As I write this we are just a few short hours from the official launch of the Wrath of the Lich King in north america. Soon we’ll all be on our way to Northrend and level 80…but until then, it’s time to celebrate!
In celebration of the Wrath of the Lich King’s launch I’m holding a special on my book, Zuggy’s Gold Mastery Guide. If you purchase now you’ll receive an instant $12.00 off the regular price! Your purchase will help support Zug Gaming as we move forward to the WotLK beyond. Just my way of saying thanks for helping Zug Gaming become such an amazing site and community.
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- The secrets to 300g+ an hour!
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- Secret grinding locations
- Professions gold mastery
- Entry to the Zug Gaming Total Access Club
- Invitation to Total Access Club Events
- Free and unlimited one on one email support
- a 100% unconditional money back guarantee, if it doesn’t work for you I don’t want to keep you money
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This sale will last all the way through Sunday (11/16).
More Launch Night News
Best Haircut of Azeroth Contest!
In addition the the huge sale on my gold mastery guide I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the Best Haircut of Azeroth Contest is still open for entry! Now is your chance to show the world your best hair styles using the new WoW barber shop feature. Check out this post for full contest details and see how you can win a free 60 day game card and a copy of Zuggy’s Gold Mastery Guide!
Site News for WotLK
Just a few final notes regarding upcoming guides and stratgies on Zug Gaming. First off, thanks for all the concerned emails regarding the talent spec guides. WoWhead made a few changes to their code and as a result left 100% of my linked talent builds broken. I’ll be creating new level 80 talent builds for all classes in the coming weeks, at which point these will be fixed.
Additionally, I’ve got big plans for a host of new guides and strategies. I’ll be covering everything from arena to dungeons, professions to gold farming, if it’s in the WotLK you’ll find it here!
Relaunch of Zug Gaming Newsletter Club
I started the Zug Gaming Club several months ago, and while it got off to a solid start obligations with school and work kept me from really spending as much attention on it as I would have liked. With most of those obligations under relative control I’ve decided to start the Zug Gaming Club back up!
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The time has finally come, we are now just a few short hours away from the greatest expansion World of Warcraft has ever seen. I know I can’t hit all the changes in this wrap up, but I’ll do my best to hit all the major additions, changes, and other note worthy points regarding the WotLK.
- WotLK Mounts
- Flying Mounts in Northrend
- Profession Bonuses and Perks
- Dual Specs Feature
- New WotLK Enchants
- Updated Horde and Alliance Racials
- WotLK Titles
- Profession Daily Quests Token System
- WotLK Spellpower Change
- WotLK Honor Gear Prices
- WotLK PvP Changes
- Wintergrasp Boss Drops
- Season 5 Honor Gear
- Season 5 Arena Armor
- Knights of the Ebon Blade Reputation Guide
- Jewelcrafting: Gem Perfection
- WotLK Enchanting Guide
- WotLK Enchanting Scrolls
- WotLK Alchemy Items
- Inscription Shoulder Enchants
- Inscription: Glyphs Compiled
note: more to come later
Well, I don’t think I’m alone when I say I didn’t see this coming. As of November 6th Blizzard will completely do away with each of the class discussion forums in place of 3 “role” discussion boards. These 3 boards will include:
- Damage Dealing
I’ll be honest, I’m not all that happy about this change. I really have enjoyed the rogue forum community discussions, even as short sighted and rant-like as they could degenerate into…they were exciting never the less. It’s quite sad to see them go.
Here’s the Nethaera official announcement.
With the upcoming release of Wrath of the Lich King and the many changes the expansion brings to classes and mechanics, we have decided to update our forums to make it easier for players to hold constructive discussions. To that end, we have created three role-based forums â€” Tanking, Damage Dealing, and Healing. Why?
