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4.3 Preview: Chromatic Dragon Pet and Loot Rule Changes
2011/10/07 at 11:44 AM
We wanted to post a few models up that Alayton found for us--mostly the Chromatic Dragon pet, which I am betting is the reward for the guild legendary for tier 13, since there already was a Deathwing pet a while ago. There are also the Lunar New Year rewards we speculated one as well as the Scarab pet from the next TCG edition (not archaeology as we had hoped).
As for the Fel Hippogryph, he's actually from the TCG (thanks to reader Nathanyel for the tip).
New Loot Rules in 4.3
In response to concerns regarding how loot will be distributed in the Raid Finder system, we are making some changes to how loot rolls will work when using the Need Before Greed system in the Raid Finder. When using Raid Finder for the Dragon Soul raid instanc
Patch 4.3 - PTR Build 14809 - Spell Changes, New Items, and More
2011/10/07 at 4:12 AM
There was a small patch last night. Nothing huge--just new maps for the 5-mans as well as some achievements for PvE encounters in 4.3. In any case, we also have a
new data push on the PTR site
so you can check out all the data we've acquired so far. A major thanks to everyone who uses the
as well during the PTR, it always helps us!
I'm tacking on some notable blue posts here as sort of a round up as well--heirlooms might be changing in the future and void storage pricing was changed considerably. Hopefully this stops some of the complaining we've seen about the prices!
We would like to share an insight on the approach that is the philosophy behind the heirlooms at the moment. This is still something that may change, so please do not take it as set in stone.
In short, the developers agree that the process of mailing heirlooms around constantly is a little annoying. We'd prefer to try and work ourselves away from the method of mailing out BoA items in the future, like pets, mounts, etc. To that end, we have some desig
Hunter Tier 13 and Visual Retrospective
2011/10/06 at 8:05 PM
class="detail"><p>Adventurers will be tested like never before in 4.3 as they take on Deathwing and his minions, emerging with powerful new treasures. Please enjoy this preview of the hunter tier 13 set, as well as a visual guide to tiers 1 through 12 for <a href="
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<p>Hunter – Wyrmstalker Battlegear</p>
<p><em>We like to tie a Hunter’s Tier armour in with an appropriate donor creature – it suggests the Hunter has actually <em>hunted</em> for the set! As there’s an awful lot of dragons in this patch, a draconic theme was the way to go. We wanted to reference but not simply reproduce the classic Dragonstalker set. To that end, we limited the use of dragon heads to the helm and chained leathery wings around the shoulders which gives the impression of a skeletal drago
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
4.3 Valor Point Changes
2011/10/04 at 8:06 PM
<p>With the 4.3 patch we'll be introducing some changes to the way Valor Points (VP) are obtained, as well as the items that they can purchase.<br />
Changes coming in 4.3:</p>
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<li>Looking for Dungeon -- 150 VP per run, with a cap of seven runs per week. All Cataclysm heroic dungeons introduced in 4.0, 4.1, and 4.3, will provide 150 Valor per run.<br />
<li>Looking for Raid -- 250 VP per run, with a cap of 500 per week. The 4.3 raid, Dragon Soul, will be split into two separate raids for the Raid Finder. While individual bosses do not drop Valor when using the Raid Finder, you will receive 250 Valor for completing each Dragon Soul raid. Each boss will only drop loot for you once per week, but you will continue to get the 250 Valor for completing each Raid Finder raid, up to the 500 cap.<br />
<li>10 player raid boss -- 115 VP. There are nine bosses per week, counting Baradin Hold.<br />
<li>25 player raid boss -- 135 VP. There are nine bosses per week, counting Baradin Hold.<br />
<li>Valor Points cap at 1000 per week.<br />
4.3 Patch Notes Updated
2011/10/04 at 5:03 PM
Patch notes are up, some pretty interesting stuff like ZG/ZA nerfs--players will no longer have to kill all bosses before moving onto the end boss which should speed it up quite a bit!
New Dungeon & Raid Content
is now available for testing. Your participation and feedback
, is now available for testing. Your participation and feedback
This new feature allows players to customize their gear like never before. You'll find Transmogrification, Void Storage, and Reforging vendors in Cathedral Square, Stormwind and The Drag, Orgrimmar. The costs associated with this service are not yet final.
