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Love is in the Air 2014
Love is in the Air once again, at least until February 24! It appears that nothing has changed this year, but you can still run the Crown Chemical Co. encounter every day for a chance at the Big Love Rocket though!


Level Type Spec Slot Name
480NeckTankNeck Shard of Pirouetting Happiness
480NeckMeleeNeck Choker of the Pure Heart
480NeckSpell SpiritNeck Winking Eye of Love
480NeckPhysical DPSNeck Sweet Perfume Broach
480NeckSpell DPSNeck Heartbreak Charm


Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes: February 10
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Quests
  • The Battle for Gilneas City: Reduced Sylvanas and Gorerot's hitpoints. Rapier of the Gilnean Patriots no longer heals enemies.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siegecrafter Blackfuse: Significantly reduced the damage of Blackfuse Sellsword's Envenomed Shadowstep on all difficulty modes.

Warlords of Draenor - Casting While Moving
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Casting on the move is something we've talked about a lot, and we're definitely making some changes along those lines. I don't have any details I can share at this point, but I can at least give some insight into our thinking.

We like casting on the move, but not as a default. Spiritwalker's Grace is a good example of something we like; used intelligently, it can be very strong, and it feels good to use. On the other hand, Lightning Bolt always being castable on the move we're less excited about. You don't feel smart or skilled for using Lightning Bolt while you're moving, it's just sort of a free bonus that we're not sure is really needed.

Things like Kil'Jaeden's Cunning fall somewhere in the middle. The effect is similar to Lightning Bolt in that it's always active and you don't really have to think about it. However, you are effectively giving up either Archimonde's Darkness or Mannoroth's Fury in order to take it. Whether or not that's enough of a tradeoff is something we're discussing, but we have seen a lot more Warlocks giving up KJC for something else since Patch 5.4.

It's also important to note that the ability to use a cast-time spell while moving is only part of the issue. In fact, while there's only a couple of classes that can do that, almost everyone has some number of instant cast spells they can use while moving. To really start shoring up the differences here, we need to reduce the number of instant cast spells as well. That includes healers.

We're still iterating rapidly on all of this, so anything can change at any point, but that's what we're currently thinking.

Million dollar question here. Hunters are arguably one of, if not the most, mobile ranged classes in the game. We can maintain our full rotation while moving. Are we considered a caster for the purposes of this discussion? Being able to do 100% rotation on the move is one of the few reasons I decided to roll hunter.
We like mobility as the Hunter's "niche". I won't guarantee you'll still be able to do 100% of your rotation on the move, but we want to try to keep what we can there. It's something we're likely to do a lot of iteration on.

doesnt really change the fact that they said talents will be the same and wont be getting an overhaul like previous xpac.
We're not going to overhaul the entire talent system again, correct. That doesn't mean we aren't going to change any talents.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Don't you think talents should be spec specific? Fine keep this 3 talents in a row stuff but have separate trees for separate specs
It wasn't in the original implementation but we do have the ability to customize talents per spec now. You'll see a bit of it. (holinka)

Planning to scale back incoming tank damage when we lose the cloak proc? Or should we just deal with it?!
Incoming tank damage while leveling is always really mild for well-geared characters. At 100, content tuned to available gear. (Celestalon)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
i noticed that demo locks with green fire turn into a green demon but when they are getting demonic fury they are purple, fix?
I believe we didn't notice that until the last minute, and getting that art greenified didn't make it in time. Fixed in 6.0. (Celestalon)
hey that's really great to hear, is there any other warlock aren't getting updated for green fire?
I think there was one other super minor thing... Like a glow trail you leave behind you when Demonic Leap, or something. (Celestalon)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Are there any plans to make Fury warriors less complicated?
Rotationally, not significantly. We'll be taking steps to reduce button bloat, just like with everyone else. (Celestalon)

US Connected Realms - Update 2/7
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As previously announced, we’ve been working toward connecting realms to increase the number of players on low-population realms, and since then have completed several connections. As a part of our ongoing communication, we wanted to provide you with an update that contains a list of completed realm connections, currently planned connections, and any additional future plans in one convenient location.

