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#3886194 AbniDDOSr has appeared, paying top dolla for pictures of him

Posted Kaylol on 11 May 2013 - 12:30 AM

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#3885653 WoW down to 8.3 million subscribers

Posted Affect on 09 May 2013 - 07:56 AM

I think it's to be expected. The people that "grew up" on WoW are getting older and are either going to more casual games or stopping completely. These later generations are tuned more towards console games or MOBAS. Not to mention there is no competitive scene in WoW. It's amazing how many people can get pulled towards a game that has 100s of thousands of dollars in prize pools.

Honestly, I believe streamers have caused some of this. Due to the amount of variety in streamers it's very easy to watch them and ultimately have them play for you. This isn't a diss to any of the streamers at all, it's actually quite impressive what some of those streamers have come up with and/or have going for them.

WoW is without a doubt a dying game. A very slow dying game, but one nonetheless. However, you can't knock them having such a successful life span. It is still ultimately the smoothest running MMO out there. I am quite sure they are happy with how well and for how long their game has stayed popular. I don't think it's even their fault. Yea the game has problems, as does any game. I believe it's just MMO's in general that is a dying breed.

The game itself is just old, yet still has almost complete control in the MMO market. So kudos to them. With that being said I don't believe they'll ever see an increase in subscribers. Maybe a few short spike resubs, but I don't ever foresee them going over 10m ever again.

#3884039 New Wintrade Exploit??

Posted Ntundi on 04 May 2013 - 03:37 AM

View PostCatdaddyo, on 04 May 2013 - 02:35 AM, said:

Nice picture ^ :)

My long lost twin! :o How you been?

#3880009 CC in arenas

Posted Dizzeeyo on 25 April 2013 - 11:46 AM

View Postfant0m8, on 25 April 2013 - 03:38 AM, said:

Having 3 different DR CCs means nothing in itself. You are conveniently leaving out the fact that the duration of all but 1 of the CCs are 4 seconds or less.

Fear or Poly by itself is 14 seconds of CC, without talking about the CC on different DRs that those classes have (like death/mortal coil, deep freeze, counter spells/silences, and disorient if fire).
hunter cc has been more reliable then mage cc since cataclysm, outside of pom ring last patch, but hunters consistently act like their cc is dogshit and if a healer ever gets cced once by a hunter then its the healers fault for being dogshit

Also the fact that two of the ccs are four seconds or less is insignificant when they are instant cast and unavoidable, getting polymorph to last 14 seconds requires 4.8 seconds of casting, and thats when the mage is left alone with no mindnumbing poison and no hunter pet hitting him for infinity damage while the hunter is on the otherside of the map not bothering to coordinate his cc with his partners and then whining on forums about how easily avoidable hunter cc is and how broken Mage polymorph is by comparison

#3881425 CC in arenas

Posted Shrouds on 28 April 2013 - 09:35 AM

this is how cc makes me feel:
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#3880665 Considering to merge Bg's to 1 ladder

Posted Dakkrothy on 26 April 2013 - 05:00 PM

just make 2s & 5s give more conquest pts than 3s (at high ratings), pretty much like RBG's... so you could say 2s, 5s & rbgs would be "preparation" brackets before you enter 3s with full gear and what not... lets be honest, the majority wouldnt touch rbgs if it wasnt for the high arena cap. So fuck it, just give the less competitive brackets higher conquest cap and give the real rewards to 3s

#3880663 It's me or MoP made the game unskill ?

Posted Persephones on 26 April 2013 - 04:56 PM

These kind of threads pop up literally every single season. Even back in TBC you had dumb comps that could nearly global you during cds (elem sham + bm hunter). The pace of the game has just increased a fair bit, and it requires you to react extremely fast to enemy offensive cds. Honestly so many people praise TBC, but I'd rather not have those 45 min - 2 hour long drawn out games because nobody is dying.

#3879797 Looking for some 3v3 Tourney (LAN) input

Posted Sykeasaurus on 24 April 2013 - 09:30 PM

Note:  This thread was created here (http://www.arenajunk...rney-lan-input/) by the user Holdups (http://www.arenajunk...229112-holdups/).  I think it's interesting enough to be in the Junkie section, though he cannot post in it.

