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Mists of Pandaria Spell Animations
2012/05/12 at 11:22 AM
last covered new spell animations
, there's been even more visual changes to class abilities! Minor glyphs on the beta have awesome cosmetic effects, new spells have distinctive looks, and classes like Monks and Warlocks continue to get a lot of flair.
We didn't want any class to feel left out, so we made sure to highlight cool visual effects for every class this time, as well as providing ability descriptions and level information so you'll know exactly how to spec to look good!
Big thanks to
for letting me take pictures of their beta characters.
Be sure to click the tabs to see your favorite classes' visual changes!
, minor glyph: When used outside of combat, your Horn of Winter ability causes a brief, localized snow flurry.
Glyph of the Geist
, minor glyph: Your Raise Dead spell summons a geist instead of a ghoul.
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Introducing Wowhead for Diablo: D3DB
2012/05/11 at 10:20 AM
Diablo III is in less than a week and we're getting
excited here at Wowhead. It's been a long time coming. Of course, as release date nears, we've been getting a lot of questions about Wowhead's plans for D3 since it's so closely linked to World of Warcraft.
We figured it's a good time to remind everyone that there is a Wowhead for Diablo III:
our very own D3DB
. A site built by Wowhead fans, it was acquired a few months ago by the Wowhead team and we've been thrilled to have these guys join our team. As launch day inches closer, their site keeps growing and there's loads of stuff to show everyone.
better known features are:
A really awesome character planner
A skill calculator
A database full of
, and everything else you've come to expect from a site in the Wowhead family!
Brand new forums
A Diablo III bluetracker[/
Cross-Realm Zones Introduced
2012/05/10 at 7:14 PM
With the latest beta patch, we’ve introduced Cross-Realm Zones for testing.
During the initial phase of testing we will be sharing the following zones between the available beta realms: Northern Barrens, Ashenvale, Azshara, Darkshore, Westfall, and Silithus. We are also able to split over-populated zones and will be testing this new technology on the Pandaren starting area (turtle zone).
For beta testing purposes, we will be matching up all realm types whether they are PvP or PvE. This is different than what we plan to do for the live realms, however. For the live realms we will be matching realm types: PvP with PvP, PvE with PvE, RP-PvP with RP-PvP, and RP-PvE with RP-PvE.
As always, we plan to keep an eye on constructive feedback while in testing of this new technology.
For more information on Cross-Realm sharing, please read the FAQ below:
Q. Why cross-realm zones?
For many years now, the significant majority of the player population online at any given time has consisted mostly of characters at or near the level cap. This has resulted in an environment where characters that are leveling up experience a world
Mists of Pandaria - Build 15677 - New Druid Cat Forms, Monk and Priest PvP Sets, and More
2012/05/10 at 3:55 AM
A new patch hit around 1AM PDT tonight and should be up on the beta later today! There are tons of new achievements, a couple new items, and more which we have datamined. We also have spell changes under the break.
Notable things we've found
in this patch
Two new titles: and
Players will be able to upgrade items using valor points
. Instead of buying new items, you will be able to increase its ilevel through valor points:
ITEM_UPGRADE = "Item Upgrade";
ITEM_UPGRADE_DESCRIPTION = "Use your valor points to upgrade a weapon or piece of armor that is level 375 or higher.";
Cooking specializations are in:
Way of the Brew
Way of the Steamer
Way of the Oven
Way of the Pot
Possible indication that secondary skills will be cross account; if you have 400 cooking, your alts could too:
Dustwallow Marsh has a revised zone:
new tailoring items
, including embroderies.
New monk spell (
) and new mage spell (
Mists of Pandaria Zone Preview: Kun-Lai Summit
2012/05/09 at 4:29 PM
is a vast area with Pandaria's highest mountains, autumnal plains, royal underground tombs, a lush coastal area, and the dungeon
. There's also the Temple of the White Tiger, and a monk-only area, Peak of Serenity. It's a zone intended for level 87+ players to quest in.
Kun-Lai is different from the other zones in that there's a ton of scenic variety between the quest hubs, from snowy mountains to forests. Lore-wise, there's something for everyone with the invasion of the Zandalari, Yaungol attacks, the return of the Mogu, Pandaren monasteries, and the threat of the Sha.
We also found the
Sha of Anger
, a new world boss, towering over a village.
We have a visual preview below as well as a Blizzard Q&A about the zone!
Zouchin Village, North Wind Tavern, Isle of Reckoning, Thunder's Call
The Zandalari have attacked the Zouchin, an unarmed village located in the most fertile part of Kun-Lai Summit. As they have weak reinforcements, they need your help. Nobody has ever seen trolls before, so the Zandalari attacks are even more shocking.
