Tuesday, 14 October 2014

WoD Survival guide: Windwalker monk | patch 6.0.2

Hello everyone! This has been a long time coming this post for those of us who are interested in playing a WW monk through out the new expansion to come. With patch 6.0.2 out tomorrow, a huge amount of changes to all the classes are about to be dumped on our plates and some of which, you may not even know about, so this little guide should help you prepare for patch day. It will be simple, methodical and hopefully easy to understand, for old and new Windwalkers in the guild. Enjoy.

Talents:
These will remain pretty much the same, however with the recent nerf to chi brew and *slowdown* to our energy regeneration, Ascension will pull ahead for aoe. Here is how I will Talent for specific needs:

Single target - Tigers lust - Chi wave - Chi brew - Leg sweep/Ring of Peace - defuse magic - Xuen.

Aoe/multi target - Tigers lust - Chi wave/Chi burst - ascension - Leg sweep/Charging Ox - defuse magic - Rushing Jade Wind

Reason behind taking ascension for AOE: With Rushing Jade Wind costing a fair amount of energy and our energy regeneration being much lower, the static regen from Ascension makes it easier for us to maintain an up time on Rushing Jade Wind, Simple.

Note: I wont cover glyphs in detail as their all pretty standard. Karma, Fortuitous spheres and zen med being the cookie cutter.


Rotation:
Due to the Energy regeneration changes and overall feel of the class has changed, we now priorities Fist Of Fury over everything else. Currently in live, with the amount of excess haste we have in 570+ you don't even need to use it, this pissed blizzard off as we're not using the monks Niche spell as it's a DPS loss in most cases. So they hit back hard.

New DPS priority: Tiger palm(apply armor debuff on boss) - Rising Sun kick(apply damage taken increase on boss) - Fist of Fury (On Cooldown) - Jab. (Energizing Brew on CD)

Summery: Putting up your Tiger palm, Rising sun kick is standard, You should have that nailed in to your memory bank now. The real change here is using Fist Of Fury on CD. I myself use it now and then, but because this is our biggest hitting ability for the cost of chi it requires and a way of us pooling energy while we channel it helps with energy regeneration by a huge amount. Also, its damage split that it has on live has been removed, so it will hit 100% of the damage on every target in your path. Sexy.




If you would like the AOE rotation/set up then please ask in the comments bellow as its detailed and I will PM you with all the macros you need to do it effectively. This separates the good monk from the bad monk.

Because of this change, and us being so dependent on Fist Of Fury, Assurance of Consequence is our best in slot trinket due to us being able to drop haste and focus more on crit with Haromms being the only way to have Multistrike.


Stats:

Agility is your primary statistic. You should look for it in all of your upgrades. It provides you with Attack Power, which determines the damage your abilities do.

Critical Strike increases your chance to critically hit with all spells and abilities.

Haste provides you with increased attack speed and Energy regeneration.

Mastery (Mastery: Bottled Fury Icon Mastery: Bottled Fury) gives you a chance to generate an additional stack of Tigereye Brew Icon Tigereye Brew each time you gain a stack.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

Multistrike causes your abilities to have a chance to hit/heal a second and a third time, each time dealing 30% of the initial damage/heal. (This could be our BiS stat come WoD)

Enchants:
These will stay the same. Tons of info on these around the web.




Gems:
Big changes here, When WoD hits, we wont have as many gem slots available. Also due to blizzards focus on Secondary stats now and the removal of Hit/Expertise we can now either gem for pure crit/pure haste or a split between the two. I think only the meta gem is the only way to provide agility from a gem but don't quote me on that. Here is a list of the gems you want in your specific slots.

Meta: Agil primal (34 agil and 3% crit) - Legendary Gem if you have it.
Red: Accurate Imperial Amethyst( 25 haste - 25 crit)
Yellow/Prismatic: Smooth Suns radiance (50 crit)
Blue: Rigids River heart (50 crit)

Quality of life changes:
- You can now see fist weapons when you attack.
- Storm, Earth and Fire is now off the GCD.

Worried about Simulation DPS charts?
Don't be they dont take in to account multi target. Monks main strength is mobility and our on demand cleave. all bosses apart from 3 in the next expansion are multi target/cleave which all fall down in to our domain. WW monks will be the top melee DPS during most encounters if played right and make great use out of SEF.

