Gearing Up and Resocketing and Some Other Stuff

October 30, 2007

Monday night was good to me. Finally had enough points to win the token for my T4 shoulders, which gives me 3/5 total. Yay me!

I also made the decision to do a major resocketing job. I had been stacking alot of agility so as to balance attack power and crit to support my build. I knew that while my hit rating met the minimum requirements for specials (about 9%), eh, yeah it’s been lacking. But up until this week, I haven’t had the extra gem slots or other gear to warrant the necessary reduction of other stats just to improve hit. Anyway, I placed 7 +4agi/+4hit gems in 7 of my available red sockets and raised my hit rating to 224. Knowing that one of our druids has improved faerie fire, I can loosely calculate (for raiding) my chance for direct melee misses as follows:

Base miss for dual-wielders = 28%

Current hit rating modifiers:

  • 5% = 5/5 Precision
  • 14.20% = Gear and itemization
  • 3% = Improved faerie fire

    Thats 22.20% chance to hit. Right? Well, not exactly. It would be more accurate to say that my miss chance is reduced by 22.20%.

    Talented, geared, and raid buffed (28% – 22.20%), my chance to miss is now around 5.8%. I actually have the recount data to support this, but I forgot to email the screenshot to my work email address before leaving this morning. Ah, well.

    I’m still struggling with dodges and parries, which I have read can be eliminated by standing >.5 yards directly behind the enemy target. Go ahead and try that during the HKM or Gruul fight. I. Dare. You. Regardless, it’s nice to finally be settling into a comfort zone with my gear and itemization.

    A random list for today, mostly because I am too busy at work to complete any of the 4 posts I’ve been trying to write about the following subjects:

  • Eating pizza with a fork and knife should be a federal offense. Charges should be considered capital when the fork and knife have been proved to be plastic.
  • I may or may not have acquired a level 70 warlock through means by which may or may not be worse in comparison to eating pizza with a (plastic) fork and knife.
  • TJ reminds me of her awesomeness daily, sometimes through force and other times just by sheer…awesomeness. However, a certain BM hunter and I have a plan that involves the recent allowance of paid character name changes and the word “brkfangirl”.
  • In fact, I need to end this list and this post with the following awesomeness of teh TEEJ because of the following exchange, which literally JUST took place:

    TJ: %ranting about work sillyness%
    TJ: I need you to distract meeeeeee
    Me: Ok, hold on, do you want me to write about your awesomeness, or not?
    /pause
    Me: I guess not
    TJ: Doom wait, I do
    Me: Let me finish the post
    /pause
    (Speaking to the frustations of TJ’s workday)
    Me: DIRECT YOUR FURY AT MEH
    TJ: I can’t. I like you
    TJ: As much as that disgusts me
    Me: That was possibly the most amazing backhanded compliment I’ve ever received. And I love it
    TJ: Who? What, me? Oh.
    TJ: Yeah, I totally meant whatever you thought I meant that was funny and made you like it

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    Elite Game Masters

    October 25, 2007

    Don’t have much to say today. Not anything new, but I love this vid.


    Hump(ing) Day

    October 24, 2007

    Ugh. October, can you make up your MIND already?! I cannot continue with this 75-degree-100%-humidity-one-day-55-degree-and-windy-the-next cycle. Seriously, my sinuses are in /wrist mode with all of this atmospheric fluctuation.

    This has been somewhat of a slow week at work, with the exception of a pretty embarassing SNAFU by yours truly yesterday afternoon. It’s been a bit of a stressful start for this new job (which I guess isn’t really all that new anymore), having to assume project management on the implementation phase of multiple Pharma web presence initiatives. Not being involved from the start of design means that there are required elements to pushing development into production that I just don’t know about. Regardless of how many handoff/status meetings I have with the previous owners of my current responsibilities, knowledge transfers are never complete.

    Anyway, a marketing email for a popular drug was supposed to drop yesterday, and I thought everything was in order. I had the final meeting with my business technical contact for the brand, and assured him that we were good to go. On sending out notification to the communications team to initiate the delivery of the email, I was returned the following response:

    “We cannot send this email until tickets 27406, 27757, 27770, 27269, 27047, 27022, and 26859 have been pushed to the productin environment.”

