Topics of Week #1

Emblem of Frost Collecting

3.3 has been out for approximately 7 weeks so far and if you are lucky enough to be in a guild that can clear all content and have been extremely diligent with daily heroics and weekly raids, you should currently be at 295 badges and by next week you will have acquired enough badges to purchase 4pt10! Naturally this is an ideal situation and not everyone is fortunate enough access all content or have the time to be so diligent. Personally I’m currently at  251 due to missing some dailies, and sitting in raids to allow other folks to get some time in ICC. So for me it’ll be the week after before I get 4pt10 which I assure you will be critastic!

Toravon the Ice Watcher

Next week is the start of Season 8 of the arena season which means that Toravon the Ice Watcher will be available! Traditionally, the VOA bosses have always dropped gloves and leggings, and as you know (or should know) the odd piece out for our 4pt10  is the gloves. So you should be praying to the gods that Lasherweave Legguards or Santified Lasherweave Legguards drop from Toravon 10/25 respectively. To add some general points of advice

  1. If you are in a position to obtain 4pt10 next week, do VOA first and see if you get lucky
  2. If you are still working on getting frost badges to purchase tier pieces, save pants for last

As always, this is only a general rule of thumb as it doesn’t take into consideration your gear set and you you should try and identify what is your biggest upgrade.

Hit and Arp Cap Decisions

Regardless if you’re in a raiding guild you should be sitting on a pretty amt of ilv 251/264 gear and you should now be facing some really tough choices. The top two questions on my mind currently are:

  • Should I push for the Arp hard cap?
  • How the hell am I going to hit cap myself?

Kalon did some excellent work last year outlining gear weightings for cats which is an excellent reference for what sort of gear to aim for. However if you were to take the top gear weighting per category you’d realize you would be sitting at 0 hit and about 1500 arp which is well over the arp cap. So my next post will try and address what slots we should consider sacrificing to obtain a lower weighted item that has hit. This really could come down to personal choice/preference or what is readily available to you but it’s definitely the top concern on my mind currently. Expect this post by next week.

Gear Weightings & Choices

As I mentioned yesterday, Kalon is retiring from WOW and with that we lose a great fearl resource. One of the things that Kalon was great at was working out gear weightings and identifying item choices. Luckily we still have Rawr which is a great resource but personally I don’t like to blindly follow without doing a bit of research myself. I can admit that in recent months due to Kalon’s excellent work I haven’t had to do much but it looks like it may be time to brush off a little rust in the theorycrafting department. I’d like to write a post up on how to identify and calculate these gear weightings so that we are all a bit more educated on how to do so. Again, expect this post by next week.

Blizzard News

A few weeks ago I had posted a complaint concern that ferals were being excluded from weapons that had procs. Blizzard has dashed away my dreams of any sort of weapon proc in ICC, oh well at least we have DBW. As for showing love I’ll believe it when I see a true feral legendary (No Atiesh doesn’t count!)

Q. All specs get a proc weapon from ICC25, except frost death knights and feral druids. Any plans to give these specs ICC25 proc weapons?
A. It’s tough when you get into the design mode of “everyone must be able to get something from every boss.” We try to cover a reasonable spread of players, but as with the Ashen Verdict rings and the Quel’delar, there are going to be some specs skipped over. We still love you

Progression and Achievements

Currently we are into our 3rd week of The Plagueworks and 1st week of  The Crimson Hall and it’s been a blast so far. Some of new mechanics have been pretty creative and fun. Hell, even seeing Mother Shahraz’s Fatal Attraction in reverse definitely brought back some memories. Daybreak has been picking up steam since 3,3 was released and we’ve been making some really good progress overall in ICC. Our 10 man group hit 40th worldwide kill of Blood-Queen Lana’thel on GuildOx which has us ranked World 30th currently. Our 25 man also did a fantastic job and killed Professor Putricide on our 5th try overall and we got Blood-Queen Lana’thel down to 15% in 25 man as well. Unfortunately we ran out of attempts for this week but there’s always next week.

As well, we took some time and went back to TOGC10 and knocked off Tribute to Dedicated Insanity, while the achievement/title are nice, whats even nicer is the ability to DE all of the crap old gear I’ve been holding for this! Finally, we went back to Ulduar and completely destroyed Algalon with our 3.3 gear. While I feel no pride in cheesing 3.1 content in 3.3 gear, a kill is a kill and that marks the completion of all Ulduar 3.1 content (yay).


3 Responses to “Topics of Week #1”

  1. 1 Kal January 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Nice, Vallen. 🙂

    It always was one of those nagging things when I put together the lists; while they showed value at an absolute level, they didn’t do a very good job of illustrating things like hit/exp caps, and with arpen and crit caps being thrown in it becomes almost mandatory to use something like Rawr to get everything straight. They’re good for showing the biggest bangs for the buck, but that doesn’t always mean the best piece for the best job. Looking forward to checking it out. 🙂

    Nice point on Toravon and wasting your badges or not, too.

  2. 2 Bear Pelt January 24, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Oh dear. I did get the T10 pants already. >_<;

    That aside, a pleasure to see such posts again. Looking forward to more Pimp Your Druid Posts! The ZG guides made it so painless 😀 Let's see that Karazhan one 😛

  3. 3 Mitch January 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    So just a quick little set I threw together:

    Kind of sucks to use my jewelcrafting gems for hit/expertise, but I can be 25 off armor pen hard cap, 9 off hit cap, and 6 off expertise cap. This is based on all normal mode gear.

    It also sucks to not have AGI from your main hand, but the armor penetration and hit the Cryptmaker gives is phenomenal.

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