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The Arduous Professions Journey   Leave a comment

Recently I’ve taken it upon myself to max out multiple professions, spread across multiple chars, before Cataclysm hits. The number one reason I’m doing this is simply because of the money. I have very few usefull professions at the moment and basicly am much too lazy to grind. I currently have Mining/Blacksmithing on my warrior (maxed), Leatherworking/Skinning on my hunter (maxed), Alchemy/Herbalism on my paladin (maxed), Tailoring/Jewelcrafting on my retired priest (maxed) and Mining (maxed)/Engineering (around 430) on my Rogue on Silvermoon. Due to me seeing Vashj Horde as main server/side still you can see that the professions I have there are either Gathering professions (Mining, Skinning, Herbalism), Gear Professions (Blacksmithing, Leatherworking) and one Raid Profession (being Alchemy). For money making these Professions aren’t suited best with the current market. The big sellers are (and have been for a while) Enchanting and Jewelcrafting and (to an extent) Inscription.
Now I’ve always wanted an Enchanting char simply because I never had one and want to make loads of money with it! My first choice for Enchanting went to my Shaman which unfortunately I’ve stopped leveling for a while (was kinda sick of leveling ..) and she’s stuck at 222 at the moment. I’ve also chosen to get Inscription on her which I’ve been leveling for 2 days and am as far as 185. The Herbs I farm myself on my paladin.
My second choice for Enchanting was my mage, simply because it sounds magey and as mage it’s easier to farm mats needed for enchanting, currently I’m stuck on 278 enchanting on her and am running Stratholme for Runecloths so I can let my BF make Runecloth Belts for me on his warlock, so that I can Disenchant them into Dream Dusts. I need about 5 Dusts per skillup point now so I’m in a tough spot as far as leveling the profession goes.

I also hope to level Engineering to 450 on my rogue altho I’m prioritizing the Enchanting and Inscription on my mage and shaman. I also picked up Jewelcrafting on my mage, but I just started out (currently at 50) and I plan to finish Enchanting before I dive into a next profession.

I have to say though that farming materials all day is taking it’s toll a bit. On the one side I don’t mind it at all seeing as it’s something different from raiding, PvPing and grinding for achievements. I make some nice money with it, putting all the glyphs I make on the AH aswell as any excess enchanting mats, and I love the way how enchanting mats look. My enchanting bag is so nice and bright and colorful! On the other side running an instance completely for Mageweave/Runecloth and running around in circles in Stranglethorn Vale all day kind of makes me completely zone out. It’s gone as bad as that I zone out in the middle of a conversation with someone, just tunnelvisioning onto herbs and cloths and not noticing anything else. This for me feels bad because people sometimes have to repeat things up to three times before they finally catch my attention. However I do want to be done with farming sooner rather than later so I’ll take the zoning out for what it is and hope to be done as soon as I possibly can be done.

For now I’ll leave you with my current situation:

  • Ileana (Shaman): 222 Enchanting/185 Inscription
  • Sandrina (Mage): 278 Enchanting/50 Jewelcrafting
  • Hyourinmaru (Rogue): 430 Engineering

I hope to get atleast 3 of these professions to 450 before Cataclysm comes out. When I do, I’ll update my blog!

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Posted October 25, 2010 by Kassandri in Mage, Professions, Rogue, Shaman

A Ranty Warrior Post   Leave a comment

So I haven’t posted for a while, again, due to RL kicking in, again, and the launch of patch 4.0.1, something a lot of people have been looking forward to, me included, and also has caused a lot of drama, me included… So where to begin?

