Trocar ganked you! He who stabs last, stabs best.

11Dec/112

Stealthing to Hiram Creed

I'm getting a lot of traffic from people looking for instructions on how to actually stealth to Lord Hiram Creed. Before I say anything more on the subject, I want to say this:

YOU ARE A ROGUE! IF YOU KNOW YOUR CLASS YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT! THE BEST PART OF ROGUERY IS FIGURING OUT WAYS INTO PLACES YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE AND GANKING SOMEONE! HALF THE FUN OF THE QUEST IS FIGURING IT OUT ON YOUR OWN! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE AT LEAST TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT ON YOUR OWN!

That out of the way, I previously posted about the engineering HALO route I took (and how my old PTR route has been made MUCH more difficult), but I realize there are many non-engineer rogues out there who are still trying to get the path figured out. Recently I came upon another rogues blog that has the best detailed instructions on how to actually stealth in to assassinate Creed. Squelchy has written an excellent guide with pictures showing the positions of the guards and patrols etc. If, after reading my above shouting, you still need stealth directions to get to Creed, check out his article, Slouching Toward Gilneas: the Stealther's Guide to Hiram Creed, part one. He hasn't posted about the actual combat with Creed, I assume that will be part two, but I have that covered in a previous post.

Squelchy seems to be a pretty cool rogue, and I'm glad I stumbled onto his site. There's just one problem with him. He's a gnome. I like gnomes, really I do... just I like them tenderized and fileted with a bit of garlic and butter. The most fun part of the dinner prep is the tenderizing, but I guess I'll let it slide this time...

 

8Dec/110

If a Talent Tree Falls in the Forest…

So Ghostcrawler (Blizzard Lead Systems Designer, Greg Street) posted another Developer Blog today, "Seeing the Forest for the Talent Trees," that addresses many of the common questions about the new Talent Trees in Mists of Pandaria. Is it really true that he wants to see bad players publicly humiliated? Well it certainly seems that way from the direction the development is going.

What follows is my analysis of that Developer Blog, from a rogue perspective:

2Dec/110

Pickpocketing Rings & Killing Hiram Creed

So, from the jump in hits from people searching for answers on the legendary questline I'm going to make a quick mini-post. First off, you CANNOT start the questline, nor can you pickpocket Hagara, in the LFR version of the Dragon Soul raid.  That out of the way, I can address the biggest question it seems - how to "Assassinate Creed."

I'm going to assume that you already got to Lord Hiram Creed one way or another, and are just looking for tips on how to kill him. For me it was pretty straightforward, I opened with garrote, he's susceptible to interrupts/CC/silence, built CP then used Recuperate. I then proceeded to wail on him, gouging to interrupt un-kickable casts, feinting damage, and dodging shadow breath. I'm using the standard 7/31/3 Combat build, though if you are having problems you could move the 2 points from Ruthlessness into Quickening for the 20% bonus to healing effects. I was flasked, pre-potted with Tol'vir, and used one healing potion mid fight. I also used a macro (will post it at the end) to Kidney Shot and immediately bandage - which only works if you KS him when you aren't standing in the Consuming Darkness. Don't be afraid to spend some money on this, you are already dumping 10k into it, what's a little bit more. Get consumables, Fortitude scrolls, etc! If you have friends that are willing to help they can buff you when you aren't phased, or give you consumables like lock-rocks.

So to summarize:

  • Get and use consumables - flasks, potions, scrolls, BANDAGES, etc.
  • Gouge his un-kickable casts to interrupt them.
  • Keep recuperate rolling ALL THE TIME.
  • Feint damage when you can.
  • Don't stand in purple shit.
  • Don't let him breathe on you.
  • Don't forget to bandage yourself.
  • If you are still having problems, ask friends to help with buffs, lock-rocks, etc.

Here's the macro I used:

/cast Kidney Shot
/stopattack
/use [target=player] Dense Embersilk Bandage

Good luck!

1Dec/110

Dragon Soul Review & Legendary Changes

So, patch day has come and gone, and so has the new content. While I am glad for something different to do outside of Firelands, Dragon Soul was a bit of a let down. Sure, there were new and interesting mechanics, but there was no real difficulty. My guild went 7/8 the first night and only stopped there because some raid members couldn't stay any later. The second night we finished off Madness and now all sport the "Destroyer's End" title. We thought that the raids would be tuned harder for the release, since they seemed so easy on the PTR, but instead of making them harder, I think they made them even easier. I know that Blizzard is trying to be all inclusive, but isn't that what the LFR is for? Making things easier so everyone can do it that way, instead of taking away the challenge from those that like it? I'm hoping that the heroic modes offer a lot more challenge.

Note, all these reviews will be presented from a Combat Rogue in a 10m raid perspective: