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So, patch 3.3 has finally arrived. All I can say is that I think is great. The new instances and the new raid is really well done and the new dungeon finder kicks ass.

I’ve been able to accomplish a lot the past two days. One thing I haven’t accomplish though is making more money as I’ve been getting gear on my Shaman and Warrior that need enchants and gems. Yesterday my guild went into Icecrown Citadel and we managed to take a look at the four bosses that are in there at the moment.

The hardest boss feels like Lord Marrowgar since it demands that your tanks are well-coordinated with each other and that the rest of the raid are able to move out of fire and dps spikes when they appear. Healers will also have something do to all the time so there aint no time at all to slack. Every 1.5 seconds Marrowgar cleaves the two tanks for about 30k damage split between the two. From the first boss you can really feel the hard sting of the “Chill of the throne”-debuff which decreases your chance to dodge by 20%. For me personally I go from 28% down to 8 that is a lot.

After some tries though and getting our tactic correct we managed to bring him down. The second boss is Lady Deathwhisper and she was kind of weak. At the start of the fight, she puts up a mana shield which dps has to burn down while alternating to dpsing adds that spawn after that it’s a tank and spank fight really. She puts a debuff on tanks which decreases threat generated by 100% once it reaches five stacks when that happens you just switch tanks. I can’t really tell since I’m a tank but it feels like healing was much more intensive at the first boss.

We needed one try to figure out how the adds she spawned would act and at the second try she went down with no problems.

The third fight in the instance was really awesome. Mainly because everyone in the raid gets a couple of jetpacks to jump around with. 😉

This is the gunship battle, in which, as horde you are fighting the alliance gunship. You know, the ones that fly around in Icecrown. On this fight two people will man cannons which they use to nuke down the other ship while one group of people are fighting on the alliance ship and another group is fighting adds that spawn on our own ship. The tank that’s on the alliance ship will mainly tank the commander. He puts a buff on himself that increases damage so every once in a while the group on the alliance ship will have to jump back to the hordeship waiting for the buff to fall off. Every 25% of the alliance ships health a mob will spawn that freezes up the horde cannons this mob needs to be nuked down fairly fast so that the two people manning the cannons can keep dpsing the ship.

On the horde ship where I was stationed during the fight you just tank and nuke down adds that spawn on the ship with the help from Saurfang. Nothing really hard there. It took us about five tries I think before we got everything right.

The last fight in this wing is Saurfang’s son. This fight is basically about him generating blood points and is pretty much a dps race seeing as he gets more dangerous the more blood points he generates so the faster he dies the better. Hmm, I wonder which boss in any raid you can’t apply that logic to though. Anyway, he puts a debuff on one tank which makes him generate blood points every time he hits that tank so when the debuff is up, tank switch. He also has some AoE-damage which generates blood points which means people should not be standing to close to each other.

Adds will spawn during the fight which should be kited around and killed by range as fast as possible because if they hit anyone they will generate blood points for Saurfang. When Saurfangs pool of blood points reaches a 100. He will put a Mark of the Fallen champion on a random player in the raid which is basically a dot and blood point generator. This is why you wanna burn him down fast, because more marks means more stress on healing and more blood points which means more marks coming out faster.

We only had time for two tries on this encounter but I’m sure we will take him down on sunday.

So what do I think? Well, the fights was a whole lot of fun and had some really exciting mechanics. I don’t know about the gating though, for guilds that aren’t maybe as good as mine is it won’t probably matter. But if we clear the whole thing in one lookout and there’s no hard modes to try I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I don’t think that I will grow tired of this instance as fast as I did with Trial of the crusader anyways, since this one is so much more beautiful.

In fact, this is blizzard at it’s best. The only thing I have to complain about in this first wing was that the shipfight bugged, so when it was finished the ones that took care of the adds on the horde ship couldn’t leave it. And our Master looter couldn’t get to the loot which was on the horde ship but that will get fixed.

Sadly, I took no screenshots at all. So that will have to wait until next week.

Sometime during this weekend or next week I’ll have a post up about my opinions on the Dungeon Finder and the new 5-mans.

