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Item Upgrade Preview
Today we take a look at the Item Upgrade function in game. Don't forget to cap your Valor Points so that you can upgrade some items as soon as the patch is released!




Upgrade Interface / New Tooltips


Upgrade Examples



Upgrade Costs

Currency Cost Item Level Upgrade Max Number of Upgrades
Valor Points750 × 4 Item Levels2
Conquest Points750 × 4 Item Levels2
Justice Points1500 × 8 Item Levels1
Honor Points1500 × 8 Item Levels1


Heroic Terrace of Endless Spring Progression Update
Sha of Fear is still holding out, with no guild being able to defeat him yet. Four more guilds have now defeated heroic Lei Shi, bringing us to a total of ten working on Sha of Fear. Nine of them are doing it on 25 man and DREAM Paragon is doing it on 10 man.

Blood Legion has released a video of the first encounter, Protectors of the Endless.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
What does it mean in patch notes for 5.1 when it says stuff like "be more responsive", like poisons or revealing strike?
There should be less of a delay between when you expect to happen and when it happens. Usually the proc just feels "slow." (Source)

Will you be nerfing Pure self heals as well? Some pures can heal for the same amount as Hybrids at the moment.
Well, pures should out-heal hybrids. We will increased the PvP healing debuff if necessary once burst is toned down.
Isn't hybrid healing the whole point of being a hybrid? to heal little more than the pures?
Sorry, thought you meant pure healers (e.g. Resto). It should go healer > off-healer > not a healer. The first part was off. (Source)

Intervening Touch of Death, unintended to hit for 100% of your Health Bar, should only hit for the 10% in PVP. Correct? Fix ?
It's one of those Irresistible Force - Immovable Object deals. Not sure it's broken.

So any updates on the wand bug? it's the greatest hindrance to dps, and with the only Caster Weapon we can use as a wand it sucks
Yes, working on a fix for Demo + wands. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Just wondering, what was the reasoning behind making Avenger's Shield only Silence the primary target?
Multi Silence is very good and you don't often need to pull many casters (and still can with LoS). (Source)

Grand Empress Shek'zeer has a 2 second swing timer. As a prot pally, I found myself micromanaging SotR as a result.
A fair complaint, but she also doesn't hit that hard (with her melee attacks). (Source)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Will Spriests ever get an Aoe buff? Their Aoe is really bad atm compared to Elemental and Balance. Multidotting is boring.
If you don't like multidotting you might be playing the wrong class... (Source)

Ok im really curious when you will fix disc priests in pvp we are completely broken mana, healing, and so on.
Talking about it. I think we've finally been convinced that Disc is a little low (in PvP and PvE).
In what way do you think disc is low GC?
We're looking at Rapture mana and Divine Aegis as Disc-oriented ways to give them across the board buffs. (Source - Nov 3)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
I saw that Chaos Bolt damage is getting nerfed with GoSac in 5.1. Is it the only nerf to Chaos Bolt ?
At the moment. Need to see how 5.1 shakes out. (Source)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Why you nerf my 1.4M executes? Sadly, without those executes, i feel we'll no longer be competitive dps wise with other tanks
It's pretty hard to justify a million point Execute for a tank... (Source)

Character
Now you give a much bigger advantage that requires a much bigger grind (i am talking about the dailies grind). I dont get it
There was no alternative to the head enchant. There are plenty of alternatives to valor gear. (Source)

PvE
Why does trash respawn in 2hrs, from both a gameplay and making sense perspective? We killed it and didn't reset!
Traditionally: added pressure to not wipe / gave groups a chance to call the raid. In 2012, we're not sure it serves a purpose. (Source)

Any spell with a base cooldown of >5 minutes is reset after a boss, right? Do Void Shift and Hymn of Hope qualify?
Yes, and the data says they both work correctly. Are they not? (Source)

Why is bonus VP still only 1/day for random heroic dungeons?! When will it go back to 7/week as it was prior to patch 5?
It's bonus for the first but valor for *every* run after. With the 7 that's all you got and there was no catch up.
7 was enough to cap before however. We still have the cap. I don't understand what you mean there was no catch up
Say you went on vacation for a week. You could never make that lost valor up. Now you can run 15 dungeons to make up for it.
So, 7/week felt like a job? What feels like a job is being pressured to log on every day to progress. Bye flexibility.
If you want to earn all your valor on one day, you still can, it's just not the most efficient way. We can try and make the rules flexible enough to let you play how you want. That doesn't mean the way you want will be the most efficient. (Source)

PvP
PVP blog post was great but It left 1 question for me. There was no DoTA style BG in future features. Is it canceled?
No, hasn't been cancelled. We always have a lot of pots on the stove. (Source)

