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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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Wipe Insurance: Am I Prepared?

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Welcome to the first edition of Wipe Insurance,’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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I don’t know whether it’s come to your attention, but Cataclysm is sliding towards us inch by inch, and Blizzard is giving us teaser on teaser. Azeroth is being re-done, and destroyed in the process, we’re getting flying mounts in the old world, all the classes are seeing significant updates, and, of course, we’re getting new race/class combinations. Of course, the day Cataclysm comes out, we’ll be drowning in Worgen and, to a lesser degree, Goblins. I’m betting we’ll see a fair few Tauren Paladins knocking about as well.

What’s got me thinking though, is wondering how deep the class changes are going to go. Blizzard have given a few hints and tips about what’s going to happen, but at this stage most of it is meaningless noise. That doesn’t stop us from being able to speculate and hope though, right? That’s what these guys were doing after a jaunt through Karazhan the other day:

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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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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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I’ll admit it, I’ve never played an arena match ever!  I know this is quite shocking to most people reading this, but the simple fact of the matter was, I simply was not interested in PvP.  For a long time I had been a stern die hard PvE player.  My reasons behind this stem from a lot of my past experiences.  I played eq2 for a few years at the highest level of raiding, admittedly I’ve not played wow at that same level, but I still know all the dungeons inside out.  I’ve always tanked too.  Sure I’ve had alts which I’ve messed with and in some cases I’ve even claimed to be changing my main over to them.  In the end I always come rolling back to Grim and his Warrior buddies to tank yet another instance!

But what if I look at this from a totally new perspectiveve?  What if I simply strip all my characters of everything they own and send it all to one of my alts and make him my full time main no questions asked?

I want to get into competitive PvP as its the last thing left for me in WoW, so to speak.  These are my alts:

  • 70 Paladin
  • 65 Warlock
  • 54 Mage

The rest range from level 1-10 so are not really worth mentioning, oh and I forgot the obligatory Death Knight.

I went with the Mage I’ll discuss why are the split.

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Protection Warrior Glyphs

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Glyphs, glyphs and more glyphs!

It can be a daunting task wading through all the glyphs available on the auction house.  So out of the kindness of my own tanking heart I’ve decided to compile a glyph guide!  We will look at all the possible Warrior class glyphs that relate to tanking (stuff the dps ones, were here to tank baby).  Each glyph will be broken down and explained, we’ll look at the best combinations and must have glyphs.

In themselves glyphs can look ‘minor’ yet they have a profound impact on how well your Warrior will perform.

Lets continue inside my office, after the break!

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Wrath Heroic Tank Stats Guide

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First of all please accept my apologies for the lack of posts over the last few days.  I’ve been way to busy playing WoW to actually write about it.  However I want to speak about my experiences in heroic dungeons.

Think of this as one Orcs mission to become Heroic crit immune!  I’ll speak about a few instances in particular but mostly I’ll focus on my own individual ride to gear up.

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Wrath Protection Warrior Impressions

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Remember hitting level 70 back in TBC? I do, very well in fact.  During my trek to max level I basically tanked most of the normal and a handful of Heroic dungeons and that was it.  This is not to say I lack tanking experience, as you will see from my short bio on the team page I’m very experienced in the tanking roll within MMORPG’s.  Yeah I did level almost entirely as Prot spec even back then, since at the time I was playing with Kirioth on his rogue. (makes sense, tank and a DPS machine we kinda thought).

So I hit the 70 and start to tank instances to get the gear needed for Heroic Dungeon runs…

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