Conversation with Yoube Episode 11 – When Brackets Become Guilds

****Refresh this page in your browser if the audio player does not immediately appear.****         Can PvP brackets in World of Warcraft actually be a Guild in disguise? Rise thinks so and I have to agree. A little too vague of a description? Looks like you will have to check out the episode and see just what he means. This was one of my favorite conversations to date and on you should n ...

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Conversation with Yoube Episode 10 – Twinks from Scratch

****Refresh this page in your browser if the audio player does not immediately appear.****   There are a lot of things to consider when building a low level/twink/xp-off character in World of Warcraft. Perhaps more so now than ever considering the Stat scaling Blizzard has introduced. And wouldn't you know, our friend Rise has a few thoughts on the matter. Listen in as he offers some advice on building ...

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Conversations With Yoube Episode 5 – Rise Smash

 ****Refresh this page in your browser if the audio player does not immediately appear.****    This Episode may be your one and only chance to hear the angry version of Rise aka Bwappo.  He recently had an 'interesting' experience in the level 80 Xp-Off/Twink bracket of World of Warcraft and it left him feeling a certain way.  Somehow; however, he manges to turn back around with an important message for eve ...

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Resilience is Dead. Long Live Resilience!

In 5.3, Blizzard removed resilience from endgame PvP gear, increased endgame baseline resilience from 40% to 65%, and cut the amount of resilience (and PvP power) on MoP gems by half. But unmentioned in the patch notes, the formula for resilience somehow changed as well. While we don't know the new formula, we do know the results: all resilience from gear, gems, and enchants now only provides a third of wha ...

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Conversations With Yoube Episode 1 – A Wish List For Santa Blizzard

****Refresh this page in your browser if the audio player does not immediately appear.****   It seemed only right to kick off the first episode of this new series with my fellow may or may not have shaman dependency issues friend, Rise aka Bwappo.  We banter back and forth over things we wish Blizzard would address such as Tool Tips, introduction of abilities, and oh so much more.  So crack a frosty pi ...

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The Twinking.net 80-84 Basic Gear Guide for 5.3

Mists of Pandaria brought huge changes to the 80-84 bracket. First, MoP BoE gear appeared with astronomically high stats compared to both Wrath and Cataclysm gear. Wrath became the new "starter" edition of WoW, pushing many bracket-capped accounts from 70 to 80. Then in 5.2, Blizzard introduced stat scaling, so that everyone in a battleground saw their stats change as if they played at the top character lev ...

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Second Impressions of Twinking in MoP

When Mists of Pandaria went live, I was pretty vocal about XP-off PvP reaching a crossroads that would make or break twinking. The following three months brought significant and mostly positive changes for many brackets. In fact, twinking looks better for most (alas, not all) brackets in 5.1 than it has for a long time. Let's recap and reevaluate. Healing got a much-needed nerf. Off-healing still remains a ...

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Is it a Happy New Year?

As any of you whom frequent the official forums have become aware twink threads are being deleted for no apparent reason. This trend seems to have started yesterday and has continued into the New Year. Now, I am entirely to hung over to work out why or for what reason this is occurring, but surely one of you might have an idea. This is a rather disturbing and unwarranted action. While I cannot speak for all ...

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WTB Libram of Constitution, PST

Those were the days! Finding someone willing to search for a Black Diamond, work to obtain Lung Juice Coctail, gather Night Dragon's Breath, and then enchant your helm/legsthrough the 'Do Not Trade' window, is a relic of the past. Many players can remember a time when twinking was perceived to be better or more fun, though nostalgia tends to paint everyone's memories of a Golden Age differently. Some will r ...

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Battle Chest Changes, Priest Nerf, and More Dev Q&A

World of Warcraft Battle Chest Update Today Blizzard announced that the WoW Battle Chest now includes Wrath of the Lich King.  This should save those of us without Lich King some money but more importantly this will allow F2P players the opportunity to do things in Northrend.  What kinds of goodies will this unlock for F2P twinks is yet to be seen but we can expect them to be able to camp out in Dalaran and ...

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