TNB Live Thursday 7/9 9:30pm PST – Brajana from Mend Pet

We’ll be back to our regular time/night this week (just in time for vacations over the next few weeks). Join us Thursday evening at 9:30PM PST as we talk with Brajana of Mend Pet. Join the fun in our live chat room!

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Thursday July 9th at 9:30pm PST (12:30 am EST). Not sure what time that is for you? Use this handy-dandy time converter!
  • Where do I go? To participate on the live show, you will need to go to the TNB Live Show page to connect with the stream. See, totally easy. If you are having issues then go to the Ustream page.
  • Some general ground rules:
    1. Be nice. If you say very inappropriate things be aware you will be kicked from the room. We are doing this to have a great time, come with a beer, come during a raid, come how you wish, just don’t come to cause trouble.
    2. You may ask questions to the participants during the show, but we reserve the right to use them if and when we can. I will be monitoring the chat room and if I can I will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but I will have to weave them in. Even if it isn’t asked, we all appreciate your questions

Outside of that, we will love to have you join us and partake in an enlightening discussion that is sure to follow! Hope to see you there!

Resource Site Spotlight: be.imba.hu

Hi folks! Be.imba is a site that can be used to look up some information about people you’re considering group or raiding with. We’ve all seen people saying “bored 550 imba arms warrior looking for naxx group” or some such. What they’re refering to, of course, is their gear score on the website be.imba.hu. The two questions I will endeavor to answer here are why and how to use this tool.

Why?

If you’re in a guild large enough that you never need to play with people from outside of it, and you know that everyone is geared and skilled enough for anything you’d ever want to do with them, then you would not need this site. If, however, you want to get some information about someone without knowing them, this site can help. Anyone can look someone up on the official armory, but the information you get there is very dry, and unless you know a lot about the class and spec of the person you’re looking into, you might not be able to parse out useful data (is he a hunter enchanting strength?).

Be.imba knows enough about every class and spec that it can tell you what enchants are acceptable, sometimes whether the spec is appropriate, and generally how good the player’s gear and setup are. It has limitations of course. The most serious is that it obviously can’t tell you how skilled a player is. Anyone will tell you that skill is the most important factor in an individual’s performance. I’ve seen well geared terrible players and terribly geared amazing players, and I’d happily group with the latter.

Also, it doesn’t always know whether a spec is correct, and whether the person is using their gem slots wisely. In addition, some people are capable of gaming the site to look better than they really are.

This said, it’s a valuable tool and another data point. Having a high imba score means that the person you’re looking at is more likely to be better geared than not, and this could mean that they’re the right person for your pug or guild.

How?

Be.imba.hu is easy to use. Enter the zone, realm, and character you want to search, and click “query report”. Note that you can switch to a cached version search if the armory is down.

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You’ll be sent to the results page. I looked myself up to generate this, and please note that it can take a while. The top half of the page shows a summary of any issues the search finds. In my case, you can see that it suggests I upgrade my paltry +8 to stats to the much more powerful and awe-inspiring +10 to stats. You can also see that I run 3 hit rating below cap.

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The second half of the page shows us my current and highest gear score (in case you caught me in pvp gear), as well as a handy dandy little graph that claims to be able to predict where I need my upgrades from and what content I can be expected to handle myself in. In my case, imba can’t tell you if I’ve specced properly because they don’t know about marks hunters to tell one way or another.

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Now, as I said earlier, this report might only be telling you how much I paid for my account, and I might be the worst huntard you’ve ever had the misfortune to run with. Alas, there’s no database for suck. Yet. I’ll be the first to break the news when it’s released, don’t you worry :)

The resource site spotlight (aka wiki tiki utility posts) should happen every week, is written by Euripides from outdps.com, and endeavors to fill your favorites bar with an unmanageably large quantity of WOW resource sites. So much knowledge that it hurts. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.

Wiki Tiki Introduction to Euripides, from outdps.com!

Hunter pet pathing issueHi folks, my name is Euripides and I write a hunter blog called outdps.com. For some reason, the people over here at the Twisted Nether have managed to convince themselves that desipte my groan-inducing sense of humor and terribad abuse of the english language, I’m the right person to contribute to the “Wiki Tiki Utility” posts.

Well, their loss. I will be writing guides to various tools contained in the Big List Of Warcraft Utility Sites using the name “Resource Site Spotlight”. These are supposed to be weekly, but I’m a hunter. You can count on me to stand in the fire and roll on rogue loot, but that’s about it.

Shared Topic: Humour in WoW

SharedTopic Shopshopshop of Runeforge Gossip has suggested a doozie of a Shared Topic for this week, which is guaranteed to have you ROFLing and LOLing and every other acronym-ing all over the place: Humour in WoW and how it affects the game.

Since I can remember, Blizzard has always inserted the odd pop culture reference or joke in either NPC names or achievements more recently, so I thought it might be interesting to discuss the effect of this stuff on the game.

Contributing to the discussion of all things funny, punny (or even sometimes dunny related) are the following

Gordon from We Fly Spitfires

MomentEye from Noob Says WoW

If you wish to make your own contribution to this topic, or have a topic of your own to suggest, visit the Blog Azeroth Forums!

Episode 50 – Rawr, Stomp, Rawr

stompalinaWe’ve reached the ripe old age of 50! 8 more and we can go to Outland! Anyway, this week we welcome Stompalina and Hafrot from rawrbitchrawr.com and the Rawrcast Show.  We had an amazing interview. It was loads of fun and full of great discussions. In addition, we talk about the Death Knight Q&A, some great TNTCast Hot Topics and answered some of YOUR emails!

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