WoW Pet Battle Tips

Now that pet battles have been in World of Warcraft for a while and players have had a chance to get used to them, it is time to point out some tips about pet matchups and how they will help the average pet battle player.

While many players know the basics of how Pet Battles work, meaning they know all about attacking, abilities, and healing after battle, many players do not understand the importance of selecting their pets and creating battle teams.  Many players also do not understand how critical it is to match up the proper pets against their enemies.

NOTE:  If you are still fairly new to pet battles, you can find all the basics in our Introductory Guide to Pet Battles in Mists of Pandaria.

Understanding Strong and Weak

All pet abilities have a note saying that they are “strong against” a certain type of attack and “weak against” another. A lot is really misunderstood about the strong against and weak against notes though.  It is a bit confusing because it is listed in several places.  Many players then over simplify it by trying to only match up the strong against or avoid the weak against based on just your pet’s family, or the pets abilities.

Really it isn’t as simple as a 1 to 1 relationship, due to the fact that you’re strong against isn’t necessarily that other pet families weak against family.  This means there are really 4 interactions to consider.

Strong Against – You deal 50% more damage against opponents of this type.

Weak Against – You deal 33% less damage against opponents of this type.

Therefore you could in theory also keep a pet out against a pet that is weak against you since you would be suffering 33% less damage.  The reverse applies as well, that you should not fight a pet type that is strong against you since they would inflict an additional 50% damage to you.  Neither of these situations are covered if you only consider which families you are strong or weak against.

There are two places  to check for these numbers.  The first is based on  your pet’s family type and the second is based on your pets’s abilities.

The Importance of Pet Family and Ability Family

As was made clear above when participating in pet battles which pet you send to fight is critically important.  Instead of just considering your strengths and weaknesses, make sure you consider the opponents strengths and weaknesses as well.  This table will help you better consider the impact of pet choice, you will want to fight enemies that you are strong against or that are weak against you.

You are… Enemy is…
Family Strong against (you deal 50% more damage) Weak against (you deal 33% less damage) Strong against you (you suffer 50% more damage) Weak against you (you suffer 33% less damage)
Aquatic Elemental Magic Flying Undead
Beast Critter Flying Mechanical Humanoid
Critter Undead Humanoid Beast Elemental
Dragonkin Magic Undead Humanoid Flying
Elemental Mechanical Critter Aquatic Mechanical
Flying Aquatic Dragonkin Magic Beast
Humanoid Dragonkin Beast Undead Critter
Magic Flying Mechanical Dragonkin Aquatic
Mechanical Beast Elemental Elemental Magic
Undead Humanoid Aquatic Critter Dragonkin

Family – Pet Type and Attack Type

Just to add further items to consider, it is important too note that the family type of the pet and the family type of the pet’s abilities are not always identical.

Example: A Bile Toad is Aquatic so should be strong against elemental and weak against magic. However, it has several abilities that are actually strong against undead and weak against flying.

This means that while it is best to start by considering the table above, you may have to adjust based on individual pets and abilities.

Pet Battle Team Composition Basics

Early on when you are first getting started with pet battles the best pets are mechanical and beast pets as they are great against the opponents that you are most likely to face.  That is because early on you are most likely to face beasts or critters.  Mechanical will shred beasts and beast are good against critters.

Later on once you have levelled several pets to level 10 or higher then the makeup of a group shifts a little.  You will want to ensure that you have pets of several different families on your team of three pets.  You will also want to make sure you have a fast flying pet as your starter so that you will get to go first, a heavy hitter that can deal a lot of damage that you can switch to, and a tank type pet with defensive abilities to last through your opponents heavy hitters.

It is also important to ensure that you have a variety of pet families so that you have a variety of strengths and weaknesses. You should try to ensure that each pet is strong and weak against different types of opponents and that they have several attacks that are different than each other so that you cover even more options.
lil tarecgosa

Best Pet Battle Pets

There are several pets that are viewed as being more powerful than others and that should be sought out.

One of the best pets to try to get is the Celestial Dragon, which can be earned by collecting 150 different pets.  At this point you will each the “Littlest Pet Shop” achievement and the Celestial Dragon.

