Community Project, a helping hand!

A Community Project – I Need YOUR Help!

I’m really tired of all the negativity about the game I love most, World of Warcraft, that’s rocking our community at the moment. EVERYWHERE I turn there’s someone moaning… forums, twitter, skype, in-game…. BAH.

So, here’s my solution, for which I need YOUR help.

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I would like to head a community project called:

THE COMMUNITY’S TOP ** BEST THINGS TO DO IN WARCRAFT BEFORE WoD RELEASES

…or something.

What I propose is that we all list the top 3 things in Warcraft that we LOVE. The things that make us play the game. The events, places, achievements, battlegrounds… whatever it is that floats your boat. The more ideas we get the better – so many people haven’t heard or haven’t bothered with certain things because they don’t know (enough) about it. Let’s change that. Let’s give the community our joy of the game back.

All you need to do is blog (and link) or tweet or DM me your choices and I will compile them into a list which I hope will look like this:

  • SUGGESTION – link to whose idea it was, a longer description/wowhead info if necessary etc

very short blurb describing the basics of the suggestion (time, place, faction etc)

Whether it’s one suggestion, or five, I don’t think it matters. What matters is the passion and the enthusiasm. No moaning allowed!

So, what d’ya think? Will you take part and help us to spread the love of our game?

 

Well, then. Lets get started, shall we!

 

1. Lore:

I love the Warcraft Lore, it keeps me playing the game. It makes me love the characters I save and kill in quests, in dungeons and raids. From cinematics to stories, I read them all! Since the lore videos are quite hidden, I’ll share some favourites in here.

 

There is also a big channel on Youtube that covers a lot of lore, it’s called Lore for Noobs. Also visit http://wowpedia.org/Portal:Main for all kind of information on whatever lore!

On the Blizzard site, you can read short stories about the faction leaders: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10040557

I can also recommend the WoW novels, my personal favourite is Arthas: Rise of the Lich King.

But War Crimes is a close second for me!

2. Raiding:

I know this isn’t really any special, but without raiding, I wouldn’t still be playing this game. Overcoming challenges together with your guildies is one of the best things there is gaming wise, standing out progress wise just makes my special snowflake glow! My favourite raid instance of all time is Throne of Thunder.

3. Pet Battles:

When I’m not raiding, I like to casually Pet Battle while having a movie running on my second screen, time flies for me.

My all time favourite pet is the Moonkin Hatchling, it’s the companion I always have out running after me!

I hope this is something you are looking for, Mrs. WoW!

 

~Matt.


Celebrate 10 Years of World of Warcraft!

Hey guys,

As you all have no doubt seen that this November marks the 10-year anniversary of World of Warcraft. For as long as I can remember, I’ve seen cries of ”We should get a mini pet/mount for all the anniversaries.”. Now that we approach 10 years, people were wondering what Blizzard had in store, could it be a mini pet yet again, a mount or perhaps some content?! Would the content be PvE or PvP? Noone knew for sure, untill a couple of das ago!

Tarren Mill vs. Southshore: The Rematch

I personally remember the battles in Hillsbrad Foothills, everyone could join, it didn’t matter if you were lvl 60 or lvl 40, everyone had a place in the army of the Alliance and the Horde. Though this time it will be more ”controlled”, it’s going to be a 100 vs 100 team deathmatch style!

Quoting from the Blizzard blog post: ”If you engaged in PvP early on in WoW, you might have fond memories of—and perhaps a few scars from—the endless tug-of-war between Horde and Alliance players at Tarren Mill and Southshore. To recapture that feeling, we’ll be opening a Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on that timeless struggle. However, unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, there will be a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing defeat.

I’m quite excited, however it makes me wonder if you can really ”recapture” the feeling of the old nostalgic PvP battles? Do you really want to is the question aswell. We know how unstable the instance servers can be in WoW, do we really want to have 200 players with flashy spells in one kinda small area together with (I hope) NPC guards aswell? Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea, but will it work? Only time will tell I guess.

