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Official Cataclysm Preview: Archaeology
2010/10/01 at 2:14 PM
Blizzard has posted a new preview of the new secondary profession in Cataclysm:
. Archaeology will be able to be learnt by anyone, led by the
and the new horde faction
of Silvermoon. According to the preview you will be able to complete artifacts that in turn reward you with some awesome items, like and .
You can check out the preview on Blizzard's Cataclysm Mini-Site.
4.0.1: New Flexible Raid Lockout System
2010/10/01 at 11:36 AM
A while ago, Blizzard announced that they would be changing the way raid lockouts work so players would no longer be required to raid the same content multiple times a week to increase progression. After a long wait,
has announced the new
Flexible Raid Lockout System
that will be introduced with 4.0.1. At launch, it will only be available for
The Ruby Sanctum
In these dungeons, you will only have to kill each boss once on any difficulty level to count toward a completion of the instance. For example, you could kill the first 3 bosses in Icecrown one night on 10-player and then the next night get 25 people together and kill
and the rest of the bosses. To help coordinate what bosses you have killed there will be a new UI element that shows you what encounters you have already defeated along with a way for raid leaders to link in chat what they have defeated.
You can check out the full announcement and some more examples by Bashiok after the break.
BFF Report - Warhammer Online Is The Next WoW Killer... Oh Wait..
2010/09/30 at 8:59 PM
We hear this from time to time about whatever various games are coming out, but nothing compared to when Warhammer and AoC were announced. For those that were around, it was a mad frenzy of long time tabletop Warhammer players that were on a hate spree in the forums. Now that the game is offering their 'Endless Free Trial', which allows players to experience some of the games features and level to Rank 10, I decided to give it a shot and see just how awesomazing this game was.
For those that don't know, WoW has managed to withstand the 'brutal loss' of its many subscribers to these various 'killers'. For the most part, I think we all agree that the only think that will bring down the game will be Blizzard themselves, or time. Besides those two factors, what single event/game/occurance, do
think will have the largest impact on the population? No, 2012 is not an answer.
Cataclysm Beta 3D Models! Warrior Tier 11, New Spectral Mounts and More!
2010/09/30 at 7:13 PM
We've got some snazzy new models for you guys, including the full Warrior Tier 11 set (and some recolored alternates)! You can check out our
previous 3D model posts
for previews of other class Tier 11 armor sets!
We've also dug up few new and updated mount models, including the new PVP mounts and ! Two adorable new companion pets join the fray as well - and ! All this
new raid items, to boot! Check out all of the models after the break!
Huge Cataclysm Site Update! Over 3000+ Items! (Finally)
2010/09/30 at 6:28 PM
So, we've been missing a good number of items on our
for a little while now, and our db guys have been racking their brains trying to figure out what was wrong. It wasn't until today that someone dug into an old, musty closet full of code and noticed a particular segment that got added a long time ago—specifically, a block of code which was intended to filter out private server items by blocking all items above a certain (very high) item ID #.
Problem is, over the years WoW has added a
lot of items
. So many, in fact, that
item IDs are now appearing in numbers above the "absurdly high" threshold we set years ago. We removed that cap, and suddenly new items started importing...
So! Our latest update includes a whopping
3282 new items
, 1 new achievement, 2 new talents, and 160 spells! You can check out all of our latest additions here:
Read on to check out some of our personal f
Blizzard Was Teasing Us With The Cata Release Date All Along
2010/09/30 at 5:54 PM
A commenter named Ron over at
pointed out something we missed!
A little while ago in the
which we reported
, this was posted:
Speaking to a small conglomerate of various Alliance representatives, Mekkatorque pointed out that the time to strike is now. After all, Thermaplugg has eluded death for years to keep his reign over Gnomeregan; and with the fall of the Lich King, the last great threat to the citizens of Azeroth, the chance of any cataclysmic event taking place in the foreseeable future is
"less than 12.7%,"
Mekkatorque's leading combat medical advisor Doc Cogspin purported.
12.7%? 12-7? CURSE YOU BLIZZARD FOR RUBBING IT IN OUR FACES!!!
Thanks to [url=
Likely Cataclysm Release Date: December 7th!
2010/09/30 at 4:34 PM
Edit: The release date was right there all along, and we didn't see it! See
for the details!
While poking through the game files for the next patch, we found this little snippet of text!
"Arena battles and Rated Battlegrounds are only available during an active player versus player combat season. Season nine will begin on
, so be prepared at that time to take your shot at glory!"
It's official: Season 9 starts on December 14th. Combine this with a blue post from Zarhym...
We are currently planning to end Arena Season 8 as early as October 12. At that point we will go through our normal process to determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards. This process should take approximately one week. It's very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for the Arena-specific titles and/or the Wrathful Gladiator’s Frostwyrm to refrain from transferring their characters to another realm or faction until after Arena Season 8 ends.
The next Arena Season
Cataclysm Beta (Build 13117) New Icons!
2010/09/30 at 3:46 PM
We've got some new icons fresh from the latest Cataclysm build, including some achievement icons (such as the one pictured to the right depicting an awkward, decapitated goblin) and tons of new item icons! We've also got awesome new mount icons, for the upcoming camel mounts, guild mounts and the new PVP Spectral Wolf / Spectral Steed mounts! Read on to check out all of the new icons!
Goblin Cinematic Posted on YouTube!
2010/09/30 at 2:46 PM
has managed to dig up the level 6 cinematic from the goblin starting zone, and posted it on YouTube!
OBVIOUS SPOILER ALERT: This video contains spoilers.
Remember, this is the video that takes place at level 6—after your goblin is fleeing the rapidly disintegrating Isle of Kezan. Enjoy!
Battle.net Introduces New Privacy Features
2010/09/30 at 11:44 AM
posted a rather big announcement that will hopefully please a lot of people who didn't like Real ID when it launched. Blizzard has introduced
new privacy options
to Battle.Net, including the option to opt-in or opt-out of the controversial "Friends of Friends" feature and the "Add Facebook Friends".
We'd like to make you aware of the new Real ID-related privacy options we've introduced to Battle.net. These options provide Real ID users with additional tools for customizing the service based on their preferences, enabling the ability to opt in or out of the Real ID "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features or to turn off Real ID altogether.
Real ID offers an optional, convenient way for keeping in touch with real-world friends you know and trust, whether they're playing World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, or one of our future games. The "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features provide you with even more options to stay connected while you play by making it easier for real-life friends to locate each other on Battle.net. You can easily enable or
This Week In Warcraft: Episode 8!
2010/09/29 at 7:03 PM
Aliena returns for another episode of
This Week In Warcraft
! This week we touch on the Tier 11 previews, New Tinkertown, the Account Recovery form on the Blizzard site, and some of Ghostcrawler's thoughts on talent trees.
FFXIV ZAM Site Gets A New Look (From Us, Kind Of)
2010/09/29 at 6:44 PM
I know that roughly 80% of you have no interest in
Final Fantasy XIV
, but since we were involved in this a bit I thought we'd take a moment to mention it.
Our design guys have been working with the team over at
to make some adjustments to the layout and design of their Final Fantasy XIV site! Between us we've tweaked the menu system, the display for advanced filters, the listviews, the news story display, and more!
If you're interested in poking around, here's the rundown:
Remember, if you want to search using the Wowhead-style homepage, just go to
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