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Xu-Fu's Blog
02/26/2017 - Development Status

At the beginning of 2017 I promised many features to come to Xu-Fu, and today I want to give a little status update.

But before that, I want to apologize. Many suggestions have been sent in for old and new fights alike, and while my team is working on these, only a fraction of them have been tested and/or added to the page.
My personal situation only allows me a limited amount of time and I balance that between 7.2 preparation and working on the new features.

With that being said, what's next? Many of the features I'm building are interlinked and they rely on each other. They will change the page in it's foundation, and at this point I want to say it will be a "Xu-Fu 2.0" :-)

On to some details! User login and "Login with Battle.net" are done! That was a huge effort for me, and while it's still hidden, it's all done and functioning. Yay!
You can see a preview of the login window in the screenshot :-)
I focused on making this system extremely easy to use. For Battle.net login, you will need exactly 2 clicks and you are logged in.

Now I'm working on the profile page, a rework of the comment system, and then an integration of the armory to connect your pet collection. At that point it should be ready to be released :)

The final step is then reworking the strategy pages so that it always shows you the the strategies you actually do have the pets for! And instead of suggesting a strategy, you will be able to simply upload your own.

That's it for now, I hope to have some more news soon!




02/12/2017 - Wailing Critters Guides

Hi!
The Wailing Critters pet battle dungeon is still the biggest pet addition coming in 7.2
I am preparing my personal guide for the challenge mode, but due to the nature of it I am looking for people interested in providing their own guide.

Why? Well, the pet dungeon is a different kind of challenge. You can't heal or revive pets, okay, but the fights are also not extremely hard like in the Celestial Tournament. There is a huge variety of pets that can beat the individual enemies, but there's just many of them! 11 Individual fights to be exact (in comparison, Celestial Tournament has 7).

The amount of pet variations you can bring is immense and it comes down to finding a good set of combinations. As said I will provide my own, but I believe it better to provide a number of different choices.

So, how do you feel about a different challenge? Just install the PTR client and create a set of strategies for the dungeon, send it to me and I'm happy to add it here!



02/06/2017 - Falcosaur Team Rumbles

Many have asked me to add strategies for the Team Rumble quests for your trusty Falcosaur pets, and I've pushed it back for some time. But not any longer!

We are now adding strategies one by one for each of the Falcosaur quests:

Bloodgazer Team Rumble - Defeat 3 Pet Battle World Quests with your Bloodgazer Hatchling and 2 Beast pets.
Sharptalon Team Rumble - Defeat 3 Pet Battle World Quests with your Sharptalon Hatchling and 2 Magic pets.
Direbeak Team Rumble - Defeat 3 Pet Battle World Quests with your Direbeak Hatchling and 2 Humanoid pets.
Snowfeather Team Rumble - Defeat 3 Pet Battle World Quests with your Snowfeather Hatchling and 2 Undead pets.

They will not get their own category, that would be too confusing. Instead, they will be added as new alternatives for each World Quest.

And it's all made possible thanks to a new team member: Mia! She started working on these strategies today and will add many more over time. Great to have you on board :-)



01/28/2017 - Say hello to Lea!

Introducing another language in which Xu-Fu is available as of now. WoW is translated to this language since quite a few years ago, and the community using it is a large one, yet often unheard or underrepresented.

That makes me even more happy to announce that the third language Xu-Fu's Guides are now translated into is Russian!

A big спасибо - thank you - to Lea! She did this all by herself, using large parts of her spare time, and I am glad to have her on the team :-)



01/21/2017 - Wailing Critters - The new Pet Battle Dungeon

Patch 7.2 hit the PTR today and it brings the pet battle dungeon that was hinted at during last BlizzCon!
I tried it out and want to provide a little preview. If you want to go into the pet dungeon with 7.2 unspoiled - stop reading now! :-)


The dungeon quest starts in Dalarans pet shop at Serr'ah for Horde players and Lio the Lioness for Alliance. After picking up the breadcrumb quest from her you are being sent to the Southern Barrens to meet Muyani, right above the Wailing Caverns instance. She will give you the followup quest Wailing Critters and also sends you into the scenario of the same name.

