The Liebster Award!

I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by the blog Myriadoscope.

You might be asking “What is a Liebster Award?”, because I was asking the same thing when I got the Twitter notification about it. Basically it is a “pay it forward” idea to promote readership of blogs that have a small audience in the hope of networking bloggers and gaining new followers. Sometimes it’s good to spice up your posts with a different topic, writing style of guest writer. This is something that I have done of my own back previously in the form of guest posts from different people I’ve interacted with in the World of Warcraft community.

Liebster Award

The Liebster Award involves me answering 11 questions provided by the person who nominated me and posting them as a blog entry. Then as the recipient I then nominate some new people and give them a new set of questions of answer. And then the idea is that they will then participate in, nominating more people etc…

Before we start I would like to say thank you Myriadoscope for nominating me and that  you should all go and check out their blog. Who knows, you might like what you see. Now, on with the questions!

1. Favourite race/class in WoW and why?
My favourite would have to be my main, a Night Elf Druid. I have played this character since day 1. I have stuck through all the changes over the past 6 years – back when the Feral rotation was; Mangle, Shred x 4, Rip, rinse and repeat – right through to where the class is now. I just feel completely comfortable playing this character / class. Something I haven’t achieved on any of my other characters. Somethings like instant cast flight form or stealth or being able to perform any role are hard to pass up. Plus I get to be a fire kitty. That is pretty damn HAWT!

2. Achievement/Title you’re proudest of?
My raiding commitments peaked mid to late WOTLK. I was raiding in a 25 man main guild and a 10 man guild on the side. With this group we got our Ulduar meta, ToGC meta and tribute to insanity and was the 6th group on Alliance side Blackrock-US (13th server) to defeat the Lich King the week it was released. That was the high point for me. I’m yet to find a regular group that was as serious / laid back / talented / consistent as we were back then.The title I wear the most often is “the Insane”. I didn’t get the title until Cataclysm when it was “arguably” easier, but I still got exalted with the Shen’delar before the faction was removed from the game and grinded my Steamweedle Cartel reputation in Dire Maul North, freeing the goblin. All the way from max hated to exalted. That took dedication. I could get the runs down to 4 mins at the end, doing 5 every hour.

3. What’s in your bags (any character, or all of them)?
I’m a very self-reliant kind of person. I don’t like to ask for help and this is reflected in the bags of my characters, more so my Druid. I have reagents, trinkets, materials, several sets of gear, transport devices (I pride myself on my ability to get anywhere in the world super fast), consumables and other random things I may be working on.

4. Favourite expansion/instance/boss fight?
There are so many good encounters that it’s hard to pick just one. I think most of WOTLK as great. Sartharion 3 drake was so tough when it was current. Most of Ulduar was good and the Lich King was a great boss to end the expansion with. During Cata, I really enjoyed Firelands especially Major Domo Staghelm and Ragnoros. MOP was really fun, though I didn’t get to raid as much as I would have liked. I think Garrosh was a very well designed fight, but it just doesn’t have the emotional tug that the Lich King did. Will of the Emperor was a great fight too.

5. Pet peeve in WoW?
This is a Druid specific thing. Well there is actually 2. The first is bosses turning around to cast spells on the raid – they always do it when I’m trying to Shred so I get parried or the error “You need to be behind the target”, even though it’s only for a split second it still annoys the hell out of me, messes up my flow. The second is when you become stunned in an animal form, you can’t shift into a different form e.g. Cat Form -> Bear Form. Instead what happens is when you attempt to shift, you go to your human form, even if you hit a specific form and not simply un-shifting. This really sucks in PVP because your human form is more than likely our weakest form. We don’t have any damage reduction or bonus healing or access to certain defensive abilities. I don’t get why we can’t shift straight to a new form, but get un-shifted????? Blizzard, please fix this!

