MMO-Champion - BattleTags Now Live...ish!, Horde Pandaren Intro, WoWDB Pet Pages Update, Blue Posts
Diablo 3 - No More Starter Access, Release Schedule Coming, Inferno Farming, Blue Posts, and Curse Roundup

WoWDB Pet Pages Update
Work continues at a steady pace on WoWDB, with the addition of more information for Pets after the changes in the last Beta build. We now have fixed the dedicated pages for all of the Battle Pet abilities and added more information to each pet's page.


The tooltips for individual abilities will show you which pets the attack is strong against, and which pets the attack is weak against. The page will also show you which pets can learn the abilities. On each pet's page, we have listed all of the spells that the pet can learn. We will continue to add features as the system is fully implemented in the beta.



BattleTags Now Live...ish!
The Diablo III beta is now connected to the live version of Battle.net. If you are in the Diablo III beta, or your friends are in the Diablo III beta, you are able to add them to your friends list via Battletag in Diablo III. Once they are added, they will appear on your friends list in WoW, allowing you to take part in cross-realm activities together. You can even add your friend's other friends by BattleTag (when they are BattleTag friends and not RealID friends with the player).

If you want to take advantage of this, be sure to add your friends before May 1, when the Diablo III beta ends. If you don't, you will be stuck waiting until May 15 when Diablo III is released to add any new friends. There is no word yet on when we will be able to add people in WoW directly by BattleTag.



Horde Pandaren Introduction
After leveling a new Pandaren character the player must choose a faction to leave The Wandering Isle. After selecting a faction you meet with the faction leader to learn a little bit more about the faction.



Patch 4.3.4 64-bit Client
If you are having trouble getting the Launcher to work correctly with Patch 4.3.4, don't forget to delete the following files if you have the 64-bit client installed: Battle.net-64.dll, MovieProxy.exe, WoW-64.exe.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
A 64-bit client is once again available for use with Patch 4.3.4. Before being able to launch WoW in 64-bit mode you will need to download the 64-bit client for PC/Mac (using one of the links below), and unzip it into your World of Warcraft directory. Once you extract the files you can start the 64-bit client by opening the Launcher as normal (Run as Administrator if applicable). To switch back to the 32-bit client, go into Options -> Game Preferences, and check the Launch 32-bit client setting. The game will display which version you are using at the bottom left hand corner of the login screen. ex: Version 4.3.4 (15595) (Release x64)

Build 4.3.4.15595 - Windows - Mac

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Next wave of Mists beta invites?
As soon as we're ready to invite more people to test the beta, we'll let you know as we have with previous waves.

It just wouldn't be very helpful if we made an advanced warning announcement that an advanced warning announcement will be coming soon. 'Cause then people would be asking for hints as to when the warning about the warning is coming. Pretty soon they'll want clues about the hints about the warning warning to come before the announced announcement.It's not a good idea to look at it that way since we're not sticking to an invite schedule. We invite large chunks of Annual Pass holders, then we give it a while to monitor realm stability and population. Each wave of invites has a varied impact on the beta test. We can't know in advance how many of the people invited will start playing right away (if at all), or how often they'll all play, etc.

Once things start to stabilize after invites are sent out and we see more predictable statistics, we'll set up another wave and start inviting more people. It isn't an exact science, which also means it's not very feasible for us to be transparent about every step of the process between waves of invites being sent.

There are a few simple goals with beta:

- Get plenty of people testing all the new content/features so we get solid feedback, as well as address bugs and crashes

- Get the remaining Annual Pass holders in as quickly as possible so they're given what they've been guaranteed

- Make sure the environment is stable enough that we can accomplish the first two goals

Having said all of that, I just want to try and drive the point home that you'll virtually never get an adequate answer when you ask us when another wave of beta invites will be going out. The community team will be notified once the developers and producers are prepared to invite more people. We get the messaging together, localize it as needed, and post as soon as we get the green light. There's virtually no point in that process where publicly providing estimates on when the next wave is coming will be useful, as that whole process generally happens within a matter of hours (not days or weeks).

Aside from being unable to get everyone into the beta myself, I hope this info helps a bit. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Announcements
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Looking for players — PvP forum
As you may have noticed, we have moved quite a few recruitment threads from this forum. Although we think it's great that you use our forums to find and join other players for more epic fun and challenges, this particular forum is dedicated to discussions about Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds, and as such is not a venue for recruitment or arranging groups.

