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  • WOW Classic SOD: This Gold Farming Location Is A Good Choice For Phase 2 - Witch Hill

    Posted: Mar 02, 2024

    As the item prices continue to rise in WoW Classic Season of Discovery Phase 2, I can't wait to share a few more of my gold farming routes with you. I've been maintaining this routine twice a week, especially now that they require double the potions. You'll need Free Action Potion, Nature Protection Potion, and any other class-specific potions.

    This gold farming relies heavily on agility and strength, 2 key attributes that have a significant impact on how much gold is generated.

    Location

    Our current location is Witch Hill, situated along the eastern shore of Dustwallow Marsh. We are going to traverse up and down this coastline, where you'll notice icons indicating Floating Wreckage and fish. This is our primary focus area, where we'll be farming Mudrock Spikeshells and Mudrock Tortoises. We will devote about 1 hour to this task.

    Having spent approximately an hour and 10 minutes farming, we find ourselves in Ratchet with our bags full. Interestingly, despite not typically finding enjoyment in farming activities, I'm quite fond of this particular spot. It's remarkably lucrative and holds immense potential.

    The Iron Bound Trunks we obtained from the wreckage, providing us with the opportunity to fish. Additionally, we can cast our lines for Oily Blackmouth and Firefin Snapper. However, if you wish, you can also commence your search for Turtle Scales.

    Some of boxes and trunks present the opportunity to yield a variety of items. They may drop valuable blue and green items, as well as trade items such as bolts of Mageweave, Potions, and other goods. Therefore, if you manage to locate these specific spots that yield Floating Wreckage, you can fish there to acquire these trunks.

    Defeat The Tortoises

    Moreover, you may also obtain random drops by defeating the Tortoises in the area. From these encounters, you may obtain 2 items: the Warden’s Cloak and Tigerbane. While the Warden’s Cloak, a Level 34 item, may not be extraordinary, it offers 4 strength, 5 stamina, and 4 spirit, making it a decent find. On the other hand, Tigerbane boasts 18 attack power and the ability to combat beasts, making it a noteworthy discovery.

    Surprisingly, the Speckled Shell Fragments sell for 45 silver per 5 stacks. With 5 stacks in your possession, each fetching nearly half a gold, they're definitely worth your time. So, make sure to pick these up when you defeat the Tortoises. We'll be selling those for a tidy profit.

    You can manage to gather some Turtle Meat. If you're interested, it can be quite lucrative. Turtle Meat can be used to craft Turtle Bisque, Soothing Turtle Bisque, and likely another recipe. It's possible that it's a component in another dish, further enhancing its value.

    In addition to these valuable drops, I acquired plenty of leather, including Heavy Leather, Thick Leather, and Heavy Hide. The greys alone, starting with a total of 32, will sell for about 2 WOW SOD Gold. This highlights the profitability of collecting and selling these resources obtained from tortoise farming, particularly the sought-after speckled Tortoise Shells.

    Selling Tips

    Let's take a look of the selling. First, we'll part ways with Tigerbane since its value isn't significant at the moment. However, it still fetches a decent amount, adding to our overall earnings. Conversely, I'll hold onto this item to send it to my enchanter for disenchantment, which can yield valuable materials.

    During our farming session, collect as much Turtle Scales as you can. These are essential components for crafting green Turtle Scale or Turtle Scale Bracers, which are highly sought after for supply boxes. Currently, these Turtle Scales are valued at 3.21 gold per stack.

    You have the option to sell them or if you possess Leatherworking skills, craft and sell the bracers for potentially even higher profits. While the exact selling price of the bracers is uncertain, they are estimated to fetch around 4 to 5 gold each, providing a lucrative return on investment.

    Overall, it's definitely worth your time. Whether you're into farming or not, if you're doing it to maintain your gear or your raiding life, this is definitely a good spot to visit.

  • WOW Classic SOD: The Most Worth Investing In Endgame Materials For Later Phases! - Golden Pearl

    Posted: Mar 02, 2024

    Greetings fellow adventurers, I recently discovered an ultimate investment opportunity in Season of Discovery that may yield huge returns in the later phases of SOD.

    I decided to introduce you to the rare endgame material in WOW Classic SOD, Golden Pearl, which is currently at its lowest price ever! Historically, it has been one of the most valuable materials in WOW Classic.

    Join me in this guide to learn why you should consider investing in Golden Pearl now, why it’s so cheap, and whether it’s worth the investment for long-term returns.

    From historical value to potential future value in WOW Classic, we detail everything you need to know to make an informed investment decision. Whether you are considering SOD Phase 3 & 4 investment options or looking for insights on WOW Classic SOD Gold farming in Phase 2, this guide has you covered. Don't miss this opportunity to secure your financial future in SOD Phase 3 or 4!

    Why Invest In Golden Pearl?

    Let’s first talk about the reasons why you should consider investing in Golden Pearl for the long term. I chose to highlight this material as a long-term investment in Season of Discovery and gaming because now is the best time to buy it at the lowest price if you are considering a long-term investment.

    Another reason is that, depending on the developers’ updates to other classic games, you might want to explore alternatives, such as Hardcore mode or Cataclysm Classic Beta and taking a brief break from Season of Discovery. In this case, this item is a great option for you to make a profit without losing the value of your gold.

