Why do I tank?

7 May

Over the course of my almost 6 years of playing WoW, i’ve changed characters a lot of times. I started off with a mage as my main, in late BC, and raided on him exclusively until ToC came out in Wrath. After that I took a break from raiding for a bit, then started playing a hunter shortly after ICC dropped. I spent a little time raiding ICC on the hunter, and then found my way to the druid tank I spent the rest of Wrath, and most of Cata on as my main. When 5.0 dropped, I didn’t like the feeling of the changes to Druid tanks, so I moved to my DK, and have been tanking on him almost exclusively since (with a short stopover on a monk). The point is, i’ve spent most of my time in WoW tanking. I level tanks all the time. If it has a tank spec, I will level it as that, because damn it just seems so much fun to me. Every now and then i’ve been forced to consider if I wanted to go DPS full time or not, but when I *DO* have those thoughts with myself, I find myself giving a huge shrug, and giving a resounding “Meh”, because honestly, I just love tanking.

There’s not any one reason I can peg down as to why I enjoy tanking so much. Maybe it’s a bit of my control-freak nature (which also leads to me being a halfway decent raid leader too). No small part of it has to do with the fact that I never ever have to wait for a queue. I want to LFR? I will LFR. (But seriously, who wants to LFR though? bah). I can tell you that another big part of it is “Group quest? lol what group quest? *runs in and solos everything*”. Yes, I know that MMOs are supposed to be multiplayer games, but the thing is that when i’m levelling I tend to want to level at my own pace. I’ve no issue with grouping up, but that should (usually) be saved for dungeons or pvp or raiding or whatever. Questing is for solo. And tanks are for soloing things.

Also, there’s a very selfish part of me that likes going back and soloing old raids just so I can get mount drops and stuff without having to potentially share the rolls with anybody else. I may be a greedy person at heart, and just like running the show. Is that so wrong?

Mists of Pandaria Bucket List

28 Apr

The end of the expansion is coming soon… and yet it’s also already here. End of expac doldroms has hit everybody, and hit them pretty hard, it seems. Myself included. So, i’ve decided to come up with a few projects for myself to keep occupied until the glorious release of 6.0.

It took me some time to figure out exactly what I wanted to accomplish by the end of Mists. Little by little, some things just kinda came to me as I went about my regular routine of things I do.

Some of the things I want to do are just RNG. Like… get the mounts off of Alysrazor, Ragnaros and Ultraxion. (Just because I like soloing and mount farming really). Other things aren’t really all that impressive, but they’re things I would have to actively work at making myself do (like Hydraxian Waterlords rep). And a few other things are things I’ll actually have to pester some of my guildies for, so here we go, an as yet incomplete list of “Shit I Want Done By Warlords”:

  • 50 exalted reps (this is harder than you might think cause i’m such an altoholic).
  • Master of the Ways (yeah yeah yeah. I am really terrible about fishing and farming though, so this will take some real effort for me)
  • Glory of the Pandaria Hero
  • Challenge Mode Mounts (don’t much care about the transmog, so silvers are okay with me)
  • Several mounts off bosses I can solo (Alysrazor, Ragnaros, Ultraxion, Attumen, Vortex Pinnacle dragon, Stonecore dragon, Spectral Steed from Baradin’s Wardens)
  • Finally be able to solo all of Dragon Soul normal (i’ve made it up to Spine and jesus fuck that fight)
  • Be able to solo T11 & T12 heroic. (I’ve got a not-insignificant number of those bosses down. I need Chimaeron, Maloriak, Nefarian, Cho’gall and Ragnaros.)
  • Finish up the vanilla reps (Hydraxian Waterlords and Brood of Nozdormu. According to wowjuju I need 20 weeks of Molten Core and 4 of AQ40)
  • I’d like to get the t14 & t15 mounts/achieves (or at least start on some of them. My guildies are funny about doing heroic stuff, but it might not be so bad)
  • Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider (we should be able to go into flex and knock out a good bit of those without issues)
  • Fish up the Sea Turtle (I figure this might happen in the process of getting Master of the WAys)

Hmm.. I feel like there’s more, and I will probably add to this, but for now this is quite a list to tackle over the next few (coughcoughcough) months until Warlords of Draenor is released. The ones that will probably take the most actual effort from me will be the Hydraxian Waterlords rep, and the Sea Turtle. 20 weeks is a lot of weeks of running goddamn Molten Core, and the sea turtle… is well… the sea turtle.

