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Muffins Presents Cataclysm Part 1: Kalimdor
Muffins released a pretty nice video of the Beta servers and this should give you a pretty good idea of how things changed in Kalimdor after the Cataclysm.





Forums Requiring Authenticator Code
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker)
As a part of our ongoing dedication to account security, players who utilize authenticators on their account will now be asked to enter it upon their first time logging into the forums, and then periodically thereafter. By ensuring that, even if their account is compromised, without the attached authenticator their login credentials can’t be used. This additional security layer helps to better protect players in all services accessed by logging in with their account and password.

We’d like to urge all players who don’t already use one to please consider attaching an authenticator to help protect themselves and their accounts. Information on how to obtain an authenticator as well as additional account security information can be found at: http://www.battle.net/security/

BlizzCon 2010 Virtual Ticket Now On Sale
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Want to experience the panel discussions, tournaments, game-related announcements, and all the excitement of BlizzCon from the comfort of your own home? The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket multi-channel Internet stream is now available to order around the world for $39.95 USD (pricing may vary by region). In addition, new DIRECTV subscribers in the United States who sign up for DIRECTV service between now and September 24 through www.blizzard.directv.com will receive this year's BlizzCon Virtual Ticket coverage for free. Existing DIRECTV customers will be able to purchase the event on DIRECTV Pay Per View for $39.95 beginning October 9.

Anyone who orders the event will also receive this year's BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft in-game item. In addition, for the first time, BlizzCon 2010 Virtual Ticket holders will have access to exclusive BlizzCon merchandise.

To order or learn more, visit the BlizzCon 2010 Internet stream or DIRECTV sign-up offer pages.

Blue posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Increased HP on Cataclysm creatures
The speed at which a green geared level 80 coming out of Northrend kills creatures in these zones is more in line with what we expect for and from combat times. Raid geared level 80s will still kill level 80 NPCs in under 10 seconds, but at least they will be able to fire off a few abilities before the creature is killed.

Furthermore, upon completion of the first series of quests in Hyjal or Vashj'ir, quest geared level 80 from Northrend should see a significant jump in power due to quest reward itemization. (Source)

Optional and Situational Talents
Exactly. This is the kind of thing a lot of players are going to have to get used to, and frankly, it's a paradigm shift we are still adjusting too as well. We want there to be some talents where you say "Hmmm. I'm not sure I want that." The "Hmmm" is key. If everyone can instantly can dismiss a given talent as garbage, then it's not a decision. It's also not a decision if you are comparing say Selfless Healer to a +10% self damage talent on a primary ability. (Source)

[...] There are going to be non-negotiable talents. We don't really want to make the Prot spec that skips Hammer of the Righteous to be competitive. We don't want every talent to feel like that though. (Source)

Glyphs on Beta
You'd be better off just ignoring glyphs completely at this point. Trying to view the talent changes through the lens of old glyphs is just going to lead to strange feedback. This is true of every class. We have turned off some glyphs in beta that really change gameplay to the extent that it will mess up feedback. Perhaps we should just turn them all off until we work on glyphs. (Source)

Tanks Stamina curves
Since I am sure it will be asked based on that info, paladins and warriors have the same Stamina curves now. A naked warrior and paladin of the same race will have the same health at 85. Both Protection trees get the same amount of Stamina as a passive. That number will likely be something like 10 or 15% Stamina depending on tuning. (In our current build it is 15%.) In similar gear, their health should be very similar. We'll provide the differences in their cooldowns and how they tank. DKs and druids are likely to have different amounts of health as well.

Again, this could change. (Source)

Shield and Tanking Weapons Itemization
We are making two kinds of shield (healer and tank) and one-handed tanking weapons. We are trying to make all of the tanking weapons about the same speed (no slow vs. fast). With all of the changes, using a one-handed Str weapon might be a reasonable substitute in many cases. We might eventually decide to no longer make tanking weapons (since druids and DKs don't really have them) but we're still doing it for now. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / 3.3.5 Talent Calculator / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Crusader Strike
We have been trying Crusader Strike out at both 3 seconds and 4 seconds to see what fits the best. At the moment it is 3 sec (talented) for Ret and 4 sec for Prot and Holy. It all depends on how many other things are going on that you have to juggle. Inquisition, Zealotry and Exorcism and Divine Purpose procs in addition to the basics of CS, TV and Judgement with Holy Wrath filling in any holes can add up to a lot.

