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Mad for Mithril?

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

The prices for mithril bars are crazy on my server at the moment as you can see in the screenshot below. It seems that this metal has replaced thorium as the expensive old world material on my auction house and I am more than happy to sell it for these kinds of prices.

Question of the Day

Are mithril prices similar on your server?

Why do you think it has overtaken thorium?

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Twas Bored…

January 25, 2010 1 comment

SO I GOT MY PENCIL CRAYONS OUT! =D

Questions of the Day

When should I start my career as a professional artist?

Am I a cool cat in real life?

Sorry for the randomness, I promise a more useful post tomorrow!

Bugged Quest – “Test at Sea”

January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

A few days ago at level 70 I decided to head over to Howling Fjord to hand in a few quests I had picked up during Utgarde Keep. I then decided to leave the Boring Borean Tundra behind for the time being and quest here. One of the very early Horde quests “Test at Sea” is actually broken at this point in time. It won’t allow you to use the quest item needed to bomb the incoming Alliance Ships (Blizzard prefers Alliance?!). After checking wowhead I realized that this quest was indeed bugged and I sent the following GM Ticket:

I thought it might be useful to show this just in case any of you find this quest to be bugged in the near future. Make sure to ask politely for the GM to complete the quest in your log and you will not miss out on the XP or the Loremaster Achievement you are after.

Finally we arrive in Northrend!

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Outland passed me by so quickly I don’t really know what to say. By this time I was expecting to be able to moan about how much I hated the experience but it was great. The combination of having a flying mount and very little downtime meant that I sped through each zone and raked in the XP. I had memories of Outland being this horrible grind to level 68 so I could quickly escape to WOTLK content but it was quite the opposite.

Anyway I headed over to Orgrimmar to clear my bags and make sure I was completely ready for Northrend and hopped onto the next Zepplin. My destination was Warsong Hold:

"Throm-Ka, Troll! Welcome to Warsong Hold. My heart swells with pride to see that such a distinguished hero of the Horde has answered the call of duty!"

I’ve always enjoyed the WOTLK quests and I look forward to starting them after I finish this post. I now need to start looking out for gear that might actually come in useful during the Undergered project. This means I need to pick which reputations to improve, which zones to visit and which dungeons to enter.

Level 60 means Dispersion and Wings!

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Reaching level 60 means I now have access to two very important things, both of which make my life a hell of a lot easier:

Flying Mount
Being able to use a flying mount at level 60 instead of 70 is so great when leveling through Outland. Anyone who has leveled trough Outland will understand how frustrating it can be to have to fight your way through packs of mobs to reach a quest item instead of flying over them and collecting it. Unfortunately I can’t afford to use an Epic flying mount just yet because I have put very little thought into gold making. To be honest I am far too used to making gold using maxed out professions such as Enchanting or Inscription. I am selling everything I find whilst leveling but apart from that I am not really worrying about gold too much.

Dispersion

Dispersion is one of the spells I have been looking forward to since I started this character and I have now gained it via the Shadow talent tree. It solves two problems shadow priests may find whilst leveling: Survivability and Mana regen. Combine this spell with the Glyph of Dispersion and you will see a huge change in your leveling experience. I no longer have to worry about mana after every fight and I o longer have to worry about getting squashed when I pull too many enemies or have to face an elite mob. As I mentioned on Friday this spell no longer looks quite as awesome but I am willing to forgive Blizzard simply because it makes my leveling process so much easier.
Categories: Farenz, Shadow Priest

Through the Dark Portal

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment
I finally hit level 58 and forced myself not to cheer when I realized I could leave the old world quests behind. I made my way to Undercity and cleared my bags, leaving a few essential items: My trusty Mining Pick, a few potions and my hearthstone. Then I happily cleared out my quest log leaving a blank page ready for Outland. Finally I made sure all my professions were ready (300+) and wasted too much gold getting the last few points for my Jewelcrafting. I was now ready to head through the Dark Portal!

Outland awaits! A magical world of strange looking quest reward gear, demons and flying mounts.
Extra note: Don’t forget you can now use a portal from any major city to teleport directly to the Dark Portal. You don’t need to actually travel to the Blasted Lands anymore.

Shadowform!

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

So I hit level 40 last night and finally picked up the most iconic spell of a shadowpriest: Shadowform!


Shadowform now has one of the largest descriptions I’ve ever seen for a single spell and I’m going to take a look at what it means exactly.


That description can seem a little overwhelming to a new shadowpriest and although everyone understands that it is good, not everyone can fully explain why. Also take a look at the mana cost to put Shadowform up, its not cheap so always remember that when dropping Shadowform for a quick heal or two. However the mana cost is actually a lot less than it used to be before patch 3.3 and should not be overlooked when you think providing some off heals may be useful.

Damage Increase / Damage Reduction

Ok the first part of the descrption is probably the most straightforward. Having Shadowform increases all shadow damage that you do by 15% and reduces all the damage you will take by 15%. Nice and easy, this spell will make you hit harder and take more hits.

Threat Reduction

All threat generated is reduced by 30%. As I mentioned before, being a shadowpriest means you will put out some pretty constant damage as well as group healing, which means that you may attract a little more attention from your enemies than you would like. A flat 30% threat reduction will help compensate this and let you breathe a little easier when you start melting faces in PvE.

Cannot cast Holy spells

This is the biggest disadvantage to a priest using Shadowform. You cannot use any holy spells apart from curse disease/abolish disease. This means that if you want to heal you will need to drop Shadowform. Dropping Shadowform means that you will lose all the advantage it provides until you recast it. When you recast Shadowform you will be using a fair amount of mana and wasting a Global Cooldown. So always assess whether dropping Shadowform is essential or not. However don’t be afraid to drop it when needed as you can often save your own life or a member in your party / raid. When playing in PvP you will need to drop Shadowform more often depending on what situation you are presented with.

Increased DoT crits

This part of shadowform is awesome on so many levels! Allowing your DoT spells to crit for 100% increased damage will vastly improve your DPS if you have some decent crit rating. Remember this increased crit damage will only take place when the player has Shadowform up and you really will see some awesome damage. It is also a god send in PvP when you see your DoTs crit just as you prepare a Mind Blast.

Haste now helps Devouring Plague / Vampiric Touch

This is a rather new addition to Shadowform and it is the reason that many Shadowpriests now love haste. By stacking haste you can make your DP/VT spells do the same amount of damage in a shorter amount of time and thus increase your DPS drastically. Haste is a great stat to have and it provides all sorts of benefits. One of these being the time it takes for your Global Cooldown is reduced and this will let you use your spells and abilities that much faster. Haste can be extremely useful once you get the balance right with your other stats and I will be looking at this at a later time.

So as you may have noticed, I love Shadowform and this will make my leveling process a little easier from now on. Also don’t forget, Shadowform makes everything look bad-ass.