HoTs and DoTs: A Restoration Druid and Shadow Priest

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Bloodlust Lag, The Guild Killer

On Sunday night while Vitare was bashing their heads against Heroic Northern Beasts, we got some pretty shocking news. One of the top Alliance guilds on the server was disbanding. These were the players chasing the leading Alliance guild for fastest progression on the realm.

How to Wipe Less on Heroic
Northrend Beasts

For the last few weeks we’ve been working on Heroic 25 Northrend Beasts, the first boss in a “Tribute” run. Heroic is really a huge step from Normal difficulty. The first night of wiping had me convinced that we needed a heck of a lot more gear before we’d be able to beat it. But we’ve been working on it pretty much each raid night since then.

Since we killed him, I suppose that I’m qualified to offer some suggestions on how we did it.

Faction Champions like to PvP (Update)

Last night we killed the Horde Faction Champions in Trial of the Crusader (third boss). I loved it. I L O V E D I T. I loved it so much that not only did I forget to hit record, I completely forgot to take a screen capture.

Patch 3.2 Shadow Priest Gear
for the 25 man Raider

It’s always hard to get your head around what gear/upgrades are the smartest to make when a new bunch of gear is released in game. This list showcases the best items available to you – as a 25 man raiding priest – with a Hit/Haste/Crit option per slot.

Patch 3.2 Shadow Priest Gear
for the 10 man Raider

Bring on the shiny new gear! This post is aimed at 10 man raiding Shadow Priests and casual players who want to see some of the cool new loot available in game with Patch 3.2. In this list I have used my preferred stat weightings to create a list of achievable gear for the 10 man raider. Not all items have been listed but I’ve tried to find the best Hit, Haste and Critical Strike piece for each gear slot.

More Fun than a Game of Snake

Lord Jaraxxus was a super fun fight – once you’ve got everyone in position it’s pretty much easy peesy as a ranged DPS caster. I think perhaps healers might struggle with this fight the most.

Patch 3.2 Resto Druid Gear Guide: For the 25 Man Raider

OK, this post has been much harder to collate than I expected. Blizzard have made this especially difficult considering they have the same items with different names for Horde & Alliance. They have also named items that drop from both normal and heroic versions of the Trial of the Crusader raid the same… but given them different stats arghhh! To top this off items that have been data mined by MMO Champion, are not showing in Wowhead yet so its hard to get a full view of which items are best.

Instead of waiting for everything to be added properly, I’m still releasing this now, however will most likely edit the post with an update in a few weeks after all the bosses are unlocked to ensure the information is still accurate. For any Horde looking that this post, all the items I’ve listed are the Alliance versions – do not fear! You also have the same items available to you, the names are just slightly different.

Post 3.2 Disillusionment

This isn’t about hardcore vs casual. It isn’t about elitism or exclusiveness. It’s about challenge and reward and, even more importantly, timing. This is a rant, reader beware.

Snobolds Get their Revenge (and they Haven’t Forgotten about the Candles)

I had done very little prepping (ok, I’ll admit, none) on the Northrend Beasts encounter because I tend to enjoy content more if I experience it first hand with no preconceptions. But I was told going in “DPS the adds first, people with poison and fire have to move towards eachother and run away from the person he targets and stuns”. Well the advice was more or less sound. Still didn’t prepare me when an angry Snobold Vassel jumped on my back and attacked me!

Tier 8 vs Tier 9 Gear Comparison

Last night my guild ventured into the new raid – Trial of the Crusader keen to see how we matched up against the first encounter released – Northrend Beasts. This fight was surprisingly fun and we got the beasties down on the 4th (I think) attempt. With this dropped the first Trophy of the Crusade and the bidding war began! Cass & I are in a guild with an open bidding system where you can bid until you run out of DKP. This first Trophy went for 6.5k which is pretty high for what is effectively a tier token (You also need 45 Emblems of Triumph). Generally only weapons/trinkets make it above the 5k mark.