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So many pets, so little time

I’m many things, a druid, a vanity pet nut, and in general a night elf Magpie (possibly some similar class to a Night Elf Mohawk?). “Ooooh” Briara says, “Shiny! I’ll keep it in my bank forever and ever!” Combined with the multiple sets of gear most ferals carry, you can imagine my bank space is tight. I carry ten vanity pets in my bags, and another thirty-something live in the bank and get swapped in and out on occasion. As enthusiastic as I am about collecting them, I only have 43 so far. I’ve had to constrain myself to only getting one color of the vendor pets. As a reference, there are 98 vanity pets in the game currently – halfway there! For a little something different today, and in recognition of the newest and possibly one of the coolest ones, I thought I’d share some of my favorite vanity pets and a (very) brief rundown of how to get them. So…lets go to a pet show. (more…)

Keys Please: The Kara Edition

So you’ve been using your keys to good effect. You’ve probably gotten most of your dungeon set from the level 70 5 mans. You might have tested your prowess in some heroics. Now your mind is turning toward bigger and better things…to whit…Karazhan. Let me rhapsodize a moment. I’ve been to Mount Hyjal and seen the sewers of the Black Temple before my raiding guild went asplodey. Karazhan is my favorite of these raids even still. So much lore, the ambient music is catchy, and the boss fights definitely take on a bigger feel than the ones you have encountered in 5 mans. Now you might reasonably ask “Briara, I don’t need the key to get into Kara anymore, why should I do this quest line?” (more…)

Keys Please!

Firstly, if you are a rogue with maxxed lockpicking, you can smirk and move along *grin*

Secondly, while only one person in your party will have to have some of these keys we will be going over, I personally do not want to be that player, you know…the one you had to run all the way back to the instance entrance to let in because they don’t have their own key? Healers may get a free pass here, but the rest of us are more disposable *smile* (more…)

The Best Defense is…a good Defense Rating

My hubby had a bad Pick up Group experience over the weekend, and I thought I would relate both it and some related extremely useful theorycraft! Hubby’s been working on repping up and gearing up his recently 70 holy paladin, otherwise known as healadin. It came to pass this weekend that he was in a PuG trying to complete the daily heroic, which happened to be Blood Furnace. After they gathered a full group, they gamely headed off to the summoning stone. They got through the first room and up to the top of the steps, at which point the lock’s daddy told the group his seven year old had to go to bed and kthxbye. As the rest of the group went afk/idle while a replacement was looked for, hubby inspected the tank because he had been telling me as they were going that he was having to spam heal the fellow.


The Prey is Afoot!

Now that we have you geared up, how does a druid who is lucky enough to be doing DPS go about doing it well? Let’s look (briefly) at talents and then some practical combos.

Blizzard kindly collapsed the bear and cat talent branches into one “feral” line many moons ago, so most of the talents we discussed back in the bear guide remain relevant and useful for cats also. The talent that is most cat-centric, IMO, is Shredding Attacks, which reduces the energy cost of your cat’s Shred (backstab) as well as the rage cost of Lacerate. This talent stacks nicely with Brutal Impact, which increases the stun effect of your Pounce (and bearslap) by 1 second.


For up and coming kitties…

Having covered bear tanking in a previous set of posts, I thought I might this week turn my attention to the other aspect of a feral druid – cat form. Cat form operates under roughly the same principles as a rogue. You gain energy over time, your special attacks use this energy and build combo points. You have a variety of “finishing moves” that use the combo points – the more combo points you have built up on your target (to a max of 5) the more effective the finishing move will be, in general. So let’s get started!


Ready to Rumble?

According to Wowjutsu, most guilds with enough level 70 players will eventually make it into Karazhan. And this is a good thing, both for lore junkies and people who want to get some PvE epics. While I’m not in Hyjal/BT end game guild (we are working on becoming one though!) I’ve been raiding for a long time now, and Karazhan remains one of my favorite raid instances. How do you know if your guild/alliance is ready to begin?


GUI goodness

Whilst wandering around with my hunter on our family laptop, I came to the realization that I am spoiled. Without my interface, I am rather lost – because in my household, we don’t do mods half heartedly…at last count, hubby and I are running over 100 mods to the standard WoW interface. And I am extra spoiled because hubby is a programmer, so when one of our favorites breaks, he can usually dive in and fix it, often before the mod maintainer has an update. Given that they are one more thing to be worried about, why would one want to run mods?


Bear Tank 102 – Gearing Up

As promised, this week I shall cover some recommended items for the up and coming druid tank. It is possible to get a nice beginner tanking set without ever setting foot in a raiding instance or a heroic. I’ve found that while cat gear is plentiful in raid and normal instances, Bear gear is a lot harder to come by, so some of these pieces you will come to know and love (or hate)…thus says the raider druid still wearing her Heavy Clefthoof Vest for oh…six months now?


Bear Tank 101 – Talents

I’ve had a request to do a guide on Bear tanking. To that end…here we go! We have a lot of ground to cover, so I’m going to split this up. Generally speaking, a bear tank works a lot like a warrior – we have a rage bar just like them, and our special attacks cost rage, just like theirs do. Rage is gained both from taking and giving damage as well as from special talents.

Lets talk about those talents first. If you want to tank, you are going to have to put 41 points into the Feral Tree. At least 41. Because you will require Mangle as a bear to keep your threat up. When tanking, threat generation should be your biggest concern, because that it what keeps the baddies mad at you and not at your DPS and healers. So, on the way to getting that 41 point talent, there are some other things you really should pick up to help maximize your tanking capabilities.