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Monk Tier 15 and Season 13 Armor Sets Preview
Keep in mind that this is just a preview and the final sets may be different!

Patch 5.2 Scenarios
Keep in mind that it is possible that all of these scenarios will not make it into Patch 5.2. They may be used for something other than a scenario, or might not be intended for Patch 5.2.

The LFD tool currently has a Horde and Alliance version of Tear Down This Wall!, a Horde version of The Fall of Shan Bu, and faction neutral version of Infiltrating the Shipyard, Assault on Zeb'tula, and To the Skies!.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Tear Down This Wall!
  • Find the Lost Explosives - Find the Heavy Explosives.
  • Deliver the Explosives - Speak with Vereesa at the city wall.
  • Detonate Explosives - Use the plunger to detonate the explosives.
  • Kill War-God Al'chukla

Tear Down This Wall!
  • Find the lost explosives - Acquire the Heavy Explosives from the Deathknell Graves.
  • Deliver the explosives to Elsia - Speak to Elsia at the city wall.
  • Detonate explosives - Light the fuse on the Heavy Explosives.
  • Kill War-God Al'chukla

Infiltrating the Shipyard
  • Intercept the Zandalari Patrol - Ride the tame thunderwing and intercept the Zandalari patrol.
  • Neutralize the Guards and Sentry Totems - Use Sleeping Darts on Zandalari Overwatch and Smoke Bombs on Sentry Totems. Neutralize as many as possible in two passes over the shipyard.
  • Sabotage the Warship - Get Taoshi to the siege weapons at the front of the ship, then go below deck and assassinate the captain.
  • Cross the Shipyard - Escape the warship and reach the gate at the far end of the shipyard.
  • Defeat the Gatekeeper - Slay the gatekeeper.

Assault on Zeb'tula - Assault the troll town of Zeb'tula to gain a foothold on the Isle of the Thunder King.
  • Rendezvous with Scout Captain Elsia - Speak to Scout Captain Elsia and fly over the island.
  • Survive the Ambush
  • Destroy the Barricades
  • Kill Kresh the Ripper
  • Kill Arcanital Tula'chek and his Spirit Mask

To the Skies!
  • Taking Off... - Mount your Pterrorwing!
  • Intercepted! - The Zandalari have spotted you! Defeat your attackers!
  • Master the Beastmaster - Horaki has knocked you from your mount! Defeat him!
  • Into the Mines - Sneak (or fight!) your way past the Mogu in the mines, to the cave-in blocking the entrance.
  • Change of Plans... - Defeat Mine-Lord Korax.
  • Activate the Charge! - Activate your companion's Arcane Charge to blow open the entrance to the mine.

The Fall of Shan Bu
  • Preparations - Horde forces prepare to assault the courtyard.
  • The Courtyard - Make your way up to the courtyard and redezvous with Taran Zhu before the battle.
  • Defeat the Zandalari - Defeat the Zandalari guarding the gates.
  • Destroy the Gatekeepers - Defeat the Palace Gatekeepers to unlock the gates.
  • The Palace Gates - Join Taran Zhu beyond the gates.
  • Overwhelm the Defenders - Defeat the Zandalari defenders.
  • Defeat Shan Bu

Pursuing the Black Harvest
  • Note that this is not actually a scenario, but a Warlock class quest!
  • Enter the Black Temple - Avoid the guards and enter the Sanctuary of Shadows.
  • Search for Evidence of the Council's Presence - Find proof that the Council of the Black Harvest came to the temple.
  • Follow Akama to the Shrine of Lost Souls - Walk with Akama to the Shrine of Lost Souls.
  • Uncover the Council's Plan - Investigate the Reliquary of Souls.
  • Defeat the Essence of Order - Claim the soul crystal left behind by the Council of the Black Harvest.
  • Escape the Shrine of Lost Souls - Fight off the demons unleashed by the Reliquary and return to Akama in the Halls of Anguish.
  • Purge or Plunder - Choose to save Akama's men in the Halls of Anguish or plunder the Den of Mortal delights in the chaos.
  • Head to the Temple Summit - Take the Empowered Soulcore to the Temple Summit.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Did devs take into consideration how cost prohibitive upgrading is? its next to impossible to fully upgrade your BiS slots.
One can argue maybe the game was better when everyone didn't have the expectation of BiS in every slot... (Source)

is it safe to say brawlers guild may promote gold buying as people who may not have time to farm gold would wanna try it out?
Gold farming sucks, but we can't be terrified about having a gold economy in the game. Gold having no value sucks too. (Source)

Do you think that the visual design of abilities and gear influences which classes are more popular and most played?
Absolutely. Maybe not for everyone but I believe it contributes a lot. (Source)

