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Terrace of the Endless Spring Raid Preview
Today we have a preview of the bosses in Terrace of the Endless Spring, the raid which is unlocked after completing the Heart of Fear raid. Not only does Elite mode drop better gear, it now drops some bonus pieces of gear on Protectors of the Endless.




Mogu'shan Vaults Raid Preview
Today we have an updated preview of the Mogu'shan Vaults raid! If you don't remember what the raid zone looks like, you can take a look at our very early preview. Keep in mind that the zone was very unfinished at that time and that does not represent the final area. You can find these pages in the menu at the right of the navbar in the future.





Tiller's Daily Quest
We are also taking a look at one of the new daily quests that you do for the Tiller's faction. The Water, Water Everywhere quest asks you to fly around the Heartland and water dusty spots in the crops. You can unlock a kite that flies much faster and a kite that flies higher later on.

One extra source of rep we didn't mention in the original preview is harvesting crops! Each plant you harvest will give you 49 Tillers reputation.



MMO-Champion Forums Moderator Recruitment
Good news everyone! We're recruiting moderators for the forums again! The amount of users and posts keeps increasing and we reached the point where we need some help before the trolls take over and play Whack-a-Mod in the Darkmoon Faire. I know it sounds fun, but I'm going to assume we don't want that.

This time around we are mostly looking for mods for the class forums as things to start to ramp up for Mists of Pandaria. Exceptional people are always encouraged to apply though! Please be sure to read the entire post before applying.



Darkmoon Faire Quest Reset Issue
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We are aware of an issue in which the Darkmoon Faire quests did not reset properly. We are currently working on a hotfix that we will apply to all realms as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Transmutation Mastery Change
The profession has been changed to prepare for the upcoming expansion and will now require the higher grade material in order to complete the quests. (Official Forums)

Class Complexity
You have to consider that WoW is a multiplayer game in which players are very often competing, whether comparing damage meters in a raid or out and out trying to kill each other in PvP. Changes to your your character end up affecting everyone who comes into contact with your character. If you can order up exactly what you want, you're affecting a bunch of other people.

In your hamburger analogy, you're telling the restaurant "You should make sure that nobody can have mayonnaise because I don't like it."

I've actually used the restaurant analogy myself, because few restaurant patrons have the impression that they're going to be able to go back into the kitchen, give the chefs pointers, rearrange the menu and so on just because they think highly of their own opinions on food. Restaurants may honor your request to hold the salt or put the dressing on the side, and many chefs are probably thrilled to get feedback on the dishes they prepare to get an idea of what their customers like or not, but ultimately if you don't like a restaurant's food, you should probably go to another restaurant, not try and change the menu.

As far as class complexity, that's another attempt to serve a very diverse player base. Some players like a few buttons and some like to have a lot. If the restaurant required every dish to have the same number of ingredients, that doesn't improve the quality of the food. I only think it's a problem if some classes are so much more challenging to play that those players expect to do higher DPS as a result, or I guess if the number of buttons is truly stupid.

Also, remember that there is a huge difference between reasonable and optional. If adding an ability to your rotation improves your DPS by 1% then it might not be worth worrying about. I actually wish guides would focus a little more on describing both the "90% rotation" as well as the "theoretically highest rotation." (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Second Wind and Healing Nerf
We applied a healing nerf to Arenas and BGs because it was getting impossible to kill anyone. We hope this is just a temporary 85 measure.

Based on some of these reports, it sounds like percentage heals like Second Wind were affected. They probably shouldn't be. Percentage heals aren't boosted by PvP Power, so they shouldn't be nerfed by the blanket PvP healing debuff. We'll discuss and likely fix it.

Our stance on Second Wind hasn't changed. Under some circumstances, especially duels, it can account for a tremendous percentage of your health healed, but usually in group PvP (where we spend far more balance emphasis) you're unlikely to stay below 30% health for very long -- you'll either be healed up or killed. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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 stagnant and still above the pre-flood prices, so now is still a good time to buy a SSD. The current SSD prices seem to have bottomed out for now, with almost all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte. 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 or help getting an even better deal! 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 - $188
KeyboardLogitech Media Keyboard K200 - $17Cyborg V.5 - $48
MouseLogitech G400 - $37Razer Deathadder - $47
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $27Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $38
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $305HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $379
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $54Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $69 ($95)
MouseLogitech G500 - $50Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $71
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $58Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $79


