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Cataclysm Beta (Build 12984) New Map, Icons, Achievements & More!
2010/09/20 at 12:40 PM
Blizzard surprised us with a new beta build over the weekend and we now have site
Included in this update were several new achievements including the amusing which requires you to do a mini-game much like Popcap's
Plants vs. Zombies
. You can check out all the new achievements along with some more goodies over on our
Only one map was added in the new build - this time it's a new one of that shows the locations of several nearby areas around The Maelstrom itself. You can see , and even !
A whole slew
Scheduled Maintenance: Sept 20th, 10pm-1am PST
2010/09/20 at 11:25 AM
Last week, I wrote
a blog post
about a number of things we're doing to make things a little faster on this part of
. The installation of the new database server I mentioned will be happening tonight from 10pm-1am PST.
Oh, wait... that's when when Malgayne plays WoW, you say? Wow, what a coincidence. That sucks.
That'll teach him to break the servers.
We're hoping the maintenance will only take 2 hours, but we're building in an extra hour for all that fun stuff that happens when people mess with servers that no one ever quite anticipates will occur. We're hoping we caught everything, though. We even did an extensive burn-in test of the new server and it out-performs the existing one by a good margin. After the results of that test, I'm quite eager to get that server running!
Brewfest 2010 Has Begun! Get Your Brewmaster Title With Our Guide!
2010/09/20 at 2:48 AM
Brewfest has begun yet again, running this year from
We've got our thorough event guide for you guys which will help you earn achievements, get a fancy new outfit and maybe even a mount! Remember that this year, you will be able to queue up for
using the Dungeon Finder - so no more summon drama, LFG woes or any of that foolishness!
Coren still drops the same item level 200 trinkets, but all of his non-trinket drops have been instead moved to the Dungeon Finder reward chest. You will be awarded a Keg-Shaped Treasure Chest for your first kill of Coren Direbrew each day, which contains 2
Emblem of Frost
and has a chance to drop the epic Brewfest mounts and all of the previous year's non-trinket loot.
You can see the full loot lists and information on quests, achievements and more in our full guide! Happy Brewfest!
The Harvest Festival is here! (Sept 16 - Sept 22)
2010/09/16 at 8:36 PM
is here! Nothing new this year, but I've taken the liberty of reposting last year's guide on a new guide page for anyone who may not have participated. It's a pretty cool little event, lore-wise, but there's nothing remarkably amazing - they're basically just asking you guys to take a few minutes out of your day to show your respects to your faction's fallen hero. It would be really cool if Blizzard ever decided to elaborate on this event some, maybe by spotlighting other famous heroes (not just Grom and Uther) - maybe even tie it in with Archaeology somehow - yeah, yeah? Ah, wishful thinking... maybe next year.
Growing Pains: or, "Why The Site Is So Slow"
2010/09/15 at 2:34 PM
I'm sure that, by now, you've noticed that our site has been having some issues lately. In case you're wondering,
it's all Malgayne's fault.
More accurately: We've been in the process of scaling our site to better handle increased traffic. This has included updates to our existing servers as well as getting a new and faster database server set up to add to the site. The new database server is expected to be live within the next few weeks. We've also been optimizing many of our older queries to be more efficient, thus putting less strain on the database servers.
On top of that, we've been migrating to a more efficient caching system for our pages. We actually moved our forums, blog, and select pieces of our database pages over to it a few days ago. The instability you've seen since then was tracked down to a misconfiguration on one of our web servers that limited the number of connections it could make to our caching cluster. Since it wasn't able to hit the caching cluster effectively, it was trying to connect to the database, which spawned another connection attempt, which failed, which made TheOnyx something something.
The misconfiguration has been res
New on Wowhead: Forum Games!
2010/09/14 at 3:41 PM
The staff here at Wowhead have unveiled a brand new forum --
! We've created it especially for all you fans of
^ > v
Rate the poster above you
You can check out the new forum
or on our forum
We plan on moving all of the forum games out of
and into the new forum, so don't fret if you see your thread is no longer where it once was!
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