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Darkmoon Faire Cross-Realm Zone
It looks like the Darkmoon Faire now has the Cross-Realm Zone feature turned on, resulting in many more people there when you visit now! You can take part in some discussion about it here.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
Greg, what will happen to ch.mode gear when the new exp. hits? Would be a shame if all these cool sets became unobtainable.
They don't strictly need to be unobtainable. If the dungeons keep scaling you down, the challenge will still be there. (Source)
Though to be honest, we're not sure yet what our actual solution will be. (Source)

Will items be something like Bloodsoaked instead of Thunderforged in 5.4?
Yes. Assuming we do it. (Source)

On a side note, will we ever see Progression-Paths outside of Gear for Characters at Max-Level?
We would like to, but we have to come up with good systems. (Source)

could you elaborate on the valor vendor going away in 5.4. That could be punishing to those still a tier behind or more
But we do like having a place you can earn gear even if you don't want to raid. I just didn't want to announce that content yet. (Source)
I don't think GC meant that the older valor vendors are going away. Just that you won't have new ones. Right?
The older ones won't go away and we don't know if there will be new ones or not. It's just an idea at this stage. (Source)

What's the objection with returning AV back to where it was a few years ago where epic battles could have lasted hours?
The problem is some players don't want a very long BG. We've discussed making long BGs their own thing.... (Source)

Disabling auto follow in Battle Grounds has only hurt the multi boxer.
The problem is when multi boxers are having fun in PvP, everyone else often is not. (Source)
The biggest issue is that this change has utterly destroyed a play style that has been accepted for 8 year's!!
Nevertheless, do you think it was fun for the solo players on the receiving end? (Source)

Why isn't PvP gear upgradable? This is driving me away from pvp...I can't just jump into a raid in pvp gear and be hit capped
It takes a lot of Conquest gear just to purchase your gear. We didn't want you to also have to upgrade it. (Source)

Patch 5.3 PvP Changes
Blue post says new players get discouraged cuz of gear difference in pvp. But getting one shot in FULL boa by prot warr is OK
Low level Shield Slam was fixed in 5.3. To be fair, while low level still matters, far more players care about 90 PvP balance. (Source)

PVP power gems are useless in PVP atm compared to a STR gem please explain why or is it blizzards hate towards PVP showing
Strength is still a PvP stat. Why does that offend you? I can understand why PvE gear would. (Source)

What's the point of the nerf to PvP stats?
Getting e.g. a Conq weapon made a huge swing in damage. We want gear progression but not huge swings. (Source)

thx to ur stupid decision cancelling pvp resilience. i am afk . byebye wow.
You understand, I hope, that we're trying to improve the experience when players in vastly different gear try to PvP. (Source)
Why even have gear in pvp? Seems counterintuitive, pvp is about action, not long-term planning gear.
Getting rewards is fun. Without power based progression goals we don't think many players would stick with it for long. (Source)
Some might, just as some raiders raid just to see the fights, not to earn gear. (Source)

in 5.3 pve ganked tanks are FAR better than pvp geared tanks for RBG.. they dont need pvp power, defensive stats better. why?
We don't want anyone, not even tanks, to be super hard to kill as FCs. It's not fun for anyone. (Source)

why do you always treat PVP players as 2nd class in wow, bg's are broken,bots run rampant,and pvp nerfs in 5.3, please fix pvp
Look at the list of 5.3 changes. Ask yourself how many were PvE vs PvP fixes. (Source) Read that please and write back your thoughts on it please
Feel like we have addressed this a bunch. PvPers told us they wanted PvP to be more about skill and less about gear. (Source)
PvE'ers told us they would participate more in PvP if they didn't die immediately until they had better gear. (Source)
Letting someone use PvE gear as *starter* gear in PvP (and vice versa) allows more crossover and gives you more opponents. (Source)

