Episode 298, "Which comes first - Classic or people on Mars?"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 September 2018, 10:12 pm

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Learning curve with island expedition - Gamino joined Cryler and me for some island expedition fun
We learned there can be way, WAY too many bears
Quote of the day: “I pulled five … okay, thirty.”
Found out it was five ISLANDS, not five expeditions
Killing Azuregos when you’re a melee DPS
Finished Revered with Honorbound and am opening outposts
Exalted rep comparisons in preparation for the first major patch
Working on Insurrection line in Suramar to open Nightborne

King’s Rest is hard
Did no
Another 350 in my trunk
More rep
Didn’t have time for LFR
Question of the week!

This Week in WoW:
Brewfest starts today
Only change this year, Coren Direbrew’s trinkets have been updated for level 120 players (iLevel 335 - may not be updating yet)
Harvest Festival - ends Tuesday
Pet Battle Bonus Event - ends Tuesday
Cataclysm Timewalking begins Tuesday

WoW Diary Kickstarter Update:
As of 8 PM EST today, had raised $394,614 with 5,452 backers (trivia: was fully funded at original $10k ten minutes after launch, August 28) - up[ $6,620 from this 9 AM
Was able to add 2 upgrades:
$300k upgrade: added a gold foil end sheet with “Original Kickstarter Backer” printed on it
$350k upgrade: Gold foil title lettering on the spine and cover
Not yet funded: $400k upgrade - spot varnishing on all the pictures
Currently second highest non-fiction book ever launched through Kickstarter - has to pass $424k to do that
Google “wow diary kickstarter” or go to http://www.thewowdiary.com - now through next Thursday, September 25
New mount and pet in Blizzard store: The Dreadwake and Cap’n Crackers
Dreadwake currently tied to purchasing 180 days’ game time in advance - not sold separately
WoW Token price fall
from end of July through today, WoW token prices have fallen by half
Buying gold for real money isn’t cost effective, but cashing in gold for Blizzard Balance is at an all-time high - was talking to Wulfrictheslayer on Discord about his play to buy his virtual ticket with in-game gold (we calculated the Virtual Ticket to be about 260-270k gold)
Wowtoken.info - current US price is about 105,000 gold = $20

Patch 8.1 announced: Tides of Vengeance
No release date but the patch will be hitting the PTR next week
News tip from Discord users and Weekly Research Assistants Kneemo and Hidebound: Incursions, similar to invasions in Legion
Quests with extra-potent rewards that will randomly pop up and replace a zone’s World Quest content for several hours
Purpose is for helping level alts, although it seems as though this content will only be available at level 98 and above
Heritage armor will become available for all races - starting with Dwarf and Blood Elf - will require some short quest lines to claim
New Allied Races: Kul’Tiran and Zandalari Troll - “not quite there yet” but are getting closer.
Vol’jin, Saurfang and Tyrande will have their stories expanded
New warfront: Darkshore
Focuses on war between night elves and undead
Updated Darkshore zone, new max level rares
Alliance will start this one with the contribution phase
Updates to island expeditions
Two new islands
New events, enemies, spawn rates, and interactions
Example: setting up an Azerite extractor in a location that will feed a constant small stream of azerite to the party, but can be taken over by the enemy
Two new raids
Siege of Zulduzar (name might change)
Alliance will fight to the top of the city from the sea, and Horde will start from the jungle
Bosses will be unique for each faction
Crucible of Storms - only 2 bosses, centered on old gods in Stormsong Valley
Modeled after the 3-boss Trial of Valor
Azerite traits - traits are getting an overhaul
Champions of Azeroth - Unlocking Champions of Azeroth rep on one character will unlock it on all characters

All about the new rep changes.

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Episode 297, "Got any Dreamfoil?"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 September 2018, 10:01 pm

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Finished 120 on my Alliance rogue - still haven’t set foot in Drustvar
Starting to hit Revered with various factions on Horde rogue
Did warfronts on Horde rogue and paladin
First warfront (rogue) - lots of fun, very quiet, felt epic - got a 355 cloak 370 bracers
Second warfront (pally) - ended up tanking a lot of the bosses, including the last one - self-appointed “general” who would not shut up - got a 340 BP and 370 cloak
Had issue when tried to take pally in - 320 minimum iLevel but was 309
Made some purchases to shore up worst items
Tried to upgrade items through WQs but wasn’t getting much luck with availability - only azerite item still 310 was hat, and I got 3 breastplates in a row from azerite caches
Thanks to Thecowking for tipping me off to a cheap level 355 Darkmoon trinket that took me from 316 to 320

Got a mythic +2 chest!
Oh, but it has a lesser item than what I had :P
Rep, rep, rep

This Week in WoW:
18th-25th - Harvest Festival; Pet Battle Bonus Event
18th - 19th: Pirate Day
20th - 6th: Brewfest

Blizzard Virtual Ticket on sale - $49.99 (same as last year)
Most will be available until March 31, 2019 - Community Night and closing night guaranteed to be up for 1 month after event
No details on in-game loot, except for an Overwatch skin for Sombra modeled after the Diablo III demon hunter
Ian Hazzikostas will be having an AMA on /r/wow (started at 2 PM PST today) so we will go over that next week.
Classic WoW AMA 0n the /classicwow subreddit - some highlights

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Episode 296, "It's a mini-mall"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 September 2018, 10:25 pm

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“Fixed” my problem with subtlety rogue
Working rep with rogue - finishing all quests in each zone
114 worgen rogue working through Tirisgarde - “the zone that never ends”
Major rant about the differences between layouts of Dazar’alor and Boralus Harbor, including a major physics problem for the Horde
Found another way archaeology is different = Darkmoon Faire
War Campaign on Horde on hold until Revered with Honorbound

Mythics with Ali
Finished the whole Kul Tiras storyline
Oh, but you have to be revered with 7th Legion to continue with Z
Working hard on rep because ^^
Arathi was amazing.
Lag on night one
So many epics and toys
One more heroic for the achievement
Working on Pathfinder

This Week in WoW:

Darkmoon Faire until Sunday
Warfronts open (more in news)
Uldir opens
Next Tuesday: BfA Dungeon Event begins


Notable hotfixes of the week

Unintended gear drops - Blizzard corrections

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Episode 295, "Big Top BS"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2018, 5:09 pm

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Ren -
Now have two 120s and two 111s, gotten most of my characters into the city
Still working on effective AOE for subtlety rogue
Still have not resolved missing XP bar but have a workaround (Experiencer)
Started archaeology
Archaeology progress still showing old number system (current level 825), but shows as “Zandalari Archaeology”
Restored Artifacts - no new vendor, not showing up for Legion era fragments (usually current through previous expansion)

Mike -
Want to do mythics this weekend.
Trying to get 330+
Revered with Order of Embers. - yummy 335 gear.
It’s been all rep and rep and rep and gear.
Stalled professions because I can’t make anything decent until I do mythics.
I plan on finishing the other zones over the next few days.
Need more followers

This Week in WoW
Trial of Style started - free transmogs!
Darkmoon Faire starts Sunday

BfA sold 3.4 million copies on its first day - franchise record
Does this only count new purchases on opening day, or does it count prepurchases?
Notable hotfixes for the week
Auction House changes - will be discussed separately
Demon hunters no longer falling to their deaths gliding away from Dazar’alor.
Feral druids continuing to receive upgrades to their AOE abilities
Creatures and NPCs
Treasure hunters around the Deadwash will no longer inadvertantly flag Horde players PvP

