Feb 18, 2009

Upgrades in Naxx Heroic

I've finished updating my spreadsheet to take into account all the recent gains I've made gear-wise and I've also updated the sheet to take into account all encounters in heroic instances. Since our Gold Team had last week off after our first run into Naxx, I'm hoping we'll be up to the challenge again this week.

Two weeks ago we cleared the Arachnid and Plague Quarter before we attempted the Construct Quarter and ran into healing issues on Patchwerk. Hopefully we make it that far again this week and perhaps we can run into the Military Quarter to give some bosses a poke in there.

My upgrades in order of priority (sorted into 4 categories - highest, high, medium, low):

The Turning Tide (1H weapon) - Kel'Thuzad
Life and Death (1H weapon) - Gothik
Signet of Manifested Pain (Ring) - Kel'Thuzad
Gothik's Cowl (Head) - Gothik

So as you can see, I'd love to do the military quarter just to hit up Gothik as he has my best in slot helm, and the 2nd best weapon before reaching the end of heroic Naxxramas (where my best in slot ring and weapon drop).

Surplus Limb (Offhand) - Patchwerk
Valorous Frostfire Shoulderpads (Shoulders) - Loatheb
Cincture of Polarity (Waist) - Thaddius
Binding of the Expansive Mind (Wrist) - Razuvious

Again, best in slot from Razuvious in the Military Quarter while Thaddius and Patchwerk in the Construct Quarter offer me best in slot offhand and belt. And then there's Loatheb, who we can easily kill on a weekly basis if we get a group together who has my best in slot shoulders.

Gemmed Wand of the Nerubians (Wand) - Anub'Rekhan
Boots of Impetuous Ideals (Feet) - Loatheb
Gloves of Grandeur (Hands) - Sapphiron
Cosmic Lights (Neck) - Sapphiron

Here we see Anub'Rekhan and Loatheb - both easily killable for our 25 man group dropping best in slot wands and boots, respectively. And then there's the big, bad Sapphiron, who oddly enough drops only slight upgrades, though the Neckpiece and Hands are best in slot.

Note: when saying best in slot, that ignores Sartharion (no drakes) and Malygos on heroic modes. I might go into those later. This is for all content up and through Heroic Naxxramas.

Feb 16, 2009

Tozz 30

Time to level 30: 1 day, 2 hours, 3 minutes, 30 seconds. Time also includes wasted time gathering herbs, leveling inscription to 130 and first aid to 180.

1-10: 2 hours, 39 minutes, 42 seconds.
11-20: 8 hours, 3 minutes, 58 seconds.
21-30: 15 hours, 20 minutes, 56 seconds.

Just Give me a Free Violet Drake!

You'd think everyone qq'ing on the forums or on various websites around the interwebs just assume that they should have everything handed to them in a nicely wrapped box. Heavens forbid they actually have to put some effort into something or get lucky for a drop. I've held that the holiday achievements for the titles are too easy to obtain, and very few people seem to agree. They think that just because you log in for a holiday they should get the title or put very little work into that title.

And when something pops up that the can't complete or something is just too difficult to obtain, go complain on the forums, and generally, the complaint is met with the developers giving in and buckling under the pressure. Various achievements have already been removed from the meta-achievements, and it'll be pretty boring to see everyone flying around on their violet drake come November 1. But, at least we finally did get a holiday that weeded some people out.

Speaking of the holiday, I got one bag of candy late Thursday night and got all but one candy from it. Late Friday night I received my second bag of candy and got the last piece I needed from it which left me with just one
achievement to go. Saturday morning, I awoke, and immediately started trying to get a group together to get my rose. I sat in LFG for a little while and finally got in on a quick guild run after I had fished up a bunch of glacial salmon (I was using the wrong food (crit instead of straight spellpower)). We quickly cleared/ran past most of the mobs leading up to the first boss who we annihilated. Red roses were mine and...

So that's now four events complete, and all achievements complete from this event (I had Peddlefeet from last year and on my first gift of adoration I received the black dress which I promptly sold on the auction house for 100g. So a successful weekend. Tozz has quickly advanced to 28 and I should easily get him to 30 later tonight.