Le Fin

Dear Readers,

It has been approximately 3 months since my disappearance from WOW and the blogosphere and I am writing to you now to let you know that this is my final post. This is probably not a big surprise to anyone who has been a regular reader but I feel that I owe you all a little closure since my departure was very sudden and unexpected.

Why?

There is no specific reason why it happened, but more an accumulation of reasons over time. As most of you know, my wife and I were blessed with our first child last year and it has been an extreme roller coaster of a ride. The older she gets, the more challenging it becomes. Her needs and demands increase as she gets older and its (WOW) just not something feasible to continue the way I want to play it. When I was still playing, I knew as she got older there would come a day where it just wasn’t possible to sit down and play for 5 hours straight on a raid night. The other driving factor behind my decision was what was happening in game. Unfortunately after 5 years of existence in one form or another, Daybreak, my guild finally bit the dust. When such a major part of in-game life suddenly disappears it is very hard to replace. Again, there was no specific reason why it happened, it really just came down to quality of content and the willingness of people to push forward day in and day out. We’ve survived through plenty of attritions before but this time there was just no coming back from it.

So, with a sudden huge void in game and increasing pressures at home I knew this was the best time to to make it happen.

How?

Yes, I will admit that disappearing suddenly is not the best way to go about it. However, knowing myself and the type of person I am and how intrenched/involved I have been in this game, I knew it was a necessity to quit cold turkey and disappear. I knew it would be a lot more difficult to wean myself off WOW slowly (I’ve tried it before with little success) so this was really the only solution. So, I decided to drop everything overnight. Hell… I’m still in resto gear (ew?) At first, I didn’t really have a long term plan but as time passed, I decided I would give it 3 months.

What?

So what have I been doing for the past 3 months? Well, to tell you the truth it really wasn’t hard to step away from WOW, I probably could have made this post 2 months ago but I felt I should stick with my original plan. I think for me WOW had reached it’s expiry date.

In retrospect, it is kind of ridiculous when you look back and realize how much more free time you have when you aren’t raiding or logged on chatting in game. With more time on my hands I’ve been spending a lot more time with my family and it’s been fantastic. Also I’ve been spending more time working on my golf game, which I’m happy to share is getting better!

Who?

Over 400,000 hits, 900 comments and a hell of a lot of fun.

I’d like to thank all of you, the readers for all your support over the 1.5 year journey that was Feral Aggression. It was my first blogosphere experience and it really was rewarding in many ways. Of all the posts I’ve made I enjoyed making the Pimp My Druid series the most. It may get outdated in terms of strategy but it’ll still remain relevant for all those who are still hunting those mounts. From sharing my experiences, to helping people out to just keeping my English relatively sharp it was one of the most positive experiences from my 6 years in WOW.

Where?

I am one to never say goodbye, so I will say so long for now. I don’t know what the future holds, hell I might get sucked back into WOW at some point but it seems unlikely right now.

I have always had a weak spot for video games (particularly Blizzard games) so I’m sure sooner or later I will get hooked onto another game. I’ve always been a Diablo fan moreso than Warcraft, so I am positive you will be seeing a Rarren running around Sanctuary soon enough.

Until then… Farewell

Topics of the Week #13

With 4.1 coming closer to fruition, lets do a deep dive into some of the upcoming game changes. Kitty discussion to come in a following post.

Firelands Raid Delayed

Quote from Blizzard (Source)

The decision to move Firlands to 4.2 was also motivated by a desire to move away from the “monolithic” content patches World of Warcraft has received recently, towards smaller updates, Brack said.

“Patch 4.1 provides our players with access to the completely redesigned Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub five-player dungeons, where they’ll be able to experience challenging encounters featuring all-new boss mechanics, obtain updated epic-level loot, and possibly acquire rare mounts.

“One of our long-standing development goals is to release regular content updates for the community to enjoy. These updates are generally focused on introducing specific content, like a new raid or new gameplay features.

“Our plan is to package these features into smaller content updates and to release them as soon as possible, rather than wait and release larger updates more infrequently.

“The previously announced Firelands raid will be part of content update 4.2 which should come soon after 4.1.

