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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mists of Pandaria raids will have staggered release, First Raid Opening A Week After Launch.

I personally don't mind this to much.
Dawnwow a WoWInsider commenter made a very good point though:
From a quality of life perspective, this is awful for hardcore players. To stay competitive we'll have to gear and level as many alts as possible. The top top guilds will do that so they can stack any class that is favorable at the time they're working on whatever boss, and the guilds who want to compete with them will have to follow along.

Vaneras -- Raid Releases
We've been keeping a very close eye on the feedback players have shared for both Cataclysm and Mists of Pandaria raiding. We saw a lot of evidence and heard a lot of feedback which indicated that raid content was a little overwhelming at the beginning of Cataclysm. Our goal is to smooth that out a bit in Mists of Pandaria. Keep in mind, Mogu'shan Vaults opens up one week after Mists of Pandaria launches. And with its Heroic mode even the most seasoned raiders should be pretty busy. Once the raid dungeon has been cleared by a group on normal mode they'll unlock Heroic mode, a definite ramp up in challenge. Also note, similar to Dragon Soul, Raid Finder mode for Mogu'shan Vaults will be available about one week after the normal raid has been opened.

Rather than putting a lot of pressure on players by opening up sixteen raid bosses in three separate difficulties upon release of the expansion, we hope you'll have a chance to really dig into the lore, the gorgeous new continent, the amazing new quests, and all of the other goodies that are far too numerable to mention. Our intention here is not to artificially extend the life of the 5.0 content, but rather to pace it better than we have in previous releases. This is why we noted that a few weeks after Mogu'shan Vaults opens, raid instances Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring will become available. These dungeons will still very much be hot on the heels of Mogu'shan Vaults, particularly for the large majority of players progressing through Pandaria.

Here's a basic breakdown of the pattern we'd like to follow for all upcoming raids: Dungeon opens on normal difficulty -> Heroic mode is unlocked once normal mode is completed -> the Raid Finder version becomes available about one week after the raid's initial opening. To review all of the latest Mists raid release details, everyone is encouraged to check out our latest blog, Blizzard Insider #45 – Mists of Pandaria – Raid Preview, which has a wealth of exciting new information.

On a final note, thank you to everyone who has been testing the new content, sharing your feedback, and helping us bring you the most epic game possible! It cannot be said enough, but we genuinely appreciate it. =)

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Contact Your Representatives And Tell Them You Dont Wanna Be Spied On.

I know this is a wow site but this bill is bad. Remember SOPA/PIPA this is The Cybersecurity Act of 2012  another version of those bills but worse do you want your private email, cell phone and other private communications monitored at all times?

Does the NSA and the Government really need to know that i keep Facebook open at all times, do they really need to know that i just killed 20 alliance in Warcraft by listening in on my instant messages?
Do they really need to know that my girlfriend needs me to stop at the store to buy milk on the way home?

If you don't want to be spied on by your own government with out a warrant or any reason i urge you to contact (However you wish) your senators an tell them you oppose this bill, oppose any anti privacy amendments and oppose any other bills like it.

If you think this has nothing to do with controlling the internet and other digital spaces your wrong it gives corporations and the federal government broad new powers to monitor internet users, block access to websites and services, and share personal user information without due process.

We need to make sure that our support for the Franken-Paul Amendment is made clear however.
– this is the amendment that would remove the new affirmative authority for companies to engage in monitoring and countermeasures. We want to show our support for the Franken-Paul Amendment to ensure that, even if this bill fails, any future discussion of cybersecurity legislation begins from a place that has greater respect for our online privacy. So, please, call today and tell your senators that they must write down all three points, not just that you oppose the bill.
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