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Terrace of Endless Spring: Lei Shi
Lei Shi is the third boss in Terrace of Endless Spring. He drops Tier 14 shoulder tokens along with the normal armor and weapons.


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Terrace of Endless Spring
Hidden high in the mountains, the Terrace of Endless Spring is the sacred center of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Its peaceful fountains are said to have the power to heal and rejuvenate, but when the Sha of Fear attacked, many of the complex's guardians turned on each other in fits of terror.

Achievements
  • Heroic: Lei Shi - Defeat Lei Shi in Terrace of Endless Spring on Heroic difficulty.
  • Face Clutchers - Defeat Lei Shi while all members of the raid are afflicted by Parasitic Clutch in Terrace of Endless Spring on Normal or Heroic difficulty.

Lei Shi
  • Afraid - Lei Shi grows more afraid as players hurt her. She gains 1% casting speed for each 1 percent health of her total health lost.
  • Spray - Lei Shi casts Spray instead of using melee attacks. Spray causes water to burst from the ground at a player's feet, inflicting 104,000-218,400 Frost damage to all players within 2.5 yards and increasing their Frost damage taken by 10% for 15 sec.
  • Hide - Lei Shi hides from players. Players cannot target her while hiding, but area of effect attacks and spells can still hit her. Lei Shi reveals herself after the players strike her enough times.
  • Get Away! - Lei Shi channels the waters of the Endless Spring, pushing players away and inflicting 60,000 periodic Frost damage. Players who fight the current take half damage. Lei Shi channels for 30 sec or until players inflict 5% of her maximum health in damage.
  • Protect - Lei surrounds herself with an inpenetrable bubble and animates several elementals to protect her. She maintains the bubble until players defeat one of her Animated Protectors.
    • Animated Protector - When Lei Shi casts Protect, she animates these elementals from the bracers scattered throughout the area. The elementals turn back into water and fall to the ground when the effect ends.
  • Scary Fog - Sha energy coalesces around several players, inflicting 5,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec. for 40 sec. In addition, players and enemies near an afflicted player take 5% more damage from all sources. This effect stacks.



Wild Pet Trading Removed
Keep in mind that you can still level a pet and then sell it, as long as it wasn't caught from the wild.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We just finished a pass making all pets that are caught via pet battles in the world non-tradeable. This means these pets cannot be put in cages for trading or posting on the AH. We felt that the option to buy these pets on the AH would take away from the exploration/collection gameplay of the system.

This could always change in a future patch, but this is how it will go out with MoP. You should see the change in our next build.

Beta Class Balance Analysis
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Since everyone is thinking it, I'll ask...what should we read into the fact that you, and not GC, is now responding to posts in this forum?
That I’m not as busy as others are right now (which is a terrible understatement).

Back in the Black Wing Decent and Bastion of Twilight myself and a few friends of mine discovered that dots already on the target don't actually get re-evaluated when their caster receives a large haste boosts such as heroism and time-warp. This forces you to reapply your dots so that their period of ticking is shortened by the haste gain.

As you can probably tell this is quite a hassle. Especially as an Aff lock with mucho spell haste procs. Is this still the case?

Yes. The parameters of a DoT are determined at cast time. This may be a good time to explain one related topic though: Refreshing DoTs and whether that recalculates their parameters. For several classes, we have various mechanics that allow you to refresh or extend an existing DoT. In some of these cases, doing so recalculates their parameters; in other cases, it does not. Why the inconsistency, you ask? The rule we follow is that if the mechanic allows you to perpetually extend one DoT forever, it needs to recalculate. If it isn’t intended to let you maintain one DoT forever, it doesn’t need to recalculate. For example, the Demonology warlock's spell Touch of Chaos extends Corruption significantly, and it’s quite likely you’ll roll one corruption the whole fight, so it then recalculates. Alternatively, there’s a new mechanic coming for Affliction where Haunt adds 1 tick to each of your DoTs when it hits; that does not recalculate damage.

GC, just a quick clarification. The new Armor Damage Reduction formula used for 86+ characters: Armor / (Armor + 4,037.5 * Level - 31,7117.5) Does this continue on to level 93, similarly how the current Cata formula worked to 88 until this expansion? or is there another formula for level 91 and beyond?
It continues on to level 93. Just to clarify to make sure there are no misunderstandings, adding denotation for which variables are of the target and which are of the attacker: DamageReduction = TargetArmor / (TargetArmor + 4037.5*AttackerLevel – 317117.5).

Monk (Forums)
Currently Rushing Jade Wind is causing 6sec shuffle for each target it hits. (given the cap on shuffle is 12sec, it basically means you get 12 sec shuffle if you cast on more than 1 mob).
This is something we're keeping an eye on for balance problems but for now, this is intended. There is a chance we may change it in the future.

