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Patch 4.1: Guild Challenges
Blizzard released an official preview of the guild challenges found on test realms earlier this week.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
In addition to updating Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman for level-85 players, we're also excited about another patch 4.1 feature: Guild Challenges. Built into the Info panel of the guild user interface, Guild Challenges will be weekly tasks guild groups can tackle for additional guild experience, achievements, and gold.

This feature has been designed and implemented to be quite simple. At the top of the guild user interface Info pane, a new Guild Challenges section will be displayed and broken into three categories: Dungeons, Raids, and Rated Battlegrounds. Any guild group will qualify for Guild Challenges credit and there is a set number of times each challenge can be completed per week. There’s no need to add a quest to your Quest Log or anything of that nature. Just grab a guild group eligible for any of the challenges and go.

Completing a Guild Challenge will result in a popup to confirm credit has been awarded, similar to achievement popups (or “toasts”). The participating guild members will then earn experience for their guild. In addition, a gold reward will be deposited directly to the Guild Vault. The gold and experience rewarded varies for each challenge type, but you won’t have to worry about receiving reduced rewards if, say, you happen to be in a guild group that completes a raid or dungeon on normal difficulty. Since there is a limited number of times each challenge type can be completed per week, we want to make sure guilds don’t feel set back if a guild group of level-18 players receives credit for completing Deadmines, versus a level-85 guild group completing Heroic Deadmines. The same applies to normal and Heroic difficulty raid progression. Provided the content is level-appropriate for your guild group, you’ll earn experience and gold for your guild.

To earn Guild Dungeon Challenge credit, the 5-player party must be composed of at least 3 guild members. Raid and Rated Battleground Challenges require that 8 out of 10 players be guild members, while 20 guild members are required to earn credit for 25-player raids. To earn gold for Guild Challenge rewards, a guild must be level 5 or higher and the participating members must have earned honored reputation with the guild. For example, 3 out of 5 guild members in a 5-player party must be honored to earn gold for the guild. If those three guild members have only reached friendly reputation, they would still receive credit and earn guild experience, but the guild would not receive gold.

So, let’s say your guild has been regularly hitting the daily experience cap. You might be wondering how beneficial it’d be to do Guild Challenges. Well wonder no more, amigos: Guild Challenges award guild experience above the cap. Think of it like rested experience. The guild experience cap will extend itself relative to the guild experience earned by completing these challenges. It’s a great way to get an extra edge on your guild leveling! Not only that, if your guild reaches the level cap, continuing to partake in Guild Challenges will yield a much more substantial sum of gold deposited directly into the Guild Vault.

We’re very happy with Guild Challenges and feel that they’re a fun way to continue expanding upon all of the new guild features added in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Your feedback regarding this system is always appreciated, as you can be sure we’ll be looking for ways to beef it up in future patches.


Update - Patch 4.0.6 Hotfixes - March 29
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
March 25 - March 29
Dungeons & Raids
The Bastion of Twilight
  • A bug has been fixed that could cause Flame Strike during the Ascendant Council encounter (Heroic difficulty) to target an existing fire patch, instead of creating a new one.

Guilds
  • The guild perk “Have Group, Will Travel” no longer allows players to summon guild mates inside dungeons, raids, Battlegrounds, or Tol Barad when the battle is in progress. It will also not function while the player is on any transport.

Quests & Creatures
Uldum
  • Hostile NPCs are no longer present at the Temple of Uldum once the cutscene from picking up "Harrison Jones and the Temple of Uldum" finishes playing.

Ensidia is Awesome
Don't blame me for the title, that's what the game said! Ensidia was the first guild in the world to complete the I Can't Hear You Over the Sound of How Awesome I Am achievement! Congratulations to them!



Rogers (Canadian ISP) admits throttling World of Warcraft
ArsTechnica has a very interesting article about how Rogers has been throttling traffic from WoW for the past few weeks. According to the reply from Rogers (pasted below), the problem might not be fixed before June.

"Our tests have determined that there is a problem with our traffic management equipment that can interfere with World of Warcraft," said Rogers. "We have been in contact with the game manufacturer and we have been working with our equipment supplier to overcome this problem.

"We recently introduced a software modification to solve the problems our customers are experiencing with World of Warcraft. However, there have been recent changes to the game, which has created new problems. A second software modification to address these new issues will not be ready until June."


Read the full article on ArsTechnica.com


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Word of Glory 20sec cooldown in Patch 4.1
I recently spoke to the devs about this, and their direction on it has not changed. We want Ret to be able to heal. However, if a Ret paladin is healing so often that a 20 second cooldown is a constraint, then that Ret paladin is spending too many GCDs healing. Spending a lot of GCDs on heals isn’t what we want a DPS spec to be doing.

