Posts Tagged ‘ Druid ’

Alty Things; More Race Changes

Since Naora is gearing up reasonably well (9/12 on 25 man, 11th for 25 progression on server, two pieces of tier), I can afford to give my alts some love. The last time I blogged about them I had 1 85, an 84, an 82, 4 80s, a 75 and a level 16. Some weeks later I’m now in possession of 6 85s, 2 82’s , a 31, a 10 and a brand new level 1 hunter.

I hit 85 on my mage and quested to about halfway through TH for the guild achievement (ungrateful gits didn’t say much). I’m a bit stuck on her tailoring at 500,  despite the cloth gathering buff. My other alts hardly pick up any in comparison. Managed to max herbalism by the time I finished Deepholm. She’s gathering dust until I can decide which alt I really want to play at max. Also for some reason, she didn’t pick up a cloak to replace the heirloom one. Cloak pain like ICC all over again.

I had done a bit more on my pally and got out of Hyjal, pushed past Deepholm and into Uldum. Levelling as prot feels clunky and I imagine it would be worse were I not levelling with Celin on his BM hunter. Mining maxed (no surprises there) but blacksmithing ignored as I’ve only just hit 450 with it. I then switched to ret and hit 85 in Uldum.

I think I needed more enchanting  mats and I had begun doing the JC daily everyday so I took my priest to Vashj’ir. She blasted through the whole zone, cleared Deepholm in about 2 sessions of play and hit 85 in TH, helping dwarves (skipped Uldum, really don’t want 2 chars in the same zone – keep getting confused on pally because I did the quests on priest the day before and suchlike) I am actually very tempted to go holy at 85 because I like healing, but I haven’t healed on a priest for years. JC and enchanting maxed just these last few days which took a lot of gold and time.

I swapped my gnome for a worgen warlock because I wanted a max level worgen. It was quite strange as I didn’t change her name but I was always bit iffy about having a gnome character to begin with. She made fast progress and ended up 85 in TH as affliction (having swapped from demo at about 83)

I dusted off my DK and sent him to Hyjal. Specced frost as it was meant to be the easiest and died about 8 times in the starting part before going back to unholy. He was always, always unholy, even when it was a viable tanking spec in Wrath. I loved the idea of being an anti-paladin, spreading disease with an undead pet at my side. I think it was to add some variety to my overall alliance experience, as they are by no means the good guys, but they are the less dark and primal overall. I also decided that I could bear the male night elf model no more, so he is now a she, with electric pink hair. I was always disappointed that my male dk couldn’t have pink hair.

I specced my shaman elemental for the first time ever and sent her to Vashj’ir with Celin’s mage. Having a (fire) blast with her so far.

I also finally got out of the dreaded Northrend on my rogue. The last 5 or so levels were so completely boring and then I struggled at the start of Hyjal because I had only heirlooms and crappy blues.

The stacking guild perks plus heirlooms and rested means my baby worgen gets a level a week  just from cooking and fishing every day. I’ve spent so much time looking for spell before realising that she doesn’t get it for many levels (MOW, faeire fire etc) but she really is a machine when it comes to feral dps. I have duel specced her resto as I can’t seem to get away from healing.

For some reason I decided I don’t have enough herbalists and rolled a new lock, a dwarf this time, Camillenoire (another Clive Barker/Tortured Soul reference) I got her in the guild and although it’s weird without heirlooms, it’s not going too badly. Only died once when I took on too many troggs. I also felt like I needed an ally hunter, so Celin has rolled a draenei warrior and I have a draenei hunter, although they haven’t even been out of the starting zone.

I think I’m compelled to make more alts because I have levelled the others so fast. I expected that realistically I would perhaps have another alt at 85 by now, not 5 of them. I still can’t decide which one to play when I’m not playing Naora. I took both my priest and worgen through some normals (HOO and LCOT) but neither of them felt amazingly fun. I also had an argument with a priest healer over a staff in HOO, which left me feeling iffy about pugs again.

I’m enjoying healing and the challenges of Cata raiding (having worse gear than the other healers to boot). We’ve had a switch about with one of the paladins going shaman (we had 4 holy paladins) but I still remain the only resto druid. Last night was our first 25 man Atramedes kill, which sees us move up by one whole place on the server rank. We are also on a par with the 10 man (killed Atra on 10 man the night before!) and have been working on Cho’gall.

The only place I’m experiencing anything like burnout is in fact through playing the AH. Since the price for ore on my realm has plummeted, the competition is stiff in the gem and enchant market. The endless posting, reposting and undercutting is a never ending job some days so I’ve had to withdraw temporarily until some markets pick up again. I’m still making a good profit on flipping cheap blues and epics and the companion pet market is strong in anticipation of the new achievements in 4.2.

Finally, on a last amusing note, WE BROKE MAGMAW.

