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News Roundup: On Upcoming Raid Nerfs, BlizzCon Tickets, New Support Site
2011/05/24 at 6:38 PM
Just a few new Blizzard posts today after earlier's
major update to the patch notes
, including a clarification on the decision behind the upcoming raid dungeon content nerfs. In addition, Blizzard reminds us of the upcoming (second) sale of BlizzCon tickets, available this Thursday. They've also launched a brand new support site, which allows users to submit tickets via a web interface instead of the clunky in-game method! Sounds awesome to me. :)
On 4.2 Raid Content Nerfs
I'm sure you guys noticed the
massive list of raid nerfs
coming in 4.2, intended to offer players easier access to content that they may not have gotten to experience. Blizzard has certainly learned from their past mistakes in making and then keeping content inaccessible and now wishes to keep content challenging while it's new and then as new content becomes available, gradually move previous content to a PUGable level. Is this a good thing? What do you guys think?
Plenty of people like the challenge, but not everyone has the ability or maybe even desire to be in a guild capable of tackling it right from the get-go.
News Roundup: New Tier Set Bonuses, Holy Paladin Nerfs, and Dancing
2011/05/13 at 12:42 AM
Zarhym's been a busy community manager today, posting in threads about everything from dancing to tier 12 set bonuses. If you recall last week,
we datamined the tier 12 set bonuses from the PTR
, and it generated a lot of buzz. Of course, they weren't balanced; some of them were very underwhelming and others were simply overpowered. As such, Blizzard's been looking into it this week and they have some solid revisions to offer already. They can't possibly be the final ones, though--Holy paladins would have a decent set bonus if that were true and you know Blizzard isn't
nice about tier sets for the class! (Kidding. Sort of.)
Other notable threads included a justification for Holy paladin mana changes in 4.2 and a thread about dancing in combat. Because dancing in combat is important.
New Tier Set Bonuses
We've seen a lot of discussion and debate over the new set bonuses. Just so everyone is aware, we're still assessing the set bonuses for tier 12 as we go through more testing and gathering more feedback.
To give you a heads up on what we'r
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. :)
News Roundup: 4.2 PTR Premades, Arena Pass 2011, Official Site Updated
2011/05/09 at 7:12 PM
A new week begins with a few new posts from Blizzard! Players eager to dive into the new patch 4.2 content on the Public Test Realms will be happy to know that character transfers have been reset and you can now transfer premade characters decked out in the finest item level 359 gear! Blizzard has also revealed some timeline details on the process of this year's Arena Pass, where players pay to compete for glory, titles, and the adorable
Murkimus the Gladiator
Blizzard has also been extremely hard at work on improving their official website, offering all sorts of nifty new pages and resources for all players new and old! Check 'em out, and tell them Wowhead sent you! ;)
4.2 PTR Premades Now Updated, Transfers Reset
Greetings,I'm happy to inform you that we have just updated the premade character copy templates with shiny new 359 item level gear. In case you already used your character copies before this update we have reset your limits. Enjoy!
Public Test Realm FAQ
Download the Cl
News Roundup: World of Warcraft 4.1.0A Fast Patch Notes, Blizzard Posts
2011/05/05 at 1:11 PM
Blizzard has just released a minor live client patch that includes a few major bugfixes that couldn't simply be hotfixed. In addition, Blizzard poster Slorkuz talks PvP as angry forumgoers point out that they're basically never going to be happy with PvP balance in WoW. And life goes on...
Notes for all World of Warcraft patches can be found
Patch 4.1 hotfixes can be found
Fixed an issue that sometimes caused player to disconnect when zoning into another location.
The title Blackwing's Bane awarded for defeating Nefarian on Heroic difficulty is now selectable again by characters who have earned it.
The targeting reticule should no longer disappear when players cast spells.
Resolved some issues that were causing Movement Enforcement Errors.
Resolved an issue affecting death knight runes after switching specializations.
Party member positions should show up corr
News Roundup: 4.2 PTR Soon, Crowd Control Changes and more!
2011/05/03 at 6:37 PM
Things have been a little quiet lately in the wake of the massive amount of 4.2 details Blizzard has shared with us lately, but today we've got confirmation from Zarhym that the 4.2 Public Test Realms will come up "soon" (most likely sooner than we think!), including all of the changes documented in the recently published
4.2 PTR Patch Notes
! Be sure to get the PTR client downloaded and ready for action - but don't worry, even if you aren't, we'll definitely be there for you guys providing you with up to the minute extensive coverage! :)
In addition, there's a few blue posts regarding dungeon difficulty (seems all anyone can talk about lately) and some clarification on the justification of the 4.2 change to crowd control. Personally, I think this change is awesome and I'm all for it - I've always hated the messiness of coordination and execution of crowd control (involving both friends
strangers) and this change is a welcome convenience. Of course, many players don't agree with the change and are making their opinions heard. Let's see what Blizzard has to say on the matter - and tell us what
Patch 4.2 Public
News Roundup: May 2nd Hotfixes and Blizzard Daily Posts
2011/05/02 at 9:51 PM
Some hotfixes were just posted for 4.2--a lot of minor quest changes and fixes to things that broke at 4.1's launch, nothing too important. Additionally, we have your roundup of daily blue posts in which they give advice on how to deal with bad players and tease to BoA gear eventually being cross-server at some point in the not too distant future!
