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Season 4 Start Date Announced

June 21, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

If this season seemed like it’s been going on for an eternity, well that’s because it has. But at long last Blizzard has finally given us the 2 week warning.

We’re currently planning to end the third Arena season and begin Arena Season 4 on June 24, 2008. This exciting Arena season will introduce the Brutal Gladiator set, and will also allow players to purchase Arena Season 2 items using the honor system. Please note that we will be resetting all Arena team and personal ratings. Players will still retain their Arena points and teams with this reset. The team and personal rating will simply be reset to the default 1500, allowing all teams to once again compete for top honors with a fresh start.

Also, with the end of the third season, players on the top teams from each battlegroup will receive their end-of-season rewards. These include Arena-specific titles that they can display proudly until the end of the new season, and, for the best of the best, an Armored Nether Drake. Please also be aware that with the end of the current season, all previous end-of-season titles will be removed.

In addition, in case you missed out on any of the changes headed our way for season 4 I’ve got them all listed below.

Season 4 Arena Weapons
Season 4 Arena Armor
Season 4 Honor Items

Also, don’t forget that rating requirements are being implemented on all of these pieces.

]Season 4 Arena Item’s with rating requirements:
Shoulders: 2200
Weapon: 2050
Head: 1700
Chest: 1600
Legs: 1550
Gloves: none
Off-hand: none

Season 4 Honor Items with rating requirements:
Boots: 1700
Ring: 1650
Bracers: 1575
Belt: none
Necklace: none
Trinket: none

Season 3 Arena Items with rating requirements: (keep in mind these values don’t go in effect until S4 begins)
Shoulders: 1950
Weapon: 1800

Season 4 / Patch 2.4.2 Information (Compiled)

June 21, 2008 by · 4 Comments 

season 4 informationWith patch 2.4.2 well on its way we’ve finally started to see some real substance start to come off the PTR. Earlier today a load of new arena and honor items hit the test server, which leads me to believe it might be a little sooner than we all though. Stay tuned for continual updates.

New Items
Season 4 Arena Weapons
Season 4 Arena Armor
Season 4 Honor Items
Note: All arena point prices will remain the same

Patch Information
Season 4 Rating Requirements for arena and honor armor

Additional Information
Season 4 Start Date?
Currently, Blizzard has not released any start date for the season. All they have said is “we’ll give you a 2 week notice”. My personal estimation would be early to mid June.

What happens to old items and prices?
What season 4 begins the following happens:

Season 1 honor set: Removed

Season 2 arena set: Moved to honor, no rating requirement

Season 3 non-set honor items: Staying
Season 3 arena set: Arena rating and cost requirements lowered

Season 4 non-set honor items: Added with rating requirement
Season 4 arena set: Added to Arena with increased rating requirement

Why are these new rating requirements in place?
Official Blue response…

The non-set items are there to fill out the arena sets, they’re essentially placed there specifically so that arena players have a reason to participate in other aspects of the game. We want to see their faces around, we don’t want them just standing on top of the battlemasters all day.

So, with them being arena items intended to fill out the current top-end arena set, and our increase to rating requirements all around, it’s actually very logical.

Season 4 Arena Weapons

June 21, 2008 by · 4 Comments 

Below is a list of all the new weapon items that will be available when season 4 begins. However, you should note that though these items will be included in patch 2.4.2, season 4 will not begin until sometime after the patch has been released.

Looking for more season 4 items?
Season 4 Honor Items
Season 4 Arena Armor

Weapons, Shields, Librams, Etc.
Ranged Weapons
Brutal Gladiator’s Longbow
Brutal Gladiator’s Heavy Crossbow
Brutal Gladiator’s Rifle
Brutal Gladiator’s War Edge
Brutal Gladiator’s Baton of Light
Brutal Gladiator’s Piercing Touch
Brutal Gladiator’s Touch of Defeat

