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Posted brosearch on 16 April 2012 - 08:03 PM
keys to winning:
1. use howl for priest swaps. only use it defensively if you absolutely must. the game will end 10x faster if you howl swap priest.
2. keep both mage and feral dotted when u are swapping to priest.
3. you can go mage or feral if the priest doesnt die(dont spend too much time on the feral because they are extremely hard to kill). you should be looking to fear the priest as soon as u swap off of him.
4. dont trinket a clone when there is no opportunity to kill because u will need it when you are in position for a kill.
5. when you howl the dps on a priest swap your shaman should heal to full if he isnt already. if he is near full hp he needs to be purging both the priest (purge him first) and the feral predatory swiftness buff if he should have one. he can also hex mage as the howl ends since it doesnt last long cuz of mage armor.
6. your shaman should be out of los for both the mage and feral once the howl ends on them. (the reason is any decent fmp will try to kill the shaman 100%. you want to make it harder for them to connect on the shaman at all times.)
7. your counterspell should be used in one of 2 ways:
a)the mage or feral are relatively low and a cs on a heal will result in a death or come cds
b)the mage and feral are putting dmg into you or the rogue. you want to cs any cc on the shaman. make sure you dont cs when your shaman can shock ground or los a poly. basically u want to make sure u have cs for deep sheep.
c) u can use cs in other ways but these 2 ways are by far the most productive. only retards use cs on cd.
8. did i mention kill priest :0
Posted Conradical on 19 March 2012 - 01:38 AM
Posted mukuld50 on 18 March 2012 - 09:01 AM
Posted Rith on 05 March 2012 - 08:22 AM
Posted Yes on 03 March 2012 - 01:30 PM
Today we've ready to present to you the much anticipated NAO Grand Finals between the teams keep it rolling and Team EG. A decision was made by the NAO staff to keep the score 3-2 (Team EG - keep it rolling) despite the technical difficulties that occurred during the Grand Finals. We've learned a lot from this experience, and we promise you that the next upcoming NAO Tournament will have a better set of rules to help tackle issues such as those that arose during the Grand Finals.
The 15 minute time-limit was removed from the offline games. The last game played in the series was actually 43 minutes long; that's how closely matched these two great teams are. Some technical difficulties were experienced while recording this game, and hence the whole game was unfortunately not captured. We do apologize, and will work hard to avoid these issues in the future. Still, the end result is some really high quality play from these two teams. Click here to start watching the finals playlist, or simply click on the videos below.
keep it rolling vs Team EG
Original Snutz Kollektiv vs Azael Talbadar Cdew
Make sure to follow the WoWSpotlights YouTube channel!
Snutz Interview + Snutz 5
Can't get enough of Snutz's awesome gameplay after watching the NAO finals? In case you've been living under a rock and you've missed Snutz 5, right before the tournament we sat down with him to ask him a couple of questions and of course get a chance to share this amazing movie with as many of you as possible.
Q: Hello, Snutz! You're quite a well known warlock, but can you please tell a bit about yourself?
A: Hello everyone, my name is Kelvin Nguyen but many of you guys know me as Snutz. I have been a part of the WoW eSports scene for quite some time now, and although WoW is currently not very active with live tournaments, I still love playing and competition is what keeps me entertained in this game. I am currently playing with Kollektiv and Original as RLS and we seem to be doing quite well in both the ladder play and the NAO tournament. All of you guys have experienced seeing me or meeting me either online, or at Blizzcon or even past MLG tournaments.
Q: Your team is quite possibly the best RLS in the world. Can you tell us a little bit about why you choose to play this comp?
A: Like I mentioned above, I am currently playing RLS with Original and Kollektiv. I feel that RLS is the best comp on live ladders at the moment, with or without PVE gear (Though PVE gear does make a huge difference). I am playing this comp because it is my favorite comp to play, in the past I have always played Rogue/Lock comps with Reckful and a Healer, and I feel like my synergy with Rogues goes far beyond anything else. Not to mention Rogues are really strong right now. My coordination with Original/ Kollektiv seems to be really good, and Original has been playing RLS for a while now, while Kollektiv is just a beast Shaman so playing with these two is really enjoyable and playing my favorite comp makes it that much better.
Q: Can you give us some insight into why you do really well as an RLS? What is your role as a warlock?
