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by Published on 2012-04-05 05:49 AM

Diablo 3 - The Real Box, More on Inferno, Dyes, Poisons, GDC Panel Video, PAX East Party

Alcaz Island Scenario
As always, this is an early version of the area, previewed through unofficial means. This is absolutely not representative of the final version, it's just a preview.

Premade Monks Now Active
With tonight's beta invite wave premade monks are active once again!

WoWDB Pet Pages
Work continues at a steady pace on WoWDB, with the addition of more information for Pets. We now have dedicated pages for all of the Battle Pets and a list of all of the Battle Pet abilities.

Important - The Pet List only lists the companion pets fully implemented in the game files, we'll have to wait for future beta patches to get data on all the other pets. However, there's already a lot of Pet Abilities implemented, check them out!

The pages for individual abilities will show you which pets the attack is strong against, and which pets the attack is weak against. Each pet's page will show you which other pets it is resistant against and which pets it is most vulnerable to. We will continue to add features as the system is fully implemented in the beta.

We're starting to have a lot of background work done on WoWDB and you can expect more visible updates very soon (Including filters and anything to make browsing less painful). We also have a few surprises coming this week if everything goes really well.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
SM and Scholomance Armor Models
We discussed this topic with the developers last week a bit. I don't have any conclusive information for you, but they recognize there are a lot of cool items in SM and Scholomance, and they want to try and preserve those in Mists. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

PvP in Mists of Pandaria: 3v3 Arena
I have already commented in your Arena system needs to evolve thread and it was a very good read, so I will move onto your other points. About the “Roller Coaster” feel that you commented on, there will always be nerfs and buffs and that is because we want to achieve the best balance possible among the classes. However, we do our utmost to limit actual spell/ability changes that effect rotations to expansions only, and that is only if we feel it will greatly improve the class.

The new talent system should make constant changes less necessary too, especially with regard to forced respecs since the talents are now more utility-based. In my own personal opinion about changing classes because of a nerf, I feel that I will play what I enjoy the most and right now, as it has been in the past is my warrior. But because in some parts of arena he may struggle does not make me want to play it less.

Your portion about instant CC, healing and damage is very well structured and thought out, the same goes for your comments on self-healing and blanket silences. This is a great thread Rasen, that we can see you have dedicated a lot of time to writing and we hope to see more excellent feedback like this coming from everyone on the forums. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

New J!NX Shirts - Darth Hater
J!NX has finally released their line of Curse brand T-shirts, including two Darth Hater shirts. They include a black basic men's tee and a gray premium tee. Using the code "CURSEGEAR" at checkout will get customers 20% off any Curse J!NX products.

If you want the discount you'll have to hurry as the deal ends 4/8/12. If you prefer MMO-Champion shirts, both the premium and basic shirts are still available.

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

by Published on 2012-04-05 12:52 AM

Incoming: 250,000 More Beta Invites - Wave 4
Blizzard is still working hard to make everyone happy and sent another wave of 250,000 Beta Invites, bringing the total to 550,000 Annual Pass Invites since the initial wave of beta testing!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
That’s right -- we’re in the process of sending 250,000 additional beta-test invites to Annual Pass holders. Keep an eye on your email and account for an invitation to come test Mists of Pandaria with us.

As with previous waves, it’s going to take a while for the invites to process, so we recommend checking your games list in Account Management to see whether yours has arrived yet. Once it does, you’ll see the Mists of Pandaria beta client available for download from there. We expect this entire wave to take a day or so to complete.

We appreciate the enthusiasm of everyone who signed up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass, and we’re working hard to get you into the beta. We know you’re excited to explore Pandaria and test the new content, and we’ll keep you posted here in the forums when we’re ready to send out another wave.
by Published on 2012-04-04 05:02 AM

Diablo 3 - Game Systems Reminder, Halls of Agony, Diablo III Pre-Order Box

Blood Legion and Intent Complete All Guild Achievements
Blood Legion of US-Illidan earned every guild achievement early this morning before maintenance and Intent of US-Kel'thuzad did it as soon as possible afterwards. The final achievement necessary was Raid Challenges. Congratulations to both guilds!

