Under Maintenance

September 1, 2009

I have the odd feeling for some month now, that I have chose the wrong web appearance. I will change this. Therefore, I will have to look for:

1. New blog name
2. Follow tips for good bogging
3. Blog more regular

So far

I really enjoy blogging, it helps me to reflect my thinking and come up with a new perspective. I enjoy the other blogs very much and would love to be more involved in the overall discussion.
Sadly, pallynoob is not a good name for several reasons. Fist it is misleading. I am neither dump nor a real beginner of the game. What maybe would fit me is casual. But even for a casual I am, was, will be more hard core at it would be of any good. There where lengthy discussion about casuals and hardcore and I do not want to go into detail now.

Two weeks off

I will be away for two weeks in a row and I am not yet sure if I would find, or even will try to find time to blog.
Therefore, I will start my new blog end of September or beginning of October. German national day, would not that be a great day.

How to figure out where you are, PUG checker

August 28, 2009

I just asked for this information and now I ran over the source where you get at least the easiest information about your current gear status.

http://Be.imba.hu

is the web service witch offers this service. It is from my point a very useful information. Since it rates all your gear, enchants and gems and shows you which raid content is suitable for you char.
Of course it is not in alignment with greedygoblin.blogspot.com where he discussed widely the skill>>>gear topic.
Nonetheless, the page is an easy finger pointing on the topic of find the right enchants. I was so far not aware that I had used the wrong pattern for my cloak. I will change this today, since I am 2 emblems short on the 213iLvL cloak.

This page is also very useful if you want to find out what kind of player you are going to invite for the raid. Is he willing to put effort in it. It happens quit allot in the last time that I run with either very competent or very dump people. I am really looking forward to find hint in advance.

What I hate:

Raiders that have on this char not even a cold weather flying mount but want to run Naxx. Even worth they have run Naxx successful. Usually this is a twink that needs to be equipped. Their main is in a successful gild that do not want to carry alts. So now he is bothering the community to port them into the instance, run away the first signs of being a though run, since those guys usually are not able to effort any repair bills.
The other way around the guild would not invite any of the PUG players since they are not worth their time.

So many player not being able to speak via vent (teamspeak). What is the reason for that? For me this is slacking. There will never be a valuable comment from their side since is technical not possible for them. For me this is slacking. Get some 10 Euro and buy the damn cheapest microphone you can get your hands on. The worst case scenario comes up when it would really needed that they say something, consider the priest in the military quarter.

Paladins not using PallyPower. This leads usually to missing buffs and calling for buffs and therefore for the delay in boss pulls and overall delay due to less DPS. I mean it is really not that hard to install the recommended add-ons. Of course you could do it without the add-on, but you will usually not do it. With PallyPower you always see immediately who is missing what kind of buff from you.

Leaving the raid before the planned end. For me it is a kind of contract between the player in which they commit to do there best for the benefit of the group. If they leave earlier this is usually cause to some selfish reason. But usually this leads to major thread for the rest of the group, since the ID is already partly cleared and it will be tough to find a replacement.

Maybe I should try following anouncement:

We are building a PUG raid for raid insance XY, we expect that you have suitable gear and are proper enchanted and gemmed. We will raid until 11pm please bring enough time. We will have breaks but otherwise expect that everybody will available to proceed in a meaningfull pace. Furthermore, have the recommended add-ons for your chars installed. Finally you should be able to communicate via Teamspeak.
We are still looking for class X, Y, Z.

I think I will really give it a try. Consider it as my experiment.

My Mage rocked Naxx25

August 24, 2009

Finally everything worked out as I planned for a very long time. After the Naxx25 run yesterday I am featuring an average iLvL of 211. That the right direction, and I can still improve with the token as soon as I have collect more of them.

The group building went really slow yesterday. I think we started at 6pm, at least I was invited at that time, we have been 8-9 chars. Great, so it was clear to me that it would take time. But damn, not that much time. We had to invite for nearly 2hours. This was really tough. But finally we had a real good group setup with anything a mage would love. There was the druid caster, the Caster Shaman with their great totems, 4 Paladins for all needs, another mage with the magic focus talent.

