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Icecrown Citadel Debuff Will Lower Players' Dodge Chance by 20%
2009/10/29 at 2:02 PM
on the official forums that a spell called
Chill of the Throne
will be in effect for
all players in Icecrown Citadel
that "will allow mobs to ignore 20% of the dodge chance of their melee targets."
Why would Blizzard do this? It looks like tank avoidance has grown so high that a hard-hitting melee boss can take down a raid tank in a few hits if the blows aren't avoided. Chill of the Throne will give the dev team "a bit of breathing room" while they look at ways to keep tank avoidance from growing so high in the future. Presumably, the overall damage will be reduced to compensate—meaning the damage will be similar overall, but less spiky.
Just to be clear about what the spell does, I'll use Daelo's example: "if a raid's main tank had 30% dodge normally, in Icecrown Citadel they will effectively have 10%." Chill of the Throne should be up on the PTR soon so you can check out the effects. What are your preliminary thoughts on the spell?
Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street [url=
Disenchanting in Dungeons in Patch 3.3
2009/10/28 at 1:40 PM
In addition to the
3.3 Dungeon System Preview
Blizzard posted earlier, they've also elaborated a little bit on how the new
This should alleviate enchanters of having to pick up the items and then later on having everyone roll for them at the end of dungeons. Along with this comes the cross-realm-instance Dungeon System that will have a few restrictions on trading, so the only way to pass out enchanting materials from a Disenchanted item will be through the new roll disenchant system.
You can read the original post and more information on this feature after the jump.
3.3 Dungeon System Preview
2009/10/28 at 1:40 PM
In the upcoming 3.3 content patch the current
Looking For Group
system is getting a much needed overhaul with many new features and even some rewards (such as a pet) too!
There are some great features planned, such as the ability to join as a group or go solo, Cross-realm instances, and the ability to be teleported to the instances similiar to how it is done in battlegrounds currently. One of the features that looks really promising is the daily random dungeons, which will pick a random dungeon (heroic or normal) and if you defeat the final boss you will receive either 2
Emblem of Frost
on heroic mode or 2
Emblem of Triumph
on normal mode.
More on the dungeon system after the jump.
Paid Race Change Now Available
2009/10/27 at 2:53 PM
Paid Race Change
service promised by Blizzard several months ago after the implementation of the Paid Faction Change service is finally here.
You can read more on the service after the jump.
Oct 22 #BlizzChat Developer Chat Transcript
2009/10/22 at 6:27 PM
It looks like the
on Twitter is complete!
Tom Chilton and J. Allen Brack answered about 38 questions over a one hour period. I must admit I was hoping for a bit more in the way of exclusive or new info, but it's still a good primer for people who want info about the upcoming content. More interesting to me was the actual questions that were asked. It's a very interesting cross-section of the WoW community.
The forum thread with the questions and answers is here:
Don't forget you can always follow
Wowhead on Twitter
Mage, Rogue, Warlock Tier 10 Previews Added to Official Site
2009/10/21 at 3:07 PM
Hey everyone! I'm Togikagi, a news reporter for ZAM. I post WoW news on our site, and (just like
) Malgayne has been kind enough to let me participate in the Wowhead blog to help provide constant World of Warcraft coverage. For my first post, let's take a look at the upcoming Tier 10 sets.
A couple weeks ago, Blizzard
previews of the new Tier 10 models for Death Knights, Druids, Hunters, and Warriors that will be available in patch 3.3. Sneak peeks of the Mage, Rogue and Warlock sets were just added to the
today, so be sure to check it out to view high-res images of the new armor.
So what do you think of the sets? The Rogue helm is certainly...interesting. It kind of looks like the model wasn't able to avoid a headshot from a Hunter.
A Word About Spoilers
2009/10/21 at 2:10 PM
So as the release of 3.3 gets closer and closer, blue poster
has taken a moment to talk to us about spoilers.
In light of this, I wanted to post our general policy on spoilers.
While we know there are people out there who want to be spoiled, there are also people out there who don't—myself, for instance, and Miyari. We
post spoilers on the site sometimes, but we also try and tag them as clearly as we possibly can. If you ever encounter a spoiler that we've posted that is not CLEARLY marked as such, please contact us at email@example.com so it can be fixed immediately.
The blue post is after the jump.
Don't Buy Gold!
2009/10/20 at 5:10 PM
Hey everyone! I'm fewyn. Some of you may know me as one of the WoW guys from ZAM or the #wowhead IRC channel, and I'll be cross-posting news from ZAM here to make sure everyone has up to the minute news coverage!
Recently Eyonix made a post stating some reasons why
buying gold is bad
and effects everyone. According to Blizzard, an alarmingly high majority of the gold comes from hacked accounts, and a lot of players these days know at least one person who has been hacked and knows how devastating it can be to a player. A lot of these people have been compromised by either getting keyloggers or using power-leveling services, and then being hacked months later. According to Eyonix, they also make baby murlocs cry.
Blizzard has also created an informational page on this whole subject which you can view
You can read the original post after the jump.
Twitter BlizzChat on Thursday, Oct 22
2009/10/19 at 6:32 PM
For all you
-fiends, be sure and tune in to a developer chat this Thursday, at 3:00pm PDT!
Ask the questions you always wanted to ask, and get answers directly from the WoW Game Director, and Director of Production. We will most definitely be participating—and while you're at it, you can follow our updates and questions by going to
If you don't have a Twitter account and have a question you want asked, just let us know here!
Hallow's End Achievements Bug
2009/10/18 at 10:27 PM
Just picked this up from the official forums. Watch out, all you achievement mavens!
We are currently experiencing an issue with the Hallow's End candy buckets that is affecting the Trick or Treat Achievements for this event. Certain candy buckets in Northrend, once looted, are preventing characters from looting some of the Candy Buckets required for the Trick or Treats of Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor and Outlands. The current way to work around this is to get the candy buckets from Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, and Outland before doing any in Northrend.
Note, doing the Achievements first will prevent some of the Northrend Candy Buckets from being intractable.
We are actively working on a resolution for this and will provide more information when it is available.
The Return of Blizzard's Halloween Pumpkin Contest!
2009/10/13 at 2:48 PM
Please note: This contest is open only to residents of the United States, Canada and certain other provinces;
do apply. My apologies in advance to all the non-US readers, but when the EU site hosts a
we'll be sure to let you guys know!
Celebrating it's 7th anniversary this year,
Halloween Pumpkin Contest
has returned to give US fans a chance to score some sweet prizes for showing off their squash-slicing skills. Here's the scoop:
Between 12:00 a.m. PDT on
and 11:59 p.m. PDT on
, the RPSA will be accepting submissions for the pumpkin contest. The shutterbugs who submit the most outstanding photos of their work will have their pictures proudly displayed on WorldofWarcraft.com and Blizzard.com on Halloween. In addition, the crafters of the five most interesting, original, and well-carved pumpkin designs wil
Battle.net Mandatory Starting Nov. 11 (US) / Nov. 12 (EU)
2009/10/11 at 1:55 AM
UPDATE – 12 Oct:
It looks like Blizzard employees have no doubt made it clear the merges will be mandatory starting next month. Players on North American servers will need to merge their accounts before
, and players on EU servers will need to merge their accounts before
if they have not done so already. The threads are located
We all know this day was coming, but we didn't know exactly
it would happen until now: You will need to merge your WoW account in order to access it before November 11th/12th, or else your account will be inaccessible. This report came directly from Boubouille on
, and the source came directly from
EU Blizzard's Battle.net FAQ
The quoted FAQ and article come right after the break!
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