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Patch 4.2: Eight New Hunter Pets Preview
2011/06/02 at 3:56 PM
Two days ago, Blizzard dropped the bombshell that there will be eight new hunter pets to tame in 4.2--and that all of them will be rare spawns in the zone that currently serves as a daily quest hub. Unfortunately, these pets aren't all that exciting since they're mostly spiders (PvP pets, anyone?) or reskins of old rares, but the mechanic they use is actually exciting. Taming them will be a unique challenge as each one has a brand new ability and mechanic meant to challenge players, sort of a throwback to the hunter quests of vanilla. So any hunter who fancies themselves a true marksman will probably want to get these guys just for the sake of getting them.
We've taken the liberty to track down these new creatures with the help of
our awesome friends at WoW Insider
and make a short video showing off their models while Perculia helped compile a bit of their strategies. We'd also like to thank
the forum goers from Petopia
for finding the names of a few we couldn't find yet.
Patch 4.2: Celestial Dragon, Nuts, Brilliant Kaliri, and Mylune's Call Preview
2011/06/01 at 2:50 PM
Vanity items and pets are fun. And if you like them, 4.2 has them in
like any beefy content patch should.
To help show you some of these cool things, we threw together a quick video of the achievement pets plus an item that you get from the 4.2 dailies: . Originally we were going to just describe the item and its effect in a post, but it's one of those you should see for yourselves hence the video. The effect is surprisingly cool and it can be yours after you complete the second stage of the dailies for a mere 2,800 gold.
The additional pets we're including are the achievement pets. 3D models don't give them justice, especially when their animations are so cool (and, in the case of one squirrel, downright silly).
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
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 5/31
2011/05/31 at 8:12 PM
Blizzard has just updated the 4.2 Public Test Realm patch notes, with a handful of new class changes!
Notable changes include:
All character races now have a /roar sound.
8 new rare tamable beasts have been added, each of which provides a unique taming challenge. Will you be the first hunter to tame Deth'tilac, the rarest and most powerful of them all? Players will need to progress through the Hyjal Regrowth and Molten Front daily questing areas in order to unlock access to the full gamut of taming challenges.
weapon damage increase has been lowered to 12% (down from 20%) and
weapon damage increase has been lowered to 5% (down from 10%).
Check out the full changes!
All character races now have a /roar sound.
The Defensive pet stance will now only cause the player's pet to attack enemies which attack the pet or the master.
Annihilation now increases Oblit
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14199 - New Items, Icon, Spell Changes
2011/05/31 at 7:42 PM
A new patch has just hit the Public Test Realms, bringing a handful of changes previously announced with the
patch notes update
a few days ago! Class changes are fairly boring, mostly tooltip changes for clarity, though there are a few spell changes here and there - nothing extremely surprising.
Only a small handful of items, as well, including some new Firelands weapons (and their Heroic versions) and a new Leatherworking armor kit, . Most importantly, however, is the addition of a new companion pet: ! This lil' guy is taught by and is most likely this year's
Click here to see all the latest additions in our database!
Only one new icon with this patch - an icon for , the
Diablo-themed baby murloc
! Can't wait to see this little guy in action!
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 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 5/26
2011/05/26 at 5:01 PM
Patch 4.2 PTR Patch Notes have just been updated, documenting a number of fairly major class changes including a
adjustments and some brand spankin' new
changes! Some additions which were actually added with the
5/24 patch notes update
have had their text clarified (so if some things look familiar, that's why).
The Keyring bag slot has been removed to make room in the user interface for new features.
Keys which no longer serve a purpose in the game will be removed from player inventories. Compensation for the keys will be automatically provided in the form of each key's vendor sell price in gold.
Keys which are obsolete quest items will be removed from player inventories.
Keys which may still be of use to players will be transferred to regular inventory space. If a player's bags are full, these keys will sit in a backlogged inventory until sufficient space is made available. Once space is opened, the keys will appear in regular inventory upon the playe
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
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14179 - Spell Changes, New Items and More!
2011/05/25 at 6:11 PM
Blizzard has just released a new PTR patch, as a follow-up to yesterday's
major official patch notes update
. Just a few class changes and clarifications today, mostly already documented in the previous patch notes update - including spell details for the nerfed raid boss abilities. We're still digging in the patch data, so if we find any more interesting additions we'll be updating this post!
As for new items, Blizzard has added yet another
batch of epic quality loots (over 250 new/updated items!), and finally started adding the actual item sets for the Tier 12 items, so you guys will be able to easily find and check out set bonuses and all that good stuff!
- 'Nuff said! (
Check it out!
It appears that the pet collection achievements will now offer awesome new rewards!
Patch 4.2 Public Test Realm Notes - Updated 5/24
2011/05/24 at 11:56 AM
The 4.2 Patch Notes have been updated! This latest update brings major nerfs to T11 encounters in preparation for Firelands, as Blizzard wishes to allow more players access to the content. This update also contains an assortment of class changes (including some important tanking changes) as well as a few more T12 set bonus adjustments.
With the upcoming content patch, 10- and 25-person Normal mode raid encounters will be receiving a comprehensive set of tuning adjustments to decrease their difficulty.
These changes will allow players, groups, and guilds who have yet to experience the content in Blackwing Descent, Bastion of Twilight, and Throne of the the Four Winds an opportunity to do so.
With the addition of a new tier of armor and weapons, we want to make the previous tier more accessible in ways other than just a shift of currency type, so we are making item level 359 gear purchasable for Justice points in the upcoming content patch.
Read the updated patch notes here
to see the current list of changes. Please note that all adjustments are subject to change based on the current 4.2 test
Patch 4.2: Farewell, Keyring
2011/05/23 at 12:11 PM
The keyring being unavailable on the PTR wasn't a bug, apparently; come 4.2, the keyring is being removed from the game. As someone who remembers when the keyring was a welcomed addition, it's an interesting sign of the times to see it disappear from whence it came. A lot of keys will be going with it as well it seems.
World of Warcraft has evolved quite a bit since the day the Keyring bag slot was added in patch 1.11. When implemented, the Keyring provided players with a convenient way of storing dungeon, quest, and other keys automatically. Back when the largest bag was a mind bottling 18 slots -- rumored to be bottomless -- the Keyring helped save precious bag space. But as things tend to do, time went on, bags got bigger, and designs for (literally and figuratively) gating content evolved through the years. In today’s Azeroth, keys don’t really serve much of a purpose except to take up physical storage space from the game (which could be used for other awesome stuff), and visual interface space from you. Because of this, we’ve decided to get rid of the Keyring in order to free up that space for new features. This change could als
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