I'm a dedicated WoW player who play several alts, but I focus mainly on my Warlock. Since I have a lot of characters, on this site it's easiest that I'm simply known as Saga.
I'm a raider, guild officer and altoholic who loves chasing after new mounts and pets.
This site is where I ramble about my adventures and thoughts as I continue playing WoW.
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Monthly Archives: July 2010
Help Yourself (and by extension your party/raid). If you have a health potion, self-heal or bandages. Use them! People who used to play in Vanilla know this because it was the only way they survived. These days people just expect the healer to heal them, forgetting that the healer may not be well-geared, inexperienced… or simply busy healing the tanks.
Threat Management. Back in Vanilla rogues used Feint pretty much every cooldown, it was worked into their rotation. Because if you didn’t – you’d most likely get aggro and you’d die. People had to wait for five sunders on the boss before they even started dpsing. Oh, and a lot of the bosses were taunt immune. So pulling aggro was bad bad bad. These days, I see people pull aggro and not even try to lose it. Hunters don’t even feign anymore. Rogues don’t pop Vanish. They just stand there and pretend to be tanks expecting to be healed through it until the tank can get the boss back.
Raid Etiquette. Because you needed 40 people, you would often have 50-60 guild members all of which wanted a spot in the raid. To get your spot you had to do well, you had to be on time. Preferably outside the instance 10 minutes before the raid started. If your raid started at 20.00, you were online 19.30 to fly there, make sure you had your potions, bandages and everything. And you’d be in the designated spot 10 minutes before the raid started only to find out if you’d get a spot. There was no, “I’ll move there when I know if I have a spot” - it was “If you’re not there you won’t get a spot”. These days I see people still doing PvP or Heroics when raid is meant to start. They expect to be summoned. And god forbid they don’t get “their” spot.
You can still /lol at Paladins. Nuff said.
Gnomes Are Evil. Everyone should know this and we should all join together and make them extinct.
As with many things summer makes WoW a bit slow. We all have vacations, family visits and just less time playing because we might want to be out and enjoy the sun.
I’ve definitely been playing less, but I’ve also been making some changes to my character list. I don’t know if I’m going to go through with my “one 80 of every class” idea – but we’ll see. I’ve made sure to keep one of every class on my list at least, and then I’ll have to see what I feel like.
I ended up deleting a 71 druid, a 49 shaman and a 48 rogue to make space for a new level 1 horde druid (previous one was alliance) that I’m leveling with some guildies through dungeons. It’s going slow though because we’re all busy with other things. I’m tanking of course – big bear butt on the way! (Yes that also means I deleted the new blood elf paladin, since I decided I didn’t want two paladins on the same server in case I did go for my little personal achievement.)
I now instead have a 27 shaman that I’m trying to catch back up to the 49 one I deleted. If you wonder why I made this odd choice it’s because I’m way too nice and my brother asked me to level something with him. List was full – so I re-created something. Go me…
My old horde rogue from back in vanilla has been transferred to replace the 48 one – because I missed her and wanted her around!
Nothing else is new really. I’m just playing my low levels when I’m around and doing some Heroics on my prot paladin to get her some retri gear.
As a side note, I have tried something other than making forum signatures in Photoshop. I made a wallpaper for my brother following a tutorial I found. It’s not awesome or anything, but it was fun to give it a go.
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend !
It’s an idea we definitely want to do, but it’s pretty challenging technically, so it’s not on the immediate horizon. We can’t promise anything obviously, but I wouldn’t feel the need to get difficult Achievements on more than one character on the same account.
Since I’m a big advocate of tanks being defense capped before entering their first Heroic instance I figured I should show you how you can easily become so.
To tank Heroics you need 535 defense (which is about 664 rating). If you get gear that gets you above that though, don’t fret – defense is always a valuable stat (though above 535 you’d not prioritise it over anything else – so at that point don’t gem for it or anything). Remember this is for Heroics – if you want to raid you need 540 (~689 rating). This guide is just about how to get you ready to tank Heroics however.
The quickest way of course is to craft some epics or even blues, but that costs you a little bit more in gold and materials. The slightly longer option – but the one which will also allow you to get some experience tanking – is to get some gear from quests and instances.
Below is a list by slot on where you can get tanking pieces without setting foot in a Heroic. This should get you defense capped and ready for your first Heroic!
