So we are continuing ahead, beating more heroic bosses after clearing all normal current raid content and I need to start thinking about items I still want… here is my short term list based on what we have on farm.
Gao-Rei, Staff of the Legendary Protector – I can’t believe after like 6 kills this has yet to drop and my bonus rolls give nothing but gold…. Grrrrrrrrr – Tsulong
Eternal Blossom Headpiece – I am currently using normal Tier gloves and LFR chest. I have a 496 chest in my bags and would love to go helm and hands and maintain my Heroic pants for now. – Sha of Fear
Choker of the Unleashed Storm – Dude is on farm on Heroic so just a matter of time… I have the normal currently. – Blade Lord
Eternal Blossom Raiment – To replace LFR version. – Empress
Bracers of Unseen Strikes – Blade Lord
Tomb Raider’s Girdle – Feng, another one we have on farm on heroic.
Feng’s Seal of Binding – Same as above.
Once you get the Beta installed, if you are like me and want to dive right into questing you will first need to go to Pandaria. To do that you will need to find the Panda in your faction Capital City. The Panda should not be too tough to find in either city as he was placed in the most active area with a moonglow spotlight on him.
When asked, have him port you to Pandaria, there were a couple of different port options, but bottom line you need to end up in the Jade Forest and if you are horde make your way to the Northwestern top of the map, Alliance Southwest bottom of the map to find the starting quest areas. Horde is right above Hellscream’s Hope (Have the Panda port you there if it is an option still), Alliance is at the Wayward Landing (Also probably a port option).
I started out picking talents and a spec that sounded good for leveling. Talent choices really do have a feel for them based on play style so there really probably isn’t a better or worse option just one that fits how you like to level. If you like to grind on multiple mobs while questing you might pick different talents than if you prefer bypassing a lot of combat to get quests completed more quickly.
I knocked out a couple quests and even received my first reward, a two handed staff for either Boom or Kitty, neither of which was better than what I already had in inventory which is typical of every expansion since I raid… so nothing new on that front… except of course that the quest reward is custom so every class will get a useable item from that exact same quest without seeing like 8 possible rewards, just 2 based on which spec you want it for. A very welcome change and I am very happy Blizzard is finally looking at intelligent ways to reward loot.
I will post more after spending some time in the beta this weekend.
Still finding a renewed excitement raiding as I have now been fortunate enough to complete BWD on Heroic, Almost all of BOT on Heroic (Still need Heroic Valiona & Theralion which is a simple formality) and I am currently working on Heroic Sinestra (Most likely another formality as the guild has already done and knows the fight) and Heroic Ragnaros.
Hopefully we find some time for Heroic Throne of the Four Winds, which sounds possible as the RL and Co GM makes it sound like the last thing we want to do is spend too much time on Heroic Rags.
I have been fortunate with gear and all I have left outside of Heroic Rag drops…
- Widow’s Kiss
- Obsidian Arborweave Grips
- Choker of the Vanquished Lord
- Flickering Wristbands
- Upgrading Idol and Belt to Heroic.
Basically right now I am running a 4T12 set with non Heroic gloves and using Heroic Helm offset item. Because of running 4T12 I am reforging into Hit/Expertise to the cap and Haste above all else. Technically this is the way to go running 4T12, if you are not in 4T12 it’s best to maximize Mastery in reforge wherever possible and ignore Hit/Expertise caps just like the old days.
So I faction transferred on Friday to Horde and Raided on Sunday…. We worked on Heroic Baleroc and Heroic Beth’tilac for a little bit before closing out the week with some normal 25’s which was a TON of fun for me having been raiding only 10’s since downing the Lick King on Heroic late in Wrath.
We also got in a Heroic Majordomo Staghelm kill which has ended up on Video…YouTube responded to TubePress with an HTTP 410 - No longer available
It has the ability to watch full screen in 1080p no less where you can see my name in the raid frame and my flaming kitty butt jumping around.
We also downed Ragnaros in Regular 25’s
Supposedly the nerfs have really made it all a lot easier though but since I have not raided with these folks or in 25’s it was hard for me to really know since they are all very good to begin with. We one shot Heroic Domo and Normal Rags and the Raid leader sounded pretty happy with that considering a bunch of new raiders in the raid.
I didn’t die to anything stupid and managed not to wipe the raid so hopefully I get to see some more action this evening, will update as my new adventure as a Horde player unfolds.
On that note, just an FYI…. If you transfer to Horde you have to go and get your portals to Vash and Twilight Highlands again…. was kinda a pain in the arse.
So after weeks of trying…
GM: Hey Jace, could you come in for Majordomo? We will be bringing in another healer for Rags, so just the one fight.
Jace: Uh, Yeah! I just want that dang staff!
One shot Domo and Boom, finally, on my 8th kill (I really thought I had killed him more than this) I finally recieved Fandral’s Flamescythe.
My lack of posting is due to not playing much or being at the edge of progression like I have in the past. My 10 man raid team broke up, again, geesh. So I am now basically just raiding when one of our 2 10 man groups need a fill.
I most likely will get re-invigorated when T13 raiding releases as well as finally getting to bank my old Tier sets.