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Warlock Leveling: 1-30 Affliction

I’ve done a lot of playing around on low level Warlocks over the last couple of months, and it’s been hard to find one that really felt right in all the ways that low level alts need to in order for me to keep playing them rather than simply deleting them before I really have a chance to see what they have to offer. Having played a Warlock off and on over the last couple of expansions, I was surprised by how much things felt…off at low levels across the different specs. We’ll get into that a bit later on in the article. I did eventually find a spec that really felt right to me, and we’ll discus that as well.

For now, let’s take a look at the Affliction Warlock, what makes them (and their DoT’s) tick, and how you can become a successful soul-sucking, DoT’chucking overlord of death.

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Caster, Guide, Leveling, Warlock, World of Warcraft

 

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New Heirlooms in 5.2?

The PTR has once again revealed the possibility of new heirlooms. For the last couple of years there have been heirloom rings that were datamined out of the PTR, but we still haven’t seen them in-game. The legs showed up at the same time as the rings, and we have had those for a while now but who knows whether these new items will really be available or not, and if so then when?

When and if these new heirlooms do become available, I will update my existing guide, or write a new one to make sure that all of your heirloom needs are covered from which ones you need or want for which class, to which enchants you’ll want to put on them as well. Until they are confirmed to be in the actual patch, I’ll just stick with this guide to give you an idea of what’s there.

This post will show you all of the new heirlooms that were found in the 5.2 patch, and compare them to their existing items so that you can see how they compare and whether or not they might be on your list of things to do once they go live.

[Update: I found a blue post yesterday that confirms that these new upgraded heirlooms will in fact be in the 5.2 patch, as well as the new shields and off-hand item. The price for the upgraded versions of the heirlooms is the same as the current version of the heirloom plus you have to turn in that old heirloom. So, if you want a level 85 heirloom, they basically cost twice as much as the original because you have to turn in a copy of the original in order to get it.]

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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in Guide, Heirlooms, World of Warcraft

 

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Death Knight Leveling: 55-75 Frost DPS

I’d like to tell you that leveling up as a Frost Death Knight is a hard thing to do, but then I would be lying. You see, Frost Death Knights have this thing called a God Complex where they think they can kill whoever they want to without harm or repercussion to themselves, all the loot belongs to them, their DPS is through the roof putting everyone else to shame, and so on. The bad news is, occasionally that will come back to bite you in the butt and score you a trip to the spirit healer. The good news is, that whole God Complex thing started because the majority of it is actually true.

Enough with the intro, let’s take a look at how to go about leveling and playing a Frost Death Knight.

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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Death Knight, Guide, Leveling, Melee, World of Warcraft

 

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Druid Leveling: Restoration 1-30

About a week and a half ago my wife decided to finally start playing around with her Mist of Pandaria expansion, which naturally got my attention and made me want to give it a shot as well. One play session led to another, and here I am writing leveling guides again.

So hello once again, my wonderful readers. I hope you’re ready for some light reading.

As always, I post guides based on the characters that I am playing at the time, so that I can give advice based on actual experience within the level ranges that I’m describing. I don’t write guides for a class that I already have at max level and just assume that how it works at end game is the same early on because I know that is not always the case. So, you’ll see in this first MoP leveling guide that I’m writing about Resto Druid leveling because that’s what I’ve done with my own since level 10. I will write about the other Druid specs when and if I decide to level one.

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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Caster, Druid, Guide, World of Warcraft

 

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Heirloom Guide Updated

Just a short post today to let you all know that the heirloom guide has been updated to be viable in the Mists of Pandaria expansion. All of your old links will still work, for those of you who have linked to it on your guild forums and such. And, for those of you who have not seen the heirloom guide yet, you can follow the link below to see which heirlooms you should purchase for any given character as well as the enchants that I suggest you put on them to even further maximize their strength.

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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in Heirlooms, World of Warcraft

 

MoP Heirloom Legs

When you don’t pay attention to patch notes or explore the game as much as you should, you miss out on things like the fact that heirloom legs have been added to the game!

I will get these added into the primary heirloom guide soon, after I have time to make sure they haven’t slipped in any other heirlooms that I just haven’t noticed yet. We’ve known for quite a while now that there are a number of heirloom rings that have been data mined at the same time the legs first were, so I’m going to make sure those are not included before I edit the original guide. But until that time, here’s your guide for leg armor.

