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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Most of my weekdays are about the same. I go to work, get home, sort out dinner and walk the dog. Do some housework and maybe watch some of my favourite TV shows.
So let’s not get into that, because it’s boring. Let’s look at what we do during our time in game on a regular day.
I used to do a bunch of daily quests every day on my Warlock, but I have to admit that these days I only do the Jewelcrafting daily, and if I feel up to it I will do the fishing and cooking ones as well.
Sometimes I feel like I have spare time and I will do the Wildhammer dailies or Therazane ones as well. I really should get back to doing the Tol Barad dailies, but I got so sick of them after running them every single day for long enough to get my trinket, so now I’m only doing them when I can be bothered (I do eventually want to get those mounts).
If it’s a raid night I will obviously raid – after having made sure I’m fully prepared and have all of my consumables.
If we’re not raiding, I will either play an alt, do some farming, do more dailies or log off.
Before I log off every day I do my cooldown recipes on the alts with those professions. I have two Alchemy transmuters and I do the daily Inscription thing for the easy gold. I do the Tailoring cooldown once a week (such a long cooldown!).
I also do my daily Auction House scan on my bank alt and list whatever I have to sell at the moment. (I don’t want to list too many auctions at a time, so I generally have some stockpiled.)
Compared to previous expansions I feel that I do less in-game outside of raids than I used to. It’s not really for lack of things to do (you can always do dailies or level another alt or PvP or do dungeons), but rather me feeling tired or bored. Maybe it’s because I’ve done so many dungeons in my day and so many dailies.. I don’t know.
I still enjoy the game though, and I have no intention of quitting. Playing a little bit less isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and it’s allowed me to watch Criminal Minds from Season 1 (I’m now at the end of Season 5) which I’ve been wanting to do for some time.
What do you do during your online time? Do you have a set routine?
It’s generally considered a bad idea to use PvP gear in PvP – and I agree with this. PvP gear has resilience on it – which means it will lack one of your PvE stats, automatically generally making it worse.
However, that being said – to me there are times when PvP gear is actually acceptable. I’m not saying that we should aim for PvP gear instead of PvE gear, but that there are times when you might have a PvP piece that does actually end up better than any PvE piece you currently have.
Today I was turned down for a Baradin Hold run because I was wearing three pieces of PvP gear. (The fact that someone is turned down from Baradin Hold unless they’re wearing greens is of course an entirely different matter.)
Now, I’m not someone who will complain when people enter Heroics with PvP gear – as long as people do what they’re meant to, I quite honestly don’t care. Baradin Hold is the same to me. For my guild’s raiding – yeah, I expect people to get PvE gear, but if you’re filling out 2-3 slots with gear where you haven’t gotten anything better, no problem.
The issue here, to me, is that people assume that PvP gear gear is always worse than PvE gear. On a broad scale, yes it is. But you have to trust the person in question that they know what they’re doing.
I have PvE pieces from Heroics for every slot where I use a PvP piece instead. But the stats on them are worse. Even when looking at the resilience. After the discussion with the person turning me down I had another look at my PvP and PvE pieces to compare them to see if I was missing something. I ended up switching back one PvE piece, not because it’s better but because the gain wasn’t huge and if people are making an issue out of it I can wear it.
Would I not prefer to wear all PvE pieces?
Of course I’d prefer that, but Lady RNG hates me – as I’m sure she does others. There are times when you quite simply don’t have a better piece. If your Viscious Gladiator piece is better than any PvE piece you have, why not use it?
For me, I’ve carefully compared the two PvP pieces I still wear to the PvE pieces I have – and they’re clearly better for me. I’d love to have better PvE pieces, but I either haven’t had them drop or our resident Shadow Priest has won them over me in raids (yes, I’m looking at you Havoc!).
To expect me to wear a worse piece just because it’s “PvE and not PvP” is simply unreasonable. Surely anyone would want their raiders – even for a random PUG – to do the best they can, and for me to do that – I should wear those pieces until I get something better.
Let’s look at the two pieces of PvP gear I still wear and see what I gain/lose by wearing them. I’m ignoring the gain in Stamina because it’s not as useful for PvE (though it does help your survivability I’d never choose something because it has more Stamina).
+29 Critical Rating
-114 Hit Rating
+134 Hit Rating
As you can see the difference is not huge. But it’s in favour of the PvP pieces because it gives me a bunch more Intellect. The Hit Rating from the first piece I don’t need because I’m hit capped (and yes you could argue that I could use the PvE piece and not use the second PvP piece with hit, but I’d lose out on 55 Intellect and some Crit) and Mastery is a pretty horrible stat for me.
There really is no reason for me to wear those two PvE pieces. They don’t give me anything that I need and rather give me less Intellect.
