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Valor of the Ancients Buff
Mists of Pandaria is going to make it easier for you to earn Valor points on your alts once your main character is capped for the week. The Valor of the Ancients buff increases the Valor earned on all of your characters on a realm by 50%, after one character has capped for the week. This comes along with another change to Valor points that limits the amount you may hold at any time to 3,000 per character.



Jaina Audio for Theramore Event
One of the recent beta patches added some more audio for Jaina during the Theramore event. If you haven't already listed to the previous audio, listen to it first! See the long standing thread about Jaina in the Mists of Pandaria forum if you are interested in more speculation and discussion of the lore!



Beta Class Balance Analysis
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Warlock (Forums)
There is some major bug going on with Fel Flame and Corruption & UA. Tagging a target with Fel Flame seems to cause Corruption & UA to over double in damage.
Warlock DoTs are incorrectly increasing their damage. This is a bug, and will be fixed in the next build.

Could a blue poster please confirm/deny this bug, or if it's intended? It looks like the 50% extra damage DOTs aren't benefiting from Spell Power buffs. It says 50% of normal periodic damage in the tool tip, so if this is intended, it's a pretty hard nerf from the original MG effect.
This was the aforementioned bug with Fel Flame approximately doubling the damage of Corruption, which was unintended (and doesn’t apply to the extra ticks granted by MG). For doing target dummy and theorycrafting testing, it’s probably best for you to not use Fel Flame as Affliction (unfortunately, Demonology has no such way to avoid extending Corruption). This bug has nothing to do with spellpower.

We understand that this bug is significantly skewing impressions of the Warlock specs, and hope to have a new build up to fix this soon.

Hunter (Forums)
Glaive Toss incurs a 1.5s global cooldown, unlike the 1s incurred by any other direct damage hunter ability. Is this intended?
I've noticed and fixed that yesterday, actually. Fixed for the next build.

Shaman (Forums)
So, if I am reading this correctly, on targets below 35% HP, each Chain Heal jump should have a 50% change to proc Earthliving, and each Healing Rain tick should have a 30% chance to proc Earthliving? Is this correct, or was the datamined change to Earhliving Weapon actually the removal of the 80% increased proc chance on Chain Heal and Healing Rain?
This is correct.

Is there any chance the developers could enlighten us as to Healing Rain's chance to proc Earthliving Weapon? It seems as though Chain Heal's is 0.2 x 0.25 = 0.05 (i.e. the chance is reduced by the maximum number of targets). Healing Rain is 0.2 x ??? = ???.

Either number will help me immensely! I am getting anywhere from 5.3 - 8% chance when testing it myself, and I just can't make these numbers reconcile with anything logical like "number of targets in the healing rain" or "number of targets at which the DR cap begins to apply". I'm interested in the proc chance when we are *above* 35% health. From there I can work out the rest. Thanks!

Earthliving has a 20% base chance to proc, and an additional 80% (additive, total of 100%) if the target was below 35% HP when the triggering heal landed. After that, the chance is multiplied by 0.3 for Healing Rain, and 0.5 for Chain Heal.

For example, a chain heal on a healthy target has a 10% chance to trigger Earthliving. A Healing Rain tick on a healthy target has a 6% chance to trigger Earthliving.

Mage (Forums)
Here’s another bit of info I want to pass on sooner rather than waiting for a new build to get to you all, about Arcane Mages.

One of the defining characteristics of Arcane Mages has been that they can trade more mana for more damage, at a decreasing efficiency. In other words, they can play conservative, and use their mana as frugally as possible in order to maximize sustained damage. Or, they can play aggressively and increase their DPS now, in exchange for lower sustained damage over the course of the whole fight.

Arcane’s sustained damage is about where we want it (as well as Fire and Frost), barring some minor tweaks perhaps. But, they’re currently playing very high on their Arcane Blast stacks. The goal is to have their rotations change significantly based on which level 90 talent they pick. An Arcane Mage with Invocation should play very aggressively and frequently stop to recharge their batteries. An Arcane Mage with Rune of Power should generally play rather conservative, but stay at relatively high mana to maximize Mana Adept. And with Incanter’s Ward, an Arcane Mage should generally play the traditional mix of conserve/burn/evocate.

What we’re actually seeing are all three styles playing much more aggressively than we’re aiming for. There’s effectively a ceiling of just how much you can convert more mana into more damage. Invokers are playing so aggressively that they never drop their Arcane Charges at all, Rune users are staying at a 4 stack for a majority of the time, and Incanters are able to play more aggressively during their conserve phases and burn longer.