On the jumpy head phase, he went backwards instead of towards the raid, meaning no one could get near him. In the screenshot everyone is just stood around, like err, what now? Would have been a new record kill but for that 😛

My Archeology Grind; Or Destroying Your Soul, 1 Fossil Fragment At A Time

I’m a sucker for fun things in WoW. I’ve bought the sparkle pony, the moonkin, mini KT, the lot. I’ve spent time grinding Netherwing, Kureani, Sporregar for no other reason than mounts and vanity pets. Celin has bought me the path of Cenarius, party grenades, a hippogryph pet and more recently the Etheral Portal (fancy HS!) I thought archeology would be a nice thing to do when I had time, a relaxing way of getting non combat pets and items that I could do casually.

Replaces your hearthstone and looks cool

I don’t really know how I got so addicted to it. To being with I was using it as a way of levelling up when I couldn’t do quests (at 14k per find it wasn’t too bad) and when I hit 525 I had a few rares under my belt so I kept going. I knew that my time was still limited in the evenings, although we hadn’t started raiding, and spending hours in heroics really wasn’t an option, so I sort of became fixated on Tyrande’s Favourite Doll. It’s currently on a par with the first tier of raiding stuff so I figured if I can’t get gear through dungeons why not try for this trinket? How long could it take?, I foolishly thought.

It took me 2 weeks of farming Kalimdor (some time pre 525) in order to clear the 6 other rares (including 2 150 fragment ones) and I think maybe 3 of those were after 525. I finally got the trinket on 2nd January and it was my 110th nelf solve. I reckon I put in anywhere between 2-6 hours per day. As far as I know, I’m the only person in my guild with it, although some are farming it.

I actually screamed when it finally popped up

It really did become an obsession towards the end; I kept thinking “I can’t stop, one more solve and it could be the next” I know that I did get lucky in that it was only 110 solves.

There’s no denying it’s got an incredible amount of Intellect, and the fact it’s BOA makes my casters happy. I do forget to use it to restore the 4200 mana and you have to be careful you don’t break CC. It’s also confusing when you’re on T&V in Bastion as the AOE magic debuff that hurts shares the same animation and makes people panic (especially when standing in the tank group :P)

I’ll admit even I have some problems with the grindy nature. I’ve had many ‘discussions’ with people about how you aren’t forced to do archeology after they complained about the levels of some of the rares (mail head, cloth chest etc) I think Blizz made the right decision about them not scaling with level – we already have heirlooms. As far as I’m concerned those rares weren’t even that hard to get. It’s the ones with the incredibly low chance that are causing the problem. You invest time but there’s no guarantee you will get anything useful. As time goes on and the items become less powerful as we advance in gear, I think some of the bitterness people are displaying will go away. It’s that feeling of doing a secondary profession because you need the gear that makes people angry (and to a degree contradicts my point about how you aren’t forced into doing archeology)

Definitely creepy but good for confusing people

The other secondary professions had rare rewards (chef’s hat, recipes, turtle mount) but they weren’t as needed as the epic items are now. On top of that you were doing cooking/fishing to get something else primarily so they were a bonus, not the end result. I’m thinking that Blizz will have to make more changes, besides capping fragments. Perhaps they will up the rare chance once they aren’t useful in current content?

So what was next for me? I’d got lucky with the caster ring from Tolv’ir but no recipe from the canopic jar (2 opened so far) I decided Tol’vir was the way to go, but with a 10-12% spawn rate of digsites it is incredibly difficult. After a week of straight digging in Kalimdor, I had enough and went to both Northrend and Outland to bump up my rare count.

I love how you lose your name and become Honor Guard

I’m now 16/20, with 4 rares to go until Professor. I’ve seen the realm first guy with the title but no one else so it’s kinda exciting that I’m so close.

Rares I have found:

  • Tyrande’s Favourite Doll (BOA)
  • Ring Of The Boy Emperor (BOA)
  • Bones Of Transformation
  • Wisp Amulet
  • Scarab Storm Pendant
  • Bearded Nifflevar Axe (BOA)
  • Headdress Of The First Shaman (BOA)
  • Queen’s Azshara’s Dressing Gown (BOA)
  • Fossilized Raptor (Mount)
  • Relic Of Argus
  • Arrival Of The Naaru
  • Chalice Of The Mountain Kings
  • Kal’dorei Wind Chimes
  • Druid And Priest Statue
  • Highborne Soul Mirror
  • Fossilized Hatchling

The remaining 2 dwarf rares are a definite which leaves me with 2 more, probably the nerubian rares unless I get lucky with Zin’rokh/dwarf staff/tolv’ir something. I would love the bug mount but I just can’t farm tol’vir for a few days. I think it’s the prospect of more useless fragments – 1100 fossil and almost 1000 nelf ones just from Kalimdor alone.

Recommendations For Grinding Archeology

Get Archy. Apart from the excellent feature marking previous finds of each digsite on the mini map, the boxes that allow you to see how far you are through an item and solve it without going through the arch tab is a godsend. I mainly use it because of the distance counter, which shows me when I’m far enough away to be red, yellow etc

I also recommend Professor if you are going for Diggerest. It shows you how many commons you have left to discover for each race.

