Week 2 Schedule

March 29, 2015

 Saturday, April 25, 2015

Our goal will be to clear:

Skyreach (Wowhead Guide, Video Guide)

Required Achievements: Ready for Raiding IV, Magnify… Enhance, I Saw Solis, Monomania

Bloodmaul Slag Mines (Wowhead Guide, Video Guide)

Required Achievements: A Gift of Earth and Fire, Come With Me If You Want to Live, Is Draenor on Fire?

Upper Blackrock Spire (Wowhead Guide, Video Guide)

Required Achievements: Magnets, How Do They Work?, Leeeeeeeeeeeeroy…?, Bridge Over Trouble Fire, Dragonmaw? More Like Dragonfall!

The Everbloom (Wowhead Guide, Video Guide)

Required Achievements: Water Management, Weed Whacker

Optional Achievements: They Burn, Burn, Burn

For specific how-to information on these achievements, see this Wowhead Guide.

 


Week 1 Schedule

March 25, 2015

 Saturday, April 18, 2015

Our goal will be to clear:

Auchindoun (Wowhead Guide, Video Guide)

Required Achievements: …They All Fall Down

Optional Achievements: Demon’s Souls, No Tag-Backs!

Iron Docks (Wowhead Guide, Video Guide)

Required Achievements: Militaristic, Expansionist, Take Cover!, Expert Timing

Shadowmoon Burial Grounds (Wowhead Guide, Video Guide)

Required Achievements: What’s Your Sign?, Souls of the Lost, Icky Ichors

Grimrail Depot (Wowhead Guide, Video Guide)

Required Achievements: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, No Ticket

 

For specific how-to information on these achievements, see this Wowhead Guide.

 


Tentative Challenge Mode Schedule

March 23, 2015

For those joining me in Challenge Modes, here is some tentative/preparatory information.

Who: We have our whole group back from last year: Askevar, Venoym, Devanyal, Sheepdog, and Tallaver.

What:

  • Complete all Heroics and the achievements for Glory of the Draenor Hero. I expect this to take about 2 weeks (4 dungeons per week). This will award several achievements and a mount.
  • Complete all Challenge Modes on Silver for Challenge Warlord: Silver. I expect this to take about 3 weeks (dungeons per week: 3-3-2). This will award several achievements, a title, and a mount.
  • Complete all Challenge Modes on Gold for Challenge Warlord: Gold. I expect this to take about 5 weeks (dungeons per week: 2-2-2-1-1).
  • Total time expected is about 10 weeks, but may be longer or shorter, depending on our rate of progress. I will know more when I see how well we handle the new content.

When: Saturdays 6:00-9:00 server (CST), beginning on Sat, April 18. Scheduled time is pull time. Please be online and ready to go at that time.

Where: Draenor Dungeons. Intended sequence:

  1. Auchindoun
  2. Iron Docks
  3. Shadowmoon Burial Grounds
  4. Grimrail Depot
  5. Skyreach
  6. Bloodmaul Slag Mines
  7. Upper Blackrock Spire
  8. The Everbloom

Why: Because it’s fun. And we’re awesome. (Both at the same time.)  Also, achievements. And mounts. And titles. And transmog gear. But mostly just for the fun.

How:

Helpful Wowhead Guide:http://www.wowhead.com/guide=2958

Video Guides on YouTube:

Generally, I will compose a strategy that consists of a mish-mash of the strategies used in the above guides. If I intend to use a specific guide for a specific dungeon, I will link directly to it (so you don’t actually need to watch/learn all of the above). I will try to narrow down more specifics as I can. I’m just starting to dive into the research phase, so stay tuned for new/more information.

Other notes:

