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Theorycrafting and Class Discussion / Re: 8.1.x stuff
« Last post by Marco on December 03, 2018, 08:03:58 AM »
Island rewards in 8.1 will depend on the population of the island, not on what you kill.

https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/island-rewards-update/36759/3
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Discount deals on games
« Last post by Marco on November 26, 2018, 08:55:42 AM »
I noticed something about Steam bundles that I hadn't noticed before.  I don't know if it's new, but I thought it was worth remarking on.  [ETA: apparently it's about two and a half years old.]

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is on sale for just under $15.  This bundle includes Borderlands 2, Pre-Sequel, and all of their DLC.  (Not Borderlands 1, oddly.)  When I go to the store page for it, it offers it to me for $5.48, because I already own the base games and much of the DLC.  It breaks it down as:

* Individual price of the 37 items you don't already have: $38.73
* Bundle discount: 86%
* Your cost: $5.48

Those 37 items are mostly skins that sell for a dollar, so this isn't an amazing deal for me, but I may pick it up for the BL2 content DLC that I don't have (which would cost a couple dollars more if I bought them individually without the 86% discount).  Mostly I thought it was cool that Steam prorates bundles.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Battle for Azeroth
« Last post by Winston on November 26, 2018, 08:38:09 AM »
I spent my Thanksgiving vacation alternately leveling up my Void Elf Rogue and playing Red Dead Redemption 2. I'll have an RDR2 review eventually. For now, I'm going to correct and expand some statements I made about leveling upthread.

Up to 60: It turns out that the classic zones that were formerly 60-only are now all 40-60; in fact, for all the classic zones the lowest level for banding is 40. So you can't have level 1 Winterspring, but you can have level 40. I chose to "Elfquest" with my Void Elf as best I could, going from Darkshore to Ashenvale to Felwood to Feralas. That only got me to the high 40s, so I got to 60 going to Redridge and about 60% of Duskwood.

60 to 80: This where I am now, at level 65. Mousing over the world maps I see that both the BC and Wrath zones have the same level banding, from late 50s to 80. When you hit level 58, you get a scroll that lets you pick whether you want a starting quest in Outland or Northrend. I chose to skip Outland and go straight to the Howling Fjord at 60. As I said, I'm still at 65 with about 75% of the zone quests in Howling Fjord done. At this rate I should get to 80 going through four Wrath zones. If you want to bounce between Outland and Northrend, the Adventure Guide gives you access to the starting quest to any zone for which you're within its level banding.

80 to 90: Again, the zone banding for the Cata zones and the MoP zones covers the same range, from late 70s to 90. I plan to skip Cata and go straight to Pandaria.

90 to 100: The lower end of the zone banding for the WoD zones is unchanged from pre-BfA, so you can have level 100 Shadowmoon Valley if you want, but not level 90 Tanaan Jungle.

100 to 110: Legion looks unchanged for now. I'm curious as to whether the Artifact weapon is competitive with the Heirloom equivalent as I level through those zones, but I've got a long way to go before I see the answer.

As I first thought and as Marco confirmed, picking a crafting profession while leveling pre-BfA is pretty useless. A better strategy is to pick Herbalism and Mining for the XP that comes from gathering a node; you get roughly twice the XP from a node than you do from killing a mob. You can send what you gather to your Auction alt for some spare cash; I assume the buyers want to craft items for their low-level alts. This won't get you the 5M gold for the brontosaurus mount, but waste not want not.

Of course, there's the issue of whether the time to gather a node is worth it compared to the time it takes to kill a mob. For me, it's worth it because I normally take on one creature at a time. I know there are players who gather up the mobs and quickly take them down all at once, but that's beyond my skill.

Drops: The money from mobs is unchanged from pre-BfA. Item drops and quest rewards have the ilvl appropriate for your character's level. Consumables appear to be level-appropriate as well. Other items vary. For example, when my Rogue pickpockets in Wrath, I get lockboxes that require Lockpicking 350 to open, which I won't get until the character is level 70. Consumables from quest rewards are unchanged; one quest gave me food that I won't be able to use until level 70.

