Category: Theorycrafting

So you roll a Deathknight? Your main of another class has 2 gathering professions. Skinning and mining. You want to tank so you make your DK a leather worker and a blacksmith.

Wait this is not how it began…

You open your box, spend some time with the install disk, then spend minutes installing a giant game. You never heard of Wowhead or Wowinsider. You don’t even know what class to pick. You just know your friends told you to play horde on a specific server. You roll a toon, play it a bit, give up because warlock pets are so damn ugly.

Log out…

The next day you log back in and notice the dwarf with the bear on the Vanilla trailer. You like that. Log back on and play on your warlock. Level up some tailoring and enchanting give up.

Log out…

You decide to not to play with your Horde friends and roll a dwarf.

You run thru the snow your first 10-15 levels then meet some random dude in Wetlands. He tells you to level because WotLK is coming out. You are like “WotLK?”

Reroll on a different server because this guy just scared you by talking about some undead invasion and all that reminds you of are the zombies from the first Resdient Evil game.

Reroll your dwarf on one of those new player servers. You pick red hair this time and a long comfortable beard.

You level at your own pace. Don’t even hit level 70 until after WotLK comes out. You buy the collector’s edition because your Horde friend tells you to and your new guild is bad ass because everyone is online at the same time and everyone is leveling.

You decided to level Engineering because you are a Hunter and you can make your own bullets and range weapon. You also like the look of googles. Pre-transmog. You pick mining to help you level Engineering. You start a blog on WordPress to help you keep track of all the resources and blogs you discover.

You did not get 2 gathering professions on your first toon.

Min/Max is now entirely pointless.

The new talent system link was a dead link. I fixed it in this copy.

World of Warcraft Patch 5.0.4

The latest patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/

General

  • Account-wide Achievements, pets, and mounts
  • World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle
    • Warchief Garrosh, obsessed with assuring the Horde’s supremacy over Kalimdor, launches an all-out attack against Jaina’s island home of Theramore. Though valiant Alliance defenders rush to repel the sudden onslaught, they’ll soon find themselves unprepared for the terrible scope of Garrosh’s true plans…
    • This Scenario will become available in the weeks leading up to the launch of Mists of Pandaria on September 25.
  • AOE Looting
    • Area of effect looting comes to World of Warcraft with this patch. After killing a group of enemies in close proximity, when you loot one of their corpses, the loot window will include items from all of the nearby corpses for which you have loot rights.
  • BattleTag support in World of Warcraft
    • Players who have enabled their BattleTag will now be able to:
      • See BattleTag friends in your friends list.
      • Add and remove BattleTag friends.
      • Send BattleTag invites to other players via right-click.
  • Cross-Realm Zones
    • In some zones, players are now able to form a group with other players from a select pool of realms.
    • When a player is in a zone that is set as a “cross-realm zone”, in addition to seeing other players from their native realm, they’ll also seamlessly see (and be able to play with) players from other realms.
    • Players will always be able to group and quest as they normally would with players from their native realm.
    • This functionality will be enabled for a limited number of realms at first, and will be granted to additional realms as we near the release of Mists of Pandaria.

Classes: General

  • All classes have been updated with a new talent system, improved abilities, and spells (accessible throughout levels 1-85). Your character’s talents have been reset.
    • Many old talents have been converted to specialization abilities.
    • Druids now have access to a fourth class specialization: Guardian.
    • New spells are now learned automatically. Class trainers are only needed to change talents, glyphs, class specialization, or to utilize the dual specialization feature.
    • All characters now take 40% less damage from other players.

Currency Conversion

  • Valor points have been converted to Justice points, and Conquest points have been converted to Honor points.
  • Neither of the resultant currencies (Justice and Honor) have an enforced hard-cap at this time.
  • Players are no longer able to earn Valor or Conquest points (bosses drop Justice, and arenas are closed).
  • Items formerly purchasable for Valor/Conquest are available for Justice/Honor.

Items

  • Spell Penetration has been replaced by PvP Power on existing items.
  • Head enchants removed
    • Enchants that modify the gear in your head slot have been removed from the game. This includes older head enchants of every type.
  • Relics, ranged, and thrown items
    • The slot in which ranged, relics, and thrown items were previously equipped has been removed. All weapons should now be equipped in the weapon slot.
    • Ranged weapons, including wands, have been adjusted to be more powerful.
    • Ranged weapons no longer have a minimum range.

