Tuesday, April 26, 2011

FI gets you ready for patch 4.1!

Word on the street is that patch 4.1 will be dropping on this Tuesday! While this content patch does not include a raid it does have some exciting class and general changes that will breath some life into those already feeling the Cataclysm doldrums. Here are several posts the staff here at FI have been working on the last few months using PTR information as well as some class guides if you wanted to try your hand at another class or spec. Happy reading, raiding and patch day!

Patch Information
Raid Building 101: Looking at Patch 4.1
Random Heroics - Making the grind a little more bearable
Druid tanking gear drops in 4.1 heroics
Plate tanking drops in the new 4.1 heroics
PTR 4.1 warrior changes
PTR 4.1 druid changes
PTR 4.1 paladin changes

Class Guides
Druid Tanking: A Level 85 Guide
Restoration Shaman: A Level 85 Guide
Paladin Tanking: A Level 85 Field Manual

Monday, April 25, 2011

Random Heroics - Making the grind a little more bearable

Patch 4.1 is almost upon us, and with its arrival, comes a new way to make beating our heads a little less painful. As it stands right now, we run one heroic a day for our 70 Valor points, then wait until the next day for the opportunity to get more. This makes the valor grind slow and painful .... even for the most experienced players. Well, Blizzard has heard us, and times they are a-changing .....

Raid Building 101: Looking at Patch 4.1

Raid Building 101 is a weekly article detailing the finer (and sometimes the not so finer) points of building and leading a successful raid group. Be it a world first or super casual, Raid Building 101 has something for you. 

I know this won’t be as snarky and funny as my usual posts, but with 4.1 set to come out within the next couple of weeks there are certain things you can do to get your raid upgraded extremely fast once the patch hits.  All your raiders should know what is happening with their class and with new dungeons and your guild should know exactly what to farm to get everyone the best they can get right away.  Oh and there is this little thing called Guild Challenges to add a little fun on days with no raiding.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Druid Tanking: Gear Drops in 4.1 Heroics

Content patch. Those words can either induce a shiver of delight or a vile shudder of disdain to us World of Warcraft players. We read about it for weeks - checking our class changes, determining if it's a nerf or a buff (I'll make it easy for you...it's a nerf), and searching for new drops to be hard-fought and won. Well it's here again with patch 4.1! All murmer on the intertubez says this patch is set to drop next week and with it tons of new content. Given it's the first major patch for Cataclysm, it's all eyes on it.

Today I'll talk a little bit about the gear choices you'll have coming patch day in the new heroics. For me I'm personally really looking forward to it, I can't get enough troll lore so bring it on. Also ZA was one of my most favorite places to raid back in BC. Read on bears read on.

Raid Building 101: The Other Side of the Coin

Raid Building 101 is a weekly article detailing the finer (and sometimes the not so finer) points of building and leading a successful raid group. Be it a world first or super casual, Raid Building 101 has something for you.

The intro to my column says the finer and not-so-finer points of Raid Leading. Today it's time to get into one of those not-so-finer points. For every successful raid in an established guild there are many people in the background doing the work that no one else wants to do. There is this thing called paperwork and it is something that can be simply horrible. If you are the main officer or raid leader the sad thing is you are probably going to be the one doing a lot of it. What kind of paperwork am I talking about?  Let’s find out.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tanking Drops in 4.1 new 5-man Dungeons

Here are some items data-mined from the upcoming heroic 5 mans. These have not yet been entered into boss tables, but the may interest tanks. There seems to be one of everything! Hit the jump to see what new loot you can shoot for when 4.1 drops!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 08 – 10 things we don’t know about you

My shiny new Incineratus!
Titleist takes the 20 days of WoW blogging challenge (and tries to not loose all his subscribers in the process). See the inspiration and topic list on day zero, found here.

Whew last week was brutal! Real life got hella busy in the wink of an eye. Between undertaking a new project at work, having family visiting in town the later half of the week and the beautiful sunny 80 degree weather pulling me outside during the weekend I barely had time to shower let alone WoW it up! Ironically this week my wife decided to start playing wow again and we purchased her copy of Cataclysm. She is plugging away at a goblin shaman at the moment and seems to be enjoying it. In some aspects I'm glad she plays because I get a different perspective on just what this game is by listening to her and watching her patterns. She doesn't consider herself a WoW 'professional' (as she kindly refers to me) but still enjoys the game just as much as I do. It's easy to forget that this game can function as a fun and rewarding single players experience as well - it all depends on the person. Anyway enough stalling, time to talk about 10 things you don't know about me. I have no idea how personal to get with these, so I'll just try my best minus medical history or anything to gross.

