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by Published on 2011-09-27 07:09 AM

Nothing really new today as we're still waiting for Patch 4.3 to hit the test realms, which is probably the perfect opportunity to launch new forums!

MMO-Champion - New Video Games Discussions Forums
It's time for MMO-Champion forums to expand a little more and to (finally) open forums dedicated to other games! We now have a "Video Games" forum category with the following forums:

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    1. Lysah
    2. Radux
    3. 3clipse

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These new forums should give a little more freedom to the growing community on the Video Games forums and should make most of you guys happier. If you're not happy enough, you can probably find an answer to your angry questions below.

Why didn't you open a forum for [insert game here] when you opened one for [insert similar game here]??? [insult here]
We only opened forums for games that already have a lot of activity on the Video Games forum in the first place. If your game isn't here, it just mean that we don't have a 5k+ replies thread about it, because not enough people are interested. Before someone points it out, 2 of the games with a new forum don't fill this requirements but I wanted them around anyway.

Where are the Off-Topic forums? I can't find them on the forum index!
The Off-Topic forums have been moved below the Class discussions forums, the entire section was just growing too big and WoW is still the main reason why people come to this site. Realistically you can still use the small arrow on the right of each category bar to collapse the entire category.

I can't see the new forums in "Recent Forum Posts" on the front page.
Intended, it would be too confusing for people looking for WoW threads (a huge majority of the visitors) to click something like "Best Farming Spots?" and end up in a Star Wars thread. For the moment, these forums won't show up on the front page but hopefully we'll have a way to do that in a non-annoying way soon.

I want to moderate one of the new forums!
Moderator Applications for the new forums will be open within 1 or 2 weeks, just to have time to identify people who will actually post there.


Darkmoon Faire Stopping in Philadelphia on September 30
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The World of Warcraft Trading Card Game's Darkmoon Faire is arriving in Philadelphia, PA on September 30 and bringing with it a host of fun gaming events. Even if you've never owned a single card, you can learn the game through a demo and enter into one of the Beginner Tournaments, which launch every 2 hours throughout the weekend. You can also challenge Alexstrasza, the Life-Binder to a duel and become a Dragonslayer! On Friday, see the newest set, Throne of the Tides, before it hits stores. Bring your Worldbreaker Block Constructed deck and compete in the main event to win thousands of dollars in prizes. For a full schedule of events, visit the DMF Philadelphia page. We’ll see you there!

Burning Crusade Art Gallery Updated
The Burning Crusade game art gallery has been updated with five new pieces.




Comics: Dark Legacy and Teh Gladiators
Dark Legacy Comics #306 and Teh Gladiators #274 + #275 are available!



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
Now is a good time to buy a SSD, as the next generation is a good while away and the current prices are fairly flat. New AMD CPUs are rumored to arrive mid October, no confirmed information on them so far. New AMD GPUs are also rumored to be coming sometime in Q4 this year if you are thinking about upgrading.

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!

Peripherals/Monitors

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VW224U 22-Inch Widescreen - $130ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $225
KeyboardMicrosoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 - $24Cyborg V.5 - $47
MouseLogitech G400 - $35Logitech G500 - $60
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $23Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $40
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE276Q 27-Inch - $295HP ZR24w 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $357
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $50Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $90 ($120)
MouseRazer Deathadder - $48Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $68
SpeakersCreative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speaker System - $39Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $50


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 GAMMA Classic - $36NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 V2 - $60Corsair CX600 V2 - $60
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $112Intel i3-2100 - $125
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $27Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $27
MotherboardASUS M5A99X Evo AM3+ - AMD 990X - $145Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 - $114
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $284GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $39
Graphics CardXFX 6770 - $90XFX 6850 or EVGA GTX 460 - $163 / $183
Hard DriveSAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $19Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $19
Total$577$643 / $663


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 - $55Cooler Master HAF932 - $140
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $70Corsair 750HX (7 Year Warranty) - $150
CPUIntel i5-2500k - $220Intel i7-2600k - $315
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $58Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $86
MotherboardGigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - $160ASUS Z68 P8Z68-V PRO - $200
Memory4GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $398GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $63
Graphics CardXFX 6950 1GB OR EVGA GTX 560 Ti- $240 / $235XFX 6970 2GB OR EVGA GTX 570 - $350 / $330
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $80Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $80
SSDCrucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $185
OR
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $219
Intel 510 Series 120 GB (Review) - $310
OR
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $219
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $19Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $19
Total$936 - $1165$1602 - $1712
by Published on 2011-09-26 06:13 AM

Patch 4.3 on Test Realms This Week?
At least, that's Blizzard's plan for the moment. The Patch 4.3 Recap posted a few days ago should keep you alive while you wait.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We're intent on getting the 4.3 Public Test Realms up potentially within the next week.

