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With the recent announcement that the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch will drop on Tuesday, July 17th 2018, we need to let you know about some possible / probable downtime for the wowchallenges site and some things you can do to get your challenger ready.

Image result for down timeDowntime
While many people get entry into BFA through Beta or, most recently, the 8.0 PTR, the data that most websites use, including ours, is the API, which does NOT have Beta or PTR access of any kind. This means that we won’t know about any changes to the API until they are actually live.

Overall, we are expecting some form of downtime or reduction of functionality on the 17th while we review the API changes and adjust our own code accordingly. It’s our goal to make the downtime as short as possible, but you never know what the future holds. During this period, the site will be “online”, however, you will be unable to update or add characters to any of the challenge lists.

Image result for PreparationPre-Patch Preparation
We highly recommend you log onto all of your challenge characters BEFORE the pre-patch drops and remove all of your gear in case any of the items are converted to uncommon or higher. Red flags due to gear restrictions are not going to be reversed once we are live with 8.0. Typically items that could be flagged are seasonal gear or Darkmoon Faire items, however, everything has the potential to be changed: again, we are not reversing flags due to gear. Better to strip off all your gear and log out at a major town’s inn (not capital).

Even characters that are allowed to wear uncommon (green) gear should probably remove their gear in case some of their gear gets changed to rare (blue).

Servers Back Online
As with most patch days, we recommend you log in on a non-challenge character to test the waters. While Blizzard has lately been REALLY GOOD at keeping servers stable on major patch or release days, they cannot control things like DDOS attacks. Odd things like getting DC’d on zeppelins MID-FLIGHT or in the middle of combat will likely result in your death when you log back in. These deaths cannot be reversed, so proceed with caution.

We recommend taking a good 1-2 days off from your challengers, just in case. This is a great time to log back in on a scout and test the waters. Or, you know, you could log in with a normal character and enjoy the 8.0 goodness, too!

What’s Changed in 8.0?
Many, MANY things have changed:

  • Stat Squish 2.0: All mob, NPC and player numbers have been squished (like back in Warlords).
  • First Aid is gone: The First Aid secondary profession has been removed. You can purchase your bandages on the auction house. The Tailoring profession is not allowed currently.
  • War Mode: You have the option to enable PvP and gain an extra 10% bonus experience while you quest in the world. This is allowed. It is up to you as to whether the benefit outweighs the risk. Deaths due to PvP are still deaths.
  • A full list of what’s being changed can be found in this wowhead guide: http://www.wowhead.com/pre-patch-feature-preview
  • There is also a list of undocumented changes found in the wowpedia article: https://wow.gamepedia.com/Patch_8.0.1_(undocumented_changes)

 

 

The loremaster himself, Remedyz joins us from PwnCast! Rem tells us all about how he squirrels and what his plans are for his challenge toons (hopefully not dying). We discuss the Patch 8.0 changes, BlizzCon Ticket rename date change and plans for our upcoming 3-year anniversary show. Stone and Leeta talk about their week’s in WoW; we all cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!

… And because we’re disorganzied, we talk about the new WoW Challenges community that will be created once 8.0 hits and DitchCon’s drink ticket wave.

World of Warcraft News

  • Patch 8.0 Announced
  • BlizzCon Ticket Rename Date Change
  • 3-year Anniversary Show
  • WoW Challenges Community
  • DitchCon Drink Ticket Wave 2

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Remedyz
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/RemedyzPwncast/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RemedyzPwncast/
Snapchat: Remedyzen
Twitter: https://twitter.com/remedyzpwncast

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

Reminder: We no longer have a “CLEAN” tag.

This week we are joined by the very cool and chill twitch streamer Per0tin! He tells us all about his experiences in WoW and even a tip that we had NEVER heard before! Stone returns to cover the news, which is NOT MUCH. We are waiting with bated breath for the 8.0 pre-patch to drop! Stone and Leeta talk about their week’s in WoW; we all cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!

Per0tin’s Advice
The first piece of advice I would give, and it is something I always say is the biggest killer of any challenger (outside of a DC/lag spike or phase) is unfamiliarity. Always stick to what you know, even if it is a zone that everyone tells you is too dangerous. You’re far better off going to zones and doing quests that you know the mechanics, mob patterns, respawns etc in a quote “dangerous” zone, than you are doing a safer zone that you do not know. So firstly, stick to what you know.

Secondly when people ask me what class they should start a challenger on for their first attempt I usually lean toward either a hunter or a paladin, so you can’t really go wrong with either of those.

Lastly would be to take regular breaks, don’t feel bad about skipping quests, and when you die try not to get too disheartened and jump back on the horse sooner rather than later.

Oh and have fun!

Per0tin’s Tips & Tricks
Helpful tips or tricks. Do the four starting zones each time to get the best white gear possible from quests, even if it takes you past 20. I’m often still finishing up the final zone at 22 but you still get ample experience.

Another would be to use the chauffer mount (on classes where you’re not in tank spec) until 60. Not being able to be dismounted could be a life saver, so forgo the extra speed for safety.

Be aware of when the vendor item sets are available and try and purchase those as soon as you can. Also periodically check the AH for shoulders and a cloak upgrade.

