Episode 33 – Nerdraging About Nerfs

Right smack dab in the middle of recording Episode 33 of Blessing of Frost, I saw this on my Twitter feed:

And so Majik and I decided to talk about the upcoming Firelands nerfs in this week’s episode.

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Here’s the original post:

With the final showdown against Deathwing approaching, we’ve been keeping a close eye on players’ progress through the current Firelands raid content. Before patch 4.3 is released, we want groups who are working on Heroic-difficulty content to be able to get as close to Ragnaros as possible, and we want players who are tackling normal progression to be able to experience as many of the encounters as they can. To achieve these goals, we’ll be toning down the difficulty of both normal and Heroic raids through hotfixes in the coming weeks. In general, we plan to reduce health and damage of all raid bosses in both normal and Heroic Firelands by around the same percentage we brought difficulty down for the original Cataclysm raids when Rage of the Firelands (patch 4.2) was released.

We’re looking forward to seeing more groups of players face off against the firelord in the weeks ahead. However, before we make these changes, we want to give everyone a final shot at the bosses at their current difficulty level — so this is a heads up that we’re planning to apply the difficulty hotfixes beginning the week of September 19.

Stay tuned to the Patch 4.2 Hotfixes blog for these and other live updates to the game as they happen.

What do you think about the nerfs? Let us know at podcast [at] blessingoffrost.com or vote in our poll:

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Don’t forget, we’re still accepting bumpers for the show, hit us up at podcast [at] blessingoffrost.com and if we like ’em, we’ll use them in the show!


Episode 32 – Kaleri’s Crohn’s and Sara’s Sclerosis

Episode 32 is here and brings with it some, er, “engaging” news in Majik’s life. We also have our first-ever show with two guests, Kaleri and Sara (who was previously on Episode 21 of Blessing of Frost) and we discuss chronic diseases (in particular, Crohn’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis) in the context of World of Warcraft and how players with these conditions are affected by WoW or how their WoW playing is affected by their conditions.

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The Dev Watercooler post
with the signoff: “Greg ‘Ghostcrawler’ Street is the lead systems designer for World of Warcraft and he probably listens to your podcast.” This spawned the new segment we call “Dear Ghostcrawler…”

Apotheosis of Eldre’Thalas is seeking a tank! Prefer a warrior or a paladin, perhaps an exceptional DK or druid, but honestly, the Vanquisher token people might kill us for adding another person to their token. Apply now!

Kaleri’s blog post that started this whole thing:

But You Don’t Look Sick!

Kal’s Twitter: @Kaleri_

Sara’s Twitter: @SerrinneWoW – she especially would love to hear from you if you’re a WoW player who’s also been diagnosed with MS!

Information links for Multiple Sclerosis, including where you can make a charitable donation:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society – US link
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada – Canada link

Information links for Crohn’s Disease, including where you can make a charitable donation:

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America – US link
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada – Canada link

People voted for Majik to get a Twitter, so he did! Follow him @Majjity, @kurnmogh and @ApotheosisET on Twitter and please rate us up on iTunes! If you give us a review and a high rating, we’ll read your name and comment out on the show in the Shout-outs section. 🙂

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Episode 31 – On the Road to Hard Modes

Episode 31 is here, just slightly delayed due to various hurricanes and work schedules and the like. Just Majik and myself today, chatting merrily away about heroic modes, hard modes and such. This episode stems in part from my post at Kurn’s Corner, which, in turn, was spawned after reading about Borsk and his raiding team.

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Kurn’s episode of My Epic Heals
Convert To Raid (another snazzy podcast)

Want to make some bumpers for Blessing of Frost? Email submissions are now open at podcast [at] blessingoffrost [dot] com!

“Lukewarm” Fixes

The raw video of the Apotheosis Ragnaros kill:

Follow @kurnmogh and @ApotheosisET on Twitter and please rate us up on iTunes!

And finally, please participate in our poll or email us at podcast [at] blessingoffrost [dot] com to let us know how you feel about Majik maybe getting on Twitter!

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Potential delay

There may be a delay in the production and release of Episode 31 of Blessing of Frost, originally scheduled for this Tuesday. However, Majik lives in New Jersey and, therefore, is in the path of Hurricane Irene. As such, he may not have power at various points throughout the weekend and perhaps even into Monday.

Having said that, I live in Montreal, and the remnants of Irene are scheduled to come through HERE on Monday. I don’t anticipate many issues, but that could add to a delay in producing and releasing the next episode.

So that’s the news. Stay tuned for Episode 31 of Blessing of Frost coming… at some point this week!

Episode 30 – 4.3 Forecasts

The 30th episode of Blessing of Frost is out! Our guest is X, also known as the warlock formerly known as Dreadsinger, a raiding warlock in Apotheosis. In today’s episode, we discuss Transmogrification, Void Storage and touch a bit on 4.3 and Deathwing being the last raid of the expansion already!

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On Sunday, August 21, Kurn was a guest on the My Epic Heals podcast, which is hosted by Eade and Wolf. The other guest on the holy paladin-centric episode was Vidyala from the blog Manalicious and the guild Business Time. You might remember that, back on March 17th, Vid was our guest here on Episode 13 of Blessing of Frost: 10s vs 25s.

Hotfixes from August 16.

Info about Transmogrification and Void Storage from MMO-Champion:

Void Storage

Great comic about transmogrification from the ever-awesome The Daily Blink!

Jeopardy! “Think” music remains the property of Merv Griffin and Jeopardy Productions, Incorporated. No offense intended and no money is being made from this podcast. Please don’t sue us. We love Alex Trebek and your show!

