Episode 49 – A Raid Retrospective

Over the last seven years, there have been quite a few raids released and boy, the format of and entry into those raids has changed substantially. From crazy attunement chains to ones that were much simpler, from 40-man format, to 10-man format, to 25-man format, raids have changed a lot. We examine them in this episode!

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My Spoon is Too Big/I am a Banana video.

Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest chain.

On January 21, 2012, four-plus years AFTER the patch that removed the old quest, our buddy (and melee officer) Daey got the Hand of A’dal title on his paladin alt.

The comments here are quite interesting.

An amusing tale of Kurn, Majik and Fog zerging Sarth 3D 10-man.

A similarly amusing tale of Kurn, Majik and Fog playing with Halion.

We asked Twitter what their favourite raid instance was. Thanks to everyone who responded and please do follow them!

@Technophobia: Karazhan.  It’s just the most thematic raid zone, imo.  With Ulduar a very close second.

@Jezi_Belle: Probably ICC, though mostly for non-design reasons. It was the first raid where I really felt like I was saving the world.

@SturgarHawkwind: @Technophobia @kurnmogh You’re going to hear this one [Ulduar] a lot. I second this notion.

@zomgAro: Black Temple.  Tons of unique, interesting mechanics and environments and epic quest chains.  Ulduar is a close second, for story.

@matticus: Sunwell.

@Restoisepic: karazhan, it’s the only thing that makes me wish I had played BC. I love that instance, the different bosses, rambling old house

@azerothapple: Ulduar! basically, it’s a mixture of lorelove for all of storm peaks, the utter beauty of it, and nostalgia for the run I did w/ apoth. 🙂

@WJRez: Kara. It was my first raid, which I did with my first guild, when we were in our prime. It always brings back nice memories.

@DSatt57: BWL for me, so many memories. Made great friends. Great fights at the time.

@Serrath_: Serpentshrine Cavern.  It was amazing from the elevator all the way to Vashj.

@GottaHaveFaythe: Kara. No debate. I wish they would give us another haunted mansion raid!

@MathiasSchnell: Ulduar by far.  It just seemed to have the best mix of difficulty, atmosphere, lore, and mechanics in it.

@35yards: Karazhan, hands down

@Jasyla_: Black Temple. Atmosphere and amazing boss fights.

@Sylaurian: To be honest Kurn, Molten Core, because it got me started on raiding and it was the one I had the most fun in.

@Kadomi: Ulduar. I loved the atmosphere and the lore, and Yogg-Saron was one of my absolute highlights. Beautiful raid.

@kenakabones: of all the raids.. its extremely close for me between Karazhan and Ulduar.  Mainly because of the variety of the fights and for ulduar; the exponential growth of hard modes and the methods to unlock them.  /wanders off looking at the shiny red button

@hestiahdruid: Kara and Ulduar, though I never saw either when it was current content, they were still fun as hell.

@HoneyTrap2:  sunwell, and also BT

@MMOSprinks: Definitely SSC as my favorite raid instance. The bosses were both challenging and felt like fresh mechanics after MC, BWL & AQ40.

@sarlalian: Ulduar, and anyone who says differently is wrong.

Don’t forget to check out Jasyla’s blog, Cannot Be Tamed!

And of course, you can also follow us, @kurnmogh and @Majjity  and even @ApotheosisET for our guild (apotheosis-now.com! Recruiting a warlock, mage, enhancement shaman, resto shaman!). Please rate us up on iTunes and leave us a review for a shoutout!

Send us your comments, questions, submissions and such to podcast [at] blessingoffrost [dot] com!


Episode 48 – Nerfs and Power Outages

Ladies and gentlemen, Episode 48 comes to you today with a few changes to its normal quality. Partway through the Loremaster segment, Majik lost power at his place and so, after much scrambling, we finally managed to get him, myself and our guest, Gina (of healbot.net) on to Skype. The audio quality isn’t great at first, but does improve, though it’s still not at our normal levels of clarity, for which I apologize, and I encourage you all to blame Majik. (#powerisacrutch)

That said, we did get through the whole episode, which came in at almost two hours in duration! Our General Chat topic was… the Dragon Soul nerfs that are forthcoming next week.

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The official Dragon Soul nerfs announcement.

To answer DangFool‘s questions in our MOLL-E segment, check out our raw boss kill videos over on YouTube, such as Heroic Alysrazor and Heroic Beth’tilac to get an idea of how we tend to chat in Apotheosis.

Kurn’s post on the nerfs.

Gina’s post on the nerfs.

WoW Insider’s Matthew Rossi on the nerfs (includes some numbers).

Many other linked posts, from MMO Melting Pot, including Fannon‘s.

An interesting graph of WoW’s subscriptions (all based on officially released numbers and reliable sources). It’s interesting because Burning Crusade came out in January of 2007, Wrath of the Lich King came out in November of 2008 and Cataclysm came out in December of 2010. World of Warcraft got up to 10 million concurrent subscribers before Wrath ever came out. It’s been since Wrath came out that subscriptions initially peaked at 12 million and then dropped off, before a slight uptime in Cataclysm, followed by a decrease.

Keep up to date with Gina at her blog, healbot.net (no, she is not the author of that addon!) and on Twitter, @healbot!

Speaking of Twitter, I asked folks about the nerfs and if they’d use them or not and a few people had things to say. Be sure to follow them!

@Stelshadow: Sovereignty US-Turalyon. 10 man normal. We are making progress on Spine and will probably go with the buff turned off.

@piercingshots: Casual (2 nights/week) 10s guild, we’ll definitely keep the debuff on. I am hoping for a guild-1st heroic boss kill this week tho.

