An evening with Euripides..

Euripides, a wise beast, can be found taming feral druids of Azeroth and discussing hairy wrists. When he is not stoping ferals from taking our agility trinkets and polearms, he can be found talking about all things huntering on the Hunting Party Podcast or shaking things up on the auction house. Join me as we discover what makes this Alliance scum (yeah, ANOTHER one.. I cannot believe it either..) tick.

 

Euripides - tamer of feral druids

Euripides, how are you? I hope you have been well! 

I am, thanks :) Busy as all hell, but I’d take that over the alternative any day!

 

Outdps, Call to Auction, the Hunting Party Podcast… what can you tell us about these?

I started OutDPS to talk about hunters and raiding what feels like a very long time ago. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have some incredible writers to collaborate with, like Eidotrope, but as my day job and writing gig at WoW Insider have eaten up more and more of my time, the site has ended up being a place I mostly only use to post the podcast episodes. I still intend to write more editorial content there, but it’s hard to find time.

The Hunting Party podcast started relatively early in the life of the blog, and I’ve been astounded about its popularity. Hunters really do have the best community :)

Call to Auction is a side project I keep trying to resurrect, but I can’t seem to find a way to make the scheduling work. I can’t prioritize it over the hunter show or my writing at WoW Insider. Lately, I’ve been trying to find a way to record it at my lunch hour at work, but that’s been a non-starter so far.

 

He is a GM as well... Darkbrew's boss and everything.

If the three of you from the hunting party podcast were stuck on a desert island, what would you all bring and why?

I imagine Darkbrew would be pragmatic and bring some day-job work to do while he waited for the rescue. Frost would bring a fifth of tequila and a frisbee, and if I had to choose, I’d probably bring a boat, a satellite phone, and sunscreen.

 

How long have you actually played WoW for? And can you tell us more about your main toon?

-I started in patch 2.2, whenever that was. My main is, of course, my hunter (“Euripides“), and I raid and PvP with him. I’m the GM for a guild I run with Darkbrew on Drenden-US (A) (<Bucket List>, we’re recruiting!), and these are the people I raid and PvP with.  I also have a DK tank I break out in case of emergency, but at this point, I’m almost convinced that my main’s pet would do a better job not dying. Additionally, I have a 75 mage and 85 paladin for profession alts (the 85 paladin was 80 for a long time and leveled mostly through JC dailies :P).

 

What is your least favourite raid instance of all time and why?

I really hated Trial of the Crusader. It was too short and condensed to be a whole raid night, which was hard on raiding guilds coming out from a long instance (Ulduar). Also, while I hate trash, I seemed to hate raiding the only instance without any. I don’t know what that says.

 

Do you think that you could defeat Bear Grylls in fisty cuffs (hand to hand combat) if you could bring one of your hunter pets (and they were real)?

Would I get my gun too? Doesn’t matter, I’d bring my sporebat and we’d be set. I bet I could distract him with a jar of his own urine too… I hear he’s partial to that.

 

What would be your all time favourite raid (Ulduar is not an option)

Damn it! Ok, aside from Ulduar, which I suspect is too much of a gimme, I really liked ICC and BT. They are long dungeon crawls with exceptional design, and there was a very nice progression of difficulty.

 

ICC - A fond memory for most during WotLK

BT - Euripides was prepared!

Why do I keep hearing about your sister? Is there something that people are missing or is this a joke that has spiralled out of control?

Frost made a sister joke once, and I foolishly took the bait and acted slightly offended or something. Since then, we’ve been circling the drain of good taste, so yeah, “a joke that has spiraled out of control” is apt ;)

 

Are you filthy rich in WoW (and if so, may I hack you: *note, I possess no hacking skills)

I am, but I use an authenticator and a very secure password :P. One of the parts of the game I’ve always enjoyed is the economy. Not because I like spending money, but because I like the act of buying, selling, and crafting with the goal of profit. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with all the money I’ve made- I really don’t find much value in things that can’t be used to do something (like achievements or pets), and that’s basically the only thing that’s available for those of us with gold to burn. Right now, I use my money mostly for buying my main BoEs. I’ve also bought an arena carry, but that was only so I could get a PvP gun back in 4.2 when marks would really benefit in PvE from the added weapon DPS. I’m curious to see what this black market on beta turns into, though.