Scholomance Preview
While we are waiting for the new level 90 Heroic version of Scholomance, we went back and took a look at the revamped lower level version. There are small new mechanics, changes, and new art that make the dungeon a much nicer experience than before, so watch the video for the full experience.

  • The entire dungeon has new art, increased texture resolutions, and the new lighting system, making for a very nice environment.
  • Janice Barov makes many copies of herself now, requiring you to find the correct one and kill it before she will reappear.
  • After killing Professor Slate, you can drink a potion that will give you increased damage and his model. The potion works as a shapeshift and currently persists outside of the instance. You cannot mount with it however.

2012 World of Warcraft Arena Pass Coming Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re pleased to announce that the 2012 World of Warcraft Arena Pass is nearly here. Starting April 10, players will be able to sign up to compete against like-minded individuals in a dedicated Arena sandbox. The Arena Pass service will feature access to the special tournament realms with level-85 character templates and epic gear from Cataclysm.

As an added bonus, we have included an exclusive reward that players can earn by purchasing their Arena Pass and participating in the competition -- an Armored Murloc in-game pet. Top players will also contend for a chance to achieve the “Vanquisher” title for their live characters. Players that choose to take part in the 2012 Arena Pass will also receive access to a special level-90 realm with upgraded epic gear after they’ve upgraded their accounts with the upcoming Mists of Pandaria expansion.

If you would like to demonstrate your Arena prowess, are eager for a chance to earn the exclusive loot, or just want to reserve a spot in the level-90 Mists of Pandaria Arena Pass realm, please check back next week for more details and be sure to register!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Glyphs: What's with the change? Why?
As with talents, we want glyphs to be a choice. Stepping back a moment, we do think there is room in the game for very easy decision -- the kind that don't stress you out for fear of making the wrong one. We don't think glyphs need to be in that category though. We want you to think about them a little bit and not just look up the accepted glyphs for your character.

The old prime glyphs were not choices for anyone who cared much about their performance. We designed them to be no-nonsense throughput increasers, because we feared players would find the glyph system confusing if say a Ret paladin couldn't find a glyph that unequivocally increased DPS. But we didn't like how the glyphs actually felt. They were just a hoop to jump through -- something you might choose once for your character and never interact with again. We shoot for simple to learn and complex to master, and prime glyphs were the poster child for simple to learn, simple to master. The current glyph of Templar's Verdict increases damage by 15%. What Retribution paladin wouldn't want that glyph? (The answer is almost none of them.)

Now that primes are gone, we want all of the majors to be a choice. Some of these are decisions because they have a bonus and a penalty. In these cases, we thought that the glyph without a penalty would be a no-brainer. The glyph of Riptide removes the cooldown of Riptide, but also removes the initial heal. If it just removed the cooldown of Riptide, then every decent Resto shaman would want the glyph. Without the upfront heal though you have to treat Riptide more like Renew -- trading its initial heal for more healing over time. Some shaman will want that and some won't. Some may want it for some situations only. It is, in game designer parlance, an interesting decision.

Another category of major glyphs don't need this downside, because the glyph itself taking one of your precious three slots is sufficient downside. Consider the glyph of Spellsteal, which heals you when you Spellsteal. If you succeed in Spellsteal a lot, then it's a good glyph. But is it better than the glyph of Frost Nova (which lowers its cooldown)? Neither glyph may be exciting to a raiding mage, but both may feel pretty attractive to someone focused on PvP.

Minor glyphs have almost no affect on performance. They are there for convenience or increasingly just fun. They should help customize your character with almost no downside (except that again you can only have 3).

If we are successful with the glyph revamp, you'll see players with lots of different glyphs out there. Some players will love a certain glyph, while others won't care for it. If you still enjoy playing your character but feel you are stuck in a rut, you can try swapping out a glyph for a little variety in how you play. You won't see someone create a forum thread asking "What glyphs should I use for a Fire mage?" or at least if someone does create that thread, the response will be "Try them out and pick the ones you like."