Still on lvl 90 talents for monks, whats the intent on Xuen tiger?
Xuen does indeed cause Eminence for Mistweavers and is purely DPS for Windwalkers. For Brewmasters, he has a provoke, not a taunt. Provokes are what we normally give pets and they work like taunts but don’t work on most bosses. For example, Army of the Dead ghouls have a provoke. He should be decent at tanking and scales with your stats, the hope being he is useful as an off-tank. However, he won't be able to tank a raid boss (since he has a provoke, not a taunt), but he should be able to tank some adds and dungeon mobs. Please try that out and let us know how he does.

Paladin (Forums)
Is it intended for Judgment to no longer apply/refresh Censure anymore? If so why was that change made?
Yes, Judgement has had quite the long history and has been a relatively unique ability since its inception. It's been a mix between a ‘ranged’ type attack or a ‘spell’, or for most of the past few years it’s been a ‘melee’ attack with a long range. That’s why it triggered Censure. But it also shared a bunch of properties with spells. So, for Mists, we decided to finally make it consistent with everything else and just say that it’s purely a spell, just as much as Exorcism or Holy Shock are spells.

Shaman (Forums)
Is it intended for Healing Tide Totem to act as healing done by the shaman, or as a separate entity to avoid being split by Ascendance(Resto) as its currently not being duplicated and divided.
Intended. Totems' actions don't count as the shaman's. This is consistent with Searing Bolt not triggering Echo of the Elements and other similar effects.

Pets are currently not taking bonus health from Ancestral Vigor from what I can see. They're receiving the buff but not gaining any maximum health.
We plan to fix this in a future build. Currently, pet scaling from your own health is overwriting buffs. We plan to fix this. (This would also affect Glyph of Water Elemental, by the way).

Warlock (Forums)
Windwalk Totem currently does not prevent warlocks from becoming snared via KJ Cunning. Is this intended or bugged?
Fixed in the next build.

Alternatively, there’s a new mechanic coming for Affliction where Haunt adds 1 tick to each of your DoTs when it hits; that does not recalculate damage.
I wanted to post a correction on this part. Our design process is very iterative and we’re constantly trying out new things. The above mentioned mechanic for Haunt extending DoTs is something we’ve been trying internally, but have decided not to go with for now, so don’t expect to see it in a future build.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Upcoming Pet Battle Changes
Many changes have been ongoing with the quests. Our next build should have significant updates.

A few highlights on what we have been working on:
  • Unique Tamer emotes
  • Unique Tamer pets
  • Tamer battles have been tuned up in difficulty
  • One Grand Master Tamer per continent. Defeating him/her will unlock all the daily's on that continent.
  • The flow has been consolidated to work though our two main trainers in Stormwind and Orgrimmar.
  • We have implemented more than 40 Tamer fights across the entire game. This does not include the boss fights!
  • Daily quests on Grand Master Tamers offer the Sack of Pet Supplies as a reward.
  • A new achievement reward for defeating all the Tamers. A "Tamer" title.
  • All of the quests to fight Tamers are now account-wide. This means that the one-shot quests can only be completed by one character on your account. The daily's can be completed by any character, once per day. Account wide quests are denoted in the quest log.
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warbot Fuel
There will be a way to get Warbot fuel in MoP. Still figuring out the specifics, but we are going to make it happen. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Remove 'Safe Zones' from PvP Servers
We feel it is rather necessary that the starter areas remain uncontested territory, as it gives newcomers a better chance to get a feel for the game and learn how it works... people need a chance to tie their boots before they get their faces smashed in :-)

We acknowledge that the pursuit of good world PvP can make the line between griefing and PvP quite blurry, and that is very much a part of the game which seasoned PvP players are fairly used to. But it is not fun to be new to a game, or re-rolling a new character for that matter, if you can’t even leave the starter area because some enemy faction player is corpse-camping or ganking everyone and everything in sight.

i heard you're going to try get us more involved with wpvp in mop but how will that change with the current dungeon/bg systems? wont people still just afk in sw/org in wait for their stuff to pop up?
We are indeed trying to get people more involved with world-PvP in Mists of Pandaria.

We are trying to provide a greater incitement for people to go back into the world by offering more content to do outside of the cities - this combined with cross realm zones means that you should come across more people(including enemy players) in the world overall. Additionally - the guards on PvP realms will be nerfed, so bashing in some skulls inside enemy towns and cities should be more feasible as well.

Is there any info about how much weaker the guards on PvP realms will be, compared to the ones on PvE realms?
I'm afraid I have no info available on this as of yet, but I can imagine that it will be something that may need a few adjustments over time anyway. The guards still need to matter and have some ability to protect the citizens of towns and cities, so they shouldn't be complete pushovers, but they also shouldn't be a near invincible army as they are today.

