News Roundup: Warrior Juggernaut Nerf, Major City NPC Updates, Account Security and more!

It’s been a little quiet lately… perhaps too quiet?

Topics include:

  • 4.0.6’s Warrior Juggernaut Nerf
  • Major Cities Which are Ghost Towns in Cataclysm
  • Trade Secrets of a Trade Prince
  • Account Security and You (Yes, You)

Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!

…on 4.0.6’s Warrior Juggernaut Nerf

Daxxarri said:
The recent changes made to the Warrior talent “Juggernaut” have generated quite a few threads and questions. In response to that, we have tried to answer some of those questions in this thread: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2065779229#17
2.Why the Nerf seems so harsh.

Warriors had gotten used to having extremely high mobility. Arms warriors were so mobile that kiting wasn’t very effective against them, and their uptime was very high as a result. In fact, we’d arrived at a place where melee in general just had too much up-time on casters. Conditions were prompting a move toward more instant cast spells and casting on the move, when we wanted to take PvP back to a place where cast time spells could still have a place on the battlefield. We feel this approach introduces more choices in PvP both for the casters and melee in terms of what abilities to use, when to close the gap, when to make space, what to interrupt, etc. Rather than give casters yet more tools to generate breathing space and perpetuate that arms race, it made sense to take a second look at melee mobility instead.

We understand that you need to be on your target to do your jobs, but it didn’t really make sense to allow close to 100% up time either. On the other hand, we understand that without high up-time warriors might not bring as much to an Arena or Rated Battleground team, and we’re adding new utility in a future patch to help address that, though we’re not yet ready to share details.

Going back to the point though, we didn’t want to funnel warriors into speccing into Fury, and that was never the intention. While it would be nice if both specs were equally viable for PvP and PvE, we realize that’s a tough goal to meet. On the other hand, if Fury is the best spec for both PvP and PvE and Arms is left with nothing, then that’s not a great place to be either.

As for some general notes, we do think Arms damage is a little low in both PvP and PvE, and we might adjust that soon. This isn’t a solution to current PvP viability issues, and we understand that. I’m just mentioning it because we’re on the subject of Arms and it’s worth noting. While we’re on the subject of stuff ‘worth noting’, we also don’t like jumping to avoid Charge, so we’re examining some potential solutions for that too.

We’re not looking at changing the talent trees at the moment, since we’re very happy with both the Arms and Fury trees as well as the results of some of our core mechanics changes, such as normalizing rage, redesigning Heroic Strike and changing stance penalties.

1.The Usefulness of Heroic Leap.

Heroic Leap involves a lot of movement code, which is among the most challenging things we can do in our engine. We wouldn’t have included it if we believed that it was useless, or wasn’t usually effective. We think it’s a cool ability that does offer greater mobility on the battlefield, even if it isn’t as useful specifically for closing with a target as intercept or charge are.

It doesn’t help us, or you, to just say that it’s useless or almost never works on the forums. Heroic Leap functionality is something we’re actively working to improve, so if you find yourself consistently unable to find a path to the jump target, when you submit a report let us know when it didn’t work, where you were, and what you were trying to do. The more specific and detailed you are, the more tools you give us to make your tools work better.

but to suggest that you’re happy with the way warriors are when we have no mobility and grip, and our level 85 ability is fundamentally broken, I think is a bit silly.

We’re happy with the talent trees themselves in terms of their current structure and content. That’s not the same as saying we’re completely happy with the current state of warriors in general. “Broken” is also an exaggeration that I prefer to avoid, because it occludes more than it reveals.

…on Major Cities Which are Ghost Towns in Cataclysm

Bashiok said:
Could you please put the PvP and JP/VP vendors, Fishing and Cooking dailies, and the Cata portals in ALL of the major cities please. I can’t stand Orgrimmar and barely tolerate SW on my alliance, but I am forced to either A) trek to Org from SMC or B) Make my home in this now lag infested city. It is a shame since the other cities are complete ghost towns now.

We’re doing a full NPC equalization in the next major patch to ensure each capital city has the same tradeskill, trainer, and supply resources. Hopefully to ensure that any city can be visited for the majority of uses.We don’t have any plans though to extend the dailies and portals in Stormwind and Orgrimmar to the other cities. They were specifically chosen as the main capital hubs for Cataclysm, and as such a lot of work went into updating and improving them knowing they would be the primary hubs, including new and redesigned areas for the dailies and portal hub.In the same way that Dalaran or Shattrath were the main cities for their expansions, and housed unique quests and services, Stormwind and Orgrimmar are the main cities for Cataclysm.

Trade Secrets of a Trade Prince

Blizzard said:
King Varian Wrynn, Queen Sylvanas Windrunner, King Genn Greymane, and Trade Prince Gallywix — these are just a few of the leaders who continue to shape Azeroth’s destiny. They embody their races’ strongest traits… and at times their greatest failings. The Leaders of the Horde and Alliance is a series of short stories from Blizzard Entertainment that peer into the hearts of these legendary heroes and offer insight into what new trials might lie ahead as they lead their people in a world forever changed by the Cataclysm.

“Trade Secrets of a Trade Prince”, the third story in this series, takes us on a journey into the mind of Gallywix, one of the goblins’ most exceptionally shrewd movers and shakers. Becoming a Trade Prince doesn’t just happen overnight, and you certainly don’t get your likeness carved into the side of a mountain by letting others push you around and take what’s yours.

So read on and learn the tricks of the trade that led Gallywix to untold fortune and success, and maybe one day you, too, can be a powerful and renowned goblin just like him.

Ha. Right.

Account Security and You (Yes, You)

Blizzard said:
Some players are dedicated to collecting sets of epic gear while others prefer to make a few quick coins in the auction house. No matter what style of play you prefer, we want to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to protect yourself against account compromise. To help get you started, below you’ll find a series of tips and suggestions aimed at improving your account and computer security.

Since we’ve been encouraging account security awareness for quite a while now, you might have already run across some of this information on our Account Security Awareness page, in one of our support articles, or posted by your fellow players here on these forums. We want to make sure that as many players as possible have secure accounts, though, so we encourage you to take some time to read over this refresher, make sure your account is secure, and share these tips and resources with your friends and guildmates, too.

Security Basics
There are a few cardinal “rules” for maintaining a secure Battle.net account. They’re simple and straightforward, but they can help ensure that your account information doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

  • Never give out your account information.
    Sharing account information with a family member, friend, guildmate or, worse, a stranger who’s promising you a chance to “beta test a new mount” is an easy way to lose control of your account security and experience the tragedy of account compromise. Even if your goal is just to be helpful, allowing someone else to access your account can definitely put it at risk because you can’t control how that person will make use of your account information, or how secure their own system might be.
  • Be mindful of phishing scams.
    Phishing scams are designed to trick you into giving out your account information, and they’ll usually come in the form of emails or in-game messages that appear to be sent by Blizzard employees. Sometimes these messages encourage you to visit a malicious website, which might contain a web form, or even software that can steal your login information. In other cases, you may be asked to reply with your account name and password. While most of these types of scams are easy to identify — they’ll frequently use poor grammar and spelling, or make outrageous threats about banning your account — some can be difficult to distinguish from legitimate Blizzard correspondence, so it’s important to be cautious of what you click on and when.

    Learn more about how to identify these kinds of scams here.

  • Don’t use gold selling or power-leveling services.
    Supporting these types of illicit services is not only against the Terms of Use, but it promotes botting, spamming, and other forms of exploitation — as well as account theft. While the promise of gold stockpiles and effortless level-85s may be tempting, you could end up paying more than just cash for sharing your account information with these companies. (Also, that gold you’re interested in buying? We’ve found that it is most commonly stolen from compromised accounts and turned around to be sold back to other players. Not cool.)

Going The Extra Mile
In addition to following the security basics, you’ll also want to make sure your computer is protected against malicious programs known as “keyloggers.” Keyloggers are pretty serious, and capable of gleaning information directly from your computer, either by monitoring your keystrokes or by gaining access to important applications like your Clipboard.

The advice listed below will help you combat this type of security risk and maximize your computer’s security.

  • Grab an Authenticator. The Battle.net Authenticator and Mobile Authenticator are easy ways to add an additional level of security to your account. They work by providing a secure authentication code on command that’s unique to your Battle.net account. After an Authenticator is associated with your Battle.net account, the authentication code will be necessary for each client and Account Management login, increasing your protection against account compromising attacks. (They also will provide your characters with an adorable Core Hound Pup companion.)
  • Install antivirus and anti-spyware software. There are a number of programs that can help you identify and remove any viruses, Trojans, and/or keyloggers that may sneak onto your computer. If you’re unsure of what software might be best for you, check out our support site for a list of recommendations.

    Keep in mind that most antivirus and anti-spyware programs will periodically issue software updates to ensure that they’re able to identify the latest malware threats, so be sure to install those updates before beginning any new system scans.

  • Keep your operating system up-to-date. If you’re using Windows, you can check for the most current updates at any time by visiting the Microsoft Windows Update page, or by clicking Windows Update in the Start menu. If you’re a Mac user, you can check for software updates at Apple.com; Apple security updates are also available here.
  • Keep your browser and browser plug-ins up-to-date. As with your anti-malware software and computer operating system, you’ll want to keep your web browser as up-to-date as possible. In addition to providing more tools and functionality, browser updates can also include new security definitions and a more comprehensive phishing filter (detailed further below).

    Using the most recent versions of your browser plug-ins and applications (like Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader) and regularly checking for security updates is also important, because they can sometimes become targets for certain types of malware. A lot of plug-ins and applications will prompt you to update automatically, but it’s still a good idea to check the distributor websites on occasion to make sure you’re running the latest versions.

  • Turn on your browser’s phishing filter. Phishing filters work by comparing the websites you visit against a massive database of legitimate (secure) websites and websites that have been identified as potential security risks. If you happen to visit a website that’s flagged by your browser’s filter, you’ll be alerted and given the opportunity to continue onto the page or — in most cases — navigate to another site completely.

    Most popular browsers have built-in phishing filters that are turned on by default, but you can always double-check filter settings/availability in the Tools menu. Additional information about popular phishing filters can also be found here:

What If…
While these steps will go a long way to keeping your account secure, if you are unfortunately affected by an account compromise, don’t panic. Our in-game, billing, and technical support representatives will work with you to get your account and all associated data safely restored to you. Our Help! I got Hacked! guide goes into all the details, but rest assured that we’ve got your back (and your lewtz) should you need us.

Account security is incredibly important to us, and we hope that it’s important to you, too. If you have any additional security recommendations to add to this list, please feel free to share them in the comments!

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