The moment, I remembered that I have to use Molten Armor instead of Magic Armor everything went really smooth. I constantly put out 4K DPS on trash and bosses. I am not yet sure if I really have to have 289hit for the cap, since the caster druid should also reduce the hit cap, but since I had no better trinket to support the test I left it as it was given.

I took care that I hid my Arcane Missile the moment the speed up proc. I used every cool down like Mirror Images as early as possible in a boss fight in the hope to have it available again before the fight would end. The second Icy Vain usually was great to increase the speed of the Evoke to have full mana again. I took care to have Mana Gems available, but where only occasionally in a real need to use them. I really think the tailoring stuff for the cloak helped there a lot. A 400 Mana proc from time to time is great.

I was able to win a staff with 99 haste on it. I am sure that this is really a big improvement for me.

The only cons where:
• I had to leave at 11pm we just started the last wing, the spider wing.

It was good to run Naxx25 again with some player who had good knowledge about the instance. Great that I was able to be within the top 5 damage dealers.

Next steps:
Whenever possible hit Ulduar25 for next gear Updates.
Hope for 3.2.2 to even improve arcane tree. 4 stacks of Arcane Blast sounds good to me.

Finally damage delivered; PUG Raids sucks

August 19, 2009

The reason really was the missing of the Arcane Power (reduce your damage but also the mana cost) The instant I inserted it into the Icy Vain I jumped up to 3K DPS constantly. I even managed 4K DPS on the first Spider Wing boss.
Damn it is nice to see the Arcane Blast hit for 12k . Great, I was finally deep into 5 digit damage.

Here is the golden Makro for me:

#showtooltip Icy Vain
/use 13
/use 14
/cast Arcane Power
/cast Icy Vain

Cool down is more or less the same. So I should be able to hit both at once, and blow also a trinket if possible.

But still playing yesterday sucked for several reason. From 7pm to 8pm only 6 people have been in the looking for group channel to run a Naxx25. Therefore, I had to go with group filling up after Thaddius. And still we wiped; 3 times on Thaddius, since some AFK and some not able to move.
We even wiped on the Hegan Dance. 4 times and called in a night. What a waste of time. But for me the biggest of all issues is the damn AFK thins with those PUG. We could not drink due to one Paladin AFK but in battle, we tried Thaddius with only 21 +3 dying…..
If you join a raid, bring time. Damn. Is it to much to ask for.

I think the major issue is. Good player proceeded far more than running Naxx25. Therefore, I have to deal with more M&S. Frustrated as I was, I joined a Ulduar25 at 11pm. And we downed Flame Leviatan, even with me given very less attention due to my mother on the telephone. I shot on the helicopter for the pyrite, that was it. I think we even had some hard mode.

Razorscale was another matter, we had to learn to bring the adds together, job of the tanks, and DD not to pull aggro. As we managed this we only had to learn to bring the drake down at the right time.
I was managing the shooting, (in 25 you have 4 harpoons instead of two) and we downed him. Funny side note was the expierience with another mage.
More of that later: Insults sucks, but this was so special. We all had a good laugh.

Sucking on damage

August 18, 2009

I still have no clue. What is the expected damage that a mage with an average iLvl of 209 should do?
I constantly manage about 2,5K DPS. Rarely I hit 3K DPS. But by far I am not close to 4 or 5K. At the moment I am Arcane Tree. I love the simplicity. Get 3 Arcane Barrage hits in a row to have maximum stack size and switch to Arcane Missile. If the faster buff is up do the missile immediately. But it still sucks.
I am now running with 30% crit and some 200 haste with 2100 Spell power. I am using mirror image early each boss fights and Icy vain early or when in need for burst later.
I could improve with the wyrm flask and could use buff food better. I think I may not using the third damage improving something like Arcane Power, where you spell costs more but hit harder. It Maybe the case, that my macro is mistyped will check this today.

Even if I should be able to run Ulduar 10er I would prefer a Naxx25 today to improve in the damage abilities and may be able to get some updates. Since I am still sporting some 200 iLvL it means still improvements.

