Tuesday, 19 March 2013

This Week in Tacky News 19/03/13

The headlines in McTacky News this week:

Reputations Achieved:
Golden Lotus = Revered
Shado-Pan = Honored

Item Level = 479 (from 475 last week)
Unique Pets = 452 (from 450 last week) Baneling & Grinder.
Mounts = 1 New (Reins of the Green Primal Raptor from Primal Egg from Isle of the Giants)

Friday, 15 March 2013

Blood Knight in the Wild (Part 4)

I was off to visit on Dino Island where Azalpha and Luxypie's alt were.
This Luxy alt, LuxyGaga, is actually in my guild Frostwolves. Once there I noticed she is wearing this set. This Orc Shaman looked like a Blood Knight!

She is transmogged into wearing Ironhide Mail set. No Tabard. Helmet & Cloak Off. Dagger is Rusted Gutgore Ripper. I forgot to screenshot the gigantic sheild, Pulsing Spellshield but it can be seen behind her.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Sunreaver Micro-Sentry!

Goodbye Darkmoon Zeppelin, hello Sunreaver Micro-Sentry! Found on the Isle of Thunder as a drop off Haywire Sunreaver Construct.
Very fitting for my Blood Elf Blood Knight.
"Big Bro, don't worry! I will protect McTacky!"

Monday, 11 March 2013

LFR: Heart of Fear

I managed to get my Gear Score up to 470 and was able to do these two instances. Ugh, more Klaxxi./Dread Wastes/Mantrid stuff. I was just glad to get out of those places.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

The Elusive Minfernal

It was 3am server time. It had just stopped raining. McTacky was alone and wet in the Felwood.  The smell of brimstone was everywhere in Shatter Scar Vale.

Then it appeared. The elusive Minfernal.

Animation provided so you too can simulate the experiance of catching the elusive Minfernal.
The elusive Minfernal spawned alone. No others could be seen in the zone. I was alone in Felwood at the time, so it wasn't able to elude me.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Klaxxi Exalted

58th Exalted Faction is the Klaxxi.
Not much to say here. I really hate the Dread Wastes and not going back there for quest again is a good thing. The Klaxxi storyline also didn't hold my intrest. Dread Wastes is pretty much all about the Klaxxi.
The exception was the quests out of Soggy's Gamble which I did enjoy.
Next I will focus on the Golden Lotus rep. I am only Honored with them still.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Day 10 - Design a Pet!

Day 10 of Navi's (The Daily Frostwolf - Druid Edition) 10 days of pet battles Topic.

Design a pet! What model would your pet have, where would it come from and what abilities would it have?

Row 1: Thunderbolt, Light Screen, Double Team
Row 2: Quick Attack, Agility, Volt Tackle
Location: 5% chance to appear in Long Grass in Viridian Forest.
Location: Daily Spawn around Thunderfall, The Storm Peaks
Thunderbolt: Deals 15 Elemental damage; 10% chance of stunning the target.
Light Screen: Reduces up to 5 damage from each attack against you. Last 5 turns
Double Team: Increases your team's speed by 25% for 9 rounds.
Quick Attack: Deals 15 Critter damage. This ability always goes first.
Agility: Increases your chance to dodge an attack by 100%. 4 Turn Cooldown. Lasts 1 rounds.
Volt Tackle: Deals 30 Elemental damage against the target; Deals 45% of that Elemental damage back against itself. 10% chance of stunning the target. 1 Turn Cooldown.

* Each of these moves are moves that Pikachu can learn while leveling up in Pokémon except Volt Tackle which is is a sigature move you need to breed to learn.
* Quick Attack already exists in the game.
* Light Screen will make Volt Tackle hurt yourself less, not just enemy caused damage.
* Volt Tackle in Pokémon is 33% Damage hitting yourself. This version was made to be 45% to be like Stone Rush.
* I swapped what Agility and Double Team do for Warcraft version of Pikachu. Also made Double Team help your team.
* Considered making Pikachu a Critter Type like the other Mouse in the game. But I decided that it would be Elemental. Same rational to how a Phoenix is Elemental not Flying like other birds. Pikachu is a living battery.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Day 9 - Favourite Pet Abilities

Day 9 of Navi's (The Daily Frostwolf - Druid Edition) 10 days of pet battles Topic.

