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Specializing and You!

November 3, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

Why should you specialize?

Because you don’t have time to do everything! I could end the article here, but you might be disappointed.  Specializing in WoW is quite possibly the only chance a “casual” player has at accomplishing anything other than some Halloween candy and maybe holiday fruity cake. The point is there are two main ways to go here, three if you enjoy wreeking havoc on the in game economy.  However, I intend on briefly discussing PVP and PVE here and then will later write guides to help all the students, married to someone who doesn’t play wow, works five jobs, and has twenty-seven kids person(small exaggeration).


Player vs Player, Pwnzor vs Pwnzee, Nub vs n00b, call it what you will, but it is all we gamers have in the way of excising some sort of force and power over another person. In WoW PvP comes in the form of Battlegrounds, World PvP(ganking until WOTLK), and the amazing Arena.  The beautiful thing about BG’s and Arena is that each helps the other.  A player needs gear from both, experience from both, and bragging rights from both so play both.  The PvP forums will become your closest ally other than maybe your fellow teammate or energy drink.  After memorizing every forum post about your preferred class, a player must practice!

Practicing is where every PvPer casual or hardcore gets his edge and his ability to pwn nubs. However, it’s never enough to just play and play and play, a player must learn, observe, and understand why they lose a match and even why they win matches.  It’s true a person may lose since their gear is lame and Mr and Mrs Season 4 just slapped the *#%! out of them, but most of the time it’s because they had no idea what to do against the combo they faced and just assume it was a fluke or the other classes are OP.  ….STOP….BREATHE….Start recording your games, start doing Arena and BG’s when you would normally waste time playing on the AH.  Lastly unless some other portion of the game is requires your attention PRACTICE! You are a casual gamer and an hour to you is a month to the hardcore.


Player vs Environment, or Player vs WORLD, OK I don’t have fun titles for this, but just the same READ THE FORUMS! Yet again gear from PvE is made for PvE, so if a player wants to raid then raid.  No One logged into to BC one day and went to Black Temple with level 70 greens and lived. Blizzard has made phenomenal improvements on game progression.  Please do 5-Mans, Then Heroics, Then 10′s and then the 25 MAN RAID! Oddly enough they increase in difficulty as the gear gets better.

Final Note

In case you didn’t notice the same steps apply on each area, practice, do the events/games, and read the forums.  However, you may have not noticed the part where I discussed wasting your time and gold on Epics in the AH, reading about nerfs and who is OP, jumping around IF or UC spamming trade chat, or even trying to be amazing at everything.  THATS BECAUSE I DIDN”T MENTION IT SO DON’T DO IT!

Thank You

Bill Tripod(aka Kohrin 70 Warrior-Uther)

WoW Gold Making Strategy #3 – Changing Markets and WotLK Speculation

September 2, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

gold making tipsFor those of you who have been up with all of wrath of the lich king changes then you may already be up on this, but if not you should be! The expansion is right around the corner, and with it is coming a complete overhaul of the World of Warcraft economy. Bringing with it massive changes, market shifts and new product niches.

The only question…will you change with it? or go the way of the dodo?

In my most recent installment of my newest feature here on ZugGaming I detail a bit about some of these changes and how you can prepare yourself for the expansion. Take a quick look at the video below and get yourself prepared for the biggest gold making bonanza in WoW history!

Aldor vs. Scryer Comparison Guide

June 30, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

aldor vs. scryer reputation guideOne of the first major decisions you’ll have to make after entering the Outlands is your choice of the Aldor or Scryer faction. The various items, enchantments, quests, and other rewards will play a huge factor in your choice. And believe me, it’s important you choose correctly the first time.

So let’s get right down to it. There are many rewards available from each faction, for this comparison I am going to detail all of the big hitters from each faction.

Aldor Shoulder Enchants:
Greater Inscription of Warding
Greater Inscription of Vengeance
Greater Inscription of Faith
Greater Inscription of Discipline

Scryer Shoulder Enchants:
Greater Inscription of the Blade
Greater Inscription of the Knight
Greater Inscription of the Oracle
Greater Inscription of the Orb

Now, statistically speaking the shoulder enchants provide the same benefit. For this one it really comes down to personal preference. In all honesty I think most players make a much bigger deal about the shoulder enchant differences than can really be made.

