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Weekend at Pookies’ February 14, 2011

Filed under: Achievements,Professions — Pookies @ 9:35

Well, I didn’t spend the weekend propping up dead people … or since I was doing archaeology … did I?
 
A couple of things:
 
First of all, I decided to drop enchanting on Pookies and level inscription instead. This was for a couple of reasons.
 
Enchanting is notoriously difficult to level, and I was stuck at around 510/525 after using up all of the Greater Cosmic Essence that I got from disenchanting quest gear. More Greater Cosmic Essence did not seem to be forthcoming.
 
Secondly, my guild does not have a max level scribe, whereas we have multiple max level enchanters. (Masochists.) We could have used a scribe from a utility standpoint (i.e., to make glyphs), and it was also the last profession we were missing for the achievement Working as a Team.
 
I used El’s Inscription as a guide (this is not an ad; the site is 100% free). My alt Fuhlamer is an herbalist, so I got him to farm all of the herbs I needed. When all was said and done, I probably farmed about 1750 herbs in a single day, but I didn’t spend a copper on herbs. (I did end up buying a single Fiery Pigment because I got unlucky with milling.) I would have needed another 200 to 250 herbs if my GM hadn’t insisted on buying the last twelve Inferno Pigments that I needed in order to get to 525.
 
As I was leveling, I tried to make druid glyphs when I had the choice. This is because I knew which glyphs (for resto and balance) were actually useful and might sell on the AH. Although I didn’t spend any gold on herbs, I did have training costs and the money I made from selling some glyphs helped to offset that.
 
So the other thing I did this weekend was archaeology. I mean … a lot of it. When I wasn’t leveling inscription, I was trying to farm up that elusive trinket, Tyrande’s Favorite Doll (which I have a tendency to spell with a “u”).
 
I probably did archaeology for a total of at least 20 hours over the weekend. I even tried out this hair-brained idea from Wowhead’s Zin’rokh page (maybe a post on that later) that was supposed to increase chances of getting ultra rares. Alas, I am still not in possession of Tyrande’s Favorite Doll. What I am in possession of now, however, is the Scepter of Azj’Aqir:
 

 
I guess it’s a nice consolation prize. I also think it’s just that my guildmate was trying to farm this mount and dug up the trinket, and then in trying to farm the trinket, I dug up the mount.
 
Happy Valentine’s Day, by the way. Love is not in the air for me, although he will be in two days. My boyfriend is currently back in Germany visiting friends and family, aber er wird Mittwoch nach Hause kommen (but he will come home on Wednesday).

 

RAAAAWWRRR!!!! Er … GAAARRRR!!!!!!! February 7, 2011

Filed under: Achievements,Just For Fun,Professions — Pookies @ 9:46

So on Saturday night a bunch of us were online when someone said, “Wait … what is Garr doing in Mount Hyjal?”
 
Apparently Garr has been brought back a one of five rare elite bosses that spawn in the world (one in each new Cataclysm zone). He has 30 million HP, a bunch of adds (just like in Molten Core), and is generally a pushover. That is, assuming that you aren’t on a PVP realm and the other faction isn’t trying to grief you while you’re fighting him. And, of course, we are on a PVP realm and the other faction was trying to grief us as we were fighting him.
 
And so it took us multiple attempts with breaks in between for chasing down Horde, but we eventually got this sucker down (with the help of a friendly druid who happened to be passing by).
 

 
High off of our Garr kill, we decided to go and kill a Whale Shark. I mean … why not? There’s an achievement for that. Plus, how hard could it actually be? Hm? How hard?
 
Well, if you haven’t run into this animal before, it hits for 780631 to 1159297 damage, which, in case you didn’t know, is enough to one-shot anyone. It also resets if you don’t hold its attention by staying within a very specific range of him (outside of melee range—for obvious reasons—but within 20 yards). So Whale Shark is a kitefest where you can expect your kiter to mess up and die at any moment. The good news is that when we finally killed Whale Shark, even those who were dead got the achievement.
 
Lastly, I have been archaeologizing all over Kalimdor like a madman. In the past couple of days I’ve knocked out 6/7 Night Elf rares (that’s right, all of them except for the one that I actually want), and I am now working on my second Tol’vir rare (yes, it’s the ring!!!). I finished Fossil long ago, and all of those fragments are just sitting in my archeology tab waiting for patch day. I haven’t even touched Orc, Draenei, Nerub, or Val’kyr., and I’m saving my Troll and Dwarf fragments for now because I know what I want, and I want it now. I want that doll. ‘Cause I’m Mr. Vain.

