May 302011
 

::Warning Big Post, But Loads of Fun!::

Feral PVP is something I know nothing about; however, running around in end game raiding gear and 2 shotting alliance in this world of ours is something I’ve grown very found of. When I decided I wanted to look into getting better at the PVP side of this spec of ours I knew I had to find the someone who knew what it meant to be on top of the feral PVP world. Miirkat has become the face of feral PVP as a seven-time gladiator of the feral spec no one is more knowledgeable of beating the odds as arena has become a game riddled with flavor of the month classes and huge imbalances.

Miirkat works as a contributor of Skill-Capped.com where he frequently writes articles and releases videos with commentary discussing strategies, tips, and tricks for both novice and advanced Feral gameplay. Skill Capped also provides a method to directly ask Miirkat any questions through private messages or on their forums, as well as positive discussions with other members of the site. Skill Capped is a great resource for starting Ferals to plunge into PVP with the necessary information and tools to succeed. Miirkat also maintains a Youtube channel where he showcases entertaining and high rated PVP matches, however, if you’re looking for the in depth strategies and commentary, check out his videos on Skill-Capped.com. With the introducions done lets get into what Mirrkat and myself had to talk about.

 

  • Q: So pretending the fluid druid readers are complete novice for arena battles we both know how easy the bloodthirsty gear is to obtain now. When getting ready to start a new season of Arena how much resilience do you try to have between your gems and gear and if you could take a moment to walk us through while you feel it’s the best number?
  • Miirkat: Of course, the more gear you get, the higher Resilience you get. Resilience is an extremely powerful stat, especially as you obtain more of it. While I can give you a good number of Resilience to work with, there is a much better way to think about it so that you can be educated and make an opinion for yourself. The aim for Resilience is for a defensive stat that will help you live. The question you have to ask yourself is, “Am I dying? Do I feel squishy? Is my healer having a lot of stress keeping me up?” If you answer yes to any of these, then you probably need more Resilience.
  • Now, dipping down in health isn’t a bad thing, in fact, it’s normal. Healers are often controlled or locked out causing you to take a few seconds of damage with no healing. This will make your health drop. But, you want to be at a point where you won’t die while your healer can’t get you, as well as being able to get you back up once he does.
  • Once you get to a point where you can survive, you start considering your offensive pressure. “Maybe I need more Agility or Mastery?” This is where you start getting a feel of where your Resilience needs to be at and gem and reforge accordingly.

For anyone who has ever been forced to go bear for their guild I believe that feral PVP runs the same way as the infamous Agi vs Stam debates. If damage is too high then you prolly need more Resilience. As you get comfortable with the damage you have coming into you; you can now move with more Agi in order to have more outgoing damage.

 

  • Q: Well now that your gear is ready for the match up, what do you suggest in terms of first timers? Is it better to hope straight into a 3v3 match or should people get more comfortable to the pace of 2v2 before entering into 3’s. With that in mind currently what classes mesh well for ferals in 2s and 3s and from your experience why do we play so well with those classes in particular?
  • Miirkat: Experience is experience. Don’t worry about getting your feet wet and just dive in. Try everything from dueling, world PVP, different brackets of arena, and battlegrounds as well as rated battlegrounds. The idea is to just get comfortable with playing your class, but really experience for yourself the flow the PVP. Each form of PVP is different, and that’s something you’re going to notice the more you play, and force different play styles and thinking.
  • With that being said, you’re going to make mistakes, and tons of them. I constantly make mistakes even at my level. The big issue I see with less experienced players (not just Ferals) is that they lock up because they’re too afraid to make the wrong move. None of us were born with amazing PVP skill. You have to go out and make those mistakes, fall down, but get back up and learn from those mistakes. These mistakes will strengthen when you do make the right decision and build confidence with how you play.
  • Some of the strangest things happen when you make mistakes or do things you don’t actually intend on doing. You may find different ways in improving your rotation, or even ways on pressuring or juking your opponents. This is where experimentation also comes in.
  • As for meshing with other classes, I believe Ferals had a lot of justice done to them in Cataclysm to allow them be a lot more universal. In fact, I think that many comps can and do work, even if they aren’t a tier 1 Feral comp. I don’t think this is something lower Ferals should concern yourself with. Just find partners who are willing to play, and understand that you are all learning. The best partners are those who can remain chill while losing, but also work with everyone on the team to improve! These are the kinds of people you want to mesh with, not the class they play.

