Episode 300, “Backers of the beast”

| October 4, 2018 | Reply

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Ren:

Finished BfA Pathfinder part 1 on Horde rogue

Working on full quest completion with Horde rogue – using Quest Completionist mod to find quests I haven’t done

Close to finishing up my 4th 120 – Horde warrior is now 118

New experiment incoming based on two less structured experiments

Ran Alliance rogue up to 120 trying to complete all quests I could find in a zone before moving onto the next – finished 120 with 1 chapter left in Stormsong and no quests completed in Drustvar

Partway through running up Horde warrior, decided to stick ONLY to the mainline quests that give the zone achievements and do no side quests (not easy to figure out which those are) — finished all three zones just after finishing 118

Will take up 2 more Horde toons, starting fresh with the idea that one will do all quests in a zone before leaving, and one will do just the mainline run, see where I end up by 120, including comparisons of rep

Neither will do the outpost campaigns until 120, just to keep those out of the mix

Benefit: mostly just to keep myself motivated through the process of leveling up yet another 2 toons

Another experiment incoming: Week-long tests of UI replacement mods – first test will be on ElvUI. May not happen til next week just because of other things going on IRL.

Mike:

Half way through exalted on some rep

Still friendly with turtles

Started my monk up again, but didn’t have nearly enough time to play yet.

Basically checked out talents. No dungeons yet.

I hate frost outdoors

So many resources!

I wanted to do timewalking this weekend and just had zero time.

This Week in WoW:

Darkmoon Faire – Oct 7th – 13th

World Quest Bonus Week starts Oct 9th – tooltip says it’s for Broken Isles WQs?

Running of the Gnomes/Great Gnomeregan Run on Scarlet Crusade, 4 PM PDT, Saturday October 13th – annual fundraiser for breast cancer research. Starts at the spawn spot of new gnomes – there is a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RunningofTheGnomes/

News:

Update: WoW Diary Kickstarter ended September 25th with 8,379 backers pledging $598,999 – biggest nonfiction book Kickstarter in history

By far the most popular tier was the $40 backers for both the electronic book and print book with 6,661 backers (80%), followed by the $150 level for the electronic book, signed copy of the print book and companion booklet with 1,117 backers (13%)

For those who missed this Kickstarter, the book will eventually be available on Amazon for about 20% more than the Kickstarter edition and without the perks

Mike Morhaime stepping down as President of Blizzard; J. Allen Brack, Wow’s Executive Director for WoW, taking over. Morhaime will remain as a “strategic advisor” to Blizzard.

https://blizzcon.com/en-us/news/22456082/throw-your-own-epic-blizzcon-celebration-with-the-virtual-ticket-viewing-party-kit?linkId=100000003674039

Upcoming Azerite armor changes – Blizzard realizes there are problems with the current system

Make Azerite armor more available – looking to add Azerite Armor rewards from Emissary quests that scale up to 370, depending on current iLevel. Also mentioned “making further improvements to the ways Emissaries reward gear”.

When new Azerite Armor is introduced in “BfA Season 2” (Patch 8.1), armor that currently only has 2 possible traits will get a third.

Continuing to work on the individual traits themselves – balancing out those who want more generic traits for wider applicability, vs. those who want to fine-tune traits to specs or situations

The first problem – overall availability — will be hotfixed in before 8.1. The third trait slot and the new abilities won’t come in until the patch.

8.1 news

Players beyond level 110 will be able to enter Legion era raids in LFR difficulty

Achievements:

Noblegarden: “Shake Your Bunny Maker” is being changed to place rabbit ears upon any character over level 18, not just female characters.

On the Frontlines: New achievement to complete all six Horde or Alliance assaults

Several new Battle Pet achievements, based on previous expansion achievements to defeat all 15 Master Tamers on Kul Tiras or Zandalar with teams of all one pet type (dragonkin, flying, beast, critter, etc)

New paladin spell visuals for Flash of Light and Beacon of Light

New information on Faction Incursions

Will only be for characters 110 or above (Ren: boo)

Completing 4 incursions will result in a random 370 weapon or Azerite Armor for quests. These items are from the same item pool from Warfronts (7th Legion/Honorbound items)

Will work a lot like Legion Invasions: after completing 4 incursion quests, you have to complete a short scenario to take down an airship

Doubleagent the Neutral Panda is now level 117

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