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by Published on 2012-06-12 10:08 PM

Diablo 3 - Real Money Auction House is Live

Mists of Pandaria Beta - Build 15762
A new beta build will be deployed on beta realms soon.

Legendary Weapon Icons
The new legendary icons may have something to do with Wrathion's quest line. Don't miss the audio that goes with the quests.

Icon Name Icon Name Icon Name Icon Name
Legendary Axe Legendary Fist Weapon Legendary Gun Legendary Knife
Legendary Mace Legendary Shield Legendary Staff Legendary Sword

New Models
It looks like Jaina got a little makeover in this build!






New Loading Screen


New and Changed Maps


New Icons









Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Classic
Dungeons & Raids

Feats of Strength

Silvershard Mines
Player vs. Player
  • Mine Mine Mine!: Kill 250 (was 100) enemies while you are defending a mine cart.



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Mounts
Aquatic

Flying

Companions

Death Knight (Forums)
  • Frost Presence now increases Runic Power generation by 20%, down from 100%. Now also reduces the duration of effects that remove control of your character by 20%. No longer increases your maximum Runic Power by 30. Also reduces the cost of your Frost Strike by 0 for Frost specialization Death Knights.
  • Unholy Presence no longer reduces the global cooldown on your abilities by 0.5 sec.

Frost
  • Improved Frost Presence (New) While in Frost Presence, your Frost Strike ability costs 15 less Runic Power. Death Knight - Frost Spec.
  • Might of the Frozen Wastes no longer allows your autoattacks to generate 15 Runic Power. Now also allows your Obliterate to deal 50% more damage.
  • Obliterate had weapon damage increased to 250% from 200% and base damage increased by 56%.

Unholy
  • Improved Unholy Presence (New) While in Unholy Presence, your attack speed and rune regeneration are increased by an additional 10%. Death Knight - Unholy Spec.

Unholy & Frost
  • Improved Icy Talons was renamed to Unholy Aura. Increases the melee and ranged attack speed of all party and raid members within 100 yards by 10%. Death Knight - Unholy & Frost Spec.

Druid (Forums)

Talents

Hunter (Forums)
  • Glaive Toss now the primary target will take 8 times as much damage from each strike, up from 4.
  • Kill Shot now does 300% weapon damage, rather than 85% weapon damage plus (45% of RAP + 512).

Talents
  • A Murder of Crows: If used on a target below 20% health, the cooldown is reduced to 15 seconds, rather than reset.
  • Binding Shot now requires a Ranged Weapon.
  • Narrow Escape now lasts 8 sec, rather than until canceled.
  • Posthaste has been reworked: Your Disengage frees you from one movement impairing effect and increases your movement speed by 60% for 8 sec.

Pets

Mage (Forums)
Talents
  • Rune of Power now increases your spell damage by 12%, up from 10%.

Frost
  • Frostbolt damage has been reduced by 7%.
  • Mastery: Frostburn: All your spells deal 16% (was 12%) increased damage against Frozen targets. Increases the damage done by your Water Elemental by 16% (was 12%).

Monk (Forums)
  • Blackout Kick damage was increased. Windwalkers gained an additional effect: If behind the target, you deal an additional 20% damage over 4 sec. If in front of the target, you are instantly healed for 20% of the damage done.
  • Expel Harm healing was changed to (3.15 * (MainHand DPS + 50% of OffHand DPS + 7.1% of AP - 1)) to (3.15 * (MainHand DPS + 50% of OffHand DPS + 7.1% of AP + 1)).
  • Resuscitate now costs 20% of Base Mana / 50 Energy, down from 67% Base Mana / 100 Energy.

Brewmaster

Windwalker
  • Adaptation: Your chance to dodge is increased by 25% for 5 sec rather than 1% until cancelled.
  • Combat Conditioning (New) Your Blackout Kick now also deals an additional 20% damage over 4 sec if behind the target or heals you for 20% of the damage done if if front of the target. Monk - Windwalker Spec.

Paladin (Forums)
Retribution

Major Glyphs
  • Glyph of Exorcism has been renamed Glyph of Templar's Verdict. You take 10% less damage for 10 sec after dealing damage with Templar's Verdict.

