The World's Slowest Leveler

Monday, December 31, 2007

Here's a guy who won't be writing any leveling guides. Ever. Haggis is his name.
He's been playing World of Warcraft since release, and still isn't 70.
He is ATM attempting to ding for one last time, and is liveblogging about it.

As he said, if he won't die from lack of sleep or go into a diabetic coma, he should be able to achieve his goal. I can't imagine what it's like leveling after more than 2 years - took me about 2 months with my first character. I find joy in pwning noobs in battlegrounds, he enjoys doing hammertime for 15 minutes. Can't figure out if he's a wacko or... just casual?

He's 3 bars away from level 70 now, so show him your support by visiting his site, digging it or posting a nice comment.

> The world's slowest leveler

Posted by H at 3:19 PM

Addons: Proximo

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Updated to Proximo 2!

Proximo is an enemy unit frame specifically designed for arenas. It will show your enemies when you or your other team members mouseover them, so you can see who you're fighting with as soon as the match starts.

The frame will show only when you enter an arena so you don't have to worry about it in instances or whatever.
The size and position is customizable (/proximo for commands; or hold alt and click on the window to move it) so it will fit in any UI.

Proximo can also announce low health, new enemy, player death etc. via party chat or raid warnings. It supports some macros but you won't have to worry about it at first.

Not only is this addon useful, it's also mandatory. Whether you're serious about playing arenas or you just want your 10 games per week, you will get used to Proximo pretty fast.

You can see the full list of features and download it at: curse.com, wowinterface.com, or wowui.incgamers.com. Or get the latest version from Wowace.

Other addons:
Proximo 2, Reslack, Afflicted, Proximo, Advanced Tradeskill Window, Posessions, Doublewide & Lightheaded, Auctioneer

Posted by H at 2:27 PM

Making Gold: Winter's Veil

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Have you sold any brooms lately? I have to admit it didn't go well as I planned. I sold all flying and swift ground ones (15 of them or so), but didn't have any luck with Magic Brooms. Nobody wanted to buy them so I gave them away for free after a few days of trying. I sold Swift Flying Brooms for 30-40 g a piece so I guess it was worth it in the end.
Don't forget to get rid of the brooms before patch 2.3.2 hits - they will be changed to 14 days realtime duration! Yeah, bastards nerfed them. If nothing else, they will make a great Christmas present for random lowbies in Orgrimmar.

Anyway, back to the topic.

There are 3 recipes which are available only during Winter's Veil, and now's the time to take advantage of it.

Elixir of Frost Power is used in alchemy, and it's quite good for a level 28 elixir. Winter's Might weapon enchant is not great, but some mage twinks might like it. Lastly, Snowmaster 9000 is the only way to get Snowballs till next year's Winter's Veil.

The recipes aren't that hard to get - simply do all the quests and you should easily get at least one. Kaliope has some tips on that!

If you have a profession which can use any of this recipes, learn it just for the sake of it if you want. But just like with brooms, someone will want to buy it eventually, so I suggest you pay a visit to your favorite auctioneer (I like the one on the left in Orgrimmar's AH, how about you?) and buy as many as you can - for a reasonable price of course, which greatly depends on the realm but I'd say less than 40g.

Keep the recipes somewhere safe, and hope there won't be too many people doing the same thing. Trust me, in 2-3 months, you will easily get over 100g per recipe.



P.S. Here's some great tips on making gold with alchemy!

The most obvious way to make money with Alchemy is to transmute Earth to Water, since earth generally goes for 3 to 5 gold and Water goes for 15 to 20 gold. Get your Sporeggar rep up to Revered and start doing this transmute daily. It is the easies 10 to 15 gold you will ever make.
I was actually gonna make a post about it but too late now. And I wouldn't say this is obvious - I still see dozens of tards selling Primal Might transmutes etc. in trade channel for 5 gold.
If you choose transmute mastery, I recommend transmuting either Primal Might or Skyfire Diamonds. And not for someone else's mats and giving them the procs for a measly 5g! You'd have to be insane to do that. Take a couple of hours and farm the mats yourself or just buy it on AH.
If you have elixir or potion mastery, transmuting Primal Earth into Water is, as stated, the easiest 10-15g you will ever make. Each day.

