World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft PodcastAuthor: Michael Gaines and Renata
13 Dec 2017

World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast

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Since 2005, World Of Warcast has been bringing listeners some of the best information about World Of Warcraft. Every week we talk about the most important topics, and some not so important ones.

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    Episode 269, "Studly"

    Discord: https://discord.worldofwarcast.com
    Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/starmike

    Ren:
    McAdoo fired (and so was Jerry Reese) … Geno Smith didn’t win the day and Eli is back
    Life invasions, but managed to do some gaming
    Mod of the Cast: MaxDPS (for remembering how to play forgotten toons)

    Mike:
    More achievement hunting.
    XT seems to be problematic.
    Staying buffed all winter may be buggy
    Forgot to do Algalon
    Next week - all 25-man
    Still need that 5-man Scholo one.
    I started working on addons. Finally.

    This Week in WoW
    Darkmoon Faire ends Sunday
    PvP week next week - Arena Skirmish and PvP brawl weekly events
    Feast of Winter Veil starts on the 16th
    Kobolds and Catacombs has an epic trailer. I still won’t play it.
    https://youtu.be/Q0blneW2fTo

    News
    Shaman Challenge: No new finishers, but Rokica and Settlersrule both reached 100
    From last week: Artifact Knowledge 55 cap reached
    7.3.5 hit the PTR
    Zone levels: While the continent zones all have the same upper limit, the lower limit varies, more or less matching the lowest level needed to enter the zones today (so no going from 10-60 in Silithus)
    In the 1-60 Azeroth zones, once you hit 40 you can go anywhere
    https://blizzardwatch.com/2017/12/06/level-scaling-testers-wanted-wow-7-3-5-ptr/
    How will this affect storylines? You can’t jump from Redridge to Burning Steppes, can you?
    Racial embassies
    Horde embassy in Org, Alliance in SW
    Seems to be where you will recruit unlocked races in the expansion
    Racial abilities and racial mounts datamined by Wowhead, https://www.wowhead.com/news=277415/7-3-5-ptr-allied-races-mounts-and-racial-abilities
    Dalaran Mailroom quest and minigame - pick up “Lost Mail” near a Dalaran mailbox to start (not sure about respawn time or frequency)
    Rewards: the Mailemental pet
    A toy to summon Katy Stampwhistle, a mail assistant who will “deliver and retrieve mail until she is called elsewhere”
    Discussions from Discord: How to level fishing as fast as possible
    Margoss + Ancient Vrykul Ring/Rusty Queenfish Brooch = Fast Leveling
    How many vanilla players does it take to change a lightbulb?


  • Posted on 07 Dec 2017

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    Episode 268, "Was Moon Guard kinky back then?"

    Discord: https://discord.worldofwarcast.com
    Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/starmike

    Our talk about WoW Classic.

    This week:

    Ren:
    WHO BENCHES ELI?
    Accidental discovery: how accidentally three-manning heroic Eye of Azshara turned into two-manning normal dungeons (EoA, Black Rook, Vault of the Wardens, Violet Hold, Darkheart Thicket, Maw of Souls), mage and warlock style
    Epic troll druid progress: Resurrected October 26 -- in 30 days, leveled 101-110, finished 2 druid weapons, class hall, Broken Shore campaign, Argus campaign, iLevel 913
    Worgen mage finished class hall, almost finished Argus, iLevel 911 - first level 1000 legendary

    Mike:
    Achievement hunting w/Ali
    Mount farming - nothing this week dropped :(

    This Week in WoW
    Antorus opened
    Antorus Mythic opens next week
    End of Pilgrim’s Progress, 13th Anniversary
    Pet XP event ends Tuesday
    Cataclysm Timewalking next Tuesday

    News and Discussion
    Shaman Challenge - new finishers and a new record!
    New secret mount discovered
    http://www.wowhead.com/item=152814/maddened-chaosrunner#comments
    New mount in Heroic Argus - Violet Spellwing
    Spoilers from the cinematic!
    Classic server discussion continued
    What happened when? An overview of vanilla patches
    Mod histories
    When did mods become available?
    First Mod of the Cast - SellValue, 26 March 2006
    First 5 mods still available from Curse (but only one still works)


  • Posted on 30 Nov 2017

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    Episode 267, "Happily transmuting"

    Discord: https://discord.worldofwarcast.com
    Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/starmike

    Our talk about WoW Classic.

