Disjointed Thoughts On Current Activities

Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Commentary, death knight, Raids, Rogue | 3 comments

After playing around with all the talent trees, my DK finally settled on using Unholy as his DPS spec. I finally understood the rotation and, quite frankly, Glyph of Disease is simply a great glyph to have for people like me who have trouble maintaining diseases. I also switched my tanking spec to Blood since that’s going to be the spec of choice come Cataclysm. It’s working well so far.

I recently ran into this random heroic where I was tanking and our healer was a paladin. I died on the second pull, with the healer saying something like “OMG, you died so fast. I actually have to heal you.” Maybe he’s been running random groups with better geared tanks but that comment just pissed me off. Sure, my tanking gear isn’t great by any means but it’s good enough to run heroic 5-mans. There’s also the fact that he signed up as a healer. At the very least, he should be doing his job. He proved himself to be an ass by leaving the group after we pulled the first boss. Note that I’m saying after, meaning we haven’t wiped yet. Considering this was Utgarde Keep, you’d think he’d have the decency to stay and finish at least that. Anyway, end of rant.

TL;DR: Pally douchebag healer ruined heroic UK random run.

And by doing that, I just realized I’m on Reddit too often.

It sucks when everybody’s a Kingslayer and Sin’s not. Sometimes I wonder what I’m lacking that’s preventing me from killing the guy. It would be nice if I could score some heroic gear. Then again, when Ruby Sanctum hits the whole new loot table is going to come into play. I’m already wondering what the drops will be.

I have 3 alts that are above 60: a mage, a pally and a druid. I’ve been thinking about which one I should focus on and finally settled on the druid. The reason behind this is because it’s simply the class closest to being a rogue. I tried running a random with him and ended up really bad on trash pulls simply because I didn’t have an AOE attack. I managed to make up for it on the boss fights though so that’s a good thing. I’m just going to have to see if I can stick it out and actually get a third toon to 80.

That’s it for random musings. Raiding has plateaued for Sin so there really isn’t an update to post in that area. And lately I haven’t been the type to raid with more than one toon. The time constraints is really the killing factor.

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DK Woes, Among Other Things

Posted by on Apr 27, 2010 in Commentary, death knight |

My guild decided to do an alt ICC 10 run today so I brought my undergeared DK. I seem to recall posting recently about trying to improve his gear and there I was in ICC. I knew I had no right to be there. I knew I was going to embarass myself.

I don’t think I need to write about what happened in there. Needless to say, I got carried and I don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong; I’m grateful that my guildmates brought me along knowing that I would contribute nearly nothing to the run, but it’s still uncomfortable to be a freeloader. What happened today just solidified my thoughts on gearing him up. It’s either that or I delete him altogether.

On a side note, it’s my birthday today. I’m still considering if I should get the Celestial Steed as a present for myself. I’m also wondering if I should get an actual gaming mouse to match my keyboard (it’s a Logitech g15). Or a new hard drive! I’m always running out of space. Or maybe I should just sit back and try to solve my Vent problem instead. It won’t detect my microphone. The mic is functional in Windows but not in Vent. If anyone has any ideas, let me know. At least I have a working Internet connection now.

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Death Knight Gems & DPS

Posted by on Apr 25, 2010 in Commentary, death knight | 2 comments

“Sayang” is a Tagalog word (that’s my native language, by the way) that expresses dismay, usually over something that is a waste or was wasted. When you find yourself saying “too bad” or “what a waste”, whatever situation you used it for would be within the appropriate context of the word. Boherrac and I were chatting in-game and he asked how my DK was, to which I answered that he was stagnating and that I was too lazy to do anything with him. He dropped the word then: “sayang”.

It was enough to send me thinking.

It was sort of a wake up call. Nothing groundbreaking, mind you, but it did make me want to gear my DK again, which I did earlier by giving him a couple of gems. Well, it was more than a couple, but I realized yesterday that I haven’t even bothered to put a meta on him for his DPS set. Seriously, WTF. I also switched to Blood DPS for the heck of it. I’m already dual-wielding with Sin so I figured that using a two-handed weapon would be a good change. It’s too early to tell if I’ll actually stick to it.

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The Icecrown Citadel: A Rogue Guide

Posted by on Dec 14, 2009 in Commentary, death knight, Guides, Rogue |

A quick guide to the 5-man bosses of the Icecrown Citadel:
The Forge of Souls:

Bronjahm:

  • He will create soul fragments from a member of the party. The fragment will spawn from where the party member is located. It will then start moving toward Bronjahm. If it reaches him, it will heal him. Obviously, killing the fragment is a priority. The group also has the option of creating distance between the boss and whichever party member that becomes the fragment source.
  • When he’s close to death, he will move to the center of the room and create a vortex around him. Anyone who gets hit by it is damaged, so move in along with him. He will cast fear on someone, possibly causing the feared player to run to the vortex. This is something that’s more for your healers but watch out for it anyway. Can anyone confirm if Cloak of Shadows works when you run to the vortex?