*Please note this list does not encompass all potential future connections. Please check back for further updates.

Future Connections
We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, February 13th during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PST through approximately 1:00 p.m. PST. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Azjol-Nerub and Khaz Modan
  • Eldre’Thalas and Korialstrasz
  • Farstriders and Silverhand
  • Spinebreaker and Wildhammer
  • Thunderlord and Azgalor/Azshara/Destromath

We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, February 27th during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PST through approximately 1:00 p.m. PST. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Alexstrasza and Terokkar
  • Cenarion Circle and Sisters of Elune
  • Exodar and Medivh
  • Frostwolf and Vashj
  • Gorefiend and Spinebreaker/Wildhammer
  • Gundrak and Jubei'Thos
  • Mug'thol and Dragonmaw/Akama

We do not have a date for the following realm connections, but will update this post when we do.

  • Alterac Mountains and Balnazzar/Gorgonnash/The Forgotten Coast/ Warsong
  • Drak'thul and Skywall
  • Elune and Gilneas
  • Eredar and Wildhammer/Spinebreaker
  • Ghostlands and Kael'thas

The connection for Feathermoon and Scarlet Crusade has been delayed. We'll provide an update at a later point in time.

*Plans for these connections may change at any time, but we’ll provide additional updates on specific dates for future connections here as we can. Please note that as a part of the connection process realm times may change to match each other.

Connected Realms Update - 10/02
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The following realms are scheduled to be connected this week:

English Realms
  • (PvP) Bloodfeather and Kor'gall/Executus/Burning Steppes
  • (PvP) Spinebreaker and Dragonmaw/Haomarush
  • (PvP) Dunemaul and Auchindoun/Jaedenar

French Realms
  • (RP PvP) La Croisade écarlate and Culte de la Rive noire

German Realms
  • (RP PvP) Die Todeskrallen and Die Arguswacht/Das Syndikat

The following realms are currently scheduled to be connected during the week beginning 24/02:

English Realms
  • (PvP) Xavius and Skullcrusher
  • (PvP) Vashj and Dragonmaw/Haomarush/Spinebreaker
  • (PvP) Laughing Skull and Shattered Halls/Balnazzar/Ahn'Qiraj/Trollbane/Talnivarr/Chromaggus/Boulderfist/Daggerspine

French Realms
  • (PvE) Suramar and Medivh
  • (RP PvP) Conseil des Ombres and La Croisade écarlate/Culte de la Rive noire

Spanish
  • (RP) Los Errantes and (PvE) Colinas Pardas/Tyrande

Any chance of English PVE realms getting some connecting love from you guys as to this date only 2 of these connections have been made versus 15 PVP connections.

Top of my head I would say Bronze Dragonflight & Hellfire are in dire need for a love connection to be made sooner rather then later.

We've nothing against PvE realms at all, there just happened to be more low pop PvP realms, which is why the list is a little PvP heavy right now. We're trying to help some of the smallest realms first, then work our way up to the bigger ones where possible.

Even if this is an exception, it does bring about the question how it will be handled that rp(pvp) have additional policies that are likely to conflict with policies in place on pve/pvp realms.
This is indeed an exceptional case for Spanish realms, due to the fact there was only one RP and one RP PvP realm. We asked the players on these realms what they would prefer, and this was the option they went for.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Love is in the Air, Feb 10 Hotfixes, Casting While Moving, Connected Realms Update started by chaud View original post
Comments 36 Comments
  1. Exploitbat's Avatar
    Is the Garrison art coming next Tuesday? I thought it was today
  1. Dawnseven's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Exploitbat View Post
    Is the Garrison art coming next Tuesday? I thought it was today
    It's today (so they said) but it's still early (6am Blizzard HQ time right now). I would think it will come out anytime between before noon.
  1. MeGideon's Avatar
    ''Love is in the Air once again, at least until February 24! It appears that nothing has changed this year, but you can still run the Crown Chemical Co. encounter every day for a chance at the Big Love Rocket though! ''

