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News Roundup: Blizzard Posts on Druid Lifebloom Nerf, Upcoming 4.1 Changes
2011/03/02 at 6:22 PM
Blizzard posters have been pretty quiet lately, but that's okay - we've bet getting tons of awesome 4.1 information via updates to the
official patch notes
, info from the
, and even some recent
Latest topics include:
Upcoming Druid Lifebloom Nerf
Upcoming Battle of Gilneas Graveyard Changes
Upcoming Change to 'Ambassador' Title Achievement
Winterspring Frostsaber Quest Changes in 4.1
Archaeology Item Cooldowns
Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
BFF Report - Cataclysm 4.1 - Zul'Gurub
2011/03/02 at 2:21 PM
Oh look, Blizzard is rehashing old content again.. or are they? I know that ZG is a "kind of a big deal" and the fact that its back is right up there on the "bigdealness" scale, so I decided to throw together a nice dungeon guide for those that are looking forward to it.. and for the noobs that can't not stand in things that kill you for some reason..
Since it's dropping prettydangcloseto raid quality gear, will those of you who aren't raiding yet focus on farming up ZG and ZA, or will you just skip it and get right to 10/25s?
Overall, how do you guys think it compares to OG ZG?
Latest Cataclysm Hotfixes (March 1)
2011/03/01 at 9:07 PM
Just two little hotfixes today. Nobody liked that Tol Barad escort, anyway. In fact, I don't think anyone likes any escort quest.
Flag carriers in rated Battlegrounds now take 25% more damage from all magical and physical attacks. The 25% additional damage from carrying the flag stacks with the Focus and Brutal Assault debuffs. Flag carriers in normal Battlegrounds are not affected by this change.
Quest & Creatures
Tol Barad Peninsula
The quest "
Walk A Mile In Their Shoes
" has not always been correctly awarding players with quest credit after completing the escort event. This quest is being temporarily disabled and removed from the achievement criteria for
Just Another Day in Tol Barad
. This fix will require a realm restart to take effect.
The Weekly Marmot - Taking out the Trash
2011/03/01 at 4:04 PM
This week's discussion centers around "equally interesting yet non-epic-dropping non-bosses", otherwise referred to as "trash mobs". Why are they there? Are they just there to be a time sink? Or are there actually some real benefits to having trash in a raid instance?
PTR Patch 4.1 Notes Updated (3/1)
2011/03/01 at 2:08 PM
Just a few quick
changes so far today, and it looks as though the mana cost increase to
may have been reverted. I'm sure we'll see more changes being added as the day progresses and I'll update this post as necessary with the latest patch notes changes!
Be sure to check out the fully updated and Wowhead linkified
4.1 PTR Patch Notes
's bloom effect has been reduced by 20%.
In addition, it now costs 11% of base mana, up from 7%.
Mastery: Colossal Might
damage has been increased by 10% to keep stat parity with other strike changes.
Mastery: Unshackled Fury
now only grants 2 base points of mastery, down from 8. This change offsets the
boost to better control Fury burst damage.
Patch 4.1 - PTR Build 13698 - Spell Changes, Icons, Maps
2011/03/01 at 1:51 PM
We've got the latest spell changes for you guys - nothing
unexpected, mostly the game getting patched to the adjustments and changes documented in last night's
patch notes update
As a bonus, I've included the latest batch of of new and changed icons, including some new druid spell icons and (perhaps) a seemingly randomly updated icon for the
Dark Edge of Insanity
)! We also have an updated
map, now featuring a large lake and cave south of Zul'Gurub!
New and Changed Icons
PTR Patch 4.1 Notes Updated (2/28)
2011/02/28 at 9:05 PM
The first batch of major updates to the PTR Patch 4.1 patch notes has been posted, including some
changes (finally!) as well as some
. In addition, this update also brings adjustments to the battlegrounds flag-carrying debuffs and an obnoxious nerf to
. Looks like more of those beloved PVP changes that end up screwing over players in PVE... oh well.
