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NAO Videos & Finals

I hope most of you had as much of a blast watching the NAO Invitational 3v3 Tournament this weekend as I did. Twelve teams battled it out in a vicious round robin format, and you can read about their journey and find out the exact details of the scores in the NAO Finals report thread. We're starting to get these videos up on YouTube so those of you who missed some matches, or are waiting to re-watch some of the games can catch all the action. There aren't many things better than being able to watch your favorite players and teams battle eachother, and I'm sure we're going to see some of the strategies and team setups used by these teams on live. Make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel WoWSpotlights to keep up with the NAO VODs.

Remember that the much anticipated Grand Finals between two of the strongest teams, Team EG and Keep it rollin, both featuring an impressive all star lineup of :warlock: Azael, :shaman: Cdew and :priest: Talbadar vs :shaman: Kollektiv, :rogue: Original and :warlock: Snutz are going to be finished a bit later this week due to some internet connection problems that we faced yesterday. The results and videos of the finals will be posted on YouTube later this week, so don't miss them!

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The second NAO Invitational Tournament is about to kick off. Follow the tournament right here on AJ! If you've missed the information about the NAO Tournament, make sure to read about the $4000 prize pool, check out the brackets and the teams, and read about the tournament rules.

http://www.twitch.tv/naoinv


Finals

Game 1

Keep it rollin  vs  XMAS no presents GG

Original Snutz Kollektor :rogue::warlock::shaman:  vs  :rogue::mage::priest: Khuna Xandyn Zunniyaki


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ring of Valor
Game 3: Ruins of Loraeron


Game 2

Team EG  vs  VIP Pets Cleave

Talbadar Azael Cdew :priest::warlock::shaman:  vs  :deathknight::paladin::priest: Mes Vanguards Sodah


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Dalaran Arena
Game 3: Ring of Valor
Game 3: Ruins of Lordaeron


Game 3

Team EG  vs  Keep it rollin

Talbadar Azael Cdew :priest::warlock::shaman:  vs  :rogue::warlock::shaman: Original Snutz Kollektiv


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 3: Dalaran Arena
Game 4: Ring of Valor


Day 3

Game 1

Ankit Gaming  vs  XMAS no presents GG

Champ Nevz Voodoomoose :mage::warlock::shaman:  vs  :rogue::mage::priest: Khuna Xandyn Zunniyaki


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Blade's Edge Arena
Game 3: Ruins of Lordaeron


Game 2

Ed Edd and Eddie  vs  Spicy Chicken Cleave

Lushy Sway Koshimo :druid::warrior::paladin:  vs  :druid::mage::paladin: Cirranis Volkazar Ascend


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Blade's Edge Arena
Game 3: Ring of Valor


Game 3

Easy Gaming  vs  Spicy Chicken Cleave

Woundman Js Mackenzii :rogue::hunter::priest:  vs  :druid::mage::priest: Cirranis Volkazar Ascend


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Dalaran Arena
Game 3: Blade's Edge Arena
Game 3: Ruin of Lordaeron


Game 4

Team EG  vs  XMAS no presents GG

Talbadar Azael Cdew :priest::warlock::shaman:  vs  :rogue::mage::priest: Khuna Xandyn Zunniyaki


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ring of Valor
Game 3:



Day 2

Game 1

Keep it rollin  vs  Team ESN

Original Snutz Kollektiv :rogue::warlock::shaman:  vs  :paladin::deathknight::hunter: Diggles Neroxz Braindeadly


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ring of Valor
Game 3: Ruins of Lordaeron


Game 2

Mage Lock Shaman  vs  Team ESN

Venruki Benys Chrysalid :mage::warlock::shaman:  vs  :paladin::deathknight::hunter: Diggles Neroxz Braindeadly


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2:Blade's Edge Arena
Game 3:Ring of Valor
Game 4:Ruins of Lordaeron


Game 3

Keep it rollin  vs  Mage Lock Shaman

Original Snutz Kollektiv :rogue::warlock::shaman:  vs  :mage::warlock::shaman: Venruki Benys Chrysalid


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Blade's Edge Arena
Game 3: Dalaran Arena


Game 4

Ankit Gaming  vs  Team EG

Champ Nevz Voodoomoose :rogue::warlock::shaman:  vs  :priest::warlock::shaman: Talbadar Azael Cdew


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Blade's Edge Arena
Game 3: Dalaran Arena


Game 5

Ed Edd and Eddie  vs  Easy Gaming

Lushy Sway Koshimo :druid::warrior::paladin:  vs  :rogue::hunter::priest: Woundman Js Mackenzii


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ring of Valor
Game 3: Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 4: Dalaran Arena
Game 5: Blade's Edge Arena


