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by Published on 2013-04-09 04:21 AM

PTR 1.0.8 Patch Notes

Bugged Ra-Den Kill
It seems a group in China was able to defeat Ra-Den today due to a bug in the encounter, which may have been addressed by tonight's hotfixes. This did confirm that Ra-den does not die at the end of the encounter, which we assumed from the sound files.

Patch 5.2 Hotfixes: April 8
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
  • Zandalari Beast Handler is now properly seated in a saddle while riding a Direhorrn.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Giorgio's Caduceus of Pure Moods is no longer being awarded to Elemental and Restoration Shamans on Raid Finder difficulty or via bonus rolls.
    • Primordius
      • During the Primordius encounter, spells which dispel a single harmful effect (Sear Magic, Single Magic, or Mass Dispel) will no longer work if any of the positive effects are active on the target (Improved Synapses, Keen Eyesight, Thick Bones, Clear Mind, or Fully Mutated).
    • Ra-den
      • Fixed an issue that could prevent Ra-den from absorbing Essences of Anima/Vita as intended.
      • Engaging Ra-den now resets the cooldown on Reincarnation for Shamans.

Bug Fixes

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
WoW Subscriber Numbers and Content Release Speed
You're point? WoW is still doing well compared to it's aclaimed "killers" GW2, Tera and SWTOR all which went F2P except for GW2 which already was. I'm not seeing a single point in this whole OP.

Other than lost jobs? Or are they still employing the same amount of people that they did when they had 12 million?

The WoW development team has more members now than ever before!

You're seeing less time between content cycles as we continue to grow and essentially restructure our production pipeline, so that some designers within each WoW development team can focus on alternating patches. Mind you, there's no black-and-white divide in the team -- everyone's contributing in some way to each patch and expansion -- but we can have members from each team focused sharply on 5.3, while others are already working hard on 5.4 and beyond.(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

WoW Changes Over Time
I think any new player who has been exposed to more than a couple of hours of online gaming would feel insulted by how stupidly easy it is. The only challenge is not falling asleep within 10 minutes of starting a session.
Any new player would probably try to understand what's going on, what is he/she supposed to do, how that particular class plays, familiarize himself/herself with the area where he/she's playing...

Generalizations like this one aren't really helpful in these discussions.

You mean about 1 afternoons work for a new intern? There have been literally dozens of constructive posts on how to do this. One very easy way of beginning to reimplement challenge to the levelling process is to re-introduce orange/red quests.
Changing anything in a game is not as simple as going in and changing numbers. It's easy to pull numbers out of thin air to make an argument look stronger, but the fact is, at the end of the day it's just made up numbers. (And there's also the underlying discussion if the leveling experience should be challenging for newcomers and veteran players alike, and so on).

Orange quests still exist. But keep in mind the color of the quest is only an indicator of how hard that quest will be based on your character level. If your character is level 40, and the quest you want to do is for level 44, it'll be displayed orange. While, if the quest is for level 30, it'll be grey.

Back in Vanilla WoW, if you were in, say, Eastern Plaguelands, at level 50, maybe you'd be able to take quests for levels 52 and 59, while one would be yellow, the other one would be displayed red. Now, since Eastern Plaguelands is a level 40-45 zone, you'll get quests within that level range.

I would have to dedicate myself to do challenge mode dungeons, as I would have to be online together with four other people. PvP is not challenging, only part of that which is challenging is high end arena and what do you know, you need time and dedication to get there. Soloing raids... is that really all that is left? In Rift you find challenge in almost everything you do, from zone events to normal dungeons.
You can also do the Brawler's Guild content, which is quite challenging (particularly at Rank 7 and above).

for example, once upon a time you had to play a class to really understand how to play it, all the little nuances
now, i honestly believe i could roll a lvl90 (insert class ive never played) and excel at it within minutes.

The game does a much better job these days to tell you the basic things about your class (such as the most important abilities of the talent spec you pick), if you pair that with the amount of online resources available, I wouldn't be surprised if someone can excel at a particular class in a short amount of time after playing with it.

On the other hand, shouldn't the fun of playing the game be at overcoming challenges rather than making the game be obscure at things like not telling you what Hit or Critical strike chance are for? In fact, do you think the raid content would be as difficult as it is these days (mechanic wise) if people were still trying to figure out obscure class mechanics?