Shattered Sun Offensive Rewards:
Shattered Sun Pendant of Acumen
Shattered Sun Pendant of Might
Shattered Sun Pendant of Resolve
Shattered Sun Pendant of Restoration

While all of these necklaces are better than many blue rewards, the big hitters are for healers, specifically aldor. The proc on restoration neck provides a direct heal on your current target for just over 600…good, yes, but for aldor it gives a +220 healing buff for 10 seconds. From a PvE perspective this is simply amazing, and I’d argue it’s the best neck outside of Sunwell loot.

If you’re a healer this neck is reason enough to choose Aldor, and generally speaking the Aldor procs are superior to the Scryers. As all of the aldor procs provide buffs (the scyrer provide instant procs), meaning the aldor procs scale much better with gear.

Scryer Tailoring Pattern Rewards:
Mystical Spellthread
Runic Spellthread

Aldor Tailoring Pattern Rewards:
Silver Spellthread
Golden Spellthread

This may or may not be a deal breaker for you. As aldor you’ve got the better healing leg enchants, as scryer you’ve got the superior damage. Once again, I wouldn’t determine your reputation choice based on tailoring patterns alone, but they will play a factor in your decision.

Aldor vs. Scryer Reputation Rewards Comparison:
Obviously I haven’t listed off every single item available from each of these respective factions. The above items I have listed are the ones that I consider to the biggest factors in your decision. While many of the other rewards and items will have short term influence on your decision the above items will be long lasting.

If you’re looking for additional information on the items available from each reputation or how to most efficiently level each faction check out these other helpful guides.

Scryer Reputation Guide
Aldor Reputation Guide

Aldor Reputation Guide

June 21, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

aldor reputation guideThe aldor is the second of the main factions you’ll encounter in the Burning Crusade. But, as I mentioned in my Scryer reputation guide, you can only choose one of these.

How do I choose Aldor?
To choose the aldor as your faction you’ll have to first complete the Shattrath City introduction quest. Once you’ve had the grand tour of the place simply talk to Khadgar, he will allow you to choose either the scryers or aldor at this point.

Make sure you don’t choose the wrong one because it is incredibly difficult, time consuming, and expensive to change your reputation later.

How do you gain reputation with the Aldor?
Gaining reputation with the aldor is fairly straight forward. You have a few basic avenues to increase your reputation. The first one you’ll encounter is obviously questing.

There are aldor quests located in nearly every zone after you first make it to Shattrath City. I’m not going to list all of them out, but generally speaking keep an eye out for any NPC quest givers that have an “Aldor” tag under their name, or are Draenie.aldor reputation guide

Farming Mark of Kil’Jaeden
The first place you can farm for your reputation is in Terokkar forest. You’ll be seeking out Mark of Kil’Jaeden. These items drop off nearly all of the Cabal soldiers located in central Terokkar forest.

Farming Mark of Sargeras
This will be one of your primary avenues for gaining reputation. Mark of Sargeras drop off mobs over level 67 and are generally located in Shadowmoon Valley, Netherstorm, and some 5-man instances.

The mobs they drop off of are easy to kill, but you’ll want to be at least level 67 before attempting to venture to the zones where they are located. Generally speaking any mob classified as a “demon” will drop these marks.

Farming Fel Armaments
Finally, the last method of gaining reputation is through fel armaments. Quite honestly, this is your best bet for gaining reputation. Not only do you gain the most reputation (350 per), but you will also receive a holy dust

farming fel armamentsYou can use this dust to purchase the aldor shoulder enchants. Since you’ll probably be changing your shoulder from time to time you’ll always need new enchants. So it’s best if you can purchase or farm enough fel armaments to not only gain reputation, but also to plan for your future shoulders.

To the left you ca see my favorite place to farm for fel armaments
Note: All of the above reputation items are turned in on the Aldor’s tier in Shattrath City

Aldor Shoulder Enchant Rewards
Inscription of Warding – Requires Honored & Holy Dustx2
Inscription of Vengeance – Requires Honored & Holy Dustx2
Inscription of Faith – Requires Honored & Holy Dustx2
Inscription of Discipline – Requires Honored & Holy Dustx2

Greater Inscription of Warding – Requires Exalted & Holy Dustx8
Greater Inscription of Vengeance – Requires Exalted & Holy Dustx8
Greater Inscription of Faith – Requires Exalted & Holy Dustx8
Greater Inscription of Discipline – Requires Exalted & Holy Dustx8

Aldor Item Rewards
Anchorite’s Robes – Requires Honored
Vindicator’s Hauberk – Requires Revered
Lightwarden’s Band – Requires Revered
Auchenai Staff – Requires Revered
Medallion of the Lightbearer – Requires Exalted
Vindicator’s Brand – Requires Exalted
Aldor Tabard – Requires Exalted

Aldor Blacksmithing Plans Rewards
Flamebane Bracers – Requires Friendly
Flamebane Gloves – Requires Honored
Flamebane Breastplate – Requires Revered
Flamebane Helm – Required Exalted

Aldor Jewelcrafting Design Rewards
Gleaming Golden Draenite – Requires Friendly
Royal Shadow Draenite – Requires Honored
Pendant of Shadow’s End – Requires Exalted

Aldor Leatherworking Pattern Reawrds
Blastguard Belt – Requires Honored
Flamescale Belt – Requires Honored
Blastguard Boost – Requires Revered
Flamescale Boots – Requires Revered
Vindicator’s Armor Kit – Requires Revered
Blastguard Pants – Requires Exalted
Flamescale Leggings – Requires Exalted

Aldor Tailoring Pattern Rewards
Flameheart Bracers – Requires Friendly
Flameheart Gloves – Requires Honored
Silver Spellthread – Requires Honored
Flameheart Vest – Requires Exalted
Golden Spellthread – Requires Exalted

Scryer Reputation Guide

June 21, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

The scryers are one of two main factions in the Burning Crusade (the other is aldor; aldor reputation guide). Both of these factionsscryers reputation provide great rewards, but as they are at war with each other you can only pick one.

As you gain reputation with the scryers your reputation will go down with the aldor, and vice versa.

How do I choose Scryers?
First things first, you must choose between the aldor and scryers. You do this by talking to Khadgar after you’ve done the Shattrath City intro walk through quest. You can find him in the middle of Shattrath city.

How do you gain reputation with the Scryers?
There are several ways. The most straight forward is by simply doing quests for NPC’s of the Scryer’s faction. These are located throughout the world, and generally speaking they all give loads of experience.

Once you’ve chosen the Scryer faction you can get quests from the Scryer’s tier in shattrath city, and at other scryer outposts in Netherstorm and Shadowmoon Valley.

Initially you’ll be turning in firewing signets. These drop from all of the mobs in Firewing point, located along the eastern edge of Terrokar forest.

scryer reputation farming Once you are honored you can no longer turn in firewing signets, but now you’ll be turning in sunfury signets. Generally speaking, you’ll want to be level 68+ before attempting to farm these. They drop off higher levels monsters in Netherstorm and Shadowmoon valley, so it’s a real pain if you aren’t high enough.

In addition to sunfury signets, you’ll also want to be turning in your arcane tomes

In addition to reputation, you will also get an arcane rune for turning in the tome. This will be used to get the shoulder enchants from the scryers reputation vendor.

Speaking of rewards…let’s move on to the good stuff!

Scryers Item Rewards
Gauntlets of the Chosen – Requires Revered
Seer’s Cane – Requires Revered
Scryer’s Bloodgem – Requires Revered
Seer’s Signet – Requires Exalted
Retainer’s Blade – Requires Exaulted
Scryers Tabard – Requires Exalted

Scryers Shoulder Enchants
One of the main rewards from the scryers faction is the shoulder enchants. There are 2 levels of shoulder enchants, one of honored and one for exalted. In addition to the reputation you must also have arcane runes to purchase the enchants.

