Blizzcon Day One

I’ll be honest here. When it comes to Blizzard and Blizzcon all I really care about is World of Warcraft. I’m not an all things Blizzard kind of guy. That doesn’t mean their other games aren’t compelling or great, I’m just not as interested in them as I am World of Warcraft. I did opt-in for the Overwatch beta though.

So if I sound a little “meh” about this year’s Blizzcon it’s because the World of Warcraft coverage has been very bland to say the least.

This is not unexpected though, as it was unlikely that Blizzard was going to announce the next expansion just a few days before the launch of Warlords of Draenor. That said, I figured they would hype up Warlords a little more than they did. The one panel they did on WoW covered Items, Class Changes and PvP. And by PvP I mean a small Q&A session.

It’s not that the information in the panel wasn’t good, it’s just that much of what they discussed is in the game now, or was covered at last year’s Blizzcon. Seriously, you wouldn’t know that this panel wasn’t from Blizzcon 2013.

While I wasn’t anticipating an expansion announcement, I was expecting that they’d still look forward and talk about plans for 6.1 and possibly beyond. I thought they would hype up the 10 year anniversary events, talk about the flexible raiding, which I think will be a huge game changer this expansion.

I even thought they might talk more about Garrisons because the concept changed quite a bit from last Blizzcon, and it’s a huge feature.

While not specifically related to the game, the Warcraft movie panel was terrific, although I do wish we could have seen the footage that was shown to the Blizzcon attendees. I think the movie the will be good, but I don’t know how much it will appeal to general audiences not familiar with World of Warcraft.

On the docket for day two are the live raid, a cinematic panel, a long Q&A session, and then the Looking for Group documentary. A full day of World of Warcraft to be sure, but again nothing new to be revealed. I will says this, even though we aren’t learning a lot about World of Warcraft, Blizzcon is getting super excited for Warlords of Draenor this week.

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Ready and Waiting

I’m ready for Blizzcon and waiting for Warlords.

Other than completing the Iron Horde questline, updating my addons, and cleaning up my inventory, I haven’t spent much time playing 6.0 or the beta for that matter.

I wanted to give myself a little break, and do everything I can to have Warlords feel fresh when it launches.

I’ve been occupying my time with other games, but I’m chomping at the bit to begin leveling to 100. It’s hard to believe, but the expansion comes next week.

Blizzcon, of course, start this week.

If you are lucky enough to be attending in person, there is a big Hunter gathering planned, which will no doubt be one of the highlights for the weekend.

I won’t be there, but I am planning to watch the live stream as much as possible. Also, we are planning to have our normal podcast on Sunday.

Artemishowl, Solarflair and Delirium are all attending Blizzcon, so their status for the show is “iffy”, but Bendak and I will be hosting the show for certain.

As to Blizzcon itself, I’m not a fan of the ones where an expansion announcement isn’t expected. I mean it would be odd to announce the next WoW expansion when they’re just days away from launching one.

Stranger things have happened, and Jeremy Feasel seems uber hyped for this weekend. So maybe they’ll buck the trend and announce the next WoW expansion. What do you think?

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Episode 203: Meet DillyPoo

This week we discuss PvP with arena tournament Hunter DillyPoo. We discuss what it’s like to play arena as a Hunter, what Hunter PvP will look like in Warlords of Draenor, how you can get started in PvP.

We also discuss the latest round of Hunter buffs, and answer some listener questions.

If you want more from DillyPoo, you can follow him on Twitter and Twitch.tv.

The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,

Thanks for listening!

Episode 203: Meet DillyPoo

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Buffs All the Way Down

Okay, we knew this was coming. Feast your eyes on what might be the best set of Hunter patch notes in the history of Hunter patch notes. Seriously, this is like the Bizarro world of patch notes. It’s nothing but buffs here.

Other classes got buffed too, but some got nerfed as well. Where this places Hunters among other classes and where this places the three Hunter specs amongst each other remains to be seen.

Rest assured we’ll be talking about in the next the podcast. In the meantime, enjoy these glorious notes.

