Friday, August 16, 2019

Dungeon Sets 101 - Episode 3: Shadowcraft!

Hey dudes! Silvite Soltis back again with another Dungeon Sets 101 for you.
So far, we've covered the priest and warrior dungeon sets - the Vestments of the Devout and Battlegear of Valor. Well today we're going to continue with a leather set for a class that is actually viable. That's right! Let's step into the shadows so I can tell you how the get the dungeon set for rogues, the Shadowcraft Armor.


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The Shadowcraft Armor
As with the others, there are 8 pieces to this set. The legs, chest, and helm drop from the same bosses as all the others - Baron Rivendare, General Drakkisath, and Darkmaster Gandling respectively. But, since the other pieces drop from completely different bosses than the rest, I'll have to give a rundown here as always:

Head:
Shadowcraft Cap - Scholo

Shoulders:
Shadowcraft Spaulders - Strat Live

Chest:
Shadowcraft Tunic - UBRS

Wrists:
Shadowcraft Bracers - Scholo (or AH)

Hands:
Shadowcraft Gloves - LBRS (or AH)

Waist:
Shadowcraft Belt - UBRS and LBRS (or AH)

Legs:
Shadowcraft Pants - Strat UD

Feet:
Shadowcraft Boots - Scholo


As you can see, rogues have a bit of a tough time collecting their set, since there are BoP items in 4 different dungeons (as opposed to 3 for priests and warriors), but that's only the beginning. Anyway, now that we have an idea of where these items are, let's talk about how to collect them...


Scholomance

Honestly, it really doesn't matter which dungeon you do first, since you'll need to run Scholo, Strat UD, Strat Live, and UBRS all eventually, but since Scholomance has 3 of the set pieces, it makes sense to start here. The three Shadowcraft pieces to collect here are the BracersBoots, and Cap, from trash (and a mini-boss), Rattlegore, and Darkmaster Gandling respectively.


Rattlegore drops the boots.

First off, progress through the dungeon as normal until you get to the room with the plagued whelps. Rattlegore is just beneath them, so clear it out with your party and make your way down. Once in the basement, clear the skeletons carefully, making sure to clear the all of the ones around the entrance and up to him. As a rogue, this boss is easy - just an occasional stun to worry about. Stabby stab until dead, then hopefully get your boots.






Malicia and trash mobs MIGHT drop the bracers.
Head back up and continue through the dungeon until the final chamber - the one with 6 mini-bosses in different rooms. Clear the rooms and defeat the mini-bosses. The bracers can drop from trash mobs here, as well as Instructor Malicia. But again, they are BoE, so don't worry if you don't get them along the way.









Gandling drops the helm.
Once the final room is cleared, Darkmaster Gandling will spawn. Again, an easy encounter as a rogue. Just remember to keep Evasion handy in case you need it during the teleport - especially if the tank gets ported. If you're lucky, he'll drop your helm.









UBRS

Drakkisath drops the chest.
Next up is Upper Blackrock Spire. The two items you're looking for here are the Belt, which drops from Blackhand Assassins in the 2nd half of the dungeon, and the Tunic, which has an 11% chance of dropping from General Drakkisath. Honestly, there's not much more to it than that, and as a rogue, you don't have much to worry about. Just make sure Evasion is up for Drak in case you pull aggro during the Conflagration.

As always, if you don't get your belt from the trash mobs here, you can always buy them from the auction house later.


Blackhand Assassins drop the belt.














Stratholme

Rivendare drops the legs.
Ok, here's where it gets annoying. There are two set pieces in Stratholme - the Pants and the Spaulders. The former is super-simple - clear Strat UD and hope they drop from Baron Rivendare. The problem, however, is that the shoulders drop deep in the other half of the dungeon, Strat Live. Worse still, they are from an annoying optional boss...

Let's start with the pants quick. Clear through the entire dungeon until Baron Rivendare. For this fight, you're going to want to watch your HP as you'll definitely have to deal with the pulsing AoE. Also, watch for the skeletons when they spawn and consider running over to help your healer. After all, he can't heal you if he's constantly getting pushback, and your tank should keep the boss positioned far away if possible. Honestly, this is probably the biggest challenge for rogues - not tunneling on the boss. Kill the Baron and grab his pants!

Willey drops the shoulders.
Now, you've got to run Strat Live. The Shadowcraft Spaulders drop from Cannon Master Willey, deep in the Scarlet Bastion. As I said before, this boss is optional, so good luck convincing a group to do this for you (especially early on before the GOOD items are added to his loot table). For this fight, pick up cannonballs from the pile and fire them at the Scarlet Riflemen that he occasionally spawns. Really though, the challenge is finding a group that will want to do this boss. Good luck getting your shoulders!



Wrapping Up

Head over to the auction house to buy your Gloves, as well as the Belt and Bracers if you didn't manage to collect them along the way. Then, do a /dance in front of the bank with your completed set!


Final Thoughts

So, there you have it - the Shadowcraft Armor. Definitely one of the cooler looking dungeon sets in my opinion, but also a very challenging one to obtain - especially as a DPS class. Either way, good luck collecting the pieces - it's definitely worth it in the end.

That's it for today! If you liked this guide or found it useful, let me know by leaving a comment down below. I'd love to know what you think! Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates when new content is released, and consider checking out my channel over on YouTube for video content as well. Finally, if you'd like to help support me in making content like this in the future, consider becoming a patron over on Patreon. I truly appreciate your support, but for now and as always...

Take it easy!


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dungeon Sets 101 - Episode 2: Valor!

Hey dudes! Silvite Soltis back again with another installment of Dungeon Sets 101 - my brief, 9-episode series of how to obtain the dungeon sets in Classic as efficiently as possible.

