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November 29, 2008

Resto Shaman Pre-Raid Gear WotLK

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Cranky Sysadmin @ 6:08 pm

Below is a quick list of items, enchantments, and enhancements on my shopping list as an aspiring restoration shaman healer. I am probably missing some items, and I am probably making some old school assumptions about shaman healing, like mp5 is important. There is a savage ringmail PvP set I don’t list here which seems adequate for heroics and starting at raiding. Under enchants for boots, I am probably going to pick whichever of the listed ones is easiest to get. None are primary stats for healers in this slot.

Shield:
Lordaeron’s Resolve revered_vanguard

Weapon:
Totemic Purification Rod revered_kalu’ak
Gavel of the Brewing Storm revered_wyrmrest

Rings:
Twisted Puzzle-Ring world_drop ring
Ring of the Northern Winds storm_peaks_quest
Newt-Eye Ring icecrown_quest
Amberglow Signet storm_peaks_quest
Kurzel’s Angst search_and_rescue

Neck:
Choker of Binding sholazar_basin_quest
Amulet of the Crusade icecrown_quest
Blood Sun Necklace jewelcrafting

Trinkets:
Arcane Revitalizer venture_coins
Mercurial Alchemist Stone alchemy

Totem:
Totem of the Bay venture_coins

Helms:
Battle Mender’s Helm revered_argent_crusade
Sharkjaw Cap revered_oracles
Stormhide Crown leatherworking

Chest:
Cuttlefish Tooth Ringmail revered_kalu’ak
Stormhide Hauberk leatherworking

Feet:
The Darkspeaker’s Sabatons icecrown_quest
Stormhide Stompers leatherworking
Scaled Icewalkers leatherworking

Hands:
Grips of the Warming Heart world_drop
Stormhide Grips leatherworking
Gauntlets of the Windreacher storm_peaks_quest
Grips of Fierce Pronouncements exalted_wyrmrest

Leggings:
Wrynn’s Leggings of Valor dragonblight_end_quest
Stormhide Legguards leatherworking
Scavenged Feathery Leggings revered_frenzyheart

Shoulders:
Stormhide Shoulders leatherworking
Shoulders of the Seducer drak’tharon_quest
Giant Champion’s Spaulders icecrown_quest

Belt:
Stormhide Belt leatherworking
Shock-Inducing Girdle world_drop
Chained Belt of Remembrance icecrown_quest

Bracers:
Stormhide Wristguards leatherworking
Bracers of Sizzling Heat world_drop
Accused Wristguards drak’tharon_quest

enchantements:
Enchant Chest – Greater Mana Restoration
Enchant Chest – Powerful Stats
Enchant Cloak – Wisdom
Enchant Boots – Tuskarr’s Vitality
Enchant Boots – Greater Fortitude
Enchant Boots – Icewalker (crit and hit)
Enchant Boots – Greater Vitality (at anja’s suggestion. See comments).
Enchant Gloves – Exceptional Spellpower
Enchant Weapon – Mighty Spellpower
Enchant Weapon – Exceptional Spellpower
Enchant Shield – Greater Intellect

enhancements:
Sapphire Spellthread legs
Azure Spellthread legs
Arcanum of Blissful Mending revered_wyrmrest head_enchant
Lesser Inscription of the Crag revered_sons_of_hodir shoulder_enchant
Greater Inscription of the Crag exalted_sons_of_hodir shoulder_enchant

November 25, 2008

The march to the end game.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Cranky Sysadmin @ 9:37 am

I reached level 75 this weekend. There are several members of the guild who are already at 80, so it looks like they will be starting raids as I reach 80. That’s nice, but I’ll be in a hurry to gear up. It looks like I’ll be most interested in Wyrmrest Accord and Kalu’ak rep for gear. The healing stats I need to look at going into naxx are: spell power, mp5, spell crit, int, and stamina. I’ll work out the numbers I expect to hit when I get closer.

