In the twenty-ninth World of Warcraft podcast episode, we are ready to purchase tickets to Blizzcon, we wonder what to do now that we’re exalted with the Klaxxi, we use LFR to relieve anger toward raiding progression, we preview our AQ20 gold-making challenge results, we reveal tips for Tillers and Monks, we cover week 8’s PvP/PvE/RP debate for our thirty weeks of World of Warcraft, and we hear the epic tale of the pink dress.
Bitter and Salty is brought to you weekly by Molsan and Sláinte.
Blizzcon Tickets on Sale
$175 Tickets to attend BlizzCon 2013 will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Visit the official BlizzCon website or the online Blizzard Store on either of these dates for a chance to purchase tickets.
Tips for buying tickets
Sign in to the Blizzard Store and make sure everything is up-to-date for your account. Then sign in a few minutes before the tickets go on sale.
Big Blizzcon ticket buying tip: Setup your payment card BEFORE, like NOW!!! Add it to your Battle.net account.
Blizzard Dev Live Q&A Thursday, April 25th
We’ll be hosting a live World of Warcraft developer Q&A open to the community on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. PDT. Designers Dave Kosak, Ion Hazzikostas, Brian Holinka, Cory Stockton, and Greg Street will be available to field your questions about Mists of Pandaria gameplay and design, patch 5.2 and beyond. This will be a moderated chat on the Cover it Live platform hosted on the front page of our official site. Community managers will be there to filter your submissions for the developers.
What’s the deal with Tillers work orders?
LFR – Controlling Your Own Progression
With LFR, you can progress as fast/slow as you want and use whatever criteria (gear, iLevel, etc.) you want. A nice side-effect.
AQ20 Challenge Update
This was the result of a full clear by moomoocachoo (feral druid). Got about 750g after all items were sold/auctioned. Ran 6 other toons through. The others got about 350 – 500g depending on what pieces dropped for auction. The plate breastplates sold pretty well.
The Tale of the Pink Dress
Audio from Strumpet
Monk Zen Pilgrimage Tip
Audio from Rubmahbelleh
Noob Tillers Tip
Anvil and forge up the hill between sunsong ranch and flight point.
TWoWoW Week 8 – PvP/PvE/RP
I know I’m late for this weeks show but I’m sending my favorite piece of lore anyway so… My favorite piece of lore isn’t 1 piece per se, it’s all of the books that you find throughout the game. I love when you find one that’s written by some major NPC and you get a glimpse of their life at that time. It’s pretty cool. Honorary mention goes to the coins you fish up in the fountain in Dal. They’re pretty awesome too.
My week 8 of 30 weeks of WoW answer is PvE, but I’d love to learn how to RP. I hate hate hate PvP, even as a DK I get my butt handed to me no matter what BG I’m in. It gets frustrating waiting to rez when you know you’ll be back in a minute or two. >.< grrr!
Stay classy guys! Hugs!
Rubmahbelleh (Rub Mah Belly), Bitter and Salty Guild, Earthen Ring
You guys continue to make excellent podcasting look easy. Thanks and keep it up!
My favorite playstyle continues to be PvE with some RP thrown in when it fits and happens organically. One of my lowbie pandas was finishing some quests near Ratchet and ran into the inn for a quest turn in. The quest had something to do with Garrosh and I happened to be in a mood about him and made some cutting comments about the illustrious Warchief in spatial chat. Almost immediately, I received a whisper warning me he had ears everywhere and that I should be careful talking like that. Turns out there was a group sitting at the tables in the inn and they invited me over so we could trash Garrosh and look forward to his hopefully imminent demise. I sat there with them for about a half hour, drinking with them, answering questions about Pandaria and “translating their fortune cookies.” That began when I passed along one of Koltrane’s fortune cookies from the Convert To Raid podcast and eventually I had a bunch of websites open that were filled with fortunes and was cobbling together fortunes for them on the fly. Some were hits, some flamed out but it was a ton of fun doing this stuff off-the-cuff. We eventually went our own ways and I later discovered they were regular RPers just meeting out there to do a nightly meetup and included me, thinking I was another regular RPing friend of theirs that liked to show up as different characters.
