Thursday, February 16, 2012

[PVE] Druid - Restoration Healer Spec & Guide [Not Haste Capped] (3.3.5)

This spec / talent build is made for level 80 Druids and the 3.3.5(a) version of World of Warcraft

Restoration (a.k.a "resto") Druids are are of those class-specs that you will always want to have (at least one) in your raid groups. The reason for this is their incredible Improved Tree of Life raid healing buff that increases the healing done to ALL raid members by 6%.

And even better, they do not only have good healing buffs, they are also excellent raid healers. Their fast instant cast Rejuvenations, Wild Growths, Lifeblooms and burst heals (Swiftmend/Nourish) makes healing look so easy, as they just jump around and /dance through boss encounters.

Their downside is that they are not very good tank healers. For dungeons and tank healing in raids, other classes/specs are better suited, but a restoration druid can 

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  • Info
  • Stat Priority
  • Spell Rotation
  • Glyphs

Restoration Healing Talent Build / Spec (3.3.5)
[Not Haste Capped]

The "haste soft cap" for resto druid healers is 1192.36 haste rating, or about 36.36%. Achieving the haste soft cap is EXTREMELY important for a resto druid, as it decreases your Global Cooldown (GCD) to 1 second. The difference between a GCD of 1.5 seconds and a 1 second one is that in 15 seconds you will be able to cast 50% more spells (15-10=5).

You should definitively aim for haste when it comes to gear, and if it isn't enough, you should take haste+ talents to go with them. This specific spec as 3 talent points in Celestial Focus which increases your total spell haste by a total of 3%.

Stat Priority:

Haste (to soft cap) > Spellpower > Spirit > Crit* > Intellect > MP5

*Critical Strike Rating

However, if you're a fairly fresh level 80, you should prioritize your stats as the following instead: Spellpower + Enough regen (to get by) > Haste (to soft cap) > Spellpower > Spirit.

- Spellpower: This is your main stat (as a caster). You should prioritize it even though it will naturally increase with better gear. Spellpower increases how much your healing abilities do.
- Haste: This stat is extremely important for us, as it lowers the Global Cooldown down to 1 second (with the soft cap). However, it is still useful even after reaching the soft cap, as it decreases the cast time of your non-instant cast spells, such as Regrowth and Healing Touch.
- Spirit: Spirit increases your mana regen and also gives us a small boost to your spellpower when in Tree of Life form (0.15 spellpower/1 spirit // 0.168 with Blessing of Kings and Improved Mark of the Wild + 0.194 with Living Spirit)
- Critical Strike Rating: 1% crit = 45.9 crit rating. Critical strike heals do 1.5 times the healing of non-crit heals. Despite that, it isn't a very desirable stat for resto druids, since it doesn't benefit us much without the 4pc T9 bonus (Rejuvenation ticks can crit) - if you are under the haste cap, avoid items with crit.
- Intellect: Intellect is rather un-useful for rdruids will come with gear, don't prioritise it.
- Mp5: You should rather aim for items with spirit than Mp5, simply because Spirit increases your spellpower while in Tree of Life form, while Mp5 doesn't. More importantly, Mp5 does not scale with buffs such as Blessing of the Kings.

As for PvP, there aren't really any "rotations" for healing. However, I have tried to give you some overview on how to heal in both dungeons and raids

In 5-man dungeons, try to keep everyone HoT'd (at least with Rejuvenation/ + Regrowth for the tank) and cast SwiftmendNourish to fill gaps but only on people who have HoTs on them. Nature's Swiftness + Healing Touch as needed.

Lifebloom and Wild Growth are optional, but if you use them, use them wisely:

Only use Wild Growth when you know it will affect 3+ people.
Remember to let Lifebloom bloom after it has reached it's 3rd stack.

As a raid healer, all you have to do is jump a lot and cast Rejuvenation and Wild Growth in a 5 to 1 rotation (5 rejuvenations, 1 Wild Growth - rinse and repeat).

You can also use LifebloomSwiftmendNourishNature's Swiftness + Healing Touch and Regrowth (you should use this as little as possible) as needed.

Do not use Tranquility in raids. It is not only (mostly) useless, but it will also make you look like a complete fool.

