Sunday, March 16, 2014

Updates from Kheldul

Hi Folks.  Long time no post!  I'm still playing.  Still knocking down bosses.  We're a hair away from Heroic Spoils.  Last week I finally switched from Blacksmithing/Mining to Blacksmithing/Engineering.  It took me a couple days to level up and get all the teleport gadgets, helicopters, love bomb, Jeeves, and Blingtron.  I do love the rocket belt and goblin glider.  The DPS boost doesn't suck either.

In personal news: I resigned from my job at the beginning of the year.  I got my holiday break and then a couple more weeks of relaxing.  Then my wife got a bit edgy, so I started to put together a business, get some consulting, and build some cool stuff.  Well a week into that, I updated my LinkedIn profile and flipped the bit that said, "Interested in new job opportunities".  About a week later I started to get flooded with offers.  About one every day or two was a good one from a hiring manager for an attractive job.  So my self-employment fell by the way-side.  I joined a start-up.  And I'm working 60+ hour weeks.  Really I don't know how many hours I'm working. I don't usually notice it.  Except on weekends and when I do 14 hour days back to back and try and raid the second day.  At least I have a reasonable excuse if I die poorly!  But it is a decent sized change from what was normally pretty close to a 40 hour work week.  60-75 doesn't sound like a lot until you do it for weeks and weeks.

Hope everyone is having fun.  WoD isn't that far off in the scheme of things.  Maybe by then things will slow down a tad so that I have time to level a character or two.

Oh, and speaking of which, on Kheldul I've killed Garrosh 8 times in Flex and 8 times in Normal.  (We sometimes skip him because we're trying for more Heroic modes.)  I have had one and only one heirloom drop (the flex BoA bow).  Is this fair?  Our raids have most people at about 4 BoAs for 16 kills.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kheldul's Hunter DPS: Heroic Malkorak Hunter POV - Raw Recording

I plan to get some decent editing software and annotate these.  For now, here's the raw uncut kill video from last night.

The fight is very unforgiving and allows for maybe three mistakes from the entire raid for the entire fight.  Less if you don't have good gear.  And often less as many mistakes are cascading or completely catastrophic. This was our "last attempt" as we started it when we normally stop raiding.   About two hours earlier, we had gotten him down to 5%.  This kill was somewhere between our 50th and 60th attempt.  The attempts are fast though as the fight length has a berserk timer of six minutes.

We swapped our Disc priest to Shadow and two-healed.

Click here to get the full screen HD version.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The HPP Live Show In-Game Event (Pics too)

I leveled my Kheldul <WHU> hunter from level 12 to 20 and got riding just before the show, but it turned out to be easy to get my main cross-realmed into the party.  Things started out pretty neat and orderly, but then dissolved into a drunken chaos.  This was fairly easy given the drinking party podcast rules (i.e.- IRL consumption) and in-game blur-to-the-max placements of pony kegs of several shapes and sizes (including the pet).  I didn't get enough of the wild party shots, but it was fun.  After about three hours of this (yes, really), we all hit the Gurubashi Arena and slaughtered each other.  Being cross-realmed, I had to stay with a half-dozen folks in the pit and it was great.  I did a dozen or so target a competitor and "death from above" plummet with a disengage right at the end to join the fray.  After an hour or so of that, we moved on to Booty Bay for more beverages.  The podcast was still in full swing but I had to bail to make some IRL dinner.  Below are a few pics of the first hour or so.

All lined up.

Over 130 in the live stream and at least 100 hunters at the party.



W H u






Similar transmog as above but a different person.










The last caption before things got a bit crazy.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

World of Macros

Generally, I try and keep all these posts about hunters and wow.  Sometimes I slip up and get personal posts in here now and again.  This one is just about being an efficient player and helping out the hunter community.  (Cause who else reads a hunter blog?)

Below are hunter-centric macros.  They are not only for hunters of course and could easily be extrapolated to other classes.  I didn't highlight my Survival specialization macros as I haven't used them in a few months. I use macros to ease my play.  I have grouped them into sections called "Combat DPS Macros", "Combat Utility Macros", and "Everyday Macros".  I've attached some videos so you can see a few of them in action.

Videos

At The Target Dummies (Click for larger)


At The Farm (Click link for larger)


Mounting Up (Click link for larger)


Combat DPS Macros

Kill Command BM DPS Macro
#showtooltip Kill Command
/console Sound_EnableSFX 0
/petattack
/petassist
/cast Bestial Wrath
/cast Rabid
/cast Kill Command
/console Sound_EnableSFX 1
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear()

DoT'm Up Serpent Mouseover Macro
(Nicely keybound to middle mouse button!)
#showtooltip Serpent Sting
/cast [target=mouseover,exists] Serpent Sting

AoE Talents Macro 
(Macro name must be the same as listed in the /run command)
#showtooltip
/use [combat] Glaive Toss
/use [combat] Powershot
/use [combat] Barrage
/run local G=GetSpellInfo SetMacroSpell("AoE Talents", G"Glaive Toss" or G"Powershot" or G"Barrage")

DPS CD Talents Macro
(Macro name must be the same as listed in the /run command)
#showtooltip
/use [combat] A Murder Of Crows
/use [combat] Lynx Rush
/run local G=GetSpellInfo SetMacroSpell("DpsT", G"A Murder Of Crows" or G"Blink Strike" or G"Lynx Rush")

Overloaded BM AoE Multishot Macro
(I don't use this anymore as I tend to do many of these manually.)
#showtooltip Multi-Shot
/startattack
/petattack
/petassist
/cast Multi-Shot
/console Sound_EnableSFX 0
/cast Rabid
/cast Bestial Wrath
/use Claw
/use Bite
/use Smack
/console Sound_EnableSFX 1
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear()

Example of Fast Targeting
/target Foul Slime
/cast Multi-Shot
(Or something like...)
or /targetexact Corrupted Fragment 

Target Weird PvE Sub-bosses
#showtooltip
/target boss2
(You might also want to add in something like the following if you'll definitely target it.  Otherwise they'll just do this against your current target.)
/cast Hunter's Mark
/petattack
/script SetRaidTarget("target",1)

Kill Shot Macro
#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/stopcasting
/cast Kill Shot

Combat Utility Macros

Tank Pull Timer Macro
(Requires DBM addon)
/dbm pull 10

Cancel Immunity
#showtooltip
/cancelaura Deterrence
/cancelaura hand of protection

Mouse-Over Punk Macro
#showtooltip Scatter Shot
/cast [target=mouseover,exists] Scatter Shot

Similar Mouse-Over Tranq Macro
#showtooltip Tranquilizing Shot
/cast [target=mouseover,exists] Tranquilizing Shot

Interrupt Then Stun Macro
(Have it on a nice keybind, and replace with just a cast if you don't have Intimidation.)
#showtooltip
/stopcasting
/stopcasting
/castsequence reset=24/target Counter Shot, Intimidation

Set Raid Marker Macro
(Just an example)
/clearworldmarker 1
/worldmarker 1

Self Heal Macro
#showtooltip
/cast [target=Kheldul][pet] Spirit Mend

Free Self
(Yeah.. could be mouseover with default of @player instead.)
#showtooltip
/cast [target=Kheldul] Master's Call
/cast [target=Kheldul] Intervene
/cast [target=Kheldul] Roar of Sacrifice
/cast Bullheaded

The Previously Famous Hunter Healer Macro
(Lame now that dismiss pet is so slow!)
#showtooltip
/console Sound_EnableSFX 0
/petattack
/cast [@mouseover, pet][pet] Spirit Mend
/cast [pet] Dismiss Pet
/castsequence Call Pet 2, Call Pet 3, Call Pet 4, Call Pet 5, Call Pet 1
/console Sound_EnableSFX 1
/script UIErrorsFrame:Clear()

Lazy Concuss Macro
#showtooltip
/castsequence reset=5/combat/target Concussive Shot, Scatter Shot

Extra Action Button Macro
(Example of useful behavior involving the special action button.)
/target focus
/click ExtraActionButton1
/targetlasttarget

Do It All Pet Macro
#showtooltip
/cast [mod:ctrl]Revive Pet; [@pet,dead]Revive Pet; [nopet]Call Pet 1; [mod:shift, @pet] Spirit Mend; Mend Pet

A Proper Death Macro
#showtooltip Feign Death
/petfollow
/stopattack
/stopattack
/cast Feign Death

My Favored MD Macro
#showtooltip Misdirection
/cast [nomodifier, target=focus, nodead, exists, help] Misdirection
/cast [modifier:shift, target=pet, nodead, exists] Misdirection
/cast Misdirection


Everyday Macros


Mount Macro
#showtooltip
/cast [mod:shift, mod:alt] Spawn of Galakras
/cast [mod:shift, mod:ctrl] Mekgineer's Chopper
/cast [nomod] Grand Expedition Yak
/cast [mod:shift] Traveler's Tundra Mammoth
/cast [mod:alt] Sky Golem
/cast [mod:ctrl] Azure Water Strider

Farm Gardening Macro
#showtooltip Enigma Seed
/target Tilled Soil
/use Enigma Seed

Fetch Auto Loot Macro
/console autoLootDefault 1
/run if not _Y then UIParent:HookScript("OnUpdate",function() if _Y>0 and GetTime()>=_Y then _Y=0 SetCVar("AutoLootDefault",0) end end)end _Y=GetTime()+5
/cast [@target, exists, dead] Fetch
/targetlasttarget
/cast fetch

Super Fast Auto Quest Dialoger
/script SelectGossipAvailableQuest(1)
/script CompleteQuest()
/script GetQuestReward()




Sunday, December 29, 2013

Be Not This Guy