2 May 2011
| | pixiestixy
Sometimes, the longer it takes to earn an accomplishment, the sweeter it is when finally attained.
Nearly a full year ago, as I was finishing up the last achievement required to claim my beautiful Violet Proto-Drake, I hit a brick wall in the form of the School of Hard Knocks. Things seemed to be going fine overall right up until Arathi Basin was all the stood between me and my drake. A little refresher to your memories, for those who don’t remember my original rant:
Then, there came Arathi Basin. For the wee hours up until the official end of Children’s Week, it was the bane of my existence. The flow of things basically went like this: Queue; wait an hour; join up with a group composed entirely of members who also need to assault a flag in order to get their achievement; get pwned by a premade that 5-caps before even half of us catch our needed break; get killed because my orphan gives away my stealthiness; start over again. Humiliating.
After a year of cooling off, I decided not to take my chances this year with the coming of Children’s Week. I hopped back into the fray quickly on Sunday, first grabbing myself a new orphan, then queuing back up for AB. I painfully realized that I have squat for Cataclysm PvP gear, and that my Level 80 PvP set would make me take more of an HP hit than was probably worth it. But I have to work with what I’ve got — Level 85 questing gear, it is. Continue Reading
10 March 2011
| | Kershocker
A paladin was my first character in World of Warcraft. Kershocker the Holy Paladin. I know what you’re thinking: “LOL u leveled as holy, noob l2p.” I admit it, I was definitely a noob [Proof], but one day, while spamming Holy Shock and Exorcism, I decided to learn how to play my class. Boom! Retribution Paladin!
When it comes to DPS, I’ve always loved the Melee classes. Inflicting as much damage while standing right in the middle of all the action is good times. When you want to gear a Plate DPS class, all of them share one thing in common: Strength. That’s why it’s quite simple to identify an upgrade, if it has more Strength than your current item, it’s probably an upgrade. Still, there are a few other stats you need to consider if you wish to maximize your DPS. I’ll try to make a priority stat list for every single Plate DPS class and it will be followed by gear you can and should get before stepping into heroics.
Retribution Paladin: Strength > Hit Cap = Expertise Cap > Mastery > Critical Strike > Haste
Dual Wield Frost DK: Strength > Hit Cap = Expertise Cap > Mastery > Critical Strike > Haste
2-H Frost DK: Strength > Hit Cap = Expertise Cap = Haste > Mastery > Critical Strike
Unholy DK: Strength > Hit Cap > Haste > Mastery > Expertise Cap > Critical Strike
Fury Warrior: Strength > Hit Cap = Expertise Cap> Critical Strike > Mastery > Haste
Arms Warrior: Strength > Hit Cap = Expertise Cap > Critical Strike = Mastery > Haste
Now on to the gear.
15 February 2011
| | Barugaara
No longer relegated to a permanent tree form, choosing the right equipment for your Restoration Druid is more important than ever! But you’ll have to wait until you your gear is up to snuff before you start playing dress-up. As with all of our Cataclysm Gear Check guides, we’ve provided you with a variety of ways to hit that elusive 329 ilevel cap required for entrance to Heroic 5-man dungeons.
Remember that while it eventually evens out a bit once you outfit yourself with Heroic and raiding items, initial healing and mana management can be a little tricky in this expansion, even with the pieces shown below.
Stat Priority: Intellect > Spirit > Haste > Mastery > Crit
Generally, you are going to want all of your gear to have spirit on it. However, if a piece has a significant abundance of intellect, don’t hesitate grabbing it!
As a Druid, we are gifted with the nifty ability to wear cloth gear. Or more appropriately, we were. We now receive a intellect bonus for wearing all leather, so that is definitely worth going for.
Chances are if you have leveled to 85, you have ran into all of the six new factions this expansion. As it turns out, these guys are real nice and are willing to hand out some (more or less) free blues to get you started. I would recommend checking them out.
14 February 2011
| | Kershocker
Kersh - Survival Hunter
DING! Your hunter just reached level 85 and, now that the level bar is gone, you have no clue what to do next. So where should you go to get the pieces of gear missing to reach an average iLvl of 329 — and be able to queue for Heroics? Let me help you! Here I’ll list the best pieces of Pre-Heroic hunter gear you can obtain so to get you prepared to step into heroics.
This list will include items you can obtain by quests, crafting, reputation rewards, regular dungeons and Justice Points. The reason why I’m including Justice Points and iLvl 359 Reputation gear is because you can technically get those without spending time in heroic dungeons.
To be honest, I’ve always been a Survival Hunter. While I’ve leveled as BM, SV is the only spec I use for End-Game Content, but, from what I’ve read, stat priority is pretty much the same between the 3 specs. Oh, and just like in WotLK, Agility is still the best stat.
Agility >Haste [Soft Cap] > Hit [Until Capped] > Critical Strike > Haste > Mastery
If you feel like investigating a bit more about Stat Priority for your spec, take a look at:
Beast Mastery – Elitist Jerks
Marksmanship – Elitist Jerks
Survival – Elitist Jerks
- Willow Mask – 2200 Justice Points
- Windhome Helm / Snarling Helm – Revered with Wildhammer Clan / Dragonmaw Clan
- Wildhammer Riding Helm - Grim Batol: General Umbriss
- Wrap of the Valley Glades – 1650 Justice Points
- Bloodpetal Mantel – Halls of Origination: Ammunae
- Mantle of Moss – Honored with The Earthen Ring Continue Reading