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Two letters away from Cataclysm

As with any time I want to bring up a news item here on my blog, I’m at least a week behind.  But I always try and post something that has helped me in hopes someone out there finding this as new information.  Your WoW install (just like most software) can be tweaked for the better with just changing two small letter.  You can download cataclysm now and be prepared the moment the servers flip over.

Why is this helpful at all?  You’ve been able to prepurchased a digital download for weeks now.  This is helpful for those who want a hard copy but don’t want to waste any time with the upgrade/install discs after they’ve hung out for the midnight release party.  I personally am going the digital method (will likely purchase today or tomorrow) because I’ve only opened my original boxes once or twice since purchase.  Even now if I want to reinstall I got with a digital download from Battle.net and not my discs.  They’ve made the install even easier since 4.0 because you can start to play after only about 600MB downloaded instead of waiting for a full 25GB!  So because I don’t need the boxes and I will eventually buy digital, I chose to edit the file and download now.  This method was actually “Blue approved” as well.  You can read more about it here on the WoW forums.

If you want to start streaming the files, go to your World of WarcraftWTFconfig.wtf file and find this line:

SET accounttype

Change the stuff inside the quote to CT, then save the file. Start the Launcher and it’ll start streaming the file.

I’ve seen other posts saying you need to change the launcher config file as well but honestly I didn’t need to do this.  Remember before editing any config file of any sort, you should make a backup of your original.

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Battle.net Dial-in Authenticator Review

When it comes to my wow account security, I’m an early adopter.  I use a unique password of nonsense numbers and letters that make no sense and I use for nothing else.  I keep all my virus and mallware scanners up to date.  I never visit sites that are geared at phishing passwords (unless there is a good post involved).  In fact when I first heard of Blizzard’s Original Authenticator, I bought one the very morning they went on sale before they sold out.  I posted my Blizzard Authenticator review as soon as it arrived.  As soon as Blizzard launched the Mobile Authenticator, I downloaded it on my 2nd gen iTouch and gave my original to my wife for her account.  A few months back when I got an DroidX android powered phone which I always keep with me, I swapped over to the Android version of the Blizzard Mobile Authenticator.  So since they have come out, I have tried every version of the Blizzard Authentitor except for the versions for Java powered phones.  It should be rather obvious that I want to test out the new Battle.net Dial-in Authenticator.

Now this is a pretty neat concept.  One of the things that is bothersome about the autenticators is the simple fact that …well you have to use them.   Having to track down your keyfob or launch your app to get your code can sometimes be a nusence.  I’ve been using a Battle.net Authenticator in some for or another since summer of 08.  Even so, its kind of annoying.  What the Dial-in Authenticator does is simply protect your account with out that code.  Once Blizzard sees a login from an unrecognized IP address, the authentication part kicks in and requires an extra step.  You’ll have to dial a 1-800 number, input the pin you gave it at setup, and bam…they read you off a code which you use to log in with.

Setting up with pretty simple.

  1. Log into battle.net
  2. If you have an authenticator on your account you’ll need to deactivate it.  This is the same process for detaching any authenticators (except maybe the new Battle.net Dial-in Authenticators).  First chose to remove authenticator.  This will send an automated email to your address on file to verify that this is you doing this.  Once you click that verification link in the email you’ll be able to continue onto the second step.  You must now enter in 2 sequential back-to-back battle.net authenticator codes.  This can take about 30 seconds as you have to wait for the 2nd code to refresh.  This will verify that you are indeed wanting to do this and have the right authenticator in your hand.
  3. Once the account has no authenticator attached, you may add a new one (in this case, the new Battle.net Dial-in Authenticator).
  4. Choose which phone you will be calling from (I used my Google Voice number as it will be consistent no matter what cell phone or house number I’m calling from.)
  5. Then you must call the 1-800 number they give you from the phone number you gave them (aka my Google Voice #).
  6. You will then be prompted to enter in a pin number of your choosing.  Then enter it once more to confirm.
  7. Profit! You are now protected!

Now I can simply log in without having to type in any pesky information besides login name and password.  Since I just added this to my account this morning, I don’t have extensive test data to report on what happens when I log in elsewhere or what the process is if you want to remove the Battle.net Dial-in Authenticator.  This does however leave me with a feeling of “Is it really on? Can I trust this?”.  I suppose that is only natural since I’ve used this almost daily for 2+ years now.  Perhaps they could add some sort of notification window when you log in.   A quick half second message of “login on from a authenticated location” just as they flash up “submitting non-personal system information” from time to time.   Just a thought.  If anything more exciting comes up with this I’ll be sure to update my review.  I’ll also be sure to post if my account is hacked by this afternoon!  ;-)

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Dugi’s Leveling Guide – First Impressions

Hi guys! It’s me Rhii! Remember me? I used to post here all the time. :P

Just a quick plug, if I may be so obnoxious, I’m blogging full time now over at Oh My, Kurenai. Don’t of course, abandon Aurdon, but drop by now and then, won’t you? Awesome.

