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4.3 PTR Coverage Roundup
2011/10/02 at 9:51 AM
It's been a busy week on the PTR for myself and Ashelia. Every day, we find dozens of new things to write about, turning our observations into epicly-long posts. Since there are so many new things, I've provided a roundup of our 4.3 PTR coverage so far--with all the information, perhaps you missed reading something the first time around!
4.3 Preliminary Guide: 3d Models, Items, Holiday Changes, and More
very first overview to 4.3
, we went through the initial 1600 datamined items to make sense of it all. Among other things, we found numerous new mounts and pets, items that hinted at changes to holidays like
Helm of the Fire Festival
, new profession recipes, and many items related to the revamped Darkmoon Faire. We also listed numerous 3d models of NPCs, models, and weapons--as well as making a video of some of the new mount animations. Finally, we listed some of the radical class changes in 4.3, placing them next to Ghostcrawler's quotes on balance for an explanation.
4.3 Preview: Darkmoon Faire and Rogue Legendary Quests
2011/09/30 at 2:21 PM
We have two exciting previews for you today and they both focus on the same content: quests in 4.3. For the first part, we've organized the Darkmoon Faire quests into tables, so you can see what kind of dailies and others you'll be doing during the festivities. We've also included their achievement, so you can see how they factor into achievements.
The second half is the rogue legendary preview--showing the initial quests you'll do. These are awesome and very much based on the class, but you'll have to jump down below to see what Perculia, our resident rogue, thinks! I just play a paladin, after all.
Darkmoon Faire Quests
The Captured Journal
Darkmoon Prize Ticket
A Captured Banner
Darkmoon Prize Ticket
The Enemy's Insignia
Darkmoon Prize Ticket
Raid Finder Coming in Patch 4.3
2011/09/29 at 8:07 PM
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/><p>We are working hard to introduce an exciting new feature to World of Warcraft in patch 4.3: the <strong>Raid Finder</strong> system. While it presents unprecedented technical hurdles and may change before it’s released, we wanted to provide you with an early look at what we hope to accomplish, and share some details that we’ve worked out, which will lend some insight as to how the new feature is planned to work.<br />
So what is the Raid Finder? It will be a brand new grouping feature that superficially works much like the Dungeon Finder. Instead of five-player dungeons, the Raid Finder is designed to help players quickly and easily form a pick-up raid for a specially tuned version of the current tier of raid content: the Dragon Soul raid. It’s not intended to replace organized raiding though. You’ll still need friends and guild members to help you conquer the toughest raiding challenges that patch 4.3 has to offer.<b
4.3 Preview: Professions, Holiday Pets, Spell Effects, and More
2011/09/29 at 5:35 PM
Day 3 on the PTR: Ashelia and I are still scouring for changes. We took turns screenshotting each other's pets, throwing glittery dust on each other, and rolling alts to test out new spell effects.
The end result: we've found tons of little additions--from the Worgen mount vendor to sassy holiday pets that talk back and hearth away--and also compiled a table of all the new profession recipes.
makes you look fabulous and there's something both amazing and sad about watching a snowman falling over.
to the PTR, Ashelia and I covered new items related to professions. Neutro helped us out and made a table of all the recipes on the PTR, including all epic gem cuts and craftable PvP gear!
Recipe / Skill
Source / Cost
Recipe: Transmute Queen's Garnet
Patch 4.3: Tier 13 Set Bonuses Updated
2011/09/29 at 4:01 PM
<strong>Update 9/29</strong>: We've made several adjustments to the tier 13 set bonuses. You'll find the latest stats below (changes are in bold).<br><br>Here's a list of only the bonuses which have changed, followed by the original bonuses: <a href="
we’ve been previewing the visuals of tier 13 on the front page at <a href="
, we thought you might be interested in the magics that lay imbued betwixt their stitches and plating. Behold -- the tier 13 set bonuses!<br><br><em>Please keep in mind that the below data could change during the PTR process prior to the release of patch 4.3.</em><br><br><br><span class="underline"><strong>Death Knight</strong></span><br><ul><br><li>Blood, 2P -- When an attack drops your health below 35%, one of your Blood Runes will immediately activate and convert into a Death Rune for the next 20 sec. This
4.3 Preview: End Time 5-man Coverage, Dungeon Set 3d Models, Dungeon Journal Entries, and More
2011/09/28 at 6:14 PM
Today's been a long day. Like, a really long day.
But I enlisted the help of Perculia and my guildmates; together we tackled the first 5-man End Time (the other two weren't open) for screenshots and videos. We've
also got their drops from the client uploaded on our PTR site
; modelviewer sets of all the new dungeon sets which all match each other, even if they don't have set bonuses; and the dungeon journal entries for every instance. There are a lot of placeholders for the DJ, though, so be warned!
End Time Dungeon Journal and Video Preview
<h1>Echo of Baine</h1>
width="400" style="float:right">Enraged by his failure to protect the world and, most importantly, the Horde, this time-ravaged shade of Baine Bloodhoof lingers within the ruins of the Obsidian Dragonshrine. Although he's still as powerful as the tauren high chieftain from the present, within this shattered future Azeroth, this guilt-ridden echo is little more than a discordant vessel of unque
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