Archive for October, 2009|Monthly archive page

Um, where are all my sockets?

I was tooling around the interwebs the other day, checking out some of the other Disc Priests on my server, and a few others in the blogging community that play Disc Priests, when I noticed something strange:  I am missing an ass-ton of gem sockets. 

Most of the Disc Priests I examined with wow-heroes gear scores in the 2600+ range were sporting around 12-14 gem slots, not including the meta gem.  Vesserion currently has 9.  Huh?

How the hell did they get so many more slots that I did? 

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Faster PVE = More Time for PVP

It’s no secret that I have been spending the majority of my WoW time raiding of late.  Covenant’s 25-man raid has been clearing Ony and working our way through ToC on two nights each week, while Team Bravo (our 10-man group) has been doing the same, plus Ulduar, on three separate nights.

Five nights of raiding each week doesn’t leave you much time to pursue other interests, such as PVP. 

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In the Mountains

The march through Ulduar continued Sunday night, as my 10-man group got its first kill against Thorim.

Ulduar progression has been on the back burner for us the past few weeks as we worked on clearing ToC.  With a one night clear of 10-man ToC finally under our belts, we decided that it was time to have a look at the 10-man ToGC, and get back to working on the Keepers of Ulduar.

(I won’t go into detail about our initial foray into the ToGC, other than to say that I don’t think our dps was quite where it needed to be for the Northrend Beasts on heroic.)

So after two quick wipes at the Argent Crusade fairgrounds, we headed back to Ulduar. 

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I said to Hollywood, ‘Where’d he go?’ . . .

We had 5 people /gquit two nights ago.

First up was a decently geared DK who didn’t really socialize with the guild, and was upset that he wasn’t getting invited to either our Alpha or Bravo 10-man teams.  When we pulled together our raid Monday night to do 25 Ony and finish the last 2 bosses in ToC, we didn’t need anymore melee dps, and he didn’t get invited.  So he quit.

I can’t really say that I will miss the guy as I never really knew him.  If you join a raiding guild, you need to make some effort to get to know the people in the guild.  You probably won’t get raid invites just by your gear score, especially if you are a DK, which every guild seems to be absolutely stuffed with.

Second up was a pair of BFFs in real life who play a Tankadin and a Healadin. The Tankadin left first, so let’s start with him. Continue reading

Trophies vs. Tailoring

This is the question I have been facing for the last two weeks, and am once again facing after last night. 

As you may be aware, the bosses in 25-man ToC drop Trophies of the Crusade, which can be turned in along with significant quantities of Emblems of Triumph for ilevel 245 Tier 9 set pieces.  The same bosses also have a chance to drop tailoring patterns for ilevel 245 gear.  The tailoring epics generally require 12 or 20 pieces of spec cloth, and 4 or 8 Crusader Orbs depending on the slot (bracers and chest respectively).  Crusader Orbs drop from the 25-man ToC bosses as well, and/or can be purchased with 15 Emblems of Triumph.

So, if you find yourself in the market for an ilevel 245 chest piece, you can a) accumulate 75 EoT, run 25-man ToC, and wait for a Trophy to come your way; or b) accumulate 8 Crusader Orbs (via EoT, the AH or from ToC loot) and 20 pieces of spec cloth, and then find a tailor with the pattern.

In my case, I was fortunate enough to have both options available. 

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