Mists of Pandaria Beta Tester FAQ

Just got into the Beta and not sure where to start or what to expect?  Check out the FAQ after the break.  It answers a lot of the common questions I see in Stormwind general chat.

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Shockwaves – Slow down and enjoy the view

Shockwaves is a column focusing on editorials on upcoming changes to WoW especially but not exclusively related to the upcoming expansion Cataclysm.

Updated: Whoops I was pretty tired when the change hit and completely mis-read the change.  I had assumed that xp from both dungeon quests and dungeon mob xp was being reduced.  As I now realize in the light of day.  It was only the dungeon quest’s xp that was reduced.  It makes a lot of what I wrote below irrelevant.  But rather than edit the article and pretend I didn’t make the mistake I am just going to leave it with this update to clarify things.

The numerous rerolls woke up to a rude awakening today with the announced hotfix reducing the amount of xp level 1-60 quests and dungeons would give.  While initially, it seems like a huge nerf, having leveled from 20+ since patch 4.01 I must say that the amount of experience from dungeons seemed excessive.  There was no real reason to level with quests when the dungeon queues were so short and xp rewards so great.  However, I haven’t tried the dungeons after they reduced the damage output in 4.03 and wonder if the one-two punch of reduced damage and xp will make dungeons a bad choice for leveling.

One of Blizzard’s goals with this change is to get players out of dungeons and back to questing and enjoying all that new content they worked on.  It’s a goal I can agree with.  When I started Maruk I did so to experience the Horde side of quests, but with the amount of dungeons I ran, I skipped most of the content while leveling and even had trouble leveling my gathering professions like mining and skinning at the same pace as my character.

Surprisingly, most of the comments for the blue post announcing this change were overwhelmingly positive.  After reading comments from posters like Karmaze who said “I went in Scholomance about half way through lvl 40, and I left 43.”  It’s easy to see how much xp was being gained.

While a true altoholic has done all the content over several times, don’t forget to see all the new content for old Azeroth, take time to smell the flowers and snag a Singing Sunflower.

The Blues – Dungeon Quest Experience Reduction

The Blues highlights important “blue” posts from the World of Warcraft official forums.

We are applying a hotfix today to all level 1-60 dungeon quests for Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms dungeons which will significantly reduce the amount of experience they award.

While dungeons should remain integral to our evolving storylines, and great places to collect gear in cooperative environments, we need to make sure each player’s questing progress remains relevant as dungeon quests are completed. In many cases we’re seeing players enter dungeons to complete quests, only to come out ahead of the leveling curve for the zones they’re in.

This change should allow players the opportunity to reap the benefits of running dungeons, while not outpacing the leveling flow from levels 1-60. At this time there are no plans for making any adjustments to dungeon quest experience for Outland, Northrend, and level 80+ Cataclysm dungeons.

You can find a list of all of the latest hotfixes here: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/1232869

Quick Shot – Charging without Moving

Quick Shot – A column sharing pictures, screenshots and photos related to WoW.

Just a quick one, I was running HoL on Paia today with a good grp and we were just whizzing through the instance.  We were running through the final stretch when I get knocked back by one of the Titanium Vanguards, the big guys with poison spears.  But he didn’t actually move to hit me, I just flew back while he stood still.  Not an unheard of glitch, but it did spark some amusing party chat.  A fun chuckle.

Maruk – A Good Run

Its been some time since I logged into Maruk, but having finished my dailies early last night and in light of the connection issues I have been having, I didn’t feel like raiding.  So I decided to do some leveling on Maruk and watch TV at the same time.  I was working quests in the Barrens, all green to me right now, when I decided, heck, lets try the dungeon finder.  Although it was late, or rather early morning for the Oceanic servers.  The wait was long as I expected taking 20 mins but it finally popped and we ended up in Blackfathom Deeps.  We were going at a fair pace and got to and downed Ghamoo-ra without incident.  Then the tank said “Sorry guys gtg” and left…

Things just came to a complete standstill and we sat around waiting for another tank, we pulled solo mobs, fished, and waited some more.  Twelve minutes later, a new tank joined the group, we all said “Hi” and…he left.  Repeat cycle above.  I was after 15 more minutes of waiting above when I decided to just leave.  Back to more questing.  For the heck of it, I put myself back in LFD.

After fifteen minutes, it popped and we had a fresh group for Razorfen Kraul.  Nice, a dungeon I had not yet done.  It was a good run, no one complained, congratulations went around when people dinged new levels and we moved at a good pace.  At the end we decided to go again, and thus started one of the best dungeon chains i had been in for a long time.  In all we did four dungeons and I jumped from 23 to 26, not a bad run.  In addition I got a nice Tusken Helm and 2-handed axe, Corpsemaker waiting for me at 27.  I posted some auctions, upgraded my bags to Netherweave bags and called it a night.