Episode 314, "Bite-sized dungeons"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 February 2019, 10:47 pm

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Wednesday Night Normals group - Shrine of the Storm and the Battle of the Bridge
Zignea, Level, Geomancer, and Alla
Got 10th 120 - finished my Horde panda mage
Economy talk in news

I have decided to start getting money
Went through all my toons to see what I have
My value is 2.1M gold
So many things that are wasting space

This Week in WoW
Darkmoon Faire ends Feb 9th, 11:59 PM server time
Lunar Festival ends Feb 11th
Love Is In The Air starts Feb 12th (no information on updates for 2019)
Pet Battle Bonus Event begins Feb 12th - no Squirt battle available for NA realms (not until May 24th), but she will be up on EU realms on Sunday, Feb 17th

Method World First - Mythic Jaina (Limit was either #2 or #3)
8.1.5 news
Fun with Tradeskill Master

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Episode 312, "Now that you're a badass"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 January 2019, 4:02 pm

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Rushing my warlock to 120 on Sunday, to iLevel 320+ and Darkshore, finished main lines of all zones, war campaign to date, current iLevel 361
Island campaigns
Why Demonology Lock is becoming my new main, on both sides

Mog runs
Finished up some things in Emerald Nightmare

This Week in WoW
Lunar Festival - Jan 28th - Feb 11th
31st: Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl mini event

Naked & Afraid Updates
Flying Pig Mount available on Chinese servers for a 6-month subscription for the Year of the Pig
Thursday Q&A with Ian Hazzikostas
Discussion from Discord: Should Draenor flying be grandfathered in for all players?

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Episode 311, "He's got lunkers"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 January 2019, 10:31 pm

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Getting my red-butt skitterer
Void Elf Warlock is now level 112
Avoiding getting rid of the Irontide Hat disguise
Yet Another Headset

Started working on toys, and more mounts, and my Void Elf

This Week in WoW
World quest event - 1000 order resources
Battle of Dazar’alor raid opens
Pandaria timewalking
Call of the Scarab microholiday

Naked & Afraid updates - No new 120s but many making excellent progress!
Tides of Vengeance 2 goes live

Burning Crusade released 12 years ago - A Retrospective

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Episode 310, "Enjoy the silence"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 January 2019, 9:22 pm

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Ren -
Extensive testing on Darkmoon Faire profession quests
Void elf warlock now 94 - spent 60-80 entirely in two zones in Outlands, Hellfire Peninsula and Netherstorm. 80-86 spent in Vash’jr, moving to Twilight Highlands for final 4 levels
Went to Draenor just short of 91, got to 94 on opening campaigns and treasures
Need to get back to finishing war campaigns on both Horde and Alliance sides

Mike -
I was sick

This Week in WoW
Brawls and PvP
Next Tuesday: World Quest Bonus Week

Naked & Afraid Update

Warmode suggested mod from Cinnah: SPY

Darkmoon Faire quests now giving points for highest expansion pack your character has unlocked

8.1.5 PTR has opened
Will be testing a limited subset of features, including:
Kul Tiran and Zandalari race unlocks
Naga invasion World Quests
New portal rooms in faction capitols
Next chapter of Raiding With Leashes pet battle (Pets of Pandaria), collecting pets from Mogu’shan Vaults, Terrace of Endless Spring and Heart of Fear - 12 pets (3 magic, 3 elemental, 2 beast, 2 flying, 1 undead and 1 dragonkin)
Warsong Gulch and Arathi Basin graphic improvements
Announced for 8.1.5 but not available yet on PTR:
New War Campaign quests
new manufacturing profession quests
Hati quests
Magni quests
Draenor timewalking
new brawl
Wintergrasp coming to Epic Battleground list
new Brawler's Guild update
new Darkmoon Faire roller coaster
new microholidays and updates to Children's Week
Kul Tiran and Zandalari unlocks revealed

Children’s Week changes

Stan Lee tribute: Reports of an Alliance-armored "Stanley" character in Stormwind Keep on 8.1.5 PTR. The NPC says "Excelsior!"

Destiny 2 is leaving Activision Blizzard - publishing rights are being transferred back to Bungie, the original studio
Blizzard: “Destiny 2 will still receive full support on BattleNet and we do not anticipate any disruption to our services or your gameplay experience”

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Episode 309, "Nothing ever hinged on a rogue"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 January 2019, 9:12 pm

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Mike and Ren go noteless again, ringing in the new year with some chat about the state of the game.

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Episode 307, "It's nobody's fault"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2018, 10:38 pm

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Ali (@aliandrask) from Dungeon Fables steps in as co-host this week!

We ditch the show notes again, but we have specific things to talk about with patch 8.1

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Episode 306, "Everything is Ali's fault"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 December 2018, 10:52 pm

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Ali (@aliandrask) from Dungeon Fables steps in as co-host this week!

We ditch the show notes this week, and do shots. Freeform show just chatting about the World...of Warcraft.

