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Ragnaros Mount Hotfix
The Smoldering Egg of Millagazor from Ragnaros was dropping for 100% in Normal Difficulty for the past few days until a hotfix was made tonight that fixed the drop rate. Normally the mount only drops 100% of the time in Heroic mode.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
This did not appear to be a bug at first, but with all of the QQ about earning the mount from other players they suspended it.
No, it was fixed because the drop rate was never intended.

For them this was a brand new encounter, why take that away from them?
I'm not entirely certain how fixing an unintended drop rate for a single item takes the encounter away from anyone.

My understanding is that it is a guaranteed drop
That is currently for heroic version.

Will I be suspended/banned for winning a mount I had no idea was bugged? I know it probably won't happen, I would love a blue to chime in on this.
I can't say for certain but as I understand it, obtaining the mount required no exploitation. The drop rate should be fixed now. Additional actions would seem unlikely.

Mists of Pandaria Archaeology Preview
Today we are taking a look at some of the changes made to Archaeology in Mists of Pandaria. You can find these changes and all of the longer lists that go with them in the menu on the right of the navbar.

  • You are now able to survey up to six times per digsite. This change went live with Patch 5.0.4.
  • There will be two new races to solve for, the Pandaren and the Mogu.
  • You won't want to vendor the new artifacts, as they only sell for 1g. Instead, you use them to create a Restored Artifact.
  • Restored Artifacts can be used to purchase crates that contain 5-9 fragments for the non Pandaria races, as well as two other items.
  • Occasionally an Ancient Haunt will spawn after finding artifact fragments. They rarely drop a Mogu or Pandaren keystone and always drop ~7 fragments.
  • There are some Archaeology daily quests now!
  • You can find Pristine versions of artifacts and put them on display.



Lorewalker Story: Seven Burdens of Shaohao
In Mists of Pandaria there are several extra lore related achievements to go with the regular zone exploration achievements.

Once you have found all of the objects for an achievement, Lorewalker Cho will send you mail that asks you to meet him at the Seat of Knowledge. Once there he will narrate a small story that gives you some more information about Pandaria lore.

In the video below, the What is Worth Fighting For story is told to you.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Class / Spec Complexity and Listening to Feedback
I think there are a couple of points here worth addressing that either came up since my initial post or I missed the first time.

I think part of what the OP is asking for is alternatives to the hunter (IIRC) rotation with fewer buttons. That's a reasonable request. We tried in the talent trees overall to make sure there was always a passive option for every tier so you didn't need a button. The level 60 tier has 2 active buttons and one that is somewhat reactionary, and the level 75 tier has 3 active buttons. We like the hunter tree overall and are unlikely to change it at this stage, but I think it's a fair criticism for players who like fewer buttons.

Second, there is a lot of supposition that we somehow baited and switched players by changing the game. We have to change the game. Many of the rules and mechanics in vanilla wouldn't be acceptable to players these days. So I think we're just arguing about degree of change. Some warlocks are saying their class changed too much and some rogues are saying their class didn't change enough. Those are all valid opinions and the kinds of things we try and take into consideration when we're deciding on class changes going into an expansion.

I hope you take my word though that every change we make, even the ones that end up not working out again, are made because we are ultimately trying to make the game more fun for the players, and not because we're bored designers trying to entertain ourselves by experimenting with your characters. We weigh every change. You still may not agree with them all, but I want to reassure you that they aren't made on a whim, and nearly every one began with player feedback at some point.

Finally, it has been mentioned a few times in this thread that when most players feel a certain way, that the developers should absolutely take action. I'd generally agree with that statement. The main problem with that strategy is that we don't really have any idea what most players want. (And no, you can't just extrapolate that if 4 forum posters feel one way, then 400,000 non-posters must as well).

Instead, we fall back a lot on logic, common sense, professional experience and a lot of gut instinct. We do use a lot of ways to capture player feedback, and the forums are one of those tools. They're good for pitching ideas or points of view, but bad for trying to figure out how many other players agree with you.

What happens nearly every time is some group of players advocates position A and another group advocates position B. What sometimes happens after that is the A players try to argue that they are smarter, more experienced, or more important players, therefore their opinion should count more. As you have all experienced, it can escalate into an argument quickly. We try to take both positions under advisement, consider what A or B would mean for the game, maybe try some things out internally, and eventually come to a conclusion. Sometimes we do A, sometimes B, sometimes nothing, and sometimes C. None of that means we ignore player feedback. It definitely does not mean that we ignore these massive groups of sensible players who are unified on a given position that is so self-evidently correct that we're obviously derelict in our jobs for not implementing their changes immediately. Those scenarios just don't exist. It would make our lives much easier perhaps if they did.

Just my 2 copper here but in my opinion the problem is not the analogy so much as it always feels like anytime GC responds to any criticism over the years he consistently degrades the "way" you post be it bad analogy or "not constructive" etc. I may have missed a few posts over the years but he always seems to find a way to deflect from the intent of how a critical poster "feels" about an issue and rarely ever acknowledges that a critical post could have merit.
I do that a lot because it's in our (the developers') best interests to have clear, concise and specific feedback. Improving the tone of the discussion pays far larger dividends to me personally that turning the forums into an ask the devs Q&A. I don't personally (and neither does Blizzard as a company) have the bandwidth to answer even a fraction of the questions we receive. Therefore, trying to get the community to understand how to improve the efficiency of their messages can in turn improve the efficiency of our game design.

The second problem is, sometimes C just doesn't make sense. Literally, no sense. Example: What was the reason given for "homogenizing" Rogues? To paraphrase: "We wanted Rogues to feel like Rogues, and not have 30+ classes in the game to balance." After which we see Monks with three separate specs, Druids with four (4!!!), and even a complete change to one of Warlocks.
In this specific case, it's because rogues are a pure class with 3 DPS specs. If for example Combat had superior damage and Subtlety had superior control, then one is the PvE spec and one is the PvP spec and Assassination is probably dead. We thought the only reasonable way to let rogue spec be a choice was to share the utility and the damage, and make the spec choice about the way you do damage. Warlocks, mages, hunters and even the DPS specs of warriors and DKs follow a similar pattern.

I'm sure they must have statistical tools.

- How many people spec X v. Y v. Z?
- How many people use glyph A, B, C...?
- How many people talent D, E, F...?
- How many people use ability G, H, I...?
- In what parts of the game do they use A-Z?
- How do spec/glyph/talent choices and ability use correlate with time played in game?

Yes, we do all of that. I'd wager we collect more information than most players realize.

What it doesn't provide us is context. Do more players spec X because the guides tell them to? Because X does higher damage? Because it's harder to screw up the X rotation? Because X has prettier spells? Because X is more fun? Because they've just always played X?

Even more important, how much change would it take to get some players to go Y? How much change can we risk before everyone goes Y? We've caused that several times, and I hate it when that happens. It's a failure on the part of me and my team when it does.

A question to consider: Is there any real evidence on Blizzard's side that the majority want their chosen playstyle changed so much each and every expansion that they essentially have to relearn it?
We can't measure majorities for the reasons I mentioned above. Instead, we look at what players are complaining about, and try to evaluate the passion, legitimacy, and logic of what they say. To use just a few examples, players complained that warlock rotations were convoluted, that rogues had too many ramping mechanics, that rage was too boom or bust, that hunter minimum rage sucked, that mages had to be Frost for control, that totems were just group buffs with too many drawbacks, that Presences didn't match spec, and so on. Those are just a few examples, and I know not every player agrees with them.

As I mentioned before, you also have the cases (I see this the most with rogue and maybe shaman) that while the rotations aren't necessarily broken, the players are just tired of them and want something new. It's very hard to balance "Give me something new" with "I like my character exactly as they are." (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

No Mana Constraints
It is just completely and utterly false. Mana might feel tigher at 85 (post-patch 5.0.4) than it does at 90? Mana is much, much, much tighter at 90 than it is at 85 (post-patch 5.0.4). It's not even close.
We're talking about 5 different numbers here.

1) Mana at 85, pre-geared.
2) Mana at 85, post-geared.
3) Mana at 85, post-geared, post patch. <-- You're probably here right now.
4) Mana at 90, pre-geared.
5) Mana at 90, post-geared.

Our expectation is that things look like this: 2 > 5 > 4 > 3 > 1

To explain:
  • Mana for a Dragon Soul geared healer (2) is too good, but not dramatically so.
  • Mana for a new level 85 (1) is too punishing.
  • For Mists, mana for a raid-geared character (5) should feel good, but not as good as 2.
  • For Mists, mana for a new level 90 (4), should not feel as punishing as 1.
  • For the current "lame duck session" you're playing a level 85 character using Mists numbers (3). This is NOT the same number as 2 or 5. We knew this would be the case, so we nerfed Dragon Soul by an additional 5% to make sure nobody started stumbling where they had smooth sailing the week prior.

In other words, 1 and 2 no longer exist, so we're looking at 5 > 4 > 3.