Greetings, AJ.  While none of you have likely heard of me, I am an avid fan/follower of high level WoW PvP.  The following should roughly lay out a few ideas, as well as a series of questions I have to possibly put on a LAN 3v3 tournament that could be a prelim (or warm-up) to Blizzcon.

I've been in discussions with the owner of a chain of local lan centers I frequent here in central Indiana (called "eBash") about hosting a 3v3 arena tournament.  He hosts dozens of tournaments for various PC and Xbox games each year, and is always open to new proposals.  As his (by far and away) best WoW-playing regular customer, I opened discussions with him about having one of his lan centers in a suburb of Indianapolis putting on a 3v3 tournament in the months leading up to Blizzcon.

- a tournament held near the center of the US in Indianapolis could appeal to players in all parts of North America.  Airfare into Indy is relatively inexpensive.  For drivers, there are two major interstates that bisect our city, I-65 and I-70.  The cost of living in the midwest is extremely low, so hotels can be found for cheap.

- eBash hosts numerous tournaments a year.  They possess high-end gaming systems along with spacious facilities capable of housing a (hopefully) large tournament population.

- Because of their connections, the owner of eBash is fairly certain that he will be able to secure nunerous, very nice rewards from various manufacters in the computer world.  These prizes could be coupled with cash prizes secured from other sponsors, entry fees, and eBash.

- WoW Arena tournaments have been dying off over the years.  The occasional "big" online tournaments have been plagued by claims of  DDOSing, DCs, and 'lag' complaints.  As I'm sure many players would be, I would absolutely love to see a successful LAN 3v3 tournament occur where these occurances would be eliminated.

- Each year Indianapolis hosts GenCon.  This year the convention is held August 15-18 (a couple of months before Blizzcon).  My initial thought would be to couple this tournament with GenCon for the best possible attendance/exposure.

- I regularly Tweet with Holinka about low-level PvP concerns (I know, I know low level PvP lol).  I currently have a couple of Tweets into him about getting Blizzard involved in a prelim tournament.  We'll see where it goes.

1)  In the opinion of 'seasoned' tournament players, what type of prize pool would be neccesary to lure in a large and competitive crowd?  I believe the issue of computers, hardware, tangible prizes, etc... will be addressed without problems, so this question is more oriented to cash prizes.  Obviously more is always better, and obviously the number of registered teams would impact the prize pool, but what kind of cash payout (to say, the top 3 teams) would be sufficient to get a substantial number of quality attendees?

2)  I know there have been multiple tournaments held by multiple organizers over the years.  In the opinion of any participants of these tournaments, which tourneys / organizers have been the best, and why?

3)  How many teams would be neccessary to make this a 'big and successful' tournament?

4)  What rules would you like to see imposed in a major LAN tournament?

5)  Who would you like to see announce a major LAN tournament?

This is an idea that has been floating around in my head for a month or so, but I am just now putting out feelers from the WoW PvP community.  Please post your constructive input in regards to this idea.

P.S.  To the AJ forum mods:  Would be fantastic if you could move this post into an appropriate forum for maximum exposure (say the General Discussion forums).  Would be even more fantastic if I could be granted temporary posting priviledges for said forum.  They will be used only for this particular topic, and will not be abused.

#3879293 Resetting AJ Ladders

Posted KPul on 23 April 2013 - 09:09 PM

I miss the days of being able to go on AJ and look at player ratings and see who, globally, the top players of each class were.  I know there is a bunch of exploitation on both sides of the big pond, but it would be nice if the moderators or whoever edits the site took the time to clear the ladders to make them more current.  There have been teams lingering on the AJ ladder since season 11.


Posted Z4muZ on 14 April 2013 - 06:27 PM

View PostShawir, on 14 April 2013 - 06:10 PM, said:

that doesn't make sense even in the slightest way

if you weren't an imbecile you woulda understood that i meant the fact he says he's part of "my crew" when i played w/ him out of pity
but that's a bit too hard for your inbred brain

You've spent way too much time compensating for being a little bizarre social outcast by trying to act tough on the interwebz. I believe this is also the reason why you're seemingly unable to grasp very simple English phrases which also leads you to yet another petty e-thug tantrum. I was merely referring to the fact you've chosen a very awkward sentence in "has the balls" as if you have the ability to act on whatever it is you find offensive.

