Archive for April, 2011

by Fox Van Allen

 

New patches almost always mean changes to classes, specs, and abilities. In this respect, patch 4.1 is no different. For shadow priests, patch 4.1 brings huge nerfs. It also brings huge buffs. There’s an awful lot to keep straight.

Thankfully, you don’t need to go it alone.

New heroics, new loot

Obviously, the biggest news of patch 4.1 is the release of the new (newly redesigned, anyway) Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman 5-man heroics. New heroics always means new loot, and there are more than a few terrific new item level 353 epics available in these two new instances.
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by Daniel Whitcomb

 

Patch 4.1 looks likely to drop any week now, so now’s a good time to find out what the patch can do for you, gear-wise. The two new dungeons, Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub, appear to have been completely itemized, so we can probably feel relatively safe in looking at the gear that drops from them. The gear is all ilevel 353, which puts it below raid and valor point gear but above most current heroic dungeon drops. Therefore, casual raiders, non-raiders, and new level 85 death knights will probably find a lot to like in the stuff coming out of this dungeon. Let’s take a look at the gear.

For the most part, these will be clear upgrades over your ilevel 346 heroic options, but in cases where there’s a better or competitive old heroic option, I will mention it. Note that this information is from the patch 4.1 PTR and may therefore change when the dungeons go live.
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by Joe Perez

 

We have already covered some pre-raid gear choices, as well as gems and enchants with a little discussion on stats and stat pirority. This week, I figured we would round out or pre-raid preparations with a quick list of raiding glyphs as well as taking the opportunity to talk about some upcoming changes in the forthcoming patch 4.1 that will have a potential impact on our raid healing.
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by Fox Van Allen

 

If you don’t have a lot of ilevel 359 gear from raiding (or from the auction house, or from reputation rewards), patch 4.1 is a godsend. A ton of great gear drops for shadow priests are about to be added to the game, winnable by anyone with the skill to take on the new heroics. There are some things you won’t find in the new heroics, and some things not worth grabbing though, so it’s a good idea to get your shopping list ready now.

Just ’cause it’s purple doesn’t mean it’s good

The If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you 5-mans of Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub are brimming with all sorts of terrific epics for almost every gear slot imaginable. But don’t be confused by that purple-colored text — these new pieces of weapons and armor carry a lower item level than epics currently in the game (353 vs. 359).
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by Brian Wood

 

As always, we never know exactly when the patch will hit, but all signs point to soon. So this then becomes the perfect time to start taking a look at all the new hunter loot the patch will shower on us.

Since this patch is not bringing a new raid tier, the only new loot we’re getting comes from the two new 5-man dungeons, the revamped Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman. These dungeons will drop ilvl 353 epic loot. This means that while the loot is better than other heroics, it’s still going to be worse than your raid gear. Worse yet, despite dropping a bunch of new loot on us, and there still isn’t a frickin’ gun. Come on, guys! If you’re making new loot, please fill up our gear gaps!

Nevertheless, there are plenty of other shiny new toys for us to play with. Join me after the cut for a rundown of the patch 4.1 hunter loot.
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by Allison Robert

 

Of the two “new” troll dungeons introduced in patch 4.1, Zul’Aman was the more difficult on the PTR, to the point that it actually felt a little overtuned for folks trying to do it solely in heroic blues. I’d compare it to heroic Magisters’ Terrace of The Burning Crusade or heroic Halls of Reflection in Wrath of the Lich King, at least in the sense that it can be a pretty unforgiving place if you’re not sitting on any raid-quality gear. I only ever pugged ZA while on the PTR, so estimates of the content’s difficulty are necessarily colored by that. If you’re going to do this place with a competent set of guildies, you probably won’t need to worry as much.

If you’re familiar with ZA’s pre-4.1 incarnation, you’ll recognize a lot of the same mechanics, mobs, and bosses at 85. I used to organize “bear runs” for my guild back in BC and would go so far as to say that, in marked contrast to Zul’Gurub, about 90% of the dungeon’s raid mechanics have survived in one form or another.

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by Allison Robert

 

Of the two “new” troll-themed 5-mans going live in patch 4.1, Zul’Gurub seemed by far the easier with the groups I had on the public test realm (PTR), though both it and Zul’Aman require an average ilevel of 346 in order to queue through the dungeon finder. However, if you’re going to pug this content, be advised that there are a number of different mechanics that can wipe groups quickly.

Because the instance’s mini-bosses have fairly simple mechanics (and regrettably, I never landed a group that did all of them), I’ve ignored them here in favor of the instance’s five “real” bosses.

The order in which you do the bosses doesn’t really matter; I’ve just organized them here by the most conventional route through the instance. Some of the trash in Zul’Gurub is legitimately dangerous to an unprepared group, so I’ve included notes on how to handle it.
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27
Apr

WoW Quest: Kurdran’s Waitin’

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Quest Guide

Speak to Kurdran Wildhammer inside of the Highbank Keep in Twilight Highlands.

Description

It looks like the attack stopped, <name>. Which is a shame, ‘cuz we never got to use the <class>-rocket.

Anyways, Kurdran Wildhammer is up in the top of the keep an’ I’m sure he’ll be wantin’ to gives ya a hero’s welcome. Yeh earned it! Go talk to ‘im!

I’ll move on ahead and scout out the beach.

Siren’s Song is a quest on a boat south west of the keep. Ephram something or other is the quest giver. This will phase the person who ends this quest.
If he isn’t in the top room of the keep, just relog and the phase should update.








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27
Apr

WoW Quest: Krazz Works!

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Quest Guide

Speak to Newt to secure a ride back to Krazzworks, then give the Induction Samophlange to Captain Krazz.

Description

That’s it. We’re all wrapped up. Let’s ship out.

Newt’s got some gyrocopters tethered at the top of the tower. Go meet up with her for a quick trip back to Krazzworks. We’ll mop up here.

Even though your quest tracker says to “speak” to Newt at the top of the tower, you are not able to interact with her. Instead, there is a small gyrocopter thing outside of the window behind her. When you mouse over the copter you will see a curved arrow indicating you can hop right in and hitch a ride.
Don’t take the Gyrocopter back! Just fly back on your mount!

The provided copter is probably a 150% mount or less.








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27
Apr

WoW Quest: Kor’kron Drop

   Posted by: free-wow-guide   in WoW Quest Guide

Get a Crushblow Wind Rider squad from Jon-Jon Jellyneck and then escort them to the drop off point in the Twilight Gate.

Description

Garona and a detachment of the Kor’kron are here to assist us with operations up top in the Twilight Citadel. I need you to escort them there.

I’ve called upon a local tribe of trolls to give us a lift in with their wind riders. The assassins have some things that they need to do down in the Twilight Gate area first, though.

Speak with the troll chief, Jon-Jon Jellyneck and get yourself a detachment of Kor’kron to drop off. You’ll fly them in. A big red X marks the spot.

 

 

  1. Talk to Jon-Jon Jellyneck beside the flight master in the camp.
  2. Get the flight team
  3. Fly straight up until you are about level with the sides of the mountains.
  4. Fly over the red circle on the map.
  5. Fly straight down and complete request.
  6. Return and turn in.
  7. coords 39.19, 64.49 – the red circle kinda blinks on and off so a little hard to see it – very base of the ramp up.
    You need to have the “Projected Textures” option enabled in your video settings to be able to see the red blinking circle for the quest.








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