Monday, August 31, 2009

Gearing through heroics; of emblems, drops, and reputation

Originally submitted to to apply for the Blood Pact Columnist position. After nearly 3 weeks with no word, I can assume I didn't get the job and it's alright to submit this here without them griping at me.

So you've just dinged 80 in the midst of 3.2, my young and eager warlock. You are relieved that it's all over: the trepidation of leveling through Azeroth, Outlands, and finally, the dreaded frozen wastes of Northrend. You've conquered great things and have killed many and collected those trophies in the name of experience, money, and the exaltation of your respective faction. Your quests are all but finished and you have reach the highest and attainable echelon of greatness...or so you think.

Level 80 is but a cornerstone, the bread to the butter, and with enough time spent around those of your standing, you seem to still be a bit rough around the edges rather than bathed in a glow. What could it be that keeps you from brushing shoulders with the warrior over yonder with the really long title next to his name? Why does the priest just pass you by, offering no healing or fortitude, but instead, giving just a wince and a scoff? Surely you are just like them! Why must they be so short with you? Why don't they give you their attention, of which you so rightly deserve?

Because you're looking kind of poor, kid. Screw the blue staff, Jimmy, It's all about the Professor Plums! You make look awesome in your crafted blues and perhaps an Ebonweave piece or two, even with some of those rare items you happened upon in the faceplant-of-snow that Arthas calls home, but really, you need teh epix.

Below I have outlined every possible drop, purchase, and redemption you could get much in the same way has for, well, holy paladins, without having to set foot in a raid at all. I'm not saying raiding is bad; by all means, snatch up that DPS spot when and if the opportunity should arise. But unless your guild has a schedule or you've got the patience of mind to deal with a PuG raid, heroics are the best way to gear out and look your best.

I'm just going to safely assume that you've got all four of the reputation tabards handy and a good amount of blue items from questing or crafting. You're ready for those heroics. Put the voidwalker away. We're starting with heroic drops.

Heroic Boss Drops

Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom - Wand of Ahn'kahet
Azjol-Nerub - Sash of the Servant and Rod of the Fallen Monarch
Culling of Stratholme - Band of Guile
Drak'Tharon Keep - Overlook Handguards
Halls of Lightning - Woven Bracae Leggings
The Nexus - Gloves of Glistening Runes
The Oculus - Cuffs of Winged Levitation
Utgarde Keep - Annhylde's Ring
Utgarde Pinnacle - Girdle of Bane
The Violet Hold - Azure Cloth Bindings

I left out Skirt of the Old Kingdom from Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom because, as a warlock, you don't need MP5, but if you can't get Woven Bracae Leggings from Loken but the skirt drops for you and no one else wants them, by all means, take them. Just another step to bigger things.

Let's say you've done a number of heroics now, gotten reputation by wearing tabards and have now reached exalted with some of the Northrend factions. Here are some reputation rewards a warlock should consider in the road to greatness.

Reputation Rewards

Exalted with Argent Crusade - Signet of Hopeful Light
Exalted with Kirin Tor - Robes of Crackling Flame
Exalted with Ebon Blade - Belt of Dark Mending
Exalted with Wyrmrest Accord - Sandals of Crimson Fury

Each costs a fair bit of gold, nothing too steep though, so acquiring these shouldn't be a problem if you focus on certain reputations.

You've now gathered quite a number of the Emblems of Conquest in running heroics, an emblem, which, in my humble opinion and thanks to the recent patch, makes gearing up all the more satisfying. How you spend them – whether you trade them all in for Emblems of Valor or Emblems of Heroism, or even go straight for those Conquest pieces – is rightly up to you. Below I've listed, from Heroism to Conquest, any and all items you might be interested in. Once again, I'm ignoring anything that has MP5 on it. Life Tap FTW.

Emblems of Heroism Gear

Plush Sash of Guzbah, 40 Emblems
Ward of the Violet Citadel, 25 Emblems
Handbook of Obscure Remedies, 25 Emblems
Encircling Burnished Gold Chains, 25 Emblems
Sundial of the Exiled, 40 Emblems
Chestguard of the Lost Conqueror for Heroes' Plagueheart Robe, 80 Emblems
Gloves of the Lost Conqueror for Heroes' Plagueheart Gloves, 60 Emblems

Emblems of Valor Gear

Wraps of the Astral Traveler, 60 Emblems
Xintor's Expeditionary Boots, 40 Emblems
Slippers of the Holy Light, 40 Emblems
Band of Channeled Magic, 25 Emblems
Disguise of the Kumiho, 25 Emblems
Legplates of the Lost Conqueror for Valorous Plagueheart Leggings, 75 Emblems
Mantle of the Lost Conqueror for Valorous Plagueheart Shoulderpads, 60 Emblems

Emblems of Conquest Gear

Evoker's Charm, 19 Emblems
Sash of Potent Incantations, 28 Emblems
Touch of the Occult, 28 Emblems
Legwraps of the Master Conjurer, 39 Emblems
Breastplate of the Wayward Conqueror for Conqueror's Deathbringer Robe, 58 Emblems
Crown of the Wayward Conqueror for Conqueror's Deathbringer Hood, 58 Emblems

Running heroics is one thing, but knowing you could potentially get epic quality items from a regular instance, ergo, a resettable 5-man, is another. Trial of the Champion, both on regular and heroic, drop purples like a piƱata drops Smarties. Work this instance and own it. Leave the money on the dresser.