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Hopefully, this week patch 3.3 will drop. If that does happen, i will probably start working on unlocking the 5-man instances for my Warrior and Shaman. It will probably be fun since me and my guildies now all have alts that like to stomp trough the heroics. Doing the quel’delar quest on both of them. Of course, if it drops on thursday my guild will enter the Icecrown Citadel and raise som hell. I’m looking forward to it, toc10 and ulduar has become pretty boring.

I’ve also been slacking with my goldmaking, sitting steadily at around 23-25,000 gold. Hopefully this week I’ll manage to reach 30,000 again. Ever since I leveled JC on my warrior I haven’t had the will to get up there, but this week I’m going for it. Yesterday I stocked up on about 1000 Ink of the sea hopefully, by the end of this week I’ve used up everything to make glyphs and that would also mean that I would have a lot of cash incoming for myself.

I haven’t really noticed any changes in the market though after my two week long absence. Right now it feels like we are about four or five people trying to make money off of glyphs and I think all of us is doing pretty good. One thing I’ve noticed in the last day or so though is that Icethorn prices are crashing hard, I don’t know why. But this morning I was able to get 37 stacks for the price of 12g/stack which is really a find. I mean I can sell snowfall inks for 13g so all the money I make from glyphs is pure profit.

I will keep you updated on the gold making and if 3.3 will drop I will also give you thoughts on the new 5 mans and the first part of ice crown citadel. I’m really excited about this patch.

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Hello Friends.

I’ve been really trying to get my blogging going for a while. But I haven’t really had any idea what to write about. So I thought I would give you a rundown on what characters I’m currently playing and which I’m leveling up and what I plan on doing.

My main right now is a Protection Warrior, I’ve raided most content that’s available for 10 man with this one except Naxx and Malygos since I got it to 80 late in Wotlk. Been trying to tank Algalon and Anub HC with it but it feels like it’s struggling a little in the gear department for those encounters. Mainly a new shield is on the wish list, I’m hoping 3.3 will take care of that since Anub won’t drop the shield on normal.

The one character that has had most of my attention the last week though, is my Shaman, which is almost my oldest character, a priest is the oldest but he has retired since long ago. I really like the Shaman now when I get to play as enhancement I was mostly stuck healing with it trough TBC and that wasn’t really something I wanted to do with him in the first place. I’ve always liked melee more than casting and the enhancement playstyle really fits me well.

But don’t get me wrong I really enjoy healing, but resto shamans aren’t in the same place as they used to be back in TBC and I don’t really like how they work now for some reason. But since a lot of my friends av gone from pure dpsing to choosing hybrid classes there’s much more room for me to do other stuff than healing and tanking which I feel is a nice change of pace. I’m mainly gearing the shaman now through heroic and badge gear but we will see where it all ends up.

To fulfill my pvping needs, I have my Death Knight, which I also used to tank PvE-content in the beginning of Wotlk but tanking as a prot warrior is so much more fun. It’s lacking in gear since I don’t PvP a lot only the occasional BG now and then. Arena really isn’t for me. I’m much more fond of the large-scale war that Battlegrounds bring.

In the leveling department I have a rogue at level 75 which I plan to get to 80 at some point. My warlock and my hunter sits silently at level 71 and 73 and are now mainly used as bank characters. I have a druid at lvl 43 which I would really like to get up to level 80 to see how it is to tank with one.

Well that’s all for now! Take Care.

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Onyxia!?

Well, those of you who didn’t get a chance at level 60 or did get a chance but misses her, you won’t have to miss her anymore, because patch 3.2.2 went live on the American servers today and most likely we’ll see the patch tomorrow here in europe!

Patch notes from WoW.com

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As you all know, about a month ago the new expansion for world of warcraft was announced and I am going to go over all the new things in them one by one in a series called, Cataclysm.

As you might or might not know, the stat on items is getting a really big overhaul to simplify the chosing of which item you want to equip, for example as I have understood the whole thing, stats like armor penetration, crit, hit and such is gonna disappear.  What will happen instead is that you will get all these things from our primary stats, you know strength, agility, intelligence, spirit and stamina.

Why is this a good thing?

Well, for starters, as a whole lot of bloggers have mentioned already and Ghostcrawler is that you don’t need advanced spreadsheets and calculations to determine which item is best in slot, since the item with +40 agility instead of +35 agility would be better.

