Posts Tagged ‘gear’

At Long Last

February 8, 2010

Yes, it’s really taken me this long. I replaced the bracers highlighted above with the Scourge Hunter’s Vambraces, which are gorgeous and wonderful and oh THANK GOD IT’S ABOUT TIME.

Theoretically I should have more to say, but for now I’ll just leave y’all with this:

I love my guild. <3

Hibernation

January 21, 2010

So.

:: stretches, cracks back ::

Alright, where was I?

I’ve been out of the raiding scene for a few months. Holiday season got crazy busy but now I’m back in the saddle and ready to ride. Unfortunately, it seems I’m a few miles behind.

I also haven’t been paying much attention to hunter changes, news, development, or really anything. So I’m out of the loop as well, although I heard something recently about pet auto-ability lag, so that’s something I’ll need to poke at. I also want to run another comparison between Mahrou and Mijikai to confirm that wolves are still the top dps pet.

I’ve started running IC with my guild, who are wonderfully fantastic and took me back without a peep when I signed back up on the raiding roster. I am months behind the rest of them in gear, which I’m hoping is the main reason behind my dismal dps. Where I used to be in the top five, I’m now solidly in the top ten. This needs to be changed.

On the topic of gear, I’m still wearing purple bracers from Heroic Nexus. This needs to remedied.

So, I’ve got a lot to work on. I finally got my gear fitted with epic gems, and I’m still (slowly) upgrading the enchants that aren’t top-notch. I need to do some log analysis to figure out if my shot priority has changed at all, as well as looking at my talent points and making sure everything’s in order.

This game has a tricky way of flipping the tables on you when you’re not looking. Time for me to start looking again.

All out of bubble gum

February 9, 2009

With my newly-acquired gear equipped, gemmed, and enchanted, I loaded up my quiver and headed out to clean up Naxx25 last night.

I hadn’t gotten around to respeccing yet, as I was away all weekend and my availability Sunday night was up in the air until shortly before raid time. Still, I ran around like a feared squirrel to get myself raid-ready with losing the +hit that I was. We jumped in to demolish the Military quarter first.

Raz went down pretty easily, although the SV hunter bit the dust almost immediately by attacking without waiting for anyone to have aggro on the boss. I bit my lip and praised push-to-talk as he announced over Vent, “Can I get a combat rez?” Yeah, he didn’t get it.

Gothik was a mite touchy and took a wipe to get through. He did, however, drop my pants. I waited for the RL to call for a roll and then typed out the /roll in record time. Then I squeed in delirious joy as the roll resulted in a 100 and a pair of pants in my backpack. It occurred to me briefly that perhaps I should’ve saved my roll for other hunter loot…and then I stopped caring because I wanted those pants, dammit.

The Four Horsemen went down on the first try, but I bit it after the switch to the back two bosses. The switch was underway and then I fell over dead. While I lay dead in a bubbling black void zone, it appears from the WWS that I was actually killed by a single source doing 108,030 holy damage in one blow. Ow.

At least they dropped hunter loot…that no one rolled on! It went to open roll and I came away with a new hat (more on this later). I also started to feel a bit like a loot hog again. ;_;

Then it was time for good ol’ Sapphiron. I suited up in my three-piece frost resist set and snacked on some Worg Tartare for the additional 40 hit. I was a little worried, since even with the food buff my hit was 17 under cap. Seeing the results, though, perhaps I shouldn’t have been concerned at all:

Heroic Sapphiron, 2-8-09

Third! The other three hunters weren’t even in the top five.

/dance

We went on to take out Kel’Thuzad after three tries. The first two tries I did fine – the third, I was the first hit with an ice block and received zero heals, dooming me to lay on the floor and watch the rest of the fight. The DK was kind enough to ghoul me so I could thrash at the lich ineffectively before exploding, though!

With Naxx25 thoroughly cleared, we decided to waltz on down to Obsidian Sanctum and see about getting the Less is More achievement on Heroic. Sure enough, things went down pretty smoothly and we happily tucked another accomplishment under our belts last night.

Now, before I move on to talk about other things, here’s the WWS listing for Trash mobs from the two raids:

Trash, Naxx25+OS25, 2-8-09

Eeehehehe. Hehehe. Heeeeee. :D

Okay, where was I? Oh yes, where things stand now.

With the gear I got last night, that pretty much brings me up to par with the rest of my guild. While I’d been proud of my perfomance in relation to my gear, it’s time that I have to actually step up and excel above the others while rocking similar gear.

Now, with the pants and hat I got last night, I’m at a bit of a crossroads. I’ve gemmed and enchanted both of them, and all that’s left is to make a decision: if I equip the hat, it’ll put me at exactly one point under +hit cap. Buh! I could replace a single gem to give me +hit over the cap,  yes. OR I could respec, throw three points into Focused Aim so that I can ditch a bunch of +hit gems for AP or Intellect gems. OR I could just live at one point under +hit cap, with the bare minimum misses possible.

The downside to respeccing for Focused Aim is that it takes away a point I could be keeping in Efficiency. While at the moment we have  a SV hunter in the raid, which is nice for slowing down my mana drainage, he’s a spec-of-the-day type of guy and is likely to jump specs depending on what puts out the most dps. Depending on him for mana regen would probably not play out well in the long run if all the hunter specs really do get balanced.

Still, lowering my +hit cap would also give me the freedom to throw a pretty AP enchant on my two-handed weapon, instead of the weapon chain that’s currently there. I think I may go out on a limb and do the respec and pray my mana holds out in the big fights – if not, I’ll need to figure something else out.