> Making gold: Winter's Veil

WoW Christmas Gifts

Monday, December 17, 2007

Why not surprise your loved ones this year with some WoW themed gifts? I did a little research on Amazon, and there's quite a few cool stuff you could buy real cheap.

The obvious first - for someone who didn't start with World of Warcraft yet, this Battlechest is quite a money saver. Although less useful, WoW Collectors Edition is a classic. They already have both WoW and TBC? No worries - 60 day prepaid gamecard will do fine.

For those who will spend these holidays unplugged, WoW board game can easily entertain you and your friends. If you're planning to spend a lot of time outside, make sure you're dressed properly! Get the +20 frost resistance zip-up hoodie, or at least this stylish +15 frost resistance beanie.

If you're staying home this year, why not decorate your walls with this 2008 WoW wall calendar. Or if you're looking for something to read, you can check out this Master's guide: it has maps, profession info, stats, quests, strategies... An interesting read in maintenance downtimes. Or would you rather read some WoW comics? If you're not happy with my gold making tips, you could always try this unofficial gold making guide.

I have to mention the Outland map mouse pad! It would fit nicely with my mouse (which is bad btw).

My fellow blogger over at Camp Taurajo might wanna get the Camp Taurajo shirt. Perhaps that will get him to write more often.

Illidan's You were prepared shirt is /lol, but if you wanna be prepared for the next expansion, get the Wrath of the Lich King shirt.

There's also a bunch of class shirts available: warlock, rogue, mage, shaman, warrior, priest, druid, paladin, and last but not least hunter.
Or if you're not particularly proud of your class (loladins lol), get the Alliance crest or Horde crest shirts. Show them what you're made of!

> WoW Christmas gifts

Posted by H at 6:03 PM

Increase your game performance

I've tried it myself and it didn't work, but there's a lot of players reporting it does indeed help in some cases. It sounds weird but if your game loads slow, try running Windows Media Player prior to WoW.
It should help with loading time, low FPS issues and even latency problems.

As someone mentioned in the thread, Mac users should get the same effect by running Quicktime.

Let me know if it works!

> Increase your game performance

Posted by H at 5:04 PM

Farming Netherwing Reputation

Friday, December 14, 2007

Galoheart really inspired me today - he got from neutral to exalted with Netherwing in only 6 days!
I've tried doing the Netherwing quests some time ago, but found it a bit dull, and Netherwing Ledge is kinda out of the way, unlike Skettis, where I can also often finish daily cooking quest as well.

I'm usually not THAT dedicated about farming, nor I want the netherdrake mount, but as I said - I'm a bit inspired right now and might get started with those quests again. And if (or when) I do, I'll definately remember to look for tips in Galoheart's guide he posted:

At Neutral with Netherwing faction you start off with having to report to Dragonmaw camp on Netherwing ledge which gives you reps from the Quest giver in Netherwing Fields in Shadowmoon Valley. Prerequisite is having 300 Flying skill and Mount.

You can do about 3-4 Quests/Dailies starting from Neutral. One or two the quests are one time quests for reps. If your a Miner/Herbalist/Skinner you get to choose to do One quest that match your skill for gathering for Netherwing.

...

The quicker you can get to Friendly you more daily quests open up. So do too at Honored & at Revered. Eventually you reach up to about 9 Daily quests including some one time quests you get to do at the different levels. There is one quest thats always in Shadowmoon Valley at Scryer or Aldor camp which you always have to remember to check and do easily or you will forget to do at Revered. So you want to get to Friendly-Honored-Revered as fast as possible.

