Sunday, November 29, 2009

Warlock Talent Guide





Strengths
  • Can summon pets to help fight
  • Creates health stones and soulstones
  • Can summon other players by summoning a summoning stone
  • Can heal itself by draining the health of enemies
  • Capable of causing high amounts of AoE and single target damage
Weaknesses
  • Can only wear cloth
  • Cannot melee well
  • Certain spells require the use of soulshards
Stats To Get
  1. Spellpower
  2. Crit, Spell Hit
  3. Intellect, Stamina
  4. Spirit
Gear to Look For
Since you will be wearing only cloth and you'll only be casting you will be using caster type gear.
Eagle, Elder, Hierophant, Invoker, Owl, Physician, Prophet, Sorcerer

Talent Templates
Most people feel comfortable stacking points into demonology so they can buff their pets like
hunters do. While that is a viable option for grinding, the most fun and efficient way to farm
mobs is through the affliction tree.



Rotation Suggestion
Shadow Bolt, Haunt, Corruption, Unstable Affliction, Curse of Agony, Shadow Bolts until you have to renew DoTs.
Use Lifetap to keep mana full
Use Drain Soul on mobs with low health instead of Shadow Bolt

Major Glyphs to Get
Glyph of Haunt
Glyph of Corruption
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Go through invisible walls


World of Warcraft exploiting on a live server 3.2.2.

I'm being dumb and sharing all my exploits to the public... yes you. I show how to do all my exploits, and I hope you enjoy. Blizzard will probably fix this soon, until then you guys can exploit the hell out these glitches.

The macro I use:

/run if(not scm) then scm = SendChatMessage; end; function SendChatMessage(msg,type,lang,chan) scm("\124cFF00FFCC\124Hitem:19:0:0:0:0:0 :0: \124h" ..msg.. "\124h\124r",type,lang,chan);end;
/say DISCONNECT RISK: TRUE.

Please copy and paste this in your macros. You need this to successfully exploit my glitches.

Special thanks to OotHE, for all his videos! Without him I wouldn't of been able to find these exploits.



World of Warcraft exploring on a live server 3.2.2.:
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Shaman Talent Guide




Strengths
  • Can heal
  • Can melee or caster DPS
  • Can shapeshift into ghost wolf for faster run speed
  • Can walk on water
  • Has Ancestral Recall (second hearthstone basically)
  • Buffs players via totems
Weaknesses
  • Can only wear up to mail armor
  • Totems are easy to destroy
Stats To Get For Healing:
  1. Spellpower
  2. Mana Regen, Intellect
  3. Stamina, Spirit, Crit

Stats To Get For Caster DPS:
  1. Spellpower
  2. Crit, Spell Hit
  3. Intellect, Stamina, Mana Regen
Stats To Get For Melee DPS:
  1. Agility, Hit
  2. Expertise, Intellect
  3. Stamina, Crit
  4. Spellpower (part of melee DPS will be magic attacks)


Gear to Look For
Bandit, Eagle, Elder, Falcon, Hunt, Hierophant, Invoker, Monkey, Owl, Physician, Prophet, Sorcerer

Talent Templates
The talent tree I've chosen as best for grinding is enhancement. You can do it in elemental if you want but I seem to have problems surviving when fighting multiple mobs there or I run out of mana and there's down time. With enhancement you have all kinds of tools that are at your disposal to help with multiple mobs, like ghost wolves, and there's not much down time with Shamanistic Rage.



Rotation Suggestion
Stormstrike, Flame Shock, Lava Lash, Maelstrom Proc or Auto Attack then repeat (don't forget to imbue your weapons with Windfury and Flametongue)

Major Glyphs to Get
Glyph of Lavalash
Glyph of Lightning Shield
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rogue Talent Guide


Strengths
  • Can stealth
  • Can add poisons to weapons
  • Very high melee damage
  • Can escape most battles and circumstances
  • Has the ability to pick lock and pick pocket
Weaknesses
  • Can only wear cloth and leather armor
  • Can't buff other classes
  • Can't heal
  • Limited ranged abilities
Stats To Get
  1. Agility
  2. Hit, Attack Power, Expertise
  3. Crit, Stamina
Gear to Look For
Bandit, Monkey

Talent Templates
What rogue builds are best for anything is a highly controversial topic. I'm not going to tell you
that combat swords is the best farming build, what I am going to tell you is it's what I use to
farm, I like it the best because it seems to have good survivability and allows for you to fight an
enemy toe to toe easier.


Rotation Suggestion
Sinister Strike till full on combo points, then either Slice and Dice if the mob has enough health
left or just Eviscerate. You can also get a head start on combo points by Cheap Shotting out of
stealth.
Major Glyphs to Get
Glyph of Eviscerate
Glyph of Sinister Strike
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Mind controllable mob with no GCD

About:
There's mob's named "Royal Dreadguard" in Under-city that have no global cooldown on their shield bash, so if you mind control them you can use it a massive amount of times in a short span of time using a macro.

Royal Dreadguard

Instructions:
1) make a macro that has /use Shield Bash as many times as it can fit

2) Mind control the Royal Dreadguard

3) spam your macro :>

you should be able to kill any horde in the area with this + it interrupts!

note: you can also get addon's such as SuperMacro to mace macros with almost unlimited length


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Mage Talent Guide



Strengths
  • Powerful AOE abilities
  • Long range damaging abilities
  • Ability to escape enemies
  • Can port self and other players

Weaknesses
  • Can only wear cloth armor
  • Almost no melee capabilities
  • No healing

Stats To Get
  1. Spellpower
  2. Spell Crit, Hit, Intellect
  3. Spirit, Mana Regen, Stamina
Gear to Look For
You will be wearing only cloth and since you only have one role as damage, your gear will not vary except if you need hit to hit higher level mobs.

Here's some gear you can look for:
Eagle, Elder, Hierophant, Invoker, Prophet, Sorcerer, Owl

Talent Templates
The frost tree is the best talent tree to play in for leveling, grinding, and surviving. There are a
ton of escape and damage mitigation talents and you can slow the run speed of enemies.