TL:DR
Windwalkers will feel the pinch of the Energy Regeneration slow down a touch, but Fist of Fury now becoming so much better, we will rotate our priority around that. SEF changes makes our life much easier. We dont have access to the level 100 talents or new gear with Versatility/multistrike on it so its hard to speculate which will be BIS. If you like WW monks before the patch, you will still enjoy them more so now, just don't expect it to be as frantic as it was which to me is a good thing. Cool calm and collected.


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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Guild Event: Lost Artifacts Of The Naaru!

It is that time again folks for a guild event out of the ordinary! We want to create a event that we can complete within one rather quiet city in this case it's Exodar. We want to be able to involve everyone from any level bracket to come and enjoy the festivities at around 19:30 Server time on the 26th which is this friday! So allow me to cover the schedule, the events and the prizes! 

Opening ceremony
The opening of the event will be held at the location as shown on the picture below. Here we will hold a guild fancy dress. Dress up in anything you wish from your favorite transmogrify set or something hilarious. We will then have prizes for the two best dressed that will be decided from you guys there and then. Each player will be able to walk up and down through the inner circle of the location and each person can vote between 1 and 5 in /say. I will add up the results and whom ever gets the highest votes wins! Second place will also gain a prize for their efforts so get creative!

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The main event!
The hunt for the lost Artifacts begins! Throughout this incredible city/space ship holds a ton of items around that can be found from the city folk and surrounding areas. Your task is to look for these items without using any website to help you out (We can check by how fast you complete this task if you have used other sources and you will be disqualified.) You will then have just 15 minutes to find the items on the list below and trade them too me or Ruuku. The person to hand them too us the fastest will win a fantastic prize! also note: Each item has a specific set of points so the more points you are able to obtain will also put you in to the draw of who found the more valuable artifacts! The person who the highest overall score will also win a prize so think smart!

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The artifacts:
Moon berry juice = 1 point
Coal = 1 point
Large Bore Blunderbuss = 1 point
Gem pouch = 1 point
Engineers Ink = 1 point
Pink Dye = 1 point
Black dye = 2 points
Rondel = 2 points
Thermal Anvil = 2 points
blackbone wand = 2 points
Flawless Diamond Solitaire = 3 points
Gateway control stone = 3 points

The Final showdown!
The last part of the event will be your chance to show off your guild pride and passion. Below is the location were you can take a screenshot WITH the guild banner in there somewhere and then you will have to upload your image to this event thread and 5 days later a poll will go up. The votes will be counted for 7 days and the person that has the coolest screenshot with the most votes will also win a prize!

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The prizes:
Opening Ceremony -
First prize = Blizzard pet of your choice.
Second Prize = gold

Main Event -
Prize for most artifacts = Blizzard pet of your choice.
Prize for most points gained = gold and a goody bag.

Screenshot competition -
Prize for most voted Photo = Chopper mount

I look forward to the event and seeing all your wonderful faces there! A in game calendar will go up for the date so be on the look out for that! Much love! Remember It's this Friday so get ready! <3

Event officers: Vaylen & Ruuku
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Two Year Anniversary

Hello folks! This is the Vlog for my two years anniversary with my incredible girlfriend & bestfriend. We had an amazing time and would love to go back there again. We stayed in a great hotel in Westminster London, saw charlie and the chocolate factory and had an amazing meal and Jamie oliver's fifteen. Was a lovely day, please do enjoy the video with your finest brew! 




Friday, 8 August 2014

From Gamer To Soldier: My Story.

Hello folks, This is a little different to my usual Warcraft posts but something I wanted to share with you all nonetheless. It's something I have been focused on doing for some time now and I wanted to just put this out there for anyone else going through a huge transition in life such as I am ( or already has ), how I'm adapting and my journey so far. It's going to be one of the most hardest thing I have ever had to do, but it's something I'm extremely passionate about. So sit back, relax and somewhat enjoy my ramblings. 

A little Prologue

Present day:
For sometime, I have been pondering on my life choices of the past and always wishing things could of been different, or maybe I could of handled situations better. With the realization of actually growing up on my doorstep, I decided it was time to step away from more old habits of playing games and focus on whats really important in life. To me that's family, love a stable future and a challenge. It's easy to have a dead end job, spend hours on the computer feeling sorry for yourself, but its how we move past that on to brighter more fulfilling things that make a journey true and to its cause. I have a strong passion for helping others and doing something good in the world and it dawned on me a few months ago while sitting on my monk looking for something to do I realized its about time I do something about it... and what better way to train and join the British Army.