Heres the problem with this concept, sure you can make small releases of content to keep the general public happy however it can also be perceived as filler content. ZG/ZA will do nothing for raiding guilds and really is a way to supplement people who dont have access to raid gear. This is the same issue as when Onyxia (and to a lesser extent TOC) was released. Sure it helped a lot of casual players and a lot of alts but it really was not worth doing for anyone who participated in raids. I guess this is one of those things that benefit the mass vs the few so its probably in the best interest of majority of players.

Return of Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman

Quote from Blizzard (Source)

The Gurubashi Tribe Persists

Originally a 20-player dungeon released in patch 1.7, Zul’Gurub will once again open its gates, featuring updated lore, all-new encounters, achievements, and improved loot! Zul’Gurub is now a level-85 five-player Heroic difficulty dungeon. To provide a new tier above the current Cataclysm dungeons, players can expect to find epic-quality item level 353 loot. The minimum average item level to enter this Heroic dungeon is 346.

The Return of Zul’Aman

Ever a player favorite, the level-70 ten-player dungeon of Zul’Aman is being reintroduced as a level-85 Heroic five-player dungeon. Zul’Aman will join Zul’Gurub in a new Dungeon Finder tier of Heroic dungeons, providing epic-quality item level 353 loot. The minimum average item level to enter this Heroic dungeon is also 346. While Zul’Aman will be more of a throwback to the original dungeon featuring many of the same encounters, players can expect to find some updated gameplay mechanics, as well as new environment textures and lighting.

With the Zuls returning, you may be wondering about the unique mounts that were once contained therein. We’re pleased to announce that new versions of the rare raptor, tiger, and bear mounts will be available, while the old versions of these mounts will remain unique to those who already have them. We’ll reveal more about how these updated mounts can be obtained in the future.

The new loot table for ZG/ZA can be found here. My beef with this is why keep reintroducing old mounts (Raptor/Tiger/Warbear) when you say they are removed for good. People spent lots of time farming these mounts putting time in to make sure they obtained it before it was removed. I’m not trying to be elitist, in fact if that is the policy is to remove it all then so be it but keep it consistent. Black/Plagued proto drakes were removed very early and if you’re going to bring back the tiger/raptor AND the warbear, then I for one would love to get my Black Proto Drake. Even if it is a rehashed colour scheme, I completed Glory of the Raider (25 Player) so I don’t see any reason why it can be reintroduced. Lets keep the theme consistent one way or another.

Quality of Play Improvements

Interestingly enough, there are quite a few improvements to gameplay that will affect everyone. They’re really not game breaking but they do make things a lot easier for players in general.

  • All major cities will now have every type of profession trainer and their associated trade supply vendors.
  • The Dungeon Finder now attempts to avoid putting damage-dealing classes with the same armor type in a group. (Source)
  • It is an issue we’re aware of and having been looking into. We’ve applied a number of hotfixes to phased gathering nodes since the release of Cataclysm, but this one is still there and is certainly a bugger. (Source)
  • Daily dungeons will be changed to weekly dungeon caps (Source)
  • Updated old school TBC maps (Source, Source)
  • All trade goods available for purchase with Honor or Justice Points from the associated commodities vendors have had their prices reduced by 50%.
  • Maelstrom Crystals are now available for purchase with Honor or Justice Points from the associated commodities vendors.

Maelstrom prices will be bottoming up in the very near future. If you have some spare ones, its a good time to sell now before you miss out on the oppourtunity.

I think the best improvement of all is the change from Daily to Weekly dungeons. That gives players a lot more flexibility to run multiple dungeons a day instead of being forced to logon everyday to try and cap your Valor Points. Having to logon everyday to try and cap VP/Guild XP is a ridiculous concept which I covered previously in a prior post, which leads to the next update…

Guild Experience Changes

  • The amount of guild experience rewarded for rated Battleground guild group wins has been dramatically increased.
  • Players are now rewarded guild experience for Honorable Kills in the field.
  • Players are now rewarded guild experience for Battleground wins in Battleground brackets up to level 80.
  • Arena teams are now awarded guild experience for wins. The entire team must be members of the same guild to earn this experience.