    Why Is The Price Of Golden Pearl So Low?

    So why is Golden Pearl so cheap now? This powerful material that is very difficult to farm is used in many endgame, such as it is a must-have material for enchanter leveling in the later phases and the best caster enchant introduced in WOW Classic.

    One thing we have to consider is that even if the developers allow us to use it in Phase 3, there is a good chance that it will be useless in Phase 3. Because I know that this Golden Pearl may be worthless before the later phases. So there’s no reason to buy it now, resulting in its cheap price.

    Is Golden Pearl Worth A Long-Term Investment?

    So is it worth investing in the long term and how much profit can you expect?

    To answer this question, we should admit that the value of WoW SoD Gold will also decrease in the later phases, and earning gold will become easier. However, Epic Mounts and many other consumable items also consume gold, preventing their value from falling too low.

    Let’s do a hypothetical calculation. If you buy Golden Pearl, let’s say 6 gold, which is the current average. And in Classic Vanilla, its average is close to 120 gold in the mid-term. Even if we think it’s only worth 60 gold in the future, it’s still at least 10 times more expensive than it is now.

    In my opinion, the value of the gold coins won’t drop that much, especially considering the cost of Phase 4’s Epic Mounts and other items.

    Based on this analysis, I firmly believe it’s worth a long-term investment. However, as I always say, it’s always possible that the developers change things and you might not get what you expect. But you can also try to get Golden Pearl at the lowest price possible to maximize your profits.

    But remember, investing always carries risks, so do your calculations and make the best decision based on that!

  • WOW Classic SOD: The Best Spot For Farming Pet And BOE In Phase 2! - Stranglethorn Vale

    Posted: Mar 01, 2024

    Are you still trying to find the ultimate pet and BOE farming location in WOW Classic SOD? In today’s guide, we’ll be sharing a great BOE farming location that will lead you to discover a treasure trove of valuable loot, including the elusive Hyacinth Macaw pet!

    Located in Stranglethorn Vale, this location not only offers the rarest pets in the game but also epic rare BOEs. Stick around to learn the best strategies for farming loot, as well as the pros and cons of this lucrative location. Don’t miss your chance to get gold and glory!

    Hyacinth Macaw Pets

    As you can see, there are a variety of monsters to raise in the southern part of Stranglethorn Vale, and the coveted pets are the most expensive items in the area.

    The pet called Hyacinth Macaw is considered being the rarest and most expensive pet in WOW Classic so far because of its very low drop probability.

    It costs around 300 WOW Classic SOD Gold, but that’s the cheapest you’ll find until Season of Discovery ends. Because judging from comprehensive historical data, the average value of this kind of pet is very high.

    BOE

    Also, this place contains some decent epic and rare BOEs, such as Basilisk Hide Pants. It’s currently available for sale instantly on my server for around 100 gold. I’m sure they’re even more expensive on other servers.

    Pirate

    Next, I’ll show you more loot for each type of pirate in the area, and I’ll also mention the pros and cons of this powerful gold spot.

    First of all, we should know that there are five types of pirates in this area, namely:

    • Bloodsail Warlock
    • Bloodsail Deckhand
    • Bloodsail Swabby
    • Bloodsail Elder Magus
    • Bloodsail Swashbuckler

    Each type has a high chance of dropping a pet. But Bloodsail Swabby has a slightly higher chance of dropping it. 

    For general loot, all these pirates have a chance to drop green BOEs and many other things. Judging from the data, Green Hills of Stranglethorn pages are currently in high demand and value, especially towards the end of the season. Because people mostly want to complete their pre-quest during this time.

    Bloodsail Elder Magus and Deckhand are slightly higher level and harder to kill, while together they can drop rare and epic loot.

    Bloodsail Swashbuckler and Warlock are both on land and can drop some rare and epic items. In my opinion, if you don’t have much gear and are used to playing solo, farming Warlock is your best bet. Because they are the easiest to kill, have reasonable drop rates for pets, and have some nice epic and rare loot.

    But if you are doing this farm with friends, I highly recommend you focus on grinding Bloodsail Swabby. Because, as mentioned before, Swabby has the greatest chance of dropping pets, and there are more mobs to kill.

    Pros & Cons

    Finally, let’s introduce the pros and cons of this place.

    First off, this place has the most expensive pets in WOW Classic so far. And since pets are not part of Season of Discovery, their value will grow over time. So if you can’t or don’t want to sell it now, it will definitely appreciate in value.

    Besides pets, this place is also very good at farming gold, and the average level of mobs is worth honing. If you are lucky enough to get these, you can sell these BOEs immediately to make extra money.

    As far as disadvantages go, I don’t think you should focus on finding pets in this area. Because this pet is known as the rarest pet in WOW Classic SOD, and your chance of actually getting it by doing small grinds every day is almost zero.

    Another reason is that the mobs here are very close and you should be careful if you are a solo grinder. If you have a character without Skinning, generally don’t pull a lot at once.

    If you love farming pets and looking forward to becoming a lottery winner, I highly recommend this place! Good luck!

