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Aug. 19th, 2008 | 08:28 am

So, I happened to be in the ghostlands after a bear run through ZA. I didn't win the roll for the bear, but you can't really begrudge a healer his mount, you know? Especially when he rolled 100 for it, and then two-healered through Malacrass and Zul'jin. Anyway, I step outside, and since I won the roll for Zul'jin's blood, I turned that in for my badges. I don't have a whole lot to spend 'em on these days, but watching Budd get whirled around and lit on fire is satisfying anyway. While all this is going on, I start to notice some chat in general. Specifically, it seems that some alliance 70s are corpse-camping some 20s. Now, it's an RP server, and I don't know what they were doing flagged in the first place, but there are still occasional new players, and sometimes some of the mechanics are a little arcane to them. And just in general, stuff happens.

I'm bad at PvP. I don't particularly like it, I'm not good at it, and although my PvE gear is pretty good, my PvP gear doesn't so much exist. I've got the trinket to break fears on Archimonde, a vengeful hat because there's nothing better until the Cursed Vision off of Illidan, and that's it.

My boyfriend, on the other hand. Well. He's been playing much longer than I have, and he leveled his first character to 60 on a PvP server. And I remembered something he said to me once: "the people that camp lowbies are almost always very, very bad at WoW." So I said to him "hey, love? Wanna kill some allies that're corpse-camping lowbies in the ghostlands?" He wasn't super in to it, but he eventually logged on, ported to SMC, and flew to Tranquilien. I of course had been sitting calmly on my mount in tranquilien, my shoulders doing the baleful glaring-around for me, and watching the alliance mockery emotes scroll by in the chat window. Whatever emote makes people call you a chicken, /spit, /laugh, etc.

I also ask in guild if anyone else wants to get in on it, because there's 6 to 8 allies (the rogues are a little harder to count, they keep disappearing) and two of us. A few people say yes (including a frost mage with just under 500 resilience on her gear), and we're waiting for them to get there. Except my bf gets bored, and (with me still mounted), starts it off by holy shocking one of 'em. I scramble, dismount by putting a hunter's mark on one, pop the beast within and rapid fire, and a few seconds later they're all quite dead.

It's a little embarrassing to admit, but I was actually trembling from adrenaline and stuff, even though it had been really really easy. Like, I was spamming my steady/auto-shot macro, something you really oughtn't to be able to do in PvP. So anyway, it was exciting, and after the trembling wore off it was a really cool feeling, to absolutely massacre a bunch of lowbie-campers two on six (at minimum!). And then of course just as all the corpse-campers were starting to res as far away as possible, the four or five people from our guild show up and were disappointed. I made my apologies and logged over to my baby priest. So close to my second 70!

I guess the lesson is that if you're ever tempted to get in on some world PvP by defending some lowbies, you totally should, because no matter how bad you are, the losers who pick on 20s are worse.

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So your hunter is 70 and you hate PvP?

Aug. 16th, 2008 | 10:57 pm

Anyone that's levelled any class whatsoever to 70 recently has almost certainly heard the chorus of "PvP! PvP!" when they ask for advice on gearing up. The sad truth is that a lot of the season 2, 3, and 4 gear is itemized so well that it is really good for PvE. So if you're willing to grind a million hours of AV, then congratulations on your purples. For some of us, however, it's just not worth it. To that end, I've assembled the following list, some combination of which is more than suitable for starting in on heroics and Karazhan. And although the gear in Kara is, with a couple exceptions, quite poor, it is a reliable source of lots of badges, and with badges you can get some very, very nice gear.

The list is organized by item slot, and each slot is organized in ascending order, so the first item listed is the least preferred, and the last item is the most preferred. The first item is also almost always a quest reward, and if it's not a quest reward it's a reputation reward. These items, then, are the ones you can wear while you're running a lot of instances trying to get the drop items. There are also a couple of BoE items you can buy on the auction house. This gear was also selected with a beast mastery hunter in mind, and specifically one using the standard 41/20/0 spec.

Earthwarden's Coif
Beast Lord Helm

Talon Lord's Collar

Consortium Mantle of Phasing
Dragonbone Shoulders
Beast Lord Mantle (This one will last you until you get T5 shoulders. Seriously, it's better than T4.)

Delicate Green Poncho
Cloak of the Inciter

Feralfen Beastmaster's Hauberk
Breastplate of Rapid Striking
Beast Lord Cuirass

Oronok's Old Bracers
Lykul Bloodbands

Gauntlets of the Redeemed Vindicator
Beast Lord Handguards

Shattrath's Champion Belt
Girdle of Ferocity

Mag'hari Huntsman's Leggings (from my absolute favorite questline in the game)
Sunfury Legguards are a decent alternative for Alliance hunters
Beast Lord Leggings

Duro Footgear
Boots of the Endless Hunt

Lightwarden's Band
Slayer's Mark of the Redemption
Ring of the Shadow Deeps
Ravenclaw Band

Bladefist's Breadth
Terokkar Tablet of Precision
Abacus of Violent Odds
Hourglass of the Unraveller

Melee Weapon:
Terokk's Quill
Dual-wield Sunbreakers
(Or Bombardier's Blades if you prefer daggers.)
Sonic Spear

Ranged Weapons:
Lohn'goron, Bow of the Torn-heart
You can easily use Lohn'goron until you get a Steelhawk or Wolfslayer from Kara, and you can use those until you've got 150 badges for the chocobow. You can (and should!) use the chocobow until you get Archimonde to drop his bow, so once you've got that, you're set. It also looks really, really cool.
Valanos' Longbow is a nice bow too, and you don't have to do the super-long Cipher questline to get it.

