MMO-Champion - Ashhide Mushan and Bloody Coins, 5.4 PvP Changes, Blue Posts, Burdens of Shaohao
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Pandaria Gameboard Audio, Fireside Chat #8 Reminder

Patch 5.4 - Ashhide Mushan and Bloody Coins
Patch 5.4 adds Speaker Gulan, who will sell you a Censer of Eternal Agony, which allows you to become hostile to all players (including your own faction) and kill them for Bloody Coins, which are used to purchase a PvP trinket, pet, mount, as well as a few other items.

Level Type Slot Name Cost
1Other Censer of Eternal Agony2500 x
1Other Black Ash1 x
496TrinketTrinket Pouch of White Ash20 x
1Other Fire-Watcher's Oath50 x
1Other Vengeful Porcupette100 x
90Mount Reins of the Ashhide Mushan Beast500 x





Patch 5.4 - Base Resilience and Battle Fatigue Changes
It seems that Base Resilience and Battle Fatigue will be increased in one of the upcoming PTR builds.



Patch 5.3 Hotfixes - August 9
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes

Quests
  • Celestial Blessings: Reduced the health and damage of Neltharion's Tears for players attempting Yu'lon or Xuen's Celestial Challenge.

Website Cleanup Incoming
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Like any good webmasters, we look at World of Warcraft site stats on a regular basis, and we're always evaluating which aspects of the site people find most useful. Over time, we've identified a few areas that players don't really seem to visit but that still require a bit of effort for us to keep updated each time we release a new content update. For most of these, it's pretty obvious why they don't draw a lot of attention-they tend to focus on things that are simply more compelling to look at inside the game, are a "given," or are already well-served and readily available elsewhere, like on fansites.

Early next week we'll be doing some cleanup and removing the following rarely visited, higher-maintenance sections from the World of Warcraft website:

Game Guide

Guild Profiles

Character Profiles

Here are just a few fansites that provide a wealth of information on the above topics, as well as a whole lot more!
  • Wowhead
  • Warcraft Pets
  • Warcraft Mounts
  • WoW-Petopia

Doesn't WarcraftPets USE the pets section of the armory to update people's collections? You are going to break their site with this decision. Please don't remove the Pet & Mounts section.
To clarify, this cleanup process shouldn't affect the API fansites and other people use to pull game data.

Flexible Mode Testing - August 9-12
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've unlocked the Underhold wing of the Siege of Orgrimmar (Malkorok, Spoils of Pandaria, and Thok the Bloodthirsty) for testing over the weekend, continuing into Monday.

Players with a premade group of between 10 and 25 players can queue using the same interface that you'd use for Dungeons, Scenarios, or LFR. Flexible mode bosses have all the same mechanics as the Normal mode versions, but are otherwise tuned to be more forgiving, and will scale in health and damage output with the number of players in the raid. As you go from a 12-player raid to an 18-player raid, for example, some abilities may affect more targets or hit slightly harder, creatures will have more health, and so forth. Difficulty is almost certainly higher than our final target, but we're probably scaling players down a bit too far for testing right now (ilvl 522 for the Underhold wing).

Please provide specific comments and feedback in the dedicated feedback thread.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Combat PvE and Patch 5.4
So, like I mentioned earlier in the thread, we upped the energy cost and damage of Sinister Strike to try to cut back on the spam just slightly. Incidentally, it also helps with the issue of energy capping while both Adrenaline Rush and Shadow Blades are active with the Tier 15 4-piece bonus.

We feel that, with the higher Sinister Strike energy cost in place, we can leave the Tier 15 4-piece as it is. It'll still be a good set bonus, but not quite as good as before, to the point that we don't think it'll have an adverse effect on Tier 16 balance.

Now, I recognize that the general sentiment in this thread seems to disagree with that. Part of why I'm posting this is that I'd like to understand why that is. Keep in mind that this isn't part of balance tuning -- that'll be starting soon, but for the moment we're just trying to get Combat to "feel" right. We're confident that we can make the numbers line up properly with how things are currently functioning on the PTR, but if you disagree, we'd like to know why. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Patch 5.4 PTR - Proving Grounds Bug
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve discovered a fairly significant bug that explains why we’ve been seeing such drastically different reports on Proving Grounds difficulty. Simply put, PvP gear is not getting its item level downscaled to 463 the way that PvE gear is; it’s staying at item level 522.