But until then…check it out! We may not be the best of the best, but among average raiders, this BM hunter is beating out the SV one, hands-down. And we’ve got a buff coming tomorrow, too!

Hunter (Skills List / Talent + Glyph Calc.)

  • Kindred Spirits (Beast Mastery): This talent now grants 20% pet damage at max rank.
  • Serpent’s Swiftness (Beast Mastery): This talent now grants 20% pet attack speed at max rank.

- MMO Champion

Should be a good week! :D

The continuing adventures of a Beast Master

February 5, 2009

For the record: A lot of people play WoW for the epeen. We all know this. If I played for the epeen, then I would’ve specced SV at the first application of the BM nerf and wouldn’t even have looked back. But I play for my own enjoyment of the game, and I enjoy playing BM spec more than anything else. That’s why I refuse to give up on Beast Mastery – I love playing it, and I will do whatever I can to make it viable, instead of jumping ship to the beloved dps-spec-of-the-moment. I’m blessed to be on a server with raiding guilds that embrace this playstyle, and I plan to make the most of it!

Now, with that out of the way, on to business. ^.^

Got to run the Military wing of Naxx10 last night in my guild’s regular pickup run. It was my first time seeing the Four Horsemen go down, and my first time running a 10-man with my new guild. The pickup group ended up consisting of one warrior (tank), one priest (healer), two pallies (tank and healer), two warlocks and four(!!!) hunters. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly optimistic about loot.

And speaking of gear…here are the four hunters in be.imba, at the start of the run:

prenaxx10gear

I’ve gotten better at blurring the names out, at least! Anyway, we had one wipe on Raz (MC tank went down), Gothik went well, and Four Horsemen took about four tries to get down. On Gothik I noticed that my pet was attacking available mobs, despite being defensive and the mobs not having attacked her first (nor had I even targeted them yet). I also ran into this issue earlier in the evening, in Heroic Azjol-Nerub. I’m scared there might be a bug with the defensive AI for pets – I’ll have to look into this more and see what I can find.

On Four Horsemen, Mijikai died during the third switchover, almost every time. I threw her a Mend Pet whenever she was below full health, and made sure she was properly positioned, but she just couldn’t stay up. She always went down next to Rivendare, too – Kor’Thazz’s meteor wasn’t taking her down, it was something about Rivendare (according to WWS, massive shadow damage was what killed her). I need to figure this one out as well.

Remarkably, none of the hunters needed any of the loot that dropped! I managed to walk away with a new belt and a new cape, and the newfound need to regem for +hit. I’m also toying around with respeccing to something along these lines, to try to boost damage, but I’ll need to start stacking more Intellect than I already have been to pull it off. =\

Oh, and finally, the overall WWS stats afterwards:

naxx10all

The hunter on top is SV spec, the rest of us are all Beast Mastery. I honestly feel pretty good based on how far behind my gear is, my pet is inexplicably missing from one of the fights, and the fact that I was running a fever of 101 degrees throughout the raid, with chills so violent I almost fell off my chair. ^.^;

I might get lucky and be in the pickup raid tonight, but if I’m not, I might not be able to raid until after the next reset. At any rate, here’s to hoping the new gear makes a big difference!

Not dead yet!

January 30, 2009

I ventured back into Naxx25 (and OS25) last night, this time a little more prepared than I had been on Monday. While I’m working on farming the mats for my frost resist set (<3 my healers!) and leveling my fishing so I can more easily get mats for AP food, I also went and upgraded my gems from the AH about an hour before the raid began.

Then…came the pain.

A handful of wipes against Sartharion because we attempted to take him down with Tenebron still attached. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only person having trouble dodging the red rings of death thanks to visual obstruction by the red ground and five million adds. After five attempts we gave up and smashed Tenebron into the dirt before finally destroying Sartharion. Hunter loot dropped, lost the roll to a shaman. We moved on.

Naxx25 Spider and Plague wings went down smoothly. I enjoyed being the only hunter out of three to survive the safety dance – I’ve finally got it down pat! Now to keep my pet alive. >.>

Hunter loot kept dropping and I kept losing my rolls horribly. It appears that joining a new guild did not solve my luck problem any. I did manage to snag the T7 shoulder token off of Loatheb, though! Less +hit, but I can gem around it, because the 5% extra pet damage from the 2-piece set bonus is definitely worth it.

Speaking of Loatheb, I ran a WWS and took a look at that fight to see how I did. Then I cursed out Recount because it had told me I’d done better than that. Then this morning I hopped over to be.imba to see what my handicap is in terms of gear vs the other dps in the top 10.

At least, he'd better have been in rp gear.

At least, he'd better have been in rp gear.

Ignoring the shammy with the horrendous gear score, the other 8 dps in the top 10 are geared with Naxx25 drops and all that other fantastic stuff I don’t have yet. Little ol’ me still needs upgrades from the 10-man raids…

…and I’m number 7 out of 10 in damage done? Yeah, I’ll take that. :D

Right now I’m working with a basic shot rotation of Serpent Sting, Arcane Shot, Steady Shot x 3, Arcane, and then repeating with three shots between each Arcane. I haven’t done any number crunching or research on this, though, so I should be able to improve in that area.

Mijikai contributed 38% of my total damage during Loatheb, which is down quite a lot from the 45% or more she’d do before the nerf. Theoretically my new shoulders will up that to around 40%, and I’ll take whatever I can get.

There is definitely room for improvement, but I’m taking this as proof that BM isn’t quite dead yet. Has it been nerfed too far? Definitely. Did Survival get a buff that threw it into the OP category? Certainly. Am I going to give up on BM?

Oh hells no. ^.^


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