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Xu-Fu's Blog
08/07/2017 - Say Hi to the Azeroth Adoption Agency

Today I want to highlight a very special community among the pet battlers: the Azeroth Adoption Agency, or in short A3.

Active mostly in the America region, a whole team of pet collectors around A3s creator Wakamaru are helping pets and players find together for three years already. Since they started in 2014 they have found new homes for more than 6.000 pets!

Taking part is easy enough, no matter if you are looking for pets to adopt, or if you’re a seasoned collector who might have the odd duplicate to spare. Simply sign up on www.azerothadoptionagency.com to opt into the adoptions.


They also host regular events, games and giveaways, often with rare pets to catch! One of those events is the main reason for my news entry:
On 13th of August, A3 will host their summer event Fowl Play with lots of chicken-themed games and giveaways to win, well, chicken pets of course!
Up for grabs are level 25 Ancona Chickens, Bush Chickens and even the rare TCG Rocket Chicken.



During the event, there will also be a series of summer giveaways across the A3 network (Blog, Discord, Newsletter, and Twitter) for various other pets including Blizzard Store pets.

I highly recommend to check it out, and good luck if you’re participating in any of the giveaways :-)



07/09/2017 - A glimpse of Xu-Fu 2.0

Today I'm proud to announce a new section on wow-petguide.com: Tools!

Replacing the Home button, this new section will host a growing number of helping hands for anything pet related.
For the launch there are already two available, which I want to introduce briefly:

- Pet Collection Viewer
One of the features coming with Xu-Fu 2.0 is a much better pet import. And while at it, I decided to spend some time in a nicer display of your pet collection. As it turns out, it's also a wonderful standalone tool! You can enter character details and will get a nice view of the pet collection with plenty of utility (that's currently missing from the armory *cough*) like a quick search and filters that can be combined any way you like.

- Magpie
This amazing tool created by Morazor is not exactly new, but found a new home here. It offers plenty of utility around your pet collection and the auction house. For example it can tell you how lucrative your duplicate pets could be. Or you can have it check for bargains on one realm to sell for a profit on another. Or perhaps you want to set up an alert to notify you when a specific pet is available? This and more is easily done with Magpie :-)


Please go ahead and try them out. Write us what you think of them or if you run into any issues.

Or perhaps you have a good idea for another tool that you miss? Let us know!



07/01/2017 - ¡Hola

I am very pleased to announce the release of the fifth language Xu-Fu is localized to: Spanish!

With more than 400 million native speakers in the world - more than English, it is an immensely welcome addition to the page.

I want to express a big thank you to Darlan for taking on this task and making pet guides even more accessible across the globe.



06/11/2017 - A quick development update

Wow, time flies! Right before 7.2.5 lands, I want to take the time and give a quick update on the development of Xu-Fu 2.0!
I hinted towards it last year already (in this blog post), and now I'm slowly reaching the point were things will become real.

This first big release contains many features that all need to be in place together to make sense.
None of them work without the others, and of course they should work properly and reliable, which are the reasons why I'm taking my time with them.

So here's the current plan and status:

Item
Status
User Registration and LoginDone
Login with Battle.netDone
Personal profile pageDone
Settings (email / pw change etc.)Done
Selectable user icons (including character pics)Done
Automatic import of pet collection90%
Comment system rework60%
Messaging system0%
Notification system revamp0%
Login screen with recent activities0%
=== Xu-Fu 2.0 Release ===

Once all that is done and live, I can add more features on top of it one by one. There won't be any need to bundle them up anymore, and I hope to have smaller things done and live in much shorter turnarounds.

Here's what I'm planning for after 2.0:

  • Updating pet lists for each section to check against user collections
  • Revamp of the battle tables: favourite, upvote/downvote, breeds, new rematch version
  • Revamp of the alternatives: clever sorting, show strategies you have the pets for first
  • Utilities Section: Helpful tools for battling and collecting
  • Interface for users to upload their own strategies
  • Perhaps partnering up with other community pages or apps?
  • Any other crazy stuff! Maybe a reputation system? Roles/titles? A pet achievement helper?


Wow-petguide.com is definitely the largest project I've ever started and worked on, and even though it eats up my spare time like nothing, it's incredible fun and engaging. I am indeed very proud and happy to see it growing.
The best of all are the helping hands and encouraging comments from our little pet community. That's the fuel that keeps me going and makes me push forward :-)
Thank you!



06/06/2017 - Deadmines guide live!

Not much time left until patch 7.2.5 it seems, meaning it is definitely time to prepare for the new pet battle dungeon: The Deadmines!

Xu-Fu's guide section is up now and follows the same pattern as Wailing Critters.
Check out the required pets and guides here!



05/28/2017 - TD Battle Pet Script

Today I would like to introduce a small but powerful new addition to Xu-Fu's guides: Scripts for TD BattlePetScript.

A little introduction first: tdBattlePetScript is a fantastic addon created by Idz5 for speeding up PVE pet battles, and removing the element of human error from repetitive battles.
With it you can create scripts for specific pet battle teams, which will allow you to run the fight by pressing a single hotkey each round. These scripts can be as simple as directing a pet to use a certain attack each round, or as complex as choosing which ability to use with which pet, based on a number of conditions a battler might face.

Getting Started
The first thing you’ll need to do is download the addon. There are two versions, a standalone and one that integrates into Rematch, which is highly recommended!

Once installed, open your pet journal and select a pre-made team. Right-click on the team name in the Teams list, and select “Write Script” this will open the script editor.
On every strategy page here where a script is provided, you will see the TD Script button in the battle table header as shown in the screenshot. Click the button, then copy the script into your addon, and get ready to battle!