Today, I'd like to go to the other end of the spectrum - from a class that is renowned as potentially the greatest healer to the one that is considered the greatest tank. So, grab your swords and shields and let's find out how you can get your warrior his or her dungeon set - the Battlegear of Valor!


The Set

Battlegear of Valor
Just like all the dungeon sets, the Battlegear of Valor contains eight pieces - three of which drop from the final bosses of the endgame dungeons Stratholme (Undead), Scholomance, and Upper Blackrock Spire. Fortunately though, four of the other items can also be obtained in those same dungeons.
Plus, warriors are renowned as the best tanks of Classic and are thus in high demand, so you should be able to get a group easily.

Here's a basic rundown of where to get the items:

Head:
Helm of Valor - Scholo

Shoulders:
Spaulders of Valor - UBRS

Chest:
Breastplate of Valor - UBRS

Wrists
Bracers of Valor - LBRS (or AH)

Hands:
Gauntlets of Valor - Strat UD (or AH)

Belt:
Belt of Valor - Strat UD / LBRS (or AH)

Legs:
Legplates of Valor - Strat UD

Feet:
Boots of Valor - Scholo

Now let's get into each dungeon in a bit more detail, shall we?

Stratholme Undead

Patchwork Horrors CAN drop the belt
To begin your quest for the Valor set, head to Stratholme Undead. This dungeon contains three of the items needed with 2 of them being BoEs. Since you'll need to aim for the Legplates here anyway, it makes sense to try and collect the Belt and Gauntlets along the way.

All of the items drop toward the end of the dungeon. The belt can potentially drop from the Abominations, so make sure to kill them all - though you need to anyway to finish, so...yeah. Just pray for luck.




Rammstein the Gorger drops the gloves
The gloves drop from Ramstein the Gorger, which coincidentally is the boss that spawns after clearing the abominations in the courtyard. Just be mindful of your positioning and the healer's mana as you pull the final abomination, then keep yourself well-positioned. Also, remember that after he falls, a bunch of non-elite skeletons will spawn off to the left of the room that will beeline toward the healer.





Baron Rivendare drops the legs
Anyway, after Ramstein and the aftermath have all been cleared out, you can take on the final boss of the dungeon, Baron Rivendare, for a shot at the legs. This boss drops all 9 sets' legs, so you've got about an 11% chance of getting the Valor ones each time you defeat him. For this fight, position the boss where he stands so that ranged and your healer can get far enough away. Also, make sure your healer has a couple of Stratholme Holy Water handy for when the skeletons spawn, as there will no doubt be a couple of skeletons gnawing on his or her face at some point. Kill the Baron, hopefully collect your pants, and make your way to the next stop. Don't worry if you didn't get both BoEs here, as you can always buy them from the auction house later!



Scholomance

You could do either Scholomance or UBRS next - the order really doesn't matter since each dungeon has two pieces. However, since Scholomance has an optional boss (one that not everyone will always want to do), I'd suggest knocking that one out first. The two pieces to get here are the Boots and the Helm, dropping from Kirtonos the Herald and Darkmaster Gandling respectively.



Kirtonos the Herald drops the boots
For the boots, you need to kill the Blood Steward of Kirtonos to loot the Blood of Innocents first. She is located in the first large room of the dungeon, but unfortunately on the opposite side you'll want to go. Either way, clear over to her, kill her, and get the blood. Then, continue until you reach the balcony overlooking the outside of the Caer Darrow. There, use the blood on the altar to summon Kirtonos. This fight itself fairly simple, but as a tank you need to make sure you tank him with your back to a wall, as you can get knocked out of the window and thus out of the dungeon by his knockback ability. Also note that he resets aggro periodically, so be ready to taunt and grab him back. When he falls, hope you get your Boots of Valor.




Darkmaster Gandling drops the helm
Continue through the dungeon until the final boss, Darkmaster Gandling. This boss drops the helms for all 9 sets, so it's imperative that you finish the dungeon. This fight is fairly simple except for one ability - the teleport. Occasionally he will teleport one party member into one of the surrounding rooms with 3 skeletons to kill and lock the door. Make sure to designate a backup tank or healer in case he chooses to teleport one of these two members. If the healer is banished, make use of cooldowns to survive as necessary. Down the boss and pray to RNGeesus for your helm!



Upper Blackrock Spire

Finally, the third dungeon you'll have to run to collect the Valor set is UBRS. There are two pieces that drop here - the Spaulders and the Breastplate from Warchief Rend Blackhand and General Drakkisath respectively.



Warchief Rend Blackhand drops the shoulders
Go through the dungeon as efficiently as possible until you reach the Rend Blackhand event (about halfway through). If you're unlucky, you might have a priest that wants to do the Rookery event for some Devout shoulders, but whether or not you help that poor soul is up to you...and the group, of course. Anyway, for the event, be careful about how you pull the mobs - don't run into the gate because you could get locked in without a healer. Instead, try to use line of sight to your advantage. Clear all the mobs, then work on Gyth. Partway through the boss encounter, Rend will get knocked off of his dragon and you'll have to pick him up before he eats the party. At this point, it's pretty much a tank&spank though, so pray for your shoulders...



General Drakkisath drops the chest
Progress through the dungeon until the final boss fight - General Drakkisath. This boss drops the Breastplate of Valor along with the other 8 set chests. As a tank, have a hunter kite the boss and pick up the adds (facing away from the dps and healers, of course). When the boss comes back (whether due to dead hunter or otherwise), pick him up and hold him. Be mindful of the Conflagration and you should down him pretty easily. If you're lucky, you'll get your chest!





Bracers of Valor (and the other BoEs)

Buy them from the auction house. Unless you're running LBRS anyway, it's not really worth the effort.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it. The dungeon sets all follow pretty similar patterns, so a lot of these guides might be similar, but for the warrior set at least it's nice to know that you can run the main 3 dungeons and still get 7/8 of the set pieces with only one optional boss in the mix.

