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News Round Up: Class Beta Feedback, PvP Gear, Leaders of Azeroth
2012/05/07 at 6:21 PM
Today's news round up has a ton of blue posts. First off, there's a lot of detailed beta feedback for
s, including discussions about Level 90 Druid talents and Rapture for priests. There's also discussion about PvP gear in Mists,
Mass Spell Reflection
nerfs, Dungeon bugs on beta, and the recent completion of the Leaders of Azeroth short story series. Click the cut to see all the posts!
PvP Gear in Mists
You will have less resilience on your gear coming into beta. However, you will also have some base resilience and that base should offset the PvP power that everyone is getting. The net result should be that you take about the same damage you do today in a PvP setting, but will take less damage from someone not wearing PvP gear.
Currently on your beta build, I believe the ratio of power to resilience is off. You should have more resilience and less power than you do.
It is entirely possible that some new talents or spell changes will result in too much burst damage in isolated cases, but when giving feedback, it's useful for us if you distinguish between those and survivabili
Mists of Pandaria: Temple of the Jade Serpent Preview
2012/03/30 at 12:09 AM
Table of Contents
Sha of Doubt
We ran through the
Temple of the Jade Serpent
today--it's a pretty quick instance but each wing is richly detailed. You can also buy all glyphs for from a vendor right inside the instance. All bosses dropped ilvl 425 loot, but they were reskins of 4.3 gear and didn't have real names yet, like
Chestguard of Despair
The instanced version of the
Temple of the Jade Serpent
looks practically identical to the outdoor quest version--except it's been corrupted by the Sha. The library and water wings are accessible, as is the central area where questgivers and monks trained formerly. After questing through The Jade Forest, it's intriguing to find out how the temple ended up in such a state.
Corrupted Living Water
elementals scatter the hallway by the Fountain of the Overseeing, along with dead Jinyu. When they die, they leave a harmful pool with
Mists of Pandaria: Jade Forest Preview and News Round Up
2012/03/26 at 8:15 PM
We were lucky enough to preview the start of the Jade Forest questline in beta before the zone was later closed! Here's a peek at the cutscene for the Alliance--as covered in our
coverage, it's quite different than the cutscene for the Horde with a very angry Garrosh.
We've also got screenshots of the initial Alliance and Horde questing hubs in The Jade Forest, as well as some of the Temple of the Jade Serpent!
Be sure to check out our recent Mists of Pandaria beta coverage--this weekend alone we
updated our talent calculator
to have talents and abilities for ALL classes, including monks, as well as footage of redone
Mists of Pandaria Preview: New Scholomance and Monk Talent Calculator Updates
2012/03/25 at 2:21 PM
Content manager Krelumian managed to get footage of my paladin doing Scholomance and turn it into a video, so we figured we'd post it here for everyone to see as a new post!
our talent calculator now has abilities and specializations live for the monk
A lot of you requested it yesterday and Aryu worked hard last night to make sure it was up on a weekend.
Be sure to check out our other two previews of redesigned dungeons:
becomes the Scarlet Halls & Cathedral, where many new things are happening.
has a new evil lurking underneath Orgrimmar.
Familiar faces like
are back with updated mechanics, but some other bosses like Ras Frostwhisper[/b
Mists of Pandaria Preview: The Scarlet Halls and Cathedral Redesigns
2012/03/24 at 9:01 AM
We got to check out two wings of
formerly four instances, SM is now reduced down to two
. This instance has been entirely retooled: bosses are redesigned and renamed, large areas are removed, sides commonly known as the Library and the Armory were merged to become
the Scarlet Halls
while the Graveyard and Cathedral became
the Scarlet Cathedral
In short, a lot of HUGE changes! We've also updated this post because our instance was bugged last time.
Watch the video for our complete run through--my character with Krelumian narrating--or click the tabs to see a detailed breakdown on what the changes are.
The Scarlet Crusade is having a war and they're losing it pretty badly in the remnants of what many players referred to as
the Graveyard side
. Undead pour in and corpses burn in large, decaying piles throughout the somber scene. The area has also been pruned of
and his torture scene as well as trash mobs.
This is now part of Scarlet Cathedral
. It transitions seamlessly into where the Cathedral area was.
High Inquisitor Whitemane
Mists of Pandaria Preview: New Ragefire Chasm
2012/03/23 at 11:10 AM
We hopped on the PTR and ran all the redone instances that we could this morning. These are very much works in progress as instances, but they looked really cool and had some fairly significant changes.
A common theme I noticed in pretty much every instance was a desire for there to be useable items that made the 5-mans more dynamic. In RFC, players were charged with rescuing orcs from sticky situations--from dangling off a ledge to being devoured by an elemental hound. Meanwhile, in SM, certain mobs would drop explosives which players could detonate and there was also the option to use archery targets as shields from a barrage of flaming arrows. Cool stuff, can't wait to see it more developed--and to see what it means for level 90 5-mans!
Those poor Troggs. What did they do to anyone? I mean, besides killing and maiming low level Horde players?
