Archive for January, 2013

Clock'em

Brawler’s into Rank 3

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After my confident start a few days ago, I was pretty eager to give Fran and Riddoh another try. On the first attempt I was really close having killed Riddoh and was a nitch from killing Fran when the fireballs came down. If you’re lucky, the  landmines will be placed around your pet and not you.

On the second attempt, I managed to dot Fran up a bit while whittling down Riddoh completing the challenge pretty close to the wire.

Fran

King Kulaka: Fear and tendrils worked well against this King Krush look-a-like, not to mention my speedy bubble when he got too close.

Rank 3

Blat – A combination of fears, tendrils and kiting will get this replicating slime down but I tried to do as much damage right off the bat – before there were too many copies of him. Thankfully you can just focus on the original while kiting them around otherwise they will build up a lot of damage on you very quickly.

Sanoriak – First of all Firewall hurts! So interrupt or run out of it ASAP. As usual, fear works on him so I took advantage of that and my fiend to DPS him quickly.

Ixx – The hardest thing about this is fight is getting caught in his Devastating Thrust (which is his only ability) but considering he casts is so often, you really need to be on your toes for this one. Running through him was still getting me killed so I tried standing right underneath him for less running time. He’s also immune to CC so is my bottleneck boss at the moment.

Two more and I can buy the pet. >.<

Tyrael by Noxychu

2013 WoW TCG Loot Winner

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A few weeks ago, WoWTCGLoot made it possible for Wowhead to run their latest contest which included some of the rarest items ever to be given away.

So imagine my surprise when I checked my account this morning to see that I had unlocked the following achievement.

WoWHead winner

To enter the contest, you were asked to answer: What have you been most excited to achieve/acquire in-game?

With an abundance of responses in the 22,089 comments submitted, I knew the judges would have their work cut out for them. In the end, I placed second which is kind of amazing considering how many entries there were.

This was my comment:

There are so many things I’m proud of in-game, some of which are titles like Salty and Relic Hunter. I was also excited to get the Over 9000 achievement pretty early on.

Other game highlights include:

  • Getting my wolf mount on my tauren in vanilla;
  • Being asked to pull the first mobs in AQ20 when the gates first opened;
  • All the limited edition pets I own;
  • My Swift Zulian Tiger;
  • My complete class sets.

I’ve been coveting the Classic and BC Collector’s Edition pets as well as the Ethereal Soul-Trader and Tyrael’s Hilt the most as I’ve been an avid pet collector ever since I started playing.

Reading through the winners announcement post though, there were some remarks about some winners producing poor quality replies, not answering the question or have less than verbose answers.

Perculia responded with the following:

To address concerns that might pop up: this was one of our largest contests ever in the site’s history. After every contest there’s always some disappointment that a user who won hasn’t posted enough, or had a subpar reply, or is secretly a sockpuppet. We’ve moved announcing the winners off newsposts a while back because the debates were detracing from the actual WoW discussion :/

For this contest, we’ve got users who won that wrote paragraphs on their favorite thing, who have tons of site rep, who are relatively new but are active, who signed up for a chance at winning, and who wrote short but meaningful replies. Altogether it’s a varied mix, like you’d expect from a contest of this size.

Congrats to the winners again :)

I can’t say I’m a little disappointed not to win the Grand Prize but at least I won something.

For those curious, here’s the winning comment:

First Yogg25 with 0 Watchers kill, we are told to /rnd 1000 for the Head, I roll a 1000 :)

Now to wait for the winning email…

Pet Battle System

Epic Pet Battle?

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I’ve been known to stay at one Tamer location for a long time, especially when I’m power levelling a pet. So it’s not unusual that on occasion I will be locked in battle with with a pet or team as the rounds surpass 20 or 30 (although that’s more likely in a regular wild battle).

Take today for instance. I was in the process of trying to level several combinations of pets when I decided to use my uncommon level 22 Mechanical Pandaren Dragonling as the booster pet. After a couple of close attempts, it was only until my dragonling was was the last pet standing (or should I say flying) together with Hyuna’s turtle that I thought about epic battles and secret achievements.

WoWHead has these secret achievements which can be unlocked – but you won’t know the criteria for it until you’ve earned it. Pretty tricky, huh? So as my battle went past 50 rounds (:P), I thought it would be cool if we had achievements to reflect the length or difficulty of a battle – but it would have to be continuous active moves and no passing.

Epic Pet Battle-94

94 Rounds!!

Call it perseverance or stubbornness but I was somewhat curious to see how long it could go for. Towards the end, I was determined to get a win as my other two pets were dead and this was my levelling pet so I kept going until I was victorious. Turns out my dragon’s decoy ability worked like a charm, esp. when the turtle wanted to headbutt his opponent.

Well, it may be just a pipe dream but it was a nice thought while it lasted… after this particular battle though I only had some treats and a tattered collar to show for it.

In Other Pet News

  • The issue with mech and undead not proccing their rez is a known bug and we plan to fix it in 5.2.0 (Source)
  • We made a dramatic reduction to the respawn timer on the Scourged Whelpings in 5.2.0 (Source)
  • No changes to the Minfernal, we are happy with it’s capture rate. Scourged whelp was way off, its similar to Minfernal now. (Source)
  • An Elite pet will give standard XP but their daily quest has a much higher chance to drop a rare battle-stone. (Source)
  • Spirit tamers give a massive multiplier to XP on their dailies already, so no need for the battle-stones to be included in bags. (Source)
  • Plan is to have bonus rolls work for raid boss pets. Currently 2 of those and one pet on raid trash. Current plan is that they will drop as normal loot and on bonus rolls. Stunted Direhorn is not 5.2 anymore, most likely 5.3 at this point. We have a cool replacement though! Shooting for a custom model in 5.3.0 (Source)
  • Holding off on Epic Battle-Stones a bit longer still. They will come along with epic pets at the same time most likely. (Source)
  • The new raid pets are in all difficulties, including LFR. (Source) Fan-bloody-tastic! :)

 

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