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May 2009

What to Wear: a Shadow Priest's Guide to 10-Man Ulduar

On the heels of having had, shall we say, "lively" discussions with Master Looters over whether two belts were "best for healers. healers get first priority" in Ulduar in the past two weeks (once in 25 the other in 10), I realized the best defense is an offense. These discussions go a lot more smoothly when you can point to unbiased third parties and say "um, no."

I'm not a math geek so I am not going to argue BiS (best in Slot) with the maths here. Rather, I am going to discuss your gearing up opportunities by boss, to help you prep your wish list. If you want to see BiS across all available 10-man and 25-man raids, including Ulduar hard mode boss drops, has an excellent list. With more math than you can shake a stick at.

Words of Caution: Much of the Ulduar loot lacks hit. So don't be quick to shard or sell your existing gear when you receive an upgrade. You may have to swap gear around for raids to ensure you stay hit capped.

The list, after the break.

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State of my Shadow Priest


Another week, another handful of achievements for my shadow priest...

  • Got to check Gundrak off my heroics list. It is taking me forever to work my way through these because as my third 80...there is simply not as much interest on my part in rerunning them, nor on the part of others to do them at all either.
  • Got my Stinker pet after gathering the requisite 50 pets.
  • Most surprisingly, I got my Epic achievement. I never thought when I transferred this lady over to her current server that I would fall in with a fun bunch of folks for 25-man content, but I did. Major thanks to Norm. <3

Time Off for Bad Behavior

I-stalks5 Tonight I witnessed absolutely the silliest /gquit I've seen in my 3 1/2 years of playing.

A healer in our 10 man Naxx run logged off in the middle of the raid. After a minute, she logged back on and /gquit. What was her reason? Because the run had wiped on the eyestalks.

Um, what?

No, the run did not wipe repeatedly on the eyestalks. They somehow wiped once.And this person.../gquit over it.

I have three small words for this person should I ever see her again: Grow. Up. Already.

Shit happens.

I can only imagine how such a person behaves IRL when someone in her life doesn't perform perfectly.

Ours is a fun and friendly guild. In the end, all you can truly say is good riddance, and goodnight.

(super cute GIF courtesy of [info]oftwominds)

Dear Blizzard

I am writing you today, via the Interwebs, in the hopes someone somewhere can help me with a serious and seriously annoying issue that has plagued me since 3.1 brought with it dual specs.

I log on to my druid every day to do the cooking and fishing dailies. She is otherwise retired, for now, but she is at 80/100 Dalaran Cooking Awards for her chef's hat, so I slog onward.

Since I bought her dual spec, on at least 6 occasions, I have logged on to find that her second spec, or both specs, have had all their talent points refunded. The first time this happened I reported it as a bug, after re-allocating all my talent points. I logged on the next day to a copy/paste reply telling me I was a stupid person who needed to hit the LEARN button since I had the preview function enabled on my talent trees. And to find...all my talent points reset.

This has happened again and again in the past few weeks. I assure you I have screenshots of me as a tree and a Boomkin. I am positive it's not me, it's you. And yet I continue to get the patronizing replies.

The dual spec talent points being unspent issue happened to me again last night and I dutifully put in a ticket. I mentioned in that ticket that I did hit learn, I have used her second spec, and have 2 other characters who have dual secs and no issues. And can you guess what I logged on to find this morning? Yup. All my talent points refunded and an email telling me I am an idiot who can't remember to hit LEARN.

Why on earth would you do that when the entire content of my ticket was complaining about having my talent points being wiped and it being annoying? Seriously? I am tired of respeccing my druid do to your GMs not comprehending (or perhaps not even reading) my complaint. If someone is complaining their spec keeps being reset causing them to have to keep redoing their talents, it is incredibly frustrating and rude (and nonsensical) to reset all of their talent points including main spec.

