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Mists of Pandaria Box Art
Someone over on Reddit posted an image that looks like it could be the Mists of Pandaria box! As expected, it mentions that you need the Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm expansions to play. The Burning Crusade is not mentioned because it is free for anyone who owns WoW as of last year.

Minimum Requirements
  • Dual core CPU, up from a single core at 1.4 Ghz. It looks like it may mention a Intel Pentium D rather than Intel Pentium 4.
  • 2GB RAM (or 1GB for Windows XP), up from 1GB RAM.
  • The X1800 Pro (2005) is now the minimum required GPU, up from the 9500 (2002), which may no longer be supported.
  • The GeForce FX 5000 series (2003) also has been dropped from the minimum requirements, replaced by the 6800 (2004).
  • The minimum hard drive space is still 25GB.
  • The minimum resolution is 1024x768.

Recommended Specifications
  • 4GB RAM, up from 2GB.
  • 64bit Windows 7, up from 64bit Windows Vista/7.
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2, up from the Intel Pentium D.
  • Nvidia 8800GT, up from the 8600.
  • AMD 4830 512MB, up from the 2600.



South Korean Diablo III Refunds
South Korean players who were unhappy with the stability problems during the Diablo III launch will be able to apply for a refund! This was prompted in part by the Korea Fair Trade Commission investigation into denied refunds, which resulted in a raid on their office. South Korean Law allows a customer to receive a refund within seven days of purchasing something if the problems with the product are not caused by the consumer.

The number of Korean players connected peaked at 430,000, which prompted the installation of more server capacity. The peak for all of Asia was 640,000.

A player must have not played past level 40 in order to obtain a refund, which will be given out from June 25th to July 3rd. If you purchase the game from now on and want a refund, you will be able to get it as long as you have not played past level 20 and are within 14 days of the purchase date.

Players who do not apply for a refund will get a free month of Starcraft 2 access, which can be gifted to a friend if the player already has a copy.



Mogu'shan Vaults: Stone Guard
On Friday, several groups were able to test the Stone Guard encounter in Mogu'shan Vaults. Groups will be able to test the Gara'jal the Spiritbinder and Spirit Kings 10 man normal encounters on Monday, so check back around 13:30 EDT or 19:30 CEST for some streams!


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Mogu'shan Vaults
The mogu, proud of their supremacy, kept lengthy records of their accomplishments within a great complex of vaults. Guarded by ferocious magical beings, these sacred chambers have remained silent since the mogu's departure.

