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Higher Learning – A Priest’s Guide To Dalaran Mind Vision Happiness

Posted in Misamane with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2009 by emptyay

So…I’ve actually started playing again on a regular basis, and I have to say…I am enjoying it.I realize that many of the things I’m enjoying are things you’re probably tired of…like running Heroics, 95% of which I’m running for the first time. I’m also enjoying dailies (still, strangely), especially stuffing poor, defenseless puppies into a sack after murdering their mother, and taking them to be eaten cared for by walruses. I know, it sounds somewhat worse when you put it that way. Or better, depending on how you view the game.

Anyway, on to the actual point of the post. Higher Learning! This achievement has you running around to 8 different locations in Dalaran, searching for books that spawn roughly once every three hours. The book that spawns may not actually be the right book, and it takes like 2 minutes to run around to every location in a circle, checking every spot for the books.

A great guide can be found at Warcraftpets.com. There are pictures showing you exactly where each book spawns and it’s just awesome. If you’re not a priest, just go there and have fun running around. Good luck.

IF, HOWEVER, YOU ARE A PRIEST…OH YES, YOU GET THE EASY JOB.

See, it just so happens that there is a certain place you can stand in Dalaran. In this cartain place, you can, thankfully, chain cast Mind Vision around Dalaran, targeting an NPC that is close to every book in the city. In this way, you can actually check every single location while moving…wait for it…get ready…not at all.

Now, while I was setting this up, I visited a few websites. At each, I found a certain peice of the puzzle. One had a list of the names of the NPC’s, one had an example of the macro, Wowpets had their great guide, so on. So, I’ve got your one-stop shop for everything you’re gonna need to know about using your Mind Vision to make this job easy.

The Setup

Okay, so to make this work…you have to stand in a certain place. Head over to Threads of Fate (if you don’t know where it is, just ask and NPC where to buy cloth armor) and take the stairs up to the second story, then head out onto the balcony. You should be in about this position:

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From here, you’ll be able to reach everyone.

Da Macro

Ok, so now that you’re in position, you need to write your macro. It should look something like this:

/targetexact *NPC’s name here*

/cast mind vision

Easy! I know, right? It’s almost like Blizzard loves priests more than everyone else.

Now, we fill in the blanks. There are eight books, but we’re only going to make 7 macros. The reason for this is that one of the books spawns on the balcony you’re standing on, so you can manage to see that one with your own eyes.

The NPC’s are, in order:

#1 Archivist Betha – This will let you check for the book on the floor of the Dalaran Visitor’s Center.

#2 Arille Azuregaze – The bartender in the Legerdemain Lounge, lets you check for the book on the first floor, on the empty bookcase near the stove in the corner.

#3 Afsaneh Asrar – The assistant inkeeper in the Legerdemain Lounge. She walks up and down the stairs, letting you check for the book on the second floor in the bedroom, again on the empty bookcase.

#4 Archmage Celindra – Lets you check for the book on the floor of the teleportation room.

#5 Archmage Timear – Lets you check for the book on the box in the corner outside of the Violet Hold.

#6 Archmage Aethas Sunreaver – Lets you check for the book on the bottom of the shelf on the first floor of the Violet Citadel.

#7 Zidormi – Lets you check for the book on the floor on the second level of the Violet Citadel.

The Plan

Ok, so set up your macros in order. The reason for this is that you can’t actually reach all of the NPC’s form where you are. However, Mind Vision kinda…chains…off of the last person you used it on. For example, you can’t actually hit Zidormi on the second floor of the Violet Citadel, but if you hit Aethas Sunreaver, you can then cast Zidormi’s macro and you’ll jump on to her. It’s pretty cool, actually.

Anyway, all you have to do is cast the macros in order. The only jump you can’t make is from #5 to #6, so cast the first five macros, check for those books, then just cancel Mind Vision. At this point, check the balcony you’re standing on to see if the book is there. If not, cast the last two macros, rinse, and repeat.

The books despawn fairly quickly, so once you see one, get to it as fast as you can. You can mount on the balcony, so as soon as you see a book, just hit your mount button and swoop down on the unsuspecting book. Keep in mind, though, that the books that spawn aren’t always the books you need for the achievement.

Also, on many servers, I guess there’s a chat channel specifically for this achievement, named /bookclub or something like that. The reason for this is that once you read the book, it stays there for a few minutes, allowing others to come read it too. It’s usually nice to announce the book in trade or general chat, or in the achievement-specific chat channel. More than likely, that announcement will bring 3-4 people running.

