Bind On Equip
Date: 4th March 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 some sort of hard core analysis you have made a terrible mistake!
We are the three navigators through the mist,
I’m the Wych.
Whats on offer this week?
I charge into the Blizzard offices to accuse them of planting hypnotic subliminal triggers into the game that force players to get drowsy, only to be told thats just the way Paladins are.
I review the advantages of server mergers and still can’t find a reason to play a Druid
We discuss glitches and oddities that occur as a result of “connecting” realms.
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 Racial Traits
We’re planning some changes to racial traits for Warlords of Draenor. We recently posted a Dev Watercooler (Pruning the Garden of War) that dives deeper into the philosophy behind these changes, and now we wanted to give you the full details of what’s coming.
In order to keep racials more in line with one another, we’ve decided to bring down a couple of high outliers, then establish a fair baseline and bring the other racials up to that. We’re accomplishing this by improving old passives, replacing obsolete ones, and adding a few new ones where necessary. Ultimately, our goal is to achieve much better parity among races.
There aren’t any current plans to change Pandaren or Worgen racials.
- Arcane Acuity is a new racial passive ability that increases Critical Strike chance by 1%.
- Arcane Torrent now restores 20 Runic Power for Death Knights (up from 15 Runic Power), 1 Holy Power for Paladins, or 3% of Mana for Mage, Priest, Warlocks (up from 2% of Mana). Other aspects of the ability remain unchanged.
- Heroic Presence has been redesigned. It no longer increases Hit by 1%, and instead increases Strength, Agility, and Intellect, scaling with character level.
- Gift of the Naaru now heals for the same amount over 5 seconds (down from 15 seconds).
- Crack Shot has been removed (was 1% Expertise with ranged weapons).
- Mace Specialization (was 1% Expertise with maces) has been replaced with Might of the Mountain.
- Might of the Mountain is a new racial passive ability that increases Critical Strike bonus damage and healing dealt by 2%.
- Stoneform now also removes magic and curse effects in addition to poison, disease, and bleed effects, along with reducing damage taken by 10% for 8 seconds. It remains unusable while CC’d.
- Expansive Mind now increases maximum Mana, Energy, Rage, and Runic Power by 5% instead of only increasing maximum Mana.
- Escape Artist’s cooldown has been reduced to 1 minute (down from 1.5 minutes).
- Shortblade Specialization (was 1% Expertise with one-handed swords and daggers) has been replaced with Nimble Fingers.
- Nimble Fingers is a new racial passive ability that increases Haste by 1%.
- Time is Money now grants a 1% increase to Haste (up from only attack speed and spell haste).
- Mace Specialization has been removed (was 1% Expertise with maces).
- Sword Specialization has been removed (was 1% Expertise with swords).
- The Human Spirit has been redesigned. It no longer increases Spirit by 3%, and instead now increases two secondary stats by an amount scaling with character level. You can choose which two secondary stats it increases. This has not yet been implemented.
- Quickness now also increases movement speed by 2% in addition to increasing Dodge chance by 2%.
- Touch of Elune is a new passive ability which increases Haste by 1% at night, and Critical Strike Chance by 1% during the day.
- Axe Specialization has been removed (was 1% Expertise with axes).
- Hardiness now reduces the duration of Stun effects by 10% (down from 15%).
- Brawn is a new racial passive ability that increases Critical Strike bonus damage and healing done by 2%.
- Endurance now increases Stamina by an amount scaling with character level, instead of increasing Base Health by 5%.
- Berserking now increases Haste by 15% (down from 20%).
- Beast Slaying now increases XP earned from killing Beasts by 20% instead of increasing damage dealt versus Beasts by 5%. (Troll Hunters for all my leveling friends!)
- Dead Eye has been removed (was 1% Expertise with ranged weapons).
- Will of the Forsaken’s cooldown has been increased to 3 minutes (up from 2 minutes).
INTRODUCING THE HEROES OF THE STORM TECHNICAL ALPHA
We’ve been hard at work on Heroes of the Storm since you last got your hands on the game at BlizzCon 2013 and we’re gearing up to invite a very limited number of players to join us in an initial phase of infrastructure and technology testing that we’re calling the Technical Alpha. In the meantime, there are a few important details that everyone may want to keep in mind as we prepare to enter this very early Alpha testing stage.
What does Technical Alpha mean, anyway?
While Heroes of the Storm is playable and much of the core experience is present, it’s still very much in the early stages of development. Work is ongoing and we’re far from considering the game in a polished or finalized state, but after a period of extensive internal testing, we’re ready to crack open the Nexus for the very first time and invite some players to step inside.
