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by Published on 2011-06-27 07:55 AM

Patch 4.2 on Live realms this week
The patch files are now available in the dark places of the internet and unless something terrible happens, patch 4.2 should hit the live realms this week! I'll have a slightly prettier compilation post on the front page in a few hours but check out the following links (and the last 4.2 articles below) for more information!

General

Legendary Staff

Items


Road to Patch 4.2 - Firelands Raid Boss Pages
Pages for the bosses of the Firelands Raid are now available! Technically, most of this info is now available in game through the encounter journal but it never hurts to peek before the live release. Thanks to chaud for the time he spent on those.




Road to Patch 4.2 - Tier 12 Pages
Tier 12 Armor Sets finally have their dedicated pages, with set bonuses, item lists, and armor models on all races for all classes!







Road to Patch 4.2 - Arena Season 10 Armor Sets
Arena Season 10 Armor sets also get a slightly updated previews, with the recolors of both versions of the sets and an upgraded model for the Rogue Armor set.

Class Set Class Set
Death Knight Ruthless Gladiator's Desecration Rogue Ruthless Gladiator's Vestments
Druid Ruthless Gladiator's Refuge Shaman Ruthless Gladiator's Earthshaker
Druid Ruthless Gladiator's Sanctuary Shaman Ruthless Gladiator's Thunderfist
Druid Ruthless Gladiator's Wildhide Shaman Ruthless Gladiator's Wartide
Hunter Ruthless Gladiator's Pursuit Warlock Ruthless Gladiator's Felshroud
Mage Ruthless Gladiator's Regalia Warrior Ruthless Gladiator's Battlegear
Paladin Ruthless Gladiator's Redemption
Paladin Ruthless Gladiator's Vindication
Priest Ruthless Gladiator's Investiture
Priest Ruthless Gladiator's Raiment


Season 10 - Elite (2200+) Armor Sets



Season 10 - Armor Sets

by Published on 2011-06-26 11:16 AM

Good news everyone! We're back!
MMO-Champion is finally back at full capacity. Please check the previous news post if you still have no idea of what happened.



Welcome back to everyone, I apologize once again for the ridiculously long downtime, and I really really really want to thank the community once again for being so supportive.

Stay fluffy! Hope we're still friends!
by Published on 2011-06-26 11:15 AM

Point Conversion Sellback Policy
Originally Posted by Bashiok (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the release of 4.2 all Valor Points will be down-converted to Justice Points, and all Conquest Points will be down-converted to Honor Points. To curb the ability to sell items back to the vendors after the conversion for the higher currency, we’re instituting a new sellback policy for items purchased directly before currency down-conversions.

Items purchased within the two hour window before the release of 4.2 will lose their ability to be sold back to the vendor when the realms are brought down for maintenance. No refunds will be granted for items purchased during this time, either by the in-game vendors, or our support departments.

As an example, I buy the Vicious Gladiator's Battle Staff at 2:30 a.m. The servers come down for the release of 4.2 half an hour later. Normally I would still have an hour and a half after the servers return to sell the item back to the vendor. With this policy change though, upon logging in my item can no longer be sold back to the vendor.

This policy is only in effect for maintenances that include currency down-conversions, such as the release of 4.2. To ensure you don’t purchase the wrong item with the inability to sell it back, we recommend buying well before the final two hours so there’s time to change any incorrect purchases.

For more information on the down-conversion please refer to: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/2880562
by Published on 2011-06-26 11:13 AM

For the time being, I'll try to be super awesome with news posts once again!

Patch 4.2 - Patch Notes Update
Blizzard posted what seems to be the final version of the Rage of the Firelands Patch 4.2 Notes and added RAF to 80, removed the Move Pad feature (moving your character with the mouse only), and clarified the starting conditions of the Legendary Quest.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General
Recruit-A-Friend now awards bonus experience and free level grants to level 80, up from level 60.

Interface
Move Pad is a mouse-click interface for movement which is now built into the base interface.

