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Guides Contest - End!
It's (finally!) time for the last batch of guides and a recap! I got a little behind on the schedule because of the PTR patch but we're ok now! First, all the guides are now available to the public in the following forums:



Guides in the "Rare" forum are usually better than in the "Uncommon" forum but this isn't always the case, it depended a lot on my mood when I read the guide and the type of guide you have. For example, a lot of Archaeology or Roleplaying submissions went there after I saw the guide to Roleplaying Gnomes because I knew they wouldn't win against that anyway, it doesn't necessarily mean that your guide was bad.

We also have the last 3 winning guides today:








You can find the final list of winning guides below. Winners will receive their prize very early next week, the delay is mostly to make sure that nothing "funny" happens after the release of the guide. Thanks to WoWTCGLoot.com again for feeding us with delicious loot codes.

 PrizeUserGuide
#1Mottled Drake Flying MountScythenPeaceblooms vs Ghouls
#2Riding Turtle Ground MountExulGlory of the Cataclysm Hero Monster Guide
#3Ethereal PortalWillbender0023Battlemaster Guide
#4Lil' Ragnaros + Moonkin HatchlingMihirThe Cat Guide - Cataclysm Edition
#5Pandaren Monk + Lil' XTJinzeArchaeology - And all it's dusty little secrets!
#6D.I.S.C.O.BrusalkCreating your Own WoW Addon
#7Grim CampfireCandeyMiss Pan's Handbook - A Beginner's Guide
#8Landro's Gift BoxflyonthewallWriting long guides for WoW Related Forums
#9Landro's Gift BoxKeenThe Brewmasters Guide to Murdering Certain Individuals
#10Landro's Gift BoxThlopChristmas Guide to Looking Good!
#11Landro's Gift BoxAdamsGamingCataclysm Introduction Raiding Guide
#12Landro's Gift BoxZappieZappie's Guide to Roleplaying Gnomes
#13Landro's Gift BoxKuesonPvProtection Warrior - Life as a living joke
#14Landro's Gift BoxSSJrapterThe Complete Crowd Control Guide
#15Landro's Gift BoxKarrokThe Ultimate Guide to Frost
#16Landro's Gift BoxLoto BordeauxArms Warrior PvE Guide - Cataclysm
#17Landro's Gift BoxPulveriserPulveriser's Guide to Cataclysm Warrior Tanking!
#18Curse Premium AccountCarighanRestoration Shaman in Cataclysm
#19Curse Premium AccountNewNewnoise's Shadow Priest Guide
#20Curse Premium Accountikki42Magm...awwwwwwwwww!


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Heroic Dungeons Difficulty
I don't believe we ever said we refuse to nerf Heroic dungeons. What we've been trying communicate is that it wasn't our plan to make sweeping nerfs to Heroics within the first month of the expansion's release. We will continue tuning dungeons, trash, boss encounters, and abilities. Some of those changes will involve nerfs. This act just shouldn't be misconstrued as us changing our minds, or a sign that we're unhappy with the general level of difficulty of all Heroics.

We don't think it was a mistake to start with the difficulty we did. We're happy overall with the progression path we have in Cataclysm. I think we've set an appropriate standard for this expansion, but we'll continue fine-tuning things (nerfs and buffs) to make sure the end game feels right as time passes. (Source)

Baradin Hold Access
We don't have plans to allow both factions to access Baradin Hold, regardless of who controls Tol Barad. We do have some balance adjustments we'll be making to Tol Barad gameplay in patch 4.0.6 though. They just haven't been listed in the patch notes as of yet. (Source)

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Demonic Empowerment / Turn Evil Bug
Thanks for the report, Yingyang. We're aware of it and looking into exactly what Demonic Empowerment should and should not counter. It feels a bit inconsistent right now. (Source)

Reminder - Curse is still recruiting!
Curse is still recruiting and you should definitely apply if you think you have the skills required to join the company!






The Daily Blink - Bitter Gnomes and Goblins
Yes, they are bitter.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Guides Contest Winners and Recap, Blue Posts, Daily Blink started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. TobiasX's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tar01 View Post
    Cata heroics are not playable. I've been in 3 groups yesterday that disbanded after 1-2 pulls. To be short cata is not playable. After you got all the gear from normal dungeons you can't do anything unless you want to play 4h+/day. Pvp is not an option as the pvp balance is still as bad as it was at lv80 in patch 4.0.

    I canceled the subscription because it's no point to waist time with this game until they fix it.
    As many people have said, and keep saying, "Go with a guild group". Alternatively go with people who you know and won't quit after 1 wipe. Out of the 20-30 heroic dungeon attempts I've had since cata was released I'd say less than 8 of those ended in a disband. The rest cleared it, even if it did take us a while on at least half of those clears.

    I enjoyed the difficulty of heroics on my main and now, leveling my alt, I'm annoyed that I won't have the same difficulty to look forward to.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZEROWASHU View Post
    No Blizzard did something wrong, not the players.

