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Patch 5.2 Tweets
More Patch 5.2 info appeared on Twitter today!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Are you happy with the burst damage in PVP? What changes can we expect? You nerf items, are you still going to nerf spells too?ty
It's prolly still too high. We're def looking at specific abilities/cooldowns. You'll likely see 5.2 changes to major outliers. (Source)

How about a stacking buff for your farm that reduces pests the more consecutive days you plant/till?
Been brainstorming w/ @DaveKosak & @mumper flavorful ways to make farmers more efficient at tending w/ time. (Source)

Are there any plans to buff Unholy Death Knights? It's really sad how underpowered this spec is right now.
You'll likely see some love in 5.2. Unrelated, my current main is Unholy. (Source)

Can this mount collector expect to see some new mounts in 5.2? (Still hoping for 200+ mount achievement!)
New mounts not a bad thing to hope for, I reckon. (Source)

Lor'themar assemblies the troops after the Purge of Dal. Is that to attack Ally or Garrosh or to take to Pandaria?
Lor'themar's plans will be clear once 5.2 starts! (Source)

Maybe you guys have not noticed how op Fluxfire Feline is. Wind-Up with Supercharge damage 1800+
Yup, changes on this combo are coming in 5.2.0. (Source)

Please roll bandages and upgrade stones into the battle pet journal UI or make them acct. bound so we can mule them. Bag space
Bandages stack up to 25 in 5.2.0. We intend for players to use stones, not stockpile. Hence the low stack size.
Can they at least become boa? cutting the many stacks we have basically in half doesn't really help much.
Battle Pet Bandages bind to Battle.net accounts in 5.2.0 as well. It's like we read your mind! (Source)

Is it intended that the "Nether Roach" does not count as cockroach, so its Apocalypse ability kills itself?
This is fixed in 5.2.0 (Source)

Also, does this mean being pulled out of a battle due to PVP/PVE agro will also despawn the pet?
We have some plans in regards to making this all smoother in 5.2.0, we will share info soon. PVP interaction was not changed. (Source)

Do you know why battle pets don't show up in my auctions on mobile app?
We hope to have pet cages working on the Mobile AH in an update early next year. (Source)

Yaspresents Online 3v3 Tournament
The Yaspresents PvP guild on Stormscale - EU is organizing 2nd Yaspresents Online 3v3 Tournament with a prize of $9,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $2,000 for third place. The teams must have one healer and no class stacking.

Eight teams and two teams that qualify will play in a best of five round robin tournament. The qualifier rounds are on January 13th, the group round robin rounds are on January 18th and 19th, and the finals are on January 20th. If you are interested in qualifying, please PM Another on ArenaJunkies.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Changes to Tillers Farm
I love my farm. I love that I have all of my best friends to help me with my farm. But wouldn't it be nice if...

You could jump onto Miss Fifi and stamp all the vermin out of your occupied soil.
Your dog would chase away the birds from your alluring veggies.
The chickens would lay eggs.
The pigs would...fertilize...a crop or two....

While some of this has to do with tuning, we are considering some improvements to the farm and in this area. We might need to adjust the numbers a bit to reduce, say, Alluring over time. But we do want to make you feel that you need to tend to things regularly, even if you become more efficient in handling it. Though, perhaps we can consider allowing more crops to randomly grow without any obstacles or challenges, especially after you’ve proven your farming savvy. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

PvP Balance Feedback
Would you agree its more balanced than it was from the start of the season up to the new patch?

I think it is, but there is still alot of tweaks you could say that need to be worked out.

I agree that it has gotten better, but we know that there's more ground to cover and we're always working to improve. In light of that, there are still many more changes coming in patch 5.2.

I can't talk about them just yet, but keep your eyes open for more information in the coming weeks. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Elder Charms Mandatory?
charm are mandatory if you want to be up to par, if you're lucky you get 3 extra items per week
They aren't mandatory though. You can raid just fine without them. Yes, you won't gear as fast (assuming you get items from them relatively often), but it's not going to impact your character in a negative way, other than *perhaps* missing an upgrade (since you don't even have the guarantee you'll get one through the charms). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Elder Charms in LFR
On Raid Finder you can use the coin on bosses you've already killed that week. And every time you'll have the same chance of getting loot. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

LFR Loot System Feedback
Actually it won't make a difference. Under the old system, a boss would drop 4 or 5 items that would be split among 25 people. With the current system, everyone has an individual chance for loot which means that 3 shamans and 4 paladins may very well each get that shield they need. It is also mathematically possible that all 25 people in the raid get an item from one boss and that the next boss has no loot for anyone.
Exactly this.

With the old system, you not only had to hope that the item you needed dropped in the first place, you also had to roll against many people to get it. We were hearing a lot of feedback that the need/greed system was being used incorrectly by people that didn't actually need items, but pressed Need anyway. This new system takes that factor out of the equation completely.

