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All posts for the month January, 2018

Rogueslayer returns for Episode 102, sharing her challenge contest character journeys with us. We talk about Battle for Azeroth coming soon, DK & Allied Races handling in BfA, Iron Teams issues and the current leaders of our Eastern Kingdoms: Free For All leveling contest! Leeta and Stone share their adventures in the challenges and read the State of the Challengers. Once again, we have question time with Leeta and Stone where we read questions from the community.

World of Warcraft News

  • BfA Beta Datamining
  • DKs + Allied Races in BfA
  • Iron Teams Issues
  • Contest Status

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

Rogueslayer
Twitter – @Rogueslayer1
Instagram – Rogueslayer1

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

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

A big congratulations to Issa, who after almost a year (297 days), got her Gnome Hunter ironman to max level! Born April 1, 2017 (no joke!), this toon has seen many changes, including the Legion Invasions, specs, and recently the 7.3.5 patch which has ramped up the challenge difficulty. TinyIssa won 2nd place in the Arrow to the Knee contest back in April of 2017.

To get to 110, it took 12 days and 10 hours of played time. Asked her what were some of the scary moments? First, trying to tag the elite during the Legion Invasions for some great but risky points. And then recently, post-patch, Issa kept away from flight points out of fear of a disconnect. Lastly she mentions that the 100-110 grind was rough, and did it without doing any Legion content. That’s a good strategy, when the next expansion comes out, perhaps TinyIssa can take on parts of Legion for the next phase of the challenge.

You can find Issa in Discord or hanging with the WoWIronman guild on Wyrmrest Accord.

Margothon joins us for Episode 101 to share his recent adventures in the challenges with us. We announce our new leveling contest: Eastern Kingdoms: Free For All! The contest will run from Jan.20 to Feb.3 and the prize is for a World of Warcraft mount/pet bundle graciously donated by Ulminia! We talk about Patch 7.3.5, Call of the Scarab and some changes to our discord server. Asy comes on to deliver his… pun (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) and Leeta and Stone share their adventures in the challenges and read the State of the Challengers. Once again, we have question time with Leeta and Stone where we read questions from the community.

World of Warcraft News

  • Patch 7.3.5 is Nigh!
  • Call of the Scarab
  • Discord Server Changes

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

Margothon
Twitter – @Margothon1981

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

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

ALERT!!! If you are reading this and it is still Monday, go log into your challenger NOW and take off your gear. Blizzard has converted white/grey items to greens in the past. If you are flagged for these, they will not be fixed.

Blizzard has finally confirmed Patch 7.3.5 will be released tomorrow, January 16th 2018. This patch is going to be especially meaningful to challengers of all shapes and forms as it introduces mob level scaling to ALL World of Warcraft content. The leveling paths that you have become used to for your challenge characters are invariably going to change.

Mobs will scale to your level and have up to 4 times (sometimes more) as much health as they previously did. A mob will “scale up” to your level once you’ve passed 50% mark of XP needed for your level. For example, you character at Level 20.25 (25% of xp needed to get to the next level) will be fighting mobs that are scaled to Level 19, once you hit 20.5 that mob will then scale up to be Level 20.

The levels of zones still have minimums: for example, Storm Peaks, despite being in Northrend (60-80), the zone will have a minimum level of 67, so you can’t just go running up in Storm Peaks at 60 (You’re gonna have a bad time).

A full list of zones with their new level ranges can be found here: https://www.wowhead.com/news=277409/7-3-5-ptr-new-zone-and-dungeon-scaling-levels. Here’s a brief summary of each continent / expansion and their new level range:

Starting Zones: 1 – 10
Classic Zones: 10 – 60
Outland & Northrend: 60 – 80
Pandaria & Cataclysm Zones: 80 – 90
Draenor: 90 – 100

FLYING IS CHEAPER! Well, not exactly, but you don’t have to pay for “extra” flying for content any longer. The “Old World Flying” and special flying skills required for flying in Northrend and Pandaria are no longer required. Once you buy your flying at Level 60, you are all set!  The extra flight SPEED skills at Level 70 and 80 are still in the game and will still cost you a good amount of gold.

Level Capture
When Legion introduced forced specializations, we captured (and displayed) the level your challenger was prior to the patch. With Patch 7.3.5 introducing zone level scaling for all non-Legion zones, we are going to once again be capturing what level you were on Monday night (US) and Tuesday night (EU). We will be removing the extra information from being displayed as we’re looking at reducing our real estate on the site.

