Archive for dual specs

The Noble Patron Loot Whore

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by rocklawthepally

Well, that’s 2 more World Events down. The Noblegarden one wasn’t too bad, except for all the egg camping that was going down on the first few days. That was a bit of a pain in rear.

Children’s week also was not too bad, except for the PvP. Not ever having done any of the battlegrounds for real, I was completely clueless as to what I was supposed to do. The hardest one had to be Eye of the Storm, and apparently I’m a noob because I capped the flag while we did not hold the middle. Too bad, hard-core PvPers, at least I stuck around to finish the thing off. Next most difficult would have to be the Arathi Basin achievement – that one took several tries. Warsong Gulch was pretty simple and Alterac Valley was a breeze. I’m just happy to have the whole thing done.

On to more important matters.  I’m pretty close to broke because I did just enough Argent dailies to grab myself a Claymore of the Prophet and then had to gem and enchant all my ret gear.  I had forgotten just how much fun ret can be.  Stuff dies so damn fast, it’s ridiculous.  I’ve run a couple of instances as ret now and I’m having a blast.  Also on the loot whore front, I scored big time in Naxx 25 the other night, picking up my T7.5 helm and the caster sword from Kel’Thuzad.  Not content with the +50 spellpower enchant for the best in slot weapon I will be carrying for a long while to come, I blew a wad on getting the +63 version.

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Latest PTR build changes

Posted in General with tags , , on March 6, 2009 by rocklawthepally

From MMO-Champion, here are some undocumented changes from the latest PTR build, 9658.

Paladin

* All paladins auras had their range extended from 30 yards to 40 yards.

Well, that’s a nice change – I can get full imp’d wisdom if that frees up the point I use in Aura Mastery.

Holy

* Sacred Shield now cannot be on more than one target at any one time.

I don’t do this in any event, so no change for me.

* Infusion of Light no longer has a chance to reduce the casting time of Holy Light, but increases the the critical chance of your next Holy Light by 10/20% instead.

I’m more apt to cast the insta-cast FoL after a crit HS than I am a speedy HL.  Bit of a bummer, I agree, but one I can live with.

Protection

* Hand of Sacrifice now lasts 12 sec or until the caster has transfered 100% of their maximum health.
* Targets affected by Divine Shield, Hand of Protection or Divine Protection can no longer be affected by any of these spell for 2 minutes. (Down from 3 minutes)

Nice change.

* Divine Sacrifice *New Talent* (Tier 3) – 30% of all damage taken by party or raid members within 30 yards is redirected to the Paladin (up to a maximum of 150% of the Paladin’s health). Instant, 2 min cooldown.

Whoa – damage soaker for AoE fights?  Nice!  I can be a damage soaker while having Beacon on myself and self-heal while healing the tank.  This may turn out to be incredibly powerful :)

So, we can see things are still being tweaked.

Dual Specs – Some Thoughts

Posted in General with tags , , on February 27, 2009 by rocklawthepally

I’ve been accumulating various bits of off-spec gear lately and am trying to decide whether to go protection or retribution as my second spec. While I have more tank gear than ret geat, I have a reasonable amount of both and a goodly stack of heroic emblems with which to round out my gear.

Protection would make me almost as useful to my guild as I am as a healer. It’s a spec I’ve never played, tho, so I would have to take it slowly and learn how to play as a tank. I have no illusions of popping into Naxx with semi-OK gear and being able to hold my own. I’d likely get my head handed to me on a platter.

On the other hand, it’s been well over 2 years since I played retribution so I’ve pretty much forgotten about that spec as well. Being more fun to play, ret is aalways something I’ve missed. However, dps is not something my guild currently lacks so I’m not sure how much use I would be. I’m not doing a lot of dailies and all my pve content is finished.

Perhaps I’ll hold off making a decision until I actually, you know, have to make a decision. 3.1 isn’t here yet and there’s still lots more information to come about this whole Argent Tournament thing. Perhaps ret would be more useful for that if there’s a lot of combat involved. We’ll see.