Priest (Forums)
  • Confession now has a 60 sec cooldown, down from 30 min.

Shadow
  • Devouring Plague now ticks every 1 sec for 6 sec, rather than every 5 sec for 6 sec.

Major Glyphs

Shaman (Forums)
Talents
  • Ancestral Guidance now works with up to 3 nearby injured party or raid members, rather than just 1.
  • Conductivity now also works with Lightning Bolt. If your Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, Earth Shock, or Stormstrike damages an enemy standing in your Healing Rain, allies within the Healing Rain share healing equal to 50% of the initial damage done.

Warlock (Forums)
Talents

Affliction
  • Agony damage has been increased by 75%.
  • Haunt debuff now increases all damage done by your spells on the target by 20% for 8 sec, down from 40%.

Destruction

Pets

Major Glyphs

Warrior (Forums)

Arms
  • Overpower (Arms) now has a 60% increased chance to be a critical strike. (Tooltip fix)

Professions
Enchanting
  • Disenchant now has a 1.5 sec cast time, down from 3 sec.

Cooking

Misc



New Items
For the full list of new items, check out WoWDB!

Level Type Slot Name
10MiscellaneousHeadNat's Hat
85OtherN/AVegetron 4000
85OtherN/AFlippable Table
85OtherN/AFoxicopter Controller
440ArmorTankBackCarapace Inlaid Drape
440ArmorMeleeBackCloak of the Unending Swarm
440ArmorSpell SpiritBackCloak of Collective Thought
440ArmorPhysical DPSBackMantid Exterminator's Cloak
440ArmorSpell DPSBackDrape of the Burning Signal
440ArmorTankNeckBadge of the Amber Siege
440ArmorMeleeNeckBridge Breaker Medallion
440ArmorPhysical DPSNeckSaboteur's Locket
440ArmorSpell DPSNeckHardened Resin Pendant
440ArmorSpell DPSNeckMantid Eye Amulet
440ClothSpell SpiritWaistCord of Bloody Evangelism
440ClothSpell SpiritHandsScarlet Visionary Gloves
440ClothSpell DPSChestDarkmaster's Spare Robe
440ClothSpell DPSChestEmpowered Necropile Robe
440ClothSpell DPSWaistScholarly Cord
440ClothSpell DPSHandsGloves of Fiery Purification
440LeatherSpell SpiritHandsBeneficent Gloves
440LeatherPhysical DPSChestFoul Cadaverous Armor
440LeatherPhysical DPSWaistLoksey's Lost Belt
440LeatherPhysical DPSHandsCrimson Monk Handwraps
440LeatherSpell DPSChestGhoulskin Vestments
440LeatherSpell DPSWaistBucket Tosser's Girdle
440MailMeleeChestInscribed Bloodmail Hauberk
440MailSpell SpiritWaistBelt of Singed Shame
440MailSpell SpiritHandsGloves of Sanctity
440MailPhysical DPSWaistScarlet Archer's Links
440MailPhysical DPSHandsGauntlets of Bloody Judgment
440MailSpell DPSChestPatchwork Flesh Armor
440PlateTankChestRuned Deathbone Chestplate
440PlateTankWaistWaistguard of the Phalanx
440PlateTankHandsMartial Purification Gauntlets
440PlateMeleeChestCarver's Bloodsplattered Chestpiece
440PlateMeleeWaistScarlet Champion's Belt
440PlateMeleeHandsGauntlets of Righteous Conviction
440PlateSpell SpiritChestColdforge Carapace
440PlateSpell DPSWaistVerdone's Chewed Waistplate
440PlateSpell DPSHandsZealous Fervor Handguards


Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • ACCOUNT_WIDE_ACHIEVEMENT_COMPLETED - All of your characters have credit for earning this achievement.
  • ADD_CHARACTER_FRIEND - Add Character Friend
  • BURNING_EMBERS_POWER - Burning Ember:Burning Embers
  • CATCH_PET_CONDITION - You must have a level 3 battle pet.
  • CR_RANGED_EXPERTISE_TOOLTIP - Reduces chance to be dodged by %s\nExpertise %s (+%.2F%% expertise)
  • ERR_BONUS_ROLL_EMPTY - You were not eligible to receive any loot from this boss. You have not been charged for your bonus roll.
  • ERR_PETBATTLE_NO_ACCOUNT_LOCK - Pet Journal Is Locked by another user on this account
  • FAVORITES_FILTER - Only Favorites
  • MAIN_HELP_BUTTON_TOOLTIP - Click this to toggle on/off the help system for this frame.
  • PET_ABILITY_NO_SECOND_ABILITY - No second ability
  • SHADOW_ORBS_POWER - Shadow Orb:Shadow Orbs
  • VRN_WINDOWS_32BIT - Requires a 64 bit version of Windows.
by Published on 2012-06-12 07:44 AM

Diablo 3 - Patch 1.0.2c Today, Cheating in Diablo III, RMAH Reminder, Diablo III Effective Health Pool Calculator, Blue Posts, Creative Machinima Contest

Heroic Gate of the Setting Sun Video Guide
Gate of the Setting Sun is a level 90 heroic instance located in Dread Wastes.



Quests

Level Name Objective Money Rewards XP
90Lighting the WayLight the Signal Flame.45 60471,000
90That's a Big Bug!Kill Raigonn.45 60471,000

Achievements

Category Name Points
Pandaria DungeonBomberman
Trigger 15 explosions within 15 seconds during the Saboteur Kip'tilak encounter in Gate of the Setting Sun on Heroic Difficulty.
10
Pandaria DungeonConscriptinator
Gain three stacks of Resin Residue by defeating Mantid Conscripts in Gate of the Setting Sun on Heroic Difficulty.
10
Pandaria DungeonHeroic: Gate of the Setting Sun
Defeat Raigonn in Gate of the Setting Sun on Heroic Difficulty.
10

Dungeon Maps



The Lorewalker Stories
In Mists of Pandaria there are several extra lore related achievements to go with the regular zone exploration achievements.

For example, to complete Fish Tails you must find small statues or other objects hidden around Pandaria and read the lore. Once you have found all of the objects for an achievement, Lorewalker Cho will send you mail that asks you to meet him at the Seat of Knowledge. Once there he will narrate a small story that gives you some more information about Pandaria lore.

In the video below, the Fish Tails and Ballad of Liu Lang stories are told to you.







Cheating in Diablo III
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Blizzard Entertainment has always taken cheating in any form in Blizzard games very seriously, and that's no different for Diablo® III. If a Diablo III player is found to be cheating or using hacks, bots, or modifications in any form, then as outlined in the Diablo III end user license agreement, that player can be permanently banned from the game. This means that the player will be permanently unable to log in to Battle.net® to play Diablo III with his or her account.

Playing Diablo III legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client. Doing otherwise violates our policies for Battle.net and Diablo III, and it goes against the spirit of fair play that all of our games are based on. We strongly recommend that you avoid using any hacks, cheats, bots, or exploits. Suspensions and bans of players that have used or start using cheats and hacks will begin in the near future.

Warden has been. Monitoring what's being tracked by the system is an important part of the process before banning in waves. We need to be sure the detections are accurate. It's a reminder of the rules and a promise that ban waves will commence shortly. Nothing more.

Diablo III Patch 1.0.2c
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General
  • If the authentication service is busy, the login checkbox will now wait at "Authenticating Credentials" until a player's login attempt can be processed. As a result, players should no longer encounter Error 37 when logging in.
  • Achievements have been granted to players who previously completed their objectives, but were not correctly awarded completion credit.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed several crashes which occurred when clicking on player-generated item links in the game client

Trading Card Game Art Update
Blizzard has updated the Trading Card Game art gallery to feature ten new pieces



by Published on 2012-06-10 11:19 PM

Diablo 3 - Hotfix, Treasure Goblin Analysis, Barbarian Guide, Wizard DPS Calculator, and Machinima Contest

Armored Druid Forms Preview
In Mists of Pandaria Druids will get the Incarnation talent, which allows them to change into an armored version of the form for their spec. The images below show the different colors of the armored forms.

