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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!
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!
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