  • WOW Classic SOD: A Comprehensive Guide To Best-in-Slot Gear Options For Ranged Hunters In Phase 2

    Posted: Mar 01, 2024

    With many players considering a switch to ranged builds following the Raptor Strike nerf, it's important to focus on optimizing ranged damage through gear selection. Ranged Hunters are unlikely to receive significant adjustments anytime soon.

    While some Best in Slot guides are helpful, others lack context or accuracy, potentially leading to gearing mistakes. Therefore, it's crucial to understand why certain gear pieces are recommended for Ranged Hunters in SoD Phase 2. If you want to get these items faster, be sure to use SoD Gold to equip yourself in advance. This way you can be more confident when completing tasks and killing bosses.

    Before You Read

    Before we get started, there are 2 things you need to note:

    1. It's important to note that melee weaving with either one-handers or a two-hander is currently not viable for maximizing damage output. Consequently, attributes like strength hold no value for ranged builds.
    2. It's essential to acknowledge that the game's optimal builds are still evolving, and Sims may not accurately reflect real-world performance. Thus, there's a possibility of future adjustments and refinements.

    Let's delve into the gear specifics. We'll begin with an overview of the best-in-slot gear options for Ranged Hunters in SoD Phase 2, followed by detailed explanations for each piece and alternative options if acquiring the best-in-slot items is challenging.

    Helmet

    For the head slot, acquiring the leather crafted piece, Glowing Gneuro-Linked Cowl, is recommended. Its on-use effect is highly valuable, despite being somewhat time-consuming. Obtaining it should be prioritized after the first run of Gnomeregan.

    Until then, Artemis Cowl from BFD can be used as a substitute, especially if the on-use effect of Glowing Gneuro-Linked Cowl is on cooldown and you don't require the hit bonus.

    Necklace

    For the neck, obtaining the Epic neck (Gnomeregan Peace Officer's Torque & Thermaplugg's Engineering Notes) from Gnomeregan quests is essential. It's guaranteed to drop from the last boss. 

    Although there may be significant competition initially, it becomes easier to acquire over time. In the meantime, Sentinel's Medallion from Warsong is a suitable alternative.

    Shoulders

    Regarding the shoulders, Troggslayer Pauldrons are considered the best in slot. 

    Alternatives include Mantle of the Cunning Negotiator from Viscus Fallout and Bonelink Epaulets of Agility, or Revelosh's Spaulders from Uldaman.

    Clock

    Prototype Parachute Cloak is recommended for the cloak slot. Alternatives include Gryphon Cloak of Agility or Blooddrenched Drape from the STV event, which synergizes well with Exposed Weakness. Aim for a plus three agility enchantment on the cloak.

    Chest

    For the chest, Blazewind Breastplate from the Tremors of the Earth questline in Badlands is the optimal choice. 

    While the tier chest is acceptable, it's not worth sacrificing agility. Aim for a +2 all stats enchantment on the chest.

    Wrist

    Debates surround the choice of bracers. Options include Forest Stalker's Bracers from Warsong Gulch Exalted or Experimental Aim Stabilizers. 

    Considering the bonus from Aspect of the Lion, Gnomeregan Bracers often outperform Warsong Bracers due to their higher attack power. 

    However, the crit value from the bonus agility must also be considered. A 1-agility enchantment on bracers is recommended.

    Gloves

    The glove slot offers flexibility. Ideally, carrying three pairs of gloves is advised. 

    Mechanist's Gloves are suitable for mechanical bosses, while Void-Touch Leather Gloves are recommended for non-mechanical encounters. Gauntlet of Divinity serves as an alternative when gloves are on cooldown . 

    +5 agility enchantment is preferred for gloves.

    Waist

    Darkvision Girdle is frequently used for the belt slot. 

    However, for those aiming to maximize DPS rankings, Hyperconductive Goldwrap from engineering can be advantageous if the right buff is obtained.

    Legs

    The choice between Electromantic Chausses legs and Nimble Triprunner Dungarees for the leg slot is subject to debate. 

    Considering Aspect of the Lion, forward tier pieces in legs and feet grants a bonus attack power of 57.6 compared to 52 attack power from the tier. Then the consideration arises as to whether you prefer the plus 1% hit chance offered by the tier or the plus 0.7% critical strike chance from the bonus agility of the non-tier option. 

    It's important to note that regular bosses are typically of lower level compared to normal boss mobs, so the value of hit chance diminishes slightly in later phases. 

    However, the value of intellect should not be underestimated, especially if you can sustain through the entire boss fight without needing to activate Aspect of the Viper.

    Boots

    Regarding boots, the same principle applies. We should aim to equip either the tier boots known as Electromantic Grounding Sabatons or off-agility boots like Bonelink Sabatons of Agility.

    As for the enchantment, while Minor Speed provides significant quality of life improvements, for encounters where you can remain stationary, +3 Lesser Agility would enhance your performance.

    Rings

    In terms of rings, it's preferable to opt for two rings with a 10 agility bonus each. 

    These could be obtained from items like Ring of the Underwood or Marsh Ring of Agility. Suitable alternatives until then include Pretector's Band, Falcon's Hook, or Ironspine's Eye.

