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Cataclysm for me

It’s been a wild ride, that is for sure.

I started out as a Shaman, and ended up as a Paladin. That’s pretty much a 180 degree turn right there, especially for those who played during vanilla, you’ll know what I am talking about!

The Shaman was my raiding character, and I stopped playing it after clearing the tier 11 content, so much for that one. I enjoyed healing on it a lot, but when guilds come and go you got to adapt to the situation. I ended up cutting my PvP life short, as I didn’t have the time to raid and PvP as much as needed to be competetive, and moved my Rogue to a different realm in order to join up with a guild.

From there on and until now, I’ve been walking with daggers, like a proper rogue is supposed to. First I played as an assassination rogue, and switched to combat during Dragon Soul, as I’ve got my stage 1 daggers. Now, I’m in mixed gear, some heroic DS, most normal DS, and a few *cough*lfr*cough* items. Overall equipped itemlevel is around 396, so I am able to do my share of raid damage. Lately I’ve been going subtlety, and to be fair, it’s absolutely epic! Sadly, I’ve got to be combat for heroic Ultraxion, so I’ve ditched the subtlety spec for now, as I can’t be bothered reforging the gear everytime I switch between combat and subtlety. We are only on 2/8 heroic, but we are having some issues with an unstable roster, so we could have been much further. We’re casuals though, so we won’t let this be an issue.

As a sidenote, I’ve also been playing my Paladin recently, a lot actually. It is my achievement character, and I’ve been achieving stuff over the past few weeks. [It’s over nine thousand!] was my goal, and I reached it. So my new goal is now to get over 10k points. With the LFR addition to the game, I also started collecting gear for all my three specs. I think I’m at 390 retribution, 385 protection and around 375 holy gear at the moment. I’ve neglected the holy gear, as I don’t find holy Paladins as fun as restoration Shamans. With this Paladin, I’ve also run alt raids with the guild, and we’re at 7/8 now. We wiped a few times on 3% on madness, so I think he’ll go down next week, after we’ve all had some upgrades.

All in all, I’ve been keeping busy and enjoying the game. So much that I didn’t even bother to maintain my blog. I guess that is a good thing. For now, I’m signing off to enjoy some more studying, but I guess we all know I mean gaming!

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Picking my specialization

I’m loving the mutilate spec at the moment. It’s sustained damage, but I throw away a lot of mobility. It’s fine for BG’s and the like, but in arenas I think I’m going to have to think about getting subtlety synced into my fingers.

After reading through, or glancing at, the patch notes for 4.0.6, I came to realize that sub is getting a damage buff and a mobility nerf. I’m still going to run both specs, and I expect it to become better as I get more gear. I’m still unsure of, however, if this is a good or a bad thing. It’s always nice with some more damage, but the hit it’s taking to some key abilities and treats of the whole spec is kind of a deal-breaker.

  • Elusiveness now reduces the cooldown of Cloak of Shadows by 10/20 seconds, down from 15/30 seconds.
  • Preparation no longer resets the cooldown of Evasion.
  • Shadowstep’s cooldown has been increased to 24 seconds, up from 20 seconds.

So basically some cooldowns are increased and we’re no longer able to dual evasion if we need to. On the plus side though, there are some buffs I like.

  • Find Weakness now grants 35/70% armor reduction, up from 25/50%.
  • Sinister Calling now grants 30% Agility, up from 25%, and increases Backstab and Hemorrhage damage by an additional 40%, up from 25%.
  • Sanguinary Vein now gives a rogue a 50/100% chance for their own Bleed effects to not break their Gouge.

More sustained damage, plus a CC buff. I really like the ability to bleed someone while gouging them. I play with a feral druid at the moment, so this might not come me in handy in arenas, but I’ll make profit on it when I go up against 1v1. These changes all affect Subtlety spec only. There’s a last one that I find not that noteworthy and I feel it’s intended for PvE. It will help us in some minor way, because we’re going to be wearing a small number of that stat most likely.

  • Executioner (Mastery) has been increased from 2% to 2.5% per point.

Stronger bleeds from a stat we try to reforge off our gear and we trade it for more haste. If I’m running in mutilate gear when playing subtlety I might see a difference.

Other changes I find noteworthy are the ones affecting all specs.

  • Crippling Poison now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Smoke Bomb now lasts for 5 seconds, down from 10 seconds.
  • Stealth is no longer broken by enemies using Demoralizing Shout or Demoralizing Roar.

Smoke Bomb was overpowered when skilled players were using it. It’s a pain when you have to enter that fog to heal your buddy while he’s in there sitting through stuns and whatnot of incoming damage. If the healer had trinketed and got a blind and then smoke bomb was used after he came out of the blind he would have a small window to get in there and pop his biggest cooldown.

Not being popped out of stealth by warriors and druids shouts will be nice. The poison duration will not make a massive impact I think, as people try to get rid of it as fast as possible anyway. If it can’t be renewed during that 8 second window it will look like a grim nerf to us, but I doubt it. That would be strange if they went for it.

There are of course more notes, but I don’t bother talking about them at this time. Oh yea, combat for PvE will be buffed slightly, not that I care, but good for you that play the spec.

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Leveling My Toons

When I first installed Cataclysm I had been thinking hard and long on which of my characters I would level first. I chose my Shaman, as the last time I played him as a main was during The Burning Crusade. Plus the changes looked really intriguing. He has been 85 for a while now and my only gear upgrades is located in raids, for all my talent specializations. I quickly come to realize that I was in need of another level 85 if I was to play in arenas, because I didn’t want to spend that much gold on respecs and the glyph dusts.

