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First BFA reps maxxed: Exalted with Honorbound and Zandalari (we need paragon rep!)
Finished 5 island campaigns on main - questioning whether will do it on other characters
Attempted 2 man of Atal’Dazar - almost but not quite there. High 340s not quite enough.
Mag’har racial opening quest is the WORST -- and a new justification/motivation for leveling another toon
Mag’har hunter: running zones using All The Things to identify areas where I haven’t gotten mail transmogs from questing there
Bonus: got the Hyacinth Macaw as a random drop
The Great UI Experiment - initial impressions and why I’m not going to go through with it after all
Random question of the week: who’s taking care of the poor carnies?
Rep. That’s it.
This Week in WoW:
Hallows’ End starts today - goes through Thursday, November 1
Headless Horseman: levels 23-120
Things to buy with Tricky Treats: pets, costumes, masks, wands, Magic Broom
New toy: Headless Horseman’s Hearthstone for 150 Tricky Treats
“Return home in the spookiest way” -- creates a circle of flames around you and puts a Hallowed Helm on your head, and your character laughs when the cast completes
Naked & Afraid 2: Revenge of the Races is coming Thursday, October 25th!
Needed motivation for running up Allied race to 120 for achievement
Run an allied race or a non-allied race - no gold, no gear, no heirlooms.
Pick a race, class, and spec, and stick with it until 120 (one spec change allowed). Judged on /played time to 120. We encourage running a class or spec you haven’t run before but it isn’t required
Nonallied races will have time from 1-20 deducted from total, since allied races start at level 20
Two divisions: Regular and Warmode
New this time around: Guilds
US-Alliance Silvermoon: Naked & Afraid (could start the same guild Hordeside on Mok’Nathal, the connected server, forr those who want to start Horde races)
EU-Alliance Vek’nilash: Naked & Afraid
All members will have the power to invite to the guild, at least for a little while. Be careful only to invite people who are familiar with the Naked and Afraid challenge. Perhaps ask them to name the two hosts of the show as a challenge question.
@thecowking has made an EU Warcast Community and has posted a link to it on our #worldofwarcast channel on Discord
Full rules posted on the #naked-and-afraid-2 Discord channel
Wowhead is making a Classic WoW site - classic.wowhead.com, with all the databases, guides, etc.
Decided to use modern back-end elements but are using old-school styling such as logos and menus to reflect the retro style
Blizzard announced multiple Diablo projects are expected over the coming months
Diablo III coming to Nintendo Switch already announced for November 2
There will be a Diablo What’s Next panel shortly after the opening ceremony
Patch 8.1 - Notable changes on the PTR and from Ian Hazzikostas QA from the 11th
Lots and lots of discussion about azerite armor changes
New warfronts will run in a parallel cycle to the current one - you could be contributing to one warfront while attacking in another
No plans to make Death Knight class available for new Allied Races anytime soon
Several new battle pets associated with the new Darkshore warfront, such as the Darkshore Sentinel (Owl), Void Jelly, Everburning Treant, Detective Ray, Gust of Cyclarus
Also new mounts: a bear, nightsabers, chimera, and a kodo. Reins of the Onyx War Hyena will be a new rated PvP mount, and there are a couple frog mounts that have not yet been assigned
New pet model for baby raptors
Darkmoon Faire Favors achievement has been reduced from six to five profession based quests completed
New cooking recipe: Seasoned Steak and Potatoes (maybe something to do with those Thick Paleo Steaks other than the banquets?)
Reputation gains from Legion World Quests will be doubled
Looking at flight paths - possibly a book to buy at max level that unlocks all the flight paths on alts
War Campaign chapters not alt friendly - give almost no reputation when you complete them. They will be adding a “large amount of reputation” to these chapters
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Finished BfA Pathfinder part 1 on Horde rogue
Working on full quest completion with Horde rogue - using Quest Completionist mod to find quests I haven’t done
Close to finishing up my 4th 120 - Horde warrior is now 118
New experiment incoming based on two less structured experiments
Ran Alliance rogue up to 120 trying to complete all quests I could find in a zone before moving onto the next - finished 120 with 1 chapter left in Stormsong and no quests completed in Drustvar
Partway through running up Horde warrior, decided to stick ONLY to the mainline quests that give the zone achievements and do no side quests (not easy to figure out which those are) -- finished all three zones just after finishing 118
Will take up 2 more Horde toons, starting fresh with the idea that one will do all quests in a zone before leaving, and one will do just the mainline run, see where I end up by 120, including comparisons of rep
Neither will do the outpost campaigns until 120, just to keep those out of the mix
Benefit: mostly just to keep myself motivated through the process of leveling up yet another 2 toons
Another experiment incoming: Week-long tests of UI replacement mods - first test will be on ElvUI. May not happen til next week just because of other things going on IRL.
