Thursday, 7 July 2016

Let's play World Of Warcraft | Way Of The Shaman | 10 - 20 | #1

Hello everyone, I'm back! I've been on a bit of a hiatus for the past year as I just started out my new career in the forces. Despite how busy I have been, I have always missed blogging and playing games. With that in mind and also Legion looming over us, I thought I would roll a new class. In this play through I will update you guys every 10 levels, explaining the new spells acquired, how I'm getting on with the class and my general overview on the experience. I will also write up some lore posts too! Hopefully this will also help those looking to roll shaman for the new expansion and give you an idea on what it's like to play and if it is the right class for you! Sit back, relax and enjoy, Way of the shaman. 

So why A Shaman? 
From as far as I can remember, I have always loved shamans. My very first go at the class was a Troll shaman which I played through WOTLK. I was enhance, A very rare sight back then. I was also lucky enough to be in a great guild which allowed me to progress through the ranks and be the Shaman class leader. I loved how intricate the class played. I Also loved the supportive role. Healing with this class was a dream. Still to this day I will always say that shaman healing was my favourite. I even did a play through last year levelling as one which you can find on my blog.

I've never really been good at any class, but shaman would have to be the one class I felt comfortable playing (along with monk) The lore behind the class is also incredible. I'm a huge fan of the books, especially those to do with shamanism and Orc back stories. (Rise of the horde/The shattering)
The shaman changes for legion also look interesting, so it just felt natural to forget all the other classes and focus on this one, as you do. Oh and did I mention Doomhammer for a Artifact weapon? Yeah mate. CHEERS THRALL!

Fully loomed and ready to go! Vayzul was ready. I decided from level 10 to go enhance, Grab my professions and start the journey, in Azshara and then jumping in to some dungeons. While in Org I decided to pick up the following:


I'm starting from scratch and also adding a little fun in to focusing on these. I just love the idea of both of these professions. I have no idea why to be honest, I just find them both enjoyable to complete. I also think it fits the nature of the class, being one with nature (minus the tree lovers and their fluffy hands)  but it's close enough! I also picked up the secondary professions to work on those as I level up.

Picking up the basics!  
The first set of spells we acquire are the Critical strikes and Lightning Bolt   you don't get a melee ability till level three, once we get there you now have Primal Strike at your arsenal.  You also gain a heal should you need it and Lightning Shield which is advised to keep active all the time. The more damage we deal to others, the better.

Enhanced Techniques 
Now we're level 10 we can finally pick up our Spec! Upon picking Enhancement, a number of things unlock for you including The passive spell,  Dual Wield and Lava Lash. This thing hits hard, so use it on cool down, It also spreads Flame Shock at level 12 which increases overall damage and spreads it across nearby enemies, great for dungeons.

Further along the levelling, we also pick up an amazing spell called Purge. A fantastic spell for later on in the game. We also gain a movement increase in the form of Ghost Wolf which I think can be changed to a raptor in legion for all you troll loving shamans out there.

Just before hitting level 20, we gain a fantastic interrupt to stop some of those nasty spells coming our way and a really strong passive, called Flurry which works very well when you use the haste enchants for your levelling gear. If you have a main that can supply it I recommend using the gift of haste enchants on your neck and rings. For maximum damage on those lovely looking weapons I would suggest Elemental force. More damage and suits the class perfectly. Now on to the adventure!

The Dungeons, not so scary any more! 

I spent most of my time levelling to 20 through dungeons, many people seem to forget the stories they hold and storm through them, I like to delve a bit deeper than that and give you guys a background on each dungeon I encounter.

Deadmines - These twisted and dark mines dwell below Westfall and a small section of Stranglethorn. Located Under Moonbrooke, a small village now populated mostly by Defias brotherhood. It's entrance can be located by the trail of miners walking out the main mine shaft. You then have to navigate your way around the mines to be able to find the entrance. The Mines was once the main source of gold for the human lands, and controlled by the rather ambitious Edwin VanCleef, he became twisted with greed and started to create a ship bellow the depths of Westfall to show Stormwind leaders how strong he really was. He was killed before he could see his dream through to the end. His Daughter Vanessa watched on as her father was slaughtered and has now taken over the operations in the Deadmines and is focused on bringing nothing but justice and retribution upon Stormwind... Look out!