While we definitely want Ret to have an actual rotation in the sense that you aren't just hitting things when they come off of cooldown, we don't want to make it more complex than the other dps specs in the game. (Source)

Haste effect on Seal of Vengeance and Judgement of the Wise
Excellent question. It isn't a talent, but Seal of Truth (Seal of Vengeance) will tick faster with haste and Judgement of the Wise's periodic mana energize will tick faster with haste. A Ret paladin with enough haste might have enough mana to throw out the occasional Consecration, while a fresh 85 might not be able to afford it often. (Source)

Divine Guardian / Divine Protection
Divine Guardian doesn't affect the paladin. Otherwise we feared it would just get used as another tank cooldown instead of for the raid utility for which it was intended.

We're strongly considering changing Divine Protection into a short cooldown. It is currently a clone of Shield Wall. Considering the paladin 85 also offers strong emergency damage reduction, we thought they could use a short cooldown ability (say 30-60 sec). Shield Block for warriors is being repositioned more as a short cooldown ability. (Source)

Avenger's Shield
Avenger's Shield silences as a baseline effect. It no longer dazes, since all that seemed to accomplish was making pulling take longer. (Source)

Righteous Fury
Righteous Fury now affects all threat. (Source)

Holy Shield and Glyph of Salvation
I'm not optimistic that we'll keep the Salv glyph, but we'll see. As to Holy Shield, it is going through rapid iteration. Our current implementation has it providing 5% block per stack of Holy Power, up to a max of 15%. So you can use Holy Power for threat, healing or mitigation depending on current circumstances. You should be able to keep the 15% block up all the time with a very small amount of effort.

Warriors get 15% block baseline, so this means the paladin has to work harder for it. Seeing as how the paladin doesn't have to maintain Demo Shout or Thunderclap's debuff, this doesn't seem too great a burden. (Source)

Let Holy Wrath apply Vindication
This is, in fact, exactly what we did. (Source)

Is Paladin getting too complicated?
As a response to some of the sky falling rhetoric in this thread (not specifically the post I quoted, which was worded quite reasonably) and others like it, allow me to offer the following:

We have said many times in the past several months that we don't think paladins have enough going on. Now that we're starting to deliver on that, it doesn't surprise me at all to see some concern that things are changing. I'm sure there are some players out there that just really liked the 6969 rotation, but in a game as large as WoW, there are some players who like anything. We need to do what we think is right for the game, and that includes adding some depth to the paladin class. Our goal is to make the class more fun. We don't expect every forum poster is going to 100% agree that we're going about that in the same way they would. We think in the end though that the class will be more fun. (Source)

Holy Power: Will this get a new UI element similar to the Warlock shards or Rogue combo points?
Yes. (Source)

Touched by the Light
Prot paladins get it as a passive. It converts Str to spell power but does not affect healing. Part of what we're trying to do is get paladins to specialize more and be less capable of doing everything with one spec. (Source)

Word of Glory and Inquisition
All paladins can use the heal (Word of Glory) and the self-buff (Inquisition). Prot paladins have a talent to allow them to get a defensive use (Holy Shield). Proper use of Holy Power will distinguish a good paladin from a bad, but the system is far more forgiving than combo points. Consider that if you totally ignored Holy Shield you'd be giving up 15% block. Decent, but not life-threatening. (Source)
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  1. Girlyman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Baikalsan View Post
    An ignorant (since you don't know anything about German debit cards but still talk about the topic) troll calling someone with valid points an ignorant troll is........priceless
    I see what you did there.


    Quote Originally Posted by raw_toe View Post
    Just curious, how do you pay your monthly subscription fee for WoW? I can't imagine mailing them a check each month ><.
    Quote Originally Posted by Maerad View Post
    If I want to buy something online I use my direct debit, pay upfront, use paypal or - like I pay the wow fee - I just do it over the phone bill.
    Edit:
    Music from

    First video
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    2:24 -
    3:49 -
    6:20 - Two Steps From Hell - Protectors Of The Earth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlL_-5VfQJI

    Second
    0:00 -
    2:20 - Two Steps From Hell - Invincible
  1. Suzi's Avatar
    As soon one else mentioned I don't think you can go wrong with a prepaid credit card. You can't spend what you don't have so can't get in debt with it, but it's accepted wherever a credit card is. There are some fees, but they tend to be small and only when you purchase the card or when you're buying something (mine for ezample charges around 30p for every £10 spent). I've been using one for over a year and I've never had a problem buying anything from Blizzard, or anywhere else for that matter. I know you can get them in the UK, but more than likely they're available in other parts of Europe too.