Freehold now has an NPC at the end that will port characters to the beginning
Kings’ Rest: enemy casters now have mana bars
Azerite armor now tradeable
Faction items can now be traded back to their Quartermaster for a full refund for 2 hours
Inscription - Contract duration is now 7 days
Cooking - Foods now provide significantly more health and mana
World Quests
Profession WQs will now not show up for characters who don’t have that profession
Being hit by Frightened Stomps of Frightened Brutosaur during “Underfoot” will no longer flag players
Several missing Zandalar mailboxes have been returned
Auction house hotfixes, plus premium 20% extra deposit for tradeskill items. But are the actual numbers going to dissuade sellers?
Wide variety of deposit prices for stacks of 1 vs larger stacks
Remember: only pay the deposit if the item doesn’t sell
Sample items from BfA: Monelite ore, Gloom Dust, Great Sea Catfish - Deposit inflation between 1 stack of 200 and 200 stacks of 1:
Great Sea Catfish - 7.5g to 47.5g - or 633%
US median 24g - lose 47.5g out of 4800, 1% loss
Gloom Dust - 8g to 200g - or 2500%
US median 27g, so 200g out of 5400, or 3.7% loss
Monelite Ore - 1s 30c to 40g - or 307,000 %
US median 48g, so 9600/40, or 0.42 loss
HandyNotes has new modules for BfA treasures and achievement points in zones
WQ exploit - how it worked, how it has ended
Warning: getting whispers from accounts that make you think it’s Blizzard saying you have to go to a website to plead your case because you’re about to be banned - recognize official Blizz communications

Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One - start working on it now for increased mount speed
Battle for Azeroth Explorer
Explore all 6 zones on both continents
Wide World of Quests
Complete 100 world quests
Azerothian Diplomat
Earn Revered with the following factions, Champions of Azeroth and Tortollan Seekers, and the following for each side:
Alliance - Proudmoore Admiralty, Storm’s Wake Order of Embers, 7th Legion
Horde: Zandalari Empire, Voldunai, Talanji’s Expedition, The Honorbound
Either Kul Tourist or Zandalar Forever - complete all main story lines of your side’s three zones
Ready for War (faction) - complete your side’s War Campaign - starts with establishing footholds necessary to open world quests. The rest requires becoming Friendly with your side’s war rep (Honorbound or 7th Legion)
No dungeon or raid requirements (yet)

Mod of the Cast: The alpha release of WORLD QUEST TRACKER.

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Episode 294, "327 stairs"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2018, 10:28 pm

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Have 1 level 117 prot paladin and 1 level 114 subtlety rogue
Disappointed by pickpocketing
Noticed small amount of voice recycling - some of the voices/sayings of the Vulpera are identical to those of pandaren children
Navigating the ziggurat: 8 level changes and 327 stairs between the main level and the profession trainers
Fossilized Raptor mount now has apparent hip problems
Technical issue: keep having problem where my xp bars aren’t showing xp -- just showing rep and artifact power %. Temporary fix: open Rep pane, toggle one of the reps “show as experience bar” on/off. Problem seems unrelated to mods, as it does it even when all mods are off

Burning the horde in the Clearcut was fun :D
Dinged 120 on Sunday - it was faster than expected.
Marie Davenport is the best grandma in WoW
Drustvar is amazing
Trying to get geared up for heroics - currently 301
Have not finished all zones. Still four whole zones to complete
New trick - group members kicking themselves to beat the timer.
Got into a dungeon where three people left, no tank
Next dungeon got me three pieces.
Tailoring has slowed.
Still have to deal with enchanting. Haven’t taken a good look at it.
WQs open after two Zandalar zones are quick-finished, then one solo island expedition, THEN the third, THEN friendly rep.

This Week in WoW
PvP Brawl: Gravity Lapse event
Seemingly not going for weekly stuff for another few weeks into the expansion at least

News and BfA

Do the city quests first - leads to other benefits
Example: Pests in northern area of Horde city called the Zocalo - be sure to pick up
“Pests” - gives you access to Jani, the Loa of Scavengers. As you’re out and about, you will sometimes get a whisper from her that you’ve found a “shiny trinket” - find her trash pile to get a treasure chest
Horde - starts in the Zocalo, the northern part of the city, so do this right away.
Alliance: starts in Shatterstone Harbor in Vol’dun, so you don’t get this one til later
Changing and advancing professions in BfA
Advantage to changing: you can start along with everyone else
When you change the profession, you have to click TWICE - once to get the initial Vanilla levels, and then a second time to learn the Zandalari profession
Check to make sure you pick up all your level 1 abilities and recipes - you get them automatically sometimes (cooking) and not other times (gathering professions)
Worth getting your other profession alts at least started in the city - early level stuff can be useful, such as the level 1 Rubellite recipe in JC (Insightful Rubellite - +5% xp) and the Zandalari tradeskill glove enchants. Rubelite currently selling for around 70g on Whisperwind AH; Zandalari tradeskill enchants are pretty cheap also if you don’t want to DIY
Developer Q&A with Ian Hazzikostas: some highlights
Feral druid AOE tuning has been improved but isn’t finished yet.
120 power setback is noticeable - looking in future expansions to smooth it out so you don’t feel like hitting max level is a huge backward jump
Autoaccept removed from groups: development believed autoaccept for groups and using addons for searching for groups created an imbalance between those who used addons and those who didn’t. (Ren does not approve)
AH is showing its age, particularly on high pop servers.
Search options too limited
May introduce deposits that would reward people with bulk pricing -- higher deposits for people who post a single stack of a stackable trade good (what could go wrong?)
Community moderation coming in the next patch
Azerite armor will be tradeable starting after next week’s patch (“they don’t want players to abuse the system to look for the best possible class/trait combination to loot a certain piece of azerite armor”)
AP needed to advance your Heart of Azeroth will be reduced
New models incoming for goblins and worgen (please fix hats!)
Is this expansion “alt friendly”?
Takes me about 20 minutes to get from beginning of entry quests to in the first inn, bound, and basic professions upgraded. Multiply that by 13 level 110s and that’s over 4 hours just to get everyone in the game. Not even counting the 1 Horde and 1 Alliance character I needed to take through the whole thing.
Are side quests a problem?

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Episode 292, "Anything is better than Skype"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 August 2018, 10:48 pm

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This Week in WoW:

Pet battle bonus event
Darkmoon Faire starts Sunday

Lots of hotfixes to classes, creatures, professions, raids, dungeons and quests - almost daily since prepatch
Hotfix to experience: experience required to level has been lowered for all levels 40-100. Reduction averages 14% between 60-80, with smaller reductions at other levels.
Quest log bug -
“Due to an issue, during a short time between 1st of August, 09:30 pm and 2nd of August 01:45 am players would get all their quest log abandoned when using a teleportation ability, such as hearthstone or mage portal. This issue is fixed by now, and we will try to assist you with recovering your quest progress.

If you lost a progress of a quest, that can be completed during single play session, please, proceed by restarting this quest.

If you were impacted by this issue and you lost a progress of a multistep quest, that takes several days to complete or a quest that you are not able to pick up anymore, we will try to recover the progress. Please, note, that we do not guarantee to recover progress as it was before the loss, but we will do our best.”

War of Thorns parts 1&2: thoughts

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Episode 290, "Netflix and fish"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 June 2018, 11:13 pm

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Happy 13th!

Cocktail of the Cast: Julep Zecca Italiana
About 80% through the “Home Flooring Renovation” achievement
Completed the new pre-expansion quest line on paladin - upgraded artifact from 75 to 126
Purchased a small one-handed gaming keyboard from DeLux - $30. Taking some time to get used to but may be easier to use than full sized keyboard when I’m one handed.
Only real problem is maneuvering while flying
Other issue: no English instructions came with it

I made a thing.
I thought I needed things from Midsummer - nope.
Did the artifact thing
Poop quest :P
Still need to do the mage tower

This Week in WoW
Midsummer Fire Festival continues through July 5 (Thursday)
This Week: Arena Skirmishes; next week, World Quest Bonus Event
Darkmoon Faire starts Sunday, July 1

Pre-expansion artifact quest in Silithus went live this week
Achievement: Crucible’s Promise - upgrades your artifact from 75 to 126
Several of the Silithus quests are NOT REQUIRED to complete this (but you can’t skip the trips to Stormwind or Orgrimmar)
Only the quests directly from Nolan Speed (Alliance) and Grol Warblade (Horde) are required to complete the quest line
First Horde quest: motivate peons; first Alliance quest, collect Mysterious Ore by killing goblins. Horde quest turns in to Grol. Alliance has turn-in for Mysterious Ore going to a dwarf, but then return to Nolan Speed to pick the line back up.
From this point on, the main line is identical, Horde or Alliance.
Pick up “The Twilight Survivor” from Nolan or Grol. Ignore “Desert Research” because it’s just a breadcrumb to an unnecessary gnome or goblin line.
Pick up “A Recent Arrival” to talk to Khadgar, and this leads to the end.
You can skip ALL the gnome quests (Alliance) and goblin quests (Horde) and the outhouse quest and it does not affect progress. These extras provide color and 18g but no rep or other rewards
Confirmed upgraded ALL owned weapon artifacts, whether they are on you or in the bank
When you have completed this quest, if you complete any other weapon quests, these fully upgrade as soon as you shift into that specialization
Underlight Angler graphics do what the regular artifacts do and it shows TRILLIONS of AP, but doesn’t actually upgrade the Angler (AP yellow bar still shows proper amount of points. Display bug)
Reportedly making the Mage Tower much easier to complete and sudden uptick in new guilds finishing Mythi and Cutting Edge Argus the Unmaker achievements.
Mage Tower is now live 24/7