Half way through exalted on some rep
Still friendly with turtles
Started my monk up again, but didn’t have nearly enough time to play yet.
Basically checked out talents. No dungeons yet.
I hate frost outdoors
So many resources!
I wanted to do timewalking this weekend and just had zero time.
This Week in WoW:
Darkmoon Faire - Oct 7th - 13th
World Quest Bonus Week starts Oct 9th - tooltip says it’s for Broken Isles WQs?
Running of the Gnomes/Great Gnomeregan Run on Scarlet Crusade, 4 PM PDT, Saturday October 13th - annual fundraiser for breast cancer research. Starts at the spawn spot of new gnomes - there is a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RunningofTheGnomes/
Update: WoW Diary Kickstarter ended September 25th with 8,379 backers pledging $598,999 - biggest nonfiction book Kickstarter in history
By far the most popular tier was the $40 backers for both the electronic book and print book with 6,661 backers (80%), followed by the $150 level for the electronic book, signed copy of the print book and companion booklet with 1,117 backers (13%)
For those who missed this Kickstarter, the book will eventually be available on Amazon for about 20% more than the Kickstarter edition and without the perks
Mike Morhaime stepping down as President of Blizzard; J. Allen Brack, Wow’s Executive Director for WoW, taking over. Morhaime will remain as a “strategic advisor” to Blizzard.
Upcoming Azerite armor changes - Blizzard realizes there are problems with the current system
Make Azerite armor more available - looking to add Azerite Armor rewards from Emissary quests that scale up to 370, depending on current iLevel. Also mentioned “making further improvements to the ways Emissaries reward gear”.
When new Azerite Armor is introduced in “BfA Season 2” (Patch 8.1), armor that currently only has 2 possible traits will get a third.
Continuing to work on the individual traits themselves - balancing out those who want more generic traits for wider applicability, vs. those who want to fine-tune traits to specs or situations
The first problem - overall availability -- will be hotfixed in before 8.1. The third trait slot and the new abilities won’t come in until the patch.
Players beyond level 110 will be able to enter Legion era raids in LFR difficulty
Noblegarden: “Shake Your Bunny Maker” is being changed to place rabbit ears upon any character over level 18, not just female characters.
On the Frontlines: New achievement to complete all six Horde or Alliance assaults
Several new Battle Pet achievements, based on previous expansion achievements to defeat all 15 Master Tamers on Kul Tiras or Zandalar with teams of all one pet type (dragonkin, flying, beast, critter, etc)
New paladin spell visuals for Flash of Light and Beacon of Light
New information on Faction Incursions
Will only be for characters 110 or above (Ren: boo)
Completing 4 incursions will result in a random 370 weapon or Azerite Armor for quests. These items are from the same item pool from Warfronts (7th Legion/Honorbound items)
Will work a lot like Legion Invasions: after completing 4 incursion quests, you have to complete a short scenario to take down an airship
Doubleagent the Neutral Panda is now level 117
Learning curve with island expedition - Gamino joined Cryler and me for some island expedition fun
We learned there can be way, WAY too many bears
Quote of the day: “I pulled five … okay, thirty.”
Found out it was five ISLANDS, not five expeditions
Killing Azuregos when you’re a melee DPS
Finished Revered with Honorbound and am opening outposts
Exalted rep comparisons in preparation for the first major patch
Working on Insurrection line in Suramar to open Nightborne
King’s Rest is hard
Another 350 in my trunk
Didn’t have time for LFR
Question of the week!
