April 23, 2008 – 8:08 am
Absolutely in NO particular order. Keep in mind that these have more to do with the atmosphere/lore of the area and less to do with the actual mechanics. And whether or not I farmed them for 8+months.
Dire Maul and AQ are not on the list for one simple reason – I have never, on any of my characters, completed any wing of Dire Maul, and I’ve only seen the first boss in both AQ20 and AQ40. I have, with my hunter, gotten to the first boss of Dire Maul West, and helped a paladin with his epic mount quest once. I loved the look of both DM and AQ, but I can’t call them favorites because… well I’ve never actually seen more than a fraction of what’s there to see. *sadface*
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April 22, 2008 – 9:25 am
This is one in a series of posts covering resto-shaman-specific information for tier4 and tier5 boss fights. It will NOT be a boss kill strategy, rather a list of tips and tricks for your friendly neighborhood shaman to make these fights run a little more smoothly.
Other Tuesday guides: Karathress, The Lurker Below, Hydross, Tidewalker.
Leotheras the Blind is a corrupted demon hunter who now has serious personal space issues from the demon that has taken up residence in his body. He is rumoured to be one of the first five Blood-elf demon hunters trained by Illidan, but of those five, Varedis (in the Ruins of Karabor) is the only one that is known to have made it out alive and with his sanity intact. (Leo obviously left his sanity behind awhile ago.) Demon hunters bind a demon into themselves as part of the initiation where they ritually blind themselves – Leotheras apparently lost himself in the process, and now can’t decide if he’s a demon, an elf, or both.
Oh – and when you show up, he’ll be banished. For some reason, unbanishing him in order to kill him is a good idea. I don’t get it either.
Leotheras is a big emo elf. As such, he has emo elf form, and big scary demon form.
When he is an emo elf, he whirlwinds periodically. This hurts. He also pings around the room like he’s playing pinball. Avoid it.
When he is a big scary demon, he shoots demon chaos blasts at someone. Ideally, that someone is a warlock wearing a lot of fire resist gear. Don’t stand near the warlock either.
Approximately 15 seconds into Demon phase, he will whisper up to 5 members of the raid and “draw out their inner demon”. These will show up in black, and ONLY YOU can kill your own inner demon. If you don’t kill it by the time he’s done being a demon, you get mind controlled and your raid will have to kill you.
He drops aggro in between phases.
At 15%, he has a multiple personality disorder moment, and splits into his two selves, and you have to deal with both the angry demon and the emo elf at the same time.
After 10 minutes, he will wipe the raid
For serious strategery, check out www.bosskillers.com and/or www.wowwiki.com.
For comedic strategery – you can see a humorous illustrated guide here.
Group Considerations: Your usual group composition should be fine for this one.
totems, Totems, TOTEMS!: Whatever totems are appropriate for your group, with the addition of a searing totem as much as possible. Leo has a tendency, post whirlwind and post demon phase, to go after your searing totem before he goes after anything else – which gives the tank time to pick him up more before he wtfpwns a warlock.
Heroism/Bloodlust?: Depending on the raids preferences, there are two options. Either wait until the split at 15% to burn down the end of the fight faster, or heroism 5 seconds after the warlock tank has solid aggro during the demon phase. The first pulls your raid through the toughest part of the fight quickly. The second gets you WAY ahead of the enrage timer, giving you some breathing room for the rest of the fight. Ask your raid leader which s/he prefers!
Earthshield: This is a fight where earthshield can make the difference between a win and a wipe. For EmoElf phase, it’s not that crucial – Leo’s hits on a tank are rather equivalent to a wet noodle flogging, so keep earthshield up on the tank to make things a little easier, but it’s not going to affect the outcome too much.
However – when he goes into Demon phase, things change. 15 seconds into this phase, any raid member can become a potential inner demon killer. Even you, my dear resto shaman, or your tree-druid and healy priest friends. These demons are susceptible to nature and holy damage (so paladins don’t have much trouble with them), but they can wreak havoc on your healer camp because they cause spell pushback.
