Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Azeroth Choppers Update

Was reading over at BBB, and someone posted links to a previous Orange County Choppers:

Alliance "Good Guy Bike" here has a lot of flair. Check out slides 8 and 10 for the crossed swords handlebars.

Curious about the flashes in the video of finished bikes, I finally stopped on these two slides. Neither of them look like the the 'good guy' bike or the ones based on the builds.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Azeroth Choppers Episode 2

Ok, cliffhanger from episode 1,was there is 'bad news'. Today that's revealed to be the build is due in 5-weeks (instead of 10). What does THIS mean? IS the plan to have this release with WoD? 5 week build of real bike, then voting for 5 weeks, then digitizing for in-game for last 5 weeks. Say 15 weeks until release of game??  :)   Probably not, I bet the December release date if fairly firm (landing 1 month after Blizzcon).

#TeamHorde get's vicious looking front forks! (coming EP3)

Or is the plan, 28 weeks till Blizzcon, so have the results of the voting done before then and then the big winner revealed, on stage, in front of all attendees. I'd love to show up there and pose on the Horde bike personally.. :) I guess that depends on Blizzard's release schedule. Is Episode 3 a week or a day after today's release? 25 days to build the bikes, probably an episode every other day (show more progress), for 13 build episodes. My guess, they are already about half done in RL.

Elkagorasa's Prediction... Blizzcon attendees get both bikes, no matter the voting winner!! Everyone else only the Horde trike.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Elkagorasa's Cell Phone

Fantasy Apps!
What Smartphone apps would your character have on their ‘fantasy phones’ Azeroth? (source)

So, the goblins have just finished developing their wireless communication network, GobNet, and is now marketing phones. Elk is quite the bleeding edge kind of guy and has already bought one. It weighs 4 kilos, takes up 2 bag slots and has a smoke stack. 

Here's his top apps:

This lovely little app is simply GobNet's GPS app. You put in the coordinates for your destination, which can be pulled from the 392 page un-indexed, unsearchable, online manual. You can download the manual, but you'll need to purchase the additional storage to do so. It will also point out all the goblin vendors along the way to your destination, make suggestions for hotels and inns ran by goblin caretakers.

This wonderous app is a side-load from the Alliance platform, but still works on GobNet phones. It provides up to date stats on arena and rated battleground matches. Teams are ranked and sorted by their composition, performance and faction. Pictures, previous year scores and team stats can be pulled up and sorted through. Unfortunately all information is posted in Human.

Ever went to attack your enemy stronghold, had them yelling something at you, but since you didn't speak the language, attacked anyway. Next time open this app, and it will translate and auto-respond to your enemies for you. The PRO version of this app will automate responses to all other players. Got a player a little too drunk and spouting off their mouth, this little app is programmed with all sorts of smart remarks to kill performance hecklers.

Raid hit a lull? Waiting for the healer to get back from a bio break? Break out the Party Ball and the fun never stops. Warning, will shoot off fireworks and aggro nearby mobs.
This vendor sponsored app provides detailed upgrade paths on how to fix your absolutely lousy gear. Want to run PVP gear while DPSing? This app will tell you how to enchant and reforge that gear to make it more viable. As an available add-on, you can download the virtual assistant, Zoopercat, that will interact with vendors automatically for you.

Pirate Bay
(aka pBay)
Making money is a snap,
when you load this handy app!
What's HOT, what's NOT!
and what should be bought!
...on The Auction House.....
Tank-less Job
Your 2/3 the way through the raid, when your tank's mom calls him home to bed. (Why do we get signal in here??). No one else is ready to end, so who you gonna call? 
Crafty's Crafting
Cantankerous Crafty is continuously concluding commotion in his communal crafting corner, causing conspicuous consideration commended to Crafy. Call on Crafty's Crafting Corner to cut-corners on all creations; cloth, copper or cakes. 
Feel the need to send short exciting messages to all your friends? Pigeon is an app that allows you to send short 140 character messages tied to the virtual legs of pigeons. Your friends will be excited to hear "Go #TeamHorde ! Alliance, you don't have a chance!"
Yeah, they play this game on their phones. Really! It's been around as long as GobNet has!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tanking and Tank Treads

So, leveling is still going on with my druid tank. She has reached 47 without any controversy. Tanking so far via the dungeon finder seems to be a ton of button mashing. I have my tanking abilities and simply mash them as the cooldown pops. Probably not the most efficient, and I'll probably want to prioritize them if tanking a raid, but works for 90% of the dungeons I've hit so far. Only when say a warrior or paladin hop and aggro first do I tend to have to chase mobs down...

Not a "crusader" no crusader heirlooms.
With that, I've started searching out more guardian tank sites to link to. You'll see the "Tank Talk" section now on the side bar including a link to "the Inconspicuous Bear". The author contributed a nice write-up on wowhead about beginner guardian tanking.

