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Darkmoon Faire Cross-Realm Zone
It looks like the Darkmoon Faire now has the Cross-Realm Zone feature turned on, resulting in many more people there when you visit now! You can take part in some discussion about it here.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
Greg, what will happen to ch.mode gear when the new exp. hits? Would be a shame if all these cool sets became unobtainable.
They don't strictly need to be unobtainable. If the dungeons keep scaling you down, the challenge will still be there. (Source)
Though to be honest, we're not sure yet what our actual solution will be. (Source)

Will items be something like Bloodsoaked instead of Thunderforged in 5.4?
Yes. Assuming we do it. (Source)

On a side note, will we ever see Progression-Paths outside of Gear for Characters at Max-Level?
We would like to, but we have to come up with good systems. (Source)

could you elaborate on the valor vendor going away in 5.4. That could be punishing to those still a tier behind or more
But we do like having a place you can earn gear even if you don't want to raid. I just didn't want to announce that content yet. (Source)
I don't think GC meant that the older valor vendors are going away. Just that you won't have new ones. Right?
The older ones won't go away and we don't know if there will be new ones or not. It's just an idea at this stage. (Source)

PvP
What's the objection with returning AV back to where it was a few years ago where epic battles could have lasted hours?
The problem is some players don't want a very long BG. We've discussed making long BGs their own thing.... (Source)

Disabling auto follow in Battle Grounds has only hurt the multi boxer.
The problem is when multi boxers are having fun in PvP, everyone else often is not. (Source)
The biggest issue is that this change has utterly destroyed a play style that has been accepted for 8 year's!!
Nevertheless, do you think it was fun for the solo players on the receiving end? (Source)

Why isn't PvP gear upgradable? This is driving me away from pvp...I can't just jump into a raid in pvp gear and be hit capped
It takes a lot of Conquest gear just to purchase your gear. We didn't want you to also have to upgrade it. (Source)

Patch 5.3 PvP Changes
Blue post says new players get discouraged cuz of gear difference in pvp. But getting one shot in FULL boa by prot warr is OK
Low level Shield Slam was fixed in 5.3. To be fair, while low level still matters, far more players care about 90 PvP balance. (Source)

PVP power gems are useless in PVP atm compared to a STR gem please explain why or is it blizzards hate towards PVP showing
Strength is still a PvP stat. Why does that offend you? I can understand why PvE gear would. (Source)

What's the point of the nerf to PvP stats?
Getting e.g. a Conq weapon made a huge swing in damage. We want gear progression but not huge swings. (Source)

thx to ur stupid decision cancelling pvp resilience. i am afk . byebye wow.
You understand, I hope, that we're trying to improve the experience when players in vastly different gear try to PvP. (Source)
Why even have gear in pvp? Seems counterintuitive, pvp is about action, not long-term planning gear.
Getting rewards is fun. Without power based progression goals we don't think many players would stick with it for long. (Source)
Some might, just as some raiders raid just to see the fights, not to earn gear. (Source)

in 5.3 pve ganked tanks are FAR better than pvp geared tanks for RBG.. they dont need pvp power, defensive stats better. why?
We don't want anyone, not even tanks, to be super hard to kill as FCs. It's not fun for anyone. (Source)

why do you always treat PVP players as 2nd class in wow, bg's are broken,bots run rampant,and pvp nerfs in 5.3, please fix pvp
Look at the list of 5.3 changes. Ask yourself how many were PvE vs PvP fixes. (Source)

http://t.co/KveNIAuLKx Read that please and write back your thoughts on it please
Feel like we have addressed this a bunch. PvPers told us they wanted PvP to be more about skill and less about gear. (Source)
PvE'ers told us they would participate more in PvP if they didn't die immediately until they had better gear. (Source)
Letting someone use PvE gear as *starter* gear in PvP (and vice versa) allows more crossover and gives you more opponents. (Source)