The Stone Guard

  • Amethyst Guardian - The Amethyst Guardian gains energy when within 12 yards of another Guardian. The Guardian uses this energy to cast Amethyst Overload. If no other Guardian is within range, it instead gains the Solid Stone effect. In 10 player Normal Difficulty, a rotating set of three of the four guardians are present each week.
    • Amethyst Pool - The Amethyst Guardian creates a pool that inflicts (65,000 + 4.2% of SP) Shadow damage every 1 sec. to enemies who enter the area. Lasts 20 sec.
    • Amethyst Overload - Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 500,000 Shadow damage to all enemies and interrupting Amethyst Petrification. The Overload does not free fully petrified enemies.
    • Amethyst Petrification - The Guardian attempts to turn its enemies to amethyst, reducing the Shadow damage they take by 80% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of Petrification turn to stone and cannot move or act.
  • Cobalt Guardian - The Cobalt Guardian gains energy when within 12 yards of another Guardian. The Guardian uses this energy to cast Cobalt Overload. If no other Guardian is within range, it instead gains the Solid Stone effect. In 10 player Normal Difficulty, a rotating set of three of the four guardians are present each week.
    • Cobalt Grasp - Cobalt bursts from the ground at a random player's feet, inflicting 52,000 Arcane damage and preventing all movement for 6 sec.
    • Cobalt Overload - Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 500,000 Arcane damage to all enemies and interrupting Cobalt Petrification. The Overload does not free fully petrified enemies.
    • Cobalt Petrification - The Guardian attempts to turn its enemies to cobalt, reducing the Arcane damage they take by 80% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of Petrification turn to stone and cannot move or act.
  • Jade Guardian - The Jade Guardian gains energy when within 12 yards of another Guardian. The Guardian uses this energy to cast Jade Overload. If no other Guardian is within range, it instead gains the Solid Stone effect. In 10 player Normal Difficulty, a rotating set of three of the four guardians are present each week.
    • Jade Shards - The Jade Guardian fires shards of jade in all directions, inflicting 70,000 Nature damage to all players.
    • Jade Overload - Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 500,000 Nature damage to all enemies and interrupting Jade Petrification. The Overload does not free fully petrified enemies.
    • Jade Petrification - The Guardian attempts to turn its enemies to jade, reducing the Nature damage they take by 80% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of petrification turn to stone and cannot move or act.
  • Jasper Guardian - The Jasper Guardian gains energy when within 12 yards of another Guardian. The Guardian uses this energy to cast Jasper Overload. If no other Guardian is within range, it instead gains the Solid Stone effect. In 10 player Normal Difficulty, a rotating set of three of the four guardians are present each week.
    • Jasper Cleave - The Jasper Guardian inflicts 109,850 Fire damage to its current target and their nearest allies, affecting up to 5 targets.
    • Jasper Overload - Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 500,000 Fire damage to all enemies and interrupting Jasper Petrification. The Overload does not free fully petrified enemies.
    • Jasper Petrification - The Guardian attempts to turn its enemies to jasper, reducing the Fire damage they take by 80% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of petrification turn to stone and cannot move or act.
  • Shared Abilities - All four guardians have access to these abilities.
    • Solid Stone - When no other stone guards are nearby the Guardian reverts to stone form. While in this form it takes 90% reduced damage but cannot gain energy.
    • Rend Flesh - The Guardian rends the flesh of the target, causing 42,648 Physical damage every 1 sec. Lasts 15 sec.
    • Power Down - When the guardians reach 85%, 65%, and 40% remaining health, one of them will power down all Energized Tiles in the room to prevent players from using the energy.
  • Encounter Area -
    • White Floor Tiles - These tiles absorb the energy from Living Amethyst, Living Cobalt, Living Jade, and Living Jasper when a player stands on them. Each tile absorbs one charge of energy. For each tile currently energized in the room, every player gains a stack of Energized Tiles.
      • Energized Tiles - The energy of the living stone flows through the room tiles, empowering players and increasing damage dealt by 1%. This effect stacks.
    • Living Amethyst Crystal - The energy that powers the Amethyst Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal gain the Living Amethyst effect.
      • Living Amethyst - 5 charges of the energy that animates the Amethyst Guardian tear though your body. Each charge inflicts (13,000 + 10.0% of SP) Shadow damage every 1 sec. Players drain the energy charges into white floor tiles to energize them.
    • Living Cobalt Crystal - The energy that powers the Cobalt Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal gain the Living Cobalt effect.
      • Living Cobalt - 5 charges of the energy that animates the Cobalt Guardian tear though your body. Each charge inflicts (13,000 + 10.0% of SP) Arcane damage every 1 sec. Players drain the energy charges into white floor tiles to energize them.
    • Living Jade Crystal - The energy that powers the Jade Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal gain the Living Jade effect.
      • Living Jade - 5 charges of the energy that animates the Jade Guardian tear though your body. Each charge inflicts (13,000 + 10.0% of SP) Nature damage every 1 sec. Players drain the energy charges into white floor tiles to energize them.
    • Living Jasper Crystal - The energy that powers the Jasper Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal gain the Living Jasper effect.
      • Living Jasper - 5 charges of the energy that animates the Jasper Guardian tear though your body. Each charge inflicts (13,000 + 10.0% of SP) Fire damage every 1 sec. Players drain the energy charges into white floor tiles to energize them.



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  1. JaeRR's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Remnas View Post
    Why is ICP opening the MMO report?
    rofl-copter