Another thing is that when you have a raid of 25 people and that agility drops, you won’t have 4 rogues, 3 hunters, 1 enhancement shaman and a feral druid go into math-mode to determine if they’re gonna roll on that item or not so the next 30 minutes will go to clearing trash and do another boss instead of listen to 9 people whine in ventrilo about if they are gonna roll on that item or not.

One could argue that people should know what they want from a raidboss anyway but this is not always the case. But what I like the most is that this will speed up the rolling of items after a boss.

Short post today, but there is really nothing more that need to be said in it’s defense, if it even need to be defended except against the morons that will always whine at everything.

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Last night, I took my first steps into Ulduar as a tanking Warrior and it was fun. Got hold of new bracers, tanking legs, stormedge and a thrown weapon for my dps-spec. It was nothing new though, nothing really that hard as we only did the normal modes for all bosses except some nice tries on Thorim hard mode, but we didn’t really power trough.

It was fun though, but I’m really burnt out on raiding, even though I did it with a fresh character so to speak, it wasn’t as much fun as it used to be.

I started up a druid on sunday as I got hold of the heirloom chest. It’s not the first time though, I’ve had a druid up to lvl 26. But now I feel I wanna quest trough the old content one more time before it gets taken away from us. Which I feel is a good thing.

Dungeon Fighter online is scheduled for open beta next week and if you’re like me you’ve already been over there to get your early beta key. On the other hand if you’re not like me you probably don’t know what I’m talking about, well let me fill you in then. Dungeon Fighter is a new side scrolling arcade style mmorpg from Nexon, the makers of the highly successful and highly grindy f2p MMO maplestory.

Sadly, I missed out on the closed beta of Dungeon Fighter but I’m really looking forward to the open one. It seems fast paced and I like the old school graphics, plus I think I’ve got a little bit of Nexoncash left since I tried out maplestory so maybe I can buy me something fun in there instead. It launches next Tuesday I think so go get it already!

Now blizzard, please let me get past the Authenticating… window in WoW so I can do some inscription research will you?

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Put your points here, stupid! The new MMO-blog on the block! Check back here for posts about my experiences in World of warcraft and any other MMO’s I stumble upon.

So I guess, now would be good time to let you know what games and classes I play.

Well, the game I play the most by far is World of warcraft. Right now I’m gearing my warrior for prot! But the first character I ever leveled was a human priest on executus-eu back in the day. Got him to lvl 60 and dropped him on his ass for a tauren shaman on Shattered Hand-eu, nice trade off right? I got the shaman to 60 right before the big pvp-patch that dropped in before The Burning Crusade was released, so I never really go a chance at the old vanilla wow end game. Except for some Strat-scarlet runs.

When TBC dropped I took my shaman to 70 as fast as I could to drop him on his ass for a certain human priest that had been resting for a while back at Executus-Eu. So I leveled the priest to 70, did some 5 man instances and started raiding Karazhan with my Shaman instead. And that’s what I did until Zul’Aman came and went. So my raiding experience in TBC was pretty much healing 10-mans except for one Gruul run and one Mount Hyjal-run, post nerf of course. But I had fun.

When Wrath of the Lich King dropped I leveled my beloved shaman to 72 before getting tired of him. Well not really tired. I think that the starting zone for Death Knights had something to do with it to, because it was pretty awesome. I’ve tanked pretty much all 10 man content in wrath of the lich king as a Death Knight and a couple of weeks ago I burned out. I don’t really know what it was. Maybe how much more exciting tanking as a warrior is. At least in my book. Maybe it was the not so challenging spell rotations of the Death Knight that got me bored with it. So that’s pretty much the state I am in now regarding world of warcraft.

Doing heroics like crazy to get gear in time for Icecrown and maybe with a little luck get my guildies to let me tank on my warrior instead of my Death Knight.

A thing I would like you to check out is the guides I’m writing for the different classes of WoW. I’ve got the mage one up now. Tanking guide for Warriors and Druids are in the making. I’m also starting to think about an Elemental guide for the shaman! So keep an eye out!

I’ve been spending some time lately with a 2d side-scrolling MMO called Wonderking which right now is being prepared for open beta. Atlantica Online, a turn-based strategy/rpg,  is also a game I’m about to check out when I get time.

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