I’m stopping by here to write up something for Aurdon that I told him I’d do quite a long time ago. You see, his wife is a bit of an altoholic (it’s one of the reasons that we’re such good friends) and she’s absolutely fallen in love with a leveling guide/addon combo for leveling her many alts. She’s not much for blogging though, so I said I’d give it a try and write up a review on her find - Dugi’s Leveling Guide.

So here I am, bored on a Sunday night after all my other guildies were in bed, and I don’t have much to do. So I rolled up an alt to test it out. Meet Sumiki, the orc warlock.

Our valiant heroine and her trusty imp, Volmir

The Guide -

The free trial version is downloadable from www.ultimatewowguide.com. You do have to enter your email address and the free trial version will be sent right to you. It was easy to download and install the accompanying addon. You’ll also need TomTom because the guide includes a set of coordinates mapping out the quest order they’ll be sending you on.

The free trial version of Dugi’s guide will take you to level 40, after which you’ll have to buy the full version if you want to go the rest of the way to 80. Since I’m only level 16, I’m sticking with the trial for now.

So How Did It Work, Already?

It’s nice, guys. Real nice. For the dedicated altoholic, who perhaps, like me, finds leveling a lowbie very soothing and zenlike, Dugi’s Guide is a great companion. It tells you when to pick up a quest, when to complete it, and when to turn it in. It also gives helpful tips on hover, if the quest goals are at all obscure. It will even tell you when to use special items and when to change the location of your hearthstone for the most reduced travel time possible. You get a satisfying sense of progress, because you always have an immediate goal on your addon quest tracker, and a nice big waypoint arrow from TomTom that tells you not only approximate direction, but your distance from your goal.  It’s well integrated with the Blizzard built in quest tracker, also, so it’ll automatically update your quests tracked list and supply any quest items you might need in your tracker.

Whoa, I'm very far from where I should be right now!

Both of the addons can be dragged anywhere on the screen easily, and they haven’t been in the way for me at all during regular questing. I would recommend disabling them if you intend to pvp or run a lot of dungeons, because I found that they got in the way of my clicks a little too often when I was running, jumping, turning rapidly, and casting on the fly.

You can choose any guide appropriate for your level and activate it, like so:

Hmm, where shall I quest next?

And once within a guide you can view the quests that are available in the order that the guide recommends you do them. If you want to skip something, just put a checkmark in the box next to it, and the guide will consider that step completed and move you on to something new.

Ugh, I should really go kill that guy next, huh?

I actually chose to roll an orc for this project kind of on a whim, which was both good and bad. I’m sort of a troll addict, so I’ve already leveled through Durotar about half a million times. Actually, if I was to be serious, I’d say I’d leveled through there more than ten times, but less than twenty. I wouldn’t expect there to be much new going on in that zone. I sort of regretted not going through Mulgore or Tirisfal, which are zones I’m less intimately familiar with. But it turns out that Dugi’s Guide had a few things to teach me, even in the very familiar zone I was leveling in. Several series of quests were completed in a totally different order than I would have attempted them in, and it was significantly more efficient. In fact, I’ve always had trouble soloing Fizzle for the quest Dark Storms, but Dugi’s Guide showed me a trick that let me down him much more easily. I was frankly impressed that there was anything more for me, a bona fide Durotar veteran, to learn from a leveling guide, but there was!

Things aren’t one hundred percent updated for changes in recent patches though. The guide directed me to pick up the quests to acquire both the imp and voidwalker pets, both of which have been removed from the game. I found it easy to skip these quests, and just move on, so it wasn’t a big deal, but it is worth mentioning.  Also, there are a few changes to the quest lines in the Echo Islands that aren’t updated in the guide yet, but if you just take the quest that is offered instead of the suggested quest that isn’t available anymore, it still works out pretty well. If I was a new player, though, I’d be legitimately confused. I hope that the team is just waiting until Cataclysm releases to do a big update on all the quests. Or perhaps, only the trial version is a bit behind, I haven’t tried the subscriber version yet, so I don’t know if it is more updated.

