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Heroic Garrosh Defeated
The 10 player Heroic Garrosh encounter has been defeated in Asia by 天 啟. The group had a 573+ item level, compared to the top US and EU guilds that currently have a 565 item level.



Siege of Orgrimmar Heroic Progression
Method, Blood Legion, and Exorsus are leading progress with 13/14 bosses down now, followed by five other guilds at 12/14. Over in the 10 player column, Paragon and Depraved are leading with 13/14 bosses down.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Class Balance Discussion
For discussion: How to solve the problem that most class discussions happen in sequestered class forums, which tend to have an echo chamber? (Source)
must ask whats good bout discussion? Just lots of opinons?maybe in game sticky so anyone can say what they likehate bout class
Discussions tend to dismantle weak arguments and let stronger ones rise to the top. Discussions are like lists + evolution. (Source)
Doesn't stop many common opinions in the community that have been dismantled time and time again.
I agree with that, though I think that's a function of online discussion forums typically having rapid turnover. (Source)

change the format. and both use formats which generate a lot of traction. Forums are becoming antiquated.
Videos take too long to watch (esp with ads). I don't get the appeal. I like Reddit though. (Source)

..and that brings it back to my initial problem. The echo chamber argument is pretty weak....
I agree with Lhivera. The echo chamber effect resists debates and encourages brofisting. (Source)
Sounds harsh and elitist, but their progress and experience tells the same story 95% of the time.
But aren't you essentially arguing that the players are usually right? That is by far not the case. They are right... sometimes. (Source)

Arguments for a real problem and for a bogus problem will look very similar in a brofisting context.
Think of it from our POV, where there are always far more demands from players than the game really needs. (Source)
Separating good arguments from bad is non-trivial, so seeing a healthy debate w/ many POVs can help us make that distinction. (Source)

also enforces groupthink around "my class sucks".
And anyone who intrudes to disagree either "doesn't understand our issues" or is accused of trolling. (Source)
I'll say it again: You will never get as good feedback as you will get from the class specific forums. Ever.
Not from where I sit. Now it's possible to have healthy debate in class forums, but I rarely see it, and I read a lot of forums. (Source)

I think that would just move the echo chamber somewhere else. Vidcast discussion panels with top players/TCs.
It's interesting that panels and podcasts tend to invite dissenting opinions (w/in reason). (Source)
I think they understand that (softly) competitive structure yields more interesting & informed discussions. (Source)
I disagree that it's the format - more the interaction. If there's more from blues I believe you'd see more healthy discussion
The problem is the developers themselves are very busy and can't afford to spend hours per day in forums. (Twitter is fast.) (Source)

Why is the echo chamber a problem? Not trying to be sarcastic; trying to understand what alternate state is desired.
We're not saying there aren't class problems, but when everything is portrayed as a crisis, it's hard to know really needs fixing. (Source)
The echo chamber effect can also cause thought leaders or eloquent posters to create mountains out of molehills. (Source)
It's nice to get a "um your DPS is fine" dissenting opinion, but those "trolls" get chased out of class-specific threads. (Source)
you're guilty of this sort over tweets. 'We like where xx is at'. Some weeks later hotfix or minor patch and buffs appear
That is ultimately the system working though. Sometimes players convince us a change is necessary. Other times data prove us wrong. (Source)

Legitimate contributors are discouraged from posting because of toxic abusive posters. Remove problems, contributors return?
I used to subscribe to that more, but over moderation can also create fear and resentment. (Source)
It's also something we can't enforce on websites other than our own, but conversations certainly take place there. (Source)

Bold idea: remove class forums. No echo. "Answers/Advice For New Players" can be its own forum instead.
It's not strictly a "class subforum" problem. Even general forums spawn class-specific threads. (Source)

And to be clear, I do think that blues should always be very careful when they decide to post in a class forum.
I don't personally post in class forums anymore (or rarely anywhere). It caused more QQ than it solved IMO. (Source)
Even today you see Why didn't we get posts / as many posts / as many substantial posts / more posts b/c our issues are worse? (Source)

Reputation / Questing
I should clarify... levelling ONE char was fun. Levelling more in MoP was not.
That's fair criticism. We hoped that choices like Four Winds vs. Krasarang would help the second time around. (Source)