Please note that this is mainly directed towards Warriors and Paladins since it’s plate gear. However Death Knights can use it and just find other weapons. Druids sadly can only make use of the rings etc. however I’m not too worried cause there are a lot of Druid sites out there! (And of course you get defense capped from talents alone anyway, you lucky….)
I’ve listed some items that can be crafted from Blacksmithing as well. Some of them you can find for a pretty decent price on the Auction House – or they can be crafted without much cost of materials. I did list a couple of the epics as well though, it’s all about how much you want to spend. Ironically though the blue Tempered Saronite set is usually the one with the most defense rating – which makes those pieces a really good choice for any slot where you didn’t get anything from a quest/instance.
Trinkets are a problem, but they very seldom award defense anyway, so don’t worry too much about those. I’m sure I’ve missed some items from my list – but I’ve tried to include anything easily obtainable from outside raids and heroics. Together with enchants and gems I think you should be able to get yourself defense capped.
(There are a lot more “tanking” items out there that I didn’t list since the point of this is to get you defense capped, so I’ve skipped any item that’s a “tank”-item, but doesn’t actually have defense. I also didn’t include the newer instances loot even on normal because they are a lot more difficult than the older ones and I’d not suggest going in there before being defense capped.)
- Flowing Cloak of Command (Culling of Stratholme: Salramm)
- Bloodbane’s Resolve (ICC Quest: The Fate of Bloodbane)
- Screeching Cape (Violet Hold: Erekem)
- Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions (The Wyrmrest Accord: Honored)
- Helm of the Ley-Guardian (Oculus: Cache of Eregos)
- The Crusader’s Resolution (ICC Quest: The Crusader’s Pinnacle)
- Greathelm of the Titan Protectorate (Sholazar Basin Quest: Reclamation)
- Tundra Pauldrons (Borean Tundra Quest: Have They No Shame?)
- Tempered Titansteel Helm (Blacksmithing)
- Tempered Saronite Helm (Blacksmithing)
- Crusader’s Square Pauldrons (Culling of Stratholme) BoE, check AH!
- Clutch of the Storm Giant (Zul’Drak Quest: The Storm King’s Vengeance)
- Bone-polished Iceplate Shoulders (Grizzly Hills Quest: Hour of the Worg)
- Tempered Saronite Shoulders (Blacksmithing)
- Reanimated Armor (Utgarde Pinnacle: Gortok)
- Battlechest of the Twilight Cult (Ahn’Kahet: Jedoga)
- Ivory-Reinforces Chestguard (Kalu’ak: Honored)
- Breastplate of the Solemn Council (The Wyrmrest Accord: Revered)
- Tempered Saronite Breastplate (Blacksmithing)
- Breastplate of the White Knight (Blacksmithing)
- Girdle of Obscuring (Oculus: Mage-Lord Urom)
- Waistguard of the Risen Knight (Drak’tharon Keep) BoE check AH!
- Indestructible Plate Girdle (Blacksmithing)
- Tempered Saronite Belt (Blacksmithing)
- Svala’s Bloodied Shackles (Utgarde Pinnacle: Svala)
- Saronite Swordbreakers (Blacksmithing)
- Tempered Saronite Bracers (Blacksmithing)
- Gauntlets of Vigilance (Storm Peaks Quest: The Reckoning)
- Expelling Gauntlets (Dragonblight Quest: Don’t Forget the Eggs!)
- Handguards of the Sanguine Gladiator (Grizzly Hills Quest: The Conquest Pit: Final Showdown)
- Gauntlets of the Disturbed Giant (Borean Tundra Quest: Postponing the Inevitable)
- Fireproven Gauntlets (Kirin Tor: Exalted)
- Daunting Handguards (Blacksmithing)
- Tempered Saronite Gauntlets (Blacksmithing)
- Iron Colossus Legplates (Storm Peaks Quest: The Iron Colossus)
- Void Sentry Legplates (Violet Hold: Zuramat)
- Leggings of Forceful Purification (Grizzly Hills Quest: Ursoc, the Bear God)
- Special Issue Legplates (Argent Crusade: Honored)
- Daunting Legplates (Blacksmithing)
- Tempered Saronite Legplates (Blacksmithing)
- Slaughterhouse Sabatons (Culling of Stratholme: Meathook)
- Boots of the Unbowed Protector (Borean Tundra Quest: Quickening)
- Toxin-Tempered Sabatons (Knights of the Ebon Blade: Honored)
- Sabatons of Draconic Vigor (The Wyrmrest Temple: Revered)
- Tempered Titansteel Treads (Blacksmithing)
- Tempered Saronite Boots (Blacksmithing)
- Pendant of the Nathrezim (Culling of Stratholme: Mal’Ganis)
- Amulet of Deflected Blows (Utgarde Pinnacle: Skadi)
- Burning Skull Pendant (Gundrak) BoE check AH!
