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Warlords of Draenor - Alliance Chopper: 100,000 Gold
An item that costs 100,000 was added to Paulie of Old Town Choppers in the latest beta build. The latest build also added the chopper's mount spell with Paulie listed as the source. Jonathan LeCraft confirmed there will be no rep discount.



Warlords of Draenor - Mount Journal UI
Speaking of new mounts, Warlords of Draenor has added some nice upgrades to the mount UI:

  • The journal now lists a source and description for mounts.
  • You are now able to set mounts as favorites, putting them at the top of the list.
  • There is a new Summon Random Favorite Mount button, which selects a usable mount at random from your favorites.
  • Mounts that are faction specific now have a different background in the list.



Warlords of Draenor - Leveling Experience Changes
The latest beta builds have increased the experience required to level by 30% for each level from 89 to 99. At level 90, quests give ~15k XP and mob kills give 500 XP.

XP per Lvl Build 18594 Build 18689 % Increase
89 596,000 774,800 30%
90 603,000 783,900 30%
91 608,000 790,400 30%
92 614,000 798,200 30%
93 621,000 807,300 30%
94 627,000 815,100 30%
95 632,000 821,600 30%
96 639,000 830,700 30%
97 645,000 838,500 30%
98 651,000 846,300 30%
99 657,000 854,100 30%


New World of Warcraft Comic - Gul'dan and the Stranger
Blizzard released a new comic today in PDF form.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The drums of war have begun to sound for Draenor’s orcs, and the power-mad warlock Gul’dan is the latest to play them. Brimming with fel energy, Gul’dan is convinced that his people will gain glory and strength if they only kneel to the demonic Burning Legion. But a hooded stranger has recently arrived in Gul’dan’s camp with a somewhat... contradictory vision.

The stranger has walked in places where terrifying war machines will soon shake the earth. From the smoldering ridges of Gorgrond to the hunting grounds of Nagrand, he watches over the orcish ranks, stoking their dreams of a united Horde: pure, free, and utterly dominant. And he has a message for Gul'dan.

We invite you to read and download the free comic, “Gul’dan and the Stranger,” written by Micky Neilson and illustrated by Alex Horley.

Learn more about Gul’dan’s past and future at Characters of Warcraft: Gul’dan.

EU Connected Realms Update - 06/08
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The following realms are scheduled to be connected on 13 August:

English Realms
  • (PvE) Azuremyst and Stormrage

German Realms
  • (PvP) Nathrezim and Anetheron/Festung der Stürme/Rajaxx/Gul'dan

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

German Realms
  • (PvE) Rexxar and Alleria
  • (PvP) Kel'Thuzad and Arthas/Vek’lor/Blutkessel
  • (PvP) Onyxia and Dethecus/Terrordar/Mug’thol/Theradras

French Realms
  • (RP) Les Sentinelles and Confrerie du Thorium/Les Clairvoyants

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

English Realms
  • (PvE) Bronzebeard and Aerie Peak
  • (PvE) Doomhammer and Turalyon
  • (PvE) Emerald Dream and Terenas
  • (RP) Steamwheedle Cartel and Moonglade/The Sha'tar

German Realms
  • (PvP) Azshara and Krag'jin
  • (PvP) Wrathbringer and Arthas/Vek’lor/Blutkessel/Kel'Thuzad
  • (PvP) Gorgonnash and Nefarian/Nera'thor/Mannoroth/Destromath
  • (RP) Die ewige Wacht and Die Silberne Hand
  • (RP) Todeswache and Zirkel des Cenarius

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
Racials
Is there a reason why the undead racial is not scaling and every other race do?
The fact that it's not a % and others are does not mean that it doesn't scale and they do. Its damage does scale with other stats. (Celestalon)
Whereas something like 1% crit could also be read as 130 crit rating, which "doesn't scale" just as much (but still really does). (Celestalon)

The troll beast exp racial needs to go, I want stay a troll druid, but will always min/max! Just a pointless racial with endgame
Yes, it's a useless racial at endgame. But so what? It doesn't make trolls any worse at endgame. (Celestalon)

