Wrathion Story part 2 done!

Those pesky pvp battles were an absolute pain, and now my DK is thankfully back to grinding drops from raid bosses and farming mats to get further through the quest chain.

Generally I hated the pvp battlegrounds. Almost all the fights demonstrated that an organised group will crush a typical pvp set of random players. The battlegrounds where we died constantly were blisteringly frustrating.

The battlegrounds were a core of us followed some simple strategies were good, and generally we either won or came very close to winning.

I learnt:

  • Any group is stuffed without a healer, and protecting the healer is actually fun. A particular Paladin teamed up with myself and another Death Knight and we roflstomped almost everyone for 2-3 minutes at a time before the Orb debuff made us crushable. As a set of three we moved through that Battleground together and it worked really well. Later it was a Druid who help me steamroll through the squishies are part of the fighting team.
  • Stay as a group. i.e. when 3-4 players stayed in the middle of the Orb Arena (not its real name) we smashed the others. Especially when we had two players with Orbs.
  • Fight within the game’s ideal zone. i.e. on the flags, carts, or in the center of the arena where you get the most points.
  • Personal cooldowns are not for emergencies, they are for every second in the game. A moment spent in combat without them is pointless.
  • Not that I intended to, but a particular Shadow Priest and Warlock on Horde are probably writing blog posts about how much Death Knights are broken and overpowered in PvP. I think I killed these particular two characters

Tests from Wrathion

Now that I’ve done the Test of Valor (yay, finally) I’m at the part in the epic quest chain to kill a special commander, and win two pvp battlegrounds.

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I’m not keen to do the PvP part as I do not understand anything about the two games, and this late in the expansion I can imagine that random teams will not like a scrub. Tough luck for them though, blame Blizzard folks, the Epic quest chain is making me hurt your PvP fun. As such I’ve started collecting the ~458 pvp gear, so I don’t get roflstomped straight away and I won’t be a useless scarecrow for the team I join.

Getting a started Pvp set is cheap if you know the patterns (10-15 ore per item, + gems and enchants) or very expensive if you want to buy your way through the sets. I either crafted the items, or had them crafted except for one item. So an almost full kit out was around 2000g with gems and enchantments, with most of that cost coming from the gear I purchased and the gems/enchants. The 458 gear is a long way from the beautiful Conquest items that I can see the vendor selling (/drool). For a full gear-set 2k is cheap as chips. If only beginning PvE gear was so cheap; nice that there is a lower barrier to entry for PvP.

I’ve also purchased a pvp neck and ring with Honor, and using a few one handed LFR 483s to go Dual Wield Frost for the pvp battles. I;m not expecting to get top charts for Dps, and did not want to affect my main hand 2H dps weapon by reforging away to the “wrong” starts for PvE.

So far the biggest problem is bag space. A Dps, Tank, and now PvP-Dps set takes up a lot of space. I wonder if PvP-Blood is still fun and frustrating for the enemy? Coming to a battleground near you, Mortigen the scrub DK.

Happy Killing, TyphoonAndrew

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

I think they’re taking the piss out of us MOO types, but that might be ok as it looks entertaining and I liked the satire in the video.

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

In Mighty Quest For Epic Loot, your goal is to defeat as many castles as possible and to protect yours from being successfully assaulted. Go on an adventure to loot bigger and well-defended castles to get the resources you need to build your own lair with a unique combination of creatures and traps in order to prevent other players’ heroes from beating it. And there might be some special castles much harder for you to take on…

Game is taking registration for Beta now.

Another AH bargin?

More bargins ffound: cheap-ish Armour kits and some cloth to resell, but a set of Revenant’s Treads for 30g looks good.

I’ll go out on a limb here and say that any spell caster gear for Mail and Plate wearers seems very cheap. So cheap in fact that you’d be mad not to snaffle the when it appears at these prices – if you’d use them.

RevenantsTreads on the AH

Is all spellpower mail and plate just diry cheap?

In this case I think it was probably made to level a skill, but for 30g – its a great price. The mats alone are worth 60g.

Epic AH drops

Had a quiet 30 minutes last night of digging through the AH and found some real bargains.

Purchase window for Boots of avoidance

9g for a level 40 epic, Bargin!

I found a Signet of the Accord (ilevel 200 epic Tanking ring) for around 120g, a Durable Nerubhide Cape ( ilevel 200 epic Tanking Cloak) for just over 200g, both which will go to my Paladin when he hits 80. Also found a set of Boots of Avoidance, which are a groovy set of Tanking boots for my lowbie Warrior Tank for a staggering 9g.

So a nice night for buyers of Tank gear on the AH. It is funny to consider that the enchants for some of these items will probably cost 30-40% of the buy price of the item. I’ve also got another really swanky cloak and boots with bids, but I really doubt that I’ll win given how often the AJ is farmed by folks.

I don’t use the AH for cash generation most days, more to periodically look for great deals on gear I might want. Was stoked to get that gear last night for my Paladin.

LeggingsStoneWeaver for 200g

Are 226 legs worth 200g, or did I just overspend?

Also made out ok just after that with a little purchase that I’ll try to resell, a Leggings of the Stoneweaver, which is 226 ilevel Shaman gear, for 200g.

I think this AH scanning thing could have some merit, and although I do most of my searches “by hand” and pick bargains – this could put me a lot closer to grabbing some silly gear for alts.

Perhaps work toward a 6th toon with epic flying.

Can I get a Flying Disk Mount?

I’d love a flying disk mount, like the melee use in the Malygos fight. We could pretend to be Magneto in X-Men, flying on a saucer would be a fun thing, and totally rational given that its already in the game environment. The mechanics are already resolved, and it would be a wonderful epic mount. Just not sure who would grant this, apart from a drop from the Malygos fight.