- Blood-Infused Pendant (Sholazar Basin Quest: A Hero’s Burden)
- Betrayer’s Choker (Zul’Drak Quest: Betrayal)
- Woven Steel Necklace (Howling Fjord Quest: Disarmament)
- Seal of the Pantheon (Halls of Lightning: Loken)
- Dragonflight Great-Ring (Oculus: Cache of Eregos)
- Gal’darah’s Signet (Gundrak: Gal’darah)
- Solid Platinum Band (Zul’Drak Quest: For Posterity)
- Ring of Arachnathid Command (Azjol-Nerub: Anub’arak)
- Kurzel’s Warband (Grizzly Hills Quest: Search and Rescue)
- Staunch Signet (Borean Tundra Quest: The Struggle Persists)
- Eternally Folded Blade (Halls of Lightning: Volkhan)
- Blade of the Empty Void (ICC Quest: Tirion’s Gambit)
- Crescent of Brooding Fury (Zul’Drak Quest: Wanted: Ragemane’s Flipper)
- Leeka’s Shield (Culling of Stratholme: Mal’Ganis)
- Riot Shield (Violet Hold: Xevozz)
- Bulwark of the Tormented God (Grizzly Hills Quest: Ursoc, the Bear God)
- Shield of the Lion-hearted (Alliance Vanguard: Revered)
- Titansteel Shield Wall (Blacksmithing)
- Saronite Bulwark (Blacksmithing)
Ways to boost your defense rating further:
- Lesser Inscription of the Pinnacle (Shoulder Enchant – Sons of Hodir: Honored)
Greater Inscription of the Pinnacle (Shoulder Enchant – Sons of Hodir: Exalted)
Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector (Head Enchant – Argent Crusader: Revered)
- Enchant Chest – Greater Defence (Enchanting)
Enchant Cloak – Titanweave (Enchanting)
Enchant Shield – Defense (Enchanting)
There are a lot of discussions about tanks – especially when it comes to Heroics. Anyone who’s ever queued for a random Heroic knows that the wait time is on average 15 minutes or so. For a tank it’s pretty much instant. (Healers are somewhere in between, I think on average I wait 5 minutes as a healer.) Everyone is complaining about there not being enough tanks.
Aside from the obvious – there’s a lot less tank classes than dps classes, including all the tank classes that go for their dps spec rather than their tank spec – it’s not so strange that we don’t have a lot of tanks. Any time someone tries to get into tanking whether it’s a new level 80 or someone who is respeccing their dps/healer, they are met with abuse.
There is no support for new tanks. People are too spoilt by the 40-50k health tanks that are mains and get their gear from raids. When a new tank with maybe 25k health enters the instance they are instantly met with dismay, sometimes told from the get-go that they fail. They don’t even get to prove themselves without people whining already.
Apparently we’re all supposed to be wearing full epics, have 40k+ health and be awesome before we tick the Tank box when signing up for a Heroic.
Guess what, that’s why there are so few tanks.
People seem to forget that those awesomely geared tanks don’t need anything from Heroics, most likely if they run Heroics at all, they run one per day for their Frost Emblems. That’s it, one per day. So if you’re thinking you’re gonna have an awesomely geared tank for your every Heroic, that means that you’ll most likely have to wait until tomorrow because there aren’t enough well-geared tanks to go around.
Of course we see awesomely geared dps and healers in Heroics as well – they’re most likely also in it for their Frost Emblems. Overall, the only people that will run a lot of Heroics are the people that still need gear from Emblems of Triumph – which means they’re not going to have awesome-awesome gear.
But people who are well-geared already seem to forget this and expect everyone to be as geared as they are – especially the tank. Even dps that are similarly geared to tanks seem to expect the tanks to be awesomely geared.
So you’re a new tank. You got yourself defense capped. Maybe your stats aren’t awesome, but you’re defense capped and you probably have 25k health or so. So you queue up for a Heroic, you’re nervous because it’s your first time or one of the first times tanking. And people rip you to shreds. Will you go back and try tanking again? I doubt it.
I keep feeling that if we were more supportive of our tanks maybe more of them would stick around and we’d not have to wait quite as long for our queues.
