On Clearing Karazhan

Our guild finally cleared Karazhan last weekend. I know that it’s probably laughable at this point considering how long WoW has been around, but you have to understand that we’re a small guild composed of real-life friends, so getting people to raid 10-man dungeons is a challenge in itself. Getting all ten to be geared enough to handle Kara is a different task altogether, but you can probably visualize the difficulties from there.

Anyway, thanks to the nerfs by patch 3.0.2, we finally cleared it. I’m actually looking forward to progression at this point. The expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, is less than a month away. It would be nice if we could somehow clear Zul’Aman before that.

Which brings me to the next issue: loot distribution. We saw two examples of how loot can become an issue during our Kara run, so I need to find a way to prevent it from escalating. Right now, I’m looking at various DKP systems, so I hope I’ll be able to find one that suits all of us. Again, we’re all friends, so it shouldn’t be too hard to convince everyone to use shift loot distribution, but maybe I’m being naive.

I am also the guild master of a group of friends in World of Warcraft, a position that I love and have grown to occasionally dislike at the same time. How I became the GM is sort of a coincidence. Back when we were new to the game, I was the only one who studied the guild creation process. When we executed it, I became the guild master. Since then, no one has protested.

It’s a position that I have carried for two years. I’m only writing about it now because it never bothered me before until recently. It was only during the last couple of months when I felt the responsibility, pressure and burden of—well, leadership. I know it’s only a game, but when you’ve got ten or so people relying on you for progression, activities and events, it’s not as easy to dismiss. Thankfully, WoW has more than enough content for everyone and the Kara raid, something we’ve been organizing for the past two weeks, has given me a personal boost. I’m glad we cleared it. It’s certainly an uplifting way to end an otherwise stressful week.

So there you have it. My first WoW-related post. Hopefully the loot system will push through this week. I just hope my guildmates respond well.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Preview

Vehicle Combat:

Before I begin, let me make it clear that the advertising you see on this site is done by Google AdSense. I have no control over them. This means that if you’re looking at an ad for WoW, I did not put it there.

Second, this isn’t a review of the guides themselves. I’ve only used two, one for each faction, so I can’t give a comparison about which is more effective. The purpose of this article is to inform you of what to expect in case you’re thinking of purchasing a copy. With that said, here’s a list of what you’ll usually get.

1. Promise of leveling from 1-70 in X days.

The number of days specified here is equal to what’s displayed when you type the in-game command “/played”. This means that if you played an hour per day for five days, you’ll get 5 hours as a response from the /played command. Obviously, playing only that much won’t get you to level 70.

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World of Warcraft Patch 2.4 Goes Live

World of Warcraft players will now be able to enjoy patch 2.4, which opens Sunwell Isle. New dungeons, items and rewards are now accessible to players. The update also includes bug fixes, balance changes and UI improvements. Head over to the patch notes for the full details.

Highlights of Fury of the Sunwell:

Sunwell Isle:
The glorious fount of arcane energy known as the Sunwell empowered the high elves for millennia, until the death knight Arthas laid siege to the elven kingdom and corrupted its sacred energies. Seeing no other alternative, a band of survivors led by Prince Kael’thas destroyed the ancient fount, and over time the surviving elves fell prey to a crippling magical withdrawal. Now, promising salvation for his people, Kael’thas has returned. Soon the Sunwell will shine once again, but whether the sacred fount will usher in deliverance or destruction remains to be seen.
This area includes:

  • A new quest hub
  • Magisters’ Terrace – a 5-player instance
  • Sunwell Plateau – a 25-player instance
  • New badge rewards

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World of Warcraft: Fury of the Sunwell Trailer

Narrated by Prince Kael’thas himself, who sounds like he was voiced by the actor who played Haldir in the Lord of the Rings.

Continued from Part 2

Tier VII
Ferocious Inspiration – what gives this the edge over Catlike Reflexes is that everyone in your party gets a 3% damage boost when your pet gets a critical hit. Note that this boost is indiscriminate, so regardless whether it’s physical or magical, everybody simply hits harder. If you took Ferocity, it makes sense to invest in this one as well.

Bestial Wrath – this talent is why you took Beast Mastery in the first place. Activating this ability increases your pet’s damage and makes it immune to any crowd control spell. That means no fear, no polymorph, no sleep, no nothing. It’s also got a decent cooldown period of two minutes, so just slap Aspect of the Viper on if you’re low on mana and you should be able to activate it. If a fight isn’t going your way, use this ability to turn the tide.

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Continued from Part 1

Tier IV
Improved Mend Pet – the difficult thing to do with this tier is that both talents provide you with viable options for a better pet. This one increases pet survivability. You may think that the reduced mana cost isn’t much of a benefit (and with good mana management, it’s true), but the chance to remove a debuff is a big bonus, especially when you’re up against multiple foes or elites.

Ferocity – if you’re looking for more pet damage (and who isn’t?) invest points in this. Just to end my confusion with this tier, I maxed both talents.

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