Let’s start pre patch. I still raid on my warrior almost every night and as a lot of other warriors I was used to being in top 3 damage on a lot of fights, especially Saurfang and Festergut. I did decently in PvP as prot and arms and had nothing to complain about really (except for that damned Baron Rivendare mount DAMN U BARON!).
Then was the day of patch 4.0.1, a day that will stick to me like a nasty fly because it was the day Blizzard killed Warriors, Ferals, Retri’s, MM hunters and Combat rogues and boosted Shadowpriests, Mages and Warlocks beyond belief. When I had to raid on my warrior the night of that famous patch I almost cried. My warrior damage was GONE. I barely hit 9k on saurfang, a fight where I was used to pulling 16k DPS. I had lost 7k DPS due to Blizzard makingĀ  a mistake with scaling ArP dependant classes. Soon the forums were flooded with complaints which led Blizzard to create an emergency patch, boosting Retridins, Warriors and Ferals and nerfing SP’s, Warlocks and Mages. Although that emergency patch saved warrior dps it came with a price:
TO BE VIABLE AS FURY WARRIOR IN RAIDS ON LEVEL 80 REACHING THE WHITE HITCAP IS REQUIRED!!!!!!!
What this basically means is that every fury warrior, albeit 1handed fury, needs to have 27% hit from gear. The last 3% they need (30% hit is currently the white cap) comes from the specc. Why do warriors need this kind of hit you ask? Well this is due to the new rage mechanic. Warriors only generate rage when they hit a target. The more they hit, the more rage they generate. This is not influenced by critical strikes, however it can be influenced by haste. Because the more you hit the more rage you generate you can’t really afford to miss any attack because this will lead to rage starvation (something I experienced firsthand). This means that Warriors had to, and have to, reforge all their gear to HIT especially when they’re not lucky enough to dualwield Cryptmaker (mace with hit and crit). And then they probably still have to gem or enchant a little to get to the cap.
For me this change was extra dramatic seeing as I was running around with (previous) best in slot Leather gear. Due to Plate specialization those gearpieces went from BiS to utterly useless and the only gear I had to replace my Leather pieces with was PvP gear. At the moment I ticketed Blizzard if they could be so kind to give me back my old plate bracers which had hit but which I sold (silly me). And I’m currently working on the pattern ICC boots to replace my PvP boots with. All in all my warrior has dropped about 1.5k attack power and 20% crit due to all these massive changes and I’m not liking it one bit. So far I’m as far as not playing my warrior at all when I don’t have to because every time I do I feel gimped beyond belief. Don’t get me wrong, the damage boost was quite nice, but seeing your heroic Deathbringers Will trinket reforged to hit makes you wanna die a little on the inside. So I mostly log on my warrior to raid nowadays and for the Headless Horseman mount which is available these few weeks.

For PvP the situation is much much worse. Due to PvP being heavily unbalanced, although Blizzard said they fixed it, it’s nigh impossible to play Arms correctly. After a few Battlegrounds I gave up because playing as Arms Warrior now equals free kills. Even Fury is better of now, especially as 1 handed, because the damage output is insane and they too have a healing debuff if they specc for it. I have yet to try Fury in the battlegrounds though because I’m still a free kill if there’s no healer to cover my lovely troll ass. I feel nerfed, underpowered and sad about the current state the Warrior is in. I really do hope it sorts out by the time we all hit 85 but for now I rather not set foot in BG’s on my warrior… Which brings me to scrape the 25k honorable kills achievement from my Cataclysm “to do” list and change it to something else…

That something else being my mage. I rolled her horde (I was really sick of being so small :<) and am doing BG’s untill my fingers bleed on her. I recently discovered the joy of being a Frost Mage and so far I’m loving it to bits and pieces. I literally can own ANYONE in the battlegrounds. It’s so nice and the total opposite of playing my warrior. Especially now that you can get full Wrathful gear (except for the shoulders) I’ve been farming honor like crazy trying to deck her out in decent PvP gear. With every upgraded piece I can actually see my survivability and damage going up and up. So far I picked up the Wrathful head, Relentless Chest, Wrathful Haste Neck, Wrathful Haste Offhand and Wrathful Haste Bracers. Next up on the list are the Wrathful Haste boots. After that it’s probably the pants but we’ll see. For now I’m killing Alliance like a real killing machine and am up to 2.2k Honorable Kills in less than a week (not bad for someone that has to go to school and stuff right? :D). I also managed to get the Headless Horseman mount on her (I rather see it on my warrior though) so I’m riding around on that making some people very very jealous.

