Heroic Ragnaros US First Kill by vodka (25)
vodka was the first guild to defeat Ragnaros in the US, finally closing the race for the regional first kill of the last challenge of Patch 4.2. Congratulations to them!


As of today, only 6 guilds killed Ragnaros and I think that at this point it's safe to say that it was one of the most challenging bosses we've seen in the past few months/years.

Time (GMT)GuildRealmworldregionrealm
Jul 19, 2011 20:50DREAM ParagonEU-Lightning's Blade111
Jul 26, 2011 21:52MethodEU-Xavius221
Jul 28, 2011 19:22EnvyEU-Auchindoun331
Jul 29, 2011 18:29EnsidiaEU-Tarren Mill441
Jul 31, 2011 23:58vodkaUS-Alterac Mountains511
Aug 1, 2011 18:02Inner SanctumEU-Silvermoon651



Diablo 3 Beta Announcement
No date yet, except that we kinda know that the beta is supposed to start mid august. However, there's an official page/FAQ with beta information that you might want to read, along with an official recap of the Auction House.
Originally Posted by Blizzard
Countless hours of consulting the ancient prophecies and poring over dusty tomes have resulted in the unearthing of new information about Diablo III. The upcoming Diablo III beta test will introduce a treasure trove of exciting new features, including a new Auction House that will provide a powerful new way for your characters to acquire the implements of war. Prepare yourselves!


Blizzard also released extra screenshots of the AH on the Auction House Overview Page, including 3 screenshots of the characters selling/buying panel. (Fairly low resolution, if you know where to find higher quality screenshots please post about it in comments)



Auction House API is live!
If you're developing tools for World of Warcraft, you will most likely enjoy this news. If you're not, just skip it, it's developer mumbo jumbo talk.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We're very pleased to announce that the first version of the Auction House API is now live - we have been hard at work on this for the last few weeks, and are looking forward to seeing what new and exciting applications spawn out of it!

As of right now, US and Europe are live and populating, and Korea will be following in a couple of days.

Please refer to the documentation at http://blizzard.github.com/api-wow-docs/#id3683980 for further information, and don't hesitate to post any thoughts on this thread.

Thank you for your patience!

Art Gallery Update
The Trading Card Game Art Gallery has been updated with 10 new artworks.



This article was originally published in forum thread: Ragnaros US First Kill by vodka, Diablo 3 Beta, Auction House API, Artworks started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Dragonwing's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nick7 View Post
    Why?
    Because I do not want to support Blizzard by paying for game which is endorsing such things as selling items and characters for real money.
    I had 2 copes of D2, play WoW, have SC2.
    But, D3 is where I draw the line... while I really wanted to play it and buy it, this will just make me get torrent of it, and play cracked version.
    When this reaches WoW too (matter of time), at least this will be enough to make me stop play that too.
    It is really sad when people feel the need to stop playing a game they like in order to make a 'statement'.
  1. Notarget's Avatar
    The Diablo III real currency option is AWESOME! I highly doubt I'll buy much on the AH but if possible I will certainly sell stuff, even if it just gets me enough to pay for WOW You'll only be able to buy stuff other people find, it's not like Blizzard sells every item in the game. Also if you have any idea how the economy worked in D2 then you should welcome this change. *Thumbs up* Blizzard.
  1. Elothie's Avatar
    ye SC2 required you to be online too and all of DRM games (see Assasin's Creed) but players have always found a way to break through them so I don't get why D2 will be the exception.
  1. swallowtail's Avatar
    I wonder if they will do friends and family again, and then give out beta keys in BlizzconFor starcraft 2, they made you pre-order the game in order to -play closed beta, and for cata they did Alpha friends and family, closed beta, then release.
  1. Nick7's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonwing View Post
    It is really sad when people feel the need to stop playing a game they like in order to make a 'statement'.
    It's my belief that company that does this does not deserve to get my money for it.
    Simple.
  1. Sidone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ixuzcc View Post
    Ubisoft tried this with Assassins Creed II.

