Well it is no wonder that whenever a new expansion for Warcraft looms on the horizon, people go nuts about getting the best guides to help them achieve at least a couple of unique achievements and basically be the first (or among the first) to explore and find out the secrets behind the lore and the newest features and updates that the new content has to offer. Now do please allow me to tell you that after seven years of being on the front lines of Warcraft and over two years of blogging about it here on this gaming journal of mine, I know a thing or two about both the game and the guides that work with it. High on top sits Zygor (as if you wouldn’t already know from the very title of the post, right?) who basically has the best set of premium guides for World of Warcraft out there, no questions asked, then come all the other guides and addons that you can find listed on the right and many others that you can’t find there cause they simply present no interest whatsoever to anyone (or almost anyone, cause you would be amazed on what people actually spend their money on these days). As with all the other expansions so far, Warlords of Draenor, will basically generate a lot of hype and a ton of competition as new players will drop by to check the action and will have no idea how to get a flying mount (or how to get half the gold needed to train expert riding, which these days comes quite cheap) even if they are boosted till 90 and have a full set of draenic starter gear. For those and for all the others who need that extra edge, the boys from Zygor have been preping their guides since the early stages of Warlords Beta and will have them all available sometime right before the launch so you can jump right into action as soon as the new content goes live.

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As you may or may not know the guides provided shouldn’t replace the free ones like the Auctioneer or the Questhelper, but they should be complementary to these and together build a true pro gaming experience even to the beginner player. Also most people have the impression that you’re paying to much for the whole package, which is quite true, if you buy it all with just one order the cost is slightly above that of any average gaming service … Guys as much as I would like to tell you that you need to buy all six guides together as a bundle and profit of the small discount given, I for one advise you all (unless you have like a couple hundred bucks just lying around the house somewhere) to buy each guide seperately whenever you need them because if you’re just leveling the only guide you need is the leveling and loremaster and the others are all basically useless up until you are maxed out (or at least crossed over two or three expansions). And even while you are at max level you should only get the guides you will work on: say you want to grind rep and do dailies then you only get those two and leave out the pets and mounts and so on … This way I can assure that things actually go pretty smoothly and no one can complain that 20$ is too high a sum to pay for a permanent access to one the most badass guides out there for World of Warcraft.

So I do hope you’ve understood, at least a little, how things are supposed to be done with this set of guides and if you truly want to take your gaming to the next level then you might just want to take Zygor into consideration for your own personal MMO success. Also if you still read this at the time when it was posted (or anyways close to it) then you might want to check out the preorder button on the leveling guide for Warlords of Draenor cause that will include the brand new Garrison Guide for free once the expansion is live. Sure thing you will be able to get them both at any later time, but if you miss out on this chance things might just become slightly more expensive and let’s face it we all enjoy a good offer, right?

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Anyways, the boys from Zygor are clearly taking their jobs seriosuly and actually try quite hard to improve their services and basically be the first complete in-game guide that will be available for patch 6.0.2 when it will finally be updated with all the Warlords content on the 13th of November (that’s less than a month from now can you imagine that?). I will try to follow them closely and whenever there will be some serious updates I will put up another post and give you all the updates. Likewise we’ll do the same for the other big name in the industry - Dynasty and its four awesome addons. Till the next update then do keep up your gaming spirits and make sure to check back soon enough for more updates as they come, because as every serious player you might just want to be in the middle of the action whenever it starts up, right? I mean sure thing you can do it on your own as well, but it would most certainly be a lot more easier with any of these guides/addons having your back out there! I’m just saying you know, no need to take me seriously!

So I guess that by now you have all noticed that World of Warcraft was updated to patch 6.0.2 and that everything that we’ve discussed so far (well almost everything) has been put into place so that we may finally begin to enjoy the pre-launch events and joust around the newly turned Red Dark Portal that got filled by a boatload of level 90 badass orcs. Once you’re done with cleaning the portal don’t forget to check out the special wing in Blackrock while it still lasts (you have like enough time for a whole month, but still do is as quickly as possible cause you know after you are a kid no more time becomes a real nuisance). Anyways in case you haven’t checked out the official post from Blizz on the topic I invite you do that after you finish reading this, but to make things easier for you I will also embed the updated patch presentation video right here:

WoW Patch 6.0.2 – The Iron Tide Guide

Alright so did you guys have your fill? All cool with the toy box, right? Good! Now you know how to deal with the changes, but if you ask me there are quite a lot of things that might just end up giving us a true headache, but of what I managed to test out so far everything went as smoothly as they said it would. Of course that I’m talking here about the squish issue, which as they said results in seeing smaller numbers on the screen and adjusting the creatures to fit those numbers as well so that we won’t get bashed when going against them … Now do think of it a little – from all the tens of thousands of creatures that they have all around the database they only need a couple of them to have somehow glithced through the squish and keep their stats from Mists and BANG!!! We are screwed up until they will hotfix it with another bloody patch, but still I haven’t found one yet and hopefully I won’t be the “lucky one” to find it if the glitch is out there.

