Side Note #100

Wow. Just informed by wordpress that the last post was number 100 for me! Three years and 100 posts later and still raiding on my rogue.

This blog was started to replace a blog I had started on a site called Guild Cafe during Karazhan. At that time, I was an officer/Assistant GM for a 10 man guild that was trying to transition to 25’s and Gruul’s. We ended up absorbed by the 3rd ranked guild on my original server, and thus began my extremely hardcore raiding schedule. We ran 6 nights a week, 3 hours a night. As you can imagine, that took a toll on everything in my life.

After about 9 months of 100% attendance, I server transferred to join a guild that ran 4 hours a night, 4 days a week. Both guilds had stopped running MH/BT and were on SWP. With Wrath launch, I was struggling to find the desire to maintain a Top 50 guild mentality and desire. I quit raiding and then the game for about 3 months. With Ulduar, I was feeling the bug again and joined a 3 night/3 hour guild. We progressed through all content and I stopped raiding after a year and a half of 95% attendance. In Cataclysm, I joined a group of friends from my two former guilds to raid strict 10s on a casual schedule. Some quit after Tier 11, and the rest of us are attempting to plug along.

What a raiding journey. For the most part, I’ve been fortunate to play with some great people and great guilds. I’ve got a ton of WoW stories and even gained some real life friends.

Long winded wow history over. Let the raiding discussions commence. 🙂

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Firelands – Worst Luck EVER

After making the decision to rebuild our team for Firelands raiding, the five of us that remained knew that we had a daunting task before us. We’ve been on this type of sinking ship before. Sometimes you bail out all the water, sometimes you sink.

While I personally believe we’re far from sinking, our raid nights have had a bit of a “keystone cop” sort of feel to them. We’re failing at things like showing up on time and doing a bit of class and fight homework personally without expecting the raid lead to force feed it to you. Some of this is due to the fact that we got used to being a group of former hardcores who just have good raiding habits by this time. Building a new team will always come with it’s fair share of hiccups.

Some of the things plaguing us have just been plain bad luck as well. Life happens and it happens to us randomly and viciously. A raider’s refrigerator line breaks and floods his kitchen 20 minutes before start. A tank recruit logs off after a ZA and doesn’t come back and we kick him after a week. Another raider had a bad night installing a new system at work on the same night as the refrigerator incident and ending up getting home 20 minutes before end.

Such is raiding. So we’re back to the same options. Recruit a 30% bench and sit tons of people. (Many of whom will quit because they’re sitting and we have a 2 day a week schedule.) Roll with the punches and go when we can and call it when we can’t. Disband and give up the ghost.

We’re currently working on Majordomo. I missed the Alysrazor kill during my week of vacation. So with normal modes almost done in, I’d love to see our team stablize and start whacking at heroics.

Rage of the Firelands – Catching UP

We had a bit of trouble securing a regular tank. Solution: A guildie RAF’d a real life friend and he levelled a DK. With a solid 11 man team now in place, we were finally ready to get some progression going.

We knocked out Beth’tilac and Lord Rhyolith last week. Then we came in a stomped through Baleroc this week. Now the guild is going to start work on Alysrazor, but their rogue and warlock are going to be on vacation for a week.

We did have a bit of trouble with Rhyolith this week. His turning mechanic seems to be a bit harder and volcanoes seem to like to spawn on the opposite end of the island from the path we’re steering him on. It looks like he will continue to be a frustrating fight for us. Luckily, Eternal Embers have been kind in their drop rate for us and our Mage grabbing the first legendary is at 7.

I hope we can keep up the momentum and keep having a blast.

Happy Raiding!

Rage of the Firelands Week 2 – To be on time is to be late…

One thing about 10 man raiding, you really have to depend on your team to show. Especially tanks and healers. In 25 man raiding, you generally have a larger bench which equals more options if RL interferes.

Last night we found ourselves waiting on a OT who had signed up on the calendar for last night’s planned Firelands run. After grabbing a DK Tank friend of one of our new members, we plowed ahead through the 45 mins of trash and a repeat Shannox kill. Sadly, this only left us enough time for 3 attempts on Beth’tilac and no new kill in week 2.

