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    Blizzcon 2014, Setup of the Month, Dark Legacy Comics #431

    Shard Of Hate Now In The Game Guide, Mithrie Menethil's Cyclone Strike Monk Build, Hot Pepper Gaming: RoS Edition

    Top 5 Plays of the Week, Hearthstone Day Dev Q&A Notes

    Adventurer's Companion to Questing in Nexus, Designer Insights: Tychus

    Blizzcon 2014
    It seems the Blizzcon Virtual Ticket page recently had some updates to change the title and header to include 2014 rather than 2013. Assuming this change isn't an accident, it could mean that Blizzcon 2014 is definitely planned and we should hear an announcement about it very soon.

    Just keep in mind that we haven't heard anything official yet, and this could indeed be an accident.


    Blizzcon has been announced in February or March for the past few years.


    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
    New GPUs from AMD are here, at least on paper. Finding any AMD GPUs is hard now, as is finding some of the Nvidia GPUs. Prices for many GPUs went up due to demand and the older GPUs being discontinued.

    The current SSD prices are stable, with most SSDs under $1 per gigabyte when on sale.

    The Haswell CPUs run a little bit on the warmer side. Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D14.

    Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 4770K and should spend that money elsewhere.

    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 Folding@home, take a look in our team's thread.


    Peripherals/Monitors
    ComponentPuppy Dolphin
    MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $140ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $160
    KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $15Cyborg V.5 - $48
    MouseLogitech G400s - $46Razer DeathAdder 2013 - $56
    SpeakersCreative A220 2.1 Speaker System - $25Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $35
    ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
    MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $220HP ZR2440W 24-inch - $310
    KeyboardLogitech G510s - $80CM Storm QuickFire XT - $95
    MouseLogitech G500s - $54Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $64
    SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $57Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $77


    Puppy and Dolphin
    All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
    ComponentPuppy Dolphin
    CaseNZXT Source 210 - $43NZXT Source 210 - $43
    Power SupplyCorsair CX500 - $57EVGA 600B - $63
    CPUAMD FX-6300 - $110AMD FX-8320 - $140
    HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $33Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $33
    MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $80ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $115
    MemoryKingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1333 - $438GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $84
    Graphics CardMSI R7 260X 2GB - $140Gigabyte R9 270 or GTX 660 - $230 / $190
    Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $53Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $99
    DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
    Total$581$705 - $745


    Narwhal and Unicorn
    All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
    ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
    CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $50Corsair Air 540 (Special Layout) - $140
    Power SupplySeasonic M12II 620 - $90Rosewill Fortress 750W - $130
    CPUIntel i5-4670K - $220Intel i7-4770K - $310
    HeatsinkCooler Master TPC 812 - $63Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $79
    MotherboardASUS Z87-A - $140ASUS Z87-PLUS - $159
    Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $8416GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $155
    Graphics CardASUS GTX 760 OR Gigabyte R9 270X - $250XFX R9 280X OR MSI GTX 770 - $370 / $330
    Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $99Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $99
    SSDSAMSUNG 840 EVO 128GB (Review) - $90
    OR
    Plextor 128 GB M5 Pro (Review) - $118
    Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB (Review) - $130
    OR
    SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB (Review) - $115
    DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
    Total$1018 - $1148$1514 - $1594


    Dark Legacy Comics #431
    DLC #431 has been released.


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    I hope I get to go to BlizzCon again this year. Was a blast!

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    Seeing that the thing is a flash object (in the dom) it could easily be a standard script that just automatically updates based on the current date. Like most websites do with their copyright footer.
    Especially when you look at the text below it:

    The following terms and conditions shall apply and govern the access to content available to purchasers of the internet stream production of BlizzCon 2013 (the “Production”) that will be made available to purchasers of the BlizzCon 2013
    It seems far more likely it has nothing to do with them updating anything just with a script auto changing based on the current date.
    Then again the breadcrumb is also changed .. ah well seems odd that they would not change the terms but who knows :S

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    I have missed the last 2 Blizzcons, would love to go to this one.

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    It's going to be "one of those" Blizzcons. No WoW expansion to announce, too early for the possible second expansion for Diablo 3.

    I guess we might hear of Legacy of the Void, and Titan, though I doubt the latter.