    Trinkets

    For trinkets, the ideal setup involves Avenger's Void Pearl from BFD and Gyromatic Experiment 420b from the final boss in Gnomeregan. 

    In the absence of the Gnomeregan trinket, Tigerblood Talisman can serve as a temporary replacement. Additionally, if you possess the Domesticated Attack Chicken, it should be utilized whenever it's off cooldown.

    Ranged Weapons

    When it comes to the ranged weapons, prioritizing the Epic gun called Thermaplugg's Custom from the last boss in Gnomeregan is essential. 

    Before acquiring this, a viable alternative is to use a 3.0 agility gun like Sniper Rifle of Agility or the crafted gun Mithril Heavy-bore Rifle from engineering if other BoE options are not available.

    Melee Weapons

    For melee weapons, Vanquisher's Sword and Sentinel's Blade are recommended. 

    These weapons offer higher attack power compared to off-agility two-handers. Additionally, using two weapons allows for the application of Dismantle to both, as well as the use of Lesser Wizard Oil.

    Serpent Sting scales directly with spell power, and Arcane Shot has a spell power coefficient of 43.5 and 140% critical strike scaling, making the acquisition of bonus spell power highly advantageous.

  • WOW Classic SOD: 6 Issues That Desperately Need Change In Phase 2

    Posted: Feb 29, 2024

    WOW Classic Season of Discovery Phase 2 has begun for a few weeks. For many adventurers, reaching level 40 is quite a journey. We need to get runes, participate in Blood Moon Event, and even Gnomeregan.

    Personally, I had a really great time at Season of Discovery. But unfortunately, the new phase also has some flaws that deserve improvement.

    Here, I would like to talk about the six problems we currently encounter in Season of Discovery Phase 2. Because even if people don’t really say it publicly, many people are complaining quietly. If we can all offer some solutions, maybe we can solve some of these problems before they become enormous problems!

    New Player Experience

    First, let’s start talking about new player experience. What should new players do first? What runes should they get? What activities should they focus on in the game?

    For one thing, there’s really no clear path to what to do first. Maybe that’s a good thing, because then you can do almost anything you want. On the other hand, you might worry about missing out on various aspects of the game being promoted and discussed.

    Therefore, my initial hope for SOD Phase 2 is that the leveling system will finally allow new players to join and catch up at an easy pace, without pressure, and ensure that some players have a wonderful experience with the game. Luckily, there are actually some big changes happening right now with leveling up, with there now being a 100% XP bonus all the way up to level 39.

    Class Balance

    We’ve talked about the new player experience, let’s talk about classes.

    Almost no one wants Rogues anymore at the moment, as many players have expressed how difficult it is to obtain raid locations as a Rogue. This also reflects the current status of classes in SOD Phase 2. One week your class might be super popular, and then suddenly you can’t even pay people to find raid locations.

    Rune Balance

    Admittedly, Rune is still one of the most interesting abilities in the entire game. But by the end of the game, I expect to have a full skill bar of four runic abilities weighing on my rotation, which is just too much. 

    The game started out balanced, but as later expansions kept stacking more and more abilities, at some point, the game became completely unbalanced and completely different from the original vision.

    Arathi Basin

    Is Arathi Basin still worth doing now? Many players believe that if you do anything other than Blood Moon Event to gain your reputation and honor, you’re wasting your time.

    And there’s no real reason to do Arathi Basin alone, unless you’re really looking for some way to level up your character between Blood Moon.

    But for me, I kind of like the intense battle atmosphere, and felt like this phase didn’t fully explore PVP outside of Blood Moon.

    Lag & Layering

    Speaking of Blood Moon, we must discuss the issue of lag and layering.

    Overall, the problem is that the developers have crafted a very interesting event in Blood Moon. But as more players reach level 40, events become increasingly lag and worse during peak hours, with delays between actions often four seconds or more. This feels completely unacceptable in a modern game.

    Then we also have the layering issue, where you go to Blood Moon and half your team ends up on a different layer. You can never play together, which is the exact reason your team gives up and does something else, ultimately it all comes down to the layering system.

    Economic Issues

    In Phase 2, you must obtain 100 WOW Classic SOD Gold to obtain the mount. You then have to get full Pre-BiS in many cases, which requires crafted gear, and you also have to get consumables for raiding.

    Those groups that wipe more often end up burning more money. But the problem is that after level 40, gold production doesn’t magically quadruple in missions, and profits don’t increase significantly.

    Although the developers have added more gold coins to the game, such as Epic Helm quest line. Of course, you need to buy all these extra recipes from the supplier as well. As a result, the economy now feels a bit broken.

    A big attraction in this mode should be equipping your character and really enjoying the endgame PVP feel. And farming gold is not an endgame that most players want to play, unless you’re a Scrooge.

    Outro

    Overall, the developers really put a lot of effort into Season of Discovery and tried to recreate RuneScape style feel. Despite its minor flaws, if we complained enough in many cases, anything in the game could change, at least for the long-term health of the game, and the developers know better than we do.

    Here are my top six concerns about SOD Phase 2. I’d also like to hear your thoughts. I look forward to Season of Discovery getting better and better.

