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BlizzCon 2011: Mists of Pandaria and What We Know
2011/10/21 at 1:52 PM
Update: we had a huge day of panels on Saturday as well. We also have a
Mists of Pandaria talent calculator
Cheat Sheet for Mists of Pandaria
Rather than force you to sift through liveblogs and official previews, Perculia and Ashelia have broken down exactly what is coming with Mists of Pandaria. Find out what's happening, what you'll be doing, and more with this first peak cheat sheet we've included right here at the top of the post.
And, of course, Perculia got some immediate hands-on time with the starting zone. Word on the street is that she rolled around a lot and had a blast--but maybe you should read her actual preview below!
Pandarens and Pandaria
Leveling in Pandaria
Pandaria has been shrouded in a mist. The alliance and horde wash up on the shores of Pandaria during a naval battle. They immediately want it for their own for the war--so they are going to destroy the pandaren to get its resources!
I was able to test out most of the starting zone in the press room--here's my thoughts!
BlizzCon 2011: Opening Ceremony
2011/10/21 at 12:05 PM
We have our team at BlizzCon down in Anaheim and some of us are watching the stream at home. We're bringing you the latest and liveblogging the opening ceremony plus the World of Warcraft panels. Since this is the first BlizzCon without leaks, this should be a pretty huge opening--it's confirmed there will be a new expansion for World of Warcraft, but it also looks like there will be tons of new other announcements.
Make sure to join in the discussion here in this post as if you're watching along on the stream.
Free Diablo III to WoW players via new 'Annual Pass'.
Mists of Pandaria confirmed. Level 90 cap. New class is monk. New race is pandaren.
Click here for more information on the new expansion
Last Chance to Nab a Free BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket! Comment to Win!
2011/10/20 at 3:00 PM
a two BlizzCon 2011 livestream codes so we're passing them on to you in the spirit of community. Of course, since the convention is starting in less than 24 hours, this little giveaway is going to be a blitzkrieg, so you only have a couple hours to enter.
Comment in this post by
6AM PDT to be entered to win one of two BlizzCon virtual tickets
Similar to other spur of the moment giveaways, we'll be picking the winner randomly. As for what your virtual ticket will include, should you win:
Access to all of BlizzCon 2011's panels in high quality
Your very own
Murky's Little Soulstone
A StarCraft 2 in-game item (unannounced)
In other words, while it's not quite a swag bag, it
an awesome in-game pet and your chance for in-depth coverage without having to leave your home (or load Wowhead News)! Good luck to all who enter!
. The two winners are Ambellina and Worldfamous. Thanks all!
4.3 Preview: Yor'sahj the Unsleeping and Ultraxion Dragon Soul Coverage
2011/10/20 at 12:59 AM
We have a long weekend coming; BlizzCon is finally here and our
is about to go down. But today I was able to hop on the PTR to test and kill Yor'sahj the Unsleeping and Ultraxion on 25-player mode! They are fairly easy fights, just how a normal 25-man fight should be. I imagine that Yor'sahj in particular will be incredibly tough on heroic as some of his combinations were hard even on normal.
BlizzCon 2011: Wowhead and WoW Insider Party
2011/10/18 at 3:59 PM
BlizzCon 2011 starts this Friday, but it
starts tonight. The BlizzCon 2011 Wowhead and WoW Insider party, livecasted by
, begins at 5 p.m. Pacific at
the Anabella Hotel patio
Public Test Realm Patch 4.3 Notes: Dragonwrath Nerfed
2011/10/18 at 12:56 PM
There's some new PTR changes today that affect both PvP and PvE. For PvPers, it seems many classes have received buffs to abilities like
that reduce healing received on enemy targets. For raiders in Firelands,
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
is being nerfed--which makes sense as it's currently a 'must-have' item for every caster. In its current state, it could remain a defining weapon across later tiers and cause balancing issues, much like
Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings
was still incredible in Icecrown Citadel for Paladins.
Hallow's End Guide (Oct. 18th - 31st)
2011/10/18 at 12:02 AM
It's that time of the year again--ghosts and goblins, witches and warlocks unite!
hits Azeroth today.
Hallow's End is one of my favorite holidays in World of Warcraft. Running from from
October 18 - October 31
, the holiday invites players to gather candy, wands, food, masks, and even vanity pets from inn keepers all over the in-game world.
Before we get onto our guide, we'd like to cover the immediate changes for those who already are familiar with the event. There are quite a few with this event for this year, including new items and a new currency system:
Gone are the days of trick-or-treating hourly for a chance at an extremely rare mask or a rare vanity item. Instead, the event has been streamlined into a vendor and daily system, very similar to
. One new vanity pet,
, makes its appearance here on a vendor, for example; meanwhile, old favorites, such as
have been made purchasable. There's also
from a short questline and
from vendors which is a fun campfire.
