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by Published on 2012-10-11 02:08 AM

PTR Maintenance Tomorrow, PvP Reminder, Blue Posts

Heroic Mogu'shan Vaults Progression
DREAM Paragon (10) and Blood Legion (25) have both defeated the first five bosses of Heroic difficulty Mogu'shan Vaults now, with just one remaining! Vodka is now at four bosses down, with seven other guilds trailing with three bosses down.



Upcoming New Pet - Fire Kitten?
Something interesting showed up on the Warcraft Facebook page today!
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
This adorable, fired up little kitty is seeking a new caretaker. Adoption details coming soon!
by Published on 2012-10-10 08:03 AM

Game Guide Not Up to Date, More on Legendaries, Blizzard at Comic Con 2012

Heroic Mogu'shan Vaults Progression
After one day, vodka has cleared the first three bosses in Heroic Mogu'shan Vaults. Ten other guilds are close behind with the first two bosses down.


Patch 5.0.5b - October 10
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We will be releasing a patch on Wednesday October, 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m. PDT to resolve an issue that could sometimes prevent players from interacting correctly with in-game objects.

As the patch is relatively small, patching time should be minimal. See you in Pandaria!

Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes - October 8
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General
  • Vengeance should now ramp up more quickly. Avoidance will now grant Vengeance based on the average damage of the avoided NPC auto-attack, instead of just refreshing existing Vengeance. This does not apply to enemy special attacks.

Classes
Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • The Warlock Season 12 4-piece PvP set bonus will no longer cause Warlocks that have assumed Dark Apotheosis form to lose access to Fury Ward.
  • Metamorphosis: Void Ray will now correctly aggro creatures within range.

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Unleash Earth no longer generates a taunt effect against enemies that are immune.

Creatures
  • Galleon will no longer sometimes respawn too quickly.
  • The Beast of Jade in the Jade Forest will no longer cast Jade Statue.
  • Kal'Tik the Blight will no longer disappear unexpectedly.
  • Bog Lashes spawned in combat with Fen Stalker no longer grant experience when slain.
  • Granary Vandals now engage properly when attacked from range.

Items

Pet Battles
  • Defeating the Grand Master pet tamers on each continent now correctly unlocks all of the associated Pet Battle daily quests for characters of both factions on an account.

Quests
  • The quest "Lost Scouts" will now be offered after "Survival Ring: Blades" and "The Battle Ring" are completed.
  • Players that had previously completed "The Guo-Lai Halls" can now properly acquire the remaining quests to unlock the Golden Lotus reputation daily quests.
  • The Klaxxi will now be more consistently varied in the daily quests that they offer, regardless of realm restarts.
  • The Klaxxi'va are now visible after the quest "Overthrone" is complete.
  • Shadow-Pan Scouts for the quest "Lost Scouts" will now despawn appropriately after the quest is completed.
  • Party members now share quest credit appropriately for the following quests in the Jade Forest: "The Wayward Dead", "Trapped!", "Spitfire", "Unbound", and "Rally the Survivors".
  • Players are now able to complete and turn in both "Pooped" and "Sweet as Honey".
  • The Dark Heart of the Mogu can now be acquired in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
  • Slaying Shao-Tien Mindbenders now properly provides credit towards the completion of "The Silent Approach".
  • Shao-Tien Surveyors now spawn more frequently and are easier to spot.
  • Players can now no longer interact with the Sik'thik Cages after completing "The Search for Restless Leng".
  • Qua-Ro Whitebrow is now easier to defeat during the quest "His Trainer's Challenge: Qua-Ro Whitebrow".
  • Players can now more easily acquire "Unyielding Servitors" from Daschla in Silverpine Forest.

Dungeons & Raids
  • Mogu'Shan Vaults
    • Pets can no longer maintain threat against the Emperor's Strength during the Will of the Emperor encounter.
    • Gara'jal the Spiritbinder will now cast Final Destination correctly.
    • Elegon now flies closer to the ground, allowing certain Area of Effect abilities to properly target him.
    • Touch of the Titans, Overcharged, and Energy Conduit no longer interrupt player spellcasting during the Elegon encounter.
    • Mogu'shan Wardens in the Elegon encounter now move more slowly.
  • The Stone Guardians inside the Halls of Gou-Lai now respawn more slowly.
  • High Inquisitor Whitemane's Mass Resurrection will now properly resurrect all eligible targets in the Heroic and Challenge Mode versions of the Scarlet Monastery.

