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News Round Up: Shorter Raid Cooldowns, Darkmoon Rabbit, 5.0.4 Class Mechanics
2012/09/03 at 2:16 PM
Now that 5.0.4 is live and players have had time to try out the new abilities, there's been many blue posts over the long weekend clarifying class mechanics and procs for abilities, weapons, and trinkets. You may also have noticed that some long cooldowns in 5.0.4 reset between raid encounters like
: there are plans to have even more 5+ minute cooldowns function this same way.
Also of particular note:
The Darkmoon Faire is back in town and brings with it
. This ferocious rabbit requires a large raid to take down and drops
one lucky player can win. Everyone in the raid is awarded
That Rabbit's Dynamite!
Most long-term cooldowns are not reset when a raid encounter ends. The ones we specifically wanted to hit were the battle rezes and the big, raid-wide cooldowns like
. The question we asked ourselves was: would a reasonable, progression-oriented but not world-first guild delay their next pull by several minutes to wait for X to come off of cooldo
Mists of Pandaria: Raid Weapon Models Preview
2012/09/01 at 12:54 PM
We're finishing up our Mists of Pandaria weapon previews with a look at 3D models from raids. In addition to the Sha-Touched weapons we previewed recently, all other weapons from LFR, Normal, and Heroic difficulty have unique colors and intricate models. There's also an unexpected bonus--we found that some Tier 9 raid models made their way to Pandaria, even some that are unobtainable since the removal of attempt-based Tribute Chests.
For past model previews, check out our weapons posts on
Questing and Dungeons
Tier 14 Raid Weapons
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Mists of Pandaria: Mage Class Preview and Build 16030 Spell Changes
2012/08/30 at 4:48 PM
There's a beta patch today for MIsts of Pandaria, but it's a small patch so we're going to post our mage class preview as well!
Hit the break to see the spell differences, and read today's class preview first! For today's class preview, we'll look at
s. Each of the three iconic playstyles has undergone changes, opening up signature abilities to all specs. There's also a bunch of quirky minor glyphs, including one that summons elemental pets.
Patch 5.0.4: Account-Wide Achievements, Tier 13 Bonuses
2012/08/29 at 1:17 PM
We're taking a closer look at the new account-wide achievement system and some other changes we found while playing yesterday. Highlights include:
Realm-first titles are account-wide, like
. Blizzard stated in the past that they weren't in favor of doing this, so this is a big surprise.
Dragon Soul is up to the 35% buff and
Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider
no longer requires
Heroic: Spine of Deathwing
Heroic: Madness of Deathwing
Many Tier 13 set bonuses changed in light of the talent tree revamp.
Have Group, Will Travel
and flask guild perks are gone.
Also be sure to check out our
extensive 5.0.4 patch guide
with information about new talents, Theramore's Fall, and the revamped dungeons!
Account-Wide Achievements, Titles, Mounts, and Pets
Many achievements, titles, mounts, and pets are now account-wide in 5.0.4. Your achievement total will reflect the sum total of everything earned on all your characters. But
Wowhead's Patch 5.0.4 Guide
2012/08/28 at 12:46 PM
5.0.4 is live today and we have an extensive guide to everything new! While there's no new raids or gear in this patch, many things will keep you busy. Class abilities, talent trees, and glyphs have been drastically changed, so it's good there's a month before Mists of Pandaria to familiarize yourself with the changes! If achievement-hunting is more your thing, all achievements are account-wide in 5.0.4, as well as many mounts, pets, and titles.
Below, you'll find consolidated versions of our 5.0.4 feature coverage, as well as patch notes, videos, class guides, and links to blue posts.
Patch Notes and Overview
The talent system received an extensive overhaul
: players get one talent every 15 levels now, for 6 maximum in MoP. Specialization and core class abilities have changed as well.
Prime glyphs are removed
and many new minor vanity glyphs are added.
Achievements are now account-wide
and some can even be completed across characters. In addition, many mounts, pets, and titles are account-wide as well.
It is not possible to earn
Battle of Theramore Arrives Three Weeks From Today
2012/08/28 at 10:36 AM
Just an important reminder as today's huge patch day descends upon us that the Battle of Theramore will not be in this patch--Blizzard instead has confirmed it will be available on the 18th of September which is three weeks from today.
scenario will be available to level 90 players in Mists of Pandaria, it will only be open to level 85s for this one week.
There will be faction-specific Feats of Strength for participating in this event at level 85:
Event rewards have been added:
for Alliance and
Mini Mana Bomb
The Battle of Theramore, the first of many Scenarios coming to World of Warcraft, is a story-changing event that will be available to level-85 characters for one week only -- the week leading up to the launch of Mists of Pandaria on September 25.
