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.

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Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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My Thoughts on 3.3.

Icecrown Citadel, home of the Lich King

3.3 has brought about a lot of changes in the World of Warcraft, most notably (in the case of my PvE gearing-up)- the random dongeon finder.  I haven’t had a chance to hop in game quite yet and test it out, but from what I’ve heard it seems to be a pretty awesome thing.  Because of this new feature, instead of gearing up largely through running a whole bunch of ToC and ToC heroic 5 mans, I’m going to simply hopping in game, and finding a random dongeon.

So what does this mean, exactly, for us brand new 80s looking to nag some gear?  Simply that gearing up just got a whole lot simpler.  Finding a heroic group (at least for me, in my past experience) can take upwards of 20 minutes to a half hour, by the time you’ve found everyone and flown out to the instance.  Now you’ll be simply ported into the dongeon, across realms, and paired up with a group.  I’d say it’s pretty much guaranteed that at any given time, 4 people somewhere out there also want to run a random dongeon, so in theory you should be able to just keep on jumping in.

Also there’s no cap on the number of times you can go into a random dongeon, so if you don’t mind the odd Occulus (a nortoriously bad instance, for those of you not in the know), clicking random again and again until you’re little bloodthirsty heart is satisfied seems to be a viable option.  On top of the emblems you’ll get from simply running the instances, you’re going to get rewards for running a random instance.  From what I gather, the first random dongeon of the day will award you two Emblems of Frost (the current high-tier emblem, again, more on this soon).  That’s pretty nice, considering you’re only running a quick, simple, entry-level heroic.   The alternative manner to amass Emblems of Frost is by stepping foot in Icecrown Citadel (the hardest raid currently in the game), so that’s a pretty nice reward.

A friend of mine, who’s pretty PvE savvy, claims (and mind you, I can’t confirm the theory yet), that in two or three days of heroics (say a weekend or two) you can be all decked out in reasonably viable raiding gear, and be all but ready to start clearing new content.  And, after all, that is sort of the point.  As fun as running heroics can be.  Now, like I said, there’s no guarantee that’s actually how long it takes.  And also, I’m certainly not suggesting that in order to gear up you must dedicate a weekend of your lives to the cause and play nothing but WoW.  If you feel so inclined, be my guest, but I don’t expect anyone reading this to play all day long, as I certainly have no intention of doing so.

Another big change in 3.3?  Icecrown Citadel.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the World of Wacraft for the past couple months, you know this is the latest raid Blizzard has released for our pwning pleasures.  I (obviously) haven’t been in there (since I’m still worried about running heroics) I have to say it looks pretty awesome.  And there’s really nothing cooler than the concept that shortly, we all may be in a possition to finaly kill the Lich King.  And taking him down is going to pretty epic, I’m sure.

So yes, all in all 3.3 is looking pretty epic.  And I can’t wait to get my feet wet.

Published in: on February 18, 2010 at 3:56 am  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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