Episode 75 – Need More Guest

This week we have no guest! Well, actually we do have a guest. Syrana from Sideshow and Syrana (and the Polygamerous Podcast) joins us. There is no interview, though. She was already interviewed in a past episode, so we skip that and spend a ton of time on the News! Lots of great discussions on the recent WoW news and topics.

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General News

Scott Johnson posted a picture of the cover art he did for the new version of the WoW Programming bible “World of Warcraft Progamming Second Edition” (link)
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Blizz debutes their New Account Security Awareness Webpage (link)

Changes to Talent Trees in Cataclysm (link)
Blue on armor downgrades and some warning wrt Cataclysm (link)

GC says:
“We don’t intend for these forums to be the primary way the team communicates our vision for the game and upcoming changes to the community. You’ll get a little of that on a few select subjects through the forums and sadly that’s all you’re ever going to get. It’s not that we don’t care. It’s that forums are not a great medium for that kind of mass communication. I wish sometimes you guys could be satisfied with the fact that we used to not communicate at all and now are able to communicate a little.”

Moving on to the specific issue at hand in this thread, the discussion is the old shadow/frost spec that turned the death knight into a much more ranged caster, generating runic power quickly and then converting that runic power into Death Coils at range. It wasn’t intended for the class. They have no problem with Death Coil itself being a popular attack, as long as the death knight has to put an effort into staying in melee with its attendant disadvantages to do so.
“The DK that runs around and does nothing but Icy Touch or Howling Blast or Death Coil feels like a rogue who forgoes combo points and openers and everything just to spam Fan of Knives and nothing else.”

It turns out that good trinkets are hard to find for a reason: Blizzard like it that way. Bornakk at the official World of Warcraft forums wrote today(link):
“Trinkets are really the one item (weapons are to a lesser extent) that we use to try and capture that old slot machine feel from the classic Molten Core days. Yes, completely random loot with huge loot tables can be frustrating but we are pretty far from being completely random these days. Trinkets however are still somewhat random, they can be hard to acquire, and there is often a lot of competition for them.”

Invincible as a 25-man heroic mode reward only

Blizzard loves 10-person content guilds just as much as we love 25-person content guilds. The reason for having this mount in the 25-person Lich King encounter has to do with maintaining the proper distribution of such awesomeness. If it were available in the 10-person encounter as well, it may become too prolific and lose some of its initial unique qualities. (link)

As part of our continued efforts to balance the World of Warcraft player population across all realms, we will be converting one of our lower-population European PvP realms — Vek’nilash — to a Normal PvE realm. For players on Vek’nilash, we will be offering free Character Moves to alternate PvP realms both before and after the conversion takes place.

1 week until Love is in the air!

Hot Topics from the Nether!

(via Righteous Orbs) “I took the one more traveled by because i’m not a bloody idiot” (link)
(via Need More Rage) “Is Guess Who” (link) .. WHOA He’s Back!

We’d like to welcome all of the new bloggers who introduced themselves on Blog Azeroth. This week we saw posts from:
- (General) …these go to eleven …
- (Econ) WoW Confidential
- (raiding) Opportunity
- (general) Stories of WoW
- (hunters) It’s A Trap!
- (prot paladins) Hand of Argus
- (paladin) Crusader Shock
- (Holy Paladin) A Healadin’s Tear

We’d like to encourage all of you to visit the TNB Wiki and be sure to be listed in the Big List of Blogs.

Shared Topic This Week
Each week on BlogAzeroth a new topic is posted for general blogging. We encourage our listeners to post about that topic on their own blog and then post a link to it in the forum.

Current Shared Topics:
(link) suggested by Ringo Flinthammer of Flinthammer Hall:
What now? What happens to the world of Azeroth? What happens to the people, the factions. How does this affect the relationships between the Alliance and Horde? What does your character think happens next? Is this the end for you, as a player, especially if you started, as I did, with Warcraft III? Is this the “end of history?”

Next week…

Next week we’ll be talking with Miss Medicina. Stay tuned :)

(Opening song “Monster Techno Blues” is preformed Joe Sibol, additional song credits: Phonecasting – Foggy Monutain Morning, Joe Sibol – Hot Sexy Girls Instrumental, provided by podssafeaudio.com)

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