Beast Mastery

Patch 7.0.3 Impressions

So the pre-patch, 7.0.3 is now live across all regions, and with it come all the changes being made in prep for Legion. So after a full day with the patch, what sort of things did it bring? What did you think about the changes? Well, let’s break down what I thought into the stuff I loved, and the stuff I hated…

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Gaming

Choosing a class for Legion? Part 2

Following on from an earlier article, I’ve still been thinking hard about which class and spec I want to choose as my main for Legion, and perhaps beyond. I’m not one for rapidly changing classes or specs, having played my Prot Paladin for over 6 years before changing to my Hunter last year. However given the all-encompassing changes that Hunters are seeing in Legion, which may or may not result in an enjoyable experience for me, another change may become inevitable. So, given that it’s a bit further on in the previously Alpha and now Beta process of changes, let’s

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Gaming

It’s Official: iLevel is the one true stat.

https://twitter.com/AlternativeChat/status/723465836812460032 Chose that tweet to lead with, as it contains a link to Alt’s blog, which, as per the Blogroll page, is always worth a read 🙂 So, to the matter at hand… Fuck those pesky and confusing stats, amirite? Who cares how much of “X” stat you have? Who cares if you have your gear gemmed and enchanted, or if it’s even the right armour type. Who cares if you’re using a wand as a rogue? Or wearing spirit mail as a Fury Warrior? FUCK THAT GAIS! Blizzard are now going down the “ITEM LEVEL IS YOUR NEW GOD” route.

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Gaming

Final Tier Lengths: Still a WiP?

Are Blizzard doing any better at shortening the lengthy raid tiers at the end of every expansion? The evidence is damning… Have a look at that header graphic. I’ve reproduced it below, along with a bar chart for your edification, courtesy of @elvinelol on Twitter: 435 days for Hellfire Citadel, by the time Legion launches, 6 days longer than the 429 days of Siege of Orgrimmar. Since Vanilla, and with the exception of Dragon Soul, expansion end raids have consistently increased in duration, from 209 days (7 months) to the now 14+ months of recent expansions: Vanilla: Naxxramas – 209 days

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Black Desert

Black Desert Online: Launch Week

Or, as I call it, the best damned looking game ever made. So Black Desert launched a couple of days ago for the biggest spenders. The Conqueror’s pre-order pack, which cost a whopping €100, launched for head-start access on 28th February (Sunday). Today sees my Explorer (€50) pre-order launch date, and I’m really excited to get into it. I’m a big BIG lover of customising my characters in a game, the main reason I’m such a big lover of the Transmog system in World of Warcraft. It’s also one of the main reasons I loved City of Heroes so much

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Gaming

The Power of Choice vs the Impact of Change

Or… If it ain’t broke, don’t try to “fix” it… All classes in WoW have seen revamps at some point in the life of the game. Sure, some have been a bit more drastic than others, but it happens. And usually only to a single spec of any class at a given time. However something is changing about Blizzard’s philosophy regarding class and spec revamps, and it’s not necessarily a healthy change. Least of all for the players. Especially for those that play Hunters. Once upon a time, Blizzard’s philosophy was that change should be incremental . Change over time, so

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Gaming

The Identity of the Final Titan…

This post is going to talk about the Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 that’s going to be released in March, so if you’re lore-spoiler sensitive then look away now. Mind you these aren’t really spoilers in the in-game sense, as this has nothing to do with Legion, but this will be talking about a few ideas that crop up within the early part of the expansion. Ok, some of us had thought about this previously, and thought that this may be a far-out explanation about why Azeroth is so special. But not only was it a far-out, crazy thought, but it’s now officially

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Gaming

Legion Alpha: A Stampede of Hunter problems

Now that BM is now live on the Alpha, we now have access to all 3 Hunter Specs, and it’s not all rosy… So Alpha has returned and it’s brought with it a new build or two, and opened up more specs for testing. This includes Beast Mastery for Hunters, which rounds out the entire class for testing. From looking at the BM spec as-is on Alpha (remember I don’t have Alpha access, so this is all based on what I’m seeing on YouTube and reading from elsewhere), there are a still growing number of concerns that began with MM/Survival

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Gaming

(A Dozen) Things to do in Azeroth when you’re dead (bored)…

We’re now in the middle of the long night of no content, with an undefined dawn awaiting at some nebulous future point. With potentially so long to go before Legion launches, possibly as long as another 8 months, for those that still want to play WoW, what is there to occupy your time? What can you possibly do in a game where there’s been no visible content in over 6 months already, with a seemingly bigger barren desert stretching out in front of you as well? What to do when, like me, your guild is all but dead, awaiting resurrection in Legion?

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Gaming

2015: Fine then, bugger off!

So it’s that time of the year again, time for drinks, Auld Lang Syne, and looking forward to what’s ahead: Yep, it’s New Year’s Eve. So 2015 in WoW wasn’t its most shining moment ever in all honesty. Realistically this year will probably go down in WoW history as its worst. Hopefully. Because that means better is to come. Warlords came out towards the arse end of last year, and this year saw the game receive very little content, not least in the form of *cough*major*cough*patch*cough* 6.1. So in effect the game had 1 content patch all of 2015 in

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Gaming

Blizzcon Day 2: Warcraft Roundup

So Day 2 is mostly done and dusted, and we had the final half of our televised WoW panels. First up was the Game Systems panel, and here we learnt quite a bit, including some massive news for transmog junkies! No cross faction chatter in Class Halls This is a big one. And an amazingly dumb decision to boot. The fantasy is that you’re the leader of your entire class, the head honcho, the boss, the guvnor. A leader of considerable power and repute, fresh from commanding a successful force on Draenor. But you can’t talk to those guys over there.

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Gaming

Blizzcon Day 1: Warcraft Roundup

Ok, so day 1 is done for WoW, but given there were only 2 panels that didn’t take long… First up we had the movie trailer! Looks a lot better than I was fearing, so pretty relieved. Hopefully it turns out well and kicks off a full trilogy. https://twitter.com/Sarcrux/status/661585338528366593 Anyhoo, first up for WoW we have the Legion Intro Cinematic! 😀 Pretty fucking epic, right? Love the interpretations of Wrynn and Sylvanas, but just had to fit this concept artwork for her in here somewhere: Honestly wasn’t expecting this cinematic to be ready today, especially in light of the news that

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