Legendary Item - Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
Steadfast raiders have an opportunity to embark on a series of quests to create an all-new legendary caster staff. In order to begin the process of assembling the staff, players must first kill a Molten Lord in the Firelands, or have completed any of the achievements Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, or Throne of the Four Winds. Once any of these achievements have been unlocked, players can accept the quest A Legendary Engagement from Ziradormi in Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar, or Coridormi atop the Wizard's Sanctum in Stormwind (players who have already completed any of these achievements are immediately eligible for this quest). Players who become eligible for the quest series by killing a Molten Lord in the Firelands will automatically receive the quest Your Time Has Come, leading them to the start of the questline. The legendary item questline is only available to druids, mages, priests, shaman, and warlocks.

Free WoW keys sent to subscribers
The updated Recruit a Friend bonus isn't the only thing Blizzard decided to do, they also sent free WoW keys to a lot of subscribers to let them invite a friend who doesn't want/can't buy the game! You might want to check your email to see if you were elligible to this.

by Published on 2011-06-26 11:11 AM

Hey look, we're back online!
Oh well, that sucked. About 48 hours ago MMO-Champion (and the entire Curse Network) went down without warning and the downtime lasted a ... little more than expected.

The site is currently in read-only mode
We're currently operating in read-only mode on a 8 days old database. This was the best way to bring back the site online tonight without interrupting the efforts to restore/fix everything. You will not be able to posts on forums and anything done in the past 5 days before the crash will not be visible for the moment.

If everything goes as planned, tomorrow we will be able to restore everything to the state it was before the crash and the site will be reopened. (It might happen earlier, but let's say tomorrow)

What happened?
Basically, everything went down when the Storage area network decided to fail, there was no real way to prevent that and it instantly killed all the sites of the network. It's ok, we just used the backup controller that we had, I mean, we totally had that covered!

Then the backup controller failed. We worked with HP to get replacement parts as soon as possible and we had everything replaced within a couple of hours. The problem is, we still had a NAS that crashed pretty badly in our hands and we had to check for corrupted data ... for a very long time. The process literally took over 30 hours and all efforts made during this time to restore the site temporarily failed. We also had consultants on site and worked closely with HP and Microsoft to figure out if there was a way to speed up things without risking losing data without much success.

The NAS eventually came back online very early in the morning and a couple of sites were brought back online (including the blue tracker a little later)

Then, we got another hilarious problem, the faulty hardware crashed so badly that it bugged the firmware (yes, seriously) and our only hope was to get a bugfix from Hewlett Packard at this point. We're currently working with them and everything should be sorted out soon but it will take a couple of extra hours, that's why we decided to bring back the site in read only mode for the moment.

After the fix is applied, we will be able to restore the database to its pre-crash state and open the site to the public once again with the remaining news and forum posts. (You know, assuming everything goes as planned)

So, not a hack?
Nop. I know people freaked out a little but it really was a pure hardware failure, nothing got compromised.

But you could have avoided it!
With another setup, probably, but realistically it's pretty hard to predict all the technical failures you could have and damn, what are the chances that both controllers will fail within 2 hours of each other? For the record, the NAS was part of the brand new hardware bought a year ago to upgrade the entire infrastructure. Of course, lessons will be learned and I'm sure the lovely techy guys will work on ways to prevent that in the future, and it would be pretty unfair to bash them at this time because they pretty much worked 25 hours a day to fix the problem.

I like you guys.
I would like to apologize for the whole situation, realistically, a whole site exploding in the face of users for 2 days isn't something that should happen in a perfect world but hey, shit does happen. The community has been incredibly supportive throughout the whole thing and I was amazed by all the nice messages we got on Facebook. Really, I expected you guys to eat me alive and call me nasty names but you didn't. Thank you.

I hope we're still friends.

Boubouille

PS: For the latest news posts, see the news below. If you have any question, poke me on @Boubouille_MMO - Twitter and I will try to reply to everyone.

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