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ZAM Giveaway: 30 Free Copies of Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
2011-07-15 в 21:42
Our friends at ZAM are giving away 30 copies of the new Magic: The Gathering game, Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012, so we thought we'd give you guys a heads up. Whether you're a die-hard fan of MtG or someone who always wanted to play but found card collecting too daunting, you'll probably love the digital version. With over 10 decks, 160 cards, and the ability to play against the computer or your friends, it has the complexity of the original cards with the ease of digital.
In preparation for this giveaway, ZAM has an in-depth guide to getting started explaining all you need to know about Magic: The Gathering. They also made an awesome personality quiz based on Magic's colors which everyone should check out.
Click here to enter to win one of 30 copies of the game!
Ask the Devs #11: Healing
2011-07-15 в 12:16
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? \u2013 Epistemology (NA), \u0415\u0440\u0437 (EU-RU)
We\u2019d like to be more consistent about what does and doesn\u2019t 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\u2019t need
4.2 Hotfixes (7/12 - 7/14) and Real ID Reminder
2011-07-14 в 21:53
News Round Up: Cross Server Real ID Grouping, Valor Point Acquisition, and More
2011-07-14 в 14:19
A little while ago Blizzard mentioned that they had a new Real ID feature in development--one that would allow Real ID friends to form parties across multiple realms, so that friends can run dungeons together, even if they are not on the same server.
Well, this feature is now somewhat done and available to be tested for free. Blizzard also mentioned that this will be one of the premium features of the Real ID service, so it might become paid in the future.
When delving into the depths of Azeroth's darkest dungeons, it always helps to have some friends at your side... now you're able to issue a call to arms no matter what realm they play on. We're pleased to announce the new Real ID Party feature is now available for testing! This new feature will allow World of Warcraft players to invite their real-life Real ID friends of the same faction to a party regardless of the realm they play on, and then queue up for a 5-player regular or Heroic dungeon.
To learn more about Real ID, please visit the Real ID web page and read the FAQ.
For more information about how the Real
News Round Up: Latest Hotfixes, Honor Reimbursement, Baine Bloodhoof, and Firelands Talk
2011-07-12 в 17:36
The honor reimbursement is still on track for happening next week--if you bought a piece of season 9 gear before it became season 10 ilevel, you will be receiving 4000 honor as compensation.
Otherwise, we have tons of blue posts to share with you. There are a lot of
ones, specifically about the design of the encounters and their difficulty. There's also a new story for the lore fans out there involving Baine Bloodhoof.
Update @ 9:40PM CST: Latest 4.2 hotfixes have just been posted!
Latest 4.2 Hotfixes (7\/12)
Pet Defensive stance will no longer cause the pet to assist the player while a vanity pet is active.
Rake should again be able to trigger Primal Fury.
Dungeons & Raids
Characters who make for a good Dinner Time should no longer be ported to Ancient Core Hounds they are not in combat with when the ability\u2019s effects end.
Fire Scorpion and Flamewaker corpses no longer provide loot or reputation when they\u2019re eaten by Hell Hounds and Fire Turtles.
The Exalted: An Overview of all Reputations
2011-07-10 в 16:26
Like achievement points and reputation rewards? 4.2 introduces a new raid-only reputation, the
, as well as a slew of daily quests to boost reputation with
. It's a crazy time in 4.2 with all the new things to do, but really, quest hubs and rep grinds are nothing new to the game. The Exalted is still a prestigious title to get, especially if you haven't been playing since vanilla, so we'll highlight the available factions and spotlight fun titles and vanity items you can get along the way. Blizzard has a history of putting in complex reputation hubs--Isle of Quel'Danas, Argent Tournament, so if you enjoy Hyjal dailies, these older hubs are worth checking out when the 4.2 dust settles. if you can't stand questing, you can zerg older instances in your level 85 epics. We've recently updated the information on some of our faction and currency pages, so now is a great time to check them out!
For personal achievements, there are a series of reputation-related ones:
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News Roundup: Latest Hotfixes, PVP Season Transition Compensation
2011-07-08 в 21:46
Today brings a new batch of 4.2 hotfixes, including a number of changes and fixes to some Firelands encounters, and important details on Blizzard's planned action regarding the recent Season 9 and 10 PVP item mess. We reported on this "disaster" in yesterday's roundup, where Blizzard admitted fault in miscommunication of new PVP item availability, resulting in many players spending their saved Honor points on now-outdated gear. Well, affected players can rejoice because Blizzard plan on making it up to you with some free Honor!
Oh, and no 4.3 details just yet. ;)
Latest 4.2 Hotfixes (7\/8)
Combat pets should no longer aggro creatures while the player is mounted.