We’d rather it be a big heal that is used infrequently, than a small heal that is only makes a difference to you if you give a lot of your GCDs to it. (Source)

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Holy Word: Sanctuary
I had a talk with the devs about this very issue yesterday, and they are well aware of this subject, and tend to agree with those of us (one of my mains is a holy priest) who have noticed that Sanctuary could do with a buff.

There are two things that have to be dealt with here: 1) Holy priest AE healing is pretty decent as-is, and 2) we don’t want Sanctuary to be so similar to Healing Rain.

Again, the devs agree that a modest buff is a fair solution, although it is hard to know when or by what magnitude such a buff might come along. (Source)

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
Unstable Affliction Dispell Penalty
We think the silence from dispelling Unstable Affliction is sufficiently punitive, but the damage may be too low currently - - that it isn’t scary enough to make it a decision to dispel or not.

In general, it’s not our goal to offer dispel protection for every dot or hot out there, but Unstable Affliction is a spell and mechanic we like and we want to make sure it’s doing its job. Maybe a damage bump would be enough, but in any case it's an ability we're looking at. (Source)
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  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by un_known View Post
    and big grats to Ensidia, last time they fell out of the world first kill competition and came back to get an awesome achievement was world first Tribute to insanity (can't remember if they did WF dedicated after as well.... )
    They got world first for H LK 25 (I believe), but had it taken away due to use of an exploit.
  1. Mnementh's Avatar
    Ehh I use Rogers internet (their highest offered service) and I don't notice any throttling or at least haven't had any issues in game.
  1. Aerisot's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lynix View Post
    Meh to the achieve.
    Meh to Challenges
    Meh to something in canada that doesn't effect me
    Meh to class changes, I don't really play anymore and wont till they make the game more exciting outside of raiding.

    All in all meh.

    Think I'm finally getting over wow.
    And yet...here you are...
  1. RogersElise's Avatar
    Hi all. I am Elise with Rogers. I wanted to bring some more clarifications about the issues some of our customers are encountering while playing WoW.

    What we know today is that there is a problem with our traffic management equipment that is inadvertently slowing the game for some customers. While we have fixed some issues with a software modification, new problems have emerged that we expect will be addressed with a second software update in June.

    We believe the problem occurs when P2P is running while simultaneously playing the game. If you are experiencing problems we suggest you turn off the peer to peer setting within the WoW game and ensure no other P2P file sharing applications are running while playing WoW. WoW does use P2P for software updates, but with this setting changed you should continue to automatically receive software updates through other methods.

    This is only a temporary solution. We continue to work closely with the game manufacturer and our equipment supplier to help resolve this issue as soon as possible.

    Finally, if any of you has issues with Rogers, you can reach me directly on Twitter - RogersElise - or via PM on this board and I'll see if I can help.
  1. Edulis's Avatar
    Amazing achievement, grats to them for getting it.
  1. RandomZero's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RogersElise View Post
    Hi all. I am Elise with Rogers. I wanted to bring some more clarifications about the issues some of our customers are encountering while playing WoW.

    What we know today is that there is a problem with our traffic management equipment that is inadvertently slowing the game for some customers. While we have fixed some issues with a software modification, new problems have emerged that we expect will be addressed with a second software update in June.

    We believe the problem occurs when P2P is running while simultaneously playing the game. If you are experiencing problems we suggest you turn off the peer to peer setting within the WoW game and ensure no other P2P file sharing applications are running while playing WoW. WoW does use P2P for software updates, but with this setting changed you should continue to automatically receive software updates through other methods.

    This is only a temporary solution. We continue to work closely with the game manufacturer and our equipment supplier to help resolve this issue as soon as possible.

    Finally, if any of you has issues with Rogers, you can reach me directly on Twitter - RogersElise - or via PM on this board and I'll see if I can help.
    It's cute how Rogers has scripting to post on various forums and in comments for this issue. Too bad that it, once again, is full of lies. Ressy has posted the followup complaint, but here's the gist:
    Rogers DPI isn't just targeting connections that utilize P2P, but seemingly targeting random people and throttling them. Not even just on WoW, but on many other games and applications.
    Rogers took months to even address the issue (a PR guy was the first to say something about it, but everyone else in the entire company denied it for months afterwards). After again months of begging from various users and "the game manufacturer", Rogers finally decided to contact them, less than a week before the response from the initial complaint was required.


    I'd tell Rogers employees where to shove it, but I'm sure it's already packed full at this point.
  1. gabbie1977's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RogersElise View Post
    Hi all. I am Elise with Rogers. I wanted to bring some more clarifications about the issues some of our customers are encountering while playing WoW.