This Week in WoW:
Brewfest starts today
Only change this year, Coren Direbrew’s trinkets have been updated for level 120 players (iLevel 335 - may not be updating yet)
Harvest Festival - ends Tuesday
Pet Battle Bonus Event - ends Tuesday
Cataclysm Timewalking begins Tuesday
WoW Diary Kickstarter Update:
As of 8 PM EST today, had raised $394,614 with 5,452 backers (trivia: was fully funded at original $10k ten minutes after launch, August 28) - up[ $6,620 from this 9 AM
Was able to add 2 upgrades:
$300k upgrade: added a gold foil end sheet with “Original Kickstarter Backer” printed on it
$350k upgrade: Gold foil title lettering on the spine and cover
Not yet funded: $400k upgrade - spot varnishing on all the pictures
Currently second highest non-fiction book ever launched through Kickstarter - has to pass $424k to do that
Google “wow diary kickstarter” or go to http://www.thewowdiary.com - now through next Thursday, September 25
New mount and pet in Blizzard store: The Dreadwake and Cap’n Crackers
Dreadwake currently tied to purchasing 180 days’ game time in advance - not sold separately
WoW Token price fall
from end of July through today, WoW token prices have fallen by half
Buying gold for real money isn’t cost effective, but cashing in gold for Blizzard Balance is at an all-time high - was talking to Wulfrictheslayer on Discord about his play to buy his virtual ticket with in-game gold (we calculated the Virtual Ticket to be about 260-270k gold)
Wowtoken.info - current US price is about 105,000 gold = $20
Patch 8.1 announced: Tides of Vengeance
No release date but the patch will be hitting the PTR next week
News tip from Discord users and Weekly Research Assistants Kneemo and Hidebound: Incursions, similar to invasions in Legion
Quests with extra-potent rewards that will randomly pop up and replace a zone’s World Quest content for several hours
Purpose is for helping level alts, although it seems as though this content will only be available at level 98 and above
Heritage armor will become available for all races - starting with Dwarf and Blood Elf - will require some short quest lines to claim
New Allied Races: Kul’Tiran and Zandalari Troll - “not quite there yet” but are getting closer.
Vol’jin, Saurfang and Tyrande will have their stories expanded
New warfront: Darkshore
Focuses on war between night elves and undead
Updated Darkshore zone, new max level rares
Alliance will start this one with the contribution phase
Updates to island expeditions
Two new islands
New events, enemies, spawn rates, and interactions
Example: setting up an Azerite extractor in a location that will feed a constant small stream of azerite to the party, but can be taken over by the enemy
Two new raids
Siege of Zulduzar (name might change)
Alliance will fight to the top of the city from the sea, and Horde will start from the jungle
Bosses will be unique for each faction
Crucible of Storms - only 2 bosses, centered on old gods in Stormsong Valley
Modeled after the 3-boss Trial of Valor
Azerite traits - traits are getting an overhaul
Champions of Azeroth - Unlocking Champions of Azeroth rep on one character will unlock it on all characters
All about the new rep changes.
Finished 120 on my Alliance rogue - still haven’t set foot in Drustvar
Starting to hit Revered with various factions on Horde rogue
Did warfronts on Horde rogue and paladin
First warfront (rogue) - lots of fun, very quiet, felt epic - got a 355 cloak 370 bracers
Second warfront (pally) - ended up tanking a lot of the bosses, including the last one - self-appointed “general” who would not shut up - got a 340 BP and 370 cloak
Had issue when tried to take pally in - 320 minimum iLevel but was 309
Made some purchases to shore up worst items
Tried to upgrade items through WQs but wasn’t getting much luck with availability - only azerite item still 310 was hat, and I got 3 breastplates in a row from azerite caches
Thanks to Thecowking for tipping me off to a cheap level 355 Darkmoon trinket that took me from 316 to 320
Got a mythic +2 chest!
Oh, but it has a lesser item than what I had :P
Rep, rep, rep
This Week in WoW:
18th-25th - Harvest Festival; Pet Battle Bonus Event
18th - 19th: Pirate Day
20th - 6th: Brewfest
Blizzard Virtual Ticket on sale - $49.99 (same as last year)
Most will be available until March 31, 2019 - Community Night and closing night guaranteed to be up for 1 month after event
No details on in-game loot, except for an Overwatch skin for Sombra modeled after the Diablo III demon hunter
Ian Hazzikostas will be having an AMA on /r/wow (started at 2 PM PST today) so we will go over that next week.
Classic WoW AMA 0n the /classicwow subreddit - some highlights
“Fixed” my problem with subtlety rogue
Working rep with rogue - finishing all quests in each zone
114 worgen rogue working through Tirisgarde - “the zone that never ends”
Major rant about the differences between layouts of Dazar’alor and Boralus Harbor, including a major physics problem for the Horde
Found another way archaeology is different = Darkmoon Faire
War Campaign on Horde on hold until Revered with Honorbound
Mythics with Ali
Finished the whole Kul Tiras storyline
Oh, but you have to be revered with 7th Legion to continue with Z
Working hard on rep because ^^
Arathi was amazing.
