Action Jackson Has No Action :(

Song of the Post:  In Flames – Bullet Ride

I finally got the patch updated on my wife’s computer, but I still haven’t seen the inside of Ulduar yet.

It has been really hard since I have no computer.  My wife and I basically share her laptop now and she likes to be on it a lot, so I get very limited time with it.  So being the gamer that I am, I can’t just not play anything!  So I have been playing a lot of Xbox games that I have been meaning to catch up with and it has actually be refreshing.  For 4 years, 90% of my gaming time is with WoW and the other 10% is either the Xbox, Wii or whatever else I am into at the time.  I was tossing around the idea of completely quitting WoW, but I actually like this new set up.  Splitting up my time between other gaming outlets has actually helped keep my desire to play WoW.  I don’t feel as burned out as I used to.  Of course not having my lapout helps my desire since, with most people, once you don’t have access to something, you want it more!

I was able to log into the game on Saturday night though.  I set up my hunter and druid with their new specs, installed mods that my wife doesn’t use and bought dual spec for my druid. 

“Wait!  I thought your hunter was your main?!  Why didn’t you give him dual spec?!”

A few reasons actually.  I thought it made more sense for the time being that my druid should have it since he can changes roles significantly as opposed to my hunter where I could go from my DPS spec to my…DPS spec :-P.  The other reason is that it is possible that I maybe bring my druid to Ulduar when we start running it.  We maybe short on tanks or possibly need 3 healers this time instead of two.  But all of that is going to depend on group makeup.  So we shall see how it goes.

One of the main reasons I logged on Saturday was that we were possibly going to see the inside of Ulduar.  I was pretty pumped since my wife was going to be gone for the night so I was going to have the computer all night.  Once I got everything set up and looked to see who was on, there were only 4 raiders online.  I was sad, but I figured we could at least do a 5 man since I wanted to try either tanking with the new Savage Defense or Survival with Black Arrow and see what that is about.  I called up one of my buddies to get online and we headed to Halls of Lightning with my Hunter.

I tried Survival pre 3.1 and had mixed results with it.  It is definitely the highest DPS spec, but watching for procs really annoys me.  I would rather have control of all the stuff I can do and not rely on the RNG.  I think that is why I really like the Marksman tree because its all shots and I just have to know when the cooldown is up.  But here is what I noticed so far with Survival:

  • Lock and Loaded doesn’t seem to proc as much anymore.  Maybe I wasn’t paying attention as much on this run, but I didn’t see it a whole lot
  • Black Arrow is pretty cool, except its on a 24 hour cooldown.  I found that trying to use this spell on trash is a no go.
  • Seemed like I was doing about the same amount of damage pre 3.1.  The second boss we did, I ended up with 3100 DPS.
  • Sniper Training was something I wasnt sure of at first, but after seeing it in action, definitely an awesome talent to pick up
  • Maybe I am just used to Marksman and even though I had replenishment up all the time, I seemed to be running out of mana quick.  Maybe its the way I am playing, but I will have to try out Marksman at some point to see if there are differences.

We were able to complete the run in 35 min, which is pretty damn quick!  After we completed that, I logged off and told them to call me if more people showed up.  I did not hear back from them, so no Ulduar for me :(.  Maybe sometime this week we can get in there.

Laptop update:  Its at the manufactuer.  I forgot to ask them how long it was going to take, so hopefully it wont be longer than a week.  We shall see.


Leading the Charge

Song of the Post:  Dream Theater – Panic Attack

Raid Leader.

I had never pictured myself in this role.  Ever since I started raiding when my mage hit 60, I assumed that for as long as I play this game, I would just show up, play my role and have some fun. 

Currently in Team Attractive, we don’t have a guild leader.  We basically have about 5-6 of us that share leadership and run the guild.  One of these officers usually got the raids together, led our raids and distributed loot.  He has been on hiatus as of late due to real life issues and like I had posted previously, we had a hard time getting raids together due to him not being around and the fact that he was one of our main healers.  A few people were very frustrated with the lack of raiding and not being able to clear everything in a week and morale was pretty low.

