WoW 5.1 Controversies: Brawler’s Guild, Ore Drop Rates, Stealth Nerfs

Is WoW 5.1 great? Or is it awful?

We’re hearing both sides of the argument at the moment, on a wide variety of issues. Stealth nerfs to ore drop rates and some classes? Brawler’s Guild? We’ve already covered some of these discussions in our Friday 5.1 roundup – but here’s the latest…

  • Saxsy is extremely unhappy about both the ore drop nerf and the apparently huge stealth nerf to Fire mages“The nerf effectively removes thirteen item levels from my equipment. My 486 item level that was one of the best in my raid group’s? Now it’s no better than 473, which is probably someone they could pick up from LookingForGroup or Trade.”
  • Big Bear Butt speaks up about the Brawler’s Guild – and in contrast to Grumpy Elf on Friday, he’s absolutely loving it, and tells us why“Seriously folks, it is exactly how I pictured it. Except, I was having too much fun queueing and cheering people on to leave my desk for another beer.”
  • Big Bear Butt also speaks up on the ore drop rate nerf, and his feelings are dramatically different – he loves it“And now, they’re clearly paying attention to the desires of those who make the Auction House and game economy their playstyle, and despite it meaning it’ll be a teeny bit harder for me to go out and get my own mats when I want them, to me it means the opposite of “Blizzard hates the players”.”
  • And Faris goes over all the changes (although not the stealth nerfs) and gives a point-by-point opinion on each“Since 5.1 came out on Tuesday, I’ve probably spent a good 8-10 hours down in the Brawler’s Guild. Best part? I don’t even have an invitation yet. “

What do you think? Were the ore nerfs warranted? Does the Brawler’s Guild rule?

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Mining Obsidium for fun and profit

Cataclysm introduced three new types of ore to the Warcraft world: Pyrite, Elementium and Obsidium. Of these, Obsidium is the easiest to obtain. Since it only need a mining skill of 425 to extract, it’s also likely to be the first Cataclysm ore you encounter.

By far the best place to farm for Obsidium ore is Mount Hyjal, site of Malfurion Stormrage’s’ resistance against Ragnaros and the Twilight Legion (and also, of course, the site of Thrall’s marriage to Aggra). If you haven’t started the Mount Hyjal questchain yet, take a look at our guide guide to see How to get to Mount Hyjal. Avoid the area at the south east of the zone, where the dragons are flying around – it’s more trouble than it’s worth.

Deepholm_ is also a good zone in which to farm Obsidium. If you’re trying to gain reputation with Therazane (to get your shoulder enchantment), you can often combine the Therazane quests with your regular Obsidium farming.

If you’re doing a lot of mining, you might find it easier to install an addon such as Gatherer, which will help you plot the best routes around the zones.

As with other ores, two pieces of Obsidium Ore can be smelted down to make a single Obsidium Bar. Obsidium Bars usually sell for more than Obsidium Ore, but if you’re looking to make a profit from your mining, it’s worth checking your server’s auction house to see which is the most profitable.

Obsidium Bars can also prove quite valuable when combined with the Engineering profession. The most profitable things to craft will probably be Handfuls of Obsidium Bolts, which are used for several further recipes, and the Personal World Destroyer companion pet, which can reliably sell for several hundred gold.

Any tips for farming Obsidium ore, or useful things to do with it? Let us know in the comments.

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