Just curious to see what do you mean when you talk about challenges in the game. There's the artificial challenge (understanding what your character does because the game just isn't telling you) or killing an innately difficult raid boss (for which the argument of not having enough time doesn't really work, since you could argue that finding the time required to kill a heroic boss should be, in fact, considered part of that challenge you crave for). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
What's the point of vengeance Why not just make tank abilities scale better with AP in tank spec with high threat modifier?
High threat modifiers were often invisible and confusing. We want tanks to care about damage not just spamming threat. (Source)
DPS specs scale with many stats (such as haste and crit). Tank damage (for the most part) scales from just Strength or Agi. (Source)
Prob with veng is tank swaps. Taunt not updated from vanilla. Gives prior tank's threat, but not his vengeance.
Because we want your attacks to matter, not just coasting on what the previous tank did. (Source)
I think what Oatz means is that Tank 1 has to stop attacking so he doesn't pull back from Tank 2 which just taunted.
Understand that we're not trying to make threat no longer a thing. We just don't want it to throttle the DPS. (Source)
Threat does matter. Tanks care about it+dmg. We don't like stopping attacks on switches, especially with high Veng.
You get half Vengeance from taunting. We think it's fine. (Source)

any chance of bringing back vengeance for pvp tanks?
Generally when tanks are having fun in PvP, nobody else is. (Source)

Do u believe that players now have to push to many buttons to effectively play their class? More buttons = less fun. Thoughts?
A rotation with say 4-5 core buttons and 1-2 cooldowns is ideal. It's the situational buttons that complicate things. (Source)
Consider that these days the expectation is for a different AE rotation than single-target. (Source)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Vanilla class (Warrior) outshined in every area it excels by a (newer) DK class. WTG Guys.
So monks must be outshining DKs then? (Source)
DK's can dps all day long in Blood. Warriors? No. One or the other has to change, so maybe monks will shine more down the road
We don't like Unholy DKs sitting in Blood Presence. Frost generally could not afford to. (Source)
Does that mean you'll be adjusting Unholy DKs but not Frost?
That's the plan. Something like Sudden Doom requires Unholy Presence. Switch to Blood if you need the defenses. (Source)

DW frost CAN NOT dps in blood presence. I say it again: The changes made to DW and 2h frost in MOP, IS STUPID!
As I said, Frost can't sit in Blood Presence. Unholy can, and it's a concern for PvP. (Source)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
any chance on removing some hunter ability bloat in 6.0?(maybe before?) seems too many buttons since MoP
We tried to remove some before but still get "Bring back Eyes of the Beast!" requests. We'll try again. (Source)
If you don't want to use EOTB you don't have to, but having readiness means the class has to use it for bestDPS
Sure, but we could buff every shot to compensate and call it a day. Hunters have plenty of ways to demonstrate skill these days. (Source)
We think the core rotation buttons are fine. There are a LOT of situational hunter buttons though. (Source)
when I complain about bloat, I mean abilities that are part of my dps rotation, like Glaive, DireBeast, Crows, Stampede.
You have a passive option to Dire Beast. We could add one to the Crows row. Rapid Fire and Readiness could probably be pruned. (Source)
any change you make, you'll have a portion of the hunter base complaining, I wouldn't want to be on you shoes.
Yup. All the hunters happy with the number of buttons (or specific ones) won't say much until they are gone. (Source)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
If mass dispel's defensive utility is too powerful, then increase the mana cost significantly.
We considered that, but if you make it expensive enough to really hurt, it does affect Shadow utility in PvE. (Source)

Old Mass Dispel glyph (cast time) is baked in for Holy and Disc. (Source)
Way overnerfing shadow. You said yourself that you didn't want to weaken shadow's raid utility.
We tried not to. Glyph of Mass Dispel isn't super popular with Shadow PvE and you rarely need to Void Shift on short cooldowns. (Source)
Raid utility? Mass dispel nerf is slap on the face for ARENA utility. Something you didn't want to touch.
Shadow has plenty of PvP utility and really high damage to boot. (Source)

How about you give Shadows a replacement spell instead of Voidshift? It's hardly worth the level 87 slot.
Shadow can still use VS for occasional PvE utility. It was causing problems in PvP giving the rest of the Shadow arsenal. (Source)

whats the reasoning for doubling the cool down practically on Shadow Void Shift? It's now just a worse vers of LoH but same CD
We have to balance around the whole package, not individual spells. (Source)

I've played disc forever and I do not spam one spell. I utilize just about all of my spells.
Good priests do. The concern is more that bad priests can still be pretty effective with a lot less effort. (Source)

