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Blood Legion and Intent Complete All Guild Achievements
Blood Legion of US-Illidan earned every guild achievement early this morning before maintenance and Intent of US-Kel'thuzad did it as soon as possible afterwards. The final achievement necessary was Raid Challenges. Congratulations to both guilds!



Scholomance Preview
While we are waiting for the new level 90 Heroic version of Scholomance, we went back and took a look at the revamped lower level version. There are small new mechanics, changes, and new art that make the dungeon a much nicer experience than before, so watch the video for the full experience.

  • The entire dungeon has new art, increased texture resolutions, and the new lighting system, making for a very nice environment.
  • Janice Barov makes many copies of herself now, requiring you to find the correct one and kill it before she will reappear.
  • After killing Professor Slate, you can drink a potion that will give you increased damage and his model. The potion works as a shapeshift and currently persists outside of the instance. You cannot mount with it however.









2012 World of Warcraft Arena Pass Coming Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re pleased to announce that the 2012 World of Warcraft Arena Pass is nearly here. Starting April 10, players will be able to sign up to compete against like-minded individuals in a dedicated Arena sandbox. The Arena Pass service will feature access to the special tournament realms with level-85 character templates and epic gear from Cataclysm.

As an added bonus, we have included an exclusive reward that players can earn by purchasing their Arena Pass and participating in the competition -- an Armored Murloc in-game pet. Top players will also contend for a chance to achieve the “Vanquisher” title for their live characters. Players that choose to take part in the 2012 Arena Pass will also receive access to a special level-90 realm with upgraded epic gear after they’ve upgraded their accounts with the upcoming Mists of Pandaria expansion.

If you would like to demonstrate your Arena prowess, are eager for a chance to earn the exclusive loot, or just want to reserve a spot in the level-90 Mists of Pandaria Arena Pass realm, please check back next week for more details and be sure to register!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Glyphs: What's with the change? Why?
As with talents, we want glyphs to be a choice. Stepping back a moment, we do think there is room in the game for very easy decision -- the kind that don't stress you out for fear of making the wrong one. We don't think glyphs need to be in that category though. We want you to think about them a little bit and not just look up the accepted glyphs for your character.

The old prime glyphs were not choices for anyone who cared much about their performance. We designed them to be no-nonsense throughput increasers, because we feared players would find the glyph system confusing if say a Ret paladin couldn't find a glyph that unequivocally increased DPS. But we didn't like how the glyphs actually felt. They were just a hoop to jump through -- something you might choose once for your character and never interact with again. We shoot for simple to learn and complex to master, and prime glyphs were the poster child for simple to learn, simple to master. The current glyph of Templar's Verdict increases damage by 15%. What Retribution paladin wouldn't want that glyph? (The answer is almost none of them.)

Now that primes are gone, we want all of the majors to be a choice. Some of these are decisions because they have a bonus and a penalty. In these cases, we thought that the glyph without a penalty would be a no-brainer. The glyph of Riptide removes the cooldown of Riptide, but also removes the initial heal. If it just removed the cooldown of Riptide, then every decent Resto shaman would want the glyph. Without the upfront heal though you have to treat Riptide more like Renew -- trading its initial heal for more healing over time. Some shaman will want that and some won't. Some may want it for some situations only. It is, in game designer parlance, an interesting decision.

Another category of major glyphs don't need this downside, because the glyph itself taking one of your precious three slots is sufficient downside. Consider the glyph of Spellsteal, which heals you when you Spellsteal. If you succeed in Spellsteal a lot, then it's a good glyph. But is it better than the glyph of Frost Nova (which lowers its cooldown)? Neither glyph may be exciting to a raiding mage, but both may feel pretty attractive to someone focused on PvP.

Minor glyphs have almost no affect on performance. They are there for convenience or increasingly just fun. They should help customize your character with almost no downside (except that again you can only have 3).

If we are successful with the glyph revamp, you'll see players with lots of different glyphs out there. Some players will love a certain glyph, while others won't care for it. If you still enjoy playing your character but feel you are stuck in a rut, you can try swapping out a glyph for a little variety in how you play. You won't see someone create a forum thread asking "What glyphs should I use for a Fire mage?" or at least if someone does create that thread, the response will be "Try them out and pick the ones you like."

