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Patch 5.4 Unannounced Feature
Ghostcrawler took the time to point out why he doesn't normally talk about at or even hint at features early.

This is why we can't have nice things


This Week Only - All US and EU Character Services 50% Off
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
If you’ve been thinking about switching realms or making other changes to your character, now’s the perfect time—because this week all character services are 50% off. To get started, simply log in to Battle.net account management. For more information on how each service works, check out the links below.

Character Transfer - Move your character to a different realm

Faction Change - Change a character’s faction (from Horde to Alliance, or from Alliance to Horde)

Race Change - Change a character’s race (within the same faction)

Appearance Change - Change your character’s appearance (optional Name Change included)

Name Change - Change your character’s name

Sale ends June 10th 2013!

Patch 5.3 Hotfixes - June 4
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General
  • Alliance players are now able to initiate duels in the exterior areas around the Shrine of Seven Stars.

Classes

Quests
  • Commandeer That Balloon!: Players should now be able to interact with the rope ladder.
  • Lighting the Way: Minimum level to start the quest has been reduced to level 88, down from 89.
  • Path of the Last Emperor: Fixed an issue where rope anchors were incorrectly despawning for players that moved too far away from Seer Hao Pham Roo.
  • Perfectly Pure: Pure Water should now be lootable by multiple players in the same party again.
  • The Fragrance of Money: Bear Musk should have a chance to drop again.
  • That's a Big Bug: Minimum level to start the quest has been reduced to level 88, down from 89.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Dark Animus
      • Massive Anima Golems will no longer target the same player with multiple Matter Swap debuffs.
      • Monk's Revival ability will no longer dispel the Matter Swap debuff.
  • Gate of the Setting Sun
    • The dungeon should now properly require characters to be at least level 88 before allowing them to enter on Normal difficulty.

Items

Darkmoon Faire Cross-Realm Zone
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Honestly I kinda like the CRZ'd DMF. I think bustling and crowded is the expected state of any worthwhile carnival.
Yeah, and that's the intent behind CRZ as a whole. The Darkmoon Faire being CRZ'd is intentional, the problem is it's just allowing too many people into the same cross-realm instance right now and causing some overcrowding issues. Much of the intent of cross-realm zones is providing the experience of a lively massively-multiplayer environment, even for lower level zones where players don't tend to congregate as much any more. We certainly want the Darkmoon Faire to always feel like you're visiting a mystical carnival full of excited patrons.

We've developed a fix and that will be implemented with Tuesday morning's rolling restarts. Let us know what you think afterward, and we'll be closely monitoring the changes as well.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 5.4 Legendary Item
The furthest anyone has gotten is to receive the 600 ilvl cloak that was implemented this patch (I believe?). The actually weapon, I'm assuming, won't come out until 5.4.
You're certain it's a weapon? ;) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Conquest Catch Up System
After looking into the reported issues with catch-up caps not being appropriate I wanted to clarify on a few points.

(Week of season x 1000) - Total Conquest Points earned this season = Conquest cap

This calculation is not actually 100% correct and does leave some room for interpretation. To clarify on the formula and to ensure that you are all aware of how your Conquest cap should be calculated:

(Week of season - 1) * 1000 – Conquest points earned this season + Cap received from your current rating = Weekly cap

As you can see, your cap from rating should be added on top of the catch-up cap and the first week of the season is not included in the calculation, I have corrected my previous posts to reflect this. The reason that the calculation is actually uses "Week of season - 1" is because if we included the first week then we’d basically be giving players an extra 1000 points in the first week. The goal of this system is to give players who haven’t been maxing their conquest a way to catch up, not to give everyone an additional boost in the first week.

In addition to this, some of you have stated that you noticed some of your catch up cap disappearing mysteriously, try doing the calculation again with the new formula provided above. If you are still missing some of your catch up cap, can you provide some additional information to help us with looking into this matter such as; your current Conquest point cap and the amount of points that you have earned so far this season. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blizzard Entertainment Is Going to San Diego Comic-Con 2013
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Blizzard Entertainment is excited to announce that our licensed products will be strutting their stuff on the show floor at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con!

