Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things

Just after Cataclysm came out I decided it was time to take a break from WoW. I had been playing since Vanilla and was just downright bored. After nearly two years away from the game I found myself curious about the new expansion. Pandas!? I mean, there are so many possibilities for Blizzard to turn into content, but I didn’t think it would be the Pandaren. Alas, it was, and I was finding myself itching to know more. I finally relented and bought the expansion and fired up my WoW account once again.

Some things hadn’t changed, others were incredibly different. For people who are coming back to the game, here are some things I learned either by accident or with the help of some friends that you might want to learn about too.

  1. Core Abilities Tab – This tab tells you about your most important spells, and when you should use them. Having been away for a while I found this tab to be awesome at refreshing my memory at how to play the various classes. You can find this under your profession/spell book page.
  2. What’s Changed Tab – There’s a tab that explains what recent changes have been made to your class. I’m one of those people that usually reads the patch notes in depth, but if I wanna get lazy about it I’m glad that this tab is there.
  3. Dungeon Journal – It’s like Atlas Loot, but also explains boss abilities, and information about a dungeon in addition to listing the possible loot. Extra bonus, it has filters to narrow down not only your class, but your spec, too! You can view this by pressing Shift+J.
  4. Pet/Mount Journal – There was a tab for this before, but now it’s got it’s own journal. In addition to simply being a place to access all your collections, it’s also the interface for pet battling. You can access this by pressing Shift+P.
  5. AOE Looting – This is one of those things I had to figure out. I was killing groups of mobs, but could only loot one. Gone are the days of looting every body, now it’s just one and done!
  6. Pet Battles – It’s like Pokemon, but in WoW! Remember all those vanity pets you collected up over the years? Now you get to battle other pets! You can even capture new pets in the wild. It even has a host of achievements to go along with it all.
  7. Daily Quests – Ok, daily quests aren’t new. In fact, they aren’t generally a favorite either, but the cap is now gone… and I have one friend who called this the “Expansion of Dailies” and I’d have to agree.
  8. Scenarios – It’s like a mini dungeon, but only requires 3 people, has a really short queue, and rewards you with gold and Valor points. These are great options for people who want to do something outside of the usual dungeon crawl.
  9. All the Usual Changes – All those things you expect to see in a new expansion such as new dungeons, gear, abilities, locations, profession changes, et all. I would love to list them all here, but that is something I’d like to expand upon more in another post.

For all that has changed, the game is still the same at heart. It’s a place to be social, have fun, and explore the lore that is Warcraft. I’m glad to be back and if you’re thinking about coming back, don’t forget about those Scrolls of Resurrection, if you qualify, you can automatically have a toon leveled to 80 for you. I’ll see you out in the World.

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Lets Talk About Rogues

dpsMy rogue is currently level 75. I had never been one for melee classes, but I am enjoying her. I admittingly am NOT a rogue expert, as I am still learning the class. I however hope to play her equally as well as my other classes, and maybe get to run with her every now and again. I am completely noob to the rogue, still learning all the ins and outs… but at level 74 I pulled over 1k in an instance… which isn’t bad. For now, I am just leveling her up, mostly through questing but lately Ive been pulling some instances, and I also took a good hard look at her spec. I knew I didn’t know what I was doing, so I hit up a senior rogue in our guild, and asked his advice… here’s what we came up with.

Poofnstab is running 15/51/0 (eventually it will be 20/51/0 when she finished leveling) Lets take a look at her spec thus far:

Combat

Tier 1

Improved Sinister Strike (2/2): Reduces the energy cost of Sinister Strike by 5. Being as this ability is rogue bread and butter (unless you are sub, then its hemo) I figure a little less energy cost is a good thing.

Duel Wield Specialization (5/5): This increases the damage done by my offhand weapon by 50%. Since combat is about sustaining damage, this is a good one to pick up.

Tier 2

Improved Slice and Dice (2/2): Increases  the duration of Slice and Dice by50%. I use Slice and Dice on every fight, when soloing I only put up one or two points before I pop this and it lasts me the whole fight. For a boss fight putting up all five points will last you quite a while.

Percision (5/5): Increases chance to hit with weapon and poision attacks by 5%. This helps with that whole hit rating noise Im still working on.