Scenarios
  • Brewmaster Boof's assistants in the Brewmoon Festival scenario are really applying themselves and now work more quickly.
  • The health and damage of enemies in the Brewmoon Festival has been reduced.

PvP
  • Healing and shielding effects applied to players that have been involved in PvP combat are now reduced by 15% .
  • Battlegrounds
    • Several on-use items no longer function inside Rated Battlegrounds.
    • Cobo Cola and Carbonated Water can now be used in Rated Battlegrounds.
    • Silvershard Mines can now properly end in a tie.

Bug Fixes
  • Dead players and Priests in Spirit of Redemption form are now properly granted credit for the "Mosh Pit" achievement upon completion.
  • The Avengers of Hyjal achievement is now account wide.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Ink Trader Exchange Change
Unfortunately, when attempting to apply the hotfix, we ran into additional issues in testing. We don't have an ETA on when this will be able to be applied as of yet, but will be continuing to work on it. It's not a cut and dry fix unfortunately. Again, we appreciate everyone's patience while we work this out. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Losing Hit in Challenge Modes
I know this thread’s a few days old now, but I’d like to clarify the cause for concern here so others are aware. Balkoth, we were able to track down a bug pertaining to item scaling in Challenge Modes, but it’s not related solely to classes that use a spirit -> hit conversion.

What you’re noticing is a bug specifically involving reforging. If you reforge out of crit/haste/mastery INTO hit or expertise, then when the crit/haste/mastery gets scaled down, you also lose a percentage of the reforged hit/expertise. So, it's not a class or spec issue -- it affects all players who have reforged into hit/spirit equally.

Given the way stat scaling and reforging mechanics work, this is kind of a tricky issue to fix, but we’re looking into it. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Taming the World Achievement
For players that have yet to reach 40, the hotfix applied today should allow you to earn the achievement Taming the World when you do (instead of at 45).

For those who have already hit 40 or higher and don't have the achievement, we're in the process of developing another hotfix to correctly award you. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Darkmoon Ox Deck Trinket Hotfix
While I'm very happy that this trinket received a buff (thank you!) in a timely manner, Nethaera, can you comment (or inquire) as to why using this trinket puts any engineering glove tinker on the same cooldown as the trinket itself?

It happens with all of my existing glove tinkers, even ones with little relation to dodging. I can understand giving it a slight cooldown in combination with Phase Fingers, but Synapse Springs?

This is unintended and we intend to hotfix this in the near future (no eta I can give you but it shouldn't be long). The intended functionality is that On Use effects from trinkets, and Engineering glove tinkers, only applies a short cooldown equal to their effect duration to the others. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Daily Questing
2. How on earth can any say dailies be counted as content? it is not! it is a timesink, but content they are not. Content would be a long questline for your profession, for your reputation or just for the fun. But to repeat the dailies have nothing to do with content, it is just Blizzard that are to cheap to make real content, so they make this silly timesink.
But they are content. Take the Kovok daily in Dread Wastes. Unless you do the daily quest when it pops up, you won't see that quest, nor how the area around Heart of Fear changes for it. Nor you'll understand what the paragon meant when he says he was sure Kovok would achieve many victories for the Klaxxi. And that's just one example (the race daily for the Cloud Serpents is another example). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

LFR Loot System
Just an idea, but maybe put a little message in the chat screen when players enter a dungeon to inform them of this.
As this is a fairly new feature, it's bound to be improved over time. I think some sort of messaging is probably a good idea; I'll pass that suggestion to the devs along with some of the feedback that was presented on this thread.

But the system that was promised and displayed was that each player would have a seperate roll system on their own, I never saw that feature on the game.
(Brace Yourselves) LFR looting system is coming!

Only to LFR of course.
You should be able to see it working tomorrow right after the maintenance is over.
You need to be level 90 and a minimum of 460 average ilvl if you wish to enter the first part of Mogu'shan Vaults LFR that will be opening tomorrow.

