Monday, July 18, 2016

Legion pre-patch Q&A



First things first:
  • Remember to update your addons
  • Remember to check the "Load out-of-date addons" checkbox in your character screen

How do I hide my helm / my cloak / my shoulders? The option to hide isn't in the Interface menu anymore!

Short answer: Go to a Transmogrification NPC. When you'll select the slot for your helm, cloak and shoulders, the option to not display will be the very first one at the top left.

Long answer: With the appearance collection system, they decided to take these options from the interface menu and put everything related to your character's appearance in with the Wardrobe, because another thing that they've done is do a pass at un-cluttering the game's menus that were getting filled with too many options.
Yes, it does come at the very minor inconvenience of not being able to not display your helm whenever you want, but it makes sense as a system and there's multiple Transmogrification NPCs spread at key places in the game now plus the Yak mount.


Where are the Demon Hunters? I've pre-ordered Legion, why can't I create one?

Short answer: Be patient, keep an eye on your WoW news, they could be available at any time between now and August 19th, but don't expect them in the first 2 weeks after the patch.

Long answer: This pre-patch contains so many changes to the existing game, the developers want to play it carefully. First they'll fix all the broken things (there's always broken things on a live server, no matter how much testing you can get in), then make sure all the class changes are okay, the numbers are balanced, they do hotfixes and patches and make sure everything is stable - and then they'll flip the switch to allow Demon Hunters to be created.


What's the point of pre-ordering anyways?

You get to create a Demon Hunter before players who will buy their copy of Legion on or after launch day. You'll be able to play their starting zone and then be able to play the rest of the game content. So, you can already start farming your Blades of Azzinoth from the Black Temple if you want. It's just a head-start for your character to be ready and jump into Legion content when the expansion goes live on August 30th.


What's the time limit to pre-order?

Game goes live on August 30th, so any time before that is a pre-order. (Don't ask me about Collector's Edition - I don't know.)


I'm looking for "this spell" or "this ability" and I can't find it anymore. Where is it?

The pre-patch introduces huuuuuuge changes to classes and specializations, so if you're not finding your usual spells or abilities, it's possible they've been either removed or moved to a different spec. For most people, this is the beginning of an entirely new way to play all of your characters. I'd recommend you take the time to read everything about your specs in-game and maybe have a look at the Legion class guides that are posted on Wowhead before you make a decision on what to choose.


I'm not doing enough damage / My character feels broken / I'm not healing as much as I used to / etc.

It could be many things:
  • these are new specs and we all need to adjust to them;
  • don't worry about the numbers because these are Legion numbers and we aren't playing the expansion yet, which also means we're not wearing Legion gear and don't have Legion full abilities;
  • could be that the way that spec is played now just isn't your cup of tea so maybe look at a different class or spec.
I say: don't cry wolf just yet about how your class/spec is "broken" because maybe it's not.


Where's the glyph tab? Where did my glyphs go? What's happening with my cosmetic glyphs?

The glyph system as we knew it is removed from the game.
BUT cosmetic glyphs still exist, not exactly the same ones, but you'll be able to use them by applying them directly on your spells in your spellbook.
And Scribes are still very useful, don't panic, don't go changing your profession without looking into what you can do now.


Where do I get my Artifact weapon?

That's in the Legion expansion, not the pre-patch.


Why did my hunter receive a polearm in the mail?

Survival hunters are now melee and their main weapon is a polearm. So if you want to try it, the devs are giving you a weapon to try it, because trying to melee with a gun or bow isn't quite as effective.


Where's the Demon Invasion event?

It's not in yet. Same explanation as I gave earlier for Demon Hunters.
They are meant to start happening around the 2nd or 3rd week of August (but no later than Aug. 17th) and will last up until Aug. 30th when Legion launches.
Important thing to know: there are things you can get from this event that will never come back again.
There's transmog sets, a mount, a pet, 16 unique weapon appearances, toys, feat of strength achievements - get them while you can when this will be active.
(Check out this guide for more info)


What about that Broken Shore event?

That is the intro quest for Legion. It will happen when Legion goes live.


What happened to all the gold missions I used to get at my garrison?

The gold has been replaced by garrison resources.
Same thing goes for the Jewelcrafting follower daily quests.


Some of my mounts and pets in my collections are in gift-wrapped packages - what the hell?

They're trying a new thing for you to easily find your new mounts and pets you've received either as gifts or that you bought from the in-game store. It used to be they were added to your collection and you'd have to take a long time to find out where they're hidden in your collection. I think it's cute, but give your feedback to the developers!


