MMO-Champion - November 23 Hotfixes, Setup of the Month, Atlasloot v6
Patch 4.0.3a Hotfixes - November 24
More hotfixes! So many more hotfixes!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
November 24
  • Players should now be able to champion a capital city and earn reputation in Heroic and normal Wrath of the Lich King dungeons while wearing that city's tabard.
  • Players are no longer required to discover Wrath of the Lich King dungeons before accessing them via Looking For Dungeon.
  • Players should no longer be interrupted when eating or drinking in a Battleground before the battle starts.
  • Many former Steamwheedle Goblins have switched over to the Gadgetzan faction. If a players happens to be "At War" with these NPCs, they will no longer attack in many areas.
  • Collision has been removed from Argent Tournament banners so they can no longer block players.
  • The door to the Alliance Keep in Isle of Conquest should again be closed at the beginning of the battle.
  • Creatures spawned during the Hadronox encounter no longer award reputation.
  • After changing races to tauren and learning the Sunwalker Kodo mounts, they continue to remain available after porting, zoning, and relogging.
  • Trapjaw Rix no longer has a duplicate manifestation standing on top of himself.
  • Players can no longer catch new high-level fish when fishing near level 80-85 zones unless the account is upgraded to Cataclysm.

Classes
Death Knight (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Death Strike now properly heals for 20% of the damage taken within the last 5 seconds, and Blood Presence now increases armor contribution from items by 30%, down from 60%.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The heal from Gift of the Earth Mother when the druid casts Rejuvenate is now gaining the correct benefit from Improved Rejuvenate.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Flame Orb will no longer attack PvP-flagged enemies unless the mage is already flagged for PvP combat.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • The Empowered Shadow buff is no longer granted when a player cancels the Shadow Orb buff. Mind Blast correctly removes the Shadow Orb buff and grants Empowered Shadow.
  • The Glyph of Shadow Word: Death no longer provides the outdated 10% bonus damage to targets under 25% health when Shadow Word: Death is cast.

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Bane of Havoc no longer persists when overwritten by another Bane.

Quests
  • The quest "Reinforcements from Theramore" can now be obtained by Alliance players.
  • Players no longer keep the invisibility aura and the Hunting buff after logging out while in the wolf vehicle on the quest "The Wolf and the Kodo".
  • The quest "Diplomacy By Another Means" no longer auto-completes in the field.
  • The spawn rate for Frostmane Scavengers in Dun Morogh has been substantially increased.
  • Obtaining the achievement for completing quests in Silverpine now requires 55 quests, down from 60. The interface will still list it as 60 required quests until a client-side patch is applied.
  • Players should no longer get stuck in a phased state when attempting to complete the quest "To the Rescue!"
  • Players are now able to complete the quest “Uther’s Blessing” by using the item Chillwind Tribute at Uther’s Tomb.
  • Horde players are no longer able to obtain the Stormpike Insignia Rank 2 from Lieutenant Haggerdin while on the quest "Infiltration".
  • Experience granted by quests in Arathi Highlands has been increased.


Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
Things are starting to get better on MMO-Champion and it's time for a new feature on the front page! Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, the lovely chaud will work on a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

Lowest-End and Lower-End

Component Lowest-End Lower-End
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $39NZXT GAMMA Classic - $39
Power SupplyOCZ ModXStream Pro 500W - $59Corsair 650TX - $79
CPUAMD Athlon II X4 630 AM3 - $79AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $144
MotherboardGIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 - $95GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 - $131
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $524GB CORSAIR XMS3 4GB 10666 DDR3 - $79
Graphics CardXFX 5770 - $139XFX 6850 or EVGA GTX 460 - $199
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB - $46SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $65
MonitorASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen - $167ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $212
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $20Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $20
MouseLogitech G500 - $35Logitech G500 - $35
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $24Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $24
Total$778$1,050


Average and High-End

Component Average High End
CaseCooler Master Centurion 5 II - $51Cooler Master HAF932 - $99
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX - $79Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $139
CPUIntel i5-760 - $205Intel i7-930 - $271
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Xigmatek HDT-S1284 + the bracket) - $54
MotherboardASUS P7P55D-E - $149Asus Sabertooth X58 (5 Year Warranty) - $199
Memory4GB CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB 10666 DDR3 - $796GB Corsair DDR3 12800 - $106
Graphics CardXFX 6870 - $254XFX 5870 - $329
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $871.5TB Western Digital Green - $69
OCZ Vertex 2 100 GB (Review) - $249
-OR- Corsair Force 120GB (Review) - $229
MonitorDell E2311H 23-inch LED-backlit Widescreen - $299Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $556
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $65Razer Black Widow (Mechanical Keys) - $80
MouseRazer Deathadder - $40Razer Deathadder - $40
SpeakersCreative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $75
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $24Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $24
Total$1,408$2,210



Addons - AtlasLoot v6.00.00 Released
The latest version of AtlasLoot has been released and is now fully updated for Cataclysm.

