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      Site has been updated to IPS as of 12 November Known Issues So Far: Old wowhead "item" tags are depricated. They may be re-added to fix some issues with older guides, but for most part it's better to just use the modern wowhead.js which auto parses actual wowhead links automatically into tooltips/names. Just post wowhead links in guides and the js will do the rest. You don't need a special BB code for items. Old article links will be broken do to IPS 4 changing url path to remove some pointless "/_/" directory. The articles are still there and can be found in guides menu. You just may not be able to click links from any threads linking to them without editing out the "/_/" part of url. I'll fix most of this little by little when more important stuff is taken care of. External links/google search results may run into same problem. That will just rely on waiting for google to reindex new paths. After you login, you may be thrown to an error page saying page cannot be found if you logged in from the forum index. Harmless though. Just click "forums" and you'll get forum index since redirect after login is busted. The benefactors bar seems to hang/timeout sometimes.


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  1. Like Water - The Brewmaster's Resource [5.4]

      Thanks for the input.   I've gotten a decent amount more gear since last time we did heroic malk but it's been two weeks since we've tried him. Attendance issues and then the servers being down yesterday have hampered our ability to raid consistently. On Iron Jugg Tuesday night, the healers said I was significantly easier to keep alive than the previous week so I hope a combination of gear and taking the suggestions here about my execution has helped.   Thanks again guys.
  2. Like Water - The Brewmaster's Resource [5.4]

      My armory is significantly different from yesterday. I switched to the warforged normal 2h'er over the two heroic 1h'ers, picked up the helm for the 4pc, a ring to replace the LFR ring I was using, and the mastery trinket from Siegecrafter. I was gemmed/enchanted/reforged for crit last week which put me around 62% crit raid buffed, which I felt was enough to keep up EB almost all the time barring some unlucky streaks but I was very spikey and hard to keep alive.   I did redo my gear for mastery/stam at the request of the raid leader to see if it would work better but two of our dps didn't show up last night so we weren't able to do heroic Malk attempts. I convinced them to do 2 for science but they didn't really last very long because no one was taking it seriously so it was hard to tell if switching my gear made any difference.   I'm slow to clear heavy stagger sometimes because I'll have just spent all my chi and be at low energy and have to wait to jab or expel before I can clear. Should I be just banking an extra chi, only spending it on PB and never going down to 0 chi?   I think most of the breath deaths are when it's already a wipe and we are trying to die fast so we can get a rez from a hunter or rogue, but I know I died to it at least once because the marks got messed up and I didn't know where it was going to go. I'm still getting used to being in melee again. I've been ranged since first tier of Cata.   We do have an issue with people getting void zones. Sometimes someone will call they have one and then not make it when the other person was closer, or they won't be anywhere near their proper spot and won't say anything until it's too late. There's nothing really I can do about that besides try to mitigate it and just make sure I don't die from it.   So, how should I be preparing to PB at anytime? Just never hit 0 chi?   And thanks for the help.
  3. Like Water - The Brewmaster's Resource [5.4]

    http://www.worldoflogs.com/reports/291609rnrzgsn3d7/dashboard/?enc=wipes&boss=71454 There are the logs from the other night.   I'm working on the legendary cloak, I'm on the part where I need 3000 valor, so it's going to be a while before I have it.   I have http://us.battle.net/wow/en/item/105311 that I could use instead of the fist weapons.   And I've been running flex and LFR in addition to the normal runs trying to get helm or shoulders and better trinkets, those are the only two that I have besides the timeless isle ones.   I've been trying to setup my UI so that I can make sure to have EB up all the time when I'm tanking at higher stacks but I'm not sure I'm keeping it up. Have any addon recommendations? Should I be rotating cooldowns at 8-10+? Our bear tanks phase 2 by herself so I don't need to save them for that.
  4. Like Water - The Brewmaster's Resource [5.4]

    Are you tanking the add so that it's standing in the sawblades? My group has the ranged stack the first 2-3 sawblades and we just tank the add on top of them. Looking at our logs, the sawblades do 30-40% of the damage to the add, ~7-8 million damage. I just switched to my monk to tank 2 weeks ago and I never had problems killing the add in time for the tank swap even at 520-ish ilvl.      Now I have a question of my own. So our main paladin tank got a new job and had to quit very suddenly. I switched from my hunter to my monk to tank for our runs so we didn't have to look for a new tank (we have extra dps, but no extra tanks). We did two weeks of normal clears to gear me up and then started back on heroics this week. We killed all the way up to Nazgrim without too many issues. I had to learn the cooldown rotation for Nazgrim executes, but that was the only time I really had any issues.    Now we are on Malkorok, which is a progression fight for us. We had a couple of close attempts before I had to switch to tanking. On Wednesday we spent most of the night on Malk and one of the biggest issues we had was me dying to Malk's melee at >8 stacks. My gear is only ilvl 553 and the healers were saying that I was very hard to keep alive.   http://us.battle.net/wow/en/character/sargeras/Derkus/advanced Here's my armory, I'm currently geared for crit but am wondering if I should regear for mastery/stam since my ilvl is kinda low for this kind of thing.   I'm not sure because I just started playing brewmaster like 2 weeks ago so I'm still trying to learn the class/spec which is not really ideal on heroic progression where small mistakes can end up in a wipe. I don't know if my gear is the problem or if I just need to learn to play better.   Any suggestions?