Follow @kurnmogh and @ApotheosisET on Twitter and please rate us up on iTunes!

Episode 29 – Feeling out Firelands – Part 2!

Picking up where we left off last week, Majik and I talk about Baleroc, Majordomo Staghelm and Ragnaros in the Firelands. Episode 29 already? How did THAT happen?

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Hotfixes from August 10th

As promised, we said in the podcast that we’d update you guys on how Sunday’s raid went. Majik totally jinxed us. We spent 3 hours wiping primarily in P2 of Ragnaros. We 5-healed it the whole time, which was a great challenge and we were up to it. It was just positioning and mechanics that we need to work out.

A visual for “Code Kermit”:




Daily Blink, This Idea’s Got Legs!

Heroic Ragnaros videos (via MMO-Champion):
Paragaon – World 1st
Method – World 2nd
vodka – US 1st (YT link)


Majik wanted to shout-out to the Daily Blink, so…. here’s a link!


Follow @kurnmogh and @ApotheosisET on Twitter, and please rate us up on iTunes!

How will we ring in Episode 30? Stay tuned to Kurn’s Twitter or our podcast website to find out!


Episode 28 – Feeling Out Firelands

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Episode 28 of Blessing of Frost!

Today’s special topic: Feeling Out Firelands! Okay, not quite. It’s more of a run-through of Shannox, Beth’tilac, Lord Rhyolith and Alysrazor. Baleroc, Majordomo Staghelm and Ragnaros are coming next week! (We VASTLY underestimated our ability to talk, so ignore us when we say we’re covering Baleroc in this episode. We’re not! And yet, we’re still over 90 minutes on this sucker.)

Our guest this week is Jasyla, a resto druid raider in Apotheosis, who was also recently on the Twisted Nether blogcast.

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Of course, immediately after recording this episode of Blessing of Frost, Blizzard decided to release a minor patch. You can find the official notes for 4.2.0A here. As well, here are some hotfixes from August 4th.

Here’s Kurn’s blog post about Ragnaros that Majik was talking about:

Ragnaros, Version 2.0

And here’s a link to the comment on Kurn’s blog that Jasyla made about female night elves!


Here’s a link to Kurn’s video for Alysrazor tornadoes:

Kurn’s Guide to Alysrazor Tornadoes

And here’s Jasyla’s post about her trouble with the aforementioned tornadoes:


Jasyla’s blog can be found at:


And you can find her on Twitter at:


Kurn likes to tweet, too, and will occasionally tweet questions to her followers with regards to the podcast. Want something special for Episode 30? Tweet her @kurnmogh with your ideas or leave comments here. You can also email us at podcast [at] blessingoffrost [dot] com.

Curious about our guild and our progression? Follow Apotheosis: @ApotheosisET.

And please rate us up on iTunes! 🙂

Episode 27 – Tikari Talks!

It’s time, yet again, for another episode of Blessing of Frost! Our guest this time around is the newly-promoted-to-officer Tikari, a rogue who joined us in Apotheosis just before Cataclysm launched. Our General Chat topic consists of a discussion of the various hooks Blizzard uses to get us to keep playing, followed by why we’re still playing so many years on.

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As noted in the post for last week’s podcast, Blizzard went out and immediately added Valor Points back into T11 content, shortly after we recorded the podcast. Hooray for being out of date?

More hotfixes: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/3019413

Follow Apotheosis, Kurn and Tikari on Twitter:




Don’t forget to rate us up on iTunes! And drop us a line at podcast [at] blessingoffrost [dot] com if you have any feedback for us.

Please note that due to Majik heading to Maine with his girlfriend and her family, there will be no podcast for August 2nd. We’ll return on August 9th, 2011! In the meantime, feel free to keep up to date with all the latest Apotheosis-related happenings at the Apotheosis website or Kurn’s blog.

Have a great couple of weeks and do try to stay frosty if you’re in the northern hemisphere. 😉

Episode 26 – Various Valor Point Vexations

After a mistakenly extended vacation from the podcast, Majik and Kurn are back with episode 26 of Blessing of Frost. Today’s show discusses the many issues with the Valor Point system and Kurn clearly has a lot to say on the matter.

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Please bear in mind that this podcast was recorded before Blizzard announced they would put Valor Points back into Tier 11 content normal modes. More on that decision can be found here:


Hotfixes for 4.2: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/3019413

Kurn’s Valor Point blog post: World of Zandalaricraft?

Oestrus’s post: Waste Not, Want Not

Windsoar’s post: I’m Doing It Wrong, And I’m OK With That

Zelmaru chimes in: Getting the Dreaded Valor Points

There are probably more! Here are some posts that linked to my blog and others:

WoW Insider

MMO Melting Pot

Don’t forget that you can follow Apotheosis and Kurn on Twitter:

@ApotheosisET and @kurnmogh

And please rate us up on iTunes!


Episode 25 – Don’t Stand in the Fire Patch

Patch 4.2 and Episode 25 are both here! This is a loooooong episode and we still recommend you read the official patch notes. 🙂

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Blizzard’s Guide to 4.2: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/2723732

MMO-Champion’s Guide to 4.2: http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2361-Patch-4.2-Rage-of-the-Firelands-on-Live-Servers

Kurn’s blog posts about 4.2: Holy Paladin Mastery, Keys, T12 Holy Paladin Loot List

And finally, a programming note: Majik is headed off on vacation, so we will not have a podcast next week. Tune in the week after for another episode of Blessing of Frost!