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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Skyrim

Well, after a late start to the game (couldn’t pick it up until after Christmas), I finally completed the main quest line tonight. As it turns out, it was rather anti-climactic. I had been so intimidated by the quest-line that while at about level 25 I was tasked with finding the elder scroll, I didn’t touch the quest after that until leveling up to 48. Those 23 levels made a big difference. I started out focusing on Blacksmithing, Heavy Armor, and One-handed skill, dual wielding. In Riften I learned that sneaking around was a pretty handy skill, and started maxing that out. The sneak bonuses in conjunction with Enchanting and Blacksmithing bonuses dropped almost any enemy within seconds. I put on a fire resist neck and ring for Alduin himself, landed him with Dragonrend, popped Berserker Rage and he was dead within a few seconds.

I guess I might try to level a caster later on, but given my proclivity to make my guy as overpowered as possible, and how many other great games out there I haven’t had a chance to play yet, it’s very likely Skyrim will be getting shelved. My favorite part of the whole game was actually the Thieves Guild and Nightingale quest-line because I really enjoyed those story lines. The Blades quest-line was also pretty cool.

Overall, it was a very good experience, even if it got very easy at the end. I would definitely recommend this game, as the storyline, gameplay, and overall aesthetic are intriguing and well done, and will for many gamers offer a great deal of replay-value.

Enjoy!

- Kura

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Arms Warrior Guide Complete

After several hours of compiling information, the Arms Warrior Guide is done. That’s not to say that I haven’t overlooked something, so please let me know if you have any questions or comments!

I’ve put some serious blood, sweat, and tears into this. No, not really, but I did work through a head-ache and forgot to eat earlier. I’ll be continuing to work with any updates as needed and writing up a guide for Fury. I hope to be able to add video guides to my UI and captures of our raids. Check back for that in the near future, and if you like what you see or have any ideas for improvements, I’m happy to read them!

- Kura

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Coming Soon…

Currently working on write-ups covering everything related to Arms PvE from the basic abilities, recommended talent choices, ability priorities, gearing, stat choices. Should have much of that up by the end of the day.

To-do:

Advanced combat tactics
Protection Warrior write-up
Fury Warrior write-up

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