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Al’ar | Void Reaver | Solarian | Moroes | Maiden | Big Bad Wolf | Nightbane



A clearing of Tempest Keep (except for the old head-honcho himself, Kael’thas) tonight and more badgers to round up in Karazhan.

I want to improve (gear & skill) for each Tempest Keep run so I keep the stats and compare with previous fights.

Starting off, we downed Al’ar the Phoenix in Tempest Keep with a #10 ranking in overall damage output.

Miss rate (white damage): 18.9% much better than the 22.7% miss rate from last time.

Crit rate (white damage): 32%

Windfury proc rate: 29%




Void Reaver

Loot Reaver still kills a lot of raiders, even on a 1-shot. My damage done getting to #4 overall output to Void Reaver. In fact, I was #4 ranked in damage done back in Dec. 11, 2007.

Miss rate (white damage): 17.8% is actually worse than 15.7% back in Dec. 11, 2007. Hmmm.

Dps now: 784 vs. dps then 689.

Crit rate (white damage): 22%

Windfury proc rate: 27%

Strange that my crit rate and miss rate are worse now compared to Dec. 11, 2007, but my overall dps is higher.



High Astromancer Solarian

I continue to look forward to this fight because the mage has low armor and I can do more dps than any other boss in Tempest Keep. I did get 1626 dps vs. Solarian at one point. That’s the best I’ve done on any Tier 5 (SSC/TK) boss. Overall dps this time was #8 and 1053 dps. Even though I was ranked #6 back in Jan. 14th, my overall dps was 936.

Miss rate (white damage): 12.7% is mucho better than 18.1% on Jan. 14th, 2008.

Crit rate (white damage): 26%

Windfury proc rate: 30%




Still looking forward to the 2.4 badge rewards? I know I am. I just hope Blizzard doesn’t pull a frosty one on us and make the Badge rewards 2.4 Badges only or something.


#3 ranked damage output on Moroes at 730 dps. Miss rate was 17.3% (not too bad) but that ole rogue can still dodge a fair bit (7% dodge rate). Ayep. The only difference from last week’s Karazhan is that I was in survival mode for most of this fight because the Moroes adds were running around mostly free. Last week dps: 946. Last week’s miss rate: 18.8%. Last week’s Windfury crit rate: 50%. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.

Crit rate (white damage): 20%

Windfury proc rate: 30%



Maiden of Virtue

Maiden was full of melee this go round. Again like last week, I ranked at #3 in overall damage done. My dps was slightly better at 780 dps vs. 754 dps last week. Only a 22.3% miss rate this time vs. last week’s parry-extravaganza 35.6% miss rate. 15% parries are serious, so I stayed behind the big lass as best I could this time.

Crit rate (white damage): 22%

Windfury proc rate: 34%



Opera – Big Bad Wolf

The Big Bad Wolf event from Opera was fun (and I don’t remember getting the Little Girl debuff) so I was one of three people who didn’t get killed and survived to rezz up the fallen raiders. Is he really that hard? Or people just not knowing the encounter, bad luck, etc.?

Miss rate (white damage): 12.9% (nice!)

Crit rate (white damage): 27%

Windfury proc rate: 18% (that’s all?! geez. unlucky)




Nightbane last week was horrible. This week was a little better because I only got one Charred Earth near me, so I could dps a fair bit this time. I was the main assist for the Rain of Bones. Managed up a 660 dps and #2 overall damage done to the scary skeletal dragon.

Miss rate (white damage): 15.1%

Crit rate (white damage): 33%

Windfury proc rate: 27%



More next week. Enjoy your WoW.


Kael’thas Sunstrider | Woes of Phase 1 through 3


After a few silly wipes to warm us up to Kael’thas, we had a couple of good attempts (#7 and #8). Things definitely get better when the weapons are controlled and downed quickly in phase 2.


  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Druid (feral)
  • Shaman

Phase 1 Totems:

The only melee damage needed in this phase are vs. Lord Sanguinar and Master Engineer Telonicus.

  • Tremor Totem
  • Windfury Totem
  • Mana Spring Totem
  • Searing Totem

Phase 2 Totems:

Melee focus is on the Cosmic Infuser (mace), then Infinity Blades (dagger), Warp Slicer (sword), and finally Phaseshift Bulwark (shield).

  • Windfury Totem
  • Mana Spring Totem
  • Magma Totem / FireElemental
  • Strength of Earth Totem

Phase 3 Totems:

Run like heck, the sky is falling!

