6/2/08- I am starting the site back up. I have no writers, but if you are interested, email me and I will set you up. Thank you.

I was unable to do the podcast, but it should be up by next Sunday...

Markolo and I [Drackthor] will be doing a podcast this week. I am trying to find a way to put it on iTunes. If you want to email us, we will answer on the show. My email is: drackthor@gmail.com

New writer, Soniclock, will be writing a weekly Warlock article. Play nice and comment!

- We have a new writer, Waffulz, who will be writing the Druid column! He is very proficient and is easily one of the best Druids in my guild.

1/16/08- Libram column has been added. Stay tuned!

12/23/07- Thokkan has taken over the Hunter column, and will now be writing in my stead

Monday, June 2, 2008

Weekly Rant

Hey there! I know it's been a while, but I think that I am coming back. We have no writers except me, so, if anyone actually reads this, they can join. Remember, you can write about practically anything, be it food, to instances, to PvP, I need all the help I can get. WoW Journal ftw!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Art of the Bow and Arrow: Marksman Soloing

Hello everyone! Welcome back for more information on the Hunter! This week I will write a guide on how to PvE and how to Solo with a Marksmanship Hunter. Well for starters we know that your pet is NOT going to be able to hold the Aggro since you now have really good DPS. I never do this but if you don’t want the enemy to get close to you I would use frost trap which will slow them down and then I would just shoot him, but since I never do that I’ll tell you what I do. I set down an explosive trap, and I send the pet in to tank for the short amount of time that he can. Then I start off by using concussive shot, and then steady for that extra boost of damage. After that I would probably have taken the aggro from my pet. In case this happens I tend to use wing clip to slow them down a little bit while I kite them around. While kiting I will use shots such as concussive shot, arcane shot, multi-shot, I won’t use steady shot or aimed shot because it takes too long to cast it while kiting. And that’s basically what I do when I solo normal mobs. Moving onto Instances. When in an instance I will pull aggro from the tank from time to time due to high DPS. Which is a bad thing to do. When in an istance I try to keep my DPS to a minimum. I got myself a really nice mod that will show how much threat I am causing through my attacks. That mod is called Omen Threat Meter which can be obtained at wowui.incgamers.com now that I have this mod I try to keep my DPS down because it will alert me when I am about to pass the aggro on the tank. While in an instance I will use my shots in the following order: concussive shot, steady shot, arcane shot, aimed shot, serpent sting, aimed shot, multi-shot. Then I just repeat the process once I finish doing that. And by the way, I am not marksmanship anymore, I have a new tree build of 41/13/7. But I am going to respec again soon. I went to BM again so I could help a few people. Waffulz doesn’t like me as a MM Hunter because I beat him =D, but the new spec I am going to switch to is both great for damage and crits. Well this is all I got for this week. Come back for more next time.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Nature Calls: Talent Trees

Waffulz here with yet ANOTHER mind blowing article on our formidable class of Druids.
As i promised, we'd be discussing TALENT SPECS so here i go....

Like every other class in the World of Warcraft, there are 3 talent trees for the Druid. BALANCE (w00t), FERAL, and RESTORATION. Each talent is extremely different as the next and they all fit whatever characteristic you'd like.

BALANCE- Balance druids are focused on MAJOR DPS, mainly spell casting. Now all casters share the idea of quick, nimble, and ranged power. BUT the BALANCE Druid totally opposes this idea. While it is a good idea to stay back and go crazy on your target, BALANCE Druids get a unique form wel all know and love as Moonkin (aka Oomkin, Boomkin, and Doomkin). Moonkin form is attained at lvl 40, if u fill in your talent tree correctly, and comes with some desireable additions in that form. A 400% armor increase (WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) and a little thing every mana user loves called Moonkin Aura. Moonkin Aura gives every party member within 30yds of the Druid a +5% spell crit increase (WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) including the Druid itself. These additions given by Moonkin Form allow the Druid to be able to take a hit, be left standing, and crit the hell out of your attacker. ALSO it is possible to tank regular level instances in Moonkin Form because of the armor increase, so for all of those non-believers saying casters arent allowed to tank I say this respectivly but UP YOURS!

