Topics of the Week #11

300,000 Hits

Feral Aggression just ticked over 300,000 hits! As always, thanks to all of you who appreciate what I have to say and special thanks to all those folks out there who provide input (whether you agree or disagree) in the comments section.

Insane in the Membrane Update

As previously posted yesterday, the Insane in the Membrane FOS has been updated so that Shen’dralar is no longer required. This undoubtedly has caused a lot of rejoicing by some and a lot of negative blacklash from others. As I said yesterday, its best to leave big time consuming, huge commitment FOS type activities alone so that the proverbial shit does not hit the fan. Hope that there were some serious lessons learned from this experience so it doesn’t happen again in the future.

Troll Flight Form

One Word: Baller.

Instant race changes in Cataclysm

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)
With two new playable races just on the horizon, many players have been asking when they’ll be able to convert their existing characters into goblins or worgen. Paid faction and race changes will be available immediately once Cataclysm is released. Realm First achievements for leveling any class to 85 will be available in Cataclysm. However there will be no Realm First achievements associated with leveling characters of a specific race. There will be a slight change to the way paid services work for goblins and worgen. Goblin and worgen characters wishing to change race or faction cannot be in Lost Isles or Gilneas; they must be elsewhere to initiate the process. There are no restrictions on race/faction change to goblin or worgen.
Extremely interesting that they are allowing race changes that quickly. I’m giving this some serious thought to race change (most likely after the grind to 85). Its been 6 years as a Night Elf, so a change would be nice.

Boomkin, Mini Rag Pets

It’s so fluffy I’m going to die!

Remember that a portion of the moonkin pet profits will be going to charity so keep that in mind if you’re planning to buy only one of these pets.

Updated Rez Combat Design

Originally Posted by Zarhym (Source)

The design for combat resurrection effects has changed a good deal for Cataclysm, and we want to make sure players are clear on how spells like Rebirth and Create Soulstone now function. Rebirth has a 10-minute cooldown and Create Soulstone has a 15-minute cooldown. On raid boss encounters, you can only use one of these combat resurrection spells (so one Rebirth or one Soulstone) per attempt for 10-player raids. For 25-player raids you can use three forms of combat resurrection per raid boss attempt (so three of any combination of Rebirth and Soulstone). The count is incremented as soon as a player accepts a resurrection, so one can always choose not to accept if he or she wants someone else to get the resurrection instead. There is no equivalent of the Sated debuff (which tracks Bloodlust/Heroism usage), but you will get an error message if you try to resurrect too many players, and we might add tracking to our raid interface if there is demand for it. Outside of raid content, you can use as many battle resurrections as you have available.

For those of you currently participating in the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta test, please note that this functionality may not be fully implemented as of yet. If you notice combat resurrections are not currently functioning as explained here, this is just a heads-up about the updated design intent behind them.

Interesting design decision change by Blizzard. Personally I don’t think this is a huge change as most guilds dont run with too many druids in the first place. For example, in my 10 man for WOTLK we only had 1 druid so that meant 1 rez anyways. However in 25 mans we did have 5-7 druids depending on the night which did result in a bunch of rez chains. So in that sense I guess this will have some effect, but then again, if people don’t screw up and die then that makes a Battle Rez irrelevant.

Deathy Blizzcon 2010

If you purchased the DirectTV stream package, you should have received your Deathy pets today.

Red Shirt Guy

If you were able to attend Blizzcon this year or watched the stream, you undoubtedly heard about “Red Shirt Guy”

For those who are not aware, this guy asked a question during the Lore Q&A session with Alex Afrasiabi & Chris Metzen. The question was more of a statement pointing out that their lore was incorrect as one of the Wildhammer characters was not in game which was incorrect based on what was said in the WoW books. Naturally, both Alex/Chris were stumped which made this guy an instant celebrity at Blizzcon. Blizzard not only fixed their error but also honored “Red Shirt Guy” by creating an NPC beside Falstad Wildhammer called Wildhammer Fact Checker.

You really gotta tip your cap to Blizzard, not only are they able to admit they are wrong, but they reward and honor people who play their game. Good on you Blizz!

Here is the original video:


8 Responses to “Topics of the Week #11”

  1. 1 Galilahi November 11, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I agree 100% on the troll flight form and it makes me even happier with my plan to go troll asap. I’ve never been much of a fan of taurens anyway – the main reason I held off so long making a Horde druid was because I didn’t want to be Tauren.

  2. 2 Sopa November 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    You guys really like it?
    I find it super ugly, like all their forms actually. >.<
    Night elf still looks the best to me, if only we could have night elves models from WC3, i wanna be a fatty druid of the claw 😛

    Also since i touch that, how you guys like Malfurion model in Cata? i hate it, he was fat! plus he looks super short

  3. 3 Vallen November 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I kinda do to be honest!

    NE Flight form is so tiny compared to the Troll flight form. I’m hoping the worgen one looks just as badass lol

    Do you have a link to the Malfurion model? I dont think i’ve seen it yet.

    • 4 Galilahi November 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      There’s a video of the worgen flight form here –

      • 5 Vallen November 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm

        Goes to show how up to date I am on Cata stuff.

        Blah @ Worgen FF, same old crap.

        I guess its compensated by Running Wild? That is kind of worth it 🙂

    • 6 Jey November 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      Here is the link to the malfurion model:

      Gotta say that i agree with Sopa though. The malfurion model is so totally different from the malfurion that i know from growing up playing warcraft RTS games and it just doesnt seem right to me.I did a blog post with my full thoughts on it but yeah def not a fan of the model.

      Also i think that the troll druid models all look bad. They just dont look druidic and animalistic. They look like jokes, except for the bat, which again is not very druidic. It seems, to me, like they tried to branch out and make them more unique and ended up with something that doesnt fit the class, but that is just my opinion.

      • 7 Sundar November 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm

        An interesting point had been brought up by some posters on the forums in light of the troll flight form, which I agree with. The tauren and worgen take after night elven druidism so it might make sense for the three races to have similar flight forms. Trolls follow their Loa and I see troll druids more aking to troll primals. Not the same for gameplay reasons, but I can see the connections.

        I do agree with others in that the troll forms are not very appealing (to me anyway). The bat is a great idea, but honestly I think they could have done a better job on the polish on it. While a seeming recycle, the worgen flight form looks cleaner.

      • 8 Jey November 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

        Thats a good point about the Loa but i still think that it is uggers

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