Hey guys and gals

Today we’re going to go into a bit more of the features of Patch 4.1.

2 new guild tabards - Illustrious Guild Tabard and Renowned Guild Tabard

New level 391 trinkets include Stay of ExecutionGift of the Greatfather and my fav Scales of Life

There are also some cool new mounts to replace the Zul Gurub ones Armored Razzashi Raptor

Interrupts will now always hit their targets off global cooldown. Fab man

Tame beast now tames pets to the hunters level and not 5 levels below. Thank the hunter lord.

Magmaw now tells you he has worms.

Profession trainers and vendors realise there more profit if they are in every city.

Blizzard is working on a Looking for Guild system but with no details as yet it’s early days.


 

Hey guys and gals

Welcome to todays big news daily dose.  What have we got today well all the news is about patch 4.1 and those data mined files from MMO champion.

Zul Gurub and Zul Aman to be 5 man Dungeons

Plenty of class changes

New Companions and mounts

Mounts

A whole whack of stuff which can be found here : http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2189-Patch-4.1-on-PTR-Zul-aman-and-Zul-gurub-are-back


 

Daily Dose 23/02/2011

Good Morning guys and Gals

Some news for hunters and some news for mages today in our daily news section of the site. Hope you enjoy

Todays hot fixes

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/2259389

2200 rating arena weapons available

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1567814533?page=1

More explanation of the hunter changes

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2112373390#1

Mage Ignite munching

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2089201667#1

Blizzard art update

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/media/artwork/wow-wrath


Daily Dose 21/02/2011

Hey guys

Welcome to today’s daily does.

The news for today as follows:

WoW Brazil looks set to be launching later this year.

 

Class balance based on PTR testing

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2112231260#1

 

Optec’s Patch 4.0.6 General Warlock guide

http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1710374775#1

 

That post by Certaindeath replied to by our fav mod Nevalistis

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2112512923#1


 

New WowTitan Podcast coming soon

Hey guys

Just a quick post to say that the WowTitan Podcast will be back very very soon. We are working on a new host to help fill in when one of us is unable to record and there will not be an offical day and time. You will just have to keep an eye on @Ravonbrand on Twitter to keep up to date with the haps down here in WTP.

Have fun guys. New posts coming this week too.

Is Warcraft boring you?

Now for most of us the answer to this question is pretty simple and that is a firm no. You ask how could Warcraft be boring? Well I would agree with you that the game as a whole is nowhere near boring and is amazingly addictive but lets play devils advocate here for a minute and look at it in 3 areas.

First I’m going to look at the 1-80 game. Now for a lot of players this is a whole new area and for the newer players this is what they see as they make their way to max level. It is an area that has completely changed with the Cataclysm and was for the benefit of everyone and I cannot think of one person who could not say that these changes have been for anything other than the good of the game.  No more does it take a few days to level to 40 or 60 but you can complete this transition in a few hours if you are dedicated enough and even playing casually I was able to get to 40 within 5 hours of game played time. The questing is fun and imaginative and attractive and gives you that chance you may not have had previously to learn your classes abilities and in what area of the game you must want to participate whether it be tank healer or dps caster or melee. You also see a better understand of combining a rotation to help you get the most out of your dps or help protect yourself more. This is where the game flourishes at the moment. The new quests and areas fir so perfectly together that it is fun and great to run alts through these new and exciting areas. Will this shine last? Well I hope so. This part of the game is nowhere near boring. Yet. Well until you hit 60-80 and have to do Outland and Northrend which are unchanged as yet.

The second area is the  80-85 leveling aspect. Now whether you choose to go to Vashj’ir or  Mount Hijal is completely up to you. After playing through both areas I really think that Vashj’ir is for more experienced players who want to see the newness and coolness of this area and Mount Hijal is just another leveling zone with a couple of twists. Both areas experience the use of phasing and it works particularly well as you travel and reclaim areas of Hijal and also the Naga quest line in Vashj’ir is amazing. Yet again the 80-85 areas share that same feeling of amazing questing as the 1-60 areas and with a few exceptions of “where the hell now?” moments in Hijal  the quests flow seamlessly from one to the next with naturalness and you actually do start feeling like the hero that Blizzard wants you to be. No more so is this shown in the Ulduam Harrison Jones quest line which yes is a direct copy of the acclaimed movies but come on it was an epic and funny quest line and something I think was handled really well and didn’t go in over kill.  We forgive you Blizzard for being lazy this once. It was here in these new zones that I started to care about my character and what might happen to Azeroth as we know it. It is a testament to Blizzard that they can come up with such creative and funny and emotional storylines that keep gamers around the world captivated.