Yes, it does mean that you will occasionally get an item you already have—think of this as winning something that no one needed with a Greed roll—but it also means you'll never lose an item you need to someone who doesn't need it, as happened previously. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Archaeology Feedback
Archaeology is also a secondary profession, which kind of implies it should not provide better items or improvements than primary professions. Of course on the other hand, being a secondary profession makes it possible for everyone to have it which makes it a somewhat nice profession since it sort of implies equality between players.

The truth is, archaeology is not for everyone, although we have cut down on the necessary travel time to find dig sites by having 6 dig locations per site instead of 3, and added some extra surprise dig sites in Pandaria, there’s still players who won’t go for it, and that’s perfectly fine, there’s a lot of different content in MoP that was made to appeal to different kinds of players.

Keep in mind that we’re still in the very early stages of MoP, we have said that we wanted to keep updating the game and adding patches more frequently with this expansion, chances are, professions might also get some love with some of those patches, so don’t despair, it’s still only the beginning.

Whenever we have some news regarding updates to any of the professions we'll make sure to let you know. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Professions
yeah said that a while back. Did the mode spawn rate increase, maybe?
We felt that at the 1:3 conversion that Spirits were simply a GL delivery mechanism and not used for other things. (Source)

Any chance we will see a new alchemy cauldron for future MoP raids?
We like the group being able to provide food but players being responsible for their own flasks. (Source)

why the change to daily/acct for Blingtron? It was just a fun prize... I don't see harm in it being per character
Felt like a chore to log in every alt to get gold and maximize chance for good stuff. (Source)

What's the thinking for tailoring putting new, larger bag recipe behind 2 rep grinds? Was 12 daily crafts per bag not enough?
Making Imperial Silk takes a commitment of logging in for 2 min a day. Not much gameplay there. (Source)

Future
Have you guys considered something cooperative like the AQ gates war effort to get people out and about? Was a great event.
Yeah it was. Just need a model that doesn't force everyone to one spot and crash the servers. (Source)

into a reality for the future of wow?
Challenge for us is providing enough content for players who want to play a lot without alienating those who can't. (Source)

with all the success of wow what 3 things do you think blizzard could improve upon?
If you mean WRT WoW, I'd say 1) Faster content, 2) More direction at max level, 3) easier for returning players to ease back in. (Source)

SWTOR Rise of the Hutt Cartel Expansion
Bioware announced the first expansion to SWTOR this week, Rise of the Hutt Cartel! It will arrive in Spring 2013 and cost $20 for free to play users and $10 for subscribers. The level cap will be increased to 55, there is a new story on the Hutt Cartel, new planet Makeb, new skills in each skill tree, faction-specific storylines, new Heroic missions and bosses, repeatable mission series, and new Datacrons. Dread Guard gear won't be replaced with leveling gear either!



The Daily Blink - Got Any Change for a Justice Point?
The Daily Blink proposes a new rollover plan for rewards.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 5.2 Tweets, 3v3 Tournament, Blue Posts, SWTOR Expansion, The Daily Blink started by chaud View original post
Comments 38 Comments
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    I love ironic comedy and satire, and DB is awesome. Just gotta understand it
    Some of them really are funny. But in some of them, the author just tries too hard and it loses it's humor.

    Todays is one of the latter. It's just not funny, it reminds me more of nonsensical Blizzard bashing.
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    Daily Blink has really hit the nail recently.
  1. Egeldi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Granyala View Post
    Some of them really are funny. But in some of them, the author just tries too hard and it loses it's humor.

    Todays is one of the latter. It's just not funny, it reminds me more of nonsensical Blizzard bashing.
    Personally I got a kick out of it.

    Surprise! Humor is subjective!
  1. eflow's Avatar
    long time since someone uses my art without asking for permission ...

    yeah .. the "half face" on the tournament banner have a full heal http://pepperwolf.deviantart.com/art...ight-215145037 ¬¬
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    yeah .. the "half face" on the tournament banner have a full heal http://pepperwolf.deviantart.com/art...ight-215145037 ¬¬
    Uuh now that's some mighty cleavage. I wish I could run around in game w/o always having to wear these ridiculous shoulder armors. ._.
  1. Rawt's Avatar
    Daily Blink is horrible. How they have a featured spot here is baffling. Their stuff is never funny, and never written over a first grade level.
  1. Andaja's Avatar
    As usually i dont get latest daily blinks. no idea why they changed so much from the way they used to be.
  1. frogger237's Avatar
    Only about 1/3rd of the daily blinks are ever funny, this one was a miss.
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lios View Post
    I don't see why the DB is funny. It's not funny, it's nonsense in a chart. It's seldomly funny these days.
    I think what happens is sometimes readers here miss the dev comment (or conversation) that is the inspiration for the comic. If you missed the real discussion, this looks nonsensical... but if you happened to have read the conversation, you find the humor.

    ---------- Post added 2012-12-20 at 08:09 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Granyala View Post
    Well this Blink is stupid.

    Mark of Kil'jaeden can only be turned in up to revered. After that you need Mark of Sargeras.



