Overpull, Ten Ton Hammer's weekly newsletter that discusses all things
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Odds and end from around Azeroth:
the first time in a while it's safe to plan a raid on a Tuesday as the href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/74365">realms
weren't brought down today.
Outside of a critical href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/74230">Paladin
that went live last week, there apparently wasn't much else to do
today. Since there was no downtime, it's safe to say that today will
not be patch 3.2.2's launch day.
Speaking of Patch 3.2.2, fans of Kung Fu Panda can look forward to the
scavenger hunt for the Pandaren Monk non-combat pet that will roll out.
MMO-Champion has a href="http://www.mmo-champion.com/news-2/pandaren-monk-patch-3-2-2-notes-update/">video
of the pet's passive combat
Ouch, my Shaman is feeling the sting of the nerf bat, as of Patch
3.2.2's patch notes that state the cleansing totems no longer pulse
instantly when dropped. Booo.
On the flipside, Demonology Spec Locks should be looking for some love
as the blues will be increasing their DPS.
Some shenanigans are going on in the Arena tournament this season. We
have a character at over 3,200 personal rating and barely winning more
than half the matches. This doesn't help the issues surrounding Arenas
and the lackluster showing of the rewards.
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still matters, just ask it.
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we're already redoing two whole continents!: style="font-style: italic;" class="blue">
"Just because Azeroth is being affected doesn't mean
the threat of the Burning Legion isn't still there (for new toons to
experience at least). If anything changes in this regard it would
probably be a couple quests that send you there but I wouldn't expect
Outland itself to change much since messing with 2 continents is
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shucks Maw, that's perdy
Latest Cataclysm feature shown on the main site::
" style="font-style: italic;">To keep Azeroth safe from
these threats, the titans imprisoned the Old
Gods underground and banished the savage elementals to the
titan-constructed Elemental Plane, a secure dominion where the
elementals could dwell without harming Azeroth.
Four domains were created within this primordial realm to serve as
ideal environments for each type of elemental. For ages since, the
elementals of air, water, earth, and fire have engaged in endless
strife with each other, waging titanic battles in the confines of their
One of the Elemental Plane's domains, a vast ocean known as the Abyssal
Maw, is home to the water elementals."
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Hat and No Cattle
Talk about slow news after avalanches the prior weeks, this week must
be the real hangover from Blizzcon. Good, it means everyone in Irvine
(Blizzard's HQ) has their head down and they're working.
One flurry of activity was in regards to the faction changes that
started a few weeks ago. This is one of the services that had a huge
pent-up demand but will likely go unused after the intiial round
of groups moving between factions. I'm sure most of
you moved those
tough looking Orcs to Gnomes, didn't you? In this week's episode of The
Instance podcast, the hosts Scott and Randy pontificated on this very
topic. Using a WoW census-taking-mod, Randy calculates the moves at the
Alliance transferring two characters to the Horde for every one Horde
character transfered to Alliance. While not surpirsing, it raises some
interesting questions. Take the following self-graded quiz and see how
- Will the
Alliance start winning in Battlegrounds?
- Will the Horde
enjoy all the guild drama that was once the sole domain of Alliance?
- Do all of those
people who got Horde tattoos feel betrayed?
- Is it now cool
to be on the Alliance?
It's obviously a trick test, all of the answers are "Yes." If you
scored 100%, then welcome to the Alliance. If you missed any. then you
are probably playing Horde with your character that was named
"MobileGnome" and just changed it to "StickAnOrcInIt."
It's What's For Dinner
Speaking of cute
little buddies, I broke my little
Gnome Warlock out of prison and took him into the Battlegrounds to
shake the rust off. There is something therapuetic about standing away
from the fray and tab-DOTting everything in a 2 mile radius. That never
gets old. Of course when the "fray" closes in and and you see that
horrible bluish/purplish bungie grappling hook come flying out of a
pack of enemies as you get "yoinked" by a Death Knight, well then the
fun is over. My poor little buddy doesn't stand a chance when the
action gets up close and personal. I have cleaned off more blades with
my brand new cloth chestpiece than I care to think about. Oh well, you
win some and you lose some. If you play on my team, you lose more than
tip of the week:
Gathering soulshards in PvP is called "trolling." You are the bait.
That cool purple spell effect is the perfect tracer round showing
everyone that at the end of that string is a defenseless honor kill.
PvP is no place to channel flashy spells, except when they group up
nicely for a Rain of Fire.
tip of the week:
Even though some may call it a bit of an exploit, we're only using
what's available. This week we look at a Protection Paladin in healing
gear roaming the Battlegrounds. Jumping into a non-tenacity
adjusted battleground with 20k health, 20k mana and about 20k
quite fun, especially when dropping some 19k heals on people. So any of
you who have disparaged Protection Paladins in battlegrounds (sorry,
I'm guilty) should rethink their remarks. This is not new, but it's new
to me. I never gave it a chance because I figured there were too many
gimicks I'd have to employ. Nope, it's very straight forward and really
hard for the opposing force to kill you or anyone you are healing..
let's play a game...Broken or Not Broken
In a very short time of using the Refer-a-Friend program, I will have 3
level 60 characters with around 24 hours of playtime. Granted the
characters are lacking in skills, reputations, and even flight paths,
but I can understand why Blizzard does not feel it's necessary to let
us start any class at level 55; heck we get to start at almost 60! Is
If Refer-a-Friend isn't broken, then Arenas are broken. Few people seem
to be heading towards arenas these days which could be caused by many
issues. Prior to the stupid (yes, I went there) rating requirements to
purchase gear, Arenas were a good place to drop in for a few weeks and
then pick up a piece of loot. Since it was so "gated" you could only
get a piece or two a month, which made it hard to exploit. Now all of
the real gear has rating requirements that are well out of normal
reach, and Arenas are the *only* way to get weapons through PvP. That
is broken. Arenas aren't fun, and now they don't reward for jack.
How did you score on today's quiz and what do you think is "working as
intended" versus broken? href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=46302">Let's
chat in our forums.
Have a great week, and thanks for reading.
-Jay "Medeor" Johnson
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