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News Round Up: Ethereals Are Back in Blizzard Teaser
2011/08/11 at 11:47 AM
So Blizzard just posted a really weird picture to their Facebook of ethereal NPCs. A blue posted it with no explanation as presumably a teaser. At this point, it's probably a hint for either 4.3 or the next expansion; in particular, maybe it even hints towards a redone Outlands or further character customization. Whatever it does mean, though, it's pretty crazy.
Curiouser and curiouser...
4.2.2 Patch Notes PTR (August 11th)
World of Warcraft PTR Patch 4.2.2
Notes for all World of Warcraft patches can be found
Dungeons & Raids
The visibility of Ragnaros’ Dreadflame ability has been increased.
The size of Ragnaros’ hit box during the final phase of the Heroic encounter has been increased.
Raid Frames should
News Round Up: Latest Hotfixes (August 10), Blizz on Character Limits
2011/08/10 at 11:04 PM
Latest hotfixes have been posted, including a previously undocumented change to the dailies for the
, which were hotfixed with the patch earlier this week. Instead of one elemental spawning, three now spawn; this should make getting the achievement way easier as many people still didn't have it (despite doing the dailies every day). It was completely RNG and some servers didn't even have an elemental switch yet.
Latest Hotfixes (8/10)
Applicable death knight abilities are now using the correct amount of resources (and putting them on cooldown) when there are 4 Death Runes available and the Unholy Runes are depleted.
Druids that shapeshift will now clear the
Potion of Illusion
is no longer penalized by Resilience more than once, nor can it gain double benefit from
Dungeons & Raids
If a player is kicked by vote
4.2.0A Patch Notes
2011/08/08 at 5:48 PM
Blizzard has been pretty quiet lately, but they have just posted some new patch notes for the latest live mini-patch 4.2.0A. This patch contained no new content, items, or any of that fun stuff but instead includes a number of system bugfixes. Many of the issues which were causing client crashes have been fixed, so some players should still appreciate this boring little patch!
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.2.0A is now available on all realms! Below you'll find the official patch notes.
Notes for all World of Warcraft patches can be found
Using an instant cast spell right after a target dies should no longer re-target the dead target’s body.
Using an ability immediately after switching targets should no longer affect the previous target.
Resolved a movement error when jumping onto an object while experiencing a low frame rate.
Mac: Fixed a bug preventing shift and mouse wheel commands from registering properly.
Resolved issues that were causing client crashes near Beth’tilac in the Firelands.
Fine Dining: A Guide to the Food and Drink of Azeroth
2011/08/07 at 3:39 PM
No matter how you choose to level or spend your time at 85, it's a sure thing you'll be needing to eat or drink at some point. On one hand, in-game refreshments seem quite simple--they restore health and mana. But there's over 600 types of food and drink in our database. Some require specific levels, some are only sold by one vendor in the middle of nowhere, and yet others can get you completely drunk. We'll cover basic food-related things like what to use while leveling and how to complete achievements, as well as featuring some of the stranger things your character can eat.
Here you'll learn about the basics: what to eat and drink while leveling, what quests grant food and drink, and how to easily complete related achievements.
It's Happy Hour Somewhere
: Once requiring alcoholic beverages, this now works on any drink in the game. Again, find various innkeepers and bartenders--should be an easy achievement.
Drown Your Sorrows
: Added in 4.1, you'll need to track down new beverage added in Cataclysm. Here's an easy table:
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Hotfixes (July 19 - August 15)
2011/08/04 at 8:22 PM
Balloon pets can no longer be sold to vendors.
Flight points in Outlands should correctly display for characters created after the release of patch 4.2.
Melee auto-attacks should properly trigger trinkets.
is correctly triggered when Rake gets a critical hit, and is putting an extra combo point on the target.
should no longer strike targets with which the druid is not in combat.
is properly removing the focus cost of
should now properly trigger trinkets.
should no longer incorrectly apply double damage when certain buffs are present on the warrior.
Dungeons & Raids
is properly flagged as a quest NPC and not a rare spawn.
Burning Orb attack range has been increased for the
News Round Up: World of Warcraft Loses Another 300k Subscribers and More
2011/08/03 at 4:19 PM
The awaited second-quarter call just happened and World of Warcraft is at 11.1 million subscribers, down another 300k from the last reported number. The previous quarter had reported a loss of 600k.
However, this doesn't mean revenues themselves are down or that Blizzard itself is in trouble.
Gamasutra reported today
on Activision Blizzard's second fiscal quarter earnings which were 53% higher than predicted. The company largely beat its expectations because of a large increase in digital sales company wide, which includes things like Blizzard's digital subscriptions and store. CEO Bobby Kotick followed up by saying that there would be continued investments in all of Blizzard's staple titles, including the upcoming unnamed MMO nicknamed Titan.
Diablo III Beta Test Approaches!
Remember to have your beta profile up to date so you can have a chance to be in the Diablo III beta!