There is no "ultimate spec" that would be the "best", but the overall best glyphs to use as a resto druid are:

Glyph of Rapid Rejuvenation : Your haste now reduces the time between the periodic healing ticks of your Rejuvenation spell.
Glyph of Swiftmend : Your Swiftmend ability no longer consumes a Rejuvenation or Regrowth effect from the target.
Glyph of Nourish : Your Nourish heals an additional 6% for each of your heal over time effects present on the target.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

[PVE] Mage - Arcane DPS Spec & Guide (For 3.3.5)

This spec / talent build is for level 80 Mages and the 3.3.5(a) version of World of Warcraft

Arcane is a good spec (especially) for new mages, who do not have good enough gear for a fire/frostfireball spec (they require lots of crit). Arcane does actually more dps with lower gear than what fire specs could. 
I can't claim that this spec will make you top your raid's dps charts (because this spec has very limited potential for raids), but it does work just perfect for 5man dungeons, including the godlessly overdone Pit of Saron (the main source of gear for new players) and "RDF HC" (Random Dungeon Finder Heroic).

Arcane Mages also have pretty good raid buffs (not only one's dps matters), which makes them viable for raiding, despite their lower direct individual dps.
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Mage - Frost 1-80 Leveling Talent Build & Guide (3.3.5)

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Arcane DPS Talent Build / Spec (3.3.5)
This spec is good for short and none movement requiring 'fights'.

Stat Priority:
The stats you should prioritize with this spec are the following:

Hit* > Spell Power > Haste > Intellect > Crit* > Spirit

*Hit (until cap)
*Critical Strike Rating

Spell Rotation:
The spell rotation to to be used with this spec is the following:

Arcane Blast x4 >> Arcane Missiles on Missile Barrage proc. Rince and repeat.

That might look quite simple (too simple for some), but fortunately we also have some CDs (Cooldowns) to spice up your dpsing: 

Mirror Image : [3min CD] - Creates copies of the caster nearby, which cast spells and attack the mage's enemies. Lasts 30 sec. Costs 10% of base mana.
Arcane Power : [2min CD] - When activated, your spells deal 20% more damage while costing 20% more mana to cast. This effect lasts 15 sec.
Presence of Mind : [2min CD] - When activated, your next Mage spell with a casting time less than 10 sec becomes an instant cast spell.

The major Glyphs to be used with this spec are: 

Glyph of Arcane Missile : Increases the critical strike damage bonus of Arcane Missiles by 25%.
Glyph of Arcane Blast : Increases the damage from your Arcane Blast buff by 3%.
Glyph of Molten Armor : Your Molten Armor grants an additional 20% of your spirit as critical strike rating.

More information:

The reason I didn't add Arcane Barrage to the spec is because it's a huge dps loss even if you use it when moving, which is why/when people even usually take/use it. You can for example use Blink and then cast Arcane Missiles instead and have higher dps.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

[PVE] Warlock - Destruction DPS Spec [Not Hit Capped] (For 3.3.5)

This spec / talent build is for level 80 Warlocks and the 3.3.5(a) version of World of Warcraft

Destruction Warlocks are perhaps not the best dps class-spec (or even the best Warlock dps spec), but they do have the highest Warlock damage for 5man dungeons (for example for daily Random Dungeon Finder: Heroic).
Demonology and Affliction have their own potential as pve dps, but Affliction is the Warlock raid dps spec and Demonology is the Warlock utility one.

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Warlock- Affliction / Demonology 1-80 Leveling Talent Build & Guide (3.3.5)

Destruction DPS Talent Build / Spec (3.3.5)
[Not Hit Capped]

The "hit cap" for Destruction Warlocks is 6% or 158 hit rating (5man heroics)
                                                                  17% or 446 hit rating (for raid bosses)
You will gain hit cap from both gear and buffs (and debuffs on your target), but also talents, as in the talent build above.

If you cannot get to that minimal 158 spell hit rating, you will need to use this talent build in order to get as close to the hit cap as possible.

NOTE: This is not an actual "guide", but more of a simple spec. Hopefully I will have enough time to expand it into a larger and content richer guide later on.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

[PVE] Hunter - Marksman DPS Spec [Not Hit Capped] (3.3.5)

This spec / talent build is for level 80 Hunters and the 3.3.5(a) version of World of Warcraft

Marksman Hunters are one of the most feared class-specs in raids, because they often
 top the dps charts leaving others behind ;D
Survival and Beast Mastery have their own potential as pve dps, even though they are more suited for pvp situations, but Marksman clearly passes them on the dps meters.
What makes Marksman Hunters so overpowered is the fact that they are RDPS (Ranged DPS), which is often way better for several encounters (for example when you need lots of mobility), and that they simply have ridiculously high dps, not to meantion the easy gearing part*.

