Last Thursday night was the first night we had an attempt to get to the new content (Rotface et all) in Icecrown.

Except Saurfang was being annoying and not letting us pass. Now I remember Blizzard saying something about how they don’t want to restrict people to having certain types of groups or requiring certain classes in order to be able to pass content. Sure, it was a while ago (probably at the release of Wrath infact).

However the nature of the Saurfang encounter demands ranged DPS. You could do the entire fight with all ranged DPS if you wanted even (excepting the obligatory tanks/heals of course). Our group on the night was very melee heavy (only 2 warlocks for ranged dps), and this meant that we couldn’t manage the blood beasts.

Tonight we’re up for round two, and our first attempts at the new content. Seeing we will have our usual group together (fingers crossed), I’m not expecting Saurfang to give us any trouble (seeing as how we pretty much have him down usually).

I’m more commenting on the fact that this encounter does seem to be at odds with the previously announced Blizzard philosophy of being more lenient on the balance of your raid.

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Perhaps the long overdue Icecrown Citadel is nearly on its way.

http://bit.ly/5k2DYP

Blizz has just released some new pages detailing some of the bosses to expect and the dungeon layouts. Initially, I was confused as to why they would release the layouts before people had even been in there when I remembered they now have that map feature. So as soon as someone sets foot inside it will display the whole zone.

They have also put out some new videos, see them here

http://www.bit.ly/5haEg0

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I’ve set up a a Flickr Group so that we can share screenshots. You can find it at http://www.flickr.com/groups/toothandclaw If you already  have a Flickr just click the “Join?” link & I can approve you so you can start adding photos to the group. If you don’t have a Flickr account, but have a Yahoo account you should be able to join up with that & then join the group.

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After much (all right one time) whining from Marlokh about how his heirloom breastplate for his paladin is hot pink & how he needs a tabard to cover it up, I began the arduous task of choosing a guild tabard that will hopefully perform the task adequately. Keeping in mind that I am a girl and what I think is manly doesn’t always qualify as such I give you the new guild tabard:

Okay, not the best picture, but you get the idea. Get your guild tabard from this orc (it’ll be a badly washed gray until you put it on) & enjoy your more manly, respectable look. Nobody will know you’re wearing hot pink tops & fishnet stockings underneath!

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Arrr, so tis’ Pirate Day this weekend. The 18th in game time, which works out t’ be roughly Sunday for us. Har’s the details from the official World o’ Warcraft site:

Type: Single-day holiday event
Date: September 19
Location: Booty Bay, Stranglethorn Vale

Yarrrr matey, it be Pirates’ Day! Commoners wearing pirate garb have appeared in all the world’s cities with the news that the Dread Captain DeMeza and her crew have landed in Booty Bay and declared it Pirates’ Day! If you are brave enough to share a drink with her, you may have what it takes to become an honorary crew member for the day. First, talk to any pirate commoner to receive a costume to help you get into the spirit of Pirates’ Day. Once appropriately attired, head down to Booty Bay to join in the fun. There, look for Dread Captain Demeza and her crew, who have taken over the roof of the Booty Bay bank and auction house. By talking to Captain DeMeza, players become an honorary crew member and transform into a pirate of their race and gender for 12 hours. This costume buff may be clicked off but persists through combat, mounting, death, and so on. Other highlights of the holiday include:

  • A large crowd of pirate revelers (“Dread Crew”) who dance, talk, eat, drink, laugh, and shoot fireworks. Ask Baron Revilgaz what he thinks of the visitors.
  • The Tauren First Mate Hapana and his giant South Seas assault parrot, Nyuni.
  • A trio of cannons and cannoneers who periodically fire out into the bay – at times, just barely missing the sails of the incoming transport. Those crazy corsairs.
  • Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket, two curiously-named pirates.
  • Lively pirate-themed music that plays upon the rooftop.

Ahoy, see you in game, argh! Ye’ll ne’er get me buried booty!*

*Pirate Speak courtesy of Talk Like A Pirate Day

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