This week has been a very busy week for WoW players. Monday, June 21, marked the first day of the Midsummer Fire Festival in-game Holiday. We didn’t get to expereince that very long as the servers went down the next day for maintenance. I don’t know if it was revealed early or ended up being a happy surprise, but that day, 3.3.5 went live!
So now we are faced with a lot of new things to experience for the next couple of weeks and that is pretty exciting!
While the full patch notes can always be found here, there are some highlights to note for this patch! Note: This is not an exhaustive copy or report of the patch notes.
The Ruby Sanctum
The newest wing of the Wyrmrest Temple raid isntances has been opened. The first portal, Obsidian Sanctum, was available with the release of Wrath of the Lich King and allowed for the killing of Sartharion. This lore heavy raid instance faces the torment of Halion the Twilight Destroyer:
For ages the red dragonflight and its noble matriarch, Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, have dedicated themselves to preserving all life on Azeroth. Recently, the very heart of this virtuous dragonflight has come under threat.
An eerie silence has settled over the Ruby Sanctum, the red dragonflight’s sacred lair within the Chamber of the Aspects. This troubling development has led to fears that the sanctum, home to Azeroth’s largest clutch of red dragon eggs, has been breached by an unknown, sinister force. If these claims are true and immediate action is not taken, the benevolent red dragonflight might be crippled forever.
This feature willl allow for cross server and faction communitcation between mutually agreed upon Real ID friends. It will allow access to see first and last names, email addresses, and all characters on the Battle.net account. I have already discussed that I will not be using this feature as some others have said as well.
The functionality of the Vote Kick feature in the Dungeon Finder will now behave differently according to a player’s history with the system. Players using the Dungeon Finder who rarely vote to kick players from a group, or rarely abandon groups before a dungeon is complete, will find that the Vote Kick option will have no cooldown. For players who frequently abandon groups or vote to kick other players, the Vote Kick option will be kept on a cooldown. This functionality will adjust itself as a player’s behavior while using the Dungeon Finder changes.
I think that the changes made to the vote-to-kick option is great. It incorporates the player, acknowleding through system use that they are a person and that they do have behavior patterns. I am not a frequent user of the option, I have only initiated one vote ever, which could be one too many but the level of douche-baggery was reaching an all time high. All the same, perhaps the benefit of no-cooldown will encourage players to use the option appropriately rather than haphazardly because someone is going too slow or being to nice.
- Chat Frame
- Players can now right-click on any chat type (Whisper, Trade, General, Party, Raid, etc.) and choose to move conversation types into separate windows. This will move that chat type to a separate tab in the Chat frame which can be undocked and moved anywhere on the screen.
- Using the Move to Whisper Window option on a Whisper will place the conversation with that player in a separate tab.
- Any time a conversation with another player is put into its own tab, the tab will glow when a new message is received.
- Hovering over the Chat Frame and using the mouse wheel will allow players to scroll through chat text.
- Players can select Classic Mode under Interface Options to keep the Chat Frame functionality closer to what it was prior to patch 3.3.5.
- The Simple Chat User Interface option has been removed.
This should help you from losing any whispers while hanging around in trade chat. I don’t know about you but that happens to me often! So this overall, while it may be worded to sound complicated should be helpful overall.
As with any patch, Blizzard has issued a blue post listing known bugs and problems that have developed with the release of 3.3.5. While the list is large, here is the tidbits that directly effect most game play for end-game raiders and dungeon runners:
Pit of Saron – Scourgelord Tyrannus can remount Rimefang during the encounter.
The last remaining player in a random instance group can miss out on Random Dungeon loot
Icecrown Citadel – Kinetic Bombs will occasionally spawn outside of the encounter area.
Players from different servers can’t trade dungeon items necessary to progress through the dungeon.
Ambassador Hellmaw is invisible while affected by Banish.
Frostwing Whelp’s will aggro players who stand next to the wall on the upper ledge of The Frost Queen’s Lair.
The Twilight Orbs periodically disappear during Phase 2 of the Halion encounter.
Halion has an incorrect attachment point for Hunter’s Mark.
The Fire Festival!
As a Phoenix lover, I really enjoy this holiday. In all of its flame celebrating glory, I just feel all Phoenixy and it is awesome! This is not a guide to the festival, which may or may not make its way out of my brain onto this blog, rather an encompassing look at the holiday.
This holiday includes a lot of different aspects. It has its PVP oriented achievemet, King of the Fire Festival, where you have to infiltrate the opposing faction’s cities to steal their flames. It requires a lot of traveling to extinguish the flames of Kalimdor & Eastern Kingdoms; while you’re at it, desecrate the Alliance/Horde flames along the way for that achievement too!
There has been some debate over the changes done the the holiday boss, Ahune the Ice Lord. In previous years, he has dropped the pet Scrorching; this year, with his Level 80 make-over, he has taken to dropping a “chip off the old block”!
Along the way, you will want to acquire a smokin’ hot outfit and take up juggling as a new form of entertainment!
With that said, I wish you the best in any of the ventures you decide to take part in with the new expereinces and sincerely hope that you enjoy them.
Keep a mop handy, that is a big Ice Stone!