Monday, October 20, 2014

WOW’s “The Iron Tide” is Here



Blizzard have announced the latest patch to their World of Warcraft yesterday, a patch quite pretentiously titled “The Iron Tide”. The Iron Tide is here to fix a number of issues with the game, amounting to a rather hefty list of hot-fixes.
As far as environmental improvements go, the patch did away with the sometimes empty Treasure Chests on Timeless Isle. The Ogre Combat quest is gone as well, after all Master Aitokk has apparently been dead for a while, so the last place he’d be is offering quests to players.

Quest-wise, there’s always something that manages to tick people off, and indeed, nothing accomplishes that better than a quest which just cannot be finished. We’re talking about High Recognition of course, another issue which has now been done away with.
To the Skies! and the Legendary Cloak quest line have also been overhauled a bit. In the former, Taoshi no longer de-spawns after her arrival, and in the latter, the Judgment of the Black Prince no longer carries a guild reputation requirement.

Players will be glad to find that in the Temple of the Jade Serpent, the damage dealt by Strife and Peril has finally been reduced so it’s no longer as ludicrous as it used to be.
In arenas and battlegrounds, the winning team will pick up more honor points, but this fix is temporary, lasting till the opening of the Draenor Portal, which will reset it.
Various NPCs above lvl 90 will no longer appear in locations like Alterac Valley, Isle of Conquest and Strands of the Ancients.

The bottom line: The Iron Tide has done a decent job of cleaning up some of the most annoying issues present in the game, essentially preparing it for the launch of Warlords of Draenor. Those who will return to the game in the coming days/weeks, will be certainly glad not to run into any unexpected problems.

Philip Thalberg is a gosugamer. Gosugamers’net has been at the forefront of the eSportsnews industry for more than a decade now…
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hallow's End in destroyed Theramore

Looks like Blizzard forgot to phase the Hallow's End stuff out of destroyed Theramore this year. Click the image for more.



Everything that should be solid is solid. You can stand on the apple bowl and sit in the chairs from it. Should make for some interesting screenshots with your friends!

Edit: As an aside, it seems that the non-phased is merged with the phased Theramore. This may not be limited to Hallow's End. Troops are floating around and players are walking on air around me.

Patch: 6.0.2
People needed: Solo
Class: Any
Items: None
Professions: None
Third party tools: None.
Disconnects: None.
Mounts: Any flying mount.
Macros: None.

Method: Simply visit Theramore during Hallow's End while not in the time-travel phase.
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Caverns of Time - No Fog

Just a bit of exploration information; currently in CoT (Culling of Strathome) there's no fog when outside of boundaries. See attached for evidence.

Thanks all!

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[Minor] Bypass class role for dungeon queue (YMMV)



If you have a character that last queued as heals before the pre-patch without a heal spec, you can still get pulled into dungeons with a healing role. This may also work for the tank role.

I have a monk that was last set up as heals and damage, to quickly queue for the Grim Guzzler dungeon. When I logged into it today to do Headless Horseman, I was marked only as DPS on the dungeon finder screen. I hit queue and went into the dungeon as heals. I relogged and replicated this with a random MoP queue.

I have not tried switching between specs or unchecking the DPS box, as I'm afraid it might reset my role availability. Could be available to everyone like the talents if it's only controlled by the UI (since it remembered me as heals from last time).
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Boomkin form in Restoration / Guardian - Gamebreaking Bonuses

Hi all, as the title states it's currently possible to get Boomkin Form working in any specialization, and here's how:
  1. Specialize into the specialization (Guardian or Restoration) you want to have Boomkin Form in.
  2. Set your off-spec to Balance
  3. Queue for a Skirmish as DPS
  4. Enter the Skirmish and it should set you as balance, change into Boomkin form (and stay in it) do not leave, you must win the skirmish.
  5. After winning, click leave arena.

You can relog and keep the form activated. Certain spells will maintain the form (see below)



List of known spells that work in form:
  • Cenarion Ward
  • Healing Touch
  • Rejuvination
  • Wild Mushroom
  • Wrath
  • Moonfire
  • Nature's Swiftness
  • Nature's Cure
  • Ironbark
  • Barkskin
  • Wild Growth
  • Wild Charge
  • Genesis

Spells that do not work:
  • Swiftmend
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Making Gold off Names - 6.0.2 Edition



So quite a few people know the old "take good names and sell them" trick.

