Archive for March, 2011

Master of Beasts

Like many out there, I have a few alts.  Some get neglected and some just “click” and I play them whenever I’m not using my mains; my hunter is one of those.  I worked pretty hard to get him up to 85 and he’s already geared for heroics…well, barely.  But he’s fun play and can solo things I wouldn’t think of doing on most of my other characters.

But really, one of my goals was to get all the Spirit Beasts with my hunter.  And today, I finally have accomplished that.  With a bonus pet!!  Wheee!!

See the gallery after the cut!


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 ^yeah right…

When I first stepped foot into a Cata heroic dungeon, I did so with my loyal and patience guildmates.  In our merry band of 5, we had a DK Tank, a Druid Healer and 3 Agile DPSers, comprising of one rogue and 2 hunters. 

After a few runs with this group composition, I got tired of seeing all the cloth & caster loot go to waste.  I figured I would switch out my hunter in favour of my shadow priest.  This way, the hunters won’t be in direct competition for loot.  This way, the cloth & caster drops would actually get used.  This way, my poor little priest might get overgeared enough to feel comfortable healing normal pug runs again.

After running a few more heroics, I have now learned that this new group composition has not improved the drop chance of hunter loot at all.  In fact, I’m almost sure that I’ve now guaranteed hunter loot with never drop.

Sorry about that …

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In-game Vacation

The last time I ran a few dungeons, it stressed me out big time and left me feeling rather soured about the game in general.  More specifically, my performance in the game in general.

So I took a break from the daily reputation grind and I put away my goals of self-improvement in dungeon environment.   I pushed away the negativity that I feeling and decided to get back to the simple things that I enjoy in WoW ~ achievements.

After taking a look at what I was missing for achievements, archaeology looked to be the one category that I could do on my own, without the grief of dying.  So I minimized my WoW window and opened up a video launcher, popped in a movie and flew around doing archaeology.   I did this for 1 whole evening and it was really great.  It was all the effort and attention I was willing to give to the game…

I’ve been doing this for a few days now and it’s still great.  It has really felt like an in-game vacation away from the self-imposed pressures of the game to do the dailies for rep, for tokens, to farm for mats to level a profession, etc.

It has also reminded me of something that I had misplaced – knowing that it’s okay to take a break.


I’ll talk about the side-effects of addiction in another post, on another day! 😉

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Sorry there haven’t been more posts from us here, but things have been pretty quiet in our corner of the World (of Warcraft).

We’ve still been playing regularly (aside from a few Civilization V breaks), but we just haven’t been doing all that much in-game.  Grinding reps, doing dailies, working on professions, playing alts, etc.  And there’s not much news there, other than it’s hell to get enchanting and tailoring to 525. 

And that playing a hunter is basically cheating – at least when questing. 

And that all druids should probably have only gathering professions because of flight form.

Anyway…last night, we managed to have enough people to run a heroic last night with my DK as the tank.  Chawa took her priest (as shadow), Pacheco was huntering, and [Enhancement Shaman] was actually [Assassination Rogue]’ing.  Brokentree was healing, like a boss.  We randomized things and ended up with Heroic Deadmines.  Other than myself seeing the latter half once, none of us had really been there.  Hooray for learning as a guild.

And dying as a guild.

Yeah, some of those trash packs can be a bit of a doozy.  But we stuck it out and managed to get our achieves.

I also scored some offset loot:  Cookie’s Tenderizer.  And man, it makes me glad that I switched my offspec to Frost DK’ing.  Because man, he looks like a BAMF now.  Just look!

Someone needs a hug.


That’s it for now!  Sorry there hasn’t been more exciting news to report, but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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