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Weekly WoW Newsletter - The Overpull

Posted Tue, Feb 24, 2009 by Medeor

Welcome to the latest World of Warcraft newsletter from Ten Ton Hammer. The Overpull, where we gather most of the things we should and a few we probably shouldn't.

Now on Farm or That's a Wipe
In this section we'll look at the hits and misses taking place in the game. 

The WoW world is abuzz for the PTR to be kick-started this week so every top-end raid guild can put Ulduar on farm. At least this time all of the bosses won't be tested which should keep the hard core raiders at bay for at least a few hours after the patch goes to the live servers. Of course the untested encounters may also be bugged to high heaven. 

Hopefully the newly announced Blizzcon for 2009 will be full of farmy goodness this year, unlike last year's complete wipe. As a matter of fact, those of us that attended last year should get a partial credit towards this year's entry fee. We got rooked.

There is nothing better than riding a Hog and the new photos really make me wonder if the current sticker prices are too high. I would look cool rolling on one of those bad boys. Back to the auction house I go.



Caverns of Time

Ah the good old days. Some we miss, but most we just appreciate (for the fact that they're gone!).

Do you remember being on follow in Molten Core? Yeah, me either (if I was in your raid group).

Before I rolled a Shaman, I remember cringing when coming around a corner in AV only to land in a sea of totems and then dying shortly thereafter. That was when Shaman were only on the Horde of course. Somehow Shaman got neutered when the class became available to the Alliance.

Only a few years ago they connected the flight paths. In the old days the birds would stop at each point along the way instead of going all the way to your end destination. Painful.

Hunter and Warlock pets did not de-spawn and were controllable while mounted. Blizzard fixed/killed that joy fairly quickly.


   

Medeor's Mishaps and Mayhem

Now that love is no longer in the air, I can return to my normal cheery self. And I am certainly cheering on the upcoming new content in patch 3.1, but will it be enough? Or more importantly, will it be too much, as in too much difficulty? The results are officially in, and Lich King is too easy. Will Ulduar go the other direction and kick us squarely in the junk as a "Be careful what you wish for" message from Blizzard? Hopefully some of their tiered difficulty settings will provide casual raiders the ability to progress while offering hard cores a sense of accomplishment (and they need it, their egos bruise easily).

This just in, check out what 3.1 is bringing to us on the PTR (from Blizzard post by Zarhym):

In patch 3.1, a new world event titled “The Argent Tournament” will be coming to Northrend! This tournament will be live on the 3.1 PTR and open for testing, though certain aspects are still in development. Players will find a host of new features here, including:
    • New daily quests to construct the great Argent Crusade coliseum for glorious battles to come
    • All new rewards - new items, titles, banners, tabards, pets, mounts, and more
    • All new achievements
    • Many more festivities, and more to come in future content updates!
Players will find the Argent Tournament in Icecrown. Speaking to any Northrend flight master will get you on track to prove your worth to the Argent Crusade, your faction’s leaders, and all denizens of Azeroth!


Ok, now we're getting somewhere. I've been nervous because the pre-patch malaise seems to have set in as raiding guilds are falling apart, or at least not raiding with the vigor of a few months ago. Of course guilds seem to self destruct pretty well on their own, but waiting 3 months for content (that probably should have been available at launch ) is wearing thin on many.

How many times can you run the instances, and how many times do you really want to level an alt? I've noticed a steep decline in the number of alts making the trek from 70 to 80. In original WoW, my friends and I had almost every class at max level. When BC launched we took a portion of those original 60s to 70. Now I stare down the barrel of 71-80 and cringe. The levels aren't hard to achieve it's all of the reputation gathering, crafting/gathering and ancillary "stuff" on the character sheet that needs to be leveled up. It's a long road and with dual spec available, I'm hoping to get all of the various play3 styles I want from one character (ok, maybe two). Will dual spec save me from leveling my warlock, death knight or warrior?

So what are you doing for fun in WoW these days? Is it gearing up a main, leveling an alt, or just filling in all of those dailies while skilling up in fishing? Are you ready for more vehicular combat? Let's discuss.

Until next week, have fun and thanks for reading,
Medeor WoW News, Quest Database, Leveling Guides, and More at WoW.TenTonHammer.com

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