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by Published on 2015-04-13 06:27 AM

A Wizard of Ice and Fire, Hardcore Muhammad Ali Monk, Disney Diablo Crossover Fanart

Top Decks of the Week, Mekkatorque's Workshop Zul'Gurub Wing 3, BRM Wing 2 Boss Guides

Upcoming Shop Sales, Epic Plays of the Week #25, Into the Nexus #46

Armory Stats - Warlords of Draenor World Bosses
Today we are taking a look at the Draenor world boss achievement completion rate of players. The data used today is a sample of 6.4 million characters from 3.2 million accounts. We also included What A Strange, Interdimensional Trip It's Been, which allows you to take Pepe with you everywhere!

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WoW Token Prices
WoW Tokens are still bouncing around in price, but may settle somewhere in the mid or low 20k region.

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Computers - Setup of the Month
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
The current SSD prices are trending slightly downward again over the past few months, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

New GPUs from AMD may be coming in the second half of this year.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D14.

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

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

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $130ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $195
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $21Cyborg V.5 - $51
MouseLogitech G402 - $35Razer DeathAdder - $61
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $30Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $30
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $230Dell U2412M - $263
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $74CM Storm QuickFire XT - $95
MouseLogitech G502 - $62Razer Naga 2014 - $62
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $82

Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 220 - $45NZXT Source 220 - $45
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $58EVGA 600B - $58
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $100AMD FX-8320 - $140
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $35Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $35
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $94ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $143
MemoryKingston HyperX Blue 4GB 1600 - $338GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $70
Graphics CardXFX R7 260X - $106Gigabyte R9 270X / GTX 960 - $150 / $190
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $50Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $70
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$542$732 - 772

Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $70Corsair Air 540 - $130
Power SupplyXFX Pro 750W - $105XFX Pro 750W - $105
CPUIntel 4690K - $233Intel 4690K - $233
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4 - $49Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $80
MotherboardASUS Z97-A - $143ASUS Z97-A - $143
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $7016GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $132
Graphics CardXFX R9 280X - $248XFX R9 290X OR Gigabyte GTX 970 - $300 / $320
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $70Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $125
SSDCrucial MX100 128GB (Review) - $72
SanDisk Extreme II 120GB (Review) - $90
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 120GB - $65
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 128GB (Review) - $90
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$1009 - 1099$1314 - $1359

Fan Art - Blackrock Foundry Trailer
Some fans have provided a nice Blackrock Foundry trailer.

by Published on 2015-04-11 06:16 AM

Official Game Guide Updated, Fire Roland's Crusader Build, Rhykker's Leveling Tips

Molten Core Heroic Boss Guides - Garr, Baron Geddon, Majordomo

Faster Hero Release Schedule, Town Hall Heroes #58

Patch 6.1.2 Hotfixes - April 10
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Raids and Dungeons
Blackrock Foundry
  • Blackhand's Marked for Death ability should no longer have a preference to target players that are already stunned during Stage Two.

Conquest Catch-Up Cap Changes
  • Conquest catch-up cap received a change to how it's calculated that should result in a roughly 50% increase to the catch-up portion of the cap.
  • The formula used to calculate a player’s catch-up cap is now: Number of weeks passed in the season × 1500 - Total amount of Conquest earned this season
  • Further information on this change could be found in the forum thread titled: Changes to Conquest Catch-Up Cap.

Bug Fixes
  • Players can no longer delete WoW Token letters in the mailbox if it still has gold attached.
  • Fixed an issue where whispers were not working correctly from the Mobile Armory chat client.

WoW Token Prices
WoW Tokens have been on a decline for most of Friday.

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Cheating in Arenas
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Flyhacks: We added some new functionality in 6.0 that lets us catch these much easier, by keeping track of areas that players should not be able to reach via normal means. If you do see someone who's gotten themselves to a location they shouldn't be, that just means we missed that particular spot. Let us know where it is (screenshots are super helpful!) and we can look into getting it fixed.

Kick bots: We've done a lot to try to detect these more accurately, and are still working on improving those algorithms. Every report we get helps, and I'll take the opportunity to mention [email protected] again -- if you can get video (either on YouTube or even a clip from a Twitch stream), that's enormously useful to the hacks team.

