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: June 2011
Today in the US region and tomorrow in EU 4.2 hits the realms and we get plenty of new items available to us through the new daily quest area, crafted items and of course the Firelands raid.
This is a list of gear suitable for Warlocks. Some items don’t have a known drop location yet, so I will update the list as we find out.
As usual, I’m not including Spirit gear.
Note that the vendors listed by name are the ones that you unlock in the new Firelands daily questing area. You need 125 marks to unlock each one, so pick the one you need most to unlock first.
Fingers of Incineration (Firelands – Ragnaros)
Widow’s Clutches (Vendor: Damek Bloodbeard)
Balespider’s Handwraps (Vendor: 1650 VP – T12)
Don Tayo’s Inferno Mittens (Crafted: Tailoring – Firelands Trash Drop)
Crystal Prison Band (Firelands – Shannox)
Spirit Fragment Band (Vendor: Varlan Highbough)
Crystalline Brimstone Ring (Vendor: 1250 VP)
Infernal Signet of the Avengers (Reputation: Avengers of Hyjal – Exalted)
Necromantic Focus (Firelands – Baleroc)
Variable Pulse Lightning Capacitor (Firelands – Ragnaros)
Moonwell Chalice (Vendor: Ayla Shadowstorm)
Rune of Zeth (Reputation: Avengers of Hyjal – Revered)
Masterwork Elementium Spellblade (Crafted : Blacksmithing)
Chelley’s Sterilized Scalpel (Firelands – Trash)
Spire of Scarlet Pain (Firelands – Trash)
Funeral Pyre (Firelands – Beth’tilac)
Volcanospike (Firelands – Lord Rhyolith)
Firethorn Mindslicer (Firelands – Random Boss Drop)
Sho’ravon, Greatstaff of Annihilation (Firelands – Ragnaros)
Branch of Nordrassil (Quest Reward: Legendary Quest Line)
I’ve written about my Death Knight before as I was leveling her and realised that I really don’t have any idea about how to tank as one.
After she hit 85 I did a couple of dungeons on her as a tank, realised I really didn’t know what I was doing and ended up playing my Paladin. She was demoted to Blacksmith and Alchemy transmuter.
Lately I wanted to give Death Knight another go though, and she’s now a Blood Elf so I can play with my Horde friend and her guild. Can I just say, by the way, that Blood Elf Death Knights look awesome? I love the darkened tips of their ears! But back on topic, I still feel like I’m flailing when it comes to this class.
Most classes I can pick up fairly easily, but Death Knight – there’s just something about it that makes me flounder. It doesn’t help that her tanking gear is horrible. Seriously, she has a green chest. I’ve tanked a few Heroics, but I don’t feel that I know what I’m doing when doing so – while if I tank on my Paladin I know what I’m doing all the time.
At this point I can’t quite figure out if it’s inexperience at playing the class, or if I should just stick to Paladin because it’s something I know and enjoy. I do okay when tanking, but I never feel in control – and as a tank that’s a troubling feeling.
I’ve done some Zulroics as Frost dps, and I will admit that I don’t entirely know what I’m doing then either. I pretty much just keep diseases up, spam Obliterate and Howling Blast, Rune Strike when those two are on cooldowns – and I seem to do okay dps for the gear she has. But I suspect there’s a more planned out way to do it. And once I figure it out, maybe tanking will get better as well.
I’m currently fighting my urge to just keep her as dps and use my Paladin for tanking. Surely if I keep at it I’ll eventually learn?
What about everyone else? Do you have a class that you sort of enjoy, but never quite seem to feel comfortable with? Any flounderers/flailers like me out there?
People take suggestions about their game play very differently. Some seem to be offended at the mere thought that someone might give them a suggestion or hint at something that can be improved, others outright yell at you and some appreciate it.
Knowing when you can suggest improvements is difficult, and something I struggle with. I’m overly cautious and don’t want to step on people’s toes. Yet, I get frustrated when I see people not playing to their full ability – and I like to believe it’s lack of knowledge on their part rather than them being lazy. Or simply bad.
I’ll admit, in Heroics with randoms, I seldom give suggestions unless people seem open to it. When I have, the answers have varied between the previously mentioned varieties. My suggestions are never rude or obnoxious (at least I hope not!), but it doesn’t always seem to matter.
So in Heroics, for the most part, I ignore it. But when it comes to raiding with people who are meant to know what they’re doing – when is it okay to tell them how to play their class?
I don’t think I know every class in the game – far from it. But when I’m on my Paladin alt playing in my friend’s guild, and I see a Warlock use the wrong guardian when I know they should use another or I see them not use a spell they could benefit from. Should I tell them or not?
After all, I’m the new member. The back-up healer who jumps in when one of the regulars is out. I’m not really there to tell people how to play, or give suggestions.
What do you do? Do you give people suggestions/tips all the time, or are you careful about when you do it as well?