Raiding etiquette 101 – Sign up, show up, or please communicate. Nine other people are sacrificing their time to be their. Show them some courtesy.

Hopefully, Tuesday’s run will start on time and we’ll get some work done in the new Tier12 content. 🙂

Happy Raiding!

4.1 – Stealth Buffed? Wtf?

Never in my wildest rogue dreams would I imagine Blizzard granting the following:

“Stealth base cooldown has been reduced to 6 seconds, down from 10, and the movement penalty from being in Stealth has been removed.”

A buff to our most hated ability? We must be dreaming. After a week of battleground and arenas in my Sub spec, I can say the buff to stealth is fun but it just feels evil.

My other favorite class gain in 4.1?

“Tricks of the Trade now has a 100-yard range, up from 20.”

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Now I don’t have to run 40 yards from my assigned Al’Akir spot to reapply TotT if my guildies get chatty when we should be pulling. 🙂

A full list of the Rogue specific changes can be found here:

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/2657803#rogues

Patch 3.3 – The Icecrown Citadel

The information is pouring out from the PTR for Patch 3.3. In what is probably the final content patch for The Wrath of the Lich King expansion, we will finally get to face The Lich King and his Scourge horde in the final battle for dominance in Northrend.

Initial screenshots of the new 5 man dungeon and aspects of the new raiding tier are being released, and gear models and set bonuses have been datamined over at mmo-champion.com. The new raid instance is featuring the ability to toggle between Normal and Hard Mode encounters via the user interface, rather than the multiple lockouts available with the current Tier 9 content, Call of the Crusade. Also being introduced, Weekly Raid Quests. Now you can overnuke Sartharion for more than just another raiding commute machine. Character copies and premade characters are available for those wishing to test content and be spoiled.

Here’s the breakdown on what 3.3 will mean for the Rogue class in the next patch (source mmo-champion):

Rogue

  • 4 piece Tier 10 – Gives your melee finishing moves a 13% chance to add 3 combo points to your target.
  • 2 piece Tier 10 – Your Tricks of the Trade ability now grants you 15 energy instead of costing energy.
  • Dual Wield: Rogues now know this ability upon logging into the game at level 1.
  • Stealth: This ability no longer has multiple ranks. While active, the single rank of this ability (available at level 1) allows rogues to move at 70% movement speed.
  • Vanish: For the first half second after this ability is used, neither Vanish nor Stealth can be broken by taking damage or being the victim of a hostile spell or ability.

I want to have a positive outlook, but the Tier 10 set bonuses seem pretty lackluster when compared to the deadly poison energy regen and rupture crits of Tier 8. Also, not totally trusting the whole fixing vanish thing. But I’ll save my conspiracy theories for another day. 😉

Spreadsheet….wtf?

If you’ve played a Rogue in the World of Warcraft, you’ve probably had this statement thrown at you at least once, “Use the spreadsheet.”

Um…what? What is this mystical spreadsheet? How the heck do I find it? And best of all, WTF, it only lists epic raid gear.

Yes, my rogue friend. The spreadsheets available from the theorycrafting community over at Elitist Jerks are the best way to figure out min/maxing your character. However, if this seems intimidating or you can’t find your gear, you may need a resource that the more experienced and sometimes scary rogues on the official forums won’t send you to.

Zodar has put together an amazing reference for rogues trying to navigate their way through the mass amounts of PvE, PvP and other random gearsets available. His spreadsheets list gear based on AEP (agility equivalency points). There’s no plugging things in on your own or figuring out formulas in Excel. He also gives instructions and definitions of his meanings as well as some great starter info.

So if all the talk of spreadsheets is stressing you out, confusing you, or making you want to punch out your monitor. Head over to http://www.shadowpanther.net, and give those lists a try.

As much as I garner amusement from some of the threads on our official class forums, I remember being that rogue just trying to figure things out, too.

Another great community that’s a bit more forgiving to people that may not be hardcore raiders/pvpers can be found at http://www.roguespot.com. They’ll suggest the spreadsheets, too, but in a more forgiving and community driven way.

For the actual spreadsheets, head here:

http://elitistjerks.com/f78/t39136-combat_3_2_mutilate_3_1_spreadsheets/