10 Things to do in 2016 (before Legion)

Here’s my late first post of 2016! Happy New Year y’all. This is a very exciting one for us Warcraft fans, with both the Warcraft movie and a new expansion coming up later in the year. The Legion Alpha is now back online with a few updates which include new specs to test (Marksmanship Hunter HYPE) and Val’Sharah as a new zone to explore. Sadly, the Alpha gods have not granted me their blessing yet so I won’t be able to test and write about the new MM Hunter spec and artifact questline, as of now. Instead, I’ll try to stick to other themes and do my best to be serviceable to the Warcraft community, in some sort.

So today I bring you a list I’ve been preparing for quite a while (since before NY’s Eve, really, but again RL took over my plans). While I admit this is not quite an original idea as there are already a few forums, blogs and videos on the topic, I just thought I’d share my own take. The last months of a WoW expansion are always dreadful for some, especially those who tend to view endgame content as the only content to explore in the game (which is understandable, don’t get me wrong). But the truth is that, between raiding and PvP, these are times of opportunity to focus on the little things. Well, most of them are not that little, but you know what I mean.

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WoW Legion and the Dark Ranger fantasy

Hello everybody! It’s been a while since I last updated this page as RL has been taking over my daily life and I also got back to raiding with my guild. Today, I am finally taking some time to write about a theme which has been making the Warcraft community pretty excited: the possibility of Dark Rangers in WoW Legion.

Before we get into the thing I’d just like to thank everyone who voted on my recent poll. There are so many Hunter themes I would like to write about, including other ideas which were not included in this poll, and I was curious to know what people were most interested in so I could hit that first. Hopefully I’ll be able to approach each and every one of these themes, either way.

But yes, Dark Rangers.

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Legion Beta: Potential Hunter Talents

Legion Alpha is now available and a lot of datamining has been happening for the last few days. Both MMO Champion and Wowhead have been posting huge data dumps at great speed, including talent calculators. Today’s blog is a brief overview on what we know about hunter talents so far. These are only my personal highlights, so feel free to go to official websites to see everything in more detail.

Just a little disclaimer: remember, we are still very early in the beta and everything presented is subject to change. Many of the things we’ve been seeing may already have been changed or even removed. Please have this in mind. Datamining is far from being 100% believable.

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Legion Beta: Professions, New Mounts, Class Hall Followers and more

Initial data for the WoW Legion beta is now available! Throughout the day, the community has been bombarded with tons of information and pictures hinting a lot of amazing stuff which might be making their way into the game next expansion. This post is a very brief overview of what we know so far; for all the information, strings and pictures, feel free to check the entire coverages by MMO Champion and Wowhead.

***WARNING* This post may contain SPOILERS regarding questlines, dungeons and side stories such as artifacts. If you’d rather see the new things for yourself, please do not continue. You have been warned.***

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#FriendshipMoose will help you earn your own moose mount

Patch 6.2.3 is now live and with it, the long-wished Grove Warden mount is now attainable for players who kill Archimonde, the last boss of Hellfire Citadel, on Heroic or Mythic difficulty. Many have complained about Blizzard’s decision to gate a mount with so much community history behind Heroic raiding which is still inaccessible to many players, even if the new ilvl upgrades will make it easier for them to improve their gear. Some are not a part of raiding guilds, others simply won’t find the time in their daily life to work for it.

If you do have some time to spare but lacking a group to raid HFC with, #FriendshipMoose may be your solution. This community-driven effort has been started by @thomicks, with the major goal to help hopeful players down Archimonde and get their own Grove Warden! Just check it out:

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Transmog Tuesday – This Hunter is Prepared for Legion!

Are you still aboard the Legion train? Today, we’re taking a break from my Legion Preview & Impressions series, for a different Legion themed post (ha!). It’s been over a week since Blizzcon ended and I’m still so excited for the new expansion. Back in August, right after Legion was unveiled during Gamescom in Germany, I made this speed transmogrification set for my hunter and was pretty happy with how it came out. More recently, I shared the item list on a community spotlight on Eluvia‘s blog. If you play a hunter and are a transmog junkie like me, then you should really have a look at her project because she’s amazingly talented at assembling unique looking sets!

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BlizzCon 2015 – WoW Legion Preview & Impressions [Part 4]: Dungeons

Hey everyone and welcome to part 4 of my WoW Legion Preview & Impressions series. In previous sessions, I have expressed my general thoughts on Hunter class changes, Hunter artifacts and the zones of the Broken Isles. Today, we’ll be looking at the previously announced dungeons, a very important game aspect when it comes to both leveling and end content.

My first observation was the presence of a very healthy number of instances, which is great. There is clearly a focus on 5-mans and small group content here and tying the dungeons so closely to the lore of the zones they’re located in is a big plus. Add that to the new Challenge Modes system and you get an (hopefully efficient) endgame alternative for non-raiders. Challenge dungeons will no longer scale players to a fixed power level, but their environment will instead change to specific difficulty levels and additional modifiers which can get more and more arduous throughout the expansion, thus resembling the gameplay of Diablo 3 rifts. I’m genuinely very curious to see how it all will come out. Also, I love the fact that Blizzard is taking and integrating functional aspects of their other games to create new features in WoW- that’s pretty smart, in my opinion.

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