MMO-Champion - Dungeon Journal UI, Otis Addon, Blue Tweets, Weekly News Recap, Setup of the Month
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Patch 5.3 - Dungeon Journal UI
Patch 5.3 finally makes it faster to move through the Dungeon Journal by putting boss selections for an instance on the left always, and loot, abilities, and model on the right, making it much faster to switch between bosses to find the right loot list.



Otis - Dungeon Journal Addon
If you don't want to wait a few weeks for Patch 5.3, you can install the Otis addon to make life a little bit easier. It adds arrows to the side of the Dungeon Journal that allows you to quickly move up and down through the boss list.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character
I'd say Glyphs and Talents look too similar atm.
Yeah, I think that's fair criticism. (Source)

We added talents in vanilla so rogue 1 and rogue 2 could be different. With tri spec, what if every rogue feels the same again? (Source)
I think you picked the worst class to make an example for you here.
In my experience, hunters are even more likely to swap specs than rogues. Even rogue specs have more kit than hunter specs. (Source)

Pandora's box was open at the moment you allowed us to change spec unlimited number of times.
Then maybe we need to close the box. Another idiom is throwing out the baby with the bathwater. (Source)

Can you reconcile your tweet yesterday about yr friend being "just a druid" w/ the "Bring the player not the class" mentality?
I don't think it's a contradiction. You should be able to bring a Balance or Feral most of the time. (Source)
Now there are some cases where we discourage extreme ranged or melee stacking, which is more necessary evil than cool design. (Source)

And how about "bring player - not spec" argument?
Unless you are on heroic Lei Shen, you can probably play any spec you want and be fine. This was not the case in Sunwell. (Source)
In Sunwell, you had to stack certain classes to get the right buff / debuff matrix. That is what "bring the player" was all about. (Source)

How much would you like Crit, Haste and Mastery to be just as good as one another for all specs, allowing freedom for style?
It's tricky. If they are all interchangeable, then you don't look at the stats at all. Better would be if you can feel the delta. (Source)
For some casters, you can really feel diff between a high crit and high haste build. I wish it felt more so for everyone. (Source)
Then the stats could be equal value while the decision was still meaningful. (Source)

I was looking at simulation numbers on noxxic. Can't believe I'm alone in thinking it's demotivating to see my class so low.
We don't put much faith in class comparisons from sims. Different people with different skills work on the various components. (Source)
So even if e.g. the hunter simming is strong, it may not mesh with the shaman simming. (Source)
Sims are better for helping you determine gems, rotations, reforge etc. for your character. (Source)

PvE
Can we get a heads up as to VP incoming patch, will it be reset or can I have it stored ready?
We will give you notification before 5.3 ships. (Source)

Sunwell raids stacked the top DPS with 1 each of the buff classes. Heroic ToT is the same except it's Raid CDs now.
Disagree. Heroic ToT class stacking is nothing like Sunwell class stacking. (Source)

This is opposite of truth. Having the highest ilvl possible when stepping into ANY raid IS MANDATORY
I disagree. Skill has a much greater impact than ilevel. That is why Blood Legion can beat content with very little new gear. (Source)
Worldclass is irrelevant. There'd be no point to gear if it didn't facilitate success. Stop with the straw man.
But skill matters more than gear especially for non-worldclass, because the worldclass can't improve their skill much more. (Source)
Gear helps for sure. If you want to farm LFR for tiny DPS upgrades, go for it. My contention is that behavior is optional. (Source)
mechanics or not the guild rollling in a sub 496 ilvl is gonna have a bad time in tot where the 515 guys are gonna breeze
Yes, that is different. If you don't have a lot of N gear from previous tier, then LFR will serve as a useful catchup. (Source)

why is it we can burn extra mogu coins in LFR but not on nalak for example?
We didn't want to encourage rampant realm hopping, which can lead to instability when there are too many folks in one spot. (Source)
Now that 5.2 has been out for awhile, it would probably be okay for the older bosses. (Source)

have you consider make DBM as default UI, like many other popular 3rd party UIs they are becoming essentials
We try to communicate essential info in raids. The raid mods often provide too much info, which has 2 problems. (Source)
Difficulty is probably obvious, but they also make fights seem complicated by bringing your attention to stuff you could ignore. (Source)

