Making the Jump to Jewelcrafting

Well I finally made the change. After debating the plus’s and minus’s for the better part of 2 weeks I finally decided to drop enchanting and level jewel crafting last night. Why was this a hard decision? Because I had 450 enchanting with all WoLK enchants. What made it easier was the fact that I have enchanting around 400 on one of my alts so that will still allow me to enchant my gear and DE most other items.

Why did I make the decision? After reading tons of articles, forums posts, and just talking to several trusted tanks both in game and in email I realized that it would overall give me much more flexibility with my stats to have JC and using the 3 dragon’s eye. So I lost 48 stamina from the ring enchants but I gained a very nice stamina trinket and 3 either +stamina, +dodge, OR +defense dragon’s eye. So in the big picture I actually gained much more than the 48 stamina I was getting from the ring enchants.

Why did I not drop mining? Because I like it. Not a good enough reason for you? Well since the 3.08 patch change when they made the mining buff +50 stamina instead of +500 hp it scales much better and in case your math is very bad the +50 stamina from mining is 2 more stamina than the ring enchants give.

What was the cost of this little endeavor? About 3300 gold from out of pocket. You would have thought since I spent so much time contemplating the change that I would have been stock piling materials but I was not so instead of farming the mat’s myself I just bought everything straight off the auction house. The 3300 gold figure is how much I spent before earning back any of the money from having my alt DE a lot of the items and selling anything else on the AH. My opinion is it is going to end up costing me approximately 1000g after I sell all the items on the AH. That does not bother me in the least since I think I can make that money back in under a week or so with a few JC — > DE items.

So we will see how this goes now. I spent so much time thinking about it that finally I had to make a decision and either go with it or just keep enchanting. I decided to take the risk and see what happens. This now gives me a main with Mining and Jewel crafting, priest alt with tailoring and enchanting, warrior alt with mining and BS (maxed), and 2 other level 70+ alts that I occasionally play with mining and skinning. So farming materials should not be a problem, and hopefully I will be able to make use of all my professions to make even more money on the AH.




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Reverse Loot Drama

Well I had an interesting situation arise after Heigan this past week and it is one I have never really dealt with before. You see I try my best to avoid the drama that goes with loot and for the most part I do a very good job of staying totally out of the conversations. The guild I am in uses an EPGP (effort points/gear points) system and it helps to even further eliminate any chance of loot drama.

Anyway as has been discussed in this blog previously I have pretty much finalized my gear plan and my gear goals until the next content is released. It is a fluid list that can be modified and adapted to any situation that could arise but in reality I am fairly happy with the choices on the list and thus I have already started working towards getting those pieces.

So the drama started when after the Heigan kill the Breastplate of Tormented Rage dropped. I am currently wearing the Heroes Redemption Breastplate (t7) and my gear plan has me upgrading to the Valorous Redemption Breastplate
(t7.5) which drops off the 4 horseman chest. Now when you look at the comparison between the BoTR and the HRB yes it is an upgrade but at the same time we easily kill 4 horsemen each week so it is not a long shot that within the next week or so I could have the token piece for the t7.5 chest. So I did not Bid on the BoTR. Both of the other tanks already had it so it was sharded. This made one of the officers upset since he felt I should have taken that chest piece since there is no guarantee the pally chest token will drop next week. Which is very true who knows when a certain loot piece is going to drop. But I really am not depending on that piece for any progression kill so I am content with waiting until I get my chance at the loot I want for my gear plan.

I just could not get him to understand my point of view and while I could fully understand what he meant, I would not embrace his point of view either. So it was a stalemate.

I think some people think I am hoarding my EPGP points for the better gear and they feel that is wrong. I guess in some ways you look at it I am doing that, but they feel like all the best loot pieces are on the very end boss’s and that is not always true. On this same night I won the Ablative Chitin Girdle from Maxeena (#1 belt on my list) and the Mantle of the Lost Conqueror token off Loatheb. (holy shit those shoulders are ugly) As a side note I had technically won the shoulder token the week prior but one of the other tanks was still wearing the Saronite shoulders so I passed the token to him. Loot whore is not something I consider myself.

