The Cranky Sysadmin A world of technology, fun, and ignorant rants.

July 8, 2008

Taking matters into my own hands.

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Cranky Sysadmin @ 9:39 pm

I’ve been patiently waiting for a shield to replace my venerable Crystal Pulse Shield. Chess hasn’t dropped one. The dragonhawk in ZA hasn’t dropped one. Well, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and go lose some Eye of the Storm a bunch of times and get an acceptable shield. A funny thing is happening though. I’m beginning to get more accurate about predicting when we’re going to win and when we’re going to lose. I stick it out either way, but at least I can prepare myself for an honorable defeat.

On a very tactical level, I seem to do best when I’m harassing the enemy by interrupting heals, frost shocking, dropping various totems, and healing. I do more poorly when I try to kill things. My lesson here, even though it’s hard is, leave killing to specs that can actually kill.

On a more strategic level, alliance seems to do better when one big knot of alliance characters goes around and knocks off towers. Just be sure to leave a couple of scouts behind to tell the big knot when trouble is coming. I usually hang with the largest group of alliance and harass. If there is no big knot, I can guess that a loss is coming. I’m beginning to do ok at defense. I get incapacitated a lot, but earth shield and uninterrupted heals help keep me up. I use a lot of frost shock and earthbind to keep the enemy at a distance. A couple of times, I’ve managed to hold a position until enough help arrived to drive off the horde. It’s fun, but not as much fun as traveling with the big knot of people.

Back to shields. Merciless Gladiator’s Redoubt costs 20 EOS marks, and 15k honor. At the rate I’m collecting honor, I should have one within 2 weeks. If one of the other shields drops in Kara or ZA, I’ll save up for Merciless Gladiator’s Salvation. It costs 20 EOS marks and 25,200 honor. I’d have to do about 3 or 4 weeks of PvP to get that. Maybe I’ll shoot for both. The mace I drool over costs 150 badges, so maybe Salvation is the way to go for now. It’s a huge upgrade over my Ancient Scepter.

Once I get my 40 EOS marks, I think I’ll probably do a lot of AV. It’s more fun, and the win/lose ratio seems to be more alliance tipped.

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