Common ground for common roles. The new structure provides central places for players of diverse classes and specs to discuss their common roles. Until now, there was no one obvious forum for a holy paladin to discuss Arena healing tactics with a restoration shaman, or for a protection warrior to talk tanking mechanics with a feral druid. This often led to splintered, fractured, and redundant discussions. In addition, the original class forum structure never properly took the impact of talents into account, lumping together a shadow priest and a holy priest (for example) when that didnâ€™t necessarily make sense.
Celebrate diversity! While a tank tanks and a healer heals, the specific ways each class and talent build go about these roles are very distinct â€” and the addition of new abilities in Wrath of the Lich King will continue to add even more ways to play. The new forum structure will still be a place for a frost mage (for example) to discuss tricks of the trade with other frost mages, while at the same time facilitating an understanding of the unique tools that rogues or other damage-dealers have to perform similar functions.
Help us help you. The new forums will also allow the community team and developers to follow discussions and gather feedback more effectively as the game continues to evolve â€” which, ultimately, translates to a better World of Warcraft for you.
The current individual class forums will remain active for now, but this may change. You will be able to use the new role forums tomorrow via the links below:
The new Wrath of the Lich King pre-launch event has begun on all US servers. Zombies are spawning throughout the world and are infecting the citizens of Azeroth!
Currently we are in Phase 1 of the zombie invasion. You can become infected by getting attacked by another person who is a zombie, zombie NPCs that spawn, or conspicuous crates. Once you are infected you will gain 5 zombie abilities and become a member of a special zombie faction. You can now attack members of either horde or alliance and you become friendly to all other zombies. You will lose the zombie effect if you die or if you get cured.
Here is what is known so far:
- Caution, NPCs can become infected too, and they will transform into a ghoul of the same level. This is especially dangerous for areas with elite guards in the cities.
- While as a ghoul, there is a constant DoT effect killing you; you must attack other players or NPCs to proc the “Bite” spell, which will heal you. If you die to an NPC while a ghoul, you will lose durability.
- While infected, even going near an Argent Healer will cause them to cure you.
- From all accounts thus far, you become a zombie of your level, so low level players will have lower health and overall stats as a zombie than level 70 players.
Here is an official mini-FAQ posted by Bornakk:
Q: How do I become a zombie?
A: Disease-infected crates are scattered throughout the cities of Azeroth, spreading a sickness that transforms its sufferers into zombies. And of course, when zombies attack, their victims can be afflicted by the disease as well.
Q: How do you stop being a zombie?
A: The disease can be cured by other players who can cast ‘Cure Disease’ or by special healer NPCs in the cities. Once the disease has run its course and a character has become a zombie, the only cure is death.
Q: Can I become a zombie again?
Q: As a zombie, what are some things I can/cannot do?
A: You can no longer cast the spells/abilities that you had as a normal character, and formerly friendly NPCs now consider you an enemy. You can, however, cast new, unique zombie spells.
Q: Anything else I should know while being a zombie?
A: As a zombie, you are part of a special faction that is friendly with all zombies and can converse with them, regardless of whether they were part of the Horde or Alliance in their mortal existences.
Stay tuned to Zuggaming.com to see how the event unfolds. As details surface, we will keep you updated!
Taking queues from the recent success of Warhammer: Age of Reckoning, Tigole has posted about some upcoming ideas for the future of WoW PvP, many of which mirror the PvP style that Warhammer has implemented.Â Source
Actually, we have been discussing new battlegrounds quite a bit lately. Wrath of the Lich King will feature Strand of the Ancients (attack/defend) as well as Wintergrasp (non-instanced, world PvP).
But past that, we are exploring ideas that would involve expanding our Battleground content in future patches and beyond. We believe we have some strong ideas for improving Battlegrounds and PvP as a whole in the game and we’re definitely going to focus on improvements in the future. Now, it’s very early to be talking about some of this stuff but I think it’s important for the community to know that it’s on our minds.
