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What’s wrong with Shamans today?

February 9, 2010

I’m not sure if it’s just on my battlegroup, but I have lately noticed that 9/10 shamans suck, and you might ask why.. I’ll tell you why:

1. Almost none use totems – Why you ask? Well, most of the time it’s “unefficient”
2. Never use water shield and don’t bring water
3. Act like morons

My last example is kinda funny. We were doing VH and one of the dps drops after second portal. This new shaman joins in and starts
writing in caps, apparently he’s in panic that he cant get in. So I tell him like I tell any other noob, that he should TALK to the guy outside the door
to get a port in.

My favourite shaman continues to write in caps, demanding that we answer his questions… everyone ignores him and continues to clear VH portals.
The shaman goes into a fat kid nerd rage and starts calling everyone noob, refuses to dps and basically just sits through the instance. We clear it
and then leave. Just kind sad that you can’t kick people in VH due to combat.

So if you find yourself in a group with this guy, expect to be entertained..he is after all 26! 😀

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Warlock Northrend Instance Gear Introduction

February 3, 2010

Since I have just dinged lvl 68 and Northrend has opened up for me, there’s some basic stuff I would like to know. Like first off, what kind of gear can I expect to find in Utgarde Keep and the Nexus, since those will be my two primary pug dungeons with the new dungeon finder tool.

Keep in mind this is not warlock loot per se, but everything is a fucking upgrade at this point 🙂

Normal instance gear Utgarde Keep
Reinforced Velvet Helm (48 sta, 49 int, 43 spi, 51 spell power – Drops from Prince Keleseth 28%)
Skein Woven Mantle (33 sta, 41 int, 30 spell power, 15 mp5 – Drops from trash 2%)
Keleseth’s Blade of Evocation (60,7 dps, 24 int, 31 spi, 233 spell power – Drops from Prince Keleseth 29%)
Shroud of Resurrection (28 sta, 29 int, 44 spell power, 19 mp5 – Drops from Gortok Palehoof 25%)

Normal instance gear The Nexus
Attuned Crystalline Boots (31 sta, 41 int, 31 spi, 37 spell power – Drops off Keristrasza 30%)
Wand of Shimmering Scales (187 dps, 21 haste 26 spell power – Drops from Grand Magus Telestra 29%)
Band of Glittering Permafrost (25 sta, 33 int, 26 spell power, 10 mp5 – Drops from Keristrasza 30%)
Tome of the Lore Keepers (25 sta, 32 int, 23 spi, 26 spell power – Drops from Anomalus 29%)

Warlock focus

February 3, 2010

Since I’m not playing my five paladins now, I will change the focus onto warlocks and general wow stuff (as RAF for example). Expect to see warlock gear guide 70-80, BiS at 80 and other things 🙂

Guide to Dual-box leveling with RAF

February 3, 2010

Welcome to part 2 of the RAF leveling guide

By now you should have everything setup and ready to. The classes are created and you’re about to press enter to log into the wonderful world of Warcraft.
A tiny question pops into your head: Is there anything I need to know?

Well of course it is, I am glad you asked! I will give you some general advice and then give you an example of how I do it.

Things you need to know when leveling with RAF

  1. Pick a month where you are not so busy so you wont have to pay for two months leveling 1-60
  2. Use the Jamba addon (www.jafula.com) (auto share quests and so on, MUST HAVE)
  3. Try and avoid collection quests, there’s no point in farming for 20 items times two when you get triple xp
  4. Do not buy green/blue items for your characters – It’s super pointless and a waste of cash/time
  5. Think twice about doing dungeons 1-60, it might mess up your leveling pace. I avoid dungeons until 60.
  6. Remember that you can summon your other account and that it can summon you. It’s like two heartstones – use it smart.
  7. Only train abilities when you have huge upgrades or pass a city by default
  8. Plan your leveling path (I will try and be more specific about this in another post)
  9. Don’t group with people unless you need to for a specific quest (if you have to wait for people, just ignore it and do another one)
  10. Send all the loot you get to an AH mule (character parked in stormwind/orgrimmar next to a mailbox)

An example of how I level
I always start by deciding what kind of character I want to play, in this last case it turned out to be a Warlock. My next question is, what character do I want to compliment the warlock? As I need two grouped characters to get the RAF bonus. Playing two of the same class might seem boring, but it’s very easy to setup. In this case I decided to go two affliction warlocks that will respec at 50 to demonology.

My both warlocks start in Durotar (orcs) and I like to level untwinked (so no 20 slots bags or anything to help). I have already setup Jamba so my other warlock will auto accept quests, I have a /follow command that I press when I want him to follow and his hotbar looks pretty much like my own. When I attack a monster the other character will assist and cast the same spell – it’s pretty simple stuff.