What is your favourite pet ability? If you could have a pet with your favourite abilities, what would they be?

What is your favourite pet ability? Any pet ability that is different to it's Type.

For example my Feline Familiar. The move Onyx Bite are strong against the Flying Family since it is a Magic Type move. Feline Familiar is in the Beast Family, and Beast moves are Weak against the Flying Family. Having Onyx Bite gives Feline Familiar an edge over the Flying Family that a member of the Beast Family usually wouldn't have.

But Feline Familiar is clearly a magic cat, so there is a reason for it's Magic Type move while being a member of the Beast Family like other cats.

Source: http://nestly.deviantart.com/ (http://fav.me/d2tqcb8)
It is similar to my prized Plankerchu. A Pikachu with Surf Move. Pikachu is Electric Type Pokémon. It's Electric Attacks cannot damage Ground Type. But I obtained with Pokéwalker a Pikachu with Surf, a Water Type Move. Water does double damage to Ground Type. But Pokémon has STAB (same-type-attack-bonus) gives a type a 50% boost to attacks of the same type, so it isn't quite the same thing.

With World of Warcraft Pet Battles without STAB, there is no incentive to stick with moves from that class. If you go just adding moves that are from another class it robs that battle pet of its identity. There has to be a reason for Pet X to have Move Y.

If you could have a pet with your favourite abilities, what would they be?

Feline Familiar is clearly has a magic broom, you could also justify adding a flying type move as well. So I would replace Pounce with Alpha Strike. The two moves work fairly similar already, it is only a Type Change mostly. (Side Note: you can also get a Pikachu that knows the Fly Move, I would call it Pikachute).

The Magic Attack (Onyx Bite), Beast Attack (Devour) & Boost Attack (Prowl) would remain unchanged.

Now for the other two skills: Stoneskin & Call Darkness. Not replacing any of these with a heal because Feline Familiar is clearly Arcane not Holy Caster. You can get some health back with Devour and you can boost defence with Stoneskin. Keeping Call Darkness for synergy reasons and nerfing the enemy's ability to heal.

A normal Feline Familiar move set looks like:

So the modified Feline Familiar move set would look like:

In the end after considering all the balance and placement issues, I ended up only changed one move. Pounce to Alpha Strike. I decided to design it so you couldn't have both the Flying & Magic Attack on your set list at the same time. It would be not balanced otherwise.

Also went with Alpha Strike not Nocturnal Strike. Having both Nocturnal Strike & Call Darkness would be unbalanced for this Feline Familiar with this much Type diversity. The Gilnean Raven and Crow ONLY have Flying Moves + Call Darkness &Nocturnal Strike so they have a clear weakness and can be dealt with.

Everything else, by coincidence, remained in their same spots. It has become clear to me during this article that some real thought into move composition has already been done by the Blizzard Development Team.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Day 8 - Stupidest things during pet battles

Day 8 of Navi's (The Daily Frostwolf - Druid Edition) 10 days of pet battles Topic.

What is the stupidest thing(s) you have ever done in a pet battle?

I could mention all the things I did wrong. Start a fight with too low or too high a battle pet. Starting a fight with no health. I do those all the time. But the most stupid, the one that is the crowning glory is something I didn't do, twice.

Not catching a Minfernal when I had the chance. TWICE.

I ignored them the twice while flying across Felwood. Each time I was on a different task and decided to ignore the Minfernals and just make a mental note to go back for them later...

Yeah. Wrong call. Twice.

Well back to camping.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Day 7 - Pet Mods

Day 7 of Navi's (The Daily Frostwolf - Druid Edition) 10 days of pet battles Topic.

Do you use mods? If you could only have one pet mod, what would it be and why?