I actually have much much more to tell but atm I wanted to get the ranty part of my chest and let you guys read what I’m doing (I had to shutdown WoW when writing this because I don’t want to miss a single BG queue on my mage hehe). Another post is on the way on the situation of my other blog and the current status of my baby druid. See you all later!

Posted October 23, 2010 by Kassandri in Mage, Professions, PvP, Raiding, Warrior

The Arrogance That Is Tank   Leave a comment

My mage dinged 80 last night after 3 days of getting the last remaining levels, hurray! I crafted her the cloth ulduar dps belt and to my joy I could queue for a heroic dungeon.

I got into a group with a warlock, a Paladin, a Druid tank and a Shaman healer.. In Halls of Stone heroic. In all honesty, I hate HoS heroic, I rather go Oculus 5 times a day than do HoS.

The tank immediatly started pulling, when half the party wasn’t even zoned in yet. The healer barely managed to keep him alive but some people aggroed off him and died. Which isn’t strange considering the idiot pulled like 12 mobs and didn’t bother to build up aggro on any of them. After we’d downed the first wave of mobs he pulled all mobs in the corridor that leads to all three bosses and expected to be healed while doing so.

Ofcourse the healer aggroed, in fact the whole party aggroed because he didn’t build up any aggro at all. We wiped and after calling us a bunch of noobs he left the party, taking the 30 mins cooldown for granted cuz hey, a tank gets almost instant queues anyway.

After waiting a minute or 5/6 we got a new tank. A warrior that was half PvP geared (Resilience makes you crit immune hurr hurr, it’s still more shit than def gear!!) and was showing the exact same behavior as the druid before. Pulling lots of mobs and not keeping any aggro on them, so we wiped again. After telling him that resi is subpar to defense in tanking dungeons, which in his opinion ofcourse wasn’t true, he left the dungeon forcing us to look for a new tank again.

Shortly after my mage was apparently kicked from the group, most likely because she had just dinged and was therefore undergeared.

All this stuff has made me a bit angry and upset. I myself play a paladin as tank (altho lately she’s hasn’t been doing much) and when I venture into a dungeon I make sure to pull as much as the healer says he can handle. Sometimes I’ve pulled entire rooms or corridors of mobs when the healer was awesome and where I was confident in my abilities to keep threat but often enough I pulled one pack at a time because the healer wasn’t awesome or when I felt I couldn’t keep decent threat.

I feel like an execption in doing this to be honest. Most of the tanks that I encounter in my random heroic parties have the tendency to overpull like idiots and don’t mind the healer or their own threat. This makes it very annoying to do the dungeon you’re supposed to do. Either you complete it and head out with a huge repairbill or you kick the tank/the tank leaves and you’re stuck waiting for a new one.

Due to the immense lack of tanks, most of them think they can pull of being immense jerks. Even my boyfriend can be dickish about dungeons sometimes when he complains that he doesn’t get healed properly when he takes an entire room/corridor and doesn’t realize the healer might not be on the same gearlevel as him.

Just because you get instant queues, doesn’t mean you can be a dick. Bearing in mind the people that you are doing the dungeon with and acting accordingly will get you much more fun and emblems than being a fucktarded dickhead who thinks he can get away with everything. Thank god there is a crossrealm ignore list…

Posted May 4, 2010 by Kassandri in Mage, Randomness

Manic Mondays #2   Leave a comment

After bumping into a very angered cleaner on my way up to the Computer Room (the elevator is broken and he was cleaning te stairs, stairs where everyone was running up to šŸ˜› Go figure!) and smelling a nauseating peach scent coming out of the girls toilet (don’t ask me why, they like to clean the toilets here with something that smells ricidulously much like peach flavoured candy) I finally sat myself before a computerscreen. Then I had to wait for the computer to actually start up (people, the screen says LOG OFF after you finish, not SHUT DOWN *grumbles*) which took a while, cuz uni computers are bad. Now I can finally post šŸ˜€ So let’s start with my week.

