Ruby Sanctum PTR Testing (Updated)

Update #4 – Cleaned up the post.

Ruby Sanctum PTR Testing
The testing of the Ruby Sanctum has come to an end. A couple of guilds defeated Halion and a recap (and videos) will be available soon. For the time being you can always check the old preview and the updated loot table below.

25-Man Loot Table

lvl Type Spec Slot Item
271 Plate Melee.DPS Feet Apocalypse’s Advance
271 Plate Spell Feet Foreshadow Steps
271 Plate Tanking Feet Treads of Impending Resurrection
271 Mail Spell Waist Split Shape Belt
271 Leather Spell Wrist Phaseshifter’s Bracers
271 Cloth Spell Back Cloak of Burning Dusk
271 Neck Melee.DPS Neck Penumbra Pendant
271 Finger Phys.DPS Finger Signet of Twilight
271 Finger Spell MP5 Finger Ring of Phased Regeneration
271 Trinket Phys.DPS Trinket Sharpened Twilight Scale
271 Trinket Tanking Trinket Petrified Twilight Scale
271 Trinket Spell DPS Trinket Charred Twilight Scale
271 Trinket Healing Trinket Glowing Twilight Scale

10-Man Loot Table

lvl Type Spec Slot Item
258 Plate Melee.DPS Wrist Bracers of the Heir
258 Leather Phys.DPS Chest Gloaming Sark
258 Leather Spell Hands Changeling Gloves
258 Cloth Spell Hit Waist Misbegotten Belt
258 Cloak Spell MP5 Back Abduction’s Cover
258 Finger Melee.DPS Finger Zarithrian’s Offering

BlizzCon 2010 Tickets on Sale June 2 and June 5

BlizzCon 2010 Tickets on Sale June 2 and June 5

Quote from: Blizzard (Source)
IRVINE, Calif., May 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that tickets for its fifth BlizzCon(R) gaming convention will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, June 2 and Saturday, June 5, 2010. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft(R), Diablo(R), and StarCraft(R) game universes. The event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on October 22 and 23. Live coverage of the event will be available as a DIRECTV(R) Pay Per View package and as a multi-channel Internet stream, allowing viewers online to switch between coverage of multiple panels and activities during the show.

"BlizzCon is a unique opportunity for our players to meet one another, strengthen the friendships they've formed online, and have a great time celebrating a shared passion for gaming together with Blizzard employees," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "For those who can't attend, we're pleased to be providing an unprecedented level of access to the activities and attractions that BlizzCon has to offer."

In addition to serving as a gathering place for the different Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will have an array of activities, including discussion panels, competitive and casual tournaments, contests, hands-on playtime with current and upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games, and more.

Tickets to the convention will be priced at $150 USD each and will be available for purchase from the official BlizzCon website at www.blizzcon.com. Tickets will be released in two separate batches on June 2 at 7 p.m. Pacific time and on June 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Those interested in attending BlizzCon can simplify the purchase process by registering a Battle.net account at www.battle.net before ticket sales begin.

The popular DIRECTV(R) BlizzCon Pay Per View event will return in 2010, available to existing DIRECTV customers in the United States for $39.95 USD. The event will again deliver comprehensive live HD coverage from the show floor on each day of the convention, including exclusive interviews, demos, and more.

Gamers around the world will also have the option to purchase the Pay Per View event as a multi-channel Internet stream, also priced at $39.95 USD (pricing may vary by region). For the first time, anyone who purchases the Internet stream will be able to switch freely between multiple channels of coverage dedicated to different areas of BlizzCon, allowing online viewers expanded access to the panels and events they're most interested in. DIRECTV customers who order the televised event will receive this Internet stream at no extra charge, allowing them to watch in the format of their choice. Those who order the event will also receive this year's BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft(R) in-game item (availability may vary by region), to be revealed at a later date. Limited streaming coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and certain BlizzCon tournaments will be available via the Internet for free.

As BlizzCon draws closer, further details about the show, including ordering and programming information for the DIRECTV BlizzCon Pay Per View event and multi-channel Internet stream, will be announced at www.blizzcon.com.