One-handed Weapons
Brutal Gladiator’s blade of Alacrity New!
Brutal Gladiator’s Mutilator
Brutal Gladiator’s Shanker
Brutal Gladiator’s Shiv
Brutal Gladiator’s Spellblade
Brutal Gladiator’s Left Render
Brutal Gladiator’s Left Ripper
Brutal Gladiator’s Right Ripper
Brutal Gladiator’s Chopper
Brutal Gladiator’s Cleaver
Brutal Gladiator’s Hacker
Brutal Gladiator’s Waraxe
Brutal Gladiator’s Bonecracker
Brutal Gladiator’s Pummeler
Brutal Gladiator’s Gavel
Brutal Gladiator’s Salvation
Brutal Gladiator’s Swift Judgment New!
Brutal Gladiator’s Quickblade
Brutal Gladiator’s Slicer

Two-handed Weapons
Brutal Gladiator’s Painsaw
Brutal Gladiator’s Battle Staff
Brutal Gladiator’s Staff
Brutal Gladiator’s War Staff
Brutal Gladiator’s Decapitator
Brutal Gladiator’s Bonegrinder
Brutal Gladiator’s Greatsword

Shields
Brutal Gladiator’s Barrier
Brutal Gladiator’s Redoubt
Brutal Gladiator’s Shield Wall

Idols, Librams, and Totems
Brutal Gladiator’s Idol of Resolve
Brutal Gladiator’s Idol of Steadfastness
Brutal Gladiator’s Idol of Tenacity
Brutal Gladiator’s Libram of Fortitude
Brutal Gladiator’s Libram of Justice
Brutal Gladiator’s Libram of Vengeance
Brutal Gladiator’s Totem of Indomitability
Brutal Gladiator’s Totem of Survival
Brutal Gladiator’s Totem of the Third Wind

Off-hands
Brutal Gladiator’s Endgame
Brutal Gladiator’s Grimoire
Brutal Gladiator’s Reprieve

Season 4 Arena Armor

June 21, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Below is a list of all the new weapon items that will be available when season 4 begins. However, you should note that though these items will be included in patch 2.4.2, season 4 will not begin until sometime after the patch has been released.

Looking for more season 4 items?
Season 4 Honor Items
Season 4 Arena Weapons

Druid
Brutal Gladiator’s Refuge – Restoration
Brutal Gladiator’s Sanctuary – Feral
Brutal Gladiator’s Wildhide – Moonkin

Hunter
Brutal Gladiator’s Pursuit

Mage
Brutal Gladiator’s Regalia

Paladin
Brutal Gladiator’s Aegis – Damage (Shockadin)
Brutal Gladiator’s Redemption – Holy
Brutal Gladiator’s Vindication – Retribution

Priest
Brutal Gladiator’s Investiture – Healing
Brutal Gladiator’s Raiment – Shadow

Rogue
Brutal Gladiator’s Vestments

Shaman
Brutal Gladiator’s Earthshaker – Enhancement
Brutal Gladiator’s Thunderfist – Elemental
Brutal Gladiator’s Wartide – Restoration

Warlock
Brutal Gladiator’s Dreadgear – Pure Damage
Brutal Gladiator’s Felshroud – Crit

Warrior
Brutal Gladiator’s Battlegear

Season 4 Honor Items

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Below is a list of all the new weapon items that will be available when season 4 begins. However, you should note that though these items will be included in patch 2.4.2, season 4 will not begin until sometime after the patch has been released.

Looking for more season 4 items?
Season 4 Arena Weapons
Season 4 Arena Armor

Amulet
Guardian’s Pendant of Conquest
Guardian’s Pendant of Dominance
Guardian’s Pendant of Reprieve
Guardian’s Pendant of Salvation
Guardian’s Pendant of Subjugation
Guardian’s Pendant of Triumph

Cloth
Guardian’s Dreadweave Belt
Guardian’s Dreadweave Cuffs
Guardian’s Dreadweave Stalkers
Guardian’s Mooncloth Belt
Guardian’s Mooncloth Cuffs
Guardian’s Mooncloth Slippers
Guardian’s Silk Belt
Guardian’s Silk Cuffs
Guardian’s Silk Footguards
Guardian’s Dragonhide Belt
Guardian’s Dragonhide Boots
Guardian’s Dragonhide Bracers
Guardian’s Kodohide Belt
Guardian’s Kodohide Boots
Guardian’s Kodohide Bracer
Guardian’s Leather Belt
Guardian’s Leather Boots
Guardian’s Leather Bracers
Guardian’s Wyrmhide Belt
Guardian’s Wyrmhide Boots
Guardian’s Wyrmhide Bracers

