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Patch 5.0.5 hotfixes for October 25

Last night another round of hot fixes for patch 5.0.5 was deployed across all the realms. Notably in this round:
  • The amount of valor you get from doing everything except raid bosses was increased. Scenarios are included in this, so it should give some more incentive to run them.
  • Raid Finder iLevels are once again being calculated correctly.
  • Sra'vess Island elite mobs now are awarded as a kill to everyone fighting them.
Check out the patch 5.1 PTR patch notes to see the larger changes that are in store for the game soon. These hot fixes have been centering around more immediate quality of life and bug fixes than anything else, so it shouldn't be indicative of Blizzard not fixing some of the larger problems -- just that those larger issues need a full patch to be solved.

The full hot fixes after the break.

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Filed under: News items

Ink traders finally accepting new inks

Ink Traders Accepting New Inks, Finally
If you're looking to get a Darkmoon Deck made before the end of the faire, you might be interested to know that despite a false start earlier this week, the Ink Traders and inscription vendors now accept trades of 10 Ink of Dreams for a Starlight Ink.

The Darkmoon Faire is only around once a month, and the one on now is ending this Sunday, October 14th. Unless the Faire is going on, you can't trade, for example, a Crane Deck in for a Relic of Chi Ji.

This expansion, unlike in others, Darkmoon Cards require an item that can only be made once a day by scribes, the Scroll of Wisdom. Scribes who have been hanging onto their Scrolls should probably look into making them into cards now that the inks can be gotten cheaply, since by the time the next Faire rolls around, there will be 3 more weeks worth of daily cooldowns waiting to be turned into cards. These trinkets range from pretty good to among the best in slot for most classes, so almost everyone can use one, and many people really want one.

Additionally, since the Starlight Inks have been so expensive lately, the epic quality shoulder enchants have been quite expensive. Now that you can trade the much less expensive Ink of Dreams in for them, you should see the prices lower on the Greater Ox Horn Inscription, the Greater Crane Wing Inscription, the Greater Tiger Claw Inscription, and the Greater Tiger Fang Inscription.

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Filed under: Economy, Gold Capped, Mists of Pandaria

Incoming hotfix buffs JP gear, nerfs honor point gear

If you thought the item level of endgame PVE gear purchasable with justice points was a little low, Blizzard apparently agrees with you. Bashiok just let the official forums know that a hotfix is incoming, bumping the ilvl 450 PVE rares to 458. Additionally, the hotfix brings down the item level (and rarity color!) of the ilvl 464 epic PVP gear available for honor to 458 and rare.

In conjunction with the hotfix removing the reputation requirements to access the JP gear, it should be considerably less of a hassle -- and involve a lot less PVPing -- to gear up for heroics. The downside is that the PVP gear you probably bought just to cheat the queueing system is a little worse. I can live with that.

The full post from Blizzard is after the cut.

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Filed under: Hotfixes, Mists of Pandaria

Breakfast Topic: How's the automatic removal of inactive GMs working out?

Back in patch 4.3, a feature was implemented that automatically offered guild leadership to another guildie if the GM didn't log in for 30 days. A few unscrupulous GMs have taken to logging in just before the 30 days are up in order to keep control, and then they disappear for another month. In April, Blizzard hotfixed the feature to extend the inactive time to 90 days before the GM spot would be offered to another guild member. Thus, evil GMs now have even more time in between needed logins. Are these players just allowing their guilds to be leveled up by others in order to turn around and sell them? Possibly.

Of course, the automatic changing of leadership has its benefits as well. GMs may vanish for extremely good reasons, and this feature allows guilds to move on. Guildies are also protected from GMs who quit WoW without saying goodbye -- inconsiderate, but not evil.

I made the stupid mistake of parking guild leadership on a barely used alt once. I don't remember my reasoning. Seriously, why would I do that? So guild leadership got offered up, even though my main character kept logging in.

Is your GM taking advantage of the timing in a way that is detrimental to your guild? Or have you been in a guild where the leadership has been automatically taken from an absent GM? What were the results?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Should Blizzard leave heroic encounter difficulty alone?

When the Raid Finder was first introduced, I had high hopes for its impact on the game. While the main reason behind the implementation of this system was arguably to get as many players experiencing raid content as possible, at the time, I was more interested in the impact it would have on the progression races between all of the top guilds in the world. I have always had a great deal of admiration for players in these types of guilds and have watched intently during each new tier as they all vied for world firsts. I believed the Raid Finder could benefit this type of competition by preventing heroic encounters from being nerfed while the content was still current. Surely, I thought, if so many people are able to experience raiding like never before through this new tool, Blizzard would have no pressing reason to make heroic encounters any easier.

Well, it seems I was wrong, for in the very next tier of content Blizzard released, we saw progressive nerfs to these difficult fights. Personally, I prefer to keep these encounters the way they are, at least until a new tier is released. Something just feels wrong to see the hardest fights available made easier through a series of hotfixes. Even with respect to my own guild's progression, having sweeping nerfs hit Firelands just as my guild was putting in some really good attempts on Ragnaros felt like Blizzard moved the finish line, taking what would have been a very gratifying kill and turning it into an accidental one-shot that contained none of the catharsis we had felt during previous boss kills.

