Well folks, Cataclysm’s fast approaching, and with it Wrath of the Lich King winds down to a few last weeks of furious grinding and raiding. Most of that loot you’ve sweated hard to obtain is going to be vendor bait before long unless you’re a complusive packrat like me and keep absolutely everything (every mage set except Tier 3, all the holiday clothes etc). There are certain things you can do to both spin out the time between now and the expansion release and prepare yourself for when it arrives.
1. Get Stuff Finished.
Still not downed the Lich King? You’re fast running out of time to get it done, I’m afraid. There are other things you can do that will have tangible benefits that you can take with you into Cataclysm, though. Weapon skills are going away, so the achievments associated with them are becoming Feats of Strength too. Get your Master of Arms and Did Somebody Order a Knuckle Sandwich while you can!
Speaking of which, since Zul’Gurub is being demoted from raid status, the Hero of the Zandalar Tribe achievement is also becoming a Feat of Strength. As a consequence, that’s one less faction you can grind to Exalted, so now is the time to get yourself to Zul’Gurub and make the Zandalar Tribe proud of you. I can quite happily confirm that any raid geared Warrior or Deathknight can comfortably solo everything in Zul’Gurub with ease. As an added bonus, there are two mounts and a polymorph recipe that drops in there too, you never know your luck. Get them while you can.
Go out and explore! Get that World Explorer achievement (and the title that goes with it) before those world zones aren’t there anymore, or are changed beyond all recognition. Seriously, The Barrens and Mulgore are breathtaking, get out there and see them before Deathwing ruins them.
Get back into Ulduar and farm those drakes while you still can. Tier 10 gear’s going to be useless very soon, but flashy mounts are for life. Since the Ulduar drakes are a lot easier to get than the Icecrown ones, and they’re also 310% mounts, you not only get a groovy rare mount but you save yourself the 310% flying skill fee in Cataclysm. Once the expansion hits you won’t be able to get them, and if you fancy a challenge, Firefighter and One Light In The Darkness are still far from easy. If you’ve never even been past the Siege area of Ulduar for the weekly raids before, you owe yourself a look, it’s an incredible raid instance.
And Ulduar has a TRAIN! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
2. Stock Up!
Give yourself a headstart on your trade skills. There are still plenty of orange and yellow recipes even at 450 skill, and most people are dumping all their materials on the Auction Houses now before they lose value completely. Pick yourself up some bargains and get some easy skill and xp when the expansion hits. Some trades are easier to level up than others of course. Blacksmiths, Leatherworkers and Tailors are pretty screwed since their best recipes use very rare and expensive resources (ohai Primordial Saronite), but Enchanters and Alchemists are laughing. Stock up now! Cooks can also steal a headstart over the competition, start fishing up those Glacial Salmon now for your favourite meal.
And since no week is complete without a fail story, here’s two! First, another moron who doesn’t seem to realise that if you act like a fuckwit to look good on the damage meters I’m still going to know you’re a fuckwit. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you mage extraordinaire: Reversed!
The only thing that he managed to hit a Frozen Orb with were the Val’kyr Guardians from his Nibelung. By contrast, there was a noob warlock in that raid who only managed to do 2k dps, and from a straight glance at Recount/Skada he would appear to have been the most useless raid member. But hey, at least 30% of his damage was on Frozen Orbs… you know, the thing ranged dps are brought along to Toravon raids to kill? Congratulations Reversed, beaten on damage meters by a warlock who dinged 80 half an hour ago. You suck incredible amounts. Please go find a motorway and play chicken with buses.
Our next candidate for Dickhead of the Week is Saxomen, alleged to be a tank and most definitely a Protection Paladin. Fingers had the misfortune to be grouped with him this week in an Icecrown 10 PuG. My first indication that he may have spent too much time tanking bosses with his face was when the raid leader announced that we’d be doing I’m On A Boat, which involves no raid member jumping over to the lootship more than twice, explained how he wanted it to work, and Saxomen asked why he had to jump over too. Yeah, not the sharpest tool in the box.
Things went from the sublime to the ridiculous once the Gunship battle started and the first Battle Mage ran out. As melee dps, Fingers was in the forward cannon bay, and as Below Zero began channelling, he was forced out of his cannon. I counted to three, targetted an area on the Horde gunship to jump to, but managed to pick a landing spot that was out of line of sight, thus cancelling the rocket jump. My second attempt was more successful, and I hit Sprint to close on the enemy Battle Mage. Usual practice here is for Overlord Saurfang to be tanked over by the Horde axe throwers, because he’s got a very nasty cleave. He’s High Overlord Saurfang, he’s pretty famous for his cleave, actually. So, my being all alone over by the Battle Mage didn’t surprise me at all. At least until I got company, the High Overlord Saurfang kind of company. “Er… tank?” I thought to myself, popping Evasion at that same time. After a couple of seconds, the tank did indeed show up. Let’s just take a quick break here for the sake of the numbers. From the time the Battle Mage ran out I had to time to dismount from my cannon, fumble one rocket jump, launch myself over to the other ship, run to the Battle Mage, generate a Slice and Dice combo, pop Evasion, and unload two 5 point Eviscerates before a tank appeared from anywhere. At which point, Mister Saxomen decided that the best place to “tank” a Cleaving raid boss was… you guessed it, right next to the melee dps.
Shortly after, from my comfortable viewing spot in a crumpled heap on the deck of the Horde Gunship, I witnessed this “tank” turn his back on the High Overlord, walk to the rail of the Gunship, then jump back over. With High Overlord Saurfang beating on his exposed back all the way. Top tip, folks. Turning your back on Raid Bosses is very, very bad for your health and your healers’ blood pressure. This is what the nice goblin gave you a Rocket Pack for.
Apparently this was all my fault because I jumped too early. Sorry, my bad. I didn’t realise tanks needed 20 second headstarts on Gunship these days.
That’s all folks!