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Casually Casual Cast #2: A World of Warcraft Podcast


Welcome to Casually Casual Cast!

I am your host , Harainna SwiftSage!

This is Your Warcraft Podcast for those who are Hardcore about NOT BEING hardcore!

In Each Episode I cover an Warcraft news in and out of Azeroth, I cruise the Forums and share community feedback! I share some adventures in Azeroth and I finish by taking a trip through Tradechat!

I welcome you to join me!


IT IS Date: May 19, 2020!

Episode:2



The “Dish” of the Day!

News


TARGETED CORRUPTIONS AND FASTER CLOAK EMPOWERMENT

https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/targeted-corruptions-and-faster-cloak-empowerment/529816

Community Manager Kaivax

Here are the main points of the post!

  • They are working on an update to the game that they expect to roll out in the coming week.

  • They plan to make improvements to the process of obtaining Corrupted items on max-level characters and also streamline upgrading the legendary cloak Ashjra’kamas.

  • Their goal with this update is to speed up the power progression of new level 120 characters, and give established endgame players more agency in pursuing the Corruption effects they most desire.


  • In the last update, they added a new currency available from most Visions of N’Zoth content called Echoes of Ny’alotha

  • They plan to expand the availability and purpose of this new currency in this update.

  • Now, once any character completes the legendary cloak questline, they will immediately begin earning Echoes of Ny’alotha from all of the usual sources.


  • They want to ensure that players who haven’t felt the need to accumulate them don’t feel disadvantaged

  • They will be increasing both the drop rates of Echoes and their costs by a factor of 5.

  • When these changes take effect, a Major Assault will award 625 Echoes, up from 125.

  • The cost to purchase an Essence will also increase by the same factor, from 500 to 2500 Echoes.

  • THey recommend that you purchase a Rank 3 Essence with Echoes of Ny’alotha that you’ve already earned if you were planning to ,before these costs change.


Improving Ashjra’kamas

We’re also reducing the requirements for any quest step in upgrading the cloak from Ranks 1 to 15 that previously required multiple Horrific Visions.

  • Each Rank can now be achieved in a single Horrific Vision.

  • For example, upgrading your Rank 13 cloak to Rank 14 will now require 2 Torn Pages of “The Final Truth” (was 6), so if you’re currently in possession of 2 or more pages, you’ll turn them all in and immediately complete that quest.

  • The following quest to upgrade from Rank 14 to 15 will then require that you go get 2 more new Torn Pages (was 8).

  • The requirements for further minor upgrades to the cloak after Rank 15 with Malefic Cores have not been changed.

  • MOTHER will also offer Vessels of Horrific Visions in exchange for Echoes of Ny’alotha, providing an additional source of access to Horrific Visions that does not require completion of Assaults.


Choosing Your Corruption

In addition to any unlocked Essences, MOTHER will now also offer several new Preserved Contaminants, which allow for a specific Corruption effect (and the associated Corruption penalty) to be applied to a selected item.

  • The inventory of available Preserved Contaminants will change twice each week, mirroring the Assault cadence, and will cycle through all available Corruption effects at various levels of potency.

  • You can use a Preserved Contaminant to apply the Corruption you purchased to any uncorrupted item that can be Corrupted, much like an enchant. Here are some sample costs for MOTHER’s updated offerings:

  • Item Cost (Echoes of Ny’alotha)

  • Vessel of Horrific Visions 1750

  • Rank 3 Essence 2500

  • Masterful I 3000

  • Siphoner I 4250

  • Twilight Devastation I 6250

  • Siphoner II 6300

  • Ineffable Truth II 6750

  • Racing Pulse III 7875

  • Echoing Void III 12000

  • Twilight Devastation III 15000

  • Important Notes


  • Due to a technical limitation, items that have been cleansed cannot be re-corrupted.

  • They are looking into whether it will be possible to fix this, but we don’t want to hold up the whole system in the meantime.

  • All of the previous ways that Corrupted items and Vessels can be acquired are still in place.

  • The changes mentioned are meant to supplement those sources and provide you with more options and control in pursuing your goals.


Hotfixes

https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/world-of-warcraft/23277654/hotfixes-may-18-2020

May 18, 2020


Classes

Demon Hunter

Fixed a bug that prevented Haste from reducing the global cooldown of Darkness.


Items and Rewards

  • Torn Pages of “Fear and Flesh” and “The Final Truth”

  • [With regional restarts] The number of Torn Pages of “Fear and Flesh” and “The Final Truth” quest items required for the rank 10–15 cloak quests has been reduced.

  • Ranks 10 and 11 now require 4 Torn Pages (was 6 and 8).

  • Ranks 13–15 now require 2 Torn Pages (was 4, 6, and 8).

  • Developer’s note: This change will make each of the quests completable in a single Horrific Vision if a player completes all objectives within the instance. This should help newer characters catch up quicker to their peers.


May 14, 2020

Items and Rewards


The vendor sell price of Enchanter's Umbral Wand has been reduced by 40%.