FERAL- Feral Druids are most common in the younger levels because of its ease to ding. Feral Druids have a talent tree similar to a Warriors Protection spec and a Rogues Combat spec. In Bear/ Dire Bear Form, FERAL talents add various things such as armor increase, damage increase, and a cool thing called Feral Charge which immobilizes the target for a bit. For Cat Form, there are some MAJOR Damage increases such as Mangle and Savage Fury. A few points having to do with healing are added in FERAL spec which help the Druid when getting pounded on while tanking. A cool addition to FERAL Spec is a little thing called LEADER OF THE PACK. Similar to Moonkin Aura, it adds a +5% crit BUT to MELEE Attacks only.FERAL Druids are exremely useful when seeking a solid off-tank or dps. The fact that Druids can heal is ANOTHER plus to a party because sometimes off-heals are cool. Currently, as I am not a Feral Druid (but I do have experience in fulfilling that role) a very strong Feral Druid in the realm of Shadowsong is none other than Nancydru. Any questions or comments should be sent to him.

RESTORATION- WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FOR HEALERS! Restoration is becoming widely popular within Druids of all levels. Mostly at 70 for PVP purposes. Personally, I think Resto. Druids are the BEST healers compared to those other guys. DOT capabilities and BATTLE REZ rock the World of Warcraft like none other. Resto. Druids get a special for also like BALANCE. Tree of Life form attained at lvl 50, if you play your cards right, allows the Druid to cast ONLY Healing spells. Additions are +25% of heals recieved from healing spells AND +25% Spirit. Although movement speed is reduced by 20% =( the mana cost of ALL spells are reduced by 20 (its not much but its something). Spell increase talents, spell crit increases and Nature Spell addons are also in the Resto. Spec which are EXTREMELY useful when healing. Resto. Druids are super awesome and are loved by EVERYONE in the World of Warcraft especially by me.

THANKS FOR READING this Blog and I will see you next time. Future posts include DRUID QUEST HELP for Bear and Aquatic Forms.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Weekly Rant: Leveling... or THE END?

You know, in my opinion, leveling sucks. Real life always gets in the way, whether it be in school, friends, or family, RL always seems to be a plug to my leveling.

I have played this game for over two years, and I am only level 59. Seriously. Granted, I was sampling other classes for a year, but I should have gotten to level cap at least three months ago. I really wish that I could just sit down for a weekend and level, but we all know that isn't going to happen. =P

In truth, I have begun the lose interest in WoW. My slow leveling is a major part of it. But another HUGE part of my dilemma is that I crave for the end-game content, but my life prevents me from the focus and hours needed to be able to raid. I went paintballing for the first time this weekend, and as I was shooting a guy in the leg I was thinking, "Damn.. I like this tremendously more than sitting in my uncomfortable chair with my uncomfortable keyboard, typing and playing with people I don't even know for endless hours in the dark. Perhaps I should redirect my funds..."

It scared me. This was the first time in 2 years that I thought of stopping my WoW subscription. And I think that I may actually stop playing. WoW has lost its shine, and maybe it just needs a little buff, but I think that the opportunity to stop playing is right in my nose. I might just snatch it...

Monday, February 4, 2008

Weekly Rant: Octale and Hordak

Hello again! This week, I am promoting Octale and Hordak. They are the Internet radio people who talk about WoW and general gaming. With some wittiness, humor, and tons of "drop ins" they lighten up any day, and provide some gaming information at the same time.

Every Sunday at 2pm EST, 7pm GMT, these two tear it up. There is a hour music preshow, where you can listen to great music, and talk on the IRC. Gamers beware! Octale and Hordak are versus the World, and they are out to get you!

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Art of Bow and Arrow: Hunter Equipment

Welcome back everyone for another article on the Hunter class. This time I will be talking about the equipment and the stats you should have on your Hunter.

So, as we all know hunters can use Mail, Leather, and Cloth. I would not recommend that you wear cloth though. My equipment right now is not the best but it will do well for now until I am doing Karazhan and other raids. All of my equipment is Mail; I have no Leather or cloth for equipment.

The stats that you should focus on your gear would have to be in the following order, Agility, Stamina and Intellect. Do not worry about Strength and Spirit because those are not very useful for the hunter class. Let me tell you why you should focus on those three stats only. Agility is good for hunters because it raises your attack power; your pets attack power, and your critical strike chance. Well you know what the Stamina does, but in case your new to the game and don’t know, Stamina will increase your Health Points and your pet’s Health Points. Intellect increases you Mana. The pets do not have Mana so Intellect is only good for the player.

If you would like to see what my equipment looks like then scroll up to the top of the page and click on my name which should give you a link to the WoW Armory.

Well I hope you enjoyed reading this article. Come back next week for more information on the awesome Hunter class!

Thursday, January 31, 2008