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Patch 5.4.2 - In-Game Store
Patch 5.4.2 adds a new UI to the in game store that will support many more categories than are currently used. After placing an order, you will receive an email and addition to your Battle.Net transaction history, just like any other store order.

Right now it is using the experience boost potions as a test item, which are only for sale in Asian regions. There have been no announcements to indicate this will be changing anytime soon.








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Patch 5.4 Hotfixes - November 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
General
  • Resurrection spells cast by players now ignore resurrection timers.

Pet Battle
  • Battle Pets
    • Kovok's Pheromones ability now deals 50% less damage.
    • Murkalot's Righteous Inspiration has had its cooldown increased to 8 rounds (up from 5 rounds).
    • Murkalot's Shieldstorm is now on the same tier as Righteous Inspiration.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
lack of tanks -> tank can not do anything with shiny new tank gear besides raid. Make tanks be able to quest properly
Tanks are pretty awesome at questing. Even healers aren't bad these days. (Source)

what's a good fix then?
Weaking temp stats boosts makes both the boosts and dot snapshotting less interesting. (Source)
we don't like wild dps swings cause of uncontrollable rng why is this so hard to understand
Neither do we. Dot snapshooting mattering so much was a major cause of this. "On the pull" uberness is another. (Source)
We don't think the answer is no RNG though. Being able to react to RNG keeps combat from becoming rote and predictable. (Source)

Anything to say about classes being homogenized prior to MoP classes felt like they each had a niche, now it all feels similar
I think that is fair, but too often before the answer was just bring X class and bench Y. We need a happy medium. (Source)

I get you don't like the mod. Nevertheless, DoT specs are pointless when you remove snapshotting. No room for skill.
I don't think you're understanding my point. The mod is what you seem to be calling skill. There really isn't much skill. (Source)
If there was no mod and you had to learn from experience when to refresh, then I might buy it. (Source)

Any plans to reduce number of spells? Failed finger acrobatics is frustrating. Ignoring spells too. 10% too many?
We would like to, but is a controversial proposition. Every spell is someone's favorite. (Source)

Vengeance was a mistake from the start. Tanking never felt so boring in Vanilla/TBC as it does now. Threat should matter.
Threat is only fun for the tank, not for the rest of the group who just feel throttled if threat is ever in question. (Source)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
and exactly how often does "more DPS" become optional when talking about guilds pushing players to minmax?
If you die all the time from not moving out of stuff, then you are doing much less DPS than taking the talent. (Source)

How do you feel Focus has worked out for Hunters? It feels very, very short term for decisions. Mana let you plan ahead more.
We like it overall, in that a resource that expires in an encounter feels bad for DPS. But we do like hunters resource driven. (Source)
I think we were too generous with base focus return, which meant that at high gear levels you can ignore focus. (Source)

Maybe I missed this, but is Snipe targetable or not? "Carefully Line Up" infers not.
The intent is that it is targetable. The line up bit is just to explain why you can't move. (Source)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
are paladins ever going to get their auras back? they just feel like glorified warriors without them and it made them unique.
In theory, perhaps. In practice you just picked Devotion Aura unless you were mounted or had a particular resistance fight. (Source)
Overall, there are precious few examples where the "pick one of this mode" mechanic really works for classes. (Source)
Flavor over function. IMO, not everything about every class must be spreadsheet-approved.
I agree, but the swing was quite large. In order for flavor > function to work, the delta can't be as big as old Devo. (Source)
Otherwise, it's not flavor. It's just playing badly. (Source)

Hi, just asking out of curiosity, do you have any plans on putting Divine intervention back?
No. It was very buggy and mostly seemed popular because it skirted repair bills, which doesn't feel very heroic. (Source)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Are you planning to revamp Shadow priests? Their kit needs a good review in 6.0
Pretty happy with them overall. We're open to things like banking orbs and removing games to start a fight with orbs. (Source)
In other words, we will polish the mechanics but don't think they need a massive overhaul. (Source)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Do you feel the Rshaman stacked niche has worked finally? Can we expect this niche to stick going into WoD?;o
They feel pretty good in 5.4 though we think Chain Heal was more fun when targeting mattered more. (Source)

Twitch.tv Presents World of Warcraft Special Show This Weekend
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This Saturday, November 23, explore World of Warcraft with popular gaming host Soe Gschwind-Penski and two seasoned adventurers starting at 21:00 CET on Twitch.tv! Read on to find out what you can look forward to from this awesome interactive event.

