Diablo 3 - Beyond the Gate - Beta Hidden Zone Round-Up, Blue Posts

Update: You may enter the contest once per day, not just once ever.

MMO-Champion Giveaway - Pandaren Monk - Day 2
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 per day, multiple entries will disqualify you. Good luck!

  • To enter the contest, just post a reply in this news post, you have until Wednesday March 14th @ Midnight EST to enter the contest, this thread will be closed and winners will be selected randomly.
  • Entering more than once per day 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
I know a lot of you are concerned about the 30% crit increase from the Skull Banner.

It’s a number we're iterating on, and the ability isn't even finalized yet. Our hope is that the duration is short enough that it doesn’t have the impact of say Bloodlust and the radius is small enough that it might be used to hit melee only. Another variation we're trying is a 10% crit group buff, but and a 20 or 30% buff to the warrior, so that it doesn’t feel anemic to the warrior but doesn’t feel mandatory for the group.

The banner can be targeted and killed, but it has about 33% of the warrior’s health, so it can’t be easily "stomped" as a totem would be, and may not be worth attacking at all, given how long banner durations are.

Anyway, we don’t want banners to feel like totems. Perhaps categorizing “anything I place in the world” as a totem is a slightly narrow perspective? (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Protection Specs and PvP
We've always wanted players to PvP as tank specs, and that can be a lot of fun, but tank spec PvP should be effective via an array of defensive and control abilities, not because of damage-dealing potential. It is our design intent that, overall, tanks have to sacrifice some DPS in order to make use of all their other strengths.

For comparison, many players would cry foul if healing specs did as much or more damage than DPS specs in PvP, and we want the same situation for tanks. In Battlegrounds, tanks often carve out a very interesting role, such as running the flag, or teaming up with a healer and capturing a node, or tanking an NPC. In Arenas, it is much harder to provide tanks with a compelling role, since the typical arena match often boils down to which team better executes a strategy of focusing fire on enemies. A tank is ultimately a target that nobody wants to focus down, who also can’t contribute as much to focusing down others. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Press Event
The press event occurs over several days. This allows us to schedule developer interviews (with press and fansites) as well as give everyone we invite the time to get on our demo stations, talk with the developers, and (more importantly) process the information they learn so they can post it in a way that they are happy with. While we could just tell people they’re free to start posting as soon as they get in and see things, it puts pressure on them to do just that, and many media outlets appreciate having some time to craft their stories. It also makes it unfair to other media outlets and fansites that aren’t scheduled to attend the event until the second or third day.

In short, it's not as easy as opening the doors and saying, "Here you go everyone!" These events take a lot of planning not only for us, but for those we invite to attend, and we want to make sure that we give everyone the best opportunity possible to get everything they can out of the event. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Mists of Pandaria and a Return to Community
This isn't the first nor the last time we will see a discussion about community and the sense of community, I'm sure, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's important though that we keep these discussions constructive however.I'm going to channel some Ghostcrawler for you this morning and see if we can open up the discussion a bit.

Keeping a sense of community while still meeting the needs of the community as a whole is a huge challenge for us. We fundamentally believe that having a sense of community is an important thing for the long-term health of the game. However, we don’t think the way to foster that community is to force players to spam global channels trying to find groups. Dungeon Finder and Raid Finder have enabled a lot more players to run dungeons and raids regularly and we’d be very reluctant to ever go back to a world without them.

The trick for us is trying to grow a stronger sense of community despite having global queuing features that will likely pair you with strangers you may never play with again. We believe players generally have more fun and stick with the game longer when they play with friends. The queue systems are a substitute for when you don’t have enough friends (or even enough friends online at the moment) to participate in that content. We aren’t trying to, and wouldn’t want to, turn WoW into a solo game. These systems are merely to facilitate a need to connect more easily with players interested in tackling this content. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Guild Wars 2 Pre-Order
Guild Wars 2 pre-order information has been released. Everyone that pre-orders the game will receive access to all upcoming beta events and will be given a three day head start prior to release. There are three editions of the game that can be purchased, the Digital Edition, Digital Deluxe edition, and Collector's Edition ($149.99). Those who pre-order through one the the retail partners will receive a one day head start.

SWTOR Free Weekend
SWTOR is offering a free trial weekend from March 15th to March 19th. The trial has similar limitations to the World of Warcraft trial, with a level cap of 15, no mailing, no trading, and play is limited to certain zones.

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This article was originally published in forum thread: Pandaren Monk Contest Day 2, Blue Posts, GW2 Pre-Orders, SWTOR Free Weekend started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Poppeh's Avatar
    Need monk!
  1. pixlo's Avatar
    its panda time
  1. mmocfb716e4807's Avatar
    Gief monk!
  1. alrisha's Avatar
    pandaz pandaz pandaz!
  1. Energy's Avatar
    i want my panda! >
  1. Cairhiin's Avatar
    Good luck everyone!
  1. Chillerbill's Avatar
    Gimme pandaz!
  1. Mackgreeb's Avatar
    Give me!!!)))
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  1. mmoc25e800b2d1's Avatar
    me wants panda....

    and isn't the deadline a bit off..... i certainly hope so
  1. Adescendant's Avatar
    Gib Me Teh Panduh!!!
  1. Nightgecko's Avatar
    Monk for a broke college student?
  1. Andrejrulz's Avatar
    Gief monk ... i guess ! xD
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    Gimme gimme gimme panda!!
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    Gimme, gimme !
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    give it to me!)
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    need panda!
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  1. Divinedoom's Avatar
    I like the war banner idea, gief now!

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