MMO-Champion - Armored Druid Forms, Scarlet Halls Video, MoP Quest Voiceovers, Setup of the Month
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Armored Druid Forms Preview
In Mists of Pandaria Druids will get the Incarnation talent, which allows them to change into an armored version of the form for their spec. The images below show the different colors of the armored forms.

Armored Bear Forms



Heroic Scarlet Halls Video Preview
The last beta patch enabled many of the Heroic difficulty level instances, including Scarlet Halls, which is a combination of the old Armory and Library wings of the Scarlet Monastery.



Mists of Pandaria Quest Voiceovers
Blizzard added a lot of voice acting for questlines so far and the latest patch added even more! Here are a few samples of what to expect while leveling.

Shokai Questline




White Tiger Temple Event




Bold Karasshi Questline



Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, the lovely chaud will work on a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
Hard drive prices are slowly declining, but are still above the pre-flood prices, so now is still a good time to buy a SSD. The current SSD prices are still moving downward, with sales bringing the cost to under $1 per gigabyte. A few sales are even nearing 50 cents per gigabyte, so look for something on sale!

If you are building today and don't go for the upper range of overclocking (past ~4.5Ghz) then you are better off buying Ivy Bridge. If you want to go for the maximum overclocks or have to save money, the 2500k is $25 cheaper. Unless you are doing a lot of video encoding or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 3770K and should spend that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions! If you are interested in Folding@home, take a look in our team's thread.


Peripherals/Monitors
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorAcer V223W EJBD 22-Inch Widescreen - $146ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $190
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $25Cyborg V.5 - $46
MouseLogitech G400 - $41Razer Deathadder - $44
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $267HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $375
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $61Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $72 ($114)
MouseLogitech G500 - $58Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $74
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $54Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $82


Puppy and Dolphin
Overclocked Puppy will outperform Dolphin when multiple threads are in use (Not WoW) and come close in most other cases.
Mix and match anything but the CPU/Motherboard combo between Puppy and Dolphin. Pick one of the two CPU/Motherboard combos.
Mix and match anything between Dolphin and Narwhal.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $36NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 V2 - $57OCZ ZS Series 650W - $70
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition- $142Intel i3-2100 - $110
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $29
MotherboardASUS M5A97 AM3+ 970 - $102Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $129
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $258GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $56
Graphics CardGigabyte GTX 550 Ti - $120XFX 6870 or EVGA GTX 560 - $140 / $155
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $65Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $115
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$595$715


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn. SSDs are always optional.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $60Cooler Master HAF932 - $130
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $90Corsair 750HX - $135
CPUIntel i5-3570K - $240Intel i7-3770K - $388
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $59Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $83
MotherboardASUS P8Z77-V LK - $152ASUS P8Z77-V - $190
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $568GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $56
Graphics CardMSI 7850 Twin Frozr - $260Sapphire 7970 OC OR EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $480 / $420
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $115Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $115
SSDCrucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $114
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $130
SAMSUNG 830 128GB (Review) - $145
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $105
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$1054 - $1184$1539 - $1744
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Comments 79 Comments
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azrile View Post
    Just seems very unBlizzard like to spend so much artwork for something that will rarely be directly seen.
    All they did was slap armor on one bear form. The rest are just existing color variations.

    Quote Originally Posted by Machriren View Post
    WHy does Chaud never do Sound cards?

    I need a new sound card, any suggestions?
    For 99% of people, Integrated sound is good enough. Those that have a real need for a dedicated sound card generally don't have to ask.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sinn View Post
    Not sure why Chaud wants to add a Heatsink to every build. Stock heatsink should do fine if you don't overclock, no?
    Also, I'm not sure people know that WOW is a CPU intensive game and whether setups should take that into account.
    I assume that everyone is going to overclock. It has become very easy with the Sandy/Ivy Bridge chips!
  1. Rokzum's Avatar
    The druid armor just looks like a waste of dev time =\ imo
  1. AVPaul's Avatar
    And who said that tri-spec is waste of time? Mmm?
  1. Rokzum's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by AVPaul View Post
    And who said that tri-spec is waste of time? Mmm?
    Umm i give up, who?
  1. ruga's Avatar
    Anyone else find the look of the armored Moonkins silly?

