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Episode 211: Play What You Want

This week DarkbrewDelirium and Bendak dive into Blackrock Foundry. We give our impressions on the bosses we’ve seen thus far and how we feel Hunters are faring.

We welcome Blizzard Watch and Bendak‘s new Locked and Loaded Hunter Column.

We take a look at the latest Hunter changes for Patch 6.1 and discuss how all three specs stack up against each other for single target and AoE.
Episode 212 is schedule for March 1st.
The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,
Episode 211: Play What You Want

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Episode 210: Preparing for Patch 6.1

This week DarkbrewSolarflairDelirium and Bendak discuss Hunter changes coming in Patch 6.1. We review the talents, discuss the tier set bonuses and give you guidance on what specs and talents you’ll want to pickup when 6.1 goes live.

Blackrock Foundry opens up on Tuesday, ahead of Patch 6.1, so you’ll want to keep doing what you’re doing until 6.1 arrives.

We also give our thanks and bid farewell to WoW Insider. Bendak wrote the site final Scattered Shots column. A must read by all.
The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,
Episode 210: Preparing for Patch 6.1

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Episode 209: RogerBrown is in Town

RogerBrown from Method joins us this week on the Hunting Party Podcast. DarkbrewArtemishowlDelirium and Bendak talk to RogerBrown on a variety of topics including the Highmaul race to first, what spec he’s playing, the upcoming Blackrock Foundry raid, and changes coming in patch 6.1.

Episode 210 is currently scheduled for February 1, 2015.
The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,
Episode 209: RogerBrown is in Town

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Everything’s New

New Podcast Episode

A reminder to everyone that we have a new podcast episode scheduled for this weekend. Episode 210 won’t have any guests, but Solar should be back, and the rest of the hosts will be there too. Our technical guru, Synthparadox, is out of town, so I’ll be handling all of the pyrotechnics on Sunday. Remember when we used to have all those technical glitches in past years?

There’s plenty to discuss this week. Blackrock Foundry opens on Tuesday, and there are a host of talent changes for Hunters. We’ll fill you in on what all of that means on Sunday.

See you at 10:00 am Eastern on Twitch.tv.

New PC

I’m getting a new PC! It’s expected to ship on February 5th, so hopefully I’ll have it in hand before Tuesday’s raid the the following week. I’m a little less excited about this then I ought to be. I’ll be ecstatic when it arrives and I power it on, but I wasn’t planning on getting a PC this year.

In November my video card died. I had an NVIDIA GTX 570. I replaced it with an NVIDIA 970 GTX. It ran great, and then it too died. Ouch! I did what I could to try and identify a root cause of the problem, but in end I opted to bite the bullet and order a new computer.

Some of the specs on the new machine include,

  • Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz 8 MB Intel Smart Cache processor.
  • 256 GB SSD + 2TB SATA Hard Drive Combo.
  • 8GB DDR-3/2133MHz memory.
  • 800 Watts Power Supply.
  • NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB video card.

It’s a nice upgrade over what I have now, and in theory it will be working when I get it.

New Guild

I joined a new guild last night. It’s not entirely new, as there are about half a dozen players with whom I’ve known and played with for many years now. Some going as far back as Burning Crusade. I hated leaving, but we just weren’t progressing in Highmaul. My progression looks like this, nine Kargath, four Butcher and two Twins kills. That’s it, and everything else has been a struggle to make any headway. In fact, we spent most of the night wiping on Twins despite having killed them the last two weeks.

The only saving grace from this week was I coined a helmet off of Butcher and I registered my 15th heroic kill. That means my Highmaul missions will now reward Mythic gear. I had to DE a heroic Scales of Doom last week. Sad times indeed.

The new guild has most of heroic on farm and are working on Imperator Mar’gok. They’ll probably start on Blackrock Foundry next week too.

I’m looking forward to the fresh start.

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Podcast, PTR, PC Woes

Episode 209

I realized that I published Episode 209 of the podcast everywhere but here. For consistency’s stake I’ll do a separate post later, but 209 was a great show. A big thanks to special guest RogerBrown, and a warm welcome back to ArtemisHowl. We discussed many things on the show, but nothing was better than listening to those two talk about what it was like to participate in the Highmaul race for World First.

Episode 210 is currently planned for Sunday, February 1st at 10:00 am Eastern.

PTR 6.1 Build 19508

Patch 6.1 is in full swing on the PTR. They released some class tuning changes, but nothing much for Hunters. If you saw the patch notes on MMO-Champion, they were all tooltip changes, except for maybe Barrage, and it’s not clear if it was buffed, nerfed or stayed the same.

We’re still early in the patch cycle so there may yet be some real Hunter changes.

PC Woes

In more personal news, my three year old PC is dying a slow death. Back in November my GPU died and I replaced my dead NVIDIA GTX 570 with a honking GTX 970. Sadly it now appears to be on life support. I suffered a couple of severe BSODs this week. In both cases my PC recovered just fine upon reboot. Last night, however, I was greeted with a single monitor, grainy 800 x 600 resolution after boot up. The system still recognized the graphics card, but disabled it with a code 43.

