Update 2/25/2008

  • Posted on: 25 February 2008
  • By: Keiya

Gruul is on farm (took a 2-month 25-man raid break during December and January), working on SSC and soon TK (flu hit key raid members this weekend, boo). We've been holding off-raid night Karazhan farming runs for alts and people who need badges. Badges, need more badges.

Gear: Swapped the Chess Event tanking sword for the Amani Punisher from the eagle boss in ZA. Also replaced my shoulders, boots, belt, and cape (think I already posted about that). I almost blew all of my badges on the Chestguard of the Stoic Guardian a day before the new 2.4 rewards were announced. Need: The 2.4 tanking chest, the 2.4 tanking ring, Jan'Alai's shield, and Malacrass' Helm. I need to replace my gloves at some point, but I haven't researched a suitable replacement. It's a little odd but, I'm having a little trouble staying above 490 defense on my want list. I keep swapping it for other tanking stats because many of the pieces that I "need" don't have any def.

Other Stuff
Gasp, I have a new hobby that doesn't involve the computer or any other nerd paraphernalia! I bought an electric guitar/amp/etc in January and have been learning to play it. I devote around 1 to 1.5 hours a day to practicing and learning music theory (less on Friday and Saturdays, ie raid nights). It's fun!

  • Call of Duty 4: I know I'm kind of late jumping on this game seeing that it has been out for several months (queue of games to play, no time). Excellent single player campaign, easily one of the best this year. I'm not really a huge fan of the military shooter genre (don't really need any more WWII simulators. FFS move on to a different subject, we get it), but the pacing and storyline are exceptional.
  • Audiosurf: A puzzle/rhythm game hybrid. You select a song from your personal music collection and the game will generate a level based on the tempo, etc. Oh, it also comes with the Orange Box Soundtrack integrated into the game.
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: I don't have this yet, but I am considering buying it. From what I understand, it's a hybrid strategy game somewhere between Civilization and Homeworld; Pulling the elements that I really loved from each of the two game genres but without the tedious micromanagement. Only interested though, if it runs gracefully in Windowed mode on my secondary monitor.

I will try to update more!


WoW Web Stats

  • Posted on: 28 January 2008
  • By: Keiya

If you don't already use it, WoW Web Stats is an excellent performance analysis tool. It's probably the most accurate and detailed out of all the current mods and combat log parsers out there. It doesn't display information in real time though like DamageMeters or Recount. You have to instead, enable combat logging (/combatlog or something, that will write everything in your CombatLog to a txt file in WoW/logs) and then upload it to the site. If you don't want to manually toggle it, there are mods that will do it automatically in accordance with what zone you are in. LoggerHead is a good Ace2 mod with said functionality.

Things that I found interesting, based off of a rather small sample size: 

  • I migitate roughtly 25% of all normal incoming damage via block/armor (normal as in not a special attack or spell). Roughly 54% of all damage is avoided.
  • In a night's run, I seem to let a few crushing blows slip by. I've noticed that when I engage a boss, I don't always get Holy Shield up by the time I'm within the mob's hitbox. I'm not sure if the rest are from spell lag, me not minding my spell rotations, or positioning issues.
  • Consecration does roughly 30% of my total damage on a boss fight, followed by Holy Shield at around 20% - 25%. Seal of Whatever comes up third at around 15% to 20%.
  • On fast attacking bosses (Halazzi), Holy Shield comes out on top at around 40% of my overall fight damage (it's uber nice, TPS goes way over 1.5k)
  • In my off-tanking gear Lay on Hands crit heals for 25871, lol.

WoW Update: 1/14/2008

  • Posted on: 14 January 2008
  • By: Keiya

The forums have changed yet again. Toying with new software.

I've picked up quiet a few items since the last time I've posted: The Pauldons of Stone Resolve from the timed chest event in Zul'Aman, the tanking boots from the first boss in ZA, the badge reward tanking coal, the badge reward tanking belt (not the spell one), tons of ZA crit gear, and the healing mace from Maiden in KZ. I'm at around 15277 HP unbuffed; Just need to chant my healing crap now (boo, expensive).

Observations: I've pretty much outgeared all of Karazhan. I've been having to swap into spell damage gear on most of the fights otherwise I go out of mana too fast (which is fine with me pew pew pew). Also noticing that tankadins are especially nice on some of the fast attacking ZA boss encounters because of Improved Holy Shield's 8 charges. I think Shield Wall is being proc'd off too fast on some of the warriors, who are getting crushed.

Oh, the mini-patch added a neat feature: When you perform a readycheck, marks will appear next to the names in the raid screen showing who is ready and who is AFK. Some of the custom UI's have integrated this feature as well. That is super duper handy.


Ugly Healing Gear and Jan'alai

  • Posted on: 10 December 2007
  • By: Keiya

Soaked up a few pieces for my offhealing set: [Spaulders of the Advocate] off of Halazzi and [Mojo-mender's Mask] off of Akil'zon. I am not honestly sure what either is supposed to be, the shoulders look like, as a guildy put it, "crap glued together" lol.

Got Jan'alai down in Zul'Aman. There are two important factors to the fight: Egg popping and bomb dodging (bombs are easy as shit to dodge). The boss is on a platform with a two separate platforms off to the East and West side, each platform containing a number of eggs. Every 45 seconds or so 2 trolls will spawn, each will head to a platform and begin popping eggs. When the eggs pop dragonhawks will spawn.

Every time the trolls spawn you want to allow a certain amount of eggs to pop because when Jan'alai reaches 35%, ALL of the eggs will pop at once. We kind of brute forced it: When he was at around 55%, we accidentally let ALL of the remaining eggs pop, so about 20 or so dragonhawks were free. Nuked them down and nuked the boss. If all of the eggs are popped, Jan'alai enrages. Compared to the damage output of say, Halazzi, it's pretty weak. Pew pew.

Jan'alai drops a really nice shield that I want. Getting a graphic update too! It currently shares the same graphic as the Hakkar shield, which is kind of ugly...

I finally finished off my cooking to 374 and acquired the Fish Tracking spell (new in patch 2.3). Just an FYI: You get the spell from the Weather-Bean Journal, which can be found in any of the crates that you fish. The easiest way to get it, by far, is to look for the Steam Pump Floatsam in Zangarmarsh. Fly around the edges of the lakes/lagoons, look for piles of floating crap, fish in them. Took me a half hour. Fish tracking by the way, makes it 10x easier to farm crawdads.


More Cowbell

  • Posted on: 6 December 2007
  • By: Keiya

I have new computer toys: An EVGA 512MB 8800gt Superclocked video card and a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750w PSU. Crysis runs smoothly with 4x AA and all of the settings on high at 1280x960. Every other non-Crysis game runs smoothly my preferred resolution, 1680x1050 with all of the settings maxed out. Not pushing as many FPS as I could because my processor is a bit of a bottleneck, but meh (I am tempted to upgrade to a quad core, bad Keiya no more computer parts).

The temperature issue: The card runs hot because the stock fan doesn't spin up fast enough, EVGA has (supposedly) fixed this in a BIOS update. Alternatively, you can just tweak the fanspeed thresholds in RivaTuner to have it spin up faster at certain temperatures. There is a good illustrated step-by-step guide here and here.

Busy lately, no time to post. I'll try to write a few posts to address the email questions that I have been blowing off /apologize.