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Internet Communication – How my brain doesn’t work with it

I wanted to discuss something that applies not only to WoW, but business communication as well as all forms of personal communication over the internet.

Internet Communication, to me, is about taking your own personal real life communication habits and transferring/molding them to a medium that doesn’t follow the same rules, pacing, and social etiquette. My brain you see, it does not handle this well at ALL and it causes me a lot of issues.

In real life, when you talk with someone there are a lot of markers and clues that you need to pick up on to determine the level of interest of your communication partner as well as their mood, level of ease/comfort, and diplomacy level towards you. This is generally vital for proper speech and many rely much more on these markers than others.

For me, even as a *cough* slightly older gamer, I’m still learning how to master social graces. If someone shifts uncomfortably I will tend to notice, if their tone is off I will notice, if they seem hesitant and keep their distance I absolutely notice and respect that. These markers are different for everyone and will vary greatly whether you’re trying to find a potential romantic interest, discuss business with a colleague or contact, or talk with friends and family. Reading these signals wrong, or reacting to them incorrectly can completely steer the course of your conversation in the wrong direction or, in the worst case, make you look like a creep/idiot/jerk. You might not intend to but it sure can go that route if you aren’t careful.

I am fairly verbose…and sometimes long winded. In real life I can be fairly eloquent when dealing with potential customers, which I think is the reason I do so well interfacing with them. I write long well crafted e-mails when necessary to customers and co-workers alike detailing everything that is pertinent to the situation. I have learned over the years to reign it in some as walls of text are often off-putting to those who sift through lots of e-mails daily.

How does this have anything to do with the internet and WoW you ask

Ever since I was young I have chatted on the internet. From the days of AOL chat rooms, to AIM/ICQ, to IRC and mIRC, message boards etc. I have become extremely comfortable at putting my emotions down into writing for people to see. Not everyone is like that I have come to realize. It isn’t that they have any less interest in communicating with me (or you). It is simply that not everyone communicates in the same form online, especially when it is asynchronous dialogue.

Without the context of hand gestures, body language, tone of voice, etc. it is extremely difficult for me to have any idea how the other person (be in chat or work e-mail) is feeling when they write back. My brain goes into analysis and worry mode and I try to root out just what was meant by their communique. This can be very dangerous.

When you write as much as I do, and am as wordy as I am, one of the worst things I can get back in a work e-mail is a sentence fragment response. The first thought in my head is “yeesh, no need to be snippy about it”. This is of course completely the wrong way to think about it.

In WoW and in the mediums surrounding it you will deal with asynchronous communication all of the time:

-Whispers/Tells in WoW are hardly always answered immediately as people are often fairly busy

-Message board topics can often go for a little while before someone responds to you

-Forum direct messages may for for hours or a day before getting read

-That application you put in on a guild’s website is going to take days for review and feedback

Understanding why there are gaps in communication and convincing your brain…well lets be honest my brain…that it isn’t because they are mad or disapprove of what you said is an incredibly difficult task.

…except when it IS because they are mad or disapprove of what you said.

There’s the rub. There’s really no way to read it easily enough because in real life you’d get that immediate feedback from the person in real time. Online you don’t have that luxury and must rely purely on your gut reaction about the matter at hand. If you are a worrier, like I am, this can be really frustrating. It has led to me not being as social or clique-y in guilds that I have been in because I struggle to communicate and settle into a comfortable zone with the people around me. I do consider it a bit of a handicap for me in terms of internet communication.

So what have I learned

1.) I will piss people off. It’s natural that you are not going to be all unicorns and rainbows with people and you will rub people the wrong way JUST BY BEING YOU. That’s it. There’s nothing you can do to help it, some people will just hate your personality. Trying to fix it with rationalization and logic will never solve anything.

2a.) Patience is critical. Learn to not assume someone is agitated with you if they don’t respond immediately. While in real life this is true, asynchronous communication means that they won’t always have immediate access (or the time) to respond to you.

