1/12 HM

Jin’Rokh went down after 40-something attempts. This is an incredibly unforgiving fight when it comes to mechanics, but we finally got a couple good passes sub 20% and saw the light, and then everything came together for a great kill pass. Look at all those skellies!!!

Jin'Rokh HM

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11/12 ToT

Well, Twin Consorts was a total pushover.
Dead in two attempts on 10 man, and on our first night of 25 man progression attempts, dead in one shot. I forgot to swap out of my arms spec from doing some PvP. Maybe I should do that more often.
Twin Consorts 25N Kill Shot

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10/12 ToT

After a late start to our last raid of the week and a couple enrage wipes, on the very last pull of the night we downed Iron Qon with 30 seconds to spare on the enrage timer. Once we got the positioning in P1 sorted and lived through the tornadoes in P2, it really wasn’t that bad.

iron qon kill shot

Now on to the Twin Consorts!

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Gaming Machine

It’s been a while since my last post. WoW has been pretty slow lately. We’re still struggling with recruiting as a 25 man group, but hoping to get back into the hard mode game this week–if only we could get a full raid.

In the meantime, I’ve been playing SWTOR quite a bit–a few of us have. It’s fun, but my laptop was really struggling, which was part of the catalyst propelling me to convince my wife that a new computer was in order. I had to sacrifice my laptop to do it, and various other things that I don’t need to go into here, but everything arrived from NewEgg yesterday afternoon, and I got busy putting it all together as soon as I got home from work. It is not uber-top-of-the-line as I do have to pay for this stuff, but I’m very happy with my selections.

Here’s the list of parts:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Performance LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
RAM: 2 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular
SSD: Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5″ 120GB SATA III MLC
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Mouse: RAZER Naga Black
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

All said and done a price tag just short of $1500, including Win7, various cables, etc.

I do not have any advanced bench-marking tools, but it performed very well on the Windows Index, lowest was the i5 at 7.4. Everything else was 7.8. I have not been able to test is much yet, as by 2.30 this morning I was loading software and had to get to bed. I can’t wait to see how this beast handles SWTOR and D3 (when it comes out).

Here are a couple shots I snapped on my phone. Look for more updates in the next couple days.

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Protection Guide Complete

Having beaten KoA: Reckoning over the weekend, I now have some time to get to work on the Protection Guide. First couple pages are up; look for the rest in the coming days. If anything looks off or there are comments/questions please let me know.

3/1 Update: Completed Stats, Gemming, Enchant, and Reforging page and Keybinds, Macros, and Power Auras page for the Protection Guide.

3/3 Update: Done!

- Kura

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Hard Mode Morchok Down

Finally!

We are doing hard mode progression. The world is a better place today because Morchok and his slightly slower twin Kohcrom are dead. It feels good to be back in the hard mode game after several weeks of struggling to fill rosters during holidays and the start of a new semester, not to mention the release of some other pretty captivating games.

Three weeks ago we took 16 passes at him all said and done, quite a few of them insta-wipes adjusting to the change in positioning from splitting the raid. We hadn’t been back since then, when last night we mounted a big offensive and on our 14th pass of the night, after a grueling 0.3% wipe to the enrage timer, and another sub 5% wipe later on, we were able to stay alive, and while our rogues struggled at times with stomp timing (thank you, inaccurate DBM timers), managed to pull it out with rets and ferals popping CDs and soaking the double stomp damage. I even got the old weapon swap shield macro out on one attempt, which made me feel really pro (even though we ended up wiping that pass).

A word of warning, though. For any dps, when they split, Kohcrom does not¬†inherint Morchok’s threat table, and if you tank has a bad streak of misses you might get one-shot (unless you wear plate, like me, in which case you get two-shot), so even in this age when threat is largely a non-issue, it cost us a couple people on this one, so just keep an eye on your Omen. For my fellow warriors, taking a few ticks of black blood of the earth on the way out or coming back in is not a raid killer. The initial ticks are weak, and so long as your healers aren’t hurting for mana you can take 10-15k dmg easily in order to maintain LttS and Rend up-time. Rallying Cry can be a raid-saver in execute range.

- Kura

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