I guess around this time is when I took charge.  We didn’t know when our former raid leader would be back and we needed to raid.  So I sat my hunter out and brought in Loupe to heal while we waited for either the raid leader to come back or another guildie that wanted to heal got to 80.  So far I have actually enjoyed myself trying to lead our raid to victory in Naxx, Malygos and Sarth. 

We will see how it goes from here on out.

In other news, Lorkey has dropped skinning and picked up Enchanting.  I already have enchanting on Loupe, but with only having one person with enchanting that runs raids, we need at least two mains with enchanting so we can DE anything that no one wants.  Plus the extra 64 AP will be very nice! :).  With this change, I will eventually drop enchanting on Loupe and pick up something else.  I am thinking about picking up herbalism so I can give Lorkey another crafting profession, not sure what though.


Hammer Smash Faced Sartharion Heroic!

Song of the Post:  Jeff Loomis – Miles of Machines

I dont know if it is sad or BA that we took out Sartharion Heroic with just 10 people.

On Saturday night after I got back from my Valentine’s Day dinner with my lovely wife, we did not have any plans so she caught up on some shows on the DVR and I logged in to see if there was anything going on.  The way our guild does raids is if there are enough people online and the right group make up, we will raid at that point.  Pretty unorganized, I know, but we never know when we will have the people on to do anything.  We had 10 people, 2 healers, 2-3 tanks and the rest DPS.  We were set for a night of killing, crushing and destorying everything!

Lately I have been playing my druid on raids due to the lack of healers we have had online.  One of the tanks on was gracious to let one of his alts come heal so I had a chance to get the gun for my hunter.  I told him I would make sure to switch out back to my druid so he had a chance to get the shield from Malygos if we fought him tonight.  Such a cool dude, thanks Lange!!

Anyways we had a very productive raiding night.  We finished 10 man Naxx with killing Sapphiron and Kel (no gun 😦 oh well).  I switched out to Loupe for Malygos and on our 3rd try we killed him.  We kept wiping on the drake phase, which I need to rant about drake fights at some point.  But we eventually got him down.  No loot upgrades for me, but thats ok because I was glad that we were finally able to get him down again since we had not taken him out since our last attempt.

It was about 11/12 or so and we had cleared all of the 10 man raid content.  We were all pumped that we finally cleared everything since it has been a while.  We were throwing around the idea of trying Heroic Sartharion because there is no enrage timer.  So we said screw it, lets do this!!

We did not need the extra tanks, so Lange and I switched again and I went back to my hunter.  It is pretty much just like 10 man Sarth.  Just more health and harder hits from all the mobs.  I was a little nervous at first when we started the first pull thinking how far are we going to get through this?  Is it going to be Wipefest 2009 or were we going to show this place what skilled players we have in this guild?!  Turns out, the latter was correct, sort of.  It was actually kind of a joke at some points.  It just took a bit more time than it would if you had 25 people in the raid.

Most of trash was the normal tank and spank.  We had a bit of trouble with the two giant mobs at first because of the curse they put on people since it has a chance to heal the mob whenever the player attacks the mob.  Once we got that down, the first drake was super cake.  I mean the kind of cake that melts in your mouth instantly like it just came out of the oven.  Mmmmmm.

We all got our first Emblem of Valor badge and couldnt believe it!  We cleared something that was in a 25 man instance!  We pressed on to the second drake.  This provided a bit of a problem.  Because of the lack of players and meaning the lack of DPS, we were not able to get any eggs down during the portal phase.  All the whelps were out and the tank had the drake and all the whelps.  We yell, “Screw it!  Just AoE the bastards!!”  The strategy actually worked.  We didnt even bother going into the portals.  We just let all the eggs hatch, the tank would grab them all and we would just AoE them down.  It worked very effectively and we got our second Emblem of Valor badge.

Third drake, same story as the first drake.  The cake once again melted in my mouth!  We finished clearing the rest of the trash and we were staring at the 15 million or so HP Sartharion in the face.  We decided to try the same strategy as we do in 10 man Sarth and see how that would hold up. 

We buffed up, everyone was full health/mana, Ready Check was good to go, I had Warriors of the World playing in the background.  IT WAS GO TIME!!

