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Warcraft Movie Cast Announcement
Legendary announced that Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky will have lead roles in "Warcraft", with Dominic Cooper in negotiations for a part as well. Filming will take place in Vancouver, starting in January 2014. It looks like Kazinsky is a fairly active player, with five level 90 characters!



Patch 5.4.2 PTR - Build 17645
Another tiny PTR patch tonight, with another Karazhan name change, courtesy of Dave Maldonado.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Phase #2801 - Karazhan 2: Eclectic Boogaloo has been renamed to Medivh Presents Chessmaster: Illustrious Edition.



Patch 5.4.2 PTR Patch Notes - December 2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Patch 5.4.2 is now available for testing on the Public Test Realms (PTR)! Participating on the Public Test Realms lets you test patches before it has been released.

If you'd like to help test and provide feedback, you can start by copying your character and downloading the PTR client. Once you've had a chance to try things out, be sure to visit our PTR Discussion forum to discuss the patch, and the PTR Bug Report forum to report any issues or errors.

Classes
  • Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Intervene no longer removes movement-impairing effects on use. The talent Safeguard will continue to remove movement-impairing effects.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Cross-Realm raid browser now has new categories for Mists of Pandaria World Bosses (Celestials and Ordos) and Flexible raid difficulty for Siege of Orgrimmar.
    • The cross-realm raid browser is accessed through the 'Social Pane' (bound to the O key by default) and look for the 'Raid' tab on the bottom right.
    • From there you can set the character as looking to join a raid or browse players that are forming up for a raid.
    • For more information on this change, please see the thread titled Cross-Realm Raid Browser on the PTR Discussion forum.
  • Players are now able to place raid markers in the world even while dead.

Items
  • Players are now able to mail account-bound items to other characters that reside on a different realm on the same account. To send cross-realm mail: enter the character's name, followed by a hyphen "-", followed by the realm name. Note that cross-realm mail can only send account-bound items, not other items or gold.
    • Additional information and testing discussion for this cross-realm mail can be found in this thread on the PTR Discussion forum.

UI
  • The Customer Support button has moved. Customer support can now be reached in-game by selecting Help option through the Game Menu (Game Menu is bound to the Escape key by default).

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Developer Communication
We try to communicate as much as we can. I can't speak for every CM (as we all have different duties around the office which can often take us away from the forums a bit), but conversing on the forums has been a personal priority of mine since I started here. I spend a large chunk of my day reading and replying when I feel I have something meaningful to add. I also collect a ton of feedback to bring directly to the developers for discussion.

I totally get the concerns about losing Ghostcrawler from Twitter. He's been one of the most candid and open developers in the gaming industry as a whole for a long time. Fortunately, he's not only developer responding regularly on Twitter! We actually have a list in one of the stickies on this forum with Twitter handles of several top developers. Generally speaking, any question you would previously have sent to Ghostcrawler, someone else on that list will be able to answer. The Community team's Twitter handles are listed in there as well.

Greg will no longer be working with us here at Blizzard, but we're not going to let that be a stopping point to our interaction with the community. We're here for you guys.

Are you serious? You actually think what you say and them saying "oh we'll look into it" matters at all? Here's a quote from Holinka an hour ago
While I acknowledge that tweet could have been phrased better, that was an out of context response to a conversation. I won't presume to speak for Brian, but according to my interpretation and within the context of that conversation, I think what he's trying to get across (within the limitations of Twitter) is that we make changes based on a perceived need, not merely because a volume of ideas for changes exist.

We say 'we'll look into it' all the time. I've said it many times myself, on a variety of topics, and it does alert us to situations where a change or adjustment is merited. If you don't believe that what the community has to say has an impact? Well, evidence of the opposite is all around you.

Making 90s out of those of my numerous alts who aren't there yet. 11th one last Saturday; 12th one "soon"
I plan to use my boost to play with opposite faction pals on a realm where my leveled characters are all one faction. Lookin' forward to it! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Warlords of Draenor Items
The new item system (stats prop. for your spec) will affect all items (neck, ring...) or just the set (chest, helm..)?
Only the main armor pieces (head etc.) will swap primary stats. That is true of tier sets and off-piece items. (Source)
Jewelry etc. likely won't ever have primary stats. They may have attack power, but mostly secondary stats. (Source)

This isnt going to help as much as you think, just make things more annoying for players.
We feel acquiring BiS quickly only feels good for the short term. Long term it has little staying power. (Source)
Imagine killing Immerseus 16 times and sharding everything while you're still farming Garrosh. (Source)
Then imagine every Immerseus kill you still pay attention to loot because something cool or amazing could drop. (Source)

Not sure how this erases the issues spec-based primary stats were supposed to fix. Why not spirit/armor on primary?
Because then you can't choose how much you want. You just get what we give you. (Source)
That's the design for primaries to keep them growing with ilevel. Secondaries are about what stats you like. (Source)
If you heal, you may want Spirit on every non-armor spot or not. You may find those pieces or not. (Source)

RE: removing hit/exp - does that mean all attacks 100% hit? Or is there a baseline miss chance we can no longer negate?
Imagine you capped yellow attacks, which is typical today. Melee might miss from the front or with an OH attack. (Source)
I don't like removing them for two reasons. 1) historical. Craps on combat table. 2) I have 3 stats left. Yawn?
Hopefully not 3 stats... (Source)

with reforge gone how are we going to deal with haste break points? Just curious
Our dot/hot changes mean fewer haste break points. Usually more haste is still valuable after break, just less valuable than before (Source)

Addon Update - WeakAuras 2
There is an exploit that causes players to give away their gold via a malicious WeakAuras script being imported. To protect yourself, please update your copy of WeakAuras to the latest version, which protects against some attacks. Also avoid importing any scripts from untrustworthy sources, as attacks are still possible.



