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First Round of Cataclysm Hotfixes Now Live!
2010/12/07 at 3:08 PM
Blizzard have just released yet another (huge) batch of hotfixes for patch 4.0.3a, addressing post-Cataclysm release bugs. Many specific quest issues were addressed with this patch, so if you were experiencing any problems check to see if it's been resolved! Not too many major changes, though if you were wasting time killing the opposing faction's flight trainer instead of bothering to experience new content, Blizzard has made it a bit tougher for you.
Check out a detailed list of hotfixes after the break!
Cataclysm Launch Event Gallery
2010/12/07 at 2:15 PM
So I'm home from the Cataclysm Launch Event!
it was a great time last night, lots of people there. One person said there were over 9000—but I realized later that may have been a joke. I even saw a lot of people who I had seen two years ago at the Wrath release event—I even ran into John Finch, the guy who was first in line last year. He said he'd arrived 48 hours before, and was still only 20th in line.
Once again, I want to thank Blizzard for NOT being the kind of company who tries to create buzz by not having enough copies of the game at launch. I wasn't there until about 7pm, and I still got a Collector's Edition. :)
This whole process has been kind of nostalgic for me, because for those of you who've been with us for a while, you may know that our discussion and picture gallery of the original Wrath launch event two years ago was actually our very
of blog posts. So with that in mind, I leave you now as I left you then, with the most important part of the whole process:
Player and Guild Experience Changes in Cataclysm
2010/12/07 at 12:55 AM
Blizzard has made some posts clarifying some of the new experience mechanics in Cataclysm. Firstly, (as intended)
guild experience will be capped on a per-day basis
, meaning that your guild will not gain experience after a certain point until the next day. Apparently, the EU realms went live without the cap enabled, but corrective measures were taken and guild experience was reset for some guilds.
once you reach the max-level for an expansion, you will only gain 10% experience from killing NPCs from that expansion.
In other words, once you hit 80, there will be no AoE grinding of squishies in Northrend to try to level to 82 or higher. You can still get full experience for
, but you'll need to move on to the Cataclysm zones to get full experience from NPCs.
Blue posts after the break!
Cataclysm Release Party Live!
2010/12/06 at 9:41 PM
I bring a message from the legendary
Mike B aka Fony
Here's the deal: Mike, GameBreaker.TV, Lore, and a ton of guests are doing a live broadcast from Best Buy in Grand Rapids, MI, and GameStop in San Francisco, CA.
They're kicking things off around 8PM and are gonna push it until the party is over, and following that Lore is going to make an attempt for world first: Greatest American Hero Hair'd Paladin, and Mike is... just going to feed him grapes or something.
Check the stream after the break or
click here to join the chat
, if your computer can handle it, that is.
Cataclysm Expansion Launches Tonight
2010/12/06 at 9:50 AM
Edit: Cataclysm is now open in the EU and US! Enjoy!
It's finally here. After two BlizzCons worth of waiting, The Cataclysm officially begins—tonight!
Once again, we've got all the information you need in order to take on Deathwing and his minions. This post will be your home base for all our Cataclysm content—just start here and follow the links below!
Check out the BFF Report's special on leveling past 80!
Also, don't forget our video guide to
How to Find Cataclysm Dungeon Entrances
New 80+ Zones
New Dungeons and Raids
Cataclysm Preview: New Profession Info
2010/12/06 at 4:08 AM
Cataclysm is tomorrow (or today really), and one of the (many) things that will become available when the clock strikes midnight is the new professions.
Not only will everyone have access to the new profession,
, they'll also be able to level the existing professions up to 525 skill—for a rank of
Illustrious Grand Master!
We have (of course) written up a preview of all the professions, archaeology included, below. Like many of these posts, this content has been posted in our
for a while now, but this seemed like a good time to make sure you guys had quick and easy access to all the info. So check it after the break!
Cataclysm Midnight Release Events For US & EU
2010/12/04 at 11:02 PM
Cataclysm is coming!
is upon us, and Blizzard has posted extensive information detailing midnight release locations for both American and European players!
