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Explanation of 4.3 Balance Changes, Part One
2011/09/27 at 5:35 PM
Back in June, I wrote a blog explaining the context behind some of the changes in the upcoming patch that might not be intuitively obvious. That blog ended up being one of the most popular ones we’ve ever done; even players who disagreed with the specific changes appreciated our explanations for what we were trying to accomplish. Therefore, we’d like to continue in that fashion and we figured there was
no reason to wait until 4.3
was "on the shelves" to get the ball rolling.
One note before I dive into things. If you haven’t read the previous blog, "
Rate of Change
," now might be a good time. There are some changes that we want to make to class mechanics or balance in general that we don’t think are fair or appropriate to spring on players in the middle of an expansion. These include things like the power of interrupts or the active mitigation model we want to implement for tanks. We’ll get there, but in short term we fundamentally believe that it’s important to pick our battles.
On with the show. Note that most of these changes are mech
Patch 4.3 PTR Patch Notes Now Available
2011/09/27 at 5:23 PM
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 have access to a new "deep storage" system, allowing characters to free bag space by setting aside coveted gear. 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.
The former Reforging vendors have been... retired. The ethereals have chosen to take over the business and joined their Transmogrification and Void Storage service providers. You'll find them in Cathedral Square, Stormwind and The Drag, Orgrimmar.
Outland & Northrend Quest Flow
News Round Up: Sylvanas Windrunner Story and Bashiok's Notes
2011/09/27 at 2:43 PM
Just two quick updates for today: Bashiok posted some fairly hilarious transcriptions of his notes from the TBC era, very fun to read. Blizzard also finally posted another leader story for you lore junkies!
Hopefully the recent silence means patch notes tonight or tomorrow and a PTR to play on this weekend!
Bashiok's "Unintelligible" Notes
I've kept most of my note pads since I've been on the community team, circa pre-BC, and upon going over them I realize two things: that people may enjoy remembering some old game changes I happened to write down, and secondly probably not because my note taking back then was usually so horrible that no sense can be made of them.
Here we go. (spelling and grammatical errors intact)
auchendune city of thedead
shatrath hub portals
Thistle Tea cooldown timer shared
Remove killing blows
1.12 locked down end of next week (June 30th)
Rogue start next week (talents better at launch)
1.13 does release before BC (~3 weeks before)
-Dark portal opens
-King of SW
2.0 name of expansion patch
New PvP (arena and honor changes)
New LFG in
4.3 Preview: Tier 13 Set Bonuses
2011/09/24 at 8:17 PM
Even more Saturday news--Blizzard released the Tier 13 set bonuses this evening. We're still waiting on visual armor previews for some classes, but it's always fun to start theorycrafting and speculating in advance. Some bonuses like Rogue 2-piece seem predictable based on past set bonuses, while tanking ones like Warrior 4-piece (free
Power Word: Barrier
?) seem problematic--creating "mandatory" set bonuses like raidwalls lead to balancing issues in later tiers.
Zahrym also hinted that 4.3 may be on the PTR as soon as next week--specifically Transmogrification and Void Storage right away. Other content like dungeons, the new legendary, and the Raid Finder will follow at a later time.
While we’ve been previewing the visuals of tier 13 on the front page at
, we thought you might be interested in the magics that lay imbued betwixt their stitches and plating. Behold -- the tier 13 set bonuses!
Please keep in mind that the below data is pre-PTR and could change prior to the release of patch 4.3.
-- When an attac
4.3 Preview: Spectral Mounts
2011/09/24 at 11:06 AM
Blizzard hinted on Twitter that this Saturday they would share some mount pictures; since it's been the weekend longer in certain regions, it looks like images are cropping up
on their Korean version of the website
In particular, they're showing two very ghostly mounts--each one faction specific. Pretty cool. We'll have to see if they're related to the Darkmoon Faire or the new 5-mans; they are certainly creepy enough to belong on a spooky island, though, aren't they? There was an interview last week that mentioned the raid mount being a red dragon with ornate details, so I doubt these are the specific raid mounts players can obtain.
4.3 Rogue Legendary Preview
2011/09/23 at 11:23 AM
Everyone was curious how Blizzard could out-do the on-use effect of Dragonwrath--well, they've just released a preview of the 4.3 legendary daggers!
Happy Friday, everyone!
We'd like to get this day started by offering you a first look at the legendary daggers coming with the patch 4.3 raid, Dragon Soul. We've got them set up on a night elf rogue wearing the upcoming tier 13 armor.
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