For the duration of the week of September 18-24, level-85 characters will be able to queue up for and participate in the Alliance and Horde versions of this new Scenario with two friends. (Please note: if friends are not available to you at the time, two will be
Mists of Pandaria: Death Knight Class Preview
2012/08/27 at 11:34 AM
Today's class preview covers
. Tier armor was changed slightly since we last previewed it, and there are several mechanics changes and additions, such as a 1 sec base GCD and
. There are also some fun cosmetic glyphs and Corpse Explosion is back.
Chestguard of the Lost Catacomb
Faceguard of the Lost Catacomb
Handguards of the Lost Catacomb
Legguards of the Lost Catacomb
Shoulderguards of the Lost Catacomb
Breastplate of the Lost Catacomb
Gauntlets of the Lost Catacomb
Greaves of the Lost Catacomb
Helmet of the Lost Catacomb
Mists of Pandaria: Battlegrounds and Bestiary Preview
2012/08/27 at 8:57 AM
Blizzard released several more Mists of Pandaria previews this weekend: two batttleground previews and additional information on the
bestiary preview page
The Mists of Pandaria previews just keep coming! We’ve just posted lots of info on
two new Battlegrounds
five new types of foes (and friends)
you’ll encounter in the new expansion.
First up, we have the
Temple of Kotmogu
, where the Alliance and the Horde clash over ancient artifacts that date back to the dawn of recorded history… and it’s up to you to secure the secret power of the mogu for your faction.When you’re done bashing orc or human heads in Pandaria, head on down to the newly opened
Mists of Pandaria: Warlock Class Preview
2012/08/25 at 11:14 AM
We continue our Mists of Pandaria class previews with a look at
s today. Warlocks were not the most popular class in Cataclysm and Blizzard has made a ton of changes--from abilities to awesome new spell graphics--to entice players back. We have armor previews of PvE and PvP gear, summarizes of the new ability resources for each spec, a look at the new warlock pets, and screenshots of new spell effects. And be sure to check out our updated
which displays all specialization abilities and glyph choices!
Introducing Guildhead for Guild Wars 2
2012/08/24 at 9:48 PM
A lot of the ZAM staff has been spending their time in the world of Tyria and we've decided to extend the Wowhead family to include another website. Welcome our brand new Guild Wars 2 database:
is currently in beta as we're trying to get it out the door to accompany people on this early launch weekend. For its early release, it has tons of great features such as
a robust skill calculator
to help you navigate Guild Wars 2's in-depth skill system;
a huge world map
; and the usual
that we've been offering World of Warcraft for years.
With all that said, please join me in welcoming
to the Wowhead family in its beta form. This is the second website we've released that shares the Wowhead name and we hope it will eventually live up to the quality you expect from Wowhead and other ZAM websites such as
And if you're not into Guild Wars 2, don't worry. The same Wowhead team is still working here and we're cooking up so
5.0.4 Survival Guide
2012/08/24 at 9:17 AM
With the release of Patch 5.0.4, a number of features and changes that aren’t strictly in the continent of Pandaria will be added to the game. I’ve drummed up this guide (with the help of a lot of other people) to ensure you’re prepared for the patch, aware of how it will impact your characters and experience, and ultimately get you into and enjoying the improvements the patch brings as quickly as possible.
You Are Prepared!
With any large patch, you’ll want to ensure you have it pre-downloaded, and ready to start up the game for the first time when it goes live. The 5.0.4 patch has been available on our
for a couple weeks now, and if you haven’t yet, you’ll want to ensure you have the majority of the patch data downloaded before its release on August 28. The
Background Downloader FAQ
can help answer just about any question for how to get this done. To verify you have the patch fully downloaded already, just run the BackgroundDownloa
Mobile Armory Guild Chat and Auction House Features Now Free
2012/08/24 at 8:22 AM
<div class="detail"><p>It’s now easier than ever to stay in touch with your guildmates and access the World of Warcraft® auction house... wherever you go.</p></br>
<p>Starting today, all of the features that were previously part of the optional World of Warcraft Remote subscription service are now available for <em>free</em> to all World of Warcraft subscribers. These features include:</p>
<li><strong>Remote Guild Chat</strong> – Stay in touch with your guildmates on the go using your mobile phone.</li>
<li><strong>Remote Auction House</strong> – Bid on items, create auctions, and collect gold via your mobile device or through the official World of Warcraft website.</li>
<p>We hope this change will make it easier for players to stay connected to each other and to the game, and we encourage everyone to try out these powerful tools for themselves.</p>
<p>As a reminder, to take full advantage of these features, you’ll need the <a href="
target="_blank">World of Warcraft Mobile Armory</a> app, ava
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