Waiting.

Posted: December 6, 2010 in Cataclysm, Death Knight, Guild, World of Warcraft

So…
-I’ve stocked up on ripfuels, no-xplode… (Iraqi “monster energy” drink).
-Anxious to get this over with.
-It’s barely 2227 and I’m already a bit sleepy… but Redline will fix that ;D.
Race change is in place, and ready to go Worgen… still debating whether male or female.

-Leveling with a 2h frost spec
-Pretty bored at the moment…

Should be an epic night, regardless lol.

So, It has been a week since Deathwing came and literally took a crap on Azeroth. Along with environmental changes, the release of Cataclysm is in sight!

My objectives in the first 2 weeks:
– Get to 85.
– Get exalted for shoulder and helm enchants.
–  Level JC & BS to max.
– Level Cooking to max.

When I was on beta, I quested in the Mt Hyjal area, which was pretty much barney style quests. Only thing that kicked my ass was the Fire elemental in the crater :P. Vash’J was
also pretty impressive. Hyjal seemed to by quicker since its not underwater. I’m not dungeon grinding, unless I really need the quests to be completed. Wiping due to not being familiarized with the instance will bring major setbacks and headaches :(.

One thing I’m pretty excited about is the Dual-Wielding Unholy spec. So far Elitist Jerks has tested that DW Unholy, and it’s superior to a 2h spec by 5%. Still haven’t looked into whether Warriors will be choosing 1h’s over 2h’s. But so far our only competition are tanks and Frost Dk’s.

On a not Cataclysm related subject….

I was able to “tank” successfully 10m Lich King. Actually… a whole ICC run. Not a big achievement seeing that I’m rocking 277 tanking gear. It was a nice change though. My main problem is not calling out CD’s and being a bit nervous before pulls. This is something I would like to change in the upcoming expansion.

– This podcast produced by members Logan and Viktorious, is a life saver at work. 2 Guys, 1 guest, Numerous adult beverages….

Cataclysm is almost here, and it will be my first expansion transition. My journey through WoW: WOTLK, started around a month before I left the Marine Corps. I was recruited by my old boss to be their Warrior Tank on Dalvengyr.  But when I actually went to get the game I saw the cover of with the Lich King on it, and from there on I decided that I wanted to be a Death Knight.  Only thing was that I HAD NO IDEA what World of Warcraft was about. Anyways after FINALLY getting to level 55… I was finally able to create……………… I actually felt accomplished. But it never crossed my mind that DK’s were pretty much different from being a warrior (Oh yeah.. I leveled as prot 😛 ). I basically just went with the flow, until hitting 80.  At the time, my old boss/friend, was part of a raiding guild on Dalvengyr, .  In which, they were patient enough to deal with my noobery.  I literally had no idea wtf I was doing.  But I was reluctant to get better.  My first raid was a 10-man Naxx, In which I got my very first tier piece. After raiding for a few months, summer hit.  Like every guild, we started having attendance problems.  This went on for a few weeks, until the guild started to fall apart.  Our “rival” guild on the server was <Incurro Noctis> and <Reloaded>.  Half the guild went to IN and the other half to Reloaded.  I went on with IN, but didn’t feel quite at home.  Raid spots were based on who was at the summoning stone first, and not based on skill.  After much debate, I decided to server transfer to Ner’zhul. Upon reaching Ner’zhul, I had no idea on what guild to apply with.  , was one guild I appe’d too, which was a 10-man guild. I was really looking into a 25-man guild, and out of the guilds I saw very interesting was , (TBH, I really liked the guild name… CONQUEST). This is all during the TOC and TOGC era, which was September of 2009. Thanks to the raid and guild members of Conquest, I was able to improve my skills as a Death Knight and as a WoW player.  At first, I was in awe of the professionalism being conducted in raid.  Intimidated actually.  EVERYONE for the most part played at a certain caliber that I was not used too. We went on too being Top 10 on Alliance and Horde Pre-ICC progression wise.  After a big overhaul with our raid roster, we ended up being Top 20.  Not bad though, major comeback in WoW history IMO. Experiencing WoTLK on Ner’zhul was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my time playing WoW.  I have met alot of great people who have enhanced my time online.  I’m looking forward to fully experience the pending Cataclysm with and on Ner’zhul.

 

Recently my guild has been bombarded with Death Knight applications.  Our current raiding DK’s (including myself), are stellar.  Not perfect, but we are reliable enough to get the job done, except for the rare deaths on HM Marrowgar *cough* Smourne DK *cough* or the “once in a blue moon” cutter death on Halion (that one is all me… lol).

With that said, we are pretty much set on DK’s for current content, and maybe for Cataclysm.

But since we ARE RECRUITING FOR CATACLYSM, we got a few DK apps.  Out of 4 apps, 3 applicants showed little, too no knowledge of the class.  Of those 4 apps, only 1 was taken  for a trial run. Sadly, that DK didn’t make the cut. Dps was decent, not horrible but also not great.  So why didn’t he make the cut? Lack of environment awareness, which equals, DEATH.