Stick to a continent if you are farming specific things:

Nelf  & Tol’vir – Kalimdor

Troll & Dwarf – EK

If you simply cannot take a continent anymore, move to another. I found it good to go solve some commons I didn’t have or try for the Outland and Northrend ones.

Fragments will never, ever be underwater, despite some maps covering a large body of a lake.

Fragments should not (after the hotfix) spawn outside the site area. If your telescope is pointing you outside, it’s actually trying to nudge you along one direction or another like so:

If it’s still pointing you outside, go do another nearby digsite and come back as it resets the digsite you were working on.

Remember that it’s RNG. There’s nothing you can do to make a rare item spawn. If it’s getting you down, take a break. The digsites aren’t going anywhere and you can always come back to it another day with a different mindset.

Good luck and pray the RNG favours you!

Surely must be uncomortable, even for ladies?

Breathing New Life Into Old Alts (Also Some Tips On The Alt Grind)

I’ve been half starting new posts for the last month, then scrapping them due to the sheer volume of stuff that’s been going on. Cata, christmas, sick family, general RL crap; all of it has somehow blocked my blogging time. It’s been really hard to know what to write about again with so many options.

I went into Cataclysm with some vaguely formed plan for levelling the alt army; roughly sorted by profession (gatherers, then important crafters, then the non gatherers). Of course Naora has to come first and needed additional time devoted to gearing through dungeons/rep grinds.

It took just over a week for me to level her on a semi casual basis, and hit 85 through Archaeology. Yep, I picked up a fossil and was 85. Not very epic. Then I begun the journey of relearning to heal in the most unforgiving content I have been through since I was a fresh noob at 70 (but that’s another post entirely)

Least epic ding ever?

So alts. Still got 9 to do : /

My wonderful gathering before anything plan fell apart as the alt I had chosen to level (Lucidique – Paladin miner) became stuck in Hyjal with Celin’s hunter as he became sick and then bored with WoW. Since I had made the decision to take my melee through Hyjal and the casters through Vashj’ir I decided to start playing my mage again.

Going back a few weeks, I actually race changed her from a human to a night elf. Nothing unusual there; done a faction/sex change before. I really did feel a difference in playing her, it was like a totally different character. I actually had fun playing a mage for the first time since I can’t remember when, frostbolting things into oblivion and confusing the crap out of people when they realise you aren’t a priest (similar gear I guess)

Aya after race change. Tier looks pretty nice actually

The strangest thing is I haven’t seen another max level nelf mage on my entire server*.

I’m assuming they will exist, if for nothing else than the achievement Classy Night Elves which you need for the 8th guild bank tab voucher. I wonder if the idea of nelf mages makes people uncomfortable, after all it seems the Burning Legion wouldn’t have noticed Azeroth so soon if the Highborne hadn’t been mucking about with the arcane magics (I’m not on a RP server so maybe mine don’t care about such things) However, I think it’s more likely that people waited for Cata and went worgen instead.

I can’t say I’ve seen many of the new race/class combos at max level that came with the shattering; I met one dwarf mage on the day it happened but not seen another one since. Seen a single undead hunter in Deepholm last week. Human hunters seem more popular (we can blame South Park for this) Troll druids are everywhere. Troll locks, not so much. Lots of Dwarf shamans but that’s probably down to the choice of one race for them before (same for Tauren pallies) Tauren priests don’t seem to be common. Same for belf warriors.  Seen maybe 2 or 3 gnome priests.

I suppose it’s really down to the following:

  • Worgens/goblins way popular
  • Cost of what is mostly a cosmetic change. Most people would probably not spend real money on a race change unless it was a main character or they really, really hated the race.
  • People had space and made alts of the new combos, who are sitting at some low level

Would I race change some of my alts if I could spend the real money without guilt? Probably. I’m not really a gnome person so I’ve toyed with the idea of making her a worgen (but lose the engineering racial bonus) I kind of like my priest and shaman how they are. No alternatives for my paladin. I’m determined to keep at least one of my alts male so no changing my death knight to a lady 😦

So I am in possession of an 85, an 84 with 15% to go, an 82, 4 80s, a 75 and a level 16 worgen. This is still a lot of alts to go, and the same set of zones for all of them.

