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Deathwing Kill Video, News Round Up, Contest Winners, and 4.3 PTR Changes
2011/11/03 at 2:19 PM
A pretty big news round up day, as we have a lot of news to share plus fun things like contest winners and our Deathwing kill video.
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Deathwing Kill Video
I made this a few days ago for Tankspot--it's just me killing Deathwing on the final encounter of Dragon Soul from this week's PTR. I realized I never shared it, though!
A few words on the fight: first off, it's really fun. It looks boring when you see a video, because it's just generally boring to watch videos anyway; the gist of the fight is that you gain buffs, you have to dynamically jump to the platform, and the
PTR Patch Notes Updated (10/28)
2011/10/28 at 12:36 PM
New Dungeon & Raid Content
is now available for testing. Your participation and feedback is appreciated. For the latest testing schedule, please visit the PTR Discussion forum
is now available for testing. Your participation and feedback
This new grouping feature allows players to quickly and easily form a pick-up raid for a specially tuned version of the current tier of endgame content: the Dragon Soul raid. Raid Finder is now available for testing. Your participation and feedback
now provides an armor bonus of 55%, up from 30%.
now provides a Stamina bonus of 20%, up from 10%.
Patch 4.3 - PTR Build 14890 - Spell Changes, Fangs of the Father Legendary Proc, and More!
2011/10/25 at 10:31 PM
Fangs of the Father: Legendary Proc
Shadows of the Destroyer
: Increases your Agility by 17, stacking up to 50 times. Once you have acquired 30 stacks of Shadows of the Destoyer, each stack gained grants an increasing chance to trigger Fury of the Destroyer and cancel all stacks of Shadows of the Destroyer. Fury of the Destroyer immediately grants 5 combo points and causes your finishing moves to grant 5 combo points. Lasts 6 sec.
: No further information on it yet, but probably related to the cosmetic effect of unfurling wings.
We've known for a while that the weapon will have two earlier stages like the previous legendary did, but now there's some more information on them. Both of them also have procs:
Maw of Oblivion
: Increases your Agility by 5, stacking up to 50 times.
Jaws of Retribution
: Increases your Agility by 2, stacking up to 50 times.
Latest PTR Additions
There are tons of new items (over 500) in
our latest data push on our PTR site
. Here's some of the highlights:
makes its return with
. There's also
Pouch o' Tokens
4.3 Preview: Yor'sahj the Unsleeping and Ultraxion Dragon Soul Coverage
2011/10/20 at 12:59 AM
We have a long weekend coming; BlizzCon is finally here and our
is about to go down. But today I was able to hop on the PTR to test and kill Yor'sahj the Unsleeping and Ultraxion on 25-player mode! They are fairly easy fights, just how a normal 25-man fight should be. I imagine that Yor'sahj in particular will be incredibly tough on heroic as some of his combinations were hard even on normal.
Public Test Realm Patch 4.3 Notes: Dragonwrath Nerfed
2011/10/18 at 12:56 PM
There's some new PTR changes today that affect both PvP and PvE. For PvPers, it seems many classes have received buffs to abilities like
that reduce healing received on enemy targets. For raiders in Firelands,
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
is being nerfed--which makes sense as it's currently a 'must-have' item for every caster. In its current state, it could remain a defining weapon across later tiers and cause balancing issues, much like
Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings
was still incredible in Icecrown Citadel for Paladins.
4.3 Preview: Well of Eternity Overview and Dragon Soul Testing
2011/10/14 at 10:32 PM
Blizzard hit us with an unexpected testing phase this afternoon of the new raid as well as the final 5-man; unfortunately, the raid was announced right as the bosses went live, so the servers started tanking immediately while everyone rushed to log on. Only a few groups got a 10-man together--most top-end guilds fought the loading screen boss instead, getting 4-5 of their members in the instance before testing time ran out. We managed to get in and take some screenshots, but sadly, the majority of my guild was stuck at the loading bar for the entire night.
All of this is to say I doubt we'll see many good videos, as the streams were fairly disappointing due to guilds like Blood Legion only able to pull trash due to limited numbers--most videos will probably be PUG point of views.
A rocky start, but hopefully we'll have some great testing sessions before and after BlizzCon!
Here are our other 5-man related previews
End Time Preview
Hour of Twilight Pre
4.3 Dragon Soul Raid Drops
2011/10/14 at 1:36 PM
Last night's PTR patch let us see what will drop from the new raid instance, as the dungeon journal was updated for the Dragon Soul bosses finally.