Is atonement really that OP?
Yes. It should trade off healing for some DPS. Didn't feel like it was much of a healing loss. (Source)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Does Glyph of Unleashed Lightning being changed mean LB can be cast on the move baseline now?
Yes. (Source)
Will it be castable on the move for other specs too?
Not sure yet. Might be okay, but Resto for one doesn't need any kind of PvP buff. (Source)

The game needs less cast while moving.. atleast for pvp.
Agreed in general, but it's a benefit Elemental already had and doesn't seem like a big balance risk. It's also not instant. (Source)

Old Unleashed Lightning glyph benefit is baked in for Elemental. Cast time penalty just goes away. (Anything can change before 5.3 launch.) (Source)
So buff for Ele which is doing pretty well and an extra glyph Enhance has to try to make room for when already bloated?
Giving you a potentially useful glyph is a nerf? Is removing a useful glyph a buff? (Source)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Careful what you wish for.. remove the word clunky and ppl use "bad design".On topic, 34sec CD tremor needs a look at
What they usually mean is "I don't like" which then at least can get into why they don't like something. Clunky conveys nothing. (Source)

I know its story yet untold but, is there any reason why this quest is not obtainable?
Originally the warlock quest continued but we feared what came later would not be able to compete with the awesome of BT. (Source)

Why don't we have the option to help Akama in the warlock quest? The ring reward seems to be in game at least, glitch?
We removed the choice because we felt like there would generally be a right answer and folks would have to stop and wiki it. (Source)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
I'm still wondering why the heck you changed the Rage system for Warriors. I preferred Cata Style.
For the most part, the Cata style was that rage didn't matter and you just hit buttons as fast as you could. (Source)
I like the new rage system, but HS/Slam don't feel as integral to dumping rage as before for Arms.
If rage isn't unbounded, then there will be less HS use almost by definition. (Source)

PvP: Execute Melee/Needs Rage(issue) 30k noncrit : Shadowburn Ranged/mana(nonissue) 130k noncrit, can you explain?
We try not to design abilities to be mirror images of each other. (Source)

Blizzard Acquires IGN Pro League Assets
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
As an important next step in its ongoing efforts to provide world-class entertainment, Blizzard has purchased IGN Pro League technology and assets from IGN. Along with this purchase, Blizzard is bringing onboard members of the IPL staff as the foundation for a new team based in San Francisco whose primary focus will be on creating high-quality web and mobile content in support of Blizzard games, while some IPL staff have joined Blizzard's existing eSports team.

“This new team will help us to further develop the rich media experiences that extend the fun and engagement of our games online,” said Itzik Ben-Bassat, Blizzard’s executive vice president of publishing. “This is a team of passionate gamers with a proven track record, and we’re looking forward to now leveraging their expertise and technology to support a variety of online efforts.”

Regarding the transaction, Peer Schneider, executive vice president of IGN, stated, “With the continuing evolution of the eSports space and the renewed focus on our core media brand, we made the decision to sell the IGN Pro League technology and assets and become agnostic in our competitive gaming coverage. Following Blizzard’s acquisition of IPL assets, IGN will partner with multiple organizations and cover their events.”

Fan Art Update
The World of Warcraft Fan Art Section has been updated with three new pieces of fan artwork.

by Published on 2013-04-07 08:11 PM

Whimsyshire Also to Benefit From Density Changes, Idea For the Treasure Goblin Alert, Community Commentary: Public Enemy #1, Tokio's Tri-Gen Palm Monk

Patch 5.3 - Transmogrify From Bank and Void Storage
Patch 5.3 adds the ability to transmogrify to items that are located in your bank or Void Storage without having them in your bags! The last update we got on Void Storage space was a no to more slots.

Addon - VoidTransmog
The ability to transmogrify from your Void Storage is already live, but not built in to the default UI. The VoidTransmog addon allows you to transmogrify to anything currently in your Void Storage.

