Topics of the Week #10

We take a break from our regularly scheduled 4.01 Kitty Play talk to discuss some of the other things happening around the game. Hope everyone is enjoying the new and improved kitty play 🙂

Feral Buffs

As announced last week, Feral got some much needed love to rebalance back to a competitive level. Just goes to show, patience is a virtue kitty fans.

Here are the hotfixes to the live servers.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Source)

  • Maim now deals 155% weapon damage, up from 100%.
  • Rip base bleed damage has been increased by 50%.
  • Shred now deals 350% damage, up from 225%. Additional damage increased by 55%.
  • Swipe now deals 335% weapon damage, up from 215%.
  • Ravage now causes 850% damage, up from 550%. Additional damage increased by 55%
  • Claw now causes 155% damage, up from 100%. Additional damage increased by 55%.
  • Ferocious Bite base additional damage increased by 55%.
  • Rake bleed damage has been increased by 55%.
  • Fury Swipes now deals 310% weapon damage, up from 200%.

Even cooler is the fact that kitties got even more love on the Beta!

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Source)

  • Rip now scales from 18/37/55/74/92% of Attack Power depending on combo points, up from 8/16/24/32/40%.
  • Ferocious Bite now scales from 10.9/21.8/32.7/43.6/54.5% of Attack Power depending on combo points, up from 7/14/21/28/35%.
  • Rake now causes scales from 2% of Attack Power for bleed damage, up from 1%. Now scales from 42% of AP for additional bleed damage over 9 sec, up from 18% of AP.
  • Mangle additional damage has been increased from 726 to 1136.
  • Vengeance – Entering Cat Form will cancel this effect.

Arena Season 8 Complete

3 months ago I ventured into an aspect of the game that I have generally avoided. Since then and 370 achievement points later, I’ve finished the season with a Duelist title and with Arena Master complete. Do I have aspirations of reaching Gladiator rank? Not really, nor do I have the skill to do so probably. Will I continue PVP’ing? Most definitely, looking forward to Season 9 and maybe just maybe as feral pvp!

Mimi Heads, Invincible & More removed in 4.03

In case you missed it, many rare mounts are being removed completely or having their drop rates changed to essentially make them gone. So the speculation is gone and Blizzard has given advance notice on the removal dates, be forwarned. If you haven’t been farming now is the time to start. While Mimiron Head’s and Invincible are still in the game they really are not farmable anymore at a 1% (or less) drop rate. We are currently at 12 Mimiron Head’s as a guild and with Cata only 7 weeks away, I assume 4.03 will drop before that. So, it looks like we’ll be getting to 17-19 heads which isn’t bad. Looking forward to our army of mimi head’s in IF in Dec.

Personally with the announcement of TOGC mounts being removed I think it’s time to pay TOGC25 a visit again.

Originally Posted by Lylirra (Source)
As stated in the Under Dev page (, patch 4.0.3 brings about The Shattering, a cataclysmic event that will forever change the face of Azeroth. As we prepare to raise the level cap and introduce two new races with the Cataclysm expansion, it’s important to keep in mind that the game world is going through tremendous changes that will affect the availability of certain rare mounts and items.

Swift Zulian Tiger
Zul’Gurub is changing from a raid to a leveling zone in 4.0.3, and this mount will no longer be obtainable.

Swift Razzashi Raptor
This mount will also no longer be obtainable after the change to Zul’Gurub.

Razzashi Hatchling
With the change to Zul’Gurub this non-combat pet will no longer be obtainable.

Tome of Polymorph: Turtle Mage
This tome will continue to be available through other means.

Crusader’s White/Black Warhorse and Swift Alliance Steed/Swift Horde Wolf
As the attempt-based tribute system is being removed from Heroic Trial of the Crusader, the Argent Crusade Tribute Chest will no longer spawn, and these mounts will no longer be obtainable

Reins of the Blue Drake
This mount will once again be available from defeating 10-player Malygos without needing to use the Dungeon Finder. The Reins of the Azure Drake will only be available on 25-player Malygos.

Mimiron’s Head
This mount will change to be a very low drop chance when defeating 25-player Yogg’Saron with no Keepers assisting you

This mount will change to be a very low drop chance when defeating Heroic 25-player Lich King

Although we have no current plans to introduce new ways to obtain the Zul’Gurub mounts, pets, and the tribute mounts, they may return should we find a place where they fit in the future.

Many Whelps! Handle It!

For those achievement nerds out there in case you did not know, with the recent graphics changes this is actually possible to achieve again. We as a guild seem to have unstable connections/crappy computers and whenever we tried this (on several occasions) we were unable to field a raid group that was able to stay online. We had essentially given up on this but we went back again last night to give it a try and nobody DC’ed. Huzzah! Too bad we didnt pull enough whelps during the liftoff so we’ll be going back to try again next week.

So in case you’re in the same boat I am, now’s the time to go and give it a shot!

Veteran of the Shifting Sands

For those of you who played back in Vanilla, you’ll recall the Scepter questline to open the Ahn’Qiraj gates. It was a pretty interesting idea that forced both factions to work together to complete the material resource farming to open the gates as fast as possible. At the end of the day, one person was given the honor of banging the gong which open the gates and provided two unique rewards in the title Scarab Lord as well as the only bug mount usable outside of AQ  in the Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal

Other folks who were rushing the scepter for their respective guilds generally got screwed out of title/mount and were not happy campers. Since then a lot of people have picked up the questline and completed it for fun including yours truly. There was a period when people could transfer to the server and bang the gong to get the title/mounts but that window of oppourtunity has closed. Since then there has been a lot of petitioning on the Achievement Forums to give some sort of reward to those who spent the time to complete the questline. If you’re curious to know how much petitioning, you can look at the four thread capped threads here.

One Word: Win!

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Feats of Strength

  • Veteran of the Shifting Sands – Completed the gates of Ahn’Qiraj quest chain up to and including Treasure of the Timeless One (even if someone else ended up with the mount).

Gold Cap

Apparently the gold cap has been changed to 1,000,000g. Looks like I won’t be hitting that one (ever).


3 Responses to “Topics of the Week #10”

  1. 1 Goodmongo October 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Wow ravage is at 850% damage. I think that pretty much seals what our opening should be. Always charge in to get stampede. And if we are seperated we should use charge whenever possible it seems.

  2. 2 Arandin October 21, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Man i’m getting excited for feral pvp!! I’ve been a true feral pvper since they start of wotlk, and it did take quite a bit of talent and feel for the spec to really succeed. I just hope that our damage can hang with all the HUGE stamina buffs. I’m sure with the huge stam buff on cata gear, there will be huge damage stat buffs, but it still worries me juuust a little bit :P. As for the ZG mounts, i’m glad i can say that i have both of them on both my 80s, but as much as i farm zg i can still not get that little ravasuar >_>. I guess i should just be happy with the 4 mount drops i’ve got. Also, I looked at that blue post source for the mount, I can’t believe they aren’t taking out the achievement drakes/10/25 OS drakes. Pretty crazy, considering some people were paying upwords of 50k gold for top guilds to carry them through the achieves. Guess that’s what they get for being lazy and not legitly getting the mounts ^_^.

    • 3 Vallen October 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      Agree with the meta mounts. I’m pretty pissed they removed the plagued/black mounts so fast and have left the uld/icc ones in for so long. Immortal was such a cockblock back then. Wish they would bring that back

      I need to go back to ZG to farm the ravasaur but I dont know if I have the willpower to actually go and do it. 😦

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