Archive for May, 2009

8am and 1K Winter done

May 27, 2009

Wednesday is a random day. I have a couple of minutes at around 7.30am to 8.30am. Usually it is not clear if I will be able to log into the game or not, due to down time of the server. Several weeks after the big 3.1 patch the scheduled downtime was till 11am. Since two or three weeks this changed and I was able to log in.
Today was the same. Usually I will do some inscription research, buy some cheap herbs I am looking for, or doing even the JC daily. Nothing serious, it is just enjoying the game atmosphere before I head over to work.
This time I just logged into, when I see the handel’s channel, someone states that 1K winter is starting right at this moment. So I logged into my holy paladin asked for an invite and off we where. My mood jumped down slightly at the moment I realized that we were on defense. Since we have no choice in selection, this was the way to go.

This was the second BG for me at this time, and I had recognized some weeks ago that at that time not that much player are online and fighting for glory. So we where maybe 30-35 player on defense, end even less on offence.
This seems to result into a scaling of the smaller group. I have seen a fighting shaman with 30K life and a DK was reported with 40K life. Usually I keep myself a little bit in the background but with this few players it was not possible so I have been target 4-6 times in this match. One ret paladin nuked me and the unlucky priest beside me in only two seconds. It was that fast that I not even thought about my bubble being necessary, awesome.

Maybe five of us have been in the offence and fighting successful on the tower, whilst the rest of us kept on defense duty for our fortress. The alliance manages to break through the front door 10min to go. They even managed to keep attacking as one big group. But thanks to our horde team we stayedtogether as well kept them out for the remaining of the game.

Pros: Win, no lag at all
Cons: Does not feel that epic like 3+ 40man raids against opposing 3+ 40 raids.

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24h and Paris

May 26, 2009

What brings those two topics together? I consider myself as an addicted man. Whatever I do will become very fast totally involved into it. I started to watch the 24h TV series with Kiefer Sutherland some weeks ago. No I am nearly done with season 2. I have three more episodes to go.
Man this TV series is a very good entertaining for me. Everything around Jack Bauer is dying fast and he is pretty cool all the time:
“I can not answer now, I will do later”
“I am sorry I can not tell more, but please do what I said to you”
“I have to drop the call, do what I said”
He is breaking laws with nearly every step he makes. And what I like most, it is very though to predict what will happen in the next minutes. Each person can be suspected as evil or only mislead or even mistaken. It is fun, and even if I would love to do some more 2v2 matches today, I can not through to some housekeeping duties and my urgent need to find out the end of season two.
Paris will be my destination this weekend. It is our first anniversary of our wedding and in Germany we have a long weekend. An optimal situation to make the 4 to 5 hours car drive to the main capital of France and the city of love. Since my wife is a French teacher and extremely good in France language I expect a smooth stay. Finally I will be able to see the Eifel Tower and the Louvre.
So it will be tough to find some time for gaming this week.

On Sunday I played 5 hours and now my mage is sitting in 1K xp out of 1,5K to proceed to level 71. Rest bonus is accumulating, the instance “Castle Utrgrade” (is this the English name, I can only guess) is done with three quest and good upgrades. The nexus prequest are done also but so far I could not find a group picking me up from the group search function.
The bad thing is I am running only 700 DPS in instances, even on bosses. I have no idea why this is the case. Probably I will have to change my rotation. Maybe only 20% crit chance is for fire tree far to low.
And with level 70 I can now produce magic cloth, it is on a 4 days cool down and will be needed for all the fine epics I want to produce when hitting 80. My skill is up to 425 which allows my to manufacture the fast flying carpet. The slow one looks nice, but man this thing is so slow.

Sidenote: I would have loved to jump with my paladin into Ulduar. But random groups starting slow. There are some, but heal paladin do not seem to be in short demand at the given moment and since I have enough other goals it is not to bad.