Most importantly, the new Cataclysm client changed how items are stored in the client and you no longer have to wait for the item to be active on your server to have it displayed properly in AtlasLoot. The current version of Atlasloot should get you a decent list of most of the items you will get in the expansion and you should be able to check most of them in-game with the proper drop location, ability to try them out in the dress-up room, etc...

Download Links

v6.00.00 Changelog
  • Compatible with World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
  • Added support for Atlas 1.18.0
  • New Features: New loot browser, Quicklook revamp, Wishlist revamp, Heirlooms can now be viewed by lvl, button to switch between price and description
  • Added all new dungeon loot: Blackrock Caverns, Throne of the Tides, The Stonecore, Vortex Pinnacle, Lost City of Tol'vir, Grim Batol, Halls of Origination
  • Added all new faction rewards: Baradin's Wardens, Dragonmaw Clan, Hellscream's Reach, Ramkahen, The Earthen Ring, The Guardians of Hyjal, Therazane, Wildhammer Clan
  • Added the following factions into the Classic faction page: Darnassus, Exodar, Gilneas, Gnomeregan, Ironforge, Stormwind, Bilgewater Cartel, Darkspear Trolls, Orgrimmar, Silvermoon City, Thunder Bluff and Undercity
  • Added the following factions into the Wrath of the Lich King page: The Silver Covenant and The Sunreavers
  • Added Tier 11 sets
  • Added Lvl85 PvP sets
  • Added Daily Cooking rewards.
  • Added new Darkmoon Faire trinkets
  • Updated Crafting professions (Blacksmithing, Cooking, Engineering, First Aid, Jewelcrafting and Mining) with new Cataclsym recipes.
  • Updated events: Brewfest and Love is in the Air.
  • Reorganized Companions, Mounts and Tabard pages. All new Companions, Mounts and Tabards added.
  • New collection page - Transformation items.
  • Converted all PvP prices into the new Honor Point system.
  • Converted all Badge and Emblem gear into the new Justice Point system.
  • Tons of minor fixes and additions


This article was originally published in forum thread: November 23 Hotfixes, Setup of the Month, Atlasloot v6 started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 146 Comments
  1. Zephs's Avatar
    Just tried to do the Uther's Blessing quest where I'm supposed to put an item in front of his tomb. Still bugged.
  1. frott's Avatar
    Hi - hoping someone sees that the "lowest-end" computer doesn't cost anywhere near $778. Especially when you're paying $167 for a 22 inch monitor, and have some sort of weird preference with XFX graphics cards. $306/778 = 39% of your total cost in that lowest end portion are items that can be downgraded easily or different brands can be purchased at a discount.

    Also, without reading the replies of the thread I'm sure chaud is going to get reamed for having pretty poor "high end" decisions in terms of price / performance. Buying overpriced items just to force price ranges isn't good advice. $556 for a 24" monitor, regardless of the panel, is unnecessary at the high end. I'd understand if you were going for a massively sized/priced build, etc.

    $200 motherboard? Again, is this looking at performance or "frills" when you're looking at topend. This is another piece that you could gain equal if not more performance from a substantially cheaper purchase.

    Also I'd be very careful about recommending solid state hard drives that are cheaper. They have very short lifespans and issues when full. The reason intels are far more expensive is due to technology that increases the lifespan and performance as the drive is full. There have been a plague of rave reviews for SSD drives that are literally revoked after a few months when the performance doesn't match up and you realize how/why you paid discount prices for being a relatively early adopter.


    I'm not sure what the goal is with these lists... generate linking revenue via sponsors? Was this something generally in demand? I don't want to squabble about a few % gain for cost, but you've presented us with 4 price points that have arbitrarily different performances. You could compress the price points and lessen the performance differences a lot. You could also vastly increase the price differences and emphasize performance differences. The missing portion here is how each of these actually perform.

