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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. Velshin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Buu View Post
    How can you have 10K in your main with a cap of 4K, and THERE IS a conversion to Justice Points 1:1.
    If you are talking about valor points atm there is only 1k cap weekly but overall there is no hard cap for VP for example I have more than 16k valor points atm.
  1. Snes's Avatar
    I hate how sensitive people are.
  1. Mad_Murdock's Avatar
    WoW, some of you guys really seem to be uptight. I wouldn't call it a side holding, knee slapper. But it got a smile. A little jesting, poking, no real disrespect. There was plenty of trash talking leading up to SWTOR and it's caved in on itself and couldn't even maintain 1 million subs for one year. I wish every MMO game the best of luck, you guys just need to loosen up and learn to laugh at things
  1. baldcore's Avatar
    Here is a crazy theory. The sha of pandaria will possess several faction leaders and take over orgrimmar. Jaina, Garrosh, Gallywix, and the Council of hammers will be the raid bosses with garrosh fight in valley of strength, Jaina fight in valley of spirit, Gallywix on the top of orgrimmar, and council of hammer fight in the valley of honor. In each area you will have to fight a gauntlet with multiple waves until the boss appears.
  1. Eiffeltower's Avatar
    Awesome, everyone is gonna have geared alts, but no clue how to play them. Atm the only way to judge the decency of a players if you don't have logs is gear. thats is fucked now, we are going to HAVE TO play with morons.

    anyone dare say they are NOT dumbing down the game by giving your alts free Valor points ?
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    I like The Daily Blink comic. Too bad that since their website redesign I can't comment without having to sign up. Which I'm not doing. :/

    I hope Blizzard doesn't stop at just the "Valor of the Ancients" buff. They still have a ways to go after the alt-killer that was Cataclysm.
  1. namelessone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eiffeltower View Post
    Awesome, everyone is gonna have geared alts, but no clue how to play them. Atm the only way to judge the decency of a players if you don't have logs is gear. thats is fucked now, we are going to HAVE TO play with morons.

    anyone dare say they are NOT dumbing down the game by giving your alts free Valor points ?
    Of course they aren't. There's nothing "smart" about having to run 15 heroics vs. 10 heroics. The only thing you are doing in the end is running heroics.
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by subanark View Post
    There isn't any valor armor/gear. You use valor to upgrade existing gear, and the cap is there to discourage players from holding off too long on valor waiting to upgrade BiS pieces.
    You will find that there are 4 factions that you will have to rep grind to revered before you can buy VP gear and range from 1250 to 2250 VP's.. (This is from the current beta build.)

    ---------- Post added 2012-08-06 at 12:35 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Buu View Post

    How can you have 10K in your main with a cap of 4K, and THERE IS a conversion to Justice Points 1:1.
    At the moment there is no maximum VP cap on live only the weekly one, and when either patch 5 or MoP comes out they will be reset to 0 anyways.
  1. Marema's Avatar
    Greatest TBD ever. SW failed hardcore and no amount of hating on the truth will make that game any better. I hope Lucas got his cash up front for the license.

    ---------- Post added 2012-08-05 at 08:10 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Eiffeltower View Post
    Awesome, everyone is gonna have geared alts, but no clue how to play them. Atm the only way to judge the decency of a players if you don't have logs is gear. thats is fucked now, we are going to HAVE TO play with morons.

    anyone dare say they are NOT dumbing down the game by giving your alts free Valor points ?
    More like people might actually run less heroics now since they'll cap sooner therefore you will have less of a chance to play with them. But we'll let you live in your negative little box and maybe one day you'll learn to think outside of it.
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eiffeltower View Post
    Awesome, everyone is gonna have geared alts, but no clue how to play them. Atm the only way to judge the decency of a players if you don't have logs is gear. thats is fucked now, we are going to HAVE TO play with morons.

    anyone dare say they are NOT dumbing down the game by giving your alts free Valor points ?
    You obviously don't play more than one toon by the sounds of your rant. Running dungeon after dungeon on your alts is what burnt a lot of folks out it became very tedious. And well there are enough idiots in LFR and in LFD right now that what this will do is make it faster to get away from them.

    And well in the end this is a very good idea.
  1. Chrysopoeia's Avatar
    That is a nice buff! d3 ripoff any1? Can't wait for Mists of pandaria!

