20 Days of Warcraft: Day 6

Okay, I have been pretty lax at doing this. I blame it on my troll druid…and Silverpine…and Sylvannas. Yeah, that is who I blame it on! You can find that I have already done:

And now I am moving into Day 6:

Favorite Dungeon & Why?

The easy part of this answer is Shadowfang Keep.

The hard part of the answer is why; it has been my favorite instance since I started but up until recently, I don’t know if I had a solid reason but since I have grown as a player, I certainly do.

For one, I love the soundtrack that plays in there. It isn’t that the soundtrack isn’t used in other places but it fits SFK. There is something epic and dangerous about the music, that we’re coming upon a man who brought a curse upon the world and we must hurry lest we fall to the curse.

And let’s face it, before the recent changes, the Robes & Belt of Arugal and Feline Mantle were some of the best items in the game for that level, and this was way before the times of heirlooms. But those weren’t the only items. There was the Butcher’s SlicerCommander’s Crest….Silverlaine’s Family Seal…these items are so amazing I can remember them, know that I have used them all at some point or another. Okay, it is a little fib to say I used the shield, I’ve never tanked like that, but in essence, it is STILL amazing. And the lure that maybe this would be the one time you would see Shadowfang drop and all your financial troubles could melt away was always there.

I know believe that Shadowfang is a myth, I have ran this instance for over 3 years and have never seen it drop.

But it isn’t just that…IT IS LORE! OMG, the intensity of the lore in this place before and after The Shattering is phenomenal!

This video explains the origination of the worgen within Shadowfang Keep as well as Archmage Arugal himself. This movie is absolutely phenomenal in and of itself. I encourage you to watch it!

Post-Shattering, once Arugal had been defeated and his spirit slain, Shadowfang Keep was dormant until the traitorous Godfrey and his undead lackies moved in for refuge. I will not spoil this lore for you but I suggest, and highly encourage and recommend, that you start with quest line that stats at the Forsaken High Command on the northern border of Silverpine. You start by seeing the conversation between the Banshee Queen and Garrosh (who shall never be referenced as the Warchief) and the phasing starts from there. This series is not listed as a chain but it seems you must do it in sequence and follow the Banshee Queen until you finally have the quest Cities of Dust. You will experience cut scenes, phasing, Gilneas, and much more until the lore unfolds itself.

Once the quests are complete, when you venture into SFK, read those quests, know what is going on and be sure to pick your jaw up when you’re done.

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The OverLore’s Podcast

So, as promised, I thought I would do the write up and explain to you guys what is going on with this podcast!

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Rilandune approached a handful of bloggers with the idea that with Cataclysm coming out, most people will rush through the new quests and the new zones and the new levels of awesomeness that is the new World of Warcraft.

I thought it sounded like a great idea (and still is!) so I said yes and decided to join in on the fun. We have hashed out all of the details, all 5 of us, including Fimlys who has helped us along the way and taken our production under the Twisted Nether name. We started as homeless goblins and ended up with a home on Gilneas-US as a band of 5 worgens, strong and determined to remember where we came from but with intentions to see the world!

Working behind the scenes has opened my eyes that I am still a newb at a lot of things. This has been my first experience in google groups and documents, voice recording, wordpress self hosted sites, etc. but I have absolutely enjoyed every minute of it.

I am going to be putting an arm out there and trying druid healing…could you see this blog becoming The Emerald Tear…yeah, me neither!

So without further ado, I introduce to you, The OverLore’s!

Starring:

Nibuca from Mystic Chicanery and Twisted Nether Blogcast fame
Tarinae from A Healadin’s Tear
Nevik from Nevik’s Notebook
Psynister from Psynister’s Notebook
Rilandune from Heroically Random

Check us out on twitter or at Twisted Nether for updates and information!

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Late Night with Tarinae 11/30

Thank you for joining me on this last day of November. I apologize that this will be short but I really want to log in and shame on me for not having this post scheduled but I had some errands to run this evening after work. I must make haste…my baby durid is calling for me!

A Call for Submissions

Next week is…*drumroll*…Cataclysm! I would very much like to have some input from my readers on what you guys will be doing first. As of right now I feel that I will probably be rolling Naylana the worgen…I don’t know what class she will be but I have a feeling that will be what I do first. Then Tarinae will have some love.