Tier 3

Endurance (2/2): Reduces the cooldown of Sprint and Evasion by 1 min, and increases stamina by 4%. Adds a little surivability for when you go aggro happy.

Tier 4

Aggression (5/5): Increases the damage of my Backstab, Sinister Strike and Eviscerate abilities by 10%. I don’t really use backstab, but two out of three isn’t bad.

Tier 5

Blade Flurry (1/1): Increases attack speed by 20% and also hits a second mob. I usually pop this ability after getting Slice and Dice up and follow it up with Murder Spree when there is more then one mob around. Watch the numbers fly.

Sword Specialization (5/5): Gives a 5% chance to get an extra swing in on your mob. Now I just like swords. Some people prefer maces, or daggers. I’m a sword kinda girl, and thats all it is.

Tier 6

Weapon Expertise (2/2): Increase Expertise by 10. I’m still learning about this attribute, and will write more on it at a later time.

Blade Twisting (2/2): Increases damage of Sinister Strike and Backstab by 10%. Also has a 10% chance to daze your target. Again, I don’t tend to use Backstab, but Sinister Strike is constantly going off, so that 10 percent is worth it. Also, an occasional daze doesn’t hurt.

Tier 7

Vitality (3/3): Increases energy regeneration by 10%. Rogues are always out of energy, this helps lesson how often I recieve the “I can’t do that yet” error message.

Adrenaline Rush (1/1): Increases energy regeneration by 100% for 15 seconds. Great for those extended boss fights.

Tier 8

Combat Potency (5/5): Gives your offhand autoswings a 20% chance to regen 15 more energy… this is starting to sound like Mp5 right? Well thats the idea, except rogues don’t get to have mana pots.

Tier 9

Unfair Advantage (2/2): Gives a chance when you dodge an attack to strike back with 100% of your weapon damage. Yeah… that is a little bit unfair. I reccomend you read the comments on this ability under the link… its uses are truly entertaining.

Surprise Attacks (1/1): Finishing moves cannot be dodged, and gives Sinister Strike, Backstab, Shiv, Hemo, and Gouge abilities a 10% damage increase. Those little increases to Sinister Strike are really starting to add up now.

Savage Combat (2/2): Increases Attack Power by 4% and physical damage taken by mobs by 2% when they have poision effects on them. All in all, a more damage please kind of talent.

Prey on the Weak (5/5): Increases the chance to crit by 20% when the target has less health then you (as a percentage). This means if you kill it faster than it kills you, you’re gonna whoop his ass with some high numbers.

Tier 10

Murder Spree (1/1): Allows you to step behind multiple mobs hitting them every .5 seconds with both weapons until five hits are finished. You can also do this to a single target. I usually pop this with Blade Flurry when there are multiple mobs around. Its really a quite nice talent.

Assassination

Tier 1

Evisercate (3/3): Increases damage done by Evisercate by 15%. I use evisercate a lot when Im soloing, and as part of a rotation for bosses, so really, this is used often.

Malice (5/5):  Increases crit strike chance by 5%. Rogues are well known for popping out of no where and killing a mob before they even realize whats happening. Crit is a major factor in this.

Tier 2

Ruthlessness (2/3): Gives finishing moves a 40% chance to add a combo point to the target. Always nice for getting started on the next rotation.

Tier 3

Lethality (5/5): Increases crit strike bonus of all combo moves by 30%. In the previous tree we worked on the direct damage, on this tree, we’re grabbing some crit.

Obviously, that isnt all the points, but its as far as Ive gotten. I imagine I’ll continue down the Assassination tree and grab up some poision talents before Im done. Ive tested out this spec, and recently replaced a lot of gear… even going so far as to craft my new epic engineering goggles. My unbuffed attack power sits at 2168 and my crit strike is at 26.34%. I believe this is decent for a 75 rogue, but I don’t know what final numbers should look like yet. I’m going to have to start focusing on my hit more as I get closer to 80… but I imagine that will come on its own in time. Hope this helps any nublet rogues like me out there!

Lake Wintergrasp

 

Naxx PuG

Naxx PuG

Hello Blogosphere. I appolgize for the lack in updates lately, I spent the good chunk of the last week sick in bed, the first two days I litterally slept… and after that, I wandered out into Azeroth to try my hand at a run here and there… I got in on a PuG Naxx, my first run, and was second in overall heals by 1% behind a druid (Which isn’t bad in my opinion, druids always kick my ass in overall total). We got Patchwerk and uhm… crap… a spider dude. I didn’t get any drops, but it was fun to learn. It was a full pug so the fact that we got anything is a shock at all. However, that isn’t what this post is about, I just wanted to catch you up in the latest ongoings that I missed out on posting over my very very sick weekend.