Just like walking into a new raid you really can’t be scared to wipe (a lot) I myself have never been above 1800 in arena but that hasn’t stopped myself from playing well over 300 games. I myself have ran with many different classes and it is very rewarding to get a feel on how these classes work as far as their CDs and abilities. Things you never really learn in a raid setting but are much more aware of in PVP.

  • Q: Alright so I just walked into an arena game what classes would one want to hop on first if any and what makes those classes such good targets for us?
  • Miirkat: With arena it’s important to keep in mind it’s not just you, but a team effort. While a particular class may be squishy for you in a duel, that may not be the best class to have as your target in arena. You have to take into consideration the ability of your other partners and if they can also do well against that target, offensively or defensively. Sometimes the best target for you will be the worst class damage wise, just because you have the ability to protect your team mates when you are on that target. It really comes down to whats the best for your team against that other team.

Like I said from my personal experience you really do get an appreciation for other classes and their abilities in PVP, Using that knowledge in your matches as Miirkat has pointed at becomes vital to landing those kills.

  • Q: So lets hear some stories Miir I’m sure your full of them, what’s been the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you in an arena match that really just left you rolling on the floor?
  • Miirkat: The first day my Warrior, Tenk, got his Shadowmourne in S8 we played a game to try it out. Kitty Cleave back then was easily countered by many teams at the time, specifically Wizard Cleaves. Low and behold, the very first game we get were against Bobsauce and Chaimer – Rank 1 LSD players.
  • I just remember struggling against that team because they typically go on me. I manage to get back in line of sight with our healer, and I say to Tenk “Hey you’re out there alone!” His response is “Don’t worry, I got this!!!”, instantly gets swapped to, and feels the angry wrath of wizards release all over his face and body.
  • “Hahaha, I just had to do it!”
  • While I was really upset, I was laughing because I’d probably do the exact same thing.
  • There is one more I’d like to share that’s more recent.
  • We’re playing Kitty Cleave and I end up getting caught in a bad spot and blew up against a team that we were farming, and lose a lot of points. Holepunch, our healer, starts going off on me about how I need to be smarter and that I don’t need to overextend. All I need to do is stay alive because pretty much Tenk can easily get a kill by himself when they are training me.
  • The conversation is really uneasy and we’re all frustrated from the loss. I suggest then that if I just need to survive that I just pop all my Resilience gear. Holepunch retorts that “No! You don’t need to do that, it’s not like you’re taking unbearable damage!”
  • “But I am taking unBEARable damage… they’re killing me in Cat Form!”
  • A few seconds of silence, and Holepunch just goes “Oh my God…” and we all end up all laughing. Being able to break the ice and continue playing without any frustration is what I love about playing with these guys :3

Haha, it’s important to remember how frustrating losing matches can be. It happens to everyone no matter what rating you are and just like Miirkat being able to brush off a lose with some hummer can be the difference between a losing streak and a simple loss.