Why make Tarren Mill vs. Southshore a limited time only Battleground? If it works atleast, why not keep it? A proper team deathmatch style isn’t something we have in the PvP scene, I’d personally would be happy to keep this battleground in. Granted if it’s a succes.

 

Molten Core Gets Boosted

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A limited time only special readjusted to our level Molten Core! We don’t know a lot about this yet, will it be the whole of Molten Core? Will it drop loot? Perhaps even bindings for Thunderfury and Sulfuras? Will they perhaps reintroduce the quests for Rhokdelar and Benediction for Hunters and Priests? We only know it will be a 40 man LFR raid, again to recapture and to show how 40 mans were ”back in the days.” 

Quoting Blizzard:

Molten Core provided many WoW players with their first taste of WoW raiding. For the anniversary celebration, max-level players will be able to participate in a special 40-player Raid Finder version to relive the experience of hunting down Ragnaros and his minions within his fiery lair. Downing the Firelord will earn you an Achievement and a special Core Hound mount reward (fireproof leg armor not included).

Again, will it actually make you relive the experience of 40 man? I doubt it since it’s going to be LFR and so queue based, you wont need to find 40 people to start up, nor will you have the epic feeling of 40 man screaming on voice comm that you finally downed a boss, but that might just be me being cynic.

I do wonder if it should be a 40 man LFR, we know some people play from a Potato and already struggle in 25 man raids. What will get people to queue for a second or even third time for this event? Seeing the mount will be given as soon as you get the achievement for killing Ragnaros (for the third time in 10 years!) I see no reason for myself to queue for it after if it wont drop gear or transmog.

Last but not least, Corgi-licious.

”Anyone who logs in during the 10-year anniversary event will also be able to claim a feisty, fiery new pet: the Molten Corgi! Just think of the corgi-parade potential when you and your friends summon these wee waddling balls of fire for a walk.”

 

The real question remains, when will this event take place? Before or during Warlords of Draenor.

Personally I think it will happen before, to build up subscriptions again. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this replacing the pre events we always get before the launch of an Expansion. I guess we’ll find out soon!

While on the subject of the 10 year anniversary, has something in store for us, if you’re not already following her you should and visit http://www.alternative-blog.net/2014/08/10-years-10-questions-official-launch.html#sthash.z6fYPWs4.dpbs to see the questions!

~Matt


World of Warcraft’s Pet Battle guide for: Celestial Tournament!

Hey guys,

Since I was young, I was a fan of Pokémon, I played those games religiously. In MOP they added pet battles to the game, I was thrilled and from the first battle, I fell in love.

I did all the quests, tried to do all the achievements and after all the champions in Pandaria were defeated, the Celestial Tournament awaited on the Timeless Isle. Me and my pets fought valiantly againts all the trainers and were victorious time after time! After a lot of batteling, I got all my Celestial Mini Pets!

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In order to enter the Celestial tournament you must have leveled a minimum of 15 Battle Pets that have reached level 25. When you’re in the Celestial Tournament scenario, you can’t heal your pets, not with bandages and not with the revive/heal pet button. Each tournament consists of three rounds. The first round you’ll need to defeat three NPCs that will rotate on a weekly basis, after you’ve completed that, the second round will come which consists of the four celestials that you need to defeat in Pet Battle combat.

As said, the first round will have three trainers and three groups that will change every week.

The groups:

Group 1
Lorewalker Cho
Dr. Ion Goldbloom
Sully “The Pickle” McLeary

Group 2
Taran Zhu
Chen Stormstout
Wrathion

Group 3
Wise Mari
Blingtron 4000
Shademaster Kiryn

Celestial Opponents
Chi-Chi, Hatchling of Chi-ji
Xu-fu, Cub of Xuen
Yu’la, Broodling of Yu’lon
Zao, Calfling of Niuzao

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When you win for the first time, you’ll get 3 Celestial Coins.

3 coins are needed to purchase one of the Celestial mini pets, however if you attempt the tournament again next week, you’ll only get 1 coin for winning.

