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. Tromage's Avatar
    Think they could better make a rare glyph drop for the fire cat combat form.

    Like the turtle polymorph in ZG.
    Now this proc is linked to a staff that will be replaced at the next content bit of a waist if you ask me.
  1. Brendon's Avatar
    nice effect on the feral druid, amazing way of making the game more cool.

    main question is why do they buff pve so much, give pvp or social some love.

    it's same stuff with mounts alott of mounts added all are either pve raid ones or you can buy em for money, ooh wait.. 150 rated bgs.. socials? nop you got screwed or pay 20 dollars right...

    gg on driving away alott of people again imo.

    hope to see some more spread love.

    (first whine post for me w00t!) ><
  1. Cirque's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Brendon View Post
    nice effect on the feral druid, amazing way of making the game more cool.

    main question is why do they buff pve so much, give pvp or social some love.

    it's same stuff with mounts alott of mounts added all are either pve raid ones or you can buy em for money, ooh wait.. 150 rated bgs.. socials? nop you got screwed or pay 20 dollars right...

    gg on driving away alott of people again imo.

    hope to see some more spread love.

    (first whine post for me w00t!) ><
    So, exactly what kind of things for socials DO you suggest? And how would a social be acquiring the mount0for-socials? Pay 20g and that's it? What exactly is it you want? You refuse to PvE, refuse to PvP (serious enough for the mounts anyway), I really fail to see why you're even playing, I'm a bit confused. Daily quests have often offered mounts and the like as a reward and frankly I'll be surprised if that's not the case this time too. But beyond that? What is it you ask of Blizzard, exactly?

    Not to you in specific, but to so called 'casuals' (here defined as a person who says he has no time to play and finds everything too hard to obtain): Sorry that you can't play the content. Maybe this game is not for you after all if you don't have the time for it. Asking to dumb down the game in whatever form or way just to suit your 1 hour a week playstyle is not something I approve of, especially not when you fail to come up with concrete examples of how you envision this.
  1. Omranx's Avatar
    Does Jesus play a mage ? and suddenly he rerolled Drood?
  1. Brendon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cirque View Post
    So, exactly what kind of things for socials DO you suggest? And how would a social be acquiring the mount0for-socials? Pay 20g and that's it? What exactly is it you want? You refuse to PvE, refuse to PvP (serious enough for the mounts anyway), I really fail to see why you're even playing, I'm a bit confused. Daily quests have often offered mounts and the like as a reward and frankly I'll be surprised if that's not the case this time too. But beyond that? What is it you ask of Blizzard, exactly?

    Not to you in specific, but to so called 'casuals' (here defined as a person who says he has no time to play and finds everything too hard to obtain): Sorry that you can't play the content. Maybe this game is not for you after all if you don't have the time for it. Asking to dumb down the game in whatever form or way just to suit your 1 hour a week playstyle is not something I approve of, especially not when you fail to come up with concrete examples of how you envision this.
    well i can give you my personal background story if you like.
    started wow on beta US servers, moved to EU when BC came out raided threw it pvped also (never high end pvp).
    my job makes me travel alott and i sleep at the base (im in the navy) so most of the week days i cant raid anymore (used to alott).
    i still enjoy pvp a TON and some some heroic dungeons.
    got TB dragon mount, so i guess i can farm dont mind it either!

    my main consern is, for this patch atleast they are adding some "fun" factors but those are mainly for semi pvp and semi raiding.
    so thats why i posted pvp mount good fun! it really is i love the concept instead of 0.5% of the arena teams get one (which they deserve! dont get me wrong).
    but still rated bg's i doubt anybody would take me along for that sinds i mostly only play on the weekends.

    second part raiding... gf again for people who raid and work hard for me but thats my own personal problem that i can't raid (sucks for me)
    but there is no in betwine... if you know what i mean? either you DO rated bgs or DO raid! or nothing... (or pay 20 dollars :P)
    so my specifik little corner (maybe there are more maybe not) has no option to buy a mount or tradecards.