Calm your simple mind down, turn your computer off, and mayhaps open a book once in a while? I guarantee it'll do wonders to your lackluster understanding of the English language. ;)

#3874523 Tosan 7

Posted Tosan on 12 April 2013 - 11:10 PM

View PostCreepStatus, on 12 April 2013 - 09:26 PM, said:

you really posted this on the front page?

what is the world coming to

This is called arena junkies, you don't like arena related content being posted on arena junkies?  People like you are what bring the quality of this site down.

View PostDrazziefresh, on 12 April 2013 - 10:54 PM, said:

many tournaments? what?

4 tournaments is not enough to get the all powerful and all knowing "Drazziefresh"'s stamp of approval.

#3872410 Fixing RBG should be a top priority

Posted Thaya on 08 April 2013 - 12:40 PM

I've wrote about this in replies before, but I think this issue deserves a thread of its own, just to raise awareness. "RBG killed Arena" is a common opinion in this community, and while it has some truth in it, you all should realize one thing: RBG won't go anywhere. This thread is not a rant about RBG itself, and I don't want it to become one - please don't post about how you hate RBG if that's all you have to say.

So, hypothesis: RBG matchmaking/ladder issues are negatively affecting Arena PvP.

I'd like you all to take a look at this:
EU RBG ladder: http://eu.battle.net.../battlegrounds/
US RBG ladder: http://us.battle.net.../battlegrounds/

These rating ranges are much more inflated than they are in Arena, where the absolutely highest teams with the most ridiculous winratios are 2.6k - and there's only 7 of them in EU and US combined. This is both due to how the system itself works, and a number of exploits and workarounds that existed or still exist. A result of this is that reaching, say, 2.2k in RBG is easier than reaching 2.2k in Arena - even past the extra logistics, and even if we forget about the exploits and workarounds. 2.2k is viewed as a trivial RBG rating, while 2.2k in Arena is a challenge. It's human nature to choose the easier path, and this is where Arena suffers.

On top of that, RBG has a better Conquest cap formula that everybody complains about; even if you remove the bonus formula, doing RBG is still much more profitable due to its inflated ladder. I like the analogy with 10 and 25 man raiding. The difficulty is almost the same. World firsts for 10 and 25 man are only a few days apart, if not the same day. 25 man drops extra loot, which is a fine bonus for the extra effort organizing it - just as the extra Conquest cap from RBG is totally fine, but only if the difficulty is the same. (PvE had this exact same issue at Cataclysm release when 10 and 25 started dropping the same ilvl loot, by the way, it took Blizzard at least two tiers to balance it out.)

This is what we should complain about. Fix the RBG system (some of the exploits are so trivial, it makes you wonder why it takes so long to fix them), reset it to wipe the inflated ladder, and try to keep RBG:Arena ratings similar. RBG will stop killing Arena once it stops being a much easier alternative to get gear, for all the wrong reasons.

Something that bothers me and everybody else since MoP, what is up with the capping system? You can cap the last bit only and exclusively via RBG. Even if you play RBG before playing Arena, those Conquest points you get from the RBG wins will count towards the Arena cap if it's still available. So, a situation like this is fully realistic:
1) You play and win a couple of RBGs;
2) You play and win a couple of Arenas, reaching the maximum Arena cap;
3) You now must do more RBG in order to finish capping, because the RBGs you did in "1)" went into your Arena cap, not your RBG cap. You're now confused why the hell it says you didn't earn any points via RBG this week even though you did.

Is this really intended? I thought the idea was to have two separate caps, just counting towards a shared maximum. Like it was in Cataclysm.

Also, wins in random BGs used to go into either cap, so you could finish capping via random BGs. I don't really mind if this was intentionally removed, but it makes no sense to me.

Edit: this really screws up 2v2, by the way. All the high rated PvPers rush to get their arena cap done on tuesday/wednesday after reset, which makes lower rated players really suffer. Lots of people saying they keep meeting Gladiators at 1700 MMR in 2v2 - official forums are full of these complaints, you can open just about any thread. You can also check streams on reset days to confirm it yourself. It's standard practice by now. Not healthy for the game.

#3871150 Bring Warriors back..

