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In with the Newb, Out with the Old: The Future of World of Warcraft
2011/09/02 at 7:44 AM
It was an interesting week for outside sources, with
an interview featuring Tom Chilton on IGN
a very in-depth examination of WoW's subscriber woes at Gamasutra
The catch? Both of them deal with the future of Azeroth in different ways. Gamasutra analyzed the shortcomings of Cataclysm, interviewing players and even Blizzard employees to figure out what's in store. IGN took a more basic approach, going directly to the source with both Tom Chilton and WoW's art director explaining everything in their own words without leaving room for speculation.
IGN With Tom Chilton on 4.3
Chilton didn't waste time getting to the point in
. He immediately started dropping juicy tidbits about the Deathwing encounter, saying: "The fight takes place in multiple different environments, you'll actually potentially get loot at different points in the encounter so it's broken up into larger scale overall. Players will start at Wyrmrest Temple and then eventually it progresses to players fighting on back flyin
Interview with NFL Player Chris "Warcraft" Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings
2011/09/01 at 1:46 PM
Everyone was shocked to learn Mila Kunis dabbled in Azeroth in her downtime a couple years back. After all, how could a celebrity manage World of Warcraft and being famous?
We seem to forget that celebrities are just like everyone else--and that means a lot of "famous" people play WoW. From sports professionals to famous actors, WoW's digital world is home to a lot of different characters both in-game and out. It's part of the allure.
So that's where this feature comes in. We're looking behind the curtains of characters and seeing who actually plays them, hopefully with some interesting results. For our first interview, I tracked down Chris Kluwe right before the NFL season starts and asked him about his gaming habits, particularly the one that earned him his very own WoW TCG card after his character.
Watch out though, if you're alliance--he seems a little bit of a troll. A Troll rogue, that is!
Q: Can you give a little background on yourself, who you are and what you do?
, and I play video games. A LOT of video games. I also play tabletop miniatures (Warmachine) and bass in a band called Tripping Icarus. O
Patch 4.3 Preview: Worgen Racial Mounts
2011/09/01 at 11:16 AM
Mount-collectors rejoice: there's new Worgen racial mounts in 4.3!
For months, players have complained how it was unfair that Alliance mount-collectors had nothing to collect from Worgen quartermasters--especially next to the snazzy Horde
Goblin Turbo-Trike Key
. Well, it seems Blizzard has listened to player feedback. The new mounts resemble the old unarmored mounts from vanilla--a nice touch next to the current heavily-armored mounts seen everywhere.
We're not going to make it very far without transportation, are we? If we just hightail it out of here, the forsaken will catch up to us in no time at all.
Rounding up some horses from the stable grounds southeast of here would normally be a breeze, but there's one snag. That last quake must've spooked Koroth, the ettin, down from the mountains. If we don't get our horses soon, I fear that he will.
In patch 4.3, we’ll be introducing worgen racial mounts to the stables of Azeroth. These sleek horses have been constant companions for the denizens of Gilneas since time immemorial, and your worgen characters will now be able to claim their ancestral mounts.
Click on the images below for a preview of what’s
New Ghostcrawler Blog: Bloody Mitigation
2011/08/31 at 3:57 PM
A few weeks ago, we had
a small debate
about what the best tank was on Wowhead's forums. It got brought up time and time again that death knights had some issues, despite being an amazing class for PvP and PvE DPS. Many players, even those like myself who don't tank, just felt that they were an extremely situational tank that was worse on more fights than they were better--such as Heroic Ragnaros.
Ghostcrawler seems to be on a similar wavelength, choosing this blog to explain the DK model more in-depth and tanking as a whole as well as his plans for the class and role in 4.3.
The end result is that 4.3 will have some major changes for DKs as well as tanks in general. Blizzard isn't done refining how tanking happens, particularly cooldown management and mitigation itself.
What Active Mitigation Actually Means, and the Future of the Blood Death Knight
We recently buffed tank threat significantly and suggested that we would fill in any potential lost gameplay with new gameplay. What I meant by that was that if tanks don’t need to hit their buttons to generate threat, they may realize th
4.2.2 Live on Servers
2011/08/30 at 2:16 PM
4.2.2 just hit the live realms--it's a real quiet one in terms of a patch, just miscellaneous technical fixes that couldn't be hotfixed in. However, the good news is that with 4.2.2 off of the PTR, it's time for 4.3 to start. We'll be watching out for it and we're definitely cooking up a storm of surprises for 4.3 coverage.
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Dungeons & Raids
Dungeons & Raids
The visibility of
ability has been increased.
The size of Ragnaros' hit box during the final phase of the Heroic encounter has been increased.
Raid Frames should now remember whether they were shown or hidden upon subsequent logins.
Players using multiple accounts should now be available to be invited to a Real ID Party.
Hotfixes (August 16th - 29th)
2011/08/29 at 8:06 PM
should no longer hit enemies with whom the player is not in combat in Grim Batol or the Firelands.
The Feral druid 4-piece tier-12 set bonus (
Item - Druid T12 Feral 4P Bonus
) should now interact properly with
The radius of effect of the Restoration druid 4-piece tier-12 set (
Item - Druid T12 Restoration 4P Bonus
) has been increased.
now properly triggers
on the primary Fireblast target, even if that target was not yet in combat.
The radius of effect of the Holy paladin 4-piece tier-12 set (
Item - Paladin T12 Holy 4P Bonus
) has been increased.
Dungeons & Raids
A few of the
patrols in the entrance area of Firelands have gone on vacation.
The number of enemies that must be killed before Shannox spawns has been reduced.
