Archive for August, 2009

Get your T2 helm while you can!

Everyone knows by now (and if you don’t, shame on you!) that Onyxia will be coming back (bigger and badder than ever)  in 3.2.2 and with that means the old Onyxia will disappear forever.

That being said, this will be your last chance to get a T2 helm for your collection. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, when Naxxramas was re-released for WOTLK, the old Naxx60 was removed forever as well leaving those who were trying to complete their T3 set out of luck. Onyxia still runs on the old russian roulette loot system where every class helm has a chance to drop even if that class isn’t in raid. It personally took me 4 clears (I started farming once I heard the news) to get the helm so don’t test your luck and wait till the last minute to get yours. Otherwise you’ll get a reminder of how fun vanilla WOW was. Onyxia is easily soloable by a feral druid and it also pays out 54g + items as well for ~70g per run still. Not bad for about 20 minutes of your time.

For those who are wondering how many sets I have collected…

  • T1: 3/8 (Disenchanted before TBC)
  • T2: 6/8 (Disenchanted before TBC)
  • T2.5: 5/5
  • T3: 6/9 (Never got to finish the instance 😦 )
  • T4: 5/5
  • T5: 0/5 (Disenchanted before WOTLK)
  • T6: 6/8 (Never got to finish the instance 😦 )
  • T7: 5/5
  • T8: 5/5


EDIT: Thought I would include Onyxia related raid loot & achievements here


Pimp Your Druid: Soloing High Priest Thekal

This is the third installment of my Pimp Your Druid series of posts. This will focus on High Priest Thekal and how to solo him for your very own Swift Zulian Tiger from Zul`Gurub. In regards to difficulty, he the easier than soloing Anzu or soloing Bloodlord Mandokir and is manageable with any level of gear.



  • The only firm requirement for this is that you must be in a raid to enter Zul`Gurub. Find a free friend and create a raid.
  • While you don’t have to be level 80, it definitely helps to make things easier and faster

What gear do I need?

  • Personally, I wear as much stam as possible, with no buffs aside from Mark of the Wild and Thorns
  • If you are worried about your gear, try entering battlegrounds to get some buffs/food first, before starting your run

Getting There/Clearing Trash

  • As this is a level 60 instance, you can literally mount up and run past everything.
  • Kill the packs in the immediate area of Thekal to be safe. Kill the Gurubashi Axe Throwers first as they are a pain in the ass

How to Solo High Priest Thekal

High Priest Thekal, Zealot Zath, Zealot Lor'Khan and 2 Tigers

High Priest Thekal, Zealot Zath, Zealot Lor'Khan and 2 Tigers

The basic mechanics of the fight are as follows. High Priest Thekal is surrounded by 4 adds to start. There are two tigers which can be killed quickly and two followers Zealot Zath and Zealot Lor’Khan. During the fight both Zealots will aid the High Priest with their own set of abilities.  In order to kill the High Priest, all 3 must be killed at the same time. The abilities to note are Zath heals his allies while Lor’Khan occasionally gouges you so that you can’t interrupt Zath’s heal. To interrupt you can either do it in one of two ways, you can either tab target and hit your interrupt or you can use a macro which works as well with a bit less effort. The macro to interrupt is as follows, make sure that you do not include the <> brackets when making your macro.

/cast [target=Zealot Lor’khan] <Your Spell Here>

Slowly but steadily bring down all three targets and interrupt when you can. If you miss an interrupt or if you’ve been gouged, don’t worry it’s not the end of the world. Keep each of the 3 targets around the same percentage as close as possible. The easiest way to see their health at the same time is to turn on name plates. You can do this by hitting Alt +V at the same time. Once you get all 3 to relatively low level (I’d say 10-15% each), pop Berserk and quickly burn all 3 targets down. If you’ve done this correctly then they will all stay down and phase 2 will begin. If you happen to be low (you shouldn’t but just in case) going into phase 2, you do have time to heal yourself. Phase 2 is a complete tank and spank and there is nothing else of not to mention. Thekal will also summon two tigers (similar to the ones in phase 1) that will need to be killed.

