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Heart of Fear Raid - Updated Preview
The Heart of Fear/Mantid Raid got a couple of updates in the latest beta patches, it's definitely been getting some attention and the final version of the instance will probably be very impressive.

Disclaimer - As usual, this is WORK IN PROGRESS. The video and screenshots do not reflect the final version of the instance.








Battle.net Mobile Alerts
A new security feature appeared on Battle.net tonight, called Mobile Alerts! You can be sure an official announcement is forthcoming but the FAQ is already live. The service is free and does not work with prepaid phones or VoIP numbers.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
What is the Battle.net Mobile Alerts service?
Battle.net Mobile Alerts is a free optional service that will help you manage your Battle.net account using any text-enabled cell phone with a data plan. By linking a cell phone to your account, you will receive updates and notifications about important security changes to your account. As a Mobile Alerts user, you may also use texted security codes to help prevent unauthorized changes to your account.

How do Battle.net Mobile Alerts help me stay informed about changes to my account?
The Battle.net Mobile Alerts service will generate and send informational text messages to your linked cell phone every time suspicious activity is detected or if important changes — such as password resets or authenticator removals — are made on your account.

What can I do with Mobile Alerts?
Mobile Alerts will allow you to:
  • Unlock your Battle.net account using your mobile phone.
  • Remove an unwanted authenticator from your account.
  • Recover your account name.
  • Reset your password.
When will I receive texts from Mobile Alerts?
You can disable certain Mobile Alerts texts without removing the service entirely. You'll always receive texts for the following:
  • Your account is flagged for suspicious login activity.
  • Your password is changed.
  • Security features are added to your account.
  • Security features are removed from your account.
What are security codes?
The Battle.net Mobile Alerts service will alert you of any changes to your account’s security settings. When a change is started, the service will generate and send a unique security code to your linked cell phone via text message. This code will be required to complete the changes.

Where do I enter the security codes?
When you make certain security settings changes on your account, an additional step will ask for your Mobile Alerts security code. Enter the code when prompted in order to proceed with the change as normal.

Can I link my phone to more than one Battle.net Account for Battle.net Mobile Alerts?
No, you may only link one Battle.net account to a single mobile number for Battle.net Mobile Alerts. You will receive notifications and generated security codes at that number for the linked account.

How much does the Battle.net Mobile Alerts service cost to use?
The Battle.net Mobile Alerts service is completely free. Your phone carrier's standard rates for received text messages apply.

How do I set up Battle.net Mobile Alerts for my phone?
First, log into your Battle.net Account Management page. Navigate to Security Options and click Mobile Alerts and Verification. You will then be walked through the setup process.


Eligibility and Limitations
What devices are eligible for Battle.net Mobile Alerts?
Any cell phone in a supported country with a data plan can be used as a Battle.net Mobile Alerts device.

Does the service support advanced messaging systems such as iMessage (iOS) or WhatsApp (iOS, Android)?
The Battle.net Mobile Alerts service is designed to work with a text-enabled cell phone. Advanced messaging systems are not supported

Why do I need to have a data plan to use Battle.net Mobile Alerts?
The Battle.net Mobile Alerts service uses text messages to deliver important information and security codes. In order to work with Mobile Alerts, your cell phone must be able to receive text messages. If you are unsure if you have a text or data plan, contact your phone provider.

What if the country that provides my cell phone service isn’t an option?
The Battle.net Mobile Alerts service is not currently available in all countries. If your phone is registered to a country that is not currently supported, please check back later. The service is expanding and more countries will be added soon.


Troubleshooting
How do I change my Mobile Alerts phone number?
To use Mobile Alerts with a different phone, you will need to remove the currently attached phone from your account and then attach your new number. You can do this from your Battle.net Account Management page.

What happens if I lose my phone?
If you lose the cell phone you've associated with your Battle.net account for Mobile Alerts, please contact us so that we can assist you.

What if I don't receive the SMS verification code due to technical issues?
If you are unable to receive the SMS verification code, please contact us so we can assist you. You may also wish to contact your phone provider to be sure your mobile phone is capable of receiving text messages.

Is there a way to remotely lock the account through Mobile Alerts in case of suspicious activity?
No. If you'd like to secure your account, you may wish to add an authenticator.

How is the Battle.net Mobile Alerts service different from the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator?
Mobile Alerts will provide you with informational messaging regarding the security of your account, while the Battle.net Authenticator is designed to act as a barrier between a would-be compromiser and your account.

Can I use the same mobile device for Battle.net Mobile Alerts and the Battle.net Mobile Authenticator?
Yes, both services can be used on the same mobile device simultaneously

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Orcs and Humans vs Other Races
What's your opinion on this? Metzen stated in his interview that only orcs and humans matter, so why do we even have the other races? Aesthetics?
You didn't just quote him out of context. You changed the meaning of what he said altogether:

http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/03/30/ch...real-villains/

Chris Metzen: "...the pillars of the franchise are orcs and humans; it really is the Alliance and Horde by extension, and it really is those two groups beating the brains out of each other for an extended period of time. That’s always gotta be what Warcraft is about..."