Rotation Suggestion
Frost Nova, Blink, Blizzard Repeat for AoE'ing or Frostbolt a mob down while kiting it or freezing it in place

Major Glyphs to Get
  • Glyph of Iceblock
  • Glyph of Frost Nova
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Priest Talent Guide


Strengths
  • Can heal and resurrect other players
  • Can DPS
  • Can mind control
  • Can significantly buff other players
Weaknesses
  • Can only wear cloth armor
  • Low hit points
  • Requires quick reflexes to play and heal others
Stats To Get For Healing:
  1. Spellpower
  2. Intellect, Spirit, Mana Regen, Spell Crit
  3. Stamina
Stats To Get For DPS:
  1. Spellpower
  2. Intellect, Spell Hit, Spell Crit
  3. Stamina, Spirit, Mana Regen
Gear to Look For
You will be limited to cloth unfortunately. The good thing is, if you're lower level or farming you
won't really have to change out your healing gear for DPS gear because it will have identical stats
besides hit obviously, but less hit will be needed if you aren't raiding.

Eagle, Elder, Hierophant, Invoker, Physician, Owl, Prophet, Sorcerer

Talent Templates
Shadow is the easiest tree to farm from as a priest. It has the highest damage and good survivability.


Rotation Suggestion
Shadow Word: Pain, Mind Blast, Vampiric Embrace, Vampiric Touch, Mind Flay, Mind Blast

Major Glyphs to Get
Glyph of Shadow
Glyph of Shadow Word: Pain
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Winterveil! Stockup!! (What, already!?)


Another little gold making tip.

Every year Winterveil comes through, and people need small eggs, I'm not sure why, cookies or something.

Here are in, (My Opinion) The best spots to farm them.

Alliance!

Westfall, Anywhere you see a vulture, pull it's head off. And still it's eggs.

Horde!

Outside Silvermoon City, Dragonhawks! Same deal, de-head them and loot the eggs, I'm sure someone could whip up a botting profile for these,

If you're going to do that swing by Curse.com - WoW Addons WAR Addons Gamer Blogs Forums and pick up Lootfilter.
LootFilter - Addons - Curse

Last year I made a killing off this by dominating the AH, I got (over all of Winterveil a total of 2500g~

A note on lootfilter, only allow it to filter bags that don't contain reagents / food, etc.

I made a mistake of not doing this and lost 600 symbol of kings and 100 food and water. -.-

Also if your botting, be sensible.
DON'T get banned.
DO make money.
=)
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

World of Warcraft Fishing Power leveling Guide




Many people quickly overlook fishing as it seems like an add - on that every RPG on the planet throws in to placate genre fans. However, that could not be further from the truth as it is actually a fun and highly profitable profession once you get past the first few early levels. The thing you need to remember though is that Fishing is a long and arduous process that requires a fair amount of patience and attention to detail to master. If you are impatient or looking for more action, Fishing may not be for you. However, if you have maxed out your two primary professions, are patient and are looking for a good secondary profession to occupy your time, fishing may be just the thing for you.

Basic Information
Use the following information as a basis for your decision whether to choose Fishing as a secondary profession. Additional money making tips for this profession are available below as well.

Recommended Profession to Pair With:
    Cooking (materials and gold)


Fishing is a secondary profession, so there are no real “best matches” for it. However, it is a great fit for another solid secondary profession – cooking. Cooking has a multitude of valuable recipes that require fish and if you can catch them yourself, you can save a good deal of gold. Another thing to keep in mind is that there are other professions that use fish for potions and the like – not enough to recommend any of them as specific professions you should choose, but ones that you might decide to add fishing to as a supplement.

Trainers
Apprentice Alliance Trainers (1 - 75)
  • Arnold Leland – Stormwind
  • Astaia – Darnassus Diktynna – Azuremyst Isle
  • Erett – The Exodar
  • Grimnur Stonebrand – Ironforge
  • Harold Riggs – Wetlands
  • Matthew Hooper – Redridge Mountains



Journeyman Alliance Trainers (75 - 150)
  • Arnold Leland - Stormwind
  • Astaia – Darnassus
  • Grimnur Stonebrand - Ironforge
  • Harold Riggs – Wetlands
  • Matthew Hooper – Redridge Mountains
Expert Alliance Trainers (150 - 225)
  • Old Man Heming – Stranglethorn Vale – Purchase “Expert Fishing – The Bass and You”
Artisan Alliance Trainers (225 - 300)
  • Pat Nagle – Dustwallow Marsh – Complete “Pat Nagle, Angler Extreme”
Master Alliance Trainer (300 - 375)
  • Juno Dufrain - Zangarmarsh
Grand Master Alliance Trainers (375 - 450)
  • Old Man Robert – Borean Tundra
  • Byron Welwick – Howling Fjord
  • Marcia Chase - Dalaran
Apprentice Horde Trainers (1 - 75)
  • Armand Cromwell – Undercity
  • Drathen – Silvermoon City
  • Kah Mistrunner – Thunder Bluff
  • Lumak – Orgrimmar
Journeyman Horde Trainers (75 - 150)
  • Armand Cromwell - Undercity
  • Kah Mistrunner – Thunder Bluff
  • Lumak – Orgrimmar
Expert Horde Trainers (150 - 225)
  • Old Man Heming – Stranglethorn Vale – Purchase Expert Fishing – The Bass and You
Artisan Horde Trainers (225 - 300)
  • Pat Nagle – Dustwallow Marsh – Complete “Pat Nagle, Angler Extreme”
Master Horde Trainer (300 - 375)
  • Juno Defrain – Zangarmarsh
Grand Master Horde Trainer (375 - 450)
  • Fishy Ser’ji – Borean Tundra
  • Angelina Soren – Howling Fjord
  • Marcia Chase - Dalaran
The Right Equipment and Getting Started with Gold Making and Fishing
Always make sure you have the best possible fishing rod when you go out to fish. Not only will it ensure you catch better fish, it will help you increase the rate of your fishing skill going up and of catching high level items from the water.



In reality, fishing is a great way to make gold, but only if you find the right locations and farm them properly. Stay away from overcrowding, be sure your rod is good and you have the right skill level, and most of all be persistent if you want to be successful.