A: Lets see.. my role as a Warlock in RLS seems to be a really PvE damage based play style and many (including myself) can consider this to be really boring. In the state that the game is in right now, Rogues are insanely strong and can burst and lock down targets well, so my job is to just keep dots on as many targets as possible and try to call the best swaps that I can. People think that the general strategy that a warlock uses is to DoT two targets and fear the others, but I prefer just trying to keep dots on everything so it makes it that much easier to swap to them. Of course there will be situations where you will need your dots to fall off in order to spam CC on a certain target, but I prefer sitting back and just spamming my dots. My play style has always been about swaps, and lining things up perfect, which I probably got from playing RMP all the time. It may seem overkill when I want to line up the triple CC strat but that is the playstyle that I generally like to play and it seems to be going pretty well.
Q: What's one thing a Warlock of any level can do to improve their game?
A: One of the most important things a Warlock, or any player for that matter should adjust getting used to is making up room for Focus and Target Arena 1-3 macros. I found this the best way to improve your game play, it is an easy way to increase your awareness and you should be able to CS things a lot easier, as well as target things a lot faster. Generally, as a Warlock you always want to just use your globals wisely and try your best to always have that timer spinning, while casting your DoTs or trying to fake CS. Try changing your focus, or try paying attention to where your teammates and enemies are while doing your regular gameplay, this will definitely help you with what exactly you want to do.
Q: That's some great advice, Snutz. Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions
A: Thank you for watching my movie and following me, if you would like to see more of my game play you can check me out at twitch.tv/snutzy, where I will answer many of your questions and definitely try to give you the best game play possible!
Posted Mirionx on 02 March 2012 - 05:51 PM
Posted GLopez on 25 February 2012 - 10:01 PM
Posted Vanguards on 19 January 2011 - 02:14 PM
This guide is written mainly for players new to playing retribution in arena / PvP.
What changed about Rets in 6.2?
1.) New gear means damage and healing will be different from last patch. Pacing will feel significantly different from 6.1.
2.) Hand of Freedom glyph received a slight nerf mid-way of 6.1. It's still an awesome glyph, but not as important before.
3.) Asides from the above and other classes receiving numerous buffs / nerfs, Ret Paladins themselves did not really change much besides a slight mastery nerf.
In the talent picture I selected talents that I use as default in arena. Talents and Glyphs should be changed every arena match depending on what composition you're playing, what you're up against, and what strategy you and your opponent might execute.
Usual recommendation: Long Arm of the Law.
Why Long Arm of the Law? Well Judgement cooldown is incredibly short, so this sprint is almost on demand.
For most compositions I recommend Fist of Justice.
Any 3 of these talents are viable. What is best will depend on many factors such as your play-style, the composition you're running, and what you're fighting against. Fist of Justice is an easy to use instant CC that allows your teammates to easily chain off of as well. Fist of Justice also increases your HOJ range which is very useful for a melee. The Blind talent will now be quite useful when you don't have Fear on your team. Remember, this Blind is like the Rogue Blind for DRs and not a disorient!
Selfless Healer is recommended for most cases. Sacred Shield for teams that will purge you a ton.
Having Selfless Healer is useful to get those fast and lower mana costing heals on yourself or your teammates.
Due to how Selfless Healer gets purged in 1 hit no matter the stacks, Sacred Shield is superior if you're fighting teams that are going to purge a lot.
Recommended: Clemency or Unbreakable Spirit
Clemency, a previous patch made Hand of Sacrifice dispel magic effects. Clemency was already really strong for most scenarios since you can use freedom, sacrifice, and protection twice.
Hand of Purity is awesome for counter comping into DOT cleaves. Hand of Purity is to be used when you fight a DOT Cleave such as affliction warlock teams.
Unbreakable Spirit is particularly good when you know you're getting trained, especially against Caster Cleaves. The buff in 5.4 made this talent very strong, and I usually use this over the other 2 specs when fighting against double Caster compositions.
Recommended: Holy Avenger
All 3 talents here are quite strong, but Holy Avenger usually performs best for burst which fits the current meta game with long CC chains to get kills. Holy Avenger also lines up with Avenging Wrath perfectly to use together for stacking CDs.
Recommended: Execution Sentence or Holy Prism
Execution sentence provides the most damage, Holy Prism provides more utility (more healing, lower CD.)
Recommended: Final Verdict or Empowered Seals
Final Verdict gives the most damage against targets that aren't cloth or leather without a fight, Empowered Seals could be better vs low armor targets and if you need to run or chase a fast target (Seal of Justice sprint).
