Friday, 30 July 2010

Sucking it up on Professor Putricide

Yeah I know, get with the times, but you know what, not everyone is on ICC HMs and not everyone has even got past Sindragosa in normal with the 30% pity buff. Yet. 11 freaking % is like our raids new stonewall. Anyway, Professor Puddles!

@Asros on twitter mentioned that he was going to be doing this fight on Sunday as the Abomination Driver (aka Sucker/Off Tank) and he thought he'd better read up on it and watch the vids so I offered to email what I did on this fight. Then I thought I may as well get a blog out of it.

When you enter Puddles chamber he's standing at his table mixing cocktails. You won't pull him until you get close enough to the table. Which is where you need to be to drink the potion. Although you're off tanking in this fight, it's helpful to know what the rest of the team will be doing and where they're gunna be, because your PoV changes when you're in the abom. Hence the pretty picture.

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You want to move into the table at the same time as the Main Tank, if Puddles whacks you he will hit hard and at this point you've probably not got a healer watching you. You can run towards the pack once you've drunk the potion, but I prefer to wait at the table till I see the abom, because you never know some over-zealous healer type might cleanse the 'poison' off you.

Once your in your new suit, you've got three buttons.
Number 1 = Suck it up!
Number 2 = Stop that ooze
Number 3 = Hit the ooze.

That's it. That's all you are going to be doing for the next few minutes so get used to it.

Pretty much as soon as you are in the suit, DBM will go off telling you there is a slime puddle imminent. Puddles chucks a couple of vials up in the air and where they land the puddles of suck appear. Don't worry about spotting the vials, the puddles are obvious enough for you to spot them and you should have time to suck 'em up.

You will need to run over to your raid group and start spamming number 1 on top of some slime puddles. Not next to them, on top of them, IN them even. And by spam, I mean your finger should hurt at the end of this fight. If it doesn't you're not hitting it enough. Ignore the cooldown, ignore the burning session in your tendons. HIT THAT BUTTON! Not only does sucking up the ooze leave your comrades with safe space to pew pew in, it also gives you the goop you need for button number 2.

If you're raid team does it the way we did it, you'll be sucking up goop under the brown spout. As you do so, you'll be able to watch the green spout start to pour. DBM will announce the 'Unstable Experiment' and out it'll come. Watch it form. Even if you are still sucking up, which let's be honest you don't need to look at goop getting smaller. You need to watch that green ooze forming because the second it's formed, you target it and hit number 2.

Number 2 puts a slowing effect on the ooze and will save your pew pew/healer buddies arses when they get targeted by the ooze. Now, at this point, if you have goop to suck up, keep doing that. If you don't, feel free to wander over and whack Number 3 on the green ooze that just spawned and to keep doing so until the slimey goop appear again.

Then it's a rinse and repeat on the brown ooze. As Off Tank, you're in a pretty good position to keep an eye on when those oozes spawn, everyone else is watching the boss and trying not to get hit with malleable goo and staying outta the goop. I'd recommend you call the oozes spawning and when they are up so that the rest of team know what's coming and can act accordingly..

At some point Puddles is going to run over to his table and you'll be stunned for a moment. Then you go back to sucking up goopy slimey goop and slowing oozes. Until you get to about 36%. Then you'll trip over into phase 3. At this point, you DO NOT want slimey goop on the floor, nor do you want ANY green or brown oozes up. If you're about to tip over to that point and have any of that around, stop whacking Puddles, hit the oozes and suck it up like you've never sucked before.

The final phase of Proff P is a bit of a head fuck to be honest. When you tip him over into it, chances are Puddles and the Main Tank will be on one side of the room whilst you are on the other, possibly stood in a pile of slimey goop. You've got to peg it like you're arse is on fire to the Main Tank because he's going to be taking damage like a very hungry damage eater. Now between the two of you, share the stacks of damage, kite him round the room so your raid can batter him with out standing in goop and you're done. Yes! It's that easy. Except it isn't. It's like Grobbulus on steroids. And if you remember how long I was tortured with Grobbulus you'll understand that this isn't fun. Having said that, once you nail it, you should be able to nail it every time. There's a definite rhythm to get into and once you nail that, well then you'll nail Puddles to the wall. (hahaha).

And this is one time, when it's expected, nay, accepted, to be told the following.

Been AFK

Yeah, hi blog, it's been a couple of weeks.

Between work, raiding, chasing paperwork for solicitors and other boring real life stuff I've neglected you. Many apologies.

On the bright side, I've got a few things hidden up my sleeve for the up coming weeks. The biggest of which is that there will soon be a, my own lovely new home to play in. Of course the blog will be the basis of this shiny new homestead but it might take on an evolution of it's own, we'll have to see. There may be some room for some new thing I started playing called StarCraft2 as well ....

Coming up on the blog over the next few weeks, I've managed to snag some great people to interview on aspects of Azeroth I either don't indulge in, or don't consider myself to be much of an authority on. A few topics I'll be covering include healing from the paladin perspective, role-playing (an area I know nothing about) and PvP for the hardcore. Whether they'll be up on here or on the new place remains to be seen as my website building skills are sadly lacking so I am in the hands of some great friends for help and guidance getting the new place up and running.

Right now, I'm off to write something for @Asros off of twitter. Stay tuned because it'll be up later tonight!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Friday 5 - Music to Kill Dragons To

Verde Werdy over on his roguey blog did a cute little thing this week on his top songs to kill dragons to. I've totally ripped of his idea.

Here's my top 5, in a classic DJ stylee.

