Soloing

Complete Brawlers Guild!

Finally completed all ranks of Brawlers Guild last week. Got my mount… YAY

I did this on my Hunter, however, if anyone needs any tips on doing this as a Boom or Kitty just ask.

Pandaren Spirit Tamer

As I have mentioned before I am having fun with Pet Battles. For all my current readers or any new, here is a pet lineup for the new Pandaren Spirit Tamer’s. I found after much trial and error these pets are the most efficient and successful. Thundering is the hardest, make sure once you complete the new quest line you pick the earth pet as the reward. Flowing is by far the easiest.

I am not getting into specific blow by blow, half the fun is learning the patterns and when to use your abilities but the pictures provided are the pets to use and the abilities to go with. If you don’t have the pet either go get it or find one with identical abilities in the same family. Same family is important, for example in one fight you are fighting a moth that is in the critter family instead of the flying family… that and my grouping in some cases has some synergy and overlap which helps.

On the final pet of Thundering it is going to be important to have a pet that can avoid an attack and maybe even have 1-2 alive back pets to bring out to take a big damaging attack or 2. Also, remember that now your back pets abilities will be going through the cool down period when they are not in use!

I also recommend resetting the fight by surrender if you don’t get the expected match-up out of the gate. These fights are too tough to lose a turn.

MoP Beta and Pet Battles

So I have been playing the MoP beta when time allows and after leveling to 87 I have found myself way more enamored by the new pet battle system and collecting.

Basically you go back to starting zones, fly around and find battle pets to fight, go through the trainer quests, and start beating and collecting wild pets.

Note: You don’t know if any given pet you battle will be of poor, common, uncommon, or rare quality until it is captured (you can tell though by looking at the health and level during the fight so you can always give up early and move on.) Any pet can end up rare, you just have to keep fighting til you find it.

You level up your pets similar to leveling a character from level 1, picking zones where you can find pets of similar level. Don’t go thinking you can go straight to capturing pets while leveling to 87… cause you can’t. The battle pets found while leveling in MoP are a much higher level than yours starting out. Hopefully Pet Battles will be added pre-expansion so we can get some pets leveled up prior to venturing out into Pandaria.

Sickening

So I visited HERE and just watched the video (specifically the Q&A from the feral at 28:50) and the response from the crowd (and the Dev.) just sickened me.

Did I miss when Feral druids became Uber in PvP? Ferals in PvP won’t be able to put up a rip and turtle in bear and just watch you bleed to death anymore in MoP, That’s why we created the extra tree to split bear and cat talents out. Audience cheers? Really? WTF? I don’t remember Feral PvP ever being easy. I remember it being tolerable with ArP though still a pain in the arse as I was always expected to do things like cyclone and heal which fundamentally as a feral sucked. Even then they killed ArP. They took away our ability to shift out of snares. They took away the nice vial trinket proc (O.K., that was OP for more than just ferals). But when the hell was feral PvP put up a rip, go bear, I win? WTF? What crappy ass players are these ferals going up against?

Honestly, I don’t really have a strong stance for either keeping BearCat or losing BearCat. But tying that change due to PvP was just a WTF moment for me. For PvE I don’t this change is a big deal because most ferals are just going to dual spec into bear tank and kitty dps since at endgame collecting caster and physical DPS sets is just too much a pain in the arse. That and when a tank doesn’t show usually the first glance comes our way as a sub. All BearCat was good for in PvE was really the oh crap moments and in good guilds these are few and far between.

Maybe that is what I should be doing before MoP releases. Griefing people in arena with a rip, shift bear, win. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Now in wait for MoP mode. Diablo III thoughts and tips.

So our guild has Heroic DS on farm and we have shortened our raid week to 1 night until MoP.

Currently most of us are filling our time playing Diablo III.

I am having an absolute blast playing Diablo III. It is a lot of fun and I am enjoying it more than I expected. I just got my Barbarian to level 40 somewhere in Act II of Nightmare. Here are some tips…

  • Take your time in normal mode and see what Achievements you can get in each Act before moving forward. There is a lot to discover and you will miss it if you are trying to rush through to the end of the game. You can always look for it later in Nightmare but as things get increasingly difficult you might find yourself wishing you completed some stuff back on normal.
  • If you are a Barbarian you want Strength. Also, when things get tough you want a 1-H weapon that does awesome damage and a shield with a high chance to block that absorbs lots of damage… and has Strength.
  • Note the above tip, this might mean frequent visits to the AH. The Auction House is accessible from the Character Selection Screen. Although lots of Magic and Rare quality items fall while playing the AH will let you find items more appropriately itemized and with the precise searching you can definitely find something affordable that will make surviving a lot easier.
  • Get used to DEing both Blues and Rares though depending on what you need you might want to sell more of the early rares to vendors for gold. Good rares will sell on the AH but you are limited to 10 items on the AH at a time and you most likely are going to run short of space quickly. Good Rares sell on the AH if you don’t need them, bad rares just vendor or DE. Don’t forget to use some Rare and Magic items to gear your companions… all of them. You can use them as extended bank space doing this as well.
  • You won’t see Blacksmith or JC pages until nightmare… just an FYI.
  • Diablo III boss fights have strategy, they are not sit in one place and attack. I have found gear selection, companion selection, and running away while waiting for cooldowns works well.
  • The fastest way to die is to stand in X. Don’t stand in fire, poison, explosions, lasers, etc.

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