Empowered Seals would also be the superior defensive talent due to it's kiting ability. I believe this last tier is a bit of preference between these 2 talents now and what comps you're playing and playing against. I recommend trying both and see what you prefer.
Most major glyphs are purely preference. Prime glyphs there are several choices with Templar's Verdict in my opinion almost always being mandatory since Ret is always a viable kill option. The only way you'd ever take this off is if you're 100% positive you will not get targeted.
Templar's Verdict (Necessary) - Now works on exorcism as well!
Burden of Guilt (It allows you to slow on your judgement now in 5.4! Highly recommended especially when you have no slow on your team.)
Double Jeopardy (The extra 20% burst is really insane at the moment, purposely judgeing a focus target then swapping back right before you Avenging Wrath is really useful)
Word of Glory (Extra damage for all those WOGs you do!)
Glyph of Freedom - It reduces CCs on any targets you freedom by 25%. This is an amazing Glyph that works on stuns, Sap and more. A patch in 6.1 nerfed this, it is now not usable while you're stunned or CC'd. It's still very useful for your teammates and sometimes you can use it preemptively on yourself, but overall a less important glyph than before.
Really doesn't matter, Hearthstone glyph is cool though!
Gems / Enchants / Stats
+50 Versatility on everything if you have gem slots.
No more reforging in WoD!
Neck: 75 Versatility
Cloak: 100 Versatility and 10% Movement Speed
Ring: 50 Versatility
Weapon: Mastery Enchant
Seal of Justice is the best seal to use if your team doesn't have a consistent slow.
Seal of Truth is the best damage seal, if your team has a slow such as playing with a Death Knight, this is the preferred seal.
If you're playing with Empowered Seals buffing Haste is priority in terms of damage and Seal of Truth for attack power after. Of course, if you're playing defensively this will become very different as the heal and sprint becomes much more useful.
Viable Ret Comps
Try it out yourself!
What rotation do you use in PvP?
There is no "specific" rotation in PvP.
The best I can give you is this in terms of a PvE Damage Rotation:
Execution Sentence>Divine Storm w/ Final Verdict Buff and Proc>Final Verdict>Divine Storm w/ Proc>Hammer of Wrath>Crusader Strike>Judgment>Exorcism
Everything is situational. Keep note that our hardest hitting ability will be Final Verdict, which also clashes with Word of Glory as both takes holy power.
What macros does Ret have for PvP?
Most of Ret PvP Macros look like this:
/cast [target=party1] Word of Glory.
You can basically fit in 1-4 for 1, and Word of Glory with Sacrifice / Freedom / Hand of Protection and you'll have most of the Macros I have. I only have 1-2 for most of them, and 1-4 for WOG for 5s. 1-4 for everything was a bit too overwhelming for me. (Not Enough Buttons + Too Crazy lol)
There are people who simplifies this by using mouseover macros and such, all personal preference. Add #showtooltip to the start of these macros if you want to see it.
Some other general macros:
1.) Focus HOJ
/cast [target=focus] Hammer of Justice
2.) Focus Repent
/cast [target=focus] Repentance
3.) Switching Between 2H and Shield
/equip [equipped:Shields] Your2HWeaponName
/equip [noequipped:Shields] your1HWeaponName
/equip [noequipped:Shields] YourShieldName
4.) Camera Distance *This is the Camera I used to use, I'm going default max zoomed out now though*
/console cameraDistanceMaxFactor 4
5.) Focus Rebuke
/cast [target=focus] Rebuke
6.) Focus Judgement
/cast [target=focus] Judgement
7.) Cancel Bubble
/cancelaura Divine Shield
The Support Macros I Personally Use:
(switch x with number or partyx with Toon Name)
8.) Hand of Protection
/cast [target=partyX] Hand of Protection
9.) Hand of Sacrifice
/cast [target=partyX] Hand of Sacrifice
10.) Hand of Freedom
/cast [target=partyX] Hand of Freedom
11.) Word of Glory
/cast [target=partyX] Word of Glory
12.) Flash of Light
/cast [target=partyX] Flash of Light
13.) HOS - Prevents Hitting it Twice
/castsequence [target=party1] reset=1 Hand of Sacrifice, Lay on Hands
As said with almost everything, Macros have a lot to do with personal preference. You can also use modifiers for different skills in your macros such as Repent. Use these only as a general guideline and form your own macros!
Gearing Ret for PvP
Get the PvP gear, and avoid Crit / Multistrike stats when choosing which piece to get. Make sure to get your 4PC bonus for the main pieces.
Unless you're human obviously you would use the trinket that removes all impairing effects.
