haven’t worked on that spec in some time, since back in November.  Deadly was all the rage back then).  So, I’m going to be running my first few heroics in PvP.  Not exactly ideal, but I can get by.

So, I don’t have time for a massive post right now, but rest assured that I’ll be posting more soon, and that this blog is not, by any means, dead.  I’m using this post to officially start my PvE adventures, and  I’ll update it shortly with the first wave of heroics.  I’ll try and make this a guide that with apply to fresh 80s the world over,  and hopefully my adventures and misadventures in the big, scary world of raiding, will be useful to someone out there.

Thanks for bearing with me, and wish me luck.

I’m probably going to need it.

Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Begining.

A bolt-throwing 'Boomkin' (AKA turkey of doom) in action.

Allow me to paint for you all a familiar picture.  My name is Flairn, and I’ve been out of things in the World of Warcraft for a long time.  I haven’t played since well before patch 3.3 dropped.  In fact, I’ve been without WoW since late November ’09.  And I dinged the big level 80 in mid October.

Now that seems like plenty of time to get acquainted with the end-game, but I played things a little differently.  My guild, is almost entirely PvP.  And I love PvP, big time.  It’s by far my favourite part of the game.  But I decided recently that I wanted to try out PvE.  So in the sense of raiding and boss-killing, I’m essentially a fresh 80.

Now, in my quest to learn more about PvE, I’ve been looking at blogs and all the ressources out there for WoW players.  But  I haven’t really found anyone who can take you from the very begining.  And even if there are some out there, those players are few and far between.  Most players have been at this for so long now, that they’ll simply tell fresh 80s “Go farm heroics.  You’ll get gear.  Then go raid.”

Well, I’m sorry but that really isn’t enough for me.  I realize that raiding requires gear.  That’s a big shocker.  But what do all those extra stats mean?  Haste?  Armor penetration?  Some things are obvious like, crit.  But what exactly does armor pen do?  Do I need that as a caster (I PvE a boomkin, although I PvP feral)?  After all, I’m still shooting spells at people with armor.

So my goal with this is  to take all of you good people of the internet through the entire process from step one.  I’ll explain spellpower, and haste, and why you don’t need that stamina gem, since you aren’t a tank.  Some people assume all these things go without saying.  But I’m not going to do that.

Now, I will assume that if you’re reading this blog you probably already play WoW.  You may (or may not) already have a level 80 character.  Keep in mind this blog is meant to explain the game from the point of reaching level 80.  If you want a leveling guide, or a complete walkthrough, look elsewhere.

So, the way this blog is going to work is simple.  If you’re reading this sometime in February 2010, then I’ve just started.  You can follow me through as I make my way through the world of PvE.  If it is later in the year, then I’ve been going for a while.  Check out the categories for the complete guide.  Every category will be a phase in my playing, from ‘Fresh 80’ all the way to ‘Elite Raider’.  Everything may not be completely jam packed with new info, it is, after all, a blog, but it’s worth reading, or at least skimming the category you feel you yourself are at, and then from there on.  I don’t have them all named yet.  You’ll just have to work it out for yourself.

At any rate, I’m going to cut things off there.  That’s it from me for now.  This is the official begining of Flairn’s Great and Epic PvE Adventure!  And I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a  pretty wild ride.

~Flairn (druid extraordinaire).

Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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