If anybody has any other tips, be sure to post and let me know 🙂

Happy hunting!

_Misa

Onyxia Down – Wait What?!?

Posted in Misamane with tags , , , , , , , on May 11, 2009 by emptyay

Ok, so I know it’s not that great of an accomplishment, but last night after dailies one of my guildies asked for someone to party with him so he could run in and play with Onyxia. I volunteered, and since I was about to log anyway, offered to come with.

So, trash went quickly, and lo and behold here’s Onyxia! I’ve only been in there twice before, so I was excited (lol because doing something new, however easy, excites me.) So we run in and…oh yeah…tard Klack is still firespecced.

The words “Immune” and “Epic Fail” come to mind 😉 But, it was actually funny as hell.

Anyway, long story short, there was a respec, and then the mage and the priest whupped up on Onyxia and split the awesome lootz. I got the head, which is all I wanted because I’ve always rolled like a 6 on it.

Bottom line…yeah, it’s not that big of an achievement, but doing something you don’t often do is always worth it.

The Dragon Goes Down!

The Dragon Goes Down!

_Misa

Champion At Last!

Posted in Misamane with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2009 by emptyay

Whoo!

Misamane is a Champion of Undercity! I can now confirm that my strategy works on Argent Champions as well as the Black Knight.

It’s a bit annoying fighting the Black Knight…that guy tries to get range like every 5 seconds, so you have to stay on your toes. On the other hand, he seems a bit easier than any of the Champions.

More on the Champion dailies and dual spec later this week!

_Misa

The Hybrid, The Lich, and The Wardrobe (Part 1)

Posted in Misamane with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2008 by emptyay

Hello again!

Not that I think anyone read my first post, but it seems like a good greeting that’s pretty friendly in general.

I decided that this week I’ll do three posts, in order, about my spec (the hybrid), my time in the xpac so far (the lich), and my view on the upgrades contained therein (yep, the wardrobe.)

The Hybrid

Right now I’m specced for leveling. I’m sitting on 34/27/3 at level 73 and loving every minute of it. The 3 Shadow points of course go into Spirit Tap, and btw ty Blizz for giving us Imp. Spirit Tap. It’s nice to have when I’m Shadow, and it saves me 2 points when I’m not. Good call.

My Holy points are focused around getting both Spiritual Guidance and Surge of Light. That 25% of my Spirit translating to spellpower gives me a nice little confidence boost. Fortunately, with the general mood being that Int is replacing Spirit on my most-wanted list, I’m not that worried about losing that 25% when I hit 80 and respec to mostly Disc.  Surge of Light is great because no one ever turns down free, insta-cast Smites. Even with mana regeneration not being a problem, free damage makes things go faster. It’s also a great way to top myself off without having to charge a heal.But most of the time I’ll PoM/Renew and use the free Smite.

It doesn’t hurt that to get to those talents I have to go through Divine Fury and Searing Light. Half a second less to cast a spell that does 10% more damage = happy Misa. I was actually debating Desperate Prayer for now…if someone has it, let me know how it is. My next respec I might take it just to check it out. I skipped Spirit of Redemption because 99.8% of the time I’m soloing. I only hit the instances to complete the quests contained therein.

And so we come to my favorite topic here today…Discipline! I opted for the two points in Imp. Fort because Martyrdom sucks (IMHO) and I don’t need the threat reduction from Silent Resolve since I’m always alone. 80% of my normal threat still beats the 0% from the party members I don’t have.

Besides, if I run an instance, I just bring a DK. I don’t have to worry about out-threating the tank when the DK has twice his threat anyway. “I has Death Grip I is ur tank.” Yes, yes. *nods and stops healing the DK*

Imp PW:Shield is a given, 15% less damage from the large things trying to kill me. Of course, nobody goes Disc and doesn’t take Meditation. Inner Focus is another nice little free spell every 3 minutes…which goes by quite fast if you don’t pay attention to it.

I actually got Imp. Mana Burn so I’d have a reason to add the spell to my rotation. I feel like I’ve been stuck in a rotation rut and wanted to introduce a new spell and see how hard it would be to actively use it in my rotation. It’s hard. Sometimes I find myself ignoring it completely for hours at a time. I suppose it doesn’t really matter, since the spell itself does nothing to up my DPS output (in fact, it probably subtracts from it) but I’m partially encouraged by the fact that I’ve actually started using a much different healing rotation than I did as holy. Throwing PoM’s and Renews up and shielding when Weakend Soul is down keeps tanks alive through most instance encounters, with the occasional Greater Heal thrown in for good measure. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Penance, and I look forward to 80 when I get to play with it myself.