Funny how you guys didn't care about ppl getting smashed in PvP until just recently. Why is that?
Mostly, player feedback. We were worried it was driving folks out of PvP. (Source)

what is the point of pvp gear now? Lack of blizz responses is discouraging. Pvp gear =no point. The community wants a response
The community (or at least part of it) asked vociferously for PvP gear to matter less in PvP to allow for catch-up. (Source)
yeah pvp gear is a joke. No point in even buying it. Just afk in LFR and u can beat someone in full pvp
By "full pvp" do you mean Honor or Conquest? Conquest, no way. (Source)
Sure, but what about honor gear? 20 item level deficit vs. LFR gear is a lot for PvP power to overcome post-nerf.
If you'd rather LFR to get gear instead of Honor gear, that seems fine. You'll want to graduate to Conquest either way. (Source)
Honor gear is pretty much catch up gear. If you PvP seriously, you'll earn some Conquest. (Source)
Intuitively, Random Battlegrounds giving worse PvP rewards than doing LFR doesn't seem "fine" to me, but I see your pt
You can run BGs as much as you want but raids once a week (or so). (Source)
But at the same time, when a new season comes serious PVP'ers "must" LFR to stay ahead (aka not get behind)
You can earn all your Honor gear in a week or two depending on how much you play. LFR is nowhere near that generous. (Source)

My level 85 alts only have 40% baseline resilience still, not 65%. Intended?
Yes, the 65% was for level 90. Lower characters will have less. Partially that's because there is still resilience gear at 85. (Source)

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 are stable, with almost all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte when on sale. No new GPUs 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 here and they offer a ~10% performance increase over the previous generation of CPUs in most applications. They run a little bit on the warmer side, so depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D14 or H90.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 4770K 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 - $18Cyborg V.5 - $45
MouseLogitech G400 - $50Razer Deathadder - $45
SpeakersCreative A220 2.1 Speaker System - $30Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $39
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE278Q 27-Inch - $266HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $381
KeyboardLogitech G510 - $89Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $76 ($120)
MouseLogitech G500 - $48Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $60
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $54Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $75


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 - $39NZXT Source 210 - $39
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 - $50XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $61
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $85AMD FX-6300 - $129
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $25Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $33
MotherboardGIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ 970 - $99GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ 990FX - $123
MemoryKingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1333 - $328GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $66
Graphics CardASUS 7770 - $99ASUS 7850 2 GB or ASUS GTX 660 2GB - $180 / $190
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $57Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $91
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$508$744 - 754


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 - $55Cooler Master HAF 932 - $140
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $87Corsair 750HX - $119
CPUIntel i5-4670K - $250Intel i7-4770K - $350
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $57Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $77
MotherboardASUS Z87-A - $150ASUS Z87-PLUS - $176
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $7116GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $120
Graphics CardGigabyte 7950 OR ASUS GTX 660 Ti - $320 / $280Gigabyte 7970 OR ASUS GTX 670 - $400 / $350
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $91Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $91
SSDSAMSUNG 840 128GB (Review) - $95
OR
Plextor 128 GB M5 Pro (Review) - $129
Intel 335 180GB (Review) - $178
OR
SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB (Review) - $133
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$1063 - $1232$1540 - $1673



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This article was originally published in forum thread: Darkmoon Faire Cross-Realm Zone, Blue Tweets, Setup of the Month, Blizzard News started by chaud View original post
Comments 76 Comments
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vesci View Post
    I don't believe I've ever done any gaming with my processor at idle. Have you?
    Unless you turn on the computer, play games, and then turn it off you will spend time at idle. I would wager that most people spend a lot of time with their CPU in the lower power states.
  1. Vesci's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chaud View Post
    Unless you turn on the computer, play games, and then turn it off you will spend time at idle. I would wager that most people spend a lot of time with their CPU in the lower power states.
    The point isn't power consumption on your electric bill. Who cares how much the computer costs to run with the TV, stereo, microwave, hair curler, phone chargers, etc etc etc running.

