Wintergrasp defense-aion gold
Blizzard released a rather cryptic statement this morning concerning the offensive and defensive mechanics of Wintergrasp. Their entire statement is after the break, but it essentially comes down to the fact that there are some realms where one faction controls Wintergrasp nearly the entire time, and Blizzard has now shed some light on mechanics in place to correct this. The faction hording of Wintergrasp happens particularly often on unbalanced realms. Because the faction imbalance can be so extreme in some cases, the smaller population faction has virtually no chance at winning back the Wintergrasp fortress and obtaining the heirlooms and PvP items, nor any chance at accessing the VoA bosses. This can cause frustration on the part of players in the smaller faction. In this mechanic, which we presume is live, Wintergrasp zone mechanics will make it easier for the offense to gain access to siege vehicles if the opposing faction holds Wintergrasp more often. Blizzard is not specifying how long the opposing faction must defend Wintergrasp for the the offense to receive these significant buffs, but one can assume there is some sort of threshold. The full Blizzard statement after the break.
We wanted to address some of the confusion we often see regarding the Battle for Wintergrasp. We will not provide exact details on how the system works to try and avoid abuse of the mechanics, but there is a system in place that can change how the battle plays out.
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The loiterer often blames delay on his more active friend.
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When one faction defends more than the other, the system will give advantages like the ability to use catapults or siege tanks faster to the faction that is on the offensive. On realms where one faction is often able to defend the fortress and the other faction rarely defends, the system tries to help this balance by providing bonuses to the faction that rarely succeeds at defending.
In-game fixes for December-aion gold
Blizzard has released another round of in-game fixes, this time late last night. The changes are not as epic (or controversial) as the increase in the Battered Hilt drop rate, but they're still important to note nonetheless. The changes to Ionar and Tharon'Ja in particular will make killing these bosses much less awkward in today's pugs. Back when Wrath was released DPS overall was much lower -- you'd be happy if you saw a DPS do 1500 on a boss fight. Because most people are so far beyond that, you spend more time running around doing nothing than actually fighting with an encounter like Ionar. Pretty nice changes for those of us chaining a few heroics every day.
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The list of this round of changes include:
Ionar, in the Halls of Lightning, will now only disperse once during the course of the fight.
Prophet Tharon'Ja of Drak'Tharon will now only steal your flesh one time during the encounter.
Players with the quest "Wrath of the Lich King" will now properly receive quest credit.
Muradin and Saurfang will no longer gain stacks of Battlefury from totems. Additionally, the duration of Battlefury has also been reduced.
Lord Marrowgar is now tauntable.
The Looking For Group item level requirement for Halls of Reflection has been raised to match the difficulty of the encounters.
Deathbringer Saurfang's Rune of Blood has been modified to heal 10 times the amount of damage dealt instead of 5 times the damage. This will make the encounter more difficult if you try to tank Saurfang with just one character. The tooltip does not reflect this change, but it will in a future patch.
The full list of previous changes after the break.
Totem Talk: The Shaman of 2009-aion gold
2009 has been a year of almost continuous changes for shamans. It seems that not a patch has gone by without some changes to the class, some major, some not so severe. The class has seen mysterious DPS shortfalls, a minor controversy about health in PvP that then carried over into PvE content with the high levels of AoE damage in Ulduar with patch 3.1. Flametongue Weapon saw changes to prevent enhancement shamans from using caster weapons. Resto got a fairly substantial review and some significant tweaks. Elemental also saw some talents redesigned. While all of this was going on, shamans also saw some controversy about itemization, gear scaling and having to share caster mail between two specs that value different stats, as well as the constant battle with holy paladins to keep their grubby, grasping mitts off of our mail. Yeah, we know you don't want that MP5 plate, but since you're the only ones who can possibly get anything out of it, go away and leave our precious alone. (Cue the pages of discussion on why it's perfectly acceptable for holy paladins to take caster mail and explanations in detail of why I'm an inhuman monster who drowns fish. Yes, fish, That's how evil I am.)
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Birds of a feather flock together.
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The greatest kindness will not bind the ungrateful.
Now that we've got the pleasantries out of the way (remind me to tell you the story of the year my mom beat Santa Claus up in front of the extended family) we move on to shamans in 2009.
Class Interactions/Changes to Buff Stacking
From the discussion of how Totem of Wrath compares to the Warlock version to the murmurs about the 'mystery DPS leak' being related to our DoT's not working properly or being affected by another class being nerfed, shamans and the complexity of their various totem buffs were possibly the single class most affected by the change to how buffs work in Wrath of the Lich King. As a shaman, you now have to pay more attention to the make up of your party or raid than ever before to make sure you're not dropping a totem that duplicates a buff already present (and after a while, you can end up simply running out of totems you can drop without duplicating someone's efforts) - as an example, you're probably going to drop Totem of Wrath in your raid (as an elemental shaman) even if you have a Ret Paladin providing the same debuff to the boss with Heart of the Crusader, or a demo lock surpassing the spellpower benefit of the totem with his pet, depending on the situation. (You may well drop a Magma Totem and spam glyphed Improved Fire Nova on a big trash pull, of course. You can hit that bad boy six times before the totem despawns, not that I've been doing this and making tanks cry or anything.) I'd definitely put the changes to how buffs stack down as a big change to shamans in this expansion so far, and frankly, all too often the shaman version of a buff or debuff loses out to some other class's. I get that our totems stand in one place and provide their buffs as an aura, meaning that if the other class' buff wasn't superior our totems would just overwrite them and we'd have to rebuff people who were going to leave the totem's area, but there has to be a way around this that favors the shaman once in a while.
