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by Published on 2012-01-03 04:11 AM

Diablo 3 - Hardcore PvP, Runed Meteor, Book of Cain, Beta Screenshots

Darkmoon Faire Has Returned
The Darkmoon Faire returned this week and the games await! You can get there via the locations where the old fair used to be, right outside of Thunder Bluff and Stormwind.

Diablo III Anniversary Update
More hints and a timeline update on Twitter today from Bashiok.
Originally Posted by Bashiok
It'll be ready early this week.

Everybody on the forums is praying for a release date...

Well that's silly. You think I'd honestly even mention a release date announcement before it happens?

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 continue with Rogues, Druids, and Cloaks. Cloaks are in order of popularity going across the row.

This time around items that share the same model and color are counted together in the rankings as often as possible, but not items that have different color variations of the same model. Offhands and other slots 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!

Chest Feet Hands
Thunderheart Tunic Cenarion Boots Thunderheart Gloves
Scorched Wormling Vest Stormrage Boots Hydrolance Gloves
Cenarion Vestments Fading Violet Sandals Cenarion Gloves
Valorous Dreamwalker Robe Thunderheart Boots Handguards of Malorne
Chestguard of Malorne Thunderheart Treads Valorous Dreamwalker Handguards
Head Legs MainHand
Thunderheart Helmet Legguards of Malorne Draenic Wildstaff
Cenarion Helm Stormrage Legguards Pillar of Ferocity
Crown of Malorne Thunderheart Leggings Terestian's Stranglestaff
Stormrage Cover Nordrassil Life-Kilt Frostscythe of Lord Ahune
Conqueror's Nightsong Headguard Thunderheart Legguards Brutal Gladiator's Staff
Shoulder Waist Wrist
Thunderheart Spaulders Cenarion Belt Cenarion Bracers
Passive Resistor Spaulders Thunderheart Belt Stormrage Bracers
Cenarion Spaulders Stormrage Belt Thunderheart Bracers
Valorous Dreamwalker Spaulders Firescar Sash Thunderheart Wristguards
Shoulderguards of Malorne Professor's Bloodied Smock Feralheart Bracers

Chest Feet Hands
Slayer's Chestguard Bloodfang Boots Bloodfang Gloves
Bloodfang Chestpiece Nightslayer Boots Slayer's Handguards
Nightslayer Chestpiece Slayer's Boots Brutal Gladiator's Leather Gloves
Brutal Gladiator's Leather Tunic Guardian's Leather Boots Nightslayer Gloves
Merciless Gladiator's Leather Tunic Wrathful Gladiator's Boots of Triumph Merciless Gladiator's Leather Gloves
Head Legs MainHand
Cursed Vision of Sargeras Slayer's Legguards Shard of Azzinoth
Merciless Gladiator's Leather Helm Bloodfang Pants Perdition's Blade
Bloodfang Hood Brutal Gladiator's Leather Legguards Gutgore Ripper
Deathmantle Helm Merciless Gladiator's Leather Legguards Dragonfang Blade
Nightslayer Cover Nightslayer Pants Vengeful Gladiator's Shanker
Shoulder Waist Wrist
Slayer's Shoulderpads Bloodfang Belt Bloodfang Bracers
Bloodfang Spaulders Nightslayer Belt Slayer's Bracers
Merciless Gladiator's Leather Spaulders Slayer's Belt Nightslayer Bracelets
Shadowblade Pauldrons Guardian's Leather Belt Wrathful Gladiator's Armwraps of Triumph
Brutal Gladiator's Leather Spaulders Wrathful Gladiator's Belt of Triumph Darkmantle Bracers

Most Popular Cloaks
Shroud of the North Wind Sky Darkener's Shroud of Blood Shawl of Shifting Probabilities
Royal Cloak of the Sunstriders Stainless Cloak of the Pure Hearted Acherus Knight's Shroud
Ruthless Gladiator's Cloak of Alacrity Recovered Scarlet Onslaught Cape Sergeant's Cloak
Onyxia Scale Cloak Blood Knight War Cloak Mantle of Desire
Cloak of the Illidari Council Shroud of the Final Stand Relentless Gladiator's Cloak of Triumph
Shadowmoon Destroyer's Drape Wings of Flame Pepe's Shroud of Pacification
Shroud of the Highborne Cloak of the Shrouded Mists Sentinel's Winter Cloak
Disguise of the Kumiho Cloak of Subjugated Power Shroud of Forgiveness
Cloak of the Royal Protector Juno's Shadow Cloak of the Banshee Queen
Cape of the Black Baron Sky Darkener's Shroud of the Unholy Bladed Flamewrath Cover
Mantle of Doubt Dragon's Blood Cape Mantle of Fury
Cloak of the Fallen God Cloak of Untold Secrets Iceward Cloak
Shawl of Haunted Memories Asimov's Drape Green Dragonskin Cloak
Platinum Mesh Cloak Crimson Paragon's Cover Eagle Ray Cloak
Cloak of Unforgivable Sin Warmonger's Cloak Twitching Shadows

The Daily Blink - How to Level Enchanting
The Daily Blink explains how leveling Enchanting usually goes with a long chart, click through for the full thing!

by Published on 2012-01-02 04:03 AM

Diablo 3 - Happy Anniversary, Bookshelves, Follower Weapons, Book of Cain, Beta Screenshots

Happy New Year!
All of us at MMO-Champion want to wish you a happy new year! 2012 is shaping up to be another interesting year with Mists of Pandaria approaching and Diablo III on track for release. Hopefully we will start hearing from the blue posters again this week.