To get to Zouchin Province, you ride a hot-air balloon wit
Pandaren Dances and News Round Up
2012/05/09 at 12:17 PM
The new beta build we
is now live: players can quest in Townlong Steppes. The Pandaren dances were also unveiled in yesterday's patch, so we made a video of them!
In the aftermath of
Ghostcrawler's latest blog on account-wide achievements
, there's been some blue posts clarifying this announcement. There's also been more posts on warrior and paladin abilities in Mists, and if you like to PvP, the time to participate in the Arena Pass is
: it's entered the exclusive rewards phase.
Achievements in Mists
Loremaster of Kalimdor
Character A completes
for a toast and 10 points.
If Character B then completes
, they will get the toast, but not 10 more points. (It is NOT a new achievement for the account.)
If Character B then completes
Play Games? Answer This Survey to Win!
2012/05/08 at 8:59 PM
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One person will win $100 USD Amazon gift card
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Make sure you act fast--we'll be closing it May 11th at noon!
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Mists of Pandaria - Build 15668 - Monk Tier 14, Spell Changes, New Items
2012/05/08 at 2:51 PM
New beta build this afternoon--the new level 90 druid talent,
is up, some changes to Spirit Shell and Rapture as promised by
recently, as well as achievement and class changes in general.
Click here to see the latest additions to the beta!
Monk Tier 14
Cloth Armor Set
It's fairly open-ended, but it looks like they could
New Ghostcrawler Blog: Achievements in Mists of Pandaria
2012/05/08 at 8:59 AM
Ghostcrawler decided to tackle achievements in Mists of Pandaria, with some new information on account-wide ones.
class="detail"><p>We recently added account-level changes to achievements in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, and there’s still a lot of work left before we’re done. The plan here is to illustrate the intent behind our design, which should in turn help you figure out the answers to many of your questions.</p></br>
<p>Overall, we never want you to play Character A instead of Character B because of achievement concerns. If Character A had the Violet Proto-Drake, then you might not play Character B. If Character A was only one holiday away from the Violet Proto-Drake, then you may not play Character B. If Character A had completed most of the raid achievements from Dragon Soul, you may not want to bring Character B for one fight and miss out on the achievement. Having alts is cool and working on achievements is cool, but we don’t want the two systems to work against each other.</p></br>
<p>This goal is paramount and drives everyth
News Round Up: Class Beta Feedback, PvP Gear, Leaders of Azeroth
2012/05/07 at 6:21 PM
Today's news round up has a ton of blue posts. First off, there's a lot of detailed beta feedback for
s, including discussions about Level 90 Druid talents and Rapture for priests. There's also discussion about PvP gear in Mists,
Mass Spell Reflection
nerfs, Dungeon bugs on beta, and the recent completion of the Leaders of Azeroth short story series. Click the cut to see all the posts!
PvP Gear in Mists
You will have less resilience on your gear coming into beta. However, you will also have some base resilience and that base should offset the PvP power that everyone is getting. The net result should be that you take about the same damage you do today in a PvP setting, but will take less damage from someone not wearing PvP gear.
Currently on your beta build, I believe the ratio of power to resilience is off. You should have more resilience and less power than you do.
It is entirely possible that some new talents or spell changes will result in too much burst damage in isolated cases, but when giving feedback, it's useful for us if you distinguish between those and survivabili
Introducing Tera Tome, ZAM's New TERA Database
2012/05/03 at 2:38 PM
Our network ZAM is growing again so please join the Wowhead team in welcoming
to the ZAM database family!
Tera Tome is going to have the same database features you've come to love here at Wowhead and
. Our developers and content creators are working with the developers at En Masse Entertainment to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date database for the North American version of TERA that we possibly can.
Anyone playing TERA will enjoy Tera Tome's
extensive recipe list
complete Glyph Calculator
! Since this is a beta version of the site, new features will constantly be added and refined.
And if you love World of Warcraft, don't worry--Wowhead's focus hasn't changed and its staff is still committed to growing the site. We're right in the middle of beta and couldn't be happier covering WoW.
Check out Tera Tome now!
Mists of Pandaria - Build 15662 - 3D Models, Spell Changes, and More
2012/05/03 at 1:51 PM
Another small patch is coming to the beta shortly. It had a lot of the source recipes for profession recipes we'd already datamined, along with some other new stuff.
Plate Reputation Armor Set
Click here to see the latest additions to the beta
Here's a breakdown of some of the cooler stuff we've found in this patch.
<The Beloved>. Reward from:
60 Exalted Reputations
Collector's Edition: Imperial Quilen
Collector's Edition: Lucky Quilen Cub
Lucky Quilen Cub
New PvP Mounts:
Cataclysmic Gladiator's Twilight Drake
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