Friday, October 07, 2011

4.3 PTR :: About that Roll...

In response to concerns regarding how loot will be distributed in the Raid Finder system, we are making some changes to how loot rolls will work when using the Need Before Greed system in the Raid Finder. When using Raid Finder for the Dragon Soul raid instance, players whose currently assigned class role (Tank, Healer, or Damage) matches the class role that a piece of armor or a weapon is flagged for will receive +100 to their Need roll. For purposes of this check, your currently assigned role is defined as the class role you have assigned when a boss is defeated.

Well, that's one way to do it I suppose ^^

Matters arising from the above include the following:

  • Blizzard acknowledge that they're only considering class roles and not player specs with this change. What it means in the short term of course is all you lazy gits who cba with tanking or healing dps with healing or tanking offspecs will need to consider what role they'll want to play in the new Raid Finder, because the only way to make sure you get the appropriate gear is to click the right buttons when you join. No changing your mind halfway through!

  • How Blizzard 'assign' loot to roles is going to come under incredibly close scrutiny. They're already considering applying this to the new 4.3 dungeons, as I assume it's easier to do the work now. Although there's no plans to stick it on all dungeons as of now, this may well become a full blown reality for the next Expansion and would certainly make gearing in low level dungeons a great deal fairer.

  • /looks at Druids, and wonders how their tanking stuff works when there's Rogues in the raid. As there'll be no legendary stuffs for that class anyway in the LFR, maybe that's not going to be a problem anyway... ^^

There is also a note of ambiguity in the above: For purposes of this check, your currently assigned role is defined as the class role you have assigned when a boss is defeated. This makes it sound as if there might be a way to change your role (perhaps using the ability to 'select role') which I assume will not be possible. I assume this means that if you were forced to requeue because of people leaving or being AFK/kicked you could move from a dps to a healer or a tank to help cut down queue times.

I suppose the best way to see how this all works will be to queue for LFR as soon as some actual relevant content is released... ^^

Things To Do

There are a number of things I would like to do with the site before the end of the year. I will now list these, in no particular order :p

  • Sort out a new header graphic. I have half a plan to include head/shoulder shots of all the Family a la Blizzard Armoury, but NOT UNTIL I LOSE THE BLOODY MURLOC SHOULDERS ON P. This means that, assuming the rumours about Valor Shoulders are true, a new graphic should be due about 24 hours after 4.3 drops. I will be organising the rest of the Family's portraits beforehand as a result.

  • I'd like to make a video. Just saying. I also have some vague ideas about that as well. Ask me again about this in a few weeks.

  • STILL not happy with the background image. Am likely to go to a block colour or some kind of embossed jobby as a result, Jury still considering.

This weekend I would expect some Achieving, farming as a definite, some faffing in the Firelands and the distinct possibility I will do something stupid like level one of the remaining non-maxxed Family members. I also have a Worgen Warrior languishing in the late teens that I could do summat with... ^^

Thursday, October 06, 2011

4.3 PTR :: Look Into the Void

Any excuse to recycle a cheap photoshopped graphic...

Void Storage prices have been the subject of some discussion in this household, mostly because of the infeasibly large number of alts we have to accommodate. Therefore, the news that void storage prices have dropped has been met with a general mumble of approval:

Prices will be as follows:

- 100g
Deposit - 25g
Withdrawal - Free

There is also news on a subject which will be of interest to all of us who spend a lot of time using (and passing around) BoA items to our families, though it is currently a bit cryptic (I suspect deliberately, in case they can't pull it off.) Here's the statement:

In short, (they) agree that the process of mailing heirlooms around constantly is a little annoying. We'd prefer to try and work ourselves away from the method of mailing out BoA items in the future, like pets, mounts, etc. To that end, we have some design goals in mind that would improve this sort of item distribution system. And with those design goals have come some ideas for changing heirloom mechanics.

I find myself wondering how this would work, and I'm going to speculate that it ties in with Void Storage. I can imagine a time where every 'account' will have it's own central storage system, which will extend across any realm that you happen to play on. Into your 'Account Bank' Blizzard will deposit any BoA pets you might buy from the Blizzard store or any Achievement Pet you may be awarded. This means if you had an alt on a new server that you wanted to level fast but the Heirlooms on another server all you'd have to do is stick them into your Account Bank and anyone could access them, assuming they were on your account to begin with. The bare bones of this system is going to be in place in Diablo 3: if a caster item drops while you're playing your Barbarian you can simply drop the item into your Bank and any of your other caster characters can pick it up. I cannot think it would be too much of a leap to make this happen.

I can only hope that this system might make Blizzard rethink how it gives out Soulbound pets from World Events and maybe, just MAYBE it will allow you to take a soulbound pet that you already have on one character and give it to someone who hasn't... ^^ Yes, I know it's a bit of a leap but if they're considering changing stuff's availabilty... I can but hope.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

4.3 PTR :: I See what You did Thar...

  • Players now only have to kill two of the four initial dungeon bosses (High Priest Venoxis, Broodlord Mandokir, High Priestess Kilnara, and Zanzil) to face Jin’do the Godbreaker.


