MMO-Champion - Patch 5.1 Audio, Vengeance Clarification, Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, Fan Art
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Patch 5.1 Audio Update
Some more audio for the new quest lines was added in the latest PTR patch. Most of it is King Varian this time around, starting at 2:22.



Vengeance Hotfix Clarification
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
There has been some confusion about the recent changes to Vengeance that we’d like to clear up. Two things have changed with Vengeance lately:

  • Oct 8 - Vengeance should now ramp up more quickly. Avoidance will now grant Vengeance based on the average damage of the avoided NPC auto-attack, instead of just refreshing existing Vengeance. This does not apply to enemy special attacks.

There should be an addition to this: Vengeance was also reduced by 10% at the time that hotfix was noted. We apologize for that being missed in the patch notes. Vengeance now accrues at a rate of 1.8% of damage taken, down from 2.0%.

  • Oct 16 - Fixed an issue with the way that Vengeance is calculated that could cause very large but infrequent spikes of damage to grant much more than the intended amount of Vengeance.

Based on the hits a tank takes, Vengeance attempts to predict what 50% of average Vengeance for that level of incoming damage will be, and bumps the tank straight to that level. However, it previously based that calculation on a 1.5 second attack speed. It now bases the calculation on the enemy’s auto attack speed for auto attacks, and a 60 second interval for special attacks.

Tanks will still get the expected amount of Vengeance from the damage taken. This change just means that the first hit from a slow-attacking boss will bump Vengeance straight up to the expected amount.

Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes - October 19
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General
  • Digging up a find while practicing Archaeology will now continue to grant skill points past 50.
  • Hallow's End festivities and decorations, including candy buckets, have spread to Refuge Point and Zouchin Village.
  • Players that have been defeated by the Headless Horseman can now use the Looking For Dungeon interface to return for another attempt.

Classes
Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • It is no longer possible to carry a Battleground flag while using Camouflage.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Creatures

Pet Battles
  • The pet ability Takedown now deals 10% less damage.
  • The pet ability Chew now deals 50% less damage.

Quests
  • Players that have not completed "Battle Helm of the Thunder King" can now slay Bloodtip, Wulon, Huo-Shang, and Gochao.
  • Zhao-Jin the Bloodletter should now always spawn correctly for the "Battle Helm of the Thunder King" quest.

Dungeons & Raids
Scarlet Monastery
  • The Pulsing Pumpkin and Pumpkin Fiends that accompany the Headless Horseman are now appropriately powerful foes.

Mogu'shan Vaults
  • Gara'jal the Spiritbinder
    • Smoke Bombs cast by Rogues will no longer prevent Gara'jal's Voodoo Doll effect from displaying on afflicted players.
  • Will of the Emperor
    • Fixed an issue that could cause Qin-xi and Jan-xi to sometimes become unreponsive.

Bug Fixes
  • Players will now only earn credit toward the achievement Listen to the Drunk Fish when harvesting the high yield crop of the day forecasted by Jogu the Drunk.
  • Voodoo Piles in Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub wil no longer incorrectly grant skill in Archaeology.
  • The Ghost Iron vein beneath Serenity Falls in the Jade Forest has dematerialized.
  • Fixed an issue that could allow new Pandarens from leaving the Wandering Isle prior to selecting a Faction to support.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Multi-boxing in WoW
Multi-boxing in and of itself is not a violation, provided the player isn't using any macro scripts that automate gameplay beyond what is allowed through default macro and API specifications.

"Hackers" is a term often used to cover people partaking in a very broad range of activities, like exploiting game bugs/mechanics, stealing another person's private account information via keyloggers or phishing, and infiltrating a system's security to gain some level of control over the system or sensitive information held therein. The latter of the three is most accurately described as hacking.

Nevertheless, all three "hacking" scenarios I listed above, as well as the act of running private servers, are violations of the Terms of Use. We take any such violation seriously.

blues still supporting bot programs because it makes them money. News at 11.
Don't be disingenuous and misleading just because you might disagree with our stance on a particular issue. Any sort of scripting or bot program that automates multiple actions/keystrokes on a character (i.e. some sort of automated cast or movement sequence) is a violation of the Terms of Use. Period.