  • Q: Everyone who reads this site knows how neglected ferals can be in terms of balancing through different patches. Have you ever hit the moment were you thought you should just put your druid on the shelf and roll a more flavor of the month class? What made you decide to just stick it out on Miirkat and prove season safter season you don’t need to be FotM to do awesome in arenas.
  • Miirkat: That time was actually once they announced the removal of shapeshifting breaking roots, and seeing Resto and Balance Druids retain the ability, but my issues started way further back. In vanilla, we were considered a hybrid “Jack of all Trades” class that was good on supporting others. This mentality went on through Burning Crusade. However, once Wrath of the Lich King came out, Blizzard shifted their class design for Ferals to be a competitive class in PVE (in Cat Form because Bear Tanks were amazing in BC).
  • By improving damage in PVE, you have to take away the utility in PVP or else the class is becomes glaringly overpowered with too much utility, control, and damage. Healing was also changed in WotLK making it nearly impossible for Ferals to do any sort of healing while worrying about shapeshifting costs.
  • Now flash forward to Cataclysm, Ferals get even more PVE buffs and a bit of utility that PVP Ferals were asking for (like Skull Bash). As anyone who has played in the last few months know, Feral damage – namely bleeds, were ridiculous. While some of the damage was a bug, we had not only our damage nerfed, but Berserk having its Fear immunity removed and the shapeshifting nerf.
  • Let’s be clear, I agree with most of the nerfs, and I can understand where they were coming from. But this is where I have reservations about the Feral class, as well as many others.
  • Having one of the main aspects of being a Feral, and the reason for picking one, being removed from us is just shocking. Why did someone pick a Feral over another class? I would assume it’s for a few reasons: The ability to shapeshift into an animal, to be the fastest class in terms of attack speed and mobility, and high crit. There is also the aspect of being a hybrid support class which I really enjoyed, and something you find out as you are playing a Feral, or observing other Ferals.
  • Now as I look back over the years, I see our class slowly homogenizing to every other DPS class. In fact, I see lots of classes heading in that direction. The biggest thing I hate about Ferals right now is the feel and need to play like we’re a Rogue. Bear Form is extremely weak, and sometimes trivial. Feral heals are just lackluster and completely counter productive. We’ve been put into a situation to just do damage damage damage.
  • This is where I find it difficult to justifying playing Feral. While we may have some cool stuff now, it’s not the same as when I first rolled a Feral Druid, and there is no guarantee that Blizzard won’t further homogenize the class.
  • With that being said, there are reasons to keep me playing Feral. For one, I absolutely love the Druid community. I find that most Druids tend to be really laid back and chill people who really love to have a good time. I think those who have played a Druid for a long time really accepted the fact that Balance and Ferals, and at some points Restoration, were really sub par classes, but we enjoyed it all the same and had fun.
  • How many other classes can say they have dance parties with the same class on the opposing faction on a regular basis? :P
  • I also like that you don’t see too many other Ferals (or Boomkins). This gives a sense of uniqueness. Up until now, I prided myself in playing a class and comps that weren’t “faceroll” or easily achieved high ratings. I felt it was a sort of achievement to work hard and prove I could succeed with the limitations I faced.
  • For now I think Ferals are in a good spot. We definitely need a solid look at though.

As the PVE’rs we mostly are on this site we more often then not get upset with the fact that a lot of PVE nerfs seem to come from out PVP brethren. However, we never really take the time to think just how drastic a lot of the things we take for granit in our raids really effects us in arenas, Ferals do have the best community in the game and no matter what happens between our buffs and nerfs definitely Miirkat and myself are both very proud to be part of it.

  • Q: Well that’s really all I have for you man, I do just want to thank you for taking the time to work with me on this, who knows maybe we can work together in the future if there’s ever a call for more pvp articles from our community. Now that you have the floor is there anything else you’d like to add for ferals starting in arena’s or just any shout outs you want to toss out there?
  • Miirkat: The biggest thing is to have fun. I know a lot of people say this, but playing a game that you’re frustrated with isn’t good at all. Find ways to really sit back and enjoy the game. PVP can be frustrating, especially in group scenarios. No one likes playing with angry or irritated people. Just relax and have fun. I think once you and your partners can do this, you’ll get a lot farther than angrily slamming your head against a wall.

Well said Miirkat. Again I just want to thank Miirkat from Skill-Capped.com for taking the time to talk with me, I hope you found his insight into the world of feral PvP beneficial. If so, be sure to check out his articles and videos on Skill Capped for insight and instruction, as well as his Youtube channel!
Skill-Capped.com
Youtube.com/Miir
For our readers why don’t you share with us some of your stories from arena matches in the comment section or as always toss up some thoughts onto our forums. Feel free to PM me any questions but it might take a moment to get back to you, I currently have an arena set to grind out for…

 

 Posted by at 8:00 am
May 282011
 

Hi everyone.  I am very excited to have this opportunity to be here and talk to you all.  Many of you may have seen me hanging out in the forums for a while but I figured it was about time I stepped out in a more public way and see what I can give back to this amazing community.  I think that to be able to fully explain why I am here I should tell you the story of how I got into raiding.

I first started playing in mid 2008 right in the middle of the Burning Crusade.  I chose to roll druid because I would be able to play a cow (huge fan of Cairne from WC3) and a friend told me druids could do just about any type of role in the game.  I leveled up to 70 with some local friends and thought I would try my hand at tanking for their raiding group.

