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    Stars Heroic Shannox World First Kill, Blue Posts

    Stars (TW - Crystalpine Stinger) already working on Firelands Heroic - Shannox World First Kill
    A lot of guilds killed all the bosses of the Firelands raid in normal mode already but it seems that Stars (TW - Crystalpine Stinger) decided to take it one step further.

    After clearing the encounters in normal mode, the entire raid changed faction to reset their raid ID and started working on heroic encounters shortly after, that kind of thing happened in the past and it's not really surprising to see it used again to grab first kills.

    As I write these lines, Stars killed Shannox in Heroic Mode. It's not really my place to judge if something is against the rules or not and I will just keep tracking heroic first kills as they happen.



    Blue Posts
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Eternal Embers and Seething Cinders Droprates
    You’re assuming the drop chances for embers averages out to .5 per boss in 10’s and 2 per boss in 25’s, which it doesn’t. Whether you’re in 10’s or 25’s you’re going to see an equal drop average for Eternal Embers per player, and the same can be said for Seething Cinders. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    New Content - Differences between PvE and PvP Players
    The answer to your question revolves around a common difference in how PvE players and PvP players approach the game. Generally speaking, PvE players want more quests, more dungeons and more raids to experience -- more and new content is king. On the other hand, while some PvP players do want new maps, many others would be happier if we perfected the Arena or BG maps that already exist - or even if we cut existing maps. After all, PvP players don’t graduate out of Arathi Basin or Dalaran sewers the same way PvE players graduate from dungeon to heroic, or raid tier to raid tier. We did make some improvements to the existing PvP maps, such as trying to return Ring of Valor to circulation and changing the way flags work in Eye of the Storm (for rated play).

    We’d love to add a lot more maps than we currently do, but we need to do it in such a way that doesn’t make the PvP experience worse for players who are more interested in refining their PvP experience than in seeing new maps. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Patch 4.2 Hairstyles
    We had a bunch of hairstyles we threw in for testing on the PTR and the majority of them did not pass the test. (quality, art direction, bugs, etc.) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Patch 4.0 Raids now puggable
    We specifically intend for the 4.0 raids to be puggable now that Firelands is out. Grabbing some tier 11 by way of Justice, quest rewards, plus across the board difficulty nerfs should really be enough to get them going.

    The patch has only been out a day or so though. I think it'll probably take a little bit before people really get it into their heads that they should be pugging the previous tier because it's not too hard to be successful. It's just getting people used to the various encounters and mechanics.

    Maybe people are waiting for the holiday weekend? If nothing else, leading one yourself is always an option. I think we'd agree that we need some better ways to get pug raids together considering we intend to follow the "New Raid is Hard, old Tier is Puggable" format from here on.

    Still unsure what that means regarding the final raid (i.e. Deathwing). Do pugs not get to see him until the next expansion is released? (Not saying whether that's a good thing or not, but personally I enjoyed getting to Arthas on some of my alts without spending near as much time as I did on my main.)
    In ICC we had a stacking raid buff over time which gradually made the content easier. Not saying we’ll do that exact thing again but the philosophy was around even then that everyone who wants to can eventually see the content, but it’s going to take very organized groups (which typically means raiding guilds) to see the encounters first.

    So casuals will constantly be a tier behind for the rest of the life of this game? If that is what is actually coming out of your mouth I'll save myself the time and unsub now. What a piss poor vision for your game. There are normal and heroic versions of raids for a reason. That heroic difficulty was implemented so that the two segments of the population (casual and hardcore) would both have something to do. You are now bifurcating the raiding population AGAIN, by telling casuals that they have to run around in the left overs.
    Trying to label all of our players as “casual puggers” vs.” hardcore raiders” is ridiculously simplistic. Among raiders there is an enormous diversity of players. There are those who will raid virtually every night when new content is out, to guilds that raid once a week (and even then will cancel raid nights fairly commonly). If you must try to label raiders, you’d be closer to the Blizzard model if you said normal mode is for organized raids, heroic mode is for more hardcore organized raids, and the previous tier of content (and Baradin Hold) is targeted for pick-up groups. Also consider that even within a raid zone we try to design easier bosses (usually near the front) and more challenging ones (usually at the end) which can help blur those lines and offer smoother transitions for each category.

