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by Published on 2011-12-22 09:30 AM

KIN Raiders Heroic Spine of Deathwing Video
Now that Stars has defeated Heroic Spine of Deathwing 25, KIN Raiders has released their video of the kill.



KIN Raiders Raid Composition / Damage Meters
KIN Raiders defeated Heroic Spine of Deathwing 25 utilizing lots of high burst DPS classes. You can see their damage meters from the Spine fight (only the tendons) and raid composition for both Madness and Spine below!

KIN Raiders Spine of Deathwing Raid Composition
데오바인
약관확인
Versaille
철수와초코렛
Fiddlesticks
Evocation
다운님
위업
Christiane
Zedka
신학
엘리에
Zacard
Kz
배고픈아크
비행청년
박규리
셀리스셜
Gooddog
Detonator
Ziltoo
Yuribie
사꾸
Dartyu
쫘파게티


KIN Raiders Madness of Deathwing Raid Composition
쫘죽기
괴도라팡
Jubeto
데오바인
Gortyu
Lurker
Versaille
철수와초코렛
공허의배신자
엘리에
Zedka
사제천진
Kz
Yoko
배고픈아크
비행청년
박규리
Detonator
Ziltoo
Excaliber
Yuribie
사꾸
Neichell
Dartyu
Vincente




KIN Raiders Post Spine of Deathwing Interview
Playforum interviewed KIN Raiders after their Spine of Deathwing kill, and Utsusemi was nice enough to translate the interesting questions.

Q: How did you farm and prepare to clear DS?
A: As many people know, US & EU had some troubles involving LFR. As for us, we brought 3 mains that did not overlap with each others' tier drops and 23 alts that have already done LFR, which facilitated the gearing of our mains. All in all, each member has gone through LFR about 26 times.

During the first week of the patch, in normal mode DS, we formed 6 teams - each consisting of 8-9 mains + alt fill-ins. We also had 1 team farming 10 man mode. When hard mode became available, we focused on gearing up the guild as a whole rather than prioritizing loot based on ranks. We formed 3 teams mixing mains and alts - and consistently farmed for progression. This has helped a lot in the latter half of DS.

Q: What did you feel the 'best' DPS class was for this raid?
A: In all circumstances, a class with good survivability and DPS can be considered the best. In this dungeon, a class that can survive well while providing great burst was the best DPS class. And we think Mage and Rogue were the two classes that best fit that criteria.

For Rogues, subtlety tree was buffed (great survivability and burst) so they were very viable. And for Mages, arcane provided better burst than any other class while fire gave better survivability. However, it's impossible to defeat the latter half the encounters with just these two classes. It is critical that other classes provide support/utility for them.

Q: Can you provide the raid comp for Spine and Madness of Deathwing encounters? Also, the number of attempts for them as well?
A: Regarding the raid composition, you can check that through armory. According to our DBM log, we gave about 300 attempts for the Spine. And for the last encounter, we downed it on our 108th attempt.

Q: A lot of people are speculating about the 4 shamans involved in the Spine encounter. Can you clear things up for us?
A: For the Spine, we had 3 restoration shamans and 1 elemental shaman. Two of the resto shamans were alts. Also one of those two alts' main spec was elemental.

As a side joke, one of our elemental shamans (Detonator is the name) had to be benched for 3 hrs because he could not pull the DPS needed. He had to practice DPS on dummy before getting pulled back in lol.

Q: In US & EU, many people are claiming that you used an exploit using SLT, which allegedly negates a debuff that lowers your health.
A: Regarding that, we have received personal apologies from MMO-Champion and Paragon website (From the people that made such claims). At that time, I wasn't too concerned about it because I was focused on the next encounter. But when we finally release the video of our kill, all of the suspicions will go away.

Q: The time you spent on Madness, compared to Spine, was rather short. How would you compare the difficulty between the two?
A: Spine was harder. It was as if a huge wall was blocking your way. Every time you first encounter a difficult boss, you can naturally feel that way. For Madness, it was like "hey, this isn't so bad". As for the Spine, it was more like "we don't wanna repeat this next week..." But no matter what, the members that had to be on stand-by had to go through the most stress by far.

