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by Published on 2012-01-05 05:56 AM

Diablo 3 - Diablo's Anniversary, South Korea Rating, Lashing Tail Kick Runed

Patch 4.3.2 Items
The most significant item change was Gurthalak, Voice of the Deeps having the proc time increased to 12 seconds from 10 seconds. This change was made to all three versions of the item.

Many of the original level 60 ranked PvP gear items have had Replica added to the start of their name, making their name identical to the versions being sold in Area 52, for example the Replica High Warlord's Cleaver. However, they still retain their higher item level and stats.

Three new items were added in Patch 4.3.2, Feldrake, Eye of the Legion, and Demon Hunter's Aspect.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Darkmoon Faire Hotfix
A hotfix was deployed last night in order to solve the issue and the monthly quests should now be available again. However, if your character had already encountered a bug with some of the monthly quests, then you will need to wait until the next Darkmoon Faire starting on February 5 in order to complete those quests and the related achievements.

Once again we apologise for any inconvenience this issue may have caused. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Vial of Shadows Ranged Attack Power Bug
Just want to confirm: Vial of Shadows working only with melee attack power and not ranged attack power is indeed a bug. Barring unforeseen complications, this will be fixed in an upcoming hotfix.

Lock and Load not being caused by Arcane Shot is an intentional change. As many players have pointed out, there is just no need for it any longer. We also intend to make sure Black Arrow is used over Explosive Trap, probably by buffing Black Arrow slightly.

We are looking a lot at hunter DPS right now. We think it is in a good place when compared to other ranged DPS specs (in equivalent gear), but falls short when compared to ranged DPS with Dragonwrath. The guilds currently posting heroic combat logs have a lot of Dragonwraths, and unfortunately, hunters are the only ranged DPS who don’t have access to a legendary weapon. When more hunters have Deathwing weapons, their DPS will go up compared to the Dragonwrath users who won’t be upgrading their weapons, and we’ll see what hunter performance looks like.

It’s likely that future legendaries won’t be usable by so many classes and specs. For the present situation, one option is to just buff hunters to make up for their inability to have legendary weapons, but when you look at DPS casters who have no legendary, it's a tough option to take. We’re not sure yet of the future of the attack power buff in Mists of Pandaria, but in the short term we want to make sure that there are some situations where melee can do really high DPS rather than routinely coming in below ranged DPS (which is how we felt about the last two raid tiers).

If we buff hunters, it will more likely be through other avenues. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Gurthalak, Voice of the Deeps Balance Issues
Gurthalak should not proc off of Censure. The bug was with Seal of Truth, so Souldrinker will proc less for paladins as well.

The specific bug was that paladins running Seal of Truth had two chances with every swing to trigger the proc with Gurthalak or Souldrinker. They now have one chance.

For other classes, the sword overall does the damage we intend, but it's variable, so a few spectacular numbers are occasionally posted. Those shouldn’t be accepted as typical. Likewise, random burst can sometimes cause high damage in PvP, but we don’t think those situations with Gurthalak are reliable or severe enough to be a balance problem. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Mists of Pandaria Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Mists of Pandaria PvP
There will be PvP additions for Mists of Pandaria. We'll have more information/details at a future point in time.

Just as a quick FYI, here's a link to the BlizzCon article we posted outlining the panel contents that were covered.

We'll be sharing more details before much longer on many aspects of the expansion. Don't worry. Just to add on to this, the Developer Q&A in October also touched on PvP including world PvP.

We're quite aware of the desire for more world PvP. We're also aware that there are those who do not want to be "forced" into it either. We have plans that we think will help assuage that "dilemma". (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Watered Down Lore in Mists of Pandaria
We're always open to constructive feedback as long as it stays constructive. There are a few different types of thoughts from the community on these things that I've heard via podcasts or read on fansites and the forums here.

First, we've gotten lots of feedback through the years that it's difficult to learn the story of World of Warcraft. Many players have expressed that they have concerns over too much story having to be found outside the game and not enough in the game, or even not being led to the story in the game and thus missing it. Obviously, this is something we've been trying to correct where we can and trying to find a balance between the two. We're aware that Azeroth's history and story is pretty vast and with each new expansion, we're given the opportunity to expand on it even more.

