Gear Comparing

I would like to refer everyone to this post on Honors Code Blog :  Honor’s On Gear Comparison

Yeah I am the person who sent him that email and I really appreciate his thoroughness in answering my question and not only that but doing a full blog post on the subject. If you are a protection paladin looking for direction and advice I can not say enough about how helpful Honorshammer is and has been to me. I have sent emails out to other bloggers I am lucky if I get back a few word response but the 2 times I have contacted Honorshammer he has been most helpful both in email and blog form with answering my questions.

Now as for the gear question he answers I truly do suck at math and as much as I hate it I am now following his advise and going though each possible upgrade and comparing it to my current gear and seeing both the plus and minus of switching to that gear piece. The one problem I am having as we progress though Naxx 25 is that while I am staying above 540 defense it is not by much and since I put a lot more value on high effective health pieces this sometimes leaves me getting very close to falling below 540 and thus several times I have had to switch gems or gear around to maintain that level.

One thing I am happy about is that now after this last patch and the few upgrades I got last week I am sitting close 38k health fully buffed, defense capped, and over the 102.4% block cap. So I am really starting to feel like I am able to main tank pretty much any encounter currently in game. There are still some major upgrades for me in Naxx 25 but for some of them they are becoming more “sidegrades” or pieces I would use in specific instances.

Another note is that while I do carry numerous pieces of gear with me for almost any situation I encounter I am not like most tanks that have whole sets for trash, and this mob, and that boss, and this pull here, and that pull over there. Ever since I started tanking it has been driven into my head that threat will come with a good rotation and defense will come with better gear, but you always need more health so you can take more hits. I know that is a subject of much conflict on a lot of websites about how each tank gears but that has fit my play style best and the one I feel most comfortable with. Plus I do not really see any point to gearing for threat right now since Pallys have absolutely no problem holding threat on trash or boss’s over anyone other than another pally.


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Diagnosis : Writer’s Blah

Well I had almost totally given up on coming back to blogging anytime soon. I was having trouble finding my writing voice, it was just so easy to keep making excuses, and as most people know the longer you delay doing something the easier it becomes to keep putting it off. Plus I kept using the excuse that I had nothing different to say and I was just a single voice in the sea of millions of other bloggers. That last line is true, but after thinking about it I decided it was not a valid excuse. I started this blog to give me an outlet to write about different things that pop into my rather large head, to chronicle the adventures of my characters, and to just plain out vent sometimes. Do I want other people to read my thoughts? Hell yes, that is the dream of every aspiring blogger. Required? No.

Anyway I read about 75 different blogs every day and it was through a feed that I got redirected to a site called Binary Colors. (sorry but I am not sure what site redirected me to this site) I have never ever been to this site, but after reading the 1st blog post I was hooked and went back and read every blog post this author had posted. One warning is it is not totally safe for less mature people and you might not want your boss to look over your shoulder and read all the text. There are no inappropriate images but they use very forceful language where they feel it is called for. To be honest it fits so well in the context of how they write I can not imagine it without it.

So the first blog I read is titled Writer’s Blah. This is a masterpiece for people like me who through the art of procrastination stayed away from my writing for a while and ended up getting into a cycle of continually making excuses to stay away for longer. Reading this blog did something that I myself have been unable to accomplish for over a month, it got me writing again. Not any better writing than before, actually right now it looks a lot worse than my other writing, but I figure there is no place to go but up and at least I am putting words down again. We all have to start some place.

One other warning about Binary Colors: I would like to suggest that you have nothing in your mouth the first time you start reading the blog post. I made the terrible mistake of drinking a Nestea Lemon while reading it for the first time and it did not feel very good coming out of my nose when I started laughing uncontrollably. Of course if you like that type of thing than just disregard previously issued warning.

