News Round Up: Loot Finder Issues and Blizz Blues
Loot Finder Rules
So, just to be clear, we're certainly aware that the loot system in Raid Finder needs to be smarter, as there's currently not a way for the system to determine loot eligibility based on talent specialization or class. To use the OP's example, if a Strength weapon drops and a hunter rolls on it, the system says "Yep, a DPS player is rolling on it. Okie dokie. Here's your +100." (We should really find ways for the game to say "okie dokie" in your chat log.)
This obviously needs to change and we're in the middle of discussing potential short-term solutions, as a more long-term solution will require programming new tech into the system which will account for class/spec.
We only ask that you keep in mind patch 4.3 is our first implementation of Raid Finder and the "Need Plus" system. The design is quite complicated and requires further iteration to make loot distribution more intelligent.
One thing I'd love to see addressed is for exampl
News Round Up: Tier 13, 4.3 Previews, and More
4.3 Dungeons Preview
Have a look at the five new screenshots we've added this morning to the End Time dungeon preview:
'Nuff said. :D
Meanwhile, here are all the previews:
4.3 Preview: End Time 5-man
4.3 Preview: Well of Eternity 5-man
4.3 Preview: Hour of Twilight 5-man
4.3 Preview: The Dragon Soul Raid
Keep in mind we do intend to allow tier 13 set pieces to drop for those using the upcoming Raid Finder. Similar to the difference between normal and Heroic versions of tier sets, the Raid Finder set will have a lower item level than the normal and Heroic counterparts.
Set pieces from all three difficulty levels can still be mixed and matched for the 2- and 4-piece bonuses.
Ultimately, we reco
News Round Up: Transmogrification Clarifications, Void Storage Updates, and More
We have a lot of random posts for transmogrification lurking about from this week and last.
It's probably easiest to simply sum them up:
Heirlooms will be eligible targets for Transmogrification--you won't have to look bad while leveling up!
Mainhand can only be applied to mainhand and offhand only to offhand.
The jury is still out on "silly" items. They are debating whether or not you can use fun offhands like frying pans, fish, and so on.
While not planned for day one, greys and whites might eventually be an option. The wording used by the Community Manager implies it's not set in stone either way.
There was also a clarification about void storage (no, those prices are not set in stone) and a good PvP post session with Zarhym covering everything from twinks to deleting warlocks from the game forever. Oh, don't worry--he was kidding.
That's still under discussion at the moment. Right now, Legendary weapons and Heirlooms probably won't be eligible, while some Bind on Account items probably will be eligible. It's not set in stone yet though.
I'd like to
News Round Up: World of Warcraft Loses Another 300k Subscribers and More
The awaited second-quarter call just happened and World of Warcraft is at 11.1 million subscribers, down another 300k from the last reported number. The previous quarter had reported a loss of 600k.
However, this doesn't mean revenues themselves are down or that Blizzard itself is in trouble.
Gamasutra reported today
on Activision Blizzard's second fiscal quarter earnings which were 53% higher than predicted. The company largely beat its expectations because of a large increase in digital sales company wide, which includes things like Blizzard's digital subscriptions and store. CEO Bobby Kotick followed up by saying that there would be continued investments in all of Blizzard's staple titles, including the upcoming unnamed MMO nicknamed Titan.
Diablo III Beta Test Approaches!
Remember to have your beta profile up to date so you can have a chance to be in the Diablo III beta!
The beta test approaches! We’ve just updated our System Check program and would like everyone to update their Battle.net Beta Profile information by running t
Blizz Blues - Ep 14 - Noblegarden MVP
Patch 4.1 has hit the live servers and all
can think about is "gettin him summa dem eggs" during the Noblegarden event before being forced to face the flurry of random bugs and glitches elsewhere in Azeroth.
to watch more episodes!
Blizz Blues - Ep 13 - Expensive
Blizzard announces the upcoming Call-to-Arms feature for 4.1 and talks about the price of adding animations.
ain't trying to hear any of that and he knows you aren't either.
Blizz Blues - Ep 12 - Darkmoon Ganked
The Darkmoon Faire is here, and unfortunately, it’s a ghost town. Our host,
-- who has never been -- can’t wait to check it out for himself. The events that follow show us possibly the best ganking technique ever performed.
Blizz Blues - Ep 11 - Is Hunters OP?
Are hunters really THAT bad in low level BGs? I think we've all seen the threads, and
feels that the only way to really find out is to reerrroooolllllll...
Blizz Blues - Ep 10 - Thirteen Percent!?
This week, GameBreaker.TV's
shows us how to camp mailboxes (don't do this at home kids!) and also breaks down why things like
needed a nerf following the buff to
.. it all makes sense now!!
Blizz Blues - Ep 9 - AndroBots in Ya'lls BGs!
We probably all agree that botting feels as though it's out of control, especially in battlegrounds. It's like we just can't mark them all afk fast enough to really make a noticeable difference, right? Thankfully, Darnell shares our grief and is here to give us a breakdown on various bot behavior so we can "getsta stompin' dat.."
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