WoW News: Changes in Dragon Soul, Pandaria Updates, plus Diablo III Drama

Before we get to the juicy stuff, this just in: A study by researchers from North Carolina State University shows that WoW boosts cognitive function in some older adults. Cool, yes. But no, this doesn’t give you license to make Gramps farm your cheap WoW Gold. (Go to a WoW gold site instead and leave Gramps alone!)

Dragon Soul nerfed again

Having trouble with the WoW Dragon Soul raid? Dip into your hoard of Warcraft Gold and gear up, man up and kick Deathwing’s you-know-what. For gentle souls who want to take the easy road, buy Warcraft gold and gear up, too, (hey it ain’t a picnic, it’s a raid!) but use the Power of the Aspects buff which will increase in Dragon Soul yet again. From 5% last Jan 31, it now stands at 10%.

According to Blizzard: “During the scheduled server maintenance on the week of February 28, the “Power of the Aspects” spell will grow more powerful, reducing the health and damage dealt of all enemies in the Dragon Soul raid by 10%. This spell will grow progressively stronger over time to reduce the difficulty and make the encounters more accessible. The spell will affect both normal and Heroic difficulties, but it will not affect the Raid Finder difficulty.”

For tough guys who’d rather take on the raid without the Power of the Aspects spell, turn it off by talking to Lord Afrasastrasz at the beginning of Dragon Soul.

Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator

Check out the new talents that have been added and tweaked on the MoP Talent Calculator. Before you get into a tizzy, buy WoW gold and relax with some retail therapy (a new cloak, perhaps?), and remember that specs are not yet final.

From Blizzard:

  • For shaman and hunters, we still have a ways to go with the revamp of talents, and this latest calculator doesn’t have some of the changes that we’re currently working on.
  • If you don’t see a favorite spell in the talent list, there is a good chance it is something you get automatically for choosing a particular spec. For example, all Fury warriors learn Raging Blow without having to choose it as a talent. All Discipline priests know Divine Aegis. Chances were almost certain that you were going to choose those anyway so we just gave them to you.
  • If you don’t see a favorite spell or mechanic as a class ability, spec ability or talent, then there is a good chance it is becoming a glyph. Examples include Atonement (priest), Gag Order (Warrior), Rude Interruption (Warrior), and the Acts of Sacrifice Cleanse component (Paladin).

New Pandaren Mount

As with all things WoW: Pandaria-related, there’s a lot of speculation on what the new Pandaren mount might be. Although Blizz community rep Bashiok has confirmed that that yaks seen on the MoP preview screenshots will be available as mounts, he did not clarify whether they will be the Pandaren racial mount.

Forums are alight with guesses including frog (a panda riding a frog? I’ll pay with the best Warcraft Gold to see that happen), rickshaw, turtle, flying bison, lizard, gnu, tiger, Pekingese, Shitzu, Komodo dragon… Which do you think it’ll be? My cheap WoW gold’s on the yak.

Diablo III drama

Community manager Bashiok unleashed a tempest in a teacup when he told fans not to get too excited about Diablo III:

“On a more serious note, I too worry that we won’t be able to meet the expectations people have built up for themselves. Part of my job is managing people’s expectations, so… eh… stop it. Stop thinking about how awesome this game could be. Just imagine it’s a new M. Night Shyamalan movie. Sure Sixth Sense was amazing and Unbreakable had it’s [sic] moments, but this right here is the sequel to The Village … or The Happening … or Signs … or any of the movies besides the two I first mentioned. So just like, lower those expectations, but still definitely buy the game please, and everything will be just fine. K?”

(For the record, I will proudly and unashamedly state that I like Unbreakable even more than Sixth Sense.)

To address the brouhaha, Game Director Jay Wilson issued a statement saying Bashiok’s post was “obviously sarcastic” and that “we want you to have high expectations for Diablo III and all Blizzard games. That’s what pushes us to try to make the best gaming experiences we possibly can. If Diablo III wasn’t a worthy next installment in the Diablo series, we wouldn’t release it.” Hear hear! Still no release date, though.