I didn’t have to think long before deciding which of my other characters to level. It was always going to be my rogue! And for PvP purposes! I’ve never played my rogue solely in a PvP environment and I’m looking forward to it. I had some spare time during Christmas, so I set aside two days and there he was. Level 85 and ready to be geared up with conquest and honor points. The only downside I see now is that I play enhance/resto in our raids, and I have to do one heroic instance each day to get my valor points. Aside from WoW I’m starting my 2nd bachelors degree, first was in psychology and this one in sociology, so I’m a bit strapped for spare time now. When can I farm my honor you ask? Well, I can’t at the moment. And I’d like my girlfriend who I live with not to hate me as well, so I can’t play for 8 hours a day. I’ll get my honor points slowly, but steady. I want to gun for high ratings in my 3v3 team as well, so I got to get some more resilience!

I’m finding Rogues so much fun to play at the moment. I’ve got a PvP mutilate spec and a PvP subtlety spec, and I’m loving both. I’m leaning more towards mutilate at this moment, because I have crappy gear and I’d like to do some damage to my enemies. I’ve also grown very fond of smoke bomb. It’s just so versatile! Offensive or defensive, it does not matter. I find new ways to use it almost daily.

I’m looking forward to learn more!


Back for Cataclysm!

With a great summer and a great fall, the winter is drawing closer and I need my share of pixel-fun.

I’m back in the game updating on the 4.0.1 patch (which I love, by the way). I’m having immense fun and entertaining myself with the 6 level 80 characters I currently own.

I will also update the blog appearance for the future in the coming week.

I’m not Nimbs anymore, but I am back!


Been a while

I thought I should toss in a quick update, while I have the chance. As many others of you, I’m waiting for Cataclysm and I spent little to no time online at the moment. I’m out of small projects for now and I don’t expect to be playing much. I might level some alts whenever I feel like it. And with me playing so little, I’ve got no real stories to tell.

So the blog might get a little neglected for some time now. Plus it’s summer for crying out loud! I’m outside soaking sun or playing footie anyway! Enjoy your summer aswell!

Nimbs


Movie-bulk #3

Wrath of the Lich King started out with a “kill fast or be killed” kind of playstyle, where rogues were the alpha omega of PvP. All healers had trouble with rogues before they got tuned down a bit. Which was immensely entertaining, from the rogue point of view at least. WotLK is not even done yet, so making a top-ten list is more difficult, considering a new movie might be released tomorrow (yes Woundman, I’m talking about you and your tournament movies!).

I’ve been browsing the warcraftmovies.com site for days now, building my lists, and there are so many movies with quality that it makes me a little sad that I don’t have room for them all. But these are my top-ten picks for WotLK rogue PvP movies!

  1. Six Silent Shadows
  2. Reckful – Sdance
  3. Buddhist and Lewt 2v2 – Episode 2
  4. Curse – 3
  5. Madow – Enter the Dagger
  6. Flaw – Shadow Dance WPvP
  7. Woundman 5 – Dance is Back
  8. Woundman 10 – Hypersomnia
  9. Spytie Rogue/Rogue
  10. What the FoK!!!!

Most of these movies are from players that are exceptional at what they do, and that is PvP. Apart from what the FoK, they are all pretty much serious PvP movies, I just found the last movie entertaining and a tad funny. He’s got mad FoK skills though!

Six Silent Shadows is a collaborative work from some of the best players walking the PvP scene at the moment, though I think Buddhist has quit. The movie is a must-see and it features a grand introduction part.

A lot of the other movies are shadowdance, and that’s because I love the specialization personally. Mutilate is good and hits harder, but subtlety features so many useful abilities movement-wise and it’s such a fun talent tree to go deep into.

I’m Nimbs, and these are my top ten picks for WotLK!


Movie-bulk #2

The Burning Crusade, which introduced the arena aspect of the game, offers some really good PvP movies from the rogue perspective. Both skill-wise and looking at entertainment value, I’ve got some real gems in store for all of you.

Ever since world PvP died on us, the rogue’s favorite activity, I’ve been wanting it back. Movies from this era has the tendency to get their footage from the arenas, but that does not mean it’s not good. I actually enjoy them quite a lot, however, the real gems of entertainment are from this era a mix and match of arena games, battlegrounds and world PvP. So with no further delay, I’ll get started on my top-ten list of rogue PvP movies from The Burning Crusade!

  1. Tosan – Trying Too Hard (4th movie)
  2. Tosan – Mutilicious (3rd movie)
  3. Niar – Mean Machine 1
  4. Stgeorge 3
  5. Akrios – Eviscerate 9
  6. Lewt carries Buddhist in 2v2
  7. Akrios – Arenas
  8. Neilyo – 14 #1
  9. Acrono – IX
  10. Kenion – Eviscerape 2

Tosan has the strength of combining both humor and skill with unorthodox clips, showing a lot of a rogue’s potential. This his 4th movie also introduce a really well done editing, which is why he gets the top spot(s).

I can’t say much about the rest, but they’re all good, I have to say Kenion always get the editing part down though. I rated them this was because of personal preference, and you may disagree. Anyway, I hope you have fun while watching some of the top rogue PvP movies from the Burning Crusade expansion. I loved the Lewt and Buddhist movie when it was released, and it has given me a lot of joy and getting to know the druid rogue power during TBC, and it’s my favorite arena movie.

I’m Nimbs, and I love TBC PvP movies!