Might as well add these questions if you have them in the future...

OK imagine that you can create Demon Hunters now - your questions will be:

I'm looking at the Character Creation screen and I'm not seeing Demon Hunters anywhere - how do I make one?

Only Night Elves and Blood Elves can be Demon Hunters for the Legion expansion.
(Also check if you've pre-ordered Legion.)


Why only them?

Because of Demon Hunter lore (I'm not going into that here).


Will other races be able to be Demon Hunters in the future?

Developers have already thought of that and hinted that now that Night Elf and Blood Elf Demon Hunters will have been roaming on Azeroth for a while, it certainly would make sense for them to end up teaching people from other races who would want to volunteer to become Demon Hunters. So most likely yeah. In a patch this expansion? Don't think so, it could be possible, but I wouldn't keep my hopes up.


Hope this answers all of your burning Legion pre-patch questions!
If I've forgotten anything that you think might be a popular concern, let me know and I'll add it to this post!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Worgen, the Darkmoon Faire and the Wardrobe




Public Service Announcement from the Intelligent Warcraft Players Association: put the Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide in your bags.

Darkmoon Faire and Legion go together like moldy cupcakes and Ecto-Cooler.
The main thing that's important about the Darkmoon Faire right now is collecting Darkmoon Prize Tickets for the upcoming Wardrobe feature.

Why?

Because Wardrobe
Soon, you'll be able to collect appearances for your Wardrobe that you can only collect at the Darkmoon Faire.
  • Two class sets
  • Gilnean-themed appearances
  • Darkmoon Faire-themed appearances
The two class sets
You can purchase them from Barum and Baruma for a whopping total of 520 tickets per set.
The original point of the existence of those sets was to be able to purchase transmog versions of the old classic vanilla sets because it's no longer possible to obtain them since the Cataclysm revamp because they've removed the quest chains.
So that's why there's no sets for there for Death Knights, Monks or Demon Hunters.




Gilnean-themed appearances
You can get those from Chester - the semi-hidden NPC that most people don't even know exists.
To collect all his 5 items, you'll need 355 Darkmoon Prize Tickets.
















Darkmoon Faire-themed appearances
You can buy them from Gelvas Grimegate
But there's also a random chance of getting the cloak from the Darkmoon Game Prize boxes that you get from doing the dailies.
Some people also sell both items on the Auction House.
















That's a lot of tickets!
You can get the tickets by doing the dailies, doing the profession quests, killing Moonfang, but most importantly by turning in the quest items.
Turning in all of them gives you 80 tickets and that's a lot compared to everything else you can do to get tickets.
You can only turn them in once every Darkmoon Faire, but it's worth it.

From looting bodies in PvP:
From looting in dungeons:
Or you can buy them at a ridiculous price at the Auction House.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING
If you don't use the Auction House option, the key is to have the Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide in your bags.
You get it - you keep it - do not ever remove it from your bags.

You get it from either the first breadcrumb quest (quest) that invites you for the very first time to the Darkmoon Faire, or you can get it again from Selina Dourman - which is the very first NPC you come across when you enter the Faire.
Ask her about the Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide and she'll have an option to give you another one.














My recommendation is: have this item in your bags for all your toons, all the time.

What happens is: you're running around with your toons, doing stuff left and right, and then suddenly you get the loot window pop-up for a Darkmoon Faire item, and then you're the only one to Need or Greed on it, and you loot the item!

Usually, no one else in my groups has the Guide in their bags and can't see the the item when it drops.
So that means either more free tickets for me or free bunches of gold when I'm putting these items on the Auction House when the Faire is live.

Free gold! Free tickets!
All you have to do is have the Guide in your bags.
You're a winner by default!
So do the intelligent thing : put the Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide in your bags.

This has been another PSA from the Intelligent Warcraft Players Association. You're welcome.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Getting Rid of Draenor Items at a Profit

Another expansion is about to end, subscribers new and old are filling the servers, and begins the time-honored tradition of cleaning the bags of all your characters.
This time it's a little bit different because of the new things to come (which I've covered in my previous post), but the old standard remains: what to do with the items and materials of this expansion which will soon become almost obsolete.

So let's take a look at what you can do with your Warlords items in the most profitable or useful way we can think of.