As we continue with beta, letting us know of specific glyphs that you feel are mandatory for a particular type of player would be very useful feedback (not all in this thread, of course). (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Curse PAX East After Party sponsored by PlanetSide 2
Curse is throwing a MASSIVE party for our fans and community at PAX East in Boston. The party will feature open bar, appetizers, DJ, arcade, party favors, and green screen photo opportunity. You won't want to miss it!

RSVP now for a pass and instant access. You'll be 'on the list' and get into the party right away. We'll be sending out a confirmation email prior to the party with further information. You must be 18 or older to enter and 21 or older to enjoy the open bar. The party is Saturday, April 7th from 8 PM to 2 AM at the Boston Seaport Hotel Plaza Ballroom.

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

by Published on 2012-04-03 06:29 AM

Diablo 3 - Systems Questions, Demon Hunter Spotlight, Inferno Poll

Mists of Pandaria Profession Changes
Important - Professions changes are not complete. There are more changes coming in the future, this is only early beta.

Currently all professions have a cap of 600, or Zen Master, which requires level 80 to train. Secondary professions may get daily quests that allow you to level your skill slowly.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Mists of Pandaria Volatile Equivalents

Nodes for Mining and Herbalism have not been added yet.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Armor Enchants
Weapon Enchants
  • Enchant Weapon - Windsong - Permanently enchants a melee weapon to sometimes increase your critical strike, haste, or mastery rating by 1,500 for 12 sec when dealing damage with spells and melee attacks.
  • Enchant Weapon - Jade Spirit - Permanently enchants a melee weapon to sometimes increase your Intellect by 1,650 when healing or dealing damage with spells. If less than 25% of your mana remains when the effect is triggered, your Spirit will also increase by 750.
  • Enchant Weapon - Elemental Force - Permanently enchants a melee weapon to sometimes inflict 3,000 additional damage when dealing damage with spells and melee attacks.
  • Enchant Weapon - Dancing Steel - Permanently enchants a melee weapon to sometimes increase your Strength or Agility by 1,650 when dealing melee damage. Your highest stat is always chosen.
  • Enchant Weapon - Colossus - Permanently enchants a melee weapon to make your damaging melee strikes sometimes activate a Mogu protection spell, absorbing up to 7,500 damage.
  • Enchant Weapon - Flowing River - Permanently enchants a melee weapon to sometimes increase your dodge rating by 1,650 for 12 sec when dealing melee damage.
Ring Enchants
Low Level

A new Jewelcrafter only gem and crafted BoE mount have been added along with the new gems and cuts.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Inscription had several new glyphs added and prime glyphs all removed. For a full list of the new and changed glyphs, see this news post.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Staves and Off-Hands


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

No new gear or items have been added yet.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Cooking Changes
So you might have heard for Cooking in Mists of Pandaria we will have specializations. At the moment we're looking at around 5 branches of cooking, for example: broiling, steaming...etc.

Each of these specializations will focus on a particular stat. So let's say the Steaming specialization allows you to create Agility food. A rogue would find that very interesting, and would probably want to max that one out first. At which point, said rogue would be able to create Agility buff feasts for groups. Cool, huh? But worry not, once you max out in one specialization, you can then work on the other specializations.

Maybe they're gonna make it take ages to fully train all of them.
Well, maybe not ages. But it does mean that until enough time passes for you to train all specializations, you need to—er—specialize. Actually it's the way for other crafting professions too. For example, my jewelcrafter specialized in spell related stat recipes first, since of all my multitude of alts, I prefer my casters. Eventually, of course, she learned many more recipes and of course so did other crafters, so the market changed. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

