WoD 6.2: Taming the Fel Wolf

So if you’ve spent any time in Tanaan, you’ve probably noticed that there are a ton of super cool glowy green wolves hanging around.  You’ve also probably noticed that they are classed as Aberrations, not beasts, which means that not only can we not track them, but we also can’t tame them.

…not the normal way, anyway.

You see, way down south there is an Eredar NPC called Fel Rangari Anaara and she drops an item that lets you tame one of those cool glowy wolves.  There is, of course, a catch.  The catch is that she is hunter-only– any other classes that try to kill her (or help you kill her) will be almost instantly destroyed– and you’re going to have to pull almost every skill you’ve got out of your toolbox in order to do her in.

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So how do you do it?  Here’s how.

First, clear the area of as many trash mobs as you possibly can so you don’t aggro them during the encounter.

Next, begin the encounter.  I popped Stampede right away for immediate burst and then proceeded to begin slowly working her down.  There are a couple of important tips and tricks to be aware of during this encounter, namely:

  • KEEP MOVING, because she will throw Bads at you that WILL do serious damage to you if you stand in them.  Having Aspect of the Cheetah on (with the glyph that removes the daze effect) is a big help.
  • Every so often she gains a buff that does serious damage to your pet.  Keep an eye on her active buffs and use Tranquilizing Shot to remove this as soon as possible.
  • She will use Soothe Pet on occasion to knock your pet out of action.  Use Master’s Call or Bestial Wrath (if you are BM) to wake your pet up.  You can kite her a bit with Concussive Shot if these moves are on cooldown.
  • She will cast a heal on herself two or three times during the fight.  Interrupt this with Counter Shot immediately or she heals back up to 100%.  Which is a big pain in the tushie.
  • She goes invisible every so often; use Flare to find her.
  • Be very careful with AOEs like Barrage because it’s very easy to aggro nearby mobs like seagulls and whatnot.  (You can see in the above screenshot that I did just that and had to trap it to get it out of the way.)
  • Keep Mend Pet up constantly

You can also take advantage of garrison followers,  items like Mecha-Blast Rocket, and that one move that calls a bunch of garrison grunts to fight for you.

This encounter will probably take you a couple of tries to get the hang of movement, her abilities, and the rhythm of the fight.  Don’t be afraid to use a flask, use the nearby http://www.wowhead.com/object=241626/sand-encrusted-egg, and pop a food buff.  If you flub up, feign death and try again.

When all is said and done, though, it’s totally worth it:

WoWScrnShot_070515_142610So yeah, pretty neato!

Questions or comments?  Lemme know!

Super Serious Search Studies #1: Kael’thas Withdrawal

So today someone got to my blog by searching for “Kael’thas Withdrawal”.  Do not fear, my friend– I, too, occasionally suffer from Kael’thas withdrawal.  But do not worry!  I am here, to help you sate your desire for images of Azeroth’s most beautiful, gorgeous, and stylish elf.

Starting with some Stormpunk Kael.

FELPUNK KAELAnd moving on to Kael’thas being a sexy beast in this loading screen:

Wrath_of_the_Lich_King_3.3_Outland_loading_screen(Disregard Illidan, we all know that Kael is the real center of attention here.)

He got ripped in three weeks thanks to Heroes of the Storm!

tumblr_nn4ru8JMUh1qjwo0uo1_500And now we move on to Pike, aka yours truly, sitting on his head.

CIoOzObUsAAl5ueKael and I go back a ways, you see.

Next up it’s time for some amazing work from Jian Guo (aka breathing2004).  If you haven’t yet, take a peruse through their stuff on the official WoW site.  I’ll wait.

Anyways, our beloved Sun King drank a bit too much fel energy…

fanart-0414-fullBringing the blood elves to a cursed state.  But do not fret; we shall rise from the ashes as we always do…

(This, by the way, is the greatest WoW fanart in the history of WoW fanart.  Every little thing here is symbolic!)
(This, by the way, is the greatest WoW fanart in the history of WoW fanart. Every little thing here is symbolic!)

How ya’ll doing on the Kael’thas Withdrawal?  Have you gotten your fix yet?  Not quite?

(artwork by yy6242)
(artwork by yy6242)

Stormpunk Kael is Best Kael.

holy omgAlrighty, will that do it for now?  I think that’ll do it for now.  Dear friends and readers, let me know if you ever suffer from Kael’thas Withdrawal in the future, and I shall come to the rescue.

