Recorded Monday, July 29, 2019 2000
Ctrl Alt WoW Episode 624 - 8.2.5 PTR Already?
Aprillian, Constraxx, Vrishna, Grand Nagus and guest hosts discuss another week of playing World of Warcraft, Blizzard's greatest MMORPG. The show features audio segments and email submissions from our lovely listeners. Guild Round up from Constraxx.
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This week in WoW:
World Quest Bonus Event starts ( +50% rep from doing WQ’s )
Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl on the July 31st
DMF starts on sunday
LfR wing 2 of the Eternal Palace Raid opens.
What We've Been Doing:
New 8.2.5 PTR Development Notes:
Worgen and Goblin Character Model Updates
Celebrate 15 Years of World of Warcraft
This November marks the 15th anniversary of World of Warcraft, and we have some special things planned to celebrate the occasion. Players who log in during the event period will receive a celebration package in the mail with a Lil’ Nefarian pet and some other in-game goodies. Throughout the duration of the event, you’ll be able to participate in three unique raids with iconic encounters from past expansions along with an old-school-inspired Alterac Valley battleground. Players who defeat all nine bosses in the raid wings will receive the Obsidian Worldbreaker, a Black Dragonflight mount inspired by Deathwing. Players who participate in Alterac Valley will receive a new anniversary event currency which can be exchanged for two new mounts: the Stormpike Battle Charger (Alliance) and the Frostwolf Snarler (Horde).
A Fuzzy, Buzzy Mount
New Timewalking Raid: Firelands
Introducing Party Sync
During this PTR we’re experimenting with a new mode that makes it easier for players in a party to do quests and play together: Party Sync. When players activate Party Sync, everyone in the party becomes aligned to the same quest state, including phases. By mousing over a quest in your tracker, you can see who is on the quest, what their progress is, and who’s ready to turn in the quest. There’s something else we’re going to try out on the PTR, a “replay” quest feature. This will allow players who have already completed certain quests to replay those quests with their friends for rewards that are appropriate to their current level, regardless of the original level of the quest.
We’re also relaxing level restrictions on queueing for instanced content with your friends. This allows lower-level players to queue for content in their level range, and higher-level players can choose to join them by having their level scaled down while they’re in the instance. This feature will be available for dungeon instances for PTR Week 1, with PvP instances being flagged in the following weeks. Please note that unlike Timewalking, when your level is scaled down via Party Sync you will temporarily lose access to abilities and powers (such as Azerite traits) with requirements that exceed your reduced level.
Recruit A Friend Returns
Coming in 8.2.5 is a revamped Recruit A Friend system. If you have active game time you’ll be able to recruit your friends—both brand-new to the game and returning champions—to share in your adventures. To do so, you’ll be able to use a new URL generation tool to create a custom link to give to your friends. By following the link, you’ll be connected to each other and will be able to see if they have purchased game time, resulting in rewards for you! For each month your recruits have active game time, you’ll earn a new reward such as unique pets, mounts, game time and more. These rewards unlock per month and scale with how many months your recruits have subscribed for. And, of course, with Party Sync you’ll be able to journey with your friends on any of your characters. We’ll have more information about Recruit A Friend rewards when we get closer to its release.
Balance of Power progress:
I ran a few dungeons on mythic dungeons and got some achievements and did the things i had to for the quests.
Next up will be running Neltharion’s Lair, on Myhtic of cause, and get some scrap (that’s what the quest says).
Then i think I’m about ready to go and run the Nighthold Raid for a couple of weeks to get the items required from there and then finally get the Gul’dan kill to get the final achivement and the unlock for the artifact.
Continued on the questing path through Suramar.
Done with the normal 7.0 quests and starting on the patch content of Suramar with the lead up to the Nighthold Raid attunenment.
Also started on Argus questing, because why not.
Dark Iron Shaman: Level 28
Tauren Shaman: Level 19
Gnome Hunter: Level 30
Sin’dorei Hunter: Level 11
Former Greenman Sin’dorei Hunter: Level 59
I’ll be on WoWChallenge Podcast on the August 3rd
I can't believe that it is almost August! Summer is going by way too fast.
Here are my audios and the Blast from the Past for this week. Our Blast from the Past is from episode 380. Enjoy!
Each week GrandNagus takes a closer look at some of the most useful World of Warcraft addons out there.
No addon of the week this week.
Addon tip of the week: Don’t trust the version numbers given with new versions of addons, due to Vanilla / Classic versions and compatibility there might be version numbers given that don’t make sense with regard to the current retail game version.
Try the addon if there is a update and the patch version number doesn’t match, try it anyway, it might work. Some addons will work on BOTH retail and Classic, and that might be why they wouldn’t have a regular patch version number that matches, cause how could they have one number that fits both clients different patch numbers.
You can find GrandNagus on Twitter @GrandNagus1, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guild Updates: XXX-XXX
Last week’s 120’s:
Time Flies When You’re Having Fun:
Guild Chat App - Discord
Trying a 24/7 chat app for guildies to join and just keep in contact and have chats with during IRL :) Also has a voice channel just like vent/mumble! And very easy to use! :)
The App is Discord - https://discord.gg/0gr8ON8GpXJQrJHy
And we have a CtrlAltWoW Server - so check out the link above for invite.