Archive for September, 2010

Video :: A Holy Paladin’s Guide to Winning AV

This one’s an oldie but a goodie – it was up on YouTube for a long time, and then got taken down when the publisher’s account was suspended for another reason, much to my own dismay. Now it’s back, and even though it’s in pretty awful quality, it’s hilarious enough to watch and follow along with the audio.

If you’ve ever played Alterac Valley, you’re more than familiar with the layout and the terrain and exactly what’s going on here, but if you’ve never played AV as a holy paladin, here’s exactly how you do it:

You consecrate, and then you heal yourself!

WotLK Bucket List

I sort of met a new blogger through random chance on Twitter. It’s a very small world, in the grand scheme of things, when you start posting what you’re doing in game on a site like Twitter. I started doing it simply for a couple of my friends, one of them including the blogger Kurn. There’s a whole bunch of backstory here, but to put it simply, come Cataclysm, Kurn is bring back the ol’ gang. And so, because of the the forums have been reopened for all of us who are transferring or have transferred1.

Through Kurn I kinda met Apple. Followed Apple on Twitter and then we were chatting and DruidMain joined in the mix.

DruidMain has made herself a WotLK Bucket List. And I started thinking, what would I put on that list if I were to make one. I have yet to actually sit down and create my list, but I’m sure some of my items will look similar to DruidMain’s list.

With Cataclysm just around the corner, what sort of things would you put on your WotLK Bucket List? What achievements or things would you like to see and do before the expansion comes out?

1: I transferred a couple days ago due to some ridiculous nonsense on my old server.

Operation Gnomeregan and Zalazane’s Fall Available After Today’s Patch

After today’s maintenance, Horde and Alliance players will find that the updated instances for Operation Gnomeregan and Zalazane’s Fall will be available to enter, so Horde players can head into the Echo Isles to retake the Troll homelands and put an end to Zalazane’s tyranny, and the Gnomes and their allies can muster their forces to retake the Gnomes’ home city of Gnomeregan.

The quests went live on the PTRs a while back, and today’s the day for them to go up on the live realms. Ready?

Blizzard Customer Service Joins Twitter

A number of companies have moved at least some of their customer service and customer relations operations onto Twitter as a way to broadcast to and communicate with their customers on a service that doesn’t have to be their own – Comcast has done it, Verizon Wireless has done it, and now Blizzard has done the same. Here’s the announcement from the official forums:

You can now follow all Blizzard Entertainment Customer Support news and updates on Twitter. Just head over to @BlizzardCS, ( for the latest Support related news, events and more. We will be providing constant updates during Tuesday’s maintenance and service outages. Additionally, you will be able to view updates to our Queue Times for Game Master interactions, account investigations and escalated tickets alike.

Currently the account is only as interactive with its followers as to post a ReTweet, and it hasn’t directly responded to any of its now over 2850 followers (at the time of this writing, it’s doubtlessly going to go up!) – then again, the announcement doesn’t say that the @BlizzardCS account will actually be staffed with people who are going to work and resolve issues over Twitter, and many customer service accounts opt to not, prefering instead to respond to requests via Twitter direct message or serve entirely for broadcast announcements and alerts for customers to see. It’s a good idea for Blizzard to use Twitter as another way to engage its customers and send out notices.

Currently, it looks like the Blizzard CS account will do just that; send out announcements and updates, and we may see some behind the scenes customer support action, but don’t expect to spam Twitter to help getting an accidentally destroyed item back in the immediate future, okay?

Heroic Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep Will Be Ready for Cataclysm

Back when Blizzard hosted the Cataclysm Press Tour, one of the unfortunate things we saw mentioned was the possibility that heroic versions of The Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep might not be ready in time for the launch of Cataclysm, and that they may have to wait for a future content patch update to give the team more time to work on them.

Well, word came down yesterday that those fears were nothing to worry about, because the two new dungeons will indeed be ready in time for the launch of Cataclysm, and players will be able to head in and see their favorite starting-game dungeons re-worked for the new world that we’ll get when the expansion comes out. Here’s the official word from Valnoth, when someone else in a thread stated that they wouldn’t be ready as fact and the reason why they weren’t available in beta:

Heroics are not ready for testing.

Heroic Shadowfang Keep and Heroic Deadmines WILL be released with Cataclysm. You will not have to wait for a later patch.

Strap on your pirate stompers kids, it’s back to Westfall for the Alliance and back to Silverpine Forest for the Horde!

New Character Intros for All Races in Cataclysm

Warning! Here there be spoilers for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm!
Do not read on if you don’t want to be utterly spoiled as to the fate of your character’s races when the expansion hits!

Now then, with that out of the way, I have to hand it to the folks at for uncovering this from the most recent update to the beta (which none of us here at the Azeroth Metblogs are in yet, sadly) – each of the character races will get new introductions in the expansion, and if you’re still thinking it’s not a big deal, you’re missing the fact that a lot of the “where we are now” lore for each of the races is explained in those few opening moments before you take the reins of your character and begin playing.

Head over to to read the full transcripts, direct from Blizzard.

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