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Legendary - The WoW Video Podcast - FBI Raiders
2011/04/20 at 10:55 PM
On today's LEGENDARY:
PVE Balance vs PVP Balance
The FBI Raids Gold Farmers
The Weekly Marmot - The Recruitment Process
2011/04/20 at 10:54 PM
I get a lot of questions about recruitment. Like, a lot. And it's really hard to answer them because, as you should know by now, Every Guild Is Different™. So this week, I try a little experiment. This week I take you through, step by step, the recruitment process that Months Behind (my guild) uses to find new members, and explain why we do what we do and what we learn from it, so that you can hopefully get a sense of what's important in the process and get some ideas for your own group!
Closing the Gap: A Guide to Gearing up in 4.1
2011/04/20 at 9:37 AM
Many players have alts, but are they geared? And how about your main, have you started raiding yet? Well, if your answer to either question was no, you're in luck. 4.1 introduces some additions that make the game more friendly and the gear gap smaller, from additional BoAs to changing valor point gains in heroics. Most importantly, 4.1 brings about the revamped 5-player dungeons Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman! The bosses from these dungeons drop ilvl 353 epic loot—potentially cutting out hours of farming heroics and doing dailies. But with so much new loot, what should you really keep an eye out for?
See how good the new loot is and also see what gear is easily obtainable before raiding right after the break!
New Ghostcrawler Blog: Critical Hits (And Misses)
2011/04/19 at 3:51 PM
Homogenization is a dirty word according to Ghostcrawler. He also describes the difference between being complicated and complex. In this blog, he discusses what's happened in the combat rules throughout World of Warcraft--the changes they've made to critical hits, healing, and each class' particular niche. Most notably, though, he alludes to 4.1's changes and how more may be on the way. Those new tooltips for debuffs that affect healing done--like --are intentionally vague because its previous 10% reduction is being analyzed.
Read below to see what developers really think about critical hits and the design changes World of Warcraft's been subjected to over the years. As always, be sure to give your two cents after. Have the changes Ghostcrawler and company implemented been a critical hit--or a miss?
Critical History Lesson
In the original combat rules of World of Warcraft, melee classes could get 200% crits while casters could only get 150% crits. This was back when all the designers presumably played rogues instead of mages, which according to the forums is what we all play now (which makes our dungeon testi
Ask the Devs #6 Topic Selected: Guild Advancement
2011/04/18 at 9:34 AM
After a week pause, Blizzard's community outreach feature "Ask the Devs" is back. This time they're fielding questions on the topic of Guild Advancement. It's a good chance to ask about the recently introduced guild reputation system, the state of 10 and 25-man raiding, current content's effect on guilds, and even things like server firsts.
Of course, it'll only be interesting if you make it--so get asking and get out your
for a chance to have your question answered and read by Blizzard developers themselves.
As this is a global Q+A, threads will be made available to both US and EU. EU players can submit their questions
and the US thread is
Check out Blizzard's previous Q+As:
Ask the Devs Q+A #1: General
Ask the Devs Q+A #2: PvP
Ask the Devs Q+A #3:
PST - Episode 25
2011/04/15 at 8:29 PM
How can I clean up my screen so I can see what's actually happening?
What's up with Blizzard bringing back old mounts?
Is it alright to drink and raid?
Do raiders have anything to learn from PVP?
The Weekly Marmot - The Physical Side of Gaming
2011/04/15 at 8:29 PM
This week I get awkwardly close to sounding like your mother, and talk about the importance of taking care of your body. But don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with any of that "staying healthy" crap -- no, this week's topic is all about making your body work for you. I talk about some simple ways to take advantage of how your body works to increase alertness and awareness, and also make "gamer fuel" products like energy drinks more effective. Listen up, you might learn something:
News Roundup: Warlock Demons, Blizzard Contests, TCG Art Gallery Update, Garrosh
2011/04/15 at 5:01 PM
Blizzard, Y U SO QUIET? Not a whole lot of new blue posts lately worth mentioning, but Zarhym gave warlocks something to be excited about (even though we may not see it for many, many months) and Blizzard has been spending a lot of time updating their website art galleries. Also, contests - yay!
Today's topics include:
The Gender of Warlock Demons
You Are In Contested Territory : WoW Contests
Trading Card Game Art Gallery Now Open
Garrosh Hellscream: Then and Now
Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
Xfire Comes to Wowhead
2011/04/15 at 11:24 AM
has always been a platform known for its superior streaming video content for all types of gamers. From intense StarCraft 2 matches to World of Warcraft raids, Xfire has live feeds that cover every niche of the vast gaming landscape. That's why we here at Wowhead have recently partnered with XFire to provide Wowhead users with the most popular live streams relating to all aspects of WoW from their site right in the comfort of ours.
From now on the community tab of Wowhead will have a new portal link:
Xfire live streams
. From this section of our site, you'll be able to see a frequently updated list of their most popular World of Warcraft streams as they unfold. From PvE to PvP content, picking on an individual stream of your choice will open it as a larger size allowing you to view it in higher resolutions without even having to leave Wowhead. Of course, if you click on the Xfire link, you can find the livechat and other Xfire features that allow you to interact with the person's stream you're watching.
Pretty awesome, right?
If you want your chance to appear on Wowhead's video page, you can [url=htt
Site Update: Captcha Options, New Subforum, and Spoiler Tag
2011/04/14 at 7:33 PM
Our developers work hard, but usually it's all about the database or the blog--they're always finding new ways to speed up datamining or make the database's user experience smoother. The forums sometimes are a quiet third or fourth to the behemoths of the site. But that's not the case today. Thanks to some work behind the scenes and feedback from our community, we have a handful of new updates to make the Wowhead community's forums a better place!
Firstly, as you probably know, there's this thing called CAPTCHA and it keeps spam bots out. It also makes posting less than fun--it can be hard to read and sometimes refreshing is necessary. We've gotten several requests to have options for users or to at least enable the old system for users, so we have. You can use reCAPTCHA, the system the site currently users, or you can try out the Wowhead version. To change this, simply go to 'Settings' and select it from there under the 'CAPTCHA' header.
Secondly, there's a new forum in these parts:
the Computer Hardware forum
. A lot of threads crop up at inopportune moments in the wrong place. Sometimes they're of the "Can my PC run X" variety. We also frequently get discounts from partners to
Patch 4.1 - PTR Build 13875 - Spell Changes and New Item
2011/04/14 at 3:25 PM
A small PTR patch update was just issued--it's just a confirmation of what
Tuesday's patch notes told us
essentially. Since this is a release candidate build of the patch as was the prior one, there were no major changes and you can expect the patch soon; hopefully it will be out by the end of the month or in the first weeks of May.
There is also a new item, probably from the fishing dailies: . It can be opened and is blue quality.
Notable changes include:
now heals for 20% instead of 15% (this is a tooltip fix)
damage doubled (for cats only!)
had its effect on the GCD halved
Hit the jump to read these in full.
Blizzard's Fifth Q+A Answered: Achievements
2011/04/13 at 4:08 PM
Blizzard just posted the latest set of answers to their fifth developer Q+A! This latest session covers the topic of
. Not my favorite Q+A by far, as many of the questions have really already been answered (even by recent 4.1 changes) but it should definitely interest all of the achievers out there!
Some of the topics of the questions they were asked include:
Achievement points as a currency (still no, never, stop asking)
More exciting and "crazy" achievements
Mount rewards from achievements
Check out the full results of Blizzard's fifth Q+A after the break!
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