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    Ghostcrawler Interview, Dec 11 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, Upcoming Chat, WoW Sales, Comic

    At Least Two Weeks for PvP Blog, Bug with Health Link Monsters, Error 3007 for Aus/NZ Area Users, Marriland 3DS Giveaway

    Ghostcrawler Interview
    Today's interview is with Ghostcrawler on Wowjuju. A summary of the main points is below, but reading the full interview is worth it if you want to see the full answers!


    • Future patches will keep the number of daily quests added more reasonable, similar to the amount added in Patch 5.1.
    • Having a queue and audience for the Brawler's Guild makes it more exciting; it isn't something that you are supposed to rush through. You get priority in the queue if you haven't done a battle yet for the day as well.
    • Unless you are one of the higher end raiders, you may not feel that upgrading all of your gear is worth the effort, and that is okay. Upgrading is another way to provide progression throughout the expansion.
    • The 10 / 25 man changes in Asia aren't a test for the US / EU realms, just a response to what players there want. No one wants to see 25 player raiding disappear though.
    • Main-hand and off-hand items will be allowed to be transmogrified with each other, as well as any weapons that use the same animation. Things like staves and polearms, the one handed axes, maces and swords, and the two handed axes, maces and swords.
    • Golden Lotus being required for other reputations was a way to reduce the amount of daily quests that were initially available to players.
    • Horde racials are likely better than Alliance racials for PvE right now. Only the top guilds have switched for the racials, but if more guilds do so then the racials will be adjusted.
    • Players can expect for Wrathion to call upon them during every patch in this expansion in return for increasingly more powerful rewards.


    Patch 5.1 Hotfixes - December 11
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Classes

    Quests
    • "Bad Blood", "Bloodlines", "The Korune", "Ancient Guardians", and "The Source of Korune Power" will no longer sometimes place players into the wrong phase.

    PvP
    • The Battle Fatigue healing reduction debuff has been increased to 30% (was 15%).

    Creatures
    • The Mogu enemies in the Ruins of Ogudei now drop correctly drop loot when slain

    Dungeons, Raids & Scenarios
    • Creatures in the Molten Core, Blackwing Lair, and Ahn'Qiraj raid dungeons now deal damage according to their intended pre-Mists of Pandaria melee damage values.

    Bug Fixes

    Blue Posts
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    PvP CC Feedback
    First things first, I want to make sure you’re aware that the information below reflects both short and long-term design considerations on our end. This isn’t all on the table for patch 5.2 for a number of reasons.

    To make this clear right off the bat: This shift of instant casts back to cast times is not just targeted at crowd control. We also wish to start moving some heals back to having a cast time rather than being instant. That said, we’re not necessarily planning on overhauling many of the spells and abilities that have been instant for a long time now, such as Hand of Justice. We’re looking at some of the big outliers that we see brought up a lot, which are instant-cast, area-of-effect abilities like Blinding Light, or Presence of Mind in combination with Ring of Frost.

    We think that there are too many of these AoE CC spells at this time, especially instant AoE CC, which can create some frustrating gameplay experiences. Some other particular crowd-control effects that are on our radar are abilities like Blood Fear, which we’re considering redesigning altogether, and Predatory Swiftness in combination with Cyclone, which feels virtually impossible to counter.

    While we are talking about cc what about having some more spells share DR with each other. A pala can repentance/blinding light/ hammer. No Dr at all. Why is it that fear and blind share a DR and polly/fear and cycone dont? and many more examples like this.
    We’re looking at diminishing returns for CC right now as a possible way to help with CC in PvP combat, but it’s the type of gameplay overhaul that can be risky to implement in the middle of an expansion cycle if the change is too drastic. We are, however, taking a look right now at the DRs within particular classes, as well as special snowflakes like Cyclone. Either way, the design discussion will undoubtedly continue! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Pandaria Pet Battle Daily Quest Bug
    If you’re encountering issues with obtaining the Pandaria Pet Battle dailies, the Grand Master Aki quest chain, or the Pandaren Spirit Tamer quest (started by Sara Finkleswith for the Alliance or Gentle San for the Horde), there is a workaround that we’ve had some success with.

    Abandon all Pet Battle related quests and restart the Pet Tamer quest chain from the beginning (Audrey Burhep for the Alliance in Stormwind or Varzok for the Horde in Orgrimmar). This issue could be caused by making Pet Battle quest progress on multiple characters at the same time, and so we strongly recommend sticking with one character until the end to try to avoid encountering the issue again.

