Archive for January, 2010

Random Thought of the Day

Step 1: Find a fight that requires you to DPS only for a very short amount of time (20-30 secs). This could be either a zerg (Sarth3D, before kiting Tenebron) or a tankswap boss with a DPS race component, where tank survivability isn’t a big issue. (Prof Putri phase phree, maybe? Sorry, couldn’t resist the mangled alliteration.)

Step 2: Get the Nevermelting Ice Crystal, and chain with Scorpion trinket/Berserk/speed potion/Heroism/Hysteria, if you can get it.

Step 3: ???

Step 4: WIN.



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Stress and anxiety over, for the time being; 2 adults, 1 toddler, 2 cats, 6 pieces of luggage, a carry-on bag, and a laptop safely delivered to the States. I’ll be blogging some, but asΒ  I’m left with a somewhat ancient integrated-graphics machine connecting back across the globe to the Oceanic servers on crappy hotel wifi, if you do see me in-game, don’t expect anything special. (Actually, don’t expect everything at all, as I’ve probably d/ced.) I’m doing some alting and attempting 5-mans, but raiding is probably out of the question (at least until I get out of this hotel next week.) Got some post ideas bouncing around in my head, but any serious theorycraft stuff will probably have to wait for a while (which is fine with me, as theorycraft takes a bunch of time to do well).

Nifty stuff to check out:

  • Wow.com’s 15 Minutes of Fame piece on a fellow Army officer and WoW player, with some good stuff on how he managed to play a bit while deployed in Iraq. (Thanks for the link, CB.)
  • Darksend, Jacemora, and Vallen are keeping up the feral love on their blogs, and CB continues to do good work on the wowwiki feral dps guide.Β  Go visit them, I’ve got nothing atm. πŸ˜‰

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I’ve been very busy with packing and taking care of last-minute details. (You want to know what’s even MORE fun then packing up a household for an around-the-world move while a 17-month-old unpacks everything behind you? When said 17-month-old can’t keep anything down. I’m beating my wife 3-1 in the “times puked on” contest). This appears to be a week for goodbyes, however, as both Kalon (at Thinktank) and Runy (at Unbearably HoT) have called it quits for now. Kalon, especially, has always posted excellent thoughts and commentary, and the WoW blogosphere is the lesser for his departure. He’s been the premier feral blogger, IMHO, ever since he picked up the torch from Andrew/Karthis (Of Teeth and Claws). I hope to follow in his footsteps. (Er. In a few weeks. Few other matters to handle first. Apparently, even in 2010, mortgages still require a lot of paper to be signed).

With my move, I will also be saying good-bye to the guild I helped create. The Bandits have been an excellent family for me, and I hate to leave, but time zones bend to no man. As such, I’d like to send out a few personal goodbyes. (I’ve undoubtedly missed a few people, so I apologize in advance.)

  • Addric: Thank you for stepping up to tank when we were short, and keeping it up through thick and thin, from Naxx to ICC. I know you had a lot of struggles at first, but unlike some other ragequit tanks that we had (Hi, W*), you always took suggestions well and improved your game.
  • Sak: Even though you’ve stepped aside from WoW, your leet pally-tanking dragged our sorry butts through more Naxx-25 runs than I can remember. WHERE IS MY SAK IS BACK BANNER? 😦
  • Caractis: (Member #1 of the Million Alts club): Miss your heals, bro.
  • Killae: Who could forget the guild mascot? πŸ™‚ Haven’t seen you in a while; hope the back’s doing better.
  • Grex: Another lifer and felllow melee DPS’er. I know we had some disagreements, but I’ll bring you to a run any day. (It wasn’t me who missed the interrupt on Gen V, I SWEAR.)
  • Nere: Drunken warlockery (shamanry?) = classic Vent moments. You can always come count the Heigan flames. (1…2…3…4…3…*crunchcrunchcrunch*…NERE ARE YOU EATING ON VENT AGAIN…2…)
  • Dapple: Peerless roguery…and guess what, someone else wiped on the ledge sub-boss under Kolo, so you’re not a special snowflake anymore. πŸ˜‰
  • Zane: Great DK tanking, all the time. Get a mic, man! I can only see about 4 lines of your /rw macro spam before it scrolls off the screen. πŸ˜›
  • Lian: My favorite retar retnu um, super awesome ret pally. Seriously, whenever I got to DPS, I was secretly trying to root you so I could top you on the meters. πŸ™‚
  • Shai: (Member #2 of the Million Alts club): Wait, shammies can heal? What?
  • Ami/Danz: Playing with you was always crazy fun: fun because you rocked, crazy becuase you always d/c’ed right AFTER the pull. πŸ˜‰
  • Lplate: (Founder of the Million Alts club): I’m in awe of your toon naming scheme. No, seriously, none of this “who’s alt is that?” Great stuff.
  • Arnost: Your DK has gotten AMAZINGLY better since you started. Keep up the (unholy) fire, man.
  • Lunc: I don’t really have any amusing stories to tell about you, because you were always the guy that we could coun on to be flexible and fill whatever role we needed. DPS? Yep. Tank? NP. Alaron ego-buffer? Erm, no. πŸ˜‰
  • Temp; A warrior’s warrior. Or something. (I hate you for going Fury, though…My rotation is so much easier with an Armsbot.) πŸ˜›
  • Sap: May your eloquently worded insults and pithy observations continue to fly over the heads of everyone in the guild. πŸ™‚
  • Krothe: The Bandits Sacrificial Lamb, Version 2.0.
  • Felidae: Stop being right about stuff, dammit! You’re taking the guild know-it-all position away from me. πŸ™‚ (well, I guess you can have it now. /sadface)
  • Spel/XI: I miss the conversations we used to have. Remember when we did the dreadsteed quest together in BC and we were all like”Dire Maul? pff. Weve got 70’s, baby” and then almost wiped? πŸ™‚
  • Dazzy: Bringing the deeps, man, BRINGING THE DEEPS. Yours and Ayan’s fight for the top of the meters was awesome (unless I was tanking, then it was “INVIS ALREADY”).
  • Assirea: Our silent chicken ASSASSIN. Seriously, she wouldn’t say anything the whole run, and you’d look at the meters, and her boomkin would be on top by a MILE. Awesome. (And, just once, it would have been hysterical if you had snapped and been like “dammit, Al, for the fifth freaking time, my brez is STILL ON COOLDOWN.”)
  • Bigtail: I still haven’t the foggiest idea how you merge FRAPS, being a clicker, and super-leet DPS. Oh, wait, you’re a hunter. That explains it. πŸ™‚ Congrats on your promotion.
  • Illia/Elanotatree: Your heals were the backbone of most of our runs. (Krag/Ela? Pssh. I know the true story.) Thanks for always healing, even dual-speccing holy/disc when the rest of the healers were picking up dps offspecs.
  • Elassar/Elatree: You taught me a ton about druid healing, enough to convince me to, um, pick up the branches. Hopefully I taught you a bit about feraling as well (and please try to forget the bit about relieving yourself on the nearest tree…I may or may not have been sleep-deprived.)
  • Ayan: I STILL think that your Sapphiron iceblock in Naxx-25 was 1) way more deadly then my Kara facepull 2) way more hysterical. “NOT ME NOT ME!” “Wha…hey why do we have four icebl*boom*”. Oh, and hopefully this balances the account: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    I’ll miss you.
  • Krag, the pro GL: Thick and thin, big guild (what, 200+ now) or little (damn, gotta PUG 3 for Naxx-10 again), you were the rock that kept us going. We had a tone of great conversations. Thanks for everything that you do, BESIDES the whole paying for vent/guild website/maintaining ranks/guild bank/enchants on demand/loot drama soother thing. GL with the rest of ICC.


