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This Week in Warcraft: Episode 4!
2010/09/03 at 3:09 PM
Sorry about the late post!
covering the news that happened around the Warcraft universe last week - including coverage of Blizzard's preview of Azshara,
, and many more topics!
Cataclysm Beta (Build 12857): New Glyph UI + Eclipse Bar Redesign
2010/09/02 at 2:28 PM
You may have remembered hearing that
were changing from consumable items to learnable skills. Last build we saw the makings of that—now, when you use a glyph, it goes into your general tab of the spellbook, ready to be used whenever you want to place it. Well in this latest build Blizzard has taken it a step futher and given the glyphs tab of your talent frame a complete makeover!
First off they've vastly increased the size of the frame—it's now the same size as the talent frame. You now have
glyphs to select: 3 Prime, 3 Major, and 3 Minor. On the right side of the panel you will have a list of all learned and unlearned glyphs. Blizzard was also kind enough to add some advanced glyph searching! No need to scroll down the list forever trying to find that one pesky glyph to switch in.
Cataclysm: Heroic Shadowfang Keep and Deadmines Available at Launch
2010/09/01 at 4:07 PM
I know you all heard the bad news that heroic modes for and wouldn't make it in for the launch of Cataclysm. Thankfully, it seems the original appraisal was wrong!
has come along and posted an announcement stating they
have the heroic modes for both SFK and DM at launch!
Heroics are not ready for testing.
Heroic Shadowfang Keep and Heroic Deadmines
be released with Cataclysm. You will not have to wait for a later patch.
Cataclysm: Zul'Gurub Gone!
2010/08/31 at 7:40 PM
Sad news for a lot of people,
has just made a post on the official forums stating
will be removed in Cataclysm. No word yet on if
Swift Zulian Tiger
Swift Razzashi Raptor
will be moved elsewhere, but we can only hope!
Zul'Gurub is gone as a raid instance come Cataclysm.
Cataclysm Beta: More Zones Open For Testing
2010/08/31 at 6:41 PM
just went on a posting spree in the Official Cataclysm Beta forums announcing that several zones are now ready for testing! is a level 45-50 zone in Kalimdor, the quests for this area start at the Emerald Sanctuary. The completely revamped , located in southern Kalimdor, is available for levels 40-45 and the breadcrumbs for this zone start in both Feralas and Dustwallow Marsh.
Next, is finally available for testing! It is available for levels 83-84 and the breadcrumbs start in . The zone is not completely finished so you will run into a few stopping points. Finally, is also open for testing. The zone is made for levels 84-85 with breadcrumbs starting Orgrimmar and Stormwind from their respective city leaders. As with Uldum, Twilight Highlands is not completely finished and you will run into stopping points while questing!
You can read all the original announcements after the break.
Cataclysm Beta: Streaming Launcher Improvements
2010/08/31 at 5:17 PM
In an upcoming beta build the Beta
that is used to download and stream game data will be receiving several updates, including a new progress bar, speed improvements, detailed peer-to-peer information, bandwidth detection to help with low speed users, and a new Cataclysm-inspired theme!
We now have a screenshot of the new launcher! It is pretty sexy. Check it out on the right!
You can read the original post by Lylirra after the break!
Azeroth, Revisited: Stratholme in Cataclysm
2010/08/25 at 8:56 PM
Once again, we're going to dive into the beta and take a look at one of my personal favorite dungeons from classic—.
Now if you don't remember anything about
, here's a quick rundown: Stratholme was originally one of the largest human cities in the world. During the events in Warcraft 3 (as we witnessed in
The Culling of Stratholme
), Prince Arthas finds out the plague has spread to the city and orders it purged. Later on the Undead took control of Stratholme and Kel'Thuzad established it as his capital and built the floating fortress
Overall the dungeon has not changed much physically, but there is now a new wall splitting it literally into two instances. They have changed the level range for each side, levels 42-52 for the Main Gate and 46-56 for the Service Entrance.
OBLIGATORY SPOILER WARNING: DON'T READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Official Cataclysm Azshara Preview
2010/08/25 at 8:43 PM
Blizzard has sat down and talked with
about some of the changes you'll be seeing in come Cataclysm. They talk about the concept behind the zone, as well as who will be leveling here (Horde of course!). Also, they briefly talk about what kind of work goes into redoing a zone like Azshara and about the awesome ride from the gates of Orgrimmar to the main town of Bilgewater Harbor.
You can read the entire preview after the break. Also, don't forget to check out all the awesome screenshots of Azshara in our
BlizzCon 2010 In-game Items Announced!
2010/08/25 at 4:02 PM
is approaching at an alarming rate, and Blizzard has just announced the in-game items that will go with your convention ticket (or virtual ticket)! This is
, a murloc companion decked out like Deathwing—he'll be available for WoW players! StarCraft II players will be pleased to find out they will
be able get something special—a new Murloc Marine character portrait and a pair of deep-sea decals for your units!
BlizzCon 2010 World of Warcraft & StarCraft II In-Game Items
"Death will rise from the tide!" Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain once warned -- and at BlizzCon 2010, the band's dire musical prophecy will finally come to pass. Everyone who attends this year's BlizzCon or purchases the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will receive an exclusive set of murlocalyptic in-game items for World of Warcraft and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. World of Warcraft players will be joined by Deathy, a murloc companion decked out as Deathwing and doing his best to strike fear into the hearts of Azeroth's crustacean population. You'll also be able to display your tidal prid
Cataclysm Beta (Build 12803) New + Updated Maps!
2010/08/25 at 12:55 PM
The Cataclysm beta build 12803 was deployed last week and we have a slew of new (and even some updated) maps for you to check out. We even have maps for all kinds of classic dungeons such as and !
Check out our side by side comparisons after the break!
Premium Users Get Beta Access to Vindictus
2010/08/20 at 6:00 PM
The ZAM Network is giving away beta keys to a new MMO called
, created by Nexon—the same people, interestingly enough, who brought you
. Vindictus is a fantasy based MMORPG that incorporates real world physics into it's high-speed combat. You can find out more about the game itself on ZAM's Game Info page
After watching the
on Nexon's official site, I have to say it looks pretty awesome—I'll be sure to check it out myself!
Right now ZAM is only giving away beta keys to
members! If you already have Premium, you can head on over and get your
Note: Beta Keys are currently only available in North America.
Cataclysm New Feature: Level Sync?
2010/08/20 at 1:48 PM
recently did an interview with
Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street
, where they talk Blizzard's plans and ideas behind Cataclysm. One part that really stood out was Ghostcrawler mentioning a new system being put in place that will
allow high level characters to decrease their level to help out low level characters.
This sound familiar to anyone? Anyone who has ever played Final Fantasy XI may remember this as
, and City of Heroes players may remember this as their "Mentoring System". Ghostcrawler does mention that this may happen
, so no getting your hopes up if it doesn't come true!
Cataclysm may also eventually include a system that allows players to scale down their character's level in order to help newer players. The heirloom items unveiled in Wrath of the Lich King already scale with a character's level, so adjusting t
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