Tricky treats are obtained through dailies and the pumpkins spread throughout in
Orange: A Guide to all Legendary Weapons
2011/10/16 at 3:59 PM
With the buzz about the teaser information for
Fangs of the Father
, it's a good time to go back and look at the other legendaries Blizzard has implemented across expansions. Many of these weapons have similarly striking questlines and unique models--even if you can't transmogrify them, they're worth collecting. Whether you're trying to farm one of these for the looks or lore, or were the first person in your guild to receive one during progression, legendaries have a special place in everyone's heart.
We've also gone through the database to highlight removed, silly, and temporary legendaries for your amusement, as they've got some funny stories behind them too!
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
This staff is a must-have for any caster in Firelands--plus it turns you into a dragon (
)! Wowhead moderator Gnub has provided an in-depth guide to
acquiring this weapon
, but we'll give you a few of the highlights here. Players w
4.3 Preview: Well of Eternity Overview and Dragon Soul Testing
2011/10/14 at 10:32 PM
Blizzard hit us with an unexpected testing phase this afternoon of the new raid as well as the final 5-man; unfortunately, the raid was announced right as the bosses went live, so the servers started tanking immediately while everyone rushed to log on. Only a few groups got a 10-man together--most top-end guilds fought the loading screen boss instead, getting 4-5 of their members in the instance before testing time ran out. We managed to get in and take some screenshots, but sadly, the majority of my guild was stuck at the loading bar for the entire night.
All of this is to say I doubt we'll see many good videos, as the streams were fairly disappointing due to guilds like Blood Legion only able to pull trash due to limited numbers--most videos will probably be PUG point of views.
A rocky start, but hopefully we'll have some great testing sessions before and after BlizzCon!
Here are our other 5-man related previews
End Time Preview
Hour of Twilight Pre
4.3 Dragon Soul Raid Drops
2011/10/14 at 1:36 PM
Last night's PTR patch let us see what will drop from the new raid instance, as the dungeon journal was updated for the Dragon Soul bosses finally.
Some notes: the items themselves aren't entirely done nor is this by any means a final draft of the loot and its ilevels. We think the stats are fairly accurate; however, their names are obviously generated with the "Horrific" prefix and some of their text is erroneous, like the season 10 item or the multiple ones that require Avengers' of Hyjal reputation. Still, this serves as a great basis for what's dropping where--as well as what type of boss you'll be facing, lootwise. I mean, Spine of Deathwing is looking like a trinket boss to us!
Patch 4.3 - PTR Build 14849 - Spell Changes, Darkmoon Faire Replica Items, and More
2011/10/13 at 2:43 PM
A new PTR patch is out; here are the spell differences, icons, maps, and more. Note that while many of the changes are in the
PTR patch notes
, some of them were not (such as Windwalk or Ambidexterity changes).
Remember when they said Darkmoon Faire would, you know, bring back legacy items?
Well, they're back, baby: the original level 60 dungeon sets are making their return, both the blue and epic sets, such as
Replica Soulforge Breastplate
Replica Devout Gloves
Click here for a complete list of new (and returning) items!
There's also a whole slew of PvP gear, but most of it is available on the vendors right now, so we'll have to see if that means they moved its location. Still no word on tier 3 or season 3 gear, but I think there's a good chance it's coming.
And not to be outdone,
Elementium Gem Cluster
make a show--undoubtedly for making the rogue legendary. (As well as
Spectral Mount Crate
for those ghostly mounts so many people didn't like.)
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Public Test Realm Patch 4.3 Notes: Updated 10/13
2011/10/13 at 11:52 AM
Some class changes in the PTR notes today: many classes had abilities buffed, especially Warlocks (for example,
lasts 20 seconds instead of 15), Warriors got new character attack animations, and low-level druids should find it easier to tank while leveling now with an armor boost. Another interesting change is the buff to
, making it an even more effective tanking cooldown.
class="detail"><p><em>Updates to the patch notes below can be found in <span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">red</span>. Last updated Oct. 13, 9:30 AM PDT.</em><br />
The time for testing out many of the upcoming patch 4.3 features is upon us. In this article you’ll find frequent updates to the official patch 4.3 notes as development continues. You can find a list of the major features we’ve discussed thus far on our <a href="
target="_blank">official forums</a>.<br />
If you’ll be testing this major content patch, be sure to visit the <a href="
target="_blank">PTR Discussion forum</a> o
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