The Instance #189 – Pee Shivers

Big News Of The Week

Blizzard Wants You! Well, Maybe Someone Like You.

That big game shop named for a snowstorm this week announced the imminent arrival of their closed beta test for the third expansion to World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm. The beta will be via invite only through, and Blizzard has not yet announced an exact start date, but we have some ideas.

Rumors And Scuttlebutt

Blizzard Professes Interest In Your Chosen Jobs

There is so much to talk about on this topic that it fills our entire Rumors And Scuttlebutt segment this week. In a huge post, Blizzard admitted to finishing their analysis of professions in WoW for Cataclysm, and shared some of their notes. It arrived as a forum post by Wryxian, who said

While the Cataclysm updates to many of the professions are still deep in development, we wanted to share some of the work that’s been going on, as well as a high-level look at any lessons learned or changes to their underlying philosophies during the design process. Please be aware that not all professions have the same extent of information available right now, but each is receiving the same love and attention as the next.

Town Cryer

Michael Y. writes: I’m a level 80 shaman and my dad is a level 80 paladin. He hit 80 recently, and I’ve started to show him around the world of instances. He only has one set of gear and refuses to go dual-spec. Unfortunately, since he wants to tank, his gear is all tanking gear. I’ve tried to persuade him to get dual-specced, or at least get a set of dps gear, but he doesn’t want to. Normally, I’d just tell him to do it right, or don’t do it at all, but he’s my dad and I want to have a good time with him and for him to have fun too. What should I do?

Cataclysmic Drop Of The Week

Rare Reins

In this, our second in a limited series of suggestions for activities you can undertake this week to prepare for Cataclysm and not miss something that might be going away, we’re highlighting an activity that few have seen through, and may never be possible after 4.0. That is: Farming Baron Rivendare for the Deathcharger’s Reins.

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24 thoughts on “The Instance #189 – Pee Shivers

  1. I have rude things to say about Michael Y but I won’t. “do it right or don’t do it at all”??? There is no need for a Paladin or warrior tank to dual spec at level 80. Those specs are OP for questing.

  2. I know this is about wow. But I know you love SC also. I just got into the beta and need some friends and help figuring things out. Friend me @ Jose .alpha

  3. Hey Guys,

    Just listening to the portion of the podcast about the bandage example. Is it possible, with the long wait times associated with the dungeon finder system due to the scarcity of tanks and healers, could Blizzard be addressing this issue by buffing DPS stamina and providing better bandages?

  4. Taliesen, the tank/healer/dps balance is not an issue. If DPS insist on playing in their already oversaturated role, they will wait in queues and fight for raid spots. You can’t turn game balance and lore on its head to change anything.

    Heals and tanks are in demand, and if a player decides to go that route he/she will enjoy the benefits of doing so. It’s all personal choice.

  5. “Farming Baron Rivendare for the Deathcharger’s Reins” – for the 1% drop. I think I’d rather take screenshots of my character doing /wave at the camera in places that will disappear in Cata than grind for that!

  6. Random thoughts: I’m not sure how I feel about fishing not being glossed up. Then again, it IS fishing. It’s like saying “how can I jazz up watching paint dry?” Nature of the beast, and all. Just something to get through and make the best of.

    Professions in general sound like they’re going to be not only interesting to level, but the crafted items they create are going to make for a more dynamic market on the AH.

    … still not gonna try for the Deathcharger’s Reins, though. That’s a little too self-abusive, even for me.

  7. The beta is or should be availible on the that’s how I got it. And man do I suck

  8. By the way guys… you’re still tagged for explicit content on iTunes. Let the f-bombs fly! 😉

  9. I think it is cool that there is a new segment called “Brann Bronzebeard” about Archaeology! 😀

  10. Don’t understand the lockpicking hate. What is the problem with only the thieves in the game should be able to pick locks? I always felt special as a rogue when I could pick something, since I can’t really do much else but DPS.

    The game is getting so homogeneous that I’d hate to see the remaining bits of separation taken out.

  11. To the dude who made the song at the end, brilliant and very well done. Is there any way we could get a link?

  12. Always such a great show.

    My only criticism is that “Brann Bronzebeard’s” accent is absolutely horrible. It’s so bad that it overshadow’s anything that he says. Get Scott to do it, George Lucas-style instead.

  13. a few things if i can remember them hehe
    1)yes dwarves should have a Saint Bernard, but you should be able to tap the brandy keg, tho i’m not sure it’s brandy, but a dwarf would do that. and he can share with Horde.

    2)i think lockpicking should be extended to other classes and professions. But not a secondary skill for all. I propose: engineers can blow up locks (already in game), BS keys work for everyone, and mages can magically pick locks.

    i guess thats it

  14. About crafting items and random stats – I think that Blizz is going to something like crafting in D2.
    Every crafted item has some basic stats like +10-14 stm, +8-11 str, and there is a chance that they will get some bonus like +3-4 dodge or +3-5 defence.
    That will make getting good items that will have all stats maxed quite rare and getting one with useful bonus even more rare thus much more worth.

  15. Rvendare’s Deathcharger — You guys talked about how rare this mount is and how different looking it is compared to the Undead mount. It is no different compared to the Green or Purple Skeletal Warhorse other than it’s blue. All 3 mounts are the same build just different colors. Maybe you are thinking of the Ochre Skeletal Warhorse, which still has the same build, but is very flashy, and is obviously different. I was highly disappointed when I looted this mount several months ago and found it was very difficult to tell apart from the Green or Purple war horse. — Just my 2 cents, love the show! (new listener as well!!)

  16. I had no idea about the post in which Blizzard admitted to finishing their analysis of professions in WoW for Cataclysm, so I appreciate the fact that you informed us.

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