Friday, April 08, 2011


We’ve been following discussions and reading feedback on the Dungeon Finder Call to Arms feature, and appreciate everyone’s opinions on the topic. We wanted to share a few items though that supplement the recent announcement:

The additional reward for completing the Dungeon Finder Call to Arms (called the Satchel of Exotic Mysteries) will be Bind on Account; able to be freely sent to other characters on your account once you receive it.

An error existed in the announcement regarding flasks and potions being picked based on your spec.  This is not the case. If someone earns a Satchel of Exotic Mysteries, and if it rolls the random chance to provide a potion or flask, it will be a randomly selected. This helps ensure a broad array of available flasks and potions for all characters.

We also wanted to clarify, mounts that have a possibility to be found in a Satchel of Exotic Mysteries are found with the same rarity as if you had slain the dungeon boss that normally drops them.

Bloody Hell :D

Note To Self: Gonna have to turn off Auto Loot for the end of dungeons ^^

PTR 4.1 :: I Wonder...

The controversial Call to Arms change is on the PTR, but as I don't have a tank or a healer on there I can't take part (but I am updating the client as I type for a look see). However, I will be trying out this new addition:

Quests & Creatures
  • New Cooking and Fishing Dailies have been added to Darnassus, Ironforge, Thunder Bluff, and Undercity.

This is an interesting development. What I need to establish is whether these dailies can be completed as well as the ones in SW and what the rewards are. If this is the case and I'll now have three fishing dailies to do as opposed to one, this of course means that skilling simply by doing the Dailies becomes a rather attractive prospect. I also wonder whether we'll be seeing some new rewards in the fishing bags...

I'll also pop over to Ferelas whilst I'm on the PTR and check out this new 'Spring Break' zone that appears to have appeared mysteriously in the Steam Pools area... ooh and I must remember to look at my map...

Thursday, April 07, 2011

More Thinking, Less Action.

Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms, eh?

So in principle it's a great idea. Practically speaking there's going to be an awful lot of dps classes who will be thinking 'bugger, no extra rewards for us then' which is all very well and good and yes, it should encourage people to want to tank and heal more but WHY THOSE 3 MOUNTS. Well, you know why because they're freaking impossible to get, so we'll offer them to the classes that no-one wants to play and that's bound to act as an incentive, right?.


The idea is sound. Whoever thought of it, kudos for coming up with a set of rewards that immediately upsets the people who won't get a sniff at them, because this means that clearly you picked the right ones.

There is a really easy solution to this issue though. There's a way to keep far more people happy and still promote the influx of new tanking and healing players into the Dungeon Finder.


Seriously, this solves all the problems, and people like me who chose to make their hunter the Mount Collector can level their healer or tank, go run them in Heroics and if we get lucky, the mount goes to the person you want. Also, if by some amazing co-incidence you get a duplicate mount or pet (and yes, it happens because RNG is random) it doesn't go to waste, you can give it to another alt. Oh, and please don't give me that 'we can't make them BoA because it will impact elsewhere', just change the original drop locations and make them BoA as well. Not hard. BoA means no selling on AH and people cashing in. BoA is there, start using it for these ultra low drop rate vanity items.

Needless to say, if this change goes live as is, there is going to be just as many happy as sad pandas.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Back to raiding last night, and although it may only have been two bosses in BWD some sterling Hunter, Mage and Shadow Priest co-ordination got me the Achievement I thought I'd never see.

Moving our main raid night to Friday does seem to have paid dividends: here's to some renewed 10 Man progression!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

OK, I Lied...

Yes, I like the new Sparkly Lion Mount. Subsequently, I will be keeping Blizzard in doughnuts for a while longer...