That’s right! The Raid Warning crew is back and far from sober! Weird things happen when ya take a vacation.

So yes, we know there’s a few episodes missing. They’ll be added in as soon as they’re recovered from a backup.

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Beer:

“Hop Crisis” Imperial IPA by 21st Amendment Brewing

http://21st-amendment.com/

ABV: 9.7
Beer Advocate: N/A
Seven:David:
Joe:
Christina:NEWS:
Worgen Mounts Incoming
“To level the amount of mounts available to Alliance toons”What the fuck happened to threat!Battlegrounds: Back to the drawing boards
Daxxarri
I said that there would be a greater emphasis on creating new Battlegrounds on the future. I should note that we’re slowly working
toward new technology to make the creation and modification of battlegrounds something we can do more readily too.XP needed for leveling 71-80 Decreased in 4.3

Mists of Pandaria
“Mists of Pandaria” would be used for “Computer game software; computer game discs; computer game software and related instruction manuals and guides sold together as a unit; downloadable computer game software” and so on. That’s why everyone assumes it’s an expansion.

Murkablo, hotness
murkablo animations, he set shit on fire.

All new Darkmoon Faire!

Transmogrification incoming!

BREAK:
Swedish School Slammed for Warcraft in the Classroom
http://www.thelocal.se/35932/20110903/

Joe Makes A Friend In Ghostcrawler

Joe gets profiled

Darkmoon Faire Philly Sept 29th-Oct 2nd. Epic Con

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When in doubt… create a show on the fly and fill it with booze and beat boxing. There’s seriously something wrong with us. WHAM!

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Beer:
“Firework IPA” by Fremont Brewing

http://www.fremontbrewing.com

ABV: N/A
Beer Advocate: N/A
Seven: A
Five Spice IPA.

David: “Pepe Nero” by Goose Island
ABV: 6.0%
Farmhouse Ale
Beer Advocate: B+
David: B (Only cause I had no idea what I was getting myself into)

NEWS:
Digital Battle Chest (Vanilla and BC for 19.99)
Wow free to level 20
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/8610523/World-of-Warcraft-MMORPG-goes-free-for-new-users.html

C – WoW Expansion “Vengeance of the Void” Rumor is a fake

Alcaz Island Content for the Future?

David – Heroic Shannox Kill by STARS taken away http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2364-Stars-Heroic-Shannox-World-First-Kill-Blue-Posts

Soloing Firelands raid trash and sudden hotfixes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBd6cJREFvA&feature=player_embedded

Wowtcg news – EUCC Rimini, Italy winner: Mark McKiernan DMF Rimini winner: Brad Watson
Mark’s Hero: Sepirion the Poised (Horde Shaman) NO BUNNIES

BREAK:

A Whole New World (of Warcraft) #13: Beyond Pornshire

http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/world-of-warcraft-expansion-3/1179428p1.html

World of Warcraft Visa
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/services/rewards-visa/

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Christina returns from Vegas and brings back some of that classy, old school charm. Enhance!

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Beer:
“Hopsickle” by Moylan’s Brewery

http://www.moylans.com

ABV: 9.2%
Beer Advocate: A+
Seven: A+
Imperial Double IPA. 

Joe: Storm King Imperial Stout, Victory Brewing company
http://victorybeer.com/
ABV: 9.10%
Beer Advocate A- joe/ A-

Christina: Somersault New Belgium
BA: B+
Christina: A
ABV: 5.20%

NEWS:
Ghostcrawler Talks Blizzard’s Interest in iOS Devices
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-06-22-blizzard-interested-in-ios-devices

Cataclysm to Hit China Next Month
http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/06/22/world-of-warcraft-cataclysm-hitting-china-next-month/
July 12th. Netease will be host company.

Free Wow Keys Sent To Subscribers
-email- 1 month complete game, no trial restrictions

NCSU Uses World of Warcraft to Predict Player Behavior
http://www.gamesradar.com/pc/world-of-warcraft/news/ncsu-study-uses-world-of-warcraft-to-predict-player-behavior/a-20110620105539323073/g-2005120716480781115722
North Carolina State University computer scientists have used World of Warcraft to develop a method for predicting player behavior, which they say is up to 80% accurate and could have applications for developers wanting to tailor future content toward player desires

Rob Pardo interview on G4
http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/713754/world-of-warcraft-starcraft-2-and-blizzcon-blizzards-rob-pardo-speaks/

  • Popularity underestimated
  • Blizzcon almost didnt happen
  • Dealing with Activision (shelter dev team)
  • Blizz showing more human side

MegaBloks to make Warcraft and Starcraft 2 Construction sets
http://www.geekosystem.com/mega-bloks-blizzard/
To debut Summer 2012

The Karazan Smiley Face Glitch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAC4Yu6twFc

Duke Nukem Tribute to Leroy Jenkins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYifHBssi9Q

World of Warcraft Meets Final Fantasy
http://kotaku.com/5811222/world-of-warcraft-and-final-fantasy-take-turn-trading-blows
FF style encounter with Ony. Warlock pulls aggro immediately and dies.