    The point is the extra power under load that creates extra heat. Heat can be directly related to computer life and for a processor that makes more of it, at more cost with little extra gain in performance, it's probably not worth it. When an i5 3570k gets 60 + fps in every game on the market for $25-30 less at a lower temperature who cares about the extra 6 fps the new chip gets?
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    I wonder why Blizzard didn't communicate this change ahead of time. It knows that CRZ is very unpopular with some players. (Disclaimer: Yes, I'm one of them.)
  1. Intruder's Avatar
    I think Humanoid pets Modeled after the Elite Tauren Cheiftans would be cool. Blizzard could finally add Bards to the game, even if only through pets. They could all have different sonic attacks depending on which instrument they play.
  1. Spektroman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    I wonder why Blizzard didn't communicate this change ahead of time. It knows that CRZ is very unpopular with some players. (Disclaimer: Yes, I'm one of them.)
    And what would communicating in advance do for you? Make you upset ahead of time?
  1. Vishiz's Avatar
    How come you didnt add any of the nvidia 700 serious GPUs that were released at the end of may?

    Gtx 780 is 650$
  1. Aizakku's Avatar
    Golden Sun pet idea; Humanoid/Elemental
    Name; Isaac, looks like https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/i...yXhvM3qbE86CpQ
    Moves;
    Skill1 Ragnarok; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXxunAK1fK8
    Skill2 Searing Beam seen at 3min 14 second http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFaEksPQ-bo
    Skill3 Hail Prism seen at 5mins 43 seconds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFaEksPQ-bo
    Skill4 Spark Plasma seen at 4mins 11 seconds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFaEksPQ-bo


    When defeated he casts Catastrophe seen here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3-gj3pcHso

    would buy/farm if it existed.

    I wanted tho throw in the summon Iris http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQn79bl6-y4 but would be broken, more so than Catastrophe. Thought about using my own ideas but felt it would be hard to explain them in great detailw/o writing a few pages you proabably wouldn't read. Like apple, I like the simple. use someone elses ideas.
  1. xact4's Avatar
    Man, some of those PvP tweets make me sad.

    I'm not hardcore into lvling up through PvP but I do like to alternate between dungeon and BG as I lvl up. Lower lvl brackets are utter chaos right now. Whatever balance was there has been completely obliterated, warrior shield slam has not been fixed at all as far as I can tell. I can't even tell why, looking at the patch notes, but many more classes and specs have the ability to one/two shot anyone now. It's really bad.
  1. Simca's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vishiz View Post
    How come you didnt add any of the nvidia 700 serious GPUs that were released at the end of may?

    Gtx 780 is 650$
    A) Because they're far outside the price range he listed; his most expensive video card is $350.

    B) Because they're not worth it at all except for enthusiasts, and if you're an enthusiast, these lists aren't for you.
  1. Snowcharm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aizakku View Post
    Golden Sun pet idea; Humanoid/Elemental
    Name; Isaac, looks like https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/i...yXhvM3qbE86CpQ
    Moves;
    Skill1 Ragnarok; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXxunAK1fK8
    Skill2 Searing Beam seen at 3min 14 second http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFaEksPQ-bo
    Skill3 Hail Prism seen at 5mins 43 seconds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFaEksPQ-bo
    Skill4 Spark Plasma seen at 4mins 11 seconds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFaEksPQ-bo


    When defeated he casts Catastrophe seen here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3-gj3pcHso

    would buy/farm if it existed.

    I wanted tho throw in the summon Iris http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQn79bl6-y4 but would be broken, more so than Catastrophe. Thought about using my own ideas but felt it would be hard to explain them in great detailw/o writing a few pages you proabably wouldn't read. Like apple, I like the simple. use someone elses ideas.