Please feel free to leave a comment here or email me! Make sure to note if you want your response to be anonymous! :)

Technically speaking, I won a bet at work and I only have to work half the day so I will have some extra time eevn if I do have to take a small break. Yay for Cataclysm! That leads me to my next question!

How are you upgrading?

 

The Overlore’s

Soooo…did you know that I am going to co-host a podcast? Yeah, it’s lore and leveling focus. 4 co-hosts and myself will take our little 5-man band of misfits and wind our way through the world of Azeroth. The Overlore’s is a Twisted Nether Production! Be on the lookout here for more details and information on recordings! You will be able to find us on Gilneas-US Alliance.  (PS. I will do this in an official nice post explaining it all, I promise!)

I guess that is it for now. Have I mentioned I really want to play?

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The Shattering: Desolace

One of the zones I was looking forward to the most in the new world was Desolace. The zone was in horrible disrepair and was entirely out of date and lonely. It was once an eye sore but life and Earth will always win, for even the most beautiful flowers can grow out of the rocky mountain faces high into the sky…and Desolace is no different.

 

The next picture is of the newest addition to the Desolace map: Cenarion Wildlands. This image is an outlook from Ghostwalker Post (Horde). For other before images check out my guest post at Revive & Rejuvenate or Angeyla’s Photo Tour of Desolace!

Please note that while the content of the images belong to Blizzard, the compilation before and after images are my own pitiful attempt at imagery and they are licensed under my Creative Commons license.

A Screenshot Tip:

I found this tip late and in one day I find it from two resources on how to enhance the quality of the screenshots that we take.

Gazimoff illustrates the image quality differences while WoWhead recommends the enhancement for submitting screenshots to them!

As standard this is set at 3. A quality setting of 1 reduces the filesize of the screenshot at the cost of quality. A setting of 10 provides the best quality, but creates larger files.

/console screenshotQuality 10

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Desolace! What changes were you looking forward to that you couldn’t wait to check out? Underwhelmed? Overwhelmed?

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20 Days of Warcraft: Day 5

The meaning behind Tarinae’s name?

I adapted this question a little bit because the original question addresses my main. Well, without any hint of a doubt, Tarinae is my main. She has been my main since I rolled her 3 years ago and I can assume that she will continue to be my main throughout the Cataclysm expansion. She has been through her life changes and has spend a fair share of gold in the barber shop on look changes but she didn’t always exist as such.

Once upon a time, she existed as a nameless set of pixels on the character creation screen. Enjoying all that TBC had offered, I remember sorting through the features that the new-to-me blood elf race had to offer. Obviously, she has that very noble and very peaceful face with a fair skin tone and originally she had her hair in a noble bun the shade of the freshly fallen snow and her large golden hoop earrings hung majestically down from her Elven ears.

But the hardest part of the character creation was her name. It is always the name because it means so much; it says so much about your character in that first impression than anything else. It is also a name I am choosing to be known by in this virtual world, a name people will refer to me as. Given some much thought (and the fact that I play on an RP realm) I have always stuck to RP names, even on normal or PVP realms, I can never been known as “Pwnfacenoob” or “Wetwillywarlock” or “Cockblocker” or anything horrible like that. Could you imagine the vent conversations? So no, this, the naming of the character, is the most important step in the process.

I can prove my obsession to the naming game as I will re-roll any character any given amount of times until I am fully satisfied with the name, the way it looks in chat, the way it comes off, its pronunciation, and even the way the character looks with the name. My current record for striving for this level of perfection is 12. Tarinae however was a different story, she was perfect. She has always been perfect…even if she (like me) enjoys changing her hair.

So how did I come up with her name and what does it mean?

Well specifically speaking it means nothing as far as I am aware. At the time of her creation, I was a Latin student in college and was (and still am) in love with the Latin diphthong “ae” pronounced as a long I (eye sound). So using that as a basis for the end of the name, I simply went about putting different sounds together and just knew when I hit the mark! Since then I have been Tarinae or Tar for short but in no way is it pronounced like “tar” as in “tar pit”! And please, don’t call me Tarin…if you’re going to go that far…its either 1 sound or 2 letters!

