5.0 Bugs & Intricacies; Mathematics of PvP Power

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Patch 5.0.4 was just released, and with it comes all of the new spells and talents of Mists of Pandaria. Here's a look at our new spells, their possible uses, and any bugs we've discovered so far. Lastly, we'll also go over how 5.0's new stat—PvP Power—compares to Intellect and secondary stats.

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The Weakest Link in Warcraft Security

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Did you know that battle.net account passwords aren't case sensitive? They're also limited to 16 characters, and exclude some non-alphanumeric symbols. And passwords are very easy to crack: computers built for the purpose, with multiple graphics cards, can test between 100,000 and 3 million passwords per second. Still, you have an authenticator, right? Two-factor authentication should make up for any lapses in Blizzard's security.

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Shadow Identity & Balance in Mists of Pandaria

Written on About identity, balance and mists of pandaria.

I've been a Shadow priest for a while now. Not long enough to say I remember Anathema, Prayer of Mending without a cooldown or perhaps even the old Mind Flay animation, but it has been about three years. Late last year, I played my 9,260th arena match. I remember how it went: I faked Pummel and tried casting again. I was stunned. Stunned again. And then Pummel was up. This happens nearly every match as a priest, but it was this time I finally concluded: it's not fun to play a priest anymore.

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