Usually when I look at apps, I go straight to the armory page, and look at Talent choices, Stats, and experience. Also, when a Screen Shot of the UI is included, I look at pet abilities (if they’re on and WHICH ONES are on.), and Overall UI set-up. THEN, I ask my favorite question at the moment, “Have you reforged any of your items? and if so, can you list what items and why?”……… ( unless your someone I know who had the best app in the world ;),  it was a non-dk app tho … but if she was a DK… I would have been benched lol)

There was this one app, that made me sad. Not only a DPS Nelf… but the poor guy had NO IDEA, of his class.  One of our DK’s asked him:

The DK applicant responded with :

I’m not trying to flame the guy…but still, know your class to an extent.  I wish all the DK and other class applicants the best of luck :).

Blizzcon 2010, was dope.

 

Friday:

Pretty much got to know people from my guild.  I went to a few of the panels, such as the open ceremony, raid and dungeons panel, live raid… and I can’t remember the rest.  I opened my first beer around 1140am… What sucked though, was that I lost my ATM card :(.  But thanks to some of my guild members for helping out :).

At night we went to the TNB meet-up at bubba gumps restaurant. My fellow dancing partner was helping me promote this noobish blog of mine haha.  Our fearless Raid Leader was our DD, which was nice of him.  After TNB, we headed to the Dave and Buster meet up, where my GM ACTUALLY out chugged me…….. After about 0100, we left and headed back to the hotel room to continued the festivities.

Saturday:

I woke up with a massive headache. When I went looking for my car in the parking lot at the convention center, I was freaking out because I wasn’t able to locate my car.  Thank God, I was on the wrong level. I was afraid that my car got towed for leaving it there overnight, but I just ended up with a ticket. I left my pass with Rykga, so she could enjoy the rest of blizzcon, since I had to go to my bank to pull out some $$$.

Pretty much, saturday was a “recover” day for me.  Around 2030 I headed back to meet up with the guild, went to “Revolucion” Bar, in Downtown Fullerton. Pretty much I felt stiff since I had no alcohol lubrication for my joints haha.  But it was fun regardless :), really enjoyed it.  Headed back to the hotel, and ended blizzcon weekend with more beer and “Bro Bonding” haha.

Also, I was getting clowned on… about “Myspace Pose” pics that I have -_-

Pretty much, a great weekend. Slow start, but ended well.

Thanks to <Conquest>, for the alcohol and the time spent.

Oh, and I got “ICED”… and ended up throwing up. Logan brought up a good point. I had excellent aim, and hit the sink lol.

( Yeah, none of this is DK related lol)

 

Yes, yes. I neglected my blog once again. I have been busy with work + raiding + me time.  Anyways, Patch 4.0.1  was finally launched on live servers.

So… the choice was either, Unholy dps or 2h Frost.  On beta I tinkered a lot with frost, but did not care much about itemization or stats. As 2h frost stat priority is as follows; Hit (Cap)>Expertise>Haste>Mastery>Strength>Crit. Rotation;  PS+IT> Ob( if D/D runes are up or F/U are paired.)>BS (B runes) >FS> Rime > Ob>BS> HoW.

The Only problem:  GEAR!( I was not itemized properly to perform at full potential )

I thought, I was done. Reluctantly I went unholy, since my gear was already properly built for the spec. For unholy, the stat priority is; Hit (cap)>Str>Haste>Crit>Mastery>Expertise (Cap before going for agility)>Agility. Rotation;  PS+IT> Dark Transformation (Ghoul Ability)>SS ( If D rune’s and U rune’s are up)> Festering Strike ( If F rune and B rune ARE BOTH UP)> DCx2 >SS> Festering S. ( If both F &B are up, to convert them into D runes)> HoW. Also Pay attention to your PROCS! Easy enough right?

I approached the dummy in the Archerus: Ebon Hold, and BAM! 12.6k sustained DPS (until I had a “wtf” moment do to being too excited).  **Tip: Macro pet ability Claw into SS**

Naturally topping the charts in ICC 25 HM’s, has not been a problem.

Anyways, I’m off to read Ender’s Game (because someone recommended it 😉 ).

 

 

 

OH YeAH !BLIZZCON THIS FRIDAY! ZOMG!

(Yes.. I’m going..)

 

So I’ve been gone for awhile. To be honest, I totally forgot about this blog, and got bored and demotivated for a bit… BUT I found some new dog’gone motivation g2g?! YEAH YEAH, My guild is finally 11/12HM on 25man ICC (yeah the exact amount of beers I try to consume in one sitting…).

Like everyone, I’m very excited about World of Waracraft: Cataclysm (woot woot! Collectors edition!). I’ve been on beta since day one actually and I was able to check out some of the new zones,quests and features. But, I get bored pretty easy, so that didn’t last long (especially with no guildies around 😦 ).

In the horizon is Patch 4.0.1, which is bringing a crap load of changes to current content. Talents, got re-done (30 point system), and the biggest change that will affect all players once the patch goes live.

So… What spec will DK’s play? Well… I, for one, will go with a 2-h frost build.  Dual-Wield Frost builds currently bring competitive DPS and a useful melee buff to a raid. So, 2h Frost build should be just as OP? Maybe.

The screen-shot displayed, will most  likely be a viable spec  for current raiding content.  The only problem I found, is the massive amount of threat generated.

I will cover Unholy speccing, glyphs and rotations…. after this raid ;).