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Basic Example of Threat & Aggro
2008-12-04 à 22:15
In today's class we're going to review the basics of threat mechanics--what threat, aggro, and hate are. These terms are familiar to most players, but are often misunderstood. A proper understanding can aid tactics and lesson confusion in-game.
Of course, this is also a great introduction to tanking. Wondering how these big, armor-clad warriors, paladins, druids, or death knights got so mean and hated by creatures everywhere? Well then, sit down and open your books to page three hundred, seventy-six. This is Insensitivity Training 101!
Skills to Pay the Bills: First Aid
2008-12-04 à 01:59
Skills to Pay the Bills
is a three-part feature that will cover the important details of leveling the secondary tradeskills of Fishing, First Aid and Cooking in Wrath of the Lich King. These posts are written for the player entering Northrend with all secondary professions already maxed (at 375 skill). For information on leveling tradeskills prior to 375, check out the
Profession Leveling Guides
sticky on our
Part 2: First Aid
is pretty straightforward - learn recipes, get cloth, make bandages, ta-da!
You can train
Grand Master First Aid
Grand Master First Aid Trainer
. The trainer will teach you how to make
, which require 1
Phat Lewtz Contest - Phase 1
2008-12-03 à 23:30
We're giving away loot cards from the new
This is day
of the first phase, and as such we will be giving away two
) at the end of the day. When we're done with this phase, we just might give away some MORE cards... :D
Read the contest details FIRST!
Then, post a comment here with the
most EPIC loot drop
you've ever gotten for a chance to win!
Note: As mentioned in the
, if you don't win today you can enter again tomorrow – but tomorrow there will be a
blog post, and you will have to enter again!
A Game for the Obsessive Compulsive
2008-12-02 à 23:30
So having been busy with the site since the expansion came out, I'm actually not NEARLY as high level as I should be. My paladin was level 73 at the time of this writing, which is pretty tame considering the rate at which people are tearing through the new content. But as time goes on, I've realized that I have a problem with WotLK.
I've heard complaints that it's too easy, or that the new gear isn't good enough to replace the old, or other things along those lines. But the difficulty that
have is with instancing.
The instances in WotLK are
. I mean, I don't know if there are any people out there who haven't done them yet, but they're just
. The environments are bigger and more interesting. The fights are more nuanced, and more fun. They feel more connected to the game world--you don't feel as much like you're stepping out of Azeroth and into instance-land. You can see the Howling Fjord from the balcony of Utgarde Keep. There are cinematic sequences embedded in the instances to draw you further in--not long ones, just enough to hype you up and keep you interested.
So what's the problem? The problem i
Five Handy Macros (Yes, I use them!)
2008-12-01 à 21:30
Ever wanted more bag space? How about more slots on the toolbar? Here's a list of five practical macros which I enjoy myself and would like to share with other players embarking on their epic journey to Northrend. These work even if one doesn't have the expansion. Simply copy and paste the code into the new macro text area (type /macro to start) and
A Micro-Macro Philosophy
A macro should be something that helps a player out, not burden them or make their play experience unwieldy. So that said, a macro should meet at least two of the following three stipulations to make it on the list:
A macro should not play the game for you, but help you play the game,
A macro must save space on the hotbar,
A macro must provide functionality which, by default, was difficult to achieve.
Check out the 5 macros, after the jump!
Wowhead Comic #3
2008-12-01 à 15:30
MMrrugllmbr brml gruk-bgl!
It's new comic day!
Sorry for being slow!
decided he wanted to go on
last weekend. >:(
WoWInterface Pick of the Week for 11/30
2008-11-30 à 22:00
Our pick this week is a new addon on WoWInterface,
Are you an alchemist? Does the
Troll Patrol: The Alchemist's Apprentice
daily quest make your head spin trying to find everything? Want to make it easier and find the ingredients faster? Then try out EasySerum. Every time Alchemist Finklestein whispers you with an ingredient, this addon will print a message into your chat log telling you where to find it.
To read more on how it works, see its
For previous Picks of the Week, see
Are you the author of a mod that you think belongs in this spotlight? Just upload/update it to
, and it will automatically be considered for that week's Pick. :)
Some Site Updates
2008-11-30 à 00:00
Just out of the oven!
That's correct. Achievements can now be
like everything else on the site.
We're pretty excited to announce that the
now supports the following:
Enchants, gems, random enchantments
Be sure to check out the updated
page! Just view the source of the page to see the way the links were created.
The Eye of Eternity: A Raid Overview
2008-11-29 à 00:00
The Eye of Eternity
gives us a fast-paced experience with the blue dragon Malygos. In this fight, we see one of the new features that Wrath of the Lich King brought us: vehicles! See my interpretation and overview of the fight below the cut.
2008-11-27 à 14:30
So it's that time of year again here in the US--time for us to gain another 10 pounds, and to start thinking about what we're thankful for.
I started thinking about this recently and it occurred to me that in a very real way, one of the things I'm thankful for is WoW. I hate to sound like a sap, of course, and I know that there are some people out there who have met friends, significant others, even spouses via WoW--or people who have real social lives thanks to WoW friends, etc. I read those stories and I can't help but smile. But that's not
story. My story is a little different.
Another Warcraft RTS?
2008-11-26 à 18:30
recently put up a
in the Randomness forum which asked if Blizzard was planning on a fourth real time strategy (RTS) in the Warcraft series. I quickly drafted a reply after reading through the others, then realized this would make great blogging material! The question I sought to answer was: how exactly is Blizzard going to create another RTS game, and still fit it into the Warcraft universe and timeline?
After some thought, I was able to come up with five possibilities.
The Future of Storytelling
2008-11-26 à 00:15
Someone recently brought the following to my attention:
It's a fascinating interview with
, but for those not interested in reading the entire article, I was drawn to a particular moment when he says “Storytelling in MMO's is the future”. Considering the limitations of running an MMO in a static, unchanging, endlessly repeating world, I found this to be an interesting philosophy.
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