The plans are to adjust the guards on PvP realms so they are less strong than those found on PvE realms, and they will also take longer to respawn than those on PvE realms. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Importance of Beta Testing
May I field you a quick question? When Cata & D3 came out the servers were heavily fluxed with players, down time and angry mobs of people in a certain nation we will not mention... my question is have the errors of the past been noted and improved on ?
We have been rather overwhelmed in the past with more players than anticipated logging in upon release, but have taken note of past launch experiences indeed, and we will of course do everything we can to improve ourselves. More than anyone, we would like a smooth launch, and we want people to be happy and have fun when they log in after release.

I'm just wondering if the stuff reported in the beta really gets noticed...:-/. I've been reporting bugs like a woman crazed, but I guess those bugs are not "important" enough for recognition since they still are left unfixed. Namely visual bugs and such.
All reported bugs (that can be verified and reproduced of course), do get noticed and put on a list of things to fix. However it can take some time before they get fixed, as some bugs are more difficult to handle than others, and the less severe bugs do not have as high a priority as the really critical ones... I hope this makes sense to you. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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  1. Vargur's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by grexly75 View Post
    Easy answer to that then either quit WoW altogether, or if still playing don't use the pet battle system there is always plenty of fun farming mats and doing dailies when not in a dungeon or raid.

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    Just using the pet battle system to only farm pets to sell on the AH would be even less fun if that's all you intend to only do with it.
    Except, achievements and achievement points became part of the gameplay for me. Thus I must have as many as I can.
  1. Xistenz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Moshic View Post
    Well, there goes my easy pet achievements...
    They should've just NOT implement achievements for pets at all, I so hate this pokemon shit.
    Indeed. Not sure about you, but gold really isn't a problem for me. So the more achievements I can buy with gold, the better.
  1. Malackai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dancing Turkey View Post
    I'm so glad they decided to do this with the pets. As a pet collector and having played Pet Battles on the beta, I pretty much got the 400 pet achievement after 5 days, don't get me wrong I was out battling all over the continents, and had a blast, but it was also too easy to just pick up the *harder to find* pets off the AH, or even certain pets that were from zones that were a little farther out the way.

    I never looked at pet battles as something I would make gold from, because for me it's all about the collecting, but it certainly defeats the purpose of *content* when you can just buy everything off the AH without setting foot out in the world.
    I never looked at pet battles as a major income either, but the chance to get some extra income besides the boring mat farming was interesting to me in a more TLPD lucky type of way but that aspect is now completely gone it has become a solo/self thing.

    And in this case the funny part with this change is that now after those 5 days (or give it 2 weeks if your taking it slow ) most diehard players will be likely completely done with their list and don't have any incentive to go back out and look for rare pets. So some months in to the game most zones will be desolated anyway and the others can pick up easy rares anyway.

    Normally to keep things healthy and alive you need some competitively between players.
    It just requires some tuning in most cases. For example make the more rare pet spawns more rare and make the rare quality pets less frequent. In that case you don't have the AH overflowing with them.
    Or more simple put a restriction on the payers that want to buy them there so many options and most of them are not even hard to implement. But seems they rather stick with some half assed band aid solution instead.

    but right now this change is going to make the repeatability value shorter. Which is pretty much the opposite of what blizzard was trying to attempt. it also even worse since pets and even the pet battles are being shared between characters on the same server.

    Wow is starting to look more and more like some small spoon fed gating game log in for an hour get your little list done log back out and if you have the stomach for it log an alt and rinse and repeat previous steps.
    Interesting stuff being blocked with daily gating progress.
    pet battles starting to look more like a one time capture thing to fill out your personal list after that there's no incentive to go back out and your stuck in the daily sitting in ogri/sw queuing for random battles, dungeons, LFR.


    Personally I was looking forward to the caging process. It would have resulted in having something extra to do and spending some time outside of the raiding calendar and besides the daily mat farming and most important something you could have done for a whole expansion. now its just a thing that will get crossed of your list in the the first couple of days or weeks and then the majority of the whole system is gathering dust for the rest of the expansion.

