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On a Personal Note…

June 10, 2012 1 comment

It’s been a while, and I feel like I should stick a post up here letting you all know that yes, I am still alive, and yes, I am still blogging.

I’ve been incredibly busy since I came back from travel in April. Work has been a massive time sink–I’ve been training new team members and trying to get better control of my crazy work life–because, well, at some point, I don’t want to be working 12+ hour days.

That being said, I relocated in May, and now spend 14 hours a week commuting (2 days a week). If you ever doubted my sanity, this should erase any question of doubt!

I’m still raiding with Enveloping Shadows 2 nights a week. We are currently wiping on Heroic Spine, and most nights end with me not even able to fathom where our weak point is (I have some ideas,  but I’m still unsure). A lot of raid frustration is around the fact that our second staff (AKA, Staff 2.0), vanished from the game within a couple weeks of the team completing the second legendary (Staff 1.0 did the same thing). We currently cross our fingers at night that all 10 will sign on to raid because we don’t have any members on stand by. It’s a touch rough!

I haven’t given Beta much time, which annoys me to no end! I love playing it, and finally feel somewhat in tune with the new Paladin stuff, but I just haven’t had the time.

Most of my free time (what little there is) has been going to Diablo 3, where my Wizard is playing around in Nightmare level. I die a lot, but it’s fun :) She’s the only character I’ve played in D3, and I think I’ll be taking her up to Inferno before I consider rolling an “alt.”

I’m still on Twitter, though not as much as I was in the past. Usually  because I’m so damn busy right now (which I’m hoping will change at the end of the month).

I’ve been studying for my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and I’m testing at the end of the month. It’s a 4-hour test after 4 days of boot camp, so I’m hoping I can pull this off and cross it off my list before fiscal year ends!

I just returned from a jaunt to NC to do some teaming with my coworkers and meet the engineers who I abuse mercilessly on a daily basis. It was a great time to kick back, play some Kick Ball (yes, there are pictures), Bowl, drink, and eat a ton of sushi! My team is reorg’ing our business focus and alignment, as we are part of a service that no other company can offer to my customer base, so I’ve been doing a lot of design support at the ground level. I took on the massive redevelopment of our internal support space, so I will have my arms full with that for a bit–it’s a godsend that my Director supports my random goals and helps me out when I need it. We’ll see if this paves the way for some new role alignments in the future. I’ve been pondering a relo to NC in the next couple years but if I can put a support structure in place and maintain an escalation point for my greater team from the comfort of my home office (with little to no travel unless management requests), then I will be happy. We’ll see–this is the time where I have more flexibility to push for things that benefit me. :)

Anyway–it’s safe to say that very few of you give a shit about my private life, but I did want to let you know that I am still playing WoW (though not at the levels I used to, see above for reasoning) and that there are more blog posts in the pipeline!

–Miri

Dragon Soul Paladin BiS List

June 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Almost a month ago, I question was posed to me on Formsrping regarding Paladin BiS gear in Dragon Soul. The question was:

You mind showing the BiS gemmed and enchanted so we can get an idea?

It has been sitting flagged in my inbox begging me to take action, and my massive delay makes me feel pretty bad. Suffice to say, there’s a lot of craziness going on in my personal/professional life that won’t be settling out until the end of this month (but that’s another blog post). So the fact that I was able to pour a drink on a Friday night and run numbers with a friend was relaxing. And thus, this post was born!

Here is our quick and dirty findings for a Paladin BiS list in Dragon Soul. Our goals:

  • Stamina stacking for the hardest heroic fights in Dragon Soul (Gunship and Spine)
  • Maintaining a large amount of avoidance
  • CTC capping (or close to)

The end result was almost obscene. Raid buffed (Devo Aura, Horn of Winter, Mark of the Wild, Fortitude, Steelskin, Feast Buff, stacked trinket), I was looking at the following numbers:

  • 260,459 health
  • 44,358 Armor
  • 2,225 Dodge Rating (20.07%)
  • 3,456.83 Parry Rating (20.60%)
  • 56.82% Block Chance
  • 45.67% Avoidance
  • 102.49% CTC

I needed a moment after I saw those avoidance numbers…

Anyway, on to the gear list!

Note: Raz is a JC/Enchanter, so this list reflects those professions. The only difference is that a non-JC/non-Enchanter player will have a smaller health pool.

Item
(Organized by Slot)

Gems

Enchants

Reforge

Faceguard of Eternal Glory (410) Eternal Shadowspirit Diamond
Solid Deepholm Iolite

Arcanum of the Earthen Ring

Guardspike Choker (397)
Brackenshell Shoulderplates (410) Solid Deepholm Iolite

Greater Inscription of Unbreakable Quartz

Dodge -> Mastery

Indefatigable Greatcloak (397) Solid Deepholm Iolite

Enchant Cloak – Protection

Expertise -> Mastery

Chestguard of Radiant Glory (410) Solid Deepholm Iolite
Solid Deepholm Iolite
Solid Deepholm Iolite

Enchant Chest – Greater Stamina

Graveheart Bracers (410) Solid Deepholm Iolite

Enchant Bracer – Superior Dodge

Handguards of Radiant Glory (410) Solid Deepholm Iolite

Enchant Gloves – Greater Mastery

Hit -> Mastery

Goriona’s Collar (410) Puissant Elven  Peridot
Fractured Lightstone
Solid Deepholm Iolite

Dodge -> Mastery

Legguards of Radiant Glory (410) Solid Deepholm Iolite
Solid Deepholm Iolite
Solid Chimera’s Eye

Drakehide Leg Armor

Dodge -> Mastery

Stillheart Warboots (410) Solid Deepholm Iolite
Solid Deepholm Iolite

Enchant Boots – Mastery

Curled Twilight Claw (410) Solid Deepholm Iolite

Enchant Ring – Greater Stamina

Hit -> Parry

Hardheart Ring (410) Solid Deepholm Iolite

Enchant Ring – Greater Stamina

Indomitable Pride (410)
Resolve of Undying (416)
Souldrinker (416)

Windwalk

Blackhorn’s Mighty Bulwark (410) Puissant Elven Peridot
Solid Chimera’s Eye

Enchant Shield – Mastery

Dodge -> Parry

Stoutheart Talisman (397) Solid Chimera’s Eye

Mastery -> Dodge

This may get tweaked a bit more, but that’s what I’m currently targeting!

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