After leveling up your skills a little bit, you can start making good amounts of gold by fishing for things like Black and Golden Pearls. These can be found inside of clams that you can easily catch in Feralas and Feathermoon – selling for anywhere between 10 and 30 gold per stack. Additionally, you can pick these up as drops from nearby mobs you might encounter, further increasing your gold making potential.

Another solid fishing location is in Winterspring where you will find a couple of nice secluded high level spots to sit and fish for a while. Always make sure these locations are nice and secluded though to be sure you are not overwhelmed by competition.

Top Catches
These fish are among the best to hunt down and catch as they are more sought after and can make you the most gold:

Deviate Fish: This fish is used in a highly popular cooking dish and can be caught fairly easily in Wailing Caverns in The Barrens. You will usually get these fish at a 20% rate, making it possible to catch about 30 of them an hour. They sell for anywhere between 8 and 15 gold for a stack of 20.

Firefin Snapper: This fish is used by alchemists to make a certain potion for fire resistence. You can find them in many locations including Azshara, the Wetlands, Booty Bay, and Stranglethorn Vale. You can usually catch about 30 an hour and make up to 6 gold per stack off of them.

Stonescale Eels: These are used by alchemists to add extra armor to some of their potions. You can find them in Feralas and you can catch about 30 an hour for a resale rate of about 20 gold per stack.

Oily Blackmouth: The Oily Blackmouth is a great fish to start on at a very early level. You can make up to 4 gold per stack of these as they sell well to alchemists and you can find them in Darkshore, Ratchet, Westfall, and Wetlands. Make sure to grab a Shiny Bauble from Gubber Blump in Auberdine before catching these guys to increase your skill and catch rate.

Furious Crawdad: You can find these in the raised pools of Terrokar – Blackwind Lake, Lake Jorune, and Lake Ere’Noru. For that reason, you need to have a Flying Mount to reach them, but a stack of these guys will get you 40 old and with a 30% drop rate, you can make as much as 80 gold an hour fishing for these. You will need to buff your fishing skill up to about 500 to be this successful though.

Speed Leveling Fishing from 1 - 450
In reality, the concept of speed leveling does not fit well with Fishing. You will rarely, if ever, be able to level up your Fishing skill as quickly as some of the other professions, but that is partially the point of the profession. It is supposed to take a little while. After training as an apprentice Fisher, make sure you have a good fishing pole and a few baubles and buffs. Also, I recommend picking up Cooking as well when you start Fishing. You can use the fish you catch to quickly and easily level up your cooking skill at the same time. Also, buy “Expert Fishing – The Bass and You” from Old Man Heming in Booty Bay as quickly as possible as it is a limited supply item. If you see it, buy it. If you get to Level 150 and don’t have it yet, you don’t want to pay the Auction House premium to pick it up.



Level 1 - 75
To get started, go to the starting areas of either Mulgore (for Horde) or Elwynn Forest (for Alliance) and catch Raw Brilliant Smallfishes and Raw Longjaw Mud Snappers until you reach skill Level 50. It should not take very long to reach Level 50 and you won’t have to move around very much to do it. The best locations for either zone are near the main villages of Bloodhoof village and Goldshire.

After you reach the next level, travel to the main cities of Orgrimmar (for Horde) and Stormwind (for Alliance) and start catching Raw Longjaw Mud Snappers from the city waters. These fish are a little higher level than their zone counterparts and will get you the rest of the way up to Level 75.

Level 75 – 150
The next step is to train your Journeyman Fishing skills with the nearest trainer (there should be one in the main cities you are already in). Now, it is time to head to Hillsbrad Foothills for the longest profession grind you will likely ever get stuck in, the dreaded Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish near Tarren Hill/Southshore. You will be catching these little guys until you reach Level 150 and it will take a while to do, so get used to this zone.

Level 150 - 225
You should already have the book you need to become an Expert in Fishing. Read it or track it down and proceed to travel to Desolace (for Horde) or Arathi Highlands (for Alliance) and start fishing for Raw Mithril Head Trouts. This is another long grind, but there will be a few other things at least to keep you occupied in these zones (for any gathering professions you may have).

Level 225 - 300
When you reach Level 225, you need to complete a string of quest objectives to become an Artisan in Fishing. To get started, visit Nat Pagle in Dustwallow Marsh – you will find him on an island near the cost here, alone and near a sunken ship. Accep this quest and then proceed to travel to the following locations to catch these rare fish:

  • Feralas – Near Camp Mojache (West) – Verdantis River – Ferals Ahi
  • Swamp of Sorrows – East Coast – Misty Reed Strand – Misty Reed Mahi Mahi
  • Desolace – Near Shadowprey Village (South) – Sar’theris Strand – Sar’theris Striker
  • Stranglethorn Vale – Northwest Coast – Savage Coast – Savage Coast Blue Sailfin
After catching all of these, you will be an artisan in fishing and can travel to either The Hinterlands (for Horde) or Tanaris (for either) and start catching Raw Spotted Yellotails and Raw Sunscale Salmon. The best place to look for either faction though is in Tanaris, near Steamwheelde Port. This will get you to skill Level 250.

After reaching skill Level 250, travel to Felwood, near Bloodvenom Falls, and start fishing for Raw Sunscale Salmon until you reach skill Level 260. From here, go to Azshara, near The Bay of Storms, and start fishing for Large Raw Mightfish. This should get you all the way to Level 300 and prepare you to visit Outland and start on the final leg of your leveling.

Level 300 - 375
To start, head to Outland and find Juno Dufrain in Zangarmarsh. Buy “Master Fishing – The Art of Angling” to become a Master in Fishing and then go to Umbrafen Lake in the same zone and start fishing for Spotted Feltails. These will get you to Level 330.



Next, travel to either Serpent Lake or Marshlight Lake and fish for Zangarian Sporefish until you are skill Level 345. After this, you can leave Zangarmarsh and go to Terokkar Forest and start fishing for Golden Darters until you reach skill Level 360.

The final step to reach 375 in fishing will require that you are Level 70 and have a flying mount. In addition, I recommend a series of fishing buffs, such as baubles and upper level rods that will allow you to reach at least Level 475, and probably 500. Fly to Highland Mixed Schools and search for Furious Crawdads (they can be hard to find); fish for these until you reach skill level 375 and you should be set.

