MMO-Champion - Druid Mythic Tier 17, Upcoming Artcrafts, Neutral Level 90, Setup of the Month
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Warlords of Draenor - Druid Mythic Tier 17 Armor Set
We previously looked at the Normal Druid Tier 17 set here, which was missing a helm. Today we are taking a look at the Mythic Tier 17 set, which includes animated wings.

You can see two of the more popular druid races towards the end of the high quality preview video, or try the set on any race you would like with the modelviewer below.






Upcoming Artcraft Blog Posts
Chris Robinson is back after an injury and has shared some more of what we can expect to see from the art team next.



Doubleagent - Level 90 Neutral Pandaren
Doubleagent, the Neutral Pandaren has finally hit level 90! You can find more information, such as the time it took him to level to 90 (173.5 days) in this FAQ on the Blue Post Tracker.



Character Viewer Updated: Female Orc!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Glory. Power. Victory.

The daughter of Draenor stands ready to achieve all three, thanks to new visual and animation updates we're making to the female Orc model in the next World of Warcraft expansion.


In making changes to the model for Warlords of Draenor, the World of Warcraft art team wanted to evoke the spirit of the original while making sure her new representation felt even more alive and vivid than before. But don't just take our word for it—see for yourself! We’ve updated the character viewer on the Warlords of Draenor website with the new female Orc model and new emote screenshots. We hope you enjoy them!

As development continues on Warlords of Draenor, we’ll show you even more of the updated character models. Let us know what you think!

Alpha Realms Offline - June 20-23
The next Alpha build should be here early this week, opening Shadowmoon Valley and the Alliance characters.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We're in the process of bringing down the Alpha realms while we work to resolve this issue. Unfortunately, it's going to require an updated build, which we won't be able to finish today. Realms will remain offline over the weekend while we get everything ironed out. We hope to be able to bring the Alpha back up on Monday, June 23rd.

Again, we greatly appreciate your patience during this time. We'll get you back to Draenor as soon as we possibly can.

US Connected Realms - Update 6/20
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. Here's a continuously updated list that contains currently planned connections, future plans, and completed realm connections, all in one convenient location.

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

Next Connections
We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, June 26 during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PDT through approximately 1:00 p.m. PDT. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Alterac Mountains and Balnazzar, Gorgonnash, The Forgotten Coast, and Warsong
  • Gnomeregan and Moonrunner

We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, July 3 during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PDT through approximately 1:00 p.m. PDT. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Doomhammer and Baelgun
  • The Scryers and Argent Dawn

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

  • Zuluhed and Andorhal, Scilla and Ursin
  • Ysera and Durotan

*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 - 19/06
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The following realms are due to be connected on 25 June:

English Realms
  • (PvE) Azjol-Nerub and Quel'Thalas
  • (PvE) Ghostlands and Dragonblight
  • (PvP) Frostwhisper and Zenedar/Bladefist

German Realms
  • (PvE) Malygos and Malfurion

The following realms are due to be connected after the realms above:

English Realms
  • (PvE) Darkspear and Terokkar
  • (PvE) Aszune and Shadowsong
  • (PvP) The Maelstrom and Karazhan/Lightning’s Blade/Deathwing

German Realms
  • (PvE) Tichondrius and Lordaeron
  • (PvE) Arygos and Khaz'goroth
  • (PvE) Proudmoore and Madmortem

Plans for these connections may change at any time. We’ll provide additional updates for future connections here as soon as we can.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Warlock (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
the "of the black harvest title" is character specific to the warlock that earned it, correct?
Yes, only warlocks can use the title. (WatcherDev)
So 2 90 locks on same account, one with, one without the achievement, do both have title?
Yes. (WatcherDev)

PvE
I freakin' LOVE the idea of scenarios that take us through old instances. LOVE. Colour me excited!
I hate to dampen enthusiasm but I wouldn't think of these as scenarios. More like a direction/goals overlay on our dungeons. (WatcherDev)
Yeah that's gonna maybe need a rename. People will start calling everything a scenario
The word "scenario" will not appear in the final dungeon UI. (WatcherDev)
More guidance regarding what you're supposed to do, and the ability for us to reward bonus gold/XP for killing optional bosses (WatcherDev)
Is this for levelling up characters? Will it grant rewards repeatedly to make DG lvling smoother?
Yes, that's another benefit. We're moving a lot of the dungeon XP from one-time quests to repeatable objectives. (WatcherDev)

