Archive for July, 2011

Occu’thar Healing

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The new boss of Baradin hold that gives the equivalent of one ZA/ZG run of valor points if you do it on 25 man. (Less if you do it on 10 man) It also gives about 275 reputation with the hellscream faction.

It drops 6 pieces of epics which can include tier PVE gloves and legs or an entire gamut of ilvl 384 pvp epics that you will require conquest points to otherwise obtain. (you get 378 rep pieces from Avengers of Hyjal) Naturally its a must run every week if you’re really into either PVEing or PVPing. At this point however some less well run pugs might not be able to clear it that easily.

The overall strat goes something like during phase 1, everyone stays out of a designated area, in this picture it is the blue beacon while avoiding purplish white patches that grows in size. In phase 2 everyone would stack on the blue area while the ranged dps aoes the adds down in under 10 seconds. For phase 3 everyone moves out of the blue area and spreads out to prevent chaining.

For healing it is rather straightforward. As paladin you can beacon a tank, and just keep the hp of people up. There’s no annoying decurse mechanics here like the original Baradin Hold boss. When you see large patches of aoe damage being laid out I used holy radiance and light of dawn, but other healers like druids would have a lot more aoe heals available.

The dps only really needs about an average of 15k dps so you would quickly know whether your group is capable of doing it. Healing is more of a whack the mole in this boss strat.

Avengers of Hyjal Rep farm

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Update: According to a range of sources, Trash gives usual exp all the way to 5999/6000, the big trash that usually gives 50/55 will give all the way to 11999/12000, after that for the exalted ilvl 391 stuff you’ll need to kill lots and lots of firelands bosses.

If you’re a completionist and hardcore raider you’ll probably want to go on trash runs every reset day, usually tuesday/wednesday before your guild raid to farm to the soft cap at 5999 and pip it slightly over to the next tier to get access to the waist. Then every tuesday/wednesday if you want a heads up on your other guildies you can continue farming the 12000 range on the big mobs and roll on epic recipes and boes.

If you don’t have or don’t have the time to be in a full raiding guild raiding firelands, fret not. The old reputation farming days from black temple and ice crown citadel is back again. Currently you can pug a trash farm group to go into firelands to farm BoE epics, recipes and reputation. The trash are generally pretty easy if people know what they are doing and you can farm until honored reputation.

Once you go into friendly rep at 3000 you can get access to ilvl 378 cloaks which are generally a pretty big upgrade, but rather expensive to reforge into. At an additional 6000 you get honored which means ilvl 378 belts or waists, upon which you’ll find it quite tough to trash farm any further rep. Up til this point the tiny ones usually give 15-17 rep depending on rep bonuses, and the big ones give 50 or 55 if you have the guild rep bonus.

Even if you’re not in it for the rep, the drop rate for the BoE and recipes are good enough that you’ll likely see one to two drops every 1000 reputation gain or so. You can either resell then or use the 378 equipment like the Khaz Gorath trinket. If you see recipes on the Auction House below 1000 gold, and it is a good recipe you might even consider flipping it or learning it.