2b.) If they do respond, and it is short and to the point, do not assume they are irritated with you. If someone is irritated, and too passive aggressive to let you know, then it isn’t your fault. You just keep on trying to be yourself and be honest with your dialogue.

Note: If you fail and 2a or 2b and follow up your communication with multiple additional forms of communication because you are worried, you will often immediately trigger actual irritation with you that might not have occurred natural. I am guilty of this I will admit.

3.) Understand that not everyone writes at the same level as you. This isn’t a knock on education or vocabulary. Some people hate typing or writing anything of length. They may also just be really really busy. Keeping this in mind, maybe we should try to keep what we say to a minimum. For me, at work, I tailor the length of my e-mails based on the person I am interacting with and their likelihood of finishing the entire document.

4.) Don’t wear your heart on a sleeve. While the internet is a wonderful place to bear your emotions, you should know your target audience. Putting to much emotion or personal flair into something can have two negative side effects. The first is that it can be offputting to your recipient if the communication should have been more business like. The second is that the recipient might not share your sentiment or might think it is outright foolish. This can lead to your feelings being hurt.

5.) Don’t nag.

Conclusion

I am not particularly good at communicating on the internet, however these are some things am working on doing to improve my own efforts. You’ll still see “Worry Wort Jarre” out there asking if he’s done something to offend you but understand it comes from a good place! I know I will continue to work on it and I hope that everyone else is as well.

 

 

Current pets used for Tournament and Pandaria Trainers

Just wanted to post a current list of pets used for Pandaria trainers using a carry pet, and for the Celestial tournament. This is less a guide and more just what I personally do.

Trainers: (some of my teams have been taken from various guides published though there exist many possible options for each)

Pet List:

Pandaren Trainers (13):

Rabbit, Untamed Hatchling, Emerald Proto Whelp, Darkmoon Tonk, Anubisath Idol, Snarly, Yellow Moth, Spirit Crab, Zandalari Kneebiter, Bat, Darkmoon Zeppelin, Aqua Strider

Beasts of Fable (5):  haven’t done these in a while, think they still work

Unborn Val’kyr, Chrominius, and Pandaren Water Spirit (all but No-no), Bat, Yellow Moth, Gilnean Raven (No-no)

Celestial Tournament – Celestials (10):

Unborn Val’kyr, Chrominius, Pandaren Water Spirit, Clock’em, Clock’em, Tranquil Mechanical Yeti, Cogblade Raptor, Menagerie Custodian, Blighted Squirrel, Darkmoon Tonk

Celestial Tournament – Trainers (21):

Rapana Whelk, Kun’Lai Runt, Kun’Lai Runt, Pandaren Fire Spirit, Pandaren Fire Spirit, Gilnean Raven, Onyxian Whelp, Biletoad, Harbinger of Flame, Son of Animus, Flayer Youngling, Emperor Crab, Devouring Maggot, Landro’s Lichling, Blighthawk, Disgusting Oozling, Anubisath Idol, Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling, Stinker, Magical Crawdad, Emerald Whelp,

Trainer Teams

Thundering Pandaren Spirit

Rabbit (speed 301+), Untamed Hatchling, <Carry Pet>

Notes: Scratch, Burrow, Dodge, Scratch etc. till first pet kill; swap to Untamed Hatchling, Tail Sweep till second pet kill. Swap to carry pet on death and immediately to your Rabbit. If Burrow and Stonerush are on CD he’ll always opt for his Burrow. To take no damage use dodge whenever he is underground, and use burrow whenever Stonerush is up and Burrow is not. The exception being immediately after using dodge to stop his burrow since the buff lasts through the next round stopping two attacks.

Courageous Yon

Emerald Proto Whelp, <Carry Pet>, Darkmoon Tonk

Notes: Bite, Shield, Bite till first pet kill; Bite, Proto-Strike, Bite till second pet kill. Ten do the usual carry pet swap to Darkmoon Tonk for the finish.