Flying: You get access to flying at level 60, with faster flying available at levels 70 and 80. My character can fly in Northrend, and presumably Outland. According to wowhead, flying in Pandaria, Draenor, and the Broken Isles should be available to me as well since I got those skills on other toons.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Discount deals on games
« Last post by Snique on November 23, 2018, 06:51:11 AM »
Cards Against Humanity is offering up to 99% off on a whole bunch of things.

https://www.99percentoffsale.com/
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Finished playing...
« Last post by Winston on November 22, 2018, 07:34:06 AM »
Spider-Man: Turf Wars

For pre-Thanksgiving entertainment: I finished the second DLC for the Spider-Man console game.

Again, more of the same. except that it's tougher. I shouldn't have been too surprised, since in the previous Spider-Man DLC (The Heist) the introduction of the machine-gun thug made combats harder. This time there are battles with multiple machine-gun thugs in a single wave, and there's a new mob: a flying guy with an electrically charged shield who charges you. For the first time, I had to think about my suit mods and optimize them for particular combats.

The plot: The Mob leader (and mob leader... get it?) Hammerhead is trying to take over organized crime in New York. Spider-Man, of course, is the only one who can stop him. This plot is less engaging than the last DLC: bthere are few personal stakes for Spider-Man or Peter Parker; Mary Jane Watson is reduced to a voice cameo; there's no Black Cat to provide frenemy conflict.

Remaining issue: game glitches. There were no noticeable problems with the main game or the first DLC. Here there graphics issues, audio delays, mobs trapped by overlapping terrain. It was annoying.

On the other hand, I learned how to deal with the problems enough to get 100% completion. I plan to take what I learned and apply it to the uncompleted tasks in the first DLC and the main game. So I'll give Turf Wars points for that.

Verdict: If you've played the main game and The Heist, you might as well go for this one. Be prepared for some additional work to get through everything.
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Discount deals on games
« Last post by Marco on November 21, 2018, 12:30:29 PM »
The Steam autumn sale has started, ending early November 27.  There's a pretty picture on their store page, if nothing else.  From my wishlist, I see Rise of the Tomb Raider for $12 (80% off) which I believe is a new low price.

Blizzard also has discounts on a bunch of stuff until November 26.
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Theorycrafting and Class Discussion / Re: Mythic+ resources
« Last post by Marco on November 21, 2018, 09:03:07 AM »
Another useful resource is this article series on wowhead by the Method player Jdotb.  Each article usually comes out shortly after the weekly reset and talks about the current week's affixes and any recent changes.  You can see which dungeons (in his opinion) will be easiest and hardest for the current affixes, and what the trouble points are likely to be in the harder ones.

https://www.wowhead.com/news=288771/jdotb-bfa-q-a-10-recent-affix-changes-underrot-and-tol-dagor-timers
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Wicker Baskets of BALLS
« Last post by Snique on November 19, 2018, 05:23:38 PM »
That was excellent! I'm not a big fan of K-Pop and not at all of League of Legends, but the animation is top-notch and yes, it's definitely catchy.
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Theorycrafting and Class Discussion / Re: 8.0.x stuff
« Last post by Marco on November 19, 2018, 09:32:05 AM »
Many changes to mythic+ dungeons.  Mostly to make things easier, although the grievous change is a buff/nerf (easier to heal off, does more damage if it isn't).

[ETA: grievous was later nerfed to max out at 4 stacks.  I think the maximum damage it does at full stacks is now a smidge higher than it originally was, at 8% of max health instead of 7.5%, but that's a tiny change, while stacking more slowly is still a pretty big one.]

https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/21973195
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Outside Azeroth - General Chatter / Re: Wicker Baskets of BALLS
« Last post by Marco on November 18, 2018, 08:57:52 PM »
Super catchy K-Pop video by Riot, which has become a breakout hit.  (K/DA is a made-up in-game band, and the performers are former unknowns as far as I can tell.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOxkGD8qRB4

[ETA: I guess the performers aren't former unknowns; this article has some details on their backgrounds.]
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