Mission Completed

May 22, 2009

Man that was tough. As I mentioned earlier I am an absolute beginner in the sense of pvp. I have no idea what is necessary to pull out a win. How did it work this time?
We played against two hunters, both rushing hard on us. The warlock made some port actions but finally was nuked down, due to my lack of faster reaction in line of sight. Still an area of improvement, you have to know not only where your team mate is standing, also where will he head to and what amount of healing is necessary. So he was dead and it was me against two hunters.

My mate cheered on me, move under the bridge, one of the hunter will die due to the dots. Okay I jumped, an luckily one of the hunter really died. So my WL mate gave me the instructions how to act against a beast master with his annoying pet. Run, judge and hide. I really had at first get used to it. The run and hide part was the easy part. I could easy heal me up, with holy shock and my shield. Some small heals in between would be enough. The hunter tried to get my mana out of me with his viper shot. This was dispelled by me, thanks to my WL mate and me looking to the green color around my unit frame.

But how to kill the BM. He had around 18k live and a good restoring of that life. I tried to go after him from time to time with holy shock and my judgments, but this was by far not enough. One reason was probably that I was still running with my holy seal, this should be switched to something more offensive.
But mainly it was due to my lack of doing burst without being slowed all the time. So I needed a good combination of Hand of freedom, my stun hammer, and targeting this annoying BM. After many tries, I was getting better and more confident in the task. And decided to give it the final try, though the improvements he was down to 2/3 of his live and I got after him. Judgments and shocks where used on cool down this time and my hammer kept him in range for my shield bashes.
And finally he was below 20%. And I could throw my hammer of wrath. Now he was running. but no way for him to get away, my judges and hammers can be thrown from really far away.
This was for sure not the most genius win ever but at least gives me some confidents that it can be achieved.

Thinking back, what can be improved?

Work with the wings.
At least after the emergency bubble was used, there is no reason to not use my wings, and this way doing more pressure.

Improve targeting of opposing player.

Next steps:

Level my mage from 69 to 71. I want to be able to create moon cloth.
Look for the new argent tournament. At least give it a try.
Buy the fast flying for the DK.
Level my new shaman from 5-12 and bring him to oggrima. He should sell my glyphs.

All PvP’lers hear this, tonight is battletime

May 20, 2009

After 3 days without playing. It is Wednesday again, this means today start the next run for points in arena. On Sunday evening I joined my first 3v3 team. And holy good we sucked. We started with the setup Dot-Warlock, Destruction-Warlock an myself as holy paladin. Is still have no clues to separate one WL from the other but probably some have advantages above the other. The plan was, that the Destruction-WL would be able to kill one opponent player faster than they would be able to kill us.

The main changes for my side, 2v2 as my experience so far, I am know more often either main target or crowd controlled. This way, I saw our side more often loosing than that we ware able to pull out a victory. So we switched the Dest.-WL to a Warrior with mortal strike. This way the match last a little bit longer, but I was still not able to give a victory through good moves.

I have to improve, but also we have to find a valid strategy as a team to work with.
It was hard for me to figure out if I was now main target or should be close to my mates to heal them. In 2v2 you usually have at least some time to get close and make the heal. In 3v3 everything is much more urgent. And it is also very hard to run between my two mates to heal them if they are separated.

One match we played against two healers, and where not able to down any player. And after a couple of minutes the opposing ret paladin was able to down me. Sure somehow my mistake, but after 7 minutes you should also expect that the first opposing player is down.

One game was great because it was that close we have been in 3v2 lead. But shortly after the kill lost our first WL; me and the opposing healer dying at the same time. In the end it was our destro. WL against the opposing DK and he managed to pull out our win.

This is still my aim to archive, if left in 2v2 match alone against opposing damage dealer, I want to will pull out the win, man was it close last time. I have to keep myself under control and do the right things.

Oh I totally forget: We managed to win 10 straight games in 2v2 in the region of 870 team rating. We now have a rating from 1030 and looking forward to improve in this area.

Funny side note is that my teammate didn’t notice that he still was not using the best version of his spell. He only lately hit 80 and they did not update automatically. Strange.

So thumbs up, hope for much fun today.

