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by Published on 2011-12-31 10:18 PM

New Year Celebration
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Merry New Year! The celebration begins at 6:00 a.m. Realm-Time December 31 with fireworks in the skies above the cities, and repeats every hour on the hour. Feel free to sample some of the exotic brews and libations carted in from around the world, and dance in celebration as a new year dawns. If you're on a PvP realm you're cautioned to steer clear of Booty Bay (or potentially visit with haste) as the guards there appear to have had too much fun already and aren't likely to be enforcing the town rules until morning.
by Published on 2011-12-31 02:53 AM

Class Transmogrification List
With the popularity of our previous weapon transmogrification list, we have expanded the list to more slots for each class. Because these lists are so long and take some time to prepare, the lists will be split into groups of a few classes at a time. Today we start with Warriors, Paladins, and Death Knights.

This time around items that share the same model and color are counted together in the rankings, but not items that have different color variations of the same model. Cloaks and offhands will be included in a non class specific list in the future.

All of the items in the list have screenshots on the database page if you are looking for some transmogrification ideas!


Warrior
Head Shoulder Chest
Onslaught Battle-Helm Onslaught Shoulderblades Onslaught Breastplate
Wrathful Gladiator's Plate Helm Wrathful Gladiator's Plate Shoulders Brutal Gladiator's Plate Chestpiece
Ymirjar Lord's Helmet Ymirjar Lord's Shoulderplates Breastplate of Might
Helm of Might Brutal Gladiator's Plate Shoulders Wrathful Gladiator's Plate Chestpiece
Brutal Gladiator's Plate Helm Pauldrons of Might Gendarme's Cuirass
Waist Legs Feet
Belt of Broken Bones Onslaught Greaves Myrmidon's Treads
Girdle of Stability Brutal Gladiator's Plate Legguards Hellfrozen Bonegrinders
Belt of Might Wrathful Gladiator's Plate Legguards Sabatons of Might
Onslaught Belt Legplates of Might Guardian's Plate Greaves
Guardian's Plate Belt Ymirjar Lord's Legplates Wrathful Gladiator's Greaves of Triumph
Wrist Hands Main Hand
Bracers of Might Onslaught Gauntlets Quel'Serrar
Onslaught Wristguards Brutal Gladiator's Plate Gauntlets Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight
Onslaught Bracers Wrathful Gladiator's Plate Gauntlets Quickening Blade of the Prince
Bracelets of Wrath Gauntlets of Might King's Defender
Imperial Plate Bracers Ymirjar Lord's Gauntlets Brutal Gladiator's Pummeler

Paladin
Head Shoulder Chest
Judgement Crown Lightbringer Pauldrons Judgement Breastplate
Lightsworn Helmet Lightsworn Shoulderplates Lightbringer Chestguard
Lightbringer Faceguard Judgement Spaulders Brutal Gladiator's Lamellar Chestpiece
Brutal Gladiator's Lamellar Helm Brutal Gladiator's Lamellar Shoulders Lawbringer Chestguard
Mask of Penance Wrathful Gladiator's Ornamented Spaulders Breastplate of Many Graces
Waist Legs Feet
Judgement Belt Judgement Legplates Judgement Sabatons
Lightbringer Girdle Lightbringer Greaves Lightbringer Treads
Lawbringer Belt Lightsworn Legplates Lawbringer Boots
Guardian's Lamellar Belt Brutal Gladiator's Lamellar Legguards Guardian's Lamellar Greaves
Girdle of Many Blessings Cassock of the Loyal Wrathful Gladiator's Greaves of Salvation
Wrist Hands Main Hand
Judgement Bindings Judgement Gauntlets Brutal Gladiator's Slicer
Lawbringer Bracers Brutal Gladiator's Lamellar Gauntlets Quel'Serrar
Virtue Bearer's Vambraces Lightsworn Gauntlets Maladath, Runed Blade of the Black Flight
Imperial Plate Bracers Lightbringer Gauntlets Syphon of the Nathrezim
Lightbringer Bracers Lawbringer Gauntlets Brutal Gladiator's Pummeler