I'm wondering, how do you guys consider MOP levelling? A success, failure / could be better? I find it rather boring.
We think it was probably a little slow overall. At launch, you did a bunch of quests and saw the XP bar grow only a little. (Source)
We buffed the leveling speed a patch or two ago. It feels better now IMO. (Source)

can we get option to show rep gain in quest dialog?
We explored this, but many quests offer rep for multiple factions (like e.g. all Alliance cities) and it was really spammy. (Source)

So you'd rather people get burnt out on gearing, than actually participate because it's fun?
We find most players won't participate in any activity without motivation from rewards that improve power. (Source)
In fact the opposite can also be true: if we're not careful, players will engage in unfun things just for the power rewards. (Source)
You mean daily quests?
Or chain running Mechanar. Or farming Sunwell trash. The list goes on. (Source)

I hate to sound like an echo chamber, but dailies feeling required are why I'm not playing Mists.
I think your information might be fairly old. The new patch has virtually no dailies. It still has a lot to do. (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
New GPUs from AMD are on the way, so if you are only upgrading your GPU it might be worth it to wait a month or two.

The current SSD prices are stable, with most SSDs under $1 per gigabyte when on sale. RAM prices are continuing to climb.

The Haswell CPUs from Intel are here and they run a little bit on the warmer side. 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 VE228H 21.5-Inch Monitor - $127ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $160
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $18Cyborg V.5 - $48
MouseLogitech G400s - $44Razer Deathadder - $48
SpeakersCreative A220 2.1 Speaker System - $26Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $35
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorAsus VE258Q 25-Inch Monitor - $216HP ZR2440W 24-inch - $367
KeyboardLogitech G510 - $79Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $70 ($120)
MouseLogitech G500 - $52Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $70
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $55Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $66


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $36NZXT Source 210 - $36
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 - $45XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $61
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $120AMD FX-8320 - $154
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $18Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $33
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $103ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $115
MemoryKingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1333 - $418GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $79
Graphics CardXFX 7770 - $95Gigabyte 7870 2 GB or Gigabyte GTX 660 OC - $190 / $180
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $56Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $85
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$536$765 - $775


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $60Corsair Air 540 (Special Layout) - $140
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $87Corsair 750HX - $110
CPUIntel i5-4670K - $241Intel i7-4770K - $340
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $56Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $77
MotherboardASUS Z87-A - $140ASUS Z87-PLUS - $155
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $7916GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $153
Graphics CardMSI 7950 OR MSI N760 TF - $265 / $260Gigabyte 7970 - $280
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $85Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $85
SSDSAMSUNG 840 128GB (Review) - $95
OR
Plextor 128 GB M5 Pro (Review) - $116
Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB (Review) - $125
OR
SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB (Review) - $133
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$1125 - $1151$1457 - $1495


Heroes of the Storm Trademark
The Heroes of the Storm trademark from last week appears to have been applied for in the US database now as well. Keep in mind that nothing is confirmed until trademarks are granted.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Heroic Garrosh Defeated, SoO Heroic Progression, Blue Tweets, Setup of the Month started by chaud View original post
Comments 246 Comments
  1. Freia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by corebit View Post
    "Outplaying" doesn't matter in the race to world firsts. World Firsts are all about exploiting and cheating as much as possible within the allowed limits. If class-stacking, saronite-bombing, LFR-queing Western guilds get recognized for world firsts, then so does killing Garrosh with higher-ilvl items in my book.

    World first is world first. Take it up with Blizzard if you don't like what they offer to Asian realms, but it's 100% legit.
    It is not outplaying because it is a completely different game. Get a clue what "outplaying" is.
  1. Zantos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Quakefan View Post
    Heroes of the Storm, next WoW patch name?? :P
    Highly doubt that there is going to be a new major patch before the next expansion.
  1. nnelson54's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by corebit View Post
    "Outplaying" doesn't matter in the race to world firsts. World Firsts are all about exploiting and cheating as much as possible within the allowed limits. If class-stacking, saronite-bombing, LFR-queing Western guilds get recognized for world firsts, then so does killing Garrosh with higher-ilvl items in my book.

    World first is world first. Take it up with Blizzard if you don't like what they offer to Asian realms, but it's 100% legit.
    None of your examples make any sense at all.

    Class stacking on HM Nef was a failure of Blizzard's mechanics, not any sort of exploiting or cheating. They did the boss exactly as he was supposed to be done just with more Druids than most people would think to use.