Finally, new ways to cap guild XP.  But in typical Blizzard fashion, too little too late. If you are a small raiding guild you’re probably only logging in to raid twice a week at this point which means you cap 2 days of the week. Whereas large monstrosity guilds that have 500 players that are full of people that don’t interact with each other but run dungeons nonstop for their mains/alts are capping on a daily basis. The whole concept of Guild Perks/Leveling was to bring your guild closer, yet all its done is make it more beneficial to be in the biggest guild you can possibly find with little regard for who’s in it.

Guild Transfer & Guild Rename Services Coming

Originally Posted by Nethaera (Source)

We want to give everyone an early heads-up regarding our plan to implement a guild relocation service for World of Warcraft. The idea is for a guild leader to be able to transfer a guild to another realm. The guild structure remains intact, including the guild leader, guild bank, ranks, and guild name (depending on availability).

Guild members who decide to relocate with their guild may initiate their own paid character transfer. Upon a successful transfer they will automatically be part of the guild when they first log into the new realm. Their guild rank and guild reputation will be intact.

Guild leaders who do not want a change of scenery may also choose to pick a new guild name using another new service. These services are in development and we will be providing additional details at a future point in time.

As with all of the features and services we offer, we intend to incorporate the guild relocation service in a way that will not disrupt the game play experience. Please note that this feature will require extensive internal testing, so you may see bits and pieces of the service appear on the public test realms. We’ll announce further details at http://www.WorldofWarcraft.com.

This is a very very interesting concept and probably a very worthwhile concept. With the changes to how guilds work (perks, bonuses) it would be god awful to transfer a server and have to regrind everything which essentially takes months if not a whole year. For us being on such a small low pop server there is always a thought in the back of our minds to consider a server transfer and this is definitely a worthwhile consideration. Looking forward to seeing what the cost is as well as what sort of restrictions (if any) there will be.

20th Anniversary for Blizzard

I don’t know about most of you readers out there but the reason why I started playing WOW was because of Blizzard and its history of amazing games. I had never even tried an MMO before so it really speaks to my firm trust in Blizzards ability to churn out good games. WC1, WC2, WC3, SC1, D1, D2, WOW, SC2 I own them all and I’ve enjoyed all of them. Granted, none of them have held my interest as long as WOW but I am definitely looking forward to D3 and their next gen MMO whenever they are ready.

A website dedicated to the anniversary has been put up which can be found here.

Kitty PVP Gear Basics

As promised, I wanted to cover some of the basics of Feral PVP, starting with gear selections. I know a lot of people prefer to get a suitable set of gear before they even step into Arenas so this seems like the logical place to start.

Basic Concepts

There are several things that you need to keep in mind when gearing your toon for PVP. However unlike PVE there is no set in stone method to approach PVP gear selection. In Cata (as discussed previously) you almost have no choice in the matter with many slots only having one possible option. PVP however is different in that there is choice on gear slots but also choice as to whether you wish to wear PVP or PVE gear in some slots (more on this later).

If we break it down, we can probably summarize into a few basic principles:

  1. How much Resilience should one wear?
  2. Carrying enough Spell Penetration
  3. Carrying enough Hit

Resilience:

This is very much a personal choice. There is no right or wrong answer. (Hold on this is really vague Rarren) Well ya sorry, I can’t answer this for you. There are so many variables that directly impact how much you may want to use. Just to list a few:

  • 2’s vs 3’s vs 5’s arena
  • double dps vs healer/dps (in 2’s)
  • what comps you’re facing
  • how you deal with pressure
  • whether you get focused more than your partner(s)

All these things contribute to how much you may need to wear. Bottom line is the more you wear the more survivability you will have but at the same time, the less output you can produce. Essentially wearing less resilience can be rephrased as “how much can you cheat without getting burned regularly”.

Spell Penetration

Spell pen is the statistic that reduces your target’s resistance to your spells and is purely a PVP stat. It will only work on targets that have resistance (natural or via buffs) and has no effect if your target has no resistance. A good example of how this affects druids is nature resistance to Cyclone. If your target has mark or has other resistance buffs, it will lessen the chance that your Cyclone will land. The new cap for Spell Penetration in Cataclysm is now 195 and can be attained via enchants & gems.