The Devourer of Souls:

  • This thing reminds me of a quintesson.
  • When it uses Mirrored Soul, stop DPS. You’ll be killing the team member who received the debuff if you don’t.
  • Unleash Souls will spawn adds. Try to avoid them as much as you can. They don’t hurt a lot but become troublesome once they gank you. Use Evasion if necessary.
  • Wailing Souls shouldn’t be a problem for you if you’re doing what rogues were born to do: attacking from behind. Still, if you do see it being cast, move behind the target.

The Pit of Saron:

Forgemaster Garfrost:

  • Permafrost is a problem for healers. The best way to deal with it is to avoid unnecessary damage (meaning don’t get hit by massive boulders) and DPS as much as you can. Killing him faster means leaving less chances for your healer to run out of mana.
  • When he runs to a forge to craft something, you can either chase him (make sure the rest of your party does so as well) or you can hide behind the boulders to avoid Permafrost damage.

Ick and Krick:

  • Make sure your group clears the trash around the boss. Those pats have a nasty habit of inviting themselves to the fight thanks to a party member that isn’t paying attention.
  • There’s a lot of poison to avoid, giving this encounter a lot of movement. Move away from the puddles.
  • If the boss goes after you, run away. Pursuit will one-shot you.
  • When it casts that nova spell, run away from it.

Scourgelord Tyrannus:

  • He likes hearing himself talk.
  • Overlord’s Brand is an ability that’s best understood before the fight begins. If you get the debuff and attack the boss, you’re also hitting the tank. The boss can also get healed by it. The groups I’ve been in have never had a problem with it but it’s better to be prepared.
  • His mount, Rimefang, will cast ice spells that freeze targeted party members. The game calls out who it’s cast on so move away from him or her. The damage itself isn’t too bad so if you get hit, it doesn’t mean it’s a wipe.

Halls of Reflection:

  • Once you’re done with the dialogue, the place becomes a static gauntlet. You fight waves of adds followed by a boss then more waves followed by the other boss. Unlike Violet Hold or Black Morass, wiping after the first boss is downed doesn’t reset the entire thing. You start from first wave after killing the first boss.
  • Once again, this place is more of a problem for your tank. Your job is to DPS as fast as you can. Take down the casters first. I usually just TotT + FoK the entire thing. If you have a death knight in your group, have him or her Death Grip a caster or hunter to the group to help your tank out.
  • The bosses themselves are easy. Well of Corruption from the second boss is the only thing you’ll need to avoid. Getting to the part where you can fight them is the hard part.
  • The next mob after the encounter is a huge undead guy that will spawn copies of your group, similar to what happens with the Herald Volazj fight in Ahn’kahet (AKA OK). There’s no phasing involved this time, so just bring it down as quickly as you can.
  • You’ll run up to the throne room. Move to the right exit and get ready for another gauntlet. Your group along with Sylvanas or Jaina will start to run away from the Lich King. He will block your path with huge ice walls and then proceed to move forward very slowly. Waves of undead will also start attacking you. After you deal with them, the wall will shatter and your group does more running away. You’ll repeat this process three or four times.
  • Don’t get close to the Lich King. He has an aura that deals 6k-7k damage on plate (I was on my DK at the time) per second. Imagine what he can do to leather.
  • When you board the ship, a chest will spawn signalling the end of the instance. Get your loot and celebrate.

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Going Combat With Greed

Posted by on Feb 3, 2009 in Commentary, death knight, Rogue |

I know, I know. January passed and not a single update on the blog. I’ll try to change that.I respecced to Combat after getting Greed. I paired it with Rolfsen’s, slapped Berserking on both and became a happy camper until yesterday. I know it seems like the enchantment is too much of a gold sink considering both weapons are only item level 200, but what can I do? I like doing DPS so I’ll maximize what I have.

Our guild’s Naxx run this weekend was pretty good, all things considered. We were able to clear the Plague and Arachnid Wings, downed Patchwerk and then tried the Military Wing. It was pretty late when we did that so we moved to the Vault of Archavon after two wipes. We downed the guy. Overall, it was a solid run. Hopefully we’ll be able to work things out with the Military Wing this weekend.

I’m going to be switching to a sword off-hand once I get enough Abyss Crystals for Berserking. It’s going to be tough saving up for it. I just burned all my cash on getting Artisan Riding for my death knight since it’s easier to do dailies with him. As a blood-specced tank, he can go questing with very little downtime. I just need the patience for the grind. Ha! Patience? Me? Never an easy thing.

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