It’s Monday, yet again, and it’s been a while since I wrote something – for this I apologise. I’ve been busy playing catch-up after my week away (which was great, by the way) and am only just now feeling like I’m back where I’m meant to be.
I have some posts in the pipeline, but today it’s Monday so let’s start out slow.
I’m bad with the link love in general, so here’s to trying to get better at it!
Aralosseien | Achievements Ahoy has a great guide for those wanting to complete the Midsummer Festival achievements this year. There are also links showing the updated drops from the boss. Yummy 353 cloaks and a 353 spellpower staff. (Personally I’m still waiting for the pet to drop!)
Peekaboo | O Gnome Where Art Thou has written a post about responsibilities in raids. She’s new on the scene, so give her a peek. (See what I did there?)
Icedragon | Druid Main has returned from a hiatus. Let’s all welcome her back!
Zinn | Jinxed Thoughts has written down 5 things she’s glad that Blizzard changed. Not everything was better in the “old days” and here’s some of them.
Project Ten Update
Yes, another update on this. I’m slacking so incredibly badly when it comes to levelling these characters. I get distracted by shinies and go do something else. On a positive note my baby Paladin is almost entirely 353/359 geared by now – in 3 specs. (That might be why I’m not getting anything levelled!)
Mage – now level 85 (up 1 level). She levelled entirely using Archeology, except for the few quests you have to do to unlock the portal to Uldum.
Warrior – now level 85 (up 4 levels). She quested pretty much solely. I think I did a total of one instance from 80-85.
Druid – now 47 (up 12 levels)
The other characters are sadly sitting where they are. Instead I levelled a Hunter from 1-20 as Horde to see the quests in Silverpine Forest and Hillsbrad Foothills. I then levelled two different DKs from 55-60 before deciding on faction and race. So yes, shinies distracted me.
I’m going off for my summer vacation after another two days of work, who knows – if the weather is horrible maybe there will be another 85 by the time I’m back at work. Three glorious weeks free! (Don’t worry – I’ll still be around here, I know you were worried!)
You can see assorted PvP pieces in her bags as well as raid consumables, random pieces I haven’t decided what to do with and the gems for the Jewelcrafting daily quest.
In her bank there are bags filled with items from the world holiday events, old tier gear and some Cataclysm blues/purples I haven’t had heart to part with yet.
Then I also have a bank alt with her own guild bank. She’s my little auctioneer and spend most of her time either doing Archeology or scanning the Auction House for good deals.
All my farming and assorted things gathered while leveling end up in the banker’s guild vaults. They’re currently very full because I’m stocking up in hopes of making some profit once 4.2 hits. I may very well not – but at least I can try!
I’m also planning to skill Blacksmithing on Rhaura 2.0 for the 4.2 recipes, so I’m stuffing the vault full of ores.
What does your bags and bank look like?
Note from Saga: This is a guest post sent to me by Zwingli, who’s kindly agreed to keep you entertained while I’m off lapping sun.
Which WoW Bloggers do you prescribe too?
Who do you read?
Who is it that you just can’t miss?
For me, it has been a changing list through the years. But, there was one iconic hunter blogger that is the reason I opened up a Google account for the express purpose of using the Google reader.
It was BRK, Big Red Kitty.
You can now follow his real life adventures in cooking and being a dad here.
But, I still yearn for the days of BRK, un-apologetically BM loving, Mage bashing, Feral Druid taming, most awesome self!
To be honest, he wasn’t the first blogger I was reading at the time. Ratshag, of Need More Rage, was my first taste of WoW blogger goodness. Seriously, if he isn’t the first or second entry into your reader, you just don’t appreciate good orcish virility as you should.
Along the same lines as BRK, Aspect of the Hare was another of my can’t-do-without hunter blogs. Between them, I learned all things Huntery. You can still find her blogging, just not in a WoW related way.
One of my favorite blogs continues to be Big Bear Butt Blogger. His mix of WoW, real life, and Fantasy fiction keeps me coming back for more. As much as I love his WoW related posts, his military and truck driving posts usually have me laughing out loud!
Most recently I’ve been enjoying Spellbound (of course!), and I hope that you have this blog high on your list. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Beruthiel, of Falling Leaves and Wings as well. And no one should miss out on the best dwarf/pally blog out there, Fannon of Battle Medic. If you don’t follow his Dear Dwarfling blog, then you have no heart… Just saying.
Who do you follow on your reader?
As of this afternoon I will no longer be around, because I will be making my way to Spain for a full week of (what I hope to be) sunny weather!
I’ll be back next weekend 10 June – most likely red as a lobster, but it will be worth it. I need a week off to recharge my batteries.
Everyone enjoy your week, I hope your epics will be shiny and your boss kills spectacular!
Yesterday I talked about daring to comment on people’s blogs, because most people enjoy comments – no matter if they’re long, short or filled with content. Getting a comment is almost always a happy thing.