This initial testing phase is intended to help us better examine how our infrastructure and tech will function across a much broader spectrum of machines and connection types. What’s more, inviting external Alpha testers will allow us to take a closer look at our hardware needs so that we can be absolutely sure we’re able to support the entire Heroes population as the community grows.
Since we’re focusing on our support systems for Heroes of the Storm right now, we’ve dubbed this testing phase the “Technical Alpha” or Tech Alpha, for short.
Once again, we’d like to remind you that Heroes is still a work in progress. Please keep in mind that invitees may encounter bugs and game features that are not yet implemented, as well as temporary sounds, user interface elements, and graphics. We will continue to iterate on Heroes of the Storm throughout each testing phase, so don’t be surprised if you see many aspects of the game start to level-up in the weeks and months that lie ahead.
We’re going to kick off this initial Tech Alpha phase with a very limited number of participants and continue to expand the pool of invited players as our testing needs evolve and grow over time.
Since our current focus is set on determining how we can further develop our tech to serve a growing population, Alpha access will be limited to players in the United States. While we’re not quite sure when we’ll be ready to extend access to the rest of the world, we are going to invite a few international press sites and Blizzard community contributors so that players from all of our global communities can keep up with the latest Heroes developments. Please know that we’re working hard to ensure the Heroes experience will be great for all of our players before we expand access to additional regions in the future.
So, how do I get in?
Contrary to popular belief, surrounding yourself with lit candles and shouting “Tech Alpha” into the mirror three times will not grant Alpha access, but it may amuse your family members. No, the only way into the Nexus is through an official email invitation from Blizzard Entertainment.
In order to give yourself the best chance at gaining access to testing in the future, you’ll want to make sure you’ve opted in to Heroes of the Storm testing using the Beta Profile page found within your Battle.net Account. When prompted, you’ll need to download and run the System Check tool in order to attach your computer’s specifications to your profile and then check the Heroes of the Storm opt-in box, as pictured below.
As always, be extra mindful of shady characters who wish to steal your login credentials through phishingattempts, which are often disguised by falsified emails and websites. What’s more, Alpha keys are not necessary and are not being given out during this testing phase. Please be warned that any key generators or other offers for a Tech Alpha key are most certainly suspicious.
The best way to ensure an invite is the real deal is to avoid clicking any links. Instead, log in to your Battle.net account and check the Summary section to see if a Heroes of the Storm license has been added to your account.
As mentioned previously, however, this initial testing phase will include a very limited pool of players. While a few participants may be selected from opt-ins during this time, we will likely wait until the closed beta phase before we begin granting access to a larger number of players who have opted in via Battle.net.
When can I share Tech Alpha content?
As mentioned previously, we’ve been testing Heroes of the Storm internally for some time now and, over the past few days, you may have seen a few forum threads and conversations spring up from players who managed to access an early version of this client through various means. While you should feel free to discuss the content you’ve seen thus far, we’d like to remind you that accessing and posting these files is a violation of the Battle.net End User License. As such, we’re kindly requesting that you refrain from streaming or posting videos of the Heroes of the Storm client until we begin sending out Tech Alpha invites.
Once the Tech Alpha arrives, there will be no NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), which means that you’ll likely begin to see many new Heroes of the Storm streams, screenshots, blogs, and more once we start sending out invitations. If you do receive an invitation to the Tech Alpha, we want you to know that it’s totally fine to share your thoughts about the game with others through any medium you please at that time.
Blizzard plan to strip currency systems from World of Warcraft raiding in Warlords of Draenor
Randomised loot drops are, when tuned well, a recipe for joy – but the flipside is the potential for crushing runs of bad luck. There’s nobody who understands that better than Blizzard, who first introduced a currency reward to World of Warcraft raiding as consolation prize for players who never seemed to land the shoulder piece they wanted.
These days, there are two currencies at work in the raiding system – but Blizzard want to remove both of them.
“We are planning on simplifying our currency structure,” lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas told PCGamesN.
In the current system, players running the latest raid bosses earn valor points, while those playing lower tier raids and dungeons earn justice points. Both can be exchanged for gear if raid bosses fail to drop the loot you’re after – but Blizzard believe they’ve become unnecessary.
“The traditional role of valor was to offer compensation for bad luck – and that goes all the way back to badges in Burning Crusade,” said Hazzikostas. “Where you’d go, ‘Okay, I’ve run this raid 15 times now and never seen a shoulder piece dropped – so I’ll take this currency and buy a shoulder piece for myself’.
“The bonus rolls system that we have these days actually goes a long way towards helping counteract that.”
Thebonus roll system, introduced in patch 5.0, allows players another chance at a boss’ loot table upon completing a raid. With each roll, the chances of getting an item appropriate to the player’s loot specialisation increases.
