Archive for December, 2011

31
Dec

WoW Boss Guide: Warlord Zon’ozz

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

by Tyler Caraway

 

Unlike the other encounters in Dragon Soul, Warlord Zon’ozz only requires a single tank. For cooldown purposes, it is possible to bring in a second tank; however, there isn’t too much of a need to do so. Per usual, you will want to have around five to six healers. Switch your off tank for an additional healer if you feel that would help. Your DPS should be a solid mix of both ranged and melee; there does need to be a solid balance of both. Healers should be split among the DPS, with tank healers staying with the melee.
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by Dan Desmond

 

Before we begin talking about upgrades in Dragon Soul, we need to discuss the three separate tiers of raid gear available in patch 4.3. Thanks to the introduction of the Raid Finder, a lower tier of the same gear that drops from normal and heroic Dragon Soul is readily available to those who queue for it. This lower tier is of ilevel 384, the same level gear that drops from Ragnaros on normal difficulty. If you had done any heroic Firelands raiding and got some gear, you will find that the Raid Finder tier is seven ilevels behind that gear.

For most pieces, you will want to upgrade as normal (from 378 to 384, for example). For tier gear, however, it appears that the new two-piece T13 set bonus overpowers the itemization difference between heroic T12 and Raid Finder gear, at least for now. If you’re available to do additional testing, I’m sure the theorycrafters at the Elitist Jerks retribution thread would adore you for contributing. For the time being, I would pick up some lower-ilevel tier and test it out while still holding onto your heroic T12. Remember, four-piece T13 is our ultimate goal here, so don’t skimp on those loot rolls.
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by Josh Myers

 

Patch 4.3 is here! Fresh, new heroic 5-mans are here, complete with a beautiful new axefor enhancement shaman who couldn’t get Gatecrasher to drop. Dragon Soul has been introduced, offering various backdrops for your boss slayings, a new super-easy mode option, and mechanics that actually seem to favor having an enhancement shaman present. Most of all, though, we received a terribly needed buff to our AoE, breathing a new quality of life to being an enhancement shaman.
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by Allison Robert

 

Like many of you, I was curious about the new Darkmoon Faire on offer but had some trouble keeping it all straight, especially because Blizzard recently clarified a few mechanics in addition to tinkering with some items. There’s also an unfortunate bug related to characters who did a previous version of the breadcrumb quest getting you to the Faire, which didn’t help matters, as my main is one of the toons affected and was left scratching her head over what she was supposed to be doing.

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by Fox Van Allen

 

There’s a lot of great content stuffed into the recent patch 4.3, but let’s face it — we’re always going to be drawn to the content that has the best gear available. We can’t help it. It’s programmed in our shadow priest DNA. So while patch 4.3 has some sweet new 5-man instances with it, the real lure seems to be the new Raid Finder tool. What was once reserved for the hardest-core of players is now accessible by just about anyone with an hour and a half to spare. We can all, with the help of 24 complete strangers, defeat Deathwing. (Yes, that’s a good thing.)

Before you try queueing up for the Raid Finder, though, you need to know some basics. A new level 85 player will still need to navigate the gear ladder. More importantly, though, all players need to know what the hell they’re doing during the fights. Let’s talk strategy, shadow priest style.

To use the Raid Finder tool to attempt the new-for-patch 4.3 Dragon Soul content, you’re going to need a minimum average item level of 372. Like previous ilevel gates, you don’t actually need to be equipped past an item level of 372; you merely need to have that gear in your bags or bank. This is good to know (considering how, for example, the i359 Darkmoon Card: Volcano remains a better trinket than the i365 Moonwell Chalice or i378 Rune of Zeth).

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by Daniel Whitcomb

 

Well of Eternity, the second of the patch 4.3 dungeons, has made me change my mind. The Illidan in this dungeon is cocky, sure of himself, and strong enough to back up his bluster. Plus, he’s not a jerk like his brother. If we get Illidan back and he acts like the Illidan from this dungeon, I think I can live with that.

This week, we’ll bask in the presence of Illidan as we head through the Well of Eternity. As with the End Time guide, I’ll remind you that the gear here is ilevel 378 and likely to be no better than a sidegrade if you have Firelands gear. If you don’t, though, you may just find some upgrades here. Also, if you want the full scoop on the dungeon, check out guide to Well of Eternity. This guide will focus mostly on what death knights can do and what gear they can grab.
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by Joe Perez

 

A new patch has come and brought with it many new wonders. The final content patch of theCataclysm expansion has finally gone live, bringing three new dungeons tied intricately with the story of the new raid zone. It’s an exciting time for everyone involved as stories come to a close, and there are many new toys to play with like transmogrification and the Raid Finder.

One of the greatest things about a new raid tier is the amount of new gear you get to play with. Each tier in Cataclysm has done things a little different with how you obtain your gear, combining valor points and tokens from raid in order to obtain your tier pieces and raid drops with off-set valor gear to fill in your gaps. This tier is no exception to the changing gearing climate, and the number of options is almost staggering.
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by Dawn Moore

 

This week, we’ll be looking at how to heal on your priest through Morchok, Warlord Zon’ozz, and Yor’sahj the Unsleeping.

If you haven’t read one of my boss healing guides before, let me give you the same ol’ disclaimer I always give … This guide focuses on the specifics details of how to heal as a discipline or holy priest within a given encounter. It assumes you have a basic understanding of the fight, and it will not typically explain mechanics or general strategy. If you are unfamiliar with a fight, please review the links at the beginning of each boss subsection.

I also think it’s worth mentioning that these guides will seem a bit excessive to players experiencing these encounters exclusively through the Raid Finder.
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15
Dec

WoW Gold Guide: The future of Chaos Orbs

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

by Fox Van Allen

 

When patch 4.3 first launched, the market price for Chaos Orbs on my server was about 400 gold. It didn’t take long for the price to fall though, the average market priceis about 56 gold. Frankly, that’s much lower than I’d have expected them to get so soon.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m not complaining. Quite the opposite: I’m excited. That’s because low-priced Chaos Orbs are a tremendous opportunity out there for crafters of just about all stripes.
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15
Dec

WoW Achievement Guide: Winter Veil 2011

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Achievements, WoW Quest Guide

by Allison Robert

 

Winter Veil 2011 runs from Thursday, Dec. 15 through Monday, Jan. 2 this year. As with most of the WoW holidays, the Merrymaker meta is required for What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. Those of you who are still on the lookout for your Violet Proto-Drakes (and free 310% flying) will want to keep an eye out for any achievements you still need.

Even if you don’t want or don’t need any achievements this year, Winter Veil will also give you the opportunity to turn your mount into a reindeer, become a snowman with a unique dance animation, and get noncombat pets and unique holiday items. Interestingly, it looks like the Winter Veil pets no longer require snowballs to summon, which is cool, although they’re not going to stick around if the holiday’s not on. Seriously, go try pulling out your Father Winter’s Helper and see what it does. I’ll wait.

There’s also a new pet as of 2011 and a sorta-new (well, not really) holiday boss. As always, I’ll be up as the holiday goes live to make necessary additions or corrections to the guide.
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