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Talk Azeroth w/Olivia - Ep 08 - Timeless Isle Kills Dailies, Mists Endgame Madness
2013/07/25 at 10:45 AM
This week Olivia wants to hold your hand as she takes you on a journey through the
, running merrily through the new zone, murdering rares, stealing their stuff, and generally making with the stabby.
She then opens the table for discussion of the shifting end-game content styles in Mists. We really have run the gamut in this expansion, from factions and factions of dailies, through weeklies, and now, with patch 5.4, the arrival of the
daily-quest-free timeless isle
And Olivia then rattles through your responses to last week's request for feedback, and is relieved that the majority seemed to agree with her, before answering some viewer questions, and berating herself for doing another too-long show!
Talk Azeroth with Olivia - Episode 7: Cosmetic Hats and Proving Grounds
2013/07/18 at 11:34 AM
This week on Talk Azeroth, it's the
appearance of some new hats
that's caught Olivia's attention! These three new hats are for transmogrification purposes only, and have no stats at all. Olivia shelled out £10 of her hard earned cash to check out various aspects of these hats, and has some pretty strong opinions about the price point that Blizzard has set!
Onto happier news, and Olivia dives into the
, the latest feature to arrive on the Patch 5.4 PTR. These new solo scenarios are designed as training grounds for tanks, healers and DPS, and Olivia
put together a video
summing up the technical side for Wowhead yesterday, so check that out if you're interested. Olivia talks through her experience in proving grounds, and the pros and cons of Blizzard's current implementation.
Last up, it's two viewer questions! If you would like
Talk Azeroth with Olivia - Episode 6: In-Game Store
2013/07/12 at 11:09 AM
This week on Talk Azeroth, Olivia tackles the hottest topic of the moment: in-game microtransactions. But first, she gives the viewer a very short French lesson -- the translation is directly after the intro -- and it's on with the show.
Olivia starts off by looking at the datamined item itself: the
Enduring Elixir of Wisdom
. Looking at
Bashiok's forum post
, she wonders whether it's really something that would qualify as pay-to-win, and considers that there are already similar items available within the game. She then takes a look at the mechanical side of an in-game store itself, and points out how it might affect players' immersion and in-game experience, as well as pointing out ways in which it might be made to work.
Then it's on to the meat of the problem: what is suitable for a cash shop and what isn't. Olivia would love your input on just exactly what you think is OK and what's not. She looks briefly at the psychology of it before hypothesizing about just what might come of the store in the future, and how the player base might react.
Last up, it's two viewer questions! If yo
Talk Azeroth - Episode 5 - Cross-Realm Arena, Recent Hotfixes
2013/07/05 at 1:26 PM
We've got another episode of Talk Azeroth with Olivia up, as well as some recent hotfixes for the holiday weekend!
This week on Talk Azeroth Episode Five, Olivia gives everyone a lesson in what she calls the After Eight challenge, before firing up the show. If you think you can do it faster, prove it!
Moving into the show, Olivia starts off by picking up your viewer questions from previous episodes. If you have a viewer question, you can now email them over to Olivia direct on Olivia@zam.com, or tweet her at
. The questions this week touch on Virtual Realms, as well as a couple of thoughts on the Arena Tie-Break System.
This weeks' show deals with some huge PvP news, the introduction of cross-realm arenas and the removal of teams. Olivia explains the existing system, as well as the changes, before thinking through the pros and cons of the new system, including flexibility, rating, rankings, MMR and potential exploits, as well as the camaraderie of teams and whether it's really important.
Click the cut for the recent hotfixes!
Talk Azeroth - Episode 04 - Arena Tie-Break System
2013/06/27 at 11:45 AM
This week Olivia takes a look at the proposed changes to the arena tie-break system. She starts off with a look at where we're at right now, explaining the current system, before running viewers through the new tie-break system, and then dives head-first into the potential issues with the systems old and new, while also examining why Blizzard decided to shift away from the old system in the first place.
The new system, she asserts, provides a fairer look at arena matches, likening them to boxing. The pugilistic metaphor continues as Olivia discusses how the current system is much like demanding a TKO to win any boxing match, while technical victories are completely absent.
However there is a downside, as Olivia explores, with the way the system changes the psychology of the arena, as players might look to play the system rather than play the game.
5.4 PTR: Orgrimmar and Razor Hill Changes, New Legendary Quests
2013/06/24 at 2:55 PM
Orgrimmar on the 5.4 PTR keeps getting more and more changes. In Patch 5.3, the Kor'kron had the troll section on lockdown, and on the PTR, they've extended their influence over even more of the city.
We also have some details on new legendary quests coming in Patch 5.4, which predictably have you spend time in the Siege of Orgrimmar, but also unexpectedly spend some time collecting
on the Timeless Isle, a new zone that's home to an upcoming pet tournament.
Check out what's new in our video below by Olivia, or hit the Description tab to read the specifics I've compiled, including a new conversation between Baine and Vol'jin discussing the Siege of Orgrimmar and Garrosh.
Gamon has moved from the Valley of Strength to the Valley of Wisdom. No longer simply cornered by the Kor'kron, he's being held at gunpoint by them.