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Episode 304, "We're smart"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 November 2018, 3:55 pm

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Finished zones and war campaign on Alliance
Working on zone achievements - got the Wicker Pup doing the Drustvar treasure achievement
Decided to shelves Naked and Afraid characters until December 10th - using the Celebration buff to run up 110s

Exalted with Storm’s wake
Just Champions of Azeroth and Turtles left
Got two pieces of gear from anniversary
New 355 headpiece - i352 now
I now have two pieces with compasses on them. Neither are in sync.

This Week in WoW
Pilgrim’s Bounty - Nov 19 through 26
Arena Skirmishes start Tuesday

Warcraft turns 14! Now through November 30th
The rest of the Blizzcon Q&A questions are up and answered
Forum upgrades
Segment: Remembering vanilla

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Episode 303, "Hither and yon"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 November 2018, 9:56 pm

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Renata -

Exalted with all BfA factions Hordeside
2 level 30s in Naked and Afraid - one doing MUCH better than the other
120 #5 - Orc destruction warlock

This Week in WoW
Darkmoon Faire until Saturday
Pet Battles this week (Squirt is coming November 10!)
Monday 12th: Moonkin Festival
Tuesday: Burning Crusade timewalking

Naked & Afraid is well underway! And with that ….
Experience Reduced in upcoming 8.1
Experienced required to level from 20 to 120 has been reduced - biggest reductions
In the level 20-32 ramps up from 2.5% to 20% drop
33-58 ramps up from 20% to 39% drop, about a half percent increase per level
59-66 40% drop
67-80% 39-26% drop, reducing 1% per level
81-111 25% drop
Minimal drop 111-120 (less than 1%)
Allied race issue: Classes misreported at Blizzcon
Zandalar trolls cannot be warlocks, and Kul Tirans can be mages.
Classic Demo extended to November 12th
Diablo Immortal: Conflicting info on whether Blizzard was planning to present D4 information at Blizzcon but then decided against it.
Blizzard has said they did not make such plans
Blizzard has said they are working on several mobile projects across multiple titles, some with NetEase, others internally

Segment: Making WoW friendly for people that are dyslexic

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Episode 302, "Welcome to Classic Park"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 November 2018, 4:22 pm

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All about Blizzcon 2018

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Episode 301, "Camp taco"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 October 2018, 9:47 pm

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First BFA reps maxxed: Exalted with Honorbound and Zandalari (we need paragon rep!)
Finished 5 island campaigns on main - questioning whether will do it on other characters
Attempted 2 man of Atal’Dazar - almost but not quite there. High 340s not quite enough.
Mag’har racial opening quest is the WORST -- and a new justification/motivation for leveling another toon
Mag’har hunter: running zones using All The Things to identify areas where I haven’t gotten mail transmogs from questing there
Bonus: got the Hyacinth Macaw as a random drop
The Great UI Experiment - initial impressions and why I’m not going to go through with it after all
Random question of the week: who’s taking care of the poor carnies?

Rep. That’s it.

This Week in WoW:
Hallows’ End starts today - goes through Thursday, November 1
Headless Horseman: levels 23-120
Things to buy with Tricky Treats: pets, costumes, masks, wands, Magic Broom
New toy: Headless Horseman’s Hearthstone for 150 Tricky Treats
“Return home in the spookiest way” -- creates a circle of flames around you and puts a Hallowed Helm on your head, and your character laughs when the cast completes
Pandaria Timewalking

Naked & Afraid 2: Revenge of the Races is coming Thursday, October 25th!
Needed motivation for running up Allied race to 120 for achievement
Run an allied race or a non-allied race - no gold, no gear, no heirlooms.
Pick a race, class, and spec, and stick with it until 120 (one spec change allowed). Judged on /played time to 120. We encourage running a class or spec you haven’t run before but it isn’t required
Nonallied races will have time from 1-20 deducted from total, since allied races start at level 20
Two divisions: Regular and Warmode
New this time around: Guilds
US-Alliance Silvermoon: Naked & Afraid (could start the same guild Hordeside on Mok’Nathal, the connected server, forr those who want to start Horde races)
EU-Alliance Vek’nilash: Naked & Afraid
All members will have the power to invite to the guild, at least for a little while. Be careful only to invite people who are familiar with the Naked and Afraid challenge. Perhaps ask them to name the two hosts of the show as a challenge question.
@thecowking has made an EU Warcast Community and has posted a link to it on our #worldofwarcast channel on Discord
Full rules posted on the #naked-and-afraid-2 Discord channel

Wowhead is making a Classic WoW site - classic.wowhead.com, with all the databases, guides, etc.
Decided to use modern back-end elements but are using old-school styling such as logos and menus to reflect the retro style

Blizzard announced multiple Diablo projects are expected over the coming months
Diablo III coming to Nintendo Switch already announced for November 2
There will be a Diablo What’s Next panel shortly after the opening ceremony

