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Blizzard Makes Loot Changes to Woo Players Back to 25m Raiding2 years ago
Coming to the PTR in the near future will be a new designation of item type in Normal and Heroic raids for non-tier pieces. Each 5.2 raid boss will have a chance of dropping this new designation of a particular item that’s 6 item levels higher than their counterparts. These higher quality versions will be called “Thunderforged”. This means that there will be five variations of some items. You’ll now see a 5.2 raid item of LFR quality at item level 502, the same item in Normal quality at item level 522, the item in Normal Thunderforged quality at item level 528, the Heroic version of the item at level 535, and the Heroic Thunderforged version of the item at level 541.

This new item designation is being added for a couple reasons, but first and foremost to make loot drops more interesting overall, especially after you have earlier bosses in Throne of Thunder on farm. As you’re working on progression, those first few bosses can now continue to provide a chance at upgrades, making repeated kills potentially more exciting and rewarding. Those additional upgrades can then help to slowly raise power, and boost you over whatever progression roadblock you may hit.

We’ve also received a lot of feedback regarding 25-player raids, and have been looking for ways to address some concerns. Ever since we changed 10-player raids to drop the same item level as 25s, we’ve seen a steady decline in 25-player raiding. This isn’t surprising. A 25-player raid takes an extra level of logistical commitment for the officers of those groups. It’s unfortunately easy for a 25-player guild to collapse down into a 10-player guild, but very unlikely for the opposite to happen. However, we like 25-player raiding and don’t want to see it go away. Like many players, we love the epic feeling that comes with banding together more massive groups to battle powerful foes, we love that there’s opportunity for those groups to try out new players or unusual comps without causing a huge burden, and we want to support the larger raiding guilds. That said, we’re also concerned that over-rewarding the 25-player guilds—if, for example, we went back to a higher item level across the board for 25s, as was the case for Icecrown Citadel—would feel like a slap in the face to the many 10-player raiders out there, who are the majority of our Normal and Heroic raiders.

To attempt to navigate this minefield, we’re going to try having Thunderforged items drop more frequently in 25-player raids. They’ll be somewhat rare in both cases compared to the standard versions that’ll drop, but they’ll be even rarer in 10s. Overall, a 25-player group will be more likely to end up with a slightly higher item level after several weeks of raiding.

It’s important to keep in mind that this only affects 10- and 25-player Normal and Heroic raids, and tier-15 armor pieces won’t be available in Thunderforged quality at all. We’re curious to hear your thoughts about these changes, and what you think once you begin seeing them on the PTR. source
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How We Tune Encounters2 years ago


Blizzard's lead encounter designer has posted up a blog going into some good detail on how they tune raid encounters. Check it out at http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/8445111/Developer_Watercooler_Encounter_Tuning_by_Watcher-1_17_2013
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GuildOx Swift Windsteed Giveaway2 years ago
We are giving away five Swift Windsteed mounts. Simply vote 5 stars on GuildOx for a guild or character between now and Jan 25 to be eligible to win. You only need to vote once to qualify and we will email the winners on Jan 26!
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GuildOx Adds Challenge Mode Rankings2 years ago
Now that all of the MoP raid progression is settling down, we have put some development effort into Challenge Mode rankings. You will see three new things have been added to GuildOx:
  • A challenge mode rating for toons, where characters are awarded a score based on the sum of the number of seconds by which they beat the bronze qualification time on their best run
  • A challenge mode run list, very much like Blizzard's battle.net tables, except with a world rank combined across US, EU, KR & TW zones
  • Each GuildOx character page now displays the toon's challenge mode rating

Can can find these new rankings via the "Toon Rank" drop-down menu.
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Swift Windsteed – New Mount Available2 years ago
Looking to increase your mount collection? Blizzard has just released a new flying mount via the pet store:

Swift Windsteed – Exclusive Mount Now Available

Take the reins of one of Pandaria’s most majestic and rare beasts, the Swift Windsteed, and it is said that good fortune will follow. Dart across the heavens on a silver cloud as fast as your riding skill allows. Once purchased from the Blizzard Store, the mount will be available to all present and future characters for a single Battle.net® account.







(source)
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Arcane Now Rules the Mage World2 years ago
Arcane has now surpassed fire as the spec of choice for raiding mages. The GuildOx Spec Rank now shows arcane has grown to 45% of the top 5% of raiding mages, where Fire has dropped to 39%. Less than two months ago, Fire made up close to 90% of raiding mage specs with Arcane at around 3%.

The reason for the decline in fire? Late November saw a tuning adjustment to Fire mage dps in the form of a nerf:

The periodic damage from Combustion has been reduced by 50%.
The critical strike chance multiplier from Critical Mass has been reduced to 1.25 (was 1.5).
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Patch 5.2 PTR Now Live2 years ago
The new 5.2 patch is now available on the public test realm. It brings with it a new daily quest hub, the Throne of Thunder raid with four different wings, a continuation of Wraithion's legendary quest line, new world bosses and much more. Check out the official blog for details.

You can download the public test client via your battle.net account settings.
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Faction Mount Rankings Launched2 years ago
Mount collectors rejoice! Due to popular demand, we have added new mount rankings which filter out opposing faction mounts, leaving mount lists that match the in-game "mounts collected" figure.

Characters currently at the top of the ranks are:
  1. Gabzz, Sargeras-EU 245
  2. Мегуми, Soulflayer-EU 240
  3. Bogeymann, Silver Hand-US 238
  4. Wodi, Thaurissan-US 238
Check out the new faction mount ranks

Pet Collectors can see their unqiue pet ranks here.

In other news, the team at Blizzard have just released an update to the API which allows us to see what items are upgraded on characters. Subsequently, we have now implemented the following in our Loot Rank system:
  • GuildOx Item Level toon ranks now include item upgrades (it may take a few days to update all of the toons)
  • Character pages now show an item level including upgraded items
  • Character pages now show the upgrade level in the tooltip when hovering over an item
  • Our Loot Rank system now loads a character's upgraded items and will highlight them in the loot lists
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The Thunder King Is Risen2 years ago
The World of Warcraft team sent us a early Holiday gift overnight with an image of the new upcoming 5.2 raid dungeon, Thunder Isle. They asked us to share it with you all with the following message:

Happy Holidays from the World of Warcraft team! Here’s a small present to tide you over until the new year.


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New Item Level 480 Epic Dagger2 years ago
The 2012 Winter Veil event sees the addition of an item level 480 epic agility dagger - Miniature Winter Veil Tree.




You have a chance of finding it in the Stolen Present, the reward from the quest Your're a Mean One. It is BoE so you should be able to pick it up from your local auction house as well.

We have added this item to our Loot Rank service as a "world drop" item.
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