Mail
Guardian’s Chain Bracers
Guardian’s Chain Girdle
Guardian’s Chain Sabatons
Guardian’s Linked Bracers
Guardian’s Linked Girdle
Guardian’s Linked Sabatons
Guardian’s Mail Bracers
Guardian’s Mail Girdle
Guardian’s Mail Sabatons
Guardian’s Ringmail Bracers
Guardian’s Ringmail Girdle
Guardian’s Ringmail Sabatons

Plate
Guardian’s Lamellar Belt
Guardian’s Lamellar Bracers
Guardian’s Lamellar Greaves
Guardian’s Ornamented Belt
Guardian’s Ornamented Bracers
Guardian’s Ornamented Greaves
Guardian’s Plate Belt
Guardian’s Plate Bracers
Guardian’s Plate Greaves
Guardian’s Scaled Belt
Guardian’s Scaled Bracers
Guardian’s Scaled Greaves

Rings
Guardian’s Band of Dominance
Guardian’s Band of Salvation
Guardian’s Band of Subjugation
Guardian’s Band of Triumph

Season 4 Changes Confirmed

June 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The past few weeks have been filled speculation that major “changes” would dramatically affect the arena system for season 4. Comments made by Tom Chilton fueled much of the speculation that was finally confirmed today.

season 4 changes

It’s official…rating requirements will continue in season 4, and even worse..or better depending on your perspective), there are additional rating requirements on most arena pieces and several honor pieces.

Season 4 Arena Item’s with rating requirements:
Shoulders: 2200
Weapon: 2050
Head: 1700
Chest: 1600
Legs: 1550
Gloves: none
Off-hand: none

Season 4 Honor Items with rating requirements
Boots: 1700
Ring: 1650
Bracers: 1575
Belt: none
Necklace: none
Trinket: none

Season 3 Arena Items with rating requirements (keep in mind these values don’t go in effect until S4 begins)
Shoulders: 1950
Weapon: 1800

Additionally, some bad news for all you point sellers out there. In a nut shell, blizzard is changing it so your points are determined via your personal rating, and not the team rating. If there is a difference of 150 personal rating or more from the team’s rating then players will get points from personal rating.

Best Professons for Arena

June 21, 2008 by · 6 Comments 

rogue arena strategyProfessions are without a doubt one of the most overlooked aspects of arena and pvp. Too often players are so concerned with gear, enchants, and gems that they completely overlook just how much professions can add.

3. Enchanting
So why enchanting? Simply put, the ring enchants. What we’re looking at here is:

+2 melee damage
+12 spell damage
+20 healing power
+4 all stats

Now, a lot of people just flat out overlook these, or don’t consider them worth dropping one of their current professions for enchanting. For a melee player I can see the argument, +2 melee damage is pretty lackluster and +4 stats isn’t stellar either.

That said, for casters I don’t think there is a better option. +40 healing or +24 damage is just insane.

In addition (though it’s not related to pvp), you have a ton of potential to make some serious gold with the profession. Tuesdays are great for offering your services in Shattrath City, as there are always people needing new enchants for their newest piece of arena gear.

2. Jewelcrafting
With the addition of the badge vendor through Sunwell Island dailies a whole new realm of gem socketing was opened up to the masses.

Beyond the fact that we can all get epic gems cut, any jewelcrafter with a bit of time and gold can have the best gems in the game…

Melee Gems:
+24 Attack Power
+12 Critical Strike Rating

Caster Gems:
+14 Spell Damage
+12 Spell Critical Strike
+26 Healing

Defensive Gems:
+12 Defense Rating
+18 Stamina

Since these gems are BoP you’ll only be able to use a couple of them depending on your spec and class. But even so, this gives you just that extra edge that could be the deciding factor in a game.

In addition, you’ve got various figurine trinkets for each spec and class.

And quite frankly, if spending gold equates additional wins, then I’m more than willing to take on the expenses, and considering how easy it is to farm gold so should you!

1. Engineering
When the burning crusade released I was very disappointed in engineering. They basically destroyed everything that I loved so much about the profession pre-BC.