    Saronite bombs on Lich Kings weren't recognized as a world first. The achievement was stripped from them and they were suspended.

    World First guilds don't queue for LFR.
  1. dalch's Avatar
    Whoever wrote the post forgot the include the "World First" in the title and in the post itself.
  1. rikku45's Avatar
    world first is still world first.
  1. fabianos's Avatar
    Trademark in Europe Too.



    SCOOP: http://ocodex.com.br/blog/?p=24034
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    Second expansion in a row where an Asian guild has come out of nowhere and snagged the world first kill on the last tier of the expansion. It's an invasion!
  1. orangelemonrain's Avatar
    world first is world first, even if they had an unfair advantage, they are still the first in the world and unless you go back in a time machine, it will continue to be world first.
  1. Biomega's Avatar
    Heroes of the Storm sounds very much like a Hearthstone expansion. Given that TCGs necessarily need a lot of them, I'm not surprised they are preparing for the expansion before the game is even out. For comparison: Magic the Gathering releases about FOUR expansions every year (2 big 2 small).
  1. Zantos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dalch View Post
    Whoever wrote the post forgot the include the "World First" in the title and in the post itself.
    They forgot nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biomega View Post
    Heroes of the Storm sounds very much like a Hearthstone expansion. Given that TCGs necessarily need a lot of them, I'm not surprised they are preparing for the expansion before the game is even out. For comparison: Magic the Gathering releases about FOUR expansions every year (2 big 2 small).
    Eh don't predict the game having a healthy enough live span with the horrendous prices to worry about expansions too much. I mean, its blizz. They can hardly balance to begin with. I don't want them getting More cards to attempt their act with.
  1. Obby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nnelson54 View Post
    World First guilds don't queue for LFR.
    they did when it was released with DS you could cue lfr with 25 people essentially guild run it funnel gear to people (trinkets 4 sets) run it agian funnel gear to next person and then trade items....basically my main your main run lfr your main wins a trinket now not elligable to loot my alt your main run same boss i win the teir peice from boss you got trinket i trade you teir peice....thats what some guilds did
  1. GuiltyCrown's Avatar
    Congrats to them on the world first heroic Garrosh kill.

    Did they beat the US/EU guilds on the kill? No I dont believe they beat them in anything, they cant beat them with the client Blizz gave to them. . .I dont believe China can ever be considered part of the race to kill anything with EU/US. . .because they have their own set of rules that don't apply to the rest of the world. .

    That being said. . .doesn't change the fact that they still got the world's first kill :/ The race is still on for the rest of the world between EU and US guilds (China will never be part of that race until their lockouts get changed to be the same as the rest of the world)
  1. Anviella's Avatar
    I'm not going to count this as a world first. For me, the race is between Method, Paragon and Blood Legion etc. Atleast they have the real client of the game.
  1. Zantos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Obby View Post
    they did when it was released with DS you could cue lfr with 25 people essentially guild run it funnel gear to people (trinkets 4 sets) run it agian funnel gear to next person and then trade items....basically my main your main run lfr your main wins a trinket now not elligable to loot my alt your main run same boss i win the teir peice from boss you got trinket i trade you teir peice....thats what some guilds did
    They were also stripped of any gear gained that way too.
  1. Tarx's Avatar
    Why the hell blizzard help them to gear up faster and do 2raids each week. I bet they want there monneys.
  1. Obby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zantos View Post
    They were also stripped of any gear gained that way too.
    ^ yea forgot about that oops xD lol
  1. GuiltyCrown's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarx View Post
    Why the hell blizzard help them to gear up faster and do 2raids each week. I bet they want there monneys.
    Well. . .Blizzard IS a company, companies generally want "monneys" last I checked
  1. Zantos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarx View Post
    Why the hell blizzard help them to gear up faster and do 2raids each week. I bet they want there monneys.
    That is why they did it. They pay per play in china, not monthly.
  1. Scunosi's Avatar
    What the hell are the majority of the players in that screenshot riding? Some kind of spikey tiger? Reminds me of the old sketches for the Worgen mount, and really doesn't look like that Garrosh Wolf mount, at least that I remember...
  1. Zantos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Scunosi View Post
    What the hell are the majority of the players in that screenshot riding? Some kind of spikey tiger? Reminds me of the old sketches for the Worgen mount, and really doesn't look like that Garrosh Wolf mount, at least that I remember...
    You get a wolf for killing him.

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