I have even seen in blue posts where you or someone else says normal raiders run LFR! Pls get stories straight!!!
Some heroic raiders run LFR. The question is how forced they feel to do so. (Source)
In 5.0 when everyone was in blues, LFR gave epics and felt really important. (Source)
In 5.2, LFR offers much less to N raiders unless you've been unlucky or are impatient to complete a set or something. (Source)
As I've said, if it's fun for you, go for it. I wouldn't consider it mandatory though. (Source)
In heroic, there are tight enrage timers. In 5.2, there really aren't in normal. (Source)
It comes down to your error rate on mechanics. Improving ilevel can gives you more room to have more errors and still win. (Source)
But causing fewer errors in the first place is likely an even surer track to victory. (gives -> give) (Source)

don't you fear pve gear will become too strong and scare away pure pvpers who dont want to pve?
We don't think PvE gear will be more attractive than PvP gear for PvP with these changes. (Source)

the blog about how to gear was a little inelegant and convoluted let's say. Is End game gearing gonna be like that forever?
What we don't like is that the current system is fairly opaque. Nothing tells you "Go here for a good belt upgrade." (Source)
Also, the system gets more convoluted when tiers advance. Should I do MV LFR or ToT LFR? Is the DMF trinket still good? (Source)
We like to encourage lots of different paths towards a goal rather than e.g. raid or die. (Source)
what if i just want to raid or die? All I want to do is dungeon and rad? Why can't that be an optimal choice? Not the only one
Optimal tends to become the only. We try to make the most optimal path the most diverse one (but again not the only one). (Source)

Weekly News Recap
Lots of news this week, so here is your chance to catch up if you missed a day of news!



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
The current SSD prices seem to be moving back up slowly, with almost all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte when on sale. No new GPUs or SSDs worth waiting for are expected before the third quarter this year. RAM prices have been increasing for the past few months, so if you were thinking about adding RAM anytime soon, now is the time.

The new Haswell CPUs from Intel are almost here and should bring a mild performance improvement, power usage reduction, and significantly better integrated graphics.

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.

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
MonitorAsus VS229H-P 21.5" LED IPS Monitor - $140ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $170
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $20Cyborg V.5 - $48
MouseLogitech G400 - $37Razer Deathadder - $46
SpeakersCreative A220 2.1 Speaker System - $30Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE278Q 27-Inch - $266HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $369
KeyboardLogitech G510 - $90Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $76 ($129)
MouseLogitech G500 - $45Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $70
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $60Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $65


Puppy and Dolphin
Mix and match anything but the CPU/Motherboard combo between Puppy and Dolphin. Pick one of the two CPU/Motherboard combos.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $35NZXT Source 210 - $35
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 - $58XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $69
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $85AMD FX-6300 - $117
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $28Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $30
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2 AM3+ 970 - $99ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ 990FX - $135
MemoryKingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1333 - $318GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $71
Graphics CardASUS 7770 - $109Gigabyte 7850 2 GB or Gigabyte GTX 660 OC 2GB - $195 / $210
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $57Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $91
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$525$766 - 781


