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Raiding With Leashes II

My lowly banker succeeds where my big bad DK could not. So it goes...

My lowly banker succeeds where my big bad DK could not. So it goes…

I finally picked up my Tito, but I had to do it the expensive way and purchased a Coilfang Stalker and Lesser Voidcaller (aka the screaming shadow meanie) for 7k and 3k. I just haven’t had the time or inclination to run those two raids every week. I enjoyed the achievement quite a bit. Karazhan was especially fun since I had 5 toons that could clear it. SSC turned into a chore after the first week, though I sort of liked running TK. It was fun to figure out how to take out the different bosses on my toons, even though only my (blood) DK could clear the last bosses in either SSC or TK.

Screaming Shadow Meanie!

Screaming Shadow Meanie!


Lashtail Hatchling

Rescue me!

Rescue me!

So I haven’t blogged this before, but I had attempted getting this baby about 8 months ago, first on my Frost Mage, and then on my Blood DK. I didn’t have the gear + mad skillz to solo the guy before the nerf. But thanks to a tip from Tamer Liopleurodon, I found out that they made it so the boss is soloable. In fact, for many it’s probably easier to solo than to duo, as the insta-death mechanic is still around for more than one player.

Cutest quest text eva? You bet!

Cutest quest text eva? You bet!

I went and cleared it in about 15 mins on my DK as I still knew all the tricks (protip: having an invisibility belt helps). Then I tried it on my poor frost mage and he failed miserably. I had to tangle with two of the mini-bosses before getting to the last guy, and neither of them had even looked at my Blood DK. Of course, being a clothy makes it all extra annoying.

And then I found out that popping mirror image actually turns the insta-death mechanic back on. And my poor clothy is too undergeared (and underplayed) to solo the guy without the images. Still I got my pet, even if it was on the DK, and that’s the important thing!

Yes dearie, I am your mummy!

Yes dearie, I am your mummy!


Battle Notebook

I did my 10 wins this past week, and I tracked the fights again, but haven’t done a writeup for it yet. I may or may not get to it before the weekend. Those posts take much longer than you’d think if you want to do it right.

I’ve got another 10 or so pets to level 25. Including some I should have leveled awhile ago (like the Phoenix). I played with them some, but I’ve been playing with other games lately (sacrilege, I know) and haven’t done as much dailies or PvE battling. I always come back for more however, especially since the new patch looks to have alot of cool stuff!

Raiding With Leashes III ??

Anyone for Raiding With Leashes III ??

Two weeks later…

pet-update-2-Ghaz'rooki

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:

Ghaz’rooki

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 Troubles

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.

Tempest Keep

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.


Collecting updates

Unborn Val’kyr

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:

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!

Update Time!

Well I’ve started work, in case you’re wondering: Why the slow down? Or maybe: Why the speed up? as I was kind of churning out those last few posts.

Anyways, my first day was right before 5.3 hit, so yeah… kind of didn’t touch it for almost a week. And the first thing I did when I came back? Well The Longest Day of course! Because I felt the need to go back and make sure my strats still worked. And they did, though Major Payne still annoys me.

PvP Stuff

The next thing I did was PvP pet battles. And I sort of remembered why I don’t do them very much. They’re hard to predict. You can hit the same person three times in a row but you change one pet to try and match up better and then you get a different person who tries to stomp you differently!

Unlike Liopleurodon, I didn’t get too many of those Kun-Lai Runt teams. I hit one or two, but they weren’t that tough of a matchup for what I was doing. The very worst was this other pet enthusiast with a Murkablo, a Hand of Gimmick, and a Lil’ Taragosa. I went 0-4 against them.

The next worst was another Hand of Gimmick, a Pterrordax Hatchling and a Lil’ XT or sometimes a different Mechanical. I managed to go 1-5 or something against them and should have done alot more but I would always get beat by the Hatchling’s gigantic heal.

I was originally going with a Chuck + Wolvar Pup with a Nether Roach in there to deal with Flying or Undead pets. This worked well against anything with an Elemental, and most other pets, as you could use Chuck to put a Bleed up and do Blood in the Water, then swapped to my Wolvar and used the extra damage from Maul to finish the first pet in a few moves. The biggest issue I had was the Hatchling + Undead combo since that would chew up my Croc and I only had one pet that could do any damage to them.

I tried several different combos with mixed success, but I finished up with a Critter team with an upgraded Wolpertinger, a Rapana Whelk, and a Nether Roach. This worked surprisingly well, though I think I swapped the roach for an Elemental or Dragonkin just to try something different.

The Wolpertinger was very good as long as it was faster than their pet. With Sleeping Gas, Horn Attack, and Headbutt I was able to keep the few slow Beasts that were there in check as they lost 3-4 turns in the exchange, once I even took down a Lil’ XT by hitting it with three turn losing attacks in a row! The Nether Roach was also a surprise, mostly because few players see that breed before and are just expecting Apocalypse, not Magic damage.


Return to Karazhan!

My last two sessions were spent hitting Karazhan on four different toons. The first one didn’t get a single drop and took an extra 45 mins until I could figure out how to beat the Chess Event solo. Google was my friend there.

And then I brought in good ol’ Nik the Heratik and this happened:

Zomg, Vampire Pony!

ZOMG, Vampire Pony!!

No pets dropped again for either Nik or the 85 Rogue, but I wasn’t allowed to complain as I hadn’t seen that mount drop since I was raiding Karazhan for reals! And today I finally got these two to drop:

Wolf!

Wolf!

Tiny Robot Man! Is Tiny!

Tiny Robot Man! Is Tiny!

I like the Wolf alot though maybe the tiny robot will grow on me a bit. There’s still two more raids I’d like to hit. I should maybe also do some gold farming again as I decided to drop 10K on this:

Awesome Tiny Dragon!

Awesome Tiny Dragon!

I don’t think I’ve ever dropped that much on a pet as I prefer to watch the AH like a hawk and catch them when they’re relatively cheap. But Crimson Drake is very tough for people to farm so they rarely let one go on the AH. My best guess is it dropped in a non-collector’s Tanking goodie bag, but it’s hard to say. In any case, I bought it straight away as even on my mature server you’re not likely to see it again for a few months. That was when the last one I saw showed up for around 9k bid.


There’s my update for a bit. I’ll likely go over the Upgraded Beasts of Legend soon and maybe dabble in some PvP, but I’m not likely to have the time for a week or more. Have fun peeps!