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Tricentennial

Posted in Priest, PvE, WoW on February 8, 2014 by Srsbusiness

*shakes off dust and cobwebs*

 

Three months ago at Blizzcon, Blizzard showed us their supplemental talent boards for all classes when they get to level 100. Much like current and previous tiers, each talent seems to have its merit depending upon what happens over the course of the fight. Whats interesting about these talents to me is each level 100 talents is drastically different from each other as far as play style goes. One turns you into a pseudo-shadow mage, the other gives you and additional DoT, for the envy of all of your warlock friends, and the other, elevates crit as a priority stat, away from the general haste trumping all concept. Here’s what they look like:

 

Divine Clarity:

 

Increases your damage by 40% to all targets not affected by your damage over time spells. In addition, your Mind Spike now reduces the cooldown of your Mind Blast by 1 second.  Direct damage shadow spells now benefit from Shadowy Recall (mastery.)

 

Shadow priests at heart may have twitched when looking at this talent choice, as being a dot class is what a shadow priest has become known in today’s playing.  But for a true single target fight, such as Jin’rokh in Throne of Thunder, this talent can have some appeal. That being said, there are some restrictions to what can be used with this talent. Such as, you would never want to have Divine Insight or From Darkness, Comes Light with this talent, as using these abilities would nullify the increased damage part of your talent, although your direct damage would still get benefit from mastery. Matching Power Infusion with this talent can make for some very quick burst when used, and your only filled would be Mind Fly insanity when you get to three shadow orbs. A very different direction from the usual shadow priest play style, and the thought of only having 5 buttons in usage instead of 8-10, certainly makes it appealing. It is almost assuredly geared for pvp in case of being locked out by interrupts and whatnot, but if you have a good mix of haste, crit and mastery, it may have some good situational pve use as well.

 

Power of the Void

 

Consume all shadow orbs to deal 250 (per orb) shadow damage every 3 seconds for 1 minute.

 

This is the part where we collectively wish for Mind Flay to act like Malefic Grasp, and make our dots deal a portion of their damage each time MF ticks. The interesting part here would be finding out what talent in tier 3 and 5 to take to make this talent most fruitful. With having 4 dots, haste and mastery rocket up in priority and crit becomes and after though as more ticks means more opportunities to get an additional proc on 4 dots at once. Instead of doing your normal DP -> MFI transition, you will have (about) every third going to use in Power of the Void, so will losing a MF:I every so often make From Darkness, Comes Light the choice to get, or will MFI still be supreme? Also, Divine Insight might be the winner in tier 5 if you really want to maximize your amount of how many MFIs you can get in 1 minute, and with high levels of haste and mastery, you should be getting a decent amount of ticks to make that happen.

 

Spiritual Guidance

 

Your shadow apparitions also grant you 1 shadow orb when they deal damage.

 

Well, overload isn’t a term usually thrown around when referring to shadow priests but, you can definitely have too much resource gain with this talent. If you get enough crit to the point you are sending out 4 shadow apparitions at a time, you will indeed be gaining resources faster than you can spend.  And unlike the other two talents, this one will absolutely center around crit being the predominant stat after haste, and even possibly equal to it in weight in early, entry level raids. If you are gaining too many orbs, you would probably shy away from using Divine Insight in conjunction with it for the sheer fact of having too many shadow orbs to not effectively use, possibly gravitating towards Power Infusion for quicker dot ticks, or Twist of Fate if many mobs are dying. With such high volume of shadow orbs at your disposal, Mind Flay: Insanity is the tier 3 choice to have if you are using this talent, unless you encounter another Thok-like boss.

 

Oddly enough, I am most looking forward to trying out the Divine Clarity talent, as I think it will be a nice change of pace compared to the cast 4 years of being a shadow priest and just weaving too many spells into the same rotation, with masteries tweaked and what not, although each spec has its clear strength and weakness and aside from pvp, should be changed depending on what the fight calls for. I would honestly love if one of the talents, and at such an early stage in development it wouldn’t matter which,  altered your mastery back to the wrath and cata version, where mastery increased the damage of your dots and Mind Blast, back to a time where priests were competitively in the top 5 if not the top source for damage.

 

As a priest, what talent are you most looking forward to try out and use in raids, and what do you think could be done to our talents to make them improve the quality of life for everyone else? As a non priest, what cant you wait for in the Warlord of Draenor expansion?

 

May your Garrison be fruitful!

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Amped Up on Trinkets

Posted in Priest, PvE, WoW on September 30, 2013 by Srsbusiness

With 5.4, now 3 weeks in the books, most people have been able to get a feel for how the new raid has been playing out. Most notably for players gearing up through another gear of content, they were re-introduced to an old friend, the Internal Cooldown (ICD) trinket. Attached to these trinkets are amplification values, that raise the amount of Crit, Haste, Mastery and Spirit by x% (varying from raid finder to heroic warforged) of the amount you have on your gear.

 

This is a nice solution for 2 aspects: It allows all roles to better line up abilities for when the next proc should happen, and it also bridges gaps for people who are close to a break point (28% crit for frost mages, 14973 haste for shadow priests, etc). As a class that is dominated largely by haste, we, as well as other classes that stack one secondary attribute, benefit largely one the one stat, and as an added bonus, get a small boost to hit via spirit increase!  (Hybrid Tax? I hardly knew ye…)

 

This starts the debate of pushing to the next haste breakpoint, since higher level gear is now obtainable. The next haste breakpoint is 18,200, and it only gives you an extra tick on Vampiric Touch. (Thanks Totemspot!) Unfortunately, a few problems arise if we try to get to the next break point.   Even at 14,873 rating (the current level most ToT geared persons should have striven for), we have whittled down our cast time of Mind Blast and Vampiric Touch to 1.05 seconds.

 

This is to say, there is not a lot of room left to go before we end up seeing haste as a baseline detriment, due to our casts being faster than our GCD comes back up. We already encounter this problem when our meta gem activates (although its a great time to spam the living bajesus out of Mind Flay), and during heroism, but Heroism + meta gem is amazing for Mind Flay: Insanity, as you can squeeze 5 full casts of MFI off with that, detriment otherwise. Also, 3 of our spells got buffed in the patch, making intellect a more valued stat now, even though it is unaffected by amp trinkets. With that being considered, its is best to not go full blown haste as you will lose out in the long run. This will slowly start to make your crit and mastery levels rise, which is good, especially since our new 2 set bonuses places emphasis on having a good amount of crit and mastery.

 

The amplification trinket we seek comes from Immerseus, and is aptly called, Purified Bindings of Immerseus. The ICD timer is almost moot for us, as the only CD we have that can line up with that is shadowfiend. Good timing of Devouring Plague can allow you to get possibly 2 Cycles of DP and MFI out of it. The other three trinkets we can use are The Black Blood of Y’Shaarj (Haste and Stacking Intel Proc (RPPM)), Kardris’ Toxic Totem (Intel Proc and 15% chance to do 1/3 Damage of Spell Proc) and Frenzied Crystal of Rage (3.33 % Chance to Cleave and ICD   intel proc).  Initially, I really like the Black Blood Trinket because haste and intel, what ISN’T to love! And I basically wrote the other two off. However, after getting a first hand look at the Garrosh encounter, I can 100% see the merit of using the Frenzied Crystal of Rage because, oh man ALL OF THE ADDS AT ONCE.   So for those about to amp, we salute you, but just remember to not get too amped up on stacking one stat for you priestly folk, or you might be in line for a serious crash (SRS BZNS) at some point down the line when you are on the bench.

