World of Warcraft

This blog will be on my toons in the MMO game World of Warcraft

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crafting rare amulets in Diablo 2

Diablo 2 came out in 2000 (17 years ago), and I am still playing it.
Blizzard continues to release new patches for this game ! (Is this a record for an old game ?)
A reason I still play this game is for crafting. Crafting in Diablo 2 is really fun.
Crafted items can be created with The Horadric Cube.
Crafted Items have the potential to be better than Rare Items and possibly certain Set or Unique Items.
Crafted Items may have 3-4 Fixed Properties + a set of random properties.
I love crafting amulets, because with good luck, you can get +2 skill amulets,
with dual leech, faster casting and other good properties.
But you could also get an amulet with 95 level requirement.
Crafted Recipe is usually: a magic item + a crafting rune (middle rune) +Perfect Gem + Any Jewel
You must craft many times before you can get a good item.
see some examples below.




Sunday, May 4, 2014

Warcraft movie will finish shooting in June, coming out in 2016



This movie will be mostly on Computer Graphics.
The question is who will be the voice actors.

Too bad Sam Raimi is not the director anymore, I want to The Army of Darkness in Wow setting.

The upcoming Warcraft movie doesn't come to theaters until March 2016, but the production crew is expected to finishing filming in just three weeks, director Duncan Jones has revealed.

"For those counting down with me, we're done shooting Warcraft in three weeks as of tomorrow! Holy shnikey…," Jones said on Twitter today. Filming began earlier this year.

But filming isn't the only component of making a movie, especially a movie like Warcraft, which we expect to have a significant CG component. Acclaimed Star Wars effects studio Industrial Light & Magic is working on the CG components of the movie, like the Orcs.

Unfortunately for fans, the only glimpse of the Warcraft movie seen so far is a mood piece and one image from the Stormwind throne room. The Legendary Pictures-produced movie was expected to debut on December 18, 2015, but it was delayed after Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VII would also premiere on that date. It was probably the right move, we'd have to say.

The Warcraft movie will tell a Humans vs. Orcs origin story (from the warcraft 1 game), specifically the battle between Durotan and Lothar. The movie will be a mix of live-action and CG, with an overall goal of coming across as "Avatar meets Game of Thrones."

The next World of Warcraft expansion is Warlords of Draenor, which introduces seven new zones and raises the level cap to 100 (grinding from level 1 to 100 would be crazy if under the original pace). In other World of Warcraft news, the third episode in the Azeroth Choppers web series is now live. The video series follows acclaimed custom-bike designer Paul Jr. and his team as they create two real-world bikes, one for the Horde and the other for the Alliance. Fans will get to vote on which bike is ultimately recreated in the game.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

You can buy a level 90 character directly from Blizzard

I guess Blizzard wants to cut off the middleman.
How much more can Blizzard milk Wow franchise ?



Blizzard has been flirting with in game purchase for a while now. The World of Warcraft store is mostly stocked with cosmetic items, or flashy pets, but nothing that does much to change the way the game is played. Today, though, Blizzard steps across that line with its new Character Boosts, sending one character on the fast track to level 90. Character Boosts can be purchased from the in-game interface for $60.

We got an unintended sneak peek at that price tag when a glitch allowed players to visit the in-game store last month, but the details weren't confirmed back then. Now, it seems like this is the real deal: one Character Boost comes free with all purchases of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, but subsequent boosts will cost $60. For those keeping track at home, that's ten dollars more than the price of the expansion, which you'll need to own to reach the level cap.

Once you purchase a Character Boost, you'll be able to use it on any character with a level lower than 90. The Boost brings that character to the level cap, outfits them with level-appropriate gear to start playing end-game content, and (if the character was level 60 or higher) maxes out their professions.

