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New Epic Ghostcrawler Blog Explains 4.2 Class Changes
2011/06/16 at 8:59 PM
In what is probably one of the best and most in-depth Blizzard blogs yet, Ghostcrawler takes the time to discuss the class balancing changes that have been made in Patch 4.2, giving specific examples of changes that were made, and why they were made. This new blog provides an interesting look into the development process (as Ghostcrawler's blogs always do) and will definitely answer some players' questions regarding Blizzard's justification of specific changes being made.
We understand that raw patch notes don’t always provide enough context for changes to the game, so we thought we’d take a moment to explain some of our logic behind the buffs and nerfs coming in the 4.2 "Rage of the Firelands" patch. We particularly want to try to combat the perception that classes end up nerfed in PvE as collateral damage from PvP nerfs (or vice versa). The number of PvP buffs versus PvP nerfs were about equal this time around, and we make careful consideration to keep the impact outside of PvP minimal. So, if we nerfed your class’s PvE damage, it’s most likely because we thought your class was doing too much damage in PvE.
No doubt you’
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 6/07
2011/06/08 at 11:49 AM
New patch notes Blizzard released late last night. We've got some feral changes for druids, DK nerfs, useful information about Season 10 arena gear, and clarification on Justice Points in 4.2--as well as even more rare tamable beasts for hunters to find!
New Daily Quests Available
A large assortment of all-new daily quests and rewards are now available in Hyjal, where players can help the
Guardians of Hyjal
push back the allies of and establish a forward operating base in the . In order to partake in the Regrowth and daily quests, players must have at least completed up to and including the quest
. Once this quest has been completed, players should speak with in the Sanctuary of Malorne to take part in the Regrowth efforts.
s in the Currency tab have been converted to
. Any points above the Justice Point cap will be converted into gold at a rate of per point and mailed to characters.
Patch 4.2: Eight New Hunter Pets Preview
2011/06/02 at 3:56 PM
Two days ago, Blizzard dropped the bombshell that there will be eight new hunter pets to tame in 4.2--and that all of them will be rare spawns in the zone that currently serves as a daily quest hub. Unfortunately, these pets aren't all that exciting since they're mostly spiders (PvP pets, anyone?) or reskins of old rares, but the mechanic they use is actually exciting. Taming them will be a unique challenge as each one has a brand new ability and mechanic meant to challenge players, sort of a throwback to the hunter quests of vanilla. So any hunter who fancies themselves a true marksman will probably want to get these guys just for the sake of getting them.
We've taken the liberty to track down these new creatures with the help of
our awesome friends at WoW Insider
and make a short video showing off their models while Perculia helped compile a bit of their strategies. We'd also like to thank
the forum goers from Petopia
for finding the names of a few we couldn't find yet.
New Ghostcrawler Blog: Cataclysm Talent Tree Post-Mortem
2011/06/01 at 12:33 PM
Ghostcrawler's back after a hiatus from posting his developer blogs and this time he wants to talk talent trees. A lot of us aren't a big fan of the new trees, especially because it feels foreign to take an entire tree without looking up; frequently a good spec boils down to a cookie cutter spec with 1-2 points in a different ability or two.
Then again, cookie cutters
always popular--even in vanilla. Cataclysm just
them. All in all, this is an excellent post-mortem into why Blizzard changed talents and how they feel about it currently, even if the system has its detractors. It's also a good examination into mastery and early leveling as well as endgame goals.
You may have noticed we changed class talent trees for Cataclysm. We changed not just the trees themselves, as you might expect for an expansion, but the entire structure of the trees and the way you choose talents. Now that the Cataclysm model has been in play for several months, the team has been discussing what we like and don’t like about it, and I thought that might be of interest to some of you. As always with this series, this is design rumination,
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 5/31
2011/05/31 at 8:12 PM
Blizzard has just updated the 4.2 Public Test Realm patch notes, with a handful of new class changes!
Notable changes include:
All character races now have a /roar sound.
8 new rare tamable beasts have been added, each of which provides a unique taming challenge. Will you be the first hunter to tame Deth'tilac, the rarest and most powerful of them all? Players will need to progress through the Hyjal Regrowth and Molten Front daily questing areas in order to unlock access to the full gamut of taming challenges.
weapon damage increase has been lowered to 12% (down from 20%) and
weapon damage increase has been lowered to 5% (down from 10%).
Check out the full changes!
All character races now have a /roar sound.
The Defensive pet stance will now only cause the player's pet to attack enemies which attack the pet or the master.
Annihilation now increases Oblit
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14199 - New Items, Icon, Spell Changes
2011/05/31 at 7:42 PM
A new patch has just hit the Public Test Realms, bringing a handful of changes previously announced with the
patch notes update
a few days ago! Class changes are fairly boring, mostly tooltip changes for clarity, though there are a few spell changes here and there - nothing extremely surprising.
Only a small handful of items, as well, including some new Firelands weapons (and their Heroic versions) and a new Leatherworking armor kit, . Most importantly, however, is the addition of a new companion pet: ! This lil' guy is taught by and is most likely this year's
Click here to see all the latest additions in our database!