    Overall, we think you’ll have a better experience playing World of Warcraft if you play with friends, either existing or those you meet in game. WoW, while much more solo friendly than most older MMO games, is still intended as a multiplayer game. We provide features like Dungeon Finder for when playing with friends isn’t possible, and as we said above, we’d like to offer more features like that. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Tabards Tab
    Are there any considerations for a tab for your tabards?
    Yes!

    [...] To clarify: he asked if we were considering it, and yes we are considering it. :) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Keyring Removal
    On a serious point though some people are upset about the removal of the key ring. While that seems like we're just taking it out to be bullies, it specifically frees up storage space we can then make into useful features. Not that it will specifically be used for 'tabard storage', but we are going to be using the space the removal of the key ring freed up. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Thrall and Aggra's "wedding"
    Correct. Their pledging of their lives to one another was essentially their 'wedding', although I'm sure Orcs don't use such nomenclature to refer to these things. Maybe 'life bond' fits better. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Does Blizzard plan on adding the rest of the dungeons and raids to the Dungeon Journal?
    Absolutely. With the time it takes to present a single boss in the Dungeon Journal we were only confident supplying Cataclysm content with the release of the feature in 4.2, but we are on a path to filling it out with all dungeons and raids in the entire game. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Steam Summer Sales
    In a very, very, very unrelated sidenote, Steam Summer Sales are up. I don't usually news non-WoW stuff but ... well, I like Valve and I'm pretty sure a lot of people will be happy to hear the news. Also, don't forget that we have a Video Games Forum!

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    1st.

    And inc. ban for Stars.

    Infracted.
    Last edited by Sunshine; 2011-07-01 at 02:58 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Diurdi
    Painting a dick on someone's head is not child pornography.

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    High Overlord Sangriaa's Avatar
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    I hope something happens to Stars, I mean... come on... get it fair and square, don't cheat the system.

    Edit: Lol @ people being super pissed about other's opinion. Oh, internet, you slay me.
    Last edited by Sangriaa; 2011-07-01 at 07:59 AM.

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    I heard GM showed up and locked the instance as they were about to kill a second heroic boss.

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    What did they do? I've been out of the wow loop, but always interested in gossip lol

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    Stood in the Fire TheConsumer's Avatar
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    Good job xD.

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    Why would blizz ban them.. they got money out of it... they dont give 2 shits as long as their making money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desperx View Post
    Why would blizz ban them.. they got money out of it... they dont give 2 shits as long as their making money.
    pissing other players off = less money.

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    inb4 hotfix to keep raid lockouts when server transferring/faction changing.

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    Doesn't count, they exploited a feature of the game, i.e. cheated, so this is a waste of a post. Don't track crap. I just killed a worg using Thunderfury, wearing a pink dress, and used the rainbow generator trinket while I /kissed my mojo frog. And I had 4 dwarven women doing a sword dance around me, after using the archy item. All of this at once. I'm pretty sure that's world first. That's just as noteworthy as this kill.

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    lol, thats why I think that the guilds that were 13/13 pre patch, should be able to get to HMs right away (this gray hat things wouldnt exist) :P

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    The Patient Yemiena's Avatar
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    that cant be against the rules, blizzard designed it like that, its no glitch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alterraia View Post
    Doesn't count, they exploited a feature of the game, i.e. cheated, so this is a waste of a post. Don't track crap. I just killed a worg using Thunderfury, wearing a pink dress, and used the rainbow generator trinket while I /kissed my mojo frog. And I had 4 dwarven women doing a sword dance around me, after using the archy item. All of this at once. I'm pretty sure that's world first. That's just as noteworthy as this kill.
    Just because they got it "early" doesn't mean they exploited the kill itself, that's the problem. Again, not my place, I just report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShiroRX View Post
    pissing other players off = less money.
    I still doubt that blizz will do anything about this. And they already piss people off, blizz is just stupid but yet, people still play..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desperx View Post
    Why would blizz ban them.. they got money out of it... they dont give 2 shits as long as their making money.
    sad, but true

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    They must be proud.

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    remember when stars used to whine cause they didn't get bosses as early as the west players?

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    Counts. Glad they took one from that other lame ass EU guild. Hope Method start pulling some world firsts soon.

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    Boubouille, you are rapidly approaching your 8000th post. I wonder.. does anyone on this forum have more posts than you? And are you going to do anything to celebrate this momentous milestone?

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    That is the most amazingly clever use of game mechanics I have seen so far. My hats are off to you STARS. My new heroes, hope the rest of the race treats you well!

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