So I will end off with a pronunciation of her name, but it will not be in IPA format.

[Tair-in-eye]

How have you been saying it? Were you pronouncing it correctly?

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20 Days of Warcraft: Day 4

First, I would like to wish all those in the US a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you enjoyed your time with your families and had a glorious holiday! I haven’t done a meme post in lieu of content posts for the new patch but while everyone takes their tryptophan induced naps, I figure I would catch up and move on into Day 4 (which is a hard question and that may or may not be a factor in me putting it off).

Favorite emote & when to use it?

There are a multitude of emotes to use in WoW; some of them write out the action (i.e. /pet), some (e.g. /cry) have actions and audio that follow, while some simply one or the other (i.e. /dance or /silly). Essentially, while it has no effects, you can even make your own by /me. But the question isn’t what kind of emotes exist, rather what my favorite one is.

There are several that I do enjoy.

/pet: Tarinae pets Kida. -> Fantastic for feral form druids!

/facepalm: Tarinae looks at Allexant and covers her face with her palm. -> Best used when someone needs a facepalm.

/jealous: Tarinae is jealous of Allexant. -> Best used when he wins the last Zulian Tiger mount!

/love: Tarinae loves Azazoth. -> Make love, not War(craft)!

I even have /bow and /yw (which replaces /welcome for saying you’re welcome) wiggled into a JC macro that thanks them for their business and blesses the patron! I get mad props, yo!

But I think that of all of them /snicker: You quietly snicker to yourself. I snicker all the time at a bunch of things in game and in real life. Situations may be of a variety of situations that call for a snicker. You may snicker at a mildly unfunny joke, you may snicker because someone just made a fool of themselves, or you may use a snicker instead of the obnoxious laugh that can be ear-splittering for blood elf ladies.

I love /snicker!

There are also a LOT more emotes than I even know about, I am very entertained by what /talk is reported to say: You talk to yourself since no one seems interested.

Did you know that there is an entire list of emotes that exist in the game? I have never even seen some of these. But even with this monstorus list, I wish they would put in a /confused because I know I try to use that one ALL THE TIME but for now, I guess I will just remain /puzzled!

/farewell


 

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4.0 [Holy] Talents Revisted

This past Tuesday 4.0.3a went live and the world experienced a Cataclysm of epic proportions, changing and scarring the face of Azeroth forever. What also occurred at the same time as the sundering of the world was a re-balancing of healing class including holy paladins. As a result, our talents were reset regardless of our specialization. In light of the changes, I will be taking a look an updated talent builds and include gylph changes as well as patch changes.

There have been some changes sense the original launch that I have analyzed and tested and decided a better route. Let’s start off by taking a look at a talent build:

Holy Tier 1: 2/3 Protector of the Innocent – 3/3 Judgements of the Pure

Holy Tier 2: 3/3 Clarity of Purpose – 2/2 Last Word

Holy Tier 3: 1/1 Divine Favor – 2/2 Infusion of Light – 2/2 Daybreak

Holy Tier 4:  2/2 Enlightened Judgements  – 1/1 Beacon of Light – 3/3 Speed of Light – 1/1 Sacred Cleansing

Holy Tier 5: 3/3 Conviction – 2/2 Paragon of Virtue

Holy Tier 6: 3/3 Tower of Radiance

Holy Tier 7: 1/1 Light of Dawn

Protection Tier 1: 3/3 Divinity

Retribution Tier 1: 2/3 Crusade

Since the original build with the new mechanics, I have worked with Eternal Glory (Prot Tier 1) and decided that at our current point level, the proc chance is not high enough to deduct a point from Crusade and the boost to healing for Holy Shock. Also, with the deficit in our Judgement distances I have still opted for 2/2 in Enlightened Judgements instead of Aura mastery for distance utility. I am not excluding the base of utility of Aura Mastery by any means.

This build is specifically designed for PVE healing and does not take into consideration any leveling talents that may be beneficial or PVP focus points like Blessed Life. This build emphasizes strong end-game healing with a few debatable and optional talents including Aura Mastery, Enlightened Judgements, Paragon of Virtue, and Eternal Glory.

