MMO-Champion - Submit Questions for the Devs, Challenge Mode Gear Procs, Hotfixes, MoP Launch Times
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Submit Questions for the Developers
We are going to have the opportunity to speak with Cory Stockton, the Lead Content Designer for World of Warcraft soon. If you have something you really want to ask him, go ahead and add the question to the comments. We will pick the best questions and add them to our list!

Before posting take a look at the recent developer Q&As to ensure your question hasn't already been asked. (Best Buy / Reddit) Please avoid any very class specific questions about rotations or something similar, as there are other devs better suited to answer them.




Want to talk about the rest of this news post? Head over to this thread!


Hunter and Mage Challenge Mode Gear Procs
Tonight we take a look at a little bit more flare for the Challenge Mode gear! Each set has a special proc that will go off during combat or other actions. Some of the sets even have multiple procs or slight variations depending on what you are casting.

You can find the Challenge Mode set previews on our Challenge Mode Gear page, found in the menu in the navbar. Each class has a proc for their set, so keep checking back to see your class's set!





Sept 19 is Pirate's Day
September 19th is Pirate's Day in World of Warcraft, which means you should head on down to Booty Bay and share a drink with Dread Captain DeMeza for the The Captain's Booty achievement if you don't already have it.



Best Buy Developer Q&A
Several WoW developers answered questions on Best Buy's site tonight. You can find a list of the questions and answers here.



Free Wrath of the Lich King Upgrade
The World of Warcraft Battle Chest now includes Classic, Burning Crusade, and Wrath of the Lich King, all for $20. Existing Classic and Burning Crusade accounts seem to have been upgraded to Wrath of the Lich King for free! You can purchase all of World of Warcraft up to Mists of Pandaria for $60 now as well.



Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes - September 18
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General
  • ​The health of all enemies in Theramore's Fall has been doubled.
  • Theramore Footmen have stopped using Shield Bash.

Battlegrounds
Alterac Valley
  • The number of reinforcements in Alterac Valley has been reduced to 500 (down from 600).

Classes
Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Frost Armor now increases spell haste by 7% (up from 5%).

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Angelic Feather can now be used by all party members when the priest under the influence of crowd control spells, and no longer require line-of-sight to the priest to work
  • Penance's base damage has been reduced so that it now deals significantly less damage at lower player levels, and slightly less damage at level-85.
  • Shadow Word: Insanity should now deal 2667 to 2815 damage plus 290% of spellpower at level-85 (up from 2235 to 2359 plus 243% of spellpower).
  • Mindbender damage has been increased by 20%. It now does 80% as much damage per hit as Shadowfiend (up from 66.7%).

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Capacitor Totem should benefit from the shaman's +hit bonuses, as expected.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Dungeons and Raids
Tempest Keep
  • Solarian's Solarium Priests should again be hitting for expected amounts of damage.

Items

Quests
  • Interacting with Zidormi in Dustwallow Bay no longer requires Mists of Pandaria.

Bug Fixes
  • Players should no longer retain glyph effects obtained in arenas after exiting the arena.
  • Players who resurrect at their corpse after being offered a resurrection by another player should no longer receive resurrection sickness.
  • Worgen characters who are advanced via a Scroll of Resurrection before completing their introductory quest chain and should no longer be stuck in a phased state.

Mists of Pandaria Launch Times
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The official Mists of Pandaria launch times are as follows:

  • North and Latin American realms - 12:00 a.m. PDT, September 25
  • European realms - 12:00 a.m. CEST, September 25
  • Korean/Taiwan realms - 12:00 a.m. KST, September 27

With this expansion, we’re using a new bit of tech that will unlock the expansion content, make the intro quest magically pop up in your quest log, and allow you to begin playing the expansion immediately without the need to log out and back in. If everything goes as planned this will be a smooth transition to the adventures that await you in the new continent.

See you in-game!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
No Honor Reset for Mists of Pandaria
Your character's Honor points will not get reset on September 25th, 2012.

There is a full write up on how Valor/Justice and Conquest/Honor points will work in the weeks leading up to and after Mists of Pandaria's launch in the blog: Currency Conversion Before and After Mists of Pandaria (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Favorite In Game Events
I bet this thread will be entirely "OH AHN'QIRAJ WAS GREAT" or "WRATH OMG WE WERE ZOMBIES <-- rehashed Naxx opening with extras".
I remember these events quite vividly, and I am personally very glad that I got to experience them, but I also remember that not everyone liked them.

The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj was an absolutely massive event, and it was tremendously awesome if you got to see it. It is totally understandable why so many have fond memories of this event, but it is important to remember that it wasn't peachy for everyone. This was a one-time event that was triggered by the player who held the Scepter of the Shifting Sands, so it was easy to miss out on it if you were not online when it triggered, or if you did not have a character of sufficient high level to go to Silithus. There were quite a few players who voiced their unhappiness about not getting to witness this event after having spent all that time gathering war supplies.