Don't have any levelling shots so here's my rogue with a parachute

Here’s a few tips for overcoming the boredom of alt levelling through the Cata zones:

  • Decide what your alt is for. Is it for gathering, crafting professions, a second raid toon, a pvp toon? You might be able to skip zones if you’re not interested in the rep rewards (eg Ramkahen) or go to zones you never bothered with before (Tol Barad) If you particularly care about having a good supply of Whiptail you might want to skip Uldum as it phases one of the best spots for that herb out after one of the quest chains. If you are an alchemist or engineer or any gatherer/gatherer prof combo you might be able to leave the Twilight Highlands alone for a bit, as there’s no recipes there (except for cogwheels and they are only for the epic helm)
  • Make a plan on how far you want to get that alt in your alloted time. It can be a percentage of level, to clear a part of a zone or to finish a quest chain (a good example are the separate pillar fragment chains in Deepholm)
  • Gathering proffs as well as archeology can give xp as well so if you are sick of quests you can get a small boost and get some mats/useless junk/epics at the same time.  This is especially easy if you are playing at unsociable hours (such as early morning and the late morning to lunch period as well as weekdays – it’s not so busy then)
  • Try and do the easy fishing and cooking dailies in SW/Org. You don’t need any skill to do them and some take about 2 minutes. For alliance do the pancakes, cookies, crystal bass, catfish and walleye. Avoid the apples, crabs, rock lobster and any that take you out of SW.
  • Do something else at the same time; listen to music, watch some tv. Most quests don’t require any thought the first time around, let alone the third or fourth.
  • It might seem stupid but I’ve been using  old flasks and food to give me a small boost (Guru’s elixir is cheap and provides a straight stat bonus, the wrath flasks are abundant) Also any cheap enchants and profession enchants can help.
  • If you’re lucky enough to be in a good sized guild, you’ve probably hit level 10 and have access to the heirloom cloaks. It’s the only thing that will work up to 85 and you can add enchants (even profession ones, although they don’t work if send it on and the alt doesn’t have the right profession)

Lastly, just 2 points to remember. Think of the gold! Questing alone can get you about 10k if you do all the zones and vendor the un-needed quest rewards. Also, you are helping your guild (if you have one), everything you do counts – from quests to gathering, from crafting to maxing out a class for each race.

*I saw one in Alterac Valley back when I was trying to get the gnome costume kill thing for Merrymaker

Gearing For 85; Shinies For Resto Druids, Part 2 *Revised Mar 2011*

Much later than I planned, here’s the second part of my list of gear for the levelling and newly dinged resto druid!

Key

[E] Epic quality

[R] Rare quality

Dungeons

Halls Of Origination – Uldum – 84-85 (This is apparently the go-to dungeon, 7 bosses and a ton of loot)

[R] Awakening Footfalls (Heroic)

[R] Mantle Of Soft Shadows (Heroic)

[R] Underworld Cord (Heroic)

[R] Solar Wind Cloak (Heroic)

[R] Sceptre Of Power (Heroic) -1 handed mace

[R] Band Of Life Energy (Heroic)

[R] Band Of Rays (Heroic)– Dps, has hit

[R] Soul Releaser (Heroic) – 2h staff. Very Popular, seen lots of these around already

[R] Anhuur’s Hymnal (Heroic) – Trinket. Dps but nice proc chance to increase SP

[R] Blood Of Isiset (Heroic) – Trinket. I think I want this despite the mastery

Lost City Of The Tol’vir – Uldum – 85

[R] Tauntka’s Necklace (Heroic)

[R] Oasis Bracers – Zone drop

[R] Spirit Creeper Ring (Heroic) – Despite the name, contains no spirit 😦

[R] Veneficial Band (Heroic)

The Vortex Pinnacle – Uldum – 85

[R] Amulet Of Tender Breath (Heroic)

[R] Shadow Of Perfect Bliss (Heroic) – Cloak. Has hit.

[R] Biting Wind (Heroic) – 1h dagger

[R] Mantle Of Bestilled Winds (Heroic)

[R] Captured Lightning (Heroic) – Relic. Has hit.

[R] Ring Of Frozen Rain (Heroic)

Grim Batol – Twilight Highlands- 85

[R] Azureborne Cloak (Heroic)

[R] Modgud’s Blade (Heroic) – Has hit

[R] Cursed Skardyn Vest (Heroic)

[R] Staff Of Siphoned Essences (Heroic)

[R] Corrupted Egg Shell (Heroic) – On use, shield creating trinket. Not sure about this one.

[R] Gale Of Shadows (Heroic) – Trinket with haste and a stacking sp proc. Like this one.

Blackrock Caverns – Blackrock Mountain – 80 – 81

[R] Quicksilver Amulet (Heroic)

[R] Armbands Of Change (Heroic)

[R] Willowy Crown (Heroic)

[R] Beauty’s Favourite Bone (Heroic) – Offhand, has hit.

[R] Torturer’s Mercy (Heroic) – 1h mace

[R] Kibble (Heroic) – Ring

[R] Witching Hourglass (Heroic) – Trinket, Int + haste proc

Throne Of The Tides – Vashj’ir – Abyssal Depths – 80-81

[R] Pipefish Cord (Heroic) – Neck

[R] Periwinkle Cloak (Heroic)

[R] Decapod Slippers (Heroic)

[R] Bioluminescent Lamp (Heroic) – Offhand

[R] Anthia’s Ring (Heroic) – Has hit

[R] Cerith Spire Staff (Heroic) – Has hit so better for your friendly local boomkin

[R] Sea Star (Heroic) – Trinket

The Stonecore – Deepholm – 82 – 84

[R] Deep Delving Gloves (Heroic)

[R] Prophet’s Scepter (Heroic) – Offhand

[R] Book Of Dark Prophecies (Heroic) – Relic

[R] Rose Quartz Band (Heroic)

[R] Tear Of Blood (Heroic) – Trinket, int plus crits cause a spirit bonus for 15 sec

[R] Tendrils Of Burrowing Dark (Heroic) – Trinket, mastery plus sp over 15 sec proc.

Deadmines (Heroic Only)

[R] Cowl Of Rebellion

[R] Vest Of The Curious Visitor

[R] Lavishly Jeweled Ring – Has hit sadly. The first blue I ever got in WoW was the low level version on my mage.

[R] Book Of The Well Sung Song – Relic

[R] Emberstone Staff

Others

Archeology Rewards

Apart from the fun items there’s a few nice bits. However you will need to be close to max before getting a chance for these to pop up for creation. You can reforge archeology items (like I have done with the ring)

[E] Staff Of Ammunae – Level 85 BOA staff with spirit. Requires 150 Tol’Vir archeology fragments (approx 17 dig sites)

[E] Staff Of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan – Level 85 BOA staff without spirit. Requires 150 Dwavern archeology fragments

[E] Tyrande’s Favourite Doll – Level 85 BOA trinket with a massive chunk of int, a mana store/release and added small aoe. Requires 150 Night Elf fragments.

[E] Ring Of The Boy Emperor – Level 85 BOA ring, decent stats for any healer/caster. One of the more “common” rares. Requires 150 Tol’vir fragments.

BOEs

[R] Tarvus’s Poison-Scarred Boots

[R] Blazewing’s Furious Kilt Drops specifically from Blazewing, an 81 rare

[R] Brittany’s Ceremonial Spaulders

*New* Epic BOEs – Raids

If you are lucky enough to have a good guild then you may get some of these early on in your trash killing in BOT or BWD. Alternately you might get them on trash farming runs, buy them off other players in the raid or from the auction house. The prices I’m listing are what they are going for on my realm (ally side)

[E] Hide of Chromaggus – One of two shoulders (excluding tier 11) that you can obtain from BWD. The other being BOP Passive Resistor Shoulders from Omnitron Council (which is better for us due to the amount of haste) Going for about 35-40k gold on the AH.

[E] Chelley’s Staff of Dark Mending – 2 handed staff from BOT trash, expect to fight your other casters and healers for this bad boy. Going for anywhere up to 55k on the AH.

*New* Epic BOEs – World Drops

[E] Dorian’s Lost Necklace -Haste/mastery neck piece. The one from Wildhammer/Dragonwmaw rep is similar except it has crit instead or haste. Goes for about 20k on the AH.

[E] Heartbound Tome – Offhand with spirit and mastery. Goes for around 30k on the AH.

[E] Signet of High Arcanist Savor – Ring with hit and crit, so not the best stats for healing. Sold one myself few months ago for 20k and it has stayed around that price.

[E] Ritssyn’s Ruminous Drape – Cloak with haste, mastery and a yellow slot. Sells for around 20k on the AH

PvP Reputation

Baradin’s Wardens (Alliance)/ Hellscream’s Reach (Horde) – Tol Barad

[E] Mandala Of Stirring Patterns (A) / (H) – Trinket with spirit and mastery intellect (!) proc. Requires Exalted.

[R] Shimmering Morningstar (A)/ (H) – 1h mace. Requires Revered.

[R] Insidious Staff (A)/ (H) – 2h staff. Requires Revered.

Nothing worth getting from guild rewards, apart from the cauldrons and feasts for groups/raids.

Updates to Part 1:

[Tattooed Eyeball] is now a rare item,  stats apparently nerfed as well

Power Torrent seems to be the enchant that everyone is recommending over Heartsong. However it costs a lot.

A lot of the lower dungeon stuff has been upgraded but not sure if  wowhead reflects this yet.

Gearing For 85; Shinies For Resto Druids, Part 1 *Revised Feb 2011*

*Revised Feb 2011 from my own experiences and to change some stuff that’s been updated since Cata came out*

  • Removed cloth as it’s not really worth breaking the bonus
  • Added Valor points gear (since it’s possible you might have some from dungeons etc)
  • In the Gurgthock’s vs Very Manly Staff debate, it depends how long you are going to keep that item for. I think MH plus OH is superior if you are going to enchant them and have a decent OH but if you are hitting high level dungeons and heroics straight away, you’ll replace all of them pretty quickly.