The whole fight took us about 13 minutes to complete.  It was long, but we were able to get through it with only a slight problem.  We were faced with the problem we had with the second drake.  The fire elementals had too much health for us to single target one by one.  For 10 out of the 13 minutes, I did nothing but Volley.  We had one tank on Sarth and one tank holding all of the adds right next to the boss.  Everyone was then being hit by AoEs including Sarth.  We moved whenever the firewall was up and continued to do this until he died!  WE DID IT!!

The funniest part about the instance was I went through an entire bag of ammo from the first drake to the middle of Sarth.  I was unpacking an ammo box in the middle of the Sarth fight and everyone was laughing about it.

Since I have not done any 25 man content in Wrath, it was to my surprise that we got two Tier tokens!  And guess who won one of them? 😉

Thats right!  I was able to get the Tier 7.5 gloves!  Something I did not think I would ever get.  There was some other gear that dropped, but I dont really remember too much of it because of the excitement of killing a 25 man boss with just 10 people.  I know there probably has been plenty of people that have done this before, but I think it is an accomplishment in itself regardless!

The only problem with the whole night is that we did no SS it :(.  So yeah I can hear people saying “No SS, then it didnt happen!”  But they can think what they want.  Just check out the achievements on Lorkey and the other guild members in my guild and there are only 10 people that have it right now.  But it doesnt matter.  It was still a kick ass time and we are planning to do this every week.

Hail Team Attactive and congrats on a job well done!

3.0.8 Blues and a Pet Idea

Song of the Post:  Nightrage – Death-Like Silence

So yesterday the “Hunter Nerf of 2009” hit.  All I have to say is, thank god I do not play as BM :-P.

Lorkey is a Marksman hunter.  A few reasons why I went in this direction:

  1. As much as I enjoy having a pet, I hate managing them in dungeons/raids.  Maybe its just me being a huntard, but sometimes my pet will grab an extra group due to him being too close to a mob while he is attacking the main mob we are attacking.  More on this later…
  2. More interesting shots and shot rotations.  When leveling as BM, all I did was send the pet in, Serpent Sting, then just Steady Shot between my auto shots (I still try my best to do this even though Steady Shot doesn’t block the auto shot anymore, old habits don’t die I suppose).  Pretty boring if you ask me!  Now I have Aimed Shot, a buffed up Arcane Shot, and Chimera Shot which is BA!  Its a lot of fun trying to figure out the best way to maximize my DPS between all of these shots and weaving them in and out.
  3. I like the fact that most of the damage comes from myself, because I am selfish like that :-).

But back to my first point above.  I have an idea for Blizzard in regards to pet management.  They should add a box shaped button on the pet bar that has an arrow pointing out on all 4 sides.  These directions would indicate where your pet should position itself when attacking.  This way, you have control of where your pet should be and to avoid the pet being close to either patrols or the next group.  I don’t know if that would be too complicated of a button to implement into the game, but it was just an idea.

Hopefully this week I can either get the T7 Helm or the Gun from Kel!  All we have left is Saph and Kel in Naxx.  Wish me luck!

Yeah I am a slacker!

Song of the Post:  In This Moment – Forever

So yeah, I haven’t really posted something in a while.  So lets catch up on things…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!

Ok there we go :-P.  A lot has happened in WoW since the last time I posted so I will break it down.

  • Wrath is finally out (well for 3 months now, but give me a break!) and this expansion is fantastic!  The questing, the zones, the dungeons are way better than Burning Crusade!
  • I now have not just one, but TWO 80s.  Loupe was my first to 80 and it took me about 2 weeks or so to hit that.  Lorkey hit 80 the 1st of the year.
  • I leveled Loupe as Boomkin the entire time and did heroics and some Naxx as Boomkin and eventually went to Resto due to the lack of healers in our guild.  One of my guild mates switched from his warlock to his druid and became Resto as well, so we didn’t need 3 healers (we are doing 10 man content).  Because of the way our guild is set up, we only had 1 ranged DPS.  So I decided to get my hunter to 80 and raid with him.  Lorkey is my current main.
  • As of January 17th, we officially cleared all of the 10 man content!  On Alliance side we were the 5th to clear Naxx and 4th to defeat Malygos on the server.