Do you use mods? There are four mods I use at the moment:

Pokemon Trainer - Shows Weakness & Strengths of the Moves Vs Pets. Also one of the first mods to show Rarity Colours on pets before they were captured. Downside is that the UI still appears after you hit Alt-Z in pet combat.

PetTracker - Puts the spots on the map & gives a tracker. In this example the map is showing all the pets that aren't rare and the tracker is listing the two pets I don't have.
PetJournal Enhanced - Adds rarity colours, specialisation icons & sorting options to the Pet Journal as demonstrated in this Before and After images. (also it shows I have 8 more Unique Pets since my post Nine Days ago)
 Auto Safari Hat - Automatically equips Safari Hat during pet battles. McTacky in this screenshot is wearing his Safari Hat.

I used to have:
Pet Battle Pokemon Mod - Adds Pokemon Music during Pet Battles. I didn't end up getting it again after coming back to WoW.
If you could only have one pet mod, what would it be and why?
PetJournal Enhanced hands down. It just makes sorting though my pets much faster.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Day 6 - Team Pets

Day 6 of Navi's (The Daily Frostwolf - Druid Edition) 10 days of pet battles Topic.

What pets have you got in your favourite team(s)?

Honestly I don't have preset teams. At the moment I am trying to get one of each class to 25, and mix/match them depending of the foe.

So my overall pool I make my teams from:
Critter - Dung Beetle
 Dragonkin - Celestial Dragon
 Elemental - Phoenix Hatchling
Humanoid - Pandaren Monk
Mechanical - Darkmoon Zeppelin
Undead - Fetish Shaman

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Day 5 - Most Wanted Pet

Day 5 of Navi's (The Daily Frostwolf - Druid Edition) 10 days of pet battles Topic.

What pet do you want more than any other pet? What would you do to get it?

I suppose the Ethereal Soul-Trader, but I wouldn't spend the $200 for it on that . So how much WOULD I spend on it? $60 at most. I understand it is too rare to cost only $60.

Ingame, the answer would be Minfernal for Kalimdor Safari. So far I've created a Death Knight on a low population realm and camped it in Felwood. I've also camped my Mage on my home realm of Dath'Remar there.

BUT would I steal a Minfernal from someone else? Would I run ahead of someone and cut them off? No. I wouldn't be able to do that.

But camping it? Yeah, I can see myself doing that.

Edit: 27th May 2015 - Ethereal Soul-Trader obtained via AH! Also I have tents now.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Day 4 - Epic Battle/Capture

Day 4 of Navi's (The Daily Frostwolf - Druid Edition) 10 days of pet battles Topic.

What was the most epic pet battle/capture you ever had?

I've had some down to the wire stuff mostly when I've forgotten to heal before entering a fight. But that is nothing compared with what happened in the early hours of today. Today when I was trying to catch an elusive Scourged Whelpling.

The first problem I made was that I started the fight with a level 14 in my group.
The second problem was my Phoenix's attacks were weak against the two cockroaches.
The third problem was one cockroaches was Rare, the other Uncommon.

So I was stressing out, afraid I was going to lose my chance of getting the hard to catch Scourged Whelpling.

The screenshot above has Dancing Water Skimmer's Pump loaded, ready to demolish the Uncommon Cockroach, but it misses. I get hit for damage.
In the next move I load another Pump. I get hit for more damage.
So now I have a Pump ready to go and my Dancing Water Skimmer is getting low on HP. So I use the turn to heal. The heal is now on a cooldown.
So I need to hit this Cockroach with a Pump. If this misses, there is a chance my Dancing Water Skimmer will be knocked out before the Healing Wave comes back up. Then I lose my chance to catch the Scourged Whelpling.
I push down Pump...
It is mine!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Day 3 - Who is your favourite pet?

Who is your favourite pet? If you could bring it out into the real world, tell me what you imagine you would be doing.
Who is your favourite pet? - The [Phoenix Hatchling]!
Beyond being the symbol for the Blood Elves, the Phoenix has always been so awesome!
If you could bring it out into the real world, tell me what you imagine you would be doing. - Calling the fire department.