Well, my new warrior friend and I have been running a lot of battlegrounds. I don’t know what it is, but he makes it all look so easy! I respecced specifically for PvP last night; while we were running around, it occurred to me that a more PvP oriented spec would probably be a good thing if I’m going to be running around killing people for a little bit. I started toying with a talent calculator, worked out the Survival side of it… And then he said he had a MM/SV spec his friend had used when they were doing arenas together. He said it worked really well for them, and it looked pretty similar to what I was in the process of hammering out, so I figured I’d give it a shot. Lo and behold, it’s working quite well for me. I just have to remember to switch specs now before I go raiding again. Eheh. Yeah.

Haven’t had a chance yet to test that shot rotation understanding I feel like I’ve developed. Hopefully I’ll get a shot this weekend if/when I get into Karazhan. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

Have, however, been doing some battlegrounds. I’d like to get my paws on the S2 pants so I have something a little better, even if it is a “welfare epic.” People, I know that PvP gear is not meant for PvE, but it’s an attainable upgrade to what I’ve currently got. I thought about getting badge pants, but I decided that since Kara just will not drop a new ranged weapon for me, I’m going to drop the 150 badges on that uglier-than-a-male-Orc-in-a-dress crossbow. I need to work on some arenas; I want to get the S3 axe, as well. So my badges and my arena points are already called; that leaves honor points, and given my desperation for new pants, I’ll settle for S2 right now and pray, in the meantime, for Karazhan to have some flipping mercy and give me what I need already.

Actually, I have a pretty extensive gear planner worked up in Google Docs. I make notes often about my progress toward specific items, my goals for other items, and what I need to be doing on a regular basis to keep improving my gear. I should publish that and link to it on here sometime; it’s definitely a key part of my game-play.

So I finally started reading the Elitist Jerks Hunter threads. I read plenty of Hunter blogs, sure, but I knew EJ was bound to have some great information, and I am all over improving myself as a hunter and doing my part to dispel the Huntard image.

I don’t think this post will help me much in that last thing… I really feel pretty silly for not GETTING this sooner, but in the course of reading through one of the hunter Q&A threads, I found a post by Zogeth about shot rotation, and suddenly I understood.

“Your hunters need to understand that steady shot is the perfect ‘filler’ special shot. Special shots consist of:

steady shot
arcane shot
multishot
(any others, but irrelevant)

Because arcane shot and multishot both do more damage than steady shot, these should have precedence, then, only when these 2 shots are on cooldown, you feed in your steady shots to keep up the damage.

So, ideally the sum of all steady shots + arcane shots + multishots should be equal to the number of auto shots fired. This is a 1:1 rotation, one autoshot, followed by one special. Doing this wills see their DPS increase DRAMATICALLY.”

AND THE LIGHT BULB HAS COME DECIDEDLY ON.

I GET it. HOLY COW.

I mean. Okay. I’d read a bunch on shot rotations. I knew I needed to maintain Auto, Steady, Auto, Steady. But, somehow, the whole… firing arcane or multi and then using steady shot WHILE THEY WERE ON COOLDOWN never quite clicked in my head.

Yes, I am dense. I know. I’m sorry?

I can’t wait to get back into Karazhan and see what this new understanding does to my DPS. I was in there last night, and I hit 936.9 DPS on the Shade fight, my personal best. Honest to God, I’m not sure how, but between the buffs, my shot timing and my attention to BW and Rapid Fire, IT WAS ON.

God, I love the taste of revelation in the morning.

(Also, I made new friends! A warrior and a shaman, who were both made of win. I can’t wait to run with them again.)

My return to the blogosphere was going to be an angry, somewhat heartbroken rant about my skills as a hunter, the way other players tend to view hunters and how the warrior had no cause to blame me for the party’s wipe on Ahune.

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Alright, doing fluff posts is breaking my heart a little, because I have this growing list of topics I want to talk about, but I’ve either got to break them down into multiple, smaller posts or find some serious time to sit down and write things out. Unfortunately (kind of), my life offline has just developed a new activity for me to pour my time into.

I auditioned for a play on Saturday. I’ve never acted before… At the arts high school I went to, I majored in creative writing, and since then I’ve dabbled in other areas of art, but I never imagined I’d get involved in acting. But the university news update mentioned these upcoming auditions for The Vagina Monologues, and I couldn’t resist. I’ve never seen/read/heard it before, not entirely, but I know it by name, theme, criticism and controversy, and when I saw that auditions were coming up, I thought, “How awesome would that be, to be able to say ‘I acted in The Vagina Monologues?’” So I auditioned. I found out yesterday I made it, and tonight I go for a read-through and the cast assignments.

The performance is March 29. Rehearsals aren’t all too often, but it does mean I’ll be shorter still on time. So you can expect fluff posts here and there for a little bit. I will try to sit down soon and break down the actual posts into more manageable pieces so I can get back to blogging about the important stuff (and playing WoW, period) as soon as possible. In the meantime… hey, did yall hear that in patch 2.4, Improved Mend Pet’s chance to remove a Curse/Disease/Magic/Poision effect will go up from 15/50% to 50/100%?

Well, I put some serious time into questing this weekend, and for one shining moment I saw 750 gold, at which point my best friend Saint signed on and bought his Green Windrider. Needless to say, I am back down to 250. I keep telling myself I will save up, hardcore, for my epic… but Saint comes first. He’s a Priest, my best friend and the totally platonic love of my life. What am I supposed to say to that? “No, I’m not going to help you; go get your own gold!” Of course not.

Alas, I’ll save up that 5000g sooner or later. I even have a vague plan worked out to do it. I really need to be better about diligently doing the dailies. Vaten, my other best friend (also, boyfriend and pet Warlock), and I did the starter quests for Ogri’la yesterday, which opened up a few dailies. If I can do those and the daily BG, that’s a little chunk of gold every day. I need to power level skinning so I can use that while I’m farming Apexis Shards. It wouldn’t hurt to circle a couple zones for mining nodes, either, and farm up some ore. If I do that, work on some primals here and there, farm some netherweave… Surely, one day, I’ll see that 5000 mark.

How did you fund your epic? Or how are you planning to?

Okay, if this isn’t the most appropriate topic to blog about this week… Trackhoof posed a particularly relevant question over on BA: How do you balance your WoW life and your offline life? It’s a tricky question, one I’ve struggled with since I started playing a year ago. Honestly, I haven’t found an answer yet.

In an ideal world, I could get involved in a raiding guild, raid once a week and stay on top of a job, an academic career, my family and a social life. Unfortunately… we all know that’s not the case.

For example, this week has been extraordinarily busy. Classes and the holiday have me away from my computer more than usual, so I haven’t been able to blog (or play) as planned.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m 20 years old. I’m a full-time university student, and I’m due to graduate next May. In the near future, I’m looking at taking the GRE and applying to graduate schools and internships. I also work part-time as a secretary for a church and play bass guitar with the band at said church. Even outside of my basic obligations, I try to spend some time with my family, and I spend a couple nights a week with my best friend and my boyfriend.

At this point, I consider my offline life more important than my life in Azeroth. I play WoW for fun. It’s entertainment; it’s a way of escaping real life for a short time. Although I’d love to get involved in a real raiding guild, I have to put my offline obligations first.

Maybe when I get to graduate school or when I get a standard, scheduled job, I’ll be able to arrange things so that I can devote a regular block of time to the game, but, at least for now, I can’t afford to balance my life offline and my life online. As much as I’d rather be playing WoW sometimes, my offline life has to take precedence. So. I’ll see you in Azeroth… when I have time to play.

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