The beta test approaches! We’ve just updated our System Check program and would like everyone to update their Battle.net Beta Profile information by running t
Virtual BlizzCon Tickets Now on Sale
2011/08/02 at 8:24 PM
It seems that virtual BlizzCon tickets were put up today so I think I'd do a quick post to tip everyone off. A virtual ticket is the perfect way to watch BlizzCon unfold for cheap--and it also includes the in-game pet, which is Murkablo (
Murky's Little Soulstone
) this year.
They are $39.99 (
) and €29.99 (
) in their respective regions.
Want to experience the panel discussions, tournaments, game-related announcements, and all the excitement of BlizzCon 2011 from the comfort of your own home? Then be sure to check out
the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket
The BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket is now available for purchase around the world for $39.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). Virtual Ticket coverage will be available as a multi-channel Internet stream and also via Pay-per-View on DIRECTV in the United States, granting viewers a front-row seat to all of the action on the show floor including exclusive interviews, demos, and more!
DIRECTV customers who order the Pay-per-View even
Blizzard Trademarks "Mists of Pandaria," Next Expansion?
2011/08/02 at 7:00 PM
Put on your tinfoil hats--it looks like an April Fools' joke may become a reality. Last week, Blizzard filed for a trademark for "Mists of Pandaria" under computer software. This is a common practice for the registration of expansion titles; for example, the Cataclysm was filed for trademark on June 26, 2009 and its domain was bought subsequently. Similarly, a Pandaria domain was also purchased last week.
This means that it's possible that the next expansion will be announced at BlizzCon and that it will be Mists of Pandaria.
Let the speculation run wild--what do you guys think? Is this our future expansion or a false alarm? Will the pandarens be a playable race for both sides, a neutral faction even though Blizzard has said that they like factions to be identifiable and distinct for horde and alliance? Or maybe their role will be more of a lore one, focusing on them as quest hubs and a central conflict?
Click here to see the official filing!
New Wowhead Feature: Guides
2011/08/02 at 2:57 PM
A lot of Wowhead's forum goers pen some pretty awesome guides--from what gear to choose for a relevant patch to 10-man strategies for Firelands, we've seen it all. Even our own volunteer Perculia has written some great guides. However, there's never been a good way to highlight these contributions and let more of our database see them.
Until now, anyway.
Recently we have released a new functionality to Wowhead: the ability to write and share guides. This is in its first phase of implementation which is its most basic. Wowhead users can now
write their own guides
, share them with Wowhead's community, and view others' guides as well. Eventually, those users who write guides will find themselves with more perks and there will be forum integration with guides, but we wanted to get this phase out to the public for testing and feedback. We've also imported the most viewed of Wowhead's guides to serve as an example and a testing platform for those who want to see what an ideal and complete guide looks like.
So go forth and educate the masses! There's even an achievement (or four) for those of you who get really into guide writing!
Click here to check out gu
News Round Up: Diablo III Auction House News, BlizzCon Contests, and More
2011/08/01 at 2:33 PM
Finally, some news on Diablo III was posted overnight from Blizzard on
their official website
. The biggest news was that there will be an auction house that functions with real life money in addition to another auction house that is in-game currency only. They've posted FAQs about both features which tell you everything you need to know and we've included them below.
It's worth mentioning that this bombshell--real life money for items in Diablo III--has been received both extremely positively and extremely negatively. It's created a lot of debate and people are
divided about this. Personally, as a WoW fansite, we think this feature can potentially work for the Diablo series but should stay far away from World of Warcraft. However, that's just our personal opinion, and we welcome yours. We can see both sides of the debate clearly and understand people will have different view points.
Diablo III News
Diablo III Beta FAQ
What are your goals for this beta?
The primary reason for the Di
Twilight of the Dragons Loot Giveaway
2011/08/01 at 12:41 PM
A new TCG expansion called Twilight of the Dragons just came out and Cryptozoic decided to share some of the loot cards--through their Facebook, of course!
Starting today, the WoW TCG makers will be giving away two
on Monday then another two on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday they'll be giving away two
for each day. Finally, not to be outdone by the previous prizes, on Friday they'll be giving away two
s to a lucky winner.
So how do you become a lucky winner? All week, all you have to do is comment on
to get entered to win.
Today tell them what you'd name your very own
if you got one
to be entered to win!
Everyone likes vanity pets and 4.1 saw the release of a new style of pet cats much to every vanity pet collector's surprise! Now there's another runt to this in-game litter. Much like the
is an adorable cat based off one of the game's more memorable mounts. He's also this TCG expansion's common
The Entitled: A Guide to Titles
2011/07/29 at 12:53 PM
This guide covers all the titles in WoW from the serious to the silly, organized by topic and linked to their achievement and basic source details. Collecting titles became easier in Mists of Pandaria with account-wide titles and achievement progress.
In Mists of Pandaria, many titles became account-wide, meaning alts can use titles they haven't individually earned as long as they're at the minimum level it could be acquired at. For example, a level 80 alt could wear
<Name>, Death's Demise
if another character on the account earned it.
Only a handful of titles aren't account-wide, most notably RBG titles,
of the Shattered Sun
The other major change was account-wide progress on meta-achievements like
What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been
. Players can work on holiday, PvP, and raid meta-achievements across characters now, instead of repeating the achievements on any character that needed the rewards.
A few notable exceptions include
Master of Pandaren Cooking
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