“We think we can take the bonus rolls system and make it a little bit more intelligent, so that it tries to avoid giving you duplicate loots – and allow that to be the way players counteract bad RNG,” explained Hazzikostas. “It removes a little bit of the grind and a little bit of the awkwardness of the current valor system.”
PvP currently functions in a similar fashion – honor points are rewarded for kills, wins and objectives in non-ranked PvP, and conquest points reserved for playing ranked matches.
Asked whether the WoW dev team were considering a further simplification there, Hazzikostas told PCGN that arenas and battlegrounds needed “at least one” currency.
“We are trying to get rid of one of the two, but at the end of the day a purely random system probably would not work as well for higher PvP gear,” he said. “Conquest makes a lot of sense.”
It’s sort of fascinating that Blizzard are still fine-tuning systems introduced a decade ago – designing new features and throwing out others in an attempt to keep random rewards meaningful – without asking players to suffer too much frustration.
It would also be good if you could turn off loot for raids that you outgear so that it increased the chance for loot for those that still need it!
Anyone is welcome to join the Pants On Head guild. 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 horde and over ilevel 500 and want in let us know on twitter or email and we’ll sort something out.
Pants On Head Guild.
After 4 years, our guild remains the best guild experience that I have had. It has less drama than I have ever seen and a lot of the people in our guild have become life long friends. I know that this is not the case for everyone who has ever been in our guild, but after 4 years it is nice to be able to say it!
Winner of PoH Life award: Kaiy for following in the great footsteps of our very own Berat (mutley) and falling off the Zeppelin!! I have to say though … they are VERY dangerous with their lack of hand rails etc
Last night we took down Galakras for the second time and the Iron Juggernaut on our second look at him. We even had a couple of shots on the Kor’kron Dark Shaman and got them below 35% on our best effort. It was a great night of raiding although I was devastated to have to de one of the pieces of the loot off the Iron Juggernaut …
We had a great LFR on Saturday and I think if most people show up that were there last week – we can probably start on the second wing. I am sad that I will miss the next 3 saturdays of flex due to uni starting back up!
Loving the heroic scenario, on most occasions we manage to get the bonus timers now so it is a very quick 150 valor!
I managed to get a neck upgrade this week which was great, now just a ring that is lower than 540 (pre upgrade) and all gear upgraded which is great!
- Rogue: talked a wayward rogue off the ledge this week. Assassination, daggers. Glyph of Deadly Momentum- slice & dice + Recuperate 100% uptime while questing.
- Warlock: still taking names and melting faces. just moved into
- Monk: levelling a tank for Gundrak fundrak night
- Paladin: spent all those years being disinterested in playing a pally, never knowing i was on the money all along.
- Gundrak BE Monk, DPS spec – kind of find, the ghost lands are a very apt name
Temp: After the “connection” on Thursday night quite a few guildies ran off to Gundrak to take advantage of an extra 11 slots. The first few things you realise when you create a new toon …
Shit I have no bags
Shit I have no money &
Shit I have to run everywhere!
So Wemb decided that he would send himself some cash after making yet another littlie to play with our boys on Sunday morning …
I spent a lovely amount of time on my druid levelling herbing and inscription on the weekend – much to Wemb’s disgust!
I respec’d my rogue back to assassination which suits my play style WAY better.
I started a BE monk and ran around with Wemb Zooe and kai on the weekend and did one BG once we all hit 10! Looking forward to more.
Wemb: got another 553 trinket last night when we downed Galakras. takes my ilev to 557.
Email & Tweets
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,
I discovered your podcast at about episode 60, and went back and caught
up from scratch. I listened through to about episode 140 before I had a
change of job alongside a few unrelated negative life events that took
away much of my spare time for a while.
With the annoucement of Warlords and the free level 90 I had the
thought, ‘hey, I could roll a character on Jubei’thos with the Pants on
Heads guild’, I wonder if that podcast is still going – they were
awesome. Plus from memory you’re Melbourne based too which would be
great cause timezone conversions always give me the shits.
So I found myself today with plenty of spare time (I had 4 wisdom teeth
out on Wednesday) and headed to the website to see what was happening.
And to my surprise, you are running some cross realm flex raids. If
there’s space, count me in! Perhaps not this weekend as that might be
pushing the recovery a little but definitely other weekends to come.
I also look forward to another big effort of going back and catching up
on past episodes once I laugh without pain again.
