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BFF Report - Get You Some Cata Starting Zone Action
2010/11/04 at 7:41 PM
I know you guys have questions concerning Cataclysm...
Should I server first something?
Should I farm up some herbs and dominate the AH?
Do I like cookies?
Should I reroll?
These are all very important, and in some cases, life changing questions. The answers to these are:
No, unless you're doing the digital download, have it preloaded and have lots of Bawls.
Yes, but herbs may not be the way to go...
Hell yes you like cookies! As a matter of fact, you like oatmeal cookies. What's this? You don't? WELL YOU DO NOW.
This is a tough one, because unlike the above, I can't make this decision for you.
That's why I'm putting in the time to get you through the
first hour or so of gameplay
for each race and condensing it down to an easily digestible
8 minutes and 42 seconds
Starting with the Alliance...
Guest Post: Who Leads Your Raids?
2010/11/04 at 5:56 PM
I've been sending emails back and forth with
for a little while now, and he's expressed a desire to do a little WoW-related sociological research. Specifically, he's wondering whether there is a gender bias between raid leaders, as compared to the normal WoW-playing population.
So what do you think, readers? Take a moment to join us for a little highbrow discussion, and let's see if we can't do a little scientific inquiry!
Join us after the break!
Legendary - The WoW Video Podcast - We Can't All Be Lore
2010/11/03 at 10:18 PM
Plenty of stuff to cover this week.. 'random' Elemental Rift world event, digital download shenanigans, new animations, leftover Halloween costumes, and of course, the winner of the Sound Blaster headset...
Also, I highly recommend that you tune in live so you can catch the after party.. which has been immortalized
So, did you screw up like me and pre-order the CE from an online retailer? If not, how are you getting your copy?
New Dwarf Female Hairstyles, Still No New Model
2010/11/03 at 9:36 PM
Something unexpected out of the latest Cataclysm Beta build - they've updated some of the existing
hairstyles! So far, they've changed three of the existing hairstyles and added one new one. I haven't checked all of other races to see if they've gotten anything new, just confirmed that the troll female hairstyles are all still bad.
Blizzard, Blizzard, Blizzard — you can add all of the new hairstyles you want but it won't change the fact that there are simply some player character races out there which are dramatically in need of some updates. Maybe after the Cataclysm, Deathwing could ravage over some NPC models as well? It worked for Desolace, right?
The hairstyles changed are, in order,
. Click to see 'em all big and dwarfy (wait, that makes no sense). Enjoy!
Cataclysm Heroic Raid Testing + New Premades Available
2010/11/03 at 9:13 PM
Blizzard has issued a call to arms for feedback of the Heroic difficulty modes of the upcoming Cataclysm raids, now testable on the Cataclysm Beta servers. Threads have been made on the official forums requesting feedback for each of the new encounters. Cataclysm Beta Testers can access these threads and offer valuable feedback
To make this testing a little easier, Blizzard has made available new premade template characters, decked out in
item level 359
gear (including full sets of
). Each account should have 5 new premades available.
There are new premade 359 templates available, but feel free to try with the 346 templates and whatever epics you might of gained from previous raid testing if you wish.
I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you guys that the
in fact work on the Cataclysm Beta realms and implore you guys to run the
addon while participating in any Cataclysm content. We'll always keep doing ou
This Week In Warcraft: Episode 12!
2010/11/03 at 8:11 PM
Almost forgot to post!
Aliena is back with more
This Week In Warcraft!
This time she covers BlizzCon, Red Shirt Guy, and more!
Cataclysm Beta (Build 13241) New Models & Icons!
2010/11/03 at 6:19 PM
A new beta build is here and as usual we have another new batch of models and icons for your perusal. One of the
in this build is the *drum roll* Worgen Druid's
! Hopefully we will have a video for this up in the near future, so be on the lookout for that! Other than that awesomely sexy model for druids there are several other models, such as a Corrupted Cho'gall and even more weapons and shields that you will most likely see in the raid dungeons at level 85.
In the icon department we have updated icons for many different gem types and some new dungeon armor icons. There are even new icons for (both Tauren and Night Elf flavors) and .
Edit: For those of you who prefer YouTube, or who have trouble with our modelviewer, we've added a YouTube video!
You can check out all these models and icons after the break!
Cataclysm Beta (Build 13241) Latest Additions & Spell Changes
2010/11/03 at 4:07 PM
A new build is on the way for the beta servers, with a bunch of new changes! We've done a full diff of all the spell changes below, we'll be cleaning it up and making it readable as we go.
Edit: Looks like there are some issues with our (and everyone's) spell parsing. Blizzard is changing these values so that they scale up from level 1 to level 79. Our parse is showing the lowest values, rather than the scaling, so it looks like a nerf—but ACTUAL VALUES AT LEVEL 80-85 ARE UNCHANGED. Zarhym's blue post is below:
This is one of those moments where reading data-mined material can be sorely misleading. I talked a bit about these changes yesterday here:
Most of these abilities have not changed for level 80+, however, they've been changed to scale from 1-79. As an example, Ambush deals a flat 190% weapon damage on live realms. With these changes, it now deals 90% weapon damage when first learned, and increases up to 190% again by the time you hit level 80.
We made these adjustments because healing and damag
Region Wide Battlegroup Matchmaking Update
2010/11/03 at 1:31 PM
Bashiok has just posted an update showing the current progress on
Region-Wide Battlegroup Matchmaking
Phase 2 was implemented today—in this phase Whirlwind, Emberstorm, Vengeance and Bloodlust are now all linked for Battleground queues. Whirlwind and Emberstorm are now also linked in the Dungeon Finder queue. The same thing is true of Stormstrike, Nightfall and Retaliation. In the final phase all battlegroups for the Dungeon Finder will be linked together by their physical location.
You can read the original announcement after the break!
Ghostcrawler Interview on The Escapist
2010/11/02 at 10:22 PM
John Funk over at the Escapist is a friend of mine, so when he posted an interview he did with Ghostcrawler, I figured I'd give him a shout out here.
It's an interesting interview—he gives thoughts on WoW's business model, the balance problems in patch 4.0.1, and a lot more. Check it out below!
Slayer of Stupid, Incompetent, and Disappointing Minions
2010/11/02 at 10:02 PM
This is a quickie but I had to point it out. I NEED this title.
The Days Before Cataclysm
2010/11/02 at 9:46 PM
I've been itching to post a blog about the different events that will take place in the 5-6 weeks before the release of Cataclysm, but Zarhym beat me to it! Since I can't really shed any more light than he did, I will summarize his post and then just give you the blue. Basically the plan from here until December 7 is:
: The Twilight's Cult & The Elemental Invasion events take place.
: All of the Cataclysm data is being introduced to your installation folder, no changes to the actual in-game experience (other than some balance issues possibly).
(a.k.a. The Shattering): Deathwing emerges from Deepholm, and boy, is he mad! Azeroth shatters and takes on the shape all those Cataclysm maps and guides have been teasing you with.
: Comes out on December 7, and introduces the 80-85 zones and skills, 450-525 professions, Archaeology, goblins & worgen (and everything else not yet introduced).
Zarhym's post is after the break!
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