Archives For deathwing

Cataclysm Retrospective

Morynne —  August 10, 2012 — Leave a comment

The Cataclysm happened on December 7th, 2010.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been working toward killing Deathwing for nearly 2 years.  Some have killed him on Heroic mode, more have killed him on normal, and I’m not sure that I know a level 85 that hasn’t killed him in Looking for Raid.

That guy had it coming, though he did bring us some good stories, and changed the way we view Azeroth forever. Continue Reading…

Now you really get to punch Deathwing in the face.  This time it sticks.

  • Name: Madness of Deathwing
  • Raid: Dragon Soul
  • Tanks: 2
  • Phases: 1-ish
  • Trick: Platform order matters.
  • This guide is for the normal encounter. Continue Reading…

Bear with me, we’re almost through with Dragon Soul. This is nearly another lootship, but it’s more dragon-y.

  • Name: Spine of Deathwing
  • Raid: Dragon Soul
  • Tanks: 2
  • Phases: 3? Kinda?
  • Trick: Barrel Rolling Lootship.
  • This guide is for the normal encounter. Continue Reading…

4.3 Tomorrow!

Morynne —  November 28, 2011 — Leave a comment

Are you excited?

I am very excited for this next patch — partly because I’m starting to burn out on Firelands.  As much as I love the raid, it’s very… red.  I’m also very excited for not-troll heroic 5-mans, which from what I could tell on the PTR, are fun. If I have to look at another troll for awhile I might have to punch… a troll..? Not sure where that was going.

So tonight, what am I doing?

  • Taking inventory of my stockpiled gems.
  • Sending my green gems to my pocket-alchemist to convert to Meta gems.
  • Mourning the fact that every week since Transmog was announced I’ve run BT and not gotten the Black Bow of the Betrayer.
  • Parking myself in front of where transmog and void storage will be. (In SW it’s on the west side of the Cathedral near the canals)
  • Stalking the AH for cheap ore.

What have I already done?

  • Added drop locations to my 4.3 Hunter Gear list.
  • Farmed a bunch of gold to help fund the BoE rush at the beginning of the patch.

Oh, and shameless recruitment plug… Conquest is looking to shore up the core 25-man raid team! If you’re looking for a raiding guild, apply at nerzhulconquest.com

What are your last minute patch preparation plans?

4.3: Coming Very Soon

Morynne —  November 11, 2011 — Leave a comment

Deathwing on Wyrmrest TempleA couple days ago, it was announced that Season 10 would end on 11/25 — meaning that a week, maybe 2 tops will give us 4.3 and a big angry dragon to play with.

I’ve been asked how I’m preparing … what I’m doing to get ready for the new big bad…

In short, nothing special.

I’m not taking a break from raiding, I’m not spending extra time on the PTR.  What I’ve been doing over the last few weeks is getting my transmogrification sets pulled together. (I’m looking at you Illidan. Stop being defiant and not dropping my bow.)

I’ve been making a conscious effort to do every single jewelcrafting daily I can, that way I can buy all of my “can’t live without” epic gem patterns, and a few for later.  If you weren’t aware, in 4.3, JC epic patterns are going to be available for 5 tokens each for specific patterns, and 4 tokens each for a random pattern (remember the random glyph books? yeah, like that).  It looks like the raw gems themselves will only be available as drops from the Dragon Soul raid — making the epic gems extremely expensive.

What am I looking forward to the most?