Blizzcon Survey
Blizzard sent out a survey for Blizzcon attendees today with an interesting question:

This article was originally published in forum thread: Warcraft Movie Cast, Patch 5.4.2 PTR - Build and Notes, Blue Posts, Blizzcon Survey started by chaud View original post
Comments 121 Comments
  1. Ryas's Avatar
    I like Ben Foster. He's been good in what I have seen him in.
  1. Nudle's Avatar
    Karazhan 2: Eclectic Boogaloo has been renamed to Medivh Presents Chessmaster: Illustrious Edition.
    Hmm interesting...upgraded chess event maybe?
  1. moveth's Avatar
    Man. I know exactly 0 of those actors.
  1. Chloral's Avatar
    "Players are now able to mail account-bound items to other characters that reside on a different realm on the same account. To send cross-realm mail: enter the character's name, followed by a hyphen "-", followed by the realm name. Note that cross-realm mail can only send account-bound items, not other items or gold"
    OMG. OMG. OMG.
    I'm so excited!
  1. rowley1001's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nudle View Post
    Hmm interesting...upgraded chess event maybe?
    Or another stupid name to down play the changes they didn't want us to know about already.
  1. jinreeko's Avatar
    Blizzard wants to separate esports and game panels?

    fine with me, but I'd miss the herfstone tourney
  1. Eis's Avatar
    I didn't get the survey yet. ._.

    But they made a really, really bad choice by having the SC2 tourny right by the main stage. The noise carried over so much. It wouldn't have been so bad had they been at opposite ends of the convention center.
  1. Kazlehoff's Avatar
    weak auras most up to date, recent version is available directly here:

    http://www.wowace.com/addons/weakaur...iles/30-2-0-2/

    This is version 2.0.2, released less than 10 hours ago as of the posting of this message.
  1. NMX-'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eis View Post
    I didn't get the survey yet. ._.

    But they made a really, really bad choice by having the SC2 tourny right by the main stage. The noise carried over so much. It wouldn't have been so bad had they been at opposite ends of the convention center.
    I think there was a microphone just left on that the production team didn't catch. Once they caught on, I think they found the microphone, and turned it off. I wouldn't be surprised if it is was one of the 2 Direct TV hosts.
  1. Enan1981's Avatar
    Ooooh, Paula Patton. Think shell play an orc?
  1. Otaka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    Man. I know exactly 0 of those actors.
    youve missed quite a few of the newer movies then. :P

    If you check their history all of them have been in the few latest new blockbusters like Pacific Rim, Wrath of the Titans and well Ben Foster is an X-men (the Angel).
  1. Laylriana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    Man. I know exactly 0 of those actors.
    For them to play Orcs will require a bit of makeup magic. It is supposed to be an all-Orc movie, right? At least that's how it sounded to me in the description given by Blizzard.
  1. Draenei's Avatar
    o no not warlo
  1. Eis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laylriana View Post
    For them to play Orcs will require a bit of makeup magic. It is supposed to be an all-Orc movie, right? At least that's how it sounded to me in the description given by Blizzard.
    No. It will be primarily orcs and humans, but not just orcs. Here, read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warcraft_(film)
  1. Metallikiddd's Avatar
    damn ptr i need this live now so i can use boas from my old realm.
  1. xact4's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Laylriana View Post
    For them to play Orcs will require a bit of makeup magic. It is supposed to be an all-Orc movie, right? At least that's how it sounded to me in the description given by Blizzard.
    I can't tell if you're being sarcastic :P. It's set back in the good ole Orcs vs Humans days. That's what I got out of it at least.

    Yeah I had to google all of the actors but just because I don't associate actor names and faces. Actually recognized at least half of them. Looks like it will be interesting.

    Also pretty excellent that Robert Kazinsky is a super active WoW player. He tweeted his /played if you follow the links... it's pretty impressive. Like depressingly so.

    He plays more WoW than you and I, is WAY better looking, AND he's a successful actor. WoW addicts across the globe /salute you sir.
  1. Laylriana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eis View Post
    No. It will be primarily orcs and humans, but not just orcs. Here, read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warcraft_(film)
    Sounds interesting, but I wonder how it will work out with there being no good guy or bad guy. Kudos to them if they can pull that off.
  1. Mormolyce's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Otaka View Post
    youve missed quite a few of the newer movies then. :P

    If you check their history all of them have been in the few latest new blockbusters like Pacific Rim, Wrath of the Titans and well Ben Foster is an X-men (the Angel).
    Archangel wasn't very memorable in that, it was a sideplot in X3 that didn't connect to the main plot. And X3 sucked. So you could easily miss him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laylriana View Post
    Sounds interesting, but I wonder how it will work out with there being no good guy or bad guy. Kudos to them if they can pull that off.
    I'm sure Gul'dan will be a bad guy.
  1. Laylriana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by xact4 View Post
    I can't tell if you're being sarcastic :P. It's set back in the good ole Orcs vs Humans days. That's what I got out of it at least.

    Yeah I had to google all of the actors but just because I don't associate actor names and faces. Actually recognized at least half of them. Looks like it will be interesting.

    Also pretty excellent that Robert Kazinsky is a super active WoW player. He tweeted his /played if you follow the links... it's pretty impressive. Like depressingly so.

    He plays more WoW than you and I, is WAY better looking, AND he's a successful actor. WoW addicts across the globe /salute you sir.
    But does he read MMO-Champion? That would show how hard-core he is.
  1. MrLordDariusCrowley's Avatar
    Presents Chessmaster: Illustrious Edition.
    What the hell is going on with that place?

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