Along with showcasing some of the new licensed products coming out this year, the booth will also be where the writers and artists behind some of our comics and books will be signing. We will also be selling exclusive SDCC products for the first time.

Yeah, we've been keeping busy.

Keep an eye out for more details coming soon, including schedules and the products we’ll have available.

We hope to see you there!

Dark Legacy Comics #392
DLC #392 takes a look at what happens when you try to be helpful and tank.

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  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by IIamaKing View Post
    My word GC has no clue how to handle Twitter.
    Not really, it was mostly fansites who began these conversations using only half of his tweets. He said that HE personally was excited about this feature, but then almost immediately said that most players wouldn´t be very impressed. The second one was barely mentioned on fansites. And then there is the constant misquote. They said that it WOULD NOT be on the same scale as LFR or LFD as far as impact on the game.. but many threads on fansites keep saying the exact opposite.

    It is basically like most rumors.. it started out on twitter, but it grew to a monster on the fansites and turned into something completely different than was orginally said.
  1. Nexsa's Avatar
    That comic made me laugh. It's sorta true. I'd be happy with anything they add as a feature.
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kittyvicious View Post
    For all you know it's something vastly more rewarding than a weapon that can't be transmogged and will last a total of 3 months before it's useless again. Maybe something that actually deserves to be classified as legendary.

    I'm not saying I think it is, but it's a little worthless to jump to conclusions.
    That is my issue. Ok, let´s pretend it is a legendary weapon. You are not going to be getting it as soon as 5.4 launches, there will be some questing, and probably a lot of collecting of something in SoO.. So probably we will get it a few months after 5.4... so what is the big deal? you get a legendary weapon to use on a raid you have on farm... and then you will replace it in a few months with a green item from the next expansion.

    It would be much more fun if it was something that was useful at least throughout the next expansion ( ie, non-gear). At the very best, a weapon would be the equivalent of a 463 ilvl weapon now.. something that is useful through the next expansions leveling process and into heroic dungeons.. But even that is doubtful because it would be absurdly overpowered when we get them in 5.4
  1. Kelimbror's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azrile View Post
    *snip*
    Yep...I'd rather the old notion of a legendary weapon fade into the dust. If they can't let you transmog it, there's really no point to having one. (as much as they like to say otherwise)

    I'd prefer a legendary package where at the end of it you have a combination (or all) of:

    Transmoggable gear or weapon, perhaps just a skin instead of an actual item.
    Title
    Mount
    Potential new spells that provide cosmetic buffs in order to visually display your greatness.

    An example of that last one would be a class specific special glow effect that can be activated to surround your character. Maybe druids get a green tinged glow and vines follow your wake, with a bird that flies from the sky and lands on your shoulder every now and then.

    Priests could have a halo and translucent, moving wings that play harp music everywhere they go.

    Etc.
  1. slackjawsix's Avatar
    Probably a DOTA bg or game or something, seeing how that map was leaked awhile ago
  1. KrazyK923's Avatar
    Calling it now, even after Ghostcrawler explicitly said that the unannounced feature wasn't a game-shattering new feature, when it is announced, people on here will be criticizing them for not making it as big as it should be. Or people will stupidly blame Blizzard for the hype when it is actually 99% the fan and fansites' fault.
  1. balir's Avatar
    I'm still hanging on the the faint hope that the new feature is scaling of old legendaries to have relevant stats vs level.

    Won't happen I know..
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    I've heard about the "5.4 feature" since it was first mentioned by Ghostcrawler, but other than that I haven't been obsessing about it. We'll find out whatever it's about when MMO-C datamines it.
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyK923 View Post
    Calling it now, even after Ghostcrawler explicitly said that the unannounced feature wasn't a game-shattering new feature, when it is announced, people on here will be criticizing them for not making it as big as it should be. Or people will stupidly blame Blizzard for the hype when it is actually 99% the fan and fansites' fault.
    Yeah. I think it will be another nail in the coffin of dev-to-player casual conversation. GC and the others will learn that they can´t talk casually to players on forums or things like twitter.

