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News Round Up: Midsummer Fire Festival, Paladin Changes, War Games, and More
2011/06/21 at 6:46 PM
A lot of blue posts the past few days. From 4.2 explanations to holiday talk, there's a little bit of everything for everyone in these posts.
Midsummer Fire Festival
The festivities have begun as the citizens of Azeroth and Outland celebrate the hottest of seasons by playing with fire all across these worlds! You'll want to take part no matter your experience or character level, as this is one of the most rewarding holiday events of the year. It's also one of the most PvP-heavy events, so strap into your gladiator gear and get ready to desecrate or defend the Midsummer bonfires.
As with most holidays you'll want to stop by a capital city to begin the event’s main quests, including the ever-fun torch tossing challenges. While in each of the capital cities, be on the lookout for enemy players; stealing the flames from capital city bonfires is a necessary step in getting everything out of this once-a-year event.
Ultimately you'll collect Burning Blossoms through your participation in these events, a special holiday currency you’ll then spend to purchase various items and pets available from the Midsummer suppliers and m
Patch 4.2: New PvP Ground Mounts
2011/06/20 at 2:32 PM
We've posted about the ground mounts before, but Blizzard did an official preview and it's nice to see them in their actual environments. They look great and hopefully it's a step forward for mount design. Back in April, Ghostcrawler said it was hard to come up with new mount designs during their BlizzCast--we think this proves you don't have to do anything extremely fancy or inventive, sometimes adding more textures and details can be enough to create awesome new mount rewards!
In order to best accommodate players under the unique play style of Rated Battlegrounds, we’ll be offering all-new PvP ground mounts -- the (Horde) or (Alliance) -- in a unique way. If you want to sit your knickers on these sweet new rides come patch 4.2, Rage of the Firelands, you must earn achievements for winning either 75, 150, or 300 Rated Battlegrounds. One account-bound mount will be awarded for each of these achievements earned, so if you win 300 Rated Battlegrounds with a character, you’ll be afforded the opportunity to give that character and two of your alts each a wolf or steed. Since these mounts are tied to
Patch 4.2: A Complete Guide to Stage Two of the New Dailies
2011/06/18 at 8:02 PM
Don't forget to check out our guide to phase one of the new daily quests, available right here on Wowhead News!
Patch 4.2: A Complete Guide to Stage One of the New Dailies
Now that many of you have been introduced to the daily quests available from the
Guardians of Hyjal
faction at the new quest hubs implemented with patch 4.2, we've put together a handy guide to the next phase of daily quests, which is unlocked upon obtaining 20
Mark of the World Tree
Calling for Reinforcements
. This phase brings the counterattack even further into Ragnaros' domain, as the Guardians of Hyjal's forces move into the the
via a new portal spawned in Hyjal, and set up their operations at Malfurion's Reach.
At the Sanctuary of Malorne, Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem gives you the quest
, asking you to find and slay the deadly Druid of the Flame,
. Upon heading over to her location in Hyjal and after an unpleasant exchange of words, she fatally wounds the Arch Druid and ensnares you in
. She quickly makes an escape and you are left with the fallen Arch Dr
Patch 4.2: Craftables
2011/06/17 at 3:01 PM
We thought we'd wrap the week up with a post about all of the crafted items that are available in patch 4.2. Since it's only ten days away, there's a lot of ground to cover. Overall, most professions will be happy to see a lot of lucrative items to craft are in this patch--from PvP to PvP gear, to glyphs, and even a scope!
Right now, we're unable to confirm where
of the epic recipes are dropping. We suspect the ones that are ilevel 378 are from the instance themselves and we can confirm the 365 ones are from the vendors. It's worth noting though that when we downed a boss last week, there were no patterns tied to its loot table, so it may just be from trash.
Regardless of their source, however, since the recipes are BoE they will be widely available to any type of crafters. It will be a lot like the BoE recipes from
Update: The ilvl 339 rare-quality PvP recipes available on live for Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, and Tailoring are no longer obtainable on the 4.2 PTR. They have been upgraded to ilvl 358 Bloodthirsty PvP recipes (instead of two separate sets of PvP gear). This means that crafters who have already obtained the ilvl 339 recipes on live will find that they have automa
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 6/13 - and News Roundup
2011/06/13 at 7:40 PM
All Classes: General
General Class Bug Fixes
Players should no longer incorrectly receive a message stating they interrupted a spell cast when they did not.
Actions bars will no longer briefly disappear when characters that have a stance bar enter a vehicle.
Conquest & Honor Points
in the Currency tab have been converted to
. Any points above the Honor Point cap must be spent within the next week before Season 10 starts. Once Season 10 begins, all Honor Points exceeding the 4,000 point cap will be converted into gold at a rate of per point and mailed to characters.
Dungeons & Raids
The Bastion of Twilight
ability now deals 50% less damage.
damage and chain distance has been reduced.
Dungeon & Raid Bug Fixes
Bosses are now immune to the shrinking effect from
Gnomish Shrink Ray
should no lo
Patch 4.2: Achievement Guide for the New Dailies
2011/06/12 at 1:32 PM
Similarly to the
Call of the Crusade
patch during the last expansion, 4.2 introduces a big and unique ingame event, full of quests, dailies, achievements, and rewards. And while many players remember the Argent Tournament with dread because of its numerous dailies and boring jousting, the Regrowth and Molten Front experience bear only a small bit of resemblance with the Icecrown event.