Death Knight
Head Shoulder Chest
Acherus Knight's Hood Blood-Soaked Saronite Plated Spaulders Saronite War Plate
Greathelm of the Scourge Champion Scourgelord Shoulderplates Acherus Knight's Tunic
Scourgelord Helmet Acherus Knight's Pauldrons Scourgelord Battleplate
Sanctified Scourgelord Helmet Sanctified Scourgelord Shoulderplates Brutal Gladiator's Dreadplate Chestpiece
Brutal Gladiator's Dreadplate Helm Brutal Gladiator's Dreadplate Shoulders Sanctified Scourgelord Battleplate
Waist Legs Feet
The Plaguebringer's Girdle Engraved Saronite Legplates Greaves of the Slaughter
Acherus Knight's Girdle Acherus Knight's Legplates Acherus Knight's Greaves
Guardian's Plate Belt Scourgelord Legplates Guardian's Plate Greaves
Belt of Absolute Zero Sanctified Scourgelord Legplates Woe Breeder's Boots
Girdle of Many Blessings Brutal Gladiator's Dreadplate Legguards Rock Furrow Boots
Wrist Hands Main Hand
Bands of the Stoneforge Bloodbane's Gauntlets of Command Wrathful Gladiator's Cleaver
Acherus Knight's Wristguard Acherus Knight's Gauntlets Scourgeborne Waraxe
Virtue Bearer's Vambraces Scourgelord Gauntlets Netherbane
Imperial Plate Bracers Sanctified Scourgelord Gauntlets Wrathful Gladiator's Slicer
Polar Bear Claw Bracers Brutal Gladiator's Dreadplate Gauntlets Soul Blade



Blizzard and Bots
Nevalistis answered some of the common complaints that come up every time a player complains about bots not being banned.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It is a paying account, why ban them?

This is one of the biggest misconceptions we have, and I genuinely wish we could permanently clear it up. I'll provide a few hypothetical situations (mind you, these numbers are ENTIRELY made up).

Let's say 90% of botters were compromised accounts. This means that 90% of these botters aren't paying accounts; they're stolen accounts, which are generally fueled by stolen credit cards. These payments usually get disputed and taken back, which actually costs us money. If we're looking to make a purely fiscal observation, it makes no financial sense to let these continue (aside from the fact that we don't like compromised accounts to begin with - we want our players to be playing their own accounts safely and enjoyably).

Let's go on the other side of the fence and say 90% of these botters were otherwise legitimate players paying for their accounts, as you purport. When players bot, other players are inconvenienced by this behavior (and trust me, you guys outnumber the botters, even if you may feel it's the other way around). The inconveniences range from normal players having difficulty farming on their own to struggling to keep up with an economy that's being forcibly fluctuated via unfair advantage. When players are inconvenienced in this manner, they submit petitions.

Every petition submitted goes to a Game Master for review. A living, breathing person that is paid to provide customer service looks over it, does what's necessary for the situation (in botting cases, usually forwarding the info on to our exploitation/hacks team), and provides a response. Let's say 1-2 people are inconvenienced by a single botter (in all likelihood, we probably get many more petitions per botter than that). This would mean each botter is inconveniencing at least as many, and likely more, players that are positive to the community (the kinds of players we like and want to continue to play our game). For each botter we allow to continue botting, we potentially stand to lose more than we gain for a single subscription, just out of the sheer inconvenience it causes other players.

Even if you change those numbers around of legitimate players versus compromised accounts - we only stand to lose more if we don't take action on bots (which we do, regularly).

Blizzard needs to step it up. Unfortunately, the bots you see are no longer just hacked accounts...it's actual players exploiting the game by using bots to farm when they sleep or are away, therefore when blizzard sends a message investigating the matter they respond as a real player and no action is taken..at least that is my assumption since two of these jerks are still regularly botting Uldum.