Classes
Death Knight (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Is there any chance to give Death Grip a 8yrd minimum range like charges, so they can't use it as an interrupt
You won't be able to do it twice in Warlords. Giving up your only gap closer to stop a cast is a reasonable tradeoff (holinka)

also, I know you have heard it a ton of time. Is there ANY hope that our only raid CD, AMZ, can get moved out of talents?
We're still satisfied with AMZ being a talent. (Celestalon)
Raiding is only part of the game, and it's not necessarily ideal in all, or even most raid encounters. It's a viable choice. (Celestalon)

Blood is by far the least engaging tank. I still love them, but it seems like they are being made even more bare bones.
I would definitely disagree with you. Rotational simplicity does not mean shallowness. (Celestalon)
Actually, unless there's some interesting interaction between abilities that's exactly what a simpler rotation means!
But there are more interesting interactions between abilities. (Celestalon)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
With the Hunter pets no longer having crowd-control abilities (My sha-spider will cry) how will Hunters crowd control?
Freezing Trap, Narrow Escape, Binding Shot / Intimidation / Wyvern Sting. (Celestalon)

Mage (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
still no change to fire. Please consider synchronizing Prismatic Crystal better with Fire's only dps CD.
Prismatic Crystal already 2.3x's the value of Combustion, due to spreading it via Inferno Blast. No need. (Celestalon)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Are you OK with the totem talent tier, especially for DPS spec in PvE ? Many Sham say "meg" about this talent row.
It's not a great talent row. We see it as being not actively bad, just pretty "meh", as you say. We'd like to improve or... (Celestalon)
...replace it at some point, but it's not at the top of our list of priorities at the moment, since it's not causing problems (Celestalon)
You said the totem tier isnt a great talent row. Isnt it because the whole totem mechanism is a bit old and need a rework ?
A) Spamming doesn't help. B) Designs aren't bad because they get "old". (Celestalon)

Why does elemental blast not have a healing component for resto? Its the only dps talent without a healing component.
Granting you increased Spirit is effectively a healing component, by giving you more mana to cast more expensive heals. (Celestalon)
So it's purely a resource building spell with a 2 second cast time?
I don't think that "purely" is an appropriate word for it. It does damage, some of a random stat, and a bunch of spirit. (Celestalon)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
You changed the tooltip on Burning rush in Beta; I need some clarification please. Can we absorb this self-afflicted damage?
It's now like any other DoT. (Celestalon)

PvE
I cant invite someone to a group to share a tag if I'm queued for a dungeon w/o losing q
That's a terrible quality of life issue, and is one we'd like to fix. (WatcherDev)

any chance we can get a guaranteed fresh LFR at least for first one each week? sucks sitting for 2 hour long queues
So then backfilling LFR on the first evening of the week would be literally impossible? (WatcherDev)
If you've killed the final boss of an LFR wing, you're at least guaranteed a fresh instance if you requeue. (WatcherDev)

I've gotta know. Some kind of anti-pet boss damage mechanism? Staghelm etc. hit my Tenacity pet much harder than they do me.
Many raid bosses are flagged to do triple damage when meleeing player pets. We really don't want pets tanking raid bosses. (WatcherDev)
Can we have that NOT interfere with soloing old content, please?
This has been this way for literally 5 years. It's not some new system. Pet classes can solo just fine despite it. (WatcherDev)

PvP
Will there be timers for bg's built into the UI in WoD?
Unfortunately no. High on the todo list tho. (holinka)
There's an add-on called bgtimers out there that might help you. (holinka)

Can you gear up playing in Ashran only or will bgs/arenas be required for highest end? (ratings?)
You can earn conquest in Ashran, but it won't increase your cap. So it's doable, but not the most efficient route. (holinka)

Will there be pve incentives to go to ashran as well
It will have some endgame rewards in common with other zones so it will be worthwhile for PvE players too. (holinka)

What do you feel is a fair criteria for CC that's bad for the game? Is there a clear line for you?
We should shoot to have counters to everything. (holinka)
Prediction-counters or post-hit counters? If former, what's a counter to e.g. Storm Bolt? Instant, ranged, undispellable, free.
WoW PvP is a team game and teammate play has to be considered a counter. In this case, how do you react to Stormbolt. (holinka)
And, for some comps, there is no reaction counter either, depending on what the purpose of its use was.
Prevention is one counter. Reaction is another. (holinka)

