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News Round Up: Patch 4.3.4 Live, Hotfixes and Customer Support Changes
2012/04/17 at 3:21 PM
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.3.4 is now available on all realms. Below you'll find the official patch notes.
Notes for all World of Warcraft patches can be found
Ticket Submission UI Improvements
A new Submit Bug button has been added. Clicking this option will open a report dialog box, along with basic instructions on what to include in your bug report.
A new Submit Suggestion button has been added. Clicking this option will open a text dialog box, along with a description of what to include in your suggestion.
The Report Lag button has been removed.
The Report Abuse button is now called Report Player.
The Report Player function offers four categories: Spamming, Language, Name, and Cheating.
Reporting a player for Cheating now opens a text window in which a description of the occurrence can be written.
Reporting a Name opens a window with three categories: Player Name, Guild Name, a
Mists of Pandaria: Jade Forest Preview and News Round Up
2012/03/26 at 8:15 PM
We were lucky enough to preview the start of the Jade Forest questline in beta before the zone was later closed! Here's a peek at the cutscene for the Alliance--as covered in our
coverage, it's quite different than the cutscene for the Horde with a very angry Garrosh.
We've also got screenshots of the initial Alliance and Horde questing hubs in The Jade Forest, as well as some of the Temple of the Jade Serpent!
Be sure to check out our recent Mists of Pandaria beta coverage--this weekend alone we
updated our talent calculator
to have talents and abilities for ALL classes, including monks, as well as footage of redone
News Round Up: Mists of Pandaria, Dragon Soul Nerfs, and Giveaway Winners
2012/01/19 at 12:52 PM
The results are finally in from our
New Year's resolution giveaway
--join me in congratulating the winners! Perculia and I read a lot of your resolutions and really found them entertaining so thanks for that! I will be emailing the prize codes on Friday, so be sure to have an updated email address if you are one of the winners--also make sure to check your spam if you don't get one by tomorrow afternoon PDT.
We've also included some round up posts, mostly responding to the
difficulty changes for Dragon Soul
announced last night as well as hints to a future Q&A session with Blizzard developers.
Wooly White Rhino
Dragon Soul Difficulty Changes Coming Soon
2012/01/18 at 8:49 PM
Similar to nerfs in Firelands and Icecrown, it's time for Dragon Soul to begin having its difficulty adjusted. This time, it's via "Power of the Aspects," coming the week of January 31st, which reduces the health and damage dealt by all enemies in the raid by 5%. This spell will stack over time in normal and Heroic difficulties.
This may seem a bit sudden to players, as well as unexpected--with LFR being designed to be accessible, why make heroics easier this early on?
class="detail"><p>During the scheduled server maintenance on the week of January 31, the Dragon Soul raid will become enveloped by the “Power of the Aspects” spell, reducing the health and damage dealt of all enemies in the raid by 5%. This spell will grow progressively stronger over time to reduce the difficulty and make the encounters more accessible. The spell will affect both normal and Heroic difficulties, but it will not affect the Looking for Raid difficulty.</p>
The spell can also be disabled by talking to Lord Afrasastrasz at the beginning of Dragon Soul, if a r
Patch 4.3 Hotfixes (January 9th)
2012/01/09 at 4:33 PM
Killing a boss in a guild group while using the random Heroic Dungeon Finder should now award guild reputation and experience.
Mobs that have been damaged by Shadowy Apparitions should again provide experience when defeated.
Darkmoon Tonk and Darkmoon Zeppelin should no longer become a horde balloon after performing a faction change from Alliance to Horde.
Dungeons and Raids
Hour of Twilight
and Archbishop Benedictus should no longer fail to complete their roleplay introduction (preventing players from completing the instance).
Well of Eternity
Starting the Mannoroth encounter should no longer remove Stealth effects.
Twilight Elite Dreadblade
Twilight Elite Slayer
should now refrain from doing melee attacks while mounted, and always engage and me
Darkmoon Despoiler: A Guide to Farming Darkmoon Artifacts
2012/01/02 at 2:40 PM
The Darkmoon Faire is back in town and it's time to start collecting tickets again for all those new vanity items. While there are mini-games and profession quests to help you along, the bulk of your monthly tickets will come from turning in special Darkmoon artifacts, so it's time to get farming! As it appears players are unable to farm low-level instances for artifacts now, we've listed all the possible bosses that drop them.
You will need
Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide
in your inventory to be eligible to loot these artifacts. It can be obtained by talking to
at the Faire or
Darkmoon Faire Greeter
Darkmoon Faire Greeter
outside the portal.
As a maximum of 145 tickets can be acquired per month, and 80 of these tickets come from item turn-ins, this is definitely something you want to farm if you're after mounts, pets, or look-alike heirloom gear.
You can continue to loot duplicate artifacts if you already have one in your inventory. However, you cannot turn in duplicate artifacts in the same month.
Artifacts drop from specific areas--certain types of bosses (humanoids, reptiles, casters, etc), raids, or from enemies in PvP.
Several PvP artifacts appear to be bugged and cannot be redeemed at the Faire this month. T
Transmogrification, Part 5: Grey and Starter Look-Alike Gear
2011/12/18 at 10:05 AM
If you've ever wanted to transmog your Shaman's gear into the Twill Set, you're in luck! Today's guide rounds up transmogrifiable armor that resembles BoE greys and starter gear--armor that looks neat but can't be transmogged.
Players are not allowed to transmog their gear into uncommon/common-quality items--this means items like vendor trash, starter gear, and holiday rewards are out. However, there's numerous greens that share the same models--some are pretty stylish! Remember, you can mouseover the transmog sets to see what they look like. (Note: some cloth sets may display a robe instead of the relevant shirt.)