Professions

  • The glyph system has been updated. Many class glyphs have been added, altered, or moved to different glyph types.
  • Prime glyphs have been removed.
  • Chef’s Award and Dalaran Cooking Award have been removed. Existing awards have been converted to Epicurean’s Award.

Quests

  • The cap for daily quests has been removed.
  • There is no longer a displayed count of daily quests completed.

User Interface

  • There is a new user interface for your mounts and pets.
  • Character creation screens have been updated.
  • Buffs have been consolidated in the UI.
  • New roll results frame added. This new feature can be accessed by clicking the word “[Loot]” in chat, or by typing “/loot”.
  • The PvE queue frames have been unified. You can now queue for dungeons, raids, and other queue-able content in one handy place.
  • Vendors now offer item filtering.
  • Spellbooks have been updated to reflect changes to core abilities, and now include a brief overview of specializations.
  • The Dungeon Journal has been expanded with information on all pre-Cataclysm encounters.
  • A new help system has been added to many frames. You can toggle this on and off by clicking the “i” button in the upper left corner of the frame.

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported.
  • Added full support for Retina displays.
  • Added support for game resolutions that match Mac screen aspect ratios.
  • Switching between Windowed and Fullscreen display modes should be faster.
  • A “Help” menu has been added, so that players can quickly navigate to support pages.
  • A menu item that allows players to copy system information to the Clipboard has been added.
  • A menu item that reveals various game files and folders in Finder has been added.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Hey everyone,

I write posts for myself. Just kidding? I did start the blog on WordPress so I could keep track of all the hunter resources I would find on the web.  Now that baby is here(He is about 2 months old) and I have a full time job, my game time has whittled down to only Saturdays and Sundays.  This is a more of a exaggeration. I still play occasionally on the weekday.  My raid days are over.  My gaming high is limited to one or two 5 mans, which I usually do on my rogue, maybe some dailies on my main, and tiding up some achievements until MoP comes out.

The blog is more like a forth priority after the wife, the baby, and my game time.  There wasn’t really much to report. No gear lists to make, no interesting tames, and for whatever reason the beta client did not like me.  It’s okay. I didn’t have time to play on the beta and I didn’t feel like doing things twice. So here we are:

Hunter Glyphs and their changes

Frostheims preparation guide for Patch 5.0.4

I do recommend getting any glyphs that you are missing in your spell book. For your hunter, Vendor your melee weapon if it is soulbound. For any melee class who could hold a relic, or whatever else those lesser classes, like rouges would use, vendor that shit too.  I will miss seeing a staff or stick on my back but range weapons just look cooler.  What else was on my list?  Oh, really start to decide which hunter pets you might want to let go, I take it back, release all but your spirit beasts.  BM is supposedly the best spec out there.  I would also make one spirit beast a cunning pet for PVP, another tenacity for tanking and solo-fun, and the third one for PVE.

BTW, my brother just told me that the patch is going to take about 6 hours to download. Go figure.

Baby is doing fine.  He is about 12 lbs now.  I couldn’t have asked for a more loving and caring wife.  For a girl who did not want to have kids, she is doing a great job.

I’ll report more later(about the game changes). If you look at my trend of blog posts, I usually report things when they go live.

‘Til next time… (which is hopefully tomorrow, or sometime sooner than 2 months)

! Guntitan

I decided to take out my Core Hound for fun and this is what happened:

He came out big and red. So I checked his buffs…

Only Spirit Bond and Ferocious Inspiration look normal. 9 days? Wasn’t that a alternative rock band in the 2000s? Oh well… I guess I can try to have some fun. Going to test it out right now.

Update:

I can’t even use Bestial Wrath. A more powerful spell is active.

Culling and Frenzy dropped off during combat.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

New stuff will be floating around the web, if you haven’t heard the NDA from the press conference has been lifted and the MoP Beta is out.

This hunter related news is brought to you via WoWDB.

New Glyphs
Glyph of Marked for Death and Glyph of Mirrored Blades look the most useful.  I hate having to apply Hunter’s Mark to the target after I kill a mob.  I am also glad we will be able to make our Deterrence do something useful.  Now make glyph that allows us to attack while using Deterrence and we will be set for the expansion.

