PTR 3.1 Ulduar – Mimiron

Mimiron can be found at The Spark of Imagination within the Ulduar dungeon. This is the boss that can be accessed through the tram service. Mimiron mounts a tank that resembles the boss Leviathan. He named it the Leviathan MK II (Mortal Kombat II?)  I had the opportunity to test Mimiron 13 times. It is absolutely the hardest boss thus far.  It is a DPS race as much as it is a survival race. He dies in approximately 4:30-5:00 minutes for as long as enough players stay alive through the carnage.

The most fearful ability is definitely the Napalm Shell. This ability kills a player before a Flash Heal can get through. That’s barely 2 seconds or less. Read the phase one abilities below the video.

LEVIATHAN MK II – PHASE ONE

Leviathan MK II has 1742K health in 10-man.

Melee Swing: Hits for 4200 to 6000 physical damage.

Plasma Blast: It is a 3 sec cast, with a 7 sec cooldown. It deals 20000 Fire damage per sec for 6 sec.

Napalm Shell: It is a 2 sec cast. Deals 9425 to 10575 fire damage. It can be resisted down by half with fire aura and fire resist potions. The affected player must run away from the place of impact which gets a 5-yards aura that deals 6000 fire damage a tick for 8 sec. Healers will see his cannon throw a fireball toward a random target. Make sure to cast HOTs, Prayer of Mending, and Holy Shock on the affected player to keep them alive long enough for a healer to cast a flash or big heal.  It is nigh impossible to cast a flash light in time. Seriously, You can lose a player that rough-fast. Come prepared with health potions to help your healers keep you alive. As soon as you get hit by Napalm Shell, drink a healing potion.  Keep healing pots on a hotkey for this encounter. And a fel health stone. Paladins can use Divine Shield and Mages can iceblock out of its effects.

Rocket Strike: Instant cast. This deals 1000000 fire damage within a 3 yard radius.
damage.

Shock Blast: 5 sec cast. It deals 100000 Nature. It can be resisted. Does only around 14000 – 17500 nature damage with the Hunter buff. You will see a blinding electric jolt emanate from Leviathan MK II. All melee has 5 sec to run away. It has a 15 yard radius.

Proximity Mine: Inflicts 17500 fire damage. Can be resisted. Leviathan MK II willl launch a circle of mines 10 yards around himself which stay on the ground for around 20 sec before exploding. Make sure to stay away from them or they explode. They look like the mines in Blood Furnace. A rogue can dismantle them.

Once the Leviathan MK II tank is destroyed, the fight doesn’t end there. That’s the beginning of Phase 2, where he starts attacking players with the VX-001 Anti-personnel Assault Cannon. We didn’t get to test Phase 2, however. There is a total of four phases. More soon.

Warcraft Legends 33% Off Special Offer Until March 16

We have been covering the Warcraft Legends Marathon in the past days, and hope you have loved the free stories TOKYOPOP has allowed fans to read.  For that matter, I wish to share with you a special offer announced today by TOKYOPOP at one of their affiliate bookstores that knocks 33% off the retail price on all graphic novel mangas including Warcraft and Starcraft.  And that includes Pre-orders.  If you would love to start collecting the Warcraft mangas, this is the right time to do so. Let me tell you how to. Note: I created and account, and tested the coupon code and without. It does work.

1. Register an account at RightStuf.com—and login.
2. Click on the Purchase links at each manga page (below) to keep adding books to your shopping cart.
3. When you are done with your purchases, click the shopping cart button at the bottom of the page. (You have the option to pay through a secure server or via Fax/Mailed Order.)
4. Press the Ready to Check Out button on the top right and enter the following coupon code:

Coupon Code: infusion
Expires: Monday, March 16, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. CST

You will find the Coupon Code option textbox at Step 3: Shipping and Tax page.

The links below will take you straight into each Manga page for convenience.

WARCRAFT

STARCRAFT

These are the shipping options:
Canada – $7.00
Economy – $3.00
International – $10.00
Priority Mail – $5.00
UPS 2nd Day Air – $11.00
UPS Ground – $7.00

3rd Annual ELAN Awards Nominates World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Blizzard Entertainment has been nominated for the 3rd Annual ELAN Awards in the Best Animated Short Subject category for:

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (intro cinematic) Blizzard Entertainment
Jeff Chamberlain, Director; Phillip Hillenbrand, Producer

ELANS Announce Ceremony Date & Venue and Who Will be Waiting to Hear Their Name Called

Vancouver, BC- March 11, 2009 – Kelly Zmak, President of Radical Entertainment where the ELAN Awards press conference was held today, opened this morning’s presser by saying “The ELAN awards give our industry a chance to celebrate the talents and creativity of the people who create these art forms. At a time where we are surrounded by bad new and a barrage of negativity, the ELAN awards give us a chance to celebrate the positives of our industry and the people who make it great.”

