Bind On Equip
Date:25th Feb 2014
..the mostly Wow podcast, where we talk about our adventures as wow players and how we see the game.
It’s a social podcast with a dash of news and information about all things Blizzard, so if you were looking for serious credible analysis you have made a terrible mistake! If you want a few laughs and to hear some funny accents, strap in!
We are the three navigators through the mist,
I’m the Wych.
Whats on offer this week?
We discuss Mattie’s sexuality, Raji’s beard and the big MERGE!!!!
The big Warlords announcement that Druids will finally be able to train Hunters!
I find new & exciting ways to get more news by doing as little as humanly possible
Music in our podcast comes with permission from Aussie artist Jimi Hocking. Check it out at www.jimihocking.com We also use Mevio’s Music Alley. At music.mevio.com
Lets get into the news..
News, Observations, Opinion & Discussion topics:
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Warlords of Draenor: Proving Grounds required for Heroic Dungeon random queues
Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas, Lead Encounter Designer already said proving grounds will be updated for Warlords of Draenor. Now we know why:
- to join the dungeon finder queue for level 100 heroic dungeons, you will need to get a silver medal in the proving grounds for the role you want to queue for.
- This applies only to the random queue.
- If you’re going straight in with friends, no medal is required.
- Normal dungeons will not require any proving grounds experience at all,
- normal dungeon and scenario gear should be enough to let you queue for the raid finder.
To at least get everyone on the same page in terms of information, since a summary of a translated version of a translation of a few sentences in a single interview may not be the best foundation for a 24-page discussion, here’s an overview of our current thinking:
We will have Normal and Heroic versions of our max-level dungeons. (Note that we did not have Normal level 90 dungeons in Mists.)no special requirement other than basic level/ilvl requirements on queuing for Normal dungeons or LFR.
There will be
Level-up quest gear will get you into Normal dungeons/scenarios, and Normal dungeon/scenario gear will get you into LFR.
Heroic dungeons will be more challenging than the Normal version (not brutally difficult, mind you — just somewhat more demanding).
You will need a Silver Proving Grounds medal in a given role in order to queue for random matchmaking for a Heroic Warlords dungeon. If you form a premade group, you can zone in regardless and no such requirement applies.
In the past,challenging content and random matchmaking have often not gone so well together.Relying on item level does nothing to prevent a random group from getting, for example, a tank who may literally have never tanked before. Everyone has to learn somewhere, but we’d rather not have that learning come at other players’ expense. One option would be to require a full premade group to do Heroic Dungeons, as we do with Heroic Scenarios, but that would present a very high barrier to entry (finding 4 other people with rigid role requirements is much harder than finding 2 other people with no role requirements). This solution represents a compromise in order to allow the content to see a broader reach via matchmaking, while minimizing frustration.
And yes,we realize that by formally using Proving Grounds as a qualification, it will be incumbent upon us to further refine their balance and mechanics. We’ll be updating them for Warlords, and we’re confident that we can make them a fair test of baseline ability within a given role.
Character Level Boost to 90 priced at $60
The US servers went back online after the maintenance and for a few minutes people could access the interface to upgrade their character. Unless announced otherwise by Blizzard, upgrading your character to level 90 will cost you $60 on live servers.
Taste the green!
*what is it with the orgasm faces?
Anyone is welcome to join the Pants On Head guild unless we have booted you before for being a dick! Log into the Jubei’thos oceannic realm on the horde side and join the BOE channel. A friendly officer will quiz you and you will be rubbing shoulders with us before you know it!
We are currently running flex on Saturdays and Sundays aus time or Friday/Saturday nights U.S. Time and would love to include you cross realm! If you are over ilevel 500 and want in let us know on twitter or email and we’ll sort something out.
Pants On Head Guild.
Wemb: by the time this comes out the gundrak and jubei’thos servers will have merged. This means that we all have another eleven slots available to make toons for our guild. I’m hoping to make Sunday arvo/evening Gundrak Fundrak levelling night thru 5 mans and bg’s so roll a toon and get onboard!
