Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Pandaren Monk

Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Lance of Pandaren Monk.

Lance has been playing WoW since vanilla. As the cataclysm hit, lance started to lose interest in the game, but the recent announcement of the upcoming Mists of Pandaria expansion has renewed his interests in WoW. He found himself very excited about all things Pandaren and decided to begin exploring the race and the new Monk class. In addition to taking an early look at the talent calculators, he has also given some thought to how monks might work with active mitigation.

If all of that seems very heavy, don’t worry! Lance has taken some time to sit down and consider the really important aspects of what being a Pandarian is all about. You know, things like the importance of picking a proper Pandaren Name. You might also want to reconsider your thoughts on the new Pandaren racial after reading his thoughts on being bouncy.

I know I’m certainly looking forward to more panda philosophy! Welcome to the blogosphere, Lance!


Every Tuesday, Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an email to, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible

Resource Site Spotlight – Shadowcraft

Who doesn’t love spreadsheets, am I right? Deep down inside you know you love them. Reading them. Editing them. Pouring over them to eek out the last smidgen of dps from your gear set.

Are… are those crickets?

So not everyone is as enthralled by spending hours tweaking data fields in Excel as I am. However we all need to optimize our gear. Even if you are a not a hardcore theorycrafter it’s great to know what pieces to reforge and what gems to socket to get the most out of your gear.

There is of course the ever present Ask Mr Robot. But sometimes you want more specific and focused information to your class. Playing a Rogue I use Shadowcraft, the site dedicated to Rogue gear and talent optimization.

Shadowcraft is clean, easy to use, intuitive, and feature packed. And best of all, it’s darned pretty.

You start by selecting your character from the opening page and your gear will appear as above. You will get your optimal dps output (note that this is based on party buffs and maximum time on boss, make certain to adjust what buffs you will be receiving in the settings tab). Make certain to refresh from armory to get the most accurate data. I forgot to do so here:

All of those gem slots are filled and all gear has been reforged. You can see how much of an increase proper gemming and reforging can be.

To get the most accurate information make certain, as I said, to go into settings and remove any buffs you’ll not be receiving, which is fairly easy to determine, if there is no Shaman in your group, you’ll not be getting Strength of Earth or Wrath of Air (mores the pity >.> ).

If you are of the Rogue-ish persusasion, and why the heck would you not be, really? head over to Shadowcraft and start using the site to optimize your gear and talent selections. You’ll not be disappointed by the results!



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Episode 154 – Stellaaaaa

overlores_144 Rilandune and Nevik from The Overlores join us for what has to be one of the most if not the strangest Twisted Nether episodes ever. It’s our Holiday Special and boy is it “special”.

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Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Miss Pew Pew

Hello everyone! Today I’d like to introduce you to Aidrana of Miss Pew Pew.

Aidrana was introduced to Blizzard games through her adventures with Diablo and started playing WoW towards the end of The Burning Crusade. She started exploring the end game in the middle of WotLK and hasn’t looked back since. She is currently enjoying her time tackling Cataclysm’s raid content with a great group of friends. If you can’t find her in game, you are likely to find her behind a camera, or perhaps playing around in photoshop.

Aidrana started her blog in hopes to meet more of the community, and share her experiences in the game. You can find her thoughts on flexible raid rosters, playing with a disability in WoW or working with two healers in raids. You can also learn a little bit about each of her characters, raiding without vent or see her artist’s eye in a series of screen shots!

Whether you are looking for some druid information, raiding information or just plain fun, Aidrana can help you out! I know that I’m looking forward to reading more. Welcome to the Blogosphere, Aidrana!


Every Tuesday, Beruthiel from Falling Leaves and Wings is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an email to, with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible

Shared Topic: Tracking Time

Last week Danslate asked about the flow of time in Azeroth:

Note: This topic was originally mentioned by Rioriel on Twitter and discussed and developed further by Rioriel, Angelya and myself. Therefore, if any credit is due, it is due to them (especially Rioriel for spawning the idea). Of course, I leave it to the moderators’ discretion to shorten the actual Shared Topic or edit it for concision.

Here is Rioriel’s original tweet:

Other than the general passing of years, there’s no defined calendar in Azeroth. What would you name the months? #Warcraft

I would like to further this idea a bit:

Time passes, in real life and in WoW. But except for how long a day and a year are, we know virtually nothing about the calendar in Azeroth. Are there also twelve months in Azeroth as there are here? How long are they? Only because February is 28 days long in the calendars of Western civilizations doesn’t mean Azeroth’s February has to have the same length.
As there are many different civilizations with their own languages spread throughout Azeroth, what names might the days and months have?

Giving us there thoughts were:

Akabeko from Red Cow Rise

Kajite from Around Azeroth

Danslate from Danslayers

This week bloggers are making their own legendaries! To participate, blog about the topic and link back to your post in this thread.

It’s also the holiday season, yet our shared topic wish list is rather shy of topics. Give your favorite forums a holiday gift with a great topic!