Diablo 3 - Unlock #3 - Developer Diary II, Battle.net Updated ToU

Dungeon Preview - Updated Mogu'shan Palace (Build 15589)
Mogu'shan Palace is one of the new dungeons introduced in Mists of Pandaria, you might remember it from our first wave of dungeon previews. As you can see, Blizzard made a lot of progress and the dungeon is starting to look really good.

This is still a work in progress and it will look even better when it hits the beta servers!

Stormstout Brewery Introduction Quest
In this quest chain you first meet Chen Stormstout soon after entering Valley of the Four Winds for the first time. You help him through several of the quest hubs, brewing beer many times.

Eventually he will take that beer to the doors of Stormstout Brewery, his ancestral home, only to find that it has been overrun. You then play as Chen Stormstout, killing your way through part of the brewery and attempting to talk to Uncle Gao, who doesn't seem to be all there.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Respec on Beta
Either in the next beta build or the one after that, you will be able to speak to your appropriate class trainer and they can unspec, unglyph or untalent you for a small fee. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Druid (Forums)
Feral Incarnation Models
There will be art for the cat, bear and moonkin form of Incarnation, but they will likely be adjustments (such as armor perhaps) to the existing forms, not brand new models. Hopefully we'll have something we can show you in a couple of weeks. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Hunter (Forums)
Reverting Black Arrow back to its 4.3 Design
That does bring up a good question. Mainly regarding Serpent Spread. It appears that Black Arrow with the cast time, direct damage, and AoE components all added replaced Serpent Spread (was removed entirely.)

With the revert in Black Arrow's design, will we see Serpent Spread return or will Black Arrow retain its AoE damage and direct damage but be instant cast?

We would re-implement Serpent Spread. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Monk (Forums)
Monk Changes in Beta
  • We're thinking that Jab and Expel Harm saw a bit too much increase to mana last patch, and we’re going to reduce them somewhat.
  • We’ve increased the mana gain from Cherry Mana Tea. This spell will change whenever we tune mana and healing numbers, which has been happening a lot lately.
  • We've changed the number of serpent statues you can have out at once from 2 to 1. However, while in Stance of the Wise Serpent, you now have Eminence on yourself, causing half of your damage to be healing to nearby targets. This will allow “melee healing” monks to heal through dealing damage without having their statue down. The statue is intended to be more of a “cooldown” you use on tough fights, not similar to a totem you plop down.
  • We’re going to try having Renewing Mists also generate Chi (along with Surging Mist and Soothing Mists) when you cast it. The bug with Renewing Mists not showing up on raid/party frames should also be fixed in an upcoming build.
  • We’re getting rid of Jasmine Force Tea because we felt it was confusing to convert Mana to Chi, then Chi back to Mana with Cherry Mana Tea.
  • We’re going to make Surging Mist require a target rather than being a cast-time smart heal. The reason why it was originally a smart heal without requiring a target was to let you build up a stack of Vital Mists by using Jab, then cast an instant Surging Mist without having to change your target. We think the right place for the original Surging Mist smart heal is via a glyph.
  • One issue we’re concerned with is Surging Mist and Renewing Mists generating Chi, making it harder for you to burn down your Chi. We’re likely going to add another high Chi ability, and/or adjust talents so you can have some choice.
  • We like how Chi Wave bounces from friends and enemies, because the whole theme of the monk healer is weaving damage and healing together. If Chi Wave was a pure heal, it would break away from that theme.
  • With regard to feedback on these subjects, what we're really looking for is playing as a DPS healer (as opposed to the traditional "pure healing" playstyle), or perhaps a mix of the two. We want both the traditional and dps-to-heal to be viable and fun.

The Daily Blink - If You Don’t Get It, It’s Probably for the Best
The Daily Blink notes a change in Ji Firepaw's dialogue.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Updated Mogu'shan Palace Preview, Stormstout Brewery Into Quest, Blue Posts started by chaud View original post
Comments 132 Comments
  1. Idletime's Avatar
    Help me out here on Ji Firepaw. Everyone still gaga about all things WoW were totally excited about these Panderen. Blizzard said part of their lore was they were chill dudes that liked to drink beer... lots of beer. When they aren't busy drinking beer they are busy balancing themselves on poles trying to maintain their balance. All this lore was totally developed for a very long time (as I understood it from the s**tstorm that developed after their announcement at Blizzcon).

    Someone call the cops, he's probably drunk and making passes at the females. How awful. Poor Ji, he will now be known as sexual harassment panda.
  1. Fumu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Idletime View Post
    Poor Ji, he will now be known as sexual harassment panda.
    Hahahaha. Also, considering the context of the original, I'd say "You seem poised and ready" comes across as even worse.

    Seriouspost: As a female myself, one who has been subject to both regular 'catcalling' and genuine sexist comments, I can't fathom why this particular quote would be offensive. A little gross maybe but seriously, anyone who wants to actually have their gender insulted needs to go play a little AoC. The NPCs utilize all of that fancy voice acting work to tell your female adventurer to get back in the kitchen every 5 minutes.

    In the context of WoW though...while not offensive per se, every quote that hints at furry love being taken out of this game is fine by me.
  1. exoraki's Avatar
    Worst daily blink ever! "not wanting to offend pople" is not a simple concept, one may not want to offend someone but he's censoring his own thoughts.
  1. Lylyth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Halaberiel View Post
    It's funny, because if it was written in that order, I don't think anyone would be bothered.
    They'd probably praise Blizz for putting in a gay character and supporting gay rights to also be sexually harassed by pervs.
  1. stomination's Avatar
    The sad thing is if they put in a lbgt character in the game then they will probably be the blunt of the jokes. which is sad.
  1. Alewen's Avatar
    Well Zarhym posted and locked the feedback threads. Here is what he had to say:

    Thanks. Your feedback has been received. I don't think we need another 100+ pages of discussion about one line of quest text or this will end up being a very long beta.

    Whether or not you've contributed to this topic, it's time to move on.
    So now it is just a waiting game to see what the end result of the feedback given produced. But given about 88.8% of the people who posted on the first thread (I counted each unique name and put it into a calculator) were in favor of either reverting the change, or going with a compromise, I don't think Blizzard will ignore those numbers. So here's hoping guys!
  1. manos1234's Avatar
    I am shocked at how sensitive some people can be of some dumb quest text

    It reminds me of how in a certain city in Japan they are so paranoid about pedobears that the police would give chace to some random lost person asking a young girl for directions
  1. BigMakSak's Avatar
    I don't get the daily blink
  1. dobeccahedron's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CanDellJack View Post
    You're wrong.
    Actually, it's quite accurate.
  1. Lemons's Avatar
    I don't know if I really like the architecture of Mogu'Shan Palace...maybe once they get 100% done with it, add mobs, doodads, etc, it'll come together, but right now the whole thing just seems very blocky. The textures are brilliant, but the actual geometry is very blah.
  1. EyelessCrow's Avatar
    I had to look up what the whole daily blink thing was about and I noticed that the blogs I read were mostly males who play female toons that were offended. I like reading about WoW and it's changes but it's stuff like this that makes me glad I don't play anymore...most players are dumb as hell and will look for anything to complain about.
  1. Zimz's Avatar
    Ah, yes. It was the PC crowd kicking up a fuss again.

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