I made a huge improvement in the matter of tailoring, and hope to be able to get the investment back. I bought a pattern for iLvL 226 shoes and power leveled the last 10 points in tailoring. Afterwards no more wizardcloth (Zaubertuch) and darkcloth (Schwarztuch) where available in the AH. No I have to wait for the AH refill and than I will start to craft those shoes. Since material cost is real high:

6 orbs (350g) = 2100g
10 Zauberuch = 1500g
10 Schwarztuch = 900g
? Magic Forstbolds = 200g

So I have to take 5500g for it. And still only small profit. It will be interesting to see if there really is a market for it. So far I have never seen them in the AH. Thats the reason why I made my own one.
If it won’t work I will have a loss of 15000g. But as usually no risk no fun. But at least it looks like not much competition in that area. And it is really high quality and would be great improvement for each alt hitting 80.

Glyph business is running. Still very tough competition but since I am selling a lot I have to craft a lot. I started to buy more ink directly from the AH since the producing is so time intensive.
My shot on the card sets still looks not so profitable. There is still lot of money bound that I should try to cache out soon.

As you can see, lots of targets for a very limited play time. Thats the reason why my pally did not see much playtime.

If you have any hints regarding the mage DPS please let me know.

Mel.

Mage hit 80

August 14, 2009

So now I have my mage reach the level cap. I used a two weeks span to run a lot of heroics and nax10. Luckily only one week into level 80. the new patch 3.2 hit. I bought some epics, mainly to start with hit cap and to replace old gear.
My average item level is now 206 thanks to some pieces out of the new heroic 5man. But man I still suck on DPS. And its also extremely random. I am proper gemmed and socked. I spent huge money into the equip but I am doing only 2.2k DPS up to a 3K within a short fight and heroism available.
This looks like I am missing some core mechanics, or is it real due to a bad internet connection. I am not sure. Both may true maybe.
I try to spell queue and use all cool downs as often as possible.
I started with fire spec, which felt sub par. I switched to arcane and I am wondering how to approve. I would love to master it, before I would switch to frost fire. I am now sitting on 2000 spell power and 28% critical chance but have only 6% haste.
This may be some part of the reason; probable I should switch with a high crit. rating back to fire. Who knows?

My aim is to reach at least 3K DPS. But maybe the equip is not good enough yet. I wonder about what future will bring. Maybe the missing set bonuses. I think I will collect 116 emblems and buy the Tier 8 set.
At the moment most improvements would come from shoes and cloak. But so far I did not came across something worth, or was in need of the hit on the current cloak. Since I was lucky to pick up the 100 hit trinkets I may have some room know.

Besides myself sucking in terms of DPS, at least I am always above 2K I had some really good time with my mage. It is great to stand in the back and just nuke but still it is a lot of stuff you have to watch for. Usually you are dead quit fast. So move out of anything that hurts immediately. Be aware about the spell the boss can caste and react in a timely manner.
I am also had the possibility to lead a raid into Ulduar 10. Even with the small knowledge I have, some experience with my paladin healer, I was able to down the bridge boss, thanks to all other player being really good at movement. Most of them have had better equip than me but not that much better. On top of the charts was a paladin doing 4K DPS.
What sucked:
1. Healer left after 2 hours.
2. Rogue sucked due to not stopping damage, being called went offline, got fired by me
3. More people left after 3 hours at a time of 11pm
4. We where searching for filler for over 1 hour in total

Next time I have to make clear about this: What time schedules do I aspect from my teammates?
I need to find a good strategy for Thorim since we had trouble with the arena team. Healer died all the time, after two waves. Probably standing together was not a good idea, since the effect of slowing down caste is both not good for healer and DPS.
I sucked in the gangway group due to multiple dying in the fire throws.

New 5 man hero:

I like the hosting, and can not understand the other players, who think it is unnecessary. It is short, it is not to tough, and its totally different from the other instances.
Some fellow blogger even judge the development by the space the instance is covering. And since it is not big, it should be a lazy design.
I say: I love it. Being in one room. Being able to run back into the instance the moment you died. The loot is gorgeous. It should be that easy all the time. Where is the skill running the same instance multiple times just for the probability that the loot drops. I am just fine with 2 level 216+ items to be dropped on a 5man hero. What I don’t like, that the drops are for the same slots like the badge loot. Head and chest. This way I first get the instance loot, enchant it properly, and have to replace it short after.
Where is the sense out of it? Please make it possible for me to improve all necessary slots. Otherwise it is only such a small improvement and new chars will never be able to catch up.