Last but not least, there's also long list of all the shiny stuff they've been showing us lately as well which is always worth a second look.
News Roundup: Ask the Devs #7, Wowhead Contest Winners, and Dungeon Journal Preview
2011/05/02 at 11:51 AM
Ask the Devs just started to take questions for their seventh installment and this time it's all about professions! Let's hope we get some better questions and answers than last week; it'd be interesting to see Blizzard's insight into balancing professions and their thoughts on archaeology in particular. EU players
can ask in this thread
while US players
should ask over here
4.2 Dungeon Journal FAQ
There's a new preview for the new Dungeon Journal feature that's supposed to be hitting World of Warcraft in 4.2. Sadly it doesn't tell us too much--essentially this feature looks like it will provide content a lot of fansites do, showing bosses and their abilities as well as providing an overview of an instance. Seems like it will be great for newer players, but more experienced ones will still prefer to use websites and forums for their information. It should be of an enormous help to pick-up groups, though. We can't wait for more information about it, so here's to hoping it gets a bigger preview soon!
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News Roundup: Latest Cataclysm Hotfixes, Dungeon Finder Change and more!
2011/04/29 at 8:51 PM
It's FRIDAY. Yet another day of awesome Patch 4.2 previews from Blizzard, including x and y, and a handful of new blue posts as well! Today's posts include the lateest Cataclysm hotfixes, a retrospective on the quality of Trial of the Crusader and a bit of input from Zarhym on just how "friggin' epic" Firelands is going to be. Who cares if there's "only" seven bosses, if those seven bosses and their encounters are
, right?In addition to this reassurance, we've also a few posts about a few 4.1 changes that needed just a bit more clarification. Check 'em out!
Latest Cataclysm Hotfixes (April 28-29)
Some interrupts were still incorrectly missing targets. Wind Shear, Spell Lock, Counterspell, Mind Freeze, and hunter pet abilities Nether Shock and Serenity Dust should no longer miss.
Characters who mount up with a pet bar active should no longer lose control of the pet if they dismount while under the effects of any crowd control.
Divine Aegis will no longer produce a shield if the full heal that should cause it is a
Patch 4.2 Preview: Thrall's Return, World Tree Restoration
2011/04/29 at 11:21 AM
Thrall's back in this new 4.2 teaser released by Blizzard today. However, freeing him won't be easy; you'll have to face elementals as well as Thrall's own past. It's interesting that they chose to bring him back by tying him so closely to the World Tree's restoration, hinging its fate largely on freeing him from his elemental bonds.
It should be exciting to see how it plays out. Personally, we're wondering if this quest will have any room for choices. Blizzard has been alluding to the possibility that phasing in 4.2's new areas will be based on a player's choices, ultimately aiming to make Firelands a very personal experience for players. It would be quite compelling if Thrall were linked to the personalized outcome that they desire, especially given his rich history as a prominent Warcraft lore figure.
Don't forget to check out yesterday's exciting previews:
Patch 4.2: Regrowth & Molten Front Preview
Patch 4.2: Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest Preview
News Roundup: BlizzCast 16, Dungeon Journal, 4.2 Game Plan and more!
2011/04/28 at 7:20 PM
In the midst of the flood of 4.2 details they've been sharing, Blizzard have still managed to sneak in some quality posts on their forums. Today's posts include teasers for the in-game Dungeon Journal (a feature previously mentioned at BlizzCon) that will be coming with Patch 4.2, as well as some hope for engineers being tortured by their own devices.
Today also marks the triumphant return of the
(the last one having come out before Cataclysm release!), which is now available in magical
format and includes interviews with Tom Chilton, Dave Kosak and Cory Stockton about Patch 4.2!
We're excited to present the first-ever video BlizzCast, now in beautiful full-motion 2D! (Don't forget to wear your 2D glasses.) We've also jam-packed this episode with juicy information on World of Warcraft patch 4.2. Rob sits down with Game Director Tom Chilton to find out what the patch is all about, Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak lays out info on the new Firelands quest hub, and Lead Content Designer Cory Stockton spits and flows on Ragnaros and the upcoming raid content.
News Roundup: Undocumented Changes, 4.2 Preview, Conquest Points and more!
2011/04/27 at 9:36 PM
Patch 4.1 has been on the servers for barely 48 hours now and we're already getting previews of upcoming 4.2 content! Are you guys ready? Blizzard CMs have been actively posting on the forums, handling the always expected barrage of unnecessary 4.1 backlash as well as addressing issues that players are having. Today's topics include:
Assorted Undocumented Changes
Patch 4.2 Previews Coming Soon!
Reasoning Behind Changes to Conquest Points
Legendary Staff to Feature Glitter and Puffy Paint
New Lore: Vol'jin Story Available!
Upcoming Bugfixes: Horse Animation, Spell Pushback
Assorted Undocumented Changes
Portals have been added to
allowing players easier access to
Many previously faction-specific
recipes (such as
Kaldorei Spider Kabob
) which were removed with Cataclysm are now trainable from both Horde and Alliance Cooking trainers!
Argent Dawn reputation quest items such as [item
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