SotR: Garrosh is Dead!

Final and I on our new mounts!

Final and I on our new mounts!

So I realize I have been severely lax in posting State of the Raider posts lately.  I realized this beyond a shadow of a doubt when we killed Garrosh this evening, and I came to notice that I have not posted a raider update since my first SoO post, where we killed up to General Nazgrim in our first week.

So now, time for the big long picture-post update!

Waiting for pull - still working on Malkorok

Waiting for pull – still working on Malkorok

Malkorok down in 25man!

Malkorok down in 25man!

Spoils of Pandaria down in 25man!

Spoils of Pandaria down in 25man!

Thok the Bloodthirsty down in 25man!

Thok the Bloodthirsty down in 25man!

Siegemaster Blackfuse down in 25man!

Siegemaster Blackfuse down in 25man!

Paragons of the Klaxxi down in 25man!

Paragons of the Klaxxi down in 25man!

We flew through the raid dungeon faster than I expected.  Then, we spent about two raid weeks working on Garrosh.  Finally, tonight, before our break even, we killed Garrosh!

Heart of Y'shaarj

Heart of Y’shaarj

Garrosh Hellscream

Garrosh Hellscream

Garrosh Hellscream down in 25man!

Garrosh Hellscream down in 25man!

Time for heroics!  Hopefully I will not miss too many of them.  🙂

~ Effy

Mistweaver Monk BiS 5.4

T16 - MonkIt is that time again – time for another Tier, another raid dungeon, and another BiS list.  Okie, okie, so it is past due time, but I have been BUSY!

Mistweaver Monk BiS – Siege of Orgrimmar

It is my second tier as a Mistweaver, and so I am once more putting together the list to plan my set.  This is to help me figure out where to spend extra rolls and EP in raids.

Bosses in Siege of Orgrimmar

First, a quick rundown of the bosses, and a glance at where the tier pieces drop.

Wing 1 – Vale of Eternal Sorrows

  • Immersius
  • The Fallen Protectors
  • Norushen
  • Sha of Pride – Tier (Chest)

Wing 2 – Gates of Retribution

  • Galakras
  • Iron Juggernaut
  • Kor’kron Dark Shaman
  • General Nazgrim – Tier (Hands)

Wing 3 – The Underhold

  • Malkorok
  • Spoils of Pandaria
  • Thok the Bloodthirsty – Tier (Head)

Wing 4 – Downfall

  • Siegecrafter Blackfuse – Tier (Shoulders)
  • Paragons of the Klaxxi – Tier (Legs)
  • Garrosh Hellscream

Tier 16 Set Bonuses – Mistweaver Monk

2-Piece: When Gift of the Serpent spheres heal a player, they gain an absorb for 45% of the amount healed.

4-Piece: When your Renewing Mist heals a target, you have a 4% chance to cast a Mist Wave healing bolt at a nearby low health friendly target.

Siege of Orgrimmar Drops

Next, here are all of the BiS items for the Mistweaver Monk this tier.  They are in order of best to worst.  This time around, I mostly just used Guild Ox.

Note: For some reason, even though I set the option, Guild Ox did not want to list the crafted items.  So I added those at the end of their respectful slot.

* – Denotes an item without Haste

# – Denotes an item without Spirit

We will start with the tier piece slots…

Head

Shoulders

Chest

Hands

Legs

Then, the rest of the armor…

Wrists

Waist

Feet

Jewelry and stuff…

Back

Neck

Rings

Trinkets

And lastly, weapons…

Main Hand

Off Hand

My BiS List

  • Head – TIER (Thok the Bloodthirsty)
  • √ Shoulders – TIER (Siegecrafter Blackfuse)
  • √ Chest – TIER (Sha of Pride)
  • √ Wrists – Bracers of Averted Fatality (Malkorok)
  • √ Hands – TIER (General Nazgrim)
  • Waist – Pennyroyal Belt (Leatherworking)
  • Legs – Pennyroyal Leggings (Leatherworking)
  • √ Feet – Saltwater Sandals (Immersius)
  • √ Back – Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji (Legendary)
  • Neck – Rising New Moon Talisman (Ordos)
  • √ Ring 1 – Laser-Slice Signet (Iron Juggernaut)
  • Ring 2 – Seal of Sullen Fury (Malkorok)
  • √ Trinket 1 – Dysmorphic Samophlange of Discontinuity (Siegemaster Blackfuse)
  • Trinket 2 – Prismatic Prison of Pride (Sha of Pride)
  • Weapon – Horned Mace of the Old Ones (Garrosh Hellscream)
  • √ Off Hand – Purehearted Cricket Cage (The Fallen Protectors)