    I actually came here though to quote this as no one seems to have picked up on it:
    Anyone who orders the event will also receive this year's BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft in-game item. In addition, for the first time, BlizzCon 2010 Virtual Ticket holders will have access to exclusive BlizzCon merchandise.
    The in-game item is no surprise, but exclusive BlizzCon merchandise is intriguing...
  1. Maerad's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lazertrooper View Post
    debit cards work as credit cards on the internet, either you are trolling, or you are ignorant, or debit cards in your country suck donkey ass.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lazertrooper View Post
    And is it my fault that people are retarded enough to give the same name to different things? And no, I'm not even from the US, and even our crappy debit cards can be used online.
    Please look up credit and debit card on wikipedia, two whole different systems. On a debit card the ammount gets charged right after the sale, the credit card does one huge charge per month. Then - the CC I had so far - had a montly fee I don't want to pay (after all I only need a debit card here to buy something at the store or get money), you were charged a HIGH fee for getting money at the cash terminal and even some transactions had a fee.

    WHEN I buy something online, I use my debit card - no need for a CC (usually). And I only buy things in the EU, not overseas, so I don't need a CC there either.

    And btw. I NEVER said I can't pay with it online - works fine in any EU land - it's just not a credit card, it's a different bank system in the EU.

    Quote Originally Posted by raw_toe View Post
    Just curious, how do you pay your monthly subscription fee for WoW? I can't imagine mailing them a check each month ><.
    anyway, your best option is going to be to get a friend with a card to just buy the authenticator for you. It's not that expensive, pay them in cash and get them a beer for their trouble.
    Dude ...

    [ ] I did read the previous post.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maerad View Post
    We just don't need a credit card here. If I want to buy something online I use my direct debit, pay upfront, use paypal or - like I pay the wow fee - I just do it over the phone bill.
    And the friend thing won't work, because of all ppl I know here (nope, not a social standalone ) NOBODY got a CC.

    Quote Originally Posted by Taiki420 View Post
    The solution here would be... to get a credit card.
    I like how all of you keep claiming that such a low percentage of Europeans have credit cards, as if that is keeping you from getting one yourself.
    As I said before, you don't need a CC here and I don't want to get one for just one payment. You have to give a fuckload of information to you CC giver and I don't want to pay the monthly fee etc.

    Would you get a CC, give all the information away, pay the transaction and monthly fees etc. pp. if you just wanna buy an auth for 6.99 €? (Remember, you don't need a CC in the european union)

    Quote Originally Posted by foogy View Post
    I find it strange that not more people have credit cards nowadays. [..] I live in Norway, so being a regular customer in Sweden and Denmark is a standard, and I've never been denied using my Visa. So maybe you should stop including Europe in your crusade against credit cards. Everyone I know owns a Visa.
    You got me wrong there - I NEVER said CC sucks or something like that. CC are fine and you can use them in the european union, but you DON'T need them here. Everyone in the EU got a debit card and can pay with it online and in other states of the EU. The best is - it's charged directly of your account and usually no monthly / transaction fee. And it's accepted almost everywhere. So WHY should I get a credit card with all of it's downsites (in respect to the debit card I already have - has upsides too, no flame here )?

    And may I remember you that Norway is NOT a part of the european union and so not in our banking system? Guess you can't buy anything in sweden or denmark with your debit card. That's why your country uses credit cards (world wide system) and should have a way better conditions to get one.

    I NEVER said anything aginst credit cards, I was complaining about their lack of payment options - it's just blizzard and their stupid shop. I can pay my monthly fee by direct debit off my account, wire transfer, paypal, per phone bill etc. - why can't I use those options in their shop? And for the "why not get a cc then" just read the stuff I wrote above ...
  1. Uncle Nich's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by [b View Post
    I NEVER said anything aginst credit cards, I was complaining about their lack of payment options - it's just blizzard and their stupid shop. I can pay my monthly fee by direct debit off my account, wire transfer, paypal, per phone bill etc. - why can't I use those options in their shop? And for the "why not get a cc then" just read the stuff I wrote above ...[/b]
    There are just two options for you chap. Get a credit card or quit complaining.
  1. Gak32's Avatar
    Just got to read this post, and I have a couple concerns with the way they're changing Prot Paladins at the moment.

    1 - they're taking away the daze from Avenger's Shield, which I LOVE for PvE, but I really hope they add a Glyph to add the daze affect back. I like to PvP from time to time as Prot and that daze has been quite helpful there

    2 - I don't really understand the design decision with block, comparing Warriors to Paladins. The post said Warriors would get 15% passive, but Paladins need to generate 3 charges of Holy Power and use Holy Shield to get that. Didn't they say Paladins would be blocking more often, and Warriors would be blocking more at a time (allbeit randomly)? Would have thought the 2 classes would be at least on par with each other on block, if not Paladins having more than Warriors.
  1. Wizball's Avatar
    I had to register to combat some of the stupid in this thread.

