Proving Yourself: Gold Damage

Proving Yourself: Gold Damage

This was one of the more challenging things I’ve done in awhile, and what fun! After a quite a few failed attempts, I finally managed to down the last Sha with seconds to spare. My ilvl 601 gear consisted of a few decent PvP items, a couple dungeon blues, and some quest gear. I used my standard BM build along with a cheap haste potion to get the job done.

After about 8 or 9 attempts that left me feeling a little inadequate, it finally occurred to me that the buffs that spawn during the encounter did not have to be used immediately.

/facepalm

If you’ve yet to attempt or complete this achievement, I’ll say it again…

Save the Berserker buffs for the last two rounds. Obviously there’s a bit of work involved in getting to waves 9 and 10, but you’ll have a heck of a time completing the event without the buffs in the last rounds. I accidentally blew the first buff in wave 8, and I was able to get past 9 without it, but my advice would be to use the first buff in 9. At this stage of the game, wave 10 without a buff would be extremely difficult – if not impossible – I would imagine.

The first few rounds involve more strategy and mechanics than anything, which makes for a really interesting and challenging scenario, but the last 3 rounds really put your button mashing to the test.

Rounds 1-7 you’re basically focusing on CC’ing, interrupting or burning down the healer(s), while keeping an eye out for the explosive Banshees that spawn. The Banshees are pretty squishy, so if you’re good on focus you can handle them with Multi-Shot AoE. If one pops when you’re low, then focus it until it dies.

The banana tossers are an annoyance, and I’d place them 3rd on the kill priority. As long as you’re on the move, they can’t affect you much, but they are a nuisance. Once the Banshees are neutralized and the Mystics are down, then I’d focus on the banana guy.

The Amber Weavers are actually quite an asset, so leave them for last. The amber spheres that they send at you are a great help when it comes to burning down mobs. If you can maneuver and position yourself so that one of those globules lands on a target, it makes your job much easier. Disengage works quite well when guiding those globes into place.

Apart from the Shas, none of the other mobs pose much of a problem, but those Shas . . . they are a pain – especially the last one . . . the big guy.

The first 7 waves test your raid utility and ability to put out some DPS. Wave 8 tests both on a higher level, with an emphasis on the DPS . . .  wave 9 even more so . . . then wave 10 is all-out beat-the-enrage-timer-boss-destruction. To successfully complete the last wave you must try to focus the Sha the entire time, only switching to focus the Banshees unless they are not going down fast enough with Multi-Shot. Even when his shield is up, you gotta throw the kitchen sink at him, then when his shield comes down, grab the buff and hit any and all cooldowns you have. That is a DPS race like nothing I’ve experienced in some time.

Needless to say…I won’t be conquering the endless one anytime soon. In my current gear I’m only good for about 4 rounds there, but I’ll be back for it at some point! First, I’ve got some heroic dungeons to pillage.

Anyway folks…my WoW battery is recharged and I am ready to go. I’ll try to go a bit more in-depth with my adventures as I progress through the expansion, but for now…I just want you to know I’m actively huntering again! That being said, I hope to be able to get things back on track around here. :)

If you’ve tackled or attempted this achievement, comment below and let me know how it went!

WoD is Exceeding Expectations

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There’s no UI update or new posts around here because I can’t log off long enough to work on the site. Blizzard over-delivered with this expansion, IMHO.

I’ll try to get the UI comp packaged and uploaded with the week, however.

And if any of you haven’t seen this treasure mod yet, please give it a try. It kinda feels like cheating, but it’ll do the job if you’re having difficulty acquiring resources for your Garrison.

You guys enjoying Warlords of Draenor?

Gar UI Compilation Update

…is on its way!

Expansions are usually a time to vet addons since they often determine who’s keeping a project alive and who is not. A few of my core addons went stale, so I had to make a few changes, but I’ve got things just about situated and error-free.

Right before the opening of the portal I switched back to the default UI for a few days just to determine what I felt was essential, and yeesh…my hat’s off to those who rock that thing. I used to use it back in the day, but man…I can’t stand using it now. >_<

The most notable addon replacement was AZCastBar. I dumped that abandoned project in favor of Gnosis. Chatter also looks to be abandoned, so I went back to Prat for my chat mod.

Sadly, Capping looks to be retired as well, so I removed it, but I discovered this while looking at different PvP addons. The fact that this addon exists makes me feel so sorry for healers. :*(

I’ll have a much more complete post about all of this on the way, along with a repackaged and updated zip on WoWInterface, which I will hopefully get to later today or tomorrow. Hard part is logging off long enough to get to it!

This expansion has reignited my interest in the game crazy-style. I haven’t been this sucked in since Vanilla. Not sure if that’s good or bad, but it’s definitely fun!

Hunter Macros Updated for WoD

I updated the Hunter Macros page so that everything is now current with Warlords. I removed all of the obsolete macros with retired abilities – including one I found in there with Wing Clip o.O – and I even added a few new ones that I’m using.

Next up… Gar UI update for WoD. I had to reconfigure a few things, remove a couple of addons and add a few new ones, but I’m just about ready to load it up to WoWInterface. I’ll try to have the latest version up on Wednesday, right before launch.

In the meantime, here are a couple of updated Hunter Weak Aura strings if you’re interested…

I know I have been very slow in updating the blog, but I am very much around. More to come…

Greetings, Fellow Hunters!

Hunters Camping Trigore

Thought I’d go after the unique Hydra skin, but apparently I’m not the only hunter with that idea… Not shown are the 2 additional hunters that were behind me on the map.

Not seen anything like this since the Loque’nahak & Gondria days, which is a good sign. Seems my quiet little server may be getting more active again. :)

I’m a little overwhelmed right now trying to get up to speed with the recent patch updates (errr… game overhaul), but just wanted to post a quick note saying I am here and I will be back.

This patch is insane…in a good way. Still trying to deal with the loss of certain abilities, but I’m really enjoying all of the changes so far. :)

How are you enjoying the pre-xpac patch?