Only one new icon with this patch - an icon for , the
Diablo-themed baby murloc
! Can't wait to see this little guy in action!
4.2 PTR Patch Notes Updated (5/13)
2011/05/13 at 7:42 PM
All existing Valor Points in the Currency tab have been converted to Justice Points.
(new achievement): Save all four prisoners before they are sacrificed in Zul'Aman on Heroic difficulty.
Players are once again free to dance in combat (without causing graphic errors). Other animations, such as attacks, will take precedence over dancing. The dance animation will be suppressed until the higher priority animation is complete. Fun has been unnerfed.
Glyph of Ferocious Bite has been redesigned. It now causes Ferocious Bite to heal the caster for 1% of maximum health for each 10 energy used.
has been redesigned. It still reduces the mana cost of Exorcism. However, it no longer has a chance on Holy Shock of making Exorcism free and instant. Instead, it has a 50/100% chance to prevent the Exorcism target from causing critical effe
4.2 PTR Patch Notes Updated - Firelands Testing Now Available, Many Major Changes!
2011/05/10 at 8:25 PM
The 4.2 PTR Patch Notes have been updated with some major changes, including a ton of new class changes and some very interesting general changes to some common game mechanics! Also, someone might want to mention the Blizzard that Hysteria was removed... (sillies!)
changes including buffs to Feral DPS, adjusting Balance DPS rotation / spell triggering and a new Restoration Mastery!
All pets' Aggressive stance has been removed (yay!) and replaced with the Assist stance, which causes the pet to attack the player's target.
healing spells have had their mana costs increased.
Daily and weekly guild experience caps have been increased by 25%.
, a new 10 and 25-player raid, is now available for limited testing!
As always, you can check out the full, Wowhead-linkified PTR patch notes on Wowhead!
Read on for the full 4.2 PTR patch notes update!
Latest Cataclysm Hotfixes (4/26 - 4/28)
2011/04/28 at 9:29 AM
Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.1: Rise of the Zandalari. Hotfixes are updates we make on our end without requiring you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below will go live the moment they are implemented, while others may require your realm to be restarted to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch update. We will continue to update this thread in the days ahead as additional hotfixes are applied. Visit our Bug Report forum for a list of 4.1 known issues.
Disconnecting immediately after dying no longer causes players to lack a Release Spirit button upon logging back in.
Spells or talents which provide pushback protection should now be functioning correctly (i.e.
being active will no longer prevent
Omen of Clarity
from being consumed when it should be.
New Ghostcrawler Blog: How Big is Your Spellbook?
2011/04/26 at 11:07 AM
Ghostcrawler is at it again and this time he's talking about abilities--particularly the number of them for each class. When designing classes, developers aim for a magic number but, as he explains, it never quite works out. It's just not as simple as one would believe and it's an interesting balancing act making each class have the right amount of abilities to both challenge and meet a player's expectations.
There are quite a lot of differences between situational abilities and ones used frequently in rotations as well. Ghostcrawler eventually closes with tackling the humanity of it all, explaining that it's not as simple as developing for a simulation; developers have to account for players and their ability levels as well as their personal experiences. Abilities change from PvE and PvP situations quite drastically. It's no walk in the park designing not only the right number of abilities, but the right variety.
Of course, that's the fun of it--right?
How Big Is Your Spellbook?
How many abilities should a max-level class have? This is something I ponder at least once a day and is a regular topic in nearly all of our class de
Patch 4.1 - PTR Build 13850 - Spell Changes
2011/04/07 at 5:32 PM
A new PTR patch has just been released, and with it came a few minor class changes.
Notable changes include:
: Holy damage buffed from 9% to 15%.
: Nerfed, warlock still gains 3% per stack and the linked target only gains 1% per stack. Down from 3%.
: In addition to it's current function, guild challenges will also reward gold that is deposited directly into the guild bank.
: Changed to only heal the target if the dispel is successful.
Be sure to check out this latest batch of PTR patch 4.1 spell changes after the break!
Patch 4.1 Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms - Goodie Bags From Heroics!
2011/04/06 at 8:32 PM
Blizzard has just released
details about the latest changes to the Dungeon Finder coming in Patch 4.1! The Dungeon Finder will now detect which roles are in demand (*cough*tanks and healers*cough*) based on queue times. When certain queue times have been reached, a Call to Arms will go out for the desired role and players who queue and successfully complete a dungeon as that role will be rewarded with a special goodie bag (each time)! This goodie bag can contain:
Non-Combat Pet (Including cross faction pets!)
Rare Mounts (Including rare dungeon drop mounts!)
So what do you think? Will this help the Dungeon Finder queue problems? Will this cause more players to utilize dual specs to play their other roles and help out the queue timers? Or will we just end up with healers who can't heal (or won't heal) and tanks who don't have tanking gear? What do you think?
In patch 4.1 we'll be introducing
Dungeon Finder: Call to Arms
, a new system intended to lower queue times. Call to Arms will automatically detect which class role is curr
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