Level 375 - 450
Leveling your fishing skill in Northrend is relatively easy because you will have so many buffs at this point – at least a +20 pole and a +100 bauble at all times – that you can pretty much just find a good spot and level up to 450 all in one go.

You will want to find Inland Open Water to pull this off – these are the best spots to get your skill up and can be found in Howling Fjord or Grizzly Hills. If you are Alliance, just fish in Valgarde as it is considered inland and if you are Horde, go to Grizzly Hills. To reach level 450, you need to catch about 650 Bonescale Snappers, 250 Fangtooth Herrings and 250 Glacial Salmon. Make sure to keep all of these as well as you will be using them to level your cookings kill (unless you skip cooking).





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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Paladin Talent Guide


Strengths
  • Can wear plate armor
  • Can heal, tank, and DPS
  • Can use shield
  • Uses auras to buff other players
  • Has abilities to go completely immune to all damage for a period of time
Weaknesses
  • Dependant on mana
  • Limited ranged abilities
  • Lower base hit points than Warriors
Stats To Get For Tanking:
  1. Stamina, Defense
  2. Strength, Agility, Hit, Expertise, Dodge, Parry, Block
  3. Intellect
Stats To Get For Healing:
  1. Spellpower
  2. Intellect, Mana Regen
  3. Stamina
Stats To Get For DPS:
  1. Strength, Crit
  2. Agility, Hit, Expertise, Attack Power
  3. Stamina
Gear to Look For
You'll be wearing plate all the time except when you are healing then it's okay to use any armor you get with good stats. Sometimes you can go down to mail armor if your plate armor slot is bad but it's not recommended.

Here is some gear to look out for:
Bandit, Bear, Beast, Champion, Eagle, Elder, Hierophant, Invoker, Monkey, Owl, Prophet, Sorcerer, Tiger

Talent Templates
Most people use the retribution tree to grind for at least the first 30 levels, but the build template I'm going to give you is for the protection tree. I wouldn't use it till you pick up Judgment of Light at level 30 though. The reason I choose protection for grinding is that you can solo really really hard bosses in this spec or you can AoE grind (pull multiple mobs at a time) and burn them down. The 1on1 DPS is not the greatest but it's manageable, your focus should be to pull multiple mobs always.



Rotation Suggestion
Avenger's Shield, (when you have it), Holy Shield (when you have it), Hammer of Righteousness (when you have it), Consecration, Judgment of Light

Major Glyphs to Get
Glyph of Consecration
Glyph of Hammer of the Righteous
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Hunter Talent Guide


Strengths
  • Can tame pets
  • Long ranged damage
  • Crowd control abilities
  • Run speed enhancing buffs (aspects)
  • Limited down time with pet tanking

Weaknesses
  • Can only wear cloth, leather, and mail armor
  • Can be hard to keep pet alive in certain circumstances
  • Can't melee very well
  • Has to maintain a certain range to maintain ranged damage

Stats To Get For DPS:
  1. Agility
  2. Stamina, Hit
  3. Attack Power, Crit
  4. Intellect


Gear to Look For
For the most part you will avoid all cloth. Leather can be okay but most leather only comes with agility/stamina and no intellect which can be a very helpful stat. For the most part you will stay with mail armor and make sure you have a good DPS ranged weapon. Don't melee with your hunter when possible or people will make fun of you.

Here is some of the green gear you can get if you don't have anything decent:
Monkey, Bandit, Hunt, Falcon

Talent Templates
You will be doing all of your farming in the beast mastery tree. The beast mastery tree allows for your pet to put out a significant amount of damage while holding aggro so you can sit back on auto shoot if you want and go afk.

Stay in beast mastery for all of your beginning points, the focus here is to enhance your pet damage and avoidance so it can tank (this allows for almost no down time because you can heal your pet). Once you get all your points into the beast mastery tree start in marksmanship and begin working on your crit and attack power.



Rotation Suggestion
Pet attack, Arcane Shot, Multi-Shot, Steady Shot, Steady Shot, Arcane Shot, Mutli-Shot (auto shot fires automatically)

Major Glyphs to Get
  • Glyph of Bestial Wrath
  • Glyph of Multi-Shot
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Mountain of Mounts

With a new set of content coming up soon with Cataclysm, there are a lot of people who are seeking a route to knock out the achievements they have not yet had a chance to complete. This includes the likes of Leading the Cavarly and Mountain o’ Mounts. For those interested in getting their achievements knocked out before they reach the end of the content in 3.3, here are a couple of short guides.

Leading the Cavalry

This first achievement requires you to obtain 50 mounts, for which you will receive an Albino Drake as a reward. There are many ways to go about getting 50 mounts, but the easiest route is to get the 32 standard Horde and Alliance mounts – which you should be able to easily obtain if you have high enough reputation with all of the capital cities. Other mounts to snag include:

  • 7 Standard Flying Mounts purchasable in Shadowmoon Valley
  • 5 Cheap Mounts from Argent Tournament
  • 6 PvP Mounts Available with the Marks of Honor

Of course there are plenty of other ways to go about mapping out this list of mounts. You could always go with daily quest and get the Netherwing or Sha’tari Skyguard mounts instead of the PvP options. Another option is farming on Kurenai/Mag’har reputation instead because of how easy it is (though it is a grind).

Mountain O’Mounts
While Leading the Cavalry is an easy enough achievement to snag, the next one up is a chore – with 100 mounts required to get there. That means you’ll need to snag 49 more mounts than what you just got (you’ll get the Albino Drake for free). For those that manage to get all 100 mounts, you’ll receive a Red or Blue Dragonhawk depending on your faction. Here are some tips to help you get those mounts in a relatively decent amount of time.



If your class has its own mounts, you already have an added advantage because you can just land those early and have more than other people.

To start with, you need to go out and start bolstering your reputation with a few select factions. Here is a list of those that you should work on for mount rewards:

    Kirin Tor – The Kirin Tor faction can be built up by equipping a
    Tabard of Kirin Tor and running the instances in WotLK on heroic that reward reputation for that tabard. You will gain between 1000 and 3000 reputation per run through while wearing your tabard.