I do not do collection quests unless it’s below 5 items to gather. Collection quests slow you down! Remember that you are getting triple xp, doing one quest is like doing three. That means that you have plenty of other quests to do. In this case my warlocks didn’t do a single collection quest up to 60.

If you are unsure about what leveling path you should take I suggest you look into free guides on the net (www.wow-pro.com) for example. My warlock leveling path was something like this:

Durotar 1-10
Barrens 10-20
Stonetalon Mnts 20-25
Southshore 25-30
Arathi + Thousand Needles 30-35
Stranglethorn Vale 35-40
Tanaris 40-45
Hinterlands 45-52
Felwood 52-55
Winterspring 55-58

At 58 there’s this great thing you can do. If you activate the Burning Crusade trial on your RAF account you will be enter to go into Hellfire and get the two last levels without even buying it (since you wont use it later).

I usually only train my skills when I really must. Going back and fourth to town will only slow you down (remember that rhyme!) If you know that you will get an ability that will be super effective in your leveling, then by all means – go and get it.

I never buy stuff either, there’s not a single item (except the heirlooms) that you could possibly want during your 1-60 journey. It’s not uncommon that my characters will ding 60 in lvl 10 gear, or with grey items or whatever. Gear isn’t that amazing that you need to spend time on the AH searching for green and blue items.

I know I said earlier that you shouldn’t group, and I stand by my words. Yes it’s a shitty attitude I agree, but if you want to level fast you might have to ignore that level 35 asking you to help him with all his/her quests.

Also keep in mind that you can summon your other character and that he/she can summon you. This means you kinda have two heartstones. I tend to bind one character on one continent and the other one on the other. It will speed up your travel time some. Just heartstone with whatever character is bound in your quest area and then summon the other one.

The journey to 60 will be faster then usual. As I said earlier – expect it to take about 24 hours if you follow my advice.

Introduction to Dual-box leveling with RAF

February 3, 2010

A Guide to Dual-Box leveling with RAF (Recruit-A-Friend) Part One

Introduction
Most people do not realize that you have the option to use a second account to level faster. Basically you get triple xp by adding another subscription to your account that lasts for 90 days. Yes you read it right the first time: Triple XP on all quests and monsters until you reach level 60. You also get 1 free level to grant your main account for every 2 levels the second account gets. So level 1-60 yields 29 levels. But this guide is not about that. This guide is how to optimize your time spent leveling with RAF.

So why would I want to use RAF really? It’s a good question. If you enjoy leveling lots of characters but feel the 1-60 levels are a bit tedious I certainly recommend using this. A normal person who’s familiar with the old world quests will do 1-60 in less than 24 hours just by questing. Pretty decent time saver eh?

What Do I need?
You need an activated World of Warcraft account. With that account you go into the account settings and search for the RAF recruitment option (take in consideration that not all countries have RAF.)

Players with a World of Warcraft account from the following countries are able to use the “Recruit A Friend” service: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, UK, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Belgium. Players from outside of these countries; players with trial accounts, or with full accounts with five referrals from the “Recruit A Friend” service currently pending, are ineligible.

Find the RAF invitation and send it to yourself. One you receive the email from Blizzard you can either create a new battle.net account OR you can integrate the trial account with your existing one (which I have done). Once done you now have two accounts, your normal account and the trial account.

Ok so now what?
One thing that is really important in my opinion is that you check your hardware or software solution to see that you can play two accounts at once. Remember that you haven’t paid Blizzard anything yet! As a trial account you can still level up to 20, but you won’t be able to trade or tell people who doesn’t have you on their friend list. Once you’ve established that you can run WoW on either two computers or on one computer it’s time to go to the next step.

Planning your characters
My favourite part 🙂 What do you want to play and what will you match your main character with? For example, although playing a Warrior/Healer combo in theory sounds nice – it’s pretty slow. You are better off going with two characters in “DPS” spec. I usually say that you have two options here: You can either actually play what you want from the start (if you want to) OR you could do it the lame way and play two ultra fast leveling characters up to 60, then level your new main to 30,9 and grant the remaining 29 levels. I would only recommend to do it if you hate playing that specific class during the first 60 levels. Whatever rocks your boat 🙂

By now you should have ready yourself for the next step, the actual leveling which I will continue to talk about in part 2.

The Hunt for 60

January 31, 2010

My plan is to ding 60 today and then get ready for Outland (yes I know I can go earlier, but im not gonna). Haven’t really had much time to play this weekend, but with some luck tonight I’ll ding 60.

Ding 30

January 28, 2010

I got a good gaming session yesterday and my warlocks dinged 32 i think. Doing quests 1-60 I prefer horde. Most areas are better in every way with easier quest hubs, more kill quests and so on.

I made a whopping 100g on the AH today just by selling wool! WTH is up with the wool prices, not that I complain.

Also, if you happen to be a horde tailorer on the Draenor server, maybe you could craft me two Robes of Arcana for a decent price? 🙂