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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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Apr
29

It’s For My Dual Spec!

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We have come to the start of a new era in the World of Warcraft. With the implementation of Dual Talent Specialisation, everyone can do everything that their class was made for. Mages can go down the Frost tree for some PvP, leave the Battleground, hit a button and be ready for raiding Ulduar, Frostfire build and all. Paladins can switch from healing to tanking in five seconds. Warriors can either be useful and do what they were intended for, or DPS instead. But in all of this wonder and diversity, there is a very, very serious problem lurking in the background, just waiting to destroy that decent PuG run you’ve been enjoying.

“It’s for my other spec.”

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So its easter time again…no wait, that already happened. Ok, so its delayed Noble garden time! We can’t be mad about the delay since it brought with it this wonderful new (occasionally buggy) patch. Of course like all holidays, blizzard has blessed us with yet another title to wear proudly over our heads, “The Noble”, and this time they have given us seven days to do it instead of one!  I got it an hour ago so join me after the break for a breakdown of what you need to do.

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Dec
24

11.5 Million WoW Players

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So there you have it, WoW has broken the 11 Million barrier.  This jump in total subscriptions is directly due to Wrath of the Lich King.

Its hardly surprising given the fact Wrath sold more than 2.8 million copies in the first 24 hours of going on sale.  Breaking the all time PC sales record.

“We’re pleased to welcome the new and returning players who have helped World of Warcraft reach these new milestones, and we appreciate the enthusiasm and support that the game’s global community has continued to show,”

Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard.

Not only is Wrath selling well (since its launch the player base has increased by 4 million!), but in the US the Battle Chest versions of WoW are enjoying increased sales also.  This is a fantastic time to be playing WoW and from what I can tell the player base will only continue to grow.

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Dec
14

Being a Hero

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I must say, my stance on heroics right now is one of slight resentment. Although that’s probably because I’m only really interested in running one because it drops a great item that will help me in my quest to become hit capped before my guild starts raiding in January. The particular item in question is Mark of the War Prisoner and it drops from Cyanigosa, the last boss in Violet Hold heroic. This is a great little trinket to have, and it’s very valuable for only a blue item, and very diserable for any caster. So far my quest in the acquisition of this trinket has been nothing short of a nightmare. What annoys me about Violet Hold is that you don’t know what 2 bosses you’ll face before you reach Cyanigosa, and if you wipe, you have to start all over again. That means doing each boss again, but not getting any new drops or badges, although you do get rep (woopdy doo).

I think I’ve faced all of the bosses by now and I must say that I’ve had the worst experiences with Zuramat the Obliterater (the void guy) and Xevozz (the ethereal). Both can be pretty tough bosses, and the harder they are, the more chance you’ll have at wiping, and the less you’ll be motivated to try again. As soon as you start the event to kick off mob spawns, you get saved to the instance. One time I joined a pug for it and someone had already been saved to it because they started the event but didn’t go past the 3rd mob pack. And it was a very good geared group that wouldn’t have had any problems in my opinion. But everyone ended up getting saved to it and couldn’t do anything. The toon responsible wasn’t aware of how you get saved to the instance and I must say, neither was I. So that was rather unfortunate and didn’t ‘arf annoy me.

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Dec
04

I’ll take a room with a view, please.

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Yesterday Grim and I made the shift through Icecrown to Storm Peaks, and for the first time I was actually glad that I’m a total pauper and can’t afford the epic flying skill. At 300% speed (yay for Crusader Aura), there would have been very little time to fling the camera around and take a slightly over the top number of screenshots of the mountains, and of the Lich King’s domain.

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Anyway, as we we’re flying around, dodging the Proto Drakes and taking detours into massive holes in the ground with impressive sounding names, it struck me that possibly my favourite part of the expansion is the amazing scenery in Northrend, and the immersion you feel when running through it.

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From now on, the title of this column is going to to be shortened to SBQSE. It doesn’t really roll off the tongue, but it’s better than typing all that out again. Anyway… the search for the best quest series ever. This column is going to be dedicated to finding the quest series that made me sit back and say “Wow. Now that… that was something special”. Quest series that properly impacted on you, making you want to do them again and again. I, of course, already have a few in a mind. WoW is littered with quest lines after all…

The Lich King

But today, we will be dealing with the Death Knight start area and the quest line there. So, hit the link if you need a reminder, and move on if you havn’t experienced it yet and don’t want it to be spoiled.

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