So ever since I hit 85 with Jacemora in the Beta I essentially stopped playing in Beta.
My plan now, with the little time before the Cataclysm release I plan on testing out just how Uber my premade can be in full Raid T11 gear. I have cut the gems (such weird requirements on the meta), enchanted my gear, and choose a bear feral spec.
My plan is to solo some content… Most likely some Black Temple trash, just to see how viable solo grinding the last little bit of rep I need will be. Also probably Utgarde Pinnacle as I still don’t have the Blue Drake. It is possible to solo Utgarde already for the drake drop, but I want to see how much easier it is at 85 with awesome gear.
Ok… so off to BT… Fly to Blasted Lands… go through portal… fly to Outpost…. fly to BT…
“You must be in a raid…”
Fly to SW Harbor… boat to Northrend… fly to Valgarde… fly to UK… set to Heroic and enter UP.
Stealth to Skadi…
Run the gauntlet… kill guys… pick up harpoons… shoot down Skadi…. oh wait…
Bags are full… /damn it
Drop a Heaveweave manual…
kill guys… pick up harpoons… shoot down Skadi.
Kill Skadi, loot… no Blue Proto. /Sigh
Ok, so what did I learn?
- This is Easy. I went from 130K+ health to about 100K. Fought him standing still, never moved. Used no cooldowns.
- Bears hit freaking hard.
- Droprate will have me doing this quite a bit.
So, I have been playing very little as of late.
I did log on to do the first 2 phases of Pre Cata Content. A bunch of quests, and the feat of strength. You can get good information on the feat from this Tripping the Rifts.
A bit of FYI, you can get the achievement by gaining the buff in Azeroth. You can only loot the item for the daily if you do it at level content. I recommend doing it old world personally.
I stocked up on mats to get a jump start on leveling professions. I personally have to level tailoring, enchanting, jewelcrafting, inscription, and alchemy. After doing some WOWhead research I found only enchanting allows for stocking old mats to level and it is only a guaranteed 10 points.
News came out from a dev that the current beta pace of leveling will persist in Cataclysm release. What this means is that leveling to 85 is going to be VERY fast. Be prepared to jump in 5 man heroics and crafting epics quickly in order to gear up for raiding.
I believe the new Feral DPS rule of thumb is going to continue to be Mastery>Agility>Haste> and going for the Hit and Expertise caps where possible. I see a lot of Strength gear floating around with lots of mastery on it, I am guessing that will be desirable as well.
Cataclysm definitely looks like it is going to be a lot of fun. I plan on jumping right in and I have already purchased the digital download.
Another notable is that in a 10 player raid, only 1 battle rez can be used per attempt. This will impact my 10 man right off the bat as we had 1 lock and 2 druids. Yes, Soulstone counts as a battle rez. After the rez counter hits 1, meaning someone actually accepted an in battle rez, trying another will net you an error that the spell is not available.
After months of fighting and killing the Lich King on normal 10/25 man I was finally lucky enough to get the kill in Heroic 25. It’s hard to put into words how satisfying it was to finally complete that fight at that level.
Many thanks goes out to the guild officers and members in Dsylxeic for finding a way to continue on in Wrath and not only get him down the first time a couple weeks ago but to continue to go through the content each week and help those of us that were not in on the first success. I watch many guilds fall apart this close to an expansion and the job the officers have done to keep the raids happening has been awesome.
On another note, I wanted to mention how they are rewarding Invincible. Unlike a lot of hard core guilds that would probably just loot council it out, they devised a method to take each persons time invested in ICC and create piece of pie that represents commitment. Each piece has a randomly assigned range of numbers 1-1,000,000 and a roll is done to see what piece and player wins. I don’t know who thought this up but what an excellent way to fairly reward the people who you play with.
I was actually lucky enough to have my piece win last night, which has to be some kind of luck becuase I have to assume my slice is pretty darn thin (though I never really looked). I passed on the mount knowing there were quite a few players WAY more invested than I to get us to where we are now (Farming LK Hero 25) and people that having the mount would mean a whole lot more to.
Mounts are cool, but I play the game to have fun. I know many others get more satisfaction than I collecting mounts or rare game items so it didn’t make sense for me to take it. It’s the same reason I don’t have Anzu, a Tiger or Raptor mount, yada, yada, yada…. just not fun.
Beating hard content is fun, and no mount could have been more satisfying than getting Light of the Dawn accomplished.
Now the Reins of the Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher… That’s a different story. That would be fun.
This Thursday our 10 man raid is finally getting back to LK 10 Hero attempts. It’s only going to be about 2 hours worth but hopefully it will be all we need.
We look forward to our 10 man raiding for more than just achievements and downing difficult content but because of the fun we have playing together.
Hopefully we can shake the rust off quickly but we have not done anything as our complete 10 man since sometime in early June… Woof.
Thanks to the GM (Selmak) of my guild Dsylxeic (Well, not my guild but the guild to which I belong), for standing in with his DK for our fallen Warrior (his motherboard was fried).
So just an FYI to everyone out there, EW&F is not terrible at all. With current ICC gear most likely the largest problem you will have is not killing bosses too quickly. The hardest part of the encounter is timing the death and that is about it.
We went with 3 tanks, Pally, DK, and Myself (Yes, I still bear it from time to time), 3 healers (Pally, Disc Priest, Tree), and 4 DPS.
We start on Fire Dude, Misdirect him to the hallway entrance to his wing, DPS him while moving him to Stone dude. When Fire dude hits about 30% we go in on Stone Dude. When both are at about 25% I run along with 2 DPS and 1 healer to Storm dude and tank him and all the adds in the middle. 2 things I have to do…
- Don’t stand in Fire.
- Pull spawned adds of my healer.
Basically the rest is just talking in vent and coordinating their demise.
After that we moved on to Hero LK, we are now making solid progress and finally saw phase 3? The room with all the spirits… well at least 1 person did… progress none the less.