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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. subanark'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.
    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.
  1. medievalman1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lolercaust View Post
    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?
    I'm thrilled with this feature. I'll have 11 90's with mists, and valor capping all of them would take a ridiculously long time.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by medievalman1 View Post
    I'm thrilled with this feature. I'll have 11 90's with mists, and valor capping all of them would take a ridiculously long time.
    With 11 characters you strike me as the type of player who would have played them anyway, regardless of this feature. Not attacking you.. that's just the impression I get of people with that many alts. They like to spread the game across all characters. I suspect (and I could be totally wrong) that this feature is aimed more at players who perhaps don't do that now.. but might in the future if they feel there is an advantage to playing alts once they've maxed out their main. Perhaps Blizzard feel it will help the game in general to have more alts running dungeons or maybe they just feel there needs to be more reason to play alts. Or maybe i'm just paranoid and it's none of the above.
  1. Syridian's Avatar
    Haha, not hard to spot the former/current SWTOR players in these comments. Serves the fanboys right for their zealous preaching tbh.
  1. kos1085's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lolercaust View Post
    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?
    Please tell me how you know thats why 1.1 million left because of this.
  1. Dasn'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.
    Welcome to MMOs
  1. lewisderp's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dasn View Post
    Welcome to MMOs
    indeed, a MMO where everything is handed to you :P
  1. Notos'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.
    Or they are making it faster to cap out valor on all your toons so you don't have to spend as much time grinding for it. I swear, some people just like to see the negative side of everything...this change is flipping AMAZING for people with a lot of alts!
  1. epiccollision's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lewisderp View Post
    indeed, a MMO where everything is handed to you :P
    see http://www.thedailyblink.com/2012/08...-the-comments/ they seem to doing something right
  1. MechaMoose's Avatar
    man the SWTOR fans can't handle a joke...
  1. enchanted's Avatar
    Inb4 the bandwagon of QQ because of valor of ancients buff "OMAHGAWD BLIZZ THIS GAMEE IS TO CASUAL I QUIT" "I REMEMBER THE TIMES IN VANILLA WHEN YOU WORKED YOUR ASS OFF FOR GEAR" just watch em come. Anywho daily blink is meh once again
  1. The Ogdru Jahad's Avatar
    good change to the valor point grind, not gonna lie. Pretty smart and actually useful.
  1. thefinalwarden's Avatar
    You know, I was going to comment about how it seems odd that the current daily blink was out of line, but the internet has been a bit more sensitive lately. I am interested in Jaina's change though.
  1. Lolercaust's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by kos1085 View Post
    Please tell me how you know thats why 1.1 million left because of this.
    It's just speculation, nothing more. Regardless of why all those subscribers left, making WoW take even less time to complete is an irrational decision when the game's revenue is based off of subscriptions.

    Quote Originally Posted by medievalman1 View Post
    I'm thrilled with this feature. I'll have 11 90's with mists, and valor capping all of them would take a ridiculously long time.
    Honest to god, that makes me sick just thinking about it.
  1. chaud'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.
    http://www.wowdb.com/currencies/396-...#related:items
  1. medievalman1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Collected View Post
    With 11 characters you strike me as the type of player who would have played them anyway, regardless of this feature. Not attacking you.. that's just the impression I get of people with that many alts. They like to spread the game across all characters. I suspect (and I could be totally wrong) that this feature is aimed more at players who perhaps don't do that now.. but might in the future if they feel there is an advantage to playing alts once they've maxed out their main. Perhaps Blizzard feel it will help the game in general to have more alts running dungeons or maybe they just feel there needs to be more reason to play alts. Or maybe i'm just paranoid and it's none of the above.
    I would play them, its true, but there's no way I'd be able to maintain what I'm doing in life, valor capping all of them, and trying out some of the new features being implemented. Thus, I'm thrilled
  1. Valarius's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MechaMoose View Post
    man the SWTOR fans can't handle a joke...
    Assume moar.

    I don't play SWTOR - check my previous posts, I thought it was garbage and quit within the free month included with the box. I still think this Daily Blink (and the previous ones for the past few weeks) have been real spiteful, sarcastic bullshit. Like I said, they used to be a bit silly, nowadays they're like the annoying guy on MMO-Champ who hates every game except WoW and will attack people who are excited about other titles.

    Don't believe me? Go look at GW2 threads and see how many "Lol GW2 will suck herp derp" posts there are when no-one's even mentioning WoW till that point. It's always the same shit, where WoW players troll other threads and act as if everyone thinks every game is a WoW killer.
  1. WarpKnight's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Valarius View Post
    Don't believe me? Go look at GW2 threads and see how many "Lol GW2 will suck herp derp" posts there are when no-one's even mentioning WoW till that point. It's always the same shit, where WoW players troll other threads and act as if everyone thinks every game is a WoW killer.
    There have been people claiming every single new MMO is going to be the WoW killer. In addition, aside from actually claiming that new game X is going to kill wow, perhaps less (directly) zealous hype fans proclaim new game X to be amazingly good, flawless, and "different".

    You should expect a few jaded cynics after so many failed hype cycles. The hype kills game launches.
  1. Eleri's Avatar
    If they're going to cap us at 3k valor, could they at least give us something to SPEND it on? I have 10k on my main, and I'll be damned if I'm going to sell boots and bracers for, what is it now, 700g? 500? 200?

    Even a way to convert them to Justice would be nice.
  1. Buu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by medievalman1 View Post
    I would play them, its true, but there's no way I'd be able to maintain what I'm doing in life, valor capping all of them, and trying out some of the new features being implemented. Thus, I'm thrilled
    Anyone who can think in consequences that happen over the timespan of 5 minutes is thrilled.
    Those complainers that have the sight under 2 inches are starting to get old. Usually they complain not only things as the valor point buff (which cuts nearly 1/3 of work for each alt, AFTER you worked your ass as everyone else with a main), but also about things as relic slot or prime glyphs being taken for WHOLE TWO WEEKS, making them useless until MoP hit.

    Short-sight is getting SO OLD.


    Quote Originally Posted by Eleri View Post
    If they're going to cap us at 3k valor, could they at least give us something to SPEND it on? I have 10k on my main, and I'll be damned if I'm going to sell boots and bracers for, what is it now, 700g? 500? 200?

    Even a way to convert them to Justice would be nice.
    How can you have 10K in your main with a cap of 4K, and THERE IS a conversion to Justice Points 1:1.

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