@fannon451: Our raid will use it as there is no point in turning them off. I reserve the right to complain bitterly, tho. http://t.co/9LMXapim

WTSHeals: Mixed bag. Some of our raid wants it off. People like me don’t really care since it’s just for personal gain and not achieves. If there was an achieve for NOT using the buff, it might motivate us to not use it, otherwise we’re likely just gimping ourselves.

@BloodyGneisha: I see no problem with turning it off and seeing how far we can go. Our issue isn’t ability, it’s timing – everyone’s schedule sucks and it’s difficult to get everyone together.

@_Rades: We’re working on Madness, so if we don’t get him in our 2 nights before the nerfs hit, maybe we’ll be glad for them. Maybe not? :\ I imagine we’ll do without until we get him, unless we’re making no headway and it’s really stressing us out.

And of course, you can also follow us, @kurnmogh and @Majjity  and even @ApotheosisET for our guild (apotheosis-now.com!). Please rate us up on iTunes and leave us a review for a shoutout!

Send us your comments, questions, submissions and such to podcast [at] blessingoffrost [dot] com!

Episode 47 – LFR & You

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Blessing of Frost! Episode 47 is now out for your amusement and enjoyment, so sit back and relax as Majik and I discuss stuff from Monday, January 9th, including all about LFR, our General Chat topic of the week.

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4.3.2 notes from MMO-Champion.

The crazy baby carrots commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bhq_NL6jL0

The dog at my parents’ house: http://twitpic.com/858zin

Some links and thoughts from listeners who tweeted us — follow them!

@Restoisepic: LFR so far: pros: easy way to get T13 if lucky and 50% of weekly valour in 2 bosses, Cons: the overall attitude seems to stink additionally, there are not enough sad mooses in there 🙁

@xmolder: I think it’s great, but loses its sheen after you’ve seen regular mode mechanics. Not that mechanics matter.

@RandyLite: LFR I despise it wholeheartedly, I have completed it on 5 alt’s and my main goes weekly for possible upgrades. Reminds me of the trollroics grind for slightly better gear. It teaches bad habits and really brings out the loot whore in ppl. 500 valor is nice but it feels like 3 or 4 trollroics rolled into one 2 hour endeavor.

@thereadycheck: i did a short write up on LFR conflicts. lot of bloggers talking LFR i know, seems like many within the last 2 or so weeks. http://www.thereadycheck.com/?p=1500 @WoWMiri @_vidyala @matticus had a great LFR posts as well!

WoWMiri: http://wowmiri.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/pitfalls-of-lfr-and-ideas-for-improvement/

Vidyala: http://manalicious.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/looking-for-community/

Matticus: http://www.worldofmatticus.com/2011/12/12/11-raid-finder-personalities/

@Derevka: You think its undertuned to the point where it fosters poor raiding habits? Not “too easy” per say, but poor habits not assisting the tank, not DPSing the strategic target, heroism/lust timing, standing in the proverbial fire…

@e_man41: lfr is a pointless exercise in being mad at people you don’t know over gear you don’t really need

@GottaHaveFaythe: LFR has caused me to lose interest in our progression raids. 🙁 I no longer get that special feeling of seeing a new encounter and then finally getting the kill. No joy or adrenaline rush. It just feels… Blah.. It’s sad! Our 25m team hasn’t been able to pull together a FULL team since it released. We’ve been doing 22-24m kills.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too: @kurnmogh and @Majjity for us and then @ApotheosisET for our guild (apotheosis-now.com!). Please rate us up on iTunes and leave us a review for a shoutout!

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Regarding Episodes 47 and 48…

So, we recorded Episode 47 on Monday, January 9th.

I haven’t had time to edit it, yet — last week was insane.

This Monday, due to a variety of things, we were unable to make our schedules work together to record Episode 48.

As such, look for Episode 47 coming out tomorrow (Tuesday, January 17th) and we’ll record Episode 48 next Mondayish for release on Tuesday, January 24th. Sorry for the delays!

Episode 46 – The Fall of Deathwing Bosses

Welcome back, everyone! Here’s hoping your holidays were wonderful and you’re all set to come back and kick some Dragon Soul ass!

In this episode, we cover Ultraxion, Warmaster Blackhorn, Spine of Deathwing and the Madness of Deathwing. It’s a pretty hefty episode, so I hope you’re ready!

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Hotfixes! There were some minor hotfixes that came out over the break and we also cover the ones that came out shortly after we recorded the podcast last time.

The winner of our contest was JoeEgo812! He made us an awesome MOLL-E bumper, which you’ll hear in this very episode. He chose a Lil’ KT as his prize, courtesy of Serrath! Again, thanks to Serrath for providing the prize and thanks so much to Joe for participating in the contest. The rest of you could, you know, submit stuff!

The I Took an Arrow in the Knee meme comes from the new(ish) game Skyrim, which both myself and Maj had the opportunity to play over the holidays. (In particular, this YouTube video – which is loud and NSFW – is pretty amusing.)

Tips from Twitter folks about the back-half of Dragon Soul — follow them!

@xmolder: Please, for the love of God, kill the tendon. #brotip

@BeruHeals: Don’t fall off the dragon!

@JoeEgo812: On Blackhorn, your raid only NEEDS to soak the Twilight Onslaught (large swirly). / Regenerative Bloods are easier to burst down on later platforms if you let them stack up & regen once before starting AOE.

@thereadycheck, re: Ultraxion: noticed so many 10 mans still 3 heal it when 2 healing is simple with good crystal use.

@miss_pewpew, re: fights where you should stack: Stack tight. I see soo many ranged sitting out of healing aoe circles *pulls my hair out*

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too: @kurnmogh and @Majjity for us and then @ApotheosisET for our guild (apotheosis-now.com!). Please rate us up on iTunes and leave us a review for a shoutout!

Send us your comments, questions, submissions and such to podcast [at] blessingoffrost [dot] com!