Burning Pandaren Spirit

Anubisath Idol, Snarly (or other crocolisk), <Carry Pet>

Notes: Crush, Stoneskin, Crush till first pet kill; Deflection, swap to Snarly, Rip, Blood in the Water, Surge kills second pet. On Snarly’s death swap to carry pet then Idol. Stoneskin nullifies the glowfly’s damage.

Seeker Zushi

Snarly, <Carry Pet>, Yellow Moth

Notes: Rip, Blood in the Water, Surge till first pet kill; Rip, Surge on second pet though the dive will kill you. Swap to carry pet then swap to the moth. Cocoon strike can stop the drowsy effect and just take him down with Moth Dust and Alpha Strike.

Aki the Chosen

Spirit Crab, <Carry Pet>, Yellow Moth

Notes: Always keep shell up, Snap until first pet kill; Keep shell up as needed, Drop Whirlpool, and Snap until second pet kill. Don’t refresh shield on third pet, swap to carry pet on death then finish up with the moth.

Wastewalker Shu

Zandalari Kneebiter (high power), Chrominius, <Carry Pet>

Notes: Black Claw, Hunting Party kills first pet. Swap to Chrominius (whirlpool still active on your team). Howl, Bite, Surge of Power kills second pet. Once Chrominius dies, put i your carry pet and then swap back to the Kneebiter. Black Claw and Hunting party finishes off the last pet.

Flowing Pandaren Spirit

Bat, <Carry Pet with decent HP>, Emerald Proto Whelp

Notes: Reckless Strike, Bite, Hawk Eye, Bite kills first pet; Reckless Strike/Bite until Bat dies then put in Carry Pet. Swap to Emerald Proto Whelp and Bite until third pet. Bite until the round when Whirlpool and Geyser are set to go off. Proto Strike to avoid them and Bite until the kill.

Mo’ruk

Darkmoon Zeppelin, Chrominius, <Carry Pet>

Notes: Missle, Decoy, Missle until first pet kill; swap to Chrominius. Howl then Surge of Power to kill the second pet. Do whatever you can to the third and swap to Zeppelin upon death. Missle/Decoy until enemy pet is low and Self Destruct to kill it. Only remaining pet will be your carry pet.

Farmer Nishi

<Carry Pet>, Aqua Strider, Darkmoon Tonk

Notes: Attack one round then swap to Strider (if your pet is higher level let him take one of the sunflowers big hits first). First change the weather then just destroy him with your water attacks. When the turnip submerges spend two rounds healing and charging up. Kill the turnip and simply swap to the tonk when the strider dies. Shock and Awe + Ion Cannon will do it.

Hyuna of the Shrines

Emerald Proto Whelp, <Carry Pet>, Yellow Moth

Notes: Emerald Bite kills the first pet. Bite, Proto-Strike, Bite till whelp dies. Swap to carry pet then your moth. Alpha Strike/Moth Dust as needed using Cocoon strike to dodge headbutt.

Whispering Pandaren Spirit

Anubisath Idol, <Carry Pet>, Chrominius

Notes: Repeat the pattern Deflection, Sandstorm, Punch, Punch, Deflection, Punch, Punch, Punch until the moth dies. Punch until death then swap to carry pet then Chrominius. Once the second pet dies, Howl, Bite, Surge of Power to kill the third.

 

Lastly, there are some other alternative strategies for these fights. Some of them may work much more reliably than the ones I’ve been conditioned to do. You can take a peak at them over here http://www.warcraftpets.com/community/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=7023 This guide does tend to assume you have a decent selection of pets of the appropriate breeds however. I solidified my trainer killer teams fairly early on when I didn’t have as many pets and I needed to power level new ones.

Celestial Tournament Guide – Work in Progress

I wanted to post a Celestial Guide that would be a growing work in progress that people can use to help them in their travels. As someone who doesn’t have a rather extensive supply of diverse pets (though I do have roughly 97 of them at 25) I feel that I could potentially offer aid to those who don’t have the tougher to farm pets since a large number of the pets I have I don’t use in tricky battles. I have a couple rarer ones but I think everyone has a few of those.