Finally I want to look at the “end game ” aspect and this is where I have a couple of problems. Ok so I am a casual player simply because I work a full-time job with terrible hours during raiding hours and also have a 3-year-old daughter so all this takes up a lot of my time. Now at the moment there ate only certain factions that you can get rep with through daily quests and the rest for the moment anyways you have to use the faction tabard in dungeons to make your way to exalted. Here in lays my problem at the moment as it is extremely hard for me to dedicate at least 2 – 3 hours on a dungeon. Yes I do like that the dungeons are now hard and I think this is a very good thing as over time they will get easier as we all gear up but people seem to be thinking along my lines as well and I have found a lot of groups that the group you start the dungeon with is not the same one (unless its a guild run) that you finish it with because people drop out constantly. It’s like a pandemic at the moment. Plus apart from dungeons and raids there is not much else to do after you rep grind your factions. This has been an issue in the game since launch and obviously Blizzard wants people to be running alts but they take no time now to level . So what would my suggestions be to players? Well I have found the battlegrounds a good time killer to be honest and have got myself a nice set of PVP gear in the process. The battlegrounds now are fun and seem fairly balanced from what I have experienced. It is a great way to kill half an hour or more and have fun also plus it is a completely different aspect to the game than the rest. If battlegrounds aren’t your thing then this is where you will run up against a brick wall of stuff to keep you interested. Guilds are currently in holding patterns waiting for people to gear up for in some cases heroics and raids which is also having it’s effect. I would say to people in random dungeons to be patient with people as you are never going to get a perfect group and Blizzard do not nerf the dungeons as this will not be to the benefit of people. Give us something more to do at 85. I think we all wish path of the titans had been introduced including Blizzard and hopefully we will see something come of it down the road but for now the game is split. Great leveling and not much to do after so far. Lets hope for a change.

The Catch Up is Complete

Hey Guys and Gals

Ravon back once again after a short break I took revisiting my favorite place in the whole world. Yes Azeroth.  Had a lot to catch up with once I got my hands on Cataclysm earlier this month and  thankfully due to lots of snow and ice in Ireland I had a lot of time on my hands to run through a lot of the content. Not all but a lot.

So what’s this article going to be about. Yep you guessed it a full on Cataclysm review session. So we’re going to break it up into a few sections here for you guys. First is Questing. First off the bat in the new Stormwind or Ogrimmar is the choice you get to pick between the lost city of Vashj’ir or Mount Hijal. Personally I picked Vashj’ir as I wanted to see just how good this zone was after it was finally completed from beta. Now hold your horses I was not disappointed and that’s for later. The questing flow in all areas is amazing. There is a true and defined fluidity to it that is so well done it is no time and you have completed half the quests in the area just because they are so fun. With the questing comes the phasing and we finally feel like we are in a progressive MMO when the very landscape around up is changing as we read the quest text and please guess for your own sake read the quest text.  Now there are parts where you could maybe miss a quest or two and miss out on a chain quest and have to fly all over the map to find it but this only happens a couple of times. All in all questing is epic.

Secondly I wanna talk about zones. We got the 5 new zones with the lost city of Vashj’ir, Mount Hijal, Ulduam, Deepholm and Twilight Highlands. Are these zones spectacular? Yes. Does the phasing work good in these zones. My god yes. What would you change about these zones? Well i would not change much apart from a few more NPC’s and a bit less of a respawn time on the existing ones as most people will have seen that once you kill one it is like he cloned himself in a split second and just started to pound on you where he left off. Of course this will all get sorted once the number of people running the areas diminishes but it was a little annoying. Vashj’ir is amazing. The swimming and walking underwater is great and fun but I did hear a lot of people complaining about it but personally I had no problem with it. Hijal uses phasing to its uttermost best ( yes it can be a sentence). As you progress through the zone it is great to see the life returning to the mountain and you helping change the zone forever by your actions. Ulduam is just so much fun and gorgeous. Hell it’s just chock full of Indiana Jones which I love. Deepholm is menacing and broody which works great for the zone where Deathwing called home for so long and finally Twilight Highlands is cool and taking the fight to the Twilight cult and helping the red dragons is definitely a favorite.