You can open the Void Storage window when at a transmogrification NPC by pressing the Void button on the transmogrify window, then selecting an item from Void Storage and applying it to the correct slot. The items don't appear in the normal flyout selection menu, so you must select the item and then slot.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Reputation / Questing
Any plans to allow players to complete dailies and other quests while in a raid group? Current design is annoying.
We would like too, yes. We just don't want to splash credit to the whole raid. (Source)
This isn't rocket science. Group credit applies only to group even while in raid. Problem solved! Why so hard to understand?
1) We'd like for groups in raids to go away. 2) Easy to understand and easy to implement are not the same. (Source)

So does this mean we can expect 2x10^10 dailies in every expansion from now on? and have those dailies gate everything?
Have you played 5.2? (Source)
But why is every major patch "New dailies hub and..." but no dungeons. Seems like lack of creativity.
Production-wise, dungeons don't compete with quests or scenarios. Dungeons compete with raids. (Source)

In vanilla, questing was what you did sub-level cap. Raiding level cap. Completely different now. Better? Unsure
In vanilla, you did questing. Then a tiny percentage of players also did raiding. Now most player raid (at least LFR). (Source)
Doesn't stop repetitive content from being repetitive.
I agree. All content gets repetitive. It's impossible to design content faster than players can consume it. Hence, repetition. (Source)

can we have some more uses for Lesser Charms? I think I have approximately a zillion of them.
The use is intended to be that you can take a vacation on dailies if you so choose. (Source)

Essentially, we want WoW to feel more like fine dining and less like fast food. Please don’t take this simple analogy to ridiculous lengths. (Source)
What about aiming to be a food truck? High end trucks can be a great mixture of convenience, taste, and atmosphere.
Love them, but they aren't that convenient. Here in OC the lines are always long. (Source)

But sometimes, you don't have time for fine dining. you want a quick bite so you can do more important stuff afterwards.
And you can play WoW in very small chunks. You just can't achieve every reward in small chunks. (Source)

the busy working person rarely has time for a fine dining meal though. Perhaps allow that person the ability to succeed
We try to solve that by letting you accomplish something even in very small chunks. You just can't accomplish everything then. (Source)

soooooo are we getting giant talent trees again since this new talent system is like fast food
I'd argue the opposite. The older trees had a lot of empty calories. The newer ones are like tapas - small with depth. (Source)

Fine dining is more about the experience. You spend a little time there. You soak it in. (Source)
In the case of alts though (re flightpaths) the same great meal gets boring and bland after having it over and over again.
I agree, but I'll refer to my comments last week: if your alt is so caught up that you don't need to play it, what's the point? (Source)

How about making wow more like an amusement park, where there's a little bit of everything & you CHOOSE what you want to do?
In WoW, players tend to just pick whatever has the shortest line, not what is the most fun (and then get grumpy about that fact). (Source)

Don't let people's hate over certain features bother you too much. No one is holding a gun to their head and making them play.
It doesn't bother us. We just like to understand the feedback and in turn try and explain a bit why things were designed. (Source)
We'll support playing the game almost any way you want. We won't guarantee that your preferred way is the most efficient way though. (Source)

Why are hotfixes often implemented before being announced seems like it would confuse players
Getting a hotfix applied takes a lot of people. Making an announcement takes a lot of different people (in different time zones). (Source)
Sometimes we'd rather get the fix out ASAP even if the message lags behind. Not ideal though. (Source)

wondering, what would you say are the top 2-3 changes to the SDLC that have led to increased patch delivery?
Better planning. More realistic schedules. More people (it's hard to hire enough good folks, but we're getting there.) (Source)

I think "overly literal" is the better way to describe "too rational", imo.
Perhaps. It's this strange perception that if we get caught in a gotcha that we'll be forced to make a change. (Source)

What mistakes? Mists has been a blast. My only complaint is I don't have time to do everything.
Here are a few at launch: G Lotus felt too mandatory. Progression / rewards at 90 were not clear. PvP balance needed much work. (Source)

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
The current SSD prices seem to have bottomed out for now, with almost all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte when on sale. No new CPUs, GPUs, or SSDs worth waiting for are expected before late in the second quarter this year. RAM prices have been increasing for the past few months, so if you were thinking about adding RAM anytime soon, now is the time.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 3770K 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! If you are interested in [email protected], take a look in our team's thread.