Getting a bit of gear is too complicated; enchant, gem, reforge (all of your gear) and now upgrade. Gem & Ench only was good.
We actually agree with this. Once upon a time you got to put on the gear that dropped when it dropped. (Source)
Amen. Please remove reforging. Also eliminates need to go to external sites to tell you how exactly to reforge.
We think reforging feels fine for everything except hit and expertise. (Source)
If you agree, why did you just bring in the upgrade system the other week?
You don't need to upgrade a piece to wear it. You do need to enchant, gem and reforge. Reforge may be the biggest problem. (Source)

last question, did you even consider letting people focus on whatever aspect they enjoy most to progress?
Within reason. E.g. you can't do achievement to progress. Also what you enjoy may be supported but may not be most efficient. (Source)

How is the new race models going along? It's the only thing that is gonna get me back. Anything more than Dwarf and Orc done?
We're excited about them but it's hard to say much more without every word getting over-analyzed. (Source)
OMG, GC said new models will be amazing and perfect and are almost done!!! /sarcasm
Exactly. (Source)

.What makes it worse is talents actually at 0% use because either one talent was to well designed or others suck.
Warrior talent diversity isn't actually bad, with a couple of exceptions like Second Wind. Mage talent diversity is too low. (Source)
the only pve fight that any competitive fury warrior will use storm bolt for is garalon. Balanced?
No, we think it's a little weak in both PvE and PvP. (Source)

Just curious as to why we have the mechanic that sets mana to zero when switching specs?
If the switching cost is too low then it feels like you are supposed to do so every pull, especially for healers. (Source)

Opinion on double healer comps in 3v3? Should they be viable? Saw 2600 double healer frost mage before today's Frost Bomb nerf
We are generally fine with non-standard comps as long as they are somewhat uncommon. (Source)

Greg, It looks like you are giving burst classes more advantages than dot classes with the mass PvP Power and 1 min trinket
More frequent small bursts is generally a nerf to burst strategies. (Source)
you explain the nerf part, Please ?
It is generally easier to counter being hit twice for 200K with a short break in between than one hit for 400K. (Source)

Wondering if you're aware of the current talk in arena: feral is OP, frost mage is dead, and healers are too weak; comment?
Feral does seem to be at the top of everyone's hit list now that mage, warrior and hunter are toned down. (Source)

I love how Druids can vanish and ShStep BETTER than rogues and about 6x more often... kudos man. you are a master of balance.
One ability compared to another ability doesn't scale to one class' comparison to another. It's about the whole package. (Source)

do u think melee damage is out of control atm? specifically feral/dk/warrior... esp w/ healing debuff its just unhealable...
Feral, maybe. DK no. Warriors have been nerfed a ton lately. (Source)

prot warrior stands and lets me get him to 35%, kills me (rogue). Having a fantastic time. What class do you want me to play?
Tanks aren't designed to be killed. That's why we don't push them into Arenas. (Source)

me and a lot of healers need to be talked off a ledge. I'm sure there's a reason behind the changes we just aren't seeing.
Strategically, burst and perma CC are the only options when healers can keep everyone up. (Source)
Disc priest anyone? Oh nevermind, they dont exist in arena anymore thanks to lazy blanket nerfs.
When healing is too powerful overall, the solution is not to let some specs still have healing that is too powerful. (Source)

UI / Addons
hey - is there some sort of UI notice to tell you *if* you bought the extra rep for a faction?
There is not, but we agree that we need to add one. (Source)

the issue isn't mods changing talents, its the ui becoming broken because of unrelated taint (caused by blizzard ui bugs)
I'll say again, taint = accessing something we want protected. We can decide to make it !protected, but that does take some work. (Source)
- The problem is it can be reproduced without any mod's. Which should be addressed. Global variable is tainting.
There isn't much technical distinction between mods and macros. You're still trying to access something we want to protect. (Source)

Please stop being so restrictive about the Glyph/Talent UI. It's driving people nuts, I loathe the moment I have to change!
Philosophically, we don't want automating talent or glyph swaps. Once it's easy to reglyph every pull, players feel like they must. (Source)

He's Lead Systems Designer. A lot of people take for granted exactly what "systems" entails in game design.
Balance is a pretty small portion of what I do. It's just one many forum posters / twitter users care a lot about. (Source)
What's the big portion of what you do?
Future planning, UI, and then just pure people management take the biggest portion. (Source)
For UI, do you work on the backend of making things work, user end experience, or something else?
I design UI from the PoV of features and goals. We have actual graphic designers also and then engineers to hook it all up. (Source)
Do you sometimes feel that WoW's UI is getting over-complicated? I often can't find stuff after 7 years...
Yes, I do. (Source)

Icy Veins Christmas Contest
Icy Veins is holding a screenshot contest with some nice prizes, including a signed Collector's Edition of Mists of Pandaria, mounts, pets, AskMrRobot / Curse premium, and more!

All you have to do is take a nice screenshot of your character for the Feast of Winter Veil category, Best Scenery category, or Best Action Shot category. The contest runs until Dec 31st and submissions will be judged over the next few days.

