If you haven't seen this story yet, you should check it out. A member of AC got banned... not sure why yet. TJ is on the story, but BRK has yet to post on it.
K, I was waiting for Arms & Fury to post on this, but he's been all, like, "lift weights!" "Ima GOKU!" And so he completely neglected to blog about a personal WoW milestone of his...
His first complete Kara clear, compliments of his new guild.
First... Ima really happy with the guild. They let Mabd run with the Hyjal crew, we downed the second boss yesterday, and Mabd is now honored, opening up the best ammo in the game :)
Second... A&F got to see all of Kara. Which is sweet. The nightbane fight, the illhoof fight, netherspite and prince. (Prince is a bitch again...)
He got to do Chess! Everyone who loves the game should get to do Chess.
So... I thought I'd spend a little bit talking about mages and shammies in Kara...
This was the first Kara run for Majeure. And I have to say... frost mages are definitely an awesome raiding spec. True... you aint got crap for damage compared to fire mages. But still... you can compete... you're insanely mana efficient... you crit like a bastard... and more importantly... between double ice block and ice barrier, you can survive crap that would destroy lesser squishies... alotta damn raiding fights are about survival as much as sustained dps...
Moroes... ice block outta garrote.
Maiden... ice block outta holy fire, ice barrier stops repentance damage.
Shade... jesus... cmon, ice barrier, fire ward, blink to get outta blizzard, ice block on those pyroblasts... the only real problem is having to use fire or arcane on the elementals. Maj pwned shade... didn't even need healing in the fight. It was sick.
Netherspite... 8600 back to back crits? Suckit Lock!
Maj got two new pieces of gear, a replacement for the frozen shadowweave, and the tier 4 gloves. Why would I consider the tier 4 gloves when I have season 3 arena gloves? The tier 4 has +20 spell hit... and I can put another +15 on that... so one gear switch, and ima that closer to the 126 cap for frost spells. I swear to god, season 4 damn well better pop soon, I wanna gear poor Maj as she deserves!
BTW... A&F got two epics fer his beloved warrior...
As fer the adventures of Unbound in Kara...
Ima coming to understand a bit more about burst damage. Two fights in Kara require quick target changes... Curator and Illhoof. For the mage... I gotta have 3 seconds to start damage on a new target (using fire blast after the frost bolt to get most damage out in limited time) And thats about 2.5 to 4 k damage.
The shammy, otoh, can start doin damage immediately... just needs a hop to the flare or chains, then 1st attack... 1k, second attack, 1k, shock, 1k, stormstrike, 1k, windfury, 1k, crit .5 k (all over 3 seconds...) 5.5 k, more if ya get luck with crits.
Over time, the frost mage will beat the shammy. But when it comes to damage NOW... burst is a lot easier to arrange with the shammy. When Unbound was in a group fightin Illhoof, those chains lasted no more than 3 seconds. Period. The flares lasted no longer (frost shock isa great attention getter.. and remember, the flares are easy to time..)
Oh yeah... does it make me a completely evil bastard that I wanna get Mabd a new pet, name it Arcane Demon, then PUG Kara?