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    Sunday, 23 August 2015

    How To: "Appear Offline" in Battle.NET

    I'd like to thank Alt of Alternative Chat for inspiring this post with her post, Alternative Chat :: A Warcraft Blog: Take Me I'm Yours

    You can simulate "Appear Offline" by using Windows Firewall to block Battle.Net traffic. Of course people in your guild and on your server will still be able to find you but realid friends on other servers won't see you. Great for some alone time on a different server if you're in high demand from your guildies.  

    WARNING: Once enabled you will not be able to change servers so get to the character select screen before enabling this rule.

    To do this you:

    Open up your Windows Firewall, this will vary depending on your Windows version so I'll recommend you Google that; Once in Winbdows Firewall, select 'Outbound Rules' and then double click on 'New Rules..';

    Select Port as the rule type you'd like to create and click next and then on the next screen,choose 'TCP' and 'Specific remote ports' and enter 1119 into the text box and click 'Next';

    Select Block the connection and click 'Next';

    Ensure 'Domain', 'Priavte' and 'Public' are selected and click 'Next';

    In 'Name' put in REALID blocker just to make it easy to know what the rule does and in description type 'Disconnects you from Battle.net and hides you from REALID friends. Once enabled you will not be able to change servers so get to the character select screen before enabling this rule.' and click 'Finish';

    After clicking 'Finish' you will see the rule you created at the top of you list and it will be ENABLED;

    Click on 'Disable Rule' and it will disable the rule. If done correctly the stop sign will disappear from the left of the name of your rule;

    Now whenever you feel the need to go invisible on Battle.NET open up Windows Firewall and enable your rule ONCE you're on your character select screen.



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    Sunday, 31 May 2015

    Evangelysm Podcast Show 18, Season 1.


    Show 18, Season 1, 31 May 2015.


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    The 18th show, where I talk about the news, the changes I'd make to recover the lost subs and Disc PVE major glyphs.

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    Sunday, 17 May 2015

    Sunday Screenshot #48 & Evangelysm Podcast Show 15, Season 1.

    Been playing around with some new image trickery so thought it was about time I got back into the Sunday Screenshot and also remembered that I forgot to post last weeks podcast here too.

    This means you get a 2-for-1 special post today.


    Show 15, Season 1, 10 May 2015.


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    The 15th show, where I talk about the news, the lack of flight in Warlords of Draenor and tank healing for disc priests.


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    Sunday, 3 May 2015

    Sunday Screenshot #47


    Today sees the return of the Sunday Screenshot as this links nicely with part of the Evangelysm podcast of today!

    The above is a screenshot of Healium in action in a 40 man raid setting and is my evidence of why you should NEVER user Healium.

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    Evangelysm Podcast Show 14, Season 1.



    Show 14, Season 1, 03 May 2015.


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    The 14th show, where I talk about the lots and lots of news, the problems of moving to Mythic and raid frame addons for healers.

    Below are the Curse links to the addons I mentioned:

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    Sunday, 26 April 2015

    Evangelysm Podcast Show 13, Season 1.



    Just realised that I've slacked the past month at posting my podcast here. Partly because I've not been uploading the show to YouTube /fail on my part. So below are all the shows I missed!



    Show 13, Season 1, 26 April 2015.


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    The 13th show, where I talk about the movie delays, the basics of making gold and potions and flask usage for healers.



    Show 12, Season 1, 22 April 2015.


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    The 12th show, where I talk about the Timewalking, Atonement & Archangel, EU WoW token & Legendary Ring Procs.



    Show 11, Season 1, 14 April 2015.


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    The 11th show, where I talk about the PTR for patch 6.2, disc priest stat priorities and forgetting of the Merciless.



    Show 10, Season 1, 08 April 2015.


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    The 10th show, where I talk about the Guilds, my transmog and the talent conditional in macros.
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    Wednesday, 8 April 2015

    Talent Conditionals in Warcraft Macros



    It is possible to add a conditional into a macro that checks your talent selection and assign spells based on your talent choice.

    It doesn't just give you the talent chosen it even allows you to put in a replacement spell for talent choices that are passive and when combined with the spec variable can allow 1 macro to cover a potential 9 spells for most classes and 12 for druids!

