Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I Need A Hero(ic)

Well, Pathak went ahead and dropped his Mining and took up Herbalism. It only took about 3 days to get up to speed. And now, he really needs that epic flying mount to get up to speed.

So, I started AHing like a mad bugger. Looked at what gems Col could cut for profit, ended up selling my stock of primal fire and have managed to get up to 3.2K gold across my alts after 2 weeks. Now I'm pretty much reliant on green gem cuts, dailies, cutting what few blues Col can prospect from Adamantite collected while doing dailies, and now and again, buying up cheap blue gems, cutting and putting back on the AH for 15 to 20g profit. The main aim is to now make 200g profit a day via this and the left overs of Bojsens quests in BEM, Netherstorm and Shadowmoon Valley.

On the instance front, Pathak finally got to revered with CE. Now he has to start looking at gearing up in preparation for heroic dungeon instances. Though it maybe a little while before we start doing those (either getting Lunra and Morgrog to revered, and appropriately geared, or 2.3, whatever comes first), so Pathak will be loving his Arms spec while he still has it.

As far as gear upgrades go, I really only have one item that absolutely needs upgrading, and that is my green belt. The upgrade will come from the reward from How To Break Into The Arcatraz, to be completed by a successful Botanica run. However, there are two items that Pathak has his eye on for purchase after he has his epic flying mount. The first is Bracers of the Green Fortress. It requires a Primal Nether, so I'll probably end up farming the mats and getting someone to make this one. The other item is Red Havoc Boots. These are extra yummy defense boots that require 2 Primal Nethers and a whole bunch of Primal Fires. It'll be a long time coming before I get those.. who knows, maybe even WotLK will be out by then.

I guess when 2.3 comes out, and the likelihood of doing heroics becomes apparent, Pathak will be going back to Prot spec. He'll be looking forward to the extra 20 defense skill, and the free increase in stamina and strength. As a result, he'll be able to lower his defense rating from his kit a little, and invest a little more in shield block rating, so his shield bash will actually count for something more than just lip service.

On the other hand, he wont be looking forward to the gimping this will mean for his Arena runs. Pathak, Tegmark and Zaraq had a really good run in the 3v3 Arena on Monday night, winning 5 of our 10 games, the best effort so far. We actually went up in rating, which was good. The VOIP is really handy, as Teg can tell me to come closer to him for heals, and we can identify the opposition verbally, and decide on quick strategy for new opponents.

We're starting to come good on a few combos. One such combo is Druid/Warrior/Pally (ring any bells?) Except this combo had the Druid as healing, rather than DPS. Strategy: CC the druid and warrior, burn down pally, causing him to bubble and heal himself. While this happens, burn down the warrior (just keep him busy), until bubble is over, then burn down the pally to the ground. The take out the druid, then the warrior.

Other combo was the Warlock/Pally/Rogue. In this one, it is important to bring down the Warlock, while keeping the Rogue and Pally CC'd as much as possible. Once the Warlock is down, kill the Pally, kill the Rogue.

Mages and Warlocks seem to be a nasty combination, and I'm always a fan of bring either of these two down before working on the healer. Sheeping can be a real downer, as can fear. In berserker stance, there is always Pummel and that berserker one to combat the fear. Going to have to thing of alternate strategies when I go back to Prot, especially if I drop back to defense stance (hopefully shouldnt need to, but its need while since I've been Prot).

In other toon news, Grizzlyadam has dinged lvl50, hit his 375 alchemy, and is working through the Runecloth aspect of his tailoring. Because I'm spending all this time on Col, Boj and Pathak to mine, quest and herb, GA isnt getting much love to quest and collect more runecloth, so Hinny is keeping an eye out for runecloth stack bargains at less than 2g each. Things will pick up when GA completes the last 16 points needed to get to 300, and then can start doing something with all the netherweave that Boj is collecting from his questing in BEM. It's going to be good times when GA starts popping out Primal Mooncloth. Should be able to produce a Primal Mooncloth Bag (20slot) every 8 days. But I'm not going to do the math on how long it will take to outfit all my alts with 20slot bags. Thats too depressing. I dont think GA has even purchased all of his bank slots yet.

Chivers will be making a change back to Frost spec again. Sure, the high power of Fire is nice against a single target, but for leveling, I'm more interested in the survivability of multiple mobs. Teglass has advised me to watch "In Frost We Trust", a very handy guide to using AoE effectively while leveling. I'll be looking forward to using this against the melee pirates in Tanaris to collect magecloth for his tailoring efforts (yep, thats right, I still want 3 primal mooncloth producers until all my alts have 20slot bags - producing 3 20slot bags over a 16 day period is very appealing).

Oh, Colerejuste finally hit exalted with the Netherwing, and picked up his Cobalt Netherdrake. Of two minds about how practical it is. On the one hand, its very impressive. Doesnt go any faster than the epic bird. Its a bit bigger, and as a result, its wings can get in the way when you're trying to target something with the mouse. I guess I could eventually purchase a Nether Ray from the Skyguard and see how the slim lines on that one go.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Professional Sea Change

Bojsen hit 375 skill points with tailoring last night, so now he can go into Primal Mooncloth Bag production.

The only problem is that Primal Mooncloth is aimed at healers. The Primal Mooncloth outfits are all about +int, +spi and +heal. Not things Boj is really interested in, especially since they are BoP items.

Now GA.. he'd be interested in Primal Mooncloth.

So its time to change professions, once again. Here's the lay of the land now:

  • Pathak: Mining and Hammersmith (375 in both)
  • Colerejuste: Mining and Jewelcrafting (375 and 380 respectively. also has epic flying mount)
  • Bojsen: Tailoring and Enchanting (375 Primal Mooncloth and 340 respectively)
  • GrizzlyAdam: Herbalism and Alchemy (sub 300)
  • Chivers: Herbalism and Alchemy (sub 300)
  • Dub and Nevynoch: Skinning and Leatherworking (sub 300)
  • Fidgette: Mining and Engineering (sub 300)
  • Znakharka: Herbalism and Skinning (sub 300)
  • Hinny: Herbalism and .. cant remember, though she is the bank alt, and not likely to level.

The plan!

  • Pathak drops Mining in favour of Herbalism. This means he then qualifies for an epic flying mount, should the cash ever be available.
  • Stays that way until Pathak has caught up to GrizzlyAdam.
  • GrizzlyAdam drops Herbalism in favour of tailoring.
  • Chivers drops Herbalism in favour of tailoring.
  • When they get high enough, GA takes on the Primal Mooncloth production, and Bojsen switches to Spellcloth or whatever the other one was, depending on his needs (was it Soul cloth?) Maybe Boj and GA will both stay Mooncloth for a bit to double cloth production, and Boj only changes when everyone is sporting 20slot bags. nice.
At some point, Znak may take up Alchemy, so I'd have all three disciplines of Alchemy covered as well.

Yep, there's a couple of years work in here to execute this plan. oh boy.