Sunday, November 28, 2010

Welcome to the Machine

I am not usually one to give away quests in detail but this is different.  This quest just proves that Metzen and his staff are geniuses.  I'll admit part of the reason to blog this is to preserve it for myself.  I'm not giving it all away, just enough to give you the gist of how full of win this quest is!

It is not a follow up quest, anyone can go and pick it up at the border of Silverpine and Hillsbrad.  You should go get it.  Seriously.  Your life will not be complete without it.

When you get there they put you straight to work.  As a quest giver!  This made my inner geek jump up and down inside and yell "THATS RIGHT!".  You are asked to give out three quests.  Your first quester arrives shortly...

Yep you read it right, its Dumbass.

Dumass says: HI! HI! HELP! 

Dumass says: HI! HI! HELP! 


Just admit it you know Dumass.  This patch unearthed Dumbass.  It turns out Dumbass is in all of our guilds.

Next on your list of quest seekers is Orkus.

Kingslayer Orkus says: I have seen the fall of the Lich King. Creations of the titans have fallen before my mighty axe. When called upon, I alone spearheaded a victory for the Argent Crusade against the beasts of Northrend. Now, I come for the ultimate challenge. What does Hillsbrad Foothills have to offer Kingslayer Orkus?

Um... Apparently there are bloodthirsty worgen running rampant in the south. Maybe you could help with them? 

Kingslayer Orkus says: Bloodthirsty you say? Is there any risk of death or dismemberment to me?


Kingslayer Orkus says: Then Orkus WILL DO IT! YES!

I know this guy.  I used to be this guy :\

Last and by no means least, your third quest seeker....

That's right its Johnny Awesome.  

Johnny Awesome says: That's all? One quest? Surely you jest. Are there not bear asses to collect? Perhaps a rare flower that I could pick from which you will make some mildly hallucinogenic tonic which you will then drink, resulting in visions of a great apocalypse? Perhaps the local populace of mildly annoying, ill-tempered gophers are acting up and need to be brought to justice? No? Nothing? 

This guy and his follow up quests alone are worth the past 6 years subscription fees.  

I will spoil it no further but honestly, stop whatever you are doing and take your horde character (min level 19) to the road where Hillsbrad meets Silverpine and do this quest.  Now.  Stop reading and go do it.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Holidays

I am thankful for my expanded stable slots, scatter shot, focus over mana and my guild.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It is done

So the world as we know it changed when the servers went down.  I had fully intended to run around Azeroth and get some screen shots but I managed to pick up a flu bug so instead I went to sleep.

I'm more than a little sad thinking about logging into the game today.  I've been playing/testing in Azeroth since the first phase of closed beta.  Back then The Stockades was endgame content.

I developed altaholicism back in beta.  Then I called it "testing"

Why two rogues you ask?  Well because they locked down all phase one characters when they started phase two.  Bastards!  Why no hunters?  They hadn't gone live yet.

My very first warcraft hunter and her pet.  I always had a thing for the lions

But to do the old world its just tribute I leave you with these two videos.  

Good night Mrs. Mankrik, wherever you are!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Turtle of Doom

Now I have a tanking turtle, Bowser.  He's lovely and sweet and takes a punch like no one's business.  But he's not intimidating.  In fact most people laugh at him.  But in Cata all that will change.  There is a new rare spawn turtle named Terropene who can be found in Hyjal.  Oh yes, he will be mine.

Fire drips from his mouth and spouts from his smoking horn!  How bad ass is that.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Have Pet, Will Travel

So one of the more interesting changes to hunters has been the pet buff.  For those of you that play the way less cool, non hunter classes, our pets can now provide a party/raid wide buff.  Each family of pet provides a different type of buff.

Petopia has a really well done list of all the pets and all their special abilities.

Every hunter now gets to carry around 4 pets at any given time and the stable has been expanded to 25 slots.  That means you can have a pet for nearly every situation plus a few just because they're pretty.

For now lets just concern ourselves with our pets in a raid situation.  Here's a quick list of quality raiding buff pets that should be a part of a hunter's stable.  As usual, exotic pets are only available to Beast Mastery hunters.