 

Lake Wintergrasp. Perhaps you’ve noticed it. Perhaps you’ve ventured on over there. I don’t PvP as much as I used to, but I do like to go in now and again and give it a go. Yes, even on my PvE healers. However, Lake Wintergrasp is more than just a massive open world PvP zone, its also the best farming zone in the game, less skinning. You got your herbs (The only zone in the game that has nodes for frost lotus on its own) you got your mining nodes (titanium and saronite, haven’t noticed any cobolt). And then, theres the eternals. Every kind of eternal can be farmed here, and whoever wins the zone doesn’t only get the buff that gives the spirit shards, you also are able to see the Revenants. These mobs promise at least 1 crystalized element, but can possibly give up to 3.

 

Assault on the Main Gate

Assault on the Main Gate

Also, there are more dailies out here! (All quests are level 80 and give gold, honor and a spirit shard)

 

Horde:

  1. Victory in Wintergrasp
  2. Stop the Siege
  3. Fueling the Demolishers
  4. No Mercy for the Merciless
  5. A Rare Herb
  6. Bones and Arrows

Alliance:

  1. Victory in Wintergrasp
  2. Stop the Siege
  3. Fueling the Demolishers
  4. No Mercy for the Merciless
  5. The Battle for Lake Wintergrasp
    The Battle for Lake Wintergrasp

    A Rare Herb

  6. Bones and Arrows

So what is Lake Wintergrasp? Simply put, it’s a PvP zone. Even on a PvE server you will flag if you go there. This means that the opposing faction can kill you, many times if they so choose. However, I have noticed on my own server that outside of the actual battle, the Horde and Alliance ignore each other if they are farming… this is not always the case, I got a certain DK I owe a face smash in to myself.

The Battle for Lake Wintergrasp

So you wanna PvP with the other kids? Don’t know what you’re doing? Don’t worry, I didn’t either. Mostly I just run around and heal people which is all good. But in case you wanna KNOW what you’re doing, let’s break it down for you. First you should know that whoever won the zone in the last game is going to be defending it in the next game. If you are on the defensive, then it is your job to prevent the opposing faction from breaking through your walls…. if you are on the offensive, then you will need to grab up some seige weapons and start breaking stuff.

To get a seige weapon on either side you need to achieve a rank via kills during the battle. These ranks are:

  1. Corporal – Wintergrasp Catapult
  2. First Lieutenant – Wintergrasp Siege Engine
  3. First Lieutenant – Wintergrasp Demolisher

 

Epic Battle

Epic Battle

To win the battle, either defend the fortress from the opposing faction for the duration of the game, or defeat the defenders by breaching the inner most doors and touching the golden orb for ten seconds without interuption (similar to the flags in AB). If one side outnumbers another Blizzard has given a buff that can stack up to 20 times (depending on how badly you are outnumbered) that increases Health, Spellpower, Health Regen, and Damage output by a large number. So fear not, if you are outnumbered, you become the unstoppable force.

 

Winning also unlocks a PvE encounter that can be ten manned or 25 manned, and offers tier 7 equivelent loot. So doing some PvP offers some PvE bonuses. Not to mention some of the turn ins for the spirit shards are Bind to Account which means you can send them off to low level alts and the gear will scale for them as the level. Pretty awesome stuff.

I had the chance to go into Wintergrasp last night and not only found 6 of my guildies already in battle, but also two full raid groups of alliance battling a full on onslaught from the horde. I was only in the battle for the last seven minutes but I walked out with over 240 kills and nearly 2k honor. Not bad for seven minutes… so put on that war paint and get out there, its worth exploring.

Northrend Daily Quest List

[EDIT] WoWInsider has started a series detailing each of the Wrath Dailies. If you need a little help figuring out what to do, I suggest you check out their on-going series…. Wrath Dailies. [/EDIT]

Dailys have become a signifigant part of WoW questing. Repetable and awesome for earning faction gains, these quests provide a great source of gold and are something most anyone will have to do to get that one item they want. There are many new dailies out there, and I for one, don’t know where to find them all. So here’s a list of dailies, both Alliance and Horde, and where to find them. Quests are listed in order by the Zone’s Level. Starting with Borean Tundra and ending in Icecrown. Scroll through to find your desired level.

