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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.

Contact Info
You can contact the show by email – podcast@wowchallenges.com
We’re on Facebook.com/WoWChallenges
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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.

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.

Good luck and safe travels!

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!

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

Ferre
Discord: Mareel#4849

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.

Congratulations to Five on getting Fivecurmudgn safely to level 120 and becoming our second Battle for Azeroth Pacifist Champion! It took Five about 40 hours since the release of the expansion to achieve, with a /played time of 10 days 21 hours since the character’s creation in July 2017.

Five’s journey from 110 to 120 included 320 Archeology dig sites, 12 dailies that were completed daily, and some exploration. His advice to fellow Pacifist challengers would be, “Use Paci-safe dailies as you progress. They all out level except cooking and fishing.”

When asked what’s next, Five said, “Think I’ll take a shower… maybe get a meal.” All joking aside, he has some real life things to chase and then he will be getting started on Legion content with his mains as he enjoys playing an expansion behind.

Five, congratulations once again and good luck with your other challengers!

Congratulations to our first Battle for Azeroth Pacifist Champion, Голаяправда! He went from level 10 to 120 in 653 days 22hrs, 44 mins and 7 seconds. (Oct-31st 2016 to Aug-16th 2018). Голаяправда was also our first Legion Pacifist Champion!

Awesome job and good luck on your other challengers!

Congratulations to Twothirsty on becoming our first grey geared Blood Thirsty Champion (3rd overall) as well as our 34th Iron Champion during Legion. 2Shanks had the added difficulty of following the Iron Challenge gear rules along with the Blood Thirsty Challenge questing rules.

2Shanks started playing WoW in Vanilla. His first time trying out the challenge was back in Cata with some of his fellow raiders to see who could get the furthest. He got to about level 20 before they stopped. It was during Warlords that 2Shanks got bored with the expansion and decided to try the challenges with a more serious attitude. It made the game feel like more of a challenge again which was a lot of fun.

Twothirsty was started under the old rules of only grey or white gear. When the rules were changed to allow green gear, 2Shanks decided to continue on under the old rules. “When I created the character, I had no intention of adding it to the Iron Man list since every Blood Thirsty was also an Iron Man. It wasn’t until around the early 90’s that I decided I would add my character because of the added challenge of doing it in grey or white gear,” said 2Shanks.

Levels 1 through 60 were spent mostly going after rares. He would take a lap around a zone rare hunting and got a pretty good idea of how long the rare spawn timers were. Then 2Shanks would either log out and level a different challenger or would farm some mobs until it was time for another lap around the zone. Rare spawn timers were a lot longer in Outlands zones, so he played mostly with rested XP and killed normal mobs. His time in WoD was spent with the Podlings just east of the garrison in Shadowmoon Valley. For Legion, 2Shanks took a page from Neverdied’s book and went to Valdisdall in Stormheim.

Two near-death experiences happened around level 97 for Twothirsty. The first was a d/c due to his internet going down momentarily. By time 2Shanks was able to get back into the game, his pet was dead and the mob had just started attacking Twothirsty, “I feigned death, hearthed, and logged out for the night to calm down from the scare.” The second one was caused by Freezing Trap hitting a critter instead of the intended mob. 2Shanks said,”I did not notice this until I had lost about 40% of my health, but I was able to Feign Death and get the mob back on my pet. Since then I have been killing all the critters I see. I guess Pacifist isn’t the only challenge that can be wrecked by critters.”

The main advice 2Shanks has for someone trying to list on both the Blood Thirsty and Iron Man challenges would be to play a Hunter. “With 7.3.5, the difficulty killing mobs, later on, is much higher. Other classes may be able to do it, but not with as much ease as Hunter, which I think is important for the number of kills you’ll need for each level. Some advice for Blood Thirsty is to take advantage of rares 1-60, farm mobs that drop pets or give rep, prioritize yellow mobs when you can and level mostly with rested XP after 60. Yellow mobs are especially nice because you don’t have to worry about respawn timers which is even more important when in grey & white gear. Advice for Iron Man, with the current difficulty of the challenge it can be hard to level in later expansions. I believe it’s safer to take a Blood Thirsty approach and kill the same mob over and over again. I was able to do WoD and Legion after 8.0 so at least Iron hunters can do it too. From the bit I’ve done on the PTR, BfA should also be possible, although very slow.”

2Shanks said, “The reason for the last minute push to beat out the BfA release was because I had spent a lot of time on the character and I wanted to be able to say I completed the challenge even if it was only for less then 24 hours.”

Good luck with all of your challengers, 2Shanks, and once again congratulation on becoming our first grey geared Blood Thirsty Champion in Legion!

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!

World of Warcraft News

  • Third Wave of BlizzCon Tickets
  • Profession Changes Affecting Pacifist Challengers
  • Group Finder Auto-Accept Gone
  • BFA Launching SOON
  • Random Generator Update on the Site
  • 3-year Anniversary (we need more questions!)

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

AwesomeTrousers
Discord: AwesomeTrousers#4338
Twitter: @Wuotan_io

BoZ
Discord: BoZ#5456
Twitter: @BroodOfZandalar

Nisey
Discord: Nisey#4863
Facebook: NiseyBGN
Twitch: NiseyBGN
Twitter: @NiseyBGN

Xortz
Twitch: twitch.tv/XortzTheGoblin
Twitter: @XortzTheGoblin

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.

Congratulations to Ferrigreenie on becoming our first ever Green Man Challenge Champion! Ferrigreenie has been playing WoW since Vanilla and was an avid raider. As WoW progressed, frustration set in with the way things were feeling easier to accomplish. Then she found WoW Challenges. She started out playing the Iron Man Challenge four or five years ago and loved it from the start.

With the extra difficulties that arose when Patch 8.0 went live, Ferrigreenie decided to give the Green Man Challenge a try. In her first attempt, she managed to reach level 77 before succumbing to a rare in Zul’drak. Not wanting to give up and really wanting to reach max level before any other Green Man challenger, she rerolled. A second attempt was all she needed, reaching max level after 22 days of play (6 days in-game).

Ferrigreenie said that both the Draenor and Legion intro quests were very scary but that Legion was quite manageable even with Draenor weapons (since none drop in Legion because every class is designed to have their artifact weapon). Her biggest scare came with just 7 bars left to get to 110. Ferrigreenie tried out a bombing quest in Stormheim that mounted you on a dragon. She didn’t know the mechanics of the quest at all and ended up with just 5% health left by the time the dragon landed. “I think I sat there, trembling, for about 15 minutes after that dragon landed.” Talk about a close call!

“I think the biggest risk playing a Green Man after an Iron is that one gets too cocky,” says Ferrigreeni. “You think you can do anything! That can be dangerous.”

Best of luck on the other challenges you are currently working on, Ferrigreeni, and congratulations once again on becoming our first ever Green Man Challenge Champion.

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!

World of Warcraft News

  • XP Nerf
  • BFA Intro Part 3
  • Shop Coupon: to August.6: SUMMERFUN

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
Twitch: twitch.tv/XortzTheGoblin
Twitter: @XortzTheGoblin

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.