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The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Thrall is a Noob.

Bell made me laugh. Go and read [...]

This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Warlock Outfits

Noting this here so I won’t forget. Lilac needs to optimize her outfits.

Wowinsider talked about it.

I’m using Outfitter to change outfits. I keybound her two main outfits (trash, boss). On the desktop I show her current trinkets. From the trinkets I can tell which clothes she has on.

Lilac’s Current Outfits:
– Boss (Aiming for 202 spell hit and then max +spell dmg) Lilac finally hit this. I’m still swapping stuff around to maximize +spell damage but she has the +spell hit.
– Trash (Aiming for 64 spell hit and max +dmg) Actually I think she’s at 121 spell hit in her trash clothes. I need to get more stuff to swap out the stuff that’s maximized for spell hit. Also at this point the Trash clothes only have about +30 more spell damage than her boss clothes. :( I guess I need more clothes.
– Arcane Resist (Full resist (75% damage reduction) would be 365 arcane resist) I don’t know precisely where she is on this set. I do know I have quite a few pieces and it -feels- like she’s at ~121 arcane resist.. but I don’t remember the exact number. Nice to have for the second boss in MrT and for Curator (not that Lilac has actually seen Curator yet.. but she plans to). Having good Arcane resist would allow Lilac (who already has good stamina and can top the threat meter) to sit as second for the Curator fight and act as arcane soak.
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Addon: Voice Commander

Ack.. “Bad Things”™ at work make blogging hard. Regardless, I wanted to make a note of the addon (?) application: Voice Commander

Adds the ability to control multiple toons (two-boxing) via voice commands. I bet you could also use it to control a single toon. Interesting [...]

This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Ten Words.

Penny Arcade has sponsored a contest. Ten Word Stories.

My entries:

“What can it hurt?” Fizzwidget chirped happily. Fiery explosions followed.

Twenty-five triumphantly trounced Illidan. I guess they were prepared.

Brooding, icy Northrend waits for gallant adventures with new hairdos.

Elegance of dots and curses reduced to shadow bolt spam.

Sylvanus, dread queen, in Northrend takes Arthas, dread [...]

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Visual Cue

*Annoyed* About half way through a non-instant cast my toon stops doing the casting animation. I use visual cues so I keep trying to re-cast the spell even though I’m actually in the middle of casting it. *Harumph*

I’ve observes this on both Lilac (Shadow Bolt, Immolate) and on Tatia (heals and resurrections). [...]

This post was published long before the Mists of Pandara Expansion.
The tips and techniques explained here may be outdated.

Daily Grind

CoffeeYesterday as I logged on Fiancee said “don’t get involved with anything too deep, Sae will be logging on in about an hour and I’d like to run Botanica with you and him.” So instead of signing up in LFG I instead tackled my dailies. I need the gold if I’m ever going to finish gemming and enchanting my new stuff.

I don’t love dailies. It used to be I could allocate 1 hr in the morning to dailies. We got up, showered, dressed, did dailies and then scanned the auction house as I drove to work. 1 hr. I can take 1 hr out of my day. I was doing 6 quests and making a nice amount of gold and getting a couple mana pots. It wasn’t onerous.. it was just something you did to pad you bank account.

Suddenly there are tons of dailies.. and although I realize I could just keep doing the 6 I was doing before.. unfortunately the best rewards come from the new quests. So instead I’m spending hours and hours working on quests.
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Belt of Blasting

Lilac acquired the [Belt of Blasting] AKA crafted Uberbelt of OMGWTFPWNU

Pre 2.4 I was dreading the price for the Nether Vortices.
Post 2.4 getting the 15 Primal Fires turned out to be the hardest part… made much easier when I borrowed them from guildies

According to MaxDPS.com the -only- dps upgrade for this [...]

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Warlock Raiding Consumables

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You are more than the clothes you wear and weapons you bear. If you’re not using consumables to raid then you’re not living up to your max potential.
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Teh Uber

TehWhen I logged on last night, fiancee was flying to Winterspring to do some mining. We didn’t have enough other people on to make a guild run at anything.. so I logged onto Lilac put her in LFG for Shadow Labs, Shattered Halls and.. um.. something else (H-MrT I think) and started doing some daily quests. Five minutes into my daily quests I got a whisper asking if I was interested in running Shadow Labs. Heck yeah, I need the spirit shards (and there’s ~4 drops I want in SL).

I joined the group, got summoned to Auchendoun. The towers were horde controlled :( so no spirit shards. *sigh* We started on the run. The tank had never been in the instance before but it went pretty well up until we got to Vorpil. The tank did not know the fight. They tried to explain the South/North method for that boss.. the tank -said- he got it.. but when he engaged he went south every time. Add to that he didn’t read party chat during combat. So we’re yelling at him in party chat.. and he’s ignoring it.. and we’re all dying. It wasn’t pretty. Though in retrospect it is kinda funny.
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Be Safe!

SecurityYesterday one of my guildie’s got hacked. I’m unclear on the exact details.. but the bad guys got into three of his accounts and cleared them out. As expected Blizzard’s response is slow/non-existant. The guildie had little access to the guild bank so they didn’t get much from there.. but still.

Secure your information. I know you’re reading this thinking “Yeah, I should install some kind of virus/keylogger protection. I’ll have to look into that” and then you’re going to skim down to the next article in the feedreader and completely forget about it. Just stop for a moment and actually do it.

For more information see here: http://lordsofnordrassil.net/2007/12/31/wow-account-security/

*** This has been a general security warning ***

Monday is normally Kara zerg night. We’re supposed to start at 7:30 PST. Because of the security scare we instead encouraged people to download/install security software and to update their passwords. So the run didn’t actually start until ~8:30. Even then we had to stop shortly into the run and have everyone go and download the same archived version of Omen so we could all see threat.
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