Second, we've heard (as you've stated) that once through, it's not as fun the second time. We've obviously experienced this as well in the past via Culling of Stratholme. As you saw there, we did eventually make it possible to skip this portion of the event, but there are risks involved with that too. For newer players or those that aren't on the front edge of progression, this can cause them to miss out on being able to see this story unless they're with people who are willing to let it play out so they can experience it.

That said, I can't say that we'll do the same for the current dungeons (allowing the "skip"), but I can say that we'll continue to take constructive feedback on these aspects of the game as often as we can. We want to make sure we're giving the story that people want, while still making sure it's as fun as possible to be a part of it.

As for Mists of Pandaria and the storyline there, we definitely want to continue down the path of offering up story where we can. We feel that this can only enhance the experience of the game. We're not unaware though of the concerns on both sides of the fence. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Diablo Anniversary Page
The surprise that was hinted at was a nice Retrospective page with lots of screenshots, videos, and interviews involving the Diablo franchise.

The trailer that was on the page had a few parts that were unreleased so far and they were quickly removed. Luckily our friends over on Diablofans have the video of them for you!

by Published on 2012-01-03 09:09 PM

Diablo 3 - Teleport Runed, Beta Contest, Site Updates, Bashiok's Post, and Curse Weekly Round Up

Update - Managed to grab a screenshot of the new Feldrake.

Patch 4.3.2 on Test Realms
A new Patch 4.3.2 is being deployed on test realms as we speak, this is a "minor bug fix patch." according to the official notes but we do not have more details for the moment.

World of Warcraft Optimization
The launcher now optimizes your game folder and tries to improve game performance/reduce the size of the install on your hard drive.

64 Bit Game Client
The 64 bit client might appear in this patch, the current test build is tagged as "test x86", which implies that a 64 bit version is available somewhere.

Client Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • ERR_PARENTAL_CONTROLS_DISCONNECT_WARNING = "You will be disconnected due to parental controls in %d |4minute:minutes;.";
  • ERR_PARENTAL_CONTROLS_DISCONNECT_WARNING_SOON = "You will be disconnected due to parental controls in less than 1 minute.";
  • TIME_PLAYED_ALERT = "You have been playing for %s. Excessive gameplay can cause inconvenience in your daily life.";

Achievements Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Dungeons & Raids

Feats of Strength

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Feldrake Summons and dismisses a rideable feldrake. This is a flying mount. 1.5 sec cast

Companion Pets

Druid (Forums / Talent Calculator)
Tier 13

Hunter (Forums / Talent Calculator)

  • Bombardment now lasts 5 secs instead of affecting your next multi shot only.

Paladin (Forums / Talent Calculator)
Tier 13
by Published on 2012-01-03 04:11 AM

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

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

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

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

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

Class Transmogrification List
With the popularity of our previous weapon transmogrification list, we have expanded the list to more slots for each class. Because these lists are so long and take some time to prepare, the lists will be split into groups of a few classes at a time. Today we continue with Rogues, Druids, and Cloaks. Cloaks are in order of popularity going across the row.

This time around items that share the same model and color are counted together in the rankings as often as possible, but not items that have different color variations of the same model. Offhands and other slots will be included in a non class specific list in the future.

All of the items in the list have screenshots on the database page if you are looking for some transmogrification ideas!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing.

Class Transmogrification List
With the popularity of our previous weapon transmogrification list, we have expanded the list to more slots for each class. Because these lists are so long and take some time to prepare, the lists will be split into groups of a few classes at a time. Today we continue with Priests, Mages, and Warlocks.

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

This time around items that share the same model and color are counted together in the rankings, but not items that have different color variations of the same model. Cloaks and offhands will be included in a non class specific list in the future.

All of the items in the list have screenshots on the database page if you are looking for some transmogrification ideas!

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

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

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

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

by Published on 2011-12-31 10:18 PM

New Year Celebration
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Merry New Year! The celebration begins at 6:00 a.m. Realm-Time December 31 with fireworks in the skies above the cities, and repeats every hour on the hour. Feel free to sample some of the exotic brews and libations carted in from around the world, and dance in celebration as a new year dawns. If you're on a PvP realm you're cautioned to steer clear of Booty Bay (or potentially visit with haste) as the guards there appear to have had too much fun already and aren't likely to be enforcing the town rules until morning.

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