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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. madrox's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Baar View Post
    You fucking amaze me.... Honestly you must have some gift for reading invisible text.

    How the fuck do you get that from "We haven't announced it yet"
    I thought the inference that the "unannounced feature" would have similar impact akin to LFD and LFR was quite clear in that tweet myself without my special "invisible text" reading glasses on, which is now being downplayed by GC. Unless it's the label of "bait and switch" you object to?
  1. Baar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by madrox View Post
    I thought the inference that the "unannounced feature" would have similar impact akin to LFD and LFR was quite clear in that tweet myself without my special "invisible text" reading glasses on, which is now being downplayed by GC. Unless it's the label of "bait and switch" you object to?

    All I see him saying is they haven't announced what it would be yet. That is ALL I can read from it. Thats all anyone should read from it. how do you get it would have a similar impact? He didn't even mention lfr or lfd, the person asking the question did.
  1. madrox's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Baar View Post
    All I see him saying is they haven't announced what it would be yet. That is ALL I can read from it. Thats all anyone should read from it. how do you get it would have a similar impact? He didn't even mention lfr or lfd, the person asking the question did.
    Because that was specifically part of the question which GC replied to. He didn't reply to the question "does 5.4 have an unannounced feature" or "do you have any undisclosed features planned" but specifically if Ghostcrawler felt if any of the MoP features had an impact akin to that LFD and LFR and his reply was that he felt that the "unannounced feature" they were working would be that feature. It's absolutely basic English reading skills and to be "fucking amazed" by it speaks more about you than anything else.
  1. Aeryana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fool View Post
    Lol at fanboys yet again.



    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.
    The very next day he backed off of that.

    "Sorry. I'll just say I had a specific feature in mind and wasn't just trolling. Some will love it. Some will say: this is it?"

    He's been sticking to that ever since from what I can gather.
  1. Baar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by madrox View Post
    Because that was specifically part of the question which GC replied to. He didn't reply to the question "does 5.4 have an unannounced feature" or "do you have any undisclosed features planned" but specifically if Ghostcrawler felt if any of the MoP features had an impact akin to that LFD and LFR and his reply was that he felt that the "unannounced feature" they were working would be that feature. It's absolutely basic English reading skills and to be "fucking amazed" by it speaks more about you than anything else.

    Well no. Let me quote the exact question for you.

    "Which new mop feature do you think has had/will have a huge impact."

    This has no mention of will it be as big as lfr/lfd.
  1. madrox's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aeryana View Post
    The very next day he backed off of that.

    "Sorry. I'll just say I had a specific feature in mind and wasn't just trolling. Some will love it. Some will say: this is it?"

    He's been sticking to that ever since from what I can gather.
    Yeah, he did, and the whole thing is getting quite silly now as a result from a comment which he himself originally made. Considering how near the 5.4 PTR I really don't see why he doesn't just announce the thing already instead of these futile attempts to downplay a fire which he started. Sure, the people whipping themselves in a frenzy over this feature should chill out, but this has to be one of GC's major Twitter blunders.

    ---------- Post added 2013-06-05 at 06:06 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Baar View Post
    Well no. Let me quote the exact question for you.

    "Which new mop feature do you think has had/will have a huge impact."

    This has no mention of will it be as big as lfr/lfd.
    Again, basic reading skills. They were absolutely mentioned in that question in the previous sentence. Look mate, try and twist it all you want, but it's there in black and white and to deny otherwise only makes you look like a fool. So feel free, counter my point that the question absolutely specifically mentions LFD and LFR.
  1. Fullmetal89's Avatar
    Yeah there better be a weapon at the end of the legendary quest line............I don't want to think that I spent all that time doing those tedious collection quests for some shitty gem or enchant.
  1. Shampro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fool View Post
    snip
    Your Avatar and name pretty much sums up how idiotic your statement is.
  1. Eiffeltower's Avatar
    "50 percent off" = blizzards fix to dying realms.
  1. Siq1ne's Avatar
    Seriously... this is their answer to the dead realm problem? 50% off?

    There goes another million or so.
  1. Kelimbror's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fullmetal89 View Post
    Yeah there better be a weapon at the end of the legendary quest line............I don't want to think that I spent all that time doing those tedious collection quests for some shitty gem or enchant.
    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.
  1. Immitis's Avatar
    maybe instead of a legendary weapon we will get a set of transmog gear with special effects like the challenge mode armor?
  1. ComputerNerd's Avatar
    Players pester Blizzard for information.
    Blizzard release information about a feature at a very early stage.
    Players complain when said feature changes or fails to meet early and only POSSIBLE plans.
    Blizzard facepalms.