Also, you should be aware that you’re going to go through the level ranges for the zones much faster than you’ll go through the quests available — especially with heirlooms. Of course, that’s not the guide’s fault, and if at any point you feel like you outlevel the content too much you can switch guides to a more appropriate zone.  I followed the Durotar guide to completion and was already level 15 before I headed to the Barrens, which is not the most efficient way possible.

Other Possibilities?

When I say I did the Durotar guide to 100% completion, I mean I did 100% of the quests available in Durotar — according to EveryQuest. This guide would be awesome for people pursuing the Loremaster achievement! I can even imagine doing most of the legwork for the achievement while leveling, and only going back through to pick up zones you didn’t level in after hitting 80.

It would probably be a very organic way to explore the zones as well, as I got the Explore Durotar achieve shortly before I finished the zone.

Blizzard Policy?

I’m going to add this in briefly, because I’m not a review bot, and I’m not being paid to write a fangirl review (even though I liked the guide a lot). I know that Blizz has a policy about addons that require you to pay to use them. When I looked at the website for Dugi’s Guide it states that they are in compliance with this policy, because their addon is totally free, and it is only their coordinates and routes that you have to pay for. I struggled with this for a while, because I have trouble seeing where the line between a paid-for addon and paying for data to plug into an addon is. But after I compared it to addons like Gatherer or Routes, where the data can be added separately, I have decided that I don’t have a problem with someone selling their hard work in assembling all those coordinates and putting together the efficient routes like they have done. After all, I have a fully functioning addon running in my game right now, and I haven’t paid them a cent.

So What’s the Verdict So Far?

I like it! If you’re interested in leveling more efficiently, doing the Loremaster achievement, getting the most out of your 90 days of recruit a friend, or if you just want to zen out while you level your new warlock (heehee) Dugi’s Leveling guide is working great for me so far.

I’ll keep using it as I level Sumiki, and I’ll be back in touch to let you know what I think of later zones and features.

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My Cataclysm prep list

Much like Rhii list, there is a few things I’d like to get done both in and outside the game before we tear azeroth asunder.  Will I have time to do them?  Well yes but the question is will I lose interest in these mostly boring and mundane grinds before time is up.

Reach gold cap for one player – Well I was well on my way to getting this months ago (making 3-5k a day and sitting around 120k on my account) but I already lost interest and bought mounts for a few guildies and now I’m nowhere close.  Also with Cata right around the corner the name of the game on AH is “Dump your mats for as little loss as possible” and profit has nothing to do with it anymore.  Still I can take with me the lessons learned on how to profit off AH on into cataclysm and make more money once the market returns. 4.0 also brought about the new player level gold cap to a cool 1 mill..no way I’m hitting this now.

Complete Sorcerer’s Regalia – This one I do believe I’ll finish.  First of all I’ve never even completed Magister’s until I started this list but I had parts of it back in the day.  The few times I would run dungeon groups at level 60, there alway seemed to be a warlock who thought he needed the spirit more then me.  Farming Ubers for the chest piece took a good 10-15 runs but at least I got my runs down to about 15 minutes. I’m already 3/8 on converting it over and just need to do farm the AH a few more times for some of these mats required for this silly quest..

Farm ZG for tiger mount – This isn’t anything I can do solo on Aurdon so I’m using my DK.  My wife has called dibs on the first tiger to drop (should one even drop before ZG is gone) so I’m just hoping to see a raptor for my DK.

Farm Outland Dungeon Reps – This one is for the dungeon diplomat achievement that will ultimately result in one of the coolest mounts to come to the game.  The Horde guild Scorpion mount.  AWWWW YEAH!  Still even with my wife and I grinding, a Mage rogue combo doesn’t make a super team to take on Heroic level 70 dungeons.  A tank would be ideal here but I’m not going to sub out Aurdon for my DK just to get this done.  Aurdon is my achievement character.  As always when it comes to reps…here is the best tool:  http://www.wowjuju.com/repcalc

Wrath Reps – I’ve got every thing pretty much capped except for Kalu’ak (6 more days)  But even though it isn’t a rep, I’m grinding through Dalaran Cooking Awards to get my hat.  4 more days to go there.  I couldn’t really give a rip about the frenzy heart tribe and the oracles. Finished these two after I drafted this post.

Level another alt to 80 - I’ve got a warrior at 74 with full rested xp. He’d make my 5th 80.  I’ve been casually leveling him with the ever-so-awesome Dugi’s Guides so its been quite easy.  No need to gear him up once 80 because all bets are off when an expansion hits.

