Legendary Time Line

Taking a break from writing the step by step for the legendary to do some quick breakdown of how long each step will take.

To get first set of daggers, you must kill three bosses and pickpocket Hagara, then wait 12 hours and complete the first series of quests to get the first 2 daggers. After that you start collecting the gems from the legendary clusters. From analysis of the PTR, there is no difference in drop rate from regular to heroic that we know of.

You need 333 gems in total and a single cluster drops 5-9 crystals from PTR reports. The clusters drop at a rate of 1 per boss on 10 man and 2 per boss on 25. Taking an average of 7 gems, that would require 48 gems or 48 kills on 10 man and 24 kills on 25.

For this collection step, assuming your raid is considerate and lets you finish your quest before killing Hagara and the group starts downing all 8 bosses per week, it will take approximately 7 weeks to get the next set of daggers on 10 man and only 4 weeks on 25.

The next collection step requires 60 gem clusters in total. This will require 60 kills on 10 man and 30 on 25 which works out to about 7 more weeks on 10 man and 4 more weeks on 25, if your raid lets you get the net set of daggers without killing the extra bosses on the week you get the second set.

Of course, after this set, you must then kill Deathwing to finish the quest, which if your raid let you get the extra kills after you turned in quests, should be still I’ll possible the same week you finish the cluster collection.

So in total, it will take 14 weeks on 10 man and 8 weeks on 25 man to finish the quest line and get your legendaries AT MINIMUM!!!

This translates to us seeing the first legendaries the week of January 17th for 25 and the week of February 28th for 10 man.

How to: Get your Legendary Daggers! Part 1

As I am sure you all know, Rogues got some lovin’ in this patch in the way of legendary daggers. This guide is going to walk you through the quest line to get your daggers step buy step. I will be highlighting which parts require raid and which are just quests you have to complete on your own.

Step 1: In the beginning…. [Requires Raid]
The legendary quest starts right at the beginning of the Dragon Soul raid. Lord Afrasastrasz, who stands right at the entrance, has the quest, Proving Your Worth. This quest requires you to pickpocket a Cryptomancer’s Signet Ring from Hagara the Stormbinder.

Hagara just happens to be the fourth boss of the instance, so you will have to encourage your 10 or 25 man group to just push hard and kill those first three bosses to get started.

Hagara is hanging out in the Eye of Eternity which is reached through a portal at the top of Wyrmrest Temple in the raid. Be careful not to click on the pretty orb in the middle of the room before your group is prepared because, ahem, “IT’S A TRAP!!!” to quote Admiral Akhbar. Clicking on the orb will start a gauntlet of waves of different mobs to kill, 5 in total, with the last being a pseudo boss that will give you a taste of Hagara’s abilities. After all the waves are defeated, Hagara will lower herself into the center of the room.

After Hagara has become targetable, feel free to stealth on up to her and pickpocket.

The item can only be pickpocketed one at a time, but I found that it will respawn in her pocket after a wipe, so multiple rogues can get it in one lockout

Turn in the quest to Lord Afrasastrasz and pick up the next one, A Hidden Message.

Step 2: You got what was in her pocket, now you have to empty yours. [Solo]

The next step of the quest takes a bit of gold, and by a bit, I mean 10,000 gold. To charge the ring, you must go to an Etherereal in Orgrimmar, Thaumaturge Altha, who is located to the right just inside the door of the new Void Storage/Transmog/Reforge building. Simply speak to him, ask him to charge the ring, and pay him 10k to get started.

The ring takes 12 hours to charge, so I would suggest getting this step done right after your raid night ends or even hearth to org right after you get the item if your raid group won’t mind too much.

At one point on the PTR, you had to be online the whole 12 hours, but I have confirmed that the charging will now continue even while you are logged off.

Head on over to the Vermillion Redoubt in Twilight Highlands and hang out beside Corastrasza while you wait for your ring to charge. She will also give you the Singed Cipher that you will use the ring to decode. After the ring is charged, use it and you will get the item, Solved Cipher.

After you have solved it, talk to Corastrasza and get the next quest, To Ravenholdt.

Step 3: I had to eat a lot of cereal to get this darn decoder ring. [Solo]
You will be jumping onto Mostrasz’s back and flying to Ravenholdt. When you land, talk to Mostrasz and turn in the quest, then pick up the next one, To Catch a Thief.

After you have the quest, go stealth and you will see a red ring around you. This is your circle of detection, if any NPC is touched by the circle, you will be seen and have to start over at the entrance.

Make your way up to the keep then hang a right around the outside wall to the left of the training field. In the back you will find a coil of rope, use it to get to the top of the building. On top of the building, there will be a useable window to click on a bit forward and to the left of where you land. Once inside, go down the spiral staircase, jump up onto the railing and down into the middle of the room. Sidle down into the basement and you will be treated to a nice little cutscene where you meet little Wrathion.

Turn in your quest to him and then pick up the next one, Our Man in Gilneas.

Next step gets its own post, which should be up soon.

Rogue Raiding: Morchuk

After our first night in Dragon Soul, we managed to down the first four bosses and make some attempts on Ultraxion. What I am going to try to do here over the next few posts is go over each fight’s strategy for rogues especially to help maximize your dps and survivability. I will provide a link to an overall strategy for each boss as well.

Morchuk

This boss is basically just a big pushover, we managed to easily 1-shot him right off the bat.

Strategy:
-For the majority of the fight you will be able to be behind the boss and DPS your heart out.

-Boss casts stomp periodically which can be Feinted to reduce damage taken. It is a short cast time so you should use your boss timers to help in order to use Feint in time. It is not required that you should use feint, but it gives your healers a bit of a break.

