Darth Maul style Thunderfury

Welp, I am back on retail since almost a month, and I quite enjoy… gold farming. Yeah.

Also, WoW is 11 years old now…

On a related note, just sharing that if you equip the real Thunderfury with your Hunter (since you obviously must have it given that it is THE hunter weapon) and use the inflatable one that players receive in the 11th anniversary gift, you get this:

dual TF

How friggin’ epic is that? :D Very.

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Winlords of Draenor… or Laglords of Delaynor?

Well, here I am after the huge grind to level 100, including getting the full Heroic gear for Megapull, and I have to say, that despite all the

  • Huge lag
  • Immense 5k+ queues
  • Random instance kicks when boss is at 1%
  • Garrison fails

this is a friggin’ awesome expansion! Let me tell you the quick summary of how I dealt with the challenges of Draenor so far, so I can expand a bit on my experiences about the new expansion of WoW…

It all began with the preparation. I wanted to ding 100 among the very first, so I prepared well.

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One year…

So, I just added up the /played time on all my characters, and it summed up 1 year and 9 days…

It’s not that high if I think into it, since I started playing in 2006, but still, oh my God, it is a lot of time. But how could I check it if I quit WoW?

Well…

1I have to get level 100 A S A P.

 

Back to business

I guess that this is my hundredth post with a similar title, but hey, I have been super busy with school, work and all… bah, I have got no excuses anyway. Anyways, I got my BA degree and now I’m onto my MA, and while I’m doing this, I will be working on Deathtrap, Van Helsing III and 2 of our super secret other projects as well – plenty of work if you ask me. But, as most of you should know, Warlords of Draenor was announced, and it will release on November 13, and this is something that rises above all these tasks I listed above – WoW is love, WoW is life! Just kidding, of course :) .

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Still, me and my friends have already decided to come back to WoW for this glorious event, and what’s more – I will try going for Realm First once again. Although I have succeeded in Pandaria, now my task will be a lot harder as I am on a high pop server, and I have sort of crap gear as I haven’t raided much in Pandaria endgame. This is why I am going to start playing 1 month beforehand and gear myself up as well as I can so I can stack up on flasks, potions and other goodies once again and jump into the race for level 100.

In my opinion, the new expansion will be exciting as hell, and I got reinforced in this especially after I have watched the Blizzard Gamescom livestream. The dev team talked about changes that bring back the old-school nature of WoW… yeah, yeah, I know that it will never ever be like Vanilla, and it will still be a lot more casual-friendly,  but what the hell.

Nowadays I don’t really feel like playing once again, but nevertheless I will renew my subscription soon – you know, a real WoW player comes back at least for expansions ;)

On a totally different note, I should check out the DIII expansion as well, but damn it, there is only 24 hours in a day :/

See you in Draenor!

Back in the game…

Sadly enough, both ways. Nevermind though, I have plenty off stuff ahead of me!

With the start of the info dump on WoD, I finally gathered my will to gear up and start ganking, and getting back to the usual drill in WoW. If I’ll have the energy left I’ll write a longer post about the mechanic changes of WoD and what I think about them. Until then, visual proof!

Mixed feelings

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As I mentioned it earlier, me and my friend are quite psyched about the upcoming WoW expansion. However, in the last couple weeks there were some changes that I feel quite unhappy about. The first of this was the announcement about paying for instant lvl 90 characters. I get it that after a while it is tedious to level up a character, and I know how annoying can it get. Still, I do not like that my favourite game is heading towards the microtransactional way. Leveling is a core element of any RPG, and it should not be overridden with a quick purchase.

On the more positive side, they made this announcement:

We are looking at reducing or completely removing baseline Resilience, but it’s a big change and requires other larger changes to go with it. Changes that big we tend to wait until an expansion (Warlords) to make – as well as a lot of testing and feedback from y’all during beta. We do have some changes with Season 15, but they won’t be a huge departure from where we’re already at, mainly tweaks to existing numbers.

