Rogue Thoughts on WoD ability pruning

I’ve included the whole post as of today, but I’ll be breaking it down a bit.

Ambidexterity has been removed.

I had to look this one up. It’s a Passive ability for Combat that allows your off hand weapon to deal 75% more damage. Really, this is just one of those passives that clutter the spell book and it needs to go away.

Blindside has been removed.

  • Dispatch now naturally has a chance to be made free and usable on any target when using Mutilate.

This is just removing the Passive ability and baking it into Mutilate, which has always been Assassination only.

Cut to the Chase has been removed.

  • Envenom now naturally refreshes Slice and Dice.

Another Passive ability on the chopping block, again from Assassination. Since Envenom is only Assination only it makes sense.

Disarm Trap has been removed.

Not too sure how I feel about this one. I don’t use it often, but it’s nice to have something to contribute to a group.

Fan of Knives is no longer available to Combat Rogues.

After increasing Blade Flurry to 4 targets they are less reliant for AoE attacks on Fan of Knives. I agree just give it to Assassination and Subtlety.

Killing Spree no longer increases all damage done for the duration. Its damage has been increased to compensate.

This seems like it’s just a housekeeping issue of just changing the way a spell works just a slight bit for calculations.

Main Gauche now deals off-hand weapon damage. Its damage has been increased to compensate.

This seems like it’s another housekeeping issue of changing the way a spell works just slightly for the calculations.

Master of Subtlety has been removed.

  • Stealth for Subtlety Rogues now also increases damage while stealthed, and for an additional 6 seconds after breaking stealth.

Another passive spell on the chopping block. This time for subtlety. Just baking the damage into another ability.

Redirect has been removed.

Honestly, I forget to use this one frequently. I’m glad to see it’s removal and in its place combo point will now be on the rogue instead of the target.

Rupture is no longer available to Combat Rogues.

Currently this will be a change to Combat rogue’s rotation. Although many Combat rogues are dropping this ability in favor of simplifying their rotation.

Safe Fall has been removed.

  • Fleet Footed now also reduces falling damage taken.

Another Passive ability removed from the spell book, but this time it is being combined with another passive.

Shadow Blades has been removed.

This cooldown just seemed like another button to push. I am happy to see the end of it, despite it leaving Assassination with essentially NO dps cooldowns.

Shadow Walk has been removed.

Yeah, this isn’t even on my toolbar anywhere. It’s still setting in my spellbook. Most comments mention the use of lower level PvP. Which Blizzard knows is imbalanced at lower levels and they have no intentions of balancing.

Venomous Wounds no longer triggers from Garrote.

I don’t really like this change, but it will give Assassination more options for opening moves.


5 Passives are being chopped and baked into other things.

4 Active abilities are being removed. Disarm Trap; Redirect; Shadow Blades; Shadow Walk

2 Active abilities are being removed from Combat Specialization. Fan of Knives & Rupture

3 abilities are being changed. Basically changing the way damage done by the ability is calculated.


From Blizzard’s website


  • Ambidexterity has been removed.
  • Blindsidehas been removed.
    • Dispatch now naturally has a chance to be made free and usable on any target when using Mutilate.
  • Cut to the Chasehas been removed.
    • Envenom now naturally refreshes Slice and Dice.
  • Disarm Trap has been removed.
  • Fan of Knives is no longer available to Combat Rogues.
  • Killing Spree no longer increases all damage done for the duration. Its damage has been increased to compensate.
  • Main Gauche now deals off-hand weapon damage. Its damage has been increased to compensate.
  • Master of Subtletyhas been removed.
    • Stealth for Subtlety Rogues now also increases damage while stealthed, and for an additional 6 seconds after breaking stealth.
  • Redirect has been removed.
  • Rupture is no longer available to Combat Rogues.
  • Safe Fallhas been removed.
    • Fleet Footed now also reduces falling damage taken.
  • Shadow Blades has been removed.
  • Shadow Walk has been removed.
  • Venomous Wounds no longer triggers from Garrote.

via Warlords of Draenor™ Alpha Patch Notes 06-13-2014 – World of Warcraft.

Daily Journal: May the odds ever be in your favor

Full Moon view from earth In Belgium (Hamois)....

Full Moon view from earth In Belgium (Hamois). Français : Pleine Lune vue de la Terre en Belgique à Hamois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So another Darkmoon Faire has come and gone… No Darkmoon Eye, no Moon Moon, no Darkmoon Rabbit. Well, I’ve only caught the Darkmoon Rabbit raid ONCE.

I got an add on called Rarity. Tries to tell you if you are Lucky or Unlucky based on number of tries you’ve tried to get a pet or mount. It’s showing my Moon Moon attempts as 2 and the chance for him to drop as 1 in 17. Lucky if you get in less than 11 tries. I need to hang out more on Darkmoon Isle to get more kills in.

