Over the past week we’ve heard a lot about Blizzard’s decision to nerf Firelands. People who are in favor of the changes. People who are opposed to the changes. People who think there are better ways to deal with making the content more accessible. Since Tuesday, we’ve also had a lot of feedback from people who went in and experienced the content first hand. “It’s a joke”. “Seriously, no challenge”. “LOL NERFED!”.
Now, we had our first raid since the nerfs last night. We cleared to Heroic Rag in two hours without incident. But I’m not here to talk to you about how easy I felt the content may have been. I’m not here to tell you how the nerfs may have ruined the challenges of Firelands. I’m here with a proposition for you.
Create Your Own Challenges
This is what I said to my raid last night as we stepped foot into Firelands. Just because the content is now easier, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still challenge for you. It’s just a different kind of challenge. Where before perhaps an encounter challenged you, now you must challenge yourself. Easier doesn’t mean that you still can’t push yourself harder. Read the rest of this entry »
We don’t raid on Tuesdays, which means we didn’t get to go in and explore Firelands until last night. I spent a fair bit of time watching people stream on Tuesday, feeling a small pang of regret that we don’t raid on Tuesdays. Needless to say, I was pretty excited about getting into the zone and experiencing the encounters for myself, and had done a whole slew of research. Granted most of what was up at that point was from the PTR, but some information is better than none, assuming to remain flexible!
We tackled Shannox first, and I thought the fight itself was pretty fun. There are a few things that I disliked – such as the completely ridiculous amount of trash leading up to the boss. I mean, is that really necessary? Really? I’m pretty sure we spent more time on the trash than we did on the boss itself. The only other complaint that I have is that if you are near a trap when one of the dogs gets trapped, you end up inside the traps model and it adjust your camera very oddly until you get moved out.
I thought that the mechanics of the encounter were fairly innovative. It’s a little tricky at first, but once you get it worked out, it’s just a matter of making sure people don’t stand in the bad. I did find the healing on it somewhat intensive, and I ended the encounter completely out of mana. Some of that is likely my lack of familiarity with the fight, and needing to time my cooldowns better to maximize my healing. Read the rest of this entry »
I very vividly remember my first encounters with Ragnaros, down in the fiery depths of Molten Core, where he held my Stormrage legs hostage. I remember farming weeks for fire resist gear and potions. The fire elementals in Arathi Highlands. The BRD runs for the items from that secret stash in the vault required for your fire resist arcanum. I remember “practicing” jumping out of the lava in Rag’s lair, finding that one teensy spot in which you could hop out safely after being knocked back.
Why this random trip down memory lane? Well, with 4.2 landing today it seemed fitting to recall my time previously spent with the great fire lord, as it would seem I will soon become reacquainted with him.
For the first time since Firelands was announced, I’m looking forward to it. Read the rest of this entry »
I posted this up for my guild, but I think that it would be helpful for others outside of our private little forum, so I thought I’d go ahead and duplicate it here for everyone else!
As Firelands approaches there are a few things that you will need to in order to ensure that you are prepared.
You must complete the Aessina’s Miracle questline to unlock the Regrowth and have access to the new Firelands quest hub. It is a fair way into Hyjal, so if you’ve not quested through Hyjal I might recommend starting before the patch hits and the place is a zoo. You will need to start on your Hyjal dailies as soon as possible.
Know if there are any changes to your class that will affect your stat weightings and priorities, or your rotation. Be prepared to make those changes as soon as 4.2 hits.
Be prepared to gem gear upgrades as they come. I suspect the gem market will go up a bit with new content, so stock up now while everything is a bit cheaper!
Be prepared to enchant gear upgrades as they come. Similar to gems, I suspect that enchant materials will also rise a bit in price, so stock up now in preparation!
Be sure to make extra time to do the new daily quests for any gear upgrades that will be available either from the vendor or via Avengers of Hyjal reputation. Even the smallest upgrades can make a difference. Doing dailys in groups will make them go faster. Remember that Firelands gear can be upgraded to heroic level with the use of Firestones. Guide to the Stage One of the Firelands Dailies.
Guess what, all your precious valor points are getting downgraded to Justice points when 4.2 hits. If you want 359 boots for alts, or to sell, buy them now while you have excess valor points. You will only be allowed to hold 4,000 Justice points – any valor points that exceed that when converted will be turned into gold. Additionally, be sure to make extra time to run your daily/weekly heroics to maximize your valor points each week (remember you don’t have to do them daily anymore, they can be done on the weekends, as well). You will need to utilize Valor Points to purchase gear upgrades. Just like the Firelands items, the new Valor items can be upgraded to heroic pieces with the use of firestones.
Here is a list of both the Firelands vendor gear and the new Valor Point gear.
Here is a list of the Avengers of Hyjal Gear.
Mark of the World Tree rewards(includes patterns).
Educate yourself on boss strategies. There will be limited information early in the content tier, so if you come across something be sure to share it with your guild! Here is some tertiary information about each boss.
Take some time and educate yourself on the gear upgrades that are available for you in Firelands. Know where your upgrades come from – be it from vendors or boss drops. Have a gear plan for yourself, but do not turn away clear upgrades. Here is a list of gear that each boss in the Firelands will drop. (Please note these are subject to change, as this is from the PTR). For what it’s worth, I am tentatively going to go with Helm/Shoulders/Breastplate/Legs with off set hands for my 4 T12. However, that may be subject to change as I study the gear a little more. As the tier hands are likely more accessible, I may sub the tier piece in for my bonus while waiting for access other pieces.
I wish everyone the best of luck as 4.2 approaches! And may the devs find a way to give resto druids something with flames before release! 😉