Honored & 2x Arcane Runescryers items
Inscription of the Blade
Inscription of the Knight
Inscription of the Oracle
Inscription of the Orb

Exalted & 8x Arcane Rune
Greater Inscription of the Blade
Greater Inscription of the Knight
Greater Inscription of the Oracle
Greater Inscription of the Orb

Scryers Alchemy Recipe Rewards
Recipe: Elixir of Major Firepower – Requires Revered

Scryers Blacksmithing Recipe Rewards
Enchanted Adamantite Belt – Requires Friendly
Enchanted Adamantite Boots – Requires Honored
Enchanted Adamantite Breastplate – Requires Revered
Enchanted Adamantite Leggings – Requires Exalted

Scryers Jewelcrafting Recipe Rewards
Runed Blood Garnet – Requires Friendly
Dazzling Deep Peridot – Requires Honored
Pendant of Withering – Requires Exalted

Scryers Leatherworking Recipe Rewards
Enchanted Clefthoof Boots – Requires Honored
Enchanted Felscale Gloves – Requires Honored
Enchanted Clefthoof Gloves – Requires Revered
Enchanted Felscale Boots – Requires Revered
Magister’s Armor Kit – Required Revered
Enchanted Clefthoof Leggings – Requires Exalted
Enchanted Felscale Leggings – Requires Exalted

Scryers Tailoring Pattern Rewards
Mystical Spellthread – Requires Honored
Runic Spellthread – Requires Exalted

Rogue / Priest 2v2 Arena Guide (Compiled)

June 21, 2008 by · 24 Comments 

rogue priest arena strategyIf you’re looking for rogue / disc priest strategy then you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find a complete listing of all of the essential resources you should check out to take your arena team to the next level!

Rogue / Priest Arena Strategies
Rogue / Priest 2v2 Arena Strategy (includes all team vs. team strategies)
Rogue / Priest 2v2 Arena Video (video of myself and my 2s partner, Engage, playing in the 2300 bracket, article includes link to video as well as contextual commentary)

Rogue / Priest Specific Strategies
Druid / Hunter
Druid / Warlock
Druid / Warrior
Druid / Rogue
Mage / Rogue
Mage / Warlock
Paladin / Warlock
Paladin / Warrior
Priest / Rogue
Priest / Warlock
Shadow Priest / Rogue
Shadow Priest / Warlock
Shaman / Warrior
Warlock / Rogue

Rogue / Priest Arena Talent Specs
rogue arena talent specs
priest arena talent specs
Arena Builds Choosing the Right Spec (generic guide)

Rogue / Priest Arena Macros
Rogue Macros Guide
Rogue Focus Macros
Priest Macros Coming Soon!

Individual Forum Questions Answered
Discipline Priest Arena Strategy

Arena Enchants
Rogue Arena Enchant Guide

Arena Gems
Rogue Arena Gem Guide

Arena Gear
Coming Soon!

PvE Boss Strategy and Etiquette

June 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey guys i would like to talk about Etiquette and knowing what to do in PVE…especially Karazhan.

1. Research Bosses and Encounters
There nothing more annoying then someone who’s knew to a particular instance such as Karazhan going and doing everything wrong. Now i can use one such example as “Shade of Aran”, he has a variety of ability’s that can turn an awesome fight into a bloodbath.

Researching bosses is vital in pve, not knowing what to do when example Shade of Aran uses Flame Wreath or Arcane explosion can cause your group to fail miserably and leave them with a nasty repair bill. Make sure you know what to do… also if the leader is talking to you and telling you what to do talk back; there is nothing more annoying then telling someone a whole 5 minutes of information when they just run out and die again. This leads me to the point of feedback, when a leader tells you that this boss does this recap what he says e.g. “Shade of Aran will use Flame Wreath when this happens DON’T MOVE”… respond to this by saying “Ok i wont move when he uses Flame Wreath”, it just makes the leaders life easier knowing that you know what to do.

