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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
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  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Yogg-Saron, God of Death View Post
    Man, I'm still dying to see the DK S12 Belt Buckle.

    I was hoping the updated preview would show it, but sadly that's not the case.
    I went back to confirm, they haven't assigned a buckle to the belt yet. There is one though, and it would look roughly (I am guessing the size) like this. It likely isn't assigned yet because it may not be done, the same thing happened to the hunter PvP set. It was in for one build and then was deleted.
  1. Alenarien's Avatar
    I like how the Worgen in the artwork looks nothing like the fugly monstrosities we have in game, and why in the world is she trying to eat the baby dragon?

    Also, what's up with the Pandaren? Blue eyes? Death Knight?

    Sure they look good, but direction/sense is always good. As to the Rogue set, thank A'dal for transmogrification.
  1. lagzinc's Avatar
    rogue set ... http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/...png?1318394475
  1. lavafoxx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by greyghost View Post
    "Vore"

    That's what's up with it.

    Fucking furries.
    Something that people have yet to understand is that these "Furries" are a modern version of a culture that has been around since the dawn of humanity.

    people have been attracted to Anthropomorphic animal-people since there have been people.
  1. Trollhammer's Avatar
    The DK looks like a HUcast from PSO.
  1. ziddenz's Avatar
    Brewmoon festival?
  1. Runevalkyrie's Avatar
    Maybe it's the new style they've decided with s11 PVP gear, I still don't like the lengths of absurdity they've decided to go with it in general. Furthermore I still don't like the DK PVP set's wierd fusion of Eva Unit-01 and Nightmare in Soulcalibur.
  1. Acidburnz's Avatar
    looks at dk armor ok i like it alot ....scroll down rogue and sham ..*gags* thx god for transmog
  1. Ssateneth's Avatar
    You might want to remove the worgen one. Its furry fetish art.
  1. Keristrasza's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ssateneth View Post
    You might want to remove the worgen one. Its furry fetish art.
    Only to the "special" group of people who apparently suffer from Furphobia. Not everyone sees a picture like that and thinks "Omg hot!" or "Omg Fur bait!" Some normal people actually see it as "Nice Warcraft fan-art. :3"
  1. Alenarien's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Keristrasza View Post
    Only to the "special" group of people who apparently suffer from Furphobia. Not everyone sees a picture like that and thinks "Omg hot!" or "Omg Fur bait!" Some normal people actually see it as "Nice Warcraft fan-art. :3"
    Did you miss the leather harness that barely keeps her...attributes in check?
  1. lavafoxx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alenarien View Post
    Did you miss the leather harness that barely keeps her...attributes in check?
    If you look on the fan art page you'll see MANY other pictures that are like it.
  1. Ssateneth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Keristrasza View Post
    Only to the "special" group of people who apparently suffer from Furphobia. Not everyone sees a picture like that and thinks "Omg hot!" or "Omg Fur bait!" Some normal people actually see it as "Nice Warcraft fan-art. :3"
    Thing is, I recognized the little blue dragon being wrapped up in worgen tongue. He goes by the name of Hida, and he has a LOT of related fetish pictures with with his "fursona", as they call it, involved with implied vore or being sat on or being stuffed inside panties. You're free to google it. So no, it's not innocent art. It's fetish art. It doesn't belong someplace where young eyes can see it.
  1. verhoef3's Avatar
    Man, the armor sets revealed thus far for Mists are some of the bests I've ever seen. Most all of them look great. They carry on the class theme while still looking fresh. I especially like the paladin, warrior, and death knight pvp, tier 14, and challenge sets. I also think the monk pvp set is very cool looking. I wish my warrior could throw on all 3 of the plate sets
  1. The Ogdru Jahad's Avatar
    I literally burst out laughing at some of the comments on that worgen picture, my personal favorite being something like "great, love it, new desktop!" response was "not surprised being your name is furrylord"

    I didn't use exact names here, so no naming and shaming, look for the comment on the pic if you care so much. But Furrylord is NOT the persons name.
  1. Taenathal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ssateneth View Post
    You might want to remove the worgen one. Its furry fetish art.
    Yeah, there's little doubt about that. I'm surprised to see that such a piece of artwork made through the filtering system to begin with. The implications of the piece are pretty disgusting and far from tame. I'm pretty sure the dragon whelp qualifies as a minor as well.
  1. Raidou's Avatar
    The dk pvp set kinda reminds me of something from an anime I watched ages ago called heroic age, mecha thing called belcross.



  1. 7tage's Avatar
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  1. CHALET's Avatar
    *Scratches chin*

    That Worgen art is uhm... I... I really don't know know...

    *Rolls into a ball and cries*
  1. Cargath's Avatar
    Love how everyone is freaking the f**k out about the Worgen art. It's like they've never seen porn or something before.

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