Whats the reason that you dont ban all pve gear from arena and rated bg?
We want PvE gear to be acceptable until you get a lot of Conquest gear. Conversely, Honor gear should be fine to get you into LFR. (Source)

Future
Do think (in the foreseeable future) you'll ever rebuild WoW on a newer engine?
We improve the engine every expansion. I'm not sure what we'd benefit by just starting over. (Source)

Questing
I think there's a bug with the valor buff (50% boost after capping) where after you log in after cap resets, you keep the buff
Yeah, it fades on leaving the world instead of entering. We'll get it fixed. (Source)

World
Any chance we'll see a few severely low population server AHs combined? Economy is ruined on many servers.
Definitely want to fix the low pop economy problem. Not 100% sure yet that cross realm AH is the right solution. (Source)

Misc
You guys just did it with the Lesser Charms, so... Could we have Halaa Research/Battle Tokens stored as Currencies?
Our concern was that there is no way to ever get rid of them as currency. With items, you can sell or delete them. (Source)

Why isnt possible just to change character skin by updating them like the yaungol to tauren?look the same.. just new skin..
The armors and animations aren't designed to work with those models. It's possible to do of course, but not simply. (Source)

What is your favorite weapon model out of everything in the game?
I still love the original Quel'serrar. Maybe Ashkandi too. One of our item designers would say Lionheart Executioner. (Source)

You really think Rogues are fine? Right now I think you have a brain tumor. Let's hope both of our opinions change soon.
Your opinion would kill me. Mine would mean your video game character is slightly underpowered. Hmmm. (Source)

Black Friday Sale List
We put together a thread with some of the better Black Friday Computer Component sales which will be updated until the end of Cyber Monday sales. If you are looking to grab some parts or build an entire computer, take a look! (Latest Setup of the Month)



Curse Client Minecraft Upgrades
If you play Minecraft, you may be interested in the new features added to the Curse Client to help you back up, restore, and manage your save games, as well as the ability to store worlds and access them from anywhere.

  • Saved Worlds: Each world on your computer can be locally backed up for safe keeping! In addition to showing when a world was last backed up, the "More Info" tab will show you your health, level, and the number of items in your inventory, as well as give you the ability to share your world's seed with a simple click to copy option. Any saves listed on this screen can be restored.
  • Quicksave: At regular intervals or at your choosing, the Client will create a quicksave of any given world. If you manage to fall into some lava, have a creeper destroy all your hard work, or just want to go on an NPC rampage without there being consequences, the Quick Saves will have you covered. Just click to restore the world back to its previous state!
  • Saved World Sync: Any Curse Premium member will additionally have the ability to sync any world to the cloud, allowing you to download your world to any PC without the hassle!

Any user who uploads their creations to Curse via either Bukkit (for Minecraft) or CurseForge (for any other game) and receives 1,000 or more downloads will be granted a FREE Curse Premium subscription in appreciation for your contribution to our community.

If you want to test out World Syncing, Curse is going to be opening up the premium Minecraft features of the Curse Client to everyone from Friday to Sunday.



MMO-Report Finale
The MMO Report is back for their final show.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Item Upgrade Preview, ToES Progression, Blue Tweets, Curse Client Upgrade, MMO Report started by chaud View original post
Comments 57 Comments
  1. Blaschnack's Avatar
    Well I wasn't gonna complain about doing dailies, but with the current uproar of "omg so many mandatory dailies" threads i suppose it's natural that my post was getting interpreted in such a way.

    Anyways, thanks for answering my question, that's what I wanted to know ^^
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Joshythemage View Post
    It's not just the MMO report either, G4TV are getting rid of X-Play and Attack of the Show as well. Imo with those shows gone there's really no reason to watch the channel anymore, X-Play in particular has always been an awesome gaming show and seemed to be the heart of the entire network. So sad...
    It wont even be called G4TV next year and wont focus on gaming or the "geek" crowd.
    NBCU, the station's owners, are reportedly looking at turning it into a TV version of GQ, ditching the nerd focus in favour of something more "modern male".


    ---------- Post added 2012-11-23 at 03:26 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom51 View Post
    Full clearing all three raids and doing every LFR still doesn't valor cap me. And now, next patch, capping valor each week will be a requirement. Its stupid.
    They want people to have to play the game, having most of your community only log in two days to raid and never come on again is pretty bad for a mmo.
    That's why they took out the get all your vp in one day mechanics as well.
    If you clear all that in a week you have the time to do a heroic and four dailys to cap. If you do all that in a week you likely dont really need the extra stats from the vp upgrade system in the first place.

    Min/maxing will always require some extra effort.
  1. Imhullu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroWashu View Post
    They fired the MMO Report crew, or just retiring Casey?