With the release of 6.0.2, any character that hasn't logged on since the launch of WotLK had their name made available, and this means there are some very rare, lucrative and profitable names floating around.

I personally play on a few very high population realms and I've managed to snag well over 150 names across them - selling them for anywhere from 2k to 25k a name simply advertising in trade chat, making over 200k spread over 4 realms in the past few days (admittedly sitting in trade chat a lot).

So here's the basic method:

Step 1) Trial accounts (you can skip this step if you have access to a number of accounts as is)

Make a new Battle.net account with whatever details you want, it doesn't really matter. I just use my real details, and then add a trial account.

You'll want a seperate account to the account you're selling on so you can collect your gold and sell names without having to log in and out of your main.

Step 2) Names

I've prepared a somewhat decent list of possible names which is by no means complete, so of course you're encouraged to try anything else you think of. In addition to these names, you can try common Name and Female names from real life, as well as random combinations of 2 letters.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Spring
Summer
Winter
Autumn
Fall

Second
Minute
Hour
Day
Month
Year
Decade
Century
Millennium

Mother
Father
Sister
Brother
Dad
Mum
Mom
Aunt
Uncle
Papa
Mama

Affliction
Arcane
Arms
Assassinate
Balance
Beastmaster
Blood
Boomkin
Combat
Demo
Demonology
Destro
Destruction
Disc
Discipline
Ele
Elemental
Enhance
Enhancement
Feral
Fire
Frost
Frost
Fury
Guardian
Holy
Marks
Marksman
Moonkin
Prot
Protection
Resto
Restoration
Ret
Retribution
Shadow
Sub
Subtlety
Surv
Survival
Unholy

Thunderfury
Atiesh
Sulfuras
Azzinoth
Warglaive
Warglaives
Thoridal
Valanyr
Shadowmourne

Alch
Alchemy
Arch
Archaeology
Bandage
Blacksmith
Disenchant
Enchant
Enchanting
Engineer
Engineering
Fish
Fisher
Fisherman
Fishing
Herb
Herbal
Herbalism
Herbalist
Inscribe
Inscription
Jewel
Jewelcraft
Jeweler
Leatherwork
Mine
Miner
Mining
Scribe
Skin
Skinner
Skinning
Smelt
Smelter
Tailor
Tailoring
Tanner
Tinker

Act
All
And
Any
Are
Bar
Boy
But
Can
Car
Dew
Did
Eat
Far
For
Get
Gym
has
Her
Her
Hey
Him
His
How
Ink
Its
Jet
Key
Log
Mad
Man
Nap
New
Not
Now
Odd
Old
One
Our
Out
Pal
Put
Ram
Saw
Say
See
She
Tan
The
Too
Urn
Use
Vet
Was
Way
Wed
Who
Yap
You
Zoo

Accept
Allow
Ask
Believe
Borrow
Break
BRing
Buy
Can
Cancel
Change
Clean
Comb
Complain
Complaint
Cough
Count
Cut
Dance
Draw
Drink
Drive
Eat
Explain
Fall
Fill
Find
Finish
Fit
Fix
Fly
Forget
Give
Go
Have
Hear
Hurt
Know
Learn
Leave
Listen
Live
Look
Lose
Make
Need
Open
Close
Organise
Pay
Play
Put
Rain
Read
Reply
Run
Say
See
Sell
Send
Sign
Sing
Sit
Sleep
Smoke
Speak
Spell
Spend
Stand
Start
Study
Succeed
Swim
Take
Talk
Teach
Tell
Think
Travel
Try
Type
Understand
Use
Wait
Wake
Want
Watch
Work
Worry

Auctioneer
Auction
Auctions
Awesome
Bank
Banker
Banking
Bargain
Beautiful
Beauty
Belief
Blush
Bookcase
Bookshelf
Chair
Computer
Crush
Dark
Desk
Disagree
Dry
Flirt
Giggle
Heart
Heartbreak
Heartbroken
Heaven
Home
Hot
House
Keyboard
Laugh
Light
Light
Love
Lovely
Monitor
Mouse
Seat
Sly
Smile
Table
Wet
Wink
Simply create level 1 characters on the realm you wish to sell them on on your trial account. If you run out of room, add another trial account.