That’s about all I have planned for now.  I’m not super keen on raiding because of the time invested for it…I like to keep my wow sessions to about 1-2hours now.  I have been asked to go from the guild but always offer back that “I’ll go if you really need me, if not and someone else wants a spot go ahead and let them in.”  Part of it is I only want to experience the encounters.  Loot really has no power over me knowing I’ll be dropping it all in a month anyway.

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Heads will roll

I’m not sure I’ve ever said it here but I HATE the holiday events when it comes to gaining them for achievements.  I completed the [What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been] achievement on Aurdon only for the 310% speed on the mount, not because it looked cool.  I know these are fun to some but to others its a year long series of hoops to jump through for a few more 1′s and 0′s of digital data that will make your character a tad faster or have a extra unnecessary title.  I don’t knock people who like to do these because I think this game should be played however it gives you the most fun (as long as its not at the expense of others) but I LOATH having to do a holiday event just to “get something”.

I bring this up because I still feel the need to “get something” off of the headless horseman.  I want his sweet ride.  This is where I have a bonestorm to pick with the games drop rates.  I’ve done more then my fair share of farming for this.  I’ve been at this thing since HH was introduced into the game.   But it doesn’t just break down to “it never drops”.  I’ve seen it drop 8+ times in my groups through the years but I’ve never gotten it.  I’ve even rigged things in my favor last year by forming up a farm group and doing it daily.  We reduced our numbers to an easy 4 and brought in alts to summon for more chances.  Last year we ran it (and this number is accurate within 10 attempts) over 145 times.  It dropped twice, one roll was won by my wife’s main and the other by our tank.  This year blizzard changed the game by only allowing one chance per day per character.  The first day I queued some random hunter got it in his loot bag.  Later on the other dps from our farm group last year got one (which out of us four left me the only one who doesn’t have one still).  The other night my wife was tired and asked if I wanted to still run HH with her.  I had told her that I already completed it for all my guys that day but would gladly tank-queue her and get it done quick.  She then said “well I’m really tired, would you go for me on my priest?”  Sure why not?  And then this….

How is that even possible?  THE GAME KNEW I WAS PLAYING!  Not only did the reins drop but 2 other epics and a face mask.  That is just trash.   Its even more salt in the wound that when I wanted [Frost Lord Ahune's Staff] (seen here equipped on my wife’s picture) purely because it looks awesome, it dropped 3 times for me.  Once on my pally and twice on my DK.  It dropped on 100% of my non-equipping characters and not on my Mage or Shaman.  And you can’t even sell that thing so Blizzard was essentially wiping my face in it making me destroy it three times over and having to type “Delete” each time instead of simply dropping once just because I wanted the unique item model.  I’m hoping posting this will inform the community of the prejudice against me from RNG and bring about a revolution!  VIVA LA GIMME MY STUPID MOUNT ALREADY!!!!

~the powers that be who control RNG,
most assuredly do not love me~

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Eulogy for a guildie

Yesterday my guild master logged in and private messaged me saying he had some bad news.  Oh?  I figured it was about my poor raiding attendance or someone ninja’d something and we had to /gkick.  It was far far worse.  One of our long time guild members committed suicide over the weekend.

I didn’t know him on a personal level but I did on a fellow gamer and online guild member level.  In that, I’ve known him for 4-5 years now.  Many members of our guild are located in the Colorado area of the country so there were others that knew him much better than I and also on a personal level.  The reason I’m posting about this sensitive subject is because even though I didn’t know him personally, it is really impacting me.  The reason started this blog is to share my experiences inside and outside of World of Warcraft and how it affects me.  This affects me (and our guild) deeply.  None of us saw this coming.  Nobody.  I thought it might have actually been an accident but apparently the news came straight from his mother which was given to another guild member who was a close friend of his.  He was just as active in the guild as I and he participated in our voice chat like anyone else.  In fact he was on the day before with no signs that would suggest anything was wrong.  It’s an odd feeling knowing that he’ll never log in again.  None of us knew he was feeling this way.  He left behind a wife and two children.

I think that is what makes this hit close to home.  I think he was about my age and I have a wife and three children.  I can’t even begin to imagine how things were before this happened and how things are now.  I an only guess that he felt things would be better if he weren’t around.  That is why I wanted to post this.  I wanted to get this off my chest as an open message to him.