    As an example of the basic format as a Disc priest my tier 7 talents are:
    • Clarity of Will (a castable bubble);
    • Words of Mending (a passive ability that auto casts a mana free Prayer of Mending);
    • Saving Grace (a castable heal);
    Now what I can do is have a macro that casts Clarity of Will or Saving Grace if I chose either of those 2 spells but if I chose the passive ability I can also make the keybind do something else (I will make my choice here to be Prayer of Mending but it could equally be Hearthstone)

    #showtooltip
    /cast [talent:7/1] Clarity of Will; [talent:7/2] Prayer of Mending; [talent:7/3] Saving Grace;

    However, it could have equaly been three spells with no relation to the talents and that is what makes it better than dragging the talent to your bar:

    #showtooltip
    /cast [talent:7/1] Smite; [talent:7/2] Mind Sear; [talent:7/3] Leap of Faith;

    Now something else that I've know for a few years is that there is a spec;1/2 condional you can use in a macro. So if I want to cast Smite as Disc and Heal as Holy I can use this:

    /cast [spec:1]Heal;[spec:2]Smite

    So therefore it should be possible to combine the 2 conditionals to produce a macro that checks your spec and talents!

    A good example is the tier 7 talents as Holy Priests don't get Clarity of Will they get Clarity of Purpose which changes the way Prayer of healing works and renames the spell Clarity of Purpose so now what you can do is add in a spec conditional to the macro so it casts Clarity of Purpose for holy priests (this assumes you have Disc as the main spec and holy as the second spec.

    #showtooltip
    /cast [spec:1,talent:7/1] Clarity of Will; [spec:2,talent:7/1] Clarity of Purpose; [talent:7/2] Prayer of Mending; [talent:7/3] Saving Grace;

    If you use Clique you can import this macro straight into Clique to replace the spell (remember to drop the #showtooltip) and Vuhdo users can ofc use this macro by calling the macro Name rather than the spell name.
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    Wednesday, 18 March 2015

    Evangelysm Podcast Show 7, Season 1.


    Show 7, Season 1, 17 March 2015.


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    The past week I have been mostly....
    1.    PVP druid: lvl35 long Qs levelling by herbing and cook/fish/pet battle dailies.
    2.    Garrisonless shaman: Got another level and Shadowmoon now complete
    3.    Evlyxx II: been neglected this week /hangs head in shame
    4.    Evlyxx: 8/10 BRF progress on Maidens. 4pce at last half normal
    5.    Exhumed: now been made GM but still not promoted coming soon!!
    6.    Hearthcast AoE appearance
    7.    IRL: Changes incoming to my life schedule that may force a show change. Still trying to work out details in my head as nothing is confirmed and times are still fluid.
    and now the news...

    General News
    •    BlizzCon will be November 5th and 6th 2015
    •    Tickets $199 USD via Eventbrite at 3 am BST on 16 April and 6 pm BST on 18 April.
    •    Players now deal 10% less damage against other players while in PvP combat.

    Raid News
    •    MC BRF: 19 guilds now have killed MC Blackhand
    •    12 EU guilds, 4 Chinese, 2 Korean, 1 US guild.
    •    3 Alliance and 16 Horde
    •    Blood Legion leaving the World First race for now.
    •    Blizzard confirmed that you get more legendary drops on alts.
    •    BUG FIX: Blackhand - Siegemaker's Battering Ram ability is no longer considered to be an AoE attack on all difficulties.

    Priest News
    •    BUG FIX: Cascade will now properly use the casting Priest's Multistrike chance for bounces beyond the first one.

    Ranty News
    •    hotfix next week that will increase the item level of all raid drops from all difficulties of the Blackrock Foundry raid.

    Talk Talk
    Was all about class balance

    Mail Time
    Syene (@_3ske) said: Divine Insight does make PoM instant although not reflected in the tooltip;

    This is How We Do It
    This week what I looked at the tier 6 or level 90 talents.

    In next week's Talk Talk I'll be looking at the standard Blizzard UI and why I don't use it. I'd love to hear if you use the standard UI and your reasons for why you do or don't use it.

    Please contact
    the show by email to:
    podcast@evlyxx.co.uk

    or alternatively via Twitter
    to the show: @EvangelysmCast
    or to me: @Evlyxx
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    Tuesday, 10 March 2015

    Evangelysm Podcast Show 6, Season 1.


    Show 6, Season 1, 9 March 2015.


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    The past week I have been mostly....
    1. Not levelling my druid Ursula on Aszune by PVP but by herbing and cook/fish/pet battle dailies;
    2. Not logging onto my garrisonless shaman;
    3. Getting Evlyxx to 7/10 in HC BRF and progress on Maidens;
    4. Playing shadow in RBGs on Evlyxx;
    5. Neglecting Evlyxx II beside Garrison missions;
    6. Becoiming the new GM of Exhumed;
    7. Being eliminated from the Wow podcaster Tournament of Epicness because I failed the cut;
    8. Appearing on Girls Gone WoW - show 171;
    9. I'm now getting comfortable with doing this show and am now looking to upgrade my equipment;
    10. Preparing to man up and start begging the accountant (aka wife)  for some fundsfor the above;

    General News
    WoW Token;
    6.1.2 now on PTR;
    BUG FIX: Dark Heart of Pandaria (Scenario) bug fixed;

    Raid News
    Mythic Race: Grats to Midwinter for world 3rd / Alliance-US  1st.
    3 tanks?BUG FIX: fall damage on Blackhand

    Priest News
    BUG FIX: Archangel should no longer incorrectly increase Flash Heal's mana cost.
    BUG FIX: Vampiric Embrace should no longer incorrectly factor in damage caused by Searing Insanity.

    Talk Talk
    Was all about instance difficulty and what would make it better

    Mail Time
    email from Dan (@TheSteakhaus) about class balance;
    Jon (@jvirangaming) asked: What comes after talents and complained about my levels;


    This is How We Do It
    This week what I looked at the tier 5 or level 75 talents.

    Next week my Talk Talk section will be focusing on  class balance in Warlords of Draenor and I'd love to hear your views and personal experiences on this so please contact the show  by
    email to
    podcast@evlyxx.co.uk
    or alternatively via Twitter
    to the show: @EvangelysmCast
    or to me: @Evlyxx
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    Saturday, 7 March 2015

    Evangelysm Podcast Show 5, Season 1.


    Show 5, Season 1, 2 March 2015.


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    The past week I have been mostly....
    I've started 2 whacky WoW projects this week the 1st is levelling my shaman through Draenor without a garrison, so far it has been quite difficult as there are not many quests once you hit the point where the next step is to build the garrison. Getting around is also difficult as I have no quick way to get to Shadowmoon Valley from Ashran which is where I decided to set my hearthstone. The 2nd is levelling a new druid but only via PVP. Very early days on this one.

    In my raiding I missed a guild first kill of Kromog because I was working but was able to be there as Exhumed went 7/10 HC with an Oregorger kill.

    The guild has taken a fair chunk of my time out of game lately as we've had a few retirements through people becoming bored with the content and the great white hope that was 6.1 failed to deliver any new content. This means we're needing 2 mêlée DPS, 2 ranged DPS and a healer so if you're interested in raiding Wednesday and Thursday 2100-midnight in the EU apply at exhumed-guild.co.uk, tweet me @evlyxx or email me evlyxx@evlyxx.co.uk.

    General News
    • Realm connections are complete, for the moment at least.
    • Some dungeons have had shortcuts blocked off in undocumented changes in patch 6.1 and this may lead to the resetting of some Challenge Mode dungeon leaderboard times.
    • Players are now able to whisper or send party invites to players on any realm.
    Raid News
    • Paragon have joined Method in being 10/10 in Mythic Blackrock Foundry, the US 1st and Alliance firsts are still up for grabs with MidWinter in pole position to claim both with Blood Legion and ScrubBusters close behind them.
    • Drak'Tharon Keep: Fixed an issue where Novos the Summoner was unkillable on Heroic difficulty.
    • Culling of Stratholme: Fixed an issue where the Dark Runed Chest after defeating Mal'Ganis could not be looted on Heroic difficulty.
    Priest News
    • Saving Grace (Disc, Holy) now heals for 34% less in PvP combat and now correctly reduce absorbs done (absorption taken).
    • PvP 2-piece set bonus effect for Shadow Priests is now removed at the beginning of a boss encounter. The set bonus will still work during the encounter.
    • The Glyph of Purification is no longer bind on pickup


    Talk Talk

    What is Ashran

    The ultimate objective of this battleground is for each faction is to kill the opposing faction's leader. When the Battleground is won by either side, there is a 5 minute pause; after which, the Battleground simply restarts fresh at the Crossroads.

    Before you can defeat the enemy faction's leader, you must win several "battles" along the Road to Glory (NOT the side events)

    In every Ashran instance, the population of both factions is tightly controlled to maintain equal numbers.

    Ashran Design Goals

    Blizzard's primary goal with Ashran was to create a zone where two factions were competing against each other throughout the zone. Players entering Ashran have two motivations: earn 200 conquest to fulfill the Ashran bonus portion of their conquest cap, and kill the faction boss for their daily chance at loot from the Gleaming Ashmaul Strongbox. 

    The problem pre-6.1

    There was the ability for both sides to get the same reward at two different places at the same time as players could earn that conquest by either killing the faction boss or by doing events, and there was this unofficial player defined rule that Alliance did one and the Horde did the other, which faction did what was generally dependent on the server cluster you were on. 

    Ashran simply was devoid of real PvP and both sides earned their reward.

    Blizzard's Fix

    Blizz removed conquest from the bosses knowing full well this meant the Alliance and Horde would be forced to compete against each other in events for conquest. They also "knew" that facing new opposition at events, the Horde would once again engage in the central road. Quite how they "knew" this fact is beyond me as there is no reward for killing the opposing factions boss. 

    Blizz acknowledged that killing a faction boss only to receive the 600 ilvl Aspirant gear wasn’t motivating so they removed that from the Gleaming Ashmaul Strongbox so it will always award either Combatant (ilevel 620) or Gladiator (ilevel 660) gear. But the drop rate is pathetically small for a once a day shot.

    The Problem post-6.1

    In sort there is no PVP in Ashran, the epic tug of war along the Road to Glory just simply doesn't happen often enough because after the first kill where every got rewarded with their Gleaming Ashmaul Strongbox and failed to get their epic players move to the events as here lies their Conquest points and when new people join the "battle" nobody goes to help these guys get their Strongbox, which means everyone is now sat at the the events. 

    But, I hear you cry, surely that means there is PVP there? Well Blizz claim there is increased competition between the two factions in both events and the main road. But maybe my luck is bad or my timing is off because I'm not seeing that at all. 

    What I'm seeing is queue times have droped, no main raid group killing the faction bosses and the Alliance camping the quarry and burial grounds while the Horde are camping the Stadium and the Ogre event. As an Alliance player if we move to the Horde event areas, we get butchered because of the tunneling effect of each arena and if the Horde try to come to Alliance events the same happens to them.

    My biggest issue is that the whole purpose of Ashran has been removed, killing the faction bosses because the events are where the guaranteed rewards are.

    I cannot understand why the events are not simply a way of boosting your factions chance of success in killing the faction bosses. For example when the faction bosses are reset each event generates some bonus and only once all 4 events have occurred are the faction bosses spawned. Once spawned the side events stop until one faction boss is defeated and the winner of that battle gets Conquest and a Gleaming Ashran Stronbox and then after 5 minutes the events start again. 

    This would encourage both factions to do everything in Ashran, because each thing happens once per battle and the faction that wins most events has the better chance of killing the opposing faction boss, sure this sounds like Alterac Valley but wasn't the overall goal of Ashran to reproduce the epic AV battles of vanilla? 

    Mail Time
    So this week I've got my first real e-mail, makes me feel a little bit humble as previously it has come from people I knew before the show started.

    Bruce (@btarro2) asked 3 questions:
    1. What drew you to the priest class above all others? 

    I was told by the friend that got me interested in WoW, that a healer was the best thing to play as you always found a group easy and that priests were the best healers. In D&D I'd also played mainly clerics and this was the nearest thing to that in WoW so I stuck went with it and have never looked back. 

    2. Do you have any plans on complementing the priest information in the podcast with youtube content as well? 

    In a perfect world, I'd love to do this, but real world commitments and wanting to play wow means the time isn't there to do it regularly. Also, having a slow (2meg) connection means that streaming is impossible so until British Telecom put the infrastructure in to give me fibre speeds that is merely a dream. But when that happens I may start streaming as I can play and do the videos live which removes the need for editing which in itself is time consuming.

    3. Maybe some recorded raid/pvp footage as an overlay to your podcast you publish on youtube.

    This is something I hadn't considered but I may try that for this show and see how long the upload takes as this is something I can do while I sleep and/or while I'm at work.


    This is How We Do It

    This week what we're looking at the tier 4 or level 60 talents. Like the tier 1 & 2 talents, the choices are the same regardless of role and spec. 

    Void Tendrils root upto 5 targets for 20 seconds or until the tendril is killed, this is my default choice for PvE because if I have aggro on an enemy I can kite it to my tank and root it in place while I return to the safety of range which will force mêlée mobs to hit the nearest target. 

    Void Tendrils also are much safer to use in PvE than Psychic Scream, an AoE fear that causes upto 5 enemies with 8 yards to run away for 8 seconds. There are times when fear is safe to use though so it can be useful. However, it is exceptional in PvP and depending on the group your in can be much better than the third option, Mind Control.

    Mind Control is now known as Dominate Mind and it allows a priest to control an enemy for upto 30 seconds as long as that enemy isn't mechanical. MC has uses in PvE and has been needed on certain fights Razuvious in Naxxramas was the biggest one where all a priest would do on the fight was MC adds that would off-tank the boss. However, the most common use for MC is in PvP and is exceptionally good at removing enemies off of cliffs, like the lumber mill in Arathi Basin and the central flag area in Eye of the Storm. I also had great fun throwing adds off the edge in Vortex Pinnacle during early Cataclysm but eventually this got hot fixed as I discovered when the 4 adds that I had MCd off the edge came running into the fight on the last boss. Which caused a lot of laughs on TS with my guildmates. Thankfully it wasn't pug.
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    Sunday, 1 March 2015

    Sunday Screenshot #46


    Something I have really neglected this expansion is my weekly screenshot, so I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things and I promise I won't be using the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera.
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    Evangelysm Podcast Show 4, Season 1.


    Show 4, Season 1, 25 February 2015.


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    The past week I have been mostly....
    1.    Removing the egg from my face, last week I predicted that 6.1 would hit last week. I was wrong but only by a week! So The US already has 6.1 and here in the EU we get it today so I hope you're all enjoying Tweeting from in game and posting your SELFIES!

    2.    Mount farming, yes still But not while I have been queuing for Ashran, I've given up trying that until next week! My route takes in Dragon Soul for the Blazing Drake and Experiment 12-B, Onyxia, ICC25 for Invincible, Zul'Gurub for the Panther and Raptor mounts, Stonecore and Vortex Pinnacle for the drakes, Sethekk Halls for Anzu (yes I know you got it in TBC), Firelands for Smoldering Egg of Millagazor and Pureblood Firehawk and Throne of the Four Winds for the Drake of the South Wind. But next week I won't need to go to the Throne of the Four Winds as my hunter, Vonuberwald managed to get the Drake of the South Wind, on his first visit but I had been many times before!

    3.    Evlyxx has been raiding of course and this week we got Flamebender Ka'graz down on HC and on our weekend normal BRF run we did the achievement on Ka'graz of not killing Aknor Steelbringer which means he is now one of my Garrison followers.

    4.    I actually did some PVP this week too with loads of 3s with a hunter, Alkathraze and Funjitsu a brewmaster monk we had a lot of laughs and a reasonably fast Conquest cap. I also had a run out with the RBG team last night and while we won most of our battles we still have a lot of improvements to make but considering we started late this year due to a visit by the drama lama our RBG team is looking very promising and the leadership trio of Dumix, Appljack and Dyloxe are doing a fine job.

    5.    IRL stuff has been really boring and the reason the show is late out this week is because my shifts this week suck as it is Monday/Tuesday days and Wednesday/Thursday nights so I miss out on raiding and deliver the show late to you guys and gals. Sadly this will happen 2 or 3 weeks in a row every 2 months but hopefully I'll find a job with a better work schedule soon and then I can have a defined 7 day week and have a regular day of getting the show out to you all. Anyway that's a different story for a different day.


    In the news this week:
    Blackhand has been defeated by Method and at the time of recording only Method. So congratulations to them on a true World 1st as the US guilds have now entered their 3rd week mythic raiding. There has been some drama around this as there have been accusations of cheating by account sharing and I'll cover that in a bit more depth in this week's Talk Talk which is all about Exploiting WoW inspired by this very topic.

    6.1 has hit the servers, Twitter has remained stable which means most of the naysayers and doom prophets got it wrong, or I follow the right people!

    Talk Talk...WoW Exploits.

    So last week Method killed mythic Blackhand and the accusations of cheating started almost before Blackhand hit the ground and took his last breath. The crime that Method stand accused of is account sharing.  Now cast your mind back to Christmas time, not to the turkey and your presents but to a pair of guys named Reckful and Sodah who were banned for account sharing while streaming and openly admitting they were playing each other's accounts, stupid boys that they were.

    The method of Method's alleged account sharing is slightly different though, the accusers claim that certain players created a 2nd account and then transferred their geared alt to it to allow a 2nd person to play the geared alt instead of playing their own lesser geared character. Now this is harder to prove as the alleged incident wasn't streamed and unless the 2 players were playing at different locations and not masking their IP addresses to be the same, it is perfectly acceptable to have 2 Warcraft licences online from the same Battlenet account at the same time. So really unless the Method guys are dumbasses their guilt cannot be proven.

    But this type of cheating, and let's be honest if the accusations are true it is cheating,  is far from new.
    Back in Vanilla anyone who wanted to become Grand Marshall or High Warlord account shared. Each servers PVP community at the time decided on the weekly winner of the title and that guy (or gal) was guaranteed the title because they would be played 24 hours a day for the 7 days and the only way that is possible is to account share.

    Also in Vanilla there were raid exploits, Razorgore the first boss in Blackwing Lair could exploited by Alliance guilds by casting Divine Intervention on him in the first phase which reset the fight and when Divine Intervention wore off the fight restarted in phase 2! In Ahn'Qiraj 40, one guild discovered that you could amend the game files and fall through the floor after the first boss and end up at the last boss!