As you mentioned, there's still a lot of work to be done on this patch, so a lot of the content will be rolled onto the test realms over time. Transmogrification, Void Storage, some balance changes, and several UI updates/improvements will likely make the PTR right away. The dungeon/raid content, legendary questline, Dungeon Finder updates, and especially Raid Finder are still very much works in-progress
In any case, we can expect to see official patch notes soon according to an update on Zarhym's personal twitter account on friday.
Quote Originally Posted by Zarhym
Making a style, grammar, and formatting pass on #WoW patch notes is... Wat wuz eye saeing?

Diablo III Delayed Until 2012
I didn't have time to report that last week with all the announcements, but if you were waiting for Diablo 3 ... you will have to wait just a little longer.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We commonly use the term “soon” when referring to Blizzard releases, because we know that no matter how hard we’re working to reach a target, we’re not going to compromise and launch a game before it’s ready. For Diablo III, we were aiming to launch by the end of 2011. As we’re announcing globally today, our new target for the game is early 2012.

While this news might not be a complete surprise, I know that many of you were hopeful that Diablo III would ship this year. We were too. However, this week we pulled together people from all of the teams involved with the game to decide whether we felt it would be ready before the end of December, and we grudgingly came to the conclusion that it would not. Ultimately, we feel that to deliver an awesome Diablo sequel that lives up to our expectations and yours as well, we should take a little more time and add further polish to a few different elements of the game.

The upside of today’s announcement is that we will be running the beta test longer than we initially planned, which will allow us to invite more of you who have opted in.

For those taking on the Diableard challenge, we salute you -- and now fear for your well-being and personal hygiene. We hereby issue an official reprieve to all Diableard participants, including Blizzard employees, if you want to trim or otherwise manage the lower half of your face. We’d still love to see your beardly achievements, and we look forward to seeing more of your efforts as we move into 2012, but not to the detriment of your workplaces and significant others.

Thank you everyone for your support and anticipation for Diablo III. We’re still moving ahead at full pace, and we’ll be keeping you fully informed of any news and developments here at Diablo3.com, including the specific release date when the time comes, so stay tuned.

Trading Card Game Art Gallery Update
The Trading Card game art gallery has been updated with ten new pieces.




Comics: Dark Legacy and Teh Glad
Dark Legacy Comics #305 and Teh Gladiators #272 + #273 are available!

by Published on 2011-09-25 01:08 AM

Patch 4.3: Tier 13 Set Bonuses
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
While we’ve been previewing the visuals of tier 13 on the front page at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com, we thought you might be interested in the magics that lay imbued betwixt their stitches and plating. Behold -- the tier 13 set bonuses!

Please keep in mind that the below data is pre--PTR and could change prior to the release of patch 4.3.

Death Knight
  • Blood, 2P -- When an attack drops your health below 35%, one of your Blood Runes will immediately activate and convert into a Death Rune for the next 20 sec. This effect cannot occur more than once every 45 sec.
  • Blood, 4P -- Your Vampiric Blood ability also affects all party and raid members for 50% of the effect it has on you.
  • DPS, 2P -- Sudden Doom has a 30% chance and Rime has a 60% chance to grant 2 charges when triggered instead of 1.
  • DPS, 4P -- Runic Empowerment has a 25% chance and Runic Corruption has a 40% chance to also grant 710 mastery rating for 12 sec when activated.

Druid
  • Balance, 2P -- Insect Swarm increases all damage done by your Starfire, Starsurge, and Wrath spells against that target by 3%.
  • Balance, 4P -- Starsurge generates 100% extra Lunar or Solar energy while Eclipse is not active.
  • Feral, 2P -- While Berserk is active, Savage Defense absorbs are 100% larger, and your Blood in the Water talent now causes Ferocious Bite to refresh the duration of your Rip on targets with 60% or less health.
  • Feral, 4P -- Frenzied Regeneration also affects all raid and party members, and your Stampede talent now grants two charges after using Feral Charge (Cat).
  • Restoration, 2P -- After using Innervate, the mana cost of your healing spells is reduced by 25% for 15 sec.
  • Restoration, 4P -- Your Rejuvenation and Regrowth spells have a 10% chance to Timeslip and have double the normal duration.

Hunter
  • 2P -- Steady Shot and Cobra Shot generate double the amount of focus.
  • 4P -- Your Arcane Shot ability has a chance to grant 25% haste to you and your pet for 10 sec.

