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News Round Up: Heroic Firelands Hotfixes and More
2011/07/26 at 8:08 PM
There were a lot of changes to Firelands tonight--in particular, heroic Baleroc and Majordomo have significantly less HP along with changed fight dynamics.
Heroic 25-man Baleroc is now 196 million down from 217 million while heroic 25-man Majordomo is now 432 million health.
This seems like it's less of a nerf like we first reported and more of a "change."
For example, in addition to lowering health, on Baleroc they also reduced the rate at which stacks are gained from Torment. This makes the fight much harder to heal, requiring either two tanks or more healers from a usually one tank and four healer fight. This changes the fight's dynamic completely.
Heroic Ragnaros Kill Video
Making good on their promise to post their Ragnaros kill video after another guild downed the fight,
posted it tonight. Can you count how many healers they used? Hint: not many.
Diablo 3 Beta Slated For By September 30th
A MvP poster said that the beta is supposed to go live by September 30th on the forums today... While this isn't a Blizzard employee, it is someone who knows more than a regular poster would and
News Round Up: Blizzard at SDCC, More Twilight of the Aspects, and Feral Druids
2011/07/24 at 6:41 PM
Quick announcement: We are looking for Brazilian localizers who speak both Portuguese and English fluently so if you are one, send an email to
. If you applied in the past, feel free to reach out again and start up our email chain again.
In other more pertinent news, San Diego Comic Con was this weekend and there was a big Blizzard presence. Chris Metzen showed up with a panel of Blizzard writers and partners; there was a general presentation on the future of Blizzard's licensed products including comics and merchandise then there was an open question session where fans were able to ask Metzen about anything and everything from World of Warcraft.
His answers hinted towards Thrall's saga not being done yet--a possible return as warchief may be in the cards--and also a new focus on alliance in future novels. To help balance out the recent focus on horde, the next novel will be about Jaina Proudmoore. Check out
the transcript and video up at BlizzPlanet
as well as a more in-depth summary.
Second Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects Exc
News Round Up: WoW Released in Brazil, Adding Battlegrounds, Twilight of the Aspects, and More
2011/07/21 at 7:59 PM
World of Warcraft is coming to Brazil and Blizzard posted an excerpt of their newest novel, Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects! Big news, eh? We also have the latest blue posts from the past few days rounded up, including rumors of adding more battlegrounds and a breakdown of need vs. greed in World of Warcraft 5-mans.
SAO PAULO, Brazil. -- July 21, 2011 -- At an exclusive press event at the Museu da Casa Brasileira in São Paulotoday, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced that a fully localized Brazilian Portuguese version of its critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft®, will be released in Brazil later this year. Brazilian Portuguese will be the ninth officially supported language for World of Warcraft worldwide, and the third supported language in Latin America, complementing the existing English and Spanish versions.
An official Brazilian Portuguese World of Warcraft community website will also be available at launch.
In addition, players in Brazil will have access to customer service for the game in Brazilian Portuguese.
"One of our top priorities is ensuring that our ga
News Roundup: Hotfixes, Honor Compensation, and Heroic Ragnaros
2011/07/19 at 10:51 PM
Paragon got world first heroic Ragnaros which is by no means a small feat! Over 500 tries later, the Firelord was downed. Other than that, we have a huge news round up and some hotfixes which were just posted.
The frequency at which players can use /yell, /say, and any emotes is now throttled to prevent excessive spamming of chat logs from occurring.
Improved Death Strike now provides 40/80/120% bonus damage, up from 30/60/90%, and a 10/20/30% critical strike bonus, up from 3/6/9%.
Flight Form now cancels the Leyara’s Locket buff.
Moonfire will now generate Lunar Energy when crossing from Solar to Lunar on the Eclipse bar.
Dungeons & Raids
All bosses in The Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and Throne of the Four Winds once again award Valor Points in all raid sizes and difficulties. 10-player bosses award 35 Valor Points, while 25-player bosses award 45 Valor Points. This change does not apply to Argaloth in Baradin Hold. More informati
News Round Up: Tier 11 Valor Point Hotfix, Mastery, and More
2011/07/18 at 11:02 PM
A lot of people were complaining about
valor point acquisition
being from only Firelands and heroics. They're back in tier 11 raids now as of tonight!
In other news,
Swifty got permabanned
and then got unbanned for accidentally crashing a server when thousands of level 1 alts were made. There were a lot of blue posts about that--the community managers spent the day troll policing. Poor guys, you know we love you.
Due to some recent player feedback we’ve made the decision to implement a hotfix that will put Valor Points back on the bosses in Blackwing Descent, Bastion of Twilight, and Throne of the Four Winds (except Argoloth).
We agreed that players should have some additional options for earning Valor Points beyond Firelands, Zandalari dungeons, and tier 11 Heroic difficulty raids. We don’t want raiding guilds to feel like they have to raid Firelands AND the old raids every week, but we do want players to feel like they have some options besides running ZA/ZG over and over.
Bosses in these raids will award 35 VP o
Ask the Devs #11: Healing
2011/07/15 at 12:16 PM
Ask the Devs #11 was posted and this time it's all about healing. As someone who has played a healer since vanilla, I probably have too many opinions here so I'll let you guys do most of the reading--overall, there are some good questions, especially the one about Holy priest viability in top PvE content, but the answers aren't necessarily the best. And while Mana Tide is brought up, they don't talk much about how currently many guilds bring a Resto shaman in over another class solely for that buff.
I spend a lot of my time in raids keeping Water Shield up, which I rely on to maintain enough mana. There have been times I've neglected to heal someone because I had to refresh Water Shield. Why are shaman healers less effective compared to other healing classes? – Epistemology (NA), Ерз (EU-RU)
We’d like to be more consistent about what does and doesn’t trigger Water Shield. Having the shield trigger when taking direct damage, and consume an orb, is consistent with how all shaman shields work. On some encounters though, constant pulsing damage probably burns through those charges too quickly and doesn’t need
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