Resource Site Spotlight – Blizzcon 2013

Hello Twisted Nether brethren and welcome!

Today I’d like to focus on Blizzcon, after all it’s only 2 weeks away! Most of you who are going have already made all your reservations and plans and, if you’re anything like me, you are just waiting for the day to arrive. (Chomping at the bit is more like!)


Whether you’re attending the convention or just relaxing at home with the live stream here is a list of Blizzcon sites I’d like to share with you.

Let’s begin with our home site here, Twisted Nether. If you’re going we’d like to know. Especially if you’re attending our meetup on Friday night Nov 8th. If you haven’t yet, check out our Blizzcon 2013 page. If you’re attending our meetup, fill out this short form to let us know you’re coming and if you’d like to donate to Child’s Play Charity.

If you are interested in finding other meetups there are plenty out there to be had. I couldn’t possibly do them all justice so I’m not going to try.  Be sure to check out your favorite sites, podcasts and blogs and see if they have something planned.

For all the basics about Blizzcon you need to start here –> This is the Blizzard site that will pretty much tell you what you need to know about the event. The schedule has come out for this two day extravaganza and can be found here –> Blizzcon Map & Schedule.  You can also check out this page for a more succinct list of Blizzcon Information. It includes directions and links to the Anaheim Convention Center, parking, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, and several hotels in the area. If you’re looking for places to stay or other things to do while you’re in the area checking out this link is a must. You can also follow this Blizzard event on Twitter at Blizzcon2013.

Here are some other fun sites and helpful links.

Blizzcon Countdown – A helpful hints and Blizzcon goer guide podcast that interviews previous Blizzcon attendees to help you know what to expect from the event. It is arranged in short 30-45 minute episodes that cover a wide range of topics about attending Blizzcon.

WoWWiki – Lots of general info and more links to all the Blizzcon global sites.

World of Podcasts – A meetup event of WoW Podcasters with panels, contests and events. It will be taking place on Thurs 11/07. Meet all your favorite podcasters!

Jump into the conversation! Information and discussions can be found on your Blizzard realm forums or at the Blizzcon official forums. Meet people from your realm that are going.

For more in-depth coverage of the schedule here is a great article at Ten Ton Hammer. They have info on what you can expect from each panel discussion listed at the event.

Several other sites are covering the schedule as well such as Icy-Veins, MMO Champion, and WoWHead just to name a few.

If you’re interested in the PVP, you can meet the teams of the Warcraft Global Invitational here at BlizzPosts. Check out the schedule and come cheer ’em on!

Along with all these official (and not so official) sites many of your favorite bloggers, podcasters and fans have written or produced information about Blizzcon. Make sure you go check them out and see what they have to say. Many are veterans of the Con and have great information to share about their experiences that just might give you the tip you were looking for.

If you weren’t already jazzed to go, I hope that these tidbits of information have pumped you up and helped you prepare just a little bit. I look forward to meeting everyone and hope you will all come say hello to me and the rest of the Twisted Nether crew. Until then don’t forget… go make the world a better place. 🙂


If you have a resource site you’d like to share with the world, drop me a line at

You can find me on Twitter @Zabbylocks or sometimes at my blog Life in the Soulwell.


Episode 210 – Siege of TNB

TNBTwitterLogo We’ve got another Twisted Round Table for you this week. We welcome Rezznul from Red Noob Diaries, Tzufit from Tree Heals go Woosh, and Dee from Main Floor Tank. We’re talking about patch 5.4, of course!

— Continue reading Episode 210 — Siege of TNB —

TNB Live Sunday 10/13 – Round Table Patch 5.4

TNB_ImpSticker_thumb.jpg We are pleased to have a full Round Table. We will welcome Rezznul of Red Noob Diaries, Tzufit of Tree Heals Go Woosh, and Dee of Main Floor Tank to the Twisted Nether Blogcast on Sunday. If you have any questions please make sure to send them in prior to showtime to or bring them to the chatroom!

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Sunday, October 13th at 8pm PT (11pm ET). 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. Don’t forget to register/login to UStream so you can chat with us!
  • 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. We will be monitoring the chat room and if we can we will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but we 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!