I believe my first raiding experience can be summed up in two words, “You Suck!”.  Or at least those were the two words a good friend of mine had used to describe the night I had just had tanking Karazhan for the first time.  I was a little stunned as this was coming from the friend who had been encouraging me to play a bear the whole time I was leveling.  “You would make a great tank” had been thrown around a few times.  As I recovered from my shock she went on, “The other officers asked me to talk to you about what is going on.  Your TPS is really low for a bear.”  “TPS?”  “Yeah, Threat Per Second.  As a bear you should be going crazy, but you don’t seem to be able to hold anything.  What addon are you using to track your threat?”  “Addon?”  I am sure you can see were this was going.  I was a full on inexperienced, keyboard turning, click every ability, Nub.  Now because this was a very close friend who I know wasn’t just being a jerk it made me realize I was missing something.  The two things which define me as a gamer are, 1.  I hate losing, and 2.  I can’t stand not knowing something.  Because no one else in the guild had any experience with playing a druid I was on my own.

The next day I started a seach for how to “Do feral right”.  I came upon the blog that would totally change my Warcraft exerience forever.  The blog was “Of Teeth and Claws” written by Karthis.  The amount of information he had on his site was amazing.  There were awesome articles about gearing, the threat rotation (single target and multi target), and UI modification.  Karthis was my first intro to a very large Druid community that I had no idea even existed.  While being much farther advanced in content then most of his readers he always took time to answer even the smallest questions.  I devoured all of the content I could from the site, and made a lot of changes to how I played.  The next week in Kara was a totally different experience.  I ended up pulling Moroes off our Warrior tank (something I am super proud of to this day).  In the weeks that followed that I was further exposed to other awesome feral bloggers,  Flyv of Flyv’s Warcraft blog and Kalon of Think Tank (we know him here as Felhoof).  Using the information I gained from these blogs I continued to push myself to be better.  By the time Wrath had come out I had completed all of Tier 4, 5/6 SSC, 3/4 TK in Tier 5, and 6/9 in BT.   Not the most amazing progress but I was very happy with it.  I continued to progress through Wraith, trying my hand at both Boomkin and Kitty and having success at both.  By this time Karthis and Flyv had retired from wow, and Kalon was stepping back to be with his family.  That was when I discovered Alaron and The Fluid Druid.  I have pretty much been lurking around the site and the forums ever since.

This game has given me years of joy and I have met many friends here.  Without all of the patient, helpful and just all around amazing folks in the Druid community I would not be in the spot I am now (which I think is a pretty darn good one).  I feel compelled to give back to the community that has given me so much.  So please feel free to ask questions, it doesn’t matter how small.  Even if I don’t know the answer I am pretty sure I could find someone who will know.  Thanks a lot everyone!

May 272011
 

In February of 2011 Alaron asked for help with the site, as he was about to embark on his military commitment.  Leafkiller, Qbear, and myself answered the call.  Since then we have brought you pretty pictures and explanations of a Proper UI tables of stats and information to min/max your toon,  A You Tube channel to show the feral way of doing things and so many more articles.  We have also spent countless HOURS on the forums offering help, analysis, and slight moderation(I have deleted many Viagra advertisements).  As we introduce a new contributor (in Tinderhoof) I felt it was time to recognize a little milestone we have reached.  The Fluid Druid has added 100 users since we started.  While this isn’t Charlie Sheen getting 2,000,000 followers in 48 hours it is pretty big for a Feral Blog.  The 3 of us don’t take credit for this growth-we thank you.  Unlike most WoW websites TFD dosn’t need moderation.  Our users have made a home for both long in the tooth cats and kettehs just starting out.  So thank you TFD followers.  Keep reading and asking questions and we will all keep answering them.

As always be sure to subscribe to the RSSfeed and use the forums. Are you on Twitter? I am, follow me @Sylvaneart. Feel free to PM me with any questions you might have, but the forums on this site are your best bet. This will help to answer one question one time instead of one question multiple times. This site is a posting spot for many great cats. If you are the noob with a noob question and are a little embarrassed then a PM will do fine. I will never ridicule you.
Sylvaneart

 

 

 

 

May 262011
 

Hey all, just checking in with an ironic note for today. I have been massively busy (80-hour weeks) training my guys on how to make all the nasty red network icons turn green, but now that they (mostly) stay green, things have calmed down a bit. I go to pull up TFD last night to start working on a blog post, and find out that all the Army’s web filtering systems now specifically block the site. Yay for popularity! Time to start a new new blog for being bored at work, I guess. (Kidding. Seriously.)