Funny how you guys didn't care about ppl getting smashed in PvP until just recently. Why is that?
Mostly, player feedback. We were worried it was driving folks out of PvP. (Source)

what is the point of pvp gear now? Lack of blizz responses is discouraging. Pvp gear =no point. The community wants a response
The community (or at least part of it) asked vociferously for PvP gear to matter less in PvP to allow for catch-up. (Source)
yeah pvp gear is a joke. No point in even buying it. Just afk in LFR and u can beat someone in full pvp
By "full pvp" do you mean Honor or Conquest? Conquest, no way. (Source)
Sure, but what about honor gear? 20 item level deficit vs. LFR gear is a lot for PvP power to overcome post-nerf.
If you'd rather LFR to get gear instead of Honor gear, that seems fine. You'll want to graduate to Conquest either way. (Source)
Honor gear is pretty much catch up gear. If you PvP seriously, you'll earn some Conquest. (Source)
Intuitively, Random Battlegrounds giving worse PvP rewards than doing LFR doesn't seem "fine" to me, but I see your pt
You can run BGs as much as you want but raids once a week (or so). (Source)
But at the same time, when a new season comes serious PVP'ers "must" LFR to stay ahead (aka not get behind)
You can earn all your Honor gear in a week or two depending on how much you play. LFR is nowhere near that generous. (Source)

My level 85 alts only have 40% baseline resilience still, not 65%. Intended?
Yes, the 65% was for level 90. Lower characters will have less. Partially that's because there is still resilience gear at 85. (Source)

Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, the lovely chaud will work on a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
The current SSD prices are stable, with almost all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte when on sale. No new GPUs worth waiting for are expected before the third quarter this year. RAM prices have been increasing for the past few months, so if you were thinking about adding RAM anytime soon, now is the time.

The new Haswell CPUs from Intel are here and they offer a ~10% performance increase over the previous generation of CPUs in most applications. They run a little bit on the warmer side, so depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D14 or H90.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 4770K and should spend that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions! If you are interested in Folding@home, take a look in our team's thread.

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorAsus VS229H-P 21.5" LED IPS Monitor - $140ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $170
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $18Cyborg V.5 - $45
MouseLogitech G400 - $50Razer Deathadder - $45
SpeakersCreative A220 2.1 Speaker System - $30Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $39
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorASUS VE278Q 27-Inch - $266HP ZR2440W 24-inch (IPS Panel) - $381
KeyboardLogitech G510 - $89Razer BlackWidow (Backlit)- $76 ($120)
MouseLogitech G500 - $48Razer Naga (Buttons on the Side) - $60
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $54Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $75

Puppy and Dolphin
Mix and match anything but the CPU/Motherboard combo between Puppy and Dolphin. Pick one of the two CPU/Motherboard combos.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $39NZXT Source 210 - $39
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 - $50XFX Core Edition PRO 550W - $61
CPUAMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition- $85AMD FX-6300 - $129
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $25Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $33
MotherboardGIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ 970 - $99GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ 990FX - $123
MemoryKingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1333 - $328GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $66
Graphics CardASUS 7770 - $99ASUS 7850 2 GB or ASUS GTX 660 2GB - $180 / $190
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $57Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $91
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$508$744 - 754

Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn. SSDs are always optional.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $55Cooler Master HAF 932 - $140
Power SupplyCorsair 650TX V2 - $87Corsair 750HX - $119
CPUIntel i5-4670K - $250Intel i7-4770K - $350
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $57Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $77
MotherboardASUS Z87-A - $150ASUS Z87-PLUS - $176
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $7116GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $120
Graphics CardGigabyte 7950 OR ASUS GTX 660 Ti - $320 / $280Gigabyte 7970 OR ASUS GTX 670 - $400 / $350
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $91Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $91
SSDSAMSUNG 840 128GB (Review) - $95
Plextor 128 GB M5 Pro (Review) - $129
Intel 335 180GB (Review) - $178
SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB (Review) - $133
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $22
Total$1063 - $1232$1540 - $1673