Some notes: the items themselves aren't entirely done nor is this by any means a final draft of the loot and its ilevels. We think the stats are fairly accurate; however, their names are obviously generated with the "Horrific" prefix and some of their text is erroneous, like the season 10 item or the multiple ones that require Avengers' of Hyjal reputation. Still, this serves as a great basis for what's dropping where--as well as what type of boss you'll be facing, lootwise. I mean, Spine of Deathwing is looking like a trinket boss to us!
Patch 4.3 - PTR Build 14849 - Spell Changes, Darkmoon Faire Replica Items, and More
2011/10/13 at 2:43 PM
A new PTR patch is out; here are the spell differences, icons, maps, and more. Note that while many of the changes are in the
PTR patch notes
, some of them were not (such as Windwalk or Ambidexterity changes).
Remember when they said Darkmoon Faire would, you know, bring back legacy items?
Well, they're back, baby: the original level 60 dungeon sets are making their return, both the blue and epic sets, such as
Replica Soulforge Breastplate
Replica Devout Gloves
Click here for a complete list of new (and returning) items!
There's also a whole slew of PvP gear, but most of it is available on the vendors right now, so we'll have to see if that means they moved its location. Still no word on tier 3 or season 3 gear, but I think there's a good chance it's coming.
And not to be outdone,
Elementium Gem Cluster
make a show--undoubtedly for making the rogue legendary. (As well as
Spectral Mount Crate
for those ghostly mounts so many people didn't like.)
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Public Test Realm Patch 4.3 Notes: Updated 10/13
2011/10/13 at 11:52 AM
Some class changes in the PTR notes today: many classes had abilities buffed, especially Warlocks (for example,
lasts 20 seconds instead of 15), Warriors got new character attack animations, and low-level druids should find it easier to tank while leveling now with an armor boost. Another interesting change is the buff to
, making it an even more effective tanking cooldown.
class="detail"><p><em>Updates to the patch notes below can be found in <span style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">red</span>. Last updated Oct. 13, 9:30 AM PDT.</em><br />
The time for testing out many of the upcoming patch 4.3 features is upon us. In this article you’ll find frequent updates to the official patch 4.3 notes as development continues. You can find a list of the major features we’ve discussed thus far on our <a href="
target="_blank">official forums</a>.<br />
If you’ll be testing this major content patch, be sure to visit the <a href="
target="_blank">PTR Discussion forum</a> o
4.3 Preview: Chromatic Dragon Pet and Loot Rule Changes
2011/10/07 at 11:44 AM
We wanted to post a few models up that Alayton found for us--mostly the Chromatic Dragon pet, which I am betting is the reward for the guild legendary for tier 13, since there already was a Deathwing pet a while ago. There are also the Lunar New Year rewards we speculated one as well as the Scarab pet from the next TCG edition (not archaeology as we had hoped).
As for the Fel Hippogryph, he's actually from the TCG (thanks to reader Nathanyel for the tip).
New Loot Rules in 4.3
In response to concerns regarding how loot will be distributed in the Raid Finder system, we are making some changes to how loot rolls will work when using the Need Before Greed system in the Raid Finder. When using Raid Finder for the Dragon Soul raid instanc
Patch 4.3 - PTR Build 14809 - Spell Changes, New Items, and More
2011/10/07 at 4:12 AM
There was a small patch last night. Nothing huge--just new maps for the 5-mans as well as some achievements for PvE encounters in 4.3. In any case, we also have a
new data push on the PTR site
so you can check out all the data we've acquired so far. A major thanks to everyone who uses the
as well during the PTR, it always helps us!
I'm tacking on some notable blue posts here as sort of a round up as well--heirlooms might be changing in the future and void storage pricing was changed considerably. Hopefully this stops some of the complaining we've seen about the prices!
We would like to share an insight on the approach that is the philosophy behind the heirlooms at the moment. This is still something that may change, so please do not take it as set in stone.
In short, the developers agree that the process of mailing heirlooms around constantly is a little annoying. We'd prefer to try and work ourselves away from the method of mailing out BoA items in the future, like pets, mounts, etc. To that end, we have some desig
Hunter Tier 13 and Visual Retrospective
2011/10/06 at 8:05 PM
class="detail"><p>Adventurers will be tested like never before in 4.3 as they take on Deathwing and his minions, emerging with powerful new treasures. Please enjoy this preview of the hunter tier 13 set, as well as a visual guide to tiers 1 through 12 for <a href="
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<p>Hunter – Wyrmstalker Battlegear</p>
<p><em>We like to tie a Hunter’s Tier armour in with an appropriate donor creature – it suggests the Hunter has actually <em>hunted</em> for the set! As there’s an awful lot of dragons in this patch, a draconic theme was the way to go. We wanted to reference but not simply reproduce the classic Dragonstalker set. To that end, we limited the use of dragon heads to the helm and chained leathery wings around the shoulders which gives the impression of a skeletal drago
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