Hunter changes

Quite a few hunter changes for the better lately made me want to play morphea again ! All my pets are now the same level as I am and when I would tame a new one, he would be the same level as well ! No more annoying pet leveling. Also feeding now just heals the pet, which is nice. The happiness thing was marginalised anyway, so why not get rid of it all together.

My pet cat got a new skin once again. Boris started off as a white sabre tooth from Winterspring, back in Vanilla. Then he gained some black stripes, I think in TBC or in Wrath. Now he’s got a bluesish skin and mane, and more fearsome teeth !

Morphea and Boris
Morphea and Boris

Hunter Q&A

Currently I am on a WoW hiatus, but I still keep an eye on wow-insider and the official wow site. Soon I’ll pick up playing a bit more again, still got a few alt to level, and the Litch King content will be somewhat fresh again, if you haven’t done it in a while. And patch 3.2 is coming soon, it has already been downloaded by the background downloader. Over 400Mb big !

Anyway, there is an interesting Hunter Q&A on the official site, well worth a read if you have a hunter:

http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/underdev/hunter-qa.html.

Argent Dawn Tournament Pays Off

It certainly pays off to become a champion at the Argent Dawn camp. First of all you get access to four not very hard daily quests that pay almost 25g each time you do them. I skip the dueling nowadays usually, as I got very bored with it.

You can also exchange 10g for standing of the faction you’re championing for. Furthermore there are some nice items for sale that you can buy with the champion points you get for each daily. One daily, a group one gives 2 tokens even ! And there is almost always a group doing that one, and it takes only a few minutes.

Morpheus now has the purple spell dagger a great combo with Prison Manifest in the off hand. Morphea could have gone for the gun, but I am not sure it’s better than the Nesingwary Gun I am using at the moment. It’s got some extra stats on it though, I might just get it to try it out. For now I settled for the necklace.

The Argent Hippogryph is very cool, but at 250 tokens a bit out of my reach !

Hunter’s Gloves

Yesterday Morphea my hunter picked these up from ah: Rusted-Linked Spiked Gauntlets.

They are a BOE item from Naxxramus. It’s very nice to give non-raiding people at least an opportunity to pick up some epic items, and give the raiding folk an opportunity to make a bit of cash. They sure are an upgrade from the only green quest item she was still wearing :). Bought a +hit / + ap gem for it for only 20g.

Prices of gems have dropped quite a bit lately, so if you haven’t visited the ah lately (at least on EU-Aggramar), you might want to check out whether there are any cheap upgrades available.

Big Red Kitty

Weird enough, I missed this blog and podcast by a beastmaster named Big Red Kitty. Interesting and amusing stuff on the blog.

Weird enough, I missed this blog and podcast by a beastmaster named Big Red Kitty. Interesting and amusing stuff on the blog.

http://www.bigredkitty.net/

Found it through the latest episode of the wowinsider podcast, that disucces the upcoming hunter (especially BM spec) nerf.

Hunter changes in WOTLK

Reading the latest info about WOTLK on wowinsider, it looks hunters and their pets will see quite a few changes. The talent trees will be different, as in that the Beastmaster now really will be a ‘beastmaster‘ who’s pet will have extra abilities etc.

And different pets will have different abilities based on their ‘pet familiy‘. Not sure how I feel about that, my hunter has two nice lvl 70 pets, and I certainly don’t feel much like leveling another one up. I hope Northend will have a few new nice pets, and that we will get an extra slot for one of the new pets, so I don’t have to abandon one !

http://www.wowinsider.com/2008/07/21/hunter-pets-to-have-family-skills/

http://www.wowinsider.com/2008/07/24/clarification-on-pet-talents/

WOTLK Pets on Petopia

Caverns of Time Revisited

durnholde
It had been quite a while since some of us did a guild run in an instance. Some people are exploring other games. Some only log on a bit to do some dailies (like me), and it’s almost summer now, so people tend to spend more time away from the computer. But this sunday we had enough online to go into the Caverns of Time again. A bit of an odd group, with two druids (a tree and a feral one), pally, hunter and a rogue. It’s always so much fun to fight next to Thrall in Escape from Durnhold. It was a very clean run. Only Spikee my pet bit the dust once, when he tried to tank three mobs ;).
Black Morass 2
Afterwards we went into the Black Morass and managed to help Medivh open the portal. There was only one death, but battlerez came to the rescue. Just like the last time I was in there, Morphea and Spikee were supposed to take care of the adds that spawn from each portal. We did a decent job, though every now and then some mob managed to slip through, but nothing that couldn`t be fix afterwards. I was lucky to get a new chest piece, with three sockets off Temporus, one of the boss dragons.
Black Morass 3
After all the portal stuff, the final boss fight with the huge dragon almost seemed too easy ;). It was nice to do some group stuff again, especially in the best instance Blizzard has created so far. If only they released something like this more regularly :(.

Dailies Dailies and more Dailies

Mainly did dailies dailies and more dailies this week. Think I went a bit overboard as I didn’t feel like doing them at all the past few days. So today we just did the Auch. Crypts instance. The bosses gave me two more spirit shards. I had 15 in my bag, so I finally figured out where to exchange them. You can use those spirit shards at Gartok in Terrokar Forest. You only need 8 to obtain Swift Windfire Diamond, a Metagem to be used in your headgear socket. I am currently using it in Earthwarden’s coif and it’s a nice gear upgrade.

Morphea and Jerry

And with pain in my heart I had to let Jerry the wolf, my trustworthy companion from around lvl 28 – 60 go. I don’t see myself leveling a pet from 60 – 70, and I needed to open up a slot to learn the highest ranks of Bite and Gore. Got a very nice new dinosaur named Sparkles though. He holds aggro very well, and he was already tamed at lvl 69. I took him with me on all the dailies and he’s just turned 70 during the last instance run. I found him in the top north sphere in Netherstorm. If you have a pet spot open, I’d like to suggest you try one of them out. They look fun (wiggly tail and all) and do nice dmg as well.

And that makes my pet collection complete, got a cat, a ravager and the above mentioned dino now. I sure hope that once WOTLK arrived we get 2 more spots so we can train the new animals in Northrend. Otherwise I am going to have to let go of one of them and that won’t be fun.

The week in pics

One picture says more than 1000 words ;). Here you can see what I have been up to. The instance runs with Morphea were a lot of fun. We completed the Key to Arcatraz questline, finished up some group quests in Netherstorm and overall had a lot of fun.

What you don’t see are Morpheus’ Arena matches, don’t have time to hit that Print Screen button. Actually I have plenty of time while being stunlocked or feared or when dead on the ground, but those shots wouldn’t be very good for my fumble ego :).

Hunter DPS

There is a very nice article on wow-insider on Hunter DPS.

A lot of people will tell you that a Hunter is an overly easy class: sic your pet, turn on Auto Shot, and you’re done. While having a built-in tank that you can even heal a bit gives you a pretty strong advantage when going it alone, I’d have to say they oversimplify things a bit.

http://www.wowinsider.com/

I have to agree with this. Especially instance runs were a challenge at 1st with managing your pet, keep threat low and setting traps. I’ve gotten a bit better at it now, but it takes some practise ;).