All posts by Hoofit

Episode 20 – Acts of Valor

What’s the best way to get Valor? There’s several ways to do it well but which way works best with your schedule?

We tackle a comment about our last show about tanking, and go into a huge discussion based on a listener question in regards to Valor and what’s the best way to get it! There’s no wrong way by any stretch, but depending on your situation, you should consider going about it one way or another and make the best of your time.


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Episode 19 – Gee… Tanks a Lot!

Wow, One listener’s plea for advice on how to begin tanking turns into quite the discussion!  Join us as we discuss Basic, Intermediate and even a few advanced tanking behaviors and methods to help our listener, Seth, on his way to tanking greatness.

As always, comments are welcome and discussion about other great tips are encouraged. If we forgot to mention something, don’t leave poor Seth hanging, talk about it here!  (P.S. Seth is a Protection Warrior specifically, though we try to discuss Tanking habits and methods that all tanks should practice)


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Episode 18 – Affinitii for Healing

This episode we’re joined by Affinitii, the monk healer for Blood Legion, one of the top raiding guilds in the world! Take a peak into what makes this hardcore progression raider tick.

We question him on addons/UI, glyphs and dailies and even get some advice for casual raiders. Monks, Priests, Druids and Shaman! Sorry Paladins, no love for you today, but give it a listen anyway!


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Episode 17 – PVP them all

Diggin’ Deep on PVP with Alludra the Mage, but not the kind of PVP you’re used to.  This week’s discussion will be all about learning about Pet Battles, how to get started, what to expect, and a few other tips to help you along the way.

Alludra, THE Mage, joins us for some fun discussion and a great time, Enjoy!

Addons discussed: Pet battle Count, Pet Journal Enhance (soon to be outdated 5.1), Pet Battle Teams, Pokemon Trainer the Addon.

Reference chart for ability strengths and weaknesses: 


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Episode 16 – Heroicly Normal

Join us in our endeavors in Mists Preparation for raiding. We discuss heroics, getting geared up for them, some of our LFR & world boss encounters.

It’s a light discussion and friendly topic this time. Sit back and enjoy, and as always ALL feedback and additional information you would like to provide is welcome on our blog!


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Ask Mr Robot

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More detailed information at the AskMrRobot Primer and FAQ
and also detailed info on “How does Mr. Robot’s Optimizer work?

1: Go to
2: Enter your Server and your character’s name then click “Load”.
3: Once your character is loaded you’ll see it below. Click the character you want to optimize.

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4: Click Reload
5: Make sure you’re in the right Spec and gear!! (If you are not in the right spec and gear, log out of WoW while in the correct spec and gear, then repeat the above steps). This is your character as seen in the Armory.
6: Click “Optimize!”

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7: A new tab appears, and Now you see what Ask Mr Robot is suggesting.
So: My Gear Optimized Score% – My Gear Score% = Difference%, the larger the Difference percent, the more you should reconsider optimizing.

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8: Gear Optimization: Clicking on the Best In Slot button will show you your best in slot gear,but based on the options you selected.
It may suggest gear out of your current reach, so it is best to adjust your most realistic level of obtainable gear first in the options so that you have a realistic goal.
See Options below for adjusting these settings.

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Any time you’ve equipped new gear, gems and enchants, Check A.M.R. to make sure you’re still optimized (Make sure you didn’t drop below any important stat minimum requirements etc).  I don’t recommend worrying too much about optimization until you’re at level cap since you will be constantly replacing many, many gear items frequently.

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There are two places you can adjust more advanced choices.

  • Set Options and Filters
  • Edit Stat Weights

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Set Options and Filters: (The Gears / ‘Change’ button)

  • Did you just ding max level? Are you trying to prep for raiding? Are you already decked out in the latest and greatest?
  • Maybe you don’t have the cash or materials for epic enchants…
  • Maybe you don’t like to run fast because you have alternatives and would prefer pure stat enchants.
  • Maybe you aren’t quite in the latest tier gear yet so using epic gems too soon is a little silly.
  • This is the place you want to set these filters and options!

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Editing Stat Weights
Target Level Choose your target leve from the drop down.  This determines a few things in the AMR calculations.
Edit Boxes can be manually edited or adjusted to Your specifications if you want to try something different.

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Thanks for checking out my Ask Mr Robot beginners and almost advanced user guide!

Episode 15 – Juicy Golden Lotus Brownies

Gearing up for Heroics & prepping for raiding, Reputations of Interest, Profession stuff and the recently unlocked from it’s faction restriction’s Justice Point gear.

This episode talks about various things you can do to begin maximizing your game play either at Lv. 90, or how to get started even before the level cap through the Tillers at Halfhill.

There’s a little something for everyone and a little something of a lot of everything else in this episode. We welcome all questions and comments; share what you’ve learned as well!