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One other thing that’s really annoying is that they applied the model updates already when not all of them are ready … I mean come on, you can do this in a beta version, but goddamnit don’t do it in the official servers! Where is the blood elf super model lass/lad? Where’s the cowgirl (meaning the tauren female model) and all the other race/gender combiantions that haven’t been updated yet? Well I guess that if we waited a whole summer for the updates we can still wait for a month and then hopefully enjoy all of the new content, including the whole of Draenor and all its secrets.

Yet another important thing that needs to be mentioned in this context is the need for a good guide to provide all the help you need all throughout Draenor from the very beginning till the end. Now you can always get the good old free addons like the quest helper or the auctioneer, but if you feel like truly racing through the new content as it goes live in less than a month then I suggest you check out Zygor’s Guides and place a pre-order for the complete 1-100 leveling guide (or if you are already a member then just update with the 90-100 content for free if you haven’t done so already). And so you know if you place an order by the end of this month you’ll also get the spankin’ new garrison guide for free, which as you may realize will come in a later pack as well, but for a price, so if you can, don’t miss out on the offer! Anyways I will keep you updated as they make changes to their system because so far they seem to be the only complete guide pack provider out there who took the new expansion launch seriously and actually provide a pretty nice helpful insight into how things will go down from here onwards with their services.

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As always during these kind of times when everyone goes nuts about new content and seek a better guide there are plenty of “newcomers” who seek to make an honest buck by selling you some kind of “ultimate guide” which should make a hero out of any zero you may think of (in terms of Warcraft gameplay that is) and if I ever get my eyes on one of those I’ll make sure to let you know how things go with it and avoid or if they happen to be for real (although I honestly doubt that) then why not buy with confidence. Apart from Zygor the addons provided by Dynasty should also be updated to support the newest patch in a very short time if they haven’t already updated them (cause I haven’t checked in with them for a few days now, but I will soon enough). And I guess this would be quite it for now, stay tuned cause I’ll be updating on the go and hopefully when the Iron Horde is finally unleashed on the 13th the next month, we’ll all be ready. Till then take good care and cap as much untainted orc ass as you can!

Blizzard’s Official Blog Post – Patch 6.0.2 is Live

Quite a long time it has been since the last gaming girls post, don’t you think so? After all this time I decided to grab myself, sit down and do a little backtracking to find another set of five gorgeous fictional ladies that we’ve loved (or hated, depending on the case) throughout the Warcraft series. This time on the list it is the turn of the night elves and among them I shall also include two naga characters, because at their origin they too are night elves, you did know that, right? (With the curse of the old god upon them and the sundering and … Bloody lore!) So without making this introduction any longer do please allow me to start with the first character and her story:

Queen Azshara

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Now most of you may be familiar with this lovely lady after you’ve finally got to encounter her in Cataclsym and learn a thing or two about her story, still it begins much earlier in the lore of Warcraft, she is in fact one of the oldest and most influential characters in Azeroth, but she’s one that just simply didn’t really had the chance to say her point of view, so far. Her life, although a very fancy one, did manage to set an example for all the night elves in such a way that they would never again touch magic (that is up until the events of Cataclsym when they again receieve the Highborne among them after 10, 000 years of exile once again) after her meddling with magic draw the attention of Sargares, with whom she is said to have had some kind of a relationship. Azshara in her glory days was basically the ruler of all Kalimdor and you should keep in mind that at the time there were no Eastern Kingdoms, so basically she ruled the entire world (known world at the time that is). As you can imagine such a status might cause someone to take the wrong path in life and even lead her followers to ruin as well and surpise surprise … That’s exactly what she did! But wether we see her as the embodiment of all the night elf splendour (given that one of her many titles was Light of lights) or as the fallen naga sea witch she still is and will forever be a mesmerizing figure within the lore of Azeroth.