Equipment 24′ Monitor and a new System

May 15, 2009

So finally the monitor arrived. And let me say it is huge. And it is great. 1900*1080 Wide Screen. Amazingly you really have to look from one side of the monitor to the other. Grrr, how sweet.
The next steps will be:

My wife wants to have our laptop, which is currently our fastest PC. Something like Intel Dual Core P something. I am able to at least display most things in a good results, but I am pretty sure that this wont be the case with the old Pentium PC. I think this one is nearly 6 years old and now it is time for a new one.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Box, Sockel AM3 213,96 €
MSI 790FX-G65, Sockel AM3, ATX, PCIe 114,90 €
XFX RADEON HD 4890 1GB DDR5 PCI-E 2.0 204,98 €
Samsung HD502IJ, 500GB, 16MB 47,00 €
NZXT Guardian 921, ATX, 83,74 €
4GB-Kit Corsair Twin3X4096-1600C9DHX DDR3, CL9 71,07 €
LG GH22NS30/NS40 Retail black SATA 29,65 €
BE Quiet! Straight Power 600 Watt / BQT E6 85,74 €
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit SP1 – SB-Version 82,75 €

So I will make the order today. The whole system will cost me 1000 Euro. But afterwards I will have my first high end PC and I am curious to find out who this will enhance my game play. Will thinks load faster, will I be able to see more? Will my spell get lower delay to whatever reason.

At least I will have a test scenario at home.
In my eyes still a large amount of money.

How I made my first 20k Gold WoW

May 14, 2009

Finally I made it. After 3 years of being poor as the church mice.

How did I finally do it?

I found out by myself that it brings much better money as a startup in collecting things and sell afterwards, because I had absolutely no spare money to max a profession. I mean I did once with my alliance alchemist, but where only able to make some decent profit. All my collected herbs went into leveling my alchemist profession; each product did not sell well.

I always had enough money to buy the repairs and in need could go collect some herbs an made my raid pots.

With my DK running from 58 to 80 I realized that I would like to have a steady income. Even the low level mining ores could be sold for profit. It was insane easy to get the skill up to 250. Thanks to the fast mount and all flight points available. Just some internet research which places to go for farming.
In the 250 range I went to Winterspring. I always loved that area. I needed some extra material from that area to finally being able to provide my jewel crafter with materials for his profession. So reaching 80 I was at least able to have the frost flying skill on a slow mount.
At around that time I came across the page of Gevlon. I read through all is stuff. All his hints and strategies.
So I installed auctioneer and give inscription as profession to my mage. At that time I had no idea how the inscription would work. But this profession gives you money from the start. I think with only 60 skill points you are ready to learn one minor glyph each day. Those glyphs are much rarer than the others.
The algorithm to learn the glyphs take into account what you can produce with your skill. So I started selling immediately for profit several minor glyphs. And stacking more and more herbs. Interestingly, I have now a skill of 430 inscriptions and never picked up a herb myself. I made a profit of 20k something. This was mainly due to the patch that everybody needs a second set of Glyphs for the off speck.
Now with everything cooling down I only make maybe 1-2K a week. The reason is that we have now a lot of more aggressive sellers. They are able to underbid you within 10min. I think they have an add-on for that but at the moment I am only guessing.
Solution for this problem is that you can offer your glyphs directly by undercutting the market in an unofficial way, e.g. I can produce explosive shot, one new glyph out of the book of inscription. I can not sell via AH since someone is monitoring there. Price is between 50-130g.
So I am offering the glyph directly and sell for 40-60g, Still making some nice profit.

For a while I also made a decent profit by producing gems. Some gems can be learned. Some are bop drops from dungeons and some have to be bought from JC daily. So I know that +hit is a very good gem and would be needed a lot. Since the learning is an equivalent to 200g you have to sell some gems with profit to make it worthy.

In the beginning i bought all raw gems for 30-37g could be up to 30 of them. And sell the +hit gems for 50-55g. This way it was not that easy to underbid me. Since at least you have to invest 37-45g for the raw.
Nowadays, the price is down to 20g for raw. And more producers are out. But on occasional days it still works.
With more money coming in you can also think about producing epic necklace or rings. The initial investment is around 6*100g. So you have to sell with profit again.
Here you have the problem that some JC craft those for free if you ask them and have the materials ready.
This is really bad for the economy and I would never do this.