 

Eye-Popping, Vein Bulging Goodness. (Results May Vary)

Eye-Popping, Vein Bulging Goodness. (Results May Vary)

Fifty Shades of Great (BDSM)

Posted in PvE, Real Life, Shameless Plugs, WoW on August 14, 2013 by Srsbusiness

In order for my story to take flight, we must travel through a parabola filled with blight, Reading another line of this text may make you sick, But I promise ….     nothing.

Okay, really not that deep at all, in any contrived sense. What makes something great? Is it keeping true to that new year’s resolution? Is it getting a promotion at work? Is it being at the top of the meters every raid night? These can all be shades of greatness, and the latest shade I have found myself (and a lot of other other players as well) closing in on a pinnacle of greatness, by killing Dark Animus heroic and going 11/13 in H ToT. And while it certainly isn’t the greatest shade to be in by that particular grade scale, it is for myself, as through any expansion, this tier has been the most productive for me in terms of heroic bosses killed before a new raid tier is released. That in itself has been its own form of greatness. In addition, our raid team completed the achievement for the meta skyscreamer for about half of our members. This leaves an interesting point left to be made, heroic Lei Shen is in our sights, and Ra-Den to follow, but with the announcement of a possible patch release date in two weeks, is that enough time left to master the encounter?

Should people invest time into fights if the results may not happen? What about the rest of the team? Should that time be used to help them get to the same level as everyone else so they can feel accomplished too?  This is an issue for a lot of guilds right now, as the patch looms, deciding whether to bear down and push as hard as they can, or ease off a bit and come back with a vengeance in the upcoming raid after a recuperation period. And how exactly does the BDSM acronym fit into this post effectively? Simple! (And it serves as the argument either to press onward, or help everyone else catch up.)

Who controls Whom?

Apotheosis has ran rough shot this tier of current content, namely the latest kill of Dark Animus in only a single night’s worth of work. For one of the harder heroics in the raid, due to its model of controlled chaos, one night in Animus was time well spent. Other heroics may have taken longer, but since killing them, there is relative little difficulty anymore as clearing the instance is less of a time per night issue versus time left until patching issue. No Anima Font tells us what do to and gets away with it.

Bondage/Restraints

The only thing binding us now is the time element. While I have no doubts we will be able to defeat both Lei Shen and Ra-Den in time, with only a few raid nights left it becomes a statistical long shot to kill one or both of them with the time restraint that has been set in place. Any group can defy the odds, just like an underdog winning against a heavily favored entity.

Dominance/Discipline

As stated earlier, we have made this tier work for us. (WHO DOES ToT WORK FOR?) While that dominance is now second nature, it didn’t happen overnight. It required a lot of wipes and discipline on our part to get there. To think that Lei Shen or Ra-den would be any different would be ill-advised to say the least. It is something to build on going forward into Siege of Orgrimmar, knowing full well we have the capacity to quickly adapt and learn non end-tier fights.

Sadism/Submission

Uncle? Uncle. There is no other way to describe what other dialogue the bosses could have after encountering us. Horridon was merely a setback? We set you back to the Dark Ages, Jalak. Submission is sometimes a double edged sword, and there has been our fair share of nights where the mechanics, for one reason or another, just completely decimated us. Like the dreaded Fist (fish) Smash. I guess wiping to farm content can be looked upon as sadistic, especially when you kill the boss mere moments from the enrage….

Masochism

This would be throwing ourselves against a brick wall (or glass case of emotions) repeatedly for the next however many raids, and ultimately coming up with nothing. Or, in the same vein, doing something over and over again, hoping that the result would change. The one saving grace here is that we don’t have to look at this content for 39 consecutive weeks like Icecrown Citadel, you know, the time frame where people took long standing and sometimes permanent hiatuses from the game, because after the 15th clear, it really becomes trivial, painful and insane (the same thing over and over hoping for change) to continue to move forward.

To highlight, raid teams as a whole are very strong and unified, and the can generally eliminate the obstacles before them. Its when elements outside of their control enter into the scheme of things, that plans change and decisions will be made that not everybody agrees on. Still, the raid stays cohesive and marches onward. Control – something at times that is so valuably desired, and at times is fleeting. And that begs the question, with so many things to consider, how we and many other guilds have done so far, what would you do to achieve that shade of greatness?

– Would you valiantly push on for Progression, Loot, Server firsts and complete dominance over those whom would doubt you?

or

– Would you remind yourself that you didn’t get here alone, and help those achieve the same greatness you have obtained, even if it means compromising some of your own goals?

This is the crux we (and perhaps other guilds) face at the moment when, with little provocation, the end of arena season was announced for August 27th. Kind of interesting how dedicated PvPers get an end date for their season, but new raid content is on a tentative. Let the cards fall and see what happens.

What would you do for your Fifty Shades of Great?

Confined to the binding that is reality.

Confined to the binding that is reality.

Celestially Blessed

Posted in Priest, PvE, WoW on July 10, 2013 by Srsbusiness

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd, 12.  Done. Thank goodness for that runestone guarantee from Lei Shen, otherwise I might have never received any. It almost became disheartening watching my luck turn up empty each passive week in LFR when others would get 4, or even sometimes 5 runestones over the last two bosses, but I digress.

 

Now that the rng based factor is out of the way, we can begin the skill based aspect of this part of the questline. After receiving my 12th runestone from Lei Shen, and ultimately killing him again for his heart, our good ol’ buddy chum, Wrathion tasks us with seeking out the celestials around Pandaria. Each celestial has a special challenge for adventurers to partake in and complete in the legendary questline, and while you have to visit each temple to see the kind of help they need, you are only required to complete one of the tasks. Being a priest, you have the option of doing the healer challenge, or caster dps challenge. Both challenges present obstacles that push your limits and will require you to use most, if not your entire, arsenal to complete them.

 

One thing you may want to bring with you, aside from a full complement of buffs from some of your friends if you can get them, is the Celestial Offering item,  purchasable from the August Celestials Quartermaster in your faction’s respective shrine. This item, depending on what task you pick, will either give you:

 

 

A) 10% Intellect while in the Temple of the Jade Serpent Area (DPS Challenge)

or B) 1000 Health Regenerated per second. (Healer Challenge)

 

While the healer buff does not look very attractive at all to enhance healing spells, it comes in handy for the healer challenge. Being the experimentalist, I decided to to both challenges to see how well they tested the array of skills. I must say, after seeing how the healer challenge worked, compared to the dps one, I was rather underwhelmed by the difference in difficulty. The fights themselves are drastically different.

 

Yu’lon’s Challenge

 

The Jade Serpent Yu’lon charges you with cleansing the remnants of corruption from the temple, specifically embodied in Wrathion himself. Wrathion ties a blindfold to himself and will begin to run to random locations near you. Once there, he beings to cast a frontal cleave that hits anything within a 180 degree radius for 200,000 damage. When you move out of the way of this, as well as his other attacks, if you position yourself behind him, you gain a debuff that increases all damage you deal to Wrathion while behind him by 150%, making quick concise cuts around his cleave something to shoot for. When Wrathion is at long range of you (30+ yards, he will channel an uninterrupted Rain of Fire that has a circle for where the spouts of fire land. Each burst hits for 45,000 damage if you get hit by it. The last major ability he has is A summon Corruption spell, that opens a pool of corruption on the ground, dealing 80,000 damage per second if you stand in it. In addition, 5 Corruption Spawns will come from it, and pursue you around the room. Their melee hits for between 25 and 35k. If you are able to keep yourself alive for the first 90 seconds of this fight, Wrathion will then summon 7 copies of himself within close range of each other. All of these copies will begin to channel Explosion, which will hit you for 500,000 damage if not killed. Each copy has only 1,000 health, but the cast time of eruption is only 3 seconds. Wrathion himself has 19,4 Million HP to eat through before you pass the challenge and get credit for the quest.