The Valley of Spirits is still on lockdown by the Kor'kron, who have also begun tormenting vendors in the Valley of Strength. In particular, the goblin bankers are in a fight and several vendors are huddled in the streets.
There's an increased mil
Talk Azeroth - Episode 03 - Virtual Realms and Flex Raids
2013/06/20 at 11:10 AM
This week's episode of Talk Azeroth with Olivia Grace is now live! She tackles two popular PTR topics--
She starts with a discussion of what we know so far about the new Virtual Realm feature coming in patch 5.4, discussing how it will affect and be affected by CRZ, along with its implications for PvP and PvE realms, smaller and larger realms, and the rest! There will undoubtedly, as she mentions, be an effect on auction houses, and chat channels, but Olivia suspects that it will all turn out rosy in the end.
Moving on to the next item on her agenda, Olivia talks about the recent additions to what we know about Talk Azeroth Episode 2's topic: Flex Raiding. Some Community Manager called Lore or something dropped the new earlier this week that there would be additional rewards available only to those who participated in raiding levels above LFR, and we wonder just exactly what that could be. Last up, it's lockouts. They're a bit crazy for flex raiding, and maybe make the new system a bit less flexible, O
Introducing Talk Azeroth: A New Show by Olivia Grace
2013/06/05 at 5:06 PM
We're proud to announce that Olivia Grace will be joining our
YouTube channel with a new weekly show,
! You may recognize Olivia from her prolific articles on
covering everything from PvP news to breaking news to UI advice. She's also one of the
hosts over at Gamebreaker.tv, which Lore from
hosted before starting his new job at Blizzard!
This week on the very first episode of Talk Azeroth, Olivia Grace waxes lyrical on the departure of her predecessor to the sunny shores of Blizzard Entertainment, and recounts her own tale of her recent visit to Blizzard EU in Paris, where she got to play Hearthstone, as well as grilling Blizzard developers Ben Brode and Eric Dodds on the upcoming CCG.
Moving in to the more Warcraft-focused news, Olivia brings us up to date on the WoW movie, with a short potted history, before wondering whether it will be a success, theorizing what route might work best for Blizzard's box office, and asking whethe
Patch 5.2: Throne of Thunder Overview
2013/03/16 at 11:42 AM
Throne of Thunder
, the new Tier 15 raid, opened on LFR and Heroic difficulty this week. Whether you're running LFR for the new vanity pets or are starting heroics, this guide should have something for you. We've covered the following:
Loot tables, Dungeon Journal entries, and strategy videos for bosses.
Vanity loot--gear, mounts, and pets.
Details on the LFR schedule and required item level.
Information about the
Achievements and weekly raid quests.
If you want more
Throne of Thunder
resources, check out the following:
for Tier 15 strategy guides.
for all your rankings needs, including the race to world first heroic completion!
Also be sure to check out our
Patch 5.2 interview with Lead Encounter Developer Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas
, which covers Tier 15 progression and gear.
Click the cut to learn about
Throne of Thunder
Throne of Thunder: LFR Opens Today, Loot Satchel and Encounter Previews
2013/03/12 at 11:22 AM
The first wing of
Throne of Thunder
opens today for LFR: players can fight
Jin'rokh the Breaker
, and the
Council of Elders
for ilvl 502 loot. You will need a minimum average item level of 480 to queue up--if you're stuck on how to get there, check out our
We've also included an overview of the LFR Loot Satchel changes, as well as strategy videos from
of the new encounters.
With the release of Patch 5.2: The Thunder King, the vast
Throne of Thunder
raid will become available. As in previous raid tiers, Raid Finder wings and availability difficulties will be staggered.
access the new Raid Finder wings
you will need a minimum average item level (ilevel) of 480.
This is our current schedule based on a planned patch release date of March 5. If the patch is delayed, or if we d
Official Patch 5.2 Trailer: The Thunder King
2013/02/27 at 11:16 AM
Blizzard was kind enough to share the link to the 5.2 Official Trailer with fansites this afternoon!
“Legendary” on Gamebreaker
will also be doing a special episode today where they’ll be chatting with World of Warcraft lead quest designer Dave Kosak specifically about the trailer—he wrote the poem you’ll hear spoken by Lorewalker Cho in the video and plays a key role in Mists of Pandaria story development. Expect that interview to be released by the Gamebreaker crew sometime in the early afternoon!
Challenge Mode Guide: Rewards, Narrated Videos, Rules and Useful Items
2013/02/16 at 11:52 AM
Today's weekend guide covers Challenge Modes, a new type of dungeon introduced in Mists of Pandaria.
They're a great way to cap
, not to mention learning more about your class outside of a raid setting. You can also get a ton of achievement points and unique rewards along the way!
In this guide, we've previewed all the rewards you can achieve, from transmog gear to mounts, and gone over special gearing and zone rules. We've also included links to helpful walkthrough videos of each zone as well as Blizzard's realm leaderboards. Finally, we made a list of unconventional items that can help shave off seconds on your run, such as
Rod of Ambershaping
for crowd control.
Click the cut to read the guide!
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