I will start with the Celestials themselves because I personally think they are the easiest part of the Tournament however intentional or unintentional that may be. Because my strategies for the Celestials are fixed (much like the Beasts of Fable) the pets I use for them are earmarked and cannot be used for trainers. I will edit and fill out the trainer list as I learn more and create more rock solid teams.

My current pets: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/eredar/Jarre/pet#status=is-collected&page=1

PRO TIPS

Healing – While on a lot of fights during the tournament you expect some of your pets to get knocked out, the last pet used in a fight will live and will usually be hurt. If you have a limited menagerie and you have a last pet that you absolutely need in another fight you can heal during the tournament (depending on trainer combinations)

When fighting Wrathion, Wise Mari, and Yu’La the first pet you encounter will not harm you during the first round of combat. Because of this you can lead with a self heal ability or, better yet, a full team heal ability and then immediately surrender the battle. This can be repeated as many times as possible.

Ideally you don’t want to have to do this as it slows you down however if it helps you succeed then take advantage of it.

CELESTIALS

Chi-Chi (Flying) 

Pets Used: (BoF Team) Unborn Val’kyr or Ghostly Skull, Pandaren Water Spirit, Chrominius

Strategy - With your Ascension undead pet do whatever you’d like for 5 rounds and if you have the Val’kyr cast Doom on the 5th round. On round 6 which should be your immune round cast Ascension. With your Water Spirit, come in and cast Geyser then Whirlpool. Fight as long as you can but the spirit won’t live very long. Lastly bring in Chrominius for the ol’ Howl/Bite/Surge combo will do it. The Bite should be evaded which is why it is needed. If you have the Val’kyr and get some solid hits in + doom, you might be able to have Chrominius simply lead with Surge of Power and end it his first turn.

Alternate Submitted Strat 1: 3x Snails with Ooze Touch, 25% damage debuff, and Dive. Hammer away and dive (when available) on the ethereal dodge round as it is always used on cooldown.

Alternate Submitted Strat 2: If you do not posses an Unborn Val’kyr or a max level Pandaren Water Spirit, you can opt for another team. This backup team also works should something go wrong and you fail to kill Chi-chi or not get her low enough for Chrominius to take her out. This sometimes happens if Unholy Ascension glitches out. Ghostly Skull is still a great option to lead off and an acceptable backup for the Val’kyr. Follow up with Nexus Whelping who can seriously put a dent with Arcane Storm and Mana Surge. I closed it out with Chrominius howl/surge of power.

If for some reason your first pass fails using the original strat and Chrominius lives, spend some time on Yu’la and heal Chrominius back up and use strat #2 unless you have spare Valks/Water Spirits.

Xu-Fu, (Beast)

Pets Used: Tranquil Mechanical Yeti, Cogblade Raptor, <Any strong Mechanical>

Strategy - Have your Yeti lead with Call Lightning. This has the benefit of removing his weather buff and enhancing all of your team’s attacks. Follow with metal fist and then Ion Cannon. Once your raptor is in, spam Batter to make use of your weather buff. The raptor will often finish the tiger off all by himself but you may need a clean-up mechanical as your 3rd pet.

Alternate Submitted Strat 1: Any call lightning pet with Lil’Bling. Apparently with the lightning weather effect active Lil’Bling can make short work of Xu’Fu or Zao. You can heal him up using Yu’La as needed. He is a fairly rare pet however.

Yu’la (Dragon)

Pets Used: Clock’em x2

Clock’em can actually, if things go well for him, solo the dragon all by himself. Since he is an easily purchased battle pet though, I leveled two of them just in case and I’ve found this is a great thing to have (Gregarious Grell is also amazing should you have it) just in case.

Strategy – Since clock-em is faster his evasion ability becomes amazing. Simply smack him with your punch unless he begins the turn in the air, in that case simply dodge. Just repeat this process until it is dead. You may or may not dip into your second Clock’em.

Alternate Submitted Strat 1: Peddlefeet and 2x sacrificial pets. Charge up during the stuns and swap in chump pets to eat the dives.

