On the Eve of Legion

Legion launches tomorrow!

I find myself scurrying about finishing up the last minute to-dos I delayed for way too long.

Collecting New / Rare / Cool Pets

Thok Hunter Pet

Thok

A big item on my list is taming pets. I’ve tamed:

  • Thok (boss in Siege of Orgrimmar)
  • Chimaeron (boss in BWD)
  • Chromaggus (boss in BWL)
  • All kings of dinosaurs (Isle of Thunder/Giants in Pandaria)
  • The 4 Stone Guards (boss in Mogu’shan Vaults)

Those are just a few.

What I like about the different mounts are their abilities. For example, the Stone Guardians get a combat rez. Pets that are of the Core Hound variety have the equivalent of Blood Lust.

Clearing Old Raids

I’m also going through raids to get some achievements and mounts.

Lich King ICC 25 Man Heroic Achievement

I did ICC 25 man Heroic to get the mount and did all of the challenges in order to get the hard mode achievements. That was pretty tough, and actually fun. I had to use my pet to distract the Lich King while stacking zombies in order to spread plague. Way more fun than actually fighting him back in 2009.

That’s about it. The past week has been pretty much the calm before the storm. What are your plans for launch? I think I’ll hit my class order hall and do my quests there, then head to Highmountain for the mining quests.

If you’re looking for a guild/group/friends in Legion, we’re always welcoming friendly faces to join our gaming community. Come say hey on Discord.

Survival vs. Beastmaster Hunter in Legion

Survival Vs. Beastmaster in Legion

I was dead-set on Survival going into Legion. I had my mind all made up that I would be a gnome melee hunter. Then… I had some time to kill during this pre-launch invasion hype. I finished all my quests, got all of my invasion drops, raised my trade skills, and I thought, “I’ll try out BeastMaster just for the heck of it.” After trying out BM, I’m seriously torn.

Survival vs. Beastmaster DPS

Beastmaster is out-dpsing my survival spec by about 20% right now. BM is also ranged vs melee, which to me makes it waaaay easier to play. I can spend more time consistently shooting the target while mobile (to avoid bad stuff) rather than being so close to something.

The pet skills for BM are also really neat. Stomp does incredible damage. I think I’m seeing 40k+ crits that are AoE, and that’s incredibly powerful for something that’s a passive on my pet when it “charges in” — which seems to happen way more often than the description implies.

My biggest struggle with Survival seems to be RNG + sustainability. Messing up that rotation even a little bit drops my DPS by 30% whereas I seem to be able to sustain DPS on the BM spec even after the initial burst.

BM burst is indeed powerful. Popping Stampede, Burst of Crows, Bestial Wrath, AND Aspect of the Wild is disgusting.

Follow up that initial cooldown dump with Kill Command on cooldown, Dire Beast on Cooldown, and cobra shots to dump Focus… it’s super easy AND really great DPS.

Survival vs. BM in PvP

I wasn’t enjoying Survival in PvP. Having to be in Melee means being soft to hits and getting focused pretty easy — or even burned by passive AoE damage. Sending in the pet to stomp and then using multishot (which procs more pet aoe) means tons of damage. I was keeping people off flags in AB all by myself AND killing them by blowing cooldowns. I couldn’t do that as Survival.

Thok Hunter PetBeastmaster vs. Survival Pets

I could never go Marksman because of the no pet thing. For the same reason, I feel like BM is really fun because it gets even cooler pets. Being able to tame Thok (from Siege of Orgrimmar) and other neat exotic pets pushes the needle toward BM.

Melee vs Ranged DPS for Hunters

Here’s where things get sticky. I’m hearing that Survival (melee) out DPS’s BM (Ranged) end-game in the parses. There’s also this idea that melee might be better DPS due to fight mechanics in 5-man mythics. I haven’t done enough research, but this is what I’m hearing.

Conclusion

From the sound of things, if you think I’m leaning BM then you are correct. I think it’s more fun right now. The rotation is easier. The ‘flavor’ is more hunter. But that doesn’t mean Survival isn’t fun, and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s any less powerful. I’m torn, and will likely need my friends to weigh in and push me one way or another. For now, I’ve flip flopped to BM.

I Finally Killed Illidan and Saved the World Tree

What do you do when you the next WoW expansion comes out in 15 days?

I’ve purposely avoided playing too much WoW this past week. I don’t see a reason to play right before the expansion releases for a few reasons.

(1) My gear will be replaced within minutes so anything new/better that I get is pointless

(2) I’m not going to get any richer because I’m terribad at making money in the WoW economy

(3) Why burnout BEFORE the expansion?

I decided that I would toss an hour here and there to old raids. I can get transmogs, and I can see parts of the game where I’ve never been. I also want to get lots of pets and mounts (if possible).

First, I hit up Zul’aman and completed the Amani Battle Bear achievement. I tried really hard back in Cataclysm to get this bear, but our groups were never quite able to beat the timer.

Then I hit up Molten Core simply because I wanted to see it again. Nostalgia? For a place I spent hundreds of hours? A little. I obtained three pets: Ashstone Core, Harbinger of Flame, and Stinker (because I completed the achievement).  Not bad for an unexpected reward.

