April 9, 2014

Draenot


And after the scare brought on April 1st, Blizzard finally released images from the actual remodeling done to the Draenei female characters. I am not unhappy, but curious to see it in action, I guess. It will look so different once you actually get to see the movement and improvement, and I don't want to get my heart broken too early. I have always loved draenei ladies, so it's hard to adapt to change, but like everyone else I will have no option.



Additionally, MMO champion has been flooded with information in the past week, I'm organising a post combining the priest changes, yes only the priest changes, CBA I'm reverting back to pure Priest blog, which hopefully will be up before the next Through The Years post. Still going strong, talk to you guys soon.

April 3, 2014

April Noobs


Oh joy, Blizzard made a very nice contribution to April Fools this year. I mean, once you're on MMO Champion it is pretty clear what day of the year it is, but it's still awesome watching the scrubs die and, more often, rant over the 'outragous changes'.

So there was this Draenei, or let's Draenot, I mean, with her furry butt? No one could resist. And this lovely new game release and a oh-so-believable faction betrayal.


And, let's not forget, the game and class changes, especially the Priest ones were amazing.

* Shadow Priests have been retuned to be almost as good as Warlocks in every way. Almost.
* Chakra, when the walls fell.
* Vampiric Embrace now calls upon a glittery vampire to hold you and tell you he will always protect you, Bella.
* Mind Sear has been renamed Mind Seer, allowing the Priest to see things no else can see. Do things no one else can do. Is it getting warm in here?
* The Discipline passive Train of Thought can now be interrupted. Probably by the garbage truck, or that dog that just never stops barking whenever they let it outside.
* Mind Seer plays tricks on you. You play tricks back! It's like you're unraveling a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting…
* New Spell: Holy Diver. Sends the caster down too long in the Midnight Sea.

March 31, 2014

Through The Years: WotLK

On August 3rd 2007 the second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, was released. It brought a new class to the game: Death Knight, achievements were introduced (kinda already at the pre patch) and the new continent was Northrend, located on Azeroth, with Dalaran as its capitol.

One of the zones, Wintergrasp, was purely aimed at world PVP, with battles every 2,5 hours. There were also dailies and bosses, and the huge popularity caused many issues on many servers. It was a zone in which vehicles were introduced and people broke down building walls, to gain entry to the base and win the battle.

There were many raid instances in this expansion. And there was a lot of screwing around with balancing (or trying to) 10 and 25 man raids, and later on adding normal and heroic modes. Also achievements changed the way people raided, some of you may remember painful moments trying to get Immortal.

Naxxramas was a part of the first tier of raids, it had been moved to Northrend, and housed 15 bosses. Additionally there was Sartharian, famous of its 3 drake heroic mode, located below Wyrmrest Temple, and Malygos in the Eye of Eternity. The gear we wore was Tier 7, both 10 and 25 man mode tier set were variations on the old Tier 3, which used to be one of the rewards from old Naxxramas.

The lust for Tier 8, and new adventures, brought us to Ulduar. It had 10 and 25 man versions and some bosses could be turned to hardmode. It had 14 bosses, of which one special boss, and here dropped the first legendary of the expansion: Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings, a healing weapon, which eventually lead to everybody playing a healer, I am only barely kidding.

In Trial of the Grand Crusader a system of a set amount of tries (wipes) per week was implemented. Zero wipes granted great rewards, but there was no tier. The raid was located in a new daily zone called Argent Tournament, north of Icecrown, which rewarded many pets, mounts and achievement points. It was okay, but over-farmed and in the end an annoying filler to most players.

But Icecrown Citadel is where it was at. It was the place for Tier 10, another legendary Shadowmourne, an axe for plate DPS, and for a few lucky ones, Invincible, the best mount in-game ever, which dropped from a Lich King heroic 25 man kill. The dungeon was gated, content took weeks to be released, but this was great. It put a barrier on speed of fast progressing guilds (making them slow down or spend less time progressing) and for scrubs meant they had time4 to catch up. I think it worked great for everyone.

When Halion came, Cataclysm had been announced, most people felt it was unnecessary filler content between end content (which some think should have ended with ICC) and a new expansion. It was a boss with good mechanics and balance between normal and hard mode, but sadly wasn't killed by many.

I really loved this expansion, I guess I get stuck sometimes in a specific space in time, but if anything, Wrath of the Lich King turned out to be one of the best content Blizzard ever gave us in World of Warcraft. I remain excited about this game, but no expansion has been able to compare thus far, hopefully Warlords of Draenor will.

March 21, 2014

Storms


Blizzard has been updating the Blizzcon page for possibly Blizzcon 2014 (no confirmation, but I'm hopeful), new Hearthstone card designs have been released, there was a nice video uploaded showing the Heroes of the Storm alpha,... and huzzah, today it is my 27th birthday.



And, while there still is no release date for WoD, realistic estimates seem to suggest late authum/winter. Meanwhile Clipz and I have been completing some of his Outland achievements, which gave me the perfect excuse to offer my help and see the old places, and remember so many memories. The only downside to this excitement, is that I barely have time to play at all. Hopefully I will have a little more by the end of the year, I cannot wait.