Welcome to The Overpull with your new host, David Xerin Piner. Those of you who didnt read last weeks issue (shame on you), your regular host Jay Medeor Johnson is over in Aion right now. Im here manning the post and brining you a fun filled flavorsome email full of happy, no dare I say even kawaii times. Yes folks, thats right, this newsletter has both jumped the shark and hit ludicrous speed by infusing it with Japanese terminology.
Lets get the recap going before we delve into some serious, some funny, and some questioning newsletter happy go lucky times. Questioning doesnt belong there, but Im going to let it slide. Weve got a new 5 man coming out with Jaina and Sylvanas at the forefront of the excursion into Icecrown. The honorable Sir TEH Lich King is making an appearance in the end to provide you with some more purps. 3.3 notes are up on the PTR. Finally, in the no one really cares department, Blizzard has a YouTube account and a new website.
In this edition of loading were going to start two new special serials. The PTR Roundup which will focus on PTR changes each week if there are any and a special Lore section thatll appear whenever there is some good times to talk about it. Youll find the PTR discussion below and the lore discussion at the end after the weekly question.
There's a lot this edition, feel free to skim anything you already know like the PTR stuff.
Whats the Buzz
There are going to be three new five man instances coming next patch. The raid should be coming out too, but theyre not in the notes right now.
Were taking a time warp back to The Burning Crusade era with the introduction of three wings. Each wing will unlock the next, but if you feel like youre doing Mechanar, Botanica, and Arcatraz all over again then you are. Im sure one instance will be the one everyone runs and the other two will sit pretty. Then again, theyll be dropping ilvl 232 gear.
Woah woah wait up. What did you just say? I aint kidding yo. Theyll be dropping ilvl 232 gear. The same gear that drops in Ulduar and if its like Trial of the Champions ilvl 200 gear then itll be labeld a 232 but really be a 245. Thats insane and always this weeks weekly question which youll find down below.
The three instances are pretty short. Thanks to the nature of the Internet we already have the maps so we know theyre going to take forever to get done. Thats the good news. I hate long heroics that ramble on longer than Captain Picard does when hes got something unimportant to say. Its even worse once you get saved and then the group turns out to suck. Ive got a story about the Occulus about the Ruby Void achievement sometime Ill tell. Maybe next week.
The three instances are The Forge of Souls which will be two bosses and a quick hop, skip, and jump through some unknown creatures. When youre done being melancholy there you can go to The Pit of Saron where Gandalf the Whit- never mind, thats not funny anymore. Itll have three equally unknown (but probably easily killed) fellows waiting for you. Once your blade is soaked well enough in the blood of The Lich Kings minions you can head on over to the Halls of Reflection.
The Lich King, as fabulous as he is, has his very own Hall of Reflection in front of what I suppose is his throne room. Thats pretty cool eh? I imagine hell be sitting on this throne with a glass of wine and beckon you like Dracula does in Castlevania. Youll scream DIE MONSTER, YOU DO NOT BELONG IN THIS WORLD as he stands up all cool like and hands you his purps.
Moving on, theyre the same captains that waltz in with Arthas when he kills his dad all emo like and help him slay everyone in the capital. Not that, the previous Warcraft games didnt feature Orcs doing the same thing, of course. Theyre just not white haired and fashionably goth. Anyway, once youre done there you can fight Arthas himself and destroy Forstmourne or save the soul of Prince Arthas or maybe hell kill Jaina/Sylvanas and theyll be bosses in the raid instance. Who knows. I personally expect him to rez a few 5 man bosses again and just throw em at you laughing manically like Baal in Diablo 3 then leave a chest with purps and a vague threat to meet him in the raid.
The big issue here is the ilvl 232 loot. I remember a time when loot was hard to get and your gear didnt outdate every other month by leaps and bounds. My gear right now is pretty awesome, but next patch itll probably be at welfare purp level because everyone will have it. The raid is probably going to drop 252s for greens and 278s for purps or something equally overpowered. I wouldnt be surprised if Triumph replaces Conquest either and we get a new badge to run the daily heroic with. That means tier 9 will be pretty worthless. Well talk on that later, lets take a look at the PTR.
The PTR Roundup
In this section Ill talk about the PTR and what PTR notes are up right now. 3.3.0 hit the PTR recently and lets look at some of the changes.
All races now have equal stat starts with equal stamina. If you read my WoW is not an Esport article youll get an understanding of why this matters (not). One point means nothing in the grand scheme of things, at least to me.