Guild Wars 2 Wintersday 2012 Soundtrack
ArenaNet recently released the Wintersday music on Soundcloud!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Monk Tier 15 and Season 13 Armor Sets Preview, Patch 5.2 Scenarios, Blue Tweets started by chaud View original post
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  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Duster505 View Post
    WOW is trying to counter GW2 with supporting DPS to the top this expansion. Other roles in the game are suffering and it leads to less balance overall in the game. . Alot of guilds are struggling big time to fill needed roles. As for me - My guild lost 4 players in the last 2 weeks to RIFT. 3 healers and main tank. More ppl are leaving and we no longer even bother to do raids. And my guild is not the only one. Its happening all over the game.

    As for why I feel MOP is unfriendly to Tanks, healers and multi-role characters? It is. Dailies are created to be most efficient for DPS - scenarios were added to shorten the LFD Qs. And MOP launched with least amount of 5 man trinity dungeons ever. But now... few months into the game - LFR Qs have grown endless cause of all of the DPS focus. And even worse... because of the role loot system where the few tanks and healers that are left are actually Qing up as DPS to get gear for Dailies and Brawlers Guild.

    If you do the math - you can easily find out how bad the valor upgrade system will be for players that are playing 2 roles equally. Those players will always be on avarage about 20 item lvls lower in both roles. Thats why many are now going RIFT because of strong support for multiroles.
    Sorry about your guild dieing, but that has nothing to do with the topic at hand. People leave wow all the time and many raiders dislike dailies per se.

    MOP is no more unfriendly to Heal/Tank as all the other xpacs. Yes tank questing damage was lowered quite a bit, but w dualspec that isn't a problem, even if you insist of soloing in a MMO. 5.1 did something to LFR queues, I don't know what but I doubt that it's the issue you're bringing up. Your issue would affect LFR Q gradually but I went from 4 minutes as DPS to an hour within a day. Maybe they broke something behind the scenes and didn't tell us, I don't know.

    I do not need to do the math at all. Even if you want to fully upgrade ONE SPEC you'd need what 6 months? That's OBVIOUSLY never going to happen for a normal raider, because that normal raider can consider himself lucky if he even gets BiS normal gear before the next Tier releases. The point of item upgrades is that you can upgrade the few BiS pieces you have, and even then... it's just not much you get.
    Some math?
    For me as a shadow priest:
    upgrading an armor-item nets me around 80-130pp.
    That's less int than a friggin GEM (160).
    Only thing really worthwhile is upgrading you weapon. (550pp Heroic version, normal probably less than that)
    So: no, It's most definitely NOT necessary to upgrade you offspec gear. You'll do just fine with the normal items.

    BTW: I think the upgrade system is intended as a valor dump for raiders that would otherwise just waste this currency. Ofc "joe average" instantly believes that it's 100% mandatory and that he can't raid without it. lol.
  1. Tenjen's Avatar
    pve- can definitely pick and choose here, i simply ADORE the detailed chest, pants and gloves. I'll have to see how the shoulders and helm go on my char but i have some great morgs if i end up not liking them. But the chest, pants and gloves are amazing and ornate

    pvp- I do very much like this set, though i could go for another chest as i prefer heavy armored looks for my pally. but i like the rest of my set on my female pally.
  1. Darknocious's Avatar
    I don't see the big deal with not fixing the UI so what if you have to reload your UI to change a talent if the game is stopping it
  1. Wayne25uk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Duster505 View Post
    WOW is on its last meters on so many levels now. The main reason is because the developers have not been doing their job over the last few years to improve many of the core features of the game. That includes outdated content update system that will not stand a chance against F2P games where you dont have to pay monthly subs.

    BLizzard managed to keep Cata in 9 millions by giving the expansion for free towards the end. And they got mop to 10 million but thats the lowest number of any WOW expansion. At the same time players are finding out exactly what the new "content" is in MOP. Its called dailies and you dont have to look for long to see what most ppl think about it. Even big name players that played WOW for years are claiming MOP raids are some of the worst seen in any expansion. It will not hold ppl interested over the next 4-5 months until next tier is out. PPL will be leaving and playing better value games rather than doing dailies. Some might return for 5.2 but I guess most will simply remember the horror of dailies and see that 5.2 has new batch of them to gate their "content"
    And here again we have yet another hater and bullshitter that thinks a few down moments in a games cycle will be its end,if i had the powers that be i would grab a post from every WoW expansion that said "WoW is going downhill coz of this expansion it wont last another year". My advice is go learn about the games industry first and spend a few years in it then try write your comments again without feeling a complete dick,my family has been in the games industry since i was 6 and i know all the signs all the warnings and all the tricks of the trade,and i for one can promise you all that WoW will still be around for the next 10+ years. So please sir stop with the "I know it all" comments and go learn something about the industry first.
  1. Destructinator's Avatar
    Yay more scenarios
  1. Hepes's Avatar
    Looks great

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