Archive for October, 2012

Straw hats and you

Posted in Miscellanea, Transmogrification with tags , , on October 31, 2012 by Aeliel

Although I hit exalted with the Tillers themselves quite some time ago, I’ve still been doing the dailies – for valor points, for fun, and for reputation with the individual pandas. I’m almost done with Friends on the Farm, and today I capped my rep with Old Hillpaw and got a Straw Hat in the mail.

Being me, I promptly linked it in guild chat and commented that it really should have some sort of farming bonus or something like that on it, because it’s useless as it is… and then somebody asked a smart question:

“Is it transmoggable?”

Turns out yes, yes it is.

The hat Old Hillpaw mails you is cloth, but Gina Mudclaw sells a version of the hat for each of the four armor classes – cloth, leather, plate and mail. They look absolutely identical, and while they’re somewhat unflattering on some races (see my poor night elf above), I would wager it wouldn’t look half bad on, say, a pandaren.

Battle pet breeds

Posted in Miscellanea with tags , , , on October 24, 2012 by Aeliel

Happened onto this tool by chance while browsing the Wowhead forums. I’ve not seen anybody mention this and it can be quite useful for serious pet battlers… okay, okay, an oxymoron really, since pet battles aren’t really “serious”, let’s just say anybody who cares about getting the best pets possible.

The better quality a pet is (from poor to rare), the harder it hits and the higher its stats. This is known. However, two identical pets of the same quality can have different stat spreads, depending on their “breed”. Certain pets can only come in one breed, others have multiple – so you might have, for instance, a speedy chicken or a tanky chicken or a stabby chicken.

This is where this battle pet breeds website comes in. It shows you the stat multipliers associated with each breed and, if you input your character and server name, examines your list, tells you the breed of each of your pets, and alerts you to any duplicates (pets that have the same family and breed, and as such are functionally identical if they’re the same quality).

The information used by the website is grabbed directly from Blizzard through the Armory API, so it’s reliable.

Now, what breed a certain pet is might or might not make a difference (I have a blue Minfernal, and I don’t know what breed it is, I’ve not looked, but it was hard enough to track down that even if it’s the absolute worst breed I don’t care), but knowing is better than not knowing, no? And it might make a difference when choosing whether or not to level a rare pet for battling with.

Bloody hell this fight

Posted in Achievements, Raiding, Tanking with tags , , , , on October 23, 2012 by Aeliel

I’ll start posting more content than just “lookit, we killed this” soon, I promise, but…

Heroic Spirit Kings down! Realm first as usual by now – the only other guild who had a Heroic Gara’jal kill before this reset (and therefore had enough wipes on this to have a shot at killing it) isn’t raiding tomorrow, and chose to kill it normal mode and clear the rest of the instance about one hour before we got our kill. World 88th kill overall according to WoWProgress, and 51st 10-man, which puts us at world 81st overall and 42nd 10-man. Not bad at all.

Extremely chaotic fight and took quite some perfecting of the strategy, including continuous wiping pretty much on the pull, Method-style, when we got saddled with a less-than-ideal order (the order on our kill, for the record, was Qiang – Subetai – Meng – Zian). It didn’t help that we lost a DPS to a guild-hop (to a worse guild…) mid-progression, but hey, clearly didn’t need him anyway.

Loot was Steelskin, Qiang’s Impervious Shield (which makes me the current best-geared warrior on the server) and Girdle of Delirious Visions (which went for offspec, but hey, better than a disenchant).

Elegon next! From the handful of pulls we did tonight before raid end he doesn’t seem too hard, so we might even kill it before reset – we’ll see.

Die, you stupid troll, die

Posted in Achievements, Raiding, Tanking with tags , , , , on October 14, 2012 by Aeliel

Gara’jal heroic down.

Oh. My. God.

So proud of everybody in our guild, you have no idea. This fight is such a tight DPS race, especially in 10-man. Likely to get much, much easier with gear, but right now we don’t have the gear… so it was very, very, very tight. How tight? That yell he’s doing in the screenshot is his berserk mechanic, a spell that instantly wipes the raid. He started casting it and fell over a half second later.

Dropped Sollerets of Spirit Splitting (yay!) and Circuit of the Frail Soul.

Realm first! And according to WoWProgress right now, world 30th 10-man, 60th overall. Unsurprisingly, we’ve gone from being the underdog guild nobody really cared about to the guild everybody’s itching to join.

Eeeeeeeeeeeeee. *bounces*

First HM kills

Posted in Achievements, Raiding, Tanking with tags , , , , on October 12, 2012 by Aeliel

Stone Guard HM realm first (dropping tiles is fun!), Feng the Accursed HM realm second because he’s a bag of dicks mainly because of RNG. Still realm first 10-man, though. Stone Guard dropped Stonefang Chestguard (which went for offspec because our hunter was out of the raid having dinner) and Claws of Amethyst; Feng coughed up Bracers of Six Oxen (yay!) and Imperial Ghostbinder’s Robes.

Dealing with Gara’jal now. Definitely enjoying this tier far, far more than I ever enjoyed Dragon Soul so far. The fights are incredibly interesting and involved even for tanks.

And down it goes

Posted in Achievements, Raiding, Tanking with tags , , on October 4, 2012 by Aeliel

There we go. Realm first! Loot was Grips of Terra Cotta (went for offspec) and Magnetized Leggings; some people also got an item off their extra roll, but by that point I wasn’t paying attention.

All throughout Cataclysm I said I wanted fights that were more interesting to tank, and oh boy did I get my wish. This was extremely fun, but also amazingly tense (and ugh my camera getting jammed into a wall cost me an extra Opportunistic Strike, since I ate a stomp). I literally did nothing but stare at the boss I was tanking to avoid the attacks (successfully – got 5 Opportunistic Strikes in a row at one point) and rotate cooldowns, to the point that the first time I looked at the health of the boss was when I saw my Execute button light up. I am so very glad I wasn’t raid leading.

I am so incredibly proud of our guild, you have no idea.

My God, it’s full of stars

Posted in Achievements, Raiding, Tanking with tags , , on October 4, 2012 by Aeliel

Realm third, world… I dunno, WoWProgress is being slow in updating, since everybody is killing all the things.

This actually took some effort – best food on our casters, DPS flasks, potions and food on tanks, healers helping DPS in the spark phases and so on. Can’t wait to see this fight on heroic – I’d wager we’re going to see class-stacking of the Spine HM variety.

We even got the Straight Six achievement out of it. Loot was fun – Bottle of Infinite Stars and Light of the Cosmos, plus one of our priests got Torch of the Celestial Spark out of an Elder Charm of Good Fortune. Not a bad haul, although I really wanted the pretty tanking axe from him… ahh well, more kills in our future.

One boss left!