On a happier note, with things settling down I should be able to post a bit more frequently. I hope everyone’s having fun with the new content; I just got a welcome back offer, so we’ll see how well WoW runs on my old C2D laptop with integrated graphics, over a 128kbps link. (I’ve been downloading patches for a while; I only get about 2 GB’s of data/week before I’m capped.)  Much love all, especially to Q and the rest for keeping things running.

 Posted by at 3:02 am
May 242011
 

Every time I go into the forums it is amazing to sit back and really see just the amount of experience our community has in all aspects of helping someone improve their game play. As most of you have to be aware of by now Leafkiller, Sylvaneart and myself were picked to help moderate the forums, as well as keep this site a plethora of knowledge for the feral community. Leafkiller is a top notch theory crafter and maintains a Ovale spell priority script (no small task) in order to help make our fairly complex rotation easier to understand for everyone. As many of you can attest to, I receive numerous PM’s about fight strategies not just from a feral PoV; however, to just really lock down knowledge on how to handle certain boss abilities. I always do my best to answer these questions in the most logical and easiest to understand way as possible. Though Sylvaneart has been afk lately due to real life obligations, know he to drops by to toss in his thoughts on a section of the forums only readable by those with admin status.

Even with our combined knowledge of playing the feral spec, the real strength of this website comes from the fact that so many players, that are so well versed in the ways of the feral dps, regularly stop by to offer their insights to the forums. Making any form of moderation really take care of itself. With all that being said it should come as no surprise that the latest project to help kitty dps was actually started by Tinderhoof. Since this is such an awesome idea I thought I would do him a favor by getting the word out on what he has started.  Basically if you’ve ever wondered, on a personal level, what you can do to increase your damage per second then go here and ask. You will need to provide parses to the fights you wished to be viewed on. Head to World of Logs to obtain the client you’d need to do this. Most likely an armory link of your character will be valuable in getting the most out of the constructive criticism your given. Keep in mind that post that don’t offer insight on ways to actually improve game play will just be deleted and you will be given a warning. Let’s keep it constructive as I know we will, I’d hate to actually have to ban someone on a site like this, that isn’t just spamming for gold sites. (Which happens a fairly decent amount of time here surprisingly.)

As always feel free to comment or PM me with questions, suggestion, or anything you got.

Until next time,

Qbear

Oh P.S in other news a few of the post are displaying bandwidth exceeded error messages where I used Photobucket to upload them. I did not realize what having this many people viewing those pictures would do to a free account and will be upgrading here shortly to avoid that problem in the future. The rest of the YouTube channel videos will also be added as I get decent kill attempts recorded. Sadly I had to tank this week for Sinestra and no one wants to see that.

 Posted by at 6:01 pm
May 202011
 

As some of you know there has been a lot happening with the site lately. With the release of the FluidDruidVids Channel on YouTube there are now even more ways to appreciate everything this community has to offer one another.

The YouTube channel has been going strong and has turned into one video with a very shaky narrator. To videos up in the double digits, while the narrator is still a bit shaky you can’t but help realize how quickly the channel is improving both in terms of content and quality.  The feedback from it has been pretty positive; however, one comment in particular left me at a loss for words. Basically the commenter loves the videos but feels sad that this main site has fallen on the back burner.   I couldn’t help but see his point even if I didn’t want to agree with it. Alaron was a master at finding out just what direction the class needed to move in, in terms of adjustments to the spec with nerfs or buffs. He would sit down with pages of pages of loot lists and be able to mathematically prove this is our BiS list. Heck I grew up reading this blog. When I was asked to help keep it’s pulse up while he was away on deployment I was excited but knew I could never continue down the path he set in for everything he did here.

This is a community though. The fact is the front page hasn’t been update with new content due to the fact that, well… there isn’t any. For those wishing to be involved in the community and all it has to offer really need to be checking out the forums. FluidDruid Forums is the hot spot where we discuss changes to our spec and patch notes; so that I can wait for you all to come up with the best possible answers, have me steal those ideas as my own, and then post them here and take credit. The YouTube commenter made me realize though, that not all the discussion needs to happen behind the scenes and from his comment blooms the birth of Predatory Perceptions (catchy huh?).