    It's a very very small chance to get that rocket.
    the Big Love Rocket (1 in 3,333)
  1. Milkless's Avatar
    Rare mount is rare.
  1. Tricksterjim's Avatar
    And this is why I haven't paid for WoW since September. They can't even be bothered to increase the Ilvl on holiday Items. I wonder how many subscriptions they would keep if they did something so simple.
  1. Exploitbat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tricksterjim View Post
    And this is why I haven't paid for WoW since September. They can't even be bothered to increase the Ilvl on holiday Items. I wonder how many subscriptions they would keep if they did something so simple.

    If people unsubscribe or subscribe because of something like a holiday event not giving 500+ ilvl... I'm glad those players aren't playing anymore.
  1. Primaryjane's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Exploitbat View Post
    If people unsubscribe or subscribe because of something like a holiday event not giving 500+ ilvl... I'm glad those players aren't playing anymore.
    For me, Holiday events weren't the straw that broke the horse's back, but it definitely was one of the contributing factors to that poor horse. Sure, they put most of their resources into raids. But raids become stale after a month. Where's the incentive to log in? How many more years do we have to look at that same stupid tent at DMF under construction??? "We know you guys want more content, so here's another Blizzard store pet!!!"
  1. Zorachus's Avatar
    Why does it only drop i480 necklace ? i480 is useless, you can go to Timeless Isle, and walk around for 30 seconds and get a i496 item, and upgrade to i535 with another drop.

    The whole 5man Dungeon thing in MoP or WoW overall is screwed up. By the time the final Raid patch comes out, those 5man dungeons are dropping crappy gear, and very outdated. Those dungeons were designed around 5.1 gear, but with patch 5.4 and gear drops of i572, the i450's in 5man dungeons are stupid.

    Why doesn't Blizzard upgrade gear stats on dungeon drops with each new major patch release ? When Patch 5.4 released, all the dungeon drops should have been bumped up from the original i450 level, to like i516 / i522, and also make the bosses tougher and harder overall.
  1. Gohzerlock's Avatar
    Glad they nerf all moving and casting, wouldn't wanna have fun or anything. Also, update holiday events. They are worthless for people to do now, same old quests and garbage loot. At least give out raid finder ilvl loot for alts lol
  1. Rolly's Avatar
    It's becoming more and more apparent that this edition of Blizzard developers have little to no clue about what is fun game play. ilvl 480, removing casting while moving /sigh.
    D3 is also suffering from this myopic development.
  1. Destructus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gohzerlock View Post
    Glad they nerf all moving and casting, wouldn't wanna have fun or anything. Also, update holiday events. They are worthless for people to do now, same old quests and garbage loot. At least give out raid finder ilvl loot for alts lol
    Play melee much? Some of us melee would like to actually hit our targets in pvp. Casters aren't casters if they don't have to actually cast anything.
    Don't forget the nerf to interrupts and cast speed debuffs, so this is a good time to nerf instant casts.
  1. NigelGurney's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Exploitbat View Post
    If people unsubscribe or subscribe because of something like a holiday event not giving 500+ ilvl... I'm glad those players aren't playing anymore.
    That's not what he said.
  1. Andelormon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rogas View Post
    Sure take away elemental shamans their casting-lightning- bold-on-move. After 10 years of wow, turn them back to being a stupid gun turret. Let's go back to the days in which this one target caster (without decent multi-dot capabilities) becomes a sitting duck again in pvp.

    Really, let's make elemental shamans the most boring static game charakter ever build in the entire mmo history! .... Crap times ahead i guess...
    Shadow Priests say hello...
  1. Mormolyce's Avatar
    I honestly think their design goals are going backwards re:cast on the move. I think the KJC style "cast your low rotation on the move but your big damage spells/resource users require standing still" makes the most sense. SWG is so fucking awkward I almost never use it on my Shaman. You don't want to use it because hey, you might need it more a few seconds later and it has a serious CD. Really clumsy solution.