Our general thought is that we could provide more BG content over time. The BG content that we could provide could be of higher quality with a higher degree of accessibility. Overall, we’d like to have more content and variety. We also want the gameplay experience in the BGs to be better directed. We’re also exploring the concept of a complimentary “competitive” bg system as well. Over time, we’d like the focus of PvP to shift back to being more BG-centric and more focused on Horde versus Alliance — the core of our game.
We’re also planning on improving some Battleground and PvP features in general. For example, we want to give you the ability to queue for Battlegrounds from anywhere in the world. We’re also going to explore EXP gain through the PvP system as well as low level itemization to support that.
Please don’t take this post as a promise. This won’t be an overnight process. Not all of these things are set in stone and guaranteed to happen. It would take us a while to shift in this direction. But these are some of the current thoughts on the development team. I think it’s important for you guys to know some of our thought process in regards to PvP.
In my opinion, everybody wins here.Â Even though I didn’t enjoy my time in the Warhammer beta, I always root for its success.Â If Warhammer stays successful, fans of WoW will be getting content sooner rather than later and the same goes for Warhammer players.Â As Borat would say, “Great Success”.
Enchanting has always been a great profession, and it’s getting even better in the wrath of the lich king. Enchanting scrolls are the newest addition to the profession and will allow enchanters to put any enchant onto a scroll. This scroll can then be traded or sold to another player, who can simply apply the enchant themselves, allowing enchanters the ability to put items on the auction house.
The scrolls are easy to make, you just need the regular enchant materials and a special parchment created by inscribers.
Make sure you check out the complete list of WotLK enchants.
This afternoon Tigole calmed the fears of many players who thought they were going to lose their Brutal Gladiator titles to triple Retribution Paladin teams by announcing that the end of Season 4 would happen on the day that the 3.0 Patch hits live servers.
We’ve reevaluated certain aspects of how the arena system and current arena season will be affected during both the next content patch, and the launch of Wrath of the Lich King. For starters, the current arena season will end in respect to the ladder upon the release of our next major patch. What this means is, we’ll be taking a snapshot of the current season’s ladder just before the realms are taken down for patch maintenance, and our normal process will commence to determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards.
Teams and ratings will not be wiped at that time, and will carry forward allowing players to earn points each week (and buy gear) until the launch of the expansion on November 13th. Almost immediately before Wrath of the Lich King releases, all arena teams as well as ratings will be wiped and arena charter NPCs disabled.
So there you have it, no need to worry.
Unless I’m mistaken this is the first time we’ve really seen confirmation that the idea of the “utility” class is going away. Personally I say good riddance. Utility class for always just seemed like a subtle word for “bad”. More from a design perspective than actually being a waste of space during a raid.
Assuming you are a Shadow priest, the answer is you are a dps class. We’re trying to back off the whole utility class thing, which is absolutely what you were in BC. While the mana battery functionality is still something every group is going to want, there are more ways to provide it now. The tradeoff for losing that unique niche is your dps going up.
Why are shadow priests being out performed by other classes who, in terms of functionality at this point in time, fit into the same niche as shadow priests do?
Because we’re not done.
A few weeks ago Blizzard announced vampiric touch is being reduced from 5% to 2.5%. A change which at the time left me wondering just what Blizz was thinking. Though, based upon this recent post it looks like there are still some major buffs imminent for the shadow priest.
The general feeling I get from all these changes is a complete shift in what a DPS class is. More and more these changes seem to lean towards a “leveling of the playing field“, so to speak, in the way that each PvE DPS spec seems like they are all going to do around the same damage. Prior to the Burning Crusade there was this notion that rogues always had to be the highest DPS class no matter what, since they brought zero utility to the raid. This type of thought process was still present in BC, note Sunwell geared rogues doing close to 2700 DPS while equally geared shadow priests were lucky to break the 1500 mark.
Overall I think these changes are going to make for a very interesting raiding dynamic in the Wrath of the Lich King. Each class will bring a certain degree of utility, but more than that each archtype (tank, healer, DPS) should be very similar in overall effectiveness.