Lady Vashj

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We first encounter this lovely serpent lady during the blood elf campaign of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne when she arrives to help the elves in their time of need and thus enlist their help in Illidan’s army with the promise of finding a magical source from which they could all feed their addiction. Although her role is rather small throughout the story, she just simply is there to help and all along the way, she remains loyal up until the end and leads the armies of naga in conquering Outland after Illidan’s defeat at the frozen throne. Eventually she settles down in Zangarmarsh where we, the players, get to face her in the Coilfang raid and rid the world of her wickedness once and for all. But as with all the naga she too has a story of the time before she was a cruel serpentine mistress, during the time she was a fair highborne and story of which we learn more during that terrible underwater zone of Vashj’ir (hence the etymology of her name). With these being said I assume that she too deserved this small introduction and earned her place within the noteworthy lasses of Azeroth.

Tyrande Whisperwind

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Quite frankly I don’t think that she needs any comments for Tyrande is one of those characters that was there since the early days of Warcraft III and although she went through a lot of things in her long immortal life to this day she remains a beacon of hope for her people and an instrument in her goddesses hand. Her story has everything in it from the love triangle between her, Malfurion and Illidan up until the heavy burden of leading the night elves in the absence of the druids through some very pretty harsh times. Ever since the release of mmo version of Warcraft she was the leader of the night elves and alongside Fandral and later Malfurion she guided her people through the events that we have all experienced as players, from the re-opening of the Dark Portal up until the more recent events with the Siege of Orgrimmar where she was present alongside all the other faction leaders while taking her role very seriously! A truly great and commendable character whose long life turned her into a brilliant leader that just simply had to be on my list.

Maiev Shadowsong

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Miss Shadowsong is introduced to us in the expansion to WC3 where we are told that for the past 10,000 years she was Illidan’s jailor, the warden tasked with looking out for him alongside a host of sentinels called the Watchers. Throughout the campaign we follow her hunt for the escaped prisoner up until we actually see Illidan set free by the forces of Vashj and Kael and from this point onward her fate becomes unknown to us. Later in the Burning Crusade we find her allied with the Ashtogue Deathsworn and with a little help from an unsuspecting raiding party she gets her vengance and slays Illidan for good atop the Black Temple, point where her fate becomes uncertain yet again. Her story, as that of every important night elf lady started eons ago and through the many years of her life she has seen much and witnessed a lot thus transforming her from a priestess to warden and finally into a hunter and a rogue who is no longer welcome among her own people due to a small incident she had with the highborne (the ones we mentioned in the beginning as part of Azshara’s crew). Regardless of how we may choose to see her, we need to understand that Maiev stands as a testimony of human life as we know it, ever-changing and being molded by all the events that happen to us, be they good or evil, thus for her complexity and her extensive role in the story so far I believe that she too deserves a spot on the top five night elf ladies of Warcraft.

Shandris Feathermoon

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And finally the last lady that I’ve given a spot on the list is none other than Shandris, the general of the Sentinel army. We see her in the form of a ranger during various missions on Warcraft III, including the last mission of the Reign of Chaos series, however she is never given a hero position, but simply remains as a slighlty stronger archer that could simply die and she would never be heard of again in any mission where she is present. Wether you left her to die or not (I know I didn’t!) we meet again with her in classic World of Warcraft at her stronghold in Ferals where she has a minor role to play in the twisted lore of that time. After Cataclysm however her role became slightly more accentuated and she finally took that title of hers seriously and began leading the army. For all that she has done, I decided to grant her the last spot on this list of night elf ladies from the universe of Warcraft.

And that’s quite about it, I do hope you’ve enjoyed the look at the lives of these lovely ladies as much as I did and do allow me to tell you that there still are few that I have mind before finally closing the chapter and moving on with the girls in games posts for good. Up until next time do feel free to wander throughout the world of mysteries and enjoy whatever it has to offer while keeping in mind that one must constantly wonder at the world around him so as to keep it interesting. Have fun and keep up your game!

Alrighty then boys and girls I do hope you’ve brought popcorn along cause we have quite a big post up ahead of us as I finally managed to find some time and get a closer look at the beta features that are known so far on Warlords of Draenor. Couple these with all the more important official updates from the Blizzard blog and you get a boatload of info that needs to be shared and commented, cause after all that’s why you are here, right? Reading stuff about your favorite video game is supposed to be the main reason for you being on the website … It certainly doesn’t have anything to do with any of the babe posts or the cute pictures with them, am I correct? (Aye, speaking of babes, I should really get back with one of them posts soon enough) Well anyways, hold on to your hats cause we have a lot of stuff to cover and little to no time to make it all as enjoyable as possible (not to even mention that I will do my best to comment as much as I can and make the post be just as interesting as it will be long).

