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Pretty much as the title says really, How exactly do I link WoW items and achievements into a post on these forums? When I try to use the "Link" option, I seem to only show the URL of the item I am trying to link to.

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Well, there is no such thing at the moment, and this is something I will be working on. Vlad, Madmonk, and I have the right to use HTML, and this is the only reason why we can properly format the links. This is because we have specific access privileges. Security issues will arise if we enable everyone to use HTML.

I am going to try and see how I can add something intuitive.

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Write out the "title" or wording of what you are trying to link then highlight and choose the link option. This will embed it to the wording you had highlighted.

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If you are trying to link a spell or item I use Wowhead.

So for example you want to link Flask of the Winds I go to wowhead, search for the item and then copy the web address.

http://www.wowhead.c...sk-of-the-winds

All you do then is type the word you want to link to as Hardbeatz says and click the link icon, then paste the Wowhead url.

Flask of the WInds

Its a little bit long winded and means you need to use wowhead etc but it makes your posts a bit more shiny

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I want to make something that enables you guys to use proper colors in the links. For example, Flask of the Winds is a common quality item and you should be able to make it appear in white, if you wish to do so.

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If you are trying to link a spell or item I use Wowhead.

So for example you want to link Flask of the Winds I go to wowhead, search for the item and then copy the web address.

http://www.wowhead.c...sk-of-the-winds

All you do then is type the word you want to link to as Hardbeatz says and click the link icon, then paste the Wowhead url.

Flask of the WInds

Its a little bit long winded and means you need to use wowhead etc but it makes your posts a bit more shiny

Giving that a go.....

Halion, Staff of Forgotton Love

Seems to work .. Nice one! I don't mind linking from Wowhead as I nearly always have their page open at any given time.

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Giving that a go.....

Halion, Staff of Forgotton Love

Seems to work .. Nice one! I don't mind linking from Wowhead as I nearly always have their page open at any given time.

Cool. Yeah it works the same for achievements as well, just do the same as above mate!

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Ok so, big announcement here. I am not satisfied with the limited capabilities that the forums are currently offering you for posting properly looking wowhead links.

Therefore, I have decided to dedicate the next few days to adding a new feature to the editor (the one we're all using to write our posts). The idea is to add a new button with which you will be able to add wowhead links by just giving the id and the type. For example choosing "30451" and "spell", we will automatically get the following link:/images/wow_icon_spell_arcane_blast.jpg Arcane Blast.

I will add options so that you can decide if you want to add the icon (only for achievements, items, and spells). You will also be able to choose if you want the link to point to mop.wowhead.com, ptr.wowhead.com, or www.wowhead.com (the default choice). If you have any other idea, let me know.

Wish me luck!

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Good luck!!Posted Image

Are the items going to get colored according to quality as well?

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Ok so, big announcement here. I am not satisfied with the limited capabilities that the forums are currently offering you for posting properly looking wowhead links.

Therefore, I have decided to dedicate the next few days to adding a new feature to the editor (the one we're all using to write our posts). The idea is to add a new button with which you will be able to add wowhead links by just giving the id and the type. For example choosing "30451" and "spell", we will automatically get the following link:/images/wow_icon_spell_arcane_blast.jpg Arcane Blast.

I will add options so that you can decide if you want to add the icon (only for achievements, items, and spells). You will also be able to choose if you want the link to point to mop.wowhead.com, ptr.wowhead.com, or www.wowhead.com (the default choice). If you have any other idea, let me know.

Wish me luck!

Only other thing I would suggest is that if there is a way to change the default of the link opening in a new window instead of the current window. I would think most people would not want to have their current window hijacked by the link.

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Good luck!!Posted Image

Are the items going to get colored according to quality as well?

Yes, of course :P

Only other thing I would suggest is that if there is a way to change the default of the link opening in a new window instead of the current window. I would think most people would not want to have their current window hijacked by the link.

Thanks for spotting this. I'll modify the editor so that the links open in a new window ;)

PS: I haven't forgotten about the "What's new", "What's popular", and the tag cloud... They're next on the list.

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Awesome stuff Damien, I suppose I'll have to edit my own posts at a later date then!

And here was me thinking you could have done it all for me, what with you having nothing else to do and all. Posted Image

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Therefore, I have decided to dedicate the next few days to adding a new feature to the editor (the one we're all using to write our posts). The idea is to add a new button with which you will be able to add wowhead links by just giving the id and the type. For example choosing "30451" and "spell", we will automatically get the following link:/images/wow_icon_spell_arcane_blast.jpg Arcane Blast.

