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Changes to Valor Points and "Heroic Dailies" in Patch 4.1
2011/03/19 at 12:55 AM
Blizzard poster Lylirra has just revealed some details about the upcoming changes to the "daily" dungeon system and documents the new procedures for earning Valor Points this way. You can check out the full Blizzard posts after the break, but the basic rundown is:
You can earn
980 VP per week from random Heroic dungeons.
Of that 980 VP, only 490 VP can be earned from tier 1 Cataclysm Heroics. The remaining 490 VP must be earned by running Rise of the Zandalari Heroics (tier 2).
Alternatively, you can reach the 980 VP cap exclusively by running tier 2 Heroics.
The 980 VP you can earn from running tier 1 and tier 2 random Heroic dungeons will count towards your weekly overall cap of 1250 VP.
And, as stated before, if you want to maximize your VP gains, you can still reach the overall weekly cap of 1250 by defeating raid level content.
What do you think? Personally, I'll enjoy being able to run all of my Heroics on a day that I can dedicate the time rather than sitting in queues every day, but how do you think this will affect Dungeon Finder queue dura
PST - Episode 21
2011/03/18 at 9:17 PM
I respond to the FLOOD of questions after Weekly Marmot #73
How do I deal with players that just aren't improving?
Why is weekly maintenance still necessary?
Is it possible to raid with a hearing impairment?
New Ghostcrawler Blog: Raid Progress
2011/03/18 at 11:36 AM
In his latest developer blog, Ghostcrawler talks about progression raiding. Aptly timed after some hotfixes to Cataclysm encounters last night, he addresses what Blizzard feels is the right and wrong way to strike balance in the heart of their raiding players. His major argument is that content is always being nerfed--whether through the raiders themselves acquiring better gear or Blizzard developers retuning encounters after their release. Moreover, he feels that everything is going as expected as this level of content starts to wrap up, citing pick-up groups on servers and guilds attempting encounters as positive signs that the first set of Cataclysm raids were a success.
Check out his thoughts on the state of raiding, progression, and the balancing act that ultimately comes into play with each set of new PvE content after the break.
News Roundup: Just a Few Blizzard Posts...
2011/03/18 at 10:48 AM
There haven't been a whole lot of Blizzard posts lately, as most attention has been given to their recent developer Q+A posts (which you can check out
Also, I <3 Bashiok.
Latest topics include:
Nethaera Speaks The Truth!
Broken "Promises" and the Development Process
On "Noobifying WoW", "Grinding" and Bashiok's Mom
Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
PTR Shows New Daily Dungeon System + New Wowhead Feature: Event Calendar
2011/03/17 at 6:15 PM
There are a lot of in-game events nowadays. There are Call to Arms for battlegrounds some of us still haven't set foot in, the Darkmoon Faire is always coming and going, and then there are things like actual holidays and fishing tournaments. Keeping track of them can be confusing--or at least it
confusing. That all changes today as we've now added
an event calendar
to Wowhead that will show you what's going on in Azeroth right from the comfort of your own browser.
Since it was an otherwise slow day, we also hopped on the PTR to confirm whether or not the daily dungeon had been changed--and it has! Players will now be able to do seven dungeons a week instead of one dungeon per day. Cue sighs of relief from everyone, I'm sure. I'd personally rather do seven dungeons in a row with a group of guildmates over the weekend than squeeze one in every day.
There were some new graphic setting options[
Latest Cataclysm Hotfixes (March 2 - 16)
2011/03/17 at 3:49 PM
It's been so long without Cataclysm hotfixes, I almost missed these! *runs away and hides*
Just a few new hotfixes since March began, as I'm sure Blizzard is extremely busy preparing for patch 4.1 and may finally be running out of things to hotfix in patch 4.0.6 (though I'm sure many of you guys will quickly and eagerly tell me how very wrong I am about that). There's still some time before 4.1 hits so we'll probably see a lot of necessary changes either making their way live or being implemented with the next patch!
This latest batch of hotfixes includes some modifications to Heroic difficulty
encounters, as well as few other fixes (no more cheesing the flag in
, no more kiting
). Check 'em out after the break!
BFF Report - Gods and Heroes - WoW Killer?
2011/03/17 at 2:20 PM
Okay, maybe not..
Gods and Heroes is a Roman Mythology based MMORPG, complete with bath houses, floating heads and all. The game is currently in beta and doesn't have an announced release date, but I'm sure it'll be sometime late summer... assuming you're looking to fill that void in your gaming regimen that's lacking in SPPPARRTTAAAAA!!!
Check out the BFF Report after the break!
Legendary - The WoW Video Podcast - Buff Mages More Plz
2011/03/17 at 1:01 AM
Gary Gannon is hosting the show from the new GameBreaker.TV studio, and the close up cam is obviously not close enough.
Lots of stuff to cover this week:
Ask the Devs.. Oh, GG Post Cap.
Darnell Full Nelsons Blizz. Blizz Proceeds With Banning Bots.
Mages Get a Much Needed Buff :|
Titan, Yogg-Solo, and more!
Patch 4.1 - PTR Build 13750 - 3D Models (Lions and Ice Cream and Bears, Oh My!)
2011/03/16 at 4:20 PM
That's right -
. There weren't very many new models this patch but the ones that were included definitely stand out. In addition, we've (also) decided to post the winged lion model that you may have already seen floating around other sites. This model was actually added a few builds ago but looks rather unfinished at this time. We will, of course, post an updated version as soon as its available. So... what do you think it is?
In addition to the lion, we've also got a new Amani Bear model which is simply a recoloring of the old
Amani War Bear
. No word yet on whether or not this is the finished version of the upcoming , or simply a dungeon NPC or otherwise, but judging by the fact that the Zul'Gurub raptor looks to have gotten a recolor as well, this may be the case. Laaaaaaaaaaame. Oh, well!
Also, ICE CREAMS. OM NOM NOM.
Patch 4.1 - PTR Build 13750 - Karazhan Maps Finally Here
2011/03/16 at 5:29 AM
When we were hit with
a lot of new maps last week
unexpectedly, everyone kept asking where Karazhan was. The answer was apparently in this build.
more maps after the break--you didn't forget how big Karazhan is, did you?
Also, it looks like the new boss in
that was added in last weeks set of maps is now removed which means this patch is definitely on track to be released before the new arena season starts.
Patch 4.1 - PTR Build 13750 - New Icons, Items, and Spell Changes
2011/03/16 at 4:14 AM
A new PTR patch has just been released. There have been the usual things you've come to expect--tooltip fixes, minor spell tweaks, and so on--mostly in response to last night's
PTR Patch Note update
. However, in this build there are also new items datamined, new icons, and some new maps which we'll cover in another post.
Notable changes include:
New items like , , and have been added--these look like archaeology finds to me! Perhaps Blizzard is making good on their word to add new things for us to dig up
A new glyph for the
Some more evidence that a redone Silithus coming very soon, with a new quest item () and some new quests like
Midsummer Fire Festival
got its items buffed up to respectable ilevel of 353 as well: , , , , , and
was added to make the rare drop,
Reins of the Grey Riding Camel
, give a FoS and a
PTR Patch 4.1 Notes Updated (3/15)
2011/03/15 at 8:29 PM
The PTR Patch 4.1 notes have just been updated with some interesting class and raid encounter changes!
now reduces Arcane Explosion's mana cost by 25/50%.
now ignores 50% armor in PvP but still 100% in PvE.
can be done as a 10v10 Rated Battleground.
Be sure to check out the full list of major class changes after the break!
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