Darth Maul style Thunderfury

Welp, I am back on retail since almost a month, and I quite enjoy… gold farming. Yeah.

Also, WoW is 11 years old now…

On a related note, just sharing that if you equip the real Thunderfury with your Hunter (since you obviously must have it given that it is THE hunter weapon) and use the inflatable one that players receive in the 11th anniversary gift, you get this:

dual TF

How friggin’ epic is that? :D Very.

Massacre in DayZ

Lately I’ve been putting a tremendous amounts of time into DayZ, the Early Access zombie survival game.

Now before I say anything, it is time to pin down that the game is an utter pile of garbage.

  • Players do not die from full magazines being shot into them due to desync
  • You die randomly, lag off rooftops, etc.
  • Hoorrrrible optimization

…and so on. Basically the game itself is your worst enemy. Why do I still play then? Well, it gives you a chance like no other game when it comes to being mean to other players. Yep, this is the sad truth. The replacement of Westfall ganking has arrived.

Here’s how:

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Back to Vanilla

Whew, a darn long time since my last post – you may as well think that I have abandoned my blog, and well, sadly enough, it is pretty close to the truth. Why? Well, this was a blog driven by my WoW addiction which toned down nowadays due to a load of factors, although it’s pretty usual stuff:

  • Work
  • School
  • The game is not as good as it used to be

The last one is the most painful, since I miss my character a lot. Damn I played it for more than a year total gametime, so you might imagine that I don’t want to simply leave it forgotten in kokgear for the rest of time… Hell, it had server rank 1 gear through 3 tiers :C

Well, as for Warlords, it was pretty great, but as you have probably guessed it by now, I do not play. The guild we made with our friends fell apart since the core ( =me&my friends) had an expectation that was not really met by anyone we invited to the guild. Yes, Hungarian WoW players are average at best (salute goes out to the exceptional bunch, you are the best).

After the guild was pretty much left for dead and the main core was scattered to the wind, I left. What helped my decision is that I am super busy nowadays with all the work at NeocoreGames – at least I enjoy it a lot ;)


But let’s cut to the chase: I am currently playing WoW on Nostalrius, a pretty damn good Vanilla blizzlike server. Yeah, I have my characters on Feenix, including my Rhok’Delar Hunter (:C), but the population on Nostalrius is twice as much as it is on Feenix, which means at least ~4K people online at all times.

I love Feenix a lot more, but the population is simply much better, so I rolled a hunter on this realm, and started the grind to level 60. Man, is it fucking depressing to level in 1.12… Anyways, I am lvl 43 at the moment, grinding to get my mount (sigh…).

I also got Broken Tooth recently, the cat that has 1.0 attack speed, so pretty much it makes him a caster’s bane since you can push back a cast bar infinite times in Vanilla. I made a post about obscure WoW pets a while back, be sure to check it out :D

You might think it is not a big deal to tame something on a private server, but well, this dude has a 8 hour spawn timer and I saw this when i got to the spawn point the first time:


Yep, a freaking army of hunters camping and having tame scripts running 0/24. A guy literally had a macro that spammed Tame Beast every 20 milliseconds… I was impressed – Vanilla hardcoreness needs Vanilla dedication! 

So the competition was super tough.

Needless to say, I tamed Broken Tooth the next time he spawned : D – I guess I still got it, taming all freaking ingame rare pets before must have made me a pr0.

So if you like the challenge, be sure to check out Nostalrius, and let’s play together!

Progress with the new guild

Well, the first raid is over at our guild, Paragnosia (very, very bad name if you ask me), and my fears thankfully did not manifest during the raid – at least not all of them.

See, the main deal was that the guild was founded by a small core of my friends who’ve been playing WoW the HC way since many years. However, these five or six guys are obviously not enough to fill a raid up, therefore we had to recruit, and you may know that raiding with a bunch of new guys can be really frustrating.

However, we decided to go normal for first, and it was going smooth for a while – we oneshotted the first boss, and the second one too, even though the Cleave mechanism was badly fucked up by the groups. This might be an indicator to the fact that Normal difficulty is very, very easy, but nevertheless, we went on to kill the third and fourth boss as well without much trouble.


On Brackenspore, I could even see some focus and working tactics going on, which was really nice to see after such a long hiatus. I also have to mention that I led the raid, which is kind of a mixed blessing since I was kind of good at it back then, but now I am clearly not. Top that off with a shitty laptop microphone and there you have the weirdest raid leader ever.

Hunter DPS was awesome, I was in the top 3 when I could normally DPS (e.g. wasn’t running around with the flamethrower like an idiot).

The real challenge awaits though with the last 3 bosses of normal and then moving on to Heroic – first 2 HC bosses will be cake though if we shape up a bit. Glorious loot awaits! :D

Pets are fine, l2p!

Last night, my pet tanked a Challenge mode boss and barely took hits while a paladin tank got absolutely squished by the very same boss. What the hell?

This story takes us to UBRS, and within the instance, the second boss. The boss has two adds, and the tactics are pretty simple: Burn adds, then kill boss (besides the boring stand-out-of-stuff-and-interrupt thingy). However, the Paladintank could not survive all 3 monsters bashing on him, so I figured to try pet tanking. It was not the Paladin’s fault – the class has an extremely weak tank spec as it seems to me right now.