Please fix whatever the issues are with the dual specs, and stop overloading the GM reply quota so they will actually stop and read the tickets that come in instead of scanning for keywords that align to the boilerplate. I am tired of wasting my time redoing my talent trees due to your GM's carelessness.


a disgruntled long-time player

P.S. I am hearing now after asking around this has affected several other folks on my druid's realm. And has hit the forums. If anyone see that link let me know. I would like to tell the next GM I talk to to go to the forums before blowing me off again.

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Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1: Bringing the Fishing Dailies Back, Now in Northrend

One of my laments when we initially launched into this expansion was its lack of fishing dailies for fisherwomen such as myself. So when 3.1 brought with it fishing dailies, I was thrilled to say the least, and hopped to discovering the Mystery of the Ghost Fish and gathering many fishing treasures, such as Jack Sparrow's compass, and a bank alt pimp hat. One of my guildies was lucky enough to obtain a fancy fishing rod. But I have yet to see one of those (despite fishing across 3 toons), and no bobbers or turtle mount. Cue crying.

Like its predecessor in Outlands, the fishing quests carry an achievement for completing all of the quests: Chasing Marcia. Here's an overview of the quests you must complete to obtain it:

The Ghostfish
Take the newly zippy flightpath from Dalaran to Sholazar Basin's River's Heart flight point. After disembarking the plane, turn around and start fishing in the lake. It can take a few minutes for you to loot the ghost fish. IMPORTANT NOTE: as soon as you loot one of these babies, you must click on it and eat it. It will despawn 60 seconds after being caught so don't do what I did the first time and fly back to Dalaran with it in your bags...While you're out here, you may want to fish up some Nettlefish for your guild's resident fish feast maker.

Jewel of the Sewers
This is a 2-for-1 fishing activity since while you are down in the sewers waiting to fish up some corroded jewelry for this quest, you have a chance at obtaining the Giant Sewer Rat pet and achievement. I had the person next to me obtain this the other day and I seriously wanteed to push him into the sewer water. Ahem. Personally, when doing this quest,I like to eat a Magic Eater and cast while sitting down (or transformed into creatures like the whelp, above.)

Dangerously Delicious
I kept putting off this one until I realized that the Alliance and Horde flightpaths into Winterspring each have adjacent pools in which you may fish. Of course, ever since I realized that, this quest hasn't popped up. FINE. Also of note (theank you Kadomi) is Wintergrasp fishing is an easy way to obtain all of the fishies you need for your fish feasts without travelling the globe. Which reminds me of the many times I stood around in uncooperative AVs fishing back in the old days...

Monsterbelly Appetite
For this one, I have been flying to Unu'pe and flying east to their adjacent icebergs. Be sure to turn on your fish pool tracking. You'll find the Monsterbelly pools out here. If the other pools are up instead, you can fish them out to help the Monsterbelly pools repop. I lack the patience to just fishin the sea until a monsterbelly happens along but you could do that also. Be sure to loot the "Bloated Monsterbelly" you fish up to retrieve the arm. Return the arm to the first aid shop in Dalaran for your reward.

Blood is Thicker
Fly out to the Borean Tundra flight path of your choice and head towards the lake full of poachers south of the Amber Ledge. If others are out here doing the quest, you can use someone else's pool. Otherwise, kill a big mammoth or other creature and jump into the water, creating a red pool to fish from. Typically, I got 3 fish per cast, making this my quickest fishing daily. WHile you are at the lake, fish up some musselback sculpin for fish feasts.

Helpful Hints

  1. Use your best fishing poll and a lure to avoid trash. If youhaven't yet maxed out fishing, get on it as that will help you have fewer casts for the quest objectives.
  2. Make sure you are not in a raid group. You can not fish up the quest fishies while in a raid.
  3. Grab your cooking and/or jewelcrafting dailies at the same time. It's often efficient to do them all in one circuit.

Your Just Rewards

The gray trash from your Bag of Fishing Treasures can range from a few coppers to 100g vendor price. But not so fast-- the gray jungle hat is actually something you might want to give your favorite lowbie or bank alt since headpieces are hard to come by at low levels. There is also a chance for a rare pet, the strand crawler.

Happy Fishing!