To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard Entertainment games, the company is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on available career opportunities can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobs.

Cataclysm Screenshot, Ruby Sanctum, Elitist Armory

Update – ElitistArmory got slightly mmo-champion'd. You might have to wait a while to get your character processed.

The activity on Blizzard's side is fairly restricted these days since most of the activity seems to be on the Alpha forums according to what I hear. I will probably start pushing live the Cataclysm menu and a few other things today (= I might break the site a little) since the NDA lasts longer than I expected and it's probably worth it to do temporary pages.

Also, don't forget that Ruby Sanctum testing is tonight!

Cataclysm Screenshot of the Day
A new screenshot has been added to the official Screenshot of the Day Gallery. Today is another look at Gilneas.

Reminder – Ruby Sanctum PTR Testing Today

Quote from: Daelo (Source)
Now that the 3.3.5 patch is available for PTR testing, we wanted to have a round of focus testing for Ruby Sanctum. Only normal mode will be available, with Heroic testing to occur at a later date.

Everything related to this zone is implemented for this test, please note any issues with the trash creatures and sub-bosses, loot, achievements, and quests.

US Testing Schedule:
Date to be determined

EU Testing Schedule:
Tuesday, May 18 starting at 19:30 CEST.

We plan to allow testing for an extended period. However since this is the Test Realm, unforeseen issues could delay or cancel testing at any time.

Elitist Armory
Today is a slow news day, so here’s a new armory website that popped up! It’s related to an addon I mentioned a few months ago, Elitist Group.

Elitist Armory is done by the author of Elitist Group, as with Elitist Group it gives you information on what kind of equipment, gems and enchants a player is using. It also tries to show you information you need, rather than just giving you everything and the kitchen sink.

I’ll be lazy and steal the examples used on the website, Shadow is a perfect profile, while Amarand has multiple item and talent issues.

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You can add support for tooltips showing Elitist Armory information by using the powered by support, all you have to do is include a little bit of Javascript.

Guild
The guild feature will allow you to quickly see how good and how accurate your raid teams gear is. This guild is probably not going to be killing 25-man heroic Lich King anytime soon!

Equipment, gems and enchants
Items are categorized into their basic types by stats. Items with defense rating are tank items or if they have spell power then it’s a caster item. Players are classified into a tank, caster dps, melee dps or range dps role depending on their talents and profiles are built based on if an item is useful for them. A Hunter would be penalized for wearing items with Spirit, while a Holy Priest would not.

Unlike Elitist Group, it will also warn players who are Jewelcrafters, but don’t have three Dragon’s Eyes socketed, or Blacksmiths who aren’t using their extra sockets. It will even show a players gear for both of their specs if it’s available.

It includes basic searching for item upgrades by their type, such as finding upgrades for Boots of Wintry Endurance.

Dungeon experience
Rather than showing experience by a long list of achievements, you can a simple summarized percent based on the same numbers used in Elitist Group. Dungeon experience is broken down by number of players and by heroic vs normal difficulty. Claiming a character, will let you show your main characters experience if you play a lot of alts.

World of Warcraft: Открыт прием заявок на ЗБТ Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Blizzard на русскоязычном сайте World of Warcraft официально объявила о начале приема заявок на участие в закрытом бета-тестировании долгожданного дополнения Cataclysm.

Куда уходят из WoW в 2010 году


Свежий отчет NPD Group о рынке онлайновых игр в США проливает свет на вопрос "Куда уходят из World of Warcraft?". Ответ оказался достаточно необычным – "дезертиры" предпочитают MMO с возможностью бесплатной игры. В тройке лидеров оказались Runescape (13%), Dungeons & Dragons Online (11%) и Guild Wars (9%). А вот так называемые "убийцы WoW" оказались не у дел с показателями 7% для Age of Conan и 5% для Warhammer Online и Aion. Заодно можно отметить неожиданную популярность Final Fantasy XI (8%), неплохие результаты The Lord of the Rings Online и Champions Online (7%) и необъяснимое отсутствие в перечне Star Trek Online.