Monday, February 10, 2014

Hit Me with your Longbow Stick

After getting the heroic crossbow a couple of weeks ago and ending up way over the hit cap, I am extremely happy to replace it with something that has no +hit at all - Dagryn's Discarded Longbow.

...Yeah, I'm still over the hit cap. But hey, at least it's only 8.7% now instead of 10.9%! It was nice of the other hunter, Ane, to immediately pass on the roll for me as well since his gear wasn't as terribly itemised as mine was.

As an added bonus for tonight's raid, the guild managed to kill heroic Iron Juggernaut and get some extremely decent attempts in on heroic Dark Shaman, so I'm looking forward to trying them again next week.

Or perhaps I should say that the bow was the bonus - I always feel better about raid progression rather than getting loot. Hopefully my DPS will get a bit of a boost from the stat shuffle to help with the Shaman - we're down a DPS to use a 3-tank strat for the fight, after all... every little bit counts!

And as a final note, speaking of DPS - going BM on Iron Juggernaut and keeping my pet DPSing in the tar phase (including Kill Command on cooldown) while the raid is turtling out of range of the boss seems to have paid off. Usually, Surv beats BM on single target fights with my gear level, but this time I managed to do more DPS than Ane (who generally stays in Surv for every fight). Good to know the hunter spec balancing is working out reasonably well!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Do You Dig It?

I've been neglecting the secondary professions this expansion; fishing and archaeology aren't exactly the most riveting way to spend WoW time.

However, since I started to do pet battle rounds to get the 4 minipet pandas from the Beasts of Fable chains, I noticed some improvements to archaeology... or at least, the Mantid sites seem to require less movement than other sites. Could possibly also be the density of mobs in those sites, but /shrug.... either way, I'm liking it!

Of course, I'm not sure how long my enthusiasm will last since I got the last panda yesterday... although getting 75 pets to lvl 25 is going to need some roaming around as well.

With any luck, by the time the next expansion rolls around I'll have caught up somewhat on the Achievement front, although I may leave BG farming until then. Don't particularly feel like being the PvE-geared glass cannon at end game right now! :P

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I Want a Refund

So apparently, you can't bonus roll heirlooms from Garrosh:

All those wasted coins!

....Well, OK, only 3 coins for me since we moved fairly quickly to Heroics instead of clearing to Garrosh... but still! :P

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hit Me, Baby, One More Time

The good news: New heroic Crossbow!

The bad news: Now at 10.9% Hit after reforging. Seriously, where is all the non-hit gear? :(

Oh, well, upgrades are upgrades. We're running close to the enrage timer for heroic Sha, so I suppose one can't complain!

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Changing Friends List

I hadn't thought much about it until recently, but I've realised that the people on my friends list has changed significantly over the years.

When I was in my first raiding guild, I was often PuGging content with strangers... and because PuGging was so difficult, I always added good PuG raid leaders and reliable PuGgers to my list so that I would know who to ask if I ever wanted a group for old raids or achievements.

As people have left the game and WoW has changed to be more casual-friendly with LFR and Flex modes making an entrance, my friends list has become less a way of keeping track of random good players and more about keeping track of ex-guildies.

Is this a bad thing? Possibly. I can't remember the last time I met anybody new in WoW outside of the guild. Then again, I suppose the last time I PuGged anything outside the guild was around then, too. RIP Trade Chat PuGging :(

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Holiday Hunting II

Yet another holiday task I set myself was to hunt down the treasures scattered around the continent.

Particularly for the latter group, I would recommend searching for the items that only spawn in one place rather than one that spawns in an area. The items aren't exactly large, so it's quite easy to miss them.

Luckily, it seems most people are focussed on farming on the Timeless Isle, so I haven't had too much competition.

I also recommend you take the time to look around while you're doing it. You might find some rather amusing sights on your way, like this poor dude...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Holiday Hunting

Happy New Year, everyone!

I may have been extremely lax in blogging over the Christmas break, but I certainly haven't been lax in WoW.

Since my guild hasn't been raiding much over the holidays, I've put some time into a couple of solo endeavours... one of which I really should have done a whole lot earlier, being a BM hunter:

Yep, that's almost every single wild minipet tamed. A lot more fun than fishing or archaeology, but still a good opportunity to watch the Brisbane International tennis or read a book :P

I still have a few of those achievements to go - mostly the Pandaria ones - but I feel like I've made decent headway into what initially looked like an incredibly daunting minigame.

Plus, tentacle. Who doesn't want a pet tentacle?!

Monday, December 16, 2013


This week has been a huge week.

Firstly, we managed to back up last week's Immerseus kill and move onto Protectors... where we spent a raid and a half min-maxing everything to try and beat the enrage timer.

After we finally managed not to lose anyone to a) Corruption Shock or b) Mark of Anguish, we actually did OK. Unfortunately the only thing I got from the kill was RSI, although the other hunter managed to coin the crossbow.

Going back in earlier tonight, we found Norushen a complete walk in the park compared to the previous night's efforts, making it our 3rd heroic boss kill.

To top off the week, I finally got to Rank 10 in the Brawler's Arena. All in all, a brilliant run for the week before Christmas - I know when I was in a more casual guild, we would have stopped raiding by now. Pretty good turnout for a holiday period, although we did have to use a few people's offspecs and a casual raider to get it done!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Immersed in Heroics

Felt a bit weird getting heroic Immerseus down before getting Garrosh, but oh well - I suppose if he were easy, he wouldn't be the final mob in the raid (or the ex-leader of the Horde, for that matter...).

Thanks to gear (and definitely thanks to familiarity, on my part), we got Garrosh down quite easily on 10m tonight, then did a quick run through on Flex as well. Unfortunately nobody got any heirloom weapons, but otherwise it has been a good end to the raiding week - 2 new bosses for me, plus a bonus minipet! :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fully Decked

I am once again at the point where there are no further upgrades to gear, the expansion has been announced and morale is low from wiping to Garrosh after the guild has already killed him (mainly due to replacement raiders - including myself, since I was away for a month during progression - being unfamiliar with the fight).

Yes, I do expect that we will get at least Garrosh and possibly even a heroic fight down, but I'm anticipating that the holiday season (with inevitable raider absences) will put a dampener on raiding progression fairly soon.

What to do in the meantime? Personally, I think it's been too long since I've done non-raiding/Timeless Isle stuff. Top 3 things on the list would be a) old raids (for Achievements or minipets), b) pet battling and c) solo fights (Proving Grounds and Brawler's Guild).

I'm also hoping to get a decent enough group together to go for a full complement of Gold Challenge Mode runs... preferably with a group that knows what they're doing already, because I sure don't for the half that I don't have yet. Time to rack up those Achievement points again! :)