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World of Warcraft Turns Seven
2011/11/18 at 2:13 PM
Remember when we datamined
WoW's 8th Anniversary
? Well, it's time to celebrate WoW's seven years--starting this Sunday, you will be able to login to get a feat of strength as well as get reputation gains.
World of Warcraft turns seven on November 23, 2011! It’s been a truly incredible seven years, and we’d like to thank you all for joining us for yet another fantastic year. To celebrate, players who log into the game between November 20 and December 3 will earn a feat of strength added to their Achievements and a “Celebration Package” item. Using your item will get the celebrations rolling by shooting off fireworks*, applying a (visual only) tabard to your character, and granting a 7% bonus to experience and reputation gains while active.
We look forward to another year of adventures ahead and many more to come!
*Please observe all goblin and gnome fire hazard warnings and celebrate responsibly.
Firelands Raid Hotfixes Sept. 20 -- Updated
2011/09/20 at 12:20 PM
As announced in the ‘Firelands Raid Changes Incoming’ blog post (
), we’ll be making the below hotfixes which have gone into effect during today's raid reset.
- health and damage reduced by 15%.
Other bosses - health and damage reduced by 25%.
All adds’ health and damage have been reduced in the same proportions as bosses.
deal much less damage.
s move slower.
Wings of Flame
buff duration on Alysrazor is now uniformly 30 seconds.
Alysrazor drops 1 additional
for 10-player mode and 2 additional feathers for 25-player mode in all cycles.
Wrath of Ragnaros
in Stage 1 now knocks targets up, but not back.
Boss health and damage reduced by 15% (Heroic
' health has not been reduced.)
All adds’ health and damage have been reduced in the same proportions as bosses. However, Heroic Ragnaros adds have been reduced by 15%.
2011/09/14 at 3:27 PM
Dungeons & Raids
Foe Reaper 5000
has been reduced from 50,000 fire damage to 20,000 fire damage on Heroic difficulty.
's spawn timer has been increased in both phases of the encounter on Heroic difficulty.
packs should now behave as originally intended. As Flamewaker Subjugators become damaged, Flamewaker Animators will be attackable, and must be killed quickly to prevent a significant buildup of
Bottle of Dalaran Red
Bottle of Aged Dalaran Red
Cask of Dalaran Red
Cask of Aged Dalaran Red
should no longer award the player the next tier of Dalaran Red when placed on the ground.
Quests and Creatures
The Storm Peaks
should again be applied correctly to flying characters, and will not cause mounted characters to dismount. The transformation should not affect druids in
Alliance and Horde players are able to teleport to [npc=151
Hotfixes (September 9th)
2011/09/09 at 5:31 PM
After monitoring thousands of Firelands kills, we've concluded that Retribution’s damage was not where we wanted it to be, so we're going to increase Censure damage by roughly 40%. We'll also be keeping an eye on paladin damage as we move towards patch 4.3. We expect that this hotfix should be applied sometime later today.
We're also considering shifting some of the damage from Hammer of Wrath into other attacks. While that may not necessarily cure some of the current concerns about proc reliance, it should help smooth out damage a bit.
The damage dealt by Censure from Seal of Truth has been increased by 40%.
Quests and Creatures
If the Steamwheedle Rescue Balloon is killed at the start of Rocket Rescue, players should now be ejected properly, and the ballon reset to its home location.
When a player exits the Skeletal Steed vehicle in Welcome To The Machine, all quest NPCs will now despawn.
Hotfixes (September 9th) and Legendary Quest Changes
2011/09/08 at 7:02 PM
Dungeons & Raids
The number of Smouldering Essences that can be collected from a single boss in 25-person Firelands on Heroic difficulty has been reduced.
The number of Smouldering Essences that can be collected from a single boss in 10-person Firelands on normal mode has been increased.
The hit points and damage done by drones and spiders in this encounter have been reduced by 10%.
Ragnaros should now be crushing fewer souls on Heroic difficulty.
Kalecgos should no longer despawn when first engaged.
The Wrath of Tarecgosa should no longer ignore cooldowns when a clone spell procs.
The Wrath of Tarecgosa should no longer trigger melee procs from trinkets, however, it should still trigger melee procs from abilities such
Heroic Ragnaros Receives a Major Nerf
2011/09/06 at 10:08 PM
With only seven US guilds and thirty-seven guilds killing Ragnaros on heroic mode in 25-man, it was inevitable that Ragnaros would get a nerf. The fight was hard and many guilds three healed it for their kill, mine included.
Tonight, the nerfbat finally landed. Mid-attempt for many, Ragnaros' health was reduced--it's a fight based on health percentages for phase transitions, so this will reduce the second phase probably by an entire seed phase, greatly reducing the encounter's difficulty. Additionally, phase four--the heroic mode phase--allows Ragnaros to heal up for 50% of his health. With his overall health changed this much, it means he'll heal up for a lot less.
On heroic mode, Ragnaros now has 74.2 million on 10-man; on 25-man, it's now 246.9 million from its previous 290 million.
Prenerf Kill Statistics
, here are the statistics prenerf for kills in Firelands. Expect them to change
25-man Heroic Mode Kills
H: Beth'tilac (25): 682 (16.14%)
H: Lord Rhyolith (25): 1204 (28.49%)
H: Alysrazor (25): 581 (13.75%)
H: Shannox (25): 2040 (48.27%)
H: Baleroc (25): 428 (10.
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