Forbes Interviews with Ion Hazzikostas
Change in BFA: Prevent players from swapping gear in high difficulty Mythic+ dungeons - make it consistent with not changing talents mid-encounter. Mythic+ now requires complete speccing (talents AND gear) for the entire dungeon, which Blizzard now views as a single encounter.
New Azerite armor
Can’t be warforged or titanforged
Only source that can be run repeatedly is normal or heroic dungeons
Can be gained as a world quest emissary reward, but not from world quests themselves
Can get as a weekly PvP or conquest reward, but not at the end of a match
Mythic dungeons - not from box at the end, but only from the weekly reward box
Clear tiers of Azerite armor
Will not be cross faction (“we’re at war!”]
Yay Discord!
Confirmed the following are all going away in the prepatch:
First Aid achievements
Ahead of the Curve and Cutting Edge achievements
Violet Spellwing mount quest from killing Argus.
Guaranteed mount drops from mythic Argus and Gul’dan in The Nighthold will become rare drops
The Chosen title (killing bosses in mythic Trial of Valor without dying)
Brawler’s Guild seasonal achievements
Legion Elite PvP armor sets, achievements related to the Ashran battlefield and several other Legion specific PvP achievements
Mentioned Fisherfriends of the Isles isn’t going away but will be a lot easier to achieve now that there are huge groups doing it
Professions system is “changing dramatically”
Each expansion will have its own separate skill tier level
Analogy: Pandaria cooking
If you have 800 skill in a profession, you’ll be at 100 skill level in each expansion’s profession tier, and will start BFA as level 1 for BFA crafting.
If you have 650, for example, you will have 100 through Pandaria, then 50 for Warlords, and no Legion
Also means is that if all you want to do is craft items for Battle of Azeroth, there’s nothing you have to do - you do not need to get your profession to 800 - there is no advantage because all 800 profession skill level means now is that you will have 100 level in all expansion tiers short of BFA. Everyone will start at level 1 for BFA crafting and gathering.
Question: how is racial profession bonus going to figure into this?
Also means if you want to change professions, it’s a great time to do it.
Ian’s advice: professions “extremely optional” to level up - “don’t worry about anything other than the Mage Tower”.
No specific events planned for prepatch that will boost levels the way the Legion invasions did
BFA kinder to alts?
Only things specifically mentioned:
artifact necklace will work for all specs - no having to develop separate necklaces for tanking, DPS and healing
No class legendaries

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Episode 286, "Ring of Booty"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 May 2018, 10:00 pm

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BfA Alpha

Waycrest Manor
Temple of Sethraliss

Had to start over
Was able to go through the initial scenario, but the key cutscenes are placeholders.
“Cool cutscene”
Ali went through horde starting scenario, followed by amazing Escape from Stockades scenario.
Both Horde and Alliance zones are gorgeous!

Professions are sort of in
You can train, but no vendor for BfA tradeskill mats. Old school tradeskill mats vendor is there.
Fishing trainer added this week, only trains up to Pandaria fishing (Ali fished up Midnight Salmon)
Herbalism: herbs are not just in the ground. Star Moss grows on walls, Siren’s song grows out of trees...refreshing change

Making up the money I spent on the T3 chestpiece.
Problem - Vial of the Sands sells for garbage on my server (69,000g)
No mounts this week
Started going through ALL my screenshots. 103GB of them.
Sorted by expansion
May split them between characters.
Found out that I was leveling TWO mages at the same time on two servers.
Apparently I was on Aggramar and don’t remember why.
I also moved toons around a lot and don’t remember why.

Still trying for Invincible….Arthas is a bitch
Raid is working on trying to get Ahead of the Curve achievement together. Heroic Coven is a struggle. Going to get lockouts-Skipping it to work on Aggramar and Argus.
Halfway through Field Medic (got some repeat quest drops)
Really starting to focus on my N&A toon
Ren called for June 1st to official deadline. Can still work on it and complete it but after deadline, finishers won’t be announced on the show. Summer gets busy. Maybe a new challenge at some point? Never know with Ren!
My N&A toon is almost 65, determined to get it done in time
Ren spoke again about starting a Warcast guild on Silvermoon-US. Alliance side? We’ve been discussing different names on discord!

Blizzcon tickets went on sale
Several people helping others to get tickets.
Both waves of tickets are over.
Don’t buy scalped tickets. Better to see if anyone has any extras.
GCD is a Big Thing™
Racials will be removed from the GCD
Time Warp
Charged Up (Arcane)
Arcane power (Arcane)
Spring Balloon Fest going on now until tomorrow
War Mode available.
Have not tested it yet
I might test it just to see how it goes, but will not be a permanent change for me.

Talking weapons transmog will still talk?

Don’t DDoS Blizzard
Romanian man extradited and sentenced to one year for DDoS in 2010
Also has to pay almost $30k

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Episode 289, "Fire up your Voodoo 3 2000"
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Episode 289

Finished Fisherfriend of the Isles
ALMOST finished Lucid Nightmare
Got into Beta, but no time to do anything about it
On Sylvanus server, copied my Horde paladin Krystoff onto it and created a Warcast channel

Well, did some beta w/Ali but basically covered the same ground as pre-reset.
Guild moving to horde

This Week in WoW
Pet Battle Bonus Event
Next week: Cataclysm Timewalking
Midsummer Fire Festival starts Thursday, June 21
New from 2017: Set of Matches toy (500 Burning Blossoms), Igneous Flameling pet (350 Burning Blossoms), Illusion: Deathfrost from Ahune (Slave Pens)


BfA news

8.0 prepatch live on the PTR
Players gain access to a multitude of features and system updates in the pre-patch, including Communities, War Mode, the new Honor System, overhauled Professions, and Legion's final storyline leading up to Burning of Teldrassil and the Battle for Lordaeron.
Artifacts will be disabled when the pre-patch goes live. Player power will be buffed to compensate for the power loss.
Class Changes
A stat/item squish
Legendaries won't work past level 115.
Retired artifacts lose all their traits and become normal weapons, with stats scaling with relics installed in the artifact weapon. The main artifact effect of each spec's weapons is becoming a talent instead, as are several class specific legendaries.
Underlight Angler was originally showing as disabled, but the latest build fixed it.

WoW Classic
Will start with 1.12 Drums of War: Features introduced in 1.12 included:
Cross realm battlegrounds (Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch, Arathi Basin)
World PvP
Some of the past things from previous patches that will be included as a result:
Ruins and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj - so this will be after opening those
Blackwing Lair
Darkmoon Faire
Raid dungeon timers, calendars and lockouts
The high level class dungeon armor sets
Quest experience for gold at level 60
Final destination flight paths
Linked auction houses
Some world holidays
Soul shard bags (!!!)
Expected issues with the first prototype
didn't recognize current video cards and was incompatible with the current login/authentication server (authenticator became available 2 Jun 2008, almost 2 years after 1.12's release on 22 August 2006)
Does not support modern security and anti-cheating capabilities
Second prototype: instead of going forward with old code, work backward: take the modern back-end code and use it to process Patch 1.12 game data
Start with modern architecture, security and stability - catalogue any differences in behavior between the development build and the Patch 1.12 reference build
Three types of game data:
Table data: numbers - hit points, stats, spawn timers, etc.
File data: dense data such as 3d models, textures, animations, terrain, user interface, and art models (don't use the same file formats as commercial art tools - no jpgs, tifs, etc.
Lua scrips: custom behaviors for server side logic without needing engineering knowledge
Engineering challenges
All classic data is in original form since launch, but format has changed substantially over the year. Modern client is not compatible with old data.
Master data problem: from single line on a master table to multiple linked tables catalogued by ID number
much richer environment but not compatible with the single line system
For example, spells could only apply up to three actions on a target in classic
In current form, spells no longer limited to three effects and are formatted differently
Almost all other data such as items, characters, creatures, NPCs, AI, spawning and more) have had their database formats changed