    And stop the QQ about "free VP".. If you want those free VP you need to cap your main, and then play your alt. Reasons for playing more? Good thing imo. Capping VP have never been hard? sigh.. QQ about the LFR instead that gives you free epics for being AFK during an encounter -_-
  1. cptaylor38'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


    You're getting engaged the 25th of this month? Does the other person not have a say or something? I always thought it had something to do with proposing a question. Watch karma turn your good life around and have them say no! LOOOL Good luck!
  1. orangelemonrain's Avatar
    I know they dont read this but I really hope they can remove BoA's and replace the xp bonus as a buy-able buff for alts. Its no fun being given armour for 1-85 knowing you cant build a character. I understand that you could just not use them, but I dont believe thats worth the loss of the xp bonus.
  1. Landin55's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by orangelemonrain View Post
    I know they dont read this but I really hope they can remove BoA's and replace the xp bonus as a buy-able buff for alts. Its no fun being given armour for 1-85 knowing you cant build a character. I understand that you could just not use them, but I dont believe thats worth the loss of the xp bonus.
    You could always transmog them, my brother hated the Warlock look so when he got the lich robes in Razorfen he transmogged the robes.
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrysopoeia View Post
    That is a nice buff! d3 ripoff any1? Can't wait for Mists of pandaria!

    And stop the QQ about "free VP".. If you want those free VP you need to cap your main, and then play your alt. Reasons for playing more? Good thing imo. Capping VP have never been hard? sigh.. QQ about the LFR instead that gives you free epics for being AFK during an encounter -_-
    You maybe AFK during the encounter but the new bosses don't play so nice and that AFker will be dead as a doornail since there is a lot more movement required now in that Feng the Accursed is very much a constant movement fight if you don't move you die.
  1. MasterHamster's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eiffeltower View Post
    Awesome, everyone is gonna have geared alts, but no clue how to play them. Atm the only way to judge the decency of a players if you don't have logs is gear. thats is fucked now, we are going to HAVE TO play with morons.

    anyone dare say they are NOT dumbing down the game by giving your alts free Valor points ?
    I think your logic is dumbing the community down.
  1. palladiamors's Avatar
    Eh, that comic was not funny in the least. Well, unless you count the fact that WoW has lost three times the number of subs that SWTOR lost this quarter but Daily Blink still thought they'd be able to get cheeky about it. That might be sort of funny. Course what it boils down to is that both are bleeding like stuck pigs. Its just that WoW can afford the bleed for longer then SWTOR.
  1. mikencarly's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by baldcore View Post
    Here is a crazy theory. The sha of pandaria will possess several faction leaders and take over orgrimmar. Jaina, Garrosh, Gallywix, and the Council of hammers will be the raid bosses with garrosh fight in valley of strength, Jaina fight in valley of spirit, Gallywix on the top of orgrimmar, and council of hammer fight in the valley of honor. In each area you will have to fight a gauntlet with multiple waves until the boss appears.
    You do know that its been confirmed already that the raid is UNDER THE CITY! not in the city itself so to speak.

    ---------- Post added 2012-08-06 at 03:41 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by palladiamors View Post
    Eh, that comic was not funny in the least. Well, unless you count the fact that WoW has lost three times the number of subs that SWTOR lost this quarter but Daily Blink still thought they'd be able to get cheeky about it. That might be sort of funny. Course what it boils down to is that both are bleeding like stuck pigs. Its just that WoW can afford the bleed for longer then SWTOR.
    Oh dear i love the people who think mop has anything to do with the wow bleeding my guess is you think mop caused it nope it was 8 months of no new content that did it and on top of that cata is hands down the worst expansion ever made period!Mop will stop the bleeding for sure but not sure about the mataining subs part or even increaseing we will see in a few months if wow is reallt dying or cata caused it.but it will stop bleeding for sure.
  1. Selkinor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Synbaby View Post
    So I wonder if they are lowering the cost of any valor armor/gear since they are dropping the ampount of total valor you can have at one time.
    Nothing was ever worth more than 3000 valor, why would they need to drop costs?
  1. Masqerader's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    I like The Daily Blink comic. Too bad that since their website redesign I can't comment without having to sign up. Which I'm not doing. :/

    I hope Blizzard doesn't stop at just the "Valor of the Ancients" buff. They still have a ways to go after the alt-killer that was Cataclysm.

    i like the change, i didn't play my alts because of the annoying grind

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