Posts Tagged ‘talents’

by Josh Myers
Of all the fights in Dragon Soul, Ultraxion on heroic mode is the ultimate DPS check. Heroic Spine of Deathwing definitely tests your raid group’s ability to do a large amount of damage in a miniscule amount of time, but Ultraxion forces your group to maximize its sustained DPS. As a result, it’s very commonly the first real wall most heroic progression guilds hit, at least until they can get the gear to make it a cakewalk. If you’re working on heroic-mode Ultraxion or are having trouble killing him on normal, there are a few things you can do to maximize your elemental shaman’s DPS on this specific fight.
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by Dan Desmond

 

This is it, guys and girls. This is the moment we have all been training for while hitting that poor target dummy in Orgrimmar, because only repeatedly bashing a plank of wood will truly prepare you to square off against a dragon as epic as the big DW. So pick up your weapon, your bag of tricks, and your handful of cooldowns — it’s time to kill Deathwing the Destroyer.
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10
Mar

WoW Shaman Guide: 4 ways to increase your shaman DPS

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by Josh Myers

 

DPS is an art. It’s not art in the sense that the Mona Lisa or Friday by Rebecca Black are art, but it’s art. It requires practice, knowledge, and dedication to make work, and judging by the Battle.net forums, Twitter, and various other social media outlets, it’s an art form that a lot of people still have trouble getting right. As a DPS shaman (really, as any class), there are a few basic rules every player should follow to enhance their DPS.
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9
Mar

WoW Paladin Guide: All Hands on deck

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by Matt Walsh

 

I still remember how great the news was when, in the run-up to Wrath of the Lich King, we were told that some of our Blessing spells were going to be converted to a whole new tier of temporary buffs that could be used situationally. This was something that the paladin community had been clamoring for for a very long time. There were just so many Blessings, and it didn’t make sense for all the various offerings to be in the same tier.

Then, over time, our hard-fought victory was forgotten, as well as the whole idea of proactively lending a Hand — sorry, there are going to be a lot of hand puns — to your groupmates or fellow raiders. Where it used to be a common facet of paladin-ing (in any flavor) to use your then-Blessings as actively as possible, in the last few years, it’s more become a characteristic of the min-maxers and the obsessive.

Your Hands aren’t like Turn Evil. They actually can serve a vital purpose, even making the difference between a wipe or a kill in some cases. Indeed, I would posit that one of the dividing lines between good paladins and great paladins (regardless of spec) is how intelligently they use their Hands.
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by Joe Perez   No matter how good you are at the job you’re doing, there’s always something more that you can do to make yourself better. Even at the top of your game, most of us are continuously looking for ways to improve our performance — to squeeze out a little more DPS, to survive a bit longer, to do that much more healing. While you can spend your time poring over logs or upgrading your internet to faster speeds, tweaking your stats or replacing your mouse and keyboard, I like to follow words of wisdom given to me years ago by a musician friend of mine: Sometimes you have to get real simple before you can get real good. To that effect, let’s highlight the easy things you can do to improve your healing performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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by Tyler Caraway

 

As a warlock, I can name no fewer than six methods that the amateur demonologist can use in order to up his worth to a raid. Oh, while I could easily write out an entire Homer-esque adventure exclusively on what fledgling casters can do for their damage, brevity is oft the soul of wit — so I will merely keep to the upped ante of six, to demonstrate that warlocks shall not have themselves outdone by trite magelings. After all, a mage really is useful for nothing more than a light snack and easy travel.
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by Chase Hasbrouck

 

Last time, I covered the first four bosses in Dragon Soul, and this week, we’ll finish things up. As before, I’ll provide a quick capsule strategy for those attempting the fight in the Raid Finder, then describe the changes to the fight for normal and heroic modes.
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by Chase Christian

 

Holy paladins have come a long way from the days of five-minute Blessings and WhisperCast. There’s a good kind of complexity that comes from being given choices, and there’s the bad kind of complexity that comes from busy work. The developers are constantly streamlining the game and removing outdated mechanics, and I can’t complain. Even though addons like PallyPower made our lives easier, the new Blessing system is so simple that we don’t need any external help to handle it.

Today’s holy paladin has different addon needs from the healer of yesteryear. Three of the most important holy paladin addon concerns are unit frames, holy power management, and raid-specific alerts. In Dragon Soul, there are plenty of important things that we need to keep track of. Raid encounters are only going to get more and more complex and chaotic, and we need to be able to quickly get the information we need.
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by Christian Belt

 

Trinkets do three things:

  1. They keep your keys from being lonely.
  2. They hurt like hell when you forget to take them out of your pocket before playing pick-up basketball.
  3. They have the potential to increase your DPS more drastically than any other single gear slot in the game.

No other gear choice we make in this game will either positively or negatively impact our raw output than the two trinkets we select, and no other loot drop can be more infuriating to wait for. With trinkets, it’s imperative that you identify what you want, know where to go to get it, and then focus your efforts until you reach your goal.

With that in mind, let’s go over the best trinkets available for mages in the game right now and where to go get them.
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by Josh Myers

 

Dragon Soul is a great instance for enhancement in 4.3 because it offers a variety of fights. Some play to enhancement’s strengths, some highlight its weaknesses, and some fights are Ultraxion and your DPS spec doesn’t matter, provided you can push buttons and click a shiny purple dot on his screen every 45 seconds. For the purpose of brevity, I’m going to assume you’re familiar with the normal-mode mechanics of these fights and just speak to how enhancement specifically fares on these fights.
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