DeCandido And Rosenberg At Lunacon 2009

Keith R.A. DeCandido and Aaron Rosenberg are attending the 2009 Lunacon to take place at Rye Brook, New York.  The event will be held through March 20-22. Keith R.A. DeCandido is author of World of Warcraft: Cycle of Hatred.  Aaron Rosenberg is author of World of Warcraft: Tides of Darkness and co-writer of World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal.

Their scheduled programming doesn’t involve any Blizzard product discussion, but if you are planning to attend Lunacon, they would be glad to meeting you and signing your Warcraft and Starcraft books.  One of Aaron’s scheduled panels is Tribute to Gygax.
Description: The biggest name in the development of roleplaying games, and one of the few recognizable names in a low-profile field, Gygax was always a lightning rod for many people’s views about gaming, both from inside and outside the field. A look back at Gygax’s life and influence on the field..

Keith has an interesting panel titled From Book to Film:
Description: Why do some books make great movie adaptations, while others fail utterly? What are the problems inherent on moving between the two media? How do you make a book into a great film?

Send us your photos with Keith and Aaron taken at this event if you are attending. Below is my photo with Keith at the 2009 New York Comic Con.

 

Warcraft Legends Marathon Day 4

TOKYOPOP continues their Warcraft Legends manga marathon posting one story each day from volume 1 and 2, celebrating the upcoming release of volume 3—on sale March 17. Today marks the fourth story offered for free. You can only watch it for 24 hours. So, make sure to watch today’s story by Richard A. Knaak titled Fiend.

This story has all the whistles and potential to carry on into World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King’s Icecrown Citadel dungeon.  The undead tauren Trag Highmountain continues his journey toward Icecrown, aided by the Warchief Thrall.

We have 29 exclusive preview scans of Warcraft Legends Vol. 3 at the Worldofwar.net Wiki.

WoW Patch 3.1 Blessing of Wisdom & Mana Spring Totem change

The WoW developers are planning changes for mana regeneration and certain buffs in patch 3.1.0 by lowering down the amount of shamans and paladins required for a raid. They want raids to have an even amount of classes participating, rather than stacking 4-5 paladins or shamans.  Mana Spring will now benefit all the raid. Only one Shaman is now needed to benefit from that ability.

The major impact to how raids are usually done is that you can no longer stack mana regeneration. How is that?  From what Eyonix said, what can be understood is that Mana Spring Totem and Blessing of Wisdom will no longer stack.  So now the raid leader needs to synchronize which abilities must be used according to the raid’s class setup—depending on which classes are online at a given time.

If there is a shaman and a paladin, the way to go would be to have the shaman drop mana spring totem and the paladin to do blessing of kings.  If there are two paladins and no shaman, one will do Blessing of Kings and the second shall cast blessing of wisdom. The wrong way to go now is having a paladin cast wisdom and a shaman drop mana spring—both mana regen won’t stack, thus wasting a group buff.

This decision could probably benefit alchemists a tad in theory, as players will want to buy mana regen flasks more often than pre-patch 3.1.

We are making a change to these spells so that their benefits are exclusive in patch 3.1.0. The buffs will be equivalent, but will no longer stack. Mana Spring will affect the entire raid instead of just the shaman

PTR Testing Schedule Updated – March 13-18

It looks like double posting the news, but it is rather an update to the previous one.  A new PTR testing schedule update has been released.  Blizzard needs you to type /combatlog before engaging these bosses and then submit the log to them. The log may be found in your WoW folder within the logs folder. The numbering matches the date. To disable logging you can type oncreen again: /combatlog.

Blizzard Quote:
Here’s the current schedule for Ulduar PTR testing. We’re currently in a mild holding pattern while we wait for a new PTR build with updated changes to most all the bosses, Mimiron, Auriaya, more loot, etc. As a reminder, this schedule could change further depending on build status.

On the North American test realms:

Mimiron – Friday Night, March 13, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Hodir – Saturday Night, March 14, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday, March 15, starting at 2pm EDT/11am PDT.
Ignis the Furnace Master – Monday Night, March 16, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
XT-002 Deconstructor – Tuesday Night, March 17, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Kologarn – Wednesday Night, March 18, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.

On the European test realms:

Mimiron – Friday Night, March 13 at 19:00 CET.
Auriaya – Saturday Night, March 14, at 19:00 CET.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday Night, March 15, starting at 19:00 CET.
General Vezax – Monday Night, March 16, starting at 19:00 CET.
Thorim – Tuesday Night, March 17, starting at 19:00 CET.
Freya – Wednesday Night, March 18, starting at 19:00 CET.

This schedule could change at a moment’s notice due to server, bug, or patch status. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as much as possible. Ulduar and the bosses to be tested will remain also open a variable length of time. How long they stay open depends upon a host of factors including designer availability, bug status, etc.

We’re very interested in seeing combat logs and parses for all raid testing on the PTR.

PTR 3.1 Ulduar Test Schedule March 10-15

Here’s the current schedule for Ulduar PTR testing starting today:

On the North American test realms:

Hodir – Tuesday Night, March 10 at 7pm EDT/4PM PDT.
Mimiron – Wednesday Night, March 11, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Ignis the Furnace Master – Thursday Night, March 12, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
XT-002 Deconstructor – Friday Night, March 13, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Kologarn- Saturday Night, March 14, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday, March 15, starting at 2pm EDT/11am PDT.

