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WOW, What a Weekend!

Posted in World of Warcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2010 by Randul the Dwarf

This weekend was quite possibly one of the biggest in my WOW gaming career.  Okay, so it’s not a career, but you get the idea.  I’ll open up with the big news, albeit only slightly bigger than the other news.  (To me!)

Kered the Kingslayer

That’s right, my ragtag band of merry men (and women) the Dinner Goat crew finally killed the Lich King.  We started raiding as a group in Wrath with Naxxramas and followed through all the way to the Lich King.  We certainly had some bumps and bruises along the way, but the bottom line is we did it!

Grats go out to Jamason, Waspblood, Hoofz, Lissik, Emalie, Koffka, Kalisen, Gruffee, Tolzer and, of course, Kered for owning the Lich King in the face!

The true beauty of the moment was that we did it ourselves.  We didn’t recruit anyone to the guild for the purpose of successful raids.  No one left to go find a raid group that was more skilled.  A group of friends managed to achieve our ultimate goal for the expansion.

While it was a great moment, it was bittersweet as well, for a few reasons.

  1. My wife, Beatris, did not get in on the kill.  She’s been having a very hard time raiding lately, as our son is rarely asleep by the time the raids start.  So my happiness was mixed with sadness for her missing the event.
  2. I didn’t even know what was happening!  I was in Frostmourne when we hit 10% and thought we had wiped.  I knew what was going to happen, but without actually seeing the LK’s lifebar I really thought something had gone south.
  3. Not that this is the most important thing to me, far from it, but there was not even the possibility of loot for me.  You see, I am a Dual Wield Death Knight, and that’s the ONLY spec that 10-man Lich King doesn’t have a weapon for.  Stupid?  I agree.  Of course, the 2-hander dropped, but I didn’t even roll against our Retadin for it.  That would have been quite douchy.

So now our goal is to get all the folks in the guild who missed the kill, but are geared and experienced enough to go in, their Kingslayer title.

Calduin hits 80!

A little background on this will explain why it is pretty monumental in it’s own right.  Calduin was my second WOW character, and first Alliance character.  My first character was a Troll named Kakascha, but I quickly migrated to the Alliance side and created Calduin.

I leveled Calduin to about 30 before I even created another Alliance character, but he was pretty much backburnered at that point.  Not one, not two, but three characters who were all created after Calduin hit 80 before he did.

Poor Calduin sat unfinished at the end of TBC.  A lowly level 67 when 70 was the cap.  /frown  Finally, however, he is at his level cap.  Finally, he has seen some endgame.  (He was in a 10-man ToC last night)  Finally…Calduin has his day.  This is completely true, as he is the character I am playing most, and plan on playing the most right now.

So congratulations to Calduin, my Night Elf Hunter.  You truly got me interested in this game, but over the months and years I had forgotten you.  I ask now, that you serve me well as you did so long ago.  In return, I promise to acquire phat lewtz for you and get you achievements.  I cannot promise you the coveted Kingslayer title, as you are just too poorly geared, but I will work hard to make sure you are ready come Cataclysm.

Having said that, there’s no way Calduin will be my first or even second player to level in Cataclysm.  Those spots are already taken by characters that bring DPS AND utility, such as the Warrior, DK or Shaman.  I will level you though, Calduin, and you will see 85 before the next-next expansion comes out!

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What’s New?

Posted in World of Warcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 10, 2009 by Randul the Dwarf

It’s been too long since I posted.  I’m turning into one of those bloggers who is inconsistent with my posting.  I don’t like that, but the fact of the matter is, I blog from work and work is nuts this time of year.

Raiding

I did want to give a little bit of an update on what’s going on with me in-game these days.  My guild is farming Trial of the Crusader & Onyxia for mad lewtz, just like everyone else.  There is a very small minority that wants to try Trial of the Grand Crusader, but I really don’t think we are ready for it.  Don’t get me wrong, I want to try it!  I just think we will fail and have some very frustrated people on our hands.