Raiding has been awesome the past week. Not only am I know in a fixed ICC 10 man (somethingĀ I wasn’t for a long, LONG time) we actually made a lot of progress the past week in ICC 25 man. Our first Varlithia Dreamwalker kill/heal? was accomplished (gogo Dice!) and we managed to get Blood Queen down to 3%. We figured out what went wrong on the Blood Queen tries (no sunders!) and that we could do with 5 healers instead of 6, so we’re hoping to down her tonight or tomorrow, when the server isn’t fucking up and permits us to actually fight against her instead of lag. I took with me some nice new gear, including shoulder and my t10 head (which btw is ugly as hell, hunter’s are worse off with their tier than usual) and I got the Primordial Saronites I needed to make my boots. So I’m a happy hunter.

Leveling is still going on, I’ve decided to pay attention to my mage in the weekends more often, and she is now level 74 and working her way through the Dragonblight zone. Queueing for random dungeons has actually helped a lot with her progress, seeing as I’m getting tired of the quests that I’ve done over and over and over. I think my mage will hit 80 by the end of march, but I hope sooner ofcourse. It all kind of depends on how much time I have to actually play her. Anyway she is still my little baby gnome, and I’m still stunned with the damage she does. 5k arcane blast crits on level 74 are a indicator I really need to watch out for the damage I will be doing on level 80! On professions I decided to give her Enchanting and Herbing, since I don’t have a herber on the Alliance side anymore and I don’t have a really high level enchanter.

What I did the most this week is something I thought I’d never do. I faction changed my dear sweet human warrior. I’ll do a seperate post on her when I get home. But so far I really like her as a Troll (yes, she’s a troll, I hate orcs and taurens alike and I’m not rolling undead just cause of Will of the Forsaken) and I feel like I can do more that I want on her now. She still is my little baby char and when I like her enough, I might even roll back to her in Cataclysm, however that’s still so far off that I can’t really say anything about that. Also I’ve been making a lot of money on AH by selling Frozen Orbs, Titanium Ore, Eternal Belt Buckles and Heavy Borean Armor Kits. All the money is gone now tho, seeing as I got some new gear that had to be socketed and enchanted. Luckily my boyfriend was nice enough to help me out and he socketed and enchanted the new boots on my hunter for me.

I haven’t really done much about Achievements this week altho I’m still working away at becoming Elder Pieces. My warrior earned the Looking for Multitudes achievement and 25 reputations on Exalted, including the Ogri’la and Aldor reps I farmed last week. Overall I’ve had some fun on WoW this week, and feel like playing some more again, if school will let me ofcourse.

This week I would like to Refer to the WTB: World of Warcraft blog. The author of this blog participated in my Shared Topic. She would be a Warlock if she were to start over again with WoW.

Posted March 1, 2010 by Kassandri in Hunter, Leveling, Mage, Randomness

Manic Mondays #1   Leave a comment

So today I had an exam which was VERY early this morning. I completed my questions in half an hour and took the subway home. I kinda felt bummed to come such a long way through the cold (yes it’s cold here) and complete everything within 30 minutes. However this gave me some time to chat up with some people in the guild, seeing as I could actually go home now instead of staying at school and using the school computers.

Raidingwise it has been a calm week for me. Due to lots of schoolwork (2 papers, internet assignment and the exam from this morning) I had to cancel almost all raids on my hunter. Kinda bumming but hey, school still beats WoW when it comes to setting priorities. The only raid I did do this week was fridaynight on my paladin. My boyfriend has started up a little 10 man on friday, for alts of the guild that he’s in and where I’m invited to join on my pala to tank as well. It was a bit of a couples raid (3 couples haha) and actually it went quite well. We downed ICC’s first wing without any problems and had some nice tries on Dreamwalker, a boss we really wanted to do. It was fun and casual and it made me feel happy.

Leveling was an activity I could finally do again, my mage is now level 73 and after rediscovering her spells and abilities again (some things were a bit vague for me after not playing her for a while) I got into leveling again. I even joined a succesful random dungeon group to Azjol’Nerub which gave me a new belt and some quest rewards I could sell for monies. As my school is getting less stressful I hope to be able to level my mage a bit more and finally ding 80.