From the sounds of what I just told you, it seems RP should be my preferred style but I’ve found the fun of it really disappears quickly if I try to make it happen.
When I started playing WoW like most people I started due to some friends recruiting me into the game. So that I wasn’t alone I joined the server that they were on, US Thunderlord, a PvP server. Being new to the game I didn’t know the difference as far as an experience so I went with it. Lucky they were all at level cap (Wrath) so if I needed help they would help me out. This created some challenges when leveling but some epic memories. Running to Scarlet Monastery from Southshore as an alliance toon to get my gear around level 30. The whole shouthshore experience and the PvP element that it had naturally. Just being ganked and ganked and going into general / trade asking for help.
Once hearing about the CTR guild on Aerie Peak I moved a character over there to a PvE server. It works out much better for leveling as I was never good at PvP and I still have the option to PvP. I still feel it’s missing a little something. Maybe that’s due to other elements like CRZ, Not really having to fight over a summoning stone outside on an dungeon or a bit of the quality of life additions have taken away from the experience since I first leveled. As much as I hated the waste of time of being killed and killed during questing I still feel PvP adds a huge element of Alliance vs Horde. The problem is, most servers are heavily Alliance or Horde, not really to many 50/50 servers.
Now I’ve been leveling with the Bitter and Salty guild, Earthen Ring RP server. So far I really haven’t had much interaction with others outside of the guild. I haven’t been in a capital city for a long period of time to be around trade / general chat. When leveling and seeing others in the same zone as me, I have gone out of my way to /wave to them. Overall the guild chat has been the biggest effect on my leveling. Just having that social aspect that you don’t get in a guild with 4000 players.
So my answer would be, no matter PvP, PvE or RP as long as you are around others who you interact with, stay there. I personally do like the PvP element but I’m very happy on Earthen Ring.
Mildrid/Batibat – Earthern Ring (US)
I’ve spent most of my WoW career on a PvP server, and have gotten somewhat accustomed to the paranoia, but at the same time I’ve been long frustrated with Blizzard’s attitude that it’s perfectly accepted for max level players to maurade around and one shot defeneseless leveling toons with no repercussion. Personally I dont think a player more than 5 levels below you should be attackable at all unless they engage in specific behavior to flag them such as invading capitol territory, capturing a resource, etc. It’s a terrible system that encourages miscreant behavior. Rarely does low level ganking culminate in full blown open warfare in the fields that proponents seem to offer as a defense for allowing this. The population does not police itself like it may have in previous expansions and in the pre Cross Realm environment. I’ve kind of had enough of it, and at the same time I started covertly playing WoW more at work(!) where I can’t devote my full attention to whether I’m safe at the end of a flight path, so I recently followed the podcasts to Earthen Ring PvE/RP for the lower stress experience.
On another topic, I found another source of Herald calibre gear that isn’t as obvious as the justice point vendors. While at first it may seem that all the PVP vendors in Dalaran peddle gear too high a level to be suitable, if you take a flight over to the WINTERGRASP vendors you will find an assortment of interesting trinkets, rings, and some other gear in the 213-226 range that can be purchased for a couple hundred honor points. I got a +95 int lvl 213 trinket and a lvl 226 int/haste ring. They aren’t perfect itemization, but they are better than most available gear if you are having trouble getting drops from ICC normals or getting run through raids.
@strumpet101 PvE all the way. I do not enjoy getting banked. And I suck at PvP. (no audio for TWoW since I sent a different one)
Week 09 — Horde or Alliance?
@GrimmAIE Pro tip: you can already transmog from your void storage with curse.com/addons/wow/voi…. Function built into WoW, just no UI
@GrimmAIE This week’s achievement: Dinged 80 on my DK
@lucasmines Thanks to @bitterandsalty for fueling my return to WoW after a 2 year break. Episode 11 makes me want to try my own gold challenge
@_Winkee Sunwell 1 shot solo except I couldn’t take Brut with pally or warrior but hunter 1 shot. Outland raider achieved!
- Clips of intro and outro music taken from “Urbana-Metronica (wooh-yeah mix)” by spinningmerkaba.
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