Don’t disregard someone for your group just because they’re wearing a few pieces of PvP gear. Obviously you may not want someone wearing a full set of PvP gear (though I’ve admittedly seen melee classes with that who still do more dps than some people in PvE gear), but someone having 1-3 pieces to fill out their gear most likely wears it for a reason.
I’m not saying for anyone to start chasing PvP gear instead of PvE gear. Definitely not. But if you have a piece anyway and it’s better than any piece of PvE gear that you have, I don’t see the harm in using it until you get the PvE piece that you need.
What is your opinion on PvE vs PvP gear? Do you use a few pieces to replace your worse PvE ones or are you strictly against it? (Or are you a lucky bugger who’s had every good PvE drop and it’s all the best? )
This is Kimara’s little guide on how to survive WoW with a Baby Goblin. (Note: not to be taken too seriously.)
She had her little Baby Goblin in August 2010 and is juggling the little one with casual raiding and farming herbs. Lots of herbs.
Below you can see Kimara’s survival guide:
- Find a very understanding guild, preferably run by someone you know and have good dirt on.
- Make up a cute adorable WoW related nick name for your baby. We use Baby Goblin but feel free to pick something that fits your child’s personality.
- Don’t be afraid to randomly go afk. Get your guildies used to it early on so they aren’t surprised when you have to run off during a raid to the baby who’s decided bed time is variable.
- Do take your little one to the bed time trainer early on. Early bed times or at least a regular one is going to be the key here. You will feel much better if you can put all your attention in your little one or your game.
- Don’t forget to play together! That’s where the bed time training comes in handy. Time with your partner will keep you feeling balanced and centered. Whether it’s playing WoW or watching a movie, doesn’t matter, time together is time well spent.
- Relax!!!! You’re probably not going to be a great HC gamer and an outstanding parent at the same time. Fact is this: to play at top performance you have to put a lot of hours into the game every day, to raise an outstanding child, you have to put many more hours into him/her every day. There is simply not enough time for both. Think in baby steps game wise and you will get there. You may not be the first in your guild but you will have greater rewards
Last, but not least – the awesome shirt given by the guild’s Guild Master. The parents are a Blood Elf Marksman Hunter and an Orc Elemental Shaman. I guess that explains this little Level 1 creature.
It’s Monday (yet again – where did the weekend go?) and I don’t have a “proper” post ready yet. I blame being sick for a few days last week and having had a busy weekend. So here’s some random ramblings about what is currently on my mind.
I’m going to be an auntie. For the first time. It may not seem as big news to anyone, but it will be the first baby of that generation in my family so to us it’s a bit of a big deal. He or she is expected somewhere around my birthday in August (is it selfish to think of it as a personal gift for me? *cough*).
It admittedly feels a bit odd though. I’m the oldest sibling (by far) and I always thought I’d bring the first little one into the world. But of course my brother goes and beats me to it. I bet it’s because I let him die that one time in PvP…
Like so many others seem to do, I’m pondering my own little Project Ten; having one character of each class at level cap.
I considered doing this in Wrath but ended up short on time and never did manage. This time around, it may be the same thing – but I wanted to at least give it a try. My Warlock will obviously remain my Main through all of it, but outside of raids she’s pretty much out of things to do at this point. Sure, I could do some achievements, but unless it rewards me with a mount or pet I’m just not too bothered.
So, cue the alts!
On Fare Wells and New Bloggers
I’m sure it’s not escaped anyone that Larísa at The Pink Pigtail Inn has written her final post. It’s sad to see bloggers that I “grew up with” stop writing, even if I can understand their reasons to do so. I will definitely miss Larísa’s insightful ponderings at the Inn.
Vidyala over at Manalicious reminds us that while this is sad, it is not the end – and that there are many bloggers still out there, as well as new ones cropping up every so often. She even issued a challenge to find a new bloggers and link to them.
Obviously I went out to quest, and I was determined to find one not already on my feedreader. My search eventually had me reading the Red Noob Diaries. It documents the journey of Rezznul, a druid and his journey through WoW as a self-proclaimed noob (who judging from things isn’t as much of a noob as he might let on!).
Edit: Added Firelands bosses.
In Cataclysm the spell Bane of Havoc was introduced for Destruction Warlocks and it’s a spell that is very situational. However, if you use it right it can help your dps on the fights where it’s viable.
Now that we’re getting further into the raiding content I’m finding which fights the spell can be useful, and I thought I’d put it down in writing (partly for myself so I don’t forget between raids – gold-fish memory and all that..)
How does it work?
You can only have Bane of Havoc active on one target at a time, so you have to pick the correct target.
So in a fight with two targets, you put Bane of Havoc on target A while you dps target B.