    Mainly, they'll be trying to sell all the games releasing before or around then with some additional news and new demos, etc. :[

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    I don't see the point of having a Blizzcon this year, unless they plan to announce something new. Announcing WoW expansions is pretty much the main event for Blizzcons. What can they show us? A future patch for Warlords of Draenor, Legacy of the Void for Starcraft 2, another Diablo 3 expansion? Death Knight and Monk decks for Hearthstone? More heroes for Heroes of the Storm?

    I would rather they skip Blizzcon and focus on their work. Blizzcons takes a lot of time, effort and planning.

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    As much as I love BlizzCon, they better have something bit lined up this year. Otherwise they should just skip it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schippie View Post
    Seeing that the thing is a flash object (in the dom) it could easily be a standard script that just automatically updates based on the current date. Like most websites do with their copyright footer.
    Especially when you look at the text below it:

    It seems far more likely it has nothing to do with them updating anything just with a script auto changing based on the current date.
    The title changed, the header in the h1 changed, and the flash date is set by some JS on the page that is manually written, not auto updated. The page still said 2013 in January.

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    Blizzard hopes to never skip a Blizzcon again afaik, especially with all these of games out now

    I wonder if Blizzard will continue to stick to 2 year expansions. Probably should if they want to keep announcing games at an October/November Blizzcon. Kind of in an awkward place where they might be able to pump one out sooner if desired, but it might not coincide perfectly with Blizzcon and the long beta process is totally necessary imo. The current model is perfect. They announced WoD after 5.4 had been out for awhile and we were fully ready to see what's next. I'm not sure you can really put a dollar value on expansion announcements when the time is right, but it's gotta be a huge boost to sales when they can nail it like they did. After how successful giving Hearthstone to top streamers was, I'm sure Blizzard values hype building more than ever
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    If I remember rightly, don't they have another unannounced title? (That isn't Titan, I mean.)

    And you have to LOL at people when they say "they better...". Why had they better? It just sounds like a threat to me. Blizzard! You'd better show me some cool shit! Or.... or... errr... I'll still be on fansites talking about your games! >_<

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    You're a week behind on Dark Legacy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfatdan View Post
    You're a week behind on Dark Legacy.
    Usually that's the case because news posts are compiled before the new one comes out. I think the new DLC just came out within the past couple of hours.

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    Only thing new for blizzcon 2014...another $25 added to the ticket price

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    Seems a little pointless for a full on blizzcon :/ What have you got to announce? legacy of the void and heroes of the storm? >.<

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    At this rate, maybe they'll announce the WoD beta at Blizzcon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disapproval Turtle View Post
    At this rate, maybe they'll announce the WoD beta at Blizzcon.
    Blizzcon is usually in october/November..That would be kinda pointless.
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    They've got a bloody cheek if they announce BlizzCon before the release for Warlords of Draenor.

    Then again, they've not cared about their players for years; just how much cash they can get out of them. BlizzCon is just such a cash cow, so they'll hook it up with nothing to actually show just so people pay to learn things that are obvious or that they already knew.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fencers View Post
    Well, it is possible for people, many people actually, to not think very highly of World of Warcraft. Those self same people may even consider other games in the genre superior due to their own subjective qualifiers. Qualifiers which are just as valid as the subjective qualifiers of those whom believe World of Warcraft is a "23 out of 10".

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    This is a big anniversary year for Blizzard. 10 Years for WoW. They already said they wanted to do something big for this anniversary and a Blizzcon was in the works to go along with it. Does it make sense? yea, a big fat birthday party sounds rather cool. Just because they aren't announcing games doesn't mean they can't throw a party.

    I do have to agree that it will be a little strange with no WoW expansion announcement, but still, 10 year anniversary for WoW is a big deal in the MMO scene.

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    Probably an accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smerffykins View Post
    This is a big anniversary year for Blizzard. 10 Years for WoW. They already said they wanted to do something big for this anniversary and a Blizzcon was in the works to go along with it. Does it make sense? yea, a big fat birthday party sounds rather cool. Just because they aren't announcing games doesn't mean they can't throw a party.

    I do have to agree that it will be a little strange with no WoW expansion announcement, but still, 10 year anniversary for WoW is a big deal in the MMO scene.
    Maybe they will send us a slightly different anniversary letter to the past 3 years...deathwing has been invading for years according to the mail we keep getting >.<

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