Archive for July, 2011

by Josh Myers

 

The era of Icecrown Citadel was a strange time for enhancement shaman. After spending 2/3 of the expansion gemming primarily attack power, haste rating became our king. I still remember the odd whispers I got from concerned guild members as they saw all yellow gems lighting up my gear, and how my go-to jewelcrafter was always certain to ask “are you sure” every time I asked him to cut a Quick King’s Amber.

The enhancement of ICC breathed haste. It sped up our white attacks, which in turn increasedFlametongue procs, Static Shock procs, and the then all-important Maelstrom Weapon procs. This wasn’t necessarily a good thing, because nearly every other melee at the time was scaling with armor penetration, a non-linearly scaling stat that absolutely murdered its victims. While other melee classes and hunters saw their damage climb steeply, the graph of enhancement shaman’s damage plodded on in a straight line.
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by Allison Robert

 

The problem with doing extended series like our Mountain O’ Mounts overview is that Blizzard’s pretty good at rendering them obsolete before long. In that vein, there are a few mounts on today’s list that weren’t in the game back when we started. Unless I pick up the pace, there might wind up being another slew of them. With 200+ mounts already in the game, the possibility of that genuinely frightens me.

As always, this is the full series if you’re just catching up with us:

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by Josh Myers

 

If you’re an enhancement shaman in a regular raiding guild, congratulations! You’ve weathered the worst of the storm. Our last-minute Stormstrike buff coupled with the nerfs to 4.1′s prominent DPS has put us in a nice place for entering Firelands raiding. Our single-target DPS is solid now. Even better, Firelands has practically no fights with silly AOE phasesthat we have to participate in! If that sentence alone doesn’t get you pumped for 4.2 raiding, I don’t know what will.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t fights with AOE phases. On the contrary, both fights I’ll be talking about today require good AOE. Thankfully, that busy work is best left to your casters. They can cry about it all the way to their legendary. Fortunately for us, Lord Rhyolith and Beth’tilac are the two encounters in Firelands you’ll most likely encounter first, and both have unique mechanics that are well handled by the apt hands of a masterful enhancement shaman.
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by Matthew Rossi

 
Patch 4.2 is here. This week I will be discussing Firelands gear options for warriors. I expect I will have to do at least three weeks to cover all the possible upgrades for both DPSers and tanks, especially with Avengers of Hyjal rep rewards, regular and then heroic Firelands raid gear. If we get it done faster, that’ll be nice.

Also, I’m a tauren now. That’s right, I’m playing Horde again. I do still love worgen, but for now, I’m a tauren. I got a pretty necklace this week. It’s one of the things I would like to tell you about. So let’s talk about Firelands.

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by Matt Low

 

Firelands is here! Yay! The other night, my raid took down entry bosses Beth’tilac and Lord Rhyolith. Both have their share of intensive healing phases. This week, I’ll walk you through a little bit of the threats involved and approach the two encounters from the mindset of both a healing leader and a healer. I’ll let you know when to save and when to use your cooldowns.

How much have the encounters changed since the last time I faced them on the PTR? I have to say not much, since the mechanics and damage are about the same. To be fair, when I tried them out on the PTR, it was done with a 10-player group. I found the live version 25-man to be much more forgiving at times, despite the high output of damage.

Once you clear the massive loads of trash that are in your way, you’ll come face to face with Beth’tilac. Pick your web and surface team healers, and make sure you have someone glued to your tanks.
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by Tyler Caraway

 

There is one thing about WoW that is a constant. No matter what happens in the game, there is one truth that will never change. That is, people get color-crazy. Blue gear, purple gear, orange gear — people care about the color of the items that you are wearing. When a new legendary is introduced into the game, that becomes the biggest thing on everyone’s lips. It is the new hot item, the one thing that everyone wants.

Patch 4.2 introduced one such item. Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest is the big deal of this raiding tier, and it is the thing that people want. Last week, I did a little blurb about the staff, but that alone wasn’t enough. There’ve been plenty of emails asking for more information on the specifics of the legendary, so here are your answers.

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by Tyler Caraway

 

The patch has been out for a few days now, and surprisingly, it went extrodanarily well. Not saying that Blizzard is bad or it sucks at patching, but I don’t think there was ever a major content patch, especially one that introduced a raid, in which everyone was actually able to raid that day. Not only that, but maintainence wasn’t even extended for hours upon hours. Everything went well, at least on the technical end. For druids — well, it was a bit of a different experience.

Going into this patch, we knew that we were in for some changes, but there was some hope that Blizzard might at least do those changes correctly, that it would at least attempt to address the problems it sought to fix. Alas, we were not so lucky. Despite that, balance druids adapted, evolved, and carry on as we always do. Here’s how.
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by Matt Walsh

 

 

Here it is, the first week of the new patch, and we brave heroes have begun to roam the sulphuric wastelands that make up Ragnaros’ domain. We need to wade through a sea of endless trash, smash down roaming Molten Lords, and begin to topple the Firelord’s lieutenants one by one.

In today’s post, I want to go over my initial impressions of the new raid — specifically, what the trash is like, an in-depth look at how my group dealt with our first boss, and a bunch of other myriad little things I noticed over the overpowering stench of burning raider corpses. I’ll also teach you the fun new game that’s all the rage: “Spin the DPS.”
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6
Jul

WoW Gold Guide: Firelands panic sell-off

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Gold Guides, WoW Professions

by Basil Berntsen

 

Patch 4.2 and the Firelands raid have arrived, bringing with them an entire new tier of gear, all of which will need to be properly enchanted and gemmed. There are BOP raid drops, BOE crafted gear, BOE trash drops, and of course, tons of valor point and PVP gear. If, like me, you speculated that all this activity would result in a massive increase in demand for enchants, gems, and item enhancements, chances are you stockpiled. So, have you sold everything you bought?

I didn’t. On my realm, the prices for all types of goods have fallen back to their pre-4.2 stockpiling levels. There has been a noticeable bump in certain markets like cut gems and volatiles; however, some of that may be due to a distinct reduction in miner activity over the last few months. The days of 20g Elementium Ore stacks are over, for now.

What happened to all the demand projected for patch 4.2? Should you panic sell your stock before it goes any lower?
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6
Jul

WoW Raiding Guide: Firelands trash runs and you

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Raiding Guides

by Mathew McCurley

 

There’s a lot of trash in the Firelands. With great trash comes chances for BOE epic items (which can even be upgraded to heroic versions with Crystallized Firestones) and epic crafting patterns. No doubt you’ve seen trash runs being advertised in trade chat in Stormwind and Orgrimmar and been intrigued with the idea of what a trash run is all about. Here is some basic etiquette for running or participating in a Firelands trash run.

You’ll want to be well geared before heading into the Firelands, even for trash runs. I would recommend being at least ilevel 353, the same gear level that the new Zandalari troll heroics grant you. Now that you can purchase ilevel 359 gear with justice points, reaching that number should not be a hard task at all.
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