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News Round Up: Dragon Soul Nerfs Continue and so do MoP Talent Explanations
2012/02/22 at 2:29 PM
Dragon Soul is receiving what will be the second of its zone wide nerfs, decreasing the damage dealt and health of its enemies by 10% from 5%.
There has been some retaliation from players, but it's always good to remember that the last thing Blizzard wants is another situation like the original Naxxaramas--it is their company goal now to have the majority of its playerbase experience the encounters and this is their method of doing it. Besides, it's not like it's a surprise now, is it?
In other news, we have our recent giveaway winners to announce. We have a bunch because I went on a giveaway spree last week. I'm sorry, I won't do it again!
However, our friends at WoWInterface are holding a
raffle this week
--check it out if you like
Papa Hummel's Old-Fashioned Pet Biscuit
Mount Giveaway Winners
Heart of the Aspects
Mount and 4 AMPM Cups
Heart of the Aspects
Patch 4.3.2 Live Today
2012/01/31 at 12:11 PM
It has taken its time, but 4.3.2 is finally hitting servers this week!
A controversial patch, this one introduces gradually scaling zone buffs to
that recall back to the ones Icecrown Citadel had--a 5% buff will be added to the instance for raids who which to take advantage of it. There are also several encounter specific nerfs that aim to allow different raid compositions for the instance's final heroic modes and several class balance tweaks.
As Blizzard has said prior
, this will be the last patch of Cataclysm before a pre-Mists of Pandaria world event, so this patch also marks the beginning of the end for this expansion!
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
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
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-
4.3 Looking for Raid Exploits Lead to Multiple Bans in Top Guilds
2011/12/05 at 10:45 PM
Every patch has its bugs and 4.3 was no exception apparently.
When 4.3 hit last week, the Looking for Raid feature brought joy to many pugs and now it's also now bringing misery to quite a few hardcore guilds. As it turns out, there was a loot bug with the LFR system and master looting. Instead of reporting them, however, most people chose to exploit it to keep their competitive edges.
Members of many top guilds in the world such as Paragon and Method
queued up multiple times through a loophole that allowed players to get loot for more than one run in a row. While LFR is supposed to limit players to be eligible for loot only their first run through, regardless of whether they loot or not, this loophole allowed them to farm for early tier 13 bonuses to give them that extra boost in PvE content.
The end result? Many players opened their emails to find themselves with an 8 day ban, just in time for the holidays--and progression farming. Heroics unlock this Tuesday and this was going to be the last epic push for progression hardcore raiders before Mists of Pandaria. Now many of these guilds now have entire rosters banned, along with
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