Anyway, with my list out and in the open, i’m kinda curious what some of you people have in mind to keep you busy for the next several months. As always, feel free to comment. At some point in the future, I might stream or record some of my soloing videos (as I already have some up on my youtube channel. Happy time killing.

Rising from the ashes (and other rebirth clichès)

20 Apr

So, if anybody is still reading this, you may have noticed that I haven’t blogged on here in like a year. Almost exactly a year, it would seem. Anyway, I am giving some consideration to revitalizing my blog. Blizzard is slowly leaking *tons* of information about Warlords of Draenor, and as is per usual, there’s quite a bit of hype coming out of the changes coming.

As for me, a lot has happened over the past year. I really don’t want to get into everything because it’s not overly important and is, quite frankly, a boring story. I do think that I could have some interesting points to make on occasion, and I feel like this is as good a place as any to make them. I do not plan on keeping any kind of regular post schedule, and I don’t even plan on limiting myself to any specific subject although, at least for a bit, I might be talking specifically about DKs or tanking (as is my usual).

I know a lot of people have probably taken me off of their RSS feeds, and that’s fine. This is more than anything, just a place for me to speak my mind and possibly have some discussion points. I hope some of you will join in with me.

Anybody out there? (Out there? (Out there?))

18 Apr

/peeks in

/coughs at the dust

Wow. Okay, so see, I didn’t *intentionally* mean to leave this blog hanging for four months guys. Honestly I didn’t. I just kind of ran out of things to write about, but I didn’t want to fully close the blog… I figured I would come back to it sometime and pick up the writing again, and I think that today might be “sometime” finally. I may try to revitalize this website and redesign it sometime in the near future, but for now I’m just going to try and get back in the habit of kicking out a post every week or so. I hope enough of you guys are still around to appreciate what i’ve got to say.

First off – Tier 14. It was a little disappointing to me, not because the fights were bad or anything like that, but because of how we performed, and I feel directly responsible for that as raid leader. My guild really struggled with Heart of Fear. We had some pretty heavy attrition issues, and a lot of things were just… problematic. I think the biggest issue came in the fact that there are some fights where you’re penalized for your latency and twitch gameplay more than you are for understanding the mechanics of the fight. Let me tell you, i’ve done Blade Lord Ta’yak a thousand times, but I *still* get picked up by a tornado that I was nowhere fucking near sometimes, all because latency makes me look like i’m in a different place than I really am. The weird thing about it is? Once we got past Blade Lord Ta’yak, we really didn’t struggle *TOO* much with the fights. At least, not more than I feel like we should have. Garalon took us a couple weeks, but we brought him down straightaway after 5.2 launched. Wind Lord Mel’jarak we actually managed to kill un-nerfed even if it WAS post-nerf (because that first week they had bugged out the debuff on Ta’yak and Mel’jarak). Amber Shaper took a couple weeks of work (but I don’t feel like it would have taken much longer without the debuff), and Empress was roughly the same. So, on March 28th, we finally cleared Heart of Fear.

After all the trouble we had in Heart of Fear, Terrace of Endless Spring barely felt like a raid at all. We walked in, 1-shot Protectors, 2-shot Tsulong, 3-shot Lei Shi and had 2 pulls on Sha before our raid week was up (after clearing Heart of Fear again that week). The next week (April 11th) we cleared HoF in like 90 minutes wednesday. Owned Protectors, Tsulong and Lei Shi, and even went on to kill Jin’rokh in Throne of Thunder (something we had been doing for weeks anyway). This gave us a full 3 hours to work on Sha on thursday. So of course, we 1-shot Sha as well. And thus ended Tier 14, for all intents and purposes, for Stands In Bad.

I feel like we’re rebounding pretty well into Throne of Thunder, in spite of our rather late start and catchup time while they tuned down 10m normals. From what I hear, pretty much the only people that were progressing past Horridon in 10s were people that already had heroic gear from t14, so I think they needed to be brought down. Speaking of, we managed to kill Horridon last week, and made some pretty solid progress on Council of Elders as well. I think that, for the most part, we could be back on track with t15 pretty soon.

I guess that’s all I have for now. I planned on talking about Death Knights some more, but maybe in a future post. I don’t feel the need to overload you guys so much on my first post in 4 months. For those of you who’ve kept me on your feeds and kept checking in from time to time, I thank you greatly. It’s been really nice seeing the discussions brought about by my blog in the past, and I think I am in a bit of a better place to be able to bring that back.

Ask Achloryn

20 Dec

I was rampaging around twitter while at work last night, and looking over my search hits, as I am prone to doing from time to time. As I listed a few of them for my twitter people to see, I got this suggestion.

