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Death Knight PvP Set Preview
The new video preview should be fairly representative of the set you will see in the final version of the game!





Shaman PvP Set Preview
The new video preview should be fairly representative of the set you will see in the final version of the game!





Rogue PvP Set Preview
The new video preview should be fairly representative of the set you will see in the final version of the game!





PvP Sets Recap
Now is a good time to take a look at all of the PvP sets we have seen so far. Several of the sets have updated screenshots and some have more colors added, so be sure to take a look!

Class Male Female Video
Death Knight Male Human Female Human Video
Monk Male Human Female Human Video
Priest Female Pandaren Female Human Video
Rogue Male Human Female Human Video
Shaman Male Human Female Human Video
Warlock Male Human Female Human Video


Beta Build 15699 New Maps
Several new maps were added in the latest beta build.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Druid (Forums)
Balance Druid Concerns
If we add Insect Swarm back, it would not be just to have another dot to manage, but to give players some way to interact with solar or lunar power more. There are other ways to do that too, so it may not ultimately be Insect Swarm. The rotation is close to where we want it, but it needs just a little more to play with.

At the 5000 foot view, the point of the Eclipse mechanic to begin with was to cast X spells for a time, then switch to Y spells with the Druid having some control over when or why that occurred. We don't think killing critters to get the bar moving or gaming it so that you stayed at one side of the bar forever really delivered on the vision for Eclipse. However, those tactics did give players some control -- a way to game things so that more clever players could extract a bit more performance out of the mechanic.

We are concerned that we are too far to the other extreme now, where the game UI tells you whether to use your solar buttons or lunar buttons and you really aren't making any strategic decisions. We want to introduce some relatively simple, elegant mechanic to give you more control over how much lunar or solar power you have. Maybe that's Insect Swarm. Maybe it's something else. Try it out over the next few builds, keeping in mind that it may take a bit before we have something we are satisfied with. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Paladin (Forums)
Judgements of the Pure Removed
In our most recent tests and instance runs, Holy paladin longevity was much longer than other healers, even without Judgements of the Pure. We need to get Holy to the same level as the other healers. It may be at that point that all healer mana income is too low or that damage in dungeons is too high and well have to adjust accordingly. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Inquisition Glyph
This glyph isn't supposed to be a no-brainer for DPS. Hopefully none of the glyphs are.

At the risk of sounding more patronizing than I intend, a common mistake I see some players make is to look at maximum possible theoretical DPS and assume that is the DPS they can achieve. We have the numbers we think every class can achieve under ideal situations (meaning no movement or distractions, etc.). The best players in the world can deliver on these numbers while executing very complex boss fights. That's a little mind boggling for us, but it's true. Very few players are capable of such feats however.

For the rest of us, our hope is that it works out like this:

1) Expert player who foregoes the Glyph of Inquisition, executes Inquisition uptime perfectly, and delivers 99% of max possible DPS.

2) Intermediate player who sometimes struggles with maintaining Inquisition, takes the glyph, and delivers 75% of max possible DPS.

3) Player who thinks he is more expert than he is, skips the Glyph of Inquisition because that's what all the cool kids do, finds as a result that he struggles with Inquisition uptime, and delivers 60% of Mac possible DPS.

Don't take my percentage numbers too seriously, but you get the idea. Many classes have similar glyphs. My advice is to measure your DPS (in an actual encounter or PvP) and see whether you benefit or not. The rotations that works for the best players (of any class) may not work for everyone. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warlock (Forums)
Warlock Mana Problems
We think the mana costs for Demonology feel pretty good and of course Destruction's mana works totally differently now. For Affliction, we agree that the mana costs are too high - possibly way too high. As some of the posters above pointed out, there is also a bug with some channeled spells, most notably Malefic Grasp, that charge an extra tick at the end. That isn't helping any.