In Battle
Once you’ve started a battle with the intended target of the script, left-click the Vs icon at the top of the pet battle screen. This will open the script selector. Here, select “Rematch” and it will load the script you’ve saved for this team.
Now, all you have to do is press your “Auto” hotkey (A by default) each round to run your script. As a special note, this addon does not automate the fights! You must press the button each round you wish your pet to take action.

A huge thanks to SimianRex who spent a lot of time creating the scripts and adding them to the respective fight here!

Give it a try and if you run into any issues, we're happy to help :-)



05/08/2017 - And the winners are ...

...selected!

Thank you to everyone who participated, wrote a comment, sent a like or made a compliment. It means a lot! You guys are the best!

The screenshots however, were maybe a little bit too easy ;-)
The locations in question are indeed the Warsong Hold in Borean Tundra for the Horde:



And for the Alliance, it is Lor'danel in Darkshore:



Next time, it will be close-ups of smudgy textures :P
But the most important information is still missing of course, the names of the two winners!
After collecting all names, I did an online dice roll and here is the result:

  • Horde: Jaydub

  • Alliance: Henashka

Big congratulations! I'll get in touch with you via email, and another huge thank you to everyone else who took part.
There will always be a next time! :-)



04/30/2017 - Happy Birthday Xu-Fu!

It's two years already and today we're celebrating Xu-Fu's second anniversary!

In the last year, pet battles saw an immense amount of content, and wow-petguide.com a surge of activity with it! It has been an amazing ride so far and I can only guess what's still to come. And it is all thanks to you! Thank you for visiting, for leaving comments, suggesting improvements, and for simply being an amazing community. I am very happy to be a part of it.

But speaking of giving - in many cultures around the world it is customary for the birthday child to give away some presents.
And today I am giving away a Gryphon Hatchling and a Windrider Cub plush, each of course accompanied by their in-game code to receive them as a battle pet as well.

A big thank you to Blizzards Community Management who sponsored the two plushies for this occasion!





How can you get one of those little cuties?

It's a competition ;-) You have to identify in what area the below images were taken.
They are small sections out of two different screenshots. One was taken in an Alliance settlement, the other in a Horde settlement.
You can only guess for one picture, and if you get it right, or at least close by, you have the chance for the corresponding plush!

AllianceHorde

Rules of the game:

  • Leave a comment with your guess, only comments on this blog entry will be taken into consideration
  • You have to choose one faction! Please make clear in your comment which one you are aiming for
  • Add your email address so I can contact you in case you win!
  • If multiple people guess correctly, a /random roll will decide
  • If no one guessed correctly, the one with the closest ingame location will win.

The competition will end 08:00 PST on May 8th (in exactly one week) and I will announce the two winners directly after :-)

Best of luck and a great May 1th to you all!
Aranesh



04/22/2017 - The Move of the Falcosaur

Thanks to the huge effort of Jagûar, the Falcosaur Team Rumble quests have found their way into Xu-Fu's guides some time ago already.

Now they also found their own, separated space in the form of their own category :-)
If you are on the Falcosaur quest chain you will ultimetely end up with their individual pet battle quest challenges, and the more than 150 different strategies listed here will hopefully make it a breeze for you!



04/14/2017 - Another Pet Dungeon, already! Hooray!

It appears the uptake of Wailing Caverns and the feedback have convinced our beloved pet battle developers to give the dungeons another shot! o/

And this time, we are heading into the Deadmines! I'm quite excited because that was my very first thought when I pondered other dungeons to revisit. But it's also rather obvious, with Deadmines being sort of the Alliance equivalent of the close-to-Orgrimmar Wailing Caverns.

The dungeon is already up on the PTR and you can go test it out to your hearts content.
Just like with Wailing Caverns, here's a little preview from my side:

The quest to start the dungeon is again given in Dalarans pet shop and sends you straight to the Deadmines where Marcus "Bagman" Brown awaits you, ready to take you to the scenario. A noteworthy addition, the initial quest now also hints towards the teleport option from Dalaran, which unlocks after the first playthrough.



Thanks to his minecart expertise, we are starting out about halfway through the regular dungeon, at the big foundry, where the Junk Reaper 500 awaits us, an epic quality mechanical boss pet. He hits hard for a first encounter, but with one or two strong Elemental pets doesn't last too long.



Next up we get a glimpse at the dead side of the Deadmines, by fighting a very unfortunate Defias - a floating skull - and a Geode that became sentient, and angry. Both fights are against green quality pets with white backline rats, nothing a few critters can't handle.



It seems the Defias not only worked their own people to death, they also resorted to animal work! This whole place is such a tragedy...
Luckily for us, we only need to defeat one Mining Monkey who will then obey and open the door for us - old school using a cannon!



Following this, we are climbing up the pirate hierarchy and meet "Captain" Klutz. He's a big baddy who stuns your pet and heals himself. Enter team Undead ;-)



Defeating him riles up his crew of piratey pets: Klutz's Battle Rat, Klutz's Battle Monkey and Klutz's Battle Bird. (yes, I forgot to take a picture of the monkey -.-)



Once this ordeal is over, we are finally facing the evil that has taken hold of this place, but not before a small roleplay encounter, watch the cool exit! ;-)



All in all, the dungeon is very similar to Wailing Critters in terms of length and difficulty. However the fights are much more varied and I had a lot of fun going through it.

What do you think of it so far? :-)





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