Playing Around With the MoP Hunter Talent Calculator

So, I made a raiding build for MoP.  I find pvp icky and I enjoy raiding, thus this is solely a raiding/pve build for a survival hunter.  Also, this build is admittedly heavily influenced by current raiding content and may be subject to change once I actually know more about MoP raids.

  • Tier 1 [Situational] Exhilaration is chosen as the default option with healer mana conservation in mind.  For GTFO quick encounter mechanics Posthaste will be chosen, as Evasiveness will be for encounters with a massive spell damage component.
  • Tier 2: [Situational] Wyvern Sting is the default talent of choice with “all the CC” in mind with Silencing Shot being a close second for boss encounters that have interruptible spell casting.  At present, Intimidation isn’t looking very desirable for raiding but maybe subject to change as more is learned about raid and dungeon content.
  • Tier 3: [Standard*] Aspect of the Iron Hawk. *Yes, you could have Spirit Bond and regen health during the lulls in some encounters, but I have the feeling that much like how heroism and blood lust are abilities that belong to the raid and not the individuals that cast them, the tier 3 hunter talent belongs to the healers.  At least the ones I raid with.  CTHC may be used for raids in MoP, but I am fairly confident that it will not used more than a couple of times.
  • Tier 4: [Preference and Spec*] The choices for this tier will mostly* rely on individual play styles and spec.  I chose Readiness as my standard talent for double the Rabid Fire fun, not to mention more Deterrence and Disengage.
  • Tier 5: [Standard*] I have a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that there will be much kiting in MoP. That being said I prefer this talent’s increases to my speed and decrease to those caught in the trap to the alternatives of trapping one target over and over or turning it into a sloth.
  • Tier 6: [Situational*] Powershot definitely appeals to my “ALL THE AOE” and “BIG NUMBERS EVERYWHERE” cravings.  That aside, Binding Shot with its movement slowing and increase in damage to the target will have the most utility when encounters require the raid to burn a single add ASAP, whereas Glaive Toss will help to control the speed of multiple adds.

*Categories are based upon my opinions and experiences and are subject to change.  Also the very nature of this talent system and boss mechanics will inevitably lead to frequently changing talents.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Live Event Today! (Feb. 7, 2012)

On midnight, Tuesday February 7, 2012, Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning Launched. I have had limited gameplay myself other than the tutorial and some content after, but I have been watching people stream it on http://www.twitch.tv/team/reckoning where people such as Day[9], Total Biscuit, DJ Wheat, Lore, Gamebreaker TV, and others are playing with commentary. My next blog post should be my complete 2 cents on the game. If you are undecided about this game, I highly recommend watching the live stream even going on RIGHT NOW (Feb. 7, 2012 5pm EST). For hilarity I suggest watching Gamebreaker’s Stream and for a good mix of solid commentary and giggles I suggest watching Lore’s.

UPDATE: Just checked in on Day[9]’s stream and Felicia Day is with him!

NOW it Feels Official

So my first raiding character in WoW was Accordance . Notice the icky mix of pvp gear and epics. I’m working on it okay! Anyway, I healed my way through Molten Core, Onyxia’s Lair, Blackwing Lair, Zul’ Gurub, okay you get the idea. Her last raid was in Burning Crusade, Serpent Shrine Cavern to be exact and sadly I didn’t finish it. That brings me to today, or rather yesterday. After spending some time on tier 11 nerdpoints, a few of us decided to clear out Blackwing Lair, the only Classic raid that I was missing for the meta on my hunter. Fininshing that raid tied things up between my priest and my hunter on older content. I don’t know why it matters to me, it just does. And truth be told there are still things that my hunter will never be able to do, for example the hunter weapon quest, my priest got her Benediction before AQ40 was even a thing. And of course, Dhevon  will never be able to step foot in the level 60 version of Naxxramus. Despite all that, I feel that completing that made things official. Dhevon is my main. At least until I decide to change again.

For some reason I fail at links. Both Accordance and Dhevon are on the Azgalor server and in Stands in Bad.

HAHA! EVIL WordPress links, I have bested you.  You shall vex me no longer!

Take That, Deathwing!

Stands in Bad's First Deathwing Kill

Yeah, you just thought you had seen the last of me since that time that you caught me unawares in Winterspring questing, Winterspring! You’re nothing but a big, crazy bully and my friends and I are going to put you down.

My thoughts on the fight. Well, its fun the first few hundred times. And let me tell you, wiping on the fourth or fifth platform was kinda starting to feel like playing Skyrim for 5 levels and forgeting to save. Nevertheless, the “dargon is ded!” And none of us died on that attempt so all the better! Congrats to my fellow guildmates in Stands in Bad for an awesome job.

All Sorts of Thoughts on Streaming

So, I’m not only a big fan of playing video games, I love watching other people play them as well.  I have ever since my sister played The Legend of Zelda when I was young.  These days, I’m not limited to watching what people in-house might be playing.  And this is all thanks to a wonderful website www.twitch.tv .  This site’s biggest draw seems to be Star Craft 2 (meh) but you can also catch anything from Skyrim to WoW.  And to tell the truth, I can’t get enough of this thing.  Sometimes I even watch people play their games more than I play my own.

Twitch has a few simple, yet fantastic features for the viewers. First, you are able to bring up a list of streamers categorized by game.  For example, lets say I felt like watching someone play League of Legends because I’m not sure if I want to play it or not.  I can type League of Legends in a search field or click a link if its one of the ones provided, and like magic I see the name of everyone streaming that game and a thumbnail image of their stream.  Secondly we have the ability to follow streamers.  If I should decide that I really like to watch someone’s stream to the point that I want to be able to watch it again, I can click the follow button on their page and be sent an email informing me of when the start streaming.  What’s that? You don’t want to be bothered by email?  Well, you can turn that option off in your free account’s options and you will still be able to easily see if someone you are following is streaming when you bring up the Twitch homepage and click the link that takes you to a list of all live streams that you are following.  There was another feature that I thought was pretty cool, but that thought has apparently escaped my brain.  I will edit this post should I be able to capture it again.

Cool features aside, I love this website because as I said before its a great way to get a good feel for a lot of the games out there and meet some cool people who are out there.  Even with a game like Skyrim, being able to watch other people play has taught me so much about playing the game (partially because I am too proud and stubborn to ask for help for fear of looking stupid).  I was so excited to find out that sheathing your weapons stopped guards from attacking you in some cases!  Though, my knowledge about the various games I have watched being streamed isn’t limited to just watching the gameplay.  Most, if not all, of the people that I am following there are extremely friendly and helpful when time allows.  In the future, I hope to go into more detail about some of the awesome gamers I follow there.

I remembered the other thing! Everything someone streams on Twitch is recorded and is listed in the videos tab on their page. Usually about a day after they streamed it.

Streams I watch:

  • Rainicorn is a kick ass woman who plays nearly everything.  She’s cute as a button too, but don’t let that fool you.  She is knowledgable and is no stranger to playing hard modes.
  • Pokket with her blue hair and informative commentary is like an up and coming  rock star of the gaming world.  She plays mostly SWTOR, WoW, and LoL.  She also makes guides.
  • Lore is “the guy with the hair” from Tankspot.com.  WoW is of course the game he is married to, but he also plays some others on the side such as SWTOR, LoL, APB and recently the entire Mass Effect series with the first run through as renegade and the second as paragon.

More to come!