This has been stated many times before, but action being taken against botters takes a long time to come about. The reason why is pretty simple, and another player in this thread has stated it quite eloquently, so I'll be highlighting it here:

Blizzard investigates every single bot report. But as they are intelligent they wait until they can patch a hotfix for the bot before they do mass ban waves. This cures the infection instead of treating the symptom.

We don't generally hit bots individually as we receive the reports because it doesn't ultimately solve the issue - they just acquire another account, either legitimately or illegitimately, and get back to botting. Instead, it's much more effective to study the bots, devise the method they are abusing, and break that method. In the process, we also construct ways of detecting the behavior, and create systems in which we can catch those bots and remove them much more quickly.

It's an ever-evolving battle, however. Botters are smart too, and they figure out what it is we figured out, and develop new bots. We start the cycle over again, but it also means we've eliminated a method of exploitation and have to move on to the next. I hope that makes sense - it's a very lengthy process, and for the best intentions of that process (and preventing providing that info to those who would abuse it), I can't go into much more detail.

If they don't whisper you back its a pretty sure sign that they're botting

Not quite. I tend to get anti-social when I'm mining. It gets me in an almost hypnotic groove. >o.o<

All jokes aside, not all players will respond to unsolicited whispers - after all, they know as little about your intentions (unless clearly stated) as you know about theirs. Some just feel like mining for a while, or do it while multi-tasking and reading Facebook or Reddit or something. I may or may not be speaking from experience. /coughs

How many real people, actual players do YOU KNOW personally that can fly around in the exact same pattern for 48 straight hours...and sometimes in fact weeks continuously without logging off?


And how many real people do you know who will sit at their computers and watch someone commit to these patterns for 48 hours straight? It's not an efficient manner to monitor bots, and we don't have our staff to do it any more than we expect our players to. It's also one of many factors that's considered, and unless you've been personally observing accounts for that long yourself, it's probably not quite working the way you perceive it to be. >^.~< Again, my discretion here is necessary, but suffice it to say it's taken into account.

There are other, better ways to identify bots and fight them. We have a team staffed specifically for this purpose. But it is time consuming, and it regrettably needs to be to be most effective. Bots don't get removed in small numerical batches; when we strike at them, it's usually in the hundreds, if not thousands.
by Published on 2011-12-30 06:17 AM

Diablo 3 - 15 Year Anniversary, AZ Beta, Blues on Release Delay, Beta Screenshots, Curse is hiring

Mists of Pandaria Dungeons and Raids
We will hear more from Blizzard in January, but while things are quiet we can take this opportunity to review the new features that are coming in Mists of Pandaria. We begin with the Dungeons and Raid information that was announced so far, using dedicated threads in our Mists of Pandaria forum.

Previous Coverage:













Curse is Hiring!
Due to continuing growth, Curse is looking to fill a few positions in the near future!

If you're looking for a chance to get into the industry, this may be the opportunity you've been seeking . At the moment, we are looking to fill the following positions:





  • .NET Web Developer - Do you write Linq expressions and threadsafe singleton classes in your sleep? We need your help creating awesome new web properties at Curse.
  • PHP Web Developer - Are you an IPB or MediaWiki pro? At Curse, we operate the largest IPB-based site in the world, and some of the largest MediaWiki sites.
  • Senior System Administrator - We’re looking for an experienced sys admin to help implement our infrastructure improvement plans in 2012.
  • .NET Team Manager - We’re looking for a skilled technical manager to help organize and inspire our Live team.
  • Video Content Editor - We’re looking for someone who likes creating and editing exciting videos.



For more information on working at Curse, please head to our Jobs page.
by Published on 2011-12-29 06:18 AM

Diablo 3 - Monk With 'Thorns', Lore Quiz, Beta Screenshots

World First Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider
Exorsus earned the World First in Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider, which rewards a Reins of the Twilight Harbinger. Congratulations to them!