There are A BUNCH of level 1-20 tweaks going into place. I imagine this is the pre-Cataclysm stuff. More mana regen, 2-handed starter weapons, and blah blah no one cares. Its easier to level up. There you go.
Druid, Death Knight, Mage, and Hunter pets get avoidance buffs, but nerfs in PvP. Big deal, at least to me. AoE damage is negligible in PvP.
Hunters get a Misdirection rework. Arcane gets buffed for Mages (WTF). Rogues get one rank of stealth (no one cares but that level 10 Rogue complaining in the Barrens) instead of like 20. Vanish is fixed so you shouldnt get unvanished by a pet or a dot tick. Thats wonderful for everyone who isnt a Rogue. Warlocks get Imps at level one. A built in Questhelper might make it into the game. Thats about it.
Well, not much so far, but as we know more well probably get hit by a big round of changes. Stay tuned to The Overpull as we give you the scoop on the changes. If theyre something major you can always find the news on our main WoW site.
It Happened in /Trade
[1. Trade] WTS NAKED PIX OF MY GF 100G
I almost paid the 100g just to see what porn site the guy would choose. Sigh.
The Weekly Musing
This weeks question is:
Do you think that the accessibility of gear along with the rate of new gear that is introduced is fair or is it just wrong?
I want you to answer that question. Its not really a yes or no one, but go ahead and put the answer in your head before we go on with some facts.
WotLK was released in November of last year, almost a year ago. Naxxramas was the first and only major raid instance and dropped ilvl 200/213 items. Kelthuzad, that enigmatic necromancer who just wont die, dropped item level 226 in the 25-man version which were best in slot weapons at the time. Ulduar came out in April after about two or three months of waiting (were talking progression wise, not real time). Ulduar dropped 226 items as a standard and 232s in certain situations. The Trial of the Crusader instance came out shortly thereafter and dropped ilvl 258s with a few going above that (tribute chests have 272s). So, within a year we progressed from ilvl 200 to ilvl 258s. The 5man dropped stacked ilvl 200/219 purps in normal and heroic.
Thats not all though. Badge gear progressed too. Right now you can get ilvl 245 gear with Triumph badges off of doing the daily heroic and puging the easy VoA. You can get tier 8 (ilvl 226) with Conquest Badges. The average ilvl of a progression raider is going to be 258 with a few above that. Thats not a whole lot away from 245.
That means that right now, unless youre running ToC, youre not going to be better than your average VoA/Ony/Daily Heroic pug. As a matter of a fact, unless youre running Trial of the Grand Crusader in 25man you wont be able to get ANY gear except for weapons that a pug wouldnt be able to snag as well. That doesnt mean that its not worth it, you get the gear faster, but still.
Lets take a quick history lesson. In old world WoW, your raid gear lasted the entire time. If you got something from BWL then you could easily keep it all the way to Naxxramas unless you were the tank. BWL gear was respected for a long time, AQ40 gear was it even when Naxxramas was out due to the difficulty in getting it. Naxxramas gear is, right now, still desirable as collectable because those items are no longer available in the game. Thats how cool old world was about giving you gear and letting it keep its shine.
The Burning Crusade was a little bit different, if you didnt play it. The 25 man raids were hard, if not impossible to get into and most 40 man raiding guilds broke apart when they hit the brick wall that was Naxxramas. Attunements were a major brick wall because you couldnt attune to an instance without a raiding guild AND you couldnt join a raiding guild without attunements. Raids were long and extremely difficult. Badge gear served as a way to make your character awesome, but only Black Temple level gear was available and that was when the Sunwell came out. Before then it was Karazhan level only. So everything above The Black Temple never saw a non-raiders inventory until WotLK.
So there are the facts. Whats my opinion? Well, I think that raiders are having an unfair time keeping ahead of the game and the rapid pace of trivialization of content is astounding. There are becoming fewer and fewer reasons to raid unless youre in a guild that can get content down FAST or during a period that you can get the special title/mount reward. ToC loot will probably be pointless when the Icecrown raid hits because Im sure most of it will be on a vendor somewhere. Unless Blizzard puts their foot down and says this is the end of the line freeloaders, raiders only from here.
Then again, you have the problem that a new player in the game isnt going to be able to get enough loot to raid, like in the days of old. When a guild progresses past a raid then there is no longer a reason for them to run it. Then you have the situation where it becomes impossible to experience the content unless you were in the initial groups running through which puts us in that sad spot.