    (Quick explanation: I work with web/graphic developers, and we use a ticketing system to submit and track active development. Each element of a website is tracked in it’s own ticket by the program we use, so this means that SEVEN pieces of the website still needed to moved to the live domain.)

    Weeeeeeeeeeeell, crap. You’d think it wouldn’t be so hard to move a bunch of files from one network folder to another (which is essentially the difference between test and live environments). At my previous job, a small development company, this would have been no problem. Just copy and paste, right? Eh, here it’s a bit more complicated. Big company = many departments = multiple avenues of approval.

    I had to go back to the BT and admit my mistake, which was made to suck even more because he is out for vacation for the rest of the week. “My fault.”, I say. And that’s fine, for now. But the expiration on my new guy card is coming up pretty soon.

    In the end, I learned a valuable lesson. Not that I need to be more diligent about covering the entirety of a project’s scope, regardless of at what point I have been given ownership. No, something much more valuable.

    What happened late yesterday was may fault. It was caused by my actions, or rather, my inactions. But the developers and back end quality control team (who are ultimately responsible for pushing development to production) were more than willing to put forth some extra effort to help me get the situation right. They stayed late, helped me gather the requirements I had missed, and kept me updated as tickets were closed (which means they were verified as working on the live website).

    I learned that my colleagues are not only reliable to, but are willing to help each other out in order to accomplish the goals set forth unto the information systems team.

    THAT is enough to make someone enjoy coming to work everyday.


    Arena God Mode?

    October 23, 2007

    Since TBC came out, Rogues have been complaining about how the subtlety tree just isn’t good. For anything. Shadowstep and the surrounding talents just weren’t tuned for the way that arena playstyle was evolving, where mutilate and combat maces were shining. Fair enough. Blizzard can only give skills and talents, they can’t dictate how to actively use them. They can, however, adapt talents, retune, and reapply.

    From what I have experienced so far on the PTR, the changes to sub have been very good. The improvement to hemorrage is actually quite nice when paired with the upgrade to dirty deeds (2/2 points gives 20% additional damage from specials when enemy is below 35% health). Since I don’t PvP much at all, I have been fooling aroud with builds that would allow the new hemo to be used as a raid buff while still dealing significant dps.

    More on that later, as I am still getting some screenshots and theories together.

    But.

    This new change, released this morning. Is. In. Sane.

    Cheat Death (Subtlety) chance to trigger increased to 33/66/100% and now also causes the rogue to take 90% less damage for 3 seconds when the effect triggers. This effect cannot occur more than once per minute.

    It seems that Blizzard wants to give the sub tree a real strong boost for those who enjoy pvp and arena, and the change to this talent is proof. But seriously, don’t expect the new cheat death to hit the live realms as it reads above.

    If it does, watch every other class QQ until it gets nerfed back to something between what it is now and it’s current PTR capacity.

    Think of it this way. I am in an arena battle, getting pounded by an arms warrior. I have 3k health left and his next mortal strike crits for 4k. I’ve been hit by this before. It’s not fun. It hurts. With 3/3 cheat death, not only do I completely avoid that amount of damage, but for the next 3 seconds I am pretty much invincible. Granted, this cannot happen again for another minute, so his next big crit will most likely kill me anyway. But 3 seconds could be all I need to finish off his healer…or something else that could turn the battle. I don’t know much about arenas, but enough to know when a talent buff is overpowered. This is one of those times.

    Even more daunting is what this could mean in PvE and raiding: Roguetards. In other words, rogues who don’t care about strategy because they know that once a minute, they cant die. Rogues who spec deep into a tree being retooled mostly for arena to get a talent because it’s “cool”. Rogues should not be raid speccing for death avoidance. If you need to avoid death once per minute it’s because you aren’t paying attention to the strategy of the fight.

    I don’t know, I’m kind of shocked at this one still. I keep checking my calendar to make sure it’s not April 1st.