    We realize the workaround isn’t ideal, and we’re continuing to investigate the cause. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Blue Tweets
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    PvE
    How can we expect ilvl upgrading to affect the tuning of future raid tiers?
    Philosophically we want raids to be more about progression and less about instant catch up. (Source)
    Going back to the old model where you have to progress linear through the raids from release of current expac?
    That's the plan. We have older Raid Finder tiers now to provide the necessary gear. (Source)

    Appreciate Lesser Charms move 2 currency but 5.1 has filled that bag slot w Commndtions. Any chance they move to currency too?
    We wanted you to be able to loot them from players, which currency can't do yet. In the future we should be able to. (Source)

    What about people that want to raid but don't want to deal with dailies? Add other ways to get charms pls.
    You can raid without charms. You will gear up faster with charms, which seems fine: you can choose to play more or less. (Source)

    Using multiple charms on the same boss per week in lfr (by repeated q'ing) intended or bug? Same chance every time?
    we're fine with it. You'll eventually run out of charms. Same chance every time. (Source)
    Will that also worlk on world bosses like Sha of Anger and Galleon?
    Not on Sha. When we made him spawn regularly, we didn't think infinite Charms made sense any longer. (Source)

    Haven't killed Galloen yet on my server. Horde camp, etc. GMs considered a month-long guild summoning quest or the like?
    G is supposed to be the rare boss that not everyone gets. We learned a lot from him and have changes planned for future bosses. (Source)

    What's the limit for players inviting other players in brawlers guild?
    I believe we started with 1 invite once you reach high rank. (Source)

    Does WoW really need obscure glancing blows and crit supression mechanic? It seems really outdated like resists.
    Yeah I could see an argument to phase those out. (Source)

    How come we dont have the random fight in the Jade Temple anymore? The scroll of strife and peril. I miss the alternative boss
    It had bugs we couldn't solve. We hope to bring it back. (Source)

    Dont forget to offer alternatives to charms too. Otherwise it would not make sense since dailies would still be required
    It's called "bonus roll" for a reason. You don't need it. (Source)

    PvP
    Do you have a stance on people queuing several groups for a random BG and using timing to ensure they end up together?
    You mean using a premade to stomp noobs? What do you think? (Source)

    Does Blizzard have plans to clean up CC a little? Getting stunned, feared, again and again can get a bit frustrating.
    Most people don't want their CC nerfed, just the other guy. DRs might be a place to look though. (Source)
    How would you feel about a bar that fills up and once its full you cant CC that player until its empty?
    That's kind of like having one DR (maybe with more variation than just 50%) but we've considered it. (Source)

    in the future, any plans for total revamp of pvp? i.e. get rid of arena/RBG(in current form) and implement new pvp structure?
    We rarely scrap features and start over. We usually iterate towards what are (we hope!) stronger designs. (Source)

    The "PVE vs. PVP issue" is frequently misunderstood and over exaggerated. A balance scapegoat.
    Agree. Players would still be mad if we didn't change X, but they wouldn't have a reason for why we didn't change X. (Source)

    Idea was: skills remain the same in both contexts; only changes in metrics are isolated. + Less testing.
    We do that though. Look at PvP Power, CC durations, the healing debuff, etc. (Source)

    Very well said, this game should be about constant steady pressure and healing, not burst.
    well, burst should be a strategy too, but not the only strategy. PvP is more interesting, we think, when matches vary. (Source)

    Live Chat Thursday: World of Warcraft Customer Support
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    This Thursday we’ll be holding our first-ever CoveritLive chat featuring a panel of some of our most veteran customer support representatives. This is your chance to seek clarification on support policies and procedures, understand the philosophies that shape how we assist players, as well as meet a few of the folks behind those tags!

    While this chat will be focused on customer support for World of Warcraft, our panelists will be equipped to field some questions about Diablo III and StarCraft II support policies as well.

    When: 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. PST Thursday, December 13

    Panelists:
    • CS Forum Representative Vrakthris
    • WoW Game Support Manager Marcus Maczynski
    • SC2 Game Support Manager Angelo Concepcion
    • D3 Game Support Manager Andreas Unger
    • Senior CS Information Specialist Charles Areson
    • CS Social Media Manager Antonio Achucarro

    Format: The CoveritLive event will be hosted right here as a moderated chat, meaning questions and comments from participants won’t be viewable to the public unless selected by us. Be sure to request an email reminder below so you’ll be alerted before it begins. You’ll be able to log in using Facebook or Twitter credentials, or you can create a temporary username within the CoveritLive client, once the event is live.

    Give the Gift of Warcraft
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Looking for great stocking stuffers for your friends or guildmates? Blizzard’s got you covered. For a limited time only, you can snag the following holiday deals in the online Blizzard Store:


    Be sure to get your Winter Veil shopping done soon, though -- these deals end January 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

    Comics - Dark Legacy Comics #367
    DLC #364 has been released.