Did I mention that jousting is fun? I started the tournament quests very late. I think two weeks ago. And now I am a champion of Undercity. Yeah. At first I lost. I lost again. Then I lost more often than I would win. Lately I won all the time. And now it’s only a question of how fast I can achieve it. Thank you Blizzard this is well done.
I also like the squire pet carrying my flag, will use him in a raid soon.

I power leveled the last skill levels in enchanting. Boy this is expensive, and in now way lucrative. I am used to buy the mats and create the end product for small margin. But as it turns out many enchants are even sold far below material cost. Man enchanter are stupid. I will watch for this in the future and hope for changes.
Glyph business is running okay. It is still a lot of work to craft those damn glyphs in huge quantities. At least it is so much faster with the posting if you use Quick Auctions 2. With it, I switched to post only 2 at time.

What next: Try to do raids. If not possible do level druids. Enhance level on warrior and go ahead with shamy. 3 toons at 80. 3 toons to go. O my god.

Ganking

July 6, 2009

I am not sure if this is even a word. But for the time given let us consider it is. It happened yesterday and it is a typical event on a PVP server. About stupid dump asses. I am falling into that trap from time to time.
I logged onto my 73 undead mage and wanted to do some qeusting with my buddy who has also started a DK on my server. (Remember we are level our two druid together) Since he is pushing really hard his DK is now 73. I think more than 7 levels last week. We where really peaceful and passed other peaceful players. Out of nowhere one warrior charged on me. My DK friend some 20yards behind me did not notice fast enough. I was able to get away two times, thanks to ice trap and blink. Finally my DK friend helped me, but at that time it was to late, a paladin and a druid made short work out of us. I was that kind of pissed, you would not believe. The fucking warrior started the skirmish and other members of his fraction helped him, the moment we had it under control.
This was the kick of event of 1hour senseless fight. Since I was just finished with the quest, they just started I absolutely know where those guys would be in the next minutes. Unluckily not the warrior starting everything, I was more pissed on the druid moon fire staff joining the battle and made out death sentence. We hired a level 80 hunter; 50g makes ganking no problem.
But both of them just logged out and where chasing us with an imba equipped rogue and a warlock. Remember us being only level 73. They killed us again, again and again. I logged onto my heal paladin but it was senseless, the rogue could kill me within 6 seconds. It was even more easy since he was full buffed and I had to start with half live, no buffs and only few mana.
After 40minutes or so we had the 80 together which where able to finish them. So they left immediately. Man, I was so enraged that those assholes where leaving the second they lost. But hey, I was quite sure where to find them. Sure the same quest giver everything started now level 73 again. Unfortunately, a holy paladin can not kill quickly and both of them run away as fast as they could. After bubble was down we finished the fucking paladin.

Lesson learned:
I will not play with my friend high level again if he is not willing to join Teamspeak. We could have easily killed the initial warrior with proper coordination.
I still hate those cursed kiddies running on an PVP server and being able to do what they want.
We lost due to communication, the player who helped us, where not able to do a coordinate move, this way the rogue and warlock could finish them off one by one.
The system is real unfair in open world pvp, since a rogue can not be seen and starting with half life is an instant win for the rogue.
Next time log of and play an alt, since this is only a sink of time.

What happend

July 1, 2009

I could not find my PVP mate online during the last weeks. He already mentioned that he has a lot of alts on many different servers. He may be found their. Since I am restricted to usually Wednesday I may have missed him all the time.

It was a great time playing with him. 3 weeks ago we had a 3 hour Arena session and made some real good process. We where nearly hitting 1300 rating. We missed it by two points. Afterwards we lost many points due to unlucky pairing. And of course some mistakes on my side. Nonetheless, I think we made great progress in understanding in what direction the other is heading two.

Instead I started the project with my friend from Weimar. We talked about details and decided on playing two druids. He will go feral and I will go into the caster direction. This way we can easily split loot and always will have all two combinations of DD / Tank / Healer. It will be getting much easier with hitting level 40 and having access to dual specs.

Yesterday we both hit level 20 and have nearly finished the blood elf starting area, which we used for leveling from level 12. We had very slow starting progress in the Tauren area, due to lots of travel and grind quest. Grind quest are even more boring if you do them together. Kill quest are much better. It was often the case that all mobs who could drop the item where dead and we have to kill them all over again for the grind items. This is a really bad design. Blizzard has to improve here.