Apparently Blizzard snuck a few more changes in within the past half-hour, I've added these as well to the full update below so check 'em out! Also, I take back my complaining about the
change because with this latest update, they've added a very strange restoration
(passive) also reduces
's cooldown by 2.5/5 minutes.
I'm not sure where they're getting the 2.5/5 minutes, since
is passive and has no ranks, but if we're really going to get 3 minute
after all these years then sign me up!
Other notable changes include:
Flying mounts can now be used in
Winterspring Frostsaber Mount Grind Changed in 4.1
2011/02/28 at 2:38 PM
It seems that my speculations were correct! In the first batch of PTR data a few uncategorized spells surfaced involving the care and feeding of Wintersaber cubs. Then, I'm sure many of you noticed the adorable new cub models in our
last model post
. Finally, today's update brought in the quests that seal the deal - the Winterspring Frostsaber mount grind is being changed in patch 4.1! Instead of requiring a seemingly arbitrary assortment of repeatable quests to increase reputation, the process will instead be (basically) identical that of earning the Horde's
Oh, and for the record - yes, there's a
version of this adorable little kitty. Both Alliance and Horde players will be able to purchase their very own for from in Everlook.
The vendor is a human and not of goblin faction, but is located inside one of the buildings. However, the pet does NOT bind on pickup, so there's really no reason you shouldn't be able to take another, non-pirate character to grab one or get a guildie or friend to help out. :)
PST - Episode 18
2011/02/26 at 7:57 PM
How do we decide what Heroic boss to try next?
What role makes the best raid leader?
Is Patch 4.1 coming out too fast?
Should we set aside tier tokens for tanks and healers?
Latest Cataclysm Hotfixes (Feb 25)
2011/02/25 at 10:53 PM
Just a quick batch of Cataclysm hotfixes. Will all the
going around these may not be as exciting to most, but Heroic raiders will
appreciate the changes to the Valiona and Theralion encounter!
Dungeons & Raids
The Bastion of Twilight
Blackout will no longer hit players sent down to the Twilight Zone by either Valiona or Theralion.
Collapsing Twilight Portal should no longer close faster when a person uses it while on Heroic difficulty. It now has a set duration.
Devouring flame maximum damage has been reduced.
Theralion's damage should now be more consistent with Valiona's on 10-player Heroic difficulty.
Twilight Blast damage has been reduced on 10-player Heroic difficulty.
Twilight Protection now lasts 6 seconds, up from 3.
Players should now always receive the Twilight Protection buff when entering the Twilight Realm.
Twilight Sentries have slightly lower health on 10-player Heroic diff
Looking for Guild Feature Coming in 4.1
2011/02/25 at 2:36 PM
Blizzard has finally found the time to work on development and testing of a new, in-game Looking for Guild feature, which will hopefully come with patch 4.1! This tool (presumably triggered via a command such as /lfg) will function similarly to the Dungeon Finder and Looking for Raid tool (yes, that still exists) and will allow players to set certain criteria to find the guild thats right for them. I'd assume that recruiting guilds will be able to configure their guild's requirements and specify which roles they are seeking. Not very many details are available on this feature just yet, but when they are we'll definitely keep you guys updated! In the meantime, check out some preliminary screenshots of the tool as it exists currently on the PTR!
Click on an image to view larger! :)
Patch 4.1 - PTR Build 13682 - 3D Models: Ragnaros and Kitties!
2011/02/24 at 7:21 PM
is lookin' pretty leggy! We've also found a ton of new (and completely adorable) saber cubs were discovered in this latest PTR patch! In addition, a few amazing new NPC models for different types of fire hawks that will most likely be found in the new Firelands raid. Maybe a few of them are the new mounts?
Clicky the image to view in glorious 3D!
Check out all of the new models we've discovered in the first of hopefully many PTR patches after the break!
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