We've gone through our Paladin Class Guide and updated a lot of
the information from the words of seasoned Paladins. Included in the
updates is a few brand new talent builds (both PvP, PvE, and leveling
builds), updated information on the best way to utilize your Paladin,
all about Paladin U.I.s, and much more!
"In solo PvE, combat should start with using Judgement of Crusader
(using Seal of the Crusader then judging it). Then use your combat
seal (Seal of Righteousness or Seal of Command) and swing your weapon
at the enemy! Depending on how well your mana holds, judge your combat
seal and reapply. You'll need to experiment with it to see how often
you can judge a seal while not spending all of your mana."
Ethec gets his geek on to pour through the amazingly detailed census numbers available for World of Warcraft. Which faction is more popular - horde or alliance? What about race and class? Are there more active players on PvP or normal servers? The answers may surprise you! Plus, you know the reasons commonly given for World of Warcraft's incredible popularity, is there another reason lurking in the numbers?
"When people talk about World of Warcraft's success, they cite accessibility, availability of quests, directed play, and other qualitative mechanics directly attributable to… well, fun. But one of the best kept secrets of World of Warcraft's success can be expressed quantitatively, Numb3rs-style, through math. Check out the descriptive statististics to the right. K values from zero to two indicate meso-kurtosis, or (literally) a flat level distribution, and low positive skewness indicates a gentle downward slope in population as levels increase - both signs of as healthy a MMORPG population that can be hoped for. Omitting level 60 - which I'm comfortable doing since, by most accounts, the level 60 game is an entirely different game than the 59 levels preceding it - World of Warcraft meets these conditions more than a year and a half after its inception. This mathematical fact makes WoW a rarity among MMOs, most of which coping with vacant low-to-mid level zones, snaring these games in a developmental tailspin of catering exclusively to players heavily concentrated at high levels."
Keep reading to find out what other interesting facts Ethec has to share. Don't forget to stop into the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer to let us know what you think.
This week, Messiah tackles the common topic across the network...Dual Boxing. Find out how he feels about it and see if you agree.
Wow, this week for our network content article we got such a cool topic, and one that I had to jump all over. Being a complete computer geek for the past 25+ years (yeah, I’m old!), I have a huge collection of computer equipment just lying around. Over the years this has made it very possible to dual, triple, even quad box many games. I have done it in many different games at many different points in time.
The question comes about, should I? Is there a moral or ethical reason to not dual-box? Should developers care? Should casual players?
">Read the rest of the article and then hit the forums at WoW Ten Ton Hammer to share your thoughts. Are you a dual boxer? Let us know why.
Blizzard unveils the first details of its upcoming player-versus-player enhancements.
IGN posted an article with all the details and a few screenshots on this upcoming update to World of Warcraft.
But the big news today is the scoop on world PvP objectives. Whereas before it usually boiled down to getting "wtfpwned" by roving bands of level 60 characters in Stranglethorn Vale, Hillsbrad Foothills and other areas where the victims couldn't possibly be a threat to their assailants, the new world PvP content will take place in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands, although it may eventually branch out to other areas. Silithus and EPL are the highest-level zones in the game right now anyway (Deadwind Pass is too small to count, really), so it will generally be level 55-60 players bashing away at each other.
Blackrock Depths, Upper and Lower Blackrock Spire, Stratholme and More!
We have yet more updates today to our where to adventure guide! Today we focus on high-level instances and have updates for Blackrock Depths, Upper and Lower Blackrock Spire, Stratholme, Scholomance, Dire Maul, Zul'Gurub, Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj, Onyzia's Lair, and the Molten Core!
Blackrock Depths (BRD) is located in Blackrock Mountain between the Searing Gorge and the Burning Steppes and is meant for levels 50-56. There are many quests located in BRD and it is an excellent place to level when you are mid 50's. Blackrock Depths also contains the entrance point that must be reached to access the Molten Core for the first time.
The instance is full of Dark Iron Dwarves and elementals. Most of the quests revolve around the Dark Iron Dwarves or the various elementals in the area. For a complete list of quests in the zone check out our TenTonHammer database entries for Blackrock Depths .
For miners there are several places that you can mine dark iron in the instance. It is also where you must travel to to create dark iron bars and to turn them into items, so prepare for multiple trips back here.
No MMO has ever offered players the level of customization that World of Warcraft does. One important way Blizzard puts the power in the player community's hands is through macros, small customizable sets of scripted instructions that keep your head in the game by sparing you mouseclicks. Ten Ton Hammer scours the interwebs to bring you the best we could find for the latest addition to the WoW Slash Commands and Macros Guide.
"Jump to Low-Res: If you're ever in a raid or instance situation and your system is dragging (or maybe you're getting some Orgrimmar or Ironforge lag), this is a quick macro that will lower the biggest performance-hogging settings. Experiment with a separate macro to restore your settings to what you're used to (max is 777,2,1).
In our quest to have the most useful zone guide out there, we have even more updates today! Today we look at several level 41-50 zones and instances. Updates to The Blasted Lands, The Hinterlands, Searing Gorge, Uldaman and Zul'Farrak have all just been uploaded to our Where to Adventure Guide.
Formerly part of the Black Morass swamp, the Blasted lands is the crater that remains from when Medivh opened the Dark Portal. Filled with demons and corrupted wildlife, the Blasted Lands are a high level zone. The zone has both a Horde and an Alliance stronghold, called Dreadmaul Hold and Nethergarde Keep respectively. To the far south is the Tainted Scar and in the south east is the Dark Portal. The whole zone is very desolate featuring nothing much more than red rock desert and mountains.
">Watch for more updates to follow! And once again, if you have comments or additions please send them in at WoW Ten Ton Hammer!
On the official World of Warcraft site, an article has been posted detailing one of the new professions expected to be included in the forthcoming expansion, The Burning Crusades. Get a look at Jewelcrafting...
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade will introduce a lot of new features to expand the game in many interesting and fun ways. One of these additions is the introduction of a new profession: jewelcrafting.
Jewelcrafters learn the art of creating beautiful jewelry and trinkets from metals and rare gems. By processing the raw ore mined from the various deposits and mineral veins, jewelcrafters can extract gems from the ore which they can then use for their craft. Although miners sometimes find gems while gathering ore, jewelcrafters mostly rely on their prospecting skills to get more of the precious stones.
Actiontrip.com posted a preview of WoW's forthcoming expansion, The Burning Crusades. Did they like what they saw or think that it needs to head back to the drawing board? Keep reading to find out.
It goes without saying, but yes, World of Warcraft is the most successful MMORPG of all time. It is the 800-lb gorilla of MMORPGs, but what’s striking is that WoW is the first game to truly bridge the gap between hardcore gamers and the mainstream crowds. Blizzard’s giant cash cow is becoming a part of popular culture, supplanting The Sims as the “it” game of choice for both gamers and non-gamers alike.
Over the last few days, the team at WoW Ten Ton Hammer have been busy updating their Where to Adventure Guide.
The first update comes with this description...
More updates have just been uploaded to our Where to Adventure Guide. This time I look at instances for players in the 20-30 level range and start looking at the zones for 31-40 level range players. The updates includes the Blackfathom Deeps, Gnomeregan, Shadowfang Keep and Stockades instances and the Alterac Mountains and Arathi Highlands zones.
Then today's update reads...
In our quest to have the most useful zone guide out there, we have more updates today! Updates for The Badlands, Stranglethorn Vale and the Scarlet Monastery have just been uploaded to our Where to Adventure Guide.
Watch for more updates to follow! And once again, if you have comments or additions please send them in!