    • Toons: Bring whichever toon you like for your role, so long as they are geared and you can perform at an acceptable level for Challenge Modes. Currently, my information says you intend to bring Askevar (Blood DK), Venoym (Ret Pally), Alloria (Assassin Rogue), and Sheepdog (Fire Mage). I intend to bring Barleybraids (Resto shaman). If your selection changes, please let me know ASAP.
    • Gear: Toons should have gear of 630+ in every slot, if possible. (Gear above 630 will be scaled down to 630.) Gear should be appropriately enchanted. Gems, tertiary stats, and set bonuses will not be active in challenge modes.
    • Consumables: We will be using potions, flasks, scrolls, engineering toys, and feasts. If you can provide your own consumables (or the mats for them), great. If not, all items can be provided on Azuremyst/Staghelm and Thorium Brotherhood/Far Striders/Silver Hand. Speak to me if you need help getting some.
  • Potions: you will want invisibility pots, throughput pots (primary stat), & healing tonics.
  • Flasks: you will want the 375 stamina (tank) or the 250 primary stat flask (everyone else).
  • Engineering-crafted gadgets (Shieldtronic Shield, Goblin Glider) do not require engineering to use, but the shield counts as a healing potion.
  • Scrolls: we will use Runescroll of Fortitude to provide the missing stamina buff. This will be provided for you.
  • Food: we will have Savage Feasts to lay down for the group. You may also want an individual stack of buff food in case you die between feasts or don’t like the buff the feast provides. A mage table should be available for non-buff eating and drinking.
  • Augment Runes: these can provide an additional boost, but may become prohibitively expensive. This is progression-style content, so expect wipes.

Pet Battles & 6.1

March 7, 2015

Please note that with the 6.1 patch the pet menagerie and its related quests/pets were changed to be easier. This nerf means that the speed, attack power, and health points listed in my guides will probably be inaccurately high (i.e. at the pre-nerf level). I will correct these as I can given my limited time. In the meantime, most of my posted strategies should work just as well (or even better) against the post-nerf beasts. However, if you do run into a strategy that no longer works because of the altered timing (enemies die sooner), please let me know.


Quick Tips on Garrison Visitors

March 5, 2015

If you’re still trying to get your hands on the various traders (fur, dust, leather, ore, and herb) check out the “Custom Groups” tab on the group finder tool. There is usually at least one person at all hours of the day who are kind enough to just turn on autoinvites and let you use their garrison free of charge. I would have never thought to use this method on my own, but I saw somebody suggest it in general chat and have used it every day since. Be sure to follow basic and common sense etiquette: be polite, say thank you, and leave to make room for others when you’ve finished your business. If you want to throw down a bonus item (mage table, Blingtron, thermal anvil, Jeeves, etc.) as a way of showing thanks, be sure to place it where it won’t be in the way. Naturally, if you have the trader yourself, it would be very kind of you to share with others using the group finder even if only for a few minutes.

Also of Note:

  • The traders now visit in a given order: ore, dust, fur, leather, herbs.
  • Only one type of trader will be active per area (US, EU, Oceanic) each day.
  • Traders are only one possibility for garrison visitors, you might also have one of: Reznik the Shiv, Muradin Bronzebeard, or Harrison Jones.

Tips for Garrison Gathering

February 26, 2015

We were chatting after the raid tonight and it seems like some people didn’t know about these tips, so I hope someone will find them useful.

You may not know:

  • The Peon’s Mining Pick is super easy to get to and works very much like the Preserved Mining Pick in that it greatly reduces your cast time while mining. As a bonus, the Peon’s version doesn’t need to be activated or equipped, and works in all areas of Draenor, not just the mine. This is picked up off the ground in the mountains by Southport (your garrison outpost in Spires of Arrak).
  • A pair of leather gloves called Gorepetal’s Gentle Grasp act in much the same way for herbalism.  They work in all of Draenor (including your garrison) and do not need to be activated or equipped to reduce your herbalism cast time. These drop off a “rare” in Nagrand.
  • Preserved Mining Pick and Miner’s Coffee now stack to 20 (instead of 5) and no longer have a max stacking limit (formerly unique 5).
  • The buff from Preserved Mining Pick now stacks with the bonus from the Peon’s Mining Pick. The Preserved Mining Pick‘s buff combined with the Peon’s Mining Pick puts your mining cast time at 0.2 seconds: now that’s some fast mining.
  • The buff from Miner’s Coffee now stacks with itself up to 5 times and should also stack with other movement bonuses (cat form, ghost wolf, sprint, etc.).

 

These items are all well worth the time it takes to get them, since they can combine for some pretty serious time savings on your daily chores. 1-2 seconds per node may not seem like much, but it adds up surprisingly fast.


Pet Updates

January 4, 2015

A guide to Unlocking the Menagerie should now be up under that name in the Pet Battles section. Let me know of any problems accessing it (sometimes I forget to link stuff).


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