Archive for January, 2011

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  • Always remember to do Wintergrasp and WG dailies, yes it is outdated content but the honor is still good and there is never a queue.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!


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Cata Kitty Gear Choices – The Logical Approach

Hello Kitty Fans,

Its been a very pretty long break since my last post and a very long break since my last real contribution to the kitty community so lets get this blog back on the right track! Today, I’d like to talk about gear choices, no I’m not talking about looking at math, theoretical formulas and simulators to determine what gear to use. That is already done by plenty of people who know what they’re doing, and also unfortunately by some who don’t know what they’re doing. Instead (like always) I’d like to try and use a different approach and use logic to identify the best gear choices, a method that hopefully anyone and everyone can understand.

Setting Up The Comparison

First off, we need to identify what we want in terms of desirable stats. I’ve done some work previously using a similar logical approach to determine that Agility and Mastery are our top priorities. Or, in other words in an ideal world, we are looking for Crit/Mastery as secondary stats on our gear. As well, 4PT11 seems to be valuable afterall. I had originally posted that I didn’t like the concept of it or it didn’t seem to make sense but after reading more about how the mechanic works (aka you don’t actually have to apply mangle 6 times a min as long as you keep the stack going) I was wrong. So that being said, that means, we are looking for 4 of 5 T11 pcs and one offset peice that will trump the stats on T11 Lets start bydoing a simple wowhead comparison to identify which items purely based on raw stats (no set bonuses) have the greatest value. For the purpose of this exercise I will make a few assumptions:

  • I will not include any profession items or world drops but I will include trash drops.
  • I will also not include any strength items as this is clearly not intended and I do not promote the stealing of items for other clases (*cough leather on rets/wars wotlk cough*)
  • I will not include Throne of the Four Winds drops as they are extremely random and hard to obtain
  • I will not include PVP items as they are not intended for PVE raiding


Tier 11 vs Offset Choice

Helm: 3 Choices (Stormrider’s Headpiece, Membrane of C’Thun, Tsanga’s Helm)
Hands: 3 Choices (Stormrider’s Grips, Stormbolt Gloves, Double Attack Handguards)
Shoulder: 2 Choices (Stormrider’s Spaulders, Poison Protocol Pauldrons)
Chest: 2 Choices (Stormrider’s Raiment, Sark of the Unwatched)
Pants: 2 Choices (Stormrider’s Legguards, Aberration’s Leggings)

Lets use a very simple method to identify what is valuable. As discussed, Agility (Crit)/Mastery are our most valuable stats so ideally we are looking for Crit/Mastery on all of our gear as secondary stats. The other remaining secondary stats Hit/Haste/Expertise are not as valuable or favorable. However if we had to choose the next most valuable stat, Hit would be next due to its ability to reduce misses. In the Cata world interrupts are extremely important so having more hit for interrupts is always a good thing. So, lets do a simple stat valuation where we can say that ideally we want Crit or Mastery (+1), if we can’t have Crit or Mastery we’ll take Hit (+0.5) and the remaining secondary stats are not favorable (+0). Keep in mind that this sort of comparison is only plausible because the raw stat values are the same on all items just shifted between the diff secondary stats.

Tier 11

Helm: T11 provides Crit/Hit, at least one desirable stat and one semi desirable stat. (+1.5)

Shoulders: T11 provides Crit/Haste, at least one of the two desirable stats. (+1)

Chest: T11 provides Haste/Expertise, both are not desirable stats. (0)

Pants: T11 provides Crit/Mastery, both are desirable stats, we definitely want to use the pants. (+2)

Gloves: T11 provides Hit/Haste, only one semi desirable stat (+.5)

Offset Items

Helm: Membrane of C’thun provides Haste/Expertise, both are not desirable (+0), Tsanga’s Helm provides Crit/Mastery, both are desirable (+2)

Shoulders: Poison Protocol Pauldrons provide Crit/Mastery, both are desirable (+2)

Chest: Sark of the Unwatched provides Crit/Mastery, both are desirable (+2)

Pants: Aberration’s Leggings provide Crit/Haste, of which one one is a desirable stat (+1)

Gloves: Double Attack Handguards provide Expertise/Mastery, of which one is a desirable stat (+1), Stormbolt Gloves provide Crit/Haste, of which one is a desirable stat (+1)