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorAsus VS229H-P 21.5" LED IPS Monitor - $140ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $180
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $18Cyborg V.5 - $48
MouseLogitech G400 - $35Razer Deathadder - $47
SpeakersCreative A220 2.1 Speaker System - $30Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $42
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE278Q 27-Inch - $295HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $359
KeyboardLogitech G510 - $94Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $76 ($133)
MouseLogitech G500 - $49Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $71
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $60Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $75

Puppy and Dolphin
Mix and match anything but the CPU/Motherboard combo between Puppy and Dolphin. Pick one of the two CPU/Motherboard combos.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $37NZXT GAMMA Classic - $37
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 - $58XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $58
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $85AMD FX-6300 - $133
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $28Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $33
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2 AM3+ 970 - $95ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ 990FX - $135
MemoryKingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1333 - $318GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $67
Graphics CardASUS 7770 - $109Gigabyte 7850 2 GB or Gigabyte GTX 660 OC 2GB - $211 / $190
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $60Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $90
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$526$766 - 787

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 HAF X - $170
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $87Corsair 750HX - $130
CPUIntel i5-3570K - $210Intel i7-3770K - $310
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $58Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $81
MotherboardASUS P8Z77-V LK - $124ASUS P8Z77-V - $176
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $6716GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $129
Graphics Card7950 OR GIGABYTE GTX 660 Ti - $330 / $280Gigabyte 7970 OR GIGABYTE GTX 670 - $400 / $380
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $90Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $90
SSDSAMSUNG 840 128GB (Review) - $100
Plextor 128 GB M5 Pro (Review) - $133
Intel 330 180GB (Review) - $125
SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB (Review) - $139
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$989 - $1172$1614 - $1648

Megaera Kill Video
Yet another nice intro from Fifth Element!

by Published on 2013-04-06 02:00 PM

Blizzard Welcoming Ideas and Suggestions, Blue Posts, What's Your Favorite Hero Class in Diablo III?

Patch 5.3 - Wrathion Questline Update
Patch 5.3 continues Wrathion's questline with a few more quests. You first visit Wrathion so that he can send you to collect blessings from the four Pandaria Celestials. There are four challenges, one for tanks, healers, and two different ones for DPS. After completing the challenge most suited to your class and spec, you will return to Wrathion to receive one of the item level 600 cloaks below. The line ends with you waiting for Patch 5.4 and the Siege of Orgrimmar.

Be sure to listen to the audio if you are interested in the Burning Legion and what is coming!

Level Type Spec Slot Name
600BackTankBack Oxhorn Bladebreaker
600BackTankBack Oxhoof Greatcloak
600BackMeleeBack Tigerclaw Cape
600BackSpell DPSBack Jadefire Drape
600BackSpell SpiritBack Cranewing Cloak
600BackPhysical DPSBack Tigerfang Wrap

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
ToC was awesome because it stood on the integrity of it's encounter design. It was a minimalist approach that worked.
I thought the encounters were well crafted. Overall the raid was not popular though. New art and architecture are important. (Source)
Faction Champs was still one of the coolest encounters I've ever done though.
I liked it personally, but it was less popular with players not used to dealing with no aggro, interrupts, CC and the like. (Source)

do the bonus roll luck mitigation changes in 5.3 persist through multiple instances, or clear on zoning/switching instances?
The plan is that they last for a fairly long time (weeks maybe) until you actually win. Then they reset. Still ironing out details. (Source)

how does roll protect work? Separate for each boss? Each LFR?
The plan is per boss and separate for bonus rolls, but still working out the details. (Source)
Can you confirm the roll protection for "coin rolls" AND "non-coin normal rolls" ? The latter was unclear so far
We can't commit to anything at this stage, but the intent is for both. (Source)

Will roll protect reduce the chance for good streaks or just bad streaks?
Just bad. (Source)

so not to moan or anything but 9 mogu runes and 15 lfr bosses later and 0 loot is this just unlucky or is something broken??
You're unlucky. Consider that if there is a 0.5% chance to be unlucky, thousands of players still will be. Fix coming in 5.3. (Source)
Bad luck and probability distributions are not new. What excuse is there for no checks in place at the start.
Random loot has served the game well for nine years. (Source)

would there be merits to scenarios becoming the spammable heroics in the next expac, with 5mans becoming more like Kara/BRD?
It depends on the matchmaking. We can't expect a randomly assembled group to do very difficult content. (Source)

How much trash and what kind of gimmicks do you find acceptable while designing raids?
I'd say above all we just want to keep things fresh and keep players engaged instead of tunnel vision to just get to the bosses. (Source)

Since you check the representation of healers etc for high end pvp, do you check it for high end pve aswell?
Yes. We don't put as much emphasis on rep as an indication of anything as many players do however. Many things drive rep. (Source)

Why do dungeons give twice the VP of Raid bosses when most take less time now? Seems weird IMHO.
We try to structure rewards to encourage diversity rather than tunneling on one particular activity. (Source)

Please tell me Dungeons will come in the next expansion. People are concerned.
We like dungeons. We just aren't yet able to develop huge raids and lots of dungeons simultaneously. (Source)