So how do you handle planning for loot? In my opinion it was not worth it to me to win a chest piece that might only last me for a week or so and by taking it hurt my chances at some of the other loot pieces. Do not get me wrong if the t7.5 token dropped off a boss that we were not killing or I felt that the other piece would give us a better chance at a progression kill than I would have taken it in a heartbeat, but that is not the case. Guess it all just comes down to how everything is perceived.

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New Gear List

You ever get about 90% of the way through a very tough assignment and than happen across a website with the answer all spelled out in nice and easy to understand terms?  Don’t you hate it when you sit their and tell yourself that at least you learned something by doing the 90% you did?  I am so at that point right now.

I have been sitting in front of two monitors for the past 10 hours with WoW Armory on one with my character profile and Aleyona from Maintankadins Gear List  on the other screen. I have went through every single piece of gear I currently have equipped, and than compared it to each individual piece on that list and than worked out with proper gemming and enchants what I would be gaining and losing by equipping that piece.  As has beem previously discussed I suck at math so this has been like a 10 hour homework assignment for me.

Anyway I was just putting the final touches on my list and starting to number each one in the order I rank them when I decided to take a break and read some forums for a little while to give me eyes a break.

So I venture on over to the Maintankadin Forums and low and behold Cidx has posted his Best In Slot Gear List , and not only is it a easy to follow list but he goes into detail about why he has chosen each and every piece. After looking at the list I realized that with the exception of the legs and the 2nd ring we agreed on every single choice. Problem is after reading his conclusions for choosing which one he did I have managed to see the error in my ways and I now agree with him totally. (Hey I said I sucked at math but at least I was trying)

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Alpha Inventions ??

Just curious what other bloggers think about the site called Alpha Inventions? I had never heard of them until 2 days ago when they started directing over 50+ hits to my blog compared to the 4 – 5 I usually see. I read the site and it all looks really legitimate but just curious if it really it legit or if it one of the things that looks to good to actually be true.

** note ** If you have never heard of the site it was a little overwhelming the first time I went to it. From my limited understanding it scans millions of blogs in the world and when one is updated it automatically puts the blog on the front page. I have found some that are very interesting and I have added them to my blog reader and some that just make me wonder what kind of people read these blogs (a blog for dinnerware!?!?!?!?!?)

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Lunar Festival

Unless you are living under a rock some place you should by now realize that the Lunar Festival has started and with it another set of achievements for us to work towards accomplishing.

To assist you with this matter I would like to point you to a post on the Random Ravings of Warcraft Blog that very nicely details all things Lunar along with a step by step approach to getting all the coins.    LINK TO POST

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I Have Reins of the Bronze Drake !!!

You ever join a group and just know from the start that it is full of fail? Ever been wrong? Yeah that’s what I was thinking too, but my group on Saturday night might just be a 1st for changing that.

It all started when I saw a group advertising they needed a Tank for H CoT. It is one of the more fun instances for a pally tank so I decided to offer my services. Once getting in the group we only needed a healer before we could start and before long a healer from my guild joined the group. The group had no more than got filled up when the mage says he wants us to let him have the frozen orb since he needs it. We politely explain that he is welcome to greed on it just like everyone else. At this point he starts cursing and telling us how horrible we are. Me and the healer discuss in guild chat that we are not willing to risk getting locked to an instance with a person like this in the group. So we both drop group. Seconds later I get a tell from the mage screaming at me to which I politely respond, “and you have a nice day also”, but he had already ignored me. (side note: you ever notice how when someone is really pissed off at you that by being even nicer to them is just makes them that more mad? Isn’t that a lot of fun to do? )

So anyway me and the healer drop group and start looking to make another instance run. Before we get to far though the original group creator from our first fail group whispers me that he kicked the mage and would we please come back. We discuss it and surprisingly we decided to go back to the group. Fill the last dps slot and off to CoT we go.

