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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. carnifex2005's Avatar
    Ouch Daily Blink!
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    I find it ironic when it is WoW or any other MMO they can't trash it fast enough. But heaven forbid when SWTOR is trashed they come out with torches and pitch forks. I think that karma has come back and bit them in the ass in that now they know how players of other games/MMOs feel when you trash their games.
  1. MrSerious's Avatar
    The Daily Blink wasn't even funny, it came across as extremely petty. That's a shame because normally they are funny but this one was lame.

    Maybe the next will be a stab at people on this thread for telling them its a bad joke, that would really make them look sad.

    The Daily Blink just did a Cata, can they bounce back with the next joke.
  1. medievalman1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrSerious View Post
    The Daily Blink wasn't even funny, it came across as extremely petty. That's a shame because normally they are funny but this one was lame.

    Maybe the next will be a stab at people on this thread for telling them its a bad joke, that would really make them look sad.

    The Daily Blink just did a Cata, can they bounce back with the next joke.
    They'll probably come out with different ideas after 10% of their readers decide to leave for another webcomic...
  1. Bruin's Avatar
    At those mad about the Valor point hard cap: huh? There isn't anything to spend that Valor on *now* as it is other than selling bracers/boots or trading for Conquest Points. At least with Justice Points you can buy the Justice Trade Goods, but you can't downgrade VP. So...why stockpile it anyhow?
  1. Mormolyce's Avatar
    Oh shush about the damn comic. It was moderately funny.

    Valor of the Ancients sounds good, nothing more tedious than grinding extra heroics for VP on your 5th alt :P
  1. tuesday the paladin's Avatar
    I like idea that it'll be easier to cap valor on alts but the 3k maximum valor points is a terrible addition. That is to say if blizzard keeps to about the same frequency of content patches. Usually by the end of a major patch I'll have considerably more than 3k. Right now many of my characters have 6k+ valor with nothing to do.
  1. Eiffeltower's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by grexly75 View Post
    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.
    Of course i play more than one toon otherwise why would i comment ?!
    I have 4 max level toons on which i cap everyweek if I can. It's not the 10-12 people in these comments claim they have, but hey, i think i'd burnout much faster with 12 alts than with 4.

    If a folk is burned out, it is HIS problem, why even raise this? Blizzards standard reply to burnouts was "roll an alt". which everyone did. Now you say with 12 alts you are burnt out ? Oh noes .... give you free epics. See the vicious circle here ? When people will be bored, this buff will go up to 50%, 100% .... like the DS nerfs.

    I would much rather run anything (dungeon, raid, lfr) with someone who has actually battled for their gear. THAT shows they know the encounters, their class, and the smart mechanics and perfect timing of abilities.

    Being awesome on your main does not mean you are a good player on your alts, which is what this buff is implying (by giving your alt free VPs = top of the range items).
  1. Suikoden's Avatar
    Dat valor point buff is lookin hawt.
  1. Eiffeltower's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MasterHamster View Post
    I think your logic is dumbing the community down.
    I am sorry it was not as constructive as your invaluable post /endsarcasm
  1. Mormolyce'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 ?
    Right because grinding out the same heroics over and over is a real mental challenge and doing so teaches you how to play your class.

    The only thing dumbing down the game is stupid whiny sniping over every little thing Blizzard does.
  1. Eiffeltower's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mormolyce View Post
    Right because grinding out the same heroics over and over is a real mental challenge and doing so teaches you how to play your class.
    .
    yes ?

    You do exactly the same in DS whether you are arcane mage, blood DK tank or holy priest ?

    It's a totally different game considering what role you are playing ! why should you get free shizz on other characters because you can 111111112 on your mage ? you'll end up with an overgeared Tank alt who doesn't even know when he should use his CDs perfectly.

    Go tank, and press the same buttons as a DPS. I think you might fail. this is what i am saying; the learning curve is beingflattened out, and i think it's a really easy way to just cater to people who are actually bored of playing, but want to max everything every week. (which is a contradiction)

    Look dude, i am not a blizz hater or anything, i play everyweek, love the game, i am just pointing out that the direction they are taking is "easyness", and your ego can't accept that because you think you are OP because you have 12 alts. All i am saying is amount of alts does not equal skill, and therefore should not equal reward uniformly across your alts. Some are good alts, some are crap aren't they ?
  1. lios's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by alkyd View Post
    Funny how everyone started bashing Daily Blink for SWTOR when there wasn't a single word about SWTOR.
    Yeah, cause it's not a jedi standing in front of a screen that clearly reads bioware, star wars the old republic and ea... Are you seeing the same 'comic' as the rest of us?
  1. ZakZak's Avatar
    Why is the valor point buff only for characters on the same realm? My main for Mists is on a new realm - my other level 85's are all on a different realm. What reason is there for making this realm specific instead of across the whole account?
  1. Ama's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eiffeltower View Post
    Of course i play more than one toon otherwise why would i comment ?!
    I have 4 max level toons on which i cap everyweek if I can. It's not the 10-12 people in these comments claim they have, but hey, i think i'd burnout much faster with 12 alts than with 4.

    If a folk is burned out, it is HIS problem, why even raise this? Blizzards standard reply to burnouts was "roll an alt". which everyone did. Now you say with 12 alts you are burnt out ? Oh noes .... give you free epics. See the vicious circle here ? When people will be bored, this buff will go up to 50%, 100% .... like the DS nerfs.

    I would much rather run anything (dungeon, raid, lfr) with someone who has actually battled for their gear. THAT shows they know the encounters, their class, and the smart mechanics and perfect timing of abilities.

    Being awesome on your main does not mean you are a good player on your alts, which is what this buff is implying (by giving your alt free VPs = top of the range items).
    stop saying free VPs! its not free, its just a little bit more for your alts per run, after you capped on your main. to actually get these "free" VPs you will be running heroics on your alts as usual. knowing 'their class' has nothing to do with gear or knowing an encounter. and I'd rather prefer geared dumbfucks who don't know their class, than pvp-blue-geared idiots who is just waste of a group spot in every aspect of it.
  1. Chronos80's Avatar
    this daily blink not just not funny, it's plain stupid.
  1. Coldkil's Avatar
    With that valor buff, i think i'll play my alts again
  1. Zoophilic's Avatar
    If the valor buff raised your toon's valor cap, instead of just allowing you to reach cap quicker, that would be amazing!
  1. Kathranis'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.
    Actually, there is buyable valor gear, quite a bit of it in fact, but it's tied to reputation grinds and costs a lot of VP.

    A full set of the vendor valor gear in MoP will require you to be revered with the Shado-Pan, the Klaxxi, the Golden Lotus, and the August Celestials, and costs 19825 valor total.

    The weekly cap is still set to 1000, meaning it would take 20 weeks to buy a full set of VP gear for a single character.

    So, yeah. They're definitely not "giving away VP gear." They're not really meant to be a way to gear up at all, really. It's moreso a way to fill in missing slots if you're unlucky with drops, which is what token gear was originally designed for (back before tokens were converted to points).
  1. Arcbound's Avatar
    Do not forget, you will also be able to upgrade gear with valor points. I think the cap is more to prevent people from keeping their VP until they have full BiS and then upgrading that gear.

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