    Why would I want a pet that looks like an emo and is a sore loser that casts catastrophe ?
  1. Tempeste's Avatar
    I am not even a PVPer, but I pay attention to both sides of the community, PVE and PVP. And nowhere in the PVP community did I ever see them ask for these changes. All of these PVP changes were things the PVE crowd wanted, and the things the PVP crowd wanted they addressed multiple times and Blizzard has yet to even touch upon them. They answer questions about them and say they want to fix it, but not once have they ever made any steps in taking that direction. I don't understand changing a part of the game for people that do not even play that part of the game, instead of changing it for the people that actually play it. Do they just want the PVP community to leave or something? And before someone gets all "Yeah the PVP community in this game is awful I hate them I want them to leave", they are just apart of the game as anyone else is, and I think their requests should at least be heard and possibly addressed. How many times have PVE things been changed for PVP? That should not happen, and they should avoid pitting the communities against each other in this way.
  1. Anglefire's Avatar
    Re new pet, the one thing that's really missing is a real dog, not this silly pug thingie.
    So I'd design a labrador, or maybe a german sheperd, with some distinct canine abilities:
    1. Fetch - A two round ability. First round, a ball is thrown at the opposing team. Second round, the dog goes out to fetch it, damaging all foes.
    2. Play dead - The dog plays dead, avoiding all damage on the following round.
    3. Infinite Cuteness - The dog puts on "puppy eyes", charming the opponent pet and incapacitatintg them for one round.
    4. Bite - Kinda goes without saying...
    5. Bark (or maybe Howl) - The dog barks, increasing critical strike chance by 25%.
    6. Lick Wounds - Yes, used on hunter pets, same idea, the dog licks itself, healing for a given value.

    I'd definately want one of those!
  1. The Penguin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Exeggutor View Post
    It's like you're not even trying with these setups of the month...
    He could decide NOT to do it you know. Do you have to be rude? Thanks for your hard work Chaud. Some of us DO appreciate it.
  1. Decensy's Avatar
    Why do people whine so much about pve gear being ok in pvp. I ean, if you're a serious PvPer you should outskill the Pveer in PVP nd gear is not a problem...What was discouraging was te guys full pvp geared but totally unskilled ressing 2 buttons and owning you while doing dailies, now you can show who's really the best. I find that change the best change ever to come to pvp gear.
  1. Steamwheedle's Avatar
    I don't mind PvE gear being decent for PvP now (as a PvP player), it's made participation in BGs after I hit 90 on alts a lot more fun. I do think that PvE gear should scale down to either 476 rather than 496, though, or at least somewhere in-between the two, to account for PvP Power. I think the excuses for not doing so are pretty weak. PvP is my favourite part of the game, but like many other PvPers I don't like Arena at all, and I don't play with enough people to do RBGs, so Conquest acquisition for me is slow. I don't really think that it's fair that PvE gear is still better than mine, when PvP is my chosen path for the game, but the only methods of gaining serious amounts of Conquest points are either unpalatable or difficult to arrange. All of my Conquest comes from random BG wins and IoT dailies.
  1. lanerios's Avatar
    Hey look! Still the US focused PC building lists <3

    EU prices differ a lot.. maybe next time be so kind to put down the euro prices next to it? And no, don't go "But we use amazon lololol" because no self respecting PC builder in the EU gets their stuff from amazon.
  1. Gradywhite's Avatar
    These motherboards on the Narwhal and Unicorn won't work with the new intel CPUs. The new CPUs use LGA 1150 sockets while the Ivy Bridge generation uses the 1155 motherboards recommended here. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that's a mistake!

    Edit: I think the links may be linking to a different mobo than the one stated. Asus Z87-A links to ASUS P8Z77-V on Amazon...
  1. Korgesh's Avatar
    I checked my inbox. It said I had an infraction.
  1. Bantokar's Avatar
    The answers in the PvP section are depressing to say the least, if not flat out lies... "The PvP community were begging for a change to completely screw gemming and PvP stats, ohh and can we get smashed by PvE geared people as well"... Yeah fucking right.. "the community" is always nice to hide behind when explaining dumbassery.


    And why not call it "a word from our sponsers and not really a good setup" by chaud, let´s not pretend it´s anything but poor marketing.
  1. Spl4sh3r's Avatar
    Why is it news that Darkmoon Faire uses CRZ? I have seen it a month or two ago already. My Darkmoon Faire is always empty but I do see occassional player from another realm, so I was always assuming it was on. Might be that it used the same feature as Brawler's Guild so it isn't on if too many from your own realm are there.

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