I don’t mind wiping in a raid.  Obviously I like downing bosses and wiping is not as enjoyable, but it doesn’t bother me.  It doesn’t make me mad to wipe on a boss, as long as we are progressing.  There are people in my guild, however, who will stop showing up to raid nights if we wipe too many times.  This is why I am hesitant to go after TotGC, especially without our “progression group”.

With our progression group, I think we’d stand a chance.  We have the dps, the healing & the tanking to get the job done.  Unfortunately, our progression group is MIA right now.  The reasons are good, I’m not blaming them.  New jobs, family issues, etc…it’s just that without our best raiders, we aren’t getting TotGC down anytime soon.

Speaking of our progression group, we’ve stalled out on Yogg-Saron in Ulduar.  Not because we can’t beat him, but because we can’t get the people online to even try.  It’s frustrating, but it’s something we need to deal with.

PVP

On the pvp front, my gear is coming along nicely.  My 2v2 partner and I passed the 1350 hurdle that had been haunting us for a while, and finally got our relentless boots.  We took a small step back this past week and didn’t do so hot, but everyone has their good weeks and bad.  We’ll bounce back and get over 1400 soon.

My current gear setup is as follows:

  • Set Pieces:  4/5 Furious, with the Deadly Helm
  • Cape & Neck:  Furious
  • Bracers, Belt & Boots: Relentless
  • Rings:  Deadly & Wintergrasp
  • Trinkets: Resilience/AP on use & AP/”pvp trinket” on use.
  • Ranged:  Some stupid gun from Ulduar

It’s not bad, I should get my Furious helmet next week.  Hopefully we’ll be getting an 3v3 team going to get a few more points each week.

Leveling

The last thing I’ve been doing lately is leveling my wife’s Hunter Frona.  As of right now she’s about 1 bubble into 79.  I think my wife is going to start playing her now so she can get reacquainted before she starts running heroics & raids at 80.

It’s been alright, but I don’t think I’m going to level my hunter now.  Beastmaster is undoubtedly the most efficient way to level a hunter, but it’s also pretty boring.  Serpent Sting, Arcane, Steady, Steady does not a fun rotation make.  Sure, I’ve got some cooldowns in there, but they aren’t that exciting either.

I think the next character I level will be the Shaman.  I’ve got him to 35, only 5 levels till an epic mount & dual wield.  Yeah, he’s definitely next.

That’s what I’ve been into lately.  Hopefully I’ll have some interesting things to write about soon, rather than just an update post every now and then.

 

A Change of Pace

Posted in General, World of Warcraft with tags , , on May 29, 2009 by Randul the Dwarf

The wife and I have been leveling our hunters, Calduin and Frona lately.  Calduin (me) is a level 70 Night Elf Beastmaster Hunter and Frona is a level 71 Dwarven Marksmanship Hunter.  Yes folks, the elusive Dwarven female does exist, and the way her pigtails spin when she casts really gets me going.

When we restarted leveling these two, Calduin was 69 and Frona was 70, so we have gained a level and we are both on the verge of leveling again.

My thoughts:

Beastmastery is fun, as long as you enjoy the pet aspect of the class.  If you are looking for more of an archery focus, go to one of the other specs.  From what I’ve been able to gather, the priority system for BM is Serpent Sting > Arcane Shot > Steady shot.  Of course you have the ability to go Big Red (insert animal type here) with Bestial Wrath and Kill Command, but overall, the archery aspect of Beastmastery is not all that intriguing.

What I do enjoy about the spec is, quite honestly, something I never thought I’d enjoy, the pets.  I have two pets right now, a Cat named Hobbes and a Turtle named Sherman.  First things first, yes, I’m a fan of the comic strip and Calduin & Hobbes is REALLY close.  Secondly, Sherman the Turtle is a tank.  Get it?  Sherman Tank?  Yeah, I don’t know how original my names are, but I do put some thought into them.