    ---------- Post added 2012-06-24 at 06:03 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by reve View Post
    Man everyone in South Korea already has Starcraft 2, what the hell .
    haha I'm korean and that's so true... we even have tv channels that show sc commentary games 24/7
  1. Klaxxar's Avatar
    Does anyone know a accounement date for Mists?
  1. ClearlySane88's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vallius View Post
    I swear, if it's one thing I've grown to hate over these last 8 years it's the Blizzard fan base and their unwavering adolescent behavior. I've never come across a more bratty group of people and I doubt I ever will. ... Actually, Bioware fanboys/girls are pretty damn bad, too.
    To be fair, the Heroclix community (a miniature game featuring Superheroes) gets really whiny as well. They can give the WoW community a pretty good run for their money, most of the time. *sigh* I would have to join two of the brattiest communities on the internet, wouldn't I?
  1. Rendia's Avatar
    Well, that sums it up. I cannot play MoP until I get a PC upgrade, which is about $600, so I be farked until I can SOMEHOW come up with the money to play. I knew I was gonna be screwed over eventually but was hoping they'd actually not require such a step up to make it unplayable by people with low-end computers and also low-end budgets (the 2 tend to go together). Looks like I won't be playing WoW for a while.
  1. Reserk's Avatar
    Are the requirements different to the Mists of Pandaria Beta?
  1. Rendia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dotss View Post
    Are the requirements different to the Mists of Pandaria Beta?
    No idea, but I didn't load the beta on my computer, or rather I did, but I haven't tried to play yet, as I was waiting for more to be ready. I dislike the super-buggyness that is beta release. I was waiting for it to be around the time now to try it out. I like testing instances and raids and such. But now I won't even bother, as my PC is too old to even dream of running MoP.
  1. Reserk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rendia View Post
    No idea, but I didn't load the beta on my computer, or rather I did, but I haven't tried to play yet, as I was waiting for more to be ready. I dislike the super-buggyness that is beta release. I was waiting for it to be around the time now to try it out. I like testing instances and raids and such. But now I won't even bother, as my PC is too old to even dream of running MoP.
    Yeah, I can play beta fine, no problems on this computer but I don't know if the beta is using the MoP requirements or still the cataclysm requirements. Need to know
  1. Noden's Avatar
    So what their launch was messed up like everyone elses. Where is my refund at? I got to play the game for one hour before I logged off and now whenever I try to play it it says a file is corrupt and no matter what I do it wont let me play. Turned off peer to peer, uninstalled and reinstalled from both the disc and the battle.net downloader, and moved the file to force a reinstall all while being the only account on my computer so I know I am the admin. Whenever I made a ticket I just got told to go to the knowledge center after having stated I checked there and still nothing. So again I ask where is my refund for the game that will not work. Before its said my computer can run D3 with no problems.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    I'm disappointed with the color scheme of the box (if it's legit). Keeping my fingers crossed for change!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rendia View Post
    Well, that sums it up. I cannot play MoP until I get a PC upgrade, which is about $600, so I be farked until I can SOMEHOW come up with the money to play. I knew I was gonna be screwed over eventually but was hoping they'd actually not require such a step up to make it unplayable by people with low-end computers and also low-end budgets (the 2 tend to go together). Looks like I won't be playing WoW for a while.
    My situation with my computer isn't as bad as yours, thankfully (and my sympathies to you). It looks I'll still be able to play MoP when it's released, but I have almost all the settings on low already and it struggles somewhat in LFR -- on live. If I want to have an ok playing experience, I will need to upgrade at least a couple hardware/software stuff beforehand. (And I was intending on just replacing the entire computer somewhere down the road.)
  1. Sicc's Avatar
    I'm glad they increased the system requirements (because it means graphic updates, not because I want some players to be unable to play). The new minimal is still way under the entry level of a new computer, so most of the players shouldn't have a problem. Just look at the hardver debut dates of the new parts. They are about same old as the game itself (2004-2005). If you don't have a computer for that, you are probably one of the very rare unlucky who couldn't afford to buy new system since 6-7 years. Mine is 6 years old already but beats the minimum without problems. I've been saveing up money for a new and upgrade should be fine just before MoP.
  1. good diu bro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hanto View Post
    o.O Free month of SC2 access? Does that mean SC2 is subscription based in Korea?
    It is just a month trial.
    You can still buy SC2 in boxes in Korea.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sicc View Post
    I'm glad they increased the system requirements (because it means graphic updates, not because I want some players to be unable to play). The new minimal is still way under the entry level of a new computer, so most of the players shouldn't have a problem. Just look at the hardver debut dates of the new parts. They are about same old as the game itself (2004-2005). If you don't have a computer for that, you are probably one of the very rare unlucky who couldn't afford to buy new system since 6-7 years. Mine is 6 years old already but beats the minimum without problems. I've been saveing up money for a new and upgrade should be fine just before MoP.
    I highly doubt that.
    It will still run fine in legacy PCs, the requirements are there to protect them from complains for not running smooth.
  1. Dazzy's Avatar
    I've always gotten the whole panda thing since it was announced and haven't had a problem with it, but that box cover just looks odd for WoW.
  1. shamestia's Avatar
    We're the winners given their beta keys already if they won????
  1. Mauros's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by berserklover View Post
    a free month of starcraft 2?????!!!!

