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News Round Up: New Limited-Attempts Boss, Class Balance, Isle of Thunder Blog
2013/02/20 at 12:18 PM
Yesterday was a huge news day between the BlizzCon 2013 announcement, new PTR build, End of the Season PvP blog, updated PTR patch notes, and various class buffs. In today's round up, we're covering a variety of niche blue posts that should appeal to various types of players.
Over the past few days, Lead Encounter Dev Watcher has been explaining the decision behind Ra-den, a heroic-only limited-attempt boss coming in Patch 5.2, who drops only ilvl 541 gear. Many raiders don't have good memories of limited-attempt bosses such as
Algalon the Observer
The Lich King
in Wrath, and the thread tries to alleviate various concerns about limited attempts. Ghostcrawler has also continued posting 5.2 class changes after his [url=http:\/\/
News Round Up: Elder Charms Rewarded from 5.2 Dailies
2013/01/20 at 10:29 AM
5.2 PTR: Elder Charms from Dailies
User Squishei on twitter alerted Lore from TankSpot to the fact that some daily quest rewards can give you 1x
Elder Charm of Good Fortune
! These can appear in quests that reward
for Horde and
for Alliance, such as
Among the Bones
. Normally, you have to do 45+ dailies to get 3
Elder Charm of Good Fortune
per week. Check out our complete list of 5.2 datamined daily quests.
PvP Cosmetic Enchant at 2200 Rating
Totally agree in principle,but I'm not sure we need to keep a hurdle in, and adversely affect the PvP game, just to give people something to shoot for. We'll have a cosmetically different enchant available at 2200 in 5.2, and going along those lines we're looking at what potential future cosmetic rewards we could add for various ratings in the future.
Ghostcrawler has posted many 5.2 class balance changes in the past few da
News Round Up: Valor Point Cap, Ghostcrawler Twitter Highlights
2013/01/02 at 12:34 PM
While many of us are still on vacation, Blizzard staff is returning to regular news posting! Today we have some explanations behind the
cap--always a hot topic--and what the purpose of common-quality vendor gear serves when it gives minimal upgrades. Personally, I think it adds some neat flavor even if the items aren't huge upgrades, but would like to be able to use them for transmog.
Ghostcrawler has also been pretty active on twitter dispensing advice and answering player concerns. We've picked out some of the most interesting recent ones, which cover class balance, LFR droprates, and cooking catch-up mechanisms.
We've also refined some 3D models from our popular Season 13 PvP post--check out the new shoulders!
The cap should not really be seen as punishment to people for being able to reach the maximum amount of
s every week. The idea behind the cap is to give people a choice on how they reach the cap without having them feel obliged to do everything.
s should also not be considered the prim
News Round Up: Pet Battle Experience Updates, 12/13 Hotfixes
2012/12/14 at 5:08 PM
We'll be putting up our
Feast of Winter Veil
guide later today, but there's also been some blue posts we want to share with you! Most importantly, pet battlers will be happy to learn that it will be easier to power level low-level pets due to an upcoming hotfix in which level 25 pets don't leech experience.
Also posted this afternoon: several hotfixes pertaining to battle pets,
Grand Empress Shek'zeer
's heroic loot table, and
We\u2019ve been receiving a few inquiries over Twitter and through email regarding
, so we thought we\u2019d share our thoughts on Pet Battle experience gains with you.
We will soon be applying a hotfix that causes level-25 pets to no longer \u201csteal\u201d experience from your lower-level pets. Previously, if you had a level-3 and level-25 pet grouped together for a battle, the XP earned would be shared between the two at the end. This resulted in some players doing what they could to kill off their level-25 pet so the level-3 pet would get all of the experience. You no longer need to worry about this as the level-3 pet will now receive 100% of the XP that\u2019s earned, so long as it has participated in at least one round
New Vol'jin Scenario, 5.1 PTR Patch Notes Updated
2012/11/14 at 1:50 PM
The Horde is getting some new scenarios in 5.1--today we're taking a look at the new Vol'jin one,
Dagger in the Dark
. We previewed two new Alliance scenarios this past weekend, so if you're team Varian, check them out!
Patch 5.1 PTR notes were also just updated--we've included the new parts below. Of note:
Brawler's Guild invitations can now drop from select Horde and Alliance NPCs.
Spirit of Harmony
can now be purchased for 600
at the Conquest Quartermaster.
Level 90 players can now queue for
via the PvP tab to battle one another in these epic conflicts.
Dagger in the Dark
Vol'jin is ordered by the Horde to investigate the origins of the Saurok. He's not too happy to discover that the Mogu created them from dark magic, but Garrosh's loyal guards are thrilled by this discovery--they want to create an army of corrupted warriors, similar to the Mogu.
News Round Up: Garalon LFR Hotfixes, Battle.net World Championships
2012/11/12 at 1:35 PM
Today's news round up covers LFR fixes to
, World of Warcraft Monopoly, and information on the upcoming Battle.net World Championships! The Challenge Mode competition was a highlight at MoP's launch party, and you can catch more of that at 7:30 p.m. PDT this Friday, as players from Asia's top raid teams race though
Terrace of Endless Spring
is open tomorrow, but if you're still progressing through
Heart of Fear
, <Method> uploaded many normal-mode videos and one for Heroic Imperial Vizier Zor'lok.
Also around Azeroth: the Darkmoon Faire just ended, but if you want a trinket by the next Faire, check out WoW Insider's guide to obtaining a deck, covering crafting, farming, AHing, and trading.
We\u2019ve recently hotfixed the Raid Finder version of
, reducing both his health and Furious
News Round Up: Challenge Mode Armor Procs, Blingtron 4000 Loot
2012/10/29 at 1:03 PM
In today's news round up, we cover posts addressing BoA flying, LFR loot, Blingtron, and Conquest Points, and if raiding is your thing, be sure to check out Friday's post on Tier 14 scheduling changes. But if you're looking for news that's Halloween-themed, check out WoW Insider's guide to the spookiest places in Azeroth!
Challenge Mode Armor Procs
For achieving gold in every Challenge Mode run, players will be rewarded with a class-specific set of armor for transmogrification--but it doesn't stop there. In addition to unique artwork, these armor sets have special visual effects that proc on different abilities.
To whet players' appetites, Blizzard released a bunch of eyecatching videos this week that show off all the visual procs from Challenge Mode armor.You don't need to be wearing the armor for these effects to proc--just transmogrify them. Are you a fan of something over-the-top like the Shaman set bursting into flames, or something more understa
News Round Up: Mogu'shan Vaults Streaming, Reputation Changes
2012/10/04 at 12:13 PM
Following our recent announcement that we're partnering with Method, we're pleased to bring you more streams of them raiding Mogu'shan Vaults tonight--see what the fights are like before your guild starts raiding! You can check out more points of view on our updated Streams page.
Blizzard also announced some exciting reputation changes today for a future patch--it will be easier to acquire reputations on alts, plus the Revered to Exalted grind has been sped up.
Method: Mogu'shan Vaults
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