Set your hearthstone in the questing hubs inn that you’re working from and use it often to get out of caves etc. No need to take unnecessary risks in running out of caves.

Some slightly less obvious ones are:
Use macros to your advantage, often times especially when you are in trouble it is easy to get flustered, so if you have an oh-crap macro that could save you in a bind.

Keep your head on a swivel at all times. If you are questing in a zone and you know you need to kill a named mob who would be risky solo and you see another player heading that way act quickly and get a sneaky tag in. The same is true of the other way around, careful with players rounding mobs up near you, it’s best to steer clear and not take any risks.

Sell items on a vendor mount if you have one to avoid accidently equiping a green or better item at a non-stationary vendor.

And my last tip would be to use critters to your advantage. Honestly, critters. My current Iron Mage is level 35 and arcane spec and I build up his arcane charges on critters before pulling quest mobs. You can do the same to generate rage and combo points for example. Use everything you have at your disposal to gain an advantage.

World of Warcraft News

  • Not much is happening… waiting for the pre-patch!

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Per0tin
Twitch: http://twitch.tv/Per0tin

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

Reminder: We no longer have a “CLEAN” tag.

We are joined by Illeye (Dave the Hunter… not THAT hunter) to tell us his challenge tales in WoW. We talk about Warcraft’s free sub weekend and the Midsummer Fire Festival. Stone and Leeta share their adventures over the last week, read the State of the Challengers and listener questions.

World of Warcraft News

  • WoW free to play weekend
  • Midsummer Fire Festival

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Illeye
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Illeye_CTR

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

Reminder: We no longer have a “CLEAN” tag.

Tiber returns after *almost* a year to the day, talking about adventures in WoW and his pacifists and iron challenge characters. We cover PTR 8.0, Midsummer Fire Festival, WoW Classic and Blizzard Password vulnerability. Stone and Leeta share their adventures over the last week, read the State of the Challengers and listener questions.

World of Warcraft News

  • PTR 8.0
  • Midsummer Fire Festival
  • WoW Classic News
  • Blizzard Passwords

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Tiber
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Tiber_WoW
Twitch: tiber_aka_tybur

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

Reminder: We no longer have a “CLEAN” tag.

This week Taco joins us as our guest to talk about death by sneezing and all sorts of other great challenge leveling stories.  We talk about the BFA World Launch, DitchCon, the Troll Run 2k18, Midsummer Fire Festival and Stone’s Walk for ALS. Leeta and Stone share their challenge adventures this week and read the State of the Challengers.

World of Warcraft News

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Taco
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Cubs4341
Battle.net – Taco#12314

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

Reminder: We no longer have a “CLEAN” tag.

Ceraphus joins us this week to talk about Con Before the Storm and all the effort that gets put in to make it such a successful event. We also talk about lessons learned from this year’s 24-hour live stream. We talk about TotalBiscuit, Con Before the Storm, DitchCon, Lagging Balls BlizzCon Ticket Giveaway and Glowcap Festival. Leeta and Stone share their challenge adventures this week and read the State of the Challengers.

World of Warcraft News

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Ceraphus
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ceraphus
Podcast – The Sundering
Kickstart – ConBeforeStorm.com

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

Reminder: We no longer have a “CLEAN” tag.

This week we are joined by Spoonie the Bard! He tells us how he discovered the challenges and had an accidental run-in with his Iron Teammate Taco. We talk about Con Before the Storm, DitchCon, no CTR Party, War Mode Scaling effects, Custom Contest changes, Teams Account Deletion, a new Spreadshirt code and Stone’s Walk for ALS. Leeta and Stone share their challenge adventures this week and read the State of the Challengers.

World of Warcraft News

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Spoonie the Bard
Twitch: http://twitch.tv/SpoonieTheBard
Twitter – @SpoonieTheBard

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

Reminder: We no longer have a “CLEAN” tag.

Please note from this episode forward we’ll be dropping the “CLEAN” tag from the show. 

Belle, Queen of Pwncast, Ruler of Ditchcon, joins us this week to tell us all about her experience in WoW, what brought her into the game and where she’s at now. We talk about the Ditchcon Kickstarter (SOOOOOOON), Con Before the Storm, BlizzCon Ticket Sales, War Mode Rewards and how they relate to the challenges.  Leeta and Stone share their challenge adventures this week and read the State of the Challengers.

World of Warcraft News

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Belle
ALL THINGS PWNCAST: http://pwncast.tv
Twitter – @BelleOfPwncast

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

Xortz joins us this week to talk about HIS PACIFIST (WHAT????) and his adventures in the Iron Teams challenge. For news we cover Con Before the Storm, Site Changes, Blood Thirsty TEAMS Rule change, and our Walk for ALS 24-hour Stream. Leeta and Stone share their challenge adventures this week and read the State of the Challengers.

World of Warcraft News

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
Twitter: @WoWChallenges
Discord server: discord.WoWChallenges.com
Check out the show on YouTube.com/WoWChallenges1
And remember to come catch us LIVE at Twitch.tv/WoWChallenges

Xortz
Twitter – @XortzTheGoblin
Twitch – Twitch.tv/XortzTheGoblin

Leeta
Twitter – @LeetaWoW
Podcasts:- Adventures in Azeroth, Behind the Avatar

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth