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Siege of Orgrimmar Heroic Progression
Method is leading progress with 13/14 bosses down now, followed by seven other guilds at 12/14. Over in the 10 player column, Paragon has managed to kill Paragons, so they are currently leading with 13/14 bosses down.



Heroic Spoils of Pandaria Video
While we are waiting on a Paragons of the Klaxxi video, let's take a look at the Spoils of Pandaria encounter.



Change to Rated Battleground Queuing
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re in the process of applying a hotfix that will restrict a player’s ability to queue for a Rated Battleground if they’ve left one prematurely, until the previous Battleground is completed. Once the hotfix is active, should you find yourself unable to queue for a Rated Battleground immediately after leaving one in progress, you’ll simply need to wait until it has finished and will then be able to queue once again.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Raid Finder Difficulty
We're not really seeing a big dramatic shift in completion/failure rates for the first weeks of LFR runs with Flex now in the picture vs. previous tiers, so I think the guesses that Flex is stealing all the good players are probably a bit premature. Probably. But as I said here, we're excited so many people seem to be enjoying Flex, it's going to be preferable to a lot of people over LFR, and of course that's going to have some kind of impact, but it's just too early to know to what extent.

You clearly have not reviewed the data from wing 2. It's about on par with how ridiculous HOF part 2 was, which you had to nerf.
No, we have. Adjustments are quite possible, we already have some LFR Nazgrim tweaks in the works, but we're seeing very reasonable wipe/completion rates on second wing SoO bosses. We're keeping a close eye on things.

5hr lfr and 20 wipes for the entire LFR is reasonable?
Obviously you'll get in groups that have some trouble, and sometimes you'll get in a group that one-shots everything. Individual group to group success rates aren't going to be consistent while people are still learning the fights. But when I refer to overall wipe/success rates I'm referring to overall averages for all LFR groups for all realms of multiple regions. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Raid Finder Difficulty
It's too early to say how the interaction will fully play out between Flex and LFR, but I think it's reasonable to expect that a lot of people will prefer Flex because of its similarities with LFR (as a quick and low pressure way to raid), but without the things they don't like about LFR (Flex requiring a curated and managed group experience) for better rewards, achievements, and mounts, and with friends and guildies if possible. If that's the case, the core LFR audience changes, their reason for doing LFR changes, and it's potentially a world where LFR adapts to fit a more niche role, which could mean changes for challenge and reward to better fit the audience's intended use of it. All speculation of course, but we're certainly watching. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World of Warcraft: Trivial Pursuit – Now Available!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The time has come to put your World of Warcraft knowledge to the ultimate test. You and your friends will be able to tackle 600 questions across 6 categories including: Geography, Player Characters, Lore, Loot, Villains, and Encounters. You’ll also be able to use special hand-crafted Murloc dice and cute sculpted baby Murloc movers in 6 whimsical colors to play in true Warcraft style.

Buy it now on the Blizzard Store, Amazon.com, and at other fine retailers.

SteelSeries Mists of Pandaria Celebration
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Just in time to celebrate the Anniversary of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, SteelSeries is offering 50% off of all World of Warcraft gear. From keyboards to mousepads with exclusive game art, you’ll be able to take your gaming to the next level. You'll need to act quickly though, the sale ends September 26th 11:59pm GMT.

Facebook fans will also be able to score some of these great items on the SteelSeries page beginning September 25 through October 9. Make sure to visit their page for more information.

Hearthstone Update - Account Wipe Incoming
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hello Hearthstone players (and members of our gracious community still trying to get into the beta)!

Thank you for stopping by to read this important closed beta test update. At the start of the beta, we mentioned that we would reset information at some point, wiping all progress and cards in the process. We built this into our plan as we knew going into the beta that a number of cards were likely to emerge as overpowered and we also knew that we‘d make significant adjustments to the reward system and overall game progression. So, as part of the effort to level the playing field and also prepare our players’ accounts for the release version of our progression system, we made the decision to schedule a one-time wipe of all beta participant accounts. We have just about reached the point in closed beta where we’ll be doing this wipe, and thus wanted to share what that will mean for you, what to expect on the day of the wipe, and what will happen immediately afterwards.

A wipe? What’s a wipe?
If you are participating in the Hearthstone closed beta test, your progress will be reset. This includes your gold, experience and class levels gained through play, arcane dust quantities, cards unlocked through progression, and your medal ranking in Ranked Play mode. When you load up the game afterwards, it will be as if you were starting in Hearthstone as a new player. You’ll have to play the introductory missions once more and show Illidan just how prepared he is! (Spoilers: He’s not.)