    Another change I would like to see to hemo is the addition of a bleed. Not a significant bleed like garrote or rupture, something more along the lines of a rend. It wouldnt stack, only being reapplied after it’s duration has run out.

    Anyway, what do you all think about this change to cheat death? Am I just being a huge negatron? To those who do arena often, is this as OP as I really think it is?


    The New Hemo: An Exciting Change

    October 22, 2007

    Trained to rank 4, the new and improved Hemmorage adds up to 36 damage to any physical attack. Melee. Pets. Backstab. Mutilate. Sinister Strike. Shield Slam. Auto Shot. Steady Shot. Kill Command. Heroic Strike. Execute. Rip. Mangle.

    This could quite possibly be the answer to a Rogue’s lack of a true group/raid buff.


    I really like this change, mostly because I ran a 20/0/41 hemo build leveling from 60-70 and I enjoyed it very much. But…thinking about using hemo as a raid buff could be entirely erroneous on my part. Is the overall increased physical dps worth the significantly reduced individual dps? Obviously one could forget about being in the top 5 of a 25-man raid. If I were any good at math I would try and calculate the damage per strike gained for each class that dealt physical damage, attempt to figure for an average attack per second, and try to estimate raid dps gained (assuming a certain number of each physical dps class) versus individual dps lost.

    Perhaps a hybrid 5/25/31 build would work best to serve the purpose of this grandiose idea of mine? Heh. I lawl just thinking about it.

    Sigh. Why do I always do this to myself? I know exactly what’s going to happen anyway. Because…I just can’t leave well enough alone.

    Maybe I’m just too in love with the idea of being able to have a significant raid/party buff like every other class.

    In other news, these changes look fun too. You can bet that I will be making a copy of Doomilias on the PTR this evening…



    Quick Rant

    October 19, 2007

    Ever see that Visa commercial where everyone is dancing around the store effortlessly buying their merchandise with the swipe of a card and smile? And then some noob comes along and breaks out the checkbook, the music stops, and everyone stares?

    Well…

    EXCUSE ME LADY TWO SPOTS AHEAD OF ME IN LINE THE TIME IS 12:34PM AND THERE ARE 31 PEOPLE BEHIND YOU SEARCHING YOUR POOP COLORED WALLET FOR COINS TO MAKE EXACT CHANGE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE WHEN THERE IS A PERFECTLY FUNCTIONING SPEEDPAY RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU OMFG YOU NOOB ITS NOT FUNNY STOP LAUGHING MY LUNCH IS GETTING COLD AND I CAN FEEL THE PERSON BEHIND ME GETTING IMPATIENT WHICH IS MAKING ME ANXIOUS WHICH MEANS YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET SLAMMED IN THE FACE BY ONE OF THOSE 18 INCH TWISTED PRETZELS NEXT TO THE CASH REGISTER!

    WHILE IM YELLING I DONT CARE THAT THE SWEET POTATO FRIES ONLY COST 90 CENTS THEY ARE UNDERCOOKED SOGGY POORLY SEASONED AND THEY MAKE ME WANT TO STOMP ON THE TOES OF THAT 5 YEAR OLD KID WHO IS OBVIOUSLY CELEBRATING HIS BIRTHDAY BY HAVING LUNCH WITH HIS DAD AT WORK HOW CAN YOU MESS UP SWEET POTATO FRIES OMFG JUST HEAT UP OIL FRY AND SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERVE!

    /breathe

    …at least the cheddar bacon potato soup was delicious. Until I added one packet of salt too many.

    /fail
    /queuesadbastardemo
    /wristswidthwisenotlengthwisebecauseidontreallywanttodie
    /weepforattention

    Otherwise, the new Coheed album is rocking my face(s) off.


    The Back Up

    October 19, 2007

    I was going to use today’s post to write about my experience playing a friends 41/0/20 affliction lock in Kara last night, and how I loved it so much that I may or may not be browsing Craigslist looking for a good deal.

    And then I came across this video, which led to me spending the last 30 minutes clearing brain matter from my monitor.

    Who. What. When. Where. How. BLAM!