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When you get to Revered your doing all the dailies you can do. Finding Eggs from Mob kills, Hidden Eggs, Mining & Herbalism (need Skill) or on island or Dragonmaw camp is how you find them.

Be sure to check his post for the full guide, and some nice screenshots!

> Farming Netherwing Reputation

Posted by H at 9:51 PM

Ming sucks!

The latest 2.3.2 news surprised me today. I didn't expect a rogue nerf at least till 2.4, but AR/Prep was more ez-mode than SL/SL.

* Ambush: The damage multiplier on this ability has been increased from 250% to 275%.
* Hemorrhage: This ability now correctly does additional damage when its debuff has already been applied.
* Preparation now resets the cooldown of Shadowstep and no longer resets the cooldown of Adrenaline Rush.
* Shadowstep now adds a 3 second, 70% movement speed increase.
* Sinister Calling now also increases the percentage damage bonus of Hemorrhage and Backstab by 2/4/6/8/10%.

If you're a rogue, you can pretty much choose any spec atm and you'll be fine in PvP. That's hardly the case with other classes - some don't even have one decent talent tree.

Anyway, back to the point. I've read Ming's post today and it kinda makes me sick the more I look at it.

Also, a lot of people probably didn't notice this, as a hero of the rogue community, as soon as I saw the 110% hemo nerf, I posted two bug threads on PTR and bug forum
Self-proclaimed hero of the rogue community my ass... It's not the first time he said something like that either. Seriously, it was funny when Athene did it but in Ming's case it's just pathetic. But that's just me. I bet half of Ming's visitors would spec 0/0/61 if he said so.

Rogue needs damage more than anything else and even with AR/prep there are plenty of classes that can eat two AR's and still wreck us 1v1. Rogue's overall success (class as a whole, there will always be special players with special teammates like XOM) is still not top tier in anything other than 3v3.
*cough* roflcraptastic *cough*
Not even warriors can beat you, and they're your counter class (as much as I hate using this term).

We do have the best balanced talent trees with this change, unfortunately the best balanced class tends to be the weakest class as well.
Are you fuckin' kidding me? I thought you said rogues were finally the strongest class? No golden age?

Your Ambush is buffed (hello, anyone noticed?), Shadowstep's tooltip will soon cover half of your screen, and still rogues complain. Not to mention the class got quite a few buffs in 2.3.
To all those 'ima gonna reroll' rogue whiners out there - AR/Prep needed a nerf, face it. Rogues are fine, its a l2p issue.

Hate me, flame me, nerf me, unsubscribe me, /ignore me... I can't help it. I'm probably the only guy in the known universe who hates Ming, but I do. There, I said it.

> Ming sucks!

Posted by H at 2:02 PM

Making Gold: Imbued Netherweave Recipes

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Time for another making gold post! This one will be short and sweet, since images speak thousand words. Or something like that.

Pattern: Imbued Netherweave Robe and Pattern: Imbued Netherweave Tunic
Where to get it: Arrond, Shadowmoon Valley: 55,68
Price: 6g

What's the catch? You can buy it only if you're Scryer. Arrond sells it in limited supply, but you can find the patterns pretty often, unlike Khorium Power Cores.

You think I'm bullshitting? You can't even imagine how many of these I sold already.
Screenshot or it didn't happen:


You can also try your luck with dozens of other vendor recipes, but for some reason these two seem to sell the best for me.

> Making gold: Imbued Netherweave recipes

Posted by H at 5:08 PM

Chuck Norris plays a lock

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Yes I know, Chuck Norris jokes are really lame and old. But that doesn't mean it's not funny!
If you ever leveled in Barrens, I'm sure you heard plenty of them, but these are a bit different. Ever since Chuck visited Barrens, people never stop talking about him. I wish they put Chuck Norris in those commercials, and not Jean Claude Van Damme.
This topic really has some gems and made me laugh, so if you're too lazy to read all 8 pages, I'll list some which I found particularly funny.