What do you think? With the Raid Finder now a reality and a new expansion looming on the horizon, do you think the difficulty of heroic raid encounters should be static, like those from tier 11, or should they be more flexible?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Raiding, Achievements, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria

Patch 4.3.2 hotfixes for Feb. 2, 2012

Besides the highly publicized hotfix of the retribution paladin bug, we've got some other fixes that were announced tonight. Keep in mind that while most of fixes like this are usually live right away, some may require a restart or not be active immediately -- so your mileage may vary.

Highlights include a fix to Mass Dispel and some Darkmoon Faire quick fixes.

The full list of hotfixes as follows:

Blizzard Entertainment -- Patch 4.3 Hotfixes

February 2

  • General
    • Mass Dispel should once again dispel up to 10 friendly or enemy targets.
    • Resilience should now properly reduce the damage over time effects for targets affected by Mind Control.
  • Dungeons and Raids
    • Dragon Soul
    • Lord Afrasastrasz no longer offers the option to disable the Power of the Aspects buff in Raid Finder mode.
      • The Spine of Deathwing
        • Corrupted Bloods should no longer maintain threat after reconstituting themselves from residue.
  • Events
    • Darkmoon Faire
      • Soothsayer's Runes and A Treatise on Strategy should now drop from all appropriate Heroic and raid bosses.
      • Murozond's Temporal Cache now has a chance to contain Monstrous Egg and A Treatise on Strategy.
  • Quests and Creatures
    • Players who inadvertently disconnect during Tailgunner! should now find themselves able to complete the quest.
    • Baby Crocolisks have been given tiny teething rings, and Tiny Teeth! should no longer transfer to other players.
    • Players should no longer encounter any invisible Young Crocolisks during the quest The Pit of Scales.
  • Items
    • Cunning of the Cruel will now trigger its Shadowbolt Volley approximately three times as often, but will deal approximately one third as much damage. This results in the tooltip for the item being incorrect, but should moderate its burst damage in PvP.

Filed under: News items

Patch 4.2 hotfixes for Sept. 8

Blizzard has just updated patch 4.2 with some new hotfixes, including confirmation of the dreaded Smouldering Essence-gate that is plaguing the community at this very moment. In case you have been out of the loop, Blizzard is drastically lowering the number of Smouldering Essences that drop off Firelands bosses for the Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest quest line in order to complete the legendary staff.

Guilds in 25-man raiding groups were completing the staff too quickly, making it easy for each guild to obtain many of the legendaries. Having multiple legendaries per guild, especially when moving into the next tier of content, is going to be a pain to balance, so Blizzard has put the kibosh on being able to reasonably get multiple staffs per raiding group. Such is the way of things. Hit the jump for all of the new hotfixes.

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Filed under: Blizzard, Cataclysm, Hotfixes

Patch 4.2 hotfixes for August 16

Blizzard's Zarhym released a new set of hotfix notes tonight. While many of these should be live as we speak, remember that some of these fixes may require a server restart to take hold. Among some of the highlights:
  • Threat generation for all tanks has been increased to 500%, up from 300%. This is in line with today's Dev Watercooler.
  • Occu'thar has come into a larger supply of PVE gear than he previously possessed.
The full list of hotfixes is as follows after the break.

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Filed under: News items, Hotfixes

Patch 4.2 hotfixes for August 4

It's been awhile since our last hotfix update from the World of Warcraft community managers, but have no fear: Zarhym has been ever-vigilant in recording the ongoing changes to the game. Tonight he has provided us with another update to the hotfix notes, confirming a few things players may have noticed already.
  • Unheeded Warning now grants 1,926 attack power instead of 680 weapon damage.
  • Balloon pets can no longer be sold to vendors.
  • Numerous item, item set, and raid balancing changes are in.
Hit the cut below for the full list of recently implemented hotfixes.

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Filed under: Cataclysm, Hotfixes

Masterwork Elementium Deathblade hotfixed

If you are a warrior, DK or paladin looking to pick up the Masterwork Elementium Deathblade, well, you probably don't care that it is simply hideous. Reusing the same model as pretty much every blue sword outside of the crafted 2H blue Obsidian Executioner (which, in my opinion, had a superior model) was bad enough. But a lot of people were still interested in it due to its stats -- specifically, a slow swing speed of 3.8 and a top-end damage of 3,256. (To give you an idea, the Skullstealer Greataxe, a weapon with nearly 100 more DPS, has lower top-end damage.) Top-end damage is often used to calculate special attacks for various melee classes, making the sword very attractive for the ilevel.

However, if you were looking to pick up the MED for that reason, don't bother. As you can see from the original link, its top-end damage has been lowered to 2,769, while its swing speed has been increased to 3.5. Forum posters immediately noticed, and Blizzard's Zarhym soon clarified the change.

