I keep meaning to write but become distracted by various things. That’s a lie it’s more like playing WoW distracts me from writing. Though there are other games I’ve played recently that have kept me entertained also.
Once again I find myself playing Chrono Trigger which got released on the DS. I play through it before I go to sleep. And overall I’m impressed with the port and happy to see the animated clips they added because I never did play the PS version that had them. It’s refreshing to play it again.
Then there’s a board game I’ve played with friends called Descent. It’s a hack and slash sort of game. You have an objective in a dungeon that you go through killing monsters and getting treasures to make yourself better. Sounds a bit familiar doesn’t it lol. Though in this it’s players versus the Overlord (i.e. DM) in that the Overlord is trying to actively win by placing obstacles, generating more monsters, or beefing up his monsters through cards he draws each turn. These games take some time about 4-6 hours per scenario it seems.
In WoW I’ve been mostly working on my engineering profession, gaining rep with a couple different factions, and heroics/80 dungeons. I’ve been in 10 man Naxx and outside of the last run it hadn’t been pleasant. The first time we did the Arachnid quarter and kept getting wiped on Anub Rekhan and on the second entry kept wiping on Instructor Razuvious in the Military quarter. The last time I entered we did the Plague Quarter we got past the first two bosses, all healing gear, but couldn’t down Loatheb because our healer had to leave after the first wipe after a quickened explanation.
My perspective from this is that I think our dps was just really low overall because the tanks and healers were pretty well geared in heroic or crafted gear. Whereas dps varied greatly on what kind of gear they were in. I don’t remember the damage meter clearly offhand from the first two attempts but on the third it a Ret Pally and me at about 2100 dps with the next highest at about 1500 and a big dip after that. So despite what may be stated out there Naxx is not necessarily easy mode. It does require people still get geared up or at least have been in T5 or above purples to be competitive.
In an attempt to help out Mana of healers going into the Military quarter I tried out the Hunter Survival spec. Which going from BM was a about a difference of 200-400 dps depending upon the encounter. It also made me realize that while some talents in the survival tree while they look good just don’t always come into play. Like Sniper Training which gives bonus damage to a few shots if I’m 30 yards or further away from my target. The problem with the talent is that some fights don’t allow you to be 30 yards away or the room just doesn’t have the space to do so easily. Then there’s Trap Mastery which looks good but is a very lackluster 41 talent especially when you get into raids trapping isn’t very useful. Lock and Load also has an issue in that it is only guaranteed to proc if you trap otherwise you depend on a 6% chance when serpent sting ticks for it to trigger. Granted I wouldn’t expect a high percentage off a DoT but a bit more than 6% wouldn’t be asking much I would think. Overall, I think the damage increase they’re giving Explosive Shot will help but it remains to be seen. I have a feeling BM might still outdamage the other specs by a bit.
Anyways, I’m done for now. Gotta continue working =D