Posted Braindance on 05 April 2013 - 05:16 AM

I'm not sure you're aware of what you're wishing for/

#3870923 Vanguards Enhance Shaman Guide (6.0.3)

Posted Vanguards on 04 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Vanguards Enhance Shaman Guide (6.0.3)

I've been asked quite a few times to make an Enhance guide on stream so hopefully this can help out! This guide is written mainly for players new to playing enhance in arena / PvP.

What changed about Enhance in 6.0.3 for PvP?

Enhance has changed so much in WoD. Some major points:

1.) We lost our burst. Ascendance does not really "burst" that much anymore.

2.) Our overall damage is much lower.

3.) Elemental Blast hits lower than lightning bolt unless you Unleash it.

4.) We lost Spiritwalker's Grace.

5.) Our mana pool for healing and purging is overall increased.

6.) You can no longer Tremor while you are feared.

7.) Echo of the Elements works on Lava Lash and Stormstrike.

There are tons of other changes too, but the biggest thing is our gameplay. In Mists we were a burst oriented spec, now we are brought into arenas mainly for our utility and purges.

PvP Talents

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Above are the general talents I use in arena. Some of them should be swapped depending on what comp you are playing, and what you are playing against.

Level 15:
Highly Recommended: Nature's Guardian

Nature's Guardian provides the best defensive boost for Enhance. Astral shift isn't bad, but the cooldown is too long for how long it lasts. Stone Bulwark is also a long CD and totem can be killed.

Level 30
Recommended: Windwalk Totem

Any 3 of these talents are viable. What is best will depend on many factors such as your play-style, the composition you're running, and what you're fighting against. Windwalk Totem is my general recommendation because Enhance suffers from mobility. Nearly any team you see in arena will slow or snare you in someway. Windwalk Totem is really nice for this situation. Windwalk Totem also helps a Beastmaster Hunter's stampede.Earthgrab is nice when you fight compositions that really need you to snare. An example is a death knight team without a freedom.Frozen Power has a similar logic to Earthgrab. It's also really good when you play with a druid to Frozen Power someone into a Solar Beam.

Level 45
Recommended: Totemic Projection or Call of the Elements

Call of the Elements is nice because it allows you to use double tremor and double freedom. I highly recommend Call of the Elements against any Priest or Warlock teams, and even Hunter + Warrior (Wyvern Sting + Warrior Fear). Totemic Projection is amazing to make your Capacitor Totem truly useful.

Level 60
Recommended: Echo of the Elements

Echo of the Elements lets you go almost "rotationless." You can pretty much hit Stormstrike / Lava Lash as much as you want when you account for the fact that you will be purging a ton in arena. Echo of the Elements procs extremely often especially when you get hit (it works on lightning shield.) Since NS no longer works with Hex this is by far the best talent imo.

Elemental Mastery is good for compositions that really rely on burst to win. However, it's purgable, and in the current WoD meta you do not want to use this against a ton of teams.

Level 75
Recommended: Ancestral Guidance
Ancestral Guidance helps a ton with healing burst. Healing Stream talent isn't bad either if you're against a Warlock or Moonkin.

Level 90
Recommended: Unleashed Fury

This entire tier  is bad honestly, there really isn't a good talent here. This seems to give us the most on-demand damage, but it's closely followed by Elemental Blast. You can honestly pick any talent in this tree and you will hardly noticie the difference except for Primal. Primal would be the best talent if your opponents don't kill your totem that has ~26K HP (1-2 hits).

Level 100
Recommended: Elemental Fusion or Liquid Magma

Another relatively useless tier. Elemental Fusion is the best if you can't use Liquid Magma (it breaks CCs). Otherwise, Liquid Magma provides the most damage. Storm Elemental is really only good versus teams that has no knowledge of the fact they can just kill your totem in one to two hits.

Similar to talents Glyphs should be adjusted to what you play and what you play against. In general I keep Lightning Shield Glyph and Frostbrand Glyph as mandatory. The last one I swap out a lot.

Prime Glyphs:
Lightning Shield - 10% damage reduction most of the time, incredibly useful for a squishy class like Enhance.
Frostbrand Glyph - Applies a slow for you automatically, incredibly useful for a melee.
Purge - Useful for really saving some of your globals, but if you get unlucky you can be stopping yourself from purging useful buffs. Use when you are not the only purge / dispeller on your team.
Purging - Extremely useful for any teams you plan to purge spam. It allows you to heal a ton or use lightning bolts much more often.
Capacitor - Useful for teams where you can keep Totemic Projection and you are afraid they may snipe your 5 second charge time totem.
Hex - Reduces your hex cooldown by 10 seconds. Extremely effective against teams with no curse dispel or only one curse dispeller.
Spirit Walk - Reduces your Spirit Walk CD by 25%. Nice for teams where you need to keep kiting or if you get heavily kited.
Ghost Wolf - Makes you run at 100% even when you are slowed when using Ghost Wolf. Similar logic to Spirit Walk glyph but in a more consistent manner.