If Multiboxing is just about someone's preferred way of playing and it's not accepted by Blizzard just because they get extra subs, then surely they'd have no problem reprogramming the log in servers to allow all of us to control multiple characters on the same account/server at the same time.
We don't support multi-boxing, we never have, and we have no current plans to do so. There's a major difference between verifying a person is not violating the Terms of Use purely by playing multiple characters at once, and adding functionality into the game to officially offer support to anyone who wants to.

Why is private servers against the Terms of Use. I am sure Blizzard has noticed how many people play on private servers which means there is a demand for old content. Will Blizzard eventually release servers that are just Vanilla, BC, or Wotlk?
First and foremost, it's an unlicensed version of the game. That's illegal. Secondly, this is an MMO. World of Warcraft is a persistent online world. You're not meant to be running whatever version of the client you choose and manipulating data that would ordinarily be cross-checked by our servers.

I'm reading blue last post as: 'Technically doesn't break the rules, but it breaks the spirit of the game.' You know, the MMO part.
And to be perfectly honest with you, I agree with that statement on a personal level. We certainly didn't design the game with the idea that some people should control multiple characters at once. I also absolutely understand and sympathize with those who express frustration about encountering multi-boxers in the game, particularly in PvP situations.

That said, there's no cognitive dissonance in my head between my personal views on multi-boxing, and our official stance with regard to the Terms of Use. Regardless of whether or not I enjoy seeing a multi-boxer in an MMO, I understand why multi-boxing isn't innately considered to be cheating. Just the same, regardless of whether or not I enjoy seeing a character whose actions don't appear to be controlled by a person, I understand why botting is considered to be cheating.

Oh come now Zarhym, we all know it isn't as persistent as you guys claim! Essentially you let us legally play Wrath and TBC on your servers, as well as Cataclysm now. Aren't all those older versions of the game? And by that I could perhaps legally argue that I am licensed to play that content, since you guys can't keep up with the demand of updating the entire game. Your persistent world argument is pretty weak as a result. I challenge thee to counter that!
I don't know if I have a counter to this, as I'm honestly not sure what point you're trying to make.

You have access to TBC, Wrath, etc. content still, sure. But is that content purely what was sold with the expansion? What do your talent trees look like when you're in Outland? Are your experience gains in Northrend the same as they were when Wrath was released? Cataclysm only reinforces this point more if you look back to 1-60 content. Is that Vanilla content? Are you actually playing an older version of the game each time you enter a different expansion's content? Absolutely not. Everyone's playing the same version -- the same patch.

And sorry for all the rhetorical questions. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Reset Time of Tiller's Farm
The difference between many of the resets in-game is rather high (and understandably annoying). We're exploring some options to address the issue, but we don't have further details to share just yet. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Questing in Mists of Pandaria
People complained a lot in Cata that the quest lines were "too linear", like you were on rails and had no option but to do them in the exact order given.

So for MoP, they made some of them "free exploration" in that some of the quests will not have leadins. You just find them by exploring. Like the nessingwary ones.

This is correct. A lot of the quest hubs are kind of modular, in that you can choose the order in which you do them. And instead of giving you a single achievement for completing all the quests in a zone, we have sub-achievements for completing each story arc. Complete all story arcs in a zone and you'll get the achievement.

What this means is you might sometimes complete a more central or climatic story arc in a zone before finishing all the quest hubs in that zone. That still doesn't mean you should ever be left without a "breadcrumb quest" to take you to the next zone. As far as I recall there isn't a single zone that doesn't have some lead-in quest telling you where to go your first time there.

You'll frequently be given "breadcrumb quests" that lead you to different hubs, sometimes across multiple zones. As an example, when you hit Valley of the Four Winds, you're pretty quickly given the option to go to either Kun-Lai or Krasarang. It's up to you to choose where to go and what to do first in the valley, Krasarang, or Kun-Lai. If you really want to vary up the scenery and your quest experience, you can even jump around between zones.

That said, as you mentioned there are also some quest hubs that have no "breadcrumb quests" to lead you there. We like the feel of discovering characters out in the world who could use your help, any maybe even unveil some awesome story moments that aren't necessarily integral to the primary story arcs in each zone. They're like little bonuses to give you access to more backstory on Pandaria or the inhabitants and explorers there, and they're also required for the achievements to complete all story arcs in a zone.

