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WoW Weekly Report - The Overpull for 3/30/09

Posted Tue, Mar 31, 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. 

I have low expectations from company PR departments when it comes to podcasts, and the latest edition of Blizzcast meets those expectations in a spectacular wipe. A few minutes of Jeff Chilton does not make for an insightful and entertaining look at WoW. Thirty minutes of podcasting, less than 3 on WoW.

Season 5 is coming to an end, which raises one question, did it really ever start? With PvP gear lacking luster and requiring serious ratings, it wouldn't be surprising if we see some revamps to get more people involved.

Kudos to Blizz for doing their best to keep the "Realm First" achievements available to more people when Ulduar opens. They seem to be working hard to devise a plan to keep the Ulduar 25s from sweeping through Ulduar 10 just to nab the achievements, so they are getting creative. Let's see how it plays out.


Caverns of Time

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

Remember when you couldn't plan events on Tuesdays due to server instability? Most of those days are gone thankfully.

With the Armory and other stat-laden sites available, we can dig so deep into a character that we can see their relatives in Teldrassil (if they're an Elf). Remember when you had to ask someone if they were good, and they knew how to answer? Now it seems as if the game of grouping is more of a math equation than of skill.

Remember when a "big" repair bill was 10g? Of course it took a lot longer to farm 10g back then, so I guess it's a wash.
   

Medeor's Mishaps and Mayhem


This week brought to you by Pepto-bismal and Alkaseltzer, otherwise known as the stomach bug edition. Between hot sweats and an occasional race to the restroom, the last two days have not been that fun. Social graces aside, what's up in the world of WoW?

I'm getting a little tired of writing that there will be no patch this week, but there will be no patch this week. I'll stick to my guns that this is a good thing and we'll be better off for it.

In my drug-induced haze I've been patrolling some of the latest blue posts to see that Druids are getting the nerf beat-down a bit more. The latest info on Patch 3.1 shows Rent and Tear getting nerfed and Primal Tenacity will only work while in cat form. So much for that Druid tank taking less damage while stunned by the bosses (Maexxna, I'm looking at you). Why does Blizzard hate Druid tanks?

Noblegarden is just around the corner. It seems that we just got done drying the tears of those who failed to get the last holiday achievements done, and now we're on to another one. Will this one be easy, hard or at least tolerable by those of us who don't give a rat's heiney? 

Did you hear about the changes to Flasks? I didn't know whether to write this up as a Win or Teh Suck above. In Patch 3.1, Flasks will last for 1 hour (down from 2) but the reagents needed will make twice the flasks (so you get the same overall time for reagent costs). They will also stack to 20 (finally). Most instances in Northrend can be completed in 2 hours, but some of them are longer than 1 hour. It seems to me that outside of raids, we're going to be more conscious of when we take a hit off those flasks. If an instance takes an hour and half, we're going to be wasting flask-time. Looks like we want to wait until we get to the first boss before we hit the bottle.

Last but not least, the damage to break fear, hex, and screams has been "significantly reduced." The PvE part of me says "well crap" and the PvP part of says "cool." When playing my Shaman though...hex has been awesome, you can get a mob to half health before it breaks sometimes.

Sorry for the scattered thoughts, I blame the three petri dishes (aka kids) that seem to be carriers of parent poison.  Did you catch this nasty bug that seems to be plaguing a good portion of the country? Are you excited for Noblegarden? Have you had a 100g repair bill? Stop by and 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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