Pre-Purchase Dragonflight Today!

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight

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Pre-Purchase Dragonflight Today:

For those patiently waiting for updates, World of Warcraft: Dragonflight will release on or before December 31st, 2022! This news also means that pre-purchase is now available!

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Add-on: Point Blank Sniper

Add-on: Point Blank Sniper

Point Blank Sniper:

Welcome to today’s blog post. Today I’ll discuss the benefits of a new Add-on by plusmouse called Point Blank Sniper. This Add-on was brought to my attention by Vahdis on Twitter. It’s a very lightweight Add-on, requiring some additional Add-ons to work.

The premise is that by importing Shopping Lists into the Shopping tab, we can use Point Blank Sniper to snipe Auctions within that Shopping List that other players may post incorrectly.

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Fantasy Premier League (FPL)

Fantasy Premier League Logo

The Final Day:

So the season has finally come to an end, after an exhilarating 38 matchdays. I was disappointed with Liverpool; had they gone ahead earlier against Wolves, they’d have put a lot of pressure on City. However, City overturning a two-goal deficit to a decent Villa side, winning 3-2 to win the league, screamed nightmares of 2012.

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CurseForge Standalone Client

CurseForge Logo

Overwolf’s Acquisition of CurseForge (Twitch) in 2020:

Back in 2020, Overwolf completed the acquisition of CurseForge, an add-on management tool within Amazon’s gaming platform, Twitch. The news had dismayed many of the player base, aware of Overwolf’s history of malware, bloatware, and intrusive ads.

However, Overwolf planned to depreciate the Twitch API, preventing third-party add-on management apps from accessing the API!


The Depreciation of the Twitch API:

Over the last couple of days, Overwolf has completed the depreciation of the original Twitch API. These changes will impact third-party add-on managers (i.e. WoWUp).

As you’re likely aware, I moved to WoWUp myself, following Overwolf’s purchase for reasons I’ve explained above.


Third-party Add-on Managers unable to use CurseForge API:

But if you’ve visited any third-party add-on manager in the last couple of days, you’d have been greeted by a warning message informing you of the restrictions with a statement like this image below.

WoWUp Changes

With CurseForge’s new restrictions, you’ll have to find any updates to your add-ons via alternative means. If you wish to stay with your third-party add-on manager, rescan your library to find any available updates.


CurseForge Standalone Client (Alpha):

However, if you’re in the same position as me and were put off by Overwolf, let me reassure you that they have introduced a standalone CurseForge Client!

Click the link: CurseForge Standalone Client for a direct link to download the application. Overwolf was kind enough to make the download page misleading, as Wowhead mentioned yesterday!

The transition is effortless, and the app automatically finds your World of Warcraft folder. It’s just a case of updating your add-ons and logging in to the game!


Before Installing:

The installation will crash if you have WoWUp or any other third-party add-on management app running when trying to install CurseForge! I recommend closing and uninstalling any third-party add-on management apps before starting.


CurseForge Client Alpha:

The standalone client is currently at the Alpha stage, so there will be a lot of developments over the next couple of months, and the standalone client, only has mods for World of Warcraft, but this will improve.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the Standalone CurseForge Client, you’ll notice it’s very similar to WoWUp. There’s a small box to the bottom right for ads, and to be fair, this isn’t very intrusive. Remember, this gives 70% ad revenue to the authors of the mods.


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World of Warcraft: Dragonflight

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight

Disclaimer:

Please be warned that there will be spoilers within this post. Please stop reading now if you don’t want any further spoilers.

If you missed the world premiere of the new World of Warcraft expansion reveal, I’ve added it below!


World of Warcraft: Dragonflight Cinematic:


World of Warcraft: Dragonflight

Today (19th April 2022), we finally found out (after many leaks) that the new expansion is (Drum roll) World of Warcraft: Dragonflight.

So as Ion Hazzikostas hinted and joked, “no one saw it coming!” obviously, remarking on the accurate leaks released by Wowhead proving that their digging has again been very fruitful.

