I have been crazy busy with things both in-game and out, so much so that I haven’t taken the time to stop and write as much as I should have. To the written word, Batman!
First, I want to thank Millya, Vosskah, Rhidach, and all the wonderful others in the guild Business Time on US-Moonrunner. who’ve given me the chance to raid again. No disrespect to my previous guild, which was wonderful, but my schedule meant that a 3-night raid guild wasn’t in my plans anymore; being able to show up for just four hours a week (2 nights x 2 hours) and work with a combined group is awesome.
We stepped into Throne of Thunder for the first time last Thursday and downed Jin’rokh with just a couple pulls. Not a challenging fight mechanically at all; you will likely be 2-healing it to meet the DPS check, so dropping a HotW + Tranquility during one of the Lightning Storms can be a huge help. Once we finished that, we battled the bridge (protip: if you don’t want to deal with the small safe zones on the bridge, a single puller can kite a spirit all the way to one end) and ended up wiping on Horridon several times. I struggled a good bit with DPS on Horridon; part of that was gear, part of that was feral’s generally poor target swapping, and part of that was me just not playing well. On our final pull of the night, we got to the third set of adds, but wiped there. The 15% hotfix will probably fix things, I’m sure. That said, I did walk out with a ilvl 522 Renataki’s Soul Charm; very happy to upgrade from a LFR Terror of the Mists, not so happy that I CANNOT get below expertise cap now. ;)
On Monday, we went back and cleared out normal ToES and most of HoF with only a single wipe, which was cool. Now that you can get a big chunk of VP’s from previous-tier content, I expect sites like OpenRaid to grow dramatically in popularity; a quick look shows 50 cross-realm MSV raids already posted and looking for more signups.
Rip unbuffed and RPPM changes
So, the second-to-last-minute change that buffed Rip by 15% was undone in a last-minute change. Sad? Somewhat, but honestly, it wasn’t all that necessary to begin with, and the RPPM fixes made it even less necessary. Previously, we were one of the melee classes that had no self-haste buff, which meant that the new legendary metagem procs (and the new trinkets, to a lesser extent) were going to be much less strong for us. However, the RPPM fix which removed self-haste buffs from the RPPM proc chance has evened that considerably, to the point where we no longer need the Rip damage buff. The early numbers from Raidbots bear this out; all the classes look pretty well balanced, save assassination rogues which are likely to see a nerf (unless they scale terribly with gear or something)
You should use it. /comment. Seriously, I still need to make a WeakAura reminding me to use it when it’s up, but it’s much more powerful now, and feral has so many free GCD’s there’s really no excuse not to use it on cooldown.
Okay, I sort-of lied; this is what I’ve been doing. Most people heard about this, but the XP rewarded by pet battles was massively OP for the first few days after 5.2 launched. I didn’t have much time to exploit it, but I leveled my DK from 85 to 87ish by doing nothing but killing lvl 1 squirrels in Stormwind fo a couple hours. Instantly respawning squirrels + 100k+ exp per battle meant 12 million XP per hour…and seeing as it’s about 95 million XP to go from 85-90, the dedicated got a lot of character leveled VERY fast. (A few enterprising monks stacked heirloom gear, the 50% XP buff from the monk daily quest, and the 300% one-time XP buff from the rare potion. Result: leveled 1-90 in an evening. :)) Anyway, even after they fixed it, I’ve been hooked on Pet Battles, and am now slowly wending around Azeroth, capturing pets and leveling as I go. I’ve completed most of EK (can’t beat the final trainer yet) and am working through Kalimdor. (Feral pride: my highest-leveled pet is the Panther Cub.)
Real life stuff
As long-time readers know, my day job is working IT for the U.S. Army, which features lots of beach vacations. Welp, I’m getting ready to take off on another one. Unlike my last deployment, where I walked in the door of a unit who was heading out in a few weeks, this time I’ve been tagged as one of the principal planners. Therefore, this weekend, I’m taking off for two weeks of fun in the sun, to be followed up by a full nine months starting sometime this fall. I will still be around, but Internet infrastructure is always questionable with these things, so I’ll just have to see.
Best of luck to everyone exploring the new content; I wish you agility leather drops and oodles of Lei Shen keys!