Showing posts from September, 2013

Blizzcon 2013, what do you expect to see?

Blizzcon is just a little more than 2 months away, so I decided to speculate on what we might see in November. WoW Expansion This seems the most obvious. Mists of Pandaria was released on September 25th, 2012. Blizzard has been busting out the new patches at lightning speed. Less than a year later we've already opened the final chapter of the expansion. If they keep up this rate, we could see another expansion released first quarter 2014 (giving us casuals 6 months to defeat Garrosh). DD has some great ideas for the next expansion: Hearthstone release From my beta testing of Hearthstone, I haven't encountered any 'bugs'. To me, it seems like this is a way to build up hype for the game then to have it actually release at Blizzcon. As some are speculating, codes for card packs to be found in your goodie bag. (wonder if I could justify a virtual ticket?!). This also seems to fit the timing of a release in 2 months. Titan - nothing. Last I heard, the team

Proving Grounds ... meh

Have you test drove the new proving grounds that came in patch 5.4? It's a really cool concept. You enter a solo scenario, pick the raid role you want to practice on, then FIGHT! Silver, fight 7 - get globule to hit Mystic so he doesn't cast heals. To get each achievement you need to complete a series of fights within the time period. They start off easy, 1 mob, and increase in number of mobs up to the final fight. You exceed the time-limit on a single fight in the series and it resets COMPLETELY back to the first fight of the round. So far, Elk has completed the Bronze level. There's a really great comments on Wowhead by Voxxell ( Bronze ,  Silver , Gold ) that details what you can expect at this level. I feel that I could have completed the Silver level, except I kept getting hardware issues. (think new video drivers I installed this week will fix it). The problem I see is that the implementation isn't much more than animated training dummies. Sure, in the

Noodle Cart Phase 2 walkthrough (spoilers)

Last weekend, I continued along the process of starting my noodle cart enterprise. First off, ran the instance of Jade Serpent for " Bad Feeling, Worse Result " 3 times. First off, I didn't see the scroll you are looking for, and left the dungeon thinking it was bugged. Second time, I died trying to kill Lin Da-Gu. Third, with some help, I finished. As a warlock, I suggest you ask one other player come along. Lin Da-Gu was fairly easy for my voidwalker to tank, but he has an ability that killed me almost instantly. Run back into the dungeon after death and everything has reset (doors closed). The next step is to catch bags of grain. This is EASY once you figure out the big trick. Clear area of beasts, use the ability on the item to put your arms out, then run to the dust motes. When you catch 5 bags, turn around and run back up the hill to the cart with a hunters mark over top. As far as I can tell, we don't actually use the grain in the cart. To start, we'

LFR: Siege of Orgrimmar open

This week the LFR (aka first 4 bosses) in the Siege  of Orgrimmar opened up, Vale of Eternal Sorrows. I couldn't find LFR guides (except for PTR), but they appear to be for 10-man which has to be as close as we can get. Wowhead Loot table Bosses: Immerseus My DPS Strategy (added 9/19/2013) - Spread out evenly around boss. This is key to step 4 below. running back to boss Move out of puddles on ground. Pick a strategy for their dispersion and stick to it. I started at the front edge of the platform and would work my way back. Across, back, across... Avoid the blue spirals on ground. They appear to be water spouts and will shoot you in the air. The boss will 'split' (very ying yang) into dark and light blobs. I ran back to edge and turned around. The blobs form at the back edge of the circle. Kill the dark (infection) blobs and heal the friendly light blobs. When they reach the front edge, they join the water and do an AOE damage. This is usually where everyon

Elkagorasa, Noodles for the Adventuring Warlock.

From the Patch  notes: Players who have learned the first recipe in each of “the ways” can discover a quest-line that starts on the Timeless Isle: “ Noodle Secrets Long Forgotten .” Heroes will search for a long-lost pandaren recipe allowing them to build and run their own noodle cart. The all-new quest-line will revisit some old zones and dungeons, culminating in a solo scenario with a unique time-management mini-game. The noodle cart allows a player to set themselves up as a vendor and distribute powerful noodle soups to their faction. What I thought: I am Poh . So far, I have found the starter quest on the Timeless Isle and done the basic running around (find this toon, then run over there and talk to him). Next, "find the secret ingredient in Jade Serpent". Sigh, specific, not random dungeon run.. Here's to an hour wait in queues.. In other news, my priest alt has Timeless tokens for head, chest, gloves and legs. All from running around with Elk killing b

Hearthstone Beta key arrives.

Friday, I got a beta key in my mail. (nope, I don't have any to give away) Loaded up the game and then played the game while working that night. Never one to play Magic, the Gathering or invest in the TCG, I found this game actually a lot of fun. . You start the game with a basic "starter" deck. Mine was based on the Hero,  Jaina Proudmore . The goal of the game is destroy all the 'health' of your opponent's hero. As a mage, you get a few spells, and a few minions that you can call to fight for you. As a hero she a special power that she can cast Fireblast  (which if targetted wrong, can be aimed at yourself!!!). The game is part resource management, part strategy. You start a round with 1 mana. Each card has a mana cost, ranging from 0 to ?? (seen 10 so far). Each turn you get one more mana crystal. Cards that you can play include minions or various class type abilities (i.e. attacks or spells). Minions range across all the npcs from the Warcraft unive

ACT NOW! Battlefield Barrens Gear SALE ENDS IN 5 DAYS!!

Do you have alts that are sitting idle? Those that would like to raid, but just don't have the gear? Maybe you want  one more piece of gear from the Battlefield Barrens weekly quest. Or you're coming back to Warcraft after a long hiatus and would like to see some end-game content? You have 5 more days to get that one last piece and/or use that radical mojo . Act now because when they're gone, they're gone forever! (or only to be found on the auction house). Note: Siege of Orgrimmar (LFR) is going to require a 496 gear score. Now, if you're no where near complete on the quest line, don't fret. 5.4 is bringing out new i496  BOA gear . Your DPS toons can now farm gear for your healer toons! Have Valor? Don't buy SPA gear, upgrade existing gear, buy new gear next week when the SPA sale starts, Sept 10th. All deeply items discounted!