Please, I beg of you. Do-not-nerf-Heroic Lei Shen25. Give the World a glimmer of hope and allow guilds to naturally progress!!
No plans whatsoever at the moment to nerf heroic Lei Shen. Enjoy your repair costs. (Source)

Will these Heroic Scenarios require a certain group (ie: 1 tank, 1 dps, 1 healer) or will it be any spec?
Whatever you want to bring (like normal scenarios). (Source)
So except for raids, tanks and healers are useless in the entire WoW and you will have a better time being a DPS
You can tank or heal in a scenario. It's just not required. (Source)

One last suggestion, make it so there can't be 7+ healers at once on either side. 3 maximum is all you need in bgs
We want to use role in determining random BG teams. (Source)
Any worries that adding role queuing for BGs will leave DPS with huge queues/hybrid heals queuing in heals then going DPS?
We discussed solutions like a red icon if you're in a spec that doesn't match your role (once new loot choice is in place). (Source)
We also don't think the queue length for BGs will be problematic. It may still be for Raid Finder. (Source)

heard about the elite gear requriement getting back in 5.4, please do not put a rating req for it, add cosmetic stuff instead.
The elite gear is cosmetic in 5.3+. (Source)

I don't understand. How will increasing Battle Fatigue make PvP Power more attractive to healers?
We are doubling PvP Power for healers but also buffing BF. Healing will stay the same but the stat will be more attractive. (Source)
That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, can you explain why that is?
Currently 10% PvP Power gives you 5% healing and 10% damage. We are making it 10% healing to compete better with PvE Int. (Source)
(10% PvP Power gives you 2.5% if you are a healer class in non-healer spec. This would become 5%.) (Source)
with the bf increase would that not result in a nerf to hybrids but a net 0 for main healers?
We would buff PvP Power healing for hybrids by the same amount. (Source)
And whats happening with % heals which see nothing from pvp power?
Not sure yet. One idea: all classes have heals benefit from PvP Power. Recup etc. would get stronger and offset Battle Fatigue. (Source)
Wouldn't that still make things like Second Wind, etc. way stronger than on live?
Yes, but part of the conversation is also buffing Battle Fatigue and PvP Power -> healing conversion. (Source)

bgs and rbgs. it'll do no harm to rated pvp and normal bgs anyways, just hurting world pvp that way. just think about it
Compare 496 PvP gear to 522 PvE gear. Which do you think does more damage? (Source)
open world pvp? 522 pve gear wins. thats why im asking why dont you keep the ilvl of elite pvp items. it wont hurt anyway.
496 PvP gear has at least 40% PvP Power / damage. The 522 gear should be closer to a 35% increase depending on spec. (Source)
I'd imagine the bigger concern is 496 PvP vs. 2/2 upgraded heroic/H-TF gear, which is 543-549.
I don't expect you will run into Paragon or Method out doing their dailies very often. (Source)
May be wrong, but this feels similar to rogue leg. concerns in Cata. But how many are hardcore raiders AND PvPers?
You could take the daggers into BGs plus nearly every raiding rogue had them. Not the case for heroic raid gear. (Source)

i just want to know why elite gear has to be decreased. ganks are non existant on my realm and i raid often. is not an issue.
The elite concern isn't about PvE but about being so far ahead of honor gear. We want gear to be a bonus not a barrier in PvP. (Source)

100% casual pvper here. Casual doesn't exist due to inability to catch up. Changes=skill helps catch up.
That is the hope. (Source)

PvP Power also means player ignores a % of Block/Dodge/Parry. Solve flag-carrier PvE Tank issue. LMK about job application.
Dodge is important to non tanks too. We can nerf PvE tank gear in PvP if it becomes necessary. (Source)

Could you please get rid of blanket silence? Thanks. That would be amazing. It's not needed AT ALL.
It's a long term goal to tone them down, but we would need to greatly scale back instant CCs and heals as well. (Source)
40-60 sec CD for blanket silences. 20 sec if they interupt with it. Fixt.
I think it would be impossible to stop a Holy paladin from healing. (Source)

I get the reasons for 5.3 pvp changes, but I'll miss spending conquest pts improving gear via upgrades or elite tyrannical
That was the initial design for that reason, but the delta between honor gear and upgraded elite was too great. (Source)

Hearthstone Interview
All Things Azeroth recently had a chance to interview the Hearthstone devs!

