Apr 2nd 2011 8:17AM I gotta agree with Eros...not doing an April's Fool's Joke and then proclaiming that to be your April Fools is...well, dumb. Not really clever, not really funny. Sorry, sad thing is you're right. Your previous efforts WERE pretty funny.
Aug 21st 2010 6:22PM Hi Christian, gz on the new baby
I'm curious as to your experience on beta with Arcane. I'm not on beta myself but I'm pretty sure Arcane Barrage force proccing Arcane Missles without consuming the stack of Arcane Blast was purged about two weeks ago.
The testers on the main mage thread all confirmed this in various posts, and the fact that the tooltip was changed to remove any mention of arcane barrage force proccing arcane missles indicated to them this was an intended change. In short, Arcane is a lot less fun looking than it was before they reverted Arcane Barrage because now it's just like it is on live and compares very unfavourably with the new dynamic frost and fire rotations.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, do you still have the old system working for some reason? Has it been restored? Is there hope for Arcane?
Aug 18th 2010 6:48PM You can almost begin pin-pointing the release date with the snippets of information we've been getting. Before 2010 ends, but before America goes into the holiday period beginning with thanksgiving (and to have the game out before Black Friday)...
Blizz launches games usually on Tuesday-Thursday of a given week, and lets give them a little bit of time to recover from Blizzcon and allow Hallow's End to take place. Assume also they want the launch to take place a little bit before thanksgiving so they have everyone on hand for the usual relatively rocky proceedings when an expansion launching with server instability and the like...
Factor in all those and you get six possible dates.
Tuesday 9th November
Wednesday 10th November
Thursday 11th November
Tuesday 16th November
Wednesday 17th November
Thursday 18th November
May 8th 2010 6:26PM Better get used to the name Azshara, I'd place good money on her being the big baddy after we kill Deathwing.
Apr 11th 2010 4:28PM I love Arcane Brilliance as much as the next Mage, and this article IS pretty funny and well put together.
However, the timing is off because this was written in the shadow of the Cataclysm previews and I was expecting Arcane Brilliance to cover that this week. The fact that instead we have this gag is a bit...disappointing.
I mean yes its a funny piece and if it had replaced one of the regular columns of Arcane Brilliance sure I'd have laughed too but...bad timing, even if the intent was to delay an April fools to increase the impact.
Anyways I'm hoping Mr.Belt is writing our analysis post as we speak.
Feb 27th 2010 6:12PM Well let's think about this for a moment shall we.
It's also implied by the statement that they will be adding this new instance 'mid-stream' so to speak in the expansion, maybe a 4.1 or 4.2. This strongly suggests, although not guarantee, that it might be a raid encounter. Big patches usually mean a new raid, so if it's a new five man dungeon it would exist independantly of whatver new raid was released. In 2.4. 3.2 and 3.3. new fives man were released but all were attached to the main raid delivered with that patch. I'm guessing a big raid then
It won't be the end raid of the expansion because we know we will fight Deathwing there, but given Blizzard's focus on telling stories whatever the Caverns of time instance deals with will be particular to the story of the expansion.
In my opinion, the only event that matches would have to be the Battle of Grim Batol as told in Richard Haack's Day of the Dragon. It involves Deathwing, the Demon Soul, plenty of Orcs who could serve as bosses, and plenty of scope for interfercence form the Infinite Dragonflight and it can be used to help players form a connection with Deathwing (the Lich King was truly the Warcraft villain who needed no introduction, but Deathwing needs build up).
Nov 23rd 2009 12:36PM I'll try my luck at this.
Nov 11th 2009 4:53AM Are you guys sure that there will be an Alpha or even a Friends and Family this time around?
During the Wrath Alpha the whole thing proved leakier than a bullet ridden bucket, Blizzard couldn't enforce the NDA, and we basically got all the information we could ever dream of.
I think that Wotlkwiki was born there, archiving the leaks.
I wonder if Blizzard is more prepared this time around to enforce the NDA?
Aug 30th 2009 5:40PM I think you may have misinterpreted what Blizzard said about Spirit. They said they are going to fold mp5 into spirit and give all healers a meditation like skill, by which I assume they mean Arcane Meditation or Pyromaniac, or 50% base mana regen. This allows them to standardise spirit mana regen across the board.
Mages are still gonna need spirit for mana regeneration during a fight, and it's still what molten armor scales off. Heck I'm not sure where I saw it but at Blizzcon someone asked if our other armours are going to work like Molten does now (i.e scaling off spirit) and they said 'Yes'.
Which would be a pretty strange direction to go if they were removing spirit from our dps gear.
Jul 17th 2009 7:12PM Seriously...why?
Why is every other suggestion over the years when people trot out half-baked notions of new races in this game that the race be 'available to both sides!!!!'.
What is it about the concept? Is there something innately cool about the idea of having a Worgen in Alliance tier 9 doing battle with a Worgen in Horde tier 9 that I am missing?
Seriously what is the attraction in this dreadful notion of neutral races? It's almost bad as the players who keep suggesting High Elves (very different from Blood Elves. They have blue eyes).
The only thing I can come up with is the false choice. The false choice that after ten levels of neutrality you make the grand decision to join the Alliance or Horde and then conveniently forget how to communicate with half your race. You're going to end up choosing Horde or Alliance anyways, and given how long the starting experience is now (1-10, maybe 1-20) this extra choice is no real choice at all and would begin to muddy even more the divisions between the two factions.
So let's stop suggesting something that likely won't happen (never say never) and instead focus on the overwhelmingly likely (and fundamentally superior) approach Blizzard would take, one race for the Alliance, and one race for the Horde.