Achievements were something my attention was and still is focused on at the moment. I want the Violet Proto Drake on my hunter, she will be my 3rd char to acquire it, and last week Fool for Love ended and the Lunar Festival started. After struggling I managed to get the Fool for Love achievement on sunday, gathering bracelets really sucked, and I made a start on gathering Elders for the Lunar festival. One downside to the silly Lunar festival is the fact that your mailbox gets spammed with mail from Elders. I don’t even open the silly red envelopes anymore but just insta delete it. It’s junk and I just want to get rid of it.

Most of my time was spended on PvP the past week and weekend. I’m trying to do the BG daily everyday to gather arenapoints for my warrior and honor ofcourse and am now also PvPing on my hunter a lot. Even tho it takes getting used to (I always played Melee PvP), my hunter turns out to be a real killing machine and currently I’m on 4k honorable kills, shooting my way through varios battlegrounds.

As a closer I would like to introduce you to a lovely blog I found through Blog Azeroth. It’s a mage blog which I really love to read, the layout is very pretty and it teaches me stuff as upcoming mage! http://mischiefmagicandrocketscience.blogspot.com/
It makes me laugh and think over stuff as a starting mage, I really recommend reading it!

Posted February 22, 2010 by Kassandri in Achievements, Hunter, Leveling, Mage, PvP, Randomness

Help! I’m being ganked!   1 comment

The Problem
Everyone experiences it some time while leveling on a PvP server. Being ganked by a member of the opposingĀ  faction. They’re either of the same level range as you, or way higher. When they are the same level as you, you can work your way around it. Can you take revenge when they are letting their guard down? Do it. If you don’t want to, try to get as far away as possible from that person, he or she probably ganks you because you are after the same quest or because he or she just finds it amusing to gank you. The real problem arises when you are getting ganked by a player that is a level that is way higher than you are and apparently has business in the area that you are questing in. A few minutes ago my mage, who is level 56, got ganked by a level 80 tauren shaman in Felwood. I needed to kill furbolgs for my quests, he needed to kill them to gain exalted reputation with Timbermaw Hold. As lvl 56 you won’t stand a chance versus a lvl 80 player.

The Solution nr 1: Get your own 80 char out.
A simple solution to get rid of the level 80 that is killing you in your quest area is getting your own level 80 char out. I did the exact thing, and picked my warrior. Why? My warrior is full pvp geared, and has useful macro’s to counter casters. I finished of the shaman with only grabbing damage from his flame shock. A smart strategy is to park your 80 char close to your leveling toon and keep it there if the problem returns. A quick relog and you will be able to take your revenge. Do it often enough and they will give up. I mean, no one likes a 5 minute ress timer right?

The Solution nr 2: Go to another area.
This is the solution for people who are leveling their first char. Unfortunately you can’t do much about being ganked on a lowbie if you don’t have the resources to deal with it. The only solution then is to go to another area to level. Being killed over and over again by the same player is not fun and will only make your leveling experience sad and longer.

The Solution nr 3: Ask a friend to help.
This only goes for if you have friends on the server you are playing on, and if they have 80 chars. Just ask them for help. If you only have quests in the area that you are being ganked just ask them to act as your bodyguard for a bit untill you have finished your quests. You might get less experience if they are with you in your group, but atleast your questing will be done quicker and safer if they are around to protect you.

The Conclusion
Ganking will happen everywhere and all the time. If you feel the need to take revenge on those that gank you, by all means do it. If you are no the type to do that, try questing in another area. You ultimately control your own actions, and not that of other players. And if you really dislike being ganked, don’t go to a PvP server šŸ˜‰


Posted January 30, 2010 by Kassandri in Leveling, Mage, PvP

Leveling in the 40-60 bracket, part 1   Leave a comment

My mage hit level 40 halfway January and after that I kind of had more important things to do than leveling her, so I put it off untill schoolwork was done. I’ve leveled her casually and today she’s atleast level 51.

