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Main main, 2nd main, vs alts.

In World of Warcraft on October 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

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I enjoy having multiple characters to play. I tend to have my main main which is my rogue (1st character I ever created) and that doesn’t change. My 2nd main has changed every expansion. I tend to have an alt that I work on to the point that it is almost as geared as my main. She’s the one I turn to when I’ve “finished” with what Book can do for the week. Also I enjoy being able to fill a different role such as healer or tank if needed. Many people know they can whisper me & I will have a decently geared alt I can bring to a run.

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In Wrath it was my DK. She was the easiest to level. Ulduar was out before my main hit 80. Yes, I was a Wrath Baby. I used to sub in my DK for the ICC bosses that I needed nothing for my rogue on in the guild that I was in. My warlock also got to level 80 & saw some action in ICC, but it was usually my DK I turned to first if I couldn’t take my main. Actually the funny thing was my DK ended up getting Kingslayer because my rogue was locked to another 25 man instance. My rogue never got Kingslayer until she was 85. Also my DK ended up with the shirt from Precious. Normally, I just rolled greed if any main wanted anything because she was an alt, she just took the leftovers. But there was this one rogue in my guild I didn’t like. He came back near the end of the expansion and wanted to main a rogue instead of leveling his level 70 warlock. So the guild leaders (friends of his) power leveled & power geared him by running older stuff. Yes, I was jealous I had to suffer through pick up groups and work and get geared up by myself and earn my raid spot (some begging may have also been involved) and it seemed to me he just waltzed in and was grabbing up all my gear. Also didn’t help that the other 2 active rogues in my guild didn’t care for him either. Anyway, back to Precious’s shirt. When it dropped I was on my DK and I saw Disliked Rogue rolling need on it I didn’t want him to have it. So I rolled need and won! She’s been wearing that shirt ever since.
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Cataclysm saw my second main being my Druid. I had changed guilds. In my new guild I was running in the “alt” run with my rogue. But this left me Monday thru Thursday with nothing to do. So I sort of started running Firelands with my previous guild. The guild leader liked the buffs the Moonkin brought so I found it easier to gear her than my DK or warlock (warlock then was mediocre dps . When my main got asked to apply for the main run which was the same days as the guild I was running with druid, I presented the alts I had available for the alt run and my druid was chosen to replace my rogue in the alt run. So needless to say she was my second alt through most of Cataclysm. She did quite a lot in Cata as she was almost fully heroic geared by the end of Cata and had downed everything on heroic except Spine & Madness of Deathwing.
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For Mists of Pandaria, I changed guilds about halfway through the expansion with my main.  I again let my alt run leader pick (different leader). I had my druid, paladin, and priest within about a 2-3 item level range. And since we didn’t have any plate she picked my Holy Paladin. Also it allowed her some versatility as she is a primarily a healer and secondarily a tank so one of those 2 hard to fill roles get covered.
So the DK is now an alt, the druid is now an alt. Along with the warlock (who has been stuck as an alt despite being my 3rd at max level).

Tools of WoW Investigation: PlayerScore

In Tech on December 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

While I can spout off such things as what is the basic stat you want (ie Agility, Strength, Intellect) for each spec a lot of the “finer” details I have to research. So I thought I’d share some sources I currently use.

PlayerScore http://www.tentonhammer.com/playerscore

This is useful for determining where to concentrate on.

Used to be Gearscore add on, It’s now a website as well as an Addon. It now gives you a PvE & a PvP gearscore. It takes into account achievements as well. For example, I may not have great gear, but if I was skilled enough to do the encounter with lower gear then it means I can make up for a lack of gear with skill & precision timing & it takes this into account and gives bonus points.

One complaint I have is number inflation. I remember when a 3.6k gearscore was high. Now gear scores are over 10k.

A large part of the gearscore problem was Pick Up Group (PUG) raid leaders would overvalue content and would not take raiders with a gearscore under the number they chose, which was a raid leader issue and not a site/add on issue.