What’s my impression of the expansion so far? Being from a Scandinavian background, the whole area appeals to me. Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord were a lot of fun. Dragonblight is darker (of course), but the quests are varied and mostly fun. The new vehicle quests are a nice diversion from killing and collecting stuff. I’ve actually done the group quests since there are always folks waiting to kill those elites. I assume as people hit 80, it will be harder to find groups for those. So far, the healing loot hasn’t compared favorably to the kara/za/badge gear that I already have, but it’s now getting close.

Here is a tip by the way to tag mobs when AoE classes are around doing that ridiculous AoE spam. I think this only works for casters, but maybe melee types have some comparable abilities they can experiment with. Bind some instant damage spell or ability (preferably ranged) to a hot key. When you expect the mob to spawn, hit the tab key and the instant damage key in quick succession over and over. When the mob spawns, you have a great chance of tagging it. With AoE around, I can tag the mob about 60% of the time. Be sure when you hit tab, you aren’t targeting some other mob that is in range of your damage spell.

November 19, 2008

The Rush to Level 80

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Cranky Sysadmin @ 9:19 am

Our guild is very active these days on perenolde. Everyone is in a rush to get to level 80 and see the raid content. The fact that the raids have a 10 man and a 25 man mode is nice. I’ll be leveling my shaman first. I switched to enhancement, which I had no good gear for. Now I look like a clown in my greens and a couple of blues.

I’m getting used to dropping a different set of totems. When there are enough mobs to make it worthwhile, I drop Strength of Earth, Windfury, and Mana Spring. I keep Windfury weapon on my weapons now that the totem and weapon enchant stack.

My current attack rotation probably needs work, but here it is:

  1. Turn on auto-attack
  2. Lightning Bolt (maybe)
  3. Flame shock
  4. close with mob
  5. storm strike if windfury is not up.
  6. lava lash
  7. continue stormstrike/lava lash rotation.
  8. Whenever maelstrom weapon is up, use lightning or healing wave depending on need.
  9. keep water shield up.

The stats that I look for on gear are in this order:

  1. Agility
  2. Intelligence (only a slight preference for agility)
  3. Attack Power
  4. strength
  5. Crit

This is only for leveling. I pay very little attention to Stamina although a lot of northrend gear seems to have it. I am trying to do as much damage as possible with the least downtime possible. Stamina adds hitpoints, but with instant Healing Wave every time maelstrom weapon is up, I haven’t seen a lack of stamina slow me down.

A Quick Note About Eve-Online

Filed under: Games,World of Warcraft — Cranky Sysadmin @ 9:04 am

In my last post, I made it seem like Eve-Online has nothing going for it. In fact, it’s a neat game with some good ideas and good features.

  • Great graphics
  • You have the freedom do do as you please and take up any employment you want. The deep occupations make this much more compelling then WoW skills.
  • The lack of character classes means you’re free to advance your character in any direction that makes you happy. You’re not stuck with a level “70 dwarf hunter” unless you reroll.
  • I like sci-fi games.

All that said, I prefer WoW for the reasons stated in my last post, but I’ll probably go take a peek at Eve from time to time to see if I should switch. There isn’t enough time in the day to play both games for me.

November 11, 2008

Going Back to WoW

Filed under: Games,World of Warcraft — Cranky Sysadmin @ 10:08 pm

Well, eve-online is an interesting game, but having no friends who play makes it seem a little empty. That’s my main reason for going back to WoW, but there are a few others:

  • The interface is a bit clunky. There are very few opportunities for keyboard shortcuts as far as I can tell. There are no obvious ways to make macros. The in-game browser feels like the old Mosaic browser. Window resizing and column resizing works in strange ways.
  • Maintenance every day is a pain even though it’s short. I’m a morning person, so this effects me more then some.
  • The level grind is replaced by an ISK/materials grind, and a lot of waiting for skills to improve.

Sadly, I tried to login to WoW for the first time in a while and after a long patch download, there is an “extended maintenance” due to mailbox corruption. Well, hopefully things will settle down after Wrath releases.

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