Next up is dungeons. So I have run every one of the new dungeons except heroic Deadmines and they all start exactly where the quests that lead you there end which is brilliant.  I have only completed dungeons on normal at the moment as I am waiting on guild to gear up before taking on heroics. Throne of the tides is beautiful and simple to be honest. It’s not much of a challenge but looks cool. Vortex Pinnacle will cause you some problems if you do not CC the adds but other than that the bosses are pretty straight forward. Stonecore is fun and again not much of a challenge on normal mode.  The lost city of Tol’vir is again a CC checker. You need your group working together here or else it is a very big wipefest. Halls of Origination is fun and it’s great to be with Mr Bronzebeard again. The bosses are simple and no real problems with them at all. Grim Batol = OMG. Now of all the new dungeons this one was hard. The trash is hard. The bosses are hard and if you do not clear a good bit of the trash with the drakes at the start then prepare for a long night head of you guys cos it is not easy. All in all I like the new dungeons. They are all fun and great to run through and experience. Heroics will not be easy :).

Lets tackle the Goblins and Worgan last. WTH was Blizzard thinking about putting these guys in this expansion? Are they nuts? Do we not already have way too many cool things in here? I guess they thought not and gave us the fun and completely over the top Goblins and vicious down right bad ass Worgan. So Goblins have been in the game since the start and they are just as fun and conniving as they always have been. I started with a Goblin rogue as they are evil stealing gremlins so that was the perfect combo ( did you get the joke? lol) and I must say that not only was the questing fun and interesting in the starter zones but also the phasing actually helped me care about my little Gizmo.  The use of vehicles in the 3rd quest you get is ingenious and gives you so much fun to play and do your quests that it feels like no time before you’re stranded on the Lost Isles and fighting the Alliance so that you can survive. Lucky for you that the Horde hate the Alliance again and that you get a chance to scratch their backs and they help scratch your’s. Now that good business, The Worgan on the other hand face an impossible fight from the word go against the enemy they will eventually become. The questing is fun and gives you the basics of exactly what your class can and can’t do and also lets you have fun as a human before your life is ripped away by the curse that befalls the Gilneas people.  As you fight to basically stay alive as the Undead arrive to take Gilneas you are helped by the Night Elves who feel a duty to assist your race as they are partially to blame for the curse. The Worgan are exactly what the Alliance need. They needed a vicious menacing brutal race to off set the nice and friendliness that has been in the Alliance since the start. We are going to see a lot of Worgan around and hopefully my Worgan druid will be at the thick of the action soon.

So is World of Warcraft: Cataclysm worth all the hype? Well yes and no. It is an amazing piece of work and one which as a player I am so glad to see happening. Is this the best that Blizzard can do? No. There is much more to come from this expansion and I think we have only got a small bit of a bigger and much more interesting storyline. I think this will be the start of something great and not the best that we have seen. What’s Blizzards next expansion? Come on people why the hell would you bother asking this already. Get over it and play the game they have given you.

When the world is shattered….

Hey guys and girls

A late post this week due to the fact I have run out of game time which means my lovely access to World of Warcraft is none existent until the end of this week. So all information brought to you this week will be from various other websites.

So obviously the big news this week is that shattering of Azeroth as we knew it and reborn in the fires of Deathwing. As I have not seen or experienced this apart from on the beta I have to say I really wanna see it. With all the Dalaran and Shattrath portals being removed I hear a lot of people crying about the fact of not being able to run through a portal to where they want to go. Get over it people. You knew it was coming and it’s not a big deal now we will be able to fly in Azeroth anyway. From playing on the beta I have seen how much the world has changed and I love it. Come on the Redridge bridge is finally complete.

Blizzard has cut the prices of WoW and all its expansions also for a limited time. You can pick Vanilla World of Warcraft and The Burning Crusade up for €5 each and also Wrath of the Lich King for €10. So come on guys buy this limited offer for your loved ones and get them hooked also.

