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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. 93sika's Avatar
    Valor cap buff hmm
  1. SPOONMONKEYDROID84's Avatar
    conquest of the ancients would be nice
  1. Frolk's Avatar
    OMG That Valor buff will be SOOOO helpfull for me, ill be having 5-6char in MoP, will save many hours O_O
    And Daily Blink, superb as always
  1. Honeyprime's Avatar
    The Daily Blink is so full of win. Just hilarious.
  1. Soulslaver's Avatar
    the daily blink has become quite pathetic. sad
  1. Venteus's Avatar
    Bahaha, Daily blink is amazing. Perhaps a warning to GW2 fanboys as well.
  1. lewisderp's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Antherios View Post
    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.
    No one said jaina was going neutral.

    If anything, with Jaina in charge of Dalaran and the alliance down one city, well, go figure.

    Spoiler alert: Blizzard doesn't care if there would be two dalaran's in the game.

    also lol@people getting upset over comedy. you can tell who the butthurt ones are, quite amusing :3
  1. Deepsidedj's Avatar
    Can someone tell me which of these is best for 1 monitor PC?

    XFX 7970 Black Edition OR EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $430 / $430
  1. Landin55's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alenarien View Post
    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.
    Except video games don't sink and who ever keeps using stupid analogies like this one to refer to video games should be shot in the foot.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyzen View Post
    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.
    If you wanted to spend more, a larger SSD would be helpful, as would more mechanical drive storage if you need it. A faster graphics card isn't worth the additional cost, as the GTX 670 overclocks to GTX 680 speeds. Also, the 3770K is overkill unless you are doing something that needs the Hyperthreading. Save your money and upgrade again later, this is about as high end as most people need.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepsidedj View Post
    Can someone tell me which of these is best for 1 monitor PC?

    XFX 7970 Black Edition OR EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $430 / $430
    Both are roughly the same performance, better in some games, worse in others.
  1. Valarius's Avatar
    So the Daily Blink are basically sellouts at this point yeah?

    They used to be about making fun of silly things in WoW/Blizzard. Nowadays they're like the white-knight forum posters you get who think Blizzard does no wrong and XYZ needs to GTFO.

    Don't think so? Go back and look through their stuff - it's very clear where the content changes.

    EDIT: The spiteful, petty mouseover text isn't helping either; it just looks pathetic.
  1. greyghost's Avatar
    If they're going to have that hard of a cap on Valor points, I can only hope Blizzard will provide a variety of things I can purchase with Valor points once all my gear is handled for each teir.

    edit: regarding Daily Blink?

    Going "THIS IS DUMB CUZ BOTH GAIMS ARE DYING LOLOLOO" is .... wow.

    World of Warcraft isn't in a tailspin/massive losses mode. It's an approaching-8(!!!)-year-old game that posted a 10% loss of subscribers. If it was actually having troubles, you'd be seeing very OBVIOUS signs of a corporate mandate to re-order the game for expanded profits for a rapidly declining subscriber base.

    AKA, what EA is doing to SWTOR.

    That's the point of the comic. It's laughing at people who actually think a temporary 1 million sub loss for WoW is a death knell, especially since the 1 mil sub loss is attributed to a launch of another Blizzard game during a period where there's no new game content in WoW.

    Those subscribers will come right back the moment MOP is released. I don't think there's many doubts about that in anyone's mind. Only thing we're actually seeing is a really strong case of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-pu...ationalization
  1. Landin55's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Valarius View Post
    So the Daily Blink are basically sellouts at this point yeah?

    They used to be about making fun of silly things in WoW/Blizzard. Nowadays they're like the white-knight forum posters you get who think Blizzard does no wrong and XYZ needs to GTFO.

    Don't think so? Go back and look through their stuff - it's very clear where the content changes.

    EDIT: The spiteful, petty mouseover text isn't helping either; it just looks pathetic.
    they can have an opinion, don't get upset if it doesn't match your's.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Annnnd Blizzard insert yet another carrot into the game that just makes it all the more tempting to grind out emblems on all your alts day after day, week after week, month after month. Personally that sort of thing just doesn't float my boat anymore. But each to their own.
  1. greyghost's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Collected View Post
    Annnnd Blizzard insert yet another carrot into the game that just makes it all the more tempting to grind out emblems on all your alts day after day, week after week, month after month. Personally that sort of thing just doesn't float my boat anymore. But each to their own.
    So you're quitting all video games? Good to know.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by greyghost View Post
    So you're quitting all video games? Good to know.
    Fortunately not all games employ the same tactics as Blizzard do to keep their players 'entertained'. Progression can be fun without having to run instance after instance after instance just to save up enough tokens to buy that shoulder piece.
  1. Diasteel's Avatar
    Wait Rhonins successor?!?!?!?!? Did blizzard kill off the only redhead in the game!!!!

    Edit: Its probably something from the Lore book cuz you know the Author killed off Krasus why not kill off Rhonin to just to spite Knack.
  1. TheSerialSniper's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alenarien View Post
    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.

    What a terrible analogy. It's more like smaller ships being sunken by huge waves, and the titanic just rocking a little bit.
  1. Lolercaust's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Valor of the Ancients
    <facepalm>
    Why is Blizzard actively trying to stop people spending time in their game? Are they really adding this in spite of the 1.1 million subscribers they lost because there was nothing to do?
  1. teebo's Avatar
    conquest cap=dumb
    ancients buff=awesome

    comic=bad as usual. keep it up guys, im sure you will hold the longest streak of worst comic or something like that

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