Although no release date has been confirmed, I’d imagine it could be early to middle 2023 release – maybe Wowhead may find some leaks for that in due course!

Many new features and improvements are coming to 10.0, including.

  • Dragon Isles – The new continent
  • Two new Dungeons
  • Dracthyr – New Hero race
  • Dracthyr Starting zone
  • Dragonriding
  • Talent System revamp (Talent tree)
  • Profession revamp
  • UI Improvements

Sadly, no mention of player housing, Raids, or when Alpha testing will be available.


Dragon Isles – The new Continent

Upon the release of the new expansion, players will travel from their major city, Stormwind or Orgrimmar, by boat to the new continent, the Dragon Isles. Within the Dragon Isles are five zones (according to wowpedia).

There are Four zones for all players and one starting zone for new Dracthyr players.

  • The Waking Shores
  • Ohn’ahran Plains
  • The Azure Span
  • Thaldraszus
  • Forbidden Reach (New Starting Zone?)

The capital city is called Valdrakon. As mentioned in the reveal, it will have its own Auction House, profession tables, etc.


New Dungeons:

According to Wowpedia, there will be two new dungeons. Neltharus and The Life Pools.


Dracthyr (Evoker):

There will be a new hero race called, Dracthyr, which belongs to the new Evoker class. This class is a hybrid, where you can opt for ranged DPS (Devastation) or a Healer (Preservation). The Evoker class is ONLY available to Dracthyr!

This hero class will start at level 58, like hero classes before it (i.e. Death Knights and Demon Hunters).

The Dracthyr are mail wearers, so expect more competition when acquiring gear within Dungeons and Raids.

Their abilities are based upon Dragons, so expect a lot of dragon-themed spells. Their  Humanoid Draconic form is fully customizable too!

For more details and news on Dracthyr Visage customizations, go to 54:44 in the reveal video.


Dracthyr Starting Zone:

There’s not much confirmation online at this early stage, but with the process of elimination, I think it’s fair to suggest the new starting zone for Dracthyr players will be Forbidden Reach!

This zone will give new players to the Dracthyr class the opportunity to hone their abilities and skills before being released into the rest of the continent/World.

Dracthyr starts at level 58, so expect this new zone to last two levels (up to 60).


Dragonriding:

Dragonriding is a new unique form of flying in Dragonflight; the developers were keen to express that this isn’t like normal flying that players already experience in World of Warcraft

Players will hone their skills and experience new features while Dragonriding, including a new movement system emphasizing the feel of momentum and gravity as you soar through the skies.

The more practice you put in, the better you become!

For more details regarding Dragonriding, skip to 58:05 in the reveal video.


Talent System Revamp:

Talent Tree in 10.0

No doubt good news to a lot of the old guard of World of Warcraft players, the announcement of the return of Talent Trees. I remember talent trees when I started playing World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

The new system will give us the freedom to pick our paths, especially when min-maxing our character. This news will also be good for Simulation websites and theorists who like to get the most out of their class/specs.

The best thing about the new Talent Tree system is the loadout, which you can see on the bottom left-hand side of the image above. Here you can save different loadouts for specific content. This is great for players that play a lot of different content within the game!

For more information regarding the new Talent Tree system, skip to 1:03:19 in the reveal video for more information.


Profession Revamp:

Crafting Orders is a new system coming to Professions

Players without a specific recipe, skill, or profession can create a Crafting Order to have someone craft something for you that you cannot do yourself.

According to the reveal, we’ll be able to offer all or part of the materials needed to craft the item we require, and the crafter will make up the difference.

The UI is similar to the standard Auction House UI, and crafters can pick and choose these and complete the crafting order. There is commission, so there’s value to the crafter. But, more importantly, this can also help you level your profession!

The most important part is the quality of the crafts; this is based on your Crafting Specialization. Joanna and Eric used Blacksmithing as an example, stating that someone that had more points in the Armoursmith Specialization would craft better armor, and so on.

This addition will give value to friends and guildmates, especially if you have players covering all specializations in all professions!

