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Dragon Soul 25 Progression Rankings
There are now 37 guilds still at 6/8 in 25 man, so another Spine 25 kill could come any day now.


RankGuildRealmProgressCriteria
1즐거운공격대 (25)KR-Kargath8/8 (H)45000.00
2Stars (25 r)TW-Crystalpine Stinger7/8 (H)9207.22
3DREAM Paragon (10/25 r)EU-Lightning's Blade7/8 (H)9077.77
4Blood Legion (25 r)US-Illidan6/8 (H)6300.00
5vodka (25 r)US-Alterac Mountains6/8 (H)6291.11



Dragon Soul 10 Progression Rankings
There are now 112 guilds still at 6/8 in 10 man, with In extremis picking up World First in 10 man, and Silent in second place.

RankGuildRealmProgressCriteria
1Silent (10)EU-Illidan7/8 (H)9278.89
2In extremis (10)KR-Norgannon7/8 (H)9276.67
3Exodus (10)US-Cho'gall6/8 (H)6300.00
4DREAM Paragon (10/25 r)EU-Lightning's Blade6/8 (H)6300.00
5Экзорсус (10 r)EU-Свежеватель Душ6/8 (H)6292.78



Stars Spine of Deathwing 25 DPS
Stars recently shared their DPS meter from the Spine of Deathwing fight, which you can see below. Unlike the KIN Raiders meter, it does not show just the tendons.



RIFT / Trion Worlds Database Compromise
If you ever played RIFT or made a Trion Worlds account, you should change your passwords!

We recently discovered that unauthorized intruders gained access to a Trion Worlds account database. The database in question contained information including user names, encrypted passwords, dates of birth, email addresses, billing addresses, and the first and last four digits and expiration dates of customer credit cards.

There is no evidence, and we have no reason to believe, that full credit card information was accessed or compromised in any way. We have already taken further action to strengthen our systems, even as we, with external security experts, continue to research the extent of the unauthorized access.

You will notice on your next log in to our website that you will be required to change your password, and existing Mobile Authenticator users will also need to reconnect their Authenticator. When you log in, you will be prompted to provide a new password, security questions and answers, and be given the option to connect your account to our Mobile Authenticator to enhance your account’s security.

If you have used your username and password for other accounts, especially financial accounts or accounts with personal information, we suggest you change your passwords on those accounts as well. We recommend that you carefully review your statements, account activity, and credit reports to help protect the security of those accounts. If you need information on how to obtain your credit report or believe any such accounts have been breached, please see below for more information.

Nevertheless, if you own the RIFT game, you will be granted three (3) days of complimentary RIFT game time once you update your password and security questions. Additionally, once you update your account and set a new password, your account will be granted a Moneybags’ Purse, which increases your looted coin by 10%, even if you have not yet purchased RIFT.

Real ID / BattleTag and Real Names
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
To be clear - BattleTag does not display your real name to anyone. It's an anonymous nickname system. The entire point of BattleTag is to be a unified, anonymous nickname you'll use across all Blizzard games.

The Real ID system, of course, does display your real first and last name. But you have to choose to be mutual Real ID friends with someone, and only then will you both see each other's real first and last names.

Real ID and BattleTag are separate systems, and they don't intersect. The intent with BattleTag is specifically to offer all the great features we've been able to offer with Real ID (cross game chat, etc.) but with an anonymous nickname.

The game displaying your own real first and last name to you, I understand, is a concern for some, and we appreciate that feedback. It is not, however, displayed to anyone else, or part of the BattleTag system. The only way someone else can see your real name is if you've both mutually agreed to become Real ID friends.

The current implementation of BattleTags in the Diablo III beta is of course a first go, and we've already read a lot of feedback and are aware of a number of issues. Keep it coming, though.

Happy Holidays from the Community Team
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Community team will have a reduced presence on the forums, Twitter and Facebook over the holidays while we unwrap Winterveil presents and ring in a new year with friends and loved ones. We resolve to be back the first week of January. In the meantime, whether in Sanctuary, Azeroth, Mar Sara or beyond, we hope that you and yours share in the warmth of the season… and may all your loot be epic.

Remember that Greatfather Winter and the Mod Squad are still watching, so be sure to stay on your best behavior. See you next year!

LFM: Illustrious Engineers for Blizzard
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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  • Knowledge of network and server security issues
  • Experience with code optimization
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or equivalent experience
  • A passion for video games

Blizzard Careers
If software engineering isn't your cup of tea and you'd still love to join the Blizzard family, be sure to check out all of our latest career listings here: http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/careers/.