Currently there're 620(675 in pvp) blues and 660(690 in pvp) epics in database. Is this going to be the gear system in 6.0?
Yes those are the ilevels for the Veteran Honor gear and Conquest gear respectively. Honor gear is 600 (660 in pvp). (holinka)

how's tank viability in pvp comin along?
I actually think they have a really fun role in the large Ashran fights. They really push the fight forward. (holinka)

Will Garrisons have any PvP integration? Any reason for PvPers to be excited about Garrisons aside from building bonuses?
There will be some PvP elements. More to come. (holinka)

Lore
Also, do arrakoa dye their feathers as decoration/sign of rank, or do they prefer jewelry and other such things?
Arrakoa definitely love shiny jewelry. might have answers to your other questions! He's our Arrak-expert. (DaveKosak)

Related; are the gender difference in arrakoa based in the colors/patterns of their feather coats like RL birds?
Not related to feather color or anything obvious to non-arakkoa. They appear androgynous to other races. (_DonAdams)

Will ingame Thrall be renamed to Go'el anytime soon? Every character in War Crimes calls him like that already.
In-game only very close intimates call him Go'el. Most characters will continue to refer to him as "Thrall." (DaveKosak)

Reputation / Questing
Please reconsider no dailies; they're something to do beyond dungeon grinding, and give a way to make money besides profs and AH
There are many more things to do in the outdoor world, and more ways to make money. We just found things more fun than blue !s. (craig_amai)
dailies can tell a story; timeless isle-esque grinding doesnt. Is the world stuff just grinding mobs and having to play AH?
Much more than grinding and AH. Real story quests, guided attacks on enemy bases, many garrison efforts. (craig_amai)
Dailies do have their place, and they're not gone completely, we're just favoring new fun structures. (craig_amai)

Final Boss #52 - Warlords Tanking
This week Final Boss talked to Arielle of Bear Retirement Home and Reniat of WHATEVER WERE AWESOME about Guardian Druids and Blood Death Knights in Warlords of Draenor.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Alliance Chopper 100k Gold, Mount Journal, Leveling XP, Gul'dan Comic, Final Boss #52 started by chaud View original post
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  1. Reah's Avatar
    Don't understand why everyone is all butthurt over 100k gold. Getting gold is easier than ever before. I mean you only have to accumulate 100k one time and it you don't have to even get it all on one toon necessarily. It's going to be a snap for me on my ally server. 11 Characters.....which means I have to get less than 10k per character...pool it all together and every character has a new mount. Chances are by the time I get done just leveling all my characters from 90 to 100 they'll all have 10k or more on them without having to do anything extra
  1. Mang's Avatar
    100k gold, good price imo.
  1. ejpaints's Avatar
    "The latest beta builds have increased the experience required to level by 30% for each level from 89 to 99." So much for that Blizzcon statement about how they want WoD leveling to feel more streamlined, and not a grind.

    and

    "Don't understand why everyone is all butthurt over 100k gold." It's because in comparison to every other mounts available this one doesn't do jack to justify the price.

    - Current chopper can be acquired for 12-13k. - Carries 2nd passenger
    - Mammoth is 16-20k - Carries Vendor and 2 passengers
    - Yak is 100k-120k- Carries Vendor, Reforger, and 2 passengers.

    Blizz went this route with the JC mounts and the Engineering rockets this expac though. The Panthers have done alright, primarily the cheap ones though. Engineering rockets have had mediocre success, a lot of people just plain don't like them, but the price tag doesn't help.

    But even those two have something the chopper doesn't. They fly. The chopper is nothing more than a solo ground mount. 100k is overpriced. So regardless of how easy it would be to obtain 100k leveling alts, many won't buy it for legitimate reasons. If you want to go ahead, I'll be joining the former. It's just not worth the gold that I'd rather spend on something more useful.
  1. Vargur's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by budong View Post
    Who said anything about Alliance and Horde? OH right, YOU did. I said vocal minority. Are you implying that to be [...]
    Horde. Exactly. Alliance is the silent majority, but whored clearly cheated their way in to a free mount.

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