What 4.0.3a brings to spells…

Beacon of Light now lasts 5 minutes, up from 60 seconds.

This change is for the greater good as it brings along a multitude of effects. Not only does it remove the extra GCD every 1-1.5 minutes but it also reduces the amount of mana that is used to refresh this. The mana cost at this spell is 6% base mana. At an approximate 3000 base mana, that is 180 mana, so over the course of 5 minutes (the current duration) we save 720 mana (given an unglyphed duration). These numbers may not be significant given our 40k+ mana pools but I have not looked at base mana amounts in a while either and we could see these numbers be much more drastic if they were in the Level 85 bracket.

Holy Radiance now has reduced effectiveness on targets over 8 yards away from the paladin.

Why this is implemented into a pre-Cataclysm patch I will never understand given that this spell is beyond our capabilities until we reach Level 83. However, when we received direct healing spell boosts, we were given the compromise that this spell would be rebalanced to reflect those changes and this is the manner in which the mechanics were implemented.

Holy Radiance now has reduced effectiveness on targets over 8 yards away from the paladin.

I have never considered this to be a PVE talent even though I did hear of some consistent procs with this in 5-Mans, I cannot vouch for its viability in raid settings prior to this change; since this change it is not optimal or viable for end-game PVE though it could be taken into consideration for leveling.

lluminated Healing absorb shield now absorbs 10% of the total amount healed, up from 8%. Each point of Mastery increases the effect by an additional 1.25%, up from 1%.

Whoa baby! It is great to see a boost to our mastery. It is reported that WoL (WorldofLogs) does not reflect this but I can neither confirm or deny but Recount meters have been updated to take this into consideration. With this boost we should see a boost in absorbs and stands to make mastery a little more appealing. Also as reported in the original PTR build (13221) the duration of this has been increased to 8 seconds.

Light of dawn has been redesigned. It no longer has an enforced cooldown, now costs Holy Power instead of mana, and scale in direct proportion to the amount of Holy Power used. In addition it now heals the 5 most injured group targets (including self) in a 30-yard frontal cone.

This is not a nerf. Contrary to my first observations of this, I have discovered that this is a smart heal and while you still do not need a target, you must direct yourself in the appropriate direction if you expect to heal anyone.

Protector of the Innocent no longer triggers from self-heals.

This is really neither good nor bad. It really shouldn’t effect the situation if you are already healing yourself…right?

Crusade now also has a proc on kill to increase the healing done by the paladin’s next Holy Light by 100/200/300% for 15 seconds, in addition to its current effects.

Given the fact that we are looking at PVE end-game healing at the moment, this change doesn’t have any direct effects for by the time we reach the kill, we are not direly pressed to get heals off in most cases. There could be some cases, i.e. Frozen Orbs linger after Torovon, when it could be helpful but this is primarily a leveling change or ret soloing change.

Implemented Glyph Changes

I will do a full glyph analysis after Cataclysm’s release as I expect to see some more changes, I know of one (Lay on Hands) that Wowhead does not show its implementation yet. So I will talk about the ones that are directly effected by this patch and its rebalancing.

Glyph of Beacon of Light (Major)

In my honest opinion, the changes to Beacon of Light (the 5 minute duration) opens up another slot for us to chose another glyph. Perhaps the new and improved Glyph of Light of Dawn I will talk about in a minute. But as far as this glyph goes, I don’t see the necessity in saving 6% base mana on something I am only going to cast every 5 minutes. We may not even see some fights last that long and what would eliminate the utility of this glyph.

Glyph of Light of Dawn (Major)

This is very similar to the Glyph of Circle of Healing that priests have always had. This can really up the utility of our end tree talent as long as we can maximize the spell’s conal direction factor. I strongly recommend replacing Glyph of Beacon of Light with this more functional glyph.

So there you have it, the analysis of the reset specs and latest glyph changes. I hope that when you are trying to make your way through the scary new world, at least the mechanics and informational aspects don’t have to be so scary.

Remember that you can always ask questions or if you want clarifcations you can leave comments and/or email me at tarinae @ gmail [dot] com.

Disclaimer: Aside from 6%, numbers used for Beacon’s mana use are not actual, only representational.

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