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Holy Paladin Nerfs Explained
2010/12/14 at 4:12 PM
Nethaera just jumped on to the official forums to let us know about a holy paladin nerf:
no longer generates Holy Power when used with
Light of Dawn
isn't healing for as much.
Looks like paladin healers were spamming Holy Light on the tank to build up Holy Power, then using Light of Dawn to heal the rest of the raid for free.
These hotfixes were intentional and we wanted to share more information about the "why" for you all here:
Mana is supposed to matter for healers, and in the case of Holy paladins, that just wasn’t happening. We were seeing raid groups attempting to learn new bosses where the other healers were out of mana while the paladins were still at 90% of mana. We also thought the experience of paladins healing harder heroic dungeons was inconsistent with that of other healers, or our design intent. We thought it was only a matter of time before groups started going out of their way to stack paladins for raids or recruit them for dungeon runs, which of course is not our intent. For this reason, we thought it was important to address this point now rather than sitting on it until a fut
The Weekly Marmot - Preparing for Cataclysm Raiding
2010/12/14 at 3:29 PM
This week, as everyone starts to hit level 85, I go over some of the most important steps to take to get yourself ready for Tier 1 Cataclysm raiding. It's not just gearing up in heroics, kids!
Also, I introduce my most favoritest newest best friend EVER.
Extensive Tier 11 Guide Added To Cataclysm Guide
2010/12/13 at 9:08 PM
Just a quick note to mention that we've updated our
with a new section detailing the
Tier 11 armor sets
in full detail! Find out how to get all of the newest tier pieces, try 'em out on your favorite classes with our 3D Model Viewer and review set bonuses and other valuable information!
Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be over here still grinding dungeons to get my peasant druid into Heroics.
TankSpot Cataclysm Raid Videos - Argaloth and Omnitron
2010/12/13 at 3:21 PM
We've got some fresh new Cataclysm raid instruction videos from our friends at
! The first video features the new PVP raid boss
, a fierce pitlord who can be battled in
! We've also got an extensive look at the
Omintron Defense System
, a new council-type encounter which is the the first players will face in the new
Be sure to check out the full video transcripts after the break!
Normal Loot Upgraded for Blackrock Caverns and Throne of the Tides
2010/12/13 at 3:53 AM
Astute Wowhead users will have actually caught this before I did—Blizzard has upgraded all the loot from Normal
Throne of the Tides
. The old items were ilvl 279, and have now been upgraded to ilvl 308.
You can see a full list of the changed items here:
It's a good thing, too. I've got to tell you, considering the fact that quest greens in
were already ilvl 272, 85 blues coming in at only ilvl 279 was a little odd—and it made it REALLY difficult to collect the gear necessary to meet the gear requirement for heroics.
I wonder if all future changes are going to be this...unannounced?
News Roundup: TankSpot Attack! Archaeology Guide, PST, Normal/Heroic Tol'vir
2010/12/13 at 1:01 AM
Our friends over at
went on a posting spree this weekend! Boy, you take one day to go decorate your Christmas tree, and then BAM!
In any case, we've got a bunch of new stuff here! We have an Archaeology guide, guides to the Normal
Heroic versions of the
Lost City of the Tol'vir
, and Lore's latest episode of PST!
All the videos are on the appropriate DB pages under the
tab, and you can watch them all here after the break!
TankSpot's Guide to Blackrock Caverns
2010/12/10 at 12:54 PM
TankSpot is still going, with a new guide to
LIke yesterday, we've already posted the video on the
, and the boss pages.
The transcript of the guide is after the break, if you prefer to read while you listen. :)
TankSpot's Guide to The Stonecore
2010/12/09 at 2:43 PM
TankSpot has posted their guide to
The guide has already been embedded in all the key pages on the site, including the
, as well as
There's also a complete transcript of the guide after the break, if you want to see the details all written out!
News Roundup: Dungeon Level Ranges, Holiday Contest, Explorer's League Journal and More!
2010/12/02 at 5:16 PM
Lots of interesting news from Blizzard in this week leading up to the Cataclysm!
Blizzard has recently posted updated level ranges for dungeons (and we've got 'em all in a chart for you guys), as well as offering feedback on their recent
tanking mechanic blog and giving away some awesome swag in their holiday contests! All that, plus a great new community spotlight and the mission of a group of individuals playing WoW for a cause! What is there not to like?
Be sure to check out these spotlights after the break!
Cataclysm: New Dungeons & Raids Preview
2010/12/02 at 2:35 PM
We recently previewed the upcoming
, where we showed off the awesome new zones players will be able to experience in less than a week. We've not only got awesome zones such as Uldum, Kezan and Vashj'ir to look forward to, but many of these new zones feature new dungeons and raids as well! Cataclysm will ship with eight new dungeons, two upgraded Heroic versions of classic dungeons, and four new raids (with more being released in later patches). These dungeons will (of course) feature both normal and heroic versions, with raid encounters offering unlockable encounter-specific difficulty toggling. These raids will support the Flexible Lock System (
, as well as in our
), allowing players to adjust raid sizing as necessary.
We've already seen quite a bit of new dungeon loot courtesy of the Cataclysm Beta, and there are many new items which can be purchased from vendors (including Tier 11 pieces!) using the new Justice Points and Valor Points curren
Experience Reduced for Dungeon Quests
2010/11/30 at 4:19 PM
Looks like Zarhym just jumped on to post that
Experience for 1-60 dungeon quests is being significantly reduced.
We are applying a hotfix today to all level 1-60 dungeon quests for Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms dungeons which will significantly reduce the amount of experience they award.
While dungeons should remain integral to our evolving storylines, and great places to collect gear in cooperative environments, we need to make sure each player’s questing progress remains relevant as dungeon quests are completed. In many cases we’re seeing players enter dungeons to complete quests, only to come out ahead of the leveling curve for the zones they’re in.
This change should allow players the opportunity to reap the benefits of running dungeons, while not outpacing the leveling flow from levels 1-60. At this time there are no plans for making any adjustments to dungeon quest experience for Outland, Northrend, and level 80+ Cataclysm dungeons.
You can find a list of all of the latest hotfixes here:
I don't know about you guys, but I'm really happy about this. I love
How To Find Cataclysm Instance Entrances
2010/11/11 at 12:35 AM
The other night I stumbled upon the work of the talented
, where he had posted an assortment of nicely made and extremely informative images that I guarantee will be of value to many players in preparation for the Cataclysm! He's given us permission to share with you guys this awesome collection, detailing locations of each of the new dungeons launching with Cataclysm.
Remember, come Cataclysm, you will not be able to queue for one of the new dungeons via the Dungeon Finder unless you have first discovered its entrance! Thankfully, Blizzard has assured us that the normal leveling path will lead you to discovering most of these dungeons without much effort, but there's definitely no such thing as too much information! Enjoy!
We've also put together a video showing easy paths you can take to reach each instance portal! :)
Check out all of the awesome images after the break!
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