Bring them down evenly and pop Berserk to finish them at the same time.

Bring them down evenly and pop Berserk to finish them at the same time.



Keep working on it every 3 days and you will be the proud owner of a Tiger. Installment 4 will feature the discussion of how to solo Attumen the Huntsman for a Fiery Warhorse’s Reins!

Last Call: Grunty the Murloc Marine

We are now officially less than 1 week away from Blizzcon 2009 where the word on the street is there will be an announcement of the next expansion codenamed Cataclysm.

In the interim, if you couldn’t afford tickets/couldn’t get tickets or just plain don’t live in California, you still have a chance to get this year’s in game pet.  As I originally posted (here) about Gruny the Murloc Marine, this year is different from all other Blizzcon years in that you will be able to obtain the pet by purchasing the online feed of Blizzcon through DirectTV. I’ve already placed my order and while I may sit down and watch a little bit of the stream, really I’m just interested in getting the pet. It’s a hefty sum to pay ($39.95 USD) but it sure beats paying for a full Blizzcon ticket + Flight + Hotel + Misc expenses! Finally for those who are wondering when you’ll receive the pet, they will be distributed 6-8 weeks after Blizzcon.

Order now while you can! There’s always a chance that they may shut it down early if they feel there’s been too many subscriptions. Better safe than sorry.

Onyxia begins to take a deep breath… again

This is way too cool to not post about so here it is.

Quote from: Zarhym (Source)
She has lurked in her lair and done battle with the many brave adventurers who travelled to that familiar location over the years. Now, in honor of the World of Warcraft 5-year anniversary, the dreaded brood mother Onyxia is being revamped to make a return to the forefront of Azeroth, as part of our big plans for the upcoming 3.2.2 content patch.

This permanent update to Onyxia will convert the dungeon into 10- and 25-player items to Onyxia’s loot table that have the same model as some of the classic loot from this dungeon, like Tier 2 helms, with stats updated to match the current level of content. There will be a special new item too: a normal drake-sized 310% speed flying mount modeled after Onyxia herself called an Onyxia Broodling. We will also be updating the encounter mechanics to be more fitting for modern raiding, but we can guarantee players will get to experience the frightening horror of deep breaths once again.

Then for a limited time, after the 5-year anniversary event officially begins in November, anybody who logs in will receive an Onyxia Brood Whelpling pet.

We’re very excited to bring this classic encounter back to provide a fun new experience for both new and veteran players. Further details will be available in the near future, and we will be setting up the Public Test Realms soon to help test out this fight along with all the new content we have planned for the patch. Keep an eye on the forums for updates!

For anyone who’s play wow since release, Onyxia was definitely one of the most badass encounters back in the day. In a time where there were no addons, no videos to watch and definitely no gear to match the difficulty of the encounter. Onyxia was one of the premire challenges that set the tone for raiding in WOW in it’s infancy.
Since then it’s turned into a place for high lv characters to solo for gold and bags so I’m very excited about this change to bring back some old school content. The achievement possibilities alone should be more than enough to keep people interested and busy. As for me I’ll be going into Onyxia as often as possible to get my Tier 2 helm before it’s removed forever. 🙂

New Beginnings on Auchindoun

A quite week in blog land doesn’t necessarily mean a quiet week in WOW. In fact this week has probably been one of the most eventful weeks in my guild’s history. You may or may not have read this in my blurb but I play on a server called Warsong. I had touched upon the history of Warsong in a previous post here which essentially summarized says that Warsong was a premier server during the release of WOW. It was the home to multiple cutting edge progression guilds however the server has struggled significantly with long queues and bad lag. This inevitably forced almost all guilds to transfer off and leave Warsong behind. Since then, Warsong’s population has become extremely unbalanced (15,000:5,000 Horde: Alliance) which doesn’t make it very pleasant. Worst of all, Warsong somehow managed to become the official server for Brazilians who play WOW. Over the years more and more Brazilians have come to Warsong to play and while I don’t have exact numbers on this, I would say at least 75% of the server now only speaks Portuguese. This essentially has limited our recruiting abilities (even though we are the #1 alliance guild) as the pool of recruits are only people who don’t speak english or people who really don’t have the commitment or will to raid to begin with.