News Round Up: Diablo III Community Site, Model Updates, and More
2011/08/29 at 2:31 PM
There were some blue posts last week and today that mostly dealt with the onslaught of questions about transmogrification, the Darkmoon Faire, and model updates. Yes, model updates--with everything else being revamped, including the long sought after armor customization, a lot of people have been pretty curious about the prospect of new models coming someday.
Highlights from today's news round up:
Replica items may mean that items from DMF may just be art skins, rather than the original gear--so it may be impossible to tell replicas from the real thing.
Death Knights will get their stater gear back, probably set up in Archerus, so non-DKs can't steal their unique armor!
Diablo III community site was launched!
Murkablo was confirmed as BlizzCon's pet reward, but everyone already knew that from when he was datamined--right?
Some character model discussion by two wonderful Community Managers.
our LoL sweepstakes
is over and the winners are in. Thanks everyone for being such great sports and supporting our friends from Razer and Riot. If you didn't win this time, remember we always have fun giveaways a
Transmogrification, Part 4: Matching Greens
2011/08/28 at 10:45 AM
This guide has not been updated beyond Cataclysm. For the up-to-date guide on Transmog BoEs including Patch 5.4,
You still can't use your Twill Set, but there's numerous simple greens you can transmogrify. This guide will cover world-drop greens that form matching sets--perfect especially for leveling and covering up those repetitive BoAs. We've provided item lists, required levels, and a brief color description of each set.
Check out the previous guides to Transmogrification:
Transmogrification: Tier Armor
covers all class-specific tier sets--both PvE and PvP.
Transmogrification: Unique Armor
covers unique armor, distinctive weapons, and item sets that aren't class-specific.
Transmogrification: Look-Alike Tier
covers all items that resemble class-only tier, which anyone ca
Transmogrification Guides: Look-Alike Tier (Updated for 5.4)
2011/08/27 at 9:53 AM
In this guide, I'm going to cover sets that resemble tier but don't have any class restrictions. There's a large amount of recolored class tier floating around the nether, except it fortunately doesn't have any class specifications. Blizzard has been especially diligent in MoP to have lookalike options without class restrictions for all tier sets.
We've include many links to our transmog sets, which can be filtered by each tier and include matching belt and boot options. On each transmog page, we also have new
Filter this Set
buttons up by the
View in 3D
button that opens the set in a new page where you can apply all sorts of filters and view sources for each potential item.
Check out the complete updated series of Transmogrification Guides:
PvE and PvP Tier Armor
Lookalike Tier Without Class Restrictions
Patch 4.3: Darkmoon Faire
2011/08/25 at 11:06 AM
The Darkmoon Faire makes its return in 4.3 and one thing is for sure: it's finally getting the awesome revamp it deserved.
Shrouded in mist, sequestered away on its own island, the Faire returns with aplomb with mounts, vanity pets, and everything else you'd expect from a redone faction. From Tonk Battle Royale to Whack-a-Gnoll, it's got a few games up its sleeves like any good carnival should have as well. Some of the bigger changes also include:
Players will be able to work behind the scenes to earn skill points, up to five per week, to their professions of choice through quests.
Inspired by the Gurubashi arena, there will be deathmatches for prizes every three hours.
A new item, Darkmoon Artifacts will drop from battlegrounds, dungeons, and so on and will allow players to turn them in for rewards.
New heirlooms will be added through the Faire.
Most importantly, the Darkmoon Faire will bring back long-lost armor sets for transmogrification!
Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Step right up and prepare to be amazed!
It’s incredible! It’s unbelievable! You’ll be dazzled. You’ll be amazed! You
News Round Up: Transmogrification Clarifications, Void Storage Updates, and More
2011/08/23 at 7:24 PM
We have a lot of random posts for transmogrification lurking about from this week and last.
It's probably easiest to simply sum them up:
Heirlooms will be eligible targets for Transmogrification--you won't have to look bad while leveling up!
Mainhand can only be applied to mainhand and offhand only to offhand.
The jury is still out on "silly" items. They are debating whether or not you can use fun offhands like frying pans, fish, and so on.
While not planned for day one, greys and whites might eventually be an option. The wording used by the Community Manager implies it's not set in stone either way.
There was also a clarification about void storage (no, those prices are not set in stone) and a good PvP post session with Zarhym covering everything from twinks to deleting warlocks from the game forever. Oh, don't worry--he was kidding.
That's still under discussion at the moment. Right now, Legendary weapons and Heirlooms probably won't be eligible, while some Bind on Account items probably will be eligible. It's not set in stone yet though.
I'd like to
Transmogrification, Part 2: Unique Items and More Tier
2011/08/21 at 9:56 AM
Last guide covered the
basics of Transmogrification
(shorted by the blues to Mogging) and class-specific tier sets, but what if you want something a little more creative? In this guide, I'll provide an overview of Void Storage as well as cover distinctive weapons, some unique items, and armor sets that do not have class restrictions.
There are several types of items that cannot be transmogged (and we've created an item filter for this):
Legendaries: a blue post clarified they can't be used :(
Stat-less gear: no starter, holiday, or vendor-bought gear. (How cool would it be to have a tank in a level 1 shield?)
Armor/weapon disguises that don't use the accepted type for a class: DKs as rogues, hunters as warlocks, casters wielding large axes, etc.
Silly items: gear in the shapes of fish, flowers, or frying pans.
Even with these restrictions, there should be enough to keep you busy collecting!
We've updated this guide in 4.3 to include transmog set links and image mouseovers for item sets in the last table.
Check out the other guides to Transmogrification:
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