I figured the problem was either the card, the PCIE slot or the power supply unit (PSU). I tried putting the card in a different slot, but that only made things worse. I tried using different power cables from the PSU, but that didn’t help either. I finally cannibalized an NVIDIA GTX 560 from a much older PC. It is that ancient piece of hardware that is allowing me to write this post.

I’m not sure what my next step will be. What I do know is my system has fried one GPU, and possibly a second in short amount of time, so a dead GPU may be the symptom of a larger problem. I’ll be curious to see how this one holds up, although I hope to have a permanent resolution before I have time to find out.

Happy Friday!

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Episode 208: Happy New Year

DarkbrewDeliriumBendak and Alisaunder ring in 2015 with episode 208. This week we discuss Survival’s continued rise in popularity. We tell you whether or not it’s advantageous to use Explosive Trap in single target situations. We also give you some tips on how ensure success on those lucrative Highmaul follower missions.

Artemishowl and Solarflair were out this week, but we’ll try and get the entire gang back for Episode 209 on January 18th.
Happy New Year!

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

Episode 207: Spec Parity

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Happy New Year!

I feel like I say this at the end of every year, but it’s hard to believe that another one has come to a close. I’d like to thank you for your continued support of this blog and the Hunting Party Podcast.

Overall 2014 was a good year. January began with the end of the Hunting Party Podcast. It was a bittersweet moment to be sure. I really didn’t want to give it up, but the timing was right. There was a big void in the Hunter community that needed to be filled, and until that happened I didn’t think the show could continue on and be successful.

As the year progressed that void started to fill. In February, Bendak launched Eyes of the Beast and immediately started producing some of the highest quality content I’ve read in some time. His Warlords alpha/beta coverage was incredible, and his guide on how to tame Gara does everything but tame the damn thing for you.

In March Solarflair started a new Hunter podcast called Cloak and Quiver. It was a one-man show and a worthy successor to the Hunting Party Podcast. I was considering doing something similar, but the quality of Cloak and Quiver was so good it made more sense to sit back and let it take off.

In April another new Hunter blog exploded onto the scene when Delirium started Thrill of the Wild. Focused on theorycrafting and spreadsheets, Delirium offered a unique perspective of the Hunter class that wasn’t found elsewhere. New pets are great, but what is the best pet for the DPS in Warlords? Delirium was the man with answers.

The Summer months were all focused on the Warlords of Draenor alpha/beta, and as we headed into Fall there was a seasonal shift in the Hunter community. Zeherah bid farewell and the Warcraft Hunter’s Union made a triumphant return with Artemishowl taking the helm.

The Hunter community was back and better than ever, so it only made sense that the Hunting Party Podcast return to its former glory as well. On September 28th, myself, Bendak, Artemishowl, Solarflair and Delirium banded together to bring you the return of the Hunting Party Podcast.

I predict 2015 will be a great year for the show. Now that things have settled with the expansion, we should have more time to focus on the show. I’ve been very pleased with how it’s gone thus far, and it should only get better in the coming months.

We will have a podcast this Sunday at the usual 10:00 AM Eastern time, and we should have a full house of hosts. I still don’t know what we’ll be discussing this week, but I’m hoping Artemishowl will talk about what it was like to be part of the race for world first in Highmaul. She’s left Blood Legion and is now raiding for an Alliance guild. I’m trying not to hold it against her for going Worgen instead of Dwarf, but it’s not easy.

Again, thank you for your support and I wish you happy and healthy 2015.

Good Hunting!

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Episode 207: Spec Parity

This week Darkbrew, Solarflair and Delirium discuss the latest round of Marksmanship, Beast Mastery, and Survival changes. We’ll tell you how the specs stack up against one another, as well as cover their strengths and weakness. We also talk talents and secondary stats.

Also this week, Solarfliar soloed both Galleon and Oondasta. We talk about that, and for those interested in hunting the Mists of Pandari mount bosses, you can check out Solar’s Hunter Handbook to Mists of Pandaria: Solo Guide for Mounts at the Warcraft Hunters Union.

Our next show is schedule for January 4th, 2015. See you next year, and thanks for listening!

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

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Episode 206: Hunting Highmaul

The Highmaul raid opened this week, and Darkbrew, Solarflair, Bendak and Delirium have you covered with Hunter tips for each encounter in Normal and Heroic.

We also look at how the different specs are faring, and discuss the plight of Hunters who don’t wish to play the Marksmanship spec.

Our next show is scheduled for Sunday, December 21st. If you’re good, Greatfather Winter might just let Artemishowl come out and play.

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

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 205: WoW Turns Ten with BRK

This week we celebrate World of Warcraft’s tenth anniversary with everyone’s favorite Hunter BigRedKitty. We talk to BRK about how he got his start with WoW and his blog. We reminisce about the original Molten Core and Southshore v. Tarren Mill.

We also discuss Warlords of Draenor and give you tips on what you can do gear up and prepare for the Highmaul raid which opens it’s doors on December 2nd.

BigRedKitty recently published his Airman Howell stories from BigRedKitty.net. They’re very entertaining, and you can find them here.

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

Thanks for listening!

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