The scenario has 7 stages and takes quite some time to complete!
Here is a step by step description of the whole thing:

  • Stage 1: Deviate Dangers
    You need to defeat the following three critters:

    Deviate Smallclaw
    Deviate Chomper
    Deviate Flapper



    All three are common (white) with around 1000 health points and the "Elite" buff, taking 50% reduced damage.
    They come with two backline pets which are randomized among the three, so you might face three times the same Deviate, or different ones. There do not seem to be any other random pets in the instance apart from those three.


  • Stage 2: Son of Skum
    Next up is the Son of Skum, an epic beast with the "Boss" buff, which means he can't be dealt more than 35% of his health in one hit, and taking 50% reduced damage. No Iron Starlette easy peesy here ^^



  • Stage 3: Legacy of Fangs
    Once you beat the Son of Skum you will traverse a bit deeper into the caverns to face three serpents:

    Vilefang
    Dreadcoil
    Phyxia


  • These are all uncommon (green) beasts with around 1200 health and again the Elite buff. They are accompanied by a random selection of the deviate enemies from stage 1 and are only a little bit more dangerous than the previous enemies, but not too special either.

  • Stage 4: Call of the Serpent
    Like before, you are now facing a single, epic quality opponent with the "Boss" buff. This time it is Hiss - Lord Serpentis' Companion, another snake.
    This one doesn't do much else than the previous snakes, but hits a lot harder.

  • Stage 5: Ectoplasmic Growth
    When Hiss is defeated, a pathway opens up which you need to travel along. On the way you will encounter two Growing Ectoplasms, which need to be defeated.



    These are Magic pets of rare (blue) quality, once more accompanied by deviate pets from Stage 1.


  • Stage 6: A Shadowy Figure
    Once you reach the highest platform in the instance, you will see a sleeping, shadowy figure. Approach it and it will give a tiny little back story on what's going on here. Maybe I'm exaggerating that a bit ^^ You'll see, it's funny!



    There's nothing more you need to do to and the next phase begins:


  • Stage 7: Everliving
    Last but not least you face the Everliving Spore. A legendary Elemental pet with 2231 health points and the Boss buff:



    It does a nasty AOE, but can also be defeated without much hassle.


At the end, you can jump back down to the entrance and are being rewarded with an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone and a follow-up challenge: Hard mode!

In the first run you can heal and revive your pets at any time, making it quite an easy experience. The hard mode challenge adds the Celestial Tournament restriction: no healing or reviving. Should you succeed, you will receive a new pet supply sack which can contain a few new pets.

That's it for now, but of course we will provide you with proper strategies before 7.2 hits the live servers!



01/11/2017 - Brawler's Guild anyone?

Patch 7.15 is now live and brought back the Brawler's Guild! There are a couple of new pets available, but maybe even more important for new battlers is good old Clock'em!
You only need rank 3 in the Brawler's Guild to buy Clock'em, which is very useful in many pet fights!
I highly recommended getting this pet before the Brawler's Guild might take another break in the future :-)

Also, if you're low on Pet Charms, you can now buy a new shoulder enchantment in Dalaran for gold:
Boon of the Zookeeper for gold. Much like the other Legion shoulder enchants, this one gives you a chance to loot a satchel of goods from enemies in Legion, which can contain pet goodies like Pet Charms.



01/02/2017 - Xu-Fu’s next steps in 2017

A few months ago I posted a long blog entry about the future plans in developing Xu-Fu’s guides further. Almost all of these plans are reality already, and I’m working hard on the last feature on that list.
That means, it’s time to update the roadmap! Below is my plan of features I want to add over the coming months, from top to bottom. If you remember the old list, you will notice that it’s a lot more granular this time.

