Monthly Archives: July 2014

WoW Source Episode 3 – TL;DW (Too Long; Didn’t Watch)

In WoW Source Episode 3, Morgan Webb sits down with some Blizzard designers and talks PVP and Class Changes you can expect in Warlords of Draenor.  Since the video is a little over 30 minutes long, I thought I would give you the highlights in a “Too Long; Didn’t Watch” post.  Feel free to skip through and read what you care about.  For more information, I put it in approximate times of when the subject is discussed.  See the video below.

Alpha-servers

0:47 Alpha servers are coming up, those select few will get to test some of the super awesome features previewed at Blizzcon.

1:55 Even if you played it at Blizzcon, the experience may be completely different.

PvP

3:15 Diminishing returns. Crowd control effects will no longer dominate the battlegrounds as heavily as it does in Mists of Pandaria (MoP) right now.

3:55 Fear is being nerfed.

4:30 Crowd control not going away.  Developers feel that it is a very dynamic part of the game for battlegrounds.

5:20 The reshuffling of categories for diminishing returns should not affect Arena play.

Gear

6:35 PvP Gear will have a secondary item level that activates for PvP combat.  The goal is to be able to use your PvP Gear in PvE and not have to worry about changing gear around for casual PvP.

Ashran

7:33 PvP zone with persistent combat.

7:50 Island off the east coast of Tanaan Jungle.

7:55 Similar to Timeless Isle but PvP focused.

8:56 Map of Ashran

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10:30 This should not feel like a structured battleground.  Much more anything goes.

10:55 Will be available to Alpha players, but not initially.

11:53 Going to start using max level testing servers to test end game Raid content.

Skirmishes

12:58 Bringing back Skirmishes to allow players to get their feet wet with Arena battles.

13:13 Random award. Bag o’ goodies, Honor, Conquest… something.

Q & A

14:14 Did Blacklisting cause longer queue times for Random Battlegrounds? No. Faction balances are the cause.

15:26 Will DPS have to worry about Threat generation? No. They want a more fun, seamless experience.

17:31 Punishment for Random Raid/Dungeon players that don’t pull their weight? Hopefully it doesn’t come to that in WoD, thanks to new Proving Grounds system which will ensure you know how to play your class.  Which is of course after passing ilvl gear check.

18:55 Proving Grounds system may not be available at game launch.

Class Changes

19:42 Too many abilities muddying up the action bars and too many redundant or situational abilities.

21:07 Making cuts to buttons and abilities to keep the player fantasy active.

24:30 Visual clutter being toned down so DPS players aren’t blinded by effects, but still looks cool to the caster.

Q & A about Classes

25:20 How do you decide about buffing a class? For PvE, how does the class perform.  Otherwise, it’s cross team collaboration with the PvP developers as well.  Overlap is very important to the developers.

wow source episode 3

That’s a wrap on WoW Source Episode 3.  It feels a little dated since Warlords of Draenor is now in Beta testing with keys flying all over the web.  Hopefully, we’ll be seeing a new episode very soon.  Until then, buy some game time and start playing World of Warcraft again.  It’s always refreshing to realize just how fun this game is after I’ve been on a hiatus.

Is the new Transformers movie a success?

The question that everybody has been thinking or asking that hasn’t seen Age of Extinction yet is “Is the new Transformers movie a success?”  I was so happy to learn that Shia LaBeouf was out of the latest movie.  Megan Fox’s character was so useless in Revenge of the Fallen, and LaBeouf’s character was equally as useless in Dark of the Moon.  Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the first movie and those characters were great in it.  I just think Age of Extinction did what the previous three movies couldn’t.  The latest Transformers movie is an all around good movie.  Unfortunately, you need to have really seen the first three movies to understand most of it.  It’s a great refresh without rebooting.  In fact, I would say the third would be a lot better if you could jump right into the fourth.  So, to answer that opening question “Is the new Transformers movie a success”?  Yes, very much.

I don’t want to give away too much about the movie, so I’ll make this as spoiler free as possible.  Just be aware, if you go into the movie for this:

 

new transformers movie a success

Optimus Prime riding Grimlock

You will be very, very disappointed.  This is pretty much about 5 minutes during the last 20 minutes of an over 2 and a half hour movie.  That doesn’t mean Optimus riding a Dinobot isn’t awesome.  It’s just the least reason you should watch this movie.  This is one of the best reasons to watch the movie:

new transformers movie a success

Mark Wahlburg: super buff, super smart, broke dad.

This is one of Wahlburg’s best roles.  He doesn’t start out as a super badass guy who kicks a lot of butt.  He starts out smart and struggling with his teenage daughter and crazy funny friend/employee (played by the hilarious T.J. Miller).  So much character development.  I cannot wait to buy this movie on Bluray… and I don’t even own the first three!

Another character that is played perfectly is Harold Attinger (portrayed by Kelsey Grammar) the creator of the CIA / military group Cemetery Wind.  These guys are hunting down transformers, both Decepticons and Autobots, and are aided by Lockdown.  Although Lockdown is serving a much higher power.  The creators, of at least the transformers, get featured in the opening scene of the movie and I have a feeling will be essential to the plot of the next movie.  A sort of creepy inventor genius guy, which really reminded me of the villain from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, manages to bring an old fan favorite to life on the big screen.

new transformers movie a success

Yes, it’s really Megatron. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I won’t give a way too much, but Galvatron definitely makes it out of the movie alive.  Hoping the series going forward will live up to this amazing refresh.  The special effects are amazing and the characters are amazing.  Some of the new toys are pretty fantastic.  Not too much like the movie, but so much better than the classic ones.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved transformers toys growing up.  What 80’s kid didn’t?  But this Galvatron is pretty cool.

New Galvatron toy

Transformers: Age of Extinction, definitely a must see movie.

Price details for Curse of Naxxramas

Yesterday, July 8th, Blizzard took a big step forward with the long awaited Adventure Mode for Hearthstone and announced the price details for Curse of Naxxramas.  With the announcement were some other announcements that caught me off guard.

Price Details for Curse of Naxxramas: $7 or 700 Gold

Price

The picture above shows that each of the wings will cost you 700 in game Gold.  Luckily for me, last night I hit over 1,400 Gold.  $6.99 is the cost per wing, with several bundle options available if you want to spend some in game Gold and hard earned cash.  I had thought that the different wings would be costly, but I didn’t expect them to be 700.  I was thinking around 300 to 500.  That’s why I had begun hoarding up my Quest Gold and not purchasing new packs or playing the Arena.  I’m hoping that it’s safe to assume from the price that these different wings will be challenging and provide a couple hours of play (minimum) each.

Heroic Mode

In an unexpected move, Blizzard also announced Heroic Mode for Naxxramas.  The rewards for completing Heroic Mode are a little lack luster.  Completing all of the wings of Naxxramas on Heroic nets you a new card back.  I’m hoping that they’ll add Golden versions of the new Naxx cards before launch.

Speaking of launch… still no date announcement.  There must be a lot of extra groundwork to lay for Adventure Mode.  With that said, when the crypt dust settles on Naxxramas and a new set is announced, what Raid would you like to see brought to Hearthstone?  Let us know on our Facebook page.

Price details for Curse of Naxxramas