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The Daily Blink - A Reinforcement of Stereotypes
The Daily Blink notes the loss of yet another game to the Koreans.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Dragon Soul Progression, RIFT Database Compromise, Blue Posts, The Daily Blink started by chaud View original post
Comments 146 Comments
  1. Simca's Avatar
    Daily Blink made me laugh - glad they included a SlayersBoxer photo. "Wait is that racist? I mean, if it's a compliment, then it's okay, right?" is epic as well.
  1. Antherios's Avatar
    Hahaha, the daily blink is awesome
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    I love that Daily Blink.Also, hackers should go die in a fire.
  1. segoplout's Avatar
    Ouch that is a disaster for Trion..
  1. finbarr's Avatar
    By the logic others used on the KIN meter, Blizzard now must buff mages because they are low on meters. Am i doing this right?
  1. DerrHans's Avatar
    Paragon still beat BL and vodka i see, not bad at all. Race on the 2nd (25man) is still going, my money is on Stars. Daily Blink made me smile
  1. reve's Avatar
    I'll work at Blizzard, thank you.
  1. Jervaise's Avatar
    holy pally or not should rank higher on dps!! nice one!
  1. Thrax's Avatar
    Haha the Daily Blink does it again.

    Also that list of requirements is missing "10 years of experience" :P
  1. Arganaut's Avatar
    What is up with these firms? Are they incapable of keeping our personal information safe!?
  1. Zeraek's Avatar
    comparing this ranking with the ranking on Wowprogress, mmo-champ is missing that both (KR - Norgannon) and (EU - Illidan) have defeated Heroic Spine of Deathwing. Although looking at it seriously, it seems that mmo-champion doesnt seem to think that 10 man progression is legitimate >.>
  1. greyghost's Avatar
    Cool, off to change that password now -- even though I haven't logged in to Rift in over 6 months, better safe than sorry.

    ---------- Post added 2011-12-23 at 08:11 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeraek View Post
    Although looking at it seriously, it seems that mmo-champion doesnt seem to think that 10 man progression is legitimate >.>
    If blizzard counts it, everyone counts it.

    The end.

    edit: also, if 10 man heroics are that much easier, show me where you've downed 10 man H Madness? Screens? DPS charts?

    No?

    Ok.
  1. Maelstrom51's Avatar
    Looks to me like Paragon is in 4th. Also funny that there's no real news post before Paragons beats it... Heh.
  1. Gio's Avatar
    LOL blood legion
  1. Kickbuttmario's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by segoplout View Post
    Ouch that is a disaster for Trion..
    How so? They offered a good explanation and are giving solutions, and an extra 3 days. They care about their subscribers .
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by greyghost View Post
    Cool, off to change that password now -- even though I haven't logged in to Rift in over 6 months, better safe than sorry.

    ---------- Post added 2011-12-23 at 08:11 AM ----------



    If blizzard counts it, everyone counts it.

    The end.

    edit: also, if 10 man heroics are that much easier, show me where you've downed 10 man H Madness? Screens? DPS charts?

    No?

    Ok.
    Because that has anything to do with it if he got a kill or not...

    They filtered out 10 man and made a screenshot for their own reasons. Probably because 25 man and 10 man can not race in the same 'league' (if you want to call it that) because they are not the same. You also don't mix 3vs3 arena with 5vs5 arena.
    And don't be pissed when they favorite 25 man because that's the format that has always been used for world first races.
  1. Narkanius's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zeraek View Post
    comparing this ranking with the ranking on Wowprogress, mmo-champ is missing that both (KR - Norgannon) and (EU - Illidan) have defeated Heroic Spine of Deathwing. Although looking at it seriously, it seems that mmo-champion doesnt seem to think that 10 man progression is legitimate >.>
    This.

    It's sad to see that even despite Blizzard being very clear that 10 and 25 mans are tuned very closely to one another in difficulty, some communities still retain the old-school mindset that the 25 mans are the true standard for progression. There's always the argument that 25 man guilds are harder to keep organized, but at the level of play being examined here, there's never a shortage of geared talent ready to fill in at a moment's notice. Not to mention that while both raids receive the same amount of drops per person, 10 mans see much less of the loot table than 25 mans do on any given encounter, there's much less diversity of gear to loot council out to the raiders fulfilling the most demanding roles. Some mechanics are more difficult to handle on 10 man, others more difficult on 25 man, but all-in-all, progress needs to be accepted equally amongst the two.

    Silent and In extremis deserve just as much if not more applause than Paragon for their Spine kills (both had it down at least 2 full days prior). Major grats to the both of them and shame on the otherwise-awesome Chaud for not giving them the recognition they deserve. MMO-champion has done so much for the WoW community, but with that power comes responsibility. Posts like this broadcast the flawed mindset that 10 mans are of a lesser difficulty or importance than their 25 man counterparts. Perhaps seeing their rationale could explain their irresponsible post, but until I see it, I remain disappointed.
  1. Holo's Avatar
    Battletag.. don't think i will be using it.Everyone i want on my friendlist like that can know my realid no big deal.
  1. hexster420's Avatar
    lawlz...so I went to the rift page to reset my password...haven't logged into the game since like a week after it came out...get my password changed and click on the account management page...This account has been banned.....what tha....

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