 

Talents

Void Tendrils: This will make managing the corruptions easier for a bit and will give you time to plant and refresh your dots, or get a couple of channels of Mind Flay: Insanity in.

Body and Soul: You are going to be using your Power Word: Shield off cooldown to mitigate some of the melee and not special hits from Wrathion, and the speed increase, will again help keep those pesky adds away long enough so you can cast some spells at Wrathion.

Solace and Insanity: While I like From Darkness, Comes Light on high mobility fights, with the gear you have going into this, including the meta gem, you should get 3 Casts of MF:I off during your Devouring plague, and it greatly outweighs the procs you will get from FDCL.

Desperate Prayer:  I know a lot of people use Angelic Bulwark, as its one less cooldown they need to manage. But, on a short fight like this, the extra 10% healing from desperate prayer may be the difference maker, opposed to a 20% absorb from AB.

Divine Insight:  This talent is still a cornerstone, with all the moving you will be doing. The free damage proc and shadow orb generator will give you more MF:I for the fight and  should make the fight beatable before he splits into 2, depending again on your gear level.

Halo: I was really tempted to go with Divine Star here, the only reason I did not, was because of the part where he splits and summons 7 copies. The adds are not stacked in a nice pile or line for you to sling your star through, and by the time cascade goes around, one or two may have exploded. Whereas, you could be in the middle of the copies and Halo will hit them all within 1  second, and Trivialize that part of the challenge.

 

Tips: Make sure the corruption spawns are all grouped up before you get close enough to them to use Void Tendrils, if you get enough distance, mind sear them down as their health is low, but make sure to watch for Wrathion’s cleave. Use desperate prayer early, as if you find your challenge running long, you will be able to use it again if the situation permits. Vampiric embrace only if you happened to get dazed by the spawns and make sure you use DP on Erathion at that time as well.

 

Chi’ji’s Challenge

 

If you are a dps with an itchy trigger finger, this challenge may be more suitable to your liking. Although you will have to use a true healing spec for this, and I chose to go holy because, I haven’t feasibly used either spec and just carried over the spec I had at the end of cataclysm. This challenge pits Wrathion against an avatar of his father, Deathwing. Wrathion will tank Deathwing for you, but takes 300% more damage from Deathwing’s attack than you would. The same corruption spawns appear as from the dps challenge, but have 1/5th of the health pool, making them relatively easy to deal with. The part where the blessing helps is where you need to heal Wrathion from larger hits by Deathwing, while at the same time dealing with the corruption spawns that are also hitting you. Similar to the DPS challenge, if Deathwing is alive after 90 seconds, he will disppaear and Wrathion will become stunned in the middle of the room. Similar to the Deathwing encounter, he will begin to take high damage from Elementium Bolts that will spawn on three sides of him, larger heals/Guardian Spirit/Spirit Shell is advised for this. The trick to this encounter is that it actually encourages dpsing as a healer. As each time you deal damage to Deathwing, you also deal 15% additional fire damage. While I don’t maintain a healing set, it helps using a dps set to make the encounter much shorter. Be advised, your mana regen will stink, and you will have to use your mana return cooldowns smartly. If at any point Wrathion’s health reaches 1, Chi’ji stops the encounter and you start over after ringing the gong.

 

Talents

Void Tendrils: Same as the dps challenge, buy yourself some time to channel hymn of hope, get some needed healing in, or unload a few smites and holy fires.

Body and Soul: Since you are not taking the brunt of any damage, there is no clear cut winner in this tier, but the speed increase of you if you shield yourself is nice from getting some distance on the adds.

Mindbender: Doing this in dps gear will require quicker returns of mana, and while Solace is decent, its in no way comparable to its shadow version in terms of results. Plus, its an additional dps boost that will shorten the encounter.

Desperate Prayer: Similar to the DPs challenge, if you find yourself in a bind with having both you and Wrathion deficient in health, whilst the adds are hitting you, the extra 10% can be the difference between surviving and a do-over.

Diving Insight: For holy, a Prayer of Mending Proc that automatically jumps from injured targets. This is nice because it does some work for you, as long as you are close enough to Wrathion so that the spell can use its charges.

Divine Star: Shortest CD of any spell in this tier and will accomplish both goals of this fight, by making quick work of the corruptions, and healing you and Wrathion twice. As well as burning Deathwing twice.

 

Tips: This challenge is actually pretty easy after you see it once or twice, you get to position the other elements of the fight around Deathwing and Wrathion, allowing you to take full advantage of a Void Tendril + Divine Star combination that should make stress on you a heck of a lot easier. The number one thing to be mindful of is your mana, as Wrathion only has 750,000 health, and a few hits from Deathwing without any sizable heals will end the challenge.

 

Once you complete the challenge of your choosing, its back to Mason’s Folly for another monologue about how the aspects have given us their aid, you are becoming the true champion of Wrathion’s cause, and how we as adventurers wish that he would just clam up and give us our reward already. And without further adieu, you are presented with your ilvl 600 cloak reward. Going into patch 5.4, you want to make sure you take the Jadefire Drape, as this has been designated the “caster cloak” and will receive the legendary proc in the next step of the questline, whereas the Cranewing Cloak will get the healer proc, even though you gain the benefit of spirit into hit. It is quite a step up from what you may be using previous to this, as it has 3 secondary stats and an additional 1000 intellect, and should make you quite happy the first eight hundred times you use it.

 

Best of luck in your challenge, and may the Celestials bless you.

Deck the Brawls with Boughs of Slaughter (Ra-ra-ra-ra-ra, RA-RA-RA-RA!)

Posted in Priest, PvE, WoW on June 26, 2013 by Srsbusiness

He refuses to use conventional methods to tackles his problems.  He once wore a fishing hat to raid, and died on every fight not knowing. Instead of taking long walks on the beaches of Stranglethorn, the beaches of Stranglethron, take longs walks upon him. And he still comes back for more.

 

He is:

 

The Most Un-Interesting Scrub in the World.

 

Here with his advice on:  Brawling Tips for 5.3.

 

The brawler’s guild some some modifications made to it during the 5.3 patch, with the changing of current rank 8 bosses into their own rare category, as well as adding two new ranks of bosses to the foray for the most dedicated and geared individuals. On top of this, items could be obtained from various places around the world, that would return you to the brawler’s guild to face a special combatant. These combatants award 50 VP per kill, a designer shirt to match your mog with appropriate flavor text, as well as varying amounts of gold with 400 being the lowest, and 900 the highest. Some of the new bosses model after the races of Pandaria, in a similar fashion to the way the Glorious! achievement works.  The fights themselves for the most part, do not require as much coordination as say, the Disruption challenge, where a high level of movement and damage are required. Nope, In fact, things start off with a bit of good luck, from a Grummle?

 

Level 1: Grandpa Grumplefoot/Knockoff Grumplefoot

 

This is the first challenge (according to difficulty) of the new bosses in Brawler’s Guild that can award VP and their matching shirts. To acquire the quest for this item, simple visit Grandpa Grumplefoot at the Grummle Exchange in Kun-Lai Summit, and then dance with him. The item will automatically appear in your bag, and it will lead you to either Bizmo’s Brawlpub or Brawl’gar Arena. From there, and will all other challenges, you will need to buy and select the option to use your challenge card to defeat the boss. Grandpa Grumplefoot is a fairly straightforward encounter.