Armored Bear Forms



Heroic Scarlet Halls Video Preview
The last beta patch enabled many of the Heroic difficulty level instances, including Scarlet Halls, which is a combination of the old Armory and Library wings of the Scarlet Monastery.



Mists of Pandaria Quest Voiceovers
Blizzard added a lot of voice acting for questlines so far and the latest patch added even more! Here are a few samples of what to expect while leveling.

Shokai Questline




White Tiger Temple Event




Bold Karasshi Questline



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 slowly declining, but are still above the pre-flood prices, so now is still a good time to buy a SSD. The current SSD prices are still moving downward, with sales bringing the cost to under $1 per gigabyte. A few sales are even nearing 50 cents per gigabyte, so look for something on sale!

If you are building today and don't go for the upper range of overclocking (past ~4.5Ghz) then you are better off buying Ivy Bridge. If you want to go for the maximum overclocks or have to save money, the 2500k is $25 cheaper. Unless you are doing a lot of video encoding or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 3770K 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
MonitorAcer V223W EJBD 22-Inch Widescreen - $146ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $190
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $25Cyborg V.5 - $46
MouseLogitech G400 - $41Razer Deathadder - $44
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $267HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $375
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $61Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $72 ($114)
MouseLogitech G500 - $58Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $74
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $54Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $82


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 - $36NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 V2 - $57OCZ ZS Series 650W - $70
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition- $142Intel i3-2100 - $110
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $29
MotherboardASUS M5A97 AM3+ 970 - $102Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $129
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $258GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $56
Graphics CardGigabyte GTX 550 Ti - $120XFX 6870 or EVGA GTX 560 - $140 / $155
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $65Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $115
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$595$715


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 HAF932 - $130
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $90Corsair 750HX - $135
CPUIntel i5-3570K - $240Intel i7-3770K - $388
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $59Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $83
MotherboardASUS P8Z77-V LK - $152ASUS P8Z77-V - $190
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $568GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $56
Graphics CardMSI 7850 Twin Frozr - $260Sapphire 7970 OC OR EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $480 / $420
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $115Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $115
SSDCrucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $114
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $130
SAMSUNG 830 128GB (Review) - $145
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $105
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$1054 - $1184$1539 - $1744
by Published on 2012-06-09 06:02 AM

Diablo 3 - Act III Inferno Farming, Treasure Creatures Drop Rates, RMAH ToS Update - Authenticator Required, Commodity Auctions, Blue Posts

Peak of Serenity
Monks get a new spell called Zen Pilgrimage at level 30, which teleports them to the Peak of Serenity, a part of Kun-Lai Summit. This area is likely to function similar to the Death Knight starting area.

Currently it isn't very populated, just a few monk trainers and some students, but that is likely to change in a future patch. When a Monk wants to return, they can cast Zen Pilgrimage: Return, which should return them to a safe location that is near from where they left.



Level 90 Talent Animations Preview
The video we posted yesterday did not show spell effects at maximum particle density due to a change in the Mists of Pandaria client that we were not aware of. When other players cast a spell, you will see the low quality version, no matter how high your game settings are set. This made some of the effects look weak, like in this example.

We also looked at the effects in a more neutral colored zone and made some easier to see. Give your class another look if you had effects that depended on spell effects being turned up!




Jade Forest Going Offline in Next Beta Patch
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the next patch to the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta, we will be temporarily removing the Jade Forest zone. We’re going to be making improvements to the zone, and want to put the focus of testing on other areas during this time.

As a result, starting with this next beta patch (which is coming soon™), you will find that you are no longer able to enter Jade Forest. If you have any characters that are hanging out in Jade Forest when the zone is disabled, they will be automatically ported out to the following locations:

  • Valley of the Four Winds (for Horde characters)
  • Krasarang Wilds (for Alliance characters)

Characters that need experience to continue testing can visit either Orgrimmar or Stormwind. In each faction city, there will be an NPC that provides a quest which will reward enough XP to boost your characters from 85 to 86, as well as send you to Valley of the Four Winds to continue questing from there.