That said, I also think that a lot of players get accused of kickbotting when they're actually just good at kicking (or maybe just lucky). A highly-skilled player will know when to watch for a cast based on what they're opponent is doing. To use an extremely basic example: when a healer is being chased around a pillar by a Rogue, and suddenly stops moving (but isn't CC'd), that's a strong indication that they're about to start casting. The Rogue can recognize this, anticipate the cast, and be prepared to kick.

In those cases, the Rogue might even use Kick before they even see the cast bar -- not because they're using a hack, but because it's just so obvious that the cast is coming, especially in high-pressure situations where the healer would have already used any instant-cast abilities they had available. Server latency and reaction times being what they are, it's highly likely in that scenario that the healer gets kicked instantly.

I'm not at all saying that kick cheats don't exist -- and as I mentioned above, we're still working on better ways to detect and combat them. I'm just saying that "I got kicked instantly" isn't automatic evidence of shenanigans. A lot of perfectly legit players get accused of cheating, and it makes me sad to see extremely smart and highly-skilled play shrugged off as "he must be using a bot."

As to players entering arenas late, that's kind of a weird one. I'll look into it some more.

Does reporting someone in-game automatically generate a ticket that is automatically sent to [email protected] ?
It's not sent to that email address, but it is sent to the team that checks it. The big difference is that an in-game report doesn't include visual evidence. That means the hacks team has to investigate the player manually, and while they do catch a lot of cheaters that way, there's a decent chance that by the time someone gets to that individual report, the reported player has stopped queuing.

Also, what are your thoughts about the bots changing the mentality of this game? People who are getting beaten think they are being beaten by bots. And now we have multi R1 Gladiators who are admitting to using bots to get their multi R1 titles, thus totally invaliding the entire Gladiator title.
This is pretty much what I was talking about above regarding kickbots. The mentality of "If I win, it's because I'm awesome, and if I lose, they were obviously hacking." It's important to remember that the goal of the MMR system is to put you in matches against equally-skilled players. That means, once the system has a decent handle on where you and your teammates should be, you should be losing roughly 50% of your matches. It's easy to fall into the mentality of "we're so much better than them, so they must be cheating" when in reality, you just hit a really good team.

I also think that -- and you might want to sit down for this one, it's a shocker -- there are a lot of trolls on the internet. In the PvP community, there are several that love to make the bot problem (which is definitely a problem, so don't read this as me trying to deflect that) sound worse than it is.

Just the other day I was reading a thread where people were claiming that a kickbotter had gotten his ban overturned via some sort of IP-related tomfoolery. I checked with the hacks team, and the guy's account was (and is) still permanently closed, but the rumor was persisting and a lot of fingers were being pointed at Blizzard for "believing his lies."

Where I'm going with this is that I don't believe a multi-R1 player claiming they've botted their way to the top "totally invalidates" the Gladiator title. Heck, even if it's true (and if it is, I'd like to know more, so we can investigate those players), the vast majority of Gladiators very much earned their titles.

Are you going to strip away any achievements the cheaters received?
Heh. I've been burned in the past for over-promising on what we're going to do about the "filthy cheaters," so I'm a bit hesitant to say that we'll catch every single one. Fact is, catching them with hard evidence is tricky. But I can say that we do our best, and are actively working on methods to make our best better.

I Still want to know how they manage to kick a dragons breath from my mage.
I'd be interested to hear more about this, because from what I understand, there should be no possible way to interrupt an instant cast, regardless of latency.

You should have a team that is dedicated to viewing the enemy's boards.
We do, I'm just not on that team, which means I'm often not immediately aware of stuff going on there.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Being a Commander
I don't want to be a "commander", I'm an adventurer, I don't command people, people command ME and give ME quests.

I want to see our faction leaders scraping it out. Khadgar is near useless
It's always interesting hearing different perspectives. An ongoing complaint since... Burning Crusade I think, if not earlier, has been that player characters don't really feel powerful or in-charge despite their efforts. Our characters are these veterans of war--champions of Azeroth! We've killed dragons and demons and etc. and yet constantly the faction leaders or lead characters jump in to save the day or do the heavy lifting.