There’s been a lot of discussion recently regarding tanking, specifically how each tank in the WotLK will be able to effectively handle AoE pulls. Druids in particular are probably the worst off in this respect, but a major change to druid’s swipe ability should help quell some of these concerns.
Swipe Limit Removed – Ghostcrawler
We are going to remove the target limit on Swipe.
Swipe should not be limited by targets. This goes for Thunderclap too.
Any LK encounter really. We know the BC encounters were not designed to be tanked by any tank.
7. The Explorer
Tired of the generic pick up 5 of X, kill 10 of Y? Yeah…me too, which is why I’m pretty excited for the challenge of The Explorer! Those who think they are up to the challenge will become a regular Magellan as they sail the seas and explore every zone, every nook and cranny of all 4 continents. For accomplishing this feat you’ll be awarded with a new title, The Explorer.
6. Make Love, Not Warcraft
Even blizzard has a pretty good sense of humor every once and a while. All you have to do to complete this achievement is shoot off a quick /hug on a player you’ve just killed. Personally I think this will be one of the easiest achievements I’ll have to do, especially considering all the /gloat and /spit practice I’ve got in over the years.
5. Leading the Calvary
This achievement isn’t for the casual gamer, not by any stretch. To Lead the Calvary and ride above mere mortals on your Albino Drake you’ll have to acquire a staggering 50 mounts. That’s, right…50! Don’t worry though, you can use 60% ground mounts, 100% ground mounts, 60% flying mounts, and 100% flying mounts to reach that total. If you try to complete this in patch 3.0 you’ll be in for a tough grind, there’s only around 85 total mounts available for TBC, and this includes all rare / trading card mounts / arena drakes / other things you probably won’t have.
Once the Wrath of the Lich King is released there will be a host of new ground and flying mounts, making this achievement much easier.
4. Leroy Jenkins
What would this top list by without a mention of the legendary Leroy Jenkins. The video made popular shortly after WoW’s release and launched the legend of Leroy is now its own achievement! Succeed where Leroy failed and slay 50 dragon whelps in under 15 seconds in Upper Black Rock Spire.
If you haven’t seen the video make sure you check it out! Leroy Jenkins Video
3. Grand Caravan Mammoth
Nothing too complicated here…Obtain a Grand Caravan Mammoth from Mei Francis in Dalaran. No problem right? Or so you thought! Only professional Chinese farmers and Zuggy’s Gold Mastery Guide users will have any hope of completing this achievement (if they want to still have a life that is!).
The Grand Caravan Mammoth costs a mammoth…pun intended, 15,000g! Though it’s well worth the costs, you can carry up to 3 passengers on your mount, including vendors should you choose to invite them to hop on! I love this achievement because it’s the first true money sink that says nothing more than…
HEY LOOK AT ME! Anyone else ready for Mammoth trains in Orgrimmar?
2. Avast Ye, Admiral!
At long last all us bloodsail scallywags are getting our just deserves! This achievement isn’t one to be taken lightly, and for this reason it’s making my list. To complete this achievement and gain the title of Bloodsail Admiral you must get to friendly with the Bloodsail Buccaneers. Sounds easy enough, right? Not exactly, in order to get to friendly you’ll be killing thousands of booty bay goblins to increase your reputation, in doing so you’ll not only be tanking your booty bay reputation, but all Steamweedle Cartel factions. All the way to 0/36,000 hated with every faction of the Steamweedle Cartel.
This will prevent you from doing anything associated with goblins until you get your reputation back up. So, do ye think ye are up to thy challenge, matey!?
1. For the Horde! / For the Alliance!
Whether it’s raiding, battlegrounds or arena I love anything that brings people together for the purposes for domination, and domination is what these achievements are all about. In order to complete this achievement you must kill all 4 opposing faction leaders, a feat easier said than done. Most of these faction leaders will require a raid of at least 40 members.
Those who accept and complete this daunting challenge will be rewarded with a black war bear mount.
You’ve heard my top 7 now I want to hear yours! What achievements do you think should make the list?