Gold Complete!

Last night I managed to get the last of my gold ready for our challenge mode runs this afternoon. The runs went pretty smoothly with a couple of stuffups here and there but all-in-all it was a lot of fun. I made sure I had all the consumables needed and even though I was initially excited to dps as disc, we would have had two disc priests in the group which is too much of a good thing imo.

I specced over to shadow (using my normal set) with only some flasks and invisibility pots on hand (the rest I banked). They recommended only 6 but I brought 20 beforehand. Thanks so much to the guys from Blackrock – Sonofalich, Ctwin, Stormbringer and Acidik.

It was exciting to collect my egg from the mail as I wondered which colour I would pick – until I had to clear some room for my Light Regalia set. Looking through my ever bulging bags and bank, here are my favourite weapon combos.

CM-mace CM-staff

So what mount did I pick? The Reins of the Ashen Pandaren Phoenix. I know we’ll get all colour variations soon but I thought it was the nicest of the four and looks great with this set.

Ashen-Pandaren-mount

Cool completed his straight after mine with fewer stuffups in fact. Probably since they were getting tired or extra twitchy from multiple coffee refills while one was itching for a long bio break. :P

Here we are in our glorious sets.

Priest-Pali-MoP-CM

Lastly, with the huge number of achievements just from challenge modes, I managed to crack the 18,000 mark which included The Shado-Master.

Thanks again guys and a special thanks to Navi for the introduction and help with the transfer. :)

Gearing for Gold

A few days ago, I completed my first challenge mode with Cool, Thunderspank, one of Thunderspank’s guildies and Oathblade. At the time, I was really excited to try Scholo but Gate of the Setting Sun was suggested as good starting point so I entered with a set based vaguely on the gear list I posted several days before.

It was all about the anticipation. I had even gone into Scholo several times, in the week leading up to our first encounter, just to see my stats –  until I remembered I could go into Proving Grounds instead for the bonus reforger.

CM-Scholo

Initially I was all set to go in as disc but at one stage it looked like I would be dpsing instead. Sadly, nothing eventuated with that idea so I was excited to heal our first dungeon after all. We went through the dungeon on heroic first since we hadn’t played with the other three before. This gave us a nice practice run of how we wanted the actual run to go as well as getting to know the playstyle of the others before trying it for real.

I will say it was challenging to say the least, especially on that first big pull but even after a few mishaps with bombs and the lift playing up for a couple of people, we managed to walk out with silver. The group wasn’t ideal, particularly for the last boss but it was still nice to zone out with three achievements on our first day.

Gate-of-the-Setting-Sun-bronze

Unfortunately, nothing really happened after that so Cool and I have organised another three players to finally complete these challenges with. Some people have the opinion that gear isn’t all that important when it comes to challenge modes and if I just wanted to walk out with gold, that’s probably true. However, after completing the initial set of gold challenges, I plan on getting the best times I can so why not get all the items I can to help with that objective?

Over the past few days, I’m happy to say I’ve collected a few from my list although killing the same bosses 10 times just to get a drop is very monotonous. Take the Frostborn Wristwraps as an example. They drop from Megaera in the Throne of Thunder so it’s not too bad killing one other boss before getting to the one I need but it’s painful getting the the double whammy from low RNG and then getting the wrong enchantment when the right item finally drops.

So far I’ve had the mastery, expertise/hit and haste but no crit drop as yet. Kind of funny when the crit variant is apparently the most common out of the four. I’m holding the other three in my bag just hoping the next one will be crit but who knows how long that will take – especially at the expense of my precious bag space.

At least Luxy now knows why I’m always in the Throne of Thunder :P

Challenge Mode – Disc Priest

After deciding to finally go for the Priest Challenge Mode set, I’ve been looking at what I can do to improve my levels of success. There seems to be a lot of material at our disposal which makes it a lot easier going into these for the first time.

Priest WoD CM

Some guides seem to favour spirit over more crit and haste but for easy reference, here’s what I’ll be focussing on as a starting point. The following table was listed as BIS so I’ll probably just use the items I have readily available to me. As a new engineer, I never made the goggles so that will the first piece I’ll work on. From there, I’ll adjust accordingly.

 Item  Source  Enchant  Gems
Lightweight Retinal Armor Engineering Burning Primal Diamond Quick + Smooth Cogwheel
Passionfire Choker Twin Consorts 2x 160 Int
Shoulderguards of Ternion Glory Siegecrafter Blackfuse Greater Crane Wing Inscription 2x 160 Int
Deadly Glare Cape Durumu the Forgotten Superior Intellect 1x 160 Int
Mantid Vizier’s Robe Spoils of Pandaria Glorious Stats 2x 160 Int
1x 80 Int/160 Critical
Frostborn Wristwraps (Crit) Megaera Intellect 1x 80 Int/160 Critical
Montak’s Grips of Scorching Breath Thok the Bloodthirsty Superior Haste 1x 160 Int
1x 80 Int/160 Critical
White Cloud Belt Tailoring Living Steel Belt Buckle 3x 160 Int
Legwraps of Cardinality Lei Shen Greater Cerulean Spellthread 3x 160 Int
Soulbinder Treads Xin the Weaponmaster Greater Haste 1x 80 Int/160 Critical
Amaranthine Signet of the Fireflash Timeless Isle
Seal of Sullen Fury Malkorok
Relic of Yu’lon Inscription (AH)
Volatile Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault VP Vendor
Torall, Rod of the Shattered Throne Lei Shen Jade Spirit + Eye of the Black Prince 2x 160 Int
Lei Shen’s Orb of Command Lei Shen Major Intellect 1x 160 Int
Light of the Cosmos
(Optional Trinket)
Elegon
Total Intellect = ~17528 (Fully Buffed)
Stat Priority Intellect > Crit > Haste > Spirit > Mastery
Total Gems 15x 160 Int (Brilliant Primordial Ruby)
3x 80 Int/160 Critical (Potent Vermilion Onyx)

Wish me luck!