We can expect a Diablo III related surprise soon, as the 15th anniversary was on Dec 31. If you want more frequent Diablo III news, you can find it posted by our friends on Diablofans.

Darkmoon Faire - Known Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We are aware of issues affecting the Darkmoon Faire, which began again today, particularly regarding monthly quests and some related achievements.

Our teams are investigating the issue and would like to assure you that we are working hard to solve the issue.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing.

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 continue with Priests, Mages, and Warlocks.

The Black Mageweave Vest and other similar chest pieces were the most popular non robe chest transmogrification.

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!

Head Shoulder Chest
Cowl of Absolution Mantle of Absolution Vestments of Absolution
Cowl of the Avatar Mantle of the Avatar Shroud of the Avatar
Vengeful Gladiator's Mooncloth Hood Merciless Gladiator's Mooncloth Mantle Merciless Gladiator's Mooncloth Robe
Merciless Gladiator's Mooncloth Hood Brutal Gladiator's Mooncloth Mantle Brutal Gladiator's Satin Robe
Brutal Gladiator's Mooncloth Hood Vengeful Gladiator's Mooncloth Mantle Vengeful Gladiator's Mooncloth Robe
Waist Legs Feet
Belt of Absolution Leggings of Absolution Boots of Prophecy
Girdle of Prophecy Black Mageweave Leggings Black Mageweave Boots
Belt of Transcendence Breeches of the Avatar Boots of Absolution
Historian's Sash Brutal Gladiator's Mooncloth Leggings Boots of Transcendence
Belt of Divine Guidance Leggings of Transcendence Treads of Absolution
Wrist Hands MainHand
Bracers of Absolution Gloves of Absolution Syphon of the Nathrezim
Bindings of Transcendence Gloves of the Avatar Tankard O' Terror
Vambraces of Prophecy Merciless Gladiator's Mooncloth Gloves Brutal Gladiator's Pummeler
Master's Bracers Brutal Gladiator's Mooncloth Gloves Brutal Gladiator's Shanker
Virtuous Bracers Vengeful Gladiator's Mooncloth Gloves Shard of Azzinoth

Head Shoulder Chest
Brutal Gladiator's Silk Cowl Brutal Gladiator's Silk Amice Brutal Gladiator's Silk Raiment
Cowl of the Tempest Mantle of the Tempest Robes of the Tempest
Cowl of Tirisfal Mantle of Tirisfal Robes of Tirisfal
Power Generator Hood Pauldrons of the Aldor Vestments of the Aldor
Bloodmage Hood Bloodmage Shoulderpads Firelord's Robes
Waist Legs Feet
Arcanist Belt Black Mageweave Leggings Black Mageweave Boots
Belt of the Tempest Leggings of the Tempest Boots of the Tempest
Guardian's Silk Belt Brutal Gladiator's Silk Trousers Netherwind Boots
Netherwind Belt Leggings of Tirisfal Arcanist Boots
Crushing Coldwraith Belt Legwraps of the Aldor Guardian's Silk Footguards
Wrist Hands MainHand
Bracers of the Tempest Brutal Gladiator's Silk Handguards Brutal Gladiator's Slicer
Arcanist Bindings Gloves of the Tempest Brutal Gladiator's Shanker
Netherwind Bindings Firelord's Gloves Perdition's Blade
Master's Bracers Gloves of Tirisfal Shard of Azzinoth
Wrathful Gladiator's Cuffs of Dominance Black Mageweave Gloves Quickening Blade of the Prince

Head Shoulder Chest
Hood of the Malefic Mantle of the Malefic Robe of the Malefic
Vengeful Gladiator's Dreadweave Hood Mantle of the Corruptor Robe of the Corruptor
Felheart Horns Dark Coven Shoulderpads Felheart Robes
Hood of the Corruptor Felheart Shoulder Pads Merciless Gladiator's Dreadweave Robe
Dark Coven Hood Merciless Gladiator's Dreadweave Mantle Dark Coven Robe
Waist Legs Feet
Felheart Belt Leggings of the Malefic Boots of the Malefic
Belt of the Malefic Leggings of the Corruptor Felheart Slippers
Veteran's Dreadweave Belt Felheart Pants Nemesis Boots
Nemesis Belt Black Mageweave Leggings Veteran's Dreadweave Stalkers
Guardian's Dreadweave Belt Sanctified Dark Coven Leggings Black Mageweave Boots
Wrist Hands MainHand
Bracers of the Malefic Gloves of the Malefic Brutal Gladiator's Slicer
Felheart Bracers Gloves of the Corruptor Shard of Azzinoth
Nemesis Bracers Felheart Gloves Perdition's Blade
Veteran's Dreadweave Cuffs Dark Coven Gloves Core Hound Tooth
Master's Bracers Brutal Gladiator's Dreadweave Gloves Brutal Gladiator's Shanker

Vodka Heroic Madness of Deathwing Video
Vodka has released a video of their Madness of Deathwing kill.

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!

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

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'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 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%
Destroyer's End0.6820%
the Pilgrim0.6776%
Guardian of Cenarius0.6436%
the Love Fool0.5845%
of the Shattered Sun0.5796%
the Exalted0.4924%
of Stormwind0.4521%
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.

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