Sunday Morning Funnies is your weekly list of WoW-related web comics.
It is March, and every March, I can't help being reminded of the "lamb or lion" exercise we always had to complete in early elementary school years. Like, journal entries and drawings and posters on the wall and everything, because this is super important stuff. March 2014, at least where I am, came in like a lion (the perfect excuse to stay in and read comics, I think).
As for this week's comic list, we have a couple of new additions, thanks to zuulzilla (of Surviving Azeroth). Firstly, because one of them is a new project (to be updated in addition to Surviving Azeroth, not instead of), called Shields and Sheep. Secondly, for pointing us to a friend's project, Chat Channeling. I know I only almost always say it, but tips are always welcome!
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My hunter is terrible. It's not his fault - he's well geared and he has an awesome pet worg - but the only reason his DPS is even respectable is that it's hard to do poorly at level 61. Frankly, I'm just the most atrocious hunter you've ever seen. Even in dungeons I'm completely familiar with, I make rookie mistakes on him constantly. I forget to turn Pack off. I leave Growl on. I don't reapply Serpent Sting. So far I've managed to not tab target over and pull other adds into a group pull, but that's mostly because I don't like to tab target.
Seriously, it's kind of nuts how terrible I am at this hunter. I picked up shaman, paladin, and DK with a lot less effort than this guy. I'm objectively trying my hardest to get good at this, and I'm not pulling it off. And it's very frustrating.
So let's turn that around - any classes or play styles you just can't master? Are you a clutch healer and an awesome DPS, but tanking eludes you? An awesome tank and raid leader who can't heal for beans? Are you a druid who can do anything... except figure out that kitty spec you keep wanting to play?
Filed under: Breakfast Topics
I started this column on June 15th, 2007. It has run continuously, one column a week, since that time. No one else has ever written a single The Care and Feeding of Warriors but me, and I have never missed a week. That's because, when I started this job, I had one goal - to tell you all how much I love playing a warrior in World of Warcraft. How awesome warriors are.
It's 2014. A lot has changed in my life and in the game but one thing has not - I still love playing a warrior in World of Warcraft. I've loved the class through my days of PvP and through every raid in the game. I've loved them through being the least popular tank, through being underpowered and overpowered, through every mechanical change and system. I was here when Titan's Grip was announced. I was here when we got, and lost, and got Heroic Leap. I have played this class since 2004, and I have written about it since 2007.
I'm going to keep playing a warrior, of course - I have like five max level warriors at this point, I'm not likely to stop now. And I'll keep writing about warrior news as it comes up. But this column you're reading now will be the last weekly The Care and Feeding of Warriors, the last time I sit down and write what has been a part of my weekly routine for more than six years now. There were many ways I could have chosen to end it - we could have done a retrospective column, going over my favorites from the past several years. I could do a big "This is what I hope for the class in Warlords" post. (I expect I'll be doing that in a different format anyway.) But this is the end.
So I'm going to end it the way I started it - I'm going to tell you a story.
Where were you when thousands of people beat Pokemon Red by jamming random buttons for 16 days?
Going forward, will the WoW Insider podcast still be offered as a download? I know it takes time to edit and I hope recent events won't interfere with it's availability.
The WoW Insider Show must go on. We still plan to record and make the show available every week. That much hasn't changed.
Filed under: The Queue
One of the consequences of transmogrification is that I can blissfully go throughout my game play never really actually knowing what the gear I have on looks like. For instance, I'm really not a fan of this sword model - I love the stats, but the look of it isn't one I like. It's not as outright ludicrously evil as Xal'atoh, and not as elegant as Gar'tok, one of my favorite models from the current raid. But since I have one of those, I haven't had to look at this model since I got it.
In a way I'm kind of glad I switched everything back to its actual model. It's good to take a look at what you're actually wearing from time to time - and now I know I'm probably dumping every single piece of Warrior tier 16 as soon as I start leveling through Draenor, and I'm probably going to disenchant that sword. Or at least one of them. I admit, I'm such a completionist, DEing both would be hard. My weapon collection would be upset.
Oh, and did we mention money? Even though most of the better loot you'll find in these dungeons is bind on pickup -- meaning you can't toss it on the auction house -- it will sell for gold to vendors. That means if you clear out your inventory so you're prepared to pick up and vendor everything you come across, you can make a pretty decent profit grinding through old dungeons.
It's not the most time-efficient way to make gold, but it can be a lot of fun. So if you want to try your hand at some solo content -- whether you're level 90 or not -- keep reading for the tips you need to succeed with soloing.
Filed under: WoW Rookie
While these aren't huge changes, which is to be expected given that they're arriving via Hotfix, every little helps. The jist of the changes is that the periodic honor earned in points-based BGs in the list above will be earned faster, so you'll get bonus honor every 130 points as opposed to 260. This is altered for Silvershard, where it's every 200, as opposed to 265. The flag capture battlegrounds will see the Focused Assault debuff applied faster in an effort to make them shorter, and there's a bonus for capture prevention. Strand will give a bonus for destroying gates, or preventing their destruction.