We think Life Tap as a way of restoring mana works and has been a warlock staple for a long time. We just think Affliction locks on beta right now are spending too much of their time having to do it. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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

This article was originally published in forum thread: PvP Sets Preview and Recap, New Maps, Blue Posts, Fan Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 82 Comments
  1. Raidou's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cargath View Post
    Love how everyone is freaking the f**k out about the Worgen art. It's like they've never seen porn or something before.
    what kinda wierd porn do you watch?
  1. Cargath's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Raidou View Post
    what kinda wierd porn do you watch?
    I don't, but I'm used to it because I have a lot of friends who are Furries. If that's what they are interested in, who am I to stop them?
  1. Nagassh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cargath View Post
    I don't, but I'm used to it because I have a lot of friends who are Furries. If that's what they are interested in, who am I to stop them?
    That doesn't validate your prior post in any way, shape or form. People who don't spend their time looking at their furry friends porn collection, probably don't associate furry-vore-fetish art as "porn".
  1. tgrhwke's Avatar
    The "World of Whelpcraft" is a cool piece, but it isn't new. It's been featured here before when it won 1st place for fan art at BlizzCon 2010.
  1. Pineapple's Avatar
    I think I might have been on the internet for too long. Picture really doesn't disturb me, though I agree that it isn't exactly PG13. I mean, her woman attributes are very apparant.

    I find it to be rather grotesque, which is kinda cool. Nice artwork, though not very suitable, as mentioned.

    Also, 10 cents say that all the people who're feaking out, isn't reaking about because "OMG FURRIES", but because they felt something they don't want to face.

    Also, man that DK set is so awesome. Makes me want to level my DK for MoP. I'm pretty amazed by pretty much all the new armors for all the classes. I think they've done a real good job, considering how many are/have been working on Diablo3.
  1. Oneshotmagee's Avatar
    Isn't there also a hunter PVP set which wasn't included in the recap?
  1. Jadhak's Avatar
    I love the Neon Genesis Evangelion (EVA-01) look for the DK set....
  1. Nillah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cargath View Post
    Love how everyone is freaking the f**k out about the Worgen art. It's like they've never seen porn or something before.
    I've seen plenty of porn. This is something I would never consider porn. That's a mix of furry/vore art that quite frankly disturbs a lot of people, and I don't blame them.
  1. Kworal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jadhak View Post
    I love the Neon Genesis Evangelion (EVA-01) look for the DK set....
    Makes me want to level a DK =|

    DK Unit 01 - LAUNCH!
  1. Mitler's Avatar
    Blizzard's fan art never failed to amuse me in different ways.
  1. shesta's Avatar
    i AM a furry, but that worgen art has NO place on the official site or anywhere else outside a private gallery. It is fetish art, the guy who commissioned it (Hida) commissions nothing BUT fetish art of his stupid blue mini dragon being sat on/about to be eaten by female characters. He - or the artist, whichever of them submitted it - need to understand this is not the side of the fandom that anyone needs or wants to see. There's plenty of awesome clean worgen art out there. :/
  1. starkey's Avatar
    Love shamans fishing hat, just need some flys on that biatch
  1. Alixie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cargath View Post
    Please, please, please! Stop using Humans for the video preview of sets! Use Pandaren or a beefy race like Tauren (No pun intended)
    They use humans because thats how the default armor looks like without being squashed or stretched like on the other races. And tauren cant even model boots.
  1. Karizee's Avatar
    Enough with the furry fetish art! This is seriously creeping me out.

    Furry threads all over the WoW general forums too.

    /shudder
  1. mi33's Avatar
    So many insecure people. If you don't like the art, don't open it.

    You won't instantaneously become a furry if you like it.
  1. Mucupurulent's Avatar
    "Open it" ? It's on the front page.

    But anyway: No matter how you put it, it's just fetish art, and a rather specific one to boot.

    If they'd post something like jaina in a revealing french maid latex SM outfit people would be upset too.
  1. Flutterguy's Avatar
    The response to the worgen art reminds me of when church goers freak out about a Venus sculpture showing bare breasts(gasp!). Filled with irrationality.
  1. Difuid's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Flutterguy View Post
    The response to the worgen art reminds me of when church goers freak out about a Venus sculpture showing bare breasts(gasp!). Filled with irrationality.
    Kind of. Altough that picture is stretching it.. I mean, seriously, a blue whelp in a burger?! the rest is fine
  1. Flutterguy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Difuid View Post
    Kind of. Altough that picture is stretching it.. I mean, seriously, a blue whelp in a burger?! the rest is fine
    Can't account much for taste... personally, I would have gone for a green whelpling. Like eating a special brownie.
  1. Solondrielle's Avatar
    Liking the DK set, have no idea why but the first thing I thought of upon viewing was Guyver =S Anyone else?

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