Unlucky folk who cannot play from Iran

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Its strange days when politics arise in discussions of MMO players.

A recent article indicates that Iran is blocked from playing World of Warcraft due to policy, potentially from within the US and matched by policy within Iran. It’s backed by Blue Post confirmation.

Our team has been watching this thread closely, and we understand the desire for more information about this situation. Blizzard Entertainment cannot speak to any reports surrounding the Iranian government restricting games from its citizens.

What we can tell you is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran. Several of you have seen and cited the text in the Terms of Use which relates to these government-imposed sanctions. This week, Blizzard tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance with these laws, and players connecting from the affected nations are restricted from access to Blizzard games and services.

This also prevents us from providing any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.

How on earth do the players in Iran feel about this?

Well I’d say they are pissed off, and I feel for them. If the same sanctions were established between Australia and America for some reason (perhaps we’re not forgiven for Australia the movie) then we’d suffer too with no actual avenue to resolve the dispute properly. It would be in the hands of the gods. They are also very relieved to hear that it’s finally a known problem, with the first poster in the Blizzard thread saying, “Finally, thank you GM“.

What can they do?

They can get a proxy/vpn solution and ignore the ban. Work around it and hope the accounts are not flagged somehow. Sure, that is paying extra to an external body just to play a game, but I think they have no other choices. I very much doubt that Blizzard will create a special version of WoW with all the meta-god-super-whatever removed, akin to the version of WoW dev’ed for China which has no undead. Continue reading

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Which? Unholy vs Frost presence for PvE DPS

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In the 5.0.4 Mists changes again the style and some of the details for Presences for DKs. All the detail of the changes can be put aside as the rule remains unchanged from Cataclysm: All PvE DPS DKs use Unholy Presence.

If you wish to know more about the changes then I highly recommend the summary threads on the EJ forums, as they are concise and clear. In fact the thread covers far more than just the presence, it gives good reasons for most recommendations, and tells you when the choice is immaterial. Go forth and commit mayhem. Continue reading

wow Beta Build 16030 for DKs

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A bit of patch news on Beta, which sort of confirms my old impression that Death Knights were not going to get adjusted until after the wash and rinse of “live-ish behaviour” changes were seen. Meh, perhaps its just a coincidence. Either way, even if I see nurfs and buffs of staggering stupidity, I am glad that DKs are getting some love.

TLDR for this update is: More health for Blood Tanks, less Damage for Frost dps from Frost Strike. Expect this and many more items to bounce around, it is a long way from over, and the devs have some work to do still.

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