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 - $58Cooler Master HAF 932 - $160
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $90Corsair 750HX - $130
CPUIntel i5-3570K - $210Intel i7-3770K - $317
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $53Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $80
MotherboardASUS P8Z77-V LK - $115ASUS P8Z77-V - $176
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $7116GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $120
Graphics CardGigabyte 7950 OR MSI GTX 660 Ti - $310 / $299Gigabyte 7970 OR GIGABYTE GTX 670 - $400 / $393
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $91Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $91
SSDSAMSUNG 840 128GB (Review) - $100
OR
Plextor 128 GB M5 Pro (Review) - $132
Intel 330 180GB (Review) - $150
OR
SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB (Review) - $139
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$1010 - $1153$1590 - $1647
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Comments 31 Comments
  1. Suwide's Avatar
    This is opposite of truth. Having the highest ilvl possible when stepping into ANY raid IS MANDATORY
    ..
    Worldclass is irrelevant. There'd be no point to gear if it didn't facilitate success. Stop with the straw man.
    ..
    mechanics or not the guild rollling in a sub 496 ilvl is gonna have a bad time in tot where the 515 guys are gonna breeze
    When i read this i couldn't help thinking of all the times i went to LFR/LFD saw someone in decent gear underperforming and using the weirdest spells (e.g. Rain of Fire on 2 Targets as Affliction or Drain-Life as Demonology). I dont say that Gear means nothing, especially now where MetaGem and Trinkets are improving DPS quite a bit. But this is just ridiculous ... Skill > Gear, this was almost always true, it is now true and probably will always be true... except when we get to point where spamming the one and only spell you got is the best way to do damage (and even then enough players will fail to do decent DPS!).
  1. ShadowForge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrouswheel View Post
    I don't think you'd fair very well in pve, you're wiping on English.
    your one to talk ive seen your posts before and there worse than mine and i suffer with dyslexia thank you thats why my english isnt great
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    I welcome the DJ change.
  1. petre's Avatar
    I'm a fairly cynical and jaded player at this point, but as a person that mostly enjoys the meta-game of calculating out optimal gearing for limited play time: GC is correct about LFR being mostly optional for normal raiding AT THIS POINT. For any guild that was behind the LFR unlock schedule on normal bosses, LFR was "manditory" to progress in raid reputation so you could unlock your VP purchases at a rate where you weren't capping VP and waiting on reputation. Now, if things had been "correct" at the start (current boss nerfs in place at 5.2 release, all VP purchases available at Honored) then I think LFR would have been optional all this tier for the bulk of Normal raiding guilds.
  1. Bantokar's Avatar
    I always wondered why you would buy Unicorn and then buy such crappy peripherals. Hey look at my awesome rig that has sound like 2 skeletons doing the nasty in a tin can and the most overhyped keyboard/mouse combo around. A 24 inch screen. And then spend an xtra 110$ on a cpu to get HT wich is basically useless in gaming.
  1. Serrakin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by warcraftmew View Post
    your one to talk ive seen your posts before and there worse than mine and i suffer with dyslexia thank you thats why my english isnt great
    There's nothing dyslexic about your post. It's just missing the basics: correct spelling, punctuation, comma use, and suffering from the worst case of runonitis I've seen in some time.

    Carry on.
  1. Shinagami091's Avatar
    Chaud's computer setups. I don't agree with the RAM selections. 1600 RAM speeds are slow by today's standards. I'd say if you're going to spend $120 on RAM you should get some smaller capacity yet faster ones. I have 6GBs 2133's that do the trick for me and they cost me about $40 less than the unnecessary 24GB 1600s.
  1. MrExcelion's Avatar
    In terms of keyboards, I like my Corsair Vengeance K90 for a mechanical cherry red keyboard. (Or the k60 works too)

    Price hasn't been cheap though, definitely want a slickdeals alert for it.

    Couple guildies also have the CM Quickfire, which is a blue, and for brown there's the Noppoo Choc Mini 84 that reckfulz uses, but I prefer red personally.
  1. bbr's Avatar
    Dutch desktop Best Buy Guide:
    http://tweakers.net/reviews/3031/des...-mei-2013.html
  1. Znuff's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by warcraftmew View Post
    yeah you use amazon but the prices for UK are alot more than US

    example: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Genera...Intel+i5-3570K which is a CPU in one of the builds. in uk its £171.97 in dollars its $267.63 so if your from US you save about $60 in the UK it costs an extra $60 how about adding US and EU prices cos it says you do it every one to two months on these comp things so its ample time to add EU links for special offers, same goes for black friday stuff that was on here just US based stuff.
    What you (and everyone else) seem to forget is that prices in US don't include the sale tax (that's similar to Europe's VAT), while European prices do.
  1. foulcore's Avatar
    great work

    ---------- Post added 2013-05-09 at 04:24 PM ----------

    great work

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