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    ".. but reading to the full interview is worth it if you want to see the full answers!"

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    BURN MAGES BURN!! BURN TO THE GROUND..... oh wait i got nerfed too..... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! even PvE Arms warrior is shit

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    WOOO is everyone else excited for MORE dailies DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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    I haven't upgraded a single item yet. Such a boring feature.

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    The 10 / 25 man changes in Asia aren't a test for the US / EU realms, just a response to what players there want.
    Yeah because nobody in NA/EU wants that model to return, right?

    What a ridiculous argument. Forums have been flooding with requests to go back to the WotLK style of separating 10 and 25 since Cata was released, but obviously we don't want it enough somehow..?

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    Mages are fine Arcane and Frost do fine Dps ....and fire not bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by pawu View Post
    WOOO is everyone else excited for MORE dailies DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
    Well, by now, people should have all the 5.0 factions at exalted, the krasarang faction at least half the way to exalted. By the time 5.2 comes, you won't have any charms unless you farm them over exalted...

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    Horde racials are likely better than Alliance racials for PvE right now. Only the top guilds have switched for the racials, but if more guilds do so then the racials will be adjusted.


    WOW Really ?!! It was about time Blizzard.....

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    So apparently, for bliz to balance racials, enough guilds have to switch race just for the racials. What bollocks they know the racials are out of tune yet refuse to fix them until they can make enough money off of guilds switching races first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farora View Post
    I haven't upgraded a single item yet. Such a boring feature.
    You are missing the point of this feature. I don't understand your overall attitude.
    Quote Originally Posted by Horizon View Post
    Stupid! New things are always much better then the old things...
    New Star wars > old Star wars (crappy special effects anyone lol!)
    Justine Beiber > the beatles (shitty copycats music lol!)
    Twilligt > dracula, do I even need to comment loooool
    yea its probably nostalgia

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    Oh, so they still think that "bonus roll" doesn't make it mandatory? Just add another way to get Charms that doesn't involve dailies so we have a CHOICE, which is all this expansion is supposed to be about.

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    Taste for blood now only stacks 1 time versus other players (was 3 times).
    you gotta be kidding me!

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    "Horde racials are likely better than Alliance racials for PvE right now. Only the top guilds have switched for the racials, but if more guilds do so then the racials will be adjusted. "

    So they can make more money off the transfer back, haha. Should just let us pick our racials or find some other solution that would keep the majority of players happy. I know I'm in the same boat with a lot of other heroic raiding Alliance playing Worgen that dislike how they look in transmog or mounts are too small. Or just how female Worgen all look the same. I'd love to go back to Gnome.
    Last edited by MrExcelion; 2012-12-12 at 09:20 AM.

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    Horde recials? Take a look at Alliance trinket PvP wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrExcelion View Post
    ...I know I'm in the same boat with a lot of other heroic raiding Alliance playing Worgen that dislike how they look in transmog or mounts are too small. Or just how female Worgen all look the same. I'd love to go back to Gnome.
    Oh yes, the only thing I like about my female worgen is the sound it makes when killed. It isn't exactly bad for progression as you get to hear it a lot. I hate that no helm looks good on it though. I'd love to play something else (say night elf), but the racials are too good to pass now (or nelf racials are just useless). Coming from rogue PoV, but it's true for most DPS classes.

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    Hey Chaud what about stop posting huge GC's faces in the posts?
    I find them quite annoying x)

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    You can raid without charms. You will gear up faster with charms, which seems fine: you can choose to play more or less.
    That's a shame. Lesser Charms would are exactly the kind of reward they should add to scenarios to actually make them worth doing, especially for players who are done with dailies or simply don't like doing them. Dailies offer rep, valor rewards, mounts, and charms. Another source for charms won't invalidate dailies entirely.

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    Dont forget to offer alternatives to charms too. Otherwise it would not make sense since dailies would still be required

    It's called "bonus roll" for a reason. You don't need it. (Source)
    Ugh this response pisses me off. Any argument that can be made for enchantments as far as being required can also be made for charms. And we know quite well that enchants are required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boos View Post
    Mages are fine Arcane and Frost do fine Dps ....and fire not bad
    Well......the only reason the mages cried like little babies was Blizz "stole" their overpowered skills in the fire-tree.

    Yeah because nobody in NA/EU wants that model to return, right?

    What a ridiculous argument. Forums have been flooding with requests to go back to the WotLK style of separating 10 and 25 since Cata was released, but obviously we don't want it enough somehow..?
    Well .... it is so, because Blizzard cannot be so easily accused in western regions compared to asian regions.
    If the id separation will be introduced again you will see that more and more 25 raids are coming back again .... espacialy if the loot is slightly better then in 10 man raid.

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