    It seems nowadays people are happy to just complete the blizzards daily to do list everyday log back of again. but yet they complain they are bored and everything gets stale so fast.
  1. Divine Storm's Avatar
    As proved by the video, MoP is going to be a failfest in terms of people attempting to pronounce the names in the game. The name of the boss is pronounced (Lay-shi) not (Lay-shee) or (Lay-shi) with a long i. Learn some Manadarin Chinese to spare the rest of us pls.
  1. Hurtcules's Avatar
    rofl Id kick this little thing off a bridge! cant wait to kill her!!!!! or it or w/.e hah, Pretty stoked on raiding this xpac
  1. Noctim's Avatar
    What's going on with the shaman dps in the video? the numbers are actually pretty nice. i bet this will be "adressed" or "hotfixed" (nerfed) before release. competetive shamans... this is madness!!11
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Mumper (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    There will be a way to get Warbot fuel in MoP. Still figuring out the specifics, but we are going to make it happen.
    I want the original name back as well.
  1. KWC3587's Avatar
    Actually I'm on the other side of the fence on the pet issue, was looking forward to farming rare pets to give to friends and family who don't have as much time as I do to play. Also thought of it as a potential source of revenue to help some of my toons out, but what really gets to me is that this doesn't even fix the issue blizz supposedly has with selling them which isn't even forcing people to explore from their point of view. You can still train, level and sell pets that aren't caught in the wild, and that pretty much negates their stance that buying pets allows you to circumnavigate the leveling process and fast track your way through the trainers and such. If people can still buy high level pets then how does removing the ability to trade/sell wild pets even affect those that want to skip it? You could arrange so pets of a certain level can't be used in battle until you defeat a certain trainer, you can arrange for caged pets to revert to level one, there are many better solutions than simply removing the ability to trade and sell wild pets, but trust Blizz to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
  1. McFrotton's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lyxx View Post
    I'm just curious so let me ask about it - are you in age 8-12 by any chance ?
    I love her too ...26 6'2'' 200 lbs male with 3 kids......so stop with your cliché!
  1. KWC3587's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by McFrotton View Post
    I love her too ...26 6'2'' 200 lbs male with 3 kids......so stop with your cliché!
    6'2, 200 pounds?!? My god, EAT SOMETHING ALREADY!! (stupid thin people, always going around and falling into storm drains and such, then the rest of us have to get them out.)
  1. Sparkalark's Avatar
    Can't trade doubles? I had a passing interest in wow pokemon.... and it's gone.
  1. Engelszorn's Avatar
    Some people have said it better than I could have. Selling something CAN be part of roleplay and I do consider the Auction house part of roleplay. My toon caging an animal obtained through petbattle was part of roleplay, judging the pet and considering what to do with it was part of roleplay. I understand why Blizzard removed the option and it doesn't hurt me that much, but it was a whole lot of fun. Does fun always have to be rational? I think not. And it would have only hurt those that actively chose to spent their gold on farming pets from the auction house - because they would have missed out on the pet battles, but that's their choice isn't it?

    As it stands now, it's just a something Blizzard forces on the players: either get out there and explore or miss out on achievements and I'm not sure I like that.
  1. Celmis's Avatar
    I hope this expansion will be so good as it looks right now
  1. subanark's Avatar
    I don't think many people will care about buying leveled non-wild pokemon pets, since the rare ones will be the best, and those I forsee only getting though pet battles.
  1. Duniah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lyxx View Post
    I'm just curious so let me ask about it - are you in age 8-12 by any chance ?
    No, I'm 35 but I'm a woman and women love cute things such as kittens, bunnies and things like that boss -.-U.


    Speaking of:



    What a cute thing!!!!!
  1. Laylriana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Divine Storm View Post
    As proved by the video, MoP is going to be a failfest in terms of people attempting to pronounce the names in the game. The name of the boss is pronounced (Lay-shi) not (Lay-shee) or (Lay-shi) with a long i. Learn some Manadarin Chinese to spare the rest of us pls.
    I'm not about to learn Mandarin in order to play a video game. I'll just do what I do with the other ones - call her whats-her-name or the boss. People will know who I'm talking about. LOL
  1. Nathiest's Avatar
    I didn't even know that Wild Pet Trading was going to be a thing, but now that I do know and that it has been removed.. kind of upsets me because their reasoning is flawed. Of course in beta people will choose to buy the pet rather then hunt for it themselves. They haven't the time in beta. In live people will rather hunt for and capture the pet for themselves because they'll have all the time in the world to do so. Also only the very few will choose to buy the pet in AH. It's a catch 22. Only a real pet collector will pay gold for a pet. You see the conflict there? Real pet collector, obviously would choose nearly 90% of the time to go out and capture the pet for themselves. Removing the option to trade the pet, is simply unnecessary.
  1. Suikoden's Avatar
    Can't say I'm surprised that wild pet trading was removed.
  1. KWC3587's Avatar
    Except they've also made a list of quite a few pets that are bought, both in game and from blizz itself that will be rare just by themselves and I mean of rare quality not just rare to find. So leveled and put on the ah they will affect players in exactly the way they're saying that wild pets bought and sold are supposed to.
  1. lyxx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by McFrotton View Post
    I love her too ...26 6'2'' 200 lbs male with 3 kids......so stop with your cliché!
    I suppose you mean stereotype.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duniah View Post
    No, I'm 35 but I'm a woman and women love cute things such as kittens, bunnies and things like that boss -.-U.
    .....
    What a cute thing!!!!!
    Good for you, then i still have fate in humanity

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