Another great pet, but this one is extremely hard to get, is Lil’ Tarecgosa.  To get this pet you must be in a guild that has earned every single legendary weapon in the game, and then anyone in the guild can purchase this pet.

Last there are two pets that make up the last of the best pets out there and they are the Phoenix Hatchling and the Dark Phoenix Hatchling, both of which are found by defeating Kael’thas Sunstrider in the Magister’ Terrace instance.

Resource: pet-battle-tips

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Hunter macros

I would like to share with you some useful hunter macros.I hope that you would like them and if you know more interesting macros please share them in the comments.

Uber Pet Macro 

If your pet is dead: You will cast Revive Pet. If your pet is not summoned: You will cast Call Pet 1. If your pet is not summoned but is dead you can hold shift to cast Revive Pet. If you do not have a focus: You will focus on your target and your pet will be sent to attack it. If you have a focus: You will clear focus and your pet will be recalled to follow you.

/cast [@pet,dead][mod:shift] Revive Pet
/cast [nopet,nomod] Call Pet 1
/clearfocus [@focus,dead]
/focus [@focus,exists]player;target
/clearfocus [@focus,noharm]
/petattack [@focus,exists]
/petfollow [@focus,noexists]
/cast Hunter’s Mark

Full One button Pet Treatment

This macro will revive your pet if it’s dead or you hold down shift, call it if it’s dismissed, mend it if it’s alive, feed it if you press alt at the same time and dismiss it if you right click the button.

#show [modifier:alt] Mutton Chop
/cast [nopet] Call Pet
/cast [@pet,dead][mod:shift] Revive Pet
/cast [pet,nomod,button:1] Mend Pet
/cast [pet,nomod,button:2] Dismiss Pet
/cast [pet,mod:alt] Feed Pet
/use [pet,mod:alt] <food item>

Misdirection

At the start of an instance or raid, set your focus target to the Main Tank, then use this macro just before pulling to cast Misdirection on him/her without losing your target.

#showtooltip
/cast [@focus,help][help][@pet,exists] Misdirection

Aspect Toggle Macro (With AotPack)

Toggles between Aspect of the Hawk and Aspect of the Cheetah
If shift-clicked it will cast Aspect of the Pack

#showtooltip
/cast [mod:shift] !Aspect of the Pack;
/stopmacro [mod:shift]
/castsequence !Aspect of the Hawk, !Aspect of the Cheetah

Beast Mastery “I-Win button”

This macro requires a Beast Mastery specialization with the Bestial Wrath talent learned. It can also use any items with On-Use effects, such as potions, trinkets, and items with specific enchants, such as Hand-Mounted Pyro Rockets.

#showtooltip Bestial Wrath
/use Potion of Speed
/cast Bestial Wrath
/cast Intimidation
/petattack

Resource: http://huntingsense.blogspot.com/p/hunter-macros.html?spref=bl

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DICE ‘very interested’ in Battlefield 4 eSports

Developer says it is looking at competitive gaming support for upcoming military shooter; game won’t have any co-op.

DICE is “very interested” in eSports support for Battlefield 4, according to studio general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson.

“I can say that eSports is an area that we are very interested in,” Troedsson told Leutin09 in a new video interview posted on YouTube.

Troedsson did not go into any further detail, as only Battlefield 4’s single-player has been revealed that far. Still, he explained that eSports is a growing phenomenon and that it will be no easy task to pull it off in the final product.

“It’s not as easy as some game developers like to think; that’s it’s just that you do A, X, Y, and Z and everything is done. It’s actually much bigger than that now,” Troedsson said. “There are some people that actually see this as a new phenomenon and that’s not true either. It’s been around for a long time. It’s just recently that it’s really starting to take off…”

Troedsson further explained that Battlefield multiplayer has always been “very competitive” and “the heart” of every new installment in the series.

“And that won’t change moving forward,” he said.

Also during the interview, Troedsson revealed that Battlefield 3’s cooperative mode will not return for Battlefield 4. “We don’t have co-op in Battlefield 4. We have made that decision. We’re focusing everything we have on multiplayer and the single-player,” he said.