 

Grandpa Grumplefoot will drop assorted luckydos around the area to either help or harm you. Red luckydos damage you if you run over them, blue luckydos will heal you if you run over them, and after about 30 seconds, he will summon yellow luckydos, which move around on their own and deal 200k damage to you if you hit them. Other than his standard melee ability, his has two flute channels, neither of which can be interrupted. The first channel, is a heal on himself which will restore .5% of his hp per 1/2 second for 3 seconds, the other is a DoT channel on you, that deals .5% of your health every second for 3 seconds. Additionally, if you stay in his melee too long he will use an exploding luckydo which deals 100k and knocks you back. Grandpa Grumplefoot has roughly 5.5M hp, which for a 2 min fight, puts the dps requirement at 50k. The reward: 400g, 50VP, and shirt that occasionally toots when you wear it! Difficulty for a Shadow Priest: 2/10

 

Level 2: Ty’thar/Raptorhide Boxing Gloves

 

Your next challenge is a bare knuckled fistfight where you are meant to look like your character is ready to do some serious melee combat with your spiked mitts drawn. The item for the challenge is obtained by completeing the barrens weekly quest and exchanging 1 radical mojo for the Raptorhide Boxing gloves.

 

Ty’thar is a troll fighter, who is modeled out of the Mike Tyson Punch-Out games from the old 8bit Nintendo. While his standard melee attack is fairly weak, if he connects with one of his special punches it will automatically knock you out. If your struck by 3 special punches, you lose. Like wise, you must “kill” Ty’thar three times in order for the fight to end. Each time you or Ty’thar recover from a knockout, you come back with 75% and then 50% of your health before the third KO ends it. His three special punches are Left Hook, Right Hook, and Slam. In order to successfully dodge the punches, you must move opposite the direction of the punch being thrown, and backwards for slams. Ty’thar has  a sparse 4.2M HP, however, each time he gets KO’d and recovers, you are unable to interact with him to do damage for about 10 seconds, which cuts the effective berserk timer to 100 seconds. Still, the dps requirement to make the reduced berserk timer comes out to 42,000. Float like a feather, sting like that pissed off hornet that comes out of nowhere on your way to work. The reward: 400g, 50VP, and the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship. Difficulty for a Shadow Priest: 3/10

 

Level 3: Master Boom Boom/Hozen Fur Fuse

 

Here is where you start to see the boss gimmick mechanics start to take flight. This is probably one of the most annoying pieces to get, as the item is placed into your back after killing a random number of hozen in the Burlap Trail within Kun-Lai Summit. To make life easier, it has been highly encouraged to the the quest, “The Burlap Trail” and crush quicker respawning hozen with your Kota Beast, as opposed to trying to dps farm them on the ground.

 

The Master Boom Boom encounter itself involves a lot of… you guessed it…. BOOM. His basic attack is a dynamite toss, and intertwined with the regular dynamite sticks, are heavy clusters of dynamite which hit for about 50k if they land on you. They also knock you back and form an impassable pillar where they land. He will throw 5 of these out in each of his transitions, at which he will start the gimmick of the encounter at 66% and 33%. At those percentages, we will summon a huge block of TNT in the center of the ring attached to the 5 large clusters that are placed out. They will all ignite and move towards the TNT. You stamp out each dynamite clutser by running over it before all 5 get to the center. If even one reaches the TNT, it will explode for 900 MILLION (!!!) damage, so even with dispersion, you will not be able to survive the mechanic. You will have to do this twice at both the splits, but after that, the fight is just be able to dodge the dynamote clusters. And If you can dodge dynamite, then you can also dodge the avoidable repair bill. Master Boom Boom has 5.06M HP, and with all the moving you have to do to dodge dynamite and stomp the TNT fuses, your dps requirement comes in at around 44,000.    The Reward: 400g, 50VP, and a shirt that goes BOOM to match that explosive personality. Difficulty for a Shadow Priest: 4/10

 

Level 4: Razorgrin/Impeccably Sharp Tooth

 

If I were to ask you, “What does 2-time NBA Champion, Lebron James, have to do with our next boss?” you might be a bit perplexed as to what they could have in common. Razorgrin is a shark that is heralded as the Terror of the South Seas. However, upon entering the arena with him, you’ll find that his only ability he has, is Flop. He will flop around helplessly towards you, using no other special abilities whatsoever. This item is obtained via fishing, specifically, from the pool of the day in pandaria, giving the highest chance compared to other world pools.

 

The trick to this fight, if at any point in time you enter his melee range, its an automatic death. So, while you have nothing special to avoid, the fight will keep you moving more than most normal raid encounters in Throne of Thunder, to ensure that you cant just stand back and tee off on the shark. Razorgrin has 6.5M hp, so for all movement you have to do, you also have to pull out 55,000 dps to beat the berserk timer. The reward: 500g, 50VP, and a brand new sharkskin tunic. Yeah, tunics people. Difficulty for a Shadow Priest: 2/10

 

Drop on the deck, and floplike a fish!

Drop on the deck, and flop like a fish!

Level 5: Splat/Vial of Reddish Ooze

 

This is one of two new items that lead to the brawler’s guild that are acquired by doing scenarios. While Ive yet to get either from a heroic scenario box, I do believe they are both from normal Greater Caches of Treasure only.

 

Splat is an exact replica of the rank 3 Brawler’s Guild standard fight, Blat. Reddish in her demeanor, Splat slowly moves around the arena, splitting periodically into smaller replicas that also move slowly around the room. The only catch is, every time she splits, a pool of red is created at the point where she split, effectively covering up the entire floor of the arena. Similar to the first encounter, killing off the clones will serve no purpose, as killing her remains the sole objective. Splat has  6.8M hp, and again, your moving and damage skills will be tested, as later on after a lot of adds have accumulated, standing in melee, will result in many hits, possibly fatal to you. Try to unload your burst at the start of the fight, as it will be harder to do so later on, aside from saving shadowfiend. You will need at least 58,000 dps to comes out with a victory before the berserk timer. The Reward: 500g, 50 VP, and a shirt thats soaked in, hopefully, ooze. Difficulty for a Shadow Priest: 3/10

 

Level 6: Dippy & Doopy/Frost-Tipped Eggshell

 

Have you been collecting pets? Our next boss hopes you have been. The Dippy and Doopy encounter is a reward from defeating an elite pet battle in northern Icecrown. Doopy is anaquatic type, so bring your favorite fliers or magical pets to battle to give yourself the best chance to get this item.

 

For this fight there is an unusually long pause to begin the fight, which unfortunately takes about 8 seconds off your berserk timer. When the boss appears, its the same old dippy that melee have learned to love and lovingly throw their keyboard at. Only this time, Dippy has brought their much larger and slower cousin, Doopy! Both of the penguins perform exactly the same, they have one ability in Peck, and will be knocked back each time a spell is applied. The only difference is, Dippy is still a hyperactive kid on a triple shot of Ritalin, and zips around the ring, while Doopy is the Fat Owlbert of the bunch. (HES A BIRD PEOPLE!) Dippy has 2.1M hp, and Doopy has 4.3M hp, collectively giving the encounter 6.4M HP to eat through at the end. In order to make life easier for you, you need to kill off Dippy first. Doing so will allow to to plant in the ground and free cast on Doopy, as his movement speed is too slow to every catch you while you plaster him with spells. 60,000 DPS and a lot of moving in the first 30-60 seconds, will net you a kill and some free ranged bird for dinner. Do not stop moving while Dippy is up and cast SW:P for instant damage to knock him back as often as you can.  The reward: 500g, 50VP, and a slick new Tuxedo Shirt. Difficulty for a Shadow Priest: 4/10

 

NOT THE EYES PLEASE!