In at number 5 it's

Foo Fighters - In Your Honour

Holding at number 4 it's

Leftfield with Phat Planet

Sliding into number 3 screaming at the top of it's lungs is

The Prodigy - Breathe With Me

And knocked off the top spot this week after 3 months at number 1 it's

Rage Against the Machine with Killing in the Name Of

And this week, hooting and a'hollering into the top spot with a bottle of Jack in one hand and a stash of dope up it's sleeve is

Underworld - Born Slippy

I love the beats and the build in these tracks, like a Dragon fight they work themselves up in a frenzy to reach that geekgasm when the Dragon gasps it last breath and we all get the achievement whoosh. Good Times.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Death Knight Talents in Cataclysm

So ... the 31 point talents dropped. I'd been hoping to be in the Beta to look at these myself but I've not been able to get there yet. Anyway, lovely people like AmberianAnex have been blogging about it in the beta and the talents are now all over the web. Let's take a look at them shall we? Well you go over to MMO Champ and take a look and I'll wait here. Hurry back now!

Blood ....
Now the tanking tree of choice! Well kinda. Cos you got no choice. WTF I hear you cry?! Yes that's right in case you didn't know, Blizz have binned off the Great Death Knight Three Tree Tanking experiment. AND! Holy Smoke Batman, but there's no def rating any more! I know! I died in shock too. We are now all Drood Bears and get our defense from our talents. Bah! And I don't want to talk about blood worms. Yuk.

Unholy ....
Well we've lost bone shield. What next? Sticking our ghoul out there as a tameable hunter pet? Oh no wait, I know, give Army of the Undeath out to the Warlocks as a new minion. Will Unholy be the PvP tree of choice? I'm going to say yes. Woah! Look at that, no sitting on the fence for Deme today!

Frost ....
Hai Howling Blast as the top (ZOMGWTF?) talent. I see Frost languishing in the raids as a PvE DPS spec that never quite works out like you think it will. Hey! Maybe the Dual Wield thing will make it big, maybe they'll give us a Titan Grip equivalent.

Runic power. Well let's assume it works like rogue combat points. Fooking shite. If I'd wanted to play a damn squishy rogue I'd have rolled one Blizzard! Let's assume it works like a warriors rage. EVEN WORSE! C'mon man! Give me back my swirly coloured six runes.

Of course you must now spend 31 points in any tree to get the key abilities so where will you chuck the others? Arrh well wild speculation (look if you've not picked up by now that this is a silly speculation post you're not going to), let's say you're a tank. Then right now I have absolutely no idea what you want. And frankly, if you think anything is going to stay the way it is now, you're madder than a box of frogs.

I promise to post something more constructive. Maybe. Probably about 2 weeks before the launch when I eventually get on the beta. Damn you Blizz!

Suffer. You can't suffer well this post so you'll just have to make do with suffering.


*You must forgive me. I was on holiday last week and missed all the RealID blogging opportunities and I have lots to say on it. For another time though I feel. Anyway, it's left me feeling a bit bereft of topics. Stick with me though, I promise to make up for this lame effort.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Lunch Time Quickie

I go on holiday for a week and the innernetz asplodes with RealID, Beta information, Blood tanking pointers and general Warcraft junk.

Despite Blizzards climb down at the end of last week, I am still unsure about this whole RealID thing and I will be covering this and a few other related topics when I've got time to investigate it further.

In connection to the new Blood tanking tree, I'm hoping I'll be able to get in on the Beta. There's some discussions around blood boil too and how AoE tanking will work. Since I rely heavily on DnD and HB at the moment to grab aggro I'm concerned how this will affect my play style. That's really why I want in on the Beta, so I can get a foot up on it all. As a nooby tank I've not got much experience to fall back on when they mess stuff around. I really want to be ready to raid as soon as I can come Cata and this is a part of that. Expect a post on that in the future too.

Someone I know has been pimping out his PC. Go visit Verde and see his crazy-arse PC.

Other than that, it looks like Azeroth is still standing and we're all ready to go kill Internet Dragons.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Things to DIAF come Cata

I'm on me hols but I've been wanting to post on this since I saw the topic over on Blog Azeroth's boards.

So here's my pick of shut I'd like to see roitously fucked up come Cata.

In at number 1, STV. The whole pigging place. Hated levelling there. Hate it at level cap for Loremaster. Hate it hate it hate it. And I'm not even on a PvP server.

Number 2, Nesingwary. See above.

Number 3, Nesingwary. Yep. I hate him that much.

Those are my most hated things in Azeroth, but there's a few others I'd like to see wiped off the pixelated face of it too.

Grobbulus for one. Even now, being OP for this dude, I still cringe when people want to do a 'nostalgic run' through Naxxramus. So while we're talking about raid bosses to ditch, please take XT too. If I hear that whiney bitch once more my ears will bleed.

I'm sure there's more but I'm writing this on my iPhone and frankly it's hardwork. And I don't have my notes with me. #DumbDeme.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

People who shouldn't raid

*incoming rant*

People who forget flasks shouldn't raid.

People who put on tentative shouldn't raid.

People who can't turn up on time shouldn't raid.

People who fuck around and waste the teams time shouldn't raid.

People who turn up and ask for money for repair at the beginning of the raid shouldn't raid.

People who can't get on mumble (or won't) shouldn't raid.

People who don't put in the effort to learn bosses shouldn't raid.

People who want to raid 'casually' don't get that it takes a certain amount of effort and dedication and there fore, shouldn't raid.

People who can't gem, enchant and gear correctly (ie not wearing spell plate when you are a FUCKING DK YOU NOOB) shouldn't raid.

People are shit.

/end generalised rant.