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Ra-Den Kill Videos
Congratulations to Method for their World First kill of Ra-den, as well as earning I Thought He Was Supposed to Be Hard?





Oondasta and Nalak Loot Eligibility Change
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Back in early March we made a hotfix to remove loot and bonus roll eligibility for players that defeated Oondasta and Nalak while visiting from a different realm. At the time, the change was made to address realm stability issues. Since then, we’ve address those issues by making tuning adjustments for Oondasta such as increasing the spawn rate, and reducing Oondasta’s health by 50%.

In an upcoming hotfix, players coalesced from a different realm will be eligible to receive loot or use a bonus roll after defeating Oondasta or Nalak once more. Keep in mind, players are still only eligible to receive loot or use a bonus roll once a week.

This change will take effect in each region after their scheduled weekly realm maintenance.

Mogu Rune of Fate – Lesser Charm Change
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re deploying a hotfix late tonight that will reduce the number of Lesser Charms of Good Fortune required to purchase 3 Mogu Runes of Fate from 90 down to 50. Meaning when you log in Wednesday and purchase your 3 Mogu Runes of Fate, which are used for 5.2 raid boss bonus rolls, it will only cost you 50 Lesser Charms.

We recommend waiting until after the scheduled Wednesday maintenance to ensure this change has gone through before purchasing your Runes.

Patch 5.2 Hotfixes: April 22
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Creatures
  • Players coalesced from a different realm are now eligible to receive loot or use a bonus roll after defeating Oondasta or Nalak.

Quests

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Throne of Thunder - Twin Consorts
    • Cosmic Barrage now summons 4 Crashing Stars (down from 6) on 10-player Normal, Heroic, and Raid Finder difficulty. 8 Crashing Stars (down from 12) are summoned on 25-player Normal and Heroic difficulty.

Items
  • Sinister Primal Diamond should now correctly have different activation rates depending on the class and specialization. In addition, activation rate for Fire Mages has been increased.

Upcoming Pet Passive Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We're going to be buffing some pet passives in a future patch, and elementals are on the list. We feel that the elemental passive is currently too confusing in that it is somewhat ambiguous with regard to direct effects of weather, but not effects that are not directly related to weather.

For example, if your opponent has a pet that gains an additional attack in a Blizzard, they will still get the additional attack against your elemental pet. This can feel bad in some cases and we want pet passives to always feel good and useful. We also feel that weather is one of the more fun and synergistic elements of Pet Battles, so at this point in time, we’re thinking of redesigning the elemental pet passive along the lines of a ~50% reduction in damage for the turn one is swapped in. Our goal being that we’d rather have a passive in place that increases the strategic depth of elemental pets, and is clear in its intention and functionality.

Keep in mind, we’re still evaluating the numbers and everything is subject to change, but we’d sincerely appreciate any constructive feedback you may have!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 5.3 Experience Changes
How will it work...

Scenario 1:
  • Before the patch: Character has 50/200 xp, xp bar shows 25% progress to next level.
  • After the patch: Character has 50/100 xp, xp bar shows 50% progress to next level.

Scenario 2:
  • Before the patch: Character has 102/200 xp, xp bar shows 51% progress to next level.
  • After the patch: Character has 102/100 xp, and will level as soon as they gain an experience point.

Let me know if that helps. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World PvP and Gear
That is referring to world PvP. In world PvP, those in full Conquest gear "should be pretty competitive with a Heroic raid–geared player—they may have more survivability, but you might do more damage." In instanced PvP, such as Arena and Battlegrounds the player in PvP gear will have an upper hand, and the player with PvE gear has the better equipment for dungeons and raids.

I hope this clears that up, the devs are referring to world PvP specifically and not PvP in general. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Ask the Devs Questions
Mobius, to answer your question as to why your question was not taken:

Any changes planned for DKs? Like removing the rp cost from Icebound Fortitude or removing the health loss every 2 sec from Unholy Frenzy.
As you can see, the question is not about the planned changes for patch 5.3. For those that are complaining that you aren't satisfied with the questions we responded to, take into consideration the following things:
  • Did you ask a question? We only took questions that were posted in the Ask the Devs thread. If you don't ask, we can't answer.
  • Was your question about the patch 5.3 changes relating to PvP? If not, then it was not taken because it broke one of the first rules for the Ask the Devs
  • Did you up-vote questions you wanted to see answered? The highest voted questions were the ones we chose.

There were many questions that were able to be asked about the 5.3 changes for PvP. There was a new battleground, a new arena, many class changes that would affect PvP and as can be seen, resilience changes. No questions were avoided, if they met the rules of the thread and were voted for, then they were chosen.

The major things which are constanly posted about here and on the usa forums: too much burst, too much cc +remove the pve trinkets, are simply ignored.
There are actually responses to all three of those. The Devs spoke about CC, the PvE trinkets and the burst they create. Unfortunately, if you check the Ask the Devs thread, there are no questions which actually asked about the 5.3 changes and the way in which they would address burst, outside of those pertaining to the Shado-Pan trinkets. If you wanted an answer specifically to the ways in which 5.3 was planning to address your particular issues with burst, then you should have asked them. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Tier 15 Interview With Method
Manaflask has once again interviewed Method about their thoughts on this tier of content. You can see the hightlights below, or read the full interview on Manaflask.