Part of gearing a 70 is also gemming and enchanting. To begin with, the metagem you want is a Relentless Earthstorm Diamond. This meta is such an enormous boost to hunter damage that it is always worth equipping one, even (for example) in the Earthwarden's Coif, above. The Coif will last you until you get your T4 helm off of Prince, so why not put a real meta in it? That said, while you're still farming the mats or the gold for the earthstorm, don't leave your meta slot empty, pick up a Swift Windfire Diamond until you've got the real gem. After your meta, you've got all these other sockets of various colors, and you're probably wondering what to do with those. Here are some general rules of thumb:

1. Gem to activate your meta. The earthstorm needs two of each, so remember that purple, orange, and green gems count as two colors each. A single green gem counts as one yellow and one blue gem, so a very popular option for hunters is to find somewhere to socket two Jagged Talasite.

2. Gem to achieve the hitcap. Until you're part of a 25-man raid, you should be specced Beast Mastery. This means that your hitcap is 142: this is the number you have to reach to never miss a level 73 mob, i.e.: a boss. It's one of the single most important numbers for increasing your DPS. The two best gems to use for this are Rigid Dawnstone and Glinting Noble Topaz.

3. Once you've achieved goals one and two, fill the rest of your sockets with Delicate Living Rubies. Ignore socket bonuses to do so. The way I do socket bonuses is I find the ones that I like, generally bonus agility, and I place the gems that I'm using to meet goals one and two to get those sockets. Everything else gets agility gems.

Enchants are generally pretty easy:
Glyph of Ferocity for your hat, the shoulder enchant from Scryer/Aldor (whichever you are), 12 aglity to cloak, +6 stats to chest, 24 AP to bracers, 15 agility to gloves, Cobrahide armor kit for legs, dexterity to boots, agility to 1h weapon or agility to 2h weapon, and finally a scope for your ranged weapon.

Some of the enchants are pretty expensive, and if you want to use Savagery or 26 AP to gloves for a while instead, that totally makes sense. And if you happen to be just swimming in primal air, cobra scales, and primal nethers, it might be worth it for you to put a nethercobra kit on your blue leggings, but most people will save that for the badge leggings or T5.

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Intro and a heartwarming story!

Aug. 15th, 2008 | 08:09 pm

Note: posted this here to proof/etc before posting it to wow ladies.

So, hi! I am not myself a lady, but I have a boyfriend, which I hear is a thing that many ladies enjoy. I rolled on Thorium Brotherhood because all my RL friends, who are ladies, play there. I started this LJ because I've been wanting somewhere to post about WoW stuff, and aforesaid RL friends are all fans of this community, so I of course wanted to join it. The final push came from something that happened in a raid last night, because it's such a happy story that I had to tell it somewhere, and this seemed like a good place. Accordingly! I direct curious parties within the cut:Collapse )

So anyway. The whole thing made me happy and I wanted to share it.

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Prelude to disuse

Aug. 15th, 2008 | 06:05 am

First things first, here's a link to my armory: Prathi of Thorium Brotherhood. I've beeen playing WoW since about February, 2008, and I'm a member of one of the two hordeside guilds that's past T5 content on my low-population RP server.

I rolled on an RP server because all my RL friends were there, and they rolled there because the population of normal and PvP servers tends to be decidedly mongoloid. The RP servers aren't necessarily full of Nobel Laureates, but they're better than the alternatives.

I rolled a hunter because in fantasy-themed RPGs, I like classes with bows. I just... do. Rangers, archers, marksmen, scouts, woodsmen, whatever. I'll experiment with other things later, but my first love will always be the bow-using class. The pet dynamics of wow's hunter class are just an added benefit.

It later turned out that my favorite part of WoW is progression raiding, and it just so happened that a properly played hunter is one of the top PvE DPS classes in the game at the moment, so that was nice. It also happened that, with the release of patch 2.4, the excellence of the new badge gear meant that I could contribute meaningfully to a guild transitioning from T5 to T6 level content, and that's what I'm doing. I was there for my guild's first kills of Vashj, Kael'thas, Azgalor, Naj'entus, Supremus, the Shade of Akama, and Teron Gorefiend. So, since the guild is currently 6/6 SSC, 4/4 TK, 4/5 MH, and 4/9 BT, that's pretty much all the most recent first kills. The feeling of watching a boss go down for the first time, especially a boss that's heavy in teamwork and execution, is unsurpassed in the game for me. The Vashj and Kael kills, especially, were luminous gaming experiences.

So. All the little WoW things that I've been wanting to talk about somewhere are going to end up here from now on. First things first: trying to get into the WoW ladies community.

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