 

Level 7: Mecha-Bruce/Modified Chomping Apparatus

 

The Fan Favorite and proverbial pincushion finally makes his return. Whats that? You wanted to get your Haters Gonna Hate achievement by picking on poor ol’ Bruce? And as soon as you get done beating Bruce again, the item to challenge him again pops right into your bag. Only this time, the new and improved version of Bruce is definitely harder, better, faster, and quite possibly stronger too.

 

The fights starts out the same way the normal Bruce encounter starts, he hits you with his weak melee, you can stun him, and OH NO THE CHOMP IS COMING let me just walk off to the side over >>>> this way. And so you move off to the side expecting the same old fight, well this time, after every chomp, Mecha-Bruce powers up. He gains stun immunity, 40% movement speed, 40% reduced casting time for power up, and 40% increased damage, each time he chomps, and it stacks. In addition, if you thought you were going to run, Mecha-Bruce puts you in a Stasis for 5 seconds, rendering you unable to move from the chomp that follows immediately after he re-enters melee range. Because of this, every time Bruce powers up, you should position yourself in the corner farthest from him, so that time elapses from the stasis, giving you time to move just before Bruce arrives to chomp. Mecha-Bruce has 6.55M hp, so dealing with all the stuns and the amount of damage you need to pull off is around 63,000. The Reward: 600g, 50VP, and your right to heckle any brawler with your Crochide shirt. Difficulty for a Shadow Priest: 6/10

 

Level 8: Blingtron 3000/Old Dusty Robot

 

And here is where the gimmicks really start to pile up. The Blingtron 3000 is the bi-pelagic predecessor of the current Blingtron 4000 model, which fittingly enough, is where the item comes from to open up this encounter. Since you can only get one get package from blingtron on your account per day, if you want to get this encounter wait until you are on the toon you want to fight with before accepting the gift.

 

The Blingtron 3000 encounter is not so much a dps check, as it is awareness. The goal of the encounter is to take the small, even more obsolete Blingtron 2000 adds, and line the up in such a fashion that, they create a chain link from Blingtron 3000 to the Gnomish Tesla Coil located in the opposite corner from Blingtron 3000. Blingtron 3000 does not move, but will occasionally launch errant rockets at your location, which will deal 200k if they come in contact with you. The Blingtron 2000 adds damage is dismissible and will not put you under duress. Once you overload the coil, run to an empty corner, as the coil will overload every blingtron on the floor in contacts with. it will chain up to the Blingtron 3000, and if you get caught in the Tesla Coil overload, it will hit you for 400k. While Blingtron 3000 has a large health pool at 21.8M hp, once the tesla Overload Hits it, it gains a debuff which increases the damage it takes by 900%. Effectively, you can chain a minimum of 6 adds up (7 is a much safer number) to chain to blingtron in a circuit. Each add has 140k hp, making the damage you need to do at around 1 million to the adds. Once Blingtron is vulnerable, its 21.8M HP is cut to an effective 2.18M hp, bringing the grand total to 3.18M hp. So in 2 minutes, the amount of dps you need to pull is a sparse 26,500, but the key is getting the adds to be where you want and not dying to overload or rocket strikes. The reward: 600g, 50VP, and some washed up, hand me down shirt from last year. Difficulty for a Shadow Priest: 5/10

 

Level 9: Argh/The Bear and the Lady Fair

 

This is the second of the items that can be found in the scenario ward caches at the end of each run. This quest is a bit harder, as the dps check skyrockets compared to Splats. The Bear and the Lady Fair is a romance based off of…. Romeo and Juliet?…. Beauty and the Beast?…. and involves you the antagonist, trying to kill over these “lovers” before they form an unspeakable union!

 

For shadow priests, the gimmick/buff to this encounter is extremely unfavorable. There are 3 trampolines spread around a set of two tables stacked upon each other, with the person you have to kill, Argh, located on top. If you successfully bounce on each trampoline in succession, the next attack you deal with deal triple damage. While this sounds nice, it really only enhances Devouring Plague or Mind Flay: Insanity for the timetable its up. You can choose to avoid the trampoline aspect and plant on the ground, dealing with the other half, Raaaaaaargh. Raaargh is a bear with 25.3M hp and any dps to him is a waste. Raargh hits moderately hard for around 25k per swing, and will periodically interrupt your casting for 4 seconds. The good thing about Raaargh is that you can fear and CC it to no end and no diminished effects. Allowing you to plant and nuke Argh from a far. Argh has 10.8M hp, so the dps check is not pretty by any means. If you find yourself getting spell locked especially while you are casting Mind Flay: Insanity, you may want to switch up to From Darkness, Comes Light so that you can still cast your procs while shadow is coming back to you. The DPS to beat this comes in at 90,000, which means if you haven’t already, its time to start using the brawlers potion before the fight starts so you can get 2 off. A safer bet is closer to 100k, as getting caught with spell interrupt takes 4 seconds off your berserk timer each time. The reward: 700g, 50 VP, and a shirt that just permeates the room with a aura of “Chivalry”. Difficulty for a Shadow Priest: 6/10 (ignoring trampoline), 9/10 using it.

 

Cow meats bear meets Trogg. (GET IT? MEATS!)

 

Level 10: Ro-Shambo/Paper Covered Rock

 

This item I have found to be the most rng based drop of the set, as I harvested over 300 sets of pumpkins and other assorted vegetables before I finally found a paper covered rock amidst the refuse of the untilled soil. Fortunately, while it may prove difficult to come by while you play your Farmville for the 265th time, it is one of the easiest fight to beat the gimmick around.

 

Ro-Shambo is a giant hand, a la Adams Family style, that hits you with basic attacks until the gimmick where you are forced to choose Paper, Rock or Scissors. If you win, Ro-Shambo is stunned and takes 500% more damage for 5 seconds. If you lose, Ro-Shambo smacks you for 2/3 of your health, and if you draw, nothing happens. Each time you select, a version of what Ro-Shambo selected is placed in the area, if he wins or ties, its a normal version, if he loses, it will be an extremely weak and aoe-able version. The good news about this is, if your running Deadly Boss Mods, the mod will tell you which option to select ensuring you win each time, and ultimately trivializing the encounter. If you wish, to enjoy the feeling of playing a true blind draw, I would turn off any mods that can give you clairvoyance before attempting this fight. Ro-Shambo has 12.2M hp, but you can eat through good chunks of that with the debuff while hes stunned. Over 2 minutes, the dps to Ro-Shambo to Ro-Shambo is 105,000, with or without the damage debuffs. The reward: 700g, 50VP, and when in doubt, ROCK. Difficulty: 1/10 Using DBM, 8/10 Blind Draw

 

Level 11: Blind Hero/Well-Worn Headband

 

The Blind Hero is the closest thing to resembling the vanilla WoW/Warcraft 3 demon hunters, as he is classified as undead, but wields the dual swords and wears the blindfold as its signature. The item to get to the blind hero actually comes from playing carnival games. As the blindfold has a small chance to appear in the darkmoon prize box you get upon completing the games. While you can only do 5 per day on any character, the prize boxes are not soulbound, so you can send the box to the toon you want to get the blindfold on.

