Wednesday, August 29, 2012

AoE Farming in the Open World

Just in case you are unaware, the majority of mobs in an instance do not de-aggro or "leash". So you can round up just about the entire instance and AoE them down. No problem.

But that's not the case out in the open world of Azeroth. There are some good spots where mobs are grouped and whatnot, but most of the greens they drop just aren't that great. The mobs that drop the best stuff - like Jade plate - aren't that well grouped. Can't round them up too well with damaging abilities either at max level because you one-shot them.

Here is your solution:

Shamans, aggro mobs with Purge. In order to kite them around and gather a few mobs, tab between the mobs and keep Purging so they don't just evade back before you're ready to kill them.

Druids, stay out of form and do the same with Faerie Fire. Tooltip has changed since the recent patch, but the small amount of damage it does is utterly insignificant and will not one shot mobs.

Priests, use Dispel Magic.

Not any one of these classes/don't have one/don't want to farm with it... hope isn't lost. Warlocks, use a dot spell that does not do initial damage - quickly tab between mobs and apply this dot before it ticks damage. (I am assuming the dot can go only on one target at a time, thus gaining aggro while dealing no damage.) Warriors, Paladins, and DK's, use your taunt. Paladins and DKs can even use consectrate/death and decay. Hunters, use distracting shot and slowing traps. Mages, I do not have one of you and thus do not have a picture, but you can use Spellsteal in the same manner as Purge, Faerie Fire and Dispel Magic. Rogues... Nobody loves you. Please help yourself to a chocolate chip cookie.

Now that you know how, where do you go? Un'Goro. Silithus. Winterspring. Best bet is Un'Goro and the Stegadons, as elite mobs have a higher chance of dropping greens. It'll still be long, tired, and somewhat unrewarding. Farming is not for everyone, but it gets you some gems if you persist.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Titles for Mogging

Chest: Robe of the Magi
Shoulders: Mercurial Mantle (H) (priest-only)
Gloves: Handwraps of Flowing Thought
Belt: Elegant Temple Garden's Girdle
Main Hand: Northshire Battlemace
Off-Hand: Ledger of Revolting Rituals (H)

There are shoulders that non-priests can get. They drop off of Heroic Nefarion: Mantle of Nefarius. Alternatively, if you don't like or don't have access to these shoulders - how dare you NOT like them - there is another pair of sensible shoulders that matches up with the robes: High Councillor's Mantle.

This outfit seems like it might be more suited to a Draenei who can better match the hair color to the greens of the dress. I enjoyed it simply for the novelty of running around with fountains on my shoulders.

Right about the time I acquired the robes and discovered how nicely these shoulders matched was right about the time the guild decided to go back for some old titles. As a priest that meant three chances at the shoulders! Heroic Nefarion was not forthcoming with the shoulders, but he was kind enough to only wipe us a handful of times. Heroic Cho'gal was also not forthcoming with the correct tier token, so down we went to spend the night with Sinestra who graciously died after a couple hours of derping with cutters. It was Heroic Al'akir that decided of all the different item tiers he could drop, of all the different class tiers he could drop, he would bestow me with exactly what I was after. I think he appreciated that I was one of the three left alive... or he was as tired of listening to me whine for purple toilet bowls as the rest of my raid.

Troll Priest Elegance

Chest: Elegant Robes
Shoulders: Amice of Brilliant Light
Gloves: Gloves of Unfailing Faith
Belt: Serenity Belt
Staff: Staff of Immaculate Recovery

I acquired my Elegant Robes for about 30g - incredibly lucky. With enough patience and diligence, however, you can acquire any BoE green on the cheap on the AH. But that patience and diligence just might have to last upwards of six months.

I chose some priestly adornments, though none of them are locked to the priest class. The shoulders, gloves and staff are from Black Temple. It's an easy run through with 4-5 people. It's doable with 2-3 if you classes have interrupting capabilities.

Luckily trolls have a matching hair color for these robes. Not wanting my blue skin to clash too harshly, I chose gloves that brought in the skin and even the jewels on the robe. Many Horde races would be familiar with the issues skin colors can cause in making a nice outfit - and I imagine Draenei and Worgen as well. It is something that should always be in the back of your mind when making a nice outfit.