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by Published on 2011-07-30 04:25 AM

Method vs Ragnaros (25 Heroic) World Second Kill Video
Method released the video of their World Second Kill of Ragnaros in 25-Man Heroic mode. It features 6 different Point of Views and is very nicely done, you should probably check it out!

On a sidenote, Envy (EU-Auchindoun) and Ensidia (EU-Tarren Mill) also defeated Ragnaros! Congratulations to both guilds!

Lich King Solo Kill by Mione (Death Knight)
Mione did it again and spent her time working on the Lich King solo kill after the release of Patch 4.2.

Description (Taken from Youtube)
Ironically, this was going to be my last attempt for tonight... :)

LK's main challenges are:
  • 1) Practice of cooldown usage in p1. They're used *very* strictly and if you don't have that practice, you'll probably wipe in p1 endlessly (which is what I initially did)
  • 2) surviving transition phases. This is insane and requires, again, extremely precise cooldown management and positioning.
  • 3) Finally, the obvious DPS race. This fight lasted an exact 15 minutes, not a single second more or less - I spent the whole evening wiping between 11 and 12% and finally, finally did it, through more Vengeance stacking and better play on my part (oh .. and maybe a lil bit crit RNG I guess? :p).

There's no particular clever trick, however, and I honestly think some other solos such as Yogg were *harder* in terms of thinking outside the box. Here I'm basically excecuting the fight as clean as I can, grabbing every possible bit of DPS along the way. However, I didn't encounter any boss so far that was as exhausting as LK was in terms of raw DPS requirements. Especially since, while I do have tons of 391 gear, I'm still rockin' little 372 Akirus. ;) If you think DPS requirements aren't worth of a "challenge", I guess pre-nerf Baleroc/Cho'gall would like a word with you.

  • Necrotic Plague : cannot target the tank. You need it to clear the ghouls/vrykuls from phase 1, however. The trick is to put an engineer dummy to drop aggro for a split second, LK gives you the plague, outheal it, then proceed. Use either AMS/Chains of Ice or Potion of Purification to remove it/prevent it from affecting you again.
  • Valks : Buggy as hell. Can't target the tank, they just mess around. They finally stop eating popcorn and grab me at some point... you'll have to watch to see when.
  • Defile : I stand in some of these on purpose in order to increase Vengeance. It has to be done very carefully, since both p2 and p3 are very healing intensive phases (p2 because of Infest which means I can't dip too low on health, p3 because of vile spirit explosions)
  • Frostmourne: Yet another mechanic that doesn't target the tank. Wouldn't be difficult to overcome in any way whatsoever, but would make beating the enrage impossible, so I guess that's a good thing it's not there.

What's next? It wouldn't be fun if I already told you everything right? Getting surprised is awesome.

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The Five Stages of MMOs
The Daily Blink goes through the five stages of MMOs.

by Published on 2011-07-29 06:35 AM - Classes and Specs comparisons in Raids
If you ever wondered if you suck more than that other guy in your raid, or if your spec is just slightly underpowered compared to his on the boss you're currently fighting,'s statistics is probably the answer to your questions!

It features spec scores and DPS stats for all classes in the game based on WorldofLogs parses and it should help you get an idea of how you're supposed to perform. You can also filter stats by boss/instance/difficulty through the menu on the right and if you're a little desperate, it might be an interesting way to know which classes you want to stack to defeat a specific boss ... but please don't hate me for saying that.

The picture below is the current ranking of classes in 25-Man heroic mode, keep in mind that guilds are still working on those bosses and it will take a few more weeks for them to stabilize. And yes, the mages going up to 52000 DPS is most likely a bug from the Alysrazor fight, but I'm going to point it out just in case.

Masterwork Elementium Deathblade changed to 3.5 Speed
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The reason for this confusion stemmed from a quirk in the way item hotfixes have to be applied, unfortunately. We hope to have the item's data completely corrected soon so others are not caught off guard by what the tooltip currently states.

Yes, obviously Blizzard needs to fix the tooltip on the pattern and the item if they're not going to just make it 3.80 like it ought to be. But, I think the real question ought to be:

Why isn't it 3.80 anyway?
At 3.80 speed, the weapon was over-performing relative to its cost and the ease with which it can be obtained.

