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Patch 4.0.6 Next Week!
2011/02/04 at 7:24 PM
I know we were wrong
about when we thought 4.0.6 was going to drop, but this time we're definitely lead us to believe that Patch 4.0.6 will be dropping onto live realms during maintenance next week!
be wrong again (and if I am you can feel free to blame me personally and send me angry emails) - but this time we're 99% sure! The patch (a moderate 141mb) has just hit Blizzard's download servers, which means we'll most likely see it piped into our Background Downloader with the upcoming Tuesday maintenance!
Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to weekly maintenance!
PTR Patch Notes
Ding: Realm First! Level 85 Rogue
2010/12/21 at 6:03 PM
For those of you who have not been following my escapades on
, a few months back I personally decided I was going to attempt the "impossible" and obtain
Realm First! Level 85 Rogue
. Since I actually managed to achieve this amazing feat two weeks ago, I've had quite a few people ask how I did it and what was going through my head in the process. So here I am, fully rested after several days of recovering from little to no sleep during the launch.
First off I want to put a disclaimer here, doing a Realm First is not for the faint of the heart. It took a lot of hard-work, dedication, and the help of some awesome guildies. To name a few of the people who really helped out and encouraged me during the attempt:
and the rest of my
buddies. I couldn't have done it without you!
But now let's get back to how it actually worked.
The Shattering (Patch 4.0.3a): The Official "Extended Downtime" Thread
2010/11/23 at 12:09 PM
Blizzard just announced that
today's maintenance requires extended downtime
and will provide further updates as the day progresses.
Update 2:30 PST
: The servers are currently
Stay tuned to this post for further updates!
November 23rd, 2010 11:30 AM PST -
The amount of time to implement the changes in the 4.0.3a patch is estimated to take longer than initially expected. Due to additional complications we're now estimating realms to be live by approximately 5:00 p.m. PST.
November 23rd, 2010 9:50 AM PST -
The amount of time to implement the changes in the 4.0.3a patch is estimated to take longer than initially expected. We're extending the estimated time it will take to complete the maintenance to 1:00 PM PST. We know you're eager to experience Azeroth reborn, and we're working as quickly as possible for you. We appreciate your patience.
Goblin and Worgen Faction/Race Changes Available at Launch
2010/11/09 at 11:16 PM
Blizzard announced something I know quite a few of us have been waiting for:
Worgen and Goblins
will be available on launch day!
There is a little caveat to the way paid services work for goblins and worgen: either of them wishing to change races or factions cannot be in either Gilneas or Lost Isles. There is no restrictions on on players wishing to change to goblins or worgen.
With two new playable races just on the horizon, many players have been asking when they'll be able to convert their existing characters into goblins or worgen. Paid faction and race changes will be available immediately once Cataclysm is released. Realm First achievements for leveling any class to 85 will be available in Cataclysm. However there will be no Realm First achievements associated with leveling characters of a specific race.
There will be a slight change to the way paid services work for goblins and worgen. Goblin and worgen characters wishing to change race or faction cannot be in Lost Isles or Gilneas; they must be elsewhere to initiate the proc
Battle.net Dial-In Authenticator
2010/11/09 at 4:17 PM
Blizzard announced a new tool today for security conscious people: the
Battle.net Dial-In Authenticator
. For those who don't have access to a smart phone capable of running the authenticator software, or those unable to get a token authenicator, users will be able to sign up for this new service. It's free and (currently) only available to U.S. Residents. How it works is pretty simple: you will authorize a specific phone number and make a phone call to verify it. After that every time something unusual happens with your account, such as logging in from a foreign location, you will be required to make a phone call from the registered phone number and enter your pin which will provide you with a single use security code much like the normal authenticators.
You can read more about the Dial-In Authenticator on
Blizzard's Support Site
Elemental Invasion Phase 2 is Here!
2010/11/08 at 12:34 PM
Seems sometime this morning Blizzard flipped the switch and began
! While helping the Earthen Ring fight against the elementals, you will find several new quests in both Ironforge and Orgrimmar.