Lore has made a couple posts on PvP Power/gear on the Arena forum so make sure you read these too:

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/11206631080?page=4#64
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/11206631080?page=5#87

And this is awesome! Once more we can oneshot blue geared, freshly dinged people and cause much frustration in the long-dead outdoor PvP! Yeah, it’s the little things in life that make you happy…

Jumping back to the negative side, it seems that WoD won’t have a boxed release, it will only be available for online purchase. This does not bother me all that much, but I’d miss those well-designed boxes full of artworks.

But despite all this, I am sure that WoW will never be a bad game, even with Ghostcrawler leaving ;) On the serious side, I don’t get why everyone was so happy about him leaving and starting to work for Riot. The well-known faces of Blizzard leaving the company is never good to see – for me at least. All in all, I think I’ll have another swing at the game in a couple weeks and see what it has to offer for me.

The expansion to come back for?

Warlords of Draenor.

No pandas, no pokemon fights, no ridiculous new races or classes. This expansion is literally oldschool, as it takes place in the past, filled with badass orc warlords and their clans. Is this the expansion that we were waiting for?

Despite feeling quite awful, last night me and my friend prepped some chips and food, and sat behind my new laptop (x550CC, i5, 720M, 8GB) to watch the Blizzcon live stream.

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When the announcement was made by Chris Metzen (who else, I mean the guy has an awesome voice), we were like 5-year old boys when they get new toys in the kindergarten. It feels epic. Let’s see, what do we get?

  • LvL 100, of course
  • Draenor, a new continent. NOT A REMAKE of Outland, they clearly stated it at the event.
  • Multiple orc clans; the player must prevent Garrosh’s Iron Horde to pwn the world
  • New character models; They are friggin’ awesome!
  • Garrisons… Who are we kidding, Player Housing! This feels as the biggest thing in the xpansion, and it seems they are making this awesome. The amount of work that can go into building a perfect garrison can be insane. Of course, they put this in as a timesink for casual players, as there are missions that are progressing even when you are offline, and you got to build stuff almost RTS style, but this will be rewarding for HC players as well. Train and GEAR up followers who level up and get abilities and professions? Oh my god, I can see my real life fading away slowly…
  • Rewarding PvP, Trial of the Gladiator! Gear scaled down to an equal level so the only thing matters is pure skill.
  • And ofc new content, instances, all looking beautiful.

So all in all, this may be it. Despite some of the features being casual-appealing and timesinky, all of them are done in a way that they seem very-very useful to a HC player as well. Also, later that night, the new talents came in. Of course, we are only interested in one class:

Bola Shot
30 Focus, 40 yd range
Instant
Fires a bola at the target, which wraps around them. After 1 sec, it explodes, dealing 3000 Fire damage to them, and an additional 2000 Fire damage to all enemies within 5 yards.
Replaces Arcane Shot.

Snipe
40 yd range
2.77 sec cast
Requires Ranged Weapon
Carefully line up the perfect shot, dealing 150% weapon damage. Generates 60 Focus.
Cannot be cast while moving.
Replaces Steady Shot and Cobra Shot.
Beast Mastery & Survival
Also refreshes Serpent Sting.
Marksmanship
Also triggers Steady Focus.

With or Without You
Beast Mastery (Versatility)
Passive
Increases the effect of your pet’s Combat experience to 70% increased damage. Your pet now gains the following abilities, regardless of spec:

  • Rabid
  • Spiked Collar
  • Thunderstomp
  • Blood of the Rhino
  • Great Stamina
  • Bullheaded
  • Cornered
  • Boar’s Speed

Marksmanship & Survival (Lone Wolf)
Passive
Increases all damage dealt by 30% when you don’t have a pet active.

This is going to be awesome. BM seems really powerful, though the MM one seems lame a bit, forcing hunters not to use their pets…

Anyways, more to come!