The trinket slot decision is tough without testing them all… and there are so many…  I might just stick with the two I have (Nazgrim’s Burnished Insignia and Dysmorphic Samophalnge of Discontinuity) for now.  I suppose it depends on how kind drops and bonus rolls are.  We shall see.

Consider this list a work in progress.

Using My Warforged Seals

My biggest question now is where to use my Warforged Seals.  I think my current priority bosses are:

  1. Ordos
  2. The Fallen Protectors
  3. Sha of Pride
  4. Malkorok
  5. Siegecrafter Blackfuse
  6. Thok the Bloodthirsty
  7. Garrosh Hellscream

This is also a work in progress, and subject to change.

~ Effy

SotR: Entering SoO

Siege of OrgrimmarPatch 5.4 is live, and we are now a week in.

Siege of Orgrimmar is proving very interesting so far.  I like the layout, with several very different “wings” that in reality take you through the destroyed Vale, underneath it, through Orgrimmar, underneath it (yay! Ragefire Chasm!), to who knows where, because I have not seen the entirety of the raid dungeon yet.  From what I have seen, it is visually captivating and tugs at my lore-strings.

From a healing point of view, it is a bit of a change from last tier.  We seem to be swinging in the direction of “overgeared” and therefore we are dealing with more spike damage then before.  There is no real use for fights where we can steadily manage our mana, since Spirit is steadily climbing.  We are moving more in the direction of the faster, more expensive heals.  Otherwise, one big spike hits and half the raid dies.

So goes the aging expansion for the raid healer.

I am enjoying the mixture of many mechanics with bosses that fall to good raid coordination.  So far, they require interesting dancing and dynamic mechanics, some of which grate against the good sense of every raider…  “What?  I have to stand IN the purple stuff on the ground??”  Or like on some fights, with more ingrained mechanics, like our part time real leader, Gv, is fond of saying, “There’s too much to explain.  Just avoid stuff.”  I like commonsense mechanics, but I do not mind the occasional curveball, as long as my guildies do not mind it meaning we wipe a few times while everyone mentally adjusts.  🙂

It has only been a week so far, but UR has made some awesome progression.  We are 8/14 already.  I have confidence we will get further this week.

Missing Wednesday night raids is proving very difficult for me.  (Poor Final, he is constantly dealing with “How goes raid?” and “What boss y’all on?” all Wednesday night while I am at school and after I get home.)  I know school is important, and I am doing well and enjoying myself and learning a lot.  But…  RAIDING!!  I miss my guildies on Wednesdays.  I miss being there, especially this early in the tier, for new kills, progression kills.  Heck, missing the first raid night of the week is meaning I am never going to see the first three bosses of SoO on Normal.  :/  And that number of bosses will grow as gear improves and the bosses become more farmable.

But I love my guildies.  I cannot fault them for being so awesome.  In fact, I commend them for the great job we are already doing this tier!

~ Effy

For the killshots I am missing, check out our guild’s front page!

Immerseus via Flex

Immerseus via Flex

The Fallen Protectors via Flex

The Fallen Protectors via Flex

Norushen viz Flex

Norushen via Flex

Sha of Pride

Sha of Pride

Sha of Pride DOWN in 25man!

Sha of Pride DOWN in 25man!

Galakras DOWN in 25man!

Galakras DOWN in 25man!

Iron Juggernaut

Iron Juggernaut

Iron Juggernaut DOWN in 25man!

Iron Juggernaut DOWN in 25man!

Kor'kron Dark Shaman

Kor’kron Dark Shaman

Kor'kron Dark Shaman DOWN in 25man!

Kor’kron Dark Shaman DOWN in 25man!

General Nazgrim

General Nazgrim

General Nazgrim DOWN in 25man!

General Nazgrim DOWN in 25man!

Malkorok

Malkorok