I’ll list the pets I used for each fight, do note that there are some shop pets in there, they can however be replaced by another pet with the same type

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Lorewalker Cho:

Lil: Tarecgosa
Proto-Drake Whelp
Murkalot

Dr. Ion Goldbloom:

Mini Mindslayer
Lil’XT
Son of Animus

Sully ”The Pickle” McLeary:

Toad
Gahz’Rooki
Crow

Taran Zhu:

Winter’s Little Helper
Unborn Val’kyr
Pygmy Direhorn

Chen Stormstout:

Kun-Lai Runt
Son of Animus
Bile Toad

Wrathion:

Lil: Ragnaros
Minfernal
Murkalot

Wise Mari:

Crow
Son of Animus
Bile Toad

Blingtron 400:

Magical Crawdad
Kun-Lai Runt
Ragnaros

Shademaster Kiryn:

Unborn Val’kyr
Terrible Turnip
Lil’XT

For the Celestials I’ll list also what skills I used in order to defeat them, it’s a 99% win if you use this. Ofcourse, other tactics are available and good aswell, but I found this to work the best.

Chi-Chi, Hatchling of Chi-ji:

Pandaren Water Spirit
Chrominius
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For Chi-Chi, you’ll only need two pets, because this combo is really strong.

You start with the Pandaren and use Water Spirit and apply Geyser and Whirlpool, after that you switch to Chrominius and use Howl followed by Surge of Power. Chi-Chi is now dead.


Xu-fu, Cub of Xuen:

Wild Jade Hatchling
Szechuan Chicken
Darkmoon Zeppelin

There are many different options you can use for the pets, just keep these pointers in mind:
Pet with Call Lightning must have a base Speed of less than 296
Flying pet with Swarm/Flock must have a base Speed stat of 305 or 325.

You with the Wild Jade Hatching use Call Lightning, after that you switch to your flying pet and use Flock, this will go on for turn 3 and 4, continue using Flock untill your pet is dead. You now switch for the Darkmoon Zeppelin and use Decoy, twice Missle and then you use Explode. Xu-Fu should be dead.


Yu’la, Broodling of Yu’lon:

Ghostly Skull
Bonkers
Anubisath Idol

You start with Ghostly Skull and use Ghostly Bite, Shadow Slash, Shadow Slash, Shadow Slash, Ghostly Bite and Unholy Ascension If you die at any point before this, make sure to apply Unholy Ascension.

Bring out Bonkers, if Yu’la used Lift Off you’ll use Dodge, if not you do Tornado Punch of Jab. Repeat this untill Yu’la is dead.


Zao, Calfling of Niuzao:

Sunreaver Micro-Sentry
Zandalari Anklerender
Zandalari Kneebiter

Start with Sunreaver Micro-Sentry and use Fel Immolate and Call Lightning

Swap to Zandalari Anklerender use Black Claw, Hunting Party and Hunting Party continued and Zao should be dead.

 

Good luck in the Celestial Tournament, I hope this guide helped slightly!

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~Matt


”The WoW community is so toxic!!!!!1!!11!”

Over the years that I’ve been on the official WoW forums I’ve been seeing the phrase: ”The WoW community is very toxic..”

It makes me wonder why people say that, because I’m just going to flat out say that it’s a false statement, based on a couple of bad experience that keeps being stuck in people their heads.

Let’s write down some comments about the ”toxic” community.

Until the day we stop looking at what’s different among ourselves and start looking for what we have in common, we will always be plagued by a toxic community.

 

The WoW community has become a toxic cesspool. Yes I know “it’s been like this since vanilla”, but since the end of LK and launch of Cata it’s gotten really, really, bad.

 

With a different community maybe, we could socialise more.
WoW’s community is too far gone.

 

BGs always have people flaming their teams, or worse, picking on an individual player and telling them to “quit the game and uninstall”- this makes me sick. If that player is actually a noob then how on earth are they meant to learn with such an unwelcoming and unhelpful community?