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    Lock adventures

    I’ve been playing my lock (my old main) a bit more with the advent of 3.3, and I just wanted to relate a quick story.

    Background: My lock dies. A lot. A lot a lot. (This is probably because he’s still mostly in blues/Naxx10 stuff, which gives me the false sense of security that I won’t pull threat off a tank. Protip: Immolation Aura+Rain of Fire does absolutely amazing AOE DPS for about 5 seconds, then the whole pack will splatter you.) I did a H POS run with him with several guild alts, and he died SIX times during that run.

    So, I brought him along to a random dungeon (Gundrak) two nights ago with the same guild alts (the healer made me sign a waiver, just about). I was good, I promise…I let the tank get off a thunderclap before AOE’ing, I stayed at range, I keybound my soulshatter AND saved enough shards for it (coughnooblockcough). We’d killed everything and were burning down Gal’darah at the end when the healer piped up on Vent, saying “man, this run was great, Ala’s lock didn’t even die once.”

    Five seconds later, with rhino Gal at about 5% health, he does his charge thing, hits me, then randomly decides to toss in a melee attack before going back to the tank. (No, I wasn’t even close on threat…yes, it was a one-shot.)

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard so much Vent laughter. πŸ™‚

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    Just a bit busy

    Just so people know, I’m moving my family from Korea back to the States in two weeks, and am also buying a house there, with all the paperwork that entails. As such, my posting schedule may be slightly lighter than usual. πŸ™‚ Even if I’m not posting, I’ll try to respond to any comments within 24 hours.

    I also think my itinerary is…well…relativistic. See below:

    Depart: Seoul Incheon Int’l 11:05 AM
    Seoul KR Monday, January 25
    Arrive: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Arpt 10:20 AM
    Atlanta, GA USA Monday, January 25
    Terminal N
    Seat: Not Assigned Stopovers: 0
    Meal: Dinner Mileage: 7135
    Aircraft: Boeing 747-400 Travel Time: 13:15

    Apparently, I’m arriving before I leave, but it takes me 13 hours to do it. πŸ™‚

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    This page has moved to my new site! Please visit http://fluiddruid.net/2010/01/the-33-cat-gearing-guide-part-2/.

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    I hate Rogues [low content]

    Just poking around some random combat logs on the Internet at work (no WWS/WMO/WOL, so I’m trolling guild websites and such) and found this gem. Mr. Rogue’s ability rotation consists of: Sinister Strike to 5 cps;Β refresh Slice and Dice Β if down or less than 10s left; otherwise Eviscerate. Use Adrenaline Rush, Blade Flurry, and Killing Spree on cooldown. The muti rogue’s not much better: Mutilate to 5 cps, Rupture, muti to 5 cps, Envenom, repeat, use long-CD skills when up.

    Done. 8k DPS for both Rogues, top ofΒ the charts. (Yes, small sample size is small.)

    I understand they’re a pure DPS class…but I look at the optimal Feral rotation in comparison and cry on the inside a little bit. Blizz: I love you guys, really I do, but if your mechanics cause a formerly core part of a DPS rotation to be dropped completely (Rupture for Combat, Arcane Missiles, probably some others I can’t think of), then you probably need a few more hotfixes.

    Also, I may roll a Rogue alt. πŸ™‚

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