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News Round Up: Latest Hotfixes, Honor Reimbursement, Baine Bloodhoof, and Firelands Talk
2011/07/12 at 5:36 PM
The honor reimbursement is still on track for happening next week--if you bought a piece of season 9 gear before it became season 10 ilevel, you will be receiving 4000 honor as compensation.
Otherwise, we have tons of blue posts to share with you. There are a lot of
ones, specifically about the design of the encounters and their difficulty. There's also a new story for the lore fans out there involving Baine Bloodhoof.
Update @ 9:40PM CST: Latest 4.2 hotfixes have just been posted!
Latest 4.2 Hotfixes (7/12)
Pet Defensive stance will no longer cause the pet to assist the player while a vanity pet is active.
Rake should again be able to trigger Primal Fury.
Dungeons & Raids
Characters who make for a good Dinner Time should no longer be ported to Ancient Core Hounds they are not in combat with when the ability’s effects end.
Fire Scorpion and Flamewaker corpses no longer provide loot or reputation when they’re eaten by Hell Hounds and Fire Turtles.
The Exalted: An Overview of all Reputations
2011/07/10 at 4:26 PM
Like achievement points and reputation rewards? 4.2 introduces a new raid-only reputation, the
Avengers of Hyjal
, as well as a slew of daily quests to boost reputation with
Guardians of Hyjal
. It's a crazy time in 4.2 with all the new things to do, but really, quest hubs and rep grinds are nothing new to the game.
is still a prestigious title to get, especially if you haven't been playing since vanilla, so we'll highlight the available factions and spotlight fun titles and vanity items you can get along the way. Blizzard has a history of putting in complex reputation hubs--Isle of Quel'Danas, Argent Tournament, so if you enjoy Hyjal dailies, these older hubs are worth checking out when the 4.2 dust settles. if you can't stand questing, you can zerg older instances in your level 85 epics. We've recently updated the information on some of our faction and currency pages, so now is a great time to check them out!
For personal achievements, there are a series of reputation-related ones:
Somebody Likes Me
5 Exalted Reputations
10 Exalted Reputations
15 Exalted Reputations
20 Exalted Reputations
25 Exalted Reputations
30 Exalted Reputations
35 Exalted Reputations
News Roundup: Latest Hotfixes, PVP Season Transition Compensation
2011/07/08 at 9:46 PM
Today brings a new batch of 4.2 hotfixes, including a number of changes and fixes to some Firelands encounters, and important details on Blizzard's planned action regarding the recent Season 9 and 10 PVP item mess. We reported on this "disaster" in
, where Blizzard admitted fault in miscommunication of new PVP item availability, resulting in many players spending their saved Honor points on now-outdated gear. Well, affected players can rejoice because Blizzard plan on making it up to you with some free Honor!
Oh, and no 4.3 details just yet. ;)
Latest 4.2 Hotfixes (7/8)
Combat pets should no longer aggro creatures while the player is mounted.
Dungeons & Raids
Death knight Bloodworms are no longer removing stacks of Torment when they explode to heal other players.
Molten Elementals are no longer able to critically hit players.
The responsiveness of the Molten
News Round Up: Crystallized Firestones, Level 80 RAF, and Firelands Progression
2011/07/07 at 9:10 PM
There has been a lot of speculation that the rest of the VP items will indeed be able to become 391 ilevel with the use of a
. Instead of getting these upgrades from the vendor like you do for the other 391 items, you would be able to apply it to the item for your upgrade. Unfortunately the firestone droprate is lower than it should be, so few guilds have seen them, and the ones seen have been presumably used right away on the existing 391 vendor items so no one has tested this theory.
A user sent
this link in
to us showing their conversation with GMs and there have been a lot of other logs circling around. Hopefully someone confirms this ASAP;
a GM response is never proof
, but at the same time, it would be nice and it would explain the 391 items we have in our DB. It's possible that they just never implemented them.
On Firelands Progression Speed
As Paragon hits 6/7 heroic modes in 25-man,
officially starting the race to Ragnaros' world first, a blue comments about the progression.
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News Roundup: Hotfixes and New Honor Gear
2011/07/07 at 12:05 AM
Blizzard sometimes makes mistakes and today was all about addressing them apparently--there are a lot of hotfixes to read that fix 4.2's bigger problems and there's also a blue explanation for the PvP gear.
Regarding the PvP gear situation for those who don't PvP (or didn't log on yet), they gave us new season 10 gear that was purchasable with honor without requirements. This came right after season 9 gear became available last week for honor and similarly without requirements. This means lot of people farmed honor all last week since new gear was available and will now have to farm it again for the ilevel increased season 10 gear--which is actually the same season 9 gear with massively increased stats.
This is a pretty major change; it's streamlining PvP gear for those who don't do RBGs or arenas much like how they streamlined valor points for those who don't raid. Much like how you can get a decent PvE set without doing heroic modes or raiding hardcore, you can now get a great PvP set without having to live in the arena. Like any major change, it's being received very negatively, largely in part to this lack of announcement and foresight.
P.S. The best hotfix? There are now more wounded defenders in Hyjal for the dailies! Se
News Round Up: Season 10 Starts, Boss Strategies, and More
2011/07/05 at 8:58 PM
The first real attempts on hardmodes are happening today; so far, since the EU servers still can't complete, it's a pretty intense race between
has been killed by a lot of guilds (20+ so far), but few others have killed another boss yet. We'll have to see what the EU guilds have in store for us later.
