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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!
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!
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