Dev Q&A #10: Damage Dealing

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2721582834

Q: The new “assist” pet stance added in 4.2 would work very well with fire totems – is there any reason why totems were specifically excluded from that functionality? – Korghal (NA/ANZ)

A: We’d love to have Searing Totem use the new assist stance, but we felt it was too risky to just flip that switch without a great deal of testing.

Q: Will we ever see an in-game damage and healing meter to replace Recount? – Sinthìa (NA/ANZ), Hemodynamic (EU-EN)

A: We’d dearly love to do this, and it’s been something we’ve been working on, off and on for some time. The problem is that increasingly players place a really high and occasionally unhealthy emphasis on meters, and once there is an official Blizzard-supported meter, then that situation is only going to get worse.

Q: Are there any plans to reduce ramp-up times and RNG for certain specs? IE shadow orbs can not proc for quite a while sometimes, hindering our DPS. – Xista (NA/ANZ), Whitewnd (KR)

A: We generally introduce ramp-up time for two reasons. The first and most important is so players have a decision about when to switch targets. If there was zero cost for target swapping, then it would always be the right thing to do. We want to reward players, modestly, when they know when they should swap targets versus sticking with the original. The second issue is that ramp-up time helps us reduce burst in PvP.

Q: If encounters are not being designed with positional requirements and or other abilities (Shred, Backstab, Feral Charge on Al’akir, Killing Spree in general) in mind, why do we still have those requirements? It seems unfair in a competitive PvE environment to allow those very limiting requirements to exist if the encounters are going to be heavily punitive towards classes that have them. – Foxlore (NA/ANZ)

A: The main reason we have the positional requirement is to have a different vector along which to design abilities. It’s a way to make abilities different from each other, in the same way we have ranged attacks vs. melee attacks, instant spells vs. cast time spells and physical damage vs. magic damage.
Also consider that all melee should want to get behind a target, and it hurts all of their DPS when they cannot.
Now there are some encounters where the positional penalty is just too extreme. In 4.2 we have the ability to make the “back” of a boss encompass 240 degrees, and we have done so for bosses like Magmaw, Sinestra and Ragnaros. Furthermore, there are fights where Killing Spree and Feral Charge just kill you. That obviously isn’t acceptable. We have manually added some safeguards to try and manually solve a few encounters, such as Magmaw, but even that isn’t bulletproof and we are investigating more robust and global solutions. But it’s technically challenging given the diversity of our encounters.

Q: What do you consider when looking at whether a class is doing too much or too little damage? – Merovin (LA)

A: As you probably suspect, we have a simple counter that measures the number of forum posts on a given class and we buff or nerf accordingly.

Seriously though, we look at a lot of different measurements, which becomes the full-time job of several designers. Our three most powerful tools are doing predictive modeling for how classes will perform under various scenarios and with various levels of gear, actually testing these numbers using characters in the game world, and then measuring the numbers generated by actual players on PTR or live servers.

Ask Creative Development Answers
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2721372142#1
Lots of Lore Stuff

Epic Con Recap

WoW TCG update:

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We’re joined by the Leetsauced crew in the worst drinking experience ever. Luckily for you… it turns out pretty damn funny.

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Special Guest:
Logan and Vic from LeetSauced

Beer:
“Hopsickle” by Moylan’s Brewery
http://www.moylans.com
ABV: 9.2%
Beer Advocate: A+
Seven: A+
Imperial Double IPA.

David: Dropped the ball again… LoL

NEWS:
Patch 4.2 To Be Release 4/28

(Thes) Firelands Trailer Revealed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsXglDs81FU&feature=player_embedded#at=221
Just plain awesome

Arena Season Extended 1 Week

Firelands Wallpaper
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/media/wallpapers/patch?view#/rage-of-the-firelands

BREAK:

Druid Fire Cat Form
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpuVCyjyUlM&feature=player_embedded
Fandral’s Flamescythe (Majordomo Staghelm Loot – Firelands Raid)

Ghostcrawler on Balancing in 4.2
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/2956383

New Map Animations
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYRzN356zAY&feature=player_embedded

Gelbin Mekkatorque Backstory
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/2943352#blog

Nethaera On Community Feedback
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2649966340?page=4#63

Balloon Models Datamined?
Patch 4.2 – PTR Build 14265

Ask the Devs: Tanking
Firelands Raid Weapons Previews, Ask the Devs / 4.3 Legendary Weapon, Blue Posts

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Just added the beer and music from each episode to the site… cut off at episode 40 (half way there), but well worth checking out.