Tier 11 vs Offset

Helm: T11 (+1.5) vs Offset (+2) — Delta (0.5)

Shoulders: T11 (+1) vs Offset (+2) — Delta (1)

Chest: T11 (+0) vs Offset (+2) — Delta (2)

Pants: T11 (+2) vs Offset (+1) — Delta (1)

Gloves: T11 (+0.5) vs Offset (+1) — Delta (0.5)

So, looking at the comparison, the biggest delta is in the chest slot as the T11 chest does not have an desirable stats whereas the offset has both (Crit/Mastery) desirable stats. As well, all other slots (Helm/Shoulders/Pants/Leggings), Tier 11 have at least one desirable stat making the Chest the optimal slot to use an offset piece.
Trinkets Choices

This is probably the most controversial of all the slots. I’m not sure if we can use a logical thought process to determine what items to use since there are so many choices and benefits will differ from boss encounters to boss encounter. I will have to defer this to simulator calculations and personal preference.

Trinket(s): 5 Choices (Fluid Death, Essence of Cyclone, Prestor’s Talisman of Machination, Unsolvable Riddle, Unheeded Warning)

Fluid Death: +321 Hit / Agility Proc
Essence of Cyclone: +321 Agility / Crit Proc
Prestor’s Talisman of Machination: +321 Agility / Haste Proc
Unsolvable Riddle: +321 Mastery / Agility Proc
Unheeded Warning: +321 Agility / White Dmg Proc

Personally, I would prefer to carry Essence of Cyclone with either Fluid Death (for more hit) or Prestor’s Talisman of Machination for maximum Agility. Why Prestor’s over Unheeded? Because white damage makes up less than 20% of our dmg whereas haste affects all of our damage.

Remaining Slot Choices

This is where it gets a lot easier, because of the remaining slots most have almost little to no choice. In other words, Blizzard has simplified the gear selection process by essentially making only one choice available.

Belt: Dispersing Belt
Boots: Storm Rider’s Boots
Relic: Relic of Golganneth
Weapon: Malevolence
Neck: Necklace of Strife
Wrists: Parasitic Bands
Ring(s): Signet of Elder Council, Lightning Conductor Band
Back: 2 Choices (Cloak of Biting Chill, Viewless Wings)

The back is an easy choice as Cloak of Biting Chill provides Crit/Mastery whereas Viewless Wings does not, easy winner.


TLDR Summary

Helm: Stormrider’s Headpeice (T11)
Neck: Necklace of Strife
Shoulders: Stormrider’s Spaulders (T11)
Back: Cloak of Biting Chill
Chest: Sark of the Unwatched
Bracers: Parasitic Bands
Gloves: Stormrider’s Grips (T11)
Belt: Dispersing Belt
Leggings: Stormrider’s Leggings (T11)
Feet: Storm Rider’s Boots
Ring(s): Signet of Elder Council, Lightning Conductor Band
Trinkets(s): Personal Preference/Boss Encounter! (My Choices: Essence of Cyclone with Fluid Death or Prestor’s Talisman of Machination)
Weapon: Malevolence
Relic: Relic of Golganneth

Feral Aggression 2010 in Review

*Wordpress sent me this nice summary of the 2010 year for Feral Aggression, thought I’d share it with you all. A new year means a renewed focus on blogging, I’m back home so expect some new content shortly!*

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 280,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 12 days for that many people to see it.

 

In 2010, there were 69 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 135 posts. There were 239 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 35mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 14th with 2,906 views. The most popular post that day was 4.01 Kitty Primer – What You Need To Know.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were wowthinktank.blogspot.com, restokin.com, fluiddruid.net, wow.danomatic.com, and feralinstincts.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bloodbathed frostbrood vanquisher, feral aggression, things to do before cataclysm, ashen verdict tabard, and reins of the bloodbathed frostbrood vanquisher.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

4.01 Kitty Primer – What You Need To Know October 2010
32 comments

2

Things To Do Before Cataclysm Hits September 2010
17 comments

3

Flying Mounts in Dalaran April 2010
10 comments

4

Kitty Numbers January 2010

5

Grinding Ashen Verdict Reputation December 2009
8 comments


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.

For any questions or concerns contact me via comments or e-mail

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