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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. Xingu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by spinalc0rd View Post
    LOOOL its funny all the WoW haters who are now pissed at Daily Blink. ROFL.
    Exactly!

    What does this community want??? People bash WoW = whine, it's a great time, stop hating. People praise WoW = whine, it's a sucky game, stop the love.

    We really need a plague.
  1. Farora's Avatar
    So now your alts can return faster to idling in stormwind. Great addition!
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Arcbound View Post
    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.
    Am in beta and have yet to see the gear upgrade bit, (probably missing something) all I have seen so far are your standard VP gear items spread over 4 factions..
  1. Flutterguy's Avatar
    Jaina to be hit with the neutral bat.

    /sigh
  1. Thenamedosentfi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by 4KhazModan View Post
    Wait, did Jaina say something about being Rhonin's successor? Does that mean something happened to him? Knaack to be raid boss in first major patch of mop?
    I genuinly laughed at this, you sir have made my day
  1. showmeurmoves's Avatar
    Thank you, very helpful
  1. Gene B's Avatar
    really sad that swtor is failing, i just started playing it after 7+ years of wow and I (personally) find it way more fun. why don't more people play it?
  1. ZeroWashu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Strategos View Post
    Daily Blink is usually funny but this one was just in bad taste.

    How is that? It is a true statement. When you set yourself up so high you can expect your fall to not be pleasant
  1. baldcore's Avatar
    [QUOTE=mikencarly;17858549]You do know that its been confirmed already that the raid is UNDER THE CITY! not in the city itself so to speak.[COLOR="red"]



    No I actually have not heard that part before. I assumed they were gonna use an instanced version of orgrimmar similar to what was done with DS.
  1. 1rkrage's Avatar
    Y U NO Korean 27 inch monitor?

    1440p IPS at ~$300 or less is a beast.
  1. Tomazooma's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathranis View Post
    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).
    So am I missing something, or are they pretty much saying to gear up you have to Hc over and over, then LFR over and over, and so on. i.e. grind for gear just to be able to get to the next step of content? I thought the point of the '@90 game' in MoP was to have multiple ways of getting rewards?
    All the unrestricted dailies suddenly don't seem so good, if you won't have the valor points to buy anything when you get the rep?

    EDIT: I don't mean play more to get better to beat the content, but grind old content over and over (i.e. Hcs for the 100th time) just to be able to get the gear to get into higher level (challenging) stuff.
  1. Andaja's Avatar
    And daily blink at it again...

    Anyone can explain this daily blink?
  1. Bane-Thunder-God's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by cptaylor38 View Post
    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!
    Lol maybe I should have elobarated. My gf is congolese and its a traditional engagement, no ring , no proposing. She wanted to get it done and I don't mind if it makes her happy tbh I don't believe in marriage but she knows that. but she wants to get pregnant this year so im all for it
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Knaack to be raid boss in first major patch of mop?
    Knaak is reserved for the Ultimate End Boss in WoW, after we stuffed Sargeras.

    really sad that swtor is failing, i just started playing it after 7+ years of wow and I (personally) find it way more fun. why don't more people play it?
    It's an easy WoW clone with lightsabers... what's "way more fun" about it exactly? Maybe you like the setting more, more power to you, but the core gameplay is exactly the same.
  1. Bane-Thunder-God's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gene B View Post
    really sad that swtor is failing, i just started playing it after 7+ years of wow and I (personally) find it way more fun. why don't more people play it?
    Well you have just started playing it. So you won't get it. I played SWTOR til end game lvl 50. Thats when I laughed and cancelled my sub for good. But Prior to its release i played beta and knew the game was gonna fail. But i played it cause Cata had become Boring and D3 wasnt out for another several months and Guild Wars 2 was no where to be seen (release wise).

    Now I am one happy dude. played all GW2 betas love the game's potential. It's seemingly amazing thus far. And WoW!... MoP is looking like the best expansion Blizzard has ever made (love the new battlegrounds). Did i also tell ya how much I love the Ret Paladin changes? kk... cause thats my main. PvP is my thing. So whatever to PvE couldnt care less.
  1. Knopperz's Avatar
    SW:ToR didnt fail in my Opinion... and they still get my Money... WoW does not
    Just because a MMO doesnt have 10 Million Subs... it doesnt necessarily mean that it sucks.
    Rift was also claimed to be dead... and look at it now 9 Patches later, its better then ever. Its friggen awsome to be honest.
  1. erh's Avatar
    why are the narwhal SSDs more expensive than the unicorn ones?
  1. woopytywoop's Avatar
    Bah, Jaina becomes neutral.

    Whyyyyyy :<.
    Can't we alliance have a crazy character, I really liked the speech up the last line.
    Those hordes can thank kalecgos on their knees.

    But why couldnt she stay evul and crazy for a little while? In stead of Deathwing puttin fire on area's, we'd have Jaina slaugthering random horde cities.
    Those hordes really can do whatever they want, if they piss off an alli they'll just show the other cheek and go neutral (or neutered).

    And also, VP change, also for CP? would make geting CP cap on alts easier...
  1. Black Pearl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by woopytywoop View Post
    VP change, also for CP? would make geting CP cap on alts easier...
    Doubt it, they also didn't make the rated PvP mounts account wide because of "that you can do it on one class, doesn't mean you can on another"
  1. Eiffeltower's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ama View Post
    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.
    it is free, you wrote it yourself.... "just a little bit more". Yes, indeed, 50% more, which is 50% free compared to now.

    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.
    Well that's where i beg to differ, i've seen many many people in blues producing better results than LFR geared idiots with no reforges or interest in their main secondary stats. because you can help teach someone in blues when to time their abilities to negate pretty much all damage very effectively, whereas someone decked out in welfare epics has this sense of 'i know what i'm doing, i been rewarded already, bro". This is why LFR is so retarded dontchaknow. It takes time to play this game perfectly, and this is just giving people the impression they are all OP (btw, i am not saying i am).

    Furthermore, someone in blues will have to grind that dungeon / LFR much more to get their items, which would make end game last longer, and not have 1.1mil ppl dropping becausqe there is nothing to do anymore. This is how you make an expansion last, not by giving out all the gear after 2 weeks.

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