EUREKA!!!Well… I thought this was bloody brilliant! Maybe it’s something i’ll do once a month, or maybe i’ll just do it whenever I feel like it, and I am at a loss for actual things to blog about. So, I am not going to answer EVERY single search term (because I really do get a surprising amount, and that would take me forever), but I will go through and pick a handful out, and answer/rebutt them. So, without further ado, here we go!

 

“since when can a fucking druid fucking ice fucking block”

Resto druids get ice block from mages via Symbiosis. There seems to be nothing fair about this. Also, symbiosis is not a new spell, where have YOU been?

“good gear from rep for deathknight in mop”

I have several posts touching on this already. Here, is the main one. It may not be all-inclusive, but it’s a pretty solid list of what gear you can get from what reps. (That reminds me that I have not done one to add Operation Shieldwall/Domination Point yet. I should get on that)

“i want you to help me decide which”

…decide which what? I don’t know if you can’t answer me, random google user? DECIDE WHICH WHAT?!??!?!

“are dks good in mop”

This is a question I see pretty damn often. Yes, DKs are doing just fine. Tank balance is at an all-time high, and our DPS specs are performing quite well (with unholy, sadly, falling behind again it would seem)

“blood boil does so much damage”

Actually, it’s not that bad. I think it took a moderate nerf, and now it certainly doesn’t seem to hit any harder than Heart Strike does. As per the old standard, BB will be better with 3+ targets (and refreshing diseases if you’ve had bad luck with Crimson Scourge), and HS is good for 1-2 targets. Replace HS with Soul Reaper as often as possible sub 35%.

“mop solo chess event”

I’ve been soloing Chess (in Karazhan) since WotLK. It’s not terribly difficult if you use the right strategy and play smart. The problem is, that unlike everything else on the planet, you can’t just outgear the shit out of it. I may do a video, since this is another thing I see rather often.

“enter gruuls lair solo”

Yes, you can, as of 5.1. And you can solo it pretty easily too. Hell, i’ve done it on my alt warlock without any issues.

“worlds of the warcraft”

I think you may have it a bit backwards. Close, though!

“mogushan vaults last boss how to dodge”

Will of the Emperor’s is kind of a fun fight for tanks/melee dps. It takes practice is all I can tell you. Keep at it and you’ll figure out that A – there is no actual pattern that he does with the swings, and B – which swing visuals mean which direction he’s going. Practice it lots in LFR, that’s how I got better at it.

“wow where does spaulders of the scorned come”

They’re a world BoE drop, that can come from any level 90+ mob, it looks like. Good luck.

“dk t14 4 piece worth getting?”

I did briefly touch on this subject towards the bottom half of this post, but I would like to elaborate a bit more on it briefly. If you are one of those DKs who is going for a pure mastery > everything else build, then no. the 2p bonus is worth getting, but the 4p bonus is not. However, if you’re going with the hit/exp cap gearing strategy first, then the 4p bonus may be worth looking in to. The shoulders and helm have expertise, while the chest and gloves both have hit.

“how raid work in pandaria bloob (sic) knight”

…../falls off his chair laughing hysterically

“does starfall drop for blood dks?”

By “Starfall” I am assuming you mean Starshatter, and then answer is yes. There was a bug a while ago with blood DKs having 1h weapons show up in their gear list, but that has since been corrected, and I can assure you, you will see Starshatter in your list of drops while specced blood.

“is mark of the dancing crane warcraft ring unique”

No, it doesn’t appear to be unique. Have at if, if you need the JP upgrade.

“why dks suck in mop”

L2P. DKs are doing just fine. Maybe gimme an example of the issue you’re having and I might be able to help.

“why can’t i use insribed tiger staff on death knight”

For one, because it’s a staff. For two, it has agility on it. What why. I don’t. what? /flail

“which necklas should a hunter choose fron anji autumnlight”

(there’s only one agi necklace she offers)

…….I would like you to meet:

dk tank unyealding blood plate or breastplate of ancient steal”

you’ll get along famously, i’m sure.

(To answer the question, Unyielding Bloodplate, without question.)

“how do i stay out of ice blocks when soloing kt”

Worry  not. When soloing Kel’thuzad, he doesn’t iceblock anybody! That’s how you stay out :D

So, that’s it for this time guys! I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed did. Keep the crazy/funny/brain damaged google searches coming, and i’ll do my best not to laugh my kidneys out of my body before answering them. (But afterwords, i’m on my own I guess)

State of the Fuzzbutt

13 Dec

Wow. It’s been like 6 weeks since my last post. I knew the blog had gotten away from me a bit, but… Damn, sorry guys.