Whether this will be enough to replace the most efficient methods of farming honor -- Krasarang rares, Isle of Thunder PvP dailies, Grizzly Hills quest and JP conversion -- remains to be seen. I suspect not, but it's at least a step in the right direction. Hit the break for Lore's full post.
Adventuring in Azeroth has never been what some would call "conventional." The weird happens everyday for the heroes of the Alliance and the Horde. After all, we inhabit a world of talking walruses, and recreational marmot punting. But some quest items go above and beyond into the realm of the truly bizarre. In no particular order, here are my top 18.
1. Valoren's Shrinkage Totem
In a questionable mashup of Free Willy, Seinfeld, and a certain infamous subgenre of Japanese hentai, Wavespeaker Valoren asks you to use his "shrinkage totem" on the tentacle horrors imprisoning Wil'hai the whale shark. Why does Valoren carry such a thing around with him? It's better not to ask such questions.
As if we needed another reason to avoid questing in Vashj'ir, Blizzard went out of their way to remind us how all that cold water affects male genitalia. The totem works as advertised, and I can't help but feel a pang of sympathy for those tentacles when they shrivel up.
Filed under: WoW Archivist
JC_Sway from LOL Survival has a few suggestions for improving professions.
Every profession should be able to make a mount, and they should all require that trade skill. The current situation is inconsistent and convoluted.
New armor and weapons should have unique models. There should be exactly ONE way to get some awesome looking models, wether it's for transmog or not, and that is a craftsperson.
Multiple recipes on a shared daily cooldown. Right now, my alchemist makesLiving Steel every day regardless. That isn't exactly interesting.
Maybe make those cooldowns weekly so we don't feel compelled to log in every day. Want to make 7 Living Steel on Tuesday and be done with it for the week? No problem.
The ability to repair things you can craft at a nice discount. Maybe put it on a 2-5 hour cooldown.
Filed under: Analysis / Opinion
You just boosted your warlock to 90, and now we have all basic warlock at 90 laid out for you:
I'm just saying, elves and dragons are cool, but I know what I like.
Let us discuss World of Warcraft, shall we? Don't mind if we do.
Q4tQ: Once a realm is connected does it still have Cross Realm Zones with other realms it's not connected to? Does it still need them? I play on a rather dead, non-connected server, and I was just curious if it changed and maybe brought more a sense of community as you might see similar people while leveling/questing as opposed to crossing a realm line and being with a set of different people.
There are still CRZ on connected realms, if those zones end up needing them. It's all about getting enough people in the zone to make leveling feel more organic and alive. It's likely your realm wouldn't need them as much once it connected with another.
Editor's Note: Don't panic! Around Azeroth is slated to continue despite the recent changes, although for the time being they'll be scheduled on weekdays only. So look for a new Around Azeroth next Monday!
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Filed under: Around Azeroth
Do you have a set schedule for playing WoW? Is that built around raid and event schedules, or do you play then because those are the times that work best for your schedule or your family's schedule? Or do you prefer to log in at your whim, morning, noon or night?
Filed under: Breakfast Topics
Caught being uber: Aret, Baelgun (US- Alliance) I'm leveling a Priest alt, Holygears, and I'm in Uldum. The area seems particularly busy perhaps because so many of us are trying to push alts to 90 (we have to use all that yummy Timeless Isle gear, don't we?).
My quest was The Bandit Warlord and required killing Warlord Ihsenn. While I'm flying there, I'm thinking I might have to wait awhile for a respawn because of how busy the area is. As the Warlord shows up on the horizon, I realize he's alive but already tagged. Bummer ... worst timing ever!
Just to help him go down faster, I start hitting the Warlord with Penance, Holy Fire, and a Smite. In the middle of whacking buttons, up pops a group invite. Since the Warlord is going down fast, I quickly accepted, the Warlord died, and I got credit. I typed "Thanks" in party chat and Aret of Baelgun replied with an abbreviated "No problem." Aret managed to invite me and Mesmerizze of Whisperwind before the Warlord died so we could all three get credit.
It's not a huge deal, but it turned a potential "sit and wait" depressing scenario into a "keep on going" moment. Thanks, Aret. -- Holygears, Alexstrasza (US-Alliance)
Filed under: News items
I caught up with the smaller half of the inseparable WoW-playing duo by phone during a break from the frigid set of multi-part fantasy epic Mythica, now filming on location in Utah in temperatures as low as 10 below zero. Young actor with a cool fantasy role? This guy's most definitely got it going on. We explored WoW friendships, mused over the pressures of tanking, laughed about blowing off steam in Azeroth after a long day on the set -- oh, and paused the whole interview mid-stream to deadpan and snort our way through a phone call from the Hodor-sized half of the Nairn/Stormoen duo.