New Heirloom Legs
These heirlooms are going to cost you roughly 1,750g each. I don’t have a character that is Exhalted with a guild right now since I haven’t played in forever, so I can’t confirm the exact costs for those of you who get high enough to get the maximum discount. However, it’s pretty safe to assume they’ll cost you somewhere around 1,500-1,750g. I know gold is easier to come by these days than it used to be, but for those of you who will need to put forth a real effort to save up the gold, there you have it. The requirement to purchase them is Honored reputation with your guild.

You purchase these heirlooms from the guild vendor (I believe), and they require your guild to have gotten the “Working Better As a Team” achievement which is getting every profession leveled up to 600 skill level, which won’t be possible until MoP launches. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning today, right?

These heirlooms are good all the way up to level 85, so we’re sticking with the Cap – 5 thing we’ve been seeing since the introduction of heirlooms. As you look at the table below, note that the stats you see here on my blog are the stats as they appear in-game on a level 85 character. The stats on Wowhead are significantly higher than the in-game version, as is the case with the new Monk staff. So don’t look at the stats there and think they’re mindblowingly great, stick to the numbers you see here or what you see for yourself in the game.

ITEM NAME TYPE STATS
Burnished Legplates of Might Plate +267 Str, +401 Stam, +191 Parry, +156 Hit, +10% Exp
Polished Legplates of Valor Plate +267 Str, +401 Stam, +178 Crit, +178 Expertise, +10% Exp
Tarnished Leggings of Destruction Mail +267 Agi, +401 Stam, +178 Crit, +178 Haste, +10% Exp
Mystical Kilt of Elements Mail +401 Stam, +267 Int, +178 Spirit, +178 Crit, +10% Exp
Stained Shadowcraft Pants Leather +267 Agi, +401 Stam, +178 Crit, +178 Haste, +10% Exp
Preened Wildfeather Leggings Leather +401 Stam, +267 Int, +178 Spirit, +178 Crit, +10% Exp
Tattered Dreadmist Leggings Cloth +401 Stam, +267 Int, +178 Crit, +178 Haste, +10% Exp

As you can see, we have Plate legs for both Tanks and DPS but still nothing new for plate casters. We also have Mail legs for both Melee DPS and Caster DPS as well as Heals. Leather legs cover the DPS and Heals well, though there’s nothing particularly tanky available for the Monks and Druid out there. You’ll get by just fine without a tanking stat for your leather legs, but for the sake of covering all the bases there it is. Cloth naturally only has one leg choice and it follows the same pattern we’ve seen with all of the other heirloom armor up to this point, meaning that all of the cloth casters have a piece to turn to but the gear has stats for DPS more so than healers as there is no Spirit available.

Enchanting Heirloom Legs
I’m going to hold off on posting the enchants right now because even though there are a lot of leg enchants that appear to be available for these heirlooms, some of them do have item level requirements that don’t show up on their tooltips. That being the case, I’m going to try to do some more in-depth research on the leg enchants before I go ahead and post the information. Unfortunately, I don’t know of a good place to find the information on those hidden tooltips, so I’m going to have to either experiment in game or find another source online.

For now, just know that your only low level options offer a nearly worthless amount of bonus Armor rating which is decent if you’re going to have a low level twink but otherwise a waste of materials. The higher level enchants offer much better stats, but the drawback of their stats not being in effect until you reach a higher level. So do you want good stats for 25 levels, or do you want crappy stats for all 85? That’s up to you, but I’ll take the good stats for 25.

Collecting More Information
If any of you happens to know specifically of any of the enchants that have hidden item level requirements, I would appreciate the help cutting down the list.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in World of Warcraft

 

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WoW. SWTOR. Guild Wars?

I’ve been itching to blog about something, anything, for over a month now but couldn’t really find a worthy topic to do it on. Today I decided I had a decent enough topic to talk about that it would be worth my time to go ahead and write it down and send it out to the masses, so here it goes.

Today I’m going to cover a little bit of what’s been going on lately in my own gaming world and how that has impacted the blog, and I wanted to address some of the issues that I see right now that will impact my gaming (and by extension my blogging) in the near future.

State of the Blog
When I was playing WoW it was easy to come up with a new topic because there was always a new class, spec or playstyle that I could write about and by the time I got through all of the choices there would be a new expansion or patch that would change things enough that I needed to start all over again. Then SWTOR came along and stole my heart away from WoW and I found myself in a world where people no longer cared about reading leveling guides or getting ideas about how to play a certain class.

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Blog, Guild Wars 2, SWTOR, World of Warcraft

 
 
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