Blizzard announced the Darkmoon Faire website. Similar to the 5th anniversary website there are unlockable features the more that you send in your applications for the 2 competitions that they now have running. One a video competition and the other and image competition.  Prizes include laptops and headsets and the stuff which has been unlocked so far is pretty darn cool. Look below at the images and videos unlocked so far. Must say Garosh looks badass.

The official World of Warcraft forums closed down and reopened in a new location this week on the new community site. They look just as neat and tidy as before and I don’t really see a down side to this one. Sure we will have gotten used to the old system but come on its new and pretty and for all those barred Trolls you have been unbarred to rant and rave as much as you like (until you get banned again) in the new glossy forum pages.

No pet for the anniversary this year and I for one am pissed off at this. Blizzard stated it was because they wanted these little guys to only be part of a milestone event like the 5th anniversary. So what was with the 4th anniversary pet then guys? What was the milestone there guys? I know the guys at Blizzard have been busy this year and all but this was their chance to give us Ghostcrawlers moose. Hell they could have even set it on fire and told us for all our whining they would be giving us a flamin moose and we would have been happy. Well we’ll just have to wait for our camels then.

Sorry here but sometimes you come across a piece of fan art that blows you away and I have to give a big congrats to Zhongjie Lan (Windforcelan) for this masterpiece below which I have printed on glossy paper and is sitting up in my office as a truly amazing piece of work. It has to be one of the most sexy and amazing pieces of Warcraft art I have seen in ages and deserves the praise of being on the Blizzard fan art site.  Check below for the picture.

Finally for this week in review we got Patch 4.0.3 which saw those elementals attacking the major cities and although I only saw a fraction of this due to the above issue of running out of game time and money. It did look damn cool with epic raid’s amount of people battling to protect their cities for the onslaught of the elements. This of course died down after a few days and most people just stood there and let others do the work for them. Way to go guys on showing your true allegiance.

Well that’s it from me for another week. I shall be back with you on Sunday this week as I need to actually play the game for a while to get acquainted with what I am telling you guys. Have fun

Epic Noobs Everyone.

Hey guys and welcome to another week in the World of Warcraft.

So this Monday we got the 2nd part of the world event. I must ask was anyone else pretty disappointed in this new set of quests. Yes sure it was kinda cool nuking tiny stone dudes in Ironforge but there wasn’t an epic or huge deal really about it unlike the 1st stage where the elementals were appearing world wide. I kinda hoped that the second stage would see an even greater amount of these world invasions or maybe cut the timer down on them from 1 hr to maybe 30 minutes.  But alas neither of the above seemed to happen and instead we got a quest to save some artifacts and kill some little dudes. Lets hope for something a bit more substantial in the coming weeks as Cataclysm rules up to the door and knocks it off it’s hinges.

Then on Friday night we got the 3rd part of this event giving us a few more quests including disrupting some cultists and their plans for Stormwind and visiting Thrall in Nagrand as we find out that he has stepped down as Warchief and handed the title to an obviously happy Garosh. This 3rd installment definitely was as good as the first and shows the effects that the cultists are having on the cities of Stormwind and Orgrimmar with visitors having to be checked before entering the gates in case that they are cultists trying to expand their plans. This doesn’t seem to be working too well though as there are plenty of them walking around in plain sight. Don’t you just want to punch them.

This week thanks to our friends at MMO-Champion we got our first looks at the new store pets coming our way later this month. The Lil’Ragnaros and Moonkin Hatchling will be winging our way to us soon and you can expect both these pets to cost the same as the previous Lil XT and Pandaran Monk pets. Just like the Monk last year half off all money raised from the sale of the Moonkin Hatchling shall go to a charity which is as yet to be nominated by Blizzard. My take on this is simple. Buy the Moonkin to support the charity as it is a good cause and will more than likely be a deserving one and buy Rag if you feel like it. It is nothing major to buy one or both of them and it is nice to do your charitable deed for the year guys lol.


