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Cataclysm Beta Servers Shutting Down Momentarily
2010/11/22 at 2:44 PM
Just a quick one—Zarhym has just posted that the Cataclysm Beta servers will be shutting down "momentarily"!
We’re just about two weeks out from the official global launch of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm! And with that, the time has come to conclude the beta test. We will be shutting down our beta realms momentarily. We want to sincerely thank all of you for your dedication to testing, providing feedback, reporting bugs, and everything else you’ve done to help us make this expansion the best World of Warcraft title to date.
Stay tuned to our new community site (
) for the latest news and updates as we get closer to release. We’ll see you in Cataclysm!
Darkmoon Faire: Horde unlocks interview with level designer Jesse McCree
2010/11/19 at 6:59 PM
Didn't take long for the Horde to catch up! Here's the interview with
Lead Level Designer Jesse McCree.
First Darkmoon Faire unlockable: interview with environment artist Gary Platner
2010/11/19 at 5:49 PM
Looks like the Alliance has won the first round of competition!
website has unlocked the first round of content on the Alliance side, an interview with
Lead Environment Artist Gary Platner!
If you want to see more, head to
and rep your faction!
Blizzard developer blog: "Why Does Blizzard Hate Healers?"
2010/11/19 at 2:18 PM
Ghostcrawler has just posted the first "Developer Blog" on the new battle.net WoW site, and it deals with a topic close to my heart: healing.
There's been a lot of concern lately about the effect Cataclysm is going to have on healing performance, and the changes Blizzard is making. When you're just looking at spell changes (like
) it's easy to get the impression that everything else is staying the same, and healing is getting worse. This doesn't take into account the whole picture, though—and it's important to read blogs like these to get the full concept of what the changes are going to
like in Cataclysm.
The full text is included after the break, but let me give you a quick summary:
Healers in Wrath had way too much mana.
This doesn't seem like a bad thing, but in practice it meant that most healers pretty much never had to worry about mana, ever—which makes healing boring and one-dimensional. It meant you never had to choose between your
fast, inefficient heal
slower, efficient heal
. Healing became a game of "spam your biggest heal over and over", and th
News Roundup: Best Buy dev chat, what to expect in 4.0.3a, old forums locked, "Darkmoon Faire" site
2010/11/19 at 12:27 AM
Since I was out for most of this afternoon, and poor
was sick, we were away for a few interesting developments today! I've gathered them together into a post for you below.
"Darkmoon Faire" Cataclysm Contest Site
Blizzard has just rolled a brand new "Battlecry" style contest site, this one called
There are several new contests, some fun toys, and a WoW-themed personality test, and you can unlock new artwork and videos (for your faction) by sharing the content on
Best Buy Dev Chat
In honor of the upcoming Shattering, Production Director
J. Allen Brack
and Game Director
, as well as CMs
, spend some time over on the Best buy forums taking questions about Cataclysm.
The majority of the content has been covered already (it's all in our Cataclysm Guide
Around the Site: Guild Advancement/Perks, Reforging in Weight Scales
2010/11/17 at 9:14 PM
We've made a few little additions around the site in the last few days that we wanted to draw your attention to—but perhaps were not large enough to warrant their own posts. :)
Guild Advancement in Cataclysm
We've recently updated our
(you know, that thing you see when you click the little fiery maelstrom at the top of the page there) with a bunch of new info!
you gain as your guild is leveling up through Cataclysm.
We've added a table of all the
available in Cataclysm, along with their achievement and reputation requirements.
Go check them on the Cataclysm Guide's
Reforging in Stat Weights
We actually implemented Reforging in our
stat weighting system
some time ago, but we were having (*ahem*) a little trouble with our stat weights, and we didn't want to announce an enhanc
ZAM opens GuildFans.com
2010/11/17 at 6:02 PM
Once again I am breaking the unspoken "Never post about any games that are not WoW" rule, but the guys over at ZAM asked me to mention this and they have some pretty impressive content going up over there.
ZAM has just rolled out
, a new website dedicated to Guild Wars 2. The crew maintaining the site is actually made up of some faces you may recognize—specifically
Jeahr, Inde and Kattar
, the old admins from Guild Wars Guru and GW2 Guru. ZAM's really lucky to get them, they run a tight ship.
There's also a bunch of really cool content up there, including a
that's actually being judged by the GW2 design team, and and
with one of the lead designers.
If GW2 isn't your thing, no harm done—but if it is, this is something I'd keep an eye on.
This Week In Warcraft: Episode 13!
2010/11/16 at 6:55 PM
Aliena is back with
This Week in Warcraft
! This week we're going over the Elemental Invasion world event, as well as a bunch of other news items this week. Enjoy!
Pardon Our Dust!
2010/11/15 at 9:12 PM
In case you haven't noticed, we're making some tweaks to the blog layout!
We haven't settled into a final design, but we're looking into ways to revise the way our content is presented, so we can take advantage of the full page width.
Please give us your feedback in this post!
We're still making changes and we welcome your opinions.
New Forums Going Up This Wednesday
2010/11/15 at 8:27 PM
Bashiok has just posted on the official forums to let us know that they'll be transitioning to the new forums on Wednesday!
The old forums will be converted to "Read-Only" status, and all future posts will go onto the new community site we mentioned
a little while ago.
This Wednesday, November 17 these forums will be put into a read-only state. At that time we'll be inviting all posters to fully migrate to the new World of Warcraft community site and forums.
These forums will remain read-only until the end of the month, after which they and all of their posts will be removed ... forever! If you have any posts, information, stickies, etc. that you'd like to keep you'll want to have finished saving it before then.
We've all enjoyed the past few years on these forums, and look forward to creating many more with you on the new community site. See you there!
Elemental Invasion: Final Phase!
2010/11/15 at 2:03 PM
The final phase of the
has begun, and it's a doozy—the elementals have come to destroy
Elementals will be invading
. It's up to you to take them out, and to gather your forces for a strike at the Elemental Lords—which of course drop some nice little level 251 goodies!
Come check out the full guide after the break!
Elemental Invasion Phase 3 Has Opened!
2010/11/12 at 6:47 PM
Reports are coming in that
of the pre-Cataclysm launch event has begun! Doomsday Cultists are roaming the city streets and its up to us to try and put a stop to their strange rituals!
This phase adds several new quests in the capital cities of each faction. The full listing is below.
Remember, for the full info, you can always check our completed
Elemental Invasion Guide!
Zarhym made an interesting post on the new community site regarding the invasion! Seems it will be even sooner before we see the next phase of the invasion!
The time between the start of stage 2 and stage 3 was shorter. I can tell you the current plan is to make the time between stage 3 and 4 even shorter. ;)
Phase 3: November 12 - November ???
Twilight's Cult (Part II)
Now, the second half of the story about the Twilight Hammer. After having prevented their assault on Orgrimmar and Stormwind, Garrosh and Varian have decided to take the
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