    Cenarion Expedition – The Cenarion Expedition faction is located mostly in Outland, but also a bit in Borean Tundra. To get what you need, you will need to complete all of the quests provided by these factions in Blade’s Edge, Zangarmarsh, Hellfire Peninsula, and Borean Tundra. Even then, you’ll still need some more reputation, so run the Coilfang Reservoir a few times – you can do this solo in about 20 minutes for 2000 reputation when you turn in the armaments you can loot here.

    Sons of Hodir – It takes 27 days to reach Exalted while doing all of
    the Dailies provided in Storm Peaks every day. Make sure you keep close track and get all of your dailies done each day or this could take even longer.

    Netherwing – The Netherwing Reputation requires that you complete daily quests in Shadowmoon Valley. The full grind is about a month long if you do all the quests every day until you reach Exalted. You should be able to get your Eggs very quickly here as well for a faster boost in speed.

    Sha’tari Skyguard – For this faction, you’ll need to complete
    daily quests in Terokkar Forest and Blade’s Edge mountains for about 5 weeks. You can also gain some extra reputation if you summon Terokk and the minibosses – which rewards a total of 2500 reputation for a half hour of work.

    Mag’har, Kurenai – For these two factions, you’ll need to farm on
    Obsidian Warbeads in Nagrand. The best places to do this are in the Ruins and Warmaul Hill. It can be done in a solid day if you put your mind to it.

    Wyrmrest Accord – Make sure to equip the Wyrmrest Accord tabard and then run 5 man dungeons for 1000 to 3000 Reputation per run through.

    City Factions and Main Faction – Make sure that all of the Horde
    or Alliance factions are at exalted. To do this, you’ll need to complete all of the quests in the starting zones as well as Argent Tournament dailies to get them all up there. You should already have at least two of the five up to Exalted – make sure to get the other three there as well.

    The Oracles – You only need to get to revered with this faction so
    that you can get the Mysterious Egg which will allow you to possible get a mount after 7 days. It takes no extra work and just a few gold to buy, though the chances of getting the mount are relatively random.



Once you’ve gotten all of your reputation up to par, it’s time to spend a few minutes getting the currency in line. It’s going to cost quite a bit to snag all of those mounts as well. Here’s a complete list of cash, tokens, and everything else you’re going to need to pick up your mounts.

  • Cash – You’re going to need at least 50,000 Gold to get everything you need. Start saving.

  • Champion’s Seals – You’ll need around 525 of these puppies. You’re going to get about 5 of these a day (6 after you reach Exalted with all of the Horde/Alliance factions), so this should take 105 days or 3 months if you do it every day.

  • Stone Keeper’s Shards – You need approximately 300 of these to knock this off your list. The max is 40 a week with weekly Wintergrasp quests. Keep in mind that you can get a few extra shards as well if your faction controls Wintergrasp when you run heroics.

  • Emblems of Heroism – You’ll need 200 of these. You can get 2 of these from every daily heroic you run, plus a whole lot of them when you run raids. You can also exchange your Valor and Conquest Emblems for 1 Heroism Emblem each.

  • Marks of Honor – You’ll need a number of Marks of Honor from different battlegrounds. Get 200 for Alterac Valley, 150 for Warsong Gulch, and 150 for Arathi Basin.

  • Halaa Battle and Research Tokens ‐ These tokens can be gotten in Nagrand for a number of different things. You’ll need 170 Battle tokens and 35 research tokens. To get the battle tokens, you can either grind for days in Nagrand or you can get your Warlock friend to kill and resurrect themselves over and over again. For research tokens, you’re going to need to farm a LOT because the drop rate is only 8%. However, you can get a good amount of Oshu’gun Crystal Powder while doing your Kurenai farming for the Warbeads. Make sure to keep it all for this purpose.
Buying the Mounts
Once you’ve gathered all of the tokens, cash, marks, and emblems you need, you should be able to turn them in for 86 mounts. Toss in the free Albino Drake you get for Leading the Cavalry and you will have 87 total. You can also buy a Chopper or Hog from the Auction House for 20,000 gold, getting you to 88. Additionally, if you are a Warlock, Paladin or Tailor, don’t forget to include your special mounts that other classes and professions do not have available to them.

Getting to 100

Once you’ve bought, traded, acquired or looked up all of the mounts you can get, you will still need to get another 5‐12. That means some grinding and achievement completions to get knock out a few random/rare options.

To start with, there are achievements that can reward you with mounts for your efforts. These achievements include:

The Culling of Time – Finish off the Caverns of Time: Stratholme
in 20 minutes and defeat the Infinite Corruptor to get your special mount – a Bronze Drake.

Glory of the Ulduar Raider – Complete all of the rare achievements in Ulduar including the following:

  • Orbit‐uary
  • Iron Dwarf, Medium Rare
  • I Choose You, Steelbreaker
  • Crazy Cat Lady
  • Lose Your Illusion
  • Firefigther
  • One Light in the Darkness
  • Stokin’ the Furnace
  • Heartbreaker
  • Disarmed
  • I Could Say That this Cache Was Rare
  • Knock, Knock, Knock on Wood
  • I Love the Smell of Saronite in the Morning

For the Horde/Alliance – You need to complete all four achievements that involve killing the leaders of the Alliance or Horde. This involves going into
the four opposing faction capital cities and killing their main lore characters. You will usually need a group for this.

The Twilight Zone – Kill Sartharion with 3 Drakes still alive
in 10 man mode. You can get the drake in 25 man mode too, but it’s a bit harder, so there’s no reason for it.

In addition to achievements, you can gain quite a few mounts by looking for random drops in the world. They are random so they can take quite a bit of time to gather, but they are usually relatively easy to snag. Some of the places to look include:

Temple of Ahn’Qiraj Mounts – There are 4 Mounts available in this 40man raid back in the old world. The drop rates are rare, so you are going to want to use a trick to keep them from despawning. Enter the Temple and fight the first four bosses there, but only kill 3 of them. Then, leave the temple and come back in again to kill them again for a chance to get the mounts from them. If you keep doing this, you will eventually get at least some of these mounts.

White Chicken – You can loot the white chicken from Kael’thas in
Magister’s Terrace at a 2% drop rate. It can be soloed by most characters who are geared for end‐game content, but if you cannot solo it, you can still get through with just one other person in tow.