  • 10 and 25 player difficulties are different races due to the different difficulty of the bosses in each size.
  • Due to the difficulty differences, Method no longer feels like they are directly competing against Paragon anymore.
  • The lack of any gating was nice, as was the longer period of pure progression.
  • The boss tuning was well done in this tier, with the exception of Twin Consorts (which was hotfixed).
  • Lei Shen was well tuned, well designed, and one of the better encounters in the game.
  • Ra-den was significantly easier than Lei Shen, and really was a bonus boss rather than the "final boss" of the tier.
  • The opinion on limited attempts on Ra-den was split, with some guild members liking it and some disliking it.
  • Everyone agreed that Dark Animus was the most frustrating boss due to the wipes early in the fight.
  • Method raided 14-16 hours a day during much of the progression.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Ra-Den Kill Videos, April 22 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, Method Tier 15 Interview started by chaud View original post
Comments 122 Comments
  1. Dominian's Avatar
    No one waited for anyones release. Exorsus posted their video directly after their kill without caring if method or BL posted theirs. This made BL and Method have to scramble to get theirs out cause usually guilds who kill it first are let put theirs out first. Scumbag russians
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dominian View Post
    No one waited for anyones release. Exorsus posted their video directly after their kill without caring if method or BL posted theirs. This made BL and Method have to scramble to get theirs out cause usually guilds who kill it first are let put theirs out first. Scumbag russians
    Usually guilds have the right to post whatever they want, because you know, they've killed the boss and earned full rights to release a video.

    Btw, why mods are tolerating the racism towards Exorsus?
  1. Hubbl3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UcanDoSht View Post
    Usually guilds have the right to post whatever they want, because you know, they've killed the boss and earned full rights to release a video.
    MMO-C has the right to post what they want as well. You have the right to stop supporting MMO-C if you don't agree with them.
  1. Lord Swizzlington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UcanDoSht View Post
    Usually guilds have the right to post whatever they want, because you know, they've killed the boss and earned full rights to release a video.

    Btw, why mods are tolerating the racism towards Exorsus?

    Racism? I haven't seen any. Not here anyway, but if you do see it, the proper thing to do would be to report it. In any case, this is a Tuesday news post, and as you can see there really isn't much in there. The videos were all put out yesterday, but instead of making smaller posts, we just put these out together to make a nicely sized news post. Seriously people, there are no conspiracies, racial preference, continent bias, or hidden agendas.
  1. Gilian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bakilorne View Post
    Yeah except that Chinese guild got the first kill, they still have the achievement at that marked 2013-4-08... so yeah.

    Any who Props on all the guilds who killed em and to Exorsus for uploading it for everyone who's been so eager to just see him
    Yep and it turned out to be another boring bossfight. Nothing we haven't seen before in the last 8 years... Why be creative when you are making billions of dollars anyway right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Swizzle-I View Post
    Racism? I haven't seen any. Not here anyway, but if you do see it, the proper thing to do would be to report it. In any case, this is a Tuesday news post, and as you can see there really isn't much in there. The videos were all put out yesterday, but instead of making smaller posts, we just put these out together to make a nicely sized news post. Seriously people, there are no conspiracies, racial preference, continent bias, or hidden agendas.
    He meant the "scumbag russians" comment a few replies back I think.
  1. Rixark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by noskillz View Post
    Yes, no doubt. It's their site and they'll post whatever they want, but it just makes no sense to me they waited so long to put the videos on the news, waiting for BL's release.
    Exorsus video was out yesterday, so these aren't really "news".
    Exorsus wasn't world first. Why would they post that.

    BL/Method had their videos out about the same time and were the World 1st/2nd 25m, so they're actually worth watching.
  1. Lord Swizzlington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilian View Post
    He meant the "scumbag russians" comment a few replies back I think.
    There is no such response and Russian isn't a race.
  1. balir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by furydeath View Post
    Tank with 350k DPS nothing to see move along.
    And topping the healing meters too by the looks....nerf inc btw
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hubbl3 View Post
    MMO-C has the right to post what they want as well. You have the right to stop supporting MMO-C if you don't agree with them.
    Blocking ads since the day Boub broke his word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Swizzle-I View Post
    There is no such response and Russian isn't a race.
    Its right about my post you quoted. And please define racism to me... since http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism says it is racism.
  1. Boubouille's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UcanDoSht View Post
    Its one of the things where Boub blatently LIED to the community of MMO-C, that his merge with Curse wont affect newspost. But since BL is being sponsored by Curse, you'll always see BL videos and interviews here first, even if they arent even worth it.

    And honestly, tell me again that TIME is not the top requirement to be a "top raider", Riggy. 16h a day... gz for your "awesome" achievement, hahahahaha.
    BL is being sponsored by Curse? That's new. We work with them every now and then but they're not the only top guild we work with out there, they're not even the ones at the top of the post.