6. What inspired your blog?
I am a very altruistic person by nature. I like to share knowledge nd raise the lowest common denominator. After playing WOW for many years, especially a Feral Druid, I feel that I have a lot of knowledge and experience to share.I had been looking for a creative outlet for a while. I actually thought about pod casting but soon realised that the WOW field is fairly well saturated. Then one day Alaron from the Fluid Druid appeared on the Twisted Nether Blogcast and I remember him saying that there weren’t many Feral Druid Blogs which was the final push I needed to start my blog.

7. Favourite blog-related moment?
Probably when my getting into LFR post first got more than 100 views in a day. That was really exciting. It’s good to get recognition, but that’s not why I write the blog. That being said, getting shout outs from other bloggers or fan sites is always great!

8. One thing you can’t live without?
Air?
Seriously it would probably either be tomato sauce or vegemite. Though internet is pretty good….

9. Place you’d most like to visit?
Either Africa or the UK / Europe.
Africa has this feeling of being untamed, wild and savage. I grew  up watching World Around Us documentaries and I think it would be awesome to see all the animals and different environments in the flesh.
My family heritage is from the UK. So it would be nice to go there and see where I came from. There is also lots of museums, sight seeing things that would be awesome to see – Scout museum, Harry Potter museum, the Rosslyn Chapel from the Da Vinci Code and number of other famous locations, oh and a real life castle :D

10. Favourite fictional character?
I tend to like characters that are lawful good and are knowledgeable, wise and well respected. Experts at their craft. I really like Kakashi from Naruto and Dumbledore from Harry Potter. Optimus Prime from Transformers is a great leader. I also like Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption for his determination and Tyrion from Game of Thrones for his cunning and understanding of human nature.

11. Soundtrack to your life?
Music from games I played in my childhood or just about an Dream Theater album.

My nominees are:

I’m meant to nominate 11, but I don’t even follow 11 blogs and I have no idea if they have been nominated previously.

And now for my 11 questions:

  1. What got you into blogging and why is it important to you?
  2. Skittles or MnM’s?
  3. Have you ever tried vegemite? If not, would you?
  4. If you could travel back in time, what time period would you go to?
  5. If you had the opportunity to meet any 3 living people in the world, who would they be?
  6. What is something that makes you unique like a talent or special ability?
  7. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?
  8. What’s the best / worst pick up line you have used or had used on you?
  9. Have you ever considered going vegetarian if you are not already? If not, why?
  10. What’s your favourite movie?
  11. Scrunch or fold?

Have fun :D

~Elamari

So you think you can PVP? – Guest blog Feral PVPer Ðaiquiri on Frostmourne-US

Up for some PVP and all that Jazz? If yes then you’ve come to the right place… or you just want to hear some lunatic to blab on about how fun PVP as a Feral Druid can be then you have also come to the right place. So let’s get into it!

I’m Ðaiquiri from the server Frostmourne-US and I’ve been PVPing as Feral since the beginning of The Wrath of the Lich King. I have never been bored with the Feral Druid play style whether it is battlegrounds, rated battlegrounds, arenas or World PVP. Having been an active member of Gundrak’s number one RBG group (Pinoy Guild on Gundrak) and also just being that person that helps others just to get there weekly caps with arenas I’ve had my fair share of PVP.

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Patch 6.0 Patch Notes – Warlords of Draenor (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of the Patch 6.0 Patch Notes. I decided to split the information up into two posts to make it easier to digest. Part 1 was posted a few days ago and covered General Changes, Button Bloat, Buffs and Debuffs and Class Changes. Part two will cover Racial Traits, Glyphs, Level 100 Talents and Perks. Part 2 covers Racial Traits, Glyphs, Level 100 Talents and Perks.

MMO Champion has the write up of all the changes for all classes and specs. The Inc Bear has the Guardian write up and there is some good discussion over at The Fluid Druid Forums for Ferals.