 

All these statements, based on personal experience ofcourse, but they are so exaggerated and it’s being shoved down people their throats making it almost a fact because people are blinded by the ”loud mouths” that say World of Warcraft has indeed a toxic community.

It’s human nature to remember bad experiences harder then the fun ones. I met loads of amazing people in this game, I wouldn’t call the whole community unhelpful and spiteful because that is unfair. There are plenty of people who love to help people, there are guides galore on the official forums, community sites like WoWhead and in game, they don’t make those because they like to get a pat on the head by Blizzard, they make them to help the community, to make the game a better place, to give others a general source of information about a class, specc, feature, or roll

As I’ve said, I met so many amazing people that are a part of the World of Warcraft community, people that make you laugh, comfort you when you’re sad. Just look at Twitter, often there is someone who received bad news, or isn’t feeling well due to health reasons, the WoW community on Twitter always has a listening ear. It doesn’t matter if you’re based in the US, EU or KR, or you killed  full content and geared to the teeth or you’re 2.5k rated in PvP, everyone is welcome to join in.

Every Friday night there is a Friday Fun Run on the EU side where everyone is welcome, they do old content, so it doesn’t matter how ”good” or how ”bad” you are, jokes are being made and people are free to fool around. There are many more examples I could list that proof that this game indeed have an amazing community. 

Sure the game has its share of positive and negative players. Trolls and rude players exist in every corner of the Internet, and it’s ignorant to blame all of the problem people you come across on other games. At some point you have to own up and realize there are inconsiderate players in this game. Ignore them, and try to make the community better.

Just like in real life, there are bad apples, but there are plenty of good people aswell, this counts the same for the World of Warcraft. Don’t generalize, don’t just blindly say ”TOXIC COMMUNITY!”.

 

~Matt


This is a story all about how…

At the start of Mist of Pandaria, I made a guild with a couple of friends called Perplexity, however these friends weren’t that interested in making a succes, me on the other hand wanted this guild to be my final stop!

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We were pretty much succesfull, argueably the most succesfullest (?? if that’s even a word!) on the server. I built this guild on my own mostly 2 odd years ago.. I made it into the guild I wanted it to be. It was truely the biggest raiding guild on the server and possibly the battle group aswell. We merged with guilds, helped them build their teams up again. At our top we had 9 raid teams all well progressing in Throne of Thunder. We even manged to be in the top 3 in progress. We almost had guild member cap and Teamspeak was always active with most channels covered by people. Forums were very active, it was no longer a guild, it was a community. People from all the realms wanted to be in our guild, join the community. I had so much fun during this time, and all to think that I started this more or less on my own.

 

But it takes one ”corrupted” leader to bring it all down. The ol’ 25 man vs 10 man raid arguments happen, things went downhill from there. The nine 10 man teams started to feel little and wanted to dethrone the current ”corrupted” guildmaster since he joined in the name calling ect. I wasn’t even the GM of the guild, but an officer, I was the one who did it all though, so everyone saw me as the true Guildmaster.

 

I always had stuff to do that was guild related, I recruited for the other teams, solved disputes and kept the peace. Also manged the ”pr”. But then, I had troubles in real life, and it was too much for me to handle so I had to give stuff out of my hands.. This is where I lost control over the guild and one day I logged in and the exodus of Perplexity happend. The 10 man teams all left to do whatever, I returned back fully since real life was somewhat fixed, we continued as a sole 25 man guild, We had problems with recruiting, as most guild have during times like these in the expansion, but I managed to always find people and we could always continue raiding. But the Guildmaster stole the guildbank money, bought a boost in SoO HC and migrated to another server. Suprisingly I didn’t got the guild master rank, but someone else, the guild is now a 10 man team and I had to step down as an officer in Perplexity because of disagreements with me and the other leaders of the guild. It still hurts, knowing how much work I put in to it. The time we had 9 teams, was truely one of my best times in WoW, regardless of the drama we had. Due to the toxic behaviour of our previous Guildmaster, the name Perplexity and the officers received a bad name, sometimes I get the feeling we were frowned upon. Used to be different, Perplexity was well respected, noone expected the leaps we would do.