  • WOW Classic SOD: How To Easily Master Reckoning Paladin PVP In Phase 2?

    Posted: Feb 28, 2024

    Currently, there aren’t many players opting for Reckoning, but I see significant potential for Phase 2 in WoW Season of Discovery. It holds its own against traditional Ret PvP builds. While there are trade-offs with each specialization, I particularly appreciate the immense burst damage of Reckoning. So, let’s uncover the mysteries this build.

    About Reckoning

    Reckoning is essentially a PvP damage build that centers around a talent from the Protection tree. With Reckoning, every critical damage you endure generates one stack, with a maximum of 4 stacks. As demonstrated in my video, once you accumulate all four stacks, activating your auto-attack will grant you 4 additional hits alongside your regular melee swing. Additionally, you can employ clever Seal Twisting techniques to enhance your burst potential even further.

    Weapons

    Let's delve into the specifics of the build. First off, prioritize Strength and Stamina as your primary stats. When it comes to weapons, aim for the best options available. Pendulum of Doom reigns supreme, offering unparalleled power.

    Another excellent choice is the Bloodied Avenger, boasting a hefty 3.6 top end, ensuring devastating blows. While the Nicker axe is an option with a 3.3 top end, it pales in comparison to the burst potential of the Bloodied Avenger. Additionally, it's crucial to equip a weapon chain.

    As a Reckoning player, the risk of being disarmed is one you cannot afford to take. Disarmament severely undermines your effectiveness, making it imperative to safeguard against it by using a weapon chain without compromise. Don't forget to bring some WoW SOD Gold in advance to get any of these weapons to improve your abilities.

    Rune

    When it comes to rune, Sacred Shield is my preference for PvP, although Art of War is also an option. Additionally, there are some interesting items you can incorporate into your build for added effectiveness.

    One such item is Frost Oil. This substance not only slows opponents, which is advantageous in itself, but it also significantly boosts your damage output. Frost Oil can trigger multiple times from your Reckoning swings, providing an additional 80 or 90 damage per hit. Considering its potential impact, I highly recommend utilizing Frost Oil, particularly for PvP encounters.

    Then, I opt for Seal of Martyrdom, Crusader Strike, Sheath of Light, Exorcism for additional damage output, and Sacred Shield. Sacred Shield may seem unconventional, and it's not widely utilized, but it serves a purpose for Reckoning builds. While it may not provide significant benefits, absorbing 120 damage can be advantageous. Moreover, it offers a strategic advantage before engaging in combat.

    By casting Sacred Shield on yourself and following it with a Flash of Light, you gain a minor heal over time effect. Although it's not substantial, it adds up, especially when amplified by critical hits. This heal over time effect can also synergize with other healing effects, such as Druid HoTs, further enhancing your survivability in battle.

    Blood Moon Event

    There's a slight adjustment I make specifically for the Blood Moon event. During this event, I switch to Divine Storm for its AoE capabilities. Securing kills during the Blood Moon event is highly beneficial, making AoE attacks preferable. Apart from this alteration, the build primarily focuses on single-target burst damage, which I'll elaborate on later. The synergy between Seal of Martyrdom and Reckoning is noteworthy.

    With Reckoning stacks, every swing applies Martyrdom, and by twisting into Righteousness, each hit inflicts both Martyr and Righteousness damage simultaneously. This combination results in additional burst damage, particularly effective for single-target encounters.

  • WOW Classic SOD: A Complete Leveling Guide To Arcane Mage Healer In Phase 2

    Posted: Feb 23, 2024

    Welcome to this new WoW Classic Season of Discovery Phase 2 guide of Arcane Mage Healer. This time we’ll be taking a deep dive into talents, runes, and rotations. While some elements have evolved, much of it builds on the foundation laid in the first phase. So, let’s start explorating.

    Runes

    For the runes of Arcane Mage healing, the 2 staples that are going to stick around are Regeneration on chest and Arcane Blast on hands. Living flame is another strong option for legs, but it is not the deal anymore because its healing is basically non-existent. So, use a Living Flame if you want to do damage. The new alternative is actually Arcane Surge. So, they fixed some bug with it where the Regeneration is a lot better than it used to be, so you can use it in your healing build when you run out of mana.

    Next, we will get to Missile Barrage, my favorite rune of WoW Season of Discovery Phase 2 and what I think defines Mage healing. You have a 40% chance every time you use Arcane Blast to decrease the duration of your next Arcane Missiles, reduce the mana cost making it zero, and then having it fire faster. So, what that means is Mages become one of the most efficient tank Healers in the entire game depending on how many Missile Barrage procs you get.

    For boots, our last slot, you have an option between 2 choices. One is Spell Power, which just increases your crit damage. Your other option is Chronostatic Preservation, which is a 2-second cast that puts a buff on you. If you press it again within the next 15 seconds, it consumes the buff, instantly healing your target. It’s an incredibly powerful ability, but it’s kind of hard to fit into your current rotation and it costs a good amount of mana. However, if you want to give it a go, the spell power is totally fine. You don’t have to think about it, just put on your boots and blast.