Alchemy

If you still have Alchemical Catalysts and have alts that have different professions, I'd recommend dealing with those last.
You might need some of the Sorcerous elements to craft items with your other professions, and you can convert the Sorcerous elements into other types of elements with Alchemical Catalyst as a reagent.
So just to be safe, put Alchemy at the end of your To Do List.
Otherwise, the most profitable way to get rid of that reagent is to craft Draenic Philosopher's Stone and sell directly to vendor.

Possible Auction House profit-makers:
  • Draenic Water Walking Elixir could be useful to keep on the AH considering the new restriction that will be added to the Water Strider Mounts. But also the Angler's Fishing Raft will now be turned into a Toy. So it's a bit of a gamble.
  • Draenic Water Breathing Elixir could also be useful on the AH, but keep in mind that unless someone finds a great need to breathe underwater for a long time, the cheaper and short-lived Water Breathing Elixir could end up still being the preferred option.
  • Draenic Swiftness Potion is the fastest speed potion in the game so far. Currently there should be a metric ton of them on the AH, but it could end up being a profitable money-maker once everyone runs out of their stock (a few months into Legion).
  • Transmorphic Tincture will still find some use amongst some players. It may not be an incredibly profitable market, but there will be buyers. (Note this is worth making only to make profit on the AH, as material cost to vendor is higher than vendor cost of the product itself.)

Blacksmithing

After crafting all the plate gear and weapons and shields to add them to your Wardrobe, apart from the Soul of the Forge pet, there's nothing else to do with your Truesteel Ingot than to craft some more of those pieces and put them up on the AH (like everyone else) or sell them to vendor.


Enchanting

Draenic Dust: turn it into Enchanted Dust and sell that to vendor.
Temporal Crystals and Luminous Shards: they cannot be sold by themselves, so unless you want to keep some, you'll have to make enchants and sell the enchanted scrolls to the vendor (or the AH - good luck!).
BUT keep a stack of 20x Temporal Crystals on the side - you'll need it to collect a weapon enchantment illusion in Legion.


Engineering

Gearspring Parts are easy to get rid of as you have a few options: you can craft Toys and Pets to sell on the AH, as well as a gun and some goggles that can be used for the Wardrobe.
But if you're looking for quick profit, craft Hemet's Heartseeker or Megawatt Filament and sell those to vendor.


Inscription

If you don't care about the Wardrobe system:
If you care about the Wardrobe system:
  1. Craft the Warlords weapons and off-hand item if you don't have them already on your account.
  2. Exchange any spare Warbinder's Ink at an Ink Trader to be able to craft other items with a special appearance. (Be careful: many craftable off-hand tomes share the same appearance - don't waste materials!)
  3. And then follow the section above and craft Card of Omens and stock up on other Inks.

Jewelcrafting

The most cost-efficient way to get rid of Taladite Crystals is by crafting gems and selling them on the AH as long as you can make a decent profit out of them.
If your profit on gems is 20g or less or if you're not a Jewelcrafter, you're crafting rings (not necklaces) and selling them to vendor.
Note: With the pre-Legion patch, the daily Jewelcrafting follower mission at the Gem Boutique has its reward switched from gold to Garrison Resources.


Leatherworking

After crafting all the leather and mail pieces to add them to your Wardrobe, apart from the Riding Harness mount, there's a few things you can do with your Burnished Leather.
Obviously, you can try to sell some extra pieces on the AH (along with everyone else), and you can do the same with Inscription, Skinning and Mining bags, even if their popularity and usage should be decreasing with everyone's bags being practically empty post-Legion pre-patch.

As a side note, keeping a Tannery post-Warlords could be interesting if you have any toons to level.
If you didn't already know, a Leatherworking follower attached to your Tannery can craft tents for you.
When placed down, these tents will give any character in your party a 60 min buff that makes them well-rested and have a 10% boost to all stats.
Even though you can't sell them on the AH, they are BoA, can be stacked by 5, and there's a bunch of them that can be crafted. (No, you can't stack the buffs)
So maybe keeping some Raw Beast Hides on the side to make those could be a good idea.


Tailoring

After crafting all the cloth pieces to add them to your Wardrobe, apart from the Creeping Carpet mount and Elekk Plushie pet, there's nothing else to do with your Hexweave Cloth than to craft Hexweave Bags.
Whether you send them to alts or put them up on the AH, that's the only way this cloth can be really useful.
You could also try to sell the craftable cloth pieces on the AH, but so will everyone else.


Meats and Fish flesh

Go into Cooking, cook your meat and fish flesh, sell the food to vendor.
Be sure to cook the food that requires only the meat or fish flesh as materials, or else you'll reduce your profit margin.