Patch 8.1 - Notable changes on the PTR and from Ian Hazzikostas QA from the 11th
Lots and lots of discussion about azerite armor changes
New warfronts will run in a parallel cycle to the current one - you could be contributing to one warfront while attacking in another
No plans to make Death Knight class available for new Allied Races anytime soon
Several new battle pets associated with the new Darkshore warfront, such as the Darkshore Sentinel (Owl), Void Jelly, Everburning Treant, Detective Ray, Gust of Cyclarus
Also new mounts: a bear, nightsabers, chimera, and a kodo. Reins of the Onyx War Hyena will be a new rated PvP mount, and there are a couple frog mounts that have not yet been assigned
New pet model for baby raptors

Darkmoon Faire Favors achievement has been reduced from six to five profession based quests completed
New cooking recipe: Seasoned Steak and Potatoes (maybe something to do with those Thick Paleo Steaks other than the banquets?)
Reputation gains from Legion World Quests will be doubled
Looking at flight paths - possibly a book to buy at max level that unlocks all the flight paths on alts
War Campaign chapters not alt friendly - give almost no reputation when you complete them. They will be adding a “large amount of reputation” to these chapters

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Episode 300, "Backers of the beast"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 October 2018, 9:51 pm

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Finished BfA Pathfinder part 1 on Horde rogue
Working on full quest completion with Horde rogue - using Quest Completionist mod to find quests I haven’t done
Close to finishing up my 4th 120 - Horde warrior is now 118
New experiment incoming based on two less structured experiments
Ran Alliance rogue up to 120 trying to complete all quests I could find in a zone before moving onto the next - finished 120 with 1 chapter left in Stormsong and no quests completed in Drustvar
Partway through running up Horde warrior, decided to stick ONLY to the mainline quests that give the zone achievements and do no side quests (not easy to figure out which those are) -- finished all three zones just after finishing 118
Will take up 2 more Horde toons, starting fresh with the idea that one will do all quests in a zone before leaving, and one will do just the mainline run, see where I end up by 120, including comparisons of rep
Neither will do the outpost campaigns until 120, just to keep those out of the mix
Benefit: mostly just to keep myself motivated through the process of leveling up yet another 2 toons
Another experiment incoming: Week-long tests of UI replacement mods - first test will be on ElvUI. May not happen til next week just because of other things going on IRL.

Half way through exalted on some rep
Still friendly with turtles
Started my monk up again, but didn’t have nearly enough time to play yet.
Basically checked out talents. No dungeons yet.
I hate frost outdoors
So many resources!
I wanted to do timewalking this weekend and just had zero time.

This Week in WoW:
Darkmoon Faire - Oct 7th - 13th
World Quest Bonus Week starts Oct 9th - tooltip says it’s for Broken Isles WQs?
Running of the Gnomes/Great Gnomeregan Run on Scarlet Crusade, 4 PM PDT, Saturday October 13th - annual fundraiser for breast cancer research. Starts at the spawn spot of new gnomes - there is a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RunningofTheGnomes/

Update: WoW Diary Kickstarter ended September 25th with 8,379 backers pledging $598,999 - biggest nonfiction book Kickstarter in history
By far the most popular tier was the $40 backers for both the electronic book and print book with 6,661 backers (80%), followed by the $150 level for the electronic book, signed copy of the print book and companion booklet with 1,117 backers (13%)
For those who missed this Kickstarter, the book will eventually be available on Amazon for about 20% more than the Kickstarter edition and without the perks
Mike Morhaime stepping down as President of Blizzard; J. Allen Brack, Wow’s Executive Director for WoW, taking over. Morhaime will remain as a “strategic advisor” to Blizzard.
Upcoming Azerite armor changes - Blizzard realizes there are problems with the current system
Make Azerite armor more available - looking to add Azerite Armor rewards from Emissary quests that scale up to 370, depending on current iLevel. Also mentioned “making further improvements to the ways Emissaries reward gear”.
When new Azerite Armor is introduced in “BfA Season 2” (Patch 8.1), armor that currently only has 2 possible traits will get a third.
Continuing to work on the individual traits themselves - balancing out those who want more generic traits for wider applicability, vs. those who want to fine-tune traits to specs or situations
The first problem - overall availability -- will be hotfixed in before 8.1. The third trait slot and the new abilities won’t come in until the patch.
8.1 news
Players beyond level 110 will be able to enter Legion era raids in LFR difficulty
Noblegarden: “Shake Your Bunny Maker” is being changed to place rabbit ears upon any character over level 18, not just female characters.
On the Frontlines: New achievement to complete all six Horde or Alliance assaults
Several new Battle Pet achievements, based on previous expansion achievements to defeat all 15 Master Tamers on Kul Tiras or Zandalar with teams of all one pet type (dragonkin, flying, beast, critter, etc)
New paladin spell visuals for Flash of Light and Beacon of Light
New information on Faction Incursions
Will only be for characters 110 or above (Ren: boo)
Completing 4 incursions will result in a random 370 weapon or Azerite Armor for quests. These items are from the same item pool from Warfronts (7th Legion/Honorbound items)
Will work a lot like Legion Invasions: after completing 4 incursion quests, you have to complete a short scenario to take down an airship
Doubleagent the Neutral Panda is now level 117

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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"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 June 2018, 10:21 pm

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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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