** UPDATE ** After doing some searching I found out it was Galadria at Galadria’s Corner.

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A Few Blog Changes

1st I have transferred all my characters from Thrall server to Terokkar with the free realm transfers. At first I was very reluctant since I enjoy being on a populated server, but in the end I just did it. After about a month on the new server I am very happy I transferred. One of the best servers I have played on so far, not overly crowded (most I have been is 100 in line to get in game), economy has enough people involved to keep a good selection of items and prices, and most of all I really like my new guild Harmony.  Not a die hard raiding guild but more like a very large family where there is a lot of fun and raiding going on. I really like it with them and hopefully they feel the same way.

2nd I have renamed 2 of my characters upon transfer. My pally went from being Honorshammer to being LittleHonors.  I was starting to feel like a closet stalker to the real Honorshammer so I made the choice about LittleHonors. I still have Honors in my name though to show respect to how much Honor’s Code
Blog has taught me as a player. I also changed the name of the warrior from Durik to Molle.  As I have said previously the warrior started off as my wife’s character so it was a female character and it just felt weird having this pretty human female warrior named Durik. When I used to play Eve Online the head of the corporation I was in was named SirMolle and since he was the person I most respected in that game I chose the Molle part of his name. Plus it really suits my female character much better



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I Am Still Alive !!!

No I am not dead I have just merely been overwhelmed with some other items going on in my life. 

First off I was a participant in the NaNoWriMo write a 50,000 word novel in a month madness.  I just finished mine yesterday and got it verified so I am done with that for a while.  I knew going in it would be tough but I did not really realize just how tough until the last week or so.  At least it is done.

Second I experienced the Nightmare Before Wraith of Lich King release.  On Wednesday prior to release I was in the process of getting everything all set up in my office for the start of my grind to 80.  All add-ons had been updated and snacks and drinks had been strategically placed for my refreshment.  About 2 hours before I was going to leave for the midnight launch party at my local Game Stop I for some stupid reason decided to update my XP Pro to service pack 3 since that is what WoLK was calling for.  Granted I had never had an problems with service pack 2 but since I thought it might help my system run WoW better I would just go on and do it so there would be no problems with my WoLK install and playing.  In hindsight it was the worst decision I have made in recent history.  Everything downloaded fine, looked like it installed fine, the little box popped up and said installation was complete and I needed to restart the computer for all changes to take place.  Restarted computer and BANG, my windows installation has been corrupted.  When we moved I had lost my original install disc so I knew from the get go I was screwed.  Called Microsoft support and wasted 2 hours on the phone with a technician who I honestly think was reading a “Computer Troubleshooting for Dummy’s” book.  I mean they were clueless.  As a side note when you are already really having a bad day, and than you call someone who is supposed to be able to help you and they suck at there job, it really makes for a bad experience. 

After once I calmed down (about 4 am) I went to bed and awoke early to call a computer repair shop I had dealt with before and see what there back up time on repair was.  I knew it normally took a week for them to get a unit in and out for repair so I was not optimistic.  Lucky for me they had an opening and said if I could drop it down that day they should have it back early Friday morning.  True to there word they had the computer ready at lunchtime on Friday, and the really surprising part is they only charged me $62 to repair the windows installation, burn me a windows xp pro replacement disc, and make sure service pack 3 installed properly this time.  As always I was very impressed with the company and even more impressed with the price they charged me. 

So I was delayed getting my leveling going but in the end that might have helped me.  Originally I was planning on a mad rush to 80 but I decided to take a more leisurely approach to the grind this time.  Especially since it seems Blizzard has put so much effort into the environment and quest details that I feel bad skipping anything.

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Pirate Party (OOC)

Well the things I will do to be a good dad….  Yeah that is my wife, my son, and me on our son’s 1st birthday party this weekend.  We had 56 people all dressed as pirates in our little house.  Lots of fun.  Yes I look like an idiot but still there is nothing in the world I would not do for that little boy.

So that is why there have not been many updates this week.  Hope to be back on schedule this coming week.

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Kara : A PuG’s Playground

So last night I decided since I had some free time I would chill in the LFG channel and see if anyone might need a tank for a Kara run.  I had been in the channel less than 30 seconds when I got a whisper asking if I was available for a full clear, I said yes, and I was invited into the raid.  Last dps spot got filled about 30 seconds later and off we went. 