Brawler Cymre

It’s been a while since I defeated GG Engineering so today I took the last flask I had been saving to see if I could clear the rank within the hour.

Dark Summoner

Dark Summoner – Use the spotlight to stun the ghosts and DPS them ASAP. Each ghost killed removes the invulnerability shield around the Dark Summoner for ~15secs so save your CDs for that time. Just don’t get too close to the ghosts or you’ll get one-shot as their range is pretty far. Rinse, repeat.

Battletron

Battletron – Stay at maximum range while saving your defensive CDs for the explosions. I also tried a few talent swaps to help out with any instant casts using From Darkness, Comes Light, Divine Insight and Desperate Prayer for some added insurance.

Meatball

Meatball – This guy packs a punch when he’s MEATBALL MAD! so stack as many orbs as you can for the Strange Energy buff. I managed to get 44 stacks before I finished him off. I used Mindbender for that extra bit of OOMPH!

Brawlin-and-Shot-Callin

Completing Rank 7 gives the Brawlin’ and Shot Callin’ achievement as well as the Brawler title. You also gain access to a special VIP area as well as another fist weapon for a cost of 2175 Justice Points.

Brawler Cymre
Zeppelin

To watch my Rank 7 fights, check out the video.

GG Engineering

I was determined to defeat this duo since I’ll most likely be busy on the Timeless Isle tomorrow. Max and Bo would have to be the most difficult fight for this rank, much like Yikkan Izu from Rank 6. After getting a lot of close attempts and trying out different talents and glyphs, I ended up using Halo, Inner Sanctum and Psychic Scream.

Bo

In my kill attempt, I dropped Psyfiend and Halo just as they spawned which took off 4% of their health right at the start.

GG Engineering

In the end I died a couple of seconds after I had killed them but worse still – I wasn’t recording the attempt!! OMG! Just as well I recorded the others so I could show my basic strategy.

GG win

Phew, I’m so glad that one’s over although I’m so used to getting a shirt and a big sack of gold, it took a second to remember this wasn’t a challenge fight. :P

Now bring on the patch! I’m just a little disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to clean out my bags before tomorrow especially since I was just taking to Euphy about it earlier =/

More Brawlers Shirts

Part two of my Brawlers Challenge series. This is more of a reference post as I defeat the final few.

Dippy and Doopy

Dippy-and-Doopy Strategy: Dippy moves a lot faster than Doopy so keep both of them dotted while taking Dippy out first. Snares don’t work but Psyfiend and Spectral Guise may be used.
Tuxedo-Like Shirt Rewards: Tuxedo-Like Shirt
Humongous Sack of Coins – 500G
50x Valor Points
Rank 5

 Mecha-Bruce

Mecha-Bruce Strategy: Bruce is back and he’s brought some major upgrades with him. This is very much a DPS race as he gets faster and stronger each time he upgrades.
Brucehide Jersey Rewards: Brucehide Jersey
Enormous Sack of Coins – 600G
50x Valor Points
Rank 6

 Blingtron 3000

Blingtron 3000 Strategy: Create a chain of smaller Blingtron 2000 bots from Blingtron 3000 to the Tesla Coil at the other end. Once the small bots are all connected via a circuit, activate the Tesla Coil at the other end of the pit (note this has a cast). This will stun Blingtron giving you a 900% damage increase.
Blingshirt Rewards: Last Season’s Shirt
Enormous Sack of Coins – 600G
50x Valor Points
Rank 6

Ro-Shambo

Ro-Shambo Strategy: The fact he follows the Rock, Paper, Scissors order makes it a lot easier to anticipate his next move. However there’s no way to know this from the first time you go in as there’s a one in three chance he will start with rock. Once you understand this, you can defeat him pretty easily. Note that if you win the throw he gets stunned for a few seconds giving you a nice DPS increase. The adds are pretty easy to avoid but if you lose the throw you’ll be taking a lot more damage from him and the adds.
Paper Shirt Rewards: Paper Shirt
Overflowing Sack of Coins – 700G
50x Valor Points
Rank 7

The Bear and the Lady Fair

Bear and the Fair Strategy: Jump between the trampolines to receive Critical Bounce, a buff which causes your next spell to hit very hard so by jumping up to Augh’s platform on the third jump, you’ll have several seconds to DPS before being slapped off the platform. You can essentially ignore the bear by using fear, tendrils and spectral guise.
Gorgeous Blouse Rewards: Gorgeous Blouse
Overflowing Sack of Coins – 700G
50x Valor Points
Rank 7

 Mingus Diggs

Mingus Diggs Strategy: Mingus doesn’t take any damage until all four statues are dead. Each statue will give you a debuff which will build up very fast if you’re not careful. The trick is to stand in front of each statue to disable it. After 5secs that particular debuff will drop off.
Rewards: Digmaster’s Bodysleeve
Gigantic Sack of Coins – 900G
50x Valor Points
Rank 9

Blind Hero

Blind Hero Strategy: He has 3 main abilities: Blind Strike, Swift Strike a 45º arc and Blind Cleave which damages everything within ~20 yards around him. The only thing you really need to watch is his charge. I used Mindbender and Spectral Guise to drop threat and stay at range. For a Rank 9 fight he’s easier than expected.
Sightless Mantle Rewards: Sightless Mantle
Gigantic Sack of Coins – 900G
50x Valor Points
Rank 9

Once you have defeated all of the bosses, you can expect another shirt Wraps of the Blood-Soaked Brawler and accompanying achievement Deck Your Collection.

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