A hardy grats to CaptainTrips, his toon Camachojr, a NE Hunter just dinged 110. He started the toon towards the end of November, and 50 days later maxed it with a played time of 7 days and 16 hours.

When asked what the hardest part was to getting a toon to 110, CaptainTrips said “Was trying to stay alive despite Bliz trying to kill me.” As an example, he said he was DCed 3-4 times while in flight, with his toon falling to the ground when he logged back in. “By using carefully timed hunter disengage, I managed to survive the falls.” I pointed out that the Goblin Glider Kit is pretty handy too if he’s going to do that going forward. “Naw, I just avoid vehicle flying quests and minimum use of flight points.”

What next? His girlfriend asked him what was he going to do now, and his first thought was that Southpark episode where he exclaimed “Finally, I can now play the game!”

You can find CaptainTrips on WrA in the Alliance guild or hanging on the Discord chats.

We finally hit Episode 100! It’s been a wild ride and we can’t wait to see what happens for the next hundred. Leeta and Stone share their adventures in the challenges and read the State of the Challengers. We also play clips from our previous 99 episodes throughout the show. Once again, we have question time with Leeta and Stone where we read questions from the community.

World of Warcraft News

  • Patch 7.3.5 is Nigh!
  • Rule Changes
  • Iron Teams Whoopsies
  • Iron Leveling Contest Soon!

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

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

Stone
Twitter – @StoneGrasp
Podcast – Adventures in Azeroth

 

Neverdied’s army continues to expand with the dinging of Iron #27 on the Iron Challenger’s list. His druid hit 110 today, making it the eighth toon of his to make max cap.

Started February 2016 and reaching max January 2018, it took 5 days and 10 hours of played time to get there. Plus he has 3 other mid-100’s in the queue he’s working on. When asked what’s next, he said he is curious how the upcoming 7.3.5 patch with XP squish and scaling will impact the iron challenge. I asked, hey, what’s the biggest issue with juggling so many toons? He said he keeps similar talents/spells on the same action key (like the oh-crap-key or healing) is the same on each toon, but he admits he often forgets what each toon has done what quests as he goes around to each.

Congratulations (again) Neverdied!

Last night we announced that elixirs provided for quests were no longer allowed for challengers, however, we didn’t say why. Please read carefully.

Originally, the challenge was set up to not allow elixirs at all, however, through some coding and quest checking, a method was created to allow elixirs for quests… sort of. The exception is contingent on the elixir being used and the quest being completed and turned in before logging out. When the elixir is used but the quest is not turned in, we don’t see why the elixir was used: your character gets flagged.

For a singular elixir quest, we can unflip the flag (provided you have logged back in and turned in the quest), however, we CLEARLY had it written in the rules (paraphrasing): Use elixirs at your own risk. If you are flagged we cannot unflip it. This still did not deter characters (not one; MANY) from using the elixir, getting flagged and then requesting a fix (incidentally this is why we don’t ignore deaths due to bugs or DC/lag even if there is video proof – we will get hammered with requests).

The fault lies with me (Stone) for unflipping flags in the first place, despite it saying we would not. This is going to stop.

So we are drawing the line here but overall it seems arbitrary, especially so if the rule is kept the same. Invariably, we will get “…but you fixed it for them with the problem / rule.” This is true. Why can I fix it yesterday but not today?  Nothing changed: the rule is still the same!

For zone & quest completionists, do not fret. While I am changing the rule, I am NOT changing the code. If you decide you REALLY want to chance things and use the elixir to do a quest, the code will still be in place to check for it. If you get flagged, that is completely on you: I will not fix it and will be pointing at the “No Elixirs” rule. Know that completing all quests is NOT required to achieve maximum level for any of the challenges.

The easiest thing to do was to keep the rule SIMPLE, something which we already started doing by disallowing green+ gear for shirts and tabards. Adding in warnings did not work (again, I am to blame for wanting to fix things for folks). Changing the rule to flat out say “No Elixirs” is as simple as we can get it and brings us back to the original rule.

Xortz kicks off our year, joining Leeta and Stone to share his 2017 Challenger Death List highlights. We talk about our January Leveling Contest, Patch 7.3.5 Speculation, the Iron Teams Challenge and the State of the Challengers! They also chat about their week with their challenge characters, answer community questions with a new “Question Time with Leeta and Stone” segment and talk about what “The Iron Elite” is.

World of Warcraft News

  • Leveling Contest
  • Patch 7.3.5 Speculation
  • Iron Teams Challenge

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