Where was I? Ah yes, Divine Spirit. Buffs, buffs and more buffs, that’s what I say. I took Imp. DS too, once again because I solo and I like spellpower. I’ve been losing it left and right as I move into WotLK gear, and I want some back! Mental Strength is another must. 15% more Int is appealing as we move into the Int-over-Spirit days of WoW. Enlightenment…10% stat boost and 5% haste is much better than taking Focused Power and…what would you even take? Absolution I guess, or something I’ve already decided not to take.

Ah, the 30-point talents. I took Power Infusion, as usual. I’m not sure if I’ll even touch the rest of this tier. Focused Will doesn’t appeal to me at all. If I’m alone in a position where I need added healing, I’m probably somewhere I shouldn’t be. I’ll probably funnel those other 4 points into Mental Agility. After that I plan on throwing two points into Aspiration, and then when I hit 80 I’ll respec anyways, so all of this will mean nothing.

I’ve had a few priests in my guild ask about my spec, and finally convinced one to try it out. He’d been leveling Shadow and telling me how much better it was, and after a few days of arguing he agreed to try my spec out. The next day, I get a tell.

“That spec is great for leveling.”

Yes, I know. 😛

_Misa

Welcome to My World

Posted in Misamane with tags , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2008 by emptyay
Meet Misa.

Meet Misa.

So…here we go. My first foray into the world of blogging.

My background for my header thing looks decent. Right? I think so…

It was a fun little experiment with Photoshop…I’m actually learning how to do things with it now.

My name is Misamane, and I am a 73 undead female priest on Blackwing Lair. I’ve been Holy. I’ve been Shadow. I’ve been Holy/Shadow (don’t ask…it was bad.)  But, now I’m Disc, and it’s here that I’ve found my happiness.

I can pewpew, not with the facemelting purple beams and various Embraces and Touches of Shadow (really…someone should keep an eye on the PDA in that tree), but I do my best with lolsmites and Holy Fire, one of the spells that I tend to shout the name of as it hits the mob. You can imagine the startled, confused looks on the faces of everyone in my general viscinity when I yell, “HOLY FIRE!” at random intervals.

I can also heal. Bleh. Boring. I shiver every time my WIM pops up and I see those five words I dread. “Hi, are you a healer?” I can’t refuse. I tell them I’d rather DPS, but I’ll heal if necessary. They say ok, and laugh as they wait the appropriate amount of time to tell me they found all their DPS and need me to heal. Argh. But…I can’t deny…I’m good at it. I don’t have Pennance. I don’t have Divine Aegis. But I can keep that tank alive even when he pulls three sets of mobs on his head and calls a wipe. No wipes here, ladies and gentlemen.

This is mostly my story. But…it isn’t just my story. Other characters making appearances from time to time will be:

Risenagain – 60 orc male Death Knight

Misakune – 35 blood elf female rogue

Dotdotdot – 24 blood elf male warlock

Anyone else will be labeled a guest, as it conveys a sense of that person being “special” and will undoubtedly earn me points with said person.

As of now, I’m going to try to make Mondays the official posting day. It remains to be seen if that will actually hold up against heavy scrutiny (okay, the slightest of glances may topple it) but I will make an effort and adjust as necessary.

That being said, the push to 80 is upon me, and I am as excited as I have ever been about WoW. The dynamics of the new continent, new skills, and my awesome new spec (more on that later) combine in a way that is so utterly enthralling, I find it hard to concentrate on anything else. If monday happens to be one of the few days I can hop on and quest, you can be sure that the blog shall recieve the proverbial boot that day.

But, for the most part, I shall attempt to post on time. This will happen even if I’m the only one reading the blog, as I will email all my friends and force them to at least visit the page every day so I can bask in a false sense of importance. If I can manage to get actual traffic from people I don’t know and haven’t coerced into coming, all the better.

Last thing – I invite you to offer your opinion at any time. Please! If you don’t like my spec, tell me. If you tell me, tell me why. After you tell me why, give me yours and explain why it’s better. If I hated a quest chain you loved, tell me! Paint me a vivid picture of the affection you harbor for collecting mammoth pelts and rubbing them in diseased dirt to make a magical cape that turns the world a fuzzy shade of blue when you wear it. By all means, disagree with me!

Anyway, this is my story. I hope you come along for the ride.

_Misa