…and as for a serious answer to your query, Kael’thas went to Outland to try to find a cure for the blood elves’ magic withdrawals (caused by the destruction of the Sunwell).  If you want more information, or if you want me to NERD OUT about blood elf lore in general, you know what to do! *points to comment box*

Three Raids, One Expac

In a move reminiscent of that “No flying” announcement we got a while back, Blizzard decided to drop a bombshell via a fan interview again.  Today’s bombshell?  6.2 is it! No more raids after this!

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What are my thoughts on this?  Well, I’m thinking about a couple of things.  Firstly I’m thinking don’t be surprised if Blizz drops a sudden mini-raid like they did at the end of Wrath, because Blizzard.txt.  Secondly, I’m thinking, um… Blizzard… you guys do know you haven’t announced a new expansion yet, right?  Which I’m assuming means it’s not anywhere near alpha or beta yet, right?  So uh… what is everyone going to do until the next expac?

I mean, for me personally, I think I have enough to keep me occupied for a little while.  This is because I was unsubbed for a long time and I like poking around at old content and leveling alts, so I have a lot to catch up on.  So I’m not terribly disappointed myself.  Like, I think I’ll be fine.

But, seriously.  Blizzard.  Maybe throw us a bone here and announce the new expac so we at least know it’s coming?  Eh?

Oh Timewalking… I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

I have this problem and the problem is that I can’t not like timewalking.   I just have this big ol’ smile on my face while doing it.  I did Arcatraz yesterday and the group sucked and there were a couple of wipes (yes, in 2015) and I didn’t even care; I didn’t even care one bit because it brought me back.

I love it.  I love it so much.  Best thing Blizzard has done in forever.  And according to MMO-Champion they’re planning on adding even more old instances!  I don’t care about Cataclysm dungeons but I DO care about the other TBC and Wrath dungeons.  Yes, Blizzard.  Yesssss.  Give them to me.  I want all of them.

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These Are The Two Things I Don’t Like About 6.2 So Far

Overall I’m happy with the patch.  I think it added just about the right amount of new stuff without going overboard or anything.  There are two things that are less than perfect, however, and those are:

1. WHATEVER THE HECK BLIZZARD DID TO MY POOR SALVAGE YARD – Oh yay… more scrap to sell for 50 silver or whatever…

and

2. BOAT MISSIONS THAT TAKE TWO DAYS.  – I get that Blizzard is trying to be “realistic” here but come on.  Two days, really?  Especially when I only have seven boats in my fleet?  I love boats and I want more of them and I want them doing more missions.  MORE MISSIONS.

So yeah.  I like the rest of the patch, though.  I’ve heard some people say that Tanaan feels grindy but it really doesn’t, to me?  It feels like just the right amount of daily quests and things to do.  And of course I am IN LOVE with Timewalking.

But those damn two-day boat missions and my poor, poor salvage yard.  :(

So for real, what’s up with those garrison missions that give you honor?

It all started with an innocent question I asked on Twitter, about those garrison missions that give you honor.  You know, the ones like this: http://www.wowhead.com/mission=338/domination-of-nagrand

Everyone gets these, right?  Except past 6.2, which was what my question involved.  To my surprise, though, many people promptly replied that they had never seen a garrison mission that gives you honor before.  How unusual!  I used to get these all the time.

There’s not a lot about this on Wowhead although one or two comments seemed to suggest that the frequency of appearance of these missions has to do with how often you PvP.  And since there was a stretch of about a month there where I was desperately trying to win AV, well, maybe that’s why I started getting the honor missions.

In that case, guess I’d better start doing some battlegrounds again and see if my honor missions start popping up again.

My question to you is: Do you PvP often and do you get honor missions?  Let me know!  I want to solve this mystery.

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Timewalking is Funtastically Cozy

I love it, I really do.  It doesn’t really feel like old heroics but it does feel like old normals and you know what?  I’m fine with that.

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Also I died on the last boss of Slave Pens.  Because the tank didn’t know he was supposed to turn him around so he didn’t spew poison anywhere.

I didn’t even mind, it was just… adorable :)

TIMEWALKING!  Best thing Blizzard has added in forever.  I approve.

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