    What we know today is that there is a problem with our traffic management equipment that is inadvertently slowing the game for some customers. While we have fixed some issues with a software modification, new problems have emerged that we expect will be addressed with a second software update in June.

    We believe the problem occurs when P2P is running while simultaneously playing the game. If you are experiencing problems we suggest you turn off the peer to peer setting within the WoW game and ensure no other P2P file sharing applications are running while playing WoW. WoW does use P2P for software updates, but with this setting changed you should continue to automatically receive software updates through other methods.

    This is only a temporary solution. We continue to work closely with the game manufacturer and our equipment supplier to help resolve this issue as soon as possible.

    Finally, if any of you has issues with Rogers, you can reach me directly on Twitter - RogersElise - or via PM on this board and I'll see if I can help.

    interesting how you would post on mmo champion, the geek meca of all & everything WoW.

    I am a customer of rogers, i called & made complaints of my service not working while i would torrent files ( while playing wow ). I was not out right laughed at but since teir 1 support at rogers could never help me, i was helpless with no where to go. On march 22 i was pleased to see the article & letter rogers wrote. On march 25 i cancelled my service with rogers. I have switched my VOIP to primus, 29.99$ + tax includes unlimited calling in north america, includes 16 calling features. On april 25'th m y internet access with Teksavvy will commence.

    After Rogers detected a problem affecting the game world of WoW, due to its client base multi million users, you would think they would put an instant stop on their IMTP until a fix was found but that is not the case.

    currently paying rogers 69.99$ + tax + 7$ for modem a month and teksavvy is giving me 15 mbps with 300 gig download 1 mbps upload for 42$ + tax.

    I am in london ontario. Now will rogers put a stop to this once and for all or do i have to continue to move all the remaining services i had with rogers? All i have left is my cell phone Blackberry 9700 & digital cable tv, i am prepared to pay all the cancellation charges needed to never deal with rogers again until this issue is taken care of. Bell has already spoken to me about switching over, i was offered a free HDMI pvr box if i switch, as long as i keep their service for a year.

    Going from 5 services with rogers to 0 services with rogers, we are talking thousands of $ per year just from me alone! that rogers will loose.
  1. namelessone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gabbie1977 View Post
    Going from 5 services with rogers to 0 services with rogers, we are talking thousands of $ per year just from me alone! that rogers will loose.
    Unfortunately, our big providers are notorious for making bad decisions that take years to fix. Most likely, if they see too many people switching to smaller providers - they will simply throttle those. Remember, all cooper phone wires in your walls are pretty much owned by Bell, any small company has to rent them on Bell's terms. Same goes with cable lines and Rogers.
  1. Fenixhart's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    They got world first for H LK 25 (I believe), but had it taken away due to use of an exploit.
    It was actually the Regular 25 man LK they got that happened for them.
  1. NaRa_'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vinhz View Post
    I think you fail at checking the requirements for the drake.
    I could have sworn it was apart of the required achievements to get the drake, obviously not

    http://www.wowhead.com/achievement=4853
  1. headhunter's Avatar
    gz to Ensidia
  1. redaxe's Avatar
    Three EU guilds now have it. http://www.guildox.com/go/g.asp?a=5313

    Grats to them all!
  1. powerstuck's Avatar
    Sorry to bump this, but currently most ISP are acting like P2P is illegal, which it is not. My own opinion to ISP would be...you provide the service we pay for...everything else is not your business. Now if Rogers and friends want to trottle us to send us a message which says : We do not like P2P, then pay a few hundred billions in lawsuits, bribe a judge so he can declare P2P is illegal and we all can switch back to a 9.95 per month basic internet service which will be more than enough with current infrastructure to do most of things we do on the internet...but then that makes you lose another bunch of billions of green bills...so chose your way or stop being stupid and taking your customers for dumbs.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by powerstuck View Post
    Sorry to bump this, but currently most ISP are acting like P2P is illegal, which it is not. My own opinion to ISP would be...you provide the service we pay for...everything else is not your business.
    P2P is not illegal, but the majority of traffic consists of pirated software, games, music, etc. In other words, an ISP has to consider the scope of its possible liability given the situation.

    Not only that, consider this: P2P is known to be an extreme bandwidth hog at times. How would a paying customer such as yourself feel if you were not getting what you paid for because some other person was basically downloading the Internet? You might be tempted to say, "build more infrastructure", but it's not that simple. The government can get away with doing stuff that doesn't pencil out financially, but any business that wants to stay in business can't. (ie. location, market size, regulations, and so on)

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