    Talents

    Moving on to talents, you are going to go 31 points into Arcane. The only difference from Phase 1 is 2 unused abilities. The first is Presence of Mind, which is your the button when you’re healing. You can use it to cast an Arcane blast instantly, giving you a stack and doing a bunch of damage and healing. The second ability is Arcane Power, which is just a damage boost but at the cost of mana.

    As a Healer early in Gnomeregan, you’re probably not going to be using this often, so save it until you get a better grasp of how much mana you have at the end of fights. All the other points in the tree basically either increase your damage, mana, or crit chance. To ease your way through the Gnomeregan dungeons, it's also a good idea to bring some SOD Gold with you.

    This talent tree that I used for leveling focuses on getting you more hit and making Arcane Missiles unable to be interrupted. As a whole, leveling as Arcane is really interesting, and if you still haven’t tried it out, I would definitely recommend giving it a go.

    Rotation

    Let’s move on to the new rotation, which just adds in proc chance. Your core rotation as an Arcane Healer is going to be spamming Arcane blast until you get a Missile Barrage proc and clearing it with Arcane Missiles. The reason why this is so strong is that Arcane Blast with zero stacks only costs 59 mana, and if you actually get a Missile Barrage proc, plus the damage that Arcane Blast does, you essentially get around 1,000 plus healing for 59 mana, which is insane.

    If you don’t get the procs, it’s going to be very similar to Phase 1. Cast Arcane Blast 2 for 4 times and then pick 1 of the 3 options based on your scenario. If you’re low on mana, use your wand to drop the stacks. If you need to refresh Regeneration, do it now to drop the stacks. And then if you just want to max damage, use a default Arcane Missiles, even if you don’t have the proc.

    Final Thought

    If you’re trying to get better at healing, I recommend coming down to Thousand Needles and just trying to practice your rotation at some point. Always keep Regeneration up on your tanks, then go into spamming Arcane Blast. If you get a Missile Barrage proc, take it immediately.

    For DPS, I don’t think that’s optimal. But for healing, this is the most efficient way to use your mana. Casting a single Arcane Blast into a Missile Barrage proc is insane to heal efficiency. A few of those throughout a fight isn’t going to actually kill your mana, but if you are really good at taking the Arcane Barrage proc like instantly, it’s going to save you in the long run.

  • WOW Classic SOD: The 4 Tips To Help You Grind XP Better In Phase 2!

    Posted: Feb 23, 2024

    Leveling up in WOW Classic can often feel like a grind, but to encourage players to start alts, Season of Discovery makes it relatively quick. Thanks to runes and gear, characters have much higher power levels than normal WoW, which helps grind XP faster.

    In WOW Classic SOD, several new options add variety to the leveling experience, such as new leveling Raids and items that provide reusable XP boosts. Here I will share four tips to help you farm XP quickly in Season of Discovery Phase 2. Without further ado, let’s get started!

    Selectively Complete Close-Range Quests

    In WOW Classic SOD, the easiest and most interesting way to level up is to complete missions and follow the story that unfolds in each area. But many tasks can be so scattered and take so long to complete that the meager rewards aren’t worth the effort.

    Generally speaking, the best way to level up is to complete quests, but it’s important to focus on completing quests that are grouped in similar locations. This will also help you maximize your WOW Classic SOD Gold and XP earnings in a short period.

    In Shimmering Flats, for example, players from both factions can access nearly a dozen quests with nearby requirements. Players can complete this set of missions efficiently by moving clockwise around the central track of Shimmering Flats.

    If a quest takes you to a distant location, ignore it until that location becomes your next central quest hub.

    At the end of Alliance Stonetalon Mountains questline, players must travel to the borders of Thousand Needles and Feralas. But unless you’re high enough to pick up some other quests in the same area, it’s not worth it.

    Complete Blackfathom Deeps

    Although Blackfathom Deeps is no longer the highest level dungeon in Season of Discovery Phase 2, it still has a lot of content worth playing as you level up.

    BFD has been changed to be more suitable for the leveling player group. For example, it now provides a large amount of XP to each player who defeats the boss, which is equivalent to the mid-level 30 mission XP reward.

    However, since BFD’s difficulty is adjusted for level 25 players, these XP gains won’t be as large the closer you get to level 40. But it’s worth making it part of your regular leveling path in SoD.

    Get Cozy Sleeping Bag

    A huge fresh addition to WOW Classic SOD Phase 2 is Cozy Sleeping Bag quest chain.

    This quest chain either starts in the southern Barrens in Phase 2, or in Westfall for Alliance. It takes players through Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms, following a series of notes. Finally, as the notes are used up, players will also get their own Cozy Sleeping Bag.

    This item can be used every few hours, and you’ll gain a small XP boost if you walk on it and sleep in it. You gain 1% XP gain for every minute you spend in the sleeping bag, up to a maximum of 3%. This means that the sooner you get this item, the more you will benefit from it.

    Also, this quest chain also rewards a number of useful items, most notably a new SoD item called Student Fodder.

    You will receive eight Student Fodders, which provide 20% Rested XP when consumed. This will increase XP gained from killing mobs by 200%. I recommend you use it at level 30 so that you can upgrade to level 40 more easily.

    Grind Suitable Dungeons

    Besides completing quests in the world, grinding dungeons is the fastest way to level up in SOD Phase 2.

