Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Well I have been barely on WOW in like 5 days. I'm shaking a little, but my small bursts keep me from loosing it.. So I'll be okay.

What have I been doing when I'm on?

Playing Grimrpr (my DK). I have been sending him stuff to mill (since I am only sitting at the PC for like 5 minutes at a time), and I leveled him a bit.. It takes almost NO time at all to push up a level at this point with him. Ironic I think as I don't remember it being so easy with Mcgoo or Dwarf at 60. Dwarf had an easy time, but hunters always do. I mean i fall you ever had to do was Send pet > shoot > loot, you'd notice almost no downtime. Then add in Viper aspect (as it WAS, not IS) and everythings great. Not the case with Grim.. Grim is actually having SUCH an easy time its somewhat rediculous. I made a few mistakes here and there, like doing the telhamat quests before I did the honor hold ones. Which if I remember I had a bit of a time with, with mcgoo, weren't an issue with Grim. I can't stop this nagging feeling that DK's are going to be hit with the "nerf stick". Its sick to see a lvl 61 DK take out a 63 undead mage. I really wish I could get to 70 before my buddy Yara gets his main toon (yara) up to 80 so I can duel his warrior (well geared, not great, but good) with Grim to see how Grim sits vs a warrior at level when the warrior outgears him. I KNOW a warrior can't level the way Grim does.. I run with my friend atikam's warrior and he can't run like that, so I know that PvE wise DK's smackdown on warriors.

I plan on pushing my inscription up to about 125 or so in the next week. The problem is I also plan on pushing mcgoo to 80 by 1/1. Is this pure hopes/dreams or can I do it.. I think I can. I know I need to do some mining in zuldrak and do the ampitheater quests (like ring of blood) and then I can roll out of that zone ( I missed a few quests but not enough that I'm hurting for xp, I mean I'm 2 bubbles into 76). After that I'm going to the Sholazar basin and kill everything, mine everything and pop up maybe a level or 2. THEN I'm off to the next zone to push up a level or two. The last level I plan to sit in the highest level zone and just go kamikaze on everything. Then I can get done with my leveling, respec to affliction/destruction hybrid and hit instances whenever possible.

sigh.. more leveling.. with mcgoo..

Thursday, December 18, 2008

76, FINALLY.. jeez

Ok I hit 76 last night after.. well after too long goofing off and not playing enough. It was refreshing to see the bright lights of leveling up. I don't use the abilities at 76 that Thottbot says I get, so I am not training yet for it (why spend the gold?).. Well there was health funnel and soulstone but I don't seem to have an issue keeping the felguard up at this point. Well if I need to get into an instance I'll go train.. Maybe that's better..

Anyway. I am hammering out the zul drak's quests I am now doing the troll quests where I run all over finding relics.. and all that nonsense. Its not hard, just time consuming. I think if my PC was better I could find them better as I lag a lot, and don't see the "sprinkles" or whatever to tell you that a item is a important one (quest related). Kill quests though... with Mr Felguard on my side, its not a problem. I pulled I think 8 undead in the ampitheater or wherever that is (where they are trying to over run the FP/inn).. and slaughtered them all relatively easily. I noted that my new last resort technique involves me popping a healthstone, a health pot, and then going metamorphosis on the group in front of me.

More and more finding that my lock is "ezmode" and not exciting to me anymore. Sigh... we'll see how things progress though..

Monday, December 15, 2008

Frostweav'ing my @ss OFF!!!

Ya know.. I pick up 20-100 pieces of frostweave cloth a night, and just recently spent some time burning through it all making bolts and all. I found two things..

1) It takes a holy-jeez-I'm-going-to-die-from-all-this-cloth amount of cloth to make a decent pile of bolts of this stuff..

2) You would have to have TWO-THREE times the amount in 1) to have enough cloth to level tailoring.