I suppose you have been wondering what I’ve been up to since my last post. Well, SIB officially started raiding on November 8th, and thus far we’ve been doing pretty damn well. Our first week, we killed the first two bosses, and then we floundered on Gara’jal for a week (and then Thanksgiving), and the following week we downed both Gara’jal and Spirit Kings. We’ve been sitting on Elegon for a bit, but this week, we didn’t have a healer with a DPS spec sign up, so we decided to go to Heart of Fear and put some tries in on Zor’lok. For all of 4 attempts, I think it’s safe to say we’ve got Zor’lok’s number pretty well, we just need to tighten up a couple things (attenuation and mind controls are the biggies at this point).

Raiding continues to plug along in genuine SiB fashion, in never failing to surprise me sometimes. However, I do wish to give my first Bag Of Angry Dicks Award to Elegon. (You may remember other such recipients of this award as Al’Akir, and… Well, I think he was the only other one actually)

Elegon: in a raid of encounters that were moderately challenging, without punching people in the face, you managed to be the Angry Teabagging FPS-player of Mogu’shan Vaults. And for that, I hate you. Fucker.

*ahem*

This weekend I also managed to snag a Brawler’s Guild invite. I have to say folks, as someone who’s been really big into soloing older content, this is fucking awesome. However, the fact that it’s Cross-Realm does tend to make it a bit buggy at times. (I was DC’ed a few times because of stupid shit like, being dropped into the ring when my turn came up. I mean, how dare I do that? Pfft). I didn’t manage to progress very far because the queues were getting longer and longer as the night progressed, it seemed. I did manage to go to rank 2 without any issues though. Y’know… aside from cross-realm-initiated-DC issues that is.

Speaking of soloing old-school raids, i’ve gone and done a couple of the Cataclysm bosses. Magmaw, Omnotron, and Halfus have all succumbed to my solo bitch-slappings. Maloriak is pretty much impossible to solo at this point. I can’t get past the Atramedes trash alone to try him (DAMN YOU EXECUTION SENTENCE!). Chimaeron is do-able, but you need to be EXTREMELY lucky and well… i’m just kinda succumbing to RNG every time.

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If you go check out my Youtube channel, you’ll also notice that i’ve got a few kill videos posted up there as well. I didn’t manage to get Spirit Kings on our first drop (because honestly, it surprised me that we got them that quick heh). I do have a video from last night (on 12/12/12 hah), but I have yet to process and upload it.

In other news of things i’ve been doing, you probably don’t care anyway. heh. I mainly wanted to post this because it HAS been so long since I’ve made a blog post, and I didn’t want people to think I had completely disappeared. I got a little frustrated with a lot of things, both in-game and IRL, so the blog sort of took a backseat for a bit. I think things are starting to get better, so I plan on posting more regularly again. I hope the long absence didn’t drive TOO many of you away ;D

 

Blood DK Gear Talk (Also – HoF/TES drops)

2 Nov

Originally this started out as a simple gearlist, but it has evolved into something much more as I was writing it. That tends to happen a lot sometimes, but there are some things I just can’t go without saying. I mean… I think some of you blood DKs out there DEPEND on me for vital info, and I’M HERE TO BRING IT TO YOU.

/ahem. Anyway!

Heart of Fear opened this past tuesday, and Terrace of Endless Spring opens in another week and a half, so I will kill two birds with one stone and get the gearlists for both of them going here. Just like I did for Mogu’shan Vaults, I will do them by boss instead of by slot. It tends to make things easier, so you can look at whichever boss you’re on and see what he may have, and if it’s of any use to you or not.

Heart of Fear

Imperial Vizier Zor’lok

Vizier’s Ruby Signet – Ring. Parry/Expertise, no socket.

Articulated Legplates – Legs. Parry/Hit, Red/Blue socket (+120 Str)

Blade Lord Ta’yak

Pauldrons of the Broken Blade – Shoulders. Parry/Hit, Yellow socket (+90 Stam)

Windblade Talons – Gloves. Dodge/Parry, Blue socket (+60 Parry)

Garalon

Ring of the Shattered Shell – Ring. Dodge/Mastery, no socket.

Garalon’s Hollow Skull – Helm. Dodge/Parry, Meta/Red socket (+270 Stam)

Wind Lord Mel’jarak

Cloak of Raining Blades – Cloak. Dodge/Mastery, no socket.