  • Chuck Norris tore the Eye from Kilrogg
  • Arthas rents the frozen throne from Chuck Norris
  • Chuck Norris shot down the Exodar with a Shadowbolt
  • Chuck Norris had to spec Grim Reach to get close enough to cast Curse of Recklessness before the mobs run away.
  • Chuck norris can drain your soul through trade window!
  • Illidan wasn't prepared for Chuck Norris.
  • Chuck norris actually found a use for Firestone.
  • Chuck Norris' life tap uses other peoples health.
  • Burning Steppes and Searing Gorge were actually created when Chuck Norris first got Rain of Fire.
  • The last time Chuck Norris received a whisper from an in-game gold advertising site, half of Asia had to be rebuild.
  • Chuck Norris never cleared Mount Hyjal because the first trash wave refused to spawn.
  • Chuck Norris' fear actually sticks for the full duration!
  • Chuck Norris spat on the ground east of Lordaeron and thus created the Plaguelands.
  • Murlocs use to speak fluent common up until Chuck Norris used Curse of tongues on them.
  • Chuck Norris's Soul Fire Missed and created Molten Core.
  • Chuck Norris is the reason warlocks are considered overpowered.
  • Chuck Norris joined The Seven. 52 days after TBC release they clear all content. If only he hadn't spent 51 days on vacation.
  • Chuck Norris can also Drain Wife; after that she doesn't want to kiss, have sex or cook.
> Chuck Norris plays a lock

Posted by H at 6:01 PM

25 Awesome Warlock Tricks

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Warlocks have a lot of tricks, and while they might not always require much skill to play (talking about SL/SL mostly), there's always things which separate skilled players over casual ones.
Perhaps you know all of this already, perhaps you don't. But it's always good to have an open mind and a few uncommon tactics so you can adapt to almost any situation.
I'm like Athene of the warlocks, giving away free tips. Read on to find out what hides in the warlock's trick bag!

1. I'll get this out of the way: use macros. There's plenty of them to be found, and a good place to start is my Useful warlock macros post.

2. I'll get this out of the way also since it's related to one of my previous posts. Get the Felguard Legionnaire. Enslave Demon is not completely useless - you can check this topic to see a list of cool demons which can be enslaved.

3. In PvP, always buff yourself with Detect Invisibility and Unending Breath. It's 2 more magic effects, meaning it might take 1 more priest's dispel or shaman purge to get your Fel Armor off of you. And those pesky Arcane Shot spamming huntards need to spam even more!

4. In PvE, you can break Fear on mobs by casting Curse of Recklesness (CoR) on them - use rank 1 CoR, it won't do much threat nor waste much mana, and the attack power bonus is negligible. When the mob is coming back at you, just throw another curse and he will run in fear again without the need to recast it.

5. If you send your pet to attack a rogue (or druid), even if he stealths the pet will attack him and break his stealth.

6. If you're using Succubus to CC in instances, pull with Searing Pain (or Soul Fire) for max threat. This is especially important for heroic instances: if your succy gets attacked it will probably get one shotted; if the mob goes after you it will give your pet enough time to reseduce the mob.

7. You can keep players in combat in arenas by sending your pet after them - they won't be able to drink. Also, if you didn't know, Star's Tears is the only drink you can use in arenas. Buy a stack, you never know.

8. You can banish druids in Tree of Life.

9. Always have your Felhunter's Paranoia buff on. There's no reason not to, and a lot of invisible reasons why you should.

10. You can summon yourself with Ritual of Summoning. Helps also if you get stuck behind objects in instances (happened to me in Shadow Labs on first boss when he feared).

11. You can Devour paladin's Hammer of Justice. Obvious, but often overlooked.

12. Spend 1 talent point in Shadow Embrace (affliction) if you can - it's one more magic debuff on your target - one more cleanse/dispel.