Anyway that's it for today. If you liked this guide or found it useful, let me know by leaving a comment and add yourself to my mailing list below for more in the future. Check out my YouTube channel for video versions of this content and others as well if you think you'd prefer that format. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for content updates or to hear what I'm doing in game. Finally, if you'd like to help support me in my endeavor to create quality content, consider becoming a Patron over on Patreon. I truly appreciate all of your support - no matter where and how you give it. But for now, and as always...

Take it easy guys!




Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dungeon Sets 101 - Episode 1: Devout!

Hey all! Silvite Soltis here and today I'm proud to announce a little mini-series I'm starting.

As we all know, many of us playing Classic are those who played it back in the day. However, times have changed a lot - marriages, families, and work commitments might keep us from enjoying the game as fully as we'd like to. We may not have time to raid hardcore or grind out those battlegrounds for the best gear possible.

But there is one end-game path we CAN take to look badass - collecting the dungeon sets!

So, for those of us who may only be able to do a dungeon or two every week after reaching 60, these guides will help us to look swagtastic. And for others who simply want to collect the gear, it'll help to do it as fast as possible...

Let's get started with my favorite class, the priest...


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Vestments of the Devout
You may already be aware, but in case you aren't there are 8 items in each dungeon set - helm, shoulders, chest, bracers, gloves, belt, legs, and boots. Three of these items - the bracers, gloves, and belt - are Bind-on-Equip, meaning they can often be found in the auction house. The other five, however, are drops from specific dungeon bosses.


As a priest, you will typically want to aim for the Devout set, a blue and lavender set of robes that somewhat resembles pajamas in my opinion. These items are spread throughout 3 instances, though realistically they are in five different dungeons - Stratholme (Live and Undead), Scholomance, and Blackrock Spire (Upper and Lower). Fortunately, you only really NEED to run three, as two dungeons (LBRS and Live Stratholme) contain only the BoE pieces. Still, you can run these dungeons if desired.





Stratholme

Maleki the Pallid drops the boots.
So, to get started hit up Stratholme (Undead) to try and collect the Devout Sandals and Skirt. The feet drop from the boss Maleki the Pallid, typically the third boss encountered in the dungeon, and are a fairly common drop. He's a fairly straightforward tank&spank, like most dungeon bosses in Classic. Just make sure to take out enough trash to not accidentally pull additional mobs.






Baron Rivendare drops the legs.
Progress through the dungeon to Baron Rivendare, the final boss of the undead portion. This boss is the one which drops all of the dungeon set legs, so you've got a one in nine chance of getting your skirt upon victory. When fighting him, remember to stand as far away as possible to avoid his pulsing AoE, and keep Fade ready for when the skeletons spawn.








If you decide to run the live portion of the dungeon, you have a chance to find the Devout Bracers from Crimson Priests, as well as the Devout Gloves from the boss Archivist Galford toward the end of the dungeon. Be careful when healing during this boss, however, as he hits hard. Do note, though, that both Devout items from Live Stratholme are Bind-on-Equip, so it definitely isn't necessary to run it to get them, as you can just buy them from the auction house or get them from a lucky friend or guildmate.

Crimson Priests drop the bracers.
Archivist Galford drops the gloves.



Upper Blackrock Spire

There are three pieces of the Devout set to acquire in UBRS - the Devout Robe, Belt, and Mantle. The first two are fairly straightforward. The shoulders, however, require a bit more planning.

Blackhand Summoners drop the belt.
First, set up a group with the Rookery event in mind. Many groups will want to skip this room because it's generally a pain in the ass. The shoulders drop from the 2nd boss of this dungeon, Solakar Flamewreath, and are one of several possible drops. Before you get there, however, you have a chance to pick up the Devout Belt from Blackhand Summoners in the first room of the dungeon. It's a low chance, but it's the BoE piece you're most likely to encounter since it drops from mobs you need to clear.





Solakar Flamewreath drops the shoulders.
Anyway, onward to the shoulders. Work your way up towards the Rookery for the biggest challenge in completing the set, in my opinion. To briefly summarize, the event requires your group to pop the eggs and kill a bunch of the whelps in the Rookery before starting. Then, one person clicks the crystal at the back of the room, triggering waves of elite dragonkin to start spawning. After what'll seem like ages, Solakar Flamewreath will spawn. Defeat him and hope you get the shoulders.



General Drakkisath drops the chest.
Clear the rest of the dungeon to the final boss, General Drakkisath. This fight is pretty straightforward for priests - heal and hope the hunter(s) know how to kite. Again, keep Fade handy just in case you get targeted by the boss during the Conflagrations. Similar to Baron Rivendare, he drops all nine dungeon set chests, so pray to RNGeesus that yours is the one that drops during your runs.







Scholomance

The third and final dungeon you'll have to run in your adventures to collect the Vestments of the Devout, Scholomance is no walk in the park. Long, filled with bosses, and offering little in terms of useful items for priests, you might wonder if it's worth the effort. Well, if you want your helm, it is.

Darkmaster Gandling drops the helm.
The only piece you'll find here is the Devout Crown, which drops from the final boss of the dungeon, Darkmaster Gandling, along with all of the other dungeon set helms. The good news is that there are several good items for tanks and dps classes here, as well as one of the only alchemy labs in the game (needed to craft flasks for the try-hards), so you'll be able to find groups fairly easily as a priest.

When fighting Gandling, keep in mind that he randomly teleports party members into different rooms to fight small groups of mobs by themselves. As a priest, you can use Shackle Undead on one enemy if this happens to you so that you can burn down the other enemies present. No matter what though, get back to your party ASAP.

One more time, pray to RNGeesus that you get your helm when he falls...


