My WoW play time has been cut back a bit, mostly due to work, so I’ve just not had as much to talk about. I’ve had about three really long sessions on the weekends and hardly any time during the week. Here’s what I’ve been up to. I’ll probably have pictures later on, but for now, begin huge wall of text:
I put in a large amount of time on my mage and got the tokens I needed to buy Ghaz’rooki in one session. It was a little grueling, mainly because of the bug that only showed you where the resource dumps were some of the time, but it was less grueling than the Spectral Porcupette. So in short, the new daily quests were fun, I liked the scenarios so far, and I hope to finish them eventually.
Raiding With Leashes II
You’d think I’d have it all done with five toons that can clear Karazhan and three toons that can completely or almost clear Tempest Keep and Serpentshrine Cavern. But no, I still need Illhoof to drop his Fiendish Imp, Vashj (that “witch with a B”) to drop her Coilfang Stalker and freakin Loot Reaver and Crazy Mind-Control Chick to drop her shadow pet.
Vashj seems to be the deal breaker for this achievement as she has both the hardest fight and the lowest drop rate for her pet. I can consistently down her on my DK in Blood spec but I can’t keep her from maxing out to 99 stacks so I had to be able to handle alot of damage. I tried it on my (very poorly geared) Druid and he was fear bombed to uselessness in Phase II. I was able to get through Phase II very well with my Frost mage. I just stuck my Water Elemental on the Warrior pet and used Deep Freeze and Ice Lance on the Stalker pet.
However, 60 stacks was too much damage for my (poorly geared) mage to handle. I’ve read some strats that tell me to concentrate more on the elementals coming in and I’ll likely do that at some point, but I didn’t feel like spending the extra hour figuring the fight out.
The three pet bosses in TK are soloable, but I haven’t even tried Void Reaver on my caster classes as the silence mechanic would be too much for them. Easily done on a druid or a DK. Solarian is very tricky unless you have a pet class as she mind controls you which resets the fight. My DK could pop Army of the Dead and burn her down, my mage had his water elemental, and I specced my druid into Treants which attacked her while I was being MC’ed. The most tedious part of the fight was clearing the entire room before that.
Only my DK can clear Kaelthas mainly because the phase where you fight the entire Council is very tough. That passive healing and army of the dead helps, though I was able to slowly pick them off one by one as long as I had my passive heal up.
Haven’t caught one yet. Been logging in and check the spawn points on the East side of Northrend and no luck. Also camped a single spot for a few hours while doing pet battle PvP. I have seen a few Scourged Whelpling spawns while flying so it seems Blizzard made good on their claim. I’m not really sure if it’s worth all the bother, but it’s something to look for.
Pet Treats are Awesome
If you’re very quick, you can pop one of the new pet treats (from the spirit beast quests) that give you 25-50% extra experience. You can then clear all of the Pandaria tamers in just under an hour. This can give you up to 7-8k experience on your leveling pets and the time crunch almost keeps things interesting. I also came across (through Lio or another blogger) this Cheat Sheet that is very helpful. I still use mostly the same strats I’ve mentioned for the tamers, but the tip to use a fast rabbit on Major Payne was very helpful and a bit better than what I was doing.
Gotta catch them all!
So I’ve basically been leveling and using my stones to upgrade rare pets that I can’t catch.
Pet stone upgrades include:
- Coral Adder. This is one of those pets that is very hard to find rare due to the limited number of spawns.
- Jade Crane Chick. This is the extra special Pandaren pet that only comes in uncommon.
- Mr. Chilly. Slightly cuter than Pengu but only available in Uncommon quality… until now!
I’ve also finally caught these rares:
- Arcane Eye. Very elusive in rare in spite of the high spawn rate.
- Imperial Eagle Chick. Not that elusive and something to do while you’re camping for Unborn Val’kyr spawns.
- Grizzly Squirrel. Same reason as the Eagle chick: because it was there while I was waiting for the Val’kyr.
I’m sure I’m missing a few that I’ve gone after, mostly in Kun-Lai, but these are the ones that stick out to me as being especially interesting or annoying. Fjord Rat, Amber Moth, Devouring Maggot, and a Rare Kunlai Runt are also eluding me, but that’s partly because I haven’t had time to really focus on them. I also plan on trying to just get more stones if I can as it seems easier in the long run.
Pet Battle PvP
I’ve done this more than I have in the past, but it’s probably the bottom of my priority list when it comes to pets. I think the best tip I’ve heard is to try and battle during peak times, rather than the middle of the night, as that’s when the less “hard core” players are on and you have a chance to string together some wins.
Pet Teams I’ve Used
I tried to break out a Call Darkness combo with a Crow and it seems like the hard core players I was up against at the time had seen it before and were ready. So I stole maybe one of my 10 wins for the week from that.
Then I swapped to my Critter kill team from before: Nether Roach, Wolpertinger, and Rapana Whelk. That didn’t do as well this week and I only got two wins from that. I think I swapped out the Roach for the new Rabbit pet and brought in my Pandaren Water spirit to get another win, but I’m not sure.
The worst was when I came up against this all healy elemental team that had a Sunflower, a Flowering Ancient, and a Terrible Turnip and at least two of the three were popping the sunny weather effect. It felt like a classic troll as the fights took three times longer and you knew the second you broke out the two Aquatics with Rainy weather you’d need to take them down, they’d leave the pool and you’d lose to the next guy.
I swapped in a Sea Pony for the Whelk but didn’t select the Rainy weather and lost less badly. Then I chose the rainy effect and managed to lose by only one pet. I still needed a third Aquatic to win and that was about the time I stopped seeing that lineup.
Lineup of the Week
I finally started winning the last 6-7 for the week around 10:30-11 AM server (which is late in Aussie time) but part of that was due to the new lineup. I’d dropped two of my critters and instead went with Wolpertinger, Mountain Panda, and an Eye of the Legion. The panda had Scratch, Rock Barrage, and Mudslide and the Eye of the Legion had Shadow Slash, Gravity, an Soul Ward.
The Eye of the Legion threw off alot of opponents because it could deal very well with Flying, Humanoid, and Dragonkin attackers. Gravity kept them from swapping at will and Soul Ward absorbed the bursty attacks most opponents seem to favor. The Mountain Panda was also good at preventing swaps and it could deal very well with Undead (like that darn Val’kyr), and Humanoid, and wasn’t really weak against any pets that were commonly used. If I ran into a Mechanical, I’d just drop a Rock Barrage and swap.
The lineup even did well against another annoying team I’d fought earlier: Anubiseth Idol and Flayer Youngling. They were running a double Avoidance strategy but couldn’t swap out against the Eye of the Legion and had to deal with rocks and mud as well. Also, the Wolpertinger is still very cool as long as you’re faster than them as it’s both bursty and causes them to lose turns.
Wrapping it Up
I’ve had a busy two weeks but not enough free time to play much WoW and also blog about it. I still haven’t done a writeup on the Spirit pets. I like the changes to them, since they’re no longer a joke even if they aren’t super tough, but most tamers should figure out a strat that works for them in any case. See ya in a few weeks!