Bear Bomb

The life and times of a feral druid

On Hiatus

Well, it’s been two months since I put up a post with actual content.  During that time, my wife and I have logged maybe twenty hours in Azeroth between the two of us.  It’s becoming apparent that life has decided, at least for now, that we’re both supposed to be doing things other than playing WoW.

Last night, I finally deactivated our WoW accounts.  I felt a little bad about turning off the subscriptions, but we’ve got way too many good friends who we only ever get to see in the virtual for this to be a permanent state of affairs.  In all likelihood, we’ll take a break to get real life stuff sorted out and dealt with then come back around the time that Cataclysm releases.

So thank you for all the readers that visited.  I also owe a big thank you to several Azerothian bloggers who added me onto their blogrolls and directed readers to this site.  I’ll see you all again when our “real” lives are calm enough for more WoWing. =)

— Luxul


April 6, 2010 Posted by | Editorials | 4 Comments

Happy April 1st!

Life has been so hectic I’ve hardly logged into WoW in over a month.  But with the beginning of the month of April comes Blizzard’s customary onslaught of April Fool’s pranks, and I just had to share my favorite.  I take (probably way too much) satisfaction in their parody of the GearScore system. :)

April 1, 2010 Posted by | Editorials | 2 Comments

Tanking Etiquette

I don’t really have a whole lot to add to this, except that hearing of a feral druid acting like such a cub makes my fur hurt.

Heroic Entitlement, via World of Matticus.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Editorials, Humor | Leave a comment

Work Sucks, So Here’s a Cop-out Post

Sorry for the lack of updates, everyone.  When I’m not tromping around instances sticking my big bear patookus in the healer’s face, I’m stuck in my mortal avatar as a Senior Software Architect.  While it does an excellent job of paying for food, shelter, clothing, and my WoW addiction, it also comes with a regularly scheduled hell called deployment week or, if you’re one of the developers here, The Week The Computers Won’t Do What They’re Told.

So in lieu of a post, I’m going to link to a few blog posts I’ve found useful or interesting lately.  Please forgive me.  This site’s regularly scheduled rambling will resume once the dust has settled. :)

Okay, that’s all for now.  If you’ve seen another post recently that helped you or made you think, please share it in the comments.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Editorials | 1 Comment

Feral Tanking Build Update

I mentioned in this post that I’d swapped out a few talent points and would report back.  It’s time to make good on that promise, I suppose.  Fair warning: I’m slammed at work today, so this is a short post.

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February 11, 2010 Posted by | Editorials | Leave a comment

Gear Score

I play on Shadow Council, an RP server, so this issue has typically been far removed from my field of view.  After all, even our heavy raid guilds have a more laid back attitude than the ones you’ll find on a normal or, gods forbid, PvP server.  However, there’s recently been an upswing in the use of gear examining plugins to screen people for runs, and I feel like commenting on it.  (Imagine that. *grin*)

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February 10, 2010 Posted by | Editorials | 6 Comments

Feral Tanking Rotation

To continue with the theme started in this post, let’s take a look at another facet of play that is posted all over the web but hardly ever explained; your rotation.

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February 4, 2010 Posted by | Mechanics, Play Tips | 4 Comments

Excellent Post About Guild Roles

One of the first comments I’ve received on this blog (two days old and two comments…WOOT!) was from Chris over at Raid Invite.  In browsing through his blog posts, I came across one where he makes some very good points about the purpose behind a WoW guild, and each member’s role within it.  Check it out.

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Editorials | Leave a comment

A Level 80 Feral Tanking Build

Talent builds are the one thing you can be guaranteed to find on any blog or guide.  One thing I haven’t seen regularly, however, is a plain discussion of why a posted build is supposed to be the best.  Let’s try to change that, shall we?

First of all, here’s Luxul’s Build.  Now, here’s why I spent the points I spent.

[UPDATE: I’ve respecced, pulling points out of Improved Mangle and King of the Jungle and moving them to Natural Shapeshifter and Master Shapeshifter.  I’ll let you know how it goes in a later post.]

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February 3, 2010 Posted by | Editorials, Mechanics, Play Tips | 4 Comments

Greetings, Internet!

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing World of Warcraft again recently, and my guild leader’s decision to start ablog about playing a healadin has inspired me to do something similar.  Luxul, my current main, is a druid feral tank, and I’ve been having issues finding good information on playing the class in end-game content.  Rather than sit around and complain about it, I’m going to try and marshal the lessons I’ve learned while playing him into blog posts.  Maybe someone, somewhere will find the information useful.

I’ll put up the first actual mechanics post later today, but for now, a little background information.   Continue reading

February 2, 2010 Posted by | Editorials | 3 Comments