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Patch 4.3.2 Release Date Update
The status of the patch is still unsure, the whole situation is most likely the reason why the US Maintenance got cancelled and then moved to Wednesday.

The patch files are available on the download servers and things look somewhat ready but at this point it seems that the patch will only go live next week. The EU maintenance wasn't moved to Thursday and I don't think Blizzard plans to deploy a patch on both continents on the same day, even if it's a small one.


Statistics: Heroic Madness of Deathwing Class Representation
Continuing our ongoing statistics posts, today we look at class representation for characters that have completed Heroic Madness of Deathwing. As always with this type of post, the sample size is fairly small; less than 100 guilds have completed the encounter so far.

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Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Blue Post Replies
We read them. We also allow conversations to take place without our influence when it seems that it's the better course of action. Sometimes our intervention can actually skew a conversation off track if we're not careful. Then again, sometimes skewing a conversation is something we need to do too, to get people "on track" or even away from non-constructive discussion.

Sometimes we just don't have anything we could effectively add to the conversation, but it may spark some discussion internally that we can have amongst ourselves or take to the developers and producers. If and when we do have something we can bring back, we generally try to. Some may be under the false belief that it was the constant posts about a topic that made us come back to the topic, when in fact we may just need some time to discuss and come up with an answer that works and sometimes, we may have an answer that we just can't share at the time. Timing in our roles is often everything and as many know, "promising" something too soon, can be upsetting or worrisome to some people, while others don't mind being "in the know" even if plans do change. It's a balancing act.

We don't have elaborate schemes. That would mean we have a lot more time on our hands than we actually do to sit, plot and plan. In most cases, when we reply to something on the forums, we're tightrope walking while keeping an eye on the ever so dangerous ps and qs. That's not to say there isn't a method to the madness (see above paragraph.) It just means, we have to be quick on developing our thoughts and typing them out in a way that (hopefully) makes some semblance of sense.

If we see some really good feedback or ideas, we will often take it with us when we meet with the developers (which is generally a weekly face to face meeting.) We don't want to give the wrong impression that feedback given equals a guaranteed change based on that feedback.

We are just as likely to notice a smaller thread as we are to notice the larger ones. Sometimes, the best conversations are on the first few pages (not to say we don't read through the entire thread.) The reason being, that often, the conversation is more focused on the topic at hand and as the thread lengthens, we either see repeat discussions/arguments, or it begins to expand to other topics that may not be as relevant to the main topic of the original post.

BTW, contrary to popular belief (and not to start a moderation discussion.) We do not delete threads solely on the idea that it's saying it dislikes something we've designed or done to the game. We generally delete non-constructive threads or repeat threads since they often don't lead to good discussion or split conversation which makes it more difficult for us to sift through them for the constructive bits. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

64-bit Live Client
We'll be disabling the PTR forums shortly. Going forward you will be able to find the latest 64-bit client on the Tech Support forums. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Mists of Pandaria Information Plan
There does and there is. There's not anything specific I can share on a time frame as of yet, but things are moving along well with Mists of Pandaria and we'll be getting you all more information on "what's next" as soon as possible. For those that were able to see the next expansion at BlizzCon, you'll have seen that we were relatively far along in development. As we've said before, we're working diligently to put out expansions a little bit quicker than we have in the past. But, as always, we want to make sure we release "when it's ready" as well. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 4.3.2 Release Date Update, Heroic Madness Class Stats, Blue Posts started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Phildozer's Avatar
    Blizzard hates Hunters man...
  1. Merlaine's Avatar
    Maybe now people will stop qq'ing about mages........for a while anyway :S
  1. hellboyy's Avatar
    hunters getting shafted in pvp and pve. blizzard will now add hunter legendary in mop cos hunters felt left out lol.
  1. blufire's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    ... As we've said before, we're working diligently to put out expansions a little bit quicker than we have in the past. But, as always, we want to make sure we release "when it's ready" as well.
    Sounds like the game will not be released "quicker than in the past" :/
  1. flowa's Avatar
    EU servers are online btw
  1. bendak's Avatar
    Hunters are at the bottom of every single list like this, PVE or PVP. I heard boosting Aspect of the Hawk from 2000 AP to 2700 AP is the magic bullet that'll fix all the problems. Uh huh.

