World of Theorycraft
Searching for Crows

During this week’s Dakrmoon Faire, my new obssesion has been obtaining a rare Crow. Crows only appear as secondary spawns with the Darkmoon Glowfly. Darkmoon Island contains 12 spawn points for the glowfly, which I farmed in a sequence for a number of hours, in search of that elusive crow. During the roughly 300 pet battles it took, I found:

It’s not impossible, it just takes a long time. The Crow can only spawn as a secondary if the Glowfly if level 5 or above, but make sure you battle them all anyway - each spawn point can spawn a low or high level one.

Finally finished farming up the 4 new Zandalari pets from Dinomancers on the Isle of Giants. After 263 kills, I got:
1x Zandalari Footslasher
1x Zandalari Anklerender
3x Zandalari Kneebiter
7x Zandalari Toenibbler
Although it’s supposed to be a lower drop rate, I got over 10 of Ancient Tome of Dinomancy before I stopped counting.
While the pets are BoP, you can use them and then cage them for selling on the AH.

Finally finished farming up the 4 new Zandalari pets from Dinomancers on the Isle of Giants. After 263 kills, I got:

Although it’s supposed to be a lower drop rate, I got over 10 of Ancient Tome of Dinomancy before I stopped counting.

While the pets are BoP, you can use them and then cage them for selling on the AH.

Hunters are pretty unloved right now, coming in bottom of all classes on Patchwerk-style fights (according to Simcraft results from Noxxic). For movement fights we’re a little better off, but still below the middle of the pack.

Hunters are pretty unloved right now, coming in bottom of all classes on Patchwerk-style fights (according to Simcraft results from Noxxic). For movement fights we’re a little better off, but still below the middle of the pack.

It’s now old news with the release of MoP, but someone managed to hit the Cataclysm level-cap without killing a single mob. That’s right, 85 levels or 46.2 million XP from exploration, herbalism, mining and archaeology. That’s some serious dedication.

It’s now old news with the release of MoP, but someone managed to hit the Cataclysm level-cap without killing a single mob. That’s right, 85 levels or 46.2 million XP from exploration, herbalism, mining and archaeology. That’s some serious dedication.

Our new strat for heroic Warmaster. I really think this could work.

Our new strat for heroic Warmaster. I really think this could work.

Noblegarden is upon us again, with only minor changes from last year, the biggest being an addition of a new mount - Swift Springstrider. It’s ugly as sin, but you need to get it, obviously. It requires 500 Noblegarden Chocolate which is a few hours grind if you do it somewhere de-populated or off-hours. I picked Dolanaar, which only had a few hard-core grinders; avoid Elwynn Forest like the plague.
While collecting my 500 chocolates, I got a few of the other drops too:
7x Blossoming Branch
6x White Tuxedo Shirt
4x Black Tuxedo Pants
3x Elegant Dress
3x Spring Flowers
2x Spring Circlet
2x Spring Robes
1x Spring Rabbit’s Foot
That’s at least one of everything that drops, so completing the achievements should be pretty easy while going for the mount. Happy hunting!

Noblegarden is upon us again, with only minor changes from last year, the biggest being an addition of a new mount - Swift Springstrider. It’s ugly as sin, but you need to get it, obviously. It requires 500 Noblegarden Chocolate which is a few hours grind if you do it somewhere de-populated or off-hours. I picked Dolanaar, which only had a few hard-core grinders; avoid Elwynn Forest like the plague.

While collecting my 500 chocolates, I got a few of the other drops too:

That’s at least one of everything that drops, so completing the achievements should be pretty easy while going for the mount. Happy hunting!

Imma let you finish…

Most spec builds include some form of spell interrupt and knowing what your group has to offer is important. Some of these abilities require specific specs, but most sensible builds include them. Not including stuns/cc’s, which can interrupt (if the target isn’t immune), here are your choices:

That’s all I can find, but I suspect it’s not exhaustive. The only classes without an interrupt are healing priests, paladins & druids, and BM/SV hunters. What have I missed?

My raven mount took me over 100 runs to get. Armory puts me at only 124 Talon King Ikiss kills, but the counting didn’t start until patch 3.0.2 and I used to skip killing Ikiss after the mount failed to drop (don’t do this - there’s gold to be made!). I’m still working on getting my Blue Proto-Drake from Skadi the Ruthless in Utgarde Pinnacle. Today marks the 100th consecutive day of a kill with no mount dropping. I’m a little unlucky. But soon! Then I can never go back again.
What drops have taken you the longest?

My raven mount took me over 100 runs to get. Armory puts me at only 124 Talon King Ikiss kills, but the counting didn’t start until patch 3.0.2 and I used to skip killing Ikiss after the mount failed to drop (don’t do this - there’s gold to be made!). I’m still working on getting my Blue Proto-Drake from Skadi the Ruthless in Utgarde Pinnacle. Today marks the 100th consecutive day of a kill with no mount dropping. I’m a little unlucky. But soon! Then I can never go back again.

What drops have taken you the longest?

I finally got Thunderfury on my hunter, only 384 raid-lockouts after it was introduced (in patch 1.1.0, 7 November 2004). After countless groups and solo runs, the bindings finally dropped only 3 weeks apart. After that, a few solid hours of mining for Arcane Crystals in Silithus and I was ready to kill Thunderaan. A pretty boring fight at 85, but he still looked pretty epic. With my Hydraxian Waterlords rep at 999/999 and my Tier 1 set still in thebank from Vanilla, I don’t have any reason to ever go back again. Yay?

I’ve just finished my latest WoW-related project - Insanity Tracker. It tracks players who earn the Insane in the Membrane achievement and shows some aggregated stats. I’ve been wanting to do this since I first started working on the achievement myself in early 2010. You can find my profile here.

I’ve just finished my latest WoW-related project - Insanity Tracker. It tracks players who earn the Insane in the Membrane achievement and shows some aggregated stats. I’ve been wanting to do this since I first started working on the achievement myself in early 2010. You can find my profile here.