I’ve made this list as much for myself as for the others out there. When WOTLK hit, my mage was in a mess of Tier and craftables so the majority was replaced easily by quest rewards along the way. This time, Naora is in full T10 plus some heroic ICC 10 stuff and badge gear. I feel quite overwhelmed with starting again in gearing so I’ve made this post to help guide choices in questing, justice points and rep grinds to ensure  getting the best possible start to heroics, then raiding at 85.

Key

[E] Epic quality

[R] Rare quality

[U] Uncommon quality

Justice Points

[R] Celadon Pendant – 1,250 JPs

[R] Blessed Hands Of Elune – 1,650 JPs

[R] Cluster Of Stars -Headpiece. 2,200 JPs

[R] Leggings Of Late Blooms – 2,200 JPs

[R] Robes Of Forgetfulness – 2,200 JPs

[R] Somber Shawl – Shoulders, not cloak as you would think. 1,650 JPs

[R] Thatch Eave Vines – Belt. 1,650 JPs

[R] Apple Bent Bough – Offhand. 950 JPs

Total for the whole set: 13,750 JPs

Valor Points

[E] Fading Violet Sandals – BOE Feet. 1,650 VPs

[E] Heavenly Breeze – Back. 1,250 VPs

[E] Twined Band Of Flowers – Ring. Spirit/Mastery, 1,250 VPs

[E] Band Of Secret Names – Ring. No spirit, haste/crit, 1,250 VPs

[E] Core Of Ripeness – Trinket. Int plus on use Spirit proc. 1,650 VPs

[E] Soul Casket – Trinket. Mastery plus on use Int proc. 1,650 VPs

[E] Relic Of Norgannon – Relic. Int/Stam/Crit/ Haste. 700 VPs (preferable over Eonar)

[E] Relic Of Eonar – Relic. Int/Stam/Spir/Crit. 700 VPs

Quest Rewards

Either Rare or Uncommon items from questing in Twilight Highlands (TH) and Uldum (Uld) as they are the 84-85 zones. I’ve included cloth items and those with hit as you can never have too much choice, and sometimes those items can be worth it as a temporary upgrade.

Head

[U] Hood Of The Scorpion (Uld)

[U] Hood Of Lost Solitude (TH)

Neck

[U] Eye Of Despair (A)/Reversal (H) (TH.  Has hit)

[U] Giltstone Necklace (TH)

[U] Confiscated Dog Tags (Uld. Has hit)

Shoulders

[R] Spaulders Of Rolling Incineration (Uld)

[U] Soulgrowth Spalders (TH, both A and H receive same items from quests)

Chest

[R] Wrap Of The Fallen City (Uld)

Back

[U] Cloak Of Grand Leadership (A)/ Valorous Direction (H) (TH)

[U] Corrupted Eggshell Drape (Uld)

Wrists

[U] Bracers Of The Verdant Cradle (Uld)

[U] Alefire Bracers (TH – Horde only)

[U] Keg-Stealer Bracers (TH – Alliance only)

Hands

[U] Rope-Grip Gloves (Uld)

[U] Marshseeker Gloves (Uld, Alliance only)

[U] Barrel-Belly Gauntlets (TH, Alliance only)

[U] Needle Threader Gauntlets (TH, Horde only)

Waist

[U] Waistguard Of Fallen Hearts (Uld)

[U] Belt Of Bloody Dreams (A)/ Belt Of Smashed Feathers (H) (TH)

Legs

No non cloth available at high level – get some rep with the Earthern Ring or get the JP legs.

Rings

[R] Eye Of The Stars (Uld)

[R] Red Dragonheart Ring (TH)

[U] Redistributed Signet (TH. Same for both H and A)

Trinkets

[R] Talisman Of Sinister Order (Uld)

[U] Harmlight Token (TH. Horde only. Has harmful spell proc however nice chunk of Int)

[U] World-Queller Focus (TH. Alliance only. Seems a bit unfair that only A gets this!)

[U] Za’brok’s Lucky Tooth (TH. Horde only. Not the most amazing but has a lot of stam and increases mastery)

Relics

[U] Cannon Stabilizer (Uld)

[U] Spearwarden’s “Lucky” Charm (TH, identical for both H and A)

Weapons (1 Hand)

[R] Gurgthock’s Garish Gorebat (TH – New ring of blood style quests)

Offhand

[R] Air Raid Beacon (TH – Horde only)

[R] Skyflight Beacon (TH – Alliance only)

[U] Shining Scorpid Eye (Uld. Has hit)

Weapons (2 hand)

[R] Very Manly Staff (TH- New ring of blood style quests, shares a reward with the 1 hand mace)

[U] Officer’s Formal Baton (Uld)

[U] Ihsenn’s Staff Of Terror (Uld. Has hit)

Definitely worth doing the new ring of blood style quest in TH for a decent 1 hand mace or 2 hand staff!

Crafting

Alchemy

[E] Lifebound Alchemist Stone – Trinket. Finally we get epic alchemy stones again!