In order to more conveniently facilitate guild recruitment and such, we have set up a new forum that is aimed at all players who are looking for other players for various PvP activities.

Looking for Players – PvP: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/4087193/

We kindly ask you to please use the forum above from now on for all your PvP team searches and recruitment needs, and to be considerate of those players who wish to use this forum for its intended purpose — discussions about Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds. Please note that any thread created for the purpose of recruiting players for any kind of group or guild may be removed without warning.

We thank you for your understanding and we hope that you will succeed in finding other players to have fun with. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Looking for players — PvE forum
As you may have noticed, we have moved quite a few recruitment threads from this forum. Although we think it's great that you use our forums to find and join other players for more epic fun and challenges, this particular forum is dedicated to discussions about Raids and Dungeons, and as such is not a venue for recruitment or arranging groups.

In order to more conveniently facilitate guild recruitment and such, we have set up a new forum that is aimed at all players who are looking for other players for various PvE activities.

Looking for Players – PvE: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/874708/

We kindly ask you to please use the forum above from now on for all your PvE group searches and recruitment needs, and to be considerate of those players who wish to use this forum for its intended purpose — discussions about Raids and Dungeons. Please note that any thread created for the purpose of recruiting players for any kind of group or guild may be removed without warning.

We thank you for your understanding and we hope that you will succeed in finding other players to have fun with. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Battle.net® Update: Updated Terms of Use
In preparation for the upcoming launch of Diablo® III, we’ve updated the Battle.net® Terms of Use to cover some key changes that will be occurring prior to the game’s release.

New Battle.net Balance Limits and Security Requirements: With the upcoming release of Diablo III’s currency-based auction house, account security will become more important than ever; we are making a few changes to ensure that players who wish to use the auction house have a safe and worry-free experience. Beginning prior to the launch of Diablo III, in order to carry a Battle.net Balance greater than $100 USD (or equivalent), players will be required to attach a Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator to their Battle.net account. In addition, we will be instituting a Battle.net Balance maximum limit of $250 USD (or equivalent). We’ll go into more detail about the different options for making purchases in the currency-based auction house prior to launch.

Global Play: When Diablo III presales began, we mentioned as part of the purchase process that Diablo III players would be able to choose to play on game servers based in the Americas, Europe, or Asia, regardless of what region they were connecting from or which language-version of the game they purchased (with certain restrictions). As you’ll see in the updated TOU, the name for this functionality is “Global Play,” and we’ll be providing more information about exactly how it works, including the restrictions noted above, prior to Diablo III’s launch.

Stay tuned to diablo3.com for further details on the currency-based auction house and Global Play in the coming weeks. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This article was originally published in forum thread: BattleTags Now Live...ish!, Horde Pandaren Intro, WoWDB Pet Pages Update, Blue Posts started by chaud View original post
Comments 90 Comments
  1. molster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Grumar View Post
    am I the only one that reads that name from battle.net tag as molester?
    Me and chaud were placing bets on how long that comment would take rofl.
  1. hq78's Avatar
    yay now i can cuss my friends while i play the d3 beta, awww yeeeeah
  1. fartman69's Avatar
    The horde intro for pandareans was alot better imo getting to fight mobs instead of just punching the king? like wat
  1. Sendai's Avatar
    "The Tauren have plenty of uses"

    Ehm...burgers and S/M? That wording sounds strange.
  1. haiimjoe's Avatar
    i cant help but say molester when i see molsters name lol
  1. taylor20k's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aibaby View Post
    I wonder if bringing those creatures and having a new faction join the Horde by having them fight is a "precursor" to his growing madness. When blood elves came although they were not trusted at first, at least they weren't tested like that. They just had to prove loyalty.
    this is much different. In the blood elves case, they weren't split and some joining alliance and some horde. they all joined the horde. He's right not to trust them when this is the most heated the war between the alliance and horde has ever been. which brings me to the seconds point.

