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Archive for October, 2008

The idea of leveling is a simple one. You need experience to get to the next level. That’s it.

To that end, the most efficient leveling comes from being able to kill monsters rapidly, with as little “downtime” as possible. Downtime here defined as time forced to spend recuperating mana or some other resource.

For mages, this means that the choice of a leveling spec is basically between deep fire and deep frost. Sadly, anything arcane has to offer from a leveling sense, the other two do better, usually several times over.

With the exception of Arcane Concentration. That talent is awesome, and highly recommended for any leveling build.

Before we get started here, I’d like to point out the following:

Frost has become the best tree for leveling purposes.

I know, I know, and I’m sorry to the advocates of the other trees. But really, did you still think it was a contest? Leveling is all about mana efficiency and killing monsters as fast as possible without getting killed yourself.

So here we have the most mana efficient tree, with the most powerful snares in the game, it’s offensive talents have been conveniently reworked to cost less talent points, it has the most powerful defensive spells, and now it has a stun. There’s really no competition to that. (more…)

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Supposedly, if my notoriously unreliable sources are correct, there was a  Blog Azeroth shared topic about… well, what I just  said. What will YOU be doing come Wrath Day?

First, actually buying the game. That will be important. Unsure if I’m going to go to a midnight thingy or not. Maybe.

Second, installing/patching and so forth… hopefully there won’t be too much of that. I’ve been on the beta for some time now, maybe that counts? My entire UI has been revamped and is fully usable in Wrath, so at least I don’t need to do that.

And then… let the leveling begin. I won’t be moving lightning fast, there’s no “ARGH MUST GET TO 80!!” drive here. I mean, c’mon, I’ve already played a Death Knight to 74 on the beta, I think I can afford to take the time to dick around a bit now. (more…)

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Never Forget

Each grey circle marks the grave of a former zombified player. Looks like the hunter talent “Lock and Load” made it live just in time.

I wish I had a shotgun… at least I have my rocket launcher.

There needs to be more zombie movies with rocket launchers. Or grenades. Or flamethrowers. I mean, a fire mage with engineering and armed with a rocket launcher is fairly close, but I need more, you know?

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Just A Friendly Reminder

Remember, if you are participating in the Scourge invasion world event, remember that these mobs are “Scourge”. Meaning you can equip your Argent Dawn comission and recieve Scourgestones for killing them.

And please. Shadow of Doom responsibly.

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The Race Card

It’s a question that crops up with an obscene level of regularity on the mage forums. Look through the archives, and I can guarantee you there are just as many “what race should my mage be?” threads as there are “warlocks are overpowered” threads.

As a blogger, I have to say that you should go with whatever race suits you the best. Me, personally, I think it’s obvious. Troll mages are the best thing ever conceived in the history of everything, with the possible exception of Christopher Walken.

But if you absolutely must know, read on. (more…)

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R.I.P. Little Guy

For those who haven’t heard the news, Ezra Chatterton died a few days ago.

Poor kid didn’t even get to see this side of 13.

Aka’Magosh.

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The Forums Asplode!

Patch 3.0.$ has been out for a week now, let’s take a quick glance at the class forums and see what people are talking about…

Druids

MY GOD this class friggin rocks my damn socks. From moonkin to tree form, is there anything this class can’t do?

Can’t chew to the center of a tootsie roll pop in under 3 bites!

I can!

What?! You cheated! No one can get to the center in 3 bites!

You can with Berserk! NOM NOM NOM!

Hunters

Where’s my cookie? I want a cookie :(

/em gives disgusting cookie

THAT WAS A DISGUSTING COOKIE. (more…)

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Like Holy Crap You Guys

I am currently, embroiled in a post, that will probably become a series of posts directed at leveling and new mages in general. Those of you who’ve been around long enough may remember these as the “Magecraft” guides. They’re being heavily revamped, updated, and renovated.

I almost feel guilty about releasing all these posts about talents and new specs right as patch 3.0.$ hit. I’ve been averaging about a thousand unique hits AN HOUR for the past week; with nearly all of those going straight to Build-a-Mage and the detailed talent guides.

Lookie here. I even made it onto the WordPress “Top 100 posts” of the day, for October 19th.

I’m number 54, somehow shoved between a guy raving about Naruto and some other french dude yelling about some sort of financial crisis.

Out of the 100 top wordpress posts in the entire world, 4 of them are WoW blogs specifically related to patch 3.0.$, so I guess it’s not really that big of a deal.

But still.

A thousand hits per hour.

What the hell do I look like, an oracle? I’m just some guy from Canadia. There’s no way there’s this many people reading this.

Therefore, the only other option is a few hundred guys constantly refreshing my site or using an F5 bot or something.

Either way, really damn creepy.

/contemplate

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO CRITICAL QQ

This blog is now OFFICIALLY over a year old. Somehow. And people, inexplicably, still read it.

The first post went live on October 14th, 2007… and one year later, Blizzard released a patch called “Echoes of Doom”, and ever since, every server has been bent over backwards and kicked in the test tickles by a rhinoceros.

Also, Warlocks were nerfed.

Oh, Blizzard, you shouldn’t have! You’re making me blush!

Best. Birthday Present. EVER.

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With the live realms screaming obscenities and refusing to sell me ice cream, at least Blizzard has the foresight to keep the Beta realms up and running. So what’s there left to do on the Beta?

Why, chain cast stuff on Target Dummies and run random instances, of course!

The mage I’m using is what we would refer to today as a fresh T4 geared character; about an even split in blues and epics. These tests were done without any support. No moonkins, no shaman, no Curse of Elements, nothing. Just me and my buffs alone.

Deep Fire with Arcane Support

  • 1551 spell power
  • 31.19% fire critical strike chance (base 22.19%)

The spec: 18/53/0 (see link for example)

How it works!

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It’s been one helluva rough week so far. Respecs every couple of hours just to try stuff out; mods and UIs to get up and running, or replace; an all new achievement system that seems to be a major hit; massive amounts of PvP to be had to get used to the new balances; and servers crashing or lagging left and right!

Duskwood is kaput. Again. Oh well.

At least I managed to kill the damn Fel Reaver before the server went down.

Special props to the three alliance guys who joined in with gusto. Sorry about the NPC’s slaughtering you when the Fel Reaver blew up. It’s not my fault, I swear. It’s just… y’know, orcs are like that.

Didn’t get my key though. Server went kablooie en route to the blacksmith guy…

I’d love to chat about the mutilated, cancerous face of PvP, but the servers can’t stay up long enough for me to do much but flail around and get some random achievements.

Speaking of which, let’s try a poll. Never made a poll before.

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