  • Finishing the stories.  I think the lore in Cataclysm has been subtle, but no less interesting.  What Thrall is going through, his journey to rediscover his identity, and ultimately bring down Deathwing has been a story line I’ve enjoyed.  There’s a reason Deepholm is one of my favorite zones to quest through.
  • Transmogrification.  I won’t lie, I played City of Heroes and enjoyed the costume creation more than the actual game.  I’m excited to be able to wear my favorite gear again.  I also like the visual interest and depth it will provide to raiding — especially against a big bad like Deathwing. That just gave me another post idea.  More on that later.
  • Darkmoon Faire updates.  I did get to play around on the PTR a bit for DMF, and I really enjoyed it!  The carnival games were fun, and I like the idea of getting old armor sets and other vanity rewards for spending time on the mysterious island.  I know people who have been chasing the Insane title will also appreciate the 1-week a month dailies to get to exalted. I’m also a sickeningly dedicated non-combat pet collector and mount collector.  I’m totally okay with 7 more pets and 2 more mounts in 4.3.
What are you looking forward to the most?

Hunter Tier 13Well I was going to work on my Ragnaros strategy, and work on Heroic Shannox, but there’s too much news!

MMO-Champion mined out what Hunter Tier 13 is going to look like, and found a bunch of spell “changes” for us.  They also found some items that will be dropping, which is just a tad exciting.

So let’s start with Tier 13.  First off, I’m willing to bet that the MMO-Champion shots don’t do it any justice.  It looks like it would be far cooler in the shots that Blizzard has provided for other class previews.  The three colors are likely this: Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic versions — purple being the heroic version (kind of like T10 was).  The set clearly pays homage to being a dragon slayer.  The breastplate looks very much like Deathwing’s chest, and the shoulders/helm seem to be young dragon skulls. I might not transmogrify this — even after all that work to put together the old sets.

MMO Champion has also mined out some spell “changes” for Hunters, but they’re really not changes at all.  They’re tooltip fixes for the most part.

 Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Survival

  • Cobra Shot now has a 2 sec cast time, up from 1.5 sec.

Marksmanship

  • Aimed Shot now has a 2.9 sec cast time, up from 2.4 sec.
  • Kill Shot now scales from 45% of Ranged Attack Power, up from 30%.
  • Chimera Shot now causes Nature damage. (Tooltip clarification)
  • Trueshot Aura now increases melee attack power by 20% and ranged attack power by 10%.

So here’s where we’re at:

Cobra Shot, Aimed Shot, Steady Shot, and Chimera Shot are not changing.  This is a tooltip fix, not a change to how those shots work/do damage.

All of the AP boosting abilities are getting the same change.  They are granting melee 20%, while range continues to get 10%.  This does not change how we are buffed by any of the AP buffs, nor will it change our DPS.

In the official 4.3 patch notes, there are no changes other than Trueshot Aura for Hunters — which means either A. they’re totally fine with hunter DPS as it is, or B. (which is hopefully more likely) that they haven’t gotten there yet.  My hope is that they find a better scaling balance for Survival, and give Beastmastery a bit of a buff to keep up with the other two specs.

Here’s a list of the items datamined from MMO-Champion. It’s worth noting that hunters will have the option for a Gun or a Crossbow it looks like. (Cue Dwarven hunters rejoicing)

For those of you who are non-combat pet collectors as well, there are some new ones and changes that can be found here, at Warcraft Pets.

All of this information has been mined off of the PTR, and as it is the PTR, all of it can and will change prior to release.

What are your first thoughts about all the news that’s come out? Exciting? Boring? Are you stoked to punch Deathwing in the face? Let down? Tell me in the comments!

Deathwing on Wyrmrest TempleIn the last 24 hours, there’s been a TON of information that has come out about the impending 4.3 patch — certainly helping hype up how Cataclysm is going to end.

It seems we’re going to be doing the 3 heroic dungeons in order to continue the story (ala Icecrown 5-man dungeons), the first being sent to the future via Caverns of Time, where we find Deathwing impaled on the Wyrmrest Temple.

I’m not going to go through and re-hash what the previews have done, but I will link them, and then put in my $0.02.

