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Oh Timewalking… I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

I have this problem and the problem is that I can’t not like timewalking.   I just have this big ol’ smile on my face while doing it.  I did Arcatraz yesterday and the group sucked and there were a couple of wipes (yes, in 2015) and I didn’t even care; I didn’t even care one bit because it brought me back.

I love it.  I love it so much.  Best thing Blizzard has done in forever.  And according to MMO-Champion they’re planning on adding even more old instances!  I don’t care about Cataclysm dungeons but I DO care about the other TBC and Wrath dungeons.  Yes, Blizzard.  Yesssss.  Give them to me.  I want all of them.

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These Are The Two Things I Don’t Like About 6.2 So Far

Overall I’m happy with the patch.  I think it added just about the right amount of new stuff without going overboard or anything.  There are two things that are less than perfect, however, and those are:

1. WHATEVER THE HECK BLIZZARD DID TO MY POOR SALVAGE YARD – Oh yay… more scrap to sell for 50 silver or whatever…

and

2. BOAT MISSIONS THAT TAKE TWO DAYS.  – I get that Blizzard is trying to be “realistic” here but come on.  Two days, really?  Especially when I only have seven boats in my fleet?  I love boats and I want more of them and I want them doing more missions.  MORE MISSIONS.

So yeah.  I like the rest of the patch, though.  I’ve heard some people say that Tanaan feels grindy but it really doesn’t, to me?  It feels like just the right amount of daily quests and things to do.  And of course I am IN LOVE with Timewalking.

But those damn two-day boat missions and my poor, poor salvage yard.  :(

So for real, what’s up with those garrison missions that give you honor?

It all started with an innocent question I asked on Twitter, about those garrison missions that give you honor.  You know, the ones like this: http://www.wowhead.com/mission=338/domination-of-nagrand

Everyone gets these, right?  Except past 6.2, which was what my question involved.  To my surprise, though, many people promptly replied that they had never seen a garrison mission that gives you honor before.  How unusual!  I used to get these all the time.

There’s not a lot about this on Wowhead although one or two comments seemed to suggest that the frequency of appearance of these missions has to do with how often you PvP.  And since there was a stretch of about a month there where I was desperately trying to win AV, well, maybe that’s why I started getting the honor missions.

In that case, guess I’d better start doing some battlegrounds again and see if my honor missions start popping up again.

My question to you is: Do you PvP often and do you get honor missions?  Let me know!  I want to solve this mystery.

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Timewalking is Funtastically Cozy

I love it, I really do.  It doesn’t really feel like old heroics but it does feel like old normals and you know what?  I’m fine with that.

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Also I died on the last boss of Slave Pens.  Because the tank didn’t know he was supposed to turn him around so he didn’t spew poison anywhere.

I didn’t even mind, it was just… adorable :)

TIMEWALKING!  Best thing Blizzard has added in forever.  I approve.

Bad News: Beast Mastery is Broken. Good News: It’s Getting Fixed.

So as I mentioned in my last post, a bug went live with the patch meaning that Focus Fire quit working completely.  Oops.  Pretty bad for us Beast Masters, especially seeing as Focus Fire optimization is kind of a major chunk of our DPS.

The good news is that Blizzard is aware of this and a hotfix is in testing.  Granted, I have no idea when that’s actually going to go live in the game… but… official word is nice, yes?

In the meantime you may want to respec if you have to do some serious raiding (Marksmanship seems to be looking good), or, if you’re stubborn like me, just stick with it.

In the meantime, TIMEWALKING IS LIVE GO GO GOGOGOGO

 

Real Talk. Beast Mastery in 6.2…

…is basically the same as it was before.  Let’s take a closer look.

hunter notesAspect of the Fox is gone.  I used it on occasion but usually forgot it existed.  So /shrug

Tranquilizing Shot is now on a cooldown, unless you are glyphed.  Whether you prefer to use the glyph or not probably comes down to your own personal preference and the encounter.