Final Thoughts

So, basically that's the guide. Run Undead Stratholme, UBRS, and Scholomance, then pick up the Gloves and Bracers from the auction house when someone puts them up for cheap. Again, you COULD run Live Stratholme for a shot at the two BoEs there, but it's not really necessary. Either way, best of luck with getting your badass priesty set.

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Thanks for reading. And as always, take it easy! :)

List of set pieces, levels, and locations (courtesy of https://wow.gamepedia.com/Vestments_of_the_Devout)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Gear Your Priest FASTER - Updated Phase 1 Healing Priest Gearing Guide (Now with ALL potential items!)

Hey dudes. Silvite Soltis here with another gearing guide for you all.

A few months back, I created my first "Get Geared Quick" guide - focusing mainly on healing priests in phase 1 of WoW Classic. And while that guide was very well-received, there were many errors that have become apparent since, as well as several other ways in which I would like to improve it.

So, here we are. I'm proud to present my new and very much improved Phase 1 Healing Priest Gearing Guide - now with ONLY phase 1 items, additional quest rewards, and more! I hope you find it useful!

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Tip #1 - Runecloth

While still leveling, try to snag bits of the Runecloth set, as they have decent intellect and spirit and will help significantly in the dungeons when you get to them. The items can start being collected as early as level 46, so it's definitely a worthwhile investment. 

If you're a tailor, this should be fairly easy assuming you actually worked on tailoring. You should also begin crafting Mooncloth (which has a four day cooldown) as soon as possible on the side to eventually craft Mooncloth gear upgrades or, even better, Truefaith Vestments if you really want to be a try-hard...


Tip #2 - Do These Quests (before 60, if possible)

Sometimes it seems people forget how awesome quests can be as a source of gear in Classic. As a priest, there are several awesome quest rewards that you can make great use of - a neck, ring, offhand, trinket, and wand to name a few. Needless to say, these quest chains aren't easy, but many of them can be knocked out on your way to 60...or at least started.

First off, make sure to do the Linken quest chain in Un'Goro Crater, which ends in the quest It's Dangerous to Go Alone. This chain awards Spirit of Aquementus, a very powerful offhand that won't be easy to replace in phase 1.

Next up, head to the Blasted Lands and complete the quest chain from the Fallen Hero of the Horde, which ends in Heroes of Old in order to obtain a great MP5 trinket, Shard of Afrasa. Ideally, this trinket will be replaced soon enough, but in case you're unlucky with drops in the eventual dungeon runs, you'll want to have it.

Head over to the Plaguelands to do Tirion Fording's quest chain which ends with In Dreams. This quest awards your pre-raid best in slot ring, Fordring's Seal. This is a must-have for raiding, so just get it done. You'll be glad you did.

Also in the Plaguelands, you can complete The Battle of Darrowshire quest chain, which offers a good neck, the Archlight Talisman, but may be too difficult to complete - requiring a raid, if I'm not mistaken. Still, it's a good idea to do, since there aren't many options for neckpieces in Phase 1.

Finally, you should consider completing the quest chains ending in Order Must Be Restored (Alliance) or The Scarlet Oracle, Demetria (Horde) as well, in order to obtain the powerful wand, StormragerWhile getting this ranged weapon might be difficult around the beginning of WoW Classic, it's probably worth it considering the general lack of good wands pre-raid. All in all, it's a worthy goal to pursue in my opinion.

And, of course, no useful quest list would be complete without these two - the Molten Core and Onyxia attunement quest chains! Though the gear rewards for priests may be lackluster compared to other classes, the simple fact of the matter is that these quests need to be done and they will send you to dungeons anyway, so you might as well work on them as soon as possible.

Tip #3 - Run Blackrock Depths and Undead Stratholme

These two dungeons will be your new home between capping and raiding. BRD and Strat UD have so many useful items for priests that it's next to impossible to avoid doing them - especially if you want to gear up as efficiently as possible.

Starting with the former, run BRD as soon as groups will take you. You should be pretty much fine to full clear it by level 55 - especially if you have another group member that can off-heal or if you run dungeons with an organized group. There are many AMAZING items in BRD that you'll need to obtain if you want to pull your weight in raids, but many of them come from bosses later in the dungeon. In particular, Hands of the Exalted Herald (dropped by Princess Moira Bronzebeard) and The Hammer of Grace (in the chest after the Trial of Seven event) are must-haves for any priest (and most healers, to be honest). The earlier you can grab these items, the better off you'll be.

Also, if you're Horde, remember to work on the quest chain The Rise of the Machines in the Badlands before running it too, as you'll be able to get an awesome cloak, the Raincaster Drape, which won't be replaced for a long time.

To sum it up and keep it all in one place, here's a quick list of the drops you can aim for in BRD:

20 drops total, 14 feasible.

Head
Chief Architect's Monocle from Fineous Darkvire.

Neck
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Shoulders
Kentic Amice from High Interrogator Gerstahn. (+14H). Likely the best shoulders you'll get pre-raid.

Back
Spritecaster Cape from Houndmaster Grebmar. (+14H)

Chest
Robes of the Royal Crown from Emperor Dagran Thaurissan. (+18H)

Wrists
Flameweave Cuffs from Lord Incendius. [Random Enchant]

Hands
Silkweb Gloves from Hedrum the Creeper (Arena). (+3M)
Hands of the Exalted Herald from Princess Moira Bronzebeard. (+33H)

Waist
Ban'thok Sash from Ok'thor the Breaker (Arena). (+12H) Definitely better for caster DPS though!

Legs
Senior Designer's Pantaloons from Fineous Darkvire. (+40H)
Haunting Specter Leggings from the Trial of Seven.

Feet
Omnicast Boots from Golem Lord Arglemach. (+22H)
High Priestess Boots from Princess Moira Bronzebeard. Pretty bad though...