Zul’Gurub Mounts – There are two mounts in Zul’Gurub – the Swift Razzashi Raptor and the Swift Zulian Tiger. You can get the raptor off of Bloodlord Mandokir and the tiger off of High Priest Thekal. You can only try this every 3 days, but if only takes a few minutes and you can continuously try every 3 days until they drop. Most classes can solo these bosses at this point (if you can’t, bring a friend).

Grand Black War Mammoth – You can get this mount off of any of the Vault of Archavon bosses. Go into these fights with as few players as you can get away with and make sure to do all three on both 10 and 25 man each week to get 6 chances to get the drop. It might take two or three weeks to get it, but it’s an easy one to snag.



White Polar Bear – In Storm Peaks, there is a daily quest chain with Brunnhildar that will reward you with a White Polar Bear. There are four daily quests from this NPC that will reward you with Hyldnir Spoils, which may contain the reins for this mount. The four dailies include:

  • Back to the Pit
  • Defending Your Title
  • Maintaining Discipline
  • The Aberrations Must Die

This list is by no means complete. There are still quite a few rare mobs that you can snag throughout the game if you don’t yet have your 100 mounts. Here is a less detailed list of additional mounts that you can hunt for if you’re close but not quite there:

  • Deathcharger’s Reins – 1% Droprate in Stratholme from Baron Rivendare
  • Fiery Warhorse – 0.7% Droprate in Karazhan from Attunmen the Huntsman
  • Raven Lord – 1% Drop Rate in Sethekk Halls (Heroic)
  • Swift White Hawkstrider – 2% Drop Rate from Magister’s Terrace (Heroic)
  • Ashes of Al’ar – 1.7% Drop Rate from Tempest Keep
  • Blue Proto Drake – 1 % Drop Rate from Utgarde Pinnacle (Heroic)
  • Time Lost Proto Drake – 100% Drop Rate from Rare Mob in Storm Peaks (12 Hour Respawn)
  • Mimiron’s Head – 100% Drop Rate from Yogg Saron on 25 man mode with 0 Watchers
  • Brewfest Mounts – Swift Brewfest Ram and the Great Brewfest Kodo drop in blackrock Depths
  • Headless Horseman’s Mount – 0.3% Drop Rate from Scarlet Monastery during Hallow’s End

Good luck getting those mounts and make sure to keep your eyes out. There are always new mounts being added to the game that can help you load up on the necessary number to get this achievement. You never know when you’ll stumble across a rare one to help
push you over the top.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

The New Icecrown Citadel Instances

With the 3.3 patch, a variety of new content is coming to the game in the Icecrown Citadel Instances. There will be four new instances total with the new Raid instance being The Frozen Throne and additional content appearing in the three new 5 man instances. As of the writing of this guide, testing is underway on the 5 man bosses and the raid bosses, so we don’t yet have complete strategies to go over, but soon enough we’ll be able to take a much closer look at these instances and what they mean for players. Here are some details about each instance:

The Frozen Throne
The Frozen Throne will be the newest 10/25 man raiding instance. It consists of three separate wings, then the final battle with the Lich King, completing the storyline that was started with the release of Wrath of the Lich King. You will join forces with HIghlord Tirion Fordring, High Overlord Saurfang, Muradin Bronzebeard, Highlord Darion Mograine, and King Varian Wrynn to fight the Scourge and the Lich King in this instance.


There are 12 total encounters in this instance (see below) and each encounter can be fought on 10 man or 25 man and on normal or heroic difficulty. You can also now toggle between difficulties with ease on the new UI option added in the 3.3 patch. The items in the instance dropping will be ilvl 251 for normal 10 man, ilvl 264 for heroic 10 man and normal 25 man, and ilvl 277 for heroic 25 player mode.






The instance starts with the breach of the fortress, followed by facing down a legion of undead guards in a gauntlet. This first boss is Lord Marrowgar, a fused together construct of other dead bodies. You will then face Supreme Overseer of the Cult of the Damned, lady Deathwhisper. In addition, there will be a fight between Alliance and Horde characters, led by Saurfang and Bronzebeard aboard the Icecrown airships. After this fight, you will enter the three wings of the instance to face off against the Lich King’s minions before you face him.

  • Lord Marrowgar – Bone Guard leader of the Citadel Defenses
  • Lady Deathwhisper – Supreme Overseer of the Cult of the Damned
  • Airship Battle – Battle between Orgrim’s Hammer and the Skybreaker with the use of cannons, rocketpacks, and catapults between the ships.
  • Lich King’s Death Knight Champion – Probably Saurfang Jr.
  • Festergut – Abomination in the Plagueworks Wing
  • Rotface – Abomination in the Plagueworks Wing Professor Putricide – Creator of
    the Abominations in the Citadel.
  • Price Keleseth, Prince Taldaram, and Prince Valanar – All three of the Darkfallen Princes resurrected by San’layn.
  • Queen Lana’thel – Queen of the San’layn Blood Elves.
  • Valithria Dreamwalker – Green Dragon captured by the Scourge for experimentation.
  • Sindragosa – Queen of the Frostwyrms.
  • The Lich King – Arthas himself!

5 Man Instance ‐ Forge of Souls




The first of the three new 5 man instances is the Forge of Souls. This instance exists to provide an epic quest line in which players must weaken the forces of Icecrown Citadel so they can breach the doorway and get in to attack the Lich King thee. Technically, all three instances are part of the same full instance, but they have their own lockout timers and names. However, you will need to defeat them in order to get into the Frozen Throne.

The goal of this instance in particular is to follow Jaina for Alliance forces and Sylvanas for Horde forces as you work your way deep into the citadel to destroy the Soul Grinders located within its walls. You will need to defeat the following bosses:

Bronjahm, the Godfather of Souls– This boss is the watcher of the engines and Soul Grinders in the Forge of Souls. He must be killed before the grinders can be destroyed.

The Devourer of Souls – This is the operator of the engines in this wing and the guardian of the souls that have been stolen by the Lich King.

5 Man Instance – The Pit of Saron


In this wing of the Citadel, the goal is to defeat Scourgelord Tyrannus. You will first need to free allies that have been captured and enslaved by the Scourge. There are three total encounters as you work your way deeper into the instance and toward the Lich King.