This is an incredibly long post and it has taken me over four days to complete, so more information is behind the more tag! (If I have missed a quest, please leave a comment and let me know, so I can add the quest in!)

**PLEASE NOTE**

  • I purposefully did not include the cooking dailies. I have a whole different post for those.
  • Quests done at 80 give gold instead of XP. I have listed both for the quests marked as a level 80 quest. You will recieve 13g23s INSTEAD OF the experience. However, you ALSO recieve your 7g40s reward, making dailies done at level 80 worth 20g63s. 
  • Just because a quest is listed as level 80 doesn’t mean you can’t do it sooner. The level indication is for how difficult the quest might be, not the lowest level to accept it. Majority of the quest marked as level 80 require level 77 to obtain.
  • Also the point of this list is to make you aware of the dailies available, what factions they give rep for, and where to find them. The quest name links to a source like thottbot or wowhead. The coords link to the NPCs location, and the faction names link to the faction discriptions/rewards from www.worldofwarcraft.com . All other information was found through heavy research and of course, could be incorrect. This is merely to help you find your way, NOT to tell you what is true or not. With that, please enjoy this Northrend Daily Quest Guide!

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Veteran of the Wrathgate

I had thought to do a post on this quest chain, after several guildies approached me on it after I aquired the achievement yesterday. It is an awesome chain, and I recommend that everyone gets a chance to see it. However, I got caught up in piles of homework, so instead, my husband Garen has written out this post for you to enjoy today…. I had orginally taken screen shots to include with this post but after some thought decided it is far better to see it for yourself. There are no spoilers here, all information regarding how to help you with the quest and any lore is listed behind the links, so don’t fear, it will still be awesome for you… so without further ado, Garen’s Comprehensive List for the Quest Chain Veteran of the Wrathgate!

 

The other day I’m sitting in guild chat while I quest my happy patookus off in Howling Fjord (The most awesome zone in WoW according to my personal opinion), and I see someone in the guild gets an achievement.

[Guild]: Uberwarrior has earned the achievement [Veteran of the Wrathgate].

Hey, I say to myself, I know what that is. So I click it, and I decide to myself, “I want to complete that quest line”.

ANDREA! Let’s go do that epic quest line!

To which she replies, “fine” (She huffed at me at this point).

So, I hit WoWWiki and look up what I gotta do. After digging for almost 45 minutes I come to the conclusion that this is going to suck. But, the epicness of the quest line makes it worth it.

So, Andrea and I sit down figure out where we are at. We had just finished EVERY SINGLE QUEST in Howling Fjord, so we were off to a good start. Now, I won’t tell the entire line by line of how we got to see the end of this epic quest chain, so here it is. In full linkable glory. I hope you enjoy.

 

Veteran of the Wrathgate

Complete the following series of quest chains in Howling Fjord.

1.       [71] The Clutches of Evil

2.       [71] Mage-Lieutenant Malister

3.       [71] Two Wrongs…

4.       [71] Report to Scout Knowles

5.       [71] Mission: Eternal Flame

6.       [71] Mission: Package Retrieval

7.       [71] Mission: Forsaken Intel

8.       [71] Absholutely… Thish Will Work!

9.       [71] You Tell Him …Hic!

10.     [71] Mission: Plague This!

11.     [71] Operation: Skornful Wrath

12.  Complete these three quests for the Westguard Sergeant:

        [71] Burn Skorn, Burn!

        [71] Gruesome, But Necessary

        [71] Towers of Certain Doom

13.   [72] All Hail the Conqueror of Skorn!

 

After completing these quests, the following chain opens up in Dragonblight.

1.       [72] Of Traitors and Treason

2.       [72] High Commander Halford Wyrmbane

3.       [72] Naxxramas and the Fall of Wintergarde

4.       [72] Flight of the Wintergarde Defender

5.       [72] Return to the High Commander

6.       [72] Rescue from Town Square &  [72] The Fate of the Dead

7.       [72] Find Durkon!