Finger
Cyclopean Band from Ok'thor the Breaker (Arena). (+9H)

Trinket
Second Wind from Golem Lord Arglemach. (+22H)
Burst of Knowledge from Ambassador Flamelash. (+12H)

Weapon
Kindling Stave from Pyromancer Loregrain.
The Hammer of Grace from the Trial of Seven (+31H)
Guiding Stave of Wisdom from Emperor Dagran Thaurissan. (+53H)

Offhand
Enthralled Sphere from High Interrogator Gerstahn.
Thaurissan's Royal Scepter from Emperor Dagran Thaurissan. (+22H)

Ranged
x


Moving on, the other dungeon you'll definitely want to run is Undead Stratholme. The reason for this is not necessarily the quantity of drops (though there are plenty), but rather the quality of one item in particular - Robes of the Exalted - and the relative speed in which this dungeon can be completed.

Before heading over there, make sure to pick up the quest Houses of the Holy from Light's Hope Chapel in order to get the Crown of the Penitent - a decent green helm with 6MP5.

Including the helm described above, there are 11 items you can potentially get here at launch, making it by far one of the most lucrative dungeons you can run as a priest:

10 total drops, 9 feasible.


Head:
Crown of the Penitent from the quest Houses of the Holy.

Shoulders
Soulstealer Mantle from Ramstein the Gorger.

Back
Royal Tribunal Cloak from Magistrate Barthilas.

Chest
Robes of the Exalted from Baron Rivendare. (+68H)

Wrists
x

Hands
x

Waist
Dreadmist Belt from trash.

Legs
Devout SkirtDreadmist LeggingsMagister's Leggings from Baron Rivendare.

Feet
Dreadmist Sandals from Baroness Anastari.
Devout Sandals from Maleki the Pallid.

Finger
Seal of Rivendare from Baron Rivendare.

Trinket
x

Weapon
x

Offhand
x

Ranged
x


As you can see, it's a REALLY good idea to get in to Strat UD as soon as possible. I should also mention that there are also several good items in Live Strat, though doing a full run of both sections can be VERY time-consuming. If you have the time and desire though, you could consider doing that as well, especially if you want to craft the Truefaith Vestments.

Do BRD and Strat UD as much as possible until you've gotten Hands of the Exalted HeraldThe Hammer of Grace, and Robes of the Exalted. Really, these items are the ones with the most raw +healing and will thus be the greatest assets as a level 60 priest. Combined with Fordring's Seal from the quest "In Dreams," these items will give you a good amount of +healing.

Once you've gotten those items (and any other lucky drops along the way), you can start filling gaps... I highly advise holding off on filling gaps before getting those items, however, as there are so many good items you could obtain in those two dungeons alone!


Tip #4 - When All Else Fails...

Fill in the blanks. If you've gotten the best items from quests, Strat UD and BRD, head to the Auction House, run some other dungeons (see full applicable loot list below), or just say "screw it" and go raid. If you're a tailor and want to use that Mooncloth, do it! You should be pretty much good to go by this point, so long as your tanks are geared well enough too...

Final Thoughts

Congratulations on getting your priest to 60 and good luck with the gearing process. Obviously, there are tons of other items you could get in phase 1, but for any of you out there that wish to get the most bang for your buck in dungeon spamming early on in classic, these tips should fit the bill just fine. Keep calm and run more Strat and BRD!

If I missed anything or if you thought this guide was useful, let me know by leaving a comment! It's because of feedback I've received that I was able to make this guide better than ever - just in time for Classic's launch! If you liked this content, or found it useful add yourself to my mailing list and follow me on Facebook and Twitter so you don't miss out on new content. Also, check out my videos over on YouTube too, since I turn all of these blogs into videos eventually!

But that's it for now. Good luck, again! And as always, take it easy!



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BRD Loot Summary

20 drops total, 14 feasible.

Head
Chief Architect's Monocle from Fineous Darkvire.

Neck
x

Shoulders
Kentic Amice from High Interrogator Gerstahn. (+14H)

Back
Spritecaster Cape from Houndmaster Grebmar. (+14H)

Chest
Robes of the Royal Crown from Emperor Dagran Thaurissan. (+18H)

Wrists
Flameweave Cuffs from Lord Incenius. [Random Enchant]

Hands
Silkweb Gloves from Hedrum the Creeper (Arena). (+3M)
Hands of the Exalted Herald from Princess Moira Bronzebeard. (+33H)

Waist
Ban'thok Sash from Ok'thor the Breaker (Arena). (+12H) Definitely better for caster DPS though!

Legs
Senior Designer's Pantaloons from Fineous Darkvire. (+40H)
Haunting Specter Leggings from the Trial of Seven.

Feet
Omnicast Boots from Golem Lord Arglemach. (+22H)
High Priestess Boots from Princess Moira Bronzebeard. Pretty bad though...

Finger
Cyclopean Band from Ok'thor the Breaker (Arena). (+9H)

Trinket
Second Wind from Golem Lord Arglemach. (+22H)
Burst of Knowledge from Ambassador Flamelash. (+12H)

Weapon
Kindling Stave from Pyromancer Loregrain.
The Hammer of Grace from the Trial of Seven (+31H)
Guiding Stave of Wisdom from Emperor Dagran Thaurissan. (+53H)

Offhand
Enthralled Sphere from High Interrogator Gerstahn.
Thaurissan's Royal Scepter from Emperor Dagran Thaurissan. (+22H)

Ranged
x

Stratholme Undead Loot Summary

10 total drops, 9 feasible.

Head
x

Neck
x

Shoulders
Soulstealer Mantle from Ramstein the Gorger.

Back
Royal Tribunal Cloak from Magistrate Barthilas.

Chest
Robes of the Exalted from Baron Rivendare. (+68H)

Wrists
x

Hands
x

Waist
Dreadmist Belt from trash.

