Tag Archives: pvp

Patch 4.3 Professions Prep!

7 Oct

Make crazy gold or gear your alts when 4.3 drops!

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Well, after almost a year of doing Epic Diapers, I’ve decided to take the plunge and purchase the domain, epicdiapers.com. Has a nice ring to it, eh?

Patch 4.3 is now live on the PTR, so I wanted to cover some additions to the world of professions to get you better prepared and meet the item level requirements for the new 5 man heroics and the new looking for raid feature.

First of all, chaos orbs will be tradeable in 4.3, meaning you may want to either a) craft a bunch of item level 365 epics NOW with all of your orbs before the price in those craftables drops too far, b) horde those chaos orbs for selling on the AH or c) craft some of the new ilevel 397 gear you or your guildies will be able to make.

Right now, blacksmiths, leatherworkers, and tailors will get all new patters for bracers, boots and legplates, all of them requiring the new essence of destruction, which will replace this tier’s Living Ember. Blacksmiths and leatherworkers will also need chaos orbs, while tailors will need dreamcloth. All three will also get new ilevel 377 PVP patterns.

Enchanters will also be able to shatter their maelstrom crystals to heavenly shards, Scribes can create new ilevel 377 PVP relics, and jewelcrafters will be able to make new ilevel 377 PVP amulets and rings and even some sexy new rhinestone sunglasses!

Oh man, I gotta get me some of these to wear at Blizzcon!! Hit me up on twitter if you’re going!

Wowhead has a great professions prep page for patch 4.3!

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

Sihx

How to Efficiently Spend Your Valor Points

19 Sep

Like my boots? Oh right, I'm a tauren.

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So you’ve been stacking your valor points and you can’t quite decide on what item to buy next. Is it the tier gloves, oh but wait, you don’t yet want to break your Tier 11 4 piece bonus. Or how about that trinket? But, it’s only 13 item levels above your current one.

If you’re having trouble prioritizing your loot, try and break it down into compartments and follow some general guidelines to make your purchases more efficient while having the best upgrade possible.

An easy first cut is to look at which item gives the biggest boost to your most important stat (strength, intellect, agility). If it’s close, look at your secondary stat increase. You can also go with the gear with the largest item level increase.

If you want a brainless approach, using a gear optimizer such as askmrrobot.com allows you to review how good each upgrade is in terms of a relative weighted point system. If the trinket boosts your points by 75, but the ring only by 30, well, go with the trinket. It also considers breaking and making tier set bonuses and procs.

Finally, in most cases, I would recommend leaving the tier 12 hands and legs for your last valor purchases if you do baradin hold every week, as these items drop off Occu’thar. It’s happened to all of us, you have just purchased the tier gloves, and they drop 2 days later.

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

Sihx

You’ve Lost That Loving Feelin’

8 Sep

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I know work or school is draining, your kids and spouse are barking behind you every day, and you just dropped that delicious chocolate cake you were looking forward to munching, icing side down of course. So, after you put the kids to bed and turn on some horrible reality TV show for your wife, it’s time to…power UP that computer, plug IN that headset, and LOG ON for a little WoW time, one on one baby, oh yeah!

…but wait, it’s not there for you, you don’t feel it, the chemistry is…is…dare I say it…gone?

If you’re a little burned out, or just not feeling it when you log on, maybe you’re in a rut and need a change of scenery in Azeroth.

Change it up, stop doing those mind-numbing dailies and try some random PVP, perhaps experiment tanking with that alt that’s been collecting dust. Roll an alt with the other faction, dual box, tinker with addons, try to make some money in the auction house, work on a pet or mount collection, role play, anything that you don’t normally do in game brings about a fresh perspective and new challenges in this virtual world, which will just keep you coming back for more.

But, if none of this does it for you…well my friend, it’s time to take a break and find another hobby, because if you don’t enjoy your hobby, it’s work.