 

Raiding Resto Druid Professions in 2.4 May 14, 2008

Filed under: 2.4,Itemization,Professions,Raiding — Pookies @ 17:16

Each profession was designed to offer advantages exclusive to the players who chose to spec in that profession. This exclusivity comes in form of BoP items, required profession skill level items, etc. How do these advantages cross over into the raid environment, and specifically for a resto druid?

Well, in no particular order …

Gathering professions

What you get: nothing

No serious raider, regardless of their class or spec, should have a gathering profession. Alts are for farming. Dailies are for gold. Take two crafting professions.

Enchanting

What you get: ring enchants

Two Enchant Ring: Healing Power (required skill: 370) will net you a solid 40 bonus healing across two rings, which is not a laughable buff in the least. Also consider that Blizzard’s gift to us for leveling our enchanting this high is that the ring enchants don’t cost jack shit in terms of mats. There just isn’t much else to say. 40 healing!

Alchemy

What you get: one kickass trinket

Redeemer’s Alchemist Stone, craftable at 375 skill upon reaching exalted reputation with SSO, is the trinket with the highest passive healing bonus in the entire game as of 2.4. The only other trinket in its league is Memento of Tyrande, which requires that your guild is downing Illidan.

Since our regen was buffed ever-so-generously in 2.4, one of our biggest concerns as resto druids now is output. And when it comes to output, this trinket delivers.

The buff to pot chugging really doesn’t hurt either, and is really useful in those “OH SHIT” moments. (I’ve gotten Spouted and lived.) (Try not to question why I got Spouted in the first place.)

Leatherworking

What you get: drums and crafted BoPs

Drums are awesome. The healer-friendly drum, Drums of Restoration restore 600 mana and health every two minutes, which comes out to a minimum of 25 mp5 and 25 hp5 if the drums are used every cooldown. You can also use other drums if your group doesn’t need the regen. For instance, popping a haste or attack power drum can help your tanks build aggro faster if you’re in the tank group.

The three-piece epic leatherworking set is just gross when compared to the Primal Mooncloth set. Yes, you gain some armour and stamina (who cares?) and a small amount of intellect and spirit by sacrificing a lot of healing and mp5. I think any druid worth his or her salt can work out that the intellect and spirit you gain from the Windhawk Armor is not worth 17 mp5. If you are going to spec leatherworking solely for this set … don’t!

For Sunwell Plateau druids, Leather Chestguard of the Sun is a BoP craftable with awesome stats and is very cheap to make for its item level, outshining the T6 chest in terms of output and regeneration (but not considering set bonuses).

Tailoring

What you get: an awesome three-piece set until T5/T6

As mentioned above in the leatherworking section, the Primal Mooncloth set outshines the Windhawk Armor set in terms of healing and regen, which are two of our main priorities when it comes to resto druid itemization. This set will last you well into SSC, and even then, you might not take the resto T5 set bonuses over the Primal Mooncloth bonus if you had to choose one over the other.

Jewelcrafting

What you get: BoP gems and crafted BoPs

Until they make the BoP gems non-unique-equipped, all you gain from these BoP gems is a meager eight bonus healing (26 bonus healing from the epic BoP gem over 18 bonus healing from the rare one).

There are a couple of healer-friendly craftables. Enjoy your Amulet of Flowing Life …… again, if your guild is in Sunwell Plateau. Druids revered with SSO can also craft the regen trinket Figurine – Seaspray Albatross, which gives a minimum of 43 mp5 … but who doesn’t have enough regen in 2.4? Who? It’s better to suck it up and eat your own Innervate to put bonus healing trinkets on (see: alchemy).

Engineering

What you get: a BoP helm

Wonderheal XT40 Shades can be crafted at just 350 engineering, and have been touted to easily last until the T5 helm (I would personally take T5 over this helm for the stats even though you’d lose a little bit of output).

Also, with the new patterns available in 2.4, engineering headpieces can now be upgraded to Wonderheal XT68 Shades. The schematic for the upgrade drops in Sunwell Plateau and is BoE. Even if your guild isn’t in Sunwell Plateau, you could conceivably pick a schematic up for what I’d expect to be a huge sum.

Blacksmithing

HA HA HA HA HA HA …

Recommendations

I think that every resto druid should have alchemy. In 2.4, druids really are all about output, and the Redeemer’s Alchemist Stone will last you until the end of TBC. Pair it with Lower City Prayerbook at first for some solid trinket output, or the traditional Bangle of Endless Blessings if your regen just isn’t there yet. Eventually aim to pair it with Memento of Tyrande (237 bonus healing from trinkets alone).

As for a second profession, it really depends.