    The next step will be the only information players get about anything is official press release type marketing stuff.

    There are just a lot of stupid people who can´t separate ideas from promises, or discussions from plans.

    If you want dev news about WOW.. you are going to be looking at the information given on the launcher.. not much else.
  1. quras's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by IIamaKing View Post
    My word GC has no clue how to handle Twitter.
    Got that right but what I find more funny than his twitter postings is gamers seem to be more hyped/interested about a unannounced feature than the rest of the patch that they know about.

    That doesn't bode well for the upcoming patch.

    Quote Originally Posted by Azrile View Post
    Yeah. I think it will be another nail in the coffin of dev-to-player casual conversation. GC and the others will learn that they can´t talk casually to players on forums or things like twitter.

    SNIP....

    I think when it comes to gamers it best to either spill the beans with 100% accuracy on what the developers plans are and hold nothing back as some sort of secret. No twist on words or hints or this is what we are thinking...

    EITHER do the above or just STFU and just don't say anything till you can do the above.

    Anything in between just turns out bad with players having to imagine how content will turn out or what it will be and we all know where that leads. (More hype then developers can wrangle. Then they act as if it was all bad hype)

    It seems to be a never ending cycle.
  1. Kelimbror's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by quras View Post
    I think when it comes to gamers it best to either spill the beans with 100% accuracy on what the developers plans are and hold nothing back as some sort of secret. No twist on words or hints or this is what we are thinking...

    EITHER do the above or just STFU and just don't say anything till you can do the above.
    Except they've tried this method before, which is met with people complaining about the lack of communication, or lack of things to look forward to, etc.

    There's really no right way to do any of this to be honest, but generally people prefer some communication over none, regardless of how much they complain about what is said.
  1. artem123's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocheku View Post
    Haha, Blizzard is realizing their unanounced feauture really isnt that special at all and is getting ready for massive dissapointment!
    overhype is a bad thing. And thats whats happening, it can be special but THE MOMENT YOU OVERHYPE SOMETHING it goes bad. People got overhyped for diablo 3? i believe it was, and everyone was let down. They probably learned to actually control hype to have realistic goals.

    sorry but anything can be not "special" if its overhyped, due to the fact of let downs
  1. majesta's Avatar
    I still say its cross server mail.
  1. MasterHamster's Avatar
    Lesson: GC shouldn't ever talk about unannounced things, because players will keep twisting his short sentences into "THIS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND, NO SERIOUS IT'S GOING TO BE SO AMAZING YOU'LL GO INSANE FROM THE PURE LEVEL OF AWESOME."

    all that from "We haven't announced it yet : )"

    Good job community
  1. eillas's Avatar
    This is what the original quote said. Clearly, he acknowledged that it would be something of similar scale to LFD/LFR and have a big ("huge") impact on the game.
    The "hype" is only his fault, either because he's very naive and stupid or wanted to bait and switch players yet again like they've done several times in the past (character models, dance studio, etc)
    As seen in this thread, apparently they can get away with this because fanboys will always make up an excuse for them.
    Hilarious.
    he also few tweets later said some ppl will meh at it, and tried to cut hype down.
  1. The Penguin's Avatar
    Sounds like someone guessed it right and their gutting it because they are aware players will say "Hell no". Like RID Forums and CRZ. Etc.
  1. quras's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lukahn View Post
    Sounds like someone guessed it right and their gutting it because they are aware players will say "Hell no". Like RID Forums and CRZ. Etc.
    I wouldn't bet against you're theory that's for sure.
  1. Taerra's Avatar
    The legendary is a weapon and has been confirmed previously, there might be more to it that they haven't said yet but there is a 100% chance of a legendary weapon.
  1. thelordpsy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Taerra View Post
    The legendary is a weapon and has been confirmed previously, there might be more to it that they haven't said yet but there is a 100% chance of a legendary weapon.
    Who confirmed that? I mean it's not true so I think it'll be funny to see what you claim is 'confirmation.'
  1. Airwaves's Avatar
    Is blizzard just trying to fuck up faction balance even more on realms with half price faction changes. Fuck

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