[E] Vibrant Alchemist Stone – Trinket. An excellent starter trinket replacing the previous stam/mastery generic stone

Leatherworking

[E] Chestguard Of Nature’s Fury – no spirit however.

[R] Bloodied Wyrmhide Set – again no spirit. It’s the entry level PvP gear.

[E] Lightning Lash – belt

[E] Stormleather Sash – more of a dps belt, no spirit and crit/mastery

Tailoring

Nothing worth taking from tailoring.

Engineering

[E] Camouflage Bio-Optic Killshades – 1 meta slot plus the engineering gem slots. Engineers only however.

Blacksmithing

[R] Elementium Hammer – One handed mace

[R] Elementium Spellblade – Dagger. Has hit.

Jewelcrafting

[R] Ring Of Warring Elements

[R] Eye Of Many Deaths

Inscription

[E] [R] Tattooed Eyeball – Relic! (now downgraded to rare quality and stats adjusted to reduce OP-ness)

[R] Manual Of The Planes – Relic

[E] Darkmoon Card: Tsunami – Trinket with 321 Int and spirit proc

[R] Divine Companion – Offhand with haste

[R] Battle Tome – Offhand for PvP

[R] Dungeoneering Guide – Dps off hand, with hit

The only problem I can forsee with craftables is that the Chaos Orbs used to craft them (Cata’s Frozen Orbs) are BOP.  There’s not much chance of getting my alts through heroics for a while yet! Hoping they make they BOE or buyable with justice points (still waiting on this Blizz :P)

Reputation Rewards

Guardians Of Hyjal (Hyjal, naturally)

Arcanum Of Hyjal – Revered. Account bound head enchant, 60 Int/35 crit.

[R] Aessina-Blessed Gloves – Revered

[R] Cloak Of The Dryads – Honored

The Earthern Ring (Vashj’ir, Hyjal, Deepholm, Twilight Highlands and others at low level)

[R] Cloak Of Ancient Wisdom -Revered

[R] Leggings Of Clutching Roots -Revered

[R] Helm Of Temperance -Honored. Cloth but with a meta and yellow socket, plus hit.

Therazane (Deepholm)

Therazane are the shoulder enchant place this time around with

[E] Greater Inscription Of Charged Lodestone – Exalted. 50 Int/25 haste

[R] Lesser Inscription Of Charged Lodestone – Honored. 30 Int/20 haste

[R] Diamat’s Ring Of Temperance – Revered

Ramkahen (Uldum)

[R] Ammunae’s Blessing – Honored. Ring

Wildhammer Clan (Alliance, TH)/ Dragonmaw Clan (Horde, TH)

[E] Belt Of The Untamed (A)/ Withered Dream Belt (H) – Exalted. Yay, finally something we can use at exalted!

[R] Band Of Singing Grass (A)/ Band Of Lamentation (H) – Revered. Ring, hit

[R] Mantle Of Wild Feathers (A)/ Spaulders Of The Endless Plains (H) – Honored

Ramaken seems to be the faction least worth getting rep with for gear. They do sell the nice camels though 🙂 I will probably go for Therazane for the shoulder enchants and Wildhammer for that epic belt.

Profession Bonuses

Alchemy

Flask Of Enhancement – Apart from Mixology bonus, this is an 80 Int flask for 1 hour

Jewelcrafting

[E] Chimera’s Eye: Brilliant/Fractured/Quick/Sparkling – JC only gems with 67 Int/ 67 Mastery/ 67 Haste/ 67 Spirit

Tailoring

Lightweave Embroidery – Chance to increase SP by 580/15 sec

Darkglow Embroidery – Chance to restore 800 mana on spell cast

Blacksmithing

Socket Bracer

Socket Gloves

Engineering

Grounded Plasma Shield – Belt tinker that absorbs damage

Invisibility Field – Belt tinker that gives you invisibility OOC

Synapse Springs – Glove tinker to increase Int by 480/12 sec

Z50 Mana Gulper – Glove tinker providing increased effect from drinking a mana potion

[R] Cogwheels: Fractured/Quick/Smooth/Sparkling – Engineer only gems providing 208 Mastery/208 Haste/208 Crit/208 Spirit

Leatherworking

Draconic Embossment – Intellect – 130 Int on bracers. Supposedly the best you can get as far as bonuses go.