Legs
Devout Skirt, Dreadmist Leggings, Magister's Leggings from Baron Rivendare.

Feet
Dreadmist Sandals from Baroness Anastari.
Devout Sandals from Maleki the Pallid.

Finger
Seal of Rivendare from Baron Rivendare.

Trinket
x

Weapon
x

Offhand
x

Ranged
x

Stratholme Live Loot Summary

9 total item drops plus 1 pattern, 4 feasible.

Head
x

Neck
Star of Mystaria from Balnazzar. Better for caster dps!

Shoulders
x

Back
Archivist Cape from Archivist Galford. (Random Enchantment, +4M)

Chest
x

Wrists
Tearfall Bracers from The Unforgiven. (Random Enchantment)
Devout Bracers from trash.

Hands
Devout Gloves from Archivist Galford.

Waist
Grimegore Noose from Timmy the Cruel.

Legs
x

Feet
Magister's Boots from Hearthsinger Forresten [RARE, but common]

Finger
x

Trinket
x

Weapon
Gift of the Elven Magi from Balnazzar. (Pretty terrible though)

Offhand
Tome of Knowledge from Archivist Galford. (Pretty terrible though)

Ranged
x

Other
Pattern: Truefaith Vestments from Balnazzar.


Scholomance Loot Summary

19 drops total, 10 feasible.

Head
Devout Crown, Dreadmist Mask, Magister's Crown from Darkmaster Gandling.

Neck
Heart of the Fiend from Kirtonos the Herald.

Shoulders
Dreadmist Mantle from Jandice Barov.
Magister's Mantle from Ras Frostwhisper.

Back
x

Chest
Alanna's Embrace from Ras Frostwhisper. (Very low drop chance!) (+20H)

Wrists
x

Hands
Darkshade Gloves from Jandice Barov. (These are terrible though...)
Magister's Gloves from Doctor Theolen Krastinov and trash.
Dreadmist Wraps from Lorekeeper Polkelt and trash.

Waist
x

Legs
Skullsmoke Pants from Vectus. (Very low drop chance!)

Feet
x

Finger
x

Trinket
x

Weapon
Headmaster's Charge from Darkmaster Gandling. (Very low drop chance!)
Witchblade from Darkmaster Gandling. (+14H)

Offhand
x

Ranged
Bonecreeper Stylus from Darkmaster Gandling. (+11H)

ETC.
Necropile Raiment from the 6 minibosses at the end. (Very low drop chance for each item, 5 in total - chest, wrists, feet, legs, and shoulders)

LBRS Loot Summary

7 drops total, 6 feasible.

Head
x

Neck
x

Shoulders
Sunderseer Mantle from Crystal Fang [RARE]. (+8H)

Back
x

Chest
x

Wrists
Funeral Cuffs from Shadow Hunter Vosh'gajin.

Hands
Hands of Power from Quartermaster Zigris. (+26H)

Waist
x

Legs
Skyshroud Leggings from Highlord Omokk. (+34H)
Wolfshear Leggings from Gizrul the Slavener. (+26H)

Feet
x

Finger
Rosewine Circle from Urok Doomhowl. (+29H, +5M)

Trinket
x

Weapon
Trindlehaven Staff from Overlord Wyrmthalak. (+14H)

Offhand
x

Ranged
x


UBRS Loot Summary

11 drops total, 8 feasible.

Head
Starfire Tiara from Jed Runewatcher [RARE].

Neck
Tooth of Gnarr from General Drakkisath. (+3M)

Shoulders
Devout Mantle from Solakar Flamewreath.

Back
Frostweaver Cape from The Beast.

Chest
Devout Robe, Dreadmist Robe, Magister's Robes from General Drakkisath.

Wrists
x

Hands
x

Waist
Dustfeather Sash from Solakar Flamewreath. (+9H)

Legs
Spiritshroud Leggings from The Beast. (+19H)

Feet
x

Finger
x

Trinket
Briarwood Reed from Jed Runewatcher [RARE]. (+29H)

Weapon
x

Offhand
x

Ranged
Serpentine Skuller from Jed Runewatcher [RARE]. (Not really good for healing, but it's something...)




A big thanks to itemization.info, and to the AtlasLoot addon, without which this list wouldn't exist! Also thanks to everyone over on YouTube who told me of my initial errors and helped me to improve the quality of this guide. Much love everyone!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Memories of Vanilla #31 - The Thunderfury Rogue

Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
Hey dudes. Silvite Soltis back again with another installment of Memories of Vanilla for you.

Last time, I told you all about the time I tried to get into a Molten Core raid, only to find that I needed to be "attuned". At the time, it was really disappointing, but that experience taught me a lot about the endgame of WoW. Well today, I've got a story that's a bit more cheerful...

So, as always, sit back, relax, and enjoy as I recount the tale of how I ended up running a dungeon with one of the best rogues on my server...




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Stratholme, Our Destination
I'd been level 60 for a little while at this point - probably about a month or so. And while I had a foreign exchange program fast approaching (August 2006), I was still on Warcraft constantly. After all, I had to enjoy this time with my priest before going halfway across the world.

So, one day in July of 2006, I found myself in a group for Stratholme. I'm not sure what I was doing there, but it probably just involved me trying to get gear without knowing where the best items were. I was slated to be the healer, of course, but our group couldn't find a tank for the life of us. After spamming the various channels repeatedly for about 30 minutes, though, a rogue was invited to the group.

Now, I was by no means an expert on the different classes and roles of WoW, but even I understood that a rogue was NOT a tank. And so, I asked about our new ally:

"Hey, um...isn't this guy a rogue?"

"Yeah. It's ok, he'll be able to tank for us," our party leader replied. I was skeptical, but figured that it would be better to at least try and see how it went - especially considering the alternative option of sitting and waiting around more...