  • Hearthstone has been in development for about a year, with the concept being worked on for a few years.
  • The devs were surprised by how quickly people made lists of the cards and became interested in building decks.
  • The limited selection of heroes was done so that each class was represented by the most iconic and epic characters from the game. Finding characters that represent each class is difficult for some classes, and finding multiple characters for every class would be even more difficult. If players are really interested in more heroes, the devs can look at adding more in the future.
  • Another reason for starting out with just one hero per class is to make the game easier to pick up for new players.
  • Customization in Hearthstone comes from building your deck rather than selecting what hero you want to play as.
  • Each class has a Hero Power that makes the class unique and adds more depth to the game. This power can be used on every turn.
  • One of the reasons trading was not added was to avoid players making unfavorable trades because they aren't as familiar with the value of cards as other players.
  • Trading also takes time and coordination, while the crafting system is instant.
  • Making the game free to play furthered the goal of making it more accessible. The only advantage that purchasing cards gives you is earning cards faster than a player that hasn't paid.
  • Every card only has one quality level, so you will only find an epic version of any epic cards, there are no common versions of the epic cards.
  • The only way cards will differ is with Golden Cards. These cards are a cosmetic upgrade to regular cards and have a golden frame and additional animations. Golden Cards will be rare, but they can be crafted if you want to collect them.
  • The King Mukla card has good stats only costs 3 Mana, but gives your opponent two bananas that can be used to enhance their own minions.
  • There are no plans to do loot cards like the WoW TCG has.
  • There are no plans to integrate a Hearthstone client in to WoW, but feedback on this decision is welcome.
  • Plans to support Hearthstone as an e-sport or having a championship at Blizzcon are still being discussed.
  • Making a game with a lot of strategic depth that is easy to start playing but difficult to master has been challenging and fun!

Guild Wars 2 Super Adventure Box Music
The developers released a video talking about the design of Super Adventure Box, as well as releasing lots of music from it on their Soundcloud page.


TCG Art Update
Blizzard has updated the Trading Card Game art gallery to feature ten new pieces.

by Published on 2013-04-05 08:42 AM

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Heroic Lei Shen 25 Videos
Method and Blood Legion both released videos of their Lei Shen kills today!

Patch 5.3 PTR Notes Update - April 4
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Nimble Brew now also removes horrify effects, and reduces the duration of horrify effects and fear, and is available to all Monk specializations (formerly only available for Brewmaster and Windwalker Monks).
    • Talents
      • Ring of Peace had been redesigned. The ability forms an 8-yard sanctuary around a friendly target for 8 seconds, instantly disarming and silencing enemies within the area-of-effect for 3 seconds. Enemies that use abilities other than auto-attacks or cast spells on allies within the Ring of Peace will be disarmed and silenced for 3 seconds. Disarm and silence effects are subject to diminishing returns.

  • Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Mass Dispel no longer dispels magic effects that are normally undispellable. Cast time has been decreased to 0.5 seconds, down from 1.5 seconds for Discipline and Holy Priests.
      • Void Shift had its cooldown decreased to 5 minutes, down from 6 minutes for Discipline and Holy Priests. For Shadow Priests, cooldown has been increased to 10 minutes, up from 6 minutes, and the spell is no longer usable while in Arenas or Rated Battlegrounds.
    • Glyphs
      • Glyph of Mass Dispel has been redesigned and no longer reduces cast time. The glyph now enables Mass Dispel to dispel magic effects that are normally undispellable.
    • Discipline
      • Atonement now heals nearby friendly targets for 80% of the damage dealt, down from 100%.

  • Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Lightning Bolt can now be cast while moving.
    • Glyphs
      • New Glyph: Glyph of Lightning Shield causes Lightning Shield to reduce the amount of damage taken by 10%.
      • Glyph of Unleashed Lightning has been removed and replaced with Glyph of Lightning Shield.

  • Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Defensive Stance now decreases damage taken by 25%, up from 15%.
    • Protection
      • Unwavering Sentinel no longer increases the damage reduction of Defensive Stance by 10%.

Pet Battles
  • General
    • Fixed an issue where pet abilities that had a chance to stun were not working correctly.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Scenarios
    • Lorewalker Cho will allow heroes to take part in either faction's scenarios, so players can see what the other side has been up to.

