Thursday, July 5, 2007

More Linkage

So Doom's rogue blog is going great guns. Kelmar's PvP warrior blog is being updated with gankings daily. "We want more!" we hear you scream, "Gimme, gimme, gimme!". Well, we hear you and d@mn if we aren't gonna come through.

Shadow Priests, you want a place to play footsie with the Diet Coke of Evil? She's open for business at Shadow FTW.

Protection Warriors, don't feel left out. We know there hasn't been a place to hang your shield yet, but Brigin is correcting that situation with The Positive Warrior.

We are trying like crazy to get a guest post from our former MC-Raid Leaderette, but we aren't getting anywhere very quickly with this project.

And in case you missed it, BRK on WoW Insider was published on Wednesday.

Edit: We should note that our friends are not Bloggers like BRK is a Blogger. They are just venturing into this medium for fun and personal enjoyment, i.e. they aren't Nuts-Like-Us.

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Both Make Us a Bit Queezy

You know that Joey Chestnut broke the world's record for eating hot dogs this 4th of July, correct? 66 in twelve minutes. That's right, 66 hotdogs and buns. We get the same stomach rumblings thinking about that as we do reading that Gweryc made 70. Grats Gweryc, but d@mn.

Their accomplishments are impressive, but don't you feel just a little bit distressed reading about them? We do.

Edit: You want proof of alien life? This dude can drink a gallon of milk in 41 seconds and keep it down. OMG, do NOT read his wikipedia entry. We're totally verklempt and basically done for the day.

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We Want His Gear, We'll Make Do With His Story

"I raided Pre-BC content as Marksman, then with all the patch changes and BC, from 60-70 I was Beastmaster. I ... then switched to a 21/40 Survival spec for Expose Weakness. Finally I've switched to BM again.

"When I started raiding [after hitting 70], I went back to Marksman as that was what I knew when I was raiding before; as the old adage goes, "go with what you know." Well my DPS was very mediocre and I was in the top 10 every now and again. So I went for a change.

"One of the officers in my guild is a fellow hunter who is quite the Survival buff and absolutely loves it, so I thought I would give it a try. I loved it as [my build gave] me quite a bit of versatility and buffs to the raid as a whole with IHM and Expose Weakness. My DPS went up a whole lot but it just didnt feel right to me. The whole attraction for me when I decided to play a hunter ... was the fact you got to run around with a pet you tamed and trained yourself.

"Well I decided to go back to BM as it's great for PVE and PVP. I can say I'm sorry I didn't stick with it from the beginning! My personal DPS probably has never been higher. In raids I usually end up in the melee-DPS stacked group. I end up with two rogues, enhancement shaman and a DPS-warrior or feral druid. Now this sounds like a terrible group for a hunter, but I can assure you the totems from the shaman, LotP from druids and the BS from the warrior plus pally buffs are absolutely heavenly for a BM hunters pet. And if it's good for the pet, it's good for the hunter. Dont forget now the buffs from totems, LotP and pallies are put on the hunter as well and then get scaled to the pet again! Also, I can tell you [they all] love, and I mean love, Ferocious Inspiration.

"Raiding is what I've come to love in this game. Coordination and execution with like-minded people coming together in a blend of steam-rolling death for trash and bosses alike in instances is a beautiful site to behold. Now raiding as a BM hunter is no easy feat. You have to know when to send in your pet and when not to send in your pet. If you send in your pet at the wrong moment you can get him killed and there goes a nice chunk of your DPS and a nice buff for your party.

"Timing is key for a BM hunter. MM and Survival you can just sit back and spam Steady and Arcane. BM hunters need to know when to utilize their pet effectively ... in a raid situation. BM hunters can be risky because if one loses one's pet, [one becomes] less effective than your standard MM or your raid buffing Survival hunter.

"Thanks for letting me run on about my raiding BM experience. Kellindil"

We love getting your letters! If you want to be like Kellindil and get your name slapped up here, send us something and it just might get published.

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Weapon Question

"Would it be worth spending the money on the Gyro-Balanced Khorium Rifle as opposed to the Grand Marshall x-bow I currently use or would it be a waste? Xaelia & Whisper"

Let's take a look at our contestents:

Gyro-Balanced Khorium Destroyer
138-275 Damage Speed 2.80
(75.5 damage per second)
+27 Stamina
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +3 Stamina

Mats:1 Primal Nether, 20 Khorium Bars, 12 Primal Fire, 12 Primal Air, 1 Hardened Adamantite tube, 4 Fel Steel Stabilizers

Grand Marshall Crossbow
170-225 Damage Speed 3.20
(66.4 damage per second)
+12 Stamina
Equip: Improves critical strike rating by 9
Equip: Improves your resilience rating by 9
Equip: Increases ranged attack power by 22

The question asked is really one of personal preference. If you loathe spending money, the GBKD is not going to be your cup of tea, and there are other 75DPS ranged weapons out there that aren't impossible to get.

You can get the Veteran's Musket by reaching exalted with Honor Hold and it's no slouch:

Veteran's Musket
139-259 Damage Speed 2.70
(73.7 damage per second)
+12 Agility
Equip: Impoves hit rating by 11
Equip: Increases attack power by 22.

There's also the Steelhawk Crossbow that drops from Attumen:

Steelhawk Crossbow
155-288 Damage Speed 2.80
(79.1 damage per second)
Equip: Improces hit rating by 16
Equip: Increases attack power by 30

If you are an engineer or don't mind spending money, the GBKD is a very nice upgrade. If you only run 5-man instances, the Veteran's Musket is attainable. If you can run Kara, you'll have a chance for the Steelhawk Crossbow once per week.

Is the GBKD an upgrade to the GMXbow? Yes. Is it worth the money? That's up to you and your personal playstyle.

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