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)
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  1. Myzou's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Strafer View Post
    Emperor Hellscream? HA, they dun goofed.
    I'm sure that was sarcasm, but it's actually to be expected.

    All but a few Pandaren have been living in Exile either on the Wandering Isle or on Pandaria, unknown to the outside world, not knowing their customs, etc.

    Naturally, they must assume that outside groups assume the same roles.

    Eventually they'll learn.
  1. risingforce's Avatar
    I also though alliance quest much more personal then the horde. The king decides to test you personally to see what you got. I only wish the female Panderan to join the fight instead of just standing there.
    Blizz are setting up Garrosh as a contemptible character; we are supposed to end up disliking him by the time Theramore [literarily] goes down. Blizz are also blatantly trying to flesh out Varian and make the Ally love him so it should be no surprise when we look at the differences between Faction Introduction quests -sadly. Personally I hope both narratives will get some polish and voice overs nonetheless.
  1. Ginnalka's Avatar
    T.T I think I'm the only one left that didn't get beta and I've been playing since '04....
  1. Ryme's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Foto View Post
    Anyone else think that the alliance panadren intro was much better than the hordes?? Hordes seemed tacky and not nearly as interesting as the alliances
    Actually thought the opposite, this looks far more fun that the Alliance one to me.
  1. Xeones's Avatar
    Why is a guy named Molester being used as an example?
  1. F-Minus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xeones View Post
    Why is a guy named Molester being used as an example?
    So you learn to read properly.
  1. Mazzic518's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Grumar View Post
    am I the only one that reads that name from battle.net tag as molester?
    Yes. Yes you are
  1. angelflavor's Avatar
    Compared to the Alliance Hordes was lacking.... I wondering if this is because Blizz knows they will have to redo it after the expansion..
  1. grandpapeckinpah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by risingforce View Post
    Blizz are setting up Garrosh as a contemptible character; we are supposed to end up disliking him by the time Theramore [literarily] goes down. Blizz are also blatantly trying to flesh out Varian and make the Ally love him so it should be no surprise when we look at the differences between Faction Introduction quests -sadly. Personally I hope both narratives will get some polish and voice overs nonetheless.
    But it's backfiring! If Hellscream asks me to be a part of the rape of Theramore I'll take part gleefully.

    On a serious note, I agree with the voice acting, especially if Garrosh is "the big bad" this time around. We couldn't get Deathwing to shut up when he showed up in quests.
  1. SidheKnight's Avatar
    To those who say the Horde intro looks worse than the Alliance one...

    MMO-Champion didn't post the entire Horde Pandaren intro!

    They cut off a lot of important stuff where Ji and your character are greeted by other members of the Horde, and they not only provide some comic relief, but also tell you about how Garrosh keeps the city segregated between Orcs and Non-Orcs (which shows he's definitely going down a dark path)
  1. Shaile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Malifico View Post
    They're trolling us on those invites - a wave is going out. I just checked my bnet account randomly - MoP Beta just popped up!
    hehe just read your comment and had to check mine too if i was randomly sneakily invited. and i was too. no email no wave but there it is....
  1. esmifra's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by risingforce View Post
    Total lore fail. The Blood Elves were borne from the remains [see Arthas attack on Quel'Thalas] of the High Elves -the sin'dorei -and are not two separate races (sic) as you suggest.
    And where in my post do I say they are 2 different races? When I say they are basically the same race? When I say that aside from fel addiction there are no differences between High elfs and Blood elfs? When I say the only difference is the faction they chose?
  1. XenoGearZ's Avatar
    I know this is off topic. But i got my beta invite yesterday.

    Account since 2008...took multiple breaks......got annual pass near the starting of March.
  1. Puremallace's Avatar
    So not to point out the obvious, but why not just make the pokemon style pet battle system into a IPhone app?
  1. Toomuchcoffee's Avatar
    I havent been on wow for a while now, but since everyone seems to be playing beta...is there any left in the game (cata)? I mean, it seems when MoP comes out, everyone will have their fill and go home after that...
  1. DragonSoul's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puremallace View Post
    So not to point out the obvious, but why not just make the pokemon style pet battle system into a IPhone app?
    cos iphones suck and there a huge ripoff and why would blizzard affiliate with the worst company in the world
  1. shownder's Avatar
    Does Aysa Cloudwhatever not join the Horde? I saw both her and Ji in the alliance intro...
  1. Amyllia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DragonSoul View Post
    cos iphones suck and there a huge ripoff and why would blizzard affiliate with the worst company in the world
    Is this a joke or...? Because they've already done a few apps for the iPhone and they have actually mentioned the possibility of making the Pet Battle System work as part of the Remote Services for the Mobile Armory App.
  1. Honeyprime'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.
    This is the most idiotic and ridiculous post I have ever seen. And I've seen quite a few posts in my day.

    OT: I have watched both intros.

    All I could think of while watching the horde one is what an ass Garrosh is. "ME ME ME MY MY MY KILL KILL KILL". And the disdain that he has for his allies is not good.
    And while watching the Alliance one King Varian talks about helping one another and asks you to fight him. He doesn't hide behind monsters.

    I have played both sides. The intros are fitting.
  1. 4KhazModan'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..
    .
    You seem to have that backwards. In the alliance intro, as you walk through SW, you meet all of the different races in a rather comedic fashion(the drunk dwarf at the end). And in TH, are you telling me you laughed more at the dragonmaw stuff than the wildhammer crazy wedding line, really? I hated TH horde-side. The wildhammer questline was my favorite in all of cata.

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