13. Use your felhunter to dispel Unstable Affliction on you - he won't take damage.

14. Banishing a warlock's pet will get rid of his Soul Link.

15. Get Boar's Speed.

16. You can cast curses on mages - some of them are retarded (sorry but it's true).

17. Spam Rank 1 Corruption to get that paladin OOM faster! Also spam it when the rogue pops Cloak of Shadows - it might stick on him and break his vanish.

16. Cast Siphon Life on hunter's pet - free healing ftw. Also, you can either cast Curse of Weakness to reduce it's melee damage, or Corruption (rank 1 is fine) for Nightfall procs if you specced.

17. If you have Dark Pact: when buffing up in raids, get your imp out of phase shift - tell your priests and paladins to buff him with spirit/mp5.

18. You can carry 3 healthstones of the same rank, if they are from 3 different warlocks, depending on how many talent points they put into Improved Healthstone. Also, you can make different ranks of healthstones for yourself in arenas, which is useful if the fight lasts a bit. Note: all healthstones share the same cooldown.

19. In arenas, summon Voidwalker first. About 12 seconds before the match starts, start summoning Felhunter/Felguard - spam Sacrifice and you should get the shield after about 5 seconds. If you have talent points in Master Summoner, it's a bit tricky - you can still get the shield, but it's really hard if you have latency above 300. Start casting about 8 seconds before the match then. This way, you should have the shield for the first 25 seconds of the match.

20. If you're low on health, use lower ranks of Life Tap.

21. If you're facing a wipe in instance, Life Tap to low hp and use Hellfire. You will kill yourself, but won't loose any durability.

22. You can cast Curse of Tongue's on mage's Water Elemental. If you're banishing the Elemental, try to Spell Lock the mage first (maybe also Fear if you're sure he won't break it instantly) so you don't get Counterspelled. You can also CoT + Siphon Life + Corruption to kill the pet.

23. If you see a warrior pop Spell Reflect, cast Curse of Recklesness. Congratulations, you're now immune to fear! You can also cast Siphon Life - it will heal basically heal you a bit due to Fel Armor bonus.

24. Hellfire triggers Prayer of Mending - if you're on full health, life tap and use Rank 1 Hellfire.

25. Recast Fel Armor on yourself before using bandages or Cannibalize.


Help me with more tips - that's what comments are for.
Did you know all this, or did I just make a totally useless post? Got any tricks for your own class, or did you find a way to beat warlocks?
What's your tip?

> 25 Awesome Warlock Tricks

10 Most Expensive Items

Saturday, December 1, 2007

10. Twinblade of the Phoenix
Drops from: Kael'thas Sunstrider (TK: The Eye)
Sells for: 18g, 4s, 62c

9. Soul cleaver
Drops from: Teron Gorefiend (Black Temple)
Sells for: 18g 17s 70c

8. Zhar'doom, Greatstaff of the Devourer
Drops from: Illidan Stormrage (Black Temple)
Sells for: 18g 39s 48c

7. Pillar of Ferocity
Drops from: Anatheron (Hyjal Summit)
Sells for: 18g 43s 68c

6. Torch of the Damned
Drops from: Essence of Anger (Black Temple)
Sells for: 18g 43s 86c

5. Apostle of Argus
Drops from: Archimonde (Hyjal Summit)
Sells for: 18g 60s 39c

4. Cataclysm's Edge
Drops from: Archimonde (Hyjal Summit)
Sells for: 19g 57s 38c

3. Warglaive of Azzinoth (main hand)
Drops from: Illidan Stormrage (Black Temple)
Sells for: 24g 31s 12c

2. Warglaive of Azzinoth (off hand)
Drops from: Illidan Stormrage (Black Temple)
Sells for: 24g 39s 74c

1. Blade of Wizardry
Drops from: everything...
Sells for: 43g 29s 49c


- items listed here can be gained from drop only, not from vendors.
- items bought from vendors which require reputation, like Earthwarden or Stormcaller usually sell for higher amounts and are not listed here.

> 10 most expensive items

Posted by H at 2:15 PM