    Looks like they just threw everything on the poor thing haha
  1. Tholaan's Avatar
    Where is my armored tree form!
  1. the9tail's Avatar
    Ummm what's with the troll moonkin horns??!!??
  1. aaaro88's Avatar
    Blizzard needs to slap their Armor Artist...
    STICK with simple designs and asymmetry!! with a few exceptions the majority of new armor looks like a kindergartener puked out a bunch of jagged Lego pieces onto the screen.. seriously I can't tell if im looking at armor or an impressionist painting.. armor should be layered not splattered on..

    Bear: the armor isn't that bad.. Spikes=good Glowwy gems all over the place=Bad
    Cat: the cat should have more visible armor on its arms and legs rather than its body.. its not a tank.. blades strapped to the limbs and maybe bigger talons would be cool.. Don't cover their mane..
    Boomkin: they're casters.. not kick-boxers.. don't cover their head..
  1. blacktiger1974's Avatar
    It should be a cosmetic symbol, not whole talent.

    ---------- Post added 2012-06-11 at 09:57 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Tholaan View Post
    Where is my armored tree form!
    http://comps.fotosearch.com/comp/CSP..._~k8372913.jpg
  1. Almatari's Avatar
    Night elven style armor looks a little odd on the worgen druid forms. I wish they would have done a more Gilnean inspired armor theme for them.

    The tauren/troll druid armor works better because their aesthetic sensibilities are fairly similar but it still would have been nice if everyone had their own race themed armor.
  1. Olena's Avatar
    I'm just hoping that there will be glyphs where I could make those ugly armors to not showing up at my druid. I don't like that moonkin-tank at all.
  1. ZeroWashu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ruga View Post
    Anyone else find the look of the armored Moonkins silly?

    Looks like they just threw everything on the poor thing haha

    Guess I will have a new emote for my Boomkin come MOP "I am Chickanatus of Borg.... "
  1. Desareon's Avatar
    so right now in the Beta its a couple second effect that changes your cat/bear/moonkin into one with armor. Now I'd like to know if this is going to change so that its going to be permanent, and not treated like another fail tree form spell. I personally like the armor on cat/bear. And think having it on a 15 seconds duration with a 3 minute cooldown is a waste, and doesn't make a lot of sense.
  1. muto's Avatar
    Armored forms look terrible.
  1. UnifiedDivide's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Olena View Post
    I'm just hoping that there will be glyphs where I could make those ugly armors to not showing up at my druid. I don't like that moonkin-tank at all.
    It's an optional talent, you don't have to have it at all.
  1. invader's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UnifiedDivide View Post
    It's an optional talent, you don't have to have it at all.
    was gonna ask a similar question ;p thank fekk for that...... armors on ferals look SHITE wtf you playin at blizz lol
  1. |Dexter|'s Avatar
    Sure they add voice acting now they known they may want to hire VOICE actors!!
  1. Exuja's Avatar
    Oh my, the armored models look ridiculous...
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azrile View Post
    I am usually not a person to question Blizzards priorities.. but I find it odd that Blizzard is spending so much time on druids for what amounts to 1 talent choice, that has a short duration and moderate cooldown (30 sec duration, 3 minute cooldown) and will only probably be used in raids or dungeon boss fights.

    I am hoping they have something else in store for these models for us. I am probably not going to even take this talent, and even if I were, it would only be up for times when I am probably not really even looking at my character (and nobody else is either).

    Just seems very unBlizzard like to spend so much artwork for something that will rarely be directly seen.
    You're drastically overestimating how much work went into that. They took the existing druid forms and slapped some armor on top, based on existing armor models, with one alternate colorscheme.

    They also almost always create new graphics for new abilities and talents in expansions because those are one of the major draws for individual characters.
  1. SynergyDarkstar's Avatar
    Anyone know what the warlock spell effect that gives them purple chain-y looking things is? (5:03 in the video)

    Cause that looks awesome

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