Mage
  • 2P -- Your damaging spells have a 30% chance to grant Stolen Time, increasing your haste rating by 50 for 30 sec and stacking up to 10 times. When Arcane Power, Combustion, or Icy Veins expires, all stacks of Stolen Time are lost.
  • 4P -- Each stack of Stolen Time also reduces the cooldown of Arcane Power by 3 sec, Combustion by 4 sec, and Icy Veins by 6 sec.

Paladin
  • Holy, 2P -- After using Divine Favor, the mana cost of your healing spells is reduced by 25% for 15 sec.
  • Holy, 4P -- Increases the healing done by your Holy Radiance spell by 20%.
  • Protection, 2P -- Your Judgement ability now also grants a physical absorb shield equal to 30% of the damage it dealt.
  • Protection, 4P -- Reduces the cooldown of Divine Guardian by 60 sec and increases the radius of its effect by 70 yards.
  • Retribution, 2P -- Your Judgement ability has a 50% chance to generate 1 Holy Power.
  • Retribution, 4P -- While Zealotry is active your abilities deal 12% more damage.

Priest
  • Healer, 2P -- After using Power Infusion or Lightwell, the mana cost of your healing spells is reduced by 25% for [10|15] sec. (10 sec for Discipline, 15 for non--Discipline.)
  • Healer, 4P -- Your Power Word: Shield has a 10% chance to absorb 100% additional damage, and the cooldown of your Holy Word abilities is reduced by 20%.
  • Shadow, 2P -- Shadow Word: Death deals an additional 55% damage, and you no longer take damage from your own Shadow Word: Death when the target fails to die.
  • Shadow, 4P -- Your Shadowfiend and Shadowy Apparitions have a 100% chance to grant you 3 Shadow Orbs each time they deal damage.

Rogue
  • 2P -- After triggering Tricks of the Trade, your abilities cost 20% less energy for 6 sec.
  • 4P -- Increases the duration of Shadow Dance by 2 sec, Adrenaline Rush by 3 sec, and Vendetta by 9 sec.

Shaman
  • Elemental, 2P -- Elemental Mastery also grants you 400 mastery rating 15 sec.
  • Elemental, 4P -- Each time Elemental Overload triggers, you gain 200 haste rating for 4 sec, stacking up to 3 times.
  • Enhancement, 2P -- While you have any stacks of Maelstrom Weapon, your Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, and healing spells deal 20% more healing or damage.
  • Enhancement, 4P -- Your Feral Spirits have a 45% chance to grant you a charge of Maelstrom Weapon each time they deal damage.
  • Restoration, 2P -- After using Mana Tide Totem, the cost of your healing spells are reduced by 25% for 15 sec.
  • Restoration, 4P -- Increases the duration of Spiritwalker's Grace by 5 sec, and you gain 30% haste while Spiritwalker's grace is active.

Warlock
  • 2P -- The duration of your Doomguard and Infernal summons is increased by [15|45] sec and the cooldown of of those spells is reduced by 4 min. (45 for Demonology, 15 for non--Demonology.)
  • 4P -- Soulburn grants a 10% increase to your spell power for 10 sec.

Warrior
  • Protection, 2P -- Your Revenge ability now also grants a physical absorption shield equal to 20% of the damage done by Revenge.
  • Protection, 4P -- Your Shield Wall ability now grants 50% of its effect to all party and raid members.
  • DPS, 2P -- Heroic Strike costs 10 less rage while Inner Rage is active.
  • DPS, 4P -- Your Execute critical strikes have a 20% chance to refresh the duration of Colossus Smash.
by Published on 2011-09-24 03:46 PM

Patch 4.3 Spectral Gryphon and Wyvern Mounts
It looks like we even have a saturday news post this week, hurray! Along with the legendary dagger screenshot released yesterday, it seems that the official korean website released 2 extra screenshots of new spectral flying mounts.

There's no information on where players will be able to get them but it wouldn't be surprising to see them as rewards of the new Darkmoon Faire or any of the new features introduced with Patch 4.3. Thanks to annoyingmoose for his forum post about these mounts.





Well of Eternity - Updated Preview
The Patch 4.3 Dungeons Preview, Part Two: Well of Eternity has been updated with five new screenshots.


by Published on 2011-09-23 04:11 PM

Update #2 - Added high resolution picture (2048x1280)!
Update - Added a slightly higher resolution picture.

Patch 4.3 Legendary Daggers give you Wings
"A night elf rogue in Blackfang Battleweave armor wields legendary daggers from the patch 4.3 raid, Dragon Soul. The weapons give you wings!" (Source)


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