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

You can hear this segment from the stream above, or listen to “The Instance: #243: Do The Humans First ” on iTunes or at http://www.theinstance.net/

Sihx

Gettin’ Moggy With It

25 Aug

How will you mog?

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“to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.”

“to change or alter greatly and often with grotesque or humorous effect”

“to change into a different shape or form, especially one that is fantastic or bizarre”

No, I’m not talking about how poorly your wife is aging….. (don’t write me angry emails, I keed)

These are all definitions of “TRANSMOGRIFICATION!”

Patch 4.3 will allow you to transmogrify your gear, that is, replace the look of your current gear with any other gear that has stats. Of course, there are a few restrictions: both sets of gear have to be of the same type, that is you can only transmogrify plate to plate, leather to leather, mail to mail, cloth to cloth, it has to have stats, it cannot be grey or a legendary, you have to own both pieces of gear, and it can’t be silly, such as a fish dagger or frying pan mace.

Ok, so there are a few restrictions, but this sounds like fun! Along with a new way to store your gear (80 slots in “Void Storage”), and a bit of gold, there are thousands of possibilities.

If you need a little help sifting through all the gear possibilities, I’ve found wonderfully organized guides on wowheadnews.com. With a few clicks you can narrow down your list of desired gear by PVE, PVP, class, tier, weapon type, armor type, and favorites.

Tier gear guide

Unique items, weapons, and more gear

Hopefully this will make your transmogrification shopping a bit easier and save what we all have so precious little of….time!

So, any ideas of what sets you will collect? As a DK, I’m stuck with T7 and after.   /sigh

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

3rd 85….and cheating the heroic system

12 May

Good umpires aren't noticed...just like good players in heroics....

I dinged my 3rd 85 last week…a belf paladin. The thing is, I wanted to get him into heroics right away, as both my main and 2nd 85 (a mage) were able to do so with a little, well, um, going around the true spirit of the game, if you will.

The normal process for gearing up is through questing in Twilight Highlands, normal dungeons, and Justice Point vendor items. Quite frankly, I don’t have the time for that. If I’m going to run an instance, I don’t want 333 pieces (or even 316). I want my 346s right away. Also, with many PUGs now outgearing the content (at least comparatively to launch), and with more players knowing the encounters, I don’t quite feel as bad for inflating my gear score in a slightly unethical, but allowed way: purchased PVP gear! That’s right, most of the bloody/ornate blue PVP gear is cheap, and at ilevel 339, it’s perfect for buying a few pieces and raising your gear score to the minimum 329.

What’s the downside here? I mean, I get into heroics right away, which means a chance at 346 drops (and with a pally, it’s plate dps, tank, AND healer gear) and faster accrual of justice points. To be clear, I currently only queue as DPS as I clearly don’t have the gear to tank or heal heroics yet. Also, some of my equipped items are actually around 312-318 ilevel, as some of those pieces are of course, better than the 339 pvp healer gear that “counts” for a slot or two. Remember, they only need to be in your bag, you don’t actually have to equip them…believe me, I just tested this. Once I picked up a new 339 piece from my mail box, I would instantly watch my gearscore tick up. I’ve also purchased a couple of cheap 333/346 PVE blues off of the auction house. What’s the downside/risk to this? Well, my dps flat plain sucks at the moment. I’m used to 14k on my main DK, but this ret pally is pulling 5-6k right now. So far, I haven’t received any degrading comments in these heroics…probably because 1) I’m being carried, so my dps isn’t critical, 2) we are finishing the content, and 3) I stay out of the fire and do what I’m supposed to. Basically, I’m like a good umpire: I’m not noticed.

At the end of the day, I am asking the first dozen or so heroics to carry me, but I’m willing to risk the flaming from any group in order to take this shortcut, and eventually save tons of time.

Question is…I’m still not sure if I’m going to main spec holy, prot, or ret yet…so I’m hanging onto my justice points until I have an epiphany.