May 13, 2020


Creatures and NPCs

Rare elite creatures found in Nazjatar with War Mode enabled now drop 1 Nazjatar Battle Commendation.


May 11, 2020


Quests


The turn in location for “Supplies from the Rajani” and “Supplies from the Uldum Accord” now appear on the world map.


Warcraft News:

New Upcoming BFA Buff Coming Soon Which Focuses on Alt Catch Up - Legendary Cloak, Corruption posted 3 days ago by Squishei

https://www.wowhead.com/news=316070/new-upcoming-bfa-buff-coming-soon-which-focuses-on-alt-catch-up-legendary-cloak-

  • WowChakra interview with Ion Hazzikostas gave some details about the buff that will be replacing the Impressive Influence Reputation buff

  • When questioned about time before the pre-patch Ion said

  • “We are continuing to look at BFA and what's going on in Visions of N'Zoth right now and considering options that may give players some more goals to pursue and new rewards within the existing content to help.

  • When asked about the Reputation buff going away, Ion Hazzikostas said,

  • We're looking at shifting to a different focus after this, we'll hopefully have some news on that in the coming days where there's some new bonuses, also maybe permanent, that give you new goals and make it easier for your alts to get caught up in particular. It's something that we've heard a lot from people is "Hey, I've leveled all these characters to 120 but the idea of all the stuff I have to do to get my Legendary Cloak up to the right level" or "How do i get the Corruptions I want?". Those are questions that deter meaningful play on those alts and we'd love to make that easier for everybody who has this stable of 120s that they want to play more but just feel like they can't right now.

https://youtu.be/D4w2FqtWToM


VIEWER'S GUIDE: ARENA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/world-of-warcraft/23426182/viewer-s-guide-arena-world-championship-2020

Wow Classic:

Hot Fix

May 12, 2020

WoW Classic


Fixed a bug that caused some players to be returned to an incorrect location when leaving a War Game.

Blizzard LogoLayers (source)

At this time, we’re contracting from two layers to one on all realms in this region that were layered.


https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/layering-disabled-in-this-region-may-14/526562

Kaivax

Community Manager

At this time, we’re contracting from two layers to one on all realms in this region that were layered.


As we’ve constantly watched and analyzed realm populations over the last few weeks, we’ve seen enough of a recent trend to justify returning to the intended population arrangement for each realm. At the same time, we’ve unlocked any realms that were locked for new character creation.


All Paid Character Transfer restrictions have been left in place. We’re going to continue to use our ability to disable that service as a stopgap, and we’ll let you know when we open or close it further.


WOW Classic

Server population and class distribution

Date range is May-11-2020 to May-18-2020


Cruising the Forums!

A Place to discuss Forum posts.


Smashy

120 Mag'har Orc Warrior

https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/people-that-play-female-toons/67706


Why do you get mad if people assumed that you were a female?

  • How am I supposed to call you “he” if in my eyes you are a female and a stranger?

  • It just happened in a low level dungeon, a Female blood elf hunter wasn’t inside the dungeon yet… I said where is she? then she replied with "Dude I have a … "

  • Like really? so I’m gonna assume everyone is a male now?

  • Shiver

  • 70 Void Elf Mage

  • There can’t be a whole lot of people that would get mad about that. You probably met the only one.


  • Ladihoodwink

  • 120 Nightborne Hunter

  • I play a mix of male and female toons. I certainly don’t get offended if you refer to me in a female tense while playing my female toons. If someone starts acting weird I do whip out in a dude. I also don’t play up being a female at all. In that I mean I tend to over exaggerate frat boy terms while playing female toons. Broseph comes up a lot.


Kreivos

42 Human Warlock

WHAT STINGS MOST ABOUT BEING KICKED FROM A GROUP

https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/what-stings-most-about-being-kicked-from-a-group/529333


  • I suppose it’s the fact that the “Dungeon Deserter” debuff is inappropriately named and described. Because I didn’t desert or abandon my group, they kicked me.

  • Blizz could stand to change that.

  • Little irritated because I waited 20 minutes on an alt to get into a half-way Oculus group, only to DC real fast upon mounting a dragon. Then came back to find myself kicked. People have absolutely no patience these days.


Lilithia

120 Undead Mage

They should allow us to take NPCS for low level dungeons. There’s no point being social anymore.


Side Quest! Poll Time! for Episode #2!


"SHOULD WE BE ABLE TO CHOOSE TO RUN LOW LEVEL DUNGEONS WITH AN NPC PARTY INSTEAD OF OTHER PLAYERS?"

https://twitter.com/ACasualCast/status/1262271170105221122

  • "SHOULD WE BE ABLE TO CHOOSE TO RUN LOW

LEVEL DUNGEONS WITH AN NPC PARTY

INSTEAD OF OTHER PLAYERS?"