This is definitely a convenience purchase, intended for players with a lot of disposable income. Still, it raises some questions - if you're willing to pay the equivalent of four months of subscription time to skip most of the game's content, your definitions of "work" and "play" might be getting a little blurred.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Some old pictures from the Molten Core raid

The good old days of Wow vanilla ! The Molten Core was a level 60 raid dungeon located within Blackrock Mountain, home to Ragnaros the Firelord. It was a forty (40) player raid dungeons available upon release of World of Warcraft, with the other being Onyxia's Lair. That was before any of the expansion releases. A raid of forty players was an accomplishment just for the organization skill involved alone. It was a time when getting a purple item meant something ! Epic items are no longer epic in the current wow ! Considered the pinnacle of raiding achievement at the time, the Molten Core enticed adventurers to enter the instance in the search of realm glory. Before even seeing Ragnaros, you must defeat several of his lieutenants. And the trash mobs were not easy either, the raid group can get wiped by the trash mobs. My hunter finally got the Blastershot Launcher gun after many hours of raiding !

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A test run of Diablo 3 free edition

I played so much Diablo 2, which came out more than a decade ago.
When I was ready to buy Diablo 3 when it came out last year, the reviews were not good at all.
Since Blizzard now offer Diablo 3 free edition, which allows a player to play until the end of Act 1,
so I installed the game.
This game requires Windows Vista with Service Pack 2.
The graphics are excellent.
The game play is a little slow though. It feels more like a MMORPG instead of an action RPG game.
Some of the older NPCs appear again.
Again, you have to save Deckard Cain in Act 1.
The Act 1 end boss is from Diablo 1, King Leoric.
The Yellow named monsters are elite with minions.
The blue monsters are champions.
The purple named monsters are uniques.
My first character is a barbarian, a melee guy.
Like World of Warcraft, you gain achievements as game progresses.
I only wish Blizzard can remake Diablo 2 with the new graphic engine.
This game requires good hardware, I may need to get a new PC to play the full version.













Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Silverp the Rogue runs through the Ragefire Chasm instance

Ragefire Chasm is an instance dungeon located in Horde's capital Orgrimmar.
This is one of the shortest instances in the game, and of the easiest difficulty. For many players, this is likely the first instance they will play.
Definitely it is helpful to develop a player's group play skill. It will take teamwork to kill all the bosses.
This instance has not been changed since the Cataclysm expansion.
Mobs include elementals, trolls, snakes and orcs.
Three Horde quests are availiable, all quest givers are near the entrance of the instance. There are four bosses to kill:
Bazzalan
Jergosh the Invoker
Oggleflint
Taragaman the Hungerer

Overall, this is a beginner's instance, no problem for Silverh the Rogue. This instance is mainly used to teach players how to cooperate in a team to defeat enemies.





Silverh completes her 100th quest. A good achievement!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Silverh the hunter runs through Blackfathom Deeps instance in Ashenvale

Blackfathom Deeps is the only remaining instance I have not visited that is accessible in WOW starter Edition (level 20 cap). I decide to take Silverh the hunter for a run of this instance.
It seems very few people are playing this instance, it took Silverh half hour to assemble a group going in.

Blackfathom Deeps is an underwater dungeon in northwestern Ashenvale. It is accessed by a stair-lined shaft that requires one to swim through an underwater entrance. The deeps are comprised of a series of watery caverns leading deep to a temple devoted to the Old Gods. The Twilight's Hammer cult runs this shrine, and it has joined forces with local naga and satyrs to defend the unholy creature, Aku'mai (final boss).

Situated along the Zoram Strand of Ashenvale, Blackfathom Deeps was once a glorious temple dedicated to the night elves' moon-goddess, Elune. However, the great Sundering shattered the temple - sinking it beneath the waves of the Veiled Sea.

Mobs in this instance include murlocs, nagas, humans, turtles, elementals etc, with a level range of 18-25.
There are four alliance quests, with excellent rewards, all quest NPCs are at the beginning of the instance.

First boss, a big named turtle.


Logalis Manuscript, a quest item.


Gelihast, a murloc boss, there is an orb behind him that gives you a 10% more stats buff for one hour.


Lorgus Jett is a high ranking Twilight's Hammer human, he is wanted for a Horde quest.


Elemental quest NPC, again, he is there for a Horde quest.


Twilight Lord Kelris, he will use a Mind Control spell periodically, as well as a Sleep.


final boss - Aku'mai, an easy boss, just tank and spank.


A quest reward, this is the best bow you can get on a level 20 character.

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