Q: When will you be releasing a kill video of the last two encounters?
A: Once another guild has achieved a kill, we'll be releasing the video.

Q: It seems like more alts were part of the raid than mains for this dungeon. Is this correct?
A: Yes, it is. For the Spine, 3 of the Mages were alts and 2 of the resto Shamans were alts. We wanted to prepare for the unexpected. So since FL, we consistently farmed for alts.

Q: Is there a reason why you did that?
A: Every patch, we as a guild, had problems with limited roster. However, we feel that composition is far more important than the number of raiders. Say we have 25 people online. If those 25 people have access to most of the classes, creating a fitting raid composition becomes very easy.

For DS, each member had 2-4 classes ready for progression.

Q: For this raid, class specs seemed very critical. Can you give us a word on that?
A: For tanks, Paladins were far inferior to DKs and Druids. Thus, prot Paladins were benched. Also, enhancement Shamans and Hunters had to be benched for Madness encounter as the pets weren't attacking tendons. For healers, holy Paladins and resto Shamans were good. Other healing classes had to be on stand-by. And for caster DPS, boomkins had to be benched most of the time. I want to thank all of them for sticking around for the entire duration of the fights.

Q: Would you like to say a word to other guilds that are attempting to clear DS?
A: Never give up! It is imperative to stick together and have faith that you can do it. Every guild wants to give up at one point or another. But nothing can be achieved with one big shot. If you take it one step at a time, you will be rewarded for your effort.

Q: Any shout outs to the fans?
A: Thank you for your supports. We want to be remembered as raiders that always enjoy raiding. Thank you.


@BlizzardCS Diablo III Beta Twitter Sweepstakes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
@BlizzardCS is giving away 500 keys for the exclusive Diablo III beta test over the next five weeks. If you want to lead the charge against the minions of the Burning Hells before the game’s official release – follow the instructions below and enter the drawing for your chance to win.

Starting December 20, 2011, we’ll be randomly selecting 100 winners each week to receive a key to our exclusive Diablo III beta test. Drawings will occur at the end of every Tuesday for five (5) weeks for the total 500 keys.

What you need to know:

How to Enter:
  1. Have an active Battle.net® account
  2. Be a registered user of Twitter®
  3. During the Contest period become a follower of BlizzardCS® by visiting http://twitter.com/BlizzardCS and clicking “Follow;”
  4. Use the hashtag #DiabloBeta and @BlizzardCS in a Tweet
  5. Send an email of the tweet to [email protected]. With a link to your tweet.


If you have not registered a Battle.net account, visit http://www.battle.net to register for a Battle.net account at no cost to you; and if you are not a registered user of Twitter®, simply visit http://twitter.com/signup to register at no cost to you.

Sweepstakes Starts
December 20, 2011 @ 1:00 pm (PST)
Sweepstakes Ends
January 23, 2012 @ 11:59 pm (PST)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Daily Quests and Boredom
Dailies and grinding. You want X, you have to perform Y dailies for Z period of time. You grind rep and gold and then you get what you want. This is what I explained. "But that's just like a job. I already have a job. When can we do something fun?"

It's easy to design a better system than dailies, pump out infinite amounts of content, it's just not feasible to pull off. Some people want to spend more time in the game than others, maybe even every day, and we want to make sure they have something to do. While we'd love for that to be fresh and unique content every time, it's simply not feasible. Thus, dailies. Give people something to do each time they log in (if they choose to do so every day).

Not to toot the Mists of Pandaria horn too hard, but I think our general zone design, daily, and scenario approach is pretty solid. Part of what makes dailies a bit tedious, aside from being tedious, is the rewards are desired but may not always quite fit the time investment. I see quite a bit of that being solved and making sure if you're logging in to do some dailies or scenarios, you feel like you made a good chunk of progress toward advancing your character.

It's not going to be a revolution or anything, don't get me wrong, but I think it'll at least feel better. No one likes being the guy on the assembly line putting the left index finger on the doll 250 times a day, 5 days a week. They might not mind it as much though if they're paid $100k a year. Right? (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2011-12-20 06:27 PM

Update - Urgent Realm Maintenance - 12/21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ll be performing urgent rolling restarts on all realms beginning at 10:00 a.m. PST, with an additional hour of downtime for the realms listed below. The rolling restarts are expected to impact each realm for approximately 15 minutes once they begin, and the realms below are expected to be available again by approximately 11:00 a.m. PST. We apologize for the short notice and appreciate your patience.

