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Cataclysm Heroic Raid Testing + New Premades Available
2010/11/03 at 9:13 PM
Blizzard has issued a call to arms for feedback of the Heroic difficulty modes of the upcoming Cataclysm raids, now testable on the Cataclysm Beta servers. Threads have been made on the official forums requesting feedback for each of the new encounters. Cataclysm Beta Testers can access these threads and offer valuable feedback
To make this testing a little easier, Blizzard has made available new premade template characters, decked out in
item level 359
gear (including full sets of
). Each account should have 5 new premades available.
There are new premade 359 templates available, but feel free to try with the 346 templates and whatever epics you might of gained from previous raid testing if you wish.
I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you guys that the
in fact work on the Cataclysm Beta realms and implore you guys to run the
addon while participating in any Cataclysm content. We'll always keep doing ou
Region Wide Battlegroup Matchmaking Update
2010/11/03 at 1:31 PM
Bashiok has just posted an update showing the current progress on
Region-Wide Battlegroup Matchmaking
Phase 2 was implemented today—in this phase Whirlwind, Emberstorm, Vengeance and Bloodlust are now all linked for Battleground queues. Whirlwind and Emberstorm are now also linked in the Dungeon Finder queue. The same thing is true of Stormstrike, Nightfall and Retaliation. In the final phase all battlegroups for the Dungeon Finder will be linked together by their physical location.
You can read the original announcement after the break!
Cataclysm Dungeons Preview Video
2010/10/26 at 8:44 PM
We've uploaded a video preview of the new Cataclysm dungeons to the
ZAMOfficial YouTube Channel
Some of this stuff looks REALLY awesome. Come and see!
Cataclysm Preview: The Stonecore
2010/10/18 at 7:54 PM
Blizzard has posted another official preview on their Cataclysm website, this time of the new 5-player dungeon:
. Travel into the Temple of Earth within
, in which you will do battle with Deathwing's followers -
High Priestess Azil
You can check out the rest of the official preview on Blizzard's Cataclysm Mini-site or after the break!
Cataclysm: Justice/Valor Point Drop Quantities
2010/10/06 at 11:48 AM
just posted an update on the forums about how many
you will get when you kill bosses in both Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm!
Let's get down to the meat and potatoes of this announcement: Lich King heroic bosses will give
16 Justice Points
while raid bosses will give
23 Justice Points
. Cataclysm bosses will give
75 Justice Points
in Heroic Dungeons,
75 Valor Points
on 10-player and
105 Valor Points
You can read the full announcement after the break.
BlizzCon 2010 Schedule of Events Now Available
2010/10/05 at 2:28 PM
It's almost time for BlizzCon, and Blizzard has just posted the
Schedule of Events
to their BlizzCon website! The website also now features fully detailed descriptions and information on all of the
panels and events
taking place at this year's BlizzCon!
If you aren't going, don't worry - you can still order a live feed and enjoy the Blizzcon goodness from your own home or just check out your favorite World of Warcraft site(s) for the latest news! Of course, we here at Wowhead will be all over BlizzCon, providing you guys with as much information from the floor as possible - here's all of the World of Warcraft panels we have to look forward to this year!
All times detailed are in
Pacific Standard Time (PST)
WORLD OF WARCRAFT DUNGEONS & RAIDS
Friday 1:30pm, Main Stage
World of Warcraft's raid and dungeon designers discuss how the game's most epic PvE encounters are crafted.
WORLD OF WARCRAFT QUESTS AND LORE
Friday 3pm, Developer Panel S
Cataclysm Beta: Heroics Now Available!
2010/09/21 at 2:42 PM
Valnoth over on the official Cataclysm beta forums has just announced that
Heroic Dungeons are now available
. To make it easier on players, all new pre-mades that are copied come geared in item level 333 gear which should be the minimum you need for these dungeons!
For your convenience we also have a list of all currently available heroics:
Halls of Origination
Lost City of the Tol'vir
The Vortex Pinnacle
Throne of the Tides
So what are you waiting for? Go check them out!
Heroics are now available.
Furthermore, the Pre-made Character Templates should provide you guys with characters in level 333 Superior (blue) quality gear - which is the minimum expected gear level for succeeding in heroics. I
you to copy over a new pre-made if you want to test heroics.
Available character copies should also be reset.
TankSpot Cataclysm Preview: Halls of Origination
2010/09/07 at 7:21 PM
is back once again, this time with a preview of a new Cataclysm Dungeon - . Located in players will fight their way through an instance full of Ancient Egyptian-themed encounters and mobs, where they will finally encounter the final boss:
You can watch the entire TankSpot guide to Halls of Origination below!
Cataclysm Map Update! New Classic / Cataclysm Dungeon + Raid Maps and More!
2010/09/01 at 7:19 PM
Epic map update! We've got
of new maps straight from the latest Cataclysm beta patch, including new maps for classic dungeons and raids! Hopefully leveling in the newly streamlined Cataclysm questing zones doesn't go too fast so players will actually have a use for 'em! At least players will no longer have to discover a low level dungeon before being able to queue for it. Now all they need is to add a tour guide to
- you may laugh, but they actually
add tour guide NPCs to a certain quest in one of those horrible night elf barrow dens! Ever get lost in one of those for an hour or so? Yeesh.
Check out all the cartographical coolness after the break!
Cataclysm: Heroic Shadowfang Keep and Deadmines Available at Launch
2010/09/01 at 4:07 PM
I know you all heard the bad news that heroic modes for and wouldn't make it in for the launch of Cataclysm. Thankfully, it seems the original appraisal was wrong!
has come along and posted an announcement stating they
have the heroic modes for both SFK and DM at launch!
Heroics are not ready for testing.
Heroic Shadowfang Keep and Heroic Deadmines
be released with Cataclysm. You will not have to wait for a later patch.
Azeroth, Revisited: Stratholme in Cataclysm
2010/08/25 at 8:56 PM
Once again, we're going to dive into the beta and take a look at one of my personal favorite dungeons from classic—.
Now if you don't remember anything about
, here's a quick rundown: Stratholme was originally one of the largest human cities in the world. During the events in Warcraft 3 (as we witnessed in
The Culling of Stratholme
), Prince Arthas finds out the plague has spread to the city and orders it purged. Later on the Undead took control of Stratholme and Kel'Thuzad established it as his capital and built the floating fortress
Overall the dungeon has not changed much physically, but there is now a new wall splitting it literally into two instances. They have changed the level range for each side, levels 42-52 for the Main Gate and 46-56 for the Service Entrance.
OBLIGATORY SPOILER WARNING: DON'T READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Cataclysm Beta (Build 12803) New + Updated Maps!
2010/08/25 at 12:55 PM
The Cataclysm beta build 12803 was deployed last week and we have a slew of new (and even some updated) maps for you to check out. We even have maps for all kinds of classic dungeons such as and !
Check out our side by side comparisons after the break!
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