Am feeling slightly guilty now for bringing this up :D But seriously, thanks for doing this. It would be a much needed and much used feature that I am sure everyone on the forums would very very greatly appreciate.

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I'm all done, you should do see the "Wowhead" button in the editor. Simply click it, choose the type of link, enter the ID and there you go ;)

If the "Wowhead" button does not show, try refreshing your browser.

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Ahhh I thought I was being rather blonde there (it happens lots), quick refresh and we are good to go.

But it's reallly well done, I like that you have a mini picture as well as just the item link. Because it's cute. And I am easily amused.

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      9. Not since Ruby Sanctum in Wrath of the Lich King has a US guild finished a raiding tier in first place. To what do you attribute the repeated victories of European (and sometimes Korean) guilds?
      Gondlem: The short answer is just that the best guild in the world happens to be European. Blood Legion are second, so it's not as though there's total domination by EU guilds. Actually I think of the top five 25 man Ra-den kills, three of them were from US guilds, which would be the best result for US guilds in general for some time. A dark period for US guilds would be something like Heroic Lich King, where the US first kill was world 9th or something. Historically I guess it's just that European players tend to be more hardcore for whatever reason, so the top flight of EU guilds have an easier time recruiting skilled and dedicated players. Maybe hardcore gaming is a more socially accepted lifestyle there? I couldn't say.
      Slootbag: That's tough to say. I wish the answer was a simple genetics problem, but that's not the case. The top-end raiding scene in the US has questionably diminished more in recent time than that in Europe, this may (or may not) be a factor in EU success, as they have a larger pool of veteran players still going at it. Other factors could be time commitment, but to my knowledge BL and Method raid almost identical hours during progression. Perhaps it is the group coordination and chemistry that sets EU guilds apart along with the larger amount of top-end raiding guilds. There's no single right answer, the race is always fun to see regardless, and maybe we can bring one home for the US in T16.
      10. You have graciously agreed to help us with our written and video raid guides. This is a fairly big undertaking for a guild in your position, since it involves giving us access to your strategizing, taking one of us along on your PTR and live server raids, and providing video footage where necessary. What made you decide you wanted to do this?
      Dpsonroids: We try to take any opportunity that gives the guild more exposure as this correlates to more apps which helps sustain the guild. We also want to do whatever we can to help keep the hardcore raiding scene relevant and we want to make the leap up as accessible as possible.
      Gondlem: I guess the main reason is just that we were asked and it seemed like a fun thing to do with minimal downsides. It's always nice to get involved with the raiding community a bit and help people out, and it creates positive exposure for the guild which is always a good thing. Since we're not really pushing for world first we're always pretty open with our strats - we streamed progression on the first 11 bosses of this tier, we stream all our PTR testing and get videos out when we can, that sort of thing. So it's not a big change for us, it's just a different way to publicise what we do.
      11. How do you feel about the prospect of working with Icy Veins, considering that there are other websites around who provide similar content?
      Gondlem: A lot of people in the guild knew a bit about the site, and it's a good resource that focuses on detail, which is really important if you want to be successful in raiding challenging content. A lot of other sites that have class guides for example try and keep things simple and overlook the things that really set a good player apart from an average one. When it comes to boss strats it's often the same, you can understand all the abilities but its the finer points of how to deal with them that will land you a kill. It seems like you guys want to give really detailed information, and if we're going to associate our guild name with guides it should be something fairly complete.
      12. Do you think that the strategies executed by a top guild such as yours will be applicable to any guilds outside of the very best?
      Dpsonroids: Strategies generally get easier to execute as DPS checks get less and less relevant through the gearing process or nerfs or whatever. Some strategies also require a specific comp to pull off. Oftentimes the strategies used by the top guilds can be emulated successfully, but you shouldn't be scared to innovate if you think your guild will have an easier time doing something differently.
      I look forward to our collaboration and want to thank Vlad for having us. Also checkout our streams on twitch and guild at mwguild.net!
      Gondlem: Sure. There are some things that don't matter as much once you have a bit more gear, like say life drain on Durumu which isn't a big deal any more but was really important for early kills, and different strats obviously work for different guilds, but most things will be relevant for any guild that wants to kill the same boss. Success in raiding is always just about understanding each mechanic and how they fit together to form a complete strat. Even if the specific way your guild takes on a boss or which parts of it are hardest at your gear level changes, the big picture of a fight usually stays the same. So I think strategies translate quite well to all levels of play.
    • By Vlad
      We are very pleased to announce that we have recently completed the great labour of significantly improving the quality of our class guides.