Just reading through the previews on these three heroics makes me very excited.  Because they’re being based in the Caverns of Time, you get to experience more of old-world Azeroth, and get more of the lore behind why Deathwing is the way he is.  The first heroic looks to be the first truly “outside” instance — it takes place in varying places in Dragonblight. (I wonder if we’ll be able to fly out there…)

Young Malfurion and IllidanThe second instance takes us way back into the past, and it looks like we’ll get more depth behind Illidan — really explaining why he got so wrapped up with the Burning Legion in Outland, and why he and his brother had their falling out. (Malfurion did eventually make peace, but Illidan wasn’t having any of it)

In the third dungeon, we’re back with Thrall and banding together with the different colored dragonflights, and escorting the objectives from the second instance back to present day Wyrmrest temple to start the assault on Deathwing.  It seems like this one is going to be a “fight off X waves of stuff and win” type of instance, and for those of you that raided in BC, sounds a lot like Hyjal.

This is all lead-up to the raid, allowing us to go after Deathwing himself, where encounters 7 and 8 are both Deathwing.

Raid Preview: Dragon Soul

It looks like the first 6 bosses will pay homage to some Old Gods (C’thun, Yogg-Saron, but N’Zoth looks like he’ll be the next Old God we start hearing about)

There’s going to be lots of faceless (tentacles!) since that seems to be who Deathwing has allied with.  Blizzard has said that the first Deathwing encounter will involve prying plates off of Deathwing in order to weaken him enough to take on a different form.  I really dig the idea of hanging on to the back of a dragon while he’s doing barrel rolls.  That encounter is going to prove no less than a challenge.  The last Deathwing encounter is supposed to have a lot of the plating removed, and he’s supposed to look more like Cthulu-wing with a tentacle face.  The last bit of the raid has been said to take place at the edge of the Maelstrom.

None of this has been directly hunter related, I know.  I’m a raider, and enjoy a bit of lore.  This is the first bit of it I’ve been truly excited about since Cataclysm launched — because it gives us more of a reason to dislike Deathwing.  He was never this ever-present big bad like Arthas was in Wrath, which was a bit of a let down.

I desperately want to hate Deathwing, but the wold changing wasn’t enough for me.  It gave us awesome new zones and quests like The Day Deathwing Came.  Maybe these new heroics and this raid will make me want to punch him in the face… again.

Firelands Nerf So Soon?

Morynne —  September 13, 2011 — 8 Comments

Color me a little surprised.

Blizzard dropped this bomb yesterday…

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

With the final showdown against Deathwing approaching, we’ve been keeping a close eye on players’ progress through the current Firelands raid content. Before patch 4.3 is released, we want groups who are working on Heroic-difficulty content to be able to get as close to Ragnaros as possible, and we want players who are tackling normal progression to be able to experience as many of the encounters as they can. To achieve these goals, we’ll be toning down the difficulty of both normal and Heroic raids through hotfixes in the coming weeks. In general, we plan to reduce health and damage of all raid bosses in both normal and Heroic Firelands by around the same percentage we brought difficulty down for the original Cataclysm raids when Rage of the Firelands (patch 4.2) was released.

We’re looking forward to seeing more groups of players face off against the Fire Lord in the weeks ahead. However, before we make these changes, we want to give everyone a final shot at the bosses at their current difficulty level — so this is a heads up that we’re planning to apply the difficulty hotfixes beginning the week of September 19.

Stay tuned to the Patch 4.2 Hotfixes blog for these and other live updates to the game as they happen.

Wow. It feels like we just got into Firelands, and this is coming so quickly thereafter!  Now in fairness, Rag was cleared week 1, and heroics were started the week following.  I’ve truly enjoyed Firelands, and I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve changed guilds and environment, or because I genuinely like the encounters.  I almost don’t want to see this normal mode nerf so soon.  I want to get Rag down pre-nerf!

I’m not sure of the time table for 4.3, but given the fact that it’s not even on the PTR yet, we’re probably looking at 3-4 months at the bare minimum — which puts it very close to the December and New Years holidays — pretty much 1 year after we had our worlds torn apart by Deathwing in the first place.