So, it's interesting to me that you actually want that, and to just be a minor figure in a game of bigger characters. That's not traditionally been the request of other players.

If I'm the commander, why the hell am I still doing all this nitpicky labor? If I'm the commander, why the hell am I off killing or gathering x of y, while Khadgar is standing around waving his hands or whatever?
You're a very hands-on leader. It's why you make the big bucks. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

WoW Token Clarifications
Yeah we made it really easy to use, there’s no need to suspend your subscription or resubscribe. Your recurring subscription will automatically pause once your currently paid for period is done, and then your WoW Token game time is automatically used next at a higher priority than the recurring subscription. You can redeem multiple WoW Tokens, andonce any accumulated WoW Token game time expires your recurring subscription will automatically pick up where it left off. Obviously you can keep redeeming WoW Tokens and your recurring sub will never kick in, but you don't have to cancel it for WoW Tokens to automatically be used. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Community Spotlight - Lich King by Jorcerca
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
For this week’s Community Spotlight, we recently came across an outstanding piece of fan art, and reached out to learn more about it and the artist, Jorcerca.
Q: What would you say was the impetus for this piece?
A: Most importantly, the design of World of Warcraft. WoW is one of the most awesome, innovative and creative games in the world.

Q: How long does a work like this take you to complete?
A: I usually allow one week to make an illustration like this one. I don’t spend the whole week on it, but it actually takes a total of five to seven hours.

Q: From where do you take your inspiration?
A: I was inspired by several works, and I like to make concept art for games. I look a lot at Blizzard art for Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft, and I also like a lot of the art and design in other games, and particularly console games. Additionally, I have a list of several artists that I follow, and their works inspire me to create.

Q: What’s your gameplay history?
A: Warcraft… well, actually I think a little of everything. I started out playing Warcraft II, and then I played Warcraft III, and then I entered the World of Warcraft and it was love at first sight!

Q: What would you add to WoW, if you could?
A: This question is so difficult! I think I’d want add something that could go on to be a new race of characters. I think it would be very cool if they were a race of aquatic characters … but that’s all I’ve got so far on the concept!

A big thanks to Jorcera from all of us at Blizzard for sharing his talents with us. If you’ve seen a great piece of fan art lately, e-mail us at [email protected] and tell us all about it.
by Published on 2015-04-10 06:34 AM

Season 3 Duration, ZiggyD Interviews Wyatt Cheng, Wacom Tablet Workaround

Molten Core Heroic Boss Guides - Garr, Baron Geddon, Majordomo

Faster Hero Release Schedule, Town Hall Heroes #58

Five Player Normal Blackhand and Heroic Gruul
Kief and friends are back and have managed to kill Normal Blackhand and Heroic Gruul with only five players.

WoW Token Prices - Day 3
WoW Tokens continued to climb in price until early Friday morning.

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Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Token Price Limits
There are what would more accurately be referred to as fail safes in-place, which are technically "caps", but are at such extremes they're not intended to be guard bumpers as much to avoid potential errors or issues.

Well I wouldn't buy a token for money if I wasn't guaranteed a minimum amount of gold when I sell it on the AH. I don't care about a high cap but there needs to be a set floor price.
You are always guaranteed to receive the gold amount quoted to you at the time you place it for sale regardless of the price it actually sells at, whether that's more or less than the current market value.

This is stated in the newer "New Details" blog:

As a reminder, to help make sure players can trade WoW Tokens confidently, once a Token sells, the seller will receive the amount of gold they were quoted at the time they listed their Token.
As well as the original announcement and FAQ:

When you put a WoW Token up for sale, you’ll be quoted the amount of gold you’ll receive once someone buys it—you’re guaranteed to get that amount no matter how the market moves.

