Still no raiding while we’re in the winter holidays. Err, holidays. It’s summer for all my fellow raiders at the moment. I guess this is fine since it’s also busy season at work (hooray service industry…) and I’m usually far too tired to do much else let alone try and focus until 5 am. Regardless, let’s see what I’ve been able to do since “sleep” as I claimed previously wasn’t really one of those activities. Continue reading
Blacksmithing has a special place in my digital heart because it’s the first crafting profession that I had at max level and it allowed me my first glimpse into a significant sum of gold…After making myself the 359 chest/shield for tanking (which I never did because I had no idea what I was doing) I immediately made more to be sold for 10k each on the Auction House. In my opinion the crafting professions, which I consider to be Blacksmithing, Tailoring, and Leatherworking, are not particularly great money makers but will generally start off well at the beginning of each expansion and raid tier. So what are the best ways to make money as a blacksmith? Continue reading
We’re now about 3 months into the expansion and from what I can tell, the various gold making opportunities are all just about solidified and will likely remain the same for a while to come. While some of the tactics remain from Cataclysm, many of them have been changed a bit and in some ways affected drastically. While the jewelcrafting shuffle still remains in some degree, it is no longer the outstanding cash cow that it was in Cataclysmn. I was going to try and include a brief overview of each profession in this post and go into detail with following posts but I think I will just start one profession at a time. So alphabetically…first up is Alchemy! Continue reading
The group’s going on hiatus for probably a couple weeks during the holiday season. We’ve always scheduled for Thursday and Monday night each week and, as I learned last year, that leaves quite a few holidays where we take a night away from the expectation of logging in and smashing bugs, punching dragons in the face etc.
I’m actually welcoming this short break despite still wanting to play more everyday. Playing on an oceanic server while living in California means that right now, during daylight savings time, I’m starting our raids at 1:30 am and finishing at 5 am. This is generally not a problem for me since I typically work at night but it’s really not useful to be up until 6 am on average everyday when I’m not doing something purposeful with that time. I tried doing some quests on my mage this afternoon which was briefly successful until I found myself falling asleep in my chair. When I wake up in the mornings (or perhaps afternoons) I typically try to stay up and make the most of my day before having to go to work: catch up on some webpages, eat some lunch (didn’t happen), and in game I try to take care of my profession dailies at a minimum, plus some Tillers planting if I have the time. If I have lots of time I try to take care of one LFR run. The paladin still needs to run Terrace of Endless Spring and try to get the healing and dps trinkets. I’ve given up on running the priest through LFR (don’t need the gear except for the awesome trinket off sha) and the shaman is done for the week with HoF and ToES. The Druid finally reached LFR ilvl two weeks ago and hasn’t actually entered yet. I guess I’m trying to put too much on my plate AND still get things done during the holidays.
Today I logged onto the mage and decided that looked like more fun and it truly was great to learn how to play Frost just a bit better. I actually pulled up the “Core Abilities” tab on the talents menu so I could look at Frostfire Bolt and try to figure out why I wasn’t using it in my rotation ever. Well Brain Freeze only procs off of Frost Bomb. THAT’s what I’ve been missing this whole time! My kill speed jumped up dramatically and I did top dps for most of my run through Temple of the Jade Serpent. This was definitely refreshing and I only needed half of the xp to get to level 86 so a few quests and a dungeon were more than enough to ding. However I was still starting to nod off in my chair after less than an hour at it so…guess some SLEEP would be more refreshing than taking up questing on another character. OK OK I guess I don’t need my 4 set tier bonus on my paladin and shaman right away…