    The statement "you need a credit card to order an authenticator" is WRONG. It's not a valid starting point for a discussion.

    You need a card, debit or credit, marked "VISA" or "MasterCard". Now, in Europe credit cards are not common. DEBIT cards with one of those options are VERY common. I know some countries, mainly UK, got fooled by your banks into getting a domestic variant which nobody else is using but that situation is being rectified. In Sweden however, debit cards with VISA or MC attached are used by a good 90% of the population. Among my friends, the number is 100%. Everyone I know has at least one card which can be used to buy an authenticator (or order other stuff online).

    And, Norwegians with a VISA debit card can use that in 97% of shops in Sweden, so foogy is correct.
  1. Maerad's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wizball View Post
    The statement "you need a credit card to order an authenticator" is WRONG. It's not a valid starting point for a discussion.

    You need a card, debit or credit, marked "VISA" or "MasterCard". Now, in Europe credit cards are not common. DEBIT cards with one of those options are VERY common. I know some countries, mainly UK, got fooled by your banks into getting a domestic variant which nobody else is using but that situation is being rectified. In Sweden however, debit cards with VISA or MC attached are used by a good 90% of the population. Among my friends, the number is 100%. Everyone I know has at least one card which can be used to buy an authenticator (or order other stuff online).
    And, Norwegians with a VISA debit card can use that in 97% of shops in Sweden, so foogy is correct.
    First of all, you misunderstood me - if there is a VISA or Mastercard logo on it, it goes with the international credit card insitutes by that name. Of course he can buy something with that. I meant with his national debit card system without the visa/mastercard (if there even is one).

    I'm talking (mostly) about germany here - we got a national debit card system called "electonic cash" with an additional Maestro system so we can pay something outside germany. This is the standard here, because it's cheaper and your not charged for transactions and in most cases you don't have a monthly fee to pay. I can pay with it online over the "lastschrift" system (direct debit?) or some other ways. But it's not a credit card or has that function. That should be the same within the EU (at least I know for france and austria).

    My main problem is, that even with a prepaid CC I have to give some info away, are bound to a contract for at least one year, have to pay a yearly/monthly fee for it and they charge the transactions I do. (cheapest I found was 25 € / year).

    So for one auth. for 6.99€ I have to pay the damn fee etc.? Actually I don't need a credit card here anyway, so that's why I'm so pissed about it. Tell me WHY they offer tons of payment options for the montly wow fee but only the cards in their shop? I WANT to use one, but there is just no other way to get one next to the damn store.
  1. killaklown's Avatar
    /Signs list of adults without credit cards.. 21 Here.

    They should include an authenticator with a cataclysm/deathwing design with the collector edition of cataclysm.
  1. Calaba's Avatar
    As others have said, this business with needing to put an authenticator key to use the forums is a pretty stupid idea.

    The trouble is, that many / all hacked accounts nowadays are done by the hacker putting a fake authenticator on the account. This prevents the actual account holder from accessing the account, thus allowing the hacker to clear everything out, un-interrupted. Preventing people from posting on the support forums, then, is a pretty bad idea.

    And yeh, this would be why authenticators sell pretty well... no it's not some conspiracy, this is actually how accounts get hacked nowadays.
  1. Sworded's Avatar
    so much misinformation in this thread, and also bizarrely heated arguments about.. finance.

    +1 to all the clowns who've helped create this beauty

    personal highlight was when some guy started ripping on someone else's country's banking system. pro
  1. Zonned's Avatar
    I want to know what the bonus item is before I commit to this.
  1. GaRReTT2k's Avatar
    who wants to pay for PPV?
  1. Logicknot's Avatar
    Those videos were awesome. makes me want to change to horde seeing that they are kicking ass in kalimdor. But then again that arch druid with the tornado seem pretty pissed.
  1. TubbiestPack HD's Avatar
    Muffins <3
  1. Lirrachus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by one_entity View Post
    Wonder what the ingame item will be, hope not another pet, already got over a 100 of them.... Hope it'll be something awesome like the murloc suit couple years ago.
    If you havn't read the MMO post already its the Deathchin murloc, Deathy, yes another pet but im not complaining it looks awesome
  1. mykro9's Avatar
    So, I got the Blizzcon Virtual Ticket. But it says that you won't get your code for 'Deathy' until 6 to 8 WEEKS!!!! after the event????? Is this normal?

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