We hope to have this fixed ASAP. In the meantime, if you’re testing out Proving Grounds on the PTR, please try to avoid using PvP gear if at all possible.

The Burdens of Shaohao
Blizzard released a six part series that looks at Emperor Shaohao as he progresses toward discovering the truth about his future. Today was the release of the final part. If you want to see more like this in the future, be sure to let Blizzard know you enjoyed it!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Ashhide Mushan and Bloody Coins, 5.4 PvP Changes, Blue Posts, Burdens of Shaohao started by chaud View original post
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  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hawksolo View Post
    I cant wait to make money off the players paying me to let them kill me over and over to get their coins.
    "LF someone to kill trade for coins." But, good luck.
  1. crazy8's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wilhelm137 View Post
    "Guys it took us 6 months to purge beta mounts from your armory, we feel we put too much work into it so we're going to kill it off". Exactly what I see when I read the blue post on that, it is nothing less than pure laziness to let fan sites handle even simple armory features rather than possibly making the armory better so more people actually make use of it and it's features. Taking away half of whats there they may as well just kill the armory as a whole, hell fansites can probably do a better job at that too why put any effort into the official website dedicated to the game and let people who want to look on the site for news or guides just walk blindly into the game when not everyone may want to use a fansite or addon for a feature that works perfectly fine on the armory.

    For a game as big as WoW is you would think maybe just maybe they would want a high end official site dedicated to it for news/guides/and features. But instead they seem to have thrown in the towel and figure if they can't please everyone on the website they would rather let it burn letting others handle the pieces, can't even rely on it for news anymore outside of patch notes when the vast majority of info is posted on twitter now.

    Would you prefer that they devote money and resources to inconsequential crap like this, that can be found in game or elsewhere, or......spend that money and resources on the game itself.

    Let me guess, you are the one in trade that is constantly asking questions after a patch, or anytime for that matter.
  1. Kingpinwlock's Avatar
    Gonna be hard to see which mounts and pets you need. (Well mostly mounts since there is addon for pets. (Yes we have some for mounts also, but it's really more complicated)
    I looks at the website to see which mount I can farm, guess some people do, but not everyone it seems.
  1. Imhullu's Avatar
    I use pets and mounts section on the site a lot. Because it instantly can look at my characters stuff. What the heck man.
  1. Yunru's Avatar
    Celestial Blessings: Reduced the health and damage of Neltharion's Tears for players attempting Yu'lon or Xuen's Celestial Challenge.......now they nerf it sigh.
  1. Titanie's Avatar
    More Burdens of shaohao ! pls blizz
  1. Kektonic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by crazy8 View Post
    Would you prefer that they devote money and resources to inconsequential crap like this, that can be found in game or elsewhere, or......spend that money and resources on the game itself.

    Let me guess, you are the one in trade that is constantly asking questions after a patch, or anytime for that matter.
    The point is they were fucking lazy and now just want to get rid of it so people stop asking them why the mount and recipe lists have items that were never implemented instead of spending a few hours to do it themselves. It cannot be some huge undertaking to maintain a couple of pages but hey whatever man keep drinking that kool aid.
  1. bluspacecow's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ktoth04 View Post
    Warcraft mounts is just not a functional mount solution. I am very disappointed blizzard D:
    The Web API's pretty simple to use and easy to parse. Easier and faster then parsing the armory pages.

    Oh and I didn't mean mean just Warcraft Mounts. Plenty of opportunity for third party sites here.
  1. 3DTyrant's Avatar
    Love that Mushan mount, will hopefully be my first one, only rank 5 or 6 in the brawlers guild, and Galleon wont hand one of its kids over for me to ride
  1. Flaks's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeBogina View Post
    "you are now hostile to all players, and killing players grants bloody coins"

    Don't jump to conclusions, this probably just makes the user flagged, losing 90% hp to lure pve'rs into attacking them. Don't attack them and you'll probably be fine... on a pve server atleast
    Here's how it works right now.

    It's a 10 second cast.