Check out the other guides to Transmogrification:
Transmogrification: Tier Armor
covers all class-specific tier sets--both PvE and PvP.
Transmogrification: Matching Greens
covers all green-quality BoE sets.
Transmogrification: Unique Armor
covers unique armor, distinctive weapons, and item sets
Feast of Winter Veil (December 15 - January 2) Guide
2011/12/14 at 11:22 AM
Feast of Winter Veil
is hitting servers in the early morning so get prepared to drink some
Winter Veil Egg Nog
, sit by your
, and open your
--wait, what? Is that a new type of present we've found in the database? That's right, like many holidays as of late, Blizzard's changed the classic Winter's Veil into their new format featuring a daily queue and some new prizes. There's also a new holiday gift waiting for you under this year's tree, so this is one holiday you don't want to miss!
World of Warcraft's version of Christmas has been more or less the same for several years now minus the unique gift every year is known for. This year it has been changed fairly significantly so before we get started with the guide, we'd like to get these out of the way.
If you've done the holiday in the past, you've likely saved
Metzen the Reindeer
a few times from a band of intrepid Iron Dwarves who kidnapped him or a group of marauding pirates in Tanaris depending on your faction. This year, however, he's become kidnapped by
The Abominable Greench
who decided to upgrade from past year's petty larceny to kidnapping everyone's favorite Bl
Hotfixes (December 6th - 12th)
2011/12/12 at 9:22 PM
This is major--huge heroic nerfs are coming for tomorrow's clear (we earlier said right now, but Blizzard updated me on this). As someone who has just put 150+ wipes into heroic Yor'sahj 25-man and had a 900,000 wipe a few seconds ago, I can say this is actually a good thing. He's a really frustrating fight as well as much easier in 10-man comparatively, so hotfixes will help tune it better.
<li>Pounce should now apply its Bleed to targets beyond its normal range when used with the Glyph of Pounce.</li>
<li>The Mass Regeneration effect from the druid tier 13 bonus now heals 25% of the healing received by the druid from Frenzied Regeneration, down from 50%. The tooltip will be updated in a later patch.</li>
<li>Holy Radiance should now stack properly with other paladins' Holy Radiance, with all valid targets nearby being properly healed.</li>
<p>Bladestorm will now properly apply its immunities to spell effects that are in flight when Bladestorm is activated.<br />
Nimble Fingers: A Guide to Acquiring Fangs of the Father
2011/12/11 at 1:19 PM
Rogues get a new legendary set in 4.3--perhaps to deal with all the melee balance problems in Firelands! Like the means of acquiring
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
, rogues will obtain this legendary through a series of quests interspersed with looting items from raid encounters. While completing the entire quest series does require a raid, there's a ton of great solo content at the start, such as exciting high-stakes stealth missions.
For background: check out the quest series in Badlands covering Rheastrasza, the ambitious red dragon who acquired a black dragon egg and magically purified it, cleansing it of the Black Dragonflight’s corruption. This questline covers the fate of the purified egg and introduces the enigmatic Black Prince, Wrathion--in a storyline taking the enterprising rogue to Dragon Soul, Karazhan, Ravenholdt Manor, and much more in the process.
In this guide, I've provided a list of all the quests--their objectives, dialogue descriptions, and relevant notes and tips to help you get through each step faster! Maybe you've got a fresh 85 rogue alt and are wondering how far you can get with solo questing, or raid only a semi-regular basis and want to know how long each raiding step will take.
Pathal has written an excellent in-
News Round Up: Loot Finder Issues and Blizz Blues
2011/12/08 at 8:22 PM
Loot Finder Rules
So, just to be clear, we're certainly aware that the loot system in Raid Finder needs to be smarter, as there's currently not a way for the system to determine loot eligibility based on talent specialization or class. To use the OP's example, if a Strength weapon drops and a hunter rolls on it, the system says "Yep, a DPS player is rolling on it. Okie dokie. Here's your +100." (We should really find ways for the game to say "okie dokie" in your chat log.)
This obviously needs to change and we're in the middle of discussing potential short-term solutions, as a more long-term solution will require programming new tech into the system which will account for class/spec.
We only ask that you keep in mind patch 4.3 is our first implementation of Raid Finder and the "Need Plus" system. The design is quite complicated and requires further iteration to make loot distribution more intelligent.
One thing I'd love to see addressed is for exampl
News Roundup and Hotfixes: December 6th
2011/12/06 at 11:00 PM
Today's hotfixes cover Dragon Soul nerfs, some item changes (Heart of the Unliving trinkets receiving a passive intellect bonus, 4-piece Holy Paladin Tier 13 nerfed, etc), and transmogrification fixes for mailed items--level 1 alts can no longer run around in heirlooms transmogged to look like fun raiding gear, for example. Also in the roundup: PvP Season 11 began today and Bashiok made an awesome post explaining how many Darkmoon Faire tickets can be farmed up each month via each method of acquisition.
In addition to the documented Dragon Soul changes, many raiding guids began Dragon Soul hardmodes today and are reporting undocumented hotfixes as well between pulls.
Hotfixes: December 6
<li>Transmogrified items should always lose their transmogrification when mailed.</li>
<li>The Darkmoon Firework no longer has a duration, is now holiday-bound, and requires Darkmoon Faire to be active.</li>
<li>Darkmoon Faire revelers who enter an off-limits area in ghost form should now be properly ported out.</li>
<li>Entangling Roots, Freeze, and Frost Nova should now properly break when the affected player takes damag
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