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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. Mormolyce's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alenarien View Post
    Can't blame the South Koreans really; 10 years to prepare for the game and its release, and they still screw it up royally.
    Because they've been amassing servers to deal with day 1 rushes for the last 10 years amirite?

    Has any game of D3's size ever had a launch without servers going down?
  1. Rendia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Awe View Post
    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.
    I am not saying they are too high, far from it in fact. I just feel that they could have gone the EQ route and had their lower end settings for people that have crappy PCs, and have a greater field of upgradeable options, such as models, texture, etc.

    They don't HAVE to force the higher settings, they are choosing to.

    TL;DR Not complaining that they are too high, just that they moved me out of being able to play.
  1. DarkIron's Avatar
    So the first raid encounter is a minute long.. Awesome, gg casuals for destroying the game.
  1. Oogzy's Avatar
    The box art looks like one of the Gamestop type boxes for advertising.
  1. Meldon's Avatar
    My antivirus is blocking the korean site link.

    Just to let you know...
  1. Mush's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mormolyce View Post
    Because they've been amassing servers to deal with day 1 rushes for the last 10 years amirite?

    Has any game of D3's size ever had a launch without servers going down?
    It's blizzard they should know how to run servers. This isn't their first rodeo.

    ---------- Post added 2012-06-25 at 02:45 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by La View Post
    it`s been happening weeks and weeks later, not just the week later.



    maroon is a shade of red, it`s not so much red itself, just like the cata box is more orange.

    but i agree, jade or cyan or teal, fit much better.
    Quote Originally Posted by Axefresh View Post
    MoP Box huh, either theyve had these for a looooooooong time now, or the release date is right around the corner?
    I'm pretty sure the cata box is black judging by that picture.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2, up from the Intel Pentium D.
    Recommended... with a Core 2 Duo you can forget raiding 25mans. How can they recommend that?
  1. Stormgnoef's Avatar
    lolol.Butthurt much?Stop wasting money on useless stuff and upgrade pc once ina life time instead of being cheap skate.
  1. NatePsychotic's Avatar
    It's clearly a Blizzard employee with his/her own personal computer desk, look at the pattern of it. Also some of them have Razer mouses.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stormgnoef View Post
    lolol.Butthurt much?Stop wasting money on useless stuff and upgrade pc once ina life time instead of being cheap skate.
    1. My butt is none of your business.
    2. I'm running a Core i5-3570K
    3. I'm critisizing that the recommended specs aren't useful to people who don't have a clue about hardware. They'd buy an old C2D rig and would just have to see that it's not enough to have fun in LFR/25man Raids.
  1. Larwood's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NatePsychotic View Post
    It's clearly a Blizzard employee with his/her own personal computer desk, look at the pattern of it. Also some of them have Razer mouses.
    some of a lot of people have razer mice...
  1. ZeroWashu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Granyala View Post
    Recommended... with a Core 2 Duo you can forget raiding 25mans. How can they recommend that?
    because I would bet that a majority of people do not do 25 man raids, let alone raid.
  1. dizzzave's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DarkIron View Post
    So the first raid encounter is a minute long.. Awesome, gg casuals for destroying the game.
    Clearly the raid is complete, fully tuned, and ready for release.

    Dumbass.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroWashu View Post
    because I would bet that a majority of people do not do 25 man raids, let alone raid.
    Shouldn't the recommended setting tell you "with this system you can do everything in the game w/o problems"?

    And I doubt that it's that few that do LFR (which is 25man).
  1. Myzou's Avatar
    Oh hey look, they upgraded the specs outside of my laptop specs.

    I hope they enjoy losing quite a bit of subscribers with those upgrades. (This laptop is from 2007. It's only 5 years old. WoW is older than it, so to the people telling me to upgrade: Bite me.)

    They're going to see a substantial subs drop if the recommended ends up real. I only actually know 1 person with a computer that meets those specs. Quite literally only 1. (at least offline). Everyone I know has a computer from 2007-2009, which don't fit those specs.
  1. good diu bro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by balatro View Post
    Completely unwarranted response.

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



    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.

    You sir are a genius that I dont even...
    Yes, we have a monthly "plan" which is 1/10 of the "recommended" price for 30 days, just like most other games. When SC2 just released, we even have a one day plan which sell for just 1/40 of the store price, just like other new games on shelf.
    But that doesn't imply our SC2 is on a monthly subscription model. Buying the game off the shelf in a store is way cheaper with more stuff and a lifetime pass.
    What you see is just a trial with a price tag.
    (Oh and NEVER buy Blizzard games via battlenet digital download, it is a rip-off. If you know your local gamestore well, you can get the same game alot cheaper with the box)

    Let me give you another example, MMORPGs here can be played without monthly or year pass. We can charge our account with pre-paid game time (eg:30 hours of game time for the price of 1/2 of monthly subscription).
    But that doesnt mean our WoW is based on a time-based subscription model, because we can have a monthly subscription and pre-paid game time at the same time.
    If our monthly subscription run out, we can still continue the game with pre-paid game time. If we beat the game and decide to turn causal, we can ditch the year pass and choose to be charged per minute.

    You can even go to your battle.net account, choose "buy digital games", change region to "Korea" or "Taiwan" and see how your game in Asia works, its still in English.

    TL; DR, It is just a lame name to charge you $$ for a trial product.
  1. skyclops's Avatar
    Kudos to casey for having icp on
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Everyone I know has a computer from 2007-2009, which don't fit those specs.
    I bought a comp with these specs early 2006 and back then it wasn't even high end. Seriously what rigs are your people gaming on? If they bought 2009 their comp should be a lot better that these recommendations.
  1. Tackhisis's Avatar
    So they have decided to alienate their population by increasing the system requirements to these of the newer games? There's absolutely nothing in WoW which requires a $300 videocard, or multicore processor.
  1. Xistenz's Avatar
    I've got a high end 2011 PC, and I still get fps drops/lag etc. Playing on Ultra, but still... so don't BS people.

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