Blizzard News and Armored Bloodwing Giveaway
If you missed our mount giveaway, Curse is giving one more away! The instructions for entering are near the end of the video below. If you want to enter, please post on the video comments and not on MMO-Champion.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Darkmoon Faire Cross-Realm Zone, Blue Tweets, Setup of the Month, Blizzard News started by chaud View original post
Comments 76 Comments
  1. moveth's Avatar
    I, personally, hope that Thunderforged gear stays in some way. I like the excitement of seeing if a piece if Thunderforged or not.
  1. Imhullu's Avatar
    CRZ for the darkmoon faire is great. Nice to see people all around for a faire.
  1. The Glitch's Avatar
    Was so nice visiting the Faire today and seeing it so packed, felt alive like a real Faire, rather the usual ghost town it usually is
  1. Epuration's Avatar
    thunderforged gear is awesome.
  1. JoranBragi's Avatar
    Personally, for a battle pet, I would love to see a battle pet that pays homage to a special series, but make them difficult to get so people have satisfaction in obtaining. For Warcraft, I would love to see something like maybe a miniature King Arthur pet. Give it special abilities such as a cleave, Excalibur strike, and maybe Knights of the Round where miniature knights sworm the opponent. Of course due a healing ability like Holy light or maybe Lady of the Lake where she rises up and casts a heal on him.
  1. Lily Crowley's Avatar
    CRZ can be nice in spots like Darkmoon Faire. But there are certain places I wish it could fuck off. Rare Mobs disappearing due to phasing anyone? (No, I refuse to believe "someone pulled it" before me when I fly back on my regular mount in a nanosecond.)
  1. mmoc5109b05c6b's Avatar
    I don't see mine anywhere Boub...
  1. Sápphh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Glitch View Post
    Was so nice visiting the Faire today and seeing it so packed, felt alive like a real Faire, rather the usual ghost town it usually is
    I agree, however, if you want to get the 12 DMF trinkets it can fuck riiiiiiiiiiight off. The amount of work against so many players for such a terrible reward is baffling.
  1. tangers58's Avatar
    Oh great, Darkmoon Faire is getting CRZed. No one wanted the rare spawn rabbit anyway.
  1. NefariousNinja's Avatar
    Nice, CRZ and Darkmoon. Now I can have better luck forming a rabbit kill group.
  1. Exeggutor's Avatar
    It's like you're not even trying with these setups of the month...
  1. sociald1077's Avatar
    First this:
    Quote Originally Posted by tangers58 View Post
    Oh great, Darkmoon Faire is getting CRZed. No one wanted the rare spawn rabbit anyway.
    Then the very next post this:
    Quote Originally Posted by NefariousNinja View Post
    Nice, CRZ and Darkmoon. Now I can have better luck forming a rabbit kill group.
    I love this community. Personally, I like seeing more people in the world.
  1. furydeath's Avatar
    Nope didn't win not that i was thinking i would and hopfully that means i can kill that rabbit now finally.
  1. Vesci's Avatar
    Haswell offers a theoretical ~10% performance at a higher energy cost (so it will run hotter) and a 10-15% price increase. Until benchmarks are done across lots of different games I'd personally stick with Ivy bridge.
  1. Hooky's Avatar

    no candy
  1. Mills82's Avatar
    Was thinking of a pet based on the Diablo 3 boss Ghom. Call it Mini Ghom or Lil'Ghom etc. The pet could eat another pet whole for a round or two and also cause damage to the pet as well as heal Lil'Ghom. Also Lil'Ghom could release "gas" clouds or one big cloud over the entire group of rival pets, causing them damage over the course of a few rounds. Like the boss in D3, Lil'Ghom could release one or two adds for added damage. He could be considered a beast or demonic type of pet. I think this would be a good idea for people that play D3 and WoW, make it an award from an achievement in D3 that can cross over to WoW.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vesci View Post
    Haswell offers a theoretical ~10% performance at a higher energy cost (so it will run hotter) and a 10-15% price increase. Until benchmarks are done across lots of different games I'd personally stick with Ivy bridge.
    The lower idle power makes up for the difference for the most part.
  1. mmoc23a9eea99d's Avatar
    Quit the game ladies and gents. I did and haven't regret a day. Its also summer, so go take some sun and whatever. To be honest 2/3rd of ghostcrawler's replys make me facepalm. Sure theres a point, but in my honest opinion Dev's are trying to fix something that isn't broken and breaking something that wasn't.
  1. Vesci's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chaud View Post
    The lower idle power makes up for the difference for the most part.
    I don't believe I've ever done any gaming with my processor at idle. Have you?
  1. mmoc77082e104d's Avatar
    I dont have anything in my inbox? wheres ma mount ;(

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