May 27th 2010 2:24PM There is actually a way to fly around in those places without buying a flying mount. Behold the Loaned Gryphon! http://www.wowhead.com/item=44221
Yes, it does exist, you can borrow it from some NPC in K3, but you need to be level 77 and only works on Icecrown, Storm Peaks and Scholazar Basin.
Dec 8th 2009 7:31PM Is it just me or does Frostmourne look really small and disproportionate on the very last part of the trailer?
Nov 17th 2009 2:10PM Asking for achievements is a safety measure. I wasn't really fond of it, but it is not about an easy ride, is about a smooth one. Sometimes you don't want to worry about explaining fights yet again, or worrying about the group not being able to pull it off (like this week my pally got stuck on FC on 10 man toc). I'm in a raiding guild, but have alts that I pug with (and sometimes my main raiding character too when I sit out or miss guild raids), and the best pugs I've been in is where there's some sort of check involved. Sometimes willingness and eagerness isn't enough.
Don't have achievement for it? Well, at least on my server it is still hard to completely fill up pugs like that, so if you 1. are actually geared up for it, 2. can perform your role well enough and 3. know what you are doing (come on, let's be honest, more often than not the pure-breed puggers won't bother reading or watching fights beforehand), you can talk your way in. That's actually how I started getting my alts in 10 man toc pugs, just talking to the RL and letting him know that I know fights, I'm geared properly for it and that they can check on my main if they want. And even those raids will get impatient on filling up and be lenient on the last few spots, especially when trying to fill a tank or healer spot.
Good communication is a must for me in pugs, so having vent is an advantage. I know I'm willing to quick explain fight details over vent, but not really fond of typing them.
Still, there is no excuse for trying to sneak into a current content pug raid while still being on greens and blues. There is not a single gear slot that you cannot upgrade with craftable, heroic or emblem gear. And I still try to do my fair share of help around by tanking or healing the daily heroic and heroic 5-man toc, regardless of who is in the group.
I agree to be wary of who is organizing anything in the game, as to make sure that they are not leading it their own safety measure of not being kicked out of the raid themselves. Kind of like those level 65 DKs that seem to permanently be LFM 75+ [For the Alliance], ugh.
Nov 5th 2009 7:39PM Nice Article.
Which 2 heirloom weapon combination would be recommended for these levels? Which spec would they fit it better? I'm just learning to play a rogue as I level, but so far it's been, like the article says, playing a dual wielding warrior. I got my fully heirloom-loaded gnome (shoulders, chest, weaps, bow, trinkets) rogue sitting at 52 and would like to take him out for some leveling sometime soon :D
Currently have 2 Balanced Heartseekers (daggers) with +15 agility each, should I switch any of them for the other heirlooms (Venerable Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge (sword) or Venerable Mass of McGowan (mace))? I'm open to trying out any spec suggestions at this point. Also, how good is haste? I've been using a couple of Swift Hand of Justice trinkets, but only because I didn't have anything else to fill those slots and the 2% x2 heals per kill are pretty good.
Nov 5th 2009 4:31PM Wow, talk about being negative...
That is how a LOT of charity campaigns work. Why are you so surprised? Go out to a store and see all those products that donate part of what the consumer pays for them to some charity. This is not any different. A lot of people would not go out of their way to donate directly otherwise, but they (or us) will gladly do it this way.
Plus I don't think it will be a secret to the recipient charity that the money is coming from the WoW players that purchased the pet. And they will certainly be thankful of Blizzard for making it possible, and not shaking their fists in anger because they also made a profit while they did it. It's a win-win-win situation for all the involved (player-blizz-MaW), everyone is getting something out of this. Don't be so grumpy! :D
Nov 5th 2009 4:02PM Ugh, it cut my post short:
Your math is flawed my friend:
1% of that = 120,000 - your number
now, if each of those 120,000 paid $10 for a pet = $1,200,000!
I'm actually tired of all the speculation around what will they be doing regarding this business model. But it is definitely (potentially) very very very profitable, even if the numbers don't go nearly as high as 1% of people acquiring these.
I think people will like these 2, they are cool, one of them goes 50% to charity, and think no it's no big deal and buy them. But if we start seeing new items being offered frequently, then likely people will start thinking "hey! I see what they are doing here..." and be more selective about - and if - they keep buying any more.
There's still plenty of pets and mounts to be acquired in game, and at last I have still to work my way to getting a lot of them. This week's pet pug news and Arthas' Invincible mount was also a good sign that they are and will keep adding fun and cool stuff in game.
Nov 5th 2009 3:59PM Your math is flawed my friend:
1% of that = 120,000
Nov 5th 2009 2:19PM I do have a pug dog IRL, and getting one for pugging will be awesome! :D
Back to WoW, it amazes me how hard it is to get into a random group nowadays if you are a DPS. These days, more often than not, I see (or sometimes am part) of a sad 3 DPS group LF2M tank and healer for whichever heroic, or simply not get invited because the group is full on dps. Not much more I can do, I do contribute regularly (1 warrior tank/dps, 1 pally tank/healer and 1 shammy healer/dps), and would have another if I could actually get my dk to get emblems/drops to gear up to tank.
Still, it is really annoying and I'm really looking forward to having a bigger pool of people to run heroics with, which hopefully will translate to more tanks and healers, even if it means they are just there to get their pug pets.
Nov 5th 2009 2:02PM @Wellsee:
That is actually MORE of a reason to use an authenticator. Using different computers will likely increase your risk. So, unless you are the only user of those and know they happen to be safe, I would highly recommend using an authenticator.
I actually have mine attached to my home keys, I've never lost them and I never leave home without them.
Better safe than sorry IMHO.