Ster joins us this week to share with us a boat-load of BFA tips and tricks! We talk about the Virtual Ticket gifting changes, Con Before the Storm panels that Leeta and Stone are both participating in, Harvest Festival and Brewfest! As always we cover the State of the Challengers; Leeta & Stone review their weeks into the challenges; We read your comments, feedback and answer your questions.
Per0tin joins us again to talk about his latest challenge adventures and ask for advice on whether he should do Blood Thirsty or Pacifist first. Thank you to Thilani for gifting the Virtual Ticket & Game-time back to the top 10 finishers in the contest (Linamunn won!). As always we cover the State of the Challengers; Leeta & Stone review their weeks into the challenges; We read your comments, feedback and answer your questions.
Rogueslayer joins us to recount her adventures of success (and travesty). We wrap up the Get Your Green On leveling contest (congrats to Thilani), talk about a potential “Seasons” aspect for the challenges and also briefly about EUROPA! As always we cover the State of the Challengers; Leeta & Stone review their weeks into the challenges; We read your comments, feedback and answer your questions.
This week Leeta completely dupes Stone and they both have a super bad case of the giggles. We play an AMAZING clip from Grand Nagus and the Dark Lady! In the news we talk about the Get Your Green On Green-Leveling Contest, some Site changes that happened. As always we cover the State of the Challengers; Leeta & Stone review their weeks into the challenges; We read your comments, feedback and answer your questions.
It’s our 3-year anniversary for the show! We have questions from Nisey, Five, Ster, Crystal and Tiber. We also do three giveaways: a US pet, EU pet and a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket! We ALSO announce the start of our Get Your Green On: Allied Races green leveling contest.
In Battle for Azeroth, we are given the Heart of Azeroth, this expansion’s equivalent of the Legion artifact weapon. In the previous expansion we allowed a one-time equip of the Legion artifact weapon in order to open up quest lines as it was previously thought the artifact was required to access Legion zones and subsequent quests. On hindsight, the Legion artifact equip was the wrong decision as there ARE some Legion quests available (not all).
With this in mind, we turn our gaze towards BFA. All characters are able to access the new BFA zones from Stormwind (Alliance) and the Echo Isles (Horde) without needing to skip the Battle for Lordaeron scenario and without equipping the Heart of Azeroth. Since we can all access the new BFA zones freely, mage portals and warlock summons will continue to not be allowed.
Overall the Heart of Azeroth is a very strong “stat-stick”, one that normally would never be allowed under Iron rules as it violates our gear quality rules. Without equipping the Heart of Azeroth, a challenger will be unable to take / complete any “War campaign” quests, which would account for about half of all quests available to a challenger in their faction zones. With some exploration, we’ve found that there are a significant number of breadcrumb starter quests that are not related to the War Campaign; enough quests should be available in BFA zones for a challenger without needing to unlock the War Campaign.
Presently, an equip of the Heart of Azeroth and subsequent achievement will lead to a red-flag for any challenger and it will remain that way for the forseeable future. The removal of a potential avenue of cheating in this case outweighs the reduction in quests available for BFA.
It is an item we can revisit should we see no significant progress towards Level 120 for most of the challenges. For the time being, you will need to scrounge every ounce of experience from anything you can find.
I appreciate everyone’s feedback and advice over the last few days as it played a significant part in the direction we are taking now.
Ferre returns this week to share with us her pacifist experience and knowledge! We also talk about a third wave of BlizzCon tickets going on sale and, more importantly, the status of the Heart of Azeroth achievement for BFA. We all talk about our weeks in WoW; cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!
Next week is our 3-year anniversary show! We’re going to hold a WoW Challenges Q&A, so please send in your questions ASAP!
This week we’re joined by four of our wonderful mods (it’s Mod Appreciation month here at WoW Challenges): Awesome Trousers, BoZ, Nisey and Xortz! We ask them about their experiences with the new changes, if they’ve completed anything on their bucket lists before BFA launches and any advice they can give to newcomers, especially considering the changes since 7.3.5. We also talk about a third wave of BlizzCon tickets going on sale, the 8.0 patch changes that affect Pacifist challengers, the Hot-Fix to remove Auto-Accept, BFA launching SOON, the update to the site’s random class/race generator and remind folks about our 3-year anniversary show (we need more questions!). We all talk about our weeks in WoW; cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!
Xortz steps in as our impromptu guest co-Host this week (Leeta is sick… feel better soon!), so Xortz and Stone have a “boys night” episode! We talk about the recent XP adjustments, the BFA questing experience and the last cinematics that Blizzard released this week. The boys talk about their week in WoW; we all cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!
This week we’re joined by Akari, a co-host from Azeroth Coast to Coast. He tells us about his Iron experiences dating back all the way to Cataclysm! We discuss the new mob damage/health nerf that was just put in place as well a request for questions for our WoW Challenges Q&A show scheduled for the end of August. Stone and Leeta talk about their week’s in WoW; we all cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!