BUT WAIT! You have earthshield! Throwing an earthshield on a resto druid or holy priest that gets an inner demon will help them not die, and help their wrath/moonfire/smite spam kill the demon faster. Which means fewer mind-controlled/dead healers. Which means you’re more likely to win.
My priority is usually on resto druids before priests, since our priests tend to need more healing and our druids tend to get mind controlled, but your raid may be different.
Also – don’t be afraid to earthshield YOURSELF in this situation.
Don’t Stand In The… Whirlwind. It applies a bleed-DOT that hurts. Don’t stand in the chaos blasts either.
Heroism?: Either at the very end, during the split phase, to help burn him down faster, or about 10 seconds into the first Demon phase, to put yourselves WAY ahead of the enrage timer.
Shaman Friendly or Unfriendly: Unfriendly, except for the earthshield part. As a resto shaman, I feel like a gimmick on this one, with the earthshield and the searing totem tricks. Everyone is standing WAY far apart, and running around like idiots. Without a HOT spell, and with our main healing spell relying on splash heals to nearby damaged players, this fight is one of the most frustrating fights in SSC for me. Fortunately TRI has a KICK ASS team of other healers, so I can often throw a few DPS spells in here and there, which breaks up the monotony of running away and having all my chain heals not bounce.
Other things to keep in mind:
<Smokey the Bear Voice> Remember! Only YOU can kill your inner demon.
To kill your inner demon, you must be able to consistently hit it. This is one of the fights where I tend to wear a combination of healing, stamina, and spell-hit gear, since I don’t lose too much healing, and being able to polish off my demon in very little time is nice and lets me get back to healing. Also – use chain lightning, earthshock, and lightning bolt – NOT flameshock. Inner demons are resistant to fire and susceptible to nature and holy damage – so use all the nature spells you can. Don’t worry about healing yourself – just kill your demon.
The warlock tank will likely be a soul-link spec – meaning somewhere in the room he’ll have a parked felpuppy to eat some of the damage he takes. Keep an eye on the puppy – don’t let it die.
And really – don’t stand in the whirlwind.
April 21, 2008 – 8:25 am
So I took the gamer personality type quiz over at Game Cafe…
Based on my answers, I’m an:
ESAK players often see the game world as a great stage, full of things to see and people to meet. They love teaming up with people to get to the hard-to-see places, and they relish unique experiences.
Breakdown: Achiever 40.00%, Explorer 93.33%, Killer 0.00%, Socializer 66.67%
The game that has the highest proportion of people like you (ESAK) is Entropia Universe. You chose which which is not amongst the top 10 choices for your type. Perhaps you’re a unique snowflake, or maybe we just don’t know enough people like you.
Overall – this is spot on. Though I do have a bit of PVP experience, I largely do it for the honor upgrades and not for any love of killing another player. (I generally feel that I get enough anger and stupidity in real life, and entering BG’s only ups my frustration level, not lowers it). I *love* the history and lore in Warcraft, especially when it means doing quests that have historically-involved storylines and let me go exploring around spiffy places.
I even love exploring spiffy places that I’ve already seen/done 10 times before! And I *particularly* love exploring when it means I get to do it with fun people that I know and like. Go go TRI! I’d definitely say that “seeing and killing new things” is tied for #1 with “cooperating with an awesome team” on my list of reasons why I raid.
So what kind of a gamer are you?
April 20, 2008 – 10:15 am
Not from blogging, but from Warcraft.
Last night my hand-me-down video card finally succumbed to mental illness and could no longer find its own memory. This is, in turn, causing me to have screen flashing, black holes, blocks of color, artifacting, and – eventually – stop errors that automatically restart my computer. Last night I was averaging about 15-20 seconds of online time before things exploded.
Fortunately I’d seen the death-throes, and have already ordered a new card (which should, hopefully, be here Tuesday or Wednesday) – but until then, WoW is just plain out of the question.
So I’ll be blogging, writing, knitting, cooking, and fiddling around with other neglected projects until then. And maybe playing a bit of Diablo2 (if I can >.> dead video card and all). For some reason I’ve had a hankering to go back and play that game again.
I’ll still be around here though – nothing wrong with the internet!
*image credit TexasTiger