Have fun and may the purples shine radiantly on you! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Account Bound Flying Skill Tomes
The tomes that we've added in WotLK were something that we just wanted to try and experiment with, we're not sure if we're going to create a similar option for Pandaria.

We feel that a big part of the experience would be lost if we decided to add such an option for alts, so much of the world design would be rendered meaningless by having the possibility to skip over any obstacle, and a lot of content would also probably be missed by the players.

I suppose that the argument “my main character already experienced all the world content” makes some sense, if you’ve done it once, you’re not missing anything with your alts, right? But how many players have actually really seen it all while levelling just one character?
If this is about gameplay experience, I think we’re better off with staying put on the ground while levelling, but if it has to do with the levelling pace, we think there are better alternatives that we can explore if we decide that we want to speed up the character’s levelling speed in the near future.

Still, the tome option is not completely out of the picture, it’s something developers are carefully thinking about and might still consider, so please do continue to provide feedback about it, as it always has some weight when designers/producers have to make such decisions. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Winged Guardian Mount 50% Off – This Week Only
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Prepare for liftoff! For one week only, you can get the World of Warcraft Winged Guardian flying mount for half price in the online Blizzard Store (US / EU). Whether you want to hook up a guildmate with a “thanks for healing my raid!” gift or simply want to expand your own mount collection, this feathered, ferocious feline will help any hero stand out in the skies of Pandaria.

The Winged Guardian windfall won’t last long -- this offer ends Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Anton Pourquoi No Rerolls: Pandaria
AFK Players released another episode of their machinima today, and it is worth a watch!

by Published on 2012-10-09 07:15 AM

Monster Power Level Charts, Monster Power Level Videos, Poll - Was the Nerf to the Hellfire Ring Justified?

Ink Trader Changes and Vengeance Hotfix

Darkmoon Ox Deck / Tanking Trinket Hotfix
The Relic of Niuzao was hotfixed tonight to add 1434 Stamina, making it a more viable tanking trinket.


Reminder: Mogu'shan Vaults LFR and Heroic Difficulty Opens This Week
Don't forget that Raid Finder (item level ~463) and Heroic difficulty Mogu'shan Vaults is opening this week! This is the last of the raid openings until October 30th.






Guide to the Golden Lotus Faction Quests
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've seen some confusion about how to gain access to the Golden Lotus faction dailies in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. In case you've been having trouble getting where you need to be, below are some detailed steps to ensure you're on the correct path.

Spoiler Warning! This guide shares some details about the associated quest chain that takes you to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and the Golden Lotus. If you'd prefer to naturally find your way there during your adventures, the first couple of bullets should be sufficient for pointing you in the right direction.

Here is how you get into the Vale of Eternal Blossoms:


If you have any questions or concerns, or if you're still experiencing issues accessing the Vale of Eternal Blossoms or the Golden Lotus daily quests, please let us know.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
No Pet Battle Quests
If you're not seeing the daily quests for a continent, have you earned the Taming achievement to unlock them for that continent? Did they show up once and then never come back? (not resetting) Are any working at all, and if so, which ones?

Note: Taming Kalimdor is Horde only, and Taming Eastern Kingdoms is Alliance only. This was done via hotfix so the UI in-game will not update until 5.1, which is why you may see completion swap between the two. Not to worry though, the data is all there and will be resolved with the 5.1 patch. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Ink Trader Exchange Change
Is there an answer for my question on whether it is a hotfix or a client patch?
This is planned to go in as a hotfix. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Strong Pet Trap?
We applied a hotfix to attempt to resolve issues of not properly receiving the upgraded Strong and Pristine traps. Please let us know if you're still having the issue, what character and realm is seeing the issue, and once you received the achievement, did your trap art, tooltip or icon change to reflect an upgraded trap? (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

New Loot Window
you can type /loot to see who needs/greed/passes
I've done a few dungeons myself during this weekend and I've noticed that some players are simply unaware of this feature, sometimes I saw some people needing on offspec stuff because they weren't seeing any "need" rolls from other players, obviously this can lead to some arguing.

