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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Celestia. For Real This Time.

I can't believe it either. We've known about Celestia for 6 worlds now.

x Dramatic Montage x

Awww! Look at me in my Krokotopia rope, with my Pinapple Wand (as some kid I was friends with for a while called it,) and my Cowl of Comparison. I wore that hat all the way through Lvl 45. I loved that hat. I couldn't bring myself to sell it due to all the good memories stored within it's orange and blue stitches. I have it in my Bank. 

Now, I know what you're probably wondering. "Blaze, why did you wear that Lvl 5 hat to such a high Lvl? Well Inquiring Reader, I could never find a hat with good stats that I liked the look of. (Looks are important to me in the world of Wizard101 clothing. ;D)

Anyway. We're now at the point where our dreams and fan fictions and theorycrafting comes to the game.

Celestia is going live.

When? Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27th, 2010.

A huge day in Wizard History. The day Headmaster Merle Ambrose repairs the key we recovered so long ago from Estrakir Gloomthorn (grumble grumble,) and allows us access into the underwater utopia that is Celestia.

Let's just do a re-cap shall we?

Here's our new storyline:

Long ago, the Astral Wizards of Celestia created powerful magic using the energy of the Stars, the Moon, and the Sun. The sorceress, Morganthe, the Queen of the Shadow Web, wanted the secrets of the Celestian magic at... all costs. The Celestians refused her, so she raised a dark army and sent it against Celestia. After decades of battle, the Astral Wizards realized their world would fall. They summoned the Storm Titan to defeat Morganthe’s legions and to take their world to a place of safety. 

The Storm Titan betrayed the Celestians by sinking their world beneath the waves along with Morganthe’s invading forces. Realizing they were doomed, the Celestians raised mighty domes to protect some of their treasured city from the waves, though it was too late! They perished along with Morganthe's invading army. Celestia was lost to the Spiral, its Spiral Door closed forever. 

Centuries later, a team of brave explorers from the Spiral Geographic Society, led by Sir Thurston Plunkett, re-discovered Celestia. They landed with an air-ship, and built exploratory undersea domes to explore Celestia’s ruins. Plunkett and his fellow explorers soon realized that Celestia was now inhabited by a strange new culture... the Crustacean Empire. Unfortunately, the explorers did not come alone to Celestia. Morganthe’s followers, the Shadow Weavers, stand ready to take Celestia’s magic for their Queen. 

After receiving the Spiral Geographic Society’s distress call, Headmaster Merle Ambrose, of the Ravenwood School for Magic, seeks any young Wizards brave enough to journey to the undersea world of Celestia, and discover the secrets of it's lost magic. 

What will they find there?

Crazy, I know. I can't wait!

And after many reveals (14 in fact,) we have this.

We've learned our new Lvl 58 spells (Efreet, Snow Angel, Leviathan, Medusa, Forest Lord, Skeletal 
Dragon, and Ra.)

We've even gotten new items and mounts and pets. The Crabling, the Gobbler, the Shark Mount, 
The Celestian Trident and Sword, and even Arlen Dawneye's Wayfinder Gear.

And coming November 1st. We will get an insane new gift card.

This EPIC $39 gift card will include:

  • 1 Month Subscription OR 5,000 Crowns
  • Fantasy Palace Castle
  • Additional Castle Space Elixir
  • Minigame Kiosk Housing Item
  • Gryphon Mount
  • Ancient Spear of Power
  • Epic Clothing Set
  • Mystery Dueling Pet
I know. Amazing. But what exactly is a Fantasy Palace Castle? Let me show you.

That's a nice walkthrough of it by Friendly.

As requested by Autumnal Dusk from Homework in a Graveyard, we now have our:

Nice job, Autumn!

I'm personally psyched for this castle. It's SO huge! And with all those secret passageways and space, I could just spend my entire life decorating and hanging out there.

And a Minigame kiosk too? You'll never have to leave your house!

There's Friendly next to the Kiosk on his Gryphon mount. (Yes it still gives +40% Speed boost, unlike the white and black striped cat for charity that only gave +20% at the same price. [Someone remind me of it's name.])