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Patch 6.0 Patch Notes – Warlords of Draenor (Part 1)

I’m going to try my hand at some news / patch notes posts and what better place to start than with the next expansions alpha notes. I will be focusing on the Feral Changes. Since there is such a large volume of information I have split it into two posts. Part 1 covers General Changes, Button Bloat, Buffs and Debuffs and Class Changes. Part 2 will cover Racial Traits, Glyphs, Level 100 Talents and Perks.

MMO Champion has a write up of all the changes for all classes and specs. The Inc Bear has the Guardian write up and there is some good discussion over at The Fluid Druid Forums for Ferals.

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Warlords of Draenor Wish List

I am going to be very busy of the next few weeks to months with uni work so unfortunately posts may be few and far between. Hoping to churn out a few ideas I’ve got back logged. Here is a quick list of some changes I’d like to see for Feral’s in Warlords of Draenor.

Button Bloat
The dev’s have said that they would like to address button bloat by pruning abilities that are not in your core rotation, are not fun abilities and don’t see much use. For Ferals I think this could mean that abilities like Innervate and Hurricane could become Resto / Boomkin only and I think Soothe could be removed from the game, but there are other options as I discussed in my enrage effects post. Additionally with the removal of spells requiring positional requirements I can see something happening with Shred and Ravage.

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Cat Nap #7 – Final Boss TV Talks Guardian Druids

While I have been predominately in a DPS roll as of lately, I still tank from time and time and try to stay up to date on all things Guardian. As such, Final Boss TV episode 33 will feature Guardian Druids Arielle and Buraan from The Inconspicuous Bear. The episode will air on March 16 at Final Boss TV and I have some questions I have sent into the show for them to discuss.

Final Boss TV logo

Final Boss also did a Feral Druid episode. I sent in some questions and you can view the episode on YouTube. Most of my questions were answered in the after show.

Unfortunately my questions were not directly answered. However they were used to build the show notes and are answered during the main show and after show. I Tweeted @FinalBossTV and they explained what happened and all is good.

Final Boss TV Twitter reply

Final Boss TV’s reply to my question on Twitter.

1. How much utility would you like to be able to cast in form e.g Tranquility in Bear Form?

2. Suggestions to smooth our rage generation? Currently it’s tied to crit and very spikey. Poor generation at low gear levels, crit capping at high gear levels. Soul of the Forest helps with this now but are there any changes you would like to see for “smoother” generation?

3. Button bloat – I feel that Bear Hug is “useless” and unnecessary. Thoughts on this spell and any others that may contribute to button bloat / spells that could be removed e.g. Innervate.

4. Thoughts on Symbiosis? I found that Bone Shield was probably the best defensive CD. The Monks dodge one felt like it made no difference. Consecration was good for adds and DPS and we all know lightning shield was the best passive dps increase. Suggestions to make it more appealing to Guardians? Should Guardians receive a defensive CD from all classes? Evasion would have been better than Feint, especially given its rage cost from Rogues for example.

5. Are there any abilities you would like to see baseline? I would like the Glyph of Stampeding Roar baseline – It seems stupid that a raid wide CD has such a short default range and that we have to use a glyph for it to be effective. Combining this glyph with the spell to be baseline (probably Feral and Guardian only) would free up a glyph slot for more interesting choices.

6. New mastery. Thoughts on what we might see? Something that interacts with Maul or something that scales / interacts with SD or FR? Additionally, do you think that the Tooth and Claw proc will stay in or be removed?

If you have questions you can submit questions through their website or email questions to them at FinalBossWoW@gmail.com.

Hope you are feeling refreshed after our Cat Nap.

~Elamari

Brawler’s Guild Ranks 8 & 9

Patch 5.3 changed the existing structure of the Brawler’s Guild by removing the old rank 8 bosses to their own rank and adding two additional ranks. There is a comprehensive guide written by kaiadam on the Fluid Druid Forums for ranks one through to the old rank 8. However there isn’t a guide for the new rank 8 and rank 9. Today’s post I will aim to offer some insight, hints and tips into these ranks. WoW Head has a good summary of each bosses abilities that is worth reading. I won’t be explicitly explaining all boss mechanics here.

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