      We have always been dedicated to providing guides of the highest accuracy and quality, so we have enlisted the help of respected authorities and top players to review our existing guides and help us improve them.

      Below you will find a complete list of those wonderful individuals who have helped make our class guides
      even better, after which we go into a bit more detail about the process.

      Death Knight Blood: Reniat, the author of the Blood Death Knight guides on the Official Forums and MMO-Champion. Frost and Unholy: Mendenbarr, a prominent theorycrafter who maintains Death Knight guides on Elitist Jerks. Druid
      Balance: Imsupersdw, one of the best Balance Druids in the world, who raids in Method. Feral: Fragnance, one of the best Feral Druids in the world, who raids in Method. You can watch his stream on Twitch. Guardian: Arielle, (@riftmaker), a prominent Guardian Druid theorycrafter and the main author of The Inconspicuous Bear (a very respected Guardian Druid resource). Restoration: Celece, one of the best Balance Druids in the world, who raids in Midwinter. Hunter
      Beast Mastery, Marksmanship, and Survival: Kennyloggins, a leading figure in the Hunter community, who raids in Blood Legion. Mage
      Arcane, Fire, and Frost: Blatty, one of the best Mages in the world, who raids in Method. Monk
      Brewmaster: Sunnier, who maintains the most respected Brewmaster Monk resource site: Sunnier's Art of War. Mistweaver: unpl, a Mistweaver Monk who raids in Paragon. Windwalker: Gondlem, one of the best Windwalker Monks in the world, who raids in Midwinter. Paladin
      Holy: In the process of being reviewed by Atismund, who raids in Envy (25-man), and by Smirk who raids in Paragon (10-man). Protection: Theck (@TheckPhD), the main author of Sacred Duty (a well respected, and arguably the most valuable Protection Paladin theorycrafting resource). Retribution: Anafielle (@Anafielle), a respected Retribution Paladin who contributes to Sacred Duty and Morgeine, one of the best Retribution Paladins in the world, who raids in Envy. Priest
      Discipline and Holy: Jhazrun, one of the best Discipline Priests in the world, who raids in Paragon. Shadow: Artzie (@Artzieh), a Shadow Priest who raids in Method and Twintop, a Shadow Priest theorycrafter from How To Priest. Rogue
      Assassination, Combat, and Subtlety: Dryaan, one of the best Rogues in the world, who raids in Envy and frequently stream on Twitch. Shaman
      Elemental: Leeds, one of the best Elemental Shamans in the world, who raids in Method. Enhancement: Purge, one of the best Enhancement Shamans in the world, who often contributes to the Enhancement Shaman section of Totem Spot. Restoration: Zetian, who raids in MCO, one of the most efficient 10-man guilds in the world, and Sonie, one of the best Restoration Shamans in the world, who raids in Method (25-man). Warlock
      Affliction, Demonology, and Destruction: Gahddo, one of the most prominent Warlock theorycrafters, who maintains the Warlock profiles and rotations in Simulation Craft, and Evrelia, who raids in ScrubBusters, and frequently streams on Twitch. Warrior
      Arms: In the process of being reviewed by Gondlemstyle of Midwinter. Fury: Gondlemstyle, one of the best DPS Warriors in the world, who raids in Midwinter. Protection: Sco, Guild Master of Method, and one of the best Protection Warriors in the world. Initially, when we first started writing these guides, they were all entirely created by Damien and myself, based on our experiences with playing the classes, and on extensive testing and research. However, as our workload on the site grew (and especially as we finally completed our offering of 34 class guides), the amount of time and attention that we were able to dedicate to each guide dropped.

      Given the enormous popularity of our guides, and large number of people around the world who use them extensively, we decided that we had to find a way to do better. So, we contacted experienced players of each class and spec, and asked them if they would be willing to review our guides, and offer any corrections or pointers required. The responses we received have been overwhelmingly positive, and after more than a month of intensive work on the subject, all of our 34 class guides are now reviewed and approved by either a prominent theorycrafter or a top player of the spec. The remaining 3 guides will hopefully receive the same treatment soon.

      We intend to continue working with these people in the future, to make sure that the guides are always up to date (especially when new patches are released).

      For the sake of consistency, we prefer to only have one reviewer for each spec (with the exception of healing guides where we prefer two so that we can look at both 10 and 25-man perspectives). If you want to contribute to a guide for which we already have a reviewer, then you are more than welcome to post in the guide's comments thread, or to e-mail us.

      We thank you all for your support.


      For the past month we have worked very hard on our class guides and with the help of top raiders and known authorities, we now have the best offering you can find for World of Warcraft classes.