Blows Struck and Blood Drawn: Melee Reviews

“The man who is in the melee knows what blows are being struck and what blood is being drawn.” – Woodrow Wilson

Going into Mists, the officers of Apotheosis met on Mumble to talk about what we felt we could improve on. One of the areas we agreed to focus on was providing feedback to all of our raiders more consistently, positive or negative. We wanted to let them know whether they were meeting expectations as well as highlight areas they could work on.

Since I am the melee lead for Apotheosis, I’m responsible for writing reviews for all of our melee DPS. At the beginning of the expansion, I communicated to each of the melee the criteria they would be reviewed on.

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Tikari’s Take: A Rogue’s Guide to 5.2

With 5.2 rolling out tomorrow, we rogues need to make sure we’re ready for all of the changes coming our way. Most won’t affect the way we play, but there are a few substantial ones we need to account for. In this post, I’m going to review the most recent patch notes and provide my take on the changes.

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Karazhan Chess Event: A Soloing Guide

Many thanks to Jasyla for helping me test the strategy below.

Recently, with the introduction of changes from Blizzard that have made older raids more friendly to solo adventurers, as well as the addition of pet drops from twelve of the bosses in those raids, a number of hardy souls are venturing into old content. The dungeons folks are heading into aren’t limited to just those that drop pets, however. I’ve seen a number of tweets mentioning attempts to solo Karazhan over the past few weeks. One of the common themes in those tweets is that the chess event is still difficult to solo, even if the rest of the instance is a cakewalk. A few people have noted they stop there, not continuing on to Prince Malchezaar. Since I’ve had some success soloing the event, I decided to put this guide together to help out.

Before I go on, I’ll mention that this event has a healthy dose of RNG. You can execute the strategy I’ll lay out flawlessly, and still run into issues. However, I’ve found that when I use this strategy, I win more often than I lose. And when you lose, you’re just kicked out of the piece you’re in and the pieces respawn a few seconds later, so there’s no corpse run involved. Also, as you’re learning to execute the strategy I’ll put out there, you may not be going as quickly as you can, so you may fail more often. Don’t give up! It’s actually pretty simple, and you’ll be able to reliably solo it in no time.

With that in mind, let’s review the basics of the encounter.

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An Assassin’s Guide to 5.0.4

On August 28th, Blizzard will release the pre-Mists of Pandaria content patch, 5.0.4. The changes rolled into this patch set the stage for Mists, including a revamp of talents and glyphs. If you’re raiding that week, things get could a bit bumpy as everyone adapts to those changes. While rogues are not the most affected class by any means, my goal with this post is to help other stabby types prepare for the changes coming and be ready to roll next Tuesday.

This guide will be focused on Assassination rogues for the most part. For the Combat perspective, check out Sinnaabun of Accession Guild’s guide.

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Assorted Tips and Tricks: Recruit a Friend (RAF) Edition

Recently, Zarhym posted a confirmation that Monks will be eligible for Recruit a Friend (RaF) benefits. For those of you who want to get a Monk to 90 as quickly as possible, perhaps for a new raiding toon, this is great news! Since an RaF link is active for three months, and since leveling RaF characters earns you levels you can grant, you can get started on preparing your Monk immediately. I recently leveled up six characters to 80 dual-boxing using RaF, so I thought the timing was appropriate for a post detailing the lessons I learned along the way.

 

I won’t go into too many details about the Recruit a Friend program. For more specifics on RaF, check the Recruit a Friend FAQ, Procedure, and Rewards FAQ pages on Blizzard’s site. Additionally, I’ll be writing from the perspective of someone dual-boxing, so not all the tips will be helpful if you’re leveling with a friend, but there’s some stuff in here for you folks as well. You’ll need a computer that’s powerful enough to handle running two instances of WoW and alt-tabbing between them without too much of a delay, but not much else is needed. On with the guide…. (more…)