To make sure these "isolated" hubs where you aren't expressly sent via a quest aren't totally missed, you'll notice we added new exclamation points on your map to point them out. So while you're questing around a zone, be sure to check your map. Not only will you see where all the flight points are (even ones you haven't discovered yet), you'll see exclamation points at hubs you'll need to find on your own (like Nesingwary in the valley). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Sever Transfer Gold Cap
There are no plans to change the 50k gold cap. The percentage of players that has over 50k gold is incredibly small.
Remember that you can always use the market to buy items so you can still remain below the gold cap when transferring, basically “transforming” gold into something that you can carry along in your inventory to another realm and effectively get your gold back (with some luck, even with profit) by selling the items on the destination realm; we think that this is actually healthy for the in-game economies. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

PvP Ladders Outdated
We are already aware of the issues with the Arena and Rated Battleground ladders and are already working on this. There may be some armory disruptions while we investigate the issue, but hope this is resolved soon. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Realm Economies
As you can see by some replies here, the prices vary across servers. But I just leveled a character with mining up to 90, and I must admit, I mined stacks and stacks of Ghost Iron ore. Considering the fact that many people are doing the same right now, it's only natural that there's an abundance on the AH at the moment. Give it time to settle down. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Bots in WoW
To answer your question, no, we have not eased up on cheaters. Not one little bit. Preventing and stopping this behaviour is something we're really passionate about, which is why we've made it easier than ever for you to report cheaters.

I can't stress enough how important it is that you report players you suspect to be cheating. It not only helps us to remove this kind of thing from your gameplay experience, but it can help us prevent similar things happening in future. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Fan Art
Zarhym shared a nice piece of fan art he came across on Twitter.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 5.1 Audio, Vengeance Clarification, Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, Fan Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 34 Comments
  1. Destil's Avatar
    That fan art..is ridiculously awesome.
  1. jethroop369's Avatar
    Normally I don't comment on fan art because it is usually pretty good, but this one is just amazing. Different, but amazing.
  1. Tikaru's Avatar
    There are no plans to change the 50k gold cap. The percentage of players that has over 50k gold is incredibly small.
    I'm really having a hard time believing this.
  1. Mythologicale's Avatar
    Stormprime reminds me of final fantasy's alexander. Awesome art!
  1. Gingercrab's Avatar
    That isn't Fan Art.. that was originally on the Chinese WoW's web-site, for a contest known as "Who's The Big Hero", which was posted before Mists of Pandaria even launched.

    Here's a link as proof. http://www.battlenet.com.cn/features/zh/wow/big-hero/
  1. Thyrial's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tikaru View Post
    I'm really having a hard time believing this.
    You shouldn't. The vast majority of players never let their gold get that high before they spend it on something. While income may be much higher these days, most players spend it as fast as they get it and most only actively try to make gold when they have something to spend it on.
  1. Ltsmash's Avatar
    I will not belive Blizzard is cracking down on bots until they show tangible proof that they are in fact banning people for it. just saying they are isnt enough.
  1. Thallidomaniac's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    The Pulsing Pumpkin and Pumpkin Fiends that accompany the Headless Horseman are now appropriately powerful foes.
    Woot! Event boss buff!
  1. Amsden's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tikaru View Post
    I'm really having a hard time believing this.
    No kidding 50k is really not a lot. I'd imagine most players would be close to 100k these days. But as Blizzard always says they can see all the numbers.
  1. vMoPPy's Avatar
    Moveth.
    Get your head in the game.

    Personally, I don't care about any of these changes. I scrolled straight to the class changes to see if there was any buffs given to shadow priests.
    nope.jpg
    *Close browser*
  1. Yig's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gingercrab View Post
    That isn't Fan Art.. that was originally on the Chinese WoW's web-site, for a contest known as "Who's The Big Hero", which was posted before Mists of Pandaria even launched.

    Here's a link as proof. http://www.battlenet.com.cn/features/zh/wow/big-hero/
    It's still fan art, because he's not an official blizzard artist. Maybe you didn't notice this, but the majority of Blizz's fan art is from professional level artists, they rarely show anything you'd expect to see in actual fan art sections because they get such a glut of professional fan art they ignore the amateurs.

