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Patch 4.2: A Complete Guide to Stage One of the New Dailies
2011/06/06 at 5:22 AM
Patch 4.2 introduces a completely new daily quest hub and provides an excellent new direction for dailies. The only downside is that some of the quests are so enjoyable while others aren't half as cool; it creates a stark contrast of dailies that feel like fun and others that feel like a chore. Still, it's a lot better than other daily hubs of yesteryear and the rewards are much better. Our volunteers (Neutronimity and ArgentSun) plus myself have been doing the dailies every day, so we have a series of guides in the works for you!
The first stage of the Firelands Invasion serves as an introduction to the current events of Hyjal. The Guardians of Hyjal have made a call for all heroes to join them in their effort to protect Hyjal from Ragnaros' armies and to push the battle back to the Firelord's domain. Each stage of this effort in pushing them back becomes a stage of dailies to unlock. If your character hasn't completed the zone prior, you will first be asked to assist the four Ancients of Mount Hyjal. Only after this is done will you be able to join everybody else in their war against the Firelands.
As it's usual with PTR content, keep in mind that while there is a good chance that the content presented here will remain
Patch 4.2: Crystallized Firestones Used to Upgrade Gear Into Heroic iLevels
2011/06/01 at 1:01 AM
There's a new vendor and loot system up after today's patch on the 4.2 PTR. Outside of , there's a new vendor
that flies on a . In exchange for one --an item which drops from heroic mode bosses every kill--she will upgrade an item into its heroic version. It is worth mentioning that the base items for these upgradeables can come from both from the Valor Points vendor in Orgrimmar/Stormwind and from the Firelands raid. Currently only twenty-one items are affected, but what's the most important are that the relics are affected along with wands and other ranged weapon slots. This means that, unlike current content, we won't be in max ilevel gear with a significantly lower level relic slot.
Interestingly enough, there are also some items for other slots--like a leather belt and a necklace. This may mean that Blizzard will use this vendor to enhance loot tables without having to needlessly increase the diversity and RNG of a boss' loot table. It will be a smart way to make sure that seven bosses have an entire tier's worth of ilevel, for sure. As I speculated previously, with the loot tables being so varied, they had a good opportunity to pull s
Tier 12 Set Bonuses and Stats Preview
2011/05/30 at 5:24 PM
It's starting to look like the tier set bonuses will be final now as the patch gets closer and closer without frequent changes to them. We figured this would be a good time to remind you of what they are plus show you the stats for the individual tier pieces so you could see what pieces you'll covet and what ones you'll wear offset for.
Price (Normal, 378)
Price (Heroic, 391)
Base item +
Gauntlets of the Fiery Vanquisher
Base item +
Chest of the Fiery Vanquisher
Base item +
Leggings of the Fiery Vanquisher
Helm of the Fiery Vanquisher
Patch 4.2: Ragnaros 10-man Preview and Strategy
2011/05/28 at 8:38 AM
We got a chance to check out Ragnaros yesterday on 10-man normal mode. Seeing a final boss for an instance on the PTR is a rare treat; Blizzard usually doesn't give away the end of the instance so easily and it was surprisingly polished except for a minor glitch with visuals on the platform.
As you might remember from
the dungeon journal entry
, Ragnaros is a three phase fight in normal mode. There's an additional fourth phase in heroic. We were able to get him down into phase three and close to a kill. He seemed a little undertuned, even if it was 10-man normal mode and it is PTR. It was just too easy to get down quickly. This was largely because few abilities were punishing--it was only in phase three and during intermissions which served as phase transition that you could wipe from a single mistake.
We made a quick video to show you the footage of our progress (special thanks to my guild
Out of Line
for being awesome and helping). This video is a rough guide and hopefully will give you a better overview of the fight's general progression. Of course, if you prefer text, there's a
Patch 4.2: Firelands Boss Loot Including Where Pureblood Fire Hawk Drops
2011/05/26 at 7:36 AM
Thanks to the Encounter Journal feature on the PTR, we now have what drops from what boss in our knowledge for
. This is pretty awesome and it confirms things most people speculated about ilevels, including how
has an elevated ilevel like
does from current content (as well as a mace that any Holy paladin would probably kill to have).
also drops from all heroic modes of bosses it seems and it is uncertain as to what this item is used for, though it could quite possibly be used to upgrade armor pieces.
A lot of people thought that
Smoldering Egg of Millagazor
would drop from a rare mob, but no, that's also our favorite Firelord. Speaking of mounts, however, it's possible that since
Flametalon of Alysrazor
isn't tied to a loot table for a boss currently that it could be from a rare mob or a random drop from doing the zone quests--which
plays a role in. We'll have to wait and see.
Cowl of the Clicking Menace
Robes of Smoldering Devastation
Carapace of Imbibed Flame
Thoracic Flame Kilt
Spaulders of Manifold Eyes
Ask the Devs #8 Answered, Next Topic is Tanking
2011/05/25 at 12:26 PM
And here comes the latest Ask the Devs rubric we'll see for a long time.
. If you have submitted any questions regarding the new bosses, T12, the daily quest hubs in Hyjal and the Firelands, or just about lore, here's your chance to see them (or ones like them) answered. Some of the more interesting questions inquire after that Abyssal Maw dungeon Blizzard promised us a while back (we are not getting it), raid balance and boss mechanics in the Firelands, and even a little bit of lore to make those of us into that kind of thing very happy.