Antonidas, Anub'arak, Blackwater Raiders, Bladefist, Borean Tundra, Cairne, Cenarion Circle, Cenarius Darrowmere, Drak'Tharon, Drenden, Echo Isles, Farstriders, Fenris, Garrosh, Hydraxis, Hyjal, Korialstrasz, Lightbringer, Maiev, Misha, Mok'Nathal, Moon Guard, Nazgrel, Nesingwary, Nordrassil, Quel'dorei, Ravenholdt, Rivendare, ShandrisShu'halo
Sisters of Elune, The Forgotten Coast, , Tortheldrin, Uther, Vashj, Winterhoof, Wyrmrest Accord

Patch 4.3 Hotfixes - December 20 - ZA and ZG Nerfed
Blizzard just published a new list of hotfixes and it looks like Zul'aman and Zul'gurub are getting nerfed today.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
General
  • Algaefin Rockfish no longer swim in schools, and schools of Deepsea Sagefish have taken their place along many coastlines.

Classes
Hunter (Forums / Talent Calculator)
  • Multi-Shot, modified by the talent Serpent Spread, should now properly spread Serpent Sting to other targets that are within range when a nearby player is affected by Serpent Sting.

Paladin (Forums / Talent Calculator)
  • Horde Paladins should find that Judgement of Truth now properly triggers item procs that it is intended to trigger.

Dungeons and Raids
Deadmines
  • Helix Gearbreaker's Stickybomb should no longer break Stealth.
  • Vanessa VanCleef's Vigorous VanCleef Vindicator achievement should no longer break Stealth.

Vortex Pinnacle
  • Minister of Air
    • The knockback for Lightning Nova has been reduced from roughly 12 yards to 8 yards on normal difficulty, and from18 yards to 12 yards on Heroic difficulty.

Well of Eternity
  • Mannoroth
    • Felhounds, Doomguard Devestators, and Felguards are no longer capable of dealing critical hits.

Zul'Aman
  • Amani'shi Warbringer's damage has been reduced by 12%.
  • Amani'shi Medicine Man's summoned Protective Ward health has been reduced by 60%.
  • When an Amani'shi Scout is alerted, he now idles for 1 second before running to summon reinforcement.
  • Amani'shi Reinforcement's damage has been reduced by 15%.
  • Amani'shi Flame Casters' Fireball Volley now inflicts less damage.
  • Jana'lai's Flame Breath ability now inflicts less persistent fire damage.
  • In Dragonhawk form, Daakara's Flame Whirl spell increases fire damage taken by a lesser amount.
  • Daakara's Creeping Paralysis now inflicts less damage.

Zul'Gurub
  • Berserking Boulder Roller's Boulders now inflict less damage.
  • Bloodlord Mandokir's Decapitate cooldown has been increased by 5 seconds.
  • Gurubashi Shadow Hunters are now immune to Disarm.
  • Gurubashi Shadow Hunter's Shadowed Shot ability now inflicts less damage.
  • Gurubashi Blood Drinker's Blood Leech ability now inflicts less damage.
  • Lesser Priest of Bethekk's Shadowflame ability now inflicts less periodic damage.
  • High Priestess Kilnara's Wave of Agony now deals less damage.
  • Jin'do's Twisted Spirit health has been reduced.
  • Jin'do's Twisted Spirit damage has been reduced.
  • Jin'do's Shadows of Hakkar now inflicts less damage.