    There have also been other "exploits" that have been widely used as a valid tactic because guilds cheesed mechanics by clever positioning of bosses and/or players fights like Bloodlord Mandokir in the original Zul'Gurub could be cheesed by the whole raid, except the tanks, hiding behind spears or standing on a ledge that the raptor pet he had couldn't charge a random victim. Prince Malchezzar in Karazhan could be made considerably easier by the ranged and healers standing in the doorway when fighting the boss as the infernals couldn't land there, while never confirmed a fix was implemented in 2.4.

    Also in TBC was the rumoured cheating on the world first Lady Vashj kill. The exploit was to purposely wipe at 20 percent and have a paladin use Divine Intervention, Vashj will reset to Phase 2 and as her HP is connected to the pillars, the HP will disappear when they despawn leaving her at 1 HP, a priest uses a soulstone and then uses Shadow Word: Death to kill her.

    In Wrath, the world first kills of Yogg Saron and the Lich King were overturned because of guilds cheating. The first by making killer adds evade and the latter by making the platform rebuild itself by throwing engineering bombs.

    Back in Dragon Soul the world first guilds, including Paragon and Method, found a way to exploit the loot by trading loot to characters that had already had their once a week chance of loot.

    All this shows is that the world first guilds will stop at nothing to get their world first kills and really if that means so much to these folk let them cheat their way to the top. It matters not to me nor to most WoW players who killed a boss first and the only way these guys get remembered is to have some controversy linked to the kill. Personally I kill raid bosses for the achievement not the public worshipping me, as if that is liable to happen!

    Anyway grats to Method on their kill, cheats or not they earned the respect of us all however brief that glory moment will be.


    Mail Time

    I'd like to thank Rho of Realm Maintenance and Extended Maintenance for plugging this show on his show and also to Alt of Alternative Chat and Extended Maintenance for the retweets /bow to you both.

    This week I have received some feedback about the show from 2 guildies in Exhumed of Shadowsong EU, Appléjack and Dyloxe who both love the show and also gave me some feedback on the audio quality of the show. So thanks to them and the other guildies that listen so hi to Alkathraze, Irnotholy and Yamï.

    As good as it is to get feedback from guildies I'd still love to hear from my less biased listeners so if please email me at podcast@evlyxx.co.uk or via either of my Twitter accounts.

    The show account is: @EvangelysmCast
    My personal twitter account is: @evlyxx
    And I'll wrap up today's show with my tip section...

    This is How We Do It

    This week what we're going to look at is the tier 3 or level 45 talents. For the first time the talents now vary between specs here, but only between healer and DPS specs.

    As I'll spend more time on the healer stuff I'll look briefly at the 2 that are different for our shadowy friends.

    The first is Surge of Darkness and in short this turns Mind Spike into an instant cast spell that deals 50% more damage and does not remove DoTs as it normally would. This is great for fights with high movement and as you can save your procs for when you're on the move.

    The third choice is Insanity, which transforms Mind Flay into a more powerful spell, 100% more powerful, for 6 seconds after consuming a Shadow Orb. This one is great for fights were you can turret for long periods.

    For us healers, this tier of talents is all about mana savings. The first option is Surge of Light, each heal and smite you cast has a chance to cause the next Flash Heal to be instance and consume no mana. Personally I think this one is great for holy priests and also for discipline priests in RBGs where healers are the primary target. But in PVE this talent is very lack lustre.

    The second choice is Mindbender, now the observant ones of tyou may have noticed I went from first to third in my Shadow section, the reason for that is that the Mindbender is the same for all three specs. This simply reduces the cooldown of your Shadowfiend, note he is not a Shadowfriend, and over 15 seconds will deal a crap ton of damage. Since 5.0, I've been saying that the damage output of Shadowfiend's needs nerfing not by a lot but the mana return needs to stay the same. However, 6.1 sees our little shadowy friend gets a 33% BUFF as it will last 5 seconds more.

    And last, and by no means least, is Power Word: Solace which converts your Holy Fire into  Power Word: Solace which increases its damage and returns 2% mana when cast which we can do every 10 seconds. This became my default choice last week because I worked out why top end priests were using Solace over Mindbender, but the 33% buff to Mindbender in 6.1 makes that my default choice once more, because mana > DPS output right now.
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    Sunday, 22 February 2015

    Evangelysm Podcast Show 3, Season 1.


    Before I cover what the show is all about this week I'd just like to share my current set of Weak Auras for all 3 priest specs as I have just updated my Shadow ones:

    Show 3, Season 1, 18 February 2015.