Now, of course, there's debate raging back and forth about the change and if the sword is even worth crafting anymore. My take on it is yes, it's worth crafting -- it's just not better than Firelands drops for some players anymore. It shouldn't be even close, which it was. If you're crafting or buying this sword, you're still getting a better weapon than drops in normal mode tier 11 raids, and that's fine. It shouldn't outperform heroic tier 11 and be able to compete with tier 12 weapons. It's meant to help you catch up to Firelands, and it will still do that.

The news is already rolling out for the upcoming WoW Patch 4.2! Preview the new Firelands raid, marvel at the new legendary staff, and get the inside scoop on new quest hubs -- plus new tier 12 armor!

Filed under: News items, Cataclysm, Hotfixes

Tier 11 normal mode raid bosses to give valor points again

Good news for everyone tired of all those trolls: Tier 11 normal modes will once again give valor points. According to Community Manager Daxxarri, raids will receive 35 valor points on 10-man bosses and 45 valor points on 25-man bosses. This hotfix should be live within the next few hours.

For the full text of the announcement, check after the break.

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Filed under: News items, Raiding, Hotfixes

Patch 4.2 hotfixes for July 12

Blizzard just updated patch 4.2 with some hotfixes for July 12. Most notably, the Ragnaros encounter at the end of the Firelands raid went through many changes due to the high-end guilds' finally making it to his chamber. Ragnaros' enrage timer was increased, portions of his platform that were being used to dodge mechanics were changed, and the extra phase on heroic difficulty was, hopefully, fixed. The Molten Front and the Regrowth daily questing areas were also hotfixed, with wounded Hyjal defenders now appearing wounded and those pesky Windcallers now appearing a bit more quickly (if you chose the Druids of the Talons).

Hit the jump for the full notes.

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Filed under: Cataclysm

Firelands crafting recipe drop rate nerfed

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The recipes that drop from trash in Firelands have had their drop rate nerfed in a recent hotfix:

Hot fixes notes
The rate at which crafting recipes drop has been greatly reduced.

This makes sense from a design perspective; these patterns take some pretty rare boss drops to be made and produce gear on par with normal mode Firelands boss gear drops. On most realms, everyone who is getting the recipes is trying to sell them -- at first, for a lot; however, I've been picking them up for a tenth of what they were being listed for yesterday.

One of the interesting artifacts of this system before the nerf was that the people most likely to get the recipe were people farming reputation by doing trash runs. The people most likely to be able to craft the items were the ones in the more organized and progression-minded raiding groups. Now that the drop rate has been reduced, in a few weeks when more guilds are making it farther into the instance, it's possible that more recipes will drop into the laps of raiding guilds than trash PUGs.

Click past the jump for a list of the recipes that are affected.

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Filed under: Economy

Patch 4.1 hotfixes for June 1

Don't make the mistake of thinking that because the patch 4.2 PTR is up that patch 4.1 won't see any changes, because today's round of hotfixes will teach you otherwise. Once again, Blizzard's Zarhym brings us a grocery bag of class, raid, and other fixes, including the following.
  • Warlocks will no longer be able to give people the increased buff from Improved Demonic Tactics when they switch specs or otherwise lose the talent, and their Glyph of Imp will now not affect all warlock pets.
  • Maloriak in BWD is now going to prefer to cast his Flash Freeze on ranged players and won't cast it on a player specced to tank. Tanks can still have it chained onto them, however.
  • Bountiful Bags guild perk will no longer create more keystone items from archaeology finds.
  • The goblin racial Best Deal Anywhere will now only work with vendors you have reputation with and won't stack with exalted guild reputation dealing with guild vendors.
The full list of hotfixes after the beep.

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Filed under: News items, Cataclysm, Hotfixes

Patch 4.0.6 hotfixes for Feb. 25

A new round of hotfixes to patch 4.0.6 were just released over at the official WoW blog. The changes are primarily fixes or nerfs to the heroic Valiona and Theralion encounter in the Bastion of Twilight. A few of the nerfs appear to balance the fight for the heroic 10-man version, while others are all-around nerfs to the damage in the fight.

Another change fixes the ressurrection of players in the Twin Peaks and Battle for Gilneas battlegrounds.

Patch 4.0.6 Hotfixes - February 25
Dungeons & Raids

Bastion of Twilight
  • Blackout will no longer hit players sent down to the Twilight Zone by either Valiona or Theralion.
  • Collapsing Twilight Portal should no longer close faster when a person uses it while on Heroic difficulty. It now has a set duration.
  • Devouring flame maximum damage has been reduced.
  • Theralion's damage should now be more consistent with Valiona's on 10-player Heroic difficulty.
  • Twilight Blast damage has been reduced on 10-player Heroic difficulty.
  • Twilight Protection now lasts 6 seconds, up from 3.
  • Players should now always receive the Twilight Protection buff when entering the Twilight Realm.
  • Twilight Sentries have slightly lower health on 10-player Heroic difficulty. Twilight Zone damage has been lowered slightly.
  • Unstable Twilight's search effect has been lowered to a 1-yard radius, down from 2.

  • Players in Battle for Gilneas and Twin Peaks who are Neutral with the associated factions should no longer experience issues resurrecting at the appropriate graveyards.

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