Hit

Completely the opposite of PVE, hit is an important statistic that must be capped in PVP. You don’t have the luxury of missing as every hit counts and missing an interrupt could mean and win or loss. The hit cap for PVP would be the amount of hit required to hit a normal level 85 target which is 5%. Hit can be obtained from gear as well as enchants/gems & reforging so there is plenty of choice in terms of where your hit is obtained from.


Gear Selection

For the purpose of gear discussion, I will use the epic (365) version of PVP gear, however it the suffix is the same on blue (346) PVP gear. Below is a listing of the available PVP items to feral kitties:

Helm: Vicious Gladiator’s Dragonhide Helm
Neck: Vicious Gladiator’s Necklace of Proficiency/Vicious Gladiator’s Necklace of Prowess (Exp or Mastery)
Shoulders: Vicious Gladiator’s Dragonhide Spaulders
Cloak: Vicious Gladiator’s Cape of Cruelty/Vicious Gladiator’s Cape of Prowess (Crit or Mastery)
Chest: Vicious Gladiator’s Dragonhide Robes
Bracers: Vicious Gladiator’s Armwarps of Accuracy/Vicious Gladiator’s Armwraps of Alacrity (Hit or Haste)
Gloves: Vicious Gladiator’s Dragonhide Gloves
Waist: Vicious Gladiator’s Waistband of Accruacy/Vicious Gladiator’s Waistband of Cruelty (Hit or Crit)
Leggings: Vicious Gladiator’s Dragonhide Legguards
Boots:  Vicious Gladiator’s Boots of Alacrity/Vicious Gladiator’s Boots of Cruelty (Haste or Crit)
Rings:  Vicious Gladiator’s Ring of Accuracy/Vicious Gladiator’s Ring of Cruelty (Hit or Crit)
Trinkets:  More on this below
Weapon: Vicious Gladiator’s Pike/Vicious Gladiator’s Staff
Relic: Vicious Gladiator’s Relic of Triumph
Merging a bit of the basic discussion we had earlier with some basic feral stat priorities (discussed in previous posts), we can come to the following conclusions.

Hit > Mastery/Crit > Haste > Expertise

Why you may ask? Well as mentioned above, Hit is absolutely critical in PVP as you cant afford to miss and wait for dots to be applied later. Mastery/Crit as like in PVE are very desirable. Personally I prefer Mastery over Crit as once dots are applied they will hit harder, you don’t necessary know how long you will be able to hit a target before you are CC’ed off so the harder your dots hit the better. Haste/Expertise need little explanation as their value in PVE is minimal. So, with the prioritization scheme we can now decide that the suffix priority should be Accuracy > Prowess > Cruelty

Finally, and most importantly weapon choice. In short, yes the items are exactly the same, its just a matter of whether you prefer the look of the Staff or Pike. Personally? Pike Wins.


Trinket Selection

Like PVE, there are a lot of choices for trinkets and it is very much a playstyle choice. More DPS or More Survivability? All together you have the option of mixing and matching 11 different trinkets together. Naturally you must get at least one of the trinkets that removes all impairing abilities (or “trinket” as we all call it). That means you will have to take at least PVP #1 (Medallion of Tenactiy) or PVP #3 (Medallion of Cruelty). The 2nd trinket however is up to you. Personally, I’ve been using Essence of Cyclone but thats because I have the ilv 372 version, however I have been contemplating picking up PVP #6 for more survivability but keeping the up front burst.

Keep in mind that the below listing is not listed in any specific order.