"But, Blaze, what's an Epic Clothing gear?"

Well, it's a clothing set that comes with amazing cards. But, you can CHOOSE what level the gear is (this will also change what cards and stats come with it.) What's cool about it, is that it looks like Warlord gear. What is kind of sucky about it is that you can't change what level it is after you've selected it the first time. (In other words, just get the Lvl 50.)

That's the Mystery Dueling pet that Friendly got. We're not sure of the specifics of the pets just yet.

But what about the Ancient Spear of Power?

Best. Wand. Ever.

It gives a 110 wand hit card FROM EACH SCHOOL!

It really seems like an amazing gift card. It's going to be sold ONLY AT GAMESTOP. So be sure to make your Christmas lists early because they will go off the shelves FAST!

Also, I made a Halloween video, but I haven't quite finished putting it together yet, so next post I can put that up for you.

Also, you may have noticed my new Voki on the sidebar. Should be to your left right about now. I'm going to use that to make quick little updates. Check it out right now. (Click the little play button in the bottom left corner of it.)

Anyway, Celestia is coming out tomorrow and I'm pretty psyched. ;D

The bosses will now cheat. They will start with Power Pips. They have enormous amounts of health. The bosses and enemies here are far more powerful than we can ever imagine. The journey ahead is a long one, but we, the Wizards of Ravenwood School of Magical Arts, can handle whatever swims our way.

Happy Gaming

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Giant Shih-Tzu and Mushroom Cloud?

Hey guys. Again, sorry I'm late posting this. I've just been so busy with high school. Lame excuse, but true. So here are the videos of our new level 60 Life and Myth spells.

Life is Forest Lord, which at 90% accuracy, does a whopping 540-620 damage TO ALL ENEMIES! Congratulations to all the happy theurgists out there. Here's the video of your new best friend.

And Medusa (as predicted by our good friend, L.R. Jonte from A Mythspent Youth,), for Myth, which does 770 damage and stun for 2 rounds at 80% accuracy. Disappointingly not an AOE (area of effect [all enemies]) spell.

Well, there you have it. All our new spells, tightly packed into 2 posts.

I believe that's all I have to say for now. (I have a surprise for you tomorrow ;D)

Happy Gaming

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Celestia Goes To Test Realm

Alright, so as most of you probably know by now, Celestia is finally on the Test Realm.

I'm pretty speechless right now, so let me just show you a few videos of the new content. sdf

A tour of the Commons area.

A tour of the Survey Camp 

A tour of The Grotto

All videos are from John Legendsword (heroboy102 on YouTube.)

Those are pretty awesomesauce, am I right. or am I right?

Here's the update news from the Wizard101 website:

Journey to Celestia!
Merle has determined that Celestia is safe for his strongest Wizard students!

New quests, new badges, new reagents, new creatures, new friends and new foes, new mounts, new pets, new spells and many new adventures await!

Players who have reached level 48 and completed the Dragonspyre quest "The Final Countdown" should speak to Merle Ambrose for more information about Celestia.

Wizard101 has added 10 more levels! Level 50 players will see the return of their experience bar. Level 50 players can once again earn new experience from quests and duels.

With this level cap increase, come new Rank 8 Spells! These spells are available at level 58, but only through a quest from your Professor, so watch for those ToolTip messages! The rest of the new spells you'll have to discover on your adventures!

You will not receive experience from prior quests and duels that you completed when you were level 50.

New Schools of Magic

Sun Magic (Enchantments)

The focus of the Sun School is primarily on enchantments. Enchantments from the Sun School operate in the same manner as all other enchantments in the game. At the basic level they just give boosts to accuracy and damage but at higher levels they will include mutates and larger bonuses. One of the differences between Sun School enchantments and other in-game enchantments is that cards enchanted with Sun School cards disappear after combat is resolved. Sun School cards cannot be used on Rank 0 spells or Rank X spells. 