8.       [72] The Noble’s Crypt

9.       [73] Secrets of the Scourge

10.     [73] Mystery of the Tome

11.     [73] Understanding the Language of Death

12.     [73] A Righteous Sermon

 

After completing the Righteous Sermon quest line, you then need to complete the following quest chain. This is also in Dragonblight. Just a warning, the Righteous Sermon is about 8 minutes long, boring, and you just wish that the priest would stop talking. HOWEVER, there are some awesome “Exorcist” references during the sermon itself.

1.       [72] The Demo-gnome

2.       [72] The Search for Slinkin

3.       [72] Leave Nothing to Chance &  [72] The Bleeding Ore &  [72] Not in Our Mine

4.       [72] Understanding the Scourge War Machine

 

At this point, you have completed the prerequisites for the most UBER-EPIC quest chain thus far. From here on out is the actual Wrathgate quest line.

1.       [73] Into Hostile Territory

2.       [73] Steamtank Surprise

3.       [73] Scattered To The Wind & [73] Breaking Off A Piece

4.       [73] The Chain Gun And You

5.       [73] Plunderbeard Must Be Found!

6.       [73] Plunderbeard’s Journal

7.       [73] Chasing Icestorm: The 7th Legion Front

8.       [73] Chasing Icestorm: Thel’zan’s Phylactery

9.       [73] Finality

10.     [73] An End And A Beginning

11.     [73] To Fordragon Hold!

12.     [74] Audience With The Dragon Queen

13.     [74] Galakrond and the Scourge

14.     [74] On Ruby Wings

15.     [74] Return To Angrathar

16.     [74] Reborn From The Ashes

17.     [74] Fate, Up Against Your Will

18.     [74] A Royal Coup

19.     [74] The Killing Time

20.     [74] The Battle For The Undercity

 

By the time you hit this point, your jaw will be on the floor, you will be stammering like a fool, and jumping up and down out of sure excitable geekyness.

Of course, you are also now done and have done three things.

1.       You have seen the most EPIC cutscene in the game.

2.       You have invested a few hours into the game that yielded some XP, a little cash, and wasted time while           your parents yell at you to get off that damn computer game and come to dinner.

3.       You got your hands on a fancy little achievement.

Anyways, That’s the quest chain. It’s epic, it’s uber, it’s awesome. It’s done.

Now, go fish up some coins in Dalaran. It’s what all the cool kids are doing.

 

Questing In Northrend

 

Darkenedlust, My DK

Darkenedlust, My DK

I am having a blast leveling my Paladin. Though quest stuffs are hard to come by, and I am finding that I am getting tired of the zones before I am done with them, I am still having a grand ol’ time. Pallylust dinged 73 today, and Darkenedlust (My Death Knight) hit 59 yesterday. Both have been fun to play, though I am loving the DK more then I expected to. I am running her as frost spec atm, though I hear constant arguements in general chat that Unholy and Blood are far better for leveling. I’m not concerned. I just did the one that looked fun. 

 

On Pally, I got to do a quest that involved a murloc suit.

Hey, Your Zipper is Showing!

Hey, Your Zipper is Showing!

Paired up with the ADORABLE little baby murlocs that called me “Mama” I’d have to say those quests are quite fun. I made sure to take some time to do a /dance in my murloc suit, and to check out the finer details. Hubby pointed out to me that I had a tube sock on my back that I didn’t even notice. However I DID notice the giant zipper running down the back. You’d think the murlocs would have noticed, too. Along with these quests, we slaughtered us some Orcas, and ended up with the achievement for completing 130 quests in the Borean Tundra: Nothing Boring About Borean Tundra. Dragonblight didn’t appeal to Hubby and I, so we decided to head out to the Howling Fjord next and then hit up the Grizzly Hills. 

 

 

Spear Surfin'!

Spear Surfin

Howling Fjord has been great in it’s own right. I’d have to say so far, my favorite part has been shooting the buildings with the giant harpoons, and then harpooning myself down on a spear from the other side of the water. The zone is beautiful, and I’ve found plenty of Cobolt Ore lying around, and a great spot to kill turkeys for the turkey acheivement. All in all I’d say its a great zone to check out. I also recently finished all the DHETA’S Little Pita Quests, and am also intending to do some Nessy quests as well. I’ll let you know how that goes. Either way, it’s getting very late, so I should be off to bed. Good luck out there everyone!