Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Improve Your Gear

On my guild forums, there is a link to a website that helps you to assess your gear (or look at other people's gear). I have a lot to improve on with more than just what pieces I have, but it is a work in progress, just as gathering gear is. Website added to sidebar.

One thing I really need to do is socket my belt. Once that is done, all I can really do is get a better cloak to make it worth enchanting with more than spell penetration, and slowly replace my blue pieces.

My Tailoring and Enchanting continue to be levelled very slowly. For both, it is a matter of obtaining mats. I hope to quest in Icecrown some more after my Christmas / New Year holiday. That will gain me more reputation with Argent Crusade and Knights of the Ebon Blade, cash from questing, and greens to DE for Enchanting mats. ;)

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Monday, December 15, 2008

40 Exalted Factions

Pursuit of gaining Exalted reputation continues. My achievement goal is attainable; just a long way off.

Achievement: 40 Exalted Factions

Darnassus (Exalted)
Exodar (Exalted)
Gnomeregan Exiles (17088 / 21000)
Ironforge (Exalted)
Stormwind (Exalted)

Stormpike Guard (Exalted)

Explorers' League (4414 / 6000)
The Frostborn (None)
The Silver Covenant (0 / 3000)
Valiance Expedition (Exalted)

Argent Dawn (Exalted)
Brood of Nozdormu (7199 / 12000)
Cenarion Circle (Exalted)
Hydraxian Waterlords (12429 / 21000)
Thorium Brotherhood (5691 / 21000)
Timbermaw Hold (Exalted)
Zandalar Tribe (6529 / 21000)

Lower City (Exalted)
Sha'tari Skyguard (Exalted)
Shattered Sun Offensive (Exalted)
The Aldor (Exalted)
The Sha'tar (Exalted)

Ashtongue Deathsworn (1288 / 21000)
Cenarion Expedition (Exalted)
Honor Hold (Exalted)
Keepers of Time (Exalted)
Kurenai (Exalted)
Netherwing (Exalted)
Ogri'la (Exalted)
Sporeggar (Exalted)
The Consortium (Exalted)
The Violet Eye (Exalted)

The Oracles (None)

Argent Crusade (7566 / 12000)
Kirin Tor (755 / 21000)
Knights of the Ebon Blade (1433 / 6000)
The Kalu'ak (15641 / 21000)
The Sons of Hodir (None)
The Wyrmrest Accord (302 / 21000)

Wintersaber Trainers (Exalted)

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Sunday, December 14, 2008


I've been doing a few heroics. My gear is slowly improving. I still need a lot of cloth to level my Tailoring, but at least I am making progress. I crafted my Magnificent Flying Carpet last thing tonight. Can't wait to take that bad boy for a spin around Northrend.

My Enchanting has also improved. I just hope to be able to enchant more gear with orange recipes for guaranteed points. ;)

We did Black Temple again tonight but failed to get the Illidari Council down. I kept losing aggro on High Nethermancer Zerevor when he became immune to magic attacks. I guess I needed to pull him as far to the left as I could, but it just wasn't happening.

At least I hit Revered with Ashtongue Deathsworn. That much closer to another Exalted faction. :)

Here is my current pre-raid gear layout:
Encircling Burnished Gold Chains
Dark Runic Mantle
Egg Sac Robes
Gloves of Distorted Time
Girdle of Bane
Breeches of the Caller
Stone-Worn Footwraps
Ring 1
Ring 2
Trinket 1
Trinket 2
Flameheart Spell Scalpel
Prison Manifest
Rod of the Fallen Monarch

I should get Naxxramas upgrades eventually, but will do my best to save Emblems of Heroism to get badge gear. Two more badges and I get the 50 Badge Achievement, too. ;)

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Friday, December 12, 2008

Naxxramas Raiding Begins

On Wednesday, we killed Archavon the Stone Watcher and then went to the Obsidian Sanctum and killed Sartharion. Both were 10-man raids. We will be doing 10-man raiding until we have the guild numbers to hit up 25-man content.

We paid Instructor Razuvious a quick visit in Naxxramas, having time to spare. It didn't go so well, but it was good to go back to the instance in its non-40-man form.