Mallet – 90 Priest – Korgath server. (aka, Richard irl, but you don’t
have to read that bit out)
PS – Pretty belated, but thanks for the shoutout Wych back in Ep 135
PPS – Wemb, I miss, “Doors, Doors, Doors”
Just finished ep 35. Such good stuff. It was fun to hear the change in
Tempeste’s attitude to BGs as she was not pleased at the prospect of pvp
in rock the horde in #34. The epic cap she made in Warsong Gulch must
have really changed her mind as her condition for a new lowbee project
in # 215 had to include pvp.
A note on my new Druid. She is just shy of 66. This was done with just
the starting area quests in Thunder Bluff, then once the dungeon finder
opened it was just healing groups in instances and farming leather. As
I have endgame in sight I did find the PoH guild launch site and have
made an account as Rosiebear. I was looking to find forum groups to see if there is a raid group that might need a wayward Druid, and what spec
I should focus gearing up. Do I need an invite code for the guild
forums? Is that the best place to look for a raid group?
Well Hi you three gorgeous people,
I hope you are all well.
So home news first, Claire bought me the Iron Skyreaver mount and Diablo
3 Reaper of Souls Digital Deluxe, so I knew something was up, and yes lo
and behold she went off the next day to New York for 14 days. I always
know when she is going away unexpectedly as extra gifts arrive, the real
kicker was that she would be away for valentines. Anyway it happens and
I do understand really. So Valentines day arrives and so does 500 Rose
petals and a very large box of chocolates, when she got home on the
Monday morning, I was on the bed covered in said petals, we did not get
back out until she went to work the next day, i’ll leave the rest of the
day to your imagination.
So onto Warcraft.
Candarla has been busy, last night she got her Legendary Cloak, all she
has to do now is kill Garrosh. The guild were amazing getting me through
the Celestials. The guild leader has established a new rank in the guild
of Guild Goddesses, there are two of us, Officers and 2nd in Command.
The other Goddess Bella made me a Mechanohog, which I absolutely Love.
Candy has completed Northrend Loremaster and is now in Eastern Kingdoms
mopping up the missing quests in that zone.
Ohh yeah Wrathion – one shot. Garden plots – I do have to clear the odd
plant not all of them everytime, perhaps Tempy you need someone to tend
to your garden a bit better (snigger).
The others are just waiting although my Shadow Priest moved to 40 the
Anyway its 4 weeks to the Philippines and i’m getting practice with the
Camera. Apparently Claire is going away again before then, ohh well the
holiday will be 4 weeks without a phone, computer or tablet she will be
Lots of Love
I love getting your emails Sarah, you ALWAYS make me smile!
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Work- So last week we were laughing about the boy who said “Shit, I put a hole in my playdough”. Well that was just the start of it. Since then we have had 1 bastards and 3 fucks! Life is amusing! Sort of work, Uni starts back this week and I have the next three Saturdays filled with 6 hour tutorials, anaphylaxis training on Thursday night so no raid for me
Home- Our old dog finished her antibiotics Sat morning and by Sunday her paw was bleeding and infected all over again – back on antibiotics for another two weeks and then back to Dr. Brad.
Shoutouts? 1. A massive shout out to my amazing group of officers in our guild that not only tell me if I have lost it – honestly and gently but really are the most amazing people in the world. I am lucky to be surrounded by truly amazing people in our guild and raid group and I really do appreciate you all!
2. Its D’s birthday today, so Happy Birthday D. I hope that Kealar spoiled you rotten!
Sum up your week in a sentence: Here we are mid term and life is crazy busy – but we are still afloat!
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Work- I was doing well until late yesterday as my boss told me he wanted a kwrap load of stuff done for our off site strategic planning session today. Today I got to listen to a lot of talk about “what needs to be done to fix X in some else’s department” I got to finally raise the issues I had at the end of the day and delivered it with enough force & conviction I could of dropped the mic and just walked out….except that I’d gotten a lift with the CEO!
Home- Played the beta stress test for The Elder Scrolls Online on the weekend….I haven’t played a Morrowind game for a long time and wasn’t impressed.
Sum up your week in a sentence: Don’t stand up in front of me, 2 other senior managers, the CEO & CFO and tell them you want to take on 1 on the most challenging part of my job and say “how hard could it be?” and not expect me to come out swinging.
Soundboard- Wemb intro
Work-deathly quiet still. if i clean the interior of my truck any more i’ll start stripping off layers of vinyl!
Home- with the amount of cleaning of plasma we’ve been doing lately, i’m thinking if transport goes ass up we could get a job cleaning crime scenes, a’la Mr&Mrs Murder!
Shoutouts? Shout to Kai and Zooe and a story about the relative merits of Zygor…
Sum up your week in a sentence: I know i’ve been hard on Paladins in the past, but i have to say now that i am playing one, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………..
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