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City Exploit Hotfixed
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities. This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It's safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth.

As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation. If you have information relating to this incident, please email [email protected]. We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding.


Addon Review: TradeSkillMaster
TradeSkillMaster is a modular addon used to help you to simplify your gold-making processes. The goal of the addon is to consolidate all the different tasks needed to make gold in an efficient way while remaining light-weight and customizable. If you used it during beta and had qualms about the UI, note that it has been significantly improved since then.

One of the more useful features is a module that allows you to see the profit involved in just purchasing and crafting things for your profession. It still requires common sense though, as some things may be profitable but not in demand anymore. Another useful module is the Mailing module, that allows you to mail items to your other characters according to the settings. If you often craft things that need to go to another character, this can save many clicks. There are many more modules that are useful as well, take a look at the full list for more details!





LFR Compilation and FAQ
Azshira put together a nice summary of the LFR changes and boss tactics for DPS, Healers, and Tanks on each fight.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
LFR Item Level Requirement Reduction
We're currently looking into reducing the item level requirement for Mogu'Shan Vaults LFR from 463 to 460. This should mean that more players will be ready to go once LFR is rolled out, but their gear should still be at an appropriate level for the fights. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Monk vs Rogue Energy Usage
I don't know much about monks, but their system is similar to rogues right? Does their system use both resources for finishers?

Nope, Monk abilities consume singular resources.

While true, the abilities Monks use to generate Chi are not very damaging, while the strikes a Rogue uses to create combo points are core damage abilities. Monks need Chi to execute bread and butter damage abilities at all. It's not a very good direct comparison.

One should always be careful when comparing how one class's abilities work versus another to take into account all the variables. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Horde vs Alliance in MoP
Where is it? I mean I see a lot of it in Jade Forest, but after our big Skirmish I don't see them again till Kun-Lai summit, which is just building up a foothold and getting some panda allies, then I don't see any more Alliance or Horde again till I hit 90 and talk to Auldin about getting those gates open, that's it. I heard this expansion was putting the WAR back in warcraft, I see a lot of Bugs and Mogus or whatever waring, but not a lot of Alliance versus Horde.

Anyway, if you saw some Waring, let me know I have two other toons to level up, and I want to see all I can.

We've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating here for those that may have missed it. The start of the expansion has been meant to introduce (reintroduce) the war between the Horde and Alliance, but spends a little time introducing you to Pandaria itself. It's (at first) about exploration of this new land. Though, don't be fooled. The war between the Horde and Alliance is there, and will be progressing as the patches progress. The war itself coming to the peaceful shores of Pandaria has stirred up an old enemy of the Pandaren and needs some dealing with too. (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. New CPUs from Intel won't be here until sometime next year, so there is nothing new coming anytime soon in that area.

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 - $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 VE278Q 27-Inch - $305HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $379
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $58Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $70 ($111)
MouseLogitech G500 - $60Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $71
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $58Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $80


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 - $60XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $66
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $98Intel i3-3220 - $128
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31
MotherboardASUS M5A97 AM3+ 970 - $95Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $125
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $258GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $49
Graphics CardXFX 7770 - $107XFX 6870 or ASUS DCII GTX 560 - $140 / $160
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $64Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $103
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
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 - $60Cooler Master HAF X - $180
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $90Corsair 750HX - $145
CPUIntel i5-3570K - $220Intel i7-3770K - $330
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $57Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $83
MotherboardASUS P8Z77-V LK - $128ASUS P8Z77-V - $190
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $498GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $49
Graphics CardXFX 7870 - $240XFX 7970 Black Edition OR EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $398
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $103Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $103
SSDSAMSUNG 830 128GB (Review) - $90
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $80
Crucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $100
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $115
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$990 - $1090$1406 - $1543


Curse Weekly Roundup
The team is back with news about Mojang's, Mists of Pandaria, Indie Game Movie for Netflix, the Mass Effect 3 DLC, Playstation Plus and the Game Forecast.

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