Statistics: Displayed Titles
As a part of our continued statistics posts, today we looked at the popularity of displayed titles. Keep in mind many of these characters are alts, which reduces the percentages from what they really are for more active characters. This comes from a ~6.4 million level 85 character sample size. We were unable to provide a ranking of all the titles a character has due to a bug in the Armory API that hasn't been fixed yet. Take these numbers with a grain of salt, as there could be other unknown bugs that affect the stats here.

If you want to see the full list, as well as a list from more active characters, see the first comment on this news post.


Most Commonly DisplayedPercent
the Noble0.8732%
Avenger of Hyjal0.8483%
the Flamebreaker0.8347%
the Undying0.8279%
Hand of A'dal0.7941%
the Argent Champion0.7689%
the Seeker0.7637%
Professor0.7249%
Destroyer's End0.6820%
the Pilgrim0.6776%
Loremaster0.6774%
Elder0.6577%
Guardian of Cenarius0.6436%
the Love Fool0.5845%
of the Shattered Sun0.5796%
the Exalted0.4924%
of Stormwind0.4521%
Chef0.4484%
Private0.4435%
Flame Warden0.4415%



Fangs of the Father Questline
Xpipe from Alonsus was kind enough to share a video of the next part of the Legendary daggers questline.

by Published on 2011-12-28 05:34 AM

Blood Legion Heroic Madness of Deathwing Video
Blood Legion shared their full video of the Madness fight, with an alternative viewpoint here.



Statistics: Pets
As a part of our continued statistics posts, today we looked at the popularity of non combat pets. Keep in mind many of these characters are alts, which reduces the percentages from what they really are for more active characters. This comes from a ~6.4 million level 85 character sample size. You can see the full list here.


  • The average player in this sample has 23 pets.
  • The average player in this sample who has done some Patch 4.3 content has 31 pets.
  • Unhatched Mr. Chilly was awarded to players who merged their World of Warcraft account with a Battle.net account before the merger deadline. It is mailed to all new characters created on the account.
  • Perky Pug is awarded to characters that did heroics with at least 100 people through LFD.
  • Turtle Box is the most popular Children's Week pet.
  • Polar Bear Collar was awarded through a Coke promotion in China, only one EU character had one out of the entire sample (we only track US and EU).
  • Enchanted Onyx was mailed to players on Korean realms as part of a promotion, only ~315 EU players had one in our sample.
  • Core Hound Pup is mailed to every character on an account that has an authenticator, meaning significantly less than 40% of players have an authenticator.