So here it is again for the sake of clarity, please type /loot, /lootrolls or you can just click on [Loot] in the chat window.
This will open a new loot window that shows you all rolls on every item.
You can also go to Interface->Controls-> and click on “Auto Open Loot Rolls Window!” (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Daily Quests and Gearing for Raids
You can get gear from heroic dungeons and in the process get 60 Valor for the first dungeon you do daily, as well as 30 Valor for the first scenario and a chance at getting loot usable by your class when finishing it. It may seem a small amount, but since both venues can be done relatively quickly, if you're aiming to cap valor points, it'll probably be the fastest way to do so (without considering raiding).

If there are particular items (read: gear) you feel you need to get 100% from the factions in Mists of Pandaria, keep in mind that Raid Finder gear is not available yet, and neither the Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring raids.

If even with these things taken into consideration you still feel that a particular item is required, then it might be a good idea to point it out on this thread

Assume for a minute that, the player is casual (read: not alot of time to spend in game but capable), and is able to cap valor points in a given week, yet doesn't have the time to rep grind from doing the ridiculous number of dailies that are currently the main end game focus of mists until we are allowed into all raids and RF is active etc etc, with a total cap of 3k VP available per character. How then is this type of player supposed to get gear?
Sounds like a rather edgy case, meaning, if a player is as casual as you described, it'd probably be best for that player to focus on cap his valor through dailies, so that he'll be grinding whichever reputations he wants to focus on at the same time. If he chooses instead to focus on doing heroics until he gets his gear, then after he's done with that part, he might focus on dailies.

The problem is, this case is littered with too many "ifs". For this discussion it'd probably be much more useful to know what's exactly concerning you.

Also, keep in mind that Pandaria isn't going to vanish into thin air. As long as you're progressing towards your goal, even if it takes you longer than more dedicated players, isn't that still advancing your character? Just curious. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Hidden Klaxxi Daily Quest
WoWInsider has a nice note about a hidden Klaxxi Daily Quest that will net you an extra 130 reputation, along with the normal Valor Points and Lesser Charm.



Minecraft: World of Warcraft
The recreation of the World of Warcraft map inside of Minecraft is finally complete! You can download the map via this torrent (2GB, extracting to 24GB). Be sure to take a look at the installation instructions.

If you don't have the time and bandwidth to do so, you can take a look at an older version of the map.

by Published on 2012-10-08 10:00 PM

Ink Trader Exchange Change
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Beginning after the maintenance on Tuesday, October 9, ink traders will be converting from accepting Blackfallow Ink to accepting Ink of Dreams and Starlight Ink will become available for purchase. If you’re still holding on to your Blackfallow Ink, your time to trade it in is running short.

Vengeance Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A hotfix will be applied to adjust how Vengeance stacks for tanks of all classes:

  • Vengeance should now ramp up more quickly. Avoidance will now grant Vengeance based on the average damage of the avoided NPC auto-attack, instead of just refreshing existing Vengeance. This does not apply to enemy special attacks.

This will be noted in the next hotfix update, but we wanted to let you know immediately, as this change will be applied sometime today.
by Published on 2012-10-07 09:16 PM

Lore Books Now Colored Light Blue, Diablo 3 for Just $9.99, Diablo Drawing by MrKonda91, Curse Weekly Roundup

City Exploit Hotfixed
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities. This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It's safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth.

As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation. If you have information relating to this incident, please email [email protected]. We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding.


Addon Review: TradeSkillMaster
TradeSkillMaster is a modular addon used to help you to simplify your gold-making processes. The goal of the addon is to consolidate all the different tasks needed to make gold in an efficient way while remaining light-weight and customizable. If you used it during beta and had qualms about the UI, note that it has been significantly improved since then.

One of the more useful features is a module that allows you to see the profit involved in just purchasing and crafting things for your profession. It still requires common sense though, as some things may be profitable but not in demand anymore. Another useful module is the Mailing module, that allows you to mail items to your other characters according to the settings. If you often craft things that need to go to another character, this can save many clicks. There are many more modules that are useful as well, take a look at the full list for more details!