I can understand making raiding accessible, but egos are a big part of the progression and as Ive mentioned over and over again, you have to have inaccessible content to drive people to play. The casuals have every right to scream for the handouts, since they dont have the time to put into the game, but having the true raiders is beneficial in keeping a select few at the top and everyone else longing to be there.
I think Blizzard should find a sweet spot between content thats accessible and content thats inaccessible and draw a much bigger line between casuals and raiders. Maybe not as big as before, but something thats not a patch apart would be nice. Say instead of the difference between 245 and 252 it was 232 and 252. That way, their gear is good enough to get into Ulduar and even ToC, but not good enough to walk directly into ToC hardmodes and do perfectly fine.
Well, Ive talked long enough. What are your opinions on this subject? Join us on the forums right here.
The Lore Corner
A summary of what's to come.
Arthas is a lot like Team Rocket from Pokémon now. He shows up, makes a bunch of threats, and then runs off again giggling the entire time never doing anything. Lets go over some example. The first time you technically meet him is as a Death Knight. Tirion shows up, ganks Ashbringer from one of his minions (Mograine if you must have specifics), and has the following conversation with Arthas.
[Tirion] LOL I HAS THE ASHBRINGER NOW
[The Lich King] lolwtf bye Im outta here you op come play me fair terms on my land
Its like two kids screaming at one another over a Super Smash Bros. Melee game and finally repeating NO ITEMS, FOX ONLY, FINAL DESTINATION over and over ad nauseam. Except the end result here is that you dont have to quest any longer instead of throwing an Nintendo Wii out the window.
You meet Arthas a few more times. The first official time in Northrend is in the Howling Fjord where you go try to assassinate King Ymiron.
[The Lich King] LOL I SEE WHAT YOU DID HERE, naw Im going to take this guy and head on over to that tower over there and shove him there and then when you come into the dungeon hes going to PWN you haha I am so smart.
Taking his words to heart, like any foolish hero, you run straight to Utgarde Pinnacle where he shoved King Ymiron. You see him again, of course. He has to show up.
[The Lich King] LOL HAHAHA I play my TRAP CARD you didnt see that did you. I am going to buff this chick here with UNIMAGINABLE POWER and then shes going to kill you rofl Im too cool.
You then sit there and tank her for half an hour while you fail to get an achievement. King Ymiron, who waits at the end, gets killed in like 30 seconds because hes stupidly weak. Call that a victory for the heroes right? Next time is with a troll you help become one of the scourge commanders and then you go kill him. He shows up again:
[The Lich King] rofl you killed this guy I COULD TOTALLY PWN YOU RIGHT HERE but Im not, Im going to wait my turn, I still have a ton of life points cu l8r.
Then, in Icecrown, you fight some dude who has some important reason with some person from the Ebon Knights possessing someone. He shows up again, lets you fight the dude, then when you win:
[The Lich King] rofl u killed one of my best lol I could kill you now, but naw BECOME MORE POWERFUL, come to me yes hahahHAHAA THE LICH KING BLASTING OFF AGAIN
Thats not the last you see of him. Remember Tirion who ganks the Ashbringer (THE one item everyone wanted for the longest time)? Hes the same dude who ate an endless supply of worm meat for years and gave some pretty cool quests in the old world. Well, after the Alliance and Horde fail at breaking into The Lich Kings house he comes in the back door, takes over a hill and sits there for a bit. He then waltz over to the other end of the zone and builds a freaking tournament and a few jousting camps here and there. Well, guess who shows up again.
[The Lich King] ur in my house now, im gonna mess u up, remember that bug guy?????? well guess what hes back u might have killed him w/ 5 people but now im going to buff him and hes going to wreck u cuz I said so c u l8r
Of course, being the genius he was, the story should end there because a Death Knight is going to cast Path of Frost and the Lich King does win. He wins by making you pay 200 gold in repair bills as a Death Knight keeps doing it over and over.
Assuming a Death Knight doesnt use path of frost and ruin the raid, you beat Anub upside the head for a bit and he gives you a ton of purps. So far hes shown up multiple times and never lays a finger on you. Instead he works towards building a Rube Goldberg machine to destroy you in a fabulously spectacular way. I fully expect him to not wield Frostmourn, but instead dual wield Hogger and Van Cleef and throw 5 man instance bosses at you like that guy who throws bear pelts.
Sigh, what a WoW we live in.
-David "Xerin" Piner