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News Roundup: Archaeology Grind and Cross-Realm Heirlooms
2011/01/26 at 7:35 PM
Another quiet day, just a few quick Blue posts worth sharing!
...on the Archaeology "Grind"
Yes, I know this is a secondary profession, but the RNG involved is absolutely atrocious. After crafting my 5th "Delicate Music Box" and still getting numerous Fossil sites, even after having solved all of them, I am wondering what on earth Blizzard was thinking with this profession.
If you want to grind it out, it's going to be a grind. While the RNG of the tradeskill is sort of what makes it what it is there are some changes being thought of that could ease some of the more painful aspects. Maybe getting a common won't be a total bummer, but a fractional-bummer, and maybe even just a 'dang'.
...on Cross-Realm Heirlooms
There was a blue post on this a long time ago saying it was something they were looking to implement, Then Cata was heralded and it got put on the backburner I presume so nothing has been heard for a
Gamers Documentary Reviewed
2011/01/26 at 2:27 PM
A while back I was fortunate enough to get in touch with the team responsible for a film I had caught on the
, which gives an introspective look at the phenomenon of massively-multiplayer online games, specifically World of Warcraft. I got in touch with their team and they sent me a copy of their documentary to check out, and I thought I'd share my opinions with you guys. The filmmaker, Ben Gonyo, interviewed a variety of World of Warcraft players just like you and I for insight into their world and playing habits. It was a pretty interesting look at the subculture we've grown so accustomed to, and many subjects common to seasoned players were addressed, such as finding a guild and the dedication and requirements of being in one.
Check out my own view on the film as well as a video clip after the break!
News Roundup: Blue Posts on 2200 Weapon Delay, Paladin "Nerf," Tabard Storage and More!
2011/01/25 at 4:27 PM
More Blue posts for you guys! Today's topics include:
2200 Rating PVP Weapons Being Delayed
Paladin Healing Nerf Actually Being a Buff
Tabard Storage Woes
The Inevitable Demise of PVP Double 2-Piece Bonuses
Tradeskill Reagent Justice Point Costs
Also, an added bonus for any StarCraft II players out there - you can now beta test the awesome custom games Blizzard showed off at BlizzCon: Aiur Chef, StarJeweled, and Left 2 Die!
Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
The Weekly Marmot - Raiding and Dual Specs
2011/01/25 at 3:42 PM
This week, I talk about utilizing dual specs properly in your raid. Not just from an "oh crap all our heals are afk cookies" perspective, but how to use that flexibility on a more regular and "official" basis in order to strengthen your guild, how to make sure the dual specs you're using are gearing up effectively, and what it all means for the pure DPS classes!
PTR Patch Changes and Additions - Artifact Sell Prices Changed, Again
2011/01/25 at 1:15 PM
Today's PTR patch brought only a few class changes, mostly those which were
added to the official patch notes
yesterday. We have the latest spell diffs as well as
values for artifacts in patch 4.0.6! As it was stated in the patch notes:
The sell value of all common artifacts has been doubled, while a small subset of common artifacts have had their sell value increased far beyond that.
This excited many players who were put off by the fact that most
artifacts are currently (basically) worthless. In this latest PTR patch, Blizzard has changed the sell price of many artifacts (yet again), increasing most common artifacts to values well over ! It's also worth mentioning, however, that the
Word of Empress Zoe
(which had many players excited over its previously reported sell value) has had its sell value reduced to . Oh, well.
We've got the latest spell diffs for you guys, as well as
PTR Patch 4.0.6 Notes Updated! JP From Level 85 Normals and more!
2011/01/24 at 2:54 PM
The PTR Patch 4.0.6 notes have been updated yet again, with some
Level-85 dungeon bosses in
Lost City of the Tol'vir
Halls of Origination
each when killed.
The daily Random Dungeon reward on normal difficulty has been increased to
, up from 0
Players no longer need to discover Cataclysm dungeon entrances in order to access them via the Dungeon Finder.
These changes will probably cause a lot of "omg catering to casuals lol" forum rage, but for those of us who
conveniences rather than feeling as though we constantly need to be challenged (such as by having to fly ALL THE WAY to a dungeon entrance to "discover it"), they're definitely welcome changes! Yeah, I get it, it makes things easier but c'mon, get real - it wasn't exactly some huge challenge or marvelous feat in the first place. I haven't even wanted to level my warrior (for whom I wanted to use the Dungeon Finder to victory) just because I don't feel like going to discover al
News Roundup: Blue Posts, World of StarCraft, WoW in the Classroom
2011/01/24 at 1:55 PM
Not a whole lot of
info being provided by Blizzard, but still some interesting Blue posts today and over the weekend! Today's topics include:
Providing Detailed Raid & Dungeon Information In-Game
Using PVP Gear In PVE
Healing Being Hard
Leveling Fast in Outland
In addition, I've found some interesting World of Warcraft-related articles for you guys - one involving the creator of the now-infamous World of StarCraft mod that you guys
may have heard about
and another about a revolutionary "
WoW in School
" program shared between two middle schools! I wish I could have been playing WoW when I was in class... oh well, at least we had
Be sure to check out the full posts and article links after the break!
TankSpot's Guide to Heroic Chimaeron
2011/01/23 at 5:35 PM
's latest Cataclysm raid video guide details the
in Heroic difficulty!
Be sure to check after the break for full video transcript and strategy!
Lunar Festival Guide! (Jan 23 - Feb 13)
2011/01/22 at 5:30 PM
It's that time of year again! The Lunar Festival has come - and we have a
This year, the Lunar Festival runs from
. So far, the event looks to be mostly the same - no new Dungeon Finder boss or anything of that nature.
It's worth mentioning that due to the Cataclysm, some Elder locations have been changed! Most Elders locations have changed only slightly, as they remain in the same general area - it's just that the general area itself may have moved!
We have now updated all 2011 event Elder locations, thanks to our community and a bit of elbow grease (let's hear it for
)! You guys should still feel free make any clarifications in this thread or by contacting us directly at ! As always, we appreciate every bit of feedback provided - after all, we write these guides for
Enjoy the Lunar Festival!
PST - Episode 13
2011/01/21 at 6:36 PM
Any tips for new raid leaders?
What do you think about guild mergers?
Should I change race to increase my DPS?
TankSpot's Guide to Heroic Halfus Wyrmbreaker
2011/01/21 at 4:10 PM
TankSpot's guide to the heroic version of the
encounter is up on the NPC page!
Complete transcript after the break!
News Roundup: Guild Advancement Guide, Ghostcrawler Blog Feedback, Sinestra Kill
2011/01/21 at 12:55 PM
Today's Blizzard posts include a very detailed guide on guilds and the advancement system, some constructive commentary on the idea behind Ghostcrawler's somewhat controversial
Wow, Dungeons Are Hard!
blog and a quick note on
's world first Heroic 25
Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
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