    When I played a Warlock with KJC it was like having the chains lifted off my shoulders.
  1. Tricksterjim's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Exploitbat View Post
    If people unsubscribe or subscribe because of something like a holiday event not giving 500+ ilvl... I'm glad those players aren't playing anymore.
    Way to take the most shallow interpretation. If you are still logging on to repeat the same dailies, do outdated holidays with ilvl drops below trash in the Isle and try to raid, I feel sorry for your RL social life.

    I played through a Garrosh kill, then realized I had absolutely nothing to look forward to for the next 6-8 months at least. I have already spent countless hours trying to farm old content gear/mounts/pets. Those I do not have I have given up on as a waste of my time. Why gear my alts in Raids if their gear will be replaced, why do the same dailies again and again and why pay $15 a month to literally fly in circles in the vale while I wait/hope for enough ppl to be on to raid (cause pugging a raid hurts soooo bad).

    My statement generalizes the way in which Blizzard treats its customers. We are paying $15 a month for current content, not for the Xpac. The Xpac will cost you $49.95+, that is what should be paying for it. My $15 should be used to continue to provide content for the current expansion along with the customer service etc. When Blizz starts focusing on the next xpac, my $15 a month is stolen from current gameplay to float the next Xpac, thus I am being forced to pay for content I may not even purchase.

    So I choose to cancel my subscription. I may or may not come back with the next xpac. Additionally, I will probably be offered nice incentives to come back, like free gameplay, mounts, pets etc. While you devoted players who payed $15 a month for no new content, will get nothing. (I am jaded cause in the past I played constantly and got pissed when the players who stuck around got nothing)
  1. Zorachus's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tricksterjim View Post
    Way to take the most shallow interpretation. If you are still logging on to repeat the same dailies, do outdated holidays with ilvl drops below trash in the Isle and try to raid, I feel sorry for your RL social life.

    I played through a Garrosh kill, then realized I had absolutely nothing to look forward to for the next 6-8 months at least. I have already spent countless hours trying to farm old content gear/mounts/pets. Those I do not have I have given up on as a waste of my time. Why gear my alts in Raids if their gear will be replaced, why do the same dailies again and again and why pay $15 a month to literally fly in circles in the vale while I wait/hope for enough ppl to be on to raid (cause pugging a raid hurts soooo bad).

    My statement generalizes the way in which Blizzard treats its customers. We are paying $15 a month for current content, not for the Xpac. The Xpac will cost you $49.95+, that is what should be paying for it. My $15 should be used to continue to provide content for the current expansion along with the customer service etc. When Blizz starts focusing on the next xpac, my $15 a month is stolen from current gameplay to float the next Xpac, thus I am being forced to pay for content I may not even purchase.

    So I choose to cancel my subscription. I may or may not come back with the next xpac. Additionally, I will probably be offered nice incentives to come back, like free gameplay, mounts, pets etc. While you devoted players who payed $15 a month for no new content, will get nothing. (I am jaded cause in the past I played constantly and got pissed when the players who stuck around got nothing)
    Perfect post, and sums up WoW. LFR SoO is like going to the dentist, so painful. Flex of Regular with a good Guild is a lot more fun, but never easy getting the schedule down for everyone, so finding that good 10man Regular group for SoO can take a while.

    We pay $15 / month for content, but where is that $15 per month going at the long drought of NOTHINGNESS between final patch and new expansion ? End of Cat to beginning of MoP was 10 months of NOTHING new, almost a full year with the same old stuff, and we are paying $15 for what during that time ?. And now patch 5.4 released in September, with nothing new until this Summer / Fall with WoD, will be another year or so with nothing new.

    And then they ask $49 for a new expansion ? WTF. I think my $150 I spent over those 10 months of nothing new should be covering the cost of the expansion.

    Right now MoP is at that dead time. The last Raid patch was released 5 months ago, and SoO is getting stale and boring. I run my weekly old Raids for Transmog and mounts on Tuesdays / Wednesdays, but even that is getting old after so many weeks doing the same thing with no drops.

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