For further details regarding the Profession revamp, skip to 1:06:09 in the reveal video!


UI Revamp:

Given how far World of Warcraft and players’ computer equipment have evolved over the years, the developers felt it was the best time to improve the game’s HUD and UI.

A lot of the clutter from the screen has been removed, taking away any distractions that may occur. After all, screen space in gaming is a valuable commodity. Any changes the player makes to their UI can be saved and changed depending on Spec, etc.

I wonder how many of these UI/HUD changes were ideas from the likes of TUKUI/ELVUI?! 

For more details regarding HUD/UI improvements, skip to 1:00:23 in the reveal video.


World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Classic) Cinematic:

That’s right, folks! We also got confirmation of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Classic). If you didn’t see the cinematic trailer for it, I’ve added it below. 

Let the hype begin return!


My Thoughts:

It’s too soon to get carried away. There are a lot of new additions to the game, but I’m despondent (as a lot of the viewers that watched the reveal live) that there wasn’t player housing coming.

In the run-up to Dragonflight, the community detailed the need for player housing, and I honestly believed they may have gone for it. However, if their decision was based on the issues revolving around Warlords of Draenor and the Garrisons, then I’m not surprised they were put off.

But with so many other multiplayer games having player housing, I’m surprised it didn’t come.

The new Hero race/class looks good, and I like the new Crafting Order system coming to Professions. I’ve always been skeptical about parting with gold and materials when needing someone to craft something; this new system will prevent the possibility of any fraudulent activities.

I’ll save my critique for when Alpha or BETA becomes available to play.

What do you think of the reveal and the new expansion World of Warcraft: Dragonflight? Leave your comments below.


Further Information:

If you’d like further news not covered here or within the reveal video, I recommend checking out Wowhead. They will have a lot of information from data mining World of Warcrafts data files.

They will also release important updates on Alpha access and any potential release dates for the new expansion and the new World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Classic).


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Any feedback is greatly received; please use the comment section below. If you need to contact me, use the contact me method. If you found this post helpful and believe it could be of use to someone else, please consider liking and sharing.

 

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Mage Tower & Legion Timewalking

Legion Timewalking Event & Mage Tower Changes...

The Return of the Legion Timewalking Event:

Some of you may not be aware, but on the 12th of April for U.S players (the 13th of April for E.U players), we’ll see the long-awaited return of the World Event: Legion Timewalking. This event was an extremely profitable market last time due to the re-emergence/release of the Mage Tower.

When the event opened for the first time, I managed to earn 10 million gold over the first seven days. Sadly, if you’ve frequently been monitoring Wowhead (or alternative websites), you’ll be aware that the Mage Tower has a significant change at the end of this month.


Mage Tower Changes:

The Mage Tower will no longer need the World Event: Legion Timewalking; instead, it will be permanently open, starting from the next reset on the 29th of March for U.S players (the 30th of March for E.U players).

Previously, players had a couple of weeks to obtain their gear and complete the Mage Tower challenges before it closed. Due to the time restraint, players were paying outrageous prices for crafted equipment and consumables to quickly obtain the achievements.

With the new changes and the Mage Tower open permanently, players can now casually obtain their gear and consumables at their own pace, ultimately affecting gold-makers in the long run.

Confirmation of Mage Tower changes via Wowhead.


The Effect on Gold-Makers:

With no time limit, players can obtain the best gear for their class/character instead of rushing and purchasing crafted items. Consumables should still be profitable, and maybe BiS crafted gear, but most of the PvP gear may not be profitable any longer.

I’m merely guessing at this point, but if I had the choice of farming the best gear or paying thousands of gold for easily obtainable gear, I’d instead farm the best gear, knowing I have all the time in the world to complete the Mage Tower challenges.

However, players who have time restraints due to priorities outside of the game may still opt to purchase the gear.


Suspended/Banned Players:

It’s also worth reminding you that Blizzard recently suspended/banned players that were found guilty of having their accounts piloted through the Mage Tower.

