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The Weekly Marmot - Guild Advancement & Reputation
2010/11/16 at 8:12 PM
So this week, I go over the upcoming Guild Leveling and Guild Reputation features. There's been a lot of confusion around them, so hopefully I can clear up some of the misconceptions!
Also, if you're going to be in the Grand Rapids, MI area for Cataclysm's release, be sure to watch for info on an awesome pre-release event!
News Roundup: Random Tidbits from the World of WoW
2010/11/16 at 7:38 PM
Just some assorted World of Warcraft and Blizzard-related news from Blizzard and around the web that we thought might interest you guys!
Blizzard Looking For Console Developers?
The Diablo III community website was recently updated with a surprising news post from Blizzard, looking for console developers with which to explore a "Diablo-related concept." Interesting...
We’re exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles and are currently looking to fill a few senior console-related positions on the Diablo III team. As we’ve said in the past, with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we’re interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in such a project. If you’re passionate about all things Diablo and have the requisite skill and experience, then head over to our jobs site to check out the positions and apply.
Please note that this is not an announcement of a console title. We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs and don’t intend to allow any possibility of a console interpretation to
This Week In Warcraft: Episode 13!
2010/11/16 at 6:55 PM
Aliena is back with
This Week in Warcraft
! This week we're going over the Elemental Invasion world event, as well as a bunch of other news items this week. Enjoy!
Tol Barad Official Preview
2010/11/16 at 1:12 PM
The Cataclysm draws near, but Blizzard still has a few zone previews to entertain us with. Tol Barad joins the rest, as the European WoW site narrates the story of of the Battleground-like world PvP zone and daily quests hub.
Read the preview snippet below and follow the link to the real deal!
An island off the coast of the Eastern Kingdoms, Tol Barad is a historic land now sought-after by the leaders of the Horde and the Alliance. Its strategic, isolated location makes it an ideal stronghold from which to conduct military strikes. In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, a battle will be waged to seize control of this prized territory. Should you triumph, unique rewards await you. Read more about this all-new world PvP and questing zone here.
Live Patch 4.0.3 Spell Changes
2010/11/16 at 12:37 PM
Patch 4.0.3 has just been released on live servers, and with it come some interesting class changes!
Talent Calculator (Live)
Latest Additions (Live)
has been reduced to 15% (down from 25%).
has been reduced to 10%,
to 15% (down from 25%)
Shadow Word: Death
now deals 269 Shadow damage (down from 809).
now has a 30 second cooldown (down from 1 min).
now has a 40 yard range (up from 30).
: Overall damage buffs, see individual abilities below.
Some of these changes were actually pushed live in a previous p
Patch 4.0.3 Now Live, World Not Destroyed Just Yet
2010/11/16 at 11:38 AM
Patch 4.0.3 is now available for download via the Launcher
, and with it comes some rather not-so-interesting (though well-appreciated) changes.
This is not the major pre-Cataclysm patch featuring the changed world
(a.k.a. The Shattering). That patch (4.0.3a) will likely come in the next few weeks. In addition, this patch does not activate new class/race combinations or any other major Cataclysm changes. However, there are still a few things worth mentioning!
Cataclysm Trailer Cinematic Button Added to Login Screen
There's now a button on the Wrath of the Lich King login screen's Cinematics menu which allows you to watch the Cataclysm cinematic trailer.
However, apparently this button doesn't work yet. Oh well, in the meantime there's always YouTube...
Deathy's Animations Fixed!
, the special BlizzCon 2010 pet
the Murloc has been bugged since he became available, mimicing last year's
. It's being reported that this is longer is this the case, as it
Pardon Our Dust!
2010/11/15 at 9:12 PM
In case you haven't noticed, we're making some tweaks to the blog layout!
We haven't settled into a final design, but we're looking into ways to revise the way our content is presented, so we can take advantage of the full page width.
Please give us your feedback in this post!
We're still making changes and we welcome your opinions.
New Forums Going Up This Wednesday
2010/11/15 at 8:27 PM
Bashiok has just posted on the official forums to let us know that they'll be transitioning to the new forums on Wednesday!
The old forums will be converted to "Read-Only" status, and all future posts will go onto the new community site we mentioned
a little while ago.
This Wednesday, November 17 these forums will be put into a read-only state. At that time we'll be inviting all posters to fully migrate to the new World of Warcraft community site and forums.
These forums will remain read-only until the end of the month, after which they and all of their posts will be removed ... forever! If you have any posts, information, stickies, etc. that you'd like to keep you'll want to have finished saving it before then.
We've all enjoyed the past few years on these forums, and look forward to creating many more with you on the new community site. See you there!
Tame a Boss! Chromaggus & More New Hunter Pets in Cataclysm Beta!
2010/11/15 at 4:29 PM
Just a little note for all you Beast Masters and hunter pet collectors out there! The definitive hunter pet blog
recently reported that everyone's favorite chromatic
is now tameable in the latest Cataclysm Beta build! I don't know about you guys, but this is my old school hunter's greatest nerd dream come true. Chromaggus isn't the only new Core Hound we'll be seeing in Cataclysm - there's another new skin available to hunters, a slightly more yellow-tinged beastie by the name of
who can be found romping around in
. But honestly, who cares about that guy - CHROMAGGUS! For those who prefer a more "classic" Core Hound look, it's worth mentioning that
is now tameable as well.
Check out some other awesome new hunter pet additions after the break!
Elemental Invasion: Final Phase!
2010/11/15 at 2:03 PM
The final phase of the
has begun, and it's a doozy—the elementals have come to destroy
Elementals will be invading
. It's up to you to take them out, and to gather your forces for a strike at the Elemental Lords—which of course drop some nice little level 251 goodies!
Come check out the full guide after the break!
Gamon's Cataclysm Beta Buff Still Isn't Enough, Taken Down by Raid
2010/11/15 at 11:04 AM
. Years and years of pickpocketing, mind controlling and just generally being killed flat-out for the coppers in his pocket have worn thin on the poor guy's soul. Since Blizzard have removed class-specific quests, they've done the guy a favor and given him an upgrade of Saurfang proportions!
As I'm sure some of you may have seen, as of the latest Cataclysm Beta build
Gamon is now a level 85 elite and he hits like a truck
has just posted a hilarious video of his "world first" (not really) kill on Gamon. Despite such a major upgrade, this poor tauren still can't get a break. :(
Blizzard Offering 7 Free Days To Expired Accounts
2010/11/13 at 5:40 PM
In preparation for the Cataclysm, Blizzard has been sending out emails to owners of cancelled or expired accounts. They are
offering 7 days of World of Warcraft for free with reactivation of the account
, no credit card or payment method required! This is a good opportunity for players who may have been taking a break or stopped playing for any other reason to get back into the World of Warcraft and see what they've missed (before it all gets destroyed). The offer is valid until December 1st.
If you're planning on taking advantage of this offer, be sure that you check the sender and content of the email so you are not taken advantage of yourself! This email is confirmed to be sent from
with the subject "Name - Return to Azeroth with 7 Days of Game Time." The link provided in the email will take you to
- DO NOT enter your details anywhere other than a confirmed World of Warcraft / Battle.net URL! Get back into the World of Warcraft and see what you've missed! :)
Looks like EU players get some love too! The of
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