09/13/19: Thrilling Conclusion? We Would Be "Thrilled" If BFA Ended Now haha...
Patch 8.2.5. I heard that the war campaign is going to come to an end in this patch. As for the content, believe whatever leaks or spoilers you want. Right now, WoW Classic is what a lot would consider new content, or even a ploy for players to stay subscribed (at least for the vanilla WoW'ers). Until the next content patch whenever that might be - perhaps not until early next year.
08/25/19: Staying 'Classy' With 'WoW Classic'
WoW Classic has been dominating WoW news these days, and you have to wonder if all of this could be part of a cover-up for the inevitable content drought or lack of updates on 8.3 or the next expansion?
Personally, I was anticipating for more leaks or rumors on what the new expansion is. If I can't get on a PvP server for this, I probably won't level up a new character on WoW classic - not that I would have the time for it anyway. There's also Doom Eternal to look forward to (I can only hope
to get a gift card for that at some point). Why? Because content drought is inevitable - it's f'n Blizzard afterall haha.
Operation: What The Fuck? Well, it's definitely a challenge for sure heh.
08/03/19: Lumberjack Cleave?
I wonder if that'll be a thing haha. Imagine an Arena map in Grizzly Hills, playing as Kul Tirans heh.
I don't buy into rumors about what the new expansion is, but it does get folks talking as well as paying attention again heading into Blizzcon '19 (if the expansion gets announced that is - knowing Blizzard,
they might fuck it up again).
I'm against a level squish, but just like a stat squish - it's probably inevitable and most likely is going to happen next expansion. There was a hint of it at a Q & A. In the end, it'll become irrelevant anyway as we are more focused
on honing / refining our skills in PvP or PvE, attaining achievements, etc. But gawdammit - couldn't Blizzard just let us enjoy our triple-digit level at least one more expansion sheesh (130 isn't that high at all - but apparently to them, it is).
The content surrounding N'Zoth and unleashing the 'Darkness' (whatever that means) - I think we could foresee it coming anyway. As far as new zones, more revamps or isles?
Faction Neutrality?! - keep the factions separated (This isn't World of 'Peace'-craft). You know, the song that goes "You Gotta Keep 'Em Separated"...heh.
There are other rumblings and whatnot, but they do not interest me at all. But at least rumors generate buzz and a bit of an excitement for what the next expansion could be about or what kind of content might there be. Some of it might be true, others false. But I suspect the title might be different - as is usually the case upon reveal. We'll just
have to wait or hear about what has been trademarked.
07/01/19: To Nazjatar/Mechagon!
I found the new zones worthwhile, although a bit too compact. The new quests and continued storylines keep you attentive - overall, it is new content. The newness of any content patch is always going to run out eventually, so take your time as there are two new zones to immerse in.
The reputation grind toward "Pathfinder, Part 2" is something to work on, as well as collecting manapearls for benthic upgrades. It might not be much, but it's an alternative to the RNG crap of getting the same, useless gear from the weekly chest (of any lack of upgrades from there).
Holy horrible WQ's, Batman! It's "Jumping Jellies" this time, you enter a whirling vortex only to have it throw you in any which way, completely throwing you away from the jelly platforms. It absolutely is a waste of time, and not worth the worthless rewards (unless they make it 100 manapearls or something).
What a fun night of some "Tarren Mill vs. Southshore" epic battlegrounds (as long as the lagging is kept to a minimum). They weren't just stomps, but close, epic brawls from one town to another. Even in the losing end (fighting within Tarren Mill) was fun nonetheless. I suspect the new Essences are going to make somewhat of a difference (as well as the nerfs / buffs to some classes) as far as Arena and Tournament play is concerned.
We'll see when the Summer Cup resumes.
I'm already thinking about whether the next expansion is going to be announced at Blizzcon '19. They better, after last year's fiasco at Blizzcon with the whole mobile Diablo mess.
Cloud9 has emerged as the powerhouse of NA, and they appear quite unbeatable when running MLD - Frost/Destruction/Resto - comp. The scary thing is, they still haven't utilized their other well-known team member.
If things change drastically after 8.2, might we see an appearance or is Cloud9 planning to just stick with this? As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Well, at least they're turning World PvP areas from past expansons into new Epic BG's (first Wintergrasp, and now Ashran - if creating new BG's is too much of a chore or resources / ideas they don't have anymore, I guess why not). Get rid of IOC, and all is well.
I'll give more thoughts on Patch 8.2 as we delve into it.
06/19/19: Patch 8.2 Begins On 06/25
Well, I was incorrect in my assessment - but speculating mid-month was the closest. Sometimes, you have to speak up in order to get updates or any kind of news.
But it shouldn't come to that.
Anyway, Patch 8.2 is the next major content patch with a new raid - facing off against Azshara. Talk about 'Malice' in the 'Palace' heh.
When it comes to E-sports broadcasting, having a hype man energizes the desk and can be entertaining. Of course, things can get out of hand at times. Whatever the reason, it's just unfortunate circumstances.
What I'm more peeved about is the influx of useless / garbage ads - twitch ad blocking doesn't seem to work or it's been prevented without affecting the stream in its entirety. I just have to close the browser during the wait times.
It doesn't appear that Patch 8.2 is going to release any time soon, probably in July or early August. With BG queue times back to the long waiting times (what's with the 20+ minute waiting time for Epics), we'll have to deal with
the current lack of content. I think they should add PvP Brawls permanently instead of the "every-other-week" crap.
Blizzard/Activision can lazily half-ass their work or what they call "content", and delay or stall major content patches these days. I don't think they give a crap as much as they used to, as long as business is still booming or subscriptions are
still at respectable levels to make profit. This comes as no surprise, but I wouldn't hesitate to unsub at any moment's notice. It's unfortunate that the days of giving a crap about the customer-base (with profiting becoming a priority over all else) is no longer
part of that priority.
Apparently, the Summer Cup tournament begins around 06/15. As for Patch 8.2, I would guess either early in the month or mid-month.
05/14/19: Feels Like 'Seventh Heaven' For 'Cloud 9'
It was LAN weekend, and 'Cloud 9' (formerly known as the Super Frogs) won it all. At this point, they are the team to beat. Bring on the Summer season!
The "Wrecking Ball" achievement - this was a surprise the other night. It is considered one of the most difficult PvP achievements, but a bit easier in larger-scale BG's.