I remind you, in case you may feel that interest in the Mage Tower may not be as high as last time, but I beg to differ. There were a lot of players affected by this that will no doubt be looking to obtain their Mage Tower achievements again – legally.


Timewalking Spreadsheet:

If you’d like a detailed spreadsheet outlining the best gear for each class for the Timewalking Event (including the Mage Tower), check out this spreadsheet. This spreadsheet also details a lot of crafted consumables and equipment that may interest you.

Timewalking Spreadsheet


Farming:

The best gems are via Dragon Soul. These gems were selling for between 5-10 thousand gold each. These gems are difficult to acquire as you purchase them from motes obtained from killing bosses, and due to the drop rate, these gems are limited; hence the high valuations.

If you’ve not been farming up to this point, you should make an effort to do so now in preparation.

For information regarding this, check out my blog post here.


Adapting is the Key:

As the Mage Tower changes are only a couple of days old, it’s too soon to assess the knock-on effect on gold-makers compared to the first time the Mage Tower opened. When significant changes occur, I always remind my readers to adapt quickly to stay ahead of their competition.

If crafts are not selling, consider reducing your valuation or removing it from your posting routines. Alternatively, if they’re selling well, try increasing your valuation and profiting from the changes as early as possible.

Some gold-makers may not have realized the new changes, and we can profit from this. Don’t forget, the last time the Mage Tower was open, it accompanied the World Event: Legion Timewalking, which may have positively affected sales too.

Adapting is the key!


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Any feedback is greatly received; please use the comment section below. If you need to contact me, use the contact me method. If you found this post helpful and believe it could be of use to someone else, please consider liking and sharing.

 

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The Ukraine Crisis

I Stand With Ukraine!

The Ukraine Crisis:

It’s not often that I post something like this within my blog, but given the current conflict within Ukraine, it’s hard not to. Today, there are suggestions that the invasion could last months, if not for many years to come.

This conflict will undoubtedly come at an expense to many innocent civilians, and it’s heartbreaking to see so many people affected. The heroic men and women standing up for their country are nothing short of something I’ve seen from a Marvel movie – they’re all superheroes in their own right! 

The country’s president, Zelenskyy, also turned down the opportunity to escape the war, instead opting to stay and defend his country! That is the sort of leader you want, someone leading by example.

The sheer fact Russia has blocked Facebook and Twitter and has also created a new law, that prevents reporters from reporting news other than the Russian narrative tells you that they don’t want the Russian population knowing the true story!

Lastly, I despise the actions of Putin and anyone else that agrees with this invasion. Putin knows that the West cannot and will not get involved directly, knowing the outcome would result in World War 3 and no doubt a Nuclear War (which I believe he wants).

It’s a sad state of affairs that the actions and decisions of one man individual, can have a detrimental effect on everyone else. I also find it difficult to understand how you can dispute you’re guarding a Nuclear Power Plant, yet you’ve spent an evening bombarding it!


Bald and Bankrupt:

As you’ll know, I’m an avid viewer of the vlogger Bald and Bankrupt over on YouTube. The day before the news broke that Russia would be invading Ukraine, Bald was actually in Poland and ventured across the border to Ukraine.

About 7 minutes 26 seconds into the video, Bald arrives at Lviv (Eastern Ukraine). It’s hard to imagine that so many people were still going about their usual day-to-day activities, thinking nothing would happen; this is probably why so many civilians have been caught up within the conflict.

Approximately 15 minutes into the video, Bald makes his way to the small town on the Ukraine-Russian border.


The next video was filmed on the 25th of February; with the news that the invasion was well underway and Bald situated in Kyiv, he decided to leave and join the many refugees fleeing Ukraine. His destination, Hungary!


Ukraine Crisis – How to Donate:

If you haven’t done so yet, and want to follow me in donating to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis, please check out these helpful links below. I opted for Save the Children, but any one of them will have an impact on helping those in need within the Ukraine Crisis!

There are many other relief agencies you can donate to, but please be diligent when searching for one as people will take advantage of this crisis for ill-gotten gains.