I understand that but I'm asking if market values crashes really hard, is there a hard floor limit? Like treasury bonds that guarantee a minimum return? I know people are speculating some but could the sell price go *that* low?
Like I said there are limits, but they're to catch errors or issues and not as a "We think this is a reasonable minimum/maximum sell value." But this doesn't really have a lot of variables. It's not like a long winter is going to freeze the orange crops and decimate the market on concentrated frozen orange juice, or anything like that. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Poll - WoW Token
Did you end up buying or selling the token for gold yet?

OpenRaid Event Matcher
OpenRaid recently added a nice tool to make it easier for you to find raid groups and raid groups to find you!

by Published on 2015-04-09 05:45 AM

Patch 2.2 Key Features and Item Changes Guide

Blackrock Mountain: Molten Core Opens Tomorrow, Seat Story Cup III, BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets

Heroes Hotfixes - April 8th, Right-Click Through Minimap Option Incoming

WoW Token Prices - Day 2
WoW Tokens had their price update frequency changed back to one hour from 15 minutes after repeatedly dropping 1% every 15 minutes. The drop continued until late Wednesday night, when the price started to go back up.

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BlizzCon Benefit Dinner Tickets on Sale April 22
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Before BlizzCon begins, spend an evening hanging out with developers, artists, and other folks from Blizzard at a special pre-show dinner to benefit Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), taking place at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel on Thursday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. PDT.

Approximately 200 tickets to this exclusive event will go on sale Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. PDT at, priced at $750 each (plus applicable taxes and fees; limit 2 per household). Blizzard Entertainment will donate the proceeds to Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), and you’ll get a chance to enjoy:

  • Dinner and an opportunity to converse with some of the people behind your favorite Blizzard games
  • A signed print featuring Blizzard Entertainment artwork
  • One BlizzCon 2015 ticket (a $199 USD value)
  • BlizzCon goody bag containing commemorative swag (contents to be announced)
  • BlizzCon Virtual Ticket
  • The opportunity to forge some epic BlizzCon memories

Check out the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner ticket info page for more details, and visit on April 22 at 7 p.m. to buy tickets. We hope to see you there, and thanks in advance for lending your support to this great cause!

Changes to Conquest Catch-Up Cap
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Okay, we've tracked down the issue that caused some players to not get the increased Conquest catch-up cap.

The good news is that the issue is only temporary, and any characters who did not get the increase this week will automatically get it with next week's reset. If you would like the increase applied sooner than that, please contact our Customer Service department, who will be able to manually correct it.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Game Design
Coincidentally, if you have hopes of being in design, realize that you will be torn apart, your best intentions will fail. Be humble, learn. (Muffinus)
re "best intentions" - immediately thought of Ashran...
The best thing a community can do is tell the designer what the issue is directly, so they can learn, and the game can improve. (Muffinus)
agreed. Re Ashran though you guys know everything already. Nothing new. It's been all said. It's great that you seek further input
Important note: we're not a designer hive-mind. You may see "mistakes" repeated. It's important to compare/contrast. (Muffinus)
Ashran - faction dominated, lacking clear and rather quick rewards. Spend an hour, get a few honor points, or just die constantly.
world - not random enough. Nothing exciting and/or unpredictable to go out (or group) for. TLDR: rewards don't keep up with time.
What do you want to gain after an hour? A month? (Muffinus)

Battle pets! Why can't my followers also be avid pet battlers, and find me new, exotic cuties! Garona loves rabbits, fyi.
Some players are hitting the cap, do you want more than one THOUSAND pets? (Muffinus)

Yo, what do you want to see as rewards to longer, harder missions in a future WoW patch? Gold, apexis, honor? (Muffinus)
why not both.. er, all three?
How would this work for you? All 3 every week? A choice? Which would you choose? For how long? (Muffinus)
much longer missions with higher risk/rewards..
What's the risk? % success? Follower death? What feels apropos currently? (Muffinus)
What happened to the follower "recovery time" element?
It was really not fun, ultimately. Not to say it may *never* return, but wasn't for WoD launch. (Muffinus)
But what about 3 day or 5 day missions with awesome rewards? makes for interesting choices..
Dudes and dudettes, what is literally Amazeballs to you atm? (Muffinus)

Shadowmourne Prop
Blizzard shared a very impressive weapon created by Kamui on Twitter today.

by Published on 2015-04-08 04:24 AM

Update (Wednesday 12:15 PM EDT): The Token price is going back up.
Update (Wednesday 11:15 PM EDT): The Token price has started to go back up for the first time since the decline started.

