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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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When I started to play my enhancement Shaman for real about a week ago, I had a hard time knowing what kind of DPS I was able to put out in a heroic. Seening the DPS on recount just wouldn’t let me know if I did fine or bad DPS since I didn’t have any references.

I decided to test Enhsim, which I had heard a lot about to see what kind of dps I would be able to put out.  So I fired up WoW to get my stats from Shock and Awe, which I then imported to enhsim. The result was as follows.

As you can see, my simulated dps would be 3037.47. This is under optimal conditions though, which would never ever work in the actual game since with a simulator you would have no response time for your rotation. I.e when Stormstrike is on cooldown the simulation will fire it off right away, with no latency. Where it would take a human atleast some time to react to the whole thing. Which is why it can be hard to trust this dps. But atleast you have something to go on, so with these numbers in mind I went to the lvl ?? training dummy in thunder bluff to see what numbers I actually could get.

As you can see here to the right. My recount shows 2930.1 damage per second which is about a 100 dps less than what the simulator gave us as a result. This is all fine though and you shouldn’t worry about it. Since as I said the simulator dont take into account latency and human responsetimes. What it shows us though is that the numbers from the simulator is fairly accurate and this is really good. Now we can play around in the simulator with different rotations and different buffs to see what would increase our dps and what would decrease it. Keep in mind though that beating on a training dummy is still dpsing in an optimal condition since there is no moving around no fire that will come from nowhere and try to kill you, no spells that needs interrupting and no stupid adds that will come along halfway trough the fight and fuck things up. But it still gives us a pretty good idea on what kind of dps we should be able to put out. This is also of course without any buffs from other players. But in enhsim you can easily add those buffs to see what kind of dps you would do along with for example a druid or paladin.

How do I import my stats from WoW into Enhsim?

This is really easy. Fire up World of Warcraft, press escape and click the interface button. Press the addon tab and find Shock and Awe. Click the image to the left to get a bigger picture. As you can see, there is a button that says, export to sim, press that one. And another small window will appear above your interface window.

This one is easy, just press ctrl + c when the window appears and you will have copied all the data you need for enhsim. Now, when that is done start up enhsim. In the column to your left you will see a big button which says “Copy from Clipboard” press that one and you’ve got your data from WoW into enhsim. Happy simulating everyone.

Here are a couple of more links about the simulator if you want to read more about it.

Enhsim homepage.

Elitist Jerks Enhsim Thread.

Big Hit Box, this is basically a blog for all DPS-classes, but Stoney, which is in charge of the enhancement department is one of the most active bloggers on that site and there is plenty of stuff to read if you’re new or old in the enhancement game.

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So I’ve recently started gearing for enhancement on my little(?) Tauren Shaman and all I can say is that I really enjoy it. I’ve been mostly doing heroics with my friends and that’s okay because I really like doing heroics.

So I thought I’d share with you the tools I use to make the best of my shaman.

The first one is an addon that is called Shock and Awe. It’s basically a timer and priority addon. It let’s you set up a priority list for what spells you want to cast in what order and will show you with timers and a button when an ability comes off cooldown or if you forget to apply your flame shock when it runs out, it will remind you to do that.

It’s really handy in the beginning when you’re learning your rotation. Because, since level 60 the rotation has drastically changed, you no longer fire off a stormstrike then earthshock and wait for windfury to proc. The enhancement shaman is now a full-fledged melee caster which is what I love about the class.

Another nifty tool that we enhancement shamans have at our disposal is Enhsim. Which is basically a combat simulator. It lets you enter your stats, buffs and so on and then simulates combat for you to let you know where your dps should be around. It can be really overwhelming at the first look though since there is a whole lot of info for you to enter. Lucky for us, Stoney, the king of shaman-blogging(at least, I think so), has put up a post on Big Hit Box where he tells you what to do. So after you’ve downloaded it, you might wanna check that post out. Link is here.

Shock and Awe also has a function for exporting data into Enhsim, haven’t really tried that out though so I don’t know how well it works.

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