Category: Monk

perspective

I’ve been watching Doctor Who on Netflix from the beginning.  It is very interesting.

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Female Night Elf Death Knights are the only Night elves that can have pink hair.  It’s been known since WotLK days.  I found out during Cata and only really dug her out during this expansion.  I want to get her to level 90 before Hallow’s End for another chance at the mount, helm, and sword.  The quickest way to level 90 was to make her a Blood Death Knight, a tank.

As a hunter, tanking is always someone else’s job.  You don’t have to do anything but maybe occasionally use a Misdirect and even less than before watch your aggro.  It’s like my son.  He just recently turned 1 years old on July 1st.  He only knows his pee pee is there when his diaper is off. He likes to touch it, knowing it’s there but doesn’t quite understand what it is for and on occasion he pees with it.  As a hunter, tanks were always something that was there but I never really understood their purpose.

I know they prevent us, the group, from dying.   When I solo my pet acts like a tank, using abilities to pull aggro to himself and away from me so I can DPS the add from afar.  Happily never dying.  My pet does everything automatically.  I never have to be conscious of the unconscious effort of my pet’s job.

When I started my Death Knight during Cata, I looked up resources like Ask Mr. Robot or Noxxic or Icy-Veins  regarding rotations, talents, glyphs, stat priorities, etc.  Did it again recently during MoP.

It didn’t matter how much I read.  None of it still didn’t make any sense.  Especially since most of it is for level 90s. It wasn’t until I selected the role of tank and queued, that I finally got it.

You know all that text book bull shit you got scolded for as a new hunter?  Remember when they all called you a Huntard?  BTW, Huntard is a very offensive term.

As tank, you scold the DPS for targeting the wrong add or starting to DPS too soon, you let the group know when you are planning to skip a group of adds, or you get into arguments with the healer who doesn’t know how to put you on follow and cause the whole group to wipe on regular Utgarde Keep.

Before you pull the next group you have to be conscious of every health bar, every mana bar, every energy bar, every focus bar, and every chi bar.  Do monks even use Chi? I don’t remember.  If you aren’t conscious your healer will not have enough mana to heal or your DPS won’t have enough of whatever to kill stuff.  It could lead to a wipe.  As a hunter, we are like fuck it, I’ll just Cobra Shot my Focus back up.

Your abilities are not automatic. You manually apply your diseases, use your threat generating skills to hold a group of adds, you use your abilities to pull adds off a rogue DPS.  Again, nothing is automatic.

You have to consider the timing of your abilities. You watch your cool downs not because it’s going to give you amazing DPS, but that your next Death Grip will pull that add back to you that is running towards the healer. If you don’t the group will wipe.

As a Hunter, you are responsible for killing stuff and keeping you and your pet alive so you can DPS.  As a tank, you are responsible for keeping everyone else alive so you can get them loots and level.  4 other people are entirely dependent on your performance. You are no longer a solo creature or a part of a duo.  You are part of a group.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

P.S.

Now try this 10 times fast.  Female Blood Night Elf Death Knight. I bet you will say Blood Elf by accident.

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My rogue hit level 85 the other night and she wasn’t at the right item level to que up for the Mist of Pandaria dungeons. Sound familiar?

It was time go get them BOEs. Some of the ones I obtained at level 80 were still on my toon. I really didn’t replace gear until I hit level 84 and started to quest in Twilight Highlands.

The quest rewards from Twilight Highlands are no where near the item level required to play in the Mists.

The BOE armor was too expensive on the AH(200+G). I logged on to my leather working Druid and looked at what I could craft, which was almost every slot.  My Druid did have a ton of mats so I crafted a Misthide set and a Cloak of the Mists.

The Cloak stats are random so I actually don’t recommend crafting it. They do sell well on the AH, if you don’t mind farming the mats and taking a gamble. I crafted about 9 of them until I got the one I could use.

I was still short 1 point so I ended up buying a BOE necklace, Shadowfire Necklace of the Galeburst. Then headed through the mists. When I did que up the quest rewards from Jade Temple replaced my legs and bracers. I made the gear to que, don’t expect the gear to last you long.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

I’ve been leveling a rogue with the same heirlooms(plus Stained Shadowcraft Pants) I used for Scythebitten(my feral druid) and just recently hit 80. The exception are the heirloom daggers. This means that when I hit 80, I had a few 174s and my item level wasn’t sufficient enough to run through the Cataclysm dungeons.

Quick Tip:

Obtain the BOEs

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If you are leveling with the heirloom daggers Sharpened Scarlet Kris and Balanced Heartseeker you can easily upgrade them with the regular version of the Toxidunk Dagger which you can obtain from Blackrock Caverns. You could try to get them with your Main or buy them off the AH. I purchased a pair for about 250 G.

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Then you could always check the AH for Darkbrand gear to replace your belt and bracers. Then pick up the chest and shoulders to replace your Stained Shadowcraft Tunic and Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders. A pair of Darkbrand Gloves and a pair of Darkbrand Boots will help with item level too. If you already have a leather worker and a miner like me. Then it shouldn’t take long to farm the mats and craft a pair for your Rogue alt. The Volatile Fire for the gloves can still be fished.

After a few quests in Mount Hyjal. I had the right item level to que for the first set of Cataclysm dungeons.

So why a post about my Rogue?

These same tips can be applied to your leveling Feral Druid, Monk, or even your Hunter alt.

‘Til next time..

! Guntitan