  • Arcane Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Cobra Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Explosive Trap’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Kill Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Multi-Shot’s damage has been increased by 30%.
  • Steady Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Aimed Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Chimaera Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Black Arrow’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Explosive Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Serpent Sting’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Hunter Pets now inherit 60% of the Hunter’s Attack Power (up from 33%).
  • A Murder of Crows’ damage has been increased by 80%.
  • Barrage’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Dire Beast’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Exotic Munitions’ damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Focusing Shot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Glaive Toss’ damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Powershot’s damage has been increased by 15%.
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Who’s Your Data?

Score one for the new gang at the Hunting Party Podcast. In our first two episodes back, we’ve sounded like a broken record complaining about Hunter DPS at both level 90 and 100.

Well, guess what? We were right, and Hunters should expect to see some improvement by the time we get to 100 and are ready to start raiding.

We weren’t the only ones raising the red the flag, but until now there was no sign that the devs believed what we were saying, and we felt destined to ride the bottom of the meters. I get that Sims don’t tell the full story, but folks like ArtemishowlSolarflairDeleriumBendak do more than just sim. They test the game. They participate in the raid boss testing, gather logs, confer with other players in the game (even some non Hunters), and they assess things based on that. Oh, and they’re not afraid to give feedback and challenge the developers’ assertions.

I’m not saying Artemishowl or any of us should take credit for incoming buffs, but you should feel good that despite the unhappy tenor regarding Hunters, we were justified in being a little whiny.

See you on October 26th for our next show!

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Patch 6.0 – It’s Go Time!

Patch 6.0 finally arrived. It was a late workday for me so I didn’t get rolling until well after the servers had come up. Overall I had a very smooth patch day experience.

The majority of my addons were updated and my UI remained mostly intact.

Upon logging on I received an urgent report of the Iron Horde staging an invasion through the Dark Portal.

Being the hero of Azeroth that I am, I immediately answered the call. Well not immediately. There were a few things I needed to attend to.

Inventory Cleanup

I don’t know the exact amount of bag space that freed up, but it was a lot. I love the extra void storage tab, but I quickly filled it up, and still have a number of transmog items taking up bank space. Is it too soon to ask for another void storage tab?

One of the other gifts we received the reagent bank, which I quickly utilized to free up an entire bag slot.

To be fair, I tend to keep reagents and other crafting materials on my other characters. I have one toon whose bags are filled entirely with cloth and enchanting materials. Then there was the toybox.

I didn’t have as many toys as I thought, and there are a number of items like Ruthers’ Harness which weren’t listed as toys, but ought to be.

Blizzard tried to be smart and auto-add some toys, but I found that to be more annoying than helpful. If they had deleted the items they added that would have been great, but they didn’t. I spent a fair amount time deleting these items.

I like that the toy box frees up space, but it has enlightened me to a number of cool things that I could have with zero storage cost. I fear that I may turn into a toy collector now.

Chimaeron

After my bag clean up was done I set out to tame Chimaeron. Luckily I read some reports that Blackwing Descent 10-man is ridiculously easy to destroy at 90, and that you could easily kill Chimaeron while trying to tame him. Best thing to do is tame him on 25-man.

I first tried that as BM, but wasn’t able to do enough damage without the pet. I switch to MM, and sure enough, I accidentally killed him. I’ll try again next week.

I can’t imagine what this will be like at level 100 by the way.

Gems, Enchants, Etc.

I haven’t changed any of my gems and enchants. Depending on how much that costs, I may just leave things as is. The only reason to optimize right now is if I find a group to kill Mythic Garrosh, and that’s not something I’m seeking out right now.

My gear as is, will be plenty strong enough to level from 90-100, so swapping things out will just be a waste of gold.

Character Models

This was the first time I had a chance to see all of my characters with the new models. My dwarfs, draenei, tauren, and orcs all resemble their former selves. I thought it was my human characters that changed the most, and I’m not sure I like them better.

I don’t really play them much so I don’t care too much, and I really like the others.

Final Thoughts

There is a lot I haven’t had the chance to do yet like the new questline, UBRS, and taming new pets like Stags.

