MMO-Champion - Dragon Soul Encounters, Class Balance Follow Up, Poll, Setup of the Month
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Patch 4.3: Dragon Soul Encounters
Start getting ready for the new raids now by brushing up with our encounter pages! All values are from Heroic 25 Man mode.





Statistics: Class Balance Follow Up
You asked for it, so here is the class balance at each of the different Valor Points achievement levels. Keep in mind that the higher we raise the bar, the smaller and nosier the sample becomes. The data from 50,000 Valor Points is unlikely to provide any statistically useful insight. Let me know if there are other things you would like to see in the future.

Sample Sizes
  • Any: 6,200,000
  • 5k: 1,800,000
  • 25k: 254,000
  • 50k: 1,200

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Poll: How many Valor Points have you earned?
Speaking of Valor Points, how many have you earned on your main character?




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!

Check back later this week for a list of Black Friday sales!

If you have been looking to purchase a new hard drive recently, you might have noticed that prices have tripled from what they were just a month or two ago. This is due to the recent floods in Thailand, which affected all of the major hard drive manufacturers and their suppliers. It is going to be 6-12 months before prices come back down closer to their previous levels, as some of the factories still have several feet of water inside.

Now is a good time to buy a SSD, as the next generation is a good while away and the current prices are fairly flat. AMD's Bulldozer arrived to universally negative reviews, citing excessive power usage and heat output and very poor single threaded performance. They are working on another stepping which may help the problem slightly, but don't expect any significantly improvements on the design until the middle of 2012 with the arrival of Piledriver. New AMD GPUs are rumored to be coming in Q1 2012 if you are thinking about upgrading.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

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 - $150ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $200
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $20Cyborg V.5 - $47
MouseLogitech G400 - $35Logitech G500 - $61
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $314HP ZR24w 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $398
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $73Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $72 ($123)
MouseRazer Deathadder - $45Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $68
SpeakersCreative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $45Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $70


Puppy and Dolphin
Overclocked Puppy will outperform Dolphin when multiple threads are in use (Not WoW) and come close in most other cases.
Mix and match anything but the CPU/Motherboard combo between Puppy and Dolphin. Mix and match anything between Dolphin and Narwhal.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $36NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 V2 - $48Corsair CX600 V2 - $60
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $112Intel i3-2100 - $122
HeatsinkCorsair Air Series A70 - $22Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26
MotherboardASUS M5A97 AM3+ 970 - $100Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 - $114
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $274GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $47
Graphics CardXFX 6770 - $90MSI 6850 or EVGA GTX 560 - $168 / $195
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 750GB - $125Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB - $125
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20
Total$580$718 / $745


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 - $150
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $90Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $134
CPUIntel i5-2500k - $225Intel i7-2600k - $315
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $60Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $85
MotherboardGigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - $160ASUS Z68 P8Z68-V PRO - $210
Memory4GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $478GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $69
Graphics CardXFX 6950 1GB OR EVGA GTX 560 Ti- $200 / $250XFX 6970 2GB OR EVGA GTX 570 - $330 / $370
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $162Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $162
SSDCrucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $210
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $195
Intel 510 Series 120 GB (Review) - $280
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $190
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20
Total$1024 - $1234$1665 - $1795
This article was originally published in forum thread: Dragon Soul Encounters, Class Balance Follow Up, Poll, Setup of the Month started by chaud View original post
Comments 167 Comments
  1. Invisusira's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Swizzle View Post
    Brutallus a totally different model than...Eredar Twins had a different mod...KJ completely unique...yeah, I'm not biting on to this one. Seems people will go to extreme lengths to defend nostalgia.
    Uh, you don't have to take my word for it. Go look it up on Wowhead.
  1. Lord Swizzlington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Invisusira View Post
    Uh, you don't have to take my word for it. Go look it up on Wowhead.
    I did, and I have a good memory of the fights anyway. Brutallus and Mag are the same model with as many tweaks as there is on Ultraxion when compared to Valiona. Eredar twins are larger female Drenai with different facial and leg hair textures. See my previous post describing KJ.
  1. Invisusira's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Swizzle View Post
    I did, and I have a good memory of the fights anyway. Brutallus and Mag are the same model with as many tweaks as there is on Ultraxion when compared to Valiona. Eredar twins are larger female Drenai with different facial and leg hair textures. See my previous post describing KJ.
    Again, you simply don't seem to understand the terminology. That's fine, nothing wrong with misunderstanding, but no need to make yourself out to be the sterotypical "HURR I DONT RESEARCH WHAT I POST" mmo-champ poster.

    Ultraxion and Valiona have identical models, with slight tweaks being made to their textures.

    You pretty clearly did not go to Wowhead; a quick search shows that they all have different models.

    Archimonde - http://www.wowhead.com/npc=17968
    Kil'jaeden - http://www.wowhead.com/npc=25315
    Brutallus - http://www.wowhead.com/npc=24882
    Magtheridon - http://www.wowhead.com/npc=17257
    Eredar Twin - http://www.wowhead.com/npc=25165
    Draenei Female - http://www.wowhead.com/npc=17101

    Perhaps in your mind, "model" means "race"? In which case, stop being so racist yo
  1. Saiju's Avatar
    I was expecting a lot more from an end of the expansion raid. Just compare this to all the unique models in BT, and ICC and it's very clear that Blizzard is getting more and more lazy. What's the end raid in MoP going to look like? Are the bosses goign to be red hogger, blue hogger, green hogger, and black hogger? -_-
  1. Eleveneleven's Avatar
    So can someone recommend a computer build that is the most expensive but ALSO utilizes as much of the technology as possible in modern games (not including WoW since it's not modern). Basically a little-to-no overkill machine riding the line so I'm getting the best available performance while also getting the full bang for my buck.
  1. breath's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleveneleven View Post
    So can someone recommend a computer build that is the most expensive but ALSO utilizes as much of the technology as possible in modern games (not including WoW since it's not modern). Basically a little-to-no overkill machine riding the line so I'm getting the best available performance while also getting the full bang for my buck.
    If you take the unicorn build and take a better card you going to get the best you can get pratically, not going up to those component that are extreme and overkill. I prefer gainward video cards.
  1. Parius's Avatar
    It is not possible for there to be more druids with 50K valor points than druids with any valor points. By deffintion the players with 50K fit both catagories, the 50K and the any amount. If your intent is to seperate, so the players with less than 5K valor points fit their own catagory, you should say that.
  1. kilj's Avatar
    well all the classes are even besides druids and paladis. But I play a rogue and personally us being the lowest doesnt bother me one bit ^.~
  1. dahorst's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Irishman View Post
    Pretty much this; TBC has both quality and quantity when it came to the raids. With Cata, you'd think they'd at least have quality, if not quantity; but alas, we've seen neither. Bring on MoP I say; if only to forget this expansion ever happened.
    Give it some more years and you will pay for DLC that contains a Raid, a Dungeon, some Quests and some minor bs.
  1. Jiggles's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by caa View Post
    Reused models have been going on for years and some of us have grown use to it. Morchok's skin is fine. I like it a lot. Zon, Yor, and Hagara need a model update from what they are. They need to be slightly unique for a raid like this. Ultra looks okay, but better up close. Blackhorn is good. Not feeling Deathwing 1.0, but excited to see how everything turns out in 2.0.
    Yeah, its not the reuse of models per se that annoys me. It's when it looks like the new boss took almost no effort (relatively speaking) to derive from the old model. That, and when the new boss just doesn't look very good, e.g. Morchok.

    I know these bosses are supposed to be monstrous, but that doesn't mean "bad".
  1. Tython's Avatar
    Wow look at these totally unoriginal boss models. Makes you wonder where all the subscribers money goes...
  1. FyreRT's Avatar
    I cant stand the faceless models, they are very boring models, blizz pick it up, you have a billion dollars backing your ass up, hire some more people to do art and shit.
  1. Araella's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Meteor12 View Post
    Can someone please tell me wtf the graph is comparing? It only says percent but not the percentage is representative of.
    It basically says that 1200 people have no life whatsoever (ie, 1200 people have played enough to earn 50K valor points on a character), and that of these 1200, approximately 253 are paladins (21.2% of 1200).
  1. Saack's Avatar
    They have updated the world of warcraft site with everything else on 4.3 have a look us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/3964559/Patch_43_Hour_of_Twilight-11_22_2011
  1. Rude Hero's Avatar
    Important question! How do I look up how many valor points i've earned total? I can't seem to find it anywhere on my armory...
  1. Zn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Araella View Post
    It basically says that 1200 people have no life whatsoever (ie, 1200 people have played enough to earn 50K valor points on a character), and that of these 1200, approximately 253 are paladins (21.2% of 1200).
    Exactly. What in the world would anyone spend 50k valor points on?? I have 23k and ran out of things to spend my VP on a long, long, long time ago. And I'm a druid so 3 specs. The differences between druids/pallies and the other classes is somewhat explained by the fact that those 2 classes can have 3 specs, but even so, there's literally no reason anyone would ever need that many VP.

    If it's only for the achievement, damn Blizzard has done a good job of brainwashing sheep into doing completely useless tasks over and over for little or no reward.
  1. Agonous's Avatar
    Only Deathwings final model is a unique boss model. That just backs up why I cancelled my subscription.
  1. grimmx's Avatar
    can anyone tell me how much fps can run? and wich stance it can play(for exemple good, ultra etc)
  1. Snowtracks's Avatar
    Important question! How do I look up how many valor points i've earned total? I can't seem to find it anywhere on my armory...
    You can look it up. Look at the valor points earned achievement.
    It can be found under the 'dungeons and raids' tab. Select the next uncompleted 'Earn <X> valor points' achievement and it'll show.
  1. twelvedogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tython View Post
    Wow look at these totally unoriginal boss models. Makes you wonder where all the subscribers money goes...
    to be fair a lot of the work goes into the mechanics, not the models, that said i find it really weird how long it takes blizz to crank out models of any sort (bosses, mounts etc etc etc)

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