Filed under: Around Azeroth
.@HenkeLennartsso Changed in 6.0: Thorim won't trigger the deathball/reset when his arena is empty.- Watcher (@WatcherDev) March 11, 2014
If you're like me, you do a lot of older instances for transmog gear, and as such fights like Thorim are exceedingly irksome because they can only be soloed with certain classes or professions (a death knight or hunter using a pet, an engineer with a target dummy, and some good luck on getting through the gauntlet fast) due to mechanics that you can't really outgear. Now Watcher comes with news about not just the annoying Thorim fight, but this tweet about Valithria Dreamwalker as well.
As a warrior who put together my Shadowmourne via running ICC 25 this past year, I hated Dreamwalker, the fight I had no chance of soloing and no way to get around. Making it skippable would at least allow me to kill Arthas for transmog loot and not force me to stop after clearing two wings. It's an excellent change and one I hope they get in.
While, to the casual observer, this guy may look very similar to the existing hero, Jim Raynor, he's a slightly different kettle of fish. If you've played the Wings of Liberty campaign, Tychus first appears in the very early missions, you see him being released from prison in his old armor, with his cigar miraculously remaining intact. It was part of a deal in which he would assassinate Kerrigan. Not to throw too many spoilers around for people who haven't played the campaign, but Tychus is likely not to have too many friends among the other Starcraft heroes.
Nonetheless, he's a prominent character in the SCII universe, and as he's renowned for saying, "Hell, it's about time..."
Filed under: Blizzard All-Stars
Let's get sparkly.
I am a proud new owner of the Hearthsteed. It was very easy and actually enjoyable to get. I play Horde, however, and was very excited about the red Hearthsteed, only to log in and find that there was no red Hearthsteed, only the blue one. Has there been any information regarding the availability of the other color?
As of today's maintenance, all of the BG honor hotfixes should be live! http://t.co/kqpgfKXr1f- Lore (@CM_Lore) March 11, 2014
Periodic honor earned in points-based BGs, namely Arathi Basin, Battle for Gilneas, and Eye of the Storm, will be doubled, so you'll get bonus honor every 130 points as opposed to 260. This is altered for Silvershard, where it's every 200, as opposed to 265. The flag capture battlegrounds, Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks, will see the Focused Assault debuff applied faster in an effort to make them shorter, and there's a bonus for capture prevention. Strand of the Ancients will give a bonus for destroying gates, or preventing their destruction.
It won't outdo the PvE methods for efficiency, but it's a step in the right direction.
Filed under: PvP
Personally, I'm in the fortunate position where $10 won't break me, but I'm not exactly thrilled with the increase, either. In the last few years, it's been mentioned more than once by individuals within the game industry that making games has become increasingly expensive over the years. Generally speaking, prices for the games themselves haven't changed much, or in some cases, gone down. Ignoring issues of inflation, you might have paid more for an NES cartridge in 1987 than you do for a big-title game today in 2014. It might be reasonable to expect a price increase, but Warlords of Draenor is among the first to make it so obvious.
Am I going to buy Warlords of Draenor? Yeah. Of course. WoW is what I do. But the price tag wants me to look at it like a brand new standalone game, not an expansion pack. Will I get more enjoyment out of Warlords of Draenor or some other big new release? Probably Warlords. A new WoW expansion is likely to last longer than, for example, Watch Dogs, even though I would enjoy both. Then again, Watch Dogs isn't asking me for a subscription fee.
- Players fighting Hexos in the Brawler's Guild should no longer be killed by the maze after successfully defeating Hexos.
- Guards at both Huojin and Tushui Landing on the Timeless Isle are now significantly more deadly.
- Worgen players, Darkflight's speed increase no longer stacks with Burning Rush or Burst of Speed.
I think it was well and proper that raid attunements were immediately mocked, though I was gratified to see the Fel Reaver laid low. Even though it doesn't quite feel right. I mean. The Fel Reaver should always be terrifying, even when we're level 200. Right? Okay, so it was still funny.
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Filed under: WoW Moviewatch
After that, Blizzard announced the game's official release, effective immediately in North America and as soon as the patch hits other regions. All told, you could say it's been a pretty big day for Hearthstone.
Filed under: Hearthstone Insider
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