Sadly I have only about 200 bolts of frostweave at my disposal now, I sold 2 stacks of 20 a while back for a quick cash infusion (has anyone SEEN the prices?!?!?!), but since then have done very little to level tailoring at all. Unfortunately frostweave may be more of a pain in the butt than netherweave was... sigh..

sigh.. stuck in Zul Drak

Zul Drak. Funny thing is when I first heard the name I thought immediately of the Sci Fi show "Farscape". (If you don't know of this show, go watch it all now.. its great.. trust me, you'll thank me later). In Farscape, the word "Dren" is the curse word for poop. So I have always thought of Zul Drak, as Zul Dren. it is proving itself to be such now. I am pushing along in my 70's trying to hit 80 before my guild is DONE with everything already again.. And I hit a wall.

The wall is what I call it when I am leveling at a crazy speed and then suddenly.. there's nothing. I end up with quests for all 4 corners of the zone, and spend 80% of my time online running, instead of killing(what I do best). Duskwood is the first BIG signpost I can say is a wall for me. I stall out something terrible in my late 20's to my early 30's. Then the magic that is STV comes to me and I start leveling again like a madman.

Well I hit the wall. I ended up goofing around and ran my buddy atikam to the wrong end of Zul Drak, so I made him go through dragonblight entrance (cuz really most of the q's I started with were there and were easy at 74). My goal was to hit 76 and move to the basin (sholazar, to be exact) and do my quest pickups so I could beat out another level in a night or two. What happened is I only finished 4 quests and barely barely barely moved the XP bubble. Ati's running in Zul Drak now and probably having an easy time of it, (don't ya just hate BM hunters?). My guild is showing e-peen for having the new badges.. "I need 20 more to get all the badge epics".. I threw up "how many do you guys have?" they were all like 200.. 150.. 400.. So I was like holy crap. How on earth do they do all that dren that fast?

So it already sounds like my guild is about ready to run naxx.. (yeah, I miss it again!!, I mean .. CRAP). Will I catch up? I doubt it, but I'm going to hit 80, that is a promise. Then I may start throwing my time around with dwarf and my DK. I really wanted to play my DK last night, but it wasn't meant to be. We'll see what the future holds for my peoples.. sadly Mcgoo has a neverending amount of rested xp to burn off so I may never get to say "well Mcgoo is done with rested, so I will burn it off of dwarf/Grim now"..

I know I know.. I whine too much. "boo hoo.. poor warlock stomping over everything in northrend.. wah wah baby.. " yeah yeah.. I know. I just like new and exciting things, and right now my DK is new/exciting.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Azhole-nuub or something like that

Well I made it into the second real instance.. Azjol Nerub.. or something. Well whatever its called..

It was pretty cool really. Lots of spiders. The only caveat was the waves of autopulls. One guy in the group called it an "event". Well whatever, they come in 3's. and there is no downtime. So make sure your tank is good at holding aggro on multiple mobs, and your healer keeps you topped off.. lifetap early if you are a lock so your healer can top you and your mana off. These aren't terribly tough fights, but a prot spec tank is a must really(or feral tank, or DK frost spec..etc). We started with a ret pally tanking, and that was a fail, so he respec'd and then it was a breeze. Mana efficiency was kinda rough at this stage still for me personally. I did manage to top the damage meter (yeah me!!, and over higher level folks with better gear!!!)

It was a neat run but make sure you don't go in half cocked at 71-73 or you might get smacked around pretty good.

Nexus... FTW!!

Well this past weekend I made a run into my first northrend instance. Nexus.


I really liked it. It was simple simple and went off without a hitch. We had 3 pallies me and a shadow priest. So we were just healing and dps'ing everything into dust. I was the lowest level. I represented well with 15% of the dps. The big DPS'er was a 75 ret pally, who was spanking everything in sight. I was 71 at the time, so I felt my dps contribution was good enough.

All in all, an easy instance, healing wasn't intense.. Most everything was tank/spank.

The gear that dropped was all crap everyone didn't want. So I think it went to the vendor.. OH wait.. it went to the shadow priest. Sadly my frozen shadoweave may never leave me.. i may never get new stuff.. :(

Got a ton of xp from the run since I had a bunch of Q's there anyway.