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Today, The Wayward Initiative brings you our VERY FIRST GUEST POST!


It is my absolute pleasure to feature this post from Reverend Unk, both friend and guildie.

He offers us a frank reminder of how tough it can be to new to the game and that we should take the time to help out some of our newer friends.

Thanks for the contribution, Fal!

Please keep reading, after the cut:


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Good afternoon, all.

I’m going to redirect you to the first installment of Ask a Tauren, as provided by the lovely Pacheco over at Hello Tauren!

The post is both a brief and brilliant discussion as to how to raid casually, how to keep it casual, and how to keep loot drama to a minimum.  It was posted a little while ago and I’m sorry for taking so long to link it.

Enjoy the read!

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Welcome to my un-authorized and previously un-discussed counterpart to Brokentree’s post on Pugging as a Tank.  Yes, I’m riding on your coat tails.

Anyway, this post is mostly inspired by an altercation I had over the weekend while pugging away in the LFD system.

You see, I teamed up with one of our Pally tanks to acquire my EoF’s for the day.  No worries!  Having a tank in group = no waiting!  The loading screen fired up and we were presented with Oculus.  No problem!  Two more EoT’s and a chance at a funky mount.

Of course, the start of the instance is arguably the worst because of all those stupid whelps.  But you usually manage.  I find as DPS it’s usually best to just target one whelp and blow the hell out of it.  Sure, you get zapped once or twice, but it’s only one whelp so it isn’t so bad.  Anyway, we go into our second pull with a couple of the dragonkin and the DPS Death Knight gets a ton of aggro and dies.  Smarmy words ensued.

I was initially going to detail the argument, but it detracts from my point.  Short version is that the DK blamed the tank for not having aggro and I defended the tank, suggesting that DPS stealing aggro is the fault of DPS.

So, I’m going to provide you with a two very simple tips to help you share a healthy balance of threat with your beloved tank:

  1. Read THIS. (Hooray for more coat tails!)
  2. Learn what your tank’s AoE ability looks like and wait for it.

Otherwise, my DPS brethren – pulling aggro is indeed YOUR fault.  Have some situational awareness.  Adjust to your surroundings and your tank, whether it be their play style, gear, or inexperience.

Thank you, that is all.

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Just a few weeks ago, I finally dinged 80 on my Warlock.  But I was kind of at a loss.  I had a reasonably good leveling/solo Demonology spec to minimize downtime.  Sure, I had a few ideas of what a good level 80 spec might be (WoWwiki is a great starting place).  But what I didn’t know is;  How do I maximize my potential as a fresh 80?  So, I asked Fulguralis over at Killing ’em Slowly for some help, given that Emblem of Triumph gear is the order of the day.

Now, I’ve been playing a mage for about four years now.  And fortunately with the growth of the WoW community, there are all sorts of resources available – but most of it is for optimizing raiding specs, etc.

So, I realized that there really isn’t any RECENT (or updated) “Fresh 80” mage guides.  Well, that is until I found Empowered Fire.  The ladies over there have done a fantastic and thorough job compiling information for new level 80 mages.  You can click here and overload yourself with excellent information.  Advice on gems, specs, and everything.

But there’s one thing about EF’s guide; They left out most/all of the Emblem of Triumph gear.   To a certain degree, it makes sense, as it will take a little while to have enough EoT’s to get yourself fully suited up. 

But that’s what this post is for:  Given that Tier 9 gear is readily available through EoT’s – What is the best plan of action?  What should one do to make the most of your Tier 9 and Emblem gear?

(Author’s Note:  The following is an opinion piece with lots of rambling, basic mage theorystuffs, and no data to back anything up. 🙂 )


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Greetings new adventurer and welcome! 

Congratulations on joining us now.  Recently the Blizz Gods have made several changes to the world of Azeroth with you, the new adventurer, in mind.  Descriptions of the races and classes available have been clarified.  Almost every quest will be shown on the map, to help guide your characters to the right places to find the quest objectives.  It’s a fabulous time to start playing WoW. 

However there is one thing that the ingame tutorial system won’t show you. 

I write this letter (aka: friendly post) to you with the spirit of Winter’s Veil upon me!  Whether you be a brand new adventurer to the World of Warcraft or one who has been playing the game for a few months now.

You see, I was once one of you!

And if you are like me, a fellow lover of professions, achievements and holidays,  and you have leveled your cooking up high enough, you will want to make egg nog, in order to earn the Winter’s Veil Gourmet

Allow me to give you a hint.  A hint that I didn’t know about a year ago.

Do you see the links above? If you dare click on them, they will take you to a wondrous place called wowhead, at http://www.wowhead.com/.  Wowhead can be a player’s best resource for information.  There you can look up anything that is in the game from items, to spells, to quests, to achievements, to recipes like egg nog.

I like to think of wowhead as the yellow pages.  Actually, it’s better than the yellow pages!  It’s also a receipe book!  If I need a specific item, I can look it up. 

For example, if you look up egg nog, you can see the ingredients (aka: reagents) that you’ll need to make your egg nog.  If you click on one of those ingredients, you be given a list of NPCs that sell the particular item as well as a list of mobs that drop that particular item. 

In the case of the small egg that you need for your egg nog receipe, you’ll see that small eggs are dropped by feral dragonhawks with a 100% drop rate – everytime you kill a feral dragonhawk, you’ll be able to loot a small egg off it.  What are those, you may wonder?  Well click on their name and you will not only find out but you’ll see where you can find them.  So go out, travel by zeppelin,  boat or portal, get your ingredients and make your fabulous egg nog! 

Now, you have no reason to buy small eggs off the Auction House for 5G like I did a year ago.

Now, you have no reason to buy the small eggs I list on the Auction House this year!  Unless you are lazy.  Or an impulsive shopper.  With gold to burn!  But once again, if you are a relatively new adventurer, you might not have gold to burn and you might cringe at auction house prices.  Well cringe no more!

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