Forgemaster Garfrost – the First boss in this instance is Garfrost who is the master of Scourge Weaponry. He has a number of different weapons and methods of attacking and harming you in this area because of the wide array of different attack methods he carries with him.

Krick and Ick – These are two mindless zombies that serve in the Pit of Saron mines. Krick is a leperous gnome and Ick is a beast of burden that Krick rides around.

Scourgelord Tyrannus – The Scourgelord is the target in this instance and has great power of the other mobs in this area. To move on to the third wing, you must kill him first.

5 Man Instance – Halls of Reflection
For this final wing of the instance, you must follow Jaina or Sylvanas to the Frigid Halls where you will recognize Frostmourne waiting for you. Here you will find the Lich King’s private chambers but first you must defeat a pair of captains and fight the Lich King himself.

Falric and Marwyn – The first encounter is with two of Arthas Menethil’s captains from before he died. They will be fought simultaneously but have separate health meters that play off of each other.

The Lich King – This is the first of two encounters against the Lich King. Obviously, you won’t defeat the Lich King here because you run into him again in the raid, but you will probably see a lot of interesting lore as Sylvanas and Jaina confront him at last.

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World of Warcraft Add‐On Guide

Every good World of Warcraft player learns early on to rely on add‐ons – little UI and function changers that add all sorts of goodies to the screen in the game. These add‐ons can make a world of difference when you are competing in PvP, running instances or trying to find rare spawns on the map. They save you a great deal of time and often times patch holes in the UI that Blizzard has not yet gotten around to.

Unfortunately, there seem to be thousands of the things and they all add to your memory consumption and if you’re not careful can slow down how fast you play the game substantially. If you run with add‐ons, you need to be careful that you get good ones that will not over work your game or bog down your screen. It’s important to also keep in mind what the add‐ons are for.

That’s why we’ve put together a short guide to help you recognize when you need add‐ons and how to pick the right ones for your needs.

Leveling Add‐Ons
There are a number of different add‐ons that can help boost your leveling speed if
you know how to properly integrate them into your gameplay style. Here are a few of our favorites that should you keep on at all times:





Cartographer – There are a number of map mod add‐ons, and they each tend to offer similar benefits, but this has been one of our faves for a while. To start with, you can turn on all quest giver markers for an entire map, as well as having it show you which quests they have and what their names are. You will also have the entire map revealed before you start playing, which can help immensely with finding hot spots. You can also view coordinates on the screen, which will allow you to more accurately find the quest locations as marked in Quest Helper (another top choice).

Tom‐Tom – The different GPS add‐ons tend to offer very much the same benefits as Cartographer, but with a few added boosts. First off, you can see map coordinates on your mini‐map, which lets you keep from having to open up your map. Second, you can set waypoints on the map and Tom Tom will provide an in‐game arrow that directs you to your destination, making quest completion a snap.

Quest Helper - Quest Helper is the most popular add‐on for World of Warcraft for a number of reasons. It integrates directly with your quest interface, addons more useful tracking for each quest and tells you exactly what to do for each quest, according to an online database maintained by its users. As a result, you can find just about anything you need for your quests without needing to resort to an expensive in‐game leveling guide.



Altoholic – For those that run multiple characters through the game as alts, this add‐on provides a number of useful tools to help you keep track of them all without needing to log back out and in over and over again to check the stats, gear, or requirements of those characters. Perfect for anyone trying to get their last few Level 80s created.

Gold Making Add‐Ons
Next to leveling, the one other thing that everyone does is farm for gold. And it can be a crapshoot at best if you don’t have a good set of tools to help you realize what you need to be farming, and how to sell it. Here are a couple of the better tools out there to help make your life easier.

Auctioneer or Auctionater – Right now, these two add‐ons are about even in terms of popularity. Once upon a time auctioneer was the top of the pile, but recently Auctionater has added a number additional record and track all of the gathering nodes they run across in a given zone. It works for both Herbalism and Mining and doesn’t need the minimap tracking system, so you can continue to track other items on the map while this add‐on is on. In short, it creates in game routes to make quick runs around a zone when farming for ore or herbs.

Ackis Recipe List – This add‐on will scan all of your trade skill recipes and print a list of the recipes you don’t currently have. Basically, it shows you what you need to farm and how to go about getting those recipes – a very cool add‐on that works for more than just profession skills. Class specific skills like runeforging and poisons are included here as well.



Raiding Add‐Ons
By far, the part of the game that uses the most add‐ons is raiding. I will be honest
with you in saying that the add‐ons recommended here may not be the ones you end up using. If you’re in a guild, you may have a listing of add‐ons that are required by your guild leaders for all players. You may already have an interface that works well for you. Or you may just not like these and have different preferences. However, if you’re getting started in raiding, these are all good places to start to get your account in good order before you start running instances.

Recount – This add‐on provides in‐game graphical damage and healing data for your character. You can easily see all of the data from your raid and share it with whispers and chat by using quick, simple macros. Anyone that deals damage or who heals damage needs to have this add‐on on their account. It is the only way you’ll be able to get accurate numbers about how you are performing and to improve those numbers as you proceed through the game.



Deadly Boss Mods – There are dozens of boss mods in the game, but this is the best by far with a huge following and constant updates for new content. The best part about this mod, beyond its maps and in‐game strategies is the use of raid warnings to tell you when a boss is about to perform a certain attack. Any raiding group that has not worked together before or that is getting used to a new raid will get a great deal of benefit out of this mod.

Omen Threat Meter – Threat is one of the cornerstones of good raiding. If you don’t have a good handle on it, things will get messy very quickly. Blizzard has added a threat meter to the game recently, but honestly – it’s not very good. This add‐on still remains among the best for telling you where threat stands for both the tanks and any DPS and healing characters. You can track the Threat Per Second, compare to the tank and ensure that no one is going to make any serious mistakes when playing the game. This mod has probably saved teams from millions of wipes.

