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Pieces of Silver

It is not a requirement of Heroic dungeons in WoD, but if you prefer to just teleport in or use LFD rather than run up to the instance entrance as in Days of Yore, then you need to have completed the Proving Grounds at Silver level.

Here, in no useful order, are a few useful bits of information for those of you that haven’t gotten there yet (and I suspect the number of people ahead of me far outnumber the people behind me on this, so let this be considered a gift to my fellow bottom-feeders).

  • Proving Ground Silver is per character and possibly per spec.
  • If you got it at 90, you will need to re-run it at 100.
  • You won’t take any damage. So gear and glyph and talent accordingly.  Glass Cannon Mode is appropriate here.
  • Same for your pet. You want the pet with the highest damage and the highest damage spec you can muster.  AoE abilities are good, too.
  • This is a no-shitter endeavor, so bring your best buff foods and flasks.
  • This is a timed event. By definition, actual DPS is the primary concern, once certain tactical concerns are addressed.

Amber Weavers

  • Amber Weavers project a small globe that follows you.  Any creature they come in contact with (except apparently your pet) will cause it to explode and freeze the creature in place. While the creature is frozen in place, it takes 50% more damage. Ergo it is your goal to kite the globules into the enemy.  This is crucial.
  • Because of kiting, speed is your friend.  Glyph for haste. Enchant Gift of Haste
  • Go with Aspect of the Cheetah during this fight.  You won’t be taking any damage.
  • Between the enchants and gems and Aspect, I found that kiting the Amber globes was trivial.
  • Finally, it should be your goal to bring down all the other mobs before you bring down the Amber Weavers. They are your unwitting allies. Exploit that.


  • Mystics heal other mobs.  If none of the other mobs are taking damage, they heal themselves when they take damage. But, they are largely selfless, so as long as someone else is taking damage, they will heal the others but not themselves.
  • I think you see where we’re going with this.  Some guides recommend interrupting (or in our case, trapping) Mystics and taking down the other mobs first, but then you have to deal with the self-heal.  Instead, use the other mobs as a diversion and burn down the healers.  It works for PvP, it’ll work here.
  • As far as I’m concerned, Mystics are your priority target, but keep a DoT or something up on someone else so that they pop the healjuice somewhere else.


  • Guardians pop a directional shield that looks a lot like the ones that mobs used on the Timeless Isle, but are actually 2000-gazillion% less effective than those. If you have appropriate levels of DPS, these guys are chumps.

Slayers and Varmints

  • These guys are basically training dummies. They have no offensive capability and burn down quickly.


guldan A lot has been made of the similarities between the current Alt!Draenor versus the previous Main!Draenor, i.e. that the course of events that took place in Main!Draenor is manifesting in Alt!Draenor now.  The general tongue-clucking conclusion has been that “you just can’t change history, even in an alternate timeline.”

That is, in a word or two, total felgercarb.

legion invasion Difference 1: The invasion didn’t happen.  You can say what you want about similarities between the two timelines in terms of the Orcs drinking the Blood of Mannoroth, but the fact remains that the invasion failed miserably

And don’t give me the weak tea reasoning of “Hey, there’s still a chance they might reopen the Portal and pour through!”  Two issues with that:

  1. There is no chance they can reopen the portal as designed since its main power source is at large and in charge and, given his general craven attributes, unlikely to lay it all out for the Team again.
  2. Pouring through requires something to pour. In case you missed it, we’ve decimated the Iron Horde.  The only way that any pouring will take place will be a massive retcon of the most recent two patches’ data.

lich king Difference 2: There is no newly minted Lich King.

Now … I will grant that the ultimate disposition of [REDACTED] is up in the air after what Archimonde did to him. And I’m pretty sure that the core Metal Head Blizzard Design Bureau has a massive hard-on at the mere thought of reimplementing the Lich King. But at the current point, there is no prospect for a new Lich King on Azeroth nor is there even a likely prospect.

I will speculate, though, that the two things that give the Metal Head Wannabee Squad the most massive thrills of all are The Lich King and The Burning Legion.  The plight of [REDACTED] and the questionable status of Khadgar points primarily at the latter, but I’ll concede that the former is still the most likely candidate for the next expansion’s theme. 

A reborn, refactored Lich King getting loose on main!Azeroth would play merry hob with things, give the Blizzard Metal Fanboy Squad something to stroke off to, and revisit the one expansion that most people like the most.  And it’d give them an excuse / opportunity to revamp Northrend if they felt so inclined, though I’d prefer to see at least a HINT of originality (not holding my breath).

It is important to remember, though that the Orcs were not the endpoint of the Invasion. They were merely the opening act.

PSA: Pawn is Busted. Here’s a Workaround

If you’ve been using the addon Pawn for item comparison, be aware that the 6.2 patch broke it subtly.

Quest Pane If you have something like BugSack installed, you may have noticed that a bug was detected whenever you moused over any loot icons in a quest window.

What you might not have known is that as soon as that happened, Pawn quit working. Completely. The compare window didn’t work, nor did tooltip compares work. Ergo, every time thereafter that you got new loot, there would be no indication that it was an upgrade, even if it was.

What I’m saying here is that you might need to avail yourself of the free “disenchanted item recovery service” if you’ve DE’d “worthless” equipment in the past week.

There is, fortunately, a workaround.  Simply reload your UI, whether via the interface or by typing /reloadin your chat window. And avoid any mousovers in the quest window.

The author is aware of the issue and is working on it. Meanwhile, keep an eye on the addon’s web page or use an addon manager like Curse.  (Well, okay, Curse. Because Minion is completely useless.)