Panda invasion

It is official, the next World of Warcraft expansion will be called Mists Of Pandaria and it will feature a new race, Pandaren and a new class – Monk. Pandaren are the crowd’s long time favorite and I wish they introduced them a long time ago instead of now. The trailer for the new expansion was shown at Blizzcon and you can view its rip below.



The new features in the expansion are:
  • New race – Pandaren
  • New class – Monk
  • New Continent – Pandaria
  • Level cap 90
  • Challenge Mode Dungeons
  • PvE Scenarios
  • Pet Battle System (?)
  • New Talent System
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Wow Charity Auction has begun

wow auction

A piece of Blizzard Entertainment history is now available at auction for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After a recent upgrade of the World of Warcraft server hardware, Blizzard has decided to auction off the retired HP p-Class server blades.

What is a “server blade”?

A blade is literally a self-contained server, which collectively fits into an enclosure with other blades. The enclosure provides the power, cooling, connectivity, and management to each blade. The blade servers themselves contain only the core processing elements, making them hot-swappable. HP refers to the entire package as a BladeSystem. By consolidating and housing multiple servers in a single enclosure, energy costs are significantly reduced, cabling is drastically reduced and managing servers is simplified.


For more information about WOW server auction visit official site.

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BlizzCon Virtual Ticket



With the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket you can experience the BlizzCon through four Video Streaming channels with access to the panels, eSports tournaments, and other activities at the show. With the Virtual Ticket, switching from one panel to another is as easy as changing the channel — and on-demand replays let you watch what you missed at your own pace.

The ‘Virtual Ticket’ costs $39.99 and includes special in-game items to commemorate the occasion. When you purchase the BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket, you’ll receive this year’s World of Warcraft in-game pet – Murkablo, the aquatic protege of Diablo III’s eponymous Lord of Terror – along with a yet-to-be-revealed StarCraft II in-game gift.

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PTR Patch 4.3 Notes Update

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Blizzard has posted the latest updates to the Public Test Realm Patch 4.3 Notes:

General New Dungeon & Raid Content
  • End Time is now available for testing. Your participation and feedback here is appreciated.
  • Hour of Twilight is now available for testing. Your participation and feedback here is appreciated.
  • The new Baradin Hold boss, Alizabal, is now available for testing. Your participation and feedback here is appreciated.
Death Knight Unholy
  • Unholy Might now increases Strength by 25%, up from 20%.
Hunter Beast Mastery
  • Animal Handler now increases Attack Power by 30%, up from 25%.
Survival
  • Explosive Shot damage has been increased by 15%.
Mage
  • Pyroblast’s initial damage has been increased by approximately 26%, and its damage over time has been increased by approximately 100%.
  • Fireball damage has been increased by approximately 17%.
Fire
  • Living Bomb damage over time has been increased by approximately 10%, and explosion damage has been increased by approximately 120%.
Priest Holy
  • Guardian Spirit’s healing bonus has been increased to 60%, up from 40%.
  • Holy Word: Serenity now has a cooldown of 10 seconds, down from 15 seconds.
Warlock
  • Soul Fire now scales with 72.6% of spell power, up from 62.5%.
Demonology
  • Master Demonologist now grants a base bonus of 18.4% and 2.3% per mastery, up from 16% and 2% per mastery.
  • Impending Doom is now also activated by Soul Fire.
Destruction
  • Cataclysm now increases Fire damage by 30%, up from 25%.
  • Fire and Brimstone now increases the damage of Incinerate and Chaos Bolt on Immolated targets by 5/10/15%, up from 2/4/6%.
  • Burning Embers now deals damage equal to 25/50% of Soul Fire and Imp’s Firebolt, up from 15/30%.
  • Buning Embers damage cap has been raised.
  • Shadowburn now deals Shadowflame damage, instead of Shadow damage.
  • Improved Soul Fire now lasts 20 sec, up from 15sec.
Warrior
  • Charge (and related abilities) should now correctly path to a target even if the target moves during the Charge. This change should decrease the likelihood of the warrior Charging to a different location than the target.
  • Slam now uses a new character attack animation.
  • Colossus Smash now uses a new character attack animation.
Fury
  • Dual Wield Specialization no longer increases Physical damage by 5%. It continues to increase off-hand attack damage by 25%.
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New Loot Rules in the Raid Finder system

Blizzard announced new changes to loot rolls when using the Need Before Greed system in the Raid Finder:
When using Raid Finder for the Dragon Soul raid instance, players whose currently assigned class role (Tank, Healer or Damage) matches the class role that a piece of armor or a weapon is flagged for will receive +100 to their Need roll. For purposes of this check, your currently assigned role is defined as the class role you have assigned when a boss is defeated. Sound confusing? I hope not, but here’s how it’ll work:

  • A boss dies and drops EPIC TANKING ITEM.
  • A mage in the group yawns and clicks the ‘Greed’ button, getting a 98.
  • A Fury warrior in the group wants to take up tanking, so he rolls ‘Need’ and gets a solid 64.
  • Both tanks want the item. Tank 1 rolls a 12, and Tank 2 rolls a 7.