Blizzard announced this week the introduction of the Dial in authenticator. So what this service is is a free opt in service for when the game believes that it may not be you who is trying to access your account. If this is the case it shall as you to phone a toll free number from a specific number which you will set upon opting in and follow the directions from there. This is a great idea and one I know has been talked about before other places I.E The Instance and add that extra layer of security against account hackers. For those of you who’s phones are not compatible with the mobile authenticator or just not will to pay for the extremely cheap authenticator itself ( which I don’t see why you should not) then this is a viable option for you and it’s free.

Blizzard also announced that you shall be able to race change immediately as of December 7th to either Worgan or Goblin.Does this make me want to do it with my main. No not at all. Some people will want to do this yes but they are going to miss out on exciting new content if they do which I for one shall be rolling 3 new characters. A Worgan, Goblin and either a Human Paladin or Orc Druid. For the people who want their characters as these new races it’s great but I do not foresee many people doing this until at least their characters hit 85 but I have been wrong in the past.


Yes it has arrived a lot quicker than last year… We got our Deathy’s. Wow what a little spit fire he is too. Deathy’s animations come less than those of the other pets but this still makes him a constant companion for all those people who attended or bought the Direct TV package this year. I know he shall have pride of place beside me as I adventure through a reforged Azeroth and he shall be there beside me as I take down his daddy Deathwing.


The Delay.

Hey guys.

First off I would like to apologize for the delay in the last couple of weeks but with Blizzcon and the RL job commitments it has been a nightmare to get 20 minutes to write-up anything substantial enough to call a post but here we are another Friday and another post is for your viewing pleasure.

News today of the beta testing of the new World of Warcraft community site and I must say I am impressed. No longer will there be a mass of menu’s down the left hand side of the screen but all neatly categorized along a top menu plane for ease of access. I must say I like this design a hell a lot. The background is in fitting with the Cataclysm expansion and the overall flow of the site is great. Well done to the designers. Must say I really like.

I have fallen in love by the way with a new World of Warcraft wallpaper. Yes we have the new official Cataclysm wallpaper finally this week and it looks as dark and as menacing as anything I have seen come for the artists before. It has replaced my anniversary 5 and 20 year Warcraft wallpaper of all the faction leaders and I think it will be around for a long time yet.  Unfortunately though my daughter doesn’t seem to like Deathwing so every time she sees him she does a little scream and runs away which is cute and is exactly what I wanna do in-game but I am not such a girl. Yet.

The Cataclysm world event started this week with a number of quests involving elementals and the Twillight Hammer cult. I have played through this series of quests on my main and main alt now and my say they are very well done and not at all majorly time-consuming. There is an achievement also for killing each of the 4 types of elementals in different regions and a friend of mine came up with an excellent idea for making this easier. All you have to do is create a new global chat channel called rifts or whatever you wish and tell people about it. Then people can update each other in your realm on when rift times are or if rifts are currently available and where in certain areas. TOP TIP.

I have to address Red Shirt Guy. This guy had the guts to call Blizzard out on a mistake in lore in beta compared to the new novel The Shattering. Well done this guy and must say to all the idiots who are annoying him give him a break. Someone else would have done this at some stage and it is not fair to make fun of a person just because they have noticed a mistake in-game and I am sure that if this was something to do with your class or role you would have been more than happy for him to stand up there and tell the main guys at Blizzard about it. So well done sir and hope you’re not taking idiots opinions to personally. Also well done on the new in-game character based on Red Shirt Guy in Ironforge Wildhammer Fact Checker who is nicely dressed in customary red shirt.

Cataclysm has also gone on pre sale download from Blizzard store. Now I know a lot of people will get the digital download but for once guys I have to disagree with a game / expansion of this magnitude. I have pre ordered the Cataclysm Collectors Edition with official game strategy guide (which ain’t worth that much really) because god damn it I want it. Yeah I know it’s a lot of money for not that much else extra and yes I know it just for show and yes I know it really nothing but junk to go along with the books and Murlocs and figures and other stuff that I already have spent way way way too much money on but come the hell on. This is the biggest change to the biggest MMO ever. Can you not say that you too are tempted by the silver and red lava box and all it contents.  Sure you are.

Well that’s me for another week guys. Have fun and hope to get the second part of the world event this week so enjoy killing elementals in Stormwind and others.

Outta here.

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