Tanking for Dummies

…the 10-man loot too.
April 10, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Gear, Raiding | Tags: , , , , ,

I think from the shorter list and the larger number of unknowns, it’s somewhat obvious the 10-man has had less testing than the 25-man.

Weapon Legacy of Thunder Thorim-10
Weapon Shiver Hodir-10-Hard
Weapon Stoneguard ?-10
Shield The Boreal Guard Hodir-10-Hard
Shield Shieldwall of the Breaker Auriaya-10
Hands Adamant Handguards Trash-10
Head Ironbark Faceguard Freya-10
Legs Gilded Steel Legplates Leviathan-10-Hard
Legs Archaedas’ Lost Legplates Auriaya-10
Shoulder Shoulderguards of the Solemn Watch ?-10
Waist Stormtempered Girdle Razorscale-10
Wrist Flamewatch Armguards Leviathan-10
Cloak Cloak of the Iron Council Iron Council-10
Cloak Saronite Animus Cloak Vezax-10
Ring Signet of Winter Hodir-10
Neck Fervor of the Protectorate Trash Mobs-10
Neck Mark of the Unyielding ?-10

Continue reading


Breaking: Video of Tier 8 Armor
March 10, 2009, 1:14 pm
Filed under: News | Tags: ,

Again, courtesy of MMO Champion, we’ve got some excellent video feed of the Tier 8 armor sets, this time parsed by race (not all races are in right now though).

As, of course, you are interested in the Warrior Set and not the other wussy sets, it starts at 1m 26s.



However, there’s some nice HD Screenshots for girls and boys of all races…

More Update:

And the stats for the tanking set are here.  Note the current lack of set bonuses. (Ia Ia Goats!)

Tank for Success… with more Goat!
March 6, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Humor, Lists | Tags: , , ,


Despite this being the Year of the Tauren, it is now clear that Blizzards has claimed the sacrificial lamb goat as the metaphorical totem animal of warriors.  This may confuse those of you who are unfamiliar with our horned friends.  I too was ignorant until I took a brief moment with the internet to uncover these important revelations of why our blue texted overlords chose to bless us with this most unusual of animals!

  1. Goats establish dominance in their herds by butting heads. This can serve as a model for identifying the main tank of your raid.  Assure your friendly fellow tanks, those Paladins, Death Knights, and Druids, that this is a perfectly harmless activity that will sort out all those pesky questions about who tanks what.  It won’t hurt them to loose a few brain cells anyway – what harm has it done to you?
  2. Goats are  leading source of dairy products and produce between 2-3 quarts of milk per day. It is appropriate then that warriors should now carry sufficient cheese and milk products with them in case their traveling companions should become hungry.  Be careful, however, as certain gnomes are known to fancy dairy products for their suspected properties as an aphrodisiac.
  3. Wattles are the name for the beard-like tuft of fur that hangs off of a goat’s chin. Not all goats have Wattles, but it might serve to distinguish warriors if we were to all adopt goatees.  This might be something of a problem for those of us who have trouble growing facial hair, but I have heard certain applications of gnomish engineering have produced suitable results.
  4. Goats have an important dietary role going back thousands of years. Goats were considered Kosher and often slaughtered for honored guests; an important fact to consider next time you die because of the actions of puggers in your party.  Instead of  getting angry, reflect on this as your part in a long goat tradition.
  5. Goats are one of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac. Consider that goats are reportedly known for being shy, introverted, creative, and perfectionist.  If you’re not already passive aggressive, now may be the time to seize your inner goat by the horns and ride.
  6. And Lastly, Goats are traditionally associated with sex and devil worship in Western Culture. This widely known fact will easily explain why the new four piece set bonus for Warrior Tier 8 will be a random proc that will transform you into a giant goat-headed sex god/goddess who will lead your raids in a Maenad-like mad drunken pillage of Ulduar shouting “Ia Ia Yog-Saron!”

So, in anticipation of the comming sheep jokes, strut those shoulders and proclain loudly and proudly your goat status with these helpful tips.

3.1 – Top 10 Things I Want from Ulduar
February 20, 2009, 12:01 am
Filed under: Gear, Lists, Raiding | Tags: , , , ,

Axiom feels like it is once again at the point where things are being farmed, even Sartharion 3D has started dropping for us with some regularity.  This pretty much means that, ludicrous lag and disconnects non-withstanding, we own all content.

And that means we have some amount of focus on what comes next – namely Ulduar.

Now that we’ve been exposed to some spoilers I am really starting to psyched.  I love norse mythology, and it seems like the Vault of the Titans is just going to be loaded with good old viking inspired lore.  But because so much is still unknown at the moment, there is an incentive to speculate and hope for things out of a new raid instance.

So, without further ado, here is The List of things I hope Blizzard does with the new content: Continue reading