  1. Vicious Gladiator’s Medallion of Tenacity (+340 Resil / Trinket)
  2. Vicious Gladiator’s Insignia of Conquest (+340 Resil / +963 Agil 20s)
  3. Vicious Gladiator’s Medallion of Cruelty (+340 Crit / Trinket)
  4. Vicious Gladiator’s Emblem of Tenacity (+340 Resil / +16169 HP 15s)
  5. Vicious Gladiator’s Emblem of Cruelty (+340 Crit / +16169 HP 15s)
  6. Vicious Gladiators Badge of Conquest (+340 Resil / +1605 Agil 20s)
  1. Fluid Death (+321 Hit / Agility Proc)
  2. Essence of Cyclone (+321 Agility / Crit Proc)
  3. Prestor’s Talisman of Machination (+321 Agility / Haste Proc)
  4. Unsolvable Riddle (+321 Mastery / Agility Proc)
  5. Unheeded Warning (+321 Agility / White Dmg Proc)

Final Thoughts

You may have noticed that I don’t carry any PVE gear in my current PVP setup. If you’re very astute you may have noticed in Season 8 I wore quite a bit of PVE gear (Pants/Ring & Val’anyr). That was because I knew what my survivability was like as a resto druid and I knew I could cheat and get away with having more healing while keeping myself (and my partners) alive. As feral its a very different ballgame especially since I’m playing double dps in 2’s only currently. Survivability is king and the most important when you have nobody to heal you. This is what I mean by its really up to you how much resil you wear. If I were playing healer/dps in 2’s I would probably put more PVE gear on knowing that I would be healed. Or once I start playing 3’s that will probably change as well. Most importantly, your set of gear should never stay the same no matter what comp. If you run into a comp that counters (gives you difficulty) then maybe you should put more resilience on to deal with it. That’s the really intersting thing about PVP as there really is never a set of gear you are finalized on its always changing depending on what you play and encounter.

Up Next: PVP Gemming, Enchanting & Reforging

My Beef With Guild Experience

First off, this is a straight up bitch post (skip if you don’t want to hear it). Today I just wanted to gripe about my issues with Guild Experience and the numerous flaws in the system. First off, Guild Experience is defined as the following in game:

“Guild experience can be earned by completing quests, earning guild achievements or killing bosses and winning rated battlegrounds with your guild.”

So that means, there are only 4 ways to earn guild experience:

  1. Completing Quests
  2. Guild Achievements
  3. Killing Bosses (Heroics or Raids)
  4. Rated Battlegrounds

 

Gripe #1: Questing/Heroics are not a long term source of Guild Experience

Questing and Heroics were good sources of guild experience early on when everyone is lvling, looking for gear and grinding reputation. However as we all know, the speed in which you can level and gear in Cataclysm does not lend to this being a viable long term source. Using my own guild as a source of comparison, everyone reached 85 within the first week, and at this point most people have no need for heroics, daily valor points are not even needed. Many people have already finished leveling alts as well which means that questing and heroics are now no longer activities that people wish to do at this point in the expansion.

Gripe #2: Quantity of guild XP from Raids

The amount of guild experience you gain from raiding (especially from 25m) is enormous compared to any other source. Naturally this is due to the quantity of people playing at the same time. The problem here though is that within 3-4 bosses (in 25m) you can reach your daily cap. If you take my guild as an example, we raid 2 days a week which means at best we spread 12 bosses across 2 days (lets assume 6 per day). That means that we easily cap on the days we raid and on days we don’t raid we are left trying to cap using other sources which take significantly longer.

Gripe #3: Rated Battlegrounds are the only PVP source of gxp

I understand that guild experience needs to be attainable by PVP and PVE means since many guilds are only focused on one of those aspects. My guild is definitely one of those as we are a PVE focused guild. So, with that being said I am completely fine with Rated Battlegrounds being a source of guild xp, however what about battlegrounds in general or arena? While we (Daybreak) do not participate in RBG, we do Arena quite a bit. Why do guild arena teams not generate guild experience? We dont have enough people in guild that are interested in PVP to generate rated battlegroups but we do have lots of people who arena whether it be to reach 1343 weekly cap or those who are pushing for 2.2k weapons or beyond.

Gripe #4: Why aren’t all activities in game a source of gxp

The whole point of guild experience is to participate and contribute to your guild. Only 4 sources are currently being counted and I’ve already mentioned my problem with arena not being included. But what about gathering or crafting? These are still things that contribute to the guild (we see the achievements where we need to accumulate ridiculous amounts of herbs, ore, leather etc) and they grant personal XP when leveling. Why aren’t these things included? If I need to gather mats to make flasks to raid which contribute to guild experience, why does the process of procuring mats for flasks (or cauldrons) not count?