That's it for this episode guys! I'm loving my shaman right now, being able to play again and blog about it is something I have always enjoyed doing. I will upload a new post as and when, so stay tuned! I hope you guys have a good weekend and if you want to follow me on twitter and subscribe to my blog for updates/giveaways and other shenanigans, feel free! - Vay.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Moment of Clarity

It's been a while folks.
I don't even know were to start exactly. So much has been going on this past year that it's actually hard for me to put it all in to words but rest assured it's been great. My Army career is going well. After completing my phase one stage, I then moved on to my driver training which is were I learned everything from Cat B(Car) to Cat C + E(Truck and trailer) and even a bit of cross country driving in 15 tonne vehicles. After that, I then moved to my unit before I start going for my selection this June for my actual job role. I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty worried about it. Not so much the fitness side of it but the final interview, It's that in which I'm most worried about. But hey-ho, I will take it as it comes.
Another great thing that is going to be the greatest moment of my life, is getting married this year! I'm so excited its unreal. I've been lucky enough to find the woman of my dreams and for her to say yes last Christmas was the best gift I could have asked for. It's crazy all of this happening in a short space of time but I can tell you that it's 100% worth it. The sooner we have our own home, we're setting in our own jobs the better.
Speaking of which, we have agreed to obviously not spend so much in preparation of the wedding, but once everything is sorted and we can start investing in to our own hobbies, One of the first things I will do is start to look in to getting a gaming lap top. Not sure much to play hard core like I once did but more for the blogging side of things. I enjoyed the games more because of my blog, I also felt like I met some great people through it and I actually miss it. I also want to get back in to fishing as well.
As for WoW/Diablo goes, I will be back. Not sure if it will be any time soon but I will return. My main focus being Let's plays and blogging on Warcraft lore/books and diablo season guides. If I should return to, Healing will be my main focus. Monk Powah.
I hope all of you in the Warcraft community are doing well and I will be still keeping an eye out for your content.
Stay safe! - Vaylen.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Army life: Phase 1 complete!

Hello guys and girls! I'm back! (for a couple of days) and my god what an emotion three months it's been. In this rather different post I will cover some of the things I have done over the past three months, my highs and lows and more importantly, what I found out about myself. 

I generally can not believe how fast that time has gone and exactly how much I have learnt over the space of time. From my usual civilian life of playing games when I could and going to the gym, to spending 5 days out in the field, becoming a rather good shot with the SA80 and learning all different combat/survival techniques which I'm sure will help me in the future, the difference in lifestyle is huge and if I could put one word on the whole experience, It would have to be epic.

In any job there is always highs and lows, the lows here came in bucket loads. But the people I was training with also had the same lows and they were always there to help you along. Anyone can do this line of work, its just how you over come fear and doubt that sets you apart from the weak, and believe me, they went within a few days/weeks. 

The first couple of weeks went very slow. It's during this time when most of the administration will get done. Then you're introduced to more vigorous parts of the course like tabbing, daily PT lessons, SAA (Skill at Arms) Foot drill and so much more. It's actually surprising how much information you actually retain despite being thrashed. But that's their way of making you learn fast and effectively.  

After our long weekend at week 6, that's when the training program become much better. For one, you dont need an NCO to march you around camp so you had more freedom to do what you wanted in our own time. Our working days become more normal and by normal I mean 6 am till 5 pm, not 4 am till 11 pm. Those are expected in the first few weeks.

We then went to Belgium after our half way exercise which was incredible. You get to go to the town of Ypes and visit the mennin gate and take part in the daily last post ceremony. To me this was one of my highlights. It was a great sense of accomplishment to had got this far and feel proud of what we had done.

We then moved on up to South wales to take part in solider development week. I completed a number of activities like mountain walking up the PenyFan, canoeing, rock climbing and a NAV ex which is a map reading exercise. 

After our trips we came back to range week were we put in to practice all we have learnt from our SAA lessons and pass the shooting test. I manged to get the highest score which was 38/40 and was the only one in our troop of 23 to get the Marksmen badge.