However, I think we can all say engineering is back and better than ever. While some of the items aren’t really viable for arena, there are a few in particular that really make the profession worth it.

The two I’ve listed above are just straight up domination for arena, the goggles specifically. With those type of stats and improved stealth detection! That’s just insane.

On top of that you’ve got the Nigh-Invulnerability Belt, sheep trinket, goblin rocket launcher, and a host of grenades and other misc. items.

Arena Gear and Equipment

June 21, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Hey guys, this is my first addition to Zuggaming and i hope to add more. So lets start with your welfare epics!

Many people may be abused by other apparent “Leet” players about having these welfare epics (gladiators and soon to be Merciless), but i think they are just scared we might beat em!

So with that out of the way i have 5 easy steps to get geared.

1. PvE Gear
When you first hit 70 you should have a few blues and mostly greens, now you may think that this is not the best in the world, but don’t stress. Your current gear should be good enough to enter a few Pug Karazhan raids if your lucky. Many drops in Karazhan can easily upgrade your gear tremendously, even if your gear does not have the “Resilience” or “Stamina” that you may want it doesn’t hurt to have epics to replace your greens and blues. Try to set aside a day each week to pve (such as Karazhan or Daily Heroics).

2. Badge Items and Gear
Don’t waste your badges on nether vortexes or epic gems, even though this can significantly boost your stock of cash it is not worth it. Many trinkets and offhands such as relics,totems and idols cost a few badges and can be a significant upgrade. These trinkets are essential in pve and in many cases pvp. A usual set up of a pvp/arena geared player is that they will carry “Medallion of the Horde” and a Badge Trinket. To achieve these badges you can easily reach around 25 – 30 badges a week just by doing a full karazhan run and the daily heroic.

3. Save, Save, Save!
Since 2.4 hit your pvp marks can now be turned in for honor (1 of each mark = 314 honor). Even though this may sound like a good thing don’t become a slave to the temptation of wasting all your marks, it becomes very frustrating in future knowing you have the honour but you need to grind bg’s all day just to get the marks for that required item. Usually the marks even out anyway, the amount of time needed to grind the marks for your item will usually make up for the honor you need for that item, so unless your mailbox is exploding with 100′s of marks try to resist the temptation of turning in your marks for honor.

4. Arena Points and Gear
Many people in World of Warcraft do not like arena’s, in many cases i can recall myself residing pve and bg’s over constant arena games, but Arena is your friend!! Try to at least get 10 games a week with a friend, even if your team is a 1300 rating 2v2 team it still adds up. If you see that you can nearly afford those S3/soon to be S4 gloves you have always wanted and yet you do not have your Gladiator/soon to be merciless gloves, don’t waste your honor; take time to think and ask yourself is it really worth spending 11250 honor on these gloves when i will soon be replacing them? This allows you to be more efficient with your honor and allows you to gain gear faster!

and finally on to my last point..

5. Read Forums (and ZugGaming.com!) and Learn Your Class
Simply flicking through forums can have a major affect on how you play your class, many forums and dedicated world of warcraft sites such as “This site, the best unofficial WoW site ever” can give you many hints and strategies on how to maximize your playing. Many sites can offer you a wide variety of macros/guides/arena strategies and more, Who knows, this information might lead you to having a better arena team, getting into raids easier and having more fun on your behalf. One of the most important things i have seen in world of warcraft is “Don’t be afraid of criticism” even though many of us will often snob criticism off and usually tell that person a few words that are not nice many people can still have good helpful ideas and tips for you, Constructive criticism is your friend… even though you might not like being told how to play your class it does not hurt taking someones advice on different aspects of the game. Not only will criticism help you improve, but you will also earn respect among the people who criticized you, they will learn that your not that “Uber Noob”. Earning respect among people on your server earns you a greater chance of being invited to Arena teams/raids and guilds.

PS 6: Be time efficient
Know what you are going to do and set to achieve a goal, such as i want to earn X amount of honor and X amount of badges tonight. Find out what your server is best at, such as if your server is constantly winning Av’s then constantly do them, AV will always give you the most honor and is the most efficient way to farm honor.

Strategy courtesy of Electrocow

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