10 years down the road

So, Legion is the very first expansion in my life that I did not buy on it’s release day.

This feels kind of weird (obviously) as 10 years is a long time – in fact, this is the longest commitment of my life at this point… yes, this can be kind of depressing if you look at it this way :D

I might give Legion a shot later on, as a few of my co-workers are playing and they say it’s quite a decent expansion (despite the heavy timesinks and grinds included). Nevertheless, I feel that I’m done for good this time.

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Partly I have decided this when I was goofing around with my hunter in the pre-exp patch. I already got used to my favourite class getting dumbed down by each new expansion, removing action bars one by one as skills and macros went obsolete by the years, but this time, it was something different. Continue reading

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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…

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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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DPS!

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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Back in the game…

Sadly enough, both ways. Nevermind though, I have plenty off stuff ahead of me!

With the start of the info dump on WoD, I finally gathered my will to gear up and start ganking, and getting back to the usual drill in WoW. If I’ll have the energy left I’ll write a longer post about the mechanic changes of WoD and what I think about them. Until then, visual proof!

Back to Vanilla

During the past few months the need to play WoW was so strong that I have ventured to the Feenix Warsong realm to level a hunter – vanilla style. I have to say that I am impressed with the server, the population and the stability is great and almost everything works the way it used to be back then.

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Yeah, that’s me. I have completed the Hunter epic quest recently, and I did it all by myself after I put my frustration aside. It was actually harder to do than it was on retail because on the server, all mobs have a 50 yard reset leash which means you can’t kite stuff indefinitely. Imagine killing the Winterspring demon without kiting… yeah, I did just that! I kited that bastard around two trees and if the routing was 100% perfect, I could pull it off so after an hour of trying, I finally managed to kill him. The Burning Steppes dude was a pain in the ass as well, because you have to melee him, and it takes a lot of time to kill him but if you make one mistake, you are dead. I specced into Scatter Shot though, so I had room for one mess-up, which helped a lot:

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Of course, PvE was not everything that I did, oh no. I have some other characters on this realm, a full D2 rogue with AQ daggers, and my resto druid, Maedwe in Feralheart gear. With the rogue, it is obvious that I am in Silithus/EPL/STV and I am pwning it up 0-24 ;) I wrecked a full T2 Thunderfury-wielding Warrior, and I had several awesome kill streaks in good ol’ Silithus as well, not to mention sabotaging ally raids :)

But is this enough? I miss retail – because that’s where you can play with your friends in a truly awesome way. We’ll see what the future brings.