Our very own
will be there covering the Southern California event detailed below, so I'm sure we'll see lots of fun pictures and details, so be sure to check out our blog on Monday night!
Join us at
9 p.m. PST
Monday, December 6
Fountain Valley Fry’s Electronics in Southern California
for the Cataclysm midnight launch. Help us celebrate the dawn of a new age with the powerful music of The Artists Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain, an epic /dance competition, autographs from the development team, and more.
The party begins at 9 p.m. so be sure to arrive early, and get your copy* signed by the developers when the store opens at midnight on December 7.
If you don’t live close eno
New Battle.net Website—Featuring Wowhead Links
2010/12/04 at 12:44 AM
Blizzard has officially launched the new Battle.net website, with a special bonus feature that we haven't been able to talk about until now:
You can now find links to Wowhead all over the Armory database! Item pages, character pages, search listings, even the talent calculator—all have convenient links to your favorite WoW database.
We're really honored to be chosen to be part of this new Blizzard venture—and we're looking forward to continued cooperation with Blizzard in the future. :)
Of course, that's not the
awesome thing in the new
(just the most important)—there's a ton of other awesome stuff, including
raid progression and recommendations
on the Armory,
tooltips in the forums
, and lots more!
The full announcement is after the break, with all the details!
News Roundup: City Tabard Reputation Clarified, Low Level Glyphs + Videos!
2010/12/03 at 7:52 PM
We've gathered a couple of interesting blue posts—specifically, a clarification on how you gain reputation from the new city tabards, and thoughts on how glyphs are used by low levels. On top of this, we've posted a couple of awesome videos, including someone playing WoW on their mobile phone, and a hand-crafted one-take video of "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel, set in Stormwind!
Join us after the break!
BFF Report - Cataclysm - Life After 80 (part 2)
2010/12/03 at 5:41 PM
Woooo! I'm glad I got this out of the way, now I can go back to taking full advantage of the ridiculous leveling speed available right now and crank out some alts. Are you guys ready for the release? Whats the final verdict.. Reroll? Race change? PVE or rated BGs?
Also, don't forget to check out our Cataclysm release party over at
. If you haven't already heard.. Ill be hitting the streets of San Francisco outside of the local Gamestop and Lore will be getting fed freaking grapes over at Best Buy, bastard.
Oh, and we will be giving away stuff, again.
Things To Do Now That the World is Destroyed: Get New Companion Pets!
2010/12/03 at 11:59 AM
So, apparently Deathwing coming out of the ground and destroying everything turned out to be one of the
best things to ever happen
to the World of Warcraft. It's kind of a strange way to look at things, with the paths of destruction in many zones, and the mounting tensions between even our own faction leaders, but as a player I can't help but feel like most things got pretty damn awesome. The new zones look phenomenal, the new quests / zones are more involved and storyline driven than ever before - even though I can't help but feel weird, it's like sitting in my room waiting for the apocalypse because I think it's going to be as awesome as
In the last week before the actual Cataclysm comes, there's already once again much to do that most players may not be able to make time for until after their actual Cataclysm plans (such as leveling to 85, leveling a goblin/worgen, etc.). It's okay - because the
time is now
! I've been playing World of Warcraft more this past week than I have in months, and I just wanted to let you guys in on some of the awesome things to do before Cataclysm hits and it's back to the gr
New Feature Preview: Forum Signatures
2010/12/02 at 8:47 PM
Wowhead is beta-testing a new feature:
Character-based forum signatures!
anyone with a premium account can try them out
, and you can use them here on Wowhead or on any other forum that accepts image embeds. Here's how you get set up:
Creating a signature
Claim a character. To do this, look up your character on the
. Hit the button, and select
Once the character is claimed, click the button and select
Once you're there, this will take you to the
Here you can edit all sorts of things—what statistics your signature shows, background colors, text colors, and so forth. You can adjust the color of the background from a simple gradient to any of a number of "Wowhead backgrounds" (which we borrowed from the in-game cloak textures). You can even upload your own!
Once you have your signature finished, click
and your signature will be saved to your user page, under the
tab. You can see
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