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Patch 4.0.6 Next Week!
2011/02/04 at 7:24 PM
I know we were wrong
about when we thought 4.0.6 was going to drop, but this time we're definitely lead us to believe that Patch 4.0.6 will be dropping onto live realms during maintenance next week!
be wrong again (and if I am you can feel free to blame me personally and send me angry emails) - but this time we're 99% sure! The patch (a moderate 141mb) has just hit Blizzard's download servers, which means we'll most likely see it piped into our Background Downloader with the upcoming Tuesday maintenance!
Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to weekly maintenance!
PTR Patch Notes
Love is in the Air Guide! (Feb 6 - 20)
2011/02/04 at 7:06 PM
Ah, love is in the air - along with horrible chemicals and poisons as well! What the heck! Love is in the Air starts on Sunday, and (as usual) we've got an updated
for you guys!
This year, the
Love is in the Air
event runs from
. So far, the event looks to be the same as last year's updated event, which features a special seasonal boss -
! You can queue up for this encounter by speaking to Steamwheedle Shyster, located in
(by the Trade District Auction House) or in
(near the path to Grommash Hold). Each day you'll have a chance to receive special, fun items from the
- maybe even a
Big Love Rocket
! In addition, the necklaces dropped by Hummel have been updated to level 85 and are now item level 346 and rare quality!
Winking Eye of Love
Shard of Pirouetting Happiness
Sweet Perfume Brooch
Choker of the Pure Heart
Dungeon Finder's Luck of the Draw Buff Increased up to 15% in 4.0.6
2011/02/04 at 4:02 PM
Blizzard is taking another step towards improving the quality of random pickup groups and hopes to increase their success rate in Heroic dungeons with their latest plan to increase the effect of the
Luck of the Draw
buff. Apparently, this buff (which is applied whenever you have a random player in your Dungeon Finder group) wasn't even working properly in Cataclysm dungeons, which caused some encounters and dungeons to be harder than intended for pickup groups. This has been corrected, and the buff will now increase 5% per random player up to a maximum of a 15% increase in damage, healing and health.
Of course, this increase is by no means a way to "fix bad" and some groups will still experience issues, however hopefully this buff, combined with the plethora of dungeon and encounter changes coming with the patch, will make the random dungeon experience more enjoyable (or at least bearable).
What do you think? Is this a step in the right direction?
Check out Ghostcrawler's detailed blog on the subject after the break!
News Roundup: Rated Battleground Format Change, PVP Balance, Epic Gem Slots and more!
2011/02/04 at 3:48 PM
Quite a few new Blue posts today on a bit of a wide variety of topics. Most important to note is the change of the rated battlegrounds format from 15vs15 to 10vs10. Be sure to read the detailed Blizzard post below for more information! Also, a reminder from Blizzard that threatening people over the Internet is absolutely absurd and you shouldn't do it unless you want the FBI banging down your door. And you'd deserve it.
Today's topics include:
Rated Battleground Weeks Changing from 15vs15 to 10vs10
Bandaging in Raids
Gem Slots Being Added to Epic Craftables
Why Tundra Mammoth Doesn't Sell 85 Food/Water
PvP Balance (or Lack Thereof)
Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
BFF Report - StarCraft 2 - Custom Maps
2011/02/03 at 9:32 PM
If you own StarCraft 2 and are looking for a multiplayer experience that doesn't require a bajillion actions per minute, or if you are just bad, I think I've found the custom maps you've been waiting for. Outside of Left2Die needing a major difficulty buff, this is a pretty solid set of custom maps from Blizz... now sup with the DOTA mod I played at Blizzcon huh??
True story: Played a game of Starjeweled last night with Draknorr (president of ZAM) on my team and he is SO BAD OMG GET CARRIED MOAR
News Roundup: Blizzard Posts on New Ink Traders, LFD, Tol Barad and more!
2011/02/03 at 5:51 PM
Yay for Blue posts finally starting up again! Unfortunately, it seems that most of the threads addressed today involve topics which have already been commented on in the past. However, further clarification from Blizzard on
is always appreciated!
Today's topics include:
Ink Traders Coming to Stormwind and Orgrimmar
Improving Looking For Dungeon Queues
"Linear" Cataclysm Leveling Content
Potential Tol Barad Changes
Improving Outland Leveling
Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
News Roundup: J!NX Shirt Design Contest & Detailed Conquest Points Guide
2011/02/02 at 5:31 PM
Still relatively quiet before the imminent release of patch 4.0.6 - until then, not a whole lot going on, unfortunately. Blue posts on the forums are sparse and hardly worth mention, but you can always check out our
for the latest fix.
Latest news from Blizzard includes the announcement of
contest (you can view details of other recently announced contests in
) as well as a detailed and informative guide on the new PVP Conquest Points system!
Check out the full Blue posts after the break!
Imageshack Links Installing Malware, Blocked on Wowhead
2011/02/02 at 3:15 PM
We've gotten a number of reports in the last week or so indicating that
is inadvertently installing malware on user's computers!
While we recognize that this MAY be a false positive, we don't like to take risks with our users' info, so
we are blocking imageshack links on the site.
Future imageshack links will be scrambled, and links will not go through!
For those of you who are hosting your images with imageshack, we apologize for the inconvenience. In the meantime, we encourage you to use an alternative image-hosting solution, like
The Weekly Marmot - How Addons Alter Game Design
2011/02/01 at 1:18 PM
This week, we look at addons from a little bit different of a perspective than usual. Instead of looking at what addons can do to affect the way you play directly, I get into some behind-the-scenes discussion of how addons change the way the developers have to approach their design of things like class and encounter balance. Does allowing players to create addons like DBM hurt the game? Or is there actually some benefit?
PST - Episode 14
2011/01/31 at 9:23 PM
How do I show pride in my performance when my class is "overpowered"?
Should PVP gear be allowed in raids?
Should I stay with my casual guild, or look elsewhere?
How is Ret looking in 4.0.6?
and (many) more!
News Roundup: Blizzard Contests! J!NX, SteelSeries and iPad Giveaways!
2011/01/31 at 9:13 PM
Blizzard has been quiet lately, but there's some pretty awesome contests going on!
Blizzard has launched an EU version of the
Core Hound Pup Adoption Campaign
Guardian of Account Art Contest
! Blizzard decided to give our EU friends some love as well, and are giving away two iPads every month this year to the best artistic shows of your character's account protection! Two words: authenticator chainmail. Make it happen!
Blizzard is also hosting a Cataclysm Dungeon screenshot contest for both US and EU players, giving out awesome J!NX and SteelSeries swag! Check out the full contest details after the break!
No Patch Tomorrow, Rolling Restarts Instead
2011/01/31 at 5:30 PM
Looks like RSS feed leaks have deceived us!
, it looks like patch 4.0.6 is
coming next week—there will be a batch of rolling restarts instead. See the blue post below:
We will be performing rolling restarts for our weekly maintenance on Tuesday, February 1st, beginning at 05:00 AM PST. Downtime for each realm is expected to be minimal, and the overall process should conclude at approximately 06:00 AM PST.
Thank you for your patience.
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