There is nothing better than a good UI related post, so I plan to make this an exception (lol).
With one of my recent videos (a joke about ‘tips’ for Spirit Kings), it was made extremely clear that my UI was bad. Now I knew it was bad, I really did! I was justmuch too lazy to do anything about it. In the coming weeks I hope to be able to produce more encounter guides, as well as some humerous (well, my kind of funny-ness) videos, so I felt it was important that I finally got off my rear and put my UI modification actions into gear.
People are direct, I appreciate it.
Initially I was going for a UI package – new expansion, new guild, same awesome hunter; why not a brand spankin’ new UI?? I looked into a couple of available packages, and these are some of my favourites
Garwulf over at the Huntsmans Lodge has had his UI available for sometime. As well as providing detailed set up instructions (for those of us who are a tad less ‘tech savvy’), it provides a beautiful clean look, while still providing the valued tools for raiding/pvp.
Kripparrian is one of the most talented hunters in the world – this guy knows his hunters. His UI has been around for a while, and looks amazing. I will definitely be looking into running this myself in the future, yet at the moment I find my current setup suits me just fine.
Kripp UI – made by Hunters, for hunters (well.. made by a hunter)
See it is action on Kripparrian’s YouTube channel, he updates it regularly with awesome gamer-related goodness (of which a massive chunk is hunter related)
I put these two together as they are made by the same peeps (I believe). Tuk UI is generally a low use UI package, so may run smoother on an older machine. Elv UI has much more customization options (if you are unfamiliar with the non-sexy programmer language) to alter the look and feel. They both look smooth and impressive; a lot of people swear by these and they are definitely worth looking into.
I personally stayed with my own setup. It is far from the magesty of the above options, but I like it.
Current setup – a few things have been tweaked since, yet it is pretty much my old UI but cleaner.
Some of the addons that make up my UI (that are obvious) are;
JS Hunter Bar
Mik Scrolling Battle Text
All of these addons are available from Curse
I no longer run a chat addon, and there are a few ‘behind the scenes’ addons that I won’t get into now. In the below video of my guilds first kill of 10 man Heroic Feng the Accursed, you can see the difference (if you look at the Spirit Guard video).
Are there any UI mods/packages you use or know of that deserve to make my favourites? let me know in the comments
Last week my raid team got Heroic Feng the Accursed down, and I managed to fraps the fight. I have attached a few tips throughout the video, and will write up a full writter guide (as well as stone dawgs heroic) in the coming days.
NV destroys Feng
Pretty sloppy play personally, it was literally the last attempt of the night, and we were missing some key players of our raid. Fun boss nevertheless, and all about execution.
This week my guild Nocturnus Vexillari took down Heroic Stone Guards, I will be updating this blog with some heroic guides and videos, so stay tuned for that (I also have some normal mode footage I am playing with, along with a sweet death on our normal clear via spirit guard ‘wall-of-death’ adds).
A few tips
Make the ‘crystal running’ your priority: when these bad boys are up, the bosses die quicker
Deterrence is sweet: Glyph it for the extra reduction, and spec into crouching tiger, hidden chimera. Deterrence is not only useful as a good personal CD, it also mitigates the cobalt ‘bombs’ ENTIRELY, allowing you to quickly clear some floor space for dance moves
Make sure to aspect dance: If you don’t have a macro, make one. There is a fair amount of movement in this fight (during the crystal-running), so dpsing on the move helps
Be aware of your surroundings: clear cobalt ‘bombs’ for your tanks and healers, stay near your fellow raiders if Jasper is up (you don’t want to be far away if chained)
Masters Call (yay for PvE utility!): this will break the petrifaction effect, allowing you to escape disaster or close gaps with chained raiders. It also breaks the rooting effect of the Cobalt bombs.
If you micro manage your pet on passive, make sure it is on the right target!
Blow CDs when the damage stacks are high, make the most use of them to quicken the fight.
I will leave the rest/more details for the upcoming guides! Good luck!
So it begins! The raiding week got off to a great start, with my guild clearing all 6 bosses. We are now winding up for the best part of raiding – heroic modes.
Our Holy Paladin Nphh recorded some of our normal kills, you can’t really get a good hunter idea of the fight, yet it gives a good indication to the strats we used and where we stacked for certain phases etc. Hopefully I will start recording the heroic fights so we can make dual PoV videos.