In order to try to solve this, we decided to try raising the ceiling. So, in the next beta build, you’ll find the max Arcane Charges has been raised from 4 to 6, and the damage increase per stack is back up to 25% from 20%. I’d like to emphasize that the goal of these changes are to create the gameplay flexibility that we’re hoping for there to be with Arcane, not to change Arcane’s overall DPS. There will likely need to be additional changes after this to readjust their damage back to where we want it. Feedback about how it feels, and theorycrafting analyzing the effects this has on them are especially appreciated.

Death Knight (Forums)
Also, a little tidbit for DKs who kept reading through all that Mage stuff: Blood Tap is back off the GCD in the next build.

Doing LFR I realized that my bloodworms were doing about 35% of my healing done (compared to live, where it does less than ~5%.). I was also competing against healers on healing done. (I was averaging out to 40k HPS on the stone guards, compared to other healers who are just a bit higher.) Is this intended?
Nope, it wasn't intended. Bloodworms were getting significantly more health (and therefore healing) from pet scaling than intended. For theorycrafters, they dropped from 25% to 6% of the Death Knight’s max health.

Thanks for letting us know, this has been fixed for the next build.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Subscriber Losses
A very clear drop happened after Diablo was released. I'm confident Mists will be incredibly strong. (Twitter)

Monk Leveling Speed Benefits
Any word on the faq on Scroll of Resurrection and Recruit a Friend guidelines for monks?
We're still working on gathering a few remaining details. We'll have more info for you... next week, maybe? Hopefully! (Twitter)

Mists of Pandaria Collector's Edition
If I purchase the MoP CE, will I get the mount and pet on all my accts, or just the one that's a CE?
It applies to all licenses attached to your Battle.net account.

So if you have 2 wow accts, you get the mount and pet on both? Even if you onky make one a CE?
That's how it should work as long as they're all on the same Battle.net account. (Twitter)

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 most under $1 per gigabyte now. A few sales have even gone under 50 cents per gigabyte, so look for something on sale!

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
KeyboardLogitech Media Keyboard K200 - $18Cyborg V.5 - $49
MouseLogitech G400 - $34Razer Deathadder - $42
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $254HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $363
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $52Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $70 ($104)
MouseLogitech G500 - $54Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $72
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $60Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $70


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 - $40NZXT GAMMA Classic - $40
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 V2 - $54XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $64
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $110Intel i3-2120 - $122
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $32
MotherboardASUS M5A97 AM3+ 970 - $95Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $120
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $258GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $55
Graphics CardXFX 7770 - $105XFX 6870 or EVGA GTX 560 - $137/ $146
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $68Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $100
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20
Total$543$695


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 - $154
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $90Corsair 750HX - $156
CPUIntel i5-3570K - $220Intel i7-3770K - $330
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $60Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $85
MotherboardASUS P8Z77-V LK - $146ASUS P8Z77-V - $190
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $568GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $56
Graphics CardASUS 7850 DirectCU II - $260XFX 7970 Black Edition OR EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $430 / $430
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $100Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $100
SSDCrucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $105
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $129
SAMSUNG 830 128GB (Review) - $99
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $95
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20
Total$1012 - $1141$1521 - $1620


The Daily Blink
The Daily Blink talks about the recent subscriber number releases.

How much do I not care? Last night I was looking for the remote control, and found 300,000 subscribers in the couch cushions.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Valor of the Ancients, Jaina Audio, Blue Posts, Setup of the Month, The Daily Blink started by chaud View original post
Comments 161 Comments
  1. Bane-Thunder-God's Avatar
    LOOOL its funny all the WoW haters who are now pissed at Daily Blink. ROFL.

    Your precious SWTOR failed. =)

    I will be enjoying Guild Wars 2 this month an then ill be enjoying MoP the month after and then jump between both depending on my mood and enjoyment. Man..... Life is good. i'm also getting engaged 25th this month so many good things near the end of this year I cannot complain
  1. Badluckandtrouble's Avatar
    lol @ the swtor fans who think it is finet o bash wow but when swtor is bashed it is distasteful and childish...
  1. McNeil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by spinalc0rd View Post
    LOOOL its funny all the WoW haters who are now pissed at Daily Blink. ROFL.

    Your precious SWTOR failed. =)
    I'm personally no WoW hater, I still play it every day, and I still find the daily blink very bad.

    The only thing that actually emberrased WoW is you. I'm kind of ashamed to be part of a playerbase that says ''your precious SWTOR failed!!''
  1. molster's Avatar
    "The lovley chad"


    that...well... not much more can be said about this post now.
  1. Joán's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Flaks View Post
    Why you stop posting Dark Legacy and Teh Gladiators comics?
    Hopefully because they realized how amazingly bad they are :/.
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by spinalc0rd View Post
    LOOOL its funny all the WoW haters who are now pissed at Daily Blink. ROFL.