In a fight with a boss and adds that you AoE, put Bane of Havoc on the boss while you dps the adds; he will take 15% of the damage done to each add.
So which fights should we use it on?
Put Bane of Havoc on the boss as you run in to start the fight. She will then take damage when you dps the adds downstairs.
Do note though that the window during which you can do this is very small before she retreats, so it’s best if your raid lets you do the pull with BoH. She doesn’t aggro you (though she’s bugged sometimes and hit me for 70k).
If you’re assigned to dps Shannox, put BoH on either of the dogs.
If you’re assigned to dps either of the dogs, but BoH on the boss.
Odds are that you will be assigned to dps the adds, so just put Bane of Havoc on one of his legs. If you end up dpsing the legs, put BoH on the leg you’re not dpsing.
If you’re flying, put BoH on one of the hatchlings.
If you’re not flying, put BoH on Alysrazor.
Conclave of Wind
If you read the tooltip it says 40 yards range on Bane of Havoc, but it actually doesn’t have a limit when applied, so you can put it up on an add you’re not dpsing.
Personally I put it on Nezir (frost guy) for the most part, but I will put it on the add I’m assigned to (usually Rohash; wind guy) when I’m jumping across to dps Nezir during the full energy phase.
Omnotron Defense System
You can put Bane of Havoc on the omnotron that’s getting deactivated when you switch to a new one. The shield mechanic won’t be activated, except for Magmatron. Never ever BoH Magmatron because you’ll blow up the raid.
You can put Bane of Havoc on Magmaw as you’re AoEing the adds and he will take 15% of the damage done to each add.
It’s also a good idea to put Bane of Havoc on Magmaw just before he’s chained. It means the body will still take damage as you’re dpsing the exposed head. Then put Bane of Havoc on the head just before it disappears again.
However, note that this means you shouldn’t put BoH on the body again for dpsing adds – as it will then remove it from the head. Only use it during the adds before the first phase of the head becoming exposed.
Put Bane of Havoc on the boss when you’re about to dps the adds in the green phase.
In Phase 1; put Bane of Havoc on whichever dragon you’re not dpsing yourself.
In Phase 2; again, just put Bane of Havoc on whichever target you’re not assigned to dps directly.
Because in my guild we always dps down the drakes first I always put Bane of Havoc on Halfus as we run in so that he takes 15% of the damage done while we’re on the drakes/whelps.
Obviously remember to switch it to Doom as you switch to Halfus once the drakes/whelps are dead.
Valiona & Theralion
As you run in, put Bane of Havoc on Theralion before he takes off. After that, just put it on the dragon about to go in the air. You want the damage you do to the grounded dragon to transfer to the flying one.
Again, just Bane of Havoc the target you’re not dpsing directly. As ranged you’re most likely dpsing Feludius in Phase 1 and Arion in Phase 2. That means you’re putting BoH on Ignacious and then Terrastra. In Phase 3 there’s no one to put it on.
If you’re assigned to switching to the Adherents put Bane of Havoc on Cho’gall before you switch.
A few points
- It counts as a hostile action even if you’re not dpsing anything yet. (I found this out the hard way by a misclick and pulled a boss.. oops.)
- Dpsing your Bane of Havoc target is a loss of dps since it does 0 damage to the target if you’re not dpsing something else. Remember to switch back to Agony or Doom.
- It only transfers damage done by you, your Imp’s damage doesn’t count (except for the Burning Embers effect which is triggered by both you and the pet).
- You can be the ultimate emo and use Hellfire – the damage you take will be transferred to the Bane of Havoc target. (This also works to take people out of stealth if you’re in PvP and managed to put Bane on a rogue etc. But note that you have to actually take damage, and not absorb it with a shield or ward.)
I think we all have character traits that we’re less happy about – but I wanted to try and focus on bad habits I have in WoW.
- I have no patience, and when I want to do something I sometimes do it too quickly without thinking about the consequences. Like deleting a character because I want to make a new toon, only to later regret deleting the first one.
- I get angry/frustrated too quickly in PvP.
- I get angry/frustrated too quickly when PvPing with my friend/GM because he is an angry PvPer.
- I tend to think that my way is the best way – unless someone can explain really well why their way is better. (That said, if I’m uncertain about something I never hesitate to ask or read up on things.)
What do you think you could do better in WoW or in communicating with your fellow players?
Since the blogs I read can be found in my Blogroll I thought I’d focus on some other websites I frequent a lot.
I love this comic with its evil Warlock. There’s also a funny music video with him that you should check out here.
Call me a geek, but I visit this site and Thesaurus.com more than you’d ever know.
I love movies and TV shows. I visit this site pretty much daily to read up on coming movies or my favourite shows.
Other ones that need no further introduction (which I visit pretty much every day):
Which sites do you visit every day/often?
