Welcome Wagon – Tree Heals Go Whoosh

by Beruthiel – Hello Everyone! I’d like you to join me in welcoming Tzufit of Tree Heals Go Woosh!

Tzufit is an admitted altoholic (hi, Tzufit), and started her WoW career back during The Burning Crusade playing with the the dark magic favored by warlocks.  As Wrath of the Lich King approached, Tzufit found herself enchanted by Arthas’ ways and her soul turned to ice as she fought through Icecrown with the Ebon Blade.  However, sometime between then and now she heard the call of Malfuion and Ysera and now studies in the way of the Grove.  Although Tzufit is an avid roleplayer, she found that raiding – and more specifically healing – was her true calling.  You can find Tzufit working hard to thwart Deathwing alongside her guild mates in the Council of Dragons.

Over at Tree Heals Go Woosh Tzufit focuses primarily on the ins and outs of Resto Druids, with the occasional tidbits on moonkin practices.  You can find anything from a detailed analysis of resto druid weapons to tips for healing Magmaw and The Omnitron Defesne System (with more encounter tips on the way!).  She even has a primer for new druids on when to use Tree of Life.  What was that?  You aren’t interested in druids, you say?  Well, don’t worry!  Tzufit is diverse and still has something for you!  Check out her list of things that your healer wants you to stand in, or read her thoughts on how your life outside of WoW influences WoW.  From time to time, you may also find an occasional guest post on the feral side of things from a feral druid very close to Tzufit (assuming that she bribes him with tasty fish, of course!  Those darn cats don’t work for free!).

Outside of WoW, Tzufit is a bit of a druid in real life, managing a local, environmentally friendly, coffee shop while she finishes her masters in English Literature with a focus in Gender Studies.  When you can’t find Tzufit in WoW, you will generally find her tucked away somewhere reading a book, or trekking out in search of finding something intriguing with her camera.  Of course, if you don’t find her in either of those places, she may be having a spot of tea with Dr. Who.

Tzufit has left the gates running, and has provided some fantastic information and insights for the community.  I don’t know about you, but I am certainly looking forward to her future installments!

Welcome to the Blogoshpere, Tzufit!

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 e-mail to fallingleaves51@gmail.com; with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!

Shared Topics: Will the Last One Out and An Open Letter

After a few weeks break as we all recovered from the holidays, I welcome you all back to the Shared Topics write-up!

Because Blog Azeroth was so quiet lately, it took a couple of weeks and two separate Topics to gather enough posts for a compilation.

The first Topic was suggested by CasualRaider of the blog The Casual Raider about when the lights go out on a guild:

What happens when a guild shuts down? Sometimes no matter how hard you try to keep your guild together it collapses. What do you do after the fallout has cleared? This topic could be about several different aspects of guild dissolution(i.e. finding a new guild, rebuilding your current guild, maintaining friendships with players etc…)

Sharing their thoughts are:

Casual Raider from The Casual Raider

Nutella from The Templar’s Hammer

Rakhman from Way of the Druid

Corevin from WoW Am I Lost?

Windsoar from Jaded Alt

The second Topic was an idea from Squelchy of Blame Squelchy and involved writing an open letter to, well, anyone, really, as long as it has to do with WoW.

Write an open letter to some aspect of World of Warcraft: a character, a raid boss, a non-combat pet, a profession, the sky’s the limit. What would you want to say to them, whether in a personal note, or something published as a letter to the editor?

Participating were:

Squelchy from Blame Squelchy

Pndrev from Primetime Casual

Casual Raider from The Casual Raider

Talfrund from Expedition Azeroth

Fealen from Cow and Bones

Chuck from Lord of Assets

Rakhman from Way of the Druid

For the upcoming week, we have a Shared Topic encouraging us to share our opinion about the, um, amount, of levels in Cataclysm. Were 5 levels enough? Would you prefer 10? Blog about it and report back with a link to your post in the Blog Azeroth thread!

And after a loooong dry spell, we have a flurry of topics lined up for the next few week! Check out:

What causes an encounter to click?
Digging archeology?
You’re Given Reign over the Design of WoW. What do you do?

Huge thanks to Ringo Flinthammer and Naithin for their Topic ideas! But even though we have a lot of upcoming topics, more suggestions are still welcome. Have a topic you’d like to see others write about? Post it in the Shared Topics forum at Blog Azeroth.

TNB Live Saturday 1/15 – Postcards from Azeroth

twitterPSD TNB is happy to welcome Rioriel of Postcards From Azeroth to the show this week. Another European guest, he’ll be staying up until the ‘wee’ hours of the morning to hang out. If you have any questions for him, please send them in or call our voicemail and we’ll make sure we get the answers! Also, don’t forget to join us in the live chat room!

  • When is it?: This live show is scheduled for Saturday, January 15th 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!

Episode 114 – Gazimoff’s Croc Blog

manaobscura_logo_sq Moving right along with 2011, we welcome Gazimoff from the Mana Obscura Blog and the Obscurecast Podcast! He handles the early morning hours stupendously (he’s in the UK) and keeps us well entertained. We discuss the fine art of Gnome cooking, setting things on FIRE and, of course, the best Horde race to kill. News this week was sparse but we manage to still find “something” to talk about including the PTR build and changes to Guild Cauldron requirements. Tune in, Turn on and Hang out with us as we bring you an Episode 114 unlike all other Episodes of TNB numbered 114.

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Resource Site Spotlight – TotalBiscuit / TotalHalibut YouTube Channel

I am fully aware of the seemingly odd choice I made for this weeks Spotlight. Having a YouTube channel as a resource for World of Warcraft is not the most conventional idea, however this particular YouTube channel has become a staple of my WoW news routine, and even a daily one which amazes me.

During it’s running I listened to, like many folks, WoW Radio. I tune in for The Cynical Brit, not regularly honestly, but often enough. I have even watched some Starcraft Shoutcasts by this weeks Spotlight creator, despite the fact I have never played Starcraft. I am of course talking about TotalBiscuit.

TotalBiscuit, or TB, contributes a great deal of content to the WoW community, he always has. The specific focus of this article will be his YouTube channel – TotalHalibut. (I know theres a story behind the name, cannot remember it for the life of me)

The video that I feel is of particular importance to you, the WoW community, is Azeroth Daily. TB produces a daily video show with audio overlay of that days news and events in the World of Warcraft. It sits somewhere in the range of 15 minutes, so it is a very comfortable watching length. It is chock full of TB’s typical wit, humor, and cynicism, and gives a great overview of the daily goings-on in WoW. The blue posts, patch notes, forum highlights section of the videos is my particular favorite, as I have not ventured onto the official forums since 2006, so very often if I have not checked my RSS feed from sites like MMO Champion, I have no idea what the “Blues” are up to.

There is often times when producing something in audio content that is of a news topic is quite difficult, likewise it is often tricky to convey a certain degree of humor in a written post. Video covers both of those failings rather well. And TB is a master, there is no doubt. Honestly, his voice alone sells it. He has certainly been blessed with the girpping tones of professional radio man. From Britain, which is just an unfair advantage over boring-accented Americans such as myself.

Here ist oday’s “Azeroth Daily” – I highly recommend you watch it and then head over to the TotalHalibut YouTube channel and add this site to your Resource Repertoire.

Cheers!

~Rilandune

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