Apr 2nd 2012 5:23PM It's most definitely a part of their April Fool's post. All those 03/31 additions were for this post yesterday:
Apr 2nd 2012 2:34PM "I am hoping this means that zone completion, or at least completion of the main storyline, will be a requirement for entering this dungeon. It isn't right now, but the dungeon itself makes much more sense once you've completed the main Jade Forest storyline."
I hope not.
Remember in Cataclysm when you wanted to run Throne of the Tides with a friend's alt? And instead of just queueing, you had to wait for him to finish the questline to discover the entrance? Or barring that, swim out there with a friend to summon them over?
Even with account wide achievements coming -- which could technically solve the "alt" problem -- I still don't want to be barred from running a dungeon with a friend who did a different set of quests and doesn't care about the story as much as I do.
Apr 2nd 2012 12:29PM "Do you think it might be possible that the characters who have the Tabbard might get a feat of strength or achievement for having it which rewards the player with the right to buy a new one for x gold, since we seem to be getting account bound achievements"
Not to be a downer, but no.
I don't think that's a possibility because it's such a large amount of coding -- adding a feat of strength; adding a vendor who checks for said feat of strength; etc. -- and for what payoff? Who would that affect?
People with no tabards continue to have no tabards and aren't affected. People who have the tabard on one character, though, can have it on...other characters, too? That's it?
I don't think the designers will think that rare scenario is important enough to spend any time worrying about. I think it's far more likely they'll just still allow it to drop in some manner.
Apr 2nd 2012 12:25PM I'm going to fully disagree. If loot wasn't as random as it is, gearing would be so trivial that they might as well just remove gear from the game.
Your average guild gets a few months of content from each raid specifically because of the fact that we have to increase both our gear -- as well as our skill -- in order to kill each boss.
Apr 2nd 2012 12:19PM Aw...well, the plus side is that it's never too late to re-sign up for the AP. After all, they're letting all the AP members in to beta even if they just signed up for it today.
You wouldn't get in until the last wave, obviously, but at the rate they've been going, that technically might not take too long. :)
Apr 2nd 2012 12:17PM "Yeah, it really sucks that the one healing shield in the Hour of Twilight heroics drops off of a boss that is only available randomly. :-/"
One tip on getting specific drops from Endtime is this:
Get a full group of friends. Go to the instance portal and enter manually instead of queueing. Once you're in, check who the first boss is. If it isn't the one you want, exit, reset instances, and go back in.
The downside is that you have to hope that you get the boss you want within your first 5 tries due to the instance limit (but if you *really* wanted to game that, you could just bring all five party members to the instance portal, have them each try only 4 times, so that everyone's 5th attempt is saved for when someone finally gets lucky).
This is how my guildies ensured we got Sylvanas when we wanted to do her achievement.
Apr 1st 2012 12:49PM I did it without addons, too. I actually printed maps and went through lists in Thottbot finding all the questgivers, marking my maps up.
So, with that in mind, I'll go ahead and say the following about this change:
Mar 30th 2012 1:25PM There used to be cool little "B" buttons by minimaps, but I haven't seen them in several of the last PTRs. I think they want you to just make posts in the forum these days, but I'm not 100% sure.
Mar 30th 2012 1:24PM "I can deal with having an auto-cast type spell to fill GCD's and even out DPS, my only gripe is that I bloody hate wands. Proper warlocks use a caster sword or dagger to carve our victims up for ritual sacrifices after we Conflagrate their face. Wands are so . . . Harry Potter. "
Wands will be main-hand weapons like staves, etc., so you should be able to use a staff to "wand" if you so desire. :)
Mar 30th 2012 1:21PM "In Cata, yes. The resulting sea of exclamation points made them realize it was a bad idea."
Hmmm...that makes me think. I wonder if they could bring that back, but only have the closest mob display the exclamation point. Seems like it would solve that problem.