-Resonating Crystals: you should not have to deal with these since ranged has a much easier time getting to them, but in case you do, try to wait for 5 seconds left, use feint on the boss and sprint over to the crystal to reduce explosion damage. If you don’t want to risk that, just run over and stand on top of the crystal to take the least amount of damage possible.

-Fragments and Black Blood Phase: basically get behind a stalagmite and just wait. Be careful that you don’t stand too close to the stalagmite because the blood seems to leak through and just under it, but not past. In some cases, 2 stalagmites will be close together near the boss, and you can stand between them and be able to hit the boss without being in blood. You can use your thrown weapon to keep your Deadly Poison stacks up as well.

Rinse and repeat for loot, and speaking of which, linked below is the rogue loot from the boss*.

*all the bosses share a ring and trinket loot set, but I will only post the boss specific loot pieces.

It’s Costume Party Time in Patch 4.3

With 4.3 dropping yesterday, many guilds jumped straight into Dragon Soul to start killing the brand new bosses.

As with any new patch, I spent most of my initial time with updating and fixing my add ons and interface. After that, it was straight to void storage and transmogrification!

Void storage is a godsend for me, as I am sure it is for many of you. As a follower of the motto “be prepared” my bags are constantly full of engineering items, fishing, teleport items, PVP gear, raid buff items, and the other detritus that a rogue might have need for throughout a day of WoW. My bank has also been holding at a steady 5 empty slots for the last couple of months, so tossing gear sets into Void storage finally gave me some breathing room. Void storage works fairly simply, 80 slots, 100 g to unlock, 25 g per item deposited, free to withdraw, only soulbound and non unique items allowed. All gear loses any enchants, gems, or other modifications when it goes in as well.

Now transmog, I am not going into too much detail on the mechanics behind it, but I am sure many of my fellow rogues have been busy the last few months gathering gear after it was announced. Out of the many gear sets I have collected, I decided to use the T6 set with Illidan’s Blindfold, Bloodbathed Bludgeon from ToC, Fang of Oblivion from Ulduar.

I would invite any of you to post your Mog choices in the comments section.

Next post will deal with Dragon Soul Bosses and the Rogue Legendary.

Rogue Database and Links

As my first order of business in getting this blog going is to put up my list of the Rogue resources I use myself.

PVE Links:

Elitist Jerks- Rogue Forum
-Great resource for Boss Mechanic discussions. People will talk about specific tricks and tips for boss fights that we can use to improve our performance.

Shadowcraft Spreadsheet
-Amazing spreadsheet put together by some EJ forum members. Lets you load your character from Armory and optimize gems and reforges. Also shows you projected DPS and gear upgrades as well.

PVP Links:
Arena Junkies – Rogue Forum

General:
Wow Insider Rogue Blog
-Weekly rogue posts from the WoW Insider team’s rogue columnist.

Official WoW Rogue Forums
-Has a few stickies that can be very useful

Here goes nothing…

Hi everyone and welcome to my attempted beginnings of a blog!

I am starting this blog after my realization that there is an apparent lack of active rogue blogs left floating around the web. I decided to try my hand at starting a blog myself to help entertain all my shadowy brothers who are bored while they lie in wait for their targets.

I plan on using this blog to talk about the rogue class in general, concerning PvP, PvE, and other rogue related matters. I will try to initially provide links to the current relevant rogue resources and materials to help out anyone who is looking for that stuff (I know that I use it a lot). I might even go into relevant events that transpire on my rogue as well.

To get started, I will tell you all a little about myself. I started playing WoW all the way back in Jan, 2006. WoW was my first foray into mmo’s and some friends on my hall encouraged me to try it out. Like the new player I was, the first character I rolled was a rogue. As some of you might know, back in the infancy of WoW, the rogue class was arguably the most popular to play at the time. Who didn’t want to be a sneaky, stabby ninja who could hide in plain sight?

Anyways, I hit level cap in a couple of months and got around to doing some of the instances and raids. I stuck with my rogue throughout the year, but with the difficulty of finding a spot on a crowded raiding squad with the overflow of rogues finally wore me down and I leveled up a hunter and started focusing on that character.

Fast forward to the fall of 2009… (big jump, I know)

After much raiding throughout Burning Crusade and my initial bits of Wrath of the Lich King, one of my good real-life friends convinced me to roll a new rogue with him to have some fun PvP-ing. At the time, my main was a Protection Paladin, but I decided to start up the rogue anyways. I created Koetsuji as an Undead Rogue on the Haomarush server right then, and little did I know how that act would affect how I played Warcraft.

As I was leveling, I began to fall back in love with being a rogue. Sneaking between patrols of mobs in a questing area just to sap the guard and steal treasure, Hitting vanish at 5 hp after taking out 9 of the 10 mobs you had on you, bandaging, then sneaking back to finish off the last one, and of course wreaking havoc on unsuspecting alliance who had the gall to think they could level in the same area as you. Needless to say, I started playing my rogue more and more as he approached level 80, and started to neglect my other characters.

Once I hit 80, I pulled out all the stops in order to gear my rogue. I ran regulars, heroics, quested, bought boe’s, ran BG’s until I didn’t think I could take one more round of the hate-spewing people found in the gutter that was battlegrounds at that time (not that it’s much better now). I was able to grab a spot on the raiding team fairly quickly in the guild I was in at the time,. Sadly, the guild lost some leadership just as ICC was released and attendance crumbled. Myself and 2 other of my good friends from the guild decided that we should try our hand at creating a guild and leading it ourselves. We formed with the intents of it being a small, 10 man casual raiding group.

But this blog is not about my guild, nor the many trials that it has gone through, so let’s fast forward again to the current state of things.

Quick summary: Took a break from January to June from WoW, came back, started raiding again, started writing blog, present.

Now that all of that is out of the way, let me just say that I hope that you all enjoy my writings and I will try to keep this updated as much as possible.