Tools of WoW Investigation: Ask Mr. Robot

In Tech on November 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

While I can spout off such things as what is the basic stat you want (ie Agility, Strength, Intellect) for each spec a lot of the “finer” details I have to research. So I thought I’d share some sources I currently use.

Ask Mr. Robot http://www.askmrrobot.com

Evaluate gear for sidegrades or min/max stats.

Gear is not ideal for every spec. Surprise! The Breastplate of the Incendiary Soul (stat-ed with haste/mastery secondary) may beat out my Dark Phoenix Tunic (same Agility/Stamina but with Expertise/Crit) for me as assassination, but a subtlety rogue will value thier secondary stats differently & may prefer Expertise/Crit over haste/mastery. (Note: haven’t looked up subtlety stat priorities to actually see what they are). Also one of the problems I was seeing with WoWhead was rating hit items as having a higher value over non hit items even if I was over the hit cap. Hit over the cap is wasted.

I like how Mr Robot has what they call “Absolute” & “Relative” when picking the best in slot gear. Absolute is without taking ANY other gear and/or set bonuses into account. Basically mathmatically saying you’re naked except for item X, what’s it’s value to your role/spec. I also figured out this is how WowHead does its item ranking. But let’s face it, no one’s going to take you anywhere if you only have 1 piece of gear… Well maybe to a naked molten core run, but that’s another story…. So I usually use the Relative function. This looks at set bonuses, if you’re already above the hit cap, etc. It devalues hit over the cap & it may change the ranking of gear based on that.

What I’m looking forward to in patch 4.3

In Tech on November 23, 2011 at 10:26 am
My boy being pretty

Image by Tatiana Mik via Flickr

With patch 4.3 just around the corner, I thought I’d mention which features in 4.3 I’m looking forward to.

  1. Raid Finder – While Book & possibly Nature may see normal mode, most of my  3 alts (probably 4 or 5 by the end of this ex-pac) will only see Raid Finder version of the Dragon Soul. But like most new things, I’ll probably avoid it for the first two weeks for people to get past the learning curve.
  2. Transmogrification – My last tier set that I actually liked was Tier 9. Hated 10 & 13. Didn’t care about 11 & 12 as they were ok. Plus you hit that really awkward clashing phase between tiers. Believe me the Tier 12 pants really didn’t go with the Tier 11 shoulders. I’ll be rolling in either Blue Bloodfang or Tier 7.5. Who cares that I’ll have a mixture of Firelands normal(red)/heroic(purple) gear, it will look like Valorous Bonescythe.
  3. Void Storage – My poor bank! There is no space left. Things are sitting in my bags because I don’t have room for them in my bank. This will be a much needed relief for my bag situation because I’m function with basically 11 bag slots.
  4. Darkmoon Faire – The old Darkmoon Faire was showing it’s age. Games aren’t really fun anymore after a few plays. Want to earn tickets? Go buy a pair of Green Pants off the AH & turn it in…. Or go farm up the mats & craft it for a turn in…. Not fun in the current state of MMO gaming. The new DMF has games that look like fun yes still carnival. Ring Toss? Cannon shoot? You play games to win tickets. Your redeem tickets for prizes. Oh, yay! I’m at Chuck’e’Cheese! But I like these prizes better. Mounts!, pets!, old dungeon tier replicas!, heirloom gear! (hey you could get heirloom gear without having an 80-85 to grind out JP). Also you have professions dailies that award +5 skill points as well as tokens. So good way to skill up professions IE my enchanter & my jewel crafter 35 free skill up points in a week with DMF. Not only is is primary professions, but Archeology, Cooking, Fishing & First Aid also get +5 skill up points for their quests.
  5. new dungeons – I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m sick of the Zul dungeons. We’ve been running them since 4.1 (April 26, 2011) . Same TWO dungeons. For four character’s gear. If you wanted valor points these 2 dungeons would get you to the weekly cap. No other way to reach cap outside of raiding.  At this point of the expansion dungeons aren’t for getting the gear out of them. They are for getting the Justice Points/Valor Points to purchase the best purchasable gear you have access to. Zul’Aman & Zul’Gurub drops i353 gear. Tier 11 normal drops i359. You can purchase i359 gear for Justice Points & i378 gear for Valor Points. Why grind a i346 or i353 level drop when in 29 boss kills or less (assuming you have guild perks give you 77 JP per heroic boss) you can easily purchase a shiny i359 piece that outclasses dungeon drops? And those Valor Points I talked about currently gets you 378 gear (though soon those will be available for JP & VP will get you 397 gear come patch 4.3).
    We’re getting THREE new dungeons in this patch. And it will drop 378 gear, same currently as the Firelands normal raid. So if a few days of dungeon farming you can get the equivalent of what I’ve been working since June on. Granted I’ve got a few pieces of Heroic Firelands gear which is still superior to the new dungeons, but basically within a week or two things will have changed.

