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News Round Up: World of Warcraft Cups, MoP Talents, BlizzCon Cancellation, and Addon of the Week
2012/01/26 at 2:11 PM
We have a lot of blue posts for you to digest today--from reminicising about Ulduar (and a blue subsequently explaining why Ulduar wasn't that awesome for everyone) to talking about AMPM cups, there's a little bit of everything Blizzard related. Zarhym even took the time to explain what Blizzard's thoughts are on that +intellect plate that always drops and everyone disenchants after their paladin is decked out.
Oh, and of course, everyone's talking about that BlizzCon cancellation as well.
Our friends at WoW Interface also posted their addon of the week. It's an amazing one. Have you ever wanted the encounter journal to have more encounters? You know, those pesky vanilla WoW ones and more? Well, thanks to the power of addons, it can be that awesome!
Check out CompleteEJ over at WoWInterface today
and let us know what you think.
The D3DB crew also has been tirelessly datamining some big Diablo III changes--check them out and the Beta Patch 10 notes
Mists of Pandaria Talent Calculator
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No BlizzCon in 2012
2012/01/25 at 7:19 AM
Some shocking news early this morning--there will be no BlizzCon in 2012. Blizzard says that since they've been working hard on Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm, their schedule is already jam-packed. This announcement will probably come as a disappointment to some players (including myself! I had a blast attending last year) who viewed BlizzCon as a way to socialize with WoW friends in person. However, there probably wouldn't be much new news to cover with MoP coming soon--BlizzCons that haven't revealed new expansions have been less exciting.
class="detail"><p>Blizzard Entertainment is proud to announce the 2012 Battle.net World Championship, a major global eSports event featuring some of the best pro-gaming competition in the world. Slated to take place in Asia toward the end of 2012, the Battle.net World Championship will host this year’s StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship tournaments. Blizzard gamers and eSports fans from around the world will be invited to attend and witness some of
Lunar Festival (Jan 22 - Feb 12) Guide
2012/01/21 at 11:11 AM
It's time for the first in-game holiday of 2012, the
--so everyone break out the fireworks, show a little respect for your
, and come celebrate the (lunar) new year!
is held every year starting on a date that typically coincides with the Chinese New Year. 2012's Lunar Festival starts on
and ends on
. Ancestors of Azeroth are praised and honored by both Horde and Alliance, who then reward players with a special title,
, a celebration in Moonglade, and numerous
Coin of Ancestry
that can be used to purchase festive garb, patterns and fireworks!
There aren't too many changes this year, but there are a few notable ones:
Elders of Cataclysm
introduces 9 new elders to visit and honor--bringing the total numbers of elders up to 84.
are new faction-specific vanity pets that cost 50
Coin of Ancestry
each. They are BoE, meaning you can trade them on the neutral AH to collect both. Check out our guide to the [url=
News Round Up: Mists of Pandaria, Dragon Soul Nerfs, and Giveaway Winners
2012/01/19 at 12:52 PM
The results are finally in from our
New Year's resolution giveaway
--join me in congratulating the winners! Perculia and I read a lot of your resolutions and really found them entertaining so thanks for that! I will be emailing the prize codes on Friday, so be sure to have an updated email address if you are one of the winners--also make sure to check your spam if you don't get one by tomorrow afternoon PDT.
We've also included some round up posts, mostly responding to the
difficulty changes for Dragon Soul
announced last night as well as hints to a future Q&A session with Blizzard developers.
Wooly White Rhino
Dragon Soul Difficulty Changes Coming Soon
2012/01/18 at 8:49 PM
Similar to nerfs in Firelands and Icecrown, it's time for Dragon Soul to begin having its difficulty adjusted. This time, it's via "Power of the Aspects," coming the week of January 31st, which reduces the health and damage dealt by all enemies in the raid by 5%. This spell will stack over time in normal and Heroic difficulties.
This may seem a bit sudden to players, as well as unexpected--with LFR being designed to be accessible, why make heroics easier this early on?
class="detail"><p>During the scheduled server maintenance on the week of January 31, the Dragon Soul raid will become enveloped by the “Power of the Aspects” spell, reducing the health and damage dealt of all enemies in the raid by 5%. This spell will grow progressively stronger over time to reduce the difficulty and make the encounters more accessible. The spell will affect both normal and Heroic difficulties, but it will not affect the Looking for Raid difficulty.</p>
The spell can also be disabled by talking to Lord Afrasastrasz at the beginning of Dragon Soul, if a r
Patch 4.3.2 Will be Cataclysm's Last According to Dave Kosak
2012/01/17 at 5:45 PM
Dave Kosak, Blizzard's lead quest designer, gave a
solid interview with Videogamer.com
late last week. He highlighted 4.3's successes, failures, and also confirmed that there will be no extra content in the wings for Cataclysm--meaning anyone betting on a Ruby Sanctum styled encounter should stop while they're ahead.
In the interview, Kosak also touched on World of Warcraft's recent subscriber losses as well as Blizzard's overall feelings towards Cataclysm as an expansion. Although many have been disappointed with Cataclysm, he was quick to note the sheer level of content it brought to the world and how much of an epic undertaking that truly was for the World of Warcraft development team. Overhauling all those low level quests took massive amounts of time--and were desperately needed, whether players realize it or not.
While Cataclysm may not have been the highlight of WoW's timeline, it was a necessary one to prolong the life of Azeroth.