My next stop for the evening was Black Temple. Can you believe I’ve never even stepped foot in Black Temple? In fact, until tonight I’m pretty sure I hadn’t run a single BC raid. I made my way through this tediously long raid and finally stood toe to toe with Demon Hunter himself. He definitely would have been cool to fight back in the day.

Last stop for the night was The Battle for Mount Hyjal. Yep, never went here either unless you count Warcraft 3. This raid was so ridiculously boring and tedious because I had to wait for the waves of mobs and chase down gargoyles. The nostalgia was pretty cool, though. Watching Archimonde be smacked around my whisps was a blast from the past.

I walked away from the night with 3 pets and a dozen or so transmogs. Nothing I’ll wear, but fun to add into my collection.

The Demon Invasion is Upon Us!

The Burning Legion returned yesterday afternoon to once again try and conquer Azeroth!

These invasions set into motion the be beginnings of the Legion expansion, ushering in a new era for the key figures in Warcraft lore. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, so if you’re not interested in some discussion about what happens in the first 15 minutes of the Legion Invasion… best not to read the rest of this post.

The Battle for Broken Shore

Both factions head to the Broken Isles landing on the shores in a very fitting D-Day attack (D for Demon). We stormed the beach and wiped out a some easy Legion vanguard.

Crushing a few of their obelisks, we pushed deeper inland following Jaina (as the Alliance). The Legion warped in what appeared to be Star Destroyers along with their usual legions of demons.

We eventually came to Gul’dan who killed Tirion (because he failed as a Paladin and didn’t bubble hearth) and engaged us with Krosus (some big demon dude in a pit of green Legion acid stuff).

The fight mechanics here were silly and didn’t mean much. The Horde was on one side of the green acid pool and the Alliance on the other. We ping-ponged Krosus back and forth and it was done.

Now it’s time to stop Gul’dan from summoning the Legion!

Oops… too late. He does.

Many familiar faces demons have returned, and the Legion is at full strength.

WoW Legion Invasion Cutscenes

Let’s discuss what happened…

The Alliance

First, Mekketorque steals the entire show. What a complete badass! Genn gets a close second.

As the Alliance call in their gunship and bravely fight the Legion, the Horde — who are providing anti-air support up on a ridge — suddenly sound the retreat, leaving the Alliance completely screwed.

As Genn states, “I knew it! I knew we couldn’t trust her!”

With all hope lost (Thanks, Horde!), the Alliance tries to escape, but not before Gul’dan can unleash one final move causes King Varian Wrynn to have to sacrifice himself to save everyone. In that moment he was almost as cool as Mekkatorque.

Upon return to Stormwind, we let Anduin know of his father’s sacrifice. Anduin shows extreme wisdom here wanting to focus on the Legion and avoid being derailed with the Horde, but Jaina is pissed. Hell hath no fury. She teleports away vowing the Horde is not welcome in her city (Dalaran, she’s the head of the Kirin Tor).

Anduin has invited the Illidari (Demon hunters) to help the Alliance… but is it too late?

The Horde

Last we knew, the Horde up and ditched the Alliance… or did they? Turns out, Vol’jin was run-through with a morgul-blade Legion spear and the Legion were surrounding them. Vol’jin pretty much tells Sylvanas it’s time to skedaddle so they do.

Some people were saying that this justified them abandoning the Alliance, but I think it was definitely an uncharacteristically cowardly move on the Horde’s part, though staying wouldn’t have done much anyway.

Back in Orgrimmar, Vol’jin is dying and with his last breath tells Sylvanas she must rise out of the shadows and become Warchief.

Setting the Stage

This will prove interesting. I don’t know how long it will last, but the Alliance is pissed at the Horde for ditching them. Many of them see this as a betrayal, and the loss of their King in that event makes for even more anger.

The Horde wants revenge for the death of their leader too, but their anger is mostly turned toward the Legion.

Will the Alliance antagonize the Horde? Will there be in-fighting among the inhabitants of Azeroth? I’m left wondering how long this can last with both sides going to Dalaran in Legion.

We shall see!

Where to find Fetch, Play Dead, Wake Up, and more

I learned about a few ‘hidden’ Hunter abilities and toys that I wanted to share with you guys.

When Legion launches, these will probably be available in the Hunter class hall, but if you don’t get Legion or simply want them early then I’ve made a quick little video showing where to go.

Sholazar Basin, Nesingwary Camp

  • Play Dead – makes your pet feign death
  • Wake Up – wakes your pet up from its Play Dead state
  • Fetch – retrieves loot off a corpse you own up to 40 yards away
  • Aspect of the Chameleon – makes you untrackable (like the old aspect of the beast)

Dalaran (Old and I think new)

  • Fireworks – using a ranged weapon it launches a single firework into the air

Just some fun and moderately useful abilities/toys for Hunters. I plan to continually write up useful information for my favorite class. But don’t fret! If you aren’t a Hunter, I’m going to be posting lots of useful information for everyone. I really like this idea of getting involved more and being more engaged with the actual game. I’ll write another topic on this today to address this with you all.