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 - $50XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $66
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $104Intel i3-2120 - $125
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 - $228GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $53
Graphics CardXFX 7770 - $114XFX 6870 or ASUS DCII GTX 560 - $137/ $170
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $66Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $103
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$539$698 - $731


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 - $55Cooler Master HAF X - $182
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $85Corsair 750HX - $160
CPUIntel i5-3570K - $230Intel i7-3770K - $320
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $56Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $84
MotherboardASUS P8Z77-V LK - $146ASUS P8Z77-V - $180
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $538GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $53
Graphics CardXFX 7850 Double D - $240XFX 7970 Black Edition OR EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $430 / $405
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $103Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $103
SSDSAMSUNG 830 128GB (Review) - $100
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $75
Crucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $105
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $112
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$990 - $1090$1406 - $1543


Mists of Pandaria Almost Never Was
The Verge had an interesting short piece back during Gamescom that is worth a read.

  • A different expansion was pitched, accepted, and background work and lore was started on.
  • The team then changed direction to Mists of Pandaria when everyone agreed that it felt right.
  • This expansion goes back to World of Warcraft's roots more so than any expansion before it, thanks to the sense of exploring an entirely new area.
  • Mists of Pandaria has something that wasn't in the original lore and is more about discovery than previous expansions.


Fan Art Update
The World of Warcraft Fan Art Section has been updated with four new pieces of fan artwork.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Mists Raid Previews, Mod Recruitment, Blue Posts, Setup of the Month, Fan Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 52 Comments
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Iosif View Post
    Chaud,

    I see in your Peripherals/Monitors list you have Keyboards, Mice, Monitors and Speakers, Have you considered added a head set/microphone section?

    There are many people like myself and my Girlfriend who prefer to use "Headsets" rather than speakers, having 2 speakers going in a room wile we are both raiding or doing different dungeons can cause a lot of issues. And i think most people will agree that a good headset can me as important as a good speaker/sound system.
    Nope, I already hesitate with including some of the things in that section. I don't have enough experience with higher end headsets to be confident in recommending something, and there are a lot of bad cheaper headsets. I don't have the time currently to catch up on it, but I would like to expand to include a larger selection of cases and maybe some more peripherals in the future.
  1. sebun's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seezer View Post
    I can't believe they actually said that there was a different xpac in developement, and then they changed it to MoP. That makes me think even more that Blizz is just playing it by ear, and that Mists is going to suck balls because it wasn't given the proper development time. "Exploration and wonder" my ass. Exploration is over within the first week. It's the content that drives the game, and if that suffered because they wanted to change directions, then MoP will backfire in their faces.
    If you read the source article you'd have found out that the original idea was at "initial planning and background lore" state when they replaced it with Mists.
  1. Kaleredar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Seezer View Post
    I can't believe they actually said that there was a different xpac in developement, and then they changed it to MoP. That makes me think even more that Blizz is just playing it by ear, and that Mists is going to suck balls because it wasn't given the proper development time. "Exploration and wonder" my ass. Exploration is over within the first week. It's the content that drives the game, and if that suffered because they wanted to change directions, then MoP will backfire in their faces.
    Wasn't given enough time? From what I've heard from the vast, vast majority of people playing the beta, they love it. Seeing as that's the content they've BEEN working on, it doesn't seem that it didn't "not receive enough attention"
  1. Soeroah's Avatar
    I for one love the idea of exploring an entirely new continent. Probably wouldn't have cared if it was some other new continent, but I'm glad they are expanding on what little we know about the Pandaren. It was always a little odd to have Chen help found Orgrimmar along with Rexxar and then mostly ignore his existance while Rexxar got involved in a small number of quests and rediscovered his race.

