Wednesday, September 19, 2012

MoP and Brewfest

MoP and Brewfest
With Mists of Panderia set to release on 9/25 Blizzard has pushed back the start of Brewfest by one week. Originally slated to run 9/20 – 10/5 it has been changed to run 9/28 – 10/13. The purpose of this change is to allow players additional time to level their characters before the event.

While Brewfest will remain generally unchanged after the expansion, the boss fight of Coren Direbrew has been upgraded. The boss is now level 90 and your toon must be a minimum of level 89 to queue for the dungeon.

While we do not have a full list of loot items this boss will be dropping the people over at mmo-champion have managed to data-mine a single item.

Brawler's Statue appears to be a level 90 trinket similar to last years level 85 trinket Brawler's Trophy.

We can only assume we will see level 90 upgrades to last years trinkets.

While last years boss fight had the chance to drop two weapons Direbrew's Bloodied Shanker and Tremendous Tankard O' Terror we do not know if we will get weapon drops from this years event.

While Blizzard has given us three days between the expansion and Brewfest it will still be a race for many to level up in time. Current estimates from beta and PTR indicate that most toons can be leveled from 85-90 in 20-25 hours of play time. So assume a dedicated player can reach level 89 in 15-20 hours. Not really a problem if you only have one 85. Major problem if you, like me, have multiple level 85's that you want the trinkets for. Remember you have only one attempt per day at the boss fight. Even then the trinket you want may not drop. Also you have four other players in the group you have to roll against for the trinket. (Yes, I know, last year two trinkets dropped per boss fight, but that is still no guarantee)

The point that I am trying to make is that you are going to have to make some difficult decisions. Getting one toon to level 89 in time for the holiday event is no problem. Getting eight toons to level 89 is near impossible. So for those of you who have multiple level 85's you are going to have to make a decision as to which of you characters you will attempt to level in time to get a new trinket. Blizzard has left us in a bind with this one. Even though we have 3 days before the event starts, along with the event lasting 16 days, trying to level too many toons at once will leave players burned out. Not to mention possibly unemployed, divorced, and friendless.

I plan on trying to level at least 4 toons to level 89 in time for Brewfest. If you plan on leveling multiple toons then I wish you luck.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Battle for Theramore

The Battle for Theramore

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 18, marks the first world event that will proceed the release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion. Expected to be released after maintenance the exact time is unknown. This week will be the only time the event is available to level 85 players. After the expansion release the event will only be accessible at level 90.

This event will be the first battle of the upcoming expansion between the Alliance and Horde. Spoiler alert: ((The Horde wins)). Each side will be required to complete five quests for the event. The event will require players to join in groups of three. While no specifics have been given, there does not appear to be a specific role requirement for the groups. Thus there should be no problems finding a group without waiting to find a tank or healer. Players will be able to group with friends or simply join a group through dungeon finder.

While Blizzard has not announced if players will be able to get loot drops from kills, we do know that there will be faction specific rewards for completing all quests in the event. These rewards are Theramore Tabard for the Alliance and Mini Mana Bomb for the Horde.

I'll see everyone there.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

MoP + DMF = Petmas

MoP + DMF = Petmas

Over the past few months I have been advising friends and guildies to stockpile their Darkmoon Fair tokens. The original plan was to see if the Darkmoon pets would become tradeable come MoP. From the beta and PTR we now know that while the pets are still listed as BoP they can be learned then caged for resell on the AH.

Therefore if you have any DMF tokens saved up, now is the time to buy the pets, as this will be the last faire before the release of Mists. As to which pets to choose? I'll leave that up to your own tastes. Personally I'm sticking with Darkmoon Cub Darkmoon Monkey and Darkmoon Turtle .

I'm not sure if the fishing pet Sea Pony can be caged and sold but if it can this would be a good time investment to farm. I imagine there would be a high demand and low supply for these.

Also don’t forget to keep scanning your auction house for rare battle pets. These can still be purchased for relatively cheap prices to flip after the release of MoP. Check out Colds post for all the info Companion Pets Turning To Rare Battle Pets.

Good Luck.