The group make up looked like this : Paladin Tank (me), Paladin Healer, Paladin DPS (ret), Death Knight DPS, and a Hunter dps. Interesting group make up but since both the healer and I were decently geared we thought we would be fine.

Prior to starting the event I tell everyone I would like to push hard for the Drake Timer but if we realized we were not going to make it we would just slow down. I honestly knew from the start we would never make the timer but since I really wanted the Bronze Drake I needed all the practice I could get with speeding up pulls and killing mobs.

The event starts and we tear though the mobs like a hot knife through butter. 3 paladins in a group can really mess up a bunch of bad undead guys. The ret pally was running ahead of the group aggroing all the little mobs and I was pulling all the large groups to him and together we would just AoE the crap out of them. Now I would like to say that at this point in time I was watching the timer but honestly I was having so much fun speed pulling and running thru the instance I was not even thinking about it. The first 3 boss’s went down with no trouble at all and the only real downtime we had was waiting for the very mouthy Artha’s to keep spitting out his role playing mumbo jumbo. (another note: after about 10 times in an instance there should be a way to skip all the non important talking bits and just let there be more killing of mobs)

We reached the back bookcase and went through and got ready for the last gauntlet. At this point we had a little less than 5 minutes left on the timer and it was looking like we might have a real shot at the Infinite Corruptor. I tell everyone to just keep up with me since I am not stopping.

Myself and the ret pally start grabbing mobs and just pulling them through the gauntlet. The best way I have found for me is to run about 1/3 of the way into the gauntlet. Get good AoE threat going on them and than just start backing my way through the gauntlet pulling the mobs as I go and making any new mobs run though my consecration.

In party chat I tell everyone to not talk to Arthas at the end of the gauntlet since we are going directly to the optional boss (big thanks to Tankspot forums for even pointing out this is possibly, most people think you have to kill Mal’ganis and than Infinite Corruptor, but that is not true)

Gauntlet comes to an end and we have less than 2 minutes. Anxiety is starting to build in me at this point. I take off racing towards where the optional boss should be and when I look up there are still 2 party members standing at Arthas and telling me to come back that the boss is the other way. (ok so maybe not all the fail was kicked out of the party at the beginning)

Lucky for me the healer is with me and 1 dps so I tell the other 2 to get over to us and I engage Infinite Corruptor.  At this point we have a little less than a minute to kill him. I some how remembered reading some place (probably Tankspot or Maintankadin) that when the timer is up he walks back to the portal and through so if you are running really close on time pull him away from the portal to give the group a few extra seconds to kill him before he reaches the portal. So I start pulling him back towards the entrance to Mal’ganis’ room and when I reach about ¾ of the way back to Arthas the timer expires and he starts heading towards the portal. All out dps and when he is about 2 feet from the portal he falls over dead. 5 party members all get the Achievement : The Culling of Timer  and in the loot window is the Reins of the Bronze Drake . I tell everyone to roll need so there are no mistakes. I figure with the terrible luck I normally have on these random drops than I have about a snowball’s chance in hell of getting it and I start heading back to Arthas to finish the instance. Imagine my surprise when I see that I won the roll. This short rolly polly plate wearing dwarf was dancing all over that instance (all over my office in real life also. But I am not a dwarf in real life. But I am rolly polly. But if we ever meet I would probably not start off the conversation with Hi Mr. Rolly Polly)

So we finish the instance and I am still just astounded that not only did we get the timer achievements but we did it with a PuG group that started off so full of fail that 2 of us had left the group and had to nearly be begged to go back to. In the end though it all worked out.

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2 Very Funny Sites

No matter how bad of a day I am having these two sites never fail to always put a smile on my face.

1) I Can Haz Cheezburger (lolcatz)

2) I Haz a Hotdog (loldogz)

So if you are having a Blah kind of day give these a try.

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