Game 6

Spicy Chicken Cleave  vs  XMAS no presents GG

Cirranis Volkazar Ascend :druid::mage::priest:  vs  :rogue::mage::priest: Khuna Xandyn Zunniyaki


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 3: Ring of Valor
Game 4: Dalaran Arena


Game 7

Ed Edd and Eddie  vs  XMAS no presents GG

Lushy Sway Koshimo :druid::warrior::paladin:  vs  :rogue::mage::priest: Khuna Xandyn Zunniyaki


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2:Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 3: Dalaran Arena


Game 8

Easy Gaming  vs  XMAS no presents GG

Woundman Js Mackenzii :rogue::hunter::priest:  vs  :rogue::mage::priest: Khuna Xandyn Zunniyaki


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 3: Ring of Valor
Game 4: Blade's Edge Arena


Game 9

Easy Gaming  vs  Team EG

Woundman Js Mackenzii :rogue::hunter::priest:  vs  :priest::warlock::shaman: Talbadar Azael Cdew


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 3: Dalaran Arena
Game 4: Ring of Valor


Day 1

Game 1

VIP Pets Cleave  vs  Team ESN

Vanguards Mes Sodah :paladin::deathknight::priest:  vs  :paladin::deathknight::hunter: Diggles Neroxz Braindeadly


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 3: Dalaran Arena
Game 4: Ring of Valor


Game 2

I Have Two Moms  vs  It was stupid

Yipz Donjewberg Dinosauer :druid::priest::shaman:  vs  :rogue::priest::shaman: Dominoz Lencie Metaphors


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ruins of Lordaeron


Game 3

VIP Pets Cleave  vs  It was stupid

Vanguard Mes Sodah :paladin::deathknight::priest:  vs  :rogue::priest::shaman: Dominoz Lencie Metaphors


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 3: Ring of Valor


Game 4

I Have Two Moms  vs  Team ESN

Yipz Donjewberg Dinosauer :druid::priest::shaman:  vs  :paladin::deathknight::hunter: Diggles Neroxz Braindeadly


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Blade's Edge Arena
Game 3: Dalaran Arena


Game 5

It was stupid  vs  Team ESN

Dominoz Lencie Metaphors :rogue::priest::shaman:  vs  :paladin::deathknight::hunter: Diggles Neroxz Braindeadly


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Ring of Valor
Game 3: Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 4: Dalaran Arena
Game 5: Blade's Edge Arena


Game 6

VIP Pets Cleave  vs  Mage Lock Shaman

Vanguards Mes Sodah :paladin::deathknight::priest:  vs  :mage::warlock::shaman: Veruki Benys Chrysalid


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Blade's Edge Arena
Game 3: Ring of Valor
Game 4: Dalaran Arena
Game 5:  Ruins of Lordaeron


Game 7

It was stupid  vs  Mage Lock Shaman

Dominoz Lencie Metaphors :rogue::priest::shaman:  vs  :mage::warlock::shaman: Veruki Benys Chrysalid


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Dalaran Arena
Game 3: Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 4: Blade's Edge Arena


Game 8

VIP Pets Cleave  vs  Keep it rollin

Vanguards Mes Sodah :paladin::deathknight::priest:  vs  :rogue::warlock::shaman: Original Snutz Kollektiv


Game 1: Nagrand Arena
Game 2: Dalaran Arena
Game 3: Ruins of Lordaeron
Game 4: Ring of Valor

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Mist of Pandaria Talent Updates
Recently Blizzard has released a new version of the Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator. Lots of new changes are slated on top of what was already in store for MOP since Blizzcon, and we're going to take a look at how some of these changes are going to affect PvP in the new expansion. The fine folks at MMO-Champion have compiled a nice collected change of all the changes and talents, so if you want to delve into the juicy details go ahead and check out the Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator Feb 16 Update Changes.

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Here's what I've managed to glean about the overall direction of the game from the changes to skills proposed:

  • :deathknight: :paladin: :rogue: :hunter: :shaman: :druid: :warrior: :paladin: Melee Ability scaling across the board has been reduced by up to 50%. This means damage in PvP is not going to be frontloaded so much when melee classes connect, and staying in melee range of the target is going to be much more important since autoattack damage should take up a larger fraction of overall damage.
  • :deathknight: :paladin: :rogue: :druid: :warrior: :paladin: Melee interrupt cooldowns increased to 15 seconds. Adjusting the cooldown of interrupts will change the power balance between melee and casters in interesting ways. With a 50% increase fake casting will have more dire consequences, but it seems that most melee classes have gained a bit more tools to stay in melee range. Wind shear is lowered to a 12 second cooldown, and caster interrupts remain at 24 seconds.
  • :druid: Most Druid Feral abilities introduced in the expansion can be used in any form, and a few abilities automatically place you in the right form. This is a long due change. though Blizzard has not been completely been consistent on this, and it frees up a lot of required macro space for players that have known how to make complicated stance macros and would simplify the shifting aspect for newer players. This is something that should have been done a long time, and with Warriors too! For example, Warriors should not have to use a macro that automatically puts them in the right stance whenever they use a stance specific ability, but the abilities themselves should do it.
  • :druid: :priest: :paladin: :mage: :shaman: Dispel abilities now have an 8 second cooldown. This is a massive change to the way most healers, especially Shamans, are going to be played. I do not foresee healers using Dispel abilities anywhere as much as we do now, but instead saving them for when Crowd Control effects are used on our teammates. This is something long proposed by some members of the community, and it will be interesting to see what the effect will be.
  • :hunter: Hunters have received a powerful new ability: Binding Shot - You fire a magical projectile, tethering the enemy and any other enemies within 10 yards to the landing arrow. Increases all damage they receive from you by 15%. If they move 15 yards from the arrow they are stunned for 10 sec (5 sec PvP). (30 yd range, Costs 20 focus, Instant). This surely will make squishy targets even more scared to come into the open against hunters.
  • :rogue: Rogue Poisons and Shiv have received an overhaul. Crippling Poison seems to be down to a 50% base slow, and Shiv applies stronger versions of the poison for a brief time.

Official Blizzard Quote:

  • Crippling Poison – Reduces the target’s speed by 70% for 12 seconds.
  • Mind-Numbing Poison – Increases the casting time of an enemy's next spellcast within 8 seconds by 100%.
  • Wound Poison – Reduces the target’s healing received by 50% for 6 seconds.
  • Leeching Poison – Instantly restores 5% of the Rogue’s health.
  • Paralytic Poison – Roots the target in place for 4 seconds.
  • :warlock: Warlocks gain a number of on use healing abilities, and more abilities that use health instead of mana. There's so many different ones you're best off looking at them yourself here!
  • :warrior: Slam is finally an instant cast, and a lot of utility abilities such as Spell Reflect have had their rage cost removed. These are some of long due quality of life changes that Warriors have long asked for. Let's hope that they stay.
  • :druid: The Druid class may be the most changed in PvP settings with the new Symbiosis skill. There are a lot of very life changing abilities that Druids might be getting via Symbiosis. If you do not know what Symbiosis is suppose to do, it's suppose to let the Druid exchange skills with a friendly player, receiving a duplicate skill himself and granting the player a spell from the Druid. This overall idea is really interesting, as it will make some team setups with a druid extremely powerful. Ice Block for Restoration? Sign me up! Some proposed skills are:

Official Blizzard Quote:

  • Balance: Chains of Ice, Mirror Image, Mass Dispel
  • Feral: Feign Death (Play Dead!), Frost Nova, Soul Swap
  • Guardian: Ice Trap, Fear Ward, Consecration
  • Restoration: Ice Block, Hand of Sacrifice, Leap of Faith
  • Hunter: Dash
  • Warlock: Rejuvenation
  • Holy Paladin: Rebirth
  • Arms/Fury Warrior: Enrage
  • Enhancement/Elemental Shaman: Solar Beam

What's the general trend for PvP?

There are a lot of new class Talent Abilities, most of which cause you as a player make some pretty tough choices about what spells you are going to have. For example, Warriors get to choose between the buffed Enraged Regeneration, a talent that combines Second Wind and a stronger Blood Craze, or a talent that turns Victory Rush into a 30 second cooldown Death Strike like ability. Mages get to decide between Cold Snap, Cauterize and a new Greater Invisibility spell that works instantly, removes two DoT effects and briefly makes you take 90% less damage. A lot of abilities that classes get to choose are either complete game changers, such as instant Fear for warlocks via Blood Fear or abilities that are off the global cooldown, such as Temporal Shield, an ability that reverses damage you take in the next four seconds. These off the GCD abilities will help differentiate between players who are able to use them in the perfect time.

This is an interesting trend because a lot of these situational abilities are designed to shore up some weaknesses classes currently have. For example, Paladins get to choose between three abilities that increase their movement speed: A one  minute cooldown 70% 8 second duration sprint, the current Long Arm of the Law talent that increases movement speed shortly after Judgement is cast, and a passive speed increase based on the Holy Power the Paladin has. The whole trend with these talents seems to move towards situational use, and I imagine in a lot of scenarios knowing who you're fighting in the Arena beforehand will grant great advantages to you if you're able to change your talents to cater to specific teams.

What are your thoughts on these upcoming changes? Does anything seem overpowered, what new abilities are you looking forward to try? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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