Last night, we had our official Naxxramas raid. This was our first guild raid in new content. My gear is currently very, very poor, as I have been unable to do any heroics and it has been a mission to get gear through crafting or reputation. I hope that over the next few weeks I will build my gear to an appropriate raiding level -- and will replace at least a few pieces with Naxxramas drops.

We cleared the Arachnid Quarter: Anub'Rekhan, Grand Widow Faerlina and Maexxna. We then went and killed Patchwerk. I respecced to a more raiding friendly Frost build than I was, in order to punch out more necessary DPS.

We had one try at Grobbulus, but it was getting late and I think that only one of us had done the fight before; that being in the 40-man oldschool version, two years ago. We will get him down pretty easily, though, whenever we have our next Naxxramas raid.

The Archavon and Sartharion thing will hopefully be weekly. The big dragon is necessary in getting our T7 shoulders, anyway, and Archavon drops some nice gear -- both PvE and PvP.

After our Naxxramas raid, some of us did a heroic Utgarde Keep. It was my first heroic since hitting level 80. I hope to do many more in order to build up a better pre-raiding gear set.

I really struggled with effectively DPSing last night and felt incredibly underpowered. I also like Frost too much to veer away from that for now, and plan to continue raiding as Frost. Although, when I have all the Frostweave Cloth necessary to get my Tailoring to 440, I will go full raid spec.

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Gaiwyn's Raiding Wishlist

Gaiwyn's Raiding Wishlist

Gothik's Cowl
Valorous Frostfire Circlet

Cosmic Lights
Wyrmrest Necklace of Power

Mantle of the Corrupted
Valorous Frostfire Shoulderpads

Shroud of Luminosity
Pennant Cloak

Gown of the Spell-Weaver
Heigan's Putrid Vestments
Valorous Frostfire Robe

Bindings of the Expansive Mind

Gloves of Grandeur
Valorous Frostfire Gloves

Cincture of Polarity

Leggings of the Wanton Spellcaster
Leggings of Atrophy
Valorous Frostfire Leggings

Boots of Impetuous Ideals

Signet of Manifested Pain

Dying Curse
Extract of Necromantic Power
Illustration of the Dragon Soul

The Turning Tide
Life and Death
Greatstaff of the Nexus

Surplus Limb

Gemmed Wand of the Nerubians

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Level 80 Pre-Raid Plate DPS Gear

Pre-Raid iLevel 200 Plate DPS Items

Bind on Equip
Cloak of Bloodied Waters
Cast Iron Shackles
Signet of Edward the Odd
Stained-Glass Shard Ring
Tears of Bitter Anguish

Spiked Titansteel Helm
Spiked Titansteel Treads
Titansteel Destroyer

Titanium Impact Choker
Titanium Impact Band

Ice Striker's Cloak

Heroic Drops
Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom
Jedoga Shadowseeker
Edge of Oblivion

Prince Taldaram
Bonegrinder Breastplate

Chitin Shell Greathelm

Krik'thir the Gatewatcher
Golden Limb Bands

Drak'Tharon Keep
King Dred
Incisor Fragment

Novos the Summoner
Breastplate of Undeath

The Prophet Tharon'ja
Mojo Masked Crusher

Eck the Ferocious
Engraved Chestplate of Eck

Hemorrhaging Circle

Snake Den Spaulders

Halls of Lightning
General Bjarngrim
The General's Steel Girdle

Planetary Helm
Colossal Skull-Clad Cleaver

Shroud of Reverberation

Halls of Stone
The Prospector's Prize

Maiden of Grief
Hammer of Grief

Sjonnir the Ironshaper
Bands of the Stoneforge

Tribunal Chest
Sword of Justice

The Culling of Stratholme
Chrono-Lord Epoch
Mobius Band

Legplates of Steel Implants

The Nexus
Rift Striders

Flame-Bathed Steel Girdle
Sphere of Red Dragon's Blood

Ormorok the Tree-Shaper
Band of Frosted Thorns

The Oculus
Cache of Eregos
Gauntlets of Dragon Wrath

Varos Cloudstrider
Legplates of the Oculus Guardian

The Violet Hold
Gauntlets of Capture

Cloak of the Gushing Wound

Necklace of Arcane Spheres

Zuramat the Obliterator
The Obliterator Greaves

Utgarde Keep
Ingvar the Plunderer
Staggering Legplates

Prince Keleseth
Strategist's Belt

Utgarde Pinnacle
King Ymiron
Gold Amulet of Kings
Meteorite Whetstone

Svala Sorrowgrave
Echoing Stompers

Emblem of Heroism Emblems of Heroism
Pendant of the Outcast Hero (25 Emblem of Heroism)
Verdungo's Barbarian Cord (40 Emblem of Heroism)
Mirror of Truth (40 Emblem of Heroism)
Sigil of Haunted Dreams (15 Emblem of Heroism)

Argent Crusade
Fang-Deflecting Faceguard (Revered)
Argent Skeleton Crusher (Revered)

Knights of the Ebon Blade
Death-Inured Sabatons (Exalted)
Runeblade of Demonstrable Power (Revered)

The Sons of Hodir
Spaulders of the Giant Lords (Revered)

The Wyrmrest Accord
Legplates of Bloody Reprisal (Exalted)

Band of the Kirin Tor (8,500g)

Ring 1
Ring 2
Trinket 1
Trinket 2
2H Weapon

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Tailoring Nightmare

I had more time on my hands, so worked out how much Frostweave Cloth I will need to get my tailoring from 406 to 440, so that I can craft my Ebonweave Robe. Long story short, including the cloth for the robe, I will need a total of 1,945 Frostweave Cloth.

Even if I was able to farm 2,000 cloth, the extra items and reagents are going to cost me a hefty sum. There's no way I can have my robe for our Naxxramas run this Thursday. Maybe next week, eh. :p

Here is my shopping list:

5 Frostweave Cloth per Bolt of Frostweave
15 Frostweave Cloth per Bolt of Imbued Frostweave

4x Duskweave Wristwraps > 410
32x Bolt of Frostweave = 160 Frostweave Cloth

5x Duskweave Gloves > 415
45x Bolt of Frostweave = 225 Frostweave Cloth

1x Ebonweave > 416
1x Moonshroud > 417
1x Spellweave > 418
3x Bolt of Imbued Frostweave = 45 Frostweave Cloth
2x Eternal Shadow
2x Eternal Life
2x Eternal Fire

Frostsavage Belt > 419
Frostsavage Bracers > 420
6x Bolt of Imbued Frostweave = 90 Frostweave Cloth
6x Crystallized Fire
6x Crystallized Earth

Black Duskweave Leggings > 421
2x Black Duskweave Wristwraps > 423
2x Black Duskweave Robe > 425
23x Bolt of Imbued Frostweave = 345 Frostweave Cloth

Deep Frozen Cord > 426
1x Spellweave
4x Bolt of Imbued Frostweave = 60 Frostweave Cloth
4x Iceweb Spider Silk

Frostsavage Boots > 427
Frostsavage Cowl > 428
Frostsavage Gloves > 429
Frostsavage Leggings > 430
Frostsavage Robe > 431
Frostsavage Shoulders > 432
21x Bolt of Imbued Frostweave = 315 Frostweave Cloth
27x Crystallized Fire
27x Crystallized Earth

Aurora Slippers > 433
Light Blessed Mittens > 434
Silky Iceshard Boots > 435
13x Bolt of Imbued Frostweave = 195 Frostweave Cloth
1x Spellweave
2x Moonshroud
12x Iceweb Spider Silk
4x Heavy Borean Leather

Frostmoon Pants > 436
2x Hat of Wintry Doom > 438
Glacial Robe > 439
24x Bolt of Imbued Frostweave = 360 Frostweave Cloth
1x Moonshroud
1x Ebonweave
8x Iceweb Spider Silk
3x Eternal Fire
3x Eternal Water
1x Frozen Orb

Ebonweave Gloves > 440
4x Bolt of Imbued Frostweave = 60 Frostweave Cloth
4x Ebonweave
1x Frozen Orb

Ebonweave Robe!
8x Ebonweave
6x Bolt of Imbued Frostweave = 90 Frostweave Cloth
1x Frozen Orb

The good thing is, I can use some of this crafted gear. Some is PvP gear, some I will send to my Priest, and some is Frost Resist gear. This time around I won't be disenchanting quite so much of my levelling crafts.

1,945 Frostweave Cloth
And a whole lot of other stuff that I cbf typing up and linking. :o

My progress (2008-12-10 - 9.40am): I am at 418 Tailoring now. I just need to get 6 Crystallized Fire and I can craft the Frostsavage Belt and Bracers. I need to farm more cloth to get past 420, but AoE farming can be fun. ;)

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Level 80 Pre-Raid Caster Gear

Pre-raid iLevel 200 Caster Items

Bind on Equip
Dragon Prow Amulet
Dark Runic Mantle
Runecaster's Mantle
Sash of Jordan
Prison Manifest

Titanium Spellshock Necklace
Titanium Spellshock Ring

Deathchill Cloak
Ebonweave Robe
Moonshroud Robe
Spellweave Robe
Ebonweave Gloves
Moonshroud Gloves
Spellweave Gloves

Heroic Drops
Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom
Amulet of the Spellflinger
Silken Bridge Handwraps

Elder Nadox
Elder Headpiece

Herald Volazj
Staff of Sinister Claws
Wand of Ahnkahet

Jedoga Shadowseeker
Subterranean Waterfall Shroud

Prince Taldaram
Necklace of Taldaram

Sash of the Servant
Ring of the Traitor King
Rod of the Fallen Monarch

Egg Sac Robes

Krik'thir the Gatewatcher
Stone-Worn Footwraps

Drak'Tharon Keep
King Dred
Savage Wound Wrap

Novos the Summoner
Cursed Lich Blade
Temple Crystal Fragment

Cowl of the Dire Troll

The Prophet Tharon'ja
Overlook Handguards
Spectral Seal of the Prophet

Drakkari Elemental
Living Mojo Belt

Arcane Flame Altar-Garb

Shroud of Moorabi

Slithering Slippers
Wand of Sseratus

Halls of Lightning
General Bjarngrim
Traditionally Dyed Handguards

Ornate Woolen Stola
Flowing Sash of Order
Woven Bracae Leggings

Giant-Hair Woven Gloves

Halls of Stone
Sjonnir the Ironshaper
Forge Ember

Tribunal Chest
Mantle of the Tribunal

The Culling of Stratholme
Chrono-Lord Epoch
Gloves of Distorted Time

Dark Runed Chest
Mantle of Deceit
Band of Guile

Belt of Unified Souls

Salramm the Fleshcrafter
Forgotten Shadow Hood
Necromancer's Amulet

The Nexus
Commander Kolurg / Commander Stoutbeard
Opposed Stasis Leggings
Cleric's Linen Shoes

Grand Magus Telestra
Telestra's Journal

Ormorok the Tree-Shaper
Gloves of the Crystal Gardener

The Oculus
Cache of Eregos
Crown of Unbridled Magic
Ancient Dragon Spirit Cape
Cuffs of Winged Levitation
Staff of Draconic Combat

Drakos the Interrogator
Drakewing Raiments

Mage-Lord Urom
Sash of Phantasmal Images
Pendulum of Telluric Currents

The Violet Hold
Azure Cloth Bindings
Cyanigosa's Leggings
Mark of the War Prisoner

Globule Signet

Solitaire of Reflecting Beams

Footwraps of Teleportation

Zuramat the Obliterator
Zuramat's Necklace

Utgarde Keep
Ingvar the Plunderer
Breeches of the Caller
Annhylde's Ring

Prince Keleseth
Wand of the San'layn

Utgarde Pinnacle
Gortok Palehoof
Ring of the Frenzied Wolvar

King Ymiron
Girdle of Bane

Skadi the Ruthless
Netherbreath Spellblade
Staff of Wayward Principles

Svala Sorrowgrave
Cuffs of the Trussed Hall
Sorrowgrave's Breeches

Emblem of Heroism Emblems of Heroism
Encircling Burnished Gold Chains (25 Emblem of Heroism)
Plush Sash of Guzbah (40 Emblem of Heroism)
Sundial of the Exiled (40 Emblem of Heroism)
Handbook of Obscure Remedies (25 Emblem of Heroism)
Ward of the Violet Citadel (25 Emblem of Heroism)

Argent Crusade
Signet of Hopeful Light (Exalted)

Kirin Tor
Robes of Crackling Flame (Exalted)
Flameheart Spell Scalpel (Revered)

Knights of the Ebon Blade
Sterile Flesh-Handling Gloves (Revered)
Belt of Dark Mending (Exalted)

The Wyrmrest Accord
Ancestral Sinew Wristguards (Revered)
Sandals of Crimson Fury (Exalted)

Signet of the Kirin Tor (8,500g)

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Black Borean Blight

I played my Death Knight a bit yesterday, with my brother on his warrior. He was already level 71, having done some of Borean Tundra.

I started on Borean Tundra myself on Thursday night, but only made it to the D.E.H.T.A encampment. Together, we started on Howling Fjord quests and finished up to the end of the first Explorers' League hub.

We grinded humanoids for about five mins so I could push out my last 1.5% and ding 71. No new spells for DKs at 71! At least I am getting gear upgrades. >.<

I continued my questing in Borean Tundra and completed Coldarra. Next is Fizzcrank Airstrip.

I started on Zul'Drak with my Mage, after a bit of Icecrown AoE cloth farming (and a few deaths). In Zul'Drak, I did this quest. Good fun, albeit a little buggy.

I want to finish each of these zones completely to try and build my reputation with the various factions up, which I will push to exalted through wearing their tabards in instances and doing daily quests.

See my Reputation Dailies guide.

We had a Black Temple raid again tonight. We had a few attempts at Illidan, but couldn't get past phases 3 and 4 (which alternate).

I started questing with my Priest, only to realise that levelling as Holy would be torturous. I respecced to Shadow and have been enjoying it immensely. I'm tempted once again to play as Shadow at level 80. ;)

I really have to push Gaiwyn to 80 and try to get as many gear replacements as I can in the next three days. We plan to start on 10-man Naxxramas raiding this Thursday, and I want in on the action. ;)

Watch for my Pre-Raiding Caster Gear guide.

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Friday, December 5, 2008

Reputation Dailies

Reputation Dailies

Argent Crusade (Tabard)
Congratulations! (Level 76) -- Zul'Drak
Troll Patrol (Level 76) -- Zul'Drak
Slaves to Saronite (Level 80) -- Icecrown

Explorers' League
Steel Gate Patrol (Level 71) -- Howling Fjord

Kirin Tor (Tabard)
Daily Cooking, Jewelcrafting, Dungeon and Heroic Dungeon quests.

Knights of the Ebon Blade (Tabard)
From Their Corpses, Rise (Level 80) -- Icecrown
Intelligence Gathering (Level 80) -- Icecrown
Leave Our Mark (Level 80) -- Icecrown
No Fly Zone (Level 80) -- Icecrown
Shoot 'Em Up (Level 80) -- Icecrown
Vile Like Fire! (Level 80) -- Icecrown

The Kalu'ak
The Way to His Heart... (Level 71) -- Howling Fjord
Planning for the Future (Level 72) -- Dragonblight
Preparing for the Worst (Level 72) -- Borean Tundra

The Silver Covenant
None, as yet.

The Sons of Hodir
Blowing Hodir's Horn (Level 80) -- The Storm Peaks
Feeding Arngrim (Level 80) -- The Storm Peaks
Hot and Cold (Level 80) -- The Storm Peaks
Polishing the Helm (Level 80) -- The Storm Peaks
Spy Hunter (Level 80) -- The Storm Peaks
Thrusting Hodir's Spear (Level 80) -- The Storm Peaks

The Wyrmrest Accord (Tabard)
Drake Hunt (Level 71) -- Coldarra
Defending Wyrmrest Temple (Level 74) -- Dragonblight
Aces High! (Level 80) -- Coldarra

Valiance Expedition
Break the Blockade (Level 71) -- Howling Fjord
Kick 'Em While They're Down (Level 74) -- Grizzly Hills
Life or Death (Level 74) -- Grizzly Hills
Assault by Air (Level 80) -- Icecrown
Assault by Ground (Level 80) -- Icecrown
Blood of the Chosen (Level 80) -- Icecrown

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Bear Essentials

Ding: 78.

Achievement: Fo' Grizzle My Shizzle.

I also completed Explore Grizzly Hills, netting me the Explore Northrend achievement. I got Tabard of the Explorer in my mailbox, as a reward.

If I can finish off Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, I will get both a World Explorer achievement and a title: the Explorer.

Next stop: Zul'Drak. Maybe. It depends on whether I am able to handle those undead mobs in Icecrown now that I am 78. >.<

Whatever happens, I will clear every zone before I am happy. I'm in no hurry to do it; but I will do it.

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Titanic Lightning Rods of Supreme Brilliance

I finished Dragonblight last night and started on Grizzly Hills tonight.

Dinged 77 and got my Cold Weather Flying. Ah, it's good to be able to fly again!

I flew around the rest of the Northrend zones. Words like 'epic' and 'amazing' fail to describe the splendour and incredible magnitude and magnificence of this continent. Such varied environments; such humongous structures; such an amazing array of creatures; and such extreme activity everywhere.

I really love the Titan lore and Storm Peaks captures so much of this across its mountainous terrain: giant structures built into the mountains; rune-inscribed golems roaming the mountain crags and paths; huge temple structures that bring a new definition to monolithic architecture.

I couldn't capture in my screenshots the scope of all there is to see, but I can say that I was in absolute awe of the superb job the design team have done in every gigantic zone. There is so much to see and it all takes your breath away.

Take the time to fly around Icecrown, Storm Peaks, Sholazar Basin and Crystalsong Forest -- and actually look at everything. You won't be disappointed.

Gundrak, Zul'drak

A Huge Crater in Zul'drak

Steps to the Zul'drak Plateau

Crystalsong is Breathtakingly Beautiful

Beware the Creatures of Icecrown

Before logging off, I decided to try and find a good spot to farm Frostweave Cloth. I am going to need hundreds of them to get my Tailoring up. I tried a spot in Icecrown, but the mobs there are level 80, so I would recommend waiting until level 79 and grinding out your last level there if you are after cloth, like me.

I also went to Zul'drak. Just outside of the Argent Crusade area, there is an ongoing undead event. You can kill a number of mobs at once, with a decent droprate on cloth. The downside of this is that the respawns are pretty haphazard and sometimes you can't get out of combat. I had a couple of close calls and had to run for my life a couple of times.

One bonus of killing the undead mobs, though, is that one of them dropped a Manual: Heavy Frostweave Bandage for me.

I intend to continue questing in Grizzly Hills and then probably Zul'drak until reaching 79, when I will do my Frostweave stint and hopefully be able to craft my Magnificent Flying Carpet at Level 80. ;)

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Monday, December 1, 2008

More Blighting

Almost completed Dragonblight.

Level 76.

Alexstrasza, Queen of Dragons

If you haven't already, you have to see the cut scene at the Wrathgate. :o

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore

Factionblight Temple

My guild, <Exiles> ran Black Temple last night. It was my first time to go in there. We cleared up to the Illidari Council, of whom we had two quick attempts before finishing for the evening. The toughest fight was by far Gurtogg Bloodboil. Surprisingly, despite the lack of Shadow Resist gear across the raid of 23 players, Mother Shahraz was very easy.

We will probably be attempting the Illidari Council again tonight. Hopefully we can get all the way to Illidan! We are all over level 70, with even a couple of 80s, but it is still good to be raiding; even if T6 content is past its prime.

Gaiwyn is level 75. I am still questing through Dragonblight -- in fact, I am probably barely even halfway through quests there. Then again, I could be quite far into it and almost ready to hit up Azjol-Nerub.

I hope to continue working on Azeroth factions, Outland factions and Northrend factions. Check out this character comparison. Click Character and then Reputation -- or look at their wealth: 100,000g from auctions. :o

I wish I was that much of an auction king. Sheesh. See their standalone Reputation page: 39 oldschool factions at exalted. ;)

More Dragonblight after work. ;)

Gaiwyn of Proudmoore