Gaming

Blizzcon 2017 – Does Battle for Azeroth make sense after Legion?

Blizzcon has wrapped up for another 12 months, and for the first time in 4 years, we’ve had a Blizzcon expansion announcement! Battle for Azeroth looks to bring the game back to its classic roots, pitching the Horde and the Alliance into an all out war harkening back to the conflict that birthed the franchise some 20+ years ago in Warcraft 1: Orcs v Humans. However the base premise of the expansion seems to me to be somewhat forced to say the least. For the duration of Legion the emphasis has been on our Class Order halls. These were Sanctuary

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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

7.0.3 Pre-Patch is live!

So the changes are upon us, and with it the classes you knew and loved have been changed, to one degree or another, forever. Or at least until the next expansion 😉 This also means we say goodbye to the best thing about Warlords of Draenor:

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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

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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Gaming

Legion: Coming 30/08/2016!

So, only 3 weeks prior to that “On or before 21st Sep 2016” date….nice. So Legion is coming in 4 and a bit months from the time of writing, so that means the systems patch should be with us in early July. After a bit of thought, calling the pre-patch dates as 5th – 6th July. That’s the week after the film comes out on June 30th. That pre-patch date gives us 11 weeks (or 19 wks to expac release) from today to: Hit gold caps (I should get this one done!) Fill bags with transmogs for the Wardrobe feature to

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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

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

Legion: Alpha is Live!

So, Legion beta alpha has gone live, and so far the only people with access are those that are either chummy with the devs, have loads of viewers/subscribers on Twitch/YouTube, or have tonnes of readers/followers on Twitter. Obviously I fall into none of the above categories, so no Alpha here as yet 😛 So far though what I’ve been seeing from others who are in the alpha are limited. Alpha itself is limited to creating Demon Hunters at the moment, but datamining has pulled out both massive lore spoilers (none here), and some nice shots for the various class halls. The

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Gaming

#friendshipmoose – Bringing the WoW Community together

The WoW community on Twitter is a wonderful and amazing thing, y’know? Mooooose is a deferred drop from Heroic Archimonde. Deferred in the sense that he drops a quest item that leads directly to the Mooooose itself. People on Twitter have taken it upon themselves to organise runs to not only get players their mount, but to also get people geared up enough to be able to partake in an Heroic Archimonde kill to get it. The typical players that will be looking to make use of this are players that never see Heroic end-game, and in some cases barely ever see normal

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Gaming

6.2.3 is now Live!

Well 6.2.3 went live this week, and with it several things of note: Cataclysm Timewalking dungeons. One additional dungeon for Timewalking during TBC and Wrath events. Valor Points, for… MoP-style 2/2 item upgrades boosting items in item level by 5 per upgrade at a cost of 250VP per upgrade. Grove Warden Moose* & Infinite Dragon Mounts (Heroic Archi & Timewalking bosses respectively). Mythic HFC is now Cross Realm. Mythic 5 mans now have item levels of 685 to 725. Tanaan Baleful token drops can create items that range in item level anywhere between 655 and 695. Felblight drops have been

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