And that’s it!  That’s it for Beast Mastery, unless you PvP, in which case you will notice that A Murder of Crows and Barrage now do less damage to player characters.  Not very fun, no, but whatcha gonna do.  We’re hunters, so we’re just gonna keep moseying along.

Now remember, things haven’t changed for us, really, but things may have changed for other classes and specs.  Marksmanship got a buff to Aimed Shot and a lot of the other classes were tweaked, so Beast Masters may not see themselves in the same spot on Recount.  We’ll just have to see how things shuffle out.

AS AN ASIDE, I’m seeing a few theorycrafting places report that Steady Focus is now preferable over Dire Beast.  I may have to test this and then report back.  Either way it should be close, so personally I wouldn’t fault you for using either talent.

**EDIT**: I have been informed in the comments that Focus Fire appears to be bugged.  My own quick testing seems to be confirming that it’s not acting right.  So stay tuned for that and be aware!

New patch is great so far 10/10

So I’ve been playing the new patch for a few hours and I LOVE IT.

BOATS.

HARBOR.

NPCs TELLING YOU THAT YOU’RE IMPORTANT.

COOL STORY/LORE STUFF.

Although I did misread “minions of Gul’dan” as “millions of Gul’dans” at first and got a little bit worried.

But yeah.  Lovin’ it.  LOVIN’ IT.

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Kinda busy, granted.  You know, massive multiplayer in my massively multiplayer game?  Who asked for that?  Pfffft.

BURNING CRUSADE TIMEWALKING THIS WEEKEND I AM SO READY, GET HYPE

The other night I had a dream about Timewalking

Specifically I had a dream that I was doing Violet Hold (which isn’t one of the ones we’re getting but bear with me) and that I was a moonkin?  Yeah I don’t get it either.

I swear this Timewalking thing is just for me.  Like, Blizzard heard my prayers and floated down from the heavens to give this to me.  I just, guys, look at this.  Look at this list.

Burning Crusade – The Arcatraz, The Black Morass, Mana-Tombs, The Shattered Halls, The Slave Pens

Wrath of the Lich King – Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom, Gundrak, Halls of Lightning, The Nexus, Utgarde Pinnacle

Just looking at this list makes my heart swell three sizes.  All the time spent in every one of these dungeons… all that time, all those memories.  Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King, you guys.  Those were MY expansions.  That is World of Freaking Warcraft, Pike Edition.

I am just, I am so excited, I wish I could express how excited I am.  Don’t botch this up, Blizz.

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So yeah.  PATCH 6.2.  Let’s talk about it.  What are you looking forward to? Because um, I’m basically looking forward to the whole thing.

But mostly timewalking.

Good Games That Are Good: Starcraft Brood War

This game

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Is very, very, very

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important to me

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I stumbled across Starcraft not long after it first came out – this would have been, oh, 1999 or 2000 or so.  I was like sixteen years old.  This game rocked my entire world.  It was basically all I played for like the next three years.  Disregard high school, acquire the greatest RTS game ever made.  I got my first “real” computer as a high school graduation gift in 2002 and that summer Starcraft was all I did because now I could use my own computer and run this gorram game like 14 hours a day.

And that’s exactly what I did.

So that summer after I graduated was absolutely amazing.  I had a summer job and I did it and then came home and played this stupid game.  Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of hours poured into it.  I loved it; I memorized every detail; I knew all about the lore and the characters but most importantly the mechanics.  I wrote (horrific) fanfic and dreamed of going to South Korea someday so I could watch those proto-eSports celebs work their magic.

it is timeIt’s very difficult to explain what, exactly, was so magical about this game.  Was it the fact that all three races, despite being so different from each other in playstyle, were all perfectly balanced?  Was it the atmosphere?  The music?  All of the above?  I’m going to go with all of the above.

I’ll tell you what, though.  I reinstalled this the other day and now I’m replaying it in all its pixelly glory on my huge new widescreen monitor.  It scratches the itch where Starcraft 2 doesn’t quite do it.

This is, without a doubt, one of my all time favorites and I think it always will be.