We expect Jade Forest to be offline for an extended period of time; we’ll provide further details as we progress with our updates to the zone. Thank you for testing Mists of Pandaria!

Diablo III Real-Money Auction House ToS Update
You now need an authenticator to use Battle.net balance and the RMAH.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In preparation for the upcoming launch of the real-money auction house, we will be updating the Diablo® III Auction House Terms of Use and Battle.net Terms of Use to cover some key changes related to the account-security measures required to use Battle.net Balance. Later today, the following updates will be made to the Terms of Use available on our website, and when the real-money auction house goes live, all players will be asked to re-read and accept these changes the next time they play Diablo III.

Battle.net Balance and Authenticator Update
With the introduction of the real-money auction house, account security will become more important than ever. To help ensure that players have a positive experience when using the real-money auction house, we’ve made some adjustments to how players can use and access their Battle.net Balance.

Starting today, in order to use Battle.net Balance, players will be required to have a Battle.net Authenticator or Battle.net Mobile Authenticator attached to their Battle.net account. For clarity, this means you’ll need to have an Authenticator to add to your balance via Battle.net Account Management or to send the proceeds of your real-money auction house sales to your Battle.net Balance.

Please note that players who previously added Battle.net Balance to their account prior to this change will be able to use it to make eligible purchases on Battle.net and in the auction house without attaching an Authenticator. However, an Authenticator will be required to add to your balance in the future, as explained above.

While we understand that this may be an inconvenience for some players, we want to ensure that players feel confident when using Battle.net Balance to make auction house transactions.

You can learn more about the Battle.net Authenticator, Battle.net Mobile Authenticator, and other account security information by clicking here.

Diablo in Starcraft II
One of the entries in the SC2 arcade contest is Diablo in Starcraft II using some WoW art assets.

by Published on 2012-06-08 06:20 AM

Diablo 3 - Trading Forum Changes, Commodity Sales Return, Disparity Between Melee and Ranged, Blue Posts

Level 90 Talent Animations Preview
Be sure to turn on annotations if you want to use the menu to skip to your classes' talents.

Warning - Some of these spells were recorded from the point of view of another player and might show up with lower particle effects than you would see them if you casted them yourself. You can see an example of this with the Mage Rune of Power spell.



Dragon Turtle Vendor
The latest beta build added a vendor for the Dragon Turtle mounts, with all of them selling for 3,000 gold. This price is very unlikely to be final! The vendor is located just outside of the Stormwind city walls near the Cataclysm portals.






WoW China Developer Interview
otarma was able to translate the latest China Developer's interview for us once again! Keep in mind that things can get lost or mistranslated when doing translation.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Why don’t you allow cross-realm trade between Real ID friends?
It would make cross-realm item circulation too easy, which would impact the economy of individual realms. However, if you really want to play with someone, you can transfer to their realm.

Some players are nostalgic about the raid attunement quests. These players sometimes feel the only reason to kill the raid bosses is the loot. Some players are even asking for the return of raid attunement quests. Will this change in MoP?
Quest lovers and raid lovers don’t have much in common. For many raiders, it is a chore to be forced to do a bunch of raid attunement quests. We are not going to introduce any raid attunement quests at all. On the contrary, because players want to have a reason to raid, we will tell the stories through the means other than quests, such as dialogues of NPCs, events in instances, and the quotes of raid bosses.

How do players reach Pandaria?
Through portals. Currently there are no routes to Pandaria.

Will there be regular championships for pet battles?
Currently we don't have any plans to do so.

Some changes in Cata made some reputations ungrindable (such as the two centaur factions). Will this be fixed?
If the reputations are achievement-relevant, we will fix it, otherwise we don’t want players to grind the reputations that reward nothing.

When people try to do The Loremaster achievement, it’s difficult to find the quest lines that they abandoned halfway. How do you think of it? Is there a way to make the achievement easier?
If you can give us a specific example then we can probably fix it. Besides, the Loremaster achievement in MoP has a little tweak. The quest achievements of the new zones will credit the quest lines instead of numbers of quests accomplished. So the credits are “complete X Y Z story lines”.

Are the mounts from Jewelcrafting profession BoP?
No, they are BoE.