Lag on night one
So many epics and toys
One more heroic for the achievement
Working on Pathfinder
This Week in WoW:
Darkmoon Faire until Sunday
Warfronts open (more in news)
Next Tuesday: BfA Dungeon Event begins
Notable hotfixes of the week
Unintended gear drops - Blizzard corrections
Now have two 120s and two 111s, gotten most of my characters into the city
Still working on effective AOE for subtlety rogue
Still have not resolved missing XP bar but have a workaround (Experiencer)
Archaeology progress still showing old number system (current level 825), but shows as “Zandalari Archaeology”
Restored Artifacts - no new vendor, not showing up for Legion era fragments (usually current through previous expansion)
Want to do mythics this weekend.
Trying to get 330+
Revered with Order of Embers. - yummy 335 gear.
It’s been all rep and rep and rep and gear.
Stalled professions because I can’t make anything decent until I do mythics.
I plan on finishing the other zones over the next few days.
Need more followers
This Week in WoW
Trial of Style started - free transmogs!
Darkmoon Faire starts Sunday
BfA sold 3.4 million copies on its first day - franchise record
Does this only count new purchases on opening day, or does it count prepurchases?
Notable hotfixes for the week
Auction House changes - will be discussed separately
Demon hunters no longer falling to their deaths gliding away from Dazar’alor.
Feral druids continuing to receive upgrades to their AOE abilities
Creatures and NPCs
Treasure hunters around the Deadwash will no longer inadvertantly flag Horde players PvP
Freehold now has an NPC at the end that will port characters to the beginning
Kings’ Rest: enemy casters now have mana bars
Azerite armor now tradeable
Faction items can now be traded back to their Quartermaster for a full refund for 2 hours
Inscription - Contract duration is now 7 days
Cooking - Foods now provide significantly more health and mana
Profession WQs will now not show up for characters who don’t have that profession
Being hit by Frightened Stomps of Frightened Brutosaur during “Underfoot” will no longer flag players
Several missing Zandalar mailboxes have been returned
Auction house hotfixes, plus premium 20% extra deposit for tradeskill items. But are the actual numbers going to dissuade sellers?
Wide variety of deposit prices for stacks of 1 vs larger stacks
Remember: only pay the deposit if the item doesn’t sell
Sample items from BfA: Monelite ore, Gloom Dust, Great Sea Catfish - Deposit inflation between 1 stack of 200 and 200 stacks of 1:
Great Sea Catfish - 7.5g to 47.5g - or 633%
US median 24g - lose 47.5g out of 4800, 1% loss
Gloom Dust - 8g to 200g - or 2500%
US median 27g, so 200g out of 5400, or 3.7% loss
Monelite Ore - 1s 30c to 40g - or 307,000 %
US median 48g, so 9600/40, or 0.42 loss
HandyNotes has new modules for BfA treasures and achievement points in zones
WQ exploit - how it worked, how it has ended
Warning: getting whispers from accounts that make you think it’s Blizzard saying you have to go to a website to plead your case because you’re about to be banned - recognize official Blizz communications
Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One - start working on it now for increased mount speed
Battle for Azeroth Explorer
Explore all 6 zones on both continents
Wide World of Quests
Complete 100 world quests
Earn Revered with the following factions, Champions of Azeroth and Tortollan Seekers, and the following for each side:
Alliance - Proudmoore Admiralty, Storm’s Wake Order of Embers, 7th Legion
Horde: Zandalari Empire, Voldunai, Talanji’s Expedition, The Honorbound
Either Kul Tourist or Zandalar Forever - complete all main story lines of your side’s three zones
Ready for War (faction) - complete your side’s War Campaign - starts with establishing footholds necessary to open world quests. The rest requires becoming Friendly with your side’s war rep (Honorbound or 7th Legion)
No dungeon or raid requirements (yet)
Mod of the Cast: The alpha release of WORLD QUEST TRACKER.
