Tuesday, July 23, 2013

5.4 Timeless Gear.. I need that.

I am trying to level my disc priest's gear up. She's currently trying to gather up supplies in the Battlefield Barrens zone but as a healer it's VERY SLOW! She can kill mobs using her rotation and she doesn't die, but geesh, we're talking 5 minutes a mob. Were as, Elk can power through 7 mobs at a time. Voidwalker out, aggro an entire area, dot everyone up and grab loots! Since his average ilevel is 507, I've often wanted to simply mail the supplies (again, why are they soulbound?) to my priest and let her turn in the weekly quest.

It appears that in 5.4, the Timeless Isles zone will include, yet another weekly quest, with yet another currency, timeless coins. These coins can purchase pet costumes, some 'buff' items, and timeless armor.
These Timeless items appear to work in a similar fashion to the Latent Kor'kron Gear in Battlefield Barrens. You can transform a plain item into one with random stats that is appropriate for your spec. The Timeless isle items are ilvl 496 and so far do not have distinctive models.
The beauty of timeless armor is that it appears to be BOA, maybe. Like Thunder Isle, I can see Elk running around the island doing the quest(s), then sending the spoils to my alts. This would allow a healer disc priest to replace all of her current crafted PVP gear for some appropriate 496 gear without having to learn to DPS!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Oooo! Dino-Mount-A-Licious!

Last night after completing my random dungeon, I hit exalted with Sunreaver Onslaught. I didn't think much of it at the time. Today I checked their loot table and saw a few ho-hum things for upgrades, but was really stoked when I saw their mount!

Now my troll velociraptor mount has a dino-buddy!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Warlock. Role Healer.

Aztec Life Tap?
Sorry, often during various projects around the house, I tend to have 'deep' thoughts about various other things. This time, I believe that a warlock playing the role of healer isn't that to far-fetched. Warlocks have enormous health pools that we use to do damage. We have an entire specialization that deals with stealing health from our enemies to better ourselves. What do we do with it, we spill our own blood to build our power or mana. We give away our health to our minions so they can be stronger and fight for us longer. Why not turn the tables and help our fellow players?

Ok, so let's see. A discipline priest is one who punishes the bad and heals the good. We steal from the bad to heal ourselves. This leads to our higher survivability than some of the other casters (namely mage). We can heal ourselves through our own means. As Destruction, I have 4 different self-heals available to me (let's see... drain life, passive talent soul leech, health stone and the alchemy lifeblood). Affliction (I haven't played since beta) has a few more. Now what if health funnel could be pointed at a tank? Sacrifice the minion to save the druid. That's channeled and say we want to run around, why not the passive talent of soul link. That druid and I will now share a health pool. As I gain health through affliction spells, drain life, dark regeneration, or siphon life type spells, I can pass it off. Instead of sending it to an uncaring minion, maybe send it back to the tank.

It may never happen, but by simply allowing me to change my health funnel or soul link to another player, we could potentially be viable healers.

Any comments?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What I'd like to see for sale on the Blizzard In-Game store.

Recently WoWJuJu pointed out a new Elixir coming out on the PTR that grants 100% xp bonus. Current WoWhead notes have it usable at level 85, so as soon after your upgraded heirlooms and/or guild heirloom gear has stopped working for you. Makes for that run from Cataclysm to MoP quicker. (I know a few guildies that would love that). The main problem most people are having, it looks to be sold from a real-money vendor => "5.4 - In Game Store - 100% XP Buff (Tracker)"
We are currently exploring the possibility of adding a way for players in certain regions to make purchases directly within the game. As part of this process, elements related to this will be appearing on the PTR. We’ll provide additional updates on our plans as development progresses. (source)
First off, I speculate 'certain regions' stands for US (and neighbors) because close to home and no major currency exchange required (RL: I work in an IT field, we like to 'test' out new features on ourselves first.). They can stock the local retailers (ie Gamestop, Best Buy...) with new "Blizzard Bucks" that grant me in-game credit (not gold, right?!?) (BTW, a model that Microsoft/XBOX is going away from). Now my nephew who doesn't have a credit card can go and purchase something from the Blizzard in-game store. He can use the character wardrobe function to see what the pet, mount or vanity item would look like with his main, before plopping down his money. 

What would I like to see on an in-game store? 
Sample BL2 Siren Mods
  1. Items currently available on the Blizzard website. (They already brought the knowledge base online). Now let Elk grab that new rabid bat mount directly from a vendor in-game. Can you make him a talking crab?
  2. Appearance change. Gearbox just started this with various new 'skins' for the Borderlands 2 players. The skins do not add to the game play, but simply make your character have a different head or body. For about $1, I can purchase specific new 'head' to my character and use it on any of my players of that type. Blizzard could offer up pre-done 'popular' options. "Surfer Blood-Elf" includes random face, blonde hair, tan skin and piercing in both ears. Or maybe by purchasing the appearance change, it unlocks the character creator screen at your next log on. 
  3. Heirloom items - This could be a way for Blizzard to allow account-wide transfer of (BOA) items. Once your account has some achievement, you can 'buy' an XP buff from the in-game vendor that would replicate your heirloom gear. The price would be like buying from the guild vendor, some nominal amount, but something Blizzard can track (1 cent real world?). 
  4. One-off skills - How about the ability for my herbalist/alchemist warlock to ride my tailor priest's magic carpet? It was a tiny bit irritating when my 'random mount' add-on would fail because it randomly picked the magic carpet. Wait, is a magic carpet a status item?? Ok, how about you buy my herbalism LifeBlood skill in return? 
  5. Vanity items - sure the Top Hat market is absolutely crazy, and Blizzard selling one on via an in-game store would kill it but I want one for my bank alt! Maybe it could be like the iTunes App store and you could submit art to Blizzard for approval. For every piece sold, I could get a micro-royalty. I could whip out my art supplies, draw up a steam-punk themed vanity item that could be applied to the my existing gear. Or how about a sort of a reverse Cos-play!? My virtual character looks like me in RL?! 
Enough pure speculation. I guess we'll need to wait to see what happens in the next few months.. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

what do I do with my Justice Points once I've hit the cap?

The other day I opened my bag of goodies dropped off the dungeon boss and found it didn't disappear. It stayed in my super tight bags taking up a slot because I was at max for my justice points. Instead of simply tossing the bags, I went looking for ways to spend them down, so that I could get rid of the goodie bags (3). Luckily I found that Brownpaw, "what do I do with my Justice Points once I've hit the cap and I no longer need them for new PvE gear or heirlooms?" put a great comment out on WoWhead. He even listed the heirloom upgrade option that I have been playing with for my alts.
2. You can trade in old 1-80 heirlooms, along with a varying amount of JP, for a similar 1-85 heirloom. You have to decide if it's worth it for the price though -- for example, you paid the 2175 JP for the original Tattered Dreadmist Mantle, and the upgrade costs that original item plus another 870 JP just to get an additional 5 levels of experience boost... if you want to spend it, this can be done at Zulna (Horde) and Larisse Pembraux (Alliance). Note that the amount of JP required for the upgrade trade-in dropped by 60% in patch 5.3, making this a much more viable option now. In the example above, the upgrade did cost 2170 additional JP instead of the current 870!

Taming MOAR Pets

WFH means Work Warcraft From Home Monday was a work from home kind of day, so I worked on a little project of my own. I saw this on Twit...