Dungeons & Raids
Death knight Bloodworms are no longer removing stacks of Torment when they explode to heal other players.
Molten Elementals are no longer able to critically hit players.
The responsiveness of the Molten
News Round Up: Crystallized Firestones, Level 80 RAF, and Firelands Progression
2011-07-07 в 21:10
There has been a lot of speculation that the rest of the VP items will indeed be able to become 391 ilevel with the use of a
. Instead of getting these upgrades from the vendor like you do for the other 391 items, you would be able to apply it to the item for your upgrade. Unfortunately the firestone droprate is lower than it should be, so few guilds have seen them, and the ones seen have been presumably used right away on the existing 391 vendor items so no one has tested this theory.
A user sent this link in to us showing their conversation with GMs and there have been a lot of other logs circling around. Hopefully someone confirms this ASAP; a GM response is never proof, but at the same time, it would be nice and it would explain the 391 items we have in our DB. It's possible that they just never implemented them.
On Firelands Progression Speed
As Paragon hits 6\/7 heroic modes in 25-man, officially starting the race to Ragnaros' world first, a blue comments about the progression.
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News Roundup: Hotfixes and New Honor Gear
2011-07-07 в 00:05
Blizzard sometimes makes mistakes and today was all about addressing them apparently--there are a lot of hotfixes to read that fix 4.2's bigger problems and there's also a blue explanation for the PvP gear.
Regarding the PvP gear situation for those who don't PvP (or didn't log on yet), they gave us new season 10 gear that was purchasable with honor without requirements. This came right after season 9 gear became available last week for honor and similarly without requirements. This means lot of people farmed honor all last week since new gear was available and will now have to farm it again for the ilevel increased season 10 gear--which is actually the same season 9 gear with massively increased stats.
This is a pretty major change; it's streamlining PvP gear for those who don't do RBGs or arenas much like how they streamlined valor points for those who don't raid. Much like how you can get a decent PvE set without doing heroic modes or raiding hardcore, you can now get a great PvP set without having to live in the arena. Like any major change, it's being received very negatively, largely in part to this lack of announcement and foresight.
P.S. The best hotfix? There are now more wounded defenders in Hyjal for the dailies! Se
News Round Up: Season 10 Starts, Boss Strategies, and More
2011-07-05 в 20:58
The first real attempts on hardmodes are happening today; so far, since the EU servers still can't complete, it's a pretty intense race between Blood Legion, Premonition, and Vodka. Heroic
has been killed by a lot of guilds (20+ so far), but few others have killed another boss yet. We'll have to see what the EU guilds have in store for us later.
Remember to check out our in-depth strategies for all normal mode Firelands' bosses.
PvP Season 10 Begins
PvP Season 10 has officially begun, and players can once again take to the Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds to compete for the new Ruthless Gladiator PvP sets!
All Team Ratings and Personal Ratings have been reset, and any Conquest Points from Season 9 have been converted to Honor Points. Any Honor Points above the cap were converted into gold at a rate of 35
Firelands Normal Mode and Baradin Hold Boss Strategies
2011-07-05 в 17:41
Today we have a list of the boss encounters in
along with their strategies--the videos are from our affiliated site, Tankspot, and the strategies mostly written by Wowhead with some of TS' strategies mixed in. Hopefully this helps out those of you who are looking to engage and start clearing the zone this reset; it's a fairly easy zone, but it can be hard to progress past a certain point for a lot of guilds.
is also finally live, as the PvP season has started. This means you have an easy loot pinata to check out, even if you don't regularly raid, so be sure to check out
New Expansion Rumored to be Vengeance of the Void
2011-07-03 в 21:53
There's "a leaked document" from Blizzard making the rounds this holiday weekend; we figured we'd post it here before you guys started tipping us off to it and asking why we didn't respond to it. Like anything that's unofficial and comes from an unreliable source, this is an unconfirmed rumor and probably fake so take it with a grain of salt; there's a good chance it's just some fan trying to get their fifteen minutes of fame. However, it's definitely a well done fake if it is one. The only really suspicious part is the header itself which has the wrong address (Blizzard is based in Irvine, CA)--the person who created this knows their lore.
The "document" mostly gives an overview of what levels 85-90 will be like, detailing how the expansion will take place years after the Burning Crusade and focus on Outland's growing instability. The Burning Legion would be the central antagonist after Deathwing's demise. Demon Hunters will also supposedly take a supporting role in the expansion, though not as a playable class.
This would be an interesting direction--TBC and the Outlands in general are long considered the best expansion, the setting having earned a fond place in most player
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