    The comic is a perfect demonstration of why there is a lack of tanks in the game.
    Nothing to do with lack of tank roles, as the popular hero class did little to change that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Siq1ne View Post
    Seriously... this is their answer to the dead realm problem? 50% off?

    There goes another million or so.
    Nothing will be a perfect solution.
    Free transfers will empty them faster and split up what little was left of the community.
    Mergers will only push together very different communities, and could wreck or damage smaller ones.
    Some people enjoy smaller communities, something that the other side, those that do not are simply choosing to ignore.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fool View Post
    Lol at fanboys yet again.

    As seen in this thread, apparently they can get away with this because fanboys will always make up an excuse for them.
    Hilarious.
    Living up to your chosen name rather well.
    Calling someone a fanboy because they disagree with you proves you to be narrow minded, and acting like a fool.
    Thats an overused word by people too damn stupid to understand what it actually means.

    We can see faults, if you can provide a good argument.
    We just see a lot which are not.
  1. Spammeister's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eiffeltower View Post
    "50 percent off" = blizzards fix to dying realms.
    Well they're going to have to try a bit harder on that one :P
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Theronus View Post
    Blizzard is partially at fault on this one, they could have gone with "a new cool feature" but instead they choose "A big feature that will change the world as we know it" kinda of thing.
    No they did not. GC said it was a feature he personally was excited about. But he went out of his way to say most players would go ´meh´ and that the new feature would NOT have an affect on WOW as big as lfd or lfr.
  1. ComputerNerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Azrile View Post
    No they did not. GC said it was a feature he personally was excited about. But he went out of his way to say most players would go ´meh´ and that the new feature would NOT have an affect on WOW as big as lfd or lfr.
    No feature would be appealing to all of the community.
    People who do not need something, or are not interested will always complain that other people paying the same amount as them are getting their slice of the cake for a change.
  1. Arvalin's Avatar
    Challenge Mode Raids?
  1. Aliok's Avatar
    Not even a sale and my desire to switch to a livelier server will cause me to pay money to Blizzard (excluding subscription fee). I am not going to solve their customer service problem with my dollars.

    Also, the DLC strip is so true it hurts.
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluesftw View Post
    inb4 there never was a "feature", they were just playing along and it got out of hand really fast ^^
    Everyone who has been following along from the beginning and took all the hints already knows exactly what the new feature is.

    Hints
    1. A lot of players will go ´meh´
    2. It is not a game-changer like LFR, LFD
    3. It will open up a lot of content for some players.
    4. It is something players have asked for.

    Those are basically the only 4 paraphrased quotes we have from the devs. That is IT.. everything else has been imagined by the community

    But the bigger hint is regarding new tech this expansion. Blizzard LOVES to use new tech everywhere when they finally get it. ( see phasing, CRZ, vehicle fights, bad-luck rolls). They invent a new tech and then go out of their way to add it wherever possible. For instance, bad-luck protection was added for LFR loot rolls, next thing you know it is being added for pet battle bags, scenario bags etc etc.. By 5.4, probably any RNG thing will have bad-luck protection

    So lets look at some other new tech added this expansion

    1. Scaling of players gear - Big one.. was done as a major part of challenge mode dungeons, and now being done again with the pvp changes this patch.
    2. Player scaling - Added in 5.0 for battlegrounds.

    I have no doubt that the new feature is the ability to downscale yourself to run low level dungeons at the appropriate character and ilvl. There are a lot of questions, like will you be able to queue for it? Will there be rewards/gear/vp?

    It answers all of the real dev hints

    1. Most people will go meh about it because most of us have already run those dungeons to death.
    2. It doesn´t really have a huge impact on the overall game (unless it is a major source of gear or vp, which I doubt)
    3. It will open up a lot of content, especially for players who leveled using BGs or questing. There are probably a ton of players out there who have never done a bunch of dungeons, and if there is a queue system, they can now do them with a reasonable amount of challenge
    4. Mentoring is a feature in many other games
  1. Glub's Avatar
    Given all the "die, Garrosh, die" spirit and the "give thy enemy ye helping hand" thing that is going on in Kalindor, it is kinda obvious (to me) that this new feature is cross faction groups.

    Now, even though I would personally love such a novelty, I'm sure there are lots of people who will hate it with a passion...

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