You can find a list of the new Archaeology Items here. There may have been another slight increase in the amount of artifacts at one site, as well as the addition of new artifacts that will teleport you to the next digsite.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Tiger's Wood Digsite
  • Chun Tian Digsite
  • Shrine of the Dawn Digsite
  • Ruins of Gan Shi Digsite
  • Emperor's Omen Digsite
  • The Arboretum Digsite
  • Thunderwood Digsite
  • Singing Marshes Digsite
  • North Great Wall Digsite
  • South Great Wall Digsite
  • Torjari Pit Digsite
  • Hidden Pass Digsite
  • Paoquan Hollow Digsite
  • North Fruited Fields Digsite
  • South Fruited Fields Digsite
  • Pools of Purity Digsite
  • Fallsong Village Digsite
  • Ruins of Korja Digsite
  • Krasarang Wilds Digsite
  • Lost Dynasty Digsite
  • East Ruins of Dojan Digsite
  • West Ruins of Dojan Digsite
  • North Temple of the Red Crane Digsite
  • Zhu Province Digsite
  • Valley of Kings Digsite
  • Gate to Golden Valley Digsite
  • Snow Covered Hills Digsite
  • East Snow Covered Hills Digsite
  • Remote Village Digsite
  • Destroyed Village Digsite
  • Old Village Digsite
  • Grumblepaw Ranch Digsite
  • Chow Farmstead Digsite
  • West Old Village Digsite
  • Small Gate Digsite
  • Kun-Lai Peak Digsite
  • Town Digsite
  • Gong of Hope Digsite
  • Great Bridge Digsite
  • Orchard Digsite
  • Jade Temple Grounds Digsite
  • South Orchard Digsite
  • Den of Sorrow Digsite
  • Shrine Meadow Digsite
  • Veridian Grove Digsite

First Aid
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Most fish are unnamed at this time, referred to as "Uncommon Fish 1" or "Common Fish".
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Druid (Forums)
Guardian Druid Feedback
1) Bear damage in beta is currently too low. That is almost certainly the cause of any threat problems. It isn't anything you're doing wrong.

2) Tanks got gibbed for missing Shield Blocks back when bosses could perform crushing blows (and back when warriors were designed to be the only tank). Mechanics work very differently today. We want bears, and all tanks, to have more control over their own survivability because threat isn't really that hard to maintain once #1 is fixed. You still have emergency buttons for when things go wrong or when you know big attacks are going to land. However we didn't think a tanking model designed around using long cooldowns and standing around the rest of the time would be very fun. So the new design is that using your attacks skillfully will give you some mitigation, in this case Savage Defense. It's not often going to save your life and fumbling it isn't likely to get you killed, but if you play well, your healers may notice and say "Wow, you require less healing than many tanks I run with."

Think of it this way:

Beginner tank - can maintain threat. Probably 100% reliant on healers to stay alive.
Intermediate tank - can maintain threat. Skilled at using long cooldowns to live.
Advanced tank - can maintain threat. Skilled at using long cooldowns to live. Skilled at using short cooldowns to save healer mana and otherwise make things go smoother.

More skilled tanks also know more encounter specifics, such as when adds are coming, when to interrupt spells, when to move bosses and so forth.

Maul is a DPS alternative to Savage Defense, and is comparable to Heroic Strike. You shouldn't need Maul to maintain threat (which as I said above may not be the case on beta right now, but that's the intent).

In what situations would you want DPS instead of mitigation? There are several: Maybe you're an off tank and taking little damage. Maybe you want to solo as Guardian. Maybe you're running a dungeon you out-gear. Maybe a new add just arrived, and it's important to get one swing in before it heads to the healer, assuming you can live without SD for a few seconds. (In that example, you're not spamming Maul to fight to maintain threat; you're just establishing initial aggro, which we still want in the game.)

To be honest, we considered pulling Heroic Strike and Maul from tanks, just because we thought they might be a trap. But we decided there were enough situations where more DPS might be desirable. To use my previous examples, inexperienced tank will use Maul too much. Intermediate tanks might forsake Maul altogether. But expert tanks will know when they should use it.

You can try to keep up Savage Defense as much as you can on challenging content, and the best tanks will, but I would still consider when to use it. I would not save it for a big boss smash that isn't going to land for 20 more seconds (because chances are you can use it now and then later), but if one was going to land in 8 seconds, it might be worth holding Savage Defense for then. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

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