2. Loot Etiquette
There isn’t anything more frustrating then doing a 3 hour raid and then someone out rolling you on a piece of gear, with this comes etiquette. If a player that has green bracer’s rolls on a epic bracer’s and you do to but your bracer’s are far better then him “Pass” if you win the roll and let him take them, they are a far bigger upgrade to him then to you, not only will this earn you respect with that fellow player but it will also maximize your raids efficiency.
“Main set before off set” this is a neat little rule to describe before you enter the heart of an instance, it saves time and trouble over certain loots. Only if that peice of gear is better then yours and you need them the most, and it is for your main set then yes, you can have a fair chance on rolling for that epic, but it is really annoying to fellow players that a “Enhance shammy” gets those awesome healing legs off “X” boss when there is a “Resto Shammy” that needs them. If there is no one in the raid that needs them for their main set then its anyones chance to grab an offset piece, but please if you are rolling for that certain offpiece be sure that you will actually use it in future.
“Cloth,Leather,Mail,Plate” all of these different types of amour are made for different classes, if a epic leather piece of gear drops it should be automatically made that first priority is given to Druids and Rogues, if no one can use that or no one in the leather class needs them, then the next priority should be Shamans and Hunters and so on up to warriors and pallies.
“Congratulations” a simple “Congratz” or “Gratz” can be quite effective by earning another players respect, using this phrase after someone in your party/raid receives a piece of loot is a nice way of saying “good on you”. Also if you are out rolled by someone on a certain peice of gear that you both need don’t rage and start shouting about how you’ve been trying to get that for “X” amount of time, simply say “Gratz” and move on, there is many more chances in later instances/raids that you will get that piece.

3. The Blame Game
No one likes being blamed wrongly, or even blamed at all for an incident that has happened, it shows your bad side if you instantly start blaming someone for that certain “pull” or “wipe”. If you see that someone has accidentally pulled an “extra mob” or died during a “boss encounter” do not scream at them about how they “Epic Fail”, simply show your kind side and offer them tips for next time on what to do to minimize the risk of it happening again.
If you know you caused your party/raid to wipe own up, don’t stand there like a stunned mullet and keep defending that it wasn’t you and it was someone else, simply say “Sorry that was my fault for that then” or “It was my fault it won’t happen again”, many times this will work and instead of being kicked from the party for having a big argument on who’s fault it was they will recognize that you owned up for it and they will try again. This has worked many times during my “Oops i pulled Curator, omg aggro radius” times or my “What??? I pulled threat off tank”, just generally being nice in raids will help you achieve more and have more fun, it will also speed up the time your party/raid completes the instance/raid.

4. The End
When a party/raid has finished, dont just leave vent and quit party, say “Thankyou for the Run” and then leave once you have said your goodbyes. In many other cases you might want to talk to the raid leader and organise a second party/raid or organise for the next weeks party/raid, this is an easy way to make friends and have guaranteed spots for party’s/raids.

Hopefully this guide has helped you a bit with common everyday WoW play.

Strategy courtesy of Electrocow

Arena Gear and Equipment

June 21, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Hey guys, this is my first addition to Zuggaming and i hope to add more. So lets start with your welfare epics!

Many people may be abused by other apparent “Leet” players about having these welfare epics (gladiators and soon to be Merciless), but i think they are just scared we might beat em!

So with that out of the way i have 5 easy steps to get geared.

1. PvE Gear
When you first hit 70 you should have a few blues and mostly greens, now you may think that this is not the best in the world, but don’t stress. Your current gear should be good enough to enter a few Pug Karazhan raids if your lucky. Many drops in Karazhan can easily upgrade your gear tremendously, even if your gear does not have the “Resilience” or “Stamina” that you may want it doesn’t hurt to have epics to replace your greens and blues. Try to set aside a day each week to pve (such as Karazhan or Daily Heroics).

2. Badge Items and Gear
Don’t waste your badges on nether vortexes or epic gems, even though this can significantly boost your stock of cash it is not worth it. Many trinkets and offhands such as relics,totems and idols cost a few badges and can be a significant upgrade. These trinkets are essential in pve and in many cases pvp. A usual set up of a pvp/arena geared player is that they will carry “Medallion of the Horde” and a Badge Trinket. To achieve these badges you can easily reach around 25 – 30 badges a week just by doing a full karazhan run and the daily heroic.