  • Tremor Totem
  • Windfury Totem
  • Mana Spring Totem
  • Searing Totem

Yeah, we made it to phase 4 on both of these good attempts, but didn’t last long with Capernian and Telonicus still running around. Not to mention, Kael’thas was nuking at will too. ūüôā

Attempt #7 here:






Attempt #8 here:





My basic praises/gripes here are:

  • It’s not a melee friendly fight (aren’t they all?).
  • Ranged can basically contribute effectively to all phases
  • I’m not doing nearly enough dps
  • Heroism/Bloodlust on phase 2 is nice, but I would rather have it more towards the end of the fight (Phases 4 & 5). I know I might get Mind Controlled by Kael’thas after phase 3, but I always like to have it late in a fight for the “FINISH HIM!” Bloodlust dps frenzy. If you do get your Bloodlust/Heroism taken via a Mind Control, then Purge it from Kael’thas quickly! And Purge it from any adds from Phase 3.
  • I like having melee targets assigned before hand so I don’t have to run around like a mad dog trying to dps something that will only contribute <5% vs. what ranged can do


So, I’m asking all my shaman brothers & sisters out there: what tips can you provide that will help me out vs. Kael’thas? I’m looking for looting weapons help, more dps help and anything ‘weird’ that you do to survive this long phased encounter.

Twisting Totems


As we fumbled around with Al’ar for a day or so, we got our act together for another lead up to Kael’thas Sunstrider. We’re working on him now, and boy-o-boy is that phase 3 a tough one. Here’s a review of my battle with Al’ar.

  • Warrior (protection)
  • Druid (feral)
  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Shaman


  • Windfury & Grace of Air Totems
  • Mana Spring Totem
  • Strength of Earth Totem

I also dropped Wrath of Air for the beginning of the fight so I could hurl better bolts of lightning at Al’ar. Before the Embers of Al’ar adds start coming, I just try to range damage the boss for a few moments before the melee hilarity begins. When the adds get to about 30% health, I run away from them and do more range lightning bolts so I don’t get punted from the death of the Embers by standing close to the adds.

This Al’ar battle I decided to use both Windfury & Grace of Air totems to show what happens when you twist totems. It’s easy and as long as you have plenty of mana regeneration (through Shamanistic Rage or Water Shield or both), it can be done during a long 10 minute fight. I do twist totems from time to time, but I wanted to record this fight and show you how it worked.

How to twist totems?

  • Step 1: macro this and click it once at the beginning of the fight.

/castsequence reset=8 [combat] Windfury Totem, Grace of Air Totem

  • Step 2: wait for a pulse so all the weapons of your party members get the weapon imbue (Windfury 5).
  • Step 3: macro again to drop Grace of Air
  • Step 4: count to 8 (repeat w/Step 1)

If you have Deadly Boss Mods addon, there is a nice timer to remind you to re-apply the Twist.

/castsequence reset=8 Windfury Totem, Grace of Air Totem
/dbm timer 00:08 Twist 

I managed to get 700 dps and ranked 8th in damage output. I need to find out what I can improve for next time.  So I read the stats report.


My summary of the fight stats below:


Post combat analysis key indicators:

  • White damage: 39%
  • White damage crit: 38%
  • Windfury: 29%
  • Windfury crit: 37%
  • White Damage Miss rate: 22.7%

Overall, my output was mediocre and now I see that my miss rate was well above what I would normally like: 22.7% is a lot of misses. My +hit was a little over 100, so I can bump that up to +190 for the next round with Al’ar. Also, it seems my crit% is good, but I need more Attack Power. I hover around 2000 attack power, but I’ll need to gain more AP and less crit as we move into Mount Hyjal and Black Temple.


And thanks to Ashuna for this clarification on my Miss %. There were some parried attacks from Al’ar, mostly because the Flame Patches were just behind the big bird, so I could only melee from the front area near his beak.¬† I was forced to fight this way until either the Flame Patches subsided or the tank re-positioned Al’ar to move so melee could attack from behind the tail-feathers.

See this pic below for the Overall miss % | Block % | Parry % | Dodge % rates.

Overall miss: 22.7%
Miss: 12%
Block: 0 %
Parry: 4%
Dodge: 5%


Judgement of Wisdom helped me get mana back so I could keep twisting totems for Windfury and Grace of Air.¬†¬† Ok.¬† Fair enough, JoW 814 mana ain’t all that much, but it’s better than nothing.¬† Shamanistic Rage gave back the most w/ 9,920 mana, Mana Spring Totem next with 4,380 mana.


Totem Twisting & Buffs Summary


Unfortunately, one rogue in my group died a bit early on (49% presence during fight). Warriors just love Windfury. See the warrior here got heaps of extra Windfury attacks: 29! The feral druid only gained additional Agility and Unleashed Rage, but nothing from Windfury Totem.