[...] We wanted this weapon to be roughly on par with weapons from the previous tier, since it can be purchased from the Auction House. It wasn't intended to compete as much with current raid drops, as it felt weird that a strength-based DPS crafted weapon was more attractive than some of its counterparts.

More Free VoDs to Prepare for the 2011 European Invitational
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It’s time to get warmed up for the free HD live stream of the 2011 European Invitational. We’ve begun uploading free VoDs from some of the best StarCraft II, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft matches from last year’s event, and there’s a new video waiting for you!

Interested in watching Arena matches between the best European eSport teams? Then you should watch the videos of the final of the 2010 European World of Warcraft Arena Invitational! This four-round final pitched two Arena titans against each other: French eSport team ’aAa’ (‘against All authority’) and ‘L.C.ActioN’ (‘LightZ CaMerA ActioN’), with several of the best European players among their rosters. This clash of two mirror teams will also be remembered as the bloody reunion of two former team mates, but this time on opposite sides of the arena: world famous ‘L. C. ActioN’ warlock Inflame, and ‘aAa’ restoration druid Enigmz.

Watch these fierce battles on the 2011 European Invitational website to find out who clinched the 5,000 USD first place prize.

Be sure to come back frequently as we will regularly add more free VODs!

New Warcraft Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with four new pieces of fan artwork set within the Warcraft universe.

by Published on 2011-07-28 07:05 AM

Pretty much nothing to news these days, mostly because Blizzard is busy with the Diablo 3 press tour I guess (see this news post).

You will probably see updates on MMO-Champion as soon as the NDA is lifted if anything really important is announced there (beta, end of the world, etc ...) and in any cases you will get a full report on

Nothing new on the Patch 4.3 side yet, hopefully it will hit the test servers "soon" since Blizzard already mentioned in the past that they would release patches faster.

Paragon VS Ragnaros 25man Heroic World First Kill Video
DREAM Paragon released their video of the Ragnaros world first kill yesterday and I didn't have the occasion to embed it. However, something weird happened during the encoding and the quality was lower than intended. Paragon reuploaded the video with that problem fixed, enjoy!

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The Daily Blink - Managing a Guild is Hard
According to The Daily Blink, managing a guild is hard and you sometimes need tools to help with that ...

by Published on 2011-07-27 02:42 AM

Update - Paragon released their video of the Ragnaros 25-Man Heroic World First Kill. But I'll probably embed it tomorrow because people never read those updates anyway.

Patch 4.2 Hotfixes - July 26
Blizzard posted the list of the hotfixes deployed yesterday, including the nerfs to Firelands raid bosses and a couple of classes changes.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
July 26

  • Characters should no longer receive errors or potential disconnects when using Levitate, Slow Fall, or the Parachute Cloak while falling.
  • All combat and vanity pets should now respawn normally after players use any flight path.

Mage (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Combustion should no longer ignore damage modifiers on a target. As an example, Smoldering Elemental packs in the Firelands should no longer take full damage from Impact’s spread of Combustion, despite these creatures having damage reduction modifiers.

Shaman (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Shamanism (Elemental passive) now causes Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, and Lava Burst spells to gain an additional 32% benefit from the shaman’s spell power, up from 20%.

Warrior (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Deep Wounds should no longer ignore damage modifiers on a target. As an example, Smoldering Elementals in the Firelands should no longer take full damage from Deep Wounds, despite these creatures having damage reduction modifiers.

Dungeons & Raids
  • Players who die and release before a boss is killed should now receive Valor and Justice points. However, players that release at the moment the boss dies and are currently at the loading screen will become locked to the dungeon, but will not receive any currency for the kill. We’re working to address this in a future update.

  • Alysrazor
    • Alysrazor cannot dodge or parry attacks from players.
    • Alysrazor’s melee evasion angle has been adjusted so that players have a larger area to use abilities which require that they be behind their target.
    • Blazing Talon Clawshapers will now properly aggro a new target when threat is dropped.
    • On Heroic difficulty, Brushfires will despawn once Firestorm is cast, and since the Initiates shield themselves during firestorm, none are cast again until it ends.
    • Molten Feather is removed once Alysrazor ignites at 50 energy, as opposed to when she burns out.
  • Baleroc
    • On 25-player Heroic difficulty, Torment now grants a stack of Vital Spark per 5 applications, up from 3. To compensate, Baleroc’s health has been reduced on 25-player Heroic difficulty.
  • Beth’tilac
    • Attacking the Fire Hawk flock along the way to Beth'tilac will not cause the Hell Hound pack to aggro as well.
  • Majordomo Fandral Staghelm
    • Fandral’s health has been reduced on 25-player Heroic difficulty.
    • Damage suffered from a shaman's Spirit Link totem will no longer break player Concentration.
    • Player pets should now benefit from their master's Concentration.
    • Fandral now gains energy when his Flame Scythe hits fewer than 7 targets. The amount gained increases as fewer targets are hit.