    (maybe another tb mount? or more honor mounts?)
    more boe world drops good old times?
    daily quests rare drops?
    ooh well
  1. Fedexkilla's Avatar
    Belt of the Seven Seals - Spell DPS - A plate wearing caster....you're all screwed now!
  1. ZRebellion's Avatar
    its official,Ghostcrawler rerolled druid

    Edit*: Oh so thats where the kitty buffs came from
  1. PHOENIXZERO's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DarkXale View Post
    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'.
    When I mean reliability I'm not just referring to breaking or the issue of moving parts vs non-moving parts. It's an issue with longevity and the limited number of read/write (program/erase) cycles that can be done to a SSD vs a HDD and how prone to failure they are, especially after only a year or two of use, again likely due to the write limitations along with other issues, an issue that's not really there for HDDs, I still have HDDs from five to eight years ago (now retired, with a couple likely to be put into external enclosures) that still perform perfectly fine, as it stands now I doubt you could life get the same life span from a SSD you bought today or a year or two ago. Never mind that if your SSD fails you better have regularly back it up because you'll lose everything with no hope of recovery because it will die and most likely do so without any warning. Granted you shouldn't be putting anything other than programs/games onto it (and never any "important" files that are going to be frequently changed) with other files onto a HDD anyway.

    SSDs are getting there and yeah Intel right now is considered the "best" in reliability and seems pretty confident now with their recent warranty increase for some of their SSDs. But SSDs are still "new" and will continue to improve where as HDDs have pretty much reached the end of where they can go. Once the limitations are resolved and the price/GB ratio starts to drop significantly mechanical drives will start being phased out, but we're still a ways away from that happening.

    SSD have one real advantage, it is a big one and that's obviously speed. Yeah, no moving parts and power consumption are advantages too but that's not why people buy them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Faldric View Post
    Do they have to throw crit on every and each damn STR item....
    To make up for their throwing Haste on almost every damn STR item in T11 as someone with a Warrior main, I'm pleased about having more options when it comes to Crit.
  1. Nefastus's Avatar
    Interesting item no doubt. After seeing that most (if not all) weapon models for the recicled lorelol rag instance are recicled weapons with some diferent effects its nice to see they making something unique.
  1. sterces's Avatar
    I think for hunters it should turn their PET into a fire pet.
  1. Ramonth's Avatar
    Firekitty! Roar! This is just too cool... I never imagined they could really do something like this.

    PvE/PvP feral cat likes!
  1. majko's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Brendon View Post
    well i can give you my personal background story if you like.
    started wow on beta US servers, moved to EU when BC came out raided threw it pvped also (never high end pvp).
    my job makes me travel alott and i sleep at the base (im in the navy) so most of the week days i cant raid anymore (used to alott).
    i still enjoy pvp a TON and some some heroic dungeons.
    got TB dragon mount, so i guess i can farm dont mind it either!

    my main consern is, for this patch atleast they are adding some "fun" factors but those are mainly for semi pvp and semi raiding.
    so thats why i posted pvp mount good fun! it really is i love the concept instead of 0.5% of the arena teams get one (which they deserve! dont get me wrong).
    but still rated bg's i doubt anybody would take me along for that sinds i mostly only play on the weekends.

    second part raiding... gf again for people who raid and work hard for me but thats my own personal problem that i can't raid (sucks for me)
    but there is no in betwine... if you know what i mean? either you DO rated bgs or DO raid! or nothing... (or pay 20 dollars :P)
    so my specifik little corner (maybe there are more maybe not) has no option to buy a mount or tradecards.


    (maybe another tb mount? or more honor mounts?)
    more boe world drops good old times?
    daily quests rare drops?
    ooh well
    They added Rainbow Generator Trinket to game for Cata it is funny and obtainable by everyone out there ....
  1. Brendon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by majko View Post
    They added Rainbow Generator Trinket to game for Cata it is funny and obtainable by everyone out there ....


    ........ w0000000000000000t!! :P
  1. Deepone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Drekmen View Post
    Inb4 massive QQ from other classes because druids get uberawesomeninjajesus flame staff and they don't.
    I don't see why they would.