Inscription

Felfire Inscription – 130 Int/ 25 haste to shoulder

Enchanting

Enchant Ring – Intellect – Adds 40 Int

Consumables

Flasks And Potions

Volcanic Potion – SP 1200/25 sec

Elixir Of Mighty Speed – Haste by 225 for 1 hour

Flask Of The Draconic Mind – Int by 300 for 1 hour

Flask Of Flowing Water – Spirit by 300 for 1 hour

Ghost Elixir – Spirit by 225 for 1 hour

Food

Food is split into 60 stamina plus 60 of another stat or 90 stamina or 90 of another stat:

Intellect – Pickled Guppy/ Severed Sagefish Head

Spirit – Whitecrest Gumbo/ Delicious Sagefish Tail

Crit –Lightly Fried Lurker/ Baked Rockfish

Haste – Broiled Mountain Trout/ Basilisk Liverdog

Mastery – Salted Eye/ Lavascale Minestrone

One useful stat – Broiled Dragon Feast/ Fortune Cookie

Item Enhancements

Enchants

Chest –Peerless Stats; All stats by 20,

Cloak – Greater Intellect; 50 Int, Greater Critical Strike; Crit by 65, Critical Strike; Crit by 50, Intellect; Int by 30

Wrists –Greater Speed; Haste by 65, Greater Critical Strike; Crit by 65, Exceptional Spirit; Spirit by 50 *New* Intellect; Intellect by 50

Hands – Greater Mastery; Mastery by 65,  Haste; Haste by 50

Feet –Lavawalker; Mastery by 35, Mastery; Mastery by 50, Haste; Haste by 50

Weapon –Power Torrent; proc chance to increase Int by 500/12 sec, Heartsong; proc chance to increase Spirit by 200/12 sec, Hurricane; proc chance to increase Haste by 450/12 sec

Offhand – Superior Intellect; 100 Int now 40 Int(and a welcome addition)

Heartsong is if you feel you need more spirit, and is significantly cheaper than the Power Torrent due to Maelstrom Crystal prices.

Socketing

[R] Ebonsteel Belt Buckle – The new Eternal Belt Buckle for items level 300 -500

Leg Enchants

[E] Powerful Ghostly Spellthread – Int/ Spirit, Tailoring

[E] Powerful Enchanted Spellthread – Int/Stam, Tailoring

[R] Ghostly Spellthread – Int/Spirit, Tailoring

[R] Enchanted Spellthread – Int/StamTailoring

Gems

Only blue quality gems available at the start of Cata;

Red – Inferno Ruby – Brilliant; 40 Int

Orange – Ember Topaz – Artful; 20 Int/20 Mastery, Potent: 20 Int/ 20 Crit, Reckless: 20 Int/20 Haste

Purple – Demonseye – Purified; 20 Int/ 20 Spirit

Yellow – Amberjewel – Quick; 40 Haste/ Fractured; 40 Mastery

Blue – Ocean Sapphire – Sparkling; 40 Spirit

Green – Dream Emerald – Zen; 20 Mastery/ 20 Spirit

Meta

One type of meta gem now which makes it much easier

Ember Shadowspirit Diamond -54 Int and 2% maximum mana

Revitalizing Shadowspirit Diamond – 54 Spirit and 3% increased critical healing effect

Coming In Part 2

  • Dungeon Gear
  • Dungeon Quest Reward Gear
  • Other Gear including BOEs, Archeology, PvP and PvP Reputation

New Armory Has Some Dodgy Poses

After checking this thread on MMO, I was inspired to check my chars out and see how they looked (you can do this either by going to eu.battle.net/wow/en or us.battle.net/wow/en and searching for your char or logging in to the site and viewing profile.

The new armory does look shiny and nice but it really has put some of my chars in unflattering light (which you can’t change currently)

Going from most dodgy to actually an ok appropriate representation:

I will shoot fire with my one good but rigid arm

Legs spread apart like you’ve been on the world’s most uncomfortable bike ride? check. One arm appearing to be growing from ass? check. Waist twisted at such an angle it would be hard pushed to stay upright? check. Slightly suspect positioning of arm in some form of salute? check. Arm appearing to be rotated at weird angle? check.

Somehow this doesn’t say mage, it says uncomfortable yoga position.

2 handed sword... in one hand

Maybe it’s the casual air with which my nelf dk holds his enormous 2 handed sword in one hand. Maybe it’s the fact that he appears to be playing air guitar with no regard for others safety.

Melee resto dps?

I will heal you, but so help me god, if you don’t move from the fire I will beat you to death with my purple diamond carving knife.

So very angry

I once caught a gnome that was this big. It made me very angry for some reason, so I adopted a battle stance.

Insert big tankards joke here

Quick, I’m about to have bar fight, someone shine a spotlight directly on my face so you can see that I’ve been eating a bag of lemons!

Once you see it, it cannot be unseen

Looks pretty ok until you see the tabard position.  That’s right, I can dps and do pelvic thrusts AT THE SAME TIME.

Lock and paladin don’t show for me yet and neither do my horde chars.

I actually do like the new website and the design of the armory is nice. Let’s hope we can fix the poses soon.

Lich King 10 Man Kill Video

My guild’s 10 man kill (not first) which I was in on 31st October 2010. Best viewed in 480p at expanded (not full screen, which means going to the video location here)

Track listing (all by Celldweller, mixed by Celin for me)
Birthright beta 1.0
Wings of Icarus
Goodbye

Yes, someone did die and released before the end >>

I was frapsing in half screen which is a mistake so from now on going full screen and hoping for better quality!