All group members details in pic below:


Next up: more Kael’thas attempts. We are working on perfecting each phase, so it may take another week or two to get it right.

Raiding DPS Progression History


Historical progress of our guild on some of the SSC/TK bosses plus some Zul’Aman as well. These are all the recorded WWS kills (except for Vashj, still working on her).

Serpentshrine Cavern      
  Date Duration DPS
Fathom-Lord Karathress 2008/01/17 11:30 AM 8’28” 9895
¬† 2008/01/03 2:15 PM 7’52” 9243
Hydross the Unstable 2008/12/19 12:13 PM 8’13” 8916
¬† 2008/12/12 1:40 PM 9’58” 8127
¬† 2008/12/05 1:01 PM 10’08” 7735
¬† 2008/12/05 1:01 PM 10’06” 7735
¬† 2008/12/03 12:32 PM 10’17” 7569
¬† 2008/01/23 11:51 AM 7’37” 9862
¬† 2008/01/02 1:08 PM 10’02” 7847
Lady Vashj 2008/01/29 1:01 AM 5’44” 6736
¬† 2008/01/29 12:46 AM 5’31” 7917
¬† 2008/01/29 12:28 AM 6’16” 8081
¬† 2008/01/29 12:04 AM 5’43” 8725
¬† 2008/01/28 11:33 PM 6’29” 7429
Leotheras the Blind 2008/01/23 1:53 PM 8’05” 8506
¬† 2008/01/09 1:55 PM 8’34” 7800
¬† 2008/01/03 12:27 PM 10’05” 6869
Morogrim Tidewalker 2008/01/10 12:42 PM 8’56” 13936
¬† 2008/01/10 12:17 PM 10’42” 10612
¬† 2008/01/02 2:31 PM 9’00” 13915
The Lurker Below 2008/12/19 1:16 PM 11’03” 8203
¬† 2008/12/03 1:19 PM 13’59” 6957
¬† 2008/01/23 12:22 PM 8’51” 9441
¬† 2008/01/02 12:20 PM 11’21” 8011
Tempest Keep      
  Date Duration DPS
High Astromancer Solarian 2008/01/14 2:03 PM 7’34” 11476
¬† 2008/01/06 12:22 PM 6’14” 10145
Void Reaver 2008/12/10 1:56 PM 8’32” 8945
¬† 2008/11/29 12:53 PM 9’53” 7688
¬† 2008/01/14 1:21 PM 3’59” 10758
Zul’Aman ¬† ¬† ¬†
  Date Duration DPS
Akil’zon 2008/12/20 1:25 PM 5’24” 4223
¬† 2008/12/04 11:33 AM 7’24” 3096
¬† 2008/12/04 11:33 AM 7’24” 3096
¬† 2008/12/01 12:08 PM 5’34” 4136
Halazzi 2008/12/20 2:04 PM 8’41” 2638
¬† 2008/12/01 1:41 PM 7’03” 3804
Nalorakk 2008/12/20 1:01 PM 5’09” 4470
¬† 2008/12/15 12:05 PM 5’25” 4254
¬† 2008/12/04 10:59 AM 6’50” 3365
¬† 2008/12/04 10:59 AM 6’50” 3365
¬† 2008/12/04 10:59 AM 6’50” 3365
¬† 2008/12/01 11:24 AM 5’18” 4349
Zul’jin 2008/01/07 3:09 PM 8’59” 3238


1st look at Kael’thas Sunstrider


We managed to cook the chicken and take down Al’ar, so that lead us to some more interesting trash to get to the prince of all Blood Elves, the highbourne himself *drumroll* … Kael’thas Sunstrider.¬† He’s pretty cool and has a group with him that reminds me Maulgar’s crew & Fathom-Lord’s posse.

First look at Kael’thas Sunstrider:


Next look at Kael’thas Sunstrider:


We high-tailed it back to Shatt city and I forged a Stormherald for pvp.


Called it a night after that. /tired

I’ve been called to try and kite the Coilfang Striders on Vashj.¬† I suppose I will have to¬†spec to¬†Elemental Shaman in order to range kite the Striders effectively.¬† Our guild dps is just so strong, that enhancement shaman w/Frost Shock might not be the best kiting strategy around.¬† We are using a Warlock to tank at the moment, but I want to try it out so any advice on how to kite Coilfang Striders on Lady Vashj with Enhancement Shaman, please comment!¬†


  • Strength of Earth Totem
  • Windfury Totem
  • Poison Cleansing Totem
  • Mana Spring Totem
  • Searing Totem

I have to catch up on some promised chores both in-game and RL, so I’ll be back in a few days with another update.¬† Buenos Nachos and good night.

