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NAO Invitational Qualifiers
Curse, Skill-Capped, and Logitech are sponsoring a player run Arena tournament with over $4000 in prizes. You can find the list of prizes on ArenaJunkies. See the structure and rules for more information about how the teams are selected.



Darkmoon Faire Achievement Progress Update - Feb 3
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
January’s Darkmoon Faire achievement progress status was cleared prior to the launch of February's faire. Any achievements that were started but not completed have had their criteria reset. Completed achievements are unaffected.

However, any future achievement progress (February included) will be saved to your character and will continue to contribute towards progression of those achievements in subsequent visits to Darkmoon Faire.

Regrettably, we are not able to restore any progress you may have made during January's faire. We do appreciate the impact this may have had and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
WoW Raid Design
Some solid, constructive feedback and observations have been offered in this thread. But I think it’s important to point out that it’s incorrect to assume that there has been reduced development time put into raids.

If anything, over the years we’ve put increased attention into raids so that a wider breadth of players can experience them. There are a great deal more options for pursuing raiding now than say, in classic World of Warcraft or The Burning Crusade, when raid groups were a fixed size and only one difficulty setting existed. We realize that some players prefer to run with 24 other comrades-in-arms at the max difficulty setting (I’m actually one of them ), whereas others prefer more intimate raids or a lower difficulty setting.

In Mists of Pandaria, we plan to be able to continue to support a wide variety of raiding styles. And, from one player to another, if you’re eager for raid zones with an “epic” feel, you’re going to really enjoy some of the stuff we have in store. We’ll have some further details on that front coming up in the near future, but know that we really do appreciate your passion for the game and your continued feedback. We are listening. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator
The intent of the talent calculator was to give players something to fool around with. We wanted everyone to get a feel for the idea we're going for in Mists so that it wouldn't sound as crazy or shocking when seen on "paper."

We've responded many times about talent calculator feedback, even pointing out we're not going to be able to discuss things point by point with players because the systems are rapidly changing while in development. The calculator itself is quite out of date.

So you're right. I took the time to respond to this thread when I could've responded elsewhere. But what did I say? I basically said things are looking awesome so far and I can't wait to be able to share more information.

Would you feel better if I found a thesis from you about the problems you have with the out-of-date Mists talent calculator for rogues, only to say, "A lot of the details you're discussing aren't fully fleshed out yet, so we'll talk again when we have updated Mists class info to provide"? Even if you think the answer to that is "yes," I wouldn't be surprised if you then came back here in two weeks to tell me how many amazing threads there are out there about the "REAL" issues that are going completely ignored. It's a neverending cycle and I'm not interesting in always looking for the squeakiest wheels to grease on the forums.

The only inevitability in community management I've found is that, whenever we post ANYWHERE on the forums, someone will be sure to tell us where we should be posting, and which part of the community is really being ignored. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World of Warcraft Seventh European Anniversary: Half-Price Sale
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In February 2005, World of Warcraft arrived here in Europe. It’s been seven years and Azeroth is still buzzing with excitement! Players have been through incredible trials in dungeons, raids and battlegrounds.

And now, in honor of World of Warcraft’s Seventh Anniversary in Europe, we’re offering the biggest discount ever on the entire WoW game range! From now until February 19, all boxed games and digital upgrades are available at half price, as well as two in-game collectibles. Don’t miss your chance to join in Azeroth’s anniversary celebrations by snagging Wrath of the Lich King for just €10/£7.50 and Cataclysm for only €15/£12.50.

The doors to Ahn’Qiraj have been opened. Onyxia has manipulated mortals and dragons alike. Sargeras has attempted to unleash the Legion upon Azeroth and beyond. The Lich King has vowed to destroy life itself. Armies of elementals have left their realms to conquer our world. The Cataclysm is now upon us and the battle between the Horde and the Alliance is becoming ever fiercer. For seven years, countless horrors have sought to destroy Azeroth and its heroes. But never before have they been confronted by an offer such as this!

Never played World of Warcraft? There has never been a better time to join and become the latest hero in a world filled with orcs, gnomes, dragons, magic, and murlocs! Already a fan? Here’s your chance to upgrade your account or invite friends to take part in the most epic adventure of all time. Visit the Blizzard Store to take advantage of this amazing special offer. You can also benefit from these discounted rates on digital games via your Battle.net account!