Memory Lane
Raakel ‘Xenophics’ Hämäläinen and Pekka ‘Arx’ Aaltonen, from the Finnish guild Paragon, will take a trip with Soe down memory lane to legendary places in Azeroth and Outland. Discover what made World of Warcraft special for them – you just may feel the same way.

Let’s Party!
This event will be an interactive adventure, and you can participate through Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, and in-game. (Check out the links below.) Soe has lots of activities planned for you, which she will unveil during the show. Be sure to watch the stream on Twitch.tv to join the party, and to find out about in-game activities and prizes!

Welcome Back
If you haven’t set foot in World of Warcraft for a while, you may have missed some cool new content and features. As veteran players since the vanilla era, your hosts will explain what World of Warcraft offers you today. We’ll be happy to have you back!

The Best is Yet to Come!
We announced the next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, at BlizzCon 2013. If you missed the panels, our hosts have you covered! Soe, Xenophics, and Arx will present you with some of the impressive new features you can look forward to in Warlords of Draenor.

We’re counting on you to join in the adventure this Saturday on Twitch.tv. You can also check out the stream on ESL.tv, and participate via ESL’s Facebook and Twitter feed. See you there!

Details
When: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 21:00 CET
Where: Twitch.tv or ESL.tv

Play Warlords of Draenor at DreamHack Winter 2013
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We recently revealed that we’ll be heading to DreamHack Winter 2013, which runs from November 28 to December 1 in Jönköping, Sweden. As promised, here are details on some of the exciting activities we’re organizing during the event. Those of you watching all the fun unravel from home can also take part!

Play Hearthstone, Reaper of Souls, and Warlords of Draenor!

This year, you can visit our booth to try out three of our newest titles: digital strategy card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft; the Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls; and the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor.

Hearthstone Photo Booth
Immortalize yourself as a Hearthstone hero! Our full-size card frame allows you and a friend or two to become the subject of a Hearthstone card. Strike a deadly pose, and enjoy the moment forever with a souvenir photo.

Heeeeeeere’s Jaina!
Our very own Jaina Proudmoore, a.k.a Yami, will be accompanying us to DreamHack this year. Aside from guarding our booth against any rogue magical attacks, Jaina will be there to greet those of you who are brave enough to approach her. We’ll also be sending her on numerous perimeter checks, so feel free to say hi if you see her on her travels around the halls. She’s a huge Hearthstone fan, so why not challenge her to a battle?

Contests and Quests Galore
Epic goodies will be plentiful for valiant adventurers who participate in the thrilling competitions we’ll have set up at DreamHack. More details will follow soon, but here’s a glance at some of the main attractions:

  • Hearthstone Quest: Available to players at home and at the event. Find our clues, unlock the seven secret cards, incorporate them into a deck, and then challenge us!
  • Sound-A-Like Stage Contest: Think you can imitate the sounds of Hearthstone? Join us on stage and do your best to mimic some of the game’s most iconic vocals.
  • CardCraft: If you could create your own Hearthstone card, what would it be? Each day we’ll set up a new category. Bring us your entries, and the best one will win a prize! You must be a DreamHack Winter 2013 attendee to enter this contest.

Hang Out with Blizzard
All visitors to DreamHack Winter 2013 are welcome to stop by our booth any time during the event. If you’d like to chat with members of the European Community team, kick back on our couch and play Diablo III on console, mingle with Jaina Proudmoore, or just come and say hi, please do!



DreamHack Winter 2012, photo by Oskar Uhrbom

Finally, for the eSports fans, keep your eye out for news of the DreamHack Winter 2013 StarCraft II tournament!

If you’re unable to travel to Jonkoping this year to take part in all the fun, fear not. We’ll be keeping you fully up to speed via our social media channels. Our dedicated Twitter feed will be regularly chirping away with updates from our booth and our activities.

Whether you’re at home or at DreamHack, we want to see your Blizzard-themed pics and vids on Twitter. Just include the hashtag #BlizzDHW with your tweet. If it’s cool, we’ll share it with the world! If it’s really good, you might even win something.

We look forward to seeing you at DreamHack Winter 2013! To find out more about the event, visit the official site.