#Cruisingtheforums

  • Yes!I'd love that option! 52.9%

  • No! This is an MMO! 29.4%

  • More options is good! 17.6%

  • Don't care, hate dungeons 0%

  • 34 votes · Final results

Replies:

https://twitter.com/nerisanda/status/1262285433272020992

  • Neri 🍋@nerisanda

  • Oh I'd so be all up in that. But I guess it does defeat the purpose of playing an MMO 🤔

Jemz @welshjemz

  • As someone who avoids dungeons so I don't annoy other players with my mistakes, this would be useful xD

Ben Swallow@FanncyFox

  • I mean, I already play WoW as a single player game as much as I can already :p



PVP IS GOING TO BE EVEN WORSE NOW WITH A CORRUPTION VENDOR

  • Coldsun

  • 120 Kul Tiran Rogue

  • Can't wait for every class and spec to feel exactly the same when they all stack gushing wounds.

  • It sucks now because everyone’s top damaging ability is now not even going to be part of their class.

Zoxpox Replied

  • 120 Void Elf Priest

  • Well BFA is still in Beta so here is hoping they get some fixes in before it goes live.

Ukhu Replied

  • 120 Undead Warrior

  • While everybody is the same, I will try to kill and die with my “non echo random corruption but at least different main” character!

  • Some people hate RNG.

  • Some people hate Vendors.

  • Blizzard can’t win with a bunch of whiners.

  • At least, with vendors, they push the problem into the player’s hands a.k.a.

  • “I can’t find the vendor” or “I bought the wrong gear, i can’t read descriptions, please halp”.



Adventures in Azeroth!


  • My time in-game.

My adventures on my 120 Belf BM Hunter On Borean Tundra can be summed up in this relatable tweet that was shared by a twitter pal and fellow azerothian Zuu

@Zuulzilla .

World of Warcraft Ideas@WarcraftIdeas

I would have loved to be in the meeting where they decided layouts for the main cities in Battle for Azeroth.


Just to pick their brains behind that thought process.


Alliance: Neatly grouped within walking distance.

Horde: Lets put stuff everywhere.


World of Warcraft Ideas @WarcraftIdeas

Horde side:


Developer: So we put the mission table away from the portals.


Dev lead: Good, now put the crafting hub away from the portals and the mission table.


Developer: Done.


Dev lead: Pivot the entrance to the portals away from everything and add butt-ton of stairs.


  • I completely agree with them! Oh my! I don't know how many creative ways I have tried to traverse the many levels of this beautiful Horde Side Hub. It is a stunning place to come home to , but it is a nightmare to travel around without flight.

  • I have been spending time on my many alts.

  • I was sooo confused at what to play and who to play with that rep buff looming over my head! I felt obligated to try to work toward grinding rep for flying on my 120 Belf Hunter Harainna, I felt like leveling my 112 Nelf Hunter on Emerlad Dream, I felt like leveling my baby Draeeni Mage on Proudmoore, then I wanted to run dungeons to level my 105 Human BM Hunter on Lightbringer……

  • I opted for binging gilmore girls on Netflix and leveling my baby draenei mage Zarlainna. I was pleasantly joined by my sister who rolled a new toon to level in Dungeons with me. We got them to level 23 in no time!

  • What I have learned this week in WOW:

  • Do not go and visit the undercity in BFA without talking to that chick that lets you see it as it used to be before the battle….

  • AKA do not think that if you are level 120 you can outlast any amount of that green fog surrounding Loeraderon .

Trade Chat

A New World of Warcraft inspired Board game is on its way! Set to release in

Small World of Warcraft is a stand-alone board game set in Blizzard’s glorious video game universe, Azeroth.

  • 2-5 players vie for control of several islands in this hostile world and their only hope will be to pick the right combination of races and special powers.

  • After staking your claim to a piece of land, defeat your neighbors and expand your territory. If you can occupy legendary places and control powerful magical artifacts, you'll reach new levels of domination.

  • However, empires must eventually fall, so be ready to put your over-extended race into decline and lead a new one to glory so you can eventually rule Azeroth.

  • Due to come out this summer!


Over on Reddit , there is Murloc Mondays! -

Where you can

  • “ask any type of question about WoW without getting strangled by a Death Knight.”

  • Questions can range from what's new in Battle for Azeroth, what class is OP, and how many Demons will it take to down Thrall?

  • Questions can come from brand new players, players returning, or veteran players who never got a chance to ask the right question. Afraid of not getting an answer? Rest assured, we know that at least 90% of questions get answered!

  • You may want to look at r/wownoob (Retail), or r/AzerothNoob (Classic) as well!

https://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/glydzf/murloc_monday_ask_your_questions_here/


The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza is on for this Sunday, May 24th and Every Sunday, beginning at 2:00 PM PT and ending at 5:00 PM PT, players can try to be the first to catch 40 Speckled Tastyfish found along the coast of Northern Stranglethorn.


Our Survival of the Fittest contest is in full swing! So far we've had a total of 52 characters sign up with 38 currently alive and well! Still plenty of time to join, anything can happen! Contest runs until 7pm eastern May 30th!

#WoWChallenges



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