    The game was cracked shortly after. Took a little longer than usual, mind you, but it was still succesfully cracked not long after release.

    Don't expect Diablo's DRM to survive much longer.
    It took em too long. That would be a lot if that's the case with this game.
    It's like FL trash farming. The first 2 weeks are the most profitable.

    Mind you, there are people here who apparantly haven't played any other game but WoW.
  1. Altek Heresy's Avatar
    What this shows is that Blizzard is leading the in-game currency model. They took ideas found in other free to play games and added to a subscription based (WoW) and a full pay (D3) game. Is it morally wrong for them to do it? Of course it is! Will it pave a new movement in the gaming industry? Of course it will. Why because everyone is just going to take it up the backside just because it’s Blizzard. Blizzard has proven to the rest of the industry that if you condition customers, you can get away with anything. This is Blizzard’s business model. And with the responses I have read here in the last few days, it’s a jackpot. Please stop being a lemming and realize that this is just the beginning. That more companies will start doing this spreading like wildfire to other parts of the gaming industry. Look at EA, a $5 deposit on a digital game that does not go to the purchase price of the actual game… I mean really! So unless you own stock in either Activision or Blizzard, this is not good customer practice. Sound business model, horrendous customer model.
  1. burghands's Avatar
    You do not have to use the Auction House with real currency if you disagree with it. Problem solved.
  1. Swizzle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Altek Heresy View Post
    Is it morally wrong for them to do it? Of course it is!
    How the hell is it morally wrong to allow people to earn some money off of a game they love to play? Hell, how is this even a moral issue? You're not buying stuff from Blizzard, you're buying stuff from other players. Do you appose the regular AH since you can pay to win through that as well? People have done this for years through seedy sites and people have lost money and had their identities stolen. Blizzard just said, "Hold on sonny Jim, don't go losing all your life savings on that random back alley site. If you want to waste real life money on pixels, we are giving you a safe place to do it in".
  1. Bryntrollian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by starkey View Post
    Well it will end that way, premium service this premium service that, im still waiting for the announcement of $25 for moving BoA's to different realms, nothing surprises me anymore.
    The only way to move BoAs to different realms already costs $25.
  1. Derkin's Avatar
    (Fairly low resolution, if you know where to find higher quality screenshots please post about it in comments)
    theworldstonekeep.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/twsk-episode-30-diablo-3-media-event-show/ - They have high resolution gallery from press-kit. Also there is link, where you can download this press-kit, just click on "Image & FAQ Pack". They are one of sited that where invited to Blizzard HQ for the event, so they are legit.
  1. Jon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by phillipisawarlock View Post
    No, the only way to play is to have internet access all the time.
    Yeah, right.

    It's quite naive to think there won't be a workaround on that.
  1. Altek Heresy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Swizzle View Post
    How the hell is it morally wrong to allow people to earn some money off of a game they love to play? Hell, how is this even a moral issue? You're not buying stuff from Blizzard, you're buying stuff from other players. Do you appose the regular AH since you can pay to win through that as well? People have done this for years through seedy sites and people have lost money and had their identities stolen. Blizzard just said, "Hold on sonny Jim, don't go losing all your life savings on that random back alley site. If you want to waste real life money on pixels, we are giving you a safe place to do it in".
    How is this morally wrong? Let’s see you take a model that up to 6-12 months ago only existed in Free to play games and add a full retail value to it and subscription. Knowing full well that this model works in an environment where you do not pay full price first then milk your customer base with items that will have a direct effect on said game. They know this, I hope you realize this as well. They know it goes against the moral standards that are inherited into the current model of free to play. And they went ahead and institute it into their full retail game model to maximize profit. It’s pretty simple. Whether you disagree with moral conduct in this regard or not it’s your personal choice.
    But I see it as a cash-grab with disregards to their fateful (often blind) fan base. And please keep in mind that this is just one door of many paths that we will see unfolding in the years to come.
  1. CrosbyForMVP's Avatar
    I don't understand why people are so up in arms over this. If you have extra cash (meaning you probably have a job and can't play all day long) and want to spend money YOU earned on gear, you can. If you don't, then don't. Also, you'll be able to make some pocket money on the side. What's the big deal?

