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Are Heroics Too Hard? Blizzard Doesn't Think So (And Neither Do I, Hah!)
2010/12/28 at 12:58 PM
As many players hit level 85 and begin to queue for Heroic dungeons, there has been a resounding echo among the users of the official forums and pretty much everywhere else, all preaching a single thought: Heroic dungeons are too damn hard! Many of these players are skipping straight into Heroics as soon as their item level average permits, since (after all) this is the intended "ready" point for the content. But is it too low? Or are the Heroic themselves too difficult?
Today, Blizzard poster Zarhym responded to an angry poster, admitting that Wrath of the Lich King content was actually
and the Heroics are supposed to be as difficult and as much of a test of skill as they now are.
Players were conditioned at the end of Wrath of the Lich King to mow through Heroics at lightning speed. Not only were they too easy to begin with, by the time Dungeon Finder came out players greatly out-geared the majority of these dungeons.
The reality is that it makes sense for Heroics to be a true and necessary stepping stone into raiding. They are more difficult
Ghostcrawler Discusses Upcoming Major Class Changes
2010/12/27 at 11:49 PM
Now that many players are level 85, Blizzard has been receiving a ton of feedback (both positive and negative) regarding their classes, specs and other balancing / playability concerns. They've taken a lot of these concerns, with their own review, and Ghostcrawler has just posted a very inclusive and informative post detailing developer impressions of the current state of the game and various aspects of it, projecting potential and possible changes we'll see in the near future. Definitely worth a read!
We have a lot of players at 85 now doing everything from Heroic dungeons to rated Battlegrounds, and the class design team is starting to prepare our list of items to investigate for our next patch.
Before you dive down into the meat below (not really a pleasant image, that), be advised that we’re still early in the preliminary stages. The patch isn’t coming out tomorrow. I wrote this before the end of the year and other things may have cropped up in the meantime. Just because your class or pet problem isn’t mentioned below doesn
New Ghostcrawler Blog: Threat Needs To Matter
2010/12/16 at 11:52 AM
In his latest developer blog, Ghostcrawler talks about the threat mechanic, how it's intended to work, and how you (and the development team) know when there's a problem. He provides a bulleted list which is the major thrust of the essay, which I'll reproduce here:
If a tank is trying to generate threat on a single target, and it runs off to kill a DPS class, that’s a problem.
If a tank is trying to generate area threat on a group, and the tanked things are running off to kill healers, that’s a problem.
If Vengeance falling off causes the tank to lose threat, that’s a problem.
For more details, check after the break for the full transcript.
Cataclysm Mount Guide: Lions, Drakes and Camels, Oh My!
2010/12/15 at 4:01 PM
Heads up collectors! As I'm sure you've already noticed, the Cataclysm expansion added
tons of awesome stuff
to the World of Warcraft - including many new riding mounts available to fill your stables! Even if you've already got a
Mountain o' Mounts
, there's bound to be something you'll like in the 20+ mounts added with this latest expansion!
I've written up a guide for you guys on how to find, earn or otherwise acquire all of the new Cataclysm mounts! I mean, c'mon, look at some of these mounts - you know you want 'em!
Check out the fully detailed guide, including a list of all of the new mounts and detailed information on how to get them, after the break!
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!
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