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Episode 13 – Rear Thumb Button… for Dummies

With emails O’plenty we had to dedicate an entire show to get through them all. You’ll have to listen closely to understand the show’s title… and don’t judge!

We give to you a bit of ourselves through our show, and we want to thank our community for giving back to us so that we could give back to you!  We gave away two more prizes this week from Twitter and Facebook contests.


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Episode 12 – Game Changers

We talk about improving your game just a little bit differently this episode with guest NotAnna.  “Don’t change the game, change the players”.
How to improve your game and gaming environment for yourself and others by being a positive impact to the type of community you participate in.

Congratulations to our first contest winner, SpiderKav!
Also, see comments for some additional listener submitted information.


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Episode 11 – Optimize Prime

A review of some of the more popular sites for Sources and Optimization. We also answer some emails that start a decent discussion among us before we dig in to the main topic of Source websites.

Information Sources: Community Blogs, One stop shop sites, YouTube channels

Elamari’s Feral Druid Leveling guide. Hoofit’s AskMrRobot Start Up guide.
Sites: AskMrRobot, Noxxic, Icy-Veins, Elitist Jerks, MaxDPS, WowHead
YouTube channels: Preach Gaming, FatbossTV, TGN WoW

Also, that crazy modifier “4 actions on 1 Macro” that was discussed (CTRL+Shift, CTRL, Shift, and normal):

/cast [@mouseover,help,mod:ctrlshift]Healing Surge;[@mouseover,help,mod:ctrl]Healing Wave;[@mouseover,help,mod:shift]Chain Heal;[@mouseover,help]Greater Healing Wave
/cast Greater Healing Wave


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Episode 10 – Mother Puggers

Join us with Special Guest WoWMartiean as we discuss many things including Pugs and Etiquette and also answer a record amount of emails!

Hend shows us the Ultimate Horderlies Transmog on his priest, Mend.

Joe also shares some of his works with us as well, so we’ll share them with you too!

Joe’s Stuff:
Twitter: @WoWMartiean
Youtube channel:
Streaming Channel:
And as discussed… The Eve of Destruction – Theramore Isle:


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Episode 9 – Preparation H

Let’s discuss some of the things you can do to prepare for expansions and pre-expansion patches. Hear what other listeners are doing and a few tips and pieces of advice from the cast from class choices, habits, inventory, to gold making tips.

Also.. Find out the real reason Hend is remodeling his kitchen!

Preparation Stuff:
– Olivia Grace’s WoW Insider confirmed MoP Addon readiness list!
– Oh, and you might want to check out Blizzard’s own Survival Guide!


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Episode 8 – Pro Tips

That’s right, PRO(fession) TIPS and explanations.

We discuss the advantages of professions, why you should learn them and keep them leveled up, and we also explain the perks of every profession and how they’re used for making money or min/maxing.

For a quick reference to what professions will look like in Mists of Pandaria check out TheIncBear’s (Arielle/@riftmaker) blog post (Keep in mind the post is also suggesting professions to take based on being a Guardian Druid, but the numbers for what the professions provide is still accurate.)

Also one of the Profession sites we used to level up many professions fast and easily is TheNoobSchool.

Also, mentioned at the beginning were Hoofit’s Archaeology Addon preferences. If you, too, are into the pain, suffering and agony of Archaeology, here they are:
Archaeology Helper + Gathermate2 + Gathermate2 Data
Hoofit’s youtube video of using the Archaeology addons. (Sorry about the low resolution-it was one of my first captures, it makes it difficult to see the range zones and gathermate2 node points, but you’ll get the idea.)


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Learning Macro Syntax and Limitations

@dukeofearl1711: “@TrainingDummies how can I learn the syntax and what limitations there are on macros?”

While all you need to know is Copy & Paste to Use a macro, sometimes you want to know what it is you’re doing and how it works.  To learn how to write your own may take some time.

Everyone learns a little differently, and at different levels. This could be easier or harder for you to learn based on if you have ever had any kind of scripting or programming background.  However, learning the syntax is pretty easy though, especially if you’re good at solving a “puzzle” with the answers given to you.  I’ll explain that in a bit.

To get started, I’d say give this a light reading:
The beginning of this will go over some fundamentals.
If you’re already familiar with this, skip down to the “Macro options” section.
Next, you’ll want to review the “Syntax overview” section.

Now, about that “puzzle” mentioned earlier.  If this is too much to absorb (there are many generic examples, and a few actual working examples) there’s another way you can learn how to do this. has the ability to decipher any working macro for you.  If you’ve found a macro that does something you like, but you’re unsure of how or why it works, Copy and paste that macro into MacroExplain’s macro box and then click “Explain This Macro”.  What you’ll get is the logical step by step breakdown of what the macro is trying to do, and what it will do or continue trying to do until it meets a condition that passes.