Zao (Beast)

Pets Used: Blighted Squirrel, Darkmoon Tonk/Menagerie Custodian

Strategy - Crouch then spam stampede. Because the squirrel gets an extra round of stampede in during his immune round he packs in a decent chunk of damage and leaves the boss with a very convenient 2 round increased damage debuff. Once your mechanical pet comes in simply Shock and Awe then Ion Cannon and he’s dead (both at +100% damage).

Alternate Submitted Strat 1: Any call lightning pet with Lil’Bling. Apparently with the lightning weather effect active Lil’Bling can make short work of Xu’Fu or Zao. You can heal him up using Yu’La as needed. He is a fairly rare pet however.

CHAMPIONS

(This is VERY much a work in progress because I’m still locking down foolproof teams for each. I will update them as I get some addition practice)

The links, courtesy of Perculia from Wowhead, show each Champion’s team. The order is not necessarily exact and you can check that simply by engaging the trainer and then aborting the fight before the first attack.

My strats are listed here though they certainly are far from the only ones:

BLINGTRON http://www.wowhead.com/pet-team#Av0EHcj-BB3I_wQdyA

Pets Used: Rapana Whelk or any good critter with a Dive attack, Kun-Lai Runt, Elemental pet with Immolate/Conflagrate

Strategy - If you are running a slow snail you can dive immediately on turn one which lets you dodge the first Goldrush. Play the long game and your critter should win out. I might recommend Blingtron be your first trainer just in case your first dive misses (damn 80% hit chance). Kun-Lai Runt will run all over Banks who doesn’t have much offense to speak of. Any strong Elemental with Immolate/Conflagrate will easily polish off Lil’B. I initially used Phoenix Hatchling however after leveling a second Pandaren Fire Elemental I think he’d be stronger.

UPDATE: I’ve swapped my team to Fast Rabbit, Kun’Lai Runt, Pandaren Fire Spirit.  It’ a little RNG though. From what I’ve seen Spawn G’nathus is a much better first pet option and I’ll be attempting to pick it up soon. If the fight goes poorly for you, or you miss a bunch, then Lil’ B will outlast your last elemental pet especially with his resurrection racial.

WISE MARI http://www.wowhead.com/pet-team#AhEFHcgQBR3IEgUdyA

Pets Used: Crow, Mechanical Pandaren Dragon, Strong Aquatic

Strategy - The crows are some of the best aquatic killers in the game however there are other options. Simply crush Carpe Diem with your flier and do whatever damage to Spirus that you can. Having a S/S Crow helps keep your Alpha Strike damage high. When your mechanical enters the fray kill off Spirus using your breath. When River submerges it is a perfect opportunity to drop decoy. Once the whelp dies your strong aquatic pet will easily finish off River.

If things go well for you, I’ve been able to save the mechanical dragon’s decoy until River and use it to block both his submerge AND whirlpool.

SHADEMASTER http://www.wowhead.com/pet-team#AgYFHcgHBR3ICAUdyA

Pets Used: Harbinger of Flame, Pandaren Fire Spirit, Son of Animus/Sunreaver Micro-Sentry

Strategy - Open with the strong Immolate/Conflagrate combo and continue to pummel Nairn into the ground. Pandaren Fire Spirit’s Magma Wave sweeps the turret away and can use the same Immolate/Conflagrate combo to take out Stormoen. Lastly finish off with a sturdy mechanical pet. Son of Animus is an excellent choice though you could use the Sunreaver Micro Sentry. I’m not sure how the trainers can be shuffled, however Son of Animus is quite useful for Dr. Ion Goldblum

CHEN STORMSTOUT http://www.wowhead.com/pet-team#AgIFHcgABR3IAQUdyA

Pets Used: Darkmoon Tonk/Menagerie Custodian, Kun-Lai runt/Flayer Youngling/Fox Kit, Strong aquatic with whirlpool and surge (Sea Pony, Aqua Strider) or Crab

Strategy – Shock and Awe + Ion Cannon will kill Tonsa off the bat. Chirp can be taken out using a conventional critter killer. Finish the fight out with your strong aquatic pet. Drop whirlpool and smash his face in.

