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by Published on 2012-10-09 07:15 AM

Monster Power Level Charts, Monster Power Level Videos, Poll - Was the Nerf to the Hellfire Ring Justified?

Ink Trader Changes and Vengeance Hotfix

Darkmoon Ox Deck / Tanking Trinket Hotfix
The Relic of Niuzao was hotfixed tonight to add 1434 Stamina, making it a more viable tanking trinket.

Reminder: Mogu'shan Vaults LFR and Heroic Difficulty Opens This Week
Don't forget that Raid Finder (item level ~463) and Heroic difficulty Mogu'shan Vaults is opening this week! This is the last of the raid openings until October 30th.

Guide to the Golden Lotus Faction Quests
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've seen some confusion about how to gain access to the Golden Lotus faction dailies in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. In case you've been having trouble getting where you need to be, below are some detailed steps to ensure you're on the correct path.

Spoiler Warning! This guide shares some details about the associated quest chain that takes you to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and the Golden Lotus. If you'd prefer to naturally find your way there during your adventures, the first couple of bullets should be sufficient for pointing you in the right direction.

Here is how you get into the Vale of Eternal Blossoms:

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you're still experiencing issues accessing the Vale of Eternal Blossoms or the Golden Lotus daily quests, please let us know.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
No Pet Battle Quests
If you're not seeing the daily quests for a continent, have you earned the Taming achievement to unlock them for that continent? Did they show up once and then never come back? (not resetting) Are any working at all, and if so, which ones?

Note: Taming Kalimdor is Horde only, and Taming Eastern Kingdoms is Alliance only. This was done via hotfix so the UI in-game will not update until 5.1, which is why you may see completion swap between the two. Not to worry though, the data is all there and will be resolved with the 5.1 patch. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Ink Trader Exchange Change
Is there an answer for my question on whether it is a hotfix or a client patch?
This is planned to go in as a hotfix. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Strong Pet Trap?
We applied a hotfix to attempt to resolve issues of not properly receiving the upgraded Strong and Pristine traps. Please let us know if you're still having the issue, what character and realm is seeing the issue, and once you received the achievement, did your trap art, tooltip or icon change to reflect an upgraded trap? (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

New Loot Window
you can type /loot to see who needs/greed/passes
I've done a few dungeons myself during this weekend and I've noticed that some players are simply unaware of this feature, sometimes I saw some people needing on offspec stuff because they weren't seeing any "need" rolls from other players, obviously this can lead to some arguing.

So here it is again for the sake of clarity, please type /loot, /lootrolls or you can just click on [Loot] in the chat window.
This will open a new loot window that shows you all rolls on every item.
You can also go to Interface->Controls-> and click on “Auto Open Loot Rolls Window!” (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Daily Quests and Gearing for Raids
You can get gear from heroic dungeons and in the process get 60 Valor for the first dungeon you do daily, as well as 30 Valor for the first scenario and a chance at getting loot usable by your class when finishing it. It may seem a small amount, but since both venues can be done relatively quickly, if you're aiming to cap valor points, it'll probably be the fastest way to do so (without considering raiding).

If there are particular items (read: gear) you feel you need to get 100% from the factions in Mists of Pandaria, keep in mind that Raid Finder gear is not available yet, and neither the Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring raids.

If even with these things taken into consideration you still feel that a particular item is required, then it might be a good idea to point it out on this thread

Assume for a minute that, the player is casual (read: not alot of time to spend in game but capable), and is able to cap valor points in a given week, yet doesn't have the time to rep grind from doing the ridiculous number of dailies that are currently the main end game focus of mists until we are allowed into all raids and RF is active etc etc, with a total cap of 3k VP available per character. How then is this type of player supposed to get gear?
Sounds like a rather edgy case, meaning, if a player is as casual as you described, it'd probably be best for that player to focus on cap his valor through dailies, so that he'll be grinding whichever reputations he wants to focus on at the same time. If he chooses instead to focus on doing heroics until he gets his gear, then after he's done with that part, he might focus on dailies.

The problem is, this case is littered with too many "ifs". For this discussion it'd probably be much more useful to know what's exactly concerning you.

Also, keep in mind that Pandaria isn't going to vanish into thin air. As long as you're progressing towards your goal, even if it takes you longer than more dedicated players, isn't that still advancing your character? Just curious. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Hidden Klaxxi Daily Quest
WoWInsider has a nice note about a hidden Klaxxi Daily Quest that will net you an extra 130 reputation, along with the normal Valor Points and Lesser Charm.

Minecraft: World of Warcraft
The recreation of the World of Warcraft map inside of Minecraft is finally complete! You can download the map via this torrent (2GB, extracting to 24GB). Be sure to take a look at the installation instructions.

If you don't have the time and bandwidth to do so, you can take a look at an older version of the map.

by Published on 2012-10-08 10:00 PM

Ink Trader Exchange Change
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Beginning after the maintenance on Tuesday, October 9, ink traders will be converting from accepting Blackfallow Ink to accepting Ink of Dreams and Starlight Ink will become available for purchase. If you’re still holding on to your Blackfallow Ink, your time to trade it in is running short.

Vengeance Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A hotfix will be applied to adjust how Vengeance stacks for tanks of all classes:

  • Vengeance should now ramp up more quickly. Avoidance will now grant Vengeance based on the average damage of the avoided NPC auto-attack, instead of just refreshing existing Vengeance. This does not apply to enemy special attacks.