In addition to the bank, players will now
Patch 4.3 - PTR Build 14791 - Spell Changes, New Items, and More
2011/10/04 at 4:19 PM
There's a PTR patch that just hit, we're checking it out--might not be too big. Expect this page to be updated. For now enjoy the spell diffs.
The strings we pulled show some hints to the maps for the new raid. The 5-mans have them as well, but those aren't as cool (and you've already seen the first 5-man which had the majority of 'em).
DUNGEON_FLOOR_DRAGONSOUL0 = "Dragonblight";
DUNGEON_FLOOR_DRAGONSOUL1 = "Maw of Unmaking";
DUNGEON_FLOOR_DRAGONSOUL2 = "Maw of Ruin";
DUNGEON_FLOOR_DRAGONSOUL3 = "Eye of Eternity";
DUNGEON_FLOOR_DRAGONSOUL4 = "Skyfire Airship";
DUNGEON_FLOOR_DRAGONSOUL5 = "Spine of Deathwing";
DUNGEON_FLOOR_DRAGONSOUL6 = "The Maelstrom";
new items with today's patch including tons of new epic item level 378 gear! Some of these items currently feature placeholder names hinting at their sources, such as "Twilight Hour," "End Time," and "Eternity." In addition to all this epic gear, there's a handful of new weapons, too!
Mandible of the Old Ones
Chaos Orbs No Longer BoP in 4.3
2011/10/03 at 5:06 PM
We have just made the following change in the PTR:
In 4.3, Chaos Orbs are no longer soulbound! Everyone will be able to roll on new orbs that drop, and any existing chaos orbs will become tradeable.
4.3 Preview: Darkmoon Faire and Rogue Legendary Quests
2011/09/30 at 2:21 PM
We have two exciting previews for you today and they both focus on the same content: quests in 4.3. For the first part, we've organized the Darkmoon Faire quests into tables, so you can see what kind of dailies and others you'll be doing during the festivities. We've also included their achievement, so you can see how they factor into achievements.
The second half is the rogue legendary preview--showing the initial quests you'll do. These are awesome and very much based on the class, but you'll have to jump down below to see what Perculia, our resident rogue, thinks! I just play a paladin, after all.
Darkmoon Faire Quests
The Captured Journal
Darkmoon Prize Ticket
A Captured Banner
Darkmoon Prize Ticket
The Enemy's Insignia
Darkmoon Prize Ticket
Patch 4.3: Tier 13 Set Bonuses Updated
2011/09/29 at 4:01 PM
<strong>Update 9/29</strong>: We've made several adjustments to the tier 13 set bonuses. You'll find the latest stats below (changes are in bold).<br><br>Here's a list of only the bonuses which have changed, followed by the original bonuses: <a href="
we’ve been previewing the visuals of tier 13 on the front page at <a href="
, we thought you might be interested in the magics that lay imbued betwixt their stitches and plating. Behold -- the tier 13 set bonuses!<br><br><em>Please keep in mind that the below data could change during the PTR process prior to the release of patch 4.3.</em><br><br><br><span class="underline"><strong>Death Knight</strong></span><br><ul><br><li>Blood, 2P -- When an attack drops your health below 35%, one of your Blood Runes will immediately activate and convert into a Death Rune for the next 20 sec. This
4.3 Preview: End Time 5-man Coverage, Dungeon Set 3d Models, Dungeon Journal Entries, and More
2011/09/28 at 6:14 PM
Today's been a long day. Like, a really long day.
But I enlisted the help of Perculia and my guildmates; together we tackled the first 5-man End Time (the other two weren't open) for screenshots and videos. We've
also got their drops from the client uploaded on our PTR site
; modelviewer sets of all the new dungeon sets which all match each other, even if they don't have set bonuses; and the dungeon journal entries for every instance. There are a lot of placeholders for the DJ, though, so be warned!
End Time Dungeon Journal and Video Preview
<h1>Echo of Baine</h1>
width="400" style="float:right">Enraged by his failure to protect the world and, most importantly, the Horde, this time-ravaged shade of Baine Bloodhoof lingers within the ruins of the Obsidian Dragonshrine. Although he's still as powerful as the tauren high chieftain from the present, within this shattered future Azeroth, this guilt-ridden echo is little more than a discordant vessel of unque
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