Trial of the Champion

Belt of the Churning Blaze
Bindings of the Wicked
Handwraps of Surrendered Hope
Mantle of Inconsolable Fear
Leggings of the Haggard Apprentice
The Confessor's Binding
Signet of Purity
Brilliant Hailstone Amulet

Spectral Kris
Boots of the Crackling Flame
Gaze of the Unknown
Embrace of Madness
Kurisu's Indecision
Sinner's Confession

Now let's say you're hard at work at those heroics. You're so tenacious, you do every single heroic each day, amassing 53 emblems a day. You're such a good heroic-running warlock you do both the regular and heroic daily as well. Doing the heroic daily now rewards two of those lovely Emblems of Triumph, the highest emblem currently in the game. Hypothetically, if you ran the heroic daily each day, it would take you 200 days to collect enough Emblems of Triumph to get each of the following items, though you probably wouldn't want all of them, depending on how you play the class. Spirit has become quite useful to warlocks since 3.0.2, both in fel armor as well as contributing with a tier bonus/glyph bonus, which is why most of these items are viable.

Emblems of Triumph Gear

Brimstone Igniter, 25 Emblems
Hood of Smoldering Aftermath, 75 Emblems
Hood of Clouded Sight, 75 Emblems
Pauldrons of Catastrophic Emanation, 45 Emblems
Mantle of Revered Mortality, 45 Emblems
Band of the Invoker, 35 Emblems
Shard of the Crystal Heart, 50 Emblems
Talisman of Resurgence, 50 Emblems

And finally, with the introduction of the new emblem system, raids, and instances, tier 9 has become available. Before the recent patch there was two tier sets with two types of quality within each tier. For tier 9, there are three types of quality: Conquest, Triumph, and Heroic Triumph. The latter two can only be attained through raiding, but the former, that of Conquest, can be redeems for Emblems of Triumph. Doing the heroic daily everyday would take 105 days to grab the entire set. If you were to forgo the above list of Triumph Gear to obtain the list of items below, I wouldn't blame you.

Tier 9 Conquest Gear

Gul'dan's Hood of Conquest, 50 Emblems
Gul'dan's Gloves of Conquest, 30 Emblems
Gul'dan's Robe Conquest, 50 Emblems
Gul'dan's Leggings of Conquest, 50 Emblems
Gul'dan's Shoulderpads of Conquest, 30 Emblems

Kel'Thuzad's Hood of Conquest, 50 Emblems
Kel'Thuzad's Gloves of Conquest, 30 Emblems
Kel'Thuzad's Robe of Conquest, 50 Emblems
Kel'Thuzad's Leggings of Conquest, 50 Emblems
Kel'Thuzad's Shoulderpads of Conquest, 30 Emblems

There you have it. Every possible item of epic quality you may want as a warlock fresh to 80, save for the PvP items and raiding. Hope all of your heroics go well and you top those DPS charts! Gear out and experience what you can, it's not often we can see the Cataclysm on the horizon.

I'll be posting later in the week on my reactions to the new upcoming expansion, been busy all week with school and work and IRL stuff. I'm such a slacker, I know.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Oneironaut DING! :D

Thanks to everyone who was there and to all my friends! Now after two and a half years as a DPS, I can do something different.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still Oathbreaker. Always will be.

But who can say no to this sexy troll?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Guild - Do You Wanna Date My Avatar

I have to confess, I haven't been following The Guild.

I stopped watching the show around the end of season 1 because I suck at keeping up to speed with things that aren't books or comics, especially episodic shows (viral videos, television, Youtube serials). I'm going to go back and watch them all again now. This renewed my geek crush for Felicia Day. :P

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Stupid Nubs: Brodlan, and Bbcami update

To go along with gold spammers and farmers accosting me often, I tend to run into idiots on a regular and severely painful basis. Let's start a new series I'm calling Stupid Nubs, where ignorance is our entertainment and their stupidity is their folly.

I begin with Brodlan, a level 14 Druid of the guild Cannibal Club. The fact that he's a cow in a guild called Cannibal Club makes it already quite funny.

I was on my bank toon, Run, selling items and buying items when I get whispered.

I hoped that he was. Sadly, he wasn't.

I have a problem with ignorant people. I'm professionally an educator, solely devoted to the enrichment and furthering of young minds in academics. I sought to give him culture, but mind you, it is a game, so epeens persist.

I have my DK gear on me. I never deleted it, despite needing the bag space. I have him follow me then within an instant, I am fully geared, a health pot later and I'm up to nearly 5k health.

I put the seed of “Your kind tires me,” in hopes he'd grab at it and I could rightfully snap, but he doesn't, and the hammer remains fanned back.

By his kind, I mean boisterous, idiotic people who spout forth every thought and think that their perspective on everything is the right one. With his simple “and?” statement, I knew I was in for a particularly interesting conversation. People like him are the reason why bad pop music is considered good and Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag are still in existence.

He get's half credit, for being midly coherent.

I /lol'd. On a personal note, I need to type better. If I'm going to be an elitist prick I need to make sure I'm infallible.

I still have no cock. Best. Comeback. Ever.

Because you can so hack the WoWzerz.

FUCK IT! I concede! He's got me! He's fucking got me pinned, 10 seconds, I am done!

You know what my fear is? People like him fail upwards in life. He's going to be a politician or a stockbroker when he grows up. By all means, my readers, please, destroy him. If you see him, berate him and make him go Alli, so I can camp his ass.

On a side note, Bbcami, the really nice gold farmer, messaged me some time ago. I've been meaning to tell you all, but I've been really busy.

She's always whispering me now when she gets on, it really is nice of her. Then, on an off day, I went to Durotar and found her. She had to make another character because the account with the character Bbcami got banned for obvious reasons. She was on Kbcami when I went to see her.

We hung out for a little while then I asked her, “Hey, you ever get bored and just, you know, want to play the game?” She actually responded with a yes, and despite having to spam people, because that's what she was paid to do, I went with her around the Valley of Trials and killed stuff with her!



Yea, that's right. I made a gold spammer level. I rock worlds.