    I hope that meant wow cause I wouldn't pay a monthly fee for that game.
    It's a free trial of the full game lasting 1 month. Starcraft II is not subscription based and never been. Really, are you dumb or retarded? Learn to read.
  1. Stormgnoef's Avatar
    If your pc cant handle Wow then just lols.How in the world do you have so shity pc?Upgrading is so cheap these days.
  1. balatro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mauros View Post
    It's a free trial (demo) lasting 1 month. Starcraft II is not subscription based and never been. Really, are you dumb or retarded? Learn to read.
    Completely unwarranted response.

    But, since it seems you were in fact the one that failed to read, let me c/p it for you:

    Players who do not apply for a refund will get a free month of Starcraft 2 access
    It doesn't take a genius to see that this statement definitely implies/gives the suggestion that SC2 is on a monthly subscription model in South Korea.
  1. Mauros's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stormgnoef View Post
    If your pc cant handle Wow then just lols.How in the world do you have so shity pc?Upgrading is so cheap these days.
    Not anybody have the money to upgrade a PC and you just fail trolling. So please next time just shut useless retard. And retain your useless retarded replies for yourself. SILENCE WORLD, THE SMART GUY HAS SPOKEN. And pay for some english lessons instead of buying PC upgrades, you need it idiot.
  1. Larwood's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mauros View Post
    Not anybody have the money to upgrade a PC and you just fail trolling. So please next time just shut useless retard. And retain your useless retarded replies for yourself. SILENCE WORLD, THE SMART GUY HAS SPOKEN. And pay for some english lessons instead of buying PC upgrades, you need it idiot.
    Oh the irony.
  1. Rendia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stormgnoef View Post
    If your pc cant handle Wow then just lols.How in the world do you have so shity pc?Upgrading is so cheap these days.
    I could tell you that you should do something rather unpleasant to yourself, but I do not wish to get into trouble with the mods, however, you have to realize, even with a blivet-brain like yours, that some people just can't knock out cash whenever they feel like it.

    Perhaps you should go and have your mommy and daddy buy you another PC, that way you can lord over us who barely have one.

    P.S. STFU
  1. Awe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mauros View Post
    Not anybody have the money to upgrade a PC and you just fail trolling. So please next time just shut useless retard. And retain your useless retarded replies for yourself. SILENCE WORLD, THE SMART GUY HAS SPOKEN. And pay for some english lessons instead of buying PC upgrades, you need it idiot.
    The way he said that may be bad but he has a point. WoW system requirements are low. Very low. Even those mentioned for MoP. I understand that some people cant afford to buy a new PC but nobody is asking to buy a state of art machine. If someone can afford to pay monthly sub for WoW then he should surely afford to buy cheap PC parts that would meet the MoP requirements. And by cheap I mean really cheap. Second hand market etc. Unless someone can barely make it to pay that monthly WoW sub and there is no room for anything else. But in such case I would think that this person should consider if playing WoW is a reasonable thing to do at all.

    I know some people can be in tough life situations. But world moves on. By that logic someone could demand that WoW should be playable on hardware from 1995. Blizzard is already holding back becouse of people with weaker systems. If you would ask me, I would be for making a total engine overhaul that would probably boost the requirements x2. Some of WoW models from 2004 look goddamn awful today and lots of people will agree with that. And Blizzard is not upgrading only becouse that would piss people with lower machine settings.

    And yet I now read that some people say that MoP requirements are too high? Seriously? Lets try to be reasonable. Some compromise maybe? Since 2004 I bought a new PC three times already and next year I will probably buy fourth. That is perhaps over the top and I understand that. But if someone cant afford now to buy PC parts from 2005 he should reconsider if gaming is a good hobby for him.

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