Glyph of Animal Bond
While your pet is active, all healing done to you and your pet is increased by 10%.

Glyph of Aspect of the Pack
Increases the range of your Aspect of the Pack by 15 yards

Glyph of Disengage
Increases the distance you travel when you Disengage.

Glyph of Freezing Trap
When your Freezing Trap breaks, the victim’s movement speed is reduced by 70% for 4 sec.

Glyph of Lesser Proportion
Slightly reduces the size of your pet.

Glyph of Marked for Death
Your Arcane Shot, Chimera Shot, Kill Command, and Explosive Shot abilities automatically apply Hunter’s Mark.

Glyph of Mirrored Blades
When attacked by a spell while in Deterrence, you have a 100% chance to reflect it back at the attacker.

New Scopes
Remember Hunters are the only ones who are going to be able to use range weapons to do damage.

Mirror Scope
Permanently attaches a mirrored scope to a ranged weapon, sometimes increases critical strike rating by 400 for 10 sec when dealing damage with ranged attacks.

Lord Blastington’s Scope of Doom
Permanently attaches Lord Blastington’s special scope to a ranged weapon, sometimes increases Agility by 200 for 10 sec when dealing damage with ranged attacks.

That’s it for now, maybe we will find out more stuff later.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Transmog or Transmogrification is something new to the World of Warcraft and a part of Patch 4.3.  When it was first announced, my first thought was, “Well… that’s useless.”

The new feature was first announced back in August and a little after you would see in trade chat “/2 LFG BWL for transmog run” or “/2 LFG BT transmog run.”  Everyone and their sons were doing old raid content from vanilla to BC and beyond.  It was amazing! Trade was alive again.  People and their toons had a reason to do old raids.

Trade is still alive with people putting together old raids.  After Patch 4.3 went live, everyone and their mothers were honing some oldie but goodie gears.  People were  unique in the game, people were putting together matching sets, and they just look amazing.  I never thought a feature that was so useless to me would actually make the game richer.

No one inspired me more than my guild leader.  We decided to do a Firelands pug after the patch went live and she went in wearing a truly unique matching set.  It looked so good.  I was impressed.  Someone that I knew actually used this feature and it works.

So here she is in all her priest sexiness and glory:

The Gear - Absolution Regalia

The Weapon – Frostscythe of Lord Ahune

The Mount – Deathcharger’s Reins

Then I decided to make my own transmog set.  I came up with:

The Gear – Nordrassil Harness

The Weapon - Pillar of Ferocity

Well there you go.  You can now enjoy killing old raid bosses for fun and obtain really old entirely useless gear except to use as a transmog item, create an entirely new outfit, and look amazing.  Especially now with Patch 4.3.2 you can enjoy doing these raids with some IRL friends that you have on real ID that you never play with because you are on different servers.  Good job Blizzard.  This is why World of Warcraft is the top MMO in the industry.  They keep just sucking you back in to the game.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

The difficulty path you seek is entirely up to you.  You can obtain gear from Raid Finder, regular Dragon Soul, or Heroic Dragon Soul. Weapons in Raid Finder are only available from Madness of Deathwing.  Each part of Raid Finder Dragon Soul gives you 250 Valor Points, giving you a easy way to obtain half of the valor you can get per week.

Here is the list:

Morchok

Hand
Sporebeard Gauntlets ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Morchok is the lottery boss in Looking for Raid. He has a chance to drop every Raid Finder token.  Too bad he doesn’t drop the same tokens in regular or heroic DS.

Gauntlets of the Corrupted Protector turn in for Wyrmstalker’s Gloves.
Leggings of the Corrupted Protector turn in for Wyrmstalker’s Legguards.
Shoulders of the Corrupted Protector turn in for Wyrmstalker’s Spaulders.
Chest of the Corrupted Protector turn in for Wyrmstalker’s Tunic.
Crown of the Corrupted Protector turn in for Wyrmstalker’s Headguard.

