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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!
PTR Patch 4.1 Blizzard Post + Official PTR Patch Notes!
2011/02/24 at 2:47 PM
Blizzard has just made a detailed post about the changes we can expect in
! If you've already checked out our awesome
Patch 4.1 Mini-Guide
, much of this will come to no surprise, but Blizzard has made an extremely welcome addition -
official PTR patch notes
Be sure to read Zarhym's detailed post announcing the return of
as 5-player Cataclysm Heroics, as well as some interesting information about upcoming class changes below. Also, you can check out the patch notes (fully Wowhead linkified, of course) after the break! Or, you can check 'em out
That's right, folks. Development on the first major content patch for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is well underway! We're currently making preparations to bring some of the initial content and updates we've been working on for this patch to the Public Test Realms. So you ask, "what will we find in the first 4.1 test c
Patch 4.1 - PTR Build 13682 - New and Updated Icons
2011/02/24 at 7:45 AM
Ah, it's that time again - time for fresh and awesome picture-y goodness, including a delicious sneak peek at the upcoming Firelands raid bosses - Alysra, Fandral Staghelm and Ragnaros! Cataclysm players who have quested in Hyjal might remember these NPCs - the first being a green dragon questgiver, possibly corrupted or endangered in some way, the second being the notorious Fandral Staghelm (who needs no introduction, really) and finally everyone's favorite firelord, Ragnaros! Are you excited yet?
In addition, we've got Zul'Gurub boss achievement icons, for High Priestess Skilnara, Jin'do and Zanzil, as well as a ton of new item icons for upcoming Firelands raid and Heroic Zul'Gurub / Zul'Aman loot -
In total, we found
new or updated icons in the current PTR build!
Be sure to check 'em all out after the break!
Patch 4.1 - PTR Build 13682 - Spell Changes
2011/02/24 at 7:35 AM
Suddenly, out of nowhere, a wild PTR appears! It looks like Patch 4.1 will make its way to the PTR realms soonish, and we've got a peek at the latest spell changes!
We've just updated these spell changes to a slightly improved format, and we'll continue to improve upon it over the upcoming weeks. Also, it's worth mentioning that the previously documented
Body and Soul
not a nerf
simply a tooltip error
and I have removed this change.
Be sure to take a peek at our
detailed blog post
covering the latest 4.1 content!
It seems that in patch 4.1, epic item level 359 crafted items which (unfortunately) did not receive a gem socket with 4.0.6 have now had sockets added (and stats adjusted)!
Now has 170 Strength (-20 from 190), 117 Hit Rating (-10 from 127), and 117 Mastery Rating (-10 from 127)
Now has a Blue socket with a +10 Stamina socket bonus[/l
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