Atlas Loot – Atlas Loot is an addon that allows you to keep track of what loot can drop from mobs in the field, bosses in instances, instances as a whole, world raid bosses, faction rewards, and PvP rewards. Basically, anything you can get by completing tasks in the game is included in this add‐on. It can fit into any of the four categories in this article, but I’ll put it here because it gets used more often than not for a raid loot tracker. One of my favorite aspects of this add‐on is the wishlist. With so much loot in the game, having a list of what I would like to get along with where to go and get it makes it much easier to know what I’ll be doing on any given day when I log into the game.

Healbot – This is a very useful add‐on for healers that have trouble keeping track of all those raid party members who need healing. Combos can be created, macros integrated, and items even tossed into the mix to make healing a much more streamlined action – something that a lot of raid parties should jump at the chance of adding to their mix.

PvP Add‐Ons
Most of the add‐ons in the game are pointed towards PvE content because of all the data you can gather that is definite about those fights. However, in PvP, you may find that there are some instances where the data you would gather from these same add‐ons doesn’t do you much good. Knowing the threat or the healing order in a 5v5 match is meaningless because the other side isn’t affected by these things. There are some ways to boost your performance in PvP though with good add‐ons. Here are some of the better ones:

PitBull – This is a unit frames addon that does just about everything you could need it to. It allows you to customize every single aspect of your unit frames and is highly customizable to allow for just about any different options you need. This is a great add‐on for almost any team combat events, not just PvP.



Bartender4 – Action bars in World of Warcraft are okay, but they can use an upgrade, especially when you’re talking about high speed interactive PvP combat. This add‐on will replace your default action bars with much more efficient, high speed options. You can set up as many as you want, add other information such as bag bars, pet bars, and XP/Reputation bars, change their size and shape and move them around however you like. Basically, whatever you want your screen to look like, Bartender4 will accommodate.

As you can see, there are a number of top notch, high quality add‐ons out there, but they need to be carefully matched to your game needs. It’s okay to install them all, just remember to go into the interface options before you login to your character and turn off all the add‐ons you don’t need. This will allow you to switch seamlessly between which add‐ons are on or off when you turn the game on. You’ll run faster and get the benefits of them at the same time.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Druid Talent Guide

The druid is a shapeshifting hybrid class, and is also one of the most versatile classes in the game. As with every other hybrid, druids need to specialize to be effective in any role. Due to their need to shapeshift to fulfill roles, they can only perform one role at a time. Druids must switch between the different shapes in order to adapt to situations as they come.

Strengths
  • Can heal, tank, or DPS
  • Can buff other players
  • Ability to go into stealth and shapeshift
  • Has aquatic form that allows for faster swimming and no breathe

Weaknesses
  • Can only wear cloth and leather armor
  • Shapeshifted forms are not as powerful as their counterparts
  • Limited race selection

Stats To Get For Cat Form (melee DPS)
  1. Agility
  2. Hit, Crit, Attack Power
  3. Stamina

Stats To Get For Healing (tree form)
  1. Spellpower
  2. Intellect, Spirit, Mana Regen
  3. Stamina

Stats To Get For Tanking (bear form)
  1. Stamina
  2. Dodge/Agility/Defense
  3. Hit/Expertise

Stats To Get For Caster DPS (moonkin form)
  1. Spellpower
  2. Spell Hit
  3. Spell Crit, Intellect
  4. Stamina
Gear to Look For
As a druid you will be limited to cloth and leather armor. If you are going to be tanking or doing melee DPS you will want to stick primarily to leather armor but if you are going to be doing DPS as a caster or healing then cloth is perfectly acceptable. Here are the different items that can benefit druids (it's a lot depending on your role, match up the stats to get with what you're doing
to the gear below).

Bandit, Eagle, Elder, Hierophant, Invoker, Monkey, Owl, Prophet, Sorcerer, Whale

Talent Templates
This is an example base build of the best form I think for grinding (cat form, melee DPS). You can basically stay in the feral tree until you get the talents I recommend, once you have all 55, it's probably best to start into the restoration tree unless you really feel you're missing something in feral.



Rotation Suggestion
Mangle, Rake until desired combo points reached, then Ferocious Bite or Rip depending on how many hit points mob has left.

Major Glyphs to Get
Glyph of Mangle
Glyph of Rip
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Death Knight Talent Guide

Death Knights are new classes that were introduced in Wrath of the Lich King. They operate a bit differently than the classic mana, energy, and rage bars that we are used to seeing. They have their own system of runes to generate runic power which kind of works like rage so if you've played a Warrior before you already have a head start in knowing how to play a Death Knight.

A Death Knight gets 6 runes total, 2 blood, 2 frost, and 2 unholy, prior to talent modification. The Death Knight's special attacks will use 1 or more runes in different combinations and once a rune is used it goes on a small cool down before it can be used again.

While you are using these abilities you generate runic power which is also a requirement for some of the other Death Knight abilities.

Strengths
  • Can wear any armor
  • Can tank or DPS
  • Ability to solo and grind exceptionally well
  • Very good in PvP
  • Can buff other members while grouped
  • Starts at level 55 (must have a character higher than 55 to create one)
  • Free mount and gear
Weaknesses
  • Cannot wear shields
  • Relies on active abilities to tank
  • Can be hard to play


Stats To Get For DPS
  1. Strength
  2. Hit Rating
  3. Crit
  4. Stamina
Stats To Get For Tanking
  1. Stamina
  2. Defense
  3. Strength/Hit/Expertise

Gear to Look For
The gear you will be after is going to be all plate armor if possible. Make sure you have high DPS weapons, stats on weapons aren't as important as the DPS, they aren't useless but don't take an incredibly lower DPS weapon because it has better stats unless it makes sense to do so. Your stat selection should be based on what role you are trying to fill, DPS or tanking.

Here are some of the green items that have random enchantments you can look for in the Auction House.

Bear, Beast, Champion, Soldier, and Tiger

Talent Templates
This is an example of a build you will want to use while farming or grinding. If you have more talent points to spend you can most definitely put almost all of them in the blood tree.

What you are looking for in the blood tree is anything that keeps you healed, helps you survive, or increases your damage.



Rotation Suggestion
Plague Strike, Icy Touch, Heart Strike, Heart Strike, Obliterate

Major Glyphs to Get
Glyph of Deathstrike
Glyph of Vampiric Blood
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