Value 3 will be irrelevant to most players in a few weeks, at which point the only relevant thing is 5 > 4 (meaning geared characters have more mana than ungeared characters). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

FEEDBACK: Heart of Fear (Raid Finder)
The Wind Lord Mel'jarak encounter has a bug in LFR mode that prevents Recklessness from being triggered (increased damage taken on the boss for each trio of Mantid that are defeated). This should be fixed tomorrow. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

WoWDB Addon Data Collection
You may have noticed that we are making slow and steady progress on WoWDB, but now we need some help from you! If you are using Curse Client, you can contribute data like mining node locations and what a vendor sells.

So far you have helped us identify a number of bugs that we are working on fixing and more data will help us get things working smoothly for the Mists of Pandaria launch.

To help out, just install the WoWDB Profiler addon from Curse and check the box in the Curse Client options as seen below. When you are playing the addon will gather data and save it. When you are done playing, Curse Client will see the game close and upload the collected data from the addon.



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


This article was originally published in forum thread: Ragnaros Mount Hotfix, MoP Archaeology Preview, Lorewalker Story, Blue Posts, Fan Art started by chaud View original post
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  1. Kaneiac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by xsublymonalx View Post
    The mana thing is just wrong. I'm running OOM after just ONE black phase on H Zonozz after a 35% nerf? Are you fucking kidding me?

    And it's not balanced at 90 either. All the beta forums are screaming for more mana.
    They should have just left it the way it was. It was fine.
    Stack spirit until mana wasn't an issue unless you or your raid was being stupid, then stack fun stats like Mastery or Haste.

    Fucking Blizzard. Always changing shit that doesn't need to be changed just because THEY think it should be.
    Wait, what

    What class are you playing? I've had no issues with a Holy Paladin or Disc Priest on H:Zonozz. In fact, healing as Disc was easier than ever thanks to Spirit Shell.

    If you aren't doing more healing than you were doing pre-patch, you're doing something wrong
  1. Notos's Avatar
    Wow, the Brill fanart is amazing! It captures the atmosphere of Tirisfal/Silverpine perfectly.
  1. Powell's Avatar
    I love GC, hes straight forward.
    He don't take no shit from nobody!
  1. kouby's Avatar
    Boohoo I'm too stupid to take the time to think about how the changes to my spec change the gameplay and I'm going oom! Boohoo! Blizzard must be full of bad people who eat children!
  1. OneSent's Avatar
    That fanart is fucking amazing!!
  1. Ovacor's Avatar
    Was really hoping Blizzard would do a little more than that with Archaeology. I suppose we have enough content at the start of Mists, still slightly disappointed with Archaeology though.
  1. wdmshmo's Avatar
    Wow, if only the game actually looked like that second fan art. Lakeshire has never looked so good.
  1. hookus's Avatar
    That Tirisfal images is amazing, imagine if the game had such graphics.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lagmoose View Post
    Hmm... I'm a bit disappointed that no epic BoA items are obtained through Arch this time. Unless maybe in patch 5.1 they'll add some. I love Archaeology anyway, so I'll get over it. :P
    They are Bind to Account, we just haven't added that label to WoWDB yet. Should be fixed soon!
  1. Nnyco's Avatar
    dat brill, just amazin
  1. Ryme's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    We thought the only reasonable way to let rogue spec be a choice was to share the utility and the damage, and make the spec choice about the way you do damage.
    Might want to have a rethink about blade flurry then, it makes sure that combat is the only viable spec with more than one, but less than six targets to be hitting at once - which happens enough times to mean you have to keep a combat spec alive in your talents.
  1. hiragana's Avatar
    Right. Stop all work on MoP and go spend all your resources on making wows graphics as awesome as that fan art. I like the cartoony feel of wow but the immersion would be incredible to have graphics like that.
  1. Solidusbr's Avatar
    The Dark Lady is watching over Brill. Amazing.
  1. Googen's Avatar
    OMG, the Redridge fanart is amazing!
  1. Strakha's Avatar
    Great fan art. I wish they'd have splash screens like that instead of just character portraits. (I.E the Redridge city one) You could have a picture for every zone, and just have it randomly choose a zone for eastern kingdom <-> kalimdor travel. Even make a toggle as to not confuse new players.
  1. ackis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lazay View Post
    The AQ gates bug was way worse than this and they even allowed em all to keep their mounts.
    What was the AQ gates bug?
  1. Casomir's Avatar
    I wish Redridge looked like that! But I doubt WoW would run on most peoples computers then. :P
  1. knightpt's Avatar
    holy cow, best fan art ever. Even if blizzard can't use those kind of graphics in the engine, at least as loading screens.... please hire that guy/girl !
  1. Fromie's Avatar
    WowDB Profiler not working with Mac...
  1. Airbag888's Avatar
    That Redridge Screenshot everyone's raving about is a notch up in quality compared to a Guild Wars 2 one on a powerful rig

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