In addition, we’re offering two in-game collectibles at half price. Want to travel Azeroth in style? The Celestial Steed will bring you wherever you want to go, for half the cost! Always dreamed of a terrifyingly cute undead companion? Get a Lil’ K.T. pet for a lil’ price!

So come and join the in-game celebrations today — we’ve already put the cherry on the cake!
Happy Seventh Anniversary!

NAO Invitational Qualifiers Video
The second round of the qualifiers is taking place on February 3rd/4th 7-11pm EST. You can see a sample of one of the games you missed in the video below!

This article was originally published in forum thread: NAO Invitational Qualifier, Darkmoon Faire Achievements Update, Blue Posts, NAO Video started by chaud View original post
Comments 51 Comments
  1. Nag's Avatar
    'Some solid, constructive feedback and observations have been offered in this thread. But I think it’s important to point out that it’s incorrect to assume that there has been reduced development time put into raids.

    If anything, over the years we’ve put increased attention into raids'

    Buy a car, its awesome its cool. You love the design, feel and quality of it and the company has clearly put in the time.

    Then the company starts adding things like cup holders, sat navs and other bits n bobs that are nice but aren't really needed. The car becomes less reliable but more fun to look at as the company is spending more time on 'shiny' items that have short term appeal and spending less time on the cars design.

    This car is still the best on the market by a great deal, the company knows this but continue release an inferior product because they know people won't go to 2nd & 3rd place and no one can really do much about it or at least is willing to.

    Basically that's wow imo, 'Some solid, constructive feedback and observations have been offered in this thread' - but they continue to ignore the blatant issues within the game.
    'If anything, over the years we’ve put increased attention into raids' -You put time into raids.. you mean some for example firelands wasn't a raid of weak bosses and 1 top notch one.. until they nerfed all this effort they put into it.

    'There are a great deal more options for pursuing raiding'... as per my analogy, they spend more time on options than actual content life. It's get it out there to the players full of bugs and then nerf it fast.

    'In Mists of Pandaria, we plan to'.. yeah yeah yeah.. we've heard it all before. This will be fixed, that will be done.. gona be awesome. Blizzards track record is proving otherwise at great pace.

    'And now, in honor of World of Warcraft’s Seventh Anniversary in Europe, we’re offering the biggest discount ever' - Reducing previous exp prices to try grab some more people into the game because they lost so many customers due to half asses content.

    They can word it anyway they want and say how much effort is being put in, but I guess they believe everyone is a blind fanboi with no opinion of their own and will just nod to everything they say and do.

    The old saying of actions speak louder than words applies so much here.
  1. Lumpi's Avatar
    Better give Stuff to the already subscribed for anniversary... because I highly doubt that many new players will buy this game even with half prize.
  1. Rioo's Avatar
    Well there we have it. They truly do excuse worse raids with having 2 sizes and 2 or 3 modes per boss to make sure they reach more people. That's their choice, I can't say if it's working out but sub numbers have been dropping.