He's saying that the franchise began with orcs and humans. Those two races are the pillars upon which the Alliance and Horde were built. But the story has progressed and evolved so much since Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. Just because the faction rivalry has its foundations in a war between two races doesn't mean we think no other races matter.

I'm not saying his statements shouldn't be up for discussion. But I beg you not to start the discussion based on a false pretense.

Why, exactly would I want to follow a king who is not only thousands of years younger, but who you claim was deliberately written to be [a jerk].
This, again, can be drawn back to my reason for responding to this thread. You don't have the exact quote, but you're claiming we said Varian was written to be an [expletive deleted]. I don't know what quote you're referring to because, well, neither do you it seems. But I think I know where the general phrase you picked up on came from.

Chris said in interviews during the Mists of Pandaria press tour that Varian was written with several character flaws, and we expected him to have likability issues. The whole point was to create a character who was a little rough around the edges. It makes for a more interesting story when you see a flawed individual rise up to the challenges of being a truly great leader, which is what we have in store for Varian this expansion. So it was important for us to give him a bit of dimension in terms of personality.

Now, sure, I'm paraphrasing what Chris said as well. The difference here though is I sat in with him on multiple interviews where he relayed this sentiment. So my paraphrasing is more accurate than yours.

If what he was saying has been taken "out of context" then why are you making such efforts to ensure humans and orcs are always the "guys in charge" or superior to everyone else?
We're not going out of our way to ensure they're always the ones in charge. But that's been the natural progression since the Horde were founded more or less under absolute rule by the most powerful chief of the most powerful orc clan.

And even the High King idea (which frankly shatters what many feel is the thematic of an Alliance) seems to support this idea.
Similar to what I said about the Horde above, the Alliance formed an allegiance around human kingdoms. If you're suggesting they're thematically better served by a republic or democracy, Azeroth lore says otherwise. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Quest Rewards: Spec-Specific Loot
Some trinkets do silly things like summon a medic or get your character drunk or shoot a rainbow. While not that great for every clsss in combat, having these toys to have fun with is always a nice option. That staff will last two hours, but the trinket is priceless.
If there is a fun trinket, we will make sure it is available to everyone as a choice for precisely this reason. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Theramore Must Not Be Destroyed
Oh, things will happen in Mists. Count on it.

That's what we're afraid of. It has been the Alliance's experience that things happening is never a good thing.
Yea, I'm just kinda done empathizing with this uber-skeptical, "we've been burned before" type of response to anything regarding faction content and story. The cynicism and sense of despair coming from Alliance players whenever story progression is discussed in any capacity is starting to come off a little forced. It's definitely not very useful.

I couldn't help but consider player perception when choosing which spectral mount to go with as my avatar. I went with the gryphon because I didn't want to waste time reading any posts about why I chose the Horde mount. But then I thought about the potential of seeing people complain that I only chose the gryphon as an empty gesture to the Alliance. I feel like there's a metaphor in there somewhere, hah. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

MMO-Report
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This article was originally published in forum thread: Heart of Fear Raid Preview, Mobile Alerts, Blue Posts, MMO Report started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 112 Comments
  1. leewillzy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by balir View Post
    It had more of an ICC feel to me...
    That's because it's a recoloured Bloodwing from ICC. Good Job Blizzard nice to see your design team are still extremely lazy!
  1. ElkoSk's Avatar
    good look , little like Tempest keep
  1. Starscream101's Avatar
    WoW they just took the two rooms from ICC nice rehash just change color add sprinkles new
  1. Peeb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Starscream101 View Post
    WoW they just took the two rooms from ICC nice rehash just change color add sprinkles new
    So this will be the new reason to QQ in the forums for next two weeks. I can't wait!
  1. schwarzkopf's Avatar
    People whinging about OMG it looks the same.

    Well - here is a clue, almost every house in the planet looks the same - they all have insides and outsides, and many have rooms and beds and cooking places.

    You see what you want to see, if what you want to see is rehashed content - then that is what you see.

    I saw something new and fantastic - awesome and can't wait for it.
  1. Darkblazer's Avatar
    Its pretty nice and unique.
    And for everyone that say that they retake rooms from others instances/raids they're absoluty off.
    Because....
    People today won't get satisfied with anything .....
  1. Alexeht's Avatar
    "Battle.net Mobile Alerts" "does not work with prepaid phones" - this is BS. My bank have no problem to spam my prepaid mobile with sms about how low on money my bank account is (I wanted to avoid not paying internet bill :P), so why blizz don't make this? I will never pay for my mobile monthly, because I don't call more often than 1-2 times a day (or even I don't use it, switch it off when I want rest from calling people).
  1. Kazefiend's Avatar
    Is anyone else kinda tired of bitchy blue responses?

    I know I am.

    Come on guys, no matter how retarded the questions, don't talk down to the playerbase like that.