For your second trinket, I recommend a Strength proc trinket. If you're human I recommend using an On-Use PvP trinket to replace the medallion. You want to use double PvP trinket now due to it giving bonus resilience which is HUGE. Rets are an extremely common train target.
General Arena Tips
Ret is a very strange spec, their place in arena is rather vague. We have good burst damage during wings, but outside of that we're a bit gimped. We have INSANE off heals and good support, but we're also incredibly easy to CC as a melee class which throws everything off.
As a ret pally, you always have to remember you ARE NOT a warrior. You need to watch your partners the entire game. Do not waste your extremely insane off heals, freedom, BOP, Sac. You are a support class that can burst once every 2 minutes! In an arena match my eyes are on my party screen the most.
If you are playing with a DK or Warrior or Rogue, be considerate about your freedom. You can cleanse most of your roots, and my death knight can kill people around 2 times faster than me, why would I freedom myself?
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Posted Pharaun on 30 October 2011 - 09:05 PM
Posted Xessi on 19 September 2011 - 04:32 PM
I kind of stopped reading AJ because every topic is about how awful and easy the game is and people just cry all the time.
Imo this is one of the best seasons so far.
I'm pretty sure everyone here called the game fucking terrible after dying in a mace stun from 70-0% because windfury procced at the same time in TBC.
But people only remember the good things about old expansions, where's the time people called Wotlk awful when it just released and now I'm reading the complete opposite.
And this topic proves his point:
S9 and S5 better than s10?
People already forgot the Frost TSGs? 4.0.6 Warriors? Mages with Lust? And that's only 1 season ago.
After Druid being the best healer by far in TBC, together with mace stuns, windfury, viper sting and so on..
DKs destroying everything in s5
Protection Paladins being the best healer in s6
s7 protection warriors, MLS
and s8 wizards
I don't see how you can call Cataclysm bad.
It's an MMO, it will never be balanced, if you're looking forward to a game like GW2 I'm already going to have to dissapoint you because it's not going to be balanced either.
A lot of the stuff people are whining about is getting fixed like unavoidable CC.
Deep Ring got nerfed, they're looking into Predatory Swiftness aswell.
Atleast it's better than s8 where I didn't even bother to fake cast a polymorph because gl interrupting a 30% passive haste, icy veins, bloodlusted sheep.
You had to preemptively cast a wind shear if you wanted to interrupt a Fear for example.
A couple of small changes balance wise and the game would be great imo, they're looking into wind shear which is an outdated TBC mechanic when shamans didn't have magic dispel,
removing NS/Mind numbing slowing effects, a nerf to Frost mage mastery and a couple of other things and it would be even better.
The top players are still at the top and if you say the game became too easy in Cataclysm you should be a Vicious Glad who got it in 3s with a 90%+ win loss.
You should realize that about 80-90% of the entire WoW population has never even broken 1800 rating in 3v3.
This season would be amazing if they resetted the ladder after changing the way MMR works because right now it's almost impossible to break 2.7k but why would I care?
I'm not aiming for rank 1 this season and if you're good enough, gladiator shouldn't be a problem.
If you don't like the game just because you won't be able to get Ruthless Gladiator this season, I'd start looking for a different game because just playing for titles is a waste of time.
For me, the WoW PvP community is killing the game, not Blizzard.
If you really don't like WoW anymore, you should stop playing it and stop crying on AJ so we can turn this forum back into a place where people discuss on how to beat a certain comp instead of whining about how overpowered it is.
I could give you 10 million more examples why the game is good right now but I think I made my point.
Posted Nycto on 26 July 2011 - 08:09 PM
Pure mastery build would be stupid as hell.
Posted Vexxius on 12 May 2011 - 04:12 AM
Btw the drain soul if you start it below 25% still does the 3x damage if they get healed. Unless they changed it without me knowing from wotlk to cata.
Nope, you are correct. As long as you initiate your Drain Soul cast on a target at or sub-25%, every tick will tick for 3x normal damage, ie: "execute."
In regards to how often you should use Drain Soul as an execute: in certain circumstances (where the target is already fully dotted up, and when I feel that dotting up other targets/fearing a target isn't beneficial or necessary for whatever reason), I'd use Drain Soul – especially if the opposing healer is cc'd, chances are you're going to get at least 1-2 ticks off, and the damage isn't too terrible. Chances are, though, that if you lack dots on your kill target or don't have other pressure going, you're probably better off just re-applying dots and cc.