Ask the Devs #9 was
, and its topic will be
. The official thread for it will come a little later today, so get your questions ready!
Welcome to the answers thread for our World of Warcraft "Ask the Devs" global Q&A. These answers are in response to the round #8 questions, which can be seen here:
What happened with the Abyssal Maw dungeon that was supposed to come with Firelands? – Maryjanee (EU-EN), Espiritu (NA)
Patch 4.2: Elemental Bonds Quest Preview
2011/05/22 at 11:16 AM
The Elemental Bonds questline is finally up on the PTR and we've taken the liberty of doing it all so you can spoil yourselves silly. As a point of note, this questline is the main lore point behind 4.2 and it features both the villains as well as the heroes of .
As the Blizzard preview teased, this quest chain focuses on Aggra and Thrall both as lovers and heroes trying to save the world. Having seen it in-depth, we can confirm that it focuses on both traditional and nontraditional enemies; as much of the questline is Thrall overcoming his fears and desires as a mortal being with limited time on Azeroth as it is fighting elementals.
To help showcase this truly epic quest, we've compiled a YouTube video of all the scenes from start to finish and we also wrote up more in-depth guide. You can find both in this post.
However, if you don't want to be spoiled, close this page
. Even the comments will probably be rife with debate or speculation on this quest chain and its implementation, outcome, and so on. In short, it's not our fault if you spoil yourselves. We've warned you
Patch 4.2: Tier 12 Video Previews
2011/05/18 at 2:25 AM
We love our model viewer as much as the next person, but we know sometimes it can be daunting to load up Java or Flash just to see what new gear you'll be sporting come 4.2.
While you still can view them in the viewer
, we've also put together a bunch of videos that preview these new sets. You can find them after the cut.
Dungeon Journal Preview: All Seven Firelands Encounters Unveiled
2011/05/15 at 7:55 AM
The PTR updated this weekend with the encounter journal. The developers at Wowhead have been working on integrating it into our database entries and it's an exciting feature you should see soon. However, in this case, soon isn't enough: you probably want to see it right now. Well, you can! With the help of volunteers ArgentSun, Perculia, and Remnath, I've transcribed the data you care about--!
Below are the encounter journals for all seven bosses in the zone (plus Occu'thar in Baradin Hold), so tread lightly if spoilers scare you. Of course, if you're into seeing what you'll be facing on 4.2, go and indulge yourself. It's worth it. Ragnaros is the best looking fight in particular; it's epic on a level that
Alone in the Darkness (25 player)
and quite similar in design, too. During the fight on heroic mode, you will face an additional stage in which you will be aided by three familiar friends: Cenarius, Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem, and Malfurion Stormrage. It sounds a lot like the Keepers in Ulduar.
Anyway, if these journals are any indication, this dungeon should cure a lot of burnout players have been facing. And hey, who knows, maybe those ~600,000 subscribers Blizzard "lost" will come back on patch d
Patch 4.2: Lord Rhyolith PTR Strategies and Preview
2011/05/12 at 9:44 PM
Today on PTR we got some time with the newly renamed
. He's a well-tuned encounter and one we preferred to yesterday's boss,
. Some of his mechanics were refreshing, particularly in the way you actually controlled him, and we managed to test both phases of the fight thoroughly. If you've done
, you'll find some elements from those bosses borrowed and rehashed with
Phase one starts out different from most fights as there is no need to tank him. He ambles around slowly and does not attack directly; instead, the real threat is where he intends to walk. Consequently, you'll need to steer him where you want him to path by attacking his left and right legs--applying DPS to the leg in which direction you want him to turn. We found it best to only have two or three melee on him at most communicating on ventrilo where they wanted him to turn and calling out switches. There is also a bar on the screen the indicates how much in the respective direction Rhyolith will be turning to help you out.
Your immediate goal in steering him is to make sure that he stays
Patch 4.2: Beth'tilac PTR Strategies and Preview
2011/05/11 at 11:18 PM
The PTR was open today for testing on Firelands 10-man and we were able to get some time with
. Unfortunately the US servers got a lot less time with this boss than EU and we only got eight or so attempts in before the server was shut down.
is the spider boss
first previewed by Blizzard
at the end of April. She ended up being a fairly simple fight. Of course, as usual for the PTR, she was untuned and will most likely change in the future. The encounter has two easily defined phases: the first is a kiting phase, the second is a burn phase. For phase one, you split into groups for below her web and on top of it; for phase two, everyone groups up underneath her web and you must kill her before her increasing damage is too high while dealing with a debuff similar to
Overall, it's a fun introductory fight and seems to serve well as a gear check for the zone.
News Roundup: Dragonwrath Legendary Staff Clarifications, 4.2 Firelands Preview Updated
2011/05/10 at 7:05 PM
Just a small handful of Blizzard posts today, as it's the start of the week and we haven't been completely flooded with new info from the Blues (though there have been many welcome additions in the latest PTR patches, as I'm sure you guys have noticed)! As expected, most of the forum discussion has focused around since it has finally been datamined (with its datamined stats). I'd like to take this moment to remind you guys that (as always)
that has been datamined from the PTR files is subject to change. All of it. Even the things Blizzard says themselves in their patch notes is subject to change. Remember that the Public Test Realms are just that -
realms - and that you may not be seeing the final version of some of these awesome items which are planned to go live. :)
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