Dragon Soul
  • Morchok
    • Double Stomp damage should now only come down on the heads of the two players closest to the boss.
  • Hagara
    • Ice Waves will not spawn until Hagara finishes casting Frozen Tempest.
    • Spell immunity mechanics such as Ice Block and Divine Shield should now temporarily block damage from Watery Entrenchment, but should not remove the debuff.
    • Ice Tomb can no longer be avoided by a raid of players all standing within a smokebomb.
  • Yor'sahj the Unsleeping
    • Yor'sahj now deals triple melee damage to player-controlled pets and targets them with Void Bolt.
    • The Firebloom heal triggered by the Druid tier-12 should no longer cause Deep Corruption.
    • Yor'sahj's health and damage have been reduced by up to 10% on 25-player Heroic difficulty, bringing the difficulty of the encounter closer to that of 10-player Heroic difficulty.
  • Spine of Deathwing
    • A Safe Fall aura has been added to the start of the encounter, preventing players from taking falling damage, should their parachutes end early.
    • Corrupted Bloods now use Burst regardless of crowd control conditions, including silence.
  • Madness of Deathwing
    • Deathwing should no longer fire two Elementium Meteors when a limb tentacle is destroyed at the same time that Deathwing is casting Elementium Meteor.

Items
  • Timepiece of the Bronze Flight has been given an additional red socket.

Quests
  • Players on the quest Patricide can no longer receive the Fragment of Deathwing's Jaw while in a Raid Finder group.
  • Graham Van Talen should no longer incorrectly offer Gnome Engineering and Goblin Engineering once the player has sufficient Engineering skill level.
  • Pelturas Whitemoon should now be quite willing to complete the quest Orendil's Cure for multiple players.
  • Players are now able to complete the quest Trial of the Naaru: Mercy by beating the 55-minute timer.

Curse - Weekly News Round Up

by Published on 2011-12-20 03:16 PM

Madness of Deathwing Heroic World First Kill by KIN Raiders
The Korean guild KIN Raiders (즐거운공격대) from KR-Kargath was the first guild in the world to defeat the second part of the Deathwing encounter in the Heroic version of the Dragon Soul raid instance, congratulations to them!

by Published on 2011-12-20 06:38 AM

Diablo 3 - New Diablofans Site Theme, Blue Posts, Blizzard Artworks

MMO-Champion Holiday Giveaway - Signed Artwork and 10 x Winged Guardian Mount
It wouldn't be the holidays without gifts, so Pico is here to tell you about what we are bringing you this year. You can enter the contest only by commenting on this news post. Please only enter once, multiple entries will disqualify you. We have two types of prizes for you this year:


  • A Sindragosa artwork signed by its author, Glowei / Wei Wang from Blizzard - Open to US residents only
  • We're also offering Winged Guardian flying mounts x 10 - Open to everyone
  • To enter the contest, just post a reply in this news post, you have until Wednesday December 21st @ 2:00PM EST to enter the contest, this thread will be closed and winners will be selected randomly.
  • Entering more than once is useless and will get you disqualified. There will be no 2nd chance for people posting more than one comment in this thread, you have been warned. (We will also of course check for double accounts, etc)

Good luck to everyone, and you should probably expect more contests during the holidays season!



MMO-Champion Forums Moderator Recruitment
Good news everyone! We're recruiting moderators for the forums again! The amount of users and posts keeps increasing at a very fast pace and we reached the point where we need some help before the trolls take over and play Whack-a-Mod in the new Darkmoon Faire. I know it sounds fun, but I'm going to assume we don't want that.

This time around we especially need people to mods for our forums for other games such as the SWTOR forums. We are always up for adding nice new mods though, so feel free to apply for the other forums as well.



A Day in the Life of a Web Content Manager
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
His bicycle tires don't run flat; they explode. When news breaks, he fixes it. His collection of vintage Blizzard memorabilia could fill a garage... and it does. They made a Diablo creature in his honor, but it was deemed too frightening to include in the game. The people of Orgrimmar love him, even though he plays Alliance. He is the most interesting web content manager in the world. He doesn't always like to be in the spotlight, but when he does, Geoff prefers to be featured in a Day in the Life article.

Read the article about a day in the life of Web Content Manager Geoff Fraizer now!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Deathwing should not have been in LFR
I don't agree at all with a couple months. I think maybe it could have maybe been delayed to the week after Heroic and still been pretty awesome though.

There's a lot of prestige and reward that goes with the Heroic kills that simply just aren't matched by any kills in the Raid Finder version. If someone is comparing the two or getting confused by the kills between them then I think their opinion is already flawed.

Kills happened in Normal before Raid Finder. You could argue those were "real" kills.