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Marksman DPS Talent Build / Spec (3.3.5)
[Not Hit Capped]

The "hit cap" for Marksman hunters is 263 hit rating, or about 12,5%.
You will gain hit cap from both gear and buffs (and debuffs on your target), but also talents, as in the talent build above.

If you cannot get to that minimal 263 physical special and auto-attack hit cap, you will need to use this talent build in order to get as close to the hit cap as possible.

NOTE: This is not an actual "guide", but more of a simple spec. Hopefully I will have enough time to expand it into a larger and content richer guide later on.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Addon List (WoW 3.3.5)


Addon Reviews (3.3.5)3.3.5 "Must Have" Addons

Click here for the 4.3.4 Addons List

(These can all be found on either or Even for some part)

Things to know:
MUST HAVE! : Part of the "Must Have 3.3.5 Addons" list.
MUST HAVE!* : A must have, but for a certain kind of players.
NEW : Has been recently added OR updated.
DOESN'T WORK!!! : Doesn't work, or has been reported to cause problems.
AddonName* : Has got an addon review. Just click the name of the addon to get to it.
Download : A direct download link for the addon that it is next to.
  1. Addon Control Panel* Download - A MUST HAVE! for anyone who uses addons, as it lets you manage them in game, without having the need to log out and in again. Addon Control Panel will help you deal with the "Clutter" that multi-part addons and libraries introduce by displaying your addons in logical arrangements. Definitely my FAVORITE addon!!!
  2. Altoholic* - Download - MUST HAVE! Probably my second favorite addon. It keeps record of all information concerning all your chars (+ guildes) in one addon (mail, items, skills, level, professions, etc).
  3. Atlas* - Download - A MUST HAVE! It gives a map for every instance/battleground in WoW.
  4. AtlasLoot Enhanced* - Download - A MUST HAVE! addon for those who want to gear up doing instances, as it tells you what drops are possible and from which bosses/which instances. "AtlasLoot Enhanced is an UI mod allowing for loot tables of bosses to be browsed whenever needed within the game."
  5. AtlasLoot_AdvancedSearch - Download - ???????
  6. AtlasLoot_GearscoreLiteTooltip - Download - Shows items' GearScore(Lite) in AtlasLoot.
  7. AtlasQuest* Download - AtlasQuest is an addon for Atlas that displays a list ofquests for each dungeon, battleground and outdoor raid along withinformation and rewards for those quests.
  8. AtlasQuest Helper - Download - Helps with AtlasQuest
  9. Auctioneer - Download - VERY useful when using the Auction House <-- makes it A LOT easier.
  10. AutoGratz - Download - Automatically says Gratz! to people in your guild or party that say ding, guild mates that get an achievement, or people that whisper ding to you.
  11. AutoRepair* Download - A MUST HAVE! for anyone that even sometimes needs to repair his gear (everyone)
  12. Bartender4 - Download - A highly customizable action bar addon. Some think it's the best one around.
  13. Bejeweled* - Download - A pretty nice addon for long wait times (queues for BGs, flights, resurrection waits) -> It's a puzzle game
  14. Carbonite Download - A pretty nice addon for doing quests. Some hate it and some love it. ( I myself haven't tested it out yet :S) Kind of like QuestHelper
  15. ChatMOD* Download - Makes chatting so much easier, go see a review here.
  16. Chess - Download - Chess as a WoW addon. What would you want more?
  17. Classloot Download - Provides rating for all raid loots with respect to it's suitability for different class/specs combinations.
  18. Congratz* - Download- A addon that automatically congratulates (gratz) anyone in your guild when they earn an achievement. You can configurate the different congratulations it uses and also one for times when several guildies (guild members) earn an achievement at the same time or close to each other.
  19. Cooldowns Download - A pretty nice addon that gives you the cooldown time of abilities as a timer (5,4,3,2,1 for example)
  20. Crap Away* Download - A  MUST HAVE! for anyone who even once needs to sell gray items to a vendor (everyone)
  21. Critline* Download - A useful addon that keeps track of your minimal and maximal damage done by every spell/ability you use. It can also be configurated NOT to track some specific abilites/spells/items used in quests for example.
  22. Deadly Boss Modes - Download - It gives information on how fast you killed a Boss in an instance/raid.
  23. Fishing Buddy - Download - A fishing addon that keeps track of the fish you catch and helps manage your fishing gear.
  24. Gatherer Download - A MUST HAVE!* for anyone who has mining/herbalism and wants to actually put them to good use
  25. Gearscore  Download DOESN'T WORK!!! DON'T actually download this, as it might give you errors and doesn't work! Download "Gearscore Lite" instead (below).
  26. GearScoreLite* Download - A MUST HAVE! for level 80 PVE (and PVP) players, as it gives you your, and anyone's elses gearscore in such a simple way that I prefer it to Gearscore/Playerscore (the "full" version)
  27. Global Positioning System (GPS)* - Download - It let's you easily find a location (quest/mob/meeting point) with coordinates. It shows you the way with sword.
  28. GTFO - Download - A nice addon for those that accidentally sit down on fire (in other words, it warns you in situations where you are going to lose health due to being in fire).
  29. GuildCheck - Download - This mod scans your guild at your first login. After this it writes changes of your guild into the chat at every login. You can see who left or joined your guild since your last time online.
  30. GuildGreet Extended - Download - Guild Greet is an addon that keeps track of main and alt characters in your guild and reminds you to greet them and congratulate them on level up. You can also store an alias for your guildies.
  31. Guild2Guild - Download - Enables full functioning communication between 2 or more guilds. Two users are required to have this addon for it to work (1 in each guild), however only 1 user per guild is required to have Guild2Guild for all members of both guilds to reap the benefits.
  32. GryphonHeart Items - Download -
  33. Healbot Continued* - Download - The best* raid healer UI addon
  34. IceHUD* - Download - A healthbar addon that keeps your focus in the center of the screen.
  35. Mage Nuggets Download - Mage Nuggets is a utility with many useful nuggets to make the lives of mages easier.
  36. MikScrollingBattleText - Download - MSBT is designed to be an extremely lightweight, efficient, and highly configurable mod that makes it easier to see combat information by scrolling the information on the screen in separate, dynamically creatable scroll areas.
  37. Minimap Button Frame (MBF)* - Download - MBF gathers all of your addon minimap buttons into one movable frame.
  38. MultiMail - Download Multimail - A mass mailer for guilds, friends, and arena teams. Mass mail to guild ranks, friends, teams, saved lists, or any combination of level, class, even time online.
  39. OneBag3* - Download - A pretty nice looking addon that combines all your bags into one frame.
  40. OneBank3* Download - Same as above but for "bank bags"
  41. Overachiever - Download - Tools and tweaks to make the lives of players seeking Achievements a little bit easier.
  42. Peggle* - Download - A VERY nice game (kinda like Bejeweled) from PopCap Guild with MANY fun and practical features.
  43. PetsPlus - Download - PetsPlus makes your non-combat follow pets / companions more interactive by adding a happiness indicator and reputation to each pet in your collection!
  44. Postal* - Download - Improves the ingame mailboxes/postal system GREATLY
  45. Quartz* Download - A (really) nice looking spellcasting bar addon
  46. QuestHelper Download ? - This addon USED to help A LOT for leveling up (doing quests), but is not that useful anymore because of the in game quest "helper" system. It may even give errors and such.
  47. QuickMark* - Download QuickMark allows you to set the raid target icon of units quickly rather than having to go through the right-click menu or create keybindings.
  48. RatingBuster - Download - Allows you to see what gear to pick more easily. Converts an items stats into their "concrete versions"; what they will bring you (such as Attack/Spell Power). Also shows you how much you would lose and or win stats by equipping an item.
  49. Recount Download - It keeps track of the dps/healing/damage taken and other statistics of your whole group. VERY useful for instances/raids
  50. Sexy Map - Download - As the name says, makes your minimap look sexier.
  51. Shadowed Unit Frames - Download - A very popular addon due to it's easy, but potentially efficient configurations. As many more elaborate unit frame addons, you can make it completely your own.
  52. SimpleUnitFrames - Download - This unit frames addon is different in the way that it stays true to WoW's default unit frames, only tweaking them a bit.
  53. SpeakingSpell - Download - Funny and/or useful. SpeakinSpell randomly speaks (on your behalf) something clever/funny when you perform actions (which actions trigger and what they trigger is configurable) for example in 5-man dungeons. One example would be to tease a person who has died when you resurrect him by saying something like: "Aaah... Dead again, x (name of the dead person)?", etc...
        However, it also has a far more useful possible uses, such as automatically informing your arena partner when you are cc'd (crowd controlled) or to tell your raid when you got an important buff/debuff.
  54. Tetra - Download - Kinda like Tetris, but in WoW. Makes time fly when you are for example flying.
  55. Tidy PlateDownload - A cleaner, smaller and prettier remake of WoW's original name plates (health bars).
  56. Total RP - Download - A MUST HAVE!* for any Role-Player (especially useful for role-playing guilds). "It allow you to give more information to your character, like first and last names, title, age, origin, physical description, alignment and even mood + A LOT MORE."
  57. TriviaBot - Download - TriviaBot allows its user to host quiz games for other players through different chat channels, such as a party chat, a guild chat, or a private channel.
  58. WorldExplorer* Download - Shows you all the unexplored areas on your map. Great for getting the Explorer title and the achievements that go with it.
  59. WoWVid - Download -  DOESN'T WORK!!! An addon that allows you to play videos in-game (WoW)!
  60. WoW Texas Holdem - Download - Play Texas Holdem in-game (WoW)!
  61. WIM* Download - An addon that makes whispering people in WoW SO much easier. It brings the MSN's and Skype's instant messaging feel to WoW (WoW Instant Messaging). It also keeps track of your whisper conversations (configurable), and allows you to access to your "History" where you can go through them.
  62. XLoot* - Download - A nice looking built-in loot frame remake.
  63. X-Perl Unitframes Download - A nice looking unitframe addon that some think as a must have for raiding.
  64. Zoom!!!* - Download - Zoom!!! makes your UI load faster by preventing garbage collection during the UI load cycle.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

[PVE] Paladin - Retribution DPS Spec & Guide (3.3.5)

This spec / talent build is for level 80 Paladins and the 3.3.5(a) version of World of Warcraft  

Retribution Paladins are arguably one of the  easiest class-specs to "top the dps". They do often have have a high damage output and are thus useful in PvE, but they truly shine in PvP due to their instrinsic high survivability coupled with the potential of high burst damage. This is why most people seem to think of them as an "easy class", one that you can "pwn others with with no skill".

Besides the high damage output, they also provide various useful utilities to their party members. They make for example, thanks to their high survivability, perfect off-tanks for those awkward "the healer was afk and the tank died" situations and their buffs have always been on the most wanted lists.

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This is a rather usual talent build for pve retribution dps paladins.
Retribution DPS Talent Build / Spec (3.3.5) 

This spec is good for beginners and lowly geared players (even well geared ones). It is just fine for all dungeons (5-mans) and most raids. However, this is NOT "an optimal raiding spec", as it would depend on the composition of your raid.

It does not have any additional utility talents.

You will need 264 hit rating (or 8%) in order to reach the soft cap. Anything over that is just a waste of money/other useful stats. 

You will also need 26 expertise (as a melee dps) is the soft cap. Again, anything over that is un-useful. You will get this with gear, Glyph of Seal of Vengeance, and some racial abilities (for the races that have it).

However, you should never gem for this stat.

Stat Priority:

Hit & Expertise > Strength > Crit > Agility > Haste > ArP

Hit rating: To soft cap (read more above)
Expertise: To soft cap (read more above)
Strength: This will be your your primary stat. It provides you with lots of attack power (2 ap per point of strength) and it also scales very well with buffs and talents.
Critical Strike rating: It increases your chance to have a critical strike (your attack does +100% physical damage). You should in no way prioritize this.
Agility: Paladins receive a huge amount of melee critical strike rating per point of agility, far more than any other class (3.3.5). However, it does not grant any attack power.
Haste rating: It increases the frequency of your auto-attacks 
Armor Penetration:  It isn't really a paladin friendly stat, but it does increase your dps.


Major Glyphs:
- Glyph of Judgement : Your Judgements deal 10% more damage.
Glyph of Consecration : Increases the duration and cooldown of Consecration by 20%. [The tooltip has false information]
Glyph of Seal of Vengeance : Your Seal of Vengeance or Seal of Corruption also grants 10 expertise while active.

Minor Glyphs:
- Glyph of Sense Undead : Damage against Undead increased by 1% while your Sense Undead ability is active.
Glyph of Lay on Hands : Reduces the cooldown of your Lay on Hands spell by 3 min.
- The third glyph doesn't really matter. Take whatever you want.