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Wowhead Pride Contest: 1 Day Extension
2010/03/16 at 7:37 PM
An apology is in order for those of you who tried to submit your contest entry over the weekend! We had a site bug which prevented the contest page from displaying properly for a few hours during the day.
Since we lost a few hours of accepting entries, we have decided to apply a
one day extension
to the contest! You now have until the end of
Thursday, March 18th
to submit your entries! That's two days from now, so you shutterbugs best get moving!
Anniversary Player Interview: Luek
2010/03/16 at 6:22 PM
In the spirit of Blizzard's Anniversary celebration, they have released another player interview.
is from the US realm The Underbog and sports titles such as
In this interview, they talk about how he was brought into World of Warcraft and some of his most memorable events in the game. They also talk about his early PvP experiences and many other subjects. You can read the whole interview on the official
Anniversary Mini Site
GDC: Rob Pardo Speaks About Blizzard Game Design
2010/03/12 at 9:05 PM
At tenth annual Games Developer Conference
, Executive Vice President of Game Design at Blizzard, hosted a panel where he spoke about design philosophy at Blizzard. The fine folks over at
were able to get some nice info on some of their key successes and failures.
He spoke about how they succeeded in creating a good economy in World of Warcraft through the "taxing" for deaths, the auction house, and making money-sinks (such as mounts, titles and pets). This made the concept of gold
, while on the flip side in Diablo II death, took away half your gold - but people just ended up keeping it in town unless they needed to buy something, therefore making gold pretty useless.
He also spoke about key design concepts like making everything overpowered, the default UI being a failure and several other subjects that are well worth the read.
If you weren't able to get into GDC, see it for yourself below!
More Patch 3.3.3 Models & Icons: Lil' XT, Halion's Servants and More!
2010/03/09 at 3:09 PM
We've dug up some new 3D animated models and icons out of the latest batch of PTR data - no amazing celestial horses this time, but instead a strange and quirky little addition to the cute pet armada -
! This pint-sized version of everyone's favorite
could possibly be a new
pet, following in the footsteps of
, the miniaturized version of
Tip: Last week's patch update blog can be found
Check out the new models and icons after the break, along with some of my own lore-tinged speculation. You can see previous models and icons we've posted
Cataclysm Mastery System Preview
2010/03/08 at 9:25 PM
Blizzard went into detail about the changes into the stats system for Cataclysm and now they have finally revealed their plans for the
In a nut shell the mastery system will basically give you bonuses that increase damage, healing or survivability according to the amount of points spent in the tree. Along with it you will get a secondary bonus to a stat that is most desirable to you, like haste or crit. There is even a third bonus which will be completely unique to the tree and will benefit from the mastery rating on high-level gear.
Eyonix then goes into detail about how talents such as
will stay and
will go away in favor of more fun and interesting talents while being merged into the new mastery system.
After the break you can find the entire post along with examples for the mastery bonuses for Holy and Discipline Priests and Frost Death Knights!
Which Direction Is Our Game Heading?
2010/03/05 at 12:00 PM
As many of you know, the original pitch for World of Warcraft was an epic adventure where you would band together with your peers and defeat a common enemy, be it a huge dragon, or an opposing faction's army. This is the reason that a lot of players initially bought the game, but it's also one of the aspects of the game that seems to be disappearing.
Patch 3.3.3 Models & Icons: Halion, Celestial Steed and More!
2010/03/04 at 7:17 PM
Hey there Wowhead readers! We just wanted to take the opportunity to share with you some cool 3D (animated!) models and icons that we have discovered so far in the Patch 3.3.3 data! Sadly there's not too many icons yet for all our forum-goers' avatars, but the ones we've found are
We've got models for some amazing new mounts, including a beautiful spectral steed, a strange two-seating rocket mount, a blazing hippogryph and a big ol' wooly rhino! We've also found a new model for Anduin Wrynn (the only character ever to "age" in WoW?), a cute celestial wyrmling pet and the violet dragon
Halion the Twilight Destroyer
- a new boss in the upcoming
Check out the models and icons after the break!
Gear Check: Peregrine Gaming Glove
2010/03/04 at 4:21 PM
So I'm going to be taking over and doing my own tech review this time, because I was excited about this product and I didn't want
to get the only one, like she did with that
This time I've got ahold of a
Peregrine Gaming Glove
. These things are new, you can't buy them yet—although you can pre-order them from the
. Join me after the break while we put this thing through it's paces!
Battlecry Mosaic Complete, New Interviews, Noxy Artwork
2010/03/03 at 7:00 PM
Ladies and gentlemen,
the Battlecry Mosaic is complete
A total of 20,000 submissions have come in since the
site opened, and the full mosaic is now available for viewing! You can look at it through the Mosaic Viewer on the Battlecry page, or by downloading the truly epic
14400 x 6150 pixel raw file
(also available in various
They've also unlocked two brand new
: one with
, who we all know and love, talking about the design and creation process for the game—and the other with forum MVP
, talking about his gaming history and the experience from the player's perspective.
If you're looking closely at Palehoof's interview, you'll find some artwork provi
Pawn, Now with Added Wowhead Awesome
2010/03/03 at 2:03 PM
Some of you may know about this little addon from the last time we
it, but for those who don't here's a little explanation:
is an addon that takes the stats from an item you are looking at and gives it a score based on a weight scale, very similar to our own stat weighting system. The higher the score the "better" the item is according to the weight scales you design.
And now, Pawn users will be happy to know that the team over there has added a little extra awesome into the addon by using our
To get Pawn you can find it on our sister site
3.3.3 PTR Patch Notes Updated
2010/03/02 at 8:25 PM
The PTR is currently down and is being updated to a new build, but in the mean time Blizzard has updated the PTR Patch Notes!
Included in this new build are several changes to some classes, such as
's debuff duration increased from 12 seconds to 60 seconds. There are also other class changes for Mages, Rogues and Warriors.
Another little gem was added in this build was the ability to your frame rate to an eye blistering
200 frames per second
Read on after the break for all of the changes!
Icecrown Citadel Raid Buff Now Live
2010/03/02 at 12:33 PM
The buff promised by Blizzard to make
easier has finally been enabled on live realms as of this morning's rolling restarts!
Strength of Wrynn
for the Alliance and
for the Horde
increase damage, healing and health by 5%
. From looking at related spells it will slowly increase over time to finally reaching its top out point of
These buffs will hopefully help out those raid groups that are having issues progressing through the raid encounter. But those who wish to do this without help still have the option to turn it off by speaking with your respective faction leader to disable the buff.
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