Felblight and Savage Blood

If you have them, put all of them up on the Auction House as soon as you can.
Their only use is to craft upgrades for Warlords items, so let players buy them from you and that's as much profit as you'll ever be able to make.
If that's not an option for you, you can sell them directly to the vendor.
Note: Felblight will be purchasable from the Primal Spirit vendors.


Primal Spirit

Use them with your crafting professions or buy Savage Bloods with them and try to squeeze out a profit at the AH.


Sorcerous elements (Air, Earth, Fire, Water)

These are practically worthless on the AH because we've been swimming in them throughout Warlords, so use them with your crafting professions, and when you're done with those you can sell them to vendor.


Draenic Stone

Best bang for your buck is to turn it in at your mine work order NPC and get some ore from it.


Draenic Seeds

If you care about the Wardrobe system:

There are 5 cosmetic weapons that can be bought from an NPC in your Herb Garden for 500 or 1000 Draenic Seeds and a few thousand gold for each item.
Pro tip: If you have alts with herb gardens, you can spread the collecting effort around to purchase the weapons.
Be careful! All these weapons are BoP, so be mindful that the character purchasing a weapon is able to wield it so it can go in your Wardrobe.



If you don't care about the Wardrobe system:

Use your Draenic Seeds at the Herb Garden work order NPC.


Apexis Crystals

Go to your base in Tanaan Jungle and see Ravenspeaker Thelnaas of the Order of the Awakened.
Buy Baleful pieces from him, use them, and vendor them.


Bags and Crates of Salvage

Bag of Salvaged Goods: should be opened right away.
Crate of Salvage: should be opened ASAP before the pre-patch so you can sell the follower armaments to the vendor while they still have considerable value.
Big Crate of Salvage: should be stashed and opened only after the pre-patch is on live servers.
While they do contain follower armaments that will be worth a few copper, the other items will be very useful for either your or other player's Wardrobe (what you want to keep or sell on the AH is up to you).
Right now, until we can afford to delete things from our bags, it's not worth opening the crates and cluttering your already-cluttered bags.
Note: the soulbound class sets that come from these crates will still drop from them.
It's been confirmed by Blizzard devs that the crate contents will remain unchanged with the pre-patch.


Timber

Unless you have a Lumber Yard and are still using the Timber to get Garrison Resources, delete that Timber because you don't need it anymore.


Ogre Waystone

Keeping a Mage Tower up now that Warlords is over is a good idea so you have a bunch of portals for quick access to the zones you want.
Ogre Waystones should first be used to open up your 3 portals and then be used at the work order NPC standing right outside the tower.
I'd still keep the leftover Waystones tucked away in your bank (you can now afford the bag space for it!), just in case you kill more ogres in Draenor in the future and want to either change your portals or continue plunking them at the work order NPC.
The extra Apexis Crystals don't hurt and if you get some Mission Completion Orders you could go to your garrison mission table and complete some quick missions for profit.


Iron Horde Scraps

After you're done collecting all the pieces of all the sets for your Wardrobe (remember - these pieces are Bind on Account, so you can buy them and send them to your alts even if the character that buys the armor cannot wear them), their is only one profitable way of getting rid of all those pieces.
It's the Scrap Meltdown daily quest that rewards you with follower armaments (which you can vendor only for a few copper when the pre-patch is live) and 15 gold and change.

For that, you need your Level 3 Dwarven Bunker/War Mill for the NPC with the quest to appear.
The only problem with this is if you think it's worth rebuilding it if you don't have it already in your garrison.
If you don't have a big stockpile of Iron Horde Scraps saved up on your toon, you might be spending more rebuilding the place than you'll be getting out of the daily.
(Rebuilding up to Level 3 - assuming your toon already learned the plans - would cost 950g. To break even with the cost of rebuilding, you would have to complete the daily quest 62 times by turning in 1550 Iron Horde Scraps.)

However, it might be interesting to keep that building up in case you either have not finished picking up all the cosmetic sets for your Wardrobe or if you want to continue collecting Scraps when revisiting the dungeons in the future and make a quick 15g here and there.


That's it!

With this cleanup out of the way, your bags should be emptier and your pockets should have a bit more than chump change, and you'll have made the most of it with just a little bit of time.

As for the rest of your bags' contents, take the time to read my previous post before you chuck everything to the vendor or you might regret deleting items you'd want back.

If there's anything you feel I've forgotten in this post, leave a comment!