Posts Tagged ‘time’

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Shifting Perspectives for cat, bear, restoration and balance druids. Welcome to our feral cat edition, brought to you by Chase Hasbrouck, aka Alaron of The Fluid Druid blog. Let the face clawing begin!


So there I was, just minding my own business and trying to get the smoke out of my gear (being a flaming kitty is cool and all, but the dry cleaning costs are incredibly expensive), when one of those bronze dragons showed up. She looked human, but I can smell dragon a mile away (which incidentally has not helped much, being as the things seem to be around every corner these days — I thought dragons were rare, mystical creatures?).

“Champion,” she said. “My master, Nozdormu, needs your help urgently. The list of heroes powerful enough to assist him in his time of need are few. Please come at once!”

I glanced at the list. Apparently, “few” means half the population of Azeroth. Still, I was bored.
“So,” I said, wearily. “What needs killing now?”

“He does,” she replied. “We must kill his future self, who is preventing us from going to the past to get the item needed to save the present.”

“Right. Wait, what?” I answered, confusedly. “If he has a future self, than that means we’ve already succeeded, and … fine. Just tell me where to go, before I have to think about it again.”

End Time, the first of the new 5-man instances, is arguably the easiest. In order to get to not-Nozdormu, you’ll have to go through two of four echoes, which are alternate future versions of today’s faction leaders. There’s a bit of trash, but nothing that can’t be AoEed down. As such, we’ll jump right to talking about the echoes, which are more interesting.

Continue reading Shifting Perspectives: Feral fighting in End Time

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Shifting Perspectives: Feral fighting in End Time originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sun, 25 Dec 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Every week, just at the start of the weekend, we catch up with the WoW Insider staff and ask them, “What are you playing this week?” — otherwise known as: WRUP. Join us to see what we’re up to in and out of game, and catch us in the comments to let us know what you’re playing, too!

Greetings, humans! I am a time traveler from the near-distant future. Three hours in the future, exactly! I’d give you news and tidings of the future, but I arrived over three hours ago, so all my unique knowledge is already outdated. Sorry about that. Bad planning.

Time travelers such as me have unique needs. We are subject to terrible bouts of time sickness. And, of course, we need gobs of mammoth chunks and delicious powdered horse milk. (100% horse — no ponies!) Thankfully, there’s a store in Los Angeles that caters to these needs, the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. It seriously exists, and it seriously sells stuff like Robot Milk. There are pictures after the break to prove it.

The store is actually a front for 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for city kids. So if you’re hungry for horse milk, you can get some while supporting the youth of Los Angeles. Which is a pretty awesome thing. I mean, we need to start nurturing the next Fox Van Allen now. I can’t keep this WRUP thing up forever.

Which reminds me: We should probably get this WRUP rolling. So, everyone, What aRe yoU Playing this week?

Continue reading WRUP: “Hello from the past” says the time traveler from the future

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WRUP: “Hello from the past” says the time traveler from the future originally appeared on WoW Insider on Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, December 11th, 2011
Shadowfang Keep

This Breakfast Topic has been brought to you by Seed, the AOL guest writer program that brings your words to WoW Insider’s pages.

The first instance I ever ran was Shadowfang Keep with my brother and his friends. I was led by the nose through it and it’s a good thing, because I couldn’t fight to save my life — I just wanted to look at everything! To this day, it remains the benchmark for me by which all other instances are judged. When it received its update in Cata, part of me was really disappointed. I had always looked forward to running it on fresh alts, and I never wanted it to change. For the most part, I’m OK with the changes, and it still remains my favorite instance. And now I don’t have to make alts to run it.

So what has been your very favorite instance to run? Not raid, mind you — that’s a whole other Breakfast Topic. Just a regular 5-man instance. Do you prefer the old classics, or has something from Cataclysm stolen your heart? None of the Wrath or Cata instances really did it for me, but I really got a kick out of the Caverns of Time instances from The Burning Crusade.

What grabs you when you get to an instance? Is it the setting? The music? The end of a quest line? Or are you primarily concerned with what kind of loot you’re going to get out of the deal?


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Breakfast Topic: What’s your favorite 5-man instance of all time? originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sun, 11 Dec 2011 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, December 10th, 2011

We already knew that real money would play a role in Diablo III, but we didn’t have a great deal of official word. Now, Blizzard has released a FAQ about the Battle.net Balance providing a much deeper look at the upcoming system.

Essentially, you have a Battle.net Balance made up of points. Adding value to your Battle.net Balance is executed through charging up. You can charge up your Battle.net Balance using debit or credit cards, or sales from Diablo III auctions. Be aware, though, that you can’t convert Battle.net Balance back into cash; once you put money there, it stays there. (There is an exception in some regions using PayPal, but details are scarce on that right now.)

Some of the Battle.net details are a little fuzzy right now because Blizzard is forced to deal with a lot of regional-specific laws. For example, in some regions, it’ll have to empty value from a Battle.net Balance that hasn’t been accessed in three years. Which regions? We don’t know yet.

The most exciting bit of this news, however, is that you’ll be able to purchase World of Warcraft prepaid game time using your Battle.net Balance. So if you’re pretty good at the Diablo III Auction House, you might be able to kiss your subscription fee goodbye.


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Battle.net Balance funds World of Warcraft game time originally appeared on WoW Insider on Fri, 09 Dec 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2011

WoW Insider’s on a Daily Quest to bring you interesting, informative, and entertaining
WoW-related links from around the blogosphere.