Mutate Spells
Mutation spells are a big part of Sun Magic, such as this Mutate Kraken into Inferno Kraken!

Cloak Spell
Cloak has returned in a big way! Some of you may recall finding a Cloak Treasure card in the past, and we've brought this dynamic back to the game, with enhancements!
A Cloak enchantment card may be used on spell cards that are flagged as charms or wards and it disguises the spell to opponents, a very valuable Player vs Player tool!

Look for these and other new Sun Magic Enchantment spells in Celestia.

Moon Magic (Polymorph)

The moon school is focused on polymorphing. Polymorph is a new way to play Wizard101 where players can use a spell card to transform the caster into another being and swap out their spell deck! You will not only LOOK like a creature, but you will also gain a whole new set of statistics for accuracy, health, pip chance, and more...allowing you to play different roles when grouping with friends. If a duel contains two Life Wizards on one side, one can cast the Draconian polymorph that will boost their damage. If a duel contains two Storm Wizards, one could cast the Gobbler polymorph to change their abilities to suit the duel and the partners in that duel. 

Polymorphs happen by using a spell card and only last for a limited time (in rounds).

A Polymorphed player temporarily changes their character's Appearance. Players will take on the appearance of the Polymorph spell they cast.

A Polymorphed player temporarily changes their character's Stats. A Polymorph will affect a players Max Health ( Current Health is proportionally converted ), Power Pip Chance, School of Focus, Accuracy, Resistance to Damage, Vulnerabilities and Damage.

A Polymorphed player temporarily changes their character's spell Deck The new spell deck completely replaces the spell deck that the player was using previously

A Polymorphed player reverts back to their normal selves when the polymorph time has expired.

Star School (Auras)

The star school will be focused around a new type of magic called Auras. Auras are magical energy that surround and protect or strengthen the Wizard. Auras are unique and different from other magic in that they can't be stacked, broken, or dispelled but they will disappear over time. Auras can boost accuracy, damage, resistance, or even convert incoming spells to pips for you.

Auras are cast as normal spells and can only have a target of "Self". Auras have a timer on them that is counted in rounds. After this timer is complete the aura is removed. Auras cannot be stacked with other Auras and Casting a subsequent Aura spell will replace the previous one.

Effects of Auras
Auras have a few different special effect types that will be specific to them such as Stun Resistance, Pip Conversion, Accuracy Boost, Resistance Boost and Damage Boost. 

Specific Auras
Aura of Fortification ( Blue ) - This grants the player 15% resistance to all attacks.
Aura of Amplification ( Red ) - The grants the player a 15% bonus to outgoing damage.
Aura of Precision ( Green ) - This grants the player a 10% bonus to accuracy.
Aura of Conviction ( Yellow ) - This grants the player 90% resistance to stuns and 20% block chance.
Aura of Empowerment ( Purple ) - This grants the player an extra pip every time a rank 4 or higher spell is used on him / her.
Aura of Vengeance ( Orange ) - This grants the player a 20% boost to their critical hit chance. 

Critical and Block Statistics

Critical and Block Statistics
  The Critical and Block system is an addition to the existing dueling system that allows players to perform Critical Hits on opponents and avoid incoming Critical Hits. This will give players new strategies and defenses in combat and new ways to further build up their Wizard!

You'll notice your character sheet has changed a little. Press C to see a panel like this one.

The two new stats being added to the game are called Critical Hit Rating and Block Rating
Critical Hit Rating increase the player's chance of getting a critical hit.
Block Rating increases the player's chance of avoiding incoming critical hits.
Players will gain Critical Hit and Block bonuses from equipment.

The chance for a critical hit or a block is calculated AFTER fizzle and accuracy. When a spell fizzles no calculation for critical hit or block is made.
Charms, Enchantments, Wards, Manipulations and Globals are not subject to the Block / Critical system. Heals cannot be Blocked, but they can Critical!

You will also notice with these Critical and Block Statistics, that the Combat Rating System displays as a numeric value and not a percentage.
Equipment will have values of "+14 Block Rating" as opposed to the "+1% Block" style of statistic you are accustomed to seeing.