TARAN ZHU http://www.wowhead.com/pet-team#AgwFHcgPBR3IDQUdyA

Pets Used: Devouring Maggot, Landro’s Lichling/Raven, Blighthawk

Strategy - I absolutely despised this fight. I decided to open with Devouring Maggot because of its ability to burrow and dodge Blackout Kick and Sticky Goo to prevent Feign Death. It’s a slow fight but the life gain allows the Maggot to easily kill Yen. The Lichling was simply a solid Undead option to beat down the next Monk however an anti healing Raven or Crow could work just fine. I ended the fight using Blighthawk because it has a strong Infected Claw and the ability to consume corpses to recover.

Alternate Submitted Strat 1: It was suggested to utilize a Val’kyr using Siphon Life and Unholy Ascension followed for Fossilized Hatchling with Ancient Blessing and BONESTORM. They used Lesser Voidcaller but I’d assume any potent undead pet can clean up the last monk. Since Ghostly Skull can interchange with the Val’kyr in my Chi-Chi strat I may use my Valk here and try it out.

LOREWALKER CHO http://www.wowhead.com/pet-team#AgUFHcgEBR3IAwUdyA

Pets Used: Disgusting Oozling, Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling, Strong Humanoid pet

Strategy - This is a fairly straight forward fight. The Oozling’s attacks run all over Wisdom with little difficulty. Do as much damage to Patience as you can with your Oozling before bringing in the mechanical pet. Patience is weak to the dragon breath and has no strong attacks (and one weak one) against your pet. You’ll get some damage in on Knowledge and a tough humanoid can seal the deal. Anubisath Idol is always a good candidate.

WRATHION http://www.wowhead.com/pet-team#AhUFHcgUBR3IEwUdyA

Pets Used: Rabbit, 2x Humanoid Dragon Killers (Flayer Youngling can kill two by himself, Kun-Lai runt can be a good backup)

Strategy – Your rabbit is a solid undead killer and it can mitigate a lot of damage using dodge and burrow to kill Cindy. Flayer Youngling (kick and deflection) is a perfect dragon killer and can possibly take out both of the remaining pets on his own however you can certainly pull in a second Youngling or Runt to finish it off.

Alternate Submitted Strat 1: Skunk with perk up and Stench, Anubisath Idol, Kun-Lai runt. If you don’t have a Flayer Youngling that’s fast enough, or have trouble getting one at all, this team is easier to put together.

SULLY http://www.wowhead.com/pet-team#AgkFHcgKBR3ICwUdyA

Pets Used: Magical Crawdad or Durable Crab, Kun-Lai Runt, Raven/Crow or strong flier

Strategy - Your first fight against Socks is one of attrition. Use damage reduction and self healing to wear down Socks and force him to use his Unholy Ascension. The Crawdad can actually do some damage to the rabbit before dying. Your Kun-Lai runt should be able to kill Monte fairly quickly. Your Raven (or other flying aquatic killer of choice) will finish off Rikki in no time.

Updated Strategy: High HP Spirit Crab with Shield and Whirlpool can kill both the first pet and almost kill the second pet. This seems to work much better

DR. ION GOLDBLOOM http://www.wowhead.com/pet-team#AvcEHcj0BB3I9QQdyA

Pets Used: Emerald Whelp, Son of Animus, <whatever you need to do the remaining damage>

Strategy - Lead with tranquility and follow up with moonfire then emerald bite. The next round Screamer is going to feign death so take the opportunity to get in a free tranquility before switching to Son of Animus.

Now I know not everyone has this pet so you can easily use another solid mechanical option. Son of Animus can solo the whole remaining team if things go well for him. If you are using Son of Animus simply keep your plating up and Siphon Anima to stay alive.