Call To Auction

 

 

What is your favourite boss encounter of all time?

Probably Hodir or Iron Council from Ulduar. I really liked that place :)

 

Ice to meet you ;)

What is your favourite raid and boss encounter of cataclysm?

Cataclysm wasn’t quite as compelling as Wrath or BC, however I probably liked the first instances most. There was a lot of content and it was really well planned out. I liked Nefarian quite a bit, for some reason.

 

What is the best hunter ability?

Aside from the ability to tame sporebats, I’d have to say fear beast. Hunters in PvP are like walking trollfaces, and even against really good ferals or shammies, you can sometimes get one off when they’re not watching carefully. I’m also partial to disengage- every significant guild first kill I’ve been a part of seems to have been done with me dead, disengaged somewhere stupid.

 

What is your favourite color?

Green, obviously :)

 

Any shout-outs?

Eidotrope, for writing when I couldn’t

BRK, for inspiring me

My co-hosts Darkbrew and Frostheim, for making every Saturday an adventure

The listeners, for validating the work we do

Faeghleis, for teaching me how to edit a podcast (want to hear some truly atrocious sound? Check out the first few episodes)

And, of course, the awesome writers like yourself that keep the hunter blogosphere interesting :)

Just hanging out in pvp gear, pwning noobs most likely (mages/feral druids etc)

Thanks a bunch to Euripides, very friendly bloke :) Make sure to check out the following – He is involved in some great projects;

Hunting Party Podcast – Weekly podcast with all things hunter!
Outdps – Euipides site
Euripides on Twitter

 

Hey, hey, hey! It’s Solarflair!

Our next guest has to constantly defeat an asparagus consuming mage, so he knows how to commit to a cause. He is commonly known as the hunter extraordinaire of the Convert to Raid podcast as well as being a member of the Azerothian Grammar Police. Lets go over their to were I left the interview (see what I did there?) and get to know the dashingly handsome Tauren hunter known as Solarflair!

 

'Sola Flay'

 

Hello, hello, hello… it seems to be the character known as Solarflair!

Hey, hey, hey – it’s good to be here today!
When did you begin your WoW adventures, and were you always a hunter? (if not, I CAN forgive you.. it is just hard..)

Since day one, of hour one, of minute one, of second one… I have always played a Hunter!
I began playing World of Warcraft in October of 2008. This was one month before Wrath launched. I guess you could call me a Wrath baby but it isn’t official!

 

Convert to raid – first a convenient button, now a fantastic podcast; what can you tell us about it?

Well we’re almost coming up on one year strong! It’s been a really fun way to reach out to the WoW community, I never imagined it would be as big as it is today, and still growing, so I couldn’t have asked for a better thing to be a part of on my Sunday mornings. The community is just fantastic, they’re really good to us!

 

How do your fellow hosts feel about being your co-hosts in reality? (after all, they don’t play hunters.. Zhug may be an exception)

I’m not too sure. We all get along really well and our synergy really meshes with our goal with the show. It’s a great combination of guys with diverse backgrounds. We really enjoy being together, even through the asparagus farts.

Solarflair, not to be messed with.

 

What is your most memorable in-game experience?

This is a really tough question. I think any hard-won progression kill stands out in my mind. Probably though, our realm first Argaloth 25 kill oddly enough. It was two weeks into the expansion when we finally got all 25 of our raiders level capped and decked out in questing greens. We were hitting the enrage timer every attempt and then finally we got it with two people alive :) the nerd screams were earth shattering. The other raid leader actually recorded it here:

 

Convert to raid has developed a dedicated following, what would be your favourite moment(s) on the show to date?