Reagent Updates

Say goodbye to the woe of buying and selling individual reagents. Reagents can now be purchased and sold in bulk at the Bazaar and Reagent Vendors!

Reagents in the Shared Bank
Hurray! Reagents can now be placed in your Shared Bank! These Reagents are under the 'Cards' tab. They do not count towards your total items in the Shared Bank, but have their own limit of 999 of each type.

Deck Updates
Many players seem to end up selling their last deck, or unequipping their deck and finding themselves in a duel with only their wand to support them. 

To prevent this from occurring players are no longer able to sell the last deck in their backpack. This will ensure that all players always have at least one deck.  

Should, for some reason, you manage to unequip that deck, you will receive a warning message when you close your spellbook. 

You are still responsible for putting spells in your decks!

Even after all that, if you manage to enter a duel with only your wand spells, you have the option to FLEE and then equip and build your deck in safety.

Inventory Updates
Reagents and Snacks in the Shared Bank
Hurray! Pet Snacks and Reagents can now be placed in your Shared Bank! These Pet Snacks and Reagents are under the 'Cards' tab. They do not count towards your total items in the Shared Bank, but have their own limits.

Inventory Amounts
Players can more easily see how many items are in their backpack and bank, so you'll know when you're getting full and have to take a trip to the Bazaar!

Trash Confirmation
Trash button confirmation must now be clicked. You must click YES to confirm you actually want to trash an item that is in your inventory. This should help you avoid accidentally trashing the wrong item.

Shopping Updates
We've listened to our players and added a few much asked for updates to how players shop.

  1. As mentioned above, Reagents can now be bought and sold in bulk at the Bazaar, and this applies to Pet Snacks as well!
  2. The Bazaar limit for Reagents has been raised to 500 per type.
  3. Players can no longer preview the contents of eggs in the Dye Shop.
  4. The maximum amount of gold that a character can have has been increased to 200 000.
  5. There is now a confirmation window to ensure you really want to sell a Crowns item.
  6. The order of Recipes in the Recipe Shops are now sorted by Crafter Level and then by price.
Details Details Details
Below are some small but important details to note about changes made in this update. 

  1. Second Chance chests will now give players an item even if their backpack is full, but note that item will go into the BANK.
  2. Wooden Chests will begin appearing in Grizzleheim.
  3. Some single Pet Hatching sigils have been added to the Hatchery for those who want to hatch two of their own pets, without a partner.
  4. Damage over Time spells will now take equipment damage bonus into account for each time the spell does damage.
  5. Raven Fortress Gates should no longer block your way during the Blood Brother quest.
  6. Players will no longer need to complete a series of side quests to enter the Dojo during the level 48 Life School Quest 'Summer is Coming'.
  7. Players can no longer use /r to speak to players not on your friends list.
  8. Life Henchmen will now heal injured players.
  9. Players will now receive exit warnings when leaving dungeons by the front door.
  10. Silver Chests no longer have the sigil in front.
  11. If you're under level 12 when you speak to Mr Lincoln, he will encourage you to return when you're level 12 if you want to exchange your secondary spell cards for the Training Points you spent on them.
  12. Kenedy the Klaw has discarded his fire deck in favor of the Myth Deck he should have been using all along.
  13. Block PvP Enemy Chat will be set to 'Yes' for all new players.
  14. Deleted players no longer show up in Friends lists.
  15. Elixirs can no longer be cancelled while in combat.
  16. Quest Helper is now available in Tomb of the Beguiler.
  17. Watch your language. Several chat exploits have been eliminated and failure to abide by the Terms of Use regarding chat can result in a permanent ban from Wizard101.
  18. Zeke's old sign in Olde Town has been removed.
  19. Cyrus found only a handful of typos this time around, and they have been corrected.