T14 Glove Token – Gloves. Dodge/Hit, no socket.

Amber-Shaper Un’sok

T14 Leg Token – Legs. Dodge/Mastery, Red socket (+90 Stam)

Grand Empres Shek’zeer

T14 Chest Token – Chest. Parry/Hit, 2 yellow sockets (+120 Parry)

Legplates of Regal Reinforcement – Legs. Dodge/Parry, Red/Blue socket (+180 Stam)

Terrace of Endless Spring

Protectors of the Endless

Kaolan’s Withering Necklace – Neck. Dodge/Parry, no socket.

Bracers of Defiled Earth – Wrist. Hit/Mastery, no socket.

Deepwater Greatboots – Boots. Parry/Hit, Yellow socket (+60 Parry)

Tsulong

Daybreak Drape – Cloak. Dodge/Parry, no socket.

Grasps of Serpentine Might – Gloves. Parry/Expertise, Blue socket (+60 Parry)

Stuff of Nightmares – Trinket. 1152 Mastery + 20s Dodge Proc.

Lei Shi

T14 Shoulder Token – Shoulder. Expertise/Mastery, Blue socket (+90 Stam)

Cuirass of the Animated Protector – Chest. Dodge/Mastery, Red/Yellow socket (+120 Strength)

Protector’s Girdle of Endless Spring – Belt. Dodge/Expertise, Blue socket (+60 Dodge)

Sha of Fear

T14 Helm Token – Helm. Parry/Expertise, Meta/Blue socket (+90 Stam)

Shin’ka, Execution of Dominion – 2h Axe. Crit/Mastery, Sha-touched Socket.

Sigh. Hope you DKs weren’t planning on getting your sha-touched weapon anytime soon. Friggin last boss of the last raid of the last of the lastie last lasts. /flail

Tier 14 vs Off-tier items.

One of the things that plagues every class every tier of raiding is: “Is our tier set good enough? Are the bonuses worthwhile?” As a general rule, you almost never want to wear all 5 pieces of tier gear. 4 is plenty, you get the set bonuses, and there’s usually one piece that is weaker than the others, even if by a narrow margin. In this case, the weak link would be the Gloves, and i’ll tell you why. They’re the only set piece with no mastery and no socket. Other off-tier gloves have sockets that you can add moar delicious stats to, but the tier ones don’t.

Now then. If you only wish to go for the 2-piece set bonus, your ideal pieces are legs and shoulders (with the chest coming in a VERY strong 3rd place because of two amazing yellow sockets).

If you wish to go with the 4-piece bonus, you want to add the afore-mentioned chest, and helmet (good GOD that is a lot of parry rating.. /fans self)

Now then. Is it better to go for the 4-piece bonus, or is it better to go with the off-set pieces that have mastery? The simple answer is that there is no simple answer. You could go either way and probably be just fine. If you’re a bleeding edge progression raider then… well, what the hell are you doing at MY little blog? Honestly though. I cannot math hard enough to devise an answer to that question. I’m sure there’s a way to do so, but it’s far beyond me. The best I can do is provide you with comparisons and let you decide for yourself. Thank god for wowhead for making these comparisons much easier to look at.

Chestpiece comparison – Ignoring set bonuses, and all things being equal, I would pick Ornate Battleplate of the Master.

Glove comparison – I would go with Gauntlets of Battle Command

Legplate comparison – Even with one less socket than the other pieces, I would go with the tier legs

Helmet comparison – My choice is Giantfoot Headguard

Shoulder comparison – The tier piece is the clear winner here.

All things considered, I will probably only be going for the 2-piece set bonus. The amount stat-fuckery between tier and non-tier pieces is too wide for me, personally, to ignore (more on that in a second). Your mileage may vary, of course.

Now, as you look through the comparisons, you may see a couple items that I didn’t include in my drop lists above. The reason for these are there are crafted pieces that aren’t boss drops (but the patterns very well might be), or they are drops from Galleon or Sha of Anger (world bosses).

As you look through the comparisons, you may also notice that some of the stats aren’t normalized very well, even though they’re ALL the same ilvl (which I promise i triple checked, and then checked again, because I couldn’t fucking believe it myself.)  For instance, look at the glove comparison there. I already mentioned that there was no socket on the tier gloves, compared to the other 3 offset pieces. What I didn’t notice until I made that actual comparison link was that it ALSO has less strength (by a good margin) than two of the offset pieces. I’m not sure if this is intended or if this was just shit itemization that slipped through the cracks somehow, but as it is right now, i can’t very well just overlook some of those discrepancies.

 

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