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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.
4.2 PTR Patch Notes Updated - Firelands Testing Now Available, Many Major Changes!
2011/05/10 at 8:25 PM
The 4.2 PTR Patch Notes have been updated with some major changes, including a ton of new class changes and some very interesting general changes to some common game mechanics! Also, someone might want to mention the Blizzard that Hysteria was removed... (sillies!)
changes including buffs to Feral DPS, adjusting Balance DPS rotation / spell triggering and a new Restoration Mastery!
All pets' Aggressive stance has been removed (yay!) and replaced with the Assist stance, which causes the pet to attack the player's target.
healing spells have had their mana costs increased.
Daily and weekly guild experience caps have been increased by 25%.
, a new 10 and 25-player raid, is now available for limited testing!
As always, you can check out the full, Wowhead-linkified PTR patch notes on Wowhead!
Read on for the full 4.2 PTR patch notes update!
Druid Tier 12 Preview and Other 3D Models
2011/05/10 at 3:21 PM
We have a preview of Druid Tier 12 armor up as well as some more 3D models to share with you from the PTR. Remember to view it in our model viewer through the java option rather than flash if you want to see particle effects and details--this feature recently received an overhaul so they're looking even better than before.
For items, maps, icons and spell changes from this build that hit earlier today, you can
check them out here
Druid Tier 12
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14040 - New Items, Spell Changes, Icons, and Maps
2011/05/10 at 1:15 PM
After an agonizingly slow Monday, Tuesday picks up the pace with another patch for the PTR. The legendary's stats are finally datamined, over fifty new items are in our database (including more tier previews), and we've got a lot of spell changes to show you as well.
has appeared, sadly with hit rating and no proc yet (this is intended so we can't spoil ourselves too badly). It also looks like the legendary's other phases-- and --are very nice items so the staff grows with you as you get into heroic progression like how was useful.
is confirmed as a faction and has some rewards listed! Keep in mind it's likely that each class gets its own rewards and ones haven't been tied in for other roles than tanks.
Engineers get a new gun to make with some awesome flavor text: !
If you needed another reason to love Blizzard, might work.
Tons of [url=http:
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
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Patch 4.2: Tier 12 Armor Variations and 3D Models
2011/05/05 at 10:46 AM
We've datamined some recolors for tier 12 from the latest PTR 4.2 patch. There are no new tier sets to see except Warrior, but each tier that was already previewed has three shades of color (except Hunters, which have four). It's possible these could be the difference in color from non-heroic and heroic, 10 or 25 (like Ulduar's 8 and 8.5 was), or possibly even PvP models. An interesting comment a Wowhead poster presumed is that they could even be colored based on what talent tree you've specialized the majority of your points in--which would make a lot of sense, given the naming conventions on the PTR.
Anyway, we won't know until we get more information, but they're worth looking at. Some of them are certainly a lot less fiery and I hope they see the light of day.
View in our model viewer: | | Palad
Patch 4.2 Preview: Tier 12 Set Bonuses
2011/05/05 at 12:08 AM
Our friends at
tipped us off that the set bonuses for tier 12--the embarrassing part is that they were in our database all along. Some of us have been working for fourteen hours straight now, though, and aren't that observant. OK? OK.
Two important things to note here. First, some of the set bonuses are ridiculously overpowered and some are extremely underpowered. Let's hope that these will be changed since this is the beginning of 4.2's PTR; as it stands, they are far from balanced. Second, Blizzard went a little wild with the fire theme this set of tier. This is sort of an interesting take on tier procs and certainly welcomed as a change, but it's also a little redundant. Fire damage on fire mobs? Thankfully this isn't vanilla--they would be immune.
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14002 - New Models
2011/05/04 at 8:48 PM
If you like models, you're in luck. We've got a ton of models for you to view from the PTR's latest patch. Remember to click on the thumbnails to expand and get them in full 3D--they look better and you'll be able to see the details clearer, like how the has pouches on his saddle and tons of details.
From these pictures, it also looks like Hallow's End will be getting a revamp or at least a new pet. Black and orange kittens in witch hats look pretty awesome. The Winged Lion pet will probably go with the Winged Lion mount from last patch; it will be interesting to see when these land in the store together and if he's tied to another plush. Oh, and that bizarre looking whelp? How legendary indeed. (It's most likely , a reward for completing .)
Patch 4.2 - PTR Build 14002 - New Items, Spell Changes, Icons, and Maps
2011/05/04 at 5:38 PM
The PTR is finally starting to come up and we have a lot of information to post. There are over a thousand latest additions, dozens of new icons, two new maps, and even tier 12 pieces starting to be datamined.
The legendary quest is being slowly revealed by the changes to our database. This looks like a very detailed quest chain, similar to the first caster staff legendary. will be the feat of strength, is part of the quest to create it, and it's likely that x60 and are what is collected to forge the staff.
There will be four new vanity pets: , , , and . The last one will be the guild reward for completing the legendary.
A lot of profession recipes have been added, similar to the craftable ones from TBC days. Some are BoP and some are BoE. , , , and are some examples.
Some pieces of tier gear were found, though they are not a set yet.
returns--it's a little le
Patch 4.2 Preview: Trinkets From Firelands
2011/05/04 at 11:30 AM
With 4.1 and 4.2 being split up last month unexpectedly, our database has a few vestiges of content that technically exist on live that don't drop yet. Of these items, the most important are the trinkets. Trinkets are probably World of Warcraft's most loved and hated item; they never seem to drop when you need them to. Firelands, of course, has its own set of new trinkets. While the PTR is not up yet for us to see what boss they will come from, we have them here for your viewing pleasure. We featured them a few months ago, but they got lost in the numerous updates made since.
Something interesting about this tier of trinkets is that they all have unique procs or on uses--there are also
of them, fifteen for each version of the raid. I wonder if one set of the trinkets is possibly from a quest reward that's different in normal and heroic, something akin to
Heroic Judgment at the Eye of Eternity
from Wrath of the Lich King's
Heroic Key to the Focusing Iris
Normal (ilevel 378)
Heroic (ilevel 391)
Ancient Petrified Seed
Ancient Petrified Seed
Apparatus of Khaz'goroth
Apparatus of Khaz'goroth
Essence of the Eternal Flame
Essence of the Eternal Flame
Eye of Blazing Power
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
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