Did Garrosh learn some new moves? He switched up his rotation (defile/whirling corruption) a couple of times in P2.
It's always been mostly a coin-flip based on AI timing for that second Desecrate/Whirl in p2; they both come off cooldown at once. (WatcherDev)

Ah, does a level 80 in 300 gear become invincible to attacks, including 25HC LK? Not that it really concerns you at this point
By the current logic, yes, though that logic isn't by any means final. That breakpoint is especially challenging, because.. (Celestalon)
...of the BoE gear available at level 80 that can massively inflate ilvl. (Celestalon)

Anything to report on combat logs being able to see all phases? I don't want to have to implement log merging!
Still working on it unfortunately. Had it functional, but it made phased players show as in range on unit frames, which is bad (WatcherDev)
can't you add an invisible debuff that separate phases? (a diferent one for each phase) so the client behaves prop
We can do a lot of things. Not saying it's unsolvable, just that we don't have a 100% working version yet. (WatcherDev)

PvP
What else besides hks, caps, and node defending calculates honor gain in a bg? Is damage/healing output a factor?
Damage/healing isn't. The BG score is though. (holinka)

UI / Addons
Also Char specific macro slots? :3
Character specific wasn't feasible unfortunately but you'll have over 100 account slots (up from 36 now). (holinka)
FINALLY, what about bnet friendlist?
it's very high on the list and not as trivial as some might think (holinka)

Computers - Setup of the Month
Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
The current SSD prices are stable, with all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte when on sale.

The new Haswell Refresh CPUs are here this week, and just like their predecessors they run a little bit on the warmer side. Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D14. Release is Wednesday (6/25) in the US and they appear to run slightly cooler with a slightly higher max overclock.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 4790K and should spend that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions! If you are interested in Folding@home, take a look in our team's thread.


Peripherals/Monitors
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $120ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $158
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $14Cyborg V.5 - $48
MouseLogitech G400s - $44Razer DeathAdder 2013 - $50
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $26Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $39
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $210HP ZR2440W 24-inch - $300
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $83CM Storm QuickFire XT - $120
MouseLogitech G500s - $50Razer Naga 2014 - $68
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $77


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $35NZXT Source 210 - $35
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $45EVGA 600B - $45
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $118AMD FX-8320 - $150
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $95ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $115
MemoryKingston HyperX Blue 4GB 1600 - $438GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $85
Graphics CardGigabyte R7 260X - $110MSI R9 270X - $180
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $53Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $80
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$553$744


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $50Corsair Air 540 (Special Layout) - $110
Power SupplyRosewill Capstone 650W - $100Rosewill Fortress 750W - $104
CPUIntel i5-4670K / 4690K - $235Intel i5-4670K / 4690K - $235
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $64Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $77
MotherboardASUS Z97-A - $144ASUS Z97-A - $144
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $8516GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $175
Graphics CardMSI R9 270X - $180XFX R9 280X OR ASUS GTX770 - $270 / $330
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $79Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $145
SSDSAMSUNG 840 EVO 128GB (Review) - $79
OR
SanDisk Extreme II 120GB (Review) - $84
Crucial MX100 128GB (Review) - $76
OR
SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB (Review) - $110
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$1036$1359 - $1449
This article was originally published in forum thread: Druid Mythic Tier 17, Upcoming Artcrafts, Neutral Level 90, Setup of the Month started by chaud View original post
Comments 43 Comments
  1. marmac3's Avatar
    That tier is just GODLIKE! Cant wait to transmo it on my monk
  1. Ilfayt's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Snakez View Post
    173 days just for that? Dude deserves an award for biggest waste of time or something.
    Hey, you never know, he could have simultaneously been working from home on a second screen. How do you know he's not made more in those 173 days than most people do in a lifetime!!!

    Okay sarcasm off, but I really do wonder if he was doing something else simultaneously, cause its not like it takes to much attention to gather herbs...
  1. finchna's Avatar
    a druid is not a bug, looks horrible, hope there's a way to turn off bug wings

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