I tamed my owl last night. Actually, I had one of the longest play sessions in quite a while last night. I was able to learn screech 5, tame a heroic Avian Darkhawk, do the 2 skyguard quests, get a kaliri wing for my cooking quest, do both the nethermine and orc poisoning dailies along with some others for the netherwing, do the hellfire PvP daily, kill 2 extra hordies, finally get my mark of conquest, and finally, respecced out of FI which I got to test gore procs, and retrained all ranks of Aimed Shot (don’t you hate when you forget…). That’s a crazy amount of WoW for me. Hopefully, I can get loyalty 2 with my owl this weekend.
All that was in addition to my normal duties as a dad of playing with my daughter and putting her to sleep as well as my duties of a husband comforting my wife who ran the code when a patient that came in for a infected toe, died of some kind of heart failure 30 min before he was supposed to be discharged. Now you know why I don’t talk about RL very much.
I was looking over Mania’s RFC – arenas (note to mania: did you know that there’s no link to petopia from your blog anymore?). The discussion about scorpids being used mainly as a hindrance to purging viper sting made me wonder about serpents. They poison as well and from range. Why aren’t they viable? A quick check of that Petopia link and it’s clear: it has a 10s cooldown on a 8s DoT so it obviously doesn’t stack.
Well that’s good to know. In fact, I feel like I should have known that off the top of my head. It also highlights why I’m doing this project, and why I’m a bit annoyed at it at the moment. The problem is the reviews I think people really want are comparisons of the really popular pets. That’s perfectly reasonable. I personally wondered why there weren’t more raptors when ravagers and cats had almost the same skill set and stats. Turns out that gore really out-classes claw IMO, and prowl is a really great unique skill. They are both better pets than raptors, and now I know why and can tell you. You don’t need me to review a turtle to tell you that it won’t beat a ravager in DPS.
On the other hand, the reviews I really want to do are the ones for ‘bad’ pets. I like to fix things, and trying out these pets gives me a chance to see what needs to be fixed. However, how to fix a pet doesn’t belong in a review of that pet either. “Why is Poison Spit a bad skill?” is a different question than “How could you make Poison Spit a good skill?” (Note to self: Be sure to write Guide 3 – Pet family skills since you put in all that work.)
Well, I still look forward to playing the ‘bad’ pets and telling you all about them. For once, I wish there wasn’t so many ‘good’ pets. I hope I can get this project done before WotLK comes out. If I keep the pace of 1/week, thats 20+ weeks, or 5 months…
I realized that I also need to clarify the ranking of the list a bit more, too. It currently reads like they’re in order of my preference, but that isn’t true. I won’t be trading my raptor for a ravager anytime soon even-though I ranked them higher. What it really is, is the order I would recommend them to someone that asked me. It answers the question “should I take X or Y?” There’s also the question “should I take a Z?” What you’re really saying is “I want to take a Z, but someone is telling me to take something else.” The answer there is always that you’re the one playing the game, play it how you want.