This will be noted in the next hotfix update, but we wanted to let you know immediately, as this change will be applied sometime today.
by Published on 2012-10-07 09:16 PM

Lore Books Now Colored Light Blue, Diablo 3 for Just $9.99, Diablo Drawing by MrKonda91, Curse Weekly Roundup

City Exploit Hotfixed
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities. This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It's safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth.

As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation. If you have information relating to this incident, please email [email protected]. We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding.

Addon Review: TradeSkillMaster
TradeSkillMaster is a modular addon used to help you to simplify your gold-making processes. The goal of the addon is to consolidate all the different tasks needed to make gold in an efficient way while remaining light-weight and customizable. If you used it during beta and had qualms about the UI, note that it has been significantly improved since then.

One of the more useful features is a module that allows you to see the profit involved in just purchasing and crafting things for your profession. It still requires common sense though, as some things may be profitable but not in demand anymore. Another useful module is the Mailing module, that allows you to mail items to your other characters according to the settings. If you often craft things that need to go to another character, this can save many clicks. There are many more modules that are useful as well, take a look at the full list for more details!

LFR Compilation and FAQ
Azshira put together a nice summary of the LFR changes and boss tactics for DPS, Healers, and Tanks on each fight.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
LFR Item Level Requirement Reduction
We're currently looking into reducing the item level requirement for Mogu'Shan Vaults LFR from 463 to 460. This should mean that more players will be ready to go once LFR is rolled out, but their gear should still be at an appropriate level for the fights. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Monk vs Rogue Energy Usage
I don't know much about monks, but their system is similar to rogues right? Does their system use both resources for finishers?

Nope, Monk abilities consume singular resources.

While true, the abilities Monks use to generate Chi are not very damaging, while the strikes a Rogue uses to create combo points are core damage abilities. Monks need Chi to execute bread and butter damage abilities at all. It's not a very good direct comparison.

One should always be careful when comparing how one class's abilities work versus another to take into account all the variables. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Horde vs Alliance in MoP
Where is it? I mean I see a lot of it in Jade Forest, but after our big Skirmish I don't see them again till Kun-Lai summit, which is just building up a foothold and getting some panda allies, then I don't see any more Alliance or Horde again till I hit 90 and talk to Auldin about getting those gates open, that's it. I heard this expansion was putting the WAR back in warcraft, I see a lot of Bugs and Mogus or whatever waring, but not a lot of Alliance versus Horde.

Anyway, if you saw some Waring, let me know I have two other toons to level up, and I want to see all I can.

We've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating here for those that may have missed it. The start of the expansion has been meant to introduce (reintroduce) the war between the Horde and Alliance, but spends a little time introducing you to Pandaria itself. It's (at first) about exploration of this new land. Though, don't be fooled. The war between the Horde and Alliance is there, and will be progressing as the patches progress. The war itself coming to the peaceful shores of Pandaria has stirred up an old enemy of the Pandaren and needs some dealing with too. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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
Hard drive prices are stagnant and still above the pre-flood prices, so now is still a good time to buy a SSD. The current SSD prices seem to have bottomed out for now, with almost all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte. A few sales have even gone under 50 cents per gigabyte, so look for something on sale!

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. New CPUs from Intel won't be here until sometime next year, so there is nothing new coming anytime soon in that area.

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
MonitorAcer V223W EJBD 22-Inch Widescreen - $138ASUS VW246H 24-Inch Widescreen - $188
KeyboardLogitech Media Keyboard K200 - $17Cyborg V.5 - $48
MouseLogitech G400 - $37Razer Deathadder - $47
SpeakersLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System - $27Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $38
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE278Q 27-Inch - $305HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $379
KeyboardLogitech G110 - $58Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $70 ($111)
MouseLogitech G500 - $60Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $71
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $58Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $80

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. Pick one of the two CPU/Motherboard combos.
Mix and match anything between Dolphin and Narwhal.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT GAMMA Classic - $40NZXT GAMMA Classic - $40
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 - $60XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $66
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $98Intel i3-3220 - $128
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31
MotherboardASUS M5A97 AM3+ 970 - $95Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H - $125
Memory4GB PNY Optima DDR3 10600 - $258GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $49
Graphics CardXFX 7770 - $107XFX 6870 or ASUS DCII GTX 560 - $140 / $160
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $64Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $103
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$539$698 - $731

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 - $60Cooler Master HAF X - $180
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $90Corsair 750HX - $145
CPUIntel i5-3570K - $220Intel i7-3770K - $330
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $57Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $83
MotherboardASUS P8Z77-V LK - $128ASUS P8Z77-V - $190
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $498GB G.Skill DDR3 12800 - $49
Graphics CardXFX 7870 - $240XFX 7970 Black Edition OR EVGA GTX 670 FTW - $398
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $103Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $103
SSDSAMSUNG 830 128GB (Review) - $90
OCZ 120 GB Vertex 3 (Review) - $80
Crucial 128 GB m4 (Review) - $100
Corsair Force Series GT 120 GB - $115
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$990 - $1090$1406 - $1543

Curse Weekly Roundup
The team is back with news about Mojang's, Mists of Pandaria, Indie Game Movie for Netflix, the Mass Effect 3 DLC, Playstation Plus and the Game Forecast.

by Published on 2012-10-07 06:22 PM

Update - Maintenance Extended, no ETA, Update at 1:15PM PDT

Login Issues - 10/7/2012
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We are currently experiencing an issue after the performed rolling restarts that is affecting the authentication servers. We are currently investigating this issue and will provide further updates within an hour.

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