And so, we headed up to Stratholme. Silvite's hearthstone was set to Light's Hope Chapel, since I constantly found myself running Strat and Scholo back in those days, so I was the first to arrive at the entrance. Once inside, I took a quick break to hit up the bathroom and grab a drink before we started the dungeon. When I sat back in my chair, I found that 2 others had joined me - a mage and our rogue tank...

This guy was GEARED!

Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker
It was a female night elf rogue, decked out in the black and red colors of the Bloodfang set. Though there were a few pieces missing (which I learned later had been parts of the AQ set), I was amazed by the sheer epicness of this rogue. One thing, however, stood out above everything else this character had equipped...the weapon.

Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker

I had heard about this weapon before, and seen it a few times as I ran around Ironforge, but I'd never been in a group with someone wielding it before. Curious, I asked how to get the weapon, but to no avail. The rogue was part of the guild "HERO" - one of the Chinese guilds on the Whisperwind server back in the day. Either way, I figured it would be a fun adventure.





It took only a few minutes for the last two party members to arrive. We buffed up, opened the gate, and began what would become one of the most amazing dungeon experiences I've ever had in the game. Our rogue ran forward, no stealth or anything. Swirly tornadoes appeared out of thin air as the mobs were hacked to bits. Our mage barely had barely begun one Blizzard cast when the last zombie fell, and I knew we were going to have a good time.

Nerub'enkan
We progressed swiftly to the second gate, making sure to loot as much as we could along the way. Our "tank" sliced through every pack like butter, with no crowd control and hardly any healing needed. The first boss, Nerub'enkan, provided little challenge for our group, dying within the first 20 seconds of engagement. The second boss, however, proved to be a bit harder...








Baroness Anastari
We made our way over to Baroness Anastari, the banshee boss. Figuring it would be as easy as the first, we charged up to her. In our haste, however, we forgot one thing...she has a mind-control ability. Now, this wouldn't normally be a problem - after all, each of us had a one in five chance of being mind controlled. But of course, being a very obviously boosted run, RNGeesus decided to troll us by immediately mind controlling the best player in our group. Within a few seconds of the spell being cast, we all lay on the floor dead, with swirly cyclones still spinning on our corpses.

Not ideal, but we got a bit of a chuckle out of it.

Running back from our wipe, we decided to just stand back as our rogue used every tool he had and single-handedly decimated the boss. With her out of the way, I happily scooped up the shadow damage neck piece and we moved on.

The rest of the dungeon was a bit of a blur to be honest - tornados swirling around and everything dying around us. However, when we reached the final area with all of the abominations wandering around, our tank decided to crank it up to 11, pulling several at once and dodging all of their attacks with evasion. I nearly had a heart attack when the dodge chance wore off and his HP plummeted, scrambling to heal him up as fast as I could, but we managed to survive.

Stratholme
It was EPIC!

Ramstein came out, dead.

Skeletons rushed the group, dead.

Black guards came out, dead.

We rushed into the final chamber where Baron Rivendare stood waiting. A mere 40 minutes or so had passed since we first stepped into the dungeon, and we were eager to take him out for the amazing items he possessed. With the same ease as the rest of the dungeon, he fell. And on his corpse, we found Robes of the Exalted - the best healing robes dropped by dungeon bosses.

"Strat Live now?" he asked as I equipped my new robes.

And, of course, we all said yes...


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I hope you enjoyed this story. Though I don't remember the rogue's name anymore, running Stratholme with him was one of the most amazing and eye-opening experiences I had back in vanilla. Seeing how epic the gear looked, as well as how powerful it made him as he slashed all of the enemies to bits, made me thirst for greater gear and rewards in the game, and was probably one of the reasons I started really focusing on my warrior in the Burning Crusade. After completing the undead portion of the dungeon, we moved over to live side and, very similarly to the first half, absolutely destroyed everything there.

When everything was finished, I found that the rogue was actually a friend of one of our other group members, and that he'd simply asked for help. Even now, I think back at how different things were back then - we were forced to make friends in the game and those friends helped each other all the time, not just when it benefited them. Clearly this rogue had no need to run Stratholme or to help us, but he did. This feeling of helping each other - fostering friendships and community, is something I can't wait for come August 27th...

But anyway, that's enough for today. If you liked this story and would like more content like it, check out my other posts here on Blogspot, or my videos over on YouTube. You can also get updates on new content by following me on Facebook and Twitter. There's still quite a few stories to tell, so make sure to stop by again for more.

Thanks for reading and for your continued support as I recount all of these tales. I'm really glad that you all enjoy the stories as much as I enjoy telling them. I can't wait to create more when Classic is released, but for now, and as always, take it easy!



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Memories of Vanilla #30 - You Done Attunement, Right?

Hey dudes. Silvite Soltis here back with another installment of Memories of Vanilla - my reflective series of my Warcraft adventures back in 2005-2007.

Last time, I told about how I came to the decision to try and acquire a full set of Dreadmist gear, as well as how some of my adventuring went in pursuit of that goal. Needless to say, I was still a huge noob back then - so today I'd like to tell another nooby story that happened around that time.

I hope you enjoy. If you do, remember to leave a comment below telling me if you had a similar experience back in the day. But anyway, let's get right into the story...


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Molten Giants in the Core
Back in early 2006, I remember watching Leika as his mage took on huge giants made of rock and magma. There was something intoxicating about what he was doing - talking with a clamor of voices in Ventrilo, spamming his Frostbolt icon, and running with a massive group of Alliance soldiers through the pits of this fiery cave - I was enthralled.

Well, fast forward to the summer, and I was ready! I was finally going to enter the Molten Core for myself.

One evening, shortly after hitting level 60 and somewhere in the middle of my quest to obtain a full set of Dreadmist gear, Leika called me on the phone and asked if I wanted to go to MC with his guild that night.