Patch 2.2 Key Features and Item Changes Guide

Deck Spotlight: Midrange Hunter, Card Design Competition #11, Sylvanas Lore Spotlight

Heroes of the Storm PTR, Shop Sales - Insectoid Zagara & Lumberjack Uther

Noblegarden 2015
Noblegarden is back once again and this year brings a few updates to the event. Check the guide on Icy Veins for the full details!

  • The Mystical Spring Bouquet is a new non-combat pet that will follow you around. You can purchase it for 100 x Noblegarden Chocolate.
  • New eggs such as Magnificently-Painted Egg have been added. These allow anyone who can see them to loot an item that sells for 90% of the gold of the original, making them another way to transfer gold between realms.

WoW Token Prices - Day 1
WoW Tokens came out today and had a slight spike in prices in the afternoon before the price started going down. Prices were initially adjusted hourly and now appear to be adjusted every 15 minutes. For the most part, prices are changing by 1% in either direction when they do change.

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Changes to Conquest Catch-Up Cap
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As of this week’s reset, we’ve made a change to how the Conquest catch-up cap is calculated that should result in a 50% increase to the catch-up portion of the cap. We’re making this change because, while we still want there to be an incentive to play early and often, the amount of Conquest that a player could earn via that catch-up cap didn’t feel like enough once the PvP season had been active for a while.

To elaborate, the formula used to calculate a player’s catch-up cap is now:
Number of weeks passed in the season × 1500 - Total amount of Conquest earned this season

That number is then added to the weekly total cap of 1700. Note that, as of this post, Warlords Season 1 has been active for 18 weeks, which means the maximum possible catch-up cap for a player that has not earned any Conquest points this season is 28,700 Conquest.

We're looking into the reports that some players haven't had their catch-up cap increased. I'll update when I can.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Game Mechanics Arguments
Why is that? What makes mechanics in the game create feelings of injustice rather than just distaste?
I think it's mostly to do with ownership. You see the same thing with some movies, especially with popular movie franchises, that the dynamic of product creator and product consumer changes--and this is compounded when you factor in age and nostalgic factors. It's not just about making something to entertain for a couple hours anymore and a 'We hope you had fun!' and everyone moves on, it's had an impact on who they are, and it's something they've invested some portion of their life toward. In most cases you'll also find these things have a human element, where relationships are formed, experiences with friends are had, and memories made. When you're involved in creating the entertainment that defines a part of who someone is, and this is especially true of games and gamers, you're not just making something they can choose to buy or not, you're continually trying to deliver on a promise. It's usually not a promise anyone wrote down, or put on a website, but it's an expectation that this piece of their life won't betray them by becoming something else. All of this is sometimes explained or downplayed as entitlement, and I think that word is often used as a way to belittle people who rightfully have expectations--who have a deep and emotional connection to a life experience that just happens to be based around a piece of entertainment.

It's no small part of our job to ensure that when you see one of our game logos, or just the Blizzard logo, you know that when you pick up that box, or click on a link, it's going to be something that delivers on all those promises, and that those expectations are not only met but exceeded. It's a really difficult, and scary, and exciting, and wondrous obligation we have. And one that we really enjoy challenging ourselves with. Every day. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
I have to ask: Will vanilla armor/weapons have HD model? It's a lot of art work but we can use them fot the next 5-10 years.
Re-vamping the human/orc armor in WoD made sense for garrisons, but yeah, it's expensive, art-wise. Often rather make new stuff. (Muffinus)

Do you think ability and skill trumps the need for a college degree as a game designer, assuming you can produce very impressive
My *personal* opinion, speaking for myself, not on behalf of Blizzard, is 'generally, yes'. (Celestalon)

Warlords of Draenor Art
Today we have some of the art done for Warlords of Draenor by Vergne Fanny, one of Blizzard's Senior 3D Environment Artist. There are also lots of environment shots from popular places in Draenor that she worked on.

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