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Heart of Fear: Amber-Shaper Un'sok
Today we take a look at Amber-Shaper Un'sok, the fifth boss of the Heart of Fear raid.


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Heart of Fear
The Sha of Fear has corrupted the grand empress of the mantid. Her increasingly erratic and paranoid commands have driven the Klaxxi--the keepers of mantid culture--to take aggressive action. Because they are few in number, the Klaxxi are reluctantly willing to accept outside help in destroying the empress and purging their race of the sha's negative influence.

Amber-Shaper Un'sok
Achievements
  • I Heard You Like Amber... - Kill Living Amber in Burning Amber until at least 8 pools overlap, and then defeat Amber-Shaper Un'sok on Normal or Heroic difficulty in Heart of Fear.
  • Heroic: Amber-Shaper Un'sok - Defeat Amber-Shaper Un'sok in Heart of Fear on Heroic difficulty.

Encounter
  • Stage One: Worthy Test Subjects?
    • Amber Scalpel - Un'sok carves the ground with a focused beam of pure amber energy. The beam inflicts 20,000 Nature damage every 0.25 sec. at the point of contact, and leaves behind Molten Amber residue. The residue inflicts 27,500 Fire damage every 1 sec. to players who touch it. Some of this residue congeals into Living Amber oozes.
      • Living Amber - Each of these animated amber oozes focuses mindlessly on a random player, emanating a Corrosive Aura that inflicts 1,600 Nature damage every 2 sec to all players. Each ooze Bursts in a shower of amber when destroyed, inficting 45,500 Nature damage to enemies within 8 yards and healing any other Living Amber within that radius for 0% of their maximum health. In Heroic difficulty, dissolved Living Amber will reconstitute after 30 seconds. In Looking for Raid difficulty, destroying a Living Amber does not heal other nearby Living Amber.
        • Burning Amber - When a Living Amber is destroyed, it dissolves into a pool that deals 31,000 Fire damage every 1 sec to all enemies within 3 yards.
    • Parasitic Growth - Amber-Shaper Un'sok causes amber to grow within the body of a random target, inflicting 16,250 Nature damage every 2 sec. This strain of amber absorbs healing energy, increasing the damage it inflicts to its host in direct proportion to any healing received. After 30 sec, the unstable parasite dissipates without a trace.
    • Reshape Life - Un'sok unleashes a torrent of amber at a player, transforming the target into a misshapen mass of flowing amber that is hostile to players and monsters alike.
      • Mutated Construct - While transformed, the player continuously expends Willpower to retain control over the twisted form, at the rate of 2 per second, beginning with a maximum of 100. When Willpower runs out, the player dies and the Mutated Construct continues to act, uncontrolled.
        • Amber Explosion - The amber encircling the mutated player compels the unleashing of a massive explosion, inflicting 120,000 Nature damage to all players.
        • Amber Strike - The construct inflicts 250,000 Nature damage to the current hostile target and interrupts normal spellcasting. This includes a target's attempt to trigger an Amber Explosion. Amber Strike also destabilizes the target, increasing damage taken by 10% for 10 sec. This effect stacks.
        • Break Free - Once the physical form of the amber construct has been damaged to 20% of its remaining health, the player can break free with a great surge of will. The player then regains their natural form.
        • Consume Amber - A transformed player consumes a pool of Burning Amber left behind by a defeated Living Amber. The consumption restores 20 Willpower, but also bolsters the mutated form, increasing its current and maximum health by 4,500,000.
        • Struggle for Control - With a surge of will, the player expends 8 Willpower to force the mutated form to cease all action for 0.5 sec. This also increases the mutated form's damage taken by 100% for the 5 sec.
        • Smash - Transformed players use this simple melee attack in lieu of their normal attack, inflicting 40,000 Physical damage to a target.
  • Stage Two: Un'sok's Greatest Creation - When Un'sok reaches 60% remaining health, he calls forth a massive Amber Monstrosity to fight beside him. Un'sok continues to attack with his full arsenal of abilities from Stage One.
    • Amber Monstrosity - Un'sok formed this towering behemoth entirely of flowing amber, and it stands as a triumph of Un'sok's research into creating life from the mantids' amber.
      • Amber Explosion - The Monstrosity releases a massive explosion of amber energy, inflicting 140,000 Nature damage to all players.
      • Massive Stomp - The Monstrosity stomps the ground forcefully, inflicting 97,500 Physical damage to all enemies within 15 yards and knocking them back.
      • Fling - The Monstrosity grabs its current target in one of its massive hands and hurls the hapless victim at a distant player, causing 81,250 Physical damage to targets within 0 yards of the point of impact and stunning them for 3 sec.
    • Amber Carapace - While the Amber Monstrosity lives, an Amber Carapace shields Amber-Shaper Un'sok. The Carapace reduces his damage taken by 90%.
  • Stage Three: Un'sok Unleashed - Upon witnessing the destruction of his greatest creation, Un'sok channels power from the amber pools lining his chamber and prepares to make his final stand. Un'sok no longer uses Amber Scalpel, but now casts Reshape Life with greatly increased frequency.
    • Concentrated Mutation - Un'sok draws massive amounts of amber energy into his body, increasing his damage dealt by 50% and attack speed by 50%.
    • Volatile Amber - Un'sok's siphoning agitates the pools of amber around the room, causing them to periodically emit bursts of amber that fly through the air at high velocity. Each amber burst inflicts 29,250 Nature damage to any player it strikes. If a missile strikes a player while they are transformed into a Mutated Construct, it heals them for 20% of their health.
    • Amber Globule - Un'sok causes two spheres of destructive amber to form from the pools at the edges of the room, each of which fixates on a random player. If an Amber Globule comes into contact with its primary target, it explodes, dealing 600,000 Nature damage to all players within 30 yards. If two Amber Globules touch each other, their energies will neutralize and dissipate harmlessly.