We can’t all be great, but we can all be hunters (if we really want), and therefore (by extension) we CAN all be great. ORIGINAL STATEMENT FALLACY SHOWN!
So MoP is finally live, and it has been a week since we first got to attack the content head on. Leading up to release, a lot of people planned a marathon gaming session – friends gathered on mumble/vent, all running the new content, exploring, killing rares, destroying quests – it was all there for the taking!
Talking to some of my new guildies, I got inspired to have a good crack at the realm first achievement. This had been something I had considered before, but didn’t really plan on following through with. The ach speaks for itself, and after a ridiculous session of quest grinding, I managed to pull off realm first level 90 hunter. Here are some things (in and out of game) that I did to speed along the questing:
- In RL I made sure I had time set aside, made sure that all my family/friends thought I was away somewhere saving puppies from burning fires (something equally heroic as attempting realm first). I had food set aside (generally healthy food; fruit, nuts, pretzels, a few awesome sandwiches [I freaking LOVE a good 'sammich'] and enough water to see me comfortably hydrated. My PC was cleaned up and tidy, and I was well rested.
In game I had a group to run with, I had plenty of flasks/pots/food to speed up nuking mobs. I had my specs set (survival in my case, with a backup BM/spirit beast setup), bags cleared of as much junk as possible, and a chunk of dailys completed and ready to hand in once it hit launch time.
I set up a few addons I hadn’t used before, mainly TurnIn; an amazing addon that is customizable to skip quest text and hand ins, allowing seamless and quick hand ins/pick ups of all quests. If you have one NPC with multiple quests to hand in, it automates it all, allowing you to interact once initially and then sit back, cackling maniacally as the quests turn in and your gold (and xp) goes up. I turned off a lot of addons that I knew would be unnecessary (it really hurt my epeen to turn off damage meters, but it was just pointless). Having the game run as smooth as possible was a definite goal for the levelling race.
I didn’t overly prepare in the Beta, and this would have attributed to being a few hours behind our Realm First! level 90; Grymreaper of the guild Shift. I had a great time levelling, and want to throw a shout out to the peeps of NV who made the night so enjoyable, especially the 5 man ‘dream team’ that saw us smash out dungeons and gain a lead into level 86. Getting ahead of the pack is the challenge, staying there is just grinding your rear off. Out of the NV peeps, a big shout out to Caddarly, the realm first Priest who went every step of the way with me through every quest. Having that extra person smashing out dps on mobs as well as having the ability to do a emergency heal definitely sped things up.
Front page of NV guild website, Nuggets unite!
So enough talk – What do you do when you hit level 90???
Well MoP (so far) is fantastic – I think that Blizz have really made an effort for there to be enough content to keep you interested at the end game. The first thing you will want to get underway is starting the rep grinds. The Golden Lotus are a great place to start, and be sure to pick up the Black Prince quests for the legendary’s (fappity fap fap). There are also the Tillers, the Klaxxi, the Cloud Serpents and the Anglers. There is now no limit to the amount of daily’s you can do, so prepare to grind the day away!
But Quelys, I don’t want to grind rep – I want to do more fun stuffz
- Stupid Rogue dude
Lucky for you, Mr Rogue dude, there is plenty more! The dungeons (and subsequent heroic dungeons) on offer are an easy level, and let’s face it – getting gear is the sweet sweet nectar of the WoW flower! Grind some gear out and prepare for Challenge modes and raids coming this week. Mogushan Vaults will be the first raid on offer, with 6 bosses extending their necks to receive killing blows; so gear up and prepare to carry your raid team!
There are a few mounts to grind as well, the pet battle system, world bosses (YAY), new battlegrounds, elites to farm, achievements to get… There is a lot going on! So strap yourself in, get to level 90 (by all means, enjoy the ride and take your time) and smash out those dailys!!!! (seriously, they award coins that allow you to have a second roll on loot!)
For a quick(ish) new mount, try the Lorewalkers rep. Not only does it give some awesome background lore, each time you complete one of the ‘sets’, you get to watch some RP of the lore in question! A very cool filler if you didn’t pay a lot of attention to what was happening, or if you want more background information on the various races of pandaria. You can view a good walkthrough of each site to visit here:
In the next couple of weeks I will be updating the blog with not only what I have been up to, but highlighting a specific part of MoP, so be sure to keep coming back to check out some updates! Don’t forget to check out the hunter interviews at the top of the page as well. Happy hunting, don’t be a nugget, and have fun!