Oh boy, did I ever!

Naturally, I agreed and proceeded to stock up on mana potions, the only consumable I really knew about, before logging out to do other things before it started. I don't remember how I spent the time until the raid to be honest - probably played Aoyamamotoko or something - but eventually, it was time...

8:00PM - the summer sun still shone through the basement windows as I logged into Silvite and messaged Leika for an invite. Within seconds, it came - and I found myself in a group with around 30 other people. Other than my random experiences in Alterac Valley, this was the biggest group I'd ever been in. I was pumped up!
Molten Core Entrance

And then it hit me - I had no idea where Molten Core was or how to get there...

Sheepishly, I messaged Leika to ask where I should go. He lol'd (typical) and just told me to wait for a summon. They'd take care of me so long as I followed my healing assignments. This helped me to relax a little, but I was still really anxious to get inside and start fighting those baddies I'd seen before.

How Noobs Get Places...
Eventually, a window popped up: "[Player] wants to summon you." This was it! I clicked 'yes' and was transported to Blackrock Mountain - a place I only recognized from the few UBRS runs I'd done previously. Stoked, I /waved at everyone before watching them gather by some elf in a room. This is where something odd started happening...

One by one, my teammates started disappearing from that small room. I wondered why, but figured it would be best not to say anything for now. Eventually, only a handful of us remained - all in various guilds and looking just as confused. Leika whispered me, asking why I hadn't zoned in...and this is when I noticed where everyone else was - Molten Core.

Confused, I asked him how they'd gotten in - as they'd all simply disappeared from the room. Apparently, all I had to do was talk to the elf guy and he'd teleport me. I sighed, and walked over to the NPC, but all I could do was accept a quest...

"Attunement to the Core"

Attunement to the Core
Leika's response was, as expected, 'ROFL!' In my noobishness, I had never found out that I actually needed to attune for the raid. At this point, the raid leader asked us why we were all still standing outside. Apologizing, I said that I apparently hadn't done the attunement yet, but would get it done as soon as I could, hoping to somehow save my spot.

I, along with the others standing around outside, were told to get attuned first, then kicked from the raid group. So much for my dreams of slaying lava giants...




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I hope you enjoyed the misadventure that was my first attempt at raiding in vanilla. It's one of those experiences that really helped me to grow as a player and one that, while negative at the time, I always look back on fondly now. After being kicked from the group, a few of us unattuned players did make a group and run the attunement quest in BRD, but by the time we actually finished it, the raid was long finished (yeah, we sucked). So I never actually got into MC that night, or ever again, in vanilla.

Luckily, I'll have another chance to do it right from August 27th. And I'm going to cherish every bit of it this time!

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Memories of Vanilla #29 - 60 Goals

Dreadmist Raiment
Hey dudes. Silvite Soltis back today with another Memories of Vanilla post for you!

Last time, I told the story of how I FINALLY hit level 60 in World of Warcraft - grinding zombies and cultists over in the Eastern Plaguelands. And while that was a big milestone for me, it really left me with one burning question:

Now what?

So join me, as I recount the story of how I decided on a goal for my freshly capped shadow priest, as well as some of the adventures that happened as I tried to achieve it! If you like this story, remember to follow my blog for more by adding yourself to my email list below. And, of course, check out my videos over on YouTube, as I put all of this content in a more engaging style over there as well.

But without further ado, let's get right into the story!

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I hit level 60 in the early summer of 2006, basically a full year after I'd started playing the game. However, I quickly noticed that I had no idea what to do. Leika had told me of the dungeons and raids - of Stratholme and Molten Core in particular - so I figured that it would probably be a good idea to run those.
Stratholme

And so, shortly after hitting level 60, I began running the only max-level dungeons I really knew about - Stratholme, Scholomance, and UBRS. Finding groups was pretty easy since everyone always wanted a priest - especially in the dungeons with lots of undead (shackle is OP), but other than "get blues" I didn't really have a goal.

One day, however, this all changed. I don't remember exactly where it was or what I was doing, but I came across a warlock fully decked out in the full tier 0 set - the Dreadmist Raiment. Instantly, I was hooked and convinced myself that I HAD to have it as well. After all, it just looked so...shadow-priesty!
Jandice Barov

So, I chatted with Leika, did some Thottbot searches, and began my long scavenger hunt-like adventure. Along the way, I picked up some great items, like the Starfire Tiara from UBRS and some pieces of the Devout set - you know, the set I SHOULD have been aiming for - but progress was slow.

Eventually, I managed to get a few pieces of the set - gloves, belt, boots, and helm. But I distinctly remember one item constantly eluding me - the shoulders. I must have run Scholomance to farm Jandice Barov at least a dozen times, but each time the shoulders remained out of reach. I was about to give up - after all, the summer was quickly coming to an end and I would be leaving for my year abroad soon, but one day I got a call from Leika saying he was setting up a Scholo group and they needed a healer. I sighed, but agreed to come heal as soon as I got home (I was out at the store with my mom at the time). About 20 minutes later, I was seated at my computer with Silvite in flight up to the Western Plaguelands.

The dungeon was pretty easy to be honest. Since the game had already been out for a while, most of us were pretty well geared (especially Leika), so it didn't take long for us to make it down to Jandice. Our onslaught began, and quickly she fell to our combined might. And there, sparkling on her corpse, I found them - the Dreadmist Mantle.

Needless to say, I got my shoulders...

Dreadmist Mantle


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I hope you enjoyed this short story of my initial goals as a level 60 shadow priest back in the day. Really, I think it's because I had no idea what I was doing that I ended up trying for a completely random set, but it gave my experience that much more meaning. Sure, I wouldn't be able to upgrade them, but to me, it was all about looking badass. And though I never completed the set back in the day (missed out on the robes), it was still a great adventure trying to.

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Take it easy!