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    In the past week I have been mostly....

    1. Doing the garrison grind on my Alliance toons on the Shadowsong - Aszune connected realm. And yes it does really get more boring each week and yes I'm almost at breaking point with it. That said I have pushed my last 2 toons into Draenor, my monk was smuggled away via the power of a warlock summon (thanks to Mettah, Alkathraze and Misanthropé for assisting in that exercise and I also took my druid, Mugruith the proper way and OMG druids need a nerf at that level one Starsurge and things die and if when I got cocky I simply moonfired half a dozen mobs and then starfalled and pulled in another half a dozen to dot up and simply looted their rotting corpses at my feet!
    2. On Evlyxx I have been mainly farming mounts (fruitlessly as it turns out) while waiting for my Ashran queue to pop. Which has consumed a lot of time for very little reward and I'm hoping the fixes coming soon will stop that.
    3. Killing 2 new heroic bosses also on Evlyxx, in Blackrock Foundry, Hans'gar and Franzok which was possibly the funniest fight to listen to ever and Operator Thogar, he with the trainset and man what a fight that is and I am asheamed to admit I failed horribly at dodging trains on more than one occasion and here is a free tip to all of you, if you have to move off of a track don't dither, don't change your mind because you'll end up dead and that applies to any fight not just Thogar!
    4. I also cleared 9/10 Blackrock on our casual guild raid this weekend and failed to get any gear from there and
    5. Evlyxx II also got some raid action this week in my second outing with the lovely folks of Cotton Candy and we managed to kill HC Kargath and got close on Twins and Tectus.
    6. I'm also considering renaming Evlyxx II because, it is really confusing having 2 toons on the same connected realm with the same name especially when I'm trying to talk through this section.
    7. I've also spent a good portion of time learning some more tricks in Audacity and hopefully over the coming weeks you'll hear the difference in the show as I get better with the software and techniques of audio production.

    Raid News
    At the time of recording Mythic Blackhand still remains the undefeated champion of Black Rock Foundry and only Paragon and Method look like real challengers this week as both are 9/10 Mythic. There are many guilds at 8/10 and all are stuck on Blast Furnace. And having done that fight only on normal and found it both challenging and dull god only knows how these guys are feeling about it as their bashing their heads against the wall
    I also found it rather comical that many US guilds were proudly announcing "world firsts" on Mythic bosses last Tuesday despite their 24 hour head start on the EU guys and yes technically they were correct but seriously its almost as bad as the Super Bowl winners declaring themselves as World Champions
    This week also saw Blizzard announce major graphical overhauls to the engine running Warcraft that are coming in 6.1 and these are of course already live on the PTR. The changes sound great and are evidence that Blizzard are trying to make the game prettier than ever and of course future proofing it. Hopefully wont screw over those players with lesser systems as they are optional upgrades.


    Talk Talk
    This week, I decided, wrongly as it turns out that the patch would drop in the EU on Wednesday18th February (it is actually coming Wednesday 25th February) and rather than go through EVERYTHING, I just covered what interests me most with a heavy focus on priests and raiding but I will go through in the order that I found the patch notes on the official site, but I will cover the priest changes at the end.

    Rather than post everything I covered just take a peek at the official 6.1 patch site here.

    Mail Time
    I'm still getting no mail and this week I failed to even get any questions / feedback via Twitter or the guild /cry.

    However, I have nominated myself for Sheep Moon's 2015 Podcaster Tournament of Epicness and I'd like to ask you all that you go and nominate me and any other podcasters that you listen to. You have until Feb 24th which really isn't far away so go and do it now by visiting the Sheep Moon site here.

    So I really really really want to hear from you guys and gals so please email me at:

    If you'd like to get in touch with me the email address is:
    podcast@evlyxx.co.uk

    The show twitter account is:
    @EvangelysmCast

    My personal twitter account is:
    @evlyxx

    As usual, I ended the show with my tips section...

    This is How We Do It
    This week what I looked at was the tier 2 or level 30 talents. As we had in the first tier talents all priest specs have the same three talent options.

    This tier of talents is all about movement, the first option is Body and Soul which increases the movement speed of the target of your Power Word: Shield and Leap of Faith Icon Leap of Faith by 60% for 4 seconds.

    The second choice is Angelic Feather allows you to place up to 3 feathers on the ground. Moving over a feather increases the player's movement speed by 60% for 6 seconds. This ability has a maximum of 3 charges, and a 10-second recharge time.

    And finally we have Phantasm causes your Fade to remove all movement-impairing effects from you. It also makes you unslowable for 5 seconds.