Phase 2: November 8 - November ???
Tablets of the Earth
Tablets of Fire
Go to the harbor / zeppelin tower and talk to the quest NPC there. A short event will begin, where you - imbued with the powers of the Tablets - need to use your new abilities to fight various elemental attackers off. Remember, use water to counter fire, air to counter earth, and fire to counter water. After the event is over loot the tablets and turn the quest in.
Subduing the Elements
Subduing the Elements
Earthen Ring Supplies
. Drinking the Septa will allow you to see the spirits, and using the totem near them will subdue them. You can find the Agitated Earth / Fire Spirits all over Ironforge and Orgrimmar.
You can check out al
Cataclysm: Updated Combat Resurrection Design
2010/11/04 at 9:20 PM
Zarhym just posted a rather interesting announcement: in Cataclysm raiders will only be allowed
one use of Rebirth or Soulstone in 10-player encounters.
In 25-player raid encounters, you will be able to use a maximum of
. There is no equivalent of a "Sated" debuff to track how many times you have resurrected.
What is everyone's opinion on this? Do you think it's better for raiders or worse?
Cataclysm Beta (Build 13241) New Models & Icons!
2010/11/03 at 6:19 PM
A new beta build is here and as usual we have another new batch of models and icons for your perusal. One of the
in this build is the *drum roll* Worgen Druid's
! Hopefully we will have a video for this up in the near future, so be on the lookout for that! Other than that awesomely sexy model for druids there are several other models, such as a Corrupted Cho'gall and even more weapons and shields that you will most likely see in the raid dungeons at level 85.
In the icon department we have updated icons for many different gem types and some new dungeon armor icons. There are even new icons for (both Tauren and Night Elf flavors) and .
Edit: For those of you who prefer YouTube, or who have trouble with our modelviewer, we've added a YouTube video!
You can check out all these models and icons after the break!
Region Wide Battlegroup Matchmaking Update
2010/11/03 at 1:31 PM
Bashiok has just posted an update showing the current progress on
Region-Wide Battlegroup Matchmaking
Phase 2 was implemented today—in this phase Whirlwind, Emberstorm, Vengeance and Bloodlust are now all linked for Battleground queues. Whirlwind and Emberstorm are now also linked in the Dungeon Finder queue. The same thing is true of Stormstrike, Nightfall and Retaliation. In the final phase all battlegroups for the Dungeon Finder will be linked together by their physical location.
You can read the original announcement after the break!
Cataclysm Cinematics & Direct Download
2010/11/02 at 1:28 PM
Some of you may have heard something about users who use the direct download method of obtaining Cataclysm not getting any cinematics—like the new Cataclysm intro trailer, or Wrathgate-style cinematics.
Thankfully last night Bashiok put everyones fears to rest! He clarified that users will be getting these files, just at a later date closer to the release of Cataclysm. So don't worry! Everything will be fine and we'll have all the cinematics in due time!
You can read the original announcement by Bashiok after the break!
Elemental Invasion Has Begun!
2010/11/01 at 12:45 PM
One of the final Cataclysm pre-launch events has begun! Elementals will now be invading remote outposts — and a few major cities as well! It's your job to fight back and eventually gain a rare Feat of Strength -
Tripping the Rifts
. Along with the invasions, the Twilight Hammer cultists are now stirring up trouble in the most important cities of the Alliance and the Horde - Stormwind and Orgrimmar. The entire event is still in Phase 1 (out of 4), so the danger isn't extreme... but who knows how grim things will become in a week or three?
You can check out our guide on the new events plus some other invasion info in our
Worgen Running Wild Mount Video
2010/10/28 at 4:57 PM
As many of you already know are not receiving a standard mount in Cataclysm—Instead they are gaining a new ability called . This spell has a 1.5 second cast time like any other mount in the game, but instead of getting onto a mount the player drops down onto all fours and is able to run at ground mount speed. This ability does scale with your riding skill allowing it to go 60% speed at level 20 and 100% at level 40.
We also have a short video clip of the new ability in action! Check it out below!
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