    Can anyone out there please enlighten me what the fuss about this robot is all about? I seriously don't get it.
    Bingatron used to allow every character on your account to get a gift. So people would plop one down, then log in on 10 alts to maximize their chance of getting a 1 in 100,000 mount. For the players that can´t limit themselves and feel they have to max their opportunities, it was an anoyance to have to log in and out so much.

    So now you can only get 1 Bingatron gift per account per day. Nobody knows if Blizzard changed the mount drop rate or not. Wowhead currently has over 100,000 boxes opened with 1 mount so far...
  1. Leonard McCoy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azrile View Post
    I think what happens is sometimes readers here miss the dev comment (or conversation) that is the inspiration for the comic. If you missed the real discussion, this looks nonsensical... but if you happened to have read the conversation, you find the humor.

    ---------- Post added 2012-12-20 at 08:09 PM ----------



    Bingatron used to allow every character on your account to get a gift. So people would plop one down, then log in on 10 alts to maximize their chance of getting a 1 in 100,000 mount. For the players that can´t limit themselves and feel they have to max their opportunities, it was an anoyance to have to log in and out so much.

    So now you can only get 1 Bingatron gift per account per day. Nobody knows if Blizzard changed the mount drop rate or not. Wowhead currently has over 100,000 boxes opened with 1 mount so far...
    See what I don't understand in all of this is the tweet where GC says Blingtron is a chore. Blingtron is probably the most optional thing in the game. It takes next to nothing to complete, and by the same token awards you next to nothing. How is it the blingtron is a chore and dailies aren't? Blingtron needs a nerf but dailies don't?
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TonyIommi View Post
    See what I don't understand in all of this is the tweet where GC says Blingtron is a chore. Blingtron is probably the most optional thing in the game. It takes next to nothing to complete, and by the same token awards you next to nothing. How is it the blingtron is a chore and dailies aren't? Blingtron needs a nerf but dailies don't?
    There's a chance for a mount. That alone is enough for some people to do anything to get it. And others will do it out of fear of being "left behind".
  1. Hurpdurp's Avatar
    I love this! Freaking funny stuff!
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TonyIommi View Post
    See what I don't understand in all of this is the tweet where GC says Blingtron is a chore. Blingtron is probably the most optional thing in the game. It takes next to nothing to complete, and by the same token awards you next to nothing. How is it the blingtron is a chore and dailies aren't? Blingtron needs a nerf but dailies don't?
    And you tell me what you need to do dailies for on alts?

    1. Gear - for what? Raid and get gear, otherwisee do heroics and LFR. There is no reason to grind out reps for gear for alts.

    2. Prof Recipes - You don´t really have to grind anything now. You can get Revered with Klaxxi just by questing through the zone from 84 to 85. Enchanting? Save your self the headache.. sell your sha crystals and buy the enchants from the AH.. half the time you will make gold in the process. Tailor bags are a big vanity item similar to mounts. Nobody needs 2 extra slots.

    Dailies are NOT a chore mainly because they are content, they are story, they are the RPG part of the game. If you have done the new rep and haven´t been blown away by the story, then you should just grab a calculator and play a spreadsheet somewhere.

    But really, the question I always ask and never get an answer to.. if you have a main, and you have an alt.. what else are you going to be doing? Most of the reps take less than 20 minutes to do. Some of them like AC take 5 mins.. What else are you going to be doing in that time that isn´t a bigger grind? more heroic dungeons? Farming ore?

    I think people just can´t control themselves with dailies and do too many, then got burned out. I have revered with every faction on my main, I also have revered with 2 factions on my priest alt. I don´t think I ever did more than one quest hub per day on both of them. I always have capped VP and have lucky charms out the butt.

    The problem isn´t with Reps, it is with people who are semi-OCD with being a completionist.. OMG, I must be able to ride a cloud serpent on all 11 alts. I must be able to craft every item in the game within the first 2 months of the expansion. Trust me, I have enchanting on my main... at almost any given moment the AH is selling the ´good´enchants for less than the mats... I am in no hurry to ´grind´ LWer through GL so I can make leg enchants that sell for less than the mats too.
  1. alduron's Avatar
    Is it wring that i would actually not mind the champions seals? lol
  1. Maelstrom51's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nemro82 View Post
    no it's different. You can forget about dailies soon after you reach exalted. I'm not doing any atm
    Charms mean you need 45/week on average for as long as the system remains. I don't care one bit about rep but I still need to do 45 dailies a week.
  1. florestan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azrile View Post
    Dailies are NOT a chore mainly because they are content, they are story, they are the RPG part of the game. If you have done the new rep and haven´t been blown away by the story, then you should just grab a calculator and play a spreadsheet somewhere.
    I already play EVE Online, you insensitive clod!
  1. Mazzic518's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wanna993 View Post
    TDB is getting less and less funny
    When was it ever funny?
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Hilarious TDB comic. I especially liked the part where the chart flows to "...who?" followed by Soap on a Rope. xD

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