Warlord Zon’ozz

Hand
Gauntlets of the Corrupted Protector ( RF | Normal | Heroic ) turn in for
Wyrmstalker’s Gloves ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Range
Horrifying Horn Arbalest ( Normal | Heroic )

Yor’sahj the Unsleeping

Legs
Leggings of the Corrupted Protector ( RF | Normal | Heroic ) turn in for
Wyrmstalker’s Legguards ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Two-Hand
Spire of Coagulated Globules ( Normal | Heroic )

Hagara the Stormbinder

Shoulder
Shoulders of the Corrupted Protector ( RF | Normal | Heroic ) turn in for
Wyrmstalker’s Spaulders ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Feet
Treads of Dormant Dreams ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Finger
Signet of Grasping Mouths ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Ultraxion

Chest
Chest of the Corrupted Protector ( RF | Normal | Heroic ) turn in for
Wyrmstalker’s Tunic ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Wrist
Bracers of Looming Darkness ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Warmaster Blackhorn

Head
Crown of the Corrupted Protector ( RF | Normal | Heroic ) turn in for
Wyrmstalker’s Headguard ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Trinket
Starcatcher Compass ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Waist
Belt of the Beloved Companion ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Spine of Deathwing

Trinket
Wrath of Unchaining ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Madness of Deathwing

2-Hand
Kiril, Fury of Beasts ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Range
Vishanka, Jaws of the Earth ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Shared Boss Loot

Trinket
Vial of the Shadows ( RF | Normal | Heroic )

Trash Mobs

Range
Ruinblaster Shotgun – For a dwarf hunter, this is a powerful range weapon, because of the racial. It only drops from trash mobs in Normal Dragon Soul.

I hope the list helps. Good luck in the newest raid and good luck when it comes to drops. Raid finder is evil.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Note: I realized after I originally posted the post that I forgot to add in the links to the tier sets themselves. I will come around to do so in the near future.  At least I hope to do so, probably could have done it by now if I didn’t type up this disclaimer. Done!  I do have a nice little write up about the tier set bonuses right here.

It is now a lot easier to hit Valor cap.  You can get 500 Valor Points from LFR (Looking For Raid) from doing both parts. If you are raiding you can accumulate the rest from the Dragon Soul raid or the new 5 mans (Well of Eternity, End Time, and Hour of Twilight).  With that I’ll leave you with a new valor point priority list:

Neck
Cameo of Terrible Memories - 1,250 Valor Points

Ring
Emergency Descent Loop - 1,250 Valor Points

The neck and ring slots are best in slot and should be the first items you get.

Waist
Cord of Dragon Sinew - 1,650 Valor Points

Back
Batwing Cloak - 1,250 Valor Points

Depending on what you have the waist can take priority over getting the back.  If you obtained Dreadfire Drape from normal Lord Rhyolith there isn’t much improvement except a nice chunk of stamina, if you have the heroic version of Dreadfire Drape then you wouldn’t waste any Valor on a new cloak.  The heroic version of Dreadfire Drape is BiS.

Boots
Boneshard Boots(BOE) - 1,650 Valor Points or Gold

Wrist
Dragonbelly Bracers(BOE) - 1,250 Valor Points or Gold

The feet and wrist are both BoE. I recommend using a alts Valor or gold to obtain both.  These 2 slots are dependent on what you already have or if you obtained gear from normal Dragon Soul or Dragon Soul LFR.  The wrist isn’t that good and you can refrain from getting them until the prices go down.

Trinket
Kiroptyric Sigil - 1,650 Valor Points

For the Trinket Slot it really depends on what you already have or if you obtained any from normal Dragon Soul, Dragon Soul LFR, or Firelands.  I personally play as a BM hunter and would rather enjoy this on use proc of thick agility and use it combined with Kill Command.  Frostheim wrote a nice write up on the new trinkets at Wow Insider.

Head, Chest, Hands

The priority of what pieces you obtain is impacted by the order you obtain the tier 13 pieces from regular Dragon Soul, Dragon Soul LFR, or Alizabal in Baradin Hold. For BM hunters the head, Zeherah’s Dragonskull Crown(2,200 Valor Points), is BiS. It is especially sexy since it’s named after Zeherah from FemaleDwarf.com.  The chest, Dragonflayer Vest(2,200 Valor Points), would be of the highest priority if your luck is running low.  I would save the hands, Arrowflick Gauntlets(1,650 Valor Points), for absolutely last since you might be able to get the tier gloves, Wyrmstalker’s Gloves, from either version of DS or BH.

Well… I’m pooped.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan