Ready to Rumble

By some miracle my husband logged in yesterday and his graphical issues were gone. Yay!  We went right in a dungeon and let me tell you it really does make a big difference to have at least one other person you know who is reliable and not some complete bean head as we find in your typical group.

Trying make bags and bank space and empty my mailboxes in preparation for tomorrow.

The bank is loaded with potions.  Should have armor kits and sharpening stones and low level scrolls too…check ckeck.

Then we’ll be ready.


I am having to level my Frost Mage to level 50 because she is the tailor and we need netherweave bags without buying them big time.  I need level 50 to advance and she is almost 46.  Since the big patch she is so underpowered I’ve had people whispering to me in dungeons asking if the class has been nerfed 😦    She might as well trade in her Cone of Cold for a Cone of Shame.   If you look at guides for the class trying to develop a good strategy and rotation they are as always all for level 85 and talk about skills I don’t have.  Not so useful.  I have been just alternating between Frostfire Bolt and Frost Bolt because they do the most damage, tossing in Ice Lance now and then to finish things off.

I was so desperate, I tried out the Arcane Specialization (again I haven’t any of the skills the guides recommend) and tested various rotations on the little pony-dog creatures in the Eastern Plaguelands.  Dead dead dead, no matter the rotation.  It might be that my character from another realm just isn’t properly equipped as part of the problem, but eek.  I switched her to Frost and much better survival.  Argh I say.

My right hand man has been unable to play at all since the patch because of terribly distorted graphics.  We have tried every posted solution.  Put in two tickets.  First ticket just went away, no response.  Waiting on the second one.

I dislike the new loot drop system where you pick up anything in a area all at once. I see what it is trying to do but frequently because of some sort of landscape or clipping type issues you can pick nothing up.

I’m feeling like I don’t like any of the classes since the patch.  I dislike the Talent and Specialization changes.

Pandaria is next week and I’m not looking forward to it because who knows what additional problems that will bring?  This is the first time I have thought the game is buggy as anything for many reasons.  So much for “Polish”.

Level 2!

Yay!  We are at level 2!  5% extra xp for killing monsters and doing quests.  Does it get better than that?

The level 3 perk increases your mounted speed by 10% .    There are currently cute little winged feet looking things in the bank, by the way, which you can apply to your boots to get you 4% added mount speed.

I’m happy they made these changes to guild leveling.  It will enhance our play and allow us to be appealing to rare fine player doggies who might join us.  Before I created this guild, I tried out several level 25 guilds which were constant spammers in Trade chat.  I do not think I ever saw more than five people on at any time (except once) in any of them so booya on that 500 member guild stuff.


Tanks from Heck and Abandoner Marked!

So I was trying to level several characters last night. Worst night ever in dungeons.

Leave Dungeon Instance, you bet!

First tank thinks its high humor to go in circles in Dire Maul and do anything but go to the next spot.   Second time in circle out I went.

Next tank in Razorfen immediately starts whining and begging someone else to tank.  He doesn’t give a reason but finally says he just got his first ever “justice weapon” (whoopdy doo) and he MUST TRY IT OUT.   Poof out I went.

Switched characters and went to Durenhold?  Three healers in a row leave the the instance immediately.  I now suspect they recognized the tank.  Fourth one comes in and stays but the tank starts flirting with he/she/it and she says her hair smells so good and she and the tank start whispering sexy talk while all grinds to a halt.  Poof!

By now I am pretty annoyed so when we hit Stratholme with another character and the BEAR freaking tank won’t move out and he and another player start bandying about and he becomes vile, I leave, no questions asked.  This happened pretty quickly so I got the Abandoner Flag.  Honestly, I was ok with it.

Nut. Cases.



Fire Mage

For RD: I tried the Noxxic set of rotations out and barely lived.  I tweaked the skills on the bar till I got this rotation which made for a much quicker fight in my favor.


Rotation (toolbar setup for your level 60ish Fire mage)

Molten armor up

Pyroblast (Watch for this to light up anytime in a fight and hit it again when it does)



Inferno Blast

Frostfire Bolt

Ice Lance (Smaller damage but INSTANT with no cooldown and it can save you)

Cone of Cold

Frost Nova

Flame Strike (Area of effect and you have to place a green target area where you want it to hit. Would only use it in a fight against multiples on your own, not in a dungeon)

Blizzard (Another Area of effect)


Hit them in this order and watch for Pyroblast extra to light up and you’ll be good!


Talents (WOW Popular)


Blazing Speed



Living Bomb


edited by Atherne 9/8/12

Feral Cat

I’ve liked Druid best for some time now and in my Blackwater Raiders set of characters I’ve played Feral Cat.  I’ve decided to push that character forward so I can try the scenarios which are not avalable till level 85.  It will take a fair bit since I’m just short of level 64.  My Earthen Ring 73 Druid may be a better bet except that I stopped playing those characters when I realized I really didn’t know how to play any class well and I decided to create a new set from the ground up and learn from scratch.  As I have caught up in levels with my Earthen Ring counterparts I have fixed what I could on them stats and armor wise then sent them into the dungeons to try out their skills.  My Earthen Ring character has armor that emphasizes the wrong stats and I have to move my leatherworker forward there in order to outfit her properly.  Sigh.

In any case, this is the order of my Feral Cat toolbar:

Wild Charge

Tiger’s Fury




Ferocious Bite




Beserk (Use when available)

Savage Roar (Use when available)

King of the Jungle and Survival Instincts are on the second bar and have not been used by me yet. (Except I accidentally hit King of the Jungle and couldn’t figure out why my cat was suddenly wearing a dress and headpiece).

I played through several dungeons last night successfully so I think the rotation is good.

At one point the tank poofed right away as tanks do, and they asked me to be a bear till a new one was found.  Well, you can change but you have like four moves and none are really useful to keep you going as a tank.  I thought my days of having people ask me to switch to bear were done but agh.  After that dungeon I decided to switch to Guardian as a secondary talent so I could at least do it if needed.  I could not choose it for love or money.  Once Feral Cat was chosen as a primary it would only let me choose Restoration as a secondary.  I tried to read up on this to see if I was doing something wrong but could see no mention anywhere.  I don’t know if my cat is bugged or what.  I paid several times to completely reset specializations to be sure but nooo.    What is the use of having four specializations if you can’t choose between all of them?


After consulting the usual sources I chose these Talents:

Wild Charge

Nature’s Swiftness



Have not selected Glyphs yet.  I know I am keeping Rebirth however because it is so useful in a group to bring someone back while in combat.

I despise the new travel form.  It seems slow and ungainly and hops like a huge bunny.