Archive for August, 2009
Since we didn’t have a WRUP this weekend, I’ll go ahead and tell you what I did: leveled alts using Alterac Valley. Just a few hours of play, and the levels were flying past without a care, even with only about a 50% win rate. And those times we won fast? Hoo Boy. 100-150k experience for about 10 minutes of work is nothing to sneeze at.
It might be possible that I could have leveled up quicker by loading up a few questing addons and buckling down, but I found PvPing a lot more fun and relaxing for some reason, and I don’t think questing would have been all that much quicker.
Breakfast Topic: How has Battleground experience been working out for you? originally appeared on WoW.com on Mon, 31 Aug 2009 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Every Sunday (usually), Spiritual Guidance will offer practical insight for priests of the holy profession. Your host is Matt Low, the grand poobah of World of Matticus and a founder of No Stock UI, a UI and addons blog for WoW. What will Cataclysm hold for Priests?
I’m back from Blizzcon! There’s been a ton of big announcements which will mean future impacts for Priests whether you heal or dish out damage. Let’s take a quick look at what we know.
Want to listen to the music of World of Warcraft without actually playing the game? It’s possible — anyee has posted a quick how-to over on the WoW Livejournal. The music is sitting on your computer in MPQ files, which are a proprietary Blizzard archiving format for their games. But there are a number of MPQ extractors and editors out there (the two recommended are MPQ Extractor for the Mac and MPQ Editor for Windows), so download one of those, use it to break open the MPQ you’re looking for, and then find the music you want in that folder. Extract it out, and voila, you’ve got Warcraft music to listen to whenever you want.
I know what you’re saying — this might be against the Terms of Service. But actually, it’s not — the ToS only mentions “modifying” game files, and since you’re simply extracting them from their archives, you’re not actually modifying them. Plus, Blizzard actually authorizes the extraction of this music for use in noncommercial machinima, so as long as you use this music and any other assets for personal, noncommercial use, Blizzard has no problem with it. Of course, you’ll be stuck listening to the music in bits and pieces designed for looping rather than a snazzy CD set. But if all you want to do is taking a listen to some of the tunes out of game, there you go.
- +40 Stamina, +40 Spirit
- On equip: increased fishing +5. This hat isn’t to be confused with the Lucky Fishing Hat, which also gives this fishing bonus, and is available only through turn-ins at the Stranglethorn Fishing Tournament. +5 bonus isn’t a huge bonus to fishing at all (your main +bonus comes from your fishing pole), but given that it’s an extra +5, it’s worth having.
Gallery: Phat Loot Phriday
One of the things I got to do at BlizzCon 2009 that ended up being a whole lot of fun was sit down and play a few rounds of the World of Warcraft TCG at the Upper Deck Booth. I actually plan to write a bit more on that later, but for now, my main thought on it was that it was pretty fun. As a former Magic: The Gathering Player way back in the early 3rd edition days, I’ve always held a soft spot in my heart for a good solid card game, and I’ve been meaning for the longest time to check out the TCG as something more than a silly thing that refuses to give me a mount.
I have to say, if anything, that I probably enjoyed it too much. Not only did I catch onto the rules pretty quickly, but I was transported back to the old magic days, and I’m halfway tempted now to perfect a good solid deck and go out to my local gaming store in a couple weekends to see if anyone else plays. On the other hand, I’m trying to avoid that temptation, because I just know it’ll eat up my life like Magic did back in the day.
Breakfast Topic: Have you played those other games? originally appeared on WoW.com on Fri, 28 Aug 2009 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The developers mentioned at BlizzCon 2009 that they wanted groups to be a little less reliant on specific classes for the buffs which are considered to be “must haves.” Good examples of these include Blessing of Kings, Gift of the Wild, and even Power Word: Fortitude. These buffs are so commonplace in most raids that the lack of them feels wild and strange. Not to mention, you feel downright underpowered.
Patch 3.2.2 is going to help raids out with that issue. Three items will be making their way to Azeroth, each of which mimics a class-specific buff. MMO-Champ posted them, but I’ve transcribed them for you below:
- Runescroll of Stamina (Inscription) – Snowfall Ink, Resilient Parchment x 5 – Increases Stamina by 165 for all party and raid members for 1 hr. This is an obvious replacemeent for Power Word: Fortitude.
- Drums of Forgotten Kings (Leatherworking) – Heavy Borean Leather x 8, Icy Dragonscale x 8 – Gives all members of the raid or group the Blessing of Forgotten Kings, increasing total stats by 8% for 30 min. This is your new Blessing of Kings when you don’t have a Paladin.
- Drums of the Wild (Leatherworking) – Heavy Borean Leather x 4, Jormungar Scale x 20 – Gives the Gift of the Wild to all party and raid members, increasing armor by 750, all attributes by 37 and all resistances by 54 for 1 hr. Going Druidless, and lacking Gift of the Wild? Drums of the Wild will get you there.