The Occulus
  • Wiping to Mage-Lord Urom in any phase of the encounter no longer causes players to be unable to use their Dragon Essences to mount drakes.

  • The Moonwell Chalice is now on a shared cooldown with other on-use trinkets.
  • The Moonwell Phial is now on a shared cooldown with other on-use trinkets.

  • Crafted Bloodthirsty bind-on-equip relics and cloaks are no longer unique, allowing players to craft and hold more than one of the same item type in their inventories.

  • Eye of the Storm has been temporarily removed from the Rated Battlegrounds options.

Quests & Creatures
Eastern Plaguelands
  • Beezil Linkspanner's gossip option should now always be available if players have completed the quest Onward to Light's Hope Chapel, allowing players who have not already done so the ability to complete the achievement Full Caravan.

Hyjal Regrowth & Molten Front
  • Players should now be able to accept the quest Unlocking the Secrets Within from Rabine Saturna after turning in A Smoke-Stained Locket.
  • Players who are Hated or Hostile with the Steamwheedle Cartel faction can still turn in the quest Well Armed to Ricket.
  • The creature abilities Smoldering Roots and Blazing Stomp no longer affect pets (the unexpected launch of player pets no longer occurs).
by Published on 2011-07-27 01:50 AM

Firelands 25-Man Heroic Mode Stealth Nerf
A couple of unanounced changes were deployed on live realms and nerfed Firelands raid bosses apparently.

  • Baleroc's health was changed from 217M to 195.6M in 25-Man Heroic Mode.
  • Majordomo Staghelm's health was also reduced by about 10% in 25-Man Heroic Mode.

I'm still trying to track down the changes but if you noticed something else, please post a comment in this news post or in the existing threads of the Raids & Dungeons Forums! (Picture below shamelessly stolen from Sinfonia's post)

Hopefully Blizzard will eventually tell us what the changes exactly are.

Ragnaros 25-Man Heroic World 2nd Kill by Method
A few hours ago, Method became the second guild in the world to defeat Ragnaros in 25-Man Heroic mode! Congratulations to them! It also means that we'll eventually get a nice video from Paragon in a few hours.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment Authenticator Changes
We understand the concern many players have with the recent authenticator changes. To that end, we’re exploring the idea of adding an “Opt Out” option within Account Management, which would then force the prompt for an authenticator code whenever you log into World of Warcraft.

To be clear, we have gone to great lengths to ensure accounts and authenticators provide players with a high level of security. Maintaining a safe and secure Blizzard gameplay environment remains a top priority for us.

[...] We've been discussing the best way to implement new options for this feature since the moment it was announced. We don't yet have additional details about exactly how we might implement the feature, or whether it's something you'll need to opt out of by default, or opt into by default. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Very Rare Drop Mounts
You'll likely always see a variety of ways to obtain mounts in the game. We don't necessarily implement all of them in a way that ensures we acquiesce all mount collectors or achievement hounds.

We want a healthy number of mounts to remain fairly rare in the game, and sometimes that involves making them huge luck finds in dungeons or raids. For the average player, there will always be plenty of new mounts to acquire or work toward, but we also want to have a decent variety of coveted mounts that only a lucky handful of players will find.

Players often express concern that they end up looking like everyone else when they acquire awesome gear. This was somewhat a flip from the concept that tier sets were much too difficult to obtain back in the day. We share this concern and also think it's a problem that would apply to mounts as well, if some of the more rare ones out there had their RNG components removed.

There are so many mounts in the game now that having some really rare and random prestige rides is okay by us. ;) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

TCG Art Gallery Update
The Trading Card Game art gallery has been updated with 10 new pieces.

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