Alright, so after all that information which is SO exciting, there are still a few more videos that I HAVE to show you guys. Here are the videos of the final three boss fights in Celestia. (Don't worry there are NO spoilers. It actually turns out that the boss is NOT Morganthe, which makes sense. Celestia is the first world of the second story arc. (Wizard City - Dragonspyre + Grizzleheim was the first.) I mean we didn't fight Malistaire in Wizard City now did we? (If you answered yes, then something is wrong with your computer.)

If you recall these two very special pictures from our friend Leesha's (from Ravenwood Radio) trip to Austin, Texas.

Our Sun and Moon teachers? Completely wrong on that prediction Blaze! These are two of the final bosses of Celestia. Mithraya, and Ptolemos respectively. Here's three videos of these two and the Star God, Astraeus, in action. (Also courtesy of John Legendflame.)

Mithraya fight. (The last fight in Celestia.) Seems REALLY epic. Can't wait.

Ptolemos fight. He cheats, along with the other two and a majority of the Celestian bosses. I highly recommend The Warehouse questline if you haven't yet.

And finally, the Star God fight. For some reason his three minions are named Ptolemos. Odd. I'm sure the story will explain it all. :)

Now, for what you've all been waiting for. The official Lvl 58 spells. Here we go. First up Storm. Leviathan.  1030 Storm damage and remove 2 positive charms. Here it is in action.

Next up, Ice. It's called Snow Angel. 8 pips. 100 + 660 Ice damage over 3 rounds and Taunt all enemies. Here it is.

Next we have the Fire spell, Efreet. 895 Fire damage and -90% to next incoming spell. Here he is.

And here is the Death spell, Skeletal Dragon. It's personally my least favorite. I think they could've done a little better with it. It does 200 + 810 Death damage over 3 rounds. Here you go.

And, the Balance spell, Ra. He does 560 - 640 Balance Damage to ALL ENEMIES! :D Here he is.

We don't have videos for the Myth or Life spells yet, but when they come out, I will certainly show them to you. I have been notified though that the Life spell is called Mushroom Cloud and does a whopping 100 damage to all enemies and heals 500 for all friends. Seems a little overpowered to me and they'll probably nerf ( tone it down ) it a bit for the live realm, but I'm happy for all the Theurgists out there that finally will have another attack spell. (Now Kestrel won't have to quit and be Kymma forever.)

I think that's all for now. Enjoy the Test Realm everyone! Just remember that you'll have to do it ALL over again on the live realm. ;D

Happy Gaming

(Spell videos credit go to: 
  • Spoink422Productions - Snow Angel
  • PiromancerFreak - Efreet
  • vuffer20 - Skeletal Dragon
  • TheDeathshard - Ra
All on YouTube. ;D)

The Life Spell is NOT Mushroom Cloud. This was a false rumor started by Kestrel Shadowthistle. All we know is that it will not be a healing spell. I apologize.

Happy Gaming

Thursday, October 7, 2010

AwesomeSauce Type #2: Ketchup

Disclaimer: Music Belongs To Selena Gomez

Oh my gosh, it feels so good to get back to blogging. I REALLY hated being off. I just felt like it wasn't something I wanted to do. But, now that I'm back in the post editor, it feels right again. :)

So, let's ketchup err catch up. ;D

New Celestia Reveal. (13)

You'll have to click on it to see it, but there is a little turtle next to our little Angler Fish Prince. So now it looks like there will be 5 more reveals left (provided that no more shadows are added. [which there probably will be because Morganthe hasn't been spotted here yet.]) I predict that next to the Prince there will be a young seahorse, next to Barnacle Bill there will be another Crab similar to the one next to our Marleybone Mechanics. In the center will 99.99% be Thurston Plunkett as he was mentioned in our pre-quest. Next to our robot, will most likely be another (maybe female) (It's not a bucket-head type thing. Zoom in and you can see that's just a cylindrical object in the background. The head shape is nearly the same as the first robot.)
And on the far left? Probably another Sea Pirate type NPC.