Note that all of these item-based replacements perform equal to the class version. Only the Paladin buff is stronger than its profession counterpart but I expect the others to get weakened before this goes live. However, you shouldn’t feel quite so naked without a Druid, Priest, or Paladin. Of course, this makes me wonder if a Tailor-specific Banner of Heroism or something is on the way, which would help lessen the reliance on Shamans in every single 10 man. (Though it’s fair that it shouldn’t be that hard to find a single Shaman.)
There’s no official or even unofficial word about whether these items will be useable in the Arena. However, it would really, really surprise me if they were. They obviously seemed focused on enabling 10-man raids to get by without too many required classes, without handing these three buffs out to other classes.
Last week, the Red Devils managed to defeat the Faction Champions (UHRAHH)! Unfortunately, their cowardly Horde corpses disappear after defeat, so no screen shot of that one. Anyway, the fight is more of a PvP battle than a typical PvE encounter. The Red Devils is a pretty good raiding guild, but not so experienced in PvP. Fortunately raid leader Xoroth is a PvP enthusiast and was finally able to come up with a strategy and lead us to victory. The solution, for us, was to focus CC on the healers and burn them down one at a time. Once the healers were down, and providing that few raiders had bit the dust, it was a drawn out affair of selecting another target for focus fire. The Horde champions cheat, of course, and their pets do not despawn when the master dies. Not only that, but they have a buff that reduces AoE damage by 75%, so you can forget those spells. Their warlock’s Rain of Fire works just fine on us though. Cheaters!
We downed them again this week, but the fight remains very tough for us. It is complete chaos until the first couple of healers go down. That seems to be key for us. If we can get two down without many losses of our own, we seem to be able to finish. Diminishing returns on CC requires us to swap methods or players between targets. Freeze traps seem to do little more than proc Lock & Load while the trap is either dispelled or breaks very quickly.
This week we were able to bring down the Twin Valkyrs, the new boss in ToC… after we defeated the Faction Champions, of course. As the name implies, there are two; a light and a dark. A series of portals spawn around the arena, also light and dark, which you click to set your own “aura”. You want to have the opposite aura of the one you attack, so get the light aura to attack the dark one. Floating orbs will occasionally spawn and scatter throughout the arena. Again, there are light and dark orbs. You want to run through the ones that match your current aura setting (buff) while avoiding the opposite (damage). To make things a little more chaotic, one of the twins will occasionally cast a shield (again, light or dark depending on which twin is casting) and this is where the confusion set in. Oh, and Michael Jackson made an appearance to perform “Black or White” on Vent. Thanks, Rentfn, but I can’t hear the raid leader now!
Do we match our aura to the shield? Do we attack the caster or the opposite? What aura should each tank have? Is that different than the raid? What about the healers? Wait, what’s my aura now? What should it be? Who do I attack? Where’s the opposite portal? Augghh – I am SO confused! I wasn’t the only one, either. Conflicting commands flew over vent, leading to multiple raid wipes. Eventually enough of us managed to figure it all out and we were able to adapt, improvise and overcome. My method? Assist Snyped, he seems to know what he’s doing! Now if I only knew what his aura was…
If none of these solutions solve your problem, Syndri seems to be closely monitoring the login server down post in the Technical Support Forums and you may be able to get further help by posting in there.
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Noobz are a series of blank figures created in the form of armored Terrans from Starcraft. For the festivities at BlizzCon 2009, Blizzard put on display a special treat regarding these little Noobz. Two hundred and fifty Noobz figures had been passed out to Blizzard employees several months ago. The employees were encouraged to paint and decorate the Noobz for themselves. At BlizzCon, the best of the painted figures were put on display.
I hope to get my hands on one of the blank Noobz soon. I didn’t pick one up at BlizzCon, since my bags were already packed from taking so much other swag home. I think the idea of decorating one of these is awfully fun, and I totally salute Blizzard for promoting the idea.
I especially think it’s awesome that they featured the artwork of their general employees in this way. It really helps build a sense of community, and they should be commended for that. Besides, the employees who created the figures in our gallery below showed off a lot of talent, and I thought the Noobz were a lot of fun to see. Check it out yourself!
The announcement that Future and Blizzard are teaming up to produce World of Warcraft: The Magazine surprised almost everyone, I think. No more so because of the undeniable shift from print to digital media. However the fact that Blizzard is involved and the promise of no adverts and a “coffee table” kind of feel makes this very appealing. Granted the subscription is a little high, especially when you consider you’re only getting four issues for your cash and yet I think a lot of people are going to sign up. I’m probably going to be one of them.
As a fanbase, we’re know for collecting shiny things to do with our game of choice, whether it’s a Wrath Collector’s Edition or a Starcraft II messenger bag. Personally my thing is artbooks: I’ve got the whole set from the Art of the World of Warcraft to the Cinematic Artbook from last year’s BlizzCon so the idea of a magazine loaded with artwork and interviews and all that jazz makes me very excited. What about you, constant readers, will you be tempted to subscribe?
Breakfast Topic: Will you subscribe to the World of Warcraft Magazine? originally appeared on WoW.com on Tue, 25 Aug 2009 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.