 

 

However, I wasn’t planning on giving up on the guild. To this day I help behind the scene and we managed to clear the content and more or less clear our name. Who knows, maybe I’ll return as an officer for WoD.

The morale of this story? Communicate, don’t let annoyances get the better of you. Be honest with your officer collegues.

 

~Matt


The ”kindness boomerang”.

As I look back to my introduction days when I was still at college for a degree in Social Work, I remember I was placed in a big room, full of possibly other social workers.
As with most big rooms, it came with a big screen, and on this screen they showed us this 6 ish minute long movie about, well… in my eyes the perfect world.

In this perfect world, my job, aka a Social Worker isn’t needed anymore, this means each and everyone is able to manage on their own, all the problems are easily solveable and not as big as they are in todays society.

 

They showed this movie, and in a way it quite moved me. It made me think how a small thing you can do or say to someone can make another persons day slightly better.

Obviously the movie is exaggerating, but there is a lot of truth in it, most people do quite the opposite, when they see a stranger struggeling they just keep looking forward and heading straight to their own goal. I’m not saying I help strangers like they do in the movie, and I guess it’s not even about helping, it’s about cheering someone up, even if it is greeting the old lady on the streets walking her dog, or listening to her talking about whatever, and that is the message the movie wants to bring across. The little things really matter and it is part of the reason why I like to help people, because I like seeing other people happy, be it with a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen or a joke to cheer people up, I know I can’t fix other peoples problem, and I don’t want that either, but I know that when I talk to them they are happy in a way, even if it is for 5 minutes.

 

I don’t truely believe in this kindness boomerang since you don’t always get kindness in return when you give kindness, nor should you expect it, but there is a truth in it, and I prefer to describe it as the snowball effect, while it is mostly used in a negative way, it can also be applied to the positive side. With this I mean, if you help a person, he’ll get somewhat cheered up, and is more likely to help someone else, and the cycle (in theory) will continue, this is also with attitude and your mood, if you’re grumpy you’ll be likely to drag others into the same mood, the same effect will happen if you’re really cheery. With that being said, it’s not with every person, I know personally that I am someone who sets the mood in a surrounding, I even notice it in a raid.

 

I guess to sum up my babbeling about this is that a little bit of kindess goes a long way, why are you reading this on a gaming related forum and why should you care? I’ll briefly explain, you never know how a certain remark can set the mood, while I can completly understand that after a long day of work or school that you can’t really find the patience to play with that one ”noob” who keeps fucking up, and while this is also a game, we play with real people. Being positive and friendly towards your fellow players can make an activity so much more enjoyable and will most likely improve each and everyones skills. Being someone in a raid team in World of Warcraft which used to be a 25 man team I can really see the effects, now being in a 10 man team which is more close together, because there are less people in a team, I can see the same thing happening aswell.

 

All in all, stay the friendly and positive person you can be, even if stuff has been rough in real life, everything will go so much better, and trust me I know how rough life can treat you. If something is hard, be it a boss kill, or an achievement like Challenge modes in WoW, don’t get upset or angry, it will help noone, try and stay positive because it will turn out to be a more fun evening for you aswell!

So much seriousness for the first real post! But I do notice this a lot around me in games aswell on forums, so I thought I might kick off with this.

~Matt


Welcome, welcome!

Boy oh boy, I never thought I would actually start a blog!

As you can see from my ”About me” page, I will be writing about games and stuff that goes on around the gaming community and perhaps guides, who knows!

My thoughts and opinions may not always align with yours, but hey ho, I’m always up for a healthy discussion!

I shall explain the history of my main game (WoW) briefly;

Currently self proclaimed master of Holy Priests, in a heroic raiding guild that cleared the content in a currently 10 man guild called Perplexity on the server Sylvanas EU Alliance side!

Bestprieseu

~Matt


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