Last Sunday my Paladin took her first anxious steps into Blackwing Descent with her new guild.
Having only ever healed a handful of Heroics this expansion and as far as raids go only one Baradin Hold run (and I’m not convinced it can be considered a proper raid with only one boss), it was a nerve-wracking experience.
When raiding with a new guild there’s always a few things that you have to get used to. Like new accents. On European realm you’ll have people from all countries, and when there are new people you always have a small period of getting used to their accents before you fully understand them (or at least that’s how it is for me).
There’s also the fact that different guilds may have different tactics. The basics of the boss fight is of course always the same – his abilities won’t have changed – but the way that your raid deals with them may differ.
For example, on my main we have a Hunter to kite the worms on Magmaw with frost traps and me using my 3 second stun as a Destro Lock. Combined with a rogue spamming FoK and putting the aggro on the Hunter – this means that even having melee run in there we never have aggro on anyone but the kiting Hunter.
In the Paladin’s guild there is no Hunter, so they have an Affliction Warlock taking the adds. The setup ends up very different to my own. We instead have a Boomkin and Shaman. I’m not sure how their slows work – but it felt like the adds didn’t die as fast and went into the raid group (though that might be because we were also unlucky and getting the pillar in the raid a couple of times).
I’m not saying that either way is better than the other. It’s all just about getting used to things being done differently depending on which guild/group you’re with. And it takes some getting used to.
Then of course, for me personally, there’s also getting used to a new class and.. you know.. healing. I’m normally a Warlock – I don’t heal people! I kill them! So it’s a big difference. Boss fights suddenly seem a lot different when you fill another role. You look at different things than you do as dps.
I’m still getting used to Paladins, and I accidentally hit Guardian of Ancient Kings like.. a million times. Remembering to judge is something I have to work on. When things get busy I completely forget and just heal – meaning I go oom a lot quicker than I should.
But while I spent the entire raid evening in a state of semi-panic it was also a lot of fun. And my healing didn’t wipe anyone (I think!)
What are your experiences on raiding with different groups? Have you noticed the difference in tactics? Or raiding as different roles and how a fight will suddenly almost seem new.
As you may remember I leveled my Paladin to 85 with the intention of helping out my friend Kimara and her guild on the nights when my guild doesn’t raid.
Now, it may be worth noting that I’m used to healing as a Priest. My Paladin knowledge is limited to tanking Heroics and the odd raid on my alt Paladin in Wrath, and healing maybe 2-3 Heroics total (also in Wrath).
So, here I am.. Leveling a Paladin and trying to figure out what all these new flashy spells are that my Priest doesn’t have.
For the most part I can figure it out, because the basic spells are the same; the Greater Heal, the Heal and the Flash Heal.. or in Paladin terms; the Divine Light, the Holy Light and the Flash of Light. (Or as I like to call them; the OOM, the not-so-OOM and the quick-OOM.)
When I healed my first couple of normal dungeons while leveling I was all excited because hey this is easy! Hah! Little did I know that things change when you hit 85. At 85 I hadn’t healed for probably a couple of levels cause I’d been busy questing, I went into normal Halls of Origination and was stunned at how much damage the tank was taking.
Admittedly, the tank was 84 and had less health than I – but still!
Oh and my mana.. my precious mana was disappearing like a gnome in deep water.
After that instance I decided to go back and read up on Paladins and discovered a few (rather obvious) mistakes I’d made. I didn’t have the Glyph of Seal of Insight, and I wasn’t judging enough because I kept panicking.
I found an awesome macro to automatically judge my focus target’s target (focus the tank and we’re good to go!) and my mana issues are a lot less. Like.. a lot. I’ve only gone oom once and it was when everyone decided to stand in the bad and take insane damage.
So, after gearing the Paladin up slightly I made the big move. She is now Horde. And I’m terrified.
I also find it difficult to balance between my two realms. Obviously my main realm has priority, but I feel like sometimes I don’t have enough time to play the Paladin as much as I should (because I actually quite enjoyed healing on her).
I’ve done one raid with my new Horde guild, but it was just Baradin Hold. I definitely made some mistakes (like my awesome macro disappeared in the transfer), but no one died so I’m content.
For the most part I’m just worried about balancing two guilds.
Do you have characters in more than one place and how do you balance between them?
I’m ignoring my very first post since it wasn’t a “real” post as much as saying “hai ima start blogging okai?”
My first “actual” post was about Heirlooms and while I loved them (still do!) they should look more generic. The current look of most heirlooms is very class-specific – while in fact every class of the armor proficiency in question uses the same gear.
It just feels very wrong to me if I’m running around on an alt Priest dressed like a Warlock!
If you want to read the original post, you can find the link here.
Do you remember your first blog post?