    But since each phase brings new areas to explore, they tend to be very crowded. It will be difficult to complete your quest when dozens of other players are all fighting over the same enemies.

    During the launch of the new phase, dungeons can become a very viable alternative to world exploration. This is especially true if you completed as many tasks as possible in the previous phase. Because this may reduce your options when new phases are unlocked.

    In dungeons, you don’t compete for shared monster XP. All you have to do is choose dungeons to grind in based on your level, which can make you level up significantly faster.

    Common dungeon grinding paths for Alliance players include Deadmines, Stockade, Razorfen Downs, and Scarlet Monastery until level 40.

    Horde players have access to Ragefire Chasm, Wailing Caverns, Razorfen Downs and Scarlet Monastery. It may get repetitive, but it’s a reliable way to gain XP.

    Those are my top 4 tips for farming XP in Season of Discovery Phase 2. Hopefully, this guide will help you reach Phase 2 level cap as quickly as possible.

  • WOW Classic SOD: 3 World Buffs To Obtain Before Your Next Raid In Phase 2

    Posted: Feb 22, 2024

    In this guide, I'll walk you through obtaining and maximizing buffs for your next upcoming raid in for Phase 2 of WoW Classic Season of Discovery. I'll cover all the world buffs available during this Phase. You'll have access to 3 distinct world buffs at various levels, along with an additional buff from the Ashenvale PvP event, albeit it may prove challenging to acquire. Bsesides, it's essential to ensure you have enough WoW SOD Gold budget to acquire these buffs.

    Spark Of Inspiration

    The first and new buff I want to talk about is the Spark of Inspiration. You can get it by turning in a quest from the final boss of Nefarian to obtain the buff chest in Ironforge while someone turns the quest in. It increases your Critical Strike Chance of spells by 4%, your spell damage and healing by 42, and your melee and ranged attack speed by 10%.

    Boon Of Blackfathom

    The next buff is the Boon of Blackfathom, which you can get by turning in a quest item from the final boss of Blackfathom Deep. It increases your hit chance of spells by 3%, your critical chance of melee and ranged attacks by 2%, and grants 20 attack power, 25 spell damage, and increases your movement speed by 20%. The buff lasts 20 minutes. You can only obtain this buff up to Level 39. at Level 40 and higher in the future, you are not able to obtain this buff anymore. You get it by being in Darnassus or Ironforge while someone turns in the quest.

    Sayge's Dark Fortune Of Damage

    The third buff you can get is from the Darkmoon Faire. It will switch between Elwynn Forest for Alliance and Mulgore for Horde. The Darkmoon Faire is active for 6 days, disappears for about 8 days, and reappears again at the opposite faction side. Here you can get either Sayge's Dark Fortune of Damage for DPS, which increases damage by 10%, or a stamina, armor, or resistance version for tanks, or intelligence or spirit for Healers. Each one increases your stats by 10%.

    All necessary answers for the different Buffs are shown above. If you got your World Buff in Phase 2, you can just use a Cronerboon Displacer to stock them by right-clicking on the item. You can buy this at every Regent vendor in the game for about 20 Silver.

    Additional Buff

    One bonus buff is the Ashenvale Rallying Cry, which increases all damage and healing done by 5%. You can obtain this buff only once a week by participating in the Ashenvhale PVP event. Just participate in a kill of a guard or a boss to loot the Warsong Outrider Mark for Alliance or Silverwing Sentinel Charm for Horde.

    Make sure you don't have the buff active or the buff item in your inventory. Otherwise, it won't drop. You can turn this quest item in at Asar shop for Alliance or Split Tree Post for Horde. For turning in, you receive the Silverwing Battle Hymn or the Horde alternative for it. You can only obtain this buff up to Level 39, and it's not possible to boon it.

  • WOW Classic SOD: How To Get The Most Out Of Melee Hunter For Phase 2 PvP? - Talents, Runes, Gear & Gameplay

    Posted: Feb 22, 2024

    Melee Hunter has emerged as a powerful choice in Phase 2 of Season of Discovery, demonstrating significant strength. Given the absence of any mention regarding adjustments in the latest round of class changes, it seems likely that this playstyle will persist for the foreseeable future. To begin, let's provide a brief summary covering talents, runes, gear & gameplay strategies.

    Talents

    There are 2 primary build paths for Melee Hunter: one emphasizes pet-focused Beast Mastery, while the other delves into an all-in Lone Wolf Deep Survival approach. No matter which path you choose, you will inevitably need to invest a lot of WoW SOD Gold.

    In PvE scenarios, Deep Survival holds an edge in simulation testing and theoretical calculations. However, Beast Mastery performs admirably with current pre-Best in Slot (BiS) gear. Conversely, in PvP environments, despite pets boasting significant damage output, Beast Mastery faces a key challenge: it heavily relies on pets, which can be vulnerable to crowd control effects when major abilities like Bestial Wrath are on cooldown.

    Bestial Wrath provides your pet with crowd control immunity, but its cooldown leaves you susceptible to single crowd control effects like polymorph or fear. While the stun it offers is beneficial, its reliance on pets makes it less dependable in the current meta. 

