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Of monks, mains, and the ability to change {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2012 6:53PM "Don't get ahead of yourself, pace9. Right now the only thing going account wide is the pets (and the details there are still kind of fuzzy, too.) Achievements, titles, and mounts are in the "probably, but we'll see how the pets thing goes" hopper, and still may never happen."

actually, that was the case a few months ago when this blue post was posted:

We are going to be testing out account wide features with Pet Battles that are coming with the introduction of Mists of Pandaria. If this proves to be successful, then we may even consider doing the same thing with mounts.

but we now know pets are going account wide with achievements soon* to follow with this:

As far as mounts go, it's the very next thing we want to do. We've learned a lot from making the pets account-wide for the battle system, which we're pretty deep in right now. The very next system to get this treatment will be mounts. We're not sure if it will make it in for launch, but if not, then definitely a patch right away.
-Cory Stockton

from the interview

So we know that pets are defiantly in at launch, and that mounts will defiantly happen, just not perhaps at launch.

Of monks, mains, and the ability to change {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2012 4:44PM btw, it is a killer to not have my achievements mounts and pets together on one character! I've been posting on the WoW forums about account-wide mounts pets and achievements since I switched mains (lots of people told me it was impossible back when I started making that kind of post, guess what trolls, its happening =D). Anyway, yeah, it does take away from what could be an easier experience, but it also does give original flavor to my old mains (the warrior and dk, and soon to be my priest too).

In any case, just about everything is going account wide soon* so I'm a happy camper.

Of monks, mains, and the ability to change {WoW}

Apr 2nd 2012 4:38PM I'm going to tell you how I started rolling alts because, like you, I was once a die hard member of my class, and my class alone. I did not consider myself a person who played WoW, I was a person who played a warrior. That lasted from late Vanilla when I started through BC. I NEVER dreamed of switching, or even rolling an alt (but I did want to play a space goat at some point, they looked so beastly when they came out). When Wrath dropped, DKs really appealed to me, and after all, DKs were tank/melee just like warriors, so I rolled a Draenei DK... my warrior didn't even get to level cap until 3.3 =)

This was how I got my feet wet in altaholism. I successfully made a switch with the launch of wrath, and it was fun. Then, when the fun died down pre-cata launch, I decided I might as well level a third character to go back and see the world one last time before it was destroyed. (As it went, I actually only saw the inside of Silvermoon, because I just stood there in the dungeon queue). This third character was totally different for me; it was a priest.

Sure enough, I became a priest when Cata dropped. (okay, so I did go back and level my warrior first since I missed playing him, but thats not the point) Throughout Cata, my priest has been my main, but I had the altaholic bug. Today, I have leveled every class to at least 70, and will soon have a full set of lvl 85s.

I am fully planning to switch my main to a monk when Mists drops. New expansions are perfect for switching mains, and really are the only time I would consider switching.

* as a side note, to account for the several server swathes and two faction switches (one to try out playing horde, and one to go back to alliance) I have done a few paid services, and I don't regret any of it at all, keeping my characters together has been essential for me.

In short, the ability to switch mains (or full blown altaholism) came slowly for me. I still only switch mains during expansion launches, and only play alts when my main doesn't have anything to do. In the end, it doesn't much matter if you stick to one main or move around. I can defiantly identify with the die hards out there, because I was one for a few years, but I like to know other classes, and switching keeps things fun when there is a lul in the action (such as when we're getting ready for an expansion).

World map quest markers are good news for Loremasters in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Mar 31st 2012 9:50PM I wonder if and when this will apply to the rest of the world. In any case, it makes me happy =) Always hated trying to find quests - imagine if we could attach a waypoint addon to the marks on the map =D!

Breakfast Topic: WoW Mad Libs {WoW}

Mar 31st 2012 9:21PM edit: okay, so I REALLY wanna raid heroics, not just kinda. =)

Had to clarify that.

Breakfast Topic: WoW Mad Libs {WoW}

Mar 31st 2012 9:20PM Have you ever considered doing a breakfast topic on getting in to a heroic raiding guild?

I'm asking because I've recently been thinking it might be time to finally join the majors. I've been playing WoW on and off since late vanilla, I raided a lot during 3.2 and 4.3, and a bit during 3.1, 3.3, 4.0, and 4.1 (that wasn't confusing, right?) but I have never been in a heroic raiding guild. The closest I've ever come was a guild that sometimes attempted (and failed) heroic bosses in Uld and ToC, and now I kinda want to do it for real. Any tips on how to get started with applying? Sounds like a great breakfast topic to me.

The Queue: Suffer for fashion {WoW}

Mar 31st 2012 6:57PM And an extremely long wait after being returned to the front means that (again, think about the algorithm) you are at a level where tanks (probably because of healers) are being placed with people above or below your level, but not at a level you can do. So tanks and healers that are possible matches for you get taken away.

the easiest way to think about it is say you can run dungeons between level 35 and 44 and healers who can run between 25-34 and 45-54 respectively also queue up. Then two tanks queue up who can run 30-40 and 40-50 queue up. Both of these tanks can run your level and be grouped with you, but the healers can't. Consequently, the lower tank and healer and the higher tank and healer are placed in a dungeon appropriate for them, while you are left in the cold. Three DPS are placed with each of those groups, and so the net wait time for everyone in the queue is reduced.

Basically, it happens when you're at a level that is unluckily rare amount healers and tanks at the time.

The Queue: Suffer for fashion {WoW}

Mar 31st 2012 6:46PM The queue doesn't start over - if you click accept but the group doesn't form up because someone missed the invite, you personally are put back at the top of the dps que. I've used the dungeon finder to level several dps and healers where queues are not always instant, and I can confirm that you do get up back at the top of the list.

However, that doesn't necessarily mean you will have an instant group - you sometimes need to wait for another tank or healer to queue up. I can only assume it is because the queue algorithm does group you with the tank and healer you were about to group up with within its calculations. Instead, it puts you on the top of the dps queue. Therefore, the tank or healer can get pulled into a different group because the algorithm sees that as the ideal result. In that ideal result (for everyone involved), you wait a few more minutes.

Basically, you get put back at the top, but it still can take some more time.

The Queue: Suffer for fashion {WoW}

Mar 31st 2012 6:38PM 2nd q4tq:

With the revamped talent system, is anything happening to dual specialization?

The Queue: Suffer for fashion {WoW}

Mar 31st 2012 6:28PM Do we know if LFR will extend to old raids? If so, I'm remaking the Draenei Death Knight I had in Wrath and level capping him at 80 so I can run Uld,ToC, and ICC every once in a while =)

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