Blizzard’s new-found focus on storytelling is a step in the right direction for World of Warcraft

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“Gameplay first.” The first thing you see upon Blizzard Entertainment’s mission statement webpage is this statement, standing firmly as the first …read more

Beasts of the Savage Lands – Gorgrond

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Today, maybe one of the latest blog about the bestiary of Warlords of Draenor has been published. This time, based …read more

Hearthstone Deck Tech – Fire Drake

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Character Stat Customization: Enchanting, Gemming, and Food

This is a repost from: News  2014-10-22.

With the removal of reforging in patch 6.0.2 and the reduction of available gem sockets on level 91+ gear in Warlords, customizing what stats are most predominant on your gear has become both more streamlined and limited. Rather than having the ability to micromanage your stats on a piece-by-piece basis, you are now limited to three distinct ways of choosing what secondary stats are most valuable to you: enchants, gems, and food.





Enchants


The easiest way to customize your gear in Warlords is through Enchanting. Unlike previous expansions where nearly every piece of gear was able to have enchants (or other profession equivalents), in Warlords there are only 4 gear slots that will accept enchants: Neck, Back, Rings, and Weapons. Each of these gear slots have enchants that increase the secondary stat of your choice, rather than a mix of primary and secondary stats.

Neck, Cloak, and Ring enchants come in two variants: a less expensive version ("Breath of") with fewer stats that costs 1x Luminous Shard and gives fewer stats or lacks a secondary effect (run speed for Cloaks), and a more expensive version ("Gift of") that costs 4x Temporal Crystal plus 3x Sorcerous Air, 3x Sorcerous Earth, 3x Sorcerous Fire, or 3x Sorcerous Water.
 

Neck Enchants

Stat +40 (Inexpensive) +75 (Expensive)
Critical Strike Breath of Critical Strike Gift of Critical Strike
Haste Breath of Haste Gift of Haste
Mastery Breath of Mastery Gift of Mastery
Multistrike Breath of Multistrike Gift of Multistrike
Versatility Breath of Versatility Gift of Versatility

Cloak Enchants

Stat +100 (Inexpensive) +100 and +10% Movement Speed (Expensive)
Critical Strike Breath of Critical Strike Gift of Critical Strike
Haste Breath of Haste Gift of Haste
Mastery Breath of Mastery Gift of Mastery
Multistrike Breath of Multistrike Gift of Multistrike
Versatility Breath of Versatility Gift of Versatility

Ring Enchants

Stat +30 (Inexpensive) +50 (Expensive)
Critical Strike Breath of Critical Strike Gift of Critical Strike
Haste Breath of Haste Gift of Haste
Mastery Breath of Mastery Gift of Mastery
Multistrike Breath of Multistrike Gift of Multistrike
Versatility Breath of Versatility Gift of Versatility

Weapon Enchants


Weapon enchants in Warlords each offer a unique secondary stat proc or places a bleed on your target. Unlike the Neck, Cloak, and Ring enchants listed above, these enchants only have one strength each and cost 15x Temporal Crystal plus 10x Sorcerous Air, 10x Sorcerous Earth, 10x Sorcerous Fire, or 10x Sorcerous Water. The one exception to this is Mark of the Shattered Hand which costs only 1x Temporal Crystal but does not grant any secondary stats.
 

Stat Enchant Notes
Bonus Armor Mark of Blackrock 30% Proc Chance, 40 second ICD
Critical Strike Mark of the Thunderlord 2.5 RPPM; while active, critical heals and attacks extend the duration by 2 seconds, up to 3 times
Damage + Bleed Mark of the Shattered Hand 3.5*Haste RPPM
Haste Mark of Warsong 1.15 RPPM; 1 stack is lost every 2 seconds
Mastery Mark of Bleeding Hollow 2.3 RPPM
Multistrike Mark of the Frostwolf 3.0 RPPM; can stack up to 2 times
Spirit Mark of Shadowmoon 25% Proc Chance on Damage or Heal, 40 second ICD