The moment I dinged 40 I finished up all my quests in Dustwallow Marsh, due to obvious ganking reasons in Stranglethorn Vale I decided to do the largest chunk from 30 to 40 in Dustwallow Marsh, and I headed out to Gadgetzan. For some reason that’s been a tradition of mine, when I ding 40, I head out to Gadgetzan to start picking up quests there. Have done it on all my chars, and doing the same on my mage.

The reason why Gadgetzan (and Tanaris for that matter) is an excellent point to go to at 40 is the amount of “easy to do” quests there. In Gadgetzan you pick up quests to kill the Wastewander crew and gather the water pouches they drop. You can pick up all other qeusts, but make sure you do the Wastewander quests first. After Gadgetzan move to Steemwheadle Port and pick up all quests that have to do with the pirates. When you’ve grinded your way through the Wastewander and Pirate quests, make sure to pick up the follow up to Wastewanders too, you should atleast have dinged 1 level and maybe even 2. After that pick up all Zul’Farrak quests you can find in Gadgetzan and the Shimmering Flats in 1000 Needles. When you leveled in Dustwallow before you should also have a quest from Tabetha that requires you to go into Zul’Farrak. If you don’t have that, pick it up. All in all you should have about 6 quests for Zul’Farrak and then it’s time to queue. When the queue is taking long, don’t worry. Do the Dunemaul Ogre quest or the Insect kill quests if they are available to you. When you do get into Zul’Farrak you should be able to get a decent amount of experience from the dungeon itself. If you do all quests it will probably give you another level together with the Zul’Farrak run. When you only have orange/red quests in Tanaris it’s time to move to another area.

Another excellent area in the bracket 40-50 is the Hinterlands. When you arrive here talk to the draenei who gives you 3 quests. Make sure you do atleast the wolves one and the killing of the troll and his spider. When you enter the keep you will get two additional quests. Do them both. You can choose for yourself whether to do the chainquest that starts from the Draenei (Featherbeard quest). I would recommend doing it because it is some nice experience. After that stop in the Hinterlands. The Sharpbeak questline is a very fun questline to do, but with the new level gear a waste of time because it simply keeps you too long in Hinterlands.

By the time you’ve done the quests I mentioned in Tanaris and Hinterlands you should have reached level 44 or 45. This could depend on whether or not you’re using leveling gear. When you have hit 45 you can go back to Gadgetzan and see what quests have turned yellow for you and do them. At 46 it’s time to move on to another area: Searing Gorge. There’s a lot of easy to do quests there and by the time you’ve done them all you should have reached level 50 or be very close. If you don’t know how to get to Searing Gorge, there is a little path in the far west of Blasted Lands. When you reach Searing Gorge move to the northwestern part of the area and look for a path up the mountains. There will be a little encampment of the Thorium Brotherhood. They offer you about 7 or 8 quests. Pick them all up. Move back down and start killing spiders and all other things you need to kill. Near the Thorium Brotherhood encampment there are 2 men standing in what seems a random place. 1 of them offers a quest, take it and finish the whole line. It combines well with the Thorium Brotherhood quests. The quests of the Thorium Brotherhood that take place in the Slag Pit can be reached quite easily. The entrance to get the plans and kill the overseer is just below a little elevator. The entrance that’s closest to the dinosaurs you have to kill is the most right little cave in the Cauldron. To get in there you have to jump down from the ledge. Due to the exp you get from the quests and the amount of mobs you need to kill you should be able to ding 50 from the quests there. If you’re not, don’t worry. There are some quests in Tanaris that require lvl 48 to do (killing the elementals for example). If you haven’t done those yet, now is a good time to do them. If you’re still not 50 by then I recommend queueing for a dungeon and ding 50 from that.

If you did ding 50 after the quests from Searing gorge: GZ! Now it’s time to go to new areas, get your class quests and prepare for the long way from 50 to 58. Which areas you should consider from 50 to 58 will be discussed in part 2 of the 40-60 leveling bracket! So stay tuned for more blogging :>

Posted January 27, 2010 by Kassandri in Leveling, Mage