The reason I didn’t think I’d enjoy the pet aspect all that much stems from my D&D days.  I loved playing Rangers, but I preferred a dual-wielding stalker to an arrow popping animal lover.  Whenever I played rangers, I completely ignored the pet aspect of the class.  In WoW of course, I can’t COMPLETELY ignore the pet aspect nor can I even slightly ignore the archery aspect, unless I want to be a complete Huntard.

My lack of interest in pets and my interest in pvp led me to level from 1 – 62ish as Marksmanship.  Around 62, I decided to try something different.  During the BC era, Survival wasn’t too popular, so BM was the my obvious route.  I spent from 62 – 67 as BM, not really learning much because I never really grouped.

At 67, Wrath came out.  With free respecs I decided to try Survival.  I definitely enjoyed the playstyle of Survival, especially if I’m grouped with a tank.  The downside of Survival for leveling purposes, was that my pet couldn’t hold aggro off of me for anything.  I spent 67 and most of 68 as Survival, then 3.1 came out with another free respec.

That brings me to the here and now.  I’m back as BM and it’s working pretty well for me.  Sherman holds aggro like a pro and I’m killing stuff without TOO much difficulty.  I still have Hobbes for when I group though.

So here I am, sitting one bubble from 71 with Sherman and Hobbes ready for action.  I am a Beastmaster and I have taken the Beastmastery talent, so I’m on the lookout for an exotic pet that interests me.  So far, however, none have.  I am interested in the Spirit Beast, but who knows when I’ll be able to tame him.

At 80, I’m sure the wife will remain Marksman, but what about me?  I think dual-spec is in Calduin’s future.  A Beastmaster spec, because I love seeing a giant red turtle chasing mobs around, and a Survival spec, because I love blowing the crap out of mobs.

Thanks for bearing with me.  No Tank Fight of the Week this week for a couple of reasons.  1) I haven’t progressed farther than Kologarn.  2) There are no interesting tank fights I’ve completed inUlduar that I haven’t covered yet.

Arena Tournament Thoughts

Posted in Player vs Player with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by Randul the Dwarf

I and two of my friends dove into the Arena Tournament the other day. Do I think I can win it all? No, not really. It’s mostly just a fun thing. I’ve set a optimistic goal of getting the Vanquisher title, but I kind of doubt that’s going to happen either. Armored Murloc, here I come!

My first character on the tournament realm was an Unholy Death Knight named Calduin. I went with the 21/0/50 spec. The other two guys were also an Unholy DK (same spec) and a Holy Paladin. I think the main reason we chose to go with 2DKs & a Pally were because the two DKs actually had level 80 DKs on live and the Pally actually had a Pally on live.

The first day, it didn’t go so well. We were pretty far under .500. I’ll take some of the blame, even though there was plenty to go around. My DK had not been into a single battleground, much less arena. He is Unholy DPS spec, which is very different from Unholy PVP spec. So I just chalked it up to all of us playing offspecs.

I logged in the next day and the other DK told me he and the Pally had talked and thought I should go Fury Warrior, since I have a level 80 warrior on live and that would give us a healing debuff. I’m cool with going warrior, but I decided to go with Arms, since that’s what I’m used to. I went with a 60/11/0 spec, and Randul the Dwarf on the Tournament Realm was born. I’m not sure that so much Arms is a good idea, but I like the bleed playstyle.

We ended up going 9 and 8 for the day, so we got above .500.  That’s an improvement I can appreciate.  We are all still tweaking our gear and playstyles, but an improvement is better than staying the same or going backwards.

Today, I decided to do a little research.  I am seeing a LOT of Pally/Hunter/Something comps near the top of the rankings.  A lot of those Somethings happen to be Death Knights.  Well, I have a Hunter sitting at 70 on live, so I’ve at least played a Hunter before.  I’m thinking about making a Hunter as my third character.  I want to go with a 0/14/57 build, but I’m not sure.  I’ve never played Survival before, so I am hoping I can make the transition.

I’m sure we’ll be playing our arena guys over the weekend, as well as doing Obsidian Sanctum and VoA if we have it tonight and hoping for a full clear of Naxx over the course of Saturday and Sunday.

I’ll be back with an update on Monday.