On the European test realms:

Auriaya – Wednesday Night, March 11 at 19:00 CET.
Mimiron – Thursday Night, March 12 at 19:00 CET.
Thorim- Friday Night, March 13, at 19:00 CET.
General Vezax – Saturday Night, March 14, starting at 19:00 CET.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday Night, March 15, starting at 19:00 CET.

This schedule could change at a moment’s notice due to server, bug, or patch status. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as much as possible. Ulduar and the bosses to be tested will remain also open a variable length of time. How long they stay open depends upon a host of factors including designer availability, bug status, etc.

We’re very interested in seeing combat logs and parses for all raid testing on the PTR.

Quick Ulduar FAQ:

Q) Where’s all the trash?
A) We don’t have everything turned on for these tests, and this sometimes includes trash creatures before each boss encounter.

Q) Where’s the loot? (UPDATED)
A) 25 player raid bosses should have all of their loot attached.

Q) What about achievements? (UPDATED)
A) After the next PTR build goes live, you’ll see some Achievements in the list. Most all of these are not actually functional yet, and the list is not final.

PTR 3.1 Ulduar XT-002 Deconstructor

The XT-002 Deconstructor boss can be found at the Scrapyard in Ulduar. He uses an altered version of the Void Walker model. If that doesn’t chill your spine, with the dread memories, nothing will.  He has a very funny movement sub-routine: after he patrols back and forth, he will stand by the stairs to do exercises. To get ready to pull, wait until he moves either to the left or right side.  Then move all your players to the center. The tank must pull him and position him on top of the stairs by its center. The farthest he is from the scrapyard piles the better.

All players must stand together, stacking on top of each other.  This boss is like Tempest Keep: The Eye’s High Astromancer Solarian.  Players need to wake up and be alert if they don’t want their leader yelling and cussing. This video had to be slightly edited for that reason (for lack of options to edit sound).  When Deconstructor casts Light Bomb, you will be visibly surrounded by a yellowish glow that flashes every tick. Easy to see. It will cause up to 3000 damage to all nearby players within 10 yards for 9 seconds. The player must run either left or right, then return to where the players are stacking at.

At random, a player will be affected by Gravity Bomb. This one is very, very important to be alert with. It is an irregular-shaped purplish bubble surrounding the target, and after a short length of time it will attract all nearby players to the target and explode for up to 21000 damage. This is pretty much overkill for most cloth and leather class players, including holy paladins.

The one ability healers need to be alert with is the Tympanic Tantrum (Earthquake) which causes a lot of damage over time, and will kill anyone that is low in health. Healers need to know when to cast AOE heals, that includes Paladins. Holy Light is a mild AOE heal. Use it. Priests should spam AOE heals. Shamans should focus chain heal, and everyone else should place HOTs on everyone they can.

When Phase two kicks in, Deconstructor will stop all attacks and stand still. You will see huge sparks coming off him, and landing far away to each of the four scrapyard piles. A bunch of bots will spawn ranging three types of bots.  The first target range players need to kill are obviously the bomb shaped ones: XE-321 Boombot. These can do up to 13000 damage to all nearby players.

However, the ones you should also watch out for—make sure you assign players to take care of them—are the XS-013 Scrapbots.  These will merge with Deconstructor, healing him. You really don’t want this to happen. As you will see in our video, the raid players were close to kill him after 11 minutes, but he went into enrage mode wiping us.  If these Scrapbots heal him, you better call it and reset to save time, because most likely he will enrage. The phases are rinse and repeat until he dies. Train your guild players to take care of the boombots and scrapbots, and to run when they should during Light Bomb and Gravity Bomb, and this boss will surely be cake. Just needs coordination.

XT-002 Deconstructor abilities:

  • Gravity Bomb: Charges the target with dark energy (the gravity well), causing them to explode and pull in nearby allies after 9 sec. This sucks people in, so stay away from others! It creates Gravity Well on the player: This pulls various players within 10 yards and deals up to 21000 damage.
  • Light Bomb: Charges the target with divine energy, causing them to sear nearby allies for 9 sec. Inflicts up to 3000 damage per tick to nearby allies.
  • Tympanic Tantrum: Deals 10% damage every 1 sec for 12 sec. Nearby enemies are also dazed for the duration. This is an earthquake effect when he punches his fists onto the ground.

On phase two he stops attacking and you will see big sparks launching off him toward the four scrap piles in the area. This will spawn three types of mobs in large numbers.:

  • XS-013 Scrapbot: These must be killed soon before they reach the boss. They are absorbed by the boss to repair itself.
  • XM-024 Pummeler: They do the least damage, causing 2000 damage with Arcing Smash.
  • XE-321 Boombot: These must be your primary target. Need to be max dps’ed. Otherwise they inflict up to 13000 damage to all nearby players.

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