If you don’t have Son of Animus, you might want to consider swapping pets during the feign death round as opposed to using tranquility. This makes sure your mechanical pet doesn’t take any more damage than it needs to.

Team Waffle Podcast – Waffle Bites edition

So I recently had the opportunity to do a Waffle Bites mini-podcast with Arielle the usual host of the show though if you follow my blog you probably already know all about him through the community by now. The goal was to have a small discussion on resto specific changes coming in patch 5.4.

On the whole I think it went really well and I hope that you can take a listen if you’d like to hear my thoughts. I especially hope that this is helpful for those who are newer to healing on their druid and want to know what’s going on.

The audio can be found here: http://teamwafflecast.com/2013/waffle-bites-jarre-and-pve-resto-in-5-4/Before you listen though I have one final thing for you, a section of this post I call:

UM…ACTUALLY…

So I get a little nervous on podcasts though I hope to get better and made a few flubs that I should lay out.

The first is commenting that the Amplification trinkets are a huge throughput bonus. While they are still very good, I had put them on when I had nearly 12K mastery hence them providing such a massive benefit (looking at my raw numbers). Given that we may be swapping to heavy haste, it will still be good and useful just not necessarily a boost you’ll see to your character sheet numbers. I also am hesitant to suggest taking two amplification trinkets unless absolutely necessary to reach the BP and if weaving in DoT’s is possibly an option.

The second is a break point correction. I believe I say eleven hundred instead of eleven thousand. I’m pretty sure you would know what I meant without this correction but its worth putting in.

Lastly I flub some spell names at the end. Just smile, nod, listen, and enjoy and try not to think about it :)

Lunchtime Musings – Battle Pets a go-go

So it was fairly recently that I decided to crawl down the rabbit hole that is World of Warcraft – Battle Pets. Having never played any of the Pokemon (or similar) types of games before I was curious if the rock-paper-scissors mechanics would appeal to me.

After asking some questions on twitter it was suggested to me to work with some fairly robust starter battle pets in order to level them up to 25 and then power level any new pets I might get along the way. Taking their advice I quickly slotted my Murky, Lil’XT and took a quick trip to AQ40 to grab the Anubisath Idol (thankfully on my first try looking for it).  We quickly worked through the low level quests and zones becoming acclimated to the interface and pet abilities/classes. I grew to understand why the Idol and a strong mechanical pet worked well against the multitude of critter/beast wild pets out there. I’ve never been a huge fan of leveling, even alts for that matter, but I found pet battles to be pleasant and low key enough that I could tolerate it well enough. I suppose it helps that I’m watching TV on my computer while I do this in windowed mode. It wasn’t long before I had a team of three level 25 battle pets (with Murky being swapped out for an Emerald Proto Whelp P/P).

Now that I wanted to cultivate a larger roster of leveled pets and take on the Pandaren Spirit Trainers and ultimately Beasts of Fable it was time to get my safari hat! Having 39 out of 40 trainers and having missed the Darkmoon Raven I opted to create an Alliance Worgen character and play it through the starting area. Having never done this before I thought it would be a good idea to experience it for the first time while picking up a Gilnean Raven and battling my last trainer alliance side for the hat. It took a few hours but I was rewarded with everything that I wanted and a new found appreciation for the worgen starting experience!

I decided that I would farm the Pandaren and Spirit Trainers for a short while to get a couple of stones (and VP) before giving the Beasts of Fable a go. After doing a little bit of Pet Collecting here is my battle menagerie currently:

Level 25 combat ready rare quality pets:

Anubisath Idol           Bat

Chrominius           Darkmoon Tonk

Emerald Proto Whelp           Emerald Turtle

Feline Familiar        Gilnean Raven

Kun-Lai Runt         Lil’ XT

Mini Mindslayer          Pandaren Water Spirit

Rabbit         Rapana Whelk

Yellow Moth

Pets in progress towards level 25

Flayer Youngling          Nether Faerie Dragon

Mojo         Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling

Spirit Crab         Disgusting Oozling

Snarly         Sunreaver Micro-Sentry

Zandalari Anklerender      Murky

*Bold pets are my priorities for leveling

With the pets that I do have leveled to 25 I decided it was time to take on the Beasts of Fable. While I know there are people out there that are already farming these guys regularly and I’m MONTHS behind the curve I was still really excited to be able to take them out.