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Episode 282, "Fuego"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 March 2018, 4:35 pm

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Finishing zones, changing to Beastmaster on hunter
The handy parts about thinking about alt priority

Island Expeditions

This Week in WoW
World Quest Event - bonus reputation
Darkmoon Faire starts on April 1 - rep bonuses from carousel and top hat stack with World Quest Event
Noblegarden - April 2
Reminders: 2 pets and 1 mount - spring rabbit, noblegarden bunny (added 2017), springstrider mount

New Naked & Afraid Finisher: Settlersrule, Alliance panda windwalker monk, with 5 days 23 hours and 28 minutes, and 24,483 gold.
Next highest in progress: Norgreyclub, dwarf retribution paladin, level 92, closely followed by Alcina, a night elf arcane mage at 91 and Buffysummers, a human windwalker monk at level 90
Pax East - Apr 5-8 at Boston Convention Center - Demo stations for new Island Expedition feature
Family Guy episode April 1 - Warcraft references
Player gets every achievement in game (3,314) - Xirev, a blood elf fire mage
Need to do things like reach prestige 25, collect 300 toys and mounts, and win 5000 pvp pet battles
One achievement ahead of Metatrosha, a human shadow priest (same number of points; Alliance have one extra 10 pointer)
Wowhead interview with Xirev
Single hardest achievement: high rated PvP ones - most others simply “tedious”
Single hardest non-PvP achievement - “Going to Need a Bigger Bag” - obtain all the rare items from Timeless Isle. Involved a lot of realm hopping (56 items)
Time /played: Estimated 850-900 days /played. 434 days /played on mage alone.
20,400 to 21,600 hours
8,760 hours in 1 year (not counting leap years)
Done over 6 years - 6 years has about 122,400 hours (without leap years)
Average of 5.5-6 hours per day, every day, or 38.5 - 42 hours per week
Ren: Did my own /played calculation on all active toons - came out to 6554 hours or 273 days /played. Sounds like a lot, but when averaged over 10 years (didn’t play for 4 years out of the past 14) it comes out to less than 1 hour per day /played
Alpha News
Changes to quest log - looked at first like the quest log limit was going up to 50. Not true - but it seems like some quests no longer count toward the 25 limit - including account wide quests such as many battle pet quests
New Alpha build includes several class talent changes

Alpha Profession changes:
Enchanting: many new ring and weapon enchants, glove enchants for gathering professions
RETURN OF Wands (Scepters). Last available: VANILLA
Engineering: some of the usuals like glasses, explosives, and scopes
RETURN OF Engineered belts. Last available: WRATH OF THE LICH KING
More weapons (guns, maces)
Interesting bits: Slumber Bombs, Electroshock Mount Motivator (+10% mount speed for 10 seconds, stacks up to 5x, “increased motivation may cause your mount to become disoriented”), Deployable Attire Rearranger, Interdemensional Companion Repository (portable stablemaster), and an XA-100 Surface Skimmer (25 sec duration)
Inscription: new codex
New Darkmoon cards, Vantus runes
Offhand tomes and stat buff scrolls.. LAST AVAILABLE: CATACLYSM
New: Contracts: allows you to choose a faction with which you will gain reputation when you do world quests - requires Friendly rep with target reputation
Scroll of Unlocking - unlock anything that requires 550 lockpicking skill
Jewelcrafting - usual rings and stones
NEW: two staffs - both listed were listed as Mage but the second one (Laribole Staff) also listed Agility as a stat
Leatherworking - usual armor bits and drums
NEW: create fist weapons and bows (bow/crossbow was available in Engineering, 490/525, Cataclysm)

From the Discord:
Seems there is a fashion in listening to our oldest episodes

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Episode 281, "Fel sanitation simulator"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 March 2018, 4:44 pm

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- Life invasions of all life invasions
- Had to update laptop to make WoW run
- Game goals:
- get Field Medic done
- get toons left behind caught up on Argus and professions
- running up a void elf warlock for the hell of it
- Question to self: do I have too many alts?
- 12 110s with two duplicates (rogue and mage on Alli/Horde)
- no DK or DH
- Question: Is Blizzard both encouraging more alts AND not paying enough attention to making game alt-friendly?
- If I had to pare down my alts, who would make the cut?

So close to finishing up this rep from Hell.
Thanks to Ali for filling in last week about alpha
Infinite Timereaver mount dropped while doing timewalking. That was fun.
Alpha is still fun, but obviously limited in scope at the moment. There was a 1GB patch.
Maybe I’ll try tanking again.
I have a ton of quests I need to finish up.
The Argus version of the flight whistle should have been available at honored, not revered.

This Week in WoW
Not much - Arena Skirmishes, then World Quest Event next Tuesday
On the horizon: Noblegarden (4/2 - 4/9)


Mythic Antorus now available for cross-realm groups, though not through LFR. “To join a public group for Mythic Antorus, just open Group Finder (hotkey: i), select 'Premade Groups', then 'Raids-Legion', then click on "Find A Group". That returns a list of many public groups that are available to you. Start typing 'Antorus' into the search bar at the top, and you'll be prompted to select a difficulty.”

Battle for Azeroth
New Alpha Build changes:
Achievements to unlock Dark Iron Dwarves and Mag’har Orcs added
Dark Iron racial mount: core hound
Latest build tagged “beta” instead of “alpha” and new invitations out
New “boop” emote
Some new enchanting stuff:
Swift Hearthing: bracer enchant to speed cast time of hearthstone
Gale-Force Striking: weapon enchant to increase weapon attack speed
First Aid confirmed going away - bandages will be under Tailoring and antivenoms/pots will be under Alchemy
New customization options for Blood Elves - three new faces and glowing gold eyes
Azerite bonuses datamined: Set bonuses also going away, being replaced by Azurite empowerment on armor
Several class specific traits, but also several that appear to be multi-class
Traits that increase primary and secondary stats by a set amount
Absorption traits - traits that shield or absorb a set amount of damage
DPS,heal, and tanking traits. DPS obviously increases your DPS, healing traits are self-heals, and tanking traits are damage mitigation:
(DPS) Gutripper - Your damaging abilities have a chance to deal 347 Physical damage to the target. Gutripper occurs much more often against targets below 30% health. (Approximately 5 procs per minute).
(DPS) Heed My Call - Your damaging abilities have a chance to deal 154 to your target, and 15 to enemies within 3 yards of that target.
(HEAL) Savior - Your heals on targets below 35% health have a chance to heal for an additional 208. (Approximately 5 procs per minute).
(HEAL) Self Reliance - While no enemies are within 20 yds, you heal for 70 every 3 sec.
(TANK) Gemhide - When dealt damage greater than 10% of your maximum health, gain 31 Avoidance and 138 Dodge for 10 sec.
(TANK) Winds of War - Taking damage grants you 14 Dodge for 3 sec, stacking up to 10 times.
New detail on parrot mount: drops from Skycap'n Kragg, boss in the Freehold dungeon

From the Discord
Naked & Afraid Challenge has its second finisher - TheCowKing (EU) with a feral druid - 4 days 1 hour 1 minute
Current highest still in progress - Settlersrule (101) windwalker monk

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Episode 278, "Meat II Pet"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 4:53 pm

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Life invasions: thank you Cara - did not touch Love is in the Air
Naked & Afraid monk: level 95, 3 days 22 hours, 46k gold
Northrend: Leveling time slow, money amazing
Pandaria: Leveling time medium-fast, money good
Draenor: Leveling time medium-fast, money bad

Life invasion

This Week in WoW
Lunar Festival starts 2/17, runs to 3/3
Love is In the Air ends tomorrow
Battleground bonus event starts Tuesday
Ulduar Timewalking

