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!

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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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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!

Good Job, Bliz

 

The Nexus

The Nexus

No really, this isn’t a crack shot. It takes a lot of work to keep a game of this scale running. I think Blizzard did a superb job with the transistion from TBC to WotLK. I’ve only experienced minimal lag. The frusterating things I HAVE encountered have been no fault of blizzard’s, unless you count making a game so awesome it attracts so many people that mobs are no where to be found and queues are sky high. In fact, thats what I’m doing right now…. waiting for my turn in the queue. We didn’t used to have a queue, now we have one 1000+. It’s mildly frusterating but I’m sure it will dwindle soon. Anyways, Pallylust is level 71. We already have a few 80s on our server but I am so through rushing it. I’ve taken my time, been playing with my hubby, and even fit in an instance. The zones are beautiful and the small details

The Nexus

The Nexus

go far. I specially love the death effect of some mobs, where they hit the ground and explode into dust upon impact. It’s a nice touch. And if you happen to do an instance, the Nexus is very pretty and a nice easy one to start with. I went last night and healed it with only one wipe, most of the trash mobs were cake. I also took some time to level fishing up a bit, and am LOVING the stat food available to me. I’ve got quite the to-do list still though.

 

So on that note, Im gonna go attempt to level some more.

The Grind!

Oh man it is upon us, the last four weeks before WotLK hits us. I am franctically trying to finish up everything I wanted to get done, including leveling the hunters, leveling the warlock, topping off professions, crafting the Roflcopter for poofnstab, and grinding out repuations.

For the profession stuff, I have a few more points in fishing for Pally, I got Wife up to 338 tailoring in one shot and 80 herbing, (I DE’d all the tailored stuff btw, sold it, and made nearly 500g!). I had hoped to get the shaman started on some jewelcrafting… and I haven’t even picked professions for the hunters.

The sudden reputation grind comes about due to achievements. One of them is to achieve 40 exalted repuations…. and I have 11. It’s not a bad start really. There have recently been an influx of articles talking about repuations and the grinds… be sure you check it out.

On top of all of this, I tried to take some screen shots of my bank for you lovely readers, but they didn’t take, so I will try again. In the meantime, I’m off to get started on the long grind ahead of me…. how much do you think I can get done in this short amount of time?

Who Knew?

So this weeks Shared Topic fArom BA is brought to us by Breana, co-host to our favorite TNB, and she asks:

What content or goals did you think you would never see, and what have you done? What has surprised you the most? Where do you see yourself in 6 months, after the launch of Lich?

Once upon a time I was a lowly warlock just trying to learn the ins and outs of the game. I didn’t understand endgame (Well there really wasn’t any yet) and I certainly didn’t understand the politics. As I went about and leveled I inherited my own guild. I left it as it was to be social and tried to focus on leveling. During that process there were so many things I didn’t know that I should have, like how to cast a soulstone, what lifetap was, or how to utilize my pets. It never ever was in my wildest dreams that eventually people would seek me out for advice on the game, and about all classes.

Eventually I saw the endgame I knew nothing about. Learned it from a couple of awesome people who were kind enough to include me, so I could spread the knowledge. What they taught me I taught many many others. Not just my guild, but other guilds as well. I saw something on that server I never thought I would… People dropped the constant war of who’s guild was better, and joined up, eager to get there together. Unions were formed and Metaguild was born.

I never imagined I would be a leader. I always saw myself as shy, but eventually I did find myself there, and when I tried to retire from it, people sought me out and brought me right back in. When I started out as a no one I had no idea I’d eventually see all of the old world content less Naxx. (Who wants to see that now anyways, it’ll be in the xpack!) and new content into MH. I especially was pretty set I’d never see beyond Kara with how things were looking on the horde side, but I was in there healing it last week.

I also found that I was capable of organizing things I didnt find likely, like our successful Ironforge raid and the massive passing back and forth of Halaa between my horde guild and a fellow Alliance guild. I discovered that people were coming to my guilds forums to read posts I’d written that I didn’t think were really anything special at all, and best of all, asking me if they can share them with others.

Really I started out convinced I’d always be a big noob…. and I still am. I still learn things from other players, guildies, friends, even other Bloggers. But I am finding out now that Im far more resourceful then I originally thought I was.

In the future for WotLK I am unsure of what to expect. Of course I will be leveling like everyone else. But I struggle when things change. I feel like I’m that Noob all over again and will never figure things out. Likely I will plow on with my guild regardless and we’ll learn the content together. I imagine I will likely ride the tide of the flood of people itching to get into endgame and with the advent of 25’s OR 10’s I’m sure everyone will get to be where they want to be!

Some things I have accomplished:

  • I’ve seen most old world raids on time, Up to princess HuHu in AQ40
  • I’ve managed to Exalted with nearly every faction in the game
  • I’ve leveled fishing and cooking on at least 1 toon
  • I’ve Attuned an entire guild of 150 people to Molten Core, in ONE shot
  • I’ve helped more then 200 others gain thier Onyxia attunement
  • I’ve seen Zones and Places I shouldnt have, including Hyjal, GM Island and Old Ironforge
  • I have downed every World Dragon

Some things I hope to achieve in the future

  • A 70 of every class
  • Reaching the gold cap on at least one toon
  • Having a full set for all three specs for my paladin
  • Seeing Illidan bite the big one
  • Leveling to 80 in a timely manner for a change
  • See one of the Kings/Queens of a major city go down