I find it useful to keep a list of what names are on which account.

Step 3) Finding Buyers

Go to trade chat (preferably on a high level so people don't dismiss you as a scammer) and make an advertisement similar to the following

{square}{square} Interested in a rare name? {square}{square} I have (X) number of names for sale, including - (list some of the better ones here) - PST for more information and pricing! {square}{square}

Step 4) Selling

How you want to sell it is really between you and your buyer. I personally do the following:

Accept half the price up-front on my main account. Ask the buyer to hop on Vent if they don't have a second account, or to also log on their second account if they do.

Ask them to create a level one and type in the name they're buying but don't create it. Once they've told you they're ready, you delete the character and tell them to take it.

Collect your gold and GG.

Why does this work?
WoW is essentially ten years old now, and some of the servers have been out just as long. Getting a good or unusual name is becoming harder and harder as time goes on, and with a new expansion coming up and people sitting on gold - possibly thinking about rerolling a new alt for the next expansion, people are willing to fork out decent sums for a good name.

I can't guarantee you'll make any gold, but if you find yourself AFKing in Trade a lot on your main or alt account, you're essentially getting free money for nearly no effort.
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Halloween Costume Glitch

Tiny exploit, but currently you can cast a wand on someone while they're mounted, and it'll transform them while being on their mount. However, if you demount you will not be able to remount.



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What a long, strange 10 years it's been. Let me introduce you to my other self.

He's been through three or four different flavors of hell. Lost his home and his father as a teenager. Seen countless people, some with families, die under his command. And that's only the broad strokes of it. I was pleased to see his updated face model. It's spot-on.


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Cata Stat Potion/flasks with MORE Stats than current teir Stat pots/flasks

I've only tried this with the Intellect pots but I assume they are the same for others; but post-squish Cata potions (Volcanic Potion - Item - World of Warcraft ) has 20 more intellect than the current teir potions. ( Potion of the Jade Serpent - Item - World of Warcraft )

Same seems to go with Cata flasks ( Flask of the Draconic Mind - Item - World of Warcraft ) and MoP flasks ( Flask of the Warm Sun - Item - World of Warcraft)

Not sure if considered exploit or what, but it's a neat thing to know for y'all starting mythic and want an advantage! ( as minor as it may be )


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Ulduar, full clear SOLO



As we all know, patch 6.0.2 made old content easy to solo with all classes due to scaling.

A roadblock for most solo runs is Thorim in Ulduar where you needed atleast 2 people (unless you did the pet/engineer trick).

Before the patch you had to have someone/pet standing in the arena area or use speed increases such as engineering/potions/worgen racial/talents to bypass the mechanic.

That is NOT necessary anymore. 

I ran in to Ulduar with my warlock to use the pet trick and what a surprise, you don't need to use tricks anymore! Just run in, clear the arena, open the gate and run to Thorim.

He will not oneshot you anymore!

Happy hunting folks! 
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

[Postmaster]: Level 1 Troll

Im probably going to be sending people random greys all night. Ill even try think of a few strange combinations ;)


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It was this moment that I realized my guildmates are all growing up...



For the record, I'm 34 now. I've played with so many people through the years now but there's always a few that stick with you. These 2 parents were some of the best raiders a guildleader could have hoped for. The father was a Draenei Paladin and one of the best healers. The mother was a NE Shadow Priest and laid down some smack. She hardly spoke but when she did... it was serious and she usually saved a wipe. Her line which sticks with me, and her husband is "I got this..." And she usually did.

I've watched these two date, move in together, buy a house, get a dog, get married, buy cars and now... have a n00b. Great folks.
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Kil'jaeden-Horde throwing Garrosh a goodbye party


He'll be back. Blizz will find a way to make Garry the final boss of WoD. I love me a good redemption story and arc. Don't get me wrong, they are usually quite fun.

But god almighty WoW has way too many. Let Garry be evil. Let him stay that way. Let him rot that way.

I appreciate that they made this character that's so easy to hate. He has his misplaced honor/moral code and an unsustainable lust for power. Despite some issues with presentation in the game, I think Garrosh is/was a great villain that deserves the slow and painful burn into defeat he has received. His mark can/should be left and felt by the game, but it should not ever be reversed.
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