    Every non-transforming class gets to change their look every tier. Cats looked the same as every other cat regardless of gear from T1 - T11... it doesn't exactly make them special to finally get an item that makes them look different.

    To those Druids pointing out that this only looks different in combat... I think the point is to leave the native gear look for major cities and for this look to be more of a while-raiding/PvPing sort of thing.

    But, oh the QQ we'll hear when this staff becomes obsolete and Druids have to leave it behind. Here's hoping that keeping it in inventory will be enough to trigger the effect.
  1. HatakeSC's Avatar
    I really love this idea for the cat staff and honestly something like this should probably be available every tier for the various druid forms just to give them some visual benefit of gaining armor. I would say though that the spell effect of going "firecat" looks a bit odd. It uses the "cloud splash" looking effect that comes down from the sky as part of the Worgen (and perhaps other druid) transforms which make sense when you take a vertical standing creature and convert it from head to toe into another creature. I'm not sure if this was Omen of Clarity procing either but there also seems to be that burst of green at the same time (which clearly describes nature and not fire).

    If I could change anything I would make the fire come from the face of the cat and move backwards along it's body and a similar kind of effect coming out of it. Even just taking the current effect and rotating it would be perfect.
  1. DarkXale's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PHOENIXZERO View Post
    It's an issue with longevity and the limited number of read/write (program/erase) cycles that can be done to a SSD vs a HDD and how prone to failure they are, especially after only a year or two of use,
    The limited number of write cycles is not a concern; barely so for MLC drives (for 24/7 enterprise) - and not at all for SLC drives. You telling me that you expect to write anywhere near 420 terabytes of information on a single 120gb SSD? (Or 1.2 petabyte on older units)
    an issue that's not really there for HDDs, I still have HDDs from five to eight years ago (now retired, with a couple likely to be put into external enclosures) that still perform perfectly fine, as it stands now I doubt you could life get the same life span from a SSD you bought today or a year or two ago.
    Sure you can, again - just don't buy OCZ drives. Some 0.5% of intels SSDs have failed three years after the release of the original X25-M; and Kingston is showing no issues either. Compare that to the absolute minimum of 2% for the lower capacity caviar black HDDs in the same period (which is the best HDD in this department), but much worse (up to 10%) for the higher capacities. Added platters absolutely destroys reliability.

    Never mind that if your SSD fails you better have regularly back it up because you'll lose everything with no hope of recovery because it will die and most likely do so without any warning.
    You just described a hard drive, roughly half of the mechanical hard drives that die do so without advance warning. The Sandforce controller is known to die, but that still doesn't kill the data the drive itself stored. That makes it trivial to recover it; which in fact could be done at home with the correct tools, something thats impossible with a HDD (You know why they say never to disect a HDD and expect it to work afterwards?).
    Part of the reason why enterprise SSDs sometimes implement hardware level encryption.

    Granted you shouldn't be putting anything other than programs/games onto it (and never any "important" files that are going to be frequently changed) with other files onto a HDD anyway.
    You should not be storing anything of importance on a single drive of any sort, SSD or not. Backups should be obvious, and RAID1, 5, and 10 was devised for a reason; to minimize the impact of the all to regular hard drive failures.
  1. Cocoa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Coffay View Post
    Probably not the first to ask but I cba reading through 7 pages :P..

    So how is this gunna work if a hunter has the weapon? Fire nelf? Standing fire kitty? Or just no effect lol
    since you have to actually shift into cat form for it to show up, yea i'm guessing hunters didnt get a new cat form in 4.2 right?
  1. Vmp's Avatar
    I can't wait for SWTOR.......wow is just looking so dated and anything new just looks recycled....Next time spend some money on on decent artist to make some NEW armor sets that doesn't look the same over and over and over......and the fire cat..just gay....as soon as SWTOR is out bye bye blizzard.
  1. Falkus's Avatar
    Some pretty neat stuff in those rep rewards.

    Also: FIRE CAT form? Really?
  1. stevish's Avatar
    Great! In Tier11 Hunters only get to be a fake murloc with balls on their shoulders, while druids get all that awesome in 4.2

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