    This week:

    Ren -
    Shaman now level 108
    Now declaring new main: troll feral cat druid
    Going to finish Suramar and get flying -- I swear it will be done
    Jewelcrafting mounts

    Mike -
    Mount farming and a lot of toon cleanup.
    Achievement farming w/Ali. I still one-shot things.

    This week in WoW
    WoW Anniversary - until November 30th
    Mail goodies:
    Celebration Package: 13% XP and rep bonus - 10 second cooldown, multiple uses throughout the next 2 weeks
    Stupid tabard though
    200 timewarped badges
    A letter that starts Interesting Times, first quest to visit a historian in Stormwind or Orgrimmar
    Daily quests:
    Time to Reflect - 25 timewarped badges for answering a lore question
    The Originals - 50 timewarped badges slay Lord Kazzak, Azuregos, and Dragon of Nightmare
    Respawn timer 5 minutes
    Lord Kazaak - Blasted Lands, north of the Tainted Forest
    Azuregos - Azshara, southeast of the Secret Lab
    Dragons of Nightmare - can be in Duskwood, Ashenvale, Hinterlands and Feralas
    Druids: Dreamwalk can take you to some locations for Dragons of Nightmare (different Emerald Portals)
    New badge loot
    Bronze-Tinted Sunglasses - cosmetic transmog for 200 TW badges
    Two celebration wands for 25 TW badges (5 charges) - Quillboar and Trogg
    Tranquil Mechanical Yeti Costume (3 charges) - 50 timewarped badges
    Can save TW badges for a variety of toys, mounts, and pets
    Pilgrim’s Bounty - November 20 - 27
    Do daily quests and earn achievements to earn pets, transmogs, and
    Want to get Fine Pilgrim’s Hat, which adds the Pilgrim’s Hat transmog to all armor types - can be found in the daily quest reward Pilgrim’s Bounty
    Good for leveling low level cooking & collecting new cooking recipes

    The last (for now) thoughts on classic servers.

    Battle For Azeroth Q&A
    Heart of Azeroth will replace tier bonuses
    The incentive will be Heart of Azeroth upgrades and other items.
    7.3.5 - Antorus Epilogue quest content, Ulduar Timewalking, preview of Silithus BG, scaling world content.
    Rep standing might affect allied race unlocking.
    Yes, you can race change to an allied race
    Troll posture will be covered in Zandalari allied race
    Not as many legendaries in BfA
    No plans for 10-man Mythic
    Blizz thinks this is an “exciting time” for World PvP. I disagree. Once that hordie hovers over you for the third time, you just tick your flag off.


  • Posted on 17 Nov 2017

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    Episode 266, "I've gathered and I can't get up"

    Discord: https://discord.worldofwarcast.com
    Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/starmike

    Our talk about WoW Classic.

    This week:

    Ren -
    Shaman: level 96
    Shaman challenge spreadsheet (of course it’s a spreadsheet)
    Resurrected old Legion baby troll druid
    Remembered why auction mules need to be at least level 10
    Looking forward to season 12 in Diablo 3

    Mike -
    Lots of mount runs on all toons. Only got the egg.
    I figure out how to solo Deathwing.
    Also, I tend to one-shot things.

    This week in WoW
    Darkmoon Faire ends Saturday
    Lich King timewalking
    Sunday - Moonkin Festival in Moonglade (1 day)
    Observe baby moonkin dancing, napping and moonfiring and get your own temporary Moonkin Companion pet for 24 hours
    Other quests let you increase up to 5 moonkin babies following you around for up to 5 days
    World boss: Ana-Mouz in Suramar. Drops Skimpy Leather Tunic for transmog.