Blog Azeroth Shared Topic: I Just Don’t Get It


Thanks to Ambermist of Tastes Like Battle Chicken our long (inter)national nightmare has come to an end. We have a Shared Topic!

And it goes as such:

Hey, guys!

I’ve been a lurker for a long time. I knew I wouldn’t be good at keeping up with doing Shared Topics so I just kind of stayed out of it and appreciated it from afar. Then, when it was brought up that there needed to be some more Shared Topic ideas, I decided to try anyway.

So I wrote a blog today and I’d like to propose it for a Shared Topic: what about WoW just doesn’t work for you? Maybe it’s something you aren’t good at, maybe it’s something you just don’t understand, maybe it’s something people like that you really never got into and don’t understand the appeal.

I hope I did that right!


Not only did Amber provide a great Shared Topic idea, she also linked her post as well, completing the circle of the perfect Shared Topic post on Blog Azeroth!

You can find Amber’s post on her site here: Tastes Like Battle Chicken – I Just Don’t Get It

First to answer the call is Bravetank! Check out the post here!

Next to throw their hat into the mix, or post rather, is Matty from Sugar & Blood – RTMT: Mixed Nuts

Another post up by Elkagorasa from Elkagorasa the Casual! – “I Don’t Get It!”

Keep the posts coming, and make sure to link them on the Blog Azeroth Shared Topic thread!


Resource Site Spotlight – WoW Popular

Hello again Twisted Nether Crew and welcome to another Resource Site Spotlight edition!

Today I’d like to focus on an oldie but a goodie. You’ve probably all been here at one time or another but I think it’s worth another look.

WoW PopularNot so very long ago, in the days of talent trees, this was one of the most popular sites to visit. If you wanted to know what the most popular talent selections were for your chosen spec, or if you wanted to know what the best specs were for any given class, this was the place to go.

In the words of the sites creator “WoWPopular tracks the most popular Talent Builds, Glyphs, Gear, Enchants and Gems used by players in World of Warcraft.” The data is pulled from the armory and displays what everyone out there in Warcraft-land is currently using, equipping or reforging into.

I find this site especially helpful when gearing alts. I use this site like a quick reference book. Here is a scenario I found myself in just last week. I recently decided it was time to start gearing up my druid. After some dungeons and Timeless Isle pieces, I got a piece of gear with a gem slot. This is the first time I’ve had to gem this toon in this expansion, oh my! After looking through Icy-Veins and deciding what stats I should be focusing on I then went to WoW Popular to take a look at the most popular gems for balanced druids to see what options I had and make an informed decision before buying anything. I pulled up a complete list of the most used balanced druid gems and could see what sorts of gems I had available to choose from.

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 You can use this site as a quick reference for any of these topics. Are you curious what the most popular talent selections are for your class and spec? Here you can find a composite picture of what the most commonly used talents and builds are.

This is a screenshot of the current most popular Warlock builds.wowpopular warlock It is quite interesting to see how many other players are weighing in on talent selection. This site has a plethora of interesting tidbits like this. I’m sure Blizzard is looking at similar data, and it’s kinda neat that we have access to it as well.

This is really great if you’d like to see what the most popular choices are by other players. I do put stock in the theory that if most everyone is choosing these talents there is a probably a good reason why, and I might want to look at those same talents as a possible selection. That certainly doesn’t mean these are the right choice for you, but it can open you up to other possibilities within your class/spec talent choices. It’s always good to revisit and see what else is out there. 🙂

Using the site is pretty straightforward. Pick your class and spec from the first group then select the data you’d like to see for that spec from the groups just below it. You can also select your playstyle if you choose. If you PVP a lot you will want to see what the best selections are for your class in a PVP setting.

WoW Popular has changed with the times quite adequately, and still provides a ton of interesting and useful information. If you haven’t been there this expansion it is definitely worth checking out!

Go now! Go make the world a better place!


 If you have a resource site you’d like to share with the world, drop me a line at

You can find me on Twitter @Zabbylocks or sometimes at my blog Life in the Soulwell.