Basically if nothing gets posted on the front page for the week then be sure to check Friday night as you return from the clubs. Predatory Perceptions will be me doing nothing more then bringing up a topic in regards to anything PVE. I’ll do my best to inspire thought within the community and then ask for comments on how you feel about the theme of the week. As for this week? Maintaining your raid guild through what has become known as “Summer Time Chaos.”

For those new to raiding what happens is during the winter months raiding is at its prime. New applications are flooding the guild site on a weekly bases and moral is high. As the summer months draw near, most guilds will start to see attendance issues even some guild hoppers emerge  as they feel the heat (haha!) for getting content done before the next tier is released. Then as you get into the full sunshine swing of summer progression becomes a nightmare, as guild members become shot of sitting down and raiding and just want to enjoy the good weather.

My question for the community:

Does your guild experience the Summer Time Chaos? If not expect my application by Sunday.

If you know exactly what I’m talking about then how do you deal, as a guild member, as a raid leader?

I hope you guys enjoy this segment, as I stated earlier it will only be released on weeks where nothing else is available.  As always feel free to PM me or comment with any questions, suggestions, or just overall feedback.

Until Next Time

Qbear

 Posted by at 7:46 pm
May 142011
 

The preview of Tier 12 has been release; however, I do my best to hold off judgement until I have the set equipt on my toon.

Druid T12

Now that we have shoulders I really do have to say I’m digging the set. The helm for me will be turned off, but I’ll leave personal judgement up to the rest of you guys. The set with it’s different possible color combinations can be viewed here. However, since it is Firelands I do believe that the red set will be the one we receive first.

Set bonuses seems interesting, though are subject to change:

  • 2p Bonus- Your attacks with Mangle, Maul, and Shred deal 10% additional damage as Fire damage over 4 sec.
  • 4p Bonus- Your finishing moves have a 20% chance per combo point to extend the duration of Berserk by 2 sec.

The set bonuses have been a high topic of discussion. Yawning fears that if the fire damage proc works much like the old Ignite munching mechanic that it could end up being extremely lack luster in terms of dps gains. While at the same time the current purposed 4 set bonus has lead other feral theory crafters into the thought process that using less then 5 combo point finishers can potentially lead to a higher up time on our 4set bonus. The whole math process can be viewed here. Basically it comes down to statistics. Using less combo point finishers at a higher rate is more probable to increase our berserk longer then waiting for the 100% chance we would gain waiting for 5 cp’s.

Either way at this point the set bonus are subject to change as they have for our resto counter parts. In major glyph news the Furious Bite glyph now reads:

  • Glyph of Ferocious Bite has been redesigned. It now causes Ferocious Bite to heal the caster for 1% maximum health for each 10 energy used.

Considering how lack luster our major glyphs have been for feral so far in Cata it is awesome to finally have a reason to say that when it comes to specing feral this major glyph is one you should not be without.

As always I’m Qbear feel free to leave comment on what you think about the set look or the set bonuses announced thus far. There is a good thread going on our forums on all the patch 4.2 nonsense so be sure to go there and take a look. (Link at the top of this page.)

 Posted by at 1:04 am
May 112011
 

Almost three months ago,  I said that ferals needed “a slight damage bump, a quicker rotation ramp-up, a tweak to Ferocious Bite, and better AoE.”

Well, looks like we’re finally getting most of it. The AoE bit went live in 4.1 (hope everyone’s having fun causing their healers heart attacks with Berserked Swipe), and the damage buffs and the FB adjustment showed up in today’s notes. I’d still love a feral version of rogue Redirect, but I’m very happy that the big issues were looked at. (For what it’s worth, I’m confident that the damage increases will more than make up for the loss of DPS due to strength only being worth 1 AP. That’s a static loss in DPS; the ability increases will scale with gear.)

The set bonuses are very interesting but obviously still being tweaked; I’ll hold off discussion on those for another time. There’s some very interesting interactions between FB and Berserk; right now,  FB is horrible to use during Berserk because it drains energy, which prevents you from maximizing your Shreds. With the T12 4p bonus and the new version of FB, though, things are much less clear-cut. I imagine the numbers will still probably get tweaked, but just the fact they ARE getting tweaked makes me very happy.