With the community? Most likely our Convert-to-Raid-along. Unfortunately this was before cross-server raids but it was really nice to play with some of the fans. We have been working on another one soon so keep an eye out for that!

With the cast though, probably our pre-show talks. Thank goodness Zhug doesn’t record during those. I’ll leave it at that.

 

If you and the other hosts were trapped in the snow after your plane had gone down after the private jet party where you were celebrating your 500th show, who would you eat first and why?

There is no doubt in my mind that we would all turn on Koltrane. Once digested, the asparagus in his system would allow our flatulence to warm us during the blizzard. As gross as that is. Eugh. (Death to all mages! delicious mages.. – Quel)

 

You run some live streams and also create guides, what can you tell us about these?

I do! Well I did, anyways. We have guides up to 4/8 encounters in normal Dragon Soul, where I was finding my stride and I think some were quite good. I will be picking up boss encounter guides again when MoP launches, stronger than ever.

Live streams are really fun for me, it’s a nice, laid back way to talk to some of the community while doing something unique in-game. I’ve been swamped recently but I’ll be streaming again this weekend and beyond.

Normal guides from Hunter PoV

 

What is the number 1 tip you would give to aspiring hunter raiders?

There is always something you can improve on. I can’t stress this enough – even on attempts/kills I feel really good about, I can always go back and parse where I could have done better. Cast this ability, used this cooldown later/earlier, used a different global cooldown that would have been more beneficial, etc. I know that seems nitpicky but it’s what will separate you from the pack. Going through WoL parses and comparing yourself to Hunters better than you can often lead to some serious insight about your class. I know it has for me.

 

What is your favourite pet in your arsenal?

Definitely a toss up between Deth’tilac and my dark bronze colored wolf Deathmaw. I know I use my wolf more but Deth’tilac is stunning.

Unfortunately I don’t have my very first tamed pet anymore though, it was the rare white polar bear, Bjarn, I found whilst leveling.

Deathmaw, wolf of death-ness!

 

What is the best hunter ability?

Hmm. I really like each specs iconic abilities: Kill Command, Chimera/Aimed Shot, Explosive Shot. But if I had to pick an all time favorite it would probably be Bestial Wrath. There are not many things out there more gratify than making your pet huge, red and angry while ripping somethings face off.

 

Any shout outs?

Just a big thanks to those who support me and the podcast!

Thanks Solar!

 

Thanks Solarflair!

Make sure to check out the Convert to Raid podcast (live stream on their site found here, you can also find it on itunes), and follow Solarflair on Twitter. The show is hilarious and informative – great for the WoW community – I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I look forward to MoP when Solarflair can continue with his guides! (also, CTR Facebook – LIKE IT NOW!)

I leave you with this video response by Solarflair in response to questions about raiding and the community (questions were not from me):

- Quelys

How to interview a Laeleiweyn

*Imagine David Attenborough’s voice*

Here we are, in the Alliance-infested home of the Draenei (ignore the various rainbows and butterflies). If you are lucky enough within this strange land, you may spot the wild Laeleiweyn, a fellow Hunter and bloggist of the highest order, her posts providing insight and humor throughout the dark times (the dark times being when you realise they are written by an Alliance). Come with me as we explore the natural habitat of the ‘Laeleiweyn’ , a ‘tinkerer’ in real life (engineering joke), and find out how this interesting creature behaves in its natural habitat.

 

Lae taking names.

Hey Laeleiweyn, may I call you Lae? When did you first start playing WoW?

Yes, of course! I didn’t really realise when I made my hunter’s name that I would one day end up communicating with other people using it. If I had realised I would have made it shorter. ;)

I started playing in 2007, and I was hooked from day two! (I got a headache day one of all the new things + movements, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I gave it another try the next day).
I had tried making a character on Ponder’s account first, so when I got an account on my own I immediately upgraded it to Burning Crusade; I was SO gonna play a draenei hunter! Alliance cause they’re the good guys (hehe, sorry about that ), draenei cause I liked the look and hunter cause I figured it would be nice to have a companion in this new, foreign and somewhat scary world. Later I realised that hunters also were the badass ones, and stuck to her.

