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Are Heroics Too Hard? Blizzard Doesn't Think So (And Neither Do I, Hah!)
2010/12/28 at 12:58 PM
As many players hit level 85 and begin to queue for Heroic dungeons, there has been a resounding echo among the users of the official forums and pretty much everywhere else, all preaching a single thought: Heroic dungeons are too damn hard! Many of these players are skipping straight into Heroics as soon as their item level average permits, since (after all) this is the intended "ready" point for the content. But is it too low? Or are the Heroic themselves too difficult?
Today, Blizzard poster Zarhym responded to an angry poster, admitting that Wrath of the Lich King content was actually
and the Heroics are supposed to be as difficult and as much of a test of skill as they now are.
Players were conditioned at the end of Wrath of the Lich King to mow through Heroics at lightning speed. Not only were they too easy to begin with, by the time Dungeon Finder came out players greatly out-geared the majority of these dungeons.
The reality is that it makes sense for Heroics to be a true and necessary stepping stone into raiding. They are more difficult
PST - Episode 9
2010/12/28 at 11:58 AM
Questions answered this week:
How do I deal with cliques?
Is Ret DPS just
What do I do when people just aren't leveling?
Ghostcrawler Discusses Upcoming Major Class Changes
2010/12/27 at 11:49 PM
Now that many players are level 85, Blizzard has been receiving a ton of feedback (both positive and negative) regarding their classes, specs and other balancing / playability concerns. They've taken a lot of these concerns, with their own review, and Ghostcrawler has just posted a very inclusive and informative post detailing developer impressions of the current state of the game and various aspects of it, projecting potential and possible changes we'll see in the near future. Definitely worth a read!
We have a lot of players at 85 now doing everything from Heroic dungeons to rated Battlegrounds, and the class design team is starting to prepare our list of items to investigate for our next patch.
Before you dive down into the meat below (not really a pleasant image, that), be advised that we’re still early in the preliminary stages. The patch isn’t coming out tomorrow. I wrote this before the end of the year and other things may have cropped up in the meantime. Just because your class or pet problem isn’t mentioned below doesn
Cataclysm Hotfixes (December 22 - 27)
2010/12/27 at 11:27 PM
Blizzard's had some catching up to due over the holidays on Cataclysm hotfixes, but the latest batch was posted today!
Notable changes include:
- The heal from
was too powerful and has been reduced by 50%.
- Winning as an attacker now rewards players with 1800 Honor Points, up from 180. Winning as a defender still rewards players with 180 Honor Points.
quest achievement can now be obtained after completing 105 quests in Uldum, down from 108.
- Players are now granted 250
reputation after completing the daily quest "
Fire From the Sky
- The following reagents no longer have limits and are now available from Una Kobuna and Casandra Downs in unlimited quantities: Deathwing Scale Fragment, Scavenged Dragon Horn, Bleached Jawbone, Silver Charm Bracelet, and Preserved Ogre Eye.
Check out the full post after the break!
Wowhead's Christmas Present To You 2010
2010/12/25 at 4:29 PM
Didn't think we forgot about you guys, did you? We've got another great Wowhead holiday wallpaper from
You can check out and download previous years' wallpapers
Happy Holidays From Wowhead!
2010/12/25 at 12:00 PM
I just wanted to take a moment to wish every single one of our users a very happy holiday!
Each one of us is very lucky to have the opportunity to be here doing this for you guys, and we would not be here—
of Wowhead would not be here—if it weren't for you guys. It's your data, your screenshots, your comments, and your forum posts that make Wowhead what it is, and we're eternally grateful for your support.
So who got presents? What's the coolest thing you got this year? :D
A Wowhead Holiday Treat
2010/12/24 at 3:00 PM
So it looks like
spent a little time this holiday season cooking up a special treat!
That's her and her new beau,
, cooking up a delicious batch of
They came out beautifully, and I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get some in the mail before Christmas day—and word is that she might be sending some to Blizzard as well. ;)
TankSpot Cataclysm Raid Videos - Cho'gall
2010/12/23 at 7:47 PM
Nothing captures the holiday spirit quite like slaying the Leader of the Twilight Hammer!
's latest raid video features
, the final boss of
The Bastion of Twilight
As always, be sure to check after the break for the full video transcript with all the tips and tricks you'll need to slay a two-header ogre of your own and loot all of the presents.
Legendary - The WoW Video Podcast - Honor
2010/12/23 at 3:34 PM
Titan confirmed, ninja honor buffs, Blizz puttin' their thang down on xfer happy players.. lots to talk about in this very un-Christmasy Christmas episode of LEGENDARY. Oh, and another giveaway..
If the embed doesn't work, watch it here on
Also, what's up with the queues this morning? 45 minutes and counting! :|
News Roundup: Blizzard's Holiday Break, Fortune Awaits Contest Winners, Holiday Art
2010/12/23 at 8:43 AM
Quite possibly the last blue posts we'll see for the next few days?!
Today, Blizzard posted a quick note to mention that they'll be AFK from the forums for a bit enjoying their holidays. They've also announced the winners of the Your Fortune Awaits video and print ad contests and are even sharing some holiday cheer in the form of new seasonal card art! Also, there's a quick blue note regarding changes to arena ratings and item requirements.
Check it all out after the break!
TankSpot Cataclysm Raid Videos - Chimaeron and Twilight Ascendant Council
2010/12/22 at 5:39 PM
More great instructional raid videos from our friends at
. Today's videos offer instruction on the
and the Twilight Ascendant Council in
The Bastion of Twilight
As usual, check out the fully detailed transcripts after the break!
Cataclysm Companion Pets Guide: Gotta Catch 'Em All!
2010/12/22 at 3:55 PM
Following last week's
Cataclysm Mount Guide
and our pre-Cataclysm guide to
The Shattering companion pets
, I've put together a detailed guide to all of the new
Cataclysm companion pets
! Find out which professions can craft pets, get lucky with archaeology and get your entire guild together to slaughter thousands of critters! What fun!
Check out the fully detailed guide, including a list of all of the new companion pets and detailed information on how to get them, after the break!
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