At the Dawn of a Bright New Age

October 13, 2008 at 10:44 pm (Guide, Hunter, Pets, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) (, )

Everything points to 3.0 being launched tomorrow, and I’m very interested to see how everything shakes down.  Hunters have quite a few changes to deal with, so I decided to make a list of things to do when I login after patching.  Some are obvious, some not so much.  Hopefully, this post will get you out of the BC mindset and to the start of WotLK.

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Pet Review – Turtles, Hyenas

August 19, 2008 at 1:53 pm (Guide, Hunter, Pets, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) (, , )

I have updated the Pet Review with both Turtles and Hyenas.  No, I didn’t actually get a Hyena to 70 yet, but I wanted to have the review in a completed form for as long as possible before WotLK comes, or at least ‘3.0.’  Given that the last 2 pets have taken me several weeks each, I thought that to be prudent.  I have tamed a Hyena at least, and I will be testing him at 70 regardless.  If that changes the review, I’ll let you know.

So, tell all your friends the review is DONE (mostly) and that they can come here for their review needs.

I have also altered the main page slightly and moved methodology type suff to a seperate ‘Methodology’ page.  I’m going to be updating it to create several different rankings lists in the next few days, both by category, and stats.

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Pet Review – Gorillas

August 3, 2008 at 6:25 pm (Guide, Hunter, Pets, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) (, )

Gorillas have now been officially reviewed.  IMO they are a prime example of why pet mechanics had to change.  They are great companions that just don’t stack up against other families.

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Grinding Without Grinding Your Teeth

July 10, 2008 at 11:44 am (Guide, Hunter, Pets, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) (, , , )

Is someone looking for a level 70 bear?  Cause I have one :)

Or had.  Bear review will be up soon, and my Gorilla, “Stubborn Monkey,” is up to level 60 without too much effort.  Plus 1 gamer point if you know the reference.  Someone was interested in how long things were taking which made me curious myself.  So I’ve been checking my /played before and after for the last 2 pets.  To go 60-70 with the bear took 12 hours and 15 min total.  That’s with travel times, sending items to bank, restocking ammo, and all that stuff, but pretty much focused on grinding (no BGs/arenas).  The Nether Ray took about 9 hours to go from 64-70.

I think I mentioned it recently, but it’s worth repeating.  Firewing Point is by far the best place to grind without worries.  However, once my pets hit 64, I’ve found they can hold agro with my TSA – BM spec against 67s.  Adding in some resistances and avoidance makes the Legion Hold warlocks in SMV viable targets.  They drop the more lucrative aldor marks and armaments (I made 600g one night), and the game has some minimal number required meaning there is always 3-4 up.  With 3 people, each can take one of the casting towers, and pretty much never stop.

That also means that they’re constantly spawning which may be right where you are.  If you can’t handle chain pulling don’t go there.  I pretty much always have a freeze trap up, a mana pot, and some bandages ready just in case I start to get overwhelmed.  I don’t bother with mend pet either.  There’s more netherweave dropping than I can sell nightly on the AH AND they heal my pet faster.  So I mend only in emergency or when the debuff is still up.

The other danger, is Morgroron, a level 69 elite.  If you’re alone, it’s fairly easy to avoid him if you really want to, but it can hamper your grinding quite a bit.  With a 64 pet and S1 gear, I could take him with some kiting at the end and a pot.  With a 68 pet, I could take him consistently without my pet dying.  They key is to  pull back your pet as soon as his AoE starts and to Mend as soon as (or before) the fight starts and renew it as soon as it drops.  Misdirection will really help your pet maintain agro through those heals, but be ready with FD should something go wrong.  With 2 level 70s, he’s not much of an issue provided no warlocks spawn on top of you.

One last grinding tip: DON’T OVER-DO IT.

I only grind for two hours, one level, or until my bags are full, whichever comes first.  I tried pushing myself to finish level 68 with my bear and it was horrible.  I took the whole next day off from WoW just to cleanse the experience fully.  Have something else to do both in WoW and in RL so you don’t get too worn out on it.

Good grinding.

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Ballad of Jayne Cobb

July 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm (Guide, Hunter, Pets, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) (, , , )

Jayne….

The boar I named Jayne….