Dungeon XP hotfix to bug introduced in 7.3.5 https://www.wowhead.com/news=281885/dungeon-experience-hotfixes
Side effect to creature scaling broke awarded XP in some situations
Significantly increased XP awarded for queuing for random Normal dungeons, Classic through Draenor
Mobile Auction House has been restored
New mount: Shu-zen, The Divine Sentinel - $25 in Blizz store (6 months game time for Chinese servers) - and fixed a scaling bug

Battle for Azeroth: Alpha Build News
Tons of class changes but these tend to change a lot over alpha/beta

Allied races
New allied race? Orc based - either Mag’har or Frostwolf Orcs (brown orcs)
Datamined orc armor and a Mag’har Direwolf mount

Dark Iron Dwarf racials
Dungeon Delver: 4% increased indoor speed
Fireblood: Removes all poison, disease, curse, magic and bleed effects and increases primary stat by 100 for each removed. 2 min cooldown
Forged in Flames: 1% physical damage reduction
Mass Production: 2x speed creating blacksmithed items
Mole Machine: Summons a Mole Machine that tunnels through the earth (30 min cooldown)

Non-caster damage that used to be calculated on weapon damage is now based on a combo of weapon damage and attack power to help bring better balance between classes that rely heavily on weapons vs. those who do not

Return of Pepe: New Pepe costumes include a scuba costume and a Zandalari mask

Hunter pet specialization:
All pets will have equal damage, health and armor (all can tank or DPS equally well). Old designations Ferocity, Tenacity or Cunning will continue as categories, but as categories of pet families, not as descriptions of their utility
All pets will have Growl and Dash or Swoop
Pet families now each have a special ability - one active, one passive, depending on their category (examples: the passive for Ferocity is a 3% leech, for Tenacity, 10% max health, and for Cunning, 8% movement speed buff)
Each pet family will get one of six different abilities. Examples include a healing reduction debuff, reduced damage, increased dodge, etc.

Profession changes: (just noted things that are different or interesting) Major squish: Max profession skill cap going from 800 to 200
Alchemy preview:
Tinctures - trinkets with combat buffs based on the flask you’re currently using
Usual transmutes of changing one profession material to another. Also Fish to Gems and Meat to Pet.
Blacksmithing preview:
New stirrups for speed and interacting while mounted in the new zones
Khaz’gorian Hammer - blacksmithing hammer replacement that gives a chance to give crafted armor or weapons the Indestructible property
Cooking preview: Nothing special
Enchanting preview: Nothing special
Portable transmogger
Portable stable master
Herbalism: Nothing special
Contracts: Enter a contract with a faction that allows you to gain reputation with them every time you complete a world quest in the new zones
+5% experience gem
Scuba gear
Mining: Nothing special
Skinning: Nothing special
finally getting a bag upgrade - 1 30 slot bag (same as HW), 1 32 slot bag
Hot Air Baloon pet
First Aid getting at least a revamp - may be removed entirely and folded into Tailoring
First Aid achievements will become Legacy Feats of Strength
Now listed as “legacy”. https://www.wowhead.com/news=281844/first-aid-potential-revamp-or-removal-in-battle-for-azeroth

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Episode 277, "Caraclysm"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 February 2018, 5:10 pm

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Special guest host Cara(clysm) (@xandara) fills in for Ren.

Rep grinding is making me bored.
Even if I did this when it was new, I find it dull because it’s too repetitive.
50% boost in rep from Sign of the Emissary, so go do it!
I also haven’t upgraded yet. When I get to exalted in all 4, then I’ll do it. No rush now.
Farming for the Love Rocket. No drops.
Achievement runs

Heroic Antorus 2/11, first bosses aren’t too different
Haven’t upgraded to BfA yet because I still feel like I have plenty to do without it right now, curious to see how long that will last
But also I don’t really care about things as much as I used to? Like it’s still super fun! But I don’t feel like I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED it. I.e. Love Rocket runs, I do them when I can but I don’t frustrate myself trying to fit them into my day
I did claim my character names I want for my BfA allied race alts though. Seems they freed up a lot of names recently so if you have a name you couldn’t get before, give it a shot now!
Me too! -MG (kek)

This week in WoW
Darkmoon Faire until the 11th
Lunar Festival starts a week from today

BfA alpha is going out to some people. Not me :(
Watched a few streams. Some people need to learn how to stream (don’t be rude!)
I found the starting areas to be ok. Didn’t watch long. Wasn’t anything really impressive yet.
Nightborne faces should match what was selected
Fire mage damage increased by a whopping 3%
Hunter BM damage increased by 2.5%

From Discord:
BfA comes with a level 110 boost
Shout out to PurpleMoose in Discord who was struggling what to do and used it for a Nightborne rogue.
Utheron - bad experience with a GM. Was trying to make him switch specs.

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Episode 275, "Hand-harvested free-range Cobalt Ore"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2018, 4:33 pm

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N&A monk now level 62 with 1 day 20 hours /played and almost 15k gold
Utilized the one-switch rule to respec from brewmaster to windwalker around level 45
Went “in order” until about level 40, and then went out of order doing zones where I had no transmogs (Burning Steppes, Stonetalon, and Southern Barrens) - thank you All The Things.
Finished to 60 in Winterspring to level up mining
Went straight to Northrend (Howling Fjord), skipped Outland entirely

Working on rep and mounts.
Still working on that Nerf Scrapbots achievement. Is it bugged?

This Week in WoW
Burning Crusade Timewalking
Call of the Scarab ended Tuesday
Arena Skirmishes start Tuesday
Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl mini event Wednesday

Battle of Azeroth Collectors’ Edition perks datamined - https://www.wowhead.com/news=281070/battle-for-azeroth-collectors-edition-rewards-seabraid-stallion-gilded-ravasaur-?webhook/battle-for-azeroth-collectors-edition-rewards-seabraid-stallion-gilded-raptor-to - Seabraid Stallion (Alliance), Gilded Ravasaur (Horde) and Tottle (turtle pet)
Shu-zen, the Divine Sentinel flying dog mount datamined - probably part of Lunar Festival (Year of the Dog) starting Feb 16
Transmog bug - people reporting not being able to transmog while wearing some items from [Satchel of Helpful Goods]
Changes to Recruit a Friend:
Experience gains reduced from 200 to 50%.
Heirloom XP bonus no longer stacks with RAF XP bonuses

Patch 7.3.5 hotfixes this week

Lost Mail - now properly spawns at random Dalaran locations and Postmaster title is now account-wide.
Fixed the Normal/Heroic HP pool boss switch
Raiding fixes take boss HP levels BELOW previous levels
Fixed the bug that made pet names disappear
Boulder quest in Redridge has been fixed

Patch 7.3.5 - Leveling

Transitions between expansions
No big gear reset until level 61, when item levels jumped from 60 to 80
Professions do transfer but not smoothly
When you buy your skill for mining/herbs from 300, it now goes to 450 instead of 375 (both expansions)
Experience with mining: could gather and learn to smelt both Fel Iron (Outland) and Cobalt Ore (Northrend). Started with 252 mining; could only gather Cobalt Ore Nuggets
By level 325, still only collecting nuggets. Went to Outland and confirmed I could collect whole Fel Iron Ore. However, Fel Iron was gray (getting no skill). Cobalt Ore still orange (getting skill)
Last level to get Cobalt Nuggets: 340. Started getting whole cobalt at 341. Cobalt Ore gathers still orange and still getting orange skill from smelting. Turned Yellow at 350. Turned Green at 362.
Can get 80+ mining skill points off smelting alone (started slowing down at 355) - market has not caught up on all servers, but on Silvermoon ore is selling for 5x more than bars.
Filius reported re: manufacturing professions, also skipping to Northrend: There are recipes to make things at your level, but the results may not be usable. Was making potions that he could create in low 60s that were only usable by mid-70s.
Idea: how to find what’s good to sell?

