Mar 5th 2010 4:37AM For Fletcher:
not that I wouldn't enjoy dispersing into a bunch of invulnerable, unkillable sparks of enemy-chasing doom BUT we don't really need a decent AOE: Mind Sear is one of the best AOE in game right now, and also with the AOE cap reduced can still produce pretty incredible numbers (and it's fun).
Mar 3rd 2010 8:38AM Looks like Fenris Isle to me, but I haven't gone there for a looong while...
Feb 17th 2010 9:18AM Flasks for 22 gold?
Yes, an elixir master can be lucky and proc 3, 4 or 10 flasks instead of 2 sometimes. Nothrend Research can proc some flasks your characters don't need (once every 3 days) as well, but most of the time your lotus + vial + 10 other herbs will only give you 2 flasks.
Flasks at 20 gold when single lotuses are going for 50-60 makes me think sellers have just hacked a guild bank...
Feb 16th 2010 3:22AM I have stopped answering request in trade channel. I have never made a cent from enchanting, so just enchant free for guildies, friends, and anyone who is not a rude idiot.
I tried offering services and asking for a tip in the past (10/15 gold?), but I wasted too much of my time trying to explain 12 year olds that I log in to play the game and not to spend hours running after unknown players in different towns to enchant their stuff free.
That said, if you whisper me when I am in Dalaran idle, I will be happy to comply - tip will be nice but I won't bother complaining if it's low.
At least now I can get scrolls and enchant my own alts, which used to be a pain, and I have 4 level 80s and various professions - no need to make gold from enchanting.
Sometimes I get whispers from a few experienced players who stock up their greens for disenchanting, and need me to DE their stuff every now and then. They often have 50 items or more, and generally tip well for the time I spend - those guys are always welcome. If they don't tip after I have spent 20 minutes disenchanting stuff, I simply know I'm not going to help them next time they ask.
Feb 15th 2010 4:32AM I need gold, and gold making is boring, hence - diversify.
I have 4 lev 80 (and lower level alts) - I do cooking/fishing quests on 2 because I need the foods for raiding - and sell extras.
I try joining Wintegrasp in turns with all characters, use shards for honor - use honor for epic gems.
My main (priest) and warlock have tailoring (mooncloth/ebonweave) - I use all my cloth cooldowns, craft gear for my alts - sell extras.
My druid alt has alchemy and herbalism: I quickly herb in Wintergrasp after we win fights, craft flasks and elixirs for all my toons , sell extras.
My hunter has skinning / leatherworking, craft stuff for druid and hunter, sell arctic furs and leg enchants.
Warlock has mining, I send blue gems eternals to druid for transmuting - use eternals for cloths, epic gems.
Main has enchanting, I don't think I ever made a cent from that - only a service for myself and guildies (grateful that I can get a bunch of scrolls now and enchant my own alts nowadays).
It's actually like running an assembly chain, first 2 characters did Hodir's dailies, getting 100 gold in 40 minutes and selling/using drops + gathering rep items for leveling alts.
Basically, I never spend more than 20 minutes "grinding" for money: I do fishing/cooking quests or herb while waiting for daily random heroic, and every time I go over 5000 gold I buy something nice for one of my toons.
I try not going under 1500 gold, and max money I've had was 14000 in BC (I wasn't raiding in that period, money would accumulate and not get spent).
But I've used my alts' primordial saronites for leggings of woven death already, and every time money gets low I craft a bunch of elixirs or sell a stack of cloth and I'm back to a reasonable amount of gold that I can spend to improve some of my characters.
Feb 11th 2010 11:36AM I use recount because I need that in raids. Gearscore I only turn on occasionally.
I do NOT talk or link recount numbers, and when I have GS available I only use it to understand if I have to slow down (my gear is good).
That, unfortunately, doesn't prevent some other pugger to link their numbers and shout at players with low dps, and some plain jerks from "competing" when they find another geared character.
Don't these guys understand that if you want the perfect run you should go with your known/geared/good guildies and if you join LFD you should adapt to the group you find yourself in?
A few timed I ended up in full groups in high end pve gear, no one talked, the tank noticed and started pushing the pedal and gathering rooms of mobs - and we blazed through the instance ending with a joke or 2. It's fun when it happens, but actually my best runs have been with semi-geared alts and new players trying their best - we took 10 minutes more but doing things right was more of a challenge.
Feb 11th 2010 7:47AM 2 instructional heroics today.
A:) Druid tank with about 4000 GS, who knows the job; me and a DK at about 5500 GS, a hunter farming badges (3200 GS) and a healing paladin mostly in blues with 2300 GS.
Me and the DK ofc have trouble not pulling aggro at aoe groups, and I worry about the poor undergeared pally healer.
I say in party chat I will have to go single target, and the DK does the same; I whisper the paladin that I will respec for healing if he wishes, but he says he's ok trying and explains he has just turned 80.
The run is smooth and pleasant, all stay out of bad things, hunter misdirects, I still occasionally pull aggro but a fade is enough and tank is ready to taunt, paladin does a fine job and only needs a couple of shields by me in a pinch.
Smiles and congratulations, all adapted to the situation, good run.
B) Medium geared druid tank and healer, me and a mage with 5500GS and high dps, one badge farmer in the 2K dps range (fine for heroics but far behind me and the mage).
Everything would be going fast and smooth, except the mage keeps running ahead, pulling new groups and frost novaeing them. At some point I whisper the tank if he's ok with the mage doing that, and he says no. So I type in party chat that he should please stop pulling and freezing mobs, but he continues.
No one says anything else but - guess - next group he pulls tank let him die and I get a whisper from healer - "don't res".
Mage asks for a res, and tank replies we'll res if he stops pulling.
We res and he says that we should thank him for making the run faster. Healer says that it's just making it annoying for tank and him.
He pulls the boss and suddenly vote-to-kick appears - plonk goes the mage
Trouble is, we're all convinced he has not learnt.
Jan 28th 2010 11:38AM Just as you say.
High survivability, reduced damage taken, mobility - I love playing a shadowpriest these days.
Good damage, raid utility, tons of oh-shit buttons: frankly I don't mind the hybrid tax at all: we are a real fun spec to play and that's what counts.
Also, being able to switch to a healing spec for 1/2 fights when needed makes us even more useful, I just wish Blizzard would remove the expiring of our raid buffs when we respec, or give us some free candles :P
Jan 28th 2010 5:14AM Agree. My main spec is shadow nowadays, but we also organize 3 x 10 man groups sometimes and I need to be healing for some or all bosses pretty often.
My offspec is holy and I'm normally put on raid heals - and now that my holy gear is inferior to my dps set (but still good enough) - I don't top meters.
Do I care? Not at all: we finish fights and down bosses without much trouble - and that is the only thing that counts.
I don't heal differently if one of our top healers is in team, and I do always heal ffa very often, just because I have geared for regen and my mana is almost infinite.
Jan 19th 2010 10:07AM Hoggersbud, for some of us Wow is a game, not a job piloting jets.
We don't get paid more if we play it well. We actually pay to play.
We don't expect everyone to be reading up on web sites or min-maxing their toons.
Most people reading here do it because they like to, but no one is obliged - the game requires a minimum age of? 10/12 years?
Random pugs are just one of the many things you can do in-game. Avoid them if you have high expectations.