As it stands, though, if what we have goes live in 4.2, I’ll be back to check things out, even with the crappy 128kbps connection I have here.

(Oh, and for those interested, so far my work in Iraq has mostly been like my work in the States; still coordinating to provide communications service for various units and customers, just now I have longer hours and get to take cover from indirect fire every couple days.)

 Posted by at 3:10 pm
May 102011
 

I end everyone of my post with a simple reminder that you can always comment or PM me with any questions that you have. Well people have been, and most of their questions are regarding raid strategies as a feral druid. I’ve been thinking for a long time that I should make guides on how to handle encounters as a feral; however, when it came down to sit down and write them I always was left thinking how would I go about this. You see the problem isn’t writing these guides, but writing them in away that they are easy to understand by everyone and easy to visualize what I’m talking about.

Thus the FluidDruid Youtube Channel is born.

Keep in mind I have not made a career for myself by selling books on tape. So while I do my best to narrate these videos in a way that keeps you engaged, there is the hump of me sitting in my room talking into a microphone for nine minutes at a time that I’ll have to get over. Though I do hope that these videos will remain a valuable learning tool for ferals that are trying to push further into content within their own guilds. Ferals that are currently farming 13/13 and ranking high on such tools as World of Logs won’t find much use for the channel. However, these are not my targeted audiance by any means.

The videos assume that your familiar with the basic fight mechanics. If your confused by anything I discuss in the encounters then please check out Learn to Raid for advance fight break down. The channel starts with one video for the raid week which is heroic Nef. (Sadly this was the only fight we had left up this week) So drop by and check it out. I will be adding a link to the Youtube channel on our official forums, as I update the site with new videos I will update the forums page and not the front page. As always feel free to leave comments or PM with any questions you may have. By leave comments I really do mean it, help me mold this channel into everything you would expect it to be from a site like this.

Sorry for lack of pictures I’m not a fan of the wall of text posts either =(

 

 Posted by at 5:47 am
May 052011
 

There’s a post about this on the forums, but with something as awesome as this I just had to make a front page post. As we know the next legendary to grace the WoW scene will be a caster staff. Now I know most of you are picking up your boomkin gear in hopes of being the first ones in your guild to obtain this sexy weapon. However, before you do let’s take a look at what is in store for feral cats.

test staff

Malevolence 2.0? Doesn’t sound that exciting now does it. However, for those of you who haven’t been catching up on all the latest gossip there was an article done here. The whole thing is a decent read, but you and I know the only important part was this.

  • This time around they have, however, resulting in some sexy Ragnaros-styled armor, a new non-legendary version of his mace, Sulfuros, and a druid staff that drops off one of raid’s other bosses that transforms the wielder into a molten cat.

There was a picture of a molten cat floating around MMO-Champion a while back.

Molten Cat

I got to say personally, keep your orange staff. I’ll take my orange kitty. On the official WoW Forums I actually found an awesome quote, which excited me because sadly I don’t find what most people say on the WoW Forums to be of any use. It was by a druid named Morality who said:

  • Well, Blizz did say they wanted to come up with a way for Feral Druids to upgrade their appearances based on raiding accomplishments, I suppose this staff could be them testing the waters.

Now I’m not actually sure if that’s something Blizzard said they wanted to do, or something we as a community have just been asking for, for years. (I think it’s the latter, unless someone can prove me wrong.) However, this is the first time we’ll ever be able tell a difference between an end game raiding cat vs a casual 5m heroic kitty. I got to say all in all I’m all about it and hope that in future content they do find some way to display a feral’s raid experience with their model.

With 4.2 changes being announced almost hourly I’m going to do my best not to just toss up useless info after useless info on the front page. Instead lets continue to use the FluidDruid Forums in order to get civil discussions going on what we see happening throughout the patch notes. As always feel free to comment, or PM me with questions. On a personal note I apologize for being away for awhile. With my triumphant return I make a movement to all dress up as cats and lay around outside of blizzard headquarters doing “cat stuff” until we get a stream of super buffs for 4.2!

(Just kidding about the “cat stuff” thing)

 Posted by at 1:35 pm