3. Save, Save, Save!
Since 2.4 hit your pvp marks can now be turned in for honor (1 of each mark = 314 honor). Even though this may sound like a good thing don’t become a slave to the temptation of wasting all your marks, it becomes very frustrating in future knowing you have the honour but you need to grind bg’s all day just to get the marks for that required item. Usually the marks even out anyway, the amount of time needed to grind the marks for your item will usually make up for the honor you need for that item, so unless your mailbox is exploding with 100′s of marks try to resist the temptation of turning in your marks for honor.

4. Arena Points and Gear
Many people in World of Warcraft do not like arena’s, in many cases i can recall myself residing pve and bg’s over constant arena games, but Arena is your friend!! Try to at least get 10 games a week with a friend, even if your team is a 1300 rating 2v2 team it still adds up. If you see that you can nearly afford those S3/soon to be S4 gloves you have always wanted and yet you do not have your Gladiator/soon to be merciless gloves, don’t waste your honor; take time to think and ask yourself is it really worth spending 11250 honor on these gloves when i will soon be replacing them? This allows you to be more efficient with your honor and allows you to gain gear faster!

and finally on to my last point..

5. Read Forums (and!) and Learn Your Class
Simply flicking through forums can have a major affect on how you play your class, many forums and dedicated world of warcraft sites such as “This site, the best unofficial WoW site ever” can give you many hints and strategies on how to maximize your playing. Many sites can offer you a wide variety of macros/guides/arena strategies and more, Who knows, this information might lead you to having a better arena team, getting into raids easier and having more fun on your behalf. One of the most important things i have seen in world of warcraft is “Don’t be afraid of criticism” even though many of us will often snob criticism off and usually tell that person a few words that are not nice many people can still have good helpful ideas and tips for you, Constructive criticism is your friend… even though you might not like being told how to play your class it does not hurt taking someones advice on different aspects of the game. Not only will criticism help you improve, but you will also earn respect among the people who criticized you, they will learn that your not that “Uber Noob”. Earning respect among people on your server earns you a greater chance of being invited to Arena teams/raids and guilds.

PS 6: Be time efficient
Know what you are going to do and set to achieve a goal, such as i want to earn X amount of honor and X amount of badges tonight. Find out what your server is best at, such as if your server is constantly winning Av’s then constantly do them, AV will always give you the most honor and is the most efficient way to farm honor.

Strategy courtesy of Electrocow

Shadow Priest / Rogue vs. Shadow Priest / Rogue 2v2 Arena Strategy

June 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Nobody likes these, and to be quite honest this fight comes down to racials. If you’re Undead gratz you made the right race choice as the other team is going to be struggling with you. You know unless they happen to be undead too…

Rogue Arena Strategy
If you see the opposing rogue it’s never a bad idea to sap. Anyways open up on the priest and do everything in your power to get him down as fast as possible. You will want to blind/sap the rogue if you’re permitted to do so.

Priest Arena Strategy
The opposing rogue will be starting on you, and you’ll probably want to do as much damage and give out as many DoTs as you can before this happens. If you’re opponents are undead a CC train is almost out of the question.

In the end this fight will come down to luck and your amount of damage, best of luck to you.

Need more strategies? Check out the full shadow priest / rogue 2v2 arena guide!

Strategy courtesy of S-Scythe

Shadow Priest / Rogue vs. Shaman / Warrior 2v2 Arena Strategy

June 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

This team has an advantage over Priest/Rogue, but not over you!
Rogue Arena Strategy
Alright you just want to start off the combat quick in this match. Sap the warrior(Shadowstep sap if he’s like right next to his shaman partner). Open up on the shaman and unload. The warrior will probably try to lock you down so Ghostly Strike + Evasion and continue to unload on the shaman. You’ll also want to conserve energy for kicks, as they shaman will be spam healing themselves every time they don’t move

Priest Arena Strategy
Using your mount get to the shaman ASAP. Unload damage upon him, and help your rogue with interrupts via silence. Fear bomb every now and again to give your rogue or yourself some breathing room from the warrior.

Very simple match-up, have fun!

Need more strategies? Check out the full shadow priest / rogue 2v2 arena guide!

Strategy courtesy of S-Scythe

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