I ask this out of curiosity. Are there more quests in MoP than in Cata LV 80-85?
Currently we have about 1300 quests, of which about 300 are dailies. Some quests are available to Alliance or Horde only, but most quests are neutral. The number of faction-specific quests is probably less than 200. We don't have data to compare with the previous expansions yet, but it is likely that the number is close to WotLK. The quests are more focused on dailies (MoP focuses on dailies more than any other expansion).

Of course, the dailies will be randomized. You can never accept all of them at the same time. If you max out the reputation levels of all factions to provide their quests at max numbers, you can accept about 48 level 85+ dailies at the same time.

After the launch of MoP, will you continue to introduce more world bosses in the following patches?
Yes, depending on how well the world bosses are received. If it's a success then we will certainly introduce more.

The Rise of Zandalari patch seemed unfinished; the whole story was not fully described. Will there be more stories about Zandalari?
Yes, you will see a lot about Zandalari in Kun-lai, and you will discover the connections between Zandalari, Pandaria and Mogu.

LFR provides a lot of convenience for players who are not in raiding guilds. Simply clicking a button to find a raid also decreased the communications within realms. The communications between strangers became less and less. How do you plan to deal with it?
We don't have plans to force players to communicate; it is not necessary for those who try LFR to befriend total strangers. Our bottom line is, we think if you play this game with your friends it will be happier, but if you don’t have friends to play with, then LFD and LFR will also help you experience dungeons and raids.

The popularity LFR received and the benefits it brought are undisputed, but did it bring negative effects too? For example, do players get bored more easily because they can experience raid so easily without the efforts of teamwork?
This system certainly has some flaws. One of them is that it gives players more reasons to not play with friends, make new friends or join a guild. But according to the statistics before and after the release of patch 4.3, we didn’t find players more easily bored about the new raid.

A more functioning guild finder may solve the problem to an extent, but a single system could not possibly fulfill the needs of all players. We hope to make more improvements in 5.0 (including off-line communications or a database website).



WoW China and Korea Server Merges
There is also some older news out of China and Korea about server shutdowns!

They have shut down servers with very low populations, allowing players and guilds to transfer to another server. If a player comes back to the game after their realm has been shut down, they are still able to transfer by using the website. Thanks goes to otarma again for translation.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Since the announcement of the Gaming Environment Optimization Program Phase 1, we have received a lot of support from the players of the relevant realms. So far, Phase 1 goes very well. Most players have arrived at the target realms and received a much better gaming experience. In order for players to begin their new gaming experience more efficiently, we will initiate Phase 2 of the Gaming Environment Optimization Program On June 5th. Hence the source realms will be shut down. The players of the source realms need to organize and take care of the items and money in mailboxes and AH so the transfer can be completed more efficiently.



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Why Not Add Head Enchants to Inscription?
Part of the logic in getting rid of the head enchant was to make it easier for players to use their gear. Gems, enchants and reforges all have their place but too much of that sort of preparation before you can actually use an item gets annoying. I'm not saying freeing up one head enchant solves that problem, but it's a small step. I don't know that enchanting the helmet in and of itself is so much fun that we need to preserve it. I think in the meeting where we discussed cutting the enchant there might have even been a little bit of cheering.

In addition, we're not saying we'll never make head enchants again. Maybe we'll come up with a clever use for them or maybe we'll come up with some kind of system that needs a different kind of reward (this was the original genesis of the enchants back in the day). It would be harder to implement such a design if we had to go take the head enchants away from one of the professions. For now, the idea will just go back in the vault. It may not be there forever. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Testing Heroic Dungeons
We're still investigating the stuck character issue. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

New Beta Scenarios Feedback Forum
Hey all! We hope you're enjoying some of the new features we've added to the beta recently. And, to that end, we've opened up a Beta Scenarios forum so you can let us know what you think of this new system.

Don't be stingy with the feedback! We're very excited about scenarios and look forward to hearing what you have to say about them over the course of testing. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

The Daily Blink - And He Shall Be Known as Sparkle-Tony
The Daily Blink has predicted the next Blizzard Store mount! For the full comic, read it on their site.


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