My Story, dealing with struggle and overcoming it. 
I guess you could say this journey or change as I like to call it began during the Christmas of 2013. It was during this time that my incredible step father lost his long battle with lung cancer. It's pretty hard to put in to words what I felt like during that time and the emotions I was battling with every day, but it felt like I was stuck at the bottom of a pit, with no ladder, no possible exit and the only way I had to deal with it was to climb my own way out. 

Everyday was a struggle, being titled the man of the house was... different. In all honesty I hated it. You see, I never had my biological father around to teach me all the things a father should but my step father was incredible. He cared for us, he put our family first even before him, Even if he had little money in his wallet, it would go to us to help me or my mother out as our family has never been made of money, but he made that sacrifice to help us. His generosity and kindness can not be justified enough and if I can become even half the man he is, I would like to think he would be proud. 


Regardless of what life throws at you, you have to be positive and make every day count. He had that vibrant energy in spades... I like to think I too share that trait. I always try and find a positive in any situation, Always look forward and towards the brighter side, because really, life is precious and it can be snatched away from you instantly and its how we overcome or, learn to deal with loss and heartache that really defines us as human beings and its what strong willed people are made out of. 

The Start Of The Transition
I secluded myself in my room, on my computer playing games for hours on end as a way of escape and I'm sure others have done the same thing. It made me feel safe and let me focus on putting my energy in to the game but at the same time, I was disgusted in myself on how I was letting my eating habits going out of control, putting on weight, suffering with back problems, damaging my eyes and most importantly keeping myself away from my family and friends. This was happening every day, but this was something I could not take any more. What was I really achieving in game? Nothing. What could I have done instead of waste my time gaining nothing? Everything. I promised myself I would never fall in to that lifestyle again and after the loss of my Step father, My mind went in to survival mode and almost over night my views had changed on what I thought about life and where my path should start... and most importantly, what would make my Step Father feel proud if he was still here...

For the past few months I have been slowly getting back in to the gym and more recently going to my PT sessions getting in shape for the military fitness tests. If you're in to the cardiovascular and strength training, here is a list of what I have been working on in preparation for the tests:



- Interval training, abs and core circuits, beep tests, squats, dead lifts, TRX, distance running, Tire/boxing bag flips, Jerry can carry and boxing. 

- PT session every Wednesday
- Gym every other day

It's results may be a little hard to see but here is a *was and now* photo of me and my lovely girlfriend. The top picture was taken a few months ago in that heavy gaming stage with the bottom photo taken on the 28th of July 2014 just after 2 year anniversary and my first month of PT training which included all the exercises mentioned above. 


As you can see, My face has lost a bit of neck fat.. charming I know. But overall I'm already feeling much fitter, lost about 6 pounds and my personal trainer has said I'm getting much tougher now and already at a B grade for my BFT test. A good result so far, but of course its going to get alot tougher now and I can not wait to crack on.

So what roll do I want to do in the Army? 
After a few weeks of looking at jobs, doing a number of role finders and ignoring them all I was starting to think of what Id want to do while in the Army and my progression for my career. I have decided to apply for a Royal Logistics Supplier. Simple really, I can work in warehouses all over the world supplying our troops with ammo, trucks, food, letters and first aid supplies. I can also venture off on to being a driver, ammo technician if I feel like it. As I said at the start, I want to be of a support role knowing that my work and efforts and all towards the same cause. I love that thought. Little EU monk helping out soldiers and for our queen and country. 


My grandfather was in the royal Navy for 37 years and I grew up on his war stories and how the world was back then, Of course our worlds changed since then but I want to be able to tell my little ones these stories and come back from the Army knowing I have the experience and confidence to be able to support me and my girlfriend when we decided to have little kiddies of our own, I know its a long way but that's my overall goal, To come home, enjoy the rest of my days knowing I did my part to help out our country and support my family. While I'm there I want to explore the world, see the different cultures and experience that military life. I think It will help me grow and mold as a person and I can not wait to start. 

Any room left for games? 
In my first 6 weeks basic training and 12 week trade training, No way. However my guild will still be operating and under the wing of its officers. I wont be around for WoD I hope, but the guild will flourish around that time more so than ever before. Once I'm settled in and have my own living space, I will then make my return, but mostly to manage the guild and developing strategies for the guild such as new events etc. My long nights of raiding are over now, 10 years of it does get a little repetitive and that's time I wont get back again, Although I have enjoyed it, I'm really looking forward to this new life.