Get started fast with WoW Patch 5.04 with our Quick-Start Guides

by on August 28, 2012

Yes, as usual, I’ve written up Quick-Start Guides for the latest WoW Patch – in this case, the “All change!” 5.04 patch that arrives today (or tomorrow for EU people).

These aren’t your usual EJ-style walls of text – those guides are very valuable, and I’m hugely grateful to the people who write them, but we’re doing something different.

My goal is to get you up and running with the new patch as quickly as possible, without having to read 8,000 words to get there. If you want more hardcore information, we link to detailed posts from Serious Theorycrafters at the end of each article, but the Quick-Starts will get you 90% of the way.

I know a lot of people find these useful, both for themselves in the madness of patch day and for linking to their friends, guildies, and even in LFR. Basically, anywhere someone doesn’t have the time to read and digest a full-length guide!

Here they all are:



Ranged DPS

Melee DPS

If you find any errors in these guides, please do let me know on Twitter or by comment, and I’ll fix them!

And I’d really appreciate it if you can take the time to spread the word about these guides – they’re something very different to most guides, and a lot of people find them very helpful! Patch Day is pretty busy and loud – any help getting the word out over the noise is much appreciated.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Saturnius August 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm

You’re awesome for doing this, I used your last guide all expansion. Cheers!


Delanni August 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I want to thank you for taking the time to put these together, I continuously check your site for help and I recommend it to everyone I know.


Kogamaru September 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

yes i want to say this as well, everyone should know about these guides, they help out alot. :-)


Gillian B August 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for doing this yet again. I use your guides for all my characters and they’re enormously helpful. I’m always referring people to your site!


Lee Widhalm August 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Frost Death night link is not working from this page. Keep up the awesome work


Lee Widhalm August 29, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Nevermind must have been my internet sorry


resisty August 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Frost DK link throws up a 404.


Hugh Hancock August 30, 2012 at 12:16 am

Try again now – it seems to be fixed.


dld2 August 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Frost DK link on here isn’t working for me either. But ty for all the help with all the toons…you do a great job


Hugh Hancock August 30, 2012 at 12:16 am

Try again now – should be fixed.


Kaz August 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Can’t seem to open link to Frost DK. Tried on 2 different computers.


Hugh Hancock August 30, 2012 at 12:17 am

Should be fixed – try it now.


Delanni August 30, 2012 at 6:18 am

I just clicked Frost DK and this is what i get:
The requested URL /2012/08/wow-patch-5-0-frost-death-knight-quick-start-guide-stats-talents-and-spec-glyphs-rotation-reforging-and-gems-and-ability-priorities/ was not found on this server
been like that all day for me


Hugh Hancock August 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

Should be fixed as of the 30th – let me know if it’s still borked!


verm August 30, 2012 at 6:35 am

just wanted to thank you for taking the time to put this all together:) ill be useing it to fix all my toons:)


Hugh Hancock August 30, 2012 at 9:52 am

No worries! Glad it’s useful.


Tome of the Ancient August 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Just wanted to say thanks, this helps enormously with my vast herd of alts!


Cygnia October 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Not seeing any wrist enchants listed for any plate DPS?


Hugh Hancock October 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

You’re absolutely right! My apologies – I’ll get that fixed just now.


Thornbeast October 27, 2012 at 2:28 am

I want to say thanks for putting up an excellent site for all the different classes and specs.
It is extremely helpful and I reference it often.

I was just curious as to when there might be guides for the monk classes?


Hugh Hancock October 27, 2012 at 11:44 am


We actually have monk class guides already, but being an idiot I apparently haven’t linked them from here! Fixing that now.


Mitchell October 12, 2014 at 10:54 am

endured just a few severe headaches considering the survey shit, but at this point it payed back :) )


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