This is a nice stop-gap of small things to do before the expansion hits. I can’t wait for that.

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Episode 202: Sim City

Patch 6.0 is here and Darkbrew, Solarflair, Artemishowl, Delirium and Bendak have you covered with everything you need to know.

This week we discuss which specs, talents and glyphs you’ll want if you plan to raid Seige of Orgrimmar in 6.0. We also talk about which specs and talents are coming out on top at level 100.

We answer lots of listener questions covering a variety of topics including trinkets, pets and buffs, glyphs, and professions.

The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,

Special thanks to Slugslinger for creating the podcast image used in this post.

Episode 202: Sim City

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What’s Your Favorite Hunter Change for WoD?

One of the listener questions we’ll be answering on the podcast this weekend is “What’s your favorite Hunter change for WoD?” I won’t make you wait for the show to hear my answer, but I want to turn the tables and hear your answer.

I said last show that this is the least excited I’ve seen people get about the Hunter class going into an expansion. That’s saying a lot given the switch from Mana to Focus heading into Cataclysm. Many people were on the fence about that, but ultimately they got used to it, and few would argue that Focus is worse than Mana.

Despite the negative feeling towards Hunters in WoD, there are some things to get excited about. My favorite change coming in Warlords is pets.

The normalization of buffs/debuffs so that every spec can bring them all is great. Exotic pets will usually bring two buffs so the extra benefit of being a Beast Mastery Hunter remains.

Then there are the new pet families – Rylaks, Stags and Hydras. I’m more excited about Stags than I am about Rylaks and Hydras, although I’ll be taming one of each.

I find the new pet models coming in Warlords to be a cut above the rest. New Sporebats, Ravagers, Clefthooves, Talbuks, Riverbeasts, Boars and Wolves. All will find their way into my stable.

Finally there is Gara, the epic Spirit Beast quest. Knowing how the quest works will no doubt shorten and diminish the experience, but it’s something I’ll do right away when I hit level 100.

I think of all the expansions this is probably the best job they’ve done with Hunter pets, and it’s the thing I’m most excited about.

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Do You Tame Rares at Level?

I was leveling another Hunter over the weekend, because that’s what I do.

I was in Northern Stranglethorn, as that’s where all the big game are, and remembered that Tsul’Kalu, one of two white gorillas can be found here. The other one is Uhk’loc who lives in Un’Goro crater.

Uhk’loc is level 52, whereas Tsul’Kalu is level 28. Having a unique pet to level with is something that I’ve always enjoyed. Taming rares is always awesome, but there’s something special about getting one at level and having that unique companion with you for the rest of the journey.

The problem with a pet like Tsul’Kalu is that it’s not always there. You have to get really lucky or you have to camp. The spawn timer on this one is only a couple of hours, but in today’s leveling world, two hours is a lot of levels. It’s a lot of downtime when you’re trying to advance quickly, and chances are you won’t be the only one looking for him either.

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Hey Madamred, I hear Un’Goro is lovely this time of year. Scram!

Even if there isn’t another Hunter camping the rare, there are lots of people leveling right now, and many won’t hesitate to kill a rare pet on sight.

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Noooooo!!!!

I logged in a minute too late this time, but all was not lost. Tsul’Kalu’s death, while tragic, gave me valuable information on when I could expect him to appear again.

I was able go about my business avoiding a long wait, and returning at just the right time to claim my prize.

tamedatlevelI was lucky in that I didn’t have to sacrifice too much leveling time to get this unique pet, but I’ll admit, I don’t always have the patience to sit and wait.

Getting a pet at level doesn’t have the same urgency as it used to back in Vanilla. In those days when you tamed a pet it didn’t match your level. So if you were level 60 and the pet was level 20, you had to level it up 40 levels.

If you had your eye on a rare pet back then, you really needed to plan ahead. One of my great joys back in Vanilla was taming Humar the Pridelord at level 22.

Nowadays getting a rare at level is less critical, and you sacrifice nothing by hitting max level and going on a giant taming spree. That’s usually what I do, but what about you?

Do you tame rares at level, or do you wait until you’re max level?