    SWTOR is over rated.... no better final words




    nvm, read their site, mmo report is no more
    G4 is killing off all their gaming related stuff, pretty sure they just want to be the cops/cheaters channel.
  1. Lohala's Avatar
    No more mmo report makes me sad. I always liked catching the show on mmo champion every week. Random mmo news plus a pretty funny show in general made it a lot of fun to watch. Watching the final show makes me a little sad on the inside but there was some Doctor Who references which made it worth watching.
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom51 View Post
    Full clearing all three raids and doing every LFR still doesn't valor cap me. And now, next patch, capping valor each week will be a requirement. Its stupid.
    Even if you dont want to hear it, but you're expected to do more than just raids and LFR.. there are also heroic dungeons, scenarios, dailies and challenge modes (the biggest valor point income). Its totally your problem if you dont want to rotate the ways given to you to earn valor points. If I do all LFRs I'm at 450 + cooking daily 35 + nat pagle daily fisch turn ins 105 + some daily dungeons for 80 pts during the week and the raids we clear. I'm capping valor so fast I dont even recognize it and I dont even do half of the staff, since I'm already exalted with every faction. Btw, capping valor was a requirement for a raider since MoP release - and one of the black prince 5.1 quests requires you to collect 6000 valor pts. :<

    I see the problem of doing dailies on alts, tho (honestly I dont even have the motivation to run LFR with one alt). I certainly wont do them a second time, even if they 1/4 the reputation needed. Too bad Blizzard doesnt make the tabards you get at exalted with one faction BoA, so we could earn reputation on alts during dungeon runs.
  1. A Ninja's Avatar
    Can you upgrade BiS items?
  1. torterra275's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by A Ninja View Post
    Can you upgrade BiS items?
    You can upgrade ANYTHING with an ilvl of at least 458, so yes.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Madus View Post
    can you upgrade conquest item with valors ?????
    Nope, each item only has one possible upgrade path.
  1. Sensa's Avatar
    R.I.P. MMO Report & Casey
  1. audist's Avatar
    Well, at least I won't have to worry about not spending valor ever again.
  1. JIMM-'s Avatar
    "Now you give a much bigger advantage that requires a much bigger grind (i am talking about the dailies grind). I dont get it
    There was no alternative to the head enchant. There are plenty of alternatives to valor gear. "

    How about f**ck you blizz, there is no alternative for Elder Charm of Good Fortune
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Sadly Blizzard will argue that bonus rolls itself arent mandatory... I honestly dont know what donkeys are working there, or who is responsible for the recruitment of their officials. Last time I checked, you had to study to become a community manager... atleast we know that this department is not where Blizzards spends the most money into.
  1. Gruffertus's Avatar
    Bonus rolls aren't mandatory - the clue is in the name!
  1. Trollfaced's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JIMM- View Post
    "Now you give a much bigger advantage that requires a much bigger grind (i am talking about the dailies grind). I dont get it
    There was no alternative to the head enchant. There are plenty of alternatives to valor gear. "

    How about f**ck you blizz, there is no alternative for Elder Charm of Good Fortune
    How about f**ck you go play another game.
  1. Pantogatos's Avatar
    really? U are nerfing chaos bolt?
    the 2seconds cast? the one that can be interuppted by 150 spells?
    REALLY BLIZZARD?
    WHY U DONT NERF THE AFFLICTION SOME MORE AS WELL, since there is noone playing affliction in pvp?
    gz to all those who QQ about chaos bolt to blizzard. U show to us how unskilled you are if u take hit by that spell.
    What about hunters tho? and warriors who global me? What about mage? Who can kill me wihtout letting me cast?
    Those things doesnt matter eh blizzard? only thing that matter is the 150k critical (thats the max i done at least with 40% pvp power) after 2 seconds cast!
    GJ blizzard.
  1. spire3660's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gruffertus View Post
    Bonus rolls aren't mandatory - the clue is in the name!
    And yet my work bonuses are taxed, almost like it counts towards the sum total of my income. Its not bonus if its baked into the system, its mandatory.
  1. nekobaka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pantogatos View Post
    really? U are nerfing chaos bolt?
    Ether I missed it or I am not seeing a compensation on the PVE side for the nerf, it is already the bottom warlock spec by a notable margin.
    Quote Originally Posted by Spoiledkid View Post
    Or they made it 458 because it won't be upgradeable?
    If that is the case then it sucks for me as I still have two pieces after a month. Did a few weeks back to back of solo queues and the 463 pieces havent dropped and no luck in LFR. If I instead spent that time doing dailies they would have guaranteed been replaced with far better gear.

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