 

The blind hero, has no basic attacks, and instead assaults the area with three attacks. A small cone, frontal crush which hits for about 175k. A 180 degree cleave, which hits for 200k, and a full 360 degree slash which hits for 350k. The small crush is the attack he will use most often, and he will swing roughly once every 2.5 seconds with this attack. This is a very high mobility fight, and you probably will not be in the same place for more than 3-4 seconds at most. Because of this, you may want to make sure you have the Divine Insight and From Darkness, Comes Light talents, as they will boost your mobile dps. If you get to more than 30 yards from the Blind Hero, he will walk around aimlessly for a moment, allowing you to get off a little burst before having to get back to moving. You are going to have to make good use of self healing as well, liberally using Power Word: Shield and Renew at all times, with Desperate Prayer/Angelic Bulwark in emergency situations. The Blind Hero has 9.3M hp, but with the amount of moving involved, it might seem more like 19.4M. In the end, if your able to do 85,000 dps while dodging at least 95% of his swings, you will come away with a victory. The reward: 900g, 50VP, and a shirt that just begs to be looked at by fellow brawlers. Difficulty: 9/10

 

HEEEEEEEEEEERES JOHNNY!

 

Level 12: Mingus Diggs/The Digmaster’s Earthblade

 

HEY THERE LADDIE! ARE YE READY TO GET YER KNEEPADS ON AND DIG? The Mingus Diggs is the dwarf to help you out.  As if insulting us wasn’t enough by not getting the creepy claw to pop up in our archaeology tab (seriously, 350 finds and not yet?)  the item to fight Mingus Diggs comes from digging up tol’vir finds, or trading in completed Pandaria finds for crates of Tol’vir artifacts. Once you have the item, find 5 or so of your close friends to give you some raid buffs, and break out the flasks and feats, you’re going to need them.

 

The Mingus Diggs fight has a lot of things going on that you will need to keep track of, at the start of the fight, there is the dreaded pause which cuts about 8 seconds off of your berserk timer, and once you see the dps check, you will be begging for that time. You do not actually fight Mingus himself until the end, but you engage 4 obelisks in the corners of the arena, that each do the same ability. Mingus is invulnerable and flails at you with his shovel that hits for negligible damage. The obelisks do not attack, but instead channel a dot that stacks to 250 (you’re dead if it goes above 125), and each stack is a separate debuff from each obelisk. The in order to stop the channel, you must move into close proximity of the obelisk (10 yards), and it will stop channeling. Finding the balance of managing your debuff stacks with self healing is the key to the fight. For myself, I managed to survive on shields on the first two obelisks, used Desperate Prayer on my way to the third, vampiric Embrace in between moving between 3 and 4, and dispersion if any stack got over 100. If your stacks get over 100, move to that specific obelisk and disperse to negate the effects, as the debuff only lasts 5 seconds, but refreshes every 1.5 seconds the obelisk channels. And now for the FUN facts. Each Obelisk has 4.3M hp, in addition, the debuff deals 1150 damage per second per stack. Its harmless to start, bothersome around 40-60, and lethal at 75+ stacks, you want to try and clear before then unless you are truly confident in your survival skills. And Mingus? He also has an additional 900k hp that you have to chew through. That brings the total pool to 18.1M hp to do. There are no special damage increasing modifiers or debuffs for this fight, you need to bring yourself and any enhancements available to you. If you’re able to get the obelisks down, you get one last little jab from the encounter, as the immunity surrounding Mingus takes 3 seconds to fall off, therefore cutting the total time you can fight from the start from 120 to 109 seconds. So, at any given time over 109 seconds you need to be averaging 167,000 dps in order to beat the encounter. >>167,000!!!<< This fight is not for those who want to try the fight just in hopes to get lucky, you need to unload. Your reward? 900g, 50VP, A shirt that begs the question “Can you Dig it?”, and a free Coronary from Blizzard Entertainment! Difficulty: 15/10

 

So, now that you have reached the end (hopefully!), what does the Brawler’s guild do to highlight your accomplishments. The promoter of your faction’s Brawling Arena sends you a letter and includes yet ANOTHER SHIRT to show off your truly epic brawling achievements, and 10 points towards your achievement total.

 

Challenge: Defeated

 

This fight was completed  with an item level of 530. I was not using the cape from the Celestial Blessings Quest. I did have the Legendary Meta gem. It is advisable to use a flask for the encounters, if not, and you’re a bit lucky, the Crystal of Insanity from Sulik’shor is a good alternative, as it provides 500 intel, stam and hit through spirit. Towards the higher ranked fights, the extra effects from food either via feast or Mogu Fish Stew helped to provide a nice little increase that may serve to be the extra mile one needs to beat the encounter.

 

I don’t always brawl, but when I do I make sure to look as hideous a possible. Stay bloodthirsty my friends.

 

Best of luck to fellow brawlers ready to test their mettle against their increasingly formidable opponents! Rawr!

Gearing Up in Throne of Thunder

Posted in Priest, PvE, Reasons I am Going Insane, Shameless Plugs, WoW on March 21, 2013 by Srsbusiness

Hello everyone, now that 5.2 has been out and about for a bit and everyone has had a chance to get accustomed to their toons, especially priests, with changes to Shadow Word: Insanity becoming Solace and Insanity, as well as Shadowy Apparitions and the t15 set focusing around them, its time to gear up your face melter and dispense some multi-dottinal, YES I SAID MULTI-DOTTINAL, justice. Also, If you’re looking to dispense you’re muli-dottinal justice somewhere, why not here at Apotheosis? Lets take a look at the changes first so you can know what to expect going forward:

 

Solace And Insanity

 

Devouring Plague now causes your mind flay to deal 33% more damage per orb for the duration of DP being active on the target. For you, this means you get 3 mind flays per devouring plague that will deal double damage. The debuff lasts between 6 and 6.4 seconds, with your mind flay channel being around the 2.3 second area, with one 1 second GCD lost after casting DP. Leaves you with .4 to .8 seconds to start that last MF, and the damage buff will continue after the debuff expires.

 

Shadowy Apparitions

 

Shadow Apparitions occur when your shadow word: pain crits, and if you go for the 4 set t15 bonus, has a 10% chance to spawn when Vampiric Touch deals damage. The two set bonus also give your SA’s a 65% chance to increase the duration of your VT and SW:P, letting them deal damage one additional time. The two set bonus looks good, but haven’t we seen this song and dance before? Good job on creativity there. Up until recently, shadow apparitions had a cap of 3, but since then has been increased to 4, as well as having had their AI improved to move faster and now hit air targets sometimes. Ghostcrawler clarified this.  What intrigues me is this queue that now exists for shadowy apparitions. Its like telling us, we understand your class is strong in multi dot situations, like warlocks, but we are going to slow your proc based dps a bit here (on a spell that accounts for all of 0.7% of damage done). Not to mention if a target goes invis, like Megaera’s head, you lose all of those SA’s, and any that may now exists in this queue as well. This to me is why the 4 set bonus is something you want to avoid when choosing to gear up. I am personally not a fan of shadowy apparitions in their current state, and the last time I enjoyed them was when they first came out and had a 60% chance to proc if you were moving when the damage ticked on SW:P. And for high mobility fights, like most are nowadays, returning to this design would be a welcomed change in my opinion. Or you know, a 1% buff  to SW:P, VT, MF, and DP, would counter balance the “procs” and we could not center sets around a still flaky mechanic. <INSERT RAEG HERE>

 

So without further adieu, here we go!:

 

Head:

Hood of the Exorcist – Twin Consorts – +1318 Intellect  +950 Spirit +867 Haste  Yellow Socket  Socket Bonus: +180 Critical Strike

Analysis: The flamecaster’s crown has the best stats on it to start, but the 2 set is worth something, and over the other pieces to get, this is one you want. If it drops, Hood of the Crimson Wake is an upgrade over anything in the previous tier and raid finder, but mastery…. ew… Choice: Tier Helm

 

Shoulders (Knees and Toes?):

Shouldersguards of the Exorcist – Iron Qon – +998 Intellect+653 Critical Strike +715 Haste Red Socket Yellow Socket Socket Bonus: +120 Haste