Al’ar Warmed Up


25 Warcrafters ordered a bucket of fried chicken from Al’ar last night, and experienced some grief but learned a lot.¬† Your friendly neighborhood enhancement shaman was there of course and has the following to report.¬†

My job? 

Al’ar Phase 1: Melee dps on adds (easy enough to do, paladin tanks w/hunter misdirects to gain the aggro to tank, then dps until an add is like 15%, then run away from the birds before they blow up).¬† Tanks working on Al’ar are busy and have to be well coordinated.¬† Ranged classes just go crazy with dps, no aggro problems on this phase.

Al’ar Phase 2: Melee dps on Al’ar while ranged works down the adds.¬† Apparently ranged and others were having a more difficult time with adds on Phase 2, because we didn’t get past it.¬† Keep clear of the outer borders of the room when a Meteor comes down because it will likely hit you hard if you do.¬† Keep out of the fires that appear on the ground.¬† We plan to work on it more tomorrow night.



  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Warrior (protection)
  • Warrior (protection)
  • Shaman (me)¬†


  • Windfury Totem
  • Fire Resistance Totem
  • Strength of Earth Totem

 My usual position:


High Astromancer Solarian, take II (and some takes on Hero Classes for WOTLK)


So I was talking with some Draenei in Ironforge the other day about how the Guild was progressing and they laughed at me and said “it’s nawt dat hard, missy, jus dps-a-go-go”. I slinked back to the Outlands to see what was shaking out & low and behold… Tempest Keep tonight. Praise Farseer Nobundo!

Now that I’ve mentioned ‘Farseer’, that got me to thinking about the Hero Class in Wrath of the Lich King expansion. You know the Death Knight will not be the only Hero Class, Blizzard always tries to ‘balance’ things and only 1 or 2 hero classes will just not be equal to all the hardcore altaholics out there, so I wanted to write down my thoughts on Wrath of the Lich King especially focusing on Hero Classes. Since there will be some siege warfare in the next expansion, I’ve tried to give some mass units control to the Hero Classes. Here’s a list of possible Hero Classes derived from the base class (ordered by the most likely to I-really-can’t-decide).

Class Hero Class Abilities
Paladin Death Knight Damage dealing tank caster, short range AoE
Priest Prophet Heals with near unlimited range, Mass Heal
Mage Arch Mage Mass Teleport, Mass Polymorph
Shaman Farseer Spirit Wolf pets *cough cc* (i.e. maybe a Banish like effect where the target lives in a spirit world for 30 seconds unless the Spirit Wolf is damaged, mass Bloodlust
Druid Arch Druid Starfall, Giant tree of massive damage w/zero movement
Rogue Warden Blink and short range Fanstrike AoE
Warlock Necromancer Death and Decay, Mass Demon Summon, Shadow Volley
Warrior Champion /shrug if I know, Mirror Image, Spellbreaker
Hunter Ranger Mass Tame Pets, Stealth, Track Target Until Death, Freezing Shot

My fear is that too many players will charge into Hero Classes and it will end up as a world wide DOTA.

Now back to raiding. The following week we are back in Tempest Keep, locking down the farmable stuff. Solarian wants to chat with us, but we only manage to excite the mage. I myself like this fight a lot, it’s not hard as long as the healers do their job, the Paladin tanks do theirs and people run away quickly when they get Wrath’d by the Astromancer. Piece of cake.

My party:

  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Rogue
  • Druid (feral)
  • Shaman (me)


  • Windfury Totem
  • Strength of Earth Totem
  • Healing Stream Totem
  • Fire Nova Totem (for Agents)
  • Searing Totem
  • Tremor Totem (for last stage of fight vs. Solarian the Voidwalker)
  • Fire Elemental Totem (for Agents)

A very respectable #6 on total damage. My Dragonstrike is finally paying off.



Buffs gained in battle:

  • Shamanistic Rage (Mana) 10,987
  • Judgement of Wisdom (Mana) 7,770
  • Water Shield (Mana) 610
  • Drums of Restoration (Mana) 600
  • Focused 35
  • Flurry 25
  • Elemental Strength 13
  • Unleashed Rage 11
  • Haste 6
  • Lust for Battle 4
  • Lightning Speed 4
  • Leader of the Pack 4
  • Drums of Battle 2
  • Rejuvenation 1
  • Lifebloom 1
  • Heroism 1
  • Greater Blessing of Salvation 1
Al’ar is next on the hit list.

May 2018
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