The Darkmoon Eye is a 1 in 50 chance. I’ve done 9 attempts since installing the add on. Lucky if you get it in under 34 attempts.

Alt Appreciation #WarriorWeek

As Alt Appreciation wraps up, I give you the class that everyone who knows me thinks I will love.


Let me introduce you to my second every character. Yes, my second. Level 56 Tatianaseray. But I have 7 at level 90 you say, how can my second ever character be level 56? Well I didn’t like how often she died. She was my first bank alt before Bankbook. Also notice she has part of my SCA name, Tatiana Seraya Mikhailovna. She is my only non-book alt that I might play.


There is one other… On my horde server, I have the level 18 Smashbook. I kinda thought of her as redneck white trash like most goblins.


Tier 15 Armor Fashionista

Tier 15 Armor Fashioista

Yes I know late start on this one as Tier 16 is already getting some previews, but better late than never.

Screenshot_6_16_13_1_13_PM Screenshot_6_16_13_1_14_PM Screenshot_6_16_13_1_15_PM Death Knight – All-Consuming Maw
I love that it’s not in shades of black. Hate the teeth on this thing.
Rate : Thumbs Down

Screenshot_6_16_13_2_43_PM Screenshot_6_16_13_2_44_PM Screenshot_6_16_13_2_45_PM Druid – Haunted Forest
Does appear to be a creapy forest, but very dark for my likes.
Rate: Thumbs Down

Screenshot_6_16_13_2_46_PM Screenshot_6_16_13_2_46_PM Screenshot_6_16_13_2_47_PM Hunter – Saurock Stalker
Are those eyes on the belts? Ok, but not a favorite.
Rate: Meh.

Regalia_of_the_Chromatic_Hydra_-_Item_Set_-_World_of_Warcraft-2 Screenshot_6_16_13_2_49_PM Screenshot_6_16_13_2_49_PM Mage – Chromatic Hydra
❤ one of my favorites gold & blue
Rate: Thumbs Up

Screenshot_6_16_13_2_50_PM Screenshot_6_16_13_2_51_PM Fire-Charm_Armor_-_Item_Set_-_World_of_WarcraftMonk – Fire-Charm
Why do I want to put a monk in a skirt? Overall I like.
Rate: Thumbs Up

Screenshot_6_16_13_2_52_PM Screenshot_6_16_13_2_53_PM Screenshot_6_16_13_2_54_PM Paladin – Lightening Emperor
I like except for the helm. What is up with the glowing crotch on the belt? (may not show here)
Rate: Meh

Regalia_of_the_Exorcist_-_Item_Set_-_World_of_Warcraft Screenshot_6_22_13_12_07_AM Screenshot_6_22_13_12_10_AM Priest – Exorcist
Extinguished Candles on the Shoulder are interesting, but in a WHAT THE #%^*? way. And do we need more cowbell??
Rate: Thumbs Down

Screenshot_6_22_13_12_13_AM Screenshot_6_22_13_12_14_AM Screenshot_6_22_13_12_15_AMRogue – Nine-tail
Do we have fur? I like the belt. Shoulders are surprisingly simple. Is that a cat face?
Rate: Undecided

Screenshot_6_22_13_12_17_AM Screenshot_6_22_13_12_19_AM Screenshot_6_22_13_12_20_AM Shaman – Witch Doctor
WHAT THE #%^*? Dragon heads on hornpoints. Kinda like the belt.
Rate: Thumbs Down

Screenshot_6_22_13_12_25_AM Screenshot_6_22_13_12_24_AM Screenshot_6_22_13_12_26_AMWarlock – Thousandfold Hells
Like the Dress. Demonic icon helm.
Rate: Thumbs Up

Screenshot_6_22_13_12_28_AM Screenshot_6_22_13_12_29_AM Screenshot_6_22_13_12_31_AMWarrior – Last Mogu
OMG. I love it. Especially the LFR version in white & gold. Why can’t I have this set for my holy pally? Or actually learn to play my warrior (only one lower in level is my mage.)

Missing Macros Found

My friend found my macros cached on his computer! So I now have my Macros back😀 I’ll share a few rogue ones… Plus if I loose them again they are here. Triple click to highlight and copy.

1. Fan of Knives. Since I spam this as my AoE combo point builder it’s nice to have an autoattack targert/combo point victim. This makes sure I have an enemy targeted.

#show Fan of Knives
/cast Fan of Knives

2. Fishing macro. This was written by my college roommate, Bluemoon. The challenge was 1 button (though it may need to be pushed multiple times) to equip fishing specific gear and apply a lure and cast.