Analysis: The shared dropped shoulders are really nice with a high amount of haste, if you can get them, or these, off jin’rokh good for you. If you aren’t as lucky with drops, the rep shoulders are also nice, despite lacking gem sockets, but the grind is going to take a while. In the end though, the tier shoulders have your ideal stats, and not only a red, but a yellow socket with a haste bonus in the end, and will complete your two set.  Choice:  Tier Shoulders

 

Chest:

Robes of Mutagenic Blood – Primordius – +1398 Intellect  +990 Critical Strike   +907 Haste  Red Socket(2) Socket Bonus: +120 Intellect

Analysis: With two red sockets, and your 2 set tier 15 bonus already locked up, this item is just begging to be worn and increase your performance in a heartbeat. If you can snag a kill on Oondasta, these robes will definitely be a service to you. Likewise, since Primordius is a bit farther in the instance, these from the council, will also suffice. Blue sockets, you so crazy. Choice: Robes of Mutagenic Blood

 

Cloak:

Deadly Glare Cape – Durumu the Forgotten – +788 Intellect +510 Critical Strike  +556 Haste  Red Socket Socket Bonus: +60 Intellect

Analysis: This one is basically a toss up with the cloak from Dark Animus. It all depends how much hit you need in your gear at this point. And if you can kill Ra-Den (providing people get to that boss anytime soon), you should snag this little gem. Choice: Deadly Glare Cape

 

Bracers:

Vaccinator’s Armwraps – Horridon – +868 Intellect +579 Spirit +579 Haste

Analysis: Before I spiral off into reckless abandon, I would love to choose these bracers off of Primordius, but in the same vein, I also want my spells to actually land by having some spirit or hit since there isn’t a whole lot on the gear above this. if you are having trouble with Horridon, and have some extra valor to spend, the friendly rep bracers can and will tide you over.   Choice:  Vaccinator’s Armwraps

 

Gloves:

Handwraps of the Exorcist – Council of Elders – +1078 Intellect +774 Spirit +666 Haste  Red Socket  Socket Bonus: +60 Intellect

Analysis: Did you blink? Yes, those are the healer gloves. Their shadow counterparts have crit and mastery on them, our two worst stats, so choosing these with your token, may turn out to be a net gain, albeit maybe not with your healing priest comrades. If you aren’t pressed for hit though, pick up these off of the very next boss, Tortos.   Choice: Tier Healing Gloves

 

Waist:

Cord of Cacophonous Cawing – Ji’Kun – +998 Intellect +748 Hit  +597 Haste  Red Socket Yellow Socket  Socket Bonus: +120 Haste

Analysis: One of the best itemized pieces in the gain, having 3 addition gems in your belt should prove advantageous to reforging and stat allocation, as well as the high amount of base hit. You should be able to reforge that into crit. If you have some valor to brun, and have already grinded some rep, the valor belt is very similar, but blah mastery bonuses akfbvxdjk.   Choice: Cord of Cacophonous Cawing

 

Pants:

Leggings of the Exorcist – Ji’Kun and Nalak – +1599 Intellect  +1201 Critical Strike  +937 Haste   Yellow Socket  Blue Socket  Socket Bonus: +120 Intellect

Analysis: I can already hear my raid leader calling for my head at the thought of putting on pants.  If you can complete the second part of LFR, these legs are within reach for you and an upgrade to whatever you have from t14 (for the most part). If you get to Lei Shen and can get to your 8085 or (with new gear) 10,124 haste plateau, then Leggings of Cardinality jump to the top, with only Legs from Ra-den giving them a run. Unfortunately, they have mastery.   Choice: Leggings of Cardinality, if you need more haste t get to a breakpoint, Tier Legs.

 

Feet:

Dam’ren’s Frozen Footguards – Iron Qon – +1078 Intellect +629 Hit +796 Haste  Red Socket Socket Bonus: +60 Haste

Analysis: Really Liking the amount of increased red sockets on this gear, it seemed a little sparse in tier 14.  If you know of a tailor, and have 6 haunting spirits, the crafted boots are a good option as well. Also, since Iron Qon is a bit in as well, the boots from Megaera are also nice, especially if you are at a haste plateau. Choice: Dam’ren’s Frozen Footguards

 

Weapons:

Torall, Rod of the Shattered Throne – Lei Shen – +668 Intellect +468 Spirit +298 Haste  +8926 Spell Power Red Socket  Socket Bonus: +60 Intellect

Lei Shen’s Orb of Command – Lei Shen (O RLY?) – +788 Intellect +589 Critical Strike +454 Haste Red Socket Socket Bonus: +60 Intellect

Analysis: Pipe dream situation to snag this combination from the same boss, but there are other options for your main hand, and off hands that are available sooner in the instance if you cannot get to or defeat Lei Shen. Choice: Torall and Lei Shen’s Orb.

 

Amulets and Rings:

Necklace of the Terra-Cotta Invoker – Trash Mobs – +788 Intellect  +564 Hit   +496 Haste   Red Socket  Socket Bonus: +60 Hit

Analysis: Well, this is a first for this expansion, something with sexy itemization that isn’t from a boss. The only other haste amulet has 2 blue sockets,unless you can kill Oondasta, and your other available option is from Megaera. Having a red socket and perfect stats puts the trash neck over the top. Choice: necklace of the Terra-Cotta Invoker.

 

Signet of the Shado-Pan Assault – Shado-Pan Assault (Friendly) – +868 Intellect +579 Critical Strike   +579 Haste

Durumu’s Captive Eyeball – Durumu the Forgotten –  +788 Intellect +588 Spirit +437 Critical Strike   Red Socket  Socket Bonus: +60 Spirit

Analysis: Lack of stand out rings this tier that are readily available, especially when one is your best come from a friendly rep reward. But the good news is that double dipping for both spirit and hit gear returns in this department. The bad news? Raden.

 

Last, but not least, Trinkets:

Breath of the Hydra – Megaera –  +1552 Haste And Your periodic damage spells have a chance to grant 7754 Intellect for 20 sec.  (RPPM)

Wushoolay’s Final Choice – Council of Elders – +1552 Hit And Your harmful spells  have a chance to grant Wushoolay’s Lightning, granting 1410 Intellect every 2 sec for 20 sec. (RPPM)

Analysis: And here is where dps is made or broken upon. With the introduction of RPPM (Real Procs per Minute) trinkets, there are a ton of combinations that are possible to get and standout. Wushoolay’s gives you some hit that is missing in your gear (and reforging will need to be done), while offering up a classic proc from an old favorite from Icecrown, the Dislodged Foreign Object. On top of this, it can proc side by side with Breath giving you 7754 + 14100 intellect at points in its duration, leading to massive Devouring Plague, Mind Blast, and Mind Flay(Insanity) numbers. The rep trinket, offers a nice haste boost, and a steady amount of intellect, but there are times when the RPPM trnket can proc back to back after its duration, which is 40 seconds of constant uptime in cases. However, it may not proc for a while, but sometimes you have to take a risk to get the rewards of better dps. (And from someone who goes slightly below hit cap, its a risk worth taking!) Other trinkets of note are: Chan’Ye’s Essence of Brilliance, Unerring Vision of Lei-Shen, and Volatile Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault. Choice: I don’t always take chances on RNG, but when I do, I make sure its high risk/high reward. Breath of the Hydra & Wushoolay’s Final Choice.

 

PHEW! I AM GLAD THAT GEARING IS OVER WITH. Now that you have your gear, lets see where your stats are at (before reforging and socketing):

Intel: +14023

Haste: + 9999, This number can easily get to 10124, anything over, send to crit.