Mists of Pandaria Credits Concept Art
One of the recent beta patches added a lot of concept art for the Mists of Pandaria credits screen.




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 slowly moving downward, with many under $1 per gigabyte now. 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 rendering 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 - $138ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $190
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $15Cyborg V.5 - $52
MouseLogitech G400 - $34Razer Deathadder - $49
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $265HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $374
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $50Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $61 ($92)
MouseLogitech G500 - $56Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $75
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $54Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $80


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 - $53XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $61
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $110Intel i3-2120 - $123
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $35
MotherboardASUS M5A97 AM3+ 970 - $94Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $120
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $258GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $56
Graphics CardGigabyte GTX 550 Ti - $120XFX 6870 or EVGA GTX 560 - $150/ $146
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $70Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $120
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $17Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $17
Total$551$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 - $149
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $90Corsair 750HX - $139
CPUIntel i5-3570K - $230Intel i7-3770K - $350
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $57Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $83
MotherboardASUS P8Z77-V LK - $150ASUS P8Z77-V - $190
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $568GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $56
Graphics CardMSI 7850 Twin Frozr - $260XFX 7970 Black Edition OR EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $450 / $400
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $120Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $120
SSDCrucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $105
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $135
SAMSUNG 830 128GB (Review) - $128
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $100
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $17Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $17
Total$1040 - $1175$1504 - $1682


MMO-Report
The MMO Report is here with a special on Marvel Heroes, featuring an interview with Dave Brevik, who created the Diablo series.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Amber-Shaper Un'sok Video, MoP Credits Concept Art, Setup of the Month, MMO Report started by chaud View original post
Comments 69 Comments
  1. Jin84's Avatar
    aw didn't win again starting to suspect the cause could be my IP

    hmm Samsung SSD is good?
  1. Bladeoffury's Avatar
    Thats some nice art
  1. DeltrusDisc's Avatar
    Samsung SSDs are excellent!
  1. serrt2's Avatar
    first? or not :P but there is better then the cpu that's unicorn
  1. Gerush's Avatar
    Can u tell as winners names? Would like to know lucky ppl
  1. homerjigmee's Avatar
    I never win
  1. Verash's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by homerjigmee View Post
    I never win
    can i join that club ?
  1. zdubb87's Avatar
    I won =D...
  1. Fizzelkazoo's Avatar
    The Amber-Shaper sounds like it's going to be a great fight, I can't wait to experience those mechanics on live!
  1. Icecx's Avatar
    Amber-Shaper = Professor Putricide 2.0?
  1. Tyandor's Avatar
    I find the comment about SSD's being optional always a bit funny, because whenever you tried one it is never really optional anymore. Ah well the time I actually have money again to buy a new pc their price per GB will be down a boat load more
  1. megasus's Avatar
    Panderan_StreetMart.jpg
    "Panderan"? Maybe it should have been a sanctuary city originally?!
  1. h3lladvocate's Avatar
    Dad has Samsung SSD, I have Crucial. My Crucial out performs his Samsung, so dunno if that list is 100% correct
  1. lagmoose's Avatar
    Credits batch concept art. Hm. If the credits are about done, then it's probably not too terribly much longer we'll have a release date announce. I always liked watching the credits just to see the different art and to hear the suite of the expansions music.
  1. The Last DJ's Avatar
    Concept aaaaaaaaaaaaart~ My favoritest favorite thing in the world. (And this one provides a nice dose of art suitable for Thri-keen characters, even.) ...and the DK t14 concept takes me back to my Skid Row/GnR hair metal black light fuzzy poster days. Good times.
  1. Kobomino's Avatar
    Can't believe we almost had crane humanoids!
  1. Twerking As Intended's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fizzelkazoo View Post
    The Amber-Shaper sounds like it's going to be a great fight, I can't wait to experience those mechanics on live!
    Yeah we're getting back to Ulduar-style bosses with multiple methods of beating them. Very excited, I wonder how tough the heroic version will be.
  1. Jetstream's Avatar
    By "Including an interview with Dave Brevik," you meant "Featuring an interview with Dave Brevik" since that's the entire episode, right MMO Report?
  1. Niteynite's Avatar
    A combination Professor Putricide and Hard Mode Vezax? I love it!
  1. Cammancy's Avatar
    Omfg, all of those concept arts are so fucking gorgeous. I would have loved having Crane-people and the iguana-esque people.. man. I always love Blizz's concept work.

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