/use Sharpened Fish Hook;
/use Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole;
/equip [noequipped:Fishing Poles,nomodifier:alt] Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole;
/equip Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat
/cast [equipped:Fishing Poles, nomodifier:alt]Fishing;

3. Tricks of the Trade macro with all the names. Got this from a fellow guildmate, Miltrath back in Cataclysm when all rogue tier sets had Tricks of the Trade set bonuses and we were trading Tricks amoungst 4 rogues. If I hold down ALT it casts Tricks on the target of my target. If I just hit it normally it goes through the priority list of the raid team members.

#showtooltip Tricks of the Trade
/use [mod:alt,@targettarget][@Jibjob,exists,nodead][@Miltrath,exists,nodead][@Rinwen,exists,nodead][@Nostrous,exists,nodead][@Scornakira,exists,nodead][@Skriv,exists,nodead][@targettarget] Tricks of the Trade

4. Out of Date Poison macro. This one’s out of date, but I may need to reference it for something later. Basically it was Right click to apply 1 poison on mainhand weapon and Left click to apply the other poison on offhand weapon. MoP changes to poisons rendered this obsolete.

/use [btn:2][mod]Deadly Poison;Instant Poison
/use [btn:2][mod]17;16

5. Tricks of the Trade for focus target

#showtooltip Tricks of the Trade
/cast [target=focus,help] Tricks of the Trade

6. Quest macro for the Argent Tournament frog kissing quest

/tar Lake Frog
/use Warts-B-Gone Lip Balm

7. Dragon Soul Twilight Sapper macro for Death Knight. This was a macro I found & abused to yank the adds around on the gunship. Was very useful when I was tanking this fight.

/tar Twilight Sapper
/cast [@focus,exists] Death Grip
/cast [@focus,exists] Chains of Ice

8. Extra Action Button if you can’t see or you want to keybind your Extra Action Button.

/click ExtraActionButton1

9. Cooking with Fire another from Bluemoon. Right click to create a campfire. Left click to open your cooking.

#showtooltip Cooking
/use [button:1] Cooking
/cast [button:2] Basic Campfire

10. Awesome Questing Macro this is from Adam found via WoW Insider

/target [@mouseover]
/click WatchFrameItem1
/click WatchFrameItem2
/click WatchFrameItem3
/click WatchFrameItem4
/click WatchFrameItem5
/click WatchFrameItem6

11. A Mount for below level 20 Mount up on your Sea Turtle for characters under level 20

/cast sea turtle

12. Have I done Sha of Anger this week? click for the answer. from a former guildmate, Abitomagic

/run local z,t,s={[32099]='Sha of Anger this week.'},GetQuestsCompleted();for c,v in pairs(z) do if t[c] then s='' else s=' not' end print('You have'..s,'done',v) end

13. Sell all your grey items. Another one from Bluemoon.

/run local c,i,n,v=0;for b=0,4 do for s=1,GetContainerNumSlots(b)do i={GetContainerItemInfo(b,s)}n=i[7]if n and string.find(n,"9d9d9d")then v={GetItemInfo(n)}q=i[2]c=c+v[11]*q;UseContainerItem(b,s)print(n,q)end;end;end;print(GetCoinText(c))

14. Get Kraken quest macro. Another one I have left over from Northrend. This made this bombing run so easy. I just had to spam this macro.

/target Kvaldir deepcaller
/target North Sea Kraken
/use Flaming Spears

15. Stock mouseover healing macro. I heal alot on 3 different level 90 toons. Most of their spells look like

/cast [@mouseover] Healing Touch

16. Druid Survival Macro. Used to try this for survival in Cata.

/cast Bear Form
/cast Frenzied Regeneration
/cast barkskin

17. Shield Trinket Macro. Use this to apply shield to my focus target.

/target focus
/use Stolen Relic of Zuldazar

18. Assist Focus. aquire target of your focused friendly player.

/assist focus

19. Target & place raid marker

/tar Wild Turkey
/script if (charm == nil) or (charm < 6) then charm=9; end; charm=charm-1; if (charm==6) then SetRaidTarget("target", 0) else SetRaidTarget("target", charm); end


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Tools of Wow Investigation: Shadowcraft

While I can spout off such things as what is the basic stat you want (ie Agilty, 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.


Rogue only dps simulator. Put in your rogue’s name, gear’s pulled up, enter buffs/debuffs & presto. Your therortical dps.

Wowhead News

D.E.H.T.A. has recently placed a great number of critters under their protection, especially rabbits and squirrels. Because of this, Flintlocke’s Woodchucker has been re-fitted to use wild chickens until an “agreement” can be reached.

via Wowhead News.

I am LMAO at this

iPhone App: Angry Birds

Two Pot-bellied pigs (Sus domesticus) resting ...
Image via Wikipedia

The birds are angry. The pigs have stolen their eggs. So they have declared war! This is a catapult game. You blast the birds at the pigs. Some birds have special abilities to get the pigs out of their fortifications. I get frustrated with it because I get stuck on levels. The learning curve needs not to be so steep .