Here’s what I’m fearful of: I don’t want to be killing Deathwing every week for a year like we did with Arthas.

The long lag time between ICC and Cataclysm created a lot of burn out and destroyed a number of guilds, particularly those that raid.  I’m not sure it’s the best choice for that kind of lag time.

Knowing that 4.3 will indeed be the Deathwing patch, I do think we’ll get the name, and a brief preview of the next expansion at Blizzcon.  Rainbows in pandaland anyone?

What are your thoughts on the nerf and the potential release schedule?

Transmogrifier … What?

Morynne —  August 17, 2011 — 4 Comments

trans·mog·ri·fy
verb /transˈmägrəˌfī/  /tranz-/
transmogrified, past participle; transmogrified, past tense; transmogrifies, 3rd person singular present; transmogrifying, present participle

  • Transform, esp. in a surprising or magical manner

Yep, that’s what it means.

Blizzard has recently started talking about upcoming things in 4.3 at Gamescom, and one of the things that has gotten a lot of attention is the Transmogrifier from the screenshot to the right.

What does it mean in WoW?

Well, it seems that Blizzard is instituting the ability to take current itemized gear, and make it look like the gear from previous patches/expansions.  Cool, right?

Here’s the article with the details that I’m going over, from gamona.de. (Go go Google Translator)

The interview also revealed the purpose of the “mystery ethereals” in Stormwind (and likely other cities, too). The “Transmogrifier” NPC will allow players to change the displayed model of equipment to that of another item while keeping the original attributes: Transmogrification is only possible within an armor class – Plate armor can only assume the looks of other Plate armor, for example.

  • Class restrictions apply to Transmogrification – Warriors cannot transmogrify their armor to look like Death Knight tier sets.
  • The developers are considering whether they should only allow using the models of equipment that has already been obtained
Hunter Tier 5

Hunter Tier 5

I really like the idea of a Transmogrifier.  It will keep players from looking like cookie-cutters during top end raid content.  I’d love to rock some Tier 5 Hunter gear, or don the Tier 6 eyeball set.  What I don’t want to see happen is this be a permanent decision.  I don’t want to sacrifice my Tier 12 gear looks just because I want to show off the fact that yes, I still do have all of my Tier 6 gear.  This needs to be more of an on the fly decision, versus a permanent choice.  This needs to be reversible.

Frankly I go through moods where I love the Tier 9 set and their canoe shoulders, and other times I hate it.  Just like we change our clothes in real life, we need to be able to choose what gear we look like we’re wearing at a whim — of course with a cost.  Reforging current Tier 12 gear costs a significant amount.  I’ve seen some of my pieces cost upwards of 80g each, so I would hope the cosmetic change would be something akin to getting a haircut.  Five hundred gold to change the looks of my gear? No thanks, not regularly.  150-200? I’d buy that.

Hunter Tier 6

Hunter Tier 6

I sincerely hope they institute having to actually have acquired the gear at one point or another, but not require you to have the gear *rightnow* to start the change.  Because banks are not limitless in size, and the Void Storage isn’t available yet, I find myself only holding on to the last gear set of an expansion.  The problem? I no longer have any of my Tier 4, 5, 7, 8, or 9 sitting around.  Did I have it at one point? Absolutely.  Does this mean I’m going to have to go back and farm it again? While it might be fun to do for one or two sets, I don’t want to have to run ToC again. Ever. (The 4 separate raid lockouts for that place drove me insane)

What might be a more appropriate requirement is that in order to unlock the look of that gear set, the player must have cleared that raid at least once, and have the achievement.  That way you’re not forced to run the raid until the right tier token drops, but you can say you’ve run it.

The rest of that interview talks through Deathwing being in 4.3, 3 new 5-man dungeons, plus the Void Storage and Transmogrifier. MMO-Champion has the full translation of the article.

All this talk of old gear sets is making me nostalgic for Burning Crusade.

Here’s the official preview from Blizzard.