So what happens?
Because the mage rolled greed, she’s right out from the start. The Fury warrior’s Need roll was higher than the tanks’, but he was in the Damage Dealer role when the boss died, and the item is flagged for tanking, so his 64 is still just a 64 out of a possible 100. In contrast, Tank 1 and Tank 2 each get a 100 point bonus to their rolls because they were in the Tanking role when the boss died and they’re rolling on an item that has been flagged for the tanking role. That means that Tank 1 rolled a 112 out of 200, and tank 2 rolled a 107 out of 200. Tank 1 wins the item! If a roll got a bonus, that bonus will be clearly displayed in the chat log.

Please keep in mind that, at least for now, this system will only look at class role, and not player spec. This bonus isn’t only for tanking items either — it applies to Tanking, Damage Dealing and Healing items, and some items are flagged for more than one class role too. Starting out, only Dragon Soul raid items will be flagged for class roles in this way (though all of the items in the raid will be flagged for one or more roles). As you might expect, all the normal Need Before Greed rules are still in place, so that means that these roll bonuses won’t overrule normal class and usability restrictions. Item tooltips in the raid won’t reflect which class roles will get rolling bonuses, but it should be fairly obvious based on stat allocations and item type.

We are considering expanding this system to apply to the new 4.3 dungeons as well, though it is unlikely that we’ll see the system apply to older dungeons or raids for now. Also, please keep in mind that this system is newly minted, and it may see further changes before it’s released with the Raid Finder in patch 4.3.

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WoW Tier 13 Set Bonuses



Blizzard has released Tier 13 Set Bonuses for all classes. Some of the sets you can preview on the official worldofwarcraft page. Please keep in mind that the below data is pre-PTR and could change prior to the release of patch 4.3.

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Valiona and Theralion – Bastion of Twilight Raid Boss Guide (Normal)

Theralion and Valiona, magically aged to adulthood, were to be paragons among a new clutch of twilight dragons. Instead, they waste their powers bickering and fighting each other. They present a second boss encounter in Bastion of Twilight. Our guide will focus on a 10 man normal version of the fight. They share a health pool and take turns fighting you, one in the air and another on the ground. Valiona’s ground phase is Theralion’s air phase and and vice versa, depending on this they will change their abilities.


Click here to reaed the full Valiona and Theralion guide
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Halfus Wyrmbraker – Bastion of Twilight Raid Boss Guide (Normal)

Bastion of Twilight screenshot     Halfus Wyrmbraker, ettin imbued with unnatural power and stamina by Cho’gall is the first boss in the Bastion of Twiligh and one of the easier to beat (both in normal and heroic difficulty). Our guide will focus on a 10 man normal version of the fight. This encounter is interesting because it changes each reset. One of the first things you’ll notice as you enter the chamber are enslaved drakes. Each week random three out of five of these drakes will be active and this will determine which special abilities Halfus will have (in Heroic mode all five are active).
Halfus Wyrmbraker
Level: 88 Boss
Health: 32,467,176
Location: Wyrmbreaker’s Rookery
Berserk: 6 minutes


Click here to read the full guide for Halfus
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Mists of Pandaria


Image from Massively.com


It seems that the title of this post may as well be the title of the next expansion for World of Warcraft. Massively.com reports that Blizzard Entertainement filed a trademark with this title on July 28th. This is very similar to what they did with their other expansions and trademarking their names prior to announcing them. Panda’s being long time favorites of the Warcraft Universe fans, will surely bring some old players back and satisfy the need for new content. I remember when the first expansion, the Burning Crusade, was first talked about everyone hoped that they will introduce a new race and that it will be Pandas. It seems that we may still see that dream come true.

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Wow Tier 12 Armor Set Preview

This Monday’s update is all about new Tier 12 Armor Set. In case you missed it, Blizzard just released screenshots of Tier 12 armor sets for druids and warriors that’s coming in patch 4.2. Check it out!
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