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Oct
11

Patch 4.0.1 Class Mechanics Changes

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The class changes for patch 4.0.1 are listed after the break guys. This is the main systems change before Cataclysm, none of the world itself is being changed yet. This is kinda like when wrath hit, the class systems were changed to bring them into line with the new content. Anyway enough of my blabbing, hit the read more to see the full statement by blizzard.

Or hit this link to MMO Champion for the full breakdown.

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Jun
07

Wipe Insurance: Am I Prepared?

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Welcome to the first edition of Wipe Insurance, Waranvil.com’s new raiding column. This will be posted every monday, so make sure you come back every week for new strategies, tips and tricks! This week we are going to discuss when you are ready to raid. So you’ve just dinged 80 and all you’ve heard about since level 5 is endgame raiding – many people will tell you its where the real game is, you level up and may even do some raids at your level along the way. But entering the current endgame raiding is different. Theres tiers, caps, stat weights, enrage timers, gearscore, jerks, death knights in full tier 9 doing 2k dps (Theres a lot of them…), casual, hardcore, no-lifers, hard modes…its enough to make your head spin.

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May
19

3.1.2 Releases Today

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Hey all, its patch day again!

Now before you go running screaming into the night and threatening to cancel your account, lets note that its just a minor patch – but it brings some nice changes.

Big General Changes:

  • The long awaited equipment manager has made it live.
  • Gear now scales SotA and Wintergrasp vehicles.
  • Wintergrasp quests are now weekly instead of daily.

A few class tweaks and bug fixes in the full notes included after the jump.
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So there I am, sitting in stormwind, watching the hustle-and-bustle of the trade district all around me, when it pops into my chat window.

I nedz 10g can i has plz thx” (actual spelling, yes.)

Now being the kind and compassionate light-following paladin that I am, I decided to engage our poor illiterate friend. Join me after the jump so you don’t be this guy.

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Secrets of Ulduar

I don’t know about you folks, but I’m pretty excited about 3.1. Granted, since I’ve rerolled Priest and am only at level 70, I can’t take advantage of the new raid (although I might break out my Paladin for a sneak peak), but one thing I can take advantage of is the swathe of changes that have been made to my class, and of course the other classes. As we’ve said, Grim has also rerolled, bringing in his Mage, ditching his obsession with tanking for an obsession with massive numbers. He’s even gone so far as to respec Fire for levelling. Last night we were hacking up some corpses, and discussing the changes in 3.1, and the subject of Glyphs came up. I was complaining as usual about the lack of Discipline glyphs when Grim reminded me that we have a swathe of new glyphs arriving. So, filled with enthusiasm I headed onto Google and got looking for the glyphic goodness that would arrive with 3.1.

Read on after the break to see what we’re getting!

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Jan
10

Warlock talent builds for Wrath raiding

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Following on from my previous article on gear to collect outside of raids, we’re now going to take a look at talent builds that you may wish to consider. I’ll let it be known from the get go that I don’t have extensive experience in these specs, so what I’m really showing you are the popular ideas that are floating around the message boards. What’s more, take these ideas as just that, ideas. Use them as templates and tweak them if you feel it necessary. This seems to be the done thing from research I’ve done, and for that reason, there are many variations upon the builds I’m going to list.

Read on and let’s get down to business.

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Jan
02

Ring of Fire

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johnny_cash_372x495Hey readers, hope you had a nice christmas. I’ve just got back from a friends house where we played a drinking game called ‘Ring of Fire’. A very funny but tedious game where rules are made up as you go along. The name of the game is apt somewhat to the topic of this post. Recently I came across two rings in game that are great for warlocks. In my previous guide on gearing yourself up through heroics and rep rewards, I stated that there aren’t any particularly great rings for warlocks and that you may have to make do with the rings from UK and CoT heroics. They both had haste on them which I’m not a fan of (unless it comes in huge amounts, which is why you’d need several bits of gear perhaps put aside for it) but I used them for want of something better. However, the bad news is it can come with a bit of a price tag.

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Dec
18

Warlock Heroic and Badge Gear Guide

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I love raiding. It’s the main reason I play the game. I love running heroics (most of them) and gearing up and experiencing all the content. The guild I’m in doesn’t start raiding until January so for me, there’s plenty of time to work through heroics and gear myself up so that I’m in the best possible shape come the time that we begin. If you’ve already started raiding Naxxramas, you may still find this guide useful, as Naxx 10 pieces are only a little better than those found in heroics. In terms of item level (ilevel), 5 man heroic epics are ilvl 200, blues are ilvl 200 (in heroics) and 187 on heroic sub bosses and Naxx 10 pieces are ilvl 200 & 213. So there’s not that much in it. And it’s common knowledge that Wrath content is easy. But if you’re like me, you’ve got time to collect stuff before you get stuck in. And I’m an absolute nut when it comes to hit rating. In my opinion, hit rating is the most important stat for any caster. Spell power, critical strike rating, haste rating are all at the mercy of whether your spells actually hit the target or not.

Open it up and lets get stuck in.

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Dec
05

Hit Rating – A quick rundown

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This expansion I’ve had a few guildies asking me about what the new hit cap is for casters. And there are a lot of people out there who may still not know. So this article will break it down for you and explain what it is. If you’re not really interested in the finer details and just want to know the number, scroll down and look for the red text!

In Burning Crusade, you had a hit rating stat for melee, and a spell hit rating for casters. In Wrath, these 2 stats have been homogenized into the one stat, simply called ‘Hit Rating’. However, casters still in effect convert this stat into spell hit rating, because casters still require a different amount of it than melee classes do.

Hit Rating (an integer) is converted into hit chance (a percentage). At level 80, 26.23 points of hit rating is equal to 1% of hit chance for casters. For melee, 32.77 points of hit rating is equal to 1% hit chance. The mechanics of caster hit and melee hit is quite different, and my knowledge only covers the former. However, there is a nice explanation of melee hit for you on WoWWiki if you are interested. The rest of this article will be focused on casters.

Yup you guessed it, read the rest after the split.

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Dec
03

The Warlock – The Kindness of Wrath

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Even since the Wrath alpha information was being leaked out (perhaps even before that), there’s been a lot of fuss (at least from where I’m sitting) about what Wrath has given, and taken away in some cases, from the Warlock class. Now I don’t play any other class at least to the extent I play my warlock, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if the situation is the same for other classes too. Even now, with patch 3.0.4 on the horizon, there are a lot of meddlers of the dark arts who are passionate about their class and what Blizzard has done and is doing to them.

What grinds my gears sometimes is the way in which many seem to tell Blizzard, via the class forums what they need to do to Warlocks. Not considering the fact that Blizzard have a depth of knowledge and understanding about Warlocks that surpasses any player in the community. Of course Blizzard respect and encourage the input from the player base, but I certainly don’t think these kind of threads are constructive. What I do think is constructive are the suggestions that some people come up with, even now that Wrath is live.

Read on after the split.

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