  1. Finalize user logins.
    This went far better than I expected and is about 80% done! I will have to add some actual features though before putting it live, otherwise it’s a bit pointless ^^

  2. Option to login with Battle.net
    It has been asked for a couple times and I want to build it in. I’m not sure yet if I will be able to, but at least I’ll do some research and test runs!

  3. User Icons (help needed!)
    What’s a user account without an icon? For this one I could need some help. Would you enjoy making really nice screenshots of pets so they can be added here? Send me a mail! I’m sure I can return the favor somehow, maybe with a unique icon that only you can use? ^^

  4. User profile and options page
    You know it from so many other sites and it’s a must have: a section where you can see your own profile and make changes to your account (like changing the password or icon). Nothing fancy… yet!

  5. Comment system rework
    A user system alone is not doing much, I need to update the comment sections to work with the user accounts so you can post with your user name.

  6. “Claim your comments” system
    With several thousand comments already posted I want you to be able to “claim” your old comments and add them to your user accounts.How? No idea, yet!

  7. Armory link
    Pretty much what the Legion-Checker does, but linking it to your account so it can be used everywhere on the page! One of the most asked for feature of all.

  8. Battle Table revamp
    The strategy table should show some more details, for example if specific breeds are required, who created it, when it was created or last updated, how much XP the fight gives, any additional comments - it’s getting crowded and I need to redesign it to accomodate

  9. Messaging system
    Still up in the air, but I personally always liked when a page gave me the option to send direct messages to other users.

  10. Full rework of the Alternatives system
    The big one at the end! Right now only 9 alternatives can be displayed for every fight, and that’s not enough for what I am planning. I want to create two sections: Xu-Fu’s strategies and User strategies, both with (theoretically) unlimited amount of alternatives, in a better overview. Such a tiny little task ^^

All of this is very flexible and I am open to add more things or shift priorities.

So, what do you like in the list?
What do you think is not that important or even unnecessary?
Anything you’re missing entirely?



12/30/2016 - Happy New Year!

Another year has passed, and what a turbulent one it was! A year of extremes you could say. Many amazing things have happened, and also some very surprising and sad ones. I do not intend to go into detail about the many notable events in our world. It is merely my own very personal feeling that we were constantly oscillating between a very positive, or a very bleak outlook.
Let us hope 2017 will tend more towards the positive side, just like Xu-Fu did in 2016! :-)

It was indeed an amazing year for the little kitten. Legion changed so much.. the end of the howl-bomb, the largest additions of new pet content since - well - pet battles exist. And it made Xu-Fu popular worldwide! Practically overnight the visitor numbers increased tenfold!
It was a very challenging time to keep up with all the suggestions and comments and I have to admit: I didn't manage. I did read all of your comments and suggestions - but it was impossible to respond to every single one. I apologize.

And yet you, a pet fan, wow player, visitor of Xu-Fu and part of this community, kept your positive spirit up and contributed to this emerging platform. I want to thank you all for being such an amazing, international, huge crowd. For proving that the internet can be a healthy and amazing place. Thank you!

I will go into 2017 not as a one-man show anymore but with the support of a growing team. More languages will be coming soon, and more tools to make your life as pet battler easier. I'm looking forward to it and hope you do the same!

A wonderful and amazing New Year to all of you!

Your Xu-Fu team



12/18/2016 - Happy Winter Veil!

The quiet time is upon us already. Time to get out the warm socks, heat the fireplace and celebrate! It's been a year of very mixed feelings so far, but I shall not reminisce on 2016 just yet. That will come in a few weeks!
For now, it's indeed time to celebrate and I hope that all you visitors, friends and pet fanatics alike, will enjoy the days to come.

Merry Winter Veil everyone!



12/08/2016 - An overdue introduction

Some of you will have noticed already, there is another green poster around!
Saintgabrial, fellow pet enthusiast, has posted for quite some time in the comments and offered his help where possible. Many of the improvements he suggested were extremely helpful, and after talking a bit we decided to make the collaboration a bit more official! He now joined the team and will help in keeping the strategies updated, adding new alternatives and responding to your comments!

Welcome to the Xu-Fu team!





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