MMO-Champion - Druid Fire Cat Form, Avengers of Hyjal / Valor Points Rewards, Setup of the Month
Druid Fire Cat Form - Fandral's Flamescythe
The premade druids on PTRs are now equipped with Fandral's Flamescythe (Majordomo Staghelm Loot - Firelands Raid) and players had a chance to test a very interesting feature of this weapon: the druid automatically changes into a fire cat when in combat!





Patch 4.2 - Updated Valor Points Rewards
Valor Points rewarded were updated in the latest build of Patch 4.2, names have been moved around, item models have changed, and most importantly a couple of stats were changed. Among other things, Relic items now have a Prismatic gem slot instead of a Red one.

See the updated list below, now with item screenshots.

Level Type Spec Slot Name Price
378ThrownMeleeThrownMorningstar Shard700 x
378ThrownMeleeThrownGiantslicer700 x
378ThrownTankThrownDeflecting Star700 x
378WandSpell DPSRangedTrail of Embers700 x
378WandSpell SpiritRangedScorchvine Wand700 x
378PlateMeleeWristGigantiform Bracers1,250 x
378PlateSpell SpiritWristBracers of Imperious Truths1,250 x
378PlateTankWristBracers of Regal Force1,250 x
378MailPhysical DPSWristBracers of Forked Lightning1,250 x
378MailSpell SpiritWristBracers of Misting Ash1,250 x
378LeatherMeleeWristFlamebinder Bracers1,250 x
378LeatherSpell SpiritWristSmolderskull Bindings1,250 x
378ClothSpell DPSWristEmberflame Bracers1,250 x
378ClothSpell SpiritWristFiresoul Wristguards1,250 x
378NeckMeleeNeckStoneheart Choker1,250 x
378NeckPhysical DPSNeckNecklace of Smoke Signals1,250 x
378NeckSpell DPSNeckAmulet of Burning Brilliance1,250 x
378NeckSpell SpiritNeckFiremind Pendant1,250 x
378NeckTankNeckStoneheart Necklace1,250 x
378FingerMeleeFingerSerrated Brimstone Signet1,250 x
378FingerPhysical DPSFingerSplintered Brimstone Seal1,250 x
378FingerSpell DPSFingerCrystalline Brimstone Ring1,250 x
378FingerSpell SpiritFingerSoothing Brimstone Circle1,250 x
378FingerTankFingerDeflecting Brimstone Band1,250 x
378RelicMeleeRelicRelic of the Elemental Lords1,250 x
378RelicPhysical DPSRelicCovenant of the Flame700 x
378RelicSpell DPSRelicSoulflame Vial700 x
378RelicSpell SpiritRelicSinged Plume of Aviana700 x
378RelicTankRelicDeathclutch Figurine700 x


Avengers of Hyjal - Updated Reputation Rewards
The Avengers of Hyjal reputation rewards now seem to be final and it's time for a recap! All the items now have screenshots and I also included prices and reputation requirements for each item.

Level Type Spec Slot NameFactionReputationPrice
391FingerMeleeFingerObsidian Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted500
391FingerPhysical DPSFingerViridian Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted500
391FingerSpell DPSFingerInfernal Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted500
391FingerSpell SpiritFingerQuicksilver Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted500
391FingerTankFingerAdamantine Signet of the AvengersAvengers of HyjalExalted500
378TrinketMeleeTrinketEssence of the Eternal FlameAvengers of HyjalRevered400
378TrinketPhysical DPSTrinketAncient Petrified SeedAvengers of HyjalRevered400
378TrinketSpellTrinketRune of ZethAvengers of HyjalRevered400
378TrinketSpell SpiritTrinketFiery QuintessenceAvengers of HyjalRevered400
378TrinketTankTrinketStay of ExecutionAvengers of HyjalRevered400
378PlateMeleeWaistCinch of the Flaming EmberAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378PlateSpell DPSWaistBelt of the Seven SealsAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378PlateTankWaistGirdle of the Indomitable FlameAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378MailPhysical DPSWaistFirearrow BeltAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378MailSpell DPSWaistFiremend CinchAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378LeatherPhysical DPSWaistFlamebinding GirdleAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378LeatherSpell DPSWaistFirescar SashAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378ClothSpell DPSWaistEmbereye BeltAvengers of HyjalHonored300
378BackMeleeBackBladed Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly250
378BackPhysical DPSBackSleek Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly250
378BackSpell DPSBackRippling Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly250
378BackSpell SpiritBackFlowing Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly250
378BackTankBackDurable Flamewrath CloakAvengers of HyjalFriendly250


Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
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!

This month
New SSDs are here, faster and more expensive than the current generation. Look for small price drops over the next few months as the last gen is put on sale. New AMD CPUs will be here in August or later, performance is still unknown.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date. If you experience problems after updating, roll back to the recommended Nvidia Drivers.