Our goal with Raid Finder is not to hold people back for months just to make sure the Heroic kills feel even more elite and special than they already do. Those players were probably already responsible for world or server first Normal kills, and then the rewards from Heroic speak for themselves as being fairly substantial.

In any case, as a first go with the Raid Finder I think we learned a lot and we'll be taking feedback to future raids. Overall though we've found Raid Finder to be very successful, the amount of people able to experience the content is huge, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we hope to only continue forward with that momentum. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Druid Gear in Shapshifted Forms
Just coming back to this briefly; There are some big technical limitations preventing us from allowing gear to show on Feral/Moonkin druid forms, and currently we have no immediate plans of working to overcome them. However, we could potentially start with something like the shoulders. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Four Specs for Other Classes?
I just wanted to pop in and say that the reason that we gave a fourth spec to druids was simply because it always felt as though they had four specs, but two of them were built into the one tree. This change was made to make the tank spec into a tree of its own instead of in a tree with their DPS build.

At this current point, we do not plan to implement a fourth spec for other classes because no other class feels like it has four specializations already. You can always be hopeful that this could change, but for now we appreciate the awesome feedback that you have given [...] (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
by Published on 2011-12-19 03:36 AM

Chromatic Dragon Pet Video
The Chromatic Dragon pet was updated since the last time we featured it, so here is a new video with the current model and animations. (The dragon's breath at 0:45 may be slightly bugged)



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
Even though hard drive prices have come down slightly, now is still a good time to buy a SSD, as the next generation is a good while away and the current prices are fairly flat.

AMD's Bulldozer arrived last month to negative reviews, citing excessive power usage and heat output and very poor single threaded performance. They are working on another stepping which may help the problem slightly, but don't expect any significant improvements on the design until the middle of 2012 with the arrival of Piledriver. There is a glimmer of hope for those of you who purchased one and play games however, a software patch that increases gaming performance by fixing some of the scheduling issues is coming in January.

New mid range AMD GPUs are rumored to be coming in Q1 2012 if you are thinking about upgrading. The new higher end 7900 parts will be here in January, with a press event and NDA lift possibly later this week.

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
MonitorASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen - $149ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $217
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $20Cyborg V.5 - $47
MouseLogitech G400 - $35Logitech G500 - $61
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $25Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $44
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $303HP ZR24w 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $400
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $70Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $70 ($112)
MouseRazer Deathadder - $45Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $70
SpeakersCreative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $45Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $71



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. Mix and match anything between Dolphin and Narwhal.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT M59 Classic - $50NZXT GAMMA Classic - $40
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 V2 - $41Corsair CX600 V2 - $50
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 960T Black Edition- $125Intel i3-2100 - $124
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $21Corsair Air Series A70 - $26
MotherboardASUS M5A97 AM3+ 970 - $95Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 - $115
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $274GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $42
Graphics CardXFX 6770 - $90MSI 6850 or EVGA GTX 560 - $168 / $165
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Black 500GB - $118Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $170
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20
Total$587$755


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 - $50Cooler Master HAF932 - $152
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $75Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $118
CPUIntel i5-2500k - $240Intel i7-2600k - $315
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $60Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $83
MotherboardGigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - $160ASUS Z68 P8Z68-V PRO - $210
Memory4GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $428GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $54
Graphics CardXFX 6950 1GB OR EVGA GTX 560 Ti- $210 / $220XFX 6970 2GB OR EVGA GTX 570 - $310 / $360
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $172Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $172
SSDCrucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $213
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $200
Intel 510 Series 120 GB (Review) - $275
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $170
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $20
Total$1029 - $1242$1604 - $1759



Blizzard Art Gallery Update
The World of Warcraft Cataclysm Art gallery has been updated with six pieces representing the Warcraft universe.





The Daily Blink - Zero Sum Games
The Daily Blink reports on a discovery that no one thought was possible.

by Published on 2011-12-17 07:22 PM

Spine of Deathwing Heroic World First Kill by KIN Raiders
The korean guild KIN Raiders (즐거운공격대) from KR-Kargath was the first guild in the world to defeat the first part of the Deathwing encounter in the Heroic version of the Dragon Soul raid instance, congratulations to them!


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