Ferocity Pet Buffs
  • Agility and Strength: Cat, spirit beast (exotic)
  • Burst Haste: Corehound (exotic)
  • 5% crit: Wolf, Devilsaur (exotic)
  • 12% armor debuff: Raptor
  • 30% bleed damage: Hyena
  • Cast speed reduction: Corehound (exotic)
  • 10% melee attack speed reduction: Tallstrider, Fox (Cata)

Cunning Pet Buffs
  • Health: Silithid (exotic)
  • 12% armor debuff: Serpent
  • Cast speed reduction: Sporebat
  • 4% physical damage taken: Ravager
  • 8% spell damage taken: Dragonhawk, Wind serpent

Tenacity Pet Buffs
  • 5% stats: Shale Spider (exotic & Cata)
  • 12% physical damage: Bear
  • 30% bleed damage: Rhino (exotic), Boar
  • 4% physical damage taken: Worm (exotic)

Now its all well and good to say "okay Cheres I'll go tame a cat, a silithid and a wolf and I'll cover all the important things".  Not so fast!  Buffs by a pet are always inferior to buffs from a player.  Why is that you ask?  Because no one will heal your pet.  Ever.  Not even by mistake.  Your pet is like a rogue, it refuses to see that its in the fire taking damage.  Also like a rogue your pet will die more often than not.  There is a better than good chance that the healers will heal the Druid who buffed the raid.

You need to have a working knowledge of what other classes bring to the table and work your pets in around that.  Here is a list of every raid buff available to pets and the player classes that also bring them to the dance.

  • Agility and Strength cat, spirit beast (exotic), DK, Shaman, Warrior
  • Burst Haste corehound (exotic), Shaman, Mage
  • Health silithid (exotic); Warlock, Warrior, Priest
  • 5% Crit wolf, devilsaur (exotic), Fury Warrior, Feral Druid, Sub Rogue, Ele shaman
  • 5% Stats shale spider (exotic), Paladin, Druid
  • 12% Armor Debuff serpent, raptor, Warrior, Rogue, Druid
  • 10% Physical Damage Debuff bear, Warrior, Druid, Prot Paladin, Warlock, Blood DK
  • 30% Bleed Damage Debuff rhino (exotic), boar, hyena, Arms Warrior, Feral Druid, Sub Rogue
  • 30% Cast Speed Reduction sporebat, corehound (exotic), Warlock, Rogue, Arcane Mage 
  • 25% Healing Taken devilsaur (exotic), Arms & Fury Warriors Hunter, Rogue, Frost Mage, Shadow Priest
  • 10% Melee Attack Speed Debuff tallstrider, fox, Warrior, DK, Feral Druid, Prot Paladin
  • 4% Physical Vulnerability worm (exotic), ravager, Arms Warrior, Combat Rogue, Frost DK
  • 8% Spell Damage Taken dragonhawk, wind serpent, Warlock, Unholy DK, Balance Druid, Assassination Rogue

Make sure you realize that three of these buffs buffs are provided only by exotic pets: burst haste (heroism/bloodlust), stamina (pw:fortitude), and 5% stats (kings/motw).  To have them you will need a BM spec.

See now you say "but Cheres it takes so much work and time to go out, tame a pet, name a pet and then level it to 80!111ONE11!!."  Not so much.  If you are level 80 any pet you tame will become level 77 or its natural level if that is higher.   Four random dungeons later your pet is level 80.  There goes your excuse.

Here's a short list of pets to tame for raids so you're not out there all over the place taming everything.
  • Cat
  • Corehound
  • Silithid
  • Wolf
  • Shale Spider (cata)
  • Raptor
  • Bear
  • Hyena
  • Sporebat
  • Tallstrider or Fox
  • Ravager
  • Dragonhawk or Wind Serpent 
I'm personally about halfway through the list.  I'd be done but I got distracted by the need to run ZG as often as possible and the joy one can only find with an Ele shaman.

The best part of all these pets and buffs is now we're even more useful in a raid!  Hot damn!  Our utility is further expanded!  We are even cooler than before!  Take that mages and your stupid nutty crits!  But you have to be in it to win it.  You need to not only tame pets but prove that you know when to use them.

I'll be honest I've seen a few hunters that have not bothered to work on their pets.  You can still see a raid with 3 wolves in it.  Some use pets that bring absolutely nothing to the table by way of buffs.   That's no different than not bringing any consumables or forgetting to gem some gear.  They aren't bringing their A game to the raid.  Simple as that.

Embrace more of the new you.  Fill up those stable slots!