    It CREATES ITS OWN NEW FACTION: other people also using the cesure will now be friendly to you even from the opposite faction. People who are NOT of EITHER faction will now be hostile on PvP servers or on PvE servers if flagged.

    It drains 90% of your hp upon completion of the cast but can and is healed back to full; just make sure you don't activate it in the middle of a crowd.
  1. Algos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Syridian View Post
    If you are on a PvE realm, I can almost guarantee blue flagging yourself will make you safe. If you are bitching about this on a PvP realm, get off the PvP realm. Your poor choice of home is not Blizzard's problem. Either way, shh.
    Being on a PvP realm doesn't also mean that I want to worry about jerks on my own faction, you know.
  1. Wilhelm137's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by crazy8 View Post
    Would you prefer that they devote money and resources to inconsequential crap like this, that can be found in game or elsewhere, or......spend that money and resources on the game itself.

    Let me guess, you are the one in trade that is constantly asking questions after a patch, or anytime for that matter.
    Or I just don't think an addon or fansite should have to do the work for them when they barely did any work to begin with on the armory pages. As big as this game is it should be expected that it has a better official source for news/guides/features when it pays it's staff well, rather than smaller fansites doing everything for them that get payed pennies compared to what blizz gives it's staff.
  1. Tmicrochip's Avatar
    How's t a six part series if there's only 5 parts....

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    How is it a six part series if it's only 5 parts?
  1. Xisa's Avatar
    So let me get this straight...we'll be able to attack our own Faction?

    YES YES YES YES YESSSSSSSSSSS
  1. Daveon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Descense View Post
    Celestial Blessings: Reduced the health and damage of Neltharion's Tears for players attempting Yu'lon or Xuen's Celestial Challenge.......now they nerf it sigh.
    I think the word you're looking for is "tune", since it's not released yet. They almost always start with things harder on the PTR, since it's easier (and they get less complaints) to make things easier on release than to make them more challenging on release.
  1. Wilhelm137's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Daveon View Post
    I think the word you're looking for is "tune", since it's not released yet. They almost always start with things harder on the PTR, since it's easier (and they get less complaints) to make things easier on release than to make them more challenging on release.
    The celestial challenges actually are already ingame, it's the quest you go around and do a challenge based on your spec for the epic cloak.
  1. naturetauren's Avatar
    Lets see how this will work.. Tons of guildies makes naked characters and i camp them to get my mount. This is going to work well..
  1. MrExcelion's Avatar
    Pretty much yeah, people will get the mount like they currently do now with Halaa. Guilds will be selling the heroic Garrosh mount and flex mode, but I foresee groups of 3-5 people selling the Ashide beast too. Some good gold to be had there.

    And instead you'll just see a bunch of people complaining about how they got griefed while trying to do X activity (ie: killing Ordos or killing an elite). It'll be the zombie event 2.0.

    I kind of side with those who feel that they shouldn't be able to be same faction ganked even if they rolled on a PVP realm. There was a lot of outcry after the zombie event, and Blizzard removed it early, so I'm going to try to get this done quickly before they might potentially nerf it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaks View Post
    It CREATES ITS OWN NEW FACTION: other people also using the cesure will now be friendly to you even from the opposite faction. People who are NOT of EITHER faction will now be hostile on PvP servers or on PvE servers if flagged.
    Can you group with them and make a gank raid? Do you need the killing blow for the bloody coin?
  1. lawow74's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrExcelion View Post
    And instead you'll just see a bunch of people complaining about how they got griefed while trying to do X activity (ie: killing Ordos or killing an elite). It'll be the zombie event 2.0.
    Not quite, as the zombie event could force people to fight even if they weren't flagged. It won't negatively impact PvE servers at all. Now PvP servers will become more of a mess, but hey, if you rolled on a PvP server and didn't wanna PvP, this is what you get, IMO.
  1. Gemini4t's Avatar
    Wow, how scummy is that. The Blue post included links to four fansites, but because none of them are Curse network, you remove the hyperlinks? It's just like that other time when a blue post specifically mentioned Wowhead and included a link to it, and you guys changed Wowhead to "fansite" and the hyperlink to wowdb.

    I don't mind you plugging your sites, I understand why you do it, but if you keep doing shit like this, how can I possibly trust that you haven't modified anything else?

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