This week we’re joined by Cryptozoic’s very own Drew Walker, Creative Content Lead for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. As an added bonus, we throw in a few live calls at the end of the show.

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Beer:
“Hopsickle” by Moylan’s Brewery

http://www.moylans.com

ABV: 9.2%
Beer Advocate: A+
Seven: A+
Imperial Double IPA.

David: male juices
Joe:  The Abyss, Deschutes Brewery American Double / Imperial Stout 11.00% ABV Beer Advocate A+ Joe A +
Christina: Bing Energy Drink
Drew:

NEWS:
Mage, DK, and Hunter Tier 12 Previews on MMOChampion
Mage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBocJoqw0YM&feature=player_embedded
DK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj1AzW3cmpw&feature=player_embedded
Hunter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAI5WSeiqeI&feature=player_embedded

64 Bit Warcraft Client Soon?

iPhone Authenticator App taken down.
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2592646070
-Issue is that it’s not producing valid auth numbers
-Will return after issues are resolved

4.2 Heroic Items Updated.
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2326-Patch-4.2-Heroic-Items-Upgrade-Murkablo-Video-Firelands-Ragnaros-Kill-Video
For most of the stuff dropped from raid trash or purchased with valor points, you can use the Crystallized Firestones dropped by bosses to make upgrades to Heroic versions of the gear.

Murkablo Pet Revealed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjZ0eidPTWA&feature=player_embedded
Blizzcon Pet?

BREAK:
Goblin Racials Nerfed?
Not really… it was just fixed to stop stacking with other bonuses (like guild discounts)

j-Dev Watercooler Chat: Talent Trees
Positives:

    • Simplified
    • Made class specs feel more distinct
    • Balanced the game better

 

Negatives:

    • Still a few clunker talents
    • Killed ‘hybrid’ builds
    • too easy for those returning to the game to screw up the build

C- The /Roar is back!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAhZqB8NYnk&feature=player_embedded
7- Female Dranaei and Blood Elf not so roary. Female orc sounds like something from 28 days later. Female human might have been ripped from 3 breath o.

j- Winged Guardian Now Available on the Blizzard Pet Store

Vicious Gladiator Twilight Drake Datamined
http://media.mmo-champion.com/images/news/2011/may/viciousgladiatortwilightdrake.jpg

Mylune’s Call Video on Wowhead
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzfoM0bFHfQ&feature=player_embedded

j-8 New Rare Hunter Pets Revealed on Wowhead
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBpEOQgBJOg&feature=player_embedded

BREAK:
DC Unlimited Announces Premium Series 3 Action Figures
http://n4g.com/news/778068/world-of-warcraft-premium-series-3-action-figures
http://www.dccomics.com/dcunlimited/wow/?action=catalog
Garrosh and a Taz’Dingo
Series 4 to be Headless Horseman and a Moonkin

WoW Infographic on Inqusitir
http://www.inquisitr.com/110609/amazing-world-of-warcraft-infographic/
20k server farm… that’s 75,000 cpu cores… 1.3 petabytes of storage… almost $137k a day for servers alone

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  • EpicCon
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  • art -7 question

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One of our hosts would like to apologize for not making it all the way through the show sober. On the other hand… this audible disaster does make for a whole lot of fun.

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Beer:
“Parabola” by Firestone Brewing

http://www.firestonebeer.com

ABV: 12.5%
Beer Advocate: A
Seven: A+
Oak aged Imperial Stout. 3k cases.

David: Finishing off the beer from two weeks ago…

Joe:  Wychwood Brewery Hobgolbin, English Brown Ale
5.20% ABV
Beer advocate B
Joe: A
Light brown color, nutty aromas (hehehe) Tastes like a sweet malt, best served room temp.