Naked & Afraid 2018
Cattarina is new winner of the Shaman Challenge with 2 days 1 hour
Up to 41 participants, 28 of whom are now 20 or over
All classes represented, with most popular being druids (9) and monks (7); least represented, shaman (1) and priest (2)
8 participants currently have more than 1000 gold. Two have 3000 or more, and one has nearly 15,000
Minor rule clarifications:
Auction mules may not do anything but buy and sell -- no primary or secondary skill use (cooking, disenchanting, smelting).
Some confusion over mounts and which you can use
Some confusion over use of inherent class abilities such as hunter pet respeccing and use of monk daily
Filius is also live streaming
Lessons Learned: Lessons in the leveling experience from our Discord family
Restrictions: not as bad as Ironman Challenge

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Episode 273, "Role playing is exhausting"
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Going for the drake achievement -- sort of
Got 3 fel eggs this week: 1 Felglow Mana Ray mount, 1 Fel-Afflicted Skyfin pet, and
Now “the Exalted” … “the Beloved” next??
Slowly getting everyone completed with the Argus campaign
New toon: male blood elf protection paladin (going to go brewmaster monk for N&A) - almost level 40
Discussion: What makes you keep an alt? (@Cattarina and the “nursery of alts”)

More Ulduar achievements
Still can’t do XT. Tried on alts. Just bad luck.
Going to finish up Argus because I’ve neglected it too long.

This Week in WoW
Third wing of Antorus is open
Battleground bonus event
Darkmoon Faire opens Sunday
Did we all watch Jeff Kaplan by the fire?

Legion Attunement Tracker on Wowhead now tracks Allied race unlock requirements
Nightborne unlocks with completing Suramar (Good Suramaritan)
Highmountain unlocks with completing High mountain (Aint No Mountain High Enough)
Void Elf and Lightforged Draenei open with completing the Argus campaign (You Are Now Prepared!)
Attunement tool at http://www.wowhead.com/attunement
New hunter pets on PTR for 7.3.5 - including ones obviously meant to be starter pets for new allied races
Nightborne: Manasaber
Highmountain Tauren: Great Eagle
Void Elf: Voidstalker
Lightforged Draenei: Lightforged Talbuk
Other hunter pets include beasts clearly from Argus, such as umbralfins, dustcloaks, and chitinbuks, and ones clearly associated with Silithus like silithids, flying hornets, scorpids, and spiders
Allied race racials: more complete data. (Speculate on best classes?)
Nightborne: Hunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior
+15 to inscription=, increased magical damage by 1, access maili for 1.5 minutes (cooldown 10 minutes), A Force Shield that deals arcane damage and snares them by 50%, lasts 20 seconds (no info on cooldown), 1% magic resistance
Highmountain Tauren: Druid, Hunter, Monk, Shaman, Warrior
charge that knocks down enemies for 1.5 seconds (2 minute cooldown), +15 to mining and faster mining, +1% to versatility, overall damage reduction by 330 (scale?) and increased chance to loot additional meat and fish.
Void Elf: Hunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, Warrior
1% reduction of shadow and arcane damage, “your abilities have a chance to empower you with the essence of the void” (?), reduces void storage and transmog costs by 50%, spell casts not delayed by taking damage, and a built-in rift teleportation similar to warlock gating (2 minute cooldown).
Lightforged Draenei: Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Warrior
20% extra xp for killing demons, +10 to blacksmithing plus summoning a Forge of Light on demand, reduce holy damage by 1%, call down a strike of holy energy damaging enemies within 5 yards after 3 sec, and “erupt with light upon death, dealing holy damage to enemies and healing allies).
Speculation: Allied races are not going to be introduced in 7.3.5, but there are plenty of files being pushed to the servers about four of the six races, which gives Bliz the option of releasing them before the expansion. Thoughts?

Original dry run of Leeeeroy Jenkins video

From the Discord:
How to do less damage for raid achievements, without having to de-equip items or gear:
From @OPH on Discord: brought up there was a toy or shirt that used to exist that would reduce damage output by 90%. This is true. Whole Body Shrinka toy, which shrinks you down to a tiny size and does reduce your damage output to about 10% -- lasts for 3 minutes but has a 30 minute cooldown.
Soft Foam Sword also allows you to "mortally wound" a trivial enemy, but it isn't usable in dungeons or raids.
What else could be done? Came up with a cheap engineering solution even non-engineers can use.
Further discussion on queuing a Broken Shore class hall mission for Broken Shore Campaign -
@settlersrule said he was forced to take a 3 day elite mission because that was all that was available. Tips on how to manage this situation.
From Twitter: Going back to my report that the Murky world quest dismounts you when you fly over it, apparently it’s not just Murky, but any quest where you morph. @Frenzol informed me the wisp quest in Val’sharah does the same thing.

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Episode 269, "Studly"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 December 2017, 5:17 pm

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McAdoo fired (and so was Jerry Reese) … Geno Smith didn’t win the day and Eli is back
Life invasions, but managed to do some gaming
Mod of the Cast: MaxDPS (for remembering how to play forgotten toons)

More achievement hunting.
XT seems to be problematic.
Staying buffed all winter may be buggy
Forgot to do Algalon
Next week - all 25-man
Still need that 5-man Scholo one.
I started working on addons. Finally.

This Week in WoW
Darkmoon Faire ends Sunday
PvP week next week - Arena Skirmish and PvP brawl weekly events
Feast of Winter Veil starts on the 16th
Kobolds and Catacombs has an epic trailer. I still won’t play it.

Shaman Challenge: No new finishers, but Rokica and Settlersrule both reached 100
From last week: Artifact Knowledge 55 cap reached
7.3.5 hit the PTR
Zone levels: While the continent zones all have the same upper limit, the lower limit varies, more or less matching the lowest level needed to enter the zones today (so no going from 10-60 in Silithus)
In the 1-60 Azeroth zones, once you hit 40 you can go anywhere
How will this affect storylines? You can’t jump from Redridge to Burning Steppes, can you?
Racial embassies
Horde embassy in Org, Alliance in SW
Seems to be where you will recruit unlocked races in the expansion
Racial abilities and racial mounts datamined by Wowhead, https://www.wowhead.com/news=277415/7-3-5-ptr-allied-races-mounts-and-racial-abilities
Dalaran Mailroom quest and minigame - pick up “Lost Mail” near a Dalaran mailbox to start (not sure about respawn time or frequency)
Rewards: the Mailemental pet
A toy to summon Katy Stampwhistle, a mail assistant who will “deliver and retrieve mail until she is called elsewhere”
Discussions from Discord: How to level fishing as fast as possible
Margoss + Ancient Vrykul Ring/Rusty Queenfish Brooch = Fast Leveling
How many vanilla players does it take to change a lightbulb?

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Episode 267, "Happily transmuting"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 November 2017, 3:30 pm

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Our talk about WoW Classic.

This week:

Ren -
Shaman now level 108
Now declaring new main: troll feral cat druid
Going to finish Suramar and get flying -- I swear it will be done
Jewelcrafting mounts

Mike -
Mount farming and a lot of toon cleanup.
Achievement farming w/Ali. I still one-shot things.

This week in WoW
WoW Anniversary - until November 30th
Mail goodies:
Celebration Package: 13% XP and rep bonus - 10 second cooldown, multiple uses throughout the next 2 weeks
Stupid tabard though
200 timewarped badges
A letter that starts Interesting Times, first quest to visit a historian in Stormwind or Orgrimmar
Daily quests:
Time to Reflect - 25 timewarped badges for answering a lore question
The Originals - 50 timewarped badges slay Lord Kazzak, Azuregos, and Dragon of Nightmare
Respawn timer 5 minutes
Lord Kazaak - Blasted Lands, north of the Tainted Forest
Azuregos - Azshara, southeast of the Secret Lab
Dragons of Nightmare - can be in Duskwood, Ashenvale, Hinterlands and Feralas
Druids: Dreamwalk can take you to some locations for Dragons of Nightmare (different Emerald Portals)
New badge loot
Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses - cosmetic transmog for 200 TW badges
Two celebration wands for 25 TW badges (5 charges) - Quillboar and Trogg
Tranquil Mechanical Yeti Costume (3 charges) - 50 timewarped badges
Can save TW badges for a variety of toys, mounts, and pets
Pilgrim’s Bounty - November 20 - 27
Do daily quests and earn achievements to earn pets, transmogs, and
Want to get Fine Pilgrim’s Hat, which adds the Pilgrim’s Hat transmog to all armor types - can be found in the daily quest reward Pilgrim’s Bounty
Good for leveling low level cooking & collecting new cooking recipes

The last (for now) thoughts on classic servers.