LFR Compilation and FAQ
Azshira put together a nice summary of the LFR changes and boss tactics for DPS, Healers, and Tanks on each fight.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
LFR Item Level Requirement Reduction
We're currently looking into reducing the item level requirement for Mogu'Shan Vaults LFR from 463 to 460. This should mean that more players will be ready to go once LFR is rolled out, but their gear should still be at an appropriate level for the fights. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Monk vs Rogue Energy Usage
I don't know much about monks, but their system is similar to rogues right? Does their system use both resources for finishers?

Nope, Monk abilities consume singular resources.

While true, the abilities Monks use to generate Chi are not very damaging, while the strikes a Rogue uses to create combo points are core damage abilities. Monks need Chi to execute bread and butter damage abilities at all. It's not a very good direct comparison.

One should always be careful when comparing how one class's abilities work versus another to take into account all the variables. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Horde vs Alliance in MoP
Where is it? I mean I see a lot of it in Jade Forest, but after our big Skirmish I don't see them again till Kun-Lai summit, which is just building up a foothold and getting some panda allies, then I don't see any more Alliance or Horde again till I hit 90 and talk to Auldin about getting those gates open, that's it. I heard this expansion was putting the WAR back in warcraft, I see a lot of Bugs and Mogus or whatever waring, but not a lot of Alliance versus Horde.

Anyway, if you saw some Waring, let me know I have two other toons to level up, and I want to see all I can.

We've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating here for those that may have missed it. The start of the expansion has been meant to introduce (reintroduce) the war between the Horde and Alliance, but spends a little time introducing you to Pandaria itself. It's (at first) about exploration of this new land. Though, don't be fooled. The war between the Horde and Alliance is there, and will be progressing as the patches progress. The war itself coming to the peaceful shores of Pandaria has stirred up an old enemy of the Pandaren and needs some dealing with too. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, the lovely chaud will work on a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
Hard drive prices are stagnant and still above the pre-flood prices, so now is still a good time to buy a SSD. The current SSD prices seem to have bottomed out for now, with almost all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte. A few sales have even gone under 50 cents per gigabyte, so look for something on sale!

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 3770K and should spend that money elsewhere. New CPUs from Intel won't be here until sometime next year, so there is nothing new coming anytime soon in that area.

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
MonitorAcer V223W EJBD 22-Inch Widescreen - $138ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $188
KeyboardLogitech Media Keyboard K200 - $17Cyborg V.5 - $48
MouseLogitech G400 - $37Razer Deathadder - $47
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $27Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $38
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE278Q 27-Inch - $305HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $379
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $58Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $70 ($111)
MouseLogitech G500 - $60Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $71
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $58Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $80


Puppy and Dolphin
Overclocked Puppy will outperform Dolphin when multiple threads are in use (Not WoW) and come close in most other cases.
Mix and match anything but the CPU/Motherboard combo between Puppy and Dolphin. Pick one of the two CPU/Motherboard combos.
Mix and match anything between Dolphin and Narwhal.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $40NZXT GAMMA Classic - $40
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 - $60XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $66
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $98Intel i3-3220 - $128
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31
MotherboardASUS M5A97 AM3+ 970 - $95Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $125
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $258GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $49
Graphics CardXFX 7770 - $107XFX 6870 or ASUS DCII GTX 560 - $140 / $160
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $64Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $103
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$539$698 - $731


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn. SSDs are always optional.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $60Cooler Master HAF X - $180
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $90Corsair 750HX - $145
CPUIntel i5-3570K - $220Intel i7-3770K - $330
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $57Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $83
MotherboardASUS P8Z77-V LK - $128ASUS P8Z77-V - $190
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $498GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $49
Graphics CardXFX 7870 - $240XFX 7970 Black Edition OR EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $398
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $103Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $103
SSDSAMSUNG 830 128GB (Review) - $90
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $80
Crucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $100
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $115
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$990 - $1090$1406 - $1543


Curse Weekly Roundup
The team is back with news about Mojang's, Mists of Pandaria, Indie Game Movie for Netflix, the Mass Effect 3 DLC, Playstation Plus and the Game Forecast.

by Published on 2012-10-07 06:22 PM

Update - Maintenance Extended, no ETA, Update at 1:15PM PDT



Login Issues - 10/7/2012
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We are currently experiencing an issue after the performed rolling restarts that is affecting the authentication servers. We are currently investigating this issue and will provide further updates within an hour.

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