Conan at BlizzCon
Conan was at Blizzcon this year, helping out with arena casting and trying our Warlords of Draenor.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 5.4.2 - In-Game Store, Nov 21 Hotfixes, Blue Tweets, Twitch Event, Conan started by chaud View original post
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  1. gurv's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fool View Post
    You mean Pay to Pay to Win?
    Is it pay to win though? Not really, but it doesn't matter, any kind of cash shop in a subscription based game is a slap in the face, regardless if it's customization only.
    The fact that they are pushing it forward to add XP-boosts and even 90 lvl characters is hilarious.
    At this point it's basically a F2P game shop on top of a subscription fee.
    The horde of fanboys will never notice that they are being fucked both ways because the only time they would react is if Blizzard sold the best gear available in the game.
    Anything below that "doesn't take skill" and "is just a time sink" so who cares if you can buy it, right?
    Hahaha so much truth in your post
    But you're wrong when you say they are being fucked both ways : it's in fact THREE ways : buy xpac, pay monthly fee AND cash shop

    And lol at the people who think the in-game store is only about selling current items.
    Sure Blizzard is investing a lot of work in this in-game cash shop to just sell the current type of items, yeah right
  1. Enan1981's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zatheyll View Post
    In before people who have no idea what they are talking about, playing the role of people who do no research, attack something they don't know the purpose of.

    Am I doing it right?


    The shop will only sell everything that's already available for sale. The XP boost is only available in Asia and has been for some time.

    Blizzard has stated they feel like it would not fit well in America and Europe and have no plan to bring it in.

    Blizzard also stated they have no plans and haven't even discussed once moving the game to F2P, which would be moronic in a business standpoint and take loads of time to do that they couldn't bother wasting.
    But in all honesty though, since when has Blizzard stuck with their words? Since when did they stick that theyll never, ever, do flying in Azeroth? With 7 years experience with them, ill never, ever, take their word seriously...
  1. Algrumm's Avatar
    Can also see the Conan bit on his website if you can't be bothered using a VPN: http://teamcoco.com/video/world-of-w...lizzcon-remote
  1. Kornstyle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fool View Post
    You mean Pay to Pay to Win?
    Is it pay to win though? Not really, but it doesn't matter, any kind of cash shop in a subscription based game is a slap in the face, regardless if it's customization only.
    The fact that they are pushing it forward to add XP-boosts and even 90 lvl characters is hilarious.
    At this point it's basically a F2P game shop on top of a subscription fee.
    The horde of fanboys will never notice that they are being fucked both ways because the only time they would react is if Blizzard sold the best gear available in the game.
    Anything below that "doesn't take skill" and "is just a time sink" so who cares if you can buy it, right?
    ^^ THIS!!! It's sad that Fanboys don't realise that Blizzard is "stealing" them.....
  1. Moradim's Avatar
    we need an in game store so we can sell the extravagant mounts, and continue to mail in the ones like h garrosh.
  1. jcf190's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gurv View Post
    Hahaha so much truth in your post
    But you're wrong when you say they are being fucked both ways : it's in fact THREE ways : buy xpac, pay monthly fee AND cash shop

    And lol at the people who think the in-game store is only about selling current items.
    Sure Blizzard is investing a lot of work in this in-game cash shop to just sell the current type of items, yeah right
    I'm curious as to how you "pay-to-win" a game that doesn't have any sort of meaningful competition. What exactly are you winning by leveling slightly faster than your friends?
  1. Basemath's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    Im really not opposed to an in game store. Anything to make leveling my 2509th alt faster is fine by me.
    Hmm interesting.. Wonder why you chose these numbers 2509. They're the exact same digits of my Battle ID. We cosmically connected?
  1. Cynon's Avatar
    Just a thought: Have CONAN O'BRIEN host the next Blizzcon....get rid of that drunken hack, Jay Mohr.
  1. Enan1981's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Basemath View Post
    Hmm interesting.. Wonder why you chose these numbers 2509. They're the exact same digits of my Battle ID. We cosmically connected?
    Psst..! Maybe this will be the two of you someday: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/10637873859
  1. Top's Avatar
    Had to ask WHO the f is conan?
  1. CaptainArlong's Avatar
    And this is coming from Blizzard, who said the "free to play" model wouldn't work with WoW, but here they are, slapping in an in-game store where they can sell things like every "free to play" game in existence, but they can't do "free to play" because... yeah.. it doesn't work.
  1. Outofmana's Avatar
    Was doubting very hard whether or not I should play WoD but this ingame shop makes the choice easier as I don't have want to now. Too bad for Dreanor, would've loved to see it.
    You mean Pay to Pay to Win?
    Is it pay to win though? Not really, but it doesn't matter, any kind of cash shop in a subscription based game is a slap in the face, regardless if it's customization only.
    The fact that they are pushing it forward to add XP-boosts and even 90 lvl characters is hilarious.
    At this point it's basically a F2P game shop on top of a subscription fee.
    The horde of fanboys will never notice that they are being fucked both ways because the only time they would react is if Blizzard sold the best gear available in the game.
    Anything below that "doesn't take skill" and "is just a time sink" so who cares if you can buy it, right?
    Can't be quoted enough.
  1. Summerdrake's Avatar
    LOOOOL Conan <3
  1. Pacster's Avatar
    *Are you planning to revamp Shadow priests? Their kit needs a good review in 6.0
    Pretty happy with them overall. We're open to things like banking orbs and removing games to start a fight with orbs. (Source)
    In other words, we will polish the mechanics but don't think they need a massive overhaul. (Source)*