As a result, as of yesterday, my guild Daybreak no longer resides on Warsong and we have made the transfer to a new server being Auchindoun. I for one have been strongly against server transfers as they are extremely dangerous (for a guild) and there are so many unknowns once you make it over. Some of the questions that had been running through my mind were:

  • Will the whole guild transfer over?
  • Free transfers are always to low pop servers, how will that affect us?
  • Even if there are new folks looking for a new home, why did they leave their prior guild/server solo? Are they problematic players?
  • I’m losing all my banks!!! (I happen to have 3 bank alts with 2 guild banks with 2 tabs each)
  • Will a server transfer will address and fix the issues that exist regardless of what server we play on?

I was happy to see that by the time I logged on last night only 3 raid members were still left behind on Warsong and every other member had already transferred, a good start and a show of guild unity. We’ve also already had several new applicants (that speak english!) as it seems that we’re the most progressive alliance guild on the server now. While the recruitment pool is smaller, at least they all speak english which should allow us to fill our roster to the necessary means. In the end it seems like this is what I would call our last big push at staying progressive. Clearly there is a want to be but the server has been holding us back for some time now. With a busy summer and with people having IRL plans we’ve been forced to cancel raids with our limited 26 man raid roster.

Today we begin a new raid week on our new home, only time will tell if it was the right move but as it stands right now.

PS. The only downside to all this is some asshole level 64 blood elf mage has my name (Vallen) so I’ve had to rename myself. Lookout for Rarren on Auchindoun soon!

3.2 Kitty Summary

3.2 was released yesterday and here is the summary that I promised to write up which is a followup to my original 3.2 post which I’ve now dubbed 3.2 Kitties – What you need to know – Preview. This post is a complete summary of things that affect kitties in 3.2. This is clearly not a complete summary of all 3.2 changes, for a full summary visit For those wondering how my Algalon progress is going it’s been on a bit of a standstill *sadface*. Summer has hit everyone hard and it’s been challenging to get a group each week to work on it (even though it’s only one hour). W’e’ve only had two hours of work in there so hopefully we’ll get some more time in soon. In the interim, except some 3.2 killshots shortly and best of luck to everyone in the Colliseum!

Cat/Bear Form Preview Compliation – I found this over at Secret Agent Cat (hope you don’t mind me linking!)

Flight Form Buffs

  • Flight Form: Can now be learned at level 60. Flight speed increased to 150%.
  • Flight Form and Swift Flight Form: Now benefit from a paladin’s Crusader Aura.
  • Swift Flight Form: Druids who have acquired a mount able to go 310% flight speed will now also go that speed while in this form.

Kitty Nerfs

  • Mangle: Ranks 4 and 5 base points reduced by about 11%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.
  • Rake: Ranks 6 and 7 base points on initial and periodic damage reduced by about 7%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.
  • Rip: Ranks 8 and 9 base points and points per combo point reduced by about 6%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.
  • Shred: Ranks 8 and 9 base points reduced by about 10%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.
  • Swipe (Cat): Percent of weapon damage done reduced from 260% to 250%.

Profession Changes – All professions have been given a revamp (summary on, the most significant being Engineering. Generally speaking while all professions have been updated, the improvements are aligned across each profession so that the effect is minimal. One significant change is that JC only gems are now colour specific and do not count towards your meta bonus unless the requirement is met.

Epic Gems – These can be obtained through multiple methods:

  • Prospecting Titanium Ore
  • Alchemy Transmute (2o hr cooldown)
  • 10/20 Emblem of Heroism per gem
  • 10,000 Honor Points per gem

Call of the Crusader Loot Tables

Tier 9 Sets

Tier 9 Bonuses

  • T92pc – Decreases the cooldown on your Growl ability by 2 sec, increases the periodic damage done by your Lacerate ability by 5%, and increases the duration of your Rake ability by 3 sec.
  • T94pc – Reduces the cooldown on Barkskin by 12 sec and increases the critical strike chance of Rip and Ferocious Bite by 5%.

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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