“Things are not better.  I don’t know if you felt you would be missed or not but you are.  I didn’t know you as well as I could have and I’m sure you could say the same about me.  I can’t help but imagine that you might have felt your action would not have impacted those that didn’t know you so well.  If so you were wrong.  I am saddened by your choice and wish I had the chance to know you better.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those you left behind. You are missed.”

Our Guildmaster restructured guild ranks yesterday and set this player and his alt to the highest awarded rank of “Rest in peace”.  This is how we’ll honor his memory.

I’ve disabled commenting on this post because nothing else really needs to be said.  This post was mainly for myself and I thank you all for any condolences you might have posted on the matter.  Thank you for reading.

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So when do Druids get Elephant form?

I’ve had many many wonderful times sharing WoW with the family.  I got my wife hooked on the game 3-4 years ago when she was pregnant with our first child.  I’m not sure if it was the time she spent playing or maybe its just in my blood and destined to carry on to my kin, but my son loves watching us play World of Warcraft.  Obviously when you get a 3 year old in front of a computer game you are bound to have some golden dialog that usually doesn’t happen when you are talking with adults.  I wanted to share one such conversation with you guys.  Translation is in brackets.

Son: Daddy?  Who’s that guy?

Me: Its my druid.  I don’t play him often.

Son: Oh….does he get the guys? {Do you ever take him out questing and raiding and such?}

Me: Not a whole lot, he has been my banker.  He hangs around in Thunderbluff making money.  But I have leveled him a bit and now he can do some cool stuff.  Want to see?

Son: YEAH!

Me: [Cat Form] Look now he’s a lion!

Son: Look a lion!

Me: *jumps in pond in TB* [Aquatic Form]

Son: A FISH!

Me: Well kind of, he’s more of a sea lion or seal maybe.  Look at this [Travel Form]

Son: A tiger!

Me: No tigers have stripes.  This one is a cheetah.  See his spots?

Son: Yeah a cheetah!

Me: OK now whats this? [Bear Form]

Son: A bear!

Me: And this guy is kind of like a cow! [/cancel Bear Form back to Tauren]

Son: Daddy, Daddy!?

Me: Yes?

Son: Can you do an Elephant?

Me: Yes but I’m not shelling out 16,000G on this character for one of those

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I Sheep Things 4.0 Launches

Well I’ve finally gotten tired of my “busy” look of the last version of my blog.  Can’t even remember what it looked like before then.  Decided I should pick something new now that there is an expansion coming out.  This is why it has the Oh-So-Clever name of being version 4.0.   I wasn’t really “feeling” the dark and destroyed look that most cataclysm themed blogs bring about.  For now I wanted something simple and yet “bridged” the gap from my last layout.  Invested in one of the most praised premium themes out there for its flexibility and clean code so hopefully when I decide to do another overhaul, I’ll just tweak up the code and be set.

Still there is more work to be done but its at least to a point I’m not embarrassed to put it on the web.  The site load speed needs some help though.  I’ve cleaned up the database a bit and have some ideas how to further optimize. Looking into what I can do to overcome that hurdle without having to switch hosting providers or shell out more money.

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A look back on the x.0 patches

World of Warcraft Client Patch “4.0.1″

(10/12/2010?)

Patch 4 .0 is right around the corner (next Tuesday by best guesses) and with it comes a whole slew of changes to the game and how things work.  This happens each expansion.  Blizzard uses these patches as a buffer to hopefully limit the “sledge hammer to the face” effect of everything that changes once a expansion pack gets official released.  I wanted to make a post to share with you some of my past memories on these major changes and hope you share the same.

World of Warcraft Client Patch 2.0.1 “Before the Storm”

(12/5/2006)

My biggest memory of this patch was the ability to “farm up” honor points and eventually buy some PvP gear.  Before this was the PvP rank title system (which they will bring back in a better form btw) where you had to spend more time playing battle grounds then your fellow player if you wanted to progress.  In most cases it rewarded those with most time and not most skill.  These were the players that complained the loudest when the change was made.

This patch also included the first version of the looking for group tool.  I think I maybe had this work successfully once.  It was an upgrade to meeting stones (which just got “warlock like summon capabilities” this patch) but wasn’t all that great.  All it did was auto group people when they queued up this was woefully inadequate for forming up groups as you might as well just used the /lfg channel or /trade to find a group.   And it wasn’t until patch 3.3 that we got the cross realm LFG which increased your available player pool size 10x.  At best it was useful when they added daily “kill ‘x’ boss in ‘y’ dungeon” daily quests. But that wasn’t until late into The Burning Crusade that those actually existed.