See also my first post ever; Laeleiweyn – the Draenei Hunter

Tell us a little about yourself, your REAL self!

I’m from Norway. I live with a boomkin, Ponder, and three cats (real cats, not druids). In the daytime I’m an engineer, in the evening I’m a totally badass hunter!
Since you gave me instructions to talk about snow; Norway is probably one of the best countries to live in! We’re a small country, we take good care of eachother, most of us have jobs and most of the time we can feel very safe. But the damned weather…! October to April is filled with rain and snow, and the sun rarely visits us. People stop going outside and out to restaurants. As a gamer I have no problem finding excuses to play a lot in the winter. If I could just grab all my friends, family and work, and move to the Mediterranean Sea, I would!

Many people would know you from your blog and the great work you have done with your project ‘Hunterstalker’. Can you shed some light on these?

I started my blog in 2009. I made a video of Lae (which was very fun to do, but it was really bad, lmao), and wrote one post about how I started playing and the road up until then. But then I didn’t write much for a couple of years. There are so many good sites and guides, so I figured the world would probably be fine without my input.
But  I am one of those people that have a lot of words wanting to get out all the time. After writing a gazillion posts in our very small guild’s forum, I realised that perhaps only 5 people read my posts. Which made me bring the blog back to life. Now, my intention isn’t to make the best hunter website or resource. I try to not write too much about things you could easily find better write-ups on, like theorycrafting and patch notes. It’s more about opinions and experiences for me.
I figure that if you make something that becomes really big and important, you’ll get some negative things with it as well. I still haven’t received any negative comments, and frankly I’m not really interested in them. ;) I KNOW that my English isn’t perfect (obviously, I’m Norwegian), I use too many smilies and I joke too much. But I already know this, so no need to tell me. I’m very happy to be in the Little League. But of course, my heart jumps when I’m featured at WoW Hunters Hall; someone wants to read my Words! But I’m trying to keep it low key and write about the things I want, not the things I think people want to read. As many others, I do this for fun, it’s a hobby derived from another hobby. I get really excited when I find something fun to write about. I seem to have more opinions on this subject than what I knew when I started answering your question.
The blogs I like to read myself are both the guides, but also the “my story”-kind of blogs, and blogs where they have their own voice. Like yours, you’re funny like me. ;)

Hunterstalker started with me occasionally checking the armory of the other hunters in the guild. I also sometimes checked the best geared hunters on the server (from WoW Heroes or WoW Progress). I eventually proceeded to check out the guys at the Hunting Party Podcast, their guests, Bigredkitty, Garwulf, Morynne and so on. Eventually I would have 20 tabs open in my browser, so I added the bookmarks instead. When I got about 50 I had a strong wish that I could more easily check them all up at the same time; with a small summary and the links to all their “sites”. So I made Hunterstalker. The name is fitting. But yeah, also creepy, sorry about that. I would like to flesh Hunterstalker out as a dynamic website using armory API’s. But I have no knowledge about how to do that at this point, so I’ll have to see if I can teach myself, and if I can find time to do it. If someone would like to help, contact me. :)

The many faces of Lae

Stalk ALL the hunterz!

You are the Guild Master for Release and Run, can you tell us a little about your guild?

Release and Run was formed by a group of friends of 8 or so, at the end of Wrath of the Lich King. The guild was a direct result of the changes to 10vs25; with shared lockout and loot. Finally no reason to keep doing 25man raids! Our goal was a small, social and relaxed guild, with a good and strong raid team. In addition I had some great visions about “doing it right” and “being fair” which I strive towards at all times. :) A year ago we had another guild merge into ours. We knew most of the people from earlier, and with them raiding less and on different days than us, we were able to fill raidspots in both groups with this arrangement, so it’s been a very positive experience. We’re a bit bigger than what we thought initially, with 47 unique accounts, but it’s still a nice place to be.