Major Glyphs:
Lava lash for teams where your Flame Shock dot can break CCs.

Gems / Enchants / Stats
Priorities for Stats:

Multistrike and Crit are terrible since they scale less in PvP. The best thing to do for gearing is try to avoid these 2 stats as much as possible.

Recommended Enchants:
Versatility on everything. Haste enchant on weapons.

What rotation do you use in PvP?
There is no "specific" rotation in PvP. For Enhance Shamans it is exceptionally strange due to how important purging is and Echo proccing all the time.

Generally when you're not purging you want to use your 4-5 Maelstrom procs ASAP. Outside of that you want to use Stormstrike and Lava Lash. Keep Flame Shock up, keep Searing Totem or Fire Pet totem up. Unleash is a button you hit when you get kited or you have nothing else to do.

Macros / Keybindings?
Macros are largely personal preference. I prefer using @party1 and @arena1 kind of macros. Some players do it differently. Do what works for you!

Macros I use, and the keybinding I use with it:

For my shaman:

` = Start Attack with Unleash Elements
/startattack /cast Unleash Elements

6 = Cancel BOP
/cancelaura Hand of Protection

Ctrl + D = Burst Macro
/cast Ascendance
/cast Blood Fury
/cast Elemental Mastery
/use Malevolent Gladiator's Badge of Conquest

Shift + F = Solar Beam
/cast Symbiosis

R / T / Y = same as my Ret, /focus @arena1 / @arena2 / @arena3

F = Wind Shear Arena 1
/cast [target=arena1] Wind Shear

G = Wind Shear Arena 2

/cast [target=arena2] Wind Shear

H = Wind Shear Arena 3

/cast [target=arena3] Wind Shear

Alt E = Frost Shock Arena 1
/cast [target=arena1] Frost Shock

Alt R = Frost Shock Arena 2
/cast [target=arena2] Frost Shock

Alt T = Frost Shock Arena 3
/cast [target=arena3] Frost Shock

Alt F = Cleanse Spirit Party 1
/cast [target=party1] Cleanse Spirit

Alt G = Cleanse Spirit Party 2
/cast [target=party2] Cleanse Spirit

Alt S = Healing Surge Party 1 Macro

/cast [target=party1] Healing Surge

Alt D = Healing Surge Party 2 Macro

/cast [target=party2] Healing Surge

Ctrl + Z = Rockbiter Macro

/castsequence [@none] Frostbrand Weapon,Rockbiter Weapon
/use 17
/click StaticPopup1Button1

Ctrl + X = Focus Frost Shock
/cast [target=focus] Frost Shock

Ctrl + A = Focus Windshear
/cast [target=focus] Wind Shear

Ctrl + S = Focus Purge
/cast [target=focus] Purge

Alt + X = Focus Hex
/cast [target=focus] Hex

As said with almost everything, Macros have a lot to do with personal preference. You can also use modifiers for different skills in your macros. Use these only as a general guideline and form your own macros!

Stormstrike before you Ascendance in general. The Stormstrike in Ascendance does not share CD with it.
Make sure to Unleash before Elemental Blast or Lightning Bolt if you're using Unleashed Fury or Elemental Blast.
Keep in mind in WoD now we do not exactly do the most damage in the world. Pressure from Enhance is a stacking effect from purging, and somewhat decent consistent damage and a constant low CD ranged interrupt + other utilities. Don't be too discouraged when the damage on the scoreboard shows you're lower than everyone else! We also have probably one of the best constant heals in the game, so make sure you're using those procs.

Enhance PvP Stream
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Enhance PvP Videos
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#3869390 Tournament announced and Junkie status change!

Posted Thaya on 01 April 2013 - 08:22 AM

The funny thing is that everyone will start reading from "2.) Junkie status change" where it isn't completely obvious yet