And take them out I did. On my first serious attempt to clear them all, though there were wipes along the way, I managed to get them all done which was really exciting for me. Since i’m not using any extremely rare or hard to find pet I tried to stick to some of the basics for the fights and utilize whatever tricks that I could (such as Life Exchange on a few of them).

While I am no where near ready for PvP Pet Battles, I am still having lots of fun with the system and really must commend Blizzard for implementing such an amusing mini game. If something like this can get someone who logs in almost exclusively for raids such as myself to spend more time in game for a fun alternate method for VP acquisition then I consider that a victory. While it is old hat for many I might create a list of the pets I used for each encounter on here so people might be able to use it as a reference.

On the whole I must say that Pet Battles are indeed fun and inspire us all to be collectors. I will never expect it to be anything more than an amusing mini game but it is rewarding enough to feel like time well spent. This, in my book, is a success.

 

Short Musing – 5.4 Healer Trinkets

I have questions regarding the cooldown-reduction (CDR) trinkets having taken a closer look at them.

If the healer trinket reduces all 3 minute major raid cooldowns by 27 seconds bringing them to roughly 2.5 minutes (2:33), is that something the design team thinks about when working on encounters and balancing them around abilities the raid has at its disposal? I only wonder this because the trinket is clearly powerful but potentially very situational and I wonder if it is similar to how heroic DS boss design had to take into account all tanks having their 4 piece set bonuses.

Right now the Amplify trinket appears to be a clear winner for one of our slots. Raw % throughput (greater than that from an int trinket in the same slot) with a significant secondary stat boost is always welcome. All of this coupled with the intellect proc is amazing for sure and borderline overpowered requiring some tuning. Given the raw power of the amplify ability I can only assume the int proc must be treated as a secondary bonus.

Looking at the next slot the question then becomes: will this 27 second cooldown reduction from the CDR trinket allow me to squeeze one more meaningful tranquility in on this fight or am I slotted into a rotation I must save it for. If an additional tranquility can’t be added, the reduction on Nature’s Swiftness/Ironbark may not be enough to warrant using the trinket unless the trigger intellect has enough uptime to make it a strong primary draw. Without the potential to add a raid saving tranquility to the fight (assuming the fight warrants it) then this trinket concerns me.

That being said, the int proc is still there on both of these trinkets and isn’t something to scoff at

I haven’t seen any quick math on the ICD and uptime on this 11,761 intellect as of yet and I hope someone might have that information handy or if I have missed it earlier somewhere please direct me there. I need to know how spiky/reliable it is. If it has a relatively reasonable uptime then it could compete directly with the static int trinket (which would then only be good as a mana regen option). If the uptime is lower then I think this proc might prove FAR too spiky for healers or at the very least my own preference.

I like the idea of the CDR trinkets and they are certainly more interesting than +intellect as a primary bonus for sure; I just have concerns over how critical the bonus is for throughput and how it is being factored in, if at all, for boss design. I also wonder just how they are weighting this intellect proc as well.

This is my brain droppings for Sunday evening. If you have any thought on my ramblings or have some technical information to clear up any confusion or assumptions on my part please share them with me.

A beautiful conclusion – 13/13H Throne of Thunder /w Ra-Den Video

This tier is finally over for us killing Ra-den tonight with plenty of attempts left for the week. It’s a little anticlimactic I will admit but it is gimmicky enough as a special optional boss that it proves interesting enough as a footnote. I’ll probably be writing a Tier 15 retrospective soon as I’ll have a little bit more free time with a lighter raid week.

From the folks at Capital Vices happy hunting and we’ll see you on the flipside :)

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Our kill video has been uploaded…complete with amazing drunken moonkin singing! (note website in video splash is outdated)