    ---------- Post added 2012-10-23 at 12:04 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Amsden View Post
    No kidding 50k is really not a lot. I'd imagine most players would be close to 100k these days. But as Blizzard always says they can see all the numbers.
    I've been playing 8 years and I've never had more than 15k-20k gold at one time.
    I hate professions, and I don't game the AH. I make gold from vendoring drops, AHing items here and there, quest/daily rewards.
    It's getting to where the coolest items in the game are so expensive though it looks like i'm going to have to get a job in WOW and do stuff I hate. I just wish I took advantage of soloing old content to amass some funds before that nerf.
  1. 4KhazModan's Avatar
    Anduin is alive!
  1. lordjust's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thallidomaniac View Post
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    The Pulsing Pumpkin and Pumpkin Fiends that accompany the Headless Horseman are now appropriately powerful foes.
    Woot! Event boss buff!
    I knew they changed them and now the third phase is a lot harder for healers. The pumpkins have 1mio HP and do a lot of damage. As a tank I had to use one defensive CD in the last phase to survive. Don't know if it's a good or a bad thing that Blizzard buffs event bosses so much. Brewfest boss was hard for some groups and now horseman is also hard and I can see people wiping at him because they can't survive the pumpkins and you can't AOE them before the next one or two waves of them appear (tanking horseman and 18 pumpkins is hard).

    I think a little bit of a challenge is good but with mostly groups with quest greens and quest blues and DPS players that only pull around 15-20k it's a long and maybe too hard fight. I've already seen people quit the group because they couldn't do the last phase (but that's because they chased the head and let me die with 12 pumpkins attacking me without healing). Before they had about 100k HP which was a little bit low but just adding a zero to HP and damage is a little bit hard (you're getting 10x the damage and it takes 10x the time to kill them). Queue times for tank are already up to 6 minutes.
  1. Bjarne's Avatar
    I would report the botters if I knew it would help.

    4 of my best friends are botting and one of them have been since TBC on multiple accounts.
    He got banned once and got his account back after a week
  1. MacHaggis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bjarne View Post
    I would report the botters if I knew it would help.

    4 of my best friends are botting and one of them have been since TBC on multiple accounts.
    He got banned once and got his account back after a week
    And that's really something you want to brag about?
  1. Yunru's Avatar
    Hah pandern monk got nerfed pretty bad.
  1. Wolfie of Medivh's Avatar
    The Varian vocal lines really show a growth in the character - he's not the hothead, even if he pushes the war. I'm eager to hear Tyrannde's side of the discussion, because honestly he sounds kind of dismissive of her in this one-sided conversation.
  1. Thallidomaniac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lordjust View Post
    I knew they changed them and now the third phase is a lot harder for healers. The pumpkins have 1mio HP and do a lot of damage. As a tank I had to use one defensive CD in the last phase to survive. Don't know if it's a good or a bad thing that Blizzard buffs event bosses so much. Brewfest boss was hard for some groups and now horseman is also hard and I can see people wiping at him because they can't survive the pumpkins and you can't AOE them before the next one or two waves of them appear (tanking horseman and 18 pumpkins is hard).

    I think a little bit of a challenge is good but with mostly groups with quest greens and quest blues and DPS players that only pull around 15-20k it's a long and maybe too hard fight. I've already seen people quit the group because they couldn't do the last phase (but that's because they chased the head and let me die with 12 pumpkins attacking me without healing). Before they had about 100k HP which was a little bit low but just adding a zero to HP and damage is a little bit hard (you're getting 10x the damage and it takes 10x the time to kill them). Queue times for tank are already up to 6 minutes.
    HH seems to be a lot easier than Coren because the conflag doesn't hit the tank, unlike P3 of Coren where Ursula can barrel the tank and Coren starts running around killing people.

    I do wonder if Blizzard had the BC-era HH encounter in mind when it came to buffing the event bosses like this, where wiping is possible. And why would they do it now after people have gotten used to event bosses being faceroll in Wrath and Cata.
  1. Paintank's Avatar
    Sweet fanart but the audio was uploaded a few days ago already on the forum I think.
  1. misterconfuse's Avatar

    Pet Battles
    • The pet ability Chew now deals 50% less damage.
    OMG, Now my black lamb is completely useless. What a huge nerf!

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