Alright, next piece of business. I was in yet another car crash. Before you get all crazy, it was just a small one. My mom had just picked me up from school and we were about to take a left onto our street, when another car was about to drive past from the other lane, so we had to stop and wait a second for it to pass. During this time, the car behind us slams into the back of our car. Guess who? Two seniors from the high school (we live very close to the high school.) Turns out the kid hadn't had his license long enough to have a passenger in the car with him, so he got a ticket for that, and another ticket for following us too closely. (You have to have your license for a certain amount of time before you're allowed to have passengers in your car.) The front of his car was smashed in a bit on one corner and a large plastic piece that went over the bumper came off. The back of our car's bumper was chipped pretty badly and the paint was scratched on both cars. The bumper of our car goes around from the back of both tires so it's going to cost at least $2500 my mom guesses. (She's actually going tonight to get an estimate from the car dealer.) We were both fine, it was just frightening to hear the big THUD noise again.

Next, our Monthly polls.

I was very happy to see that there was a significant amount more of voters. :D

Here's August's:

Is Blaze posting enough?

and September's:

What are you most excited for in Celestia?

Here's Drumroll Troll with the results. Take it away, bud!

x drumroll x

Thank you. :)

Here we go.

Is Blaze Posting Enough?
  • Of course, stupid poll! He was just in a car crash and he's in high school now! Give him a break! - 66% (8 votes)
  • He's doing fine - 25% (3 votes)
  • I honestly don't care - 8% (1 vote)
  • No way! We need a post every day! - 0% (No votes)
Well, it;s great to know that you don't care how often I post, just that I make posts because you love them. :)

Next poll.

What are you most excited for in Celestia?

  • More Insider Info From Blaze - 76% (10 votes)
  • New Spells - 69% (9 votes)
  • New Story - 61% (8 votes)
  • New Areas - 53% (7 votes)
  • New Teachers - 46% (6 votes)
  • New Enemies / Bosses - 46% - (6 votes)
That's awesome! I love how you like my stuff the most! XD

It's just amazing that from a few votes a month it's gone up to 56 votes on just one poll! It really makes me happy to see how many people like my blog.

This month's poll:

Would you like to star in a Wizard101 music video by Blaze?

  • Of course! Blaze is awesome!
  • Maybe.
  • No thanks...
Yeah, that's right. As some of you know, I got a hypercam. This means that I can film whatever is on my computer screen. Which brings me to my next topic. My walkthrough of the Selena Gomez Questline.

I don't have video of me doing the entire quest due to technical issues (my computer froze and had to be shut off, and I lost the video in progress. So here is where I started when my computer came back on.)

(Sorry about the title, idk why "To Be Continued" is on top of it.) I apologize for the lag, my computer isn't used to having a camera and W101 running yet. ;D

And here is the second part of my quest.

So, I plan on making a Wizard101 music video. It'd be quite a large project like the Photoshoots that the community has had in the past (Petnome etc.) I would love to have a ton of my viewers in it so maybe we can have a contest. (After the poll of course.)

Again, next topic.

Monthly Housing Items. Instead of having a picture every month, I figured, why not show you all in a video. So, along with my dad's monthly posts (that he will re-start on Saturday) I will post a video of the item in my house. I hope that helps you out and you will enjoy it.

Next! I have a picture sitting in my folders from a while ago (June 6th to be exact) if any of you recall, that was one of the hottest days of the Summer. On that day, KingsIsle released this picture on it's Twitter page. I was meaning to show it to you, but somehow it slipped my mind. Here it is.

The KingsIsle staff decided instead of staying inside, to go tubing along with their friends from the Spiral. YOu can see a Mander, a Gobbler, and even a Skeletal Pirate! (Arhhar-shabawa!)

Last, but certainly not least. We now have our good friend, Bruce

err, Mr. Shark Mount, available in the game. Just like every other mount, he's available for sale in the Crowns Shop. I'm not sure if you can rent him from Zeke or if you can only use him in water. I don't have one, and haven't really researched it much, yet. Just thought I'd let you all know about this, (I know many of you were very excited about this one ;D)

I believe that's all for today. I hope you enjoyed this very very long post. I'm going to try to post more often, now that I'm more used to the new schedule of the school year. Thank you.

Happy Gaming