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WoW Moviewatch: Shaman protest (it's the end of the world as we know it.)

Faingrin of Hellscream has begun a protest on Proudmoore that he's entitled "The Trail of the Broken Class." They created a trail of shaman bodies from the starting zone in Durotar all the way to the gates of Orgrimmar. This is in retaliation to the statements that Tseric has made regarding the shamans and Blizzard's view on (not) fixing them, regardless of how the players feel.

How do YOU think the Dark Portal opened?

Today's forum watch has started a new humor thread about the origins of the reopening of the Dark Portal. Many debated if it was Kazzak or some other power, or if it had always been open. Quite a few people had their own opinions about how it opened:

Chuck Norris may have roundhouse kicked it open.

Rick Astley might have "rickroll'd" it open.

Kazzak reopened it because Pokemon Silver came out 3 months earlier in Outlands.

A Blizzard comic submission seems to have their own theories as to how the Dark Portal opened.

A fairly blunt opinion stated that, "Blizzard wanted more money."

I personally like the idea that someone finally discovered what the "unused light switch in their garage" did.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Humor

What would make you leave a group?

Yesterday's forum debate asked, what is your "best reason for leaving a group?"

I personally think that leaving a group is a highly questionable and situational thing. If the group is a pickup group, then you may be giving yourself a bad name by not sticking it out until the end. Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule, and sometimes the actions of other party members warrant the immediate abandoning of the group.

Some of the reasons for leaving were quite entertaining:

When the hunter says, "I can't find my bow. Do you have it?" It's a good time to leave.
The elemental shaman says, "I'll pull," and proceeds to chain lightning.
When you hear over vent, "the police are here."

While the forum derailed almost immediately, there were still many posters who replied in the original spirit of the forum. Some of the more humorous replies were:

"I had diarrhea."
"My toes are cold."
"Wife Aggro."
"I'm finished here at work. Time to go home!"
Or, from Nathaera, "I was tired and needed to go to bed before I woke up with waffleface."

What's your best reason for leaving a group? Or, what have you ever kicked someone out of a group for?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Humor

WoW Moviewatch: Archimonde Encounter by Curse

At last, we see a teaser of the final encounter of Mount Hyjal! Curse from Vek'Nilash has gone up against Archimonde to give us a preview of this epic, world-changing battle. They bring attention to a few of his abilities, and particularly how incredibly difficult he is. I can't wait to see what kinds of items he has in store for us!


Filed under: Machinima, The Burning Crusade, WoW Moviewatch, Lore, Bosses

Magtheridon's head, some Black Temple loot, and more!

From the guilds Drama and Curse on the PTR comes some more Black Temple loot! This stuff is amazing, folks! Both guilds have succeeded in slaying two bosses of the Black Temple instance, and I'd like to give you a preview of the loot. How about a 100.2 DPS One-Hand Axe? Or a high-stat crossbow? Or, maybe some resto-shaman gears? Check out all the linked gear so far, here.

One of the biggest things I noticed about the few healing gears linked so far were the perma-haste casting effects on-equip. This could be a huge hint at what's to come, where you may need to get those big heals down to under one-second cast times. I'm very excited to see more from the PTR.

On a different note, another quest has been reported: The head of Magtheridon is a quest item that is turned into Thrallmar or Honor Hold. Like the heads of Onyxia and Nefarion, the quest turn-in gives a zone-wide buff: "In Hellfire Peninsula and Hellfire Citadel, increases Honor Hold/Thrallmar reputation gained from killing monsters by 10%." Here is a snippet of the quest dialogue:

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Filed under: Patches, Items, Instances, Quests, Screenshots, Raiding, The Burning Crusade, Bosses, Buffs, Galleries

WoW Moviewatch: Unlimited Escapism Vol. 2

BaronSoosdon has released his second masterpiece in Unlimited Escapism Volume 2. He uses fabulous video editing techniques along with footage from other sources, not just World of Warcraft. This volume features Final Fantasy X, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Unreal Tournament 2003, Defcon; and I'm pretty sure it uses the jeep from Halo, though its not credited. Excellent movie!

For anyone interested, here is the linkback to the previous movie: Unlimited Escapism Volume 1.


Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: How to Paladin IX

I know what you're probably saying..."you mean there are eight more of these?" Yes, yes there are.

This time, Shepiwot has brought a friend along for the fun in Winterspring. Take two parts Blood Elf, three parts frostsaber, and about 30 parts wintermaw furbolg, and hilarity ensues.



Filed under: Paladin, Machinima, Blood Elves, Humor, WoW Moviewatch

But I need that for my alt!

Mingka of Dath'Remar shares her story of genuinely needing an item that dropped on a Sunken Temple run, the Robes of Insight, only to have it snatched away by greed. The hunter in the group rolled need on the item as well, with the excuse that his alt/friend/guildmate/girlfriend needs it also. The bottom line question: who is allowed to roll on an item that drops while grouped? The debate continues, but people are very united in the answer that items should always go to players who were present for the drop and need the item as a direct upgrade. What happens if nobody directly needs the item is still a question.

I personally think that loot should be discussed if a clear upgrade situation is not present. Many people have alts, and would like to outfit those characters. But All of us have mains that require funding and gear/enchant/gem upgrades to progress further.

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Filed under: Items, Analysis / Opinion

Tons of runs, for not a lotta loots...

An interesting forum topic has popped up on the World of Warcraft general forum today. It reflects on the amount of time we spend trying to gain one or two specific pieces of loot, only to have the gods of random drop-rates look unfavorably down upon us.

It is a vicious cycle of farming that has eaten away at hours upon hours of our lives, but we still do it. We still go after that one elusive item that taunts us from the virtual nether. "I have a 25% drop rate, but you can run this place a hundred times and never see me! Mwahahaha!..."

Players are recalling their 50+ runs for class chest from Upper Blackrock Spire, or their class helm from Scholomance. Mindtap Talisman seems to be a recurring theme, as well as the Tidal Charm. My worst experience was on my 67th run through UBRS for my Lightforge Shoulders from The Beast. They finally dropped, everyone congratulated me, and then the fury warrior rolled need. Ah well, water under the bridge as they say, especially since in my first Botanica run, I received the Spaulders of the Righteous.

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Filed under: Items, Analysis / Opinion, Instances, Bosses, Classes

Alts and alts and alts, oh my!

I probably play World of Warcraft way too much. Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right? My addiction stems from not being happy with one character, or two, or three... I have 7 characters leveling in the Outlands right now, two of which are raiding Karazhan. Why can't I stick with just one and work on it until it's the best of the best? Because I love my alts!

I created my first alt when my primary character, a Hunter, hit level 52. I'm not entirely sure why I did so, but it probably had something to do with having out-leveled my friends by about 20 levels and wanting to help them without hindering our playing experience. My first alt was a Warlock, who I took to 60 first, becoming my first instance grinding and raiding main character. The hunter stood on standby for a while, until my guild had Molten Core on farm-mode, upon which I took him to 60 and brought him in for our alt runs. He was one of the first to complete the Lok'delar/Rhok'delar/Lamina quest in our guild, which he still has (at least, until I dust him off and bring him out of retirement).

After a few months with them, I met other people who played on a different server, and they needed main tanks for their progression. So I was off and running with a Warrior, who was level 60 in a matter of a few weeks. I helped that guild progress through Blackwing Lair when I took my first burnout hiatus. It took a few months of enjoying other things, more real-life than virtual, when I was feeling the pangs of withdrawal and logged back in.

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Filed under: Druid, Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior, Analysis / Opinion, Alts