New to building your own computer? ArsTechnica recently released a nice guide for new builders (Part 2 and Part 3). They don't talk about it specifically, but Artic Silver 5 is standard for thermal compound, avoid using what came with your heatsink. Usually it is easier to connect the case headers when the motherboard is not in the case, provided the wires are long enough. She does mention a five hour build time, two hours seems more likely.

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!

Peripherals/Monitors

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen - $130ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $202
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $25Cyborg V.5 - $38
MouseLogitech MX518 - $45Logitech G500 - $54
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $306Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $499
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $65Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $74 ($110)
MouseRazer Deathadder - $45Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $69
SpeakersCreative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $70



Puppy and Dolphin

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $36NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36
Power SupplyCorsair Builder Series CX V2 500 - $60Corsair 650TX V2 - $80
CPUAMD Athlon II X4 640 AM3 - $100AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $112
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $30Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $30
MotherboardASUS M4A88TD-V EVO AM3 - AMD 880G - $110Asus AM3+ 880G M5A88-V EVO - $127
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $424GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $62
Graphics CardXFX 6770 - $130XFX 6850 or EVGA GTX 460 - $145/ $170
Hard DriveSAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $61SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $61
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26
Total$595$679 / $704


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn. SSDs are always optional.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $60Cooler Master HAF932 - $155
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $80Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $130
CPUIntel i5-2500k - $224Intel i7-2600k - $336
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $58Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $80
MotherboardASUS P8P67-M PRO - $147ASUS Z68 P8Z68-V PRO - $210
Memory4GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $628GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $106
Graphics CardXFX 6950 1GB OR EVGA GTX 560 Ti- $245 / $225XFX 6970 OR EVGA GTX 570 - $320 / $330
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $90Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $90
SSDCrucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $250
OR
OCZ 120 GB Agility 3 (Review) - $210
Intel 510 Series 120 GB (Review) - $285
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $270
DVDLite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $26
Total$972 - $1298$1663 - $1748
This article was originally published in forum thread: Druid Fire Cat Form, Avengers of Hyjal / Valor Points Rewards, Setup of the Month started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 187 Comments
  1. zearrow's Avatar
    ahhh this is a great tier for me. First in line for legendary in my guild, second in line for fire cat staff
  1. ultimar235's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketbear View Post
    Such a shame that it will only be used for trash and silly stuff. Trash polearm is better for a kitty druid.
    Nah if you look cool then your DPS increases, it's a well known fact.
  1. Eatme's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    The problem is with that staff, Its also amazing for hunters. And as there are almost no kitties left, and millions of hunters, I doubt anyone will see this. If they wanted it to be a kitty staff, surely they would have given it expertise. Waste of time IMO.
    You must be trolling ;P Expertise? That's like the worst stat for a cat druid that you can get ;P
  1. shenlong's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Memsie View Post
    So, err.

    The melee relic (ret paladins, dps dks) has 128 str, 83 crit, 86 haste and a prismatic socket.

    The str ranged (dps warriors) has 128 str, 81 expertise and 88 hit. No socket. I wonder where we get that 40 str that ret paladins and dps dks have to get from their relic.

    (And yes, I play a warrior. If that wasn't somehow completely obvious.)
    But you didn't complain for all the years when it was the other way around, right?

    Back before relics had slots, or further back, where relics didn't even have stats but only a buff to a single spell. Or back before there even were relics.
  1. DarkXale's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PHOENIXZERO View Post
    SSDs certainly offer a performance boost for your OS and some games (including WoW) but they're still in their "infancy" in terms of where the tech is at and the early adoption stage. I was heavily considering ordering one for the computer I built last month but I decided to hold off until the price vs GB vs performance ratios are a bit better, along with reliability.
    Unless you're looking at OCZ drives (or Sandforce 2 drives), SSDs in general are more reliable than HDDs. Intels SSDs are leagues ahead of everything in terms of reliability and 'safety'.
  1. Descense's Avatar
    300-500g for a hyali epics. This is maddnes. - 30% discount
  1. moocowfrakmilk's Avatar
    <--- Bitter Boomkin is Bitter.
  1. Tidders's Avatar
    Hunters get priority on that staff, proc from Raptor Strike. Blantant hunter lootz.
  1. Azgraal's Avatar
    I don't play a druid but im very happy to see that blizzard has been paying attention to "some" feedback and is bringing (?) back these awesome not-so-plain items.
  1. Valacia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eatme View Post
    You must be trolling ;P Expertise? That's like the worst stat for a cat druid that you can get ;P
    Obviously trolling since they said the staff would be amazing for hunters... It would be acceptable for hunters, at best, since the BOE polearm is Crit/Haste and the staff is Crit/Mastery... it's pretty obvious who will like which more, at least if you're any good.
  1. Holywraths's Avatar
    Brb getting my druid to 85 Naow KK thx bay!
  1. ro9ue's Avatar
    Holy shit.... fire cat??? This might very well be the coolest Equip effect in the entire game.
  1. Dazu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xombo View Post
    Not even really sure if you know what you're arguing here. People who went into a raid not wanting gear, wouldn't give away items because the want another item later on. What you were originally trying to say was that people should "RAID FOR THE FUN OF IT" and the example you've just given shows no evidence to support your theory. I've passed many items on first and second bosses to go for items on later bosses that I would want but I'm still going to the raid to upgrade my gear and chat with the guildies.