1) I am an Eagle Scout.
2) I love roller coasters.
3) I can speak a little German.
4) I've stolen a road signs before.
5) I like my ice tea unsweetened.
6) I have my motorcycle endorsement.
7) My pitching wedge is 49 degrees.
8) I could not live without hot wings and sub sandwiches.
9) I say pop, you can call it soda.
10) I've hiked a good chuck of the AT.
 
I feel like we know each other better already!

Raid Building 101: Know Your Role

I can haz lewts?
Raid Building 101 is a weekly article detailing the finer (and sometimes the not so finer) points of building and leading a successful raid group. Be it a world first or super casual, Raid Building 101 has something for you.

We have two related scenarios for this week;

So your raid has been kicking butt and swimming in loot. What happens when another raid needs an extra member to fill out the roster and you are invited in on a week you are not raiding with your usual raid? What should you be expected to do in the new raid? Are there rules for this type of thing? Most importantly, do you know how to act when it isn’t your raid to lead?

So you just joined a guild and are put up on a roster for your first raid. How do you find out all the rules and how things work before the raid starts so that you don’t cause everyone to lose time explaining rules to you instead of killing bosses?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Resto Shaman: A Level 85 Guide

I wanted to subhead this "Funny Little Heads and How to Heal Your Ass Off" but for some reason I don't think that would fit as a title. Oh well, they all can't be winners. Welcome to my shaman healing guide for level 85. I've played a resto shaman for a good portion of Wrath raiding and recently broken into entry level Cata raiding. Healing in general is something you must be passionate about in order to excel in. It also takes a fair amount of experience to be a great healer as well and I hope while you read this guide that you understand this. You can have all the knowledge and all the resources in the world but if you lack that passion and experience your healing potential cannot be reached. The first step any great healer has taken is learning the basics of their class and in the case of shaman healers, some synergistic tricks. Ready? Go.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Malice reaches level 25!

Earlier this evening our guild Malice reached level 25, REALM FIRST! Thank you to those who worked super hard all day to cap us out and gratz to those who have their brand new shiny scorpion mounts.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The bank alt....offline

What does your bank alt do when you are offline? Are you sure you wanna see?

This was produced by the same production group as Ferocious Inspiration so check it out and if you have speakers turn them up.....

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 07 – The reason behind your blog’s name

I continue my 20 days of blogging type-cathalon with an easy (and hard) post to tackle, how I named the blog!

Well to be honest it started out fairly easily; I played a hunter. Back in BC one of the most important buffs that hunters (specifically BM hunters) brought to the party was the Ferocious Inspiration buff. Seeing that pop up when crit, I felt like I was helping to contribute being as I had no other buffs to throw up. I can remember being a semi-horrible raider and some old school Malice people being like "oh man, well we need the buff so lets take him" and that is how I got invited to the raid! True story. Of course when that happened I made sure to bring the pain (as much as a hunter can rocking mostly PVP gear from season 2, you know "welfare epics") and prove my worth.

After I was bitten by the raiding bug (and in turn the desire to max/min the hell out of myself) I started to long for some kind of creative outlet. I had dabbled in LiveJournal and decided to try a blog. My sudden inspiration to create coupled with the given the fact that I can be a bit imposing and high strung (and played a hunter) left only two acceptable blog names. Unfortunately NerdRage is already taken so here we are, three years later, still typing with my face and publishing to Ferocious Inspiration.

I should take this time to say thank you. Thank you to all the people who read this blog. Thank you to those people in my life that help to make this is what it is - my benefactors, people who donated their talent and artwork to make this place look as snazzy as it is. Thank you to those people who contribute to this blog. It wouldn't be half as awesome as it is without you all. I think I'm tearing up here.....

Raid Building 101: Angry Monkeys Throw Poop

Raid Building 101 is a weekly article detailing the finer (and sometimes the not so finer) points of building and leading a successful raid group. Be it a world first or super casual, Raid Building 101 has something for you.
 
So we’ve talked about bad raiders and ways they can mess with your raid and what type of measures you can take to get things straightened out, but what happens when the poop being thrown around is from the officer ranks? Why would some officers resent you or wish to make your raid fail? Why do some seem to always cause issues in raids? There are just some types of people that can never get along.

How do you deal with angry monkeys throwing poop?