Christina: Ginger Bee
Crabtree Brewing, Greeley, CO
BA: B-
Christina: C

NEWS:
(Christina) Blizzcon Tickets Sell Out
Imagine that

Old Raid Changes in 4.2

  • Normal Raids to be Nerfed in 4.2
  • Normals to drop justice points, heroics to drop valor

(Thes) Blue Post: Bashiok: Evolving Raid Encounter Difficulty
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2580598282?page=3#42
“It’s always been our intent to offer new raid tiers in Cataclysm that are difficult to provide challenge to the raiding guilds, and then gradually allow older content to self-nerf as people gear up through VP, and then eventual literal nerfs to the content. That’s something we’ve been communicating for some time.

Burning Crusade swung the pendulum one way, and Wrath of the Lich King swung it back too far the other. We’re attempting to find that middle ground “

(Christina) Celestial Dragon Video
Reward for Littlest Pet Shop Achievement (150 pets)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r0uISqe3Y4&feature=player_embedded

Blue Post: Bashiok: Need Roll to make items Soulbound in 4.2
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2592850740?page=2#24

PVP: Ring of Valor Arena added back into Rotation with 4.2

(joe) The Key Ring says Goodbye.
http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2123556056?page=1#1

  • keys which no longer serve a purpose in the game will automatically be removed from your inventory and you’ll be compensated for them with their respective vendor sell prices
  • Dead Quest keys will be removed
  • Useful keys weill be thrown into inventory

Chinese Labor Camp Prisoners Forced to Farm Gold (Joe)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8537467/Chinese-labour-camp-prisoners-forced-to-play-online-games.html

(Thes) Guy Proposes to Girlfriend in WoW after pretending to break up with her
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/05/guy-proposes-in-world-of-warcraft-after.php

(joe) Scam Alert: 3-Day Ban Emails
http://electronictheatre.co.uk/index.php/pc/pc-news/7885-world-of-warcraft-scammers-try-new-technique

Firelands Q&A
Q: A majority of T11 fights favored having little to no melee DPS. Will Firelands encounters fix this?
A: We see this to be more of a class issue than a role issue. Blah blah, PVP, we dont want to be hindered by set raid types… Yeah, there will be certain aspects of fights in firelands that will provide melee classes a chance to shine.

Q:Do we have any plans to include events similar to the Wrath Gate?
A: We have a short cinematic or two, but nothing on the scale of the Wrath Gate cinematic for 4.2.

Q: In Cataclysm, it has been hard to find unique raid mounts such as Siege Engines in Ulduar or Drakes in The Eye of Eternity. Can we expect to see battles using unique mounts or vehicles among the Firelands raids?
A: We were worried players might be suffering from a little bit of encounter vehicle fatigue. We’ll do it when it makes sense for an encounter, but we don’t want players to get sick of seeing fights on vehicles.

WoW TCG News: Aric Jack of Tucson & Cryptozoic volunteer of the year challenges Alexstrasza at NACC/Epiccon in “The Battle of the Moustache”. Three rounds. If Alexstrasza wins, Aric shaves his moustache. If I lose … I have to wear a moustache.

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This week we’re joined by WoW Joystiq’s Man of Action, the one, the only… Mat McCurley.

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Blizzcon Tickets Sell Out 

Phase 1 of Arena Pass Kicks off
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/2803995#blog

Tier 12 Videos on MMOChampion
warlock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X19b5uxD_00&feature=player_embedded
paladin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtaA1s87iTQ&feature=player_embedded
shaman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcxATarjIFY&feature=player_embedded
priest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF8R9CpRdEI&feature=player_embedded

Nozdormu Video on MMOChampion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpuaTplGCq0&feature=player_embedded

Fire Raven God Mount
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaQYcAcCMWg&feature=player_embedded

Mastery Changes in 4.2
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2522164908?page=6#105

Coming Soon: Cross Realm Dungeon Feature http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2305-Cross-Realm-Dungeon-Feature-Coming-Soon
Premium Feature

Encounter Journal Gets Alert Icons
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/2310-Tier-12-Warlock-Video-Nozdormu-Video-Encounter-Journal-Update-Blizzcon-Tickets

Fire Immunity In Firelands
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2522434404?page=3#45
Creatures in the Firelands will not be immune to Fire damage. Giving raid mobs and bosses immunity to a school of magic just doesn’t work well, given that some classes/specs are dependent upon the damage output from that school.

DPS classes never benefit from the Dungeon Finder CTA
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2522463654?page=5#83
We recognize it’s not the most elegant solution. Ideally we wouldn’t offer greater incentives to one player over another based purely on the class role they each fulfill. That said, the disparity in queue times was unacceptable in our eyes, and we saw that sentiment shared throughout the community.

Ask the Devs: Professions
Seven

WoW TCG:
Seven wins first game ever! The curse is broken!

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