Hit the break for a transcript of the full interview and let us know your thoughts on both the interview and the expansion. Was Cataclysm a good expansion? Should there have been anot
Traveling Around Azeroth: A Transportation Guide
2012/01/15 at 1:29 PM
Getting around Azeroth quickly is important--especially with holidays requiring lots of travel like the Lunar Festival and Love is in the Air coming up. Basic flight paths can take you anywhere, but they're slow and easily up to 15 minutes across a continent. And which boat goes where from Stormwind anyway? There are numerous items, teleports, and portals that can shave minutes off your travel experience--whether you're looking to get to an Outland instance to farm transmog gear or have archaeology digsites scattered across the world. There's even breadcrumb quests that you can hold onto which will provide useful ports!
With this guide, you'll learn about all the travel options on each continent. You'll never have to spam trade looking for a mage to port you to a major city again!
Flight paths are what most players will use to travel between nearby zones, and Cataclysm added many new flight paths to the game. You can view them for a particular region by looking at our zone maps and turning on the flight path option. Continent maps also show boat/zeppelin paths as well.
We've got a page covering
: skill levels, mount types, speeds, and training costs.
Wowhead Site Features in 2011
2012/01/10 at 2:58 PM
2011 was a busy year for us at Wowhead and we're looking at 2012 now as we pick and choose the projects we want to put out. The problem is there's a lot of things we want to do and time is always our most valuable resource, so we could use a little help.
That's where you come in--we really want to examine 2011's project load and see what our community thought of it, in particular which one they felt was the most successful and most desired feature. Maybe you really liked
the transmogrification sets
and would like more of those such database enhancements in the future; perhaps you were drawn to
; or it's possible that you really like being able to pen a solid guide in
our guide section
. Either way, it's time to tell us!
So cast your vote on the poll and sound off in the comments on what features you liked the most on Wowhead this past year! If it's a tie, feel free to vote for more than one option! Also, if you want to read about these features further, they're covered on
our what's new page
as well. (You'll have to be logged i
Patch 4.3.2 - PTR Build 15176 - Spell Changes
2012/01/10 at 2:19 PM
We have our spell changes from the latest PTR build up. We've merged them with the past ones from last week, so you can see all the spell changes that are on the PTR so far. Besides the TCG items, there are no new items so far, but these are significant spell changes. The biggest are actually under NPC changes, where you can see Dragon Soul is in for some huge nerfs come 4.3.2.
Talents and Specialization
Fires a Black Arrow at the target, dealing 2850 Shadow damage over 1520 sec. Black Arrow shares a cooldown with other Fire Trap spells.
When you critically hit with your Multi-Shot your next Multi-Shot's focus cost will beMulti-Shot, the focus cost of Multi-Shot is reduced by 25% for 5 sec.
When you critically hit with your Multi-Shot your next Multi-Shot's focus cost will beMulti-Shot, the focus cost of Multi-Shot is reduced by 50% for 5 sec.
You have a 50% c
Patch 4.3 Hotfixes (January 9th)
2012/01/09 at 4:33 PM
Killing a boss in a guild group while using the random Heroic Dungeon Finder should now award guild reputation and experience.
Mobs that have been damaged by Shadowy Apparitions should again provide experience when defeated.
Darkmoon Tonk and Darkmoon Zeppelin should no longer become a horde balloon after performing a faction change from Alliance to Horde.
Dungeons and Raids
Hour of Twilight
and Archbishop Benedictus should no longer fail to complete their roleplay introduction (preventing players from completing the instance).
Well of Eternity
Starting the Mannoroth encounter should no longer remove Stealth effects.
Twilight Elite Dreadblade
Twilight Elite Slayer
should now refrain from doing melee attacks while mounted, and always engage and me
A Guide to Collecting TCG Vanity Items
2012/01/07 at 10:10 AM
TCG items have long been the highlight of many Wowhead contests, thanks to our friends at
, and I personally love collecting TCG mounts and giving pet codes to friends! Not all players know about them though, besides going 'cool mount' when they see someone in a major city, so here's everything you need to know about them.
Before I list all the TCG items, their details, and equivalent items, here's some basic facts:
As part of the Trading Card Game, there are three cards in every new set that have special codes which can be redeemed for loot! These loot cards vary in rarity--generally there will be a commonly-acquired pet card, a somewhat-rare novelty item, and an extremely-rare mount.
To get your item, first you will need to go to WoW's
and enter in the 25-digit code. This will then give you an in-game code that can be redeemed by Landro Longshot in Booty Bay.
If you're uninterested in testing your luck with random packs of cards, there are alternate ways to get loot cards--for a price. Any TCG card or the exact code written on the card may be sold for real life money and not in-g
Cross Realm Raids in 4.3.2
2012/01/06 at 8:49 PM
We previously introduced the ability to form cross-realm parties with Real ID friends, and now with Patch 4.3.2, we're adding the ability for players to use that same functionality to form raids to run older normal or heroic raids, or participate in Battlegrounds!
This will allow you to join up with your Real ID friends from other realms and:
Form a cross-realm raid and use Raid Finder
Jump in to any classic dungeon or raid and be automatically placed in the same instance
Join forces and dominate the Battlegrounds
Please note, you will not yet be able to run normal or Heroic Dragon Soul with cross-realm Real ID raids.
As we look forward to the BattleTag system, it’s a very exciting time for World of Warcraft. No matter what realm you and your friends are on you’ll be able to team up and take on group content throughout the game.
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