Battlefield 4 launches this fall for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, but not Wii U.

By Eddie Makuch, News Editor

From: http://www.gamespot.com/news/dice-very-interested-in-battlefield-4-esports-6406280

39 Tips for New World of Warcraft Players

We’ve all been new to World of Warcraft at some point. For some of us, we were new way back in 2004 when the game first launched. Others are only just now playing the game for the first time, leaping in with Mists of Pandaria.

Veterans watching Panser’s 39 tips for WoW noobs will surely eyeroll at the simplicity of some of them, but remember — there was almost certainly a time you didn’t know some of these things yourself. Keyboard shortcuts especially!

I’m no longer a new player now, but I think this is really a good WOW video.

From:http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/12/20/39-tips-for-new-world-of-warcraft-players/

‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 3, Episode 1 Power Ranking: Who’s Winning After ‘Valar Dohaeris’?

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3, Episode 1 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” titled “Valar Dohaeris.”

“Big men fall just as quick as little ones, if you put a sword through their hearts.” — Jon Snow

“Game of Thrones” finally returned last night after 10 long months of silence. And with it, HuffPost TV’s weekly “Game of Thrones” Power Ranking, brought to you by certified ASOIAF nerds Amy Lee and Joe Satran. In case you missed this recap series last season, we’ll be writing a post every week after the episode airs in which we explain how the events of the previous nights episode affected the balance of power in Westeros. In the world of George R.R. Martin’s series, power can change hands in a moment’s notice, so you always have to be vigilant.

Season 3 picks up immediately after the end of Season 2: North of the Wall, with Samwell Tarly witnessing an attack on the Night’s Watch camp at the Fist of the First Men by the Others. The rest of the episode involved a lot of scene-setting and recapping. We aren’t griping — it was delicious scene-setting and recapping — but there wasn’t all that much action. We were mostly seeing the after-effects of the startlingly dramatic final two episodes of the second season.

Still, the wheel of power never stops turning. So scroll down to see where the pieces sit on the board after this week’s episode.

The Power Rankings
Using a complex algorithm that takes into account each player’s wealth, military might and dominion over lands, along with a “bonus” factor that adjusts for unquantifiable assets that could influence events, we’ve surveyed the lay of the land to figure out who is winning the game of thrones at the end of the Season 3 premiere, “Valar Dohaeris.”

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Hackers slaughter thousands in ‘World of Warcraft’

“World of Warcraft” has suffered a cataclysm. And we’re not talking about “Cataclysm,” the expansion to the hugely popular online fantasy game. We’re talking about a massive epidemic of virtual deaths brought on by a plague … of hackers.

On Sunday, thousands of players of the game suddenly found their characters dropping dead for what seemed to be no reason. Virtual corpses piled up in the cities of Stormwind and Orgrimmar as well as Tarren Mill, Ragnaros and others.

According to Blizzard, the game’s publisher, it was hackers that caused the mass die off. Hackers discovered an exploit in the game and went to work spreading instant-deaths across the land, Blizzard community manager Nethaera explained in the forums:

Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities. This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It’s safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth.

As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation. If you have information relating to this incident, please email hacks@blizzard.com. We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding.

Meanwhile, a person going by the name Jadd on YouTube and in the forums at “WoW” hack and exploit site Ownedcore has claimed responsibility for the virtual apocalypse.

“We didn’t do any permanent damage,” Jadd writes. “Some people liked it for a new topic of conversation and a funny stream to watch, and some people didn’t. The people who didn’t should be blaming Blizzard for not fixing it faster (4 hours of obvious use is sad).”

And the hacker adds, “It’s not like I added 20000000 gold to everyone’s inventory, and broke the economy; but look at the big Chinese gold seller companies, who are doing this every day. Now ask yourself who is really ruining the game. It’s not us. That’s my justification.”

“We hope you find it as funny as we do! ,” Jadd writes on this YouTube video showing off the instant-kill hack.

Rescource: nbcnews.com