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MMO-Champion Giveaway - Pandaren Monk
While we are waiting on the Press Tour NDA to expire, we are giving away 3 x Pandaren Monk every day this week! You can enter the contest only by commenting on this news post. Please only enter once, multiple entries will disqualify you. Good luck!

  • To enter the contest, just post a reply in this news post, you have until Tuesday March 13th @ Midnight EST to enter the contest, this thread will be closed and winners will be selected randomly.
  • Entering more than once is useless and will get you disqualified. There will be no 2nd chance for people posting more than one comment in this thread, you have been warned. (We will also of course check for double accounts, etc)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
War Banner
We made it a banner for a couple of reasons. We thought the demoralizing and mocking mechanics were more useful if the warrior could place them somewhere else. For example, imagine a warrior (and not just a tank) using the Mocking Banner to direct incoming adds over to where the tank is currently standing. Now Skull Banner doesn’t strictly have to be a banner, since the warrior will probably want to benefit from it most of the time, but we left it as a banner for one pretty cool reason: since the banner is an ally, you can Intervene to it (!). That opens up some cool gameplay options.

Ultimately, we wanted to try and expand the design potential for warriors a bit. Increasingly, it seemed that any new ability had to be another type of movement, a weapon strike, or shout, or it wouldn’t feel like a warrior ability. We wanted to try something new, and we're hoping that warriors will give them a shot once we’re in beta and let us know how it feels. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Protection Spec and PvP
We don't have a problem with players choosing to PvP as tank specs, but if they do, then we want them to be effective because of their defensive and control abilities, not because of their damage-dealing potential. It's intentional that, overall, tanks have to sacrifice some DPS in order to make up for their other strengths.

For comparison's sake, we don't think it would be cool if healing specs did as much or more damage than DPS specs in PvP, and the same is true for tanks. In Battlegrounds, tanks often do have a role, whether it’s running flags, defending a node or tanking NPCs. It is much harder to provide tanks a role in Arenas since the strategy ultimately revolves around focusing down enemy players. Nobody wants to try to focus down a tank, and tanks typically can’t contribute as much to focusing down enemy targets.

I'm not so much for debates, because design isn't about rhetorical prowess, it's about making the game the best it can be for all players, not simply those who can make a compelling case on the forums. Because of how personal (even emotional) the experience of playing a character is, sometimes it's hard to see over the fence into someone else's yard. We have to keep an eye on the whole neighborhood. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Still waiting....
There will be plenty of information coming out of the press tour. This week, is all about getting that information to the media and fansites so they can show you what they've learned next week. I am not going to get into specifics of what is going to be covered, but you can be assured, it's what some would call a plethora of information. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Curse March Gaming Bracket Challenge - Round 3!
The March Gaming Bracket Challenge presented by Curse and Alienware is a tournament that pits video game characters against one another for multiple rounds of voting!

Each week in March we will be matching up characters from all ends of the gaming universe; from Skyrim to Starcraft, WoW to Minecraft. Selection of the characters that make it through to the next round is up to you since your votes decide who rises up and who falls in this arena! You can see the full bracket here.

Each week we are giving away one Alienware X51 (US residents only), so don't forget to enter to win and vote for your favorite characters.

The MMO Report has another special episode about RIFT this week.

This article was originally published in forum thread: MMO-Champion Giveaway - Pandaren Monk, Blue Posts, MMO Report started by chaud View original post
Comments 12579 Comments
  1. mmocb0d2317ebf's Avatar
    gimme gimme gimmeeeee!
  1. mmoc1e9774ac33's Avatar
    panda, ye :P
  1. alb's Avatar
    The noises these make always annoy me at the AH when I'm scanning. I look forward to doing that to other people.
  1. mmoc821d130e38's Avatar
    Let's see how this goes...
  1. mmoc587e02651b's Avatar
    Awesome, love when you do giveaways!
  1. r1dik's Avatar
    i want a panda
  1. Lawkeeper's Avatar
  1. Chopstix22's Avatar
    Cant wait to play one!*Monk
  1. Friogunar's Avatar
    I too would like a little Panda.
  1. perryr23's Avatar
    Pandas FTW!
  1. drayec's Avatar
    It's dangerous to go alone...I need to take one of these with me!
  1. Sunseeker's Avatar
    One of the most annoying pets in the game, yet I still shamelessly want one.
  1. Alienx's Avatar
    Free pets???
  1. Mfreak87's Avatar
    i want it, hope to have luck
  1. Akhorahil's Avatar
    Gotta love that panda!
  1. Andrakax's Avatar
    Woot for free stuff!
  1. Shoompi's Avatar
    Thank you Panda!
  1. sandraro's Avatar
    ooh i want =P
  1. Flay-'s Avatar
    Would be nice to have a panda right about now!
  1. Aldoril's Avatar
    Go tiny kung fu Panda.

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