    You argument lacks sense.
    What im saying is, and you have proven the point. You care more about purples and the items, then actually earning/getting them. If everyone did as you did and passed on early boss loot in the hope of getting loot from Cho'gall, how likely would you have killed him as early as you did? Likely you either would not have, or been weeks behind due to average raid gear level being so much lower. Everyone always looks at it as its only 1 item, but 10 people doing it is 10 items, if its 500dps per dps'er then your down 2500 dps in a 10man. Maybe you lose a tank and wipe because the tank is hit harder and the healers did not get as strong a heal of, or OOM'd.Why would you pass on a guaranteed upgrade which will benefit your raid immediately and help you kill more bosses/faster in the hope of an item later on. Im not meaning slight upgrades or sidegrades but pure and simple upgrades. Im not saying your not having fun raiding, merely noting that a certain item (in every case ive seen its usually a highly visible item such as weapon, helm or shoulders) regardless of its equipment value to your class is more important than actually putting in 100% to kill bosses. If your not putting in 100% (which is the case when you pass on upgrades for no reason except wanting possible chance later on at another loot), your not there to progress, only there for your own epics. My reasoning, and you may dissagree, is you are not taking all steps to improve your raids outcomes simply in the interest of your own loot. Maybe your take on raiding is vastly different. But I have fun killing more bosses/harder challenges than farming the same stuff or sitting in SW on my main with epics on.

    I mostly raid on alts, so any loot I get is passed on by mains first. My main, if anything drops I can use as an upgrade in either 3 specs I will take it (offspecs after someone elses mainspec obviously). If that means im waiting months for a drop from Cho or Nef so be it. But falling to 250k wipes etc when you know 2-3 dps have passed upgrades for tier tokens that they then havent gotten is really sad.

    I dont go into raids not wanting loot. I go into raids to raid and simply that. If an item drops I can use to improve my character, I take it and use it (unless its a bigger upgrade to another person). I dont care what my ilvl is, I dont care that I might still have a blue left etc. I care that we kill bosses faster, easier than last week and have fun doing so.
  1. Gallahadd's Avatar
    I don't care that the rest of the gear for tanks is a bit myeh from Rep, that Trinket is INSANE, ~400 dodge, which can be reforged to mastery, so you'll get about 220 dodge and 180 Mastery, both very nice amounts and then a rediculous proc. It absorbs a 50k damage spike, and turns it into a 25k Dot, I don't know about you, but as a Tank AND healer, I know which one I'd rather have to live/heal though.

    as for Fire Kittie..... damnit looks like I'll be needing to gear up my feralol again :P

    how long do you think it'll be before Bear/Boomkin's start crying for a weapon form
  1. Exeris's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ultimar235 View Post
    Nah if you look cool then your DPS increases, it's a well known fact.
    Just like a red car goes faster.
  1. Lansow's Avatar
    Just one minor issue with the computer builds : Dell UltraSharp U2410 24-inch has been receiving horrible reviews since day one. The green and pink tinting issue has been reported by a very large number of users. STAY AWAY FROM THIS MONITOR. There are other IPS monitors on the market that allow for more precise calibration. Don't be suckered in by the hype. This monitor is garbage, and Dell's support is horrible.
  1. nuttan's Avatar
    aww cant wait to face druids with this in the arena :< will poop ma panties
  1. Phovos's Avatar
    Hey non-Druids.


    You jelly?


    catface.jpg
  1. Meldon's Avatar
    bouby you wrote "Valor Points rewarded were updated in the latest" instead of "Valor Points rewarS were updated in the latest"
  1. LeVvE's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Valacia View Post
    Obviously trolling since they said the staff would be amazing for hunters... It would be acceptable for hunters, at best, since the BOE polearm is Crit/Haste and the staff is Crit/Mastery... it's pretty obvious who will like which more, at least if you're any good.
    That polearm looks like shit, we need more Vezax polearms. Either way I'm going for the staff, with reforging it's not such a big deal.

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