New And Exciting In the MMO World

To round off this week, we’ve got a bit of a grab-bag of coolness. Yes, it seems that the MMOsphere is starting to recover from its release-stupor, and there are all sorts of new things starting to look shiny on the horizon – or here already…

See you next week!

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Heroic dungeons in Mists Of Pandaria

Lost in a dungeon? Not sure what the tactics are? Getting grief from other players about it, or just want to avoid any trouble? Here’s our master list of brief (so you can read them on the run) strategy guides for the new Mists Of Pandaria Heroic dungeons.

Or, alternatively, have you just discovered that someone in your run doesn’t know the tactics, but you can’t face typing them out slowly for each and every boss? Grab these guides – they include code so that you can copy and paste each section with a couple of clicks as you come up to a boss fight or tricky bit, and each boss’s tactics fit on one line of Party Chat. The new guy in your group should do just fine.

Mists Of Pandaria Heroic dungeons

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Quick-Read Tactics: Scholomance Heroic – Instructor Chillheart, Jandice Barov, Rattlegore, Lilian Voss, and Darkmaster Gandling

Here’s one for the old-school players – the Scholomance instance, probably the hardest of the Vanilla WoW dungeons, has been completely revamped and updated to a Level 90 Heroic Dungeon for Mists of Pandaria. But have no fear – we’ll take you through the tactics for Instructor Chillheart, Jandice Barov, Rattlegore, Lilian Voss, and the Headmaster, Darkmaster Gandling himself. And we’ll do it quickly, too – no watching a 10-minute video for a single boss fight!

Quick Copy-Paste to Party Chat – If there’s someone in your group who isn’t certain about the tactics, click in the text box below each boss to auto-select a single line of tactics. We’ve checked them to make sure they’ll fit in a single line of party chat. Then CTRL+C to copy it, go back into WoW, start Party Chat, and CTRL+V to paste all the tactics your group needs!

(On a Mac, that’s Command-C and Command-V)

Normal mode vs Heroic Mode – These tactics apply to both Normal and Heroic versions of this dungeon – Heroic version bosses simply have more health and do more damage.

Contents

Instructor Chillheart

  • P1: Don’t touch ice wall. Spread out. Tank pop CD on Touch of the Grave. Avoid ice patches.
  • P2: Dodge bombs, get out of fire, blow DPS cooldowns.

[copypastaparty]P1: Don’t touch ice wall. Spread out. Tank pop CD on Touch of the Grave. Avoid ice patches. P2: Dodge bombs, get out of fire, blow DPS cooldowns. [/copypastaparty]

Jandice Barov

Skull mark Jandice at start of fight. Stand behind her (except tank) and get out of purple. When she creates images, ONLY DPS the skull-marked one.

[copypastaparty]Skull mark Jandice at start of fight. Stand behind her (except tank) and get out of purple. When she creates images, ONLY DPS the skull-marked one. [/copypastaparty]

Rattlegore

Click bone pile at start of fight and if you get hit by bone spike. Don’t stand in blue fire. Tank periodically kite boss to let Rusting buff on boss drop off.

[copypastaparty]Click bone pile at start of fight and if you get hit by bone spike. Don’t stand in blue fire. Tank periodically kite boss to let Rusting buff on boss drop off. [/copypastaparty]

Lillian Voss

  • P1: Spread out. When pulled in, run around until fire ends. Avoid fire.
  • P2: Spread out. If Fixated, kite boss.
  • P3: Both P1 and P2 at the same time!

[copypastaparty]P1: Spread out. When pulled in, run around until fire ends. Avoid fire. P2: Spread out. If Fixated, kite boss. P3: Both P1 and P2 at the same time! [/copypastaparty]

Darkmaster Gandling The Headmaster

Tank pop CD on Incinerate. Kill adds when he casts Rise. When you’re teleported away, kill adds and come back. Healer: dispel adds when teleported to make killing them easier. Also, watch out for Immolate on players and dispel it.

[copypastaparty]Tank pop CD on Incinerate. Kill adds when he casts Rise. When you’re teleported away, kill adds and come back. Healer: dispel adds when teleported to make killing them easier. Also, watch out for Immolate on players and dispel it.[/copypastaparty]

That’s it. Good luck!

If you’ve got any additions to our useful tactics, let us know in the comments! Please do share these guides with your friends and guildies – and if you encounter a new player who’d benefit from reading the guides, point them in this direction too.

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Weekend Roundup: WoW

Mists of Pandaria is looming in upon us now, and the world of WoW is aware of it – raid leaders preparing their troops, players organising their characters, and everyone waiting for the Dawn Of The Pandas.

But it’s not all Pandaria, Pandaria, Pandaria from this weekend…

  • Ironyca explores the urban legends around the old version of Scholomance, and the “don’t talk to the students” advice“So what happened if you spoke to the students, or for that matter the teachers? Did the entire room turn against you? – actually not.”
  • Anne Stickney explains some of the neat lore developments in WoW that are being incubated in the trading-card game, of all things“With one little expansion, the WoW TCG neatly wove itself into the main story of Warcraft, introducing another lore element that ties in to the overall theme of Cataclysm. This was, to say the least, the most unexpected place I ever thought I’d see it.”
  • Derevka writes a very timely guide to staying healthy and sane during the MoP release madness“During quest/NPC RP, flightpaths, any break you take… Do a couple of push ups, squats, crunches… literally, do them. It keeps your blood moving, and can help release endorphins.”
  • Sometimes A Tree is concerned that the implications of Challenge Mode normalisation mean we’ll all have very full bags come MoP” The reason being that within the context of Challenge Modes, every single item over that level becomes a side-grade.”
  • And The Grumpy Elf is far from grumpy as he enthuses about the implications of Challenge Modes as a far better competitive PvE arena than heroic raids” Perhaps Kin Raiders did get world best time when they did it first but then the world fifth might have beaten it. This means that there is no slacking off for Kin Raiders if they want to keep that number 1 spot, they need to get back in there and try to get their world best time back. It makes the heroic tier last a hell of a lot longer.”

I must admit, I’m very excited about Challenge Modes too. Everything from the normalised gear to the official ladder says that they’re something I could get very addicted to – and like Grumpy, I’m excited about how they could develop, too.

What’s exciting you about MoP these days?

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