    If you don't want to participate, then don't. But you're all fooling yourselves if you think the D3 economy wasn't going to be running on real currency anyway (gold/item bots and sellers). Blizzard is just cutting out the middle man and getting their just dues, since you know, it's their game and all. On top of that, they'll have less issues with people getting hacked when buying gold.

    Again, it's a win-win. If you don't like the real currency system, then use the in-game system.
  1. Da Baws's Avatar
    Grats to Vodka. Love the Lil' Rags. That's pretty funny on their end.
  1. Littleshashi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Black Rider View Post
    Boub tell us something about 4.3 please...
    This. I killed Ragnaros six years ago.
  1. Altek Heresy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CrosbyForMVP View Post
    I don't understand why people are so up in arms over this. If you have extra cash (meaning you probably have a job and can't play all day long) and want to spend money YOU earned on gear, you can. If you don't, then don't. Also, you'll be able to make some pocket money on the side. What's the big deal?

    If you don't want to participate, then don't. But you're all fooling yourselves if you think the D3 economy wasn't going to be running on real currency anyway (gold/item bots and sellers). Blizzard is just cutting out the middle man and getting their just dues, since you know, it's their game and all. On top of that, they'll have less issues with people getting hacked when buying gold.

    Again, it's a win-win. If you don't like the real currency system, then use the in-game system.
    I will apologize of hand if this comes across as rude. But you are very naive if you think this will have any kind of effect on that. They can’t control the third-party stuff that goes on in their games. I Understand. Solution: Join them and disregard it all together for the time being. And yes, no-one has seen this function in action. But to say that it will not have a direct effect on the actual game is beyond my comprehension. Blizzard put that into the game, so it’s a big part of it. In the end, this is not the end all be all practice. This is just the continuation of things that because people let them, will lead to something even bigger than this. What that will be? Who knows, but we will find out soon enough at this rate.
  1. FireBorne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonwing View Post
    It is really sad when people feel the need to stop playing a game they like in order to make a 'statement'.
    Yeah because speaking with your wallet is not smart right?
  1. faerjan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Altek Heresy View Post
    I will apologize of hand if this comes across as rude. But you are very naive if you think this will have any kind of effect on that. They can’t control the third-party stuff that goes on in their games. I Understand. Solution: Join them and disregard it all together for the time being. And yes, no-one has seen this function in action. But to say that it will not have a direct effect on the actual game is beyond my comprehension. Blizzard put that into the game, so it’s a big part of it. In the end, this is not the end all be all practice. This is just the continuation of things that because people let them, will lead to something even bigger than this. What that will be? Who knows, but we will find out soon enough at this rate.
    I think when presented with a legitimate option, and an illegitimate option, most people will choose the legitimate one. The previous methods of obtaining those items could include giving away logins/passwords to less than reputable people, or going to potentially virused websites. Giving an incentive not to visit these websites definitely will help cut down on hacked accounts, as people won't have to go to potentially dangerous means to acquire items they would have otherwise acquired that way. Since that is a major source of hacked accounts, that number should go down.

    I think your comparison of free to play economy is slightly off as well; in almost all cases, you are comparing the parent company for free to play games selling items in an "item shop", whereas Blizzard has taken the stance of never doing so. If they did decide to start selling items, I'd be rather irritated as well; however this is simply players interacting with other players with Blizzard acting as moderator, as they always have. They also have only decided to take a cut of the "action" for those who are using the "real money AH" to some considerable amount; ie. those that are "power sellers" and play the AH. Considering how much additional support it's going to cost to implement this, I'd say it's a pretty fair trade off.

    And as has been repeated many times over the last few days, the slippery slope argument is a logical fallacy. As Blizzard has changed and reversed their stance many times in the past, there's no telling what their direction will be... and arguing that it will continue down a particular path is speculation at best.
  1. HoX's Avatar
    EU pwnd US on this tier lawl!

    btw is diablo 3 mmo?

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