Now that she's equipped the DPS dagger, I was looking into possibly a heirloom offhand. There are 3 available (+int tome and 2 shields) if you have the 2200 justice points. Of course, if I had that much justice, I'd buy the 2 handed mace. Wait, I think I have it, champion seals. I was saving them for one of the tourney mounts, but really am I ever going back there to finish it off?? Looks like I still need to complete Troll Champion to get "Crusader Elkagorasa", which, could probably be done with one more visit to Northrend. (only need one more visit)

Found this comment with link to a great spreadsheet comparing enchants on various heirloom items. Of course with only 13 levels left to go, I won't be spending the big-bucks on the weapon enchant..

What do you think of Today's base reveals on Azeroth Choppers?
Alliance front and back in-line tank treads.
Horde trike with dual tank treads on back.
I was like, a trike? Um, already got two! (and) Guess I won't be getting a side-car on that..

Considering this is part 'tank', does this mean that they'll also make a healing and dps bike too??  ;-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

I Wanna FREE Chopper!

Racing through Nagrand!
Yesterday, we announced the Azeroth Choppers head-to-head match-up between the Horde and Alliance, and we’re very excited to share the upcoming episodes and final bike creations with you. We saw a few questions following the announcement and wanted to take a moment to clarify things.

First, we want to make it clear that players globally will be able to vote for their favorite faction bike—either Alliance or Horde. Second, the bike that receives the most votes will then be made into a faction-specific-only mount and be available FREE to all players (usable when playing characters of the winning faction, of course). Your vote will be very important and could just be the one that lands your favorite faction a shiny new mount. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, check it out here and stay tuned to for more details! (REF)


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Leveling Tables and Graphs (0-43)

Taking a page from Cynwise, I thought it would be interesting to do some basic analysis of my leveling so far of my Druid alt.


  • I am leveling her using all pieces of heirloom gear available (except for the ring). All +xp, in addition to two trinkets for +health regen.
  • I am leveling as a tank, so it means instant queue times for all random dungeons.
  • I do not play every day, more like every other day, so I have a fair amount of rested bonus to burn between play sessions. 


I found it really interesting that for the most part, I am averaging a level every 30 minutes. Dungeons like Gnomregan, it seemed like 2 levels a run due to the amount of trash, last night it was only 1 level in Uldaman due to the amount of running back and forth to the quest givers.

It appears, based on casual observation, that the average time to finish a level, increases by a few minutes each 5 levels. Most likely due to the amount of XP required to reach the next level, but maybe due to something else (like me trying to queue for BGs later on). 

This week, I've ran one dungeon using the 'whee' buff from the Darkmoon Faire. I'd hope to see a bit of flattening out of the graph for the 43-45 section, but that depends totally on how many times we wipe on Prince Tortheldrin and need to run back. Otherwise, with 17 levels left, I have at least another 500 minutes of game play ahead of me (4 days at 2 hours played each time?). 

Friday, April 4, 2014

The REAL Patch 6.0 Patch Notes.

Reading the April Fools Patch 6.0 release notes were funny,

  • In addition to a Proving Grounds medal of Silver or better being required to queue for Warlords of Draenor Heroic dungeons, a medal of Gold or better is now required to post in the forums.

but the real patch notes are just as fun and entertaining, even rather interesting. 
  • Stat Squish! Your spells will still do the same percent of damage, just the numbers will be 93% less. OK, I could see this coming an expansion ago. Look at my druid, she's approximately level 40 and is in iLevel 40 gear and has 3000 health. My max level warlock is in iLevel 530 cloth gear and has 550k health. That growth rate is not healthy. 
    Before and After Squish
  • The changes to healing specs is going to make for quite a bit different game play. No longer just spam heals, but 'try to make more tactical decisions'. Using AOE heals will not be recommended (costing more mana or doing less heals).. 
  • Removal of Hit / Expertise. Shall make gearing easier as swapping between two items won't kill my hit stacking. Of course, does this mean my spells will never MISS?? or will there be some other mechanic to deal with? 
  • "Button Bloat" removing many 'unused' spells and or combos that don't make sense. Comments below...

  1. CoE effecting ALL enemies within 10 yards of the target sounds scary especially in a dungeon with lots of trash. Will it also cause aggro if you are not actively fighting them or those you've engaged? 
  2. Fel Flame removed. Makes sense personally. With it not refreshing dots, why cast it? If you can complete the green-fire quest, all warlock fire is green..
  3. Drain Soul removed. Such a staple back in the day, but does affliction even use this? I've seen it on some lower level fights with warlocks (raising alt), but not so much in LFR.
  4. Soulshatter removed. Hmmm, I still pull aggro off tanks. More often in heroic dungeons, so this is used, but seldom. 
  5. Unending breath + soul burn. Awesome idea, but only good for affliction locks. What about Demo and Destro? Keep riding on my glyph'd pony

There looks to be some major changes to every class with the patch 6.0. While this is only an alpha build, we should be seeing the PTR release relatively soon. Then we got the long haul with the new load screen, but no new content until the expansion drops.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dude, Where's My Pants?

Blizzard finally realized that most young, male players hate playing casters because robes, really do, look like long dresses. They now have plans to alleviate the issue.

In the next patch, players will no longer have to transmog their chest pieces. Instead, they will be given the option when equipping it to either select a tunic or robe options. The tunic models will be similar to the full robe, but cutting off a the belt. This will lead to less male casters saying....  

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