Furthermore, as you can maybe get from this video, an absolutely enormous number of players gathered in Silithus to witness the event. This unfortunately resulted in heavy lag for many players, and even realm crashes on some realms, which was obviously very frustrating to many as these things interrupted the fun.

The Zombie Infestation event was much more widely available to players as it was not restricted to high level players only. Since it was also spread out throughout the world of Azeroth over an extended period of time, the chance of missing out on this event was slim to none, which was appreciated by many for sure. This event is remembered fondly, but again it wasn't peachy for everyone.

Many people were very annoyed that they frequently got interrupted while being in the middle of doing things, and those people who did not have much time to play in general found that they had a hard time completing their usual daily routines within their established and regular time frames, so they were extra frustrated that they could not opt out of the event.

The Demon invasion prior to The Burning Crusade was best. Demon's laying siege to the city? Holding the line against invaders? Now that was an event. I didn't even know it was coming, and when Kruul turned up at stormwind?
That one was my personal favourite as well... although I also really liked the Cataclysm pre-launch events

Pre-wrath zombie plague, hands down. It was so damn fun on an RP server. Pity an event like that will never happen again due to all the QQ it caused. The event was like marmite. Either loved it or hated it.
Nobody says that such an event can't happen again in the future, especially if there is a good reason lore-wise to do it, but it would most likely not happen in the exact same format as the Zombie infestation. There would need to be a way to minimise the griefing, which could for an example be done through safe zones, or some sort of immunity buff, or maybe even a way to opt out of the event altogether for those who are simply not interested in it, etc. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Mists of Pandaria Boxes
Kat Hunter and a Reddit user showed off the Mists of Pandaria boxes today.



Guild Wars 2 Adds Mac Support
ArenaNet announced Mac support for Guild Wars 2 today using Cider. Anyone who has purchased the game can try it out, but keep in mind it is still in beta. You need Lion or Mountain Lion and a machine from the last year or two to play with reasonable performance. See the full FAQ for more details.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Submit Questions for the Devs, Challenge Mode Gear Procs, Hotfixes, MoP Launch Times started by chaud View original post
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  1. chorx's Avatar
    Challenge mode dungeons, and the talk of challenge mode raids is a unique shift in what people have been getting. Do you feel that keeping the rewards to the more difficult activities cosmetic, makes it more viable to be less accessible to less experienced players, or is it the same considering there were still many man hours put into designing the stuff that will only end up being accessible to a sliver of the endgame players?
  1. jrandolph87's Avatar
    I've noticed a lot of crazyness with the dps. First of all.. as DK tank, I shouldn't be hitting over 40k dps on bosses in dungeons. I know that we have some buffs, but c'mon.. 40k dps as a tank? Thats just ridiculous. And my 396 ilvl hunter can steadily stay at 40k. Also as a DK tank, I shouldn't be hitting nearly 60k dps in aoe damage when other dps classes can't even hit that. The only dps class that I have personally seen hit that much damage have been warlocks, surv hunters, and frost dks. Every other class seem to have HUGE difficulty hitting those dps marks. Is there going to be some patch work done to get these dps kinks worked out? I don't think tanks should be top dps (unless ur group is just bad). Dps classes that are geared and are experienced raiders, should not be having trouble competeing with tanks in dps. What can we see in dps changes?
  1. Nissemort's Avatar
    Is there any plans of improving the personal bank ?
    I was thinking something like a extra tab like the guildbank that is shared between my characters on that realm (same faction)
    ofcource unable to hold soulbound gear.
    as it is I spend a lot of time logging between chars to mail mats back and forth,mats that could have been stored in a shared tab
  1. Shandrakor's Avatar
    A question for the lead content dev (Cory Stockton):

    How do the devs decide when a *NEW* boss mechanic (ex: strike team for Gara'jal or Sha of Fear vs another Patchwerk w/ raid aoe) is worth the time/effort to design and implement in new raids and is there a quota to meet for these new mechanics in a new raid zone?
  1. Noct's Avatar
    It would be quite a delight to get an ETA on when we might start seeing even faint glimpses of the new character model updates.

    Also, ask if there is any plans to fix the OP'ness of healers in low level battlegrounds, especially discipline priests.
  1. Shak14's Avatar
    I have seen many questions answered in the recent community sessions (Which by the way, is awesome ) about 25 mans. But the common answer is "We understand the issue...we plan to do things about it". That's awesome and all but what or when are you doing with 25 mans? At this time it looks like the entire next tier of raiding is going to be like cataclysm. So much damage has been done to 25 man raiding that I really don't think you should leave it so late to do anything.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    We are about out of time, so I am going to cut off questions here.

    For the next time we are able to do this, please keep your questions short and actually read the request. There were many class specific questions and many, many, many questions which have already been answered recently.

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