Gems


The next, albeit less predictable, method to customizing your character's secondary stats comes in the form of gems. Gem sockets are no longer guaranteed and instead are randomly found on pieces of gear. Unlike in previous expansions there are no longer gem socket colors, only prismatic sockets. Additionally, each gem color is tied to a specific secondary stat. Gems, just like Neck, Cloak, and Ring enchants above, come in two different variants:

The less expensive uncommon-quality that grants +35 of secondary stat or Stamina and costs 1x Taladite Crystal plus 5x Fireweed, 5x Frostweed, 5x Starflower, 5x Nagrand Arrowbloom, 5x Talador Orchid, or 5x Gorgrond Flytrap.

The more expensive rare-quality that grants +50 of a secondary stat or Stamina costs 50x Taladite Crystal plus 10x Sorcerous Air plus 5x Fireweed, 5x Frostweed, 5x Starflower, 5x Nagrand Arrowbloom, 5x Talador Orchid, or 5x Gorgrond Flytrap.
 

Stat +35 (Inexpensive) +50 (Expensive)
Critical Strike Critical Strike Taladite Greater Critical Strike Taladite
Haste Haste Taladite Greater Haste Taladite
Mastery Mastery Taladite Greater Mastery Taladite
Multistrike Multistrike Taladite Greater Multistrike Taladite
Stamina Stamina Taladite Greater Stamina Taladite
Versatility Versatility Taladite Greater Versatility Taladite

Food


The third and final way of customizing your character's secondary stats is through food. Unlike in previous expansions where food gave a primary stat bonus, in Warlords food grants a specific secondary stat instead. With feasts your highest secondary stat is always choosen. As with enchants and gems above, food comes in two different variants:

The less expensive food grants +50 of a secondary stat or +75 Stamina. There are two different recipes for each stat. One set requires land-based components, either 5x Raw Boar Meat, 5x Raw Clefthoof Meat, 5x Raw Elekk Meat, 5x Raw Talbuk Meat, 5x Raw Riverbeast Meat, or 5x Rylak Egg. The other requires fishing-based components, either 10x Abyssal Gulper Eel Flesh, 10x Blind Lake Sturgeon Flesh, 10x Fat Sleeper Flesh, 10x Fire Ammonite Tentacle, 10x Jawless Skulker Flesh, or 10x Sea Scorpion Segment.

There are two feast recipes available as well, Feast of Blood which requires 10x of each land-based component, or Feast of the Waters which requires 10x of each fishing-based component.

The more expensive food grants +75 of a secondary stat or +112 Stamina. Each of these require 5x of both versions of the less expensive food plus an herb, either 1x Fireweed, 1x Frostweed, 1x Gorgrond Flytrap, 1x Nagrand Arrowbloom, 1x Starflower, or 1x Talador Orchid.

Stat +50 (Inexpensive) +75 (Expensive)
Critical Strike Blackrock Ham
Grilled Gulper
Blackrock Barbecue
Haste Pan-Seared Talbuk
Sturgeon Stew
Frosty Stew
Mastery Braised Riverbeast
Fat Sleeper Cakes
Sleeper Surprise
Multistrike Rylak Crepes
Fiery Calamari
Calamari Crepes
Stamina (+75/+112) Hearty Elekk Steak
Steamed Scorpion
Talador Surf and Turf
Versatility Clefthoof Sausages
Skulker Chowder
Gorgrond Chowder
Feast (Best Stat) Feast of Blood
Feast of the Waters
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Metallica to perform at BlizzCon 2014

This is a repost from: WoW Insider  2014-10-21.

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Blizzard Entertainment has announced Metallica will be performing live at BlizzCon 2014. As with previous years, the performance will take place during the convention's closing ceremony Saturday, November 8. If you won't be attending BlizzCon, you will be able to watch the concert with the BlizzCon virtual ticket.

Performances at previous BlizzCons included Foo Fighters, Tenacious D, Blink-182 and Ozzy Osbourne.

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