Most notably, the Firelands invasion achievements are greater in number and better in quality than the Tournament ones, the rewards are more useful and fun, and the dailies are more versatile. This is Wowhead's guide to them, for those who like to get their achievements done quickly and painlessly when patches hit!
This is the very first stage of the dailies and it takes place strictly in the Regrowth. You need to be eligible to start the dailies' prerequisites (i.e. to have completed
), and you need to do the short pre-req chain terminating with this quest.
And the Meek Shall Inherit Kalimdor
As you do your dailies, you will notice that the fire elementals are pretty mean and are attacking the poor
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 6/10
2011/06/10 at 5:48 PM
: As these patch notes revealed, the previous tiers of content requirement for were removed. You now can get the quest from Molten Lords then visiting your faction's capital city. A blue clarified this.
Molten Lords are mobs in the Firelands. Killing one will unlock the quest for you, after which you need to visit Grommash Hold in Orgrimmar or the Wizard's Sanctum in Stormwind to pick up the quest.
You do not have to have defeated any bosses from the previous tier. That was a requirement we ultimately decided to get rid of.
Some major updates to the patch notes today in preparation for 4.2's launch. Most notable are the changes to valor points come 4.2: they are decreasing the amount you can gain per week, probably in preparation for tier 12 and wanting to put an artificial (and somewhat arbitrary) cap on the rate gear is gained.
New Quest Chain: Elemental Bonds
A New quest line is now available to level-85 Horde and Alliance characters, bringing brave adventurers t
Patch 4.2: Ruthless Gladiator Season 10 PvP Sets Preview
2011/06/10 at 1:20 PM
With Season 10
as coming at the end of this month, we figured this was a great time to break the season 10 PvP sets out and show you how you'll look if you're a particularly
gladiator yourself. (In case you forgot, we previewed the weapons that go with these colorful sets back in March and you can see them
To help showcase the armor sets, we've put together a video showing each variation and we've also taken screenshots of each set along with links to our modelviewer. If you choose the modelviewer, make sure to view them in Java for higher particle effects--you can also set your own gender and race preview there so you aren't stuck at looking at either a female Blood Elf or a male Human!
Honestly, we think you're in for a bit of a surprise. While PvP sets aren't known for their beauty, some of these sets look pretty awesome and sometimes they look even better than their tier 12 counterparts.
Video Preview of all Classes
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Patch 4.2: Two New Hunter Pets, Molten Cats, and Dungeon Journal Interface Changes
2011/06/09 at 11:02 AM
There are a couple exciting things still left on 4.2's PTR worth checking out, so we've rounded them up here. These topics include two new hunter pets (
following up from Blizzard's original eight they introduced last week
), some new vanity items including a staff that turns you into a molten cat, and a lot of Dungeon Journal changes for functionality and appearance (it's looking very good).
We'll start with the hunter pets first since a lot of you were unimpressed with the five spiders, two spectral cats, and the reskinned owl of last week. Blizzard apparently listened to the masses and decided to add two very cool new models with their own trick for taming them.
Remaining Hunter Pets
Karkin spawns in Fireplume Peak--you'll reach him by jumping off Skitterflame's Ledge. He is a crab with a shiny metallic skin that casts a frontal fire attack from range. Again, you will have to jump between floating rocks to get in range to tame Karkin, but not too close or else you’ll be attacked.
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 6/07
2011/06/08 at 11:49 AM
New patch notes Blizzard released late last night. We've got some feral changes for druids, DK nerfs, useful information about Season 10 arena gear, and clarification on Justice Points in 4.2--as well as even more rare tamable beasts for hunters to find!
New Daily Quests Available
A large assortment of all-new daily quests and rewards are now available in Hyjal, where players can help the
Guardians of Hyjal
push back the allies of and establish a forward operating base in the . In order to partake in the Regrowth and daily quests, players must have at least completed up to and including the quest
. Once this quest has been completed, players should speak with in the Sanctuary of Malorne to take part in the Regrowth efforts.
s in the Currency tab have been converted to
. Any points above the Justice Point cap will be converted into gold at a rate of per point and mailed to characters.
Patch 4.2: 3D Models for Firelands' Weapons and Offhands
2011/06/07 at 8:19 AM
Back in the beginning of March,
we posted a large collection of 3D models
for weapons and offhands we had discovered through datamining. Of course, this was all before Firelands was pushed into the next patch; with that bit of news, our models got lost in the depths of the blog.
However, since we recently provided a
list of drops from Firelands
, this is a good time to check out what these items will look like in addition to knowing their stats. Although the jury's still out on the tier sets, personally we think these models are looking pretty awesome.
We have included screenshots of the models that weren't previously mentioned in our blogs.
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14241 - New Items and Spell Changes
2011/06/06 at 9:37 AM
There was a small patch on the PTR today -- and we mean
small. The only item added was a new staff to Ragnaros' loot table:
Sho'ravon, Greatstaff of Annihilation
. The new pet biscuits are also now
which now make your pets bigger, presumably it works on vanity pets as well.
There were also a couple of spell changes that we've posted below for you to look over.
Deals AP*0.192+1311 to AP*0.192+16170.0982+932 to AP*0.0982+1150 damage, and causes all targets within 8 yards to bleed for (AP * 0.0326 + 8150.0167 + 581 * 3) damage over 6 sec.
Talents and Specialization
Fires a Black Arrow at the target, dealing 20352850 Shadow damage over 15 sec. Black Arrow shares a cool
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