Friday, November 30, 2012

Queue All the Things

If you're doing the item upgrade grind and don't feel like doing dailies, it's a good idea to queue for Scenarios, Dungeon Finder and Raid Finder all at once. I mentioned yesterday that Scenarios now have a chance to drop epics. Once a queue pops your other queues will be paused, as soon as you finish whichever thing you were doing (most likely a scenario), you'll be placed at the front of the line for your other queues, so you pretty much get into a Dungeon or Raid after your scenario immediately. It works for PVP too, but your queues will drop if you get into Wintergrasp or Tol Barad.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Scenarios Are Pretty Good For Gearing Now

Another 5.1 post, doing a random scenario rewards you with Greater Cache of Treasures. Just like before, you have a chance to find lvl 463 rares, but now there's a chance that it can reward you with 463 weapons as well as ilvl 476 epics. I've only seen the cloak drop from the cache but it looks like these randomized epic items can be for every slot, minus trinkets.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Where to Upgrade Your Gear

Earlier this month I said you should hang on to your Honor/Justice gear and stockpile your Honor/Justice/Conquest/Valor points, if you did that, your hoarder ways are about to pay off. Patch 5.1 introduces a system to upgrade your gear. Any item over ilvl 458 (with the exception of the Patch 5.1 rep obtained gear) can be upgraded up 8 item levels for 1500 justice/honor points (if blue) or two increments of 750 Conquest/Valor points (if epic). And yes, you can upgrade your DMC trinkets.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Grand Commendation of the Revered

Patch 5.1 arrives today, lots of exciting new features are coming. As someone who has a few 90s now and hates doing dailies, I'm excited about the Grand Commendations that each of the MoP factions are offering. Once you hit revered with each faction, you get the option to purchase this item. For example, buying Grand Commendation of the Golden Lotus will give you 100% more reputation gain with Golden Lotus across all characters.

Full list of commendations here.

Yeah, you still need to have a character that's revered with each faction to get this rep buff, but now you only have to grind half the dailies you did on your first character to unlock valor items!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Banquet Cheat Sheet

Eat all the foods

Can't figure out if you should dig into that hot steamer or chow down on the grill when presented with multiple banquets? Here's a quick fact sheet, always eat the banquet that corresponds with your primary stat if it's present, it adds an additional 25 to that stat.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Weekly Sha Check Macro

Sometimes the days bleed into each other and I forget if I did Sha of Anger, if this has 
happened to you, make this macro:
/run local z,t,s={[32099]='Sha of Anger this week.'},GetQuestsCompleted();for c,v in pairs(z) do if t[c] then s='' else s=' not' end print('You have'..s,'done',v) end
Whenever you kill Sha of Anger for the week, a hidden quest is completed, this is how 
the game determines if you get a chance at loot. Saw this in comments on Wowhead. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Where to Exchange Your Tier 14 Tokens

Have you received a token from Nightmare of Shek'zeer or Terrace of Endless Spring yet? Commander Oxheart is who you need to speak with to trade in your tokens for tier gear. Located at the back of Niuzao Temple (37, 64), you might recognize her as the valor vendor.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Now is a Good Time to Grind Some Rep

Starting yesterday, running until December 4th, if you log on you will receive a Celebration Package in your mail in honor of WoW's 8th anniversary.

Pilgrim's Bounty event is also running until November 25th, eating 5 servings of each type of food at the Bountiful Tables outside your major city will give you The Spirit of Sharing.

This stacks up to 18% more rep per kill, and 10% more rep per quest turn in.

In MoP most of the factions rep grinds involve dailies, but you can use this to advance your Black Prince Rep to Honored. Or farm rep in dungeons for your Pandaren faction with a tabard.

So you can use these rep buffs for some old expansion stuff like grind for The Insane title.

If you're after The Beloved title, use these buffs while they last.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Get Your Cooking to 525 with Minimal Effort

If you're not cooking MoP level food, you could be very easily by paying a visit to Sungshin Ironpaw at Halfhill Market in Valley of the Four Winds. This NPC will train you to cook from 1-525 and sell you most of the ingredients you will need to get there. The only ingredients you need to bring are 42 Golden Carps and 2 Wildfowl Breasts.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lost and Found - Jade Forest

One of the new achievements in MoP is Lost and Found, they're basically rarespawns that are items you pick up. The weapons are all bind on account, so you can give those to your alts while you level. There are some neat items such as the Ancient Pandaren Mining Pick that grant you a bonus to mining. Find 20 different ones and get "the Relic Hunter" title.They're pretty hard to spot, so keep your eyes open and your camera zoomed in. Today I'll cover the items found in Jade Forest. Coords and waypoint macro after the break.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Terrace of Endless Spring Entrance

Terrace of Endless Spring is the last raid instance to come out with the MoP release. The entrance is located in The Veiled Stair area.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Guide to Rares of the Krasarang Wild

Compared to the rares found in the Valley of Four Winds, there's nothing really exciting here. Unless you're an enchanter looking to get a few more Sha Crystals, putting the notable items on the auction house might net you a few hundred golds.

Friday, November 9, 2012

How to Activate Challenge Mode

If yesterday's post about how to access at the challenge mode scoreboard got your blood pumping to do some Challenge Modes, today I'll explain how to enable it.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

How to Access the Challenge Mode Scoreboard

Blizzard added a leaderboard for challenge modes where you can see the top scores on your realm.

To get to it, first get to your Dungeon Finder, the default button is I.

Click on the Challenge mode tab.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Heart of Fear LFR Guide Part 1 - The Dread Approach

Crop Check Macro

If you're like me, you've probably come back to harvest your crops only to find that one of them hasn't grown because you forgot to tend it (It's usually the runty ones). Below''s a simple macro so you never forget.

/tar alluring
/tar bursting
/tar infested
/tar parched
/tar plump
/tar ripe
/tar runty
/tar smothered
/tar tangled
/tar wiggling
/tar wild
/script if (charm == nil) or (charm < 0) then charm=9; end; charm=charm-1; SetRaidTarget("target", charm)

Just push this once you're done planting and tending, if any crops need attention it'll mark it for you.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Don't Toss Out Your Honor/Justice/Valor/Conquest Gear

Some of you might have outgrown your honor/justice/valor gear by now, patch 5.1 will bring an update to allow you to upgrade your purchased gear by 8 item levels for 1500 points of the corresponding currency.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Stuck in Combat during Kunzen Dailies? Here's Why.

If you're doing Tiller or cooking dailies in the Kunzen village area in the Valley of Four Winds, you might have found yourself stuck in combat. Even exiting the game will not take you out of combat. If this has happened to you, you probably hit a stolen brew keg with an aoe attack. Make sure you destroy the keg, it'll take you out of combat.