    Your precious SWTOR failed. =)

    I will be enjoying Guild Wars 2 this month an then ill be enjoying MoP the month after and then jump between both depending on my mood and enjoyment. Man..... Life is good. i'm also getting engaged 25th this month so many good things near the end of this year I cannot complain
    Yep i liked this comic a lot. Im also not a star wars fanboy so that's probably why........Bad taste would have been someone making a joke about the shootings this afternoon, Sw:ToR has been bleeding out for 7 months.

    Oh and Congrats.

    I'm kind of ashamed to be part of a playerbase that says ''your precious SWTOR failed!!''
    No harm in being a little competitive or rubbing comments back in the original owners faces.
  1. Nuvielle's Avatar
    The Truth hurts, some People just dont know how to deal with it
  1. medievalman1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Strategos View Post
    Daily Blink is usually funny but this one was just in bad taste.
    I think you have bad taste and hilarious mixed up, lemme check... yep, definitely did, hilarious is what you were looking for.
  1. Buu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by spinalc0rd View Post
    LOOOL its funny all the WoW haters who are now pissed at Daily Blink. ROFL.

    Your precious SWTOR failed. =)
    Not really SWTOR, but BIOWARE as one entire studio failed. I feelsad that Diablo 3 developers chose to mirror themselves at BIOWARE instead of THEIR OWN COMPANY.

    WAY TO GO, JAY WILSON!!!!!
  1. Eleveneleven's Avatar
    Those same people who dropped WoW for Diablo 3 dropped Diablo 3 as well. Perhaps you should just sell $60 copies of WoW w/o a sub so you can pretend like it was a successful game? If D3 had subs they'd have to tell investors they fucked up but instead they can act like it was huge success because they abused a legendary name by selling shit in a box w/ no need for regular commitment to prove it was actually a good title. That's two games burning people on Blizzard franchises. MoP will never bring the numbers back to WoW's peak and the numbers will drop even faster than Cata's plummet after, at most, 3-4 months into MoP.
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Buu View Post
    Not really SWTOR, but BIOWARE as one entire studio failed. I feel sad that Diablo 3 developers chose to mirror themselves at BIOWARE instead of THEIR OWN COMPANY.

    WAY TO GO, JAY WILSON!!!!!
    If you think Jay Wilson had the final say on anything you don't get how big company's work. Hell even small company's lead dev's have other people over them that give the final ok on there games. Big company's just have more "Leaders" especially publicly traded ones.

    I would bet that Jay didn't like the way the game was being made but was forced to do it by shareholders and his boss.

    Same thing with Bioware i bet they new it wasn't a complete game but EA forced it out the door anyway, with the we'll patch it later attitude that so many game company's have nowadays.

    Hopefully they both learned there lesson to actually listen to the dev team when they say its not working or isn't ready instead of forcing things.

    Perhaps you should just sell $60 copies of WoW w/o a sub so you can pretend like it was a successful game?
    But then people would say "Blizzards ripping off more idea's from GW2"
  1. swallowtail's Avatar
    HAH! look at his obi wans face

    ---------- Post added 2012-08-05 at 08:58 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Buu View Post
    Not really SWTOR, but BIOWARE as one entire studio failed. I feelsad that Diablo 3 developers chose to mirror themselves at BIOWARE instead of THEIR OWN COMPANY.

    WAY TO GO, JAY WILSON!!!!!
    w/.e u said up there didn't make any sense.
  1. Hmmster's Avatar
    Capping total valor is probably the stupidest change I've ever seen.
    sigh
  1. Cig's Avatar
    Evil Daily Blink, just evil :O
  1. Antherios's Avatar
    So, if Jaina is going to lead the KirinTor (since Ronin died or something), then, do we have yet another Alliance Hero going neutral?
    I wouldnt mind if it moves the story forward but .. i really see it difficult to someone who just had his town destroyed to go neutral like that.
  1. Arkamedis's Avatar
    Daily blink is Full of win this week.
  1. alkyd's Avatar
    Funny how everyone started bashing Daily Blink for SWTOR when there wasn't a single word about SWTOR.
  1. swallowtail's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Linitund View Post
    100% Correct. Now you know how the internet works. Welcome to circlejerk!
    haha, i keep reading it and trying to imagine it in my head. lol good one
  1. Cyzen's Avatar
    Question about the computer builds...

    For the unicorn build, is this fairly up to date hardware, or is a little behind to make the prices more reasonable? I know the complete top notch hardware is stupidly overpriced with very little difference in performance, but your build falls short of the budget I set for myself and I'm just wondering if looking for any worthwhile upgrades is worth my time, or if you found all the most worthwhile pieces.
  1. Alenarien's Avatar
    This Daily Blink is like Captain Edward John Smith bragging while the Titanic is sinking that it's fine, because smaller ships are sinking too. In that sense it's hilarious; but only because of the extent to which Daily Blink shot themselves in the foot with this petty piece of work.

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