MacroExplain is also a very easy way to begin writing your own macros. Once you’re familiar enough with the basics you can use MacroExplain to check your syntax and also see if your macro will work or if it will break.  If it will break, it also explains to you why it will break (because of a global cooldown, typo, rule or some other limiting factor).  In this way, MacroExplain can be your cipher to understanding while writing your own macros.

With Mists of Pandaria and the MoP prepatch right around the corner there may be some changes that alter how some commands work, but there are definitely some spell’s functions that will be changing for all classes.  I am not sure how MacroExplain keeps itself up to date, so if it does not update with MoP, it may no longer correctly explain macros beyond that time.  If it does stay up to date, then it can still be a usefull tool to decipher a macro or an assistant for writing your own macros.


Episode 7 – Gonna pop a recap in yo ‘cast!

No Hendlove this episode so Hoofit and Hotpox decide to answer a twitter question as well as look back on the last few episodes and try to correct or elaborate on a few things that we botched or flat out forgot to mention

  • Addons: Instructions for the inexperienced to how to actually get started on installing new, keeping updated, or removing unwanted addons via the Curse Client, or manually.
  • A revisit to the Paladin episode… forgot to mention one little thing.. OOPS!
  • Hoofit gets derailed by Hotpox and almost gets carried away talking about more macros.
  • We’re suckers for accents…. even if you’re a dude. So how about sharin’ some love, send us an MP3 with your shout-out or question, or even read your own 5 star review to us!
  • We’re suckers for 5 star reviews… even if you don’t have an accent!


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Episode 6 – Addons: UIs for your eyes!

User Interface modifications, also known as addons!
We polled twitter and asked for some of your favorites, and we also list some of our favorites. In addition we go over a few must have addons for Tanking Healing and DPS!

Keep in mind that everyone’s preferences are different. There’s no right answer, but if you’re unfamiliar with addons, hopefully this can help you get started on the journey and joy of addons.

Did we miss one of your favorites?
Comment here and spread the word of your own treasured addons! (Please give a brief description, too, of what it does, what role it’s for etc.)


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Episode 5 – Gems, Enchanting and…. Weforging?

Pwepping for Hewoics and Waiding!
After you’re geared out, your work is not yet finished! We discuss about what to do after you get that gear to better yourself, your 5m, or your raids (even your PVP).  How do you do Gem, Reforge or Enchant?  Why are these so expensive, are there cheaper alternatives?  There sure are, and we discuss it.

Special thanks to Alludra the mage for her Mannerly Mage segment that fit into this topic so well. Alludra is so Awesome!

Discussion links mentioned:
Wow-Gem.comGems: complete listing/sorting of any kind of gems
WowArmory.comEnchanting: Linked directly to the enchant search listing.
ReforginatorReforging: Addon / In game resource.
AskMrRobot.comReforging/Enchanting/Gems: (website) Dynamic gear optimizer based on your current gear levels. –  Reforging/Enchanting/Gems (website) one stop shop for guides on what to do, but suggestions may not match your current level/progression.


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Episode 4 – Macros. There are FOUR Episodes!!!!

We dive into Macros.  What are they? What they aren’t! How to get started.

We’ll discuss some easy all purpose macros, some role specific macros (Even class specific by request), and then dive a little into some more advanced uses, theory and general practices.

Websites we mention:

And a link to all of the macros we discussed:
The Training Dummies Episode 4 Macro Discussion


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Episode 3 – Meters Meters Bobeaters

Deep discussion on the pros, cons and etiquette of using in game and post raid reporting tools!

Skada “vs” Recount:

  • DPS/ Total Damage
  • HPS/Overheals/Effective Heals
  • Interrupts
  • Dispels
  • Death Meters

World of Logs: (
– Guide:
Combat Log Saver (Addon for auto saving Combat logs for use with parsers)


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Episode 2 – Paladins. Ramping up with Ret!

We answer a listener email for help with a Retribution Paladin trying to get ready for the highest level 5 mans and Looking for Raid. We also discuss a few simple things in the Hour of Twilight 5 mans that some players seem to forget.
We talk about a lot of sites, addons or macros in this episode, here’s a brief recap:

Ask Mr. Robot (for optimizing your Gems, Enchants and Reforges)
A.M.R. Quickstart/Beginner’s Guide (Written by Hoofit, Approved by AMR!)
Noxxic (used for referencing Glyph and Talent possibilities and rotation priority suggestions)
Addons Mentioned: Power Auras (or default game Auras), Inline Auras, RedRange, Omni Cooldown Count, Tell Me When, Reforginator.
Macro Mentioned: (You can copy and paste the below in italics into your macro window)
#showtooltip Exorcism
/cast Exorcism

Don’t forget: You can help contribute too, If you feel something should be added for Ohagirldragon to check out, go for it!

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Episode 1 – Beating the Summer Lull

We discuss many, but not all, ways for players to stay busy and still have fun in World of Warcraft even during the less active months of summer.

Some of the links mentioned in the show:

  • A new way to raid:

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