If you are still raiding mainly T4 content and not often enough to collect badges for full 2.3/2.4 badge gear, then go tailoring. Build the Primal Mooncloth set for yourself, and spend your badges on the other slots. This is most likely your best bet for building a solid healing set for yourself for the short to medium term. Tailoring will afford you three pieces of T5-ish gear, whereas engineering only gives you one piece.

If you are at the point that the gear you are collecting from raids/badges is passing Primal Mooncloth in output or you have some silly aversion to wearing cloth, then take enchanting for the ring enchants. The 40 bonus healing you get on your rings is 40 bonus healing no matter what rings you’re wearing.

Alternatively, if you’re all about even further expanding your raid utility at the cost of personal output, then go leatherworking, craft drums, and abuse ‘em. Just remember that for this to be worthwhile, you have to craft all of the drums and use them circumstantially.

While engineering and jewelcrafting have their pros, I feel that their raid usefulness deteriorates around the T5-level of progression (where the bulk of guilds are, IMO) and requires T6 progression to be even remotely worthwhile, making them sub-optimal raiding professions for T4/T5 resto druids in 2.4. With the other professions, you hone your profession skill and bring the benefits into raids, instead of waiting to bring the benefits of your professions out of raids.

Just my $0.02!

 

Pookies DOES love pots … April 14, 2008

Filed under: 2.4,Itemization,Professions — Pookies @ 9:44

The 2.4 badge loot was finally unlocked over the weekend on Bonechewer, so Pookies was able to pick up some upgrades. I picked up the chest piece Shroud of Nature’s Harmony to replace the S1 chest piece (yes, Halazzi has been cruel to me).

After a bit of hesitation, I also picked up Oakleaf-Spun Handguards. At first I didn’t want to pick them up because my guild is killing Leotheras, and I really have yet to get any usable tier loot. (Translation: I feel entitled to some piece of loot out of these fucking 25-man raids I go to every week, and I knew I would be low priority for T5 gloves for months if I upgraded to these babies.) However, the new badge gloves were such a severe upgrade over the T5 gloves, I could not justify not getting them. It’s a shame, because I was going to use those badges to get the 60 badge PVP healing cloak …

In other news, after farming herbalism hardcore for a couple of days (hardcore enough to get 12 Fel Lotuses), Pookies dropped herbalism and took up alchemy. In a couple of short hours before my raid last night, I was able to power level his alchemy up to 325, do the potion quest (which involved running h-Bot with some friends), and then continue leveling with Super pots to 370. I made a flask for the level (even though I’m not specced for it) and did a Primal Might transmute to bump Pookies up to 372. Oh … and the cherry on top? Pookies has already discovered Flask of Mighty Restoration and Flask of Fortification. Now I just have to find something to do with the hundreds of Super Mana Pots I made to make those discoveres …

 

srs bsns April 7, 2008

Filed under: Guild Issues,Itemization,Professions,PvP,Raiding — Pookies @ 9:43
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Guild administration has posted a guild charter on our website for review by all guild members, detailing new rules regarding recruitment and guild conduct. Guildies were asked to read the charter and then post “/sign” to indicate that they had read it. So far we’ve had eleven people sign the charter. That’s diligence, folks … that’s fucking diligence.

Perhaps due in part to the fact that no one read the new guild rules, raid sign-ups, invites, and start time were still a complete clusterfuck last night. We managed to start pulling a good 20 minutes late with only about 23 raiders present.

By the time we got to Hydross, we had a full raid. We had a slew of people who were new to SSC, and it took a couple of tries to get Hydross down. I was especially impressed by one of our newer warriors who was responsible for tanking an add during transitions and got the hang of it very quickly.

Lurker was a breeze, as usual … all of the newbies got owned by Spout, but that was to be expected, LOL.

As it was getting late after Lurker, we decided to go clear Gruul’s Lair instead of trying Leo. I think that was a great call on leadership’s part, because it gives us all of tonight to go back to SSC and take that sumbitch Leo down!

In PVP news, we were 8-2 in arena this week. Half-decent frost mages continue to be the bane of our existence. I did EOTS until my fingers bled on Friday night and finally got my Vindicator’s boots. Then my realm got to phase 3 and I turned my T4 shoulder token in for S1 shoulders. Pookies is now sitting at about 9500 HP unbuffed, which isn’t too shabby at all!

Finally, Pookies dropped 375 mining to take up herbalism. As soon as I get herbalism to 375, I’m going to drop it and pick up alchemy. The reason I’m leveling herbalism first is that I figure that all the training costs and time spent farming will be worth all the gold I’m going to save on mats later. And the reason I’m taking alchemy is because 1) mining is fucking useless, and 2) I want that new exalted stone from Shattered Sun Offensive … /drool