Remember to check out our
in-depth strategies for all normal mode Firelands' bosses
PvP Season 10 Begins
PvP Season 10 has officially begun, and players can once again take to the Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds to compete for the new Ruthless Gladiator PvP sets!
All Team Ratings and Personal Ratings have been reset, and any Conquest Points from Season 9 have been converted to Honor Points. Any Honor Points above the cap were converted into gold at a rate of 35
Firelands Normal Mode and Baradin Hold Boss Strategies
2011/07/05 at 5:41 PM
Today we have a list of the boss encounters in
along with their strategies--the videos are from our affiliated site,
, and the strategies mostly written by Wowhead with some of TS' strategies mixed in. Hopefully this helps out those of you who are looking to engage and start clearing the zone this reset; it's a fairly easy zone, but it can be hard to progress past a certain point for a lot of guilds.
is also finally live, as the PvP season has started. This means you have an easy loot pinata to check out, even if you don't regularly raid, so be sure to check out
New Expansion Rumored to be Vengeance of the Void
2011/07/03 at 9:53 PM
a leaked document
" from Blizzard making the rounds this holiday weekend; we figured we'd post it here before you guys started tipping us off to it and asking why we didn't respond to it. Like anything that's unofficial and comes from an unreliable source, this is an
so take it with a grain of salt; there's a good chance it's just some fan trying to get their fifteen minutes of fame. However, it's definitely a well done fake if it is one. The only really suspicious part is the header itself which has the wrong address (Blizzard is based in Irvine, CA)--the person who created this knows their lore.
The "document" mostly gives an overview of what levels 85-90 will be like, detailing how the expansion will take place years after the Burning Crusade and focus on Outland's growing instability. The Burning Legion would be the central antagonist after Deathwing's demise. Demon Hunters will also supposedly take a supporting role in the expansion, though not as a playable class.
This would be an interesting direction--TBC and the Outlands in general are long considered the best expansion, the setting having earned a fond place in most player
Hotfixes (July 1st) and Wowhead Contest Winners
2011/07/01 at 6:48 PM
A lot of hotfixes to tide us over for the three day weekend, most notably:
Blizzard officially responds in their own way to STARS by changing it so heroic difficulty isn't enabled until next week, regardless of if you killed Ragnaros or not.
Firelands trash farming got hit with the nerfbat; epics won't be dropping half as much.
More Firelands trash fixes were put up, in particular the HP values and damage they do are now better suited for the difficulty. In other words, 25-man trash mobs now have increased values befitting a raid of 25 players.
There was a particularly random bug where you would randomly take fall damage and die while walking in areas--Blizzard assures us that's now fixed.
The winners of our latest contest have finally been chosen. Congratulations to the lucky people, and better luck to the ones who didn't get picked! Emails will go out by Tuesday, if not sooner (three day weekend here)!
News Round Up: Tabard Slot, Pugging 4.0 Content, and STARS Exploits
2011/06/30 at 7:30 PM
So now that the dust has settled from 4.2's eerily smooth launch, it's back to raiding and waiting to see what 4.3 will bring. While we wait, though, we have some interesting blue posts and a round up of what's been going on so far.
On some servers, the new dailies have been resetting. A lot. Many players are already on or about to be on the third stage. If you find yourself up at 3AM when dailies should reset on your server, they may reset again at 4AM and then again at 5AM. Hopefully it gets straightened out.
Daily quests aside, there are some even bigger "exploits" rumored to be happening right now that's got the PvE scene worked up. The well-known guild STARS decided to kill Ragnaros like many of us did--his death is required before you can begin heroic modes, much like how ICC had the LK as a gating mechanic for heroics. Unlike the rest of us, however, they took it a step farther when right after their kill the entire guild faction transferred to reset their raid lock, forming
a new guild
. This is clearly not an intended use of game mechanic and, in the past, when guilds have done thi
Latest Patch 4.2 Hotfixes (6/29)
2011/06/29 at 11:17 PM
And here are those hotfixes! Of course, I anticipate we'll be seeing more over the next few days so if some bug that's bothering you (bugging you?) hasn't been fixed, be patient!
Feral druids can now use
raid. It only seems fair.
Dungeons & Raids
Eye of Occu'thar
damage and health is now properly scaled for 10- and 25-player versions of the dungeon.
All Brood Affliction debuffs applied by
are now removed after zoning out of Blackwing Lair.
pack at the front of the dungeon should no longer cause players to become stuck in combat.
There are now fewer
, making the engagement a little less… hellish.
and her offspring now have increased health and damage on Heroic difficulty.
's Face Rage is now slightly less rageful, as the increase of the rate of damage per tick has been reduced.
News Roundup: Missing 4.2 Hairstyles, Holiday Bags Changed, 4.2 Featured Items
2011/06/29 at 8:41 PM
Just a few Blizzard posts today - no new hotfixes yet, but if any show up I'll definitely add them. You can check out previous Patch 4.2 hotfixes in
Some 4.2-Added Hairstyles Not Yet Implemented
You guys may have seen our awesome
4.2 hairstyles preview blog
which showed off a variety of new player hairstyles being added with Patch 4.2. Unfortunately, not all of these have been implemented, but it looks like some of them made it to live...
We did have a lot of new hairstyles we had created over time up on the patch 4.2 Public Test Realms. The problem was that, even though these hairstyles were added on the test realms, many of them were not finalized or approved by our art team. Because of this, a good portion of them (about half) were pulled shortly before patch 4.2 was released on live realms, leaving only a partial implementation of new hairstyle choices.
Unfortunately, this means some races/genders now have more hair
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