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Have 1 level 117 prot paladin and 1 level 114 subtlety rogue
Disappointed by pickpocketing
Noticed small amount of voice recycling - some of the voices/sayings of the Vulpera are identical to those of pandaren children
Navigating the ziggurat: 8 level changes and 327 stairs between the main level and the profession trainers
Fossilized Raptor mount now has apparent hip problems
Technical issue: keep having problem where my xp bars aren’t showing xp -- just showing rep and artifact power %. Temporary fix: open Rep pane, toggle one of the reps “show as experience bar” on/off. Problem seems unrelated to mods, as it does it even when all mods are off
Burning the horde in the Clearcut was fun :D
Dinged 120 on Sunday - it was faster than expected.
Marie Davenport is the best grandma in WoW
Drustvar is amazing
Trying to get geared up for heroics - currently 301
Have not finished all zones. Still four whole zones to complete
New trick - group members kicking themselves to beat the timer.
Got into a dungeon where three people left, no tank
Next dungeon got me three pieces.
Tailoring has slowed.
Still have to deal with enchanting. Haven’t taken a good look at it.
WQs open after two Zandalar zones are quick-finished, then one solo island expedition, THEN the third, THEN friendly rep.
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PvP Brawl: Gravity Lapse event
Seemingly not going for weekly stuff for another few weeks into the expansion at least
News and BfA
Do the city quests first - leads to other benefits
Example: Pests in northern area of Horde city called the Zocalo - be sure to pick up
“Pests” - gives you access to Jani, the Loa of Scavengers. As you’re out and about, you will sometimes get a whisper from her that you’ve found a “shiny trinket” - find her trash pile to get a treasure chest
Horde - starts in the Zocalo, the northern part of the city, so do this right away.
Alliance: starts in Shatterstone Harbor in Vol’dun, so you don’t get this one til later
Changing and advancing professions in BfA
Advantage to changing: you can start along with everyone else
When you change the profession, you have to click TWICE - once to get the initial Vanilla levels, and then a second time to learn the Zandalari profession
Check to make sure you pick up all your level 1 abilities and recipes - you get them automatically sometimes (cooking) and not other times (gathering professions)
Worth getting your other profession alts at least started in the city - early level stuff can be useful, such as the level 1 Rubellite recipe in JC (Insightful Rubellite - +5% xp) and the Zandalari tradeskill glove enchants. Rubelite currently selling for around 70g on Whisperwind AH; Zandalari tradeskill enchants are pretty cheap also if you don’t want to DIY
Developer Q&A with Ian Hazzikostas: some highlights
Feral druid AOE tuning has been improved but isn’t finished yet.
120 power setback is noticeable - looking in future expansions to smooth it out so you don’t feel like hitting max level is a huge backward jump
Autoaccept removed from groups: development believed autoaccept for groups and using addons for searching for groups created an imbalance between those who used addons and those who didn’t. (Ren does not approve)
AH is showing its age, particularly on high pop servers.
Search options too limited
May introduce deposits that would reward people with bulk pricing -- higher deposits for people who post a single stack of a stackable trade good (what could go wrong?)
Community moderation coming in the next patch
Azerite armor will be tradeable starting after next week’s patch (“they don’t want players to abuse the system to look for the best possible class/trait combination to loot a certain piece of azerite armor”)
AP needed to advance your Heart of Azeroth will be reduced
New models incoming for goblins and worgen (please fix hats!)
Is this expansion “alt friendly”?
Takes me about 20 minutes to get from beginning of entry quests to in the first inn, bound, and basic professions upgraded. Multiply that by 13 level 110s and that’s over 4 hours just to get everyone in the game. Not even counting the 1 Horde and 1 Alliance character I needed to take through the whole thing.
Are side quests a problem?
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Pet battle bonus event
Darkmoon Faire starts Sunday
Lots of hotfixes to classes, creatures, professions, raids, dungeons and quests - almost daily since prepatch
Hotfix to experience: experience required to level has been lowered for all levels 40-100. Reduction averages 14% between 60-80, with smaller reductions at other levels.
Quest log bug -
“Due to an issue, during a short time between 1st of August, 09:30 pm and 2nd of August 01:45 am players would get all their quest log abandoned when using a teleportation ability, such as hearthstone or mage portal. This issue is fixed by now, and we will try to assist you with recovering your quest progress.
If you lost a progress of a quest, that can be completed during single play session, please, proceed by restarting this quest.
If you were impacted by this issue and you lost a progress of a multistep quest, that takes several days to complete or a quest that you are not able to pick up anymore, we will try to recover the progress. Please, note, that we do not guarantee to recover progress as it was before the loss, but we will do our best.”
War of Thorns parts 1&2: thoughts