Release and Run... Alliance *sigh*

You seem to balance raiding, real life, an awesomely written blog (wink) as well as being a GM AND Raid Leader; HOW DO YOU MANAGE IT ALL?!

Well, I really don’t I’m afraid. ;) Being a GM took some extra effort at the start and sometimes still do in periods. Setting up the website, setting up the rules, deciding on things, etc. I used to send out in-game mails “Guild News” the first six months, for those who didn’t join the website. Like “these are our raid nights”, “help eachother gear up”, “two trials incoming” or “trial ending, send me comments or yes/no”. Eventually I’ve become more laid-back. As I said we try to keep it small, and with all the framework in place things kind of sorts themselves out.
Being raid leader doesn’t take that much extra time; I would have checked up on tactics anyway. The only thing I spend extra time on as a raid leader is deciding who raids when. I’m trying to make it fair, but also having as good setup as possible.
The blog can take some time; one post usually take me several hours. Where I first just pour out all the words, and I rearrange them over and over again after.
Real life; well. I feel like the time passes very quickly when I’m in front of the computer. Sometimes I wish I actually did balance things better. And I definitely wish I was as enthusiastic about my paid job as I am about playing and writing!

What is your favourite raid of all time, and what encounter within it would be your favourite?

I don’t really know how to answer this. My favourite raid is at any given time the new one we just started working on. They are ALL so epic, beautiful, interesting and fun. I’m certainly not gonna answer what seems to be the default “best raid” (Ulduar). I can tell you which I don’t like much; both wings of Ahn’Qiraj, I can’t stand insects.

My favorite encounters that I did when current would be Malygos (the first fight I really spent a lot of time on. I was really really good at phase 2. I like being good.), the amazing Algalon, Twin Valkyrs (cause my DPS would get insane if I got the colours right), Lich King was king, Alysrazor, Al’Akir, Cho’gall, Ultraxion, Madness of Deathwing and the king of them all Ragnaros.

What is your favourite raid and encounter this expansion?

My favorite raid and encounter would be Firelands and Ragnaros. That fight is so amazing. I’m hoping the rest of the guild will be interested in going back and kill him on heroic, just so I can spend some time with him again. Madness of Deathwing is a pretty epic encounter as well, storywise. But the fight itself is too repetitive to be a favorite.

See also Cataclysm Almost Mortem

Lae in t12

What is your favourite hunter ability?

If I have to say one, it’s disengage. But I made a list:

1 Disengage
2 Bestial Wrath
3 Feign Death
4 Stampede
5 Murder of Crows
6 Kill Command
7 Explosive Shot
8 Aspect of the Fox
9 Camouflage

Which pet is your favourite?

Cats in general are my favorites. My first cat, Ratchet, that I tamed in Azuremyst Isle at level 10. Humar the Pridelord, which was the first rare I camped. I tamed him at level 70, so I had to level him all the way up from 14 (I think) to 70. Loque’nahak, which I spent months and months looking for! And Skarr, which also took me months from Molten Front opened; I saw him killed in front of me too many times! I even went and got a MM-spec to be able to do the tame.

Any shout outs?

Yes! To Ponder and my guild. And to all the friendly, helpful, polite, skilled and awsome hunters out there! And to all the veteran hunter bloggers; thank you for shaping the hunter community. And to all the new hunter bloggers; thank you for new enthusiasm and new input. :)

 

Thanks Lae!

Huge thanks to Lae for putting the time into all of this, once again make sure to check out her blog (found here), not only for the hunterstalker; she provides a great transmog resource with fantastic ideas, as well as her new UI stalker :P
Lae’s site is fast becoming one of my top stops for hunter-related goodness, her blog is always a great read with a personal feel.

 

- Quelys