Firelands Release Date and the future of NSUI

When a PvP season ends, you can bet that a new season isn’t that far off. Traditionally, that has always coincided with new raid content release as there’s always new gear and weapons for players to work their way towards. PvP and PvE progression has generally moved  up together at the same time.

With the end of season 9 on June 21st, I fully expect a 4.2 release around that time period plus or minus a week. Derevka made a good point that Blizzard may not release anything early July due to the July 4th weekend that’s also coming up. June 28th might be when Firelands hits the servers.

On the one hand, I don’t think we’ll be able to challenge Sinestra until 4.2 is out at the rate we’re going. On the other hand, I’m tired of the same 13 bosses over and over. We’ve been raid content starved for a while and it’s almost been 7 months since new raid content’s been released. 

On a sidenote, No Stock UI was a project I started a couple of years ago. My original vision was for it to be a location where people could go to read up on addons, user interfaces, design and maybe a bit of programming. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to live up to those expectations I set myself. I have to focus on my responsibilities here, on WoW Insider, on Enjin and with my guild which meant something had to get cut. I do think the blog idea has merit. Across the WoW blogosphere, I see occasional posts about layouts and how to configure certain addons. I do think a blog focused exclusively on the ways players interact with the game would be beneficial.

That being said, if anyone wants to completely take it over, get in touch with me. Ideally, you’re already an established blogger who has the work ethic and understands the efforts required when it comes to blogging consistently.

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About Matticus

Matticus is the founder of World of Matticus and Plus Heal. Read more of his columns at WoW Insider. League of Legends player. Caffeine enthusiast.


  1. In regards to NSUI, one thing you can do is to make it a PlusHeal feature where people can write up a blog post/article on one addon or compilation that really benefits healers and post it once per week, both on a feature page as well as in a thread on the UI/Mod Discussion forum. Considering how powerful the Enjin architecture is, NSUI can easily be its own page on the PlusHeal site and it might help us set up the necessary systems for further PlusHeal featured content. Plus it lets you crowdsource some of the writing effort so people who really enjoy the site can contribute more easily rather than sit sadly on the sidelines and watch it stagnate and die.

  2. Just no way 4.1 is coming out in June :-\ The PTR is littered with flagrant bugs. At least 5/7 bosses haven’t had a “bug free” test yet.

    I think the arena announcement is just a heads up to “hey, the arena season is going to end soon.”

    They were careful with their words “as soon as June 21st” – they did NOT say specifically “it will end on June 21st,” just that it’s “scheduled” that early.

  3. If you haven’t downed Sinestra, you can hardly be raid content starved. It probably isn’t helping that summer is here, since you wont find many people willing to push the last bit. Maybe switch to 10 man for a Sinestra kill?

    • That’s exactly what I mean. It’s just straight up attrition grinding at this point. With Nef, Cho’gall and so forth in the way, it’s hard enough to keep interest high enough to keep going.

    • We’re having those same issues. We aren’t even in Heroic modes, and we can only get Nef10 to ~25-29% on our best attempts. Part of it is that we’re a 2 night raiding guild, 4 hours a night, but we push while we’re there. Lately, though, people haven’t been pushing. It’s a little irritating. We need to find a way to motivate people, but we don’t want to be jerks.

      I hope Firelands does that for us.

  4. NSUI could still be a great site, even though WoW Insider has a few columns a week covering ui and mod topics I still find myself with a thirst for more.

    Maybe if there are a couple people who would like to contribute to keep things diverse, under the overall direction of someone more experienced. Perhaps three to four writers who are green and not quite ready to shoulder the burden on their own…

    Or get the UI savvy guys/gals to contribute stuff to PlusHeal… also a cool idea.

    *raises hand*

  5. Where does Conquest stand right now progression-wise? My 2-night 10 man guild is currently sitting at 6/13 HMs. We now are debating if we want to spend the next couple weeks farming those 6 bosses for more gear for Firelands or start working on a new boss (most likely ODS). Both have their advantages.

    We definitely plan to continue working on the T11 HMs once we’ve gotten through normal Firelands. It’s just this next week or 2 that we’re trying to figure out.

    • My 3-night 10 man guild was starting to get stuck in a similar place just a few weeks ago, and we’re definitely feeling the pressure.

      ODS is a simple next option, we used 4 healers and 2 tanks to eliminate the dangers of random mechanics or bad positioning. As long as players stay out of the middle when Toxitron is up, the fight can go very smoothly.

      The twin dragons in Bastion is now an easy fight to manage since the nerfs, we found our biggest issue was communication: making sure that whoever is going below knows where other dangerous abilities are up top.

      We found that the V&T and ODS kills were the motivational boost we needed. Now we have Conclave and Nefarian down – hopefully we can finish off Cho’gall and Sinestra in time.

    • After a frustrating couple of weeks in April, we’ve been humming along lately. We’ve been getting a new HM boss almost every week for the last few weeks. Last week was V&T. We’re debating between A)ODS or B)focusing more on farming the stuff we have down and messing around with HM Nef with any time we have left. We plan to go back to T11 even after Firelands is released and get to 13/13 eventually.

      I hesitate to work on Conclave because our time is so limited and the loot is so…random. Luckily we haven’t had many attendance or recruiting issues lately and we should be in a good place heading into Firelands.

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