    And once you've said an up-coming feature or content will be epic a couple of times and it really isn't (Madness of DW most epic encounter ever lol) you lose all cred.
  1. Weazle83's Avatar
    I had almost forgotten how shitty WoW is as an e-sport, this video on the mainpage reminded me There's just nothing you can see as a spectator next to their healthbars and seeing them go up and down just isn't really entertaining at all.
  1. Deadanon's Avatar
    You kow when a MMO is starting to sink. When they are offering it for half the price. Still... its the most expensive MMO on the market.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    All these dumbed-down talent calculators have brought us is less and less flexibility concerning our talents. There's no longer any room to fool around on the whole.
    There never was flex. At least not as DPS. Don't take a talent that does DPS because you liked that utility more? To bad, in the eyes of the community, you're gimped now even if it's just a theoretical 2% loss, you still will get flamed for it.
  1. F-Minus's Avatar
    I stopped the viedo at "Aura mastery used by the priest."
  1. Mukki's Avatar
    See, I completely accept Blizzard's apology for the DMF, but only with ONE stipulation: They have to apologize the way BP did on South Park.
  1. Bongomadness's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Weazle83 View Post
    I had almost forgotten how shitty WoW is as an e-sport, this video on the mainpage reminded me There's just nothing you can see as a spectator next to their healthbars and seeing them go up and down just isn't really entertaining at all.
    you know i was thinking the same thing, not once in the video did i take my eyes off the hp.
    I didnt want to have my opener post of the day to be a negative one but seriously...wow pvp has to be one of the most boring bland crappy play things on the market to date.
  1. ralphie's Avatar
    lol i like how they blame their loss on the vial. props to the hunter for keeping the priest cced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadanon View Post
    You kow when a MMO is starting to sink. When they are offering it for half the price. Still... its the most expensive MMO on the market.
    no, it means it's no longer a cash cow. trust me, they will still make lots of money selling a cd that costs 2 bucks to make.
  1. catyaren's Avatar
    Oh my god STOP MESSING WITH MY DARKMOON FAIRE ACHIEVEMENTS. For real.
  1. meathead's Avatar
    pvp in wow is a joke,just watch the video.a team with a shammy ,rogue or mage will win,period.all the while you have the best warrior in the world "hood" doing the play by play.i guess its smart of him not to play.even the best warrior in the world cant beat the top teams and the blizz class devs "making arms so bad".
  1. Lil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by F-Minus View Post
    I stopped the viedo at "Aura mastery used by the priest."
    Well, they could say "Inner Focus with at least one point in Strength of Soul is used by the Priest", but who cares... the main effect is basically the same: your next heal(s) become uninterruptible.
  1. Saisen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Longview View Post
    yo was that a hunter? in arena? loled
    They won, and a hunter was part of the team that won at blizzcon so im not sure how that's funny.
  1. Evilution's Avatar
    So that´s TWICE they have reset the DMF achievements if you didn´t complete them all in one go. Seriously, fuck them.
  1. thunderdragon2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Evilution View Post
    So that´s TWICE they have reset the DMF achievements if you didn´t complete them all in one go. Seriously, fuck them.
    had all the items sitting in my bank for 2 weeks now so on prob for me
  1. Evilution's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by thunderdragon2 View Post
    had all the items sitting in my bank for 2 weeks now so on prob for me
    We don´t care.
  1. Nag's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Saisen View Post
    They won, and a hunter was part of the team that won at blizzcon so im not sure how that's funny.
    Like so many people, just because it was in the winning team doesn't mean the class is le pro in pvp. Learning curve/skill for a hunter at that level is quite different from other classes.
    It's 'funny' because you don't see many hunter#s at that level.. and one match doesnt sum up all classes involved performances in it in pvp.
  1. Rolly's Avatar
    Note to Blizzard, when you see the words "epic" and "awesome" show up in car commercials it's time to rethink their use. It's gotten old, break out your thesaurus once in awhile.
  1. Meowington707's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Swizzle View Post
    I thought the same thing...how can people just let a Hunter free cast on them the entire time? Like...there's a reason the Mage was being trained.
    You must not arena much, do ya :P? Before I go on this rant, bear in mind I'm assuming you're talking about the RMP vs PHD.

    The reason you see what's happening in this video is because the only options an RMP has is to go on the DK or the Paladin. The opener on their paladin was beautiful and to be honest, probably should've netted them the kill but they decide not to risk going all in, so they let the pally get away and swapped DK. A good hunter, and especially with these guys who had an amazing one (Braindeadly), will give the rogue next to no uptime on him while pumping out immense damage. So the situation you would see is - rogue trying to get on hunter, hunter kiting him around and limiting damage, mage trying to poke out of the pillar and getting railed by the hunter, and letting the DK do whatever he pleases because the Paladin would be un-CCable outside of DF/Impact/Ring.

    Basically, the RMP played it correctly. PHD just does a TON of damage to mages. I've played ATC, KFC, PHD in the past and we're always amazing against mages. When we see one, we get VERY happy. The matches in NAO are great and I fully support them. I hope more and more people watch each week so we can make this bigger than any Blizzard sponsored tournament. Maybe it will make them see what a poor job they're doing and actually care about the PvP community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F-Minus View Post
    I stopped the viedo at "Aura mastery used by the priest."
    Reeaaallllyyyy hope that's a joke -.-. Everyone, or at least a lot, of people call it Aura Mastery. I've been playing my priest as my main PvP character for a little over a year now and I refer to it as Aura Mastery because it's essentially the same effect and AM was the first of it's kind, also the fact that I played a paladin main for many years before this. I believe the person who called it Aura Mastery was Azael. If you don't know who Azael is, then... well... I guess it makes sense why you stopped the video :P.

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