When is the wipe happening?
We’re getting ready to release a pretty major beta patch to Hearthstone, and the wipe will coincide with that patch so we can closely monitor testing with the implemented updates.

A patch! What’s in the patch!?
We’ll announce details of the patch in a separate blog, so stay tuned!

I spent real money in Hearthstone! Is that going away!?
No way! As we mentioned in the earlier blog, any money you spent in Hearthstone will be reimbursed as gold, so you will be able to repurchase the same number of packs and Arena tickets you bought previously without additional investment. For each card pack purchased with real money, you’ll get back 100 gold. Each Arena entry will get you back 150 gold. Please note that any packs you purchase after the wipe will be different than the ones you had previously, so it is unlikely that you will receive the same cards again.

A couple examples:
  • Tim bought the $2.99 bundle for 2 packs during the beta. After the wipe, he will receive 200 gold (100 gold per pack x 2 packs.)
  • Janet bought the $49.99 bundle for 40 packs during the beta. She also bought 3 Arena entries. Janet will receive 4450 gold (100 gold x 40 packs + 150 gold X 3 Arena runs) after the wipe has been completed.

Like all gold, the reimbursed gold credit can be spent on either packs or Arena tickets. So if you bought a pack bundle previously, and would prefer to use your gold credit towards Arena entry, that’s available as an option.

Did you know: Getting back a lot of gold and need to buy a lot of packs at the same time? You can buy mass quantities of packs with gold by double-clicking on the brown “1 Pack” button in the store!

I helped test the store and got a Golden Gelbin Mekkatorque card! Is he wiped too?
Your good friend Gelbin will be waiting for you as soon as you complete the Illidan introductory mission. As soon as you’ve completed that mission you will receive the “Beta Hero” quest reward which will grant you Gelbin, as well as the gold credit for any purchases made prior to the wipe.

Will there be any wipes in the future?
We don’t anticipate any further wipes. This goes for both the Hearthstone beta and after the game’s official release. Any progress made during the beta after the wipe will be retained through the release of Hearthstone, such as new cards you obtain, levels that you gain and ranks you achieve. Basically, you’ll now be able to keep your stuff.

Wait, how will this work for Korea, Taiwan, and China? Closed beta hasn’t even started there yet!
Korea, Taiwan, and China will not be wiped. The wipe only applies to the beta participants currently playing in the North American and European beta tests.

Guild Wars 2 Trial Week
Guild Wars 2 is having another trial week from September 27 to October 3. There is also a new update coming out on October 1, the Twilight Assault.

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Comments 24 Comments
  1. Sidone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroWashu View Post
    Not sure its such a great idea for beta players to keep their progress/etc into release for Hearthstone.
    Does not matter really. Those people would've spent their irl money day one on release anyway.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ItachiZaku View Post
    Not really. I don't see this at all. Flex is basically normal raiding, but allowing for on the fly joiners and leavers. I don't know anyone that is doing it in addition to normal raiding, but more as an alternative to normal raiding. While still doing LFR cuz that's easy mode.
    Nah, at this point flex is easy mode and lfr is hard mode. I one shot every boss in all the flexes I've done and wipe constantly in lfr. Took 5 hours to get the second wing down in lfr, took only an hour and a half to do the same on flex.
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lb View Post
    I don't think so - FLEX ist taking players away from LFR that for sure. The key players are doing flex - better loot - less skill drama - lesser risks - enjoy with friends and skilled randoms. So LFR is losing more and more key/good player.

    The amount of formely LFR players are static IMHO - so the player base split into LFR and FLEX and the key player are doing mainly FLEX.
    You are over-emphasizing ´key´ players. While there are probably less players overall doing LFR, and certainly the best guilds are doing Flex instead. The fact remains that wiping in LFR is NO different than what we saw on HOF (galaron anyone) or DS or stuff like that. Yes, we are wiping A LOT more this week than we did a month ago on Lei Shin, but we are (in my experience so far), wiping a lot less this week than we did the first week Galaron was available or even some of the other bosses in HOF.

    The problem is most people are comparing this week of SoO LFR to the ToT LFR 2 months after it was released.

    Theoretically you are correct, but in practice, in 2 weeks we will be blowing through the first 2 wings of LFR without problems. Already the first section is pretty trivial.
  1. Thunderbeard's Avatar
    GW2 yee haw

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