Most Common PetsPercent
Unhatched Mr. Chilly (Armory)80.7941%
Perky Pug (Armory)65.7710%
Sinister Squashling (Armory)61.0410%
Onyxian Whelpling (Armory)46.0062%
Blue Mini Jouster (Armory)41.6215%
Core Hound Pup (Armory)39.3904%
Wolpertinger's Tankard (Armory)38.2341%
Baby Blizzard Bear (Armory)36.2475%
Gold Mini Jouster (Armory)33.3662%
Parrot Cage (Senegal) (Armory)31.1504%
Cockroach (Armory)29.5358%
Crimson Snake (Armory)28.2002%
Panther Cub (Armory)27.8769%
Cobra Hatchling (Armory)27.1030%
Parrot Cage (Cockatiel) (Armory)26.4126%
White Tickbird Hatchling (Armory)25.8465%
Cat Carrier (Siamese) (Armory)25.6343%
Tickbird Hatchling (Armory)24.9410%
Ancona Chicken (Armory)24.4737%
Black Kingsnake (Armory)23.2060%
Obsidian Hatchling (Armory)22.0245%
Cat Carrier (Bombay) (Armory)21.9813%
Cat Carrier (Silver Tabby) (Armory)21.7057%
Tree Frog Box (Armory)21.4767%
Brown Snake (Armory)21.4673%
Cat Carrier (Cornish Rex) (Armory)21.4146%
Cat Carrier (Orange Tabby) (Armory)21.2959%
Great Horned Owl (Armory)21.0524%
Rabbit Crate (Snowshoe) (Armory)20.7943%
Miniwing (Armory)20.7123%
Most Rare PetsPercent
Polar Bear Collar (Armory)0.0000%
Enchanted Onyx (Armory)0.0049%
Darkmoon Tonk (Armory)0.0066%
Darkmoon Turtle (Armory)0.0204%
Darkmoon Zeppelin (Armory)0.0239%
Pink Murloc Egg (Armory)0.0258%
Darkmoon Cub (Armory)0.0324%
Dragon Kite (Armory)0.0402%
Spectral Tiger Cub (Armory)0.0465%
Soul-Trader Beacon (Armory)0.0575%
Tuskarr Kite (Armory)0.0670%
Rocket Chicken (Armory)0.0710%
Blue Murloc Egg (Armory)0.0769%
Darkmoon Monkey (Armory)0.0865%
Purple Puffer (Armory)0.0987%
Banana Charm (Armory)0.1266%
Tyrael's Hilt (Armory)0.1373%
Lump of Coal (Armory)0.1520%
Hippogryph Hatchling (Armory)0.1547%
Nightsaber Cub (Armory)0.3086%
Landro's Lichling (Armory)0.3619%
Celestial Dragon (Armory)0.4068%
Landro's Lil' XT (Armory)0.4796%
Crawling Claw (Armory)0.5030%
Lurky's Egg (Armory)0.5864%
Fox Kit (Armory)0.7117%
Murkimus' Tiny Spear (Armory)0.7827%
Zergling Leash (Armory)0.7918%
Panda Collar (Armory)0.9069%
Diablo Stone (Armory)0.9304%



Comics
Dark Legacy Comics #319 and Teh Gladiators #300 + #301 are available!

by Published on 2011-12-27 05:28 AM

Diablo 3 - Runed Rain of Vengeance, Blue Post, Beta Screenshots

MMO-Champion "Be nice, not naughty!" Giveaway
The weekly Valor Points cap resets soon, so don't forget to take screenshots for the giveaway while you are doing LFR/LFD this week. You could win X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME, Epic Purple Shirt, Foam Sword Rack, Fishing Chair , or a Curse Premium account.

The contest ends December 30th at 08:00PM GMT, so be sure to read the full rules and enter before then!


Dragon Soul 25 Progression Rankings
Stars recently picked up a Heroic Madness of Deathing kill, followed by Blood Legion for the US First, leaving just 6 guilds who are currently 7/8.


RankGuildRealmProgressCriteria
1즐거운공격대 (25)KR-Kargath8/8 (H)45000.00
2Stars (25 r)TW-Crystalpine Stinger8/8 (H)44333.33
3Blood Legion (25 r)US-Illidan8/8 (H)20911.11
4DREAM Paragon (10/25 r)EU-Lightning's Blade7/8 (H)20855.55
5Method (10/25 r)EU-Xavius7/8 (H)20800.00



Dragon Soul 10 Progression Rankings
In extremis went on to get the World First kill of Heroic Madness of Deathwing in 10 man, making them the only guild to do so. There are two EU and two Asian guilds left at 7/8 to try for second place.

RankGuildRealmProgressCriteria
1In extremis (10)KR-Norgannon8/8 (H)45000.00
2Silent (10)EU-Illidan7/8 (H)21234.44
3Crakers (10)KR-Hellscream7/8 (H)20957.22
4Интервенция (10)EU-Свежеватель Душ7/8 (H)20891.11
5Wings of Aurora (10)TW-Howling Fjord7/8 (H)20546.11



Statistics: Mounts
As a part of our continued statistics posts, today we looked at the most and least popular mounts. Keep in mind many of these characters are alts, which reduces the percentages. This comes from a ~6.4 million level 85 character sample size. Gladiator mounts and old epic ground mounts that are no longer in the game were removed from the list. You can see the unfiltered list and a few bonus mounts here.


