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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!
2010/08/24 at 7:02 PM
Just a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend an event called "Afroshoto", held at Boardners down in Hollywood. The event featured a small invitational Super Street Fighter 4 Tournament—8 total players, single elimination—as well as a small concert by a group called the Miles Mosley Band (which I recommend highly).
It was all in all a very successful event, especially for a Sunday night, which is hardly a major bargoing night. The band was excellent, the tournament was impressive (and watching Justin Wong go all the way with
, my character of choice, was nice), and it was awesome as always to be at a public gaming event.
The band leader said something interesting, though, as they were setting up. I can't remember well enough to quote exactly, but the sentiment was something like this:
For the first time in history, technology has advanced to the point that the toys of our childhood have evolved enough to remain our primary form of recreation as adults.
This stuck with me, long after the event itself. The more I think about it, the more I realize not only how true it is, but how
Azeroth, Revisited: Scarlet Monastery in Cataclysm
2010/08/11 at 7:03 PM
With the upcoming
expansion now going through its beta phase, I thought now would be a perfect time to take a look at some of the classic dungeons that everyone loves and see how they will be changing.
The first dungeon we're taking a look at is . While technically only one instance, it has been split up into four wings: Graveyard, Library, Armory, and Cathedral. The four wings have seen no physical changes, but each has received a nice makeover in mob and quest locations.
Note: This is from a Horde perspective, because that's what character I had available. The Alliance version is slightly different.
WARNING: IF YOU DON'T LIKE SPOILERS OF ANY KIND, DON'T READ THIS.
Throne of the Tides Impressions
2010/07/20 at 4:07 PM
About couple of weeks ago I posted
about how one of the new Cataclysm dungeons, Blackrock Caverns, felt. If you are interested in it, go ahead and take a look - I found it a pretty cool instance. Not as cool as the one I am about to present to you here and now though. You can read my shorter description
The Throne of the Tides is an 82-84 dungeon, supposedly the second one in the Abyssal Maw - the first one still unnamed and with 0 info about it. If you follow the normal quest flow, you will find the entrance to this dungeon during your last quest in Vashj'ir, after a colossal battle featuring Neptulon the Tidehunter himself. As you approach the giant whirlpool beneath Vashj'ir, you get sucked in, everything swirls around you, and - tadaaa - you drop in the elemental realm of water. Pretty cool looking place, by the way. But let's talk content now!
Cataclysm Dungeon Bosses
2010/07/04 at 5:11 AM
A couple of builds ago Cataclysm alpha testers saw the first "real" achievements from the new expansion - achievements different from the random funny placeholders and the standard exploration achievements. I am talking about the dungeon (and some raid) achievements. And although they were cool in and of themselves, to me there was something else intriguing hiding inside them - the knowledge of what the different instances will be called and what kind of bosses they will feature. From this we could even gather some very basic and preliminary information about who (or
) those bosses will be. Interesting stuff for me and other players eager to learn more about the expansion.
So! Let me get to the good stuff and present you with a list of all the bosses in the Cataclysm dungeons, as well as with some short description and links whenever they are available. Keep in mind, only Blackrock Caverns and Throne of the Tides are available for testing (even if some of us managed to sneak inside the Stonecore), so information beyond those 2 (3) will be
virtually non-existent. Also, keep an eye out for a similar blog for raids!
Blackrock Caverns Impressions
2010/07/02 at 7:04 PM
The latest news on the Internet - Cataclysm closed beta is hitting us good! But we all know this. What's more important is that since the NDA has been lifted, we'll be showering you with tons of new information, blogs, guide pages, videos, screenshots, and dataz.
just posted some good stuff about the
in Cataclysm (and you should check it out if you haven't), so I decided to go a different route - do a dungeon, see how it feels, give a few screenshots, and a bit of an overall opinion about how the experience is.
Right now the only two dungeons available for testing are
Throne of the Tides
. So I went to my good old friend, the Dungeon Finder, and said "Yo dawg, you heard I like dungeons? Give me a random one!" And so the
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