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His Charge was OP, but he still knows Gore

Bliz nerfed him to hell, and fans gave them what for

Their love for boars now is hard to explain

Once hero of soloist, the boar I named Jayne

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Yes, I named my boar Jayne Cobb, just so I could put a song in the post about the review.  I finished boars a few days ago, and the review is finally up.  The random nature of gore put it both above and below Crabs in terms of threat generation, but the ability to teach them both Charge and Dash ensured they were slightly above.  After 10 levels, the first fight I tried with my testing spec was horrid.  I went back over the log and Gore did not double or crit once.  A few fights later I was totally impressed when he held agro through 3-4 crits in a row.  This is a gambler’s pet.  If you routinely roll 20s, you may enjoy it even more.

So, I’ve now tamed a bear.  Let’s hope the patch doesn’t go live tuesday.  Oh.  You thought I was doing Nether Rays next… Hmm… Wonder what happened to that.

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Lau Lau Pork

June 26, 2008 at 10:14 pm (Guide, Hunter, Pets, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) ()

… So, I’m hungry.

Lest you think I’m spending all my time on my warrior, I thought I’d drop in to say Jayne just hit 69. Most of this insane progress I have to attribute to my TSA/BM 21/40/0 spec. As soon as he was able to land growls on mobs, he’s been able to hold agro thanks to TSA blowing the growl threshold away. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish the review, should the change go through before I finish.

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Pet Review – Wolf, Boar

June 24, 2008 at 11:45 am (Guide, Hunter, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) (, , )

I finally have a whole morning to play WoW and I go and forget that it’s maintenance today. So, the wolf review is up. There seems to be a lot of people interested in this review, and I’m not sure why. I mean they’re not high DPS, they don’t have a focus dump, … are they expecting them to be #1 based on personality? Speaking of which, I think I actually got more attached to my cat and I hate cats and love dogs IRL. Anyway, read the review and post your (constructive) thoughts and experiences with wolves.

My boar is very close to 65 which I’m pretty happy with. I’m really working towards finishing so that I can get a 70 nether ray from slave pens before midsummer fest is over. That would leave me with only 4 pets left to review before WotLK possibly changes everything.

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Comparing Raiding Talents

June 10, 2008 at 8:23 am (Guide, Hunter, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) (, , , )

It’s been so long since BC came out that no one bothers to explain the relative benefits of each major raiding talents.  They just tell you FI is best and leave you to wonder why.  So, when I saw

I’m not sure why so much attention is paid to raiding as a Beast Master or a Survivalist.

posted on 35yrds out, I decided it’s time to explain FI vs. TSA vs. EW one more time.

Let’s assume that through gems or gear or whatever that hunter DPS will be exactly the same, the reason is we want to see what the effect is on the raid as a whole.  We’re also going to assume that you can keep all of these abilities up 100% of the time.

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Help From Jame

June 6, 2008 at 11:21 am (Guide, Warcraft, World of Warcraft)

If you don’t know Jame’s leveling guildes you should. I like to accomplish something when I sit down to play, and using Jame’s guides is a great way to do that. Plus they’re free.

They give you enough quests to get a feel for the lore of an area without wondering if you’re really missing out on something. They keep you focused on what you’re doing, and help you get exactly where you’re going. Most importantly, they group up the quests efficiently so that you don’t hit IF to turn in a quest, head back to STV, and find a 2nd quest that needs to go to IF. He’s done enough research to know exactly how much exp each quests grants and tells you exactly when to turn things in.

I bring this up because he’s recently updated his Alliance guides for leveling 30-40 and 40-50. I was using his guide for my tauren, but he got put on hold for the pet review. I absolutely loved it. If you’re thinking about leveling an alt or you just cant wait to get your main to 70. Check him out (alliance/horde).

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Leveling Spec

June 3, 2008 at 11:35 am (Guide, Hunter, Warcraft, World of Warcraft) ()

I was reading Pike’s guide to BM leveling spec and I have too much to say to just put it in a comment. Her recent post about roleplaying is another issue I’ll be commenting on, but since random people are probably more interested in leveling specs, I guess I’ll put that first. She restricted herself to BM which is fine and the common wisdom for solo specs, but I have some disagreements even there.

This is just a guide. You can do whatever the heck you want, but if you ask me what you should do well this is what I have to say. Conventional wisdom is to spec BM, but I’m the kind of guy that does things just because someone else says I shouldn’t to find out why you shouldn’t. So in this guide, I hope you find a great deal of unconventional wisdom. However, you may just find this to be incredibly ‘wrong,’ I don’t blame you. I am probably going to go in to a bit of extra reasoning behind my choices, since many will disagree without reason. At least my ‘wrongness’ will be justified.

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