What I’m not looking forward to is the possibility of being in this patch for the next year. Mist of Panderia isn’t even in Friends & Family Alpha yet & it will be in Beta for at least 6 months (or at least that’s my guess). My guess is December 2012 for release at the earliest.

Rogue’s Gallery Update

In Tech on September 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I’m feeling an urge to do my periodic update on Book & the Library of Books…. So to reference the old posts.

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Book‘s 85, Assassination. She’s mostly in Firelands gear for the visible gear except for the shoulders. Just saw the Tier 13 designs. Hated it. Being the only rogue in my 10 man team I’ll be stuck with the heirloom daggers.

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TatianaSeray is 33 still. Protection. Her heirlooms are currently on Holy though.

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Bookocurses is 85 & sadly lacking gear. She’s eligible for Zul’s but that’s about it (i355). She gets kicked from groups there for her low dps so I don’t really know what I’m doing wrong. Her gear is supposedly Tier 11 Heroic capable. She’s Demonology/Affliction. Destro just seemed too weird this expansion.

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Bankbook. permanently level 4 it seems. But she’s a hard worker at that auction house.

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Booktrey is level 62, Protection. In a phase where lowbie tanking was very difficult I swore off tanking, she’s a questing only toon, but she’s protection. That shield? Oh yeah like 185 honor. Won an AV & got enough honor for it in 1 game.

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Shepardbook is 65 now. Discipline/Shadow. I gave up the 10% xp for the BOA archeology chest since it has a TON of intellect. Oh & she hasn’t quested other than dungeon quests since she was 15.

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Naturebook is 85, Boomkin/Resto. She’s back in Veritas currently. In a mishmash of gear, but it’s the best I could get my hands on. She’s currently running Firelands. Yes & those are PvP shoulders because this season’s PvP shoulders were better than the Zul’s shoulders & she never could seem to get other shoulders.

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Badbook is 85. Blood/Unholy.  According to charts her gear is Firelands normal ready, but there’s still a lot of JP gear she could use & I’m not doing hardly any dungeons in on her for VP.

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Holybook is 60. Protection/Retribution. Dungeons are kinda fun on her tanking again between the threat fixes & the heirloom tanking gear I pulled off Tatiana. Well & she was the first one I pulled the PvP for 185 honor for the shield for. Looks like she won’t really replace it till mid-BC levels. For her it was 2 battlegrounds.

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Shiftybook is 15. She’s feral, just don’t ever seem to have time for her… Poor thing.

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Hunterbook is 46. Beastmastery. She’s on my 2nd account. Yes, that is a purple crocolisk she has. It was a rare in Dustwallow.

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Magebook is 25. Frost. Gets no love either.

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Shammybook is 27. Elemental. I may take her Ele/Resto in 3 more levels & see how I like resto.

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