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First things first, the most important updates include off course the events that will close the Mists of Pandaria chapter and will open the way for the Iron Horde to come and bless us with more high level mayhem in Azeroth. From this point of view there are several things that need to be mentioned as they are rather transient and it might be good to do them as soon as you can … if you can. One of the more important things that you should look up is the legendary questline given by Wrathion at the end of which you get your choice of legend cloak . It would be advisable to do it as soon as possible (if it even possible by the time you get to read this), because due to the way in which events will unfold in Warlords of Draenor will render the questline unobtainable anymore after the expansion is live … So if you can, do it! Or you could just simply skip it and be left with a couple of unfinished achievements, nothing too big, because if memory serves after four expansions, even the weaker gear from the next expansion will be better than the amazing legend cloak … Speaking of things that pass, the chaps from Blizz have also thought about adding some short-lived content in the upper blackrock spire during the launch event. Thus if you can do farm that special instance too as part of your “Feats of Strength” cause I am quite sure that there won’t be many chaps with that achievement either by the time everything is over. And finally there is off course the main launch event (the Invasion of the Iron Horde itself) which should also grant some nice rewards to whoever will be online and kicking while it will be set in motion. Make sure you check these out cause they will most certainly be worth your time afterwards!

Off course one of the more visible updates is clearly the change that will be implemented to all the good old playable characters is the visual enchament (well sure it will bump up the system requirements, but I am quite sure that few of you will actually have to upgrade their systems in order to run it properly, so no need to worry), because quite frankly now it would be time to upgrade things a little cause at the core World of Wacraft was running on the same models from 2004 (and o my it certainly worked out pretty well for the past 10 years, no one can argue against that). I talked quite a lot about the character improvements and I shared my opinion on what I like and what I don’t like that much, so I will only say that it certainly takes some geting used to those new models, but after a few hours of questing and a couple of dungeons you really begin to grow fond of your new revamped virtual self, be that an orc or an undead. One other new feature which I personally consider pretty cool, if it will be used properly and won’t change Warcraft into a Farmville 2 Extreme RPG type of a game (as the pet battles Pokemoned the whole “vanity” pet system), then I guess it will be cool, even to a casual gamer like the one I’m struggling to become right now. But quite honestly it’s not all that bad about this garrison system as I am quite confident that once we’ll get used to it things should prove quite interesting, testimony to this are these newly released cinematics that show the progression of the Garrison on both sides. Alongside these cinematics there are also plenty of other in-game cinematics that basically show you how the game is going to end on all fronts, I for one recommend them because they are truly nicely done, but after all it’s your game too so it should be your choice, but my guess is that there still is going to be some time before you’ll see them within the game itself … Now for the Garrisons:

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Horde Garrison Progression – Warlords of Draenor (Cinematic)

Did you see them, commander? Pretty nifty, right? Certainly the game has come a long way and I have to admit that I got all this excited when I found out the expansion months ago, then I got all worked up when I watched these videos, when I took a ride on the beta and so on and so forth, but either way I will be more than happy and overly excited when it will all be done and we shall finally get to play the finished product (with starting bugs’n’all that), for so many reasons! And now while we are speaking of things that are supposed to make us happy, please allow me to tell you that the devs finally gave thought to the tradeskills and mat farmers as well and from version 6.0 onwards every trade items will stack up to 200, that’s an extra zero from what we have now, so just imagine all the bag and guild vault space you’ll save for gear and other useful stuff, no more stacks of useless cloth all over the damn bank! Still in terms of saving space, but this time in a much smaller niche we have the so called toy box addition which will store all of the fun items you acquire during your adventures, in a very similar way in which things were played out during WotLK when the mounts and them vanity (aka non-combat) pets become storable on your character and then in Cataclysm in your account (yes guys, back in Vanilla and Burning Crusade you could have no more than 3 or four mounts because you ran out of space in your bags … heck not to even mention a bloody vanity pet or toys!!!). I mean if you think of just how many toy trains and zeppelins I had to throw away back in the days to clear some damn room in the bank and inventory you really begin to see the handiness of this little gizmo as well.

