Before The Shattering

Since I play on the european server, the Shattering will happen wednesday early. I took the opportunity the last few days during the Elemental attack to say Farewell to the old world that we have come to love and sometimes hate, the past six years. It’s hard to believe it’s been so long since I made the journey from ThunderBluff to Crossroads in the dark with all these scary monsters around me. Since then I met a lot of friends, some stayed with me all the way to Dalaran. Others fell behind :(.

Thanks old world for all the good memories !

Things to look forward to – Azshara

In Cataclysm Azshara will be turned into the starting area for the new Horde addition, the goblins. From the video previews so far it looks like it will be a great leveling experience !

It seems a lot of people are waiting for Cataclysm and are playing other games at the moment. At most I see 2 or 3 people in guild chat, if any ! On the rare occasion I log on, that is. Even Dalaran isn’t as busy as it used to be.

Blizzard Q & A

WowWiki

LFG Patch 3.3

Patch 3.3 has been live now for about 2 weeks. And it sure has been a lot of fun ! I am rotating through my four level 80 characters and gearing them up a bit. To my surprise most groups work out very well. Usually a mix of better geared characters with a few people that are still in the process of gearing up.

Xmas 2009 Morphhoof and Borkun
Xmas 2009 Morphhoof and Borkun

The better geared 4k dps people sometimes have quite the attitude though (NOOBS GO GO GO FFS). The vote to kick option usually works fine though, I hope they enjoy the 15mins debuff ! I wonder about some of these people though. Yesterday a guy linked recount stats after two groups of trashmobs, NOOBS WE DONT HAVE 3k DPS ! And leaves… Apparently you need 3k dps to do heroics now ;). If he just would have gone along with the group he would have finished earlier than joining the queue again.

One flaw in the LFG system is people that go offline or are AFK in the first 15mins where you cannot kick someone. These people should automatically be removed from group after a minute or so. It can really slow things down, especially if they’re the healer or tank.

The three new instances are nice. Halls of Reflection is certainly a notch up in difficulty. I hate it when it’s the random dungeon, I have only finished it so far, when I queue up for HOR specifically. After the first wipe most people leave, or they cannot find the entrance to the dungeon. I really enjoyed Pit of Saron. The Krick and Ick fight is very funny (I’ll go for this one instead !) and I love the run through the tunnel. But I went into that place quite a few times to get my 2h Mace for my deathknight, so I’ve seen enough of it for now. My hunter will need it for the nice crossbow though. So is now running around with the gun that drops on normal mode from the end boss.

As Randy stated on one of the latest Instance shows, 3.3 has breathed new life into Wow. People seem to log on more, dive into dungeons, get some emblems and better gear. Everything seems to work out quite well. I kinda miss the guild runs though, but I am sure that will come back soon enough.

Patch 3.3 on the horizon

The Fall of the Lich King is coming to a WoW server near you today if you’re in the USA. If you’re in Europe like me, you can expect it tomorrow.

I am very much looking forward to the new instances and the new LFG tool. It should be easier to find groups and extra members for your instance party with cross server PUGs.

The Wow.com Patch 3.3 guide

Patchnotes on blizzard site

General Update

Judging by the activity on this blog, you’d think I hardly play wow these days, but that would not be correct ! I have been playing quite a bit. My DK Morphhoof is now lvl 80 and collecting pvp and some tanking gear. I need to get some rep here and these to get some more def stuff, but he’s well on the way. My warlock has been jumping into AV every now and then and has now reached L73.

My other L80s have been doing the argent tournament dailies in order to get some needed gold for the alts mentioned above and some gear upgrades and gems. I also got some heirloom items for future alts, I have a priest and a mage all ready to go now.

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We have also been running TOC a few times, on normal mode. Some nice gear dropped and it’s a fun instance to do. Even though it has jousting ;).

All in all I am again very much enjoying WoW again. Looking forward to 3.3 that will bring the start of the end of Nortrend !