WoW Weekly Report - The Overpull for 9/21/09

Welcome to The Overpull, Ten Ton Hammer's weekly newsletter that discusses all things WoW.   All's quiet on the western front: There must be a new game launching somewhere because the...
Welcome to The Overpull, Ten Ton Hammer's weekly newsletter that discusses all things WoW.

Now on Farm or That's a Wipe

All's quiet on the western front:

There must be a new game launching somewhere because the amount of WoW QQ heard round the world has definitely settled down to a dull roar. Besides the upcoming bonus to battleground XP as discussed next door in the Blue section, there aren't a whole of wins and losses this week.

In yet another way that Blizzard is showing off how easy the game is, there are achievements for beating encounters in substandard gear. A Tribute to Insanity is one such achievement. I am not sure that Tiger Woods would trade in his clubs for some rentals as a way to make winning harder, yet more satisfying.

Shiver me timbers, I hate Pirates' day. This is just insult to injury now that Brewfest is going on. Wake me when it's over.

The Pandaren Monk pet is cute and all that, but the Core Hound Pup is where it's at - I want to get one of those!
Blues Clues 

Since BG XP Was Only Awesome
Zarhym says that our XP will go up by 10% when next patch rolls out: "The heirloom items currently do not provide an experience bonus in Battlegrounds. This has been reported by our developers to our quality assurance team as unintended. A resolution is in the process of being tested.
...I've been informed that the fix should be applied with patch 3.2.2. "

Who says Ghostcrawler has no sense of humor?

In an obvious misspell, Greg Street (aka Ghostcrawler) discusses some of the theorycrafting that explained weapons swapping as way for Rogues to add more DPS"
Short story: we're not convinced ROUGES are really going to be doing this. If they end up doing it, we'll probably take some action because we agree it's a clunky mechanic."
I love it when they spell it that way...ouch, my eyes, it burns!


Medeor's Mishaps and Mayhem

Monday's have nothing on Pirates' days.

If Blizzard uses faction transfers as a way to keep me interested, they use things like Pirates' Day and Brewfest to send me screaming towards the likes of Champions Online and Aion. My hatred of the events is well chronicled so I won't trouble you with the details, but let's just say my wife doesn't expect any presents on silly things like Secretary's Day either. Save your emails extolling the virtues of these events, you're not going to change my mind.

With that out of my system, it's time to take inventory on the latest happenings. First off, there will be maintenance on Tuesday so go ahead and plan some meetings or attend class. Odds are high that patch 3.2.2 will go live during the maintenance so if you want to complete Onyxia in easy mode, today may be your last day to do so. The new gear from the Ony encounter are awesome of course so that will be well worth your while to jump back into the cave and watch out for the whelps (many whelps, handle it, Now!).

Last week I discussed how cool I am (guess I could use this line every week), when I said I'd have three level 60 characters that were all leveled together using the Recruit A Friend tactic. What I failed to mention is that the characters look worse than most gold farming characters. Very little gear, no spells or flight paths, and no skills. I'm starting from scratch only at level 60, ugh. The Druid was my natural first choice due to flight form and the fact that weapon skills are meaningless (I'm not looking forward to leveling the Hunter and Rogue weapon skills at all). While it's nice to have three characters into the 60s, it seems like a brutally long road from here on out (even though I know it's not hard). The Druid got to 62, and Hellfire is quite easy with flight form, so I'll probably finish that one off. It's been a fun experiment in any case.

The Lightswitch Flips

I finally figured out what kind of PvP I enjoy. It's not the mono y mono Arena style punch your face off. No it's the group thing. I like the group thing (careful we're talking about Battlegrounds here). Once we could earn XP through playing in battlegrounds I realized how much fun they are. As long as you turn off the BG chat channel and just enjoy the fun, the XP bar fills up quickly. Even if you leave the chat turn on, it seems to have mellowed out because everyone in there is leveling now. How competitive can you be in Alterac Valley really?

There was a time when a loss would seriously jeopardize my evening if not my week, and now I lose and re-queue just to do it all over again. I don't mind getting my backside pwned off by four level 78s as I try and catch up to the group. That's ok, because the next time I'm with my buddies we'll get one of their "sickly gazelles."

Not that there's anything wrong with that...

I know that we would never play another game, right? But let's just say we did. Which game would it be? Obviously Champions Online launched a few weeks ago and Aion launches tomorrow, but would you go that route or go back to a game you used to play (like LotRO or EQ2)?

My needle of choice lately has been a combination of Champions Online and now Aion. I like to try all new games and then determine which one is worth my nightly fun and monthly money. For five years (almost six) the answer has almost always been WoW. Except for a few months of taking breaks or trying out another game, I've had at least one WoW account going (sometimes as many as three).  I've now culled my accounts down to one and have to admit that I'm enjoying some different terrain these days. I'm such a fantasy fan that I don't know if I will ever warm up to men in tights. CO is fun, and I'd recommend giving it a look, but Aion is also a change of pace, and I'm enjoying my time there as well.

After all that is said and done, I'll see you guys for the raid on Ulduar Wednesday though.

Last but not least, I see the Race Change button is now on the Account Management screen, so that option may be going live with the patch or maintenance tomorrow. Check in for details if you're into that kind of thing.

Before we leave off for the week I wanted to let you know that I'll be taking a bit of a hiatus from writing the Overpull. After I'm done with therapy you may see me back though!

Is Pirates' Day the best day ever? Are you gobbling up XP using RAF or the BGS? Are you going to change the race of your character? If you try another game, which one is it these days? Let's discuss in our forums.

Have a great week, and as always thanks for reading.

-Jay "Medeor" Johnson

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