Next steps: Hard to judge, we don’t have that much quest left in blood elf area, I think we will do one ore two more to get Tristessa fraction to exalted. It is a nice cloak for DD and tanks as well. After that we will have to figure out what instance should be next. I am not sure either this cave in the barrens or Castle Shadowfang. I like the latter one, it is my all time favorite instance, the ore is great and the final boss is always a nice fight.

My mage is still only close to level 73, since he invested much more time in milling than in leveling. I am now buying huge stacks of addles tongue and creating the card sets. It really cost a fortune to create noble decks. They are worth 600g each, since the creation is that random and the ink is still expensive. I hope to be able to at lease use the junk cards for my alts, so at least it will generate some profit this way. But man, eight cards for one deck is stupid. But at least I am sitting now onto 300 inks of the sea and will be able to craft the next glyphs which I will have sold easily.

The market is tough, but with aggressive canceling and reposting it is still possible to make some profit. 3-5K can be made with 4-6 postings. It depends on luck, how long it would take for the other to undercut.

I found some love for my Tauren DK tank again. He was easily able to tank Naxx 10man and 25man. It was a smooth run with an alt raid, where my only issue was holding the aggro against single targets. Unholy felt to uncomfortable here. So I went back to skeletonjack.com and looked for some frost or blood skill examples. After some consideration I picked frost, since I never tested it myself.
And it felt great. Spells are funny and the damage on single target is good. My items are still few blue: Sigel, Trinkets. Epics on ilvl 200. I won the role on T7,5 shoulders and now have to decide whether going for the 3/4 tank set or 2/2 damage set.

The 25PUG raid went smooth, but we have the usually problems. We started at 8pm and first person left 10pm. More and more player left until we gave up at 2am. Big thanks to our best dps. A hunter was doing 5k dps and stayed to the end. We had only 4 horsemen and embosses left.
I picked up some achievments and have only to down the final bosses for instance clear on Naxx25.

My wife and myself will do our trip to Gran Canaria next week. So again, there will be some less reporting from this side.

Website: PugChecker

June 9, 2009

Check out the new PUG Checker.

PUG is the short form for Pick Up Group.
Means, you don’t have a good friends list, or not even a guild. So you would need to PUG. I do it a lot. Since I have both a tank and a healer on 80 can do the important parts. Given speed to the run with the tank or make sure there is enogh heal on the tank. (let some DD die if necessary)

2v2: 6 fast games (2 wins)

June 9, 2009

I planned only to do some fast AH canceling and reposting and ended up doing 6 games with my all mighty warlock mate.

We lost 4 games due to bad preparation, mainly on my side. We had a break of playing together for maybe two weeks and I was out of practice. It was pity but reloging into my paladin after doing Ulduar 25 raid last week I had the interface set up to raids. Therefore, the group pictures where not shown into arena. Somehow the checkbox “do not show group in raids” considers arena matches also as raids.

In one match the opposing team made lot of pressure onto my warlock. I thought he was dead. Irritated by the missing frame of him. But he was not. The moment I realized (couple of seconds) he was dead.
Maybe the problem is also that we are both have to press button to speak via Team speak. Therefore, communication is limited.

Another mistake witch is very bad within an arena math is the targeting of my team members with the F1 F2 F3 … keys. If you have a teammate with a pet, you get the pet into target if you press the F2 button again. Damn.
Its an extremly sad moment when you realize that you are not healing your mate but the pet instead.

After 2-3 games we where getting better. At least I felt much more comfortable with my key bindings and situational awareness. We one 2 games out of those. Mainly because my warlock mate is very good with fearing other players and self heals. In many matches he is doing more heals than the opposing healer. Funny.

Moral:

It was great to be back into arena. Even if I have not thought about it, I missed it.
We need more practice and we will further improve.

Remarks:

Check your heal target more carefully
Set up the fear undead pet combo: focus macro, fear focus macro (instant due to glyph)
Double check gear after using outfitter, should have 450 resilience, 2000 spell power, 18K mana, 19K live.

Next games will be played on Thursday 2pm. (German public holiday in some regions)


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