Out goes Disconnect the shale spider! I go up on the ledge, and Misdirect the boss to my pet while I keep pewpewing the adds. I figured that popping Last Stand and Shield Wall on the pet should give us enough time to kill the adds. Then I realized that my pet barely takes damage even without these skills active. Mend Pet (glyphed obviously) healed it up just fine…


Notice that this was in Challenge mode where everything hits a gazillion times harder. So in a HC, my pet could’ve probably solo tanked the whole thing.

Ooookkay. Also, I pulled up one add to the ledge, then I disengaged on the pillar besides the boss, causing the add to evade-bug, so we only had to focus on a single monster. Hunters, bringing the P(ro) in PvE since 2004.

I became more curious and by the time we got to the arena boss, I figured – what the hell, this dude can tank the boss just as fine as the previous one, and boy I was right. Our tank went DPS (lol) and we downed the boss EZ mode.

My pet saved us one more time on this fight though: with another group, we wiped on the boss, and all the adds and the boss himself began running towards the only player alive: me.

  • Deterrence
  • Pet Swap
  • Shield Wall on pet
  • ???
  • Profit!

By the time this happened, we wiped at least 30 times on this boss, so when it finally went down, I was screaming on Teamspeak like I am back in 2005, raiding Molten Core…

This is the point when I got to say that the amount of challenge really brings back the game to vanilla levels, which is awesome. But many people forget that vanilla SUCKED hard in many aspects, and some of those are back in WoD as well, sadly. But all in all, it’s still the best expansion to date. There are two very good videos out there, showing you the good and the awful side of vanilla – check them out, they’re made by one of my favourite WoW casters, Preach! I highly recommend his 40-man raiding videos as well, they are hilarious ;)

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I am constantly gearing up my character from challenge modes, and boy is it annoying as hell. Since the groups in my guild are random, there is always a “good” group which means they have the ideal class setup with all raid buffs, ergo they can get it down in less then a hour or something without even trying.

But there is always a group with a more unlucky setup and the suckage begins right there with the low dps, the unhealable tanks – speaking of which, WTF is going on with pala tanks lately? They are the epitome of paper right now as it seemed to me last night in UBRS.

When you can't do a challenge mode because of bad DPS, what do you do? EXPLOIT!

When you can’t do a challenge mode because of bad DPS, what do you do? EXPLOIT!

But this is by far not the most frustrating aspect of the damned challenge modes. It is the loot itself that you get from it.

As you may know, the cache after completing a challenge mode contains a random epic. Another well-known fact is that you get a neat 640 epic helm from Molten Core. Now tell me: what are the odds of getting THREE helmets in a row from challenge modes? Well, I did not do the math, but I sure did got the three frickin’ helmets. And two boots after that.

Now I am in a happier mood though since I just finished the daily CM and I got the fabled Warforged Epix Shoulders of Awesomeness!

The DPS of the class feels awesome. I can dish out immense crits, but the lack of haste really shows itself in the long cast times. Still, it is no problem to do something like this easily:

EZ mode

EZ mode

It is challenging to manage a focus pool of 120 with shots worth of 45 and 50 focus, especially with these long cast times. I still mess up, but it gets rarer and rarer as I play more over time. All in all, it is pretty awesome. I miss Gnomekiller though, it is super weird not to have a pet. However, pets are friggin’ hilarious in instances, as I’ll add a short story about them in a next post soon.

The Kill Shot>Chimera Shot>Glaive Toss>Aimed Shot>Steady Shot rotation feels smooth, with the exception of one thing. It’s the Thrill of the Hunt talent combined with Aimed Shot’s “passive” which refunds focus. I know that it is impossible to replace Aimed Shot’s focus refund with a focus cost reduction since you can’t predict if it will crit or not, but you have to precalculate your other abilities this way and it feels a little bit rough. You are casting an Aimed Shot and only after it hit your target does your focus bar bumps back so you can cast, say, a Chimera. To be clear, I have no problem with this, it just feels awkward.

Back to the challenge modes: there is always a need to use game mechanics cleverly (especially for me), as Blizzard likes to put it. As you can see on the first picture, something is really wrong there. What happened is that I was in a very tired and low DPS UBRS group and we barely got down the bosses:

  1. The first one was pretty OK.
  2. The second one was evade bugged by me, then tanked by my pet full time. Yes. My pet tanked a Challenge mode boss. More on that later.
  3. The third one was killed after 20 tries because nor the heal nor the DPS was enough and adds were still there so this was before the hotfix. On the gazillionth try, I was the last man standing, and I chain rezzed my pet in Deterrence and killed the boss.
  4. This is where it got ugly. We could not deal with this boss whatsoever, and we were on the brink of giving up, when I misdirected it to the tank who ran out immediately. Then the boss did not evade. Also I outranged his abilities, so I just DPSed it down. I know that it’s kind of lame to do such a thing, let alone post about it but I’m pretty sure it will get fixed within days with or without this article anyway.
  5. The last boss was pretty straightforward.

So, to me, it felt kinda like carrying, right? :D

Winlords of Draenor… or Laglords of Delaynor?

Well, here I am after the huge grind to level 100, including getting the full Heroic gear for Megapull, and I have to say, that despite all the

  • Huge lag
  • Immense 5k+ queues
  • Random instance kicks when boss is at 1%
  • Garrison fails

this is a friggin’ awesome expansion! Let me tell you the quick summary of how I dealt with the challenges of Draenor so far, so I can expand a bit on my experiences about the new expansion of WoW…

It all began with the preparation. I wanted to ding 100 among the very first, so I prepared well.


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