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Biggest Crit in WoW, Redux

Just over a year ago, I boasted about a massive crit I scored in a Wrath heroic.

Oddly enough, two folk have recently commented on the post suggesting it’s not a big deal.  And in Cataclysm, nah, it’s not such a big deal to get a 42k crit.  It still may not happen a LOT (depending on gear, conditions, etc.), but it’s not as startling a number as it would have been in Wrath.

With all that said, I’m updating things (with proof this time) that frost mages can still get some massive crits in PvE.  It’s just a shame this doesn’t happen more often to us poor PvE neglected frost mages. I think it’s only happened once or twice, pre Deep Freeze nerf.   (Yes, this is an old screenshot from February 20th, 2011.)

Anyway, kids, I won’t claim this is the biggest crit in WoW, as I’ve heard rumour of higher.  BUT it is from a heroic, so not as many group buffs.  Regardless, it’s still massive.  In fact, my ePeen is so massive that it blocks the sun.  Just LOOK:

112k Crit, baby! *flex*

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So, patch 4.0.1 has been with us a few weeks and I’m  starting to get used to the changes.

One thing is very clear at this point — I was not prepared.

I thought I was in good shape. I had looked at the new talent trees, read about some of the class changes and my inscriptionist knows every glyph. I figured it would be about on par with 3.0.

Now I realize exactly what needs to be done for each character spec before they are really ready for Cataclysm.


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Cataclysm – Mage Trees

As you may have learned from my last post, I’m feeling a little unprepared for the upcoming changes to World of Warcraft. 

Not so much on the changes that are happening in Cataclysm – I’m following Dechion’s advice.  But moreso when the changes in the play mechanics, which will be happening with Patch 4.0.  And with stage-2 of the pre-patch download already completed, it grows nearer and nearer.  As such, I decided to take a look at the Cataclysm mage talent trees (dated Sept 17, 2010.) 

Come take a look at the builds I made!  Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!


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There are many, many resources available out there on the interwebz on how to improve your character in WoW.

These resources can be used to find optimal gear, spec, rotation, gems, enchants, et cetera, et cetera.

But one of the things that people often forget is who they are getting their information from.  Well, maybe not so much “who”, but they forget at what level the information comes.  No, I don’t mean “a level 80”.  I mean more like a “casual” raider or a “heroic mode” raider.  Or even a 10-man raider versus a 25-man raider. 

You see, it’s easy to forget the impact that different tiers of gear (and subsequent stats) may have on the effectiveness of a certain spec.  It’s easy to also forget the available group buffs that impact the spec. 

Let me use myself as an example as to how important these bits of information are…


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Ah, glorious Vault of Archavon (or VoA), how you amuse me! 

Okay, maybe VoA doesn’t amuse me so, but sometimes the people in it do. 

For those who avoid PvP (and live underneath an Azerothian rock), VoA is the raid you get as a reward for winning the world battleground known as Wintergrasp.  So, if you have happened to participate in the WG battle that happens approximately every 2.5 hours, you will notice the VoA callouts immediately after a victory (both in WG and Dalaran).  

[1. General] [PlayerName] LFG VoA 10/25!!!1!  (And anything of the ilk.) 

You are also likely aware of fact that VoA bosses drop some high end PvP gear and tier gear.  Toravon drops potential hands or legs in Tier 10, Koralon drops hands/legs in Tier 9, and so on for Emalon and Archavon.  The iLevel loot also matches up with the raid size, so 25-man VoA drops 25-man equivalent gear.  Which also means that if you run both 10 and 25, you get potentially two swings at the bat for some phat lewtz and some extra Emblems of Frost

Depending on the time and day, I enjoy duking it out in Wintergrasp and following it up with hopping into a VoA.  Now, the biggest downside of every VoA run is that you’re in a PuG.  As such, they can often be a little unpredictable.  This latest venture into VoA was just that, because the completely unexpected did occur to me. 


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