So its pretty exciting to be playing WoW right now!  I have really been enjoying raiding with the hunter.  Lots of high DPS and its not as boring as it was with my mage with just frostbolt spam (although I am sure spell rotation is different now in WOTLK).  I am currently specced Marksman and really enjoying all that a Marksman brings to a raid. 

Anyways, I hope I will keep up with this blog.  There has been a lot of stuff that I could talk about since Wrath is out now.  Metal it up!

PS:  Anyone who is looking for a cool metal instrumental album, I recommend Jeff Loomis – Zero Order Phase.  Good stuff!

Bald is so metal!

Song of the Post:  Thunderstone – Forevermore

PvP tip of the week: If you do not have an epic helm, hide it.

Last night I did some 5v5s with my Hunter just so we could get our 10 games in due to some of my guildies will not be around until Labor Day weekend.  I was pretty pumped since I am really liking PvP with my hunter and I want to try to get better since I am still new to mastering hunters in PvP.

Now I dont have the best gear yet, I only have 3 PvP pieces so far (S2 Crossbow, S2 Shoulders and S3 Axe) but I seem to manage decently in the BGs (usually about 5th or 6th in damange done).  I have been busy between RL commitments and my Refer-a-Friend character that I havent had a chance to get more gear, but I am pretty close to getting the belt.  Hopefully with some more arena points I can pick up either the S3 helm or chest, but I might be leaning more towards the helm.  Heres why.

For our first couple of games, I was immediately targeted by the opposition and K.O.S.  At first I thought “Heh its probably because I am a Draenei Hunter.”  But then my teammate mentioned I did not have a PvP helm (I have this stupid blue quality helm that looks like a crown).  That made much more sense!  They see that I am not a fully equipped player.  So in their eyes they see fresh meat!  Easy kill!  DIE DRAENEI!!!!!

Anyways I figured I would hide my helm to see if that helped at all.  Turns out it kinda did.  The next 2 matches I was not their first target and we won those!  Dont know if it was all because of the helm, but I can at least think it was :).  We ended our 10 game with a 5-5 record.  Not too bad considering I am still kinda undergeared and our healer was in a hotel room playing with a latency of 1k or more.  Yikes!

I think I may have an idea of an actual series I may do.  I am sure other people have done this before, but I figured I could do my own version.  Stay tuned!

What to do, what to do

Song of the Post: Apocalyptica – Grace

So I should probably start out with what I am currently doing in the game and what my intentions are with my characters until the expansion comes out.

Currently my tanky tank Loupe is on hiatus until we start getting more of my guild to come on to do Kara or ZA.  There are a lot of people not coming on because, like many other guilds during this time, its summer.  People go out and see the sunlight for a change, which is definately a good thing. I am not so worried about it because I have become a casual player as of late.  Back in the day when it was all about MC and BWL (yeah I have been playing this game for too long!), I would put in 5 hour raid sessions 3-4 times a week.  Not being able to leave during that time?  Massive amounts of hours before and after the raid gathering mats for the raid?  Been there, done that.  My hardcore days are long gone, but maybe in another post I can go into detail about my days pre-BC.

Currently I have been playing my newly level 70 hunter Lorkey.  I leveled this character up mainly to be my gatherer and to possibly have him supply Loupe for the upcoming expansion.  Loupe is an Enchanter/Tailor (yeah yeah I know, a Druid with Tailoring??  WTF??) and I was thinking of dropping Tailoring when the expansion comes out and try out the new Inscription profession.  It definately looks interesting.

But I have found another something to do with my WoW time while we are on a 10-man hiatus: PvP with Lorkey.  Time for some lovely BG chat!

So far, it is definately interesting learning a whole new class, yet also getting into the PvP mindset.  I have always done PvE content since I started playing this game back in April ’05.  So this is a whole new territory for me.  I have gotten him the season 2 shoulders so far and hope to continue upgrading him between BG and Arena gear.  I will be posting updates on my progress with him and possibily how someone can make the transition from doing nothing but PvE content to PvP.

That is all I got for now.  Maybe I will explain what got me to start this blog in the first place.

Also, I thought it would be cool to do a song of the post since I love music.  I must spread the metal!