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#21 cleansanchez

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:00 AM

With Mists now an established expansion, with 5.2 just around the corner, it is time I updated the WoW links. Once again things have changed.


General Information
You can't beat the Blizzard forums. There are classifications for each class, questing, technical problems, realms, and so on. From within the forums you can lookup information on established characters as well as basic information about in-game items and character abilities.


Detailed Item / Ability / Quest Information
Wowhead has it all. Behind the scenes they "datamine" everything there is to know about the game and are thus often more up to date than the official Blizzard sources. Player input is encouraged and a vibrant rating system ensures the information remains current and accurate. As well as database style information they have been strong for the last couple of patches in areas such as guides to playing and equipping your character. For many players this is the "go to" website for everything and anything about WoW.


How to Play Well
I have previously promoted Elitist Jerks and they remain the most original and well researched source of everything to do with playing WoW extremely well. The cream of WoW players go there. However, it is clear that they are a very tight knit and insular small group of self appointed pro players.

Other websites appear to derive their guides from EJ but these same websites do allow speculative or polemical discussion and this is essential in the latest patch now that Blizzard have worked hard to normalise many class talents so that any difference to damage per second (dps) is minimal. Additionally, they present their information in an accessible and non-elitist style. Heck, all we want to do is leech off their hard work and these websites welcome that.

I call out Icy Veins as being particularly accessible, regularly maintained and up to date, accurate and deeply informative. It has everything. The name suggests that it is primarily about playing a Frost Mage. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is for everyone.

Totem Spot, like Icy Veins, has been around for a while. Just for Shamans? Very much so. Original research? Oh yes, with a healthy and superior departure from the standard EJ fare. It also supports an excellent Arcane Mage side line.

A new kid on the block is Noxxic. They have made no effort whatsoever to pretend that they have even play tested their "priority queues". They have merely aggregated the best offerings from the net and presented them in just a handful of very succinct pages. An ideal quick guide to playing. For advanced players their approach to how to gem your gear is way too simple, even erroneous.

Well the guys at EJ use a computer program called Simulation Craft for their research. See for yourself. Heavy on the numbers and quite obviously unrealistically simulated to the extent that you wonder if their suggested "priority queues" work in a real game raid or dungeon scenario. So EJ and SC are gospel in WoW? Discerning players say: "No, sim for yourself, run dungeons yourself, try for yourself and see!".

A nice journalistic style of WoW play guides can be found at WoW Insider. Not necessarily covering the latest patch changes, it is still an entertaining source of useful information, so long as you don't mind a long read.


How to Mod WoW
WoW can't really be modded but in-game well written "add-ons" are supported. Curse is traditionally the main source for add-ons but a much more user friendly source would be WoW Interface a sister website of Wowhead. Yes the later has far fewer add-ons loaded but when you examine closely the offerings you will see that both sites have all of the current and most popular add-ons. Less chaff at WoW Interface along with a superior user experience. These days I am an add-on author and WoW Interface is streets ahead of Curse in terms of supporting rapid deployment of add-on updates.



How to Programme a Mod in WoW
You'll need WoW Programming as well as Wowpedia for WoW specific information, along with the Lua reference and a decent amount of patience and ability.


Other Websites
Wowpedia and much worse still Wowwiki are unfortunately sliding into the abyss of internet irrelevance. All user energies are quite obviously directed towards websites such as Wowhead these days. Another website I won't even bother to link is WoW Popular. It aggregates data but in such a way that clearly the so-called popular builds are sometimes way off target. Just don't go there.

On a positive note, you must look at Because it's Rare, a very interesting and useful website indeed. Hopefully it stands the test of time. Not just for Hunters!

And pet collectors flock to Breanni's Vanity Pet collecting website. She's the cutest gnome in Azeroth and has something to say on every pet in the game! Her twin friend El over at El's Extreme Angling has been reeling in the big ones for many patches now and is considered the bible of WoW fishing.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 10:16 AM

Just wanted to say that the links that cleansanchez has posted are spot on, so thanks for the effort on keeping it updated.

WoW still remains the best supported MMO for us Mac gamers.
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Posted 11 January 2014 - 05:18 AM

Many thanks.

I noticed that for Mages, Elitist Jerks is not what it used to be. They need a good Mage player to keep things going there. Over at Icy Veins, they continue to expand and improve. They now have a pro player for each role / specialisation to "endorse" their pages. Excellent. I have also updated the wowhead entry too. Sadly, the need for a dollar has resulted in quite annoying popup advertisements at the site. It can be solved (see above).

Edit: Above post is too old to edit. So as follows:

If the advertisements are annoying you at Wowhead (and any other Curse website) then instal AdBlock for Safari. It is just about the number one downloaded Safari extension so easily found. Instal and then you will find that Wowhead is now an enjoyable experience. It is free.

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 05:01 PM

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A quick update to my most recent list of useful websites for Mists of Pandaria.

Noxxic has improved leaps and bounds and at long last is recommended by me. While still not as good as Icy Veins as a source for improving your game play, it is well maintained and now has original content. I rate these two websites as the best for players seeking to maximise their DPS, understand why certain Talents, Glyphs and gear should be chosen and generally to understand how their class should be played. Both sites are useful for beginners through to hard core players.

Wowhead is just such a treasure trove of guides, transmogrification, quest and item information that it is your essential "go to" website for all other matters. Bookmark it and you will surely refer to it when you are stuck on a quest, unsure where to "farm" some materials or gear, and any other matter really. Take note of my most recent post about the extremely annoying advertising at Wowhead. Additionally you are warned that the website will play havoc with an Android based mobile/cell phone, not just desktop computers. Beware!

New Links

That loveable gnome, El, over at El's Angling also has a great Inscription website El's Inscription which is worth a visit.

For professions, the Exploring WoW website and the WoW Professions website are very useful and quite up to date.

Outdated Links

Totem Spot is sadly on its last legs and hasn't had an update in quite some time.

Not Recommended Links

Elitist Jerks and Simulation Craft. Sim Craft builds its data from trying to replicate the internal game mechanics and it just plain gets it wrong, despite their best efforts. It is of no use. Elitist Jerks exists to serve their own group and is not really geared to providing good information or data to outsiders.

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 05:54 AM

WoWpedia or WoWwiki (or WoW Programming) for AddOn Programming

A few years ago I would have sworn that the makers of WoWpedia had simply lifted the entire content of WoWwiki over to the WoWpedia website. Whatever the story it remains to this day that WoWpedia is by far the more up to date website.

Sadly, WoWpedia has begun to drift in terms of timeliness of its updates. For programmers this is a very real worry as WoWpedia remains the most up to date source for AddOn developers. With the big API changes in Warlords of Draenor, WoWpedia is overdue for updates although it is acknowledged that some pages do reflect the WoD changes.

The WoW Programming website, itself a support resource for a programming book, has not enjoyed a WoD update as yet. It has always stood alongside WoWpedia as a programming resource but now, WoWpedia is definitely standing on its own as the main WoD programming resource, despite its deficiencies.

For programmers stuck on how to deal with a WoW specific issue and unable to find an answer over at WoWpedia I strongly suggest you take advantage of the Forums or Personal Mails on offer at WoWInterface or CurseForge. There are a lot of helpful developers in the WoW universe who have followed WoW betas closely and have more that likely encountered the same issue you are experiencing.

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 02:08 PM

Newly come to my attention. Nice little community. Active and so forth. Name says it all. For Mages by Mages :D

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Enjoy!