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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:

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Comments 121 Comments
  1. stgeorge78's Avatar
    Blizzard always cooking up more ways to rip money out of your wallet... now you gotta buy 2 BLIZZCON TICKETS. Each of them $200!
  1. Carmelion's Avatar
    Hooray Ben Foster! I was afraid they were going to announce Collin Farrell as a cast member, yuck lol
  1. Prag's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stgeorge78 View Post
    Blizzard always cooking up more ways to rip money out of your wallet... now you gotta buy 2 BLIZZCON TICKETS. Each of them $200!
    Whoa! Hold up!

    Are you telling me a business is seeking new ways to earn additional income?

    No way. How unorthodox.
  1. Idletime's Avatar
    Sorry, but I kept asking "who?" for each name for the movie. Nothing really memorable for each. Hopefully this isn't treated as a B movie.
  1. Carmelion's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idletime View Post
    Sorry, but I kept asking "who?" for each name for the movie. Nothing really memorable for each. Hopefully this isn't treated as a B movie.
    Ben Foster is amazing in "3:10 to Yuma" and "The Mechanic." I recognize Rob Kazinsky from the most recent season of "True Blood" in which he wasn't horrible. He was also in "Pacific Rim," which overall, could have been better on the acting...
  1. theturn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Carmelion View Post
    Ben Foster is amazing in "3:10 to Yuma" and "The Mechanic." I recognize Rob Kazinsky from the most recent season of "True Blood" in which he wasn't horrible. He was also in "Pacific Rim," which overall, could have been better on the acting...
    I think that had more to do with the writing than his acting. It was a movie filled with over the top characters, while I didn't care for him he was better and more interesting than the lead. I don't remember foster from Yuma and I haven't seen any of those others. Dominic Cooper was actually the one guy I recognized. He was the best part of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" which was a forgettable movie and he did a good job as Howard Stark in "Cpt America"
  1. thejoe's Avatar
    Crap casting imo
  1. theturn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stabetha View Post
    lord of the rings actors had about the same "star power" when it was released, what a flop that turned out to be.
    Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christoper Lee, John Rhys-Davies, Hugo Weaving were all well known actors before rings. But yeah they did take some new talent and get alot out of it. Best combination is always young new talent combined with experienced talent. They help bring the best out of each other.
  1. Tybudd33's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Enan1981 View Post
    Ooooh, Paula Patton. Think shell play an orc?
    Naw, she is too damn hot to play an Orc, hopefully she's a human extra, or a Blood Elf, I don't want too much make-up covering her.
  1. Darthyogi'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.
    About god damn f*cking time! And there was much rejoicing!
  1. potatoe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idletime View Post
    Sorry, but I kept asking "who?" for each name for the movie.
    I want to see the WoW movie.

    I don't want to see the next Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie movie that happens to have a famous IP tacked on.

    Remember Tomb Raider?

    How about World War Z (which, while I liked it, had near zero fidelity to the source material).

    How about Doom with The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson).

    Much better to have a cast of people who can act than to have a bunch of overpaid famous people who have a vision for how the movie should turn out.

    Also, the director seems to respect the wow source material and seems interested in bringing the source material to the screen rather than "re-imagining" it.

    I'm cautiously optimistic. The no-name cast is part of the reason why.
  1. buddah13's Avatar
    LOL! Ben Foster is going to be a Gnome Mage
  1. bolly's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Carmelion View Post
    Ben Foster is amazing in "3:10 to Yuma" and "The Mechanic." I recognize Rob Kazinsky from the most recent season of "True Blood" in which he wasn't horrible. He was also in "Pacific Rim," which overall, could have been better on the acting...
    Ben Foster tends to play a whiny, spineless crook, so I can only imagine what he will be doing here. He's a pretty awful actor to watch.
  1. belmondine's Avatar
    Travis Fimmel, fuck yeah!
  1. Rigrot's Avatar
    I hope biliz just keep renaming that phase. I'm quite enjoying this.
  1. Balager's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tybudd33 View Post
    Naw, she is too damn hot to play an Orc, hopefully she's a human extra, or a Blood Elf, I don't want too much make-up covering her.
    Well if it is First war era we won't see Blood Elves. But kinda right. With boobs like that she will definitely play High Elf Sylvanas.
  1. xpose's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stgeorge78 View Post
    Blizzard always cooking up more ways to rip money out of your wallet... now you gotta buy 2 BLIZZCON TICKETS. Each of them $200!
    More like offering a la carte options. I did not once watch any of the e-sports but hearthstone...and that was free. If they charge less if I opt out of that option then I'm all for it
  1. Gren's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by belmondine View Post
    Travis Fimmel, fuck yeah!
    I love that Viking series on History Channel! I can't wait to see what roll he plays on Warcraft.
    The cast is shaping up quite well, most pleased.
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    PAUL DANO?? He's SO great! I do Think however they'll need at least one of those BIG names to pull in the shallow crowd, such as the people going "this Movie will suck!" just by looking at the actors list...

    Brad Pitt for example, most overrated actor of our time but he does pull audiences, so if they can give him a role like that in Snatch (only Movie I liked him in) it'd be great.
  1. Tarfik's Avatar
    Hope they make it "dark" story like dark knight. It was surely a new batman film. Let keep wow like that dark, with a strong story

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