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Upgrades!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Upgrades!  Everyone loves them.  New gear is awesome.  But with patch 5.1, Blizzard put in a system that you can upgrade items themselves.  Items of ilevel 458 and higher can be upgraded.

Rare (blue) items can be upgraded with Justice points.  And Epic (purple) items can be upgraded with Valor points.  For the Rares, it’s a one shot deal.  1500 JP’s will get you 8 item levels in one upgrade per piece.  For the Epics, it’s 750 VP’s for a 4 item level upgrade and you can do it twice per item.

So what do you upgrade?  That’s the big question isn’t it.  Well, the basic thought is that you upgrade your highest ilevel pieces first.  Like tier pieces you may have grabbed from a Sha of Anger run or LFR.  Next would be pieces you are not gonna replace soon.  Like if you have Raid Finder shoulders but aren’t doing normal raids that drop shoulders.  Weapons and trinkets are also normally good choices.

But what is best?  What gives the most bang for your buck?  Convert to Raid recently mentioned WoWupgrade.com.  It only works for dps (sorry healers and tanks) but you can get the basic idea.  It gives a number for each upgrade.  Letting you see what upgrade will help you most.  Some people may still be storing up VP’s for purchasing upgrades, but if you still have a blue or two and have extra JP’s from running instances, this can be a good way to spend them.  Or if you are lucky enough to have purchased all of your VP gear that you need, this will keep that gear progressing.

Who? What? I’m so confused…

Friday, December 14th, 2012

So who is Noodlez?  Noodlez is a gnomish warlock on the Feathermoon-US server.  Right now he’s sitting at 85 because I have not had time to level him up.  Other toons have taken my time.  He’s the Guild Master of The Mirage on that server.

So why didn’t I start a blog with one of my other toons names?  Well, I like Noodlez.  I love his name.  It fits him so well.  He’ll probably never be my “main” but he’s the toon I most closely associate with.  Not really sure why.  I just love him.

So who do I play?  Well, right now, I have 3 90’s in my cast of characters and about 6 more waiting to hit 90.  First up is Mysteiria.  She’s my raider.  She’s a elemental/resto shaman.  She’s geared pretty well, and though I have struggled a bit with her, she can hold her own in healing raids.  She’s part of a 10 man raid group but I’ll mention that in a bit.

Next up is Cyndir.  He’s the toon I am having the most fun on.  He’s a Draenei Frost/Blood DK.  Though I have a decent set of gear, up until now, I have not tanked at all with him.  I can probably do it but I enjoy the dps and don’t mind sitting in queue for a bit.  So I dps on him mostly.  Thanks to PreachGaming.com and his awesome class videos, Cyndir DPS’s “like a baller”.  LOL!  It also helps that it’s only a few cooldowns and an easy rotation.  As well as a nice addon called CLC DK that keeps everything I need to see centralized.

Lastly is Saimus.  Saimus is a human pally.  Everyone has to have one right?  He’s ret/prot though he doesn’t get much action.  I have a similar addon for him but he’s just not as much fun to play.  Too many things to track and too many buttons to push.  He farms and collects my herbs until I send them over to my scribe or alchemist.

So who else do I have waiting “in the mists”?  LOL!  I like that.  Oh yeah, I make TERRIBLE puns.  My guild actually suggested I make a Panda named “Punda” because my puns are so bad.  Let’s see, next up will probably be GrayGhost.  He’s my leatherworker and we need someone to learn patterns in the guild.  He’s a worgen rogue.  Then there is Leucis.  He’s my alchemist.  He’s a worgen druid (boom/resto).  Mailee is also a druid.  She’s a feral/guardian druid.  Yeah, her name is a play on words too.  When people would say “stack with melee”, I always heard “stack with Mailee”.  There is Nouillez (which is french for Noodlez).  She’s my gnomish priest.  Mostly shadow but she does have a disc spec.  She’s my enchantress/engineer.  Of course there is Noodlez.  He’s a tailor/engineer.  He’s a gnomish warlock.  And lastly is Aalexa.  She’s a draenei hunter.  Currently she’s sitting on a BM spec but that may change as I play her.  Oh, and Punda is just out of the starting area.  The plan for her was a mistweaver/windwalker monk.  But she gets almost no play time either.

Why so many toons?  Well, I like to be as self-sufficient as possible.  Make my own stuff.  Gather my own stuff.  Spend my own cash.  Yeah, I am GM of a pretty cool guild but it’s just how I play.  I’ve carried that feeling all the way from my early days in Ultima Online forward.  Help where needed.  Give as needed.  And just do my thing.

Grayce!  You’ll here me mention her from time to time.  She’s my wife IRL.  In game, she’s a human arcane mage.  When we first started dating, I got her into the game.  She thought she would never make it past level 20.  But Grayce and Saimus leveled mostly together.  They made it into the wedding vows.  They showed up on the grooms cake.  And now, she raids along side of me.  She used to only play when I played but she’s branching out.  Recently she has been doing the cooking dailies and now other dailies on her own.  She still runs into stumbling points and can get lost but it’s awesome to see her progressing.

I think that’s enough for now.  Gonna wrap this up and prep to head home.

All Noodlez… and some sauce.

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Welcome to Noodlez Noggin.  This is where I will primarily put ramblings, ideas, tips and musing about WoW and goings on in game.  I’m still getting to know this WordPress thing but hopefully I will get the hang of it quickly.

I will credit where I can if I hear something somewhere else.  But I make no promises.

Oh, one more thing.  This post may change or look weird as I play with new things.  Please just ignore the man behind the curtain.

Inscribed Crane Staff 

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