We could give them constructive feedback if there’s something we see that they could improve. Not rip them to pieces and tell them to get better gear. I’m sure they’re already wanting better gear – in fact, I suspect that’s why they’re in the Heroic in the first place.
As a side note, I just feel that I want to make it clear that when I say to respect your tanks that doesn’t include the asshat tanks that think they’re God because they’re tanking. This is about encouraging the newer tanks and good tanks – the people that want to learn and the people that respect you back.
What about you? Have you tried to tank and been turned off by your reception as a less-than-awesomely geared tank? Or are you one of the people who treat new tanks badly? What’s your reaction when a lesser-geared tank enters your Heroic?
Another side note by the way, this does not mean that we should encourage new tanks who enter Heroics without being defense capped. I don’t care if your gear isn’t quite there yet – we all need to start somewhere – but you really really must be defense capped before you enter Heroics, and it’s easily done without getting gear from them. You might be defense capped with 24k health – but at least you’re defense capped! (And again, obviously I don’t mean that if someone comes into your Heroic who is not defense capped you cuss them out. Just be polite and explain that it really is in everyone’s best interest if they work on it before the next time they queue.)
Following the Blood Elf (mis)Adventure I actually decided that two Paladins were enough and that I should try a Druid. I since re-rolled a Tauren Druid and I have to say that Mulgore is a beautiful place. As I approached Thunder Bluff for the first time I simply had to take a screenshot.
The first one I love, the second one I failed on because I forgot to remove the displayal of NPC names /facepalm
You can of course click the images if you want to see them bigger.
I know I shouldn’t post a rant post, but I’m just so ticked off right now.
My friend and I went in to do our daily Heroic on our alts (mine’s an 80 prot Paladin and his is an 80 rogue). We obviously queue as tank and dps. As we enter the instance and start going forward I react to the fact that the only person in there capable of healing is a druid – and it just switched to Moonkin form.
We go through a few packs, with no healing at all. I’m at about 60-70% health and we’re approaching the boss so I ask if there’s no healer? Feeling a bit uncertain cause the LFD was acting a bit oddly, so who knows.. And the moonkin goes “lulz healing in a heroic?”
Ok, first off – I’m sure that going with friends and all ICC geared people you can mess about and you can go as 5 dps or 5 healers or 5 tanks to a Heroic and you’ll be fine. However, I don’t think that’s necessarily what you should do with randoms.
1) You queued as a healer – so you should heal. I don’t queue as a tank and then decide that “lulz it’s a heroic we don’t need a tank”, and go dps. I honestly don’t care if you think it can be done without healing – I need heals to get some mana back and I need mana to tank. I also don’t feel comfortable being at 50% health and seeing the group at about 15% health.
2) You are now dpsing, saying we don’t need heals.. and you decide to pull before the tank? Seriously?
3) Not everyone doing Heroics is ICC geared from 25 man ICC. My alt most definitely is not. While my ICC tank may have 50k+ health my Paladin only has 35k. With enough stuff beating on me I’ll still die with no heals. And sure, I could stand there and chuch out 1500 flash heals on myself – but then who will tank?
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m sure that if he’d bothered to get out of Moonkin form to heal during fights we would have been fine. It was the attitude that bothered me. If you don’t intend to heal – then don’t queue as one.
The group had to be nearly dead for him to bother coming out of Moonkin form. At one point Idoubted he would come out at all. Quite frankly I just didn’t want to be in the group with him since when I asked if he’d heal he just gave me the superior attitude of it not being necessary.
So I guess in the end my problem isn’t that you don’t have the right spec – with the gear he had he would have healed fine without respeccing to Resto. I just wanted him to, you know… actually heal.
Had his attitude been better when I asked – had he said something like, “don’t worry I’ll pop out and heal you when it’s needed“, I think I would have been fine too.
Did I over-react? Possibly. But I just can’t stand people with an attitude.
Have you had any similar cases? I just have a big problem myself when people queue as one thing when they actually either have no intention of doing it or they just aren’t equipped to do it. I would have been similarly frustrated over a Fury warrior queueing as a tank. I just can’t get away from the sentiment of; Do your job, and do it right.
As you can probably tell I’ve updated the blog design. I didn’t get it exactly the way I want it (php/css noob) – but at least I got it switched to lighter colours – which was the goal. If I can figure out how to fix the last few bits I might do so, in the meanwhile – please enjoy the new design