CO cup was next and was by far the most physically challenging part of the entire course. It consisted of the following activities in order:

1 night in the field (Non tac)
300m ammo run
Bayonet lane
Assault course
BCD stand
Observation stand
1 mile stretcher run

Final fling was our last big push (not to mention all our pt lessons and PFA we had to pass) this was were we put everything in to practice from night patrols, observing the enemy and section attacks to digging in, staging, staying tactical and planning attacks/missions. It was a great experience and I finally felt like I was comfortable in the field. 

During my time in Phase 1 I had a ton of lessons, so making sure you had a fresh note pad and pen was essential. I think I filled up 4 books of notes which I still keep! I always preferred the theory side of things so I actually took as much information as I could in every lesson to help understand the subject and feel confident in what I was taking in as I knew it would safe my life one day.

So week 13 arrived. 1 week to go and all we did was drill drill drill and more drill ready for our PoP (Pass out Parade) which when it finally came, was one of the most amazing experiences I have had and will never ever forget it.

I feel like my time in phase 1 was well used. You get out what you put in and I know for a fact that I put 110% in to everything and the results showed. I was able to finish phase 1 training with the following:

Marksmen - score anything over 36/40 rounds on target at 100m and 200m using the iron sight. 
Co CUP winner - One day of hard physical work as a section.
Best Shot - is warded to the person who had the best shot over the course.

And the one I'm still shocked I received was the..

Hollister Trophy - This is awarded to the person who excelled in the theory side of the course. Improved on their basic maths and English skills during the time here and presented a confident presentation in Belgium and in the class room. 

I have had an amazing time in phase 1 and met some incredible people and done some great things during my time there. I will never forget that place and one day look to return there to train new recruits myself. I would like to thank everyone who supported me during my journey and I look forward to the next stage of my training! See you soon boyz. 

- Vaylen.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Basic Mistweaver Healing Guide | Highmaul | The Arcane Sanctum

Hello again everyone! As promised I have written up a very basic healing guide for the next three bosses within the second wing of Highmaul. I want to keep these short and sweet. Less dribble and just the facts you need as a Mistweaver. Thank you for the kind words from my last post! Lets get the ball rolling for another super basic guide! 

Note: These guides do not teach you how to play your class or tell you exactly what spells to use. Just a few tips here and there for good measure. 

Tectus - 
  • If targeted by Crystalline barrage run away from the raid (to the right)
  • If you have any Earthen Pillars spawning on you, Move. (to the left)
  • Tanks take heavy consistent damage throughout. Use spells like soothing mixed with surging. 
  • Raid will take large damage on every Tectonic Upheaval. Use a mixture of uplifts and chi brews to help balance it out. 
  • Use revival on second Upheaval so it could be up for the last one.
  • Spells like chi torpedo coupled with celerity for the extra roll help great for the movement of this fight. 
  • I take chi burst here as I like its raid healing for Upheaval/melee group dealing with red stuff.
  • Statue on melee.

Twin Ogron - 
  • First off, fire is bad, move from it. Zen med and defuse magic negate its damage. 
  • Avoid Pol's charge, spread on pulverize. 
  • Tank A takes damage from whirlwind, save hamster ball for that. (Life Cocoon)
  • Watch out for interruption shout. If you  have a paladin, get them to use devo aura here. (Mana tea wont be interrupted anyway)
  • Keep the statue by the ranged. Single target the melee (My raid never had many of them dudes)

Ko'ragh - Super simple guide. 
  • Fire debuff can be dispelled, if you like to cheese, soon as the first raid wide fire debuff is up, use revival. (will be up for last one)
  • If the boss is charging move away (behind someone else)
  • help stun adds with leg sweep when needed. 
  • Tanks and the player catching the orbs will take heavy damage, Save cocoon for those three. 
  • Dont stand by or near any of the bad stuff (ice, fire, arcane) 
  • Use surging/soothing on tanks (watch for range) and use uplift as a main chi spender here. Lots of AoE damage from people unable to avoid all the avoidable damage. 
There you go folks! Second basic guide complete! I will add some widgets in for the spells for new people looking to know more about the spells, but it's Friday, It's been a busy week and I have a cold now so I want to mong out! Until next time folks! Take care! - Vaylen.