 

In summary, at this point in the game it has become a hassle to try and cap guild xp everyday. This is a game and its supposed to be fun but it really is not fun when you are essentially forced to chain 3-5 heroics on off days just to make sure we can keep our guild level progressing.

 

 

 

 

 

Kitty PVP is not dead.

As the title says…

KITTY PVP IS NOT DEAD.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I will say that I’ve started arena’ing again and I am currently into my 2nd week of real arena games (not just playing to get 1343 conquest points). While I am only 2’sing at the moment, I am having an absolute blast as feral. It is a very refreshing change from humping pillars and running away from anything and everything. I purposely decided to wait until after the feral pvp changes (post 4.06) to start seriously arena’ing to prove that it is still viable. Sure, I can admit that some types of combos (healer/fdruid) are probably suffering significantly in 2’s with the lack of mobility but that doesn’t mean that its a dead spec and you cant play it. Far from it, it just means you need to adapt and play a different comp that will still be effective.

Currently I am running Marksman Hunter/Feral Druid (one of my 3’s partners from last season) and while we started playing just to get CP capped, its actually turned into a real team. We’re currently at ~2k rating and we haven’t really run into much difficulty except for a few specific compositions. Only time will tell to see how high we can get, either way looking forward to proving everyone wrong (hopefully) and show that feral is still a force to be reckoned with in arenas.

Feral PVP discussion posts coming before end of week!

The 4.06 Kitty

It’s 6am and the servers are already down and 4.06 is upon us. No I’m not up this early in anticipation of 4.06 but this is what happens when you have a baby at home, you’re up at all hours of the day and night. Lets take a look at whats coming in 4.06 and how it affects us kitties. Full patch notes can be found here.

 

4.06 Druid Changes

  • Rake damage has been reduced by 10%.
  • Rip damage has been reduced by 10%.
  • Mangle (Cat Form) weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased to 460%, up from 360%.
  • Shred weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased to 450%, up from 350%.

Lets start by discussing the PVE implications, first off the biggest and most important change to hit us in 4.06 is the reduction of overall bleed damage (rip & rake reduced by 10%). This change is primarily fueled by the current strength of feral dots in Arenas which is too strong. To compensate the reduction in damage, we are getting an increase in Mangle and Shred damage. While its hard to say whether the damage will normalize to the same level as it was previously, one thing is for certain is that the strength of the Mastery stat will not be as high as it was previously. Currently our dot damage between Rip/Rake makes up more than 50% of our damage spread, which will undoubtedly decrease with 4.06. The effectiveness of Mastery will now affect less than 50% of our damage which can give rise to to increase valuation of other stats like hit/haste. With current ilv 359 gear, you still will not reach the crit cap so current gear choices should not change. However with heroic (ilv 372) gear that may be a possibility. I haven’t actually looked into it but probably should in the near future. For now, all existing thoughts previously discussed remain valid. For a summary of my gear discussion, you can find it here.

  • Barkskin is no longer dispellable.
  • Entangling Roots now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Hibernate now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Nature’s Grasp now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Skull Bash’s lockout time has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 5.
  • Infected Wounds now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Berserk (instant Mangle proc) now has a new Spell Alert identifier. In addition, Berserk no longer breaks Fear or makes the druid immune to Fear.
  • Shapeshifts: Entering or leaving a shapeshift no longer cancels root effects. It continues to cancel movement slowing effects.
  • Bloodlust, Heroism, Time Warp and Ancient Hysteria can no longer be cast while in Arenas.

The PVP implications are pretty significant for kitties, not only are our dots being reduced, we are also losing our mobility within arena as well. One of the reasons why feral is so effective is our ability to get out of any snare and stick to targets, keeping obscene amounts of pressure with little downtime. With Berserk no longer breaking/immuning fear and the removal of the ability to shift out of snares, I have to question the future ability of feral druids in arena. Granted, you still have instant Cyclones and shortened Roots, you still have the ability to control, just not as strong. I still have yet to put a real focus into arena (just doing my 5 wins a week to cap for now), one thing is for certain it will be more challenging going forward.