  • Players now only have to kill two of the four Troll avatars before they may face Hex Lord Malacrass.

Oh look. There I was, thinking that people would suck it up and just run these two instances without moaning they were too long or too difficult. Clearly someone had a quiet word in the collective Blizzard ear, or maybe (gasp) they had planned this from the get-go. That means you'll blitz through Venoxis, do Mandokir and not even bother to progress any further than the not just optional but utterly skippable Archaeology boss: straight past Gubb and off to Jin'do. Job done.

If you want that ZA mount in a PuG, you have until 4.3 to get it. They don't need to take it out, no one will bother doing it in a random. Think of all the re-coding time this change will save.

I am not a big fan of dumbing stuff down to make it faster :(

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Not in the Script...

Right then. Better find a spot for this somewhere... ^^

My Guild is now 6/7 in 10 Man Normal content.

It wasn't the plan. Last night we were just going to do Alysrazor... well they were, I'd not raided last week and was gearing up for another night of farming. However there I was, and for embarrassingly large portions for the fight the word DEAD was all I contributed to the general cause. No-one else died either, it was just me, huntering my way out of healing range, copping any fire damage I could find and single-handedly failing to drop aggro when required. If truth be told, I failed at everything except failing, which I was a Total Mistress of, with Honours.

The we went to Staghelm, because frankly it would have been rude not to, and compared with the complexity of the fight that preceded, he was embarrassingly easy to grasp. We three shotted him in less than fifteen minutes and I found myself thinking 'you know what, Blizzard nerfed this too much.' I also found myself grasped by the realisation that the guys who would have done this in the early weeks of the Firelands really did work for their plaudits. The actual mechanic might be simple, but if you're the ones creating them, you're the guys making the 'How To' videos that future waves of raiders use as their basis, I'm betting this fight was an absolute killer. I bet it will have made healers cry and dps curse that they didn't have quite enough to make him hurt. Coming to it late in the day, I have to say, it felt devalued by the nerf. I wish I'd been able to see it as it was originally intended.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologise to all the Druids in my Guild (of which there are many) for being the first recipient of the item above. I feel it would have been a travesty to have it DE-d, and as it is on a par with my current weapon I intend to enchant it and use it. You will NOT find me posing in Stormwind. Honest.

4.3 PTR : And Lo, There was Great Rejoicing...

Courtesy of WoW Insider :D

Well, that's a surprise.

The orbs will still form a part of crafting as they're listed as mats for a number of 4.3 patterns, but their availability means that they're going to lose value very fast. I know I'm not alone having two full stacks of 20 orbs sitting in my bank, and I can only assume we'll see a positive flood of 'free' orbs once the patch drops.

Next question: will Trugold be coming off cooldown?

Monday, October 03, 2011

This Week, I will be Mostly...

Ten minutes later, it had all sold. Grinding ftw :D

  • Marvelling at how much money a girl can make from leather these days. Oh, and cloth too, if I'm honest, and don't get me started on Volatiles...

  • Starting the Druid on the Winterspring Mount quest as the Rogue got her mount this morning :D

  • Attempting to get 5/7 in Firelands. We can do it, I know we can.

  • Not missing Brewfest AT ALL. They need to do summat with the mounts, at least make the bags BoA like the Satchel of Exotic Goods.

  • Seeing how much more money I can make to waste on Void Storage when 4.3 arrives... ^^

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Purple is Not the Only Loot.

Let me tell you the tale of the PuG who kicked me

After I did my Coren Direbrew on Thursday, I decided I should go fish some new mats for some Manifique Feasts, in anticipation of Firelands Raiding. Whilst I was sitting in Uldum waiting for Lavascale Catfish to bite, it occurred to me that I should do something about the one item of gear that had eluded me for many, many months: the Key to the Endless Chamber. It's proc makes it by far the best trinket in game currently, beyond anything that's currently available until we kill Ragnaros. No really, it does.

Mr Robot knows what he's talking about, and even he is prioritising this above the Matrix Restabilizer and the Ancient Petrified Seed. However, it's not Epic, is it, so no-one's ever going to believe that it's an upgrade, especially not a bunch of randoms who don't know me from Eve. So when I Need roll on it when it drops from the first boss in the Stonecore Heroic I've specifically joined whilst fishing, they assume I'm ninja-ing loot. I'm also in trouble because I'm skinning mobs with my loot on them and the Party Leader needs the leather to make their 378 Epic healing gloves. By the time we get to Slabhide I've been warned, need any more loot or skin anything else and we're kicking you.

I wait to see if either of the two other skinners is going to go for the dead boss. I politely ask if either wants to, and then it occurs to me that it's unlikely they're carrying two Zulian Slicers and a pair of gloves with a Gathering enchant on them giving them the required skill to even do so. When I win the loot from the boss on a Greed roll I realise I'm probably on borrowed time.

I did at least get to skin the boss before they removed me.

The moral of this story? No-one's ever going to believe you want a Rare over an Epic if they're obsessed with gathering over actual content. In the end, if you know your character, that's all that really matters, because your actions will eventually demonstrate you understand what everything you wear can do.

Oh, and if you want to skin in instances, come prepared ^^