In short, Ragefire Chasm is redone
. Trogg corpses litter the molten floors of the instance--they aren't the enemies anymore. Instead it's a new cult, former members of the Horde called the Dark Shaman. Garrosh has orde
Mists of Pandaria 2012 Press Event Official FAQ
2012/03/19 at 2:00 AM
Our massive Mists of Pandaria blog post
our exclusive interviews with Blizzard
have a lot more information, but this is the official FAQ that Blizzard gave all the press. This way you can browse through and see what Mists of Pandaria is all about--in their own words.
World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™
March 2012 Media Event FAQ
Q: What is
World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™
Escalating tensions between the Alliance and Horde have broken out into open warfare. The roar of cannons blacken the sky while naval engagements around the globe fill the seas with blood. As the clash of mortal armies spins the world into chaos, a continent -- once shielded by impenetrable mists -- suddenly manifests itself in the southern oceans. There’s no question that this resource-rich new land will be at the center of a global conflict. Will the Mists of Pandaria part to reveal Azeroth’s salvation? Or will this new battlefield become the flashpoint that pushes the Alliance and Horde over the brink into
Transmogrification Guides, Part 7: Quest Armor (Updated for 5.4)
2012/03/03 at 9:08 AM
contains quest sets from each expansion. Some of these items are only from one quest in the game--better to discover a set you like now, instead of after you've vendored that unique quest reward!
This guide covers all of the quest transmog sets in the game. They're organized by expansion and armor type with information on how to acquire them and basic colors.
Plus, you can mouseover each set to see what it looks like!
Check out the complete updated series of Transmogrification Guides:
PvE and PvP Tier Armor
Lookalike Tier Without Class Restrictions
Darkmoon Despoiler: A Guide to Farming Darkmoon Artifacts
2012/01/02 at 2:40 PM
The Darkmoon Faire is back in town and it's time to start collecting tickets again for all those new vanity items. While there are mini-games and profession quests to help you along, the bulk of your monthly tickets will come from turning in special Darkmoon artifacts, so it's time to get farming! As it appears players are unable to farm low-level instances for artifacts now, we've listed all the possible bosses that drop them.
You will need
Darkmoon Adventurer's Guide
in your inventory to be eligible to loot these artifacts. It can be obtained by talking to
at the Faire or
Darkmoon Faire Greeter
Darkmoon Faire Greeter
outside the portal.
As a maximum of 145 tickets can be acquired per month, and 80 of these tickets come from item turn-ins, this is definitely something you want to farm if you're after mounts, pets, or look-alike heirloom gear.
You can continue to loot duplicate artifacts if you already have one in your inventory. However, you cannot turn in duplicate artifacts in the same month.
Artifacts drop from specific areas--certain types of bosses (humanoids, reptiles, casters, etc), raids, or from enemies in PvP.
Several PvP artifacts appear to be bugged and cannot be redeemed at the Faire this month. T
4.3 Preview: Well of Eternity Overview and Dragon Soul Testing
2011/10/14 at 10:32 PM
Blizzard hit us with an unexpected testing phase this afternoon of the new raid as well as the final 5-man; unfortunately, the raid was announced right as the bosses went live, so the servers started tanking immediately while everyone rushed to log on. Only a few groups got a 10-man together--most top-end guilds fought the loading screen boss instead, getting 4-5 of their members in the instance before testing time ran out. We managed to get in and take some screenshots, but sadly, the majority of my guild was stuck at the loading bar for the entire night.
All of this is to say I doubt we'll see many good videos, as the streams were fairly disappointing due to guilds like Blood Legion only able to pull trash due to limited numbers--most videos will probably be PUG point of views.
A rocky start, but hopefully we'll have some great testing sessions before and after BlizzCon!
Here are our other 5-man related previews
End Time Preview
Hour of Twilight Pre
4.3 5-man Dungeon Drops
2011/10/05 at 4:22 PM
We managed to get the loot tables for the 5-mans (prettied up by resident volunteer Neutronimity, thanks!)--this is probably a lot more helpful than our datamined list of items as these show what will drop from where and what stats you can start looking forward to picking up.
A quick rundown of the items: they're ilevel 378 and surprisingly solid stats. The trinkets were taken from Bastion of Twilight and Blackwing Descent in procs and on uses, making them equally solid; whose death knight alt wouldn't want to nab a ?
As a side note, there are also unique dungeon sets for these 5-mans. While they do not have set bonuses, they do have a noticeable style which
we covered in this post
4.3 Preview: In-Depth Hour of Twilight Preview, Warlord Blackthorn Dungeon Journal, and More
2011/10/05 at 1:59 AM
So before I get onto the cool stuff, a quick congratulations to the five
Diablo III beta winners
aceofangel, Jarrho, Arawethion, Rainemard,
! You'll have an email sometime this week about your keys.
Anyway, today was another PTR patch so Perculia and I checked it out after our raids tonight--and came up with some interesting stuff, not least of all, a whole lot of screenshots of another 5-man. We also discovered that the dungeon journal entries for Dragon Soul changed, in particular, Warmaster Blackthorn got a new entry which we have included at the bottom of this post.
Hour of Twilight 5-Man Preview
The final stage in this series of dungeons is set in the present-day Dragonblight, now under a full invasion by the Twilight's Hammer. Players must escort Thrall and the Dragon Soul safely to Wyrmrest Temple, where the assault on Deathwing is to commence. But the Twilight's Hammer forces are numerous, and their leadership remains strong. Those attacking the temple are commanded by a man known v
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