  • Mount Up: This guild perk now applies to Flight Form and Swift Flight Form as well.
  • Omen of Clarity can no longer trigger from helpful spells (aka heals), unless the Restoration talent Malfurion’s Gift is chosen.
  • Prowl is no longer broken by enemies using Demoralizing Shout or Demoralizing Roar.
  • Worgen and troll druids now have new art for Swift Flight Form.
  • Blood in the Water: Timing on this effect has been improved so that Ferocious Bite will immediately refresh Rip, rather than be slightly delayed (which gave a chance for the Rip to expire despite being refreshed)
  • Feral Charge: Cat should always turn the druid around to face the back of the target.
  • Glyph of Ferocious Bite now correctly augments the Ferocious Bite tooltip.

Finally some general updates, the two of interest with PVE implications are that Feral Charge will always turn your kitty facing the back of a target. A change which isn’t really necessary but kind of nice, one less thing to worry about. Finally, the FB glyph change. I’m not really sure what this means, does it mean it wasn’t working properly before? What is the intended effect then?

 

4.06 Druid Related Changes

  • The Honor Commodities and Justice Commodities Vendors now sell raw tradeskill materials. These are not intended to be a cost-effective source of these materials, but an option for players with lots of Justice or Honor Points who have already purchased all of the gear that interests them.
  • All PvP 4-piece bonuses have had their flat stat values cut in half. Primary stats are very powerful in Cataclysm, so much so that players were considering using PvP gear in PvE just because of these primary stat bonuses.
  • PvP enchants are properly valued and attached to Honor Quartermasters and Tol Barad/Baradin Hold Quartermasters.
  • Three new bracer enchants are available. They increase Agility by 50, Strength by 50, or Intellect by 50 respectively. Item level 300 or higher required. These new recipes are rare world drops.
  • Meta gems with the Chaotic and Relentless prefixes now have a requirement of 3 red gems.
  • New meta gems have been added: Agile Shadowspirit Diamond (Agility/3% critical damage), Reverberating Shadowspirit Diamond (Strength/3% critical damage), and Burning Shadowspirit Diamond (Intellect/3% critical damage). These new recipes are unbound and can drop from any Cataclysm creature. The new meta gems have a requirement of 3 red gems equipped.
  • Vivid Dream Emerald (new gem) provides resilience/spell penetration and can be purchased for 3 Illustrious Tokens.

From the PVE perspective, thank you Blizzard for finally fixing Meta requirements. It was absurd to try and meet the requirements of existing metas and really the only thing that makes sense is to have a 3 red gem requirement. So its nice to finally see this corrected after at least 3 months? Not really sure why this was changed in the first place. Keep in mind that not only will you looking for a new Meta but also a new bracer enchant (+50 Agility) come 4.06. Remember that regardless of any changes, Agility is still your top stat so the more agility you can get through the new Meta/bracer enchant the better.

From the PVP perspective, we are finally getting PVP related enchants from TB. I assume they will use the TB tokens, which I’m sure will be nominal in cost. Also with the new resil/spell pen gem you can actually reach the spell penetration cap with less excess and less gem slots. The cap in Cataclysm is 195 and currently all that is available is the Enchant Cloak – Greater Spell Peircing (+70) as well as Stormy Ocean Sapphire (+50). So technically at this time if you wish you cap, you can either do Cloak + 3 Gems (70+50+50+50 = 220) or do 4 Gems (50+50+50+50 = 200). With the introduction of the new gem, we can use Cloak + 3 Gems (70+50+50+20 = 190) leaving us just 5 under the cap and saving a gem slot.

4.06 Other Changes

  • All guild banners now reward bonus reputation in addition to honor and experience.
  • Once a guild hits level 23, the daily cap on experience gained is removed.
  • Players can now see the status of Tol Barad on the World Map no matter where they are. The time to the next battle is displayed by zooming into the Tol Barad section of the map. The current controlling faction can be seen on the Eastern Kingdoms map.
  • Daily quest creatures, herbs, minerals, etc. will only spawn when Tol Barad is in the quest phase between battles. There will be 5-minute and 1-minute warnings before the quest phase ends. The quest phase ends 15 minutes before the battle for Tol Barad begins and queuing is made available. At that time any players in the daily micro dungeons will be ported just outside. This does not apply to Tol Barad Peninsula or the daily quests there.