Battle For Azeroth Q&A
Heart of Azeroth will replace tier bonuses
The incentive will be Heart of Azeroth upgrades and other items.
7.3.5 - Antorus Epilogue quest content, Ulduar Timewalking, preview of Silithus BG, scaling world content.
Rep standing might affect allied race unlocking.
Yes, you can race change to an allied race
Troll posture will be covered in Zandalari allied race
Not as many legendaries in BfA
No plans for 10-man Mythic
Blizz thinks this is an “exciting time” for World PvP. I disagree. Once that hordie hovers over you for the third time, you just tick your flag off.

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Episode 266, "I've gathered and I can't get up"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 November 2017, 3:24 pm

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Our talk about WoW Classic.

This week:

Ren -
Shaman: level 96
Shaman challenge spreadsheet (of course it’s a spreadsheet)
Resurrected old Legion baby troll druid
Remembered why auction mules need to be at least level 10
Looking forward to season 12 in Diablo 3

Mike -
Lots of mount runs on all toons. Only got the egg.
I figure out how to solo Deathwing.
Also, I tend to one-shot things.

This week in WoW
Darkmoon Faire ends Saturday
Lich King timewalking
Sunday - Moonkin Festival in Moonglade (1 day)
Observe baby moonkin dancing, napping and moonfiring and get your own temporary Moonkin Companion pet for 24 hours
Other quests let you increase up to 5 moonkin babies following you around for up to 5 days
World boss: Ana-Mouz in Suramar. Drops Skimpy Leather Tunic for transmog.

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Episode 263, "You can run around as a horse's ass"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2017, 4:23 pm

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Too much adulting this week - only got to level 70 in shaman challenge
Update on the restore/switch faction bug

Shaman to 50.
200 mounts!
Hallow’s End
Got 150 treats in one night.
The trick to doing the wickerman - invisibility items. Instant vs. casting time.
Trying to get the headless horseman mount - how many years has it been?

This week in WoW
Black Temple timewalking - dropping base i900 items, NOT i930
Hallow’s End
Tricky Treats - Headless Horseman, daily quests, candy buckets. Use to buy masks, costumes for you or for pets (there’s three pug costumes and one Pepe skin), consumables, pets (Naxx, Sinister Squashling, Cursed Birman, Feline Familiar or Widget the Departed), heirloom upgrades (armor casings), and toys (horse head and tail, Little Wickerman)
Wickerman (Grim Visage) buffs for baby shamans (10% exp and rep for 2 hours)!
XP bonus applies to mob kills only - doesn’t increase XP from quest turnins or pet battles (“Apply Aura: mod Experience Gained %(mob kills only)”).
Rep bonuses: does work with Legion tokens and other commendations in the game, and does stack with human’s 10% exp racial ability
New this year: Naxxy, undead companion pet (150 Tricky Treats)
New costume - Xavius (200 treats)
New front and back end of a horse
Headless Horseman drops 880 loot
Magic Broom - 25% drop rate out of Horseman’s stash
mount - 0.5%
880 gear includes a sword (kind of silly for anything other than transmog), helm, and rings

Elysium shuts down because someone was taking home 2000 euros/month and someone else was running a gold selling service.
Patch 8.0 made a (very) brief appearance on beta servers

Mod of the Cast

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Episode 262, "It's a bit mage-y"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 October 2017, 4:39 pm

Discord: https://discord.thisweekintrek.com
Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/starmike

Shaman challenge
Level 69 at 1d 6h - got through Outland, now in Northrend - 60-68 seemed very slow
A funny thing happened on the way to the Alliance: Restored a previously deleted 110 horde mage, took her to Alliance and weirdness happened

Shaman challenge
15 to 38 in one night.
Lots of dungeons and dungeon quests.
Could get 2-3 levels in a run
Rested XP was a waste because you blow right through it.
Problem - Maraudon puts you in the dungeon, but no quests for two more levels. So, either quest or repeat dungeons.
Problem with that is now you’re moving further and further away from Stormwind (Stranglethorn or Plaguelands)
Had to run to Wetlands between dungeon runs. Waste of time. Not sure what else to do.
Toy is 10k gold, and only gives faction flight points, not neutral.
BTW: I still love Maraudon

This Week in WoW
Pet Xp event - 200% not 300% as originally advertised
Hallow’s End starts Wednesday the 18th at 10:00 AM PST
Running of the Gnomes - Saturday October 14th, to benefit the Cleveland Clinic and the creators of the Tuohy Vaccine, a proposed vaccine against breast cancer that’s showing great promise
Run from Gnomer to Booty Bay - clear 34 gates
Starts at 7 PM EST, purchase a pink tabard in Ironforge
This started on Scarlet Crusade and there are raids on Scarlet Crusade

Blizzcon 2017
All virtual ticket rewards
Flying mounts in WoW - two seaters (we knew this)
Other games - Overwatch Winston skin, Starcraft III Junker SCV, Probe and Drone Skins; Heroes of the Storm Nexus Razorback mount, Diablo III Murkromancer Pet, and a “mystery goodie” for Hearthstone.
Blizzcon Merch
New plushes: Pirate Pepe Plush, Raptor Plushie, Elekk Plushie
Jaina Key Art Poster
Ugly Holiday Greench Sweater
Sylvanus Short Sleeved Hoodie
Sargeras Shirt
New pins and new patches for the goody bag - trying to encourage badge trading

Shaman challenge
Proposed change to 2018 Naked & Afraid Challenge: any class, any spec (but choose once!) and on your honor to pick a class you’ve never successfully leveled to 110
Demon hunter speed runs
Shriekrunner - uses demon hunter’s mastery scaling at level 101 to get a minimum speed of 230% base speed - speed going up to 350-410%. Uses tricks, potions, and shortcuts - showed video of clearing old world dungeons in a total of 18 minutes, not counting travel time between dungeons (Gundrak clear took 13 seconds)
Posts build and tricks in a linked Reddit thread

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Episode 260, "Stoned Charlie Brown"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 September 2017, 5:33 pm

Discord: https://discord.gg/0igWZxupFC0N8mH4
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Special guest Christy (@christylou) joins us!

No, the Starlight Beacon does not work in Argus, but decent for Magic of Flight

Siege of Orgrimmar is eternally long (w/Ali)
Mount farming
This week - 0
Trying to finish up achievements in old raids…..for mounts :D
Did ⅘ of the MoP dungeons - forgot to do the fifth.

This week in WoW

Brewfest continues
Tomorrow starts Harvest Festival - honor a fallen hero (NOT the Pilgrim festival)

New Battle.net app on the Apple/Android stores.
Chat with your friends!
Argus unlocks on your alts!!
“Appear Offline” coming “soon”
Audio dramas - “1000 Years of War”
Will be an expansion announcement at Blizzcon
New project for Blizzard -- announcement of a job opening for Senior Client Engineer for a MMO real time strategy game on the Unity engine -- probably an iOS/Android game from the job description

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Episode 258, "Orcs look great in lederhosen"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 September 2017, 4:49 pm

Discord: https://discord.gg/0igWZxupFC0N8mH4
Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/starmike

Back to Bagnon
Cheatin’ in archaeology (more on this later)

Altoholic rewrite
H Throne of Thunder with Ali

This week in WoW
World Quest Bonus Event
Pick up The World Awaits for 5k bonus resources
Argus Week 3:
Finish Argus Campaign on Mac’Aree
Unlock Netherlight Crucible and Seat of the Triumverate
New Mac’Aree world quests
Archaeology quest - A Beacon of Hope
Starlight Beacon - draw a box around yourself and fly inside, even when you don’t have flying
Apparently you can use this with a Goblin Glider Kit or Rocfeather Skyhorn Kite to do Magic of Flight if you don’t have regular flying. May also be usable in Argus??
Another reason why rogue = cheat mode
Upcoming Holidays:
Tuesday 19th - 20th - Pirate’s Day
Corresponds with International Talk Like a Pirate Day
1 hour pirate disguise in faction cities
Mostly occurs in Booty Bay
Get a 12 hour pirate costume that persists through death and gives an achievement
Complete quest “You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat” for 5 Emergency Pirate Outfits
Purchase Petey for 10g from Dread Captain DeMeza, a 5-stack item that allows you to have a green woodpecker on your shoulder (I looked at it. THIS IS NOT A PARROT). You can have it sit on your shoulder AND have Pepe on your head at the same time
Kill Ol’Eary, a rare elite shark off Booty Bay, get a Slightly Chewed Insult Book toy.
Wednesday 20th - October 6th - Brewfest
Some new things as of last year: Brewfest Prize Token items Gravel Goldbraid’s Famous Sausage Hat toy and the Synthebrew Goggles XL head item

