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Theorycrafting and Class Discussion / Re: 7.2.x stuff
« Last post by Honorata on June 23, 2017, 12:03:52 PM »
It looks like Writhing Essences have been added to the daily heroic dungeon.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Games you didn't (won't) finish
« Last post by Marco on June 23, 2017, 06:51:50 AM »
The Witcher 2.  I tried to play it several times on Dark and found that I really dislike the combat system on higher difficulties.  The story also really didn't grab me.  I'll likely go back and play through it on an easier mode at some point.

Sleeping Dogs.  Nice GTA-ish game with good martial arts fighting mechanics.  I need to start over and disable the DLC that I got for free when I bought the game cheap, as the DLC is a trap (it basically gives you a max-level character from the start).  Mostly I just got distracted by another game after I got underway.

Brutal Legend.  Near the end I hit an RTS scenario which was too tough on the (otherwise quite appropriate) difficulty level, and I let myself get distracted by Borderlands 2 rather than lower the difficulty.

The Banner Saga.  The turn-based strategy mechanics of this game are kind of weird, and I'm also not really fond of the superstructure where you make tough decisions that you can't predict the (sometimes quite dire) consequences of.

Don't Starve.  I tried to play this with no Internet resources and I think I just don't have the focus to do learn my way through the crafting system to the point where I can win a game.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Games you didn't (won't) finish
« Last post by Gwyddyon on June 23, 2017, 06:10:15 AM »
FEAR 3
Arkham Origins
The Last Remnant
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Games you didn't (won't) finish
« Last post by Winston on June 23, 2017, 05:38:06 AM »
I've mentioned all of these in the "Finished Playing" topic, but perhaps my experience is more appropriate here (assuming we're not just talking about Steam):

- FTL on easy mode. Life is short, and the game is hard.

- Nethack: See above.

- Batman: Arkham Knight. The Batmobile mechanics stopped me in my tracks.

- Shadow of Mordor: Strictly speaking, I stopped in the middle of a DLC because of a timed mechanic (similar the Batmobile).

- Overwatch: Because you can't play it on the PS4 without a PS+ subscription.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Games you didn't (won't) finish
« Last post by Snique on June 23, 2017, 04:25:58 AM »
Going through the Steam Summer Sale and picking up another large handful of games I'm reminded there are a lot of things in my Steam library that I tried and then abandoned. What games haven't you finished?

I don't mean stuff like "FTL on hard mode" or similar but something you thought you'd get through and then just gave up for one reason or another.

I have a long list, but probably the most surprising to me is the Long War overhaul for XCOM 2. I adore these games and played the hell out of Long War for the previous XCOM but I found this one just too hard/frustrating. Apparently I play the game wrong or something but I found I was getting murdered or missing the timer and losing half my squad on the third or fourth mission. It became stressful in an un-fun way so I just stopped.
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Theorycrafting and Class Discussion / Re: 7.2.x stuff
« Last post by Marco on June 22, 2017, 02:42:51 PM »
On Tuesday, I determined (unfortunately) that Writhing Essences didn't usefully continue stacking after you accumulated 50 for a legendary upgrade; turning in the quest would reset your progress to 0.

This was changed today by making the essences a currency, so you shouldn't have to hearth out of your raid after a boss kill brings you to the end of a quest.  (You might want to anyway to upgrade a legendary you're wearing, but you won't have to just to efficiently continue on to your next upgrade.)  It didn't seem like there was retroactive compensation for people who lost essences to quest completion before today, and I don't really expect it since I don't think it would be easy for them to do.

https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/20863656
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Hearthstone (and battlenet desktop)
« Last post by Snique on June 22, 2017, 11:59:52 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmqz4Fun94k

Interesting video from Kibler on the competitive scene in Hearthstone and its negativity. Some interesting tidbits, like I had no idea he was in the MtG Hall of Fame. His overall theme is that people overemphasize the effect of randomness in HS which is admittedly much larger than other games such as MtG but the result is also to downplay the skill and practice of the players involved.

He has some suggestions for making things better, including in-game support for tournament-style play, which I would dearly love to see, but mostly it's an issue of the people (particularly the popular streamers) involved.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Discount deals on games
« Last post by Marco on June 22, 2017, 09:30:41 AM »
The Steam summer sale has begun.  From my wishlist, I see Shadow of Mordor for $4, several games for $9 or $10 (Talos Principle, Darkest Dungeon, FFXIII-2, Ori and the Blind Forest, Stardew Valley, Firewatch, Starbound) and some shallower discounts.
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Theorycrafting and Class Discussion / Re: 7.2.x stuff
« Last post by Thanamira on June 21, 2017, 01:02:17 PM »
Looking at http://www.wowhead.com/item=151375/writhing-essence#comments am I correct that LFR Tomb of Sargeras does not give writhing essences?

So then my math says, for a non-raider, it's:
* 7 emissary caches * 3.5 expected = 21
* 1 Mythic+ run = 20
= 42, so 2 weeks per legendary to upgrade?  And I guess more like 3 weeks for the 2 equipped Legendaries one might use?
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Theorycrafting and Class Discussion / Re: 7.2.x stuff
« Last post by Marco on June 21, 2017, 07:48:40 AM »
The command center will come up soon (it's 92% built) with the buff that lets you get a free legendary piece of follower equipment.
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