Finally just some minor details, with the adjustment to guild banners to affect reputation these will be useful for boosting rep during grinds (or even for The Insane? yay). The other point I’d like to discuss is the removal of the guild cap once a guild hits lv 23. This kind of makes sense but doesn’t at the same time. By removing the cap, it gives guilds the ability to push the lvling of their guild for the Realm First! Guild Level 25 It is only fair that a guild should be able to dictate their ability to rush if they choose to. However at the same time, now you have a disgusting grind ahead of you to try and hit 25 first. While I understand its only a Feat of Strength I don’t like the fact that larger guilds have a much bigger significant advantage purely based on size and not skill.

 

 

4.06 overall has some needed and warranted changes so I am looking forward to seeing how things will turn out. Expect some simple dummy tests similar to what I did previously to see if there are any significant changes to our gameplay.

Topics of the Week #12

Hello Kitty Fans,

Sitting down to write a quick post as now is prob a good a time as any to reflect back on Cataclysm so far. We’ve just finished the first tier (more on that below) of content and things couldn’t be peachier. I know some people hate the newer (wotlk onwards) expansions but personally I love em. They may be simpler and dumbed down but they really do work for me and allow me to balance my IRL with WOW. I’ve also just finished maxing all my Cataclysm reputations so its’ probably time to start working on some new achievements, they haven’t gotten much love recently. On with the post!

Cataclysm Quirks

After the past few months of Cata I’ve definitely noticed some oddities during my time in game.

  • I didn’t discover the entrance to Lost City of Tol’Vir even though I was inside the instance (go figure)
  • Falling to my death through holes in the floor at the entrance to Bastion of Twilight (seriously, just run around the edges of the beginning of the instance)
  • Phasing herbs in Twilight Highlands, nothing is better than flying down to pick something and having it disappear
  • While I understand smaller loot tables can result in repetition of loot (aka 2x the same drop in 25m), whats up with 3x drops?
  • If you’re in a random dungeon and you are the last person in the instance (and the group disbands) you can’t teleport out

Cataclysm Tips

Here are just a few general tips for the folks out there, in case you haven’t thought of it

  • Always remember to do Wintergrasp and WG dailies, yes it is outdated content but the honor is still good and there is never a queue.
  • If you’re a herbalist, always remember to herb TB while its in progress. Yup, people may hate you but its free Whiptail with little to no competition (removed in 4.06, do it while you can!)
  • Remember that guild rewards require guild reputation, if you can max it out every week. Caps are dependent on your guild level, more information here.
  • This may not apply to all servers but many people are still leveling professions, don’t forget to check the auction hall for cheap enchanted scrolls, you may find its cheaper than actual mats on the auction hall.

New Domain!

You might have noticed that I’ve changed the header to feralaggression.com, Yup that’s right, I had a reader (and friend) generously donate the domain. You can now use feralaggression.com or the old wordpress domain to reach the blog, thanks!

1st Tier of Content Complete

Last week Daybreak completed the first tier of content finishing off Nefarian and reaching 12/12.  While I wasn’t in on the kill and our first kill was in 10m, we went back in this week and killed Nef in 25m.

Overall from an experience point of view the content for Catacylsm so far has been pretty enjoyable. The fights had more unique mechanics than rehashed ones, and more importantly, the amount of trash per instance was reasonable. Also we’ve made use of the shared lockout almost every week where we’ve gone in to start as a 25M raid, cleared what we can and converted down to a 10M raid to continue progressing and learning. This has significantly helped our progression in 25M the week after resulting in pretty quick kills of new bosses. Heroic progression begins this upcoming week!



I’m Retired!

As of 04/04/2011, I have officially retired from WOW. This blog will remain as a archived resource for those who know that CAT DRUID IS 4 FITE!

About Me

A blog for the ramblings and thoughts of Vallen, a full time raiding cat druid from Auchindoun-US with a passion for raiding & achievements. An avid wow player since 2004.

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