Now I do not normally run with Pug raids since there is just too much opportunity for people to screw up a run, but since my guild is barely doing any runs at all I decided it was my best chance to test out all my new skills.  Lucky for me this was pretty much a set raid group that runs Kara every week but since they had one tank not show they decided to pug that spot and I was lucky enough to get it.  So even though I was not familiar with them, and they were not familiar with me, it looked very promising for a fun night. 

The 2 tanks for the night were me (protection pally) and a druid tank.  We did not really assign a MT it was just pretty much decided whatever mobs were hitting you than that is what you were tanking, and if you were not tanking something than be looking to pull another group.  No CC, no traps, just mass AoE tanking fun. 

As soon as everyone was in we started pulling and just let people buff as we were moving.  I kept Sanctuary up on me and the druid tank, and only put up other blessings when I either thought about it or before boss fights.  Attumen was a joke before and now he is even more of a joke.  Moroes, ditto.  Remember when you used to set up the kill order and than shackle something, and burning something down, and hunter trap something, etc…  No more.  We put a mark on Moroes, I threw my avenger’s shield and off we were to just kill everything.  I handled pretty much all the adds while the druid tank took Moroes himself.  We just AoE’ed everything down and kept on moving.  (one vanish on Moroes and that was only because we burned down all the add’s before Moroes) 

Maiden… down.  Opera event was Big Bad Wolf and he went down with no problem.  When we started clearing the Curator trash we were pulling 2 – 3 groups at a time to speed up.  No problem there.  Curator was below 50% before his first evocation and we burned him down on that.  Illhoff was a joke with me just being on him, using consecration to keep everything on me and we just burned him straight down.  Shade went off without a hitch.  Netherspite I hate and I was the only death on that fight (first death of night so embarrassing).  I was on first red beam and we kept having lag spikes and I was having trouble dancing in and out of the beam until I was down to only 1 health.  Splat I went.  They burned him down anyway.  Chess event was a little different.  They have changed up the UI some and if you are using X-perl like me you can not right click off buffs.  So when a character dies you are unable to click off the buff to grab another piece and continue the fight.  I had to go into options, turn off X-perl, click off the player control buff, and than I was able to control another piece.  Still we won with no problem.  (would have really been embarrassing to wipe on chess)  Nightbane bugged out on us at about 15% and while he was beating on us and us beating on him neither of us were taking damage.  After about 10 minutes of this we all got disconnected from server.  Once everyone was back in he had despawned and had to be summoned again.  No problem and he went down without much of a fight.  Prince got off 1 infernal before he hit the floor.  Only loot I took of the night was the T4 head piece from Prince and that is not much of an upgrade but it did add some more strength and thus more damage. 

So after all this what have I learned?  Tanks do damage, I mean lots of damage.  I have both a pally tank and a warrior tank and with both of them I am used to seeing me hitting for small numbers and being hit for big numbers.  Now we hit for big numbers.  I will call it “screen shock” the first time you see some of the big crits we are capable of now.  Threat was no problem at all for the Kara run, actually pally threat is currently possibly bugged and thus generating even more threat than it is supposed to.  Granted Kara has always been a pally paradise for the undead, but last night there was never a time I could not rip threat off the druid tank if I wanted to, no matter how long I waited before starting in.  While this is good for pally tanks it is bad for other tanks and I would like to see it either fixed or have other tanks threat moved up to better be equal. 

At the end of the night I was 3rd on damage meters which is a lot different than I am used to since before I was almost always last.  The druid was 7th but since I never played a druid I have no idea if that is good or bad, they never had trouble tanking a mob it was just a matter of giving them a large enough head start and than watching my threat. 

Overall though it was a fun night minus the several server lag’s and crash’s.  I hope Blizzard gets the server issues worked out before Nov 13th.

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Yeah for some unknown reason I have recieved a EU Beta Invitation.  Weird since I have never been on a EU server and I have always played on US servers. 

Oh well.  So if anyone wants it please contact me thru the link on the right hand side and I will send it your way.

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