    ---------- Post added 2012-09-03 at 12:14 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by sebun View Post
    If you read the source article you'd have found out that the original idea was at "initial planning and background lore" state when they replaced it with Mists.
    And, given that Blizzard mentioned they were basically planning 'Cataclysm's successor' back when Cataclysm was first announced, it's very likely the 'initial planning and background lore' stage of development was little more than a page of concepts they decided to change long before ever making a new model or landscape.
  1. Althestane's Avatar
    Three things:
    1 - awwww,Lei Shi looks so sad! I haven't done much in the way of raiding, but that encounter sounds like an interesting one - a boss who's scared of you. Has something like it been done before?
    2 - If they're going for a "back to it's roots" feel with MoP, with exploration and all that, then they've really got to cut back on the scripted storytelling. Cata often felt like a story that was already written and that my character was just a 'generic hero' inserted to move the narrative along. There's a time and place for all that phasing and funneling, but I hope they don't overdo it in MoP.
    3 - that 'lock art is really distinctive and wonderful. I'd like to see more artists take on WoW with differing styles.
  1. DreamCast's Avatar
    All I can say is there will never be another quality raid like ulduar again, these bosses look terrible in comparison and I expect the next 2 tiers of the expansion to be much worse like it was in cata.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    After watching that video, I'm filled with a sense of dread when I think of trying to do that daily while there's dozens of other players around. :S
  1. Joán's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aerofluff View Post
    It's funny that they never say precisely what the other expansion's theme would've been. Because I bet that a majority of people probably would've preferred it, by comparison. Exploration and wonder? Really, let's just inject some Asia into WoW, casters can run around in cheongsams, and add fat pandas. Did I sum it all up? Please tell me if I'm missing something.
    Obviously they're not saying because they're not gonna start hyping for another expansion that very well might be made in the future before this one is even out.
  1. Rioo's Avatar
    Maybe they realized that they can milk WoW some more before giving us the Burning Legion expansion a lot of us have been waiting on since TBC/WotLK. It's funny though, they said Cataclysm was supposed to go back to the roots with 1-60 zones, the Twilight Cult and black dragonflight returning, and then that the expansion would be a lot about PvP. Mist feels pretty much like attempt two, and they haven't exactly gotten better at developing the game since, just worse somehow.
  1. Dzudzadzo's Avatar
    Also, remember that there is a huge difference between reasonable and optional. If adding an ability to your rotation improves your DPS by 1% then it might not be worth worrying about. I actually wish guides would focus a little more on describing both the "90% rotation" as well as the "theoretically highest rotation."

    That would all fine and dandy if it were not for a fact that there exists something like PQR which throws your "90% rotation" out of equation and leaves everyone with the ability to execute perfect rotations without a slighest effort. Unless they fix that, all this speech of complex/optional rotations is nothing more than hoarse shit in which cheaters win and legitimate players suffer.

    And yes I will mention that thing's name in order raise awarness about it in order to force blizzard to finally break it.
  1. Joán's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dzudzadzo View Post
    That would all fine and dandy if it were not for a fact that there exists something like PQR which throws your "90% rotation" out of equation and leaves everyone with the ability to execute perfect rotations without a slighest effort.
    I imagine they aren't really interested in designing the game around illegal bots.
  1. MacHaggis's Avatar
    but ultimately if you don't like a restaurant's food, you should probably go to another restaurant, not try and change the menu.
    Most awesome GM response in a long time
  1. risingforce's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaleredar View Post
    Oh goody.

    Incoming resurgence of people complaining about MoP...


    Anyway, I'm interested in what this expansion could have been. Seeing as they did some work on it, perhaps they'll choose it as the next expansion, and roll it out sooner. The most obvious avenue would be either emerald dream/Queen Azshara or Burning Legion.
    I think popular opinion held that it was Emerald Dream.
  1. sophos1's Avatar
    Good to see the 3 components I just bought yesterday are exactly what's on this list. I hope that means I know what I'm doing!
  1. dirk123's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by risingforce View Post
    I think popular opinion held that it was Emerald Dream.
    Except that since the Stormrage novel there are only small pockets of Nightmare left.
    Not to mention Malfurion got enough screentime in Cataclysm anyways (Darkshore quest, Mt Hyjal quests including fighting against Ragnaros, Molten Front stuff, HC Ragnaros fight).
  1. Sissadora's Avatar
    Do yourself a favor and DON'T buy the Razer BlackWidow. I've used mine for 3 weeks now and the WASD keys are all faded. >.<
  1. VanishO2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Travanoid View Post
    People who played Warcraft III explored parts of Northrend.
    Except that we're all talking about World of Warcraft's roots (wich means classic, that we're sure ppl also played in azeroth in previous Warcraft games)... not previous games.
  1. Divineblitz's Avatar
    That panda has got some anger issues oO
  1. Arthzil's Avatar
    Love the Unicorn build. Shame it costs 40% more for the full build on british amazon (1364gbp so around 2169usd) :/ And there's my crappy Poland where it's even more expensive. It's like - the bigger country economy the cheaper electronics are... For the amount of work I would have to do to buy it person on same position in usa could most likely get 2 of them... FML
  1. ziaraa1's Avatar
    Ever thought of including "Headsets" in setup of the month? or if not u got any suggestions?

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