    For the intended audience you don't really mention where the performance gains/losses are coming from, or how well each will run various games. Perhaps you should present a benchmark of 4 or 5 games at various resolutions for each of your systems, but I assume you haven't actually built any of these so the "high and low" ends refers to, again, arbitrary price points. Usually when real hardware sites refer to these builds, they have scientific proof to back it up.

    Since this is a wow site, you should AT THE VERY LEAST be providing estimates on how well wow will run, which you'll quickly find, there is a plateau of gains from buying system. You literally will gain nothing in terms of performance increase from wow on an older system, for wow ALL FOUR OF THESE are high end systems, unless maybe you multitask while rendering graphics in the background.

    If your intention is just to put up a bunch of $$$ generating links to amazon, I guess that's one way to do it. But as you've said, this isn't a hardware site so I don't think you can post these sorts of misinformed lists without receiving criticism.




    It has been 100% stated on hardware sites across the board that the largest, most essential, upgrade you can make to your computer is investing in a solid state drive. If you take all 4 of those computers and run wow on it on a regular harddrive, you'll see roughly the same performance.

    But if you put an SSD in your $700 computer it will outperform your $2100 build without an SSD, and we're not talking about a few % here, we're talking about instant load times no matter the zone or the place, versus waiting to load.


    TLDR: people come to this site as an authority on WoW. I don't think it is appropriate to feature these clearly non-authoritative bits of advice. We've seen more in depth reviews over *UI MODS* for heaven's sake, rattling off computer parts costing $THOUSANDS should warrant more than that. When the atlas loot ui section underneath your recommendations has more detail, you should know something's wrong.
  1. Roflstompa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by talonp View Post
    Whoever this "chaud" is, he made some very bad choices on the top-end build. Granted, this is the only build I looked at, I'm sure the other three are equally as bad.

    Allow me to elaborate for you, Boub:

    Case: is fine.
    PSU: is overkill, but is relatively fine.
    CPU: The 930 is out-dated. The 950 can be had for the same (or lower) price, and is better,
    Cooling: I will give chaud credit here. He single-handedly picked the worst air cooling solution you could possibly get at that price point. If you don't want water, you have many other (much, much better) choices. Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Silver Arrow, etc. Or if you want a low profile closed-loop system for simple CPU cooling, something like a Corsair H50 or H70 would be perfect.
    Mobo: This one is debatable, but I'd much rather have an ASUS Rampage III Formula or something, many more features targeted to the gamer population, better board overall.
    Memory: That memory is absolute trash. 9 cas latency? Really? Those timings are horrendous. You can get kits for the same price or cheaper that have much, MUCH tighter timings-- like 6 or 7 CL.
    Video: This "high-end" build and you pick a HD 5870? What is the point of that? Drop another $150 and get a MUCH better card, a GTX 580.
    HDD: The Caviar Greens are alright but the Caviar Blacks are a couple dollars more and much better. This is a "high-end" rig afterall, isn't it?
    SSD: Wow, two decent SSDs. Got something right.

    I just hope someone with some money to blow doesn't see the system in the news post and goes out to Amazon and wastes their money on a sub-par system. If anyone here wants to actually get the best mileage out of their dollar and have much better performance, you can PM me here. Give me your budget and I'll walk you through a good build-- just please don't build anything you see on this news post.
    Hi I have about $3000 and i've pretty much decided on everything i want but was wondering what would be the best choice for memory and a cooling system thanks.
  1. SergiuLupascu's Avatar
    Cool idea giving us advices about desktops... I wanna see more of those.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Again, you aren't locked into buying that nice IPS panel, I just listed it as the highest end choice of monitor. Those SSDs are excellent choices and the Intel drives are just slow and behind now, hopefully G3 will be impressive. I am not sure what you want me to do in terms of performance, I clearly don't have all these setups to run benchmarks on and hardly any sites use WoW for benchmarking. Making up very rough performance numbers is something I am not comfortable with. XFX cards are the only ones that come with a lifetime warranty. You clearly don't have a SSD, as load times are not instant everywhere.
  1. The Troll Rogue's Avatar
    I'm thinking about buying one of these setups but i was curious if I would have to buy windows in addition to the setup.

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