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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
Comments 93 Comments
  1. Qiqtz's Avatar
    Microtransactions in a game with a monthly sub. Blizzard is the most pathetic video game company in the entire century.
  1. Ginojika's Avatar
    Hilarious video with Conan that was great, I'd have to say I absolutely hate the in-game store met enough people who buy themselves raid carries, pvp carries and other such things no need to give people an upper hand just because they have cash to burn. I know for now its just a dumb exp item but if it becomes popular enough I can definitely see it evolving into so much more
  1. Jaegor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celltrex View Post
    Microtransactions in a game with a monthly sub. Blizzard is the most pathetic video game company in the entire century.
    But it was OK with you when it was only in the Battle store? Otherwise you are about 5 ish years late to the "hate on blizzstore train".
    Also I think pathetic is the wrong word here, EA is a pathetic company. Blizz is more of a "We are greedy because we are the top dog" kind of company. Also the century has only just begun. Its 2013, you have another 87 years for other companies to rise to the title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginojika View Post
    Hilarious video with Conan that was great, I'd have to say I absolutely hate the in-game store met enough people who buy themselves raid carries, pvp carries and other such things no need to give people an upper hand just because they have cash to burn. I know for now its just a dumb exp item but if it becomes popular enough I can definitely see it evolving into so much more
    My friend don't despair. They will never sell gear or anything that will impact the competition in the late game (pvp or pve). You have to keep in mind that the actual game doesn't start until lvl cap. Also why not make something for the people with money to burn? Why do you think there are cars for $1.5 million or more? There's nothing wrong with it, as long as it doesn't get out of hand *cough* DLC's *cough*.
  1. Bawk's Avatar
    Sad to see that people won't be playing WoD because of a stupid reason like an in-game store (your loss).

    Grow up. This game doesn't revolve around your expectations of the game or the company.
    They already sell in-game mounts and pets AND transmog helms. Who cares if they make the store in-game.

    If you don't approve of the products then don't buy them. Leveling is already lightning fast. Does it really matter if someone levels faster than you?
    Reading MMO-Champ gets so sad after a while, reading all the people bitching about every little thing in existence about the game. People even complained that Blizzard didn't give 100% profits of the new mount/pet to charity. Like good lord. Least they give anything.
  1. Tarx's Avatar
    I saw the harry poter there.
  1. Basemath's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Enan1981 View Post
    Psst..! Maybe this will be the two of you someday: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/10637873859
    Aw good story. Perhaps the one I quoted is a female. And maybe our cosmic connection is actually a realm connection. She's horde. Her realm connects to mine. I find her in the Timeless Isle surrounded by elites. On top of that, a servant of Ordos hellbent on nabbing his fellow hordes is attacking her. I save her life... etc. MEH wishful thinking..
  1. dranlord's Avatar
    first the potion only work till level 85 right now, and on WoD will work till level 90 probabbly, so will not affect "First on Realm" Achviement; 2do, the game have a store right now, the only dif is u need to go to a website and isnt on the game.
    Really i dont know why u guys give make alot of noise about something that doesnt affect the game at all.
  1. markdall's Avatar
    Man twitch.tv makes me feel old - I try to watch it and all I can think of is, "I don't care, and this is bullshit".
  1. Basemath's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Diggasson View Post
    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!!).
    Asian WoW's subscription is hour-based. So you pay per hour. Frankly, i've seen so many people hate on the XP boost yet none of them related it to the hourly based subscription. All our sorrows, dungeons queues, travel times, coin farming, BG queues, they don't matter to us cuz we pay monthly. They pay hourly and such sorrows is a waste of their hours. It makes sense they're given the option to boost XP. I feel sad they have to pay for it even. Asia should get especially discounted prices, if XP boosts are extended worldwide.
  1. mortey's Avatar
    Did anyone see the amazing Orc animations in the Conan video? Looks fantastic!
  1. Galdur's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostcrawler View Post
    Weaking temp stats
    Dafuq was that GC....
  1. Jaegor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by markdall View Post
    Man twitch.tv makes me feel old - I try to watch it and all I can think of is, "I don't care, and this is bullshit".
    That's the exact mindset I have for todays TV-shows... Mostly because they're all about the same when you go down to the basics.
  1. Magistrate's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zaydin View Post
    So long as the stuff in the in-game store are only things like experience potions or other cosmetic items, or accessing stuff from the Pet/Mount shop in-game, it's fine by me.
    / 10chars.
  1. KClovesGaming's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celltrex View Post
    Microtransactions in a game with a monthly sub. Blizzard is the most pathetic video game company in the entire century.
    Unless it is mandatory, there is no problem. Everything is 100% optional. Thus, the game store is fine. The majority of the players don't care or complain, but don't actually care because it doesn't affect them.
  1. zaneosak's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Diggasson View Post
    That's the exact mindset I have for todays TV-shows... Mostly because they're all about the same when you go down to the basics.


    lulwut....
  1. Jaegor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by zaneosak View Post
    lulwut....
    If you remove all the fancy scripts, the high-budget special effects and famous guest stars then they are all pretty much the same. "Save this, save that". Nothing unexpected anymore, always the same crap that they copy-paste.
  1. Summerdrake's Avatar
    What episode of Conan was it from?
  1. Moradim's Avatar
    it's ok, a custom UI can hide that cash store nonsense.
  1. sociald1077's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Diggasson View Post
    If you remove all the fancy scripts, the high-budget special effects and famous guest stars then they are all pretty much the same. "Save this, save that". Nothing unexpected anymore, always the same crap that they copy-paste.
    It's said that there are 7 basic plots in story telling. So if you break down anything far enough, you get down to the building blocks. When you said "remove the fancy scripts..." you are taking away the the things that differentiate those 7 basic story types. You shouldnt base your judgment of story telling based on stripping it down to the bare bones of the story, you should judge it on the execution of the writing.

    Now, that said, I will admit there is some derivative, boring and hack-job writing out there. I just try to remember that a lame sitcom isn't lame because it rely's on the "Misunderstanding" trope, but because the writers did not execute well on that trope.
  1. ZeroWashu's Avatar
    tanking would be more fun if trash didn't stun the player so often. It gets old leveling a tank in instances when your just stunned, sometimes chain stunned, in instances as you level. It should be about controlling the situation, not sitting there staring at a screen and not being able to act

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