It was nice to raid again last night – I was having withdrawals!! One more Thursday night of first aid training to go! CT last night finally took down Galakras, we had a quick look at the Iron Juggernaut. This fight does not seem too hard but we still need to learn the dance.
Wemb: did a great flex with guildies and Sin and Nax and some of their guildies last Friday night. Great fun went really well cleared second qtr of SoO.
We also did a flex with PoH on Saturday afternoon. We flexed our way through the first wing which was awesome! We had a lovely turn out and I think the real winner of the weekend was Angus who celebrated every one of his 5 upgrades over the two runs, much to all on vents amusement!
Wemb: Continued levelling our 80s toons with Kai and Zooe except I swapped in my warlock which I have renewed my love for. No crazy tanks like previous weeks but loads of fun.
Wemb: keep refining my gear on Wembler the warrior and my dps continues to crawl in a northerly direction.
I managed to get an off hand upgrade on my mage this week which was like half an upgrade. I have also wasted yet another burden making my 3rd neck piece which was not an upgrade There are 2 that are upgrades over my current 528 piece, the one I made this week was 20 points below in rankings
Wemb: Now that I swapped my lock into our levelling group I’m working on my rogue solo. Both are 83 and when they hit 90 that will be 8 90′s on this account.
I spent quite a bit of time levelling herbing on my druid. I also decided that while I was at it – I would have a go at levelling inscription because it is the only profession I don’t have … I never understood how it worked so now I know!! Still quite low level working up towards 225 at the moment – but getting there.
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Drop us a line at BindonEquip@gmail.com and let us know what you think of the show, or what you’ve been up to. You can follow the podcast on twitter at “Bindonequip”, or each of us on “thewych” “tempeste” and “wemb”
Hi BoE Crew
Thanks so much for such a warm welcome to your wonderful guild. I have very much enjoyed my time in the wonderful Pants on Head guild so far. So much that I have since logged in and melted all the gear on on all my old toons save one which I just moved to Jubei this morning. Happy to say the game has been living up to the high expectations of my nostalgia, and have been having a great time.
I have been catching up on the history of BoE listening to the old shows, and am Currently on 27. Thanks for making this busy time at work fun. It is fun to see the humble beginnings of the PoH guild starting from the 5 man leveling group experiment. The episode of where you random rolled your characters had me in stitches.
Lastly, kudos to Tempe for being able to read my first email — a stream of consciousness — so smoothly.
P.S.-Mattief had warned me episode 28 was a doosie. Even with high expectations I was blown away by the stream of profanity Gank-Thorn Vail brought out in Wemb!
Laughed so loud I got looks from my co-workers.
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Work- Teacher for a day
Home- Uni starts this week and it is back with a bang with two classes being scheduled for the same 6 hours on a Saturday!!
Shoutouts: Mattie for being so cheeky but also sooo gracious, I not only “Hyp’d” him but I also named an affliction after him!
Naxx – Happy Birthday for last Sunday – we had a lovely time!
Sum up your week in a sentence: Life be cray cray!
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Work – despite the outsource making my team’s life WAY easy I’ve never been busier & the new catch phrase at management level is “…but are you proud of it?” I’m proud I haven’t stabbed anyone in the eye!
Home- Finally got back out to archery, it’s was nice to find my happy place and smash out some golds. I managed to do something I’ve never done before – shatter an arrow!
Sum up your week in a sentence: tell people you can hit a CD sized target 5 or 6 times at 50 meters with a deadly weapon & they look at you differently.
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Work- extremely quiet at work as a result of Chinese New Year recently. No stupid behavior to report.
Home- had a great brunch last Sunday for Naxx my bro inlaw’s partner, and Happy Birthday to him. Went into docklands or harbour town to be precise and had a breakfast salad. Before you ask, there was no salsa involved sadly.
Combining my shout with the sum of my week:
Shout to our beautiful son Angus who showed me in the last few weeks how much simple joy can be had through gaming, and how all the drama, accusation and blame that we see in wow sometimes is just rubbish. We game to have fun. (awww – so nice)
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Until next time, I’m Wembli
Have a great week!