As we continue with beta, letting us know of specific glyphs that you feel are mandatory for a particular type of player would be very useful feedback (not all in this thread, of course). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Curse PAX East After Party sponsored by PlanetSide 2
Curse is throwing a MASSIVE party for our fans and community at PAX East in Boston. The party will feature open bar, appetizers, DJ, arcade, party favors, and green screen photo opportunity. You won't want to miss it!

RSVP now for a pass and instant access. You'll be 'on the list' and get into the party right away. We'll be sending out a confirmation email prior to the party with further information. You must be 18 or older to enter and 21 or older to enjoy the open bar. The party is Saturday, April 7th from 8 PM to 2 AM at the Boston Seaport Hotel Plaza Ballroom.



Fan Art Update
The World of Warcraft Fan Art Section has been updated with three new pieces of fan artwork.


This article was originally published in forum thread: All Guild Achievements Complete, Scholomance Preview, Arena Pass, Blue Posts, Fan Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 87 Comments
  1. Enhshamanlol's Avatar
    Damn. that play looks nice now.

    btw FUCK YOU INTENT
  1. moveth's Avatar
    Mmm. Still excited. :]
  1. Grawlix's Avatar
    Intent #1!
  1. Awfulx's Avatar
    "We paid players to join out guild and get our pvp achievements for us" Congrats!

    No this isn't trolling, I'm on Illidan and I see them offering these payments constantly, it's pretty cheese ball imo
  1. kennysgoddess's Avatar
    See you all at PAX East!
  1. artem123's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Awfulx View Post
    "We paid players to join out guild and get our pvp achievements for us" Congrats!

    No this isn't trolling, I'm on Illidan and I see them offering these payments constantly, it's pretty cheese ball imo
    does it matter..? seriously does it really matter?
  1. Desareon's Avatar
    thats all nice and dandy, but WHENS THE NEXT BETA WAVE!?!?!
  1. Jenownz's Avatar
    yay! go go intent! :P
  1. Doneire's Avatar
    Yay Intent! :3
  1. NightHaawk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Awfulx View Post
    "We paid players to join out guild and get our pvp achievements for us" Congrats!

    No this isn't trolling, I'm on Illidan and I see them offering these payments constantly, it's pretty cheese ball imo
    This hurts you how?
  1. Shinra666's Avatar
    Beta wave now please
  1. Chasingsol's Avatar
    Grats to Intent! We rock, especially Jenownz.
  1. Shinra666's Avatar
    My guilds to lazy to ever get all the achievements
  1. hexster420's Avatar
    Well atleast Blood Legion got a worlds first something :P
  1. Lucetia's Avatar
    Maybe I'm crazy, but I could've swore I saw some guild awhile back already complete all the guild achievements minus Dragon Soul as it wasn't released then. So I'm guessing this is an updated version saying "hey we did dragon soul achieves too" or do people already forgot the other guild that has? I might have to dig through the news threads here to find it again ><

    Edit: Just browsed through all the threads. It was world first 2000 achievements I was thinking about.
  1. Jenownz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lucetia View Post
    Maybe I'm crazy, but I could've swore I saw some guild awhile back already complete all the guild achievements minus Dragon Soul as it wasn't released then. So I'm guessing this is an updated version saying "hey we did dragon soul achieves too" or do people already forgot the other guild that has? I might have to dig through the news threads here to find it again ><
    It was Intent that got World First 2k achievement points, but not all of them total as it was impossible up until the reset today since we needed to complete the 50 raid lock outs
  1. thedingleberry's Avatar
    Who gives a rats behind about beta achievements. New Waves, New Waves!!!!
  1. Kowai's Avatar
    I'm nothing more than a limo driver for Jenownz in Intent, but it's nice to see Intent on the front page of MMO-Champion.

    Also, Illidan players, quit gettin' mad at vidya games.
  1. silverhatred's Avatar
    I see ghostcrawler is getting active again.
  1. lukyl's Avatar
    that last fan art pic is epic!

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