    We have forever been told that Raids are where you go for challenges, Heroics and Regular Instances are for those who either did not like to raid, could not raid because of outside reasons, or just could never get down the mechanics. Now the guild I am in is fairly large, we have over 100 regulars (counting accounts) with prime time peaks of 40+ on. We have all sorts of people. The number that just are down on this expansion is amazing and it all is from one source, they do not like the new instances, worse outside of a handful none will even bother with heroics , they just level alts. I can't count the number of formerly great healers (good people, behaved and did what was needed etc) who are now doing alts. When the class you enjoy saw its ability decrease each and every level as you went up it makes the game no fun. People don't like feeling inadequate and making healing spells cost four times their original amounts does not make a class fun. Blizzard said challenge, well the only class they nerfed to accomplish this was healing specs. Sorry, that is just lame.

    People pay to have fun. Fun is not sitting in an instance for an hour or more. Before some elitist p comes back and says "they all take 30 minutes" well sorry they don't, we don't just run a select group of people. Being part of guild means we try to have everyone participate. We have to autistic children in this guild, they have a hard time understanding some of the mechanics used in the newer complex boss fights, even when guided on vent. So they are screwed even on regular runs because they don't react as fast.

    Blizzard failed to maintain the fun with CATA. The elite players can have Raids, leave the instances and heroics to the average player. Leave those players alone. They help make our guilds fun. They keep it lively. Yeah, occasionally we took one or two not good players on raids, but that when we had them on farm. Now we have to spend too much time helping them through regular runs.
    I suspect you started playing in Wrath of the Lich King. Heroic dungeons during The Burning Crusade could easily wipe players in Tier 5 loot (the second tier of raid gear for the expansion) if you didn't use crowd control and a lot of us actually liked that level of difficulty. As specific examples I clearly remember wiping in both Shattered Halls because we messed up CC on one of the early packs and Botanica just because we pulled too many mobs. You mess up: you wipe; that's fine. Yes, there were some walkovers (I seem to remember Ramparts being one of them) but there were also some very challenging fights in heroic dungeons for the larger portion of the expansion. You were introduced to the wrong version of 'Heroic' with regard to 5-mans.

    I am nowhere near competing with the best players in the world, in terms of raid progression or individual skill, but I've done every heroic except deadmines since launch and if people don't want a challenge then that's their problem.
  1. bloodwine77's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TobiasX View Post
    I suspect you started playing in Wrath of the Lich King. Heroic dungeons during The Burning Crusade could easily wipe players in Tier 5 loot (the second tier of raid gear for the expansion) if you didn't use crowd control and a lot of us actually liked that level of difficulty. As specific examples I clearly remember wiping in both Shattered Halls because we messed up CC on one of the early packs and Botanica just because we pulled too many mobs. You mess up: you wipe; that's fine. Yes, there were some walkovers (I seem to remember Ramparts being one of them) but there were also some very challenging fights in heroic dungeons for the larger portion of the expansion. You were introduced to the wrong version of 'Heroic' with regard to 5-mans.

    I am nowhere near competing with the best players in the world, in terms of raid progression or individual skill, but I've done every heroic except deadmines since launch and if people don't want a challenge then that's their problem.
    How can you talk about TBC heroics and not mention Heroic Shadow Labs?! The room before the 2nd boss was a CC bonanza ... and half the time a sneaky rogue patrol mob would sneak up and start shanking the healer right after the trash pack was pulled.
  1. stonhinge's Avatar
    I had a person in my random the other day /cheer at me when I said, "let me know if you want something hexxed or an elemental cc'd". The biggest problem is that people out there seem to have completely forgotten that they have cc, since it wasn't widely used last expansion - if at all. I've seen a mage who was told to sheep something say "gimme a sec, don't have it on my bars." Same for a warlock with banish. It's tough now. I like it that way. Granted, it does occasionally make the RDF an exercise in patience, but eventually people will get enough rep to buy better vendor gear, and hopefully learn how to play their class to the fullest.
  1. Honeyprime's Avatar
    Gratz to everyone!!!

    The Daily Blink FTW. I always get a good chuckle from it.
  1. Pulveriser's Avatar
    Aww, the link for Pulveriser's guide is broken Now I'm a sad panda. Ohh well... I found it here
  1. praeter's Avatar
    The link to Pulveriser's Guide to Cataclysm Warrior Tanking! seems to be broken. I'd post the correct one if I could.
  1. Exiled's Avatar
    Nice guides idd! Thanks for the up!
  1. Charagon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ZEROWASHU View Post
    No Blizzard did something wrong, not the players.

    We have forever been told that Raids are where you go for challenges, Heroics and Regular Instances are for those who either did not like to raid, could not raid because of outside reasons, or just could never get down the mechanics.
    Are you high? Did you ever step foot into a BC heroic? Those things were NOT for people who didn't know what they were doing.

    Hell, did you ever step foot into Strat or Scholo or BRD back in Vanilla? Cata Heroics are no harder than those were back then.


    Look, just because Wrath Heroics could be soloed by most classes at the end of the expansion doesn't mean that 5-mans have always been face-roll.

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