    I'm a horde player and I feel bad for the alliance, the posters have a point.
  1. schwarzkopf's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alexeht View Post
    "Battle.net Mobile Alerts" "does not work with prepaid phones" - this is BS. My bank have no problem to spam my prepaid mobile with sms about how low on money my bank account is (I wanted to avoid not paying internet bill :P), so why blizz don't make this?
    Because spamming an insecure (i.e. who know's who's phone it is) with your bank alerts, is WAY different to allowing you to alter/enable/change details on your WoW account.

    Remember - pre-paid phone numbers get reused very frequently.
  1. Daralii's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kazefiend View Post
    Is anyone else kinda tired of bitchy blue responses?

    I know I am.

    Come on guys, no matter how retarded the questions, don't talk down to the playerbase like that.

    I'm a horde player and I feel bad for the alliance, the posters have a point.
    I can't exactly blame the blues, though. So many people on the forums do nothing but talk shit about them, the game, and the company all day every day. If we want the blues to not be assholes, then we shouldn't be assholes. Unfortunately, "Don't be a dick" is probably impossible for a lot of the playerbase.
  1. Toxis69's Avatar
    Al tho the instances were more or less always fun and entertaining (sigh at Dragon Soul), this one really looks interesting. I see ill need to update my hardware before launch. However there is one thing that i would like to stress out to you Blizzard. You always seem to put epic bosses and npc rooted in the place, waiting for us. What you should do is make them more dynamic to their surroundings. Make a big room, hide them somewhere, make them charge us instead of the other way around. Make them climb walls, be one with their keep/cave etc, just like we are within our establishment. That should put in a little more twist then - oh there he is, all right, now im gonna md him to you on 3,2... Boring, make us run for the money
  1. Sarevokcz's Avatar
    Orange ICC = new Lich King is back? Cool mobile app tho.
  1. Daralii's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by twelvedogs View Post
    i still can't believe people are bitching about some shitty little town in the middle of nowhere being destroyed. seriously who gives a shit
    Theramore's hardly "some shitty little town in the middle of nowhere." Even if it's not properly reflected in game, Theramore is very much an Alliance capital. It's the largest Alliance stronghold on continental Kalimdor, and its position(as well as the highway constructed in Cataclysm) allows the Alliance as a whole to constantly send troops from the rest of the world and keep the Horde pinned down in Mulgore and the Barrens. Losing Theramore basically means the Alliance surrenders everything south of Ashenvale.

    This was also the only front the Alliance has won in the entirety of Cataclysm. I've played Alliance during all my time in WoW, and it gets frustrating as hell to see your faction getting kicked around like this. War isn't supposed to be fair, fine, but that's no reason for the Alliance to lose every single time, with our characters basically being a non factor.
  1. Phasma's Avatar
    I hope that layout for Heart of Fear is the temporary part. Call me crazy, but it looks like ICC with BT floors/staircases.
  1. nenshu's Avatar
    who the fuck cares what it look like? don't like it? don't raid it... seriously grow up kids stop complaining about every tiny thing or make a better raid yourself.
  1. Alenarien's Avatar
    I liked the Q&A; for once the questions asked weren't fluffy and easy, and actually held Blizzard to account on some stuff rather well.
  1. Repaer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Daralii View Post
    Theramore's hardly "some shitty little town in the middle of nowhere." Even if it's not properly reflected in game, Theramore is very much an Alliance capital. It's the largest Alliance stronghold on continental Kalimdor, and its position(as well as the highway constructed in Cataclysm) allows the Alliance as a whole to constantly send troops from the rest of the world and keep the Horde pinned down in Mulgore and the Barrens. Losing Theramore basically means the Alliance surrenders everything south of Ashenvale.

    This was also the only front the Alliance has won in the entirety of Cataclysm. I've played Alliance during all my time in WoW, and it gets frustrating as hell to see your faction getting kicked around like this. War isn't supposed to be fair, fine, but that's no reason for the Alliance to lose every single time, with our characters basically being a non factor.
    Agreed, i really love those q's u get from Theramore and it saddens me to hear its getting destroyed but like they say revenge is sweet
  1. Notos's Avatar
    Show me a single reused asset from Icc and then maybe I'll agree that they rehashed Icc. So far to me it feels like a mix of BT and AQ40...pretty damn awesome.
  1. Mekh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eiffeltower View Post
    Is this just a recolor of the blood wing in ICC ?
    http://www.wowpedia.org/Crimson_Hall

    I look at the screenshots and see nothing in common other than high ceilings and red. Possibly the pointed arches.
  1. Steamwheedle's Avatar
    I'm not gonna spark the whole "WoW is dying" thing, I'm sure someone else will probably do that later on in comments, it's an inevitability. I don't believe it.

    What I will say, though, is that it's interesting to see that the nature of the blue posts are changing from a sort of smug sarcasm that some players liked, to a more catty defensiveness. It looks like they're under pressure at the moment.

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