Also this patch gave way to the limited disenchant capabilities based upon item level and profession level.  This put a hard stop into all the players who had level 5 alts that were simply parked by a mailbox waiting to blow up greens found in UBERS and beyond.

For mages, I think this is the patch that introduced new tier spells like [Slow], [Dragon's Breath], and [Water Elemental].

World of Warcraft Client Patch 3.0.2: Echoes of Doom

(10/15/2008)

Almost exactly 2 years prior to the expected release of 4.0.1, Echoes of Doom brought forth major changes to Azeroth and it didn’t even need a huge dragon hellbent on destroying everything to do so.  Dalaran figured the best place to stage an assault on Northrend was, well….Northrend.  And as easy as it is for us mages to pack our bags and be on our way, its so much more fun (and just as easy) to not pack at all and move an entire city.  All we had to do is get a few hundred mages to shout “Higitus Figitus” and boom, Dalaran moves to Northrend.  Stormwind Harbor was completed as well this patch as well as a couple of new Zeppelin towers outside Orgrimar and Undercity.  With all these location changes it was quite easy to overlook the most important of all….BARBER SHOPS!  We gotta look good if we’re going to start a war you know.  Achievements was another big part of this patch and gave many of us bored with TBC content something to do while we waited for the war to start.

For mages, I think this is the patch that introduced new tier spells like [Arcane Barrage], [Living Bomb], and [Deep Freeze].

World of Warcraft Client Patch 4.0.1: Something, something, something, darkside…

I’m not sure what the patch is named but there are tons of new changes coming in this next patch.  More then I care to list but as I’ve played a bit on the PTR, here are the things you’ll want to know when you log in after the patch.

  • New launcher,  its sweet and the fact it can download while you are playing and “stream” the zone you are in….its awesome.
  • Go see your class trainer. Each class has a new passive skill to train.  Mages get Wizardry which is a 5% Int increase.
  • Open up your talent screen and behold a drastic change.  Pick a tree you like and realize that you must spend 31 (of your 41) talents in that tree.  Once completed, you can spend in the other trees.
  • You can reforge your gear (even trinkets and rings and such…anything that has a forge-able stat it seems).  The NPCs that do this are located near the enchanters in major cities and charge 10g per forge.  You take 2ndary stats like hit, crit, haste, and can turn 50% of that into a new stat (this is how you get mastery pts before it starts showing up on cataclysm gear).  I converted all I could (lost a ton of crit) as a fire mage and cranked out an additional 41% fire dot damage.  Pretty sweet!
  • The new UI in combat pops up your procs much like special mods used to do.  Unlike mods blizzard has incorporated into the default UI in past, I love what they’ve done here and plan on dumping my proc mods this patch.
  • The character UI now expands to the right to display all your stats.
  • Professions are no longer in your “generic spell book” but are now found under a new tab in your spell book view.
  • Glyphs are all changed.  Hit up the AH to fill up your book or visit your favorite scribe.
  • The spell book UI has changed.  No more ranks in spells.
  • Mage Portals and Teleports are now buttons like Shaman totems.  They “fly-out” and negate the need for special mage portal addons.
  • Durability has been normalized across the board on gear so get ready to pay out as much as plate does for when our gear breaks cloth wearers. /cry
  • Flex Raid Lock System, its pretty cool (and complicated sounding) so I’ll just direct you to the blue post about it.
  • All badges are being converted into a points system.
  • PvP/BG/Arena tab UI improvements
  • Improved water rendering and sun rays have been added.  Those can be set under Video Options
  • and other stuff…

So a lot to look forward to and as I think you’ll agree, even though major changes upset a lot of players, in the end we always come out with a better game.

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Subtle Debate on my comments system

Ok so this isn’t really a new topic, but it is a frustrating one

Several times now ID has desynched with my blog and made commenting …. difficult.  The latest incarnation has made it impossible.  ID’s support group has been helpful in past but its been 3days since I reached out this time and no answer.  This has been broken since Rhii’s farewell post and I feel she got the short end of the stick because nobody could really say farewell on the blog here (you can make it up to her by saying hello at her new blog: www.ohmykurenai.com).  Regardless this is my post in saying I’m going to wipe out the ID plugin, reinstall it from scratch and then see if that fixes things.  If things arn’t restored by this time tomorrow, we’re going back to the standard commenting system (which wasn’t bad in the first place) .

Do you guys even have a preference?  (although I suppose you can’t answer that really until we get this fixed lol….hit me up on twitter if the comments are down

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