My last and current project is enchanting. Since I can make the scrolls I can put those into the AH also. Let me say even with a tailor in hand this is a very expensive profession in my experience.
And on a side note you can make nice profit in AH as a blacksmith by offering the different rods for the right price. Some have been so much overpriced 350% that I searched an blacksmith myself and tipped him with 10g. So make sure that your rods are in AH always for 24h.
Now the enchanter is 390 and can make useful enchants. It is still very slow, since the material costs are amazingly high and I am still trying only to buy the mats in the 56%-110% range.
At least the scrolls should be selling now.

Outlook: I will try to pick up some more books of glyphs. But it feels more like a Russian roulette at the moment. Some glyphs are driven so ridiculous low that no profit can be made. At the moment I think a good price for a book would be 100g.

With this many professions, I should be able to stabilize my income and make steady progress.

Keep in mind I am only 3 days a week online.

Summary:

It took me 3 month from 1K gold to 30K.
In this time I leveld my mage from 39 to 65
I stuffed my paladin with lots of Naxx 25 /10 epics

Investment per week maybe 10-15 hours.

Good luck to you all

My first experience on Arena 2v2 (80er)

May 14, 2009

So finally I decide to write something to the world outside. So this is my first post. Free welcome to make comments.

It took me around 4-6 hours of preparation. I changed some of my emblems into epic PVP equip. I was finally lucky to at least get gloves and trousers from Archavon. I had some 1K winter emblems and some 60K honor to spent.
With all sockets used for resilience and proper enchanting I could come up to 710 resilience. I have no idea if this is good or not, but at least it gives me the feeling of preparation.
The rest of the equip is some 213/200 ilvl stuff.

So now it is up to me to find another team member for arena. I don’t like the thought of running with a high equipped and experienced char, since I was quit sure that I don’t even had a clue how to perform well. And man was I right, I had absolutely no clue. Therefore, I want to share my thoughts from yesterday.

I teamed up with a warlock who is an alt of an holy paladin. I meet him some weeks before, where I could join his 5v5. At that time I learned being focus without any resilience is a bad situation.
This warlock has some 1300 spell power which leads to the idea that there will be allot of room for improvement. But he has experience and he is a dot warlock. After our first 2 games which we lost of course I was introduced into the concept of run and hide. Since most games would with our team look like this if opposing team has one healer and one dd. They will try to eliminate the WL. But the damage they do is in the team rating around 800 not that much. It can be handled very easily. Thinks get only tricky if they get me into crowd control chains and do there burst.
So being out of range for there fears, dots, sheep’s was really very helpful.
After I got myself out of the line more and more, we start winning games. Now it comes to the point of communication and executions.

Hitting the right buttons on the right target is tough?

You may ask why? Let me explain the problem. I was always a fan of getting my heal target by pressing the F1 or F2. The bad thing here is if you press F2 you may end up with the pet in target. This at least cost us 3 games.
How do I plan to improve: There are several blogs speaking about gaming devices. I will buy a gamers mouse. I will try to figure out how to use the best key binding. I will build suitable macros for modifiers. I expect all those changes will take me a lot of time. But for now I decided that I will go into that direction.

Did I have fun. Yes due to the skill of my warlock it was great. He had lots of suggestions on special situation and was very positive at the moment I made something right. It is always a very good attitude if you don’t blame a beginner, but instead help to improve and to compliment on the progression.

Lesson learned:

– Blood elf ability to silence enemy caster grants you also 6% mana for free. (Stupid me that I missed that)
– 25% mana regen / min reduces the healing with 50% (autsch, that was a biggest mistake so far)
– 30seconds after poping of wings no pala bubble possible.
– Instant heal holy shock comes skilled with an additional instant small heal. (great while running away)
– If your close weaver is under main attack at the beginning of the match, give him hand of protection (no melee damage anymore), if this runs out give him another hand which transfers damage from him to you.