    They're in all out war mode now. they need to make sure that the allies they're gaining are going to be capable and not endanger their own side. when the blood elves joined, they weren't really at war, especially because thrall was the warchief. So it didn't really matter if the blood elves were capable fighters.
  1. KrazyK923's Avatar
    Oh look...once again...the Horde's introduction is so much better than the Alliance's.
  1. Mendorin's Avatar
    Wow, the Horde "show your mettle" section of the faction choice is like 10x better than the alliance. At least with the horde you get to beat things to death where as the alliance you just get to watch varian shoulder dance while you beat at him and miss constantly and look pathetic doing it.
  1. sajin0084's Avatar
    Just to confirm Beta wave looks like started, Just looked to find mine. Started october 2006 got pass last week...
  1. Guaricana's Avatar
    Finally I've got invited! It has started for sure!
  1. Mclovadin's Avatar
    Horde intro vs Alliance intro: NOPE NO FAVORITISM HERE GUYS!. This is starting to get out of hand. They put ten times more effort into the horde intro (at minimum).
  1. ridish's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by willmelv View Post
    The fact that MMO-Champion JUST posted the Horde intro shows a clear Alliance side bias that I find simply disgusting. As one of the leading news sites, I expect clear perspectives free from this childish favoritism.
    they posted the ally intro yesturday -.-
  1. Hotaro's Avatar
    I prefer the start of the alliance version with Varian walking u around the keep, where as Garrosh has little space within the fortress. The second part i have to say Horde but whats up with the massive arena? when Garrosh and Thrall fought each other is wasnt that big, and the inside doesnt reflect whats going on outside. Wish they'd open up the arena again and have npc vs npc battles taking place within so ppl have something to watch.
  1. Ayronna's Avatar
    Panda beta just popped up in my account too. nice.

    And I prefer slapping the SW king over fighting in some arena. Actually, I prefer alliance. Yet, I play horde and will continue to do so. I guess I'll live with the kinda-crappy intro.
  1. bufferunderrun's Avatar
    "even a blood elf can hold a sword" lol
  1. Gandilf's Avatar
    Once again. Playing as the Horde is just a hell more fun than alliance. It's sad because it shouldn't be the case.

    Every quest in Cataclysm is the same for Horde and Alliance up to Twilight Highlands where they to factions split and the quests for Horde in this zone made me laugh my ass off when the Alliance was just Meh..

    I hope the challenge for Ally Pandas will be changed so they will fell the epicness of becomming a member of the alliance.
  1. good diu bro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gandilf View Post
    Once again. Playing as the Horde is just a hell more fun than alliance. It's sad because it shouldn't be the case.

    Every quest in Cataclysm is the same for Horde and Alliance up to Twilight Highlands where they to factions split and the quests for Horde in this zone made me laugh my ass off when the Alliance was just Meh..

    I hope the challenge for Ally Pandas will be changed so they will fell the epicness of becomming a member of the alliance.

    Miss miss and miss a level-?? boss king that doesnt fight back... I would rather shove the prince.
  1. delus's Avatar
    Wonder how they'll do the Pandaren intro after Garrosh is replaced?
  1. Dark Exerus's Avatar
    Alot of people where making the horde intro seem worse than it is but im actually quite impressed. I like both intros but the alliance intro may have just a little bit more depth to it but not much.
  1. Xanwryn's Avatar
    First off, the guy who posted the comment about MMO-Champion having Horde favouritism was trolling, I found this pretty obvious considering the fact that MMO-Champion posted the Alliance intro yesterday.

    Secondly, Garrosh is a dick. I can understand making you prove your mettle but he has to use the biggest enemy he can find, not one of his supposed "strong orc soldiers". It just makes it look like he was essentially hoping you'd die just for his own entertainment, I didn't see a show of mettle at all. If he wanted to prove the Horde's strength he should have done so with his own race, not with another.

    I'm not a fan of the hole "You are now Alliance, you must hate Horde!" or "You are now Horde, you must hate Alliance!". When Varian says, "I will NOT tolerate friendships across enemy lines." that just pissed me off because so many NPCs have "friendships across enemy lines". There are entire factions (many being druids or shamans) who are allies that also have tired with both the Alliance and the Horde, yet the player - who will become a hero through the games storyline - is not allowed to have friendships across enemy lines?

    Screw you, Varian and Garrosh. I'm gonna befriend a goblin and there ain't shit you can do about it. We're gonna the best of buds, blowin' holes in the sides of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms! TOGETHER!

    FRIENDS 4 LYFE, GOBBY PAL. FRIENDS 4 LYFE.

    Oh, also: Punching a KING in the face is far more satisfying than killing 3 ogres. Anyone can say they've killed 3 ogres. I bet all of you have killed hundreds of 'em on your level 70+ characters. Who the hell gets to say they had a scrap with a king and WON? I do! Though I do agree the bastard should actually fight back.

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