    So what complicated algorithm is used to decide who gets featured on the front page? How much money people send to my personal paypal account? How many trucks full of cookies they drive to my door? How many cute fluffy hippo plushies they give me? Those are all valid suggestions, but we go with kill order instead.

    Top guilds have this vague rule of not spoiling encounters too much before a couple of guilds died, I'm not really sure it benefits the community to reward the people who can rush a video the fastest instead. I don't see why a guild should be penalized because they held their video for 10 days after their kill.
  1. Suggs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zatheyll View Post
    Except Method and Paragon got the kill first, so they are far more important.
    Bit of a typo there , it was just method...not sure why paragon gets a mention there unless thats what you want to believe...shame
  1. Alphamage's Avatar
    I am sure that Ra-Den encounter is very demanding on DPS and survivability but it looks soooooooo boring.
  1. Hubbl3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boubouille View Post
    So what complicated algorithm is used to decide who gets featured on the front page? How much money people send to my personal paypal account? How many trucks full of cookies they drive to my door? How many cute fluffy hippo plushies they give me? Those are all valid suggestions, but we go with kill order instead.
    I send you some cookies and you write news about my guild, deal?
  1. Lord Swizzlington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UcanDoSht View Post

    Its right about my post you quoted. And please define racism to me... since http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism says it is racism.
    Russian is neither a race nor an ethnicity, it is a nationality. If you called them slavs, then it would be racist. You can't be racist against a country, it even says so in your link to Wikipedia. Usually dictionaries are better sources for definitions.

    Please try not to throw out accusations in threads, that can lead to derailment (as noted here).
  1. Mokal's Avatar
    the amount of Russian hate this forum has makes me sad.
  1. noskillz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rixark View Post
    Exorsus wasn't world first. Why would they post that.

    BL/Method had their videos out about the same time and were the World 1st/2nd 25m, so they're actually worth watching.
    Because it was the first one to be released. By the time MMO-C posted these 2 on the frontpage, everyone and their grandmothers already saw the Exorsus one.
    I don't care about all the shanenigans about the anticipated release and the russians being scumbags, seriously that's just drama, I'm just saying they should have posted the Exorsus video yesterday on the frontpage, because that was actual news.
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by I-Swizzle-I View Post
    Russian is neither a race nor an ethnicity, it is a nationality. If you called them slavs, then it would be racist. You can't be racist against a country, it even says so in your link to Wikipedia. Usually dictionaries are better sources for definitions.

    Please try not to throw out accusations in threads, that can lead to derailment (as noted here).
    I really dont know under what circumstances you've grown up, but atleast in the European Union the hatred towards a country is considered racism. It is generalizing, racial prejudice or discrimination.. call it whatever you want, but stop justifing or tolerating this BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boubouille View Post
    BL is being sponsored by Curse? That's new. We work with them every now and then but they're not the only top guild we work with out there, they're not even the ones at the top of the post.

    So what complicated algorithm is used to decide who gets featured on the front page? How much money people send to my personal paypal account? How many trucks full of cookies they drive to my door? How many cute fluffy hippo plushies they give me? Those are all valid suggestions, but we go with kill order instead.

    Top guilds have this vague rule of not spoiling encounters too much before a couple of guilds died, I'm not really sure it benefits the community to reward the people who can rush a video the fastest instead. I don't see why a guild should be penalized because they held their video for 10 days after their kill.
    One of your mods said so. I honestly dont care, but I can remember seeing BL videos on the frontpage even if they werent second or third. I'm not really sure if it benefits the community if a website like this rewards guilds who insult other guilds openly on MMO-C and under their youtube channels by releasing their videos.

    Also, Exorsus Ra-den kill was world 5th or 6th... for how many guilds should we waited for... 50, 70 or 100?
  1. Boubouille's Avatar
    You shouldn't have waited, you should have been world first. This is irrelevant though, based on your signature I'll just assume this is you trying to attack Blood Legion and nothing more, I have no idea what you have against them on a personal level but I'm not really interested in having your personal war in my news posts. Let's cut it out please?
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boubouille View Post
    You shouldn't have waited, you should have been world first. This is irrelevant though, based on your signature I'll just assume this is you trying to attack Blood Legion and nothing more, I have no idea what you have against them on a personal level but I'm not really interested in having your personal war in my news posts. Let's cut it out please?
    Way to ignore arguments by simply asuming I've strong feelings towards BL. We can cut it out, if you stop the racism towards russians on your forums.
  1. kouby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UcanDoSht View Post
    Btw, why mods are tolerating the racism towards Exorsus?
    Because MMo Champ mods only get pissed off when people trash the US.

    And lol, 14-16h rading per day and not even world first on Lei Shen? Holy fuck, there are guilds out there that raid 3-4 days per week and are close to clearing the content. To me those guilds are much more talented than a bunch of retards who actually have to camp out in the raid to be able to kill shit. Just amazing.

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