    The Survival tree, on the other hand, offers a plethora of valuable PvP abilities that enhance your resilience and diminish the importance of your pet. These include increased stamina, defensive cooldowns like Deterrence, improved hit chance, crowd control resistance, and enhanced trap effectiveness—all highly advantageous in PvP engagements.

    Survival presents players with a multitude of beneficial options, necessitating some tough decisions. Due to limited talent points, prioritizing between various crowd control improvements becomes crucial. Players may choose to allocate points differently between talents like improved Wing Clip and trap enhancements based on their preferred playstyle and situational needs. 

    While traps are potent tools, they often require setup or the use of Feign Death to be effective. Conversely, Wing Clip offers versatility, enabling players to immobilize flag carriers, enemy melee, and occasionally ranged opponents. Players should experiment with talent point allocation based on personal preferences and playstyle, ensuring essential active abilities such as Deterrence, Counterattack, and Wyvern Sting are prioritized.

    Runes

    When considering runes for a Melee Hunter build, flexibility is limited, particularly on the right side of the rune tree.

    To optimize Melee Hunter performance, prioritizing full melee runes is essential. Both Dual Wield Specialization and Melee Specialist are indispensable for maximizing damage output, leaving little room for deviation. The remaining rune slots present a choice of the best available options. 

    However, the chest slot offers the only significant decision point. Here, players must choose between compromising the build to incorporate a pet with Heart of the Lion or committing fully to the Lone Wolf playstyle.

    Despite potential concerns about sacrificing pet utility, especially in PvP scenarios, current dynamics suggest otherwise. In Phase 2 PvP, the focus revolves around rapid bursts of damage or swift elimination, where the Lone Wolf approach aligns seamlessly with the prevailing meta. Opting to retain a pet may warrant considering Beast Mastery over Carve, although otherwise, the rune selection remains relatively standard.

    Gear

    When it comes to gearing, the focus should be on acquiring items with high agility, strength, and attack power attributes. However, special attention is warranted for weapon selection.

    For pre-BiS setups, prioritize equipping the Warsong or Silverwing PvP sword in the main hand and the Razorfen Downs quest reward in the off hand. These weapons are easily obtainable and offer superior performance compared to other options until acquiring loot from Gnomeregan, particularly the dual fist weapons. 

    Due to the mechanics of Dual Wield Specialization requiring identical weapon types in both hands, it's essential to maintain consistency. While Orcs seeking to maximize their racial bonuses may consider the axes, acquiring them, especially as one is a BoE drop, can be more challenging, making the swords a more practical choice.

    For the bow slot, the STV epic (Bloodlash Bow) stands out as the optimal choice due to its impact on proc effects during melee attacks. While primarily functioning as a ranged weapon, its proc effect significantly enhances its utility, making it the top choice among available options. 

    For those seeking meticulous optimization, carrying a dedicated ranged weapon such as a standard gun or the Warsong faction reputation bow alongside the Bloodlash Bow allows for macro-based swapping in situations such as being rooted, pursuing an opponent, or kiting. While not strictly necessary, having these options available can prove advantageous.

    Gameplay

    Now, let's delve into general gameplay strategies.

    Firstly, it's crucial to acknowledge that the classic Hunter archetype struggles to adapt as a true melee class. Unlike modern iterations of the Survival spec, the original 2004 Hunter lacks essential tools for close-quarters combat, such as gap closers and reliable defensive abilities. Despite these limitations, the spec excels not only in sheer damage output but also in its unique playstyle reminiscent of Rogues.

    In combat, focus on maintaining a dynamic approach, utilizing abilities like Raptor Strike and Flanking Strike to unleash bursts of damage while capitalizing on control tools to dictate the flow of battle. Adeptly navigating multi-target scenarios is a key strength, but exercise caution to avoid overcommitting in open spaces. Embrace your ranged capabilities, strategically deploying abilities like Multi-Shot and stings while positioning yourself for opportune moments to engage in melee combat.

    In defensive situations, Hunters shine as vigilant guardians, leveraging utility to support allies and disrupt enemy tactics. Deploy traps and flares strategically, cripple enemy melee threats with Wing Clip, and neutralize key targets with Wyvern Sting—a versatile ability that serves various purposes, from crowd control to damage over time application.

    Utilize Feign Death not only to evade threats but also as an interrupt tool against enemy spellcasters. By timing Feign Death to disrupt incoming casts, you can gain crucial advantages in combat. Additionally, remember to exploit aspect shifting to adapt to different scenarios. While Monkey aspect offers combat benefits, Cheetah and Pack aspects provide tactical advantages for mobility and group support, respectively.

    Maintain awareness of positioning during combat, maximizing the effectiveness of Dodge and Parry by keeping foes in front of you. Strafing to face opponents may seem unconventional but significantly enhances survivability, especially when combined with defensive abilities like Deterrence.

    In PvP encounters, capitalize on disruptive abilities like Viper Sting to drain enemy resources and impair their effectiveness. Target classes vulnerable to Viper Sting, such as Mages, to exert control over the battlefield. Similarly, exploit the utility of Scare Beast against Druids and Shamans, disrupting their strategies and draining their resources even if they manage to evade the effect.

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