Today I’d like to talk about what we, as bloggers, can do to encourage people to comment.
I could say to write something that is worth commenting, but the truth is anything is pretty much worth a comment. Which is why I resolved to make more comments myself. I do so much reading, and I enjoy that reading – but I seldom take the time out to comment. And I want to start doing that more.
First of all, we have to make sure it’s easy for people to comment. No advanced login procedures or having to sign-up to various accounts to do so. Preferably the ability to just put in Name and URL, then comment. Feel free to keep a word verification to keep spam down, but don’t make it more advanced than that.
Blogger users in particular have a problem here. It appears that a lot of times when you create a new blog with Blogger it’s not automatically allowing people to comment with just leaving their Name and URL. Instead you’re asked to login. As a self-hosted WordPress user I don’t have a Blogger account – and even if I do, it has nothing to do with my WoW blog and I really don’t want to use it to comment on WoW blogs.
So please, Blogger users, please check your settings. People might not comment if they realise they have to sign in with their personal Google ID, and not everyone has an account with any of the other options either.
I will be honest, if I have to sign in with my personal Google ID – I’m much less likely to want to comment, and I have no interest in creating a second, separate ID just to be able to comment.
Make People Feel Welcome
Seeing that there’s an on-going dialogue between the blogger and their readers make people feel more welcome. I see this on both WoW blogs and other blogs. Either, the blogger replies with a new post (more common on the personal blogs) or in comments, but the interaction between writer and reader is important.
I could be wrong, but I know for me personally I always enjoy commenting on blogs where I see the writer is responding to comments than I do a blog where there’s never a response.
I’m obviously not advocating responding to every single comment – especially for the bigger bloggers out there, I’m sure that would be literally impossible because they might get 20-100 comments a day. If they were to sit and reply to all of those, they’d have to quit their day job!
No one is expected to reply to every single comment, but it’s nice to see that at least once in a while they do. I don’t need a blogger to reply to my comments, but if I see that they never reply to any comment I will admit – I get less interested in commenting.
To get people to comment they first have to be able to read your post. For me, there are two things that I really don’t like – trunctuated Feeds and Posts.
I read a lot of blogs from work during breaks and down time, so I can’t always click through to a blog. I will if I am going to comment – but I don’t know if I have a comment to make if I can’t read your post.
This means that if you have a trunctuated feed I cannot read your post at work, and at home I’m most likely not going to either. If you’re unsure about your posts being trunctuated in a feedreader or not, you can always subscribe to your own feed – and you’ll be able to tell immediately.
I don’t like it on sites either. Posts where I can read a few sentences but then have to click on “Read More” to read the full post. It’s not as frustrating as the trunctuated feeds, because I’m already on the site in this case. But from a personal stand point I don’t like sites that use this.
What makes you more or less inclined to comment on a blog? Do you have any suggestions to what bloggers can do to make commenters feel more welcome?
We talk quite a bit sometimes about Link Love – linking to other people’s blogs – and it’s something I think should be encouraged. Don’t we all just love getting linked?
But I’ve been thinking a bit about comments lately and comment love. Some people care about comments more, some care about it less. It’s like number of views – it’s nice to see high numbers, but it’s not the reason we write.
That being said, I doubt there’s anyone out there who doesn’t enjoy getting comments. I know I do, and I’m not ashamed to say so. I imagine you do too.
I’m bad with commenting though. I really am. Sometimes it’s just lack of time, but other times it’s more than that. At times it feels daunting to comment on a blog. Especially if it’s a serious, well-thought out post. Some theories and opinions out there are just so smart and great that I feel like I couldn’t possibly have anything to add to the topic.
And maybe I don’t have anything to add, I may just want to write that “you know what, that’s a really great idea/post/theory and I really enjoyed reading it”. But I don’t. Because I feel that it’s pointless, why would the writer care if I just comment to say that I enjoyed their post?
I’m sitting here now though, and I’m thinking a step further. Hang on, if I’ve written a post – about anything – don’t I always enjoy comments? Even the ones that just say “Nice! I agree!” Heck, even the ones saying “I don’t agree!” I love all comments; long, short, conversational, wanting to discuss, disagreeing, agreeing… You name it – if you’re commenting, I’m liking it.
I’d like to believe that every writer is the same. Don’t we all like to get some kind of comment? We can see the page views, but it’s somehow more fun to see people commenting. Discussions are awesome, and I love it if I can have a discussion about a topic – but just getting a general comment is great as well. Surely others feel this way too?
Every week I must read a couple hundred blog posts or so, and yet I don’t comment on even half, maybe not even a quarter. I’m trying to set myself a goal to get better at that – because I’d like to believe that others appreciate comments as well – and I like to comment.
What about you? Do you comment as much on posts as you’d like to? Do you enjoy receiving comments on your blog or are you happier without them? Does it matter what kind of comment it is?