    My favorite is and always has Body and Soul because it allows full control over who gets your speed buffs it is also passive as being Disc  you're already putting bubbles on your raid members. This does cause problems though as if someone needs a speed buff and you shielded them a few seconds before you Weakened Soul prevents you from assisting them It also means they may be unable to get a shield when they need the damage mitigation because you gave them a speed buff a few seconds earlier.

    Angelic Feather gives a longer speed buff but you lose the control as the person you want to speed up must actively running through the feathers left behind which can be consumed by other players.
    Phantasm is more of a PvP talent, and can especially when combined with Spectral Guise, the priest invisibility tier 1 talent we discussed last week. But in PVE it is pretty much useless.
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    Thursday, 12 February 2015

    Evangelysm Podcast Show 2, Season 1.

    Show 2, Season 1, 11 February 2015.


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    In the past week I have been mostly....
    1.    working IRL and promoting the podcast
    2.    Gearing up Evlyxx II and doing some more relaxed raiding in Highmaul with the wonderful folks of Cotton Candy
    3.    Raiding Blackrock Foundry with the wonderful people of Exhumed, on Shadowsong EU but only 1 day cos of server issues.
    4.    Doing a lot of preparation for raid leading in Blackrock Foundry

    News
    In this section I reviewed:
    •    WoW Stable at 10+ Million Subscribers;
    •    Blackrock Foundry goes Mythic (no LFR);
    •    In 6.1, Saving Grace one of the priests level 100 talents is being buffed by 50% and becoming an instant cast (currently 1.5 seconds). As this would be insanely strong in PVP it is then beig nerfed by 33% in PvP.

    Talk Talk
    My topic of the week was Twitter integration because in patch 6.1 Blizzard are giving us the ability to link a Twitter account to our WoW account and send "tweets" from inside the game, including attaching a screenshot.

    Now WoW isn't breaking new ground with Twitter integration, far from it, Rift had this when it launched back in 2011 and I personally liked this feature in Rift for the short time I played it.

    The UI is unobtrusive and if you don't use Twitter you'll not be affected in anyway. If you are a Twitter user you probably Tweet about the game already and this feature is simply saving you the effort of grabbing your phone or alt-tabbing out to do that especially when it comes to attaching screenshots.

    Of course there are concerns, and there are the "slippery slope" arguments like:
    • omg my twitter account will start spamming my followers with every single achievement - I'm sure there will be the ability to choose what you tweet, if there isn't simply unlink your Twitter account and tweet as you do now.
    • I don't want to see everyone else's tweet spam. Well 2 things for this one why are you following someone if you don't wanty to see their Tweets? If someone is Tweet spamming your feed simply un-follow them or let them know their spam is annoying, they may not realise it. Heck I know this one from personal experience, I played with adding a RSS feed from the armoury to my Twitter account and it spammed my followers with every epic I looted, every raid boss I killed and every achievement I obtained and that included stuff on alts, from all expansions and as someone that ran many fun runs with my guildmates through ICC, Ulduar and the like on a Saturday that was a lot of tweets and I got a lot of complaints all justified. I soon broke that link.
    • we'll soon see Blizzard offering promotions to "Tweet about #Warlords to win a free battlepet" or "Tweet your favorite character for 100 free garrison resources!" Even if it does happen it won't be game breaking and only viewed as compulsory by haters.
    • others are concerned that when we kill bosses and it will pop up "Want to share this with your friends?". I'm 99.99% certain it won't and even if it does if it annoys you that much again unlinking your Twitter account will disable the feature.
    • there are also concerns over the api allowing addons to seize  control of your Twitter account, if that happens don't use the addon or once again, and I hate to say it again, simply don't link your Twitter account.

    So for my money, its all good and there are simple steps to stop it being annoying. What are your views?

    If you'd like to get in touch with me the email address is:
    podcast@evlyxx.co.uk

    The show twitter account is:
    @EvangelysmCast

    My personal twitter account is:
    @evlyxx
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    About the Author

    By day I'm an IT Server analyst for a major telecoms compnay in the UK and I've been playing World of Warcraft since November 2005 when a pair of colleagues bullied me into playing! I have evolved into a raider (summer 2006), an auction house wheeler dealer (2007), a guild officer (2007), an altoholic (2008), a raid leader (2008), a Warcraft blogger (2010) and a PVPer (2012)

    My main has, and always will be Evlyxx, a priest and I love to heal. I started as Holy in vanilla, dabbled with the shadow side during the middle part of Burning Crusade, before returning to Holy but I have been mostly Discipline since mid-Wrath.

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