  • Posted on 09 Nov 2017

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    Episode 265, "New horde profession-back surgeon"

    Discord: https://discord.worldofwarcast.com
    Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/starmike

    Our talk about WoW Classic will be on Thursday's episode.

    Incoming for 7.3.5 - (no release date; not even up on PTR yet)
    Timewalking Ulduar, new battleground
    Event in Silithus to herald in the start of expansion
    Leveling Improvements (yay!!!!!)
    All content previous to Warlords will SCALE TO LEVEL - within ranges
    Classic starting zones: 1-10
    All old world vanilla zones: 10-60
    Burning Crusade and Wrath zones: 60-80
    Cataclysm and Pandaria zones: 80-90
    What this means: You can actually complete zones without leveling out of them and feeling forced to move on and you can choose where you level up
    Dungeons will also scale accordingly - so will loot drops (yes, run Wailing Caverns at 60 and you’ll get level 60 mobs and level 60 gear)

    Incoming also - no release date
    Accounts with an authenticator attached will get a “small increase” to the size of their standard 16 slot backpack - may be connected to WoW’s upcoming 13th anniversary event (Nov 16-30)

    Expansion: Battle for Azeroth (not Tides of Vengeance) - also no release date
    Basics:
    Level to 120 (one instant boost to 110)
    Return to faction based play areas
    Bye-bye Teldrassil and Undercity (but not Silvermoon and Exodar) -- hello each faction controlling their own continent
    Does the zone control mean no leveling zones for the opposite faction?
    New island zones Zandalar and Kul Tiras with three areas for each
    Horde: Zandalar - obviously troll focused
    Alliance: Kul Tiras - naval power (which we’ve never seen because apparently they’re so good they can hide the most powerful navy in the world from everyone until now)
    New subraces: the four we mentioned on the last show plus two more (Horde: Highland Tauren, Nightborne and Zandalari Troll. Alliance: Void Elf, Lightforged Draenei and Dark Iron Dwarves).
    Will get 6 new character slots on each server
    You have to open these subraces via quests -- once opened it’s accountwide
    Subraces start at level 20. You can race-switch into them using Blizzard game services, but if you run one from 20 to 120 you get an achievement plus special heritage armor transmog
    3-person Island Cooperative challenge gameplay
    Changing mini scenarios on islands
    Would like to have seen this scalable to other size groups - 3 is awkward
    20-person raids called Warfronts to claim strategic locations
    this is a PvE system, not PvP, “inspired by classic Warcraft RTS battles”
    (Ren: Damn good thing or the Horde on Whisperwind is screwed)
    Artifact amulet (Heart of Azeroth) instead of an artifact weapon - a system with a sort of mini-talent tree used to select and empower abilities - replacements for the Artifact, Artifact Power and Netherlight Crucible systems from Legion
    Powered by Azerite, will automatically absorb Azerite when it’s nearby
    Helm, chest, and shoulders will be empowered through Heart of Azeroth
    Probably will need an entire episode just on this - but practical upshot is the artifact weapons are going away and this is the replacement
    PVP/PVE server distinction is going away - now it will be selectable
    Internal sharding allows PVP-flagged players to see/group with only one another, and PVE-unflagged players to see/group only with one another
    All servers will run under same rules of engagement
    Only place you can flag PVP is in capital cities - can’t flag PVP on the fly
    No randomly flagged people running around
    PvP gives added bonuses in addition to added risk
    Item level decrease incoming
    Not exactly the warlords “stat squish” where numbers were reduced across the board
    Numbers from the Dungeon Journal in the demo at Blizzcon - 880 items were showing up as 215, 900 as 235, 1000 as 335
    Basically trying to make numbers a bit more meaningful
    Presumably mobs and such will be scaled as well -- functionally should not change, just how it’s displayed
    New model changes incoming for several character races - Orcs and Trolls were demoed to choose between a hunched or upright character). Mostly focused on original races, plus blood elf and draenei. Goblins and Worgen will get makeovers later.

    Beta Opt-In for Expansion
    https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/battle-for-azeroth - scroll to the bottom of the page if you want to get into the beta


  • Posted on 06 Nov 2017

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