Know Your Lore: Winter Veil-aion power leveling
This week on KYL we get away from old god blood and crazy warlocks and instead look at Winter Veil. It's just as snow covered as Icecrown, but far less sinister. Sometimes that's a good thing. It can't all be death and destruction, you know. Sometimes it's running around doing fun stuff.
Now, I know you crazy lore addicts. Well, I mean, I know what you're like. I don't know you all personally. That would be difficult. Not impossible, I guess. We could have a get together! We could get together and sing songs and have festivities, except of course that I'm a shaggy, unpleasant person and... the more I think about this, the more I realize I'm the Greench of this particular Feast of Winter Veil. There are two really interesting aspects to the Feast of Winter Veil in terms of lore: one is that both the dwarves and the tauren, two races with different but strong connections to the earth and elements celebrate it. The other is that in Azeroth the holiday celebrations have been almost totally co-opted by the goblins who run the Smokywood Pastures organization. So we have a holiday that crosses faction and racial lines and goes back into the dim past, resurrected by a pack of schemers for mercantile profit.
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No arguments will give courage to the coward.
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Don't make much ado about nothing.
Man, where do they get this stuff? Can you imagine how outraged people would be if a sacred cultural holiday was bent and twisted out of recognition by grasping corporate entities in order to make a buck? People wouldn't stand for it!
Obstacle to Winter Veil 2009-aion power leveling
As fascinating as the possibility here of Hodir being incorporated into the traditions of the races of Azeroth is, and as interesting as the development of the myth, modern observances of Winter Veil have really very little to do with these ancient ideas. As Furmund in Orgrimmar and Goli Krumn in IF will tell you, Goblin entrepreneurs have siezed upon this basic story and exploded it in all directions like a gigantic, flaming comet made out of equal parts Burl Ives and Haddon Sundblom crashing into Azeroth, causing a cataclysm of holiday festivities. To the average modern Azerothian, Winter Veil is now about presents granted by a jolly man in a red outfit (which, if you consider the original feast ideal of Greatfather Winter bringing prosperity to those who accepted his visits, is an understandable development of the myth cycle). While the naysayers like Furmund and Goli can play the curmudgeon and protest the children losing touch the original meaning of Winter Veil, Smokywood Pastures (a subsidiary of the Steamwheedle Cartel) has a hit on its hands.
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If men had all they wished, they would be often ruined.
Of course, no enterprise can exist without complications, and Winter Veil is no different. When going about your Winter Veil celebration, you may well be called upon to rescue Metzen the Reindeer. The savages who kidnap this noble creature (and the exact location is of course a secret because if I tell you that's a spoiler and Greatfather Winter doesn't like boys and girls who spoil quests for people) don't even bother to keep him in a climate suitable for him! Monsters! Since Metzen is a prized member of Greatfather Winter's reindeer herd (and property of Smokywood Pastures) rescuing him is rewarding both financially and personally, I'm sure.
As awful as Metzen's fate is, it's hardly the only obstacle to Winter Veil. A shipment of Winter Veil treats disappears, and investigating the calamity leads the unwary into great peril, as the merciless Abominable Greench strikes! In addition to his menacing ways, he can also be darn hard to find. I would definitely recommend bringing some friends.
As we can see, for a holiday invented within World of Warcraft (it doesn't date back to the RTS) Winter Veil has taken on quite a life and quite the lore of its own. It's made its way into novels, it allows one to almost shoot one's eye out (indeed, there's a whole host of achievements involved), bosses drop hats and people turn their mounts into flying reindeers. Basically, here we have lore in the service of kicking back and having a good time. I can't imagine a better use.
Dear Drama Mamas:aion power leveling
Dear Drama Mamas: Last night, I was running H CoS on my mage, gearing her for frost PvE (I know it's not optimal, but it is viable -- and my favorite). The group I was in consisted of a hunter, death knight, shaman (healer) and paladin (tank). The pally tank was fully geared in at least ToGC gear (if not ICC), but the other DPS were obviously just graduating to Heroics. The tank was upset that my DPS was only slightly above his and that the hunter and DK were well below him. He proceeded to insult and belittle the DPS for being below him and started swearing, because he thought we would not be able to get the extra boss (and therefore the extra badge). I told him to stop being so rude, that the DPS were here to gear up and he should lay off; he just told me I was a scrub ...
I can understand his frustration. He feels like he is missing out on a chance to get an extra badge. However, I don't think it is necessary to verbally abuse other players just because of their place on the meters. If we had been in ToC or one of the new five-man heroics, I think he would have a point. But CoS is a lower-level heroic than those instances, and the DPS were par for the course.
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One story is good, till another is told.
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If words suffice not, blows must follow.
... I don't think it is fair to mock someone because their toon isn't as geared as you would like it to be. Isn't that why they're here? I guess my question is, who was right? I get that the general rule is for the DPS to be above the tank. But how is that fair when your tank is pulling near 3K DPS? How can he ask that the DPS be competitive if he isn't willing to run low-level heroics with them? Do they (we) deserve to be made fun of because our alts are not as geared as their mains, because we are here trying to gear them? Signed, Abused and Confused