Blizzcon virtual ticket
More coverage! That means the panels we never got to see
ALL stages will be covered through Blizzcon All Access Channel
Can watch on demand replays for more than a month afterward
Cool mounts!
Multi passenger faction flying mounts - Stormwind Skychaser and Orgrimmar Interceptor
$39.99 US. Opening ceremony and all esports streams will be free to all but no convention coverage
More items for other games will be coming
There will be videos posted between now and Nov. on the web site.
Goody bag
It’s a backpack (useless to me)
Velcro area for little patches - one for each Bliz game
Overwatch figurine
Shadow: New Charity Pet
Fennec fox - color changing
All proceeds are being split between American Red Cross DIsaster Relief and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Fund to assist with relief efforts around the world

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Episode 257, "Turtle Ring Toss Time"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 September 2017, 4:20 pm

Farmed for the recipe. Took about 20m.
I had 72 Shadow Silk in my inventory (ha! pack rat!)
Make 8 Shadoweave Masks. Farmed more silk. Total at the end of the day, over 80k gold.
Finished chapter 2 of Argus
Bug in a invasion point Naigtal - Spores give 1M damage/tick, kept getting it on rez.
Problem - skull mobs walk around, can really hurt you.
Spore bug
Not a lot of room to move
Very hard to do solo unless you know how to maneuver
Got my Sulfuras - Hand of Ragnaros Legendary on my DK

Arena Skirmish Bonus Event
Darkmoon Faire r
Stupid dirgible is 1000 tickets

Argus won’t have flying (but we knew that)
The Flying on Argus debate: the tl;dr version
Argussian Emissary Quests should now require 3 WQs
Fel lava on Argus no longer damages pets
Invasion points
Available after finishing the second chapter of Argus in Mac’aree
Starts with a quest from Ilidan, “Where They Least Expect It” to enter an invasion point to kill the legion commander
Followup quest: recover 15 Argus Waystones to unlock Greater Invasion Points
Invasion Points repeatable - you don’t need to be in a party to enter it. Will get credit just from zoning in. Finishing grants Artifact Power tokens, Argus Waystones and Veiled Aranite.
Each lasts 6 hours
Include Environmental hazards (watch your feet) and one unique objective
Three stages: fill a bar by killing trash, more mobs spawn, LEgion Commander spawns
If you wipe on Legion Commander, health will not reset
Greater Invasion Points - can do once per week - Argus world bosses drop 930 loot
Bring a Seal of Broken Fate for bonus rolls


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Episode 256, "Not compatible with cats"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 August 2017, 2:47 pm

Started on Argus campaign with rogue (as predicted)
Still playing Diablo 3 but having some repetitive motion injury issues with right hand
Ditched Bagnon for ArkInventory
Pleased with TV appearance on THE DEAD FILES - and cancelled Sling (HDTV antenna works great - between that and Amazon Prime’s Thursday Night Football, Giants season is saved!)
Caught 3rd eagle this week

Argus! Wait, it’s only one chapter?
Can’t do the dungeon yet
What’s this cloth?
Chests everywhere
Couldn’t get enough items for the i880 gear (not that I need it)
Mobs aren’t that hard to kill.
What’s with the eye quest?
20% more damage in/out?
Some guy’s been buying my stuff on the AH and not making a profit
Tomb of Sargeras w/Ali

This Week in Wow
One word: Argus
Next week: Mac’Aree zone opens, unlock Invasion Points, and a questline to open Greater Invasion Points that can drop 930 gear.
For those who aren’t into Argus, it’s Cataclysm Timewalking.
The Archaeology reward for next 2 weeks is a toy called the Crystalline Eye of Undravius, which lets you look around and see invisible NPCs as demons or changes existing NPCs into demons for 15 seconds (apparently Khadgar is a succubus). If you’re a toy collector or are after your 8 archaeology quests for a new artifact tint, go for it. Collecting 300 toys will get you a mount, the Mechanized Lumber Extractor.

7.3 News
Nightfallen reputation requirements removed from several Suramar quests, making it possible to complete the Suramar campaign without reputation gates.
Undocumented changes
Artifact catch-up for alts:
Artifact Knowledge now starts at 41 regardless of book
Removes Class Hall Campaign for third relic slot
Removes Broken Shore campaign to unlock Empowered Traits
Higher drop rate for artifact appearances, and you can get them for artifacts you own that you aren’t currently using (off spec)
I880 Relinquished Gear no longer available to purchase with Nethershards.
Completing opening Broken Shore scenario on one character is required to unlock Argus
Reduced requirements for Breaching the Tomb - example, you only need 50 Mark of Sentinax instead of 100
Timewalking dungeon loot starts at 880, and Black Temple timewalking loot starts at 930.
Lots of Tomb of Sargeras changes - mostly nerfs
Nomi Work Orders can now yield Broken Islands Recipe Scrap (drop rate lower than Nomi Snacks). 10 scraps = one undiscovered recipe
Fishing Round the Isles achievement now requires 20 world fishing quests, not all of them
Levitating players can now jump
Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning updated animations were not implemented. Apparently they got bad reviews on the PTR.
Two new class hall follower catch-up items added to Warmage Kathleen at Deliverance Point: Grimoire of Lost Knowledge (adds 6000 XP to follower for 2500 nethershards) and Relinquished Armor Set (sets champion iLevel to 880 for 400 nethershards)
New missions for followers may be related to a new side quest, available to players after completing the An Offering of Light main quest series. These side quests unlock a new type of troop or missions that offer new follower equipment

Helpful toy: Sightless Eye (not to be confused with the Sightless Eye currency) - makes you much less detectable to mobs on Argus or Broken Shore for 10 minutes, with a 5 minute cooldown. Any damage, including falling damage, breaks this. (Or just make a rogue)

Diablification #1: Antaen Light-Bringer in the first part of Argus -- after the first few quests, you join Kil’jaeden and Prophet Velen to destroy a siege weapon that looks like a large green portal of some type
Spoiler: it pops up and it’s a big mob
Ren: Recognized this IMMEDIATELY because it looks almost exactly like a mob called the Realmwalker in the Battlefields of Eternity level in Act IV of D3, who is a giant mob who hides in the ground with a big portal eye on his head. Knew what was going to happen

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Episode 252, "Rainbringer"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 August 2017, 5:33 pm

Still experiencing life invasions, still playing Diablo III (up to T11, level 50 GRifts)
Haven’t had much time to do anything else

Hit the 500k mark
Started playing the warrior again - up to 17, but too early to tell if it’s a good fit because I can one-shot everything.
Wanted to play the priest. No time.
Timewalking mount

This week in WoW
Northrend Timewalking Dungeon Event
Darkmoon Faire this weekend (8/6-13)
New Darkmoon Dirigible mount coming in 7.3 for 180 tickets -- start saving now!
New cat mount/pet

We talk about today's Twitch Q&A session w/Ion.

Other news

7.3's Blood of Sargeras: Primal Sargerite
new crafting reagent
Transmute: Primal Sargerite (1 Primal Sargerite from 25 Blood of Sargeras)
recipe comes from Alchemist Funen in a new zone, Krokuun
Argus world quest rewqrds
If you are revered with Armies of Legion, can purchase a shoulder enchant that will increase drop of Light's Fortune, which contains Primal Sargerite
What requires Primal Sargerite:
all kinds of new recipes for armor, jewelcrafting, engineering, alchemy
example: Tears of the Naaru (shows all demons on minimap for 30 minutes)
Primal Obliterum: needed to advance crafted armor to 935
Why Icy Veins says to dump Defiled Augment Runes before patch 7.3
"Patch 7.3 comes adds a new faction called Army of the Light and at Exalted you can buy a new BoP rune that has the exact same stats as the old one (Lightforged Augment Rune). It seems it won't get consumed on use, so Defiled Augment Rune will be relevant only by the time players reach Exalted with the new faction. "

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