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Do you guys love maths? I for one hated it dearly throughout my school years and it certainly shows nowadays, that’s why when Blizz came up with the squish concept utilised as in to reduce the numbers we see popping up whenever we do or we take damage in-game, I was more than excited cause things would be so much easy to calculate, now yeah sure the changes won’t be that big, merely cutting one or two zeros while preserving the same power ratio, but still … And no I’ll try to make this as clear as possible too, this is NOT nerfing, as the mobs and npc get their healths and damage adjusted accordingly as well, it’s simply a change in scales. On the same note we’ll also get a nice change to stats on all the items in order to balance things and make every item as versatile and as useful as possible, there’s really quite a lot of technical stuff in here that a casual gamer just wouldn’t give a damn about, but if you’re into it then I suggest you check the official page for more in-depth info on how will the stats get adjusted in Warlords. Another change that reflects in stats is off course the attempt to bring PvP to the same level with PvE as in many cases, an awful lot of players are damn fine at fighting monsters, but totally suck at taking care of other players. So the devs thought that everything would be better if they somehow balanced the whole game in order to fill in the gap, so to say, by doubling the player health (as if it weren’t too damn big already). If you ask me, being good at PvP has its fare share of gear requirement, but after all it comes down to how well can you play your class and how good is your class at PvPing around, but let’s give them a little trust and maybe they will actually manage to balance things, at least partially. Finally one other thing that involves heavy fighting and which you should try to take care of before the season ends is the Brawler’s Guild, as once the expansion launches in November, its content will be temporary unavailble up until you reach level 100, the new max level, so scoop it out while you still can, cause who knows when and if you’ll actually make it to 100, right?

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Finally a couple of other changes that I thought would be worthy of commenting are the improvements we’ll see to racial traits which would basially create a balance that so far has lacked when choosing the race you’ll play. The most notable example is clearly that of the trolls who most people disliked for their unothodox look and jokes, but they still played because of their awesome berserking ability. Some other important changes that fit in this field are the modifications to movement speed, which should also prove to be a nice tweak as in-game speed always had a crucial role in getting that sweet victory. Still in terms of movement in Warlords of Draenor we’ll also see a huge vanquishment of the crowd control abilities like ensares, disarms and other similar stuff. I am not sure exactly how the gameplay will change without these extra features, but it should most certainly be more free than it was before, from at least a couple points of view, but we’ll put this to the test in the arena as soon as we’ll be able. Off course there still are a lot of changes and tweaks I didn’t mention, but if you are interested and haven’t gotten around to read the official blog post, I’ll put a link bellow to the source article as well. A couple other rather recent noteworthy facts (as in they were published something like a few hours ago) include the “undelete” option (quite a messed up idea, really, but who am I to judge, right?) and the background downloader that just so happened to be graced with the new 6.0.2 content a couple days ago, so that we can all download in advance and enjoy the new content as soon as it is out and kicking.

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Now before I finish, just allow me to tackle the problem of guides as well very quick because these too have their part to play as most of them guides that I’ working with have already announced changes and improvements alongside the ordinary upgrade to support version 6.0 when it will finally be upgraded. The most notable example of excellent preparation is obviously Zygor as he has already created a pre-order section for the Warlords of Draenor leveling guide. As any pre-order this too comes with a bonus in that you’ll receive the complete garrison guide for free as well along the leveling & loremaster in-game guide as soon as the expansion is out, you know, so you won’t have to wait and jump right into the action on Draenor with the full support of the best guide out there (maybe I was a little subjective in here, but still). Anyways, I will talk more about the specifics of each guide and the download details at some later time, when the expansion will be nigher. The second fellas who announced that will upgrade as well to Warlords the support for all of their guides are the devs from Dynasty whose Tycoon Gold Addon will most certainly come in handy with the new items and the prices that will certainly blow up once the expansion is launched. Off course they should work on their others addons as well, however for now they only focused on this one and it is possible that the support will only be available for the gold guide at first before they update the other three addons as well, but we’ll see all about that when the time is right. And finally I would also refer you to check out Dugi as well because he too seems to be getting ready for the launch with plenty of posts and forum updates on the beta and with a couple of useful tricks in some fields that the other chaps aren’t covering as far as I know. So do check out either of these guides for they are sure to update and deliver top notch quality for when the expansion will be live, alternatively you can always search for the free online guides as well and follow on those as well, however playing the awesome Warlords of Draenor in windowed mode just doesn’t seem like the right thing to do in the given context of awesome visual and core updates done to the game, but it’s all up to you.  This was it for me, I do hope you’ve enjoyed reading through as much I have enjoyed writing this and I hope to see you all in-game during the launch event and all throughout Draenor kicking some orcish warlord arse!

Source – 6.0.2 PTR Notes