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Prepping for Patch 5.4

23 Aug

I wonder if those roof tiles are fire-retardant?

Following up on one of my recent segments on how to prep your main or alt(s) for patch 5.4, Blizzard and Wowhead have come out with some excellent summaries on how to go about doing this.

Now that valor and justice point costs seem to be set, you can plan out what gear to purchase and/or upgrade with your capped valor and justice. I myself have been on vacation and extremely busy at work, so I’m actually glad that they pushed 5.4 back 2 weeks. Of course, I’ll just have another excuse to push this off.

Although these guides are nice, they don’t prioritize what YOU want to replace/upgrade in game. For me, I’m taking a look at replacing my lowest ilevel gear first for my Warlock alt, then looking at what gear has the biggest ilevel jump for what I can purchase. This all can changes upon if and when I get more Barrens Battlefield upgrades.

If I don’t get any Barrens upgrades, but I DO cap out valor and justice in time (actually, I KEEP capping JP and have nothing to spend it on except converting to honor), I’ve prioritized my purchases with a little spreadsheet that tells me what’s the biggest item boost for my buck for my lock. Now, bear in mind that I don’t have any BiS gear, and the only 522 piece that I have is a necklace, so I’m not planning on using any valor to upgrade items. Besides, to upgrade an item 4 ilevel points costs 250 valor, which is 62.5 valor points per ilevel. With my 3,000 valor points, I can only purchase a maximum of 3 pieces anyway, and each one of them blow away upgrade efficiency by a longshot, and of course, I’m going for max ilevel boost right now. I can buy a ring, bracers, and a trinket for 2805 valor points total, but that will raise my ilevel by a total of 208 points. Throw in 2 pieces to upgrade with justice points, and I’ll raise my gear level from 469 to 487 and qualify for all LFR raids except the new Seige of Orgrimmar, which requires a 496 ilevel. However, with two or three pieces of gear from Barrens and hopefully a much-needed weapon upgrade, I could be raiding Orgrimmar with strangers within a week of the patch dropping.

My main could use some upgrades for sure, but he’s at 497, so he’ll be able to stroll into Orgrimmar when 5.4 drops anyway. My poor main…he misses raiding terribly.

 

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BoA Heirlooms…are they just hand me downs?

4 Dec

Choose wisely (from wowhead.com)

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Bind on Account heirloom gear is the focus for the latest audio segment. If you are an alt-oholic like me, heirlooms have been a god-send. They can stack to a maximum of a 40% boost to your leveling speed. Most max out at 35% due to the difficulty in getting the fishing derby ring (+5%). Some heirlooms don’t provide a leveling boost, but they are blue-equivalent gear, level up along with you, and don’t require repairing. Plus, you can sell even more questing/dungeon gear that you acquire, saving you significant gold along your journey.

First, you pretty much need a max-level character (although you can earn heirlooms through the argent tournament, starting at level 77). The most common way to purchase them now is with Justice Points. There is a specific heirloom vendor in each main capital city. If you have multiple alts, try and consolidate your gear across multiple alts. For example, you can use agility leather for your hunter, enhancement shaman, and feral druid. The armor bonuses aren’t crucial, especially considering the grinding time you’ll save.

You can also spend your time pulling your fingernails out by grinding seals through the argent tournament, but personally, that’s not my recommended method.

Helms and cloaks are available through your guild vendor, and require reputation and quite a bit of gold. However these pieces work from 1-85, and all other heirlooms lose their benefits at 80.

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And remember, it’s hard to balance the pew pew with the poo poo.

Sihx

Now entering heroics…..there’s an app for that…

20 Dec

Are you there yet?

Despite the farming for elementium ore, I can be a little ADD, especially when I thought the prices had bottomed out. I wanted to explore the new content, despite the fact that I would be cutting into my profits. Alas, I leveled my DK main to 85 and promptly purchased the ilevel 346 shoulders and legs with my 4,000 justice points I had banked before the expansion hit. That, along with several reputation items from Hyjal and Therazane, my ilevel sat at the precipice of heroic dungeoneering at an enticing, yet frustrating ilevel average of 328 (329 is required). Frustrated at the concept of being one point short, I realized that one of my dps rings was level 318, highest for that slot. Well, what if I purchased the level 333 tanking ring from Therazane….would that up my average? So, I purchased it and magically, I witnessed that average level bump up to 329!

So, here’s a tip: if you’re still short of the 329 average item level, just purchase any reputation rewards for slots with low item levels, even if it’s not for your spec! It worked for me!

Afterwards, I visitied all of the dungeon entrances I had yet to discover, and promptly entered the queue to face 45 minute waiting times.

The problem with being a father of a 5 year old and especially an infant, I rarely, if ever, have long periods of uninterrupted time to play this game. That’s okay when I’m questing or farming; I can just hop on my flying mount and hover safely for 15 minutes while I attend to pressing family matters at 1am (mainly a crying infant). However, with these new heroics taking some time to complete, I cannot just walk away. I have tried 3 heroics thus far and have yet to complete one, as something always hits the fan after entering the queue. It’s frustrating, but to be expected. This is also the reason why I can’t tank heroics. Although it would be faster to farm rep and rewards this way, it’s unfair to the others in the dungeon. So, it will take some time to get those valor points and reputations raised with this process. That’s okay, I still need to quest out Twilight Highlands, Uldum, and Vash’jir anyway….then there’s my alts to level too!