    Yeah, it's really hard to understand why it is an epic fail if you give a class dots(slow damage), bad defense(cloth), and force it to stand still while casting(all except 1 dot).....and the only serious defensive spell is a self-silence. Slow damage+no defence+no ability to run...how could that be a bad combination???? Guess we need to resurrect Einstein to figure that one out...
    And then you let them face burst classes with bubbles and so on that can do lots of damage while moving. Congrats.


    Same counts for solo player PVE. Shadows have almost no working cc vs. rar-PVE-Mobs(compared to other classes) and they have no tank to absorb damage for them. If I hear that the rares in 6.0 shall be for small groups then that translates for me to "small groups equal: 1 DK, or 1 Warlock, or 1 Hunter, or 1 Tank-druid, or 2 mages, or 2 whatever...or 5+ shadows".

    Fortunately this game is not about solo-pve or pvp....oh wait....that's exactly what we all spend most of our time with in this game.
  1. Chauling's Avatar
    Will the store potions be available for WoD; and if so, will it affect realm first? I really hope not, was hoping maybe to get in the race.
  1. Runeweaver's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chauling View Post
    Will the store potions be available for WoD; and if so, will it affect realm first? I really hope not, was hoping maybe to get in the race.
    Apparently Realm First achievements have been removed. Though we ain't entirely sure if it means ALL of them, or some (leaving e.g. raid boss kills)
  1. Lexluger34's Avatar
    this dude is TALL AS FUCK ROFL
  1. Diggasson's Avatar
    lol the youtube comments on the in-game store video is exploding with people yelling: PAY 2 WIN OMGZ!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainArlong View Post
    And this is coming from Blizzard, who said the "free to play" model wouldn't work with WoW, but here they are, slapping in an in-game store where they can sell things like every "free to play" game in existence, but they can't do "free to play" because... yeah.. it doesn't work.
    Exp boost is not P2W, also how do you draw a line between an in-game store and free to play? It wouldn't work, you know why? Because WoW is designed to be a subscriptions based MMO, turning it into free to play would kill the game. You know SWTOR right? A game designed to be subscription based turned free to play, so it died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynon View Post
    Just a thought: Have CONAN O'BRIEN host the next Blizzcon....get rid of that drunken hack, Jay Mohr.
    That... would be awesome.
  1. Phiferwolf's Avatar
    Hearthstone Quest: Available to players at home and at the event. Find our clues, unlock the seven secret cards, incorporate them into a deck, and then challenge us!

    I hope.... we help each other on this.
  1. Diggasson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fool View Post
    In before fanboys, playing the role of Blizzard's PRs defend the cash shop. Hilarious.
    Here's a defence for ya. You don't have to buy an exp boost, its optimal. Exp boost to get to lvl 100 (current 90) in order to start the real game is not P2W. Only available in Asia, because apparently that's how the Asian market works. The shop has existed for years just not in the game, why the sudden hate? I feel that the term "fanboy" is disrespectful and a bit racist, currently considering reporting your post. What's a PRs? I too find it hilarious, that people hate on everything Blizz does (even charity!!).

    Present your argument on why you feel that their move is a bad idea in the long run. Because despite most people on this forum, I would like a nice conversation with actual fact and arguments. Not a "fanboy vs anti-fanboy" bash till the end of the world.

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