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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-17

WRT WoW hacked char "care pkg" does this mean if they take the care pkg that even the contents of the guild bank won't be restored? #
See maybe it's just cause I'm a packrat.. & raider .. but I'm not sure -who- would be happy with the care package. #
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“Whar’s ma DPS?” Affliction Checklist

I’ve been watching threads on the Warlock’s Den for a while. There’s some good stuff going on over there.. unfortunately 80% of the threads are people saying “I’m not getting as much DPS as I think I should. What am I doing wrong?” These threads aren’t bad.. but eventually they get a little repetitive. The answers are always the same. The people who reply check the same things every single time to figure out what the poster is doing wrong. So.. here you go.. here is my generalized list of how to maximize your DPS in order of importance. Start with number 1 and work your way down. Don’t skip ahead.
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Shiny new Armory

The Armory got a facelift (though it is still labeled as “beta”).


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Highly Caffinated

On Sunday <Caffeine> downed Saurfang in ICC-10. Everything was firing correctly and we had enough DPS.

We were: Heimdäll(pally tank), Dudu(pally tank), Kradokk(druid healer), Valkyriana(pally healer), Reima(ele shaman), Zestor(mage), Flashback(mage), Drkrogue(rogue), Lilac(warlock), and Lapester (ret pally)

The /lore after Saurfang went down still makes me cry. I’m such a puss.
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Addon: RankWatch

The Rankwatch addon will notify you if you or a party/raid member are using down-ranked spells. That is when you cast a lower rank spell than the top-most rank available to you.

Back in the “old days” downranking spells allowed you to cast spells for the same benefit but at a lower mana cost. Blizzard changed this so that in most cases casting lower ranked spells costs more mana for less benefit. Now there are actually very few spells that should be legitimately downranked. Add to that, with the dual spec options, if you are in your primary spec and you learn an upgraded spell for your secondary spec, the spells on your toolbar for the secondary spec will not automatically update. So it’s easy to accidentally end up casting the wrong version of the spells and doing lower heals/dps/tanking.
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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-09

New MC Post >> Addon: Elitist Group http://bit.ly/4DY4AR (Thanks @grimtorn) #
Idle wondering: Lady Deathwhisper's shield is a mana shield. Does it make sense to use Drain Mana on it? Wonder if that's faster than dps. #
I LOL'd http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b58/oneironaut1/avatarwow.jpg #
Best phrase of the day "urban hillbillies". Have I mentioned I love my friends? #
RT: @brigwyn Confirmed [...]

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Not in the notes

I think Blizz is getting a smidge sloppy with Warlock tooltips. It’s kind of the “We’re going to change them entirely.. so meh.. whatever.. they’ll be fine for a few months.” There’s a few things going on in Warlockery (most specifically Affliction) that unless you’re obsessive about watching for blue posts (or notice something in testing) you may have missed.
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The “Noob 80″ Challenge

What is the DPS threshold of a “reasonably clued in” fresh 80 of your chosen class?

1. Identify and obtain a gear set that a “reasonable” new 80 could have. The “new” 80 has been questing. She has access to quest rewards, AH greens, BOE crafted items and any profession items. At this point [...]

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Raid Balance

The second boss in Icecrown Citadel (ICC) is Lady Deathwhisper, a Lich (I’m tempted to say “Lich Bitch” but that just seems mean). For phase one she puts on a mana shield and summons adds (3 adds per side in 10-man). Your raid team has to kill the adds and dps down her mana bubble to get into phase 2 (no more adds, only kill the boss). The adds are “evenly” split between “Adherents” that can only be hit by physical attacks.. and “Fanatics” that can only be hit by magical attacks. Occasionally after you kill an add she resurrects it as a bigger badder add. When she chooses an add to resurrect it gets a “buff” and explodes for some considerable AOE damage (nasty to the melee).

When they are initially formed the Adherents have a shield that has to be DPSd down. It reflects magical attacks. After the shield is down you -can- hit the Adherent with magical attacks. If the Adherents are resurrected they have a buff that reflects all magical attacks.

The first few times we tried this fight I shot the snot out of myself by trying to attack the Adherents. At this point my stance is that if it’s named “Adherent” I don’t even target it. My job is to kill any Fanatics that are up and then to go back to beating on the boss’s mana shield. Magical using classes dps the Fantatics. Physical damage classes dps the Adherents.
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First Foray into ICC

My guild, <Caffeine> started on ICC-10 this week. Our ICC-10 Lower Spire Strategy notes. The first night we got Lord Morrowgar down but got stuck on Lady Deathwhisper. Her AOEs were just tearing up our melee dps.

The second night we got Deathwhisper and Chess.. err I mean Gunship Battle down. Once we started interrupting Deathwhisper add AOEs it wasn’t that hard. Then we got stuck on Saurfang. We made LOTS of attemps on Saurfang.

Last night (our third night in ICC) we face smashed on Saurfang some more. At best we got him to 2%. Yes.. 2%. Sigh.
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