At the end of my last
article, I mentioned that this weeks preview would be written by
Fires of Outland lead developer Ken Ho and would feature a new spoiler
from the set. Well, some exciting stuff has happened since then, and were
moving Kens article back a week so I can tell you about the three new Loot
cards that are now live in the game.
International Goblin of Mystery is known for many things. Hes the leader of
the Black Flame, an infamous gambler, a purveyor of exotic animals, and a
master chef. Before leaving on his first adventure, Mama Longshot passed
along her secret recipe for Goblin Gumbo.
Now you too can enjoy
Landros spicy gumbo. Be warned, thoughits known to have adverse effects
on those with delicate constitutions. The most common Loot card in the
set, Goblin Gumbo creates a steaming pot of gumbo that serves up to five
helpings. As an in-inventory item, the gumbo does not take up an equipment
slot and is usable indoors and outdoors.
Anyone in the users
party can click the pot to receive one helping of gumbo. The pot will remain
until all five helpings are taken. The gumbo food item will stay in the
users inventory until he or she logs out and is tradable to other players
of the same faction. Eating the gumbo will grant the consumer a five-minute
buff. At random intervals during that time, the player will belch out a
stream of noxious green gas with a loud, audible, Burp!
The second Loot item in
Fires of Outland is the Fishing Chair. Usable outdoors, the Chair is
another in-inventory item that creates a wooden chair with an umbrella that
the owner can sit in by right clicking. Additionally, the player can use a
fishing pole to fish while sitting in the chair. Its great for catching Mr.
Pinchy or watching two paladins duel for an hour. With the hibachi blanket
and umbrella Loot item from Through the Dark Portal, you can now set
up your own portable picnic.
Speaking of the Fishing
Chair, lets look at the matching Fires of Outland TCG card, Gone
Notice something new? In
Fires of Outland, were introducing foil versions of the Loot cards with
a modified card template. Now, after you scratch the code off a Loot card
and slide it into your deck, youll have even more bragging rights. In case
you were wondering, the Orc on Gone Fishin is indeed Pugg. Hes become our
poster Orc for the TCG, and we try to find ways to incorporate him into at
least one image per set. In Through the Dark Portal, you can see him
and Relaxation card.
The game mechanic speaks
directly to the theme of the card. Sometimes you just have to get away from
the fury of combat, break out your fishing pole, skip a turn, and go
fishin. When youre done, youll return relaxed, refreshed, and up three
cards richer. Worried about what your opponent plans on doing while youre
out fishing? Look at stacking your deck with protectors or cards like
Block or Battle
Finally, we come to the
rarest Loot card in Fires of Outland, the Spectral Tiger. Our second
Loot mount, the Spectral Tiger is available at the standard level 40 mount
speed and at epic level 60 mount speed. Like a standard mount, players will
need the appropriate riding skill to use it. When you turn in the code for
this card to Landro, it will allow you to open up a standard merchant
inventory menu where you can buy either the level 40 mount or the level 60
mount. You can go back and purchase another mount later. So, if you first
get the slower mount at 40, you can go back at 60 and purchase the faster
version, too! These mounts are so awesome that Im going to stop writing now
so you can look at some in-game images.
These items are live now in
the game, so if you pull any of them during the Fires of Outland
Sneak Preview, you can run home afterward and put them on your main, or
your alt, or your 19 twink, or your bank, or your girlfriends night elf, or
. . .
As a reminder, if you do
pull a Loot card, be sure to go to
www.ude.com/loot and follow the instructions on that page to receive the
digital code that you turn in to Landro Longshot at
Bay. Its pretty easy to find
Landro these days, as hes surrounded by a menagerie of exotic pets and
Black Flame bodyguards (see image below).