Archive for January, 2011

Taming Rare Pets… Again!

January 27, 2011 - 12:14 pm 1 Comment

So since my last post about rare pets, I’ve been checking on spawns, camping them for an hour here or there. Sitting in one spot for too long brings flash backs of my younger days… back in Everquest camping Stormfeather for the quest item that rewarded me with the epic Eyepatch of Plunder. That camp was 96 hours straight, logged in the entire time, napping off and on with my speakers up so loud it would wake a bear on Christmas – oh, and I was four or five boxing at any given time as well. My guild renamed the zone after that… from Iceclad Ocean to “Aalwein’s Frozen Buttprint.”

Needless to say, I’m too old and too damned busy now to actually sit on a spawn point for too long. I had basically relegated myself to a collection of tamed boss pets and a few random semi-rares here and there. But one day, on my regular patrol for spirit beasts, I finally came across a winner. Read through the break to find out about my “Great Taming Day.”

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Week One Wrap-up

January 11, 2011 - 12:28 pm No Comments

ODS First Kill

Our third night of raiding is over – that wraps up week one of raiding, the first week of raiding post-Cataclysm. We spent most of the second raid night this week (17 attempts, in fact) focused on the Omnitron Defense System. As I said in my previous post, we almost got it. Well, we walked in to the fight on night three and one-shot the thing! There was a bit of toon swapping before the fight, though, so I didn’t have a log. Not to worry, this won’t happen again! I have LoggerHead now – no more forgotten /combatlog commands!

With the whole night ahead of us (granted a bit of a late start) we moved on to Maloriak. Honestly, I think we were all high after one-shotting ODS (and more then a few raiders were drunk) so we really didn’t make a lot of progress. But it was fun all the same. One thing to note, Pyremaw, one of the trash mobs in the cauldron outside Maloriak’s room, is a pain in the ass. Do your guild a favor – stack, smash the aoe (use cooldowns), and aoe heal. It’s the easy way! Read on for my first review of Cataclysm raiding. (more…)

Return of the Raid

January 9, 2011 - 11:21 pm No Comments

Magmaw First KillAfter only two nights of raiding, Imminent Destruction dropped our first boss since the release of Cataclysm. Our first night was very rough. Not only do we have new skills and abilities to master in a raid environment, we have new bosses, new strategies, and new boss mechanics to learn. However, even though on our first night we only managed to drop Magmaw to 48%, we learned very quickly and by the end of the evening we were clicking very well. We knew what we were doing wrong and where we needed to improve. I only had one thing to say: damn it’s good to be raiding again.

Night two was a great success. We came in loaded with a new strategy against Magmaw. The first go was messy – we had to get a feel for this new strategy. The second and third tries were progressively better. On the fourth try, Magmaw was toast – and we got the Parasite Evening achievement to boot! I’m sure the healers will emphatically disagree, on that fourth go it really showed the fight is not all that hard. It’s all about timing and movement. And that, my friends, brings me to the key to Cataclysm raiding thus far. (more…)

PTR Patch 4.0.6

January 8, 2011 - 11:23 am No Comments

The public test realm has been patched with the first round of class balancing and bug fixes that will make up the first major patch since Cataclysm dropped. There have been lots of hotfixes, of course, that have graced us since December, but 4.0.6 marks the first class balancing patch since Wrath. Some classes are relatively unchanged while some are seeing some significant balancing.

Hunters are the only class that are seeing balancing done across all specs. Survival is (so far) getting a slight nerf. Marksman and Beast Masters are both getting significant buffs. This was to be expected as SV was a bit overpowered on single targets while both MM and BM were far behind SV in total DPS. Follow after the cut to see the hunter notes and analysis of what this means. (more…)

Random Musings

January 4, 2011 - 11:45 pm 2 Comments

Not much going on lately except brain-meltingly long heroic dungeon grinds. Imminent Destruction starts raiding tomorrow night and the last couple weeks we’ve been hitting the dungeon grind hardcore. Based on WoW-Heroes numbers, we’re looking good. We already did a “trial run” of sorts in Baradin Hold, the Tol Barad dungeon akin to Wintergrasp’s Vault of Archavon. The end result: we dropped Pit Lord Argaloth with literally 1.2 seconds left before enrage… even after dropping over 75k damage per second.

Since the launch of Cataclysm, much has changed aside from the obvious destruction of the world. Obviously the first thing we all came across was the difficulty of heroics. Crazy hard is a pretty good description of heroics. There’s several bosses that “pug eater” just fails to accurately describe. But like every difficulty in World of Warcraft, players always prevail. Hit the cut to read more about what Cataclysm is like nearly a month after launch. (more…)