Crit: +4959, This number will become higher after hit and excess haste are reforged down.

Mastery: +0  (GREAT SUCCESS)

Hit/Spirit (5100 to cap): +5902 Don’t Panic! This gives you great opportunity to reforge some into haste if you can to get that 9999 to 10124. And then the rest to crit.

 

If you like the shadowy apparitions mechanic, go for the four piece bonus, your shadow clone army will meander its way over to the boss with a steady continuation with the set bonuses, but I cannot truly believe that queuing dps procs is a way to help make the class longer in the longer run. The two piece will allow for more mind flays on your primary target(s), and should be something to shoot for. May your RPPM trinkets proc together and give you some sweet numbers appearing on your screen!

 

5.2: Lemon Puddin’, Blasphemy, and Free Form Jazz

Posted in Priest, PvE, PvP, WoW on February 5, 2013 by Srsbusiness

Shadow priests are getting some tinkering done to them over the next few weeks in anticipation of the 5.2 Isle of the Thunder King patch. Some questionable, like Lemon Puddin’, and some that are just downright bad like blasphemy (Isn’t that right Leonidas?)

The changes that are affecting  shadow priests in 5.2 are:

–  Halo no longer breaks stealth.

Glyph of Mind Spike now only works with non-Surge of Darkness Mind Spikes.

– Phantasm now no longer makes the priest untargettable by ranged attacks, but the movement freedom effect now lasts 5 seconds.

Shadow Word: Insanity is now Solace and Insanity. In shadow, Devouring Plague increases the damage of Mind Flay by 33% per orb for the next 6 seconds, on targets that are affected by 3 shadow damage over time spells.

 

Originally, Devouring Plague was being changed to have its damage spread out evenly on application and over time. This change is something that I was personally looking for, as it actually came out to be an 11% buff to devouring plague in the long run for PvE content, while the massive burst being taken away was crippling to priests in PvP. On the whole, if you PvP as shadow, your are not too happy about the upcoming changes, aside from the small silver lining of having the bursty version of Devouring Plague back. No longer able to flare out those rogues and feral druids, as well as having your 3 second range protection shell go away, we may become the object of choice for the enemy even more so now!

 

For changes in raid encounters, how you match talents in tier 3 and tier 5 is going to largely matter on how much you want to take chances with RNG based on procs in those tiers.

Earlier in my first review of MoP talents and tiers, I went with Shadow Word: Insanity for tier 3 and Twist of Fate for tier 5 as my choices for best use in a raid setting. As it turns out, Shadow Word: Insanity was a complete nightmare from the start, not being active when it should, being active when it shouldn’t (hello free uses from dead spirit kings), and the damage it dealt was not comparable to From Darkness, Comes Light as gear improved. Twist of Fate was extremely powerful in LFR and in Normal modes, as many additional elements to the fight (that oneself did damage to), and had a good enough uptime to where priests were getting close to 50% active time of 15% increased damage for a fight. However, as we moved into heroic progression, the amount of time and number of elements dying on those encounters severely dropped off, while many encounter have multiple mobs up until the end of the fight. Even for fights like Feng the Accursed, where 75% of the fight is just the raid versus the boss, the amount of Divine Insight procs far outweighed the scant 40-50 seconds of ToF uptime from the adds on the shield phase + execute range.

As of now, I am using From Darkness, Comes Light and Divine Insight as my talent choices for Tiers 3 and 5. There is one predominant reservation I have about Solace and Insanity going forward, and that is the amount of actual usage priests will get out of the buff to MF. Devouring plague lasts 6-6.4 seconds (haste). Since DP is on the GCD, we lose 1 second from the start of MF and then until the first tick of MF, which at 8200 haste, is .77 seconds later. This drops the effective time insanity is active from 6 to 4.23 seconds at 8200 haste, which might be enough to squeeze 2 Mind Flays into. Note: Mind Flay is our 5th highest damaging spell when used with From Darkness, Comes light on the whole.

There are a lot of intriguing possibilities to mix and match for the upcoming patch. I have dubbed these: The Smooth and Flowing Approach, The Cookie Cutter Approach, and the Whack-A-Mole Approach.

 

The Smooth and Flowing Approach:

Smooth, melodic. Follow the beat of the rotation.

Smooth, melodic. Follow the beat of the rotation.

Safe and predictable, this approach conforms to the traditional style of shadow priest, which has been straight forward damage dealing without any hidden cooldowns or surprise procs to manage and balance. Dots refreshed as needed, mind blast off cooldown, DP at 3 orbs, and Mind Flay as fillers, no surprise mind spike or mind blast procs ever to manage. In tier 3, this build takes Solace and Insanity, and in Tier 5 this build goes with Twist of Fate. In execute range, your mind flays will be hitting much, much harder.

 

The Cookie-Cutter Spec:

Gingerbread or Shadow Priest, its all the same.

Gingerbread or Shadow Priest, its all the same.

Because of the way certain abilities work for shadow priests, it is not unrealistic to see this build become the new cookie cutter spec for shadow priests. This build focuses on shadow orb generation and increasing the number of devouring plagues cast in a fight. In addition, it also attempts to take advantage of the 100% damage increase to Mind Flay via Solace and Insanity. Without saying, it takes Solace and Insanity from tier 3, and takes Divine Insight from tier 5. This spec will have it moments on single target fights, but works really well on fights where you can have multiple targets with Shadow Word: Pain on them. The important thing for someone trying this build going forward will be to always make sure that the target they cast DP on also has VT and SW:P. or the insanity buff fails to serve its purpose. Hopefully, they refine Solace and Insanity for shadow a little bit before it becomes live, so that you actually get a full 6 seconds of value from the talent.

 

The Whack-A-Mole Spec:

I Double Dog Dare You.....

I Triple Dog Dare You…..

 

This is the spec that will have you mashing different buttons at any opportune time RNG decides to show up for you. With the change to the Mind Spike Glyph, it becomes almost imperative for people who use From Darkness, Comes Light to also take Divine Insight, as our Surge of Darkness casts now no longer benefit from the glyph. This spec, which takes the aforementioned FDCL and Divine Insight, is a finesse build, which gets better as the number of mobs active in a fight increases. One good result from the mind spike alteration is the change in what buff got consumed if you happened to have Divine Insight and 2 stacks of Mind Melt active. As it stands now, if you have Divine Insight and Mind Melt x2, you ended up eating the Mind Melt stacks and having your DI buff while Mind Blast went on cooldown. This led to the unfortunate occurrence that your DI buff fell off and you lost the proc, which is ultimately invaluable as a direct damage dealer, and also as a shadow orb generator. The Whack-A-Mole  build is the one I use currently, and if Solace and Insanity fares like its predecessor, will also become the Cookie Cutter build.

I do not have FDCL paired up with ToF because if bosses are getting harder in the next patch, with more hp, then ToF’s uptime will drop even further, making it even less desirable. It pairs well with Solace and Insanity because of the constant +15% and then and extra guaranteed 100% to MF, while its on a 15% chance per tick, per VT to get a FDCL proc.

All in all, this is a very underwhelming patch for shadow priests, which didn’t seem like the mechanics, aside from Shadow Word: Insanity looked to be terrible or crazy OP. The DP change was even a net gain for PvE, although their would have been howls of despair from the PvP community. As the gear improves and we get closer to more haste breakpoints, it will be interesting to see which talents become better for our playstyles.

 

(I Still wish our mastery increased periodic shadow damage instead of acting as a Psuedo-Tarecgosa…… *shakes fist*)

 

Oh, and here’s your citrusy dessert:

Only 800 calories, something light for a change.

Only 800 calories, something light for a change.

 

A la mode, because why not?