Resource Site Spotlight - Overachiever

Ever stand around in Dalaran listening to the mindless prattle of Trade chat? Or on top of the Orgrimmar bank? Or wherever Allis congregate en masse to trade Chuck Norris jokes and discuss the varying merits of the ORLY owl vs. the STFU Truck? Ever think that maybe you could be doing something more useful during these sequences?

I don’t achievement grind. It’s not related to shooting bosses, so it’s low on my priority list. But we all know someone (or many people) who do. It’s a valid and sometimes entertaining way to spend your time in the game. And in a recent podcast, our dashing Twisted Nether leader Fimlys mentioned an addon that he loves that helps with this endeavor. After trying it out, I can see the appeal, even as someone who isn’t too into achievements. So I wanted to highlight it here for the Overachievers (har!) in the WoW community.

http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/overachiever.aspx

So if the bored Trade chat watcher I mentioned is you, let Overachiever suggest a nearby or easy-to-complete achievement for you.  Other useful features include achievement trackers to show you your progress, as well as in-game tooltips to remind you to do something, such as killing a critter or typing /love for the famous “All the Squirrels…” achievement.

If you like to collect achievements, or just want to make better use of your in-game time, you owe it to yourself to try this out.

(Editorial Comment: Please make sure to virus check your computer after this or any downloads onto your computer. There is no information at publication date that this site or its applications are harmful in any way, but caution should always be exercised.)

Episode 81 - Affliction Addiction

Twisted Nether welcomes Millea from Dots and Hots. Fimlys is overwhelmed by the sheer ‘lockery! We talk about the forced relocation of the Gnomes and Trolls in the Pre-Cataclysm days, the WoW.com Resource page and a few hot topics including “So, You Want to Blog?”. The addiction continues!

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Shared Topic: Posting Blog Links on Armory

Bloggers! If Blizzard added the possibility of adding blog links on Armory, would you post a link to your blog on your character(s)’s profile? Would you dare or would you say “no way!“?

Anea from Oh Look an Alt! thought of this great Shared Topic idea:

If you were given the option, would you post a link to your blog on your main’s armory profile?

Why/why not?

Sharing their thoughts are:

Windsoar from Jaded Alt

Rajjs from The Angry Alt

Erinys from The Harpy’s Nest

Ophelie from The Bossy Pally and the Giant Spoon

Fealen from Cow and Bones

Tarinae from A Healadin’s Tear

This upcoming week, we reminisce about moments of awe we’ve experienced in the game, that wonderment we felt during our early days, before being maximum level and decked in epics became matter-of-fact. To take part in the topic, drop by the Shared Topic forum on Blog Azeroth!

In case you were wondering (and I know you were!) about other upcoming Shared Topics, be sure to check out:
If you had to start the game all over…
Raising Awareness about Gold Sellers
Would a lack of comments make us better bloggers?

Resource Site Spotlight - World of Logs

If the formatting is sloppy this week, it’s because this is the first post Fimlys isn’t submitting for me.  It may take me a while to familiarize myself with the WordPress bells and whistles (edit – thanks to Fimlys for swooping in with the link fixes).

I love Recount. Well, at least when it has the good sense to list my name first under “Damage Done.” But while many of us run some form of stat-tracking addon for dps, heals, damage taken, dispels, etc. there are websites that do it even better. The point of them, beyond simply comparing online “dps sizes” *cough* is to have some information that we can then learn from to improve our performance.

Several sites feature this in an in-depth format. Today, sticking with veiled references for the male member, we’re looking at World of Logs.
http://www.worldoflogs.com/

This site will give you more information than you’re ever likely to need, but is heaven for stat lovers.

A quick download of their application will allow you to record every boss fight in a given night, which can then be uploaded to the website for perusal and analysis. To give an example, here’s the damage done from my guild’s first ever downing of Lana’thel about a month and a half ago:

http://www.worldoflogs.com/reports/m3notg8t3e6k1d3t/analyze/dd/source/?s=5008&e=5314

And while it pains me to post a fight where I’m not first, the other hunter and I have both led that fight depending on who is bitten first. Still, I think the lesson learned from this is that hunters are awesome.

Two other uses for this site that I’ve found very beneficial:

1.Identifying WHAT is damaging you is often just as useful as knowing your damage done. Let’s look at another Blood Queen attempt from that night:

http://www.worldoflogs.com/reports/m3notg8t3e6k1d3t/analyze/dt/target/?s=4371&e=4695
Scroll over the names and you’ll see what the damage is from. Nearly all the damage done is shadow, which would tell us that we need as much shadow resistance as is possible. But while this particular fight is rather easy to identify in terms of damage type, there are plenty of fights with multiple types of damage, or spells that do a mixture of damage types (nature + shadow, for instance). Identifying what is killing you on wipes, then planning accordingly with your group, can be one of the most helpful things you do.

2. Let’s say you get as much information as you need from Recount, and don’t feel like uploading everything to a website. WoL can still be useful, or at least fun, because it can show you what classes are doing the best on which fights, and also what the max potential is for the class you play. Looking at the best numbers from Blood Queen (10M) on any server or class:
http://www.worldoflogs.com/rankings/players/Icecrown_Citadel/Blood-Queen_Lana%27thel/10N/dps/

…we can see that Mages are absolutely crushing it on her.

Or we could see what I could be doing in my MM spec if I were uber-l33t:

http://www.worldoflogs.com/rankings/players/Icecrown_Citadel/Blood-Queen_Lana%27thel/10N/Marksmanship_Hunter/

Holy damnit, MM can push 20K. Time to go cry in a corner with some Orcish Brandy. To be fair, my earlier parse was from Feb. 1 and was several upgrades ago, and my best recent result are much better, but I’m still a long way off.

Or say you’re a dps DK with a decision to make about your spec, and your guild is stuck on this boss. Comparing the 3 specs might give us some insight into which you should bring into it:

Blood, it seems, has the highest potential, but there’s also a quicker drop-off in the totals than there is in Unholy. Frost can be tentatively eliminated, and the decision between the other two can probably be determined by which you feel more comfortable with. Not being a DK, there’s likely other factors that I’m not aware of, but this is to illustrate what kinds of conclusions you might be able to draw from such information.

In all there’s a lot to do on this site, more than I have time to cover. But if it seems at all interesting to you, browse around and record some of your own raids. Chances are you’ll learn something about yourself or your group.

(Editorial Comment: Please make sure to virus check your computer after this or any downloads onto your computer. There is no information at publication date that this site or its applications are harmful in any way, but caution should always be exercised.)

Episode 80 - Whatever

It’s another Round Table! We welcome a cornucopia of awesome guests.

We cover a bunch of topics including the new info on Cataclysm Masteries, the progressive “nerfication” of Raids and Addons: Critical or Crutch.

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