Have you made yourself pretty yet? Seen the new heroic dungeons? Or are you like me and gleefully rolling around in all the new bank space you’ve gotten since void storage went live? Regardless of what you’re doing in patch 4.3 right now, there’s still plenty left to discover — and today, we’ve got some posts from around the blogosphere with guides to the various new things you’ll find in the new patch.


Is there a story out there we ought to link or a blog we should be following? Just leave us a comment, and you may see it here tomorrow! Be sure to check out our WoW Resources Guide for more WoW-related sites.


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The Daily Quest: So much to do, so little time originally appeared on WoW Insider on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
The new patch means new heroics — and just in case you haven’t been wandering around on the 4.3 PTR yourself, we’ve got a collection of images from all three of the new heroic dungeons. The new heroic dungeons are located in the Caverns of Time as well as the Dragon Soul raid. Two heroics, End Time and Hour of Twilight, are located in a new corridor to the right of the Battle for Mount Hyjal entrance. You’ll know you’re there when you see all the scenic charred trees and ashes.

If you head down the corridor, End Time is the first entrance on your left; if you head to the end of the corridor, you’ll see the entrance to the Dragon Soul raid on your left and the entrance to Hour of Twilight on your right. But what about Well of Eternity? Well, that dungeon has its own entrance — it’s on the other side of the caverns, next to the entrance for the Black Morass instance.

Of course, if you’re queuing via the Dungeon Finder or the new Raid Finder tool, you won’t need to travel. But if you want to know what you’ll see once you’re inside, take a peek at the galleries below for screenshots from each zone and the bosses within.


Brace yourselves for what could be some of most exciting updates to the game recently with patch 4.3. Review the official patch notes, and then dig into what’s ahead: new item storage options, cross-realm raiding, cosmetic armor skinning and your chance to battle the mighty Deathwing — from astride his back!


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Patch 4.3: End Time, Well of Eternity and Hour of Twilight images originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monday, November 28th, 2011

After writing the guides to Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman, it occurred to me that I’d missed out on the opportunity to include a useful feature. Most of us will be seeing the patch 4.3 5-mans with a Dungeon Finder group at one point or another, and a high percentage of Dungeon Finder groups contain … How shall I describe this politely? … at least one player who has obviously spent the better part of a day with his head down a glue jar. You don’t need a sophisticated understanding of the boss’ mechanics for these people. You want to explain the fight as quickly and simply as possible to someone whose pupils are the approximate size of a dinner plate.

Consequently, in addition to information for the folks out there who care about what the boss is actually doing, I have also included a small section for each boss called Explain it in 5 seconds or less. And take heart! There’s at least one boss in End Time where you don’t have to care about anyone’s survival at all!

Continue reading WoW Insider’s guide to End Time

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WoW Insider’s guide to End Time originally appeared on WoW Insider on Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Monday, November 28th, 2011
Sunday Morning Funnies is your weekly list of WoW-related web comics.

Well, it’s another Sunday, and I hear that many of our American readers have been feasting these past few days. I hope they’ve been good ones! I’ll try not to be too jealous.

This week, several comics that have been absent as of late have been updated, including WoW, eh?, Daily Quests, Complex Actions, and Fourth Wall. [Thanks for the tip, Al!]

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Sunday Morning Funnies: Feeding time originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sun, 27 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2011

In your heart, you always knew we were coming here.

Mana is one of WoW‘s biggest sacred cows. Paladins, shaman, druids, mages, warlocks, priests all make use of it, and hunters were once also on the mana teat, as it were. Every healer uses it, and when the monk class is introduced, they’ll heal with mana as well. Every ranged caster uses it. It’s the resource system the majority of WoW players are most familiar with, a pool that starts at full and empties as you use it. Over the course of its existence, stats like spirit and MP5 have filled it back up during combat, keeping those classes that rely on it supplied. Since it’s the lifeblood for all healers, it effectively is the same for all tanks, even though only one tanking class actually tanks with it. Two classes use it to melee DPS, both hybrids, and these two classes effectively ignore the regeneration of the mana pool via talents and class abilities that make mana regeneration a non-issue.

Mana is fairly easy to understand. You have it, you use it. There are various systems built in to make regenerating it easier. With the addition of runes and runic power for death knights and holy power for paladins, secondary resource systems (similar to the combo point system of rogues) have also been introduced to the game. Holy p-ower in particular is interesting to this discussion because it is a secondary resource added to a mana class and one that works for healing, tanking and melee DPS. (Everyone has their own opinion of how well it does so.)

This leads us to the subject of this post. Do we need mana at all? As my intrepid coworker Michael Gray pointed out to me when discussing this article, mana serves many uses. It’s not just that it’s a resource for healing and DPSing, but the finite nature of the mana system serves to limit encounters in both PvP and PvE. Doing away with mana could have as many negative effects as positive ones.

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Is it time to kill mana? originally appeared on WoW Insider on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

OK, so I was playing some Diablo III beta last night. Since this is a site that covers World of Warcraft, I’ll just say that the little snippet I managed to play through before passing out was such that I could describe it in superlatives. But one of the things I noticed when playing was that the barbarian class plays absolutely perfectly to me. There are attacks that gain you the resource (fury) that you then spend on larger, more punishing attacks. You can spam those fury-gathering attacks; there’s nothing limiting you from making them. You could hammer the keyboard all night if you wanted to. And it felt good.

This is when I realized that I hate the global cooldown. I guess it’s double kudos to Blizzard that it got me to accept the global cooldown for seven years and then got me to despise it with another of its own games. Looking over the list of class abilities not affected by it, I find myself starting to wonder if it even serves a purpose anymore. Or is it just a holdover from the game’s original design?

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Is it time to kill the global cooldown? originally appeared on WoW Insider on Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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