  • Battle Fatigue now reduces the amount of healing and absorbs by 50%, up from 30%.
  • PvP Power bonus to healing for healing specializations has been increased to 100%, up from 50% for Druids, Monks, Paladins, Priests, and Shamans.
  • PvP Power bonus to healing for damage specializations has been increased to 75%, up from 25% for Druids, Monks, Paladins, Priests, and Shamans.

  • Players starting on Cataclysm content can purchase level-80 gear from Iris Moonweaver in Hyjal and Erunak in Vashj'ir to more easily qualify for Blackrock Caverns and Abyssal Maw: Throne of Tides.

  • When using name plates, castbars will now display for all NPCs.

Patch 5.2 Hotfixes: April 4
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
  • Extended Shore Leave: This quest has been temporarily removed from quest rotation to address an issue with the Zandalari Warship.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Fixed an issue where Warlocks remained in the wrong phase at The Black Temple after completing the quest Seek the Signal.
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Durumu the Forgotten
      • During the Light Spectrum phase, Yellow Eye's cone now moves more quickly on Raid Finder difficulty.

  • Darkmoon Card: Blue Dragon now has a reduced chance to activate its effect for characters that are level 61-69 and its effect no longer activates for characters above level 69.

Pet Battle Accuracy Changes in Patch 5.3
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Greetings, trainers!

We wanted to take a moment to discuss some of the broad accuracy changes we’re making to Pet Battles in patch 5.3. The overarching goal behind these changes is to provide transparency to reduce the amount of uncontrolled randomness, where one miss often makes or breaks a match. Once patch 5.3 is live, you’ll see “hit chance” listed for all abilities, and this value will update if the pet is affected by abilities that increase or reduce the chance to hit.

In addition, we’ve removed the base 5% chance to dodge, and reduced the chance to miss opponents of higher levels from 5% per level to 2% per level. The end result should be that your attacks that should hit, will hit, and there’s greater incentive to get out there and fight higher-level pets for greater experience rewards.

In a turn-based game, randomness can be a lot of fun if handled correctly. Without a little randomness, the outcome of a match could be predicted to a high degree of certainty before the first swing, and that’s no fun. Randomness often works best when it is opt-in, often in exchange for greater attack power, longer duration, etc. In fact, many higher-damage battle pet abilities already had a reduced chance to hit, which will now be visible.

With the removal of the base dodge chance, we were left with a large number of abilities that now had a 100% hit chance. We’ve made a handful of minor modifications to some of these abilities, giving them greater damage in exchange for a reduced chance to hit. It’s worth noting that every battle pet type (e.g. Dragonkin) have at least one ability that hits 100% of the time, allowing you to opt-out of the randomness if you prefer a less risky strategy. (Check out the full list of basic abilities that have gained additional damage in exchange for reduced accuracy below.)

Finally, we’ve left the base 5% chance to gain a critical strike (for 1.5x damage), and +/- 10% damage variance on all abilities, at least for the time being. We believe that getting a crit generally feels good, and the damage variance is often enough to make a match a bit less predetermined without swinging the match heavily in one player’s favor.

We also wanted to thank the community for the great feedback we’ve gotten so far about Pet Battles. Keep it coming!

As noted earlier, the following basic attacks have had their damage increased by 5-15% and accuracy reduced by 5-15%:

(See Blog Post for full list)

Curse Gaming Survey
How are you gaming in 2013? Curse is interested in your opinion! Spend a moment taking our survey and let us know how you are gaming this year!

Hearthstone Wiki
Curse has created a nice Hearthstone wiki, with lists of all the cards, heroes, classes, and abilities. There will likely be lots to do once beta starts if you are interested in helping out!

by Published on 2013-04-04 02:30 PM

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BlizzCon 2013 Tickets On Sale April 24 and 27
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Mark your calendars—a Blizzard is coming to Southern California! Tickets for BlizzCon® 2013 will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. PDT and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT through the official BlizzCon website. In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will go on sale Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PDT.

BlizzCon 2013 takes place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, and tickets to the two-day show will be available at $175 USD each. Tickets to the Benefit Dinner (which includes admission to BlizzCon) will be priced at $500 USD each, with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Tickets to previous BlizzCon events have sold out within minutes, so be sure to synchronize your hourglasses.

Paladins, demon hunters, and Ghosts who can’t make it to the show in person will once again have the option to enjoy BlizzCon from home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multi-channel Internet stream. Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.

See the full press release or check out the BlizzCon Ticket page for more information, and be sure visit the official BlizzCon website at the dates and times above for a chance to purchase a ticket to the show. We hope to see you in Anaheim!

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