    Yes, SOMEONE needs to be at the bottom...but does it have to be at such a great margin every time?
  1. Maklor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Playintrafic View Post
    What happened to all those people that "would play there hunter more if they just switched from a mana system to a focus system"
    Don't think anyone ever said they would.

    Those numbers represent viability of the different classes not what people actually want to play, many people are "forced" to play other classes because their guild asks them to.

    Also love this one



    LMAO.
  1. Estarliia's Avatar
    Not entirely surprising to see priests up the top...along with shaman, ha
  1. uNcl's Avatar
    Do you know what is funny? "Pico" mean "cunt" in Czech... no kidding
  1. Alphamage's Avatar
    I believe that most people here dont get that this graph is only for the Madness of Deathwing encounter and does not represent the whole game. The specific encounter benefits some classes much more than others. Shadow Priests for example scale perfect with Haste and do a shit loads of damage in this encounter. Same goes with Druids, Fire Mages and Combat/Sub Rogues. Discipline Priests are needed for the damage reduction cooldowns and Resto Shamans are great in this encounter as well. That is why most guilds choose these classes for this encounter most. It doesnt mean that others are no good.... they just dont benefit that much from the specific encounters mechanics.
  1. himmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alphamage View Post
    I believe that most people here dont get that this graph is only for the Madness of Deathwing encounter and does not represent the whole game. The specific encounter benefits some classes much more than others. Shadow Priests for example scale perfect with Haste and do a shit loads of damage in this encounter. Same goes with Druids, Fire Mages and Combat/Sub Rogues. Discipline Priests are needed for the damage reduction cooldowns and Resto Shamans are great in this encounter as well. That is why most guilds choose these classes for this encounter most. It doesnt mean that others are no good.... they just dont benefit that much from the specific encounters mechanics.
    dude, hunters are still pretty bad.
  1. Kazlehoff's Avatar
    @hunterQQ
    As always with this type of post, the sample size is fairly small; less than 100 guilds have completed the encounter so far.
    Read more carefully.
  1. Vexacus's Avatar
    look at all the hunters with the long toes. and too bad the graph doesn't specs. since druids have 4 specs and with 2 dps specs, 1 of those might even be lower represented than hunters, same goes for paladins and shamans priests and rogues are high as expected
  1. sKoToNy's Avatar
    Hi Blizzard, one of the few remaining hunters here, maybe can you try to address in a meaningful way our problems instead of doing random small fixes? Thanks..
  1. Nibúeanor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by uNcl View Post
    Do you know what is funny? "Pico" mean "cunt" in Czech... no kidding
    No, it does not. Especially with the pronounciation as her name is pronounced. Troll somewhere else dude.
  1. Woa's Avatar
    Stop the Pico hate. Its better than watching some greasy,acne faced kid like I imagine most of you to be.
  1. greyghost's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by IdTheDemon View Post
    LOL @ Hunters. Our 2 hunters switched to their alts (Mage and Resto Shaman) to be more useful on Heroic Spine.
    I've seen that a lot in the top guilds especially in direct regard to Deathwing's fight(s).

    Even though I personally have not done the encounters on heroic, I can see where a Hunter is at extreme disadvantage on Spine compared to a Mage: higher on-demand AoE damage that won't stray to corruptions accidentally, higher on-demand burst damage that doesn't rely on a pet having to travel around to get set to your higher average DPS, so on....

    I think it more has to do with the design of the encounter itself, though, that puts a higher emphasis on rapid burst and shorter DPS cooldowns for guilds that are absolutely concerned with minmaxing and raid stacking.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    "As we've said before, we're working diligently to put out expansions a little bit quicker than we have in the past."Not sure I've seen them actually say that before.. but it does confirm the product slate and I suspect the next time we hear big MoP news, it will be the beta test arriving.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    I kind of figured that resto shaman would be popular for Dragon Soul. If your mana regen is good enough, you could do a fair bit of CH or HR and thus apply Ancestral Vigor to more raid members more quickly.

    Also, maybe it's just myself but... a part of me would have liked to see the US patch coming out the same day(-ish) as the EU just for kicks.
  1. uNcl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Woa View Post
    Stop the Pico hate. Its better than watching some greasy,acne faced kid like I imagine most of you to be.
    Im not trolling or hating or whatever you think Im doing. Its just funny she chose her nickname to be "Pico"
    btw try type "Pico" in here - www . slovnik . seznam . cz (its translator English to Czech)

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