  • The average level 85 character has 21 mounts.
  • The average level 85 character that has done at least some of the new 4.3 PvE content has 29 mounts.
  • Blue Wind Rider was the most popular Wyvern color from the set of normal speed Wyverns that you could purchase in Burning Crusade.
  • Swift Red Wind Rider was the most popular Wyvern color from the set of epic speed Wyverns that you could purchase in Burning Crusade.
  • Only 70% of level 85 characters completed enough quests in Vashj'ir to get the Subdued Abyssal Seahorse.
  • People really like the camels!


Most Common MountsPercent
Subdued Abyssal Seahorse (Armory)70.35%
Reins of the Bronze Drake (Armory)54.82%
Snowy Gryphon (Armory)26.18%
Blue Wind Rider (Armory)24.03%
Reins of the Brown Riding Camel (Armory)23.68%
Reins of the Tan Riding Camel (Armory)23.32%
Ebon Gryphon (Armory)22.19%
Tawny Wind Rider (Armory)21.25%
Golden Gryphon (Armory)20.57%
Yellow Qiraji Resonating Crystal (Armory)18.73%
Green Qiraji Resonating Crystal (Armory)18.32%
Blue Qiraji Resonating Crystal (Armory)18.22%
Swift White Steed (Armory)18.16%
Green Wind Rider (Armory)17.80%
Swift Palomino (Armory)16.96%
Swift Red Wind Rider (Armory)16.86%
Swift Red Gryphon (Armory)16.61%
Swift Purple Gryphon (Armory)16.48%
Pinto Bridle (Armory)16.25%
Chestnut Mare Bridle (Armory)16.16%
Celestial Steed (Armory)16.04%
Swift Brewfest Ram (Armory)15.96%
Swift Brown Steed (Armory)15.79%
Swift Blue Gryphon (Armory)15.55%
Great Brewfest Kodo (Armory)15.43%
Brown Horse Bridle (Armory)15.39%
Swift Purple Wind Rider (Armory)15.34%
Reins of the Swift Frostsaber (Armory)14.96%
Reins of the Swift Stormsaber (Armory)14.68%
Reins of the Swift Mistsaber (Armory)14.13%
Rarest MountsPercent
Swift Forest Strider (Armory)0.00053%
Darkmoon Dancing Bear (Armory)0.00056%
Experiment 12-B (Armory)0.00064%
Swift Shorestrider (Armory)0.00330%
Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal (Armory)0.00587%
Reins of the Blazing Drake (Armory)0.00917%
Amani Dragonhawk (Armory)0.00967%
Wooly White Rhino (Armory)0.01974%
Blazing Hippogryph (Armory)0.03298%
Big Love Rocket (Armory)0.03578%
Reins of the Drake of the South Wind (Armory)0.03634%
Mottled Drake (Armory)0.03683%
Reins of the Onyxian Drake (Armory)0.04036%
X-51 Nether-Rocket (Armory)0.04246%
Magic Rooster Egg (Armory)0.05852%
X-51 Nether-Rocket X-TREME (Armory)0.06976%
Reins of the Spectral Tiger (Armory)0.07053%
Riding Turtle (Armory)0.08062%
Invincible's Reins (Armory)0.08568%
Reins of the Swift Spectral Tiger (Armory)0.09008%
Big Battle Bear (Armory)0.09525%
Mimiron's Head (Armory)0.10197%
Reins of Poseidus (Armory)0.11705%
Ashes of Al'ar (Armory)0.13263%
Reins of the Drake of the East Wind (Armory)0.18380%
Reins of the Black Proto-Drake (Armory)0.19016%
Smoldering Egg of Millagazor (Armory)0.19592%
Flametalon of Alysrazor (Armory)0.19602%
Reins of the Azure Drake (Armory)0.20127%
Vicious War Wolf (Armory)0.21498%



Stars Heroic Spine of Deathwing Video
Stars has released their video of the last five minutes of the Spine of Deathwing fight.


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